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20 Day Luxury Egypt, Oman & UAE

  • Marvel at the iconic pyramids & sphinx in Cairo
  • Journey to Alexandria, Abu Dhabi & More
Includes Etihad Return International Flights

Ancient pyramids and ultra-modern cities, secluded coves and landscapes so beautiful you’ll think they’re a desert mirage; this 20 day bucket list tour and cruise package has it all! From the pyramids of Egypt to the exotic souks of the UAE, this is an adventure you simply do not want to miss.

Take a journey through Egypt’s illustrious past and present with visits to the pyramids and sphinx of Giza, the necropolis of Sakkara, the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, Khan El Khalili Bazaar and more. Fly to the United Arab Emirates and experience a 4WD safari through towering desert dunes, as well as free time in the dazzling metropolis of Dubai. Then, climb aboard the sensational MSC Lirica cruise ship for an 11 night cruise through the marvellous Middle East. Sail to Sir Bani Yas Island, home to thousands of free-roaming animals; visit Doha, known for its bustling souks (markets) and manmade islands; discover Muscat, an idyllic city where the mountains meet the sea; cruise the fjord-like inlets of the Musandam Peninsula to Khasab and more! Package includes return international flights from Australia, six nights 5-star waterfront hotel accommodation, an 11 night cruise through the Middle East aboard MSC Lirica, and English-speaking tour leader and guides.

ITINERARY

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Itinerary - 1

Today depart from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane for Cairo, Egypt. Fly with award winning Etihad Airways (subject to availability).


Meals included: In-Flight

Upon arrival into Cairo International Airport, be met by a representative and transfer to the 5 star hotel.

Cairo Marriott Hotel: Be transported to the Egypt of 1869 as you step into the lobby of this 5-star luxury hotel in downtown Cairo. Originally a visitor’s palace, Cairo Marriott Hotel & Omar Khayyam Casino’s guests have received the royal treatment for decades. Modern guest rooms offer luxury bedding, complimentary Wi-Fi and 24-hour room service. Onsite amenities include an outdoor lap pool, pampering spa and elegant casino.

Overnight: Cairo Marriott Hotel, Cairo
Meals included: None

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before travelling to the Giza plateau to visit the iconic Pyramids & Sphinx. The only remaining wonder of the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World, the Pyramids & Sphinx are a must-see attraction for anyone visiting Egypt. Upon arrival revel in a guided tour of both sites and enjoy a traditional lunch at an Egyptian restaurant. Next, proceed onwards to visit the ancient capital of Egypt – Memphis, where you will also enjoy a guided tour.

Afterwards visit Sakkara, another notable necropolis site near Cairo that offers impressive sights and holds considerable archaeological significance. This vast site hosted burials dating from before the beginning of the Old Kingdom up through the Greek Period of Egyptian history. After a guided tour of the Sakkara complex continue to the Mastabas (Tombs) built nearby, such as those of Ptah-Hotep, Idut and Ti. The day will conclude with a transfer back to your hotel for an evening at leisure.

Please notethe entrance fee to visit the inside of the Great Pyramid itself is not included and will cost $30USD per person. Entrance tickets are limited per day and subject to availability at the time of the visit.

Overnight: Cairo Marriott Hotel, Cairo
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch

This morning after breakfast depart on a day trip to Alexandria (approx. 2.5 hours each way). Upon arrival enjoy a tour of the ancient Roman amphitheatre of Alexandria, this is considered to be one of the most important Roman architectural achievements in Egypt. The amphitheatre was discovered by mere coincidence in the year 1960 when the workers went to remove a pile of dust in order to construct the governmental building. Afterwards, proceed to visit the Pompey Pillar, a Roman triumphal column in Alexandria before enjoying lunch at a local seafood restaurant overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Next, visit the Bibliotheca of Alexandria. In 48 BC, a massive fire destroyed the old library and nearly 2000 years later the Egyptian government and UNESCO joined forces and brought the library back to life as a cultural centre for the world. Enjoy a guided visit of 2 museums located within the Bibliotheca then transfer back to Cairo where you will enjoy dinner at the hotel and another evening at leisure.

