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Discovery tour of the Great Pyramids, exquisite temples and treasures of Ancient Egypt

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2024 Tour code: EYJ24

About the tour

Discover the secrets of the great Pharaohs, exploring the ancient cities of Cairo, Alexandria and Luxor, then enjoy a cruise along the Nile to experience Egypt's great temples, sacred monuments and archaeological treasures.

Unforgettable Experiences

MS Movenpick Sunray
MS Movenpick Sunray
Experience the unique scenery of the River Nile, from Luxor to Aswan, from the comfort of our elegant cruise ship.
Karnak and Luxor Temples
Karnak and Luxor Temples
Visit the vast temple complex of Karnak and the exquisite Luxor Temple.
Edfu and Kom Ombo Temples
Edfu and Kom Ombo Temples
Discover the extraordinary Edfu and Kom Ombo Temples.
Cairo and the Great Pyramids
Cairo and the Great Pyramids
Spend a day exploring Cairo on a guided tour of the Great Pyramids, the Sphinx and the Egyptian museum.
Valley of the Kings
Valley of the Kings
Wander through the awe-inspiring Valley of the Kings and see the beautiful Temple of Queen Hatshepsut.
Traditional Felucca to Kitchener Island
Traditional Felucca to Kitchener Island
Sail onboard a traditional Felucca, across to Kitchener Island.

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Cairo

Our journey starts at London Heathrow where we fly to Cairo. On arrival we transfer to our hotel, the five-star riverfront Cairo Sheraton, where we have dinner and spend the night. We are introduced to our tour guide, an Egyptologist, who will guide us as we visit Egypt's many sensational sights.

Day 2 - Alexandria

After an early breakfast we travel by train to the port city of Alexandria and transfer to our Hilton hotel. Our guide shows us the highlights of Alexandria, and we visit the catacombs, the Alexandria lighthouse, Roman theatre and the impressive monolith, Pompey's Pillar. We enjoy lunch at a restaurant overlooking the Mediterranean, then visit the ancient Library of Alexandria, the world's most famous library of Classical antiquity. The building is extraordinary, not only for its priceless collection of Classical literature, but also for its incredible architecture.

Day 3 – El Alamein Excursion

This morning we leave Alexandria and travel by coach to the site of El Alamein Battlefield, regarded as one of the significant victories of World War Two. We continue by coach towards Cairo, visiting the beautiful village of Wadi El-Natrun enroute, where we have a guided tour. Wadi El-Natrun is a desert valley and village with twelve lakes and a fascinating history which our guide expands upon. The site was important in ancient Egypt as the area was rich in mineral salts, that were widely used in the mummification process. Later it became a sanctuary for Christians fleeing Roman persecution and a monastic order was formed. Of the dozens of original monasteries here, only four have survived. We stay in West Cairo, close to the Great pyramids.

Day 4 - Great Pyramids and the Sphinx

After breakfast we set out on a full day of touring the extraordinary pyramids, the city of Cairo and the Great Egyptian Museum. The Great Pyramid of Giza is the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and the only one to have survived modernity, remaining largely intact.

Our Egyptologist guide shares their knowledge of this spectacular tomb, and about the exquisite Great Sphinx - one of the most recognisable statues in the world which stands next to the pyramids it was built to protect. Our tour includes a visit to the new Grand Egyptian Museum, whose long-anticipated opening is expected in 2023. The archaeological museum is set to be the largest in the world and will house important artifacts of ancient Egypt, in particular the entire Tutankhamun collection.

Day 5 - Cairo to Luxor

This morning we embark on a train journey through the heart of Egypt from Cairo to Luxor, arriving in the evening. With a picnic lunch provided, from our windows we gain an insight into daily life along the Nile as we pass through bustling towns and view fertile fields and low-lying hills.

Arriving in Luxor, we check into our 5-star hotel overlooking the banks of the Nile for one night. Our hotel has excellent facilities including an outdoor pool and a restaurant which offers a good range of Middle Eastern and international cuisine. If you'd like to explore the city, Luxor's restaurants, shops and cafés are only a short taxi ride away.

Day 6 - East Bank of the Nile, Karnak and Luxor temples

After breakfast we are transferred to our elegant cruise ship, which combines comfort with a touch of luxury, to embark on a four night, full board cruise (excluding drinks), from Luxor to Aswan. Today we visit two of Egypt's most important sites on the East Bank. The ancient Karnak Temples complex is Egypt's largest and one of its most sacred sites, constructed nearly 2,000 years ago under the rule of several Pharaohs. The fantastic Luxor Temple is in the middle of the city.

Day 7 – West Bank of the Nile, Valley of the Kings and Queens

Today we enjoy a relaxing day of cruising down the Nile, with breakfast, lunch and dinner on board. We explore the West Bank of the Nile: the Valley of the Kings and the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, a beautiful mortuary temple dedicated to the longest ruling female of Ancient Egypt. After our guided tour we return to our ship and set sail to Edfu via Esna where we overnight. We enjoy lunch, afternoon tea and dinner aboard our cruise ship.

