- Specially reserved seats for the Sound and Light Show at the Pyramids
- Crossing the Tropic of Cancer while cruising on Lake Nasser
- Sailing on a Felucca to the Botanical Garden in Aswan
- Watching history unfold as you cruise the Nile
Day 1 Depart USA
This evening you depart on your Business Class overnight flight to Cairo, gateway to the Nile. Today's Cairo mixes minarets and palm trees with art deco villas and multicolored neon, but you can still see the sun set over the Nile. Cairo has a unique atmosphere: both exciting and relaxed. The city pulses with life while the Nile flows to the sea.
Day 2 Welcome to Egypt
Upon arrival you will be met by your guide for a private transfer to your hotel. As you drive to the hotel you will start to be immersed in the culture of Cairo. Cairo has been the largest city in Africa for centuries. Modern Cairo encompasses many former cities and their monuments: the pyramids of the pharaohs, early Christian monasteries and churches; Salah al-Din's Citadel; mosques of the Mamluke and Ottoman sultans. Five thousand years of culture are concentrated here, at the center of three continents... and you are part of it. This evening you have a relaxing dinner at your hotel overlooking the Pyramids.
Day 3 Introduction to Cairo
Cairo is really three cities in one, Pharonic Cairo, Coptic Cairo and Islamic Cairo and each continues to influence the city. After breakfast you will be picked up at the hotel and taken to the Egyptian Museum for an introduction to Pharonic Cairo. This is one of the world's most famous museums. The magnificent collection of antiques includes mummies, Sarcophagi and the highlight of it all... the fabulous treasure from Tutankhamun's tomb. After lunch at a local restaurant you will see the Islamic side of Cairo with a visit to the Mohammed Mosque and the Citadel of Salah Al-Din. Built between 1176 and 1182 AD, the citadel provides a panoramic view of Cairo from the Moqattam Hills. This evening you enjoy dinner as you cruise the Nile and view the sights of Cairo by Night.
Day 4 Memphis, the Sphinx and the Great Pyramids at Giza
Your day begins with a visit to Memphis. One of the oldest cities on earth, legendary Memphis was the capitol of ancient Egypt during the Old Kingdom (2705-2155BC). You then visit Saqqara, the royal burial ground during the Old Kingdom. There are so many periods represented that Saqqara could almost be a book, in whose pages the story of Egyptian Civilization through the Pharonic, Greek and Roman periods is told. Your last visit is the reason many people visit Egypt. You will stand face to face with The Sphinx, the "sacred symbol of the union of the strongest physical with the highest intellectual power on earth" and stand in awe of the Pyramids. One of the seven wonders of the ancient world, King Cheops' pyramid was built in 2650BC and as Amelia Edwards said in 1877 "it is impossible to get tired of the Pyramids" Tonight a special dinner accompanbied by VIP seats for the sound and light show at the pyramids.
Day 5 Depart Cairo for Aswan and the M/S Eugenie
After breakfast, your guide will meet you and take you to Old Cairo to visit the magnificent Coptic church of St Sergius where Jesus and his family stayed after fleeing from Jerusalem you will then visit the Ben Ezra Synagogue the oldest in Egypt and the first and oldest mosque in Egypt.
After the visit you are transferred to the airport for the relatively brief flight to Aswan. Upon arrival you are transferred to the M/S Eugenie where lunch awaits. After lunch you take a trip to visit The Temple of Kalabsha, built by the Roman Emperor Augustus and dedicated to the Nubian version of the god Horus who was believed to be the protector and guider of souls through the underworld. You will then see Beit El Wali a temple built into the rock by Ramses II and dedicated to the god Amun-Re. Finally you view the Kiosk of Kertassi erected in honor of Isis. All of these have been saved thanks to UNESCO in the 1960's who realized that the building of the Aswan dam would create a large lake which would drown many historical edifices in the land that was known as Nubia at the time of the Pharaohs. Thanks to the effort of 62 nations, the buildings were moved to high ground but it was not until 1993 and the launch of the M/S Eugenie that these rescued artifacts were accessible to visitors.
Day 6 Cruising Lake Nasser and Crossing the Tropic of Cancer
In the morning you set sail for Wadi El Seboua and have a celebratory cocktail as you cross the Tropic of Cancer. After lunch you arrive at the Wadi which means Valley of the Lionesses. Named for the avenue of sphinxes which led to the rock temple built by Ramses II, it was originally dedicated to the god Amun but was later converted to a church. Your next visit will be to the Ptolemaic temple of Dakka built by Amenophis II this is followed by the Temple of Meharakka dedicated to Serapis in the late Ptolemaic period. After your explorations you return to the ship to toast the sunset and enjoy dinner.
Day 7 Kasr Ibrim and Abu Simbel
This morning you visit the temples of Amada and Derr and the tomb of Penout who was the viceroy of Nubia under Ramses VI. You will then view the citadel of Kasr Ibrim from the sundeck since entrance to the site is not permitted. This is the only monument on Lake Nasser that still exists in its original location. Before the creation of the lake this fort stood atop a high bluff overlooking the valley since the times of the Middle Kingdom. In later times it was used as both a church and a mosque. After lunch you will be visiting Abu Simbel, the most significant Nubian treasure to be saved. The large temple was erected by Ramses II. The façade is 90 feet high and 120 feet wide and guarded by four statues of Ramses, each of which is 60 feet high. North of this temple is the smaller one (but still impressive) temple built by Ramses to honor his wife Nefertari. We will return to the temple this evening for a sound and light show followed by a candlelit farewell dinner on board the ship.
