Land of the Pharaohs: Egypt with Nile Cruise and Abu Simbel (Sept 20 - Oct. 1. 2020)

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Land of the Pharaohs: Egypt with Nile Cruise and Abu Simbel (Sept 20 - Oct. 1. 2020)

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LAND OF THE PHARAOHS: EGYPT WITH NILE CRUISE (SEPT. 2020)

DAILY ITINERARY:

Day 1: Departure from USA

Day 2: Cairo

Arrival: At Cairo International Airport, your Tour Coordinator will be waiting to escort you to your hotel Mena House Hotel is one of the most unique hotels in Cairo, located just moments away from the wonders of the ancient world offering unmatched views of the Pyramids with its own rich and colorful history. Surrounded by 40 acres of verdant green gardens, the royal history of the hotel is reflected in the lavish interiors that are embellished with exquisite antiques, handcrafted furniture, original works of art and magnificent antiques. Recreation options at the hotel include a heated swimming pool and a fully-equipped Spa & Fitness center as well as seven restaurants & lounges.

Day 3: Giza

Begin with the legendary city of Memphis, which was founded in 3100 BC by Menes, the Pharaoh who united Upper and Lower Egypt. Memphis became the capital of the Old Kingdom and the heart of Egypt's busy import-export activity, with traders from around the world giving it a cosmopolitan atmosphere.

Next, move on to Sakkara, the former necropolis (cemetery) for the ancient Egyptian city of Memphis and the place where the very first pyramids were built as tombs for kings. Instead of the smooth sides featured on other pyramids, the pyramids here feature six steps on the outside, representing the pharaoh's stepladder to heaven. Discover the famous Step Pyramid of King Zoser, the first pyramid ever built and the world's oldest freestanding stone structure.

Set Menu Lunch Opened 2014 under the name 139 Pavilion, with an international cuisine offers Egyptian, Indian and international dishes, it's an all-day dining room, overlooking the great Pyramids of Giza with a very unique view of greenery landscape, meals plan: Breakfast/buffet - Lunch/a la carte - Dinner-a la carte/buffet.

The Great Pyramids of Giza are the only present-day survivors of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, built over 4,500 years ago as giant tombs for the mummies of the pharaohs Khufu, Khafre and Menkaure, who were a father, son and grandson. The pyramids are truly monumental in scale, with the largest, Khufu's, constructed from over two million blocks. The pyramids were not built by slaves but by Egyptian peasants, whose labor in building the pyramids paid their taxes to the Pharaoh, who also fed, clothed and housed them.

Nearby sits the enigmatic Sphinx with the body of a lion and the face of a man wearing a royal head cloth, which workers may have based on King Khafre to guard his enormous funerary monument. About a thousand years after the Sphinx was built it was covered in sand until a young prince had a dream in which the Sphinx told him that if he cleared the sand away, he would become Pharaoh. This story is told on the 'Dream Stela' that was placed between the Sphinx's paws by King Tuthmose IV. 

Breakfast and Lunch Included.

Giza Pyramids

Giza Pyramids

Day 4: Cairo

Tour 7,000 years of history at the Egyptian museum, which houses the largest collection of ancient Egyptian art in the world. Key features of the museum include the treasures of the boy-king Tutankhamun, including his gold mask, the solid gold sarcophagus that held his mummy and his beautiful throne.

Next visit the Citadel, a medieval fortress perched high on limestone hills above Cairo, which was built in 1176 to protect the city from Crusaders. Today, the Citadel complex houses mosques and museums, including the National Military Museum.

With its grand, soaring architecture and rich decoration, the Mosque of Sultan Hassan, completed in 1363, is one of the finest in Egypt and also houses the mausoleum where Sultan Hassan's sons are buried. Next door, discover the much newer Refaie Mosque, completed in 1912 with well-preserved, colorful decoration. Buried in tombs here are a Muslim saint, a companion of the Prophet Mohamed, Egypt's last royal family and the last Shah of Iran.

