Wonders of Ancient Egypt

With a First Class Nile Cruise

Tour Highlights

On this tour we journey through ancient history and   experience the fascinating culture of Egypt. 
With some of the most enduring historical monuments on earth, we start our Egyptian adventure in Cairo (City of a Thousand Minarets) - a fascinating blend of ancient and modern. Nearby is one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Pyramids. As you will see however, Cairo has a lot more to offer - grand mosques, bustling bazaars and plenty of ancient landmarks around every turn.

After Cairo we will glide back in time to the “Land of the Pharaohs” on our unforgettable Nile cruise, and see the vast collection of temples and tombs that serve as an eternal museum for the world’s oldest civilization. The cruise takes us to Aswan, Edfu, Kom Ombo, Luxor and the Valley of the Kings and Queens, while experiencing the renowned Egyptian hospitality.

We will cruise in the comfort of our First Class riverboat – the MS Blue Shadow (or similar), a ship specifically built for Nile cruising. Cabins have a window, private bathroom with shower and air-conditioning. Amenities on board include entertainment, a lounge bar, gift shop, a swimming pool and pool bar. All shore excursions are included, and a trained Egyptologist will accompany us to each site. 

Tour Highlights:

   • Visit the Great Pyramids of Giza & the mighty Sphinx
   • Touring in Cairo including a guided tour of the    Egyptian Museum of Antiquities 
   • Visit the famous Khan El Khalili Bazaar 
   • Sail in a felucca across the Nile
   • Visit the Valley of the Kings to see the tombs of Tut Ankh Amun and Ramses VI
   • The Temple of Karnak, Luxor, Queen Hatshepsut and the Colossi of Memnon in Luxor
   • Visit the High Dam and Unfinished Obelisk in Aswan
   • The Ramses II statue & Alabaster Sphinx in Memphis

* Those joining our tours to the MIddle East must be able to walk fairly long distances and climb stairs easily.

Tentative Itinerary

We depart on our direct, non-stop flight to Cairo.
We arrive in Cairo and transfer to our centrally located hotel. The balance of the day is free until our Welcome Dinner this evening.
This morning we travel to Giza where, overlooking the Nile Valley and Cairo, we visit the 3 Great Pyramids - one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and the Great Sphinx - a colossal lion with a Pharoh’s head. Enjoy free time in the afternoon.
Our tour of Cairo begins with the world- famous Egyptian Museum, including the fabulous collection of Pharaonic antiquities, especially the golden treasures of the Tut Ankh Amun Exhibit. Our sightseeing of Old Cairo continues with a visit of the Alabaster Mosque and the Great Citadel. Built by Saladin, rising majestically over the city the mosque offers a panoramic view of Cairo and the Nile. We visit the Church of Abu Serga, Moallaqa Church (Hanging Church) and the Ben Ezra Synagogue - the oldest Jewish synagogue in Egypt.
This morning we visit “paradise within the heart of Cairo” also known as Al Azhar Park, for a stroll in its famous gardens. Then we’ll relax in a traditional Egyptian wooden boat (felucca) for a leisurely sail on the Nile. After lunch we’ll stop in Khan El Khalilii Bazaar, rich in silks and carpets, where craftsmen use age-old traditions in creating their wares.
We fly to Luxor and board our cruise boat for a 7-night cruise. After lunch we’ll visit the most impressive of all temples - Karnak, and see the Great Temple of Amon, the Hypostyle Hall, the Obelisk of Queen Hatshepsut, the Granite Scara of Amenophis II, Sacred Lake and many shrines. Then at the Temple of Luxor we see the granite statue of Ramses II and the many halls and pillars that make up this beautiful temple.
Our sightseeing of Luxor continues in the West Bank (Thebes) where there are some of the richest treasures in the world, including the tomb of Tut Ankh Amun and other royal tombs including Ramses VI in the Valley of the Kings. We continue to visit Hatshepsut’s funerary temple at Dier El Bahari and the Colossi of Memnon. We sail to Edfu via the locks of Esna.
This morning we visit the ancient, yet remarkably intact, Temple of Horus. Horus (the Sun God) is always pictured as a man with a falcon’s head, often with a solar disk. We sail to Kom Ombo where we visit the Sobek Temple, dedicated to two gods: Haroeris, a hawk-headed god and Sobek, the crocodile god. In order not to offend either, a twin shrine was built on a hill overlooking the Nile. We continue on to Aswan.
In Aswan, the Nile parts into many arms divided by immense granite rocks and islands, particularly the island of Elephantine. There is only a small area of fertile land producing what are considered the finest dates in all of Egypt. We visit the Temple of Philae, dedicated to Goddess Isis and the High Dam. In the afternoon, we sail in a felucca to view Kitchener’s Island, the Botanical Garden and the Aga Khan mausoleum.
Our boat stays docked in Aswan for a day at leisure. You may further explore Aswan on your own, join an optional tour to the majestic Abu Simbel or stay onboard and relax on the sundeck.
We sail via Kom Ombo to Edfu again passing through the locks of Esna, cruising past small desert villages where life goes on much as it has for thousands of years. See camels, water buffalo and donkeys at work on the small farms.
Enjoy a morning at leisure in Edfu before we sail back to Luxor. Given all our sightseeing over the past several days, some time to relax will be most welcome.
We disembark our ship and fly back to Cairo. The rest of the day is at leisure. Tonight is our Farewell Dinner.
This morning we drive past small villages to visit the towns of Memphis and Sakkara. The highlight will be the Step Pyramids of King Zoser - the oldest stone building in the world. Lunch will be included at a local restaurant. The afternoon will be at leisure perhaps for some last-minute shopping. After dinner we transfer to the airport for our flight home (direct, non-stop to Toronto).
Early morning arrival back to Toronto.

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