Day 1: Depart gateway city
Depart for Cairo, Egypt.
Day 2: Arrive in Cairo
Upon arrival, transfer to the Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza.
Day 3: Cairo
Discovery: Egyptian Museum. See the world’s richest collection of Egyptian artifacts at the Egyptian Museum. Marvel at treasures from Tutankhamen’s tomb.
Gather for a Welcome Reception at the hotel.
Day 4: Cairo/Giza/Sakkara
Discovery: The Pyramids of Giza and Sakkara. Visit Giza, the Great Pyramids, the Sphinx, the Solar Boat Museum and the Papyrus Institute. Continue to Sakkara and the Step Pyramid of Djoser.
Day 5: Cairo
Discovery: Islamic and Coptic Cairo. Visit the Hanging Church; the Church of St. Sergius; and the historic Ben Ezra Synagogue. Stop at the El-Nafeza Foundation, a cooperative workshop employing impoverished people, to see beautiful paper being made by hand. Later, explore the Khan el Khalili bazaar. Continue to the Citadel and visit the Mosque of Mohammed Ali. Conclude your day at the grand Al-Rifai Mosque.
Day 6: Cairo/Fly to Luxor
This morning, fly to Luxor.
Discovery: Luxor Museum. Discover ancient artifacts recovered from the area of Thebes. Continue to the Sonesta St. George Hotel Luxor.
Discovery: The Temple of Luxor. Board a traditional felucca and sail to Luxor Temple.
Day 7: Luxor/Valleys of the Kings and Queens
This morning, check out of the hotel.
Discovery: Luxor’s West Bank. Travel to the Valleys of the Kings and Queens. Visit the tomb of Tutankhamen. View the temple of Queen Hatshepsut, and marvel at the impressive Colossi of Memnon.
Later, embark the Sonesta St. George I.
Discovery: Oriental Institute Chicago House. Enjoy an exclusive visit to the Chicago House in Luxor, whose mission is the preservation of Egypt’s ancient cultural heritage through documentation, conservation and restoration.
Enjoy a belly-dancing performance this evening.
Day 8: Karnak/Cruising the Nile River
Discovery: The Temple of Karnak. Visit the burial place of the Egyptian royal family of the 18th dynasty, which includes a great hall of 134 gigantic sandstone columns.
After lunch on the ship, sail through Esna Lock, enjoy the rest of the day at leisure onboard.
Day 9: Edfu/Kom Ombo
Discovery: The Temple of Horus at Edfu. Go ashore to visit this well-preserved temple, recognized by Archeologists for its unique roof, which was completely buried by desert sand until its excavation in the mid-19th century.
This afternoon, the ship sails to Kom Ombo. After lunch, enjoy an engaging discussion with an Egyptologist.
Discovery: Temple of Sobek and Haroeris. In Kom Ombo, discover this unusual double temple complex. The building’s symmetrical ground plan unifies two adjacent temples, one dedicated to the crocodile-headed Sobek and the other to the falcon-headed Haroeris.
Tonight, enjoy a traditional Nubian show.
Day 10: Aswan/Round-trip flight to Abu Simbel
The ship docks in Aswan for the day.
After breakfast, fly to Abu Simbel.
Discovery: Abu Simbel. Visit the colossal Great Temple of Ramses II. Marvel at the temple’s gargantuan size and the mammoth feat of engineering to reconstruct it on higher ground in its present location.
Fly back to Aswan.
Tonight, enjoy a Farewell Reception and Dinner onboard the ship.
Day 11: Aswan/Disembark ship/Fly to Cairo
This morning, disembark the ship.
Discovery: Temple of Philae and Aswan High Dam. Board a felucca and sail to the island temple complex of Philae, dedicated to the goddess Isis. Continue to the High Dam, an engineering marvel built in the 1960s.
Fly to Cairo, then check in to the InterContinental Citystars Cairo.
The rest of the evening is at leisure.
Day 12: Depart for gateway city
Very early this morning, transfer to the airport for the return flight to your gateway city.
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