Bask in the timeless majesty of ancient Egypt on an immersive journey through the land of the pharaohs, exploring its quintessential archaeological treasures with an expert tour guide, and cruise for four nights along the Nile aboard a Nile cruise.
Live tour guide
Day 1: Saturday 16 Jan.2021 Arrive Cairo
Arrive in Cairo, 11 am. here you are met by your Journey to Egypt representative (before the immigration counters, holding a sign with your name) and transferred to your hotel in Cairo. Meals: No meal.
Day 2: Sunday 17 Jan. Egyptian Museum | Pyramids & Sphinx
This morning, join your expert tour guide for an exploration of the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities (Approx 2 hours) to view its huge collection of ancient Egyptian artifact. Then, roam the Giza Plateau (Approx one hour& half), site of the pyramids of Mycerinus and Chephren 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. Ride a camel across the sands of Giza, and then view the Great Sphinx backdropped by the pyramids, a setting that has captured the imaginations of adventurers for centuries. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.
Day 3: Monday 18 Jan. Luxor | Karnak& Luxor temples | Embark Nile Cruise
Fly to Luxor, site of the ancient city of Thebes. Begin your full day of exploring by visiting the Temple of Karnak (Approx one hour& half), where generations of pharaohs wished to record their names. Walk through the Great Hypostyle Hall, strolling among its expertly aligned columns, which soar to 80 feet high. Then, visit the striking Temple of Luxor (Approx one hour). View the three large statues of Ramses II along the front of the temple pylons; the Courtyard of Ramses II; and the Colonnade of Amenhotep III, with its 50-foot-high columns. Walk in their shadows as visitors have done since antiquity and ponder the astonishing feats of engineering it took to create them. Later, step aboard river cruiser for the warmth and attentiveness of its service staff. Enjoy lunch on board. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Day 4: Tuesday 19 Jan. Valley of the Kings | Cruising the Nile
Journey to explore the west bank of the Nile river and the Necropolis of Thebes, and view the Colossi of Memnon. Next, arrive at the architecturally stunning Temple of Hatshepsut (Approx one hour), ancient Egypt’s first female pharaoh and regarded today as one of its most successful. Continue to the Valley of the Kings (Approx one hour& half), 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. Enter the tomb of Tutankhamun- found in 1922 by British archaeologist and Egyptologist Howard Carter-to discover the secrets of this storied chamber. This afternoon, cruise to EDfu. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Day 5: Wednesday 20 Jan. Edfu & Kom Ombo Temples
Today, view the Temple of Horus (Approx one hour& half), falcon-headed god of the sky. Built in 230 BC by Ptolemy III, this amazingly well-preserved and colorful structure reveals what temple worship in ancient Egypt was like. Back on board, cruise to Kom Ombo. Later, Disembark at Kom Ombo (Approx one hour) (hill of gold) to visit the Greco- Roman temple dedicated to Haroeris (the sun god) and Sobek (the crocodile god), whom some ancient Egyptians considered the creator of the world. View the mummified remains of several crocodiles that once basked along the ancient Nile shore, just as their descendants do today. Cruise to Aswan .Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Day 6: Thursday 21 Jan. Aswan | Majestic Philae
This morning,, ride a motorized boat to Philae Temple (Approx one hour& half) 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 (Approx 15 min) was constructed. Proceed to the granite quarries and site of the Unfinished Obelisk (Approx 30 min). 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 refreshing Scenic Sundowner. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Day 7: Friday 22 Jan. Optional Abu Simbel | Return to Cairo
Today, bid farewell to Your Nile cruise. Return to Cairo for an afternoon at leisure. Optional, Abu Simbel and discover the commanding twin temples of Ramses II and his wife, Queen Nefertari. The former’s façade is dominated by four 70-foot-tall statues of the pharaoh. Perhaps even more impressive, this entire site was disassembled and moved here to save it from the floodwaters caused by the Aswan High Dam. Meals: Breakfast.
Day 8: Saturday 23 Jan. Free day in Cairo
breakfast, Free day in Cairo. Meals: Breakfast.
Day 9: Sunday 24 Jan. Depart Cairo
After breakfast, transfer to the airport and depart. Meals: Breakfast.
Category: 5 Star Hotel, 5 Star Nile Cruise
Cairo: Steigenberger Pyramids Cairo.
Cruise line: Princess Sarah II, Or Zeina Nile Cruise.
Price quotes are in US dollars per person$1850 SOLO TRAVEL.