Egypt - Itinerary

Day 1-En Route
Departure from the USA.

Day 2-Cairo
Arrive in Cairo. Private meeting at the door of the aircraft for a swift transfer to the VIP Airport lounge. Enjoy the refreshments while our representatives attend to the passport, visa and luggage claim formalities. Meeting and introduction of your guide and driver and transfer by Private Mercedes Limousine to your hotel on the Nile River. Balance of the day at leisure. Evening: A private “Felucca” dinner by candlelight while you sail on the Nile River welcomes you to Cairo (whether permitting).

Day 3-Cairo
Enjoy breakfast overlooking the exquisite view of the Nile. Continue with your private guide and driver to Giza to visit the Three Great Pyramids, the oldest surviving structures of the “7 Wonders of the Ancient World”; enter the Great Pyramid of Cheops. Afterwards, see the astonishing Solar Boat Museum, housing the oldest known ship in the world, uncovered after being buried for over 4500 years. Stand in awe at the magnificent Sphinx carved out of a single piece of stone, guarding the Giza plateau and then, try a camel ride if you like. After lunch at the famous Mena House Hotel, continue to the astounding necropolis of Sakkara, where architecture was born. Stroll along the first large buildings in hewn stone in all history; see the centerpiece – the soaring Step Pyramid of Pharaoh Zoser, the first stone structure to appear in the world. On to the Pyramid of Dahsur, a fascinating link between the first Pyramid of Sakkara and the mighty Pyramid of Giza. Learn more about the “riddle of the Pyramids” as you explore the imposing Red Pyramid, with its tint of reddish limestone blocks and the Bent Pyramid. Return to your hotel. Driver is at your disposal this evening to enjoy the fabulous restaurants, casinos and nightlife of Cairo, the city that never sleeps.

Day 4-Cairo
Sleep later today and enjoy a leisurely breakfast. Your guide and driver will begin your touring day with a visit to the world-famous Egyptian Museum with its 100,000 objects covering 5000 years of ancient Egyptian civilization; view Tutankhamun’s treasures and the fascinating Mummy Room. A-la-carte lunch at a local Middle Eastern restaurant followed by an afternoon of shopping through the exotic Khan El Khalili Bazaar or relaxing by the poolside of your beautiful hotel. Tonight, your driver is at your disposal.

Day 5-Cairo – Luxor {NILE CRUISE}
Morning transfer to the airport for your flight to Luxor. Your guide will accompany you throughout your trip. Upon arrival, transfer to your luxurious suite aboard the Sonesta St. George. Enjoy the ambiance as you get acquainted with your crew and the facilities on board. During your stay, you may wish to indulge in a massage at the spa. After Lunch on board, your private tour begins with the vast Karnak Temple-Complex, built by generations of Pharaohs over a 2000-year period. Visit the Avenue of the Sphinx and the imposing Temple of Luxor with its grand colonnades. Explore the mighty temple of Amun with its mass of obelisks, pylons, colossi and courts. Return to the boat for afternoon tea. Dinner on board.

Day 6-Luxor - Esna {NILE CRUISE}
Early morning hot air balloon ride! Just before sunrise you will lift off in front of Queen Hatshepsut’s Temple and rise up over the pink mountains of the Necropolis. Enjoy the spectacular and inspiring view of the Nile River, and the many tombs, temples, fields and villages. Upon completion of your “flight”, drive to the imposing Valley of the Kings containing the secretive tombs of New Kingdom Pharaohs; enter the Tomb of Tutenkhamen. Continue to the beautifully terraced Temple of Queen Hatshepsut. Pass by the imposing Colossi of Memnon, standing 70 feet tall, before returning to the boat. Lunch on board while we sail to Esna. This evening, the Captain’s welcome cocktail followed by Dinner and a Folkloric Show. Overnight at Esna.

Day 7-Esna - Edfu - Kom Ombo {NILE CRUISE}
Early morning sailing to Edfu where we will visit the Temple of Horus, the best preserved of all large Egyptian temples, built over a 180-year period. We’ll return to the boat for lunch and sailing to Kom Ombo, a hill town overlooking the banks of the Nile. Visit the Greco-Roman Temple of Kom Ombo, dedicated to Horus, the Sun God and Sobek, the Crocodile God. Dinner on board followed by the boat’s traditional Galabiya party. Dinner and overnight at Kom Ombo.

Day 8-Aswan {NILE CRUISE}
Early morning sailing to Aswan. After breakfast on board, visit the Aswan High Dam and the granite quarries where the stone for the ancient monuments and modern dam of Aswan were cut. Continue by motorboat to the beautiful island of Philae to see the exquisite, sandstone Temple of Isis. After Lunch on board, sail on your Felucca around Lord Kitchener's Botanical Garden and pass by the dramatic white marble Aga Khan Mausoleum. Evening: Horse carriage ride to the Nubian Bazaar known as the Spice Market. Enjoy the Belly Dancer tonight as part of your evening entertainment on board. Overnight in Aswan.

Day 9-Aswan - Abu Simbel - Cairo
Bid farewell to your fellow passengers and the crew of the Sonesta St. George as you disembark. Private transfer to the airport to board the short flight from Aswan to Abu Simbel. Arrive Abu Simbel where you will be transferred privately to the spot where Ramses II built his great monumental temple for himself and the smaller temple for his wife, Queen Nefertari. Complete this fascinating visit before your return flight to Cairo. VIP meeting and transfer to your hotel. In the evening, your driver is at your service.

Day 10-Cairo
Your morning is at leisure at your fabulous hotel renowned for expertly pampering their guests. In the afternoon, drive to Old Cairo, to see the 9th century Ben Ezra Synagogue, the oldest in Egypt, and the Mosque of Mohammed Ali, at the 12th century Citadel of Saladin. End the day, bidding farewell to your guide. Evening is at leisure to prepare for your departure.

Day 11-Cairo - En Route
Meeting with your host for transfer to Cairo airport for your departure flight. You’ll be transferred directly to the VIP lounge while our staff attends to the check in formalities. At boarding time, you will be escorted to the departure gate.