in a Week
11 -Day Dendera and Abu Simbel Edition
good look at Cairo , Dendera , Abydos , Abu Simbel and a 5-day cruise
along the Nile, locally escorted
Upgrade to a suite with a balcony on your deluxe
with the private program cruise version,
or the10 day edition, 2 extra nights
hotel stay in Luxor or Aswan . Add
Alexandria , Abu Simbel
1 - CAIRO Tour
Starts DAILY in Cairo - Arrive any day of the week .
Our representative greets you at the airport and whisks you to your
hotel. Visa fee is included and will be issued upon arrival at Cairo
Airport for : Australian, NZ, American, EU , Canadian & Japanese
citizens. You are responsible for having your passport in order valid
at least for 6 month beyond the date of your arrival in Cairo.
2 - CAIRO (BL)
On your first full day in Egypt we show you the Egyptian Museum,
including the " Mummies Room" , the Pyramids of Giza,
the Sphinx, the Citadel of Saladin, and the Mohammed
Ali Mosque, made of alabaster.
3 - ASWAN, Camel Caravan! (B)
We fly to Aswan.
After a brief stop at your hotel, we proceed to tour the Nubian Museum
then on to a short camel caravan & ride for almost half an hour
to visit a local Nubian Village fro tea with the locals.
Deluxe : Oberoi Hotel or Old Cataract . First class : Basma hotel or
4 - ASWAN, (BLD) Abu
Simbel A Savage Grandeur :
Abu Simbel is the gran finale for the Egyptian Nile :
Ramses the Great's huge desert temple at Abu Simbel marked the southern
border of the pharaoh's dominions. Rescued from the rising waters of
Lake Nasser by an international effort, it is a marvel of sacred engineering.
Twice a year Feb 20 and Oct ( thought to be the birthdate & coronation
of Ramses the Great ) and only then the sun penetrates to the Holy of
Holies, illuminating the stone figures of Ramses and Nefertari.
planned our visit to maximize your Abu Simbel experience. Rising before
dawn, we drive along the shore of Lake Nasser, watching the sky lighten
and the sacred sun rise above the horizon. We reach the temple while
the air is clean, clear and cool, and the sun's light still goldenčjust
right for photographs. We explore the huge temple by ourselves, admire
its ancient aura and artistry, then retire to a comfortable hotel for
refreshments. Just as planeloads of visitors arrive to throng the temple
we begin our leisurely drive back along the shore to Aswan, arriving
When you add one night in Aswan , based on using Basma Hotel or Oberoi
Kennedy & Abu Simbel Temples in Egypt :
All Americans alive during the 1960s remember President John F Kennedy
and First Lady Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy. Most Americans from that
time also remember Abu Simbel, the dramatic, ancient pharaonic temple
threatened by the rising waters blocked by the new Aswan High Dam.
worth remembering that it was Jacquie Kennedy who provided crucial support
for the mammoth rescue project. Without her help, Abu Simbel might have
been lost. Arrive early in Egypt, extend one day to be able to see Abu
Simbel . Read More
5 - ASWAN & KOM OMBO (BLD)
First we tour new Nubian Museum then the awesome Aswan dams,
and next an ancient granite quarry complete with an unfinished obelisk.
Then we go by motor launch to the island temples of Philae. Re-embarking
on our Nile cruiser, we sail downstream to Kom Ombo to visit
its twin temples.
6 - EDFU & ESNA (BLD)
We moor in Edfu, climb aboard horse-drawn carriages, and clip-clop
through the town to the Temple of Horus, Egypt's best-preserved
temple. Re-embarking, we cruise to Esna and its great temple
dedicated to Khnum, the creator-god. Evening finds us in Luxor.
