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Marvel at the enigmatic Sphinx and other Giza valley sights
  • Privately on Request
  • Duration 11 days
    Group Size 8-14
    Land Cost $4,975 Details
    Single Supplement $1,250
    Lodging 4 stars
    Grade I-II
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    From the Pharaohs to the Future

    Deluxe riverboat experience of the Nile, including Luxor, Edfu, Kom-Ombo, Aswan, and Cairo

    Day 1      Arrive Cairo

    On arrival at Cairo International Airport, you are met by our representative and transferred to your hotel.  This is simply an arrival day, so you may arrive in Cairo at any time.  Please note that hotel rooms are generally available only after midday.  The balance of the day/evening is free to explore your surroundings.


    Lodging: Marriott Cairo (or similar)

    Great pyramid of Khufu
    Day 2      Cairo

    Your morning is a leisurely one, with breakfast at the hotel and a late start for a half day orientation tour of Cairo with your guide, stopping at Tahrir Square, site of the Egyptian Revolution, including the Sunday of Martyrs in February 2011, and an introductory tour of the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, including the resplendent King Tut exhibit. Afterward, the remainder of the day and evening are yours free to rest and relax.

    Meals: Breakfast
    Lodging: Marriott Cairo (or similar)

    Tahrir Square on 11 February 2011 (photo by Jonathan Rashad)
    Day 3      Cairo / Luxor / Nile Cruise

    Transfer to Cairo airport for your flight to Luxor. Upon arrival, cross the river to Luxor's West Bank for a fascinating exploration of the Valley of the Kings. Your visit will include excursions inside the amazingly well-preserved tombs of several rulers of old Egyptian dynasties. Visit the Mortuary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, one of Egypt's most successful pharaohs as well as the longest-reigning female; Deir El Bahari; and Medint Habu temple. Drive back to Luxor's East Bank for lunch, then in the afternoon, tour the temples in the massive two-square-kilometer Karnak complex, whose ancient name means "the most perfect of places," and the strikingly-graceful Luxor Temple in the heart of town.

    After completing your touring in Luxor, drive to Esna to embark on Queen Farida Dahabeya, an eight-cabin deluxe riverboat (known as a dahabeya) with modern conveniences (including air conditioning) and classical lines. After getting settled, set sail toward the village of El Hegez, just north of Edfu, where you'll moor for the night, relaxing on deck and taking in the sights along the way.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging: Riverboat Queen Farida Dahabeya (or similar)

    Luxor Temple's Colonnade of Amenhotep III
    Day 4      Cruising: El Kab / Edfu / El Fuaza

    Sail to El Kab where you will disembark after breakfast to see the seldom-visited site of El Kab, with its vast pre-dynastic cemeteries, early New Kingdom tombs, and temple of Thoth. Return to your dahabeya and continue sailing to Edfu. Disembark and tour the Edfu Temple, the most complete example of pharaonic architecture. Set sail for the island of El Fuaza where you will spend the night.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging: Riverboat Queen Farida Dahabeya (or similar)

    Horus, the falcon god, at Edfu
    Day 5      Cruising: El Fuaza / Gebel El Silsila

    After breakfast, set sail for El Ramadya and disembark to tour the local fish market. Enjoy a leisurely lunch on board as you sail to the island of Besaw, where you will disembark to stretch your legs and explore a bit before continuing to Gebel el Silsila for the night.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging: Riverboat Queen Farida Dahabeya (or similar)

    Enjoy the day as you sail the Nile
    Day 6      Cruising: El Silsila / Meneha Island

    Today, you will visit the Temple of El Silsila before setting sail for Meneha Island, where you will disembark to tour the small island before mooring for the night.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging: Riverboat Queen Farida Dahabeya (or similar)

    Visit the Temple of El Silsila near Aswan
    Day 7      Cruising: Kom Ombo / Kopania

    Sail to Kom Ombo to visit the temple, unique in its dedication to two deities. The most spectacular of the river temples, Kom Ombo is honeycombed with crypts, secret passages, and tunnels under the floors, the source of the gods' human voices. Continue on the Nile to Daraw, where you will moor and take a local transport to its famous camel market, a great atmosphere, fascinating, and full of photo opportunities. Return to your dahabeya and depart for Kopania on a leisurely five-hour sail on the scenic river. You will spend your final night onboard near Kopania.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging: Riverboat Queen Farida Dahabeya (or similar)

    Explore Kom Ombo, unique in its dedication to two dieties (by Michael Reeve)
    Day 8      Cruising: Kopania / Aswan, Fly to Cairo

    Enjoy breakfast on your dahabeya as you sail toward Aswan, the gateway to Nubia. Disembark for a short van trip and boat ride to Philae Temple, then Aswan's modern marvel, its High Dam, then back to the Nile for a relaxing short ride on a felucca, a traditional sailing boat guided by a Nubian captain. You may also enjoy exploring Aswan town and its market, perhaps opting for mint or hibiscus tea in a cafe. In the evening, transfer to Aswan Airport for your departure to Cairo, where you'll be met upon arrival and transferred to your downtown hotel, your base for the next three nights. Consider a side trip to Abu Simbel this day on the way back to Cairo.

    Meals: Breakfast
    Lodging: Marriott Cairo (or similar)

    Explore the Temple of Isis on Philae Island
    Day 9      Old Cairo / Mosques / Markets

    After breakfast at the hotel, embark on a full day tour of the city's finest sights, starting with a second visit to the Egyptian Museum, with its excellent collection of Egyptian antiquities. See the gold of Tutankhamon and the Hall of the Royal Mummies, the resting place of Ramses II, his father Seti I, and Tuthmosis II. Afterward, drive across town to visit the Citadel of Saladdin overlooking the whole city of Old Cairo, the ancient synagogue of Ben Ezra, the Coptic church of St. Sergius, and the Hanging Church. When you're done in Old Cairo, drive back to the heart of the modern town where you'll spend some time pleasantly lost in the medieval labyrinth alleyways of Khan El Khalili Bazaar, after which the evening is yours at leisure.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
    Lodging: Marriott Cairo (or similar)

    Spend the day exploring Old Cairo's mosques and markets
    Day 10      Cairo: Pyramids, Memphis, Saqqara

    After breakfast at the hotel, your driver and guide will pick you up for a full day of touring, starting with Cairo's iconic Giza pyramids, where the city meets the desert, then drive south along the river valley to Memphis, the once-resplendent capital of the Old Kingdom, where you will see the reclining statue of Ramses II, then drive a short way on to Saqqara, the burial place of the pharaohs of the Old Kingdom and home of the Step Pyramid of Zoser, one of the world's oldest stone structures of its size. Return to your hotel for your last night of this adventure.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
    Lodging: Marriott Cairo (or similar)

    Explore Memphis, Saqqara, and more
    Day 11      Cairo / Onward

    After breakfast, you'll be driven to Cairo airport for your flgiht home to the U.S.  If your schedule allows, consider extending your visit with a few days in the Sinai and perhaps Petra, Jordan.

    Meals: Breakfast

    Bid farewell to ancient and modern Egypt

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