Egypt & the Nile on a Luxury Nile Cruise | 10 Days

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Egypt & the Nile on a Luxury Nile Cruise | 10 Days

Cruise the Nile River for four nights on a Luxury Nile Cruise, explore an ancient pyramid from the inside out, gain exclusive access to the tombs of the Pharaohs , sail the Nile in a felucca and view Cairo’s treasures.


Tour Advantages

Sail on a four-night Nile River cruise on a Luxury Nile Cruise.

Stay at the Marriott Mena House Hotel, or Le Meridien Pyramids Hotel &Spa with views of the pyramids.

Explore one of Egypt’s legendary pyramids from the inside out.

Ride like a Local on camel back and sail the Nile in a felucca (sailboat).

Gain entry the tomb of “the boy king,” Tutankhamun in the Valley of the Kings.

Learn to bake bread and try your hand at pottery making and the art of henna painting.

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DAY 1 ARRIVE CAIRO, EGYPT

Arrive in Cairo where you are met by your JOURNEY TO EGYPT representative and transferred to your hotel with fantastic views of the pyramids.

DAY 2 CAIRO | ANCIENT TREASURES

This morning, visit the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities (or the Grand Egyptian Museum, upon its opening), home to the largest collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts, including treasures from Tutankhamun and items dating to 4000 BC. During your visit, view its famed Mummy Room, featuring the remains of ancient Egypt’s pharaohs and nobility, including Ramses II, one of Egypt’s most powerful pharaohs. After lunch at a local restaurant, enjoy your afternoon at leisure. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.

DAY 3 GIZA | THE PYRAMIDS & SPHINX

Explore the Giza Plateau, site of the pyramids of Mycerinus and Chefren as well as the Great Pyramid. Built in the Fourth Dynasty (approximately 2690 BC), it is the only survivor of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Revel in the opportunity to enter the interior of one of these legendary pyramids. Ride Like a Local on camel back, then visit the Solar Boat Museum — site of Cheops’ funerary boat — and the Great Sphinx. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.

DAY 4 LUXOR | TEMPLE OF KARNAK

Fly to Luxor, site of the ancient city of Thebes. Begin your day of exploring here visiting Temple of Karnak, where generations of pharaohs wished to record their names. Walk through the Great Hypostyle Hall; its expertly aligned columns, the largest of which is 80 feet high with a 33-foot circumference, are a sight to behold. Then a journey to the striking Temple of Luxor, Behold the three large statues of Ramses II along the front of the temple pylons; the Courtyard of Ramses II behind the East Tower; and the Colonnade of Amenhotep III, with its 14 papyrus-headed columns, some fully 50 feet in height. Later, step aboard ‘Luxury Nile Cruise,’ where you enjoy lunch. ‘MS Mayfair Nile Cruise Or Mövenpick MS Hamees’ Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

DAY 5 VALLEY OF THE KINGS|  CRUISING THE NILE

Explore the west bank of the Nile and the Necropolis of Thebes, and enjoy a photo stop at the Colossi of Memnon. Next, stop at the lovely Temple of Hatshepsut, ancient Egypt’s first female pharaoh and regarded today as one of its most successful. Continue to the Valley of the Kings, burial ground of the pharaohs and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. For a period of 500 years beginning in the 16th century BC, tombs were built along this valley for pharaohs and nobles, including that of “the boy king,” Tutankhamun. Found in 1922 by British archaeologist and Egyptologist Howard Carter, the tomb of Tutankhamun is yours to discover, as you set foot inside its 35-century-old walls. This afternoon, sail to Edfu and overnight. ‘Luxury Nile Cruise’’ Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

DAY 6 CRUISING THE NILE | EDFU TO KOM OMBO

Visit the Temple of Horus, falcon-headed god of the sky. Built in 230 BC by Ptolemy III and once buried in sand and debris, this stunningly well-preserved and colorful structure reveals what temple worship in ancient Egypt was like. Join your chef back on board for a local cooking lesson. Later, disembark at Kom Ombo (hill of gold) to visit the Greco-Roman temple dedicated to Haroeris (the sun god) and Sobek (the crocodile god), who was considered by some ancient Egyptians to be the creator of the world. While there, view the mummified remains of several crocodiles that once basked along the ancient Nile shore, just as their descendants do today. ‘Luxury Nile Cruise’ Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

