Premium Experience Feb 2019

14 DAYS 13 NIGHTS

Tour Description

Pink Lotus Egypt Tours invites you to join our 'ALL INCLUSIVE' Premium Tour of Ancient Egypt
​This tour of Egypt has been carefully designed to provide an in-depth personal journey through Ancient Egypt where every day is more amazing than the day before.
Enjoy the cooler temperatures of the desert as you explore the Land of the Pharaoh's
Cruise the Nile in 5 Star luxury as you gaze at the most spectacular sunsets you can ever imagine. 
Experience the Temples of the Gods and Goddesses along the Nile River
Climb deep into the Tombs of the Pharaohs in the Valley of the Kings or float above in a Hot Air Balloon.
Wander the narrow streets of Khan el Khalili Bazaar Cairo's oldest market that dates back to the 14th century.

Tour Highlights

  • AWESOME VALUE - No hidden extras
  • NO STRESS -We take care of everything from the moment we collect you from the airport, including paying the tips for all the services throughout the trip
  • Pyramids of Giza
  • Egyptian Museum, including the famous funerary mask of King Tut
  • Nile River Cruise
  • Abu Simbel
  • Temples of Edfu, Komombo, Karnak & Luxor
  • Tombs in the Valley of the Kings
  • Sailing in a felucca as the sun sets on the Nile
  • ...and so many more magical moments
  • Perfect balance of history, fun, sun and relaxation
  • Pink Lotus Egypt Tours 'ALL INCLUSIVE' promise
  • Begin your trip in Deluxe accommodation at the historic Mena House, located directly opposite the Pyramids
  • All entrance fees included
  • Abu Simbel visit included
  • Visit Luxor Temple by Night followed by delicious dinner included
  • Internal Flights - no overnight train with us!!

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Day 1: Arrival Day: Cairo

Sunday 
​Welcome to Egypt


You will be met at Cairo International Airport by a representative from Pink Lotus Egypt Tours and transferred to your hotel at the foot of the Pyramids, Marriott Mena House
The drive to the hotel takes around an hour and it's a one of a kind experience! Make sure you have your camera ready.
 
This evening we enjoy our ‘Welcome Dinner’ of authentic Egyptian Cuisine at a local restaurant.
 
Meals: Dinner

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Day 2: Saqqara, Dahshur & Carpet School

Monday 

Visit the Step Pyramid, the world's oldest major stone structure. It was built in the 3rd Dynasty (around 2700 BC) for King Zoser.  
We then visit the Red Pyramid and Bent Pyramid of King Snefru at Dahshur.
Dahshur is a famous royal necropolis in Egypt that holds many famous Pyramids.
Saqqara is world famous for its traditional carpet making schools so we will visit one while in the area.
A traditional Egyptian lunch will be served at a local restaurant.
 
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

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Day 3: Pyramids and Sphinx at Giza

Tuesday 
Today we will explore the Giza Plateau, your chance to personally stand where the Ancient Egyptians stood thousands of years ago, next to the Great Pyramid of Cheops, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World and the only one that still exists.  Later, an experience not to miss is venturing down into the burial chamber of Menkaure (Third Pyramid).
We continue our adventure with a camel ride through the Sahara for those who are interested (optional extra cost).
We finish our visit to the plateau with the Guardian Angel of the area, the monolithic and iconic Sphinx.
The day is not over yet, we will visit the government regulated Papyrus Institute. We will now experience how the ancients recorded their history on the first paper ever produced.
See the processes and efforts it took to make this ancient form of paper. Also, enjoy the beautiful illustrative Egyptian art and stories painted depicting Egyptian lifestyle and culture.
Back to the hotel for quick freshen up.
We will end our day watching the sunset over the Sahara as we enjoy our dinner.
 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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Day 4: Egyptian Museum, Perfumery & Flight to Aswan

Wednesday 
Stepping into the energy of the city that never sleeps, we experience the crazy Cairo traffic as we drive into downtown Cairo and Tahrir Square, scene of the 2011 revolution and location of the Egyptian Museum.
The current Egyptian Museum was built before the discovery of the treasures of King Tutankhamen and his famous solid gold funerary mask so it is overflowing with ancient artefacts and would take many, many visits to see in its entirety so we highlight the best of the best.
This afternoon we will visit a local perfume and essence factory to learn about Chakra Healing Oils that date back to the time of the Pharaoh’s and all their healing benefits. 
Here at the perfumery you can also purchase the base oil of your favourite fragrance.
Tonight we will fly south to Aswan, (internal flights included).
Transfer to our Hotel, Movenpick Aswan located on the Nile River.

