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Tour Itinerary

DAY 1, Friday - Depart for Egypt
Depart for Egypt

DAY 2, Saturday - Arrive in Cairo
Welcome to Egypt, one of the world's greatest ancient civilizations. Arrive in Cairo and transfer to your hotel with the remainder of the day at leisure. Tonight, attend an orientation meeting at approximately 6 PM and enjoy a Welcome Drink with your Tour Manager and fellow travelers at your hotel
Overnight: Cairo

DAY 3, Sunday - The Pyramids & Sphinx of Giza
After breakfast, visit the Pyramids of Giza, built during the 3rd and 4th dynasties of the Old Kingdom. These monumental undertakings stand as a marvelous testimony to the almost unbelievable skill and determination of their builders. Get a close-up view of the Great Pyramid, built for the Pharaoh Khufu, as well as the Pyramids of Khafre and Menkaure. Not far from the Pyramids, see the great Sphinx of Giza, the legendary statue with the head of a human and the body of a lion, amazingly carved out of one huge piece of limestone. Leisure time this afternoon or, join the optional tour to Memphis & Sakkara with lunch. In Sakkara, site of hundreds of tombs, view the famous Step Pyramid of Djoser. Visit Memphis, the capital of Egypt during the Old Kingdom, founded by King Menes. Now, is an open-air museum highlighted by a giant statue of Ramses II. Now, it’s an open-air museum highlighted by a giant statue of Ramses II. Next, visit a carpet school before heading back to your hotel
Optional: Half Day Memphis & Sakkara with lunch (PM)
Overnight: Cairo
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 4, Monday - Coptic Cairo, Flight to Aswan
After breakfast, explore the old side of Cairo. Visit the famed Hanging Church, a place of Orthodox worship constructed in the 3rd century. Next, see Abu Serga, known formally as Saints Sergius and Bacchus Church. This place has great significance, as it is believed to be the spot where the Holy Family spent time during their journey in Egypt. Continue onward to Ben Ezra synagogue, which is the reputed location of Moses' discovery as a baby. Next, visit the Citadel, a medieval fortress in the center of Cairo. The UNESCO World Heritage Site, known for its expansive views of the city, now contains museums and mosques. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant in Cairo, before departing for the airport for a late afternoon flight to Aswan
Overnight: Aswan
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 5, Tuesday - Full Day in Aswan
Spend the day at leisure, or join the optional to Abu Simbel. A bus ride from Aswan transports you back in time to the mighty Temple of Abu Simbel, reclaimed from the floodwaters of the Aswan High Dam and totally reconstructed in the present location. The site is dominated by the looming twin temples of Ramses II and his wife Queen Nefertari. It is one of the most recognizable ancient sites of Egypt. Later, join the optional Aswan Felucca Ride and enjoy a relaxing cruise aboard a felucca, the traditional sailboat of Egypt used along the Nile and watch the exquisite sunset
Optional: Abu Simbel by Bus (AM)
Optional: Aswan Felucca Ride (PM)
Overnight: Aswan
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6, Wednesday - Philae Temple, Aswan High Dam, Nile Cruise Embarkation
This morning, explore Aswan, an ancient frontier town. Take a tour to Philae Temple dedicated to the goddess Isis. Arrive by motorboat and marvel at the Temple's beautiful island location. Continue to the spectacular Aswan High Dam, an engineering miracle when originally constructed in the 1960s. The dam brought an end to the Nile's devastating floods. Visit a perfume shop and learn how these scents are made, before embarking on the Nile cruise. This afternoon, choose to take part in the optional Half Day Nubian Village by Motorboat Tour. Spend time visiting a traditional Nubian Village, walking through the local market to get a taste of the unique culture and traditions
Optional: Half Day Nubian Village by Motorboat Tour (PM)
Overnight: Nile Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7, Thursday - Kom Ombo, Edfu & Esna
Tour the imposing Greco-Roman Temple of Kom Ombo, that is dedicated to Horus, the sky god, and Sobek, the crocodile god. Admire the fascinating detailed reliefs on the walls. After lunch on board, sail towards Edfu. Take a tour to the stunning Temple of Horus in Edfu, considered one of the best preserved of all the Egyptian temples. It was built during the Ptolemaic times and was completed over a 180-year period. The temple is dedicated to the falcon god Horus, the son of Isis and Osiris. Its extravagant design and sheer size is an indication of the country's prosperity at the time. Cross Esna Lock and sail onward towards Luxor
Overnight: Nile Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8, Friday - Luxor West Bank
View the magnificence of the Luxor West Bank on this morning’s optional excursion. Begin with a visit to the UNESCO listed Valley of the Kings, the necropolis of Thebes and admire the tombs of ancient Egypt’s rulers. Next, head to the Temple of Hatshepsut, a colonnaded structure surrounded by cliffs and learn about the life of Queen Hatshepsut, Egypt’s longest-reigning female ruler. Visit an alabaster factory, where you can view a demonstration of grinding alabaster the old fashion way. Browse the extensive collection of alabaster pieces. Conclude the tour at the Colossi of Memnon: two massive stone statues of the Pharaoh Amenhotep III. Return to the ship for lunch
Optional: Excursion to West Bank (AM)
Overnight: Nile Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9, Saturday - Disembarkation, Temples of Karnak & Luxor
After breakfast, disembark from the ship. Take a sightseeing tour of the East Bank of Luxor. Visit the magnificent Temples of Karnak, dating back over 3,000 years. Walk along the avenue of the Sphinxes and marvel at the Hypostyle Hall with its 134 massive sandstone columns. After exploring this ancient structure, visit a shop where you can view a quick demonstration of how the papyrus paper is made from the papyrus grass. Browse the collection of artwork on display. Afterward, head to Luxor Temple to admire the colossal statues of the great pharaoh Ramses II then transfer to your Luxor hotel. After time at leisure, choose to attend the optional Sound & Light Show held at the Karnak Temple where ancient and poetic voices tell about the birth of Karnak temple and the heroic achievements of pharaohs and god Amun. A spectacular and unforgettable evening!
Optional: Sound & Light Show in Karnak (PM)
Overnight: Luxor
Meals: Breakfast

