Three night Nile Cruise, travel to Cleopatra's port city of Alexandria and journey as far south as Abu Simbel (+ optional tour to Jordan!)

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2018 EGYPT ONLY ( 14 days)
March 18- 31 ( Perfect for teachers for a spring break getaway!!)
LAND TOUR: $3,799 Canadian/person.
Starts & ends in Cairo Egypt
AIRFARE: $1,500 Canadian departing Vancouver to Cairo ( & returning from Cairo) including arrival & departure transfers if arriving & departing on our group tour dates.
NOTE: You do NOT have to come to Vancouver to join the tour please contact us for a quote to depart other cities


EGYPT & JORDAN ( 20 Days) ( DETAILS OF OUR JORDAN TOUR ARE UNDER DAY 14 )
March 12- 31
Land only Tour: Price $6,499 Canadian /person.
AIRFARE:
approx $1,650 CAD approximate cost of airfare departing Vancouver BC to Amman, Jordan returning from Cairo, Egypt including arrival & departure transfer if traveling on our group dates.
NOTE: You do NOT have to come to Vancouver to join the tour please contact us for a quote to depart other cities

(Limited to 24 participants)

(Updated July 21 2017)

ITINERARY:

DAY 1 Sunday March 18 2018 This afternoon our group flights fly from North America overnight via Europe
to Cairo.

DAY 2 Monday March 19 2018 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.

DAY 3 Tuesday March 20 2018
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.


DAY 4 Wednesday 21 2018
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.


DAY 5 Thursday March 22 2018
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.


DAY 6 Friday March 23 2018
Alexandria
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.

DAY 7 Saturday March 24 2018
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.


DAY 8 Sunday March 25 2018
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

DAY 9 Monday March 26 2018
Abu Simbel

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.


DAY 10 Tuesday March 27 2018
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.


DAY 11 Wednesday March 28 2017
Edfu Temple + Luxor Temple + Karnak Temple

Early this morning we leave the ship and take horse-drawn carriages for a guided tour of the gigantic Temple of Edfu, the most perfectly-preserved
temple in Egypt. Although built by the Greek-speaking Ptolemies between 237
BC and 57 AD, the temple building and decorations are in the ancient
Egyptian style. We return to the ship for breakfast and spend most of the
rest of the day cruising down the Nile to Luxor.
When we arrive in Luxor we have a guided tour of Luxor Temple. As with
most Egyptian temples, this temple is really a series of buildings begun by
one Pharaoh (in this case the 13th century BC Pharaoh Amenhotep III) and
added to by several subsequent rulers. Later we have a guided tour of the
Temple of Karnak. This is a vast complex of buildings added to and rebuilt
over thirteen centuries but reaching its apex during the New Kingdom period
when the capital of Egypt was located in Thebes (today's Luxor) and the
temple's main god, Amun-Ra, was made the state god. One of the most
impressive sections of the temple is the Great Hypostyle Hall with its 137
huge columns.
Third of 3 nights on our 5-Star cruise ship Radamis II or similar.
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.


DAY 12 Thursday March 29 2018
Valley of the Kings + Medinet Habu + Village life

We travel across the Nile to the West Bank, the location of the tombs of the great pharaohs of the New Kingdom. We take a guided tour of several of the most important tombs in the Valley of the Kings. On the way we stop to view the gigantic Colossi of Memnon statues. We also have a guided tour of the funerary temple of the first woman to rule as a pharaoh, Queen Hatchepsut. Some of the most interesting painted scenes in the temple are of a trading expedition she mounted to the Land of Punt on the Red Sea coast. After our tours we transfer to our hotel in Luxor. The rest of the afternoon is free for you to relax by the Nile or explore Luxor. Alternatively, you may wish to visit Luxor's excellent museum.
Overnight in Luxor. Steigenberger Nile Palace Hotel or similar. Breakfast & Dinner.


DAY 13 Friday March 30
Fly Luxor - Cairo

This morning you are free to relax or explore Luxor's shops for some of the
wonderful bargains in gold, Papyrus paper, cotton, leather and other unique
Egyptian souvenirs.
This afternoon we fly from Luxor to Cairo, but for this visit we stay
close to the airport.
Overnight in Cairo. Novotel Cairo Airport or similar. Breakfast & Dinner.



DAY 14 Saturday March 31 2018
Fly Cairo - Home Today we fly from Cairo via Europe to North

America, arriving the same afternoon.

