Ancient Egypt and the Nile River Cruise

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Per person, double occupancy, excludes roundtrip airfare

11 Days
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Vacation Package Details

Take an Egypt tour and Nile River cruise to discover the beauty and wonders of the ancient world. See the most recognizable monuments in the world, from pyramids to towering temples and opulent tombs. All of the must-see sites of Egypt are included on this tour.

Marvel at untold cultural and historical treasures in Cairo, the epicenter of Ancient Egyptian architecture and monuments. Nothing can prepare you for the sight of the Pyramids of Giza, the ultimate display of Ancient Egyptian power, wealth, and brilliance. The Sphinx lounges nearby, its gaze still inscrutable 4,000 years after it was carved into the bedrock of the Giza Plateau. The Egypt Museum’s collection of Ancient Egyptian artifacts includes the treasure of King Tut’s tomb, most famously his dazzling golden burial mask.

From Luxor, your Nile River Cruise winds past desert vistas, bustling communities, and breathtaking ancient works. Colossal statues guard lavish temples, each one uniquely grand. Stops include the terraced Temple of Hatshepsut and the twin Colossi of Memnon in the legendary Valley of the Kings. Tombs of Egyptian royalty and aristocracy are buried deep under the desert sands of the Theban Necropolis. They are chiseled into limestone and filled with treasure to sustain the Egyptian elite through a long afterlife. After the river cruise, fly directly back to Cairo with additional time explore the city, or take an optional daytrip to Abu Simbel to see spectacular twin temples built to honor Pharaoh Ramesses II and his wife Nefertari.

Tour Includes

1 Country
  • Egypt
Sightseeing
  • Cairo
  • Nile River
  • Pyramids of Giza
  • Sphinx
  • Memphis
  • Saqqara
  • Egyptian Museum
  • Luxor
  • Edfu
  • Kom Ombo Temple
  • Aswan
Cruise Accommodations
  • 4 Nights
  • River cruise aboard Jaz
Hotel Accommodations
  • 5 Nights
  • Moderate hotels based on twin/double occupancy
Meals
  • All meals onboard ship
  • 5 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, and 5 Dinners on land portion
Service
  • A professionally trained English-speaking local tour director who is knowledgeable of the area and will provide you with a wealth of information. Their friendly service will make your trip a memorable experience.
Baggage Handling
  • To and from your hotel room and cruise ship cabin throughout your tour for one piece of Checked Baggage per person.

Activity Level

Relaxed
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Passports and Visas:

  • U.S. citizens must have a visa to enter Egypt.
  • U.S. citizens can obtain a renewable single-entry 30-day tourist visa on arrival at Egyptian airports for a 25 USD fee. A multiple entry visa is also obtainable for 27 USD. The Government of Egypt has created a website for the issuance of “e-visas.” There are other websites purporting to offer electronic visas, some of which reportedly charge double the official price, but this is the only official Government of Egypt portal for this service.
  • U.S. citizens and the citizens of 44 other countries are eligible to apply through this means in advance of their travel. Egyptian immigration officials occasionally have denied entry to travelers without explanation.
  • U.S. citizens who have experienced difficulty with their visa status in Egypt or are concerned about their eligibility for a visa upon arrival should apply for a visa at an Egyptian embassy or consulate prior to travel, but a visa obtained prior to entry does not guarantee admission to Egypt.
  • Guests who booked their flight with YMT Vacations will be met by a friendly representative at the airport, who will help obtain a tourist visa required to enter Egypt.

Tour Highlights

  • Take a Nile River cruise from Luxor to Aswan
  • Tour the legendary Pyramids of Giza
  • Come face to face with the Great Sphinx
  • Explore the Valley of the Kings
  • See the world’s largest collection of Egyptian artifacts at the Egyptian Museum
  • Enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to visit Abu Simbel (optional and at additional cost)

Mandatory Vaccinations Against COVID-19

All guests, including minors, must be up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines prior to departure to participate. Guest vaccination requirements are currently for all departures until further notice. For more information visit our Travel Safe page.

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Ancient Egypt and Nile Cruise

Tours Starts: Cairo, Egypt

Tours Ends: Cairo, Egypt

Days 1

Depart for Cairo, Egypt

Your journey begins on an overnight flight.

Day 2

Arrive in Cairo, Egypt

Guests who booked their flight with YMT Vacations will be met by a friendly representative at the airport, who will help obtain a tourist visa required to enter Egypt and transfer you to the hotel. Meet your fellow guests tonight at a welcome dinner. (D)

Barceló Cairo Hotel or similar

Day 3

Cairo, Pyramids of Giza, Sphinx, Memphis, and Saqqara

Begin at the Pyramids of Giza, which stand as the ultimate display of the power, wealth, and brilliance of ancient Egypt. The Great Pyramid is the only remaining Wonder of the Ancient World, its 2.3 million limestone and granite blocks still awe-inspiring after 46 centuries in the desert sun.

Next to the pyramids lies the mysterious Sphinx. The world’s most famous statue was cut from the bedrock of the Giza Plateau in honor of the sun god and Pharaoh Khafre in the 25th century BCE.

