Itinerary

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DAY 1
28 Mar 2020
Cairo
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DAY 2
29 Mar 2020
Cairo
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DAY 3
30 Mar 2020
Cairo
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30 Mar 2020
Luxor
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DAY 3
30 Mar 2020
Cruising The Nile
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DAY 3
30 Mar 2020
Dendera
DAY 4
31 Mar 2020
Dendera
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DAY 4
31 Mar 2020
Cruising The Nile
DAY 4
31 Mar 2020
Luxor
DAY 5
01 Apr 2020
Luxor
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DAY 5
01 Apr 2020
Cruising The Nile
DAY 5
01 Apr 2020
Kom Ombo
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DAY 6
02 Apr 2020
Kom Ombo
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DAY 6
02 Apr 2020
Cruising The Nile
DAY 6
02 Apr 2020
Aswan
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DAY 7
03 Apr 2020
Aswan
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DAY 8
04 Apr 2020
Aswan
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DAY 8
04 Apr 2020
Cruising The Nile
DAY 8
04 Apr 2020
Kom Ombo
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DAY 8
04 Apr 2020
Edfu
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DAY 9
05 Apr 2020
Esna
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DAY 9
05 Apr 2020
Cruising The Nile
DAY 9
05 Apr 2020
Luxor
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DAY 10
06 Apr 2020
Luxor
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DAY 10
06 Apr 2020
Cairo
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DAY 11
07 Apr 2020
Cairo
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DAY 12
08 Apr 2020
Cairo
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DAY DATE PORT OF CALL
DAY 1
28 Mar 2020
Cairo
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Arrive at Cairo International Airport. If your cruise/tour package includes a group arrival transfer or if you have purchased a private arrival transfer, a Uniworld representative will be on hand to greet you and escort you to the opulent Four Seasons at Nile Plaza.
DAY 2
29 Mar 2020
Cairo
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The ancient quarter of Cairo is intense—the colors, the sounds, the density of people—and it’s likely been this way for thousands of years. Your local expert will show you a 12th-century citadel, the beautiful Alabaster Mosque and an unsurpassed collection of priceless artifacts, including mind-boggling treasures once buried with the boy king Tutankhamen. Featured Excursion: Citadel of Salah al-Din, Alabaster Mosque and Egyptian Museum Citadel of Salah al-Din, Alabaster Mosque and Egyptian Museum Your tour of this historic city includes a visit to the Citadel of Salah al-Din, a massive compound containing mosques and museums and offering breathtaking views of Cairo. Founded in the seventh century by Arab conquerors, the Fatimid dynasty rulers made Cairo their capital and named it al-Qahira (“the Victorious”). The great sultan Salah al-Din built his citadel in the 12th century as a government center and bulwark against invading armies of Crusaders. Located high above the eastern end of Cairo on El-Moqattam Hill, the citadel was the home of Egypt’s rulers for more than 700 years and is one of the oldest attractions in the city. After the Ottoman ruler Muhammad Ali seized power in the 1800s, he restored the walls of the citadel and built numerous palaces, schools and government buildings inside. His masterpiece was the great Alabaster Mosque, also known as the Mosque of Muhammad Ali, which you’ll have an opportunity to visit. Its two slender minarets were Muhammad Ali’s declaration of independence from Istanbul, as Ottoman law decreed that only a sultan could build a mosque with two minarets. The mosque’s expansive Turkish-style interior is lit by a beautiful array of lamps suspended from the intricately decorated ceiling. You’ll also visit the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, established in 1900 and by far the most impressive collection of Egyptian antiquities and pharaonic treasures in the world. Located in the heart of Cairo, the museum displays an astonishing number of objects—more than 120,000—including priceless artifacts recovered from the tomb of King Tutankhamen by renowned archaeologist Howard Carter. Ancient Egyptian history began with the founding of the Old Kingdom around 3100 BC and lasted 3,000 years, until Alexander the Great conquered the country in 332 BC and ended the rule of the pharaohs. The museum’s galleries are laid out in roughly chronological order as you move clockwise along the ground floor. Note: Photography of any kind is forbidden inside the museum, including digital cameras, cell phones and camcorders. Note: Dressing modestly is recommended as a show of respect for the culture and customs of the Egyptian people. In particular, women should ensure that shoulders are covered and legs are concealed at least to the knee on all shore excursions throughout this itinerary.
