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Treasures of Egypt

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During this 13-day Egypt tour, the explorer in you will rejoice over what is arguably the biggest concentration of ancient wonders in the world. Pyramids, tombs, and temples – Egypt’s glorious past is yours to discover. At Giza Plateau gaze upon the marvels of the Great Pyramids and the Sphinx, then in Luxor stand amongst ancient temples, tombs and monuments. Travel in the footsteps of the pharaohs on a luxury cruise along the Nile, Egypt’s lifeblood, and discover monumental temples before relaxing in iconic luxury at Aswan. Stand in awe before the extraordinary temples of Abu Simbel, relics of ancient times and a legacy to modern engineering feats, and uncover the treasures of the Egyptian Museum in bustling Cairo.
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Highlights
  • Marvel at well-preserved, colorful hieroglyphics adorning the tombs in the Valley of the Kings
  • Soak up the magnificent view of the Great Pyramids
  • Cruise to charming Aswan, the home of the Nubian people
  • Visit Abu Simbel, and see one of Egypt’s most elaborate monuments
Trip Type:
  • Small Ship
Activity Level: Relaxed
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Full Itinerary

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Day 1: Arrive Cairo

  • 1 Dinner
Your journey into wonder begins at Giza with a two-night Special Stay. You’ll be able to soak up stunning views of the Great Pyramids right from your balcony.

Day 2: Giza

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
Visit the ancient site of Saqqara, the huge cemetery of ancient Memphis, an active burial ground for more than 3500 years and is Egypt’s largest archaeological site. Later, be awed by the sheer magnitude of the pyramids and visit the Solar Boat Museum housing the restored cedar wood barge dating back to 2500BC, before marveling at the 20-meter limestone monolith of the Sphinx.

Day 3: Giza to Luxor

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Fly to Luxor and relax in the beautiful gardens of your hotel. Discover the antiquities housed in the Luxor Museum followed by a walk through the colorful local markets.

Day 4: Luxor

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
Discover the antiquities housed in the Luxor Museum followed by the vast open-air temple complex of Karnak and be awed by the enormity of the pillars as you walk through the impressive Hypostyle Hall.

Optional Balloon Flight - Choose to add an optional hot air balloon flight for a fascinating bird’s-eye view of the ancient sites. Additional cost, please book on tour.

Day 5: Luxor | Embark

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Embark on your luxurious private charter on board the boutique Sanctuary Sun Boat III as you settle into your elegantly appointed cabin. Cross to the West Bank of the Nile and be astounded by the well-preserved, colorful hieroglyphics adorning the tombs in the Valley of the Kings. See the impressive monument to Queen Hatshepsut.

Day 6: Nile Cruise | Dendra

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Relax on the Sun Deck and catch a glimpse of daily life along the banks of the Nile as you cruise to Dendera. Marvel at the vibrant colors of the hieroglyphics adorning the roof of Hathor’s temple before returning to Luxor and visiting the impressive Luxor Temple.
This evening’s entertainment will delight with the colors of the whirling dervishes and Nubian Dance performance.

Day 7: Nile Cruise | Kom Ombo Temple

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Follow the course of the ancient pharaohs’ processions along the Nile as you cruise south where villages and majestic temples line the banks of the river against the backdrop of the desert. This afternoon, explore Kom Ombo Temple, perched high on the east bank, dedicated to Sobek, the Crocodile God.
A fun night awaits on board with a lively and colorful Galabeyya party with Egyptian delicacies, music and dancing.

Day 8: Nile Cruise | Aswan

  • Ship
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Cruise south to charming Aswan, the home of the Nubian people. Discover the Osiris temple complex of Philae, then visit the stone quarries to learn about ancient carving techniques and see the enormous unfinished obelisk. A leisurely afternoon awaits as you savor your last moments on board and take a felucca cruise on the Nile. Tonight, join the Captain and crew for a farewell Gala Dinner.

Day 9: Disembark | Aswan

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Be ensconced in luxury during your Special Stay and admire the sweeping views over the Nile from the comfort of your balcony. Discover the history of the hotel and follow in the footsteps of icons like Princess Diana, Winston Churchill and Agatha Christie as you enjoy pre-dinner drinks at The Terrace, before dining at restaurant 1902.

Day 10: Aswan

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
Fly to Abu Simbel and visit one of Egypt’s most magnificent monuments, the enormous World Heritage-listed temples of Ramses II and his wife Nefertari, rescued from the rising waters of the Aswan Dam.

Day 11: Aswan | Cairo

  • 1 Breakfast
Fly to bustling Cairo for your two-night stay. Discover the priceless antiquities in the Egyptian Museum including the artifacts recovered from Tutankhamun’s tomb and the collection of Royal Mummies.

Day 12: Cairo

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner
Discover Islamic Cairo and explore Old Cairo. This evening join your Tour Director for a farewell dinner.

Day 13: Cairo | Depart for Home

  • 1 Breakfast
Say farewell as you transfer to Cairo airport.

Ship/Hotel

Sanctuary Sun Boat III

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Cleopatra's Oasis
The Verandah

Dates & Prices

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$7,500
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Nile Deck Cabin
55.8 ft². Twin or King beds. A/C, window, private bath with shower & hairdryer, satellite TV & in-house movies, and mini-bar.
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Promenade Deck Cabin
55.8 ft². Twin or King beds. A/C, window, private bath with shower & hairdryer, satellite TV & in-house movies, and mini-bar.
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Presidential Suite
95.1 ft². Queen bed. A/C, window, private bath with bathtub & hairdryer, satellite TV & in-house movies, and mini-bar.
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Royal Suite
118.1 ft² Twin or King beds. A/C, window, private bath with bathtub & hairdryer, satellite TV & in-house movies, and mini-bar.

Notes

Included:
  • Smaller group sizes with a maximum of 34 guests
  • 1 exclusive Scenic Enrich experience
  • 2 Scenic Sundowners events
  • Your choice of 6 Scenic Freechoice activities
  • 3 memorable Scenic Special Stays
  • 26 meals – 10 breakfasts (B), 8 lunches (L) and 8 dinners (D)
  • Fully escorted by a handpicked Scenic Tour Director, expert Egyptologist and knowledgeable local guides
  • All internal flights
  • Return airport transfers
  • All tipping and gratuities
Fares do not include:
  • Airfares and associated fees
  • Charges and taxes
  • Additional optional activities
  • Accommodation upgrades
  • Meals not specified in Your Itinerary
  • Drinks
  • Laundry
  • Passport fees; visas
  • Vaccinations; medical assistance; medical services on board Scenic Eclipse
  • Spa and beauty treatments in the Senses Spa
  • Government taxes and charges (excluding GST)
  • Any items or expenses of a personal nature
  • Any helicopter, submarine or scuba diving experiences are an additional cost

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