Sail Like An Egyptian Up the Epic Nile

March 15-23, 2019 – Waitlist Only

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Exotic and timeless – eternal Egypt! Come play witness to an ancient culture that shaped the world. Walk the paths of the pharaohs and cruise the Nile on a floating luxury hotel. Be amazed as you behold the majesty of the Pyramids of Giza and explore the world’s oldest temples.  Take a step back centuries as you wander marketplaces that have been in existence for millennia.  There’s no better way to explore this country than by air, land and cruise.  Imagine – all tours, meals and shore excursions are included.   If you truly crave an escape that leaves you pinching yourself with all you’ll see, this is it – a once in a lifetime trip that should be on everyone’s bucket list. Each day will leave you in wide-eyed wonder.  There’s no better time to visit Egypt than NOW. Cairo is cool again!  Luxor is luscious and Aswan is awe-inspiring. Prepare for a walk and cruise through time.

 We’ll see the treasures of the spanking new Cairo Museum (I believe the best on earth) and shop for treasures in one of the world’s oldest souks. Then its Nile time, flying to the ancient city of Luxor where our elegant cruise ship awaits.  You’ll love our Movenpick Lily boat.  At sunset sip champagne on deck and witness the everyday life along the banks of this storied river.  As we drift along stopping by towns which have stood the test of time.   Onboard enjoy great historical lectures, Swiss quality service, free wifi, pool and spa, even an Egyptian costume party.  Savor the world-class cuisines. Then we walk among the tombs in the Valley of the Kings where pharaohs were laid to rest. The crypts and tombs astound with their detailed frescoes depicting life and the afterlife. Marvel at the intricacies of the hand-carved Egyptian temples which pay tribute to gods like Horus, Iris, and Sobek.

 Clients have been begging us to return to enchanting Egypt and 8 years since the Arab Spring, we feel it is time. Our supplier there, in business 40 years, is the best to ensure our safety at all times. (For those who hesitate, note that the U.S. State Department says of Egypt that it only merits “increased caution,” which is on par with France, Italy, and the UK.)  March is the best time to go when the crowds are down, lines are short and the weather perfect.  I’ve been here 5 times and can ensure you’ll never experience hospitality like that of the Egyptians. You will feel they want us there and will welcome us as family!

 This is a small group and will sell out immediately.  At AFS, we feel it’s best to do some countries right to the fullest or not at all.  You’ll see the best Egypt has to offer and in luxury style throughout. Come to step back in time for a remarkable Egyptian experience that you’ll treasure forever.

 

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Egypt is stable and ready to welcome travelers back: Forbes

FILE PHOTO: A group of camels and horses stand idle in front of the Great Pyramids awaiting tourists in Giza, Egypt on March 29, 2017. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany/File Photo

Egypt has successfully been improving its status as a premium travel destination this year, regaining the world’s trust that it is safe for tourism. Many esteemed organizations have nominated Egypt as one of the top travel destinations through the number of tourists or booking rates at hotels. Business magazine Forbes, recently published an article about Egyptian tourism by travel writer Allison DiLiegro.

 

Why 2018 is the year to visit Egypt“, her story recounts a very personal visit to Egypt.

 

Follow link to read more- https://www.egyptindependent.com/egypt-is-stable-and-ready-to-welcome-travelers-back-forbes/

Our Glorious AFS Itinerary

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Fly early on own if you choose to rest and explore on own.

Mar 15:  Depart USA for overnight flight to Cairo. Air details later in AFS Trip Tips emailed to you.

Mar 16: Arrival Cairo – Welcome to land of the Pharaohs  (Land portion begins.)
Welcome to the city that never sleeps, Cairo! This city will amaze you with its mixture of ancient and modern. We will be greeted at the airport by our tour manager who will hand out our prepaid out visas. We will be transferred to our hotel, the Cairo Sheraton. Overlooking the Nile, the hotel has both a spa, pool, gourmet restaurants, shops and casino. We’ll receive a welcome drink on our arrival followed by a briefing from our excellent Egyptologist guide. The evening is free to explore or rest up and prepare the adventure that lies ahead.

