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September 19th - 27th 2016 / September 23rd - October 1st 2016 It is said that Cleopatra could speak seven languages and had exquisite taste. Egypt's ancient wise monarch would certainly approve of this trip to Egypt, fit for a queen. This intriguing country of gods and goddesses, pharaohs and fantasies will inspire and surprise you as it has done so to its travelers for centuries. But Egypt is so much more than mythology and magic, and offers more to see and do than ruins and camel rides.   This trip to Egypt brings out the rich history, culture and cuisine in addition to the things every visitor to the country must experience.  At times you will feel like a pharaoh, while at other times you will see the authentic Egypt of today, and what it means to live in this fascinating country. However, your highlight will likely be our  4 night cruise aboard the Sanctuary Zein Nile Chateau, perhaps the most elegant boat on the Nile.

time difference


1 hours ahead of the UK

flight time


5 hours direct from UK

Available Dates : 6th October 2018, 14th October 2018

Day 1

Arrival at Cairo International Airport  

Upon arrival in Cairo airport, where your Tour Coordinator will meet you before immigration and transfer you to your hotel.

Welcome cocktail: Today we gather at the Hotel for welcome reception, hot and cold canapés will be served

Welcome dinner: Welcome dinner at the Hotel  

Accommodations: Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at The First Residence, Deluxe - Room
Meals Included: Welcome Dinner

Day 2

Egyptian Museum, Islamic & Bazaar - Full Day

Egyptian Museum: You'll tour 7,000 years of history at this museum which houses the largest collection of ancient Egyptian art in the world. Don't miss the treasures of the boy-king Tutankhamun, including his gold mask, the solid gold sarcophagus that held his mummy, and his beautiful throne.

Khan El Khalili: The fascinating Khan El-Khalili Bazaar is reputed to be the largest bazaar in the Middle East. Originally founded as a watering stop for caravanserai in the 14th century, the bazaar has now grown to vast proportions.  As one wanders through the labyrinth of narrow streets you will find workshops and stalls selling all manner of things from woodwork, glassware and leather goods to perfumes, fabrics and Pharaonic curiosities.

Lunch at Naguib Mahfouz restaurant: Located in the heart of the Khan El Khalili Bazaar, this restaurant is named after Egypt's Nobel Prize-winning novelist, and it's a convenient, air-conditioned place to take a break from shopping. The coffee shop at the entrance offers drinks, snacks and shisha (water pipes), while the restaurant section offers a selection of chicken, meats and mouth-watering Middle Eastern mezzas. No alcohol is served.

Citadel: Perched high on limestone hills above Cairo, the Citadel is a medieval fortress built by Salah El Din (Saladin) in 1176 to protect the city from Crusaders. The Citadel has always had a military use, and was expanded over the centuries by Egypt's rulers who often resided there. Today, the Citadel complex has mosques and museums, including the National Military Museum.

Mosque of Sultan Hassan: With its grand, soaring architecture and rich decoration, the Mosque of Sultan Hassan, completed in 1363, is one of the finest in Egypt. In recesses around its open courtyard, each of the four schools of Sunni Islam was taught to students, and in its mausoleum, Sultan Hassan's sons are buried.

Refaie Mosque: Next to the Mosque of Sultan Hassan, you'll view the much newer Refaie Mosque, completed in 1912 with well-preserved, colorful decoration. Buried in tombs here are a Muslim saint, a companion of the Prophet Mohamed, Egypt's last royal family and the last Shah of Iran.

Accommodations: Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at The First Residence, Deluxe - Room
Meals Included: Breakfast and lunch

Day 3


Your Tour Coordinator will escort you to Cairo International Airport by air-conditioned Vehicle to board you flight to Aswan.

Arrival: At Aswan Airport where your Tour Coordinator will meet you.

Philae Temple

According to the Ancient Egyptians, the goddess Isis traveled all over Egypt gathering her husband Osiris’s remains after he was cut to pieces by his evil brother. On Philae Island, where she found his heart, the Egyptians built a sacred temple to Isis, goddess of purity, sexuality, nature and protection. During the building of the High Dam, Philae Island was submerged by water, so UNESCO helped transport the temple complex to nearby Agilika Island, where you see it today.

