Best of Egypt

13 day Best of Egypt tour with Nile cruise including return international flights, transfers, accommodation, deluxe 5 star Nile River cruise, meals, sightseeing and more.

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$3,499
13 Days | per person twin share | | Typically $5,094
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  • 13 Day Best of Egypt tour with Nile cruise & Emirates flights
  • 13 Day Best of Egypt tour with Nile cruise & Emirates flights
  • 13 Day Best of Egypt tour with Nile cruise & Emirates flights
  • 13 Day Best of Egypt tour with Nile cruise & Emirates flights
  • 13 Day Best of Egypt tour with Nile cruise & Emirates flights
  • 13 Day Best of Egypt tour with Nile cruise & Emirates flights
  • 13 Day Best of Egypt tour with Nile cruise & Emirates flights
  • 13 Day Best of Egypt tour with Nile cruise & Emirates flights
  • 13 Day Best of Egypt tour with Nile cruise & Emirates flights
  • 13 Day Best of Egypt tour with Nile cruise & Emirates flights
  • 13 Day Best of Egypt tour with Nile cruise & Emirates flights
  • 13 Day Best of Egypt tour with Nile cruise & Emirates flights
  • 13 Day Best of Egypt tour with Nile cruise & Emirates flights
  • 13 Day Best of Egypt tour with Nile cruise & Emirates flights
 
  • Fantastic holiday organized by Webjet Exclusives
  • The tour organization and customer service from beginning to end was exceptional. Thank you Webjet!
  • Will definitely make another booking with Webjet in the future.
  • it is one of the best boats u can ever find on the Nile Desertitos
  • It was more than fantastic. Highly recommended - fantastic ship, the staff are better than we could have ever expected. Nothing was too much trouble... The rooms are better than… Vicki L

Highlights

 

Journey to one of the world’s most beautiful and unforgettable travel destinations with a 13 day Best of Egypt tour with Nile cruise.

Explore the unparalleled sights of the magical Nile River, the awe-inspiring pyramids and the enchanting desert on this professionally guided tour

Be inspired by the Great Sphinx of Giza in Cairo, see the world-famous collections of The Egyptian Museum and take an overnight train to vibrant Luxor. Enjoy a 5 star cruise down the marvellous Nile River, explore the Valley of the Kings, home to over 60 Pharaoh tombs, wander the Nubian Bazaar in Aswan, discover El Alamein and so much more.

Your package includes return international Emirates flights, transfers, accommodation, deluxe 5 star Nile River cruise, meals, in-depth sightseeing and more.

See What You Get for more.

 The MS Nile Dolphin is a 5 star deluxe floating hotel offering luxurious accommodation, restaurant, panorama lounge, bars, terrace, sun deck and pool, gym and more.

 
 

Day 1: Australia airplane-takeoff Cairo

Depart Australia today to begin your incredible Egyptian adventure!

Please note: Some flights may depart 1 day later

Day 2: Cairo

Arrive at Cairo International Airport and be transferred to your hotel. This is simply an arrival day, so you may arrive in Cairo at any time. Note that hotel rooms are generally only available after midday. The remainder of the day is free to explore the city, but an important welcome meeting will be held at 6pm this evening. Please check the hotel reception for details. Cairo is one of the great cities of antiquity and its history can perhaps be symbolised by two imposing landmarks – the Pyramids of Giza and the Mosque of Mohammed Ali. In free time perhaps get out and explore the busy streets of this city of contrasts, where you can see donkey carts and expensive cars, medieval slums and modern shopping malls.

