12 Day Classic Egypt with 4 Day Nile Cruise 2020-2021
12 days with Gate 1 Rating: First Class
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River Cruise Itinerary
DAY 1, Tuesday - Depart for Egypt Depart for Egypt.
DAY 2, Wednesday - 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 6 PM and enjoy a Welcome Drink with your Tour Manager and fellow travelers at the hotel.
DAY 3, Thursday - 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 too 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 a huge piece of limestone. 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. Today, Memphis is an open-air museum highlighted by a giant statue of Ramses II. Next, visit a carpet school before heading back to your hotel. (Breakfast)
Optional: Half Day Memphis & Sakkara with Lunch (PM)
DAY 4, Friday - Flight to Luxor, Temples of Karnak & Luxor This morning, check out of your hotel and drive to the airport for your flight to Luxor. After landing in Luxor, take a sightseeing tour of the East Bank. Visit the magnificent Temples of Karnak, dating back over 3,000 years. Walk along the Avenue of Sphinxes and marvel at the Hypostyle Hall with its 134 massive sandstone columns. Then, check into your hotel. This afternoon, visit Luxor Temple to admire the colossal statues of the great pharaoh Ramses II. 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. Spend the evening at leisure in Luxor. (Breakfast)
DAY 5, Saturday - Dendera Temple, Nile Cruise Embarkation After breakfast, drive north of Luxor to Quena (appx. 40 miles) for a half day visit to Dendera Temple, one of the best preserved temple complexes in Egypt, located on the west bank of the Nile. Explore the Temple of Hathor, dedicated to the wife of god Horus. Marvel at the spectacular ceiling painting in the main hall, displaying stars, planets, and symbols of the Roman zodiac. The colors seen throughout the temple complex are original, and amazingly vibrant. Visit the temple crypt, and climb the staircase up to the roof, learning about Egypt’s Ptolemaic period along the way. Return to Luxor and embark on the Nile Cruise. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
DAY 6, Sunday - 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 famous female ruler. Visit an alabaster factory, where you can view a demonstration of grinding alabaster the old-fashioned way. Browse the extensive collection of alabaster pieces. Conclude the tour at the Colossi of Memnon, two massive stone statues of the Pharaoh Amenhotep II. Return to the ship for lunch, and continue sailing onward this afternoon. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Optional: Excursion to the West Bank (AM)
DAY 7, Monday - Edfu Temples & Kom Ombo This morning, visit the stunning Temples 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, son of Isis and Osiris. Its extravagant design and sheer size is an indication of the country's prosperity at the time. Next, tour the imposing Greco-Roman Temple of Kom Ombo, dedicated to Horus, the sky god and Sobek, the crocodile god. Admire the fascinating detailed reliefs on the walls. Return to the ship for overnight. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
DAY 8, Tuesday - Cruise to Aswan Spend the morning at leisure, or join the optional to Abu Simbel. A bus ride 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. Afterwards, drive back to Aswan. Choose to relax the rest of the evening, or take part in the optional Aswan Felucca Ride. Enjoy a relaxing cruise aboard a felucca, the traditional sailboat of Egypt used along the Nile. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Optional: Abu Simbel by Bus from Aswan (AM) Optional: Aswan Felucca Ride (PM)
DAY 9, Wednesday - Disembarkation, Aswan High Dam, Philae Temple This morning, after disembarking from your cruise ship, explore Aswan, an ancient frontier town. Take a tour to Philae Temple dedicated to the goddess Isis. Arrive by motorboat and marvel at the Temple's beautiful island location. Continue to the spectacular Aswan High Dam, an engineering miracle when originally constructed in the 1960s. The dam brought an end to the Nile's devastating floods. Visit a perfume shop and learn how these scents are made. Afterwards, check in to your hotel for overnight in Aswan. This afternoon, join the optional Nubian Village visit. On this tour, board a motorboat and cruise along the Nile River to a Nubian village. Along the way, admire sweeping views over the river. Upon arrival, visit a traditional Nubian village in Aswan. Get an insight into the culture, history, and lifestyle of one of Africa's oldest civilizations Enjoy a drink at one of the colorful rural houses, nestled amongst the natural scenery. Walk through the local market to get a taste of the unique culture and traditions. (Breakfast)
Optional: Nubian Village Visit (PM)
DAY 10, Thursday - Flight to Cairo After breakfast, check out and drive to the airport for your flight to Cairo. Transfer to the hotel upon arrival. Spend the rest of the afternoon at leisure, or join the optional Coptic Cairo with lunch. On this tour, visit the famed Hanging Church, a place of Orthodox worship and one of the oldest churches in Egypt. The church’s roof is built of timber to resemble the interior of Noah’s Ark. 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 towards Ben Ezra synagogue, which is the reputed location of Moses' discovery as a baby and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before returning to your hotel. (Breakfast)
Optional: Coptic Cairo with Lunch
DAY 11, Friday - Full Day in Cairo Spend today exploring Cairo on your own, or take part in the optional tour of the Citadel and Egyptian Museum. The Citadel is a medieval fortress in the center of Cairo. This UNESCO World Heritage Site, known for its expansive views of the city, now contains museums and mosques. After, visit a gold shop. Have lunch in a local restaurant before heading to the Egyptian Museum, a neoclassical style building located in Tahrir Square. The museum houses the world’s largest collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts. Tonight, enjoy a Farewell Dinner with your fellow travelers and Tour Manager at the hotel. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Optional: Citadel & Egyptian Museum with Lunch
DAY 12, Saturday - Depart Egypt Your vacation ends today after breakfast. (Breakfast)
Cruise sailing times are subject to change.
At certain times of the year your itinerary may be amended to travel early in the morning and late afternoon to avoid the heat.
Order or duration of some visits may be affected during official holidays.
River Cruise Highlights
Marvel at the oldest structure of the “seven wonders of the ancient world”, the Great Pyramid of Giza
Visit the magnificent Temples of Karnak, dating back over 3,000 years
Admire the two colossal statues of Ramses at the entrance to the ancient Luxor Temple
Enjoy a 4-day cruise on the Nile and savor the spectacular scenery of the Nile Valley
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
All This Included
Round trip flights New York-Cairo, Cairo-New York
Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
All intra-flights: Cairo-Luxor, Aswan-Cairo
10 nights First Class accommodations
Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
Hotel & cruise porterage
19 meals: 10 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 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
Cairo: Cairo Marriott Hotel & Omar Khayyam Casino
Luxor: Sonesta St. George Luxor Hotel
Aswan: Movenpick Resort Aswan
Cruising: Cabin onboard MS Queen of Hansa
Cairo: Cairo Marriott Hotel & Omar Khayyam Casino
This package is based on pre-confirmed flights from JFK via EgyptAir and may only be purchased with these flights. During Ramadan (Apr 12 - May 11, 2021), 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.