THE LAND OF THE PHARAOHS

9 DAYS/7 NIGHTS

Description

Sail the majestic Nile River between Luxor and Aswan in the comfort and modern luxury of one of the 5-star Sakkara Nile cruise ships. All ships offer luxurious cabins, delicious cuisine, and uncompromising service. All staterooms boast private bath with full-size bathtub, international direct dial telephone and individual climate control. Additional amenities include panoramic dining rooms and lounges, gift shops, spacious sun decks, jogging tracks, gyms, bars, nightly entertainment, pools and sun decks.

Itinerary

Day 1 Depart USA
Depart New York for Cairo. Meals and refreshments served on board.

Day 2 Cairo
Arrive in the Land of the Pharaohs. At Cairo International Airport you will be welcomed and assisted through immigration and customs by your licensed guide/escort, then escorted to your hotel. This evening you can learn about the history of this ancient land and the story of the Sphinx though an optional Sound & Light Show. With laser beams and light projections on the ancient walls of the Mummification Temple, desert sands, pyramid walls and the Sphinx itself, a fascinating story is revealed. The accompanying soundtrack enhances the surroundings and the voice of the Sphinx is aptly dramatic and mysterious!

Day 3 Cairo
Morning tour of The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities - the museum includes the world's largest collection of Pharaonic artifacts and the treasures of King Tutankhamen's tomb. Drive to Old Cairo to visit Al Moallaka Church (Hanging Church) and Ben Ezra Synagogue. After lunch, you will explore the Citadel of Saladin, a medieval fortification, including the marvelous Mohamed Ali Alabaster Mosque. The full day tour ends with Khan El Khalili, the world's largest 13th century covered oriental bazaar. Overnight in Cairo. (B,L)

Day 4 Cairo/Cruise
Transfer to Cairo International Airport for your flight to Luxor, once there, you will be transferred to your luxury cruise ship for a 4 nights/5 days stay. In the afternoon, you will see the temples of Karnak and Luxor, a centuries old city of pylons, hypostyle halls, colossal statues, shrines, and obelisks. In the evening, there will be an optional Sound & Light Show at the Karnak Temple. Have you ever wondered what life was like thousands of years ago? Learn about this through the splendid Sound and Light Show at the Karnak Temples, the ultimate example of worship in history and was devoted to the God Amon, his devoted wife Mut. It was built from the beginning of the Middle Kingdom to the Greco Roman Kingdom. Overnight in Luxor. (B,L,D) 

Day 5 Cruise
After breakfast you will visit the West Bank, including the Valley of the Kings, the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut at Deir El Bahari, and the Colossi of Memnon. We will then sail to Esna and pass through the Esna Lock, with lunch on board. This evening you will enjoy a Captain's welcome cocktail party. (B,L,D)

Day 6 Cruise
We have arrived in Edfu, after breakfast we will visit the Temple of Horus, the falcon-god, considered the best-preserved ancient temple and the second largest after the Karnak. Sail to Kom Ombo where Kom Ombo you will visit the Ptolemaic Temple of Sobek and Haroeris. This evening enjoy a Galabeya Party after dinner. Overnight in Aswan. (B,L,D)

Day 7 Cruise
This morning visit the Aswan High Dam, the Granite Quarries with the Unfinished Obelisk and the Temple of Philae. Sail on board a felucca, a typical Nile sailboat, and view Kitchener's Island Botanical Garden and the Agha Khan Mausoleum. In the evening enjoy a Nubian Folkloric Show on board, overnight in Aswan. (B,L,D)

Day 8 Cairo
Disembark and transfer to the Aswan airport for your flight to Cairo. Upon arrival to Cairo, explore the Great Pyramids of Giza and the enigmatic Sphinx. After lunch, visit the ancient city of Memphis, the first capital of united Upper and Lower Egypt. Evening is free for last minute shopping or to relax by the pool. (B,L)

Day 9 Cairo to USA or extend your stay with an optional Alexandria extension
Morning transfer to the airport for your return flight home. (B)

