This ULTIMATE EGYPT tour includes Alexandria, Old Cairo, a Nubian village and the magnificent temples of Abu Simbel as well all the main highlights of Egypt. We have THE top-notch Egyptian guide, HANY TAWFEEK. He was the guide picked to escort President Obama when visiting Egypt and he has a master’s degree in Archaeology. Our headliner, Steve Densley, J.D., will present his popular lectures on Egyptian temples from a Latter-day Saint perspective. With stays in 5-star hotels and a 4-night scenic Nile River Cruise, this is an UNFORGETTABLE experience.
Thursday / December 26
Fly from the USA into Cairo.
Friday / December 27
Arrive in Cairo. We will be met at the airport and driven to our hotel where we can relax and enjoy an evening on our own. Overnight in Cairo
Saturday / December 28
This morning we begin our tour of the pyramids—the only remaining wonder of the ancient world. We explore the Pyramids of Giza; enjoy a 1-hour safari riding a camel or in a horse cart in the desert; and see the Sphinx. For those who can handle tight spaces, there is an option to enter the great pyramid ($20). Our next stop is the Papyrus Institute where we watch a demonstration of this ancient art and do some shopping. After lunch, we visit the amazing Egyptian Antiquity Museum including King Tut’s exhibit. Overnight in Cairo. (B, L)
Sunday / December 29
This morning we visit Old Cairo (Coptic Cairo). The real highlight of a visit to this district is the Church of St. Sergius and Bacchus where local legend says the Virgin Mary, baby Jesus and family sheltered during King Herod’s massacre of male babies. Further into the quarter, you come to the Ben Ezra Synagogue, which is said to be built near the spot where the baby Moses was found in the reeds. This afternoon we visit the Sultan Hassan Mosque and El Refaay Mosque. To end our tour, we drive to the banks of the Nile and ride a Felluca on the Nile. (B, L)
Monday / December 30
We start our day with early flights to Luxor. Our touring begins with visiting the Valley of the Kings. We visit 3 of the famous tombs of kings. For an additional fee ($20), those that wish can also enter the tomb of Tut Ankh Amen. Next, we visit Queen Hatshepsut’s Temple. As we leave the Valley of the Kings, we visit the Colossi of Memnon. We then board our deluxe Nile cruise, our home for the next 4 nights. This evening we can take an optional 2-hour horse cart tour through the city of Luxor ($20). This is a great tour! Overnight onboard. (B, L, D)
Tuesday / December 31
After breakfast, visit the Karnak Temple which is dedicated to the god Amon, his wife Mut, and their son Khonsu. Next, we visit the Luxor Temple and then head back to our ship in time for lunch and to sail south. Our headliner, Steve Densley, J.D. will present part one of his popular lecture on Egyptian Temples from a Latter-day Saint perspective. In the evening we enjoy crossing the lock of Esna. Overnight onboard. (B, L, D)
Thursday / January 1
Our first stop is Edfu. There we find the most complete temple in Egypt. We return to the ship and sail to Kom Ombo to visit the only double temple in Egypt. This temple is dedicated to Horus the falcon and Sobek the crocodile. This afternoon, Steve Densley,J.D. will present part two of his lecture. Overnight onboard. (B, L, D)
Thursday / January 2
This morning we take an early morning bus ride to Abu Simbel to visit the temple of King Ramesis the 2nd. In the afternoon, we take a boat trip to a Nubian Village passing by Elphentine Island and learn why this island is significant to scholars of the Book of Mormon. Overnight onboard. (B, L, D)
Friday / January 3
This morning we disembark the cruise ship and immediately begin our tour for the day by visiting the incredible High Dam built to save Egypt from the Nile flood. Next, we travel by motor boat for about 10 minutes to visit one of the most beautiful temples in Egypt—the Temple of Philae. This afternoon we take return flights back to Cairo and check in to our hotel for the next 2 nights. (B, L)
Saturday / January 4