7 - LUXOR (BLD)
tour today as well the magnificent tombs in the Valley of the Kings
, including Tutankaomn's tomb, and the great temple of Queen Hatshepsut,
stop at the Colossi of Memnon on the way back to our cruise.
we'll continue on Luxor's west bank to get a totally different perspective
on ancient Egyptian life, at the ancient workers' settlement of Deir
el-Medinah. While most of the imposing stone monuments and sites of
Egypt honor the lives and after-lives of royalty, Deir el-Medinah gives
us unique and surprising insights into the ordinary citizens who constructed
and decorated the tombs.
we'll see the excavated homes shared by laborers with their domestic
animals. These quarters were surprisingly large, with three good-sized
rooms, courtyard, kitchen, and even storage cellars. While ancient Egypt
might not have been a workers' paradise, we'll see that artisans and
builders were highly regarded in their community. We are proud to be
the only operator to offer regular visits to this singular ancient settlement
in its tour and cruise programs.
8 - LUXOR & CAIRO (B)
After breakfast we check -out.
The gigantic Great Temple of Amon at Karnak, and the mighty Temple
of Luxor are our goals in the morning, then on to your hotel for
tonight : Old Winter Palace , Sheraton/Hilton or similar for deluxe,
Novotel or similar for first class . Afternoon tour of the small yet
charming Luxor Museum
9 - Dendera & Abydos/Cairo (BLD)
After breakfast we drive inland to tour Denderah Temple. Among the best
preserved in Egypt. This temple as a sight to hold. Indiana Jones would
have felt at home, with the massive stones & underground passages.
We tour as well Abydos before we head back to Luxor (lunch box included
IN A DAY
travel to Denderah to visit the Temple of Hathor, one of the best-preserved
in all of Egypt, and also one of the most important. In the ancient
beliefs, Hathor was the consort of the god of daylight, ruler of the
west, and protector or the underworld. In the manner of wise desert
wayfarers, we'll leave before dawn to take advantage of cool temperatures.
Our air-conditioned van will take us through timeless Nileside villages,
where life revolves around the irrigation and harvest of crops. Finally,
we'll reach the temple precincts. We'll take note of the unusually deep
tombs, and pass under the celebrated Zodiac, in a chapel dedicated to
Osiris. (Denderah is the traditional site of his rebirth.) Our full
day will also include a visit to Abydos, traditional home of Osiris,
god of the underworld, and a stopping point on the journey of wayfaring
souls. We'll enjoy a box lunch, and return to
Luxor Airport ,and
flight to Cairo. Dinner is included at your hotel
10 - HOME HOSTED DINNER - CAIRO (BD)
Cairo is yours, full day at leisure .
Dinner 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).
complimentary Dinner 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 l! 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 dinner in a quiet restaurant with your travel companions, by letting
us know your preferences.
DAY 11 - CAIRO- Departure (B)
Our representative escorts you to the airport for your homeward flight.
person in USD
in Triple Occupancy
Private touring on board the cruise: Please add $250 per person for
the full cruise/shore excursions.
Christmas /New Year's , Easter , please add %15 supplement to any
of the listed rates.
airfares and transfers within Egypt.
water ( one per person) delivered to your cabin daily while you are
on board the cruise.
or coffee & bottled water with every & each meal while on
board the cruise.
fruit basket upon arrival on board the Nile Cruise.
drink served upon arrival on board your Nile Cruise.
transfers within Egypt. ( Honeymooners/ Anniversary / Birthday gift
tours , all will enjoy private transfers at no additional charge )
accommodation with tax & service charges.
fee , visa will be issued upon arrival at Cairo Airport for : American,Western
European, Canadian & Japanese citizens. You are responsible for
having your passport in order valid at least for 6 month beyond the
date of your arrival in Cairo.
Nile Cruise with all meals & shore excursions.
menu meals including B = Breakfast, (or cB,
Continental Breakfast) L = Lunch, D
= Dinner .
guided sightseeing as per itinerary including all entrance fees. On
board the cruise you'll be part of an average 10-15 English speaking
interruption and cancellation insurance
expenses, including excess baggage or shipping charges, beverages,
and personal charges in hotels for laundry, telephone, or other
airfares to or from Cairo.