DAY 3
30 Mar 2020
Cairo
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Prepare to be amazed at the legendary Temple of Karnak, a massive and absolutely astounding site, with gigantic columns, broad avenues lined with stone sphinxes and halls of truly epic proportions. Your local guide is a trained Egyptologist with fascinating insights to share, many not found in any guidebook. Featured Excursion: Temple of Karnak Temple of Karnak After a short flight to Luxor on the east bank of the Nile, you can stroll through the grand avenues of sphinxes and halls of gigantic columns of the magnificent Temple of Karnak. This vast complex, situated about 2 miles (3.5 kilometers) from the Temple of Luxor, was originally established during the Middle Kingdom (1991-1633 BC), and various dynasties over the next 1,300 years continued to expand it. Karnak is a massive and simply astounding site, reflecting the combined achievements of many generations of ancient builders—as many as 80,000 laborers took part in its creation during the 19th Dynasty alone. Buried under sand for a thousand years, the UNESCO- designated Karnak complex is composed of three main temples, smaller enclosed temples and several outer temples. The largest of these is dedicated to Amun, a great pharaonic god. Enter the main compound, the Precinct of Amun, through the Great Court, and continue on to the dazzling Great Hypostyle Hall—sometimes called the Hall of Columns—an imposing forest of 134 enormous sandstone columns in the form of papyrus stalks. Later, you’ll board the elegant River Tosca and set sail for beautiful Dendera. Enjoy a Gala Reception and dinner onboard this evening.
DAY 3
30 Mar 2020
Luxor
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Prepare to be amazed at the legendary Temple of Karnak, a massive and absolutely astounding site, with gigantic columns, broad avenues lined with stone sphinxes and halls of truly epic proportions. Your local guide is a trained Egyptologist with fascinating insights to share, many not found in any guidebook. Featured Excursion: Temple of Karnak Temple of Karnak After a short flight to Luxor on the east bank of the Nile, you can stroll through the grand avenues of sphinxes and halls of gigantic columns of the magnificent Temple of Karnak. This vast complex, situated about 2 miles (3.5 kilometers) from the Temple of Luxor, was originally established during the Middle Kingdom (1991-1633 BC), and various dynasties over the next 1,300 years continued to expand it. Karnak is a massive and simply astounding site, reflecting the combined achievements of many generations of ancient builders—as many as 80,000 laborers took part in its creation during the 19th Dynasty alone. Buried under sand for a thousand years, the UNESCO- designated Karnak complex is composed of three main temples, smaller enclosed temples and several outer temples. The largest of these is dedicated to Amun, a great pharaonic god. Enter the main compound, the Precinct of Amun, through the Great Court, and continue on to the dazzling Great Hypostyle Hall—sometimes called the Hall of Columns—an imposing forest of 134 enormous sandstone columns in the form of papyrus stalks. Later, you’ll board the elegant River Tosca and set sail for beautiful Dendera. Enjoy a Gala Reception and dinner onboard this evening.
DAY 3
30 Mar 2020
Cruising The Nile
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Prepare to be amazed at the legendary Temple of Karnak, a massive and absolutely astounding site, with gigantic columns, broad avenues lined with stone sphinxes and halls of truly epic proportions. Your local guide is a trained Egyptologist with fascinating insights to share, many not found in any guidebook. Featured Excursion: Temple of Karnak Temple of Karnak After a short flight to Luxor on the east bank of the Nile, you can stroll through the grand avenues of sphinxes and halls of gigantic columns of the magnificent Temple of Karnak. This vast complex, situated about 2 miles (3.5 kilometers) from the Temple of Luxor, was originally established during the Middle Kingdom (1991-1633 BC), and various dynasties over the next 1,300 years continued to expand it. Karnak is a massive and simply astounding site, reflecting the combined achievements of many generations of ancient builders—as many as 80,000 laborers took part in its creation during the 19th Dynasty alone. Buried under sand for a thousand years, the UNESCO- designated Karnak complex is composed of three main temples, smaller enclosed temples and several outer temples. The largest of these is dedicated to Amun, a great pharaonic god. Enter the main compound, the Precinct of Amun, through the Great Court, and continue on to the dazzling Great Hypostyle Hall—sometimes called the Hall of Columns—an imposing forest of 134 enormous sandstone columns in the form of papyrus stalks. Later, you’ll board the elegant River Tosca and set sail for beautiful Dendera. Enjoy a Gala Reception and dinner onboard this evening.
