Egypt & the Nile 2021

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Physical Level: Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment. Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value (3*)
10 days
From: $ 7,595 $ 760 / day
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Overview

Highlights (Bullets)

  • Embark on a four-night Nile river cruise, gliding in comfort through stirring desert landscapes and going ashore to discover ancient Egypt’s most awe-inspiring sites
  • Explore the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities (or the Grand Egyptian Museum, if open) to view a vast trove of artifacts
  • Venture inside one of the pyramids, go riding camel back and view the enigmatic Great Sphinx on the Giza Plateau
  • Descend into the tomb of King Tut and the colorful tomb of Seti I, father of legendary Ramses II, in the Valley of the Kings
  • Marvel at the colossal statues and towering colonnade of the sprawling Temple of Luxor, and listen as your expert A&K Egyptologist deciphers the hieroglyphs carved upon them
  • Journey to Abu Simbel to set eyes upon the imposing twin temples of Ramses II and Queen Nefertari

Short Description

Bask in the timeless majesty of ancient Egypt on an immersive journey through the land of the pharaohs, exploring its quintessential archaeological treasures with an expert A&K Egyptologist, and cruise for four nights along the Nile aboard stylish ‘Sanctuary Sun Boat IV.’

Style Small group tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value (3*)
Flight & Transport Inclusions All internal ground transport
Start City Cairo
End City Cairo

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Cairo, Egypt

Accommodation: Marriott Mena House Hotel

Arrive in Cairo, where you are met by your A&K representative and transferred to your historic hotel featuring views of the pyramids from your private balcony.

Day 2: Cairo | Ancient Treasures

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Marriott Mena House Hotel

This morning, join your expert A&K Egyptologist for an exploration of the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities (or the Grand Egyptian Museum, upon its opening), to view its huge collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts. Tonight, gather with your fellow guests for a welcome dinner.

Day 3: Giza | The Pyramids & Sphinx

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Marriott Mena House Hotel

Today, roam the Giza Plateau, site of the pyramids of Mycerinus and Chephren 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 structures, and marvel at the massive stones used to construct them. Ride a camel across the sands of Giza, and then view the Great Sphinx backdropped by the pyramids, a setting that has captured the imaginations of adventurers for centuries.

Day 4: Luxor | Temple of Luxor & Valley of The Kings

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Fly to Luxor, site of the ancient city of Thebes. Begin your full day of exploring by visiting the striking Temple of Luxor. View the three large statues of Ramses II along the front of the temple pylons; the Courtyard of Ramses II; and the Colonnade of Amenhotep III, with its 50-foot-high columns. Walk in their shadows as visitors have done since antiquity and ponder the astonishing feats of engineering it took to create them. Then, step aboard ‘Sanctuary Sun Boat IV,’ an elegant river cruiser renowned for the warmth and attentiveness of its service staff. Enjoy lunch on board before disembarking to explore the west bank of the Nile river and the Necropolis of Thebes, and view the Colossi of Memnon. Next, arrive at the architecturally stunning 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. Enter the tomb of Tutankhamun — found in 1922 by British archaeologist and Egyptologist Howard Carter — to discover the secrets of this storied chamber. Next, descend into the beautifully decorated tomb of Seti I, the father of Ramses II, one of the best-preserved tombs in the valley.

‘Sanctuary Sun Boat IV’

Day 5: Cruising The Nile | Luxor to Esna

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Journey once more to the east bank of the Nile, this time visiting the Temple of Karnak, where generations of pharaohs wished to record their names. Walk through the Great Hypostyle Hall, strolling among its expertly aligned columns, which soar to 80 feet high. This afternoon, cruise to Esna and visit the Temple of Khnum to marvel at its superb art and hieroglyphics.

‘Sanctuary Sun Boat IV’

Day 6: Cruising The Nile | Temple of Horus & Kom Ombo

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Today, view the Temple of Horus, falcon-headed god of the sky. Built in 230 BC by Ptolemy III, this amazingly well-preserved and colorful structure reveals what temple worship in ancient Egypt was like. Back on board, learn to prepare local dishes on an authentic Chef’s Table experience — a cooking lesson with an onboard chef. Disembark at Kom Ombo (hill of gold) to visit the Greco- Roman temple dedicated to Haroeris (the sun god) and Sobek (the crocodile god), whom some ancient Egyptians considered the creator of the world. View the mummified remains of several crocodiles that once basked along the ancient Nile shore, just as their descendants do today.

‘Sanctuary Sun Boat IV’

Day 7: Aswan | Majestic Philae

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

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. Proceed to the 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 refreshing Scenic Sundowner.

‘Sanctuary Sun Boat IV’

Day 8: Abu Simbel | Temples Of Ramses II & Nefertari

Meals: Breakfast

Accommodation: Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza

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 70-foot-tall statues of the pharaoh. 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.

Day 9: Cairo | Design Your Day

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza

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 built where the Holy Family stayed, as well as ancient Ben Ezra Synagogue.

Tour Islamic Cairo, including a walk in El-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.

Day 10: Depart Cairo

Meals: Breakfast

After breakfast, transfer to the airport and depart.

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Intimate Group - 12 max

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