Hotel: Mercure Le Sphinx or similar

Day 3: Cairo train-icon Luxor (B,D)

This morning after breakfast drive out to Giza, home to perhaps the greatest iconic structures ever created by man – the Pyramids and the Sphinx. Instantly familiar yet retaining a mystique and power, getting up close to these incredible pharaonic tombs is captivating. For an additional charge you may be able to go inside the Great Pyramid of Khufu (or Cheops), although occasionally it may be closed to visitors (payable locally). The Egyptian Museum is simply one of the world’s great museums, home to a stupendous collection of antiquities and the perfect introduction to your tour, exhibiting many of the region’s treasures. You will head there after lunch and your expert guide will take you through Egypt’s rich and fascinating dynastic history. You will then have some free time to explore on your own.

Afterwards you will return to your hotel before you are transferred to the railway station for the overnight sleeper train to Luxor.

Accommodation aboard the overnight train is in two-berth cabins which convert to bunk beds. All bedding is provided on board and western-style toilets are located in each carriage. Your bags will be stored in your cabin, where airline-style dinner and breakfast will be served. However it may be worth bringing some additional snacks, especially if you are vegetarian or have dietary requirements. Your tour leader can help you to arrange this.

Day 4: Luxor – Embark on Nile Cruise (B,L,D) cruise-icon

After an early breakfast on board, the train rolls into Luxor. It’s a vibrant place with an excellent bazaar, situated close to some of ancient Egypt’s most important and extraordinary sights. Travel to Karnak, one of the world’s most celebrated temple complexes, built over a period of some 200 years, and some of it dating back to 2,055 BC. Your guided tour of the temple reveals its finest sections. Later you will be transferred to your Nile cruise boat, which will be your home for the next four nights. You can relax by the pool on the boat or explore the town. For the rest of the afternoon and evening you will be free to relax, shop in the bazaar (open until quite late) or perhaps experience the atmosphere of a local tea house.

Day 5: Valley of the Kings, Edfu (B,L,D) cruise-icon

Rise early this morning and head into the Valley of the Kings. Buried under the arid hills here are over 60 tombs of pharaohs, many richly decorated with reliefs and paintings. Explore this sprawling and spectacular place where discoveries are still being made. Tutankhamun’s final resting place is also located here, and you’ll have free time to visit it. Your guide will explain the funerary rites of the ancient Egyptians and significance of the many paintings and hieroglyphics. You will visit three royal tombs and then continue to the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, set in a spectacular natural amphitheatre. Your final stop is the Colossi of Memnon – giant statues that were once part of an impressive colonnade. Enjoy lunch upon your return to the boat. There is time to relax on deck or in your cabin before you set sail for Edfu. Generally the journey from Luxor to Edfu is from 1 pm to 11 pm. Departure time may vary, depending on river traffic – please refer to the note regarding cruise schedules in the ‘Other Information’ section. You will pass through Esna Lock, which can sometimes be a slow process depending on the number of vessels waiting to get through, and continue your journey upstream on board your deluxe ship.

Day 6: Edfu, Kom Ombo, Aswan (B,L,D) cruise-icon

Morning finds you moored near Edfu, a beautifully preserved temple dedicated to Horus. Continue travelling upriver, relaxing on the sundeck and taking in the surrounding sights – desert hills forming a backdrop to lush riverbanks, fishermen casting their nets and farmers working their land. This afternoon we will arrive at Kom Ombo temple (about 45km north of Aswan city) which sits picturesquely ruined on the river’s edge and provides an interesting insight into the Greco-Roman period. The temple was built approx. 181BC and is dedicated to 2 Gods; Horus the protection god and Sobek fertility god linked to the Nile Water. The temple consists of 2 identical northern sections the North and South each dedicated to either god. In the Sobek section recent discoveries have been made of mummified Crocodiles, which are now displayed in the Crocodile museum attached to the temple – don’t miss it! Board your boat again at around 6pm and continue to Aswan, arriving at around 9.30 pm.

Day 7: Aswan (B,L,D) cruise-icon

Your day will be free to wander and Aswan is a great place for it. The waterfront promenade, or Aswan’s ‘corniche’, runs alongside one of Nile’s most appealing stretches and is the perfect place to stop for a mint tea. Watch the waterfront come alive at dusk, as families are out strolling, socialising and relaxing along the corniche.

