Pyramids, Pharaohs and Ancient Treasures -
10 Days/9 Nights
Cairo, Aswan, Luxor, the Nile & Sharm El Sheikh
The Egypt family vacation from Adventures by Disney starts in the heart of fabled Cairo, passes the pyramids on camelback and cruises down the Nile River to majestic Luxor. Marvel at the enigmatic Sphinx, and in the Valley of the Kings delve into the secrets of Tutankhamen's Tomb as you explore the fascinating world of the pharaohs. Then spend two days in Sharm El Sheikh and snorkel among the vibrant reefs of the Red Sea at Ras Mohammed National Park. Grand pyramids and ancient mysteries await on this family vacation of a lifetime.
2015 Trip Highlights include:
Join an Egyptologist in Cairo's Egyptian Museum of Antiquities for a privately guided tour of the treasures discovered in King Tutankhamen's tomb — while Junior Adventurers play an Art Detective game.
An Egyptologist will guide you through an unforgettable visit to the Great Pyramid. Next you'll see the pharaoh's ancient "sun boat" at the Khufu Boat Museum. Then, you'll travel though the Giza plateau on camelback for unparalleled views of the pyramids as well as the iconic Sphinx.
Fly to magical Abu Simbel, which features a UNESCO World Heritage Site with two of the most magnificent temples in the world—the twin monuments of Nubia! Then, spend 3 nights on the Nile River, sailing from Aswan to Luxor aboard the luxury ship Tamr Henna, including visits to the Temples of Philae and Edfu.
Gaze upon pharaohs and Egyptian deities as you tour the Temple of Luxor. Wander down the Avenue of the Sphinxes, the royal processional path that connects Luxor and Karnak temples.
Visit the famed location of over 60 tombs for pharaohs and nobles on the West Bank of the Nile with an Egyptologist as your guide. Enjoy a premium ticket that includes the two most celebrated tombs, King Tutankhamen and Ramses VI! Then, you'll experience a private tour of the monumental Karnak temple complex — the ultimate expression of Egyptian architecture and engineering.
Surrender yourself to the absolute bliss of total relaxation at this luxurious resort that offers a world-class spa, gorgeous pools and stunning views. You can also take to the sea to explore some of the most spectacular snorkeling and diving spots in the world.
Adventure Daily Itinerary
Meals Included: None
Welcome Breakfast at the Hotel
Say "Sabaah al kheer!" to greet your fellow adventurers in Egyptian Arabic during an exclusive buffet breakfast in the hotel's Moroccan restaurant. After the meal, your Adventure Guides will provide an informative orientation to your upcoming itinerary.
The Egyptian Museum of Antiquities
Join an Egyptologist for a privately guided tour of Egypt's most famous museum. Discover the world's largest collection of Pharaonic antiquities on this fascinating tour as Junior Adventurers join the Adventure Guides for an art detective game.
Lunch in Al Azhar Park
As graceful minarets rise against the horizon, take in the panoramic views of Cairo at this historic park located in the city center. Then settle in at the Citadel View Restaurant for a set menu of Middle Eastern cuisine that includes fresh-baked pita breads with tahini, babaganoush and hummus, as well as mouth-watering grilled meats.
Optional Tour of the Citadel of Saladin and the Great Mosque
Opt to spend a refreshing afternoon at the hotel to enjoy the many amenities, or join your Adventure Guides and an Egyptologist for a fantastic tour of the massive medieval Saladin Citadel.
Welcome Dinner at the Hotel
Share your day's experiences with your fellow adventurers at this exclusive 3-course dinner. Savor your choice of meals from a set menu of international and Middle Eastern specialties as a stunning view of the Nile River stretches before you.
After dinner, sit back and let the dulcet strains of Arabic music enchant you as local musicians perform on traditional instruments such as the qanun, oud, nay and riq.
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
The Pyramids of Giza & Pharaoh's Boat Museum
After breakfast at the hotel, embark on a coach ride to Giza, where you will meet with an Egyptologist for a tour of the Great Pyramid and the Sphinx. Then enter the Khufu Boat Museum and see the pharaoh's painstakingly restored "sun boat" that archaeologists unearthed beside the Great Pyramid of Khufu in 1954.
Camel Ride by the Pyramids
Climb up for the ride of your life! Ride on the Giza plateau with a view of the pyramids. Next, visit the funerary complex of the great Pharaoh Khufu.
Lunch at the Pyramids
Surrounded by jasmine-scented gardens, the sumptuous Mena House Oberoi is home to the celebrated Khan El Khalili Restaurant. With a grand view of the pyramids, choose your meal from a set menu of delicious Egyptian dishes.
