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Itinerary

Countries Visited

Egypt

Cities Visited

Abu Simbel, Alexandria, Cairo, Edfu, Kom Ombo

Tour Itinerary

Join Aboard The Oberoi Zahra
With only 27 luxury staterooms and suites, the Oberoi Zahra enjoys private docking facilities on the Nile so you can step off for sightseeing easily and comfortably - away from other ships and their clusters of passengers.

Skilled chefs prepare fine international cuisine that’s attentively served in the casually elegant restaurant. Back in your spacious stateroom, you’ll enjoy panoramic views, 32” LCD television with CD/DVD player and high-speed WiFi. From your lavish en suite bath, you’ll have Nile views from your exquisitely tiled, glass paneled rain shower.

Day 1 - Day 1 - Welcome to Cairo, Egypt

Upon arrival, you’ll be warmly greeted by General Tours staff and assisted with immigration formalities – from obtaining your visa through baggage claim and customs. Then we’ll take you to the luxury Kempinski Nile Hotel where a Nile-view room awaits.
 

Day 2 - Day 2 - Between the Paws of the Sphinx

Today’s foray into antiquity begins with the Great Pyramids of Giza .  These are certainly the most iconic of Egypt’s ancient landmarks, and although you’ve seen them many times before in films and photographs, they never fail to inspire in person. We’ve also made special arrangements for a private field talk in an area that is usually off limits to visitors. Directly under the watchful gaze of the Sphinx between his massive paws, we’ll be joined by Dr. Ashraf Mohie El-Din. Drawing upon his professional experience mapping excavations on the Giza Plateau, he is a wonderful speaker that will enrich your first day of exploration. (If you are on a Private Tour with just your traveling party, this exclusive Between The Paws field talk will be conducted by General Tours own A+R Egyptologist, rather than Dr. El-Din.)
 
You’ll also see the 4,600-year-old Solar Boat of King Cheops and ride a camel across the desert; this may strike you as a bit touristy now, but General Tours guarantee you’ll never forget this experience. After lunch at the landmark Mena House, you’ll continue to Memphis , site of Egypt’s ancient capital, to see the Colossus of Ramses II and the beautiful Alabaster Sphinx. At nearby Sakkara, you’ll gaze in wonder upon the remarkable Step Pyramid of King Zoser. You’ll also be among the first to behold the vibrant drawings and inscriptions in the 4,000-year-old Tomb of Mehu – recently opened to visitors for the first time in 80 years. This evening, you’ll dine along the Nile. Meals B+L+D

Note: When the new Grand Egyptian Museum opens, General Tours sightseeing itinerary will also include a guided tour of this state-of-the-art facility overlooking the Great Pyramids.

Day 3 - Day 3 - Old Cairo

With General Tours expert Egyptologist, your tour of Old Cairo includes fine views from the Citadel, a medieval fortification set on a hill. Here you’ll also admire the impressive Muhammad Ali Mosque, built in the mid 1800’s. After lunch at the 5-star InterContinental Hotel, you’ll visit the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities; with insight from General Tours wonderful Egyptologist, it’s the perfect introduction to the ancient sites you’ll explore along the Nile. End your touring in the lively Khan El Khalili bazaar - where gold, jewelry, exotic spices and rugs have been traded for centuries. Today it’s a great place to browse for gifts and mementoes. Meals B+L+D
 

Day 4 - Day 4 - Travel to Alexandria

After breakfast and check-out, we’ll leave Cairo behind us for General Tours morning’s journey to the ancient port of Alexandria. Enjoy lunch on arrival and then begin your guided exploration here in the fabled city of Cleopatra and Alexander the Great.
 
The Royal Library of Alexandria was one of the greatest institutions of the ancient world, drawing learned people from throughout the Mediterranean and beyond from its construction in the 3rd century BCE until its destruction centuries later. Today, the Bibliotheca Alexandrina stands as a marvel of the modern world. Shaped like a giant discus embedded in the ground, its granite facades are carved with letters, pictograms, characters and hieroglyphs from more than 120 different scripts. Inside, its main reading room can hold 8 million books and accommodate 2,500 people under its distinctive sloping roof. After General Tours guided tour through this striking landmark, check in to the luxurious Four Seasons Hotel. Settle in to your elegant Mediterranean-View Room where you’ll have time to refresh before for dinner.  Meals B+L+D
 

Day 5 - Day 5 - Exploring Alexandria

Founded in 331 BCE by Alexander the Great, this legendary port city has much to see that bears witness to its ancient glory. With General Tours engaging guide, your touring begins with the Catacombs of Kom El Shoqafa. Just discovered in 1900, this vast complex of rock-cut tombs was used for nearly 200 years starting in the 2nd century AD. With ornamented columns, labyrinthine passages, funeral halls and relief carvings in a variety of styles, the Catacombs are a vivid illustration of Alexandria’s unique blend of Egyptian, Greek and Roman traditions. At Pompey’s Pillar, you’ll discover an impressive monolithic column that was erected in 300 AD to honor the Roman Emperor Diocletian.
 
