The wonders of ancient Egypt on a Nile cruise

The cradle of civilisation. If anywhere has a real claim to that title, it’s the Nile basin. Given enough time, this snake of a river will take you from Cairo right down to Luxor to Aswan, but most people just visit the final two locations.

The Egyptian capital is a bustling city where you can explore the souks and bazaars; but what truly sets the city apart is that the last remaining Wonder of the World, the Great Pyramid of Giza, lies 12 miles away. Giza is a sight like no other to watch the sun coming up and flooding the site of the pyramids with light. There you really can feel a connection to the past that you won’t feel anywhere else. The Sphinx, so majestic, has watched over visitors for thousands of years and by night, a sound and light show make the pyramids shimmy with colours.

Further south, the temples of Luxor – one, the setting for a famous scene in The Spy Who Loved Me – show all the religious grandeur of the ancient Egyptian pharaohs. Huge columns, massive carved stone statues of people and animals. You can walk through these huge buildings – or what’s left of them – and picture the scene as they teemed with people. On the other side of the river is the Valley of the Kings, the burial place of the pharaohs, where you can descend into the chambers and have the stories and hieroglyphs on the wall explained by your guide.

Your last stop is Aswan, an ancient town that begs to be explored. There are more ancient, fascinating tombs to enter, and don’t miss the Philae Temple, which was built 3,000 years ago in honour of the goddess Isis and is just as splendid today as it ever was.

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Vietnam & Cambodia Luxury Cruise & Stay

Destination: Vietnam & Cambodia
      11 nights Vietnam & Cambodia Luxury Cruise & Stay from Saigon to Siem Reap. Main Deck from £3,062.00 per person Twin share, departs September 2017 – March 2018. An adventure on the Mekong onboard luxury river cruiser for 11 nights tour price includes: ◾Return airfare from London ◾7 night luxury cruise with soft drinks, local beer, spirits, and on board gratuities ◾Deluxe accommodation: 2 nights at Raffles Hotel d’Angkor, Siem Reap and 2 nights at Caravelle Hotel, Saigon ◾Breakfast daily, lunch and dinner as specified in the itinerary ◾Extensive sightseeing with expect local guides, all transfers and taxes. Ship Amenities: ◾Hotel style passenger ship with 3 decks: Main, Upper, Sundeck ◾Main deck with guest cabins in front; Crew area in the back ◾Upper deck with guest cabin and bridge house in front; Reception, restaurant, galley bridge house ◾Sundeck with lounge, library, bar, health club, gym, spa and whirl pool, 360 degrees view. Cabins: ◾30 cabins (100% twin balcony) ◾12 Main Deck Staterooms ◾14 Upper Deck Staterooms ◾02 Suite (upper deck) ◾02 Deluxe Suite (main deck) 13 DAYS/11 NIGHTS ADVENTURE: SAIGON TO SIEM REAP Day 1: London – Saigon Fly from London to Saigon. Day 2 : Saigon Upon arrival at Ho Chi Minh City Airport, meet with your local guide who will escort you to the Caravelle Hotel for your overnight stay. Day 3: Saigon After breakfast, enjoy a guided city tour of essential sights before lunch at a local restaurant. Day 4: Saigon, My Tho, Cai Be After breakfast, you will be transferred overland by coach to My Tho port to board Cruiseco Adventurer. Enjoy welcome drinks and lunch, then check in to your luxurious cabin. While cruising towards Cai Be, join the Captain‘s Cocktail party followed by a gourmet dinner and folk performances. Moor overnight midstream near Cai Be. Day 5: Cai Be, Sa Dec After breakfast, take a junk trip to the floating markets. Visit sights including the French Gothic Cathedral and rice paper manufacturers. Return to the ship for lunch while sailing towards Sa Dec, a quaint little city. Explore Sa Dec in the evening, including the Fujian Temple, local markets along the river banks, and pass the home of Marguerite Duras. We then set sail for Tan Chau with evening cocktails and dinner. Day 6: Tan Chau, Border Crossing Discover Tan Chau, a small town untouched by tourism. We sightsee by local boats, through narrow channels to visit an evergreen island and floating fish farm. Afterwards, enjoy a local tour by rickshaw (xe loi). Board the ship and set sail for the Cambodian border, enjoying lunch, a Vientamese cooking demonstration by the executive chef, cocktails, dinner and a screening of the movie “The Killing Fields”. Overnight we cruise to Phnom Penh. Day 7: Phnom Penh Enjoy plenty of sightseeing and activities in Phnom Penh, including visits to the Royal Palace, the Silver Pagoda, and the National Museum. You may also choose to visit Khmer Rouge’s grim Toul Sleng (S21 Detention Centre) and the Killing Fields, providing an understanding of a crucial part of Cambodia’s history. In the evening enjoy Khmer folk dancing before dinner. You may like to relax in one of many bars ashore just opposite the dock as the ship will stay overnight in Phnom Penh. Day 8: Chong Koh Village Sail towards little known Chong Koh. After breakfast, we take a leisurely morning stroll through this silk-weaving village. Mid-morning we sail back along the Mekong, with a hearty lunch before cocktails, dinner and an onboard pianist in the evening. The ship overnights midstream. Day 9: Oudong, Kampong Tralach* After breakfast, set sail for Prek Kdam with an onboard lecture “Cambodia: The Past & Present”, before visiting Oudong, former Cambodian capital. Here we visit a Buddhist temple and attend a blessing ceremony, before a 45-minute bus trip to Kampong Tralach. Visit temples and take an ox-cart ride through the countryside and rice fields to the Tonle River. In the evening we cruise to Kampong Chhnang. **As water levels on Tonle Lake vary it’s not always possible to cross if it’s too low and alternative itineraries may be followed Day 10 : **High Water Kampong Chhnang Kampong Chhnang is a rural port town with bustling markets. Mooring mid-stream, take a motorboat excursion into the lakeside wetlands at the mouth of the river. See a stunning variety of birds along with the intriguing local life in the floating village. Return to the boat and cast off towards Tonle Lake while enjoyig farewell cocktails.The ship moors near Siem Reap. Day 11:**High Water Enjoy breakfast onboard before bidding farewell to the crew and guides.Disembark in Siem Reap and transfer by coach to Raffles grand Hotel. This afternoon, enjoy a tour of Angkor Wat, the worlds largest temple. Enjoy the sunset over Angkor Wat before heading back to your hotel. Day 10: **Low Water Kampong Chhnang Moring mid – stream, take a boat excursion into the lakeside wetlandsReturn to the boat for lunch . After lunch the ship sets off for Prek Kdam, the cruises final stop.Enjoy a farewell cocktail party this evening.The ship moors overnight in Prek Kdam. Day 11:** Low water Disembark Prek Kdam- Siem Reap Enjoy breakfast onboard disembark. Next, transfer by bus around the lake to Siem Reap. Upon arrival in Siem Reap, check into Raffles Grand Hotel D’Angkor for the next two nights. Day 12: Siem Reap After breakfast, visit the magnificent Angkor Thom: the last capital of the Khmers, with its Elephant Terrace, Terrace of the Leper King, and the spectacular Bayon Temple. Enjoy lunch at Café D’Angkor Restaurant (Raffles Grand Hotel) before visiting Thommanon, Chau Say, Tevoda, Ta Keo and Ta Prohm temples. Day 13: Siem Reap After breakfast, be transferred to Siem Reap Airport for your flight to London Call Crusader Travel today on 020 87440474 to book this amazing offer to Vietnam & Cambodia Luxury Cruise & Stay and for further information.
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Vietnam & Cambodia Luxury Cruise & Stay
Destination: Vietnam & Cambodia

