March 24 – April 2, 2023

Escorted by Egyptologist, Rollin Phipps

Join us for an adventure to ancient Egypt, as well as its modern enjoyments on a Nile River cruise for the ages. Arrive in Cairo and explore the pyramids and Sphinx of Giza. See the Ramses II statue in Memphis and King Tut’s tomb in Cairo’s Egyptian Museum. (Note: upon its opening in 2020, the Grand Egyptian Museum in Giza will replace Cairo’s Egyptian Museum for this itinerary.) In Old Cairo, see the Church of the Virgin Mary (also called the Hanging Church), built in the place where Mary and Jesus were said to find refuge during their flight to Egypt, and visit the Alabaster Mosque. These and more exciting discoveries are to be found as you see Egypt’s incredible monuments to pharaohs and gods of Egyptian history.

In Old Cairo, see the Church of the Virgin Mary (also called the Hanging Church), built in the place where Mary and Jesus were said to find refuge during their flight to Egypt, and visit the Alabaster Mosque. These and more exciting discoveries are to be found as you see Egypt’s incredible monuments to pharaohs and gods of Egyptian history.

Fly to Luxor to embark on your Nile River cruise. You’ll visit the Luxor Temple, Avenue of the Sphinxes, monument of Karnak, and the Temple of Amun-Ra before enjoying an onboard welcome reception on your ship. Visit the valley of Kings and Valley of Queens, where the pristine tomb of King Tut was found with undisturbed riches and splendor. This incredible cruise on the Nile River takes you to amazing ancient sites, including the twin temples at Kom Ombo, devoted to the crocodile god Sobek-Ra and the falcon god Horus. Ponder the magnitude of the task of building the pyramids with a visit to the granite quarries—where an unfinished obelisk still remains. Visit the Temple of Isis, then take a return flight to Cairo to wander the world’s largest open-air museum, and browse the bustling maze of the endless bazaar in Cairo’s medieval alleys.

Join us for a once-in-a-lifetime vacation tour in Cairo, expedition to the Egyptian pyramids, and a Nile River cruise you’ll never forget.

The Trip

Where We Visit

Great Pyramid of Giza

“Stairway to the Sky”

Hanging Church in “Coptic Cairo”

Luxor and Karnak – Great Temple of Amun

Day 1 – CAIRO, EGYPT

Welcome to Cairo, “Mother of the World”

Day 2–CAIRO

Desert Sands and Secrets ofthe Sphinx

This morning take a close-up look at one of the World’s Seven Wonders and guardian of the great pyramids, the enigmatic Sphinx, and the Great Pyramid of Giza. Cheops, with an original height of 496 feet, is the most colossal pyramid ever built, and of course enjoy the visit to the newly discovered the Sun Boats. Afterwards, enjoy a special open lunch in one of the most beautiful local restaurant.

Drive to Sakkara, a vast desert necropolis built for kings and nobles, and its “Stairway to the Sky”, the oldest of all pyramids. Also admire the special tomb of Mary Roca and the Step Pyramid.
Guided Excursion to the pyramids this evening features a Sound and Light Show complete with historical stories and secrets of the Sphinx.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3–CAIRO

Ancient Cairo, a Boy King, and the Christ Child

Enjoy a guided visit to the now-famous Tahrir Square and visit the Egyptian Museum. Peruse King Tutankhamun’s fabulous treasures and many other priceless artifacts of ancient Egypt. Drive to walled city of Old Cairo, with Saladin’s 12th-century citadel, and the Alabaster Mosque of Mohammed Ali. Drive to “Coptic Cairo” to see the Hanging Church where the Virgin Mary and Jesus sought refuge while in Egypt. Walk to see Cairo’s oldest Jewish synagogue, founded in the 9th century. * Note: upon its opening, the Grand Egyptian Museum in Giza will replace Cairo’s Egyptian Museum for this itinerary.

Meals: Breakfast

Day4–CAIRO-LUXOR (EMBARKATION)

The World’s Greatest Open-Air Museum! Fly 300 miles up the Nile Valley to Luxor to embark on your Nile River cruise. See the stunning monuments of Luxor and Karnak, ancient cities whose combined populations swelled to more than one million. Walk among the pillars of the colossal Temple of Amun Ra and along the Avenue of the Sphinxes for an experience you will treasure for a lifetime. Consider an Optional Guided Excursion to enjoy the sound and light show in Karnak Temple. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN LUXOR

