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A Special AAA Member Only Luxury Journey to Egypt | April 17-26, 2020 in Business Class

10 days

A Few Cabins Left! | Air Inclusive Business Class from JFK | $5,831 pp

Exclusively for AAA Members

+ Stand Between the Paws of the Sphinx – an area off limits to other visitors – for a private field talk with Dr. Ashraf Mohie El-Din who will share insights gleaned form his extensive experience mapping excavations on the Giza Plateau.
+ Our specially guided tour of the tomb of Queen Nefertari, wife of Ramses II, will reveal one of the most lavishly decorated and beautiful tombs along the Nile.
+ With our expert and engaging Egyptologists, you’ll visit all of Cairo’s ancient sites including Memphis, Sakkara, and the 4,600-year-old solar boat of King Cheops.
+ Embark on a camel ride across the desert dunes and sit down to a delightful luncheon at the landmark Mena House, an historic landmark hotel set on 40 acres of verdant green gardens.
+ Fly to Abu Simbel and visit the amazing must-see Temple of Ramses II.
+ Four all-inclusive nights aboard the Oberoi Philae, the finest ship on the Nile.


Includes 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites  

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April 17, 2020: Fly Non-Stop in Business Class, JFK - Cairo

Enjoy Egypt Air's brand new B787-9 Dreamliner overnight in Business Class with full-flat seats. The flight is non-stop.

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April 18, 2020: Welcome to Cairo

Kempinski Nile Hotel - Cairo, Egypt

Upon arrival, you’ll be met by our Cairo-based staff who will assist you with immigration formalities – from obtaining your visa through baggage claim and customs. From the airport, the drive into the city takes about 45 minutes and brings you to the banks of the Nile River. Here in an affluent and prestigious city-center neighborhood near the Egyptian Museum, you’ll check in to the 5-star Kempinski Nile Hotel. Settle in to your Nile-view guestroom and enjoy the rest of this day at leisure.  Meals D

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April 19, 2020: Extraordinary Sites of Antiquity

Kempinski Nile Hotel - Cairo, Egypt

This morning, we’ve made special arrangements for you to enjoy a private field talk in an area that is usually off limits to visitors. Directly under the watchful gaze of the Sphinx between his massive paws, we’ll be joined by Dr. Ashraf Mohie El-Din. Drawing upon his professional experience mapping excavations on the Giza Plateau, he is a wonderful speaker that will enrich your first day of exploration. Then gaze upon the Great Pyramids c and have lunch at the landmark Mena House. Continue to Memphis c, site of Egypt’s ancient capital, to see the Colossus of Ramses II and the beautiful Alabaster Sphinx. At nearby Sakkara, you’ll gaze in wonder upon the remarkable Step Pyramid of King Zoser. You’ll also be among the first to behold the vibrant drawings and inscriptions in the 4,000-year-old Tomb of Mehu – newly opened to visitors for the first time in 80 years. This evening, you’ll dine along the Nile. Meals B+L+D

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April 20, 2020: The Egyptian Museum + Old Cairo

Kempinski Nile Hotel - Cairo, Egypt

After a sumptuous buffet breakfast, you’ll begin your exploration of Cairo. From the Citadel, a medieval fortification set on hill near the heart of the capital, you’ll have fine views of the city. Here you‘ll also admire the impressive Muhammad Ali Mosque, built in the mid 1800’s. Mid morning finds you inside the highly regarded Egyptian Museum of Antiquities; with our expert Egyptologist, your 2.5-hour guided visit reveals ancient artifacts that will deepen your appreciation of the sites you’ll explore along the Nile.

