Best of Egypt, The Nile & Dubai

19 Day Fly, Tour & Cruise Holiday with $3600 Bonus Value including Certified Egyptologist Guide on Tour, Exclusive Package Savings & More

Deal Code: MC-100541

from $... per person
Book by January 3, 2022

Your 19 Day Fly, Tour & Cruise Holiday Includes

Flights
Economy flights to Cairo, returning from Dubai
Connecting flight from Egypt tour to MSC cruise ex Dubai

Your 11 Night Egypt Tour Experience
7 nights 5 star hotel accommodation
4 Nights Onboard a Luxury Nile River Cruise
Breakfast daily, 4 lunches & 4 dinners whilst touring
Meet, greet and assist in Cairo airport on arrival
One way domestic airfare Cairo – Luxor
One way domestic airfare Aswan – Cairo
All transfers while in Egypt
Air-conditioned transportation
All sightseeing tours mentioned on the itinerary
Entry fees for sites visited
English-speaking tour guides
Services of a local Egyptologist guide for all sightseeing tours

Touring Highlights
Walk in the footsteps of pharaohs at the Sphinx & Pyramids of Giza
Learn the history of Cairo at brand new Grand Egyptian Museum
Take an Egyptologist-guided walking tour to Luxor Temple
Experience a 5 star Nile River cruise
Visit the incredible Temples of Karnak, Kom Ombo, Edfu & Philae
Explore the Pharaoh’s ancient tombs in the Valley of the Kings
Soak up the unforgettable atmosphere on the banks of the Nile in Luxor, Aswan & more

Your 7 Night MSC Cruise
7 Night Dubai, Abu Dhabi & Qatar Cruise Onboard Brand New MSC World Europa
Onboard Dining Across A Range Of Complimentary Venues
Onboard Entertainment including Live Music & Performances
All port taxes & charges included
Bonus upgrade from Bella to Fantastica Experience onboard
Bonus Fantastica Experience includes a Choice of the best cabin locations, 24hr room service, breakfast in your cabin daily, priority preferred dinner times + more!

Bonus My Cruises Holiday Savings
Low Deposit $299pp*

General Travel Date Information
Tour Start Date: 31 January 2023
Sailing Date: 11 February 2023

Alternative Travel Dates
Tour Start Date: 14 February 2023
Sailing Date: 25 February 2023

Tour Start Date: 07 March 2023
Sailing Date: 18 March 2023

Day 1: Arrive Cairo

Welcome to Egypt! On arrival, be met at the airport and transferred to your 5-star hotel to relax for the rest of the day.
Note: Due to flight scheduling and availability, departures are likely to occur on Day 0. Affected customers must be at the airport the day before. Flight times will be indicated on your final documentation which you will receive prior to departure.
Steigenberger Cairo Pyramids Hotel or similar

Day 2: Cairo – Pyramids, Sphinx & Museum (B)

After breakfast at your hotel, join your Egyptologist guide – who will be with you throughout the tour – and head to the Giza Plateau, home of the breathtaking Sphinx and Pyramids of Giza. Then visit the brand-new Grand Egyptian Museum. Accompanied by your guide, you’ll stroll through the halls highlighting each historical period of this ancient land. Relax at your hotel for the rest of the day.
Steigenberger Cairo Pyramids Hotel or similar

Day 3: Fly from Cairo to Luxor (B)

Be transferred to the airport and fly from Cairo to Luxor today. Relax for the rest of the day. In the evening, take a walking tour with your Egyptologist guide to Luxor temple, which is located right in the middle of town and is beautifully lit up at night.
Steigenberger Nile Palace or similar

Day 4: Luxor Free Day (B)

Take advantage of a full day of free time in Luxor today. Enjoy a late start, your five-star hotel’s facilities, or soak up the unique sights, sounds and aromas on the streets of Luxor and banks of the mighty Nile River. A range of optional extra tours is available today, including more in-depth time on the Nile’s West Bank, a guided trip around Luxor Museum, and a full-day tour to the important historical sites of Abydos and Dendara north of Luxor.
Steigenberger Nile Palace or similar

Day 5: Karnak Temple, Embark River Cruise Ship (B, L, D)

After checking out of your hotel this morning, you board your Nile cruise boat and take lunch on board. Then in the afternoon, tour the huge temple complex of Karnak with your Egyptologist guide. Take in the soaring columns, multiple temples, and structures of the ‘largest open-air museum in the world’. You’ll then return to the boat for dinner on board.
A spectacular early morning hot air balloon flight over the Nile and the West Bank of the river is available this morning. You’ll return in plenty of time before you need to check out. Book in advance for this popular optional tour.
Steigenberger Legacy, Travco Jaz Crown Jewel or similar

Day 6: Luxor – West Bank Tour – Edfu (B, L, D)

