October 3, 2024 – 14 Days : Hosted by Troy (& possibly Michael).
See world heritage icons in the comfort of small group private travel in October 2024. Join Troy and team on this 13 night, very inclusive journey from Cairo, including a Nile River Cruise, and dive into the awe-inspiring beauty of this historically rich region!
The historic cities, monumental architecture and epic landmarks of Ancient Egypt await your arrival. From the bustling metropolis of Cairo and Memphis to a 4 night Nile River Cruise, you’ll be immersed in the culture and beauty of these amazing locations.
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The services of a professional, multilingual Tour Director will be provided throughout & air conditioned motorcoach.
(L) 4 Lunches
(D)11 Dinners- includes 2 glasses of wine or beer for each dinner on land tour
CAIRO Ramses Hilton Hotel
LUXOR – Sofitel Winter Palace Luxor
ASWAN – Eco Lodge
GIZA – Mena House with Pyramid View Rooms
Please note: Hotels mentioned above are not yet being held. Properties listed are indicative only. While we will make every attempt to secure the named hotel, the group may be accommodated in similar hotels which may not be the same as mentioned.
One group airport transfer on arrival and departure.
If passengers will be arriving at multiple different times throughout the day, additional transfer costs may apply. Please note that stateside transfers are not included in pricing
SIGHTSEEING Sightseeing as outlined in the itinerary with inside visits (including admission charges) and special features shown in the tour description. Sightseeing with local guides where applicable. Please note that sightseeing is subject to availability at the time of travel. If select sightseeing proves unavailable, an alternative will be discussed/arranged.
Headsets throughout tour
Free Wi-Fi available on your motorcoach (where available)
Day 2 – Intra Vacation Air -Cairo to Luxor included
Day 10 – Intra Vacation Air – Aswan to Cairo included
INCLUDES unlimited drinks on the Nile cruise
INCLUDES Cairo Airport Expediter
INCLUDES tourist police officer to travel with the group
International Airfare NOT INCLUDED
Board your overnight flight from the USA on October 2, 2024
Day 1 – October 3rd (THU) – ARRIVE CAIRO, EGYPT
Welcome to Egypt!
Your Tour Director will greet you at the Cairo airport for one group transfer to your hotel
Enjoy the day at leisure and This evening celebrate with a welcome dinner at a local restaurant
Note: Group needs to arrive together on the same flight or during the same arrival window (preferred arrival window is 60-90 minutes) to utilize the included group transfer to the hotel. Any flights falling outside of that window are not eligible for the group transfer. Individual transfer costs can be quoted separately.
Day 2 – October 4th (FRI) – CAIRO – INTRA VACATION AIR – LUXOR
Transfer to the Cairo airport for your flight to Luxor
Intra Vacation Air flight to Luxor
Upon arrival transfer to your hotel
The balance of your day is at your leisure
Day 3 – October 5th (SAT) – LUXOR
•Visit Dendera and the Temple of Hathor, goddess of love and joy. The Dendera Temple is dedicated to the goddess Hathor and its construction, beginning in the reign of Nectanebo I, continued into the Roman period. The temple has two decorated crypts, two halls with ceilings supported by columns and two funeral chapels, from where the famous “zodiac” from the Louvre comes. Enjoy dinner this evening at your hotel.
Day 4 – October 6th (SUN) – LUXOR. EXCURSION TO VALLEY OF THE KINGS & QUEENS
Visit the Valley of the Kings, site of the magnificence and grandeur of Egyptian burial
Architecture. Hear the stories of the many kings buried in the valley, including the tombs King Tuthmosis I, Tutmosis III, Tut-Ankh-Amon, King Ramses VI, King Merneptah, and Amenhotep II.
Continue to the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, built by Queen Hatshepsut, daughter of Thermoses I. Hear about the queen’s nearly 20-year reign as the only pharaonic women to rule Egypt during the 18th Dynasty (1490-1469 B. C).
Visit magnificent Valley of the Queens where the tomb of Queen Nefertari lies
Visit Deir el-Medina the workmen’s village who built the royal tombs
This evening enjoy dinner at a local restaurant
Day 5 – October 7th (MON) – LUXOR EMBARKATION- River Mysteries Revealed
Your morning is at your leisure
Transfer to your cruise ship to embark on your Nile River cruise ship with lunch on board
This afternoon, guided sightseeing includes the Karnak Temple and Luxor Temple.
Day 6 – October 8th (TUE) – CRUISING: LUXOR– ESNA-EDFU
Time to wander around at your own pace or perhaps take an optional excursion on the West Bank of the Nile
Enjoy a Captain’s welcome cocktail party
Sail to Edfu
Day 7– October 9th (WED) – CRUISING: EDFU–KOM OMBO–ASWAN
Visit the Temple of Horus, then enjoy lunch on board while sailing
Guided walking tour includes the temple dedicated to the crocodile and falcon gods
Free time to browse
Enjoy a Galabeya (traditional Egyptian gown) party on board this evening
Day 8– October 10th (THU) – CRUISING ASWAN
Sail on a felucca (traditional wooden sailing boat) around Kitchener’s Island and the Mausoleum of Aga Khan
Take part in a Nubian Folklore presentation on board this evening
Day 9– October 11th (FRI) – ASWAN – DISEMBARKATION
Disembark and board your coach to travel to the High Dam of Aswan, an engineering miracle when it was built in the 1960s. From the top of the High Dam, you can gaze across Lake Nasser to the Kalabsha Temple in the south and the huge power station to the north. Cross the reservoir of the Aswan Low Dam by boat to visit the island site of the Temple of Philae and follow your guide on a walking tour to explore this remarkable monument to the goddess Isis.