 

 

 

11 nights Vietnam & Cambodia Luxury Cruise & Stay from Saigon to Siem Reap.

Main Deck from £3,062.00 per person Twin share, departs September 2017 – March 2018.

An adventure on the Mekong onboard luxury river cruiser for 11 nights tour price includes:

Return airfare from London

7 night luxury cruise with soft drinks, local beer, spirits, and on board gratuities

Deluxe accommodation: 2 nights at Raffles Hotel d’Angkor, Siem Reap and 2 nights at Caravelle Hotel, Saigon

◾Breakfast daily, lunch and dinner as specified in the itinerary

◾Extensive sightseeing with expect local guides, all transfers and taxes.

Ship Amenities:
◾Hotel style passenger ship with 3 decks: Main, Upper, Sundeck
◾Main deck with guest cabins in front; Crew area in the back
◾Upper deck with guest cabin and bridge house in front; Reception, restaurant, galley bridge house
◾Sundeck with lounge, library, bar, health club, gym, spa and whirl pool, 360 degrees view.

Cabins:
◾30 cabins (100% twin balcony)
◾12 Main Deck Staterooms
◾14 Upper Deck Staterooms
◾02 Suite (upper deck)
◾02 Deluxe Suite (main deck)

13 DAYS/11 NIGHTS ADVENTURE: SAIGON TO SIEM REAP

Day 1: London – Saigon

Fly from London to Saigon.

Day 2 : Saigon

Upon arrival at Ho Chi Minh City Airport, meet with your local guide who will escort you to the Caravelle Hotel for your overnight stay.

