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The mysteries of the Sphinx await on this off-season vacation in Egypt! Enjoy an escorted vacation in Cairo and Alexandria. Visit the incredible Egyptian Museum and marvel at the Sphinx and the Great Pyramid of Giza—the oldest of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Visit Alexandria’s 4th-century Mediterranean harbor city founded by Alexander the Great. Guided sightseeing includes the Catacombs of Kom El Shogafa, Pompey’s Pillar and the lush Montazah Gardens. Travel through the El Beheira desert en route to Wadi el Natrun to visit the Coptic Monastery. Return to Cairo and fly to Aswan to begin your 3-night cruise on the Nile—considered the longest river in the world. See the Aswan High Dam and take a boat excursion to the Temple of Philae—dedicated to the Goddess Isis. Along your Nile River cruise, visit fascinating temples and shrines dating back to the 2nd century. Your Nile River cruise concludes in Luxor with free time to explore with an overnight stay before returning to Cairo. This 11-day guided vacation in Egypt with Nile River cruise is even better with fewer crowds and more savings during off-season travel. A wondrous escape fit for a king!
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Visit the Egyptian Museum, the Sphinx and the Great Pyramid of Giza, Catacombs of Kom El Shogafa, Pompey’s Pillar and the lush Montazah Gardens & more!
Motorcoach, flight Cairo- Aswan, Luxor- Cairo: Nile cruise
Motorcoach, flight Cairo- Aswan, Luxor- Cairo: Nile cruise
Buffet breakfast daily; 2 three-course dinner, plus all meals on board daily featuring full à la carte breakfasts, lunches and dinners.
ARRIVE IN CAIRO, EGYPT Welcome to Cairo. At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel.
CAIRO. EXCURSION TO GIZA Secrets of the Sphinx CAIRO Guided sightseeing includes the Egyptian Museum.GIZA Take pictures of the Sphinx and of the Great Pyramids.
BreakfastTOUR HIGHLIGHT HISTORY & MYSTERY Get up close and personal with The Pyramids of Giza - one of the World’s Seven Wonders. Ponder the enigmatic secrets of the Sphinx and the Great Pyramid of Giza. Marvel at the massive monument of Cheops, the most colossal pyramid ever built with an original height of 496 feet.
CAIRO–WADI EL NATRUN–ALEXANDRIA The Mediterranean Pearl WADI EL NATRUN Visit a Coptic Monastery before returning to Cairo.ALEXANDRIA Free time to explore the city at your own pace.
Breakfast 137 mi / 220 kmLOCAL FAVORITE CULTURE & TRADITIONS In Arabic, Wadi El Natrum means “Valley of Nitrates,” due to the presence of eight different lakes containing nitrates in the surrounding area. In Coptic, the region is also known as Shi-Hyt, which can be translated as “balance of the heart” or “measure of hearts.” The monasteries of Wadi el-Natrun are the source of indispensable data for the study of the Coptic heritage, and especially for Coptic literature, art, and architecture.
ALEXANDRIA Feel like royality in the Montazah gardens ALEXANDRIA Guided sightseeing includes the Catacombs of Kom El Shoqafa, Pompey’s Pillar, the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, that commemorates the ancient Library of Alexandria, and the 15th-century Qaitbay Citadel. Visit the Montazah Garden.
BreakfastTOUR HIGHLIGHT HISTORY & CULTURE Originally founded by Alexander the Great, Alexandria was once one of the wealthiest cities in the world and the Montazah Palace gardens are a true testimony of this wealth. Designed to be a place of relaxation and recreation for the Khedive and his guests are filled with flowers, trees and shrubs.
ALEXANDRIA–WADI EL NATRUN–CAIRO A Drive Through the Red Land Drive through the El Beheira desert.CAIRO Dinner at your hotel.
Breakfast Dinner 155 mi / 250 kmTOUR HIGHLIGHT LEGENDARY LANDSCAPES In ancient times, the Egyptians called the desert the "red land," distinguishing it from the flood plain around the Nile River, called the "black land". These reflect the fact that the desert sands have a reddish hue and the land around the Nile turned black when the annual flood waters receded. Over thousands of years, the Nile River evolved into its present shape, surrounded by the Eastern and Western deserts.
CAIRO–ASWAN (EMBARKATION) The Inspiration of Isis CAIRO Fly to AswanASWAN Embarkation and lunch on board. Take pictures of the High Dam then visit the Philae Temple of Isis.
Breakfast Lunch DinnerTOUR HIGHLIGHT ANCIENT WONDERS The temple at Philae honors the deity Isis—goddess of the moon, health, and fertility, as well as the gods of Horus and Osiris. Learn how in the early 1970s, after the inauguration of the Aswan High Dam, raging floods risked the submersion of Philae. The rescue of these Nubian monuments is thanks to the joint effort between the Egyptian government and UNESCO, who then moved the sanctuary to higher ground. How did they do it? They dismantled the structures into 40,000 blocks and transferred them brick by brick to their new home, Agilkia Island.
CRUISING: ASWAN–KOM OMBO–EDFU Egyptian Gods & Gowns Free time this morningKOM OMBO Guided walking tour includes the Temple dedicated to the crocodile and falcon gods.
Breakfast Lunch DinnerTOUR HIGHLIGHTLEGENDS & LORE Explore captivating Kom Ombo with a walking tour of its bluff-top twin temples. Gaze at the spellbinding temples dedicated to the crocodile god Sobek-Ra and the falcon god Horus.
CRUISING: EDFU–ESNA–LUXOR Legendary Luxor EDFU Visit the Temple of HorusLUXOR Visit the Temple.
Breakfast Lunch DinnerTOUR HIGHLIGHTOF GODS AND PILGRIMAGES Step back in time and wander through the magnificent temple dedicated to Horus, one of the most important gods in Ancient Egypt. Learn how this became the setting for many important festivals which resulted in huge pilgrimages. With time the temple suffered the elements and got buried underneath the sand where it remained until 1860!
LUXOR (DISEMBARKATION) Palace of Life LUXOR Disembarkation. Visit the Temple of Karnak. Free time this afternoon
BreakfastTOUR HIGHLIGHTPHARAONIC LIVES Known as Ipet-Isu by the ancient Egyptians which means “The Most Select of Places” and built over 2000 years, for some uneducated ancient Egyptians the temple of Karnak was the place of gods. Dozens of pharaohs added their own constructions to this site making this one of the most impressive open- air museums in the world.
LUXOR–CAIRO Cairo Bound LUXOR Morning at leisure. Fly to Cairo. CAIRO Free time this afternoon.
BreakfastFREE TIME TIPSEXPLORE MORE Join an optional excursion to the Valley of the Kings and Valley of the Queens on the West Bank of the Nile where generations of pharaohs and nobles were entombed in cliffside crypts. See where 62 royal tombs have thus far been discovered, of which one was virtually intact—the splendid tomb of Tutankhamun discovered in 1922.
CAIRO Safe travels until we meet again! Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.