With Optional 3-Night Jordan Post Tour Extension!
Explore the expansive Karnak Temple, dating back to 2000 B.C.; Embark on a leisurely paced 4-night cruise and discover the secrets of the Nile, the world’s longest river; explore the Valley of the Kings; and enjoy a special welcome dinner overlooking the banks of the Nile. Visit the Pyramids of Giza, one of the seven ancient wonders of the world; take in a sound and light show at Karnak Temple; dress up and join the fun during a traditional galabeya party, and much more.
April 14-26, 2021
DATE CHANGE TO APRIL 14, 2022 - DETAILS TO FOLLOW
April 14-26, 2021 - Featuring a deluxe 4-night Nile River Cruise, Giza, Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, the Pyramids, Memphis, Sakkara, Luxor, the Temples at Karnak, Valley of the Kings, Kom Ombo, Aswan, Cairo, and more. 13 days, 22 meals, hotel, air, and taxes; passport required. $4699 Double; $5399 Single
($200 discount if booked by October 8, 2020)
· Day 1: Overnight Flight
· Day 2-3: Kempinski Nile Hotel Garden City, Cairo
· Day 4-5: Sonesta St. George, Luxor
· Day 6-9: Movenpick Royal Lily
· Day 10: Movenppick Resort, Aswan
· Day 11-12: Intercontinental Citystars, Cairo
Day 1: Wednesday, April 14, 2021: Step back in time and explore thousands of years of history, legend, and lore as you view Egypt’s timeless wonders.
Day 2: Thursday, April 15, 2021: Begin your journey in Cairo, an ancient city with an intriguing past.
Day 3: Friday, April 16, 2021: Fulfill a lifelong dream! This morning we travel to nearby Giza where we’ll meet a local archaeologist who will lead us on a visit to the Pyramids of Giza, one of the seven ancient wonders of the world. Marvel at the iconic Great Sphinx, one of the oldest and largest monuments in the world. This afternoon travel south to Sakkara. Explore the site of ancient Memphis, home to a nearly 40-foot statue of Ramses II, and stand before the oldest of all pyramids, the Step Pyramid. This evening enjoy a special welcome dinner overlooking the banks of the Nile. (B, D)
Day 4: Saturday, April 17, 2021: Spend the morning discovering the remarkable collections of the Grand Egyptian Museum. * The Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM), also known as the Giza Museum, is a planned museum of artifacts of ancient Egypt. Described as the largest archaeological museum in the world, the museum is under construction and is scheduled to open in 2020, exhibiting the full Tutankhamun collection with many pieces to be displayed for the first time.
The museum has been under construction for over ten years. See the statues, reliefs, sarcophagi, and the treasures from the tomb of Tutankhamun himself. Later, we transfer to the airport for our flight to Luxor. (B)
Day 5: Sunday, April 18, 2021: Travel thousands of years into the past. Cross over to the West Bank of the Nile to begin your day in ancient Thebes. Explore its remarkable sights – the Valley of the Kings and Queens, the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut at Deir El Bahari, and the Colossi of Memnon. This afternoon return to the East Bank and behold the Luxor Temple, a creation of kings Amenhotep III and Ramses II. (B)
Day 6: Monday, April 19, 2021: We return to the West Bank this morning and head to the tombs in the Valley of Nobles and the well-preserved temple complex of Medinet Habu. You'll see the Mortuary Temple of Ramesses III at Medinet Habu, an important New Kingdom period temple structure in the West Bank of Luxor in Egypt. This afternoon, board your cruise ship, the Movenpick Royal Lily, and begin your adventure on the Nile River. This evening enjoy the sound and light show at the Karnak Temple. (B, L, D)
Day 7: Tuesday, April 20, 2021: This morning explore the expansive Karnak Temple, dating back to 2000 B.C. Then we begin our sail down the Nile towards Esna on your way to Edfu. This evening dress up and join the fun during a traditional galabeya party. (B, L, D)
Day 8: Wednesday, April 21, 2021: Step into another world at the well-preserved Temple of Horus at Edfu. Peruse the endless carving of scenes depicting the power and grandeur of the pharaohs. After lunch, set sail for Kom Ombo and continue to Aswan, the Nubian City. Following dinner, enjoy a folkloric show featuring a belly dancing performance. (B, L, D)
Day 9: Thursday, April 22, 2021: Discover the Philae Temple. Relocated and preserved by a special UNESCO project, this structure remains an architectural wonder. Later, enjoy a free afternoon to explore Aswan. (B, L, D)
Day 10: Friday, April 23, 2021: Disembark the ship this morning in Aswan. Your may choose to partake in an optional tour to Abu Simbel** and see the extraordinary temples of Ramses II relocated here during the construction of the High Dam. Then, it’s your choice! You may choose to board a felucca (wooden sail boat) and sail to the lush oasis of Kitchener Island for a short stroll through the botanical garden -OR- perhaps you would prefer to experience Nubian culture past and present during a visit to a fascinating museum. (B, D)
Day 11: Saturday, April 24, 2021: Return to Cairo. After our flight, the remainder of the day is at leisure. (B)
Day 12: Sunday, April 25, 2021: Venture to the Citadel, a medieval fortification resting on a hill overlooking the city. It’s the perfect place to take in grand views. Learn about the city’s rich history on a walking tour of Old Cairo before enjoying some free time to shop in the world-famous souk of Khan el Khalili where you will see everything for sale from jewelry to apparel to live sheep and goats. Perhaps you’ll stop for a traditional glass of tea. Join our fellow travelers this evening for a farewell dinner. (B, D)
Day 13: Monday, April 26, 2021: Your epic adventure comes to a close today. Return home with anew understanding of this mystical land. (B)
Optional 4 Days 3-Night Jordan Post Tour Extension
Rate: $1,099 USD per person, double, land only, airfare is not included. 5 Meals: 3 Breakfasts, 2 Dinners included
An Egyptian visa is required for this tour and costs approximately $25 USD. You must obtain your own visa upon arrival in Egypt. Visas can be obtained at the airport and payment needs to be made in cash. Rates are subject to change at any time based on governing authority.
Single accommodations are limited and are available on a first come, first served basis. Due to cabin configurations, triple and child accommodations are not available.
The Egyptian Government charges a camera and/or video fee of approximately 18 USD for taking photos inside the Valley of Kings. Your tour manager will collect these fees at the beginning of the tour day and pay the government accordingly.
This tour includes moderate physical activity. Walking tours, as well as walking slightly longer distances, up stairs, or on uneven walking surfaces should be expected. Some of the most unique sightseeing can mean accessing locations that restrict motor coaches, especially in historic areas. For your comfort, we recommend bringing walking shoes. In addition, bring adequate sun protection.
Each guest is responsible for proper medical documentation and inoculations that may be required and/or recommended to participate on this tour. Please contact your local travel clinic or personal physician for specific details on the destinations you are traveling to and from.
** Due to flight schedules, the Abu Simbel option must be purchased at the time of booking.
Experience it! Luxor
Home to a vast majority of Egypt’s antiquities, Luxor is often referred to as the world’s greatest open-air museum. This city, parted by the Nile, has been visited by travelers for centuries. Even the Greeks and Romans would travel to see the treasures that lie here. Its immense number of monuments is incredible. There’s the famous Valley of the Kings which boasts 63 royal tombs, each more elaborate than the next…and Karnak, a vast complex of temples and gigantic statues including the Temple of Amun, known to be the largest religious building ever constructed. Luxor will bring you back to ancient times while you are awed by the wealth of its leaders and the skill of its people.