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The Treasures of the Nile Cruise

Journey Synopsis

Icon Holidays : Middle East : Egypt : The Treasures of the Nile Cruise
Days: 9 Days
Nights: 8 Nights
Validity: 2016/2017
Pricing From..
Icon Select: $6909.59
Executive: $4238.36
Classic: $5972.60
Premium: $7158.90
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Day 1: (Fri)  

Cairo

After your arrival at Cairo International Airport we will transfer you to your hotel.

Overnight: Cairo

Day 2: (Sat)

Cairo 

This morning we set off to explore the mysteries of the Pyramids. First we visit the Great Pyramids of Giza. There will be time to wander and explore, plenty of photo opportunities and if open you will be able to enter the central chamber of Cheops. We then visit the Solar Boat Museum, and of course the mighty Sphinx. After lunch nearby, we drive through farmland to Memphis, once the capital of the Old Kingdom. Here you will see the incredible alabaster statue of Ramses II. From here we drive to Sakkara to view the World’s oldest stone structure, the “step” pyramid. 

Overnight: Cairo (B,L)

Day 3: (Sun)  

Cairo

An early start will see us at the Egyptian Museum at opening time. The museum holds an astonishing array of archaeological finds, but nothing compares to the exquisite riches of Tutankhamun, whose death-mask is magnificent. After lunch we enter the world of Islamic Cairo, and visit the Citadel and the 19th Century Mosque of Mohammed Ali. We then explore incredible Khan El Khalili Bazaar. There is time to ensure that you have tea or coffee at Café Fishawi – not only the oldest continuous running restaurant on Earth, but also the place where Naguib Mahfouz literally wrote his wonderful novels based in and around this part of Cairo. 

Overnight: Cairo (B,L)

Day 4: (Mon)  

Luxor

Today we will transfer you to the Cairo Domestic terminal for you flight down to Luxor. Upon arrival in Luxor, you will be met by our representative who will escort you to your cruise ship where you will check-in, and then leave your baggage in your cabin. This afternoon it’s off to visit Karnak Temple. This enormous site is one of the highlights of a trip to Egypt and you will have plenty of time to explore before moving on to Luxor Temple in the evening. You then return to your ship. 

Overnight: Nile Cruise Ship (B,L,D)

Day 5: (Tue)  

Esna - Edfu

Before departure, you will travel across the river to the wonderful Valley of the Kings. We will be able to enter a number of tombs. Tutankhamen’s tomb is now often closed in an effort to protect it, but if you are lucky to be there on a day in which it is open, you’ll be able to purchase a ticket to enter and explore. Notwithstanding, the Valley of the Kings is a fabulous experience. From here we visit the Valley of the Queens, home to the Temple of Hatshepsut. Hatshepsut ruled Egypt in disguise! He was a she, and managed to hide her identity from all and sundry. The only female Pharaoh. After returning to the ship, we set sail for Esna. Here, dozens of traders flood out to the cruise ship in tiny boats laden with Egyptian cotton goods.

Overnight: Nile Cruise Ship (B,L,D)

Day 6: (Wed)  

Edfu – Kom Ombo - Aswan

This morning, we ride by horse and carriage to magnificent Edfu Temple. The correct name is the Temple of Horus (the falcon God). One of the few temples left in Egypt which has retained most of its roof, it has remained in excellent order, with many of the original frescoes clearly evident. After lunch, the ship sets sail towards Aswan. En-route you will find the beautiful Kom Ombo Temple, set on the banks of the river. The ship will berth alongside, and you will be able to walk up and explore the temple which is dedicated to Sobek, the crocodile God. After leaving Kom Ombo it is a short sail to Aswan.

Overnight: Nile Cruise Ship (B,L,D)

Day 7: (Thu)  

Aswan

We have a full day of sightseeing today. Aswan is in a beautiful setting on the banks of the Nile, with enormous red sand dunes reaching down to the water. You will go up to the High Dam where the waters of Lake Nasser are held back. A short boat trip takes you to Philae Temple set on an island in the lake. Time to wander and explore Philae, before returning to the mainland and heading off to see the unfinished obelisk, still in its quarry setting. Later in the afternoon, take a felucca trip to one of the islands in the middle of the river, or explore the wonderful markets of Aswan.

Overnight: Nile Cruise Ship (B,L,D)

Day 8: (Fri)  

Aswan – Abu Simbel - Cairo

This morning you check out from the cruise and transfer to Aswan airport for your short flight to Abu Simbel where you visit the temples of the great Ramses II and his Queen, Nefertari. These temples received world-wide attention in 1968 when they were completely dismantled and relocated to avoid inundation following the completion of the Aswan High Dam.  After completion of the tour we fly back to Aswan, and on to Cairo.

Overnight: Cairo (B)

Day 9: (Sat)  

Departure from Cairo

Today we will pick you up for your transfer from your hotel to Cairo International Airport, and assist with check-in.

End of services (B)

Accommodation

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Cairo      
Four Seasons Nile Plaza (Nile View Room) Grand Hyatt (Grand Room) Cairo Sheraton (Nile View Room) Le Riad (Suite)
Cruise      
Star Goddess (Beethoven Suite) Star Goddess (Beethoven Suite) Amarco I (Standard Cabin) SS Sudan (Heritage Cabin)
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

Inclusions

  • All arrangements as per itinerary
  • private transfers and sightseeing
  • meals included as per itinerary
  • visit to the Mummy Room and Solar Boat
  • all entrance fees
  • domestic airfares Cairo/Luxor & Aswan Cairo in economy class
  • Bottled water during excursions in Cairo
  • Bottle of local wine on cruise upon check in.
  • Abu Simbel Excursion by Air with private tour guide

Exclusion

  • All services that are not mentioned on the itinerary
  • Visa requirements
  • Travel Insurance
  • International airline tickets
  • Laundry
  • Tipping
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