The Nile, Egypt


Egypt
7 Night Freestyle Nile Cruise


8 days/7 nights - Multiple 2014/2015 Departure Dates

Egypt is the cradle of civilization, the land of religions and the gateway to Africa, but above all, Egypt is the gift of the Nile. Visit the ancient splendors of the Pharaohs, the early glories of Christianity and the masterpieces of Islam, and explore its seas which have some of the most beautiful seafloors in the world, as well as its deserts which have been isolated from the fertility of the Nile.

For more than a thousand years, Luxor, was the religious capital of Egypt. The Greeks called it Thebes, until the Arabs baptized it Medinet el Kussur, "City of Palaces", from which the name Luxor derived. It was the capital of the Pharaohs of the New Empire which coincided with the greatest period of splendor in the Egyptian history. Evidence of the city's glorious past can be seen in the temple of Karnak erected to the glory of Amon- Ra, king of gods... On the West Bank, the kings of ancient Egypt, including Seti I Rameses VI and Tubankhamon, thought they would rest undisturbed during their journeys into eternity. Beyond the temple of Queen Hatsheput you can find the Colossi of Memnon, so called by the Greeks in memory of Homeric hero Memnon.

Edfu (antiquity name is Behdet) is an Egyptian city, located on the west bank of the Nile River between Esna and Aswan, with a population of approximately sixty thousand people. Edfu is the site of the Ptolemaic Temple of Horus and an ancient settlement, Tell Edfu. About 3 miles north of Edfu are remains of ancient pyramids.

Aswan is where the valley of the Nile ends and where Nubia begins, a land which provided Pharaohs, gold building materials, valuable woods and the very best soldiers. Historically, the city was a stopping place for caravans coming from southern Africa: the great souk, a market brimming with local foodstuffs and all kinds of spices, is the inheritance and symbol of this trading past. Today, you can find the famous caves from which the Pharaohs of Thebes extracted the granite of their temples, obelisks and statures. You can as well admire the enormous dimensions of the High Dam, a supreme piece of modern engineering work was built between 1964 and 1970 to stem the floods of the Nile. Its construction led to the formation of the immense lake Nasser.

Kom Ombo is home to many Nubians who were displaced from their ancestral homes by the rise of Lake Nasser when the Aswan Dam was built. Sugar cane is harvested on the river banks and there are felucca-building yards here.
In ancient times, Kom Ombo, sat at an important crossroads between the caravan route from Nubia and trails from the gold mines. It later became the training grounds for war elephants.
It is home to The temple at Kom Ombo, which is dedicated to Sobek, the crocodile god, and quite unusually, it also honors Haroeris, a form of the falcon-headed god Horus.


"Thank you and Beyond Boundaries for a wonderful experience on the Nile. Our guide, Sharif, was excellent. He is a university-trained Egyptologist, very professional, knowledgeable, flexible and patient (with our zillions of questions). He also has a great sense of humour. Every night he provided us with a detailed itinerary of our next day's activities. We were so lucky to have him to ourselves! Your package inspired us to book a full month in Egypt - we wish we could convey to the rest of North America that Egypt is open for business! Egyptians are friendly, hospitable, and eager to share their country's treasures with tourists. Again, thanks for offering the Nile Cruise at an affordable price."
Deb S. - Spring 2013



2014/2015 Dates and Price:

