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explore egypt.Our PartnersThe names of great Egyptian leaders transcend history; Ramses II, Cleopatra, Tamer. What's that? You haven't heard of Tamer? Forgive us, because he is a part of Topdeck history! We operated our first Egyptian trips over 20 years ago and Tamer was our first local guide. He was so good and talented that today, we're proud to say he is the Managing Director of Topdeck's Egypt operation. Tamer's partner Rafik was born in Egypt and raised in Australia, and between them they have a unique understanding of the requirements of our passengers, acquired through years of experience. They are blessed with local expertise and are helped by a family of dedicated and passionate staff, so you can begin to understand why Topdeck Egypt is a cut above our competitors. We just hope they don't expect pyramids when they retire!Our AccommodationWe have three different styles of trip to cater for a range of budgets. Our Budget trips stay in well-equipped hotels, which are predominantly 3-star and all fully air-conditioned. Our Plus trips also use air-conditioned hotels only - these are primarily 4-star, apart from a select few chosen for their superior location or service. Certain Plus trips also offer the unique opportunity to camp in the White Desert and Wadi Rum. Our Deluxe cruise programmes stay on superb 5-star cruise boats while on the Nile. Whichever trip you choose, you can rest assured that every hotel has been thoroughly inspected by Topdeck's Egyptian office to ensure they meet our very specific requirements and high standards. Our Starting PointsThis year we're pleased to offer a choice of starting points, with Luxor as an alternative to Cairo. This gives you more opportunity to find great flight deals and take advantage of the budget airlines which service Luxor. But whether you fly into Cairo or Luxor, you can enjoy an included airport pickup on arrival!Our TransportEgypt is a large country and getting from place to place comfortably and safely is central to your enjoyment. In this respect Topdeck can boast a key advantage over other operators - we own all of our vehicles. This means we can guarantee an excellent standard of transport throughout your holiday, from your included airport arrival transfer to longer coach journeys. Having our own vehicles means we can vouch for the quality of each one and ensure they are regularly maintained. Perhaps even more crucially, it means our Drivers are all familiar to us so we know they're first rate, an added advantage of not relying on third-party coach operators. What's more, all of our vehicles are non-smoking (and that goes for the drivers as well!).Sometimes we take overnight train services to cover the longer journeys from Cairo to Aswan and Luxor to Cairo. These services are generally reliable, however they can occasionally be delayed or experience reliability problems, and with larger groups it can sometimes prove difficult to obtain tickets seating the whole group together. Fortunately, we have our fleet of modern air-conditioned coaches on hand, which we often use as an alternative to the trains. In this case there will always be two Drivers and we'll take comfort stops along the way, ensuring a reliable and comfortable passage. The method of transport being used on your trip (train or coach) is normally advised at the briefing meeting on Day 1. Our InclusionsThe two 3000 year old temples at Abu Simbel are amongst the most magnificent monuments in the world, masterpieces of Ancient Egyptian architecture and truly among Egypt's 'must-see' sights. However, not every operator classifies them as essential viewing, and you might have to fork out up to $200 for the option to visit them. With Topdeck, all trips that feature Abu Simbel in the itinerary include this unforgettable excursion in the trip price, meaning a massive saving for you! It's just one example of the fantastic inclusions our trips offer, giving you great value for money to complement our high quality service.Topdeck owned and operated coachesAbu Simbel (Excursion included in all Egypt trips)Felucca sailing on the Nile, Aswan

