2017 : Pathways of the Pharaohs - Cairo to Cairo

Sail to the Sphinx & pyramids

See the Great Pyramids of Giza, last of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World still standing. Explore Luxor and Karnak, then ride a hot air balloon over the Valleys of the Kings and Queens. Be moved by the lovely Temple of Isis at Philae, reachable only by boat. Behold Abu Simbel, perched above Lake Nasser, then cruise this serene waterway. The Nile is Egypt's lifeblood, and our 12-day sojourn is the best, most comprehensive Nile cruisetour available today.

All This Is Included

  • 12-day cruisetour (with 4-night Nile River cruise & 3-night Lake Nasser cruise) visiting 1 country, 6 ports & 1 additional city by land
  • 3 nights at the Nile Ritz-Carlton, Cairo & 1 night at the InterContinental Cairo Citystars (or similar)
  • Visit 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • 11 included shore excursions with local guide & headset
  • Culture Curriculum®: enjoy the in-depth narration by our Egyptologist guides; attend a Nubian evening event on board; ride a camel
  • Complimentary Internet service
  • Beer, wine and soft drinks with onboard lunch & dinner
  • Meals included on board & ashore: 11 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 9 dinners
  • Onboard meals featuring regional specialties & always available American classics
  • Welcome Cocktail Reception & Farewell Dinner
  • River-view stateroom
  • Room steward & twice-daily housekeeping service
  • Evening turndown service
  • Hotel-style bed with luxury linens & pillows
  • Flat-panel TV
  • Security safe
  • Hair dryer
  • 220 volt outlets
  • Direct-dial satellite phone
  • Glass-enclosed shower
  • Premium bath toiletries
  • Pool & Jacuzzi
  • 24/7 Guest Services for special requests
  • Port taxes & fees
  • Intra-Egypt flights: Cairo-Luxor; Aswan-Cairo
  • Airport transfers on date of embarkation/disembarkation with Viking Air program

    Day 1 - Cairo, Egypt


    Arrive in Egypt, the cradle of civilization, then transfer to the Nile Ritz-Carlton, Cairo (or similar) on the banks of the Nile for a 3-night stay.*

    Day 2 - Cairo, Egypt


    This morning we take an excursion to the necropolis at Sakkara to see the world's oldest step pyramid. After a typical Egyptian lunch, continue to Giza Plateau to behold the only Wonder of the Ancient World still standing: the Great Pyramids of Khufu, Khafre and Menkaure. There, you experience the "ships of the desert" with a brief camel ride. Nearby, see the Great Sphinx, forever facing due east. Return to your hotel for dinner and a free evening to relax or explore on your own. (B, L, D)

    Day 3 - Cairo, Egypt


    Today you see some of the sights of Cairo. This morning, tour Cairo's Museum of Egyptian Antiquities and admire its huge collection of artifacts, then visit the famous gallery displaying the riches of King Tutankhamen. A guided walk takes you to landmarks like the iconic Citadel of Saladin and the Mosque of Muhammad Ali. Enjoy lunch on your own at or near your hotel. Enjoy dinner on your own in Cairo, or take an optional visit to Khan el-Khalili, a walking tour through a colorful outdoor souk (bazaar) where you can shop for all manner of Egyptian goods and admire the Al-Aqmar Mosque. Conclude the outing with a traditional Egyptian dinner in Al-Azhar Park. (B)

    Day 4 - Luxor, Egypt


    Early this morning, fly to Luxor, the city once called Thebes, where history will be brought to life by our expert Egyptologist. Visit the Great Temples of Luxor and Karnak, long buried beneath desert sands, and walk through monumental peristyles and examine the hieroglyphics illustrating how ancient Egyptians lived. Proceed to your Nile cruise ship for check-in and a welcome lunch. Enjoy an onboard dinner and a relaxing evening, or attend an optional sound and light show at Karnak Temple. (B, L, D)

    Day 5 - Luxor, Egypt


    Relax over breakfast, or (weather permitting) take an optional early-morning hot air balloon ride over Luxor's temples and monuments. Upon arrival, visit the Valley of the Kings and the Mortuary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, one of Egypt's few female rulers and most successful pharaohs, on the Nile's west bank opposite the city of Luxor. Also see Madinat Habu, the Mortuary Temple of Ramses III. Walk through its monumental peristyle hall decorated with complex hieroglyphics. Return aboard as we set sail for Edfu; lunch and dinner are served aboard as we cruise along the Nile. (B, L, D)

