Nile Cruise & Tour Fall Special
8 Day Tour and Nile Cruise, Depart Any Day!
per person, double occupancy, land only
This special applies to bookings and travel September 10 – December 18, 2012
Day 01: Arrival. Welcome to Egypt, Land of Pharaohs! Upon arrival at Cairo International Airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Cairo. Check in and overnight in Cairo.
Day 02: After breakfast at the hotel depart for a full day sightseeing tour to visit one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World: the Pyramids and the Sphinx at the Giza Plateau. Visit the area and enjoy a photo opportunity at the panorama area and camel ride. Lunch will be served at a typical restaurant and after lunch, continue your tour with a visit to the Egyptian National Museum of Antiquities where you will see the fabulous treasures of the tomb of Tutankhamen. Overnight in Cairo. (B/L)
Day 03: Today you will have a full day of sightseeing in Old Cairo. Visit the Hanging Church that was built in the 4th century over the southern gate of the Fortress of Babylon. Next visit the oldest Jewish Synagogue in Cairo followed by the Citadel of Salah El Din and the Alabaster Mosque of Prince Mohamed Ali. The Citadel overlooks the city of Cairo and you will be able to enjoy a magnificent panoramic view of the city and the Nile from just outside the mosque. Lunch will be served at a typical restaurant. End your day with a visit to Khan El Khalili Bazaars where you will have free time for shopping or to have tea at one of the famous Egyptian cafés at the entrance to the bazaar. (B/L)
Day 04: After an early breakfast, check out and transfer to the Cairo domestic airport for your flight to Aswan. Arrive in Aswan and transfer to the Nile Cruise Ship. Embarkation and lunch at 11:00am on board. After lunch visit the High Dam and the Temple of Philae dedicated to the goddess Isis. Return to the ship for dinner and overnight on board. (B/L/D)
Day 05: The ship will sail to Kom Ombo in the morning while you enjoy breakfast on board. Once at Kom Ombo, visit the temple there. The Temple of Kom Ombo is shared by the two Gods Sobek and Haroeris. Sobek is depicted as a crocodile and you will find his image everywhere, as well as other signs of worship to this god. Return to the ship and sail on to Edfu to visit the temple there. The large well preserved temple complex was built between 237 BCE to 57 BCE, into the reign of Cleopatra VII. Built from sandstone blocks, the huge Ptolemaic temple was constructed over the site of a smaller New Kingdom temple, oriented east to west, facing towards the river. After your visit return to the ship. Enjoy afternoon tea and dinner on board while sailing to Esna, and on to Luxor for overnight. (B/L/D)
Day 06: After breakfast begin your sightseeing with a visit to the West Bank. In the Valley of the Kings you will visit several tombs that have been preserved. The tombs of Tut Ankh-Amon, Ramses III, Seti I, Ramses VI, Amenhotep II, and more are located here. See the differing types of construction of the burial chambers located in this cut in the mountains. Afterwards visit Queen Hatshepsut’s Temple. At Queen Hatshepsut’s Temple, you will see the reconstructed temple of this fascinating ruler of Egypt. Her story is full of political intrigue and rivalry, a power struggle, murder, and more! Head back to the ship, stopping to see the Colossi of Memnon at the ruins of the tomb of Amenhotep III. Return to the ship for lunch. Afternoon tea and dinner on board and overnight moored in Luxor. (B/L/D)
Day 07: After breakfast disembark at 8:00am then depart for a visit to Karnak and Luxor Temples. The Temple of Karnak is dedicated to the Theban Triad of Amon, Mut, and Khonso, and is the largest religious complex in the world. The complex was constructed over several hundred years. You will see the many efforts of successive rulers to put their individual mark on the temple, and efforts to remove the presence of others. After exploring this magnificent site, go to the smaller but just is beautiful Temple of Luxor with its elegant colonnaded hall and sculpture of King Tut and his wife. In the evening attend the Sound and Light Show at Karnak Temple. Afterwards, transfer to the airport for your flight to Cairo. Upon arrival in Cairo you will be transferred to the hotel to check in. The rest of the day is free. Overnight in Cairo. (B)
Day 08: Breakfast and check out and transfer to Cairo International Airport for departure flight. (B)
End of services.
- 4 nights accommodation in Cairo at a 4* hotel on bed and breakfast basis
- 3 nights 5* standard Nile Cruise on full board basis including sightseeing tours
- 2 full day sightseeing tours in Cairo
- All airport transfers in Cairo, Aswan, Luxor
- All tours accompanied by English speaking guide
- Domestic airfare CAI/ASW and LXR/CAI: $282 per person on Y class
- International air fare Items of a personal natures such a phone/fax calls, mini bar, room service, souvenirs, etc.
- Meals not listed, snacks, beverages at meals
- Optional tours and activities not on itinerary
- Tips for guides and drivers: we recommend about $5 for drivers and $10 for guides, per person, per day
- Trip insurance
Single supplement: $370
Please note that sightseeing, flight, and cruise schedules can change for reasons beyond our control.