Egypt in Style
February 20 to March 07, 2021
Whether it’s your first visit or your tenth, this is the perfect time for you to see Egypt, with its incredible monuments, temples, artifacts and history. Cruise along the eternal NILE River in the style of the “belle époque of the early 20th century” on a yacht that was built for the King of Egypt. Witness time standing still evidenced by the rhythm of life along its banks. Visit all of the sites that one expects to see in an itinerary offering an overview of the history of the region. A highlight of this tour is the visit of the newly opened Museum of Antiquities, which is the largest in the world. Visit temples, tombs, pyramids and markets and explore the Coptic Christian heritage of Egypt as well as its Islamic monuments. Explore Khan el Khalili bazaar in Cairo for a slice of life both past and present. Of course, no itinerary would be complete without a stop at some of the oldest attractions in the world, the colossal pyramids of Giza and the mysterious Sphinx. NO trip is complete in Egypt without flying to see the most majestic and monumental of its temples: Abu Simbel. Let this superbly-crafted exploration of Egypt captivate you with the bountiful treasures of ancient times and the hospitality of modern natives.
Tour cost (land and air from JFK) per person in double occupancy : $6,995.00
Single Supplement: $1,450.00
Airline credit for not using the included air: $900.00
Price based on a minimum of 6 participants and maximum of 14 participants
Led by Professor Norman Jones
Your tour does not include
Entry visa (Currently $30.00 available upon arrival)
Any meals not mentioned in the itinerary
Trip surcharge to operate below required minimum participants.
Dayroom or extra hotel nights necessitated by airline flight schedule changes.
Items of a personal nature (camera fees at sites, laundry, phone calls, emails, excess luggage, etc.), drinks, tips.
Travel protection insurance.
Any increase to entrance fees imposed by government or new taxes or fuel surcharges.
Your tour includes
International air from JFK using Egypt air including airport taxes and fuel surcharges.
Domestic flights within Egypt: Cairo/Luxor - Aswan/ Abu Simbel – Aswan/Cairo.
6 nights’ accommodation at Marriott Cairo or similar on bed and breakfast basis
1 night in Sheraton Hotel or similar in Alexandria
5 nights’ accommodation on the Queen Farida Dahabiya on full board basis
1 night at Sonesta Luxor hotel or similar
1 night at Bamsa Hotel in Aswan or similar.
Abu Simbel excursion
All Transfers and Sightseeing by A/C Coach.
All Entrance Fees as per the Program
Meals as per program (B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner). Bottled water during touring on bus.
Gratuities to Drivers, Guides, porters, cruise staff, etc.,
English speaking Egyptologist/Guide on all touring days and in all sites.
I Easy - Reasonably paced sightseeing, easy walking, and leisurely days. No particular physical challenges.
**** Luxury: Regular style- usually large- hotels, typical western standard with ample venues, and full amenities. (4 or 5 stars)
Special trip remark: It is anticipated that the new Egyptian Museum will be open by that time, so if it does we will include a visit to it on the Giza day tour.
Sailing the Nile...aboard a Dahabiya
Also spelled (dahabeah, dahabeeyah, dahabiah, , dahabiyah and Dahabia) . These river-going sailboats were common in Egypt in the days of the monarchy (1880-1940s) when travelers loved to cruise the Nile in style. We've revived those elegant days, but with modern comforts and facilities. It is an original and peaceful option to navigate on the river Nile and discover the most singular places of the landscape in a more intimate setting while in absolute luxury, exploring some of Egypt’s ancient sites in the same manner as those nearly 100 years before you.
About your lecturer...Professor Norman Jones is Professor of History of Religious Studies at Utah State University. Holding a doctorate from Cambridge University, he specializes in the interplay of religion and culture, especially on the cultural fault lines where religions meet and identities are shaped through religious allegiances, as in Egypt. He teaches the history of Christianity, and his publications, focusing on the early modern world, include work on the relations between Christianity and Islam. He has been a visiting professor at Harvard, Oxford, the University of Geneva, the University of Hong Kong, and Cambridge, as well as the Huntington Library and the Folger Library. His expertise will deepen your understanding and enrich the experience.
