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8 Day Best of Egypt by Train

Enjoy one of the most fascinating journeys though 8 Day Best of Egypt by Train. Visit an ancient past and view temples, burial tombs and of course the famous Pyramids of Giza! We take you on a slow paced guided tour traveling by overnight sleeper train as well as cruising on the Nile River by luxury boat.

The Nile is a major north-flowing river in north-eastern Africa, generally regarded as one of the longest rivers in the world. Commonly referred to as the 'mother of civilization', it has attracted pilgrims and travellers since the 16th century BC. Set sail on a Nile Cruiser along this historic waterway in comfort, meandering past wonders of the ancient world.

Learn about the history of the Egyptians spanning from the Old Kingdom to the New Kingdom including other major tourists attractions such as the Sphinx, Valley of the Kings, Temple of Philae, Kom Ombo Temple and a whole lot more on the 8 Day Best of Egypt by Train! This is an All-in-One Egypt by train package designed to for those seeking a timeless adventure.

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Pyramids and Shinx, of course!
  • The Valley of the Kings
  • Philae, Edfu and Kom Ombo & Hatshepsut Temples
  • The Colossi of Memnon
  • High Dam
  • 5 Star Nile Cruise (all meals included)
  • Experience Egypt by train (overnight journeys)

*Abu Simbel & Hot Air Balloon excursions available as optional extra

This tour includes all flights, accommodation, most meals, local guides, transport by private minibus and 24 hour assistance while on tour.
Our standard package includes flights from Johannesburg, however it can be tailored with flights from Cape Town, Durban or other major airport in South Africa.
The itinerary shown is only used as a template as the exact order of the activities depends on your dates and cruise line schedules.

As an alternative of the overnight train to and from the Nile Cruise ports, you can also take flights. Or see our 7 Day Best of Egypt Tour.

Summary

Most Meals Included

7 Nights/ 8 Days
A/C Vehicle, Sleeper Train & Cruise

Egypt

Itinerary

Day 01- Arrival Cairo (D)

Upon arrival at Cairo International Airport, a representative welcomes you and assists you through the immigration process. Escorted transfer by a modern air-conditioned coach will take you to the hotel through Old Cairo to enjoy the panoramic view of the citadel with the towering mosque of Mohamed Ali pass by Sultan Hassan & El Refaie mosques.
Check in the hotel upon arrival & free time to refresh.

Dinner in an oriental restaurant & optional tour of the Sound & Light Show by the Pyramids.

Back to the hotel & overnight in Cairo.

Day 02- Full day tour to Alexandria (B-L-D)

Early breakfast at the hotel in Cairo then transfer to Alexandria via the desert road –about 225 km– whereby you will start a guided tour to visit the Bombay’s’ pillars, the Catacombs & Montazah Gardens. You will also pass by Alexandrina Bibliotheca & overview Qaite Bay citadel from outside.        

Pompeii Column and Kom el-Shuqafa Catacombs Thirty meters high and built from Aswan pink granite, the Pompeii Column is thought to have been a present from the people of Alexandria to Emperor Diocletian. The majority of the remains found around the column can be been at the Greco-Roman Museum. At the top of the hill lies the entrance to the Kom al-Shuqafa Catacombs dating from the first and second centuries. They have been discovered by chance at the beginning of 20th, century.

Montazah Gardens; is about 150-hectare park surrounding the palace of Khedive Abbas with its amazing architecture worth of Walt Disney. Visitors enjoy strolling in the gardens or swimming of the nice sandy beaches.

Alexandrina Bibliotheca; the New Library of Alexandria, the New Bibliotheca Alexandrina is dedicated to recapture the spirit of openness and scholarship of the original Bibliotheca Alexandrina. It is much more than a library as it contains 13 different departments. Besides, the New Library also hosts a number of institutions which is growing, and it is becoming the nerve center of many international and regional networks.

Qaite bay Fort has been guarding the bay for centuries; at the end of the Cornish rises the crenellated walls of the Mameluk fortress built in 1480 on the site of the Alexandria lighthouse.

Lunch will be served during the tour in a local restaurant.

Drive back to Cairo, dinner at a restaurant & overnight at the hotel.

Day 03- Pyramids, Sphinx, Museum, Khan El Khalili (B-L-D)

Early breakfast at the hotel in Cairo then start a guided tour to visit one of the Seven Wonders the great Pyramids of Giza; (Cheops, Chephren and Mycerinus) were reckoned by the Greeks to be one of the Seven Wonders of the World. A single pyramid is built with 2.300.000 blocks, each weighing an average of two and a half tones. In the face of such immensity, one cannot help but feel the wonder and awe that, so many writers and artists have sought to convey over the centuries. The Cheops Pyramid is more interesting, because its interior burial chambers are open for inspection by the public. Not far from the Pyramids is the Great Sphinx of Giza, which dates from the time of Chephren (2620 BC). Hewn from natural yellowish limestone and standing 65 feet-high and 187 feet-long, this unforgettable statue combines the head of a Pharaoh with a lion's body. A quick visit to papyrus institute or a perfume shop can be arranged after the visit.