Continue to the ancient capital city of Memphis to see ruined temples, ancient statues, and the 30-foot-tall Colossus of Rameses II. Finally, visit Saqqara, Egypt’s largest archaeological site. Here you will discover 11 pyramids (B, L, D)

Barceló Cairo Hotel or similar

Day 4

Cairo & Egyptian Museum

Discover the secrets of the Egyptian Museum, home to the largest collection of Egyptian antiquities and artifacts in the world. The museum is focused on exhibitions with artifacts from the Predynastic Period to the Greco-Roman Era. It holds 120,000 pieces including coffins, golden burial masks, jewelry, and even food for the dead to enjoy in the afterlife. (B, L, D)

Barceló Cairo Hotel or similar

OPTION: BEVERAGE PACKAGEOPTION: BEVERAGE PACKAGE

Get all inclusive beverages onboard ship - includes water, soft drinks,coffee, tea and alcoholic beverages, just $199 p/p. Please add this option at time of booking.






Day 5

Fly to Luxor and Embarkation)

After an included flight to Luxor, embark on your Nile cruise. Visit the massive temple complex of Karnak. The centerpiece of the site is the Temple of Amun-Ra, most famous for its vast Hypostyle Hall, a spectacular forest of giant papyrus-shaped columns constructed during the reign of Seti I. Discover the preserved Temple of Luxor. As you enter the temple, you’ll pass six massive statues of Rameses II and a granite obelisk. (B, L, D)

Day 6

Luxor and Edfu via Esna (Depart at 1:00PM)

At the edge of the desert, just beyond the lush Nile floodplain, lies the Necropolis of Luxor. You will be welcomed to this archaeological goldmine by the Colossi of Memnon, twin statues of pharaoh Amenhotep III.

Continue to the Valley of the Kings, home of 63 magnificent royal tombs including the miraculously undisturbed tomb of King Tut.

The nearby terraced Temple of Hatshepsut is a carved into the limestone cliffs of the Deir el- Bahari. This lavish shrine to Queen Hatshepsut, one of the few women to ever be crowned as pharaoh, represents a highpoint in Egyptian art and architecture. (B, L, D)

Day 7

Edfu, Kom Ombo & Aswan (Depart at 10:30 AM - Arrive at 5:00 PM in Aswan)

Start your day at Edfu Temple, an incredible hillside monument to the falcon god Horus. It was built in the classic golden era style and stands as the best-preserved temple in the Nile River Valley.

Continue to a beautiful temple complex perched grandly over a picturesque bend in the Nile. Guests are encouraged to wear a traditional loose-fitting robe, called a Galabeya, during this evening’s fun on-board soiree. (B, L, D)

Day 8

Aswan

Start your day with a visit to the High Dam. The dam created a reservoir that flooded much of the area, which forced ancient sites including Abu Simbel and the Temple of Philae to be relocated.

Continue to the Temple of Philae, which was erected during the reign of Ptolemy II to honor Isis, Osiris, and Horus. Flanked by a duo of courtyards,the stunning Temple of Isis is renowned for its breathtaking and highly detailed carvings.

Next, see the Unfinished Obelisk. This massive, cracked pillar still lies in the granite bedrock where it was abandoned thousands of years ago.

Take an afternoon ride on a traditional Felucca sailboat to Aswan Botanical Gardens, a lush sanctuary of rare and exotic plants. Watch a Nubian Show on the ship this evening to learn about the fascinating Nubian culture. (B, L, D)

Day 9

Disembark in Aswan and Fly to Cairo

After checking out of your stateroom, spend the day relaxing aboard the ship or join an optional day trip to the Abu Simbel Temples at an additional cost. Take an included flight to Cairo later this afternoon. (B, L, D)

Steigenberger El Tahrir Cairo Hotel or similar

OPTION: ABU SIMBEL DAY TRIPOPTION: ABU SIMBEL DAY TRIP

Fly roundtrip to Abu Simbel to see spectacular twin temples on the banks of Lake Nassar built to honor Pharaoh Ramesses II and his wife Nefertari. Boxed lunch included, just $449 p/p. Please add this option at time of booking.






Day 10

Cairo

Start your final day in Old Cairo. Visit the thousand-year-old churches of Coptic Cairo, then visit the dazzling National Museum of Egyptian Civilization. Discover civilizations and cultures stretching from prehistory to modern times, with exhibits focused on everything from the small moments of daily life through the preservation of one’s body in the face of death.

You can join an optional afternoon excursion to the Khan el-Khalili bazaar and souq (for an additional fee), a 14th century shopping destination that is the perfect place to explore and pick up authentic souvenirs. End the trip with an included farewell dinner. (B, L, D)

Day 11

Depart for Home (B)

Note: Flights from Cairo to USA may be red eye flights, departing in early morning.

Please note that this is a proposed itinerary; the actual itinerary may vary due to season, special events, or weather. Hotels may differ depending on date. Because our tour arrangements are often made a year or more in advance, YMT Vacations reserves the right to alter the itinerary. Itinerary changes are made to improve your vacation experience, as well as respond to any unforeseen circumstances that mandate alterations. By their nature, all tour vacations involve a certain level of physical activity. While YMT tours have been designed with our guests in mind and are not physically demanding, this tour does include walking and periods of standing during the sightseeing visits. You will also encounter steps and some uneven ground along the way, particularly at older, historical sights. Please ask your Travel Consultant for more information.


YMT Vacations itineraries may contain suggestions for activities for your leisure time; these suggestions do not constitute a recommendation nor an endorsement of any specific service provider and the decision to participate in any such activities should be made independently.



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