Day 3: Saigon
After breakfast, enjoy a guided city tour of essential sights before lunch at a local restaurant.

Day 4: Saigon, My Tho, Cai Be
After breakfast, you will be transferred overland by coach to My Tho port to board Cruiseco Adventurer. Enjoy welcome drinks and lunch, then check in to your luxurious cabin. While cruising towards Cai Be, join the Captain‘s Cocktail party followed by a gourmet dinner and folk performances. Moor overnight midstream near Cai Be.

Day 5: Cai Be, Sa Dec
After breakfast, take a junk trip to the floating markets. Visit sights including the French Gothic Cathedral and rice paper manufacturers. Return to the ship for lunch while sailing towards Sa Dec, a quaint little city. Explore Sa Dec in the evening, including the Fujian Temple, local markets along the river banks, and pass the home of Marguerite Duras. We then set sail for Tan Chau with evening cocktails and dinner.

Day 6: Tan Chau, Border Crossing
Discover Tan Chau, a small town untouched by tourism. We sightsee by local boats, through narrow channels to visit an evergreen island and floating fish farm. Afterwards, enjoy a local tour by rickshaw (xe loi). Board the ship and set sail for the Cambodian border, enjoying lunch, a Vientamese cooking demonstration by the executive chef, cocktails, dinner and a screening of the movie “The Killing Fields”. Overnight we cruise to Phnom Penh.

Day 7: Phnom Penh
Enjoy plenty of sightseeing and activities in Phnom Penh, including visits to the Royal Palace, the Silver Pagoda, and the National Museum. You may also choose to visit Khmer Rouge’s grim Toul Sleng (S21 Detention Centre) and the Killing Fields, providing an understanding of a crucial part of Cambodia’s history. In the evening enjoy Khmer folk dancing before dinner. You may like to relax in one of many bars ashore just opposite the dock as the ship will stay overnight in Phnom Penh.

Day 8: Chong Koh Village
Sail towards little known Chong Koh. After breakfast, we take a leisurely morning stroll through this silk-weaving village. Mid-morning we sail back along the Mekong, with a hearty lunch before cocktails, dinner and an onboard pianist in the evening. The ship overnights midstream.

Day 9: Oudong, Kampong Tralach*
After breakfast, set sail for Prek Kdam with an onboard lecture “Cambodia: The Past & Present”, before visiting Oudong, former Cambodian capital. Here we visit a Buddhist temple and attend a blessing ceremony, before a 45-minute bus trip to Kampong Tralach. Visit temples and take an ox-cart ride through the countryside and rice fields to the Tonle River. In the evening we cruise to Kampong Chhnang.

**As water levels on Tonle Lake vary it’s not always possible to cross if it’s too low and alternative itineraries may be followed

Day 10 : **High Water Kampong Chhnang
Kampong Chhnang is a rural port town with bustling markets. Mooring mid-stream, take a motorboat excursion into the lakeside wetlands at the mouth of the river. See a stunning variety of birds along with the intriguing local life in the floating village. Return to the boat and cast off towards Tonle Lake while enjoyig farewell cocktails.The ship moors near Siem Reap.

Day 11:**High Water
Enjoy breakfast onboard before bidding farewell to the crew and guides.Disembark in Siem Reap and transfer by coach to Raffles grand Hotel. This afternoon, enjoy a tour of Angkor Wat, the worlds largest temple. Enjoy the sunset over Angkor Wat before heading back to your hotel.

Day 10: **Low Water Kampong Chhnang
Moring mid – stream, take a boat excursion into the lakeside wetlandsReturn to the boat for lunch . After lunch the ship sets off for Prek Kdam, the cruises final stop.Enjoy a farewell cocktail party this evening.The ship moors overnight in Prek Kdam.

Day 11:** Low water Disembark Prek Kdam- Siem Reap
Enjoy breakfast onboard disembark. Next, transfer by bus around the lake to Siem Reap. Upon arrival in Siem Reap, check into Raffles Grand Hotel D’Angkor for the next two nights.

Day 12: Siem Reap
After breakfast, visit the magnificent Angkor Thom: the last capital of the Khmers, with its Elephant Terrace, Terrace of the Leper King, and the spectacular Bayon Temple. Enjoy lunch at Café D’Angkor Restaurant (Raffles Grand Hotel) before visiting Thommanon, Chau Say, Tevoda, Ta Keo and Ta Prohm temples.

Day 13: Siem Reap
After breakfast, be transferred to Siem Reap Airport for your flight to London

Call Crusader Travel today on 020 87440474 to book this amazing offer to Vietnam & Cambodia Luxury Cruise & Stay and for further information.

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