Finally, visit the fascinating Khan El-Khalili Bazaar, reputed to be the largest bazaar in the Middle East. Originally founded as a watering stop for caravanserai in the 14th century, the bazaar has now grown to vast proportions. Wander through the labyrinth of narrow streets to find workshops and stalls selling all manner of things from woodwork and glassware to leather goods and perfumes.

Set menu Lunch Le Pacha 1901 is one of Cairo's landmark dining and entertainment venues. Originally a paddle boat from the turn of the century, Le Pacha was transformed into a nostalgic and magical location to reflect on Cairo's glorious history. Moored along the banks of the Nile along the Gezira Island, the boat features 10 restaurants and two function rooms that offer delicious international cuisines, impeccable service and spectacular views of the Nile.

Breakfast and Lunch included.

Egyptian Museum

Egyptian Museum

Day 5: Luxor

Arrival: At Luxor Airport. You are met and transferred to the Sanctuary Sun Boat IV

Furnished in a contemporary style with an art deco influence, the modern fittings and cutting edge technology on board the boutique Sanctuary Sun Boat IV are combined with sophisticated public areas with luxurious teak flooring for an elegant finish. Harmonious colors and teak flooring are used throughout the boat which, along with modern and eye-catching furniture, makes it a luxurious floating haven.

Entertainment on board the Sanctuary Sun Boat IV

Exact entertainment schedules during your cruise are adjusted according to the needs of each group and the sailing schedules of the boat are subject to change. However, every cruise on the Sanctuary Sun Boat IV will include:

·A colorful galabeyya party which gives each guest the opportunity to dress up in traditional Egyptian dress and dance to Arabic music.

·A belly dancer, accompanied by a whirling dervish show in Luxor.

·A lecture by your Egyptologist guide.

Food & Beverage

Menus are changed on a seasonal basis to enable the Chef to use the freshest ingredients at all times. However, the following is applicable to every cruise:

·Most meals are served in the restaurant. However, at least one barbecue lunch (while sailing) will be served on deck (weather permitting).

·Mineral water, tea and American coffee are included with every meal.

Please note: that the strength of the WI-FI signals unavoidably varies depending on geographical location, especially whilst sailing in the more remote areas of Upper Egypt.

Start the day at the Temple of Karnak, built over more than a thousand years by generations of Pharaohs. Then, transfer to your five-star deluxe Nile cruise boat, where you are welcomed by the reception staff.

After lunch, visit the Valley of the Kings. You also have the chance to visit at least one tomb in the Valley of the Queens and visit the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut. On the way back to the river Nile, pass by the famed Colossi of Memnon, known in Ancient Greek times for their haunting voices at dawn.

This evening you are greeted by your Boat Manager for a cocktail reception, who reviews your cruise program for the upcoming days. Enjoy cocktails and a selection of canapés, followed by a gourmet dinner.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

Nile cruise ship

Nile cruise ship

Day 6: Luxor

A breakfast buffet is served on board, followed by a morning bus ride to the Ptolemaic Temple of Goddess Hathor in Denderah, complete with a massive stone roof, dark chambers, underground passages and towering columns inscribed with hieroglyphs. Hathor was the goddess of pleasure and love, often associated with Aphrodite. Next, your Egyptologist guides you on a tour of the East Bank of Luxor to the strikingly graceful Temple of Luxor, dedicated to the God Amun.

 Return to the boat for lunch.

Afternoon tea and dinner are served on board. The latter followed by a belly dancer and whirling dervish show.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

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Day 7: Edfu - Kom Ombo

Breakfast is served on board as you cruise to Edfu, followed by a morning visit to explore the extraordinary Temple of Horus.

Enjoy lunch and afternoon tea on board and take part in an Egyptian cooking lesson, as you continue cruising to Kom Ombo.

This afternoon visit the Temple of Kom Ombo, dedicated to the crocodile-god Sobek. The temple stands at a bend in the Nile where in ancient times sacred crocodiles basked in the sun on the riverbank.

