Whispers of the treasures of Tutankhamun echo in the Valley of the Kings. From the Pyramids and bustling bazaars of Cairo to the graceful temples on the banks of the Nile, the magnificent wonders of this ancient culture come alive. Find friendly smiles around every turn, ride a camel to the base of the Giza Pyramids, and sail up the Nile River as pharaohs did many millennia past.
Welcome to Cairo, jewel of the Nile! Private car transfer is provided to your hotel, for the three-night stay in downtown Cairo.
Sightseeing & Egyptian Museum
Sightseeing in Cairo is by private car and an Egyptologist guide. Visit the Egyptian Museum, containing the largest artifact collection from pharaonic times, including the unparalleled treasures of the tomb of Tutankhamun—the “Boy King.” See the gold mask, toys, jewelry and throne, all found in the pharaoh’s tomb across the Nile from Luxor. Lunch is included out on the town. Then visit the Old City of Cairo, including the Mohammed Ali Mosque in the Citadel. Enjoy a walk through the bazaar of Khan el Khalili where stalls and shops overflow with jewelry, copper, brass, carpets, and spices.
Giza Pyramids / Shinx / Saqqara
Experience one the oldest forms of transportation--a camelback ride--to the base of the Giza Pyramids. Examine Cheop’s Great Pyramid, which is 4,500 years old and covers 13 acres at its base. The famous Giza plateau also includes Chephren and Mycerinus Pyramids and the Sphinx, protector of the pharaohs. A visit is included to the fascinating Solar Boat Museum, meant to transport the pharaoh in the afterlife. Lunch is included in Giza. This afternoon tour Memphis, the capital of ancient Egypt, and the necropolis at Saqqara to see Djoser’s Step Pyramid, the oldest freestanding stone structure in the world.
On to Luxor, Start Nile River Cruise
Fly south, up the Nile Valley to Luxor, known as Thebes in pharaonic times. Embark on the M.S. Royal Lily, a deluxe river cruiser, for your four-night cruise up the legendary Nile. Shore excursions on the cruise are included. Visit the Karnak Temple complex, built by generations of pharaohs and covering 60 acres, then follow the partially buried two-mile Avenue of the Ram-headed Sphinxes to Luxor Temple, which was well-preserved by its cover of desert sand until discovery in the 19th century. Attend the Sound and Light Show this evening back at the Karnak Temple. M.S. ROYAL LILY.
Nile River Cruise
Cross to the west shore of the Nile to the Valley of the Kings and Queens, the famed necropolis where tombs of 64 pharaohs have been found, including that of Tutankhamun, whose treasures were miraculously intact after 3,000 years. You visit the tomb, not normally seen by tourists. View the unique colonnaded temple of Queen Hatshepsut and the Colossi of Memnon before returning to the M.S. ROYAL LILY.
Nile River Cruise
This morning your ship sails to Edfu for a visit to the nearly intact Temple of Horus, the falcon god, built by Ptolemy III in 230 BC. After lunch, continue cruising up the Nile past small villages, palm trees, and farmers working in fields much the same as they did 2,000 years ago--with donkeys and camels. Dock at Kom Ombo to visit the twin temples dedicated to Horus and to Sobek, the crocodile god. The temples are a classic example of Egyptian symmetry and design in construction. M.S. ROYAL LILY.
Nile River Cruise
The M.S. Royal Lily docks in Aswan, location of the largest landfill dam in the world--the High Dam--which was built to control the annual flooding of the Nile and to provide electricity. Visit Philae Temple, relocated from another island to save it from the rising river waters when the dam was built, and see the granite quarry where an ancient obelisk lies cracked and unfinished. Late in the afternoon, visit the International Museum of Nubia which houses statues and monuments from the time of the Pharaohs, plus Coptic treasures. M.S. ROYAL LILY.
Back to cairo
Fly to Abu Simbel (a representative will accompany you from Aswan), the colossal temple that was carved from solid rock in 1235 BC. by the great Ramses II. Beside it stands the Temple of Hathor, built to honor the Pharaoh’s wife, Nefertari. In the 1960s, the temples were moved piece-by-piece 200 feet up the hill to preserve them from the rising waters of Lake Nasser. This evening, fly back to Cairo to stay the final night at a hotel near the airport.
It’s time to return home with life-long memories and treasures from the land of the pharaohs. A private car transfer is provided to coincide with your flight schedule. Saida, as-salam alaikoom!
From $2950 per person in double occupancy
60th Anniversary Commemorative Itinerary!
Departure: Weekly, year-round.
Duration: 8 Nights, 9 Days
•Explore the Egyptian Museum including Tutankhamun’s artifacts
•Full day sightseeing the Giza Pyramids and Sphinx, Memphis and Saqqara
•Visit Karnak and Luxor temples in Luxor
•See Upper Egypt’s Temple of Abu Simbel
•Visit the Temple of Horus at Edfu and Kom Ombo’s twin shrine
•Visit King Tutankhamun’s tomb in the Valley of the Kings
•Enjoy the knowledge and expertise of a Egyptologist guide in Cairo
Type of services: Guided services throughout with local English-speaking guides.
Travel documents: Please visit our “Visa Info” page to inquire if you need a travel visa for this tour. It is the responsibility of the traveler to obtain proper travel documents for this tour..
Inclusions: • All ground transportation at the destination • Porterage & hotel taxes • English-speaking Egyptologists as guides
•3 nights at the Conrad Cairo Hotel in Cairo
•4 night Nile River cruise aboard the 5-star M.S. Royal Lily
•1 night at the Sonesta Heliopolis Hotel in Cairo
•Sightseeing in Cairo by private car and guide
•8 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 4 dinners
Not included: International and/or domestic airfares; airport departure taxes; tips of any kind; incidentals at hotels; any meals not included in the itinerary; alcoholic beverages; souvenirs.
It is the travelers responsibility to have all proper travel documents which can include passports and foreign visas. Learn more here: Passport & Visa Information
Travel Insurance is highly recommended to protect your travel investment and for any emergencies that could occur while traveling. Learn more here: Travel Insurance
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