Egyptian Nights With a Foray into India
Grand 21 Days, airfare included from USA
exceptional package includes Egypt in all its variety, from the wonders
of the Great Pyramids to a Nile cruise, and even the
unspoiled beaches of the Red Sea. As well as the mighty temples at Abu
Simbel, , Denderah Temples, Diving or snorkeling, and a Camel Caravan
to a Nubian Village.
In India you will cover in one week : Delhi , Agra and Jaipur
Compare with India in a Week . Add
Kerala and a House Boat Cruise in India
1 - USA/CAIRO Sunday - Weekly departure - Year
Your wide-body jet departs the USA bound for Cairo, overnight across the
2 - CAIRO - Monday
On arrival, our local rep. will escort you to your comfortable hotel.
Visa may be issued upon arrival for the following nationalities; American,
Australian, NZ, EU , Canadian, Mexican and Japanese, your passport must
be valid and in order . Please pay the $15 USD in cash, photos are not
After exiting the terminal, our local representative will escort you (private
air-conditioned vehicle) to your hotel
3 - CAIRO- Sailing on the Nile - Tuesday (cBLD)
Today we see Cairo's major sights: the Egyptian Museum, including the
Mummies Room. We'll continue to Royal Manial Palace of former Crown
Prince Mohamed Ali , on to the Coptic Museum, and the Church of Abu Sergha,
and the Beni Ezra Synagogue.
We'll see where,according to the legend, Moses was found along the banks
of the Nile. We'll take our lunch at a local restaurant.
Enjoy a 30 minute felucca sailing on the Nile to see Cairo from a different
angle before we head back to your hotel. Dinner is included at your hotel
4 - DAHSOUR - Wednesday (BLD)
After breakfast, we'll motor to the edge of Cairo, to the mysterious Sphinx
and the Pyramids of Giza.
who are fit and adventurous enough may wish to penetrate into the heart
of the Great Pyramid, to the King's Chamber your ticket is included with
our compliments (or the interior of Kephren Pyramid). Taking
a camel ride (Included) is entirely your own choice!
to Dahshour, the newly-opened pyramid field south of Cairo. We
visit the great pyramid of Senfru, father of Cheops, and other structure:
The "Discovery" of Dahshour:
For almost half a century, the great field of huge pyramids near the desert
village of Dahshour, 25 miles south of Cairo, has been off limits to the
public. Confined within the perimeter of a military base were many pyramids,
including the great 4500-year-old pyramid built by Senfru, father of Cheops.
Senfru's pyramid, the largest in Egypt until his son built Giza's Great
Pyramid, is rhomboidal in shape: it tapers more distinctly on its upper
half. All the pyramids were coated in thick plaster at one time. Most
have lost these protective, decorative sheaths, but Senfru's--miraculously--is
still in place.
Lunch is included at a local restaurant or at your hotel. Evening Sound
and Light show by the Pyramids. Dinner is included back at the hotel.
5 - The Red Sea resort of Sharm , Thursday (cBD)
Head for the airport and a short flight to Sharm El Sheikh on the Red
Sea. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy this unique desert beach resort.
Relax by the cerulean waters, take a camel ride at your option.
Breakfast & dinner included
6 - Sharm El Sheikh, Snorkel or Dive- Friday (cBD)
The Red Sea just off "Sharm" is replete with fascinating coral
and aquatic species unique to this area. You'll spend the full day today
exploring these wonders as you snorkel or scuba dive (for which
proof of certification is a must ). There's also time to relax, take an
optional excursion, or look into the life of the Bedouins who have made
a way of life in the desert. Evening Bedouin Dinner.
7 - LUXOR & Cruise to Denderah -Saturday (cBLD)
An early flight takes us to Luxor,along the Nile in fabled Upper Egypt,
where We'll navigate the waters of the Nile to Denderah in a day excursion
cruise ( or by car) , to visit the best preserved temple in Egypt, then
its back to Luxor for a spectacular sound & light show at Karnak temple.
Accommodation on board your Nile Cruise. One large bottle of mineral water
in your cabin with our compliments.
8 - VALLEY OF THE KINGS Sunday (cBLD)
Queen Nefertari's tomb is closed for urgent repairs, so we 'll
be touring instead : Ancient Workers Village at Deir El Medineh,
as soon as Nefertari is opened again, we will reinstate it in our programs.
Today's tour include as well a visit to the Valley of the Kings
including Tut-Ank-Amon's tomb , temple of Queen Hatshepsut at Deir el
Bahari, and Colossi of Memnon, returning to our Nile cruiser for
lunch. Following lunch aboard, we visit the great Temple of Luxor,
and the gigantic Great Temple of Amon at Karnak, returning to our
vessel in time for tea. Complimentary welcome fruit basket in your cabin.
