NOTABLE INCREDIBLE LUXURIOUS EGYPT
Custom Luxury Tour Arranged by Ngaire Keene through Ker & Downey
Hosted by Ken Hutyra and Ngaire Keene Hutyra | March 04, 2016 to March 15, 2016
Day By Day Itinerary
Highlights of Cairo:
Memphis, Sakkara, Giza Pyramids, Old Cairo, and the Citadel. After hours Egyptian Museum and Mummy Room viewing. Sunset at the Giza Pyramids and Sound and Light Show private for our group Reception and dinner in the elegant home of Antoine Riad, Chairman of South Sinai Travel Cruise includes: Luxor Temple, Karnak Temple and Karnak Sound and Light Show, Valley of the Kings with visits to special entrance tombs - King Tut and Ramses VI PLUS the Valley of the Queens, Abu Simbel by air with our own Egyptologists as guides - Philae Temple, Unfinished Obelisk, Aswan High Dam, Felucca Sail, Edfu Temple and Kom Ombo Included but optional are the Nubian and Luxor Museums, the Aswan Bazaar and other attractions. Schedule for these optional attractions is flexible with two vehicles to adjust to the groups wishes.
|3/4/16||Arrive in Cairo/ Private Sound & Light Show||Four Seasons First Residence|
|3/5/16||Tours/ Special Egyptian Museum Opening||Four Seaons First Residence||B,L|
|3/6/16||Tours/ Reception & Dinner Private Home||Four Seaons First Residence||B,L,D|
|3/7/16||Arrive in Luxor/ Luxor Temple||Sonesta Star Goddess||B,L,D|
|3/8/16||Valley of the Kings/Queens||Sonesta Star Goddess||B,L,D|
|3/9/16||Cruise the Nile/Edfu Temple||Sonesta Star Goddess||B,L,D|
|3/10/16||Aswan/High Dam/ Philae Temple||Sonesta Star Goddess||B,L,D|
|3/11/16||Aswan/ Abu Simbel/Felucca||Sail Sonesta Star Goddess||B,L,D|
|3/12/16||Cruise the Nile/Komombo Temple||Sonesta Star Goddess||B,L,D|
|3/13/16||Luxor visit Karnak Temple + Sound and Light Show||Sonesta Star Goddess||B,L,D|
|3/14/16||Debark Luxor to Cairo Overnight||Intercontinental Cairo City Stars||B|
Want to come into Cairo Early? Special Rate
The Four Seasons First Residence with breakfast and the 23% taxes and fees included $277 pp double occupancy or $500 single occupancy with the VIP arrival process at the Cairo Airport and transfer between the airport and hotel.
For those arriving early if you wish we can arrange additional tours for you or you can make your own arrangements.
Friday, March 04, 2016 | Arrive Cairo | Four Seasons First Residence
Welcome to Egypt!
On arrival you are met with VIP Services. Lounge on arrival and while your immigration and visa process is handled for you. Transfer to the Four Seasons First Residence Hotel. Cairo has at various times been called Memphis, Babylon-in-Egypt, Heliopolis, El-Fustat and most recently, Al-Qahira (the Conqueror). With a population of 16 million, Cairo is the largest city in the Middle East and Africa, and is the center of all routes leading to and from three continents: Asia, Africa and Europe. Here, past and present meet in a glorious diversity of cultures. Modern Cairo is an architectural fusion of old and new, where skyscrapers and ancient monuments stand side by side. The Pyramids of the Pharaohs, early Christian monasteries and churches, Salah El-Din's Citadel and mosques of the Mamluke and Ottoman sultans form a historical mosaic. Greater Cairo encompasses both historic towns and modern districts, resulting in one of the world's largest metropolises. To the north is Alexandria, founded by Alexander the Great in 331 BC as a gateway to Greece; to the northeast, on the Mediterranean Sea, lie Port Said and the Suez Canal.
Four Seasons First Residence
A gracious sanctuary of Four Seasons hospitality and service, with impressive views of the Great Pyramids over the old-growth canopy of Cairo’s ancient Zoological and Botanical Gardens. The Hotel is at the center of the First Residence apartments and shops on the west bank of the Nile.
After a day at leisure this evening enjoy a special event: Sunset at the Giza Pyramids with a private Sound and Light show exclusive to the Keene Luxury Travel group.
Dinner at your own expense after the show in one of the many restaurants at the Four Seasons or the attached Mall.
Accommodations at Four Seasons First Residence – Superior Room
Saturday, March 5, 2016 | Cairo | Four Seasons First Residence
Tour to Memphis and the Giza Pyramids
Little remains of Memphis, the first capital of the united Lower & Upper Egypt, as the stones were plundered to build Cairo. On the plateau above lies Sakkara, a cemetery for Memphis used continuously for 3,000 years. The Pyramids of Giza are dominated by the Great Pyramid, constructed for King Cheops around 2650 B.C. Close to the eastern flank of the Pyramid of Cheops are three small pyramids dedicated to either his wives or family members. The second pyramid, built for Kephren, son of Cheops, southwest of his father's pyramid, has a simple interior with two entrances on the north side. The third one was built for Mycerinus (Menkaure), Cheops' grandson, lies southwest of the others and is the smallest of the three. On the way to the pyramid of Kephren sits the statue of the Great Sphinx of Giza, one of the most famous monuments in the world, a legendary figure with the body of a lion and the face of a man.
