Egypt: Past & Present9 days & 8 nights, Private Journey
Handcrafted itineraries for one or more travelers with on-the-ground support, a private guide, and a private vehicle. Private Journeys represent the best of the custom programs we've designed over the years. Our insider knowledge and destination expertise make these innovative journeys truly unique experiences.Private Journey
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Day 1Arrive Cairo
Upon arrival in Cairo, you will be escorted to your luxury hotel overlooking the Nile River.Preferred: Fairmont Nile City
Elite: Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at the First Residence - 3 Nights
Join your Egyptologist to discover the pyramids of Egypt. Begin with the less-visited pyramids at Dashour, including both the unusual Bent Pyramid and the Red Pyramid, which was built by the father of Cheops. Continue to Saqqara, an entire complex built by Imhotep, which is most famous for the Step Pyramid, the earliest of all classic memorials. After lunch, move on to the Great Pyramids at Giza, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Then embark on a voyage to pharaonic times at the Solar Boat Museum. Visit the mysterious Sphinx before returning to your hotel.Preferred: Fairmont Nile City
Elite: Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at the First Residence (B, L)
Pay a morning visit to the famed Egyptian Museum, repository of many of the glories of antiquity, including the spectacular treasures of the boy king Tutankhamen. Then descend into the past to experience the 11 royal mummies in the world-renowned Mummy Room.Preferred: Fairmont Nile City
Elite: Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at the First Residence (B)
Day 4To Aswan
Early this morning, return to the airport for your flight to Abu Simbel and a tour of the spectacular rock-hewn Temples of Ramses II above the banks of Lake Nasser. Continue to Aswan, where you will be met and escorted to your Nile cruiser. Enjoy lunch on board before disembarking for a visit to the impressive High Dam and the lovely Temple of Philae. Back on board, immerse yourself in Nubian culture with a lively song-and-dance performance following dinner.Preferred: M.S. Mayfair
Elite: Sanctuary Nile Adventurer - 1 Night (B, L, D)
Day 5To Edfu
Sail north to Kom Ombo to see the massive temple shared by the gods Sobek and Harocies. Re-board your ship in time for a relaxing lunch as you continue downriver to Edfu. Here you will visit the famed shrine of the Falcon God Horus, one of the best-preserved ancient temples in Egypt. This evening, sail toward Luxor and enjoy dinner on board.Preferred: M.S. Mayfair
Elite: Sanctuary Nile Adventurer - 2 Nights (B, L, D)
Day 6To Luxor
Pass through the Esna locks this morning before arriving in Luxor in time for lunch. This afternoon, disembark to explore the impressive Karnak and the Luxor Temples.Preferred: M.S. Mayfair
Elite: Sanctuary Nile Adventurer (B, L, D)
Day 7To Cairo
This morning, visit the West Bank and explore the tombs in the stunning Valley of the Kings. Then it's on to the striking Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, which is framed by towering cliffs. Afterward, return by air to Cairo.Preferred: Fairmont Nile City
Elite: Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza - 2 Nights (B, L)
Marvel at the highlights of Islamic and Coptic Cairo, and visit the Ben Ezra Synagogue, which, according to legend, was built on the site where the baby Moses was found in the reeds. Enjoy lunch before embarking on an exploration of the labyrinth of shops and alleyways in the ancient Khan el-Khalili souq, one of the world's oldest marketplaces.Preferred: Fairmont Nile City
Elite: Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza (B, L)
Day 9Depart Cairo
Today, you will be accompanied to the airport for your onward flight.(B)
Internal Flights / Delays / Insurance: Internal flights in this brochure use jet airliners. Flight delays have become more commonplace, and additional costs may well be involved. This may be in the form of added accommodation costs, transfers and/or onward tickets. Cox & Kings will endeavor to ensure that arrangements go as smoothly as possible. As services are paid for in advance, any services missed due to delays and/or schedule changes are non-refundable. Many international flight tickets are non-changeable and non-refundable. The insurance policy offered by Cox & Kings is designed to mitigate the costs and effects of such delays in certain circumstances and we strongly advise that you are insured against such eventualities.
Airport Departure Taxes: The cost of our tours does not always include airport/overland departure taxes; it is necessary for you to pay these locally, in local currency. Departure taxes vary in each country and the rates will be advised before your departure from the U.S.A. These taxes are always subject to change and if they do so when you are traveling, your tour leader or our ground handler will advise you.
