A small group journey for women

Treasures of Egypt

Departing February 2021

Treasures of Egypt

For thousands of years Egypt has been the playground of emperors, kings and queens. Great civilisations have risen from its sandy interiors and the Nile continues to bring life to an otherwise barren land. A period of British occupation left its colonial mark but much of the scenery has barely changed since biblical times and the entire nation is wrapped in an ancient mysticism which has beguiled writers and romantics for centuries.

Join us on this awe inspiring Secret Women’s Series foray through Egypt to travel from the capital of Cairo, to Alexandria, Aswan, Abu Simbel and Luxor. Visit the iconic and legendary Sphinx in Giza and witness the awe-inspiring enormity of the great pyramids. Walk through the Valley of the Kings and visit the rock-hewn tomb of King Tutankhamen. Wander the edge of the Mediterranean in the ancient city of Alexandria. Enjoy a three night cruise on a Dahabiya booked exclusively for us and the only way to truly appreciate sailing the Nile. Photograph magnificent Abu Simbel, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, carved out of a rock cliff during the reign of Ramses II. Meander down the sphinx-lined entrance and bask in the grandeur of Luxor Temples at twilight. Meet local Nubian families, learn to create traditional Egyptian culinary delights and shop until you drop in colourful and chaotic bazaars. At the end of each action-packed day, rest and recharge in exquisite heritage hotels which have hosted the likes of Sir Winston Churchill and Agatha Christie.  Above all enjoy a journey where you will laugh, learn and celebrate life with a group of like minded ladies!

Experience Egypt as a modern nation bustling with life and sound, and step back through the sands of time as you follow in the footsteps of pharaohs.

You will love

  • Sailing the Nile on a private dahabiya boat
  • Ancient pyramids & UNESCO world heritage sites
  • Incredible, other-worldly landscapes
  • 5* Hotels
  • Retail therapy
  • Small group of likeminded ladies

13 UNFORGETTABLE DAYS

DAY 1 | CAIRO | 2 NIGHTS | Marriot Mena House

After check in enjoy a welcome drink and a bite to eat (if you wish) before retiring for the evening to prepare for the exciting fortnight ahead!

DAY 2 | CAIRO

Visit two iconic ancient Egyptian sites this morning ‐ the Giza Pyramids and the enigmatic Sphinx. Explore the interior of one of the legendary pyramids & take in the panorama of the Giza Plateau on foot or riding a camel before enjoying traditional Egyptian fare at a local restaurant. Afternoon at leisure to adjust to the time zone ‐ relax, take a dip in the pool or head to the spa. Enjoy a hosted dinner this evening.

DAY 3 | ALEXANDRIA | 1 NIGHT | Four Seasons San Stefano

The Egyptian Museum of Antiquities is home to the largest collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts, including treasures from Tutankhamun and items dating to 4000 BC. Enjoy a guided tour including access to the famous Mummy Room, housing the remains of many kings & queens of ancient Egypt, including Ramses II, Egypt’s longest‐ruling pharaoh. After lunch escape the chaos of Cairo and travel to Alexandria located on the Mediterranean Sea. Founded in 312BC it is the old capital of Egypt and the nation’s second‐largest city. After checking in enjoy a tour of Pompey’s Pillar & the catacombs of Kom El‐Shoqafa. Return to the hotel to prepare for dinner followed by a walk along the Corniche

DAY 4 | ASWAN | 3 NIGHTS | Sofitel Old Cataract Hotel

This morning we visit the strikingly modern Bibliotheca Alexandrina, inspired by the original great library of Alexandria & built to hold over 8 million books, before exploring the Qaitbay Citadel, a fortress built by Sultan Qaitbey in the 14th Century to defend Alexandria from the advances of the Ottoman Empure. Finally visit the Royal Jewellery Museum before returning to Cairo in time to take our flight to Aswan. On arrival in Aswan we check in to the new wing of the historic Old Cataract Hotel. Dating back to 1899 the original property was built by Thomas Cook to house European travellers, including Sir Winston Churchill, Margaret Thatcher & Agatha Christie, whose novel “Death on the Nile” was set in the Palace.