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Day 5: Philae Temple, Egyptian Cotton & Aswan Market

Thursday 
Today we take a relaxing motor boat ride to Agilkia Island to visit the awesome Philae Temple, one of the most visited Temples in Nubia which was saved from a watery grave by UNESCO after the construction of the Aswan Dam.
Philae Temple was dedicated to the goddess Isis, the wife of Osiris and mother of Horus.
Egyptian Cotton is famous worldwide for its high quality, whether you prefer luxurious bed sheets or delicately embroidered clothing you will be able to purchase some at very reasonable prices at a local factory here in Aswan.
Dinner tonight will be a special local experience.
After dinner we will wander through Aswan Market before going back to our hotel.
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

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Day 6: Abu Simbel / Embark Nile Cruise

Friday 
An early start today, so we can explore Abu Simbel. Great Temple of Ramses II, carved in the mountain on the west bank of the Nile between 1274 and 1244 BC and dedicated to the gods Ra-Horakhty, Amun and Ptah. This temple is aligned in such a way that, twice a year the first rays of the rising sun penetrate the temple, through the vestibule and into the sanctuary, where they illuminate the figures of the gods except Ptah. The Temple of Hathor is dedicated to Queen Nefertari, Ramses beloved wife. Return to Aswan to join our luxurious Nile River Cruise Boat Sonesta Star Goddess

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Day 7: Nile Cruise/Komombo/Edfu


Saturday 
After an early morning sailing and breakfast on-board we visit Komombo, the dual temple of Horus & Sobek. Here at Komombo we ask you to ponder your dualities, the good and the bad, the old and the new, the past and the present, the highs and the lows, the strengths and the weaknesses, the successes and lessons.
We return to our Cruise Boat and enjoy an afternoon sailing towards Edfu; The Temple of Edfu is the second largest temple in Egypt. It is also known as the Temple of Horus (the falcon-headed God) and it is the most beautiful and well-preserved of all the Egyptian temples.
Afternoon Tea on the Sun Deck
Dress like an Egyptian at the Galabeya Party tonight hosted in the lounge on-board

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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Day 8: Nile Cruise/Luxor Temple


Sunday 
If we are all up for it we will do sunrise on the Nile, a memory that will last a lifetime. 
After lots of sites over the last few days we relax and enjoy the Nile, have a massage on board or enjoy a swim in the pool on the Sun-Deck.
Tonight we will visit the magnificent Luxor Temple.
Luxor Temple is a great temple complex in modern Luxor dedicated to Amun, a creator god often fused with the sun-god Ra into Amun-Ra.
Luxor Temple is huge in scale, it once housed a village within its walls. Later additions include a shrine to Alexander the Great, a Roman sanctuary, and an Islamic shrine to a 13th-century holy man.
Wonderful photo opportunities at a causeway, lined by sphinxes that once led all the way to Karnak Temples. This road known as the Sacred Way or Avenue of Sphinxes.
Return to the boat for dinner & Belly Dance Show in the lounge.
 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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Day 9: Karnak Temple

Hot Air Balloon, Karnak Temples & Jewellery
Monday 
Optional Hot Air Balloon USD100, float high above the Nile & Valley of the Kings.
Breakfast on board then we sadly have to check out from cruise. Trust us you will be sad!
 