Then explore the Northern Quarry to see the extraordinary Unfinished Obelisk, abandoned here due to a crack in the sculpted bedrock. See the stoneworkers’ marks that are visible on the stone and hear the fascinating stories of ancient Egyptian quarries and the history of the 1-tonne obelisk with a knowledgeable Egyptologist. Arrive at your Aswan hotel to enjoy dinner.
Day 10 – October 12th (SAT) – ASWAN–INTRA VACATION AIR – CAIRO
Transfer to the Aswan airport for your flight to Cairo.
Upon arrival see the Sphinx and the Great Pyramids
Transfer to your Giza hotel for the balance of your day at leisure
Day 11 – October 13th (MON) – CAIRO
Visit the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization with entrance and guided tour
Visit the Egyptian Museum with entrance and guided tour*
* Please include GEM entrance and tour if available (if not open, it will be the original)
Day 12– October 14th (TUE) – CAIRO. EXCURSION TO SAKKARA & MEMPHIS
Pack thousands of years of history into a single day on this half-day Egyptologist-led excursion. You’ll see the vast ancient burial grounds at Sakkara with the world-famous Step Pyramid of Djoser.
Continue to the mouth of the Nile Delta for a stop at Memphis, Egypt’s first capital and bustling ancient hub of commerce, trade, and religion. See the colossus of Rameses II statue, and more.
Return to your hotel for an afternoon at your leisure
Day 13 – October 15th (WED) – CAIRO
Enjoy a day at your leisure
This evening celebrate the success of your custom tour with a farewell dinner at a local
Day 14 – October 16th (THU) – DEPART CAIRO, EGYPT
After breakfast one group airport departure transfer is included to the Cairo airport for your flight back to the USA
Note: Group needs to depart together on the same flight or during the same departure window (preferred departure window is 60-90 minutes) to utilize the included group transfer to the airport. Any flights falling outside of that window are not eligible for the group transfer. Individual transfer costs can be quoted separately.
Want to go? Simply complete this Secure Payment Form to authorize deposit for “Treasures of Ancient Egypt 2024”. Also (if we don’t already have it) please complete this Secure Passport Form for each passenger. Questions simply call us 843-279-0310 or email email@example.com . The nonrefundable deposit amount is $1500 per person + insurance (below). A nonrefundable interim deposit (to secure intra-tour air) of $500 per person is due March 3, 2024. Final Payment will be due July 5th, 2024, also nonrefundable.
Special offer of $500 per person is deducted from the total cost of the trip, but the deposit remains the same. Group insurance is reduced to $594 per person (before adding prorated air costs, once known).
*Airfare: International Airfare is not included. For your convenience, we offer airfare for purchase with all vacation packages. If you purchase an air inclusive program, your airfare will be quoted inclusive of all fuel, taxes and fees.
** Deposit and payments are non-refundable. Travel Insurance is strongly recommended. You can get our group rated Allianz policy for $675 per person to cover the tour. Once airfare cost is known, we can add that to your policy at a prorated amount.
Air estimates will include all government-imposed taxes and fees applicable at the time of booking and will be shown as a total amount. Additional airline fees for baggage may apply. For more information please check our website, the carrier’s website, or iflybags.com for up-to-date baggage pricing/restrictions.
The hotels provided for your custom tour quotation will be of similar quality to those listed. Please note, no hotels are reserved at the time of quotation, therefore the hotel list is subject to change. Accommodations will be confirmed 60 days after receipt of deposit for tours traveling that same year and 120 days after receipt of deposit for tours traveling the following year and beyond. If for any reason we are unable to confirm a particular hotel within this timeline, we reserve the right to have additional time to confirm the hotel and may seek alternative accommodation. Accommodations will be provided in superior first-class hotels, or best available first-class. Twin- bedded rooms with private bath or shower, based on double occupancy. Hotel taxes, service charges, state and local taxes, porterage service for one piece of luggage per person, tips to baggage porters and hotel staff is all included in the tour prices.
Airport taxes (where applicable), checked and excess baggage, meals not included in attached itinerary, all items of a personal nature such as laundry, cleaning, telephone, internet, or fax expenses, beverages including tea and coffee (except at breakfast and at hotel dinners), wines, liquors, soft drinks, etc. (except where specified in the itinerary).
Note: In some cases, gratuities for local guides cannot be included and must be paid while on tour.
Egyptian Visa: U.S. citizens can obtain a renewable single-entry 30-day tourist visa upon arrival at Egyptian airports for a 25 USD fee. A multiple entry visa is also obtainable for 60 USD. The Government of Egypt has created a website for the issuance of “e-visas.”
IDENTIFICATION: Passports are required for this tour at your expense. Certain countries require a minimum of 6 months passport validity from date of return home. You are strongly urged to contact the appropriate consulate for details. Visit travel.state.gov for the U.S. State Department for the latest details about passports and visa requirements.IMPORTANT: We recommend that our clients traveling abroad take a photocopy of their passport and applicable visas. It should be packed separately from your actual passport and visa. We also recommend leaving a copy at home with your emergency contact.*Airfare: For your convenience, we offer airfare for purchase with all vacation packages. If you purchase an air inclusive program, your airfare will be quoted inclusive of all fuel, taxes and fees. Your rates are subject to change until paid in full. Preassigned seats are limited and may not be available on every flight or departure date. Checked Baggage Charges: Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage. Please contact your airline or refer to its website for detailed information regarding your airline’s checked baggage policies. Cancellation Charges for this tour: All charges are 100% nonrefundable.
Ancient Egyptians believed that upon death, they would be asked two questions, and their answers would determine whether they could continue their journey in the afterlife. The first question was “Did you bring joy?” the second was “Did you find joy?”
We’ve all been down a long hard road since the pandemic, but we believe it’s time to find our joy again – and there are so many wonderful places to do it! So, why not start with Egypt?
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