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Platinum Egypt Series I
16 Days with A 5-Day Super Deluxe Nile Cruise!!
Only $5639 per person
based on double occupancy

Tour Highlights:

Line Round Trip airfare from New York
Line Domestic air from Cairo/Abu Simbel/Abu Simbel/Aswan, and from Luxor/Cairo
Line 3 nights deluxe accommodation at the luxurious Mena House Oberoi Hotel
Line 1 night deluxe accommodations in Alexandria
Line 1 night deluxe accommodations at the Winter Palace Hotel in Luxor
Line 5 nights deluxe accommodation at the luxurious Cairo Marriott Hotel
Line 5 days deluxe Nile cruise based on an outside junior suite cabin on a deluxe cruise ship
Line Private car or limo sightseeing as well as transfers in Cairo (private and personalized sight-seeing)



Line Pyramids
Line Sphinx
Line Memphis
Line Sakkara
Line Sound and Light Show in Cairo
Line Egyptian Museum
Line Old Cairo
Line Citadel of Salah El Din
Line Mohamed Ali Mosque
Line Bazaar
Line Abu-Simbel Tour
Line Nefertari Tomb
Line Sound and Light Show in Karnak
Line Alexandria
Line Pharaonic Village
Line Dinner Cruise in Cairo
Line Oasis of Fayoum
Line All entrance fees, guidance and taxes

Line Guaranteed Weekly Departure Line
Itinerary
Day 1

Depart USA from New York "JFK" Airport for your flight to Cairo. All meals and beverages served on board flight.

Day 2

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 Hotel is located at the foot of the Giza plateau with a breathtaking view of the famous pyramids.


Luxurious Mena House Oberoi

Day 3

Breakfast, then drive to Memphis on the edge of the western desert, the capitol of the ancient kingdom, and one of the most important cities throughout the history of ancient Egypt. From here we drive to Sakkara, the vast necropolis of ancient Memphis. P.M. drive to the pyramids of Giza. Khufu's (Cheop's) pyramid, the largest of the three, was built in the 3rd dynasty about 2690 B.C., and is one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Enjoy a camel ride by the pyramids if you wish. In front of the pyramid of Khephren, we find 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 Khephren. Enjoy the magnificent Sphinx and Pyramids sound and light show at the Giza plateau. Transfer back to hotel for dinner and overnight. (B, D)


Typical room at Mena House

Day 4

Breakfast, then start your tour 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 very old Coptic Churches and the oldest Jewish Synagogue of Beni Ezra. Continue your visit to a Mosque and the medieval Bazaars of Khan-El-Khalili, where you can bargain for your jewelry and hand-tooled leather items. Return to your hotel for overnight. (B)


Inside the bar at the Mena House


El Rubayat Dining Room at the Mena House

Day 5

Breakfast, then you will be met and transferred to Cairo Airport for your flight to Abu Simbel. Upon arrival at the Abu Simbel Airport, you will be transferred to visit the Great Temple of Ramesses II, hewn in rock, with four colossal seated statues of the king in front of the entrance. It was dedicated to Amun Ra, the Horakhti, and Ramesses II. Then visit the King's wife's temple, the Temple of Nefertari. The entire site was threatened by the waters on the completion of the Aswan High Dam and has been preserved by International action organized by "Unesco". All of the parts of the temple have been sectioned, removed from the original site and reassembled on higher ground. Return to Abu Simbel Airport for your flight back to Aswan Airport. You will be met and transferred to embark on your deluxe cruise ship (outside cabin guaranteed). Later you will visit by "felucca" the Elephantine Island, the Mausoleum of Agha Khan, and the Botanical Gardens. Lunch, Dinner and overnight on board ship. (B, L, D)


The very impressive Abu Simbel Temple

Day 6


All Deluxe Outside Cabins aboard Oberoi Philae Cruise Ship
All cabins with private verandas (balconies.)