Unfinished Obelisk

Visit this massive obelisk, which was abandoned in Aswan’s Northern Quarry when a crack was found as it was being carved from the red granite. Tools left behind show how builders accomplished such great work. 

Kalabsha Temple

The Temple of Kalabsha (also Temple of Mandulis) is a Ancient Egyptian temple that was originally located at Bab al-Kalabsha (Gate of Kalabsha), approximately 50 kilometers south of Aswan. The temple was situated on the west bank of the Nile River, in Nubia and was originally built around 30 BC during the early Roman era.

Sail to Kom Ombo
Afternoon visit to Kom Ombo Temple

In this Ptolemaic temple shared by two gods, Sobek and Horus the Elder, everything is duplicated symmetrically, with double hallways, doors and chambers.

Afternoon tea and dinner on board

Overnight in Kom Ombo

Accommodations: Sanctuary Zein Nile Chateau exclusive
Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 4

Selsela and Edfu temple

Breakfast on board while sailing to Selsela
Morning visit to Selsela Tombs

Selsela (Jebel Selsela) The ancient Egyptian site of Selsela is about 26 miles south of Edfu and 14 miles north of Kom Ombo and located in an area where the Nile River narrows.  It was known in ancient times as Khenu (Place of Rowing) and here, the bedrock changes from limestone to sandstone. This is the border of the Egyptian region of Nubia, and in ancient times, Egyptians believed that the Nile originated here.  

Temple of Horus - Edfu Sailing to Edfu

Afternoon visit to Edfu temple

Explore the largest and most completely preserved Pharaonic – albeit Greek-built – temple in Egypt, the extraordinary Temple of Horus at Edfu.

Afternoon tea and dinner on board

Overnight in Esna

Accommodations: Sanctuary Zein Nile Chateau exclusive
Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 5

Esna and Luxor temple

Breakfast on board

Morning visit to Esna Temple

Visit the Greco-Roman Temple of Khnum at Esna. The beautifully preserved Great Hypostyle Hall was built during the reign of the Roman Emperor Claudius; it was excavated from the silt that had accumulated through centuries of annual Nile floods and is about nine meters below present-day street level.

Lunch on board while sailing to Luxor

Afternoon visit to Luxor Temple

Visit the strikingly graceful Temple of Luxor dedicated to the god Amun. Proceed to the Temple of Luxor, once connected to Karnak via the Avenue of Sphinxes, almost 3 kilometers in length. Built by Amenhotep III in 1380 BC, the site was added to by later pharaohs. The temple enjoyed many celebrations, the most important being the Festival of Opet which lasted almost a month.

Optional visit

Sound & Light Show in Karnak Temple

Attend the Sound and Light Show at Karnak Temple, a fascinating walking tour through the history of the world’s largest-ever temple complex, narrated by the voices of the pharaohs. Shadows play off the enormous columns in the grand Hypostyle Hall, creating a mysterious effect.

Dinner on board

Accommodations: Sanctuary Zein Nile Chateau exclusive
Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 6


Breakfast on board

Morning visit to the Valley of the Kings

Explore the Valley of the Kings, a vast City of the Dead where magnificent tombs were carved into the desert rocks, decorated richly, and filled with treasures for the afterlife by generations of Pharaohs. 

Visit to the West Bank, with a choice of three from the below:

1. Valley of the Queens

There are between 75 and 80 tombs in the Valley of the Queens, or Biban al-Harim.  These belong to Queens of the 18th, 19th and 20th Dynasties. It is called “Place of Beauty” by the Egyptians, where the pharaohs’ wives and children were buried.

2. Hatshepsut Temple

Rising out of the desert plain in a series of terraces, the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut (Ancient Egypt’s only female Pharaoh) merges with the sheer limestone cliffs that surround it, as if nature herself had built this extraordinary monument.
3. Valley of Workers (Deir El Medina)

Visit the remains of the self-contained village on the West Bank where the workmen who built the kings’ and queens’ tombs lived in mud brick houses with their families. The site gives archeologists a view of how urban people lived in ancient Egypt. You can also visit the tombs that the workmen created for themselves, to admire the art in ordinary people’s tombs. Nearby is the Temple of Deir El Medina, from Ptolemaic times.