After lunch, a guided walking tour through the evocative streets of Old Cairo c includes a visit at one of the city’s oldest churches. Continue to the colorful Khan El Khalili Bazaar where gold, jewelry, spices, rugs, textiles, and lanterns have been sold for centuries. Today, it’s a great place to spend an hour or so - browsing for gifts and mementoes! Back at our luxury boutique hotel, the balance of the evening is yours to dine and enjoy as you wish. In addition to the options available at the Kempinski, our Cairo-based staff will be on hand to offer other suggestions and assistance.  Meals B+L+D
 

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April 21, 2020: Fly to Abu Simbel + Embark the Oberoi Philae

The Luxury Oberoi Philae

You’ll be escorted to the airport this morning for your included flight to Abu Simbel c. With our expert Egyptologist again on-hand, your comprehensive tour of the Temple of Ramses II reveals one of the world’s most impressive sights of antiquity. Behold these 67-foot high figures of the King, carved from solid rock, and hear the dramatic story of how they were moved 200 feet above their original site to protect them from the rising waters of the Aswan Dam. In addition to its oft-photographed statues, the interior hall is decorated with amazing relief carvings that depict a great battle with more than 1,000 stone figures.
 
Then fly to Aswan where you’ll board the luxurious and intimate, 44-guest Oberoi Philae – privately chartered for AAA Members. Settle in to your ultra-spacious light-filled stateroom and then join our expert guides to visit the Nubian Museum. Designed by the award-winning Egyptian architect Mahmoud al-Hakim, the building reflects traditional elements of Nubian architecture; inside, its carefully curated exhibits include temple, tomb and dwelling artifacts from the ancient Nubian civilization that thrived here along Nile River as far back as 2000 BCE.  Meals B+L+D

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April 22, 2020: Aswan High Dam + Temple of Philae + Kom Ombo

The Luxury Oberoi Philae

In contrast to the ancient wonders of Cairo and Abu Simbel, the remarkable High Dam at Aswan is an achievement that belongs to modern Egypt. With enriching insight and narration, you’ll explore this engineering marvel; completed in 1970 at a cost of about $1 billion, it spans more than 2 miles and towers 300 feet. This morning’s excursion also includes the Temple of Philae , rescued from the rising waters of Lake Nasser after the completion of the High Dam. Now situated on a lovely island, the earliest elements of this impressive complex include a small temple built around 370 BCE and dedicated to the Goddess Isis.
 
Later, we’ll step off at our ship’s private pier to explore the Temple of Kom Ombo. Built on a picturesque bend in the Nile, where crocodiles used to sun themselves, this unusual dual-deity temple of the Ptolemaic Period is dedicated to both Haroeris (one of the oldest forms of the falcon-headed God Horus) and, appropriately enough, the fearsome Crocodile God Sobek.  Meals B+L+D

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April 23, 2020: Temple of Horus in Edfu + Cruise the Esna Locks

The Luxury Oberoi Philae

Join our engaging Egyptologists ashore in Edfu to explore the Temple of Horus, considered by many scholars to be the best-preserved cult temple in all of Egypt. Built in the Ptolemaic era between 237 and 57 BCE, later than many of the other sites along the Nile, it is still a stunning example of traditional Pharaonic architecture and ranks as the second largest temple in Egypt – after the great Karnak Temple. Rich in design, intricate in detail and ingenious in its massive construction, the extraordinary quality of every element here attests to the paramount importance of the falcon-headed Horus. Back onboard, you may wish to be on-deck as our luxury cruiser navigates through the Esna Locks.  Meals B+L+D

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April 24, 2020: Valley of Kings and Queens + Nefertari’s Tomb

The Luxury Oberoi Philae

With the Philae’s privileged private docking facilities along the Nile, we’ll be off ship efficiently and easily again this morning - going ashore apart from the cluster of other ships and their passengers.

Our exploration begins in the fabled Valley of Kings c, where the pharaohs of the 18th Dynasty abandoned the pyramid tradition in favor of tombs built deep in the mountainside. Each pharaoh also constructed a mortuary temple at the edge of the valley, some distance away from the actual tombs. Sixty four ancient Egyptian rulers are buried here, but only a handful of the temples remain, including Madinat Habu - the tomb of Ramses III with its impressive exterior walls. The fabled final resting place of King Tutankhamen and the fabulously decorated tomb of Ramses VI are also among the highlights awaiting our exploration here in the Valley.
 