    Day 6 - Edfu, Egypt


    This morning, ride in a horse-drawn carriage to the Temple of Horus, the falcon god, built in Edfu during the Ptolemaic Dynasty. Have lunch aboard the ship while sailing toward Kom Ombo. There, you take a guided tour of the unusual double temple dedicated to the sky god Haroeris and the crocodile god Sobek, a protective deity thought to have created the world. Return to your ship before we continue cruising up the Nile. We arrive at Aswan during dinner; this evening, attend a Nubian party featuring the evocative traditional music of the region. (B, L, D)

    Day 7 - Aswan, Egypt


    After breakfast, visit the small, elegant Philae sanctuary, dedicated to Isis, rescued from the rising waters. This temple is one of the Nubian monuments that comprise a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tour the Nubian Museum to view treasures salvaged from temples and monuments flooded by the Aswan Dam; the museum's gardens are beautifully landscaped with terraced waterfalls. You'll also see the Aswan High Dam, completed in the 1960s. Enjoy lunch on board. This afternoon, take a scenic ride on a felucca, a traditional Egyptian wooden sailboat, on the Nile. Enjoy an onboard dinner and spend the night in Aswan. (B, L, D)

    Day 8 - Abu Simbel, Egypt


    After a final breakfast on board your ship, disembark and take a brief flight to Abu Simbel, then proceed directly to the temples. These magnificent structures, renowned for their four giant seated figures, were built in the 13th century BC by Ramses II and are thought to depict him and his queen, Nefertari. The colossal structures were dismantled and moved to this new location during construction of the Aswan High Dam, which created Lake Nasser, a major engineering feat. After exploring the temples on your own, check in on your second ship for your Lake Nasser cruise and enjoy the afternoon at leisure. Tonight, enjoy an onboard dinner, then relax or attend an optional sound and light show at the Abu Simbel temples. (B, L, D)

    Day 9 - Kasr Ibrim & Amada, Egypt


    This morning, we sail past the iconic Kasr Ibrim Fortress. Learn the story of the last Nubian monument remaining in its original location, and see it from the ship's Sun Deck. Enjoy lunch on board as you cruise across Lake Nasser to Amada. This afternoon, tour the small but interesting Nubian Amada Temple. The oldest of the Lake Nasser temples, it houses a collection of brightly painted historical carvings. Return aboard and dine as we sail to Wadi el Seboua. (B, L, D)

    Day 10 - Wadi el Seboua, Egypt


    This morning, disembark for a walk through the Valley of the Lions, lined with sphinxes. Then, tour the Temple of Dakka, dedicated to the ibis-headed Thoth, and the Greco-Roman Temple of Meharakka, both located at the Wadi el Seboua Temple Complex. Return aboard for lunch and dinner as we sail toward Aswan. This evening, enjoy a Nubian show featuring traditional music, dance and costumes. (B, L, D)

    Day 11 - Aswan, Egypt


    After a leisurely onboard breakfast, disembark for a tour of the Temple of Kalabsha, which honors the androgynous Nubian sky and sun god, Mandulis. Afterward, You'll see the Aswan High Dam, completed in the 1960s. After a local lunch, head to the airport for your flight back to Cairo. Check in to the superior first-class InterContinental Hotel Citystars Cairo (or similar) for 1 night, then enjoy free time. Return to your hotel for dinner and an evening at leisure, or attend an optional sound and light show at the pyramids. (B, L, D)

    Day 12 - Cairo, Egypt


    After breakfast, proceed to the airport for your return flight.* Or, extend your journey for 4 nights in Jordan to see the ?lost city" of Petra, the Dead Sea and the capital of Amman. (B)

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    Cruise Line
    Viking River Cruises
    Offer
    Offer valid through 6/30/2017
    Duration
    12 Days
    Cruise Ship
    MS Mayfair

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    DayPortArriveDepart
    Day 1Cairo  
    Day 2Cairo  
    Day 3Cairo  
    Day 4Luxor  
    Day 5Luxor  
    Day 6Edfu  
    Day 7Aswan  
    Day 8Abu Simbel  
    Day 9Kasr Ibrim & Amada  
    Day 10Wadi El Seboua  
    Day 11Aswan  
    Day 12Cairo  
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