Highlights of Egypt 2016

9 Day River Cruise from Cairo to Cairo

2016 Information

Sail through 5,000 years of history on this incredible Nile river cruise tour. In Cairo, marvel at King Tutankhamun’s treasures and masterpieces of ancient art, visit the enigmatic Sphinx, and see the Great Pyramids of Giza. Drive to the ancient capital of Memphis to see the 40-foot statue of Ramses II. Fly to Luxor, one of the greatest cities of ancient Egypt, and embark your 4-night Nile River cruise to Aswan. Along the way, visit the Luxor Temple, Colossi of Memnon, the Valley of Kings and Valley of Queens, the Temple of Isis, and Aswan Dam. Ride through Edfu to the Temple of Horus, built in the time of Cleopatra roughly 2,000 years ago. Sail across the water on a felucca, visit colorful local bazaars, and enjoy an exclusive lecture on this ancient civilization by your Egyptologist. Return to Cairo for the conclusion of your trip—it’s a vacation of a lifetime! View the Highlights of Egypt river cruise details below & request a quote.


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Highlights & Sightseeing

Cruise: deluxe 4-night cruise in an outside stateroom with Avalon’s exclusive Comfort Collection BedsSM

Day 1-2 Cairo: guided sightseeing, visit the Pyramids and Sphinx of Giza, Ramses II, and Alabaster Sphinx in Memphis, and the “Stairway to the Sky” at Sakkara; Sound & Light Show at the pyramids

Day 3 Cairo–Luxor (Embarkation): fly to Luxor; visit Luxor Temple, the Avenue of the Sphinxes, monument of Karnak & Temple of Amun-Ra

Day 4 Luxor–Edfu: Valley of Kings, Valley of Queens, Deir el-Bahri, and the Colossi of Memnon; galabya party on board

Day 5 Edfu–Kom Ombo–Aswan: visit the Temple of Horus; visit the twin temples at Kom Ombo; lecture on board

Day 6 Aswan: sail by felucca to Kitchener Island; visit the Botanical Gardens

Day 7 Aswan (Disembarkation)–Cairo: excursion to the High Dam; cruise to Agilika; visit Temple of Isis and ancient granite quarries; fly to Cairo

Day 8 Cairo: visit Tutankhamun’s Tomb in the Egyptian Museum; see Saladin’s citadel and visit the Alabaster Mosque in Old Cairo; see the Hanging Church and Cairo’s oldest synagogue in Coptic Cairo; visit the Khan el-Khalili souk

Day 9 Cairo: your vacation ends this morning

Special onboard and onshore experiences presented by local chefs, entertainers, artisans, and experts, designed to enrich your cruise.

Sail on the Nile in a Traditional Felucca.

Meals

  • Breakfast daily
  • 4 lunches
  • 4 dinners

NOTES:

  • Your Egyptologist may alter the day-to-day itinerary to optimize time at the sights in accordance with local circumstances such as traffic, special events, etc.
  • As traffic conditions and the water level of the Nile are not always predictable, slight changes to the day-by-day itinerary cannot be excluded.

Day-By-Day Itinerary

Day 1Arrive in Cairo, Egypt

A welcome drink awaits you at your hotel; settle in and start soaking up the atmosphere of this exciting city.

Day 2Cairo

Meet your Egyptologist and traveling companions at 8 am. Sightseeing in and around Africa’s largest metropolis starts with a close-up look at one of the Seven Wonders of the World: the guardian of the great pyramids, the enigmatic SPHINX, and the daunting PYRAMIDS OF GIZA. Cheops, with an original height of 496 feet, is the most colossal pyramid ever built. Then, drive to the ancient Egyptian capital of MEMPHIS, where you can admire the 40-foot statue of RAMSES II and the ALABASTER SPHINX. On to Sakkara, a vast desert necropolis built for kings and nobles, and its “STAIRWAY TO THE SKY,” the oldest of all pyramids. Tonight, enjoy a SOUND & LIGHT SHOW at the pyramids that will put these wonders of the ancient world into an easily understandable historic context. (Breakfast)

Day 3Cairo–Luxor (Embarkation)

Today, fly 300 miles up the Nile Valley to Luxor, where your elegant river cruise vessel awaits your arrival. After lunch on board, see the stunning monuments of LUXOR TEMPLE and KARNAK, the greatest cities of ancient Egypt that had a combined population of more than one million. To walk among the pillars of the colossal TEMPLE OF AMUN-RA and along the AVENUE OF THE SPHINXES is an experience you will treasure for the rest of your life. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 4Luxor–Edfu

