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Taste of Egypt 2020

Taste of Egypt 2020


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Itinerary

Countries Visited

Egypt

Cities Visited

Aswan, Cairo, Edfu, Kom Ombo, Luxor

Tour Itinerary

Join us for an adventure to ancient Egypt, as well as its modern enjoyments on a Nile River cruise for the ages. Arrive in Cairo, and explore the pyramids and Sphinx of Giza. See the Ramses II statue in Memphis and King Tut’s tomb in Cairo’s Egyptian Museum. (Note: upon its opening in 2020, the Grand Egyptian Museum in Giza will replace Cairo’s Egyptian Museum for this itinerary.) In Old Cairo, see the Church of the Virgin Mary (also called the Hanging Church), built in the place where Mary and Jesus were said to find refuge during their flight to Egypt, and visit the Alabaster Mosque. These and more exciting discoveries are to be found as you see Egypt’s incredible monuments to pharaohs and gods of Egyptian history.Fly to Luxor to embark on your Nile River cruise. You’ll visit the Luxor Temple, Avenue of the Sphinxes, monument of Karnak, and the Temple of Amun-Ra before enjoying an onboard welcome reception on your ship. Visit the valley of Kings and Valley of Queens, where the pristine tomb of King Tut was found with undisturbed riches and splendor. This incredible cruise on the Nile River takes you to amazing ancient sites, including the twin temples at Kom Ombo, devoted to the crocodile god Sobek-Ra and the falcon god Horus. Ponder the magnitude of the task of building the pyramids with a visit to the granite quarries—where an unfinished obelisk still remains. Visit the Temple of Isis, then take a return flight to Cairo to wander the world’s largest open-air museum, and browse the bustling maze of the endless bazaar in Cairo’s medieval alleys. Join us for a once-in-a-lifetime vacation tour in Cairo, expedition to the Egyptian pyramids, and a Nile River cruise you’ll never forget.

Day 1: CAIRO, EGYPT
Welcome to Cairo, “Mother of the World”

Day 2: CAIRO
Desert Sands and Secrets of the Sphinx

CLASSIC This morning take a close-up look at one of the World’s Seven Wonders and guardian of the great pyramids, the enigmatic Sphinx, and the Great Pyramid of Giza. Cheops, with an original height of 496 feet, is the most colossal pyramid ever built, and of course enjoy the visit to the newly discovered the Sun Boats.

CLASSIC Drive to Sakkara, a vast desert necropolis built for kings and nobles, and its “Stairway to the Sky,” the oldest of all pyramids. Also admire the special tomb of Mary Loca and the Step Pyramid.


CLASSIC Guided Excursion to the pyramids this evening features a Sound and Light Show complete with historical stories and secrets of the Sphinx.

(B)

Day 3: CAIRO
Ancient Cairo, a Boy King, and the Christ Child

CLASSIC Enjoy a guided visit to the now-famous Tahrir Square and visit the Egyptian Museum. Peruse King Tutankhamun’s fabulous treasures and many other priceless artifacts of ancient Egypt.

CLASSIC Drive to walled city of Old Cairo, with Saladin’s 12th-century citadel, and the Alabaster Mosque of Mohammed Ali.

CLASSIC Drive to “Coptic Cairo” to see the Hanging Church where the Virgin Mary and Jesus sought refuge while in Egypt. Walk to see Cairo’s oldest Jewish synagogue, founded in the 9th century.


* Note: upon its opening in 2020, the Grand Egyptian Museum in Giza will replace Cairo’s Egyptian Museum for this itinerary.

(B)

Day 4: CAIRO–LUXOR (EMBARKATION)
The World’s Greatest Open-Air Museum

Fly 300 miles up the Nile Valley to Luxor to embark on your Nile River cruise.

CLASSIC See the stunning monuments of Luxor and Karnak, ancient cities whose combined populations swelled to more than one million. Walk among the pillars of the colossal Temple of Amun Ra and along the Avenue of the Sphinxes for an experience you will treasure for a lifetime.

Consider an Optional Guided Excursion to enjoy the sound and light show in Karnak Temple.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN LUXOR

(B,D)

Day 5: LUXOR–EDFU
Royal Resting Places of Kings and Queens

CLASSIC Venture to the Valley of the Kings and Valley of the Queens on the west bank of the Nile where generations of pharaohs and nobles were entombed in cliffside crypts. See where 62 royal tombs have thus far been discovered, of which one was virtually intact—the splendid tomb of Tutankhamun discovered in 1922.

CLASSIC Visit Deir El-Bahri, Queen Hatshepsut’s monumental rock temple. Stop for pictures at the two Colossi of Memnon guarding the valleys.


OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN EDFU

(B,L,D)

Day 6: EDFU–KOM OMBO–ASWAN
Egyptian Gods of the River and Sky

CLASSIC This morning visit the Temple of Horus with its menacing black stone statue of the falcon god.

CLASSIC Enjoy beautiful Kom Ombo for a short walk to its bluff-top twin temples. The right side is dedicated to the crocodile god Sobek-Ra, while the left side is dedicated to the falcon god Horus.
Enjoy a leisurely sail to Aswan.


DISCOVERY Enjoy an exclusive lecture on this ancient civilization by your Egyptologist.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN ASWAN

(B,L,D)

Day 7: ASWAN
Temples from Above and Islands Below

This morning, consider a Guided Optional Excursion with a flight over the huge massive sandstone temples of Abu Simbel (weather permitting).

CLASSIC Board a Felucca (traditional wooden sailing boat) and cross the blue waters of the Nile. En route, see the ancient water measurement system, “Nilometer,” on the Nile’s Elephantine Island. Visit Kitchener Island’s lush Botanical Gardens and the splendid Aga Khan Mausoleum on the left bank.

