After a brief hiatus, Avalon Waterways returns to Egypt in 2020.
Stand at the foot of the pyramids, answer the riddle of the Sphinx
and sail down the historic Nile River, aboard the MS Farah
– a luxury cruise ship, featuring 62 staterooms and suites –
on Avalon’s NEW TASTE OF EGYPT itinerary.
10 days, Cairo - Cairo
September-December 2020 From $3140 USD/ $4048 CDN per person, not including air
January- December 2021 From $3006 USD / $3973 CDN per person, not including air
CONTACT US NOW TO PLAN THE TRIP OF A LIFETIME
On your adventure to ancient Egypt, explore the Pyramids and Sphinx in Giza; visit the Ramses II and Alabaster Sphinx in Memphis as well as Cairo’s oldest church – the Hanging Church – and Tutankhamun’s Tomb in the Egyptian Museum - all of this and more before even stepping foot on the MS Farah in Luxor to embark on your Nile Cruise.
Along the Nile River, visit the Luxor Temple; Avenue of Sphinxes; the massive Karnak Temple Complex, including the Temple of Amun-Ra; the Valley of the Kings and Valley of the Queens; the Temple of Kom Ombo (an unusual double temple), Temple of Isis and more. This is a vacation full of astonishing sites and extraordinary exploration.
Join us for an adventure to ancient Egypt, as well as its modern enjoyments on a Nile River cruise for the ages. Arrive in Cairo, and explore the pyramids and Sphinx of Giza. See the Ramses II statue in Memphis and King Tut’s tomb in Cairo’s Egyptian Museum. (Note: upon its opening in 2020, the Grand Egyptian Museum in Giza will replace Cairo’s Egyptian Museum for this itinerary.) In Old Cairo, see the Church of the Virgin Mary (also called the Hanging Church), built in the place where Mary and Jesus were said to find refuge during their flight to Egypt, and visit the Alabaster Mosque. These and more exciting discoveries are to be found as you see Egypt’s incredible monuments to pharaohs and gods of Egyptian history.
Fly to Luxor to embark on your Nile River cruise. You’ll visit the Luxor Temple, Avenue of the Sphinxes, monument of Karnak, and the Temple of Amun-Ra before enjoying an onboard welcome reception on your ship. Visit the valley of Kings and Valley of Queens, where the pristine tomb of King Tut was found with undisturbed riches and splendor. This incredible cruise on the Nile River takes you to amazing ancient sites, including the twin temples at Kom Ombo, devoted to the crocodile god Sobek-Ra and the falcon god Horus. Ponder the magnitude of the task of building the pyramids with a visit to the granite quarries—where an unfinished obelisk still remains. Visit the Temple of Isis, then take a return flight to Cairo to wander the world’s largest open-air museum, and browse the bustling maze of the endless bazaar in Cairo’s medieval alleys. Join us for a once-in-a-lifetime vacation tour in Cairo, expedition to the Egyptian pyramids, and a Nile River cruise you’ll never forget.
Day by Day Itinerary
· Day 1 Cairo, Egypt:Welcome to Egypt
· Day 2 Cairo:Guided sightseeing, visit the Pyramids and Sphinx of Giza, Ramses II, and Alabaster Sphinx in Memphis, and the “Stairway to the Sky” at Sakkara; Sounds & Light Show at the pyramids
· Day 3 Cairo:Visit Tutankhamun’s Tomb in the Egyptian Museum; see Saladin’s citadel and visit the Alabaster Mosque in Old Cairo; see the Hanging Church and Cairo’s oldest synagogue in Coptic Cairo; visit the Khan el-Kahlili souk
· Day 4 Cairo–Luxor (Embarkation):Fly to Luxor; visit Luxor Temple, the Avenue of Sphinxes, monument of Karnak & Temple of Amun-Ra; onboard welcome reception
· Day 5 Luxor–Edfu:Valley of Kings, Valley of Queens, Deir El-Bahri, and the Colossi of Memnon; galabya party on board
· Day 6 Edfu–Kom Ombo–Aswan:Visit the Temple of Horus; visit the twin temples at Kom Ombo; lecture on board
· Day 7 Aswan:Sail by felucca to Kitchener Island; visit the Botanical Gardens
· Day 8 Aswan (Disembarkation)–Cairo:Excursion to the High Dam; cruise to Agilika; visit Temple of Isis and ancient granite quarries; fly to Cairo
· Day 9 Cairo:Special tour to the world’s largest open-air museum, followed by a walk in the maze of shops at the famous bazaar
· Day 10 Cairo:Your vacation ends this morning
YOUR SHIP: MS FARAH
In Arabic, Farah means Happiness and Joy. In keeping with the Avalon difference in keeping our guests happy from start to finish, your Nile River cruise features the MS Farah river cruise ship-one of Egypt's most elite ships on the Nile. Cruise in style and comfort, while enjoying the mysterious and magnificent sights and experiences only found in the Egyptian landscapes.
The MS Farah ship offers 60 deluxe cabins and 2 Royal Suites that feature style and comfort with oversized windows that are virtually wall-sized. Deluxe staterooms feature spacious, well-appointed bathrooms with the luxury you crave-including a full bathtub. Like the Farah's impeccable staterooms, her Royal Suites are sleek and comfortable with the finest of amenities, while featuring a separate, comfortable sitting area with its own immense sliding window. Enjoy ample closet space, mini bar, Internet, hair dryer, individual climate control, smoke detector and sprinkler system safety features, personal safe, LCD television, personalized pillow selections, and handmade Egyptian cotton sheets.
Avalon insists on the best view and the best crew to treat you like royalty while exploring the treasures of the pharaohs on this Nile River cruise!
ABOUT AVALON WATERWAYS
Travelers wanting to see the world need only cruise down its legendary rivers. For those interested in seeing more of the world, there’s Avalon Waterways. Our entire fleet of Suite Ships proudly present Avalon Waterways’ unique Open-Air Balcony—cruising’s only bed with a view, more space and 24/7 access to open-air cruising. When travelers pair panoramic scenes with the widest-ranging excursion choices in river cruising, they’re in for an experience as wide open as the view.
On an Avalon cruise, schedules give way to whims, leaving travelers the freedom to do exactly as they please, when they please. Whether enjoying a guided walking tour of one of Europe’s great cities, joining a cooking class or paddling a canoe, our Avalon Choice® selections of Classic, Discovery and Active excursions offer a wide range of possibilities. When travelers prefer to explore on their own, Avalon helps with recommendations, information and the gear they need, thanks to Adventure Hosts, an Adventure Center and AvalonGO mobile app. And when it’s time to refuel, Avalon's FlexDining program gives guests the choices they crave.
When travelers sail the world with Avalon Waterways, every day is an adventure and every adventure is up to our guests.
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