Egypt and the Nile Valley (almost full) November 8 - 21, 2019 and November 22 - December 5, 2019
No other place on earth reveals the ancient world as vividly and profoundly as does Egypt. To behold the pyramids emerging from the haze of dawn at Giza and to contemplate the serene, colossal figures of Ramses II at Abu Simbel is not only to marvel at their state of preservation across some 4,500 years but also to confront something timeless and true about human civilization. A trip to Egypt is a wondrous discovery of both past and present. Further, to stroll the teeming streets of Cairo, in the shadows of minarets and lofty palms, and to wander through the Khan El Khalili Bazaar is to move beyond the headlines to encounter a world that is both engaging and enlightening.
This tour of Egypt - W&L's sixth - combines stays in Egypt's brilliantly refurnished classic hotels with a four-night deluxe barge cruise on the Nile between Luxor and Aswan. Each day of our tour we'll enjoy visits to the major sites of ancient Egypt in Cairo, Memphis and Sakkara, Luxor, and Aswan. In Cairo, we'll gaze upon the Sphinx, the Solar Boat, and the Great Pyramids as well as the fabulous treasures of Tutankhamen at the Egyptian Museum. Memphis and Sakkara present the Alabaster Sphinx and the Step Pyramid of Djoser, one of the world's oldest stone structures. In Luxor, we'll visit the magnificent temples of Luxor and Karnak, then many of the remarkable tombs in the Valley of the Kings and Queens. In Aswan, the exquisite Temple of Philae awaits our transfer by boat. Along the way, we'll enjoy several other famous temples and tombs, along with many additional highlights.
Our itinerary is mindful that tourism has returned to Egypt in full force. Please be assured that we have found a way to enjoy the best of Egyptian hospitality and explore the immense span of Egyptian history in relative comfort and privacy. It will be our pleasure to show you not only the magnificence and grace of ancient Egypt but also the strategy of our visits. Each of our two departures will be limited to 30 travelers.