Day 8 Abu Simbel to Aswan
After breakfast you head for the airport for the very brief flight to Aswan. Upon arrival you are met by your guide and taken to your hotel which is a resort located on an Island in the Nile. Aswan is a joining point between Egypt and ancient Nubia and Aswan was a significant trading post. You have a chance to enjoy the resort's facilities or to stroll the Corniche and watch the feluccas sailing on the Nile.
Day 9 Embarkation on M/S Oberoi Philae
This morning is at leisure. You will board your luxury cruise ship in time for lunch. After lunch you have the opportunity to board a native felucca (sailboat) and sail past Lord Kitchener's Gardens and the Aga Khan Mausoleum. This evening a cocktail reception and a la carte dinner welcomes you on board.
Day 10 Aswan High Dam, Temple of Isis and Kom Ombo
In the morning,your Egyptologist will escort you to the Aswan High Dam, Egypt's contemporary example of building on a monumental scale. You then take a motorboat ride to the Island of Agika where you visit the romantic and majestic Philae Temple. You visit the Granite Quarries which supplied the ancient Egyptians with most of the hard stone used in pyramids and temples. You will see an almost completely carved obelisk still connected to its granite home. You enjoy lunch on board as the boat makes its way to Kom Ombo.. There is time to take in the banks of the Nile from the boat's lounge or the sun deck. In the afternoon you will visit the Temple of Kom Ombo dedicated to the crocodile-god Sobek. The temple stands at a bend in the Nile where, in ancient times, sacred crocodiles basked in the sun on the riverbank.You enjoy afternoon tea on board as the boat makes its way to Edfu where you have dinner and overnight.
Day 11 Edfu, Essna and Luxor
This morning you will visit the Temple of Edfu. Built during the Ptolemaic period, this huge and exquisite edifice is devoted to Horus the Sun God. Part of the experience is to travel to the temple by horse-drawn carriage. Returning to the ship you enjoy a leisurely cruise down the Nile passing through the Essna Locks before arriving in Luxor where you overnight.
Day 12 The West Bank of the Nile
After breakfast you will depart to the West Bank of Luxor to explore the Valley of the Kings, a vast city of the Dead where maginificent tombs were carved into the desert rocks, decorated richly, and filled with treasures for the afterlife by generations of Pharohs. Despite modern day restrictions, we have arranged for you to have the opportunity to visit at least one tomb in the nearby Valley of the Queens.Your next visit will be a high point. Rising out of the desert plain in a series of terraces, the Temple of Queen Hatsheput, ancient Egypt's only female Pharaoh, merges with the sheer limstone cliffs that surround it, as if nature herself had built this extraordinary monument. On the way back to the boat you will stop to see the famed Colossi of Memnon.
Day 13 The Temples of Luxor and Karnak
Luxor, known in Pharonic times as Thebes, is divided by the Nile. To the east where the life-giving sun rises is the city of the living. To the west where the sun, in its never-ending orbit, bids farewell to life, is the city of the dead. After breakfast you disembark and are taken to visit the east bank to explore the Temple of Luxor built by Amenhotep III and Ramses II. You conclude your Luxor excursion with a visit to the temple of Karnak ,world famous for its history and architecture. After lunch you are driven to the airport for the flight to Cairo. You are met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. After a chance to freshen up you are taken to a rooftop restaurant for a farewell dinner with the lights of Cairo spread below you.
Day 14 Depart to USA
Your driver will pick you up one last time for your trip to the airport and your return flight to the US. You arrive back the same day.
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Tour Location / Places Visiteds
Cairo, Lake Nasser, Aswan, Nile Cruise
Additional Pricing Information
- All air transportation as part of the program offered including private and charter aircraft. (On those programs requiring private aircraft flights, you will be limited to 33lbs of luggage which can be stored in the safari luggage which we provide to you. Additional luggage will be stored for you for the rest of your trip. In the private camps, daily laundry is available (and, in most cases included).
- Luxury rail travel as indicated
- Superior Rooms at the properties indicated in the accommodations area (We reserve the right to substitute a property of equal quality in advance of departure should the designated hotel be unavailable)
- On Safari, only private camps are used and include all meals and all game viewing in most camps, house beer, wine, spirits and soft drinks (indicated on itinerary)
- Private Transfers to and from the airport at destination
- All meals as indicated on the itinerary by B=Breakfast, L=Lunch and D=Dinner
- Private guides for city explorations and private driver/guide while traveling.
- Baggage handling at all hotels and camps
- All applicable taxes and service fees
Services Not Included
- International airfare (round-trip from hometown departure gateway to destination)
- Beverages with included meals (unless otherwise indicated on itinerary page)
- Any meals not indicated on the Itinerary page
- Items of a personal nature e.g. minibar, film, postcards etc.
- Gratuities to Guides and Driver/Guides (we provide suggested guidelines for your selected destination in your pre-departure material)
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