Highlights of Egypt
Sail through 5,000 years of history on this incredible Nile river cruise getaway. In Cairo, marvel at King Tutankhamun’s treasures and masterpieces of ancient art, visit the enigmatic Sphinx, and see the Great Pyramids of Giza. Drive to the ancient capital of Memphis to see the 40-foot statue of Ramses II. Fly to Luxor, one of the greatest cities of ancient Egypt, and embark your 4-night Nile River cruise to Aswan. Along the way, visit the Luxor Temple, Colossi of Memnon, the Valley of Kings and Valley of Queens, the Temple of Isis, and Aswan Dam. Ride through Edfu to the Temple of Horus, built in the time of Cleopatra roughly 2,000 years ago. Sail across the water on a felucca, visit colorful local bazaars, and enjoy an exclusive lecture on this ancient civilization by your Egyptologist. Return to Cairo for the conclusion of your trip—it’s a vacation of a lifetime!
Cruise: deluxe 4-night cruise in an outside stateroom with Avalon’s exclusive Comfort Collection BedsSMDay 1-2 Cairo: guided sightseeing, visit the Pyramids and Sphinx of Giza, Ramses II, and Alabaster Sphinx in Memphis, and the “Stairway to the Sky” at Sakkara; Sound & Light Show at the pyramidsDay 3 Cairo–Luxor (Embarkation): fly to Luxor; visit Luxor Temple, the Avenue of the Sphinxes, monument of Karnak & Temple of Amun-RaDay 4 Luxor–Edfu: Valley of Kings, Valley of Queens, Deir el-Bahri, and the Colossi of Memnon; galabya party on boardDay 5 Edfu–Kom Ombo–Aswan: visit the Temple of Horus; visit the twin temples at Kom Ombo; lecture on boardDay 6 Aswan: sail by felucca to Kitchener Island; visit the Botanical GardensDay 7 Aswan (Disembarkation)–Cairo: excursion to the High Dam; cruise to Agilika; visit Temple of Isis and ancient granite quarries; fly to CairoDay 8 Cairo: visit Tutankhamun’s Tomb in the Egyptian Museum; see Saladin’s citadel and visit the Alabaster Mosque in Old Cairo; see the Hanging Church and Cairo’s oldest synagogue in Coptic Cairo; visit the Khan el-Khalili soukDay 9 Cairo: your vacation ends this morning
Breakfast daily4 lunches4 dinners
NOTES:Your Egyptologist may alter the day-to-day itinerary to optimize time at the sights in accordance with local circumstances such as traffic, special events, etc.As traffic conditions and the water level of the Nile are not always predictable, slight changes to the day-by-day itinerary cannot be excluded.