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The Great Pyramid of Giza

Highlights of Egypt: Cairo & Nile cruise

7 days from £3,185pp

The Great Pyramid of Giza
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Tour highlights

  • Stay next door to the pyramids at the iconic Marriott Mena House hotel, a 19th century former hunting lodge.

  • Privately tour the Giza, Saqqara and Dahshur pyramids, one of the earliest attempts at pyramid architecture.

  • Enjoy the scenery of the Nile Valley on a romantic three-night cruise from Aswan to Luxor.

  • Take a short motorboat ride to the incredibly peaceful and tranquil Philae Temple, close to Aswan.

  • Explore lesser-known and lesser-visited temples at Edfu and Kom Ombo, dedicated to the crocodile god, Sobek.

Price includes:

  • Scheduled international and domestic flights
  • Private driver throughout your trip
  • All-inclusive board basis during your cruise
  • In-destination transfers
  • Activities and excursions as detailed
  • All accommodation
  • 24-hour support while you travel
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Itinerary idea in detail

Includes international flights from a choice of UK airports, including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

  • Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Cairo. Arriving in Cairo, you are met at the airport by your Audley representative and driven to your accommodation by your private driver. You then have the rest of the evening at leisure to settle into your hotel.

  • This morning, your private guide and driver will meet you at your hotel for a full-day tour of the pyramids at Giza, Saqqara and Dahshur. At Dahshur, you visit its Bent Pyramid, one of the earliest attempts at pyramid architecture. You then venture inside the Red Pyramid before moving on to see the stepped pyramid of Saqqara. Finish with the most iconic and largest pyramids at Giza, where you will also see the Sphinx.

  • Enjoy a day at leisure to explore Cairo under your own steam. The Egyptian Museum is a definite highlight and hosts over 160,000 artefacts, from ancient Egyptian leather sandals to King Tutankhamun’s iconic death mask. Alternatively, you could head to downtown Cairo and Khan el-Khalili and explore the chaotic souqs selling a range of trinkets and Egyptian memorabilia.

  • Today, you have an early start and are taken to the airport by your private driver before boarding your short internal flight to Aswan. There, you embark on your Nile cruise ship. After settling into your cabin and getting acquainted with the boat, you disembark for a small group guided tour of the High Dam and the Temple of Philae. The rest of the evening is yours to spend at leisure.

  • This morning, sail north to Kom Ombo and visit the Temple of Sobek and Haroeris in a small guided group. After lunch, visit the Temple of Horus in Edfu. Your guide will take you through the different halls and antechambers, explaining their significance, before you reach the inner Sanctuary of Horus. Then, rejoin the boat and sail to Esna, where you will moor overnight.

  • This morning the boat crosses the famous Esna lock before sailing to Luxor. On arrival, you visit the West Bank. In the Valley of the Kings, take the opportunity to go inside a tomb and see the vividly preserved hieroglyphics. The tombs you can enter change daily to avoid an excess of moisture damaging the interiors, so your guide will confirm on the day which ones you will visit. You also visit the Temple of Hatshepsut and the Colossi of Memnon.

  • After spending your final night on board, you visit the Temples of Karnak and Luxor on Luxor's East Bank on your last morning in Egypt. Karnak Temple is particularly impressive and boasts 134 giant sandstone columns designed in the form of papyrus stalks. Sadly, it’s now time to depart Egypt, so your local representative and driver take you to Luxor Airport for your flight to Cairo. From there, you will continue your onward journey. Your return flight will arrive the same day.

Accommodation options

While the itinerary price reflects the suggested accommodation, Audley trips are 100% tailor-made, and a specialist can help you select the option best suited to your tastes and budget.

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