December 2 -10, 2019
There are very few places which give you an experience of oneness with ancient souls. Egypt is the most emotionally moving of these iconic countries. From the oriental markets in Cairo, to the Pyramids and the mysterious Sphinx, there is a feeling in the pit of your stomach that you are somehow connected. We fly to Abu Simbel to see the magical Temples of Ramses II & Nefertari. Then it's on to Aswan to board our First Class Nile Cruise. We visit all the important sites as we float past villages built on the green shores that end with the Sahara sands. Women's Travel Group specials are: our private archaeologist, dinner in a private home, and a visit to women's workshops along the way.
For those historians in the group, there is an option to go to Alexandria.
Weather is perfect in December! Our ship was renovated this year to a high standard - however, we only have a few booked rooms. This trip must be booked and deposited very early.
Day 1: Mon, Dec 2 - Arrival Cairo
Arrive to Cairo, Egypt, where you are met and escorted to your hotel. Welcome dinner at the hotel gives you an opportunity to meet your fellow travelers. You will also meet our dedicated English-speaking Egyptologist Guide who will accompany us throughout the tour. (D)
4 night stay at The Marriott Historical Mena House Hotel, Garden Section
Set amidst 40 acres of verdant gardens, this stunning hotel offers 331 plush rooms and suites offering spectacular views of the mighty Giza Pyramids and the surrounding lush greenery. Leisure facilities include an outdoor heated pool, Health Club and Spa.
Day 2: Tue, Dec 3 - Cairo - Giza Pyramids & Sphinx
Visit the Great Pyramids of Giza, including the Pyramid of Khufu and the Sphinx. Enjoy a visit to the Solar Boat Museum. Lunch at a local restaurant with the afternoon at leisure.This might be a good afternoon for a relaxing massage. (BL)
Day 3: Wed, Dec 4 - Cairo - City Sightseeing
Explore the ancient city of Cairo, including the Citadel, the Alabaster Mosque of Mohammed Ali and the colorful Khan el Khalili Bazaar. We’ll also visit the spice market and the antiques market and have lunch at a local restaurant. (BL)
Day 4: Thu, Dec 5- Cairo - Memphis, Saqqara & Egyptian Museum
This morning we visit Memphis, once a vast metropolis and capital of the Old Kingdom. Continue to Saqqara, the oldest stone complex in the world, to see the towering Step Pyramid of Djoser, the earliest of all pyramids. After lunch at a local restaurant, spend the afternoon viewing antiquities at the Egyptian Museum. (BL)
Day 5: Fri, Dec 6 - Cairo / Abu Simbel / Aswan - Nile River Cruise
Transfer to Cairo Airport for the scheduled domestic flight to Abu-Simbel. Upon arrival, visit the magnificent Temples of Ramses II & Nefertari. We then depart on the scheduled domestic fight to Aswan. Transfer to our Nile cruise ship, our home for the next three nights as we cruise the majestic and mystical Nile River. This afternoon visit the High Dam, Unfinished Obelisk and Philae Temple. Visit a Nubian Village where they can get invited for tea inside one of the homes. Meet with women and learn more about the culture and see their handicrafts. We visit the spice market is Aswan where you’ll have time to have your hands decorated with a delicate henna design! (BLD)
3 Night Nile Cruise onboard the M/S Tulip
The M/S Tulip cruise ship was completely refurbished in 2018. The ship features contemporary themed cabins and spacious communal areas with panoramic views from the large windows. Each of the standard 40 cabins have panoramic window and balcony rail. Cabins and suites offer air-conditioning, en-suite bathroom with bathtub and overhead shower. Hair dryer, satellite TV and an individual safe, mini fridge and tea and coffee making facilities. There is a large sun deck with sun beds and stylish furniture. It provides a relaxing place to sit and enjoy the spectacular views of the Nile and the swimming pool is ideal for a refreshing dip during the day. The Deck bar offers cool daytime refreshments and the lounge bar offers drinks and entertainment in the evening. There is also a Sauna, small fitness suite that is free to use and a massage service at an additional charge.
Day 6: Sat, Dec 7 - Nile River Cruise - Aswan / Kom Ombo / Edfu
Today we set sail to Kom Ombo. Visit the Ptolemaic Temple of Kom Ombo, then continue to Edfu. (BLD)
Day 7: Sun, Dec 8 - Nile Cruise - Edfu / Luxor - Home Hosted Dinner
At Edfu, a short horse-drawn carriage ride takes you to the temple dedicated to the falcon-headed god, Horus. In the afternoon sail to Luxor and visit the Karnak and Luxor temples.
Tonight a traditional Egyptian dinner is arranged with a local family in their home. (BLD)
Day 8: Mon, Dec 9 - Nile Cruise / Luxor / Cairo
This morning disembark from your cruise and visit of the Valley of the Kings, Colossus of Memnon and in the Valley of the Queens, the Temple of Hatshepsut. Hatshepsut held great power in the Ancient Kingdom. In the afternoon depart on the scheduled domestic flight back to Cairo. Tonight enjoy a farewell dinner. (BD)
1 night stay the Hilton Cairo Heliopolis Hotel
Hilton Cairo Heliopolis is an iconic hotel in the presidential quarter just 10 minutes from the airport and 15 km from city center and the business district. Enjoy attentive service and unrivaled amenities such as 15 dining outlets, a wellness spa, beauty salon, two outdoor pools, a fitness center and sport courts.
Day 9: Tue, Dec 10 - Depart Cairo
Transfer to the airport for your departure flight. (B)
OPTIONAL EXTENSION TO ALEXANDRIA
Day 9: Tue, Dec 10 - Cairo / Alexandria
Mid-morning pick up by your private car with driver/guide for the journey to Alexandria (approx 2 ½ to 3 hours). Enjoy the afternoon at leisure. (B)
2 night stay at Montaza Sheraton Hotel
Sheraton Montazah, overlooks King's Farouk Palace and gardens on one side and the bright blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea on the other. From the moment you arrive, you will receive the warmest welcome from attentive and responsive staff whose mission is to make your stay a relaxing and unforgettable one. This property is 1 minute walk from the beach and features a well-equipped gym and free-form pool offering panoramic sea views.
Day 10: Wed, Dec 11 - Alexandria - City Sightseeing
Full day tour on private basis with English-Speaking Egyptologist guide. First visit the the Catacombs. This family tomb shows the merging of Egyptian and Roman art and architecture. You’ll see Pompey’s Pillar built to honor Emperor Diocletian who had freed Alexandria. On to the Citadel of Quitbay in the Mediterranean Sea. Built in the 15th century by Sultan al-Ashraf Qu’it Bay. Enjoy lunch at a seafood restaurant This afternoon visit Bibliotheca Alexandria (Alexandria Library). (BL)
Day 11: Thu, Dec. 12 - Alexandria / Depart Cairo
You will be transferred back to Cairo airport by your private car and driver/guide.
Board your flight home with memories of your exciting journey through Egypt. (B)