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18-Day tour  with a 7-Day Super Deluxe Nile Cruise!!
$6879 per person
based on double occupancy

Accomodation Included
Air fare included
ground transportation included
Tour Highlights
Itinerary

Round trip air from the U.S.
Domestic flights in Egypt based on first class seating if available on aircraft
All transfers and sightseeing operated by private cars and guides (Personalized Service)
7-day super deluxe Nile cruise based on an outside junior suite cabin
Abu-Simbel tour
Pyramids & Sphinx
Solar Boat Museum
Memphis and Sakkara
Step Pyramid of Zoser
Pyramid of Unas
Camel ride at the pyramids
Egyptian Museum
Mummy Room
Mohammed Ali Mosque
Citadel of Salah-El-Din
Ibn Tulun Mosque
Sultan Hassan Mosque
Jewish Synagogue
Churches of Old Cairo
Bazaar
Sound and Light in Cairo
Sound and Light in Isis Temple
Sound and Light in Karnak Temple
Oasis of Fayoum
Maidum

Dahshur
Dinner at an Egyptian home
A visit to a Nubian Home
Nubian Museum
Dinner cruise in Cairo
Pharaonic Village
Dendera
Abydos
King Tut Tomb
Madinet Habu
Luxor Museum
Tomb of Nefertari
Newly opened Tomb of Tausert
Alexandria
Gayer Anderson Museum
Manyal Palace
Islamic Museum
Coptic Museum
Deluxe Hotels as indicated
All entrance fees, guidance and taxes is included

Day 1

Depart U.S.A from New York (JFK) Airport on a scheduled flight to Cairo. All meals and beverages served on board flight.

Day 2

Day 3

Arrive Cairo where you will be met by our tour manager who will help you with your immigration and customs formalities. Later you will be transferred to your hotel, the historical Mena House Oberoi Hotel for dinner and overnight. (D)

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After breakfast drive to Memphis at the edge of the Western Desert, the capital of the ancient kingdom, and one of the most important cities throughout the history of Ancient Egypt. From here we drive to Sakkara, the vast necropolis of Ancient Memphis. Visit the Step Pyramid of Zoser (3rd Dynasty, 2668 B.C.-2649 B.C.). Then visit the Pyramid of Unas, the last king of the 5th Dynasty. In the afternoon, drive to the Pyramids of Giza. Cheops Pyramid, the largest of the three, was built in the 4th dynasty about 2690 B.C., and is one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. In front of the Pyramid of Chephren (Khafre), there stands the Sphinx carved from a single piece of stone. It is a lion with a Pharaoh's head thought to be a portrait of the Pharaoh Chephren (Khafre). Continue our tour to the Solar Boat Museum where a dismantled river barge of King Cheops (Khufu) was found, and has been masterfully re-assembled. Transfer back to your hotel. Later in the evening you will be met and transferred to the magnificent Sound and Light show at the Giza Plateau. Later transfer back to your hotel for dinner and overnight. (B,D)

Giza Plateau

The Giza plateau during the
Sound & Light show

Breakfast, then start your tour by visiting the Egyptian Museum, famous for its antiquities from Egypt's Pharaonic period, which dates back some 50 centuries and includes the fabulous treasures of King Tut-Ankh-Amon. A special visit to the Mummy Room. Afternoon excursion to Old Cairo, visiting the old Coptic Churches and the oldest Jewish Synagogue of Beni Ezra. Continue your visit to the Citadel of Salah El-Din and the Mohammed Ali, the Ibn Tulun and the Sultan Hassan Mosques, followed by a visit to the Medieval Bazaars of Khan-El-Khalili, where you can bargain for your jewelry and hand-tooled leather items. Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight. (B,D)

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M/S Liberty Cruise ship

Your luxurious Nile cruise ship. All outside Junior Suite cabins with private verandas (balconies)

Breakfast, then you will be met and transferred to Cairo Airport for your flight to Abu-Simbel. Upon arrival at Abu-Simbel Airport, you will be transferred to visit the great Temple hewn in rock with the four colossal seated statues of the King in front of the entrance. It was dedicated to Amun-Ra, the Horakkhti, and Ramses II. Then visit the temple of the King's wife, which was threatened by the waters upon the completion of the Aswan High Dam and has been preserved by international action organized by Unesco. All parts of the temple (statues, inscribed slabs, etc.) have been rebuilt on a plateau above the former site. Return to Abu-Simbel Airport for your flight back to Aswan. Upon arrival at Aswan Airport, you will be met and transferred to embark your super deluxe cruise ship (outside junior suite cabin). Later you will visit by "Felucca" the Elephantine Island, the temple of Philae and the Botanical Gardens. Lunch and in the afternoon you will be met by our representative in Aswan and transferred to the Nubian Villages to see the local Nubian people. You will be escorted to one of their homes for a cup of tea, get to see and experience their unique culture and their way of life. Later you will be transferred back to the ship. In the evening, you will be met and transferred to the Temple of Isis to attend the impressive Sound and Light performance. Transfer back to your Nile cruise ship for dinner and overnight. (B,L,D)

