DAY 1: Welcome to Egypt
Once you have arrived and have cleared immigration, collected your luggage and passed through customs, you will see a bank of people waiting to greet you.
· Proceed to the hotel to check in.
· Spend the day at leisure to rest and acclimate
· Dinner tonight will be on your own
· Overnight is at Cairo Sheraton Hotel with a - Nile River view room
DAY 2: Pyramids
After breakfast in the hotel, you will meet your Egyptologist for a morning excursion to visit the Pyramids and Sphinx, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
After seeing the miraculous Pyramids, you will visit a perfume factory.
LEARNING EXPERIENCE: Perfume Workshop
Following the perfume factory, lunch will take place at Mariott Mena House Palace, which overlooks the pyramids! Visit the collection of artifacts at the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities including the spectacular treasures of King Tutankhamen before returning to the hotel.
This evening join your guide for an evening food experience in the heart of Cairo from the famous Tahrir Square and try the traditional Egyptian dishes while walking in Cairo city center streets.
Meals included: Breakfast
Overnight in Cairo
DAY 3: Egyptologist
This morning after a buffet breakfast, you will meet your Egyptologist for a morning excursion to visit the iconic Citadel of Saladin and the mosque of Mohamed Ali. This journey will then be followed by visit of the Hanging Church, St. Serguis Church, and Ben Ezra Synagogue.
After your morning excursion, at 12:00 lunch will be served at Felfela, a local restaurant well known for it’s Egyptian cuisine.
Immersive Experience: Following a local lunch, your next activity will be in collaboration with Woman in Egypt Mag organization. Egypt Mag is an advocacy movement to empower the women of Egypt. Visit a local project that supports women and learn about the impact these programs have on women’s lives. Your visit supports the work of the organization and local women.
Dinner will be on your own tonight.
Learning Experience: Woman in Egypt Mag organization
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight in Cairo
DAY 4: Luxor
This morning, continental breakfast will start your day on an energetic note.! Afterwards, you will check out of your hotel to continue your journey onto Luxor.
Following your 60-minute flight, a buffet breakfast will be served at a deluxe hotel to relax and enjoy before venturing out to see the Karnak Temple and Luxor Museum.
Next up, it's time to check in aboard on Mayfair/Mayflower Nile Cruise. Once boarded, there will be free time for leisure and exploring the boat before a 6 p.m. visit of the Luxor Temple.
At approximately 7:30 p.m., dinner will be served on board.
Overnight in Luxor.
DAY 5: Valley of the Kings
After an early hearty morning buffet breakfast, experience the Nile by motor boat as you cross to the West Bank. Early morning visit the stunning tombs at the Valley of the Kings followed by a visit of the Queen Hatshepsut temple, and finally a photo stop by the giant Colossi of Memnon.
IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCE: BRUNCH WITH A LOCAL WOMEN TO LEARN ABOUT LIFE IN EGYPT
At 10:30 a.m., it’s time for brunch with an Upper Egypt household wife to learn about authentic Egypt from a local. After brunch, you will head back to the East Bank by motorboat.
Lunch will be served on board as you set sail to Edfu, a trip that is approximately 9 hours.
Afternoon sailing will be relaxing and educational, as you pass through the Esna lock.
Overnight in Edfu.
Learning Experience: Brunch with Local Women
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overnight in Edfu
DAY 6: Temple of Gebel el Silsila
After a delicious morning breakfast, at 7:30 a.m. head to the Temple of temple of Gebel El Silsila, one of the well-preserved temples of Ancient Egypt.
Then, at approximately 10 a.m. it’s time to set sail to Kom Ombo. An afternoon visit to the temple of Kom Ombo will take place following your anticipated 3:30 p.m. arrival. At 5 p.m., it’s time to set sail once again for a journey to Aswan.
Overnight in Aswan.
DAY 7: Temple of Philae
After breakfast, at 9a.m., visit the the lovely and elegant temple of Philae. The temple was dedicated to Isis. Later, enjoy your lunch on board as you continue your journey to your next stop.
LEARNING EXPERIENCE: HENNA WORKSHOP
The afternoon brings a scenic Felucca ride, followed by a camel ride, toward the Nubian village, where you will visit a Nubian house, and learn Nubian women's Henna drawing skills.
Dinner will be at 7:30p.m. back on board.
Overnight in Aswan.
DAY 8: Cairo
After a morning buffet breakfast, it's time to check out.
The morning fly to Cairo is approximately 1.5 hours in length.
LEARNING EXPERIENCE: COOKING CLASS
Once back in Cairo, it’s time to explore local cuisine.
An immersive cooking class in collaboration with the House Of Cooking Egypt will teach you how to prepare authentic Egyptian dishes by yourself to make at home.
After cooking, it’s time to eat your delicious makings for lunch.! A favorite activity after cooking: it’s now time to shop.
You can enjoy shopping at Khan El Khalili, a local market and El Moez Islamic street.
After shopping, it’s time to check in at the Intercontinental City Stars, located - 10 minutes from Cairo airport. Overnight in Cairo.
DAY 9: See You Again
Don’t leave yet! Extend your journey on one of our numerous programs in Jordan , Israel , Oman, or India.
Need to head back? We look forward to welcoming you on another Leaning Journeys Traveling Classroom!