Papyrus Making and Hieroglyphics
Discover the ancient art of papermaking from a local expert using freshly cut strips of papyrus. Then get a taste of what it was like being an Egyptian scribe as you and your fellow adventurers learn how to write your name in hieroglyphics on your very own cartouche!
Dinner at Naguib Mahfouz Restaurant
Gather with your fellow Adventurers in the 1,000-year old Khan El Khalili Market in Old Cairo for a meal at the Naguib Mahfouz Restaurant, whose dramatic décor features its own oriental museum.
Stroll Through Khan El Khalili Market
Make your way deep into a bustling bazaar, also known as a souk, and experience scenes right out of Aladdin! Narrow alleyways wind past medieval archways through a dizzying display of tables and booths selling silver, rugs, pottery and more. As you explore the souk, stop by the fascinating Islamic monuments along the way.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Depart Cairo for Abu Simbel
After a buffet breakfast at the hotel, say goodbye to Cairo and fly to magical Abu Simbel, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with two of the most magnificent temples in the world! Explore the area with an Egyptologist and learn the unbelievable story of how these extraordinary monuments were saved from the rising Nile waters.
The Tamr Henna
Welcome aboard the Tamr Henna, your Nile cruise ship docked in Aswan. This "floating hotel" provides comfortable accommodations on your 3-night cruise from Aswan to Luxor. Enjoy the cool Nile breezes as you pass iconic monuments on the river banks—such as the Temples of Philae and Edfu— the vast Sahara desert stretching into the horizon.
Enjoy a tantalizing grilled lunch al fresco atop the sundeck of the Tamr Henna.
Felucca Sailing on the Nile River
With a local expert at the helm, venture forth across the placid emerald waters of the First Cataract for a scenic excursion. This is where the ancient Egyptians believed the god of the Cataracts dwelled, controlling the flow of the sometimes destructive waters.
Souvenir Shopping in Aswan
After you disembark the felucca, stretch your legs and stroll the colorful souk in the center of Aswan. Fortunately, the souk offers many tempting shopping opportunities.
Dinner at the Old Cataract Hotel
Dine where Agatha Christie wrote her renowned mystery novel, Death on the Nile, and imagine the Imperial age when famous guests such as Charlie Chaplin and Winston Churchill stayed in its rooms. Newly restored, the hotel sits on a granite bluff and overlooks the temples of Elephantine Island.
Celebration On Board the Tamr Henna
Prepare for an evening of fun! The ship's crew sings, dances and performs live music as part of a vibrant Nubian Folkloric show.
Meals Included: Breakfst, Lunch, Dinner
Temple of Philae
Start your day with breakfast on the Tamr Henna before boarding a motor launch to cross the mighty Nile to the Island of Agilkia, home to this famous temple, the Temple of Philae. With an Egyptologist as your private guide, explore the towering columns and mysterious hieroglyphs devoted to the goddess Isis.
Commissioned by the only female pharaoh, Hatshepsut, this enormous obelisk would have been the largest in history had its sculptors not detected a crack in the granite and abandoned it in this bedrock quarry. An Egyptologist helps you examine the telltale markings that reveal the incredible technology employed by its creators.
Lunch on the Tamr Henna
Take a break and dine aboard the ship with a casual buffet lunch featuring fresh salads and grilled meats. Afterward, henna artists paint striking tattoos on willing arms and hands.
Egyptian Cooking Class
Don your chef's hat and apron for this hands-on cooking demonstration where you will learn from a chef how to make two Egyptian specialties and a tasty dessert! After the lesson, enjoy baklava with tea and coffee as you drift by the banks of the Nile.
The Temple of Kom Ombo
With an Egyptologist toward the end of the day, explore this double-temple that was long ago dedicated to the Crocodile-headed god, Sobek, and the Falcon-headed god, Horus (also known as "The Good Doctor"). Watch the sun as it sets on the Nile, spilling golden light on the waters.
Junior Adventurers Dinner and Disney Movie Night
As adults indulge in a restful meal onboard the Tamr Henna, Junior Adventurers enjoy a private dinner with the Adventure Guides. Afterward, before everyone bids each other messa el rir, parents can curl up with their young ones for an exclusive engagement in the ship's lounge to watch a Disney movie.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Horse and Carriage Ride
The day starts with a breakfast on the ship before you disembark the Tamr Henna and climb into a horse-drawn carriage for a ride to the Temple of Edfu. Also known as a calash or hantoor, the carriage carries you past the fascinating city sights.
