THE HIGHLIGHTS OF ANCIENT EGYPT & THE NILE RIVER CRUISE

THE HIGHLIGHTS OF ANCIENT EGYPT & THE NILE RIVER CRUISE

The Highlights of Ancient Egypt & the Nile River Cruise itinerary covers all the key highlights of what Egypt has to offer. This 11-day journey includes 3 nights in Cairo at the luxurious Four Seasons Hotel, 2 nights in Luxor which is also known as the Land of Thebes, 4 nights on the Nile aboard the Luxurious Oberoi Zahra boat and one last night in Cairo at an airport hotel.

THE PROGRAM

Welcome to Egypt. Upon arrival at Cairo International Airport, you are met by a representative of Emmarosh Travel. You are assisted with customs clearance, luggage and airport procedures through the VIP meet and assist services. Transfer in modern air-conditioned van to your 5-star hotel, the

Overnight: Four Seasons Nile Plaza (Nile View)

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at your hotel in Cairo  

Pyramids of Giza: Your guide will escort you to an unforgettable tour of the Great Pyramids of Giza at dawn time; the only present-day survivors of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. They are among the world’s greatest tourist attractions and never lose their ability to inspire and overwhelm visitors. 

Lunch: Lunch at one of the authentic local restaurants at the Pyramids area


Dahshour Pyramids: Continue the day after lunch where your Egyptologist will escort you to one of the most important Pyramids in Egypt however still an irregular visit to many of the visitors. This southern extension of the necropolis of Sakkara is a field of Royal tombs about 3.5km long, only opened to tourists in 1996. Several pyramids can be found here, including the famed “Bent Pyramid”. As one of the most unusual pyramids in Egypt, and one of the best preserved as much of its casing remains, it has attracted considerable attention over the centuries. The Bent Pyramid underwent three different alterations away from the original plans, which called for the structure to have an angle of almost 60o. This was then changed to 55o, requiring that the base be enlarged. When the pyramid was about 45 meters high, the angle of the slope was again reduced to 45o. Later pyramids, like those at Giza, usually had a slope of between 52 and 53 degrees. Another of the three pyramids at Dahshour which were built by the Pharaoh Sneferu, father of Cheops (of the Great Pyramid at Giza), is the Red Pyramid”. This monument gets its common name from the reddish limestone used to build most of its core, but it is also sometimes referred to as the Shining or Northern Pyramid. It is the fourth highest pyramid ever built in Egypt, with almost 160 layers of stone. Significantly, the Red Pyramid was the first successful, true, cased Pyramid built in Egypt. Together, these pyramids represent the transition from the step-pyramid of Sakkara to the smooth-sided pyramids of Giza.

Step Pyramids at Sakkara: At vast Sakkara, you will see the famous Step Pyramid of King Zoser, the first freestanding stone structure in the world. Our Egyptologist will guide you to some tombs belonging to the nobles of the past. They show the beauty and excellence of Ancient 

Egyptian art on their walls and give an insight in the daily life of Ancient Egypt.

Hotel: Return to your hotel for free afternoon, evening

 

Overnight: The Four Seasons Nile Plaza (Nile View) B L

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at your hotel


National Museum: This morning, your guide will escort you on a tour of 7,000 years of Egyptian history with a visit to the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, which includes the world-famous golden treasures from King Tutenkhamun’s tomb.

Mummies Room: You will have the chance today to go inside the fabulous “Mummies Room”, where the mummies of the Royal kings, queens and Pharaohs are kept in state.

Lunch : Lunch at the famous “Azhar Park” which is a part of Agha Khan’s charity founditions around the world & has a great view to the whole of the old Cairo

Coptic Cairo: Your Egyptologist will guide you after the lunch round the highlights of Coptic Cairo. There you will find the remains of the old Fortress of

Babylon built at the time of the Romans in Egypt to protect the country from invading enemies.

Churches: The walls of the fortress enclose the Church of St. Sergius, which is built on a crypt considered to be one of the resting places of the Holy Family during their flight to Egypt 2000 years ago.  You will also see the “Hanging Church” supported by only one column and boasting incredible paintings inside.

Synagogue of Ben Ezra: Visit the Synagogue of Ben Ezra, from the time of the once thriving Jewish community in Egypt under the leadership of Rabbi Ben Ezra. Inside were discovered the “Geniza Documents”, which showed an unparalleled source of information about life of the Jews in Egypt’s past.