Overnight: Cairo Marriott Hotel, Cairo
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and afterwards depart toward the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities. This museum contains the world’s most extensive collection of pharaonic antiquities so naturally, a visit to Egypt isn’t complete without a trip through its exhibits. Continue onwards to the imperial floating restaurant where you will enjoy lunch. In the afternoon, enjoy a tour of the Citadel of Salah El Din & Mohamed Ali Alabaster Mosque. Afterwards, transfer back in time to an old Arab souk (marketplace) including a visit to Khan El Khalili, a major souk situated in the historic centre of Cairo. Afterwards, transfer back to the hotel for an evening at leisure.

Overnight: Cairo Marriott Hotel, Cairo
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch

Enjoy today at leisure to either relax or explore.

Overnight: Cairo Marriott Hotel, Cairo
Meals included: Breakfast

Today check out and transfer to Cairo Airport for your onwards flight to Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. Upon arrival, be met and transferred to Dubai where you will check into the 5 star luxury waterfront hotel.

Overnight: Radisson Blu Waterfront Business Bay, Dubai
Meals included: Breakfast;In-Flight

Enjoy this morning at leisure, then around midday check out and be transferred to the cruise port where you will board the MSC ‘ Lirica’ ship for an 11 night Middle East Cruise. After checking in and having lunch, be picked up and head out for a breathtaking desert 4WD safari. Experience travelling over large sand dunes enroute to an Emirati campsite, set in a serene enclave. A sumptuous Arabian style BBQ consisting of various succulent fresh meats and salads will be served. Afterwards, return back to the cruise ship for the remainder of the evening at leisure. Tonight the cruise ship will remain docked in Dubai.

Overnight: MSC Cruises - ‘MSC Lirica’ ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Today is free to explore vibrant Dubai.

Overnight: MSC Cruises - ‘MSC Lirica’ ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

The first port of call is Abu Dhabi, the federal capital and centre of government in the United Arab Emirates. It is considered one of the most modern cities in the world. The city features large gardens and parks, green boulevards lining all the streets and roads, sophisticated high-rise buildings, international luxury hotel chains and opulent shopping malls

Overnight: MSC Cruises - ‘MSC Lirica’ ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Located just off the shore of the western region of Abu Dhabi, Sir Bani Yas is 17.5km from north to south and 9km from east to west, making it the largest natural island in the United Arab Emirates.

Sir Bani Yas is now home to thousands of large free-roaming animals and several million trees and plants. A bird sanctuary as well as a wildlife reserve, Sir Bani Yas showcases nature through activities such as adventure safaris, kayaking, mountain biking, archery, hiking and snorkelling (not included).

Overnight: MSC Cruises - ‘MSC Lirica’ ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

It’s rare to see a great city in the making these days, but here's your chance. Whether it's the stunning and constantly changing skyline, bustling souks (open-air markets) or Islamic art, Doha is sure to leave you intrigued.

Overnight: MSC Cruises - ‘MSC Lirica’ ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Manama might lack the polish and outlandish commercialism seen in some Gulf capitals, but therein lies its charm. Historic sites are given equal footing with the brash, modern ones. This is most apparent in Manama's Souq, where the hustle and bustle still evokes an ancient bazaar, and the globally diverse local cuisine is slowly elevating the city into a foodie destination.

Overnight: MSC Cruises - ‘MSC Lirica’ ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Overnight: MSC Cruises - ‘MSC Lirica’ ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Scenically wedged between mountains and ocean, excellent museums and flower-filled parks, the gentle city of Muscat is a delight to visit. Its name means ‘safe anchorage’, the sea plays an important role in city life to this day, sustaining the fishing industry and providing opportunities for visitors to swim from sandy beaches or dive with turtles in nearby lagoons.

Overnight: MSC Cruises - ‘MSC Lirica’ ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Enjoy a second day at leisure in Muscat.

Overnight: MSC Cruises - ‘MSC Lirica’ ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

The provincial capital of Musandam is small but far from sleepy. Khasab’s harbour briefly bursts with activity each time a cruise ship arrives. Fishing boats and dhows amble in and out of the creeks, picking up lobster pots or casting nets in the surrounding bays. The town boasts a great location wedged between steep cliffs and the sea, a feature you can't fail to appreciate when entering the harbour by boat.

