• Tutankhamun’s golden mask. It no longer travels, so if you want to see it, you’ll have to go to Cairo.

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  • Luxor’s Valley of the Kings dates from 1300 B.C.

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  • Luxor in the moonlight. Visit at night with R. Crusoe.

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  • Constructed nearly 5,000 years ago and still standing tall. The Great Pyrmaids of Giza.

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Egypt. 2 Journeys.

Egypt offers an embarrassment of ancient riches. Come see for yourself. We begin in Cairo, then see the Great Pyramids and Sphinx in Giza. On to Memphis, and Sakkara. Fly to Luxor for magnificent remnants, and cruise  the Nile to access Edfu, Kom Ombo, Aswan, and Agiliki Island. Don't miss Abu Simbel before heading home.

     Imagine this: the Great Pyramids, built before the wheel had been invented. The Avenue of the Sphinxes at the Temple at Luxor. The Cairo church where Mary, Joseph, and the infant Jesus paused to rest after fleeing from King Herod. Each stop on our Egyptian journeys opens a new door. R. Crusoe & Son’s forays in Egypt take in the longlived icons and then go far, far beyond to the country’s very soul.

     R. Crusoe offers two itineraries in Egypt. Both include time aboard one of three excellent Nile ships.


Egypt

Type:Custom Journeys/Rivers & Rails

Mode:Land/Water

Sample Journey

R. Crusoe & Son offers two sample journeys to Egypt. Both offer identical sightseeing in Cario, Giza, Memphis, and Sakkara, and both include several nights aboard one of three elegant small ships on the fabled Nile, the very soul of Egypt yesterday and today. Both visit sites important to understanding this nation—its pharaonic incarnations as well as its modern persona.

Please note: On these journeys, R. Crusoe & Son travelers share the Nile ships with other, non-Crusoe travelers.

Egypt, with Time on the Nile. Aboard the Oberoi Philae or the Sanctuary Sun Boat IV.

This is a 12-day sample itinerary. Remember that R. Crusoe can create an Egypt journey of any length to meet your exact specifications.

Day 1: United States
• Overnight flight to Egypt.
Overnight in flight
 
Day 2-3: Cairo, Egypt
• Land in Cairo.
• Museum of Egyptian Antiquities with private Egyptologist.
• Option to meet Egyptian sociology professor at the American University in Cairo.
Overnights in Cairo

Day 4: Giza, Memphis, Sakkara, Cairo
• Giza Great Pyramids and Sphinx with private Egyptologist, camel ride, Solar Boat Museum.
• Historic Mena House Hotel.
• Memphis, Sakkara necropolis and King Zoser's Step Pyramid.
• Return to Cairo.
Overnight in Cairo
 
Day 5: Cairo
• Old Coptic Cairo tour.
• Old Islamic Cairo tour, Khan el Khalili Bazaar
.
Overnight in Cairo
 
Day 6: Luxor
• Fly to Luxor.
• Option to Chicago House (Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago).
• Luxor Museum.
Overnight in Luxor

Day 7: Luxor
• Embark ship.
• Temple of Karnak, Luxor Temple.

Overnight aboard Oberoi Philae or Sanctuary Sun Boat IV

Day 8: Luxor
• Valley of the Kinbgs, Tut's tomb, Ramesses VI tomb, Dier El Madina, Habu, Colossus of Memnon.
Overnight aboard Oberoi Philae or Sanctuary Sun Boat IV

Day 9: Edfu, Kom Ombo
• Cruise to Edfu, Temple of Horus.
• Cruise to Kom Ombo, Temple of Horus and Sobek.
Overnight aboard Oberoi Philae or Sanctuary Sun Boat IV

Day 10: Aswan, Agilika Island
• Cruise to Aswan, Aswan High Dam.
• Philae Temple on Agilika Island.
Felucca ride.
• Nubian Museum.
• Sunset at the Old Cataract Hotel.

Overnight aboard Oberoi Philae or Sanctuary Sun Boat IV

Day 11: Aswan, Abu Simbel, Cairo
• Disembark ship in Aswan, fly to Abu Simbel.
• Greater Temple of Ramses II, Queen Nefertari Temple.
• Fly to Cairo.
Overnight in Cairo airport hotel

Day 12: Cairo; United States
• Fly home.

