Itinerary

DAY 1 USA- Cairo, Egypt

Board an international flight bound for Cairo, Egypt’s capital and Africa’s largest metropolis.

DAY 2 Cairo

Arrive Cairo international flight, meet your tour representative in the airport arrivals hall. From here, enjoy a comfortable transfer to your deluxe hotel in the heart of this vast and fast-growing city. Straddling the River Nile, Africa’s largest metropolis is a blend of ancient monuments, vibrant bazaars, and urban modernity, all swathed in a whirl of color and noise that travelers find intoxicating. After checking in at the hotel, relax in readiness for your sightseeing tomorrow.

Hotels :

★★★★★ Steigenberger Pyramids Cairo or Similar

DAY 3 Cairo

Enjoy a hotel breakfast and the entire day to discover the star attractions of this extraordinary city, whose origins date to 2,000 BC. Start with a visit to the Giza Plateau, on Cairo’s western edges, to view its UNESCO-listed Great Pyramids. Marvel at these vast pharaoh’s tombs, built around 4,500 years ago, and the neighboring Sphinx as your guide shares their secrets and stories. Next, stop by a Papyrus Factory for an educational visit. Then, continue to Cairo’s famous Egyptian Museum to see the treasures of Tutankhamun and other artifacts, including ancient animal mummies, household goods, and more. After viewing the incredible displays here, travel on to the 14th-century Khan el Khalili Bazaar, Cairo’s biggest souk, to explore its maze of stall-filled lanes. Later, dinner in a local restaurant and back to your hotel for overnight. 

Included: Breakfast at hotel, Dinner

Hotels :

★★★★★ Steigenberger Pyramids Cairo or Similar

DAY 4 Cairo – Luxor – Nile Cruise

This morning, transfer to the airport for your flight to Luxor. Upon arrival, start our tour by visiting the ancient relics of the Nile’s West Bank. Gaze at the two huge statues of the Colossi of Memnon, and visit a selection of pharaoh’s tombs at the Valley of the Kings. Later, board the 5-star cruise ship on the Nile—Egypt’s lifeblood for thousands of years. Then, enjoy lunch in the elegant dining room before joining your guide for an afternoon’s sightseeing. Stroll the halls and courts of Luxor Temple as your guide shed lights on the pharaohs who built them. Back to our ship for dinner and overnight.

Included: Breakfast at hotel, Lunch, Dinner

Hotels :

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DAY 5 Nile Cruise – Luxor – Esna – Edfu

After breakfast, we visit the Karnak Complex of the Nile’s East Bank, wondering at the huge pillars and sanctuaries. Then, we return back to our ship for sailing to Edfu via Esna Lock. Enjoy lunch on board and admire the Nile scenery as you cruise upstream to Edfu—where you dock overnight.

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Hotels :

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DAY 6 Nile Cruise – Edfu – Kom Ombo – Aswan

Start our tour of Edfu by taking a horse-drawn carriage to its highlight—the temple dedicated to the falcon headed god, Horus. Dwarfed in size only by Karnak, this well-preserved Complex unfolds in a series of courtyards and halls lined with statues, reliefs, and pillars. Having explored here, enjoy lunch on board and drink in the views from the deck as you sail to Kom Ombo. Upon arrival, visit the Kom Ombo Temple, built between 108 to 47 BC, and unusual for its double design of two parallel temples dedicated to the god Horus and Sobek, the crocodile god, in turn. After exploring here, rejoin your ship and cruise to the ancient city of Aswan.

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Hotels :

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DAY 7 Nile Cruise – Aswan – Optional Tour to Abu Simbel – Aswan

This morning is free at leisure. Perhaps join the optional tour to Abu Simbel, home to the Great Temple of Ramses II on the banks of Lake Nasser. Admire the temple’s enormous Ramses II statues and explore inside as you hear how it was rescued from the rising Nile during the late 20th century. After lunch on board, drink in the beauty of the Nile as a wooden ‘felucca’ sailboat ferries you around the Agha Khan Mausoleum. Dinner and overnight on board at Aswan.

Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Hotels :

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Optional Tours :

Abu Simbel Excursion by vehicle: $199 pp

DAY 8 Nile Cruise – Aswan – Cairo

Disembark your ship this morning and take a tour of Aswan’s highlights: seeing the High Dam and the Temple of Philae—one of Nubia’s most important monument sites saved from a watery grave by UNESCO’s rescue project during the building of the Aswan High Dam. Later, board a flight for Cairo for a final two nights in the city.

Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Hotels :

★★★★★ Cairo Conrad or Similar

DAY 9 Cairo - Optional Tour to Sakkara - Citadel - Hanging Church - Cairo

Today is yours to use as you please, either enjoying free time to sightsee and stroll or joining our optional excursion Cairo day tour to Memphis Sakkara and Zoser Pyramid. Where you visit the first Capital of ancient Egypt in 3100 B.C which is Memphis City then Continue your day tour to visit Sakkara where you visit Zoser Pyramid that also known as the Step Pyramid , the oldest Pyramid in Egypt. Then visit the Hanging Church, the most famous Coptic Christian church in Cairo, and the medieval Islamic Fortification - The Cairo Citadel. Built in the 12th century, the Citadel is situated on Muqattam Hills to protect against the invading Crusaders and offers a panoramic view of the city Cairo. Tonight, enjoy a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Included: Breakfast at hotel, Dinner

Hotels :

★★★★★ Cairo Conrad or Similar

Optional Tours :

Cairo - Sakkara - Citadel - Hanging Church: $120 pp

DAY 10 Cairo - Istanbul , Turkey

Transfer to the airport to board your flight to Istanbul, the capital city of Turkey. Upon arrival, you are greeted by your local representative and transferred to the hotel for check in. Free at leisure for the rest of the day.

Included: Breakfast at hotel

Hotels :

★★★★★ DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Istanbul - Old Town or Similar

DAY 11 Istanbul

After breakfast, enjoy a full day city tour of Istanbul with visits to the Blue Mosque, one of the most important temples of worship in the world, the extraordinary Hagia Sophia Cathedral, the dramatic and beautiful Underground Cistern, built in the 6th century as a secure water reservoir for the city, the Topkapi Palace,, lavish home of the Ottoman Sultans and the 17th century Spice Bazaar . Enjoy dinner at the local restaurant.

Included: Breakfast at hotel, Dinner

Hotels :

★★★★★ DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Istanbul - Old Town or Similar

DAY 12 Istanbul

Another full day city tour with visits to the famous Grand Covered Bazaar, the largest covered marketplace in the world with 4000 shops, and private Bosphorus cruise to get an overview of Istanbul. Enjoy a leisurely exploration of this historic channel between Europe and Asia. Disembark the boat on the Asian side to explore the lovely neighborhood of Kuzguncuk, once the center of Jewish, Armenian and Greeks . Then visit Kadikoy, the fish market, bookstores and souvenir shops. Return to the European side and visit a cafe where Baklava is made. Enjoy dinner at the local restaurant.

Included: Breakfast at hotel, Dinner

Hotels :

★★★★★ DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Istanbul - Old Town or Similar

DAY 13 Istanbul - USA

Transfer to the airport to catch the flight back to the US.

Included: Breakfast at hotel

DATE & PRICES

All prices are listed per person (based on double occupancy).

START - END LAND ONLY Op2Land(2-5) Op2Land(6-9) LAND & AIR
Oct 19, 2022 - Oct 31, 2022 $2800 $3500 $3100 $3750
Nov 2, 2022 - Nov 14, 2022 $2800 $3500 $3100 $3650
Jan 11, 2023 - Jan 23, 2023 $2950 $3650 $3250 $4000
Feb 22, 2023 - Mar 6, 2023 $2950 $3650 $3250 $4000
Mar 22, 2023 - Apr 3, 2023 $2950 $3650 $3250 $4000
Apr 19, 2023 - May 1, 2023 $2950 $3650 $3250 $4000
May 10, 2023 - May 22, 2023 $2950 $3650 $3250 $4000
Sep 6, 2023 - Sep 18, 2023 $2950 $3650 $3250 $4000
Oct 4, 2023 - Oct 16, 2023 $2950 $3650 $3250 $4000
Oct 18, 2023 - Oct 30, 2023 $2950 $3650 $3250 $4000
Nov 1, 2023 - Nov 13, 2023 $2950 $3650 $3250 $4000

* Advertised Land & Cruise (Land Package) prices are per person in double occupancy, including Egypt domestic air tickets (Cairo - Luxor / Aswan - Cairo).

* Single supplement fee: $750 per person.

* The airfares included in the advertised Land+Air Package prices are based on New York (JFK/EWR) departure, including fuel surcharge and taxes/fees, not including any baggage fees or seat assignment fees.

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* Child rate (11 years old and under): same as adult fare.