Splendors of Egypt
October 03 to 14, 2019
A possible extension to Israel "Oct 14 to 18, 2019"
Behold the mysteries of Egypt. Cruise along the Nile and witness time standing still evidenced by the rhythm of life along the banks of the river. Stop in Edfu and Kom Ombo to visit the remains of temples. Explore the west and east banks of ancient Thebes, modern day Luxor. Visit the local market in Aswan and the Khan el Khalili bazaar in Cairo for a slice of life both past and present. Relax or go diving at a resort on the Red Sea. Let this superbly-guided exploration of Egypt captivate you with the bountiful treasures of ancient times and the hospitality of modern natives. Sailing the Eternal Nile aboard this small luxury yacht befitting royalties and explorers of the 19th century is an experience like none other!
Israel, the name alone stirs the soul. Visit Nazareth, the birthplace of Jesus, Jerusalem site of the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock, the Western Wall of King Solomon’s Temple and the stunning Israel Museum. Explore Megiddo the biblical Armageddon, the Via Dolorosa and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Walk through history as you tour Caesarea, Gethsemane and Safed. Experience the thrill of discovery in the caves at Qumran. Ascend Masada to hear the story of “freedom” as written by the Roman scholar Josephus.
Tour cost per person in double occupancy (Air & Land from JFK): $4,995.00
Single Supplement: $995.00
NB: Abu Simbel temples excursion by air: $300.00
Price based on a minimum of 6 participants and maximum of 12 participants
Credit for not using the included air $650.00
Cost of Israel extension per person in double: $1,995.00
Single supplement: $800.00
Led by local Egyptologist/guide
Your tour does not include
Airport taxes, security charges and fuel surcharges (estimated at $480.00).
Egypt visa (Currently $30.00 available upon arrival)
Any meals not mentioned in the itinerary
One way airfare Cairo to Tel Aviv (Approx. $350)
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.
Transfers if not arriving/departing on scheduled flights/tour dates.
Travel protection insurance.
Gratuities to Drivers, Guides, porters, etc.
Your tour includes
Round-trip air JFK/Cairo/JFK aboard Egyptair
Domestic flights within Egypt: Cairo/Luxor - Aswan/Cairo.
Accommodation in deluxe hotels in Egypt & first class superior in Israel.
5 nights’ accommodation on a deluxe Dahabeya cruise on full board basis
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).
English speaking Egyptologist/Guide on all touring days and in all sites and daily bus tours in Israel (with other guests and led by local guide).
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.
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)
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Thu-Fri, Oct 03 – 04
US to Cairo
Depart the US to Cairo arriving the second day, upon arrival, meet and transfer to your hotel for check in & overnight.
Saturday, Oct 05
Full day orientation tour of Cairo, stopping at Tahrir Square, site of the Egyptian Revolution of February 2011.Then continue to visit the Citadel of Saladdin overlooking the whole city of Old Cairo, and the Alabaster Mosque of Khedive Mohamed Ali Pasha. After lunch, visit Egyptian Museum, with its excellent collection of Egyptian antiquities. See the gold of King Tut& the Hall of the Royal Mummies, the resting place of Ramses II, his father Seti I, and Tuthmosis II, as well as the Mummies Room. Continue to Coptic Cairo: the ancient synagogue of Ben Ezra, the Coptic church of St. Sergius, and the Hanging Church. Finish at medieval labyrinth alleyways of Khan El Khalili Bazaa (B,L)
Sunday, Oct 06
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. Return to your hotel (B,L)
Monday, Oct 07
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. Your visit includes excursions inside the well-preserved tombs of several rulers of old Egyptian dynasties. Visit the Mortuary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, one of Egypt's most successful pharaohs, as well as, the longest-reigning female; Deir El Bahari; and Medint 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. (B,L)
Tuesday, Oct 08
Luxor - Esna (Start cruising)