Day 5

M/S Liberty Cabin

A typical outside junior cabin suite aboard your luxurious Nile Cruise

Breakfast, then a visit to the Unfinished Obelisk at the Ancient Granite Quarries, and the High Dam. Lunch. Then visit the temple that was built and dedicated to Isis on Philae island. A private and special visit to the Nubian Museum that displays Nubian History from the past to present time. Transfer back to ship. Cruise to Kom-Ombo. Visit the Ptolemaic Temple of Kom-Ombo, which was dedicated to two gods: The Crocodile god Sobek and the Falcon-Headed god Haroeris. Sail to Edfu. dinner, then attend a Galabiya and Costume Party. Overnight on board Nile cruise. (B,L,D)

Day 6

Philae Temple

Aswan: Philae Temple

Breakfast, then a visit to the Temple of Horus in Edfu (237 B.C.), the best preserved Egyptian temple in existence. Lunch. Sail to Luxor. Dinner and overnight on board Nile cruise ship. (B,L,D)

The beautiful lobby of the luxurious M/S Liberty Nile cruise ship

Lobby

Day 7

Day 8

Breakfast, then cross to the West Bank of the Nile, visit the Necropolis of Ancient Thebes. Explore the valleys of the Kings and Queens where tombs of 64 pharaohs and 57 queens have been discovered, and enter some of the most remarkable burials. Visit the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut and the Colossi of Memnon. Lunch, dinner and overnight on board Nile cruise ship. (B,L,D)

Enjoy the refreshing swimming pool while aboard the Liberty Nile cruise ship

Pool

The lounge bar and discotheque aboard the Liberty Nile cruise ship

Lounge Bar

Breakfast, then visit the Temple of Karnak, which took over 1500 years to build and is considered the world's largest religious complex. Then a visit to the Temple of Luxor, which was started by Amenhotep III and completed by Ramses II. Dinner and overnight on board Nile cruise ship. (B,L,D)

Dendera

Dendera: Osiris Shrine in Hathor Temple

Breakfast, then visit the Temple of Dendera whose construction was initiated by the Ptolemies. Dendera is dedicated to Hathor, the Cow Goddess, known as the "Golden One". Later transfer back to the ship, where you will be met by our tour guide and taken to the tomb of the Nobles, which is vividly painted with naturalistic scenes of agriculture, fishing, fowling, feasting and junketing. Continue your tour to the famous King Tut Tomb and visit the very large temple of Ramses III known as Medinet Habu which depicts the battle reliefs on the exterior of the temple. End the tour by visiting the Luxor Museum. Overnight on board Nile cruise ship. (B,L,D)

Day 10

The beautiful lobby and dining room at the Winter Palace hotel in Luxor

Lobby
Dinning Room

Breakfast, then disembark your cruise ship, where you will be met and transferred to the Old Winter Palace hotel in Luxor. Later you will be met and transferred for a special visit to the newly-opened tomb of "Nefertari", built by King Ramses II for his beloved Queen. It is magnificent and truly a highlight of the trip. Continue your tour to visit the Tomb of Queen Tausert, the wife of King Seth II. That tomb was usurped by King Set Nakht who changed some of its inscriptions and added to its original construction. Transfer back to your hotel. In the evening you will be met by our tour escort and transferred to the Karnak Temple to attend the spectacular Sound and Light Show. Later transfer back to your hotel for dinner and overnight. (B,D)

Day 11

The gorgeous swimming pool at the Winter Palace hotel

Pool

Breakfast and a day at leisure or for shopping. In the evening you will be met and transferred to Luxor Airport for your flight back to Cairo. Upon arrival at Cairo Airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel, the luxurious Cairo Marriott Hotel & Casino, for dinner and overnight. (B,D)

