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13 Day Treasures of Egypt with 7 Day Deluxe Nile Cruise -Cabin B

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Itinerary

Countries Visited

Egypt

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 the hotel
Overnight: Cairo

DAY 3, Sunday - The Pyramids, Sphinx of Giza, Memphis & Sakkara
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. This afternoon, enjoy lunch in a local restaurant before traveling to Memphis, capital of Egypt during the Old Kingdom, founded by King Menes around 3100 BC. Now, it is an open-air museum highlighted by a giant statue of Ramses II. Continue on to Sakkara, site of hundreds of tombs, serving as the necropolis for the ancient capital, Memphis. Here, you can view the famous Step Pyramid of Djoser, considered to be the oldest pyramid in Egypt. Next, visit a carpet school before heading back to your hotel
Overnight: Cairo
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 4, Monday - Flight to Luxor, Temple of Karnak, Nile Cruise Embarkation, Temple of Luxor
After breakfast, check out of your hotel and transfer to the airport for your flight to Luxor. Land in Luxor and embark on the Nile Cruise. After lunch on board, take a sightseeing tour of the East Bank. 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. Then, visit Luxor Temple to admire the colossal statues of the great pharaoh Ramses II. After exploring this ancient structure, visit a shop where you can view a quick demonstration of how the papyrus paper is made from papyrus grass. Browse the collection of artwork on display
Overnight: Nile Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5, Tuesday - 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 famous female ruler. Visit an alabaster factory, where you can view a demonstration of grinding alabaster the old-fashioned way. Browse the extensive collection of alabaster pieces. Conclude the tour at the Colossi of Memnon, two massive stone statues of the Pharaoh Amenhotep II. Return to the ship for lunch, and continue sailing onward this afternoon
Optional: Excursion to the West Bank (AM)
Overnight: Nile Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6, Wednesday - Temple of Kom Ombo
Today, spend the morning at leisure. This afternoon, tour the imposing Greco-Roman Temple of Kom Ombo, dedicated to Horus, the sky god and Sobek, the crocodile god. Admire the fascinating detailed reliefs on the walls
Overnight: Nile Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7, Thursday - Aswan Felucca Ride
Spend the morning at leisure, or join the optional tour of Abu Simbel. An early 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. Afterwards, drive back to Aswan. After a late lunch on board, take a felucca ride. Enjoy a relaxing cruise aboard a felucca, the traditional sailboat of Egypt used along the Nile
Optional: Abu Simbel by Bus from Aswan
Overnight: Nile Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8, Friday - Philae Temple, Aswan High Dam, Nubian Village
After breakfast, 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. This afternoon, board a sailboat and cruise along the Nile River to a Nubian village. Along the way, admire the sweeping views over Soheil Island. Upon arrival, visit a traditional Egyptian village in Aswan. Get an insight into the culture, history, and lifestyle of one of Africa's oldest civilizations. Enjoy a drink at one of the colorful rural houses, nestled amongst beautiful natural scenery. Walk through the local market to get a taste of the unique culture and traditions
Overnight: Nile Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9, Saturday - Edfu Temple
Today, visit the stunning Temples 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, son of Isis and Osiris. Its extravagant design and sheer size is an indication of the country's prosperity at the time
Overnight: Nile Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10, Sunday - Dendera Temple
Travel to Dendera Temple, one of the best preserved temple complexes in Egypt, located on the west bank of the Nile, approximately 40 miles away from Luxor. Explore the Temple of Hathor, dedicated to the wife of god Horus. Marvel at the spectacular ceiling painting in the main hall, displaying stars, planets, and symbols of the Roman zodiac. The colors seen throughout the temple complex are original, and amazingly vibrant. Visit the temple crypt, and climb the staircase up to the roof, learning about Egypt’s Ptolemaic period along the way. Free time to explore the temple complex at leisure, before returning to Luxor
Overnight: Nile Cruise
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 11, Monday – Disembarkation, Flight to Cairo, Old Cairo
Disembark from the Nile cruise and transfer to the airport for your flight to Cairo. This afternoon, have lunch in a local restaurant before heading to explore Old Cairo. Visit the famed Hanging Church, a place of Orthodox worship and one of the oldest churches in Egypt. The church’s roof is built of timber to resemble the interior of Noah’s Ark. 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 towards Ben Ezra synagogue, which is the reputed location of Moses' discovery as a baby
Overnight: Cairo
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 12, Tuesday – Citadel, Egyptian Museum
Begin the day with a visit to the Citadel, a medieval fortress in the center of Cairo. This UNESCO World Heritage Site, known for its expansive views of the city, now contains museums and mosques. Then, visit a gold shop. Have lunch in a local restaurant before continuing to the Egyptian Museum, a neoclassical style building located in Tahrir Square. The museum houses the world’s largest collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts. Tonight, enjoy a Farewell Dinner with your Tour Manager and fellow travelers
Overnight: Cairo
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 13, Wednesday - 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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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-Luxor, Luxor-Cairo
  • 11 nights accommodations
  • 4 nights Cairo
  • 7 nights Deluxe Nile Cruise on the
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel & cruise porterage
  • All transfers
  • 29 meals: 11 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 8 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
  • In Sakkara, view the famous Step Pyramid of Djoser
  • Visit the magnificent Temples of Karnak, dating back over 3,000 years
  • Admire the two colossal statues of Ramses II at the entrance to the ancient Luxor Temple
  • Enjoy a 7-day cruise on the Nile and admire the spectacular scenery of the Nile Valley
  • Explore the imposing Greco-Roman Temple of Kom Ombo
  • View the world-famous Aswan High Dam, an engineering miracle, built in the 1960s
  • Tour the stunning Temple of Edfu, dedicated to the falcon god Horus, built in the Ptolemaic period
  • Discover the Temple of Philae dedicated to the goddess Isis with its beautiful island location
  • Explore Abu Serga, believed to be where the Holy Family stopped during their travels in Egypt
  • *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

    Sofitel Cairo Nile El Gezirah
    This deluxe hotel is located on the Nile well positioned away from the noise of the city center yet convenient for visiting the most popular sites of the area.

    Fairmont Nile City
    This deluxe hotel overlooks the Nile River.

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