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01756 706500
+44 1756 706500

Cairo and Ancient Egypt

Be awed by Egypt's many ancient highlights including the iconic Pyramids, the Great Sphinx and the open-air temple of Karnak on this 9-night River Nile cruise and stay. Includes return flights from the UK, hotel stays in Cairo and Aswan, shore excursions and overseas transfers.

Fly Cruise
9 nights from £2295pp

River Cruise Holiday
  • Abu Simbel
  • Cairo
  • Luxor, Nile
  • Nile
  • Sphinx
  • Temple of Karnak, Luxor

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Enjoy a three night hotel stay in Cairo visiting magnificent ancient monuments such as the Pyramids and the limestone monolith of the Sphinx. See historical artefacts in the Egyptian Museum and enjoy a home-hosted dinner with a local family. Explore the colourful Khan-El-Khalil markets and admire the hieroglyphics adorning the tombs in the Valley of the Kings.

Embark your Emerald ship in Luxor and spend four nights journeying along the famous River Nile following the ancient Pharaohs’ processions. Discover the Temple of Horus at Edfu, explore Kom Ombo temple which is dedicated to Sobek the Crocodile God and enjoy a lively Galabeyya party on board. In Aswan, learn about ancient carving techniques and see the enormous unfinished obelisk before enjoying a Nubian show on board.

Marvel at the enormous World Heritage-listed temples of Ramses II in Abu Simbel and visit a traditional Nubian village to meet the local school children and learn about life on an island in the Nile. Enjoy a final overnight stay in Cairo before this magnificent holiday comes to an end.

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Cairo and Ancient Egypt

Day 1 - UK - Cairo (Egypt)

Welcome to the bustling city of Cairo. Your journey begins as you are met at the airport and transferred to your hotel for a three-night stay in Cairo. This evening, meet your Tour Director for a tour briefing.

Day 2 - Cairo

On your first day in Cairo, be awed by the sheer magnitude of the Pyramids before marvelling at the 20-metre limestone monolith of the Sphinx. This evening, enjoy a home-hosted dinner with a local family. (B,D)

Day 3 - Cairo

Discover the priceless antiquities in the Egyptian Museum including the artefacts recovered from Tutankhamun’s tomb. Then visit one of the most fascinating and ancient markets in Cairo, the Khan-El-Khalil market. This colourful market has stocks of everything from soap powder to semiprecious stones. Perhaps spend your time at leisure exploring the Fortress of Babylon. This evening, perhaps take the opportunity to witness a light display and entertaining show at the Pyramids (extra expense). (B)

Day 4 - Cairo - Luxor

Fly to Luxor this morning and be astounded by the well-preserved, colourful hieroglyphics adorning the tombs in the Valley of the Kings on the West Bank of the Nile. Visit the Monument of Queen Hatshepsut, and statues of the Colossi of Memnon before embarking your Emerald ship. Later, visit the vast open-air temple complex of Karnak and stroll through the impressive Hypostyle Hall. (B,L,D)

Day 5 - River Nile

In Dendera, marvel at the vibrant colours of the hieroglyphics adorning the roof of the Hathor’s Temple before returning to Luxor for a guided tour of the temple complex which straddles the banks of the Nile. This evening, enjoy a belly dance performance on board. (B,L,D)

Day 6 - River Nile

Follow the course of the ancient Pharaohs’ processions along the Nile as you cruise south, where villages and majestic temples line the banks of the river against the backdrop of the desert. Discover the Temple of Horus at Edfu, the most completely preserved complex in Egypt. This afternoon, explore Kom Ombo temple, perched high on the east bank and dedicated to Sobek, the crocodile god. On board this evening, enjoy a lively Galabeyya party with Egyptian delicacies, music and dancing. (B,L,D)

Day 7 - River Nile

Cruise south to reach charming Aswan, the home of the Nubian people. Discover the Osiris temple complex of Philae, then visit the stone quarries to learn about ancient carving techniques and see the enormous unfinished obelisk. This afternoon, take a Felucca cruise on the Nile (weather dependent). Tonight, join the Captain and crew for a farewell Gala Dinner, followed by a Nubian show. (B,L,D)

Day 8 - Nile River - Abu Simbel - Aswan

Disembark your ship this morning and fly to Abu Simbel. Marvel at the enormous World Heritage-listed temples of Ramses II and his wife Nefertari, rescued from the rising waters of the Aswan Dam. This evening, head to Aswan where you will enjoy an overnight hotel stay. (B)

Day 9 - Aswan - Cairo

Start your day with a visit to a traditional Nubian village. Meet the school children and learn about life on an island in the Nile. In the afternoon, you will fly to Cairo, then join your tour director for a farewell dinner before spending the night in Cairo. (B,D)

Day 10 - Cairo - UK

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Cairo International Airport for your homebound flight. (B)

For navigational reasons the Captain of the ship reserves the right to modify the cruise itinerary.

