Dates: March 21 - April 3, 2019
Total Duration: 14 days
Cost: From $10,990 per person, double occupancy
Deposit (per participant): $1,000
Activity level: Moderately Active
Vehicle: Sun Boat III
Tour Operator: Criterion Travel, Inc.
Region: Near Middle East
Follow the course of the Nile River, whose mighty waters have long been the source of life-giving sustenance, cultural riches, and mythic power, into the very heart of ancient civilizations. Aboard your deluxe yacht, the 18-cabin Sun Boat III, explore the glorious age of the pharaohs on a 14-day exploration of Egypt's rich heritage. Among the many highlights of this itinerary are the iconic pyramids, the only remaining wonder of the ancient world, at Giza; the spectacular funerary boat of Cheops at the Solar Boat Museum; the colossal statues of Ramesses II and his queen, Nefertari, at Abu Simbel; and the royal tombs in the Valley of the Kings. Marvel at the Great Dam at Aswan and the newly opened Grand Egyptian Museum at Giza, described as the largest archaeological museum in the world.
The Nile River, upon whose waters we travel from Luxor to Aswan, is the heart of Egyptian civilization; almost all of the cultural and historical sites of ancient Egypt are found along its banks. As you enjoy the old-world elegance and modern amenities of the Sun Boat III, cruise to the sites of millennia-old pyramids, monuments, and fine arts, including exquisite reliefs and stylized tomb painting and carvings. Learn about the unparalleled architectural and engineering skills of master pyramid builders and enjoy unique behind-the-scenes access to archaeological sites. Ashore, explore Old Cairo's Islamic monuments, the Khan al-Khalili souks, and the golden treasures of the boy king Tutankhamun.