Accompany our top-notch local guides on a journey to uncover the history and mystery of Egypt. Start in Cairo, then travel by Nile riverboat through Luxor, Edfu, Kom-Ombo, and Aswan for a wonderful examination of the great civilizations of the Nile Valley, then return to Cairo to explore more of the country's history (in her great museums as well as Memphis and Saqqara) and her future. Whether you have been to Egypt in the past, or if this is your first visit, now is a great time to go as the country eagerly faces its post-revolution future. Your trip includes a visit Tahrir Square (local situation permitting) to see where the February 2011 Egyptian Revolution began.
This trip touches on a lot while minimizing moves among lodgings, with two nights in Cairo, then five nights on the lovely Dahabeya Queen Farida (or similar), a deluxe Nile riverboat. You then return to the same hotel in Cairo for three nights, so the hassles of unpacking and repacking are minimized. Travelers who wish to precede or follow this itinerary are invited to ask us about a few days in Jordan (Petra, the Dead Sea, and more) and an overnight in the Sinai. Consider a side extension to Abu Simbel from Aswan on February 14.
“The cruise was just right — It was beautiful, restful, and interesting. It was just the right combination of sightseeing and cruising. We never felt exhausted. The enormity and beauty of the antiquities was so astounding…The tombs were fascinating. The felucca sailing was a great experience, and the camel ride to the lovely monastery was fun…WE THOROUGHLY ENJOYED [IT] ALL.” -Francisco and Magdelyn Sabichi
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