DAY 3
30 Mar 2020
Dendera
DAY 4
31 Mar 2020
Dendera
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Like its twin shrine, the Temple of Karnak, the Temple of Luxor stands on the site of ancient Thebes, the once flourishing capital of Egypt’s New Kingdom. It was built over hundreds of years and even in ruins it is still an extraordinary place. You’ll also visit the Temple of Hathor, dedicated to the goddess of love and beauty. Featured Excursions: Temple of Hathor Temple of Luxor Temple of Hathor The impressive Temple of Hathor at Dendera was dedicated to the goddess of love and beauty. The temple dates to Egypt’s Ptolemaic era, when the heirs of Alexander the Great ruled over Egypt and adopted Egyptian culture and religion as their own. Built between 125 BC and AD 65, it is one of the best-preserved temples in all of Egypt and features a rare bas-relief of Cleopatra with Caesarion, the son she bore to Julius Caesar. Return to Luxor for some free time before visiting the ancient Temple of Luxor. Temple of Luxor Enter the temple through the great pylon—a ceremonial gateway—where two enormous statues of Ramses II still stand, along with a pink granite obelisk (its mate stands in the Place de la Concorde in Paris, France). Continue on to an enormous interior courtyard, where the Abu Haggag Mosque once stood atop the ruins of the temple. You can still see a ghostly remnant of the mosque on the east side of the courtyard, high above the columns, its arched doorway opening into thin air. The temple’s chief architects were Amenhotep III (Egypt’s “Sun King,” also known as Amenophis III) and Ramses II, and it was constructed over hundreds of years, beginning around 1400 BC. It was dedicated to the “father of all life,” the god Amun, sometimes referred to as Amon or Amon-Ra. Ancient Egyptians came to the temple to pay tribute to this god during the Opet Festival, celebrated during the annual flooding of the Nile. Once a year, a great feast was held and the statue of Amun was transported via a small sailboat from the Temple of Karnak to the Temple of Luxor. (Stages of the festival are depicted in friezes along the Temple of Karnak’s grand processional colonnade, the construction of which was started by Amenhotep III and finished by his grandson, Tutankhamen.) At the rear of the temple is the Sun Court of Amenhotep III, as well as the Bark Shrine that was rebuilt by Alexander the Great (who is depicted bare-chested on the walls). The Luxor Temple complex is at its most stunning at sunset, when it is illuminated with the golden glow of the setting sun.
