Three night Nile Cruise, travel to Cleopatra's port city of Alexandria and journey as far south as Abu Simbel (+ optional tour to Jordan!)
EGYPT & JORDAN: ( 20 Days) February 8-27 2019
(DETAILS OF OUR JORDAN TOUR ARE UNDER DAY 14 )
Land only Tour: $6,799 Canadian/person Starts in Amman, Jordon and ends in Cairo, Egypt
AIRFARE: We estimate the cost of the airfare to be approximately $1,650 CAD departing Vancouver BC to Amman, Jordan returning from Cairo, Egypt.
NOTE: You do NOT have to come to Vancouver to join the tour and can book your flights from any other cities to join us in Aman, Jordon
EGYPT ONLY ( 14 Days) February 14-27 2019
LAND TOUR: $3,999 Canadian/person Starts & finishes in Cairo, Egypt.
AIRFARE: We estimate the cost of the airfare to be approximately $1,500 Canadian departing Vancouver to Cairo ( & returning from Cairo).
NOTE: You do NOT have to come to Vancouver to join the and can book your flights to join us in Cairo from any other cities.
SPECIAL NOTE:This tour not suitable for those people who need walking assistance in the form of walking sticks or canes as we walk on a lot of uneven surfaces.
OUR TRAVELERS SAY:
"Thanks to Norman and Waleed for an exceptionally well organized tour. In two weeks, we could never have seen or done ,on our own , all the the wonderful things Egypt has to offer. There was a good balance between activity and rest. I loved cruising the Nile, riding the camels, and hot air ballooning. Most of all, I was spellbound by the splendor of the Pyramids and Temples." PM Victoria BC March 2017
"The tour was well organized and very
well designed to maximize the iconic attractions of Egypt in such a way we were
not overwhelmed or exhausted. This was due to the tour operator and the excellent
Egyptian guide being sensitive to the group’s needs. For example, we switched
around one day’s itinerary with the next because of back-to-back early starts.
This cost us nothing in terms of lost visits but allowed us all to be
well-rested and eager to continue. It was fun, safe and very, very educational!"
DW QB March 2017
"The sites and activities
were wonderful but what made it most special were the tour guides, Waleed, and
Norman - who were so informative, flexible and attentive to every detail"
JS Victoria BC February 2017
"(I liked) The small group and unhurried itinerary. I also appreciated the optional activities offered and the adequate time to enjoy these. The local guides were terrific - extremely knowledgeable, thoughtful and considerate. Norman was also a huge source of information and very helpful with suggestions about optional activities.” Egypt March 2018 DH Vancouver BC
Updated July 7 2018: Limited to 24 participants + Norman & Julie Bruce
Thursday February 14 2019
This afternoon our group flights fly from North America overnight via Europe to Cairo.
Friday February 15
This evening we arrive in Cairo and transfer to our hotel in the Giza area of Cairo, close to the Pyramids.
First of 3 nights in Cairo. Meridian Pyramids Hotel or similar. No meals.
Saturday February 16
Old Cairo tour + Egyptian Museum
This morning we visit Old Cairo (also known as Coptic Cairo) where we will explore the narrow streets and visit some of the Coptic (Egyptian Orthodox) churches found within the city walls. One of the churches is reputed to be built over a cave where the Holy Family rested during their flight to Egypt.
We also visit the Ben Ezra Synagogue.
This afternoon we visit the Egyptian Museum with its collection of thousands of priceless artefacts from Ancient Egypt. Of course, the most famous pieces in the museum are those which were found in the tomb of the boy king Tutankhamun, including the solid gold death mask. The English version of the sound & light show at the Pyramid & Sphinx [which is very near our hotel] is offered this evening as an optional tour.
Second of 3 nights in Cairo. Meridian Pyramids Hotel or similar. Breakfast & Dinner.
Sunday February 17
Memphis + Saqqara
This morning we have a relaxing start before we take a guided tour of the Old Kingdom capital of Memphis where we see a gigantic statue of Pharaoh Ramses II. At the Old Kingdom burial site of Saqqara we see the Step Pyramid of King Zoser, a precursor of the Great Pyramids.
Third of 3 nights in Cairo. Meridian Pyramids Hotel or similar. Breakfast & Dinner.
