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11 Night Passage Through Egypt and Land Tour

From Cairo to Cairo

Oberoi Philae

Lindblad Expeditions
3.5 Stars
  • Cruise #: 6308958
  • Departs: Wed, Feb 5, 2025
  • Returns: Wed, Feb 12, 2025
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    Itinerary Summary

    Day by Day Details

    Land Segment of Itinerary

    Saturday - Feb 1, 2025
    Day
    1
    Cairo, Egypt
    • Cairo, Egypt
    Arrive in Cairo and check into the five-star St. Regis, your home for the next four nights.
    Sunday - Feb 2, 2025
    Day
    2
    Cairo, Egypt
    • Cairo, Egypt
    Today, after a morning welcome briefing, start by exploring the premier treasure of Egypt-the Pyramids and Sphinx complex in Giza. Learn how the magnificent Pyramid of Cheops was built from over two million blocks of stone and took tens of thousands of workers over twenty years to build. The famous Sphinx was carved out of local bedrock and displays the Pharaoh Chefren's head on the body of a lion. Go inside the Great Pyramid, following the Grand Gallery's narrow passageway to the burial chamber of Cheops. Your Egyptologist will narrate with stories and details, bringing the experience to life, while your certified photography instructor will be on hand to ensure that perfect photos happen. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before either returning to The St. Regis to relax and enjoy your accommodations or visiting the National Museum of Egyptian Culture where the Royal Mummies are now on display. ...
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    Monday - Feb 3, 2025
    Day
    3
    Cairo, Egypt
    • Cairo, Egypt
    • Bus Travel
    • Saqqara, Egypt
    • Bus Travel
    • Cairo, Egypt
    Egyptian treasures are the stuff of legend, and expertly guided visits to the finest collections are essential for a complete experience. The Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM), scheduled to open in late 2023, is the new crown jewel of Egypt and one of the world's largest, most modern museums. Great masterpieces, including the treasures of Tutankhamun, the brightly painted sculptures of Prince Rahotep and Princess Nofret, and the bizarre relief of Akhenaten will be on display. Note: Before the opening of the GEM, guests will visit the Antiquities Museum, home to an expansive collection of ancient marvels, which will close when the GEM opens. After lunch, travel to Saqqara to see the Step Pyramid of the Pharaoh Zoser, a revolutionary design that initiated the art of pyramid-building. Here, you'll see some of Egypt's most captivating wall paintings and reliefs, showing harvesting, fishing, music-making, and dancing scenes. Discover the elaborate mastaba, a type of ancient flat-roofed rectangular Egyptian tomb of Mereruka (or Meri). He was not a royal but "Chief Justice and Vizier" to Pharaoh Teti of the Sixth Dynasty. This large and colorful tomb built for Meri's afterlife is considered the largest in Saqqara. ...
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    Tuesday - Feb 4, 2025
    Day
    4
    Cairo, Egypt
    • Cairo, Egypt
    With the guidance of your Egyptologist, who will share narratives and personal experiences, today welcomes exploration of some of Cairo's most outstanding architecture and monuments to Islam. Atop the Citadel overlooking Cairo sits the commanding Ottoman-era Muhammad Ali Mosque, completed in 1848. Its five domes can be seen throughout the city. Continue to the mosque of Sultan Hassan, built between 1356 and 1363 during the Bahri Mamluk period. Recognized for its size and use of unorthodox architectural elements, the mosque and its madrassa (school attached to a mosque) display some of the best examples of Islamic art in Cairo. After lunch at a local restaurant, explore the Khan el-Khalili bazaar, Egypt's most famous and largest market dating back to the 14th century, for the best taste of Cairo's vibrant and sometimes frantic pace. You can find anything from filigreed silverwork to semiprecious stones, tacky toy camels, and tourist souvenirs. ...
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    Wednesday - Feb 5, 2025
    Day
    5
    Cairo, Egypt
    • Cairo, Egypt
    • Air Travel

