Egypt, Past & Present

Egypt, Past & Present

$2600 per person

Marvel at Luxor and Karnak’s magnificent temples, visit the Valley of the Kings and Queens and sail in comfort up river to visit the temples at Edfu and Kom Ombo before reaching Aswan, the playground of locals and internationals. Optional excursions include a fly-in tour…

Marvel at Luxor and Karnak’s magnificent temples, visit the Valley of the Kings and Queens and sail in comfort up river to visit the temples at Edfu and Kom Ombo before reaching Aswan, the playground of locals and internationals. Optional excursions include a fly-in tour to Abu Simbel and a day-trip to Alexandria.

Accommodations:

Shepheard Hotel

Location: Cairo, Egypt

The regal Shepheard Hotel is situated on the banks of the Nile River in downtown Cairo.
Steeped with history, the hotel originated in 1841 and surviving several renovation and world wars, it eventually succumbed to the devastating Cairo fire of 1952. Rebuilt 5 years later in its current location, the Shepheard Hotel is a proud 4-star hotel in a prime location to serve as a base from which to enjoy the city of Cairo. The grand Egyptian museum, the Cairo Tower and the Opera House are mere minutes away from its front doors and each of the almost 300 rooms boasts panoramic views of the Nile or City skyline.

The Facilities:
- High speed wireless internet access in public areas and conference rooms
- Direct telephone line
- Mini bar
- Satellite TV
- Safe deposit boxes
- 24-hour room service
- 24-hour bank and ATM machines
- Complimentary shoeshine
- Travel Agency
- Laundry

Swiss Inn Radamis I & II

Location: Egypt

The Radamis II is a riverboat that sails between Luxor and Aswan on the River Nile with stops in Esna/Edfu and either Luxor or Aswan. The cruise ship offers 65 well-appointed deluxe cabins complete with air conditioning and individual temperature controls and a panoramic wall-to-wall window.

The Facilities:
- Orangerie Restaurant
- BBQ’s on the Sun Deck
- Library
- ‘King Tut’ gym

  • Destination
  • Departure
    Cairo
  • Departure Time
    Weekly Saturday
  • Dress Code
    Casual. Comfortable athletic clothing, hiking shoes, hat, light jacket.
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Day 1 Arrive Cairo
On arrival we meet and transfer you to the hotel. Balance of day is at leisure. Shepheard Hotel or similar (2 nights)
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Day 2 Cairo
Today we visit the Great Pyramids, the Sphinx, Memphis and Sakkara. Included Meals: BL
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Day 3 Cairo – Luxor, Nile Cruise
We depart early on a short flight to Luxor to board our Nile Cruise ship. This afternoon, visit the famed temples of Karnak and Luxor. Swiss Inn Radamis 1 Nile Cruise or similar (4 nights) Included Meals: BLD
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Day 4 Luxor – Esna, Nile Cruise
We cross to the West Bank to “Thebes” to explore the Valley of the Kings and Queens, the temple of Hatshepsut and the Colossi of Memnon. In the afternoon we sail to Esna. Tonight enjoy the Captain’s welcome cocktail party. Included Meals: BLD
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Day 5 Edfu – Kom Ombo – Aswan
On arrival in Edfu, board a ‘caleche’ to take this horse-drawn carriage to the Temple of Horus. Afterwards we sail to Kom Ombo to the Temple of Sobek, the Crocodile God. Included Meals: BLD
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Day 6 Aswan - Felucca Cruise
Arrive this morning in Aswan where we take a tour of Aswan’s High Dam, the Ancient Granite Quarries and the Temple of Philae. This afternoon board a felucca and sail around Elephantine Island. Tonight enjoy a fabulous Nubian folkloric show. Included Meals: BLD
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Day 7 Aswan – Cairo & Optional Abu Simbel
Disembark and transfer to the airport for a flight to Cairo where we transfer you to the hotel. Or, before flying to Cairo take an optional excursion by air to Abu Simbel. Tonight’s overnight is in Cairo. Shepheard Hotel or similar (2 nights) Included Meals: B
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Day 8 Cairo
Today visit the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, Old Cairo, Hanging Church, Ben Ezra synagogue, Citadel, Mohamed Ali Mosque and Bazzaar. Included Meals: BL
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Day 9 Depart Cairo
Today we transfer you the airport in time for your homebound or onward flight.
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InclusionsNot Included
Meet and greet on arrivalInternational airfares and departure taxes
All airport transfersMeals not indicated
Domestic flights Cairo-Luxor and Aswan-CairoGratuities
8 nights accommodations with en-suite facilitiesItems of a personal nature
Ground transportationOptional tours
Sightseeing as indicated inclusive of entrance feesEntry visa fees (if applicable)
Meals as described by BLDTravel insurance
Local taxes and service charges
Services of professional English speaking guides