The Nile, Egypt


Egypt
7 Night Freestyle Nile Cruise


8 days/7 nights - Multiple 2013 Departure Dates

2013 Prices:
Option 1: $1,325 - Embark 6/23/13
Option 2: $1,425 - Embark 6/16/13
Option 3: $1,525 - Embark 7/7/13-7/28/13
Option 4: $1,575 - Embark 8/4/13-8/25/13
Option 5: $1,625 - Embark 9/1/13-10/27/13
Option 6: $1,725 - Embark 11/3/13-12/29/13
NOTE: There is a holiday supplement for the Dec 15-22, Dec 22-29 and Dec 29-Jan 5, 2014 tours
All prices are per person/double occupancy


Call us if you need assistance with airfare.
We are currently able to get airfare starting at $700
from JFK, CHI, WAS for certain times of the year.

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 Groupon 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

Example of the Ships

Ship amenities and full descriptions are available here:
Magic I
Magic II
Lady Mary
Lady Carol

2013 Dates:

This tour runs Sunday to Sunday and is available any week through December 30, 2013.  See the full list of dates below.


Daily Itinerary:

Day 1: Sunday - Luxor

Arrival and Embarkation on the cruise

Meals: D
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: B, L, D
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: B, L, D
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: B, L, D
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: B, L, D
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: B, L, D
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: B, L, D
Overnight: On Board

Day 8: Sunday - End of Cruise

Disembark after breakfast.

Meals: B

Includes:

  • 7 nights cruise, 2 per cabin
  • Arrival Transfer from airport or per-trip hotel to ship
  • Departure Transfer from ship to airport or post-trip hotel
  • Welcome drink
  • Buffet breakfast daily
  • Lunch every afternoon
  • Dinner every evening
  • Port charges

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
Call us if you need assistance with airfare.
We are currently able to get airfare starting at $700
from JFK, CHI, WAS for certain times of the year.

Supplements/Upgrades/Excursions:

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

Holiday Supplement for Christmas Dec 15-22 & Dec 22-29 tours and New Year's Dec 29, 2013 - Jan 5, 2014

$300 per person/double occupancy
Compulsory Christmas dinner - $60 per person
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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