DAY 4
31 Mar 2020
Cruising The Nile
DAY 4
31 Mar 2020
Luxor
DAY 5
01 Apr 2020
Luxor
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The word “colossal” will take on a whole new meaning after today’s excursion to the gigantic twin statues known as the Colossi of Memnon. And that’s just the beginning—you’ll also visit the temple of one of Egypt’s rare female pharaohs as well as the Valley of the Kings, used as a royal burial place for nearly 500 years and where the mummified remains of Tutankhamen are on display. Featured Excursion: Colossi of Memnon, Hatshepsut Temple and Valley of the Kings Colossi of Memnon, Hatshepsut Temple and Valley of the Kings Get an up-close view of two gigantic statues of Pharaoh Amenhotep III, better known as the Colossi of Memnon. Sixty feet (18 meters) tall and gazing eastward toward the rising sun, the statues depict Amenhotep seated on his throne. Carved next to his legs are his mother and his wife, with side panels depicting the god of the Nile, Hapi. The figures originally sat in front of the mortuary temple of Amenhotep III and are believed to have surpassed even Karnak in size. Unfortunately, the temple itself was slowly dismantled over the centuries to provide building materials for new temples; the twin Colossi continue to stand guard nonetheless, just as they have done for the past 3,400 years. The Temple of Hatshepsut at Deir el-Bahri is another highlight today. One of Egypt’s rare female pharaohs, Hatshepsut is considered by historians to have been one of the most successful rulers of ancient Egypt. Both the setting and the construction of her temple make it unique among the landmarks of Egypt; built into the face of steep cliffs at the basin, the temple is made of limestone instead of sandstone, unlike any other funerary temples of the New Kingdom period. Hatshepsut’s successor, Thutmose III, attempted to remove her name from the temple, and many images of the queen were damaged or destroyed during his reign. You’ll also visit one of the most famous archeological sites in the world—the remote and barren Valley of the Kings, used for royal burials for nearly 500 years. Much of our understanding of Egyptian mythology has been garnered from these ancient chambers, located about four miles (seven kilometers) inland on the west bank of the Nile. It was here that the bodies of great pharaohs such as Ramses II and Thutmose III were once laid to rest and where the mummified remains of the boy king Tutankhamen are still on display. The idea for establishing this royal burial ground is thought to have originated with Thutmose I, who opted to conceal his tomb far from his mortuary temple in an effort to deter tomb robbers. Subsequent pharaohs did the same, changing a tradition that had endured for close to 2,000 years. Within the tombs and along the walls of the Valley of the Kings, inscriptions from the Book of the Dead provided instructions on how the pharaohs could safely journey to the next world and avoid the dangers that lay on the way. For the sake of preservation, only a handful of the most interesting tombs are open to visitors at any given time. Return to the ship and set sail for Kom Ombo. Tonight, don your galabeya (traditional Egyptian attire, samples of which will be available for purchase onboard if you’d like to participate but didn’t bring your own) for a festive onboard party featuring traditional Egyptian music.
DAY 5
01 Apr 2020
Cruising The Nile
DAY 5
01 Apr 2020
Kom Ombo
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The word “colossal” will take on a whole new meaning after today’s excursion to the gigantic twin statues known as the Colossi of Memnon. And that’s just the beginning—you’ll also visit the temple of one of Egypt’s rare female pharaohs as well as the Valley of the Kings, used as a royal burial place for nearly 500 years and where the mummified remains of Tutankhamen are on display. Featured Excursion: Colossi of Memnon, Hatshepsut Temple and Valley of the Kings Colossi of Memnon, Hatshepsut Temple and Valley of the Kings Get an up-close view of two gigantic statues of Pharaoh Amenhotep III, better known as the Colossi of Memnon. Sixty feet (18 meters) tall and gazing eastward toward the rising sun, the statues depict Amenhotep seated on his throne. Carved next to his legs are his mother and his wife, with side panels depicting the god of the Nile, Hapi. The figures originally sat in front of the mortuary temple of Amenhotep III and are believed to have surpassed even Karnak in size. Unfortunately, the temple itself was slowly dismantled over the centuries to provide building materials for new temples; the twin Colossi continue to stand guard nonetheless, just as they have done for the past 3,400 years. The Temple of Hatshepsut at Deir el-Bahri is another highlight today. One of Egypt’s rare female pharaohs, Hatshepsut is considered by historians to have been one of the most successful rulers of ancient Egypt. Both the setting and the construction of her temple make it unique among the landmarks of Egypt; built into the face of steep cliffs at the basin, the temple is made of limestone instead of sandstone, unlike any other funerary temples of the New Kingdom period. Hatshepsut’s successor, Thutmose III, attempted to remove her name from the temple, and many images of the queen were damaged or destroyed during his reign. You’ll also visit one of the most famous archeological sites in the world—the remote and barren Valley of the Kings, used for royal burials for nearly 500 years. Much of our understanding of Egyptian mythology has been garnered from these ancient chambers, located about four miles (seven kilometers) inland on the west bank of the Nile. It was here that the bodies of great pharaohs such as Ramses II and Thutmose III were once laid to rest and where the mummified remains of the boy king Tutankhamen are still on display. The idea for establishing this royal burial ground is thought to have originated with Thutmose I, who opted to conceal his tomb far from his mortuary temple in an effort to deter tomb robbers. Subsequent pharaohs did the same, changing a tradition that had endured for close to 2,000 years. Within the tombs and along the walls of the Valley of the Kings, inscriptions from the Book of the Dead provided instructions on how the pharaohs could safely journey to the next world and avoid the dangers that lay on the way. For the sake of preservation, only a handful of the most interesting tombs are open to visitors at any given time. Return to the ship and set sail for Kom Ombo. Tonight, don your galabeya (traditional Egyptian attire, samples of which will be available for purchase onboard if you’d like to participate but didn’t bring your own) for a festive onboard party featuring traditional Egyptian music.
