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This journey through Egypt packs in awe-inspiring culture and adventure in eight energetic days. Explore the ancient sites along the Nile and discover the most famous of them all, the Great Pyramids of Giza. Embrace the culture and meet remarkable people as you sample some traditional fare with a Nubian family in a local village. Feel the buzz of vibrant bazaars in Aswan and Luxor, but still manage to relax and watch life unfold as you sail the Nile in a traditional felucca.

Inclusions
  • Round trip airfare to Cairo
  • 7 night guided adventure
  • Highlights: Enjoy dinner with a local family, spend the night on a felucca, explore ancient temples and monuments, hunt for deals in the bazaars, gaze at the pyramids and mysterious Sphinx.
  • 7 nights accommodation (Simple hotels (5 nts), sleeper train (1 nt), felucca with support boat for toilet/showers (1 nt))
  • 12 meals: 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Transportation in private air-conditioned van, train, felucca, plane, walking
  • Local flights
  • Airport transfers
  • Max 15, avg 12

Book  by July 31: Trips departing before Dec 31, 2020 can be cancelled and rebooked up until 14 days prior to departure and those departing between Jan 1-May 31, 2021 can be cancelled and rebooked up to 30 days prior to departure.

 

October 1, 2020-April 23, 2021
Vancouver, Toronto from $2199 + $856 tax
Victoria, Kelowna, Calgary, Edmonton from $2499 + $856 tax
Saskatoon, Regina, Winnipeg from $2399 + $856 tax

Per person based on shared accommodation
My Own Room add $439 “My Own Room” option for this tour, you will receive your own single accommodation for all night stops, with the following exceptions: Day 2 (overnight train), Day 5 (felucca stay).

Map of the route for Best of Egypt

Day 1 Cairo

Arrive in Cairo and transfer to your hotel. There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting at 6pm

Accommodation: Santana Hotel (or similar) – Normal check-in times apply at our start hotels, but you can usually store your luggage for the day if you arrive early.


Day 2 
Cairo/Aswān (B/D)
Tour the Great Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx before a guided tour of the Egyptian Museum. Catch an overnight train to Aswan.
Accommodation: Nile Hotel (or similar)

Day 3 Aswān (B/D)

Explore Aswan before visiting a Nubian village and enjoy a home-cooked dinner with a local family.

Our train is due to arrive in Aswan early in the morning, but, trains can often be delayed. Enjoy some free time in the morning to browse the souk or walk along the Nile.Later, board a boat to reach one of the many Nile islands and visit a Nubian village. Walk around the small community, then enjoy a traditional dinner at a local home.
Accommodation: Nile Hotel (or similar)

Day 4 Aswān (B)

Spend the day exploring Aswan. Opt to visit the magnificent temples of Abu Simbel.
One of the most fascinating sights in the area is the Temple of Abu Simbel. Later, opt for a half-day tour of the Unfinished Obelisk, High Dam, and Philae Temple. Visit the modern Nubian Museum to learn more about Aswan’s local people.
Accommodation: Nile Hotel (or similar)

Day 5 Aswān/Kom Ombo (B/L/D)

Sail the Nile on a traditional felucca. Sleep onboard under the stars.

Board the felucca and spend the rest of the day out on the river and a night under the stars.Feluccas are a basic, traditional Nile sailboat and make for an extremely relaxing and enjoyable way to travel down the river. You sleep, open-air on the deck of the boat (mattresses and blankets are provided, but if you prefer something between you and the blankets, you will need to bring a sleep sheet/sleeping bag liner of your own). The Felucca itself does not have toilets or showers, however we will have access to a private support boat, travelling in close proximity to our Felucca. This support boat is equipped with toilets and a shower (please bring a towel) and and an area to eat your meals, leaving you stress free to enjoy this tranquil and traditional experience on the Nile.

Day 6 Kom Ombo/Luxor (B)

Enjoy a guided visit Kom Ombo Temple before driving to Luxor. En route, visit the Temple of Karnak.
Accommodation: Susanna Hotel (or similar)

Day 7 Luxor (B/L)

Visit the Colossi of Memnon, Valley of the Kings, and the Temple of Hatshepsut. Enjoy lunch with a local family on the West Bank of the Nile.