Day 8: Aswan – Abu Simbel – Aswan (B)

This morning disembark from your cruise and board a coach for the drive to visit the iconic Abu Simbel. With the four gargantuan statues of Ramses guarding the Great Temple, this is one of Egypt’s most memorable sights. The rest of the day is free for you to make your own discoveries. A popular afternoon option in Aswan is a sailboat ride around the islands in a traditional felucca, stopping off at the botanical gardens on Kitchener’s Island. Alternatively travel to the Monastery of St Simeon, an abandoned 7th-century fortress monastery located in the desert on the Nile’s west bank. Your tour leader will be on hand to help you arrange any excursions. Alternatively, you may prefer to simply relax by the hotel pool or do some shopping in the local bazaar.

Day 9: Aswan airplane-takeoff Cairo (B)

After breakfast you will be transferred to Aswan airport for the short flight back to Cairo (approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes) where you will be met and taken to your hotel. Today you will dive into another layer of Egyptian history: medieval Cairo. Head to Khan al-Khalili Bazaar, Cairo’s oldest mosque

The ‘Khan’, sprawling around an old area known as Al-Azhar, is a quintessentially Cairo experience – a warren of alleys with stalls serving up a succession of intoxicating scenes. It retains a distinctly medieval feel. You will explore the gold market, ‘perfume street’ and the spice market, where heady aromas hang in the air like a thick blanket of Damascene cloth (which can be purchased next door in the cloth market). The gorgeous 9th-century Ibn Tulun Mosque is one of the oldest and largest in Egypt, possibly its most beautiful too.

Day 10: Cairo – Alexandria (B)

Today we drive the ‘desert road’ to the Mediterranean coastal city of Alexandria (approximately 3 hours). Egypt’s second largest city and main port, locals call this vibrant city the Bride of the Mediterranean Sea. On arrival in Alexandria, take an orientation walking tour with your leader. The Greek architect Dinocrates built Alexandria in 331 BC under the orders of Alexander the Great. The city, immortalising Alexander’s name, quickly flourished into a prominent cultural, intellectual, political and economic metropolis. It was the renowned capital of Ancient Egypt’s last royal dynasty, the Ptolemies, and the site of the Pharos. One of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, this lighthouse acted as a beacon, guiding sailors away from this notoriously treacherous stretch of coastline. Take some time to stroll along the Corniche and take in some fresh Mediterranean air. Alexandria at night is not to missed, with the whole city lighting up.

Head underground and delve into the mysteries of the Kom ash-Shuqqafa catacombs. This Roman burial site is the largest of its kind in Egypt and was discovered, quite accidentally, by a hapless donkey. The crypts are 20 metres below street level, and what probably began as a small family tomb grew into a labyrinth of chambers that could accommodate more than 300 bodies. Murals and reliefs inside show how Alexandria was a place where Egyptian and Greek funerary myths coexisted.

In any free time, perhaps take the opportunity to see the Citadel of Qaitbay, a fortress overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, where the famous lighthouse once stood.

Day 11: Alexandria – El Alamin – Cairo (B,L)

Today you’ll head back to a more recent period in Egyptian history with a visit to El Alamein and the war museum located there. El Alamein sits on the Mediterranean Sea, 106 kilometres west of Alexandria, and it played an important role in significant World War II battles. The area was a turning point in the North African campaign, where the Allies held out against, and eventually pushed back and defeated, the Afrika Korps of Rommel. The importance of El Alamein was highlighted by Winston Churchill, who said “Before Alamein we never had a victory. After Alamein, we never had a defeat.” The area contains a number of memorials from the countries who lost soldiers here – Greece, South Africa, Australia, Italy – as well as a war cemetery that’s home to the graves and names of the thousands who lost their lives, from places as diverse as Britain, India, Melanesia, Malaysia, and New Zealand. In the museum, discover the story of what unfolded here, you’ll then leave Alexandria and return to Cairo.