Morning at leisure to visit additional sites in Luxor, then drive to Esna to embark Queen Farida Dahabeya, and set sail toward the village of El Hegez, just north of Edfu, where you'll moor for the night, relaxing on deck and taking in the sights along the way. (B,L,D)
Wednesday, Oct 09
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)
Thursday, Oct 10
El Fuaza – Gebel El Silsila
After breakfast, set sail for El Ramadya and disembark to tour the local fish market. Enjoy a leisurely lunch as you sail to the island of Besaw, where you will disembark to stretch your legs and explore a bit before continuing to Gebel el Silsila for the night. (B,L,D)
Friday, Oct 11
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)
Saturday, Oct 12
Kom Ombo – Kopania
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. Continue on the Nile to Daraw, where you will moor and take a local transport to its famous camel market, a great atmosphere, fascinating, and full of photo opportunities. Return to your dahabeya and depart for Kopania on a leisurely five-hour sail on the scenic river. You will spend your final night onboard near Kopania. (B,L,D)
Sunday, Oct 13
Kopania - Aswan – Cairo
Enjoy breakfast on your cruise as you sail toward Aswan, the gateway to Nubia. Disembark for a short van trip and boat ride to Philae Temple, then Aswan's modern marvel, its High Dam, then back to the Nile for a relaxing short ride on a felucca. You may also enjoy exploring Aswan town and its market, perhaps opting for mint or hibiscus tea in a cafe. In the evening, transfer to Aswan Airport for your departure to Cairo, where you'll be met upon arrival and transferred to your downtown hotel for check in and overnight. (B)
Consider a side trip to Abu Simbel this day on the way back to Cairo.
Monday, Oct 14
Cairo – USA or Israel
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight back home. (B)
OR Possible extension to Israel
Monday, Oct 14
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Tel Aviv and transfer to Prima Kings Hotel in Jerusalem for check in and overnight. Free afternoon (B))
Tuesday, Oct 15
Masada – Dead Sea
Depart Jerusalem via the Judean hills to the Dead Sea, the lowest place on earth; visit a Dead Sea cosmetic products shop. Drive along the shores of the Dead Sea to Masada and learn about the heroic story of the Jewish fighters. Ascend by cable car and tour the mountain fortress built by King Herod, where the Zealots of the first century made their last stand against the Romans. Visit the remains of the walls, palace, synagogue, water cisterns, mosaic floors, roman baths and other findings. Descend by cable car. Continue to the Dead Sea; Enjoy the unique opportunity to float in the Dead Sea and cover you with the mineral rich mud that many believe has its therapeutic effects. Return to point of departure. (B)
Wednesday, Oct 16
Depart Jerusalem, via the coastal road and the landscape of the lower Galilee to Nazareth, the town where Jesus spent his childhood. Visit the Basilica of Annunciation and the Church of St. Joseph. Continue, via Kana, to Tiberius, the lively resort town on the Sea of Galilee. Drive along the Kineret Lake to Capernaum and view the ruins of the ancient synagogue where Jesus taught; Continue to Tabgha and visit the Church of Multiplication of the Fish and Loaves with the beautiful mosaic floor. Proceed to Yardenit, the famous baptismal site located where the Jordan River flows out from the Sea of Galilee to the Dead Sea; enjoy the peaceful and natural surrounding on site. (B)
Thursday, Oct 17
Jerusalem & Bethlehem
Drive to Mount of Olives for a panoramic view of the city. Stop at Mount Zion to visit King David's Tomb, Room of Last Supper and the Dormition Abbey. Enter the Old City and walk through the Armenian and Jewish quarters to the recently excavated and restored Cardo, the Roman road. See the Jewish Wailing Wall, the Kotel, and continue to the Christian quarter. Walk along the Via Dolorosa and visit the Church of Holy Sepulchre. Continue to Bethlehem where Jesus was born; Walk through the Manger square to visit the Church of Nativity; View the Shepherds' field. Return to Prima Kings Hotel Jerusalem. (B)
Friday, Oct 18
Jerusalem – 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