Day 1 - Thursday, October 21, 2021 Overnight Flight
Step back in time and explore thousands of years of history, legend, and lore as you walk amongst Egypt’s timeless wonders.
Day 2 - Cairo, Egypt - Tour Begins
Begin your journey in Cairo, an ancient city with an intriguing past.
Day 3 - Cairo - Grand Egyptian Museum - Cairo
Get an intriguing glimpse into ancient Egypt’s Pharaohs, power struggles, and dynasties before exploring the remarkable collections of the Grand Egyptian Museum*. See the statues, reliefs, sarcophagi, and treasures from the tomb of Tutankhamun. This evening, gather for a welcome dinner overlooking the banks of the Nile. (B/D)
*Grand Egyptian Museum is projected to open in early 2020. If opening is delayed, groups will visit the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities
Day 4 - Cairo - Optional Excursion
The day is yours to experience the energy of Cairo’s buzzing streets. Wander a maze of stalls at the market, relax at a local café, or maybe even spend time in one of the city’s many museums. Perhaps you will join a full-day exploration of Alexandria, Egypt’s second-largest city; you’ll discover the city’s Hellenic roots and Greco-Roman architecture, set in unique harmony with ultramodern facades like the Bibliotheca Alexandrina. Or, you may choose to join a local guide for a tour of Sakkara and Djoser’s Step Pyramid. (B)
Day 5 - Cairo - Luxor - Karnak Temple - Board Cruise Ship
Early this morning, fly to Luxor, site of Ancient Thebes (UNESCO) and home to the expansive Karnak Temple. Wander through this 4,000-year-old complex of pylons and obelisks, often of near-mythic proportions. This afternoon, board your cruise ship for a leisurely voyage on the Nile River. Relax aboard, taking in the views from the sundeck or perhaps joining an informative talk covering Egypt from past to present. Tonight, you might opt to join an evening visit to Luxor temple, all lit up and boasting fascinating plays of light and shadow, ending your evening at a local café for a taste of mint tea. (B/L/D)
Day 6 - Luxor - Valley of the Kings - Luxor - Esna - Edfu
Start the morning by venturing thousands of years into the past. Cross over to the West Bank of the Nile for a day in ancient Thebes. Explore the Valley of the Kings, including the world-renowned tombs of Tutankhamun and Ramses VI. Visit the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut as well as the Colossi of Memnon before returning to the ship for lunch. Relax as you continue down the Nile towards Esna on your way to Edfu. Join a culinary demonstration and learn about the staples of Egyptian cuisine from your chef. This evening, dress up and join the fun during a traditional galabeya party. (B/L/D)
Day 7 - Edfu - Kom Ombo - Aswan
Step into another world at the well-preserved Temple of Horus at Edfu. Peruse the endless carvings of scenes depicting the power and grandeur of the pharaohs. After lunch, set sail for Kom Ombo and continue to Aswan, the Nubian City. Following dinner, enjoy a folklore show featuring a belly dancing performance. (B/L/D)
Day 8 - Aswan
Learn about Aswan’s ancient trade of granite extraction and carving techniques during a visit to an unfinished obelisk. Board a felucca (wooden sailboat) and sail to the lush oasis of Kitchener Island where you embark on a short stroll through the botanical gardens. The afternoon is yours. (B/L/D)
Day 9 - Aswan - Disembark Cruise Ship - Philae Temple
Disembark the ship this morning in Aswan. Consider an optional tour to Abu Simbel** and see the extraordinary temples of Ramses II relocated here during the construction of the High Dam. At dusk, board a motorboat to discover the Philae Temple (UNESCO), an architectural wonder. As the stars dance in the sky, gaze in awe at the temple during a Sound and Light Show. (B/D)
**Due to flight schedules, the Abu Simbel option must be purchased at time of booking
Day 10 - Aswan - Cairo - Khan el-Khalili Bazaar
Early this morning, return to Cairo. Walk along el-Moez Street, admiring the elegant Islamic architecture of Historic Cairo (UNESCO). Enjoy some free time to shop in the world-famous souk of Khan el Khalili. Peruse colorful trinkets, hand-painted crafts, polished pendants, and more. (B)
Day 11 - Cairo - Giza - Cairo
Fulfill a lifelong dream and head to nearby Giza (UNESCO). Embark on an in-depth visit to the Pyramids of Giza, one of the 7 ancient wonders of the world. Marvel at the iconic Great Sphinx, one of the world’s oldest and largest monuments. Then, it’s your choice! Visit the Solar Boat Museum, which contains a large vessel built for a pharaoh to use as transportation into the afterlife -OR- channel your inner explorer and venture inside the largest Pyramid of Giza via the Robber’s Tunnel, winding through the inner chamber***. Join your fellow travelers this evening for a farewell dinner. (B/D)
***Visiting the Great Pyramid of Pharaoh Cheops in Giza requires agility as you will have to climb up steep, narrow steps (approximately 1-1 ½ feet tall) on the side of the Pyramid without the help of handrails
Day 12 -Cairo - Tour Ends
Your epic adventure ends today. Return home with a new understanding of this mystical land. (B)
A nonrefundable deposit of $2,550.00 per person is due at the time of booking. A Trip Cancellation Waiver of $399.00 per person (nonrefundable) is available and must be purchased at time of deposit.
Hotels (subject to change):
Cairo - Kempinski Nile Garden City - 3 nights
Cairo - Movenpick Royal Lily - 4 nights
Aswan - Movenpick Resort - 1 night
Cairo - International CityStars - 2 nights
May 17, 2021
$2,550.00 per person is nonrefundable. Cancel on or after May 17, 2021, and the entire tour is nonrefundable. With Trip Cancellation Waiver purchase (at time of deposit) you may cancel for any reason prior to the day of departure and receive a full refund less cost of waiver ($399.00 per person).
Please ask your Travel Agent about travel insurance to protect your investment.
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