The Super Long Cruise
|Round Trip airfare from New York Domestic air from Aswan / Abu-Simbel / Aswan and from Luxor / Cairo based on "First Class Seating" if aircraft has first class seating. All taxes, service charges, port charges and entrance fees to sights mentioned included as well All meals through-out the trip are included. 15 Days / 14 Nights super long cruise based on a 5 Star Cruise Ship starting from Cairo. 2 Days / 1 Night at the Historical Old Winter Palace Hotel. 4 Days / 3 Nights at the luxurious Mena House Oberoi Hotel. All transfers, meeting and assistance and baggage handling is included. Entrance fees to sights mentions, guidance , port charges and taxes are also included|
Depart USA from New York (JFK) airport for your flight to Cairo, all meals and beverages served on board flight.
Arrive Cairo where you will be met by our representative who will help you with your immigration and customs formalities, later transfer to your cruise ship in Cairo for check-in. Your home for the next 14 nights. Dinner and overnight. (D)
After breakfast drive to Memphis on the edge of the western desert, the capital of the ancient kingdom, and one of the most important cities throughout the history of ancient Egypt. From here we drive to Sakkara, the vast necropolis of ancient Memphis. Lunch during tour. P.M. Drive to the Pyramids of Giza. Cheop's Pyramid, the largest of the three, was built in the 3rd Dynasty about 2690 BC., and is one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. In front of the Pyramid of Chephren, we find the Sphinx carved from a single piece of stone, it is a lion with a pharaoh's head thought to be a portrait of the Pharaoh Chephren. Return to your cruise ship for dinner and overnight. (B, L, D)
Breakfast, then start your tour visiting the Egyptian Museum famous for its antiquities from Egypt's Pharaonic Period, which dates back some 50 centuries and includes the fabulous treasures of King Tut-Ankh-Amon. Afternoon excursion to Old Cairo, visiting the very old Coptic Churches and the oldest Jewish Synagogue of Beni Ezra. Lunch on board your cruise. P.M. Continue your visit at the Mohammed Ali Mosque and the Citadel of Salah-el-Din and the medieval bazaars of Khan-el-Khalili. Where you can bargain for your jewelry and hand-tooled leather items. Return to your cruise ship for dinner and overnight. (B, L, D)
Breakfast, then sail to Ben Mazar. Later continue our sail from Ben Mazar to Beni Hasan. Lunch, dinner on board your cruise ship. (B, L, D)
Breakfast, then visit the Tombs of Beni Hasan, the most important necropolis between Asyut and Memphis. There is about 39 tombs dating back to the 11th and 12th Dynasty. Sail from Beni Hasan to Tel-el-Amarna. Lunch, dinner and overnight on board cruise ship. (B, L, D)
Breakfast and visit the Ay's Tomb which is considered to be the finest tomb remaining in the necropolis. The drawings show Ay and his wife receiving gold collars from Akhenaten and Nefertiti, from there to Huya's or Yuyu Tomb, who was the steward of Queen Tiyi, the Queen Mother and wife of Amenhotep III. A royal banquet is located to the left and right of the main hall., then visit Meri-Re II who was the superintendent of the Palace of Queen Nefertiti and onto Meri-Re I who was a high rank Priest of Aton. Continue our tour visiting Panhesy who was the Chief Servitor of the Aton in Akhenaten. The facade that decorated the outside of his tomb is still preserved. Lunch, dinner on board cruise ship. Sail to Asyut. (B, L, D)
Breakfast and sail to Suhag, lunch, dinner and overnight on board cruise ship. (B, L, D)
Breakfast and sail to Naga Hammadi. Lunch, dinner and overnight on board cruise ship. (B, L, D)
Breakfast and sail to Qena and to Dendarah. Arrive Dendarah, then visit the Temple of Dendarah built in the first century BC for the Goddess Hathor, that of Beauty, Love and Joy. It has a unique zodiac painting on its ceiling. Continue our sailing to Abidos, to visit the Temple of Abidos which is a Greco-Roman temple that lies about 40 miles north of Luxor. The temple was first initiated by Ptolemy III with numerous additions by subsequent Roman Ptolemaic rulers. It houses a famous painting of Queen Cleopatra, and Caesarion, her son from Julius Caesar. The temple is renowned for its horoscope inscriptions. Sail to Luxor. Lunch, dinner and overnight on board cruise. (B, L, D)
Breakfast, then cross to the west bank, visit the necropolis of Thebes, Valley of the Kings and Valley of the Queens including Temple of Queen Hatshepsut at Deir el Bahari, the Tomb of the Nobles and the Colossi of Memnon. Lunch, dinner and overnight on board your cruise ship. Sail to Aswan. (B, L, D)
