Splendors of the Nile and Egypt
October 29 - November 9, 2015
12 days/11 nights
A fabulous visit to one of the most fascinating countries in the world! Your journey back in time begins in Cairo, a vibrant metropolis where mosques and minarets are a part of the skyline. Visit the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities that houses thousands of catalogued objects including the golden treasures of King Tutankhamun. At nearby Giza, high on the Giza Plateau, stand before the great pyramids you have dreamed of seeing. These sand colored triangles seem to rise endlessly into the sky! Nearby visit the majestic Sphinx, guardian of the plateau and all that surrounds him.
Your 3 night Nile cruise will be aboard one of the most luxurious of cruise boats. All cabins have private bath, air conditioning and a large picture window. Cruising the Nile gives you the opportunity to see the perpetual green fields that border the Nile, many still farmed as they were thousands of years ago, and to visit the great temples at Aswan, Kom-Ombo, Edfu and Luxor. Shore excursions and all meals are included on the Nile cruise.
In Aswan, an afternoon to rest, relax and have a swim at your hotel overlooking the Nile before an optional excursion the next morning to Abu Simbel to visit the great temple masterpieces created by Ramses II for him and his favorite wife, Nefertari.
In Cairo, enjoy dinner in a lovely private home with an English speaking Egyptian family, a tour highlight.
An Egyptologist will accompany us throughout the tour, share his knowledge and provide continuity as we travel throughout the country. Our small groups insure you will hear his every word. Barbara Osman, President of 4 Seasons Tours, will accompany the tour to this country she always finds fascinating and which she wants to share with you.
Day 4, MEMPHIS/SAKKARA/PYRAMIDS/SPHINX
A visit to the the ancient capital of Memphis. At Sakkara, in the desert, see the Step Pyramid of Zoser and visit the Tomb of Mereruka. The reliefs within are of ancient local life and show the domestication of gazelles, goats and hyenas. Lunch at the Andrea Restaurant before our visit to the great Pyramids of Egypt. Then visit the nearby, huge Sphinx, the earliest truly colossal piece of ancient Egypt sculpture. We have included a camel ride for your pleasure. Dinner with a lovely Egyptian family this evening. Meals:B,L
Day 3, CAIRO
Meet your Egyptologist this morning and begin touring with a visit to the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities. The golden treasures of King Tutankhamun will highlight your introduction to the antiquities of Egypt. Afternoon visit to Saladin’s 12th-century Citadel from which you get a breath-taking view of the city. Nearby is the mosque of Mohammed Ali where you will learn the fundamentals of the Islamic religion. This evening enjoy the Sound and Light show at the Pyramids. Meals:B
I T I N E R A R Y
Day 1, INDEPENDENCE/NEWARK/WILMINGTON/PHL AIRPORT
Afternoon departures for Philadelphia Airport to board our overnight flight to Cairo. Meals:D in flight
Day 2, CAIRO
Early afternoon arrival in Cairo, and after brief custom formalities, transfer by motorcoach to our deluxe hotel, with rooms overlooking the Nile. Meals:D
Day 5, CAIRO/ASWAN
Morning airport transfer for flight to Aswan. An independent lunch at hotel before a leisurely afternoon and felucca (sailboat) sail on the Nile. Later today visit the local market. Your hotel overlooks the Nile. Meals:B,D
Day 7, ASWAN SIGHTSEEING/CRUISE/KOM-OMBO/EDFU
A morning visit to the magnificent island temple of Philae and the High Dam. Sail after lunch to Kom-Ombo to visit the temple shared by two gods overlooking the Nile. Afternoon tea as we sail on to Edfu. Meals:B,L,D
PRINCESS SARAH CRUISE BOAT
Day 8, EDFU/LUXOR
A visit by horse and carriage this morning to Edfu’s superbly preserved temple of the falcon-god Horus, lord of the sky. Return to the ship and sail to Esna. After lunch visit the Shrine of Khanum and perhaps do some local shopping as you return to the boat. Afternoon tea will be served as you cruise the Nile to Luxor. Meals:B,L,D
PRINCESS SARAH CRUISE BOAT
Day 10, Luxor
The city of Luxor stretches along the east bank of the Nile and is home to two of the greatest historical sites in the world. The Temple of Luxor, set beside the Nile, is one of the most beguiling of all Egypt’s pharaonic monuments. It is approached by the Avenue of Sphinxes, which originally went all the way to Karnak, 2 miles north. Originally raised by Amenhotep III (R.1390 - 1352 B.C.) Ramses II added huge statues of himself. It has a wealth of reliefs and an air of serenity. Nearby is the Temple of Karnak, and to the ancient Egyptian it was The Most Perfect of Places. Within the dizzying hypostyle hall stand 134 columns roughly 50 feet high and it takes six men with their arms outstretched to circle one column. Once again you feel the ancient aura of Egypt. This afternoon at leisure at your hotel to relax by the pool, enjoy a bird watching boat cruise or take the free shuttle into Luxor. Meals:B
