Nile Cruise and The Greek Isle of Santorini
14 - day itinerary combines a Nile Cruise of Ancient Egypt with
Classical Athens and the romance of the Greek Isle of Santorini
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1 - Athens
Daily arrival in Athens : Apr - Oct - subject to the Nile cruise availability
Our local rep will meet you at Athens
Airport and assist with your transfer to your hotel.
you arrive early morning from the USA on Olympic Airways then you'll
have time on your own to explore the Greek capital, browse for treasures
and curios, and venture to a terrace cafe or a fine meal in the old
Plaka district. Private
air-conditioned Vehicle . Private Chauffeur .
DAY 2 - Athens-
Group Tour (B)
A half-day morning guided city
tour will orient you to the high points of Athens. Group Tour - Seat
in a coach
This tour gives you an opportunity to observe the striking contrasts
that make Athens such a fascinating city. Our expert guides will take
you to see the Panathenaic Stadium where the first Olympic Games of
modern times were held in 1896 (short stop). Continue and pass by the
Prime Minister's residence (ex Royal Palace) guarded by the Euzones
in their colorful uniform, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Hadrian's
Arch, the Parliament and the memorial to the Unknown Soldier, the Academy,
the University, the National Library, the Constitution Square (Syntagma).
On the Acropolis visit the Architectural Masterpieces of the Golden
Age of Athens: The Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion
and finally "the harmony between material and spirit", the
monument that "puts order in the mind", the Parthenon. Continue
and visit the place where at last the statues found their home and admire
the wonders of the classical era: The new Acropolis museum.
DAY 3 - Santorini (B)
After breakfast, our local representative in Athens will assist with
your private transfer to Athens Airport where you will board your flight
to Santorini ( domestic air fare in Greece is alwasy included in our
rate ). Fly to Santorini . Luxuriate on the beach
at Santorini , remainder of the day at lesiuer.
4 - Santorini (B)
this is your dream " fanatsy isalnd" Santorini is the perfect
romantic getaway. Remainder
of the day at leisure , maybe visit on your own Thirassia Island
( enjoy lunch on your own at a local restaurant /tavern) and watch sunset
in Oia. Usually you return to your hotel/villa early evening .
DAY 5 - Santorini (B)
Enjoy your lovely hotel or venture out on your
own ,to explore Akrotiri, reputedly the site of fabled Atlantis. Then
maybe on to Athinios port to take a boat across to the dormant volcano,
and ascend through a crater-pocked moonscape to the crater. You
may have some free time to enjoy a swim in a hot spring !!.
6 - Cairo (B)
After breakfast, we escort you to the airport
for your flight to Athens connecting same day to Cairo on Egyptair or
Olympic Airways air fare in economy class is included in our rate with
Meet & Greet Upon arrival at Cairo Airport, visa issued locally
in cairo ( for a limited number of nationalities) no photos required.
Our representative greets you at the airport and whisks you to your
hotel. Visa will be issued upon arrival at Cairo Airport for a limited
number of citizens such as : American, Australian, NZ , EU , Canadian
, EU Singaporean and Japanese citizens ,You are responsible for having
your passport in order valid at least for 6 month beyond the date of
your arrival in Cairo. Our local rep. meets with a sign that carries
your name, and will be waiting for you with the prepaid visa stamps
to proceed to the passports control to stamp your passports, then you
claim your luggage, after you clear the passport and customs formalities
and exiting the terminal, our local representative will escort you (private
vehicle) to the hotel . Welcome fruit basket & Egyptian
pastry awaits you in your room with our compliments.
Sample Deluxe Hotels : Ramses Hilton , Cairo Sheraton
, Sonesta , Cairo Marriott, Cairo Conrad , Semiramis InterContinental
Hotel or similar .
7 - CAIRO (BL)
On your first full day in Egypt we show you the Egyptian Museum,
the Pyramids of Giza, the Sphinx, the Citadel of Saladin,
and the Mohammed Ali Mosque, made of alabaster. Lunch is included
at the Mena House .