All prices are per person/double occupancy

DatesPrice
Jul 27 2014$399
Aug 3 2014, Aug 10 2014, Aug 17 2014, Aug 24 2014, Sep 9 2014,
Sep 14 2014, Sep 21 2014, Sep 28 2014
$499
Oct 5 2014, Oct 12 2014, Oct 19 2014, Oct 26 2014, Nov 2 2014,
Nov 9 2014, Nov 16 2014, Nov 23 2014, Nov 30 2014, Dec 7 2014
$599
Dec 14 2014*, Dec 28 2014*, Jan 4 2015$699
Jan 11 2015, Jan 18 2015, Jan 25 2015$399
Feb 1 2015, Feb 8 2015, Feb 15 2015, Feb 22 2015$499
Mar 29 2015$699
Mar 1 2015, Mar 8 2015, Mar 15 2015, Mar 22 2015$599
Apr 5 2015, Apr 12 2015$699
Apr 19 2015, Apr 26 2015, May 3 2015, May 10 2015, May 17 2015,
May 24 2015, May 31 2015, Jun 7 2015, Jun 14 2015, Jun 21 2015,
Jun 28 2015, Jul 5 2015, Jul 12 2015, Jul 19 2015, Jul 26 2015
$499
Aug 2 2015, Aug 9 2015, Aug 16 2015, Aug 23 2015, Aug 30 2015,
Sep 6 2015, Sep 13 2015, Sep 20 2015, Sep 27 2015
$599
Oct 4 2015, Oct 11 2015, Oct 18 2015, Oct 25 2015$649

This tour runs Sunday to Sunday and is available most weeks through Oct 25, 2015.
NOTE: There is a holiday supplement for the Dec 14 and Dec 28 2014 departures (See below)



Example of the Ships

Magic I
Magic II
Lady Mary
Lady Carol


Daily Itinerary:

Day 1: Sunday - Luxor

Arrival and Embarkation on the cruise

Meals: Dinner
Overnight: On Board

Day 2: Monday - Luxor, Edfu

Explore on your own or take an optional excursion

Optional excursion: Morning visit to West Bank including Valley of the Kings, Valley of the Queens, Temple of Queen Hatshepsut and the Colossi of Memnon.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overnight: On Board

Day 3: Tuesday - Edfu, Aswan

Explore on your own or take an optional excursion

Optional excursion: Visit the Temple of Horus

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overnight: On Board

Day 4: Wednesday - Aswan

Afternoon at leisure-chance to explore Aswan on your own or take an optional excursion

Optional excursion: Morning visit to the High Dam, Old Dam in Aswan or try a ride on a camel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overnight: On Board

Day 5: Thursday - Aswan

Explore on your own or take an optional excursion

Optional excursion: Abu Simbel by Bus or Plane. In the afternoon sailing with the Felucca on the Nile, visit the Botanical Gardens

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overnight: On Board

Day 6: Friday - Aswan, Kom Ombo, Edfu

Morning free to explore on your own or take an optional excursion

Optional excursion: Visit Temple of Sobek

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overnight: On Board

Day 7: Saturday - Sailing to Luxor

You will have the day to relax and enjoy the cruise as you sail down river to Luxor.
Explore on your own or take an optional excursion
Optional excursion: Visit to the East Bank, Karnak and Luxor Temples

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overnight: On Board

Day 8: Sunday - End of Cruise

Disembark after breakfast.

Meals: Breakfast

Includes:

  • 7 nights cruise, 2 per cabin
  • Round-trip airport transfers to ship from Luxor
  • Welcome drink
  • Buffet breakfast daily
  • Lunch every afternoon
  • Dinner every evening
  • Port charges and lodging taxes

Not Included:

  • Gratuities for service staff
  • Any expenses of a personal nature like alcoholic beverages, mini bar in rooms, laundry and telephone bills etc. and anything not specifically mentioned as "includes"
  • Beverages where not included (See Prices below)
  • Entrance fees and extras where not included
  • Travel insurance
  • Airfare to/from Egypt

Supplements/Upgrades/Excursions:

Single Supplement: $350
Children under 12 traveling with 2 adults: $760

*Holiday Supplement for Dec 14 and Dec 28, 2014 departures

$300 per person/double occupancy
Compulsory New year's dinner - $95 per person

Beverage Upgrade

Upgrade package for cruise: local beer & wine, soft drinks from 11 am till 11 pm on board the cruise with a supplement of $33.58 per day per person

Optional Cruise Excursions:

There is a wide variety of optional excursions for you to pick from. You can select individual excursions or opt for the Sightseeing Package. Full list of excursions

Excursions and extensions are non-refundable once they are booked.

* holiday supplement applies

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