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Immerse yourself in the ancient kingdoms and immortal cities of Egypt, where legendary sites and fascinating culture awaits. Begin with a tour of Cairo, featuring Old Cairo and the Mosque of Mohammed Ali, then gaze upon some of Earth’s greatest wonders, the Pyramids of Giza and iconic Great Sphinx. Take a short flight to Luxor and board our beautiful riverboat, M/S Tulip, for four spectacular nights. Watch the storied history of this area reveals itself to you as we cruise the country’s lifeblood, the Nile River, with several stops shrouded in myth and mystery including Karnak Temple, Valley of the Kings, Temple of Kom Ombo, and more. Enjoy five-star French balcony cabins, luxurious amenities, and flavorful cuisine onboard!
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Day 1 : Fly to Egypt
Day 2 : Arrive in Cairo
When you arrive in Cairo, meet your Tour Director and fellow travelers. Enjoy getting to know one another on our way to our comfortable 5-star accommodations.
Day 3 : Pyramids & the Great Sphinx
Today we discover some of Egypt’s most mysterious monuments with a visit to the Great Pyramids of Giza featuring the Pyramid of Khufu, the oldest and largest of the pyramids and the only surviving structure of the remaining six wonders of the ancient world. We also witness the iconic Great Sphinx of Giza dating back to the 26th century BC when the other civilization of the time was next-door Mesopotamia (modern-day Iraq). We drive to Memphis, once a thriving metropolis and capital of the Old Kingdom where we stop to see Sakkara, the legendary step pyramid of the Third Egyptian Dynasty.
Day 4 : Cairo Sightseeing
Set on the Nile, the longest river in the world, explore the ancient city of Cairo filled with legendary sites including the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization, Khan el Khalili Bazar, Old Cairo, and the Citadel of Cairo featuring the Mosque of Muhammad Ali. Old Cairo is the historic part of the city that tells its origin stories. Spark the imagination when you consider how Old Cairo was once a Roman-era fortress called “Fort Babylon” and at another time, an Islamic-era settlement, both which pre-dated the founding of Cairo in 969 AD.
Day 5 : Karnak & Luxor Temples
We fly south to Luxor where we board the ms Tulip, our home for the next four nights. Cruise the Nile River which flows northward through Africa and into the Mediterranean Sea. We visit Karnak, a complex that consists of decayed pylons, temples and chapels. Karnak Temple has not only religious significance, it also served as a treasury, administrative center, and palace for the New Kingdom pharaohs and is considered the largest temple complex ever constructed anywhere in the world. Luxor Temple was built around the 14th century BC, and by the time of the Roman Empire, it was used as a fortress for the Roman government. Originally dedicated to the mother goddess of Mut, Luxor Temple has since turned into a Tetrarchy cult chapel, and then a church.
Day 6 : Valley of the Kings
Today we cross the Nile to the West Bank of Luxor into the Valley of the Kings. Marvel at the mountain-cut tombs built for the powerful pharaohs and nobles, and once filled with riches to accompany them into the afterlife. Then visit the stunning Hatshepsut Temple, a mortuary temple dedicated to the longest-ruling female of Ancient Egypt. Continuing on to Esna, we arrive at a temple dedicated to the ram-headed god of Khnum, the god of “the source” of the Nile, the river which brings all life to the sprawling Egyptian desert.
Day 7 : Edfu & Kom Ombo
A brief horse-drawn carriage ride is a delightful way to start the day, traveling to the Temple of Edfu dedicated to the falcon-headed god of Horus. One of Egypt’s most iconic deities, the Eye of Horus originates from this spirit, representing well-being, protection, and healing. Later today we cruise to the agricultural city of Kom Ombo.
Day 8 : Ptolemaic Temple & Aswan
This morning discover the Ptolemaic Temple of Kom Ombo before sailing to Aswan. Sobek is the deity we discover here, the crocodile-headed god associated with pharaonic power, military prowess, fertility, and magic to protect against the dangers of the Nile’s predator-filled waters. Coming into Aswan we see High Dam (the world’s biggest embankment dam), Old Dam, intriguing granite quarries, and the temple on Philae Island, a destination that Victorian-era Brits found so fascinating that tourism was popular here by the 1800s.