Private air-conditioned Vehicle . Private Chauffeur . Private Egyptologist
8 - Tanis - Suez Canal - (B. Lunch Box )
is included at the hotel, lunch box will be prepared by your chef with
To the Lair of Rameses and the Suez Canal
where few visitors have gone before, away from trafficked pathways and
neatly packaged tours, to the legendary capital of Rameses II, the Great.
So unusual is this full-day adventure, and so select are the people
who take it, that special permits are required from the Egyptian Department
of Antiquities. And if this opportunity is not enough to whet your appetite,
we'll round out a spectacular day with a journey forward through the
centuries, to the modern wonder of the Suez Canal.
your wake-up call . . . we'll be heading out from Cairo at 6 a.m. on
our day of discovery. We'll make our way through busy streets, and beyond,
to the fertile farmlands of the Nile Delta, seemingly unchanged since
the time of the pharaohs, watered by a web of canals running from the
life-giving Nile, worked by villagers with hand tools and the aid of
camels and donkeys. We'll pass through Zagazig, a bustling cotton and
grain farming center, and stop at nearby Bubastis, capital of the 22nd
and 23rd dynasties. Here, the cat was more than a king, it was honored
as a goddess, and sacred cats were buried in chambers that lie behind
an Old Kingdom Chapel. Parts of temples erected by Osorkon II and Nectanebo
II also remain.
this is only prologue ... We'll continue to Tanis--modern San El Hagar--famed
in the film Raiders of the Lost Ark as the resting place of the Ark
of the Covenant. Tanis was the capital of Smendes, founder of the 21st
Dynasty, a grand center whose rich remains include the main temple of
Amun, and a royal Necropolis with the only Pharaonic burials never touched
by ancient tomb raiders. There are even artificial lakes contained by
grand was Tanis that many believe that it was the capital of Rameses
the Great. Among the layers of cities and palaces might lie the site
of the Pharaoh's court that was built by the labor of the ancient Hebrews.
before Moses led them out of Egypt.
is a restricted site because of its ongoing excavations and its intact
burial chambers that are still yielding treasures and understanding
of the ancients. It will be your privilege to make your own discoveries
as one of the few to tread these stones. Because our path is away from
the usual routes of visitors, we will travel with provisions, including
a box lunch, and of course, bottled water.
our discovery of Tanis, we'll journey northeastward through the delta
and across the centuries to a wonder of the modern world. The Suez Canal
opened in 1869 to international celebration that included the commissioning
of the opera Aida, after ten years of excavation that employed more
than a million laborers. The canal was the technological feat of its
day, connecting the Mediterranean Sea with the Red Sea, cutting trade
routes to the East in half, and changing the course of history. Even
today it is the mainstay of Egypt's economy, its neutrality guaranteed
visit Ismailia, where the historic Canal headquarters are located. We'll
soak up the atmosphere of worldwide commerce passing through this sash
of the sea, and conjure up the international intrigues of bygone days,
as we take a break for tea and sandwiches at a local establishment.
If time permits, we'll see the fortifications of the Bar Lev line, held
by Israel after the Six Day War of 1967, and demolished by water cannon
in 1973 in a surprise Egyptian attack.
a day of encounters with ancient and modern history, we'll continue
on our way back to Cairo.
9 - ASWAN ( or Luxor
) , Board your Nile Cruise : Camel Caravan!
We fly to Aswan ( or
Luxor ) and board our Nile cruiser in time for a delicious lunch.
Complimentary welcome fruit basket awaits you in your cabin. Morning
Tour of the Nubian Museum . In the afternoon we enjoy a leisurely sail
by graceful felucca on the Nile. Only for those who are interested:
a short camel caravan and boat ride to visit a local Nubian Village.
Cabin amenity: Local sweets platter. 2 large bottles of water.In the
evening your guide will call on you for a private horse-drawn carriage
ride to explore Aswan souks and water front.
10- ASWAN - KOM OMBO- Sailing The Nile (BLD)
First 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 temples of Philae. Re-embarking on our Nile cruiser,
we sail downstream to Kom Ombo to visit its twin temples. Cabin
amenity: Egyptian Galabya with our compliments.