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day5–LUXOR-EDFU

Royal Resting Places of Kings and Queens

Venture to the Valley of the Kings and Valley of the Queens on the west bank of the Nile where generations of pharaohs and nobles were entombed in cliffside crypts. See where 62 royal tombs have thus far been discovered, of which one was virtually intact—the splendid tomb of Tutankhamun discovered in 1922. Visit Deir El-Bahri, Queen Hatshepsut’s monumental rock temple. Stop for pictures at the two Colossi of Memnon guarding the valleys. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN EDFU

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 – EDFU–KOM OMBO–ASWAN

Egyptian Gods of the River and Sky

This morning visit the Temple of Horus with its menacing black stone statue of the falcon god. Enjoy beautiful Kom Ombo for a short walk to its bluff-top twin temples. The right side is dedicated to the crocodile god Sobek-Ra, while the left side is dedicated to the falcon god Horus.
Enjoy a leisurely sail to Aswan. Enjoy an exclusive lecture on this ancient civilization by your Egyptologist. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN ASWAN

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 –ASWAN

Temples from Above and Islands Below

This morning, consider a Guided Optional Excursion with a flight over the huge massive sandstone temples of Abu Simbel (weather permitting).
Board a Felucca traditional wooden sailing boat)and cross the blue waters of the Nile. En route, see the ancient water measurement system, Nilometer,” on the Nile’s Elephantine Island. Visit Kitchener Island’s lush Botanical Gardens and the splendid Aga Khan Mausoleum on the left bank.
Join an Optional Excursion to the Sound and Light show in Philae Temple. Tonight, enjoy live entertainment onboard. OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN ASWAN

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Where We Visit

Great Pyramid of Giza

Avalon Waterways Nile River Cruise
Tomb of Tutankhamun
Felucca Sailing on the Nile
Kitchener Island’s Botanical Gardens
Temple of Horus

Where We Visit

Temple Of Isis
Dinner Cruise on the Nile
Khan al Khali Souk Bazaar

Day 8 – ASWAN (DISEMBARKATION) – CAIRO

Work in Progress and the Goddess Isis

Join a Guided Sightseeing Excursion at to explore the Granite Quarries that supplied ancient Egypt with its hard stones for the pyramids in Giza. See the famous unfinished obelisk, still remaining in the quarry. Visit the gigantic Aswan High Dam, completed in 1970. Board a motor launch to the island of Agilika between the two dams. Visit the Temple Of Isis, which was dismantled from the submerged island of Philae and reassembled here.

Board your flight back to Cairo later today, and consider attending an Optional Dinner Cruise on the Nile to celebrate your Egyptian adventure.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 9 –CAIRO

Amazing Palaces and Marketplace Mazes

Enjoy a special tour of the world’s widest open-air museum to admire palaces and mosques. Browse the maze of shops in the vast labyrinths of the Khan al Khali Souk bazaar and Medieval alleyways. Take in a full panoramic view of Cairo from the Nile River—on board a traditional wooden sailing vessel (Felucca). Discover Cairo by night on an orientation tour in the old city.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 10 –CAIRO

Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.

Meals: Breakfast

The Details

Start: Cairo, Egypt

Finish: Cairo, Egypt

What’s Included:

  • Hotel Accommodations in Cairo (3 nts prior to cruise)
  • Ship Accommodations
  • Round-trip Internal Airfare
  • Hotel Accommodations in Cairo (2 nts post cruise)
  • Fine Dining
  • Complimentary Beer, Wine, and Soft Drinks – On-board
  • Entertainment
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Complimentary Shore Excursions
  • Services of a Cruise Director
  • Fitness Center

Nota Bene: We build all of our itineraries as exhaustively as possible; however, we also leave room for the spontaneity of the group, the creativity of the guide, and the unpredictability of the elements. Thus, all itineraries are subject to modest modification dependent on local weather, new opportunities, and the desires of the group.

Dates & Prices

Duration: 10 Days / 9 Nights
Dates: March 24 – April 2, 2023
Prices: $5,699.00 per person.
Deposit of $550.00 per person (based on double occupancy) required by Sept. 30th. Single supplement: $1579.00 USD

Getting There

Travel Services:

For the convenience of our travelers, we would behappy to assist with flights to get you to and from the trip. We can also help with pre or post tours as well.

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Availability

This exclusive Egypt trip with Rollin Phipps, will be limited to 16 persons, with a minimum of 10 travelers.
To avoid disappointment, please book early.

Book Your Trip

CONTACT:
Karen M. Dawson SouthlakeTravel
630 E. Southlake Blvd., #57 Southlake, TX 76092 kdawson@southlake-travel.com Phone: 817.657.9866

Payments & Deposits

$550.00 per person non- refundable deposit at time of booking.

Deposit should be received by Sept. 30th. Credit card payments Convenience Fee applies.