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Eclipse 2027 – Egypt’S Ancient Luxor Odyssey – 8 Days

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  • Duration: 8 days
  • Board Basis: Half Board
  • Tour Ref: D2TOME9128

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  • Travel Type: Air

8 days

by Air

PRICE FROM ? £3499 per person
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Description

Experience the 2027 Eclipse in Luxor, Egypt on this once-in-a-lifetime, eight-day odyssey! An epic adventure awaits in Luxor, the site of Ancient Thebes, which promises to be the most extraordinary spot to view the total solar eclipse directly overhead the west bank of the Nile. We combine this truly awesome spectacle with an exploration of Ancient Egypt, with guided tours to some of the most magnificent temples, such as Karnak Temple, Esna Temple, Dendera Temple and the resting place of the Pharaohs – the Valley of the Kings.

Astronomer, astrophotographer and the BBCs Sky at Night TV presenter, Pete Lawrence, will be travelling with us for the duration of the tour, sharing his insight and knowledge of what to expect and how best to photograph the eclipse. With private group talks and guided tours throughout, 2027 will be the longest eclipse of the century, where at the centreline an astonishing 6 minutes and 24 seconds is expected. With Pete’s expert advice we are taken into the path of ‘totality’ for a holiday experience like no other!

Itinerary

July 29th – Arrival in Egypt & Luxor

We fly from London Heathrow to Cairo International Airport and take an onward flight to Luxor. On arrival, we are met by our local airport representative who assists us through passport control and accompanies us to the hotel. After check-in, we enjoy dinner at our hotel.

July 30th – Valley of the Kings & Queens Tour

After an early breakfast we embark on a highlight of the trip, a guided tour of the Valley of the Kings, Hatshepsut Temple and the Valley of the Queens. For nearly 500 years in Luxor, Egypt, from the Eighteenth Dynasty to the Twentieth, this area was the principal burial place for royal figures and Pharaohs. The vast area is divided into sections – the East Valley, where we find most of the royal tombs, and the West Valley, also known as the Valley of the Monkeys. Archaeologists have excavated many tombs over the years, and arguably the most famous was the tomb of the young Tutankhamun.  

In the afternoon, we return to the hotel for time at leisure to relax by the hotel pool. In the evening, we enjoy a welcome presentation by renowned astronomer Pete Lawrence, followed by dinner.

July 31st – Great Karnak Temple & Luxor Temple Exploration

We start the day with an early breakfast and then head out for a tour of the impressive Great Karnak Temple. This huge site was the main religious place of worship for the god Amun-Re and consists of temples, chapels, and a variety of other buildings, constructed by one Pharaoh after the other, each adding more and more structures to create one massive temple complex. Our guided tour explores the Hypostyle Hall – which features 134 massive columns, arranged in 16 rows.

In the afternoon we return to the hotel for time at leisure. Then, before sunset, we embark on a special night tour of the illuminated Luxor Temple, dating back to 1400 BC and one of the most significant sites of the ancient world. Afterwards, we enjoy dinner at our hotel.

August 1st – Esna Temple Excursion

After an early breakfast, we depart for the magnificent Esna Temple, south of Luxor. Built over 3000 years ago, the Esna Temple, which means ‘the city of the Fish,’ was dedicated to the god of creation, Khnum, and was considered to be the source of the River Nile. Inside we find many symbols of this fascinating civilisation, including carved hieroglyphs and sculptures. We enjoy a guided tour of the Temple before returning to our hotel for a presentation with Pete Lawrence followed by dinner.

August 2nd – Eclipse Viewing Day

After breakfast, we head to our eclipse viewing site near Luxor Temple. Pete Lawrence is on hand to provide photography tips and insight. Every 18 years and 11 days, the Saros Cycle series 136 occurs and has up until now produced some of the longest eclipses, notably an incredible 6 minute 38.86 seconds in 2009 – and eclipse chasers are expecting the 2027 phenomenon to be a truly awesome spectacle. Afterwards, we return to our hotel for dinner and much discussion about the eclipse!

