Your bucket list trip is right here! Taste of Egypt with Jordan River Cruise October 13-26, 2023
Take an extraordinary journey on this escorted tour of Egypt, beginning and ending in Cairo, followed by a 4-night stay in Jordan. Begin with a 3-night stay in Cairo—called the “Mother of the World”—to explore the legendary sites you’ve dreamed of seeing. Stand before the Sphinx and the Great Pyramid of Giza; Sakkara’s tombs of the kings, and a mesmerizing evening light show at the pyramids. Survey King Tut’s treasures at the Egyptian Museum (note: upon its opening in 2022, the Grand Egyptian Museum in Giza will replace Cairo’s Egyptian Museum for this itinerary.); visit Saladin’s 12th-century citadel behind the walls of Old Cairo; and visit Coptic Cairo, where the Holy Family sought refuge, and the home to Cairo’s oldest Jewish synagogue. Fly from Cairo to Luxor and see the stunning of Luxor and Karnak. Walk among the pillars of the colossal Temple of Amun Ra and along the Avenue of the Sphinxes.
Embark on a luxury cruise on the Nile River to the Valley of the Kings and the Valley of the Queens and see the site where 62 tombs have been discovered so far, including the intact tomb of King Tutankhamun. In Edfu, visit the temple to the falcon god, Horus; and take a walk to the bluff-top temples of Horus and the crocodile god, Sobek-Ra, in beautiful Kom Ombo. Enjoy a presentation by an expert Egyptologist while sailing to Aswan. There, board a Felucca (traditional wooden sailing boat) to visit Kitchener Island’s botanical gardens and the grand mausoleum of Aga Khan. Disembark your Nile River cruise through Egypt for two nights in Cairo. Take an excursion to the granite quarries that supplied ancient Egypt with the stones that built the pyramids. See the famous unfinished obelisk remaining there. Visit the gigantic Aswan High Dam and board a motor launch to the island of Agilika—home of the Temple of Isis. You’ll also tour the world’s widest open-air museum and take a scenic cruise on a feculla boat.
Your adventure continues with four nights in Jordan, with a flight from Cairo to Amman. Spend one night each in Amman and Petra, and two nights at the Dead Sea. Enjoy superior accommodations, transportation, and guided sightseeing with expert Local Guides to see the red city of Petra, Roman ruins of Amman, the ruins of Jerash, and the Dead Sea.
Your ship: Avalon Historia
Always included on the ship:
- Restaurant — both Western and Eastern Cuisine
- Sun Deck Bar
- 24 hour front desk service
- Advanced ventilation system
- Room Service Clinic / On Call Doctor
- Sun Deck
- Wi-Fi access
- Fitness equipment
- Fitness Room
- Library and games
- Gift Shop
- Lounge bar on board
Sail away through time on the Nile River in nostalgic and sophisticated style aboard the legendary Historia. Summoning the sophistication of Agatha Christie’s mysterious characters, the Historia is reminiscent of nostalgic intrigue and highbrow society of old, drawing on the mysteries of the past with a stylish nod to the roots and heritage of Egyptian culture. With this spirit, you’ll enjoy sailing in 5-star luxury on the Nile, amid unsurpassed elegance in amenities, service, and onboard experiences. Evoking the classic elegance of a boutique hotel, the Historia pampers her guests with luxury cabins, world-class cuisine with organic fresh ingredients, indulgent spa services, and the world of ancient Egypt just outside your window. The nuanced light and shadows of the Nile drift through billowing linen curtains to lend a glow to the subtle, earthy tones of Egyptian artistry throughout the ship. Sailing aboard the Historia embodies an unequaled Nile experience that’s fit for the pharaohs themselves. Historia offers 36 ultra-deluxe luxury staterooms, 8 Historia suites, 2 Royal suites, and 2 presidential suites, all characterized with the style of oversized staterooms with French balconies.
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-Esna: Valley of Kings, Valley of Queens, Deir El-Bahri, and the Colossi of Memnon; galabya party on board
Day 6 Edfu-Kom Ombo: 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; felucca ride; Cairo by night orientation
Day 10 Cairo-Amman: Fly to Amman; free time
Day 11 Amman-Madaba-Petra: Sightseeing in Amman; visit St. George Church in Madaba; transfer to Petra
Day 12 Petra-Dead Sea: Sightseeing in Petra; transfer to the Dead Sea
Day 13 Dead Sea. Jerash Ruins: Visit Jerash Ruins
Day 14 Dead Sea: Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning
Note: Depending on weather and other uncontrolled events, the itinerary may change slightly. Your Cruise Director will keep you informed each day.
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