Day 1: Sunday 18: Today we are transferred from our home addresses in the greater Auckland/Wellington or Christchurch areas and taken to the airport for our flight through to Dubai. Depart early evening and enjoy the excellent service on board Emirates Airlines
Day 2: Monday 19: An early morning arrival into Dubai where we are met and transferred to our hotel. Our rooms are available as soon as we arrive so we can freshen up or enjoy a relax. We have included a hop on hop off tour so you can discover the key sights of Dubai on a traditional open air double decker bus. Visit major highlights including the Gold Souk, Jumeirah Mosque, Burj Al Arab and Dubai Marina—all at your own pace. It includes a Dhow Cruise, night tour, Dubai Museum, Sheikh Al Maktoum’s House and is valid 24 hours. Tonight your Tour Manager will offer suggestions of where to enjoy dinner.
Day 3: Tuesday 20 (BD) Enjoy a morning free. Perhaps take in the fabulous Emirates Mall or check out the gold prices in the Souks. This afternoon we rejoin our Emirates flight to Cairo. On arrival in Egypt we will be met inside immigration and assisted with our Egyptian Visa. (cost US$75.00) We are then transferred to our hotel. The Cairo Pyramids Hotel—our home for the next three nights. Enjoy Pyramid View rooms.
The rest of our day is free to relax and unwind after our flight. This evening we enjoy a welcome light dinner including main course and dessert and a welcome drink of local wine, beer or juice.
Day 4: Wednesday 21 (BD) This morning at 8.30a.m. experience the antiquity of Egypt with an unforgettable private tour. Visit Memphis, which served as the capital of Upper and Lower Egypt some 5,000 years ago during the First Dynasty. Continue to Sakkara, one of the most exciting historical and archaeological areas in all of Egypt. Dominated by the famous Step Pyramid of King Zoser, this was the first pyramid to be built in ancient Egypt – preceding those at Giza by many centuries. This afternoon visit the New Grand Egyptian Museum for a special tour accompanied by your private guide. Constructed to be the world’s largest museum exhibiting only one civilization, the Grand Egyptian Museum will display incredible artefacts of “the ancient Egyptian civilisation” from prehistoric times through until the Greco-Roman period. A special focus are many artefacts from Pharaoh Boy King Tutankhamun’s tomb which will be on display for the first time in the same location with many of these treasures hidden for thousands of years. Currently intensive restoration work is taking place including stone statues, woodwork, papyrus, jewelry and other ornaments.
Learn how meticulous restoration took place with the aid of Japanese technology and Egyptian artists working closely together to create an international first. Attention has focused on the preparation for the grand opening in May 2020. Evening buffet dinner included at the hotel.
Day 5: Thursday 22: (BD)
This morning visit the most iconic of Egyptian sites – the Pyramids and Sphinx at Giza. Here you will see the great pyramid built by Cheops, containing more than 2.3 million cubic metres of stone. Your Egyptologist guide will help you navigate the Giza Plateau complex and enrich your discovery. Afternoon free to relax and appreciate the spectacular pyramids view from your hotel. There is a choice of dining outlets for lunch which is own arrangements. Evening two course dinner at the Il Giradino Italian Restaurant at your hotel.
Optional Excursion: Top off your visit to Egypt with the optional Sound and Light Show at the pyramids. (Supplement applies).
Day 6: Friday 23: (BD) This morning you will be picked up at approximately 8:00a.m. and transferred to El Alamein. Two important battles of WW II took place here, with the 2nd battle resulting in Allied victory, a significant turning point in the war. Visit the El Alamein War Museum and the cemetery. Continue to Cecil Hotel on the Alexandria Corniche, where you are reserved for 2 nights. Built in 1929, it accommodated the British Secret Service at one time, and during WW II General Montgomery had a base here. This evening a welcome drink at the aptly named Monty’s Bar is included with a glass of beer, juice or wine, followed by dinner at the hotel.
Day 7: Saturday 24 (BD) This morning you will be picked up at 8:00a.m. for your Full Day visit to Pompeys Pillar, Catacombs, The New Library & the Greco Roman Museum.
Return to the hotel at approximately 4.00pm with time to freshen up before dinner.
Day 8: Sunday 25: (BD) Today we travel to Cairo Airport for your flight from Cairo to Luxor. Welcome to Luxor on arrival you will be met and transferred to the Sonesta St George Hotel where you are reserved overnight in a Nile View room. Our hotel overlooks the Nile and offers wonderful views from the hotel swimming pool and bar. Centrally located you may wish to explore some of the local markets in Luxor in your own time.