Breakfast, arrive Aswan, then you will be met and transferred to Aswan Airport for your flight to Abu-Simbel. Upon arrival at Abu-Simbel Airport, you will be transferred to visit the Great Temple, hewn in the rock, with the four colossal seated statues of the King in front of the entrance, it was dedicated to Amun-Ra, the Horakkhti, and Ramses II. Then visit King's wife temple which was threatened by the waters on the completion of the Aswan High Dam have been preserved by International Action organized by "Unesco". All of the parts of the temple (statues, inscribed slabs, etc) have been rebuilt on a plateau above the former site. Return back to Abu-Simbel Airport for your flight back to Aswan, upon arrival at Aswan Airport, you will be met and transferred back to your cruise ship. Lunch, dinner and overnight on board cruise ship. (B, L, D)
Breakfast, then visit the Botanical Gardens and the Agha Khan Mausoleum by felucca. Continue our tour to visit the Temple of Philae, the High Dam, the Granite Quarries and the Unfinished Obelisk. Lunch, dinner and overnight on board cruise. Sail to Edfu. (B, L, D)
Breakfast, then visit the Temple of Horus in Edfu. Sail to Kom-Ombo, visit the temple shared by the two gods Sobek and Harories. Lunch, dinner and overnight on board cruise. (B, L, D)
Breakfast and sail from Esna to Luxor, visit the newly opened magnificent Tomb of Nefertari, it consists of 25 chambers and it houses the sons of King Ramses II. Balance of day at leisure in Luxor. Lunch, dinner and overnight on board cruise ship. (B, L, D)
Breakfast, lunch, then visit the Temple of Karnak and the Temple of Luxor. Disembark your cruise ship in Luxor where you will be met and transferred to the historical Old Winter Palace Hotel. Lunch. Balance of day at leisure. P.M. You will be met and transferred to attend the magnificent Sound and Light Show. Dinner and overnight in Luxor. (B, L, D)
Breakfast and morning at leisure. Lunch, then you will be met and transferred to Luxor Airport for your return flight to Cairo. Arrive Cairo where you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The luxurious Mena House Oberoi Hotel for dinner and overnight. (B, L, D)
Breakfast, then drive to visit the Pyramid of Maidum was originally a seven-stepped pyramid. It was enlarged to an eight-stepped pyramid. Eventually the steps were filled in and a smooth outer facing turned it into a true pyramid. It is a huge structure that is surrounded by the debris from the casing that collapsed. The Maidum Pyramid is thought to have been started by Huni, the last ruler of the 3rd Dynasty and then completed by his son Sneferu. Sneferu was the first 4th Dynasty Pharaoh. (2613-2494 BC). A little north from the Maidum Pyramid is the remains of the Seila Step Pyramid, it is made of limestone and is thought to be from the 2nd Dynasty. Lunch. From there we drive to Dhashur to visit the Red Pyramid and the Bent Pyramid. The constructor of these pyramids is thought to have been Sneferu. Sneferu is thought as well to have built the Pyramid of Maidum. His son was Cheops who continued his constructive tendencies. Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight. (B, L, D)
Breakfast and morning at leisure. Lunch at your hotel. P.M. You will be met and transferred to attend the magnificent Sound and Light Show at the Giza Plateau. Later transfer back to your hotel for dinner and overnight. (B, L, D)
Breakfast, then you will be met by our representative and transferred to Cairo Airport, where you will be helped with your check-in and immigration formalities for your flight back home. (B)
Also Included: All taxes, service charges, port charges and entrance fees to sights mentioned included as well. All meals through-out the trip are included. (Breakfast, lunch and dinners are all included in package price.) All transfers, meeting and assistance and baggage handling is included. "If any modifications or changes are needed to package, that will be accommodated at an extra cost".
Not included: Items of personal nature, such as phone calls, wine, tips,etc.
Departure from other gateway cities is available as follows: Departure out of Boston, please add $129. Departure out of Washington, D.C., add $149. Departure out of Chicago, please add $259. Departure out of Los Angeles, please add $369 or call for your city.
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: For single occupancy in hotels and on board cruise, please add $1239.
EXTENSIONS & OPTIONAL TOURS: Extra days and optional tours to sites that are not included are available upon request.
If airfare from the U.S.A. is not required, please deduct $920 from posted rate.
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