Egypt in Style
October 27 to November 10, 2018
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 Lake Nasser to discover the seldom-visited Nubian temples and along the Nile 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. Stop in Edfu and Kom Ombo to see the remains of temples. Tour the west and east banks of ancient Thebes, modern day Luxor. Explore the local market in Aswan and the 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. Let this superbly-crafted exploration of Egypt captivate you with the bountiful treasures of ancient times and the hospitality of modern natives.
Sailing Lake Nasser...Movenpick’s M/S Prince Abbas
The Mövenpick M/S Prince Abbas offers a great chance to enjoy the beautiful scenery of Lake Nasser. Discover magnificent temples and tombs of the ancient world on your cruise down ancient Egyptian history. 65 cabins, incorporating junior suites and Royal suites are furnished to make your stay comfortable. Work out in the gym or just take in the view from your room or outside areas. Lake Nasser is a vast reservoir in southern Egypt and northern Sudan. It was created by the impounding of the Nile’s waters by the Aswan High Dam, which was built in the 1960s. The lake is remote and thinly populated by peasant fishermen, the local residents are Bedouin camel and sheep herdsmen who are occasionally seen grazing their flocks on the sparse vegetation at the edge of the lake. There are an impressive variety of birds, mammals, and reptiles. Wild duck, Egyptian geese, pelicans, herons, egrets and various species of hawks, kites, falcons and eagles will be among the birds seen. In most areas there are crocodile and monitor lizards, other types of wildlife include Dorcas gazelle, jackals, desert fox, and various smaller desert mammals. The lake has arguably the best freshwater fishing in the world for both Nile perch and Tiger Fish. There are also several species of catfish; Lake Nasser owns an area of a very important archaeological spots. On the shore of Lake Nasser , the great temple of Abu Simbel is located. Abu Simbel Temples are considered to be the most impressive temples from Ramsses II Temples. In addition, it has Temple of Amada and Kasr Ibrim Fortress.
Tour cost per person in double occupancy (Air & Land from JFK): $3,775.00
Single Supplement: $925.00
Price based on a minimum of 4 participants and maximum of 12 participants
Credit for not using the included air $550.00
Led by local Egyptologist/guide
Your tour does not include
- Airport taxes, security charges and fuel surcharges (estimated at $325.00).
- 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.
- Transfers if not arriving/departing on scheduled flights/tour dates.
- Travel protection insurance.
- Gratuities to Drivers, Guides, porters, etc.,
- Any increase to entrance fees imposed by government.
Your tour includes
- Round-trip air JFK/Cairo/JFK aboard Egyptair
- Domestic flights within Egypt: Cairo/Luxor - Aswan/Abu Simbel/Cairo.
- 5 nights’ accommodation at Ramses Hilton or similar on bed and breakfast basis
- 4 nights’ accommodation on the Movenpick Prince Abbas cruise on full board basis
- 3 nights’ Sonesta Luxor hotel or similar
- 1 night Basma Hotel or Similar in Aswan.
- 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.
View Tour Itinerary
Oct 27 & 28
Arrive in Cairo
Arrive at Cairo International airport, meet and transfer to your hotel for check in and overnight.
Monday, Oct 29
Start your morning with visiting the 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. After lunch, continue to Coptic Cairo: the ancient synagogue of Ben Ezra, the Coptic church of St. Sergius, and the Hanging Church. (B, L)
Tuesday Oct 30
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)
Wednesday, Oct 31
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, evening at leisure. (B,L)
Thursday, Nov 01
Cairo to Luxor
Transfer to Cairo airport for your flight to Luxor, upon arrival head to visit Dier el-Madina; a small settlement 2 km west of the Nile. It was home to workers of the royal necropolis, also visit Nobles and Habu, an ancient site was associated with Amun in his form as a creator and fertility god, and was imagined to be the location of the primeval mound of creation. Afterwards transfer to your hotel for check in and overnight. (B,L)
Friday, Nov 02
After breakfast, enjoy your full day in Luxor, visiting the 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)
Saturday, Nov 03
Start your morning with visiting Abydos, the ancient Egyptian believed of god (Lord of the underworld) to be buried there. The temple was built by King Seti I, and completed by King Ramsess II, known as temple of Seti I. The paintings of the Gods and Pharaohs on the walls of the Osiris Temple at Abydos are among the most beautifully preserved in Egypt. Then continue to Dandara to visit the Temple of Hathor, goddess of love and joy. Return to your hotel for your overnight. (B,L)
Sunday, Nov 04
Luxor to Aswan
Transfer by car to Aswan, visit Philae Obelisk. Afterwards head to visit the Nubian Museum with its great collection of artifacts and relics related to the Nubian period Time allowing you will do the Felucca tour that afternoon sailing amidst the various islands and cataracts and view the Agha Khan Mausoleum. Transfer to your hotel for check in and overnight. (B,L)
Monday, Nov 05
Morning board on the cruise ship and have lunch. Enjoy the rest of the day on the cruise ship. Dinner and overnight in Aswan. (B,L,D)
Tuesday, Nov 06
Aswan- Wadi El Seboua
We will visit Kalabsha temples. Located within view of the High Dam, Kalabsha Temple is often the first stop for any cruise on Lake Nasser. It was moved to this spot from its originally location 30 miles to the south after the construction of the dam. Construction of the temple was begun at the end of the Ptolomaic Dynasty and actually completed under the rule of the Roman Emperor Augustus. The temple was dedicated to the Nubian god Mandulis. Continue sailing to Wadi El Seboua. In the evening we will enjoy our cocktail party. Return to boat for Dinner on board and overnight at Wadi Elseboua.(B, L, D)
Wednesday, Nov 07
Wadi El Seboua –Amada
Morning visit to Wadi El Seboua temple, dedicated by Ramses II to the two Gods Amon Ra and Ra Harmakis. The temple of Dakka, dedicated to the God Thot of divine wisdom, lord of times and science, master of literature. Visit the Greco-Roman temple of Meharakka. Continue sailing to Armada. Visit the temple of Amada from the XVIIIth dynasty, built during the reign of Thotmosis III, Amenophis III and Thotmosis IV. Also visit the hemi-speos of Derr, dedicated by Ramses II to the rising sun. Finally continue to the tomb of Penout, viceroy of Nubia. Enjoy the Nubian show which will be performed by the local staff. Dinner on board and overnight at Amada.
Thursday, Nov 08
Kasr Ibrim – Abu Simbel
We will sail to Kasr Ibrim. Explanation is done from the sundeck of the ship as entrance to the site is not permitted. Continue our cruise to Abu Simbel. Upon arrival visit the Abu Simbel temple. In the evening enjoy sound and light show by overlooking the Abu Simbel temples. Dinner on board and overnight at Abu Simbel. (B,L,D)
Friday, Nov 09
Abu Simbel to Cairo
Today is end of our cruise adventure, transfer to the airport for your flight back to Cairo, upon arrival transfer to your hotel for check in and overnight. (B)
Saturday, Nov 10
Cairo to 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