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Intriguing Egypt Series III
15 Days with A 5-day
Super Deluxe Nile Cruise!!
based on double occupancy
||Depart USA on a scheduled flight to Cairo.
All meals and beverages served on board flight.
||Arrive Cairo, where you will be met by our
representative who will help you with your immigration and customs formalities. Later you
will be transferred to your hotel, the luxurious Mena House Oberoi Hotel, for an
||Breakfast, then drive to Memphis at the edge
of the Western Desert, the capital of the Ancient Kingdom, and among the cities of
greatest importance in 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. Cheops
Pyramid, the largest of the three Pyramids, was built in the 4th dynasty about 2690 BC,
and is one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Enjoy a camel ride by the Pyramids
area if you wish. In front of the Pyramid of Chephren (Khafre), there stands 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 Chephren (Khafre). Continue your tour to the Solar Boat Museum
where a dismantled river barge of King Cheops (Khufu) was found and has been masterfully
reassembled. Return to your hotel. In the evening, you will be met and transferred by our
tour escort to the Giza Plateau, to attend the magnificent Sound and Light show. Later
transfer back to your hotel for an overnight. (B)
||Breakfast, then start your tour by 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 old Coptic Churches and the oldest Jewish
Synagogue of Beni Ezra. Continue your tour to the Citadel of Salah El-Din, the Mohammed
Ali Mosque and the Medieval Bazaars of Khan-El-Khalili, where you can bargain for your
jewelry, hand-tooled leather items, copper, silver, ivory and fine Egyptian textiles.
Return to your hotel for an overnight. (B)
||Breakfast, then you will be met and
transferred to Cairo Airport for your flight to Aswan. Upon arrival at Aswan Airport, you
will be met and transferred to embark your super deluxe cruise ship. Later you will be
taken by "Felucca" to visit the Elephantine Island, the Mausoleum of Agha Khan,
the Botanical Gardens and the Temple of Philae. Lunch, dinner and overnight on board.
The Luxurious Diamond Boat cruise ship
The Beautiful stairway leading to the
restaurant on board cruise ship
||Breakfast, then visit the Unfinished Obelisk
at the Ancient Granite Quarries, and the famous High Dam. Lunch, 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 Haroeris. Sail to Edfu. Dinner and overnight on board.
||Breakfast, then visit the Temple of Horus
(237 BC), the best preserved Egyptian temple in Egypt. Lunch. Sail to Esna and visit the
Temple of Khnum. Continue to Luxor. Dinner and overnight on board. (B,L,D)
Enjoy the beautiful swimming pool, sun
deck, and pool bar
Another view of the refreshing swimming
pool aboard the luxurious Diamond Boat
||Breakfast, then cross the Nile to visit the
Necropolis of Ancient Thebes. Explore the valley of the Kings and Queens where tombs of 64
Pharaohs and 57 Queens have been discovered, and enter some of the most remarkable
burials. Visit the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut and the Colossi of Memnon. Lunch. Afternoon
visit to 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 completed by Ramses II. Dinner and overnight on board. (B,L,D)
Views of a typical Junior Suite Cabin
||Breakfast, then disembark your cruise ship,
where 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 Hotel & Casino, for an overnight. (B)
Entrance to the Cairo Marriott &
then drive to Dahshur to visit the Red Pyramid and the Bent Pyramid.
The builder of these pyramids is thought to have been Sneferu who is
believed to have built the pyramid of Maidum. His son was Cheops
(Khufu) who continued his construction tendencies. Later transfer to
downtown Cairo to embark on a 2-hour "Felucca" (sail boat)
ride, exploring downtown Cairo and riding in a sail boat exactly the
same way as the ancient Egyptians did thousands of years ago. Return
to your hotel for an overnight. (B)
then transfer to Cairo Airport for your flight to Sharm-El-Sheikh Upon
arrival at Sharm, you will be transferred to the Marriott Sharm Hotel.
Remainder of day at leisure for swimming, snorkeling, diving or just
relaxing by your hotel pool or private beach. Overnight. (B)
Stairway to the dining room and casino
area at the elegant Cairo Marriott Hotel
and a day at leisure for swimming, diving or snorkeling. In the
evening you will be met and transferred by car to the Sinai Desert.
From the desert road ride a camel if you wish, or continue by car to
meet the Bedouins. Experience the Bedouin hospitality. A candlelit
dinner will be barbecued and served in front of you at a canyon in a
Bedouin tent surrounded by the stars. Traveling and dining in the
desert with the Bedouins will make you relive the adventure of
Lawrence of Arabia. Later transfer back to your hotel for an
Hallway of the elegant Cairo Marriott
and Casino Hotel
and a day at leisure for swimming, diving or snorkeling. Late
afternoon proceed to St. Catherine. Arrive St. Catherine and transfer
to the St. Catherine Village. A choice of a 3-hour climb to the top of
Mount Sinai is available, if you wish to see a spectacular sunrise as
well as view the Red Sea and the Saudi Arabian border. The recommended
time to start the climb of the 3,750 steps is at 2:00 A.M. in order to
arrive at the summit for a spectacular sunrise around 5:00 A.M. (You
must be physically fit and healthy in order for you to do the 3-hour
mountain climb.) (B,D)
then visit St. Catherine Monastery built by Emperor Justinian during
the 6th century. The site sits at the foot of Mount Sinai, where Moses
is believed to have received the Ten Commandments. Visit the churches,
gardens and the living quarters of the monks who operate it. Some of
your highlights will be the actual Burning Bush Shrub that grows
nowhere else in the world. The Monastery owns more than 2,000
Byzantine icons, many of which are displayed in the main Church of the
Transfiguration. The Monastery also has a priceless collection of more
than 4,500 manuscripts including the world's second oldest Bible. Walk
in the same foot steps where Pope John-Paul II did when he visited
Egypt in February of 2000. Depart St. Catherine for a drive to Cairo
where you will be transferred to Cairo Marriott hotel for an
||Breakfast, then you will be met by our
representative and transferred to Cairo Airport, where you will be helped with your
check-in and immigration formalities for your flight back home. (B)
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. Included
as well is the service charge imposed by hotels, port charges, porterage, meeting and
assistance at airport, hotels and docks.
If airfare from the U.S.A. is not
required, please deduct $920 from posted rate.
For single occupancy in hotels and on board cruise ship please add $549.
Chicago, please add $259. From Los Angeles, please add $369, or call for your city.
EXTENSIONS AND OPTIONAL
TOURS: Extra days and optional tours to sights are available on request.
If you need a different package, we
will customize it for you.