11 Day Classic Egypt with 3 Day Nile Cruise & Abu Simbel
11 days with Gate 1 Rating: First Class
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River Cruise Itinerary
DAY 1, Friday - Depart for Egypt Depart for Egypt.
DAY 2, Saturday - Arrive in Cairo Welcome to Egypt, one of the world's greatest ancient civilizations. Arrive in Cairo with the remainder of the day at leisure. Tonight, attend an orientation meeting at approximately 6pm and enjoy a Welcome Drink with your Tour Manager and fellow travelers at your hotel.
DAY 3, Saturday - The Pyramids & Sphinx of Giza After breakfast, visit the Pyramids of Giza, built during the 3rd and 4th dynasties of the Old Kingdom. These monumental undertakings stand as a marvelous testimony to the almost unbelievable skill and determination of their builders. Get a close-up view of the Great Pyramid, built for the Pharaoh Khufu, as well as the Pyramids of Khafre and Menkaure. Not far from the Pyramids, see the great Sphinx of Giza, the legendary statue with the head of a human and the body of a lion, amazingly carved out of one huge piece of limestone. Next, visit a shop where you can view a quick demonstration of how the papyrus paper is made from the papyrus grass. Browse the collection of artwork on display. Leisure time this afternoon or, join the optional tour to Memphis & Sakkara with lunch. In Sakkara, site of hundreds of tombs, view the famous Step Pyramid of Djoser. Visit Memphis, the capital of Egypt during the Old Kingdom, founded by King Menes. Now, is an open-air museum highlighted by a giant statue of Ramses II. (Breakfast)
Optional: Half Day Memphis & Sakkara with lunch (PM)
DAY 4, Monday - Old Cairo, Flight to Aswan After breakfast, explore the old side of Cairo. Visit the famed Hanging Church, a place of Orthodox worship constructed in the 3rd century. Next, see Abu Serga, known formally as Saints Sergius and Bacchus Church. This place has great significance, as it is believed to be the spot where the Holy Family spent time during their journey in Egypt. Continue onward to Ben Ezra synagogue, which is the reputed location of Moses' discovery as a baby. A visit to the Gayer Anderson art museum, which houses a vast collection of local art, precedes the final visit of the morning to Ibn Tulun Mosque. The oldest mosque in Cairo comprises of six mihrabs, or prayer niches. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant in Cairo, before departing for the airport for a late afternoon flight to Aswan for overnight. (Breakfast, Lunch)
DAY 5, Tuesday - Flight to Abu Simbel A flight from Aswan transports you back in time to the mighty Temple of Abu Simbel, reclaimed from the floodwaters of the Aswan High Dam and totally reconstructed in the present location. The site is dominated by the looming twin temples of Ramses II and his wife Queen Nefertari. It is one of the most recognizable ancient sites of Egypt. On your way back visit the High Dam before returning to the hotel. Later, join the optional Aswan Felucca Ride and enjoy a relaxing cruise aboard a felucca, the traditional sailboat of Egypt used along the Nile and watch the exquisite sunset. (Breakfast)
Optional: Aswan Felucca Ride (PM)
DAY 6, Wednesday - Nile Cruise Embarkation This morning, choose to take part in the optional Half Day Nubian Village by Motorboat Tour. Spend time visiting Gharb Soheil, walking through the local market to get a taste of the unique culture and traditions. Afterwards, embark on the Nile Cruise. After lunch on board, stop at Philae Temple and a perfume factory. Return to the ship for dinner. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Optional: Half Day Nubian Village by Motorboat Tour (AM)
DAY 7, Thursday - Kom Ombo, Edfu & Esna Tour the imposing Greco-Roman Temple of Kom Ombo, that is dedicated to Horus, the Sky God, and Sobek, the Crocodile God. Admire the fascinating detailed reliefs on the walls. After lunch on board, sail towards Edfu. Take a tour to the stunning Temple of Horus in Edfu, considered one of the best preserved of all the Egyptian temples. It was built during the Ptolemaic times and was completed over a 180-year period. The temple is dedicated to the falcon god Horus, the son of Isis and Osiris. Its extravagant design and sheer size is an indication of the country's prosperity at the time. Cross Esna Lock and sail onward towards Luxor. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
DAY 8, Friday - Luxor West Bank View the magnificence of the Luxor West Bank on this morning’s optional excursion. Begin with a visit to the UNESCO listed Valley of the Kings, the necropolis of Thebes and admire the tombs of ancient Egypt’s rulers. Next, head to the Temple of Hatshepsut, a colonnaded structure surrounded by cliffs and learn about the life of Queen Hatshepsut, Egypt’s longest-reigning female ruler. Visit an alabaster factory, where you can view a demonstration of grinding alabaster the old fashion way. Browse the extensive collection of alabaster pieces. Conclude the tour at the Colossi of Memnon: two massive stone statues of the Pharaoh Amenhotep III. Return to the ship for lunch. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Optional: Excursion to West Bank (AM)