Lunch is included at a highly rated local restaurant, Andrea specializing in wonderful barbeque chicken with bottled water for the table and one drink per guest.
Early dinner at your own expense one of the many restaurants at the Four Seasons or the attached Mall.
This evening after dinner enjoy a water taxi ride as transport to a private after hours viewing at the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities. Egyptian Museum of Antiquities is considered one of the most prominent museums in the world. It was built during the reign of Khedive Abbass Helmi II in 1897, and opened on November 15, 1902. It has 107 halls divided into seven sections, each section devoted to one era in Egypt's history. The museum's most significant showpiece is the Tutankhamun collection. View the https://www.keeneluxurytravel.com/images/egypt of Akhenaten (the heretic king), Queen Hetepheres jewelry and solid silver coffins of the 21st dynasty kings.
Accommodations at Four Seasons First Residence – Superior Room
Sunday, March 6, 2016 | Cairo | Four Seasons First Residence
After breakfast, embark on a city tour of Cairo.
Sightseeing begins with a visit to the Citadel, a medieval fortress in the time of Saladin built with blocks from the Queens Pyramids at Giza. Visit the Alabaster Mosque built for Mohammed Ali, modeled after the one in Istanbul.
After the tour we will return to the Four Seasons Hotel for an included buffet lunch with water for the table and one drink per person.
After lunch, for those that like shopping you can visit the Khan El Khalili Bazaar that is a highlight for local shopping and cultural flavor! Dating back to the 14th century, this market is renowned for its magnificent examples of fine gold and silver work, embroidered clothing, leather goods and hand-carved woodwork.
Late this afternoon, leave for a private reception and dinner in the elegant home of Antoine Accommodations at Four Seasons First Residence – Superior Room
Monday, March 7, 2016 | Cairo/Luxor | Accommodations on the Sonesta Star Goddess – Luxurious 430 sq ft balcony BEETHOVEN SUITES Full Board - all meals inclusive of soft drinks, local wines, local spirits. Also included is laundry and one log in for free wireless internet in your suite.
Sailing the Nile at leisure. For those who enjoy lectures our Egyptologists with cover many subjects of interest and also have Question and Answer sessions during the free time on the cruise.
We will be visiting the following highlights during the cruise at the optimum time for the best experiences. Our schedule may not be what you see advertised for the Sonesta Star Goddess. With our own guides instead of the ships guides we can tailor our own tours to visit when the sites are less crowded and the temperature of the day will be more comfortable.
- Visit the Temple of Luxor built by Amenophis III for his wife and son. This is a well-preserved non-funerary cult temple from 1400 b.c.
- Kom Ombo - visit the twin sanctuaries of crocodile-headed Sobek and hawk-headed Haroeris, uniquely set, side-by-side in a single picturesque Ptolemaic temple on a hill overlooking the Nile. Of special interest here, are the surgical instruments depicted in the reliefs on the temple walls
- The Temple of Philae, the Aswan High Dam and the ancient granite quarries, in use since the first dynasty to see the unfinished obelisk - Egypt's tallest had it ever been disengaged - which clearly demonstrates how stone was extracted in ancient times.
- SPECIAL INCLUSION - ABU SIMBEL - The magnificent rock-hewn temples at Abu Simbel feature Ramesses II and that of his Queen, Nefertari. They were moved about 40 years ago, 200 feet above their original site now inundated by Lake Nasser and re-housed in an artificial mountain which successfully recreates their original setting. We will be flying to Abu Simbel with our own transport and guides. Abu Simbel will be one of the key highlights of the cruise.
- Edfu Temple - Visit the almost perfectly preserved Ptolemaic temple of Horus, protector of the sun god, whose exploits and cult are detailed on the corridor walls surrounding the building. The ever-dark rooms, their walls crowded with dumpy figures and clumsy late hieroglyphs, are unchanged since ancient times. Interestingly, some of the cartouches for the royal name are empty; indicating how swiftly the throne could change hands.
- The Temple of Karnak - Where a massive mud brick wall encloses a sacred lake and temples of Ptah, Osiris, Opet and Khonsu. In the evening return to Karnak for the sound and light show.
- Luxor - West Bank - Valley of the King and Valley of the Queens Cross the Nile to the West Bank visiting the Valley of the Kings,with visits to the special entrance tombs, King Tut and Ramses Vl tombs,also visit the Valley of the Queens and the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut before returning to the ship via the Colossi of Memnon.
Other Included Attractions
- Luxor Museum and shopping in Luxor
- Felucca sail in Aswan around the botanical gardens
- Nubian Museum in Aswan
- Shopping in the Aswan Bazaar
Monday, March 14, 2016 | Intercontinental Cairo City Stars Hotel
Disembark the ship after breakfast and fly to Cairo. Most people will require one night in Cairo prior to flying home.
The InterContinental Cairo City Stars is part of Egypt's largest retail and entertainment complex, giving you direct access to over 640 stores and 2 indoor theme parks. The hotel is ideally located seven minutes from Cairo International Airport, Named Cairo’s best business hotel by Business Traveller Magazine. Spacious guest rooms 36 - 40 sqm with either King Size Bed or Twin Queen Bed configuration. Each room has individual air conditioning, cable TV with more than 150 channels, mini-bar, hair dryer and luxurious guest amenities.
Now you can enjoy Complimentary high speed internet of 100 megabytes.
Tuesday, March 15, 2016 | Cairo | Depart for the USA
Transfer to the airport for our VIP departure.