4. Tombs of the Nobles

On the West Bank sit 400 tombs of Theban aristocrats, some of which you can enter. The tomb walls were white-washed and painted with murals of the nobles’ daily lives, making them quite different from royal tombs, where relief work focused on judgment and resurrection. Since the tombs were not sealed, some have deteriorated.

5. Medinet Habu

The magnificent Medinet Habu is a series of temples built by the Pharaoh Ramses III (1182-1151 BC) and second only to Karnak Temple in size and complexity. The most impressive is the Mortuary Temple of Ramses III, decorated with relief work depicting his many military victories. With its massive mud brick enclosure that held storehouses, workshops, administrative offices, and residences of priests and officials, Medinet Habu grew into a city that maintained its population well into Coptic times.

6. Ramesseum Temple

The Ramesseum, the Mortuary Temple of Ramses II, was built early in the great pharaoh’s reign and was 20 years in the making. Here you’ll see the broken, awesome Colossus of Ramses II, a 1000 ton statue in which the fingers alone are over 1 meter long; it inspired the famous poem “Ozymandias” by Percy Bysshe Shelley. This great temple reportedly rivaled the wonders of Ramses II’s temple at Abu Simbel.

Afternoon visit to the Karnak Temple

Visit the Temple of Karnak, built over more than a thousand years by generations of Pharaohs.  The great Hypostyle Hall is an incredible forest of giant pillars, covering an area larger than the whole of Notre Dame Cathedral.

Afternoon tea and dinner on board

Overnight in Luxor

Accommodations: Sanctuary Zein Nile Chateau exclusive
Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 7

Breakfast buffet on board and check out at 8:00 AM.

Transfer by air-conditioned vehicle to Luxor Airport to board you flight to Cairo

Arrival: At Cairo International Airport, where your Tour Coordinator will meet and escort you to your hotel in Giza.

Accommodations: Mena House Hotel - Garden, Premier Pyramid View
Meals Included: Breakfast

Day 8

Memphis, Sakkara & Pyramids

Memphis: The legendary city of Memphis was founded in 3100 BC by Menes, the Pharaoh who united Upper and Lower Egypt. It became the capital of the Old Kingdom, a center for religion with a huge temple to the god Ptah, and the heart of Egypt's busy import-export activity, with traders from around the world giving it a cosmopolitan atmosphere.

Sakkara: Sakkara was the necropolis (cemetery) for the ancient Egyptian city of Memphis and the place where the very first pyramids were built as tombs for kings, not with smooth sides, but with six steps on the outside representing the pharaoh's stepladder to heaven. Here you'll see the famous Step Pyramid of King Zoser, the first pyramid ever built and the world's oldest freestanding stone structure. You will also admire the beautiful tomb art at Sakkara, which gives great insight into the lives of the ancient Egyptians.

Lunch at Khan El Khalili restaurant : Named after the famous Cairo market, Khan El Khalili serves light Egyptian and continental meals 24 hours a day. The interior features brass tabletops, marble floors and an intricate plaster ceiling. Tall windows give views over the landscaped gardens.

Pyramids and Sphinx: The Great Pyramids of Giza are the only present-day survivors of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, built about 4500 years ago as giant tombs for the mummies of the pharaohs Khufu, Khafre and Menkaure, who were a father, son and grandson. (Cheops, Chephren and Mycerinus are the Greek forms of their names.) In the ancient Egyptian religion, the sides of the pyramids were likened to sun rays on which the Pharaoh ascended to heaven. The pyramids are truly monumental in scale, with the largest, Khufu's, made of over 2 million blocks. The pyramids were not built by slaves but by Egyptian peasants who paid their taxes to the Pharaoh through this labor, and were fed, clothed and housed by him.

Nearby sits the enigmatic Sphinx with the body of a lion and the face of a man wearing a royal head cloth, which workers may have based on King Khafre to guard his enormous funerary monument. About a thousand years after the Sphinx was built it was covered in sand until a young prince had a dream in which the Sphinx told him that if he cleared the sand away, he would become Pharaoh. This story is told on the "Dream Stela" that was placed between the Sphinx's paws by King Tuthmose IV.

Accommodations: Mena House Hotel - Garden, Premier Pyramid View
Meals Included: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Day 9


Transfer: Your Tour Coordinator will escort you to Cairo International Airport by air-conditioned Vehicle.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Travel Info

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