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16-Day tour with a 5-Day Super Deluxe Nile Cruise!!
$6879 per person
based on double occupancy

Accomodation Included
Air fare included
ground transportation included
Tour Highlights
Itinerary

Round Trip airfare from U.S.
Domestic airfare from Cairo/Abu Simbel-Abu Simbel/Aswan and from Luxor/Cairo
3 nights deluxe accommodation at the historical Mena House Oberoi Hotel
1 night deluxe accommodations in Alexandria
1 night deluxe accommodations at the Old Winter Palace Hotel in Luxor
5 nights deluxe accommodation at the luxurious Cairo Marriott Hotel
5 days deluxe Nile cruise based on an outside junior suite cabin on a deluxe cruise ship
Private car or limo sightseeing as well as transfers in Cairo (private and personalized sight-seeing)
Pyramids & Sphinx
Memphis & Sakkara
Sound and Light Show in Cairo
 Egyptian Museum

Old Cairo
Citadel of Salah El Din
Mohamed Ali Mosque
Bazaar
Abu-Simbel Tour
Nefertari Tomb
Sound and Light Show in Karnak
Alexandria
Pharaonic Village
Dinner Cruise in Cairo
Oasis of Fayoum
All entrance fees, guidance and taxes

Depart U.S.A from New York "JFK" Airport for your flight to Cairo. All meals and beverages served on board flight.

Arrive Cairo where you will be met by our tour manager who will help you with your immigration and customs formalities. Later you will be transferred to your hotel. The historical Mena House Oberoi, located at the foot of the Giza plateau with breathtaking view of the Pyramids.

Mena House

Luxurious Mena House Oberoi

Breakfast, then drive to Memphis on the edge of the western desert, the capital of the ancient kingdom and one of the most important cities throughout the history of ancient Egypt. From here we drive to Sakkara, the vast necropolis of ancient Memphis. In the afternoon drive to the pyramids of Giza. Khufu's (Cheop's) pyramid, the largest of the three, was built in the 3rd dynasty about 2690 B.C., and is one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Enjoy a camel ride by the pyramids if you wish. In front of the pyramid of Khephren, we find the Sphinx carved from a single piece of stone, it is a lion with a pharaoh's head thought to be a portrait of the pharaoh Khephren. Transfer back to your hotel. In the evening you will be met and transfered to the Giza Plateau to attend the magnificent sound and light show. Later transfer back to your hotel for dinner and overnight. (B, D)

Typical room at the Mena House

Mena House Room

Breakfast, then start your tour visiting the Egyptian Museum famous for its antiquities from Egypt's Pharaonic period, which dates back some 50 centuries and includes the fabulous treasures of King Tut-Ankh-Amon. Afternoon excursion to Old Cairo, visiting the very old Coptic Churches and the oldest Jewish Synagogue of Beni Ezra. Continue your visit to a Mosque and the medieval Bazaars of Khan-El-Khalili, where you can bargain for your jewelry and hand-tooled leather items. Return to your hotel for overnight. (B)

Inside the bar of the Mena House

Mena House Bar

Breakfast, then you will be met and transferred to Cairo Airport for your flight to Abu Simbel. Upon arrival at the Abu Simbel Airport, you will be transferred to visit the great Temple of Ramesses II, hewn in rock, with four colossal seated statues of the kings in front of the entrance. It was dedicated to Amun Ra, the Horakhti, and Ramesses II. Then visit the King's wife's temple, the Temple of Nefertari. The entire site was threatened by the waters on the completion of the Aswan High Dam and has been preserved by International action organized by "Unesco". All parts of the temple have been sectioned, cut and removed from the original site and reassembled on higher ground. Return to Abu Simbel Airport for your flight to Aswan Airport. Arrive Aswan where you will be met and transferred to embark your deluxe Nile cruise ship (outside deluxe cabin guaranteed). Later you will visit by "Felucca" the Elephantine Island, the Botanical Gardens and the temple of Philae. Lunch, Dinner and overnight on board Nile cruise ship. (B, L, D)

The very impressive Abu Simbel Temple

Abu Simbel

All Deluxe Outside Cabins aboard Oberoi Philae Nile Cruise Ship.  All cabins with private verandas (balconies)

Typical cabin of Philae Nile Cruise Ship

Philae Cruise Ship
Cabin

Breakfast then visit the High Dam, The Granite Quarries, and the Unfinished Obelisk. Lunch and then cruise to Kom-Ombo. Visit the Ptolemaic Temple of Kom-Ombo, which was dedicated to two gods: the crocodile god Sobek and the falcon-headed god Horus. Sail to Edfu. Dinner and overnight on board Nile cruise ship. (B, L, D)

Breakfast, arrive Edfu to visit  the Temple of Horus, the best preserved Egyptian temple. Lunch, sail to Luxor. Dinner and overnight on board Nile cruise ship. (B, L, D)

Cruise ship pool and sun deck at night

Pool and Sun Deck

Breakfast, then cross to the West Bank of the Nile. Visit the Valley of the Kings where 64 royal tombs have been discovered - also visit the Valley of the Queen's including the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut at Dier El Bahari. See the Colossi of Memnon. Lunch. In the afternoon visit the temple of Karnak, which took over 1500 years to build and is considered the world's largest religious complex. Then visit the temple of Luxor, which was started by Amenhotep III and was completed by Ramesses II. Dinner and overnight on board Nile cruise ship. (B, L, D)

Breakfast, then disembark your cruise ship and transfer to the Old Winter Palace Hotel in Luxor. Later you will be met and transferred to a special visit to the newly opened tomb of Nefertari, built by king Ramses II for his beloved queen.