Generally, the road conditions in the Middle East & North Africa are fairly good. However, please be aware that some tours involve off-road driving, which can be uncomfortable, dusty and quite strenuous. The distance covered in some of our tours is also considerable, especially in Libya. If you have any problems with protracted road travel, please discuss this with your consultant. Types of vehicles vary according to the country visited and the numbers on a tour, but generally the following can be used as a guideline for the size of transportation provided: 2-3 passengers, sedan car; 4-6 passengers, minivan; 6-19 passengers, small bus; 20-28 passengers, medium bus. In destinations where conditions require it, off-road driving will be in 4-wheel-drive Land Cruiser / Land Rover vehicles.
Flights to the Middle East arrive/depart early in the morning and early check-in/check-out times may be required. Most domestic flights are scheduled early in the morning and can be prone to schedule changes. This is beyond our control. To avoid the heat during the warmer months, early morning starts are often made for sightseeing.
Accommodation standards vary dramatically throughout the Middle East and hotels should not generally be compared to Western European standards. For our tours in the Middle East, we have chosen hotels primarily for their location and the facilities available. The hotels listed in the tour itineraries may occasionally be unavailable for the required dates. In this event, we will advise you of the alternative hotels, which will, where possible, be of the same or a higher standard than those featured in the itineraries. We may upgrade hotels featured in the brochure if better options in the same category become available. Christmas and New Year dinners are compulsory at some hotels - these will be charged as a supplement. Please note, all rooms reserved on your tour are standard unless specified; however, if you wish to upgrade your room (e.g. to a deluxe, pyramid view or suite etc.), please speak to your tour consultant, who will be able to advise you about the options and the applicable supplements.
Check-in & Check-out Times: For all tours, hotel check-in / out time is normally 12 noon, but this does vary between hotels. Early check-ins and late check-outs cannot be pre-booked, but can sometimes be negotiated on site.
In most cases, prices for individual arrangements and tour extensions are quoted excluding a guide. The supplement for a guide is available on request. For logistical reasons, some extensions are on a shared basis based upon a minimum of two passengers and not on a private basis.
Many of the sites in the Middle East are quite spread out and our tours consequently necessitate a reasonable amount of walking. While the walking is mostly easy going, a full-day sightseeing can be tiring and sometimes strenuous. At monuments there are many steep sections and uneven surfaces. A reasonable amount of fitness is required.
At certain times of year, particularly during winter, sightseeing during the Nile cruise is subject to change, based on navigational conditions and the captain, at time of sail. Due to the large numbers of cruise boats operating on the Nile, delays can occur, sometimes necessitating sailing at night. Embarkation and disembarkation of cruise boats usually involves descending and ascending a flight of steps. Cruise itineraries are based on full board, but all alcoholic beverages will be charged as extras. Star Goddess suites and Alexander the Great Yacht cabins are based on availability at time of booking. Children under 12 years are not allowed on the Alexander the Great Yacht.
Certain monuments and tourist attractions in the Middle East are closed on certain days for religious/holiday reasons. If in the event your visit to any of these cities falls on a day when these sites are closed, your tour will be adjusted accordingly.
Location: North Africa
Capital: Cairo (El Qahira)
Population: 84.5 million (2010)
Official Language: Arabic, English and French are widely spoken.
Religion: 90% is Muslim; the rest is Christian.
Electricity: Most areas 220 volts AC, 50Hz.
Official Currency: Egyptian Pound. US dollars are widely accepted. Major Credit Cards are widely accepted. ATMs are now common in large cities and tourist destinations.
Visas: Visas are required for American passport holders. Other citizens should check with the Egypt, Embassy regarding visa requirements.
Social Conventions: Islam in Egypt is not a religion reserved for Fridays and holidays - it is a shaping factor in all aspects of daily life. Dress should be conservative and women should not wear revealing clothes, particularly when in religious buildings and in towns (although Western style of dress is accepted at the main archaeological sites and in modern nightclubs, restaurants, hotels and bars in tourist destinations). Smart restaurants usually require more formal wear. Smoking is very common.
Photography: Tourists will have to pay a fee to take photographs inside pyramids, tombs and museums.
Egypt: Past & Present
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