Hotel: Return to your hotel & overnight

Overnight: The Four Seasons Nile Plaza (Nile View)       B L

Breakfast: Breakfast at your hotel in Cairo & checkout

Transfer: The Emmarosh Representative will meet you at the hotel to escort you to the airport and assist you with all departure formalities.

Flight: Board your scheduled flight to Luxor

Arrival: Arrival at Luxor domestic Airport, where your Emmarosh Representative will assist you with luggage.

Karnak Temple: Upon the arrival to Luxor, your guide the Temple of Karnak built over more than a thousand years by generations of Pharaohs.  The great “Hypostyle Hall” is an incredible forest of giant pillars, covering an area larger than the whole of Notre Dame Cathedral.

Transfer: Transfer in modern air-conditioned van to your hotel at the West Bank of Luxor, the Al Moudira Luxor Hotel, for check-in

Sunset visit to Luxor Temple: Continue the visit where your guide will take you around the sunset to the strikingly graceful Temple of Luxor dedicated to the God Amon.

Dinner: at one of the Authentic local restaurants in Luxor

Hotel: Return to your hotel & overnight

Overnight: Al Moudira Luxor Hotel (Deluxe Room)         B D

Breakfast: Breakfast at your hotel in Luxor

Optional (this excursion is available at an additional cost) Balloon ride over the West Bank of Luxor: A hot air balloon ride is a spectacular and exciting way to view the monuments of the ancient city of Thebes. The adventure begins just before dawn, when you transfer to the desert to watch your balloon in the last stages of being inflated.  As you take off, experience the freedom of a completely silent rise through the cool morning air to 1,000 feet, where you can see the Life-giving Nile snaking across ancient desert sands, fringed with green fertile land.  Your balloon may also sweep low over local villages, where children are always happy to wave you good morning as you sail by.

Valley of the Kings and Queens: Begin your day with a visit to the West Bank of Luxor to explore the Valley of the Kings, a vast City of the Dead where magnificent tombs were carved into the desert rocks, decorated richly, and filled with treasures for the afterlife by generations of Pharaohs.  You will also see the Valley of the Queens.

The Tomb of Nefertari: Long praised as the most beautifully decorated of all the tombs on the West Bank of Luxor, this masterpiece of Egyptian art was restored by the Egyptian Antiquities Authority and the Getty Conservation institute in the USA.  Specialists worked for 6 years to clean the paintings and re-affix them to the plaster walls from where they had been flaking, and today it is hardly conceivable that such vibrant colors have actually not been retouched since they were first laid thousands of years ago. The tomb is currently opened for limited number of visitors based on the first come, first get the tickets however with our good connections with the High Supreme of Antiquates, we may manage secure the tickets ahead of time

Hatshepsut Temple: Rising out of the desert plain in a series of terraces, the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut (Ancient Egypt’s only female Pharaoh) merges with the sheer limestone cliffs that surround it, as if nature herself had built this extraordinary monument.

Colossi of Memnon: On the way back to the river Nile, your road passes by the famed Colossi of Memnon, known in Ancient Greek times for their haunting voices at dawn.

Lunch: At local restaurant in Luxor

Hotel: Return to your hotel & overnight

Overnight: Al Moudira Luxor Hotel (Deluxe Room)         B L

Breakfast: Breakfast at your hotel in Luxor & checkout

Transfer: Transfer in modern air-conditioned vehicle to your Deluxe 5-star cruise boat on the Nile, the Oberoi Zahra Nile Cruise, for check-in & lunch & free afternoon

Dinner: dinner on board your cruise.

Overnight: Oberoi Zahra Nile Cruise (Luxury Cabin)       B L D

 

Day 7 Wednesday; Luxor / Dendera / Esna

Breakfast on board your cruise

Departure: In the morning, board your air-conditioned vehicle to be driven northwards from Luxor along the banks of the Nile, into the neighboring district of Qena.

Dendera: Visit the Ptolemaic Temple of Goddess Hathor in Dendera. This wonderfully preserved temple complex is a rare sight to behold, complete with a massive stone roof, dark chambers, underground passages and towering columns inscribed with hieroglyphs. The main Temple of Hathor is almost intact. Hathor was the goddess of pleasure and of love, usually represented as a cow, or a woman with a cow’s head. She was the beneficent deity of maternal and family love, of beauty and light; the Greeks associated her with Aphrodite.

Lunch on board your cruise

Sail to Esna & lunch on board your cruise.

