Premium Experience Oct 2018

14 DAYS 13 NIGHTS

Tour Description

Our ALL-INCLUSIVE 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.
​We have packed as much as possible into these two memorable weeks, whilst allowing regular down-time to allow you to absorb the energy of these Ancient sites.
​Being an all inclusive package, everything is taken care of from the moment you arrive at Cairo International Airport.
​As we specialise in small group experiences, our priority is to ensure the most memorable trip of your lifetime. 
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: Welcome to Egypt

Arrival Day
Saturday 6th October


You will be met at Cairo International Airport by a representative from Pink Lotus Egypt Tours and transferred to our hotel at the foot of the Pyramids, Marriott Mena House Hotel
The drive to the hotel takes around an hour and it's a one of a kind experience! Make sure you have your camera close by. There will be plenty of 'only in Egypt' moments to capture.
​Your tour of Ancient Egypt begins on the famous Giza Plateau and Mena House is one the most iconic hotels in Egypt with a fascinating history dating back to 1869 and famously accommodated Winston Churchill during the war. 
Appreciate the true meaning of the word 'unique' at the Marriott Mena House in a setting that has captivated travellers through the ages, where the timeless majesty of the Great Pyramids of Giza cast their spell. The tranquility and fresh, sweet breezes have attracted royalty and the rich and famous to this magical location for 150 years, offering an irresistible escape from the bustling city of Cairo just 45 minutes away. The Marriott Mena House, Cairo merges the exceptional heritage of the Pyramids standing gloriously as a witness of over 7000 years of civilization and Marriott International's 21st Century tradition of innovation.
The Marriott Mena House, Cairo comprises 331 luxury rooms and suites, many boasting views of the Pyramids, the lavish gardens or the swimming pool, four restaurants and lounges, expansive indoor and outdoor meetings and banquet facilities, a heated swimming pool and a health club.

 
We enjoy our ‘Welcome Dinner’ of authentic Egyptian Cuisine at a local restaurant.
 
Meals: Dinner

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Day 2: Saqqara & Dahshur

Sunday 7th October
Saqqara, Dahshur & Carpet School
Your tour of Egypt begins today with a visit to the Step Pyramid, the world's oldest major stone structure. It was built in the 3rd Dynasty (around 2700 BC) for King Zoser.  
​Maybe not as famous as the Great Pyramids of Giza but this is where pyramid building all began. These areas we visit today showcase the early architecture of the Pharaoh's.
We then visit the Red Pyramid and Bent Pyramid of King Snefru at Dahshur.
Dahshur is a famous royal necropolis (cemetery) 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

Monday 8th October 
Giza Pyramids, the Sphinx & the Papyrus Institute
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

Tuesday 9th October
Egyptian Museum, Perfumery & Flight to Aswan
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.
​*Please note the new Grand Egyptian Museum is under construction however we are not able to confirm if it will be open for our visit this October.
This afternoon we will visit a local perfume and essence factory to learn about ancient 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 like Ralph Lauren, Marc Jacobs or Fendi
Tonight we will fly south to Aswan, (internal flights included).
Transfer to our Hotel in Aswan, located on the Nile River.

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Day 5: Aswan & Philae Temple

Wednesday 10th October
Philae Temple, Egyptian Cotton & Aswan Market
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, it
is one the most memorable temples we visit.
This temple is an integral part of our tour of Egypt, everyone who visits feels a very special connection, sometimes indescribable and always emotional, it oozes feminine energy and Goddess Isis reconnects us with our innate healing powers, it is beloved by healers from all over the world.
Goddess Isis supports everyone’s quest to reclaim their individual power and take responsibility for their healing journey. She shows us our ability to heal ourselves and to heal others. Isis can help to awaken your healing abilities and healing intuition, your ability to communicate with the physical body and to intuit any needs you may have for healing. She empowers you to use the healing power of love and gratitude and to raise the energy level of the physical body by connecting to Source.

Our shopping visit today is a local store selling a huge selection of cotton items.  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 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

Thursday 11th October
Abu Simbel / Embark Nile Cruise
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 floating hotel, for our 3 day Nile River Cruise 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Day 7: Nile Cruise

Friday 12th October
Nile Cruise/Komombo/Edfu

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.
The southern half of the temple was dedicated to the crocodile god Sobek and Khonsu
Meanwhile, the northern part of the temple was dedicated to the falcon god Haroeris the Elder.
The temple is atypical because everything is perfectly symmetrical along the main axis.
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 tone he 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

Saturday 13th October
Luxor Temple by Night
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

Sunday 14th October
Hot Air Balloon, Karnak Temples & Jewellery

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 Kings and Hatshepsut

Monday 15th October
​West Bank of Luxor

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: Dendara

Tuesday 16th October
​Dendara

The Temple of Hathor is located in Dendara is a magnificent sight with its main building virtually intact, with twisting stairways carved with hieroglyphs.
Hathor was also regarded as a goddess of healing, and this is evident in the presence of a sanatorium in the temple complex. Here, pilgrims would come to be cured by the goddess. Sacred water (which was made holy by having it poured onto statues inscribed with sacred texts) was used for bathing, unguents were dispensed by the priests of Hathor, and sleeping quarters were provided for those hoping that the goddess would appear in their dreams, and so aid them.
In the evening, free time at leisure.
 
Meals: Breakfast

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Day 12: Cairo

Wednesday 17th October
Flight to Cairo

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

Thrsday 18th October
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

Friday 19th October
​Departure Day


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

  • Double/Twin Share USD3499 per person
  • Single 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.
  • Sound and Light Show at Pyramids.
  • 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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