THE SPLENDOR OF EGYPT TOUR, 2020
MAIN TOUR –
10/16-26/2020 (11 Days/9 nights)
FULL TOUR – 10/16-30/2020 (15 days/13 nights)
5 Star Accommodations . Half board when in Cairo . All Inclusive 4 Day Nile Cruise . Daily Sightseeing . Evening Entertainment . Private Air-conditioned Buses . Experienced Native Tour Guides and more…….
MAIN TOUR – 10/16-26/2020
11 DAYS / 9 NIGHTS
4195 p.p. (double occupancy, $895 additional for single occupancy). Price includes round trip airfare JFK/Cairo & Cairo/Aswan flights, 5 star hotel accommodation & Nile cruise, land transportation, half board meal plan in Cairo, full board while on the Nile cruise, all itinerary sightseeing (optional excursion extra), welcome Nile River dinner cruise, Tipping of porters & English speaking tour guide!
MAIN TOUR, LAND PACKAGE – 10/16-26/2020
11 DAYS / 9 NIGHTS
$3295 p.p. (double occupancy, $895 additional for single occupancy). Price includes same as above package minus the round trip airfare for JFK/Cairo flights.
RED SEA / SHARM EL SHEIKH &
SINAI DESERT ADDITIONAL PACKAGE – 10/26-30/2020
5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS (3 nights in Sharm, 1 night in Cairo)
$1195 p.p. (double occupancy, $495 additional for single occupancy). Price includes 5 Star Beach Resort, Round trip airfare for flights Cairo/Sharm El Sheik, breakfast daily & sunset camel ride with bedouin dinner excursion with many optional excursions available!
****DISCOUNTS FOR EARLY REGISTRATION, PREVIOUSLY TRAVELLED WITH US, FAMILY MEMBERS & COUPLES****
****PAYMENT PLAN AVAILABLE****
DAY BY DAY ITINERARY
Day 01 – 10/16/20, JFK/Cairo
Departure from JFK on board Egypt Air
Day 02 – 10/17/20, Cairo
Meeting and assistance through immigration and Transfer to our selected hotel, check in and free time till we our Welcome Dinner on the Nile Cruise!
Day 03 – 10/18/20, Cairo
At 09:00 buffet breakfast at the main restaurant of our hotel.
09:30 departure to visit one of the seven wonders of the world.
Was built by King Cheops ( IV dynasty ) circa 2690 B.C … it covers an area of 13 aeries with a high of 146 meters has now become 137 meters after the erosion of its summit, the total volume of its size is 2.5 million cubic meters.
The ancient Egyptians aim building the Pyramids was that they should save as sepulchers for their pharaohs to preserve their bodies for they believed in resurrection and immortality.
(2) The second Pyramid
Was built by King Chefren, the son of Cheops, it reaches 136 meters, part of the Pyramid still bears traces of the outer casing which covered it.
(3) The third Pyramid
This smaller Pyramid was built in the region of “Menkaura” or “Mykerinous” the son of Chefren – its height is 62 meters, the lower wall of this Pyramid is encased in a layer of granite.
(4) The Sphinx
By carriages or a camel or horse back you will visit the Sphinx.
A mythical statue with body of a lion and the face of man, the Sphinx measures 70 meters in length and 20 meters in height.
Scholars believe that the face of the Sphinx closely resembles that of Chefren.
Then we will explore the first old capital of Egypt then we visit the step Pyramid of Sakkara, which was built for the Pharaoh Zoser by Imhotep, the architect, physician, philosopher and statesman in the year 3816 B.C.
The first large-scale stone structure in history, the step Pyramid marks a traditional phase in the evaluation of an architectural and mystic concept from the simple “Mastaba” to the smooth – sided Pyramid in its final form.
Then we proceed to visit the Pyramid of Unas and the Mastaba of Mereruke, Ti and Ptahotep.
Here-too, is the serapuem where the sacred Apis mummies were entombed each in a massive sarcophagus in cavernous underground gallery.
Adjoining Sakkara in Memphis, sire of the capital established by King Mena or (Narmar) who united Upper and Lower Egypt into one kingdom and formed the first dynasty about 3500 B.C.
Return to hotel.
Day 04 – 10/19/20, Cairo/Luxor
Early buffet breakfast.
Transfer to Cairo airport for departure to Luxor (one hour flight) distribution of the cabins of your selected cruise.
Arrival Luxor airport – meeting and assistance by our representative and transfer to dock to embark your selected cruise.
Welcome drinks – check in procedures.
Lunch on board.
We start our visit by the Temple of Luxor, in the heart of the 70000 populated city – it was built by Amenophis of 18th dynasty, the Temple of Luxor was once joined to the Temple of Karnak by an avenue of Rem-headed Sphinxes, many of which have still remained to date one of the obelisk which once stood in the front of the Temple, now rises at the “Place de la Concord” in Paris.
The Temple of Amon known as Karnak Temple, a holy city of pylons, hypostyle halls.
Colossal statues, shrines and obelisks built in the 20th century B.C and dedicated to the God, his consort “Mut” and their son Khouson, the pharaohs enlarged its area and built additional annexes to it till it became the largest place of worship ever known to man.
Dinner onboard – overnight.
Day 05 – 10/20/20, Luxor/Edfu
Breakfast on board.
Early morning departure to visit the West Bank monuments cross the Nile by motor boat to explore the Valley of the Kings – it is where 64 of Egypt’s Pharaohs had palatial resting places hewed into cheer rock.
