Egypt by River and Rail
The 11 - Day Edition
eleven -day itinerary includes Abu Simbel Excursions , a four-day (three-night)
Nile cruise, an additional time in Cairo and Luxor , one way flying
and Nile-side return journeys aboard a sleeper train . Extend to Hurgada/Red
to a suite with balcony on Sonesta Luxury Nile Cruises
with the 14-Day Ultra Deluxe version
1 - CAIRO Sunday (weekly ,year round)
Our staff meets you at the airport and escorts you to your hotel.
fee is included and issued upon arrival at Cairo Airport for American,
Australian, NZ , Canadian, EU & Japanese citizens with valid passports
that are valid for at least 6 month beyond the date of arrival.
2 - CAIRO - Monday (BLD)
Full day tour of the Egyptian Museum is in the city center,
the Pyramids, Cheops Royal Barge Museum and Sphinx . Lunch
is included at the Mena House . Afternoon walking tour of Khan El Khalili
and Muizz Ledeen Allah medievla districts
In the evening we'll escort you back to the Pyramids Plateau for the
sound and light show at Giza . Breakfast & Dinner are included at
DAY 3 - ASWAN / ABU SIMBEL Tuesday (BD)
Morning flight to Aswan , connect by air and continue on to Abu Simbel,
and touring this Ancient Egyptian sacred site. In the larger temple,
colossal figures of Ramses are seated with the gods and attended by
his queen and daughters. The smaller temple is dedicated to Queen
Nefertari, who appears as Hathor, the goddess of love, joy and fertility,
symbolized by the benevolent cow. We explore these fine temples , admiring
their ancient aura and artistry, after which, we head back to Abu Simbel
Airport and fly back to Aswan & your hotel.
Deluxe : Movenpick or New Cataract. First Class : Basma or similar .Remainder
of the day at leisure. Breakfast
& Dinner at the hotel
Kennedy & Abu Simbel:
alive during the 1960s remember President John F Kennedy and First Lady
Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy. Most Americans from that time also remember
Abu Simbel, the dramatic, ancient Pharaonic temple threatened by the
rising waters blocked by the new Aswan High Dam. It's
worth remembering that it was Jacquie Kennedy who provided crucial support
for the mammoth rescue project. Without her help, Abu Simbel might have
been lost. Read
DAY 4 - ASWAN- Wednesday (BLD)
Breakfast at the hotel. Morning at leisure , then around noon time we
escort you to your Nile cruise vessel. After a delicious lunch, we tour
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 .
on our Nile cruiser. We enjoy afternoon tea on board . In the evening,
we cast off and cruise down the Nile. Shore excursions on board
the cruise are all included in our rate .
5 - KOM OMBO & EDFU Thursday (BLD)
board horse-drawn carriages (or motor vans) for the ride to Edfu's Temple
of Horus, one of the best-preserved Ancient Egyptian temples on
the Nile. After lunch , we continue our cruise down the Nile to Luxor.
Afternoon tea is served on the sun -deck. Dinner & entertainment
6 - LUXOR Friday (BLD)
Today we tour the Valley of the Kings, Queen Hatshepsut's Temple
of El Deir El Bahari , and the Colossi of Memnon. After lunch,
the afternoon is free for shopping. Afternoon tea is served on deck.
Dinner & folk dance show on board.
7 - LUXOR - Saturday (B)
We check out of our cabins after breakfast, but the facilities of the
vessel are available to us until the evening. We tour the Great Temple
of Amon at Karnak , the "mother" of all temples, and the
smaller yet charming Temple of Luxor.
the afternoon we check-in at your Luxor hotel : Deluxe: Le Meridien
Luxor Sonesta St. George, Movenpick, or add : $100 per person for the
: Old Winter Palace ,. First
Class : Novotel or similar.
DAY 8 - LUXOR / Sleeper Train - Sunday (BD)
Full Day at leisure in Luxor, explore this Ancient
capital on your own .
Check -out is extended until 5 PM , the extra day use room charge
is included in our rate.
In the evening, we escort you to the train station for our first-class
sleeper train journey back to Cairo.
9 - CAIRO -Monday (BD)
We escort you to your hotel. (Your room may not be ready until noon,
but all other hotel facilities are available.) Why not go shopping in
Khan el-Khalili bazaar? Breakfast on board the train & Dinner
at the hotel
10 - CAIRO -Tuesday (BLD)
Breakfast is included at the hotel. Half
Day Tour of :Dahshour,
the newly-opened pyramid field south of Cairo. We visit the great pyramid
of Senfru, father of Cheops, and other structure: The "Discovery"
of Dahshour: For almost half a century, the great field of huge
pyramids near the desert village of Dahshour, 25 miles south of Cairo,
has been off limits to the public. Confined within the perimeter of
a military base were many pyramids, including the great 4500-year-old
pyramid built by Senfru, father of Cheops. Senfru's pyramid, the largest
in Egypt until his son built Giza's Great Pyramid, is rhomboidal in
shape: it tapers more distinctly on its upper half. All the pyramids
were coated in thick plaster at one time. Most have lost these protective,
decorative sheaths, but Senfru's--miraculously--is still in place. We
stop at Al Harania before we head back to Cairo and lunch at Abu El-Sid
restaurant or similar .
Complimentary Dinner 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):
evening we'll venture where few ordinary visitors ever tread . . . right
into the homes of some of the people of Cairo l! 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
prefer to enjoy a quiet evening with your travel companions, by letting
us know your preferences.
11 - DEPARTURE Wednesday (cB)
After breakfast, we escort you to the airport. Bon Voyage.
person in USD $
Hotel Deluxe Cruise
Hilton . Sonesta
First Class Cruise
in Triple Occupancy
The tour rates include :
transfers within Egypt.
Simbel excursion, including round-trip air fare "Y"
class : Aswan / Abu Simbel / Aswan , transfers, entrance fees, &
& Light show at Giza Pyramids in Cairo .
accommodations including tax and service charges.
welcome fruit basket upon arrival at your cabin on board the Nile
Welcome drink served as you arrive on board the Nile Cruise.
set menu meals as shown including B = Breakfast,
(or cB, Continental Breakfast), L
= Lunch, D = Dinner aboard the train.
water ( one large bottle per person delivered to your cabin daily
while you are on board the cruise).
or coffee and bottled water with every & each meal while on board
air fare " Y" class , one way .
one way Luxor-Cairo sleeper train ticket ( train is rated 3 stars
(three-night) Nile cruise, including, all shore excursions, onboard
accommodations, and all meals.
tour in Cairo as listed with all entrance fees included .
does not include:
airfares not included.
fee is not included and maybe issued upon arrival at Cairo Airport
for$15 USD in cash or in Euros for a limited number of nationalities
such as American , Australian, NZ, Canadian, EU & Japanese citizens
with valid passports that are valid for at least 6 month beyond the
date of arrival.
the newest sailing boat on the Nile -Royal Cleopatra, available as well
with the itinerary, ask for details - On the Sailing Boat the Royal