DAY 1, December 04, 2019 | Cairo
Upon arrival in Cairo, your Tour Coordinator will be waiting to escort you to your hotel.
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.
A Welcome Cocktail Reception will be held in the evening at one of the hotel’s private rooms.
You'll stay at your hotel in Cairo.
DAY 2, December 05, 2019 | Cairo
You'll enjoy breakfast at your hotel.
The Welcome Lecture and a private room will be prepared for you.
Students of one of Cairo schools would be joining the group in the morning to attend the Welcome lecture and join them during the Pyramids
of Giza visit.
Visit the Right to Live Association, a 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 and the children.
In the afternoon, you'll take a visit to the Egyptian Museum and tour 7,000 years of history, 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.
You'll enjoy a 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.
DAY 3, December 06, 2019 | Cairo
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel's main restaurant.
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.
After this you'll head to the iconic and majestic Pyramids of 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. 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.
You'll stay overnight at your hotel in Cairo.
DAY 4, December 07, 2019 | Cairo - Luxor
Your Tour Coordinator will escort you to Cairo Domestic Airport for your flight aboard Egypt-Air bound for Luxor.
You'll be met and transfered to The Sanctuary Nile Adventurer Cruise.
Arrive on board the 5-star deluxe Nile cruise boat the Sanctuary Nile Adventurer, 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: 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 Nile Adventurer 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 and breakfast will be served on deck.
- Mineral water, tea and American coffee are included on a complimentary basis during meals.
** Please note that the strength of the WIFI signals unavoidably varies depending on geographical location, especially
whilst sailing in the more remote areas of Upper Egypt.
Lunch will 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.
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.
Dinner will be served as a gourmet menu on board.
Overnight: On board in Luxor.
DAY 5, December 08, 2019 | Denderah - Luxor
Breakfast will be served as a buffet on board.
Morning Visit to “Fantasia Cultural Center”. School programming for local children, ranging in ages from 4 to 16 years old. The center focuses
on strengthening confidence, communication, and collaboration, among young people using tools such as the arts, gardening, poetry, nutrition,
health, and coding.
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.
Luxor Temple: Your Egyptologist will guide you on a tour of the East Bank of Luxor, to the strikingly graceful Temple of Luxor dedicated to the
Return to your boat for lunch.
Afternoon tea will be served in the lounge on board.
A gourmet menu will be served on board followed by a belly dancer, accompanied by a whirling dervish show.
DAY 6, December 09, 2019 | Edfu - Kom Ombo
You'll take an early sail to Edfu, passing by Esna.
A breakfast buffet on board will be served while you cruise to Edfu.
Edfu Temple: This morning, explore the largest and most completely preserved Pharaonic - albeit Greek-built - temple in Egypt, the extraordinary
Temple of Horus at Edfu.
Lunch will be served on board while you continue cruising to Edfu.
Afternoon tea will be served while you cruise to Kom Ombo.
An 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 10, 2019 | Aswan
Breakfast will be served as a 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 will be served 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 11, 2019 | Aswan
A buffet breakfast will be served on board followed by check out.
You'll be transferred from Aswan and the Sanctuary Nile Adventurer 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.
The Closing Dinner will be held at a private room at your hotel with a closing speech by Mary Jean Eisenhower.
DAY 9, December 12, 2019 | Cairo
Your Tour Coordinator will escort you to Cairo International Airport. Bon Voyage!