Outside of town, explore the lovely Montazah Palace and Royal Gardens. Set on nearly 150 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds along the Mediterranean, you’ll discover two striking palaces. Built as a hunting lodge in 1892 by the last ruler of the Mohammad Ali Dynasty, the Salamlek Palace has been restored on several occasions and served as a presidential residence. On the same grounds, the newer Al-Haramlik Palace is distinguished by its fanciful blend of Moorish, Turkish and Florentine architectural elements. Before returning to your luxury hotel, you’ll also visit the ancient Roman Amphitheater.  Meals B+L+D
 

Day 6 - Day 6 - Back to Cairo

After breakfast, you’ll make the return journey to Cairo, arriving in time for lunch at Andrea. Then continue to the Waldorf Astoria Heliopolis Towers for check-in where you’ll have time to relax and refresh before dining tonight here at General Tours luxury hotel. The Waldorf Astoria’s convenient location close to the Cairo airport is ideal for your morning flight tomorrow to Luxor.  Meals B+L+D

Day 7 - Day 7 - Embark the Oberoi Zahra

After breakfast, we’ll take you to the airport for your included flight to Luxor where the luxurious and intimate Oberoi Zahra awaits. Settle in to your spacious light-filled stateroom or suite and then gather with your fellow passengers for lunch.
 
In mid-afternoon, go ashore to visit two of Egypt’s most celebrated sites of antiquity, beginning with the great Karnak Temple . With General Tours skilled Egyptologist leading the way, you’ll stand before its massive pillars and admire the grand Hypostyle Hall; encompassing more than 50,000 square feet, this is the largest hall of any temple in the world. Continue to the nearby Luxor Temple , built in the 14th century BC and connected to the Karnak complex by the nearly 2-mile long Avenue of Sphinxes. The temple walls of Luxor are embellished with skillful carvings of the Gods of Karnak accompanied by a festival procession of priests, musicians, dancers and sacred cows. With keen insight from General Tours Egyptologist, today’s sightseeing offers a fascinating look into the culture and beliefs of ancient Egypt. Return to ship for Tea in the Lounge, and time to refresh before this evening’s welcome cocktail reception and dinner.  Meals B+L+D
 

Day 8 - Day 8 - Explore the Valley of Kings

The Oberoi Zahra enjoys private docking facilities along the Nile; so stepping off quickly and efficiently away from the cluster of other ships and their passengers, you’ll have more time to explore ashore with General Tours expert Egyptologists.

Focusing on the sites of the West Bank, where 64 ancient Egyptian rulers are buried in the Valley of Kings , this morning’s tour includes Madinat Habu - the tomb of Ramses III with its impressive exterior walls. The fabled final resting place of King Tutankhamen and the fabulously decorated tomb of Ramses VI are also among the highlights. Equally as fascinating as these tombs is the ancient village of Deir el-Medina. More than 3,000 years ago, this community was home to the thousands of artisans and laborers who constructed the tombs and temples in the Valley of Kings. In addition to this unusual archaeological site, your morning sightseeing also includes the Colossi of Memnon, two towering statues of Amenhotep III that stand like guards along the road to the Valley of Kings.  Meals B+L+D

Please Note… Starting with General Tours Sep 30, 2020 departure and going forward, General Tours guests will visit the Funerary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, instead of Madinat Habu. Built in a natural amphitheater set against the mountains and partially hollowed out of the rocks, Hatshepsut’s temple appears strikingly modern – with three simple and elegant colonnaded terraces connected by gracefully proportioned sloping ramps. It is a powerful testament to one of Egypt’s first female Pharaohs.
 

Day 9 - Day 9 - The Temples of Edfu and Kom Ombo

After a leisurely breakfast, join General Tours engaging Egyptologists ashore in Edfu to explore the Temple of Horus, considered by many scholars to be the best-preserved cult temple in all of Egypt. Built later than many of the other sites along the Nile, it is still a stunning example of traditional Pharaonic architecture and ranks as the second largest temple in Egypt – after the great Karnak Temple. Rich in design, intricate in detail and ingenious in its massive construction, the extraordinary quality of every element here attests to the paramount importance of the falcon-headed Horus.

Return to ship for lunch and a delightful afternoon of scenic cruising. Then step off at General Tours ship’s private pier to explore the Temple of Kom Ombo. Built on a picturesque bend in the Nile, where crocodiles used to sun themselves, this unusual dual-deity temple of the Ptolemaic Period is dedicated to both Haroeris (one of the oldest forms of the falcon-headed God Horus) and, appropriately enough, the fearsome Crocodile God Sobek.  Meals B+L+D
 

Day 10 - Day 10 - The Aswan Dam + Philae Temple + Botanical Garden

In contrast to the ancient wonders of Cairo and the Nile, the remarkable High Dam at Aswan is an achievement that belongs to modern Egypt. With enriching insight and narration, you’ll explore this engineering marvel; completed in 1970 at a cost of about $1 billion, it spans more than 2 miles and towers 300 feet. This morning’s excursion also includes the Temple of Philae, rescued from the rising waters of Lake Nasser after the completion of the High Dam. Now situated on a lovely island, the earliest elements of this impressive complex include a small temple built around 370 BCE and dedicated to the Goddess Isis.
 