View Tour Itinerary
Sat-Sun, Feb 20 - 21
US – Cairo
Depart the US to Cairo arriving the second day, meet and transfer to your hotel for check in and overnight.
Monday, Feb 22
After breakfast at the hotel, your driver and guide will pick you up for a full day of touring, starting with Cairo's iconic Giza pyramids, where the city meets the desert, then drive south along the river valley to Memphis, the once-resplendent capital of the Old Kingdom, where you will see the reclining statue of Ramses II, then drive a short way on to Saqqara, the burial place of the pharaohs of the Old Kingdom and home of the Step Pyramid of Zoser, one of the world's oldest stone structures of its size. Enjoy the Sound and Light Evening show before returning to your hotel for overnight. (B,L)
Tuesday, Feb 23
After breakfast, enjoy your full day in the city, starting with a visit of the newly opened Egyptian Museum of Antiquities. Afterwards, visit Coptic Cairo with the First Coptic Church in the area Mo’Allaqa (Hanging) in old Cairo, we move in with in few steps to Enter the Coptic Museum & on to the Ben Ezra Synagogue, Abu Serga Church (built over the crypt where Jesus, Mary and Joseph stayed while in Egypt) & on to Khan El Khalili district and bazaars. Lunch at a local restaurant, then back to your hotel for overnight. (B,L)
Wednesday, Feb 24
After breakfast at the hotel, embark on a full day tour of the city's finest Islamic sights, starting with the Citadel of Saladdin overlooking the whole city of Old Cairo, and the Alabaster Mosque of Khedive Mohamed Ali Pasha, then Sultan Hussein Mosque as well as the Islamic Museum and finally the medieval labyrinth alleyways of Khan El Khalili Bazaar. Tonight, you will dine in an Egyptian home, interacting with local families and seeing how they live. (B,L,D)
Thursday, Feb 25
Cairo – Alexandria
Morning drive to Alexandria, The second largest city in Egypt, Alexandria, Egypt’s Hellenistic capitol, known as "The Pearl of the Mediterranean". Enjoy your full day sightseeing including the Alexandria Library, the Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa, consists of a series of Alexandrian tombs, statues and archaeological objects of the Pharaonic funeral cult with Hellenistic and early Imperial Roman influences. Also, visit the Pompey’s Pillar, one of the biggest monoliths in the world, and the Greco Roman Museum, ending with a visit to the Montazah Gardens. Afterwards, transfer to your hotel for check in and overnight. (B,L)
Friday, Feb 26
Alexandria - Cairo
Morning drive back to Cairo, visiting en route, the 4th century castle monastery of Anba [St.] Bishoi and the nearby 6th c. monastery of The Holy Virgin of the Syrians in Wadi El Natrun. Upon arrival transfer to your hotel for check in and overnight. (B)
Saturday, Feb 27
Cairo - Luxor
Transfer to Cairo airport for your flight to Luxor, upon arrival, cross the river to Luxor's West Bank to explore the Valley of the Kings. Visit the well-preserved tombs of several rulers of Old Kingdom Egyptian dynasties. Visit the Mortuary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut (18th dynasty of the Old Kingdom, ca. 1490 BCE), one of Egypt's most successful pharaohs, as well as, the longest-reigning female; Deir El Bahari; and Medinat Habu temple. Drive back to Luxor's East Bank for lunch, then in the afternoon, tour the temples in the massive two-square-kilometer Karnak complex, who’s ancient name means "the most perfect of places," and the graceful Luxor Temple in the heart of town. In the evening you will head back to Luxor Temple to attend the impressive Sound & Light show (B,L)
Sunday, Feb 28
Luxor - Esna (Start cruising)
Morning visit Karnak Temple, and then drive to Esna where you will pass the Nile locks in order to embark on Queen Farida Dahabeya. After lunch, set sail toward the village of El Hegez, just north of Edfu, where you will moor for the night, relaxing on deck and taking in the sights along the way. (B,L,D)
