Ruins of the Kom Ombo Temple
Ruins of the Kom Ombo Temple

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Egypt Cruise: In the Wake of the Pharaohs


17 days From $5,775 $5,525

May 5 2020

2020 DEPARTURE - ADVERTISED PRICE INCLUDES $220 EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT

 

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.

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
  •  Regional Flights
  •  Four enlightening evening 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...

Dr Xavier Droux

Dr Xavier Droux

Dr. Xavier Droux completed his Ph.D at the Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Oxford. His research focuses on predynastic Egypt and the role and significance that animals held for the Egyptians at the time.

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Choose from these limited time special offer(s):

  • Full balance payment just $5,525

Deposit: $1,250 Single supplement: $950

Tour highlights:

  • Travel through Middle Egypt to explore the rarely visited sites of Beni Hasan and Amarna
  • Explore remains of the royal cemetery of Egypt’s most intriguing Pharaoh, Akhenaten, and his powerful wife, Nefertiti
  • 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
  • Visit the renowned 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

Tour details

Dates May 5 2020 - May 21 2020
Duration 17 days
Cost Choose from these limited time special offer(s):
  • Full balance payment just $5,525 $5,775
Deposit: $1,250 Single supplement: $950 Balance due by February 11 2020
Activity Level Easy-Going
Tour code A20EGC

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May 5 2020: Itinerary

We arrive in Cairo and transfer to our hotel. Enjoy some free time this afternoon before having dinner together as a group.

Meals include: Dinner

Hotel: Marriott Mena House Hotel, Giza

This morning we begin at the Citadel, the medieval Islamic stronghold of Salah el-Din. The afternoon is dedicated to 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. If we have time, we walk through the Khan el-Khalili Bazaar, whose warren of cobblestone lanes and alleys are lined with colorful shops, before embarking on our Nile Cruiser.

All meals included

Hotel: MS Tamr Henna

Today we visit the only two surviving representatives of the Seven Wonders of the ancient World: the three Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx, the largest sculpture of the ancient world. Next, we tour nearby Memphis, which 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.

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

This morning is spent sailing from Bani Suef to Minya. Upon arrival we visit the Beni Hassan tombs located at 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 visit the West Bank of the Nile, visiting Tuna El Gabal and the ruins of a major Egyptian city, El-Ashmunein. Next we visit 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

Today you can spend the day relaxing as the ship sails towards Assuit, cruising through Assuit’s Lock en route; 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

Today we visit the Red and White Monasteries. Built from remnants of Pharaonic temples, these monasteries have impressive murals. We also visit the Monastery of the Holy Virgin Mary, otherwise 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

Today we set sail from Assuit towards Sohag. 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.

All meals included

Hotel: MS Tamr Henna

We spend today sailing to Qena, en route we pass Sohag Bridge, Abou Homar Lock & Bridge and Nagaa Hammady Bridge.

All meals included

Hotel: MS Tamr Henna

We 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. Next we sail to Luxor. Modern Luxor, on the Nile’s east bank, has grown up around the ruins of these 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 this evening, where clever lighting highlights the vast hieroglyphics.

All meals included

Hotel: MS Tamr Henna

We start today with a visit to the Colossi of Memnon, and then on to nearby Deir el-Bahari, where we visit the impressive colonnaded Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, mortuary temple of the only female Pharaoh. We then 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. We end the day at the temple of Karnak, where we hear the story and view the 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

We spend the morning sailing to Edfu. On arrival, 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.

All meals included

Hotel: MS Tamr Henna

Today we sail to the partially-restored remains of Kom Ombo’s Ptolemaic temple. Dedicated equally to two competing gods, Horus the Elder and the crocodile god Sobek, it even has separate areas for each. We then return to our Nile Cruiser and sail on to Aswan.

All meals included

Hotel: MS Tamr Henna

This morning 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. Enjoy a felucca around Elephantine Island and the Botanical Garden this afternoon before enjoying our farewell dinner together as a group.

All meals included

Hotel: MS Tamr Henna

Today we disembark our Nile cruiser, and 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. We then fly to Cairo, our base for the evening, and say our farewells.

All meals included

Hotel: Le Meridien, Cairo Airport

We depart Cairo for our flights home or onward travel.

Meals include: Breakfast

May 5 2020: Additional Info

May 5 2020: Accommodation

Surrounded by 40 acres of lush green gardens, in the shadows of the Pyramids in Cairo, you’ll be treated like royalty in the Mena House Hotel. Some of its previous guests include Heads of State & Kings. The luxury hotel boasts hand-carved furniture, original works of art and rooms to watch the sun rise and set over the great Pyramids.

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. 


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.

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