Cross to the West Bank. Visit the massive 18m (59ft)-high Colossi of Memnon, which is all that remains of an ancient temple. Descend down the narrow corridors and check out the tombs of the pharaohs at the Valley of the Kings. The Funerary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut literally seems to rise out of the surrounding limestone outcrops.Enjoy lunch with a local family on the West bank of the Nile and then explore Luxor at your own pace.
Accommodation: Susanna Hotel (or similar)

Day 8 Luxor/Cairo (B)

Fly back to Cairo and then fly back to Canada

 

SAFETY

Guests must make their own enquiries regarding safety and government warnings in relation to the destinations they are travelling to. Official warnings change quite regularly and can be found from the Government of Canada’s official source: Travel Advice and Advisories – https://travel.gc.ca/travelling/advisories. (NOTE:  insurance restrictions apply due to government warning)

EGYPT E-VISA

Egypt now has the Egypt Online Visa, or Egypt e-Visa, a new electronic travel authorization system for citizens of eligible countries wishing to travel to Egypt for tourism. An e-Visa for Egypt can be obtained through an online application without the need to visit the embassy.

Eligible applicants can apply for the e-Visa from this link:
https://visa2egypt.gov.eg/eVisa/FAQ?VISTK=UN26-IRWS-H69H-5I6P-LZF5-56RD-42VB-34YV-FI27-G78U-PNJ9-L44Y-M0L9-3I3C-ARKT-XYTP

The e-Visa for Egypt is a single or multiple-entry visa, allowing its allowing its holder to visit the country for a maximum duration of 30 days. It is valid to use for a period of 3 months and eligible for travellers wishing to Egypt for tourism purposes.

DRINKING WATER: It is advisable to drink bottled water in Egypt.

Health *When travelling outside Canada, you may be at risk for a number of vaccine preventable illnesses. You should consult a health care provider or visit a travel health clinic preferably six weeks before you travel.  Due to limited supply of selected vaccines,  consider visiting earlier.  Some countries require proof of immunization in order to enter. It is prudent to assess your personal health status with a travel clinic or your family doctor before booking vacation, some immunizations have restrictions.

There are no specific health requirements for this trip. However, we recommend protection against typhoid, tetanus, infectious hepatitis and polio. Though malaria does exist in Egypt, it is not normally found in the areas where we travel. You should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information before departure. We recommend that you carry a First Aid kit and hand sanitizers / antibacterial wipes, as well as any personal medical requirements. Please be aware that we are in remote areas and away from medical facilities for some time during this trip, and for legal reasons our leaders are prohibited from administering any type of drug including headache tablets, antibiotics, etc.

Terms & Conditions

All rates are per person, based on double occupancy in Canadian dollars (unless otherwise stated) New bookings only. Space and price may be limited and subject to availability at the time of booking.  Errors or omissions may occur on the above information with no guarantee of being honoured. Terms and conditions apply. Tax is not included in the above base fare. Above tax amount includes non-refundable $30 per adult Booking Management Fee. $50 per adult cancellation fee. Not included in the above rates: Xpresspost fee, recommended medical, cancellation or baggage insurance. Child rate is applicable when travelling with 2 paying adults sharing 1 hotel room, using the existing bedding. Price Match Policy: Travel Best Bets makes every effort to remain competitive by offering our ‘Match or Beat Any Price’ offer however due to certain restrictions  there will be some product we cannot match or beat. Please note the star ratings found on www.travelbestbets.com are determined by Travel Best Bets based on a number of factors and may not match the star rating found in the Tour Operator’s brochure. Please view our star ratings by clicking here. Due to an increasing volume of disputed bookings, we will only accept payment for air only travel to India, the Philippines and the continent of Africa through the following means: book and pay cash in person or by direct deposit into our business account – once the transaction is verified and a copy of the receipt emailed or faxed to our office, we will confirm the booking. Please contact us for details on how to book using this method.Please note there maybe a tax increase when FREE connectors are added with Air Canada Vacations. Please contact [email protected] for photo credit information. BPCPA #3287