Tour of Edfu Temple
An Egyptologist introduces you to this beautiful, well-preserved temple dedicated to Horus, the falcon-headed god. Hear mesmerizing tales about gods and goddesses such as Isis, Hathor, Osiris and Horus before you discover the courtyards, storerooms and sacred artwork at your leisure.
Lunch On Board the Tamr Henna
Cruise down the Nile as you enjoy a casual buffet lunch. Spend the afternoon lounging on the deck. And as you pass through the Esna Locks, get into the fun as vendors beckon to you from boats, offering all kinds of goods—like pashminas and galabayas—that they toss up to you at the ship's railings. You throw payment back down in return. It's a unique way to shop!
The Temple of Luxor
Colossal statues of pharaohs and gods pose regally between the imposing columns and obelisks as you tour this vast temple complex. Enter the temple right at sunset as dwindling daylight soaks the horizon with golden rays. Picture the breathtaking grandeur of a pharaoh's parade as you wander down the Avenue of the Sphinxes, the royal processional path that connects Luxor and Karnak temples.
Dinner On Board the Tamr Henna
Choose from a select menu for a candle-lit dinner in your ship's restaurant and share stories about the day's events.
Egyptian Costumed Celebration
After dinner, dress in traditional Egyptian clothing or don the costume of a historic celebrity such as Cleopatra or Marc Anthony for a lively night of entertainment.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
The Valley of the Kings
Fuel up with a breakfast buffet before heading out to explore the famed location of over 60 tombs for pharaohs and nobles on the West Bank of the Nile. Then, you'll join an Egyptologist for a privately guided tour of the treasures discovered in the tombs of both King Tut and Ramses VI.
King Tut's Tomb
Discover the mysteries of the pharaohs as your guide speaks about the kings, the Egyptian art and one of the greatest archeological finds in history — King Tut's tomb. Then, you will enter the tomb on your own and explore the beauty and mystery of King Tutankhamen.
The Tomb of Ramses VI
Your guide also takes you into the fascinating tomb of Ramses VI, with vaulted astronomical ceilings that depict a dual image of the goddess Nut swallowing the sun. Marvel at the tomb's sophisticated paintings that reveal ancient Egypt's fascinating theology.
The Temple of Karnak
Your Egyptologist takes you on a private tour of this monumental temple complex. Countless columns, obelisks and carvings fill the three main temples of this extraordinary open-air museum, bordered by the Sacred Lake of Amun-Re.
Travel to Sharm El Sheikh
After lunch, depart on a short flight to the coastal city of Sharm El Sheikh along the Red Sea.
Coral Sea Sensatori Resort
Relax as your Adventure Guides check you into the Coral Sea Sensatori Resort overlooking the grand Ras Nosrani Bay.
Private Beach Dinner Party
Gather on the hotel's private beach for an exclusive party just for Adventures by Disney! Lounge amid the swaying palm trees as you indulge in a hearty feast.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Red Sea Snorkeling at Ras Mohammed
Board an exclusive boat and set sail to some of the most ravishing coral reefs in the world. Snorkel all day at Ras Mohammed National Park, the renowned underwater reserve that's home to over 130 kinds of coral reefs and over 1000 varieties of fish. Don the snorkeling equipment provided and plunge into this heavenly marine metropolis.
Lunch On the Boat
Take a break from your deep-sea discoveries and have a bite to eat on the boat before you return to snorkeling.
Dinner On Your Own
The Grand Rotana's outstanding restaurants offer an array of international cuisines, such as Italian, Arabic and even East-meets-West fusions. There's something to suit every palate, often with a view of the shimmering Red Sea.
Outdoor Disney Movie Night
Top off the evening with a special treat as you sit back and enjoy a Disney film on the resort's outdoor movie screen complete with popcorn.
Meals include: Breakfast and Lunch
A Day at the Resort
Spend the first part of the day luxuriating in the amenities of the Coral Sea Sensatori Resort. Melt under the expert touch of a masseuse at the world-class spa. Go parasailing, water skiing or scuba diving. (Additional charges apply for spa treatments and sports activities.) Bask in the sun at the poolside. Or explore the shops for last-minute souvenirs. Then enjoy lunch on your own at one of the many resort restaurants before boarding a flight to Cairo in the afternoon.
Farewell Dinner and Entertainment
Bid a fond farewell to your fellow Adventurers during this private dinner at the hotel as dancers and musicians hold you spellbound with their exotic movements and rhythms. Afterward, enjoy a special surprise as you relive the memories of your trip with your newfound friends.
Meals Included: Breakfast and Dinner
Breakfast and Transfer to Airport
After breakfast at the resort, say "Maa al salama" to Egypt as you board pre-arranged transportation to Cairo International Airport.
Meals include: Breakfast