Egyptian Escape with Nile Cruise


  • 9 days

  • Egypt

  • Steady pace

tour : KQF

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Overview

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If you’ve dreamed of standing at the foot of the great pyramids, now is the time to escape to Egypt. Peruse the treasures of King Tutankhamun in Cairo, and answer the riddle of the Sphinx at the Great Pyramids of Giza. Fly to Luxor and embark on a Nile River cruise. You’ll visit the Karnak and Luxor Temples, and join in guided sightseeing at the Valley of the Kings and Queens on the Nile’s West Bank—site of noble crypts where the pharaohs rest in splendor in the cliff sides. Visit the Temple of Horus with its menacing black stone falcon statue, built 2,000 years ago during the age of Cleopatra. You’ll see fascinating sights before your Nile River cruise is complete, including a bluff-top temple to worship crocodile and falcon gods, the unfinished obelisk of the granite quarries of Aswan, and the Temple of Isis recovered from the submerged island of Philae. Take an excursion on a Felucca sail boat for a view of Kitchener’s Island and the mausoleum of Aga Khan. Fly back to Cairo and conclude your vacation with a farewell dinner to celebrate your guided tour of Egypt.

Highlights

CAIRO
Welcome and farewell dinners; guided sightseeing, visit the Egyptian Museum and the pyramids in Giza
CAIRO-LUXOR
By air
LUXORGuided sightseeing, visit the Karnak Temple and Luxor Temple, Valley of the Kings and Queens
EDFUGuided visit of Temple of Horus
KOM OMBO
Guided visit of the temple
ASWANGuided sightseeing, visit the High Dam, the unfinished obelisk, and the Philae Temple of Isis; [LF] Felucca sail around Kitchener’s Island and the Mausoleum of Aga Khan
ASWAN-CAIRO
By air

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2020 Tour itinerary

Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.

Total meals included:

  • 8 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 6 dinners

ARRIVE IN CAIRO

Day
1

Welcome to Cairo! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel.

Meals included:

  • Dinner

CAIRO

Day
2

Guided sightseeing in and around Africa’s largest metropolis starts at the EGYPTIAN MUSEUM. See Tutankhamun’s fabulous treasures, an exciting first encounter with the splendor of three millennia of Egyptian civilization. Next, depart for GIZA. Take a close-up look at the enigmatic SPHINX and the daunting Great Pyramids. Cheops, with an original height of 496 feet, is the most colossal pyramid ever built.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

CAIRO–LUXOR. EMBARKATION

Day
3

Board your flight to Luxor, where you will embark your cruise ship to enjoy lunch. In the afternoon, guided sightseeing features visits to KARNAK TEMPLE and LUXOR TEMPLE.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

CRUISING: LUXOR–EDFU.

Day
4

This morning, guided sightseeing focuses on the VALLEY OF KINGS & QUEENS on the West Bank of the Nile, where generations of pharaohs and nobles were buried in great splendor in crypts cut into the cliffs. Sixty-two royal tombs have been uncovered so far, of which only the tomb of Tutankhamun was nearly inviolated when discovered in 1922. Visit DEIR EL-BAHRI, Queen Hatshepsut’s monumental rock temple, before returning to your ship where a Captain’s welcome cocktail party awaits you. Sail to Edfu.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

CRUISING: EDFU–KOM OMBO–ASWAN

Day
5

In Edfu, visit the TEMPLE OF HORUS with its menacing black stone statue of the falcon god. Built in the time of Cleopatra about 2,000 years ago, it is recent by Egyptian standards and beautifully preserved. Have lunch on board and continue your leisurely cruise down Egypt’s river of destiny. Dock at Kom Ombo for a short walk to visit its bluff-top TEMPLE dedicated to the crocodile and falcon gods. You can haggle for bargains in the local market. This evening, enjoy a Galabeya party on board.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

CRUISING: ASWAN

Day
6

Marvel at the gigantic Aswan HIGH DAM, completed in 1970. Next, stop at the ancient GRANITE QUARRIES to see the famous unfinished obelisk and visit the PHILAE TEMPLE OF ISIS, transplanted from the submerged island of Philae. Highlight is LF a FELUCCA SAIL around Kitchener’s Island and the Mausoleum of Aga Khan. A Nubian Folklore Show is the perfect way to celebrate your Nile Cruise.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

DISEMBARKATION. ASWAN

Day
7

After disembarkation, enjoy some free time in Aswan. An optional excursion to stunning Abu Simbel is available.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

ASWAN–CAIRO

Day
8

Board your flight to Cairo. This evening, a farewell dinner awaits at your hotel.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

CAIRO

Day
9

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Meals included:

  • Breakfast

Things to note

  • Hotels listed may occasionally be substituted with alternative hotels of equivalent standard.
  • The ship scheduled to depart for the cruise portion of your vacation is the MS Mayfair.
  • Includes Airport Transfers (also for land-only customers that provide their travel arrangements to the booking department).
  • Includes Visas for USA, Canada and European passport holders (also for land-only customers that provide their travel arrangements to the booking department).

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