Tentative Itinerary:
 

  • Day 1 - November 14:
    Arrive at Cairo International Airport.  Our local rep will meet you on arrival and transfer you to the hotel. **Please note, this meet and greet will only be provided for those arriving as a group.  (The group air option will be forthcoming.)  If you will not be arriving with the group, you will need to arrange your own transportation from the airport to the hotel.  

    Overnight at the Cairo Marriott Hotel

 

  • Day 2 - November 15: (B)
    After breakfast, take a half day tour to visit the Pyramids & Sphinx.  A camel ride is included.  You will be picked up from your hotel by our Tour Guide.  The first stop is  a visit to the Great Pyramids of Cheops,  Chephren, and Mykerinus. Enjoy a camel ride among the pyramids and take in the sheer beauty of these man-made wonders of the ancient world. Get up close to the Great Sphinx, the head of a pharaoh  with a lion's body, and let your imagination run wild, dating back to the time of Chephren.

    Return to the hotel after the tour and the remainder of the day is at leisure. 

    OPTION A:  4 Hours of CE lectures - TBD

    OPTION B: Tour to Memphis and Sakkara (Highly Recommended - MUST BE PRE-BOOKED) $110 pp

    Overnight at the Cairo Marriott Hotel

  • Day 3 - November 16: (B, L, D)
    After breakfast, transfer to Cairo airport for your flight to Luxor. On arrival in Luxor, board your Nile Cruise. Enjoy lunch on board followed by a visit to the East Bank, to visit the Temple of Luxor and the Temple of Karnak.
    Luxor Temple:
    In an unforgettable excursion, visitors drive to the Luxor Temple. Many festivals were celebrated in Thebes. The Temple of Luxor was the center of the most important one, the festival of Opet. Built largely by Amenhotep III and Ramses II, the temple served as a setting for the rituals of the festival, which was held to reconcile the human aspect of the ruler with his divine office. The procession of images of the current royal family began at Karnak and ended at the Luxor temple. 

    Karnak Temple:
    Karnak was erected in 1928 BC as a small shrine dedicated to Amun, god of Thebes then.  The Temple of Karnak comprises three main temples, smaller enclosed temples, and several outer temples - all constructed over 1300 years. The three main temples of Mut, Monthu and Amun, are enclosed in enormous brick walls, with the temple of Amun at the center.

     

     Enjoy Afternoon Tea and Dinner on board.

     

     Overnight on the Movenpick Royal Lotus Nile Cruise.
     

  • Day 4 - November 17: (B, L, D)

    After breakfast on board, take an excursion to the West Bank for visits to the burial places of the Pharaohs - the Valley of the Kings - where Howard Carter discovered the tomb of Tutankhamen in 1922. Continue to the adjacent Valley of the Queens, the mortuary temple of Hatshepsut and the Colossi of Memnon.  Enjoy lunch on board.  Sail to Edfu, via Esna. Enjoy Afternoon Tea and Dinner on board. 

     

    Overnight on the Movenpick Royal Lotus Nile Cruise.
     

  • Day 5 - November 18: (B, L, D)
    Enjoy breakfast on board. Visit the wonderfully preserved Temple of Horus at Edfu. Experience a horse drawn carriage - ride back and forth to the temple.
    Back On Board & Sail To Kom Ombo. Enjoy Afternoon Tea. 
    Visit the Kom Ombo Temple – the Ptolemaic temple dedicated to the crocodile god Sobek and the falcon-headed Haeroris, god of the morning sun.
    Return back on board to enjoy Dinner and sail to Aswan.

     

    Overnight on the Movenpick Royal Lotus Nile Cruise
     

  • Day 6 - November 19: (B, L, D)

    Enjoy breakfast on board. Visit the Aswan High Dam (completed in 1971); and the Old Dam (completed in 1902). You will also visit the Granite Quarries and the Philae Temple, dedicated to the goddess Isis, a structure rescued from the rising waters of Lake Nasser at the time of the High Dam's construction.    

    The High Dam:
    Just north of the border between Egypt and Sudan lies the Aswan High Dam, a huge rock fill dam which captures the world's longest river, the Nile, in the world's largest artificial reservoir, Lake Nasser. The dam, known as “Sadd El-Aali” in Arabic, was completed in 1970 after 10 years of work. 

    Philae Temple:
    A short trip on a motorboat will bring the visitor to a magnificent vista of the island, before landing at what would have been the ancient quay on the south side. 
    The temple was dedicated to the goddess Isis and has many legends connected to it. The most well-known legend tells the story of how Isis found the heart of Osiris here after his murder by his brother Seth.

    Back on board to enjoy Lunch, Afternoon Tea and Dinner. 
     

    Overnight on the Movenpick Royal Lotus Nile Cruise.

     

  • Day 7 - November 20: (B)

    After breakfast on board, check out and transfer to the Aswan airport for your flight to Cairo. Upon arrival in Cairo, you will be transferred to your hotel.
    The remainder of the day is at leisure.

     

    OPTION A:  4 Hours of CE lectures - TBD
     

    OPTION B: Tour to Abu Simbel (Highly Recommended - MUST BE PRE-BOOKED) $575pp
    (includes r/t domestic air)

     

    Overnight at the Cairo Marriott Hotel.

     

  • Day 8 - November 21: (B)
    This morning after breakfast, take a full day tour of the Egyptian Museum and the Khan El-Khalili Bazaar. The Egyptian Museum is the most important depository of Egyptian antiquities anywhere in the world.  It features artifacts from the Pharaonic and the Greco-Roman periods, including the celebrated mummies of ancient Egypt's king and Tut Ankh Amun treasures. Visit the Khan El Khalili, known as the Turkish bazaar during the Ottoman period, it was built in 1382 by Emir Djaharks El Khalili, in the heart of what was Fatimid City.  Until this day, the bazaar is a center of trade and communication in the city, and offers a wide array of antiques, handcrafts of gold, silver and copper as well as numerous old coffee shops and local restaurants which attract both Egyptians and tourists alike. 
    Return to your hotel after the tour. 

    OPTION: 4 Hours of CE lectures - TBD

    Overnight at the Cairo Marriott Hotel. 

 

  • Day 9 - November 22: (B)
    After breakfast at the hotel, check out and transfer to Cairo airport for your flight. 

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