Focus on the VALLEY OF KINGS and VALLEY OF QUEENS on the west bank of the Nile, where generations of pharaohs and nobles were buried in great splendor in crypts cut into the cliffs. Sixty-two royal tombs have been uncovered so far, of which only the tomb of Tutankhamun was nearly untouched when discovered in 1922. Visit DEIR EL-BAHRI, Queen Hatshepsut’s monumental rock temple. Stop for pictures at the two COLOSSI OF MEMNON guarding the valleys. For a little fun tonight, take part in a GALABYA PARTY on board. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 5Edfu–Kom Ombo–Aswan

This morning, visit the TEMPLE OF HORUS with its menacing black stone statue of the falcon god. Built in the time of Cleopatra about 2,000 years ago, it is recent by Old Egyptian standards and beautifully preserved. After lunch, dock at KOM OMBO for a short walk to its bluff-top twin temples. The right side is dedicated to the crocodile god, Sobek-Re, while the left side is dedicated to the falcon god, Horus. Later, sail to Aswan and enjoy an exclusive LECTURE on this ancient civilization by your Egyptologist. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 6Aswan

This morning, consider an optional flight (weather permitting) to the huge sandstone temples of Abu Simbel. Return to your ship in time for lunch. This afternoon, board a FELUCCA and sail right across the blue waters of the river. En route, see the ancient “nilometer” on Elephantine Island, Kitchener Island’s lush BOTANICAL GARDENS, and the splendid Aga Khan Mausoleum on the left bank. Haggle for bargains in the local souk before returning to your ship for a final night. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 7Aswan (Disembarkation)–Cairo

Sightseeing starts at the GRANITE QUARRIES that supplied ancient Egypt with its hard stones for the pyramids in Giza. Then, see the famous unfinished obelisk, still in the quarry. Next, visit the gigantic Aswan HIGH DAM, completed in 1970. Board a motorlaunch to the island of AGILIKA, situated between the two dams, and visit the TEMPLE OF ISIS, transplanted from the submerged island of Philae. Later today, fly back to Cairo. How about our optional Nile River dinner cruise tonight to celebrate your Egyptian adventure? (Breakfast)

Day 8Cairo

On your last day in Egypt, drive to the now-famous Tahrir Square and visit the EGYPTIAN MUSEUM with Tutankhamun’s fabulous treasures and many other masterpieces of ancient Egypt. Continue to walled Old Cairo, with Saladin’s 12th-century citadel, and the ALABASTER MOSQUE OF MOHAMMED ALI. In Coptic Cairo, see the Hanging Church where the Virgin Mary and Jesus stayed while in Egypt, then walk to see Cairo’s oldest synagogue, founded in the 9th century. There is still time for a visit to the labyrinthine Khan el-Khalili SOUK before returning to your hotel. (Breakfast)

Day 9Cairo

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (Breakfast)

Ship Details

Sonesta St George

Sonesta St George

The newest ship of the Sonesta Nile fleet is the Sonesta St. George I Nile Cruise, with 47 deluxe cabins and 10 suites. Noted as one of the most elegant ships on the Nile, the St. George offers a full-service spa and fitness center, restaurant, bars, nightly entertainment and guided excursions. The Sonesta St. George I Nile Cruise sails between Luxor and Aswan on three-, four- and seven-night cruises on the Nile, offering truly memorable experiences of a lifetime.

Included Amenities

  • Dry Cleaning Service
  • Plasma screen TV, equipped with the latest technology and featuring a live sailing channel
  • Coffee and tea facilities
  • Cultural highlights on board
  • Sun Deck with shade system
  • Double-glass panoramic french windows that open to bring in fresh breezes from the Nile
  • Individual climate control

Staterooms & Suites

Deluxe Cabin - 236 sq. ft.
Features
  • Hairdryer
  • Direct-dial telephone
  • Shower
  • Wireless Internet access
  • Bathrooms equipped with spa unit, including steam bath, Jacuzzi and water massage
  • Plasma screen TV, equipped with the latest technology and featuring a live sailing channel
  • In-room safe & mini bar
  • Individual climate control
  • Digital Safe
  • Mini-bar with complimentary local beer, soft drinks & bottled water
  • Double-glass panoramic french windows that open to bring in fresh breezes from the Nile
Suite - 473 sq. ft.
Features
  • Hairdryer
  • Direct-dial telephone
  • Shower
  • Wireless Internet access
  • Bathrooms equipped with spa unit, including steam bath, Jacuzzi and water massage
  • Plasma screen TV, equipped with the latest technology and featuring a live sailing channel
  • In-room safe & mini bar
  • Individual climate control
  • Digital Safe
  • Mini-bar with complimentary local beer, soft drinks & bottled water
  • Double-glass panoramic french windows that open to bring in fresh breezes from the Nile
DECK PLANS

Hotels

Cairo

Cairo

Oberoi Mena House Garden

Oberoi Mena House Garden Pyramids Road El Ahram, Giza,   Egypt Pyramids Road El Ahram
Giza, Egypt

Free WifiFree Wifi

Hotel as shown or similar
Deluxe

Hotel Mena House is overlooking The Great Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx few steps walking to reach it , lots of green gardens and lovely pools and spa, rooms are decorated with handcrafted furnitures , very easy to reach from evrywhere in Cairo city and Cairo Airport.

