Classical Egypt & Nile Cruise - 08 Days

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Follow the ancient Nile down through Egypt to sail to some of the ancient world's most dramatic structures. Spots such as Valley of the Kings, Luxor, and Karnak evoke the complex structures of ancient Egyptian life and architecture, while a city tour of Cairo and trip to the Aswan Dam will help bring you into Egypt's present.

Highlights

  • Stand in the shadows of the Pyramids.
  • See the temples of Karnak and Luxor.
  • Stroll through the Valley of the Kings.
  • Sail down the ancient Nile.

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Day 1: Arrive in Cairo

Welcome to Egypt! You'll meet your travel representative at Cairo International airport and escort you to your hotel by an air-conditioned vehicle. After check-in, you will be free to relax for the evening before starting your tour the next day.

Day 2: Pyramids & the Egyptian Museum

Start with a classic as you visit the Great Pyramids of Giza, individually known as the pyramids of Cheops, Khafre, and Menkaure. These wonders of the ancient world are one of the first images that come to mind when you think of Egypt, and you'll experience them for yourself, along with the enigmatic Sphinx.

You'll also visit the Egyptian Museum, the richest museum of Egyptian antiquities in the world. See pharaonic treasures more than 5,000 years old, including colossal statues of Ramses II and gold and alabaster trappings and rare jewelry from the tomb of Tutankhamun.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.

Day 3: Cairo to Luxor

Transfer to Cairo Airport to fly to Luxor, where you'll meet your guide and travel to the Temple of Luxor. This temple on the Nile's eastern bank was dedicated to the worship of the god Amun, and where the ancient pharaohs may have been crowned.

Continue to Karnak, a vast complex that contains temples, chapels, pylons, and other buildings and one of the main places of Egyptian worship during the 18th dynasty. This expansive site is one of Egypt's most-visited attractions, partially due to the length of time that the architecture covers. Nearly 30 pharaohs contributed to the construction and development of the complex, giving today's visitors a survey of Egyptian deities and construction styles.

After you've finished your explorations, board the cruise boat that will be your lodging for the next few nights.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

Day 4: Luxor to Edfu

After breakfast on board, transfer overland to visit the classic attractions at the Valley of the Kings. This ancient valley on the Nile's west bank was the burial ground of pharaohs and nobles from the 16th through 11th century BCE, including the famous tomb of Tutankhamun (extra ticket).

You'll then visit the nearby multi-story Temple of Hatshepsut (also known as the Djeser-Djeseru, "holiest of holies"), the burial site of the second historically confirmed female pharaoh. Make one more stop to see the Colossi of Memnon, two 60-foot (18 m) statues of Pharaoh Amenhotep III.

Get back on board and sail to Edfu as you enjoy lunch and afternoon tea on the sundeck, including a trip through the Esna Lock. End the night with dinner and a chance to try traditional Egyptian clothing onboard as you dock overnight in Edfu.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

Day 5: Edfu to Aswan

In the morning you'll go ashore after breakfast to travel to the Temple of Horus. The temple to the falcon god was once covered by silt during the flooding of the Nile, but it has since been restored to sit as one of the most beautiful and best-preserved temples of the Ptolemaic era.

Sail to Kom Ombo next, where you'll disembark once more to visit the double temples of Sobek and Haroeris, known for their distinctive symmetrical structure. Though devoted to two separate deities, the temples share one complex and are perfectly balanced along their central axis. Then get back on board to sail to Aswan, where you'll anchor for the night.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

Day 6: Aswan & Nile Sail

Today's land attraction is more modern, as you'll visit the Aswan High Dam, one of the largest in the world. Then go back to the past with a trip to the Temple of Philae, dedicated to the goddess Isis and seated on an island within the reservoir of the Aswan Low Dam.

You'll return to the boat in the afternoon, where you'll spend time on river adventures as you ride smaller felucca sailboats down the Nile. Pass the oxymoronically petite Elephantine Island (which may have earned its name due to its resemblance to an elephant tusk shape, or the shape of the rocks on the shore) and the recently built Agha Khan mausoleum.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.

Day 7: Aswan to Cairo

Head to the Aswan airport after breakfast to take a flight back to Cairo. A travel representative will meet you at the airport, enjoy your final night in Cairo at your leisure.

Meals: Breakfast.

Day 8: Depart Cairo

Enjoy one more Egyptian breakfast before your transfer to the airport.

Meals: Breakfast.
Hotels and Boats

Category: 5*Hotel, 5* Nile Cruise

Cairo: Le Meridien Pyramids, Steigenberger Pyramids Cairo or similar.

Cruise line: Princess Sarah, Princess Sarah II, Zeina Nile Cruise, Radamis II Nile Cruise or similar.

Price

$1880 Per Single Person in Single Occupancy.

$1600 Per Person in Double Occupancy.
 

Children Policy

Children from 0 to 6 Years $250.
Child from 6 to 11 years old Pay 50% of the adult rate sharing parent's room.

Aspectos importantes

INCLUDED

  • Meet and greet service by our representatives at airports.
  • Entry Visa for Egypt provided upon arrival Cairo Airport.
  • Accommodation for 3 nights in Cairo including daily breakfast.
  • Accommodation for 4 nights on 5 star cruise on full board basis.
  • Domestic flight Cairo/Luxor – Aswan/Cairo.
  • All sightseeing tours mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Entrance fees to all sites as indicated on the itinerary.
  • Local expert tour guides.

EXCLUDED

  • International Airfare.
  • Any optional tours.
  • Beverages.
  • Tipping Kitty.

Ruta

  1. Cairo
  2. Luxor
  3. Edfu
  4. Kom Umbu
  5. Aswan
  6. Cairo