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Best of Egypt & Nile Cruise

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10 days  •  from $2199 $1899
per person, double occupancy, including airfare*
based on Sep. 7, 2017 departure
$300 Early Bird Discount. Expires May 18, 2017.*   All prices reflect savings.

Overview

Featuring Timeless Cairo & the Pyramids, plus a Nile cruise through the temples & history of Luxor, Esna, Edfu, Kom Ombo & Aswan; optional extension to Petra
Style Small Group TourTravel with a small, intimate group of 15-24 likeminded travelers escorted by an English speaking guide and/or tour manager for some or all of your journey. More of these packages
24 travelers max, dedicated tour escorts & guides throughout
Departures Scheduled Dates; select from 16 open departures, July 2017 – May 2018
Price Includes
  • Flights
  • Cruise
  • Coach
  • Transfers
  • Hotel
  • Meals
  • Guides
  • Round trip flights from New York (JFK) via EgyptAir, including fuel surcharges and taxes and fees
  • Arrival & departure transfers with meeting, assistance and porterage
  • All intra-Egypt flights and ground transportation
  • 5-star hotel accommodations in Cairo
  • 4 nights aboard a 5-star Nile cruise ship in an outside cabin
  • 16 meals: buffet breakfast daily and all meals aboard the cruise
  • All shore excursions on Nile Cruise
  • Comprehensive touring program including entrance fees
  • Professional English-speaking Egyptologist tour director and local guides
Optional
  • Exciting optional excursions in Cairo and to Abu Simbel
  • Post-tour extension to Jordan and the lost city of Petra
Highlights
  • Stop at the Egyptian Museum and view ancient treasures
  • Marvel at the Sphinx and the Pyramids of Cheops and Chephren
  • Tour the East Bank of the Nile and the Temple of Karnak
  • Explore the West Bank of the Nile and the Valley of the Kings
  • Visit the mortuary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut
  • See the Temple of Horus
  • Take a felucca (Egyptian sailboat) around Elephantine Island
  • View Aswan's High Dam and the granite quarries
Departs New York Kennedy (JFK) (flight schedule)
Themes History & Culture,  Premium,  River Cruises
What to Expect This moderately-paced, escorted tour includes a reasonable amount of walking or hiking and requires an average level of physical fitness. The Nile cruise portion of this tour can total up to 80 passengers.
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Best of Egypt & Nile Cruise tour itinerary mapJoin us as we return to Egypt to celebrate the land of ancient wonders and modern miracles on our brand new Best of Egypt & Nile Cruise tour. You'll enjoy 10 wonderful days, including airfare from JFK, 4-nights in a 5-star Cairo hotel, 4-nights aboard a deluxe Nile cruise, many meals, transfers, and plenty of included touring.

Once again, Friendly Planet is defying skyrocketing travel prices to bring you a fantastic, truly first class Egypt vacation deal fit for a pharaoh. You'll see the famous Sphinx & pyramids at Giza, the temples at Luxor & Edfu, King Tut's tomb, old Cairo & much more.

Extend your stay with a post-tour to Jordan, including the spectacular lost city of Petra and Amman.

Dates, Prices & Options

Departure Dates & Prices

Departures & Prices
per person, double occupancy*
Depart Return Price Book by
May 18
Thu Apr 27 2017 Sat May 6 2017 $1999   Closed
Thu May 4 2017 Sat May 13 2017 $2299   Closed
Thu May 11 2017 Sat May 20 2017 $2299   Closed
Thu May 18 2017 Sat May 27 2017 $2299   Closed
Thu Jul 6 2017 Sat Jul 15 2017 $2899 $2599 Available
Thu Jul 20 2017 Sat Jul 29 2017 $2899 $2599 Available
Thu Aug 10 2017 Sat Aug 19 2017 $2899 $2599 Closed
Thu Aug 24 2017 Sat Sep 2 2017 $2899 $2599 Available
Thu Sep 7 2017 Sat Sep 16 2017 $2199 $1899 Available
Thu Sep 21 2017 Sat Sep 30 2017 $2199 $1899 Available
Thu Oct 12 2017 Sat Oct 21 2017 $2299 $1999 Available
Thu Nov 9 2017 Sat Nov 18 2017 $2299 $1999 Available
Thu Dec 7 2017 Sat Dec 16 2017 $2299 $1999 Available
Thu Jan 4 2018 Sat Jan 13 2018 $2399 $2099 Available
Thu Jan 18 2018 Sat Jan 27 2018 $2399 $2099 Available
Thu Feb 8 2018 Sat Feb 17 2018 $2399 $2099 Available
Thu Feb 22 2018 Sat Mar 3 2018 $2399 $2099 Available
Sun Mar 18 2018 Tue Mar 27 2018 $2399 $2099 Available
Thu Mar 22 2018 Sat Mar 31 2018 $2399 $2099 Available
Thu Apr 12 2018 Sat Apr 21 2018 $2499 $2199 Available
Thu Apr 26 2018 Sat May 5 2018 $2399 $2099 Available

