Discover Egypt's Past and Present
Egypt is one of the most famous civilizations in history, where time has stood still, and secrets from an ancient world are still being discovered. Stand in awe and marvel at the power of the Pyramids of Giza, the enigmatic Sphinx standing guard, the Tombs of the Pharaohs, ancient Memphis, the remnants of Thebes, Ramses II’s magnificent Abu Simbel, and more.
Sail on a felucca on the iconic Nile, be mesmerized by the sound and light show at Karnak Temple, join the fun in Cairo's Khan El Khalili Bazaar, visit a Nubian village, learn about Pharaoh's calligraphy, and discover for yourself Egypt then and now. Never has there been a better time to explore the ancient world as history continues to unfold!
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- Deluxe 7 night river cruise - Luxor / Aswan / Luxor
- Deluxe hotel in Cairo for 7 nights
- Explore the Valley of the Kings, plus Karnak and Luxor Temples
- Guided visits in Edfu and Kom Ombo
- All sightseeing excursions in Aswan – felucca sail, Nubian village, and botanic gardens
- Air excursion to fabulous Abu Simbel
- Enjoy all the sites of ancient and modern Cairo - the Pyramids, and Sphynx, Saqqara and Memphis, Egyptian Museum, Moslem Quarter, Coptic Christian Quarter and more
- Explore the historical gems of Alexandria, Egypt's second-largest city
- Return airfare to Cairo
- All internal flights within Egypt
- Accommodations at Conrad Cairo Hotel, or similar
- Deluxe 7-night river cruise on the upper Nile
- 40 meals included as noted in the itinerary (B - 13 breakfasts, L - 13 lunches, D - 14 dinners)
- Services of our Canadian journey leader, plus a certified Egyptian guide
- Porterage at hotels and the river boat (where available)
- All gratuities, surcharges, taxes and fees for included services
- Airport transfers in Canada or equivalent value with purchase of group airfare
Tour members from across Canada gather in Toronto for the overnight flights to Cairo.
Arriving Cairo this morning, we are transferred to our deluxe hotel, located close to the airport. Our rooms are booked for immediate occupancy. The balance of the day at leisure until we gather for a light dinner this evening.
Conrad Cairo Hotel (1 night)
A short flight takes us to Luxor, the site of ancient Thebes, the pharaohs’ capital during the 16th–11th centuries B.C. Marvel at Karnak Temple, the most impressive of all ancient sites in Egypt. Explore Hypostyle Hall, the Sacred Lake, the Temple of Khonsu and Ramesses III Chapel. Embark on our deluxe Nile river cruise in time for lunch and to enjoy some free time to relax on board. Early this evening, visit the stunning Luxor Temple (circa 1,200 BCE), passing through the Avenue of Sphinxes. On our return to the cruise, we will explore the Corniche and modern Luxor.
ms Concerto II or similar (7 nights)
At dawn, there is an option to experience the world’s largest open-air museum by hot air balloon ($110 USD pp - conditions permitting). Later, we explore the Valley of the Kings. Ever since Howard Carter opened King Tut's tomb, the burial rites of ancient Thebes’ have dazzled the world. Visit a number of tombs including the recently opened and beautifully decorated Tomb of King Seti I. The Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, built into the towering cliff face, consists of three terraces connected by long ramps. Finally, we shall see the massive twin statues of the Colossi of Memnon, representing King Amenhotep III. Relax over lunch as we sail via the lock at Esna, to Edfu. Enjoy dinner and a traditional Gallabiyah party.
Early this morning we take a horse-drawn carriage ride to the 2,000-year-old Ptolemaic Temple of Horus. Very well preserved, it is the second largest temple in Egypt (after Karnak). Built during the Greco-Roman Period, it is the best place to experience the grandeur of ancient Egypt. After enjoying a brief stop in Kom Ombo, we sail to Aswan, the traditional homeland of the Nubians.
This morning we will visit the High Dam and onwards we will continue to the airport and fly to Abu Simbel. Visit the massive reconstructed temple, built by the greatest of the pharaohs, Ramesses II. These rock-cut temples marked the southern boundary of the Egyptian Empire at the peak of the New Kingdom’s power and displayed the strength of Egypt’s rulers. Balance of day free to explore the modern centre of Aswan.
