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The Iconic Pyramids and Luxury Nile Cruise Break

Break Available: All Year Round (Core Nov - April)
8 Night Break

Price per person From:
£2,735 (St George)
£3,045 (Star Goddess)

Egypt is packed with the most incredible ruins and on this trip you have the chance to experience all of them at your own pace with your own private guide.

You cannot overestimate the benefit the private tours away from the “boat crowd” will bring to your enjoyment of the array of historical sites you will visit.

In Cairo take time at the hotel to swim with the view of the pyramids in the background!

The two Sonesta Nile cruise ships we offer are both truly luxurious boats, peaceful calm havens in which to relax and watch the Nile go by, in-between visiting the many evocative sights and ruins on offer.

On the Sonesta St George the luxurious accommodation features double glass panoramic French windows that open onto the Nile, and each cabin has its own Spa. The ship has a piano bar, oversize pool, spa and sun deck bar.

On the Sonesta Star Goddess all rooms are suites, each with a private terrace and with only 33 suites on board the small number of people and excellent service make for a very intimate and personal experience.

Highlights

  • 4 nights on either 5 star Sonesta St George or 5 star Sonesta Star Goddess, considered the most elegant ships on the Nile
  • 4 nights at the luxury Le Meridien Pyramid Hotel in a pyramid view room!
  • Private Tour of the Giza Pyramids, Sphinx, Memphis and Sakkara
  • Private Tour of Egyptian Museum of antiquities housing the magnificent Treasure of Tutankhamen
  • Private tour of Coptic & Islamic Cairo
  • Exclusive to Weekend a La Carte clients you will have PRIVATE GUIDED VISITS for the shore based tours, rather than joining the boat crowd
    • Karnak and Luxor Temples
    • Valley of Kings, Hatshepsut Temple and Colossi of Memnon
    • Temple of Horus at Edfu & Kom Ombo Temple
    • Aswan Dam and unfinished Obelisk
    • Philae Temple
    • Private Felucca Sail
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DAY 1: Friday
Fly to Cairo, Private Transfer to Hotel

DAY 1: Friday
Fly to Cairo, Private Transfer to Hotel

On arrival in Cairo you will be met and assisted through airport arrival formalities prior to your private transfer to your hotel .

Overnight in Cairo in your pyramids view room.

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DAY 2: Saturday
Private Visit Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, Citadel of Saladin and Coptic Cairo

DAY 2: Saturday
Private Visit Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, Citadel of Saladin and Coptic Cairo

Start your Cairo Holiday with your private guide taking you on a day tour of Cairo.

This morning you will visit the Egyptian Museum of antiquities. With over 120,000 items in the museum you have plenty to entertain you including some beautiful papyrus from the ancient world.

However your main focus will be the artefacts from the final two dynasties of Egypt from the tombs of the Pharaohs and the Valley of the Kings, including the magnificent treasure of King Tutankhamun.

After a stop for lunch (not included) you will visit the medieval fortification of the Citadel of Saladin with it’s Mohamed Ali Alabaster Mosque and Coptic Cairo.

In Coptic Cairo you will see the Hanging church built on the tower-gate of a Babylon fortress with its nave suspended over the passage. The synagogue of Ben Ezra is the next stop. Folklore rumours that it is located on the site where baby Moses was found and so is a special place.

Finally St Sergius church is  the oldest church in Coptic Cairo with 4th Century Pillars, though the main church was built in the 11th Century. It was built on the spot where Joseph, Mary and the infant Jesus are said to have taken shelter after fleeing to Egypt to escape persecution from King Herod of Judea.

This tour is 6-8 hrs and you will return to overnight in Cairo in your pyramids view room.

A la Carte Optional Extras

  • Sound and Light Show Pyramids and Sphinx in Cairo
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Sound and Light Show Pyramids and Sphinx in Cairo

History is re-told by the Sphinx, telling you the most ancient secrets of the world. Go back in time thousands of years to learn how the pyramids were built and survived! In one hour this sound and light show narrates the history of the great kings, their secrets and legends. This is a seated show and only goes ahead once 10 people have confirmed.