EGYPTJORDANSAUDIARABIALuxorAswanAbu SimbelCairostart/finish121 overnighttrain1 overnighttrainNO. OF NIGHTS STAYDAY STOPISRAELDates & Prices 2012/13EGYPTPlus see pg. 2StartFinish06May1213May1213May1220May1220May1227May1227May1203Jun1203Jun1210Jun1210Jun1217Jun1217Jun1224Jun1224Jun1201Jul1201Jul1208Jul1208Jul1215Jul1215Jul1222Jul1222Jul1229Jul1229Jul1205Aug1205Aug1212Aug1212Aug1219Aug1219Aug1226Aug1226Aug1202Sep1202Sep1209Sep1209Sep1216Sep1216Sep1223Sep1223Sep1230Sep1230Sep1207Oct1207Oct1214Oct1214Oct1221Oct1221Oct1228Oct1228Oct1204Nov1204Nov1211Nov1211Nov1218Nov1218Nov1225Nov1225Nov1202Dec1202Dec1209Dec1209Dec1216Dec1216Dec1223Dec1223Dec1230Dec1230Dec1206Jan1306Jan1313Jan1313Jan1320Jan1320Jan1327Jan1327Jan1303Feb1303Feb1310Feb1310Feb1317Feb1317Feb1324Feb1324Feb1303Mar1303Mar1310Mar1310Mar1317Mar1317Mar1324Mar1324Mar1331Mar1331Mar1307Apr1307Apr1314Apr1314Apr1321Apr1321Apr1328Apr1328Apr1305May13Go to for more info.What's Included»»7 breakfasts (B)»»4 nights twin share in 4? hotels, 1 night twin share in 3? hotels, 2 nights aboard first class overnight train between Cairo and Aswan and Luxor and Cairo (recliner seat)»»Arrival transfer from airport to hotel »»Transportation in an air-conditioned minibus as per the itinerary»»Excursions to Egyptian Museum, Pyramids, Sphinx, Saqqara, Coptic Churches, Khan el Khalili Market, Abu Simbel, Valley of the Kings, Karnak Temple & the Luxor Temple (entrance fees not included)»»Fully guided tours with Egyptologist at all major sites»»Services of a fully trained English speaking Trip LeaderDay 1 Cairo. Upon arrival, a transfer from Cairo International Airport to the hotel is included. Join your fellow passengers and Trip Leader in the evening to learn more about the trip. Day 2 Cairo - Aswan. Accompanied by a qualified, English speaking Egyptologist, we visit the Egyptian Museum housing over 100,000 relics including the treasures of King Tut. We then travel to the Great Pyramid of Giza and the Sphinx before boarding a first class overnight train to Aswan. (B) Day 3 Aswan. We arrive in Aswan and transfer to our hotel. This afternoon we experience a traditional felucca sailboat before we set off to the Nubian village by motor boat, passing the Elephantine and Kitchener Islands, viewing the Nilometer, the Aga Khan Mausoleum, and the Tombs of the Nobles. At the Nubian village we learn more about their language and culture. (B) Day 4 Aswan. We depart for Abu Simbel to visit the incredible temple built by Ramses II. We also visit the Temple of Hathor, built in honour of the goddess of love and music and Ramses' wife, Queen Nefertari. The afternoon is free to enjoy a drink by the pool or shop in the colourful bazaars. This evening, there is an option to dine on the banks of the Nile. (B) Day 5 Aswan - Luxor. We transfer from Aswan to Luxor by coach, then take a trip by air-conditioned minibus to the Temple of Karnak. We also explore the Temple of Luxor. (B) Day 6 Luxor - Cairo. A guided tour of the Valley of the Kings, one of the most famous sites in Egypt. This magnificent necropolis houses the tomb of King Tutankhamun. We then return to Luxor where there is also time to visit the gold and silver markets. This evening we board a train for an overnight journey to Cairo. (B) Day 7 Cairo. Arriving in Cairo mid-morning the rest of the day is ours to explore the city. We visit the necropolis of Saqqara and the Step Pyramid of King Zoser. Returning to the city we view Coptic Cairo and some of the oldest churches in the history of Christianity. In the afternoon we take time to visit the vibrant Khan el Khalili market. (B) Day 8 Cairo. The trip ends at the hotel after breakfast. (B)TRIP CODE: HTEEG8 Day Essential EgyptThe Great Pyramids of Giza, CairoA delicious Nubian village dinner, Aswan12|13USD8 Days from $555 per personTrip price of $555 + $180 Local Payment Trip price of $655 + $180 Local Payment