OPTIONAL ALEXANDRIA EXTENSION
Day 9 Cairo/Alexandria
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel in Cairo and then you travel to Alexandria. Upon arrival enjoy lunch at a local restaurant to sample the flavors and cuisine of the region. The afternoon is yours to explore as you wish - this seaport city was founded around a small ancient Egyptian town and holds some of the most famous and historic wonders of Egypt. This evening you stay at the five-star Helnan Palestine Hotel, located in a unique spot where you enjoy the best of the Mediterranean. The hotel faces the famed Montaza Royal Palace and enjoys 350 acres of gardens and golden sandy beaches surrounding it. (B,L,D)

Day 10 Full day tour of Alexandria
Your full day tour takes you on amazing adventures including one of the best-known ancient monuments still standing in Alexandria today, Pompey's Pillar, which is located on the city's ancient acropolis and was originally part of a temple colonnade. Explore the Catacombs which are made up of 3 levels cut into the rock, a large spiral staircase, a rotunda, the triclinium or banquette hall, a vestibule, an antechamber and the burial chamber with three recesses in it. You will also see the Royal Library of Alexandria which was once the largest library in the world and the Qaitbay Citadel in Alexandria which is considered one of the most important defensive strongholds, not only in Egypt, but also along the Mediterranean Sea coast. (B,L,D)

Day 11 Alexandra/Cairo to USA
After breakfast you will be escorted back to Cairo airport for your return flight home. We thank you for joining us for this extension to Alexandria! (B)

(B) - Breakfast, (L) - Lunch, (D) - Dinner
Hotel and itinerary are subject to change

Includes

  • ROUND TRIP AIR TRANSPORTATION - Air transportation from New York, JFK
  • 4 STAR ACCOMMODATIONS - 3 nights in Cairo, (2 nights pre cruise and 1 night post cruise) and 4 nights Nile River cruise
  • SUPERB CUISINE - 17 included meals consisting of 7 buffet breakfasts, 6 lunches and 4 dinners.
  • SIGHTSEEING TOUR PROGRAM - Sightseeing, including licensed guide/escort and all entrance fees as follows: Full day Cairo tour including: Pyramids, Sphinx, Museum of Antiquities, Old Cairo and Khan El Khalili Bazaar and Nile Cruise sightseeing including: Aswan, Kom Ombo, Esna, Edfu and Luxor
  • CULTURAL DISCOVERY SERIES - Our program encompass cultural connections, in-depth learning on the local economy, social systems and interaction with locals
  • PROFESSIONAL LICENSED GUIDE/ESCORT - Assistance of a professional licensed guide/escort for the entire length of the tour
  • DELUXE MOTORCOACHES - Touring by private deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach
  • BAGGAGE HANDLING AND TRANSFERS - Baggage handling for one piece of checked luggage outside of the airport
OPTIONAL ALEXANDRIA EXTENSION TOUR FEATURES
  • DELUXE ACCOMMODATIONS - Deluxe hotel accommodations for 2 nights
  • SUPERB CUISINE - 6 included meals consisting of 2 buffet breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 dinners
  • SIGHTSEEING TOUR PROGRAM - Sightseeing, including local guide and all entrance fees as follows: scenic transfer to Alexandria and a full day tour of Alexandria
  • PROFESSIONAL TOUR DIRECTOR - Assistance of a professional Tour Director for the entire length of the tour
  • DELUXE MOTORCOACHES - Touring by private deluxe air-conditioned motorcoach
  • BAGGAGE HANDLING AND TRANSFERS - Baggage handling for one piece of checked luggage

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Notes

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
  • See the one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Great Pyramid of Giza
  • Visit the iconic Sphinx
  • Cruise the Nile in style
  • Explore the impressive Valley of the Kings
  • Visit the stunning temples of Karnak & Luxor
  • Marvel at the beautiful Temple of Horus in Edfu
  • Gaze upon Ptolemaic Temple of Sobek and Haroeris in Kom Ombo
  • Visit the Aswan granite quarry
  • See the unfinished Obelisk & Temple of Philae
  • Marvel at the monumental Aswan High Dam 
  • Sail in a felucca, a typical Nile sailboat
  • View Kitchener's Island Botanical Garden & the Agha Khan Mausoleum
  • Tour Cairo
  • See Tutankhamun's priceless treasures 
  • Haggle for bargains at the lively Khan el-Khalili Bazaar
  • Explore Alexandria including the Catacombs