Overnight: MSC Cruises - ‘MSC Lirica’ ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Today arrive back in Dubai and enjoy one more day at leisure to explore this amazing city.

Overnight: MSC Cruises - ‘MSC Lirica’ ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Today after your final breakfast onboard you will disembark the cruise. In order to get to Abu Dhabi Airport, a complimentary coach voucher will be provided. The coach will leave from Mazaya Shopping centre and will transfer you to Abu Dhabi Airport (approx. 1.5 hours). It is your responsibility to make your way from the cruise port to the Mazaya Shopping Centre, 15km from the cruise port. Coach departure times will be indicated in your final travel documentation.


Meals included: Breakfast;In-Flight

Please note some flights may arrive +1 days.

Itinerary - 2

Today depart from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane for Cairo, Egypt. Fly with award winning Etihad Airways (subject to availability).


Meals included: In-Flight

Upon arrival into Cairo International Airport, be met by a representative and transferred to the 5 star hotel.
 
Cairo Marriott Hotel: Be transported to the Egypt of 1869 as you step into the lobby of this 5-star luxury hotel in downtown Cairo. Originally a visitor’s palace, Cairo Marriott Hotel & Omar Khayyam Casino’s guests have received the royal treatment for decades. Modern guest rooms offer luxury bedding, complimentary Wi-Fi and 24-hour room service. Onsite amenities include an outdoor lap pool, pampering spa and elegant casino.

Overnight: Cairo Marriott Hotel, Cairo
Meals included: None

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before travelling to the Giza plateau to visit the iconic Pyramids & Sphinx. The only remaining wonder of the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World, the Pyramids & Sphinx are a must-see attraction for anyone visiting Egypt. Upon arrival revel in a guided tour of both sites and enjoy a traditional lunch at an Egyptian restaurant. Next, proceed onwards to visit the Ancient Capital of Egypt – Memphis, where you will also enjoy a guided tour.

Afterwards visit Sakkara, another notable necropolis site near Cairo that offers impressive sights and holds considerable archaeological significance. This vast site hosted burials dating from before the beginning of the Old Kingdom up through the Greek Period of Egyptian history. After a guided tour of the Sakkara complex continue to the Mastabas (Tombs) built nearby, such as those of Ptah-Hotep, Idut and Ti. The day will conclude with a transfer back to your hotel for an evening at leisure.
 
Please note the entrance fee to visit the inside of the Great Pyramid itself is not included and will cost $30USD per person. Entrance tickets are limited per day and subject to availability at the time of the visit.

Overnight: Cairo Marriott Hotel, Cairo
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch

This morning after breakfast depart on a day trip to Alexandria (approx. 2.5 hours each way). Upon arrival enjoy a tour of the ancient Roman Amphitheatre of Alexandria, this is considered to be one of the most important Roman architectural achievements in Egypt. The amphitheatre was discovered by mere coincidence in the year 1960 when the workers went to remove a pile of dust in order to construct the governmental building.

Afterwards, proceed to visit the Pompey Pillar, a Roman triumphal column in Alexandria before enjoying lunch at a local seafood restaurant overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Next, visit the Bibliotheca of Alexandria. In 48 BC, a massive fire destroyed the old library and nearly 2000 years later the Egyptian government and UNESCO joined forces and brought the library back to life as a cultural centre for the world. Enjoy a guided visit of 2 museums located within the Bibliotheca then transfer back to Cairo where you will enjoy dinner at the hotel and another evening at leisure.

Overnight: Cairo Marriott Hotel, Cairo
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel and afterwards depart toward the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities. This museum contains the world’s most extensive collection of pharaonic antiquities so naturally, a visit to Egypt isn’t complete without a trip through its exhibits. Continue onwards to the Imperial floating restaurant where you will enjoy lunch. In the afternoon, enjoy a tour of the Citadel of Salah El Din & Mohamed Ali Alabaster Mosque. Afterwards, transfer back in time to an old Arab souk (marketplace) including a visit to Khan El Khalili, a major souk situated in the historic centre of Cairo. Afterwards, transfer back to the hotel for an evening at leisure.