After an early breakfast so that we can avoid the crowds and the heat of the day, begin your tour of the Nile’s West Bank at the Colossi of Memnon, then explore the dusty Pharaonic tombs in the world-famous Valley of the Kings. You’ll also visit the Temple of Queen Hatchepsut and see the colourful hieroglyphics at Medinat Habu temple before crossing back into Luxor.
In the afternoon the cruise ship will set sail up the Nile, through the lock at Esna and on to Edfu for the night.
Steigenberger Legacy, Travco Jaz Crown Jewel or similar

Day 7: Edfu – Kom Ombo & Aswan (B, L, D)

After breakfast this morning, visit the Edfu Temple, dedicated to the god Horus. Then enjoy the sun deck, plunge pool, and facilities on your river ship as it continues upriver towards Kom Ombo. Watch traditional rural Egyptian life slide by on the lush banks of the Nile. At Kom Ombo, tour the temple with its beautifully preserved friezes and mummified crocodiles, amongst other artifacts. The cruise then continues on to Aswan.
Steigenberger Legacy, Travco Jaz Crown Jewel or similar

Day 8: Aswan – Philae Temple – Aswan Dam (B, L, D)

Start the day with a visit to the huge Aswan High Dam, en route to the island temple complex of Philae. The temple remains one of Egypt’s most romantic and picturesque sites having been completely relocated following submersion from the Lower Aswan Dam. The rest of the day is free to explore the colourful souks and markets found in the town or watch the sunset over the River Nile from your ship’s deck.
Optional Tour: Drive to the spectacular temples to Ramses II, carved into the rocky hillside at Abu Simbel. These temples were completely dismantled and rebuilt when Lake Nasser was flooded. Twice a year (22 Feb & 22 Oct), at the time of Ramses II ascension to the throne, the rising sun shines in through the entrance corridor of the temple and lights up two of the statues in the central chamber (Ra, the sun god, and Amun, the king of the gods). The statue of Ptah, the god of darkness, remains in shadow.
Steigenberger Legacy, Travco Jaz Crown Jewel or similar

Day 9: Aswan – Nile Felucca (B)

Your time on the cruise finishes this morning, after breakfast transfer to a hotel with views over the River Nile. In the afternoon take a peaceful trip on a traditional Nile Felucca to some of the islands dotting the river. Your final evening in Aswan is free to walk along the Corniche and enjoy delicious local food at one of the many riverside restaurants.
Tolip Hotel or similar

Day 10: Aswan – Cairo – Khan-el-Khalili Bazaar (B)

This morning transfer to Aswan airport and fly back to Cairo. In the afternoon, take a guided walking tour through Old Cairo to the Khan-el-Khalili bazaar, exploring winding back streets packed with tiny shops selling an incredible variety of colourful fabrics, metalwork, jewellery, arts, and crafts – a perfect place for a souvenir of your time in Egypt.
Cairo Sheraton or similar

Day 11: Cairo – Free Day. Optional Tours (B)

Today is free today to explore Cairo independently at your own pace.
Alternatively, you can choose from an optional (not included) guided tour, such as a full day to the colonial port city of Alexandria, with lunch (at own expense) at a seafood restaurant. Or visit Saqqara, a huge desert necropolis, then Zoser’s ‘step’ pyramid, and Dashour, the ‘bent pyramid’ to learn about pyramid building.
Cairo Sheraton or similar

Day 12: Fly from Cairo to Dubai (B, D)

Be transferred to the airport for your flight to Dubai. On arrival in Dubai, make your own way to Port Rashid Cruise Terminal 2, a 15-20 minute taxi ride from the airport. Check-in and embark on the incredible MSC World Europa, your luxurious home for the next 7 nights.

Day 13: Abu Dhabi (B, L, D)

Welcome to one of the most astounding destinations of luxury in the world. Visits to the Ferrari World Theme Park, Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, and Emirates Palace are all must-see experiences. A pleasure for both sight and senses can be achieved with lunch at Etihad Tower.

Day 14: Sir Bani Yas Island (B, L, D)

Famed for its amazing nature reserve, beautiful beaches and thrilling outdoor activities, a day spent on purpose-built Sir Bani Yas Island is a day well spent. This $40 Billion adventure paradise has something for everyone. Drive a race car around the F1 Grand Prix Track, surf the artificial wave at Yas Waterworld, have a hit around Yas Links, or simply relax with a cocktail at the 5-star resort, Yas Viceroy.

Day 15: At Sea (B, L, D)

Enjoy a relaxing day at sea aboard the brand-new cutting-edge MSC World Europa.

Day 16: Dammam – Saudi Arabia (B, L, D)

Dock in the tranquil port town of Dammam today, known for its lush parks, waterfront promenades, and golden beaches, the city is also a hub for modern art and world-class museums.

