Luxe Trips with Lesh presents Discover Egypt
Embark on a captivating 9-day journey through Egypt, where the past and present converge seamlessly. Begin your journey with an overnight along the Nile River at the Cairo Marriott Hotel & Omar Khayyam Casino. Immerse yourself in the iconic sights of the city before embarking on a scenic cruise along the Nile aboard the Farah Nile Cruise. Unveil the treasures of ancient history while cruising and return to the Cairo Marriott Hotel for a perfect blend of relaxation and exploration. You are sure to end your adventure with lasting memories of this enchanting land.
Hey there fellow wanderers!
I’m so excited that you may be one of my fellow Nile River cruisers! This trip has been one that I have been looking forward to for quite some time, and I am so ecstatic to be sharing this trip with you all. Egypt has always been a place that I not only wanted to go to, but also share with others as we wander through the desert sands, explore one of the wonders of the world, and immerse ourselves in the culture. The itinerary for this trip is not one that I took lightly. I wanted us to be able to go beyond cruising down the river taking in the sights, so for this trip, expect excitement, luxury, and a full-on immersive experience.
This trip is one that invites us to experience it all together. We will make friends and, hopefully, lasting bonds that may take us on future trips together to many other places around the world. With so many places to visit and so many experiences to have, it doesn’t have to end right in Egypt, but it is in Egypt where we will start.
See you soon,
Lesha aka Lesh
Lesha has traveled to various countries with her husband and son, along with her travel group, the Babes That Wander. She loves the luxury experiences that can be had while traveling, but her definition of luxury is based upon the gifts of experiences that are able to be had during travels.
Per Person Double Occupancy
Single Supplement: $1,899
November 9-17, 2024
9 Days / 8 Nights
Arrive to Cairo
Begin your journey in Cairo, an ancient city with an intriguing past. Upon arrival, step back in time and explore Egypt’s incredible history, captivating legends, and fascinating stories while you stroll among its timeless marvels. Meet your guide at your hotel along the Nile River’s bank.
Built during the 3rd and 4th dynasties of the Old Kingdom, the Pyramids of Giza 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 a human head and the body of a lion, amazingly carved out of one huge piece of limestone. (B, L, D)
Join Lesh for an incredible experience as she takes you on a camelback journey to one of the ancient wonders of the world, the Great Pyramid of Giza – a top-tier item on many bucket lists!
Cairo – Luxor – Karnak – Board Ship
This morning, fly to Luxor, the 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. Afterwards, savor an enchanting evening visit to Karnak Temple, brilliantly illuminated and offering captivating interplays of light and shadow! (B, L, D)
West Bank – Esna – Edfu
Embark on a journey through time as your day kicks off with a visit to the West Bank of the Nile, a place steeped in ancient Thebes’ history. Begin by exploring the remarkable Valley of the Kings, followed by visits to the awe-inspiring Temple of Queen Hatshepsut and the imposing Colossi of Memnon. After this enriching morning, return to the ship for a leisurely lunch and some relaxation as you cruise along the Nile, heading towards Esna en route to Edfu. (B, L, D)
Join Lesh for a memorable evening – she’s known for throwing fantastic parties. Be her guest tonight for delightful cocktails, scrumptious canapés, engaging conversations, and lots of laughs.
Edfu – Kom Ombo – Aswan
Step into another world at Temple of Horus in Edfu, where you’ll find intricate carvings showcasing the grandeur of the pharaohs. After lunch, set sail for Kom Ombo and then on to Aswan, the charming Nubian City. (B, L, D)
This morning, venture into the enchanting world of Philae, a UNESCO site dedicated to the goddess Isis. Arrive by motorboat and be captured by the temple’s stunning island setting. Discover the ancient art of granite extraction and carving techniques in Aswan as you explore an unfinished obelisk. Finish off your day with a relaxing sail on a traditional wooden sailboat called a felucca around the charming Aswan Islands. (B, L, D)
Optional: Join Lesh and hit the slopes of Egypt! The sand slopes that is! Get ready to strap in and have a blast on this exciting optional tour.
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 will begin with a visit to the Citadel of Salah El-din, offering sweeping views of Cairo. Explore the Mohamed Ali Alabaster Mosque, recognized as the largest mosque, constructed in the early 19th century by Egypt’s ruler (1805-1849), who governed for over 45 years. Afterward, head to Old Cairo to marvel at remarkable architectural wonders, including the Hanging Church, dating back to the 3rd and early 4th centuries. Later, immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of Khan E-Khalili, a renowned market established as a trade hub during the Mamluk era. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to browse through a plethora of colorful trinkets, handcrafted items, and exquisite pendants. (B, L, D)
Depart for Home
Your epic adventure reaches its grand finale today! Prepare to return home, not only with cherished memories but also with a newfound and enchanting understanding of this mystical land. (B)
- Local In-country flights from Cairo to Luxor and Aswan to Cairo
- Premium hotel accommodations throughout Cairo and along the Nile River aboard Farah*
- All ground transportation, with the exception of round-trip airport transfers in Cairo
- Expert English-speaking guides
- Free Wi-Fi internet connection onboard the Farah
- 21 Meals (8 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 6 dinners)
- Gratuities for drivers, local guides, & Egyptologist
- Taxes and fees as of 10/11/23
- Complete services of Cruise & Tour, including Egyptologist
*Hotels may be substituted due to unforeseen circumstances.
- Ride a Camel past the Pyramids of Egypt
- Sail down the Nile on your 4-night cruise
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 10/1/23
- Round Trip International Air to/from Cairo
- Travel Insurance
- Optional tours
- Destination Visa
- Items of a personal nature
Activity Level 3
This tour moves at a moderate pace where planned activities are extended and there will be limited leisure time. Days may begin earlier or end later in the evening. You can expect to be standing and walking for longer periods of time, climbing steps, walking uphill, walking along uneven surfaces, and extended riding in safari vehicles over rough terrain.
Farah Nile Cruise
|Discover Egypt||Per Person Double Occupancy||$5,999|
|Discover Egypt||Single Supplement (limited availability)||$1,899|
|Abu Simbel Optional Tour||Per Person||$530|
|Sandboarding in Aswan Optional Tour||Per Person||$69|
|R/T Airport Transfers in Cairo: 1-2 Pax Vehicle||Per Person||$105|
|R/T Airport Transfers in Cairo: 3-5 Pax Vehicle||Per Person||$75|
|R/T Airport Transfers in Cairo: 6-9 Pax Vehicle||Per Person||$65|
|Travel Insurance||Per Person||Quoted at time of Booking|
How to Book
- Call Cruise & Tour at (800) 383-3131 or REQUEST A CALL
- Ask to have a place held on this trip
- You will receive an email with a link to our online registration form
Fill it out and you’re in!
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Travel Insurance Information
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Cruise & Tour recommends that you purchase travel insurance.
To purchase travel protection insurance:
- Click here to view and print the Travel Insured International brochure which has a brief summary of coverage.
- After making your travel reservation and deposit, a Cruise & Tour representative will create an insurance quote for you. You will receive that travel insurance quote from Travel Insured International Customer Care.
- From here you will be able to view the quote, add additional coverage options such as Cancel for Any Reason, and purchase your policy all in the Travel Insured International Portal.
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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