in a Week
With air fare from Rome or Milan
the best of Egypt in a week: a good look at Cairo and a 5-day cruise
along the Nile
1 - Rome or Milan Flight to Cairo - Tour Starts : Thursday- Weekly
fare is included in economy class on Egyptair or Alitalia , with tax
included ( round-trip) , upon arrival in Cairo , our local representative
greets you at the airport and whisks you to your hotel. Visa fee for
Egypt , visa may be issued upon arrival at Cairo Airport for a limited
number of nationalities such : American , Australian, NZ, EU , Canadian
and Japanese citizens. Please pay the $ 15 in cash in USD , Euro or
Japanese Yen etc. You are responsible for having your passport in order
valid at least for 6 month beyond the date of your arrival in Cairo
. After exiting the terminal, our local representative will escort you
(private vehicle) to the hotel.
2 - CAIRO (BLD)
On your first full day in Egypt we show you the Egyptian Museum,
including the " Mummies Room" , and King Tut's gold treasure
room , the Pyramids of Giza, the Sphinx and Cheops Royal
Barge Museum . Lunch is included at the Mena House . Dinner is included
at La Bodega or Abu El-Sid restaurant or similar. This is a very full
day . Yet for a more balanced itinerary , you may choose the the 10
3 - LUXOR ! Board your Nile Cruise (BLD) - Saturday
We fly to LUXOR ( or Aswan) ,
in Luxor we proceed to cross the Nile to the West Bank :
We tour today as the magnificent tombs in the Valley of the Kings
including Tut-Ank-Amon's tomb and the great temple of Queen Hatshepsut,
we stop at the Colossi of Memnon on the way back to our cruise.
and board our Nile cruiser in time for a delicious lunch. Complimentary
welcome fruit basket awaits you in your cabin .The gigantic Great
Temple of Amon at Karnak, and the mighty Temple of Luxor
are our goals in the afternoon. We'll return in time for the afternoon
tea served on deck. You'll have a chance to explore your ship before
Karnak Sound and Light show, please bring a jacket and a flash light
4 - LUXOR , EDFU (BLD) Sunday
We sail to Esna to go through the locks , and on to Edfu where
we dock for the night. In the evening , we'll celebrate in Egyptian
style, dressed in galabias, the flowing national costume, a galabya
will be delivered to your cabin with our compliments)
5 - EDFU, KOM OMBO (BLD) Monday
We moor in Edfu, climb aboard horse-drawn carriages, and clip-clop
through the town to the Temple of Horus, Egypt's best-preserved
temple. Re-embarking on our Nile cruiser, we enjoy lunch as we sail
further south upriver . We disembark downstream at Kom Ombo to
visit its twin temples of Haroeris, the sun god, and Sobek, the crocodile
god, the continue our voyage to Aswan, while we party after dinner with
6 - CAMEL CARAVAN, NUBIAN VILLAGE , ASWAN (BLD) Tuesday
First we tour Aswan dams, then on to the new Nubian Museum then the
awesome Aswan dams, and next an ancient granite quarry complete
with an unfinished obelisk. Then we go by motor launch to the Island
temple of Philae , dedicated to the Ancient Goddess ISIS :
Isis, am all that has been, that is or shall be; no mortal man hath
ever seen me unveiled."
Aset by the ancient Egyptians, the goddess was a Madonna in the Mediterranean
tradition that stretches far, far back to the primitive Mother Goddess
from Anatolia, home to some of the oldest human communities on earth.
was the powerful and quick-witted protector of her son Horus, the Sun
God. Ancient peoples throughout the Mediterranean regarded Isis and
Horus as the perfect Madonna and Child. Another legend says she was
also the mother of the fertility god Min who, judging from the depiction
of him on temple walls, needed no help from Viagra!
In the afternoon we enjoy a leisurely sail by graceful felucca on the
For those who are interested : a short camel caravan & ride is included
to visit a local Nubian Village. Our farewell dinner this evening is
a buffet of Egyptian specialties, followed by a show featuring oriental
performers, including of course a belly dancer. In the evening , your
guide will call on you for a horse-drawn carriage ride throughout Aswan
and the waterfront.
7 - ASWAN , CAIRO (B) Wednesday
Board our return flight to Cairo, and your hotel . In the afternoon,
wander through the city on your own, or do your last-minute shopping.
A complimentary Dinner is included at a local home:
Meet the locals, you may wish to bring token gifts to exchange with
the host family ( T shirt , small souvenirs of your home town) .This
evening we'll venture where few ordinary visitors ever tread . . . right
into the homes of some of the people of Cairo ! You'll be invited to
a family dinner, and while you enjoy wholesome home-cooked specialties,
you'll learn about and appreciate the outlook, aspirations, and way
of life of your hosts. Be assured, as curious as you may be about your
new friends, they're sure to have questions about your own background.
