Visiting:Cairo(3 nts) - Luxor - Nile River Cruise(4 nts) - Aswan - Cairo(1 nt) 

Venture to a world of mighty pharaohs and pyramids on an expedition that highlights the wonders of ancient Egypt. Marvel at the mighty Pyramids of Giza and the iconic Sphinx.

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Day 1   |  Arrive-Cairo 

Arrive in Cairo, the starting point of our journey through the "Land of the Pharoahs." Situated in Northern Africa, Egypt is one of the world s oldest civilizations and home to some of the world s greatest wonders. After landing in Egypt s capital we greet our representative in the arrivals hall. We then transfer to our deluxe hotel and spend the remainder of the day free at leisure.

Day 2   |  Cairo  (B, L)

The vivacious metropolis of Cairo stretches out along both banks of the Nile River and is regarded as the umm dunya, or "Mother of the World," by Egyptians. After breakfast we head to the western edge of Cairo to visit the great three Pyramids of Giza. Created over 4000 years ago, the famed Pyramids are the only one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World left standing. Marvel at the nearby Sphinx ("Father of Terror") and continue on to visit the extensive collection of artifacts at the Egyptian Museum. We then tour the Citadel of Saladin and the Mosque of Mohammed Ali and complete the day with a visit to the 14th century Khan El Khalili, one of the Middle East s earliest markets.

Day 3   |  Cairo  (B)

Spend the day free at leisure to explore Cairo on your own or take an optional half-day tour to Memphis and Saqqara or a day trip to Alexandria. An excursion to Memphis, the former capital of Ancient Egypt, takes us southwest of Cairo to the scattered remains of this mighty city. Visit the striking Alabaster Sphinx, then venture to Saqqara, a huge burial ground of ancient Memphis. The full-day excursion to Alexandria begins with a visit to the white-marble Roman Amphitheatre. Continue to tour the massive red-granite Pompey s Pillar and the Qaitbey Citadel, a 15th century fort built on the remains of the ruins of the city s legendary lighthouse.

Day 4   |  Cairo-Luxor-Nile River Cruise  (B, L, D)

After breakfast we take a flight to Luxor where we board our cruise ship, the MS Tulip. The River Nile enjoys distinction of being one of the world s longest rivers (4100 miles) and has been revered as the "life giver" of Egypt. Even today the vast majority of the nation s population lives along its banks. Enjoy lunch aboard the ship and disembark at the East Bank to visit the Luxor Temple and the temple complex of Karnak. The extraordinary complex of kiosks, obelisks, sanctuaries and pylons were built on a colossal scale and easily surpasses every other pharaonic monument except the Pryamids of Giza.

Day 5   |  Nile River Cruise  (B, L, D)

Explore the West Bank today, starting with a tour of the Colossi of Memnon, two 60-foot statues that were each carved out of a single stone. Proceed to visit the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut and the Valley of the Kings, a barren valley where 62 royal tombs were buried. The tombs and the burial chambers remain stunningly decorated with symbolic descriptions to assist the dead in the dangerous journey through the underworld. After our tours we return aboard the ship for dinner and sail to Esna.

Day 6   |  Nile River Cruise  (B, L, D)

Sail to Edfu this morning and disembark for a shore excursion to the Temple of Horus. Buried under sand and silt for nearly two thousand years, it is the largest and best-preserved temple Ptolemaic temple in Egypt. The temple s unique structure is the result of its double dedication to two gods – the falcon god Horus and the local crocodile god Sobek. Return aboard the ship for lunch as we sail south to Kom-Ombo.

Day 7   |  Nile River Cruise  (B, L, D)

After breakfast we sail to Aswan, Egypt s southernmost city and the former gate to inner Africa. Aswan is located on one of the loveliest stretches of the Nile, where white-sailed feluccas glide past palm-lined islands and amber deserts. After lunch aboard the ship we enjoy a relaxing felucca (traditional sailboat) ride around Elephantine Island, the Botanical Garden and the Mausoleum of Agha Khan. We return aboard the ship for dinner and dock overnight in Aswan.

Day 8   |  Nile River Cruise-Aswan-Cairo  (B, L)

Spend the morning exploring this distinctively African city or take an optional air-excursion to Abu Simbel to visit the Great Temple of Ramses II. The magnificent temple is one of Egypt s most spectacular monuments and features four colossal statues of Ramses II. Disembark from our cruise ship and visit Aswan s famed High Dam. An epic engineering accomplishment built in the 1960s, the dam provides irrigation and electricity for all of Egypt today, along with the Aswan Dam. Continue to tour the Unfinished Obelisk. Weighing in at 1168 tons, the granite stone would have been the largest obelisk ever raised, if not for a fatal crack. Afterward we visit the Temple of Philae, which was dedicated to goddess Isis and reconstructed on Agilika Island after being submerged by the High Dam. Transfer to the airport and take a flight to Cairo.

Day 9   |  Cairo-USA  (B)

We transfer to the airport and board our homebound flight, bidding a fond farewell to this fascinating country.
AB = Full American Breakfast  B = Breakfast at hotel or on cruise
L = Lunch  LH = Lunch at hotel
D = Dinner at Local Restaurant  DH = International Buffet Dinner at Hotel  DP = Special Dinner Party  
DS = Dinner and show