9 - ESNA -EDFU- Monday (cBLD)
We cruise to Esna during the night and pass through the locks.
After breakfast we cruise to Edfu and board horse-drawn carriages
to get to the fine Temple of Horus. In the evening, we have a jolly
galabia party. A Galabya will be delivered to your cabin with our compliments.
10 - KOM OMBO & ASWAN , CAMEL CARAVAN -Tuesday (cBLD)
We explore Kom Ombo's twin Temples of Haroeris, the sun god, and
Sobek, the crocodile god, before cruising south to Aswan. After
lunch aboard, we board a graceful felucca for a cruise among the Nile
islands .Then to really immerse yourself, try your hand at a complimentary
camel riding! We'll take willing passengers on a traditional caravan to
enjoy tea with Nubian villagers. Only Travel In Style & Nubian Nile
Cruises afford this unique opportunity to meet & interact with local
Nubians. We are proud to offer this insight into the Nubian way of life.
Back in your cabin : Complimentary Egyptian pastry & sweets platter.
11 - ASWAN & ABU SIMBEL/CAIRO Wednesday (cBL)
The mighty Aswan dams are our first goal this morning, followed by a trip
by motor launch to the Philae temple, this
Island temple , dedicated to the Ancient Goddess ISIS :
Mystery of Isis : Two
millennia ago the Mediterranean world was enthralled by the mystery of
Isis, am all that has been, that is or shall be; no mortal man hath ever
seen me unveiled."
Aset by the ancient Egyptians, the goddess was a Madonna in the Mediterranean
tradition that stretches far, far back to the primitive Mother Goddess
from Anatolia, home to some of the oldest human communities on earth.
was the powerful and quick-witted protector of her son Horus, the Sun
God. Ancient peoples throughout the Mediterranean regarded Isis and Horus
as the perfect Madonna and Child. Another legend says she was also the
mother of the fertility god Min who, judging from the depiction of him
on temple walls, needed no help from Viagra!
of her wisdom and skill at protection, she was admired as a good magician
capable of healing the sick and protecting the dead in their journey to
is portrayed regally, as a queen seated on a throne (which may be the
meaning of her name), often holding her son Horus as a baby. Other images
show her with broad, magnificent gilded wings able to protect the world.
the great Mother Goddess. Come explore her mystery in timeless Egypt !
Back on land, we visit an ancient Pharaonic red granite quarry, then we
take a short flight to Abu Simbel. ( Lunch box included and large
bottle of water) , there we'll marvel at the temples dedicated to Ramses
the Great and Queen Neferatri, saved from rising waters of the Nile when
the High Dam was built, fly back to Aswan and connect with our returning
flight to Cairo .
In the larger temple, colossal figures of Ramses are seated with
the gods and attended by his queen and daughters. The smaller temple
is dedicated to Queen Nefertari, who appears as Hathor, the goddess of
love, joy and fertility, symbolized by the benevolent cow. We explore
these fine temples, admiring their ancient aura and artistry, after which
we fly back to Cairo ( via Aswan) , and your hotel.
12 - Cairo -Thursday (cB)
Breakfast is included at the hotel . Full day at leisure , explore
Cairo on your own .
is included at a local home:
Meet the locals,
you may wish to bring token gifts to exchange with the host family ( T
shirt , small souvenirs of your home town):
evening we'll venture where few ordinary visitors ever tread . . . right
into the homes of some of the people of Cairo ! You'll be invited to a
family dinner, and while you enjoy wholesome home-cooked specialties,
you'll learn about and appreciate the outlook, aspirations, and way of
life of your hosts. Be assured, as curious as you may be about your new
friends, they're sure to have questions about your own background. Once
the ice is broken, you'll enjoy a lively evening, and find that you have
more in common than you ever suspected. Of course, you may enjoy a quiet
evening with your travel companions, by letting us know your preferences.
13 - Cairo Fayoum -Friday (cBL)
Desert Safari for the Day - Fayoum Oases - And you thought the Pyramids
wilds of the desert begin right on the outskirts of Cairo, and continue
for hundreds of miles to the east and west, through sands, rock, mountains,
oases, and a surprising variety of scenery and inhabitants.
us for a day ranging across the desert like modern nomads. In place of
camels, we’ll travel in comfortable, reliable four-by-four Toyota
Land Cruisers. Your guide and drivers will meet you at your hotel, and
soon you’ll leave bustling Cairo behind as you undertake the drive
toward the Oasis of El Fayoum, 150 kilometers to the southwest. Hard as
it is to believe, a great inland sea once covered these sands. It was
a holy reserve of sacred crocodiles, symbolized by the god Sobek.