Want to stay longer? We may be able to arrange for you to stay later than the scheduled dates. Contact us about prices and availability.

Options & Fees

Best of Egypt & Nile Cruise
Rooming selection
Double occupancy included
Single room supplement
Apr 27, Apr 12 +$549
All other departures +$499
Optional Excursions
Discounted Optional Excursions Package +$110
Abu Simbel Optional Tour +$265
Cairo by Night with Dinner +$35
Inner Chamber of the Great Pyramid at Giza1 (paid separately) +$25

1. This optional excursion is sold locally only and entrance is not guaranteed. Not recommended for guests suffering from heart conditions, back problems, asthma, or claustrophobia.

Egyptian Visa Fee1
Pre-paid Egyptian Visa Fee +$30

1. Pre-approved and stamped on arrival in Egypt.

Jordan Extension1
Jordan Extension
Apr 27, May 4, May 11, May 18, Jul 6, Jul 20, Aug 10, Aug 24, Sep 21, Oct 12, Nov 9, Dec 7, Jan 4, Jan 18, Feb 8, Feb 22, Mar 18, Mar 22, Apr 12, Apr 26 +$1099
Sep 7 +$1199
Rooming Selection
Double Occupancy included
Single Room Supplement +$199
Optional Excursions
Dinner in a local restaurant +$25
Jerash and Amman City Tour including Lunch +$75

1. The Jordan extension is a post-tour extension. Passengers taking the post-tour extension will return to the U.S. 3 days later than the return dates shown above. The Jordan extension requires that your flights be confirmed separately by the airlines. Please note that it typically takes 3 to 5 business days to confirm your extension flights with the airline, and that we will notify you immediately upon confirmation of the flights.

Reservations for triple occupancy are possible for this tour. On the cruise portion, passengers will stay in 1 double and 1 single cabin. Ask us for pricing and availability.

Flights & Departure Cities

Departure Airports
New York Kennedy (JFK) included

This package includes round-trip flights from the cities listed above. Please review the flight schedule, especially if you're booking connecting flights.

Coming from somewhere else? Unfortunately, we don't offer departures from cities that are not listed, but you can book your own connecting flights separately.

Transfers: Transfers for this tour are provided on a group basis only. For passengers deviating in any way from the group program, transfers are not provided. Individual, private transfers can be arranged at a supplement in price. Taxis and other forms of transportation are also available and may cost less than private transfers. If you wish to arrange private transfers, please request this service at the time of reservation.

How to Make a Reservation

To make a reservation, simply select an available departure date and reserve online using our secure booking system. Or call one of our travel specialists at 800-555-5765, Mon–Fri 9:30–6:00 Eastern time. But first, check out our Things to Know section.

We only require a per-person deposit payment, which you can pay with your credit card or PayPal account. This deposit will be applied towards the cost of your package, and is generally non-refundable (details). The balance is due 75 days prior to departure (or within 72 hours, if you're booking less than 75 days prior to departure), and can be paid by credit card, PayPal, check or money order.

Deposit
Deposit $600

Itinerary

Day 1: Depart USA

  • Check in for your overnight flight for Cairo

Day 2: Cairo

Accommodations: 3 nights Conrad Cairo Hotel, Cairo.

  • Arrive in Cairo and transfer to your hotel
  • Enjoy the remainder of the day at leisure

Cairo and the Nile RiverFull Day Itinerary: Arrive in Cairo, where East and West come together in a wonderful mix of old and new. You'll be met by our representatives in Cairo, assisted with visa and customs formalities, then escorted to your centrally located 5-star hotel overlooking the Nile River. You'll have the rest of the day to explore independently.