Day 9: Monday 26 : (BD) Later this morning board your cruise ship to begin your 4 night First Class Nile Goddess cruise on the life-giving waters of the Nile. Visits to the Luxor and Karnak Temples are highlights of this day. These two incredible “open air museums” are linked by the 2.7km long Avenue of Sphinxes, originally lined with over 1,000 sphinx statues.
Day 10: Tuesday 27: (BLD)Today cross to the West Bank of the Nile to the Valley of the Kings. Part of the ancient city of Thebes, this area was the burial site of almost all the pharaohs of the 18th, 19th, and 20th dynasties (1539–1075 BCE). Later, continue to the Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut and haunting Colossi of Memnon, which is known to make an eerie wailing sound. Today your tour will also include entrance into the Boy King Tutankhamun Tomb. (no photos permitted) Later, visit the fascinating Howard Carter’s house. Neglected for a long time, the house has now been restored to its former state by the famous Egyptologist and Archaeologist Dr Zahi Hawass and now offers a fascinating insight into the life of Howard Carter against an amazing 1920 backdrop.
This afternoon, return to the East Bank and visit the Mummification Museum which contains everything you would ever wish to know about mummification. The ancient Egyptians believed that in order for a person to reach the afterlife, it was essential that both their body and their name remained, so their Soul would be transported from one life to the next. In order to achieve this, the mummification rituals were developed to preserve the body. The museum contains several human and animal mummies as well as the tools and the canopic jars needed for the ritual. ++ This visit is subject to the final schedule of the Nile Cruise itinerary.
Day 11: Wednesday 28: (BLD) Another unforgettable day beckons as visit the Edfu Temple. This temple, the best preserved in all of Egypt, was completed during the reign of Cleopatra and has provided much knowledge of ancient Egypt. Afternoon visit to the Kom Ombo Temple known for its murals, bas relief, fine Nile views and fascinating mummified crocodiles! Later sail to Aswan.
Day 12: Thursday 29: (BLD)After breakfast on your boat, visit the Aswan Dams at the end of Lake Nasser, the re-sited Temple of Philae dedicated to the Goddess Isis and the granite quarries. Delight in the serenity of an afternoon sail on a tradition Felucca around Kitchener Island. Also known as Nabatat or Botanical Island, this charming island paradise was irrigated and planted with a vast collection of tropical trees, many from as far away as India.
Day 13: Friday 30: (BLD) Disembark this morning after breakfast and transfer to Aswan Airport for your flight to Abu Simbel to join your 3 night Lake Nasser Cruise boat Prince Abbas. After unpacking get your first view of these magnificent temples from the water. Step ashore and visit these incomparable temples dedicated to Ramesses II and his wife Nefertari.
These structures were lost to antiquity until the early 19th century, only to then face the threat of being submerged by the creation of the Aswan High Dam. An international effort had them chiseled into pieces and relocated to their current site, preserving them for the ages to come. This evening a welcome cocktail will be served. Optional Sound & Light show at the Abu Simbel Temples followed by a candlelight dinner on board.
Day 14: Saturday 31: (BLD) Those who would like to watch the spectacular sunrise at Abu Simbel, may enjoy an early morning visit to the temples (entrance ticket is additional). Breakfast is served while sailing to Kasr Ibrim. Arrival at Kasr Ibrim where you will understand more about this site from the ships sun deck as entrance to the site is not permitted. Lunch served while sailing to Amada. Visit the temples of Amada and Derr as well as the tomb of Penout. A relaxing afternoon sail to Wadi El Seboua. Dinner and Nubian show on board.
Day 15: Sunday 01 November: (BLD) Visit Wadi El Seboua Temple and the Temple of Dakka. Some of the frescoes here still amazingly retain their original colour. Later today visit the Greco Roman Temple of Meharakka. These temples were at risk of being submerged by the construction of the Aswan Dam and so both were painstakingly deconstructed and reassembled above the flood waters. Sail to Aswan while dining and overnight on board.
Day 16 Monday 02 November: (BD) One final insight into some of the other cultures that have come to these ancient lands as you visit Kalabsha Temple, dedicated to the Nubian God Mandulis, and the Kiosk of Kertassi – a remarkably elegant Roman structure from an unknown architect.