Day 12: Cairo airplane-takeoff Australia (B)

After breakfast, the day is at leisure. At the appropriate time, make your way to the airport to board your homeward flight.

Day 13: Australia

Arrive home today. 

 

 

What You Get

 

Your package includes return international airfares, deluxe accommodation, River cruise, expert tour guides, meals, private coach transportation and so much more…

  • Return international airfares with Emirates
  • Return airport transfers
  • One-way Aswan to Cairo airfares
  • 5 nights twin share 3-4 star accommodation
  • 4 nights on-board a deluxe 5 star Nile River cruise
  • 1 over-night twin share sleeper train from Cairo to Luxor
  • 10 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
  • Escorted tour guide throughout
  • Dedicated air-conditioned transportation
  • In-depth sightseeing as per the itinerary

Highlights: 

  • Visit one of the greatest sights in the world, the Great Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx
  • Learn about the wonders inside the Egypt Museum
  • Travel to Karnak, one of the world’s most celebrated temple complexes
  • Cruise on-board a deluxe river cruise ship from Luxor to Aswan
  • Head into the Valley of the Kings
  • Explore the tranquil water city of Aswan
  • Visit the iconic Abu Simbel. With the four gargantuan statues of Ramses
  • Enjoy the Mediterranean coastal city of Alexandria
 

Fine Print

 

How To Book:

To book your Tour:

  • Bookings essential
  • Once you have purchased your voucher, please complete the following request form: https://exclusives.webjet.com.au/bookings
  •  Voucher valid for 1 person (must purchase 2 vouchers)
  • Must book minimum 65 days prior to departure
  • Book early to secure your desired date and time

Deposit Information: 

  • A deposit of $499 per person plus any applicable surcharges are due at the time of purchase in order to secure your date. We offer a FREE date change policy allowing you to change your departure date any time up until your final payment is made.
  • Final Payment is due 60 days after initial deposit. Once this payment is made, no cancellations or amendments are permitted and all prior payments become strictly non-refundable. If you book within 120 days of travel, you will be sent an invoice within 7 days for final payment. Up to 12 Months Interest Free available: https://exclusives.webjet.com.au/up-to-12-months-interest-free/
  • Invoices will be emailed to you in advance and it is your responsibility to ensure payments are made prior to the due date
  • Should payment not be received by the due date, your booking will be cancelled and all prior payments will remain strictly non-refundable. 
  • Your tour is subject to availability at the time of your booking. We advise you to book early to avoid disappointment.

Free Date Changes:

  • After booking your travel and paying the deposit, you may change your travel date subject to the following terms.
  • Changes can only be made up until your final payment has been paid, whichever is earlier. After this point, your booking becomes non-changeable and remains strictly non-refundable.
  • Any change is subject to availability
  • To request a date change, please email customerexperience@webjetexclusives.com.au with your existing booking details and your requested travel date
  • If you choose to change your travel date, you will be requested to complete another booking form. Please ensure you include all preferences and special requests, as prior submissions will not be considered in finalising your booking.

Documentation:

Documentation will be provided after final payment is complete and before 30 days of travel, including E-Ticket instructions, hotel confirmation, itinerary extension & optional tour confirmation (where applicable) and destination travel tips.

Single Supplement: $699 per person in addition to the twin share price. You can purchase you single supplement by clicking here.

Group Size: 2 – 20 pax

Triple Share: Not available

Land Only: To purchase this tour as land only (no flights) by clicking here.

Coach Transportation: Where group sizes are not sufficient to use a full-sized coach, we reserve the right to use a smaller coach on the same level of comfort.

Accommodation: The accommodation listed below may be subject to change, but will remain of a similar or higher standard. Any changes remain beyond our control and all efforts are made to communicate these as soon as possible. We endeavour to always book non-smoking rooms however these cannot be guaranteed.