Optional Excursion: Cairo by Night with dinner, $35. This evening you will have the option to join a fun-filled welcome dinner at a local restaurant and a tour of Cairo by night.

Day 3: Cairo

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Half day morning tour to the Egyptian Museum
  • Remainder of the day at leisure

Funery mask, Egyptian MuseumFull Day Itinerary: This morning enjoy a half day tour to the Egyptian Museum, where you'll see, among other treasures, the priceless antiquities of Tutankhamen's tomb. The remainder of the day is at leisure to explore the city on your own, or take advantage of our optional excursions.

Citadel of SaladinOptional Excursion: Cairo's Old City, Citadel of Saladin, & Khan El Khalili Bazaars, $45. Enjoy an optional guided tour of Cairo's Old City, including the Citadel of Saladin, built on the remains of a Crusader-style fortress and the Alabaster Mosque. Continue to the famous Khan El Khalili Bazaars, where the sights, sounds, spices and exotic clothing and jewelry, hand-hammered copper, ceramic ware and other treasures await your deft bargaining to win them at astounding prices.

Sound at light show at GizaOptional Excursion: Sound & Light Show at Giza, $35. This evening, you will have the opportunity to experience the famous Sound & Light Show at Giza. See the marvelous luminary display of the Pyramids and the Sphinx. Price includes escort and transportation.

Day 4: Cairo, Pyramids & Sphinx

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Tour the Pyramids of Cheops and Chephren
  • Remainder of the day at leisure

Pyramid and SphinxFull Day Itinerary: This morning, after breakfast, your guide will escort you on a fascinating tour of the most famous of all sites in Egypt—the Pyramids of Cheops and Chephren. These monuments have stood for 46 centuries and are considered one of the Seven Wonders of the World, possibly the most visited monuments of Egypt. The Sphinx, a feline character with the body of a lion and the face of Khufu (Cheops in Greek) is 50 meters long and 22 meters high. Carved from a single stone, it lies just before the Pyramids, and even today its meaning and origin remain shrouded in mystery.

Optional Excursion: Nile Dinner Cruise, $40. This evening, join your fellow travelers on an optional dinner cruise with entertainment aboard a floating Nile River restaurant.

Pyramids at GizaOptional Excursion: Inner Chamber of the Great Pyramid at Giza, $25 (purchased locally). Take advantage of a unique opportunity to explore the interior of the pyramids . This 30-minute visit of the interior is unguided and will take place during the guided exterior visit.

You must be in good physical condition to fully enjoy this tour, which involves traversing narrow passages and steep stairways. Some areas have very low ceilings preventing visitors from standing upright. This excursion is not recommended to anyone suffering from heart conditions, back problems, asthma, or claustrophobia.

Day 5: Cairo & Luxor

Accommodations: 4 nights Tamr Henna or similar. Included meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

  • Morning flight from Cairo to Luxor
  • Embark on your Nile cruise and enjoy lunch aboard
  • Tour the East Bank of the Nile and the Temple of Karnak

Temple of LuxorFull Day Itinerary: Transfer to the airport this morning for the flight to Luxor, capital of the New Kingdom when Pharoah Ahmos, in 1580 BC, drove foreign invaders (the Hyksos) from Lower Egypt. It was then that Luxor became a grand city of luxurious palaces, huge temples, large gardens, as well as an important diplomatic and trade center of the ancient world. Transfer from the airport to the pier for embarkation aboard your deluxe Nile cruise ship. Settle into your cabin and enjoy lunch aboard.

Temple of KarnakThis afternoon, visit the East Bank of the Nile. Highlights of today's tour include visits to the Temple of Karnak, one of the most significant monuments of the Pharaonic legacy, with work carried out on the temples over a period of 1500 years, and Luxor Temple, strikingly graceful and added to over the centuries by Tutankhamen, Ramses II, Alexander the Great, and others.

Day 6: Luxor, Esna & Edfu

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

  • Tour the West Bank of the Nile and the Valley of the Kings via motor coach
  • Visit the mortuary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut

Valley of the Kings, LuxorFull Day Itinerary: After breakfast, disembark and board your touring coach to visit the West Bank of the Nile and the Valley of the Kings, where 64 of Egypt's Pharaohs have their royal tombs hewn into the sheer rock. Continue to the impressive Deir El Bahari mortuary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, an architectural wonder built against the backdrop of a looming cliff face and the Colossi of Memnon, two huge seated statues of Amenhotep III.

