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Intriguing Egypt Series III

15 Days with A 5-day Super Deluxe Nile Cruise!!

Only $5064 per person (based on double occupancy)

Guaranteed Weekly Departure

Depart USA on a scheduled flight to Cairo. All meals and beverages served on board flight.

Arrive Cairo, where you will be met by our representative who will help you with your immigration and customs formalities. Later you will be transferred to your hotel, the luxurious Mena House Oberoi Hotel, for an overnight.

Breakfast, then drive to Memphis at the edge of the Western Desert, the capital of the Ancient Kingdom, and among the cities of greatest importance in the history of Ancient Egypt. From here we drive to Sakkara, the vast Necropolis of Ancient Memphis. In the afternoon drive to the Pyramids of Giza. Cheops Pyramid, the largest of the three Pyramids, was built in the 4th dynasty about 2690 BC, and is one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Enjoy a camel ride by the Pyramids area if you wish. In front of the Pyramid of Chephren (Khafre), there stands the Sphinx carved from a single piece of stone. It is a lion with a Pharaoh's head thought to be a portrait of the Pharaoh Chephren (Khafre). Continue your tour to the Solar Boat Museum where a dismantled river barge of King Cheops (Khufu) was found and has been masterfully reassembled. Return to your hotel. In the evening, you will be met and transferred by our tour escort to the Giza Plateau, to attend the magnificent Sound and Light show. Later transfer back to your hotel for an overnight. (B)

Breakfast, then start your tour by visiting the Egyptian Museum, famous for its antiquities from Egypt's Pharaonic period which dates back some 50 centuries and includes the fabulous treasures of King Tut-Ankh-Amon. Afternoon excursion to Old Cairo, visiting the old Coptic Churches and the oldest Jewish Synagogue of Beni Ezra. Continue your tour to the Citadel of Salah El-Din, the Mohammed Ali Mosque and the Medieval Bazaars of Khan-El-Khalili, where you can bargain for your jewelry, hand-tooled leather items, copper, silver, ivory and fine Egyptian textiles. Return to your hotel for an overnight. (B)

Breakfast, then you will be met and transferred to Cairo Airport for your flight to Aswan. Upon arrival at Aswan Airport, you will be met and transferred to embark your super deluxe cruise ship. Later you will be taken by "Felucca" to visit the Elephantine Island, the Mausoleum of Agha Khan, the Botanical Gardens and the Temple of Philae. Lunch, dinner and overnight on board. (B,L,D)

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Breakfast, then visit the Unfinished Obelisk at the Ancient Granite Quarries, and the famous High Dam. Lunch, then cruise to Kom-Ombo. Visit the Ptolemaic Temple of Kom-Ombo, which was dedicated to two gods: The Crocodile god Sobek and the Falcon-Headed god Haroeris. Sail to Edfu. Dinner and overnight on board. (B,L,D)

Breakfast, then visit the Temple of Horus (237 BC), the best preserved Egyptian temple in Egypt. Lunch. Sail to Esna and visit the Temple of Khnum. Continue to Luxor. Dinner and overnight on board. (B,L,D)

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Breakfast, then cross the Nile to visit the Necropolis of Ancient Thebes. Explore the valley of the Kings and Queens where tombs of 64 Pharaohs and 57 Queens have been discovered, and enter some of the most remarkable burials. Visit the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut and the Colossi of Memnon. Lunch. Afternoon visit to the Temple of Karnak, which took over 1500 years to build and is considered the world's largest religious complex. Then visit the Temple of Luxor, which was started by Amenhotep III and completed by Ramses II. Dinner and overnight on board. (B,L,D)

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Breakfast, then disembark your cruise ship, where you will be met and transferred to Luxor Airport for your flight back to Cairo. Upon arrival at Cairo Airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel, the luxurious Cairo Marriott Hotel & Casino, for an overnight. (B)