MOVENPICK RESORT HOTEL
Day 6, ASWAN/ABU SIMBEL /ASWAN/BOARD CRUISE BOAT
Optional flight and tour of Abu Simbel to visit the great temples of Ramses II and his favorite wife Nefertari, which stand tall above Lake Nasser, with return by air to Aswan. Board your cruise boat in time for lunch. Enjoy a free afternoon and evening in this favorite city of the Egyptians. Meals:B,L,D
PRINCESS SARAH CRUISE BOAT
Day 9, Luxor/VALLEY OF THE KINGS AND QUEENS
Disembark your cruise boat for an exciting day as you cross the Nile to the West Bank to visit the Valley of the Kings. Descend into the tombs of the Pharaohs of Egypt with magnificent paintings on the walls that look as though they were painted only yesterday. Travel through the desert to Deier el Bahri to visit the impressive Mortuary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut. You will no doubt be overwhelmed with the beauty of the sites you see today. Your hotel is located on an island and is delightful. Meals:B,L
MOVENPICK RESORT HOTEL
TOUR INCLUSIONS: Roundtrip motorcoach transportation from Independence, Newark and Wilmington to Philadelphia Airport (subject to change based on number of passengers) * roundtrip air PHL/CAIRO / * air taxes (subject to change until ticketed) * domestic air in Egypt * accommodations for 7 nights in deluxe hotels based on double occupancy * accommodations for 3 nights in staterooms aboard the Princess Sarah Cruise Boat * meals include full breakfast daily, 2 lunches, 2 dinners on land portion of tour * all meals aboard the Nile cruise boat * admission to all sightseeing as per itinerary and shore excursions while cruising * camel ride at the Pyramids * hotel taxes and service charges * transfers between airports, hotels and cruise ship * gratuities for motorcoach drivers * luggage handling * accompanying Egyptologist throughout the tour * services of Barbara Osman as Tour Director * a pre-departure briefing.
NOT INCLUDED: Passport and entry visa fee (visa fee $20 as of 6/30/14) , gratuities to Egyptologist and ship personnel * items of a personal nature such as beverages not included with meals, telephone calls and faxes, laundry, etc., optional tour to Abu Simbel
CONDITIONS: A deposit of $200 due with each reservation. Final payment is due September 9, 2015. Cancellations : After final payment date, there are no refunds.
TRIP INTERRUPTION/CANCELLATION INSURANCE IS RECOMMENDED. APPLICATIONS ARE AVAILABLE FROM 4 SEASONS TOURS AND TRAVEL.
Responsibility: B & B Travel Inc, d/b/a 4 Seasons Tours and Travel acts only as an agent for suppliers and airlines in arranging transportation, accommodations and all other services included in this tour. 4 Seasons Tours and Travel is not liable for loss, damage, injury, death or expense on account of delay, failure or accident of any conveyance or service, or from any cause whatsoever, whether or not due to or caused by negligence of any company or person. 4 Seasons Tours and Travel reserves the right to alter, change or omit any tour component , when, in its opinion, it is in the best interest of the passengers. The tour operator also reserves the right to change hotels to another of the same category. Air carriers are not responsible for passengers while not aboard their aircraft.
A PASSPORT VALID FOR 6 MONTHS AFTER YOUR RETURN IS REQUIRED FOR THIS TOUR.
Day 11, LUXOR/CAIRO
Depart for the airport and our return flight to Cairo for a visit to Coptic Cairo. Coptic Cairo refers to the years between the old pharaonic religions and before the arrival of Islam, when Egypt was Christian. Our visit will include Abu Serga Church, probably 5th century, built over a crypt where the Holy Family took shelter during their stay in Egypt. Also visit the Ben Ezra Synagogue, the oldest in Egypt. A stop at the Khan el Khalili Bazaar before returning to our hotel. Meals:B
Day 12, CAIRO/HOME
Board flight for Philadelphia Airport where transportation will be waiting to return you to Wilmington, Newark and Independence. Meals:B & in flight
Suggested reading includes: “THE NILE”, AN INSIGHT GUIDE BOOK - Text is well written, very descriptive and informative. “NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC TRAVELER EGYPT” - Excellent text, color coded by region, maps of areas.