Please note that our Nile Cruise schedule may force us to see the above
noted sites in a different order than we have listed here. We will,
however, see them all.


JORDAN PRETOUR:
Monday March 12 to Monday March 19

Monday March 12 2018 This afternoon we fly from North America overnight via Europe to Amman.

Tuesday March 13 Amman
Early this evening we arrive in Jordan’s capital and transfer to our hotel. First of 3 nights in Amman. Crown Plaza Hotel or similar. No meals.

Wednesday March 14 Jerash

Driving north from Amman we tour Jerash, one of the finest examples anywhere of a Roman provincial city. We enter the city by the elaborate gateway known as Hadrian's Arch and make our way to the Forum. Walking along the Colonnaded Street you can still see the grooves worn by the Roman chariot wheels. Near the ruins of the immense Temple of Zeus we enter the South Theatre which was one of three theatres in Jerash and could seat 3,000 people. On our guided tour of Jerash we see the remains of many important buildings from Roman times including the Temple of Artemis and several Roman baths. We also see later Byzantine churches including those of St John, St George and St Theodore
Second of 3 nights in Amman. Crown Plaza Hotel or similar. Breakfast & Dinner.

Thursday March 15 Amman & the Dead Sea
This morning we descend into the Jordan Valley and make our way to the shores of the Dead Sea - the lowest point on the surface of the Earth. Small, seasonal streams and the River Jordan flow into the Dead Sea bringing in water plus minerals but no rivers flow out. Thus, water leaves the Dead Sea only by evaporation, leaving behind the minerals which over the millennia have concentrated to the point where the Dead Sea is the 'saltiest' major body of water in the world. Those who wish to may take a float in the Dead Sea (the water is too buoyant for swimming!) or try smothering onto their skin the mud from the lake, which is supposed to have many therapeutic properties.
Returning to the city this afternoon, we take a driving tour of the main highlights of Amman, including the Citadel Hill with the remains of a Roman Temple dedicated to Hercules and a small but excellent Museum where we see some of the inscribed containers that the Dead Sea Scrolls were found in. From the hilltop we can look down on the Roman theatre, which could seat 6,000. We also drive through some of Amman’s very expensive neighbourhoods. Third of 3 nights in Amman. Crown Plaza Hotel or similar. Breakfast & Dinner.

Friday March 16 Amman - Kings Highway Petra
We travel today down the ancient trading route known as the King's Highway. Our first stop is the town of Madaba, famous for its mosaic floors. Especially important is the mosaic map found in the floor of the Greek Orthodox Church of St George. Laid around 560 AD, this is the earliest surviving mosaic map of the Holy Land. From Madaba we drive to Mount Nebo, from where Moses and the Children of Israel first looked down on the fertile Jordan Valley. On a clear day we can also see the Dead Sea and the city of Jerusalem. We visit the 6th century Monastery of Syagha dedicated to Moses by Egyptian monks. Further along the King's Highway we drive down into the huge gorge of the Wadi al-Mujib (known as "Jordan's Grand Canyon") and up the other side.
Our last stop today is the Crusader castle of Kerak. Built in 1136, this became the principal centre of the Crusader province of Outre-Jordan. Kerak formed a key link in the chain of Crusader castles from Aqaba on the Red Sea through Crak des Chevaliers in Syria to Turkey. Within the castle we explore the labyrinth of corridors, storerooms and chambers, both above and below ground. Continuing south we come to Petra, the legendary Rose Red City "half as old as time."First of 2 nights in Petra. Crown Plaza Guest House or similar. Breakfast & Dinner.

Saturday March 17 Petra
Today we have a full day of guided sightseeing at Petra, one of the most spectacular archaeological sites in the world. We enter the site via a long, narrow gorge known as the Siq. At the end of this gorge we suddenly emerge in front of one of the most beautiful buildings in the world, the Treasury ( El Kazneh.) Continuing into the site you have an opportunity to climb to the High Place where we believe human sacrifices took place. On the lower level we pass an amphitheatre which could seat 8,000. Entering the main valley where the city of Petra itself was located we find the remains of the Colonnaded Street, the Temple of the Winged Lion and the Great Temple. Above the valley we can explore the most substantial group of tombs, including the Urn Tomb, the Silk Tomb and the Corinthian Tomb. At the far end of the valley are the Triumphal Arch and the Museum. For those who wish there is a long but gentle climb to one of Petra's most spectacular tombs, the Monastery (El Deir). You will have free time for your own explorations of Petra. Second of 2 nights in Petra. Crown Plaza Guest House or similar. Breakfast & Dinner.

