- Discovering the Valley of the Kings and Luxor with your own private Egyptologist
- Viewing the nighttime Cairo skyline while enjoying a dinner cruise on the Nile
- Spending time at Siwa Oasis once visited by Alexander the Great
- Enjoying the sea view from your room at the Ritz-Carlton in Sharm El Sheikh
Day 1 Depart USA
This evening you depart on your overnight Business Class flight to Cairo and the beginning of your exploration of Egypt.
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 Discovering the Three Cities of 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 The Treasured Antiquities of Luxor
An early morning departure from the hotel to the airport for the short flight to Luxor. Originally called Thebes: or the "one-hundred gated city" as it was later called by the renowned Greek historian, Homer, because of its buildings and large gates. And the Arabs, impressed by its beautiful palaces re-named it Luxor: City of Palaces. Luxor is divided by the Nile. In the East is city of the Living, where the life-giving sun rises; and in the west is the City of the Dead, where the sun, in its never-ending orbit, bids farewell to life. You will start your exploration on the west side of the Nile where you will visit The Colossi of Memnon, two statues, 60 feet high, the only remains of a temple commemorating Amenhotep III. You will then visit the Tombs of the Valleys of the Kings and Queens carved into the rock face to safeguard them against grave robbers (unsuccessfully) they include the tombs of Nefertari, wife of Ramses II, Seti I, Ramses III and Amenhotep II. After lunch you 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. You return to the airport for the return to Cairo.
Day 5 The Sphinx and The Great Pyramids
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 are 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" You return to your hotel to relax and freshen up before heading to Cairo for a true taste of Egyptian cuisine.
Day 6 From Cairo to Alexandria
After breakfast, your guide will have the car ready to head north to Alexandria on the Red Sea.
Alexandria has an atmosphere that is more Mediterranean than Middle Eastern; its ambience and cultural heritage distance it from the rest of the country. Founded by Alexander the Great in 331BC, Alexandria became the capital of Greco-Roman Egypt, its status as a beacon of culture symbolized by its famous library and the setting for the stormy relationship between Cleopatra and Mark Anthony.Today you will visit Pompey's pillar, the catacombs of Kom al-Shgafa and the modern incarnation of the Library of Alexandria, once again a center of culture.
Day 7 Drive to Siwa Oasis
Today you depart Alexandria for a destination rarely visited by tourists in modern times. In the ancient past, Alexander the Great came to visit the Oracle of Zeus Amon in 331 BC to get advice before taking over Egypt. For centuries thereafter it was a Berber community and, in fact the locals' still speak a Berber language called Siwi. Your hotel is also unique since it is an eco-lodge with luxury touches. With no electricity you dine by torches and oil lamps but with Limoges China and white tablecloths.
Day 8 Exploring Siwa and the Great Sand Sea
You will spend the day exploring in and around Siwa which lies on the edge of the Great Sand Sea some 60 feet below sea level. The area is famous for its dates and olives supported by over 1,000 springs. The dates are gathered by zaggala (stick bearers) who, for some obscure reason, must remain celibate until the age of 40. In the morning you will take an exciting 4X4 trip into the Siwan desert before returning to the hotel to cool off in a spring fed Roman Pool.
Day 9 From the Oasis to the Sea
After a leisurely breakfast and one last chance to enjoy the oasis, your car will be ready to return you to Alexandria stopping for lunch along the way. Upon arrival at the hotel, you have the opportunity to relax or enjoy the sea views from the outdoor pool deck before dinner.
Day 10 Alexandria to Sharm El Sheikh
This morning, your guide will be waiting with your car to return you to Cairo where you board a flight to Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt's ultra chic resort on the Sinai peninsula. Upon arrival you are met and taken to the Ritz Carlton where lunch is waiting. You have a chance to explore the resort area on your own, take a swim in the ocean or lie by the pool.
Day 11 Relaxation on the Red Sea
The whole day is set aside for relaxation. Whether that is shopping in the many boutiques, soaking in the sun by the pool or swimming in the ocean, it will allow you the opportunity to reflect on all you have experienced over the past few days.
Day 12 St.Catherine’s Monastery, Mt Sinai and the Ten Commandments
Today you will step back in history by visiting one of Egypt's most fascinating sites, St. Catherine's Monastery. Built in the 6th Century it was created as a fortress and guarded by knights and nestled deep in the Sinai mountain range. It comprises a number of churches and a magnificent library. It was built here because it was in this area that Moses saw the burning bush and from where he received the Ten Commandments. A spectacular climb to the top of Mount Sinai will allow you to retrace the steps of Moses. After this historic visit, you return to the hotel and enjoy a farewell dinner.
Day 13 Return to USA
This morning you are taken to the airport for your flight to Cairo, connecting with your reurn flight to the US. You arrive back later that same day.
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Tour Location / Places Visiteds
Cairo, Alexandria, Siwa, Sharm El Sheikh
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)
- Any passport or visa fees or government departure taxes (It is the traveler’s responsibility to secure the latest information regarding passports and visa requirements)
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