Friday, January 19, 2018
At Cairo, International Airport, where your Tour Coordinator will be waiting to escort you to your hotel.
Semiramis InterContinental is located on the banks of the Nile, within walking distance of the Egyptian Museum, offering stunning views across the city and beyond. Glamorous and contemporary, the hotel is a blend of classical and contemporary design. All 724 bedrooms' feature floor-to-ceiling windows, air conditioning, and satellite TV. Bathrooms include separate bathtubs and spacious showers complete with Egyptian cotton bathrobes. The swimming pool, located on the 4th floor, is the perfect place to relax with a drink and enjoy the view after a day's sightseeing. You can choose to dine in the terrace overlooking the Nile or the elegant cocktail bar with views to the city, or alfresco under the stars in the tropical gardens. With over seven restaurants and bars, the cuisine covers everything from sushi to Lebanese cuisine. As you'd expect from an InterContinental, the hotel has a vast array of facilities and includes a 24-hour health club with a fully-equipped gym, sauna, Jacuzzi, plunge pool and a spa offering a wide range of holistic treatments.
In a nutshell
- Located in downtown Cairo
- Executive club rooms have access to a lounge offering complimentary drinks and snacks.
- Facilities including a casino, disco, swimming pool, 24-hour gym and spa
- Seven restaurants serving cuisine from around the world, including Turkish, Oriental, Lebanese, Thai and Italian
- Cairo airport is one hour away by car
- The Egyptian museum is a 15-minute walk away
Saturday, January 20, 2018
A private room will be prepared for you, where there will be a welcome note.
This morning you will have a presentation lecture by Mrs., Dalia Khalil, IEARN Egypt, the subject is regarding the education system in Egypt. IEARN is a non – profit global network that enables young people to use the internet and other new technologies to engage in collaborative education projects that both enhances learning and make a difference in the world.
Enjoy your local lunch in Abu Seed restaurant.
Egyptian Museum: You'll tour 7,000 years of history at this museum which houses the largest collection of ancient Egyptian art in the world. Don't miss the treasures of the boy-king Tutankhamun, including his gold mask, the solid gold sarcophagus that held his mummy, and his beautiful throne.
Sunday, January 21, 2018
Morning visit with staff from the Right to Live Association
: Visit the non-profit organization to meet with Ms. Abeer Khamis, Resource Development Coordinator, and the committee. They will discuss their project and their training to mentally handicapped children. Enjoy lunch with them this afternoon with the children.
Lunch at the Right to Live Association.
Pyramids and Sphinx:
The Great Pyramids of Giza are the only present-day survivors of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, built about 4,500 years ago as giant tombs for the mummies of the pharaohs Khufu, Khafre and Menkaure, who were a father, son and grandson. (Cheops, Chephren and Mycerinus are the Greek forms of their names.) In the ancient Egyptian religion, the sides of the pyramids were likened to sun rays on which the Pharaoh ascended to heaven. The pyramids are truly monumental in scale, with the largest, Khufu's, made of over 2 million blocks. The pyramids were not built by slaves but by Egyptian peasants who paid their taxes to the Pharaoh through this labor, and were fed, clothed and housed by him.
Nearby sits the enigmatic Sphinx with the body of a lion and the face of a man wearing a royal head cloth, which workers may have based on King Khafre to guard his enormous funerary monument. About a thousand years after the Sphinx was built it was covered in sand until a young prince had a dream in which the Sphinx told him that if he cleared the sand away, he would become Pharaoh. This story is told on the "Dream Stela" that was placed between the Sphinx's paws by King Tuthmose IV.
Monday, January 22, 2018
Your Tour Coordinator will escort you to Cairo Domestic Airport by air-conditioned Vehicle.
Board your Egypt-Air flight to Luxor.
At Luxor Airport, where your Tour Coordinator will meet you
Transfer by air-conditioned vehicle to The Sanctuary Sun Boat IV Cruise.
Arrival in Luxor.
Visit the Temple of Karnak, built over more than a thousand years by generations of Pharaohs. The great "Hypostyle Hall" is an incredible forest of giant pillars, covering an area larger than the whole of Notre Dame Cathedral.
Check-in at noon time:
Arrive on board the 5-star deluxe Nile cruise boat the Sanctuary Sun Boat IV, moored in a private dock in Luxor. On board, you will be welcomed by the reception staff, who will offer you chilled fruit juice and assist you with your check-in.
Exact entertainment schedules during your cruise are adjusted according to the needs of each group and the exact sailing schedule of the boat is subject to change. However, every cruise on the Sanctuary Sun Boat IV will include:
- A colorful "galabeyya party" which gives each guest the opportunity to dress up in traditional Egyptian dress and dance to Arabic music.
- A belly dancer, accompanied by a whirling dervish show in Luxor.
- A lecture held by your Egyptologist guide.
Food & Beverage:
Menus are changed on a seasonal basis to enable the Chef to use the freshest ingredients at all times. However, the following is applicable to every cruise:
- Most meals are served in the restaurant. However, at least one barbecue lunch (while sailing) and breakfast will be served on deck (weather permitting).
