Private Tour of Egypt and The Greek Isle of Santorini
Luxury Nile Cruise Boarding Luxor
This 12 -day itinerary combines a Nile Cruise of Ancient Egypt with Classical Athens and the romance of the honeymoon Greek Isle of Santorini. Compare with the 14-day version with extended stay in Egypt.
Extend your stay in the Greek Isles: Add Crete
DAY 1 – Athens:
Daily arrival in Athens: Apr Oct, subject to the Nile cruise availability in Egypt. Our local rep will meet you at Athens Airport and assist with your transfer to your hotel. If you arrive early morning from the USA on Olympic Airways then you’ll have time on your own to explore the Greek capital, browse for treasures and curios, and venture to a terrace cafe or a fine meal in the old Plaka district.
DAY 2 – Athens – Private Tour (BL)
A half-day private morning guided city tour will orient you to the high points of Athens. This tour gives you an opportunity to observe the striking contrasts that make Athens such a fascinating city. Your expert private guide will take you to see the Panathenaic Stadium where the first Olympic Games of modern times were held in 1896 (short stop). Continue and pass by the Prime Minister’s residence (ex Royal Palace) guarded by the Euzones in their colorful uniform, the Temple of Olympian Zeus, the Hadrian’s Arch, the Parliament and the memorial to the Unknown Soldier, the Academy, the University, the National Library, and the Constitution Square (Syntagma). On the Acropolis visit the Architectural Masterpieces of the Golden Age of Athens: The Propylaea, the Temple of Athena Nike, the Erechtheion and finally “the harmony between material and spirit”, the monument that “puts order in the mind”, the Parthenon. Continue and visit the place where at last the statues found their home and admire the wonders of the classical era: The new Acropolis museum. Lunch is included in a charming local restaurant , followed by a leisurely walking tour of the Plaka District. Return to your hotel late afternoon or early evening. Remainder of the day at leisure.
DAY 3 – Santorini (B)
Fly to Santorini. Luxuriate on the beach at Santorini, mecca for Honeymooners and the perfect romantic getaway. Remainder of the day at leisure. Maybe visit on your own Thirassia Island (enjoy lunch on you own at a local restaurant /tavern) and watch the sunset in Oia. Usually you return to your hotel/villa early evening.
DAY 4 – Santorini (cB)
Enjoy your lovely hotel or venture out on your own to explore Akrotiri, reputedly the site of fabled Atlantis. Then maybe on to Athinios port to take a boat across to the dormant volcano, and ascend through a crater-pocked moonscape to the crater. You may have some free time to enjoy a swim in a hot spring!!
DAY 5 – Santorini – Athens – Cairo (cB)
After breakfast, we escort you to the airport for your flight to Athens connecting same day to Cairo on Egyptair or Olympic Airways. Air fare in economy class is included in our rate with tax. VIP Meet & Greet upon arrival at Cairo Airport. Visa issued locally in Cairo (for a limited number of nationalities) no photos required. Our representative will greet you at the airport and whisk you to your hotel. Visa will be issued upon arrival at Cairo Airport for a limited number of citizens such as: American, Australian, NZ, EU, Canadian, EU Singaporean and Japanese citizens. You are responsible for having your passport in order valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of your arrival in Cairo. Our local rep. will meet you with a sign that carries your name, and will be waiting for you with the prepaid visa stamps to proceed to the passports control to stamp your passports, then you claim your luggage. After you clear the passport and customs formalities and exit the terminal, our local representative will escort you (private vehicle) to the hotel. Welcome fruit basket and Egyptian pastry awaits you in your room with our compliments.
Sample Deluxe Hotels: Ramses Hilton, Cairo Sheraton, Sonesta, Cairo Marriott, Cairo Conrad, Semiramis InterContinental Hotel or similar.
DAY 6 – CAIRO (BLD)
On your first full day in Egypt we show you the Egyptian Museum, the Pyramids of Giza, the Sphinx, the Citadel of Saladin, and the Mohammed Ali Mosque, made of alabaster. Lunch is included at the Mena House. Dinner is included at La Bodega restaurant.
