Archaeological Tours

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Egypt Cruise: In the Wake of the Pharaohs

This luxurious cruise is perfect for those who are looking for an in-depth exploration of the sights that line the River Nile. You’ll glide along a distance of 410 miles between Cairo and Aswan, on a journey that includes a stretch of the river that has only been reopened for a few years.

Traveling by way of water, we can take you to a range of little-known and rarely visited sites that most tourists to this part of the world typically miss. Along with a ride aboard a traditional felucca, there will be tours of Egypt’s most iconic sites as well as some surprises that are bound to inspire awe.

The August cruise runs in reverse down the River Nile. We spend one night in Cairo before flying to the world-renowned site of Abu Simbel and then onto Aswan for the night. The next day we embark our Nile cruiser for our journey back to Cairo.

What's included?

  •  Expert scholar & tour manager
  •  Accommodation
  •  Local transport & private transfer to/from airport and group hotel
  •  Entries & tips
  •  Meals - as per the itinerary
  •  Flights (excluding airfare from the US)
  •  Four lectures from your expert scholar
  •  A name badge, luggage strap and bag tag
  •  A study guide, reading list, and other useful tour documentation compiled by your expert scholar and your Archaeological Tours team

Led by...

Lucia Gahlin Expert Scholar

Lucia Gahlin is a specialist in the archaeology of Ancient Egypt and has been leading archaeological tours to Egypt for over 20 years.

Full Price
$6,160

Today's Price
$5,950

Saving
$210

Benefit from one of these limited time offers:

  • Save an extra $150 if you pay your full balance today, just $5,950
  • Pay a low deposit of $650, was $1,250.

Single supplement: $980

Tour highlights:

  • Explore Seti I’s temple at Abydos, considered somewhat off the beaten track yet home to the most beautiful raised reliefs in the entire country
  • Discover remains of the royal cemetery of Egypt’s most intriguing Pharaoh, Akhenaten, and his powerful wife, Nefertiti
  • Visit the Nubian site of the temples at Abu Simbel, rescued from Lake Nasser’s rising waters after the creation of the High Dam
  • Discover the Red and White Coptic Monasteries, built from remnants of Pharaonic temples and boasting awe-inspiring murals
  • Travel through Middle Egypt to explore the rarely visited sites of Beni Hasan and Amarna

Tour details

Dates August 31 2020 - September 16 2020
Duration 17 days
Cost
Full Price
$6,160
Today's Price
$5,950
Saving
$210

Benefit from one of these limited time offers:

  • Save an extra $150 if you pay your full balance today, just $5,950
  • Pay a low deposit of $650, was $1,250.
Single supplement: $980 Balance due by June 8 2020
Activity Level
Tour code B20EGC

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August 31 2020: Itinerary

We arrive in Cairo and transfer to our airport hotel, conveniently located for our early morning flight tomorrow. Enjoy some free time this afternoon before having dinner together as a group.

Meals include: Dinner

Hotel: Le Meridien, Cairo Airport

Today catch an early flight to the world-renowned Nubian site of the temples at Abu Simbel, 140 miles south-west of Aswan. Miraculously rescued from Lake Nasser’s rising waters after the creation of the High Dam and rebuilt on the western bank, the two massive rock temples of Ramesses II and his favorite queen, Nefertari, were originally carved into the mountainside in 1244 BCE to honor the deified royal pair and to awe the Nubians.

All meals included

Hotel: Aswan Mövenpick Hotel

Today we transfer to our Nile Cruiser, and enjoy a lunch together on board. This afternoon we enjoy a tour by felucca around Elephantine Island, the Botanical Garden and the Agha Khan

All meals included

Hotel: MS Tamr Henna

Today we explore the Quarries, acknowledged as archaeological sites in their own right and the source of quality stone for the construction of ancient Egypt’s decorative monuments. We continue to the atmospheric ruins of Philae, the Ptolemaic island temple dramatically rescued from the rising waters of the lake. A labyrinthine complex of chapels and shrines – which were originally dedicated to the goddess Isis – this was the Byzantine Empire’s last bastion of paganism.

All meals included

Hotel: MS Tamr Henna

Today we sail to Edfu via Kom Ombo. We disembark to visit the partially-restored remains of Kom Ombo’s Ptolemaic temple standing dramatically above the Nile. Back on board, we have several hours to enjoy our vessel’s sundeck and pool, as well as the ever-changing panorama of everyday life along the Nile

All meals included

Hotel: MS Tamr Henna

We go ashore to the Temple of Edfu, a beautiful Ptolemaic temple dedicated to Horus, the avenging falcon god. A late construction built between 237 and 57 BCE, this is one of Egypt’s best-preserved ancient monuments. Back on board we have lunch and proceed to Luxor via Esna Lock. Modern Luxor, on the Nile’s east bank, has grown up around the ruins of great complexes. This evening we explore Karnak’s ‘City of Temples’, probably the ancient world’s largest remaining religious site, with many structures dating back 4,000 years. We visit Luxor Temple where clever lighting highlights the many hieroglyphics.

