iExplore Egypt Family

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  • Starting Price: $1,849
  • Length: 8 days
  • Operator: iExplore Exclusive
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Tour Description

Travelers have been marveling at Egypt's wondrous antiquities for thousands of years - even the ancient Greeks and Romans were awed by them. But today, a visit to Egypt is more than an immersion in past glories. The clamorous present is ever-evolving: Mud-brick villages sprout TV antennae, stone and glass high rises tower over ancient monuments and pop music streams from boom boxes counterpoint the call to prayers.

While modern life coexists in close proximity to the legacies of the past, it has also opened up possibilities for exploring a wider area of Egypt. In addition to the great monuments of the Nile Valley, an Egyptian itinerary is also likely to include diving along the Red Sea coast or a desert trek to remote oases or the Sinai. The hub of transportation - and most likely your first and last stop in the country - remains Cairo, a city that never fails to make a strong impression.

Nearly all of Egypt is desert, but the small part that isn't - the valley of the Nile River - is vital to the nation (95% of the population lives within a few miles of the Nile's banks). Most tours of Egypt, whether by cruise, train, bus or private car, never stray too far from the river's shores. Egypt is the largest country in the Arab world, and among African nations, is second in population only to Nigeria. Cairo is the continent's most populous city and alone has 16 million people.

Itinerary

Day 1: CAIRO

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

Day 2: CAIRO

Enjoy a buffet breakfast at your hotel. The morning is at leisure to enjoy the swimming pool at the hotel.
This afternoon from 4:00 PM to 6:30 PM, your Egyptologist will escort you on a fascinating tour of 7,000years 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 Tutankhamun. Meet your guide in the hotel lobby this evening and transfer to Aboel-Seed Restaurant where dining tables are setup as modern Egyptian houses; enjoy Egyptian traditional songs and museums, as well as oriental food with Egyptian taste among local families and parties.

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Day 3: CAIRO

Embark on a morning tour of the Great Pyramids of Giza. The only present-day survivors of the original Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, they are among the world’s greatest tourist attractions and never lose their ability to inspire and overwhelm visitors. Your tour includes an opportunity to enter inside one of these fabulous monuments and explore the mysteries of its ancient past for yourself. No trip to Egypt would 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. Next, enjoy visiting a papyrus institute to get an idea about Ancient Egyptian way of manufacturing paper out of the papyrus plant. Children will get an idea about the hieroglyphic alphabetic and how the ancients Egyptian used natural symbols for writings. Then proceed to visit a carpet-weaving school, where the local community has specialized for generations in weaving and textile crafts, see how these traditional rugs are hand-woven, without patterns, to the individual designs of each craftsperson. This evening, transfer to the Giza Plateau for the incredible spectacle of a Sound & Light Show at the foot of the Great Pyramids.

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Day 4: CAIRO- ABU SIMBEL – ASWAN

Transfer to the Cairo airport to board your flight to Abu Simbel. Enjoy a guided visit to Abu Simbel, then continue by air to Aswan. You are met by cruise staff at the Aswan airport and transferred to your 5-star deluxe Nile cruise boat, the “Nile Adventurer” moored in private dock in Aswan. The onboard resident 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, 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.

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Day 5: ASWAN– KOM OMBO – EDFU  - ESNA 

Cruise to Kom Ombo. 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. 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. Cruise to Esna overnight.

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Day 6: ESNA - LUXOR 

Very early sail to Luxor and enjoy a morning at leisure. 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. Proceed to 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.

Day 7: LUXOR- CAIRO

Join your resident Egyptologist on a tour of the West Bank. Begin your day with a visit to the West Bank of Luxor to explore the Valley of the Kings, a vast City of the Dead where magnificent tombs were carved into 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 had 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. Transfer to Luxor Airport to board your flight to Cairo. Arrive Cairo and transfer to your hotel for check-in and overnight.

Day 8: CAIRO

After breakfast transfer to the Cairo International Airport to check-in for your flight home.

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Departures

This program is based around a Nile Cruise which departs Aswan on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Pricing Information

High Season: Feb. 1, 2012 - April 20, 2012; Oct. 1, 2012 - Jan. 10, 2013

Cairo Hotels

Nike 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

Fairmont Heliopolis & Tower Hote

M/S Nile Premium

M/S Mirage 1,

M/S TiYi ,

M/S Royal Ruby,

M/S Nile Dolphin

or similar

5* super deluxe

$2149 $1999
 

Low Season: May 1, 2012 - September 30, 2012

Cairo Hotels Nike 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

Fairmont Heliopolis & Tower Hote

M/S Nile Premium

M/S Mirage 1,

M/S TiYi ,

M/S Royal Ruby,

M/S Nile Dolphin

or similar

5* super deluxe

$1999 $1899

Inclusions:

  • Meet & Assist upon arrival & departure by our airport representatives
  • 3 nights in Cairo at 5* hotels downtown on B.B. Basis
  • 3 nights at 5* Nile Cruise Ex Aswan on Full Board basis
  • 1 night at city star hotel 5* close to the airport area
  • All Transfers by Private A/C Modern van (Airport/Hotel /Airport)
  • All excursions mentioned in the program including entrance fees as follows: 2 Full day tours of Cairo (3 Pyramids + Sphinx) (Egyptian Museum)
  • Sound and light show at the Great Pyramids
  • Domestic flight – Cairo / Abu Simbel / Aswan – Luxor / Cairo – Economy class
  • All Sightseeing tours in Luxor and Aswan as mention on the itinerary
  • Professional Egyptologist English speaking guide during visits and onboard the Nile Cruise
  • 1 dinner at a deluxe restaurant in Cairo
  • Tour escort the whole trip
  • Assistance from our agency during your stay

Exclusions

  • Tips or any requests of personal nature
  • Peak Period (Christmas, New Year's and Easter)
  • 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.

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