Cross the Esna locks, cocktail reception with entertainments

Dinner on board the cruise

Overnight: Oberoi Zahra Nile Cruise (Luxury Cabin)       B L D

Breakfast on board your cruise

Departure: In the morning, board your air-conditioned vehicle to be driven northwards from Luxor along the banks of the Nile, into the neighboring district of Qena.

Dendera: Visit the Ptolemaic Temple of Goddess Hathor in Dendera. This wonderfully preserved temple complex is a rare sight to behold, complete with a massive stone roof, dark chambers, underground passages and towering columns inscribed with hieroglyphs. The main Temple of Hathor is almost intact. Hathor was the goddess of pleasure and of love, usually represented as a cow, or a woman with a cow’s head. She was the beneficent deity of maternal and family love, of beauty and light; the Greeks associated her with Aphrodite.

Lunch on board your cruise

Sail to Esna & lunch on board your cruise.

Cross the Esna locks, cocktail reception with entertainments

Dinner on board the cruise

Overnight: Oberoi Zahra Nile Cruise (Luxury Cabin)       B L D

Sail to Edfu at around Dawn time

Breakfast on board the cruise

Horus Temple in Edfu: This is a temple that is dedicated to Horus, the falcon headed god, and it was built during the reigns of six Ptolemies

Sail to KomOmbo

Crocodiles & Falcon God Temples in Kom Ombo: Visit the twin temple of Kom Ombo. One side of the temple is dedicated to the crocodile God Sobek, God of fertility and creator of the world.

The other side is dedicated to the falcon God Haroeis, also known as Horus the Elder.

Afternoon tea

Dinner on board the cruise

Overnight: Oberoi Zahra Nile Cruise (Luxury Cabin)       B L D

Early sailing to Aswan

Breakfast on board the cruise

Philae Temple: Take a short motorboat ride to visit the romantic and majestic Philae Temple on the Island of Agilka.  The entire temple faced flooding when the High Dam was built, and was moved stone by stone to a new island, specially landscaped to be like the old

Lunch on board your cruise

Afternoon tea

Nubian Museum: This is the only museum in the world dedicated to the artifacts and culture of the “Land of Gold”, as ancient Nubia was known by the Pharaohs. The museum contains many rare artifacts, unique statues, and mummies.  The museum also houses several models showing Nubian heritage, the panorama of the Nile, and a Nubian-style house.

Farewell Dinner on board the cruise

Overnight: Oberoi Zahra Nile Cruise (Luxury Cabin)       B L D

Breakfast on board the cruise & disembarkation

Breakfast on board your boat & disembarkation

Transfer: Transfer to Aswan airport for your flight to Abu Simbel

Flight: Board your flight to Abu Simbel

Excursion to Abu Simbel: The two temples of Ramses II at Abu Simbel are each fronted by colossal statues up to 20 meters high and are famed as the most impressive monuments remaining of Ancient Egypt in modern times. Recently the

 

temples were threatened by the waters of Lake Nasser, and with the help of a UNESCO campaign they were cut into blocks, raised piece-by-piece, and reassembled in a new position higher up the hillside

Lunch Boxes: Lunch boxes will be provided to you today from one of the hotels in Abu Simbel

Flight: Board your flight to Cairo

Arrival: Arrival to Cairo you are met

Transfer: Transfer to the Airport 5-star hotel, Le Meriden airport Hotel for check in & overnight

Overnight: Le Meridien Airport Hotel (Standard Double) B L

Breakfast: Breakfast at your hotel in Cairo & checkout

Transfer: The Emmarosh representative will meet you at the hotel to escort you to the airport and assist you with all departure formalities.

Flight: Board your departure flight     B                                                        

 

End of Emmarosh Travel Services

PRICING INFORMATION

These prices are valid for travel between Jan 01 to Dec 15, 2021. Christmas and New Year surcharges will apply for any departures between Dec 15 – Jan 15, 2022. These holiday surcharges are NOT included in these rates.

