Experience Egypt at Eid, then dive the fantastic Red Sea!
Eid al-Fitr marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan and is a very festive time, much like Christmas in the Western world. In Egypt the holiday will be celebrated on June 26, 27, and 28th. Everywhere you will hear the greetings of "Eid Mubarak!" and see the children in their new clothes and playing at carnivals. Try the sweet nut-filled, powdered sugar-coated Ka'ak cookies!
We'll begin your fully-escorted tour in Cairo with the Giza Pyramids.You'll stay at the fabulous Mena House hotel with a view of the Pyramids. Then we'll fly to Luxor to be amazed by the Temple of Karnak, the Valley of Kings, and the temple of Queen Hatshepsut. There we'll board a luxury river cruise ship, the Sonesta Star Goddess, for a four-night adventure up the Nile to Aswan, stopping along the way at stunning temples built on the banks of the river, accompanied by an English-speaking Egyptologist.
"All Egypt is the gift of the Nile." - Herodotus
Travel with us to experience Egypt in comfort and style!
- The Great Pyramids of Cheops (Khufu) – The Great Pyramid is situated in Giza and is one of the Seven Wonders on the World. Cheops, the second Pharaoh of the IVth Dynasty, built it. It once rose to a height of 146 meters. Owing to natural wear and tear, however, its present height is 137 m.
- The Sphinx – The Sphinx is one of the most famous monuments of ancient Egypt. It stands as a guardian of the ancient necropolis.
- The Egyptian Museum, including the golden mask of King Tutankhamen
Luxor to Aswan Nile Cruise Highlights:
The Temple of Karnak
Built in the 20th century B.C., it is the biggest of the ancient Egyptian temples and was the seat of the god Amun, and the administrative capital of the country. A visit to the temple begins at the sacred quay, decorated with a Nilometer showing flood levels of the Nile and then passes through an avenue, bordered by statues of ram-headed sphinxes, to the temple itself. Inside the temple there is an open courtyard with a smaller temple on the left-hand side. Then there is a large hypostyle hall, built during the reigns of Seti I and Rameses II, containing 134 pillars, twelve of which are topped with capitals in the form of open papyrus flowers.
The Luxor Temple
Built by Amenhotep III as a private residence for god Amun, but Rameses II later added statues of himself to either side of the temple: two seated and two standing. Inside there is an open coutyard built by Rameses II, comprising a pillared colonnade; and a second courtyard by Amenhotep III with pillars decorated with papyrus designs. The Luxor Museum contains a remarkable collection of ancient Egyptian sculpture found during the course of restoration at the Karnak and Luxor temples.
The Valley of the Kings
This site contains a large number of tombs of the Kings and Pharoahs, including the tombs of: Seti I, Rameses II, Horemheb and Tutankhamun, which was the only tomb to be discovered intact.
The Temple of Edfu
This temple dates to the Ptolemaic period and is the largest and most complete of the different temples situated along the banks of the Nile. It is located in the city of Edfu. It was a center of the cult of Horus.
The Temple of Kom Ombo
The double temple dates to the Ptolemaic period and its inscriptions contain references to the Ptolemies and to the Roman Emperors, Domitian, Trajan, and Caracalla.
The tour has been structured around our Red Sea liveaboard and includes your flight between Cairo and Luxor, air-conditioned coach transfer from Aswan to Marsa Ghalib, and flight from Hurghada back to Cairo.
Non-diving partners or friends joining us only for the land tour will fly from Aswan back to Cairo for one more night on June 30 to complete their sightseeing in Cairo, including the Citadel and Alabaster mosque, then shop for souvenirs at the Khan al-Khalili bazaar.
Travel to Egypt
- From North America, depart on Friday night, June 23, non-stop from JFK on EgyptAir, a Star Alliance member airline, to arrive in Cairo on Saturday morning, or book one of the many flight options via Europe departing Friday or Saturday - whatever is convenient for you.
