Mystical EGYPT: A Unique New Perspective
11 days

Experience a trip of a lifetime in both Lower and Upper Egypt, including four days cruising the legendry Nile (CAIRO, ASWAN, KOM OMBO, EDFU & LUXOR)

Contact HLO Tours at hamdy@hlotours.com or call 800-736-4456 to reserve your space.


11 Days (air & land from New York (JFK). The price is $5,200 per person in double.

Tours depart every Friday based on availability

 

Price is subject to change.  Price does not include a single supplement, tips, taxes, or fuel charge.

 

Day 01:

USA / CAIRO, EGYPT

Depart the USA from New York (JFK) International Airport to connect with Egypt Air non-stop to Cairo, Egypt. Overnight on board.  Dinner and breakfast are served en route.

 

Day 02:

CAIRO 

Upon arrival at Cairo International Airport, you will be met and transferred to your Pyramids hotel to spend the next two nights in Giza.  

Cairo has been the largest city in Africa for centuries. Modern Cairo encompasses many former cities & their monuments. Five thousand years of culture are concentrated here in a city that is a living index to ancient civilization.   

Overnight: Mena House Hotel or similar

Day 03: 

GIZA  (Pyramids, Memphis, Sakkara)

After breakfast, you will meet your tour guide in the hotel lobby to start your Egyptian adventure. The first stop is in Giza, where you will tour one of the seven and only remaining wonders of the ancient world, the famous Great Pyramids of Giza.  You will also visit the legendary Sphinx, a sacred symbol of the union of the most powerful entity with the highest intellectual power on earth.  

Optional 20 minutes camel ride at the Giza Plateau. $20.00 per camel
per person.

After lunch in the countryside restaurant, you will proceed to Sakkara, where you will see the Step Pyramid of King Zoser, history’s first stone building.  Next, you will continue to Memphis, the ancient capital city of Egypt. 

Overnight: Mena House Hotel or similar  Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: 

CAIRO / LUXOR – MS LILY NILE CRUISE or similar.
You will be transferred to Cairo Airport for your short flight to Luxor. Arrive at Luxor International Airport, where you will be met & transferred by private car/bus to the deluxe MS LILY NILE CRUISE SHIP or similar deluxe Nile cruise to spend the next four nights onboard cruising from Luxor to Aswan.

                                                      

NILE CRUISE PROGRAM – Subject to change - will be as follows:
1:00 PM: Lunch upon Check-in for lunch.

2:30 PM: visit the Eastern bank of the Nile, which includes:  The Temple of Luxor with its massive papyrus columns, which were dedicated to the God Amon, and the Karnak Temple, which consists of several temples of great beauty.

4:30 PM: Afternoon tea.

8:00 PM: Dinner.

9:00 P.M.Belly dancer.

Overnight in Luxor on board.   Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Luxor: is the world’s greatest open-air museum, filled with awe-inspiring monuments of an ancient civilization.  As Weset, it was the capital of Egypt during the New Kingdom, as Thebes. It was described as “The hundred–gate city.”  Later, it was named Al Oksor, meaning “City of the Palaces.”  Testaments to a desire for immortality, built for eternity in sandstone and granite, the temples, tombs, and palaces still stand, surrounded by souks. 

Day 5: 

NILE CRUISE / LUXOR / EDFU

7:00 AM: You will cross to the western bank of the Nile to visit the Valley of the Kings and the Valley of the Queens, and the Tomb of the Nobles.  This was where the fabulous treasure of Tutankhamun, which fascinated the world, was discovered. Also, visit the Ramesuem at Medinet Habu, where Ramses II’s mortuary temple is. It said that Ramses II found himself alone in the Afterlife. Using the correct “Passwords” from the book of the dead, he can proceed through the underworld's gates and join OSIRIS in paradise. Finally, he is reborn and becomes one of the “imperishable stars.”

Return to the cruise boat.

12:30 PM: Sail to Esna.

1:00 PM: Lunch on board. Free time.  

4:30 PM: Afternoon tea.  

7:30 PM: Captain’s Welcome Cocktail Party.

8:00 PM: Dinner on board.  

Overnight in Esna.   Meals:  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: 

NILE CRUISE / EDFU/ KOM OMBO / ASWAN

Visit the Temple of Horus in Edfu by Caleche or bus. 

10:30 AM: Sail to Kom Ombo

1:00 PM: Lunch on board.

4:30 PM: Afternoon tea.

5:30 PM: Visit the Temple shared by two gods in Kom Ombo.

Afternoon tea during sailing to Aswan.

8:00 PM: Dinner on board.

9:30 PM: Costume and Galabya Party on board.

Overnight sailing to Aswan.   Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 7:  

NILE CRUISE / ASWAN

Aswan.

Visit the High Dam and the Unfinished Obelisk at the Granite Quarries, then board your motor launch to visit Philae Temple.

1:00 PM: Lunch on board.

3:30 PM: Sail on the Nile by Felucca (small sailing boat) around Kitchener’s Island. 

4:30 PM: Afternoon tea.

8:00 PM: Dinner on board.  

9:30 PM: Nubian Folkloric Show.

Overnight on board in Aswan. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Aswan is small enough to walk around during your free time or even relax around the pool.  During your free day, you may choose to explore the souk, the spice market full of scents and colors, and buy perfume oils, scarves, and baskets.

Day 8:

ASWAN / CAIRO

Disembark, and then you will be transferred to Aswan International Airport (Domestic Terminal) for your Egypt Air short flight to Cairo. Optional early morning tour to Abu Simbel.

AM: Arrive in Cairo, where you will be met and transferred to RAMSES HILTON HOTEL or a similar 5-star hotel

Overnight in Cairo - Meals: Breakfast

Day 9:  

CAIRO - Egyptian Museum – Old Cairo, The Citadel & Khan El Khalili Bazaars 

After breakfast, your day begins with a guided tour of the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, one of the world’s most famous museums. The magnificent collections of antiquities include 27 Mummies, Sarcophagi, and 250,000 objects of art and date as far back as 5000 years.

After you visit the Egyptian Museum, you will proceed to OLD CAIRO: This location is located in a Fortress named the Fortress of Babylon. Its foundation is on the site where we stand today. Within the fortress are many churches and other buildings: Abu Serga, the Church of the Virgin Mary, the Church of Saint Barbara the Martyr, Mar Girgis (Coptic), The Hanging Church, The Church of the Monk Mar Girgis, the Fortress of Babylon, The Greek Orthodox Church Mar Girgis, the Coptic Museum and the Ben Ezra Synagogue.

After you visit Old Cairo, you will tour Saladin’s Citadel Fortress, the magnificent Mohammed Ali Mosque site, and other Islamic architecture. Lunch is on your own. Your final stop will be the famous Khan El Khalili Bazaars, where you can buy gold, trinkets, and spices to bring back home.

Overnight: in Cairo.  Meals: Breakfast

Day 10: 

CAIRO

Day at leisure in Cairo or choose some of the optional activities which will be offered.  Optional day trip to Alexandria.

Overnight in Cairo. Meals: Breakfast

Day 11:

CAIRO/ NEW YORK (USA)

Departure transfer to Cairo airport for your Egypt Air flight to New York (JFK). 

Welcome home with a lifetime of memories from Egypt!