We start our day visiting Sakkara—the sight of the oldest pyramids of Egypt and the oldest stone building in the world. It is best known as the location of King Zoser’s step Pyramid. Next, we proceed to the old capital of Memphis. Here we visit the ruins of the Temple of Ptah and the gigantic Colossi of King Ramses II. At a local carpet school, we watch the children learning to make rugs from the cocoon of silkworms and learn about the different kinds of Egyptian carpets. (B, L)
Sunday / January 5
We begin today with an early start with the drive to Alexandria. Once there, we will see the Catacombs of Kim El Shokafa—one of the seven wonders of the Middle Ages, the Roman Amphitheater and the Library of Alexandria. We then drive back to Cairo for our late-night flights home. (B, L)
Monday / January 6
|HEADLINERS: Steve Densley, J.D.|
STEVE DENSLEY, J.D. is an attorney, author, and the Executive Vice President of the Interpreter Foundation, an organization that supports the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints through reliable scholarship. He has published articles in the Utah Bar Journal, the Journal of Law and Family Studies, Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship, and Meridian Magazine. He was the Executive Vice President of FairMormon from 2013-15, a recipient of the John Taylor Defender of the Faith Award, and was a producer of FairMormon’s podcast when it twice won the People’s Choice Award for Best Podcast in the Religion & Spirituality category. He has served as an Elders Quorum President, High councilor, Young Men’s President, Gospel Doctrine Teacher, and is currently the 1st Counselor in his Ward’s Bishopric.
Hany Tawfeek has been escorting groups in Egypt since 1987. He holds a Master’s degree in Egyptology and is an international lecturer in his field. He was awarded the title of Egyptian Ambassador of Tourism in 2007 and was the President of the Tourist Guides Union of Alexandria from 2007 until 2014. He is THE top guide in Egypt and has led a large variety of distinguished visitors including President Barak Obama, Prince Henereck (Prince of Denmark), and many other presidents, royalties, ministers, and prime ministers. Hany has been escorting Cruise Lady groups for almost 10 years and is always listed as the favorite guide of our repeat customers. His fun, charming, and incredibly intelligent descriptions of the sites visited make this tour unforgettable.
TOUR COST: $3,495 per person based on double occupancy (plus $140 standard gratuities due at final payment)
(Price is for Cash or Check payment. Price for Credit Card payments is $3,600 per person)
Single Supplement is $900
Space is limited so BOOK NOW!
|Egypt visa, border fees, & departure taxes|
|Meals as indicated (breakfasts, lunches, and dinners)|
|Transportation in deluxe air-conditioned coaches|
|Bilingual Egyptian guide|
|Hotel accommodations at 4 and 5 star hotels and 3-night Nile River cruise|
|Transfers to/from the airports to the hotels on scheduled arrival/departure days|
|All entrance fees to all sites in itinerary unless otherwise stated|
|Internal flights (Cairo to Aswan & Luxor to Cairo)|
|Trip Cancellation Protection|
|Standard Gratuities - ($140 per person to be added to final payment)|
|Meals not listed (6 dinners…budget approximately $120 per person)|
|Optional hot air balloon ride over Nile River – $120|
|Transfers to/from the airports for early arrivals / late departures|
|OPTIONAL ADD-ONS (to be paid at the time in USD)|
|Optional entry into the great pyramid or another pyramid ($10-$20ea.)|
|Optional entry into Tut Ankh Amen’s Tomb ($15 ea.)|
|Optional 2-hour horse cart tour in Luxor ($20)|
|Optional hot air balloon ride over the Nile River ($120)|
- $500 per person due at booking
- Final Payment by October 26, 2019 (including $90 standard gratuities)
- $50 per person after deposit is received
- $500 per person after September 26, 2019
- 100% cancellation penalty after final payment October 26, 2019
***PASSPORTS ARE REQUIRED and must be valid through July 2020***
IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to the nature of this tour you must be able to climb steps and walk briskly unassisted.
Please note that minor changes to the itinerary may occur due to local conditions and to better accommodate our group.