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September 13, 2008

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August 30-September 13, 2008

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Day 1- Saturday – August 30 - Departure

Depart your home city this afternoon for New York. Connect with an overnight flight to Egypt. 

Day 2 – Sunday – August 31 - Cairo Welcome to Egypt, Land of the Pharaohs! On arrival at Cairo International, you will be met and assisted with visa formalities and escorted to your hotel. As you drive through Cairo, you will see some interesting ancient monuments. Arrive in the Giza area where the Great Pyramids are located. Your hotel the Mena House Oberoi Hotel is located at the foot of the Great Pyramids.  After check-in and sometime, to freshen up meet with Afifi to discuss the exciting days ahead. A welcome dinner will introduce you to Egyptian cuisine.ACCOMMODATIONS:  MENA HOUSE OBEROI HOTEL OR SIMILAR (D) 

Day 3 – Monday – September 1 - Cairo This morning you will be introduced to the masterpieces of ancient art in the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, including the Mummies Room. The museum is home to the vast findings of King Tutankahmun's tomb and other important pieces of Egypt's history. After lunch visit Old Cairo including the citadel of Salah El Din built by the famous Arab Sultan, Salah El Din (Saladin), in the 12th century and the Mohammed Ali Mosque situated inside the citadel known for its alabaster wall. You will have sometime to shop at the Khan El Khalili Bazaar, known for its narrow alleys and hundreds of shops selling all types of Egyptian handicrafts, silver and gold jewelry, cottons, copperware and perfumes. ACCOMMODATIONS:  MENA HOUSE OBEROI HOTEL OR SIMILAR (B, L) 

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Day 4 – Tuesday – September 2 - Cairo Today you will visit the Giza Plateau where stands three Pyramids, the greatest being that of Cheops. It took 100,000 workers more than 20 years to construct. Entrance into one of the pyramids will be included. Southeast of the Great Pyramids is the Sphinx, carved out of solid natural rock in about 2650 BC, a magnificent monument with the head of the Pharaoh and the body of a lion. Entrance into one (1) pyramid will be included. Continue to visit the first Pyramid ever built, the Step Pyramid of Zoser, in the Sakkara Complex. When Memphis was the capital of Egypt, during the Old Kingdom period, Sakkara was its necropolis.   Spread over seven kilometers of desert, Sakkara is one of the most important archaeological sites in the world. Before returning to the hotel a stop will be made at the remains in Memphis, the first capital of united Upper and Lower Egypt. ACCOMMODATIONS: MENA HOUSE OBEROI HOTEL ((B, L)

 Day 5 – Wednesday – September 3 - Cairo/LuxorEarly this morning you will be transferred to the airport for a flight to Luxor. Welcome to Luxor, Ancient Thebes. This afternoon you will explore the East Bank of the Nile including the Temple of Luxor. Here, the Avenue of Sphinxes, famous for its artistic degree of uniformity, leads to the entrance of the temple where a seated colossus of Ramses II and a towering Obelisk sit. Continue to the Karnak Temple, one of the most impressive monuments of ancient art and architecture in the world. The carvings, which adorn all of the walls, depict the history and conquests of many of Egypt's Pharaohs. This evening you may join an optional excursion to the Karnak Temple for a spectacular Sound and Light Show. ACCOMMODATIONS:  ST. GEORGE SONESTA HOTEL OR SIMILAR (B, D) 

Day 6 - Thursday – September 4 - Luxor Cross the West Bank to explore the Valley of the Kings that houses 62 tombs belonging to the Pharaohs of the New Kingdom, including the famous tomb of King Tutankhamen. Found intact and excavated in 1922 many of the tombs, carved out of the bedrock, still retain their original bright colors and fine relief’s and scenes, thought to guarantee the safe passage of the Ka to the after life. Next, it is on to Deir El Bahri to visit the mortuary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, considered being one of the finest buildings in Egypt. This afternoon is at  your leisure. You may choose to explore the Luxor Bazaar, or roam through the museum.ACCOMMODATIONS:  ST. GEORGE SONESTA HOTEL OR SIMILAR (B, D)    