DAY 6
02 Apr 2020
Kom Ombo
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After visiting a temple dedicated to a crocodile god today (don’t miss the display of some of the 300 mummified crocs found in the local area), hop aboard a small boat for a bird-watching excursion along the Nile. Later, stop at a Nubian village and visit with a friendly local family inside their home—an authentic cross-cultural encounter you’ll cherish for years to come. Featured Excursions: Kom Ombo Temple Bird watching boat ride and Nubian village visit Kom Ombo Temple The Kom Ombo Temple, unlike most ancient Egyptian temples, is dedicated to two gods—the crocodile god Sobek and the falcon god Horus the Elder. Construction began under the reign of Ptolemy VI Philometor (180-145 BC) and continued under later rulers, most notably Ptolemy XIII (47-44 BC), who built the inner and outer hypostyle halls. Several of the 300 crocodile mummies discovered in the vicinity are displayed inside the temple. Bird watching boat ride and Nubian village visit After a scenic cruise to Aswan, you’ll take a small boat on a bird-watching excursion along the Nile. Keep an eye out for different species of herons, kingfishers, vultures, sunbirds and other wildlife that thrive in the marsh grass along the riverbanks. Stop at a Nubian village, where you’ll enjoy the hospitality of a friendly local family at their home. The Nubian people are descendants of an ancient tribe that has inhabited this region for many centuries. Although their ancestral lands were flooded decades ago by the creation of the Aswan High Dam and Lake Nasser, the Nubians have retained their distinctive culture, and many live in traditional-style dwellings. Return to the River Tosca, where you’ll be treated to a traditional Egyptian belly dance performance this evening.
DAY 6
02 Apr 2020
Cruising The Nile
DAY 6
02 Apr 2020
Aswan
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After visiting a temple dedicated to a crocodile god today (don’t miss the display of some of the 300 mummified crocs found in the local area), hop aboard a small boat for a bird-watching excursion along the Nile. Later, stop at a Nubian village and visit with a friendly local family inside their home—an authentic cross-cultural encounter you’ll cherish for years to come. Featured Excursions: Kom Ombo Temple Bird watching boat ride and Nubian village visit Kom Ombo Temple The Kom Ombo Temple, unlike most ancient Egyptian temples, is dedicated to two gods—the crocodile god Sobek and the falcon god Horus the Elder. Construction began under the reign of Ptolemy VI Philometor (180-145 BC) and continued under later rulers, most notably Ptolemy XIII (47-44 BC), who built the inner and outer hypostyle halls. Several of the 300 crocodile mummies discovered in the vicinity are displayed inside the temple. Bird watching boat ride and Nubian village visit After a scenic cruise to Aswan, you’ll take a small boat on a bird-watching excursion along the Nile. Keep an eye out for different species of herons, kingfishers, vultures, sunbirds and other wildlife that thrive in the marsh grass along the riverbanks. Stop at a Nubian village, where you’ll enjoy the hospitality of a friendly local family at their home. The Nubian people are descendants of an ancient tribe that has inhabited this region for many centuries. Although their ancestral lands were flooded decades ago by the creation of the Aswan High Dam and Lake Nasser, the Nubians have retained their distinctive culture, and many live in traditional-style dwellings. Return to the River Tosca, where you’ll be treated to a traditional Egyptian belly dance performance this evening.
