Splendours of Egypt - Classic Group, Winter

Explore the splendours of Egypt on this 12-day tour. Cruise down the Nile with a stop at the Old Cataract Hotel, where Winston Churchill and Agatha Christie once dined, for a traditional high tea. Continue down the Nile to Luxor, where you will see the Valley of the Kings, where pharaohs — including the famous Tutankhamun — are buried. Later, break bread with a family in Geziret Bahirat, who will regale you with tales of local life. In Cairo, see the oldest pyramid in the world, the Step Pyramid of King Zoser, before travelling to see one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World: The Pyramids of Giza. Here, stand face-to-face with the towering sphinx and later, see a sound and light show dance across the stones.
Tour details
Tour Provider Insight Vacations
Price From
Number of Days
Start Location
Cairo, Egypt
End Location
Cairo, Egypt
Age Range
Avg. 50+
Group Size
30 to 40
Tour Style
Tour Themes
Physical Rating
Easy to Moderate
Itinerary Open all
Arrive in Cairo
Welcome to the timeless land of the pharaohs. On arrival at Cairo Airport, you’ll be transferred to your hotel and have time to relax and sample the hotels amenities after your journey. Refreshed and ready to embrace the intoxicating energy of this ancient and modern city
Fly to Luxor, Cruise the Nile
In the morning, fly to Luxor and visit the huge temple complex of Karnak. Walk through the avenue of ram-headed sphinxes to stand among the columns of the Hypostyle Hall. Later, transfer to your cruise ship, your home for the next seven nights. After lunch on board, take a walk through the Luxor Museum, witness ancient artefacts. In the evening, get to know your Travel Director, a professionally trained Egyptologist, as well as fellow guests over a Welcome Drink followed by dinner. The rest of the evening is yours at leisure.
Exploring Dendera and on to Edfu
A day of legend and history awaits you today as you begin with a morning visit to the Temple of Hathor in Dendera. One of the best-preserved temples in Egypt, it contains a rare depiction of Cleopatra and her son Caesarian, whose father was Julius Caesar. At lunchtime return to your ship and enjoy a scenic journey via the Esna Lock to Edfu.
Edfu to Aswan
Start the day with breakfast as you cruise along the Nile to Kom Ombo before continuing to the city of Aswan. Famous for its archaeological sites, such as the Philae Temple Complex and the Temple of Isis, Aswan is a vibrant destination that portray an agreeable mix of ancient and contemporary Egypt. In the evening, enjoy a fun-filled Egyptian dinner and galabeya party.
Aswan’s High Dam & Temple of Isis
Today’s sightseeing includes a visit to Aswan's High Dam and granite quarries, to see the enormous unfinished obelisk. Travel by motorboat to the Temple of Isis, rising from the waters of the Nile on the Island of Philae. Meet the ladies behind the local women’s co-op and see scrap materials come to life as they are being turned into fine handicrafts. The organisation provides an important source of income for the vulnerable women of the co-op. The rest of the day is free to relax and enjoy the facilities on your cruise ship. Ask your Travel Director for recommendations on things to do onboard or perhaps ask for more insights into Egypt’s fascinating history?
Feluccas and High Tea Relaxed Start
Throughout your journey you’ll have seen many feluccas sailing along the Nile. Now it’s your time to explore one for yourself. On this traditional vessel, you’ll meet a local sailor who will teach you about the ancient art of sailing. As the sun starts to fade, enjoy high tea at the historic Old Cataract Hotel, just like Winston Churchill and Agatha Christie once did before you. The hotel is rumoured to be where Christie wrote her bestselling novel, “Death on the Nile.”
Free Time and on to Kom Ombo Relaxed Start
With the morning free, perhaps join an Optional Experience to Abu Simbel? These temples overlook Lake Nasser and are made up of the Great Temple of Ramesses II and the Temple of Hathor. Later, sail to Kom Ombo to visit the only double temple of Egypt, dedicated to two gods: the crocodile-headed Sobek and the falcon-headed Horus the Elder.
Cruising the Nile to Luxor Relaxed Start
Your cruise continues along the bustling waters of the Nile. Enjoy the facilities on board and have your cameras at the ready for the sights, as you leisurely make your way to Luxor. In the evening, visit Luxor Temple, where you dock for the night.
