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Gems of Egypt & The Nile River

The culture and legendary sites of Egypt are as old as the desert sands, and the Nile River is the beating heart of this compelling country. Marvel at the Pyramids of the Giza Plateau, the iconic Great Sphinx, and other ancient engineering marvels dedicated to Egyptian gods and pharaohs. Explore Cairo, the capital of Egypt, and visit the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization on a city tour before flying to Luxor. Then embark on the ms Tulip as we follow along, traveling the storied route of the Nile River, the lifeblood of Egypt, with fascinating Egyptian landmarks shrouded in myth and mystery at each river bend. As we cruise the Nile in style on our luxury riverboat, enjoy your stay in five-star cabins and suites with French balconies, most meals included, and luxurious amenities.

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Airfare Included
Airfare Included
Exceptional Accommodations Included with Baggage Handling
Exceptional Accommodations Included with Baggage Handling
Most Meals Included
Most Meals Included
Premier Attractions
Premier Attractions
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Professional Tour Directors
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Choose Your Departure Year:

Day 1 : Fly to Egypt

An overnight flight takes us to mystical 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 the way to our comfortable 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.

Breakfast

Day 4 : Cairo Sightseeing

Set on the Nile, the longest river in the world, explore the ancient city of Cairo filled with fascinations including the new 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.

Breakfast

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. It is divided into three parts, and the largest is the precinct of Amun which contains the Great Hypostyle Hall of 134 massive columns, one of the most impressive places in all of Egypt. This temple must have been awe-inspiring over 2000 thousand years ago when these massive structures were first erected. 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.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 : Valley of the Kings

Today we cross the Nile and disembark to visit the burials of the Valley of the Kings and Hatshetsut Temple, the ‘Holy of Holies’ built during the Eighteenth Egyptian Dynasty, showcasing masterful ancient architecture. After lunch on the ship, we continue on to Esna where we cross the lock and spend the night.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 : Edfu & Kom Ombo

Enjoy a horse-drawn carriage ride to the Temple of Edfu, dedicated to the Falcon-headed god of Horus. Horus is among the most famous of the Egyptian gods. This deity’s significance lies in its many functions, being both the god of the sky and the god of kingship as well as the origin of the iconic Eye of Horus which represents health, protection, and restoration. This afternoon we visit the Ptolemaic Temple of Kom Ombo before sailing to Aswan.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 : Ptolemaic Temple & Aswan

On our way to Aswan, we have a relaxing sail around Kitchener Island, home to the Aswan Botanical Garden, and accessible only by felucca, a traditional Egyptian wooden sailboat. Enjoy views of this lush island from the water.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 : The Botanical Island

Arriving today in Aswan, we see the temple on Philae Island, a destination that Victorian-era Brits found fascinating in the 1800s. Later this afternoon we fly back to Cairo and prepare for our flight back home.

Breakfast

Day 10 : Arrive Home

Additional Tour Information

Your Holiday Vacations Experience Includes

  • All airfare
  • All fuel surcharges, government fees, airport & departure taxes
  • Holiday Vacations Tour Director
  • Motorcoach & professional driver
  • Baggage handling at hotels
  • $100 Loyalty Credit for a future tour

All Accommodations Featuring

  • 3 nights in Cairo
  • 1 night in Heliopolis

Attractions & Highlights

  • The Pyramids & Great Sphinx of Giza
  • Memphis & Sakkara
  • Cairo Sightseeing Tour
    • National Museum of Egyptian Civilization
    • Citadel of Cairo
    • Mosque of Muhammad Ali
  • Ports of call: Luxor, Esna, Edfu, Kom Ombo, and Aswan
  • Luxor Temple
  • West Bank Valley of the Kings & Valley of the Queens
  • Temple of Khnum in Esna
  • Edfu and Kom Ombo
  • Temple of Philae in Aswan
  • Sightseeing tour of Aswan by felucca
  • Daily guided tours with private Egyptologist

Exclusive Cruise Ship Benefits

  • 4-night Nile River cruise aboard the MS Tulip

Tour Dates & Pricing

Occupancy

Price Per Person

Double

$4999

Single

$5799

Final Payment Date: 07/17/2022

Tour Map for Gems of Egypt & The Nile River

Departure Cities

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 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.

Breakfast

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.

Breakfast

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.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 : Valley of the Kings

Today we cross the Nile over the west bank and into the monumental burials of the Valley of the Kings. 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.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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.

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 : The Botanical Island

Start the day with a cruise by felucca, a traditional Egyptian wooden sailboat. 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 in at Le-Meridian Airport Hotel to rest up for tomorrow's flight back home.

Breakfast

Day 10 : Fly Home

Additional Tour Information

Your Holiday Vacations Experience Includes

  • All airfare
  • All fuel surcharges, government fees, airport & departure taxes
  • Holiday Vacations Tour Director
  • Motorcoach & professional driver
  • Baggage handling at hotels
  • $100 Loyalty Credit for a future tour

All Accommodations Featuring

  • 3 nights at Conrad Cairo
  • 1 night at Le-Meridian Airport Hotel

Attractions & Highlights

  • The Pyramids & Great Sphinx of Giza
  • Memphis & Sakkara
  • Cairo city tour
    • National Museum of Egyptian Civilization
    • Citadel of Cairo
    • Mosque of Muhammad Ali
  • Ports of call: Luxor, Esna, Edfu, Kom Ombo, and Aswan
  • Temples of Karnak, Luxor, Khnum, Edfu & Kom Ombo
  • West Bank Valley of the Kings
  • Aswan High Dam, Old Dam, Philae Temple Complex
  • Felucca cruise around Kitchner Island
  • Daily guided tours with private Egyptologist

Exclusive Cruise Ship Benefits

  • 4-night Nile River cruise aboard the ms Tulip

Tour Dates & Pricing

Occupancy

Price Per Person

Double

$4999

Single

$5799

Final Payment Date: 11/06/2022

Occupancy

Price Per Person

Double

$4999

Single

$5799

Final Payment Date: 07/30/2023

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Departure Cities

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Birmingham - Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport

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