DAY 7
03 Apr 2020
Aswan
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Today is an epic day, filled with wonders from start to finish. You’ll visit a marvel of modern engineering—the Aswan High Dam—as well as the Unfinished Obelisk and the beautiful Philae Temple complex, which was moved from one island to another back in the 1970s. But wait, there’s more. You’ll also take a ride in a felucca—a traditional Egyptian sailboat—and enjoy afternoon tea at a famous hotel depicted in Agatha Christie’s novel Death on the Nile. Featured Excursions: Aswan High Dam, Unfinished Obelisk and Philae Temple Boat ride in traditional Nile River felucca and afternoon tea at the Old Cataract Hotel Aswan Aswan High Dam, Unfinished Obelisk and Philae Temple The Aswan High Dam, completed in the 1970s, is a marvel of modern engineering that boasts some truly epic dimensions—it is 11,800 feet (3,597 meters) long; 3,215 feet (980 meters) wide at its base; and 304 feet (93 meters) high—with a reservoir capacity nearly five times that of the Hoover Dam. You’ll also visit the Unfinished Obelisk, commissioned by Queen Hatshepsut yet never completed due to a flaw discovered in the stone. If completed, it would have been the largest and heaviest obelisk ever attempted, weighing more than two million pounds (907,185 kilograms). Another highlight today is the beautiful Philae Temple complex, originally situated on the island of Philae. It was painstakingly transferred to the island of Agilika after the construction of the Aswan High Dam to save it from the rising waters of Lake Nasser, a daunting UNESCO-funded endeavor that took 10 years to complete. The three principal monuments on the island all date from the Ptolemaic and Roman periods—the Kiosk of Trajan, the Temple of Hathor and the Temple of Isis. Note: Guests are welcome to climb around the Unfinished Obelisk, but please note the climb is physically demanding. Boat ride in traditional Nile River felucca and afternoon tea at the Old Cataract Hotel Aswan Today you will sail serenely down the Nile in a felucca— a small traditional boat with large triangular sails—a wonderful way to experience the river as Egyptians have for a thousand years. Later, relax over afternoon tea at the historic Old Cataract Hotel Aswan, a colonial-era gem that counts Winston Churchill and Princess Diana among its former guests. This famous hotel was depicted in Agatha Christie’s acclaimed mystery novel Death on the Nile. Note: Feluccas are wind-powered and thus will operate only if weather conditions permit. After dinner onboard this evening, you’ll be treated to an enchanting Nubian show featuring traditionally attired performers, live music and dancing.
DAY 8
04 Apr 2020
Aswan
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Spend the day at leisure.
DAY 8
04 Apr 2020
Cruising The Nile
DAY 8
04 Apr 2020
Kom Ombo
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Spend the day at leisure.
DAY 8
04 Apr 2020
Edfu
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Spend the day at leisure.
DAY 9
05 Apr 2020
Esna
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On today’s excursion, you’ll learn how the Temple of Esna was buried under debris for many centuries and is one of the last great Egyptian temples eve
DAY 9
05 Apr 2020
Cruising The Nile
DAY 9
05 Apr 2020
Luxor
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On today’s excursion, you’ll learn how the Temple of Esna was buried under debris for many centuries and is one of the last great Egyptian temples ever built. Your Egyptologist guide will share all sorts of fascinating insights about this significant cultural site and show you the façade bearing the last known hieroglyphic inscriptions ever recorded in Egypt. Featured Excursion: Temple of Esna Temple of Esna The Late Roman Temple of Esna lies on the west bank of the Nile about 34 miles (55 kilometers) south of Luxor. Buried under debris for many centuries, the temple is just a short walk from the ship through the local market. It dates from the Ptolemaic and Roman period (180 BC to AD 251) and is one of the last Egyptian temples ever built. Visitors can see two large inscriptions praising Khnum, the ram-headed god of creation, who fashioned mankind on a potter’s wheel from the clay mud of the Nile. There’s also a hypostyle hall with 24 pillars and a ceiling depicting Egyptian astronomical figures and Roman zodiac signs. On the temple’s western wall, look for images of Horus, the god of victory, and Khnum, dragging a net full of fish. At the foot of this façade are the last known hieroglyphic inscriptions ever recorded in Egypt. Later, savor the Nile’s majestic scenery as the ship cruises to Luxor.