- Mineral water, tea and American coffee are included on a complimentary basis during meals.
Please note that the strength of the WI-FI signals unavoidably varies depending on geographical location, especially whilst sailing in the more remote areas of Upper Egypt.
Lunch: To be served on board.
Valley of the Kings & Queens:
Afternoon visit to the West Bank of Luxor to explore the Valley of the Kings, a vast City of the Dead where magnificent tombs were carved into the desert rocks, decorated richly, and filled with treasures for the afterlife by generations of Pharaohs. You will also have the chance to visit at least one tomb in the Valley of the Queens.
Rising out of the desert plain in a series of terraces, the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut (Ancient Egypt's only female Pharaoh) merges with the sheer limestone cliffs that surround it, as if nature herself had built this extraordinary monument.
Photo stop at Colossi of Memnon:
On the way back to the river Nile, your road passes by the famed Colossi of Memnon, known in Ancient Greek times for their haunting voices at dawn.
: Visit arts and crafts school where there will be workshops with the children.
Tonight you will be greeted by your Boat Manager, who will introduce you to the boat staff and review on-board facilities and your cruise program for the next few days. Complimentary Egyptian wine and local beer will be served.
Gourmet menu on board.
On board in Luxor.
Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Very early sailing to Qena.
Breakfast buffet on board while you cruise northwards to Qena, a particularly alluring part of Upper Egypt's landscape.
The Ptolemaic Temple of Goddess Hathor in Denderah is a wonderfully preserved temple complex and a rare sight to behold, complete with a massive stone roof, dark chambers, underground passages and towering columns inscribed with hieroglyphs. Hathor was the goddess of pleasure and love, usually represented as a cow or a woman with a cow's head, she was the beneficent deity of maternal and family love, of beauty and light and the Greeks associated her with Aphrodite.
Return to your boat for Lunch during sailing back to Luxor.
Afternoon tea will be served while you cruise to Luxor.
Your Egyptologist will guide you on a tour of the East Bank of Luxor, to the strikingly graceful Temple of Luxor dedicated to the God Amun.
Gourmet menu on board followed by a belly dancer, accompanied by a whirling dervish show.
On board in Luxor.
Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Early sailing to Edfu passing by Esna.
Breakfast buffet on board while you cruise to Edfu.
This morning, explore the largest and most completely preserved Pharaonic - albeit Greek-built - temple in Egypt, the extraordinary Temple of Horus at Edfu.
Lunch on board, while you continue cruising to Edfu.
Afternoon tea will be served while you cruise to Kom Ombo.
Egyptian cooking lesson will be presented on board.
Kom Ombo Temple:
Visit the Temple of Kom Ombo, dedicated to the crocodile-god Sobek. It stands at a bend in the Nile where in ancient times sacred crocodiles basked in the sun on the riverbank.
Tonight's dinner on board will be an "Egyptian Night" costume party for all guests, with a chance to dress up in traditional Egyptian "galabeyya". Dinner will be a lavish buffet of Egyptian specialties, followed by oriental music and dancing for everyone.
On board in Kom Ombo.
Thursday, January 25, 2018
Breakfast buffet on board during sailing to Aswan.
Take a short motorboat ride to visit the romantic and majestic Philae Temple on the Island of Agilika.
Next we proceed to the Granite Quarries, which supplied the ancient Egyptians with most of the hard stone used in pyramids and temples, and still hold a huge unfinished obelisk.
Lunch on board.
In the afternoon proceed (weather permitting) by taking a ride on a felucca, a typical Egyptian sail boat, around Elephantine Island, Lord Kitchener's Botanical Gardens, and the Agha Khan Mausoleum (life jackets will be provided).
Enjoy your afternoon tea served in the lounge.
Tonight's farewell dinner will be a gala dinner (jacket required), with white-gloved waiters serving gourmet cuisine.
On board in Aswan.
Friday, January 26, 2018
Buffet breakfast on board and check out at 8:00 AM.
Transfer by air-conditioned vehicle from Aswan the Sanctuary Sun Boat IV Cruise to Aswan Airport.
Board your 40-minute flight to Cairo.
At Cairo, International Airport, where your Tour Coordinator will be waiting to escort you to your tour.
Visit the newly refurbished Coptic Museum. This beautifully put together museum was first completed in 1908, using land belonging to the Coptic Church in Egypt. It displays a wonderful collection of sculpture dating from Pre-Christian times up until the 5th Century AD, as well as bone carvings, frescoes, icons, relics, and colorful textiles.
Enjoy your lunch at Local restaurant
Afterwards stroll through the bustling Khan El-Khalili bazaar
; founded in the 14th century as a watering stop for caravans, now it is reputedly the largest bazaar in the Middle East. Goods from all over the world are for sale in this marketplace that is touted as the largest in the Middle East. Originally founded as a watering stop for caravanserai in the 14th century, the bazaar has now grown to vast proportions. Wander through the labyrinth of narrow streets to explore workshops, stalls, and sellers of many items. Bargaining is a must!
Transfer to your hotel
Saturday, January 27, 2018
Your Tour Coordinator will escort you to Cairo airport by air-conditioned Vehicle.