iExplore Egypt Experience

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  • Privately Guided
  • Starting Price: $1,849
  • Length: 9 days
  • Operator: iExplore Exclusive
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Tour Description

The Nile, Egypt's river of life holds a multitude of wonders for you to discover. Gaze at the temples and pyramids of the pharaohs, wander through the bustling streets of Cairo and relax in absolute luxury aboard an elegant 5-Star cruise ship. An experienced Egyptologist accompanies you on every leg of this luxurious boat ride. Explore the mysterious Sphinx to the awe-inspiring Temple of Kom Ombo. Highlights include a desert camel ride, a tour of the once-flourishing city of Memphis, the opulent Grand Palace of Giza, the treasure-filled tombs of the Valley of the Kings, and a tour of the Temple of Luxor dedicated to the god Amun.

Itinerary

Day 1: Cairo

Arrival at Cairo international airport, meet & assist through formalities, transfer to your hotel & overnight.

Day 2: Cairo

After breakfast, drive for a full day excursion to Giza, Sakkara and Memphis. First visit the Great Pyramids of Giza, the only present day survivor of the original Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The Pyramids rank among the world’s greatest tourist attractions and never lose their ability to inspire and overwhelm visitors. A visit to Egypt would not be complete without a ride on a “ship of the desert” and so you will have an opportunity to mount your individual camel for a short ride across the sands of Giza to the Sphinx. Enter the temple of the mysterious Sphinx, an ancient figure shrouded in legend and mystery. Continue to Sakkara where you will see the famous Step Pyramid of King Zoser, the first freestanding stone structure in the world. Next, visit Memphis, where you will see the ancient capital that once stood as a flourishing metropolis during the time of the Pharaohs. Return to the hotel and enjoy the evening at leisure. 

Day 3: Cairo- Luxor

After breakfast, head to the Cairo Domestic Airport to board your flight to Luxor. Upon arrival, transfer to your cruise boat, moored in private dock. The staff will assist you with check-in. Visit the West Bank of Luxor and explore the Valley of the Kings, a vast City of the Dead where magnificent tombs were carved in to the desert rocks, decorated richly and filled with treasures for the afterlife by generations of Pharaohs. You will also have the chance to visit at least one tomb in the Valley of the Queens. Rising out of the desert plain in a series of terraces, the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut (Ancient Egypt’s only female Pharaoh) merges with the sheer limestone cliffs that surround it, as if nature herself built this extraordinary monument. On the way back to the river Nile, your road passes by the famed Colossi of Memnon, known in Ancient Greek times for their haunting voices at dawn. Lunch will be served onboard in the main restaurant.This afternoon your Egyptologist will guide you on a tour of the East Bank of Luxor, starting with the strikingly graceful Temple of Luxor dedicated to the god Amun. Return to your cruise for afternoon tea in the lounge. A gourmet dinner will be served onboard for dinner. Overnight in Luxor.

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Day 4: Luxor - Esna

After an early breakfast buffet onboard visit the Temple of Karnak, built over more than a thousand years by generations of Pharaohs. The great "Hypostyle Hall" is an incredible forest of giant pillars, covering an area larger than the whole of Notre Dame Cathedral.
At 9:00 am you will sail to Esna and enjoy lunch onboard. Afternoon tea will be served in the lounge. Tonight you will be greeted by your Boat Manager, who will introduce you to the boat staff and review onboard facilities and your cruise program for the next few days. Complimentary Egyptian wine and local beer will be served with freshly prepared canapés. A gourmet menu will be served for dinner. Overnight onboard in Esna.

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Day 5: Edfu - Kom Ombo - Aswan

Enjoy a breakfast buffet onboard this morning while sailing to Edfu. Lunch is also served onboard, while you cruise to Edfu. This afternoon, explore the largest and most completely preserved Pharaonic – albeit Greek-built – temple in Egypt, the extraordinary Temple of Horus at Edfu. Afternoon tea will be served during the cruise to Kom Ombo.Tonight’s onboard dinner will be an “Egyptian Night” costume party for all guests, with a chance to dress up in traditional Egyptian “galabeyas.” Dinner will be a lavish buffet of Egyptian specialties, followed by oriental music and dancing.

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Day 6: Kom Ombo - Aswan

After a breakfast buffet onboard visit the Temple of Kom Ombo, dedicated to the crocodile-god Sobek. The temple stands at a bend in the Nile where in ancient times sacred crocodiles basked in the sun on the riverbank. Lunch is served onboard while you cruise to Aswan. This afternoon, your Egyptologist guide will escort you to visit the Aswan High Dam, Egypt’s contemporary example of building on a monumental scale. Take a short motorboat ride to visit the romantic and majestic Philae Temple on the Island of Agilka. Next we proceed to the Granite Quarries, which supplied the ancient Egyptians with most of the hard stone used in pyramids and temples, and still hold a huge unfinished obelisk. Return to your cruise for afternoon tea. Tonight’s dinner will be a formal gala with white-gloved waiters serving gourmet cuisine. Overnight onboard in Aswan.

