Embark on a trip of a lifetime to Egypt and make your dreams to visit some of the world's most spectacular treasures come alive! On this amazing journey you'll see the famous Sphinx & Pyramids at Giza, sail down the River Nile and visit the priceless treasures along the Nile Valley and explore the pristine coast of the Red Sea. And now, this fascinating journey is offered at an unbelievable low price that includes non-stop flight to Cairo!
YOUR ITINERARY (smarTours)
Day 3&4: Red Sea Resort. Two full days at leisure to enjoy the splendors of the Red Sea. Your luxurious resort hotel has extensive facilities and offers amazing sea views and a gorgeous beach. You may wish to explore the fascinating wonders of the Red Sea by joining an optional submarine ride ($70) to observe the marine life including teeming schools of colorful fish, playful dolphins, and sleek sharks. You will also be able to see beautiful corals and under water gardens that the Red Sea is famous for. You can also explore the sandy beach of Sharm el Naga, famous for its glorious and easily accessible coral reef. Here, you can snorkel and explore the rich and colorful world which unfolds just a few yards off shore. Marvel at the amazing variety of fish, coral and other stunning marine life. (B,L,D daily)
Day 5: Hurghada/Luxor/Temples of Karnak and Luxor. After a sumptuous breakfast, journey by road to Luxor where you'll board your elegant Nile riverboat, your floating base for exploring the fascinating Nile River Valley. All your excursions are guided by your tour director who is an experienced Egyptologist! This afternoon, look forward to an exciting start to your sightseeing program when you visit the stunning Temples of Karnak and Luxor, the greatest cities of ancient Egypt. To walk along the Avenue of the Sphinxes and among the pillars of the colossal Temple of Amon Ra is an unforgettable experience you'll always treasure! Return to your riverboat for dinner.
Day 6: Valley of The Kings/Valley of the Queens/Edfu. This morning visit the Valley of the Kings on the West Bank of the Nile. Here, generations of Pharaohs and royalties were buried in great splendor in tombs cut into the sheer rock. Proceed to the impressive Deir El Bahari mortuary rock temple of Queen Hatshepsut, an architectural masterpiece built against the backdrop of a looming cliff face and the Colossi of Memnon, two huge seated statues of Amenhotep III guarding the valleys. After lunch onboard set sail along the Nile and marvel at the passing scenery of camels, water buffaloes and the striking desert and tall palm trees in the horizon. Continue sailing via Esna towards Edfu. (B,L,D)
Day 7: Edfu/Kom Ombo/Aswan. Disembark in Edfu and enjoy a guided visit to the Temple of Edfu, a Greek-built and beautifully preserved monument to Horus, the falcon-headed son of Osiris. It took about 200 years to complete and has helped fill in many gaps of knowledge about the Pharaonic architecture that it was inspired by. After lunch onboard, dock at Kom Ombo where in ancient times, sacred crocodiles basked in the sun on the river bank. A short walk brings you to the unique temple, dedicated to the falcon and crocodile gods. Before returning to the boat, stop at a local colorful market for bargains galore! Set sail toward Aswan. (B,L,D)
Day 8: Abu Simbel Optional Air Excursion/Felucca Sail. Morning at leisure in Aswan. We suggest that you take advantage of a unique opportunity to visit the fascinating sandstone temples of Abu Simbel. These Nubian Monuments consist of twin temples carved from the mountainside during the reign of Pharaoh Ramses II. This memorable optional excursion ($249) involves a short flight from Aswan to Abu Simbel and must be reserved with your main tour arrangements prior to departing the US and pre-paid to guarantee availability. This afternoon, back in Aswan, savor the beauty of the Nile on an included sail by felucca, a traditional Egyptian sailboat around Elephantine Island, once the center of modern Aswan. Return to your riverboat for your farewell to the Nile Cruise dinner! (B,L,D)
Day 11: Cairo. This morning visit the Egyptian Museum where a local expert introduces you to, among other treasures, the priceless antiquities of King Tut's tomb. Proceed to the exotic and colorful Khan El Khalili bazaar, where bargains galore await. The afternoon is at leisure to explore at your own pace or shop for unique souvenirs. Your hotel is conveniently located within short distance of many of Cairo's attractions as well as excellent shopping and dining. Your tour director will be glad to make suggestions and recommendations. (B)
YOUR TOUR INCLUDES: