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!
THURSDAY, MARCH 11
OVERNIGHT FLIGHT TO CAIRO
Begin your travels with an overnight flight from the U.S.A. to Cairo.
FRIDAY, MARCH 12
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, MARCH 13
Our day is free for exploring prior to meeting at 6 pm, with traveling companions for a welcome dinner at the hotel. (D)
SUNDAY, MARCH 14
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 enigmatic Sphinx and the daunting Great Pyramids. Cheops, with an original height of 496 feet, is the most colossal pyramid ever built. (B)
MONDAY, MARCH 15
Board the flight to Luxor, where we will embark your cruise ship to enjoy lunch. In the afternoon, guided sightseeing features visits to Karnak Templte and Luxor Temple. (B, L, D)
TUESDAY, MARCH 16
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, MARCH 17
CRUISING: 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, MARCH 18
Marvel at the gigantic Aswan High Dam, completed in 1970. Next, stop at the ancient Granite Quarries to see the famous unfinished obelisk and visit the Philae Temple of Isis, transplanted from the submerged island of Philae. Highlight is a Felucca Sail 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, MARCH 19
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. (B)
SATURDAY, MARCH 20
Board our flight to Cairo. This evening, a farewell dinner awaits at our hotel. (B, D)
SUNDAY, MARCH 21
Our vacation ends with breakfast this morning. We will transfer to the airport for our flight home 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
- Fully Escorted by Travel Leaders / Destinations Unlimited’s Lori Nietert
- 9-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 hotels lobbies
- Sightseeing and admissions as per the itinerary
- 9 full breakfasts (B), 4 lunches (L) and 6 dinners (D) as specified
- International Airfare
- Airline Baggage Fees
- Tips and Gratuities
- Travel Insurance
Double occupancy: $2985 per person
Single occupancy: Pricing upon request
Deposit of $750 per person is required to confirm your
Final Payment is due on or before December 1, 2020.
Deposit is nonrefundable. After December 1, 2020, final payment is nonrefundable.
Optional roundtrip group airfare out of Cedar Rapids will be available in May 2020.
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