Egypt & the Nile River Aboard Sun Boat III

Egypt & the Nile River Aboard Sun Boat III

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Egypt’s Nile River has been the source of life-giving sustenance, cultural riches and mythic power for centuries. Aboard an 18-cabin private yacht, explore the glorious age of the pharaohs. See Giza’s iconic pyramids, visit the majestic temples at Abu Simbel, delve into the tombs of the Valley of the Kings, marvel at the Great Dam at Aswan and view the immense riches gathered at the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities in Cairo. Also explore
Islamic and Coptic Cairo. Embrace the cherished legacy, both ancient and modern, this region has bequeathed to future civilizations.

Pricing from
$11,490
Trip Type
Group Travel Tour, International Land & Rail Voyages, International River Voyages
Departure Dates
Mar 12, 2020 - Mar 25, 2020

SHIP

SUN BOAT III was built in 1992 and extensively refurbished to reflect the graceful style of the 1920s and 1930s. Of the more than 200 cruisers now sailing the Nile, none surpasses this elegant vessel in comfort, service, or cuisine. Its limited capacity and old-world elegance evoke the feeling of sailing the Nile on a private yacht. Secure, well-located, private docking facilities in Luxor and Aswan ensure that Sun Boat III is always convenient and easy to board. All cabins face outside with two picture windows and are equipped with full en suite bathrooms with shower and hair dryer, individually controlled air-conditioning, satellite television, internal telephone and external telephone with international line access, safe deposit box, individual CD player, and mini-bar. Sun Boat III has large, inviting lounges rimmed with windows for comfortable observation of the passing scenery. On the vessel’s spacious sun deck, comfortable lounge chairs surround a plunge pool, perfect for a refreshing dip under brilliant Egyptian skies. Other amenities include a gift shop, restaurant, laundry service, and on-board Internet access.

Sun Boat III

EDUCATIONAL EXPERTS

  • John Meffert

    John Meffert

    John Meffert, consultant on Heritage Conservation Services, has a long tradition with the National Trust. He has served as the Director for our Southern Office from and was the director of the Preservation Society of Charleston, the oldest nonprofit organization in the United States, responsible for preserving the historic resources of Charleston, S.C. John has delighted many study tour groups with his lectures and insights on preservation, and receives rave reviews as study leader.

ITINERARY

  • day 1 & 2

    DEPART U.S. CAIRO, EGYPT Thursday & Friday, March 12 & 13

    Depart home on overnight flights to Cairo. On arrival, transfer to the historic Mena House Hotel. From its early days as a royal hunting lodge and later transformation to a deluxe hotel, Mena House has hosted dignitaries and world leaders visiting the Egyptian capital. Spend the afternoon at leisure, then gather for a welcome orientation meeting and reception. Afterward, stroll the grounds and admire the pyramids lit in the evening shadows. MENA HOUSE HOTEL (R, March 13)

  • day 3

    CAIRO Saturday, March 14

    Marvel at the last standing monument of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Great Pyramid on the Giza Plateau. Then enjoy specially arranged access to the “paws” of the 4,500-year-old halfman, half-lion known as the Great Sphinx. Gather for a special welcome dinner this evening at a private Egyptian home.
    MENA HOUSE HOTEL (B,L,D)

  • day 4

    CAIRO Sunday, March 15

    This morning’s activities will focus on Islamic Cairo’s significant monuments, including the Ibn Tulun Mosque, the oldest surviving Muslim place of worship, and the Mamluk-era Sultan Hassan Mosque and Madrassa. Explore the bustling Khan al-Khalili bazaar. This afternoon is free for independent pursuits.
    MENA HOUSE HOTEL (B,L)

  • day 5

    CAIRO LUXOR Monday, March 16

    Fly to Luxor to explore the fabulous Karnak Temple complex, the largest ancient religious site in the world. Wander among the enormous 134 stone columns, and marvel at the myriad well-preserved obelisks telling stories of the ancients. Embark the Sun Boat III for an afternoon at leisure on board.
    SUN BOAT III (B,L,D)

  • day 6

    DENDERA Tuesday, March 17

    Leisurely cruising this morning allows for a glimpse of daily life in villages along the Nile riverbanks. Arrive in Qena for a visit to the temple complex of Dendera, dedicated to Hathor, the goddess of love, music, wine, and procreation. Cruise back to Luxor. This evening visit the Luxor Temple, brilliantly lit against the darkening Egyptian sky.
    SUN BOAT III (B,L,D)

