Pyramids & Nile Cruise

Cairo, Luxor, Esna, Edfu, Kom Ombo & Aswan plus Lost City of Petra optional extension

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Overview

Itinerary at a Glance
Pyramids & Nile Cruise
Day Destination
1 Depart USA
2 Cairo
3 Cairo, Pyramids & Sphinx
4 Cairo & Luxor
5 Luxor & Esna
6 Esna, Edfu & Kom Ombo
7 Kom Ombo & Aswan
8 Aswan & Cairo
9 Cairo/USA
Lost City of Petra Extension
9 Cairo, Amman & Petra
10 Petra & Amman
11 Amman
12 Amman/USA
Style Fully Escorted & Guided
Dedicated tour escorts & guides throughout
Highlights Cairo, Esna, Aswan. The Great Sphinx, Kom Ombo, & Temple of Ramses. Optional extension to Amman & Petra.
Included in the Price
  • Round trip flights from New York (JFK) via EgyptAir, including fuel surcharges
  • Arrival & departure transfers with meeting, assistance and porterage
  • All intra-Egypt flights and ground transportation
  • Five star hotel accommodations at the Ramses Hilton or Cairo Sheraton
  • 4 nights aboard the 5-star Tamr Henna ship in outside balcony cabin
  • Buffet breakfast daily and all meals aboard the cruise, including mineral water and complimentary local wine and local beer (B,L,D)
  • Half day of included touring in Cairo featuring the famous Pyramids at Giza and the Sphinx
  • Optional Extension to the Lost City of Petra in Jordan

Egyptian on Camel in front of Pyramids 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, plus enjoy 4 nights on a luxury cruise on the Nile. Top it all off with an optional extension to the lost city of Petra and Amman in Jordan!

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We had such a good time! You can tell from some of our photos. We all four agreed it was one of our favorite trips. Wonderful accommodations as well as outstanding tours! We even elected to add on a couple of side trips because we were so impressed with what you had to offer. We didn't want to miss anything. Thank you. We will definitely keep spreading the word to all our friends. Your company not only provides wonderful excursions, but great value for the money.

Joe & Judy Puckett + Bob & Danna Siverts

Dates, Prices & Options

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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.

Detailed Itinerary

Pyramids & Nile Cruise tour itinerary
Day 1: Depart USA. Your fascinating journey to Egypt begins this evening as you depart New York (JFK) for your flight to Cairo.

Day 2: Cairo. Arrival in Cairo, where East and West come together in a wonderful and chaotic mix of old and new. You'll be met by our representatives in Cairo and transferred to your hotel.

Proceed to check in at your hotel and enjoy time to explore Cairo independently, including downtown shopping districts, restaurants, and the famous Egyptian Museum. Or rest from your flight and enjoy the facilities at your hotel. This evening, join your fellow travelers on an optional dinner cruise with entertainment aboard a floating Nile River restaurant ($75). Accommodations: Ramses Hilton. Breakfast provided.

Cairo & the Nile at night Day 3: Cairo, Pyramids & Sphinx. This morning, after a well deserved rest and 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.

The afternoon is yours to explore Cairo on your own, or take advantage of an optional afternoon tour to the Egyptian Museum, where you'll see, among other treasures, the priceless antiquities of Tutankhamen's tomb ($45). Breakfast provided.

Ramesses II Colossi in the Luxor Temple Day 4: Cairo & Luxor. 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, the Tamr Henna. Settle into your cabin and enjoy lunch aboard.

This afternoon, visit the East Bank of the Nile. Highlights of today's tour include visits to the Temple of Karnak, one of the most overwhelming 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. Accommodations: Tamr Henna. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.

Day 5: Luxor & Esna. 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. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.

Bedouin man Day 6: Esna, Edfu & Kom Ombo. 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.

At 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. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.

Temple of Ramses, Abu Simbel, Egypt Day 7: Kom Ombo & Aswan. Sail to Aswan, the gateway to Africa for the ancient Egyptians. Originally called "Sain" from "sanite", the red granite extracted form its quarries, Aswan became a hub of trade in spices, leather, ivory, fruit, grains, baskets and mummified and living crocodiles. An optional tour to Abu Simbel, the site of the Great Temple of Ramses II and one of the most magnificent of all temples in Egypt, is available early this morning.