DAY 10
06 Apr 2020
Luxor
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After disembarking and flying back to Cairo, you’ll have time to relax before tonight’s featured excursion—a Sound and Light Show at the Pyramids of Giza. Disembark in Luxor and transfer to the airport for your return flight to Cairo. Check in to the Four Seasons Hotel at Nile Plaza and enjoy free time in the city before attending a sensational Sound and Light Show at the pyramids of Giza. Featured Excursion: Sound and Light Show at the Pyramids of Giza Sound and Light Show at the Pyramids of Giza This evening’s Sound and Light Show at the Pyramids is a fantastically creative and colorful introduction to these ancient wonders and the amazing people and culture that built them. Travel back in time as you experience a compelling historical overview, with fascinating insights into ancient Egyptian secrets and legends.
DAY 10
06 Apr 2020
Cairo
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After disembarking and flying back to Cairo, you’ll have time to relax before tonight’s featured excursion—a Sound and Light Show at the Pyramids of Giza. Disembark in Luxor and transfer to the airport for your return flight to Cairo. Check in to the Four Seasons Hotel at Nile Plaza and enjoy free time in the city before attending a sensational Sound and Light Show at the pyramids of Giza. Featured Excursion: Sound and Light Show at the Pyramids of Giza Sound and Light Show at the Pyramids of Giza This evening’s Sound and Light Show at the Pyramids is a fantastically creative and colorful introduction to these ancient wonders and the amazing people and culture that built them. Travel back in time as you experience a compelling historical overview, with fascinating insights into ancient Egyptian secrets and legends.
DAY 11
07 Apr 2020
Cairo
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It’s a day of Bucket List Moments today as we venture to Ancient Memphis, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with a number of amazing monuments to see—including the enigmatic Great Sphinx. After seeing the pyramids from afar last evening, you’ll have a thrilling opportunity to view them from an up-close perspective, the only way to fully appreciate their remarkable size and grandeur. Featured Excursion: Ancient Memphis sites, including the Pyramids of Giza and the Great Sphinx Ancient Memphis sites, including the Pyramids of Giza and the Great Sphinx Venture forth to Ancient Memphis, the capital of Egypt’s Old Kingdom and now a vast UNESCO World Heritage Site encompassing a number of extraordinary monuments. You’ll see the colossal statue of Ramses II and the Alabaster Sphinx, as well as the Step Pyramid of King Zoser (or Djoser) in nearby Sakkara, the oldest pyramid in the world and the prototype for all subsequent pyramids. The ancient architect and sage Imhotep initially designed the pyramid as a single story, then later added five more levels and covered the structure with a shell of fine limestone. In front of the pyramid, Imhotep built a stone structure containing a wooden box with two peepholes; peer inside and you’ll see a life-size painted statue of King Zoser. The peepholes were created to allow the king’s ka (life spirit) to communicate with the outside world. At the Giza Necropolis, the face of ancient Egypt—the Great Sphinx—awaits your visit. With the body of a crouching lion and the head of a man, it is the largest monolith statue in the world. Experts believe that the Sphinx (known to the early Arabs as Abu al-Hol, “Father of Terror”) was built in the 26th century BC during Khafre’s reign, perhaps as a portrait of the pharaoh himself. Unfortunately, much of this monument has either eroded or been deliberately destroyed over the years. Some of its facial features are no longer intact, such as the beard and the nose—the latter of which was not shot off by Napoleon’s soldiers, as widely believed, but chiseled away many centuries earlier. A number of excavations in modern times have removed the sand that built up around the Sphinx over the centuries and kept much of it buried. Despite its timeworn condition, the Sphinx still kneels gracefully as it has for thousands of years, looking toward the east with an enigmatic smile. Today you’ll also visit the only surviving Wonder of the Ancient World, the Pyramids of Giza. Beholding these legendary structures up close lets you appreciate their stone masonry and awe-inspiring architectural precision. Until as recently as the 19th century, the oldest and largest of the three pyramids—Khufu—was the tallest building in the world; when it was completed around the 26th century BC, it stood about 50 stories high.
