December 1-10, 2020
Source Events invites you to experience a once-in-a-lifetime journey to Egypt. The Great Pyramids of Giza, and other treasures of Egypt have beckoned travelers for more than two millennia. On this luxury small group journey, visit venerable tombs and temples to piece together the life and times of one of the world’s greatest ancient civilizations. Visit bustling Cairo, the Great Pyramids, the Sphinx, and the new Grand Egypt Museum, home to the world’s largest collection of antiquities, including artifacts recovered from the great Tutankhamen’s tomb.
Cruise the fabled Nile in style — like the pharaohs once did — on the luxurious Nile Adventurer, disembarking at iconic sites as well as little-known temples. Ride like a local on camelback and sail in a felucca on the Nile. Go off the beaten path, flying to Abu Simbel, one of the most awesome monuments of ancient Egypt.
With sand-covered tombs, austere pyramids and towering Pharaonic temples, Egypt brings out the explorer in all of us.
Arrival at Cairo International Airport, you will be met and transferred to the Mena House... view more
Arrival at Cairo International Airport, you will be met and transferred to the Mena House Hotel.
Visit the new Grand Egyptian Museum, home to the largest collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts,... view more
Visit the new Grand Egyptian Museum, home to the largest collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts, including treasures from Tutankhamun and items dating to 4000 BC. During your visit, view its famed Mummy Room, featuring remains of ancient Egypt’s pharaohs and nobility. Complex overlooks the pyramids of Giza and is a one of the largest museums in the world displaying the heritage of a single civilization. The Museum contains over 100,000 artefacts, reflecting Egypt’s past from prehistory until the Greek and Roman Periods. The GEM also hosts over 5,000 artefacts from the tomb of the golden Pharaoh Tutankhamun. After lunch, visit The Great Pyramids of Giza are the only present-day survivors of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, built over 4,500 years ago as giant tombs. The pyramids are truly monumental in scale, with the largest, Khufu’s, constructed from over two million blocks. Revel in the opportunity to enter the interior of one of these legendary pyramids. Ride like a local on camel back, then visit the Solar Museum – site of Cheops’ funeral boat – and the Great Sphinx.
Visit the newly refurbished Coptic Museum. This beautiful museum was first completed in 1908, using... view more
Visit the newly refurbished Coptic Museum. This beautiful museum was first completed in 1908, using land belonging to the Coptic Church in Egypt. It displays a wonderful collection of sculpture dating from Pre-Christian times up until the fifth Century, as well as bone carvings, frescoes, icons relics and colorful textiles. Next, visit the Synagogue of Ben Ezra, built during the time of the once-thriving Jewish community in Egypt under the leadership of Rabbi Ben Ezra. Inside, the so-called “Geniza Documents” were found, a treasure hailed as an unparalleled source of information about the life of the Jews in Egypt’s past. After lunch, continue your tour to the Citadel, a medieval fortress built in 1176 to protect the city from Crusaders, which sits high above Cairo on a limestone hill. With its grand, soaring architecture and rich decoration, the Mosque of Sultan Hassan, completed in 1363, is one of the finest in Egypt and also houses the mausoleum where Sultan Hassan’s sons are buried. Finally, visit the fascinating Khan El-Khalili Bazaar, reputed to be the largest bazaar in the Middle East.
Transfer to airport for flight to Luxor. Upon arrival in Luxor, transfer to... view more
Transfer to airport for flight to Luxor. Upon arrival in Luxor, transfer to Luxor Hilton Hotel. Visit the Tombs of the Nobles: On the West Bank sit 400 tombs of Theban aristocrats, some of which you can enter. The tomb walls were white-washed and painted with murals of the nobles’ daily lives, making them quite different from royal tombs, where relief work focused on judgment and resurrection. Visit the remains of the Workers’ Village at Deir El Medina. This self-contained village on the West Bank where the workmen who built the kings’ and queens’ tombs lived in mud brick houses with their families. The site gives archeologists a view of how urban people lived in ancient Egypt. The magnificent Medinet Habu is a series of temples built by the Pharaoh Ramses III (1182-1151 BC) and second only to Karnak Temple in size and complexity
Check-in to the five-star deluxe Nile cruise boat where you are welcomed by the reception... view more
Check-in to the five-star deluxe Nile cruise boat where you are welcomed by the reception staff. Right away, you have the opportunity to visit the strikingly graceful Temple of Luxor. After lunch on board, visit the West Bank of Luxor to explore the Valley of the Kings. You also have the chance to visit at least one tomb in the Valley of the Queens and visit the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut. On the way back to the river Nile, pass by the famed Colossi of Memnon, known in Ancient Greek times for their haunting voices at dawn.