DAY 10, Sunday - Flight to Cairo
This morning, transfer to the airport for the flight to Cairo. Lunch is on your own upon arrival. Spend the remainder of the day at leisure, or take part in an opportunity to join the optional Egyptian Museum, a neoclassical building located on Tahrir Square. The museum houses the world's largest collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts. Tonight, enjoy a Farewell Dinner with your fellow travelers at the hotel
Optional: Egyptian Museum (PM)
Overnight: Cairo
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 11, Monday - Depart Egypt
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight
Meals: Breakfast

Cruise sailing times are subject to change.At certain times of the year your itinerary may be amended to travel early in the morning and late afternoon to avoid the heat.Order or duration of some visits may be affected during official holidays.Due to regional laws, hotels and restaurants will not serve alcoholic beverages on certain holidays. On these days, no wine or beer will be included with dinner.

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Countries Visited

Egypt

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Inclusions

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Escorted Package Includes

  • Round trip flights New York-Cairo, Cairo-New York
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • All intra-flights: Cairo-Aswan, Luxor-Cairo
  • 9 nights First Class accommodations
  • 3 nights Cairo
  • 2 nights Aswan
  • 3 nights Nile Cruise on the
  • 1 night Luxor
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel & cruise porterage
  • All transfers
  • 17 meals: 9 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
  • Entrance fees per itinerary
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    Special Features

  • Marvel at the oldest structure of the “seven wonders of the ancient world”, the Great Pyramid of Giza
  • Explore Abu Serga, believed to be the site where the Holy Family stopped during their travels in Egypt
  • Enjoy a 3-day cruise on the Nile and savor the spectacular scenery of the Nile Valley
  • Discover the Temple of Philae dedicated to the goddess Isis with its beautiful island location
  • Explore the imposing Greco-Roman Temple of Kom Ombo
  • Tour the stunning Temple of Edfu, dedicated to the falcon god Horus, built in the Ptolemaic period
  • Visit the magnificent Temples of Karnak, dating back over 3,000 years
  • Admire the two colossal statues of Ramses at the entrance to the ancient Luxor Temple
  • Not Included:
    Optional tours and gratuities.


    Additional Information:
    This package is based on pre-confirmed flights from JFK via EgyptAir and may only be purchased with these flights.

    During Ramadan (Apr 12 - May 11, 2021), historic and cultural sites may close early and operate with minimal staff. The order of sightseeing may be changed to accommodate the holiday observance. Traffic congestion is common during Ramadan. Some hotels and restaurants may not serve alcoholic beverages. Entertainment may be limited to be respectful of the holiday observance. Modest dress is suggested during Ramadan (no shorts, short skirts, or sleeveless tops). Use discretion when drinking, eating, and smoking in public between sunrise and sunset.

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    Accommodations

    Conrad Hotel Cairo
    This deluxe hotel has magnificent views of the Nile River.

    Movenpick Resort Aswan
    This first class hotel is set on Elephantine Island in the Nile River.

    Sonesta St. George Luxor Hotel
    This deluxe hotel is located on the east bank of the Nile, only minutes to the Luxor Temple.

    Hilton Cairo Heliopolis
    This deluxe hotel is located in Cairo's prominent Heliopolis District, a prime residential area and home to Egypt's diplomatic and presidential offices.

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    Questions & Answers

    Question: What's the difference between Cabin A & Cabin C on the nile's cruise.

    A, B and C cabins are all outside cabins with balconies that are 236 square feet. The difference is what level / deck they are on. A: Upper deck B: Middle deck C: Main deck Ask your travel consultant for more details and to confirm 1-800-935-2620

    Question: So airfare to and from NY is included in the price?

    Air from New York is included in the Land and Air price but is not included in the Land Only price.

    Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

    Each person is allowed one "check-in," and one "carry-on." Remember to take all valuables with you as "carry-on", because electronic equipment, cameras, laptops, jewelry, business documents and money are not covered by the airlines' liability, so always carry them aboard with you.

    Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

    Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.

    Customer Reviews

    Overall Rating
    4.8
    Accommodations
    4.8
    Itinerary
    5
    Professional Staff
    4.8
    Repeat with Operator
    4.8
    Value for Money
    4.6

    Ratings based off 11 reviews - currently showing 6 reviews with comments only

    The excursion to Memphis/Sakkara and to the west bank should be standard on the trip and NOT an option. Both are so important on this trip and making them optional does not make any sense.

    12 day Egypt with 7 days Nile cruise is an excellent tour. We are Very happy with the service and food was very nice too. Our tour guide is an Egyptologist and explained very well the temple.

    River cruise was great way to travel in Egypt.

    Trip was great. There was little confusion during final departure at Cairo. We were asked to be down at 6:45 am and there was no one to guide us till past 7 am. Another Gate1 group was leaving for airport at the same time and we didn't know which is our bus.

    The trip to Egypt (12 Day Classic Egypt with 7 Day Nile Cruise) was just fabulous. Gate 1 and Tour Director made it very enjoyable. We look forward to another trip from Gate 1 in coming months.

    Excellent trip, tour guide was 5 star accommodation was superb, and was very safe to travel through Egypt. So much history and to see


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