This is a trip which includes visits to the most important and famous pharonic monuments in Egypt as well as a number of impressive, but lesser visited places. There are also brief visits to the most important Islamic, Coptic and Jewish sites in Cairo.
The highest standard of quality is maintained throughout, including stays in the most historic five star Victorian hotels in Egypt; the old wing of the Mena House, the Old Winter Palace Hotel in Luxor and the Old Cataract Hotel in Aswan. And it includes a cruise aboard the historic dahabeyah, NeferuRa.
- Day 1
If you have chosen us to arrange your international air travel, you will depart New York on EgyptAir at 6:30 pm for your overnight flight to Egypt.
- Day 2
Upon your arrival in Cairo you will be met by a Museum Tours Representative, who will assist with checked luggage, passport control and customs. Your private limousine will then take you through Cairo and across the Nile river to the five-star hotel, Mena House (where you'll be staying in the grand, old wing), located at the base of the pyramids, in time for a welcome meal. The rest of the day is free to relax and get over your jet lag. B, L - in flight, D - Mena House. Hotel - Mena House.
- Day 3
After breakfast, a short ride will take you from the hotel to the pyramids. You will visit the Pyramids at Giza. Explore inside the Great Pyramid of Khufu, visit the Solar Boat museum, and the ageless Sphinx of Khafra with its valley temple. After lunch, at a restaurant near the hotel, you can return to the hotel to relax, or, if you have the energy, join your guide for a return to the Giza Plateau for a walking tour, to visit the Pyramids of Khafra and Menkara, with the remains of their mortuary temples and the Tombs of Qar and Idu. B, D - Mena House. L - Peace Restaurant. Hotel - Mena House.
- Day 4
You will visit the ancient necropolis at Saqqara for the entire morning. Sites include the Step Pyramid of Djoser (the world's first pyramid), the Pyramid of Teti with its pyramid texts, the causeway of Unis, the Tomb of the Brothers and the Mastaba tomb of Meruka.
After a late lunch you will be driven to the ancient capital of Memphis with its magnificent and beautiful Colossus of Ramses before heading to the airport to catch your evening flight to Luxor, where you will transfer to the deluxe and historic, five-star Old Winter Palace Hotel. B - Mena Hotel. L - Saqqara Palm Club Restaurant. D - Winter Palace Hotel. Hotel - Old Winter PalaceDay.
- Day 5
After an early breakfast you will cross the Nile to visit the West Bank. You will begin your day by visiting the workers village at Dier el Medina and the Tomb of Sennedjem, one of the best preserved tombs in all of Egypt. While you might choose to take the bus, if you are truly ambitious you will have the opportunity to hike over the hills, following a 3,500 year old workers trail, to the Valley of the Kings where you will visit several of the most interesting tombs open to the public, including the Tombs of Thutmose III, Rameses VI and Tutankhamen.
You will finish your day with a visit to Dier El