Intriguing Egypt Series II
13 Days with A 5-day Super Deluxe Nile Cruise!!
Only $4159.00!! per person
based on double occupancy
Book between now and June 22, 2004 and receive $200 OFF per person!
Round trip air from
the U.S. |
Domestic flights in Egypt
All transfers and sightseeing
operated by private car and guides
5-day super deluxe Nile cruise (based on
outside junior suite cabin)
Pyramids and Sphinx
Memphis and Sakkara
Sound and Light Cairo
ride at the Pyramids
Red and Bent Pyramids
Two hour Felluca Ride in
Super deluxe hotels as indicated
All entrance fees, guidance
||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 &
||Breakfast, then transfer from Cairo to
Alexandria (about a 3-hour ride). Upon arrival, start your sightseeing by visiting the
Greco-Roman Museum, which contains a wide variety of Pharaonic, Ptolemaic, Roman and
Christian antiques, statues, bas reliefs, pottery, jewelry, marble pieces and other
artifacts. These give you a picture of the grandeur of Alexandria in its Greek and Roman
days. Then visit the Roman Amphitheatre, which is the only known amphitheatre from the
Roman Era in Egypt. Continue your tour to the Catacombs of Kom-El-Shouqafa. These tombs
are remarkable for their unusual mixture of art styles, sculpture, reliefs and images of
Egyptian gods. Continue your tour to Pompey's Pillar which is a column 98 feet high and 7
feet thick, made of Aswan rose granite erected in 297 AD. Transfer back to your hotel in
Cairo for an overnight. (B)
Stairway to the dining room and casino
area at the elegant Cairo Marriott Hotel
||Breakfast, then start your tour by visiting
the Gayer Anderson Museum (Bayt Al-Kiridlyyah): two houses, one from the 16th century, the
other from the 17th, comfortable dwellings by the standards of their time. They have been
delightfully joined together, both filled with antique furniture form all over the Middle
East. Continue the tour to the Manyal Palace, built in 1826, which conceals an
Ottoman-Baroque fantasy within: an immense marble basin with a marble island in its
center. The Palace was built by Prince Mohammed Ali, the cousin of King Farouk and
includes a Museum exhibiting King Farouk's trophies and the Prince's own residence with
its furnishings and a large collection of the family's memorabilia. From there we visit
the Ibn Tulun Mosque which is one of the architectural glories of the Muslim world.
Completed in the year 879, it covers 8.5 acres of land and is designed in the classical
courtyard style. It is well known for its pointed arches, beautifully carved stucco, and
Quranic inscriptions in sycamore wood. In the evening continue our tour to the Islamic
Museum which contains Islamic art from Egypt, Turkey and Persia dating from the 7th to
19th centuries. Then visit the Coptic Museum which is built on the site of the Roman
fortress of Babylon, constructed about 30 BC. Inside you will find some of the richest
collections of Coptic art in the world. Later transfer back to your hotel for an
Hallway of the elegant Cairo Marriott
and Casino Hotel
||Breakfast. 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)
||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 Anngeles, 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.