After breakfast on board, begin your day with a visit to the Temple of Karnak,... view more
After breakfast on board, begin your day with a visit to the Temple of Karnak, where generations of pharaohs wished to record their names. After Lunch, your Egyptologist guides you round the Greco-Roman Temple of Khnum at Esna. The beautifully preserved Great Hypostle Hall was built during the reign of the Roman Emperor Claudius; it was excavated from the silt that had accumulated through centuries of annual Nile floods and is about nine meters lower than present-day street level.
Following breakfast, explore the Temple of Horus, falcon-headed god of the Sky. Lunch is served... view more
Following breakfast, explore the Temple of Horus, falcon-headed god of the Sky. Lunch is served as you cruise to Kom Ombo and, after, visit the Temple of Kom Ombo, dedicated to the crocodile-god Sobek, considered by some ancient Egyptians to be the creator of the world. Later, afternoon tea is served in the lounge and you have the chance to take part in an Egyptian cooking lesson as you sail to Aswan. Tonight’s dinner on board is an Egyptian Night costume party for all guests, with a chance to dress up in traditional Egyptian galabeya.
A breakfast buffet is served on board and the morning is yours to enjoy at... view more
A breakfast buffet is served on board and the morning is yours to enjoy at leisure. Enjoy lunch on board, followed by a short motorboat ride to visit the majestic Philae Temple on the Island of Agilika. Next proceed to the Granite Quarries, which supplied the ancient Egyptians with most of the hard stone used in pyramids and temples. Here you see the Unfinished Obelisk, located in the northern region of the stone quarries. Next take a ride on a felucca (a typical Egyptian sail boat) around Elephantine Island, Lord Kitchener’s Botanical Gardens and the Agha Khan Mausoleum.
Today, bid farewell to the Nile Adventurer, disembarking to fly to Abu Simbel and discover... view more
Today, bid farewell to the Nile Adventurer, disembarking to fly to Abu Simbel and discover the commanding twin temples of Ramses II and his wife, Queen Nefertari. The two temples of Ramses II at Abu Simbel are each fronted by colossal statues up to 20 meters (66 feet) high, and are famed as the most impressive monuments remaining of Ancient Egypt. Recently, the temples were threatened by the waters of Lake Nasser, and with the help of a UNESCO campaign they were cut into blocks, raised piece-by-piece and reassembled in a new position higher up the hillside. Return on a flight to Cairo for an afternoon at leisure and farewell dinner.
You will be transferred to Cairo International Airport for your flight home or Group transfer... view more
You will be transferred to Cairo International Airport for your flight home or Group transfer for Extension to Jordan.
Days 1, 2, 3
Mena House Hotel is one of the most unique hotels in Cairo, located just moments away from the wonders of the ancient world offering unmatched views of the Pyramids with its own rich and colorful history. Surrounded by 40 acres of verdant green gardens, the royal history of the hotel is reflected in the lavish interiors that are embellished with exquisite antiques, handcrafted furniture, original works of art and magnificent antiques. Recreation options at the hotel include a heated swimming pool and a fully-equipped Spa & Fitness center as well as seven restaurants & lounges.
On the banks of the Nile, Hilton Luxor Resort & Spa offers stylish rooms with uninterrupted views from the water’s edge, luxurious spa facilities and stunning infinity pools. Enjoy the tranquil environment and attentive service at Hilton Luxor Resort. Choose from classic Hilton rooms to upgraded suites with Nile views. Relax and rejuvenate with the aid of luxury holistic treatments at Hilton Nayara Spa. Enjoy one of Luxor Resort’s 2 beautiful infinity pools or simply relax in a cabana hammock beside the Nile. In the evening, spend time in one of Hilton Luxor Resort’s 7 elegant bars and restaurants. Explore the rich culture of this ancient region of Egypt.
Days 5, 6, 7, 8
The elegant Sanctuary Nile Adventurer has just 32 cabins, offering a luxurious yet relaxed cruise on the Nile. Decorated in a contemporary style, the ship’s design combines modern Egyptian culture with seven thousand years of heritage. Add gourmet cuisine and sightseeing experiences with the country’s most experienced Egyptologists, this is a taste of genuine 5-star luxury on a timeless river.
The Sanctuary Nile Adventurer seamlessly blends contemporary Egyptian culture with authentic character, a blend of East and West. The extensive sun deck areas, with their elegant teak floors, include private cabanas around the pool area, the perfect spot for relaxing while taking in the scenery.
The Heliopolis Towers is encased in a glass atrium, fringed with palm trees and jam-packed with intimate bars and gourmet dining, Heliopolis Towers is an inner-city sanctuary located in Heliopolis. Showcasing contemporary architecture with a blend of classic and innovative design, all 246 bedrooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows, air conditioning, and satellite TV. Laying claim to one of the city’s first gourmet restaurants, The Aqua e Luce, fine dining is on your doorstep. Other dining options at the hotel are extensive, ranging from traditional Egyptian to continental and Oriental cuisine.