Sir Tony Robinson is one of the nation's favourite faces of popular history, after presenting 20 series of Channel 4's hit archaeology show Time Team and as the creator on of the greatest characters in British comedy: Baldrick in Blackadder. He started out at the age of 13 in Oliver! and has gone on to enjoy a successful acting career in theatre, TV drama and comedy, and an acclaimed presenting career of documentary and factual television, winning two RTS awards, a BAFTA and the International Prix Jeunesse. He is also 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 in 2016 published his autobiography, No Cunning Plan.
Discover the wonders of the Nile with Sir Tony Robinson
From the Great Pyramids of Giza to the Valley of the Kings and Queens, Egypt is home to some of mankind's most awe-inspiring wonders. And we are thrilled to offer readers the chance to discover them in the company of the hugely popular actor and presenter Sir Tony Robinson.
Visit Cairo and the Cradle of Civilisation
On this exclusive seven-day trip you will spend two nights in Cairo, staying at the luxurious, five-star Four Seasons, before exploring the treasures of Memphis and Saqqara, the solar boat, the astonishing Sphinx and the Great Pyramids of Giza, the only surviving of the Seven Wonders of the World.
Egyptologists and expert guides
Travelling with our award-winning partner Steppes Travel and under the guidance of expert Egyptologists, you will discover the fascinating history behind these ancient wonders - plus you will meet and hear from Sir Tony Robinson, whose recent Tomb Hunting series in Egypt uncovered a host of new archaeological wonders.
Luxury Cruise on the Nile
You will then fly to Aswan to begin a luxurious four-night cruise along the mighty Nile to Luxor. Sir Tony, who's been unearthing historical secrets for more than 20 years, says: "There has always been a part of human history that has captured my imagination: Ancient Egypt. This will be an intriguing glimpse into their extraordinary world."
Reasons to book
See the wonders of the Nile
Private talk and Q&A
Valley of the Kings and Queens
Your expert guide
- Return flights from London
- Internal flight to Aswan and all transfers.
- Four nights' full-board accommodation on Sun Boat III.
- Two nights at the five-star Four Seasons including breakfasts.
- Accompanied by Tony Robinson in Cairo including private talk and Q&A.
- One dinner and lunch in Cairo, Egyptian cooking lesson, Galabeya Egyptian banquet, music and entertainment.
- All visits and entry fees as listed in the itinerary.
- Services of an English-speaking Egyptologist and a tour manager.
Day1Arrive in CairoCairo, Egypt
On arrival at Cairo Airport you'll be picked up in a private, air-conditioned coach for your transfer to the Four Seasons First Residence. Once settled into your room, explore the bustling, cosmopolitan city of Cairo. Well known as the capital of the Cradle of Civilisation, Cairo is also the largest city in the Middle East and the second largest in Africa. Its Coptic churches, Islamic monuments and world-class museums attract visitors from all corners of the world. To grasp a sense of Cairo's rich history, wander through the city's bazaars and cafés that haven't changed for centuries.
Day2Cairo sightseeing and presentation by Sir TonyCairo, Egypt
You'll enjoy a full fay of sightseeing, visiting Memphis, Saqqara and Giza today.
After breakfast Sir Tony Robinson will set the tone with a short presentation. He will also regale the group with his experiences of time spent in Cairo throughout your day of sightseeing. Accompanied by expert Egyptologists, you'll see the site of Memphis, the ancient capital that was a flourishing metropolis during the time of the Pharaohs. You'll visit the statue of Ptah, the patron god of Memphis, the colossal statue of Ramses II and an exquisitely carved Alabaster Sphinx. At Saqqara, you'll see the famous Step Pyramid of King Zoser, the first freestanding stone structure in the world. You'll experience the awe of the Great Pyramids at Giza - the only survivors of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World - which 2,000 years ago 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 to hear another presentation by Sir Tony Robinson, followed by dinner at the hotel.
Fly to Aswan from Cairo, where you'll transfer to the five-star deluxe Sanctuary Sun Boat III, moored in a private dock in Aswan. Lunch will be served on board before a chance this afternoon to take a ride on a typical Egyptian sailboat, known as a felucca. You'll sail around Elephantine Island, Lord Kitchener's Botanical Gardens, and the Agha Khan Mausoleum (weather permitting). 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 and you'll witness a Folkloric Show and Dervish Show after dinner.
Day4Philae and Kom OmboPhilae, Egypt
After this morning's breakfast buffet, you'll take a short motorboat ride to visit the majestic Philae Temple on the Island of Agilika. Continue on 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, you'll enjoy an onboard Egyptian cooking lesson, and after lunch you'll cruise to Kom Ombo to visit the magnificent Temple of Kom Ombo - dedicated to the crocodile god, Sobek. Enjoy afternoon tea onboard whilst you cruise to Edfu. Celebrate 'Egyptian Night' tonight. You'll have a chance to wear a traditional Egyptian 'galabeyya', try a lavish buffet of specialities from the Levant, hear traditional music and learn Egyptian dance.
Day5Temple of Horus and Temple of KhnumTemple of Khnum , Egypt
This morning, explore the extraordinary Temple of Horus. Returning to the ship for lunch, you'll cruise onward to Esna. Enjoy a tour of the Greco-Roman Temple of Khnum at Esna from your Egyptologist guide. Marvel at the wonderfully preserved Great Hypostyle Hall, built during the reign of Roman Emperor Claudius and excavated from the silt that had accumulated through centuries of annual Nile floods. The Hall now stands around nine metres below street level. Enjoy afternoon tea onboard as you take in the sights on your way to Luxor.
Day6East and West Bank of LuxorLuxor, Egypt
Make the most of guided tours with your Egyptologist guide today, visiting the graceful grand Temple of Luxor, dedicated to the god Amun - and then onwards to the Temple of Karnak. After lunch you'll have the chance to visit at least one tomb in the Valley of the Queens, and visit the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut as well as the Valley of the Kings. Arrving back at the Nile river, you'll pass by the famed Colossi of Memnon, known in Ancient Greek times for their haunting voices at dawn. You'll have afternoon tea and a gourmet white-glove farewell dinner on board this evening.
Day7Egyptian Museum and flight homeCairo, Egypt
Disembark the boat early this morning, where you'll be met and transferred to Luxor Airport for your flight back to Cairo. Transfer to Cairo's Meridien Hotel for breakfast before continuing into Cairo to visit the Egyptian Museum. Following your visit, you'll be driven back to the airport for your flight to the UK.
Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at the First Residence
A grand, classic hotel in the heart of Cairo
The Four Seasons First Residence Cairo is situated on the western banks of the Nile. Enjoying spectacular views of the Pyramids, this grande dame is a mixture of Art Deco and Belle Epoque, with a wonderful choice of restaurants, Balinese-style spa, pool and grand bedrooms with marble bathrooms.
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