  • day 7

    LUXOR VALLEY OF THE KINGS Wednesday, March 18

    Enjoy special access to the evocative tombs in the Valley of the Kings, hidden for thousands of years—including the young pharaoh Tutankhamun. Then marvel at the size, architecture, and artwork of the mortuary temple of Ramesses III at Medinet Habu, an important New Kingdom structure acclaimed for its inscribed reliefs depicting the rise and fall of the Sea Peoples. In the late afternoon, visit the Luxor Museum, on the corniche overlooking the west bank of the Nile.
    SUN BOAT III (B,L,D)

  • day 8

    VALLEY OF THE NOBLES Thursday, March 19

    Cross the Nile to Thebes, ancient capital of Egypt. Early this morning visit the unique tombs of two ancient nobles: Rekhmire, who served as vizier during the reigns of Thutmosis III and Amenhotep II, and Sennufer, the mayor of Thebes and overseer of the gardens of Amun during the reign of Amenophis III. Visit the grandiose mortuary temple dedicated to Hatshepsut, Egypt’s iconic female pharaoh. Continue to the Colossi of Memnon, two massive stone statues of Pharaoh Amenhotep III that have stood in the Theban necropolis since 1350 B.C.E.
    SUN BOAT III (B,L,D)

  • day 9

    EDFU CRUISING Friday, March 20

    Enjoy the educational program en route to Edfu. Upon arrival, visit the best preserved ancient temple in Egypt, dedicated to Horus, the ubiquitous falcon-headed god of the Egyptians. The main building includes a great Hypostyle Hall and, just outside, an entrance colonnade that still has original, colored reliefs.This evening enjoy a festive galabeyya (traditional Egyptian garment) party featuring lively music and dancing aboard ship.
    SUN BOAT III (B,L,D)

  • day 10

    ASWAN ABU SIMBEL Saturday, March 21

    Take a short flight to see the astounding monuments at Abu Simbel, located in former Nubian lands. At the twin temples built by Pharaoh Ramesses II, huge statues depict him and his favorite wife, Nefertari. Between 1964 and 1966, during construction of the Aswan High Dam, both temples were dismantled and reconstructed 65 meters higher than their original site to protect them from the rising waters of Lake Nasser. Return to Aswan to view the “unfinished obelisk”—the largest known ancient obelisk—at a nearby quarry. Weather permitting, board a traditional felucca sailboat and sail past Nile River islands Kitchener and Elephantine.
    SUN BOAT III (B,L,D)

  • day 11

    KOM OMBO ASWAN Sunday, March 22

    Cruise to Kom Ombo to explore its unusual double temple, half of which is dedicated to the crocodile god, Sobek, the other half to the falcon god, Horus. Continue cruising to Aswan to visit the island of Agilkia, where the Temple of Isis, once on Philae Island, was relocated when the Aswan Dam project got underway in the 1960s. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the island has numerous ruins including the Kiosk of Trajan. This evening enjoy a festive farewell dinner on board.
    SUN BOAT III (B,L,D)

  • day 12

    LUXOR CAIRO Monday, March 23

    Disembark after breakfast and fly to Cairo. After lunch, tour the massive Egyptian Museum of Antiquities and then settle into your rooms at the Four Seasons. The evening is at leisure.
    FOUR SEASONS FIRST RESIDENCE (B,L)

  • day 13

    SAQQARA DAHSHUR Tuesday, March 24

    Journey to the unique Djoser step pyramid at Saqqara, a precursor to the grand Giza pyramids. Explore the underground galleries where floor-to-ceiling hieroglyphs depict daily life during Egypt’s 3rd dynasty (c. 2670–2613 B.C.E.). After lunch, visit the royal necropolis of Dahshur to see the bent pyramid, which archaeologists now believe represents a transitional form between step-sided and smooth-sided pyramids. Return to the hotel in the late afternoon. The day concludes with a farewell reception and dinner at the hotel.
    FOUR SEASONS FIRST RESIDENCE (B,L,R,D)

  • day 14

    CAIRO HOME Wednesday, March 25

    After breakfast, transfer to the airport for flights home. (B)

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