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Breakfast. then drive to Dahshur to visit the Red Pyramid and the Bent Pyramid. The builder of these pyramids is thought to have been Sneferu who is believed to have built the pyramid of Maidum. His son was Cheops (Khufu) who continued his construction tendencies. Later transfer to downtown Cairo to embark on a 2-hour "Felucca" (sail boat) ride, exploring downtown Cairo and riding in a sail boat exactly the same way as the ancient Egyptians did thousands of years ago. Return to your hotel for an overnight. (B)

Breakfast, then transfer to Cairo Airport for your flight to Sharm-El-Sheikh Upon arrival at Sharm, you will be transferred to the Marriott Sharm Hotel. Remainder of day at leisure for swimming, snorkeling, diving or just relaxing by your hotel pool or private beach. Overnight. (B)

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Breakfast and a day at leisure for swimming, diving or snorkeling. In the evening you will be met and transferred by car to the Sinai Desert. From the desert road ride a camel if you wish, or continue by car to meet the Bedouins. Experience the Bedouin hospitality. A candlelit dinner will be barbecued and served in front of you at a canyon in a Bedouin tent surrounded by the stars. Traveling and dining in the desert with the Bedouins will make you relive the adventure of Lawrence of Arabia. Later transfer back to your hotel for an overnight. (B,D)

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Breakfast and a day at leisure for swimming, diving or snorkeling. Late afternoon proceed to St. Catherine. Arrive St. Catherine and transfer to the St. Catherine Village. A choice of a 3-hour climb to the top of Mount Sinai is available, if you wish to see a spectacular sunrise as well as view the Red Sea and the Saudi Arabian border. The recommended time to start the climb of the 3,750 steps is at 2:00 A.M. in order to arrive at the summit for a spectacular sunrise around 5:00 A.M. (You must be physically fit and healthy in order for you to do the 3-hour mountain climb.) (B,D)

Breakfast, then visit St. Catherine Monastery built by Emperor Justinian during the 6th century. The site sits at the foot of Mount Sinai, where Moses is believed to have received the Ten Commandments. Visit the churches, gardens and the living quarters of the monks who operate it. Some of your highlights will be the actual Burning Bush Shrub that grows nowhere else in the world. The Monastery owns more than 2,000 Byzantine icons, many of which are displayed in the main Church of the Transfiguration. The Monastery also has a priceless collection of more than 4,500 manuscripts including the world's second oldest Bible. Walk in the same foot steps where Pope John-Paul II did when he visited Egypt in February of 2000. Depart St. Catherine for a drive to Cairo where you will be transferred to Cairo Marriott hotel for an Overnight. (B,D)

Breakfast, then you will be met by our representative and transferred to Cairo Airport, where you will be helped with your check-in and immigration formalities for your flight back home. (B)

Breakfast, then visit the Temple of Horus (237 BC), the best preserved Egyptian temple in Egypt. Lunch. Sail to Esna and visit the Temple of Khnum. Continue to Luxor. Dinner and overnight on board. (B,L,D)

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Also Included: All transfers within Egypt, personalized sight-seeing as mentioned in itinerary in a private car with a tour guide and driver. Entrance fees to all sights mentioned, and the services of a professional English speaking guide. Service charges imposed by hotels, porterage, cruise port charges, meeting and assistance at airports, hotels and docks are also included.

If airfare from the U.S.A. is not required, please deduct $920 from posted rate.

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: For single occupancy in hotels and on board cruise, please add $369.

EXTENSIONS & OPTIONAL TOURS: Extra days and optional tours to sites are available upon request.

Tour Highlights

Round trip air from the U.S. Domestic flights in Egypt All transfers and sightseeing operated by private car and guides 5-day super deluxe Nile cruise (based on outside junior suite cabin) Pyramids and Sphinx Solar Boat Museum Memphis and Sakkara Egyptian Museum Citadel Mohammed Ali Mosque Synagogue Bazaar Sound and Light Cairo Camel ride at the Pyramids Alexandria Gayer Anderson Museum Manyal Palace Islamic Museum Coptic Museum Dahshur Red and Bent Pyramids Two hour Felluca Ride in Cairo Super deluxe hotels as indicated All entrance fees, guidance and taxes