Typical cabin of Philae Cruise Ship


Breakfast then visit the High Dam, The Granite Quarries, and the Unfinished Obelisk. Lunch and then cruise to Kom Umbo. Visit the Ptolemaic Temple of Kom Umbo, which was dedicated to two gods: the crocodile god Sobek and the falcon-headed god Horus. Sail to Edfu. Dinner and overnight on board. (B, L, D)

Day 7

Breakfast. Visit Edfu to see The Temple of Horus, the best preserved Egyptian temple. Lunch. Sail to Esna and visit the Temple of God Khnum, also a Ptolemaic period temple. Continue to Luxor. Dinner and overnight on board. (B, L, D)


Cruise ship pool and sun deck at night

Day 8

Breakfast. Cross to the West Bank. Visit the Valley of the Kings where 64 pharaohs have been discovered - also visit the Valley of the Queen's including The Temple of Queen Hatshepsut at Dier El Bahari. See the Colossi of Memnon. Lunch. Afternoon visit 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 was completed by Ramesses II. Dinner on board ship. (B, L, D)

Day 9

Breakfast, then disembark your cruise ship and transfer to the Winter Palace Hotel in Luxor. Later you will be met and transferred to a special visit to the newly opened tomb of Nefertari. Also see the newly opened of the son's of Ramesses II consisting of 25 chambers. It is magnificent and a wonderful highlight for the trip. Transfer back to your hotel. PM You will be met by our tour escort and transferred to the Karnak Temple to attend the magnificent sound and light show. Back to hotel for dinner and overnight. (B, D)

Day 10

Breakfast and a morning at leisure for shopping. PM, 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 for dinner and overnight. (B, D)


Luxurious Cairo Marriott Hotel

Day 11

Breakfast, then a drive from Cairo to Alexandria (about 3 hours ride). Upon arrival start your sightseeing to visit the Greco-Roman museum which contains statues, bas reliefs, pottery, jewelry, marble pieces and other artifacts, which give you a picture of the grandeur of Alexandria in its Greek and Roman days. Then visit the Roman Amphitheater which is the only known amphitheater from the Roman era in Egypt. Continue your tour to visit the Catacombs of Kom-El-Shouqafa. These tombs are remarkable for their unusual mixture of art styles, sculpture, and reliefs of Egyptians gods. Continue your tour to visit Pompey's Pillar which is a column 98 feet high and 7 feet thick, made of Aswan rose granite erected in 297 A.D. Transfer to the Montazah Sheraton Hotel in Alexandria for dinner and overnight. (B, D)

Day 12

Breakfast, and a free day to explore Alexandria's downtown on your own or walk the beaches or go for a swim. In the evening, transfer back to Cairo to the Cairo Marriott Hotel for dinner and an overnight. (B, D)

Day 13

Breakfast, then visit the beautiful Pharonic Village. It's a complete island which was build as a replica of ancient Egypt. You will see actors and actresses living their lives like the ancient Egyptians. They live, work, dress, make papyrus paper (to write and convey messages in old times) and do all their daily chores exactly as Ancient Egyptians used to do. It's a wonderful experience that takes you back in life a few thousand years. Return to your hotel and balance of day at leisure for shopping or for swimming at your hotel pool. PM You will be met and transferred for a dinner cruise and show on the Nile where you can enjoy Egyptian belly dancing and folkloric dance. Transfer back to your hotel for an overnight. (B, D)


Night club with belly dancer

Day 14

Breakfast, then visit Fayoum, Egypt's largest oasis, overlooking Lake Qarun which is a popular spot for hunting and fishing. You can visit the remains of the Temple and pyramid of Amenhat III and Qasr Qarun, a well preserved temple from the Greco-Roman era. Lunch at the Oberge El-Fayoum Hotel. In the evening, transfer back to Cairo for an overnight. (B, L)

Day 15

Breakfast, and a day at leisure for last minute shopping or swimming at your hotel pool. Overnight at your hotel. (B)

Day 16

Breakfast, then you will be met by our representative and transferred back to Cairo Airport where you will be assisted with your check-in and immigration formalities for your flight back home. Arrive back to the U.S. the same day. (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 and the services of a professional English-speaking Egyptologist.  Included as well is the service charge imposed by hotels, port charges, porterage, meeting and assistance at airports, hotels and docks.

Departure from other gateway cities is available as follows:  Departure out of Boston, please add $129. Departure out of Washington, D.C., add $149. Departure out of Chicago, please add $259. Departure out of Los Angeles, please add $369, or call for your city.

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: For single occupancy in hotels and on board cruise, please add $986.

EXTENSIONS & OPTIONAL TOURS: Extra days and optional tours to sites are available upon request.

If airfare from the U.S.A. is not required, please deduct $920 from posted rate.

If you need a different package, we will customize it for you.

 

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