Day 8 – Edfu and Kom Ombo Temples

After breakfast on board this morning we arrive in the town of Edfu in Upper Egypt. Here we tour the beautiful Temple of Edfu, also known as the Temple of Horus (the falcon-headed God) with our specialist guide. The temple is a mixture of traditional Egyptian construction combined with Greek influences. We return to our ship for lunch then take an afternoon excursion, to the Kom Ombo Temple, an unusual double temple which is completely symmetrical. Dinner is served on board.

Day 9 – Aswan High Dam, Philae Temple and Unfinished Obelisk

During breakfast this morning we sail to Aswan, enjoying views of the riverbanks from our ship. On arrival we tour the impressive High Dam, the fascinating Philae Temple which dates back to the cult of Isis, and the Unfinished Obelisk, an example of the incredible stone masonry of the ancient Egyptians. We return to enjoy a leisurely lunch on our cruise ship. This afternoon we join a traditional wooden sailing boat, known as a felucca, for a relaxing trip to Kitchener Island, presented to Lord Kitchener in the 1890s as a reward for leading the Egyptian army's successful campaigns in Sudan. He made the island his home and filled it with exotic flowers and rare plants from as far as India and Malaysia. This delightful island is less than 1 kilometre long and ½ kilometre wide.

We enjoy a last dinner on board the Movenpick MS Sunray .

Day 10 – Abu Simbel and Cairo

We leave our cruise ship early this morning, with a pre-prepared breakfast box, for a short flight to the magnificent site of Abu Simbel. There we visit the colossal twin temples, cut from rock and situated on Lake Nasser. The temples were originally carved during the reign of Pharaoh Ramesses II and are a lasting monument to this ancient Egyptian king. After our tour we take a flight back to Cairo where we return to our first hotel, the central Cairo Sheraton.

Day 11- Cairo sightseeing tour

Back in the buzzing capital, Cairo, we enjoy a final guided tour of the city sights. We visit the Coptic museum, which contains the world's largest collection of Coptic Christian artifacts and traces the history of Egypt. We also visit the intriguing Coptic Hanging church - also known as the Suspended Church - and the Jewish Synagogue. According to local folklore, the synagogue is located on the site where baby Moses was found. This evening we enjoy a final dinner with our group, overlooking the Nile.

Day 12 – Cairo to London Heathrow

After a morning at leisure we take an afternoon flight back to London Heathrow.

Additional information

Mobility information

Due to the nature of our tours they are generally unsuitable for those with restricted mobility. If you’d like to discuss any particular holiday with us in this respect, then please don’t hesitate to call us.

Hotels

Hilton Alexandria Corniche, Alexandria

Hilton Alexandria Corniche, Alexandria

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Sheraton Cairo Hotel & Casino, Cairo

Sheraton Cairo Hotel & Casino, Cairo

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Sonesta St George Hotel, Luxor

Sonesta St George Hotel, Luxor

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Crowne Plaza, West Cairo Arkan

Crowne Plaza, West Cairo Arkan

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Ship

MS Movenpick Sunray

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D Houghton

5 stars

Submitted 9/Feb

This was a wonderful experience, our guide John, traveline and our egyptologist Salah all went out ot their way to give us the very best holiday possible and we loved it. All the hotels were 5 star and our boat was amazing, they looked after us so well, we felt very spoilt. The trip was full on, we saw all the important sites and Salah gave us all the information we needed to help understand the story of what we were seeing. We travelled the length of the Nile in Egypt and each place we stopped had its own treasures and wonders. Thank you GRJ for taking us on such a magical journey.

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Jane

5 stars

Submitted 5/Feb

First class.

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K Smith

5 stars

Submitted 3/Feb

A truly magical experience that certainly exceeded all expectations. The services provided by GRJ, Traveline (local agent), John Goslin (Tour Manager) and Salah (Egyptologist) were delivered with professionalism, enthusiasm and absolute focus on customer engagement/enjoyment/safety. A ‘bucket list’ wish fulfilled.

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Helen Carpenter

5 stars

Submitted 31/Jan

Exhilarating. This tour was full-on and non-stop with a first class tour manager and exceptional guide Salah. Stick with it and you will see sights which will blow your mind.

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Mick S.

5 stars

Submitted 31/Jan

This tour exceeded our expectations and then some. We saw all the major ancient monuments, the Cairo museum, El Alamein and several other interesting places. We had an excellent leader from Great Rail and our Egyptian guide Salah, who stayed with us throughout the tour, was superb. The hotel quality was indeed 5 star as was the Nile cruise where the staff outnumbered our group. Very highly recommended!

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Richard

5 stars

Submitted 31/Jan

Brilliant tour, well organised tours, hotels transport. Excellent guides. Really enjoyed the Cairo to Luxor train as a unique insight. It was a bit hard going with early starts and late finishes.

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