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Classic Egypt Special Tour and Cruise

From $2349 $739 taxes

The ancient land of Egypt inspires the imagination like no other. Unlock the land of the Pharaohs on this quintessential 9 day journey along the Nile.

Start in Cairo, where a full day tour takes you to The Great Pyramid of Khufu. Built between 2560 and 2540 BC, it is also the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and the only one still standing. The surrounding necropolis offers much to discover, including the pyramids of Khafre and Menkaure, The Great Sphinx, numerous cemeteries and many smaller tombs. Your tour also takes you to the ancient capital of Memphis and Sakkara, the famed ‘City of the Dead’.

Fly to Luxor for an unforgettable five day cruise up the Nile. Explore the wonders of Upper Egypt, including the Valley of the Kings, where Pharaohs of the New Kingdom were entombed between the 16th and 11th centuries BC. Visit the ruins of ancient Thebes and the incredible temples of Luxor and Karnak.

The Temple of Horus is the most complete ancient site in nearby Edfu, and perhaps the best preserved anywhere in Egypt. The nearby Temple of Sobek is one half of a distinct double temple. You’ll see the crocodile god enshrined in much of the temple’s artwork, and in the 300 mummified crocodiles displayed in the temple’s Crocodile Museum.

Opened in 1970, Aswan High Dam changed Egyptian agriculture and culture forever by allowing control over the annual flooding of the Nile. See it on a tour of Aswan, followed by an afternoon sail around beautiful Elephantine Island before your flight back to Cairo.

To experience more of Upper Egypt, consider an excursion to Abu Simbel, home to the famed temple of Ramses II. Originally built as a demonstration of might to ward off potential invasion from the south, this magnificent structure was carefully relocated during the construction of Aswan Dam, saving it from the rising waters.

Spend a day exploring Cairo proper. The Egyptian Museum houses the world’s finest collection of ancient Egyptian antiquities among its 120,000 items. Islamic Cairo will also intrigue you with its spectacular Citadel and the Mosque of Sultan Hassan. Then be ready to haggle hard for a bargain at Khan El Khalili Bazaar, before bidding fond farewell to the land of the Pharaohs.

Travel Best Bets Package Includes:

  • Airfare from Canada to Cairo
  • Meet and assist on arrival
  • Roundtrip airport transfers
  • Domestic airfare to Cairo/Luxor to Aswan/Cairo including all airport taxes
  • 8 nights accommodation
    • 4 nights accommodation in Cairo – Sheraton Cairo or similar
    • 4 nights accommodation on board Nile Cruise – M/S Nile Goddess
  • 15 Meals (6 Breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners) as indicated in the itinerary
  • Tours and sightseeing as indicated in the itinerary
  • English Speaking Guide

Sightseeing highlights: Step back in time to witness ancient wonders, cruise the Nile as Pharaoh’s once did, marvel at magnificent temples and immerse yourself into the history of this incredible country.
Destinations: Cairo, Giza, Luxor, Aswan

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Vancouver, Calgary
February 2 – 11, 2018 from $2599 + $739 tax
May 18 – 28, 2018 from $2349+ $739 tax
Victoria, Kelowna departures add $300 per person

Itinerary

Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrive Cairo

Upon arrival into Cairo International Airport after you have gone through Immigration and Customs, you will be met by Goway’s local representative and assisted before being transferred to your hotel. You will be presented with full documentation required, including domestic airline tickets.  The remainder of the day is at leisure to relax or explore on your own.
Accommodation: Sheraton Cairo (or similar)

Day 2 – Full day Pyramids and Sphinx, Egyptian Museum

09:00 A.M full day tour to visit the Pyramids, Sphinx, Egyptian museum.

Pyramids & Sphinx were reckoned by the Greeks to be one of the Seven Wonders of the World. A single pyramid is built of 2,300,000 blocks, each weighing an average Of two and one–half tons. In the face of such immensity, one cannot help but feel the wonder and awe that so many writers & artists have sought to convey over the centuries. The Cheops Pyramid is especially interesting since its interior burial chambers are open for inspection by the public. Not far from the Pyramids is the Great Sphinx of Giza, which dates from the time of Chephren (2620BC). Hewn from natural yellowish limestone & standing 65 feet high & 187 feet long, this unforgettable statue combines the head of a Pharaoh with a lion’s body. The Egyptian Museum is the most important depository of Egyptian antiquities anywhere in the world. It features artifacts from the Pharaonic and Graeco-Roman periods, including the celebrated mummies of ancient Egypt’s king and Tut Ankh Amun treasures.
Accommodation: Sheraton Cairo (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 3 – Cairo to Luxor

