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Boston - New York $1,899
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Toronto - Montreal $2,399
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Weekly Departures from June 2015 to Nov. 30, 2016. Price is based on limited seat availability and may be higher during
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Prices are per person based on double occupancy. Single Supplement is $599 USD.
Overview
Enjoy three nights in Cairo and four nights aboard a Nile River Cruise. Daily excursions to Egypt's most famous attractions are included, all guided by an English licensed Egyptologist. Your stay in Cairo is at Le Meridien Hotel, a five star hotel located very close from the Grand Pyramids of Cairo.
Your Nile River Cruise has 66 comfortable large updated cabins, and panoramic windows to enjoy views of the Nile. Delicious buffet meals are included daily along with evening entertainment. International and Domestic airfares are included as well as all transfers and taxes.
Small groups with 100% guaranteed departures, all our itineraries are fully customizable with flexible departure dates.
Itinerary
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Day 1
Board your international flight to Cairo, we offer departures from any major city in Canada or the USA.
Day 2: Cairo
Upon landing in Egypt, purchase your visa by filling out an application form provided there and submit with $25 USD cash per person. They will stamp your passport, then proceed to clear customs and immigration. Once done you will meet our Representative who will assist you with transfer to your Hotel 5* Le Meridien Pyramids Hotel & Spa. This hotel is well located very close from the Grand Pyramids. Available at an extra cost an upgrade to the historic 5* Mena House Hotel.
Air conditioned vehicle transfer, English speaking Guide. Overnight in Cairo.
Accommodation: Le Meridien Pyramids Hotel & Spa... For More Info: Click Here >>
Upgrade at an extra cost to: Mena House Hotel.... For More Info: Click Here >>
Meals included today: No Meals.
Activities included today: Rest of the day at leisure.
Day 3: Cairo
Enjoy breakfast at the Hotel and then visit:
The Grand Pyramids of The Giza Plateau, located 10 miles south of Central Cairo just at the edge of metropolitan Cairo. One of the last still standing wonders of the ancient world, with its three Great Pyramids Khufu,(also known as Cheops) over 4,000 years old the oldest and largest of the three. Khafre (Chepren) the only one with an original stone cap at the top and Menkaura (Mycerinus) the smallest. Although not for everyone but entrance to the Pyramids can be arranged at an extra cost. At the foot of the Great Pyramid you find the mysterious Sphinx carved almost entirely from one piece of limestone one of the most photographed ancient monuments in the world. Without a doubt your visit to the Great Pyramids of Giza will be one of the most memorable of your trip.
Continue your tour with a visit to Sakkara here you find The Step Pyramid considered the first and oldest of all the ones built in Egypt. Constructed by King Djoser designed by the architect Imhotep who was the first to build Tombs for the Kings.
Visit Memphis, Originally a great City with many exceptional Temples, founded around 3,100 BC, unfortunately there is no much left of the City today. People come here to visit the enormous statue of Ramses' II. The Colossus of Ramses' is about 33.8 ft long, the Colossus is housed in a small Museum built specially for this massive statue.
After your tour return to your Hotel for an overnight. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight in Cairo.
Accommodation: Le Meridien Pyramids Hotel & Spa... For More Info: Click Here >>
Meals included today: Breakfast and lunch.
Activities included today: Guided visits to the Grand Pyramids of Cairo and Memphis-Sakkara.
Day 4: Cairo - Luxor - Nile River Cruise
Breakfast at your Hotel then transfer to the airport for your flight to Luxor.
Upon arrival our representative will transfer you to board your Nile River Cruise, MS Semiramis, aboard your River Cruise all meals are included but not drinks, bottled water, coffee/tea and other beverages are available at an extra cost. Please have cash available for incidentals and not included extras, as credit cards are not always accepted on board. Upgrades to smaller luxury and Luxury + Ships are available.
All our shore excursions guided by a licensed English speaking Egyptologist are included. Today you will visit:
Luxor Temple: A magnificent example of Egyptian temple architecture, along with Karnak was one of the most sacred and important Temples of Ancient Thebes (now Luxor City). Built parallel to the River Nile dedicated to Amun Ra King of Gods and his wife Mut (Goddess of War), at Luxor you find Colossal Statues of Rameses, and big 24 meters carved pylons. One of the two Obelisks that once stood at the entrance of Luxor Temple still remains, the other was removed and transported to France in 1874 and now sits at the Place de la Concorde in Paris. Another site worth mentioning is the Mosque of Abu El Hagag which was built on top of the buried ruins of Luxor Temple, after the Temple was uncovered the Mosque was preserved and is still a place of worship until today.