Overnight: Sheraton Cairo

Mar 17: Pyramids and Cairo Sightseeing                           B/L
Following breakfast, we head out for a full day of exploring the marvels of Egypt that most people just read about. Our first stop is the Giza plateau and the only remaining Wonders of the Ancient World – the Pyramids! We will see Cheops, Chefren and Mykerinus, as well as the mysterious Sphinx and Valley temple facing the great statue. At the foot of the Great Pyramid, we can explore the Khufu ship. Known as the Solar boat, this full-sized vessel dates from 2500 B.C. and was found sealed in a pit near Cheops’ base. Yes, you can ride a camel for that iconic photo and even enter a pyramid.

After lunch, we make our way to the famed Cairo Museum. This building houses countless artifacts from the times of the pharaohs and before. Most notably, it houses the treasures of the boy king Tutankhamen. Our guide will bring these treasures to life with timeless stories. In late afternoon, we experience mixture of culture and retail therapy as we explore Cairo the historic souk, Khan El Khalili, at its center. We return to the hotel for a free evening. Plenty of suggestions will be provided. Perhaps a sunset ride by traditional felucca followed by belly dancing.

Overnight: Sheraton Cairo


Mar 18: Fly Cairo to Luxor –
Movenpick Royal Lilly Cruise                                   B/L/D
We’ll leave Cairo behind in the morning to fly to Luxor where we will board the uber modern Movenpick Royal Lilly which will be our home for the next 5 days. The Lily is a floating 5 star luxury hotel, complete with pool, spa, lounge and a restaurant that is equipped to serve up a variety of the world’s best cuisines. We will have lunch aboard before heading out to explore Luxor. We explore the Karnak Temple, which is dedicated to the god Amon, his wife Mut and their son Khonsu, considered the greatest example of worship in history. We end the day with a tour of the Luxor temple. Still used as a place of worship, this temple was begun by Amenhoptep III in 1320 B.C. and expanded by several pharaohs, including Tutankhamen.  Captain’s Welcome Dinner tonight.

Overnight: Movenpick Royal Lilly

Mar 19: Luxor Nile Cruise Excursions
Set out early in the morning to explore the West Bank of ancient Thebes and the Valley of the Kings. The valley is deceptive. Very barren, but once you enter the tombs, be prepared to be stunned with the intricacy of the paintings which line the walls. There are 65 known tombs here which include the royal tombs of such notables as Tut Ankh Amen (yes, that King Tut), Thutmosos I, Amenhotep I and Ramesses the 6th. (There is a small extra fee to enter King Tut’s tomb.)

On our return to the ship, we will stop at the mortuary temple of Ramesses III at Medinet Habu and the excavations of the ancient village Dier El Madina where the workers who decorated the tombs of the Valley of the Kings lived. Our final stop on the way back, we’ll see the two massive stone states of Pharaoh Amenhotep III at the Colossi of Memnon (FYI – fascinating). Lunch is on board our ship as we set sail to Esna. Crossing through the locks as Esna is a true experience not to be missed. Gather up top on deck and watch how all the cruise ships line up for their turn to enter the lock and be lowered to the other side. Sailing dhows with local merchants will come along the ship to sell you Egyptian endless cool Egyptian garb and handicrafts.  Don’t forget to barter! Onboard, lectures and fun activities will be presented.  A celebration with a cocktail party on deck will mark the evening. Dinner will follow the crossing.

Overnight: Movenpick Royal Lilly

Mar 20: Edfu and Kom Ombo Temples                           B/L/D
After buffet breakfast, set sail early to Edfu where we will visit the best-preserved temple of the ancient world, the Temple of Edfu. Dedicated to Horus the Falcon God, the temple was hidden for centuries by sand before being unearthed in the mid-1800s. Lunch is aboard the ship while we set sail for Komombo. This twin temple is dedicated to the Crocodile God Sobek, God of Fertility and Creator of the World on one side – while the other side is dedicated to the Falcon God, Haroeis, also known as Horus the Elder. The inscriptions and carvings celebrate both gods. Dinner is aboard the ship and will overnight here in Komombo.