Price Includes

  • 4-night full board cruise on board MS Hamees
  • 3-night pre-cruise stay in Cairo
  • 1-night post-cruise stay in Aswan
  • 1-night post-cruise stay in Cairo
  • Return flights from the UK and overseas transfers
  • Guided excursions and special EmeraldPLUS activities
  • 19 meals - 9 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 6 dinners
  • 2 complimentary drinks with lunch and dinner onboard ship
  • Captain's Welcome and Farewell dinners
  • All tipping and gratuities
  • All port charges, airport taxes, security charges and UK Air Passenger Duty

Price Does Not Include

  • Additional shore excursions
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2019 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • September
    • Sep 13th - Cairo and back - Sailing on: Hamees From: £2295
      Cat D Restaurant Deck cabin Cat C Lounge Deck cabin Cat B Middle Deck cabin Cat A Upper Deck cabin
      Brochure price from: £2995 Brochure price from: £3020 Brochure price from: £3035 Brochure price from: £3055
      Blue Water price from: £2295 Blue Water price from: £2320 Blue Water price from: £2335 Blue Water price from: £2355
  • October
    • Oct 4th - Cairo and back - Sailing on: Hamees From: £2495
      Cat D Restaurant Deck cabin Cat C Lounge Deck cabin Cat B Middle Deck cabin Cat A Upper Deck cabin
      Brochure price from: £2995 Brochure price from: £3020 Brochure price from: £3035 Brochure price from: £3055
      Blue Water price from: £2495 Blue Water price from: £2520 Blue Water price from: £2535 Blue Water price from: £2555
  • November
    • Nov 1st - Cairo and back - Sailing on: Hamees From: £2995
      Cat D Restaurant Deck cabin Cat C Lounge Deck cabin Cat B Middle Deck cabin Cat A Upper Deck cabin
      Blue Water price from: £2995 Blue Water price from: £3020 Blue Water price from: £3035 Blue Water price from: £3055

2020 Departures £ price per person based on 2 people sharing

  • January
    • Jan 10th - Cairo and back - Sailing on: Hamees From: £2595
      Cat D Restaurant Deck cabin Cat C Lounge Deck cabin Cat B Middle Deck cabin Cat A Upper Deck cabin
      Brochure price from: £3095 Brochure price from: £3120 Brochure price from: £3135 Brochure price from: £3155
      Blue Water price from: £2595 Blue Water price from: £2620 Blue Water price from: £2635 Blue Water price from: £2655
  • February
    • Feb 7th - Cairo and back - Sailing on: Hamees From: £2595
      Cat D Restaurant Deck cabin Cat C Lounge Deck cabin Cat B Middle Deck cabin Cat A Upper Deck cabin
      Brochure price from: £3095 Brochure price from: £3120 Brochure price from: £3135 Brochure price from: £3155
      Blue Water price from: £2595 Blue Water price from: £2620 Blue Water price from: £2635 Blue Water price from: £2655
  • March
    • Mar 6th - Cairo and back - Sailing on: Hamees From: £2595
      Cat D Restaurant Deck cabin Cat C Lounge Deck cabin Cat B Middle Deck cabin Cat A Upper Deck cabin
      Brochure price from: £3095 Brochure price from: £3120 Brochure price from: £3135 Brochure price from: £3155
      Blue Water price from: £2595 Blue Water price from: £2620 Blue Water price from: £2635 Blue Water price from: £2655
  • April
    • Apr 3rd - Cairo and back - Sailing on: Hamees From: £2595
      Cat D Restaurant Deck cabin Cat C Lounge Deck cabin Cat B Middle Deck cabin Cat A Upper Deck cabin
      Brochure price from: £3095 Brochure price from: £3120 Brochure price from: £3135 Brochure price from: £3155
      Blue Water price from: £2595 Blue Water price from: £2620 Blue Water price from: £2635 Blue Water price from: £2655
  • May
    • May 1st - Cairo and back - Sailing on: Hamees From: £2595
      Cat D Restaurant Deck cabin Cat C Lounge Deck cabin Cat B Middle Deck cabin Cat A Upper Deck cabin
      Brochure price from: £3095 Brochure price from: £3120 Brochure price from: £3135 Brochure price from: £3155
      Blue Water price from: £2595 Blue Water price from: £2620 Blue Water price from: £2635 Blue Water price from: £2655
Map for Cairo and Ancient Egypt