The Treasures of Egypt
Including Cruising the Nile
Tour Host: Cathy Scott
A NICHE WOMEN'S TOUR
November 02 to 12, 2017
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Egypt is home to one of the world’s first great civilisations and more ancient wonders than you can imagine. Egypt needs little introduction! With world famous pyramids, tomb strewn Valley of the Kings and the mighty temples of Abu Simbel, Egypt has attracted travellers since ancient times. But there's more to Egypt than pharaohs, mummies and hieroglyphics. On our adventure we will explore bazaars and spice markets and learn the ancient secrets of perfume making for Pharaohs. We will enjoy a 4-day luxury cruise on the Nile, shop in a local market with an Egyptian woman and join her in her kitchen to prepare lunch which we will enjoy with her family. We will ride donkeys to the temple of Hatshepsut, explore traditional life in a Nubian Village, and so much more! We hope you will join us for this great adventure
Your package includes:
- Accommodation and meals as per the itinerary
- Transfers and sightseeing as per itinerary by private air conditioned motor coach
- Entrance fees to museums and sites mentioned in itinerary
- Activities and classes as mentioned in itinerary
- Group arrival and departure transfers
- Domestic airfares Cairo / Luxor- Aswan / Cairo in Economy
|Price per person land only $3,650 US based on two sharing and minimum of 10 passengers. (Limited to a maximum of 12) Not included: personal expenses, international airfare and taxes, meals not specified, tipping. Single supplement $1,999US Private transfers are available at an additional cost for those not arriving at the same time as the group. Hold your space with a $1,000 US non-refundable deposit. Optional Abu Simbal: $375.00Jordan Extension not including airfare: $1,150 US|
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Thursday 02 November- Arrival Cairo
Upon arriving in Cairo we will be met by our guide and transferred to our hotel in Cairo to rest up before our amazing journey begins!
Friday 03 November - Cairo (B,L)
This morning we begin with a visit to the incredible Egyptian Museum. The museum holds an astonishing array of archaeological finds, but nothing compares to the exquisite riches of Tutankhamun, whose death-mask is magnificent! After lunch we will set off to explore the mysteries of the Pyramids. First we visit the Great Pyramids of Giza, followed by the mighty Sphinx and the Valley temple. Before returning to our hotel, we will have a chance to visit the Karnak Gallery for quality souvenirs, silver & gold.
Saturday 04 November - Cairo (B,L)
This morning we drive to the ancient cemetery of Sakkara. We view the world's first monumental stone building, the Step Pyramid of King Zoser, built by the famous engineer Imhotep. Next we will continue to one of the Mastabas (funeral chambers) built nearby, for an inside visit. A trip to Egypt would not be complete without a visit to a carpet school to see how local women learn new skills to help their families. After lunch we will walk through El Moez Street & visit the Textile Museum, which holds an immaculately maintained collection of textiles, tools and other artifacts. We will continue to Khan El Khalili Bazaar, one of the world’s oldest bazaars, and then on to the Spice market, "AL Ataren", and also visit the perfume factory where we will experience how the Pharaohs used to make irresistible essence!
Sunday 05 November - Luxor (B,L)
This morning we will fly Cairo to Luxor.
We will join an Egyptian woman for a trip to the local market where we will help her buy food for our lunch and then go to her home in Luxor and help prepare it. We will enjoy sharing this meal with her family! We will have free time in the afternoon to explore our magnificent hotel, The Old Winter Palace, which was built in 1886 by British explorers. Perched on the Nile River amid luxuriant tropical gardens and ancient temples, this opulent hotel blends rich colonial design with the glory of the days of the Pharaohs.
Monday 06 November - Cruise the Nile (B,L,D)
After breakfast we will transfer to our luxury Cruise for the next 4 nights. There is no better way to get a sense of the life of the local people than to float along the Nile on our lovely cruise.
Today we will tour the ancient marvel that is the Karnak temple. The largest religious structure ever built and over 2000 years old, this temple is truly amazing! After lunch will visit Deir El Madina, an ancient Egyptian village which was home to the artisans who worked on the tombs in the Valley of the Kings. We will also visit the village tomb of Senedgem and Valley of Nobles tomb of Ramosa.
Tuesday 07 November - Cruise the Nile (B,L,D)
Today we will transfer to West Bank, where we will ride Donkeys to the Temple of Hatshepsut. The mortuary temple of Queen Hatshepsut of Dynasty XVIII was built just north of the Middle Kingdom temple of Mentuhotep Nebhepetre in the bay of cliffs known as Deir el-Bahri. Hatshepsut’s construction surpasses anything which had been built before both in its architecture and its beautiful carved reliefs. We will next visit the Valley of the Kings where hundreds of tombs, including that of Tutankhamun, were carved into the desert rock. The rest of the day is free to enjoy cruising the Nile.
Wednesday 08 November - Cruise the Nile (B,L,D)
After breakfast on board we will visit the Temple of Horus in Edfu, the best preserved temple on the Nile. Sail to Kom-Ombo where we visit the temples of Horus the falcon god and Sobek the crocodile god.
Thursday 09 November - Cruise the Nile (B,L,D)
Morning visit to Temple of Philae a temple remarkably preserved by UNESCO and the Egyptian government in the 1960’s. We next visit the beautiful Botanical Gardens.
Friday 10 November - Aswan (B)
Today you may either choose a free day or join us on the optional excursion to Abu Simbal.
OPTIONAL: At Abu Simbel we will visit the temples of the great Ramses II and his Queen, Nefertari. These temples received world-wide attention in 1968 when they were completely dismantled and relocated to avoid inundation. This really is a must see!
We will transfer from our cruise to the Old Cataract hotel, arguably the most iconic hotel in Egypt. Agatha Christie wrote her famous novel Death on the Nile here! This stunning property boasts a wonderful verandah overlooking the Nile and is the perfect place to enjoy a sunset cocktail!
Saturday 11 November - Aswan (B)
This morning we board a boat to a local Nubian Village where we will how Nubian people live their day to day life today.
Sunday 12 November - Departure home or onward to Amman (B)
Early morning flight from Aswan to Cairo to connect with your flight home or on to Jordan.
OPTIONAL EXTENSION: Upon arriving Amman on we will be met by a local representative who will assist us through immigrations and customs and escort us to our hotel. Afternoon at leisure.
Monday 13 November - Petra (B)
Today we will begin with a private tour of Amman, visiting the Citadel, the Roman theater, the old Souq, along with the old and new part of Amman. Next we will drive to visit the Byzantine Church of Mt. Nebo, and then proceed to Madaba where we will see a unique Mosaic Map of Palestine, and continue to Petra for an overnight stay.
Tuesday 14 November - Wadi Rum (B, D)
Today we spend a full day dedicated to visiting the lost Nabteans city of Petra. We begin with a morning ride on a Bedouins guided horse were we'll pass through fabled SIQ, an immense sandstone, which opens out to reveal the treasury. We will continue on to see hundreds of ancient Temples, Royal Tombs, Roman theatres and houses. We will then depart to the magical desert of Wadi Rum, home of "Lawrence of Arabia". Tonight we stay and dine in an amazing Bedouin tented village.
Wednesday 15 November - Dead Sea (B)
After our Bedouin breakfast we will enjoy a tour by 4x4 with a local Bedouin driver in the desert of Wadi rum. We then drive down 400 meters below sea level and experience an unforgettable swim in the salty waters of the Dead Sea.
Thursday 16 November - Departure home (B)
After breakfast we transfer back to the Amman International airport for our journey home.