Disembark the cruise and transfer to the Airport. We join our short flight to Cairo where we are met and transferred to the Marriott Hotel where you are reserved for 2 nights. The Marriott opened in 1983, however in 1869 its original construction began as the Geziah Palace to host the French Emperor Napoleon III’s wife, Empress Eugenie for the opening of the Suez Canal. This evening dinner is included at the hotel.
Or Optional. Experience a local cooking school in Cairo. Learn the secrets of traditional Egyptian cooking in this special evening, later experience the results first hand. (This needs to be pre-booked prior to departing New Zealand.)
Day 17: Tuesday 03 November : (BD) This morning you will be picked up from your hotel for your half day sightseeing tour of Coptic Cairo. Visit the famous Coptic Museum which is built on the site of the Roman fortress of Babylon, constructed about 30BC. Inside the fortress are several Coptic churches and the richest collection of Coptic art in the world. Visit Ben Ezra Synagogue which stands in a pleasant shady garden in the centre of Cairo. It contains a number of artefacts including the manuscript known as the ‘Atlas of Moses’. Visit the Commonwealth War Memorial cemetery the site for ANZAC day commemorations. Cairo was the main hospital centre for the Gallipoli battle hence buried here are British, New Zealanders and other WW I and WW II casualties. This afternoon you can be transferred back to the hotel or you may wish to continue on to visit the Khan El Khalili Bazaar. This bustling historic souk was first founded in the 14th Century, where many bargains may be sighted. Return to the hotel at 5.00pm. Time to relax before our farewell two course dinner at the Marriott Hotel with a glass of wine or beer included.
Day 18: Wednesday 04 November: (B) Today we will be transferred to Cairo to start our journey back to New Zealand. The sights we have seen will linger long in our memories.
We join our Emirates flight to Dubai where we are met and taken to our hotel to relax for an overnight stay.
Day 19: Thursday 05 November: (B) After breakfast this morning we return to the airport for our onward flight to New Zealand.
Day 20: Friday 06 November: A morning arrival into New Zealand where we are met and taken back to our home addresses in the Greater Auckland/Wellington or Christchurch areas or to join our domestic flights.
Jordan Extension – 8 nights
$3959 share twin per person
$5230 single supplement
Includes: Jordanian Group visa with meet and assist inside immigration, Accommodation in first class hotels, Buffet Breakfast daily, Service charges and sales taxes and hotels and restaurants, Transportation in comfortable air conditioned Tour Coach, Services of a professional English Speaking guide throughout the tour, all entrance fees to ancient sites, horse ride at Petra, Entrance fees to Museums visited, Lunch at the Nabatean Tent Restaurant in Petra and in Jerash, all dinners, farewell Dinner at Dead Sea.
Day 18: Wednesday 04 November: (BD) Welcome to Jordan. On arrival you will be met INSIDE immigration and assisted with visa formalities by our local airport representative. Transfer to the Al Qasr Metropole Hotel where you are reserved for 2 nights.
Day 19: Thursday 05 November: (BD) After breakfast embark on a journey of discovery of Amman and Jerash. Travel north to the best preserved example of Roman civilization, the city of Jerash; Jerash, part of the Decapolis (the ten big Roman cities of the East) has been called the Pompeii of the East for its unique state of preservation.
The city features theatres, churches, temples (Zeus and Artemis), a Nymphaeum and colonnaded streets, afterwards we are taken to a local restaurant for lunch in Jerash (own expense), then return to Amman. Amman, the capital of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, known in ancient times as Rabbath – Ammon and Philadelphia in recent times, has wonderful historical sites to offer to visitors. Most of Amman’s historical sites are located in the downtown area where the introduction into history will start with the visit to the Roman Amphitheatre; a deep-sided bowl caved into the hill and still used for cultural events, and will continue to the nearby Archaeological museum.
A site not to be missed is the ancient Citadel, which treasures impressive remnants of Amman’s many lives: the regal columns of a Roman temple, the elegant capitals of a Byzantine church and the unique carvings in the Umayyad Palace. The King Abdullah impressive blue towered mosque is also included in the tour. Return to the Al Qasr Metropole Hotel for dinner and overnight
Day 20: Friday 06 November: (BD) Drive southwards along the Kings’ Way to Petra. You’ll follow along a very ancient and strategic trading route which connected Egypt with Mesopotamia, Syria and Anatolia. As with the Edomite’s and Moabites, trade along this route gave the Ammonites considerable revenue. Your first stop today is Madaba famous for its ancient mosaic map of Jerusalem in the St George Church floor. Continue to Mt. Nebo and the alleged burial site of Moses overlooking the Dead Sea and the Jordan Valley; then drive through the magnificent scenery of Wadi Mujib to Kerak to visit the Crusader Castle.
