Egypt Grand 2013

Pyramid in EgyptThe Egypt Grand River Cruise starts with a land portion then takes you along the Nile River to get even more valuable time to visit and learn about Egypt.  You will start off with a visit to the Alabaster Mosque in the Citadel of Cairo taking you back to medieval times.  Originally built in 1176, the site was once used as protection for the ruler and people, now a historical site.   But that is only a taste of the history you long to see on this spectacular journey.

Hightlights


LAND PORTION: TOTAL 6 NIGHTS: (CAIRO 5, LUXOR 1)

  • Arrival and departure transfers with luggage handling (if airfare is purchased through us)
  • 5* Deluxe Accommodations at the Fairmont, Sheraton or Intercontinental Hotels
  • 1 night at the deluxe Sonesta St. George in Luxor.
  • 2 domestic flights Cairo-Luxor, Luxor-Cairo
  • All sightseeing including transportation, entrance fees as outlined.
  • 13 meals during the land portion (6 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 special dinners)
  • English speaking Egyptologists throughout

NILE CRUISE – 7 NIGHTS: LUXOR-ASWAN-LUXOR (MON-MON)

  • Accommodations for 7 nights in all outside facing cabins with balconies aboard the brand new
  • 5***** star m/s FARAH in cabin category of your choice!
  • All sightseeing and shore excursions as specified including all entrance fees
  • 21 meals during sailing (7 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 7 dinners)
  • All on board activities including lectures, galabaya parties, belly dance show and similar
  • English speaking Cruise Managers and Egyptologist throughout

Itinerary


DAY 02/THUR:    ARRIVE CAIRO:                         (O)
Meet your local guide who will assist you through customs formalities. Then transfer to your deluxe hotel. Due to various arrival times no meals or activities are planned for today. (Hotel Sheraton, Intercontinental or similar)

DAY 03/FRI:    CAIRO                            (B, SD)
After breakfast, your morning sightseeing of Egypt’s capital will begin with a panoramic tour of this magnificent city set around the banks of the Nile. Stops will be made to view the Citadel and the fabulous Alabaster Mosque built by Mohamed Ali in 1830. Return to your hotel to avoid the heat and catch up on jet lag. In the evening depart for a get together welcome dinner hosted at a popular local restaurant (El Cid or similar)

DAY 04/SAT:    CAIRO                            (B, L)
A full day to explore the Pyramids of Giza and Memphis. In the morning, tour the pyramids of King Cheops built 2690 B.C., the Sphinx and ride a camel (optional). After a break for lunch (included) continue the tour with a visit to Sakkara to view the “one step” Pyramid built by famous architect and physician Imhotep for the Pharaoh Zoser in 3816 B.C. Return to your hotel. Dinner is on your own.

DAY 05/SUN:    CAIRO-LUXOR                        (B, L, D)
After breakfast, check-out of your hotel and begin the day with a tour of the magnificent Egyptian Museum, home to the world renowned exhibit of Tut-An – Khamnon. After a leisurely lunch at a local restaurant, continue on to the airport for your afternoon/evening flight to Luxor, the gateway to the Nile. On arrival, transfer to your deluxe hotel for dinner and overnight. (Sonesta St. George or similar)

DAY 06/MON:    LUXOR / NILE CRUISE                    (B, L, D)
After breakfast, check-out of your hotel and embark on your tour of the West bank, the “Valley of the Kings and Queens” where 64 of Egypt’s Pharaohs have their resting places. Continue to visit the palatial Temple of Queen Hatchepsut and stop at the Collossi of Memnon. Then, transfer directly to your 5 * ship for check-in.  Lunch on board. The afternoon is reserved for exploring the East bank and the fabulous Luxor and Karnak Temples. An optional “Sound & Light Show” will be available for purchase on board.

DAY 07/TUE:    CRUISE:    LUXOR-ESNA-EDFU                (B, L, D)
Set sail in the early morning and enjoy a full leisurely day at sail. View the magnificent passing vista’s, savor a cocktail at the poolside bar, or listen to a lecture on Egypt provided by your Egyptologists. In the evening enjoy a festive dinner and show.

