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Egypt Odyssey Special

Duration
9 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,018

Embark on a classic tour that gives travellers short on time a superb introduction to Ancient Egypt. Explore the Great Pyramid of Giza, cruise along the Nile from Luxor to Aswan, visiting temples along the way, and venture through the medieval markets and churches, mosques, and synagogues of Old Cairo.


This 9-day Egyptian vacation takes you to Cairo and the pyramids, and on a Nile cruise from Luxor to Aswan. It features deluxe accommodations, small group tours, and is an excellent introduction to the Land of the Pharaohs.

Your journey through Egypt begins in Cairo, the Mother of the World, where you’ll dive head-first into Ancient Egypt with a full-day tour of the pyramids and the Egyptian Museum. First stop is Giza and the Great Pyramid, built between 2,560BC and 2,540BC and the only remaining wonder of the ancient world. Visit the nearby necropolis to see the smaller pyramids of Khafre and Menkaure as well as the Great Sphinx, the enigmatic statue that remains stunning despite lacking a nose. Then head back into town to Tahrir Square to visit the Egyptian Museum, which showcases many of Egypt’s greatest treasures, including artworks, artifacts, and mummies in their burial coffins.

Fly south to Luxor and explore the Temple of Luxor, which its dedications to the god Amun, before boarding the M/S Esplanade, your 5-star river vessel that’ll be your home for the next few nights. See the Temple of Karnak and Luxor’s West Bank, home to the Valley of the Kings and Queens, where you’ll find elaborate tombs of pharaohs, including King Tutankhamun. Admire the Colossi of Memnon before continuing along the Nile to Edfu, where you’ll see the Temple of Horus, widely considered the best-preserved temple in Egypt. In nearby Kom Ombo, you’ll see the Temple of Sobek, built in a dual Greco-Roman style. It’s then onto Aswan, where you’ll tour the High Dam that allows the country to control the annual flooding of the Nile. The Aswan High Dam also creates the world’s largest artificial reservoir, Lake Nasser. Close off your exploration of the Nile with a visit to the Temple of Philae. Then disembark and fly back to Cairo.

In Cairo, you’ll have a full day at leisure to explore on your own. You can journey to Old Cairo to get a glimpse into the various cultural histories of the city. You can visit the Coptic Museum, Ben Ezra Synagogue, or Cairo Citadel and the Mosque of Muhammad Ali. Make sure you also visit Khan el-Khalili Bazaar, one of the most significant bazaars in the Middle East. Barter for some goods and then close out your trip with a delicious meal in one of Cairo’s celebrated restaurants.

At the end of your stay, connect to the airport to return home.


 

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Duration
9 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,018

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Day 1

Arrive Cairo

Upon arrival into Cairo International Airport after you are met by Goway's local representative, you will be transferred to your hotel. You will be presented with full documentation if required, including domestic airline tickets.

The remainder of the day is at leisure to relax or explore on your own.

Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Sheraton Cairo

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    Sheraton Cairo



    See Egypt in a new way at the Sheraton Cairo Hotel and Casino. Sitting on the west bank of the River Nile in unique adjoining towers, the hotel proudly stands tall as one of Cairo's greatest landmarks. The hotel places you in the middle of …

    See Egypt in a new way at the Sheraton Cairo Hotel and Casino. Sitting on the west bank of the River Nile in unique adjoining towers, the hotel proudly stands tall as one of Cairo's greatest landmarks.

    The hotel places you in the middle of it all. Try your luck at Blackjack or the slots in the dazzling casino or take a short walk to the Cairo Opera House, Egyptian Museum, or Cairo shopping centers. The Pyramids of Giza are just 20 minutes away.

    Find magnificent views of the city or the River Nile from our 650 deluxe rooms, including 82 suites. Amazingly spacious, our deluxe rooms offer 100 percent Egyptian cotton linen for your added comfort

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Boutique(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Hair/Beauty Salon
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Lounge(s)
    • Massage Treatments
    • Medical Services
    • Parking
    • Parking (Valet)
    • Pool (s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Spa(Hot-tub)/Jacuzzi
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms
    • Whirlpool

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Day 2

Full day Pyramids and Sphinx, Egyptian Museum

After breakfast, depart at approximately 09:00 A.M for your full day tour to visit the Pyramids, Sphinx and Egyptian museum.