DAY 7 – Luxor (or Aswan), Board your Nile Cruise! (BLD)
We fly to Luxor (or Aswan) we proceed to cross the Nile to the West Bank. We tour today the magnificent tombs in the Valley of the Kings including Tut-Ank-Amon’s tomb and the great temple of Queen Hatshepsut, and we stop briefly at the Colossi of Memnon. Afterward, we’ll continue on Luxor’s west bank to get a totally different perspective on ancient Egyptian life at the ancient workers’ settlement of Deir el-Medinah. While most of the imposing stone monuments and sites of Egypt honor the lives and after-lives of royalty, Deir el-Medinah gives us unique and surprising insights into the ordinary citizens who constructed and decorated the tombs. Here we’ll see the excavated homes shared by laborers with their domestic animals. These quarters were surprisingly large, with three good-sized rooms, courtyard, kitchen, and even storage cellars. While ancient Egypt might not have been a workers’ paradise, we’ll see that artisans and builders were highly regarded in their community. We are proud to be the only operator to offer regular visits to this singular ancient settlement in its tour and cruise programs.
Head back to your cruise and board our Nile cruiser in time for a delicious lunch. Complimentary welcome fruit basket awaits you in your cabin.The gigantic Great Temple of Amon at Karnak, and the mighty Temple of Luxor are our goals in the afternoon. We’ll return in time for the afternoon tea served on deck. You’ll have a chance to explore your ship before dinner. Late afternoon your guide will call on you for a horse drawn carriage ride throughout Luxor and the waterfront. Cabin amenity: Local sweets platter and 2 large bottles of water. Evening Sound and Light show at Karnak, please bring a jacket.
DAY 8- On Board Your Nile Cruise (BLD)
We sail to Esna to go through the locks, and on to Edfu where we dock for the night. In the evening, we’ll celebrate in Egyptian style, dressed in galabias, the flowing national costume (a galabya will be delivered to your cabin with our compliments).
DAY 9 – On Board Your Nile Cruise EDFU, KOM OMBO – Aswan (BLD)
We moor in Edfu, climb aboard horse-drawn carriages, and clip-clop through the town to the Temple of Horus, Egypt’s best-preserved temple. Re-embarking on our Nile cruiser, we enjoy lunch as we sail further south upriver. We disembark downstream at Kom Ombo to visit its twin temples of Haroeris, the sun god, and Sobek, the crocodile god, the continue our voyage to Aswan, while we party after dinner with music and dance. In the evening, there’s a jolly galabia party aboard. Cabin amenity: Fruit basket- 2 large bottles of water
Temple of Isis from Philae on Agilkia Island in Lake Nasser, Egypt. Video by Xandra Dekker.
DAY 10 -ASWAN – Cruising The Nile (BLD)
First we tour Aswan dams, the Nubian Museum then on to the awesome Aswan dams, and next an ancient granite quarry complete with an unfinished obelisk. Then we go by motor launch to the Island temple of Philae, dedicated to the Ancient Goddess ISIS.
The Mystery of Isis
Two millennia ago the Mediterranean world was enthralled by the mystery of Isis: “I, Isis, am all that has been, that is or shall be; no mortal man hath ever seen me unveiled.”
Called Aset by the ancient Egyptians, the goddess was a Madonna in the Mediterranean tradition that stretches far, far back to the primitive Mother Goddess from Anatolia, home to some of the oldest human communities on earth.
Isis was the powerful and quick-witted protector of her son Horus, the Sun God. Ancient peoples throughout the Mediterranean regarded Isis and Horus as the perfect Madonna and Child. Another legend says she was also the mother of the fertility god Min who, judging from the depiction of him on temple walls, needed no help from Viagra!
Because of her wisdom and skill at protection, she was admired as a good magician capable of healing the sick and protecting the dead in their journey to the Underworld. Isis is portrayed regally, as a queen seated on a throne (which may be the meaning of her name), often holding her son Horus as a baby. Other images show her with broad, magnificent gilded wings able to protect the world.
In the afternoon we enjoy a leisurely sail by graceful felucca on the Nile then on to Soheil Island and a Nubian Village. After noon horse-drawn carriage ride throughout Aswan souks and waterfront. Evening Sound and Light show at Philae, bring a jacket.