Explore Luxor and fly to Cairo
This morning, disembark from your cruise and travel by coach to the west bank of the Nile. See the Colossi of Memnon and visit both the Temple of Hatshepsut and the Valley of the Kings, where many pharaohs were buried, including Hatshepsut, Amenhotep I and Tutankhamun. Experience the renowned local hospitality of Egyptians, during a visit to the village of Geziret Bahirat. Connect with the community and share bread with the Bahirat family, whilst they regale guests with their fascinating stories of daily life. Later, transfer to the airport for your return flight to Cairo.
Cairo Sightseeing
This morning, ascend to the Citadel, for breathtaking views over the city. While here visit the Alabaster Mosque, otherwise known as the Great Mosque of Muhammad Ali Pasha, regarded as the founder of modern Egypt. Continue to Tahrir Square, the focal point of the 2011 Egyptian Revolution, and the Egyptian Museum. Among the many exhibits found here, are the fabulous artefacts recovered from the tomb of King Tutankhamun.
Cairo and the Pyramids of Giza
Today you’ll head to Memphis, the famous capital of the ancient world. See the colossal statue of Ramses II and the Great Alabaster Sphinx. Continue to Sakkara to see the Step Pyramid of King Zoser, the oldest pyramid in the world, dating back to 2700 B.C. In the afternoon, it's on to Giza to explore the magnificent pyramids. Here you’ll come face-to-face with the enigmatic Sphinx. During your visit, venture inside one of these ancient wonders to see the chambers where the pharaohs were sent to meet their gods in the afterlife.
Depart Cairo
Your wonderful journey ends with transfers to Cairo International airport.
  • 11 Breakfast (B)
  • 7 Lunch (L)
  • 6 Dinner (D)
  • 1 Afternoon Tea (AT)
  • 1 Dinner with Wine (DW)
Departure dates
Start End Availability Price NZD
09 Oct 2024 20 Oct 2024 Available $7,078
16 Oct 2024 27 Oct 2024 Available $7,078
23 Oct 2024 03 Nov 2024 Available $7,078
30 Oct 2024 10 Nov 2024 Available $7,078
06 Nov 2024 17 Nov 2024 Available $7,078
13 Nov 2024 24 Nov 2024 Available $7,078
20 Nov 2024 01 Dec 2024 Available $7,078
04 Dec 2024 15 Dec 2024 Available $7,078
11 Dec 2024 22 Dec 2024 Available $7,124
18 Dec 2024 29 Dec 2024 Available $7,256
25 Dec 2024 05 Jan 2025 Available $7,613
01 Jan 2025 12 Jan 2025 Available $7,124
08 Jan 2025 19 Jan 2025 Available $7,078
15 Jan 2025 26 Jan 2025 Available $7,078
29 Jan 2025 09 Feb 2025 Available $7,078
05 Feb 2025 16 Feb 2025 Available $7,078
12 Feb 2025 23 Feb 2025 Available $7,078
19 Feb 2025 02 Mar 2025 Available $7,078
26 Feb 2025 09 Mar 2025 Available $7,078
05 Mar 2025 16 Mar 2025 Available $7,078
12 Mar 2025 23 Mar 2025 Available $7,078
26 Mar 2025 06 Apr 2025 Available $7,328
05 Nov 2025 16 Nov 2025 Available $8,149
12 Nov 2025 23 Nov 2025 Available $8,149
19 Nov 2025 30 Nov 2025 Available $8,149
03 Dec 2025 14 Dec 2025 Available $8,149
10 Dec 2025 21 Dec 2025 Available $8,149
17 Dec 2025 28 Dec 2025 Available $8,524
24 Dec 2025 04 Jan 2026 Available $9,074
31 Dec 2025 11 Jan 2026 Available $8,224
07 Jan 2026 18 Jan 2026 Available $8,094
14 Jan 2026 25 Jan 2026 Available $8,094
28 Jan 2026 08 Feb 2026 Available $8,094
04 Feb 2026 15 Feb 2026 Available $8,094
11 Feb 2026 22 Feb 2026 Available $8,094
18 Feb 2026 01 Mar 2026 Available $8,094
25 Feb 2026 08 Mar 2026 Available $8,094
04 Mar 2026 15 Mar 2026 Available $8,094
11 Mar 2026 22 Mar 2026 Available $8,094
25 Mar 2026 05 Apr 2026 Available $8,094