EGYPT • SEPTEMBER 19-25, 2020
ABOUT THE TRIP
Cleopatra. Moses. King Tut. The Great Pyramid of Giza. The Sphinx. The Nile. Chariots and hieroglyphics. Have these words fueled a yearning to experience this land of legend and lore? If so, here is the ultimate opportunity to explore Egypt. This custom two-part package includes a five-day Nile river cruise, domestic flight from Aswan to Cairo, two nights in the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Valley of the Kings, Egyptian Museum, local bazaar, and our own private Egyptologist, of course!
Egypt is located in the northeastern corner of Africa. Its prime geographic location has provided an abundance of resources that have contributed to this civilization’s prosperity. Not only does it have the longest flowing river in the world, the Nile, it is also conveniently situated between Europe and Asia, the Mediterranean and Red Sea, and it is connected to Sub Saharan Africa through the Nile Valley. The country is at the center of the Arab world and controls the Suez Canal, which is the shortest sea link between the Indian Ocean and the Mediterranean.
From around 3100 BC to 525 BC, Egypt was the richest, most powerful empire in the world. As one of the world’s greatest civilizations, Egypt is known to have developed paper from the papyrus plant, their own form of writing (hieroglyphics), and advanced the studies of literature, science, and the arts. The inventions of agriculture, urbanization, religion and central government were also attributed to this civilization. The Ancient Egyptian Empire began to weaken in about 700 BC, and was then dominated by the Greeks, the Romans, Arabs, the Turks, the British, and other empires.
As its official name states, the Arab Republic of Egypt, Egypt considers itself an Arab nation. Today Egypt remains one of the world’s great tourist destinations and its economy depends on tourism. Some of their iconic monuments are the Giza Necropolis, the Great Sphinx, the ruins of Memphis, Thebes, Karnak, and the Valley of the Kings reflect the legacy of this area. The pyramids of Egypt are the sole remaining Seven Wonders of the Ancient World still in existence.
Official Name: Arab Republic of Egypt • Capital: Cairo • Population: Approx. 88 million • Language: Arabic • Religion: Islam (Sunni) • Currency: Egyptian Pound
ABOUT THE NILE RIVER
The Nile River, or as it is commonly known, “the Nile”, is the longest river in the world, stretching an impressive 4,130 miles. Although often associated with Egypt, the Nile rises south of the Equator and flows northward through 11 African countries to drain into the Mediterranean Sea. Throughout history, the Nile has served as the basis for the evolution of advanced civilizations, primarily the development of Egyptian civilization, providing an unending source of substance from fresh water, food, transportation, and fertile land. Silt deposits from the Nile made the surrounding land fertile because the river overflowed its banks annually, leaving a thick moist mud, perfect for growing crops such as wheat, flax and papyrus. This was paramount to Egypt’s rise to wealth and power.
Even today, the Nile remains an invaluable source of life as it continues to serve as a source of irrigation, as well as an important transportation and trade route. 95% of the country’s population depend on its water and live within a few miles of the river banks. The river and its banks are filled with many varieties of wildlife, like freshwater fish, the African tigerfish, birds, turtles, snakes, hippos, rhinos, Nile monitors, wildebeests, baboons, and of course the fearsome Nile crocodile.
The Nile was also an important part of ancient Egyptian spiritual life. The ancient people believed that the Nile was the source of all life in Egypt and an integral part of the lives of the gods, all whom the Egyptians believed were deeply intertwined with the blessings and curses of the land. Their beliefs about life and death were centered around the Nile. The east was considered a place of birth and growth, while the west was the place of death. When people died, they were entombed west of the Nile, because in order to enter the afterlife, they had to be buried on the side that symbolized death.
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 has a desert climate with warm sunshine all year round and very little precipitation. The best time to travel is from September to April when temperatures are at their most pleasant. In September and October, expect temperatures of about 93°F, while summers (June to August), can be sweltering with high heat and humidity. Temperatures exceed 104°F .
THE MS BLUE SHADOW
The MS Blue Shadow is one of the newer boats on the Nile. Guests can chill by the pool or at the bar on the sun deck when not sightseeing. There is no better way to experience one of the world’s oldest civilizations than to take a leisurely five day cruise from Luxor to Aswan. Passengers will experience the breath-taking views of the Nile while visiting many of Egypt’s most famous historical attractions.
Type: Motor Ship (M/S) • Year Built: 2015 • Number of decks: 5 • Number of cabins: 56 • Number of suites: 4 • Pool: Yes • Massage: Available • WiFi: Available
FACILITIES: 1 main restaurant, lounge bar, pool bar, and sundeck with pool
ACCOMMODATIONS: Total 56 cabins. All cabins are located on the main deck and upper deck. 1 Double bed or 2 Twin beds. All cabins have individually controlled air-conditioning, en-suite bathrooms (with fresh hot and cold water), minibar, safe, and hair dryers. Average cabin size: 260 sq. ft.
NILE RIVER CRUISE ITINERARY HIGHLIGHTS
Constructed approximately 1400 BC, 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, an area of roughly 50,000 sq. ft. with 134 massive columns arranged in 16 rows. 122 of these columns are 30' in height, 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 BC, 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 BC to 47 BC, 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
As the first luxury hotel in Egypt, The Nile Ritz-Carlton, Cairo has hosted generations of guests throughout the years. Set along the Nile River, it is an opulent retreat in the heart of Cairo, offering upscale accommodations, nine restaurants and bars, lush gardens overlooking the iconic Egyptian Museum, a lavish spa, and faultless service.
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 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. It is believed to have been built by ancient Egyptians of the Old Kingdom during the reign of the Pharaoh Khafre (c. 2558 BC to 2532 BC).
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 houses over 100,000 items, with a substantial 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 nights at 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
Group airport and resort transfers
Pre-trip party in Orange County, CA
Post-trip party in Orange County, CA
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
* Included meals are indicated in Sample Itinerary
* Domestic flight from Aswan to Cairo included luggage:
1 piece up to 50 lbs (23kgs) checked luggage
1 piece up to 17.5lbs (8kgs) carry-on luggage
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.
DOMESTIC FLIGHT INFORMATION (INCLUDED IN PACKAGE)
ASWAN (ASW) - CAIRO (CAI) FLIGHTS FOR SEPTEMBER 2020 ARE NOT YET AVAILABLE
SAMPLE ONE WAY FLIGHT AS OF AUGUST 1, 2019
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