Expert-Led Group Tour

Egypt Cruise - The Wonders of Egypt with Sir Tony Robinson

Departing 20th - 26th November 2019

7 days

from £2,695pp
  • Visit Cairo with Sir Tony Robinson, presenter of Egyptian Tomb Hunting
  • Cruise the River Nile on one of 'the most beautiful boats in the world' as voted by Conde Nast
  • Explore the ancient sights of Egypt with accomplished Egyptologists
  • 18 cabins, allowing for an intimate and personalised Nile cruise

Nowhere in the world does archaeological treasures quite like Egypt. From the Great Pyramids of Giza to the Valley of the Kings and Queens, Egypt has antiquities of such scale and beauty, they will leave you speechless. While the prospect of winter sun is appealing, it is the atmosphere and ambience of Egypt that is intoxicating. Join our group tour to Egypt in November and explore the exhilarating city of Cairo in the company of Sir Tony Robinson. After the buzz of Cairo take a small ship cruise on the Nile. 

Departing from London Heathrow, your first day will be spent with time in Cairo, where this tour will be brought to life by the affable English actor, comedian, author and presenter, Sir Tony Robinson. Well known for playing Baldrick in the BBC comedy series Blackadder and later as a presenter for the incredibly successful Channel 4 series, Time Team and Channel 5's Egyptian Tomb Hunting, Tony will be on hand to give insight into the world of archaeological discovery. Along with Tony, you will be accompanied by accomplished Egyptologists, who will take you to explore one of the greatest wonders of the world - the ancient pyramids of Giza. You will also visit Memphis, the capital of Ancient Egypt before heading to Sakkara, the ancient burial ground. After the day exploring, a hosted dinner will be held at the Four Seasons First Residence with a pre or post dinner presentation by Tony.

You then fly to the city of Aswan to board the small five-star Nile cruise boat Sanctuary Sun Boat III on which you spend four nights. Along the way, you will stop to visit some of the most breath-taking heritage sites including Karnak Temple, Luxor Temple, The Valley of the Kings and Queens and the Temple of Philae.

Why should I join this Nile Cruise with Steppes Travel?

By joining this specialist, small group tour, meet like-minded people and receive individual tuition from our Tour Expert, Sir Tony Robinson. 

Is it safe to travel to Egypt?

There is no FCO advice against travel to Cairo and the tourist areas along the Nile river (including Luxor, Qena, Aswan and the Valley of the Kings and Queens). There is a strong military presence at all major sites, hotels and airports.

What is the accommodation like in Egypt?

During your time in Cairo, you will stay at the luxurious Four Seasons First Residence Hotel, perfectly situated on the Giza side of Cairo, not too far from the iconic pyramids. The rooms, facilities and services are of a very high standard and have views towards the Nile.

The Sanctuary Sun Boat III is a luxury motor-boat, chartered exclusively for Steppes Travel. With a maximum capacity of 36 passengers on board, the Sanctuary Sun Boat III offers a very personal service and provides a luxury platform from which to discover the jewels of the Nile. 

IS THIS TOUR SUITABLE FOR SOLO TRAVELLERS?

Our group tours are perfect for solo travellers, as travelling as part of an organised group in faraway places does provide security and peace of mind. We handle all of the arrangements for you and there will be a local tour guide on hand throughout to provide advice and help if needed, as well as the expertise of a tour expert.

If you are willing to share, we will always do our best to match you up with another solo traveller of the same sex so that you do not have to pay for a single room and cabin.

If you would prefer the privacy of your own room and cabin and would like this guaranteed, then the single supplement will apply. On the cruise, there are only three single rooms available - two Luxury Nile and one luxury Promenade cabins. 

What will the weather be like in November?

November is a lovely month to visit Egypt. The average daily temperature in Cairo is 20 degrees, but can reach highs of 25 degrees. Temperatures in Aswan and Luxor will be slightly higher, reaching highs of 28-30 degrees during the day. 

Do I need to be physically fit to join this Egypt cruise?

You will need to be of average physical fitness, able to walk up to a mile unaided. At the Valley of the Kings and Queens, there are steep inclines up and down into the tombs.

What should I be wearing on board?

You can leave your ballgown at home for this small ship cruise on the Nile. The onboard dress code is relatively casual. You may wish to dress up for dinner, but for men, a jacket and tie is not essential. The temperature drops at night, particularly on the river so a shawl/pullover may be required if out on the deck.

Are there dress codes for men and women in Egypt?

Onshore, ladies must cover their shoulders and we advise you wear long-sleeved cotton shirts and long trousers or skirts below the knee. Headscarves aren’t required, although useful for shielding your head from the sun. Hats, sunglasses and comfortable walking shoes are of course necessary.