Price Per Person From: £65

Cairo, Egypt
Sand L at Giza Pyramids

DAY 3: Sunday
Private visit of Memphis & Sakkara, Giza Pyramids and the Sphinx

DAY 3: Sunday
Private visit of Memphis & Sakkara, Giza Pyramids and the Sphinx

Memphis “the ancient capital of Egypt” and its burial grounds of Necropolis of Sakkara. Here there are numerous pyramids including the “Step Pyramid”, as well as the huge statues of Ramses 11.

After lunch (not included and payable locally) our private tour will continue to take you to the Giza Pyramids, the Sphinx and the Valley Temple of Chephren.The Great pyramid of Giza is the oldest of the seven wonders of the world, and the only one to remain largely intact and will without doubt astound you with it’s size and engineering ingenuity, whilst the Pyramid of Chephren with its estimated 4.8 million tons of stone is bound to inspire .

The dramatic Great Sphinx of Giza with it’s lion body and human head if literally translated into English is   “The terrifying one. The Father of Dread” with the face believed to represent Pharaoh Khafre , dating back to @ 2,500 years before Christ. This tour includes a short camel ride though this can be skipped if preferred.

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DAY 4: Monday
Fly to Luxor and private transfer to Sonesta Cruise Ship, Private Guided visit of Luxor & Karnak

DAY 4: Monday
Fly to Luxor and private transfer to Sonesta Cruise Ship, Private Guided visit of Luxor & Karnak

Private transfer for your flight to Luxor (@ 1 hr flight)  and take a private transfer to the Sonesta Cruise Ship for one of the most romantic weeks in your life. This will indeed be a luxury week break.

This afternoon visit East bank of the Thebes to explore with your private guide the famous Luxor and Karnak Temples.

Luxor in 2000 BC was considered one of the most influential cities in the world and certainly the beating heart of ancient Egypt. The temples and structures that have stood for thousands of years have been preserved beautifully.

Every pharaoh of note built, destroyed, enlarged, embellished or restored part of the Karnak complex to show devotion to Amun. In so doing over the years Karnak became one of the largest and most magnificent Temple complexes in the ancient world, and remains at the core of one of the best outdoor museums in the world!

This night there is a belly dancer and folkloric show to entertain you on board.

A la Carte Optional Extras

  • Sound and Light Show in Karnak
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Sound and Light Show in Karnak

The Karnak Sound and Light Show highlights the dramatic history of ancient Thebes. The show narrates the achievements of some of the great Pharaohs, with poetic descriptions of the ancient treasures. Walk through the complex of temples whilst haunting music flows around you and you will be told the story of the Pharaohs, the Karnak temple and the god Amun. It is an enchanting and surreal experience to listen to the sound effects and gaze at the magnificent ruins illuminated. This is only confirmed once 10 people have booked.

Price per person: From £70

 

Sound and Light Show in Karnak on the Nile
Sound and Light Show in Karnak on the Nile
Light and SOund Show in Karnak, Egypt

DAY 5: Tuesday
Private Guided visit to the West Bank - Valley of the Kings, Hatshepsut Temple, the Colossi of Memnon.

DAY 5: Tuesday
Private Guided visit to the West Bank - Valley of the Kings, Hatshepsut Temple, the Colossi of Memnon.

Today you will visit the West Bank where a private guide will take you to the Valley of the Kings in Upper Egypt which contains many of the tombs of pharaohs from the New Kingdom, including Ramsess the Great.

Nearby is the mortuary temple of Queen Hatshepsut which you will visit. This ancient funeral shrine in Upper Egypt is considered one of the incomparable monuments of Egypt and is a “Must See”

After the Valley of Kings tour continue to see the famous ‘Colossi of Memnon’. These massive quartzite statues which once flanked the entrance to Amenhotep III’s mortuary temple now stand virtually alone in a field. Continue to Esna and an afternoon at leisure followed by the Captains’s welcome cocktail. Tonight there will be music on board.

