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DAY 1: FLY USA TO EGYPT
Overnight flights from the US to Egypt… 

DAY 2: ARRIVE CAIRO
On arrival, meet your local guide upon clearing customs formalities. Then transfer to your first class hotel. The balance of the day is free until your evening welcome dinner where you will meet the members of your group and your Egyptologist. (D)

DAY 3: CAIRO
After breakfast, enjoy full day tour of the Pyramids. First stop is at Giza to view the ancient monuments built by King Cheops, his son and grandson 2690 B.C., After a break for lunch (included) and a visit to the Papyrus Museum, continue on to Saqqara and Memphis to view the “one step” Pyramid built by famous architect and physician Imhotep for the Pharaoh Zoser in 3816 B.C. Return to your hotel with the balance of the day free to enjoy your hotel amenities. Dinner is on your own. (B, L)

DAY 4: CAIRO - LUXOR  
Leisurely morning for breakfast and check-out as you head out for your flight to Luxor, the gateway to Upper Egypt and the magnificent Nile! On arrival, transfer to your hotel for check-in. In the afternoon, its time to explore the East Bank and the fabulous Luxor and Karnak Temples. Dinner and overnight. (B, D)

DAY 5: LUXOR
EMBARKATION
After breakfast, check-out of your hotel and embark on your tour of the West bank, the “Valley of the Kings and Queens” where 64 of Egypt’s Pharaohs have their resting places. Continue to visit the palatial Temple of Queen Hatchepsut and stop at the Collossi of Memnon. Then, transfer directly to your 5 * ship for check-in. Lunch on board. The afternoon is free for you to explore your floating hotel or the vibrant markets located dock-side. An evening welcome drink will precede dinner. (B, L, D)

DAY 6: ESNA LOCK  
A fabulous day on board as you sail down theNile and through the Esna Lock. On board lectures and other activities will be available on board – or just sit back on the sun deck with a cool drink and enjoy the passing vistas. This evening after dinner participate in a galabaya (toga) party with belly dance show! (B, L, D)

DAY 7: EDFU - KOM OMBO  
Your first stop will be at Edfu, where a carriage ride will take you to the superbly preserved Temple of Horus dedicated to the Falcon God. Return to the ship for lunch and sail on to Kom Ombo. On arrival, tour the Temples of Kom Ombo dedicated to two deities; the crocodile headed “Sobek” and the “Haroeris” the double headed sparrow/hawk. Return on board for dinner and you sail to Aswan. (B, L, D)

DAY 8: ASWAN
After breakfast, begin your exploration of gorgeous Aswan with a tour of the Unfinished Obelisk, the Philae Temple, the High Dam, ending with a delightful sail aboard the local feluccas. Return to your ship for lunch. The afternoon is free to explore Aswan’s many markets or to take an optional tour to the Nubian Village. Tonight enjoy your special Captain’s farewell dinner! (B, L, D) 

DAY 9: ASWAN - CAIRO
DISEMBARKATION
The morning is free to give you time to explore Aswan or to take the optional air excursion to the fantastic Temples of Abu Simbel. Then bid your crew goodbye as you transfer to the airport for your flight back to Cairo. On arrival, transfer to your centrally located downtown hotel and prepare for a special treat – a home hosted dinner with an authentic Egyptian family where you can exchange views with your hosts, enjoy home cooked food and unique Egyptian hospitality! (B, SD)

DAY 10: CAIRO
After breakfast, your morning sightseeing will begin with a tour of the fabulous Egyptian Museum, home to the world renowned exhibit of  Tut-Ankhamnon. After a break for lunch (on own) continue with a panoramic city tour of the Old Cairo highlighted by stops at the Abu Sirga  Church, the Moalaka Church and the Ben Azra Synagogue. The evening is reserved for a special farewell Egyptian themed dinner held at a popular local restaurant. (B, SD)

DAY 11: CAIRO  
After breakfast, depart on your morning tour of Islamic Cairo with stops at Citadel and the magnificent Alabaster Mosque built by Mohamed Ali in 1830.Stop for lunch at Al Azhar park offering glorious views of the Citadel. Then transfer to the humongous El Khalili Bazaar where over 1000 booths offer everything from cheap souvenirs to high end jewelry, fashion and where bargaining is expected! Here you will have an afternoon to explore the local café’s, coffee houses, shop ‘till you drop and enjoy your day at your own pace. Dinner is on your own allowing you to experience any one of Cairo’s numerous restaurants. (B, L)

DAY 12: CAIRO - HOME  
As all good things must come to an end, so does your Egypt adventure as you transfer to the airport for your flights home – or enhance your experience with our Alexandria or Petra, Jordan extensions. (B)

Abu Simbel
Karnak Temples
Pyramid
Aswan
Egyptian museum
Alabaster Mosque
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