Can I extend my stay in Egypt before or after the group tour?

If you are interested in visiting the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Abu Simbel, or extending your stay in Cairo, please speak to one of our Egypt experts who will happily help you with this.



Departing on:
  • 20th November 2019

For a detailed itinerary or to book your place on this tour, please contact us.

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what is included

  • Accompanied by Sir Tony Robinson for two nights in Cairo
  • Entry fees for the Great Pyramid, Memphis & Sakkara
  • Four night cruise on a full board basis on the Sanctuary Sunboat III in a Luxury Nile Cabin including water, coffee and tea during meal times
  • Full day guided tour of Pyramids
  • Internal flights in economy class
  • International flights in economy class
  • One lunch & One dinner in Cairo
  • Services of an English speaking Egyptologist
  • Shared transfers & excursions throughout in A/C Coach
  • Two nights accommodation at the Four Seasons First Residence Cairo in a deluxe room on bed and breakfast basis

what is excluded

  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Tipping for local guides, drivers and porters. Suggested guide/crew tipping allowance $10 per day. Suggested driver allowance $5 per day.

TO ALLOW FLEXIBILITY, OUR GROUP TOURS DO NOT INCLUDE INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS AS STANDARD. WE CAN ARRANGE INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS ON YOUR BEHALF AND THE ABOVE IS AN INDICATION OF COST, BASED ON RETURN FLIGHTS DEPARTING FROM LONDON. ALL INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS FROM THE UK ARE ATOL PROTECTED.

Itinerary at a glance

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Day 1

Fly London to Cairo


Arrival Day
On arrival at Cairo Airport you are met off the plane by our local representative and escorted to passport control. Assistance will be provided while you obtain your Egyptian visa-on-arrival. $25 cash is required to pay for your visa. Please make sure you have the exact amount of dollars in cash as change will not be provided. Continue to baggage reclaim with our representative to collect your luggage. You will then be shown to your private, air-conditioned coach for your transfer to the hotel.

Cairo is a bustling, cosmopolitan city and the largest in Africa. It is a city whose celebrated highlights tell of a fascinating history. Most notable are the ancient pyramids of Giza, but others include Coptic churches, Islamic monuments and world class museums. History lives on through the bazaars and cafés that thrive in the city and haven't changed for centuries.


Dinner under own arrangement this evening.


You will be staying at Four Seasons First Residence, breakfast

Day 2

Full day sightseeing of Memphis, Saqqara and Giza
Breakfast is between 8am and 9am. After breakfast the group will meet in the lobby of the hotel. Sir Tony Robinson will spend some time addressing the group with a short presentation. Set off by coach for a full day sightseeing tour of Memphis, Saqqara and Giza. You will be out of the hotel for the whole day. Lunch is included at a local restaurant. During the day Sir Tony Robinson will regale the group with his experiences of time spent in Cairo. You are also accompanied by expert Egyptologists.

At the site of Memphis, visit the ancient capital that was a flourishing metropolis during the time of the Pharaohs. See the statue of Ptah, the patron god of Memphis, the colossal statue of Ramses II and an exquisitely carved Alabaster Sphinx.

At Saqqara, see the famous Step Pyramid of King Zoser, the first freestanding stone structure in the world. The walls of the tombs of the nobles of the past are a great example of the beauty and excellence of Ancient Egyptian art and insight into daily life in Ancient Egypt.

The Great Pyramids at Giza are the only survivors of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World - even 2,000 years ago they were one of the world's greatest tourist attractions. Also visit the solar boat museum and the Sphinx.

Return to the hotel later this afternoon.


Meet at 7pm for a presentation by Sir Tony Robinson followed by dinner at the hotel.


You will be staying at Four Seasons First Residence, breakfast

Day 3

Fly Cairo to Aswan


Embark in Aswan
Board the five star deluxe Sanctuary Sun Boat III Nile cruise boat, moored in a private dock in Aswan, where you will be welcomed by the reception staff. Lunch will be served on board. This afternoon you will have the chance to take a ride on a felucca (a typical Egyptian sail boat) around Elephantine Island, Lord Kitchener’s Botanical Gardens, and the Agha Khan Mausoleum (weather permitting, life jackets will be provided). Enjoy afternoon tea served in the lounge. Tonight, you will be greeted by your Boat Manager as you enjoy a selection of canapés with some complimentary Egyptian wine and local beer. A gourmet dinner will be served on board. Enjoy a Folkloric Show and Dervish Show after dinner.