A la Carte Optional Extras

  • Hot Air Ballooning Over Luxor
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Hot Air Ballooning Over Luxor

Take an early morning Sunrise Balloon flight over the west bank of Thebes to experience the world’s largest open-air museum. Have the incredible experience to see the Valley of the Kings and the Temple of Hatshepsut from high above.

You will start off with an early pick-up  so you be ready to float over Luxor’s ruins and temples in the beautiful morning light and see a lovely sunrise.

The flight takes about one hour and there will be a minimum of 6-8 people in the Balloon.

Price per Person: From £165 per person

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Valley of the Kings. Hot Air Ballooning in Egypt

DAY 6: Wednesday
Sail to Edfu, Private Guided Tour of Temple of Horus, Private Tour Kom Ombo, Galabeya Party

DAY 6: Wednesday
Sail to Edfu, Private Guided Tour of Temple of Horus, Private Tour Kom Ombo, Galabeya Party

Your deluxe Nile Cruise will continue to visit Edfu, the site of the extraordinary Temple of Horus, one of the best preserved shrines in Egypt built between 237 and 57 BC. The inscriptions on its walls have provided important information on language, myth and religion in Ancient Egypt.

Lunch and relax aboard the cruise whilst sailing to Kom Ombo. This afternoon you will visit the temple shared by two Gods; the Crocodile God Sobek and the Falcon God Haerosis. This temple is very unusual due to its perfect symmetry along the main axis.

This evening join in a traditional Egyptian Galabeya party onboard.

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DAY 7: Thursday
Sail to Aswan, Private Guided Tour of Aswan High Dam, Unfinished Obelisk & Philae Temple, Private Felucca Sail on the Nile

DAY 7: Thursday
Sail to Aswan, Private Guided Tour of Aswan High Dam, Unfinished Obelisk & Philae Temple, Private Felucca Sail on the Nile

Sail to Aswan to visit the impressive Aswan High Dam. Finished in 1970 this dam significantly impacted farming for the better with a more controlled and steady water supply for both the farmland and all important cotton crops.

After the High Dam you will visit the Unfinished Obelisk, which as it is incomplete shows how the rocks were cut, and so is of great interest.

Afterwards you will visit Philae Temple which was venerated from the Pharaonic era up to the Greek, Roman, and Byzantine periods with each ruler adding their own stamp onto the stones here. With the advent of the dam threatening to flood it UNESCO moved it from Philae Island to it’s current location on Agilika Island.

This afternoon you have the wonderful delight of a sail on your private Felucca around Kitchener’s Island followed by afternoon tea on board.

This evening you will be entertained by a folklore show including belly dancing on board in the evening.

A la Carte Optional Extras

  • Sound and Light Show Philae
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Sound and Light Show Philae

The alluring sacred Temple of Philae is dramatically transformed in this magical sound and light show that takes you on a narrated journey to discover the legends of Osiris and Isis. This lasts about an hour and a quarter and is a mix of walking around and seated. This is only confirmed once 10 people have booked.

Price Per Person From: £65

Egypt
Egypt
Egypt

DAY 8: Friday
Private transfer to airport for flight to Cairo after your luxury Nile Cruise

DAY 8: Friday
Private transfer to airport for flight to Cairo after your luxury Nile Cruise

Breakfast aboard the Cruise prior to disembarkation and private transfer to Aswan airport for flight to Cairo.

A la Carte Optional Extras

  • Guided visit to Abu Simbel
  • Relax on 3 Night Extension on the Nile
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Guided visit to Abu Simbel

Early this morning (about 8am) a transfer will take you to Aswan for a 40 minute flight to Abu Simbel. On arrival you will be transferred by Egypt-Air bus to the two magnificent rock temples of Abu Simbel for a guided tour. These iconic temples were carved in the 13th Century BC and were built as a lasting monument to the king and his queen  Nefertari, though moved to a new location in 1968 to avoid submersion as a result of the dam.

Your guided tours takes about 2 hours. You will then fly back to Cairo via Aswan. Please note this is not a private guided tour and whilst the group is normally about 20 it can be up to 30.

