Day 1, November 30 | Cairo
Arrive at Cairo International Airport, where your Tour Coordinator will be waiting to escort you to your hotel, Semiramis InterContinental.
Semiramis InterContinental Hotel is located on the banks of the Nile, within walking distance of the Egyptian Museum, offering stunning views across the city and beyond.
Once settled in enjoy a Welcome Cocktail Reception held in the evening at one of the hotel’s private ballroom.
Day 2, December 1 | Cairo
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel of accommodation.
A private room where there will be a welcome note.
** Students of one of Cairo's schools would be joining the group in the morning to attend the Welcome lecture and join them during the Pyramids of Giza visit.**
This morning you will have a presentation lecture by one of the Egyptian Association for Educational Resources
’ Keynote Speaker, the subject is regarding the education system in Egypt. Egypt Association for Educational Resources
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 at local restaurant in Giza.
Pyramids and Sphinx:
The Great Pyramids of Giza are the only present-day survivors of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, built about 4500 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.
Day 3, December 2 | Cairo
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel of accommodation.
Morning visit to one of the schools in Cairo and meet with representatives of different stages at the school.
Proceed to visit the Right to Live Association, non-profit organization, and 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.
** Students of the visited school will join you.**
Lunch: Lunch at the Right to Live Association.
Afternoon visit to 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.
Proceed to a unique walking tour among the old gates of Cairo passing by El Khayameya street. This portion of your walk, in the very oldest part of the Bazaar is devoted to the workshops and stalls of traditional applique craftsmen. Their art, unique to Egypt in the middle eastern region, began as a means of decorating the brightly colored hangings used to make traditional tents.
Return back to your hotel and enjoy dinner on your own.
Day 4, December 3 | Cairo-Luxor
Your Tour Coordinator will escort you to the Cairo Domestic Airport.
Flight: Board your Domestic Egypt-Air flight to Luxor.
Arrival: At Luxor Airport, where your Tour Coordinator will meet you.
Transfer: Transfer to The Sanctuary Sun Boat IV Cruise.
Karnak Temple: 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.
Entertainment: Entertainment schedules during your cruise are adjusted according to the needs of each group and the 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 subject to change on a seasonal basis in order 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 and at least one barbecue lunch (while sailing) and breakfast will be served on the deck (weather permitting).
- Mineral water, tea and American coffee are included on a complimentary basis during meals.
** Please note the strength of the WIFI signal varies depending on geographical location, especially whilst sailing in 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.
Hatshepsut Temple: 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.
Professional visit: Visit arts and crafts school where there will be workshops with the children.
Cocktail Reception: 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.
Enjoy a gourmet menu on board.
Day 5, December 4 | Denderah-Luxor
Enjoy a 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.
Enjoy a gourmet menu on board followed by a belly dancer, accompanied by a whirling dervish show.
Day 6, December 5 | Edfu-Kom Ombo
Enjoy a 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.
Enjoy lunch on board while you continue cruising to Edfu.
Enjoy afternoon tea while being served as 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.
Day 7, December 6 | Aswan
Enjoy a breakfast buffet on board during sailing to Aswan.
Philae Temple: Take a short motorboat ride to visit the romantic and majestic Philae Temple on the Island of Agilika.
Unfinished Obelisk: 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: Lunch on board.
Felucca Ride: 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.
Day 8, December 7 | Aswan-Cairo
Enjoy a breakfast buffet on board and check out at 8:00 AM.
Transfer from Aswan, the Sanctuary Sun Boat IV Cruise to Aswan Airport.
Board your 60-minute flight to Cairo.
At Cairo International Airport your Tour Coordinator will be waiting to escort you to your hotel accommodation.
Enjoy a private ballroom at your hotel with a closing dinner and speech by Ms. Mary Jean Eisenhower, President of People to People International.
Day 9, December 8 | Cairo
Your Tour Coordinator will escort you to Cairo International Airport for departure. Bon Voyage!
Note: This itinerary is subject to change and does not necessarily include all meetings and events that will be in the final program.