This trip is ideal for those looking to experience the rich heritage of Ancient Egypt!
Walk in the footsteps of the Pharaohs on a fascinating city and cruise experience in Egypt. Discover the secrets of the Great Pyramids in Cairo and unearth the history of legendary Alexandria. Spend an unforgettable 7 nights under the stars on a Full-Board Nile River Cruise and delight in the magical Temples of Luxor, the sights of Aswan, atmospheric Kom Ombo and eternal Edfu.
It's time to unearth the secrets of Ancient Egypt and get to know the vibrant culture of Egypt's most emblematic cities and sights. Arrive at your departure airport ready to check-in for a flight to Cairo *. Night on board.
If either your outbound or inbound flights depart in the early hours (before 4:00 a.m.) you must arrive at the airport the night before the indicated departure day.
Touch down in Cairo and transfer to the hotel. Once you've settled in, the remainder of the day is free at your leisure to get to know the sights and sounds of Cairo, in the shadow of the Great Pyramids! Go shopping at the local souk or sample the national cuisine. Overnight stay in Cairo.
Breakfast in the hotel. Visit the only remaining ancient Seven Wonders of the World Today. Head to the Giza plateau, home of the three Great Pyramids, built over 4,500 years ago and dedicated to the Pharaohs of ancient Egypt! Explore the pyramids and learn about their fascinating history as you walk in the footsteps of the pharaohs. Afterwards, continue to the amazing Great Sphinx, the symbolic guardian of the pyramids. The afternoon is free at your leisure to explore Cairo at your own pace. We recommend an optional excursion to Memphis and the necropolis of Sakkara.* Overnight stay in Cairo.
* Optional excursion to Memphis and Sakkara: Visit Memphis, once the place of residence of the Egyptian pharaohs. See the stepped pyramid, built by Imhotep and explore the complete funeral complex of Mastabas. Continue to Mit Rahina to visit the open-air museum and explore the necropolis of Sakkara.
Breakfast in the hotel. Enjoy a day at your leisure in captivating Cairo, exploring its atmospheric streets, or opt for an optional visit to the legendary Egyptian Museum where you can trace the history of Egypt's ancient civilization. In the afternoon, we recommend taking an optional excursion to the Saladin Citadel,* home to the breathtaking Alabaster Mosque. Overnight stay in Cairo.
Breakfast at the hotel. Set off on an excursion to Alexandria, founded by Alexander the Great in 331 BC. Once the capital of New Egypt is is one of the most historically important cities in Egypt. An array of civilizations, such as the Egyptians, Greeks, Romans and Ottomans, have each left their mark on this Mediterranean city. On arrival, enjoy a panoramic tour of Alexandria to see its most emblematic sights such as the Pompey Column and the 2000-year-old Catacombs of Kom El-Shoqafa. Travel along the Corniche to see the Citadel of Qaitbay, on the site of the legendary Lighthouse of Alexandria, one of the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World! End the day with a visit to the famous Library of Alexandria, before returning along the desert highway to Cairo. The remainder of the day is free at your leisure. Overnight stay in Cairo.
Breakfast at the hotel. At the indicated time, transfer to the airport for a flight to Luxor. On arrival, transfer to the port to board your Nile Cruise Boat, your home for the next four nights on a full-board basis. Get settled in your cabin and enjoy lunch and the views of the river Nile. In the afternoon, visit the Temple of Karnak, a huge complex of ruined temples, columns and other buildings. On the way back to the ship, stop at the impressive Temple of Luxor, dedicated to Amun-Ra, Mut and Khonu and built by Amenophis III and Ramses II. Back on the ship, enjoy the remainder of the evening at your leisure. Dinner and overnight on board.
Full-board on board. Begin the day with a visit to the legendary Valley of the Kings, the burial site of the Pharaohs between the 18th and 20th Egyptian dynasties and the famous site of the tomb of Tutankhamun. After exploring the valley, head to the Valley of the Queens, where women of royal blood were laid to rest, and the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, set on large terraces beneath the cliffs at Deir el-Bahari. Continue to the Colossi of Memnon, two imposing stone statues of the Pharaoh Amenhotep III. In the afternoon the cruise will set sail towards Esna where you will cross the famous Esna Lock that allows the boat to sail up the Nile towards the Nile cataracts rapids. Overnight on board.