Cairo: Mercure Le Sphinx or similar
River Cruise: Nile Dolphin or similar
Aswan: Philae hotel or similar
Alexandria: Azur Mediterranean Alexandria hotel or similar

Travel Insurance: Travel insurance is compulsory for anyone travelling on this tour. Insurance must cover against personal accident, death, medical expenses and emergency repatriation with a recommended minimum coverage of US$200,000 for each of the categories of cover. Click here for a quote

Visa: For Visa assistance, please visit Webjet’s Travel Visa Service page

Refund Policy: 

Bookings may be cancelled with a full refund of the deposit provided the cancellation occurs strictly within 48 hours from the time of purchase. All cancellation requests must be made in writing inside of this period to qualify for the refund request. Otherwise, deals purchased from Webjet Exclusives after the 48-hour period has surpassed are strictly non-refundable, non-changeable and non-transferable.

Circumstances that do not qualify for Refunds:

  • Where you have contacted Webjet Exclusives after the conclusion of the deal or Book By Date;
  • Where you have failed to read the Specific Terms and Conditions of the offer (located under the “Fine Print” and “Flight Info” tabs on the deal page of our Website on the day of the offer), and the General Terms and Conditions;
  • If you have failed to complete and submit our Travel Partners Booking Form as required in order to secure your preferred departure date;
  • If you have failed to make payment within the advertised payment terms and your booking has been automatically cancelled as a result;
  • If an optional tour or tour extension request cannot be confirmed on your booking (for whatever reason);
  • If you change your mind after you have purchased a deal (for whatever reason);
  • If the tour or stay did not meet your general expectations (for whatever reason);
  • If you have had a dispute with the business on behalf of whom we are advertising the offer; or
  • If the Business does not have availability to redeem your voucher because you have not attempted to make a booking within a reasonable period of time or by the Book By Date advised on the deal page.

If you are needing assistance with your Visa, please request it upon submitting your booking form.

For more information on how to book your Webjet Exclusives deal, please visit our Bookings FAQ Page

 

Travel Dates

 

Travel Dates:

16 March 2018
27 April 2018
18 May 2018
1 June 2018
15 June 2018
20 July 2018
17 August 2018
7 September 2018
28 September 2018
12 October 2018
26 October 2018
9 November 2018
23 November 2018

Bookings not accepted when within 65 days of departure

Availability on Departure Dates listed in Fine Print is subject to change. Live availability is shown on the availability calendar after clicking on the BUY NOW button

 

 

Flight Information

 

Airline: 

  • Return economy airfares from Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide or Perth with Emirates (or Etihad Airlines if unavailable)
  • Including minimum 23kg of checked baggage per passenger (actual limit is subject to airline).
  • One return airfare is supplied per voucher
  • Names cannot be changed once flights have been booked. 
  • Flights cannot be used one-way only 

Flights:

  • Note that the total length of the package includes time spent in flight as specified in the itinerary
  • Some flights may depart a day before the itinerary and involve up to 2 transits. These changes are beyond our control and are subject to availability and airline schedule changes.
  • Full names (First, Middle & Surname) as per passport must be provided for ticketing. Passport Details are also required at time of booking in order to confirm your flights.
  • Once your flights are confirmed and ticketed, flights are non-refundable and non-changeable.
  • Flight itineraries will not be provided until 30 days prior to departure, along with final documentation.
  • All flights have been booked to meet minimum connection times as per airline policy and fare rules.

Schedule Changes: 

  • Airline schedule changes or cancellations can happen from time to time and are beyond our control. The customer is responsible for reviewing their flight schedule prior to their departure. Webjet Exclusives endeavours to assist customers where possible, however should any change or cancellation occur, please contact your Travel Insurance provider to check whether you are covered by your policy.

