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Follow in the footsteps of mighty pharaohs and biblical prophets as you uncover this unique part of the world. Visit an ancient market in Cairo.

Package Includes
  • Airfare to Cairo
  • 4 nights hotel in Cairo
  • Deluxe 4 night all-inclusive river cruise aboard MS Hamees
  • 1 night hotel in Aswan
  • internal air flights Cairo to Luxor, Aswan to Cairo
  • 19 meals – 9 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 6 dinners
  • Airport transfers to and from ship and hotels
  • Prepaid gratuities
  • It’s Amazing What’s also Included:
  • Boutique contemporary hotel feel, with spectacular on board pool and lounge
  • Cruise Director services throughout your cruise
  • On-board entertainment
  • Tea & coffee facilities in all cabins
  • Bottled water restocked daily in your cabin
  • Spacious, comfortable accommodations with oversized picture window in  staterooms
  • Gourmet all-included on board meals and highlight dinner events
  • 2 drinks per guest with lunch and dinner on-board
  • Enjoy in depth cultural experiences with EmeraldPlus and EmeraldActive
  • 13 included excursions with complimentary bottled water
  • EmeraldPLUS activities, including home-hosted dinners in both Cairo and Amman
  • Complimentary on board Wi-Fi

Please read the Documentation and Advisories to ensure this tour is right for you.

Book by April 30 and Fly for FREE

Vancouver, Victoria, Calgary, Edmonton, Toronto Stateroom Taxes and fees
October 30, 2020 $6299 $76
Kelowna add $300


Day 1 Sat, 31 Oct Cairo
Welcome to the Egyptian capital, Cairo. Generously steeped in history and standing as one of the largest cityscapes in Egypt, there is much to be discovered here. You’ll be met at the airport by an Emerald Waterways representative and transferred to your centrally-located hotel. You’ll be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel for a restful one-night stay.
Day 2 Sun, 01 Nov Cairo – Luxor (B,D)
Today, you will be flown from Cairo to Luxor to visit the vast open-air temple complex of Karnak. Witness the ancient hieroglyphs that adorn the pillars still standing among the decaying temples and religious structures, including the hypostyle hall in the Precinct of Amun-Ra.
EmeraldEXCURSION: Visit the Karnak Temple Complex
Day 3 Mon, 02 Nov Luxor – Nile Cruise Embarkation (B,L,D)
Soak in lush panoramas on the west bank of the River Nile this morning, as you visit the Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut in Luxor, a woman whose reign is a storied part of Egyptian history. Then, visit the world-famous Valley of the Kings, part of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed site of ancient Thebes. Be left astounded by the colourful depictions of daily life and the afterlife that adorn the tombs, as you see hieroglyphs of their occupants in the presence of deities.
EmeraldEXCURSION: Visit the Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut and the Valley of the Kings
Day 4 Tue, 03 Nov Luxor – Dendera – Luxor (B,L,D)
History lovers are certain to find themselves entranced by Dendera, where one of the best-preserved temple complexes in Egypt can be found. The ornate and the structured beauty of Hathor Temple is certain to leave lasting impressions. Return to Luxor and visit the hieroglyphs of Luxor Temple, the backdrop of the modern cityscape.
EmeraldPLUS: Cruise to Dendera and witness the majesty of Hathor Temple
EmeraldEXCURSION: Visit Luxor Temple
Day 5 Wed, 04 Nov Luxor – Esna – Kom Ombo – Nile Cruising (B,L,D)
Follow in the footsteps of ancient pharaohs today, as you weave down the meandering Nile. Here, charming villages and storied temples pepper the riverbanks, nestled amid vast desert landscapes. Visit Esna Temple and look up to see a plethora of enlightening astronomical scenes. Later in the afternoon, Kom Ombo will highlight the way temples were dedicated to specific gods. A fun-filled evening awaits on board with a lively galabeya party, themed with Egyptian delicacies, music and dancing.
EmeraldEXCURSION: Visit the Temple of Esna and the Temple of Kom Ombo
Day 6 Thu, 05 Nov Aswan – Abu Simbel – Aswan (B,L,D)
This morning, fly to Abu Simbel to visit one of the most celebrated monuments in Egypt. The UNESCO World Heritage-listed Abu Simbel temples were built by Ramesses II, and they stand as some of the best-preserved in the country.
This afternoon, return to Aswan for a guided boat tour on the Nile.
EmeraldPLUS: Visit the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Abu Simbel temples
EmeraldPLUS: A guided boat tour on the Nile
Day 7 Fri, 06 Nov Aswan – Cairo (B,L)
This morning, bid farewell to your captain and crew and embark on a guided tour of the Philae temple complex, a series of ancient temples that were expertly relocated as part of a UNESCO-spearheaded project.
This afternoon, fly to Cairo and for a three-night stay in the bustling capital.
EmeraldEXCURSION: Visit the Temple of Isis at Philae Island
Day 8 Sat, 07 Nov Cairo (B,D)
Discover one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World today, as you visit the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Pyramids of Giza and the Great Sphinx. After your tour, you can choose to either continue exploring the pyramids in Saqqara as part of an enlightening DiscoverMORE experience, or you can return to your hotel to relax.
EmeraldPLUS: A home-hosted dinner with an Egyptian family
EmeraldEXCURSION Visit the Pyramids of Giza and the Great Sphinx
DiscoverMORE: Visit to Saqqara Pyramids (extra expense)
Day 9 Sun, 08 Nov Cairo (B,D)
This morning, you will have the opportunity to discover some of the priceless antiquities that can be found inside of the Egyptian Museum, the site where relics from Tutankhamun’s tomb are currently displayed. Enjoy perusing exhibits of ancient scrolls, religious artefacts and solid-gold funerary masks.
EmeraldEXCURSION: A visit to the Egyptian Museum
DiscoverMORE: A visit to Cairo Citadel (extra expense)
Day 10 Mon, 09 Nov Cairo (B)
After breakfast, it is time to bid farewell to your fellow guests and transfer to Cairo International Airport for your onward or homebound flight, taking memories of rolling desert landscapes and monumental temples with you.