Lunch at an oriental restaurant then start afternoon visit to the Egyptian Museum for another tour Egyptian Museum; was established by the Egyptian government in 1835.  The present museum building was built in 1900, in the new classical style by the French architect Marcel Dourgnon.  The museum exhibited collections now exceed 120,000 objects ranges from pre-historic era to the Greco Roman period. It has 107 halls, and the ground floor houses huge statues.  The upper floor houses small statues, jewels, Tutankhamen treasures and the mummies.  The museum also comprises of a photography section and large library. A hall for the Royal Mummies was opened at the museum, housing eleven kings and queens.

After the visit of the museum a short drive through the downtown will take you to Khan El Khalili bazaars; which is one of the most famous worldwide with its amazing narrow alleyways. 
Free time at leisure till departure time to the station to board the sleeping train to Aswan.
Dinner and Overnight in the sleeping train. 

Day 04- Train - Aswan- Cruise (Friday) (B, L, D)

Breakfast onboard the train and meet & assist upon arriving at Aswan Station and transfer to the Nile cruise.

11:00 Check-In
12:30 Lunch on board
13:30 Visit the High Dam, the Temple of Philae
19:30 Dinner on board.
Overnight in Aswan 

Day 05- Aswan – Kom Embo – Edfu (B, L, D)

07:00 Breakfast on board (Optional tour to Abu simble)
12:30 Lunch on board
13:00 Sailing to Kom Ombo
17:00 Visit the Temple shared by two gods Sobek & Haeroris in Kom Ombo
18:30 Sailing to Edfu.
19:30 Dinner on board.
Overnight in Edfu.

Day 06: Edfu – Luxor (B, L, D)

06:00 Tea and Coffee Before the visit of Edfu temple
06:30 Visit of Horus Temple in Edfu.
08:00 Breakfast on board.
08:30 sailing to Luxor via Esna
13:00 Lunch on board.
Visit Karnak temple upon arrival & overview Luxor temple from outside as it is like an open museum
20:00  Dinner on board.
Overnight in Luxor.

Day 07- West bank – Sleeping Train (B, D)

07:00 Breakfast on board
08:00 Check- out after breakfast
08:00 Visit West Bank - Valley of the Kings, and Temple of Queen Hatshepsut

After the visit, transfer to Luxor train station to Cairo.
Dinner and Overnight in the sleeping train.

Day 08- Cairo (B)

Meet & assist upon arriving at Cairo Station and transfer to Cairo airport for the final departure.

Rates quoted per person sharing

8 Day Best of Egypt by Train

Egypt Guided Holiday Including Flights

IN ZAR 2 Adults
6 Adults
01 Aug - 25 Sep'19 From R23,224 From R17,877
26 Sep - 25 Oct'19 From R23,989 From R18,642
26 Oct - 10 Dec'19 From R24,204 From R18,857
11 Dec - 04 Jan'20 From R27,214 From R21,867
05 Jan - 15 Apr'20 From R25,354 From R20,007
16 Apr - 30 Apr'20 From R27,214 From R21,867
01 May - 31 May'20 From R24,936 From R19,589

Package rates includes:

  • Return flights from Johannesburg to Cairo on Egypt Air
  • Airport taxes
  • Meet & assist at Cairo, Luxor & Aswan Airports/ Stations
  • All transfer from / to airports in a/c vehicles on private basis.
  • Private transfer from airports to the hotels/Nile cruises and vice versa as per above itinerary.
  • 02 nights’ accommodation in Cairo at 5* Le Meridien Pyramids (or similar 5* hotel) based on Bed & Breakfast basis
  • 02 nights’ accommodation on-board the sleeping train from Cairo to Aswan on Half Board basis
  • 03 nights’ accommodation onboard Radamis cruise on Full Board basis (food only & no beverages)
  • Private guided tours to visit all sights as per the itinerary in Cairo, Alexandria, Aswan, Kom Embo, Edfu & Luxor with local English-speaking guides.
  • I bottle of mineral water during the tours every day.
  • 2 lunches & 2 dinners in oriental restaurants.
  • Current entrance fees.

Train/Flight?
Although a lot of people like going on the trains to experience Egypt please note that the trains are the local trains (Same as South African overnight trains here in South Africa and not Blue Train or Rovos Rail standards). We book the 1st class compartments but they are very basic, the cabins are small, with a small wash basin, sharing communal toilet, and the meals are very basic. If you are a single person you might be sharing your compartment with somebody else as there must be 2 people per compartment. You can opt to take the Overnight trains to the cruise and back or fly. The trains will give you an extra night per way on your package.

Package rates excludes:

  • Entrance to any of the three pyramids, the solar boat or the mummy’s room in Museum
  • Xmas or NY Gala dinners. TBA if compulsory at any hotel at time of booking.
  • Single supplement INCLUDES a single cabin on the train
  • Obligatory tips on-board cruises (5.00 USD per person per night)
  • Travel Insurance (compulsory)
  • Visas (Free of charge for South African Passport holders / Must be arranged before travelling to Egypt)

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