You will be staying at Sanctuary Sun Boat III, full board

Day 4

Philae and Kom Ombo
A breakfast buffet will be served on board, followed by a short motorboat ride to visit the romantic and majestic Philae Temple on the Island of Agilika. This will be followed by a visit to the Granite Quarries which supplied the ancient Egyptians with most of the hard stone used in pyramids and temples, and still hold a huge unfinished obelisk. Later, an Egyptian cooking lesson will be presented on board. Enjoy lunch, while you cruise to Kom Ombo and visit the magnificent Temple of Kom Ombo - dedicated to the crocodile-god Sobek. Afternoon tea will be served while you cruise to Edfu.

Tonight will be an 'Egyptian Night' costume party for all guests, with a chance to dress up in traditional Egyptian 'galabeyya'. Dinner will be a lavish buffet of Egyptian specialities, followed by oriental music and dancing for everyone.


You will be staying at Sanctuary Sun Boat III, full board

Day 5

Temple of Horus and Temple of Khnum
A breakfast buffet will be served on board. This morning, explore the extraordinary Temple of Horus. Return to the boat where lunch is served on board, as you cruise onward to Esna. This afternoon, your Egyptologist will guide you round the Greco-Roman Temple of Khnum at Esna. The beautifully preserved Great Hypostyle Hall was built during the reign of the Roman Emperor Claudius; it was excavated from the silt that had accumulated through centuries of annual Nile floods and is about nine metres below present-day street level. Afternoon tea will be served while you sail to Luxor. Tonight, a delicious dinner is served on board.


You will be staying at Sanctuary Sun Boat III, full board

Day 6

East and West Bank of Luxor
Breakfast is served on board. This morning, your Egyptologist will guide you around the strikingly graceful Temple of Luxor, dedicated to the god Amun - and then onwards to the Temple of Karnak. After lunch, visit the Valley of the Kings. You will have the chance to visit at least one tomb in the Valley of the Queens, and visit the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut. On the way back to the river Nile, you will pass by the famed Colossi of Memnon, known in Ancient Greek times for their haunting voices at dawn. Return to your luxury Nile Cruise boat where afternoon tea will be served in the lounge. Tonight’s farewell dinner will be a gala dinner, with white-gloved waiters serving gourmet cuisine.


You will be staying at Sanctuary Sun Boat III, full board

Day 7

Departure Day
Disembark the boat early this morning. You are met and transferred to Luxor Airport. On arrival in Cairo you are met and transferred to Le Meridien Hotel, close to the airport. Breakfast will be provided for the group before continuing into Cairo to visit the Egyptian Museum. Following your visit, you are driven back to the airport in good time to check in for your flight to the UK.

Fly Luxor to Cairo

Fly Cairo to London

Accommodation

Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at The First Residence

Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at The First Residence

The Four Seasons Cairo at the First Residence is a beautiful, five-star hotel situated on the west bank of the Nile with impressive views of the Great Pyramids and over the canopy of Cairo's ancient Zoological and Botanical Gardens....

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Sanctuary Sun Boat III

Sanctuary Sun Boat III

The Sanctuary Sun Boat III is an intimate river yacht representing the ultimate in luxury Nile cruises....

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For a detailed itinerary or to book your place on this tour, please contact us.

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Local Egyptologist

Mohamed Rehim

Mohamed Rehim
Mohamed Rehim will accompany our Egypt group as the expert Egyptologist.

He graduated from Alexandria University with a Tourism degree. Since graduating, he has been working as an Egyptologist for almost 21 years, of which 14 of these have been as an expert aboard small Nile cruise boats, including the Sun Boat III.

Mohamed enjoys teaching people about his country, its culture and sharing the role of Egypt in world history. His favourite places to visit in Egypt include Deir El Medina which houses the remains of the workmen and their tombs, and the Valley of Kings.

Sir Tony Robinson

Sir Tony Robinson
Sir Tony Robinson has become Britain’s foremost face of popular history through presenting 20 seasons of Channel 4’s archaeology series Time Team and as the creator of the worldwide icon, Baldrick in Blackadder.

In a varied and international career he has won two RTS awards, a BAFTA and the International Prix Jeunesse. He started out at the age of 13 in Oliver! and has gone on to enjoy a long acting career in theatre, TV drama and sitcom, and an acclaimed presenting career of documentary and factual television.

He is an author of over 30 children’s books and several adult books.

Sir Tony received a knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2013 and has just released his autobiography, No Cunning Plan.

Sir Tony will be accompanying our group tour during the time in Cairo.
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Group Size:

Min 12 / Max 36

Tour Expert:

Mohamed Rehim, Sir Tony Robinson

Departure Date (S):

  • 20th November 2019

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