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US Dollars   or   GBP1,230 British Pounds
Includes Meals, Sightseeing, 4 & 5 star Hotels and Nile Cruise, airfare within Egypt, ALL TIPS and more.
International airfare to/from Egypt can be added to this tour.  

"The Wonders of Egypt"
Egypt Tour with Nile Cruise
Saturday, August 17 – Sunday, August 25, 2002

Day-by-Day Itinerary

We can arrange and book departures from the USA, UK and other countries.  Contact Us for airfare prices.  
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Day 1, Sat.: Arrival in Cairo (7 hours ahead of New York time, 2 hours ahead of Greenwich).  Egypt Air direct nonstop from New York to Cairo arrives at 3:30 PM.  British Airways flight from London to Cairo arrives at 11:35 PM. 
Welcome to Egypt!  For those arriving early enough, a short evening visit to Giza village.  Enjoy your first views of the pyramids and Sphinx.
Optional: Sound & Light show at the Pyramids.
Dinner, Novotel 4-star hotel.

Lori at Giza Pyramid PanoramaDay 2, Sun.: Our Egypt experience begins with a visit to the Giza Plateau.  We spend time in the Great Pyramid, the newly re-opened "2nd Pyramid," the Solar Boat (almost 5,000 years old!), the Sphinx and Valley Temple.  Camel rides for the adventurous.  
We enjoy a relaxing lunch overlooking the pyramids at the luxurious Mena House Hotel.
Sakkara Step pyramidAfternoon trip south to the Sakkara complex, the burial ground for Memphis during the Old Kingdom (when Memphis was the central government of Egypt).  We see the Step Pyramid, the early versions of the Book of the Dead and some interesting tombs
This evening is a second chance to see the Sound & Light Show, or visit a papyrus factory, perfume shops or other small shops in the Giza area.
Buffet Breakfast, Lunch,  Novotel 4-star hotel.

Day 4, Mon.:  Early morning flight to Luxor.  No need to fight Cairo's morning traffic because our hotel is right beside the Cairo airport.
In Luxor our New Kingdom (1550-1070 BC) experiences begin with the Luxor Temple. Both gently beautiful and full of awesome grandness, this temple was the "Bride of Karnak" during the annual Apet festival. 
Check in to our 5-Star Superior Nile Cruise boat, the M/S Ruby.  Lunch and time for a siesta in the heat of the midday.
Cube statue, Luxor museum Late afternoon visit to the Luxor Museum with its special exhibit room of a cache of statues found in near-perfect condition.  They were buried under a courtyard at the Luxor Temple and found only recently during renovations.
Free time in the evening to explore the relaxed and friendly town of Luxor (safe for all to walk at night).  The shops stay open late and people sit in the streets, laughing and talking.  
You can also see the Sound & Light Show at the Karnak temples.
Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, M/S Ruby 5-star Superior Nile Cruise.

Sekhmet at Medinet HabuDay 5, Tues.: A morning meditation with the fiery lioness, Sekhmet, in her chapel at Karnak or time to take photos in the dramatic early morning light (bring extra film for Karnak).  This is followed by a tour of Karnak before the heat of the day sets in.  Each Pharaoh wanted to leave something impressive at Karnak.  Obelisks and temples abound.  
Karnak southern gateBack at the cruise boat we enjoy a brunch/early lunch.
Afternoon trip to Luxor's West Bank to begin seeing all the sites there.  What we don't see today we will have a second chance to see tomorrow morning.
Dinner and overnight aboard our Nile Cruise boat.
Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, M/S Ruby 5-star Superior Nile Cruise.

Hatshepsut's Temple Deir El Bahari at sunriseDay 6, Wed.:  We return to the West Bank early this morning.  Possible visit (optional) to the newly renovated Tomb of Nefertari.  If we did not see them the day before, we visit the tombs in the Valley of the Kings (where King Tut’s tomb was found), the Valley of the Workmen, the Ramesseum and Hatshepsut’s Temple -- called "The Most Splendid of All" by the ancient Egyptians.  The 3rd level at Deir El Bahari was just opened in March 2002, so you will privileged to be among the first to see it.  
Debra Olson on Nile cruiseWe return to our Nile Cruise boat for lunch and watch the landscape glide slowly by as we begin sailing up the Nile towards Aswan.  There is often excitement on deck as we pass through the lock at Esna.  The locals come out in boats to hawk their wares while the boats wait their turn in the lock.  Afternoon tea on deck.  
Entertainment on board in the evening.
Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,  M/S Ruby 5-star Superior Nile Cruise boat.