Land Pricing: $8,995.00 per person double occupancy

Internal air: $550.00 per person*

  • Internal air includes the following flights in economy class:
  • Cairo / Luxor
  • Aswan / Abu Simbel
  • Abu Simbel / Aswan
  • Aswan / Cairo
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  • Trip Dates:
  • Day 01 is the arrival into Cairo
  • Day 11 is the departure out of Cairo
  • Dates shown below are Cairo to Cairo dates. Travel dates are not included. Guests would need to depart US or Canada a day prior to Day 1. On the return, guests depart and arrive home the same day if they take the morning flight out of Cairo.
  • Jan 15 – 25, 2021
  • Jan 21 – 31, 2021
  • Feb 11 – 21, 2021
  • Feb 23- Mar 05, 2021
  • Mar 16 – 26, 2021
  • Mar 23 – April 02, 2021
  • April 13 – 23, 2021
  • April 20 – 30, 2021
  • May 11 – 21, 2021
  • May 18 – 28, 2021
  • July 6 – 16, 2021
  • July 13 – 23, 2021
  • Aug 03 -13, 2021 
  • Aug 10 – 20, 2021
  • Sept 07 – 17, 2021
  • Sept 28 – Oct 08. 2021
  • Oct 05 – 15, 2021
  • Oct 26 – Nov 05, 2021
  • Nov 02 – 12, 2021
  • Nov 23 – Dec 03, 2021
  • Dec 21- 31, 2021
  • Dec 28 – Jan 07, 2022

INCLUSIONS

  1. Three nights in Nile Double Room at the Four Seasons Nile Plaza Hotel in Cairo based on bed & buffet breakfast
  2. Two nights in Deluxe Room at the Al Moudira Hotel in Luxor based on bed & breakfast
  3. Private Egyptologist for all your touring in Cairo
  4. Four nights in a Luxury Cabin on board the Oberoi Zahra Nile Cruise from Luxor to Aswan based on full board basis, all the sightseeing as per the cruise program joined with the resident boat guide on a shared basis 
  5. One night in a Standard Double Room at the Le Meridian Airport Hotel in Cairo based on bed & breakfast
  6. VIP immigrations service upon the international arrival to Egypt
  7. Entry visa to Egypt based on the current charges
  8. All transfers mentioned in the program, with professional English-speaking Emmarosh Travel Representatives meeting you at each point to take you to your next destination in modern air-conditioned vehicles.
  9. Two Ala Carte lunches in Cairo as described including mineral water, tea and coffee
  10. Ala Carte lunch in Luxor as described including mineral water, tea and coffee
  11. Ala Carte Dinner in Luxor as stated in the program including mineral water, soft drinks, tea and coffee
  12. Lunch boxes during the excursion to Abu Simbel
  13. All the admissions for the sightseeing stated in the program.
  14. Entrance to Tut Ankh Amon & the most famous Nefertari tomb at the West Bank in Luxor
  15. Abu Simbel excursion by Air from /to Aswan economy class with private local guide

EXCLUSIONS

  1. Domestic flight quoted separately in economy class at the published Egypt Air rates, and subject to change without notice
  2. All items of a personal nature (telephone calls, laundry, room service, etc.)
  3. All drinks excluding those mentioned above will be charged as per consumption.
  4. Gratuities for the guides, cruise staff
  5. Anything not mentioned under inclusions
  6. Ballooning in Luxor
  7. Private guide on board the Nile Cruise
  8. Holiday Surcharge for the departures between Dec 15 – Jan 15, 2021

RESERVATION AND PAYMENT SCHEDULE

Deposit per person required at time of booking: A deposit of 25% of the program price is required at the time of booking. Final payment is due 120 days prior to departure. If your reservation is made within 120 days of departure, the entire cost of the trip must be paid at the time of the request to secure confirmation.

CANCELLATION CHARGES

Cancellations must be received in writing and will become effective on the date of e-mail receipt. Cancellations received by Emmarosh are subject to the following:

CANCELLATION FEES PER PERSON

121 days prior to departure (or more): 10% of the program price per person.
120-91 days prior to departure: 20% of program price

90-61 days prior to departure: 50% of program price

60 days prior to departure (or less): 100% of the program price

Changes to the Itinerary:

The guest will be responsible for any changes or cancellations made to the itinerary at their request or beyond their control, before or during travel, including expenses incurred due to a change, delay or cancellation of any flights. If a guest cancels or leaves a journey and a roommate remains, an additional supplement may apply to the price for the remaining guest.

CANCELLATION CHARGES FOR INTERNAL AIR WHERE APPLICABLE

All internal air is 100% non-refundable at time of final payment (some exceptions may apply).

CANCELLATION CHARGES FOR EXTRA SERVICES WHERE APPLICABLE

Additional hotel nights and other extra services booked in connection with Emmarosh programs are subject to specific cancellation penalties.