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Abercrombie&Kent Egypt and the Nile

Sail on a four-night Nile river cruise on board the luxurious and intimate Sanctuary ‘Sun Boat III,’ travelling to off-the beaten-path Denderah, one of Egypt’s best-preserved and less-frequented temples...
Sail on a four-night Nile river cruise, enjoy guaranteed entry into one of Egypt’s legendary pyramids, ride like a local on camelback in Giza, learn to make Egyptian delicacies and discover Egypt’s ancient capital, Memphis, on this spectacular luxury tour.

DAY ONE: Arrive Cairo, Egypt

Arrive in Cairo where you are met by your A&K representative and transferred to your hotel with fantastic views of the pyramids, which you explore tomorrow. [B, L, D]
DAY TWO: Giza | The Pyramids & Sphinx

Embark on a tour of the Giza Plateau, site of the ancient pyramids of Mycerinus, Chefren and the Great Pyramid of Cheops, built in the Fourth Dynasty (approximately 2690 BC) and the oldest and only survivor of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Explore the interior of one of these legendary pyramids. Ride Like a Local on camelback before continuing to the Solar Boat Museum, site of Cheops’ funerary boat, the world’s oldest intact ship, and the enigmatic Great Sphinx. Tonight, gather with fellow guests at an A&K-hosted welcome dinner. [B, L, D]
DAY THREE: Cairo | Legendary Pharaohs

Visit the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, home to the largest collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts, including treasures from Tutankhamun and artefacts dating back to 4000 BC. The museum’s most fascinating exhibit is its famous Mummy Room, featuring the remains of ancient Egypt’s pharaohs and nobility, including Ramses II. After lunch, drive to Memphis, capital of the ancient kingdom and now home to an open-air museum and giant statue of Ramses II. Continue to Sakkara, home to hundreds of tombs and 14 pyramids, including the famous Step Pyramid of Djoser. Built by Pharaoh Djoser during his 19-year reign, it stands at 204 feet and was the largest building of its time. [B, L]
DAY FOUR: Luxor, Karnak and the Valley of the Kings

Fly to Luxor and journey to the Temple of Karnak, where generations of pharaohs wished to record their names. Walk through the Great Hypostyle Hall, its expertly aligned columns a sight to behold. Board Sanctuary ‘Sun Boat III’ and enjoy lunch on board (see page 160 for details on the Nile cruiser). Afterward, explore the west bank of the Nile and the Necropolis of Thebes, the burial site of the Great Pharaohs of the New Kingdom. Discover the Valley of the Kings, the legendary burial ground of the pharaohs, and step inside the tomb of Tutankhamun. Later, explore the lovely Temple of Hatshepsut, ancient Egypt’s first female pharaoh). [B, L, D]
DAY FIVE: Cruising the Nile | Temple of Hathor at Denderah

Today you cruise north on a scenic route — far from other ships and crowds — to the Temple of Hathor at Denderah, which is among the best-preserved temples in Egypt. This complex is a rare sight to behold, complete with a massive stone roof, dark chambers, underground passages and columns inscribed with hieroglyphs. From here, return to your deluxe Nile cruiser and sail back to Luxor. Later this afternoon, journey once again to explore the east bank of the Nile, this time visiting the city of Thebes and the striking Temple of Luxor. Along the front of the temple pylons, there were six large statues of Ramses II (of which three remain), while behind the East Tower resides the Courtyard of Ramses II. Meanwhile, the Colonnade of Amenhotep III contains 14 papyrus-headed columns, some fully 50 feet in height and 32 feet in circumference, leading to the Court of Amenhotep III. [B, L, D]
DAY SIX: Cruising the Nile | Edfu to Kom Ombo

Continue cruising to Edfu and the Temple of Horus, the falcon headed god. Built in 230 BC by Ptolemy III and spending much of the modern era buried in sand and debris, this stunningly well-preserved and colourful structure reveals what temple worship in ancient Egypt was like. Join your chef on board for a local cooking lesson. Later, disembark at Kom Ombo (hill of gold) to visit the Greco-Roman temple dedicated to Haroeris (the sun god) and Sobek (the crocodile god). The temple was so dedicated because crocodiles once basked on this stretch of Nile shore; inside, find several of these mummified crocodiles on display. [B, L, D]
DAY SEVEN: Aswan | Majestic Philae

Today, cruise to Aswan and ride a motorized boat to Philae Temple on the island of Agilika, painstakingly moved and reconstructed here to avoid flood damage from Aswan’s High Dam. Afterward, continue to the impressive granite quarries and site of the Unfinished Obelisk. Illustrating the skills of Egypt’s stonemasons, this monolith structure measures one third taller than any other ancient Egyptian obelisk — even in its unfinished state. End the day sailing around the Aswan islands like a local in a felucca (small sailboat), weather permitting. [B, L, D]
DAY EIGHT: Abu Simbel | Temples of Ramses II & Nefertari

Bid farewell to ‘Sun Boat III’ and disembark to catch your flight to Abu Simbel. There, discover the site of the commanding twin temples of Ramses II, Egypt’s longest-ruling pharaoh, and his wife, Queen Nefertari. The former’s façade is dominated by four imposing statues of the pharaoh. All four towering sculptures — each nearly 70 feet tall — are impressive enough; but perhaps more astonishing is the fact that this entire site was disassembled and moved to its present location to save it from the floodwaters of the Aswan High Dam. Afterward, return to Cairo for an afternoon at leisure. [B, L]
DAY NINE: Cairo | Bustling Souk

Walk from Bab el-Fotouh to Khan el-Khalili Bazaar, one of the city’s major souks (open-air marketplace), where tightly packed stalls display everything from spices and leather goods to jewellery and vegetables, and all on a street that has hardly changed for centuries. Bargaining is expected, so prepare to negotiate. Explore the Mosque and Madrasa of Sultan Hassan, built in AD 1356. Among the finest examples of early Mamluk architecture, the mosque is one of the largest in the world. [B, D]

DAY TEN: Depart Cairo

Board your international departure flight or extend to Jordan (see right). [B]


Pricing from $10,493 per person twin share including internal flights

Please note: pricing is based on conversion from USD and is subject to fluctuation.