 

Egypt, with Time on the Nile. Aboard the Oberoi Zahra.

This is a 13-day sample itinerary. Remember that R. Crusoe can create an Egypt journey of any length to meet your exact specifications.

Day 1: United States
• Overnight flight to Egypt.
Overnight in flight
 
Day 2-3: Cairo, Egypt
• Land in Cairo.
• Museum of Egyptian Antiquities with private Egyptologist.
• Option to meet Egyptian sociology professor at the American University in Cairo.
Overnights in Cairo

Day 4: Giza, Memphis, Sakkara, Cairo
• Giza Great Pyramids and Sphinx with private Egyptologist, camel ride, Solar Boat Museum.
• Historic Mena House Hotel.
• Memphis, Sakkara necropolis and King Zoser's Step Pyramid.
• Return to Cairo.
Overnight in Cairo
 
Day 5: Cairo
• Old Coptic Cairo tour.
• Old Islamic Cairo tour, Khan el Khalili Bazaar
.
Overnight in Cairo
 
Day 6: Luxor
• Fly to Luxor.
• Embark ship.

Temple of Karnak, Luxor Museum.

Day 7: Luxor, Qena
Valley of the Kings, Colossi of Memnon.
Cruise to Qena, Temple of Dendera.

Overnights aboard Oberoi Zahra

Day 8: Luxor
• Valley of the Nobles, Dier El Madina village, Valley of the Queens.
• Option to Chicago House (Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago).
Temple of Luxor.

Overnight aboard Oberoi Zahra

Day 9: Edfu
• Cruise to Edfu, Temple of Horus.
Overnight aboard Oberoi Zahra

Day 10: Aswan, Agilika Island
• Cruise to Aswan, Aswan High Dam.
• Philae Temple on Agilika Island.
• Aswan town.

Overnight aboard Oberoi Zahra

Day 11: Kom Ombo, Aswan
• Cruise to Kom Ombo, Temple of Horus and Sobek.
• Cruise back to Aswan.
Felucca ride.
• Return to Philae Temple for sound-and-light show.

Overnight aboard Oberoi Zahra

Day 12: Abu Simbel, Aswan
• Fly to Abu Simbel, G
reater Temple of Ramses II, Queen Nefertari Temple.
• Fly to Aswan, Nubian Museum, Old Cataract Hotel at sunset.
Overnight aboard Oberoi Zahra

Day 13: Aswan, Cairo; United States
• Disembark ship in Aswan, fly to Cairo.
Fly home, or overnight at a Cairo Airport hotel
.

 

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Sample Pricing

Egypt, with Time on the Nile. Aboard the Oberoi Philae or the Sanctuary Sun Boat IV. 12 Days.

Per person sharing cabin from $5,490
Internal air per person (estimate) $550

Egypt, with Time on the Nile. Aboard the Oberoi Zahra. 13 Days

Per person sharing room from $6,490
Internal air per person (estimate) $550

For more information, to book, or to speak to an R. Crusoe & Son tour specialist, please call us at 800-585-8555.

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About Our Ships.

The Nile is the backbone of Egypt, its water the lifeblood of ancient Egyptians. Given that, what better way to see Egypt’s antiquities than from the perspective of a boat on the mighty river? These aren’t just any boats; in fact, the river trips between each stop can be as enjoyable as the sites themselves. R. Crusoe & Son has chosen three deluxe and stylish river cruisers to carry our adventurers along the route: on our 12-day program, the Oberoi Philae and the Sanctuary Sun Boat IV; on our 13-day program, the Oberoi Zahra.

Oberoi Philae.


Aboard the Oberoi Philae.

With just 22 cabins and suites, the newly refurbished Oberoi Philae is perfect for couples, groups of friends, or families looking for an intimate, luxury cruise on the Nile. Bright, spacious accommodations have large French windows that afford guests exceptional views of the Nile. Rooms and suites are equipped with the latest technology including complimentary high-speed Internet for up to four devices.