Karnak Temple: Located on the East bank is the largest temple complex in Egypt. Built over a period of 1300 years to honor the god Amun of Thebes his wife Mut and Sons Khons. An impressive complex of over 25 Temples full of Sanctuaries, big columns, and Obelisks, at least thirty Pharaohs are represented here over a period of time. One of the highlights is the Hypostyle Hall with 134 enormous pillars, for sure an awe inspiring place.
Stroll down the famous avenue of the Sphinxes, with a length of two miles it was once lined with hundred of sphinxes. Ancient Egyptians traveled on a horse drawn carriage between Luxor and Karnak Temples during the festival of Opet, a celebration to reunite God Amun and his wife Mut since their statues were kept separate one on each Temple.
Overnight on board in Luxor.
Accommodation: M/S Semiramis I & II Cruise.... For More Info: Click Here >>
Upgrade at an extra cost to: Sonesta St. George Nile River Cruise.... For More Info: Click Here >>
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Meals included today: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Activities included today: Guided Tour of Karnak Temple, and Luxor Temple Complex.
Day 5: Nile River Cruise – Luxor
Breakfast on board later visit West Bank to see the Necropolis for pharaohs and nobles, the Valley of the Kings most well known for being the place where Tutankhamun's Tomb was found, Tutankhamun's treasures now in Cairo's Egyptian Museum. The Valley of the Kings is a World Heritage site, many of the tombs are closed to the public and your guide will direct you to the ones that are open. Use of video equipment is forbidden. A very important site in Egyptian History since the most important Pharaos in Egypt were buried here.
Queen of Hatshepsut Temple: Dedicated to the first female Pharaoh, set at the head of the valley, the temple is the best example of Egyptian classical style architecture. Built to express the grandeur of the Pharaoh as well as honoring the gods that she would need in the afterlife, after her death all her statues were all defaced by her son Tuthmosis III.
Colossi of Memnon: All that remains of the largest and most opulent mortuary Temple of Amenhotep. Although badly damaged the massive stone statues 75 feet in height in the image of Pharaoh Amenhotep III are still quite impressive. The colossi have stood guard for more than 3400 years on the West Bank.
Overnight on board while sailing to Edfu.
Accommodation: M/S Semiramis I & II Cruise.... For More Info: Click Here >>
Meals included today: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Activities included today: Guided Tour West Bank Valley of the Kings, Visit Queen Hatshepsut Temple, Visit The Colossi of Memnon.
Day 6: Nile River Cruise – Edfu
Breakfast on board, today enjoy visits to:
Temple of Edfu, built in the Greco Roma Era is the most well preserved and complete Egyptian temple, built to honor Horus the falcon headed god. The walls are lined with inscriptions and hieroglyphics depicting the age old struggle between Horus and Seth. This impressive example of the Ptolemaic architecture is said to have taken 180 years to complete.
Overlooking the Nile you find the Temple of Kom Ombo in the town of the same name located 45 km north of Aswan. Built to honor the crocodile and Falcon Gods Sobek and Horus, dating from 180 BC it has beautifully carved columns some of them still keep their original brilliant colors.
Sail to Aswan. Overnight in Aswan.
Accommodation: M/S Semiramis I & II Cruise.... For More Info: Click Here >>
Meals included today: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Activities included today: Guided Tour Edfu Temple, Guided Tour Komombo Temple.
Day 7: Nile River Cruise – Aswan
Breakfast on board, enjoy visits to:
The High Dam: Bordering Egypt and Sudan, is the world's largest dam, its construction finished in 1970 and it changed the life of Egyptian people by providing flood protection, irrigation, and electricity to Egypt. One of the most talked about facts is the enormous task of relocating many ancient monuments along the banks of the Nile, this was only possible by using very advanced engineering and the cooperation of many Countries.
The construction of the High Dam created Lake Nasser the world's biggest artificial body of water, the Lake Nasser area is very beautiful and pristine, this is where the famous ruins of Abu Simbel are located, they are River Cruises that sail between Aswan and Abu Simbel visiting other ancient sites along the way, or you can visit the Abu Simbel Temple on a road excursion or by air excursion.
