Egypt & the Eternal Nile

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Accompanied by an expert Egyptian guide, this singular 15-day small group journey through antiquity begins in storied Cairo with the acclaimed Egyptian Museum, Memphis’s open-air museum, and the astounding Pyramids of Giza with their Great Sphinx.  Embark on a fascinating three-night Lake Nasser cruise from Abu Simbel to Aswan, visiting ancient Nubia’s outstanding temples and Aswan’s massive dam.  Then:  a classic four-night Nile voyage from Aswan to Luxor, with opportunities to sail on a traditional felucca and explore Luxor’s awe-inspiring temple complexes, before returning to Cairo.  Discover fabled Petra, ancient Jerash, and Amman with an optional 5-day/4-night post-tour Jordan extension.

Pricing from
$4,997
Trip Type
Group Travel Tour, International Land & Rail Voyages, International River Voyages
Departure Dates
Oct 26, 2020 - Nov 9, 2020

EXTENSIONS

November 9-13, 2020
Jordan: Petra & Amman
5 days/4 nights for $1,695 total price
Single Supplement: $395
Discover the fabled “rose-red city, half as old as time” on this exciting exploration. Plus: ancient Jerash and the capital of Amman

Your Tour Price Includes
• Air transportation Cairo/Amman
• 4 nights’ accommodations: 2 nights in Petra at Mövenpick Resort Petra (Sup. First Class); 2 nights in Amman at Grand Hyatt Amman (Deluxe)
• 9 meals: 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners
• Extensive included sightseeing: Madaba (City of Mosaics); Mt. Nebo pilgrimage site; full day at Petra; Amman’s Roman theatre and Citadel; Roman ruins of Jerash
• Services of an Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director
• Private motorcoach transportation
• Gratuities for dining room servers, airport and hotel porters, and all drivers

TOUR MAP

Egypt map

ITINERARY

  • day October 26, 2020

    Depart U.S. for Cairo, Egypt

  • day October 27:

    Arrive Cairo

    We arrive in the Egyptian capital and transfer to our hotel. As guests’ arrival times may vary greatly, we have no group activities or meals planned.

  • day October 28:

    Cairo

    After a morning briefing, our full-day tour begins at the acclaimed Egyptian Museum, the world’s greatest repository of ancient relics. Then we tour the Citadel of Saladin housing the alabaster Mosque of Mohamed Ali. Tonight we enjoy a welcome dinner at a local restaurant. B,L,D

  • day October 29:

    Cairo

    Today’s tour starts at the open-air museum at Memphis, Egypt’s first capital (3100 bce). We continue on to the necropolis at Sakkara then to the astounding Pyramids of Giza, the wonders of antiquity that have drawn visitors for millennia. Here, we encounter the enigmatic Sphinx, whose leonine body and human face were carved from a single piece of limestone. B,L

  • day October 30:

    Cairo/Abu Simbel/Embark Lake Nasser Cruise

    Early this morning we fly south to Aswan then continue by coach across the edge of the Sahara to Abu Simbel. We board our Lake Nasser ship in time for lunch, then visit the temples and colossal 65-foot-high statues of Ramses II and his wife Nefertari that were dismantled and moved to higher ground during the construction of the Aswan High Dam. Tonight we watch a dramatic Sound & Light show at Abu Simbel. B,L,D

  • day October 31:

    Lake Nasser Cruising – Kasr Ibrim/ Amada/Wadi el-Seboua

    Early risers can watch the sun climb over the temples at Abu Simbel before we sail to Kasr Ibrim, the last remaining Nubian settlement in its original location. From the sun deck we learn about this ancient site (it’s forbidden to go ashore here), then sail to Amada, followed by Wadi el-Seboua. B,L,D

  • day November 1:

    Lake Nasser Cruising – Valley of the Lions/Aswan

    This morning we visit the striking avenue of sphinxes in Wadi el-Seboua’s “Valley of the Lions” then cruise to Aswan. B,L,D

  • day November 2:

    Disembark/Aswan/Embark Nile Cruise Ship

    We set out early this morning to visit New Kalabsha, site of the largest freestanding Nubian temple, which was relocated here for the construction of the Aswan High Dam. We return to
    our ship for breakfast then bid farewell to the crew as we embark on a tour of the Aswan High Dam. Next we visit the imposing temple to Isis on Agilkia Island before boarding our Nile cruise ship. This afternoon we embark small feluccas, replicas of ancient Nile sailboats, for a relaxing sail. Back on board our ship tonight we enjoy the Captain’s welcome cocktail party. B,L,D

  • day November 3:

    Nile Cruising – Kom Ombo/Edfu/ Luxor

    This morning we sail to the ancient trading town of Kom Ombo, with outstanding Nile views from the Temple of Sobek. After returning to our ship, we sail on to Edfu where we explore Edfu’s Temple of Horus, Egypt’s best-preserved temple (built between 237 bce–57 bce). We return to our ship for lunch as we sail to Luxor (our final sail), enjoying a quiet afternoon on the Nile. A belly dance performance accompanies dinner tonight. B,L,D

  • day November 4:

    Nile Cruising – Luxor/West Bank

    Known in antiquity as Thebes, Luxor boasts vast temple complexes, tombs, and statues dating from 2755 bce that represent the pinnacle of Egyptian architecture. Today we explore the West Bank, site of the haunting Valley of the Kings, where 34 royal tombs feature magnificent paintings; the Valley of the Queens; and the Temple of Hatshepsut honoring one of the few female pharaohs. We also see the massive Colossi of Memnon, two 64-foot-high statues of Amenhotep III that once guarded the gates of his mortuary temple. B,L,D

  • day November 5:

    Nile Cruising – Luxor/East Bank

    Today we tour Luxor’s East Bank, home of Karnak, the greatest temple complex of them all, whose ruins stretch for more than a mile to connect with Luxor. Built over a period of 1,500 years, Karnak boasts a breadth and diversity of buildings not seen elsewhere. We also explore Luxor Temple, whose builders included both Tutankhamun and Alexander the Great. Here, at the Great Court of Ramses II, we see the ancient obelisk whose twin presides over Place de la Concorde in Paris. B,L,D

  • day November 6:

    Disembark/Luxor

    We have the choice to rise early to see the West Bank from above on a hot air balloon ride (additional fee). We disembark our ship later this morning and transfer to our hotel. This afternoon we tour the Luxor Museum, housing relics discovered at the site. Dinner tonight is on our own. B,L

  • day November 7:

    Luxor/Cairo

    We fly to Cairo today. After checking in at our hotel, we visit the lively Khan el-Khalili bazaar. This afternoon is free for independent exploration. B

  • day November 8:

    Cairo

    This morning we encounter Old Cairo, the district where early capital cities once stood and now only remnants remain. We visit 5th-century St. Sergius Church, the Coptic church of el-Muallaqa, and Ben Ezra Synagogue, built in 882. Mid-day we return to our hotel where tonight we enjoy a farewell dinner. B,D

  • day November 9:

    Depart for U.S.

    Very early this morning we transfer to the airport for our return flight to the U.S. B

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