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The Spectacular Nile Plus Abu Simbel

8 days from only £1,899pp

Experience more with so much included

  • Guided tour of the amazing temples of Karnak and Luxor
  • Visit the pharaohs’ tombs in the Valley of the Kings and the temple of Hatshepsut
  • Visit King Tutankhamun’s tomb
  • Discover the stunning temples at Kom Ombo and Philae in Aswan
  • Enjoy an afternoon sail on a traditional felucca around Kitchener’s Island
  • Visit Abu Simbel, the incredible rock temples built by Ramses II
  • Return direct scheduled flights
  • Seven nights on board, with a choice of spacious cabins, all with river views
  • All meals included, plus complimentary on-board tea and coffee
  • The services of our experienced and insightful tour manager throughout  

Departures in October & November 2019 and January to April 2020

 
At a Glance
7 nights on the MS Hamees
Return flights & transfers
Programme of daily tours & visits
Full board
Complimentary on-board tea & coffee
Complimentary on-board Wi-Fi (speeds may vary)
Checked Luggage
 

Overview

According to Herodotus, the ancient Greek historian, the Egyptian civilisation was ‘the gift of the Nile’ – perhaps never have so few words so clearly encapsulated the very basis of a whole culture and its empire. The Nile then, as now, is the lifeblood of Egypt and it’s extraordinary just how little has changed along its verdant banks over the millennia. Our five-star Nile cruise explores the mighty monuments, intriguing history and extraordinary artistic masterpieces from the oldest of all the ancient civilisations.

We fly to Luxor, known as Thebes in ancient times and centred on the two great temple complexes of ancient Egypt – Karnak and Luxor. Situated on the East Bank of the Nile, both are dedicated to the sun god, Amun Ra, the giver of life. Karnak’s 134 gigantic columns stretch up to 80 feet high and are covered in hieroglyphics – look carefully for traces of the original colours that are still visible. More than 30 pharaohs added to and improved the site over a period of 600 years, right up to the time of Cleopatra.

The West Bank, where the sun sets, was reserved for the funerary temples of the pharaohs and their underground tombs – the famous Valley of the Kings. Here we’ll have the incredible experience of following in Howard Carter’s footsteps when we enter King Tutankhamun’s tomb and imagine his sense of wonder as he peered through the darkness to discover the one and only pharaoh’s tomb that remains intact. Only three tombs may be visited at a time and these may vary, as some are closed on a rotating basis to protect them from too much exposure to humidity created by visitors.

As our ship sails south, you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy the passing scenery from the sun deck or plunge pool with a cool drink in hand. We pass the great docks at Esna and spend some time in Aswan, so you can enjoy the town and visit the Aswan High Dam and temple of Isis at Philae, as well as experience an atmospheric afternoon sail on a traditional felucca.

Early next morning we board the short flight for our included visit to the incredible temples of Abu Simbel. This is surely one of the great highlights of any visit to Egypt! Built in the 12th-century BC, the temples were covered with sand and forgotten until their rediscovery in 1813 by the Swiss explorer, Jean-Louis Burckhardt, who also discovered Petra in Jordan. Upon our return to Aswan, we visit a typical Nubian village on one of the islands in the Nile to get a glimpse of local life.

As our ship sails back north, visit the riverside temple complex at Kom Ombo, which is uniquely dedicated to two gods and features some of the earliest depictions of surgical instruments.

Today’s Egyptians are immensely proud of their ancient lineage, and with typical Middle Eastern courtesy and hospitality, they are some of the friendliest and most welcoming people you are likely to meet.

Your Itinerary

Price Includes

The price of this holiday is per person, based on two people sharing a twin cabin. The price includes seven nights’ accommodation on the MS Hamees with breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, all tours as mentioned, scheduled flights as mentioned, airport departure taxes, all local accommodation taxes, transfers and the services of a Riviera Travel tour manager.

Please note an Egyptian visa is not included in the price, see below for more information. 

Useful Information

Transfer Times

All transfer times listed here are approximate, and dependent on traffic. If you have a question regarding transfer times please don't hesitate to contact us

Airport Ship location Transfer time
Luxor International Airport Luxor 30 mins

Fact File

  • Currency: Egyptian Pound
  • Deposit: £250 per person
  • Flight Time: Approx. 5 hrs 40 mins
  • Language: Arabic
  • Time Zone: GMT+2
  • Country: Egypt

Visas

All British passport holders require an Egyptian visa. This is available on arrival at Cairo airport for £20 per person in cash (in UK pounds), or from the Egyptian Consulate in London prior to departure.You may now also obtain an e-visa online prior to departure, please visit www.visa2egypt.gov.eg.

Please ensure that you have at least one empty page in your passport and that it is valid for at least 6 months after your return date.

Visa fees are subject to change without notice and are non-refundable.

Whilst care has been taken to ensure that the information provided relating to visa requirements is true and correct at the time of publication, changes in requirements after this time of publication may impact on the accuracy of this information. therefore, whilst we strive to provide the most up-to-date information, we strongly suggest that you re-confirm requirements with the relevant embassy prior to travel.

Health

Whilst the travelling schedule shall pose no problems for people of any age in normal physical health, we would point out that in visiting a number of historical sites, paths are uneven and uphill and we often enjoy walking tours of the main sights.

A reasonable level of fitness is required to get the best out of this tour, for example there are no lifts on board the MS Darakum and entry into some of the tombs in the Valley of the Kings involves steep descents with numerous narrow steps. Therefore this holiday will not be suitable for clients of greatly impaired mobility.

Daytime temperature levels will also be high for most of the year and in summer months most excursions start early in order to avoid excessive midday desert heat.

Please consult your GP regarding the appropriate inoculations required for Egypt at least a month before departure.

Mobility

We want to ensure you make the correct choice before you book your holiday with us. If you have any concerns regarding the suitability of the holiday due to reduced mobility we would encourage you to call us to discuss these concerns. General information on mobility in connection with our tours can be found here.

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