Arrive Cairo, Egypt
Arrive in Cairo, where you are met by your A&K representative and transferred to your historic hotel with fantastic views of the pyramids.
Giza | The Pyramids & the Sphinx
Tour the Giza Plateau, site of the ancient pyramids of Mycerinus, Chefren and the Great Pyramid of Cheops. Explore the interior of one of these legendary pyramids. Ride Like a Local on camel back and continue to the Solar Boat Museum, site of Cheops’ funerary boat. Then, view the Great Sphinx, the ancient world’s largest monumental sculpture, carved from a single ridge of limestone. After lunch, return to your hotel and enjoy time at leisure.
Luxor | Karnak & 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 award-winning Sanctuary ‘Sun Boat IV’ and enjoy lunch on board. 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. You also visit the Valley of the Queens (Biban el-Harim). Later, explore the Temple of Hatshepsut.
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. Sail back to Luxor. This afternoon, return to the east bank of the Nile, this time visiting the city of Thebes and the striking Temple of Luxor.
Cruising the Nile | Edfu to Kom Ombo
Continue cruising to Edfu and the Temple of Horus. Join your chef on board 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).
Aswan | Majestic Philae
Cruise to Aswan and ride a motorized boat to Philae Temple on the island of Agilika, moved and reconstructed here to avoid flood damage from Aswan’s High Dam. Continue to the granite quarries and site of the Unfinished Obelisk. Then sail amid the Aswan islands like a local — by felucca, weather permitting.
Abu Simbel | Temples of Ramses II & Nefertari
Disembark Sanctuary ‘Sun Boat IV’ and fly to Abu Simbel. See the twin temples of Ramses II and his wife, Queen Nefertari. Return to Cairo for an evening at leisure.
Cairo | Legendary Pharaohs & Bustling Souk
Visit the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, home to the largest collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts, including treasures from Tutankhamun and artifacts dating back to 4000 BC. Enter the fascinating Mummy Room, featuring the remains of ancient Egypt’s pharaohs and nobility, including Ramses II, one of Egypt’s most powerful pharaohs. After lunch, 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 1356 and among the finest examples of early Mamluk architecture.
Cairo | Ancient Treasures
Drive to Sakkara, home to hundreds of tombs and 14 pyramids, including the famous Step Pyramid of Djoser, which stands 204 feet tall and was the largest building of its time. Continue to Memphis, capital of the ancient kingdom and now home to an open-air museum and the giant statue of Ramses II.
After breakfast, transfer to the airport and depart.