Full-board on board. Today, disembark the boat in Edfu to experience a private buggy ride to the legendary Temple of Horus, located on the west bank of the Nile. The temple itself is dedicated to the worship of the Egyptian god Horus, one of the most revered and important gods in Ancient Egypt. After discovering this ancient temple, return to the ship and set sail to Aswan. Overnight on board.
Full board on board. This morning, we recommend an optional excursion to the ancient temples of Abu Simbel.* Later in the day, enjoy a tour of Aswan to discover the famous granite quarry, to uncover the ingenious techniques used to extract the building blocks of Ancient Egypt. Also, see the unfinished Obelisk and the monumental engineering works of the Old and New Dams. Overnight on board.
* Optional Excursion to Abu Simbel: Travel by bus to visit these amazing temples, carved on the western cliff of the desert by Ramses II in the Xl century BC. See the iconic 20-metre high statues, dedicated to the god Amon Ra, and the Temple of Nefertari, dedicated to the goddess Hathor.
Full board on board. We recommend an optional excursion to the Island of Philae this morning.* Otherwise, enjoy a morning at your leisure to soak up the views of the Nile. In the afternoon, take a felucca ride, a traditional fishing boat. Cruise along the Nile and discover the impressive Nile Falls, Elephantine Island and the Aga Khan Mausoleum. Return to the boat and overnight stay on board.
* Optional Island of Philae Excursion: Discover the historic island of Philae, in the reservoir of the Old Aswan Dam. It is home to the ancient ruins of the Temple of Isis and offers a fascinating insight into life and beliefs in Ancient Egypt.
Full-board on board. Set off for Kom Ombo. Upon arrival explore the twin Temples of Haroeris and Sobek and see the amazing Nilometer, used to measure the rising and falling levels of the Nile, an important source of life in Egypt. Overnight on board.
Full board on board. Enjoy some free time this morning to explore the city of Edfu before boarding the boat and navigating to Luxor. Disembark and explore this ancient city, known as Thebes in antiquity. Stroll along the Nile Corniche and see the famous Souk of Luxor. Why not stop in a local cafe to sample the traditional hookah water pipes? Overnight on board.
Breakfast on board. At the indicated time, disembark the ship and transfer to Luxor airport for a short flight back to the capital of Cairo. Arrive and transfer to the hotel. Afternoon free to enjoy a wander around the bazaar to pick up some last-minute souvenirs, indulge in delicious Egyptian cuisine or simply relax at your own pace. Overnight stay in Cairo.
Breakfast at the hotel.* At the indicated time, transfer to the airport for a flight back to the US. Arrive in the US and end your trip.**
* Depending on the return flight schedule and the hotel breakfast service, you may not be able to enjoy the included breakfast on the last day.
** Depending on the choice of flight, you may arrive back in the US the following day.
14 days trip including flights*
13 days and 12 nights in destination
NYC - CAI
NYC - CAI
CAI - NYC
* It may change depending of your departure city, departure date and arrival date.
The calendar does not display internal flights, trains or other transportation included in the itinerary.
*In case the advertised hotels are not available they will be replaced by one of these alternative hotels with the same quality: Barcelo Cairo Pyramids.
Visa (required)* drinks, tips** and any other services not mentioned in what's included.
* Visa issued on arrival. Price approx. $25.
** Tips are mandatory and must be paid on arrival at the destination. Approx. $50 per person for the cruise part.
Please note: tips are mandatory and must be paid on arrival at the destination. Approx. $50 per person.
* Documentation of the internal flights will either be available in the "My bookings" section in your "Customer Area" 7 days after you have made your booking or delivered to you on arrival at your destination.
It is essential to fill in the passport information correctly for each passenger in the given boxes at the end of the reservations process.
** The allocated cruise ship may be changed due to routine maintenance, in which case you will be allocated a cruise of the same or higher category.
*** Alternatively, for a full experience of Egypt, you can choose one of our optional excursion packages to add 3/4 optional excursions to your trip!
Remember to download your e-ticket to confirm the times of your flights and to complete online check-in using the airline’s website, or directly at the check-in desk at the airport.
Accommodation at the hotels is as indicated. In the event of any changes to accommodation, they will always be of the same, or a higher category. The category of hotels is not standardized across all countries in the world. For this reason, the criteria may differ depending on the destination country's own standards.
In the case of adverse weather conditions, for safety reasons or for any other reasons deemed appropriate, the order and duration of the excursions included in the itinerary may be changed or canceled without prior notice.
Children: 2 - 11 years.
Triple room: In general, triple rooms will have a double bed/ two single beds and a rollaway or sofa bed.
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