Price Per Person From: £420

The Great temple at Abu Simbel, Egypt
The Great temple at Abu Simbel, Egypt
The Great temple at Abu Simbel, Egypt

Relax on 3 Night Extension on the Nile

Your itinerary has been action packed and you may wish to extend your Nile cruise to have more time to relax by staying on the boat as it return to Luxor.

There are no visits included during this time, as this is the time for you to watch the Nile and ruins slip by as you relax by the pool on deck, and enjoy your cabin with it’s wonderful views.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included and you would have 3 extra nights on the cruise ship and on Day 11. Monday you will fly back direct from Luxor to the UK.

Extra Cost Per Person:  

Sonesta St George 1:      From £360 (assuming no change in air costs)

Sonesta Star Goddess: From £565 (assuming no change in air costs)

 

 

Sonesta St. George Cruise ship on the Nile, Egypt
Sun deck on the Sonesta Star Goddess, Egypt
View from the cruise ship on the Nile, Egypt
Cruising the Nile on Sonesta St. George
Cabin on the Sonesta St. George cruise ship
Beethoven Suite on the Sonesta Star Goddess

DAY 9: Saturday
At Leisure and Private Transfer for Flight Home

DAY 9: Saturday
At Leisure and Private Transfer for Flight Home

Breakfast and morning at leisure to enjoy your hotel and swim with the view of the pyramids in the background. Private transfer for your afternoon flight back home.

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Accommodation

Where You'll Stay

Sonesta Star Goddess - Beethoven Deluxe Suite

Sonesta Star Goddess Cruise ship, River Nile, Egypt
Reception Hall of the Sonesta Star Cruise ship, Egypt
Dining restaurant on the Sonesta Star Goddess, Egypt

Sonesta Star Goddess - Beethoven Deluxe Suite

This new luxurious boutique cruise ship only has suites, and only has 33 of them, so it is a very exclusive and intimate cruise ship. You will find exceptional 5* service and unique to Weekend a la Carte private guided excursions for our clients.

We offer the Beethoven Suites which are 40 sqm, with their own private terrace, panoramic windows, room service and a full sized bathtub in the en-suite.

The boat boasts a restaurant, sun deck barbecue, lounge, outdoor swimming pool with adjacent pool bar service, full-service spa with gym, massage rooms, sauna and Jacuzzi.

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Le Méridien Pyramids Hotel - Cairo

Pyramid view room at Meridien Hotel, Egypt
Pool bar at Meridien Hotel, Egypt
Meridien Hotel room, Cairo, Egypt
Serving food at Meridien Hotel, Cairo, Egypt

Le Méridien Pyramids Hotel - Cairo

The stunning Le Méridien Pyramids resort, nestled between the city and the wilderness, boasts unparalleled views of the majestic, ancient Giza Pyramids.

A mere glance out your window reveals one of the Seven Wonders of the World. It is also surrounded by luxuriantly landscaped gardens, providing a respite of greenery amidst golden sands.

It has a peerless choice of restaurants and cuisines and magnificent swimming pool and spa amenities.

We offer Pyramid-view rooms as standard practice.

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Sonesta St. George Cruise Boat - Nile, Egypt

Sonesta St George Hotel, Egypt
Twin room at Sonesta St George Hotel, Egypt
Sonesta St George Hotel, Egypt
Sonesta St George Hotel, Egypt

Sonesta St. George Cruise Boat - Nile, Egypt

One of the newest ships on the Nile the Sonesta St George has 47 well appointed cabins and 10 presidential suites. It offers wonderful 5* service and unique to Weekend a la Carte private guided excursions for our clients.

It offers the ultimate in elegance, comfort and luxury. All rooms feature the highest quality furnishings with panoramic French windows that open to bring in fresh breezes from the Nile and individually controlled air conditioning. Bathrooms are equipped with steam bath, Jacuzzi and water massage.

The Ships Presidential and Royal Suites exude Grandeur and are remarkably spacious with a comfortable sofa and armchairs facing out onto the two large French windows and the Nile panorama.

Facilities on board include a full service spa and fitness center, restaurant, bars and observation lounge.