Hotel Amenities

Dry Cleaning
Restaurant On-Site
Concierge desk
Pool
Spa Services
Bar/Lounge
Elevator
Free WiFi
Fitness Room
Gift Shop
Beauty Salon
Ice Machine
Luggage Storage
Hot Tub
Parking/Valet
Business Center
ATM
Currency Exchange
Room Amenities

Disabled Access / Rooms
Hair Dryer
Cable/Satellite
Air Conditioning (Seasonal)
Non-smoking Rooms
In-Room Safe
Alarm Clock
Window Opens
Complimentary Toiletries
Internet Access
Smoking Rooms
Phone
Climate Control
Iron/Ironing Board
Television
Room Service
Mini-bar
Air Conditioning
Coffee Maker
Wake-Up Calls
Complimentary Newspaper
Desk
Voicemail

Fairmont Heliopolis

Fairmont Heliopolis Uruba Street, Cairo,   Egypt Uruba Street
Cairo, Egypt

Free WifiFree Wifi

Hotel as shown or similar
First-Class

Impressive Resort situated in prime residential area, near embassies; equal distance (5 km) between downtown & Cairo Intl Airport.

Hotel Amenities

Parking/Valet
Free WiFi
Business Center
Spa Services
Dry Cleaning
Restaurant On-Site
Elevator
Concierge desk
Fitness Room
Bar/Lounge
Ice Machine
ATM
Gift Shop
Beauty Salon
Luggage Storage
Hot Tub
Pool
Currency Exchange
Room Amenities

Desk
Internet Access
Smoking Rooms
Cable/Satellite
Complimentary Newspaper
Voicemail
Coffee Maker
Disabled Access / Rooms
Air Conditioning
Iron/Ironing Board
Room Service
In-Room Safe
Television
Mini-bar
Phone
Non-smoking Rooms
Hair Dryer

 Optional Excursions

The following list of optional excursions are examples only for this vacation. These optional excursions might or might not be offered. Whether it's a special dinner, a local show or a special behind-the-scenes glimpse into an historical site, optional excursions are a wonderful way to enrich your vacation even further. Plus, they give you flexibility. We include the must-see sites and experiences, and we also understand that people take interest in different activities and may want to craft a more personal vacation by hand-picking optional excursions that appeal to them.

We know that many times travelers celebrate special occasions on vacation and you can now pre-purchase celebration packages before your cruise departure. We offer special birthday, anniversary and wedding vow packages. These packages include all the elements you need to celebrate with family & friends.

Availability of optional excursions is subject to sufficient participation, weather conditions, seasonal suitability, days of operation, group interests, and general feasibility for your vacation. The approximate value listed gives you a good, general idea of what you can expect to pay but may vary once you are on your vacation. Some information provided might be in a foreign currency; to get an estimated price, use a currency converter for exchange rate information (pricing may vary at the time of booking).

Once you have booked your vacation, Avalon Waterways provides the ability to pre-purchase excursions and packages, register for your cruise and provide emergency contact information online.

Luxor
Aswan
Cairo

Luxor

Sound and Light Show at Karnak Temple

Sound and Light Show at Karnak Temple

An enthralling sound and light performance against the backdrop of fascinating monuments, recalling the wonder and magic of Egypt's distant past.

Approximate value: $55 USD per person

Aswan

Excursion to the Temples of Abu Simbel (By Air)

Excursion to the Temples of Abu Simbel (By Air)

Fly to ABU SIMBEL with a local guide to see the two magnificent 3,200-year old temples, which were saved from the floods of Lake Nasser in 1966 when the Aswan High Dam was built.

Approximate value: $360 USD per person

Sound and Light Show at Philae Temple

Sound and Light Show at Philae Temple

Cross the Nile to the island of Agilka to see the spectacular sound and light performance at the lovely Temple of Philae.

Approximate value: $55 USD per person

Cairo

Dinner on the Nile

Dinner on the Nile

Enjoy a gourmet dinner with entertainment provided by a band and belly dancers during your two-hour cruise on one of the Nile Crystal Boats.

Approximate value: $65 USD per person

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