DAY 5 | ASWAN

Board a traditional wooden felucca (sailboat) this morning to cruise the Nile relaxing and taking in the sights & sounds of the bustling shores of the city of Aswan with light lunch on board. Early afternoon at leisure; later we board a Nubian motorboat to travel along the Nile to a traditonal Nubian Village to enjoy an evening of music, dinner and dancing! Return to the Old Cataract Hotel for overnight .

DAY 6 | ASWAN

An early start to drive to Abu Simbel to view the iconic, commanding twin temples of Ramses II and his wife, Queen Nefertari. This entire site was moved here and reassembled to save it from the floodwaters created by the Aswan High Dam. Return to Aswan by road with a lunch stop enrout. Remainder of the afternoon at leisure with an optional visit to a perfumerie & a walk through the souk this evening. Dinner by own arrangements.

DAY 7 | NILE CRUISE | 3 NIGHTS | MS Amoura Dahabiya

This morning we board a motorised boat to Philae Temple on the island of Agilika. This sacred complex was dedicated to the Goddess Isis and reflects a fusion of three great civilizations—Egyptian, Greek, and Roman. The temple was dismantled and painstakingly reassembled when the Aswan High Dam was constructed. Cruise past the Aswan High Dam wall before being delivered to our Dahabiya ‐ our floating hotel for the next 3 nights. We will discover the Nile’s significant impact on ancient Egyptian civilization as we sail from Aswan to Luxor aboard the Amoura Dahabiya. We have exclusive use of the Amoura & will enjoy lunch and dinner on board as we sail towards Esna today.

DAY 8 | NILE CRUISE

Enjoy breakfast at leisure before we visit the Greco‐Roman Temple of Kom Ombo (Hill of Gold) dedicated to the Sun God Haroeris & the Crocodile God Sobek, considered by some ancient Egyptians to be the creator of the world. While there, view the mummified remains of several crocodiles that once basked along the ancient Nile shore, just as their descendants do today. Later we will journey to the Temple of Gebel el Silsila & Meneh Island, one of the less frequented sites along the mighty Nile as larger vessels cannot reach this site (on our small Dahabiya we can!). Dinner will be served in the grounds of the illuminated temple or on the upper deck of our boat.

DAY 9 | NILE CRUISE

After breakfast on the shores of Edfu we will board a horse & carriage and travel to the Temple of Horus, the Falcon‐headed God of the sky. This stunningly well‐preserved & colourful structure is one of the largest in Egypt. Built in 230BC by Ptolemy III it reveals what temple worship was like in ancient Egypt. Back on board we sail north to an island where we will celebrate our final night aboard Amoura with an evening of traditional Egyptian food, Arabic music and dancing (time to breakout your bespoke gallabeyah or belly dancing outfit!)

DAY 10 | LUXOR | 2 NIGHTS | Hilton Hotel & Spa

Disembark from the Amoura after breakfast this morning and travel to the West Bank of the Nile to explore the Valley of the Kings, including Tutankhamun’s tomb enclosed in 35‐century‐old walls, the enormous Temple of Hatshepsut, ancient Egypt’s first female pharaoh and the gigantic Colossi of Memnon. Having worked up an appetite we will travel to the Africa Cafe to undertake a traditional cooking class before devouring our culinary creation! Crossing to the East Bank we will check in to the Hilton Hotel where the remainder of the afternoon is at leisure (we recommend languishing in an ‘in pool’ sunchair!)