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Optional Extras
Sound and Light Show Pyramids and Sphinx in Cairo
Cairo, Egypt

History is re-told by the Sphinx, telling you the most ancient secrets of the world. Go back in time thousands of years to learn how the pyramids were built and survived! In one hour this sound and light show narrates the history of the great kings, their secrets and legends. This is a seated show and only goes ahead once 10 people have confirmed.

Price Per Person From: £65

Sound and Light Show in Karnak
Sound and Light Show in Karnak on the Nile

The Karnak Sound and Light Show highlights the dramatic history of ancient Thebes. The show narrates the achievements of some of the great Pharaohs, with poetic descriptions of the ancient treasures. Walk through the complex of temples whilst haunting music flows around you and you will be told the story of the Pharaohs, the Karnak temple and the god Amun. It is an enchanting and surreal experience to listen to the sound effects and gaze at the magnificent ruins illuminated. This is only confirmed once 10 people have booked.

Price per person: From £70

 

Hot Air Ballooning Over Luxor
NILE-CRUISE-EGYPT

Take an early morning Sunrise Balloon flight over the west bank of Thebes to experience the world’s largest open-air museum. Have the incredible experience to see the Valley of the Kings and the Temple of Hatshepsut from high above.

You will start off with an early pick-up  so you be ready to float over Luxor’s ruins and temples in the beautiful morning light and see a lovely sunrise.

The flight takes about one hour and there will be a minimum of 6-8 people in the Balloon.

Price per Person: From £165 per person

Sound and Light Show Philae
Egypt

The alluring sacred Temple of Philae is dramatically transformed in this magical sound and light show that takes you on a narrated journey to discover the legends of Osiris and Isis. This lasts about an hour and a quarter and is a mix of walking around and seated. This is only confirmed once 10 people have booked.

Price Per Person From: £65

Guided visit to Abu Simbel
The Great temple at Abu Simbel, Egypt

Early this morning (about 8am) a transfer will take you to Aswan for a 40 minute flight to Abu Simbel. On arrival you will be transferred by Egypt-Air bus to the two magnificent rock temples of Abu Simbel for a guided tour. These iconic temples were carved in the 13th Century BC and were built as a lasting monument to the king and his queen  Nefertari, though moved to a new location in 1968 to avoid submersion as a result of the dam.

Your guided tours takes about 2 hours. You will then fly back to Cairo via Aswan. Please note this is not a private guided tour and whilst the group is normally about 20 it can be up to 30.

Price Per Person From: £420

Relax on 3 Night Extension on the Nile
Sonesta St. George Cruise ship on the Nile, Egypt

Your itinerary has been action packed and you may wish to extend your Nile cruise to have more time to relax by staying on the boat as it return to Luxor.

There are no visits included during this time, as this is the time for you to watch the Nile and ruins slip by as you relax by the pool on deck, and enjoy your cabin with it’s wonderful views.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included and you would have 3 extra nights on the cruise ship and on Day 11. Monday you will fly back direct from Luxor to the UK.

Extra Cost Per Person:  

Sonesta St George 1:      From £360 (assuming no change in air costs)

Sonesta Star Goddess: From £565 (assuming no change in air costs)

 

 

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Price per person From:
£2,735 (St George)
£3,045 (Star Goddess)
What's included & departure airports

What's Included?

  • Flights from the UK and internal flights with one hold bag per person
  • 4 nights full board & accommodation on Sonesta St George or Sonesta Star Goddess
  • 4 nights in pyramid view room at Le Meridien Hotel
  • PRIVATE vehicle & PRIVATE guides for all sightseeing
  • Activities outlined
  • Private transfers

Departure airport

  • Heathrow

Our international clients are welcome to book their own flights

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“The trip far exceeded our expectations thank you, the country was spectacular. Please convey our thanks to all the team that made this such a special holiday, they were all so friendly and informative and we felt very privileged to have the tours to ourselves”

"There was not one word of complaint that could be said about any part of it. The reps in Cairo and Luxor were courteous and efficient, everything went smoothly to plan. Our guide was great, he was knowledgeable and interesting. He also got the balance of talking and leaving us alone just right. The boat is excellent - high quality in every respect especially the food. All in all, first class"

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