Equally as fascinating as the pharaohs’ tombs is the ancient Egyptian village of Deir el-Medina. More than 3,000 years ago during the New Kingdom period, this community was home to the thousands of artisans and laborers who constructed the tombs and temples in the Valley of Kings.
 
Exclusively for AAA Members, today’s specially guided tour of Nefertari’s tomb will reveal one of the most lavishly decorated and beautiful tombs in the Valley of Queens.  Meals B+L+D

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April 25, 2019: Disembark and Tour Karnak and Luxor Temples

Waldorf Astoria Heliopolis Towers - Cairo, Egypt

After a final breakfast onboard, we’ll disembark the Oberoi Philae to visit two of Egypt’s most celebrated sites of antiquity, beginning with the great Karnak Temple c. With our skilled Egyptologist leading the way, you’ll stand before its massive pillars and admire the grand Hypostyle Hall; encompassing more than 50,000 square feet, this is the largest hall of any temple in the world. Your sightseeing continues at the nearby Luxor Temple c, built in the 14th century BC and connected to the Karnak complex by the awe-inspiring nearly 2-mile long Avenue of Sphinxes.
 
We include your afternoon flight back to the capital, where you’ll be escorted to the Waldorf Astoria Heliopolis Towers; conveniently located close to the airport, it’s ideal for your departure flight the next morning. Settle in to your spacious Premier Guestroom for your final overnight in Egypt.  Meals B+L+D

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April 26, 2020: A Fond Farewell to Cairo

After breakfast, you’ll be escorted to the airport for your onward flight.  Meals B

Extend Your Trip

Jordan + Its Highlights

5 Days from $2,099

Discover remarkable sites of antiquity on this perfectly-planned 5-day journey through Jordan. Petra is the highlight, but we also take you into the desert landscapes of Wadi Rum and even include a hands-on cooking class.

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Welcome to Amman

Following breakfast in Cairo, we’ll escort you to the airport for your included flight to Amman, Jordan. On arrival at the Amman airport, you’ll be warmly greeted and chauffeured to the stylish W Hotel in the heart of the city. The rest of this day is yours to relax, enjoy and explore as you wish.

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Jerash + Madaba + Petra

After breakfast and check out, you’ll visit Jerash. Just 45 minutes north of the capital, Jerash is celebrated as the best-preserved provincial Roman city in the world – and fondly referred to as the Pompeii of the East. Enter with your guide through the imposing triple-arched gateway built to honor Emperor Hadrian and then explore a wealth of ancient sites including the impressive Oval Plaza and Temple of Zeus.

Continue along the historic King’s Way to Madaba where you’ll visit St. George Church to see an incredible 6th-century mosaic depicting Biblical sites from Egypt to Palestine; with 157 Greek captions, it is the oldest-known map of the Holy Land. Then sit down to a home-cooked meal in a restored century-old residence before ascending Mt. Nebo, the traditional burial site of Moses. At the summit, with its panoramic views of the Jordan Valley, there stands a Franciscan structure that was erected to protect the remains of a 4th-century Byzantine church. Continue to Petra and check in to the deluxe Mövenpick Hotel, ideally located across from the visitor’s entrance. Meals B+L

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Explore Ancient Petra

Mighty Petra was a strategic link in ancient caravan routes and is still stunningly preserved after nearly 2,000 years. Built by the Nabataeans and later abandoned, it was lost to civilization for centuries until its re-discovery by a Swiss adventurer. The entire city is carved into the sides of a deep gorge, and the only entrance is through a narrow opening called the Siq. This morning, as you enter into Petra from between these 100-foot cliffs, a remarkable vista unfolds… Temples, tombs and dwellings chiseled out of the solid, rose-hued stone. Over the next 3 hours, your expertly-guided tour of Petra includes the famous Treasury and other ancient monuments like the haunting Street of Facades and the Roman Theater. After your guided tour, you can linger on to explore more of the Valley at your own pace: Numerous tombs, large and small residences, temples, bathhouses and other public spaces offer fascinating insight into what life was like when Petra was a thriving city. We’ve included full-day entry, so you can even return to the Mövenpick Hotel to relax or have lunch before returning later in the afternoon to continue your independent exploration.