Among these kings are the most famous “King Tut”, “Horemheb”, “Siti I”, “Ramses III”, “Amenhoteb II” and “Ramses II” (King Tut’s tomb visit is additional fee)!
Then we proceed to visit Deir El Bahri Temple – an architectural tour –de-force built by Queen Hatchepsut as funerary temple to perform religious rites for her spirit.
It was named “Deir El Bahari” because Christians of the 07th century A.D. used it as a monastery, in order not to forget the name of Queen Hatchepsut remember “Hot Chiken Soup” – Deir means monastery.
On our way to the ship visit the Colossis of Memnon, the giant statues Memorializing King Amenhoteb II
Lunch on board
P.M. sail to Edfu through Esna lock – enjoy a colorful sailing after dinner – enjoy a Galabia party on board – overnight at Edfu.
Day 06 – 10/21/20, Edfu/Kom Ombo/Aswan
Breakfast on board
After breakfast……Departure by horse drawn carriage to visit the Temple of Horus (The Falcon God) built by King “Ptolomeo III” in 235 B.C this Temple is remarkable for its magnitude and its frantically intact state of preservation, the Temple was dedicated to “Horus” the Falcon God.
Return to the ship.
Enjoy the magnificent scenery as we sail to Kom Ombo
Lunch on board.
Walk to visit the Temple of Kom Ombo – a masterpiece building overlooking the Nile and was dedicated to two deities – the crocodile headed “Sobek” and “Haroeries” the headed sparrow hawk.
Return to the ship – sail to Aswan – Dinner on board – overnight at Aswan
Day 07 – 10/22/20, Aswan
Breakfast on board
After breakfast……Your day begins at the engineering miracle of the Aswan High Dam built in 1960.
It is one of largest three dam in the world and the advanced technology of the 20th century.
Then proceed the Granite Quarries to visit the famous unfinished Obelisk, it is hewn and smoothed on three sides, while the forth side still attached to the quary-bed.
It is a concrete example of how the ancient Egyptian went about fashioning these graceful monuments.
Lunch on board of your ship.
In the afternoon – sailing by felucca (Traditional Egyptian boat) and visit the the Temple of Isis (Philae).
Return to your ship – dinner and overnight.
Day 08 – 10/23/20, Aswan/Cairo
Check-out after breakfast.
Transfer to Aswan airport for departure to Cairo – meeting and assistance by our representative at Cairo airport and transfer to your selected hotel.
Day 09 – 10/24/20, Cairo
Breakfast at our hotel.
After breakfast, departure to explore the exquisite Egyptian Museum which is considered one of the world’s greatest museum – it allows the visitor to become acquainted with the antiquities of Egypt’s Pharaonic period.
Over 120000 artifacts and monuments in addition to some mommies on display dated back – some 50 centuries before our time, the most famous and exciting in this Museum is the magnificent “Tut Ankh Amoun collection”
On to the famous Salah Al-Din’s Citadel – was constricted by Salah Al Din in 1183 A.D. dominate Cairo from the Mokattam hills, it comprises a number of important monuments among which are the Mosque of Soliman Pasha – The Alabaster Mosque and Joseph’s well.
Then proceed to the Alabaster Mosque which is situated on the Northern heights of the Citadel where it can be seen from every part of Cairo –construction of the Mosque began in 1830 A.D. by Mohamed Ali, it was built in the Ottoman style and is distinguished by its dome, which is 52 meters high, and its two minarets which rise 84 meters from the ground levels of its courtyard in which you may enjoy the breath taking view of the entire capital the Nile and in the far horizon the Pyramids.
It is named the Alabaster Mosque because of the alabaster marble used to cover its interior and exterior walls.
Passing by Al Azhar Mosque and University which is considered one of the oldest in the world – the first lecture having been given there in 975 A.D. we reach Khan El Khalili Bazaar dating back to the end of the 14th century A.D., is one of the greatest oriental bazaars in the world.
The Khan El Khalili shops display a wonderful collection of brassware, rich textiles and other attractive oriental products.
Return to your hotel and over night.
Day 10 – 10/25/20, Cairo
Breakfast at Hotel
Visit the Hanging Church and the Coptic section of Cairo.
Free afternoon time.
Return to hotel – overnight.
Day 11 – 10/26/20, Cairo/JFK
Check-out and transfer to Cairo airport for your return
Travel by airplane to Sharm El Sheikh for those who opted to stay for the Red Sea Package.
check into hotel
time to enjoy the sea and relax
Day 11, 12 & 13 – 10/26-29/20
RED SEA / SHARM EL SHEIKH
enjoy one of the most beautiful beach destination in the world……relax, play in the sun and choose from many optional excursions & activities (diving, snorkeling, sailing, windsurfing……etc.)
Bedouin Dinner and sunset camel ride excursion is planned for one night (included in price of package)
Day 14 – 10/29/20, Sharm El Sheik/Cairo
Check-out of hotel and travel to Cairo by airplane
check into hotel in Cairo
relax, enjoy free time.
Day 15 – 10/30/20, Cairo/JFK
Check-out and transfer to Cairo airport for your return flight.
**PLEASE NOTE: the following is NOT included in the tour packages:
Egypt entry visa.
WiFi during any of the flights or in hotels.
Entrance to the interior of the Pyramids.
Entrance to the mummy’s hall in the Egyptian Museum.
Entrance to the tomb of King Tuts in the Valley of the Kings.
Photography ticket in the Egyptian Museum.
Tipping for our tour guide & bus driver.
All beverages during the meals
Any meals that are not mentioned as included
Costs of a personal nature including drinks, laundry, phone calls, souvenirs and similar.
Any other service that is not mentioned as included.