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Egypt & the Nile 2020

10 days with Abercrombie & Kent  Rating: Deluxe

River Cruise Itinerary
DAY 1 ARRIVE CAIRO, EGYPT
Arrive in Cairo where you are met by your A&K representative and transferred to your historic hotel with fantastic views of the pyramids.
 
DAY 2 CAIRO | ANCIENT TREASURES
This morning, visit the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities (or the Grand Egyptian Museum, upon its opening), home to the largest collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts, including treasures from Tutankhamun and items dating to 4000 BC. During your visit, view its famed Mummy Room, featuring the remains of ancient Egypt’s pharaohs and nobility, including Ramses II, one of Egypt’s most powerful pharaohs. After lunch at a local restaurant, enjoy your afternoon at leisure. Tonight, gather for a welcome dinner hosted by Abercrombie & Kent. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
 
DAY 3 GIZA | THE PYRAMIDS & SPHINX
Today, tour the Giza Plateau, site of the pyramids of Mycerinus and Chefren as well as the Great Pyramid. Built in the Fourth Dynasty (approximately 2690 BC), it is the only survivor of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Revel in the opportunity to enter the interior of one of these legendary pyramids. Ride Like a Local on camel back, then visit the Solar Boat Museum — site of Cheops’ funerary boat — and the Great Sphinx. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
 
DAY 4 LUXOR | LUXOR & THE VALLEY OF THE KINGS
Fly to Luxor, site of the ancient city of Thebes. Begin your full day of exploring here visiting the striking Temple of Luxor. Behold the three large statues of Ramses II along the front of the temple pylons; the Courtyard of Ramses II behind the East Tower; and the Colonnade of Amenhotep III, with its 14 papyrus-headed columns, some fully 50 feet in height. Then, step aboard ‘Sanctuary Sun Boat IV,’ where you enjoy lunch. Afterward, disembark to explore the west bank of the Nile and the Necropolis of Thebes, and enjoy a photo stop at the Colossi of Memnon. Next, stop at the lovely Temple of Hatshepsut, ancient Egypt’s first female pharaoh and regarded today as one of its most successful. Continue to the Valley of the Kings, burial ground of the pharaohs and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. For a period of 500 years beginning in the 16th century BC, tombs were built along this valley for pharaohs and nobles, including that of “the boy king,” Tutankhamun. Found in 1922 by British archaeologist and Egyptologist Howard Carter, the tomb of Tutankhamun is yours to discover, as you set foot inside its 35-century-old walls. Also visit the tomb of Seti I, the father of Ramses II, one of the best preserved tombs in the Valley of the Kings. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
 
DAY 5 CRUISING THE NILE | LUXOR TO ESNA
Journey once more to the east bank of the Nile, this time with a journey to the Temple of Karnak, where generations of pharaohs wished to record their names. Walk through the Great Hypostyle Hall; its expertly aligned columns, the largest of which is 80 feet high with a 33-foot circumference, are a sight to behold. This afternoon, sail to Esna and visit the Temple of Khnum and marvel at its soaring columns. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
 
DAY 6 CRUISING THE NILE | EDFU TO KOM OMBO
Cruise to Edfu to view the Temple of Horus, falcon-headed god of the sky. Built in 230 BC by Ptolemy III and once buried in sand and debris, this stunningly well-preserved and colorful structure reveals what temple worship in ancient Egypt was like. Join your chef back on board for a local cooking lesson. Later, disembark at Kom Ombo (hill of gold) to visit the Greco-Roman temple dedicated to Haroeris (the sun god) and Sobek (the crocodile god), who was considered by some ancient Egyptians to be the creator of the world. While there, view the mummified remains of several crocodiles that once basked along the ancient Nile shore, just as their descendants do today. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
 
DAY 7 ASWAN | MAJESTIC PHILAE
Cruise to Aswan and ride a motorized boat to Philae Temple on the island of Agilika. This sacred complex was dedicated to the goddess Isis and reflects a fusion of three great civilizations — Egyptian, Greek and Roman. The temple was dismantled, and then painstakingly reassembled when the Aswan High Dam was constructed. Built in the 1960s, the dam spans the Nile River, more than two miles across and incorporating 16 times the amount of material that went into the Great Pyramid at Giza. It provides irrigation and hydroelectric power to much of Egypt, and the reservoir that formed behind it, Lake Nasser, is 340 miles long. Proceed to the impressive granite quarries and site of the Unfinished Obelisk. Illustrating the skills of Egypt’s stonemasons, this monolith is one-third taller than any other ancient Egyptian obelisk. Later, Ride Like a Local around the Aswan islands in a felucca, while enjoying a Scenic Sundowner, weather permitting. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
 
