EGYPT • SEPTEMBER 19-25, 2020
ABOUT THE TRIP
There are destinations that have a storied history. And then there is Egypt. A land of legend and lore. A land of invention, nobility, and conquest. From the Great Pyramid of Giza to the Nile River, from King Tut to King Ramses II, this is the ultimate opportunity to explore ancient civilization. This custom two-part package will take guests to the most sought after attractions. Five day Nile river cruise, yep. Domestic flight from Aswan to Cairo, yep. Two nights in the Ritz-Carlton Hotel situated along the Nile, yep. Sphinx, antiquities museum, local bazaar, private Egyptologist. Of course.
ABOUT THE NILE RIVER
Known simply as “the Nile”, this river has been the lifeline of civilization in Egypt since the Stone Age. The Greek historian Herodotus wrote that "Egypt was the gift of the Nile". An unending source of sustenance, it provided a crucial role in the development of Egyptians civilization. Silt deposits from the Nile made the surrounding land fertile because the river overflowed its banks annually. The Ancient Egyptians cultivated and traded wheat, flax, papyrus and other crops around the Nile. Wheat was a crucial crop in the famine-plagued Middle East. This trading system secured Egypt's diplomatic relationships with other countries and contributed to economic stability. Far-reaching trade has been carried on along the Nile since ancient times.
The Nile was also a convenient and efficient means of transportation for people and goods. The Nile was an important part of ancient Egyptian spiritual life. Hapi was the god of the annual floods, and both he and the pharaoh were thought to control the flooding. The Nile was considered to be a causeway from life to death and the afterlife. The east was thought of as a place of birth and growth, and the west was considered the place of death, as the god Ra, the Sun, underwent birth, death, and resurrection each day as he crossed the sky. Thus, all tombs were west of the Nile, because the Egyptians believed that in order to enter the afterlife, they had to be buried on the side that symbolized death.
As the Nile was such an important factor in Egyptian life, the ancient calendar was even based on the 3 cycles of the Nile. These seasons, each consisting of four months of thirty days each, were called Akhet, Peret, and Shemu. Akhet, which means inundation, was the time of the year when the Nile flooded, leaving several layers of fertile soil behind, aiding in agricultural growth. Peret was the growing season, and Shemu, the last season, was the harvest season when there were no rains.
Continent: Africa • Countries: Egypt, Sudan, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Uganda, Congo, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Eritrea • Length: 4,130 mi • Max Width: 1.7 mi
WEATHER AND CLIMATE
Egypt gets warm sunshine all year round with very little precipitation. The climate is subtropical desert with very mild winters and very hot summers. Summer temperatures in June, July and August can reach 104°F with high humidity but then gradually decrease in September and October to a more pleasant average high of 93°F.
In other words, you’ll feel like you are in Africa at the end of the summer!
THE MS BLUE SHADOW
Launched in November 2018, the Blue Force 3 is one of the finest liveaboard diving boats in the Red Sea. It is elegant, it is comfortable, it is functional. On board you will find everything you need to enjoy a great diving experience in the waters of the Red Sea. Twelve well-appointed cabins can accommodate 26 guests. We have elected to do a limited load charter. Our private charter will have only 22 guests! That means more space, more comfort, more personal attention, and more opportunities underwater. The boat has a large swim platform, multiple social (or common) areas to chill, upper deck lounge, sun deck, and bar. Don’t forget, a fancy boat is great but it is the crew that makes a trip special. The Blue Force 3 crew have years (some have decades) of experience and will do everything they can to put us on the action while locating dive sites that aren’t swarming with other divers.
Type: Motor Yacht (M/Y) • Year Built: 2015 • Length: 246' • Beam: 47' • Number of cabins: 54 • Number of suites: 4 • Restaurant: Yes • Pool: Yes • Massage: Available
ACCOMMODATIONS: Total 12 cabins. 6 Lower Deck cabins, 2 Main Deck cabins, 4 Upper Deck Cabins. 1 Double bed + 1 Single bed in all Lower Deck and Upper Deck cabins. All cabins have individually controlled air-conditioning with contemporary interiors, en-suite bathrooms with fresh hot and cold water, and safe. Hair dryers are available upon request.
