10 Day Egyptian Golden Age & The Nile

Tour Detail

10 Day Egyptian Golden Age & The Nile



Highlights

 Highlights Include:
  • Visit the Karnak Temple complex and Luxor Temple
  • 4 nights aboard the deluxe river cruiser H.S. Radamis II
  • Valley of the Kings and the Valley of the Queens
  • Visit the temple of Queen Hatshepsut and the Colossi of Memnon
  • Dock in Aswan, location of the largest landfill dam in the world
  • Visit Philae Temple and the granite quarry where an ancient obelisk lies cracked and unfinished
  • See Islamic treasures at the International Museum of Nubia
  • The Egyptian Museum, housing the largest artifact collection from pharaonic time is sure to be a highlight
  • Enjoy a walk through the bazaar of Khan el Khalili overflowing with jewelry, copper, brass, carpets and spices
  • Experience a camelback ride at the Giza Pyramids
  • Examine Cheop’s Great Pyramid / The famous Giza plateau including the Sphinx


 

Itinerary

Day 1 DEPART

Today we board our overnight flight from a New York area gateway to Cairo. Meals and entertainment will be available on flight.

Day 2 ARRIVE CAIRO

Welcome to Cairo, we will be met by our representative who will transfer us to our hotel in Cairo and enjoy some leisure time before dinner and overnight in Cairo. (D)

Day 3 KARNAK TEMPLE/H.S. RADAMIS II CRUISE

We transfer to the airport for our flight to the upper Nile Valley to Luxor, known as Thebes in pharaonic times. Visit the Karnak Temple complex, built by generations of pharaohs and covering 60 acres, then follow the partially buried two-mile Avenue of the Ram-headed Sphinxes to Luxor Temple, which was well-preserved by its cover of desert sand until its discovery in 9th century. Embark on the H.S. Radamis II, a deluxe river cruiser, for your four-night cruise up the Nile. Attend the Sound and Light Show this evening back at the Karnak Temple. (B,L,D)

Day 4 VALLEYS OF THE KINGS AND QUEENS

We start our day by crossing to the west shore of the Nile to the Valley of the Kings and the Valley of the Queens, the famed necropolis where tombs of 64 pharaohs have been found, including that of Tutankhamun, whose treasures were miraculously intact after 3,000 years. You visit the tomb, not normally seen by tourists. See the unique colonnaded temple of Queen Hatshepsut and the Colossi of Memnon before returning to our ship. (B,L,D)

Day 5 NILE CRUISE/EDFU/KOM OMBO

This morning, our ship sails to Edfu for a visit to the nearly intact Temple of Horus, the falcon god, built by Ptolemy III in 0 BC. After lunch, continue cruising up the Nile past small villages, palm trees and farmers working in fields much the same as they did 2,000 years ago - with donkeys and camels. Dock at Kom Ombo to visit the twin temples dedicated to Horus and to Sobek, the Crocodile God. The temples are a classic example of Egyptian symmetry and design in construction. (B,L,D)

Day 6 ASWAN/PHILAE TEMPLE

Today we are docked in Aswan, location of the largest landfill dam in the world - the High Dam - which was built to control the annual flooding of the Nile and to provide electricity. Visit Philae Temple, relocated from another island to save it from the rising river waters when the dam was built, and see the granite quarry where an ancient obelisk lies cracked and unfinished. Late in the afternoon, visit the International Museum of Nubia which houses statues and monuments from the time of the Pharaohs, plus Coptic and Islamic treasures. (B,L,D)

Day 7 ABU SIMBEL/CAIRO

This morning an optional tour to fly to Abu Simbel, the colossal temple that was carved from solid rock in 1235 BC by the great Rameses II. Beside it stands the Temple of Hathor, built to honor the Pharaoh's wife, Nefertari. In the 1960's, the temples were moved piece-by-piece up the hill to preserve them from the rising waters of Lake Nasser. This evening we fly back to Cairo for dinner and overnight. (B,D)

Day 8 CAIRO/EGYPTIAN MUSEUM

After breakfast we start our tour for the visit to the Egyptian Museum to see the largest artifact collection from pharaonic times, including the unparalleled treasures of the tomb of Tutankhamun - the “Boy King.” Your Egyptologist shows you the gold mask, toys, jewelry and throne, all found in the pharaoh's tomb across the Nile from Luxor. Lunch is out on the town. Then visit the Old City of Cairo, including the Mohammed Ali Mosque in the Citadel. Enjoy a walk through the bazaar of Khan el Khalili, where stalls and shops overflow with jewelry, copper, brass, carpets and spices. Finish your day with a special reception and a presentation by an Egyptian archaeologist. (B,D)

Day 9 GIZA PYRAMIDS/SPHINX/SAQQARA

Experience one of the oldest forms of transportation - a camelback ride - to the base of the Giza Pyramids. Examine Cheop's Great Pyramid, which is 4,500 years old and covers acres at its base. The famous Giza plateau also includes Chephren and Mycerinus Pyramids and the Sphinx, protector of the pharaohs. A visit is included to the fascinating Solar Boat Museum, meant to transport the pharaoh to the afterlife. Next you tour Memphis, once the capital of ancient Egypt, and the necropolis at Saqqara to see Djoser's Step Pyramid, the oldest freestanding stone structure in the world. (B,D)

Day 10 CONCLUDE CAIRO

It's time to return home with your life-long memories and treasures from the land of the pharaohs. We arrive home the same day.

*(B,L,D) = Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Inclusions

 Included in the price:
• Round-trip from New York Area Gateway (includes fuel surcharges and taxes)
• 4 nights first class hotel
4 nights on first class cruise ship
• 7 breakfasts, 8 dinners and 4 lunches
• Sightseeing as per itinerary
• Airport-hotel transfers
• Hotel taxes & baggage handling
• Touring by Private Air Conditioned Motorcoach
• Services of a Professional Tour Escort

Not Included:
• Optional Insurance (recommended)
• Single Supplement
• Tips – to be collected by tour host before departure
• Meals not mentioned
 


Hotels


10 Day Egyptian Golden Age & Nile Cruise
Cairo First Class Hotel
H.S. Radamis II - Nile Cruiser

2020 Dates & Prices

Dates Land Only Air & Land
$2398 $3498*

2021 Dates & Prices

Dates Land Only Air & Land
$2398 $3498*
$2398 $3598*
$2398 $3698*
$2398 $3698*
$2398 $3598*

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