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

Experience the magic of Egypt on a journey that transports you back in time to ancient civilizations and heritage. This 10-days compact program packs in the best of Egypt's awe-inspiring treasures in just ten days. Walk in the shadows of the Great Pyramids, marvel at the mysterious Sphinx, and explore the colossal monuments along the legendary Niles.

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Day 1   |  USA - Cairo, Egypt 

Our voyage to Egypt begins as we board an international flight bound for Cairo.

Day 2   |  Arrive in Cairo 

Arrive in Cairo, the starting point of our journey through the “Land of the Pharaohs.” 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, meet our representative in the arrivals hall, and transfer to our deluxe hotel to spend the remainder of the day at leisure.

Day 3   |  Cairo  (B, L)

The energetic metropolis of Cairo stretches along both banks of the Nile River and is regarded by Egyptians as the umm al-dunya, or “Mother of the World,”. After breakfast, we head to the western edge of Cairo to visit all three Pyramids of Giza. Created over 4000 years ago, the Great Pyramid is the only monument still left standing from the original Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. After ample time to marvel at the Pyramids, we travel to the nearby Sphinx (“Father of Terror”) and visit the extensive collection of artifacts at the Egyptian Museum. We complete the day with a tour to the Citadel of Saladin, the Mosque of Mohammed Ali, and lastly, the Khan El Khalili – a major souk of the Middle East dating back to the 14th century.

Day 4   |  Cairo  (B)

Spend the day 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 ruins evocative of this mighty city. Visit the striking Alabaster Sphinx and venture to Saqqara, the Necropolis – a large burial ground – of ancient Memphis. The full-day excursion to Alexandria begins with a visit to the white-marble Roman Amphitheatre and ends with a tour to the triumphal Pompey’s Pillar and the Qaitbey Citadel, a 15th century fort built on the remains of the city’s legendary lighthouse.

Day 5   |  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 the 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 all other pharaonic monuments, except the Pyramids of Giza.

Day 6   |  Nile River Cruise - Esna  (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 excursions, we board the ship for dinner and sail to Esna.

Day 7   |  Nile River Cruise - Edfu - Kom-Ombo  (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 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 to the ship for lunch and sail south to Kom-Ombo.

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

After breakfast, we cruise 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 (wooden sailboat) glide past palm-lined islands and amber deserts. After lunch, enjoy a relaxing felucca ride around Elephantine Island, the Botanical Garden and the Mausoleum of Agha Khan. We return to the ship for dinner and dock overnight in Aswan.

Day 9   |  Nile River Cruise - Optional Abu Simbel Excursion - Aswan - Cairo  (B, L)

Spend the morning exploring Aswan 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. In Aswan, disembark the to visit the famed High Dam, an epic engineering accomplishment built in the 1960s. The dam, along with the Aswan Dam, currently provides irrigation and electricity for all of Egypt. After exploring the dam, continue to the largest known ancient obelisk and discover why the 1168-ton Unfinished Obelisk was abandoned by its creators. Explore the beautiful Temple of Philae on Agilika Island, which was dedicated to the goddess Isis and reconstructed after the original temple was permanently submerged by the High Dam. We end our day with a flight back to Cairo. * From here, if you desire, you may choose an optional extension to Alexandria from Cairo by car, or catch a flight at Cairo for the Sharm El Sheikh Extension.

Day 10   |  Cairo - USA  (B)

We transfer to the airport and board our homebound flight, bidding a fond farewell to this fascinating land.
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