The Main Restaurant serves Western, Indian, Asian, and Middle Eastern cuisines. The Poolside Restaurant features lunchtime barbecues and eclectic light meals.

The Bar serves cocktails, single malts, and fine wines. It is also equipped with a movie theater, dance floor, and cigar lounge.

Other amenities onboard the ship? A full-service spa, 24-hour fitness room, beauty salon, and an outdoor heated pool and sun deck.

Touring throughout the cruise is led by a top Egyptologist.

 

Sanctuary Sun Boat IV.


Aboard the Sun Boat IV.

Modern fittings and cutting-edge technology on board the 80-passenger Sanctuary Sun Boat IV compliment her sophisticated, elegant ambience.

There are 36 standard cabins, two presidential suites, and two royal suites onboard the ship. Spacious rooms and state-of-the-art private bathrooms are the hallmarks of each stateroom, which also have air conditioning, minibars, and satellite television. All cabins have Nile views. Other amenities??A heated pool and two sundecks. Meals are planned and prepared by award-winning chefs.

Touring throughout the cruise is led by a top Egyptologist.

Oberoi Zahra.


The Zahra, a member of the outstanding Oberoi fleet.

The 54-passenger Oberoi Zahra is a 27-stateroom Nile cruiser with large windows in every cabin and marble en-suite bathrooms throughout (even the bathrooms have windows). Choose from two types of accommodations. The Luxury Cabin has a king or twin beds and a seating area with two comfortable chairs and a coffee table. The bathroom features a steam-and-shower stall. Want something a bit roomier? Consider the Luxury Suite (there are two on board). It includes a separate living room, a private terrace, and an open-air Jacuzzi. Also aboard the Oberoi Zahra: a full-service spa, a swimming pool, and a fitness center.

On-shore tours take place in groups of nine passengers, max.

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Egypt: A Timeline.

Circa 7000 B.C.

Settlement of the Nile Valley begins.

Circa 3100:

Hieroglyphics script developed; the pharaoh Narmer unifies Upper and Lower Egypt.

Circa 3000:

Kingdoms of Upper and Lower Egypt unite. Successive dynasties witness flourishing trade, prosperity, and the development of great cultural traditions. Hieroglyphics is used as an instrument of state.

Circa 2700: 

First stone pyramids built.

Circa 2600:

Great Pyramids of Giza built.

2055:

Mentuhotep II gains control of the entire country.

2000-1700:

Earliest parts of the Temple of Karnak built; Egyptians control Nubia.

Circa 1500:

Hatshepsut becomes Egypt’s first and only female pharaoh.

Circa 1400:

Tutankhamen becomes pharaoh.

1100:

Upper and Lower Egypt split.

728:

Nubian King Piy conquers Egypt.

669:

Assyrians from Mesopotamia conquer and rule Egypt.

525: Persians conquer Egypt.

332:

Alexander the Great, of ancient Macedonia, conquers Egypt and founds Alexandria. Macedonia rules Egypt until 31 B.C.

305:

Ptolemy I becomes pharaoh.

A.D. 31:

Egypt comes under Roman rule at the Battle of Actium; Queen Cleopatra commits suicide after Octavian's army defeats her forces.

196:

Rosetta Stone is carved.

Circa 300: 

Last known use of hieroglyphic writing.

642: 

Arabs conquer Egypt.

969: 

Cairo is established as Egypt’s capital.

1250:

Mameluke rule, characterized by great prosperity and well-ordered civic institutions.

1517:

Egypt absorbed into the Turkish Ottoman Empire.

1798:

Napoléon Bonaparte's forces invade but are repelled by the British and the Turks in 1801. Egypt once more becomes part of the Ottoman Empire.

1799: 

Discovery of the Rosetta Stone.

1859-69:

Suez Canal built; Egyptologists begins formal excavations in Egypt.

1882:

1914:


1922:



1953:

1960:

British troops take control of Egypt.

Egypt becomes a British protectorate.

Fuad I becomes King of Egypt; Howard Carter discovers the tomb of King Tut.

Egypt gains its independence.

The Aswan High Dam is built.

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