Highlights of Egypt -8 Nights Cairo to Cairo

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Highlights of Egypt
2 Nights Hotel Cairo, 4 Night Cruise Luxor to Aswan, 2 Nights Hotel Cairo

Avalon Highlights of Egypt

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Cairo to Cairo (WUA) - 9 days

For further assistance call 1-800-526-8539

Ship - Sonata St. George

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Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive in Cairo, Egypt

A welcome drink awaits you at your hotel; settle in and start soaking up the atmosphere of this exciting city.

Day 2: Cairo

Meet your Egyptologist and traveling companions at 8:00 am. Sightseeing in and around Africa’s largest metropolis starts with a close-up look at one of the Seven Wonders of the World: the guardian of the great pyramids, the enigmatic SPHINX, and the daunting GREAT PYRAMIDS of Giza. Cheops, with an original height of 496 feet, is the most colossal pyramid ever built. Then, drive to the ancient Egyptian capital of MEMPHIS, where you can admire the 40-foot statue of RAMSES II and the ALABASTER SPHINX. On to Sakkara, a vast desert necropolis built for kings and nobles, and its “STAIRWAY TO THE SKY,” the oldest of all pyramids. Tonight, enjoy a SOUND & LIGHT SHOW at the pyramids that will put these wonders of the ancient world into an easily understandable historic context. (Breakfast)

Day 3: Cairo – Luxor (Embarkation Day)

Today, fly 300 miles up the Nile Valley to Luxor, where your elegant river cruise vessel awaits your arrival. After lunch on board, see the stunning monuments of LUXOR and KARNAK, the greatest cities of ancient Egypt that had a combined population of more than one million. To walk among the pillars of the colossal TEMPLE OF AMUN-RA and along the AVENUE OF THE SPHINXES is an experience you will treasure the rest of your life. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 4: Luxor – Edfu

Focus on the VALLEY OF KINGS and VALLEY OF QUEENS on the west bank of the Nile, where generations of pharaohs and nobles were buried in great splendor in crypts cut into the cliffs. Sixty-two royal tombs have been uncovered so far, of which only the tomb of Tutankhamun was nearly inviolate when discovered in 1922. Visit DEIR EL-BAHRI, Queen Hatshepsut’s monumental rock temple. Stop for pictures at the two COLOSSI OF MEMNON guarding the valleys. For a little fun tonight, take part in a GALABYA PARTY on board. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 5: Edfu – Kom Ombo – Aswan

This morning, visit the TEMPLE OF HORUS with its menacing black stone statue of the falcon god. Built in the time of Cleopatra about 2,000 years ago, it is recent by Old Egyptian standards and beautifully preserved. After lunch, dock at KOM OMBO for a short walk to its bluff-top twin temples. The right side is dedicated to the crocodile god, Sobek-Re, while the left side is dedicated to the falcon god, Horus. Later, sail on to Aswan and enjoy an exclusive lecture on this ancient civilization by your Egyptologist. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6: Aswan

This morning, consider an optional flight (weather permitting) to the huge sandstone temples of Abu Simbel. Return to your ship in time for lunch. This afternoon, board a FELUCCA and sail right across the blue waters of the river. En route, see the ancient “nilometer” on Elephantine Island, Kitchener Island’s lush BOTANICAL GARDENS, and the splendid Aga Khan Mausoleum on the left bank. Haggle for bargains in the local souk before returning to your ship for a final night. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 7: Aswan (Disembarkation Day) – Cairo

Sightseeing today starts at the GRANITE QUARRIES that supplied ancient Egypt with its hard stones for the pyramids in Giza. Then, see the famous unfinished obelisk, still in the quarry. Next, visit the gigantic Aswan HIGH DAM, completed in 1970. Board a motorlaunch to the island of AGILIKA, situated between the two dams, and visit the TEMPLE OF ISIS, transplanted from the submerged island of Philae. Later today, fly back to Cairo. How about our optional Nile River dinner cruise tonight to celebrate your Egyptian adventure? (Breakfast)

Day 8: Cairo

On your last day in Egypt, drive to the now-famous Tahrir Square and visit the EGYPTIAN MUSEUM with Tutankhamun’s fabulous treasures and many other masterpieces of ancient Egypt. Continue to walled Old Cairo, with Saladin’s 12th-century citadel, and the ALABASTER MOSQUE OF MOHAMMED ALI. In Coptic Cairo, see the Hanging Church where the Virgin Mary and Jesus stayed while in Egypt, then walk to see Cairo’s oldest synagogue, founded in the 9th century. There is still time for a visit to the labyrinthine Khan el Khalili SOUK before returning to your hotel. (Breakfast)

Day 9: Cairo

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)

Advisement:

  • Please check visa requirements with your local consulate(s); responsibility for obtaining visas rests with the traveler.
  • Your Egyptologist may alter the day-to-day itinerary to optimize time at the sights inaccordance with local circumstances as trafic, special evetns,etc.
  • As traffic conditions and water level of the Nile are not always predictable, slight changes to the day-to-day itinerary cannot be excluded.
  • For reasons of navigation and passenger safety, the cruise operator and the Captain of the ship reserve the right to modify the itinerary of the cruise.
2016 Departures
Rates are in $ USD and are PER PASSENGER sharing twin cabin
Program Start Date
Program End Date
Price per person
Jan 9, 2016
Jan 17, 2016
$,3,357
Jan 23, 2016
Jan 31, 2016
$,3,357
Feb 6, 2016
Feb 14, 2016
$,3,357
Feb 20, 2016
Feb 28, 2016
$,3,357
Mar 5, 2016
Mar 13, 2016
$,3,357
Mar 19,2016
Mar 27,2 016
$3,463
Apr 2, 2016
Apr 10, 2016
$3,296
Apr 16, 2 016
Apr 24, 2016
$3,296
Apr 30, 2016
May 8, 2016
$3,017
May 14, 2016
May 22, 2016
$3,017
May 28, 2016
Jun 5,2016
$3,017
Jun 11, 2016
Jun 19, 2016
$3,017
Jun 25, 2016
Jul 3, 2016
$3,017
Jul 9,2 016
Jul 17, 2016
$3,017
Jul 23, 2016
Jul 31, 2016
$3,017
Aug 6, 2016
Aug 14, 2016
$3,017
Aug 20, 2016
Aug 28, 2016
$3,017
Sep 3, 2016
Sep 11, 2016
$3,017
Sep 17, 2016
Sep 25, 2016
$3,017
Oct 1, 2016
Oct 9, 2016
$3,599
Oct 15, 2016
Oct 23, 2016
$3,599
Oct 29, 2016
Nov 6, 2016
$3,599
Nov 12, 2016
Nov 20, 2016
$3,599
Nov 26, 2016
Dec 4, 2016
$3,508
Dec 10,2016
Dec 18, 2016
$3,599
Call for single supplement // Triples not available
Transfers at the Start/End of the program available for purchase. Inquire for details.

Prices Include:

• Deluxe 4-night cruise from Luxor to Aswan in an outside stateroom with private facilities
• Welcome drink, all the meals on board
• All daytime shore excursions
• Superior hotel accommodations in Cairo. Start of vacation: at Oberoi Mena House (or similar; hotel subject to change) with breakfast. At end of vacation: Fairmont Heliopolis (or similar; hotel subject to change) with breakfast.
• All Intra-tour flights
• Taxes
 
Prices Do Not Include:
• Individual arrival and departure (airfare; transfers)
• Travel insurance
• Gratuities
• Personal expenses

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