Two nights’ accommodation has been reserved in Petra at the Movenpick Petra. Enjoy dinner at the hotel tonight.
Day 21: Saturday 07 November: (BLD) The Nabataean Kingdom of Petra became a client state for the Roman Empire in the first century BC, it was only in 106 AD that the city lost its independence when it was captured by the Romans who renamed Nabataea to Arabia Petraea. Petra’s importance declined as sea trade routes emerged and after an AD 363 earthquake which destroyed many structures. It was gradually lost to civilization until rediscovered by the Swiss explorer, Burkhart.
Today is one of the tour highlights as you explore this city that is carved into the rose-red Sharah Mountains. There is an option to take a horse ride to the Siq then walk or cart through the Siq, a narrow and winding fissure between the cliffs, before rounding the final corner for a spectacular view of The Treasury. Continue into Petra to the Roman Theatre, the Courts, Qasr al-Bint Pharaoun, Temple of the Winged Lion and other monuments. Break for lunch at the Nabatean Tent Restaurant, a local restaurant run by the Bedouin of Petra. (excluding drinks). After lunch you may wish to climb up to the Monastery high above the base of Petra, or continue to explore other sites in Petra. We recommend on your way out a visit to the Cave Bar located in the Petra Guesthouse for drinks. (Own expense).
Day 22: Sunday 08 November: (BD) This morning you have a second visit to Petra. Then farewell Petra and drive north to the Dead Sea. Option to stop enroute at one of the Dead Sea Shops to buy therapeutic local Dead Sea products.
This afternoon is at leisure, perhaps experience a unique “float” in the Dead Sea or book a Dead Sea spa treatment. This amazing site which is 306 metres below sea level is renowned for its therapeutic qualities.
Day 23: Monday 09 November (BD)
Today we have left at your leisure. There is an optional visit to the Baptism site at Bethany. Tonight we enjoy a farewell dinner at the hotel.
Day 24: Tuesday 10 November: (B)
Today we are taken back to the airport and join our Emirates flight to Dubai where we are met and taken to our hotel for overnight.
Day 25: Wednesday 11 November: (B)
We return to Dubai airport and join the final leg of our journey home.
Day 26: Thursday 12 November
On arrival in New Zealand we are met and taken to our home addresses in the greater Auckland/Christchurch or Wellington areas.
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Supreme Tours and Travel are thrilled to be operating this tour utilsing the services of Innovative Travel. They offer a wealth of experience and Ancient Kingdoms have offices in Alexandria, Cairo, Luxor, Aswan, Sharm el Sheikh and Abu Simbel. We will benefit from local back up and local knowledge. Cairo Based, Elhamy El Zayat M.N.Z.M. is Innovative Travel’s highly esteemed Director and CEO of their Egyptian Representative and former Chairman of the Egypt Tourism Federation. For 7 years prior to the opening of the NZ Embassy in Egypt, Mr. El Zayat was also the Honorary Consul General in Cairo for New Zealand providing a powerful contribution and valuable links via his wide network of contacts and relationships. In recognition in developing trade and tourism, Elhamy was awarded the “Order of Merit”, one of the highest honor’s on the NZ Queens Birthday Honor’s and only the second non New Zealander to ever receive this award. The contribution to Innovative Travel of such an established and internationally highly respected business partner brings many benefits, including outstanding service and reassurance for our clients.
Tour is subject to a minimum of 15 passengers travelling. The tour will take a maximum of 25 passengers.
Things you need to know
A non refundable deposit of 20% of the tour cost per person is payable to hold a seat on the tour with the balance payable no later than 30 June 2020.
Travelling alone ?
If you are travelling alone but would be happy to share a twin room we are happy to room you with another single travellers of the same gender. If we are unable to do so the single supplement would be payable.
Please note we take NO responsibility for the compatibility of passengers choosing this option.
If you have travelled with Supreme Tours previously we are pleased to offer you a $100 discount off the brochure price (not combinable with any other offers).
Mobility & Fitness
While our tours cater for passengers 60+ this tour is unsuitable for passengers with wheelchairs/Mobility scooters. Please be aware that sightseeing visits can include walking on uneven ground and stairs. You need to be able to climb steps, be able to board and disembark coach unassisted and walk up to 400m. Please ask us if you are unsure whether this tour would be suitable for you.
Deposit: Non Refundable
100-85 Days—55% tour cost.
84—day of departure no refund.