Tonight's dinner on board is an Egyptian Night costume party for all guests, with a chance to dress up in traditional Egyptian galabeyya. Dinner will be a lavish buffet of Egyptian specialities, followed by oriental music and dancing for everyone.

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

Day 8: Aswan

A breakfast buffet is served on board as you cruise to Aswan, followed by a short motorboat ride to visit the majestic Philae Temple on the Island of Agilika. Next, proceed to the Granite Quarries, which supplied the ancient Egyptians with most of the hard stone used in pyramids and temples, and still hold a huge unfinished obelisk. 

After lunch on board, take a ride on a felucca (a typical Egyptian sail boat) around Elephantine Island, Lord Kitchener's Botanical Garden and the Agha Khan Mausoleum (weather permitting, life jackets will be provided).

 Afternoon tea is served in the lounge. Tonight is a farewell dinner.

 Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner included.

Day 9: Abu Simbel Excursion

A buffet breakfast is served on board, before check-out at 8:00

Transfer by air-conditioned vehicle from Aswan Boat to your hotel

Board your 40-minute flight to Abu Simbel.

The two temples of Ramses II at Abu Simbel are each fronted by colossal statues up to 20 meters (66 feet) high, and are famed as the most impressive monuments remaining of Ancient Egypt. Recently, the temples were threatened by the waters of Lake Nasser, and with the help of a UNESCO campaign they were cut into blocks, raised piece by piece and reassembled in a new position higher up the hillside.

After your visit, board your return flight to Aswan.

Set Menu Lunch at Old Cataract Terrace

After an extensive renovation, redesigned by French interior designer Sybille de Margerie, Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Aswan exudes its iconic heritage enriched with a contemporary design. Dive into the magnificent pool overlooking the Nile which links the two wings of the hotel. Indulge at the luxurious spa with a wide range of rejuvenating treatments. Embark on a voyage back to another century at the 1902 restaurant or relax at the terrace bar perched above the peaceful waters of the Nile.

Breakfast and Lunch included.


Abu Simbel

Abu Simbel

Day 10: Aswan

Nubian Villages: With the construction of the Aswan High Dam, 100,000 Nubians were displaced, many settling in Aswan, where you can still learn about their culture. Visit Nubian villages on Elephantine Island by taking a ferry or a sailboat. You will find friendly residents and brightly painted homes, often adorned with drawings proudly declaring the owner's pilgrimage to Mecca.

Breakfast included.

Day 11: Cairo

Transfer by air-conditioned vehicle from Aswan hotel to Aswan Airport.

Arrival: At Cairo International Airport, your Tour Coordinator will be waiting to escort you to your hotel

Heliopolis Towers encased in a glass atrium, fringed with palm trees and jam-packed with intimate bars and gourmet dining, Heliopolis Towers is an inner-city sanctuary located in Heliopolis.

Showcasing contemporary architecture with a blend of classic and innovative design, all 246 bedrooms' feature floor-to-ceiling windows, air conditioning, and satellite TV. Laying claim to one of the city's first gourmet restaurants, The Aqua e Luce, fine dining is on your doorstep. Other dining options at the hotel are extensive, ranging from traditional Egyptian to continental and Oriental cuisine.

A vast selection of sports and leisure activities are on offer including squash, tennis, a fully-equipped health club, beauty salon, kids and boutique.

Located in a suburb of Cairo, the Heliopolis Towers is a little removed from downtown Cairo - but is a perfect space for getting away from the hustle of the city.

In a nutshell:

- A contemporary hotel great for unwinding after a hectic day of negotiations in the bustling city

- Heliopolis Towers Hotel has a host of facilities including two pools, one heated, a children's pool, gym and spa

- Wide range of dining options with 18 on-site restaurants, bars, lounges

- Club guests that wish to add a further level of service can use the butler service

- Complimentary one-way shuttle will take you to the Egyptian Museum or souks

Breakfast included

Day 12 - Return to USA