> DAY 1: Cairo
Arrival in Egypt, the Land of the Pharaohs. At Cairo International Airport you will be welcomed by your representative, then escorted to your hotel.
> DAY 2: Cairo - City Tour
Start your day with a guided tour of the Cairo Museum where you will find artifacts of the Pharaonic era and the treasures of King Tutankhamen’s tomb. Drive to Old Cairo, where early Judaism and Christianity flourished in Egypt. Visit the Ben Ezra Synagogue and Saint Sergius Church. After lunch, drive to the Citadel of Saladin and visit the Mohamed Ali Alabaster Mosque. Enjoy a walking tour of the largest 13th century oriental market, Khan El Khalili Bazaar. (B, L)
> DAY 3: Cairo - Pyramids Tour
After breakfast, a scenic drive will take you to the Pyramids and Sphinx of Giza, which have stood for the last 5000 years. Complete your visit at Giza with a tour of the Solar Boat Museum. After lunch, continue to the ancient city of Memphis, the first capital of United Upper and Lower Egypt, then visit Sakkara, site of the Step Pyramid of Zoser. (B, L)
> DAY 4: Cairo, Luxor
After breakfast, transfer to Cairo airport for your flight to Luxor. Upon arrival transfer to your Dahabeya, a traditional sail boat offering luxury accommodations and modern amenities for your seven-night Nile cruise.
After lunch proceed to the West Bank for visits to the Valley of the Kings, the burial place of Pharaohs. This is where Howard Carter discovered the tomb of Tutankhamen in 1922. Continue to the Valley of the Queens, the temple of Medinet Habu and the Colossi of Memnon. Overnight moored on the banks of the Nile in Luxor. (B, L, D)
> DAY 5: Luxor
You will visit the magnificent temple complex of Amon-Ra at Karnak, with its vast hypostyle hall of 137 columns, followed by the imposing 28th Dynasty Luxor Temple. Overnight moored in Luxor. (B, L, D)
> DAY 6: Esna
Today will be a leisurely day. After breakfast, commence sailing to Esna where your Dahabeya will moor overnight. (B, L, D)
> DAY 7: Edfu
This morning you will sail to Edfu where you will visit the wonderfully preserved Temple of Edfu. Overnight moored beside a Nile Island. (B, L, D)
> DAY 8: Kom Ombo
Today you will sail to Kom Ombo where you will visit the Ptolemaic temple dedicated to the crocodile god Sobek and the falcon-headed Horus, god of the rising sun. Overnight moored beside a Nile Island. (B, L, D)
> DAY 9: Aswan
A leisurely day sailing to Aswan mesmerized by enchanting and contrasting sceneries with the desert reaching the edges of the western shores while palms and vast spreads of greenery cover the East bank. As you sail take pleasure in the Jacuzzi on deck, sipping cocktails, or retreating to the tranquil indoor library. The Dahabeya will moor overnight in Aswan.
> DAY 10: Aswan
Today you will visit the Aswan High Dam (completed in 1971) and the Old Dam (completed in 1902). You will also visit the Philae Temple, dedicated to the goddess Isis, a structure rescued from the rising waters of Lake Nasser at the time of the High Dam's construction. (B, L, D)
> DAY 11: Aswan, Cairo – Abu Simbel Tour
After breakfast, disembark and transfer to airport for your flight to Abu Simbel. Tour the colossal Temple of Ramses II and the temple of his beloved Queen Nefertari. Both were carved out of a hillside beside the Nile in the 13th century BC. Following your visit, transfer back to the airport for your flight to Cairo. Upon arrival you will be escorted to your hotel. (B)
> DAY 12: Departure
After breakfast, transfer to Cairo International Airport for your departure flight. (B)
Please note: Cruise itinerary is subject to change. The Dahabeya sails alternating weeks from Aswan to Luxor. Cruise itinerary may be in reverse order.