11 - EDFU - Luxor - Cruising The Nile (BLD)
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, we cruise to Esna , pass through the locks
. Evening finds us in Luxor. Cabin amenity: Fruit basket- 2 large
bottles of water
12 - LUXOR- Deir El Medina Village- Cruise The Nile
tour includes : Ancient Workers Village at Deir El Medineh, the
first known "Workers Village" these were the true creative
heroes who built the temples & tombs for the mighty Pharaohs of
the Nile Kingdom.
El Medinah is on Luxor's west bank you get a totally different perspective
on ancient Egyptian life, at the ancient workers' settlement of Deir
el-Medinah. While most of the imposing stone monuments and sites of
Egypt honor the lives and after-lives of royalty, Deir el-Medinah gives
us unique and surprising insights into the ordinary citizens who constructed
and decorated the tombs.
we'll see the excavated homes shared by laborers with their domestic
animals. These quarters were surprisingly large, with three good-sized
rooms, courtyard, kitchen, and even storage cellars. While ancient Egypt
might not have been a workers' paradise, we'll see that artisans and
builders were highly regarded in their community.
tour include as well a visit to the Valley of the Kings including
Tut-Ank-Amon's tomb , temple of Queen Hatshepsut at Deir el Bahari,
and Colossi of Memnon, returning to our Nile cruiser for lunch.
Following lunch aboard, we visit the great Temple of Luxor, and
the gigantic Great Temple of Amon at Karnak, returning to our
vessel in time for tea. Evening Sound and Light show at Karnak, please
bring a jacket with you.
13- LUXOR - CAIRO (B)
After breakfast , we fly back to Cairo. In the afternoon, wander
through the city on your own, or do your last-minute shopping.
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 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
enjoy a quiet evening with your travel companions, by letting us know
14 - CAIRO/DEPARTURE (B)
Our representative escorts you to the airport for your homeward flight.
person in USD :
Sharing in :
tour starts daily in Athens, but subject to Nile Cruise availability.
All tour rates are subject to change without notice.
tour includes ...
Athens Cairo in economy class with tax included.
Athens Santorini Athens in economy " Y " class, with tax
air between Cairo & the Nile Cruise in economy " Y "
class, with tax included.
transfers in Greece and Egypt always on a private basis , private
air -conditioned car/driver .
touring in Cairo and Athens , private air-conditioned vehicle ,
private chauffeur .
accommodations , including all taxes and service charges, based on
the rate category you choose.
Nile cruise, including all meals , afternoon tea served on deck
daily , and shore excursions.
One large bottled water per person delivered to your cabin daily
while you are on board the Nile
Cruise , plus a small bottle of water with each & every meal
on board the cruise
or coffee and water with each & every meal while you are on
board the Nile cruise.
Complimentary welcome drink upon arrival on board the Nile Cruise.
Complimentary welcome fruit basket on board the Nile Cruise.
menu meals as shown including B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
escorted sightseeing tours in Athens, the Nile Cruise and Cairo as
indicated in the itinerary, including all entry fees
Meet & Greet At Cairo Airport
representative greets you at the airport and whisks you to your hotel.
will be issued upon arrival at Cairo Airport ( photos are not required
Visa will be issued for a limited number of citizens such
as : American, Australian, NZ , EU , Canadian , EU Singaporean and
Japanese citizens ,You are responsible for having your passport in
order valid at least for 6 month beyond the date of your arrival in
Cairo. Our local rep. meets with a sign that carries your name, and
will be waiting for you with the prepaid visa stamps to proceed to
the passports control to stamp your passports, then you claim your
luggage, after you clear the passport and customs formalities and
exiting the terminal, our local representative will escort you (private
vehicle) to the hotel .
Welcome fruit basket & Egyptian pastry awaits you in your
room in Cairo upon arrival with our compliments
air fare from/to USA, please ask for information on these fares or
use your own free air miles.
hotels in Athens :
Deluxe: Divani Palace Acropolis. First : Titania , Stanley
hotels in Cairo :
Deluxe: Hilton. Sheraton. Hyatt . First :Helnan Shepheard's
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other guests say about our services :
Adrian and Melina
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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