Day 9 : Kitchener Island
Start the day with a cruise by felucca, a traditional Egyptian wooden boat. We sail around the botanical gardens of Kitchener Island, a garden island accessible only by felucca and filled with beautiful tropical rarities like the Sabal Palm and Royal Palm trees. Late afternoon we fly to Cairo and check into our 5-star accommodations at Le-Meridian Airport Hotel to rest up for tomorrow’s flight back home.
Day 10 : Fly Home
We board our overnight flight to Egypt.
Upon arrival in Cairo, we are greeted by our expert local guide and Tour Director. Enjoy getting to know fellow tourmates on the way to our comfortable 5-star accommodations.
Today we begin our explorations with a drive to ancient Memphis, once a thriving metropolis and capital of the Old Kingdom. Here, we view the legendary step pyramid of the Third Egyptian Dynasty in Saqqara, the world’s oldest stone complex. Later, gaze upon some of Egypt’s most mysterious and famous monuments with a visit to the pyramids of Giza, featuring the Great Pyramid. This pyramid built by Khufu is the oldest and largest of the pyramids and the only surviving structure of the remaining Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. We also see the iconic Great Sphinx of Giza, dating back to 26th-century BC. Afterwards, we return to our hotel in Cairo.
Our morning begins with a guided tour of Cairo. This ancient city is nestled along the Nile, the longest river in the world, and boasts countless legendary sites including the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization, Khan el Khalili Bazar, Old Cairo, and the Citadel of Cairo featuring the Mosque of Muhammad Ali. We also visit Old Cairo, the historic part of the city that tells its origin stories of days as a Roman-era fortress called “Fort Babylon” and an Islamic-era settlement, both pre-dating the city’s founding in 969 AD.
We fly south to Luxor this morning and board the M/S Tulip, our home for the next four nights. Enjoy beautiful staterooms and all meals included onboard as we cruise the Nile River. Our first stop is Karnak, the world’s largest temple complex consisting of ancient pylons, temples, and chapels that once served as a palace for the New Kingdom pharaohs. We also visit Luxor Temple, built around 14th century BC, and by the time of the Roman Empire it was used as a fortress for the Roman government. Originally dedicated to the mother goddess of Mut, Luxor Temple has since turned into a Tetrarchy cult chapel, and then a church.
Today we cross the Nile to the West Bank of Luxor into the Valley of the Kings. Marvel at the mountain-cut tombs built for the powerful pharaohs and nobles, once filled with riches to accompany them into the afterlife. Then visit the stunning Hatshepsut Temple, a mortuary temple dedicated to the longest-ruling female of Ancient Egypt. Later, we continue to Esna and cross the lock for our overnight. While here, admire the Temple of Khnum, dedicated to the ram-headed god of “the source” of the Nile, the river which brings all life to the sprawling Egyptian desert.
We dock in Edfu this morning and enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride to the temple dedicated to the Falcon-headed god, Horus. One of Egypt’s most iconic deities, the Eye of Horus originates from this spirit, representing well-being, protection, and healing. Later, we cruise to the ancient agricultural city of Kom Ombo.
This morning we visit the Ptolemaic Temple of Kom Ombo, an iconic double temple. Sobek is the deity we discover here, the crocodile-headed god known for fertility and as a repairer of evil in the world. Next, we sail to the High Dam, a massive embankment dam and impressive engineering feat, as well as the century-old Low Dam. Next, gaze upon the largest known ancient obelisk, known as the Unfinished Obelisk, at Aswan’s stone quarry. Our day concludes with a trip to Philae Temple, an island-based complex within the Low Dam’s reservoir and the last temple built in classical Egyptian style.
Today we disembark our cruise ship in Aswan and relax on a felucca, a traditional Egyptian wooden sailboat, for a scenic sail around Kitchner Island, known for its exotic birds and plants. After lunch together at a local restaurant, we fly back to Cairo and check in to beautiful Le Méridien Cairo Airport Hotel. Later, we gather with our new friends to reminisce on the incredible memories we had throughout Egypt during a Farewell Social Hour.
We return home with spectacular memories of our time in Egypt.
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Tour days usually move at a leisurely pace. Some days’ scheduled activities last longer than others. Expect standing and walking for long periods of time on occasionally uneven terrain. You may experience changes in altitude or temperature.
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Tour days tend to be long, move at a vigorous pace, and may include lengthy travel days. Expect long periods of walking and standing on rough surfaces. Scheduled activities may require physical effort or have distinct changes in altitude or temperature.