The Nile is Egypt, and along its banks we discover the symbols of cultures that have captivated travelers for thousands of years. Egypt — where scientists, oracles and priests scanned the night sky, watched the fertile river and feared the barren desert that enveloped their land.

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Explore in depth the great sites of Egypt, from the Pyramids and Sphinx to the Valley of the Kings and Abu Simbel

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Passage through Egypt

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Day 1

Cairo

Arrive in Cairo and transfer to the Nile Ritz-Carlton, your home for the next two nights.

Day 2

Cairo

This morning, you will tour the Egyptian Museum, which holds an almost endless collection of some of the greatest masterpieces ever crafted; you’ll also see mummies of some of Egypt’s pharaohs. This afternoon explore Old Cairo and its many sights. (B)(L)(D)

Day 3

LUXOR

This morning, we board our private charter flight to Luxor, in Upper Egypt. You’ll then visit Karnak Temple followed by boarding of the Oberoi Philae, our home for the next six nights. This afternoon we explore exquisite Luxor Temple, on the banks of the Nile. (B)(L)(D)

Day 4

LUXOR

This morning we’ll explore Luxor’s fabled West Bank then travel through the desert to the Valley of the Kings. Although not all the tombs are always open, there will be many to choose from, including those of Tutankhamon and Seti I (which require special permits, which we will obtain for you). (B)(L)(D)

Day 5

DENDERA - SAILING THE NILE

This morning we drive northward to visit the beautifully preserved temple of Dendera. We return to Luxor and in the afternoon sail south to Esna (B)(L)(D)

Day 6

ESNA - SAILING THE NILE - EDFU

This morning we visit Temple of Khnum at Esna before continuing to sail southward to the town of Edfu, and in the late afternoon visit Edfu Temple to view what’s considered to be the best-preserved monument of the Ancient World. (B)(L)(D)

Day 7

SAILING THE NILE - KOM OMBO

This morning we sail to Kom Ombo, strikingly set atop a hill overlooking the Nile. (B)(L)(D)

Day 8

ASWAN

This morning we visit the lovely temple of Philae, located on an island in the river and dedicated to the goddess Isis. This afternoon, you’ll have high tea at the legendary Old Cataract Hotel, whose view of the Nile cataract is extraordinary. This evening, we’ll have a farewell dinner aboard Oberoi Philae. (B)(L)(D)

Day 9

ABU SIMBEL - CAIRO

This morning we stop at the Aswan High Dam, then take a private charter flight to Abu Simbel, where we visit the two great temples built by Ramses II. Fly back to Cairo by private charter. The rest of the day will be free to explore or relax. (B)(L)(D)

Day 10

SAQQARA, PYRAMIDS & THE SPHINX

This morning, we visit Saqqara to see the Step Pyramid of the pharaoh Zoser, a revolutionary design that initiated the art of pyramid-building. After lunch, we explore the Pyramids and Sphinx. Among the seven wonders of the ancient world, only the Pyramids of Giza have survived. You’ll have the chance to go inside the Great Pyramid, following the narrow passageway of the Grand Gallery to the burial chamber of Cheops. (B)(L)

Day 11

Cairo

Cairo is a treasure trove of great Islamic architecture and art, and this morning you’ll explore some of its greatest monuments, including the Ottoman-era Muhammad Ali Mosque, Ibn Tulun Mosque, the Gayer Anderson Museum and the Khan el Khalili bazaar. (B)(L)(D)

Day 12

Cairo

Transfer to the airport for your onward arrangements. (B)

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