Today, you will transfer to Cairo Airport for your flight to Luxor. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your ship, your floating hotel for the next 5 days as you cruise up the Nile. In an unforgettable excursion, visitors drive to the Luxor Temple. Many festivals were celebrated in Thebes. The Temple of Luxor was the center of the most important one, the festival of Opet. Built largely by Amenhotep III and Ramses II, the temple served as a setting for the rituals of the festival, which was held to reconcile the human aspect of the ruler with his divine office. The procession of images of the current royal family began at Karnak and ended at the Luxor temple. Karnak was erected in 1928 BC as a small shrine dedicated to Amun, god of Thebes then. The Temple of Karnak comprises three main temples, smaller enclosed temples, and several outer temples – all constructed over 1300 years. The three main temples of Mut, Monthu and Amun, are enclosed in enormous brick walls, with the temple of Amun at the center. Karnak is now the largest.
Accommodation: M/S Nile Goddess
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 4 – Sail Luxor to Edfu

After breakfast visit the West Bank and the burial ground of the Pharaohs including the Valley of the Kings, Valley of the Queens, the mortuary temple of Hatshepsut and the Colossi of Memnon.
The Valley of the Kings is home to many Pharaonic tombs of the New Kingdom, including those of King Tutankhamen and Ramses the Great. Each King’s formal name and title is inscribed in his tomb, which are also adorned with his images and statues. Most of the tombs were cut into the limestone following a similar pattern: three corridors, an antechamber and a sunken sarcophagus chamber. The Valley of the Queens includes between 75 and 80 tombs, belonging to queens of the 18th, 19th and 20th Dynasties. Among these is the famous tomb of Nefertiti, one of the five wives of Ramses II. Hatshepsut Temple was built just north of the Middle Kingdom temple of Mentuhoteb Nebhepetre, amid the bay of cliffs known as Deir El-Bahri. The female pharaoh chose to build her temple in a valley sacred to the Theban Goddess of the West, on a direct axis with Karnak temple of Amun on the East Bank. Set sail to Edfu via the Esna lock. The small town of Edfu is situated on the west bank of the Nile, 56 km south of Esna and 105 km north of Aswan. Today, Edfu is an important centre for sugar production and pottery making. The site of Edfu was known as Wetjetser hor (classical name Apollinopolos Magna), the place where the god Horus was worshipped and the ancient mythological battle between Horus and his traditional enemy, Seth, took place.
Accommodation: M/S Nile Goddess
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 5 – Sail Edfu to Kom Ombo to Aswan

This morning you will visit the wonderfully preserved Temple of Horus at Edfu. Travel to and from the temple by horse drawn carriage. The temple is perhaps the best preserved in all of Egypt and ranks second behind Karnak, simply because of its immense size. At the temple’s entrance stand two large black granite statues of Horus who is depicted as a falcon. The elaborate carvings on the walls of the temple are beautiful as if carved just yesterday. Inside the temple is a small sanctuary where the priests of the day offered the best parts of the animals to the gods.
Continue sailing to Kom Ombo to visit the Graeco Roman style Temple of Sobek. Standing serenely on a hilltop, the site offers an incredible view over the Nile. Kom Ombo is located on a bend in the Nile River about 50 km north of Aswan. Located on the east bank, Kom Ombo is home to an unusual double Temple of Sobek built during the Ptolemaic and Roman periods. The temple is dedicated to the crocodile god Sobek and the falcon god Haroeris (Horus the Elder). Despite being badly damaged, the temple is a beautiful sight as you approach from either direction on the river, particularly as sunset nears and the colours change.
Accommodation: M/S Nile Goddess
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 6 – Aswan Cruise and Sightseeing

Today’s sightseeing includes Aswan’s High Dam and the Temple of Philae. The Old High Dam was built by Sir W. Wilcox on Behalf of the British authorities in 1898. It is constructed of Granite quarried in the Aswan area. The official opening took place in 1902. The Temple of Philae was dismantled & reassembled (on Agilika Island about 500 m from its original home on Philae Island) in the wake of the High Dam. The Temple dedicated to the Goddess Isis, is in a beautiful setting, which has been landscaped to match its original site. Its various shrines & sanctuaries, which include a temple of Hathor, a Birth House & two pylons, celebrate all the deities involved in the Isis & Osiris myth.
Aswan, Egypt’s sunniest southern city and ancient frontier town, is located about 81 miles south of Luxor and has a distinctively African atmosphere. Its ancient Egyptian name was Syene. Small enough to walk around and graced with the most beautiful setting on the Nile, the pace of life is slow and relaxing. Days can be spent strolling up and down the broad Corniche, watching the sailboats etch the sky with their tall masts or sitting in floating restaurants listening to Nubian music and eating freshly caught fish.
Accommodation: M/S Nile Goddess
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Day 7 – Aswan to Cairo

Disembark from your ship after breakfast and transfer to Aswan Airport for your flight back to Cairo, where you will be met and transferred to your hotel for the night.
Accommodation: Sheraton Cairo (or similar)

Day 8 – Cairo Sightseeing

Day at leisure.
Accommodation: Sheraton Cairo (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast

Day 9 – Depart Cairo


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