Day 1 - Arrive Cairo, Egypt
Arrive in Cairo, where you are met by your A&K
representative and transferred to your historic hotel
featuring views of the pyramids from your private balcony.
Day 2 - Cairo
This morning, join your expert A&K Egyptologist for an
exploration of the Grand Egyptian Museum to view its
huge collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts. Tonight,
gather with your fellow guests for a welcome dinner.
Day 3 - Giza
Today, roam the Giza Plateau, site of the pyramids of
Mycerinus and Chephren as well as the Great Pyramid. Built
in the Fourth Dynasty (approximately 2690 BC), it is the
only survivor of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
Revel in the opportunity to enter the interior of one of these
legendary structures, and marvel at the massive stones used
to construct them. Ride a camel across the sands of Giza, and
then view the Great Sphinx backdropped by the pyramids, a
setting that has captured the imaginations of adventurers for
Day 4 - Luxor
Fly to Luxor, site of the ancient city of Thebes. Begin your
full day of exploring by visiting the striking Temple of
Luxor. View the three large statues of Ramses II along the
front of the temple pylons, the Courtyard of Ramses II and
the Colonnade of Amenhotep III, with its 50-foot-high
columns. Walk in their shadows, as visitors have done since
antiquity, and ponder the astonishing feats of engineering
it took to create them. Then, step aboard ‘Sanctuary Sun
Boat IV,’ an elegant river cruiser renowned for the warmth
and attentiveness of its service staff. Enjoy lunch on board
before disembarking to explore the west bank of the Nile
river and the Necropolis of Thebes, and view the Colossi
of Memnon. Next, arrive at the architecturally stunning
Temple of Hatshepsut, ancient Egypt’s first female pharaoh
and regarded today as one of its most successful. Continue
to the Valley of the Kings, burial ground of the pharaohs and
a UNESCO World Heritage Site. For a period of 500 years
beginning in the 16th century BC, tombs were built along
this valley for pharaohs and nobles, including that of “the boy king,” Tutankhamun. Enter the tomb of Tutankhamun
— found in 1922 by British archaeologist and Egyptologist
Howard Carter — to discover the secrets of this storied
chamber. Next, descend into the beautifully decorated tomb
of Seti I, the father of Ramses II, one of the best-preserved
tombs in the valley.
Day 5 - Cruising the Nile
Journey once more to the east bank of the Nile, this time
visiting the Temple of Karnak, where generations of
pharaohs wished to record their names. Walk through the Great Hypostyle Hall, strolling among its expertly aligned
columns, which soar 80 feet high. This afternoon, cruise to
Esna and visit the Temple of Khnum to marvel at its superb
art and hieroglyphics.
Day 6 - Cruising the Nile
Today, view the Temple of Horus, falcon-headed god of the sky.
Built in 230 BC by Ptolemy III, this amazingly well-preserved
and colorful structure reveals what temple worship in ancient
Egypt was like. Back on board, learn to prepare local dishes
on an authentic Chef ’s Table experience: a cooking lesson with an onboard chef. Later this afternoon, enjoy a refreshing
Scenic Sundowner as you cruise to Kom Ombo. Disembark
at Kom Ombo (hill of gold) to visit the Greco-Roman temple
dedicated to Haroeris (the sun god) and Sobek (the crocodile
god), whom some ancient Egyptians considered the creator of
the world. View the mummified remains of several crocodiles
that once basked along the ancient Nile shore, just as their
descendants do today.
Day 7 - Aswan
Cruise to Aswan and ride a motorized boat to Philae Temple
on the island of Agilika. A sacred complex dedicated to the
goddess Isis that reflects a fusion of three great civilizations,
Egyptian, Greek and Roman, it was dismantled, moved and
reassembled when the Aswan High Dam was constructed.
Proceed to the granite quarries and site of the Unfinished
Obelisk. Illustrating the skills of Egypt’s stonemasons, this
monolith is taller than any other ancient Egyptian obelisk.
Later, Ride Like a Local around the Aswan Islands in a felucca
Day 8 - Abu Simbel
Today, bid farewell to ‘Sanctuary Sun Boat IV,’ disembarking to fly to Abu Simbel and discover the commanding twin temples
of Ramses II and his wife, Queen Nefertari. The former’s
façade is dominated by four 70-foot-tall statues of the pharaoh.
Perhaps even more impressive, this entire site was disassembled
and moved here to save it from the floodwaters caused by the
Aswan High Dam. Return to Cairo for an evening at leisure.
Day 9 - Cairo
Drive to Sakkara, site of hundreds of tombs and 14 pyramids,
including the famous Step Pyramid of Djoser. After lunch,
enjoy one of these Design Your Day activities:
Discover Coptic Cairo, visiting a church built where the
Holy Family stayed, as well as ancient Ben Ezra Synagogue.
Tour Islamic Cairo, including a walk in El-Moaz Street,
and the Khan el-Khalili Bazaar.
View the Royal Mummies, and countless other artifacts,
as you tour the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization.
This evening, gather with your fellow guests to reflect on
your journey through Egypt and along the Nile at a farewell
Day 10 - Depart Cairo
After breakfast, transfer to the airport and depart.