14 Day Classic Egypt with 7 Day Nile Cruise 2020-2021
14 days with Gate 1 Rating: First Class
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River Cruise Itinerary
DAY 1, Monday - Depart for Egypt Depart for Egypt.
DAY 2, Tuesday - 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 with your Tour Manager at approximately 6 PM and enjoy a Welcome Drink with your fellow travelers at the hotel.
DAY 3, Wednesday - 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, Thursday - Citadel & Coptic Cairo Today, tour the Citadel and explore Coptic Cairo. 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. 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. Have lunch in a local restaurant before visiting a gold shop. (Breakfast, Lunch)
DAY 5, Friday - Full Day in Cairo Spend today exploring Cairo on your own, or join the optional Egyptian Museum & Khan el Khalili Bazaar. Begin the tour at the Egyptian Museum, a neoclassical style building located on Tahrir Square. The museum houses the world's largest collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts, with more than 120,000 items on display. After lunch in a local restaurant, head to the heart of Islamic Cairo and wander the narrow alleys of El Khalili Bazaar, Cairo’s most famous souk. Here, you will find everything from gold and spices to scarabs and antiques. (Breakfast)
Optional: Full Day Egyptian Museum & Khan el Khalili with Lunch
DAY 6, Saturday - Flight to Luxor, Temple of Luxor, Nile Cruise Embarkation After breakfast, check out of your hotel and transfer to the airport for your flight to Luxor. Land in Luxor and embark on the Nile cruise. In the 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 papyrus. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
DAY 7, Sunday - Cruise to Edfu 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 begin sailing towards Edfu. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
Optional: Excursion to the West Bank (AM)
DAY 8, Monday - Temple of Kom Ombo Spend the morning at leisure. After lunch on the ship, 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 and continue sailing onward this afternoon. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
DAY 9, 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 10, Wednesday - Philae Temple, Aswan High Dam This morning, 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. Return to the ship for lunch. 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 the 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, Lunch, Dinner)
Optional: Nubian Village Visit (PM)
DAY 11, Thursday - Edfu Temples, Cruise to Luxor Spend the morning at leisure, later in the afternoon 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. Return to the ship for dinner, and continue sailing onward this evening. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
DAY 12, Friday - Dendera Temple, Cruise to Karnak This morning, set out on an excursion to Dendera Temple, one of the best preserved temple complexes in Egypt, located on the west bank of the Nile, approximately 40 miles away from Luxor. 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. Free time to explore the temple complex at leisure, before returning to Luxor. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
DAY 13 Saturday - Disembarkation, Temple of Karnak, Flight to Cairo After breakfast, disembark from the cruise ship and 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. Then, stop at a local cotton shop. After lunch in a local restaurant, transfer to the airport for your flight to Cairo. Tonight, enjoy a Farewell Dinner with your fellow travelers and Tour Manager. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
DAY 14, Sunday - 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
Admire the two colossal statues of Ramses II at the entrance to the ancient Luxor Temple
Enjoy a 7-day cruise on the Nile and savor the spectacular scenery of the Nile Valley
Explore the imposing Greco-Roman Temple of Kom Ombo
Discover the Temple of Philae dedicated to the goddess Isis with its beautiful island location
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
All This Included
Round trip flights New York-Cairo, Cairo-New York
Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
All intra-flights: Cairo-Luxor & Luxor-Cairo
12 nights First Class accommodations
Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
Hotel & cruise porterage
29 meals: 12 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 8 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
Cruising: Cabin onboard MS A'Sara
Cairo: Hilton Cairo Heliopolis
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.