• $4,795
  • $600
  • AHI
  • High
  • Cruise + Land

Join us on an exploration of Cairo and the Egyptian Museum’s remarkable antiquities. Discover the enigmatic Sphinx and the Great Pyramid of Giza. Travel to Luxor and the intriguing Valleys of the Kings and Queens. Visit the Oriental Institute’s Chicago House to see its epigraphic survey project. Board an elegant ship and cruise along the Nile to visit the fascinating temples of Karnak, Edfu, and Kom Ombo. See the High Dam at Aswan and travel to explore the massive temple at Abu Simbel.


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Itinerary

Day 1

Depart gateway city

AHI FlexAir passengers depart for Cairo, Egypt. Please check your luggage from your gateway city to your arrival city.

Meals – Appropriate in-flight meal service

Day 2

Cairo, Egypt

Arrive at Cairo International Airport. Proceed through immigration to the baggage claim area and retrieve your luggage. After completing customs, AHI FlexAir passengers traveling on flights that qualify for the group arrival transfer and Land Program passengers who have purchased seats on the group transfer should exit the baggage claim area and proceed to the designated meeting spot, where an AHI Travel representative will meet them. The meeting location will be provided with your final documents.

Upon arrival, transfer to the Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza.

Accommodation – Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza
Meals – Appropriate in-flight meal service

Day 3

Cairo

Enjoy a sumptuous breakfast each morning of your adventure.

Excursion: Egyptian Museum
This afternoon, tour the renowned Egyptian Museum, which houses the world’s richest collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts. You will find yourself amazed at its expansive display of more than 100,000 fascinating items. Marvel at more than 1,700 treasures from the tomb of the “boy king,” Tutankhamen, including his gold burial mask. See an incredible exhibit of mummies that are several thousand years old.

This evening, join your fellow travelers for a Welcome Reception at the hotel.

Accommodation – Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza
Meals – Breakfast

Travel to Luxor and the intriguing Valleys of the Kings and Queens.

Day 4

Cairo/Giza/Sakkara

Excursion: The Pyramids of Giza
Today’s adventure brings you to Giza to view the Great Pyramid, the only surviving monument among the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The largest of the pyramids was built using approximately 2.3 million blocks of stone. Crouching nearby is the mysterious Sphinx, which is one of the most recognizable monuments in the world. The legendary Sphinx is almost 220 feet long and 45 feet high with the body of a lion and the head of a man, albeit defaced by the winds of time. In the fascinating Solar Boat Museum, see a boat found in 1954 that is thought to be over 4,500 years old. Continue to the new Papyrus Institute, a museum dedicated to the ancient art.

Local Flavor
Relax during lunch at a local restaurant.

Excursion: Sakkara
Continue to Sakkara, one of the oldest burial sites in Egypt, and home to the Step Pyramid of Djoser. After visiting the Tomb of Kagemni and the Pyramid Tomb of King Teti, return to the hotel.

Accommodation – Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza
Meals – Breakfast and lunch

Day 5

Cairo

Excursion: Islamic and Coptic Cairo
Discover the many mosques, churches and temples housed in Islamic and Coptic Cairo. Begin your day at the impressive Citadel with the Mosque of Mohammed Ali, also known as the Alabaster Mosque, followed by a visit to the Rifai Mosque. Discover the highlights of Coptic Cairo with visits to the Hanging Church, the most famous Coptic Christian church in Cairo, and the Church of St. Sergius, believed to be built on the spot where Mary, Joseph and Jesus once rested after fleeing to Egypt. Continue to the historic Ben Ezra Synagogue, which once was a Coptic Christian church, but is now one of the most-visited Jewish sites in Cairo. Enjoy lunch in a local restaurant, and then explore the colorful and exhilarating Khan el Khalili bazaar on your own for an exotic shopping experience filled with sensory delights.

Accommodation – Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza
Meals – Breakfast and lunch

Day 6

Cairo/Luxor

Early this morning, check out of the hotel and transfer to Cairo’s airport for your flight to Luxor.

Excursion: Luxor Museum
Discover ancient artifacts recovered from the area of Thebes. Exhibits include statues found in the late 1980s beneath the floor of the Temple of Luxor and mummies.

Afterward, continue to the Sonesta St. George Hotel Luxor and check in.

Excursion: The Temple of Luxor
Drift peacefully under the graceful sails of a felucca boat on the calm waters of the Nile River. Arrive at Luxor Temple, impressively situated on the banks of the river. Approximately 780 feet in length, the temple’s construction began in 1414 B.C. by Amenhotep III. Tutankhamen, Horemheb, Ramses II and Alexander the Great added to it until 323 B.C.

Accommodation – Sonesta St. George Hotel Luxor
Meals – Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 7

Luxor

After breakfast, check out of the hotel.