DAY 08/WED:    CRUISE:    EDFU-ASWAN                (B, L, D)
In Edfu, tour the superbly preserved Temple of Horus dedicated to the Falcon God.
Back on board enjoy lunch, dinner and a galabaya party as you sail on to Aswan.

DAY 09/THUR:    CRUISE:    ASWAN                    (B, L, D)
Your morning sightseeing will include the “Unfinished Obelisk” and a visit to the High Dam. Lunch back on the ship. In the afternoon, visit the Philae Temple followed by a felucca ride to the botanical gardens located on Elephantine Island in the middle of the Nile. Return to your ship for dinner and an oriental show!

DAY 10/FRI:    CRUISE:    ASWAN-ABU SIMBEL- SET SAIL;        (B,L,D)
A full free day for exploring this lively Nile oasis OR take the optional excursion to the fabulous Temples of Abu Simbel! More than 32 centuries ago, Ramses II built 2 temples into the sheer rock of a premonitory in Nubia 280 km south of Aswan. The larger Temple was dedicated to the God of Sun – Harakhti. The lesser Temple was dedicated to the Goddess Hathor in the name of Ramses’ favorite wife – the beautiful Queen Nefertari.  The tour of these unique temples includes a 30 minute plane ride from Aswan and back offering stunning aerial views of the Temples and the flowing Nile. After your flight back to Aswan, re-board your deluxe floating hotel and enjoy lunch followed by a visit to the local Nubian Village where you will visit authentic homes, a local school (bring those crayons!) and take an optional camel ride!. Dinner and overnight on board.

DAY 11/SAT:    CRUISE;    ASWAN – KOM OMBO -ESNA        (B,L,D)
Set sail in the early morning and on arrival to Kom Ombo tour the Temples of Kom Ombo dedicated to two deities; the crocodile headed “Sobek” and the “Haroeris” the double headed sparrow/hawk. Return to the ship and sail on to Esna lock (overnight)

DAY 12/SUN:    LUXOR – DENDARA-LUXOR                (B,L,D)
Enjoy a full free day to explore the temples of Luxor and Karnak on your own, visit the local markets or take the optional tour to the Temples of Dendara, some of the oldest and best preserved in all of Egypt (car/van). In the evening, bid your goodbyes to your lovely crew as you participate in the Captain’s farewell dinner.

DAY 13/MON:    LUXOR – CAIRO                        (B, SD)
After a leisurely breakfast, bid your lovely ship and crew goodbye as you check-out and transfer to the airport for your flight back to Cairo. On arrival, transfer to your deluxe hotel with the afternoon free for some rest time. Then a special treat awaits as you head out to meet with an authentic Egyptian family for a home hosted dinner! A great way to experience genuine Egyptian hospitality!

DAY 14/TUE:    CAIRO                            (B, L, SD)
After breakfast, depart on your morning tour of the Old Cairo highlighted by stops at the Abu Sirga Church, the Moalaka Church and the Ben Azra Synagogue. After lunch at a local restaurant transfer to the humongous El Khalili Bazaar where over 1000 booths offer everything from cheap souvenirs to high end jewelry and fashion and where bargaining is expected! Tonight depart for a final farewell dinner held at the private, members only Capital Club featuring great food, and magnificent views of the city at night.

DAY 15/WED:    CAIRO – HOME                        (B)
As all good things must come to an end, so does your Egypt adventure as you transfer to the airport for your flights home – or complete your fantastic Egyptian experience with our superb Alexandria or Petra extensions!


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The Pyramids in Egypt is such an amazing site to see.  One can’t describe the massiveness of these structures or the complexity they endured to create. Visit the infamous Pyramids of Giza known as one of the tallest man made sites for centuries.  While still in Cairo there will be a visit to the Egyptian Museum where many Egyptian rulers were laid to rest along with a famous one you may have heard of called King Tutankhamun or also known as King Tut.

MS Farah Cruise Ship SundeckOnce you board the MS Farah Cruise Ship you will have time to take pictures of the Nile River.  Your Nile River Cruise will take you from Luxor visiting Karnak Temples to Aswan and Elephantine Island.

This cruise is a combination of old history, some of the most famous monuments in the world, a lovely cruise along the Nile River, and visiting villages and homes.  If you are interested in finding out more about the Egypt Grand River Cruise, please call us at (800) 733-1677 or fill out our contact form.