Explore the wonder of Egypt with this epic tour of Cairo and Luxor with AAA Featured Travel. Experience the excitement of thousands of years of art and culture complete with fantastic food and places read about in history books.
Experience guided tours with archeologists and local experts for a firsthand perspective to this ancient land.
Day 1: Wednesday, October 7, 2020 Overnight Flight
Step back in time and explore thousands of years of history, legend and lore as you view Egypt’s timeless wonders.
Day 2: Thursday, October 8, 2020 Cairo, Egypt - Tour Begins
Begin your journey in Cairo, an ancient city with an intriguing past.
Day 3: Friday, October 9, 2020 Cairo - Giza - Sakkara - Memphis - Cairo
Fulfill a lifelong dream! This morning we travel to nearby Giza where we’ll meet a local archaeologist who will lead us on a visit to the Pyramids of Giza, one of the seven ancient wonders of the world. Marvel at the iconic Great Sphinx, one of the oldest and largest monuments in the world. This afternoon, travel south to Sakkara. Explore the site of ancient Memphis, home to a nearly 40-foot statue of Ramses II, and stand before the oldest of all pyramids, the Step Pyramid. This evening, enjoy a special welcome dinner overlooking the banks of the Nile.
Day 4: Saturday, October 10, 2020 Cairo - Luxor
Spend the morning discovering the remarkable collections of the Grand Egyptian Museum. See the statues, reliefs, sarcophagi and the treasures from the tomb of Tutankhamun himself. Later, we transfer to the airport for our flight to Luxor.
Day 5: Sunday, October 11, 2020 Luxor
Travel thousands of years into the past. Cross over to the West Bank of the Nile to begin your day in ancient Thebes. Explore its remarkable sights – the Valley of the Kings and Queens, the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut at Deir El Bahari, and the Colossi of Mennon. This afternoon, return to the East Bank and behold the Luxor Temple, a creation of kings Amenhotep III and Ramses II.
Day 6: Monday, October 12, 2020 Luxor - Board Cruise Ship
We return to the West Bank this morning and head to the tombs in the Valley of Nobles and the well-preserved temple complex of Medinet Habu. This afternoon, board your cruise ship and begin your adventure on the Nile River. This evening, enjoy the sound and light show at the Karnak Temple.
Day 7: Tuesday, October 13, 2020 Luxor - Esna - Edfu
This morning, explore the expansive Karnak Temple, dating back to 2000 B.C. Then we begin our sail down the Nile towards Esna on your way to Edfu. This evening, dress up and join the fun during a traditional galabaya party.
Day 8: Wednesday, October 14, 2020 Edfu - Kom Ombo - Aswan
Step into another world at the well-preserved Temple of Horus at Edfu. Peruse the endless carvings of scenes depicting the power and grandeur of the pharaohs. After lunch, set sail for Kom Ombo and continue to Aswan, the Nubian City. Following dinner, enjoy a folkloric show featuring a belly dancing performance.
Day 9: Thursday, October 15, 2020 Aswan Discover the Philae Temple
Relocated and preserved by a special UNESCO project, this structure remains an architectural wonder. Later, enjoy a free afternoon to explore Aswan.
Day 10: Friday, October 16, 2020 Aswan - Disembark Cruise Ship - Abu Simbel Optional Tour
Disembark the ship this morning in Aswan. You may choose to partake in an optional tour to Abu Simbel and see the extraordinary temples of Ramses II relocated here during the construction of the High Dam. Then, it’s your choice! You may choose to board a felucca (wooden sail boat) and sail to the lush oasis of Kitchener Island for a short stroll through the botanical garden -OR- perhaps you would prefer to experience Nubian culture past and present during a visit to a fascinating museum.
Day 11: Saturday, October 17, 2020 Aswan - Cairo Return to Cairo
After our flight, the remainder of the day is at leisure.
Day 12: Sunday, October 18, 2020 Cairo
Venture to the Citadel, a medieval fortification resting on a hill overlooking the city. It’s the perfect place to take in grand views. Learn about the city’s rich history on a walking tour of Old Cairo before enjoying some free time to shop in the world-famous souk of Khan el Khalil. Perhaps you’ll stop for a traditional cup of tea. Join your fellow travelers this evening for a farewell dinner.
Day 13: Monday, October 19, 2020 Cairo - Tour Ends
Your epic adventure comes to a close today. Return home with a new understanding of this mystical land.
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