Ancient Wonders of Egypt for solo travellers

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Overview

Explore some of Egypt’s key historic sites and cruise the Nile on this sociable tour exclusively for solo travellers. Enjoy a stay in Cairo, where you’ll have the opportunity to visit the Pyramids and the Sphinx, and step aboard the elegant MS Nile Odyssey as she cruises from Luxor to Aswan, visiting Edfu and Kom Ombo en route. You’ll be able to enjoy the sociable atmosphere on board your ship, and share your experience with your fellow solo travellers.

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Itinerary

Meet your fellow travellers at the airport and fly to Cairo and transfer to the locally rated 5-star Pyramisa Hotel (4Q), for a three-night stay. Tonight, look forward to a welcome drink and dinner where you can get to know your travelling companions. D

Accommodation Name: Pyramisa Hotel

An included city tour this morning reveals some of Cairo’s highlights, including the city’s fascinating Citadel, which was home to Egypt’s rulers for seven centuries after its creation in the 12th century. Today the site is home to numerous mosques and palaces that dominate the city’s skyline and illustrate how it has evolved throughout history.

You’ll return to your hotel in time for some lunch before this afternoon’s visit to Egypt’s icons – the Sphinx and the Pyramids. These landmarks have become synonymous with Egypt, and the history of their construction will mesmerise you as much as the sight of them. You’ll also visit the Khufu Ship, an ancient solar boat which was discovered in a pit in the Giza pyramid complex and carefully reconstructed. It is thought to be one of the largest, oldest and best preserved example of an Antiquity-age vessel, and this solar barge is believed to have been used as either a ritual vessel to carry the resurrected king across the heavens, or as a funeral barge to carry the embalmed king to Giza. B, L, D

Accommodation Name: Pyramisa Hotel

Spend the day at your leisure, perhaps joining an optional morning tour to The Grand Egyptian Museum. B, L, D

Accommodation Name: Pyramisa Hotel

After breakfast, travel to the airport for your morning flight to Luxor and transfer to the locally rated 3-star Pyramisa Isis Luxor (4Q), where you stay overnight.

This afternoon there will be an included tour to the temples of Karnak, an incredible site comprising three main temples and seven smaller ones, which is believed to cover the entire site of the ancient city of Thebes. B, L, D

Accommodation Name: Pyramisa Isis Luxor

Transfer from your hotel to the elegant MS Nile Odyssey 4?, one of Presidential Nile Cruises fleet of ships, and your home for the next four nights as you cruise the Nile. There will be an included visit to Luxor’s west bank this morning – home to the Valley of the Kings, where an incredible 62 tombs of the Pharaohs have been unearthed.

Spend the afternoon at leisure on board your ship, and this evening perhaps join an optional sound and light show. You’ll remain moored in Luxor overnight. B, L, D

Sit back and admire the passing scenery as your ship heads to Edfu at noon. The scenery along the Nile varies between rural beauty and ancient architecture, so be sure to keep your camera handy. You’ll arrive in Edfu where you’ll moor overnight. B, L, D

Today you cruise to Kom Ombo, where Kom Ombo Temple – one of the most spectacular temples in Egypt is located. This temple is particularly unusual as it is dedicated to two gods, Haroeris and Sobek. This evening you can socialise with your fellow guests on board, or enjoy the night sky from the ship’s Sun Deck. Remain moored here overnight. B, L, D

This morning you visit Aswan High Dam and the Philae Temple complex, which was painstakingly recreated on a new site after it's original site was deluged by Lake Nasser. After some time soaking up the history here, you’ll head to Elephantine Island where you’ll see Nubian villages and soak up more history thanks to the variety of archaeological sites here. You’ll return to your ship, where you can share your adventures with guests on board and make the most of the ship’s facilities. You’ll moor in Aswan overnight. B, L, D

Today you disembark your ship in Aswan and transfer to the locally rated 5-star Pyramisa Isis Island Hotel, where you stay for the remaining two nights of your tour. You’ll spend the rest of the day at leisure – the perfect excuse to relax and make the most of the hotel’s excellent facilities. B, L, D

Accommodation Name: Pyramisa Isis Island Hotel

Spend the day at leisure, or perhaps join an optional excursion to the Nubian museum. B, L, D

Accommodation Name: Pyramisa Isis Island Hotel

After breakfast, travel to the airport for your flight back to the UK. B

Accommodation Name: Pyramisa Isis Island Hotel

What's Included

4 nights on board cruise ship, 6 nights at hotel

29 meals: 10 breakfasts (B), 9 lunches (L) and 10 dinners (D)

  • Free bar open 11 hours a day on board ship
  • Two local drinks with lunch and with dinner during hotel stay
  • Included travel insurance
  • Return flights and transfers
  • Saga tour manager
  • Porterage aboard the ship
  • Tourist visa for all British citizens resident in the UK
  • Fast track security and airport lounge UK
  • Welcome drink and dinner
  • Drinks reception
  • Farewell dinner
  • Meet and greet at the airport
  • Social activities

Excursions and visits

  • Cairo city tour
  • Visit to the Sphinx, Pyramids and the Khufu ship
  • Tour to the Karnak Temple
  • Visit to Luxor’s west bank
  • Visit to Edfu and Kom Ombo

Dates

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