DAY 12
08 Apr 2020
Cairo
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Check out of your hotel. If your cruise/tour package includes a group departure transfer or if you have purchased a private departure transfer, you will be escorted to Cairo International Airport for your flight home.

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28 Dec 2019 River Tosca £5699
04 Jan 2020 S.S. Sphinx £5859
04 Jan 2020 River Tosca £6459
11 Jan 2020 S.S. Sphinx £5859
11 Jan 2020 River Tosca £6459
18 Jan 2020 S.S. Sphinx £5859
18 Jan 2020 River Tosca £6459
25 Jan 2020 S.S. Sphinx £5659
25 Jan 2020 River Tosca £6459
01 Feb 2020 S.S. Sphinx £5659
01 Feb 2020 River Tosca £6459
08 Feb 2020 S.S. Sphinx £5859
08 Feb 2020 River Tosca £6459
15 Feb 2020 S.S. Sphinx £5859
15 Feb 2020 River Tosca £6459
22 Feb 2020 S.S. Sphinx £5659
22 Feb 2020 River Tosca £6459
29 Feb 2020 S.S. Sphinx £5859
29 Feb 2020 River Tosca £6459
07 Mar 2020 S.S. Sphinx £5859
07 Mar 2020 River Tosca £6459
14 Mar 2020 S.S. Sphinx £5659
14 Mar 2020 River Tosca £6459
21 Mar 2020 S.S. Sphinx £5859
21 Mar 2020 River Tosca £6459
28 Mar 2020 River Tosca £6299
04 Apr 2020 S.S. Sphinx £5699
04 Apr 2020 River Tosca £6299
11 Apr 2020 S.S. Sphinx £5499
11 Apr 2020 River Tosca £6299
18 Apr 2020 S.S. Sphinx £5499
18 Apr 2020 River Tosca £6299
25 Apr 2020 S.S. Sphinx £4289
25 Apr 2020 River Tosca £5089
02 May 2020 S.S. Sphinx £5499
02 May 2020 River Tosca £6299
09 May 2020 S.S. Sphinx £5699
16 May 2020 S.S. Sphinx £5699
16 May 2020 River Tosca £6299
23 May 2020 S.S. Sphinx £5699
23 May 2020 River Tosca £6299
26 Sep 2020 S.S. Sphinx £5699
26 Sep 2020 River Tosca £6299
03 Oct 2020 S.S. Sphinx £5699
03 Oct 2020 River Tosca £6299
10 Oct 2020 S.S. Sphinx £5499
10 Oct 2020 River Tosca £6299
17 Oct 2020 S.S. Sphinx £5499
17 Oct 2020 River Tosca £6299
24 Oct 2020 S.S. Sphinx £5699
24 Oct 2020 River Tosca £6299
31 Oct 2020 S.S. Sphinx £5699
07 Nov 2020 S.S. Sphinx £5699
07 Nov 2020 River Tosca £6299
14 Nov 2020 S.S. Sphinx £5659
14 Nov 2020 River Tosca £6259
21 Nov 2020 S.S. Sphinx £5659
21 Nov 2020 River Tosca £6259
28 Nov 2020 S.S. Sphinx £5499
28 Nov 2020 River Tosca £6299
05 Dec 2020 S.S. Sphinx £5499
05 Dec 2020 River Tosca £6299
12 Dec 2020 S.S. Sphinx £5499
12 Dec 2020 River Tosca £6299
19 Dec 2020 S.S. Sphinx £5499
19 Dec 2020 River Tosca £6299
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