DAY 11 | LUXOR

This morning is yours to relax. Later this afternoon we will visit the Temple of Karnak, featuring the Temple of Amun and the amazing Avenue of the Sphinx. Walk through the Great Hypostyle Hall; its expertly aligned columns are an amazing sight to behold before venturing on to the striking Temple of Luxor where six large statues of Ramses II once stood (only 3 remain). Marvel at the Colonnade of Amenhotep III consisting of 14 papyrus‐headed columns & the Courtyard of Ramses II behind the East Tower. This is the perfect time of day for photography! We will continue on to a hosted dinner at the Karnak Hotel this evening.

DAY 12 | CAIRO | 1 NIGHT | Four Seasons Nile Plaza

On arrival in Cairo we will proceed straight to the Mosque and Madrasa of Sultan Hassan, admiring the early Mamluk architecture, before viewing the twin‐towered Bab el‐Foutouh, a fortified gate in Cairo’s Old City walls & the entrance to Khan el‐Khalili Bazaar. We will have time to explore this vast souk housing all manner of treasures from carpets to jewellery and antiques to spices before checking in to the Four Seasons Nile Plaza this afternoon. This evening we will view the Cairo skyline after dark on a 2‐hour Nile River dinner cruise including traditional belly dancers and Tanoura performers and a buffet smorgasboard ‐ a final celebration in true Egyptian style!

DAY 13 | END OF ITINERARY

Do as little or as much as you like this morning. For those who wish to return to the bazaar a guide will be available, alternatively you may wish to visit the spa or spend the morning preparing for our flight home this evening. Farewell our new found Egyptian friends and begin your journey home or continue with your onward arrangements.

ACCOMMODATION

A handpicked selection

Marriott Mena House – Cairo

Overlooking the Great Pyramids of Giza, Mena House offers perhaps the finest views in all of Cairo. Originally a hunting lodge, the hotel has an impressive history with a guest book of kings and emperors to match. It harks back to an era of outrageous opulence with the added benefit of modern-day luxury and contemporary elegance. Read More

Four Seasons San Stefano – Alexandria

With a gorgeous seaside location and a private beach to one side and a buzzing metropolis bursting with life to the other, the Four Seasons San Stefano at Alexandria caters for every interest and tastefully blends modern luxury with classical style. Read More

Sofitel Legend Old Cataract – Aswan

Rising grandly from a pink granite shelf at the edge of the Nubian Desert with views of Elephantine Island, the five star Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Aswan hotel sits within a 19th-century Victorian palace and blends a stunningly beautiful setting with ancient heritage and modern design. Read More

MS Amoura Dahabiya – Nile River Boat

Dahabiyas are river-going sailboats which were common in Egypt during the 1920s-40s, when aristocrats and sophisticated travellers used them to cruise the Nile in style. Sailing aboard a dahabiya remains one of the most exclusive and relaxing ways to experience the Nile, watching scenery float by. Read More

Hilton Luxor Resort & Spa – Luxor

Hilton Luxor Resort & Spa is located on the east bank of the lush River Nile, boasting glorious views over the river and the historic city of Luxor. It provides the perfect base for exploring the Valley of the Kings, visiting the temples of Karnak and Luxor or wandering the souk areas in search of treasures to take home. Read More

Four Seasons at Nile Plaza – Cairo

Situated on the banks of the Nile with panoramic views Cairo and the pyramids beyond, the Four Seasons at Nile Plaza offers an iconic Egyptian experience. The rooms are luxurious and plush, styled with ornate light fittings, thick carpets, and golden colour palettes - gilded luxury fit for a pharaoh. Read More

NEED TO KNOW

12 Nights / 13 days | Currently 27 February-11 March 2021

12 Nights / 13 days
Currently 27 February-11 March 2021

USD $5,990 per person twin share

USD $5,990
per person twin share

START: Cairo     |     Finish: Cairo

*** DEPARTURE DATE IS SUBJECT TO COVID RESTRICTIONS ***

We recommend flying with Emirates via Dubai. Please call to discuss your individual flight requirements.