Karnak Temple at the East bank of the River Nile, the temple complex is huge, covering an area of 1 ½ x 3 km dedicated to the Pharaoh Amun and was also the centre of his worship for his wife Mut and their son Khons. There are over 25 temples and chapels in the complex.
The Karnak complex includes several of the finest examples of ancient Egyptian design and architecture. Among them is the Hypostyle Hall, considered one of the world’s great architectural achievements.
It is filled with 134 enormous pillars, the highest 70 feet tall, and each about 45 feet around.
 
For those who might like to have their very own cartouche made we will visit a jewellery shop that can custom make one for you and have it ready before we leave Luxor.
 
Dinner tonight is another very special experience.
Overnight in Luxor Sonesta St George, again positioned on the edge of the Nile River.
 
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

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Day 10: Valley of the Kings/Hatshepsut

West Bank of Luxor
 Tuesday 
Enjoy a visit to the Valley of the Kings. Climb down into the spectacularly decorated tombs of the Pharaohs. 
After that, we visit the Mortuary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut.  The name Deir el-Bahri means ‘Northern Monastery’, indicating that the site was once used by Christian monks. Prior to the coming of Christianity, however, the site was a complex of mortuary temples and tombs built by the ancient Egyptians. Hatshepsut is arguably one of the most formidable women in ancient Egypt. Hatshepsut was the first female ruler of ancient Egypt to reign as a male with the full authority of pharaoh. 
 
Today we will visit a local alabaster factory and see how the hand-made pieces are created.
 
Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

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Day 11: Dendera

Wednesday 
The Temple of Hathor is located in Dendara is a magnificent sight with its main building virtually intact, with twisting stairways carved with hieroglyphs.
In the evening, free time at leisure.
 
Meals: Breakfast

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Day 12: Cairo

Thursday

Return to Cairo and back to where we started opposite the Great Pyramid of Giza
Depending on flights times we may have late checkout in Luxor so relax and enjoy the pool, visit the day spa for a well earned massage treatment or book in for a facial at the beauty salon.
​If we arrive in Cairo early the same facilities are available at this hotei.
​Either way it's a day to relax and enjoy.
 
Meals: Breakfast

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Day 13: Cairo City Tour

Friday 
Cairo City Tour Religous Sites and Shopping


After breakfast, we start our day in Old Coptic Cairo (Hanging Church, Church of Abu Serga & Ben Ezra Synagogue), and then we visit Mohamed Ali Alabaster Mosque inside the Citadel of Salah El Din.  Continue driving to the area of Islamic Cairo, where we will be able to explore Khan El Khalili, Cairo’s old bazaar.

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
 

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Day 14: Departure from Cairo

Saturday 
Enjoy one last breakfast as you gaze at the Pyramids then sadly, it is time to return home.
A representative of Pink Lotus Egypt Tours will transfer you to Cairo International Airport and assist with all check-in procedures.
 
Meals: Breakfast

Package Includes

  • Twin/Double USD3499 per person
  • Single USD USD4399
  • Meet and greet service tour representatives at Cairo airport.
  • All transfers to/from airport and hotel by a private air-conditioned vehicle.
  • Accommodation at 5 star hotels including breakfast.
  • Internal Flights Cairo/Aswan and Luxor/Cairo.
  • Accommodation for 3 nights on a 5 star superior Nile Cruise on full board.
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner during Nile River Cruise.
  • Either lunch or dinner every day, depending on our schedule.
  • All sightseeing tours in Cairo, Luxor and Aswan as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • All sightseeing tours on the cruise are private guided tours.
  • Entrance fees to all sites as indicated on the itinerary.
  • English-speaking tour guide during your tours.
  • Bottled water during your tour and transfers.
  • Tips for all services as per the itinerary (transport, hotel staff, site staff etc.) except the tour guide.

Package Excluds

  • International Airfare.
  • Travel Insurance.
  • Entry visa to Egypt ($US 25 at Cairo Airport).
  • Any optional tours.
  • Pre or post tour accommodation
  • Personal spending.
  • Hot Air Balloon
  • Tip for our tour guide. Industry standard, between $US 5-10 per day, however I have always felt it is based on "reward for service" and relative to how much you enjoyed the tour.

Price:U$D 3499

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