Once the ice is broken, you'll enjoy a lively evening, and find that
you have more in common than you ever suspected. Of course, you may
enjoy a quiet evening with your travel companions, by letting us know
DAY 8 - CAIRO- Rome or Milan (B) Thursday
Our representative escorts you to the airport for your flight back to
Rome or Milan .
in adding a day in Aswan and go fishing on Lake Nasser ? Please click
per person in USD :
Rates For the 8 Day program
M/S Monte Carlo
M/S Lady Diana
Meridien . Sonesta
Private touring on board the cruise: Please add $ 250 per person for
the full cruise/shore excursions.
Dec 15 - Jan 3 , Easter , please add % 15 supplement to any of the
fare Rome or Milan to Cairo , round trip, in economy class with tax
domestic airfares within Egypt , in economy class , tax included .
transfers in Egypt, always on a private basis, private air-conditioned
vehicle, private chauffeur.
Cruise with all meals and shore excursions.
water ( one per person) delivered to your cabin daily while you are
on board the cruise.
or coffee /bottled water with each meal while on board the cruise.
accommodation with tax & service charges.
welcome fruit basket awaits you in your cabin on the Nile cruise .
galabya on board the cruise for the costume party.
menu meals including B = Breakfast, (or cB, Continental Breakfast)
L = Lunch, D = Dinner .
guided sightseeing as per itinerary including all entrance fees. On
board the cruise you'll be part of an average 10-15 English speaking
fare from / to your home country
will be secured upon arrival in Cairo by paying $ 15 in cash , please
have the exact amount , no photos required, this is for a limited
number of nationalities such as American , Australian, NZ , Canadian,
EU , Singaporean, and Japanese Citizens , if in doubt about your eligibility
, please contact the Egyptian Consulate nearest you .
After exiting the terminal, our local representative will escort you
to the hotel
Summit Meeting with the Mighty Pharaoh : Cheops A true Pyramid
The King's Chamber in the Great Pyramid was not meant to be
to it is challenging, and once you enter, it is very difficult
to turn back. The stone passage is only wide enough for one
person. You must be in good physical condition, able to climb
several flights of stairs, bend double, crouch and duck-walk
for short distances. The King's Chamber itself is the world's
most claustrophobic place, with dim light and heavy, hot,
oxygen-poor air. There is no ventilation. If you are at all
sensitive to claustrophobia or confinement, or if you have
any sort of respiratory condition, for your own safety and
the safety of others, you must not enter the pyramid because
it is impossible to remove a person or to bring aid to them
Turns Egypt Upside Down!!
first bloodless religious revolution against the established church
in Ancient Egypt
And the seat of power that rested with the priests in Karnak
conducts the religious ceremony at the Temple of Aton
wearing only a see-through cloak and thong-style panties
Turns Egypt Upside Down!! 1350 BC - Queen Nefertiti is reported to
have led her Egyptian subjects on a wild spree of idol-smashing, temple-destruction,
and forced migration, all part of a campaign of religious reformation.
In Egypt a temple painting of a well-endowed Nefertiti in a chariot,
wearing only a see-through cloak and thong-style panties, may explain
why it was easy for Egyptian to follow her to the end of the Earth.
now on, there will be only one Deity, and that Deity is Aten, the
Sun Disc," she has commanded.
sources in the Nile Valley report that all temples to gods other than
Aten have been closed, and that a hefty fine will be imposed on anyone
caught with an outlawed statuette.
are to be smashed immediately, and the shards turned over to the priests
capital of Egypt will now be at Tel El Amarna," reads a decree widely
circulated in cuneiform on clay tablets.
"All priests are to settle within one hour's journey of the new Temple
to Aten. All bidders on public works contracts will likewise have
their head offices within the same specified distance."
leaders in exile have disputed the motives behind the upheaval. "It's
just a ploy to concentrate power and wealth in her hands and those
of her husband, Ikhnaton," stated one defrocked priest.
"Everybody knows that Nefertiti has risen to her position on qualities
that have nothing to do with religion.
isn't called Incarnation of Beauty for nothing," he added, referring
to the literal meaning of her name. The source asked not to be identified,
fearing reprisals. Tel El Amarna, Nile Valley, 2004 - from Paul Glassman,
special correspondent "Wow," commented Joe Shiner, an agro-businesman
from Des Moines, as he toured the main temple at Tel El Amarna. "It's
one thing to hear that Nefertiti was a real beauty. But it's quite
another to visit in person and learn the real story." "Until I came
here, I didn't know that she was behind the idea of having only one
god-even before the Hebrews and Christians and followers of Mohammed.
now that I see her picture, I can understand why people followed her.
This is not what I expected . . . not at all!" Mr. Shiner gestured
as he spoke to a temple painting of a well-endowed Nefertiti in a
chariot, wearing only a see-through cloak and thong-style panties.
she was my queen, I'd follow her to the end of the . . . "
Mr. Shiner's comments were interrupted by the approach of his wife.
The facts presented are as accurate as can be ascertained from the
archeological record. Mr. Joe Shiner is a composite of the satisfied
clients of Travel in Style.