Abu Simbel Tour: This extra optional tour is $265/person, if reserved and prepaid. Space is limited and we cannot guarantee availability once you arrive in Egypt, so we strongly recommend booking in advance.

After 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 orientation on the nearby island of Agilika, which rises higher from the water and has been 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. Breakfast, lunch & dinner provided.

Cairo Citadel Day 8: Aswan & Cairo. This morning's visits include 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 huge, cracked obelisk will clearly demonstrate how the giant stones were carved from rock. Transfer to Aswan airport for the short flight back to Cairo.

Enjoy time at leisure to explore the city on your own. Or, take advantage of an optional guided tour of Old Cairo ($45), 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. Accommodations: Ramses Hilton. Breakfast provided.

Day 9: Cairo/USA. Today you'll be escorted to the airport as you bid farewell to Cairo and board your return flight to the USA. Your fascinating journey comes to an end as you arrive in the USA later today. Or, why not take advantage of an extension to the mysterious, rose-red city of Petra in Jordan! Breakfast provided.


Petra Optional Post-Tour Extension

Nov 23 departure for Pyramids & Nile Cruise plus Petra will fly via Royal Jordanian Airlines and will follow a slightly different itinerary (sample).

Pyramids & Nile Cruise plus Petra tour itinerary Day 9: Cairo, Amman & Petra. Transfer to the airport for the short flight from Cairo to Amman. After customs formalities, board your touring coach and drive south, via the Kings Highway, to Petra.

Arrival early this evening at your deluxe hotel located very close to the archeological site of Petra, where you'll enjoy a spectacular view of the ancient site and surrounding mountains. Join your fellow travelers for dinner and a stroll around the grounds of this fascinating hotel. Accommodations: Taybet Zaman. Breakfast & dinner provided.

Monastery at Petra  © FreeStockPhotos.com Day 10: Petra/Amman. Your guided tour begins with a ride on horseback and then a walk through the Siq, a narrow gorge flanked by huge cliffs. As you reach the end of the Siq, you'll behold the breathtaking sight of the Treasury, its elaborately carved façade looming high above you. 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 your hotel. Accommodations: Landmark Hotel Amman or le Meridien Hotel. Breakfast provided.

The Treasury, Petra Day 11: Amman. Located in the heart of Amman's diplomatic and business districts—just minutes away from the vibrant city center—your hotel is close to Amman's major historical sites including the Citadel and the Roman amphitheatre. Explore the city at leisure, or take an optional tour to Jerash.

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.

After lunch, return to Amman where you'll visit the major historical sites, including the Roman amphitheatre, Archaeological Museum, and the ruins of the Temple of Hercules ($100 per person). This evening, you're invited to join your fellow travelers for an optional dinner at a local restaurant ($25). Breakfast provided.

Day 12: Amman/USA. Today you'll be escorted to the airport as you bid farewell to Amman and board your return flight to the USA. Your fascinating journey comes to an end as you arrive in the USA later today. Breakfast provided.


Optional Tours in Egypt

To take full advantage of your visit to Egypt, we offer several optional tours to other "must see" sites. These are not "seat in coach" tours that pick up passengers in various hotels. All the optional tours are operated for Friendly Planet groups only.

  • Dinner cruise on the Nile, with entertainment
  • Half-day of guided touring of Cairo's Old City
  • Half-day guided tour of the Egyptian Museum and the Khan El Khalili bazaars

These optional tours are available for the special package price of $140/person when booked and prepaid prior to departure.* Optional tours will be available for booking individually in Egypt for a little more. We regret that we cannot accept bookings for the pre-paid optional tours package within 75 days from departure or after final payment has been received.


Optional Tours in Jordan

For passengers traveling to Jordan, the optional tours package includes the above tours in Egypt, plus:

  • Jerash City Tour
  • Farewell dinner at local restaurant

These optional tours are available for the special package price of $100/person when booked and prepaid prior to departure. Optional tours will be available for booking individually in Jordan for a little more. We regret that we cannot accept bookings for the pre-paid optional tours package within 75 days from departure or after final payment has been received.

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