FACILITIES: 2 solariums with sunbeds and mattresses (in the bow and the upper bridge). Bar on the upper deck. Spacious living room with sofas. Outdoor dining. Audio and video entertainment. Photography station. Separate rinse for underwater camera. Camera tables and charging points.
LOWER DECK CABIN (6 Available)
Full bathroom, safe, and individually controlled air-conditioning. Hair dryers are available upon request.
NILE RIVER CRUISE ITINERARY HIGHLIGHTS
Constructed approximately 1400 BCE, the large temple complex is located on the east bank of the Nile River in the city today known as Luxor (ancient Thebes).
Believed to be the second most visited site after the Giza Pyramids, the site features a vast mix of temples, chapels, pylons, and other buildings. One famous aspect of Karnak is the Hypostyle Hall in the Precinct of Amun-Re, a hall area of 50,000 sq. ft. with 134 massive columns arranged in 16 rows. 122 of these columns are 30', and the other 12 are 70' tall with a diameter of over 9'.
VALLEY OF THE KINGS
Famous for the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun, the World Heritage Site, stands on the west bank of the Nile, opposite Thebes. For a period of nearly 500 years from the 16th to 11th century BCE, rock cut tombs were excavated for the pharaohs and powerful nobles of the New Kingdom.
Considered one of the "incomparable monuments of ancient Egypt", the mortuary temple is dedicated to Amun and Hatshepsut and is located beneath the cliffs at Deir el-Bahari on the west bank of the Nile.
KOM OMBO TEMPLE
Constructed during the Ptolemaic dynasty, 180–47 BCE, the building is unique because its 'double' design meant that there were courts, halls, sanctuaries and rooms duplicated for two sets of gods.
The largest known ancient obelisk. If finished it would have measured around 137' and would have weighed nearly 1,200 tons, a weight equal to about 200 African elephants.
THE NILE RITZ-CARLTON
The Nile Ritz-Carlton, Cairo carries a rich legacy of tradition and luxury. Overlooking the Nile River lies the iconic luxury hotel, offering leisure and business travelers an opulent retreat in the heart of Cairo. The hotel marries the “bucket-list” city with world-class services; offering splendid amenities including more than nine distinctive restaurants and bars, a lavish spa and unprecedented service promising you an unforgettable getaway.
Overlooking either the legendary Nile or the historical Egyptian Museum.
As the first luxury hotel in Egypt, The Nile Ritz-Carlton, Cairo has hosted generations of guests throughout the years. Set along the River Nile, the downtown hotel upholds its legacy and the city’s ancient history. Accommodations with historical photographs, dining that stays true to traditional flavors and lush gardens overlooked by the iconic Egyptian Museum tell the story of a Cairo hotel bridging the past with the present.
Year Built: 1959 • Year Renovated: 2015 • Number of rooms: 331 • Pool: Yes • Spa: Yes • Onsite Dining: Open-air and waterfront • Breakfast: Included • WiFi: Included
DELUXE CITY AND MUSEUM VIEW ROOM
These 474 sq. ft. rooms are available with a King or two Twin beds.
• Complimentary WiFi
• Air conditioning
• Daily maid service
• Turndown service
• In-room safe
• Espresso maker
• LED TV
• Soundproofed rooms
• Blackout drapes/curtains
• Egyptian-cotton sheets
• Iron/ironing board
• Designer toiletries
• Hair dryer
• Deep soaking bathtub
• Rainfall showerhead
CAIRO ITINERARY HIGHLIGHTS
GIZA PYRAMID COMPLEX
Also called the Giza Necropolis, the site includes the Great Pyramid of Giza, the Pyramid of Khafre, and the Pyramid of Menkaure, along with their associated pyramid complexes and the Great Sphinx of Giza. The Great Pyramid and the Pyramid of Khafre are the largest pyramids built in ancient Egypt, and they have historically been common as emblems of ancient Egypt in the Western imagination. One of the Seven Wonders of the World, it is by far the oldest of the ancient Wonders and the only one still in existence.
The limestone statue of a reclining sphinx (a mythical creature with the body of a lion and the head of a human) is the oldest known monumental sculpture in Egypt. Believed to have been built by ancient Egyptians of the Old Kingdom during the reign of the Pharaoh Khafre (c. 2558–2532 BCE).
