QUEEN OF THE NILE- A LUXURY JOURNEY FOR WOMEN

Priced from: $2,895 per person, double

9 Days | 8 Nights

Land program October 25, 2022– November 2, 2022

  • 8 nights luxury accommodation:
  • Cairo: 3 nights at the Fairmont Hotel
  • Cruise: 4 nights aboard the Sonesta St. George
  • Cairo: 1 night at Le Meridian Airport Hotel
  • Egyptologist guide for the entire program with a special focus on the role of women in ancient Egypt
  • All admission to sites visited
  • Welcome Dinner with special guests; Egyptian women from many backgrounds who will share their stories and experiences with our group
  • Visit the Pyramids of Giza and the Grand Egyptian Museum
  • A walking tour through the ancient necropolis of Saqqara
  • Cruise the Great Sahara Desert on Camels by the Pyramids Plateau
  • Walk through the old streets of Islamic Cairo
  • Explore the ancient city of Thebes, immerse yourself in its wonders by visiting the Kings Valley, Hatshepsut temple, Karnak, and Luxor temples
  • Luxury cruise on the Nile River
  • Meet with Nubian women to learn firsthand about their culture and traditions
  • Enjoy a traditional sailboat ride on the Nile
  • Visit the great temple of Abu Simbel
  • Explore the wonderful off-beaten track sites & the hidden gems throughout your trip

Day 1: Cairo

Arrive at Cairo Airport where your Sky Vacations ambassador will meet and assist you through the customs area and transfer you to our hotel. The remainder of today is yours to unwind and enjoy the hotel.

Day 2: Cairo

Today we visit the Grand Egyptian Museum, the largest museum in the world for one single civilization. You will stand face-to-face with the Golden Mask of the boy King Tutankhamen. Our guide will point out exceptional pieces of history that focus on women in this ancient culture.

After lunch, we the Giza Pyramids, the only surviving wonder of the Seven Wonders of the World. Enjoy a camel ride for an amazing view of the pyramids and stand in front of the imposing Sphinx.

We’ll return to our hotel for some free time. This evening is our Welcome Dinner with invited guests representing women from different Egyptian backgrounds. Hear their stories, exchange experiences, and make new friends.  (B, L, D).

Day 3: Cairo

Begin our day with a visit to Saqqara, the necropolis of Memphis, home of the step pyramid; the first limestone structure ever built. Explore its 4350 years old colored tombs and get the chance to step inside a pyramid to see ancient Hieroglyphics that have been engraved on its walls for thousands of years.

Our tour will include an off-beaten-track visit to the Serapium, the mysterious burial ground for the great bull god Apis where you’ll see a 25-ton granite coffin that is the only one of its kind ever discovered in ancient Egypt.

After lunch, we’ll visit a community center to understand a different cultural aspect of Egyptian life and engage with locals.

We wrap up our day by walking through the old streets of Islamic Cairo featuring El Muizz Street which is like an open-air museum filled with medieval architectural marvels and treasures. Then explore the winding alleyways of the famous Khan El Khalili market, the major souk in the Islamic Cairo district.

Tonight is yours to explore Cairo on your own or enjoy one of the many fine-dining choices at the hotel. (B, L)

Day 4: Luxor/Cruise

This morning we take an early flight to Luxor and begin our luxury cruise. We’ll visit the temple of Karnak, the largest religious complex that was ever built for a god in the history of mankind. The temple is dedicated to the god Amon Ra, the chief creator god in Ancient Egypt. During the Karnak temple visit we’ll have an off-beaten-track visit to the Opet Festival Temple and the glorious Temple of Khonsu, two hidden gems rarely visited by travelers. Then we visit the Luxor temple that was predominantly built by Pharaoh Ramses II before boarding our cruise and setting sail on the Nile! (B, L, D)

Day 5: Luxor/Cruise

After breakfast, we start the day by visiting the Valley of the Kings, hidden behind the mountains on the west bank of the Nile. Enter the tomb of King Tutankhamen and stand face to face in front of his mummy. Our tour will include access to Ramses VI, one of the most colorful tombs at the King’s Valley. Then we visit the Temple of Hatshepsut, the only female Pharaoh who dressed and ruled Egypt like a king. We’ll also make a photo stop by the huge Colossi of Memnon.

After lunch we set sail up the Nile to the town of Edfu. (B, L, D)

Day 6: Edfu/Kom Ombo/Cruise

After breakfast, we travel to the Temple of Horus by a horse-drawn carriage. Edfu, the most intact temple from the ancient world is a magical sight to behold and explore. We then sail to Kom Ombo Temple dedicated to the crocodile and the falcon gods with a visit to the Crocodile Mummification Museum housing crocodile mummies that are thousands of years old. (B, L, D)

Day 7: Aswan

Enjoy breakfast on board before we disembark our cruise to enjoy a relaxing morning by visiting the Island of Philae and the Temple of Isis, goddess of love and passion.

We then take a walk on the Island of Elephantine to explore the Nubian culture where we have arranged a private meeting with Nubian women to learn about their culture. We end our day on a legendary felucca sailboat ride down the Nile enjoying a sparkling wine during sunset (B, L, D)

Day 8: Abu Simbel

Breakfast on board followed by a flight to  Abu Simbel temple on the southern border of Egypt.

This site is the home of two massive rock temples dedicated to Pharaoh Ramses the second and his wife Nefertari where gigantic statues of the pharaoh have been standing for over 3200 years flanking the entrance to one of the most impressive temples in Egypt. After a light lunch, we fly back to Cairo for a special Farewell Dinner. (B, L, D).

Day 9: Departure

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel and then walk to your terminal for your onward flight, carrying memories of your Egyptian Adventure with you for a lifetime.

LOCATION NUMBER OF NIGHTS ACCOMMODATION
CAIRO 3 FAIRMONT HOTEL
CRUISE 4 SONESTA ST. GEORGE
CAIRO 1 LE MERIDIAN AIRPORT HOTEL

 

Not included:

  • International flights
  • Any meals or drinks that are not mentioned on the itinerary.
  • Entry visa to Egypt
  • Travel Insurance
  • Prices are land only per person based on double occupancy
  • Restrictions apply
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