The Best of Upper & Lower Egypt
18 Day Tour with a Nubian Lake Nasser Cruise
Only $6147 per person
based on double occupancy in a deluxe outside cabin.
Guaranteed Weekly Departure
from New York (JFK) airport for your flight to Cairo, all meals and beverages served on
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 Cairo
Marriott and Towers Hotel. Overnight.
then drive to visit the Pyramid of Maidum which was originally a seven-stepped pyramid. It
was enlarged to an eight-stepped pyramid. Eventually the steps were filled in and a smooth
outer facing turned it into a true pyramid. It is a huge structure that is surrounded by
the debris from the casing that collapsed. The Maidum Pyramid is thought to have been
started by Huni, the last ruler of the 3rd Dynasty and then completed by his son Sneferu.
Sneferu was the first 4th Dynasty Pharaoh (2613 - 2494 BC). A little north from the Maidum
Pyramid is the remains of the Seila Step Pyramid, it is made of limestone and is thought
to be from the 2nd Dynasty. From there we drive to Dhashur to visit the Red Pyramid and
the Bent Pyramid. The constructor of these pyramids is thought to have been Sneferu.
Sneferu is thought as well to have built the Pyramid of Maidum. His son was Cheops who
continued his constructive tendencies. Return to your hotel. Overnight. (B)
breakfast drive to Memphis on the edge of the western desert, the capital 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. Cheop's Pyramid, the largest of the three, was built in the 3rd Dynasty
about 2690 BC, and is one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world. Enjoy a camel ride
around the Pyramid Plateau. Then continue our tour to the Sphinx which is 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. Visit the Solar Boat Museum where you can see and admire boats that were
built by the ancient Egyptian and are amazingly in perfect shape. Transfer to your hotel.
P.M. You will be met and transferred to attend the magnificent Sound and Light Show at the
Giza Plateau. Later transfer back to your hotel for an overnight. (B, L)
M.S. Eugenie Cruise Ship.
M/S Kasr Ibrim luxurious Nubian Cruise
then you will be met and transferred to Cairo Airport for your flight to Abu-Simbel. Upon
arrival at Abu-Simbel Airport, transfer to embark your deluxe cruise the M/S Eugenie.
Lunch on board, then visit the Simbel Temples, symbol of the international campaign for
the salvage of the Nubian monuments, the Temple of Ramses II and his beloved wife
Nefertari. A welcome cocktail will be served in front of the two temples, followed by a
candlelight dinner on board the cruise ship overlooking the impressive temples. Overnight.
(B, L, D)
Candlelight dinner at the Temple of Abu Simbel.
spectacular temples of Abu-Simbel again. Breakfast while sailing to Kasr Ibrim. Arriving
at Kasr Ibrim, sole vestige of the distant past of Nubia found in its original location.
During the Pharaonic Period, this hill was dominated by a Citadel and throughout the
Medieval Era, the summit of the hill was dominated by a Cathedral of which can still
admire some Roman arches. Lunch will be served while sailing to Amada. Visit the Temple of
Amada of the XVIIIth Dynasty, built during the reign of Thotmosis III, Amenophis III and
Thotmosis IV. The Hemi-Speos of Derr dedicated by Ramses II to the rising sun and the Tomb
of Penout, Viceroy of Nubia. A relaxing afternoon sail to Wadi el Seboua. Dinner and
overnight on board cruise. (B, L, D)
Wadi El Seboua Temple.
Breakfast and a morning visit
to Wadi el Seboua. The Temple of Wadi el Seboua dedicated by Ramses II to the two gods
Amon Ra and Ra Harmakis. The Temple of Dakka, dedicated to the god Thot of divine wisdom,
lord of time and science, master of literature. Visit the Greco-Roman Temple of Meharakka.
Sail to Aswan while dining and overnight on board cruise ship. (B, L, D)
Typical balcony of cruise cabin on board M/S Eugenie.
then visit the Kalabsha Temple with its pharaonic aspect, remodeled into Greco-Roman style
and dedicated to the god Mandoulis. Also visiting the Hemispeos of Beit el Wali, erected
by Ramses II in the beginning of his reign and Kiosh of Kertassi, erected to honor the
goddess Isis. Disembark your cruise ship in Aswan where you will be met and transferred to
your deluxe hotel, the Oberoi Hotel in Aswan. Balance of day at leisure. Overnight. (B, D)
Suite on board M.S. Eugenie.
then you will be met and transferred to embark your top deluxe cruise ship for a 4 night
classical Nile cruise. 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)
then visit the Unfinished Obelisk and the ancient Granite Quarries, and the 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. (B, L, D)
then visit the Temples of Horus (237 BC), the best preserved Egyptian temple in existence.
Lunch. Sail to Esna and visit the Temple of Khnum. Continue to Luxor. Dinner and overnight
on board ship. (B, L, D)
then cross the Nile to visit the necropolis of Ancient Thebes. Explore the Valleys of the
Kings and Queens where tombs of 64 Pharaohs and 57 Queens have been discovered, and enter
some of the most important burials. Visit the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut and 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 completed by Ramses II. Dinner on board
ship. (B, L, D)
Luxor: Tombs of the
Nobles: Mural painting in Nakht's Tomb
then disembark your cruise ship, where you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The
Old Winter Palace hotel. Later you will be met by your tour guide and transferred to visit
the Tomb of the Nobles, the Seti First Tomb and the King Tut Tomb. Transfer back to your
hotel. P.M. You will be met and transferred to attend the magnificent Sound and Light Show
at the Karnak Temple. Later transfer back to your hotel for an overnight. (B)
breakfast and a visit to the newly opened Tomb of Nefertari. A fabulous tomb that consists
of 25 chambers and it houses the sons of King Ramses. Later transfer back to your hotel
for check-out and later you will be 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 Mena House Oberoi Hotel for an overnight. (B)
Mena House Oberoi Hotel.
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 tour visiting the
Citadel of Salah-el-Din and the Alabaster Mosque of Mohammad Ali and the Medieval Bazaars
of Khan-el-Khalili. Where you can bargain for your jewelry and hand-tolled leather items.
Return to your hotel for an overnight. (B)
then visit Fayoum, Egypt's largest Oasis, overlooking Lake Qaron 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. P.M. Return back to
Cairo. Overnight at your hotel. (B, D)
a day at leisure for last minute shopping or for relaxing by your hotel pool. Overnight at
your hotel. (B)
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.
Also Included: All
taxes, service charges, port charges and entrance fees to sights mentioned included as
well. Private car sightseeing and private car transfers in Cairo. "If any
modifications or changes are needed to package, that will be accommodated at an extra
Not included: Items of
personal nature, such as phone calls, wine, tips, etc.
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.
required, please deduct $920 from posted rate.
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: For single occupancy in hotels
and on board cruise, please add $1269.
EXTENSIONS & OPTIONAL TOURS: Extra days and
optional tours to sites are available upon request.
If you need a different package, we
will customize it for you.