Egypt, Land of the Pharaohs and eternal sunshine, incredible pyramids and the magnificent Sphinx. A culture older than history awaits….a world of timeless treasures, ancient temples, mummies, mystery and remarkable structures that defy modern engineering.
Begin in Cairo, the capital, the most complex and fascinating cities. Upon arrival catch your first glimpse of the gigantic peaks of the three Pyramids of Giza in the distance. From Cairo, embark on an unforgettable four-day cruise along the legendary Nile. Your deluxe cruise ship - the Movenpick's M/S Royal Lilly boasts Satellite TV, direct-dial GSM phone lines in your cabin, plus mini-bar and panoramic wall-to-wall window to enjoy the Nile scenery. Cruising the Nile you'll visit Luxor, Edfu, Kom Ombo, Aswan and Abu Simbal. In the Main restaurant, enjoy fine dining with international and local cuisine. The lounge is ideal for small gatherings. Enjoy a drink and soak up the romantic Nile sunsets in the Sundeck Bar. Dance in the Disco, shop or meet friends in this relaxing atmosphere.Tour Highlights
- 17 meals including buffet breakfast daily, 5 lunches, 4 dinners.
- Professional visits in Cairo & Aswan
- Tour the world-famous Egyptian Museum
- 4 day cruise on the Nile
- Fancy Dress Galabaya Party
- Oriental Show
- Abu Simbal
- The Valley of the Kings
- See the imposing Temple of Karnak complex
- Bargain for treasures in the market in Cairo
FRIDAY - DAY 1- EN ROUTE
Evening departure from New York via Egyptair.
SATURDAY, - DAY 2- CAIRO
Arrive in Cairo, Egypt's bustling capital. Visas for Egypt will be provided upon arrival. Transfer to your hotel overlooking the Nile. Remainder of the day is at leisure.
SUNDAY - DAY 3- CAIRO
This morning discover the treasures of the enormous Egyptian Museum, which contains the world's most complete collection of arts and artifacts, including the treasures of Tutankhamen and the fascinating Mummy Room. Drive to Giza and enjoy lunch at the Meridien Hotel. This afternoon see the Three Great Pyramids, the oldest surviving structures built by man. Visit the astonishing Solar Boat Museum, housing the oldest known ship in the world, and stand in awe at the magnificent Sphinx, carved out of a single piece of stone, guarding the Giza plateau. Try a camel ride before continuing to the unique Karnak Bazaar. Refreshments await you - and gems that will dazzle you. BL
MONDAY - DAY 4- CAIRO-LUXOR
Early morning flight to Luxor. Upon arrival, transfer to your Nile Cruiser for a 5 Day/4 Night Cruise, Movenpick's M/S Royal Lilly. After lunch, visit the Avenue of the Sphinx and the imposing Temple of Luxor with its grand colonnades. Continue to the vast Karnak Temple-Complex, built by generations of Pharaohs. Dinner and overnight on board, in Luxor.BLD
TUESDAY, DAY 5- LUXOR-EDFU
Morning visit to the Valley of the Kings containing the secretive tombs of New Kingdom Pharaohs. Visit the beautifully terraced funerary Temple of Queen Hapshetsut at Deir el Bahari. Then, on to the famed Colossi of Memnon, standing nearly 70 feet tall. After lunch on board, sail to Edfu. Afternoon at leisure. Dinner and overnight in Edfu on board the Royal Lilly. BLD
WEDNESDAY, DAY 6- EDFU-KOM OMBO-ASWAN
Travel in Edfu by horse-drawn carriage to the Temple of Horus, the best preserved of all large Egyptian Temples. Afternoon arrival in Kom Ombo, a hill town ovrlooking the banks of the Nile. Visit the Greco-Roman Temple, dedicated to Horus, the Sun God and Sobek, the Crocodile God. Sail to Aswan. Dinner and overnight on board BLD
THURSDAY, DAY 7- ASWAN
This morning a Professional Visit is scheduled. Then, visit the Aswan High Dam and the unfinished Obelisk of Queen Hatshepsut. See the granite quarries where the stone was cut for ancient monuments and the modern dam. Continue by motorboat to the island of Philae; view the exquisite, gleaming white Temple of Isis. After lunch, sail on a typical Egyptian "felucca" (sailboat) gliding along the Nile past Lord Kitchener's Island and the dramatic Aga Khan Mausoleum. Dinner and overnight on board in Aswan. BLD
FRIDAY, DAY 8- ASWAN-ABU SIMBEL-CAIRO
Morning flight from Aswan to the mighty Sun Temple of Abu Simbel, flanked by four giant stone statues of Ramses II. The temple was reclaimed from the dam and reconstructed in its present and unforgettable location. Transfer to the airport for Cairo and your hotel. B
SATURDAY, DAY 9- CAIRO
This morning, a Professional Visit is scheduled, followed by a visit to Old Cairo to see the beautiful Coptic Church of St. Sergius where Jesus and the holy family stayed after fleeing Jerusalem. Stroll through the winding streets to the restored, century-old Ben Ezra Synagogue. Proceed to the 19th century Mosque of Mohammed Ali at the 12th century Citadel of Saladin. End the day with a visit to the Khan-el-Khalili Bazaar - bargain for brassware, leather, silver, gold, antiques and more! Tonight, experience the extraordinary Sound & Light Show at the Pyramids. B
SUNDAY - DAY 10- EN ROUTE This is a sample itinerary. Distribution of sites & leisure time is subject to change. Meal Conditions: Buffet Breakfast daily - 5 lunches, 4 dinners.
Transfer to the airport for flight back to the U.S. arriving later the same day. B
Tour price includes intra-egypt domestic flights.
Optional Air (from NYC) on Egyptair in H Class $860. Except December: $1340. Includes fuel surcharge of $250.
Add U.S. departure taxes $105. Add-ons for other U.S. cities, please inquire.
Egyptian visa may be obtained upon arrival in Cairo – approximate/current cost $15.Special Note:
This tour operates on a weekly basis departing the U.S. on Friday – if above dates do not meet your needs, please inquire and we can try to accommodate your special needs.2013 Projected Dates (prices to be advised)
(subject to sailing schedule)
Jan 4-13, Feb 1-10, Mar 1-10, Apr 5-14, May 3-12, Aug 23-Sep 1, Oct 4-13, Oct 25-Nov 3, Dec 20-29