Overnight: Cairo Marriott Hotel, Cairo
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch

Enjoy today at leisure.

Overnight: Cairo Marriott Hotel, Cairo
Meals included: Breakfast

Today check out and transfer to Cairo airport for your onward flight to Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. Upon arrival, be met and transferred to Dubai where you will check into the 5 star luxury waterfront.

Overnight: Radisson Blu Waterfront Business Bay, Dubai
Meals included: Breakfast;In-Flight

Enjoy this morning at leisure, then around midday check out and be transferred to the cruise port where you will board the MSC ‘ Lirica’ ship for an 11 night Middle East Cruise. After checking in and having lunch, be picked up and head out for a breathtaking desert jeep safari. Experience travel over high sand dunes in route to an Emirati campsite, set in a serene enclave. A sumptuous Arabian style BBQ consisting of various succulent fresh meats and salads will be served. Afterwards, return back to the cruise ship for the remainder of the evening at leisure. Tonight the cruise ship will remain docked in Dubai.

Overnight: MSC Cruises - ‘MSC Lirica’ ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Today is free to explore vibrant Dubai at leisure.

Overnight: MSC Cruises - ‘MSC Lirica’ ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

The first port of call is Abu Dhabi, the federal capital and centre of government in the United Arab Emirates. It is the largest city in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and considered one of the most modern cities in the world. The city features large gardens and parks, green boulevards lining all the streets and roads, sophisticated high-rise buildings, international luxury hotel chains and opulent shopping malls.

Overnight: MSC Cruises - ‘MSC Lirica’ ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Located just off the shore of the western region of Abu Dhabi, Sir Bani Yas is 17.5 km from north to south and 9 km from east to west, making it the largest natural island in the United Arab Emirates.


 Sir Bani Yas is now home to thousands of large free-roaming animals and several million trees and plants. A bird sanctuary as well as a wildlife reserve, Sir Bani Yas showcases nature through activities such as adventure safaris, kayaking, mountain biking, archery, hiking and snorkelling (not included).

Overnight: MSC Cruises - ‘MSC Lirica’ ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

The provincial capital of Musandam is small but far from sleepy. Khasab’s harbour briefly bursts with activity each time a cruise ship arrives. Fishing boats and dhows amble in and out of the creeks, picking up lobster pots or casting nets in the surrounding bays. The town boasts a great location wedged between steep cliffs and the sea, a feature you can't fail to appreciate when entering the harbour by boat.

Overnight: MSC Cruises - ‘MSC Lirica’ ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Scenically wedged between mountains and ocean, excellent museums and flower-filled parks, the gentle city of Muscat is a delight to visit. Its name means ‘safe anchorage’, and the sea plays an important role in city life to this day, sustaining the fishing industry and providing opportunities for visitors to swim from sandy beaches or dive with turtles in nearby lagoons.

Overnight: MSC Cruises - ‘MSC Lirica’ ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Enjoy a second day at leisure in Muscat.

Overnight: MSC Cruises - ‘MSC Lirica’ ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Overnight: MSC Cruises - ‘MSC Lirica’ ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Manama might lack the polish and outlandish commercialism seen in some Gulf capitals, but therein lies its charm. Historic sites are given equal footing with the brash, modern ones. This is most apparent in Manama's Souq, where the hustle and bustle still evokes an ancient bazaar, and the globally diverse local cuisine is slowly elevating the city into a foodie destination.

Overnight: MSC Cruises - ‘MSC Lirica’ ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

It’s rare to see a great city in the making these days, but here's your chance. Whether it's the stunning and constantly changing skyline, bustling souks (open-air markets) or Islamic art, Doha is sure to leave you intrigued.

Overnight: MSC Cruises - ‘MSC Lirica’ ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Today arrive back in Dubai and enjoy one more day at leisure to explore this amazing city.

