Egypt Tour Nile River Cruise

   
 
 

Egypt Grand Tour and Nile Cruise

2016 Departures
January 14
February 11
March 17
April 07
Prices From$3299 per Person Double
$2475 Single Supplement
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The Egypt Grand River Cruise starts with a land portion then takes you along the Nile River to get even more valuable time to visit and learn about Egypt. You will start off with a visit to the Alabaster Mosque in the Citadel of Cairo taking you back to medieval times. Originally built in 1176, the site was once used as protection for the ruler and people, now a historical site. But that is only a taste of the history you long to see on this spectacular journey.

Itinerary

 
Day 1     Cairo
Accommodation: Sheraton Cairo

Meet your local guide who will assist you through customs formalities. Then transfer to your deluxe hotel. Due to various arrival times no meals or activities are planned for today. (Hotel Sheraton, Intercontinental or similar)

 
Day 2     Cairo
Accommodation: Sheraton Cairo
Meals: Breakfast / Dinner

After breakfast, your morning sightseeing of Egypt’s capital will begin with a panoramic tour of this magnificent city set around the banks of the Nile. Stops will be made to view the Citadel and the fabulous Alabaster Mosque built by Mohamed Ali in 1830. Return to your hotel to avoid the heat and catch up on jet lag. In the evening depart for a get together welcome dinner hosted at a popular local restaurant (El Cid or similar)

 
Day 3     Cairo
Accommodation: Sheraton Cairo
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch

A full day to explore the Pyramids of Giza and Memphis. In the morning, tour the pyramids of King Cheops built 2690 B.C., the Sphinx and ride a camel (optional). After a break for lunch (included) continue the tour with a visit to Sakkara to view the “one step” Pyramid built by famous architect and physician Imhotep for the Pharaoh Zoser in 3816 B.C. Return to your hotel. Dinner is on your own.

 
Day 4     Cairo - Luxor
Accommodation: Sonesta Hotel
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

After breakfast, check-out of your hotel and begin the day with a tour of the magnificent Egyptian Museum, home to the world renowned exhibit of Tut-An – Khamnon. After a leisurely lunch at a local restaurant, continue on to the airport for your afternoon/evening flight to Luxor, the gateway to the Nile. On arrival, transfer to your deluxe hotel for dinner and overnight. (Sonesta St. George or similar)

 
Day 5     Luxor - Edfu
On Board the M/S Farah
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

After breakfast, check-out of your hotel and embark on your tour of the West bank, the “Valley of the Kings and Queens” where 64 of Egypt’s Pharaohs have their resting places. Continue to visit the palatial Temple of Queen Hatchepsut and stop at the Collossi of Memnon. Then, transfer directly to your 5 * ship for check-in. Lunch on board. The afternoon is reserved for exploring the East bank and the fabulous Luxor and Karnak Temples. An optional “Sound & Light Show” will be available for purchase on board.

 
Day 6     Esna - Edfu
On Board the M/S Farah
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Set sail in the early morning and enjoy a full leisurely day at sail. View the magnificent passing vista’s, savor a cocktail at the poolside bar, or listen to a lecture on Egypt provided by your Egyptologists. In the evening enjoy a festive dinner and show.

 
Day 7     Aswan
On Board the M/S Farah
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

In Edfu, tour the superbly preserved Temple of Horus dedicated to the Falcon God.

Back on board enjoy lunch, dinner and a galabaya party as you sail on to Aswan.

 
Day 8     Aswan
On Board the M/S Farah
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Your morning sightseeing will include the “Unfinished Obelisk” and a visit to the High Dam. Lunch back on the ship. In the afternoon, visit the Philae Temple followed by a felucca ride to the botanical gardens located on Elephantine Island in the middle of the Nile. Return to your ship for dinner and an oriental show!

 
Day 9     Aswan - Abu Simbel
On Board the M/S Farah
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

This morning is reserved for a excursion to the fabulous Temples of Abu Simbel! More than 32 centuries ago, Ramses II built 2 temples into the sheer rock of a premonitory in Nubia 280 km south of Aswan. The larger Temple was dedicated to the God of Sun – Harakhti. The lesser Temple was dedicated to the Goddess Hathor in the name of Ramses’ favorite wife – the beautiful Queen Nefertari. The tour of these unique temples includes a 30 minute plane ride from Aswan and back offering stunning aerial views of the Temples and the flowing Nile. After your flight back to Aswan, re-board your deluxe floating hotel and enjoy lunch followed by a visit to the local Nubian Village where you will visit authentic homes, a local school (bring those crayons!) and take an optional camel ride! Dinner and overnight on board.

 
Day 10     Kom Ombo - Esna
On Board the M/S Farah
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Set sail in the early morning and on arrival to Kom Ombo tour the Temples of Kom Ombo dedicated to two deities; the crocodile headed “Sobek” and the “Haroeris” the double headed sparrow/hawk. Return to the ship and sail on to Esna lock (overnight)

 
Day 11     Dendara - Luxor
On Board the M/S Farah
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

Enjoy a full free day to explore the temples of Luxor and Karnak on your own, visit the local markets or take the optional tour to the Temples of Dendara, some of the oldest and best preserved in all of Egypt (car/van). In the evening, bid your goodbyes to your lovely crew as you participate in the Captain’s farewell dinner.

 
Day 12     Cairo
Accommodation: Sheraton Cairo
Meals: Breakfast / Dinner

After a leisurely breakfast, bid your lovely ship and crew goodbye as you check-out and transfer to the airport for your flight back to Cairo. On arrival, transfer to your deluxe hotel with the afternoon free for some rest time. Then a special treat awaits as you head out to meet with an authentic Egyptian family for a home hosted dinner! A great way to experience genuine Egyptian hospitality!

 
Day 13     Cairo
Accommodation: Sheraton Cairo
Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

After breakfast, depart on your morning tour of the Old Cairo highlighted by stops at the Abu Sirga Church, the Moalaka Church and the Ben Azra Synagogue. After lunch at a local restaurant transfer to the humongous El Khalili Bazaar where over 1000 booths offer everything from cheap souvenirs to high end jewelry and fashion and where bargaining is expected! Tonight depart for a final farewell dinner held at the private, members only Capital Club featuring great food, and magnificent views of the city at night.

 
Day 14     Cairo
Meals: Breakfast

As all good things must come to an end, so does your Egypt adventure as you transfer to the airport for your flights home – or complete your fantastic Egyptian experience with our superb Alexandria or Petra extensions!

 
Price Includes
Hotel Accommodation As in Itinerary
Accommodations in Select Cabin Category
Domestic Airfare Within Egypt
Conferences and Shipboard Entertainment
Meals As Mentioned
Entrances Per Itinerary
8 Dinners As Mentioned
Sightseeing and Entrances Per Itinerary
Tour Escort
Daily Breakfast
Pre Paid Tips
Price Does Not Include
 Optional Tours
 Port & Fuel Surcharges
 Egyptian Visa
VWT-1014