DAY 9, Saturday - Temples of Karnak & Luxor, Disembarkation After breakfast, disembark from the ship. Take a sightseeing tour of the East Bank of Luxor. Visit the magnificent Temples of Karnak, dating back over 3,000 years. Walk along the avenue of the Sphinxes and marvel at the Hypostyle Hall with its 134 massive sandstone columns. After exploring this ancient structure, visit a shop where you can view a quick demonstration of how the papyrus paper is made from the papyrus grass. Browse the collection of artwork on display. Afterward, head to Luxor Temple to admire the colossal statues of the great pharaoh Ramses II then transfer to your Luxor hotel. After time at leisure, choose to attend the optional Sound & Light Show held at the Karnak Temple where ancient and poetic voices tell about the birth of Karnak temple and the heroic achievements of pharaohs and god Amun. A spectacular and unforgettable evening! (Breakfast)
Optional: Sound & Light Show in Karnak (PM)
DAY 10, Sunday - Flight to Cairo This morning, transfer to the airport for flight to Cairo. Lunch is on your own upon arrival. Spend the remainder of the day at leisure, or take part in an opportunity to join the optional Egyptian Museum, a neoclassical building located on Tahrir Square. The museum houses the world's largest collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts. Tonight, enjoy a Farewell Dinner with your fellow travelers at the hotel. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Optional: Egyptian Museum (PM)
DAY 11, Monday - Depart Egypt Your vacation ends today after breakfast. (Breakfast)
River Cruise Highlights
Marvel at the oldest structure of the “seven wonders of the ancient world”, the Great Pyramid of Giza
Explore Abu Serga, believed to be the site where the Holy Family stopped during their travels in Egypt
A flight from Aswan transports you back in time to the mighty Temple of Abu Simbel
Enjoy a 3-day cruise on the Nile and admire the spectacular scenery of the Nile Valley
Discover the Temple of Philae dedicated to the goddess Isis with its beautiful island location
Explore the imposing Greco-Roman Temple of Kom Ombo
Tour the stunning Temple of Edfu, dedicated to the falcon god Horus, built in the Ptolemaic period
Visit the magnificent Temples of Karnak, dating back over 3,000 years
Admire the two colossal statues of Ramses II at the entrance to the ancient Luxor Temple
All This Included
Round trip flights New York-Cairo, Cairo-New York
Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
All intra-flights: Cairo-Aswan, Aswan-Abu Simbel-Aswan, Luxor-Cairo
9 nights First Class accommodations
Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
Hotel & cruise porterage
17 meals: 9 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 4 dinners
Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
Services of English-speaking tour manager throughout
Entrance fees per itinerary
Accommodations on this Tour
Cruising: Cabin onboard Queen of Hanza
Cairo: Cairo Marriott Hotel & Omar Khayyam Casino
Aswan: Movenpick Resort Aswan
Luxor: Sonesta St. George Luxor Hotel
This package is based on pre-confirmed flights from JFK via EgyptAir and may only be purchased with these flights. During Ramadan (Apr 23 - May 23, 2020), historic and cultural sites may close early and operate with minimal staff. The order of sightseeing may be changed to accommodate the holiday observance. Traffic congestion is common during Ramadan. Some hotels and restaurants may not serve alcoholic beverages. Entertainment may be limited to be respectful of the holiday observance. Modest dress is suggested during Ramadan (no shorts, short skirts, or sleeveless tops). Use discretion when drinking, eating, and smoking in public between sunrise and sunset.
Egypt's history and culture have not changed but recent political events have left their mark on daily life. You may see more armed guards and police vehicle presence than in the past. Security is of primary importance and we encourage you to travel in groups and not alone. Most domestic flights from Cairo to Upper Egypt (Luxor, Aswan) depart in the early morning, requiring waking before dawn. Some common comforts such as hygiene may be lacking. Consider the local dress code and watch your diet. Eat cooked food only and stick to bottled beverages. Due to Egypt's proximity to the Sahara Desert, local hot winds bring sand and dust everywhere.
This active program covers a good amount of ground each day. Expect from three to four hours walking on some touring days as well as early starts. The pace is moderate, however, you will encounter some uneven surfaces, stairs, steps and significant slopes. Traffic congestion and delays are common, particularly in downtown Cairo. This trip includes several different modes of transportation, including motorcoach, motorboat, and horse-drawn carriage, which require agility to embark and disembark. This is a Classic program.
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.