Discover Egypt with Ross Kaminsky
When I was 8, my family took a trip (as part of my US Navy parents being transferred from Guam to California) that was supposed to include Egypt. Something happened that cut our trip short and we didn’t get to Egypt which I had been daydreaming about seeing…and have daydreamed about seeing ever since. And I can’t think of a better way to visit Egypt than with my family and you, my KOA family.
It’s hard to think of a place with more history – and a more fascinating history – than Egypt. I mean, how about the fact that we still don’t know for sure how the pyramids were built before anyone ever heard of John Deere and Caterpillar? And doesn’t everybody grow up wanting to see the Sphinx? Traveling with Cruise & Tour always means that we KOA travelers get the best in tour guides, accommodations, food, and generally just being able to relax and enjoy these remarkable excursions that we get to take together while letting others handle the logistical details. It’s a great way to travel and I sure hope to be traveling with you in the spring of 2024 to a place I’ve always wanted to visit.
Per Person Double Occupancy
Single Supplement: $1,299
March 15-24, 2024
10 Days / 9 Nights
Depart for Cairo
Board your fight to step back in time and explore thousands of years of history, legend, and lore as you walk amongst Egypt’s timeless wonders.
Arrive to Cairo
Begin your journey in Cairo, an ancient city with an intriguing past. Upon arrival meet your guide and be whisked to your hotel situated along the bank of the Nile River.
After breakfast, visit the Pyramids of Giza on camelback, built during the 3rd and 4th dynasties of the Old Kingdom. These monumental undertakings stand as a marvelous testimony to the almost unbelievable skill and determination of their builders. Get a close-up view of the Great Pyramid, built for the Pharaoh Khufu, as well as the Pyramids of Khafre and Menkaure. Not far from the Pyramids, see the great Sphinx of Giza, the legendary statue with the head of a human and the body of a lion, amazingly carved out of one huge piece of limestone. (B, L, D)
Cairo – Luxor – Karnak – Board Ship
This morning, fly to Luxor, site of Ancient Thebes (UNESCO), the East Bank, and home to the expansive Karnak and Luxor Temples. Wander through this 4,000-year-old complex of pylons and obelisks, often of near-mythic proportions. This afternoon, board your cruise ship for a leisurely voyage on the Nile River. Relax aboard, taking in the views from the sundeck. Later, delight in an evening visit to Karnak Temple, all lit up and boasting fascinating plays of light and shadows! (B, L, D)
West Bank – Esna – Edfu
Your day begins by venturing thousands of years into the past. Cross over to the West Bank of the Nile for a day in ancient Thebes. Explore the Valley of the Kings, before visiting the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut as well as the Colossi of Memnon. Return to the ship for lunch and relaxation as you continue down the Nile towards Esna, on your way to Edfu. (B, L, D)
Edfu – Kom Ombo – Aswan
Step into another world at the well-preserved Temple of Horus at Edfu. Peruse the endless carvings of scenes depicting the power and grandeur of the pharaohs. After lunch, set sail for Kom Ombo and continue to Aswan, the Nubian City. (B, L, D)
This morning explore Philae a UNESCO site dedicated to the goddess Isis. Arrive by motorboat and marvel at the Temple’s beautiful island location. Learn about Aswan’s ancient trade of granite extraction and carving techniques during a visit to an unfinished obelisk. Board a felucca, (wooden sailboat), and sail around the Aswan Islands. (B, L, D)
Aswan – Disembark Cruise – Cairo
Disembark the ship this morning, return to Cairo, and enjoy time exploring the city independently. You may choose an optional tour to Abu Simbel*** instead. Plan the day as you desire. (B, L)
Today visit the Citadel of Salah El-din, where you will see the view of all of Cairo. Visit the Mohamed Ali Alabaster Mosque, considered the largest mosque, built at the beginning of the 19th century by the ruler of Egypt (1805-1849) who ruled Egypt for over 45 years. Later proceed to Old Cairo to visit fascinating built wonders such as the Hanging Church, which was built in the 3rd and beginning of the 4th century. Later, shop in the world-famous souk of Khan El-Khalili. Established as a center of trade in the Mamluk era, the opportunity to peruse colorful trinkets, hand-painted crafts, and polished pendants is endless. (B, L, D)
Depart for Home
Your epic adventure concludes today. Return home with a new understanding of this mystical land. (B)
- Economy class roundtrip airfare from Denver* (DEN)
- Local In-country flights from Cairo to Luxor and Aswan to Cairo
- Premium hotel accommodations throughout Cairo and along the Nile River aboard the ACAMAR
- All ground transportation
- Expert English-speaking guides
- 21 Meals (8 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 6 dinners)
- Gratuities for drivers, local guides & Egyptologist
- Taxes and fees as of 5/5/23
- Complete services of Cruise & Tour including Egyptologist
- Cocktails with your host, Ross Kaminsky
- Get to know Ross during a Q&A session
- Ride a Camel past the Pyramids of Egypt
- Sail down the Nile on your 3-night cruise
*Other gateways may be available upon request. Additional charges may apply.
**Hotels may be substituted due to unforeseen circumstances.
***Abu Simbel is an Optional Tour Experience, at an additional cost.
Abu Simbel Optional Tour
Be transported back in time to the great Temple of Abu Simbel, reclaimed from the floodwaters of the Aswan High Dam and totally reconstructed in its present location. The site is dominated by the looming twin temples of Ramses II and his wife Queen Nefertari. It is one of the most recognizable ancient sites in Egypt. Step inside the Great Temple and admire the colossal standing statues of Ramses II. Proceed to the Temple of Queen Nefertari to view the murals with images of the queen manifested in the form of the goddess Hathor.
- Optional tours may alter your insurance premium.
- This option may be moved to an alternate day.
- A very early morning departure is required based on flight times.
- Gratuities for drivers and local guide are not included.
- Increases in taxes, fees, or surcharges after 5/5/23
- Travel Insurance
- Air upgrades
- Airline baggage fees
- Optional tours
- Gratuities for optional tours
- Destination Visa
- Items of a personal nature
|Discover Egypt with Ross Kaminsky - Per Person Double Occupancy||$6,499|
|Single Supplement (limited availability)||$1,299|
|Business Class Air Upgrade||$5,499|
|Abu Simbel Optional Tour||$530|
|Travel Insurance||Quote at time of Booking|
A $1,500 per person deposit is required with your reservation.
A second deposit in the amount of $2,500 is due 8/18/23.
Final payment due 11/16/23.
Your initial $1,500 deposit is refundable through 8/17/23, less a $750 per person cancellation fee.
Between 8/18/23 and 11/16/23, the cancellation charge is 50% of deposits paid.
After 11/16/23 or non-appearance on departure day, 100% of the cost of your travel arrangements is forfeited.
How to Book
- Call Cruise & Tour at (800) 383-3131 or REQUEST A CALL
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- You will receive an email with a link to our online registration form
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Travel Insurance Information
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Please Note: Pre-Existing Condition Exclusion will be waived if you purchase the protection plan within 21 days of the date of your initial trip payment. Options such as Cancel for Any Reason or Interrupt for Any Reason must also be purchased within 21 days of the date of your initial trip payment.
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