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Egypt & Nile River Cruise

Dates: April 25-May 6, 2024

Dating 1500 BC, we go back in time of ancient pharaohs and pyramids. Stand at the foot of the Great Pyramids and the Sphinx, see the treasures of King Tut, visit the ancient temples and monuments of pharaohs and queens that will leave you in awe. Cruising the Nile will transport you to a dream come true experience that will last a lifetime! The famous sites will captivate you, plus there are many unexpected and amazing experiences that you will remember forever!
I took this tour in 2022 and it was so outstanding that I am repeating it in 2024 so more people can experience it!  Travelers on our tour are still raving about it non-stop.  Don't miss out on this trip!

THURSDAY, APRIL 25: OVERNIGHT FLIGHT TO CAIRO
Begin your travels with an overnight flight from the U.S.A. to Cairo.

FRIDAY, APRIL 26: ARRIVE IN CAIRO
Welcome to Cairo!  We transfer to our hotel – a true oasis is the desert! This French-luxury hotel will be our home for three nights for you to unwind or have some poolside relaxation. Be surrounded by amazing views in the hotel’s many lounges and restaurants of French, Italian, Oriental or Moroccan cuisines.

SATURDAY, APRIL 27: CAIRO
Our day is free for exploring prior to meeting this evening, with traveling companions for a welcome dinner at the hotel. (B, D)

SUNDAY, APRIL 28: CAIRO
Guided sightseeing in and around Africa’s largest metropolis starts at the Egyptian Museum. See Tutankhamun’s fabulous treasures, an exciting first encounter with the splendor of three millennia of Egyptian civilization. Next, depart for Giza. Take a close-up look at the mythical Sphinx and the daunting Great Pyramids—built 2600 BC with an original height of 496 feet, is the most colossal pyramid ever built.  Tonight there will be an optional excursion for a spectacle of sound, light, and virtual reality during a sensational evening at the Giza pyramids as the sun sets. (B)

MONDAY, APRIL 29: LUXOR-EMBARKATION
Board the flight to Luxor, upon arrival we will drive to and embark our cruise ship to enjoy lunch. In the afternoon, guided sightseeing features visits to Karnak Temple and Luxor Temple and learn their stories through the 4,000 year old hieroglyphs.  (B, L, D)

TUESDAY, APRIL 30: CRUISING: LUXOR-EDFU
This morning, guided sightseeing focuses on the Valley of Kings & Queens on the West Bank of the Nile, where generations of pharaohs and nobles were buried in great splendor in crypts cut into the cliffs. Sixty-two royal tombs have been uncovered so far, of which only the tomb of Tutankhamun was nearly inviolated when discovered in 1922. Visit Deir El-Bahri, Queen Hatshepsut’s monumental rock temple, before returning to your ship where a Captain’s welcome cocktail party awaits you. Sail to Edfu. (B, L, D)

WEDNESDAY, MAY 1: RUISING: EDFU-KOM OMBO-ASWAN
In Edfu, visit the Temple of Horus with its menacing black stone statue of the falcon god. Built in the time of Cleopatra about 2,000 years ago, it is recent by Egyptian standards and beautifully preserved. Have lunch on board and continue your leisurely cruise down Egypt’s river of destiny. Dock at Kom Ombo for a short walk to visit its bluff-top Temple dedicated to the crocodile and falcon gods. You can haggle for bargains in the local market. This evening, enjoy a Galabeya party on board. (B, L, D)

THURSDAY, MAY 2: CRUISING: ASWAN
We will visit the ancient Granite Quarries to see the famous unfinished obelisk and visit the Philae Temple of Isis, transplanted from the submerged island of Philae. We sail on a felucca (traditional wooden sail boat) around Kitchener’s Island and the Mausoleum of Aga Khan. A Nubian Folklore Show is the perfect way to celebrate your Nile Cruise. (B, L, D)

FRIDAY, MAY 3: DISEMBARKATION: ASWAN
After disembarkation, enjoy some free time in Aswan. An optional excursion to stunning Abu Simbel is available where you can step thousands of years back in time on this exciting visit to the twin rock temples or Abu Simbel, one of Egypt’s most cherished ancient wonders. Later a fun optional excursion brings us to a Nubian Village full of color and excitement. (B)

SATURDAY, MAY 4: ASWAN-CAIRO
Board our flight to Cairo. Upon arrival, perhaps join an optional tour of Memphis & Sakkara where we pack thousands of years of history into a single day. This evening, a farewell dinner awaits at our hotel. (B, D)

SUNDAY, MAY 5 and MONDAY, MAY 6: CAIRO-FLY HOME
Following breakfast this morning, we are free for the day to relax or do some exploring on your own. Late tonight we will transfer to the airport for our flight home that will depart in the early morning hours of the 6th with new friends and wonderful memories. (B)

SPECIAL INCLUDED EXPERIENCES:

  • CAIRO: Visit the Egyptian Museum and the pyramids in Giza
  • LUXOR: Visit the Karnak Temple and Luxor Temple, Valley of the Kings and Queens
  • EDFU: Guided Temple of Horus visit
  • KOM OMBO: Guided temple visit
  • ASWAN: Visit the High Dam, the unfinished obelisk, and the Philae Temple of Isis; Felucca sail around Kitchener’s Island and the Mausoleum of Aga Khan

Included:

  • Fully Escorted by Travel Leaders / Destinations Unlimited’s Lori Nietert
  • 10-night accommodations, taxes and luggage handling
  • Airfare within Egypt: Cairo to Luxor and Aswan to Cairo
  • Airport transfers
  • Luxury air-conditioned motorcoach transportation
  • Complimentary WiFi on motorcoach and in most hotel lobbies
  • Sightseeing and admissions as per the itinerary
  • 10 breakfasts (B), 4 lunches (L) and 6 dinners (D) as specified

Not included:

  • International Airfare
  • Airline Baggage Fees
  • Tips and Gratuities
  • Travel Insurance

Contact Lori Nietert today to receive a brochure on this tour!  Lori@duagency.com or 319-393-1359