Africa, Arabia & Indian Ocean Cruises
(Nile River Egypt Cruise)
This itinerary is designed to take you into the heart of ancient Egypt where you will discover a host of wonders. You’ll be swept away by romantic history and powerful legends as you explore this magnificent land with a professionally trained and educated Egyptologist. Spend time in Cairo where the ancient and the modern coexist in perfect harmony. Come face to face with the mysterious Sphinx that for thousands of years has been kneeling gracefully and looking thoughtfully towards the East. See the sole surviving member of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Great Pyramid of Khufu in Giza. Explore the Egyptian Museum, home to the treasures of King Tutankhamen’s tomb and then traverse the Nile for four nights aboard the River Tosca. Let yourself be whisked away to magnificent sites: Karnak Temple—known to the Egyptians as “The Most Perfect of Places”; the Temple of Hathor—one of the best-preserved temples in Egypt; the Valley of the Kings, where many illustrious pharaohs were buried; Kom Ombo, the temple dedicated to two gods; and romantic Philae Temple. Package includes 2 inter-Egypt flights (Cairo-Luxor and Aswan-Cairo).
Cruise Departure Dates (2013):
Aug 31, Sep 7,14,21,28, Oct 5,12,19,26, Nov 2,9,16,23,30, Dec 7,14,21,28.
Upon arrival, you'll be greeted by a cruise representative and transferred to your hotel for the evening.
The Four Seasons Hotel rests quietly but powerfully along the banks of the Nile, with a precious view of both the river and the Citadel. Conveniently located, it’s simple to get around the city from here. The 365 rooms stand at a height of thirty stories, looking over the shoulders of the city and catching an eyeful of the culture and vivaciousness of Cairo. The steak restaurant offers the most succulent of delights, while the upscale Chinese restaurant’s modern, fluid decor add a contemporary glow to the dining experience. With swimming, spa, and a flurry of activities for adults and children alike, some guests are forced to book extra days at the hotel and take advantage of the facilities. Others choose to roam the city, though subconsciously longing to return to this dazzling hotel.
On today's group tour you’ll be guided by an Egyptologist to some of Egypt’s most iconic sites. Travel to Giza where you’ll see the very face of ancient Egypt—the enigmatic Sphinx—as well as the magnificent Pyramid of Khufu—one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Your final stop of the day is the Egyptian Museum, an unrivaled warehouse of Pharaonic treasures, including artifacts recovered from the tomb of King Tutankhamen by archeologist Howard Carter.
Board your flight from Cairo to Luxor.
A shared transfer will take you to the airport for your scheduled flight to Luxor.
After arrival in Luxor, you’ll walk through the magnificent Temple of Karnak with its avenues of sphinxes and halls of gigantic columns. This vast complex, situated about two miles from Luxor Temple, was built and expanded over a 1,300-year period. It is the largest temple complex ever built by man and represents the combined achievements of many generations of ancient builders. Eighty thousand laborers took part in its creation during the 19th dynasty alone. After seeing the temples, a motorcoach will take you to the banks of the Nile to board your cruise ship.
Welcome aboard!Take some time to get settled in to your stateroom, and to explore the length of your ship. You'll set sail for beautiful Dendera this evening.
Port charges are included in your itinerary pricing.
The River Tosca redefines the standard in comfortable cruising along the Nile River. All beautifully appointed suites feature a French balcony, and custom-made beds draped with the finest bed linens. Added conveniences include a vanity and make-up mirror, generous built-in closets, a hair dryer, safe, individual thermostat for air conditioning, direct-dial telephone, iPod docking station, and flat-screen television with satellite channels. Private bathrooms have both a bathtub and shower, and are stocked with thick towels, cozy robes, his and her slippers, and soothing bath amenities. Guests have full access to the stylishly adorned lounge, a full-service bar, cozy library and elegant restaurant.
During the morning, you will encounter Dendera’s Temple of Hathor on a group tour. The temple was built between 125 BC to 65 BC and is one of the best preserved of its kind in Egypt. It contains a rare depiction of Cleopatra with her son Caesarion, fathered by Julius Caesar. After visiting the temple complex in Dendera, you will cruise the Nile to Luxor, where you can enjoy some free time in the afternoon before an early evening exploration of the ancient Temple of Luxor. The temple was built by different Pharaohs over hundreds of years, beginning in the 14th century BC. The entire Luxor Temple complex is truly stunning at night, when its awesome beauty and mysterious power can best be enjoyed.
Board your motorcoach and travel to the West Bank of the Nile to see the two gigantic statues known as the Colossi of Memnon. Next, take in the Temple of Hatshepsut, dedicated to Egypt’s 18th-dynasty pharaoh, who was one of a handful of female rulers in Ancient Egypt. You’ll continue on to the Valley of the Kings, where many illustrious Pharaohs were buried, including the young boy king, Tutankhamen, whose mummified body still lies in its final resting place. Filled with a sense of wonder, you’ll return to the ship to sail to Kom Ombo. Along the way, enjoy a Galabeya party with Egyptian music.
Today your group tour will visit the impressive double-temple of Kom Ombo, the only one of its kind dedicated to two gods. You’ll then go to the Aswan High Dam, where you will see the enormous Unfinished Obelisk. Then you will travel by motorboat to the Temple of Isis, which rises from the waters of the Nile on the Island of Philae. Later, return to Aswan to sail in a traditional Nile felucca around Aswan’s Botanical Gardens. Back onboard the ship, enjoy a typical Nubian folkloric show with a live band playing Nubian music.
This morning, you'll disembark from your ship.You have the option of spending the morning at leisure in Aswan, or joining an optional (not included) group excursion to the magnificent Temple of Abu Simbel. This 3,500-year-old complex displays magnificent structures hewn from the rock during the rule of Ramses II—the longest ruling Pharaoh—and later rescued from the rising waters of Lake Nasser.
A group transfer will bring you to the airport for your flight back to Cairo.
Board your flight back to Cairo.
An coach/shuttle transfer will take you from the airport to your hotel for the evening.
Check out of your hotel and transfer to the airport for your flight home.
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