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9 days with Trafalgar  Rating: First Class

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River Cruise Itinerary
DAY 1. ARRIVE CAIRO
Welcome to Cairo. You are met at Cairo Airport and transferred to your hotel. Wander through ancient, bustling streets in the City of a Thousand Minarets or simply relax after your journey.
 
DAY 2. CAIRO – LUXOR – NILE CRUISE (4 NIGHTS)
Fly to Luxor and on arrival, visit the enormous temple complex at Karnak, featuring the Temple of Amun and the amazing Avenue of the Sphinx. Board your luxury cruise ship in time for lunch. Later, visit the Grand Temple of Luxor before returning to your cruise ship for dinner. (Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
 
DAY 3. NILE CRUISE: LUXOR – EDFU
Discover the Valley of the Kings in the Theban Hills west of the Nile, where tombs were built for the powerful nobles of the New Kingdom. Visit the Temple of Medinet Habou, the mortuary temple of Ramses III. Admire Queen Hatshepsut's impressive temple at Deir el-Bahri. And view the Colossi of Memnon, carved from quartzite sandstone. Later, sail to Edfu. (Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
 
DAY 4. NILE CRUISE: EDFU – KOM-OMBO
Visit Egypt's best-preserved cult temple at Edfu, dedicated to the falcon god Horus. Relax and admire the scenery as you sail upstream to Kom-Ombo − little has changed in a thousand years. This evening, dress up in traditional clothing and experience a fun filled Egyptian Dinner and Galabea Party. (Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
 
DAY 5. NILE CRUISE: KOM-OMBO – ASWAN
Tour the Temple of Kom-Ombo, dedicated to the crocodile-headed god, Sobek. Later, in Aswan sail in a traditional felucca across the Nile to see the Botanical Gardens on Kitchener's Island. A blood-red sunset is common in Aswan, made all the more breathtaking by the silhouette of dozens of feluccas set against it. (Buffet Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
 
DAY 6. DISEMBARK – ASWAN – CAIRO (3 NIGHTS)
Disembark in Aswan to explore the High Dam. Visit the Temple of Isis on the Island of Philae. See the Unfinished Obelisk. Later, consider an optional experience to the mighty Sun Temple of Abu Simbel − a once in a lifetime opportunity − where four giant stone statues of Ramses II guard the temple's entrance. This afternoon fly back to Cairo from Aswan. (Buffet Breakfast)
 
DAY 7. CAIRO SIGHTSEEING
Thousands of years of history are brought to life during your full day of sightseeing. See the ancient Citadel, built to protect the city from the Crusaders. Marvel at the Alabaster Mosque's ornate interior and the Sultan Hassan Mosque, one of the masterpieces of Mamluk architecture. Visit the Hanging Church of St. Mary in Old Cairo and see Tutankhamun's priceless treasures at the Egyptian Museum, discovered by Howard Carter in the Valley of the Kings in 1922. Spend the evening as you wish. (Buffet Breakfast)
 
DAY 8. CAIRO – PYRAMID EXCURSION
See the limestone Colossus of Ramses II and the giant Alabaster Sphinx at Memphis. Admire the Step Pyramid at Sakkara, which heralded the beginning of the pyramid age. Marvel at the Great Pyramids of Giza, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. See the enigmatic Great Sphinx − the oldest monumental sculpture in the world. The evening is yours to do as you please. Perhaps complete your Cairo experience with a romantic dinner cruise on the Nile. (Buffet Breakfast)
 
DAY 9. DEPART CAIRO
Today you leave this mysterious, ancient country. Say goodbye to your travelling companions and your Travel Director as you prepare for your trip home. Airport transfers are available. (Buffet Breakfast)
Tour Map
River Cruise Highlights
The Trafalgar Difference
  • Cultural Insights Visit a traditional Egyptian perfumery that uses Egyptian plants to produce their fragrances.
  • Hidden Treasures Enjoy at least one surprise Hidden Treasure.
Sightseeing Highlights
  • City tour in Luxor and Cairo.
  • Visit the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, the temples of Karnak, the Valley of the Kings, Queen Hatshepsut's Temple and the Colossi of Memnon in Luxor, the Temples at Edfu and Kom-Ombo, the temple of Isis on the island of Philae.
  • Sail in a felucca across the Nile.
  • View the High Dam and the Unfinished Obelisk in Aswan, the Citadel, Alabaster and Sultan Hassan Mosques in Cairo and the Great Pyramids and Sphinx at Giza.
  • See the Ramses II statue and Alabaster Sphinx in Memphis, the Step Pyramid in Sakkara.
All This Included
A cruise from Luxor to Aswan and horse-drawn buggy at Edfu are just two of the ways your Egyptologist unveils the secrets of an ancient culture, in this in-depth passage into Egypt.

Dining
  • 8 breakfasts.
  • 4 cruise lunches.
  • 4 cruise dinners.
Travel Highlights
  • Luxury air-conditioned coach or alternative transportation (such as rail journeys)
  • Cherry-picked hotels, all tried and trusted
  • Hand-picked Insider Experiences
  • Optional Experiences and free time
  • Porterage and local charges included
  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras
  • An expert Travel Director and separate Driver
  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes
  • VIP entry to many sights
  • Audio Headsets for flexible sightseeing
  • Flight from Cairo to Luxor
  • Four-night luxury Nile Cruise
  • Flight from Aswan to Cairo
  • The services of a professional English speaking Egyptologist / Travel Director throughout your journey
  • Daily breakfast and an average of 50% of evening meals
Accommodations on this Tour
Cairo: Fairmont Hotel Heliopolis
Nile Cruise: Cabin onboard MS Miriam, MS Giselle or La Boheme or similar
Cairo: Ramses Hilton
Notes
  • Ships or cruise itineraries on the Nile may vary occasionally according to seasonal circumstance. Visits to sights and highlights will not be affected.
  • The highlight of your holiday is the cruise along the legendary River Nile on board the most luxurious of ships, the MS Miriam, MS Giselle or MS La Bohème* 5-star features of the MS Miriam, MS Giselle or MS La Bohème are fully air-conditioned, luxury two-berth cabins with en-suite bathroom, full size bath, shower and toilet. On-board facilities include a plunge pool, two bars, restaurant and two gift shops. *Note: At certain times, a similar cruise ship of the same category as MS Miriam, MS Giselle or MS La Bohème may be used.
  • A once in a lifetime experience! Enjoy this four-hour optional experience including flights to Abu Simbel, site of the Temple of Ramses II with its four great statues of the pharaoh himself. Also see statues of his queen, Nefertari, on the facade of the Temple of Hathor.
  • Shared Rooming: Room Share is not available on this trip.
  • Internal Airfares: The above prices include internal airfares and are accurate as of July 2016.
  • Important Visa information: Visas will be required for this trip. Please check with your Travel Agent when making your reservation to assess your requirements.
  • Please ask your Vacations To Go travel counselor for more information.
Terms and Conditions

* The prices shown are U.S. dollars per person, based on double occupancy, and subject to availability. Prices quoted for land/cruise arrangements are subject to increase without notice. Once we have received your deposit, land/cruise prices are guaranteed. Air prices quoted via phone or email are subject to increase and are guaranteed only from the time that full payment is received. Also, air prices or air promotions mentioned on this site or on the phone do not include baggage fees imposed by airlines. Sorry, we are unable to offer air from countries other than the U.S. However, for those international customers who are able to arrange their own transportation to the trip origination city, we are able to offer the land/cruise portion of the package at the price quoted.



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