EGYPT: From Pyramids to the Nile!
Hosted by Jerry Sorkin
Join Middle East specialist and Iconic Journeys Worldwide founder Jerry Sorkin on this very special deluxe trip to Egypt. Jerry has been traveling and living in the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) region for nearly four decades and brings a wealth of insight into the experience participants will have. In addition, with expert Egyptologists and guest speakers, combined with deluxe hotels and cruise ship and mild weather…this is a wonderful opportunity to experience Egypt.
Day 1- Friday, March 1- Arrival in Cairo
Today upon your arrival in Cairo, we will have a local ground colleague meeting you at the airport to assist you and transfer you to our beautiful hotel on the Nile River. The remainder of the day is for you to relax and recover from your flight. Tonight, you will have the opportunity meet our local Egyptologist and enjoy a welcome dinner along with your fellow traveling companions. Dinner and overnight in Cairo. (D)
Day 2- Saturday, March 2- Cairo and its Importance in Egypt
Today is devoted to visiting the many sites in Cairo, an ancient city with much history, helping to provide the groundwork and understanding for our upcoming days out of Cairo.
The day’s program will provide the opportunity to admire the extensive collection of artifacts at the Egyptian museum, with its extensive collection of treasures from King Tutankhamen and more! We will also visit the Citadel of Saladin and the mosque of Mohamed Ali.
Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant, and afterwards we make to Fustat, an ancient quarter of Cairo where we will visit the Coptic church, also known as the hanging church, as well as the nearby Ben Ezra Synagogue.
We will have an afternoon lecture on “Understanding Islam in Our World Today”. You will also have an evening visit to Khan El Khalili Bazaar followed by dinner in a local restaurant.
Overnight in Cairo. (B, L, D)
Day 3- Sunday, March 3- The Great Pyramids
Join your Egyptologist for a full day excursion to visit the step Pyramid of Sakkara (also known as the Pyramid of Djoser), built in the 27th century B.C during the Third dynasty for the burial of Pharaoh Djoser.
Lunch at a hotel in Giza. After lunch, visit the great Pyramids of Giza, (one of the seven wonders of the Ancient world), including a camel ride. You will also visit the magnificent Sphinx.
Return to your hotel.
We will have a pre-dinner lecture about Egypt and the Nile by a geologist from the American University in Cairo.
Buffet dinner at your hotel. Overnight in Cairo. (B, L, D)
Day 4- Monday, March 4- Abu Simbel/Aswan
After your morning breakfast, you will check out of your hotel.
You take an early flight to Abu Simbel via Aswan. Once in Aswan, you will visit the Temple of Abu Simbel where you will have the opportunity to explore temples dating back to the 13th century B.C.
Take a short flight back to Aswan. Arrive in Aswan and proceed to your luxurious Nile cruise and enjoy a delicious lunch on board and check in. On the way down the Nile, you will stop to visit the High Dam, an embankment dam built across the Nile in Aswan.
During the afternoon, relax and enjoy a scenic Felucca ride along the Nile.
As evening approaches, you will be able to attend a Nubian party on board featuring the region’s traditional music.
Buffet Dinner on board. Overnight in Aswan. (B, L)
Day 5- Tuesday, March 5- Temple of Kom Ombo & Temple of Edfu
After your morning buffet breakfast, you will visit the Temple of Philea, which is located on an island in the lower Aswan Dam region. After your visit to the Temple of Philea, your ship sails off to Kom Ombo.
Enjoy a delicious lunch on board, followed by touring the Temple of Kom Ombo. The Temple of Kom Ombo was built between the 1st and 2nd centuries B.C. These temples are unique because of their double design, meaning that there were courts, halls, sanctuaries, and rooms duplicated for two sets of gods. The carvings on the columns depict life in ancient Egypt. Just as well, the state of preservation and the remaining colors of the temples are truly something to behold.
After spending some time marveling at the Temple of Kom Ombo, you will sail to Edfu, where you explore the Temple of Edfu. The Temple of Edfu was one of several temples built during the Ptolemaic Kingdom from the 3rd to 1st century B.C., including the Dendera Temple complex, Esna, the Temple of Kom Ombo, and Philae. Its size reflects the relative prosperity of the time.
Buffet dinner on board. Overnight in Edfu. (B, L, D)
Day 6- Wednesday, March 6- Luxor
Morning buffet breakfast.
Set sail to the city of Luxor while enjoying lunch on board your ship.
Once your ship reaches Luxor, explore the stunning tombs at the Valley of the Kings and the Queen Hatshepsut Temple. Queen Hatshepsut was one of Egypt’s few female rulers and most successful Pharaohs (the fifth Pharaoh of the Eighteenth Dynasty, to be precise). Finally, a photo stop by the giant Colossi of Memnon, two massive stone statues of the Pharaoh Amenhotep II, who reigned ancient Egypt during the 18th century.
Evening visit to Karnak and Luxor temples. The Karnak Temple Complex, commonly known as Karnak, comprises a vast mix of decayed temples, chapels, pylons, and other buildings near Luxor.
Buffet dinner on board. Overnight in Luxor. (B, L, D)
Day 7- Thursday, March 7- Return to Cairo
Optional Balloon ride over the West Bank
Morning buffet breakfast and check out of Luxor hotel.
Flight to Cairo and transfer to your hotel near the airport.
Farewell dinner at your hotel. Overnight in Cairo. (B, D)
Day 8- Friday, March 8- Cairo departure to U.S.
Morning breakfast & check out of hotel.
Proceed to Cairo airport for final departure (B)
Cairo Arrival: Ritz Carlton on the Nile
Cairo Departure: Intercontinental City Stars Cairo