Please note that once the tour commences there will be no refunds for any unused services.
We are happy to quote for your insurance needs for the tour. All passengers MUST be covered by cancellation, medical and baggage prior to departure from New Zealand.
Insurance details must be advised at least three weeks prior to departure or documents will not be forwarded and travel will be denied.
Supreme Tours provide you with a Tour Host with a wealth of experience. They are there to ensure that everything goes smoothly during your tour and available to offer any assistance you might need. They will make sure you have a great time and liase with the local guides to ensure you get the most out of your tour. You will have English Speaking local guides throughout who are able to answer all your questions and share their in-depth knowledge of the area with you.
Passports & Visas.
A valid New Zealand/U.K./Australian passport is required to travel to Egypt. It must be valid for at least 6 months from the time you leave Egypt. We will be assisted with our Visa on arrival in Egypt whilst inside immigration. This will mean your arrival will be smoother than most others . Please note that the cost will be US$75.00 per person. We will advise on all documentation required in plenty of time prior to travel. For those travelling to Jordan, a pre-tour group courtesy visa will be organized. If your passport is a non New Zealand passport please check at the time of booking.
Tipping is an accepted practice throughout the world. In the majority of countries tipping acts as a supplement to a basic wage. It is however, discretionary. Tipping is included for all Group activities. During the tour if you wish to provide an additional trip to your guide or driver this is up to you. In your travel notes in your final documentation we have provided guidelines for when you are not with the group. These guidelines have been determined in consultation with local operators to minimize the potential stress tipping may cause.
Modest dress is required for entrance to holy sites—Men: Long pants. Woman: skirt or long pants and shoulders covered. Woman also require a head covering.
Cruising the Nile:
The cruise itineraries are a guide only. The order of sightseeing and overnight destinations may vary and are subject to change due to the operation of Esna Lock, or at the discretion of the cruise company. The order of sightseeing may vary depending on local port authorities. If a tomb or temple is unable to be visited an alternative will be provided where possible. Should a change of boat be required due to any unforeseen circumstances prior to departure, an alternative of the same standard or better will be offered if available.
There are various River Boats that cruise between Luxor and Aswan. They provide accommodation and transportation for the majority of tourists travelling to Egypt. Each night and whilst moored for sightseeing it is common for 4-5 cruise boats to be parked abreast of each other. The location of your boat will vary from Port to Port, however in many cases your view from your cabin will be restricted to cruising periods only.
Valley of the Kings:
Not all the tombs within the Valley are currently open to the Public. Many are closed periodically for resting and renovation. (Entrance fees to three tombs plus a visit to Tutankhamun’s tomb is included).
Please remember that religious beliefs, traditional customs and daily manners may differ from New Zealand. These may seem quite strange at first. These idiosyncrasies are part of what makes travelling a special experience. Please be patient if you think things are happening at a different pace that you are used to and respect the differences in culture.
Terri started her career in travel after leaving school and opened up Supreme.
Tours and Travel in 1994. She is passionate about providing personal service to her clients and offering travel advise so you get the most from your holiday. Terri has travelled widely throughout Europe, Asia, USA and the Pacific and is always happy to share her experience in these areas.
Vikki has enjoyed working within the Travel Industry for many years.
She brings a wealth of experience having travelled throughout Europe, USA, Asia, Australia, the Pacific and of course our own Godzone – New Zealand.
Vikki Escorts a lot of the tours and makes sure all her passengers enjoy a memorable tour with lots of fun and surprises throughout. You are never bored when you travel with Vikki.
Maggie is an experienced tour guide having spent seven years guiding throughout Europe, Russia, Scandinavia, Egypt and Morocco when she was ‘younger’! Maggie then came back to NZ and has worked in the travel industry here for over 25 years and has escorted numerous travel agent and media trips to places such as China, Las Vegas, Bangkok, Norfolk Island, India, Ireland and the UK, USA and Asia (to name just a few ) in her roles within the travel Industry. She was the Manager of the British Tourist Authority in Auckland for nine years and then with worked with Marriott International Hotels for a further nine years. Maggie loves travel, and loves to show people wonderful places. She has a great sense of humour and likes to ensure that people not only experience all the wonderful sights, but that they have a fun time as well.
I am Benson and take my job as Head of Security very seriously. My mum was a maltese terrier and my dad a good looking toy poodle. I can be bribed with biscuits or my favourite “smackos” treats.
I love spending time in the office with my Mum and Aunty Vikki.
Look forward to seeing you sometime soon 🙂
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