DAY 11- Aswan – CAIRO (BL)
Breakfast on board, followed by a return flight to Cairo. Air fare is always included. Transfers are always on a private basis. Lunch is included in Cairo at the hotel.
Complimentary Dinner is included at a local home
Meet the locals. You may wish to bring token gifts to exchange with the host family (T shirt, small souvenirs of your home town). This evening we’ll venture where few ordinary visitors ever tread… right into the homes of some of the people of Cairo! You’ll be invited to a family dinner, and while you enjoy wholesome home-cooked specialties, you’ll learn about and appreciate the outlook, aspirations, and way of life of your hosts. Be assured, as curious as you may be about your new friends, they’re sure to have questions about your own background. Once the ice is broken, you’ll enjoy a lively evening, and find that you have more in common than you ever suspected. Of course, if you prefer, you may enjoy a quiet evening by letting us know your preferences.
DAY 12 – CAIRO/DEPARTURE (B)
Our representative escorts you to the airport for your homeward flight. If you wish to fly back to Athens we are happy to assist with the air fare. All tour rates are subject to change without notice.
|Rates per person in USD (Apr – Oct)|
|Per Person Sharing in:||Deluxe Hotel
Deluxe Nile Cruise
Hotels – Nile Cruise
|Triple Occupancy||US$ 6270.00||US$ 5760.00|
|Double||US$ 6405.00||US$ 5820.00|
|Single||US$ 7870.00||US$ 6940.00|
The tour includes…
- Airfare Athens Cairo in economy class, with tax included.
- Airfare Athens Santorini Athens in economy “Y” class, with tax
- As well as domestic air between Cairo and the Nile Cruise in economy class, tax included or fly in Business Class within Egypt when you choose to book Deluxe Hotel/Nile Cruise category.
- All transfers in Greece and Egypt always on a private basis, private air -conditioned car/driver.
- Private touring in Cairo and Athens, private air-conditioned air-conditioned car, private chauffeur.
- Hotel accommodations, including all taxes and service charges, based on the rate category you choose.
For Ultra Deluxe Upgrade: Cairo: Four Seasons Hotel (Premiere room) and Grande Bretagne Hotel in Athens, please add: Supplement of: %15 to the Deluxe rate.
- Nile cruise, including all meals, afternoon tea served on deck daily, and shore excursions.
- One large bottled water per person delivered to your cabin daily while you are on board the Nile
Cruise, plus a small bottle of water with each & every meal on board the cruise
- Tea or coffee and water with each & every meal while you are on board the Nile cruise.
- Welcome drink upon arrival on board the Nile Cruise.
- Welcome fruit basket on board the Nile Cruise.
- Pre-set menu meals as shown including B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
- Guided, escorted sightseeing tours in Athens, the Nile Cruise and Cairo as indicated in the itinerary, including all entry fees
- VIP Meet & Greet At Cairo Airport
Our representative greets you at the airport and whisks you to your hotel. Visa will be issued upon arrival at Cairo Airport (photos are not required). Egyptian Visa will be issued for a limited number of citizens such as: American, Australian, NZ, EU, Canadian, EU Singaporean and Japanese citizens. You are responsible for having your passport in order valid for at least 6 months beyond the date of your arrival in Cairo. Our local rep. will meet you with a sign that carries your name, and will be waiting for you with the prepaid visa stamps to proceed to the passports control to stamp your passports, then you claim your luggage. After you clear the passport and customs formalities and exit the terminal, our local representative will escort you (private vehicle) to the hotel. Welcome fruit basket & Egyptian pastry awaits you in your room in Cairo upon arrival with our compliments
- Trip Cancellation/travel insurance
- International air fare from/to USA, please ask for information on these fares or use your own free air miles.
Sample Accommodation in Santorini:
- Dana Villas, in Firostefani with view of the volcano.
- Chromata Apartments, in Imerovigli with a view of the volcano.
Sample hotels in Athens:
- Deluxe: Divani Palace Acropolis. First: Electra Palace. Stanley
Sample hotels in Cairo:
- Deluxe: Hilton. Sheraton. Sonesta. Kempinski. Semiramis InterContinental. Conrad Cairo Hotel. Marriott. JW Marriott or similar
First: Helnan Shepheard’s. Oases or similar