Day 12

Breakfast, then transfer from Cairo to Alexandria (about a 3-hour ride). Upon arrival, start your sightseeing by visiting the Greco-Roman Museum, which contains statues, bas reliefs, pottery, jewelry, marble pieces and other artifacts, all of which give you a picture of the grandeur of Alexandria in its Greek and Roman days. Then visit the Roman amphitheater which is the only known Amphitheater from the Roman Era in Egypt. Lunch at a local restaurant to experience the delicious seafood of Alexandria. Continue your tour to the Catacombs of Kom-El-Shouqafa. These tombs are remarkable for their unusual mixture of art styles, sculpture, and reliefs which are images of Egyptian gods. Continue your tour to visit Pompey's Pillar which is a column 98 feet high and 7 feet thick, made of Aswan rose granite erected in 297 A.D. Transfer to the Montazah Sheraton or Salamlek Hotel in Alexandria for an overnight. (B,L)

Breakfast and a free day to explore Alexandria's downtown on your own or walk the beaches or go for a swim. Late afternoon you will be met and transfered back to Cairo to the Marriott Hotel & Casino for dinner and overnight. (B,D)

Dashur: The Bent Pyramid

The Bent Pyramid

Breakfast, then visit Fayoum, Egypt's largest oasis, overlooking Lake Qarun, a popular spot for hunting and fishing. Visit the remains of the temple and pyramid of Amenhat III and Qasr Qarun, a well-preserved temple from the Greco-Roman Era. Lunch at the Auberge El-Fayoum Hotel overlooking the lake. Then continue the tour to Maidum. The Pyramid of Maidum was originally a seven-stepped pyramid, which was enlarged to an eight-stepped pyramid. Eventually the steps were filled in and a smooth outer facing converted it into a true Pyramid. It is a huge structure surrounded by debris from the casing that collapsed. The Maidum Pyramid is thought to have been started by Huni, the last ruler of the 4th dynasty and then completed by his son Sneferu. Sneferu was the first of the 4th Dynasty Pharaohs (2613 - 2494 B.C.). A little north of the Maidum Pyramid are the remains of the Seila Step Pyramid, which is made of limestone and is thought to be from the 2nd Dynasty. Transfer back to your hotel for an overnight. (B,L)

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Breakfast, then drive to Dahshur to visit the Red Pyramid and the Bent Pyramid. The builder of these Pyramids is thought to have been Sneferu, who is believed to have built the Pyramid of Maidum. His son was Cheops (Khufu) who continued his construction tendencies. Continue our tour to the Pyramid of Abu Sir which was constructed during the 5th Dynasty (between 2455 and 2443 B.C.) by Sahu Ra as his burial tomb. A short distance southeast of Sahu Ra Pyramid, we visit the Mastaba of Ptahshepses which is another Fifth- Dynasty personage. It was built between 2416 and 2392 B.C. Transfer back to your hotel. In the evening you will be met and transferred to an Egyptian home for a traditional dinner and to get acquainted with the local people. Tour the home and engage in a friendly social discussion to get to know the Egyptian people and their way of life. Later you will be transferred back to your hotel for an overnight. (B,D)

Belly dancing Performance during your Cairo Dinner Cruise

Belly Dancer

Breakfast, then visit the beautiful Pharaonic Village. It is a complete island that was built as a replica of Ancient Egypt. It takes you back 5000 years into history where you will see about 100 actors and actresses depicting the ancient Egyptians' way of life, their art, their craft, paper and perfume making etc., and demonstrating how they used to live, work, dress and perform all their daily chores. It also contains a complete replica of King Tut's Tomb. It is indeed a wonderful experience. Continue our tour to visit  the  Gayer Anderson Museum, the Manyal Palace, the Islamic Museum as well as the Coptic Museum. In the evening you will be met and transferred for a dinner cruise and show on the Nile where you will enjoy Egyptian belly dancing and a folklore show. Transfer back to your hotel for an overnight. (B,D)

Cairo: One of the temples at the Pharaonic Village

Pharaonic Village

Breakfast, then you will be met by our tour manager and transferred to Cairo Airport, where you will be helped with your check-in and immigration formalities for your flight back home. (B)

Also Included: All transfers within Egypt. Personalized sightseeing as mentioned in itinerary, in a private car, with a tour guide and a driver including entrance fees to sights mentioned. Included as well, airport departure tax and the service charges imposed by hotels, port charges, VAT tax, porterage, meeting and assistance at airports, hotels and docks.

Not Included: Items of a personal nature such as laundry, alcoholic beverages, telephone calls, visa charge and tips.

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: For single occupancy in hotels and  on board Nile cruise ship, please add $1286.

Please add a peak season supplement of $640 per person if traveling between Dec. 09th to Jan. 14th or from Mar. 19th to Apr. 23rd.

Departure from other gateway cities is available as follows: Departure out of Boston, please add $169. Departure out of Washington, D.C., add $189. Departure out of Chicago, add $259. Departure out of Los Angeles, add $369, or call for your city.

If airfare from the USA is not required, please deduct $920 from posted rate.

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