Guests must make their own enquiries regarding safety and government warnings in relation to the destinations they are traveling 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)

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.

Weather and Climate Information

Temperatures in Egypt are generally high, particularly during the summer months from May to August. It is perfectly fine to visit Egypt at these times of year with the heat more dry than humid.

Nile Cruise

Bedding configuration on the MS Hamees Emerald Waterways will endeavour to accommodate our guest’s preferences.

Cruise itineraries may be varied due to high or low water levels, flooding, lock closures, unscheduled vessel maintenance or for any other circumstances beyond our control.


1.Health & Fitness: Emerald Waterways requires guests to have a good level of health and fitness. Tours/Journeys in Egypt and Jordan include walking on steps, uneven ground and surfaces whilst visiting monuments and antiquities for lengths of between 1-5kms and full mobility may be required. Please ensure you select a suitable holiday for your level of fitness as walking and getting on/off transport is required in many areas and good mobility is needed. Emerald Waterways strongly recommends a visit to your doctor and dentist before your trip. Destinations in these regions do not have facilities to accommodate wheelchairs or guests with limited mobility.

2.Pre-existing Medical Conditions: It is your responsibility to advise Emerald Waterways of any pre-existing medical conditions that might reasonably be expected to increase the risk of you requiring medical attention, or that might affect the normal conduct of a Tour/Journey and the enjoyment of other Tour/Journey members.

3. Nile Cruise – Nile ships do not have elevators and are not wheelchair accessible.


A muslim religious period, falls between May and June 2019 and 2020 and is observed by all Muslim countries. Operational hours of shops, markets and some attractions are reduced during Ramadan.

Travelling in Ramadan is a culturally exciting time to share in some of the festivities that take place each day. At this time of year services will be slower, opening hours reduced and traffic chaotic but it is likely that you will witness and often experience the true hospitality, generosity and kindness that the holy month of Ramadan brings to the nation


Flights are included within Egypt once the tour commences as specified in your itinerary. Please note flight schedules, prices and taxes are correct as of April 2018 and are SUBJECT TO CHANGE. Final price will be confirmed when full payment is due.

Flight schedules to and from Luxor, Aswan or Abu Simbel are either early morning or late afternoon. Please be prepared for an early start when flying to or from these destinations.

Single Accommodation – Single rooms are designed for one bed and as such in some locations are smaller than twin rooms.
Double Rooms – We cannot guarantee that clients will receive a Double Bed at all properties due to limited availability with this configuration, and in some cases, our guests may be accommodated in twin bedded rooms.

Hotel Check-In
If your flight arrives before noon at the city where your tour starts, the hotel may not have your room available until mid-late afternoon (standard check-in time). If you would like to guarantee access to your room when you arrive, you will need to reserve a pre-tour night.


As Visa regulations are subject to change at short notice, Emerald Waterways recommends that you contact the relevant consulates for the latest information on visa and entry requirements.

For all other nationalities – please contact the relevant Consulates, or your travel agent, for the latest information on visa requirements and costs.

The following is correct at the time of printing:


Canadians must be in possession of a visa to visit Egypt. You may purchase a tourist visa at the airport on arrival. However, you should obtain your visa from an Egyptian embassy or consulate before arrival to avoid lengthy delays or the possibility of being refused entry.



For your convenience Scenic recommends Visa Central at: http://scenic.visacentral.com to obtain your visa at the best negotiated rates. Please allow sufficient time for visa processing, and note if you leave and re-enter a country that requires a visa you may need to obtain a double entry for that country.

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 $30 per adult Booking Management 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