Indiana Jones himself couldn't squeeze more adventure
into this journey: Cairo , Memphis, Sakkara and the Pyramids, a cruise
on the Nile, the fabled temples and tombs of Luxor and Thebes, diving
in the Red Sea, the mountains of Sinai, and a trek to the mysterious
ruins of Petra in Jordan. Add
Abu Simbel temples .
1 - DEPARTURE - Friday
-Weekly - Year Round
We take off aboard Lufthansa, British Airways or Olympic Airways jet
from New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport. (Ask about stopovers
in Europe.). For
West Coast Passengers : You need not to connect via JFK, you will fly
LH, BA or AF etc. non-stop to Europe , then connect to another non-stop
to Cairo . Prefer to handle your own air fare? please click here .
business class upgrades from JFK ( roundtrip) :
Air France Lufthansa or British Airways : Please add : $ 3050 tax included
For business class upgrades from LAX, SFO, SEA or SAN (roundtrip) :
Lufthansa , Air France , or British Airways : Please add : $ 4300 tax
2- CAIRO - Saturday
Our Egypt-based local rep. greets you in bustling Cairo airport
and escorts you to your hotel . Egyptian Visa for Egypt may be issued
upon arrival for a limited number of nationalities such as American,
Canadian, Australian, NZ, EU , South Korean , Mexican, Singaporean &
Japanese citizens. Passports must be valid for at least 6 month upon
arrival). Guests need to pay in cash upon arrival : $15 USD , no photos
After exiting the terminal, our local representative will escort you
to the hotel
. Passports must be valid for at least 6 month upon arrival .
exiting the terminal, our local representative will escort you to the
3 - CAIRO- Dahshour, Memphis, Sakkara -Sunday (BL)
morning tour takes us to the time capsule treasure of Dahshour,
the newly-opened pyramid field south of Cairo: DAHSOUR - we'll
motor to the edge of Cairo, to 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.
lunch at the Mena House : The afternoon is for Memphis and Sakkara,
including the Step Pyramid of Zoser & Nobles tombs/Mastabas.
4 - CAIRO- Old Coptic Cairo - Giza - Home Hosted Dinner Monday (BD)
tour of Old Coptic Cairo Churches and Beni Ezra Synagogue, then on to
Khan El Khalili for a walking tour. Lunch at local restaurant before
we head back to your hotel.
In the afternoon enjoy Cairo as you wish .In
the evening, we return to the Pyramids for an awe-inspiring sound-and-light
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):
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
5 - CAIRO- Tuesday (BL)
Your exploration of the ancient world begins today! First stop is the
Egyptian Museum, with its treasures of the ancient pharaohs: mummies,
statuary, precious stones and metals. We'll also stop at the Citadel
of Saladin and the Alabaster Mosque. Then it's on to Giza and the mysteries
of the Pyramids and Sphinx. for those interested, enjoy the usual photo
opportunity riding a camel with the Pyramids and the Sphinx in the background,
time is limited , so please make it brief 5 -10 minute camel ride .
6 - ASWAN - Wednesday (BLD)
After avery early breakfast proceed to the airport to fly to Aswan (
or Luxor) , where we settle you into your cabin on your Nile steamer.
We'll visit the enormous dams at Aswan, then board a launch on Lake
Nasser to visit the Temples of Philae, rescued from rising waters. Prefer
to add Abu Simbel Temples ? please click here .
7 - KOM OMBO Thursday (BLD)
We cruise northward down the Nile today, at a stately pace, disembarking
for a visit to Kom Ombo, the twin temple dedicated to the crocodile
river god, Sobek. We'll also see Haroeris, the solar disk.
8 - EDFU and LUXOR Friday (BLD)
Horse-drawn carriages or vans meet us at riverside to take us through
Edfu to the Temple of Horus, best-preserved in all of Egypt. Then we'll
continue beside the Nile to take in an array of ancient splendors: the
Valley of the Kings; the imposing tomb-temple of Queen Hatshepsut ;
and, back in Luxor, the Great Temple of Amon at Karnak.
9 - SHARM EL SHEIK - RED SEA Saturday (B)
Now that you've seen the best of the Egypt of the Pharaohs, our guides
escort you to the airport. You'll fly over the Sinai Peninsula and land
at historic Sharm El Sheik on the Red Sea. You're at the beach and free
to swim, or explore under the waters. Prefer
to skip Sharm El Sheikh and fly to Amman, please click here.
10 - SHARM EL SHEIK Sunday (BD)
Relax! Today is set aside as a strategic mid-journey break. Spend some
time in the sun, but don't miss your chance to snorkel or dive under
Red Sea waters for an array of coral and glittering tropical fish. Evening
Bedouin dinner theme in the sahara.
DAY 11 - MOUNT SINAI Monday (BL)
Our knowledgeable guides arrange a pre-dawn departure into the still-cool
wilderness of Sinai, through which Moses led the Children of Israel
to the Promised Land. Our goal is the Monastery of St. Catherine, built
of rock at the base of Mount Sinai, at the site of the Burning Bush.
We tour the monastery, rich in history, icons and sacred paintings,
then return to Sharm El Sheik.