Overnight: MSC Cruises - ‘MSC Lirica’ ship
Meals included: Breakfast;Lunch;Dinner

Today after your final breakfast onboard you will disembark the cruise. In order to get to Abu Dhabi Airport, a complimentary coach voucher will be provided. The coach will leave from Mazaya Shopping centre and will transfer you to Abu Dhabi Airport (approx. 1.5 hours). It is your responsibility to make your way from the cruise port to the Mazaya Shopping Centre, 15km from the cruise port. Coach departure times will be indicated in your final travel documentation. 


Meals included: Breakfast;In-Flight

Please note: some flights may arrive +1 days.

Tour Inclusions

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  • Discover the ancient wonders of Egypt in Cairo and Alexandria
  • Relax in style at the 5 Star Cairo Marriott Hotel
  • Be awe-struck by the Pyramids and Sphinx of Giza
  • Explore the historic Sakkara necropolis
  • Enjoy a guided tour of the ancient Roman Amphitheatre of Alexandria
  • Marvel at the Roman triumphal column, Pompey Pillar, in Alexandria
  • Discover the world-famous Bibliotheca of Alexandria
  • Explore the famed Museum of Egyptian Antiquities in Cairo
  • Soak up the sights and sounds of Cairo’s Khan-el-Khalili market
  • Enjoy a desert 4WD safari in the dunes outside Dubai
  • Explore the glamorous city of Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Visit Abu Dhabi, the glamorous capital of the UAE
  • Experience Sir Bani Yas Island, the largest natural island of the UAE
  • Delve into the rich heritage of Muscat, Oman’s capital
  • Cruise the fjordlike inlets of the Musandam Peninsula
  • Experience Doha, the fast-changing capital of Qatar
  • Visit the modern capital of Bahrain, Manama
  • Explore the beautiful port town of Khasab in Oman
  • Return international flights (economy class) ex SYD/MEL/BNE
  • 1-way international flight (economy class): Cairo, Egypt to Abu Dhabi, UAE
  • Fly with award-winning Etihad Airways
  • 11 night MSC Middle East Cruise
  • Sail aboard the elegant ‘MSC Lirica’ ship
  • 5 nights luxury 5 star hotel accommodation on the Nile River in Cairo
  • 1 nights luxury 5 star waterfront accommodation in Dubai
  • Enjoy 43 meals including daily breakfast
  • Enjoy a local Egyptian seafood lunch overlooking the Mediterranean Sea
  • Enjoy a BBQ dinner under the stars at an Emirati desert campsite
 
  • English speaking tour leader and guides
  • All sightseeing and entrance fees
  • Airline and cruise taxes and surcharges
  • Transportation by A/C vehicles
  • Transfer airport to hotel (day 2)
  • Transfer hotel to airport (day 7)
  • Transfer airport to hotel (day 7)
  • Transfer hotel to cruise port (day 8)

Important info

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After purchase, you will receive a receipt and a Purchase Confirmation, directing you to an online Passenger Information Form. The Passenger Information Form must be completed within 72 hours of purchase.
 
Any special requests, preferences and optional extras MUST be clearly stated in your Passenger Information Form. Any change requested after submitting your Passenger Information Form cannot be guaranteed, is strictly subject to availability and will incur surcharges as outlined in the Schedule of Fees below.
 
On purchasing this Travel Offer you are bound by the General Terms and Conditions, in addition to the specific terms and conditions outlined in this Important Information.
 
Please note: all additional charges are payable direct to your Travel Consultant in AUD (unless otherwise stated).



Travel offer is valid for travel on selected dates until the 11th February 2020.
 
This travel offer is priced for one person based on twin share.
 
Single Traveller Supplement
For solo travellers a mandatory single supplement applies:
- Inside Bella cabin: $1650
- Ocean View Fantastica cabin: $2050
- Balcony Fantastica cabin: $2600
 
Departure Dates (2020)
January: 20
February: 11
 
Departure Cities
Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane



Full Service Airline(s) Used


Etihad Airways plus any codeshare partners (subject to availability).

Please note: One way flights can not be accommodated. Travellers must take all included flights within the package, and any flights intentionally forfeited will result in later flights being subject to cancellation.