Pyramids and Sphinx were reckoned by the Greeks to be one of the Seven Wonders of the World. A single pyramid is built of 2,300,000 blocks, each weighing an average of two and one-half tons. In the face of such immensity, one cannot help but feel the wonder and awe that so many writers and artists have sought to convey over the centuries. The Cheops Pyramid is especially interesting since its interior burial chambers are open for inspection by the public. Not far from the Pyramids is the Great Sphinx of Giza, which dates from the time of Chephren (2620BC). Hewn from natural yellowish limestone and standing 65 feet high and 187 feet long, this unforgettable statue combines the head of a Pharaoh with a lion's body.

The Egyptian Museum is the most important depository of Egyptian antiquities anywhere in the world. It features artifacts from the Pharaonic and Graeco-Roman periods, including the celebrated mummies of ancient Egypt's king and Tut Ankh Amun treasures.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 3

Cairo to Luxor

Today, you will transfer to Cairo Airport for your flight to Luxor. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your ship, your floating hotel for the next 5 days as you cruise up the Nile. In an unforgettable excursion, visitors drive to the Luxor Temple. Many festivals were celebrated in Thebes. The Temple of Luxor was the center of the most important one, the festival of Opet. Built largely by Amenhotep III and Ramses II, the temple served as a setting for the rituals of the festival, which was held to reconcile the human aspect of the ruler with his divine office. The procession of images of the current royal family began at Karnak and ended at the Luxor temple.

Karnak was erected in 1928 BC as a small shrine dedicated to Amun, god of Thebes then. The Temple of Karnak comprises three main temples, smaller enclosed temples, and several outer temples - all constructed over 1300 years. The three main temples of Mut, Monthu and Amun, are enclosed in enormous brick walls, with the temple of Amun at the center. Karnak is now the largest.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration4 Nights
Accommodation

M/S Esplanade

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    M/S Esplanade



    Indulge in the sweet life aboard M.S. Esplanade and discover grandeur elegance set off by regal accommodation, succulent flavours, a flair of fun and exciting night time celebrations. Cruise past the rich history and timeless beauty of Egypt on M.S. Esplanade.

    Indulge in the sweet life aboard M.S. Esplanade and discover grandeur elegance set off by regal accommodation, succulent flavours, a flair of fun and exciting night time celebrations. Cruise past the rich history and timeless beauty of Egypt on M.S. Esplanade.

    Facilities

    • Jacuzzi
    • Lounge
    • Pool
    • Reception
    • Spa
    • Sun Chairs

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Day 4

Sail Luxor to Edfu

After breakfast visit the West Bank and the burial ground of the Pharaohs including the Valley of the Kings, Valley of the Queens, the mortuary temple of Hatshepsut and the Colossi of Memnon.

The Valley of the Kings in Upper Egypt is home to many pharaonic tombs of the New Kingdom, including those of King Tutankhamen and Ramses the Great. Each king's formal name and title is inscribed in his tomb, which is also adorned with his images and statues. Most of the tombs were cut into limestone following a similar pattern: three corridors, an antechamber, and a sunken sarcophagus chamber.

The small town of Edfu is situated on the west bank of the Nile, 56 km south of Esna and 105 km north of Aswan. Today, it is an important centre for sugar production and pottery-making. The site of Edfu was known as Wetjetser-hor (classical name-Apollinopolos Magna), the place where the god Horus was worshipped and where the battle between Horus and his traditional enemy, Seth, in the ancient mythology, took place.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5

Sail Edfu to Kom Ombo to Aswan

This morning you will visit the wonderfully preserved Temple of Horus at Edfu. The temple is perhaps the best preserved in all of Egypt and ranks second behind Karnak, simply because of its immense size. At the temple's entrance stand two large black granite statues of Horus who is depicted as a falcon. The elaborate carvings on the walls of the temple are beautiful as if carved just yesterday. Inside the temple is a small sanctuary where the priests of the day offered the best parts of the animals to the gods.