Sunday March 18 Petra - Wadi Rum - Aqaba
This morning we leave Petra and travel further south into the Jordanian Desert to visit Wadi Rum which was Lawrence of Arabia's base for his struggle against the Ottoman Empire during World War One. This afternoon we arrive in Aqaba, Jordan's only port. Overnight in Aqaba. Golden Tulip Hotel or similar. Breakfast & Dinner

Monday March 19 Aqaba - Amman ( Jordan) + fly to Cairo ( Egypt)
This morning we tour Aqaba, including a visit to the public aquarium where we can see some of the spectacular fish and corals of the Red Sea. Later, we take the fast Desert Highway back to Amman and fly to Cairo. Today we include lunch in Jordan together. This evening you are free to choose your own restaurant for dinner in Cairo. First of 3 nights in Cairo. Meridian Pyramids Hotel or similar. Breakfast & Lunch


TOUR INCLUDES:
- Accommodation in 4 and 5 Star hotels in Egypt. All our hotels have en-suite bathrooms and air-conditioning.
-Arrival & Departure Transfers in Cairo if purchasing our Land & Air package and arriving and departing on the group dates.
- 3 nights on Deluxe Nile cruise ship. Land and water transport by coach,
taxi, felucca sailboat, cruise ship, horse-drawn carriage and ferry.
- Flights: Cairo - Aswan and Luxor - Cairo.
- Sightseeing and entrance fees as mentioned in the itinerary
- All tips for group activities.
- Porterage for one piece of luggage per person when available. Please make sure your luggage
has wheels so you can move your own luggage when necessary
- Breakfast & dinner daily plus 3 lunches on Nile Cruise ship.
- Guiding by Royal Heights tour leader Julie Bruce with assistance of our expert Egyptian guides


NOT INCLUDED
- Visa fees. Canadian passport holders require a visa for Egypt (currently
$25 US), which can be obtained on arrival at Cairo Airport. Your passport
must be valid for 6 months beyond the date you leave Egypt (i.e. until at
least September 30 2018.)
- Lunches - except on March 8th and when aboard our Nile Cruise ship
Trip Cancellation / Interruption and Medical Insurance. We offer insurance
coverage with Manulife Insurance. Please contact us for a quote.
- Single Supplement charge, if requested ($800 Canadian)
Personal Expenses such as souvenirs, laundry, drinks not included at meals.

FLIGHTS:: The cost of the airfare will be confirmed at the
time of booking your flights. Land portion of the tour must be booked
directly with Royal Heights Tours Our group flights from Vancouver are
normally with Air Canada and Egyptair via London Heathrow into Cairo and
returning from Cairo via Heathrow. You do NOT have to come to Vancouver to
join this tour. Please call us for flights and fares from other cities.

Please note that there is an additional cost for the arrival &
departure transfers should you wish to travel with an airline other than our
group flights or purchase the LAND ONLY Package. There is also an additional
cost if you wish to travel with Air Canada and Egyptair on dates different
from our group arrival and departure dates. You can book the Land portion of
the tour with us and make your own flight arrangements through your travel
agent or using your Frequent Flyer points.

SINGLE TRAVELLEERS
If you wish to be guaranteed a single room, there is a Single Supplement
charge of $800. Our price is based on 2 people sharing a room. Those people
travelling alone but wishing to share will be informed 3 months prior to
departure if a roommate is not currently available. At that point you will
be invoiced for the Single Supplement ($800). If a roommate subsequently
joins the tour, your single supplement will be refunded with the final
documentation.

Optional Excursions:
Sound & Light shows at Philae (in Aswan), Karnak (in Luxor) and at the
Pyramids in Cairo

PAYMENT: You can secure your place on the tour with a $400 per person non-
refundable deposit. We take payment by cheque, Visa or Mastercard for the
$400 /person deposit. The invoice for the Land tour will be sent in early
December 2017. Payment will be due on January 18 2018. Price quoted is for
FINAL PAYMENT by cheque.

SPECIAL NOTES:
Our office staff are not medically qualified to advise you on which
immunizations you require. Please consult your local travel health clinic.
We take payment by cheque, VISA and MasterCard for the $400/ person DEPOSIT.
Prices quoted are for FINAL PAYMENT made BY CHEQUE.

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