DAY 7 ASWAN | MAJESTIC PHILAE

Visit Aswan and ride a motorized boat to Philae Temple on the island of Agilika. This sacred complex was dedicated to the goddess Isis and reflects a fusion of three great civilizations — Egyptian, Greek and Roman. The temple was dismantled, and then painstakingly reassembled when the Aswan High Dam was constructed. Built in the 1960s, the dam spans the Nile River, more than two miles across and incorporating 16 times the amount of material that went into the Great Pyramid at Giza. It provides irrigation and hydroelectric power to much of Egypt, and the reservoir that formed behind it, Lake Nasser, is 340 miles long. Proceed to the impressive granite quarries and site of the Unfinished Obelisk. Illustrating the skills of Egypt’s stonemasons, this monolith is one-third taller than any other ancient Egyptian obelisk. Later, Ride Like a Local around the Aswan islands in a felucca, while enjoying a Scenic Sundowner, weather permitting. ‘Luxury Nile Cruise’ Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

DAY 8 OPTIONAL ABU SIMBEL | ASWAN TO CAIRO

Today, bid farewell to ‘Nile Cruise,’ early morning OPTIONAL TRIP TO ABU SIMBEL by car {3 hrs each way by road, pre-bookable $110 Per Person} Discover the commanding twin temples of Ramses II and his wife, Queen Nefertari. The former’s façade is dominated by four statues of the pharaoh, each nearly 70 feet tall. Perhaps even more impressive, this entire site was disassembled and moved here to save it from the floodwaters caused by the Aswan High Dam. Later, transfer to the Aswan airport and fly to Cairo via Aswan. Check in to your hotel and spend the remainder of the day at leisure. Meals: Breakfast.

DAY 9 CAIRO | DESIGN YOUR DAY

After Breakfast, enjoy one of these Design Your Day activities:


Discover Coptic Cairo, visiting a church where the Holy Family stayed, as well as ancient Ben Ezra Synagogue.

Tour Islamic Cairo, including a walk in Moaz Street, and the Khan el-Khalili Bazaar.

Relax Aboard a Felucca, viewing Cairo from a different perspective as you sail the Nile River’s waters.
Meals: Breakfast.

DAY 10 DEPART CAIRO

After breakfast, transfer to the airport and depart. Meals: Breakfast.

CUSTOMIZE THIS JOURNEY

If you would like to customize this itinerary and create a Tailor Made Journey just for you and your companions, click here to inquire, or speak to your travel professional.

Highlights

INCLUDED WITH EVERY LUXURY JOURNEY

English-Speaking Tour Director and Local Guides.

Hand-Selected Luxury Accommodations.

Airport Meet and Greet with Private Transfers.

Travelling Bell Boy Luggage Handling.

Breakfast in Bed on Select Days.

Full Breakfast Daily; Select Lunches and Dinners.

New! Your Choice of Activity on Design Your Day.

Internet Access.

Entrance Fees.

24/7 Call Support.

Taxes and All Gratuities Except Resident Tour Director& Cruise Crew.

EXCLUDED

International Airfare.

Entry visa to Egypt.

Any optional tours.

Tipping (Gratuities for your tour guides and cruise crew)

DATES & PRICES

$2900 {Prices are in USD, per person, based on double occupancy}

Single supplement

$820
 

Prices are quoted in USD, per person, Per Trip, except during Christmas, New Year & Easter holidays {Christmas date 15 Dec To 7 Jan & Easter date 30 March To 20 April, The Rate will be 50% extra}

DATES

2020 Jan 17, 24, 31,Feb 07, 14, 21, 28; Mar 06, 13, 20, 27 May 08, 15, 22, 29; June 05, 12, 19, 26; Jule 03, 10, 17, 24, 31; Aug 07, 14, 21, 28; Sep 04, 11, 18, 25.

Deposit & Cancellation

Payment Schedule Deposit Per Person at Time of Booking: $1,000 (full-payment if within 90 days of departure)

Final Payment Due: 90 days prior to departure

Cancellation Fees Per Person

91 days prior to departure or more: $500

90-61 days prior to departure: 20% of program price

60-31 days prior to departure: 50% of program price

30 days prior to departure or less: 100% of the program price

Cancellations must be received in writing. Additional terms and fees apply to Internal Air, Extra Services and Partial Room cancellations.