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.
Day 1: Arrive Cairo, EgyptArrive in Cairo where you are met by your JOURNEY TO EGYPT representative and transferred to your hotel in Cairo. No Meal.
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 2: Cairo | Anceint Treasures
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, and the Great Sphinx. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.
Day 3: Giza | The Pyramids & Sphinx
Day 4: Luxor | Temples of Luxor
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
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 6: Cruising the Nile | Edfu to Kom Ombo
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 Temple | Aswan to Cairo
After Breakfast, enjoy one of these Design Your Day activities:
Day 9: Design your day [Optional, Not Included]
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.
Day 10: Depart Cairo
$2900 (Prices are in USD, per person, based on double occupancy)
$820 Single supplement
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)
Payment Schedule Deposit Per Person at Time of Booking: $1,000. The Remaining Balance To Be Paid On Arrival Cash Or by Credit Card.