August 3rd – Luxor

After breakfast, we spend time at leisure in Luxor. There is much to see and admire around the bustling metropolis, from the stunning architecture that reflects the city’s ancient history to various historic buildings. Later, we enjoy an evening cruise on the Nile River on a traditional felucca. This Egyptian sailboat has been used for thousands of years to traverse the Nile, and we should be treated to the most spectacular sunset views of the city from the relaxing comfort of our boat.

After our cruise on the Nile, we return to our hotel for dinner.

August 4th – Visit to Dendera Temple

We start the day with an early breakfast and then head to the impressively large Dendera Temple. Here we discover many historic structures such as a basilica, a sacred lake and many temples and shrines. The site also contains the Temple of Hathor, one of ancient Egypt’s best-preserved sites. We enjoy a post eclipse presentation, recapping the events and sharing images of the day of the Eclipse.

August 5th – Departure

We check out of our hotel and transfer to Luxor Airport for our flight to Cairo and onward flight to Heathrow.

Hotel

Iberotel Hotel, Luxor (JG4 rating)

The Iberotel Luxor is positioned on the River Nile, close to Luxor Temple and overlooking the Theban Hills. This contemporary, locally rated four-star hotel is conveniently located for our tour and offers some truly unique facilities. These include beautiful gardens with superb views of the Nile, a pool floating on the Nile itself and a restaurant boat. All comfortable and spacious rooms are en-suite and include satellite TV, free Wi-Fi, a hairdryer, air conditioning and a safety deposit box.



JG4 rating

Accommodation in our JG4 category is of an even higher standard, typically offering a wide range of facilities and services. Bedrooms are designed to make your stay the most comfortable possible and the staff provide a service that reflects the detail and quality. You can also expect higher standards of food and beverages.

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  • Return flights to Luxor via Cairo
  • Airport taxes & luggage allowance (one piece of checked-in hold luggage per person)
  • Airport transfers in Egypt
  • 7 nights at the Iberotel Hotel, Luxor (JG4 rating) with dinner & breakfast
  • Pre and post eclipse presentations with Pete Lawrence
  • Travel to/from our dedicated Luxor eclipse site for the eclipse experience (includes safety viewing glasses)
  • Guided tours of the Valley of the Kings and Queens, Great Karnak Temple, Esna Temple & Dendera Temple
  • Guided nighttime tour of illuminated Luxor Temple
  • Sunset felucca cruise on the River Nile
  • Tour accompanied throughout by astronomer Pete Lawrence
  • Services of a tour manager
  • Gratuities not inlcuded

Search Bullets

  • 7 nights at the Iberotel Hotel, Luxor (JG4 rating) with dinner & breakfast
  • Guided tours of the Valley of the Kings and Queens, Great Karnak Temple, Esna Temple & Dendera Temple
  • Sunset felucca cruise on the River Nile

Helpful Information

Passport & visa information

A full UK passport is required with at least six months validity from your arrival date. British passport holders will need a visa. Please refer to the Foreign, commonwealth & Development Office for current information and general travel advice to Egypt: www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/egypt

Air Information
*Air package holiday prices are correct at the time of publication but are subject to fluctuation and availability. The final price will depend on your chosen airport, airline and flight time. Terms and conditions apply. Errors and omissions excepted. Please visit our website for details.

Operated by Just Go! Holidays Ltd trading as Omega Breaks, ATOL No.10889

Other Information

Regrettably, Omega Breaks cannot be held responsible for the non-appearance of any named astronomers and no refunds will be given in this event. However, a suitably qualified astronomer will be provided as a replacement in such circumstances.

Please note: as this holiday has been planned many years in advance, the itinerary and pricing are subject to change.

Please note: optional connecting flights, where available can be booked from selected UK airports to London Heathrow.

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Staged deposit payments are required for our 2027 Eclipse tour, with the amounts due, and when, set out below:

Deposit£300.00
01/12/2024£500.00
01/12/2025£500.00
01/12/2026£1000.00
01/04/2027Balance

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