 

Arrive early in Cairo, Egypt
$200 per person, subject to availability
Please note:
- This fee does not include extra nights accommodation, meals or airport transfers.
- No flight booking changes or cancellations permitted after air tickets have been issued.
- Flight changes are subject to availability at the time of booking.
*Blackout dates
14th December 2019 - 20th January 2020
 
Stay behind in Dubai, UAE
$200 per person, subject to availability
Please note:
- This fee does not include extra nights accommodation, meals or airport transfers.
- No flight booking changes or cancellations permitted after air tickets have been issued.
- Flight changes are subject to availability at the time of booking.
*Blackout dates
28th March 2020 - 30th May 2020
 
Stopover Packages
Not Available
 
Flight Class Upgrades
- Premium Economy: Not Available
- Business Class (All sectors): Buy now for $6199 per person
Please note:
- All Premium Economy and Business Class upgrades are subject to availability (if we are not able to fulfil your business class request the upgrade cost will be refunded).
- On any upgrade purchase, short haul flights and domestic flight sectors are not guaranteed in a Premium or Business cabin; subject to aircraft configuration.



Cabins


All cabins are subject to availability; some cabins may have restricted views.

 

Cabin Experiences
Inside Bella
- Wide variety of superb, freshly prepared cuisine.
- Classic dining style with the chance to express a seating preference. Seating preference is subject to availability and reconfirmation on board.
- Gourmet buffet with different areas, open 24 hours a day.
- Broadway-style theatre shows.
- Swimming pool, scenic gym and open-air sports facilities.
- Packed program of daily activities.
- Turndown service to prepare your bed each night.
 
Ocean View and Balcony Fantastica
- Cabins on the upper decks and in the most convenient positions on the ship.
- Wide variety of superb, freshly prepared cuisine.
- Classic dining style with priority in choice of dinner sitting. Seating preference is subject to availability and reconfirmation on board.
- Gourmet buffet with over 13 different areas, open 20 hours a day.
- Broadway-style theatre shows.
- Swimming pool, scenic gym and open-air sports facilities.
- Packed program of daily activities.
- Turndown service to prepare your bed each night.
- Cabin service 24 hours a day.



Accommodation Used


5 Star (self-rated)

Cairo: Cairo Marriott Hotel

Dubai: Radisson Blu Bussiness Bay Hotel

 

4 Star (self-rated)

MSC Cruise Lines: 'MSC Lirica' ship

Please note: Accommodation/rooms offered are based on a lead-in room type, and are subject to availability based on seasonality. Properties will be confirmed, no later than two weeks prior to travel.

 

Extra Nights
Not Available.
 
Maximum Room Capacity
2 people.
 
Child Policy
- No child discounts. Full price applies for all children travelling with their parents.
- Valid for Children/infants 8 years old and over.
Please note: Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult 18 years old and over to travel. No unaccompanied minors allowed.
 
Triple Share
Not Available.
 
Bedding Configuration
Twin or Double bedding (subject to availability).
 
Adjoining / Interconnecting Rooms
Subject to availability and at the hotels discretion. Please enquire on booking if you require this option.



Minimum group size 25, maximum group size 50 per vehicle.
 
Optional Tours / Activities
Please note:
- Great Pyramid: Entrance fee to visit the inside of the Great Pyramid $30 USD (subject to change)
- Shore excursions can be booked/reserved directly with the cruise line prior to travel (subject to availability)
- Shore excursions can also be booked whilst onboard (subject to availability).



- Visa fees and requirements (Tourist visas for Egypt, Oman & Bahrain are strict requirements if travelling on an Australian passport, please refer to the visa section for further information)
- Meals/beverages not stated in the itinerary (including any specialty restaurants onboard cruise)
- Gratuities/tipping:
Recommended Land: $5 USD (approx. $7 AUD) per person/day payable on tour.
Cruise: $12.50 (approx. $18 AUD) per person/day payable onboard at the end of the cruise (subject to change).
- Optional activities/tours (including any 'onshore' excursions as part of the cruise)
- Personal expenses
- Travel insurance (Mandatory)
Please note: A comprehensive travel Insurance policy must be organised BEFORE all details can be finalised.



