- Tour the museums, mosques & markets of Cairo
- Stand in the shadow of the Great Pyramids of Giza
- Spend four unforgettable nights cruising down the Nile
- Walk in the footsteps of the pharaohs in the Valley of the Kings
|Day 1||Arrive in Cairo||Cairo|
|Day 2||Tour the Egyptian Museum, Islamic Cairo & Khan El Khalili Bazaar||Cairo|
|Day 3||Discover the Great Pyramids: Giza & Memphis||Cairo|
|Day 4||Fly to Luxor, Board Nile River Cruise, Tour the Temples of Luxor & Karnak||Luxor|
|Day 5||Explore the Valley of the Kings, Cruise to Esna||Esna|
|Day 6||Cruise to Kom Ombo via the Temple of Edfu||Kom Ombo|
|Day 7||Cruise to Aswan, Visit the Temple of Philae, Aswan Dam & Unfinished Obelisk||Aswan|
|Day 8||Disembark from Nile River Cruise, Fly to Cairo||Cairo|
|Day 9||Depart Cairo|
Day 1: Arrive in CairoWelcome to Egypt! Upon your arrival at Cairo's airport, you'll be met by your guide who will assist you through customs and arrange a transfer to your hotel. Get settled in and rest up for a full day of sightseeing tomorrow.
Day 2: Tour the Egyptian Museum, Islamic Cairo & Khan El Khalili BazaarHit the ground running this morning with a tour of the Egyptian Museum. The finest museum of Egyptian antiquities in the world, it contains pharaohs' treasures dating back more than 5,000 years. The building is rectangular with a large rotunda on the ground floor containing massive exhibits, including colossal statues of Ramses II—you'll get the best views by looking down from the upper galleries. The gold and alabaster trappings from the tomb of Tutankhamun (Tut) always draw crowds, too. Many of the Tutankhamun tomb treasures have been on display in museums around the world—including the golden mask—yet this one exhibit has always remained in Cairo.
Then it's onto a tour of Islamic Cairo's historic city streets, starting at the massive medieval Salah El-din Citadel and its enclosed Mohamed Ali Mosque, once a stronghold against the Crusaders. The brilliant domed ceilings, suspended lights, and views of the city from this ancient fortress are sure to captivate. Keep going to the Mosque-Madrassa of Sultan Hassan, built during the Mamluk period of the 12th century, and then hunt for treasures in the Khan El Khalili Bazaar, a bustling souk in the historic center where you can find lamps, rugs, jewelry, and more.
Day 3: Discover the Great Pyramids: Giza & Memphis
Meet your Egyptologist guide this morning and set off for a tour of some of Egypt's most iconic sites. Start at the Great Pyramids of Giza, where you'll explore the pyramid of Cheops, the only survivor of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Built as a tomb, its shape was intended to help the spirit of the dead pharaoh rise to heaven. Continue to the pyramid of Chephren to see the best preserved of the main Giza pyramids, and to Mykerinos, the smallest of the three.
After seeing the magnificent Sphinx up close, it's on to Memphis, the first unified capital of the ancient world. Here you can visit the stepped pyramid of Saqqara, explore its 4,350-year-old tombs, and see the ancient hieroglyphics engraved on its walls. At the end of the day, you'll head back to the city where you can enjoy the rest of the evening in Cairo at your leisure.
Day 4: Fly to Luxor, Board Nile River Cruise, Tour the Temples of Luxor & KarnakAfter breakfast, it's time for the next phase of your journey as you board a short one-hour flight to Luxor, a small city in the Nile Valley located 420 miles (676 km) south of Cairo. Once the capital of the pharaohs, it's home to the famed Valley of the Kings and Luxor and Karnak Temples. Upon arrival, you'll be transferred to the shores of the Nile River to board your cruise ship and get settled into your cabin.
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Continue to Luxor Temple which was once joined to the Temples of Karnak by the grand Avenue of Sphinx, a portion of which marks the entrance to the temple. Dominated by statues of the great warrior pharaoh Ramses II, Luxor Temple has survived Nile floods, foreign invasion, and thousands of years exposed to the elements. Find out how Alexander the Great wrote himself into Luxor Temple's history, and see one of the original pair of obelisks, the second of which now stands on the Place de la Concorde in Paris.
As evening falls, return to the ship to spend a peaceful evening on the river.
Day 5: Explore the Valley of the Kings, Cruise to EsnaStart this morning with a visit to Luxor's West Bank and the famed Valley of the Kings. Discover rock-cut tombs for kings and powerful nobles (including Tutankhamun) used for nearly 500 years from the 16th to 11th century BCE. Then stop at the Colossi of Memnon to admire the magnificent ruins of Amenhotep’s memorial temple. What remains are two imposing statues of Pharaoh Amenhotep III that were erected to guard the temple's entrance. Finally, you'll head to Hatshepsut Temple. The memorial of Queen Hatshepsut is the focal point of Deir el-Bahri, a complex of mortuary temples and tombs.
Day 6: Cruise to Kom Ombo via the Temple of EdfuWake to the sounds of the Nile this morning as you approach Edfu, where you'll disembark to tour the Temple of Horus. Back on board, enjoy lunch as the cruise continues, reaching Kom Ombo in the late afternoon. Built during the Ptolemaic era, Kom Ombo was dedicated to the crocodile god (Sobek) and falcon god (Haroeris). Admire its many intact courts and halls, along with wall carvings and statues, then return to the boat for dinner with a view.
Day 7: Cruise to Aswan, Visit the Temple of Philae, Aswan Dam & Unfinished Obelisk
This morning you'll cruise into Aswan, an archaeologically rich city on the banks of the Nile. Disembark for a tour of its many highlights, starting at the Temple of Philae, dedicated to the worship of the goddess Isis. Continue to Egypt's remarkable engineering achievement of the modern era, the Aswan High Dam, and marvel at the Unfinished Obelisk, still located in the ancient stone quarry where it was carved.
Spend your final evening of the cruise enjoying a spectacular Nile sunset and a celebratory dinner on deck.
Day 8: Disembark from Nile River Cruise, Fly to CairoBid the Nile farewell as your driver transfers you to the airport for the flight back to Cairo. Upon arrival, you'll be transferred to your hotel and have the remainder of the afternoon free. Visit any highlights you may have missed, pick up some last-minute souvenirs, or enjoy a farewell dinner of Egyptian specialties.
Day 9: Depart Cairo
After breakfast this morning, it's time to say your goodbyes and transfer to the airport to catch your departing flight. Safe travels!
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