Day 7, Thurs.:  We dock at Edfu and horse-drawn carriages bring us to the Temple of Horus, the best preserved temple in Egypt. 
We continue sailing up river.  In the late afternoon we again dock and visit the Ptolemaic temple for Sobek and Haroeris at Kom Ombo, sometimes called the "Temple of Duality."  Our boat continues on to Aswan where we overnight.  If we arrive early enough, there may be time to start exploring the old market in Aswan.
Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,  M/S Ruby 5-star Superior Nile Cruise boat.

Kiosk at Philae Isis TempleDay 8, Fri.: Sightseeing in Aswan.  We begin with a visit to the Unfinished Obelisk at the ancient granite quarry and also see the High Dam.  Next we visit the Temple of Isis at the island of Philae.  This temple was the last place that the Ancient Religion was practiced.  It was closed about 600 A.D. by the Emperor Justinian and turned into a Christian Abbey. 
We return to our cruise boat for lunch.  Afterwards we transfer to the picturesque Basma Hotel.  Set on a hill that overlooks all of Aswan, the Nile and the cataracts, every room has a balcony.  It is so beautiful and restful that people often do not want to leave.
Nubian boatman on fellucaSome travelers may choose to take the optional excursion of a short flight to Abu Simbel to see the Temples for Ramesses II and his queen, Nefertari.
Late afternoon/evening fellucca (the traditional sailboats of the Nubians) ride to the archeological site at Elephantine Island where they are excavating Temples of the Goddesses Satet, Anukis and Hathor and the God Khnum.  This is also where the Ark of the Covenant is said to have rested for a time.  
Aswan market streetThe evening is free to explore on your own or adventure in the ancient market place with Ruth.  Try your hand at bargaining, get a henna tattoo or just enjoy the exotic sights and smells, like stepping into a storybook of the past.
Buffet Breakfast, Lunch,  Basma Hotel  4-star hotel.

Day 8, Saturday:  Early flight back to Cairo, check in at our hotel and buffet breakfast.
Ka statue Cairo museumFor our last day together we visit the renowned Cairo Egyptian Museum – mummies, hundreds of statues and the King Tut collection.  Having experienced the different temples and pyramids, the Old Kingdom, New Kingdom and Ptolemaic (Greek) eras are now part of our common knowledge.  The artifacts at the museum have more meaning for us than they would have a week ago.
Lunch near the museum at the famous Felfella Restaurant where we enjoy traditional Egyptian delicacies. Visit to a Mosque in Cairo if people are interested.
Early evening is the best time to visit the the colorful Kahn al-Khalili bazaar, now over 600 years old.  Here in the medieval setting we can watch artisans at work, bargain with the shopkeepers and wind our way through the maze of narrow walkways -- each packed to the maximum with hundreds of items.
Those who don't care to shop may enjoy drinking tea in one of the cafes where they can watch the passers-by.
Farewell dinner in the evening.
Buffet Breakfast, Lunch,  Dinner,  Novotel 4-star hotel.

Day 9, Sunday:  Flights home or continue your Egypt trip with an extension at the Red Sea, St. Catherine's or other adventures.  Egypt Air flight to New York leaves Cairo at 9:00 AM.  British Airways flight to London leaves Cairo at 8:30 AM.

There may be changes to this itinerary due to circumstances beyond our control.

Questions?  Need more info? Contact the tour leader, Ruth Shilling, at: 

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What is included in the price of 
US Dollar
or  GBP 1,230 British Pounds

· All sightseeing as per the above Itinerary.
· American Tour Leader/Guide
· Egyptian Egyptologist Tour Guide
· 5 day/4 nights 5-star Superior Nile cruise -- M/S Ruby
· 3 nights 4-star Novotel Airport, Cairo
· 1 night 4-star Basma Hotel, Aswan
· 7 Buffet Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 6 Dinners
· All airfare and transportation within Egypt as per Itinerary
· Camel ride at the Giza Pyramids
· Baggage handling.
· Bottled water.
· ALL TIPS (approx. $230 p.p.)

SMALL GROUP.  Limited to 12 Travelers.

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