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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 15 - 16 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 20 people
Destination(s): Egypt  
Specialty Categories: Archeology/History  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 6200 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 7450 US Dollar (USD)

Through a unique confluence of circumstances we have been able to secure a limited number or rooms in the three finest hotels in Egypt, along with the best possible experience for traveling on the Nile, for a very special, once in a lifetime experience. One in which the accommodations will contribute as much to your enjoyment as the sites we'll visit.

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.

* Itinerary

- 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 Bahri and the Temple of Hatshepsut, and the Colossi of Memnon, the giant statues of Amenhotep III. After returning to your hotel the remainder of the day is free to enjoy the sights and sounds of Luxor. B, D - Winter Palace. L - Toutankhamun. Hotel - Old Winter Palace.

- Day 6

After a drive through town you will visit Karnak Temple, the largest temple complex in the world. We've allowed allowing ample time for a guided tour and just wandering around. This will be followed by a visit to the small but magnificant Luxor Museum. Theafternoon is free to explore the town, visit the bazaar or just relax. After an early dinner you will go to Luxor Temple for a spectacular after-dark tour. B, L, D - Winter Palace. Hotel - Old Winter Palace.

- Day 7

Today you will return to the West bank to catch the sights missed two days ago. Your schedule will include the Valley of the Queens, including the beautiful and touching tomb of Khaemwaset, a son of Rameses III, who died in childhood. you will also have time to visit the Ramesseum, the mortuary temple of Rameses II (known as Rameses the Great), and Medinet Habu, the best preserved of the New Kingdom temples. About mid afternoon you will be driven to Esna where you will see the temple before boarding the historic dahabeyah, NeferuRa, your home for the next four nights. B, L - Winter Palace. D - NeferuRa. Hotel - NeferuRa.

- Day 8

This morning you will begin sailing toward Aswan, arriving at Edfu around dusk. B, L, D - NeferuRa. Hotel - NeferuRaDay.

- Day 9

Horse drawn carriages will take you from the dock to the stupendous, Ptolemaic Temple of Horus, the best preserved temple on the Nile. After visiting the temple you will set sail once again. Our boat should reach Gebel Silsila , the ancient sandstone quarries, with its many, fascinating rock cut chapels, late this afternoon.B, L, D - NeferuRa. Hotel - NeferuRa.

- Day 10

After sailing all day, you will visit the twin Temples of Horus, the falcon headed god, and Sobek, the crocodile god, at Kom Ombo. B, L, D - NeferuRa. Hotel - NeferuRa.

- Day 11

This morning you will disembark and your van will take you to Aswan where you will board a falucca to visit the Botanical Gardens on Kitchener's Island and the archaeological digs on Elephantine Island. You will return in time for a late lunch and transfer to the grand Victorian Old Cateract Hotel. Your afternoon is free. B - NeferuRa. L, D - Old Cararact Hotel. Hotel - Old Cataract Hotel.

- Day 12

After an early breakfast, you will fly to visit the fabled temples at Abu Simbel built by Ramses II, for himself and his favorite wife, Nefertari. In the afternoon you can relax while you sail in a falucca to visit and explore the 6th and 12th dynasty nobles tombs on the West Bank before returning to your hotel in time for afternoon tea on the balcony. B, L, D - Old Cararact Hotel. Hotel - Old Cataract Hotel.

- Day 13

You will begin the day with a short drive to visit the New Nubia Museum, one of Egypt's newest and finest. You will then visit the ancient granite quarry with its Unfinished Obelisk of the female Pharaoh, Hatshepsut. Finally you will take a short motorboat ride to Agilka Island, new site of the Temple of Isis at Philae, considered by many to be the most beautiful temple in all Egypt. B, L - Old Cataract Hotel. D - Aswan Moon. Hotel - Old Cataract Hotel.

- Day 14

Today is free until you are taken to the airport to catch your plane back to Cairo where you will check into the Nile Hilton Hotel, located next to the Egyptian Museum. Dinner in the famed Khan el Khalili bazaar will complete your day. B, L - Old Cataract Hotel. D - Khan el Khalili. Hotel - Nile Hilton Hotel.

- Day 15

The entire morning will be spent at the Egyptian Museum with the Treasures of Tutankhamen and the Royal Mummy Room. After lunch you will explore Old Cairo and learn about its Christian (Coptic) and Jewish past. A visit to the Citadel of Saladin and the Alabaster Mosque will complete your day. B, L, D - Nile Hilton. Hotel - Nile Hilton Hotel.

- Day 16

You leave Cairo and return to New York and then home. B - Nile Hilton Hotel.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

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