Day 7: Esna, Edfu & Kom Ombo

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

  • Tour of Edfu including the Temple of Horus
  • Sail to Kom Ombo

Full Day Itinerary: Your cruise ship sails from Esna to Edfu. As you go south, you will have an opportunity to view rural life in Egypt. The crops, methods of farming, animals and irrigation systems have changed little from 4,000 years ago. Here you best appreciate the fascinating contrast of ancient and modern ways of life, which coexist in Egypt and make it one of the world's most interesting of travel destinations.

Temple of HorusAt Edfu, you'll see the Temple of Horus, Egypt's best preserved temple. Afterward, board your ship and sail to Kom Ombo, where, in ancient times, sacred crocodiles basked in the sun on the river bank. The Temple of Kom Ombo is unique in all of Egypt and is shared by the two gods Sobek and Haroeris. These Ptolemaic temples overlook the Nile and feature fascinating drawings on the walls, including detailed drawings of surgical instruments.

Day 8: Aswan

Included meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

  • Sail to Aswan and explore this ancient trading hub
  • Visit Philae Temple
  • Enjoy a tour by felucca around Elephantine Island

Feluccas, AswanFull Day Itinerary: Sail to Aswan, the gateway to Africa for the ancient Egyptians. Originally called "Sain" from "sanite", the name of the red granite extracted from its quarries, Aswan became a hub of trade in spices, leather, ivory, fruit, grains, baskets and mummified and living crocodiles.

Philae TempleAfter lunch aboard your cruise ship, visit Philae Temple which for centuries was the holiest site for Isis worshippers. The temple was officially closed down in the 6th century A.D. by the Byzantine emperor Justinian and was the last pagan temple to exist in the Mediterranean world. After the construction of the Aswan Dam, the half-submerged temple complex was completely dismantled and rebuilt to the original specifications on the nearby island of Agilika, which was reshaped and landscaped to resemble the original Philae. Metal pylons on the old island of Philae can still be seen rising from the water to the south of Agilika.

Before returning to your cruise ship, enjoy a tour by felucca (a small, swift Egyptian sailboat) around Elephantine Island, once the center of modern Aswan. Conclude today's sightseeing at the magnificent Botanical Gardens of Lord Kitchener.

Day 9: Aswan & Cairo

Accommodations: 1 night Conrad Cairo. Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Morning at leisure
  • Visit Aswan's High Dam and the granite quarries
  • Fly to Cairo and spend the evening at leisure

Nile waterfront, AswanFull Day Itinerary: Early this morning take advantage of an optional excursion to the temple complex of Abu Simbel.

Otherwise, remain on board and enjoy the facilities of the ship. After lunch, disembark and visit Aswan's High Dam, which controls the Nile and is a major source of hydroelectric power in Egypt. Also visit the granite quarries where a partially carved and cracked obelisk will clearly demonstrate how the giant forms were hewn from the solid rock.

Then, transfer to the airport to board your short flight back to Cairo. Check into your hotel and enjoy time to explore Cairo independently, including the downtown shopping districts and Cairo's excellent restaurant scene.

Temple of Ramses II, Abu SimbelOptional Excursion: Abu Simbel, $280 (paid locally, or $265 if pre-booked). Early this morning, fly from Aswan to nearby Abu Simbel, the site of the Great Temple of Ramses II, one of the most magnificent of all temples in Egypt and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Part of the Nubian Monuments, the twin temples of Abu Simbel were originally carved out of the mountainside during the reign of Ramses II in the 13th century B.C. as a lasting tribute to himself and his queen, Nefertiti. After the creation of Lake Nasser, formed by the building of Aswan High Dam in 1968, the Abu Simbel complex was relocated in its entirety high above the reservoir. After exploring the temple complex, return to Aswan.

On occasion, Egypt Air cannot provide a flight on the scheduled day of the excursion. In this case, you may instead visit Abu Simbel by land in a private air-conditioned vehicle, a journey of approximately 4 hours each way, with a box lunch provided. The land version is $199 if paid locally and requires a minimum of 2 passengers. If you pre-booked the excursion for $265, you will receive a refund of $100 if you choose the land version, or a full refund if you decline.

