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Hop on a camel and behold the grandeur of the Great Pyramids of Giza and enigmatic Sphinx.

Take tea with a Nubian family in their village and meet with local residents in Cairo to discuss life in modern Egypt.

Watch life along the Nile during a four-night cruise aboard the privately chartered 32-cabin Nile Adventurer.

Fly to Abu Simbel to view the colossal statues of Ramesses II and Nefertari, perched high above the Nile.

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December 22–30, 2022
Day 1

Cairo, Egypt

Arrive in Egypt and settle in to our hotel. Relax and recover before joining the group for a welcome reception followed by dinner on our own.

Hotel – Four Seasons Nile Plaza

Day 2

Cairo / Aswan / Abu Simbel / Aswan

Hop on a chartered flight from Cairo to Aswan, where we begin our exploration of the Nile Valley with an excursion to Abu Simbel, one of the greatest temple precincts in ancient Egypt. Built by Ramesses II, the temples are famous for the colossal statues of the pharaoh and his favorite wife, Nefertari. Return to Aswan, where our gracious ship staff welcomes us aboard the Nile Adventurer for lunch. In the afternoon, sail on a felucca around Elephantine Island and Kitchener’s Island, also known as the Aswan Botanical Garden, and view the stately Mausoleum of Aga Khan. Back on board this evening, enjoy a festive reception and dinner.

Ship Nile Adventurer

Meals – breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 3

Aswan / Kom Ombo

After breakfast, begin our day with a visit to the romantic Temple of Isis, which was carefully moved to higher ground before the rising waters of Lake Nasser submerged its original location on Philae Island. Take a motorboat to Agilkia Island, where we attempt to decipher the well-preserved hieroglyphics at this temple. Head to the granite quarries that supplied ancient Egypt with most of the hard stone used in its pyramids and temples and which still hold a huge, unfinished obelisk. Return to the ship for an Egyptian cooking demonstration and lunch as we cruise to Kom Ombo. There, explore its unique temple dedicated to two gods—Sobek and Horus—and built by the Ptolemaic rulers who governed Egypt after its conquest by Alexander the Great.

Ship – Nile Adventurer

Meals – breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 4


After a relaxing morning on the water, call at Esna to admire the Greco-Roman Temple of Khnum, with its great hypostyle hall. This evening, dine on local Egyptian specialties at a festive dinner party.

Ship Nile Adventurer

Meals – breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 5


Begin our full day at the Temple of Luxor, whose graceful cluster columns, designed to look like papyrus, were built by Amenhotep III and later embellished by Ramesses II, Tutankhamun and Alexander the Great. Stroll around the temple precincts of Karnak and explore the beautifully painted royal tombs of Tutankhamun, Seti I and Ramesses IV in the Valley of the Kings. In the Valley of the Queens, make a special trip to the tomb of Queen Nefertari. Next up, venture to the temple complex of Deir el-Bahri, whose highlight is the magnificent mortuary temple of Hatshepsut, the queen who declared herself king and whose mummy was discovered in 2007. Stop to admire the Colossi of Memnon, two massive sandstone statues of Pharaoh Amenhotep III. Finally, raise a glass at the captain’s farewell dinner on board as we toast the conclusion of our Nile cruise.

Ship Nile Adventurer

Meals – breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 6

Luxor / Cairo

Bid farewell to our riverboat early this morning. Tour the Luxor Museum to deepen our understanding of the temple complexes and burial sites of Upper Egypt. Then view the Nile from above as we take off for Cairo, where we relish an evening at leisure.

Hotel – Marriott Mena House

Meals – breakfast, lunch

Day 7


This morning, visit the awe-inspiring monuments of Giza—the quintessential symbols of ancient Egypt. Explore the massive pyramids of Cheops, Chephren and Menkaure, and enjoy special access to the area at the foot of the enigmatic Sphinx. Try a camel ride if you are so inclined! After lunch back at our hotel, marvel at the relics and artifacts at either the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities or, if the new museum is open to the public, the Grand Egyptian Museum. This evening, stroll along Al-Muizz street with a guide and try traditional Egyptian coffee before dinner in Cairo.

Hotel – Marriott Mena House

Meals – breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 8


Delve into Islamic Cairo today. Begin with a visit to two of Cairo’s major mosques, Ibn Tulun and Sultan Hassan. After lunch, meet with prominent local Egyptians to discuss life since the Egyptian revolution of 2011. Gather for a farewell reception and dinner this evening.

Hotel – Marriott Mena House

Meals – breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 9

Cairo / Home

Transfer to the airport for flights home.

Meals – breakfast

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