10 Day Tour: February 6-15, 2021
- Base Pricing is always calculated for double occupancy.
- $800 supplemental for Solo Travelers.
Places to see
before you die
in the world
- The NEW Egyptian Antiquities Museum
- Nile Cruise
- Valley of the Kings
- Valley of the Queens
- Aswan Dam
- Karnak Temple
- Round trip airfare from Chicago
- Internal Flights
- Nile Cruise
- First Class Hotel Accommodations
- All Breakfasts
- All Dinners
- 4 Lunches
- Deluxe Motorcoach Transportation
- Admissions to all listed Attractions
- Round trip airport transfers in the Chicago land area
- Guided by Bill Ball,
- Baggage Handling
- All Gratuities
Day One: Depart Chicago on an overnight flight to Cairo.
Day Two: This afternoon we arrive in Cairo and transfer to our hotel. Cairo has been the capital of Egypt for over 1000 years. The city is steeped in history but we will experience Cairo from a luxury motorcoach and stay in first-class, 21st-century style hotels. We will have time to freshen up at our hotel before our Welcome Dinner.
Day Three: Today we tour Cairo. In the morning, we explore the city where we see the Mosque of Sultan Hassan, considered one of the greatest works of Islamic architecture. Our tour continues to the Citadel of Salah El Din, built to protect the city from the Crusader Army. This afternoon we tour the New Egyptian Antiquities Museum, home of the largest collection of Egyptian artifacts including the treasure of the Tomb of King Tut. We will have time to explore the Tut collection and the other treasures including the statuary of Old and New Kingdoms, the Nubian Funerary cache, and the Mummy Room.
Day Four: We venture outside of Cairo today to Memphis, the first capital of Egypt. We see the necropolis of Sakkara dominated by the Step-Pyramid of Zoser. This is the largest necropolis in Egypt and features burials from each of the principal dynasties including the Mastaba of Titi, built for the pharaoh’s confidant (and son-in-law). This burial chamber, resembling the person’s home, is considered the most beautiful in the necropolis. This afternoon we visit the only remaining Wonder of the Ancient World, The Great Pyramid of Giza. We end the day at the Great Sphinx.
Day Five: This morning we fly to Luxor, where we will board our Nile Cruise. We will have time to settle in before our dinner.
Day Six: Today we visit the Valley of the Kings and the Valley of the Queens. Located on the mountainside behind Thebes, these isolated valleys may at first seem like an unlikely burial site for the rulers of Egypt. We have the opportunity to visit the most famous of Egyptian Tombs, that of King Tutankhamun. In this small tomb, built hastily for a young king, Howard Carter discovered Tut and his intact treasure. While we will have seen the fabulous treasures of the tomb in Cairo’s Museum, the sarcophagus, chambers and elaborate paintings and hieroglyphics are still awe-inspiring.
Day Seven: The magnificent Karnak Temple is our destination for today. The greatest temple is dedicated to Amon and covers 60 acres. This is the largest column supported temple in the world. All of the cathedrals of Notre Dame could be set inside it. The complex would cover half of Manhattan if it was constructed in New York. The column tops are so large, 50 adults could stand on each one. We see the giant obelisk, the ram-headed sphinxes, the colossal statues, and the sphinxes of Ramses II. Later we set sail for Edfu.
Day Eight: This morning we explore the Temple of Horus in Edfu. The black granite statues of Horus as a hawk and the grey granite tabernacle are all in pristine condition. This is a marvel considering the temple is over 2000 years old. We sail for Kom Ombo where we see the Temple of Sobek and Haroeris. A truly unusual find, this shared temple honors Haroeris, is the solar god of war and Sobek is the god of creation—symbolizing the beginning and the end. Our ship sets sail this evening for Aswan.
Day Nine: We leave our ship in Aswan where we visit the Aswan Dam and the Aga Khan Mausoleum. A highlight of our tour is the Temple of Philae. When construction of the Great Dam began, the international community pitched in to move the temple to higher ground. The temple was dissembled, stone by stone and moved upriver where it was painstakingly reassembled. We also see the Unfinished Obelisk and Granite Quarries before our flight back to Cairo.
Day Ten: We return to Cairo for a farewell dinner and board a late-night flight for home.