Tonight is an Egyptian custom party-wear you don the garb you bargained for fun group photos.

Overnight: Movenpick Royal Lilly

Mar 21: Aswan Nile Cruise Tours                           B/L/D
PhilaeSail on to Aswan where we will visit the High Dam. The dam was built to control the river and halt major flooding. Afterwards, we take a short boat ride on the Aswan Reservoir to what is considered the most beautiful temple in all of Egypt. Philae. Philae means ‘the end’ and at one point this defined the southernmost limit of Egypt. It was begun by Ptolemy II and completed by the Roman Emperors. This temple was moved to preserve it when the Low Dam first created this reservoir. The temple is dedicated to Isis, goddess of magic and maternity. She is also mother to Horus, the falcon god.

After lunch aboard the Royal Lilly, we travel by another boat through small passages on the Nile to a living museum village of the Nubian people! The color here will astound you. The houses, the people, the cloth they weave and the wares they sell will boggle your senses. You may even get a chance to see a Nile crocodile because the people of this village are dedicated to preserving the creatures and help raise them.

Overnight: Movenpick Royal Lilly

Mar 22: Disembarkation – back to Cairo                     B
Following breakfast, we travel to Aswan Airport for a flight to Cairo. After checking into our hotel, the rest of the day is free to explore.  There’s so many options:  Coptic Cairo, the fab Papyrus Institute, Citadel, Memphis, Sakkara and more.  Our guides will help you.


Overnight: Sheraton Cairo


Mar 23: Cairo – Fly Back Home                                    B

After breakfast, bid farewell to Cairo and transfer to airport to head home.


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Land Price $ 1795 pp twin share includes domestic internal flights!

 Deposit $500

 Limited to 30 participants as we strive for smaller groups in 2019, so this will fill fast.  Don’t delay.  Sorry, no singlesupplement offeredd.

 Included:
Meet and Greet one group airport transfer in and out
Full-time Egyptian Tour Manager and AFS Gracious Trip Leader
All drives by private air-conditioned deluxe vehicle with Free WIFI
Accommodation for 3 nights in Cairo Sheraton including daily breakfast.
Accommodation for 4 nights onboard the Movenpick Royal Lilly with all meals
Domestic flight tickets Cairo to Luxor and Aswan to Cairo
All sightseeing tours in Cairo privately guided
All sightseeing tours on the Nile cruise
Entrance fees to all sites as indicated on the itinerary.
English-speaking tour guide during your tours
Bottled water during your tours and transfers
Free WiFi service at hotel, Nile cruise and abroad vehicles
All service charges and applicable taxes included

Not included:  Gratuities, $25 Entry Visa upon arrival Cairo Airport for US passport holders.  Buy this upon arrival.

All prices are per person twin share.  Single rooms limited per group and a single supplement applies.  Cost set by hotel/cruiseline and vary considerably.  AFS will find you a roommate match.  Please review AFS Terms and Conditions as well as Heading Abroad with AFS.
Land – Price based on a minimum number of trip participants, as well as local currency exchange rates which can fluctuate. We write our Itineraries a year in advance. Though unlikely, we reserve the right to modify schedules, tours and hotels if necessary. All hotel rooms are “run of house.”
Group air – Airlines may add surcharges to offset fuel inflation or taxes. The total ticket cost is not final until we receive your final payment and the group is ticketed. If doing own air, airport transfer may or may not be included depending on your air schedule. Do not buy air until the group air is set or we advise – though unlikely, airlines, times and dates can change!

Group Air:  TBA

Sheraton Cairo

    


Please review AFS Terms and Conditions as well as Heading Abroad with AFS.   Land – Price based on a minimum number of trip participants, as well as local currency exchange rates which can fluctuate. We write our Itineraries a year in advance. Though unlikely, we reserve the right to modify schedules, tours and hotels if necessary. All hotel rooms are “run of house.”

Group air – Airlines may add surcharges to offset fuel inflation or taxes. The total ticket cost is not final until we receive your final payment and the group is ticketed. If doing own air, airport transfer may or may not be included depending on your air schedule. Do not buy air until the group air is set or we advise – though unlikely, airlines, times and dates can change!

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