Flight Variations:

Option 1: Arrive early and/or extend your stay post tour with the promotional airline

  • A flat fee of $250.00 per person is applied per person should you wish to arrive early and/or extend your stay. Fee is non-negotiable and must be paid before your flight variation can be confirmed.
  • Please select how many days you want to arrive early and/or extend your stay by on your Booking Form. 
  • Flights will arrive into the city as per the tour itinerary and depart from the city as per tour itinerary. Customers cannot choose another airport or city for their arrival and/or departure.
  • All flights will be booked with the promotional airfare available at the time of booking – for your choice of preferred airline or cabin class, please see below.
  • Your flight request is subject to availability and if the promotional airfare is not available, you will be quoted the fare difference in addition to the flat fee.
  • You will be sent an invoice for the additional fee after your booking form has been received. Once this invoice has been paid, your flights will be ticketed based on the days you have requested. Your varied flight itinerary will not be provided in advance of ticketing and once your flights have been ticketed, no further changes can be made.
  • If the invoice is not paid by the expiry date, you will be automatically booked on the promotional airfare for the standard dates of the package.
  • If you are wishing to arrange internal flights, this must be arranged at your own expense. Webjet Exclusives cannot assist with the purchase of additional flights outside of the itinerary.
  • Webjet Exclusives are unable to provide any additional accommodation outside of the tour itinerary and this will need to be arranged at your own expense. By extending your departure date, you will also forfeit the included airport transfer (if applicable) and will need to make your own way to the airport at your own expense.

 Option 2: Upgrade to Premium Economy or Business Class (where available)

  • A flat fee of $250.00 per person, plus additional airfare and taxes will be quoted if choosing to upgrade your flights to another cabin class.
  • Please select your preferred cabin class from the drop down box on the booking form at the time of making your purchase.
  • If you have a preferred airline for your upgrade quote, please mention this in the Special Request field of your Booking Form. If no specific airline is requested, the best available fare will be quoted to you.
  • Your quote will not be provided immediately and will be processed in departure date order only after the 2nd Instalment has been paid.
  • The quote will be sent via email only and will include clear instructions on how to make payment. Failure to pay by the stipulated date and time will cause the quote to expire, by which Webjet Exclusives will proceed to book the promotional airfare included in your packages.
  • If also choosing to arrival early and/or extend your stay, this will be quoted to you in conjunction with your preferred airline request.

 Should you be unsatisfied with the quote provided for your cabin upgrade, you can opt to:

1. Travel with the group as per the tour itinerary on the promotional airfare or;
2.Take the package as Land Only and receive a refund of the Land Only discount, if available.

Once your flights have been confirmed and ticketed, no further changes can be made and your booking will remain non-refundable.

Option 3: Choose an alternative airline

  • A flat fee of $250.00 per person, plus additional airfare and taxes will be quoted if choosing to travel with a premium airline for your tour.
  • Please specify your preferred airline in the Special Request field of your booking form.
  • Your quote will not be provided immediately and will be processed in departure date order only after the 2nd Instalment has been paid.
  • The quote will be sent via email only and will include clear instructions on how to make payment. Failure to pay by the stipulated date and time will cause the quote to expire, by which Webjet Exclusives will proceed to confirm your flights as per the tour itinerary.
  • If also choosing to arrival early and/or extend your stay, this will be quoted to you in conjunction with your preferred airline request.

Should you be unsatisfied with the quote provided for your airline preference, you can opt to:

1. Travel with the group as per the tour itinerary on the promotional airfare or;
2.Take the package as Land Only and receive a refund of the Land Only discount, if available.

 

Once your flights have been confirmed and ticketed, no further changes can be made and your booking will remain non-refundable.

 

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Package Inclusions
  • Return international airfares with Emirates
  • Return airport transfers
  • One-way Aswan to Cairo airfares
  • 5 nights twin share 3-4 star accommodation 
  • 4 nights on-board a deluxe 5 star Nile River cruise
  • 1 over-night twin share sleeper train from Cairo to Luxor
  • 10 Breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
  • Escorted tour guide throughout
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