TOUR GUIDE VS. TOUR LEADER
Tour Guide:
Often locals with intimate knowledge of an area, its culture, and history. Their role entails providing commentary, routing the tour, and seeing that people have a good time. They are a licensed, qualified expert who supplies specific information on history, art, architecture and culture of the city/village/attraction in which he or she is guiding the tour. The guide meets the group at the required place and leaves the group at the end of the tour, they do not travel with the group.
 
Tour Leader:
An experienced person tasked with ensuring the smooth operation of tours, as well as providing practical support to passengers throughout the whole trip. Their role primarily includes assisting with accommodation, transportation between locations, and communication with tour guides in each stop. A tour leader may provide general guidance around a city or village, and offer information on the place visited on the bus, however they are not required to have specific knowledge on art, architecture, or history. They are not allowed to provide a guided tour or commentary of a city/village/attraction once there and if caught doing so, can be fined.
 
Please note: Tour leaders/guides are not a standard inclusion in all travel offers. Tour leaders/guides will only be made available when particularly required to enhance the experience of the destination featured.
 
CLIMATE & AVERAGE TEMPERATURES
Cairo
The climate in Cairo is called a desert climate. There is virtually no rainfall during the year. The average annual temperature is 21.3°C in Cairo and precipitation averages 18 mm. With an average of 27.6°C, July is the warmest month. The lowest average temperatures in the year occur in January, when it is around 13.1°C.
 
Dubai  
Winter in Dubai Begins from around the last week of October and last's till the Beginning of April. The winter season has the most pleasant weather, making it Ideal for outdoor activities. Most of the precipitation takes place during this season. Average daytime high during the winter season is around 22°C with overnight lows of 12°C. Rainfall has been increasing over the past few decades accumulating to 130mm per year. August is the hottest month in Dubai with an average temperature of 36°C and the coldest is January at 19°C with the most daily sunshine hours at 12 in June.
 
FLIGHTS
Seat Selection & Frequent Flyer Points:
At TripADeal we do not arrange seat selection. It is important to highlight that some Airlines do not allow pre-selected seats. We strongly suggest you contact the Airline directly with seating allocation requirements and or arrive at the airport earlier to arrange your seating. While we do not add frequent flyer member details to bookings, you can do this directly with the Airline once you have your flight information.
 
Passport Validity:
Customers are required to provide valid passport details either at the time of purchase, or no later than 45 days prior to departure date. Failure to do so may result in cancellation of the booking. In this instance customers will be responsible for any costs and fees incurred.
 
CRUISE
Disembarkation:
- Begins approximately 2 hours after docking.
- Due to security reasons, all guests must be on board 2 hours before sailing.
- Itineraries are subject to change at any time without notice.
- Check your specific sailing for exact departure and arrival times. All times are local to the port.
 
Cruise Loyalty Discounts:
Please note: Travellers booked via TripADeal will not be entitled to receive any cruise line customer loyalty discounts. Similar to airline frequent flyer programs, this is outside of the TripADeal booking process. However, customers may contact the cruise line direct upon receiving their TripADeal travel documents to request any membership benefits they are entitled to.
 
COACH TOUR
Meals:
43 meals including daily breakfast is included in the tour, for all other meals; lunches and dinners the tour leader (when available) will offer assistance with reservations, suggestions and directions to local restaurants. It is your responsibility to notify TripADeal of any dietary requests/requirements. Please note; we will do our best to meet your requests/requirements, however cannot guarantee that we will always be able to.
 
Luggage:
You will be responsible for all your personal belongings whilst on the tour. With regards to luggage, you must carry your own luggage from the coach to the hotel room and back to the coach. The driver will assist with the uploading and off-loading of the luggage from the coach.
 
OTHER
Fitness Level Required / Mobility
Our vehicles are not equipped with wheelchair access, so unfortunately our tours are currently not suitable for wheelchair users and those less mobile.
Please note: a general level of fitness will be required. If you have any concerns please consult your healthcare provider prior to purchase/travel.
 
Yellow Fever:
A valid international certificate of vaccination against Yellow Fever is required in many countries. You may need to present this on arrival at the airport or border crossing. Some countries will refuse entry if you are unable to present your certificate. It's also quite common for your home country to request a Yellow Fever certificate on your arrival back home. It is your responsibility to check with your doctor well in advance of leaving home about the Yellow Fever requirements for the countries you'll be visiting.
 
