Signature Egypt & the Nile (2015)

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Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Cairo, Egypt

Arrive in Cairo, where you are met by your A&K representative and transferred to your hotel overlooking the pyramids.

Mena House Hotel
Day 2: Giza | The Pyramids & Sphinx

Embark on a tour of the Giza Plateau, site of the ancient pyramids of Mycerinus, Chefren and the Great Pyramid of Cheops. Cheops, the largest of the three and known as the Great Pyramid, was built in the Fourth Dynasty (approximately 2690 BC) and is the oldest and only survivor of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Explore the interior of one of these legendary pyramids. Ride Like a Local on camelback before continuing to the Solar Boat Museum, site of Cheops’ funerary boat, the world’s oldest intact ship, and the enigmatic Great Sphinx.

Mena House Hotel   |   Meals: B L
Day 3: Cairo | Legendary Pharaohs

Visit the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, home to the largest collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts, including treasures from Tutankhamun. See its famous Mummy Room, featuring the remains of ancient Egypt’s pharaohs and nobility, including Ramses II. After lunch, drive to Memphis, capital of the ancient kingdom and now home to an open-air museum and giant statue of Ramses II. Continue to Sakkara, site of hundreds of tombs and 14 pyramids, including the famous Step Pyramid of Djoser.

Mena House Hotel   |   Meals: B L
Day 4: Luxor | Karnak and the Valley of the Kings

Fly to Luxor and journey to the Temple of Karnak. Walk through the Great Hypostyle Hall, with its expertly aligned columns. Board Sanctuary ‘Sun Boat III’ and enjoy lunch onboard. Afterward, explore the west bank of the Nile and the Necropolis of Thebes, the burial site of the Great Pharaohs of the New Kingdom. Discover the Valley of the Kings, and step inside the tomb of Tutankhamun. Later, explore the Temple of Hatshepsut, and visit the Valley of the Queens (Biban el-Harim).

Sanctuary 'Sun Boat III'   |   Meals: B L D
Day 5: Cruising the Nile | Temple of Hathor at Denderah

Cruise north on a scenic route — far from other ships and crowds — to the Temple of Hathor at Denderah, seeing its massive stone roof, dark chambers, underground passages and columns inscribed with hieroglyphs. Sail back to Luxor and, this afternoon, journey again to the East Bank of the Nile, this time visiting the city of Thebes and the striking Temple of Luxor.

Please note for November 17, 2014 – February 2015 Departures:
Due to unexpected low water levels of the Nile River, the Sanctuary Sun Boats will not be able to sail north of the city of Luxor. To ensure the safety of all guests on board, we will be driving to Denderah for the scheduled sightseeing. The drive time between Luxor and Denderah is approximately 1 hour.

Sanctuary 'Sun Boat III'   |   Meals: B L D
Day 6: Cruising the Nile | Edfu to Kom Ombo

Continue cruising to Edfu and to the Temple of Horus. Join your chef onboard for a local cooking lesson. Later, disembark at Kom Ombo (hill of gold) to visit the Greco-Roman temple dedicated to Haroeris (the sun god) and Sobek (the crocodile god). The temple was so dedicated because crocodiles once basked on this stretch of Nile shore; inside, find several of these mummified crocodiles on display.

Sanctuary 'Sun Boat III'   |   Meals: B L D
Day 7: Aswan | Majestic Philae

Today, cruise to Aswan and ride a motorized boat to Philae Temple on the island of Agilika, painstakingly moved and reconstructed here to avoid flood damage from Aswan’s High Dam. Afterward, continue to the impressive granite quarries and site of the Unfinished Obelisk, which illustrates the skills of Egypt’s stonemasons. End the day sailing around the Aswan islands like a local in a felucca (small sailboat), weather permitting.

Sanctuary 'Sun Boat III'   |   Meals: B L D
Day 8: Abu Simbel | Temples of Ramses II & Nefertari

Disembark ‘Sun Boat III’ and fly to Abu Simbel. See the commanding twin temples of Ramses II and his wife, Queen Nefertari. The former’s façade is dominated by four imposing statues of the pharaoh. The entire site was disassembled and moved to its present location to save it from the floodwaters of the Aswan High Dam. Return to Cairo for an evening at leisure.

Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza   |   Meals: B L
Day 9: Cairo | Bustling Souk

Walk from Bab el-Fotouh to Khan el-Khalili Bazaar, where tightly packed stalls display everything from spices and leather goods to jewelry and birds. Explore the Mosque and Madrasa of Sultan Hassan, built in AD 1356. Among the finest examples of early Mamluk architecture, the mosque is one of the largest in the world.

Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza   |   Meals: B
Day 10: Depart Cairo

Board your international departure flight or extend to Jordan.

Meals: B

Please Note: The Sanctuary Sun Boat IV will be used instead of Sanctuary Sun Boat III on the January 9 departure.