Join an Optional Excursion to the Sound and Light show in Philae Temple.

Tonight, enjoy live entertainment onboard.

OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN ASWAN

(B,L,D)

Day 8: ASWAN (DISEMBARKATION)–CAIRO
Work in Progress and the Goddess Isis

CLASSIC Join a Guided Sightseeing Excursion at to explore the Granite Quarries that supplied ancient Egypt with its hard stones for the pyramids in Giza. See the famous unfinished obelisk, still remaining in the quarry.

CLASSIC Visit the gigantic Aswan High Dam, completed in 1970. Board a motor launch to the island of Agilika between the two dams. Visit the Temple Of Isis which was dismantled from the submerged island of Philae and reassembled here.


Board your flight back to Cairo later today, and consider attending an Optional Dinner Cruise on the Nile to celebrate your Egyptian adventure.

(B)

Day 9: CAIRO
Amazing Palaces and Marketplace Mazes

CLASSIC Enjoy a special tour of the world’s widest open-air museum to admire palaces and mosques. Browse the maze of shops in the vast labyrinths of the Khan al Khali Souk bazaar and Medieval alleyways.

CLASSIC Take in a full panoramic view of Cairo from the Nile River—on board a traditional wooden sailing vessel (Felucca).

CLASSIC Discover Cairo by night on an orientation tour in the old city.

(B)

Day 10: CAIRO
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

(B)

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Inclusions

  • In the event of technical or water level issues, it may be necessary to operate the itinerary by motorcoach or alter the program, including hotel overnight when necessary.
  • Guided Tours, Optional Excursions, activities, sailing and docking schedules may be contingent on weather conditions or other issues outside of our control and could therefore be subject to change at any time.
  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.

Sightseeing & Activities:

Day 1 Cairo, Egypt: welcome to Egypt

Day 2 Cairo: guided sightseeing, visit the Pyramids and Sphinx of Giza, Ramses II, and Alabaster Sphinx in Memphis, and the “Stairway to the Sky” at Sakkara; Sounds & Light Show at the pyramids

Day 3 Cairo: visit Tutankhamun’s Tomb in the Egyptian Museum; see Saladin’s citadel and visit the Alabaster Mosque in Old Cairo; see the Hanging Church and Cairo’s oldest synagogue in Coptic Cairo; visit the
Khan el-Kahlili souk

Day 4 Cairo–Luxor (Embarkation): fly to Luxor; visit Luxor Temple, the Avenue of Sphinxes, monument of Karnak & Temple of Amun-Ra; onboard welcome reception

Day 5 Luxor–Edfu: Valley of Kings, Valley of Queens, Deir El-Bahri, and the Colossi of Memnon; galabya party on board

Day 6 Edfu–Kom Ombo–Aswan: visit the Temple of Horus; visit the twin temples at Kom Ombo; lecture on board

Day 7 Aswan: sail by felucca to Kitchener Island; visit the Botanical Gardens

Day 8 Aswan (Disembarkation)–Cairo: excursion to the High Dam; cruise to Agilika; visit Temple of Isis and ancient granite quarries; fly to Cairo

Day 9 Cairo: special tour to the world’s largest open-air museum, followed by a walk in the maze of shops at the famous bazaar

Day 10 Cairo: your vacation ends this morning

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Accommodations

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Participation in this vacation requires purchase of the following flights from Avalon Waterways, not included in pricing: (1) roundtrip air from your U.S. gateway, and intra-vacation air segments; or (2) intra-vacation air segments only, starting at $275. Required intra-vacation air segments are: Cairo/Luxor; Aswan/Cairo. Air prices were effective on November 19, 2019, and their availability is limited. At the time you purchase your tour, air prices may be higher.

Price is per person based on double room occupancy. Gratuities to Local Guides & drivers are included.

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Cairo: Marriott Mena House
Marvel at the wondrous beauty of the ancient Pyramids from the magical setting of this luxurious 523-room hotel which is just a 5 minute drive away from the Giza Pyramid Complex and Great Sphinx. Originally a hunting lodge, this historic property has played host to Monarchs, dignitaries, and celebrities for over 130 years and its interiors of today reflect this rich history with original works of art and antiques. Upscale air-conditoned guestrooms offer a taste of modern luxury with indulgent bedding, marble bathrooms, coffee/tea making facilities, and in-room safes. There is a large outdoor swimming pool (heated during the winter months), a 24-hour gym, and a spa. Dining options include seven restaurants and bars offering everything from relaxed Italian cuisine to delicious oriental and Indian specialities. Free Wi-Fi internet access is available throughout.
Address:
6 Pyramids Rd PO Box 12556, Giza
Cairo , Egypt
Cairo: Hilton Heliopolis
The Hilton Heliopolis is conveniently located in Heliopolis, a prestigious modern neighborhood that is home to diplomats and politicians. This 589-room resort style hotel has lush outdoor gardens and offers easy access to all of Cairo's mysterious wonders and historical gems with free Wi-Fi available throughout the property. Spacious air-conditioned guest rooms are equipped with an iron and ironing board, tea/coffee making facilities, and an in-room safe. Dining options are limitless with a choice of 18 different restaurants and bars serving cuisines from all corners of the world ranging from light snacks at the pool bar to Middle Eastern delicacies served with live entertainment. Leisure amenities include a wellness spa, beauty salon, two outdoor swimming pools (one heated), a fitness center, and outdoor tennis/squash courts.
Address:
El-Orouba Qism El-Nozha Cairo Gov
Cairo , Egypt

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