Gratuities / Tipping
Land
Gratuities (tips) are not included in the tour price for services of the tour leader (when available) and driver throughout the tour. The recommended tip is $5 USD per person per day this covers the guide/leader and the driver, which will be collected whilst on tour.
 
Cruise
Gratuities (tips) are not included in the tour price for the services of the cruise staff throughout the cruise component of this tour. MSC Cruises is an internationally registered company and operates to U.S. and European standards, both of which have an economy driven by a gratuities culture. Gratuities are expected on your cruise and will be charged to your onboard account at USD$12.50 per person per day. If you believe you are not receiving the standard of service expected on your cruise, you may reduce or remove the gratuities charged to your onboard account at the cruise reception desk. Although expected by MSC Cruises they are a discretionary payment.
Please note: additional extras purchased onboard will also have a gratuity of up to 18% charged on top of the normal shipboard gratuity.
 
Sightseeing:
Please note: In the event entrance to a site is affected by changes in operating hours or public holiday closures, your itinerary will be adjusted to ensure you do not miss out on the experience.
 
Shopping:
- Shopping overseas can be a daunting and confusing experience, especially when there is a language barrier. Please be very cautious when foreign currencies and prices are involved. If paying by credit card, please pay close attention to the amount you are being charged and keep all of your receipts.
- Do not make any purchases you are not comfortable with or feel pressured into. If you are uncertain or need assistance with the language barrier, please seek assistance from your Tour Guide/Leader.
- Please refer to our Terms and Conditions in regards to shopping for further information.



Egypt
- Australians can get a tourist visa online at www.visa2egypt.gov.eg or on arrival. Visas can only be purchased with US Dollars or Euros. Egyptian Pounds aren't accepted as payment for tourist visas.
- Visa and other entry and exit conditions (such as currency, customs and quarantine regulations) can change at short notice. Contact the nearest Egyptian diplomatic mission for up-to-date information.
- All foreign journalists entering Egypt for work purposes are required to get appropriate accreditation from the Egyptian Press Centre, which is part of the Egyptian State Information Service, before arrival. There are severe punishments for journalists working without appropriate accreditation.
 
United Arab Emirates
Australians are eligible for a free 30-day visitor visa-on-arrival.
 
Oman
Australian citizens need a visa to enter Oman. Apply for an e-visa online: https://evisa.rop.gov.om/
Visa and other entry and exit conditions (such as currency, customs and quarantine regulations) can change at short notice. Contact an Embassy or Consulate of the Sultanate of Oman for up-to-date information.
 
Qatar
Australian citizens are eligible for a 30-day visa-on-arrival, provided your passport has at least six months validity and you have a confirmed onward ticket. The visa-on-arrival is free of charge and may be extended for up to 30 more days.
 
Bahrain
Australian citizens are eligible for a visa on arrival. The visa is issued on arrival at any entry point for the Kingdom of Bahrain and the visa fee of $25 BD (subject to change) is paid to the Passport Officer on arrival in Bahrain and a receipt is issued. Your entry must not violate the security and national welfare of the Kingdom of Bahrain during your stay
 
Important: Please start arranging your visa at least 3 weeks prior to departure to account for any delays due to consulate operating hours.
 
Please note: Passengers who are not Australian citizens must check with the respective consulate or visa agency to determine what their visa requirements are and what personal identification is required. It is also important to note, some areas of employment such as journalism, government authorities and charity organisations may have additional restrictions in applying for Visas. This may in turn affect the type of application required.



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Voluntary Changes
This includes booking changes requested by you, including but not limited to those changes requiring an airline ticket or a Purchase Confirmation reissue.
 
·      1st Change - $100.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.
·      2nd Change - $150.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.
·      Subsequent changes - $250.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.
·      Changes within 30 days of departure $350.00 person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.
·      Changes within 14 days of departure $500.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.
 
Name Changes Due To Passenger Error
·      If the incorrect name has been advised to TripADeal, charges of $150.00 per person + any additional charges applied by the airline/cruise company/accommodation/other travel provider.
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