After lunch onboard, you’ll step aboard a felucca, the traditional sailing vessel of the Nile, to visit the Aswan Botanical Garden on El Nabatat Island. Also known as Kitchener’s Island, this small oval-shaped island was given to Lord Horatio Kitchener in the late 19th century when he was commander of the Egyptian Army. With a passion for beautiful flora, he turned the island into a delightful garden filled with hundreds of species he imported from the Far East, India and parts of Africa.  Meals B+L+D
 

Day 11 - Day 11 - Temples of Abu Simbel

After breakfast and stepping off ship, we’ll take you to the airport for your included flight to Abu Simbel. With General Tours expert Egyptologist on-hand, your extensive tour of the Temple of Ramses II reveals one of the world’s most impressive sights of antiquity. Behold these 67-foot high figures of the King, carved from solid rock, and hear the dramatic story of how they were moved 200 feet above their original site to protect them from the rising waters of the Aswan Dam. In addition to its oft-photographed statues, the interior hall is decorated with amazing relief carvings that depict a great battle with more than 1,000 stone figures.

We include your afternoon flight back to the capital, where you’ll be escorted to the Waldorf Astoria Heliopolis Towers; conveniently located close to the airport, it’s ideal for your final nights in Egypt.  Meals B+L+D
 

Day 12 - Day 12 - Day at Leisure

This day is yours to relax, explore and enjoy as you wish. This evening, gather with your fellow travelers for a Farewell Dinner with wine.  Meals B+L+D

Day 13 - Day 13 - Farewell to Cairo

After breakfast, you’ll be escorted to the airport for your onward flight. Or why not extend your travels with one of General Tours Short Tours across the Middle East? General Tours offer a wide variety of destinations including Petra, Jerusalem, Abu Dhabi - and even a luxury Oberoi resort along the Red Sea. From Oct 20, 2020 until Apr 10, 2021, you can visit Expo 2020 Dubai, the first-ever World’s Fair in the Middle East.  Meals B
 

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    Committed to Your Well Being While You’re With Alexander Roberts

    • All Alexander Roberts' staff will maintain appropriate physical distancing at all times, so expect a warm and genuine greeting but not a handshake or a hug!
    • All high-touch surfaces in coaches and private cars – like door handles, railings, arm rests, and window controls – will be sanitized each morning and regularly throughout the day.
    • Alexander Roberts' expert guides and drivers will don face masks whenever in proximity to guests.
    • Alexander Roberts staff have been trained on Extra Care procedures – and how to respond to issues that may arise as you travel.
    • Complimentary face masks and hand sanitizer will be available in all vehicles while touring.
    More Space + Extra Care While Touring
    • Larger luxury motorcoaches so each traveler will have two seats to themselves while touring.
    • Private airport transfers with a spacious luxury vehicle when you come and go for every tour
    • Regular and frequent sanitizing of all high-touch vehicle surfaces.
    • Prearranged entry for all sightseeing minimizes standing in line with other travelers.
    • Whisper Headsets for groups of 5 or more allow for proper physical distancing while sightseeing, except for certain nature activities in remote areas like the Amazon.
    More Space + Extra Care While Dining
    • Alexander Roberts carefully selects restaurants to avoid crowded high-capacity venues; Alexander Roberts emphasizes fine farm-to-table dining with attentive and efficient service – and the choice to dine al fresco whenever available.
    • No large-group dining; enjoy more spacious dining settings and smaller, well-spaced tables for included meals.
    • Restaurant staff will follow the guidance of local health authorities and WHO protocols which may include facial coverings.
    Extra Care at Luxury Hotels
    • Alexander Roberts' hotels are always selected for their outstanding locations, evocative ambiance, impeccable service – and cleanliness.
    • OAlexander Roberts' partners include the most respected luxury brands – like Belmond, Four Seasons, Park Hyatt, Kempinski and JW Marriott; they are now leading the industry with their sophisticated hygiene standards and protocols to ensure the well being of all their guests.
    • Hotels will be continuously and rigorously vetted to ensure that they are following established WHO guidelines including social distancing and sanitizing procedures of guestrooms and public spaces.
    • Hotel breakfasts will usually feature à la carte service and group seating will be replaced by smaller, appropriately distanced tables.
    And Always... Alexander Roberts' Distinctive Style

    In a Small Group of Never More than 16 Guests or on a Privately Guided Tour for just your traveling party, their experienced guides have the flexibility to adjust your sightseeing based upon local conditions – to avoid times of heaviest traffic and crowding, for example. Alexander Roberts can dine in smaller authentic restaurants, minimize the time waiting in lines, and leave a lighter footprint. You’ll learn the history and stories behind the world’s most iconic landmarks, immerse more deeply in the wonders of the natural world, and delight in genuine cultural engagement not possible in a larger group. It’s travel without a crowd.

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