This evening, we’ll take you to the Petra Kitchen for a hands-on culinary experience. Working alongside local villagers under the supervision of a skilled chef, you’ll prepare a variety of traditional Jordanian dishes. It’s a congenial, enriching and fun evening. Enjoy the bounty of your labors when you sit down with fellow travelers for a wonderful well-earned dinner! Meals B+D

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Wadi Rum + Back to Amman

Check out after breakfast and venture into the captivating landscapes of Wadi Rum, immortalized in the epic film Lawrence of Arabia. Traveling in comfortable 4WD vehicles, you’ll discover a remote region where sandstone and granite mountains rise sheer-sided from wide sandy valleys to reach spectacular heights of 4,000 feet and more. Furthermore, there’s no better way to experience desert culture, than a one-hour camel ride through the red sand dunes. At Khazali Canyon, you’ll enjoy a guided 20-minute hike to see ancient Nabataean inscriptions and drawings. Then sit down to a traditional Bedouin lunch with a local family before returning to the W Hotel in Amman.  Meals B+L

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Depart Amman

Your private car and driver will take you to the airport for your onward journey. Meals B

Alexandria

3 Days from $1,399

The ancient Mediterranean port of Alexandria – the fabled city of Cleopatra and Alexander the Great – is the perfect way to enhance your journey. We include 2 nights at the lavish Four Seasons Hotel, all transportation and in-depth sightseeing.

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Cairo to Alexandria

In an air-conditioned vehicle, our professional driver will take you from Cairo to the Mediterranean coast. On arrival in the colorful ancient port of Alexandria, you’ll check in to the luxurious Four Seasons Hotel. Settle in to your Superior Sea View Room and enjoy the balance of this day at leisure. Enjoy dinner this evening at the hotel restaurant. Meals L+D

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Touring Alexandria

After breakfast, your vehicle, driver and guide will be waiting to take you on a comprehensive privately guided tour of this historic city, beginning with the ancient catacombs. Discovered in 1900, this is the largest known Roman burial site in Egypt. You’ll also see Pompey’s Pillar, an impressive monolithic column that was erected in honor of Emperor Diocletian. From here, your sightseeing continues with the ancient Roman amphitheater and the spectacular Qaitbay Citadel, built in the 15th century on the exact site of the famous Lighthouse of Alexandria, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

The Royal Library of Alexandria was one of the greatest libraries of the ancient world and flourished from its construction in the 3rd century BC until its destruction’s centuries later. Today, the Bibliotheca Alexandrina stands as a marvel of the modern world. Shaped like a giant discus embedded in the ground, its granite facades are carved with letters, pictograms, characters and hieroglyphs from more than 120 different scripts. Inside, its main reading room can hold 8 million books and accommodate 2,500 people under its distinctive sloping roof. Before returning to your hotel, you’ll visit this striking contemporary library as well as Montazah Park with its beautiful landscaped grounds and sweeping views of the sea. For your convenience, dinner is once again included this evening at the hotel restaurant.
Meals B+L+D

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Back to Cairo

After breakfast, your air-conditioned vehicle and driver will be waiting to take you back to Cairo. Meals B

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Finest Luxury Ship on the Nile  

Exclusively chartered for AAA Members, the 44-guest Oberoi Philae enjoys private docking facilities on the Nile… You’ll step off comfortably, quickly and efficiently for more time to explore Egypt’s greatest sites of antiquity.

All-Inclusive + Exclusively for AAA Members  

+ All sightseeing and shore excursions with our handpicked team of expert Egyptologists, including all entry fees
+ Special AAA Member-Only activities
+ Fine dining including all 23 meals: 8 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 8 dinners – with wine and beer
+ 4 nights in an outside stateroom on the Oberoi Philae with free WiFi
+ 4 nights at the Kempinski Nile Hotel in a Nile-view room with free WiFi
+ All on-tour transportation including airport transfers and internal flights
+ Luggage handling, port charges, hotel taxes, and all airline fees for your three included flights
+ Gratuities for drivers, waiters, porters, local guides and all shipboard staff

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