Day 7 – 13 - Friday – Thursday – September 5 - 11 Luxor/Hurghada

This morning you will leave Luxor for Hurghada where you will board the live aboard boat. Your “Classic Cruise” has something for everyone. Starting from Hurghada and sailing north offers a perfect combination of reef and wreck diving. The famous horseshoe shaped reef of Shaab El Erg is a perfect example of the reefs on offer on this cruise with its beautiful hard coral garden and the chance to see dolphins. Abu Nuhas has four well-known wrecks: Giannis D, Carnatic, the lentil wreck and the tile wreck, all offering spectacular dives and plenty of fish life. Night dives can be superb in this area as Gubal Island offers protected anchoring for the night. A small wreck at 8-10 meters makes for a spectacular night dive with lionfish, scorpion fish and its resident giant moray eel. red_sea_diving_2006_july_102A short ride across the straits of Gubal and you visit the most famous wreck of the Red Sea, the Thistlegorm! An awe-inspiring World War II British vessel with a cargo full of armaments (Bedford trucks and BSA motorbikes), which were all destined for the British troops in North Africa. She was sunk by the German Luftwaffe and now lies in 30 meters of water. Depending on divers' experience, weather and current conditions, we also try to offer a night dive here. Close by is the Ras Mohamed National Park, offering a morning dive at the 'Shark Reef', a sheer wall falling into the blue. The Ras Mohamed Park is usually the 'border', from here the boat heads back towards Hurghada.ACCOMMODATIONS: EMPEROR BOAT LIVE ABOARD (B, L, D) 

Day 14 – Friday – September 12 - Hurghada/CairoToday you will leave Hurghada for Cairo where you will have the day at leisure or we can arrange to take you to the Khan El Khalili Bazaar for some last minute souvenir shopping. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner and show.

ACCOMMODATIONS: FAIRMONT HELOPOLIS HOTEL OR SIMILAR  (B, D)

Please Note: This itinerary sequence is subject to change due to hotel availability, weather conditions, and government restrictions.

 

 TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • International Air New York/Cairo/New York
  • Egypt Domestic Air Cairo/Luxor-Hurghada/Cairo
  • 3 nights accommodation in Cairo at the Mena House Oberoi Hotel or similar
  • 2 nights accommodation  in Luxor at the St. George Sonesta Hotel or similar
  • 7 nights live aboard on board an Emperor Dive Boat including National Park Entrance fees & Nitrox
  • Full day tour: Pyramids/Sphinx- Egyptian Museum of Antiquities
  • 13 breakfasts, 10 lunches and  11 dinners
  • All dive excursions and National Park entrance fees
  • All transfers: Cairo/Luxor/Hurghada
  • Egyptologist-guide in Cairo and Luxor
  • All transportation by deluxe air-conditioned motor coach or mini-van
  • Egypt Visa
  • Hotel taxes and service charges
  • Porterage

NOT INCLUDED

  • U.S. Departure Taxes & Airport Security (approximately $300.00 – subject to change)
  • Domestic air within the U.S.
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry, telephone calls, inter-net services, dive services not included, soft drinks, coffee, tea (except at breakfast), mineral water, alcoholic beverages, passport fees, tips to drivers, guides, transfer people, travel insurance, etc……
 

ANCIENT EGYPT-RED SEA DIVING TRIP RATES - PER PERSON:

Double                                             $4399.00            

Single Supplement                          $755.00            

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"The most impressive part of ancient Egypt is the grand style and meticulous detail in which structures and temples were built.  Every temple covers enough ground to host a large concert and are as tall as a 10 story building..Our native Egyptian tour guides, ensured that we traveled safely, saw all the great sites and gave us enough information on Egypt to win on Jeopardy. "

-David W. Hartman

Tour Coordinator

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