Cruise by felucca (traditional river sailing boat) to Kitchener Island and visit the Botanic Gardens. This afternoon, take a short boat ride to Agilika Island and the temple of Philae. Lastly, visit Aswan's Quarry, home to the famous Unfinished Obelisk, a 41-meter-long slab of granite.
Cruise to Elephantine Island where we visit a Nubian Village. Get acquainted with the life, history and culture of the Nubians at the Animalia Centre. At a local school, we will meet with the children and their teachers, and join a fun class for a lesson on a variety of basic words and numbers. After walking through the village, we will have a traditional lunch in a Nubian home. Enjoy another leisurely cruise today to Kom Ombo, where we visit the Roman style Temple of Sobek, one of the best-preserved in all of Egypt. At the temple's entrance stand two large black granite statues of Horus, depicted as a falcon. The archeological museum is dedicated to the crocodile-headed god Sobek. We overnight in Edfu, with free time to explore.
After passing through Esna lock, enjoy the scenery as we cruise back to Luxor. After settling in, a horse drawn carriage takes us along the Corniche to the central market. Next, we will be awed by the beautiful sound and light show in Karnak Temple.
After a short flight to Cairo, we proceed to EL Moez Street and walk through old Cairo to experience the best Islamic medieval treasures, including traditional schools, mosques, and Sabil (ancient public drinking places for both people & horses). Cairo’s largest market, the Khan El Khalili Bazaar, is popular with tourists and Egyptians alike, selling almost anything you could imagine. Wander through the narrow alleys and practice your bargaining skills. Our hotel for the balance of our time is ideally located on the shores of the Nile.
Conrad Cairo Hotel (6 nights)
Located 30 km south of Cairo lies the UNESCO World Heritage site of Saqqara (Sakkara). This was the Necropolis, the burial site for Memphis, the previous capital of the pharaohs, which is now in ruins. Scattered across the countryside, discover a small sphinx, as well as numerous other pyramids, the most famous of which is the stepped pyramid of Djoser, the oldest stone building known to man. While making our way back into Cairo, visit a Papyrus workshop, to learn about Pharaoh’s calligraphy. Learn to write your name in Hieroglyphic drawings, and receive a certificate with your name written on Papyrus paper! Balance of the day is at leisure.
Today we visit the only remaining of the seven wonders of the ancient world, the Pyramids of Giza. The complex has awed travellers through the ages and had archaeologists scratching their heads over how they were built. Enjoy the view of the Pyramids, and have an opportunity to ride a camel. Then explore around the enigmatic Sphinx, and learn about this massive lion body-human headed sculpture. After lunch, enjoy free time to explore.
This day is dedicated to the world famous Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, home to over 120,000 relics of ancient Egypt. Highlights include the contents of the Tomb of King Tutankhamen. Enjoy lunch in Al Azhar Park, located in the heart of old Cairo and view stunning panoramic views of the world's most intriguing city. Lush green landscaped gardens are an enjoyable sojourn away from the city's major tourist attractions. The park is home to a section of the Ayyubid City Walls, constructed by Salah El Din between 1176 and 1183 AD.
Travel north via the Nile delta to the Mediterranean coast and Alexandria, Egypt’s second largest city, to savour the sea air. See Alexandria’s historic highlights - the Citadel of Qaitbay, Pompey’s Pillar and the well-preserved Roman amphitheater before visiting the impressive new city library, Bibliotheca Alexandrina, which presides over the waterfront Corniche. Enjoy a mouthwatering seafood lunch with stunning views over the Mediterranean Sea.
Our day begins in Islamic Cairo, seeing Saladin’s 12th century Citadel, the City of the Dead and the striking Alabaster Mosque before we continue into the Coptic Quarter of Cairo. See the relics of early Christianity found at the Coptic Museum, visit Abu Serga Church where Jesus, Joseph and Mary stayed, and the El Mouallaga (Hanging) Church, built during the 1st century AD. This evening, we’ll have our special farewell dinner.
This morning, we transfer to the airport for our flights to our homes across Canada, bidding farewell to Egypt.
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Deposit is $950 per person. Final payment is due Wednesday, November 22, 2023.
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