Breakfast and a morning at leisure for shopping. Later, You will be met and transferred to Luxor Airport for your flight back to Cairo. Upon arrival at Cairo Airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel, the luxurious Cairo Marriott for dinner and overnight. (B, D)

The Luxurious Cairo Marriott Hotel

Marriot

Breakfast, then drive from Cairo to Alexandria (about 3 hours ride). Upon arrival start your sightseeing to visit the Greco-Roman museum which contains statues, bas reliefs, pottery, jewelry, marble pieces and other artifacts, which gives you a picture of the grandeur of Alexandria in its Greek and Roman days. Then visit the Roman Amphitheater which is the only known amphitheater from the Roman era in Egypt. Continue your tour to visit the Catacombs of Kom-El-Shouqafa. These tombs are remarkable for their unusual mixture of art styles, sculpture, and reliefs of Egyptian gods. Continue your tour to visit Pompey's Pillar which is a column 98 feet high and 7 feet thick, made of Aswan rose granite erected in 297 A.D. Transfer to the Montazah Sheraton or the Salamlek Hotel in Alexandria for dinner and overnight. (B, D)

Breakfast, and a free day to explore Alexandria's downtown on your own or walk the beaches or go for a swim. In the evening, transfer back to Cairo to the Cairo Marriott Hotel for dinner and an overnight. (B, D)

Breakfast, then visit the beautiful Pharonic Village. It's a complete island which was build as a replica of ancient Egypt. You will see actors and actresses living their lives like the ancient Egyptians. They live, work, dress, make papyrus paper (to write and convey messages like in old times) and do all their daily chores exactly as Ancient Egyptians used to do. It's a wonderful experience that takes you a few thousand years back. Return to your hotel and balance of day at leisure for shopping or for swimming at your hotel pool. In the evening  you will be met and transferred for a dinner cruise and a floor show on the Nile where you can enjoy Egyptian belly dancing and folkloric dance. Transfer back to your hotel for an overnight. (B, D)

Night club with belly dancer

Billy Dancer

Breakfast, drive to Fayoum, Egypt's largest oasis, overlooking Lake Qarun which is a popular spot for hunting and fishing. Visit the remains of the temple and pyramid of Amenhat III and Qasr Qarun, a well preserved temple from the Greco-Roman era. Lunch at the Oberge El-Fayoum Hotel. Continue the tour to Maidum. The Pyramid of Maidum was originally a seven-stepped pyramid, which was enlarged to an eight-stepped pyramid. Eventually the steps were filled in and a smooth outer facing converted it into a true Pyramid.

Breakfast, and a day at leisure for last minute shopping or swimming at your hotel pool. Overnight at your hotel. (B)

Breakfast, then you will be met by your tour manager and transferred to Cairo Airport where you will be assisted with your check-in and immigration formalities for your departure flight. (B)

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Also Included: All transfers within Egypt. Personalized sightseeing as mentioned in itinerary in a private car with a tour guide and a driver, including entrance fees to sights mentioned and the services of a professional English-speaking Egyptologist. Included as well is the service charge imposed by hotels, port charges, porterage, meeting and assistance at airports, hotels and docks.

Departure from other gateway cities is available as follows: Departure out of Boston, please add $169. Departure out of Washington, DC, add $189. Departure out of Chicago, add $259. Departure out of Los Angeles, add $369, or call for your city.

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: For single occupancy in hotels and on board Nile cruise, please add $986.

Please add a peak season supplement of $519 per person if traveling between Dec. 09th to Jan. 14th or from Mar. 19th to Apr. 23rd.

EXTENSIONS & OPTIONAL TOURS: Extra days and optional tours to additional sites are available upon request.

If airfare from the USA is not required, please deduct $920 from posted rate.

If you need a different tour package of Egypt, we will customize it for you.

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It is impressive and is truly a highlight of your trip. Transfer back to your hotel. In the evening  you will be met by your tour manager and transferred to the Karnak Temple to attend the magnificent sound and light show. Back to hotel for dinner and overnight. (B, D)

 It is a huge structure surrounded by debris from the casing that collapsed. The Maidum Pyramid is thought to have been started by Huni, the last ruler of the 4th dynasty and then completed by his son Sneferu. Sneferu was the first of the 4th Dynasty Pharaohs (2613 - 2494 B.C.). A little north of the Maidum Pyramid are the remains of the Seila Step Pyramid, which is made of limestone and is thought to be from the 2nd Dynasty. In the evening, transfer back to Cairo for an overnight. (B, L)

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