Excursion: Luxor’s West Bank – The Valleys of the Kings and Queens
Visit the fascinating Valleys of the Kings and Queens, where pharaohs and their families awaited immortality. These once-hidden tombs were designed to resemble the passage to the underworld. Amazingly, the hieroglyphics that adorn the walls still spring to life with vibrant color. Step inside several tombs, including that of the legendary King Tutankhamen. Marvel at his ornate burial chamber and the treasures meant to accompany him into the afterlife, spectacularly left undisturbed for 3,000 years until the Howard Carter expedition of 1922. Visit the terraced Temple of Hatshepsut, which seems to be built into the mountain, before continuing to an alabaster workshop. Continue to the tomb of Amun-her-Khepeshef, the son of Ramses II, then view the impressive Colossi of Memnon.

Continue to the pier and board the Sonesta St. George I, where you will enjoy lunch.

Excursion: The Epigraphic Survey, Oriental Institute, University of Chicago (The Chicago House)
Enjoy an exclusive visit to the Chicago House in Luxor, whose mission is the preservation of Egypt’s ancient cultural heritage through documentation, conservation and restoration. Founded in 1924, the Chicago House has completed epigraphic surveys of important archaeological sites in and around Luxor and has produced numerous publications of ancient Egyptian monuments. These publications often represent the only reliable scientific documentation of endangered and deteriorating monuments from the time of pharaohs. The specially arranged visit will showcase the unique documentation methods used and allow you to see and learn more about their work firsthand.

Enjoy a belly-dancing show this evening.

Accommodation – Sonesta St. George I
Meals – Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 8

Karnak/Cruising

Excursion: The Temple of Karnak
This morning, visit the impressive expanse of Karnak Temple. Spread across 60 acres, it is the burial place of the Egyptian royal family of the 18th dynasty. Begun in 1492 B.C., it is made up of 20 smaller temples and shrines, a great hall of pillars designed with floral motifs and an entrance processional lined with statues of lions.

After lunch on the ship, sail through Esna Lock, then enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure on the ship.

This evening, attend the Captain’s Welcome reception.

Accommodation – Sonesta St. George I
Meals – Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 9

Edfu/Kom Ombo

The morning is at leisure as you cruise to Edfu. Relax on deck and watch as tranquil Nile scenery passes by. On the fertile green shores, oxen pull carts, donkeys carry loads of hay and local fishermen, anchored by slender rushes of reeds, athletically hurl their nets through the air.

Excursion: The Temple of Horus at Edfu
Go ashore at Edfu to visit the Temple of Horus, built around 237 B.C. and finally finished 200 years later. Recognized by archeologists for its unique roof, the mysterious Temple of Horus had been completely buried by desert sand until its excavation in the mid-19th century.

This afternoon, the ship sails to Kom Ombo. After lunch, enjoy a discussion with an Egyptologist.

Excursion: Temple of Sobek and Haroeris
This afternoon, arrive at Kom Ombo to visit the double Temple of Sobek and Haroeris. Kom Ombo’s temple complex is unique in that it has an unusual ground plan unifying two adjacent temples, one dedicated to the crocodile-headed Sobek, god of fertility, and the other dedicated to the falcon-headed Haroeris, god of the sky.

Enjoy a traditional Nubian show on the ship.

Accommodation – Sonesta St. George I
Meals – Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 10

Aswan/Abu Simbel

This morning, the ship docks in Aswan, where it remains for the day. After breakfast, transfer to Aswan’s airport for your flight to Abu Simbel.

Excursion: Abu Simbel
Visit the colossal Great Temple of Ramses II, a massive monument commemorating triumphs over the Nubians, Hittites and Syrians. Marvel not only at the gargantuan size of this structure as you notice how the meandering tourists appear Lilliputian, but also at the mammoth feat of engineering that was endeavored in order to reconstruct this temple on the higher ground, where it now looks out over the Nile waters amassed by the Aswan Dam. Equally fascinating is the neighboring Temple of Hathor, which honors Queen Nefertari, a beautiful Nubian queen who wed Ramses II as a political peacekeeping tactic and later evolved into one of the great romances in history.

Return to the airport at Abu Simbel for the return flight to Aswan. The afternoon is at your leisure.

This evening, delight in a Farewell Reception and Dinner onboard the ship.

Accommodation – Sonesta St. George I
Meals – Breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 11

Aswan/Cairo

This morning, disembark the ship.

Excursion: The Temple of Philae and the Aswan High Dam
Board a felucca and sail to the island temple complex of Philae, dedicated to the Goddess Isis. These beautiful and stunning structures were dismantled and reassembled on higher ground about 500 meters from their original site, which was threatened by the rising waters of the High Dam. Continue to the High Dam itself. This engineering marvel, which created the world’s second largest artificial lake, was built in the 1960s and provides irrigation and electricity for the whole of Egypt.

Transfer to Aswan’s airport for your flight to Cairo. Upon arrival, check in to the InterContinental CityStars Cairo and enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure.

Accommodation – InterContinental CityStars Cairo
Meals – Breakfast

Day 12

Depart for gateway city

Very early this morning, AHI FlexAir passengers traveling on flights that qualify for a group transfer and Land Program passengers who have purchased seats on the group transfer depart for Cairo International Airport for your return flights home. Your Travel Director will provide the details.

Meals – Breakfast and appropriate in-flight meal service

NOTE: Itinerary schedule may change due to local conditions. Many excursions in this program involve an element of walking.


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