MUSEUM OF EGYPTIAN ANTIQUITIES
Known commonly as the Egyptian Museum or Museum of Cairo, it is home to an extensive collection of ancient Egyptian antiquities. It has 120,000 items, with a representative amount on display.
Part of central Cairo around the old walled city and around the Citadel of Cairo which is characterized by hundreds of mosques, tombs, madrasas, mansions, caravanserais, and fortifications dating from the Islamic era. In 1979, UNESCO proclaimed Historic Cairo a World Cultural Heritage site.
KHAN EL-KHALILI BAZAAR
Shops typically sell souvenirs, antiques and jewelry, but many traditional workshops continue to operate in the surrounding area and the adjoining goldsmiths' souq, for example, is still important for locals. In addition to shops, there are several coffeehouses, restaurants, and street food vendors distributed throughout the market. One of the oldest and most famous coffeehouses is Fishawi's, established in 1773.
SEPTEMBER 19: DAY 1. NIGHT 1
Disembark Blue Force 3 at 9:00am and land transfer from Hurghada to Luxor (4hrs). Board river boat. Lunch and dinner included.
Led by private Egyptologist, guests will visit the Luxor Temple and the Karnak Temple
SEPTEMBER 20: DAY 2. NIGHT 2
Luxor to Esna. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Led by private Egyptologist, guests will visit the Valley of the Kings, Hatshepsut Temple, and Colossi of Memnon
SEPTEMBER 21: DAY 3. NIGHT 3
Edfu to Kom Ombo. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Led by private Egyptologist, guests will visit the Edfu Temple and Kom Ombo Temple
SEPTEMBER 22: DAY 4. NIGHT 4
Kom Ombo to Aswan. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Led by private Egyptologist, guests will visit the High Dam, Philae Temple, and Unfinished Obelisk
SEPTEMBER 23: DAY 5. NIGHT 5
Disembark river boat and land transfer to Aswan Airport (ASW). Fly Aswan to Cairo (1hr 25min). Check into hotel. Breakfast and lunch included.
Led by private Egyptologist, guests will visit the Great Pyramids of Giza and the Great Sphinx of Giza
SEPTEMBER 24: DAY 6. NIGHT 6
Breakfast and lunch included.
Led by private Egyptologist, guests will visit the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, the Islamic Cairo, and the Khan El-Khalili bazaar
SEPTEMBER 25: DAY 7
Breakfast included. Hotel checkout. Transfer to Cairo International Airport (CAI)
5 days / 4 nights aboard the MS Blue Shadow (Double Occ)
Luxor Temple • Karnak Temple
Valley of the Kings • Hatshepsut Temple
Edfu Temple • Kom Ombo Temple
High Dam • Philae Temple • Unfinished Obelisk
Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner*
Snacks • Tea • Coffee
Domestic flight from Aswan to Cairo
2 night in the Nile Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Cairo (Double Occ)
Great Pyramids of Giza • Great Sphinx of Giza
Museum of Egyptian Antiquities • Islamic Cairo
Khan El-Khalili bazaar visit
Group airport and resort transfers
Pre-trip party in Orange County, CA
Post-trip party in Orange County, CA
* Included meals are indicated in Sample Itinerary
EGYPT PACKAGE (DOUBLE OCC) $1,995
EGYPT PACKAGE (SINGLE OCC) $2,495
Available on a first-come first-serve basis
EASY PAY PLAN
With Reservation $1,000
May 1, 2020 Balance
Prices subject to change
Gratuities not included
AIRFARE AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST
International flights • Domestic flights not indicated • Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks • Meals not indicated • Departure tax (if applicable) • Egypt Tourist Visa ($25) • Private transfers • Travel insurance (recommended) • Dive insurance (required) • Gratuities • On-board WiFi • Possible increases in fuel and taxes (TBD)
We require DAN or equivalent dive accident and evacuation insurance and strongly recommend dive trip/travel and equipment insurance.
There are no refunds for lost days of touring due to weather or equipment issues.
FLIGHT INFORMATION (INCLUDED IN PACKAGE)
ASWAN (ASW) - CAIRO (CAI) FLIGHTS FOR SEPTEMBER 2020 ARE NOT YET AVAILABLE
SAMPLE ONE WAY FLIGHT AS OF MARCH 15, 2019
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
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