Monday, Mar 01
El Kab - Edfu - El Fuaza
Sail to El Kab, where you will disembark after breakfast to see the seldom-visited site of El Kab, with its vast pre-dynastic cemeteries, early New Kingdom tombs, and temple of Thoth. Return to your cruise and continue sailing to Edfu. Disembark and tour the Edfu Temple, the most complete example of pharaonic architecture. Set sail for the island of El Fuaza and spend the night. (B,L,D)
Wednesday, Jan 29
El Silsila - Meneha Island
Today, you will visit the Temple of El Silsila before setting sail for Meneha Island, where you will disembark to tour the small island before mooring for the night. (B, L, D)
Tuesday, Mar 02
El Fuaza - Gebel El Silsila
After breakfast, set sail for El Ramadya and disembark, enjoy walking in the village to explore the countryside. Return to the cruise to sail to Gebel el Selsela around 3 hours. After lunch, visit gebel el Selsela and continue sailing to Fares village (1 hour), where you will have your dinner and overnight. (B,L,D)
Wednesday, Mar 03
Kom Ombo – Harbyab Island
Sail to Kom Ombo to visit the temple, unique in its dedication to two deities. The most spectacular of the river temples, Kom Ombo is honeycombed with crypts, secret passages, and tunnels under the floors, the source of the gods' human voices. Return to your Dahabeya and depart for Harbyab Island on a leisurely two-hour sail on the scenic river. You will dine and overnight onboard near Harbayb Island. (B,L,D)
Thursday, Mar 04
Harbyab Island - Aswan
Enjoy breakfast on your cruise while you sail towards Aswan. Start your visit by boat ride to explore Philae Temple (dedicated to Goddess Isis). Then visit the High Dam, followed by a relaxing short ride on a felucca (traditional sailing boat). In the afternoon free time to enjoy the Nubian baskets’ market or have a drink at the terrace of the Old Cataract Historical hotel. Overnight onboard (B,L,D)
Friday, Mar 05
Aswan – Abu Simbel
After breakfast, disembark and head to the domestic airport for your flight to Abu Simbel. The monuments on the bank of Lake Nasser south of Aswan were built by Ramses II (r. 1277-1212 BCE). See the two temples excavated in the mountain by Ramses II to his wife Nefertari in the guise of the goddess Hathor, and to himself. They were moved when the High Dam at Aswan was built to avoid being flooded. Return to Aswan and Proceed to the Tombs of the Nobles, perched high above the river on the West side. Here are the ancient tombs of Old and Middle Kingdom officials, presenting a unique style of building away from the political centers of the time and showing a mysterious aspect not seen elsewhere. Continue by camel to the ruins of the Monastery of St. Simeon, built in the 6th century. It was one of the largest Coptic monasteries in Egypt. Return to your hotel for check in and overnight. (B)
Saturday, Mar 06
Aswan – Cairo
After breakfast, head to Elephantine Island by Felucca, the location of the Satet temple (goddess of the star Sirius). Elephantine is famous in Jewish archeology for its Jewish temple and hoard of documents about Jewish life in the 5th century BCE. Allegedly, the , and site where the Ark of the Covenant was allegedly hidden here before it reached Axum in Ethiopia. Also, visit the Nubian Museum, dedicated to the ancient Kingdom of Nubia. Afterwards, transfer to the airport for your flight back to Cairo, upon arrival meet and transfer to your hotel and enjoy the balance of the day free at leisure. (B,D)
Sunday, Mar 07
Cairo – USA
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight back home. (B)
We (STS) reserve the right to change hotels, restaurants or the order of activities if/as needed