Australia & New Zealand passport holders require a visa for Egypt for a stay of up to 30 days. US$25 online prior to arrival or US$30 (cash) on arrival in Cairo. If you do not travel on an Australian or New Zealand passport please be sure to let us know and we will advise if there are any visa requirements.

Inclusions

  • Escorted by Sarah Hoyland, Director of The Classic Safari Company & Founder of Journeys for Women
  • 9 nights in 5 star hotels as specified (or similar)
  • 3 nights aboard a traditional Egyptian Dahabiya Sailing Boat
  • Economy class domestic flights Cairo to Aswan and Luxor to Cairo
  • Breakfast daily + 9 lunches + 8 dinners
  • Bottled water whilst touring
  • Airport arrival and departure transfers on dates specified to / from Emirates flights
  • Land transportation in air-conditioned deluxe vehicle throughout the itinerary
  • All touring as specified including all entrance fees
  • Special entry to Tutankhamen’s Tomb in Luxor & Mummies Room in the Egyptian Museum
  • Camel ride at the Great Pyramids & entry to Khafra
  • Felucca sailing in Aswan
  • Nubian Village visit + dinner & dancing with a Nubian Family
  • Cooking Class + visit to a West Bank Home in Luxor
  • Walking tours in Old Cairo, Alexandria & Luxor
  • Day trip to Abu Simbel & Lake Nasser
  • All sightseeing hosted by English speaking guide + all entrance fees to monuments outlined

Exclusions

  • International air arrangements plus all applicable pre-paid departure taxes
  • Travel Insurance and individual health requirements
  • Additional meals & snacks + all drinks (essentially 3 lunches +3 dinners + drinks)
  • Room or flight upgrades
  • Transfers to any flight other than specified Emirates flights
  • Laundry, camera fees (minimal) and personal purchases
  • Egypt Tourist Visa
  • Items of a personal nature & any item not specified

Minimum – 8 travellers

Maximum – 16 (plus host)


Flights & Insurance – on request

Recommended Routings to Cairo | Emirates via Dubai | Etihad / Qantas via Abu Dhabi

Terms and conditions apply – please request a copy of our Booking Form for full details.
This tour departs with a minimum of 8 people and a maximum of 16 people (plus host).
A single room supplement applies of US$2,500. Should you be willing to share please advise, however note that should no other ‘willing to share’ participant sign up you will be responsible for paying the single supplement.
The price is subject to change due to currency fluctuation and unforeseen changes beyond our control.
We reserve the right, due to situations beyond our control, to substitute any hotel or boat with another of comparable quality – this would be advised as soon as possible.
All quoted airfares & taxes are subject to change at anytime prior to, or at the time of, ticketing.
By making any payment for this tour, and/or in joining this tour, you acknowledge the potential health risks & you accept full responsibility for any potential quarantine requirements.

 

Hosted by...

Sarah Hoyland

Sarah is the Founder of our Journeys for Women collection and co-Director of The Classic Safari Company. Over the years she's travelled to all seven continents, visited over 63 countries, forged global lifelong friendships and honed her haggling skills to perfection! In her own words 'I am happiest when I am lost in a souk, on safari in Africa, travelling with my daughters or when I have the privilege of viewing wild and wonderful places afresh through the eyes of the ladies I host on our womens-only soirees!'.

Firstly thank you for introducing me to the wonderful tours of the Secret Women's Series / Journeys for Women. The trip was superbly organised, the hotels brilliant and activities, informative and spectacular. This definitely won't be the last trip that I take.

Kris I

Sarah was full of fun, life ideas, knowledge and of course madly making it all happen seamlessly for us!! So so appreciate everything you did for us, our survey was just full points on every score because everything to do with the trip was full points on every score!

Jacquie R

OMG – what an unbelievably, amazing experience we all had. All accommodation and staff were fabulous. So blessed and so lucky – still smiling as I think about my adventure!! Thank you Sarah for such an amazing trip. I can’t begin to tell you how fabulous it was and how much of a spectacular time I had.

Dianne B

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