Grand Hotels of Egypt
|Cairo||The Mena House||3 nights|
|Aswan ||Old Cataract ||3 nights |
|Luxor ||Winter Palace||3 nights |
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10 days from £1096
Flights NOT included - see below
Recreate the style of the Victorian 'Grand Tour' staying in Egypt's most historic hotels
At the end of the Victorian era, when Egypt's popularity as a winter resort was at its height, fashionable people from all over the world came to relax in the golden sunshine of the Nile Valley. The 'Grand Hotels' they stayed at - the Mena House beside the Pyramids, the Cataract at Aswan and the Winter Palace in Luxor - are still flourishing, and offer a stylish welcome to the sophisticated travellers of the modern era.
Recommended flight from London: EgyptAir from London Heathrow (see below). If you are travelling from a country other than the UK we would be happy to give you guidance on your flight options.
For a detailed day-by-day description, with a summary of what's included, please click on the PDF (above right)
DAY 1 (Friday) – Arrival in Cairo.
DAY 2 – Cairo. Optional excursions available (see CAIRO feature below). (B)
DAY 3 – Cairo. (B)
DAY 4 – Fly to Aswan. Optional excursions available (see ASWAN feature below). (B)
DAY 5 - Aswan. (B)
DAY 6 - Aswan. (B)
DAY 8 – Luxor. Optional excursions available (see LUXOR feature below). (B)
DAY 9 - Luxor. (B)
DAY 10 - Depart. (B)
PLEASE ASK FOR A QUOTATION
Prices from £1096 (May to September) to around £1900 per person, according to the time of year. The price we quote you at the time of booking is guaranteed.
We recommend the services of EgyptAir from London
Heathrow. Flights are non-stop and have a choice of classes. Current
timings (subject to possible change) are as follows:
Heathrow/Cairo. Depart at 17.05; arrive Cairo at 23.50
Cairo/Heathrow. Depart at 17.45; arrive Heathrow at 21.05
Flights within Egypt
With EgyptAir you can include the Cairo/Luxor and Aswan/Cairo flights on the same ticket as the international flights, using their Multi Destination option (we will advise you which flights you need to book to fit it with the cruise schedules). This is generally the least expensive choice. If you fly on British Airways (or another non-direct airline) on the international sectors you would need to book the domestic flights separately. The current cost for the domestic flights is £228 per person.
You can book the international and domestic flights yourself, or alternatively World Discovery can book the flights for you (we levy a service charge of £25 per person for this service).
We haven't included any excursions in Cairo, Aswan and Luxor so that you have the flexibility to choose your own sightseeing programme. We are happy to pre-book a schedule of visits if you wish and have listed below the most popular tours that are requested on our tailor-made holidays:
Cairo, of course, is home to the world-famous Pyramids of Giza and the legendary Sphinx, as well as the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities. Further afield lie ancient Memphis and Saqqara, the latter famous for its unique Step Pyramid, constructed in the 27th century BC., and there is a choice of several tours in the Old City - The Citadel of Saladin, Mosque of Mohamed Ali and the Khanal-Khalili bazaar, Islamic Cairo, including Ibn Tulun Mosque and the Gayer-Anderson House or The Coptic Museum and the Gayer-Anderson House. A full day excursion could also be organised to the Mediterranean port of Alexandria.
SOUND AND LIGHT SHOW AT THE PYRAMIDS
During your time in Cairo you will also have the opportunity to enjoy an evening performance of the spectacular Sound and Light Performance at Giza, featuring the Pyramids and Sphinx.
Aswan is a city that invites relaxation, but if you're feeling energetic there are some fabulous highlights to visit - the High Dam, the superb Temple of Philae on its island in the Nile, and the Northern Quarries to view the Unfinished Obelisk. A half day optional excursion by air may be taken to visit the incredible temples at Abu Simbel on the shores of Lake Nasser.
As ancient Thebes, Luxor was the capital of Egypt’s New Kingdom (1550-1069 BC) and has attracted tourists and travellers since Greek and Roman times with its incomparable wealth of monuments. On the city's East Bank you can visit the two great Pharaonic temples of the East Bank; the breathtaking Temple of Karnak, with its great Hypostyle Hall and Sacred Lake, and the smaller but arguably more elegant Temple of Luxor in the centre of town. Across the Nile lie the magnificent archaeological remains of Western Thebes, including the famous Valley of the Kings, the Valley of the Queens, the monumental Temple of Queen Hatshepsut at Deir el-Bahari, and the free-standing Colossi of Memnon, badly ravaged by time but still impressive in their size and majesty.
EXTEND YOUR STAY
Popular extensions to the 'Grand Hotels of Egypt' tour include the following:
THE OBEROI SAHL HASHEESH
Head for the Red Sea coast for a stay at the Oberoi Sahl Hasheesh, a secluded haven boasting white sands, aquamarine waters and vibrantly-hued marine life. This is in our opinion simply Egypt's top resort hotel. Other options are also available.