Granite Quarries with Unfinished Obelisk: Most of the red granite used to built Egypt's Temples and Tombs came from these quarries. Here lies the Unfinished Obelisk still attached to the bedrock. Abandoned when a crack appeared while working on it. It's weight is calculated at 110 tons and would have been the world's largest piece of solid stone ever carved.
Temple of Philae: On the island of Agilkia, lies the beautiful temple of Philae, dating from 380 BC. Erected to honor the goddess Isis, moved from its original location in 1960, relocated from the holy island of Philae in the middle of Lake Nasser. Many of the buildings and monuments were painstakingly moved from Philae which was continually flooded and eventually submerged in Lake Nasser. This rescue operation t took many years and the cooperation of an international group of engineers and archaeologists.
Overnight in Aswan.
Accommodation: M/S Semiramis I & II Cruise.... For More Info: Click Here >>
Meals included today: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Activities included today: Guided Tour visiting Aswan's High Dam, Unfinished Obelisk, Visit Temple of Philae.
Day 8: Aswan - Cruise Disembarkation
Enjoy a morning of leisure on board, or add an optional tour to your itinerary we suggest a tour to Abu Simbel three hours drive from Aswan is one of the most well known sites in Egypt after the Grand Pyramids and the Sphinx.
Abu Simbel: On the West bank of the Nile at the shores of Lake Nasser. Abu Simbel was one of the Temples moved from its original sacred place to save it from flooding, a project considered one of the greatest achievements in modern engineering. Fully guided by a licensed Egyptologist, includes boxed breakfast.
$199 USD Abu Simbel excursion by road - $499 USD Abu Simbel excursion by air, prices per person.
Disembark. Our representative will transfer you and assist you with your flight back to Cairo. Upon arrival transfer to your Cairo Hotel assisted by our representative.
Accommodation: Le Meridien Pyramids Hotel & Spa... For More Info: Click Here >>
Upgrade at an extra cost to: Mena House Hotel.... For More Info: Click Here >>
Meals included today: Breakfast.
Activities included today: Rest of the day at leisure.
Day 9: Cairo
Tour Ends. Our representative will assist you with your planned arrangements.
This tour can be combined with Pre/Post Optional Tours  Read More >>
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Our Price Package Tour includes:
Flights:
  • International airfare from most major cities in the USA and Canada.
  • Domestic Flight Transfers Cairo - Luxor - Aswan – Cairo.
Accommodations:
  • Three nights of accommodation at the 5* Le Meridien Pyramids Hotel & Spa, within walking distance of the Grand Pyramids.
  • Four nights aboard the Semiramis Nile River Cruise.
Sightseeing Tours:
  • Guided Visit to the Grand Pyramids of Giza & Sphinx.
  • Guided visit to Memphis/Sakkara.
  • Guided tour of Karnak Temple and Luxor Temples.
  • Guided tour of the Valley of the Kings & Hatshepsut Temple.
  • Guided visit to the Colossi of Memnon.
  • Guided visit to Edfu Temple.
  • Guided visit to Kom Ombo Temple.
  • Visit to Aswan's High Dam.
  • Guided visit to Philae Temple.
  • Visit to the Aswan's Quarries and Unfinished Obelisk.
All sightseeing tours are provided by an English speaking Licensed Egyptologist.
Meals:
  • Breakfast daily during your stay in Cairo.
  • Lunch during your sightseeing tour in Cairo.
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner aboard your Nile River Cruise.
Services and Fees:
  • Meet and assist representative services.
  • Transfers airport – Hotel - airport.
  • Transfers airport – Cruise – airport.
  • Transportation for all sightseeing excursions in Cairo.
  • Transportation for all off shore excursions during your Nile River Cruise.
  • All entrance fees (except mummy room at Egyptian Museum Cairo).
  • All taxes.
Extra Bonus:
  • Short Camel ride for a photo opportunity.
  • Dress up in traditional Egyptian attire and enjoy a Galabeya Party Night on board your Nile Cruise.
Price Excludes:
  • Visa on arrival at Cairo airport $25 USD Per Person.
  • Customary tips to driver, guides, cruise staff, etc.
  • All optional tours mentioned on the day by day itinerary provided.
  • Bottled water, Coffee, tea and other beverages are not included aboard your Nile Cruise but are available at an extra cost.