Day 10: Cairo/USA

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Bid farewell to Egypt as you're escorted to the airport for your return flight
  • Arrive in the USA later today

Discount Optional Excursions Package: $110

Save by pre-booking a discounted package of our most popular optional excursions:

  • Cairo's Old City, Citadel of Saladin, & the Khan El Khalili Bazaars ($45)
  • Sound & Light show at Giza ($35)
  • Nile Dinner Cruise ($40)

You can book these excursions individually in Egypt. But you can save if you purchase this special package ahead of time—with or before your final payment. These are not "seat in coach" excursions that pick up passengers at various hotels; all are operated for Friendly Planet groups only.

Abu Simbel Excursion: $265

Pre-book this excursion to save money and ensure your spot. This excursion is sold locally for $280 and space is limited. See details above.


Jordan & Petra Post-Tour Optional Extension

Why not take advantage of your already-included international airfare to visit Jordan and the lost city of Petra. You'll return to the U.S. 3 days after the return dates listed.

Day 10: Cairo, Egypt/Amman & Petra, Jordan

Accommodations: 1 night Petra Marriott Hotel or similar. Included meals: Breakfast & dinner.

  • Morning flight to Amman, the capital of Jordan
  • Drive to Petra via the Kings Highway
  • Remainder of the day at leisure

Full Day Itinerary: This morning transfer to the airport for your short flight to Amman, Jordan. After completing immigration and customs formalities, you will be met by our representatives. Drive south via the Kings Highway to the lost city of Petra. Check into your hotel, and some time to relax and enjoy the facilities.

Day 11: Petra & Amman

Accommodations: 2 nights Kempinski Hotel Amman or similar. Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Half day guided tour of Petra
  • Afternoon return to Amman

Petra TreasuryFull Day Itinerary: Your guided tour of Petra begins with a ride on horseback, followed by a walk through the Siq, a narrow gorge flanked by cliffs. At the end of the Siq, the breathtaking of the Treasury, with its elaborately carved façade comes into view. Explore the various tombs and structures in this site and marveling at the artistry and creativity that must have inspired the Nabateans to construct so marvelous and dramatic a city. Later this afternoon, drive north to Amman and check into your hotel.

Day 12: Amman

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Enjoy the day at leisure in Amman

Jerash ruinsOptional Excursion: Jerash & Amman City, $75. Located 30 miles north of Amman, Jerash is considered one of the largest and most well-preserved sites of Roman architecture in the world outside Italy. To this day, its colonnaded streets, baths, theaters, plazas and arches remain in exceptional condition. Within the remaining city walls, archaeologists have found the ruins of settlements dating back to the Neolithic Age, indicating human occupation at this location for more than 6500 years.

Amman CitadelAfter lunch, return to Amman where you'll visit the major historical sites, including the Roman amphitheater, Archaeological Museum, and the ruins of the Temple of Hercules.

Optional Excursion: Dinner in a local restaurant, $25. This evening, join your fellow travelers for an optional farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 13: Amman/USA

Included meals: Breakfast.

  • Early this morning, transfer to the airport as you bid farewell to Amman and board your return flight to the USA via Cairo.
  • Your fascinating journey comes to an end as you arrive in the USA later today.

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This world traveler gives Friendly Planet's Pyramids & Nile Cruise excursion 2 very enthusiastic thumbs up! Truth be told, given the low cost of this tour, we expected a mid-grade vacation. What we received was first class all the way! Every minute was packed with amazing sights, sounds and adventures. We couldn't believe the level of service, the caliber of our tour guides, the variety of activities and the quality of our accommodations. Friendly Planet exceeded our expectations in every way. Since this was our first "group tour," we were concerned being stuck with a group. Again, we were pleasantly surprised. The folks on our tour were fun, friendly and with similar adventurous spirit. With the small group size, we never felt "crowded." Plus, my husband and I received plenty of downtime to feel re-energized and enough "alone time" to still find romance. A big thank you to Friendly Planet for making ours a remarkable experience that will be remembered forever! We look forward to taking another trip with you soon!

Annabel Eyrick, St. Louis, MO

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