- You can arrive anytime on June 24 or very early on the morning of June 25 (many flights via Europe arrive late at night). You will be met by the local tour director and transferred to your hotel.
- After the liveaboard, plan to depart on the night of July 8 after 8 p.m.
- Additional hotel nights can also be arranged for early arrivals or those who choose a flight departing on the morning of July 9.
- E-mail us for assistance with international flight selection. We'll help you find the best option online for your flights.
Liveaboard Diving on board M/Y blue Melody
June 30 - July 7, 2017 (Friday – Friday): including 6 days of 3-4 dives a day.
Land Tour of Egypt
- June 24 (Saturday) Arrive Cairo anytime today. Hotel overnight.
- June 25 (Sunday) Full day tour of Ancient Cairo and Memphis including Giza Pyramids and the Sphinx, plus the step pyramid of Saqqara and
the Alabaster Statues of Ramses II in Memphis.
- June 26 (Monday) Morning visit to the Egyptian Museum including the treasures of King Tut. Afternoon flight to Luxor. Guided tour of the Temple of Luxor and embarkation on Nile Cruise ship. Dinner on board. Overnight in Luxor on the boat. Optional sound and light show.
- June 27 (Tuesday) After breakfast visit the jaw-dropping Temple of Karnak, then cross to the West Bank of the Nile: Visit Valley of the Kings, the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut and the Colossi of Memnon. Afternoon sail to Esna to cross the Lock and arrive Edfu for overnight on the boat.
- June 28 (Wednesday) After breakfast visit the Temple of Horus in Edfu then sail to Kom Ombo. Afternoon visit to the Temple shared by two gods Sobek and Haroeris. Overnight in Kom Ombo on the boat.
- June 29 (Thursday) After breakfast sail to Aswan to visit the High Dam and the Temple of Philae. Afternoon view of the Elephantine Island by felucca (sailing boat) & the Agha Khan Mausoleum. Optional flight excursion to Abu Simbel ($300). Overnight in Aswan on the boat.
- June 30 (Friday) Breakfast, check out and transfer to Marsa Ghalib to board M/Y blue Melody.
Return to Cairo
- July 7 (Friday) Transfer to airport for early afternoon return flight to Cairo. Possibility to visit Egyptian Museum again. Evening transfer to Abou el Cid restaurant.
- July 8 (Saturday) Private guided tour in Cairo to visit Citadel of Saladin, Mohamed Aly Alabaster Mosque, The Hanging Church, Abu Serga Church
and Khan El Khalili Bazaar. Lunch
- July 9 (Sunday)
Transfer to airport for return flight home.
Itinerary subject to modification.
- 4 nights Cairo (June 24-26 & July 7 & 8)
- 2 full day guided tours of Cairo and environs, including the Pyramids, Sphinx, Egyptian Museum, Citadel and Khan El Khalili Bazaar (dinner at own expense)
- Tourist site entrance fees
- Breakfast daily (breakfast, lunch and dinner included on Nile cruise)
- 4 night Nile Cruise from Luxor to Aswan, including meals and guided sightseeing
- Domestic airfare within Egypt (Cairo to Luxor and Hurghada to Cairo), airport meet & greet and all required transfers, including Aswan to Marsa Ghalib (departure port for the liveaboard)
- English speaking guide throughout
- International airfare to and from Cairo (arrive anytime on June 24; hotel check-in 2 p.m.)
- M/Y blue Melody liveaboard June 30 - July 7, 2017 ($1250)
- Optional excursion to Abu Simbel if desired ($300)
- Egyptian Visa ($25 upon arrival)
- Travel Insurance (required for this expedition)
- Two lunches and four dinners in Cairo
- Any additional hotel nights
- Single rooms on the tour are available for a supplement of $500, or we are happy to match you with a roommate.
A $500 deposit is due upon booking. Balance due 90 days prior to departure.