    Cruise Segment of Itinerary

    Day 5 - Wednesday - Feb 5, 2025
    Day
    5
    Cruise Begins
    • Cruise Begins
    • Luxor, Egypt
    Fly by private charter to Luxor in Upper Egypt, where a visit to the awe-inspiring Karnak Temple is sure to be life changing. For some 2,000 years, 30 pharaohs added their monuments and shrines to this vast temple making it the largest religious building ever constructed. The 134 columns of the great hall create a vast forest of stone towering 70 feet high, and the massive obelisk of Queen Hatshepsut shadows the rear of this masterpiece of human ingenuity. The reliefs and carvings created by some of Ancient Egypt's finest artisans are dramatic. After Karnak, embark the elegant and privately chartered 42-passenger Oberoi Philae, home for the next six nights, in time for lunch. Aboard this recently remodeled steam wheel-style riverboat, you will find your spacious cabin with a French balcony, delightful dining venues, entertainment, a spa, a pool, public areas offering endless places to watch the Nile, and a friendly and welcoming Egyptian crew offering impeccable service. Evening is the ideal time to visit Luxor Museum, which is beautifully lit and home to some of Egypt's finest statuary, including the mummies of Ahmose I and Ramesses I. ...
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    Thursday - Feb 6, 2025
    Day
    6
    Dendera, Egypt
    • Dendera, Egypt
    • Luxor, Egypt
    Start the day enjoying the remote Temple of Dendera. Constructed during the time of Roman emperors, hundreds of years of black soot were delicately removed to reveal stunning artwork beneath and reliefs on the temple walls depicting Empress Cleopatra. Next, is the exquisite Luxor Temple guarded by its massive statues of Ramses II. This temple has been a place of worship for millennia. Its magnificent pylons, columns, and statues are also an excellent site to visit after sunset, illuminated with magical lighting. After dinner onboard, venture into Luxor for an opportunity to leisurely enjoy the evening in this ancient city on the east bank of the Nile.; Please note that we will drive via motorcoaches between Luxor and Dendera Temple if our arrival coincides with low water and cruise this section of the Nile during high water times. ...
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    Friday - Feb 7, 2025
    Day
    7
    Luxor, Egypt
    • Luxor, Egypt
    • Essna, Egypt
    Journey to the West Bank of the Nile and the famed Valley of the Kings, the burial ground for hundreds of years of Egypt's greatest pharaohs. Explore and photograph the tombs of Seti I and Tutankhamun. Then visit the Valley of the Queens and the most legendary tomb of them all, that of Nefertari. Vivid paintings depict the queen's renowned beauty and her journey to the afterlife in exquisite color and quality found nowhere else in Egypt. See the temple of Hatshepsut, dramatically set beneath sandstone cliffs. Have lunch onboard and spend the afternoon traversing the magnificent Nile and marveling at the rich and verdant riverbanks that have sustained life here for thousands of years. The Oberoi Philae offers luxurious space and ample viewpoints to watch life and history as it goes by. Whether ensuite, with friends in the lounge, or on the top deck, today will offer connection to people and place. In the evening, presentations and recaps from the Egyptologists and certified photo instructor are scheduled as the ship passes through the lock before an elegant dinner is served. Overnight in Esna. ...
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    Saturday - Feb 8, 2025
    Day
    8
    • Essna, Egypt
    • Kom Ombo, Egypt
    From the ship, walk to the nearby Temple of Khnum in the town of Esna. This temple has not been fully excavated, and your Egyptologist explains how silt from centuries of the Nile's annual floods buried the temple, which sits about nine meters below river level. As you walk back to the ship through Esna, take a moment to talk to locals and learn about Egyptian small-town life. Relax onboard, dive into the ship's library of Egyptian history, or take a cool swim in the ship's pool. Overnight in Kom Ombo, just under the riverside temple. ...
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    Sunday - Feb 9, 2025
    Day
    9
    Kom Ombo, Egypt
    • Kom Ombo, Egypt
    • Aswan, Egypt
    Set strikingly on a hill overlooking the Nile and dedicated to two gods, hawk-headed Haroeris and crocodile-headed Sobek, the Kom Ombo Temple, built during the Ptolemaic era, is richly decorated, and has a hieroglyphic calendar. After a visit to Kom Ombo, board the ship and stay on deck as it approaches Aswan, a gloriously impactful spot on the Nile, backed by hills and granite rocks protruding from the riverbed and framed with sailboats (called feluccas) plying the water. Aswan is just downstream of the northernmost Nile cataract, historically making it a frontier town and trading center with Nubia. In the afternoon, visit the fine Nubian Museum. End the day with High Tea at the legendary Old Cataract Hotel, from where commanding views of the Nile and Elephantine Island are sure to excite. A Nubian cultural show onboard Oberoi Philae rounds out the day. ...
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    Monday - Feb 10, 2025
    Day
    10
    Aswan, Egypt
    • Aswan, Egypt
    This morning, visit the lovely Temple of Isis on the island of Philae, from which the Oberoi Philae gets its name. Like Abu Simbel, the Temple of Isis would have been lost to the floods caused by the building of the High Dam if not painstakingly dismantled, moved, and reconstructed at its present location. Visit a granite quarry to learn how massive obelisks - tall, four-sided narrow pillars used as monuments that end in a pyramidal top - were carefully cut from solid rock transported down the Nile. The afternoon takes a different direction as you relax and enjoy a sail on a traditional felucca or wooden sailboat as the Nubian crew sing local songs and highlight the beauty of the shallow and jutting rocky cataracts of the Nile in the afternoon light. ...
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    Tuesday - Feb 11, 2025
    Day
    11
    Aswan, Egypt
    • Aswan, Egypt
    • Cruise Ends

    Land Segment of Itinerary

    Day 11 - Tuesday - Feb 11, 2025
    Day
    11
    • Air Travel
    • Abu Simbel, Egypt
    • Air Travel
    • Cairo, Egypt
    A private plane awaits you after disembarking Oberoi Philae to fly you to southern Nubia and the remarkable site of Abu Simbel. Sitting on a sunbaked island in the azure waters of Lake Nassar, you'll find two temples here. One large, dedicated to Ramses II's victory at Kadesh, and one small, dedicated to his beloved Queen Nefertari. Constructed in the mid-13th century BC, Abu Simbel was excavated from the sand in 1817. The temples were moved painstakingly piece-by-piece to where it sits today to avoid being lost again to the creation of modern Lake Nassar. After lunch, reboard the chartered plane for the flight back to Cairo and check into the 5-star InterContinental Citystars Hotel. In the evening, enjoy a final dinner with the group. ...
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    Wednesday - Feb 12, 2025
    Day
    12
    Cairo, Egypt
    • Cairo, Egypt
    Following your last night in Egypt, have breakfast at the InterContinental and take a transfer to the airport for your flight home.


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