‘There are very wonderful things to be seen in Egypt, are there not?’ So says Hercule Poirot, Agatha Christie’s famous Belgian detective, in her iconic novel, Death On The Nile.
On this unique and historic tour, you too can experience these wonderful things, in the style of the glamorous golden age of travel. Created by an Agatha Christie expert and a tour company with 32 years’ experience in Egypt, you can immerse yourself in Agatha Christie’s world in Cairo. As well as the iconic Death on the Nile, Agatha Christie also wrote several other works based in Egypt, including a play about the heretic pharaoh Akhnaton.
Go back in time and experience the hotel where Agatha stayed as a young woman. Soak up the atmosphere and culture of this incredible country during this exceptional tour, with our specially trained guides and hosts. Every moment has been designed to maximise your comfort and safety. But most importantly, feel the joy of staying where Agatha herself spent 3 months, and the places mentioned in her stories and films.
Arrive in Cairo
‘Agatha loved her three months at the Gezirah Palace Hotel’ (Agatha Christie, An English Mystery by Laura Thompson)
We will pick you up from chosen location. If you are flying into Cairo, this includes full meet and greet service as soon as you disembark from your plane, including tourist visa if required. We will then transport you to the Marriott Gezira Hotel, your home for the next five nights, where Agatha spent three months as a young woman.
Giza Pyramids and Sphinx
‘…we’ll go to Egypt for our honeymoon…I’ve always wanted to go to Egypt all my life. The Nile and the Pyramids and the sand…’ (Death On The Nile)
Follow in the footsteps of Linnet and Simon Doyle, from Death on the Nile, on their honeymoon. Marvel at the Great Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx, visited by Agatha Christie as a young woman. There are several options – if you feel more adventurous you can try a horse or a camel, or if you prefer a more relaxed mode of transport you can take a horse drawn carriage.
Morning visit to the Egyptian Museum.
‘Mother tried to broaden my mind by taking me occasionally to the Museum…’ (Agatha Christie Autobiography)
No visit to Egypt is complete without seeing the astonishing collections in the Egyptian Museum. Don’t miss the King Tutankhamen exhibition or the Mummy Room, and see statues of Akhnaton, the heretic pharaoh from Agatha Christie’s play.
In the afternoon you have time to relax in by the pool at the Marriott Hotel; alternatively, there are many optional tours available. Why not consider a trip to Fayoum Oasis, visited by Simon and Linnet Doyle? A sunset felucca trip on the Nile? Some shopping in the ancient souq, Khan Al Khalili? The Old Citadel, visited by Agatha Christie? These and many more options are available.
‘She has come with me from Memphis in the North and will dwell here with you when I go away again…’ (Death Comes As The End)
Agatha wrote another novel set in ancient Egypt – Death Comes as the End. Visit Memphis on a day trip from Cairo and see where Nofret, the doomed concubine, came from. Memphis was one of the oldest and most important cities in ancient Egypt. The site contains many statues dating back 5000 years, although most of the city itself has now gone.
Tell Al Amarna, Beni Hassan and the tomb of Akhnaton
“Akhnaton is no didactic tract, but a drama of ruthless logic and theatrical power…” (Charles Osborne, Theatre critic, writer and literature director of the Arts Council of Great Britain)
Agatha Christie wrote a play entitled ‘Akhnaton’ around the same time she was writing Death on the Nile. She wrote the play in 1937 for her own enjoyment and it allowed her to indulge in her fascination with ancient history. The story involves the Pharaoh Ahknaton, his wife Nefertiti and his successor Tutankhamun. Today we will visit the tombs and city of Akhnaton at Tell Al Amarna and Beni Hassan.
Enjoy your last night in the Marriott Hotel. Why not consider one of our many other tours and extensions?