Day 17: Doha (B, L, D)

Experience the contrasts of Doha today. Explore Qatar’s futuristic capital, with soaring modern high-rises and special buildings constructed in advance of the 2022 World Cup. Then visit the historic old town, where traders still use the traditional Souk Waqif to sell produce, artifacts, and more.

Day 18: Dubai (B, L, D)

Check out The Palm, an island built in the shape indicative of its name, filled with opulent mansions and in close proximity to the Burj Al Arab Hotel. The Burj is a 7 star, unmatched experience built for the ultra-wealthy elitists. The most well-known building in Dubai is without a doubt the Burj Khalifa, extending 830 metres, seamlessly entering the stratosphere. Size and decadence seem to be the only two prerequisites in Dubai.

Day 19: Disembark at Dubai – Fly Home (B)

Disembark after breakfast on board today and make your own way to the airport for your journey home.

Note: flights may arrive home on Day 20.
Note: Domestic and connecting flight schedules will not be finalised until 2022. Minor adjustments may be made to the itinerary subject to the final schedules and available flight times.
Note: Nile cruise itineraries are subject to slight amendments for operational reasons and subject to traffic levels on the river and queues at Esna Lock. This may occasionally require some sailing to occur at night. Boats may moor next to each other limiting views from cabins and requiring passage across other boats to the shore.

Featuring ground breaking design and new green technology, MSC World Europa is the first in a New Era of Cruising for MSC Cruises. MSC World Europa cruise ship is the first in a 4-unit “MSC World Class” series of passenger liners designed and built for MSC Cruises.  The first liner (MSC Europa) is scheduled for launch and inauguration in 2022.

Enjoy entertainment along the lively promenade dotted with bars, shops & boutiques or relax in one of the many onboard “neighbourhoods”.  The size of MSC World Europa ensures that there is something for everyone.

MSC World Europa Ocean Cruise Cabin Upgrades
Upgrade to Oceanview Stateroom from only $400 per person
Upgrade to Balcony Stateroom from only $700 per person

Egypt Tour Optional Activities
Day 4 Luxor – Extra West Bank Tour: $160pp
Day 5 Luxor – Hot Air Balloon: $200pp
Day 8 Aswan – Abu Simbel: $225pp
Day 11 Cairo – Alexandria Day Trip: $250pp
Day 11 Cairo – Memphis, Saqqara & Dashour: $190pp

Travel based on Tour Date – 31 January 2023 & Sailing Date: 11 February 2023

TOUR FINE PRINT

EXCLUSIONS
Travel insurance (mandatory for this tour)
Personal expenses
Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
Tipping Kitty & Gratuities
Visa fees

PRICING
Solo Supplement: From $2190 per person
Child Price: No discount for children traveling with adults.

CHILD POLICY
Children under 12 years old are not permitted on this tour. Children over 12 must travel with a responsible adult 18 year or older. There is no discount for children.

LOW DEPOSIT
An initial deposit from $299 per person is required to secure your booking.
A second deposit will be required/date & the amount will be supplied by the consultant at the time of booking.

VISAS
Tourist visas are required for Australians and most other nationalities traveling to Egypt, Qatar and UAE. They are available for purchase on arrival. Tourist visas are also required for visits to Saudi Arabia, find out more here: https://visa.visitsaudi.com/    It is your responsibility to check all requirements with your local consulate, embassy, or visa centre.

BAGGAGE POLICY
Each person is entitled to a strict maximum of one bag not exceeding 20kg on tour, regardless of any other baggage allowance.
Porter service is not included and you are expected to carry your own bags.
Luggage and personal effects are your own risk and we hold no liability for lost or damaged belongings.

DOCUMENTATION
Final documentation will be emailed within two weeks of departure of the respective travel component.

ITINERARY
The itinerary and its order, sightseeing and transportation may be adjusted as deemed necessary for optimum safety, enjoyment and operation of the tour.
If attractions are not available due to reasons beyond our control such as closures or adverse weather, similar alternatives will be provided where possible.
The indicated length of trip includes time in flight and is subject to change depending on the final flight schedule.
Included admissions provide general entrance to the attraction and do not include secondary admissions or expenses inside the venue.
Any reference to ‘optional’, ‘not included’ or ‘exclusions/excluded’ means at your own expense.

HOTELS
Hotel star ratings are either local ratings or self-ratings provided by the supplier.
All rooms will be lead-in category or run of house unless otherwise stated.

TRIPLE SHARE
Triple share is not available on this tour.

TIPPING
Tipping for guides and drivers is expected in Egypt. Budget approximately USD$65-80 per person for a tipping kitty collected at the start of the tour (covers multiple people assisting during the tour including drivers, cruise boat staff, porters, site guards etc.) and approx. USD$5-10 per person per day for your Tour Guide. Cruise ship tipping is Euro10 per person, per day and automatically billed to your cabin, along with other extra charges, such as beverages.