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Day 7: Aswan - Abu Simble - Cairo

Enjoy a last breakfast onboard, followed by cruise disembarkation. Morning (weather permitting) take a ride on a felucca, a typical Egyptian sail boat, around Elephantine Island and Lord Kitchener’s Botanical Gardens before being transferred by coach to the Aswan Domestic Airport.

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Optional: Abu Simbel Excursion

An airport representative will assist you with check-in for your short flight to Abu Simbel. Upon arrival, board a shuttle bus for transfer to the temples of Ramses II and his queen Nefertari. A local Egyptologist will provide a narrated tour of the area. Return on the shuttle to Abu Simbel airport to board your scheduled flight to Aswan and connecting flight to Cairo. Upon arrival in Cairo, you are met and transferred to your hotel for check-in and overnight.

Day 8: Cairo

Your Egyptologist will escort you today on a fascinating tour of 7,000 years of Egyptian history with a visit to the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities. The Museum houses the world’s greatest collection of Ancient Egyptian artifacts, including 12 rooms filled with golden treasures from the world-famous tomb of the boy-king Tutenkhamun. After, your Egyptologist will guide you around the highlights of Coptic Cairo. There you will find the remains of the old Fortress of Babylon, built at the time of the Romans in Egypt to protect the country from invading enemies. The walls of the fortress enclose the Church of St. Sergius, which is built on a crypt and considered to be one of the resting places of the Holy Family during their flight to Egypt 2,000 years ago. You will also see the “Hanging Church,” supported only by one column, and boasting incredible paintings inside. Visit the Synagogue of Ben Ezra, from the time of the once thriving Jewish community in Egypt under the leadership of Rabbi Ben Ezra. Inside were discovered the so-called “Geniza Documents,” which held an unparalleled amount of information about life of the Jews in Egypt’s past. You will also enter the Coptic Museum, which displays a wonderful collection of medieval statues, bells, bone carvings, frescoes, icons and colorful textiles.

Next, head to the fascinating Islamic Cairo, where the beautiful and graceful Mohamed Ali Mosque and the ancient Citadel lie, a spectacular medieval fortress perched on a hill above the city. Originally built by Salah El-Din in 1176 to fortify the city against the Crusaders, the Citadel was modified and enlarged over the centuries by subsequent rulers and today is a complex of three mosques and four museums. Proceed to the Khan El-Khalili Bazaar – reputed to be the largest bazaar in the Middle East. Originally founded as a watering hole for caravans in the 14th century, the bazaar has grown to vast proportions. As you wander through the labyrinth of narrow streets you will find workshops and stalls selling everything from woodwork, glassware and leather goods to perfumes, fabrics and Pharaonic curiosities.

Return to hotel and the rest of the day is at leisure.

Day 9: Depart Cairo

After Breakfast, spend the day at leisure until your flight departure. On time, transfer to Cairo International Airport for final departure.

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Departures

Contact an iExplore Adventure Specialist for details.

Pricing Information

High Season: April 1 to April 15 2012; Dec. 21, 2012 to Jan. 10, 2013

Cairo Hotels Nile Cruise

Price per Person (USD)

2 people

Price per Person (USD)

3-4 people

Conrad Cairo, Fairmont Nile City Hotel, Sofitel El Gezirah Hotel, Semiramis Intercontinental 5* deluxe Nile View Downtown

 

Nile Adventure, Farah Nile cruise, Moon Dance, Movenpick Nile Lily 5* Luxury

 

$3399 $3299
Conrad Cairo, Fairmont Nile City Hotel, Sofitel El Gezirah Hotel, Semiramis Intercontinental 5* deluxe Nile View Downtown M/S Nile Premium, M/S Mirage 1, M/S TiYi, M/S Royal Ruby, M/S Nile Dolphin or similar 5* super deluxe

 

$2099 $1999

Low Season: Feb. 1, 2012- March 31, 2012; April 16- Dec. 21, 2012

Cairo Hotels Nile Cruise

Price per Person (USD)

2 people

Price per Person (USD)

3-4 people

Conrad Cairo, Fairmont Nile City Hotel, Sofitel El Gezirah Hotel, Semiramis Intercontinental 5* deluxe Nile View Downtown

 

Nile Adventure, Farah Nile cruise, Moon Dance Movenpick Nile Lily 5* Luxury

 