Monday February 18
Pyramids & Sphinx + Drive to Alexandria
This morning we visit the Pyramids and Sphinx. Built around four and a half thousand years ago, the Pyramids are the only monuments of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World which are largely intact today. This afternoon we drive north through the desert to the Mediterranean coast and enter Egypt's second largest city - Alexandria. Today Alexandria is a city principally of 19th and 20th century buildings but it is built over what was one of the most important cities in the Greco-Roman world. Founded by Alexander the Great in 331 BC, the city grew in size and stature under the Ptolemies - the Greek-speaking rulers of Egypt for the next 300 years. Alexandria was a famous centre of learning and housed the most important library in the Ancient World.
First of 2 nights in Alexandria. Paradise Inn Metropole Hotel or similar. Breakfast & Dinner.
Tuesday February 19
Today we tour Alexandria's important sites from the Greek and Roman eras. We include a visit to the Catacombs which descend three levels underground and include some beautifully decorated tombs which combine Roman and Egyptian decorations in a unique way. We visit the Bibliotheca Alexandrina library, a 21st century version of the great classical Library of Alexandria. Included are three museums and five specialized research institutes. We also visit Pompey's Pillar. Originally from the temple of the Serapis, it was constructed in honour of the Emperor Diocletian.
Second of 2 nights in Alexandria. Paradise Inn Metropole Hotel or similar. Breakfast & Dinner.
Wednesday February 20
Alexandria - Cairo + fly to Aswan
After a relaxing start, we drive back to Cairo where we visit Islamic Cairo, including the Citadel and the Mosque of Mohammed Ali. This high point affords commanding views across the sprawling city of Cairo. Tonight we fly from Cairo to Aswan, deep in the south of Egypt, where the graceful Felucca sailboats glide among the islands of the Nile.
First of 2 nights in Aswan. Helnan Hotel or similar. Breakfast & Lunch.
Thursday February 21
Aswan Dam + Philae Temple + Nubian Village
This morning we take a guided excursion to the Aswan High Dam which was started by the Soviets but finished with Western aid in 1964. The dam has drastically affected many aspects of Egyptian life by controlling the flow of the Nile and creating the enormous Lake Nasser. We will also cross the
Old Aswan Dam built by the British in the 1890's. From the very earliest times Aswan has been the source of a special pink granite used in statues for thousands of years. We visit one of the ancient quarries to see the Unfinished Obelisk, a monument abandoned in situ when it broke while being
carved out. Also this morning we take a motorboat out across a lake for a guided tour of the beautiful island Temple of Philae. We also take a motorboat ride to visit the local Nubian people to see how the ordinary people of today's Egypt live in their simple villages. After returning to the hotel for dinner, we still have time to explore the African-style night markets of Aswan.
Second of 2 nights in Aswan. Helnan Hotel or similar. Breakfast & Dinner
Friday February 22
This morning we drive from Aswan through the desert to Abu Simbel. At Abu Simbel we take a guided tour of the two huge temples which were built in the 13th century B.C. and dedicated to Ramses II and his favourite wife, Nefetari. The four enormous seated statues of Ramses are among the most
famous images of ancient Egypt. The interior of the Ramses temple is also fascinating, being decorated with images of the Battle of Kadesh fought
between the Egyptians and the Hittites of what today is Turkey. The two temples are carved out of the solid hillside and so the task of cutting them
up, moving them piece by piece and reassembling them in the 1960s is considered one of the marvels of modern engineering. This afternoon we board our luxurious cruise ship. First of 3 nights on our 5-Star cruise ship Radamis II or similar. Breakfast & Dinner.
Saturday February 23
Nile Cruise + Kom Ombo Temple
This morning we make our way along the Nile to the famous temple of Kom Ombo. This is an unusual temple in that it is dedicated to two Egyptian gods - Horus the falcon god and Sobek the crocodile god. One interesting frieze shows ancient birthing and other medical techniques. Our guided tour also includes the Nilometer, a well-like structure used to measure the bounty of the Nile and as a way of setting tax levels. Reboarding our cruise ship we set sail again. We spend tonight on board with the lights of the villages along the Nile twinkling all around.
Second of 3 nights on our 5-Star cruise ship Radamis II or similar. Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.
Sunday February 24