All meals included

Hotel: MS Tamr Henna

This morning we travel to the Colossi of Memnon, and at nearby Deir el-Bahari we visit the impressive colonnaded Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, mortuary temple of the only female Pharaoh. Next we visit the Valley of the Kings. Here on the west bank is the necropolis area reserved for royal burials from around 2100 BCE, but it was the Pharaohs of the later New Kingdom period, who chose these once remote desert valley sites for their grand rock-cut tombs. Of over 60 tombs discovered in the Valley of the Kings, only a small number are open to the public and we enter a selection of these, including the elaborately decorated tomb of Seti I, which details the opening of the mouth ceremony. This afternoon we head to Karnak, where we hear the story and spectacle of the immense sanctuary of the sun-deity Amun-Re. Reached via the famous Avenue of Sphinxes, this is a dazzling maze of monumental gateways, obelisks, pillared halls and subsidiary shrines

All meals included

Hotel: MS Tamr Henna

Today we set sail from Luxor towards Qena. We disembark the ship and drive to the site of Abydos, one of the oldest cities in ancient Egypt notable for the memorial temple of Seti I. We then journey to Dendera, through a landscape of villages of baked mud houses and the lush cultivated banks of the Nile. Dendera is home to an important temple complex whose main feature is the remarkably well-preserved Temple of Hathor, goddess of love, music and wine. On the still-intact ceiling is a circular plaster cast of the beautiful Zodiac of Dendera, displaying the hours of the day and night as well as the journey of the sun, moon and stars across the sky. We return to our ship for dinner, and travel to Nag Hammadi.

All meals included

Hotel: MS Tamr Henna

Today we head towards Sohag via Abu Homar’s Lock, visiting the Red and White Monasteries. Built from remnants of Pharaonic temples, these have amazing murals.

All meals included

Hotel: MS Tamr Henna

Today you can spend the day relaxing as the ship sails towards Tel el Amarna, cruising through Assuit’s Lock en route. After lunch, we visit The Monastery of the Holy Virgin Mary, also known as the Muharraq Monastery, or simply the Burnt Monastery, which lies on the path of the flight of the Holy Family in Egypt.

All meals included

Hotel: MS Tamr Henna

We sail to Tel el-Amarna, which is generally thought to be the most significant city site surviving from ancient Egypt. The original name of the city was Akhenaten, the ‘Horizon of the Aten’, a title corresponding to the actions of the so-called ‘heretic Pharaoh’ Akhenaten. The city itself was abandoned after the Pharaoh’s death, only 20 years or so after its creation. Here, we visit the tombs of important figures Ahmose I, Meryre, Pentu, Panehesy as well as the Royal Tomb of Akhenaten, the foundations of the Great Palace of King Akhenaten, and the Small and Great Temples of Aten.

All meals included

Hotel: MS Tamr Henna

We visit the West Bank of the Nile, visiting Tuna El Gabal and the ruins of a major Egyptian city, El-Ashmunein. We also visit a section of the 39 stone-cut tombs of Beni Hassan on the East Bank of the Nile. Some of the Middle Kingdom tombs in the cliffs bear their original inscriptions, as well as painted scenes of ancient life.

All meals included

Hotel: MS Tamr Henna

We sail to Beni Suef and begin at the pyramid of Meidum, which was originally a seven-stepped pyramid before being enlarged to an eight-stepped pyramid. Eventually, the steps were filled in and a smooth outer facing turned it into a true pyramid. We the continue to the Pyramid of Amenemhat III which was built in Hawara. The pyramid is 48 meters high and has been coated in limestone.

All meals included

Hotel: MS Tamr Henna

Today is spent sailing from Beni Suef to Cairo. Enjoy the chance to relax before the bustle and chaotic charm of the city begins.

All meals included

Hotel: MS Tamr Henna

Today we move forward in time as we visit the only two surviving representatives of the Seven Wonders of the ancient World: the three Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx. Next, we tour nearby Memphis, which was founded over 5,000 years ago and the first capital of a united Egypt, it has revealed many major archaeological finds. At the necropolis of Sakkara, we visit the museum and tour the 3rd Dynasty Pharaoh Djoser’s distinctive Step Pyramid complex. This, the oldest pyramid, pre-dates the famous Giza pyramids by at least four centuries and was the first monumental building constructed completely from stone. We also explore the smooth-sided Pyramid of Teti, a Sixth Dynasty King and the tombs of the Nobles, Mehu and the Serapeum.

All meals included

Hotel: MS Tamr Henna

This morning we visit the Citadel – the medieval Islamic stronghold of Salah el-Din – before heading for lunch. We spend the afternoon exploring the highlights of Cairo’s Egyptian Museum, home of the world’s largest collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts, including the items from the tomb of Tutankhamun. We then walk through the Khan el-Khalili Bazaar, whose warren of cobblestone lanes and alleys are lined with colorful shops. We then return to our boat for a farewell dinner together.

All meals included

Hotel: MS Tamr Henna

Today we depart Cairo for our early morning flights home or onward travel.

Meals include: Breakfast

August 31 2020: Additional Info

August 31 2020: Accommodation

Le Meridien Hotel & Spa is in the perfect location to end your adventure in Egypt, the hotel is less than a kilometer from the Sphinx and with views of the pyramids. The spacious & comfortable rooms have AC and are all newly refurbished in a clean and modern style. In the evening grab a drink from the hotel bar and recline in the hotel garden, in the shadow of the great pyramids while you soak up the last of the Egyptian sunshine before heading home.

Back on dry land, you won’t miss the water, as the Mövenpick Resort has spectacular views of the Red Sea & tranquil lagoons surrounded by lush gardens. Spacious rooms with private terraces create open and comfortable spaces to enjoy your stay here. When you’re not enjoying the surrounding views, why not enjoy the hotel’s spa or relax on its exclusive beachfront?

The MS Tamr Henna has four different cabins available: Standard cabin, jacuzzi suites, royal suites and executive suites, all of which have their own unique style. All cabins will be fully air-conditioned, will either have large sliding windows or balconies, safety deposit boxes, private bath with bathtub, satellite TV with in-house video channels, a hairdryer and a mini-bar. 

You can expect divine hospitality within the restaurant and the cruiser also has a number of features for you to take advantage of, including the large sundeck with swimming pool and pool bar, a luxurious lounge bar, health club with fitness suite and sauna, laundry service and WiFi. 


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