Itinerary – Cairo & River Nile Cruise
Day 1: Arrive Cairo, transfer to hotel for overnight
Day 2: Private guided tour of Cairo with Egyptologist guide. Visit the Pyramids of Giza , the last remaining wonder of the ancient world still standing. Visit the Sphinx and continue to the Egyptian museum of antiquities. Time to browse at the world famous Khan El Khalili Bazaar for
shopping in a traditional souk atmosphere. Return to Hotel
Day 3: Transfer to airport for domestic flight to Luxor. Transfer to Luxor port for embarkation. Lunch on board. Tour of the East Bank Luxor and Karnak Temples. Dinner on Board and overnight in Luxor.
Day 4: Guided tour of the West Bank of the Nile. Visit Valley of the Kings, Queen Hatshepsut temple and Colossi of Memnon. Lunch on Board. Sail to Edfu. Dinner on Board. Overnight in Edfu.
Day 5: Visit the impressive temple of Horus in Edfu the most complete of all Egyptian Temples. Sail to Kom Ombo. Lunch on Board. Visit Kom Ombo Temple. Sail to Aswan. Dinner on Board, overnight in Aswan.
Day 6: Visit Aswan’s most famous sites, the High Dam, Unfinished Obelisk and Philae Temple. Lunch on board. Visit the botanical garden by felucca boat. Dinner on board. Overnight in Aswan.
Day 7: Disembarkation after breakfast. Transfer to Aswan airport for flight via Cairo to Larnaca.
(Sequence of visits are subject to change)
M/Y Mirage, Luxor
MY Mirage is a modern and comfortable cruiser. The vessel’s 62 air-conditioned cabins, which include two suites, all feature twin beds, a television, minibar, safety deposit box and en suite bathroom.
Leisure facilities include a lounge bar, swimming pool, jacuzzi, large shaded sundeck, library, hairdressing salon, laundry service and gift shop. The main buffet restaurant serves a variety of foods and the sundeck bar offers refreshing drinks and cocktails.
Things to know about Egypt
VISA’S: Visas are required for all nationalities. Many country's citizens can obtain one upon entry however citizens of some countries are required to obtain their visa from a consulate before arriving. It would be best to check with the closest Egyptian consulate or Embassy to be certain.
MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS: Normally no immunizations are required or needed. If you have recently been traveling in an area known to be experiencing problems you should obtain a health certificate before arrival. While inEgypt drink the filtered bottle water or the mineral water. Also be sure to bring any prescriptions you might need. And don’t forget to prepare for the “Pharaoh’s curse” with a bottle of Imodium or similar. Be careful of fresh fruit juices as they may be diluted with local non-filtered water.
CURRENCY: The local currency is the Egyptian pound (LE). 1 LE = 100 piasters. Banks are opened in major hotels for 24 hrs. Credit cards are widely used in major hotels & restaurants. Charges will be in Egyptian pounds. The exchange rate floats and changes daily. You can check the current rate on-line at http://money.cnn.com/markets/
CLIMATE: The best season is from October through May when the temperature is Cairo is comfortable in the daytime, and cool or even cold at night. Weather in Upper Egypt, Luxor, Aswan and Abu Simbel is comfortably warm. During the summer months in Cairo is hot and dry, upper Egypt is extremely hot, sightseeing is done early in the morning. Average temperatures can be:
|January||45/67 F||52/76 F|
|7/19 C||11/24 C|
|March||55/79 F||59/89 F|
|13/26 C||15/32 C|
|May||65/95 F||72/101 F|
|18/35 C||22/38 C|
|July||73/99 F||80/110 F|
|23/37 C||27/43 C|
|21/35 C||24/41 C|
|November||55/80 F||60/89 F|
|13/27 C||16/32 C|
CLOTHING: Modesty in clothing should be observed. Women should cover their arms when visiting mosques. Bring comfortable walking shoes for sightseeing and walking on desert sand. Sneakers are needed and no open sandals as it is sandy. Sunglasses as well as hats and scarves are recommended as protection against the strong sun. Preferably no shorts in the cities. Beaches are like beaches all over the world, much more casual and laid back so shorts can be worn. While at hotels wear a cover wrap to/from the pool if you have to go through the hotel to reach it.
ELECTRICITY: 220 volts, 50 cycles AC in Cairo. Wall plugs are the round two pronged European type. No adapters or transformers are provided best to bring your own.
HOLIDAYS: The weekly day of rest is Friday. Islam is the principal religion of Egypt. So the “weekend” is generally Friday and Saturday. Sunday is a normal business day although a good percentage of the population is Eastern Orthodox Christian. Islamic Holidays are based on the lunar calendar and change annually. The Eastern Christian holidays are generally different than the western Christian ones. For instance Christmas is on January 06. Tourist attractions (antiquity sites) are open every day except New Years day. Some sites that are of an active religious type (monasteries, mosques, etc.) close for their appropriate sabbath.
TIPPING : Tipping is customary in Egypt at hotels , restaurants , Nile Cruises and to guides . It depends on the passenger’s own evaluation of the services he is getting everywhere. (See guideline below)
|Full Day||$15 (2 persons per day)|
|Transfer from airport or train station to hotel or vice versa||$2 (2 persons per day)|
|Full Day Tour
||$5 (2 persons per day)|
||$1 (2 persons per meal)|
|Porters at hotels|
||$1 (2 persons per day)|
||$1 (2 persons per day)|
|Crew – excluding the guide
||$8 (2 persons per day)|
||$6 (2 persons per day)|
||$4 (2 persons per day)|
||$5 (2 persons per day)|