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ANNUAL NILE CRUISE

Hosted by the Consul of the Cairo City Outings & Adventure Group
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Wed 07 Mar 09:00 - Sat 10 Mar 16:00

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Annual Nile Cruise

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Transportation between CAIRO and LUXOR or back from ASWAN is NOT INCLUDED [see below for details]

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Join us for what has become our annual Nile Cruise - four days & three nights, starting from Aswan and sailing to Luxor.

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M/S Blue Nile Shadow Nile Cruise
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ASWAN: High Dam & Philae Temple

After enjoying your first views of Aswan and breakfast on board we will visit the High Dam; an engineering miracle which built in the Protected content , by van with a/c. The van will also take us to the local docks where we will take a small local boat to Egilika Island to visit Philae temple; considered by many to be the most beautiful temple in Egypt, where your guide will orient you on a walking tour through the temple followed by some free time to explore or enjoy the cafe. After returning to the ship for dinner you may have time to enjoy a local felucca (small traditional sailing vessel) or you may consider using the time to visit more of Aswan such as the famous historical Cataract Hotel < Protected content

Meals included: Lunch & Dinner

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ON THE NILE: Edfu & Kom Ombo

While sailing to Aswan, we will make brief stops at Edfu after breakfast, to see one of several temples built during the Ptolemaic period, where you will discover the huge temple dedicated to the God Horus by horse & carriage. There will be time to visit the colourful local bazaars on your way where you find a variety of beautiful local items. Alabaster and cotton originate from this region of Egypt and are usually available for fantastic prices here or in Aswan. After lunch on board, we will sail to Kom Ombo, where you can visit the unusual double temple dedicated to the crocodile God Sobek and the God Haroer is. There are also a number of mummified crocodiles here. We continue sailing overnight.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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LUXOR: Valley of the Kings & Queen Hatshepsut temple

After breakfast on board the ship, the day will start with a tour of the West Bank. First stop will be at Valley of the Kings where generations of Pharaohs and Nobles were buried in crypts cut into the cliffs. Then you will visit Queen Hatshepsut Temple which is built into the Eastern face of the Theban Mountain as if nature herself had hewed this extraordinary monument. Last, we will visit the great two statues Colossi of Memnon, two gigantic statues that represent king Amenophis III seated on a cube shaped throne, then back to the ship for lunch. While dining we will set sail for Edfu via the Esna Locks and continue sailing overnight. There will be time to enjoy the beautiful scenery along the Nile, swim in the onboard pool, or just relax.

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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LUXOR: Karnak & Luxor temple

The day starts with with meeting your tour guide and visiting the East Bank of Luxor which includes the Karnak and Luxor temples. First stop will be at the Karnak temple, this complex is the largest place of worship ever built, and a vast open-air museum and the largest ancient religious site in the world. We will continue our tour at the Luxor temple, which was dedicated to the Theban triad Amun, Mut and Khonsu.

Private coach with a/c will pick up from the airport/rail or bus station in Luxor (if required) & deliver you to the ship for embarkation (passport or National ID card required for registration), tours and back to the ship for meals.

Meals included: Breakfast & Lunch

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Price of $275 USD/€ or £E Protected content
• A complimentary arrival Airport or Railway Station transfer to Nile Cruise Boat in Aswan on the first day of your Nile Cruise Program.

• Meet and assist service upon arrival & departure.

• Cruise personal at your service during your stay and excursions.

• All transfers by a modern air-conditioned deluxe mini van.

• Accommodation on board the 5☆ cruise with full board (meals).

• All excursions as mentioned in the itinerary above.

• Entrance fees to all sights which is mentioned in the itinerary

• A bilingual Egyptologist guide for all excursions.

• All service charges and taxes (22%).

• A complimentary departure Airport or Railway Station transfer from Nile Cruise Boat in Luxor at the end of your Nile Cruise Program.

Gratuities are not included but are much appreciated if you feel you were treated well. There is no need to provide a tip (baksheesh) to anyone during your cruise as this will be taken care of by your tour guide. However, should you wish to do so, you are welcome to provide a lump sum to your tour guide for their services before final disembarkation, as well as reimburse their expenses for baksheesh that might have been needed to smooth out any unexpected circumstances and to distribute among all the on board staff who provided assistance, including the on shore staff, such as the drivers.

Generally we meet as a group to discuss, & collect amongst ourselves and hand over a lump sum with suggestions for allocation on check out.

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TRANSPORTATION

There are 4 options to travel to Luxor from Cairo:

(1) Rail: "Deluxe Overnight Sleeper": $110.00 USD ONE WAY for non-Egyptians on the sleeper train that can be booked at < Protected content

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"Daytime /Night time Air-Conditioned Train": £E Protected content EGP with reclinable seats (less for 2nd class)
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Takes up to 9-hours and includes meals & beverages

(2) Bus: "Elite plus" £E275.00 or "Deluxe plus" £E165.00 or "Royal Class" £E195.00 or "New Deluxe Class" £E175.00 ONE WAY from Cairo to Luxor with GO bus (use the promo code "Egypt2018" for 20% discount) Book here: < Protected content & you can also choose your seat or call Protected content . All buses generally move from their Cairo at night, except the Royal class which leaves mid-afternoon. (Go Bus does not go to Aswan - there is a train between Luxor and Aswan that is only a couple of hours so you can book a return ticket from Cairo to Luxor) and payment can be made online, or by Fawry or COD.

(3) Plane: around £E1627.00/ $90 USD & up ONE WAY from Cairo to Aswan and £E1127.00/ $60 USD & up from Luxor to Cairo < Protected content It takes just over an hour. (There is also a train between Luxor and Aswan that is only a couple of hours if you want to book a return ticket from Cairo to Luxor )

(4) Private car: £E800.00/ $50USD (includes petrol, car & driver from Cairo to Aswan [982KM] return from Luxor [721KM] to Cairo) less if sharing with others <this can be booked through the consul>

***By private vehicle it is best to leave as early as possible from Cairo to miss peak hour traffic (16:00) & get to Aswan before midnight & will require an extra night of accommodation.
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