visit the temple of Kom Oshim, drive over ancient lake beds, and alongside
the waters of today’s Fayoum Lake to reach the fishermen’s
village of Chak Chouk. There we’ll stop for a lunch of fish caught
fresh that morning. There will be time to wander the village lanes and
discreetly watch the everyday activities of baking flatbread, irrigating
crops from the lake’s waters, and bringing in the catch. We’ll
also include the craft and pottery museum where the best works of local
artisans are on display.
it’s into our four-by-fours again, for an off-road adventure! We’ll
head alongside and across desert washes, between dunes, and over ancient
lake beds for 35 kilometers to the Valley of the Whales ( In Arabic :
Wadi-El-Hitan) . Incredibly, these great mammals once thrived - almost
forty million years ago- in waters surrounded by sands. We’ll stop
and gaze in amazement at their fossilized remains alongside smaller sea
creatures that remain in stone.
This valley was discovered in 1936 , by the German geologist George Schweinfurth
in the northwestern corner of Wadi El-Rayan.
The valley provides evidence of one of the major changes in this mammal
evolution has been declared by the UNESCO to be a World Heritage Site.
It is believed that these land based whales once had feet that may have
helped them somewhat while ashore . A team from the University of Michigan
discovered in the late 80's that these Zeuglodon whales did have rudimentary
feet , this was a startling discovery , suggesting that whales of Wadi
-El-Hitan had recently started living in water as well , these whales
were not related to any of the whales we have today , rather a more slender
body and may grow up to 75 feet long. Several skeletons of whales are
exposed in the sand. George Schweinfurth named this extinct specie the
Zeuglodon Isis Whales .
the evening, you’ll return to your hotel in Cairo. Land
transportation in air-conditioned four-wheel-drive Toyota Land Cruiser
with the services of driver and English-speaking driver. Lunch is included
14 - Departure for Delhi , India - Saturday (cB)
Our staff escorts you to the airport for your flight to India,
air itinerary are always subject to change without notice. Air fare is
included in economy class Egypt/ India in economy class, tax included.
Adventure begins and 1001 Indian Nights : Delhi * Agra * Jaipur * Delhi
Arrive at New Delhi’s International Airport where you will be met
and transferred to your hotel for a three night stay. The drive from the
airport introduces Delhi as a spacious, tree-lined city with a number
of beautiful parks.
India : An English Speaking Escort will always be with you for the entire
tour staying at the different hotels as the group
15 - Delhi
The morning is at leisure. In the afternoon take a tour of Delhi including
visits to Qutub Minar, the tallest stone tower in India, and Humayun’s
tomb, built by the widow of the second Mughal Emperor in the Indo-Persian
style. See the imposing India Gate, Parliament buildings and Rastrapathi
Bhawan, the President’s residence. (B)
16– Delhi to Agra
Travel by road this morning to Agra (approximate 4 ½ hours) and
check-in to your hotel for an overnight stay. Visit the Taj Mahal (closed
on Fridays), arriving at the gates by horse drawn carriage. The Taj Mahal
is everything that has been said about it and more. Taking 22 years and
20,000 men to build, the white marble was quarried 200 miles away and
transported to the site by a fleet of 1000 elephants. Built in the mid
17th century by Shah Jahan as an expression of his love for his wife Mumtaz
Mahal, the Taj Mahal is truly one of the wonders of the world. The Taj
appears amazingly perfect from almost any angle, and close-up, the marble
inlay work is astounding. You will have ample time to view this outstanding
piece of architecture. Continue on to Agra Fort, once the seat and the
stronghold of the Mughal Empire. This evening try your hand at bargaining
at the marble & leather factories. (B)
17– Agra to Fatehpur Sikri to Jaipur
You will be driven to Jaipur today (approximate 6 hours) stopping en-route
to visit Fatehpur Sikri, the deserted red sandstone city, built by the
great Mughal Emperor Akbar as his capital and palace in the late 16th
century. It was abandoned soon after when the wells dried up and it remains
today in much the same condition that it was over 300 years ago.
On arrival in Jaipur, the ‘Pink City’ of palaces and monuments,
proceed to your hotel for a two night stay. (B)
18 - Jaipur
Sightseeing today includes an elephant ride up to the Amber Fort, then
time to stroll through the sprawling complex of courtyards and halls.
