The Experience

Explore pyramids, off-the-beaten-path temples, legendary bazaars and the Nile for seven nights aboard beautiful ‘Sun Boat III.’ You also enjoy private access to the tomb of Seti I and the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities. Day 1: Arrive Cairo, Egypt Arrive in Cairo, the heart of modern Egypt, and transfer to your hotel. Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at the First Residence Day 2: Giza | The Pyramids & the Sphinx Travel to the Giza Plateau, site of the pyramids of Mycerinus, Chefren and the Great Pyramid of Cheops the only survivor of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Here, the Great Sphinx still stands as sentry over these magnificent royal tombs. Continue to the Solar Boat Museum to view the 142-foot-long funerary boat of Cheops, hailed as the single most important archaeological find in Egypt since the tomb of Tutankhamun. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner. Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at the First Residence | Meals: B D Day 3: Cairo | Pharaonic Treasures Walk among treasures with your local expert on a private tour of the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities before it opens to the public. Free of lines and crowds, admire the world;s greatest collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts, including the golden treasures of Tutankhamuns tomb and the Mummy Room, where many of Egypt’s former rulers lie in state. Continue to the ancient capital of Memphis and then on to Sakkara to see the Step Pyramid of Djoser, the oldest known Egyptian pyramid. Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at the First Residence | Meals: B L Day 4: Abu Simbel | Temples of Ramses II Depart Cairo and head for one of Egypt’s most recognized landmarks, the temples of Ramses II and his wife Nefertari. The complex was moved to a higher elevation when floodwaters from Lake Nasser and the Aswan High Dam project threatened their preservation. Board the intimate, 18-passenger Sanctuary ,˜Sun Boat III and, later, sail around the Aswan islands in a felucca (a traditional sailboat) if conditions permit. Sanctuary ‘Sun Boat III’ | Meals: B L D Day 5: Cruising the Nile | Aswan Visit the Aswan High Dam, a contemporary counterpart to Egypt’s monumental constructions of the past. Enjoy a short motor boat ride to the majestic Temple of Philae on the island of Agilika. Then, proceed to the granite quarries, which supplied the ancient Egyptians with most of the hard stone used in pyramids and temples, and see the famed Unfinished Obelisk. Ancient Nubia was known to the pharaohs as the Land of Gold,, and its wealth and lands were eventually incorporated into Egypt around 1500 BC. Explore the remnants of influential Nubian culture with a visit to the Nubian Museum. Later, journey to the Aswan Spice Market to sharpen your bargaining skills or simply take in the colorful scene. Sanctuary ‘Sun Boat III’ | Meals: B L D Day 6: Cruising the Nile | Kom Ombo & Edfu Sail to Kom Ombo for a visit to the site of the lovely Greco- Roman temple, dedicated to Haroeris (the sun god) and Sobek (the crocodile god). The temple, built in the third century BC, stands at a bend in the Nile where sacred crocodile basked in the sun on the riverbank. From here, return to your luxury yacht and sail for Edfu. Attend an Egyptian cooking lesson on board. Later, visit Edfu to explore the beautifully preserved temple of the god Horus. Sanctuary ‘Sun Boat III’ | Meals: B L D Day 7: Cruising the Nile | Esna & Luxor Take a short walk through Esna’s bustling streets to visit the Temple of Khnum, famous for its beautifully preserved hypostyle hall, built during the reign of the Roman emperor Claudius. The early afternoon is at leisure to enjoy the breathtaking scenery from Sanctuary ,˜Sun Boat III as you cruise toward Luxor. Later this afternoon, discover the complex Temple of Karnak, built by generations of pharaohs over a thousand-year period. Among this site’s stunning highlights is the Great Hypostyle Hall, a forest of stone columns covering more than 50,000 square feet. Sanctuary ‘Sun Boat III’ | Meals: B L D Day 8: Cruising the Nile | Luxor & The Valley of the Kings Today, visit the Valley of the Kings, where magnificent tombs were carved into desert rocks and filled with treasures for the afterlife by generations of pharaohs. Normally closed to the public, the Tomb of Seti I Egypt,™s greatest warrior pharaoh opens just for you to explore. Not just the deepest and the longest in the Valley of the Kings, the Tomb of Seti I is also the most lavish, with nearly every surface covered with colorful scenes from the Book of the Dead and the Book of the Gates. Gain more insight when you visit the house of Howard Carter, the famous archaeologist credited with the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun in 1922. Afterward, continue to the Temple of Hatshepsut, Ancient Egypt’s first female pharaoh, and on to the Valley of the Queens. This afternoon, embark on a tour of the Luxor Museum. One of its main attractions is a hall displaying well-preserved statues that were discovered in a cache under the open-air court of the Luxor Temple. Sanctuary ‘Sun Boat III’ | Meals: B L D Day 9: Cruising the Nile | Abydos Cruise northward to Nagaa Hammadi on a scenic route far from where larger cruise ships can sail while your Egyptologist shares insights about life in modern Egypt. Stop at Abydos, the center of a holy city dedicated to Osiris, Lord of the Netherworld. The construction of its uniquely designed temple started by Seti I is most notable for its ancient chronological list of Egypt’s kings, the first of its kind. Sanctuary ‘Sun Boat III’ | Meals: B L D Day 10: Cruising the Nile | Denderah & Luxor Begin in remote Denderah with a visit to the Ptolemaic Temple of Hathor, dedicated to the cow goddess of love and music. This well-preserved complex has underground passages, towering columns inscribed with hieroglyphs and a replica of the Denderah zodiac (the original resides in the Louvre). The exterior walls depict Cleopatra VII and her son by Julius Caesar, Caesarion. Continue to Luxor, where you view the graceful Temple of Luxor, built by Amenhotep III, Tutankhamun, Horemhab and Ramses II during their respective reigns. Unique reliefs on the temple walls depict Alexander the Great, added during his reign. Sanctuary ‘Sun Boat III’ | Meals: B L D Day 11: Cairo | Ancient City Return to the capital for a tour of Coptic and Old Cairo. Explore the remains of the fortress of Babylon, first built by the Persians; the Church of St. Sergius, where the holy family is reported to have stayed; and the Hanging Church, once ruled by the Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate. Later, explore Egypt’s oldest synagogue, Ben Ezra, where the treasured Cairo Geniza documents were found. You also visit the A&K Philanthropy-sponsored El Nafeza Project, which recycles rice husks into handmade paper products. Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza | Meals: B Day 12: Cairo | Khan el-Khalili Bazaar Experience an exciting walking tour of the legendary Khan el-Khalili Bazaar, where Cairenes have traded their goods since the 14th century and thousands still do today. Visit the Mosque and Madrasa of Sultan Hassan, considered Cairo’s finest display of Mamluk architecture. This evening, gather with fellow guests and new friends for a special farewell dinner. Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza | Meals: B D Day 13: Depart Cairo Board your international departure flight for home. Meals: B

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