Continue sailing to Kom Ombo to visit the Graeco Roman style Temple of Sobek. Standing serenely on a hilltop, the site offers an incredible view over the Nile. Kom Ombo is located on a bend in the Nile River about 50 km north of Aswan. Located on the east bank, Kom Ombo is home to an unusual double Temple of Sobek built during the Ptolemaic and Roman periods. The temple is dedicated to the crocodile god Sobek and the falcon god Haroeris (Horus the Elder). Despite being badly damaged, the temple is a beautiful sight as you approach from either direction on the river, particularly as sunset nears and the colours change.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 6

Aswan Cruise and Sightseeing

Today's sightseeing includes Aswan's High Dam and the Temple of Philae. The Old High Dam was built by Sir W. Wilcox on Behalf of the British authorities in 1898. It is constructed of Granite quarried in the Aswan area. The official opening took place in 1902. The Temple of Philae was dismantled and reassembled (on Agilika Island about 500 m from its original home on Philae Island) in the wake of the High Dam. The Temple dedicated to the Goddess Isis, is in a beautiful setting, which has been landscaped to match its original site. Its various shrines and sanctuaries, which include a temple of Hathor, a Birth House and two pylons, celebrate all the deities involved in the Isis and Osiris myth.

Aswan, Egypt's sunniest southern city and ancient frontier town, is located about 81 miles south of Luxor and has a distinctively African atmosphere. Its ancient Egyptian name was Syene. Small enough to walk around and graced with the most beautiful setting on the Nile, the pace of life is slow and relaxing. Days can be spent strolling up and down the broad Corniche, watching the sailboats etch the sky with their tall masts or sitting in floating restaurants listening to Nubian music and eating freshly caught fish.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 7

Aswan to Cairo

Disembark from your ship after breakfast and transfer to Aswan Airport for your flight back to Cairo (optional Abu Simbel for own account).

Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel for the night. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Sheraton Cairo

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    Sheraton Cairo



    See Egypt in a new way at the Sheraton Cairo Hotel and Casino. Sitting on the west bank of the River Nile in unique adjoining towers, the hotel proudly stands tall as one of Cairo's greatest landmarks. The hotel places you in the middle of …

    See Egypt in a new way at the Sheraton Cairo Hotel and Casino. Sitting on the west bank of the River Nile in unique adjoining towers, the hotel proudly stands tall as one of Cairo's greatest landmarks.

    The hotel places you in the middle of it all. Try your luck at Blackjack or the slots in the dazzling casino or take a short walk to the Cairo Opera House, Egyptian Museum, or Cairo shopping centers. The Pyramids of Giza are just 20 minutes away.

    Find magnificent views of the city or the River Nile from our 650 deluxe rooms, including 82 suites. Amazingly spacious, our deluxe rooms offer 100 percent Egyptian cotton linen for your added comfort

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Boutique(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Hair/Beauty Salon
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Lounge(s)
    • Massage Treatments
    • Medical Services
    • Parking
    • Parking (Valet)
    • Pool (s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Spa(Hot-tub)/Jacuzzi
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms
    • Whirlpool

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Day 8

Cairo at Leisure

Today is at your leisure to explore Cairo on your own or why not book an optional excursion.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 9

Depart Cairo

Following breakfast you will be transferred to Cairo Airport in time for your onward flight.

Meal Plan Breakfast

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DEPARTURES:

2021: Jan 16; Feb 13; Mar 20; Apr 17; May 8*; Sep 11*

* These departures will cruise aboard the MS Sonesta St George

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Meet and assist on arrival
  • Roundtrip airport transfers
  • Domestic airfare to Cairo/Luxor to Aswan/Cairo including all airport taxes
  • 4 nights accommodation in Cairo
  • 4 nights accommodation on board Nile Cruise
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary by BLD
  • Tours/sightseeing as indicated in the itinerary
  • English Speaking Guide

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International air & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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