$2799 $2699
Conrad Cairo, Fairmont Nile City Hotel, Sofitel El Gezirah Hotel, Semiramis Intercontinental 5* deluxe Nile View Downtown M/S Nile Premium, M/S Mirage 1, M/S TiYi, M/S Royal Ruby, M/S Nile Dolphin or similar 5* super deluxe $1939 $1849

Inclusions

  • Meet & assist upon arrival & departure by our airport representatives
  • 4 nights in Cairo at 5* hotels at dow town on B.B. Basis.
  • 4 nights at 5* Nile Cruise to Luxor on Full Board basis.
  • All Transfers by Private A/C Modern van (Airport/Hotel/Airport)
  • All excursions mentioned in the program including entrance fees as follow: 2 Full day tours of Cairo (Sakkara & Memphis + 3 Pyramids + Sphinx) (Egyptian Museum + Citadel + old Cairo Churches + Mosques).
  • All Sightseeing tours in Luxor and Aswan as mention at the itinerary.
  • Professional Egyptologist English speaking guide during visits and onboard the Nile Cruise.
  • Domestic flight – Cairo / Luxor – Aswan / Cairo. (Economy class)
  • Tour Escort during the whole trip.

    Assistance from our agency during your stay

Exclusions

  • Tips or any other requests of personal nature.
  • Peak Period (Christmas, New Year's and Easter) Supplement per person for the whole package $325 USD for Nile Adventure package and $160 USD for M/S Mirage Package.
  • Entry Visa to Egypt
  • Gala dinner on New Year 's Eve.

All prices are in US dollars and do not include international airfare, unless otherwise noted.

Prices displayed are based on the lowest season base price and assume double occupancy. Prices are shown in U.S. dollars and may or may not include administrative fees, taxes, meals, airfare (where applicable) and Single Supplements. Cancellation penalties, blackout dates and other restrictions may apply.

Options and Extras

Abu Simbel

Board your flight from Aswan to Abu Simbel. You will be met upon arrival and taken to the world renowned site where Ramses II ordered two sun temples carved from the limestone mountains at Abu Simbel, between 1290-1124 BC. At the Great Temple of Ra-Harakhte, the four famous colossal statues of Ramses II sit majestically over 20 meters high, staring out across the desert. Six massive standing statues front the Temple of Hathor, dedicated to the cow-headed goddess of love and built in honor of Ramses favorite wife, Queen Nefertari, each 10 meters high. In modern times the waters that would rise with the completion of the High Dam threatened the two temples of Abu Simbel. A campaign to save them was organized by UNESCO, with the temples being cut into blocks, raised piece-by-piece and reassembled in a new position higher up the hillside. The massive job took two years to complete, 1966-1968.

 

Board your flight back to Aswan.

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Alexandria

Check out after breakfast drive to Alexandria (approximately 3hrs.) Drive to Alexandria: Depart by air-conditioned coach along the desert highway to the city of Alexandria, "Ancient Queen of the Mediterranean."

Visit the Roman Amphitheater, the only Roman amphitheater in Egypt, which was discovered quite recently, during the digging of a foundation for a new apartment building. The well-preserved theater once stood with 13 semi-circular tiers of white marble imported from Europe. It contains galleries, sections of mosaic flooring and marble seats for up to 800 spectators. At one point, it may have had a roof over it to serve as an Odeon for musical performances and some inscriptions suggest that it was sometimes also used for wrestling contests.

Then, off to the Alexandria National Museum: the museum comprises more than 1800 archaeological pieces that narrate the Pharaonic, Greek, Roman, Coptic, Islamic and modern history of Egypt.

Enjoy lunch at the Fish Market Restaurant and take in spectacular views of the Mediterranean.

After lunch you'll visit the Bibliotheca Alexandria. The principal objective of reviving the Bibliotheca Alexandria is to establish a comprehensive research library for a unique collection and intention.

The new library is designed as a modern, state of the art translation of the ancient library, adequate for crossing the frontiers and meeting the challenges of the 21st century. The library is intended to become a research institution, and a haven for scholars worldwide. It will also be an information resource to support decision-making and broaden future horizons for the cultural, social and economic development of Egypt and the region. The Bibliotheca Alexandria has adopted its collection development policy in cooperation with UNDP/UNESCO, and with the input of Egyptian and international experts, in order to avoid repetition and unnecessary overlapping with other research libraries.

Finally, see the Qait Bay Fortress. The Qait bay Fortress in Alexandria is considered one of the most important defensive strongholds not only in Egypt, but of the Mediterranean coast. It formulated an important part of the fortification system of Alexandria in the 15th century.

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