12 - PETRA Tuesday (B)
We'll fly to Amman ( via Cairo or non-stop), air fare is included in
economy class , tax included between Egypt and Jordan. In Amman , our
Jordan-based representative waits to greet you. You'll drive south under
a towering ridge of mountains, and arrive at your hotel in Petra for
the night. Complimentary Jordanian visa fee (valid only for a limited
number of nationalities , such as American Canadian , Australian, NZ,
and Japanese citizens. Passports must be valid for at least 6 month
13 - PETRA- Wednesday
We'll spend the entire day at Petra, the stunning desert city hewn by
the Nabateans from solid cliffs of pink and violet sandstone. Petra
was known in the bible as Sela, and rediscovered only in 1812. You'll
feel like Indiana Jones in Raiders of the Lost Ark as you penetrate
into the city through a narrow sandstone gorge, the Siq, and wander
among the Temple of the Winged Lion, tombs, Roman theater, and the imposing
the evening we will call on you for a unique experience :
Dine as a local : The Petra Kitchen is a delightful way to round out
your Jordan travel experiences. Like any home kitchen, The Petra Kitchen
is a relaxed, informal atmosphere where you’All gather to prepare
an evening meal, working alongside local women under the supervision
of our chef.
evening meal includes soup, cold and hot mezza ( appetizers ) and salads,
and a main course—all typical Jordanian dishes. You will have
get an inside glimpse of the secrets behind the famous regional cuisine
of the Levant.
Petra Kitchen offers an evening of learning, fun and a very special
dining experience, with each dish gaining the special flavor of a reward
well-earned. Great care has been taken to make The Petra Kitchen a truly
Jordanian experience—right down to the furnishings, all crafted
in Jordan, the tableware, all produced by the Iraq al Amir Women’s
Co-operative, and the aprons and table linens, all hand-embroidered
by the Jordan River Foundation. Tour
experience tonight includes the cuisine course, meal and all non-alcoholic
beverages as well as take-home recipes for all dishes prepared that
14 - DEPARTURE FOR HOME Thursday (B)
Our staff escorts you to the airport for your flight home. Or, you may
choose to add one of our extensions, and return later from Jordan at
no additional cost for your air fare.
per person in USD:
Deluxe Nile Cruises
First Class Nile Cruises
M/S Monaco . M/S Mojito
M/S Lady Diana
Nile Cruise, or similar
or similar .
M/S Nile Dream
M/S Ruby or similar Nile Cruise
Christmas, New Year's ( Dec 20 - Jan 3 ) : 15 % supplement will apply.
Deluxe Rates : per person in USD:
Four Seasons Level Hotels and Ultra Deluxe Nile Cruise
Sonesta the all suites with private Balcony : Sonesta M/S Star Goddess,
Sonesta M/S Moon Goddess or similar
Hyatt in Cairo or similar
Deluxe Nile Cruise
Including private Guide and Egyptologist
Private air-conditioned vehicle, private chauffeur for all your cruise
Easter, Christmas, New Year's ( Dec 20 - Jan 3 ) : 15 % supplement will
departures from most west coast cities, as well as Phoenix, Dallas-Fort
Worth or Atlanta , please add $450 to the above rates.
For ORD, MIA, HOU, IAD , Baltimore / DC Area , please : $ 350 USD
This doesn't apply when you handle your own air fare.
travel in May through end of Sep please note that a $450 air-fare
supplement is added to the above rates. This doesn't apply when
you handle your own air fare
you handle your own air fare, please deduct $600 from the listed
transfers in Egypt and Jordan always on a private basis .
air fares from New York to Cairo with return from Amman , as well
as flight between Egypt and Jordan and within Egypt, economy class,
Air-conditioned hotel accommodations with tax and service charges
with professional guide and entrance fees as indicated
as indicated, with pre-set menu (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D =
Planet guidebook to Jordan and Egypt
bottle of water ( per person), delivered daily to your cabin on
board the Nile cruise.
bottle of water ( per person ) with each meal, while you are on
board the Nile Cruise.
or coffee with each meal while you are on board the Nile cruise
visa fee (valid only for EU , Australian, NZ, American, Canadian
, Korean, Singaporean & Japanese citizens. Passports must be valid
for at least 6 month upon arrival).
with the 16 Day version with Alexandria and Abu
with the 22 days Wonders
of Egypt and Arabia
expenses and beverages .
meals and services
interruption and cancellation insurance
visa may be secured by our guests upon arrival at Cairo Airport
for a limited number of nationalities , such as American,Canadian,
Australian, NZ, EU and Japanese citizens. Passports must be valid
for at least 6 month upon arrival).
After exiting the terminal, our local representative will escort
you to the hotel
other guests say about our services :
Adrian and Melina
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Sent: Monday, September 24, 2007 2:04 PM
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We just wanted to let you know we made it back home after our weeklong
detour through Italy. Athens was fantastic. The tours were very good,
and short of heading out to the islands, I can't think of a single thing
we would have rather done while there.
Although we had an excellent time in Athens, Egypt was by far the highlight
of our entire trip, including Italy. We just can't say enough about
Ahmed, Isis, Ashraf, and all our drivers. We simply could not have done
the trip without their help. Ahmed was very professional, courteous,
and helpful, and always went out of his way to make sure we
were where we needed to be at the right time. Our Egyptologist guides,
Isis and Ashraf, were both very knowledgeable and made our visit so
much better with their endless supply of information. We wore out both
long before they did. We will definitely try to come back to Egypt when
we have more time to spend.
Thank you so much for arranging the trip, allowing us to customize what
we needed to, and putting us in touch with such good people. And please
find attached pictures of us enjoying a camel ride. :-)
Adrian & Melina
from our guests- Comments on the stop : Dead Sea :
" It was a relaxing and enjoyable stop, and the experience of just
trying to walk into the sea -- unsuccessfully as it lifts you onto your
back -- is extraordinary. Enjoying dinner at the outdoor Italian restaurant
(it's the grill during the day) at the Kempinski with the view over
the pool and the sea across to Israel resorts, to Jericho and to Jerusalem
in the distance was delightful. So it's a good stop and break from being
on the road.