DAY 8 ABU SIMBEL | TEMPLES OF RAMSES II & NEFERTARI
Today, bid farewell to ‘Sanctuary Sun Boat IV,’ disembarking to fly to Abu Simbel and discover the commanding twin temples of Ramses II and his wife, Queen Nefertari. The former’s façade is dominated by four statues of the pharaoh, each nearly 70 feet tall. Perhaps even more impressive, this entire site was disassembled and moved here to save it from the floodwaters caused by the Aswan High Dam. Return to Cairo for an afternoon at leisure. (Breakfast, Lunch)
 
DAY 9 CAIRO | DESIGN YOUR DAY
Drive to Sakkara, site of hundreds of tombs and 14 pyramids, including the famous Step Pyramid of Djoser. After lunch, enjoy one of these Design Your Day activities:
 
Discover Coptic Cairo, visiting a church where the Holy Family stayed, as well as ancient Ben Ezra Synagogue.
 
Tour Islamic Cairo, including a walk in Moaz Street, and the Khan el-Khalili Bazaar.
 
Relax Aboard a Felucca, viewing Cairo from a different perspective as you sail the Nile River’s waters.
 
This evening, gather with your fellow guests to reflect on your journey through Egypt and along the Nile at a farewell dinner hosted by Abercrombie & Kent. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
 
DAY 10 DEPART CAIRO
After breakfast, transfer to the airport and depart. (Breakfast)
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River Cruise Highlights
  • Sail on a four-night Nile River cruise aboard award-winning ‘Sanctuary Sun Boat IV’
  • Gain special entry into the tomb of Seti I, one of the best preserved tombs in the Valley of the Kings
  • Stay at the historic Marriott Mena House Hotel, with views of the pyramids from your own private balcony, and at the luxurious Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza
  • Explore one of Egypt’s legendary pyramids from the inside out
  • Ride Like a Local on camel back and sail the Nile in a felucca (sailboat)
All This Included
Cruise the Nile River for four nights aboard ‘Sanctuary Sun Boat IV,’ explore an ancient pyramid from the inside out, gain exclusive access to the tomb of Seti I, sail the Nile in a felucca and view Cairo’s treasures.
  • English-Speaking Resident Tour Director® and Local Guides
  • Hand-Selected Luxury Accommodations
  • Travelling Bell Boy® Luggage Handling
  • Airport Meet and Greet with Private Transfers
  • Breakfast in Bed on Select Days
  • Full Breakfast Daily; Select Lunches and Dinners
  • New! Your Choice of Activity on Design Your Day® 
  • Traveller’s Valet® Laundry Service
  • Internet Access (Where Available) 
  • Entrance Fees, Taxes and All Gratuities Except Resident Tour Director
  • 24/7 A&K On-Call Support
  • Guaranteed Departures with Just Two Guests
Accommodations on this Tour
Cairo: Marriott Mena House Hotel
Cruising: Cabin onboard Sanctuary Sun Boat IV
Cairo: Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza
Pre and Post Add-ons
Jordan Pre-Tour Extension
Pre-Tour Extension: Jordan
5 days from $2,795 / Single Supplement from $795
 
Internal air from $485: Amman/Cairo
 
Discover Jordan’s historical and architectural marvels, from Amman to Jerash, and Mount Nebo to Petra. Available to add to select departure dates. 
 
DAYS 1-2
Arrive in Amman, Jordan, and transfer to your hotel downtown. The next day, tour the White City of Amman and visit the Roman ruins in Jerash. Later, gather for dinner. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (Day 2))
Four Seasons Hotel Amman
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DAYS 3-4
Drive to Petra, visiting Mount Nebo en route, from which the Bible says Moses beheld the Holy Land, and view the Byzantine mosaics in Madaba. On Day 4, tour Petra, an ancient, rock-cut city and UNESCO World Heritage Site, famed for its rose-red stone and stunning, pillared Treasury. (Breakfast, Lunch)
Mövenpick Resort Petra
 
DAY 5
Today, transfer to the airport and fly to Cairo. (Breakfast)
Notes
  • Itineraries and prices are subject to change.
  • Internal Air: Economy class from $685: Cairo/Luxor; Aswan/Abu Simbel/Cairo
  • Minimum age is 10 years.
  • First group event: welcome briefing at 8:30 a.m. on Day 2.
  • Last group event: farewell dinner at 7:00 p.m. on Day 9.
  • Departures are guaranteed to operate with a minimum of 2 guests.
  • Please note that multiple groups of 18 A&K guests and other passengers may be travelling on board ship simultaneously.
  • Routes may run in reverse on select departures (Aswan/Luxor instead of Luxor/Aswan).
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions

* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.



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