4 days / 3 nights
Cairo is the largest city in Egypt, a country home to one of the oldest civilizations in the word. Its history and culture have been shaped by multiple ruling dynasties, wars, invasions and colonialism. Today, it is a unique blend of many different languages and people. Iconic tours include a visit to the Egyptian Museum which showcases more than 100,000 Egyptian antiquities, such as papyrus, coins and mummies, and excursions to Mosque of Ibn Tulun, one of the oldest with exquisite architectural features. Built between 876 and 879 AD. While The Pyramids can be included in a Cairo tour, they can also be booked separately.
The Pyramids of Giza, located southwest of Cairo, showcase multiple pyramids. The first structure was the largest at 455 feet (139m) high and is known as the Great Pyramid, Pyramid of Khufu or Pyramid of Cheops. It is one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Bearing the name of Khufu’s ruling son is the Pyramid of Khafre. He is known for also building the Sphinx to guard the temples. A smaller structure is the Pyramid of Menkaure. All were designed to be the burial grounds of the kings and their dynasties along with their possessions.
Nile River Tour
6 to 14 night options
The Nile River is the longest in the world and flows north to the Mediterranean Sea. At 4,132 miles (6,650 km)*, a Nile River Cruise serves as a perfect pre or post dive activity to absorb more of the country’s culture and history. Cruise the river aboard a comfortable ship and enjoy the scenery between Luxor to the north to Aswan south. Dining experiences may include Egyptian cuisine and belly dancing.
Near the Nile River, discover an extensive number of tombs, temples and palaces dating back four millenniums. Highlights may include the temples of Abu Simbel – on the west bank of Lake Nasser, an archaeologic site. Its two temples honor Pharaoh Ramesses the Great and his wife Queen Nefertari. Valley of the Kings, near Luxor, is the burial site of King Tutankhamun and the Temple of Karnak with three main temples and massive columns. North of Aswan, the Temple at Kom Ombo features the crocodile god Sobek and the falcon headed god Horus.