MINIMUM NUMBERS
The tour and its optional programs may require minimum numbers to operate.

BREAKAWAY POLICY
It is a condition of booking that you must always remain with the tour according to the prescribed program.
Departure from the group or deviation from the set itinerary is not permitted unless written prior consent is obtained, otherwise, you risk cancellation of remaining land and air arrangements.

FLIGHTS
Flights are booked approximately 9 to 10 months prior to departure. The flights included in your package are based on a specific predetermined airfare allowance. Should there be a significant increase in airfares, taxes or government fees at the time of booking flights, then an airfare supplement may be imposed. The flights team will discuss options with you prior to ticketing, should this situation arise. Flights may not operate daily or directly to your destination.

DOCUMENTATION
Final documentation will be emailed within two weeks of departure of the respective travel component.

TRAVEL INSURANCE
Travel insurance is not included and is mandatory for this tour. Ask our holiday experts for great coverage options.

FEEDBACK POLICY
All efforts must be made to resolve issues on tour with the tour leader.
Complaints must be submitted in writing with substantiated evidence within 10 days of trip completion.

DIETARY
Please notify your guide of any special dietary requirements but note that choices may be limited or not catered for.

FORCE MAJEURE
Force majeure means any natural disaster, accident, fire, an act of God, an act of war, terrorism, legally binding judgment, injunction, the action of a court or other relevant authority, emergency, unplanned repairs, maintenance, strike, industrial dispute, work ban, blockade or picketing, travel ban, pandemic, epidemic or outbreak of infectious disease, or other events beyond our reasonable direct or indirect control.
In case of force majeure or other extraordinary events that prevents safe travel, we reserve the right to adjust, postpone or cancel the trip.

CRUISE FINE PRINT
Prices are per person twin share in AUD, and subject to availability and currency fluctuations.
Pricing is subject to change until the reservation is confirmed.
Disruptions to cruising and itinerary may occur.
^Flexible Booking Conditions: At any time prior to the due date of your second deposit, you have the option to: 1. Change your departure dates OR 2. Cancel your booking, in which case My Cruises will hold all funds paid in the form of a credit; which can used for a future booking with My Cruises. Changes made after the second deposit payment are subject to standard cancellation terms & conditions. Departure date changes are subject to availability & blackout dates. No refund will be given if you are not able to change your departure date as a result of alternate dates not being available. Your My Cruises Specialist will provide further details at time of booking. Shore excursions and other items such as alcoholic beverages & laundry are an additional cost. Should gratuities or hotel service charges not already be included in your package, these are mandatory and charged by the cruise line to your onboard account on a day by day basis.
Itineraries are subject to change at any time without notice.
Please note – onboard benefits valued at has been converted into Australian Dollars from the onboard currency. Details of the onboard currency can be provided by your consultant at the time of enquiry.
Due to security reasons, all guests must be on board 2 hours before sailing.
Disembarkation usually begins 2 hours after docking.
These fares/prices may change due to availability or currency fluctuations.
Please note upgrade amounts advertised may be based on lead in obstructed view staterooms.
Please note that a majority of US based (including Hawaii) hotels impose a daily mandatory additional charge that is automatically added to your bill by the hotel. There are various inclusions provided for these resort fees. These fees are separate from, cannot be prepaid prior to arrival and are in addition to our advertised package.
Please note many European hotels charge a nominal daily City Tourist Tax which is utilised locally for tourism-related purposes and to improve the local infrastructure in the area. This tax is collected by the hotels directly from the customer and the amount can vary by region, hotel size or type. Local regulations state this must be collected by the hotel and cannot be prepaid.
All passports, vaccinations and visas are the responsibility of the travelling guest to secure prior to departure from Australia.

Walk in the footsteps of pharaohs on this expertly guided tour of Egypt’s stunning highlights, with an included 5 star Nile River cruise. Take in the wonder of the Pyramids and the brand new Grand Egyptian Museum while learning the fascinating history of Cairo from your dedicated Egyptologist. Experience premium hotels, transport and Nile cruising on this special tour with flights included from north to south. See the incredible Temples of Karnak, Kom Ombo & Philae and soak up the unforgettable atmosphere on the banks of the Nile in Luxor and Aswan. With Egyptologist-guided day tours, optional extras and free time to relax and explore, this is the ultimate Egypt experience.

Highlights

Cruise Line: MSC
Ship: World Europa
Departs: Cairo, Egypt
Countries Visited: Egypt, UAE, Qatar, Saudi Arabia
Tour Date: 31 January 2023
Sail Date: 11 February 2023

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