See Hawa Mahal, also known as the Palace of the Winds, whose elaborately
carved façade captured cooling breezes and concealed from view
the ladies of the court watching the activity in the streets below. Visit
the City Palace gardens and courtyards, and explore the collections of
costumes, armoury and rare manuscripts in its museum. Walk to the adjacent
Astronomical Observatory, built in 1726 and still in use, and shop in
the local bazaar. (B)
19 – Jaipur to Delhi
Return to Delhi by road (approximate 5 hours) and transfer to your hotel
20 - Delhi
Take a morning tour of Old Delhi, beginning with a visit to Raj Ghat,
a simple memorial to Mahatma Gandhi. See the Red Fort and continue on
to Jama Masjid, one of Asia’s largest mosques. It was the last architectural
extravaganza of the Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan, built in 1656 AD, and
large enough to hold as many as 25,000 devotees. The afternoon is free
for shopping or leisure. (B)
21 - Departure Back to NYC or your home town in the USA (B)
Private air-conditioned vehicle, private chauffeur for your transfer back
to the airport in Delhi
Air fare is included in economy class back to NYC or any other major city
in the USA ( based on your booking) .
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PRIVATE GUIDE/CAR/DRIVER for Nile Cruise Shore Excursions:
For the full duration of the Nile Cruise & shore excursions: please
add $250 per person .This supplement doesn't apply when you have at least
6 guests in your party, as you'll have always your own private car/driver/guide.
NOTES (doesn't apply when you handle your own air fare)
airline partners for departures from New York are British Airways,
Lufthansa, Swiss , KLM : Dallas-Fort Worth , Chicago, DC, Denver,
Miami, : an additional $300; from most West Coast cities : an additional
you choose to make your own arrangements for international airfare across
the Atlantic , please deduct $1200 per person from the rates.
TOUR INCLUDES :
airfare from New York, US departure tax. Economy class
Egyptian domestic airfares ( economy class ) as described in the itinerary.
airport transfers and taxes .
accommodations (including taxes).
set-menu (table d'hôte) meals as indicated in the itinerary above.
Nile cruise with all shore excursions and meals .Complimentary
welcome drink upon arrival on board the Nile Cruise .Complimentary welcome
fruit basket on board the Nile Cruise. Large bottle of water ( per person
) delivered to you cabin daily while you are on board the Nile Cruise.Tea
or coffee an bottled water with each / every meal while you are on board
the Nile Cruise.
sightseeing by air-conditioned motor coach, including all admissions
: Visa fee issued upon arrival for American, Australian, NZ,EU , Korean,
Singaporean & Japanese citizens, passport must be valid for at least
6 month beyond the date of arrival.
India : An English Speaking Escort will always be with you for the entire
tour staying at the different hotels as the group
inclusions In India :
• A horse carriage ride from the nearest parking
to Taj Mahal in Agra.
• An elephant ride (alternatively by jeeps) to ascend Amber
Fort in Jaipur.
• All currently applicable taxes
including the 4.94% government service tax .
interruption and cancellation insurance
expenses, including excess baggage or shipping charges, beverages,
and personal charges in hotels for laundry, telephone, or other
for children ( must be sharing with 2 adults ) :
Infant up to 2 years at the time of travel : 80% discount, on the double
: up to 10 years of age : % 35 ( must be sharing with 2 adults)
of our Nile cruise vessels are fully air conditioned. Onboard dress is
casual except at dinner, when smart casual is the rule. Lightweight cotton
and other natural fiber clothing is best, with swimsuits and sun hats
for the sundeck and pool. Bring a light sweater or light jacket for cool
mornings and evenings, but most days are warm to hot, with very little
rain. Comfortable walking shoes are essential for shore excursions.
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Great Pyramid of Cheops . . . Are You Up to the Adventure?
A journey into the heart of the Great Pyramid is a real-life Indiana Jones
adventure. But it can also be a taxing and frightening one.
You'll follow claustrophobic passages cut into the heart of the pyramid,
feel the pull of the mass of stone directly above. For better or worse,
you have placed yourself in the hands of the engineering expertise of
you continue along the unventilated passages, the oxygen becomes depleted,
the air becomes noticeably warmer and more pungent. The ascent of steep
stairways consumes more energy than you imagined, and you find yourself
short of breath. Lighting is dim, every footstep must be carefully calculated.
Low passageways repeatedly oblige you to advance while bent down, and
your muscles protest. Where walls disappear into the dark above, you feel
wedged into a shaft. Despite warnings, and your own resolve, claustrophobic
feelings are hard to suppress.
you behold the King's Chamber at the heart of the Great Pyramid. The effort
to reach it has made the reward more exhilarating than you imagined. If
only you can face the return.
the King's Chamber for you? If you're not used to bending and regular
exercise, you might find the challenge beyond your capabilities. Turning
back is more difficult the farther you go, and the experience could leave
you aching for days afterwards.
realistic about yourself, your abilities, and your disposition. And remember
that there are many other rewarding sights and adventures at Giza, without
the physical challenge and risks of the King's Chamber.
decision is up to you.
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