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GREEK ISLES & EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN

Land Programs

In anticipation of our guests' desires for even more in-depth exploration and discovery, we have created a special collection of extended land programs that is without equal.
LUXOR OVERNIGHT EXPERIENCE

LUXOR OVERNIGHT EXPERIENCE

Explore the beauty and mystery of Egypt's ancient temples and tombs during this memorable journey to Luxor. Along the way, you will visit the Karnak, Luxor and Hatshepsut Temples, Medinet Habu, Colossi of Memnon, and the Valley of the Kings . An overnight stay at Luxor's deluxe Hotel is included.

DAY ONE

Upon disembarking the ship at Safaga Port, you will be met and depart for the 3-hour drive to Luxor. Upon arrival, a stop will be made for lunch. After lunch, you will proceed for a visit to the Karnak Temple. Located about 2 miles north of the Luxor Temple but connected to it by an impressive avenue of sphinxes, the Karnak Temple was the most important sanctuary of ancient Egypt, and the heart of the cult of the god Amon. Each pharaoh added his own contribution to the temple over the ensuing 2,000 years. The Ptolemies erected the massive first pylon you will see. Past the second pylon, guarded by a pair of huge statues of Ramses II, you will find the great hypo-style hall; the largest hall of any temple in the world. It spans 50,000 square feet, and contains 134 huge columns. You may observe that some of the columns still have traces of the brilliant paint that originally covered them. The third pylon leads to the center court, and past the fourth pylon is the 97-foot-high obelisk of Queen Hatshepsut, carved from a solid piece of pink granite. As you pass through successive pylons and courts, you will journey back in time until you reach the oldest part of the temple, built by the pharaohs of the middle kingdom around 2000 B.C. At the south end of the temple, you will find the sacred lake where ceremonial boats took part in the worship of Amon. Cameras and video cameras are permitted inside the Karnak Temple free-of-charge.

Next, a visit will be made to the Luxor Temple. This renowned ancient structure was originally built during the reign of Amenophis the III, then expanded by Ramses II, who added a statue of himself and two obelisks. Today, only one of them remains at the Luxor Temple; the other one was given by Mohamed Ali to Louis Philippe in 1831, and is displayed at the Concorde in Paris to this day. After Alexander the Great rebuilt the sanctuary in the 4th century B.C., the Romans subsequently rebuilt portions of it and the Muslims built a mosque in the temple. Cameras and video cameras are permitted inside the Luxor Temple.

Following your visit to the Luxor Temple, you will be transferred back to your hotel for check-in .

In the evening, you will depart for a unique sound and light show at the Karnak Temple, then return to your hotel for dinner. Overnight in Luxor.

Please note: Dinner will be served from 7:30p.m. to 10:30p.m. Guests attending the Sound and Light Show can eat dinner following the show.

DAY TWO

After a buffet breakfast, you will cross over the Nile to the West Bank for a visit to the Valley of the Kings, hidden in the foothills of the Gourma Mountains. More than 60 tombs of Pharaohs and noblemen have been found in this valley. The kings' formal names and titles are inscribed in their tombs, along with their images and statues. Between the 18th and 20th Dynasties, the kings abandoned the Memphis area and built their tombs in Thebes. Cameras and video cameras may be used during your visit, but are not permitted inside the tombs.

Next, you will continue on for a photo stop at the Hatshepsut Temple, uniquely-designed as a series of grand terraces extending up a cliff, with rows of square granite columns blending in with the mountainside. From here, you will proceed for a visit to Medinet Habu. Built by Ramses III, the temple is among the most interesting of the funerary chapels on the West Bank. The reliefs on both sides of the doorway depict battle scenes of Ramses III clubbing a number of vanquished people, with 86 captives nearby. The text on the north side is a description of the king's conquest of the Libyans. After your visit to Medinet Habu, a photo stop will be made at the Colossi of Memnon, which was originally built as a mortuary temple in Thebes and guarded by two gigantic statues on the outer gates. All that remains today are the 75-foot-high, 1,000-ton statues of Amenhotep III. Though damaged by nature and ancient tourists, the statues are still impressive nonetheless. Cameras and video cameras are permitted free of charge.

Following your visit to the Colossi of Memnon, you will be transferred to your hotel for a buffet lunch. After lunch, you will check-out and depart for 3.5-hour drive to Safaga. Upon arrival, you will proceed directly to the pier and embark the ship.

Overland Program Step by Step:

Please note: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. The timings indicated are only approximate, and are given here for general reference purposes.

DAY ONE

8.00am Nautica arrives alongside in Safaga, Egypt.

8:30am Disembarkation at Safaga port.

9:15am Depart pier to Luxor. Approximately 3.25 hrs drive. Restrooms are

available on bus. No comfort stop.

12:45pm Buffet lunch at deluxe hotel. Beverage served is bottled water, tea & coffee

1:45pm Proceed to Karnak temple

2:30pm Visit Karnak temple

3:30pm Proceed to Luxor temple

3:45pm Visit Luxor temple

4:45pm Proceed to your hotel

5:00pm Check in.

6:30pm Proceed to Karnak temple

7:00pm English show

8:00pm Back to your hotel

8:30pm Buffet Dinner at the main restaurant Beverage served is bottled water

tea & coffee. Buffet dinner will be served from 7:30pm to 10:30pm for

anyone who opts out of the show

Overnight at the Sonesta, St. George Hotel or similar (Nile view rooms not guaranteed)

DAY TWO

7:00am Buffet Breakfast at the hotel.

8:00am Cross the Nile to the west bank

8:45am Visit the Valley of the Kings. The ticket of the Valley includes the entry of three tombs of guests choice .

10:15am Proceed to Hatshepsut temple

10:30am Photo stop at Hatshepsut temple

10:40am Proceed to Habu temple

10:45am Visit Habu temple

11:30am Proceed to Colossi of Memnon

11:35am Photo stop at Colossi of Memnon

11:40am Back to your hotel

12:15pm Buffet lunch and check out. Beverage served is bottled water, tea & coffee

1:30pm Drive back to the Safaga to rejoi n your ship. Approximately 3.25hrs

drive. Restrooms are available on bus. No comfort stop made.

Expected Weather 22 C

What to Bring Comfortable clothes , shoes and sunglasses

Currency Egyptian Pound but USD are accepted

Electricity 220 - 240 V

Luggage Carry on is suggested for one night stay

Language & Religion Arabic Language - Majority is Moslems

Documents No visa required for US , EU & Canadian Citizens

Accommodation Sonesta St George hotel - 5 Stars deluxe OR SIMILAR

Nile View rooms not guaranteed

Meals included One breakfast , two lunches and one dinner

Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces which may include: inclines, cobblestones, sand, and gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation. Weather appropriate clothing; hats; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are generally recommended.

LUXOR OVERNIGHT EXPERIENCE

LUXOR OVERNIGHT EXPERIENCE

Your adventure to ancient Thebes begins with a scenic drive past vistas of barren mountains, expanses of desert and fertile farmland. Visit the Karnak Temple, one of the largest religious complexes ever built by man; and the impressive Avenue of the Sphinx, linking Karnak with Luxor Temple. See the statues of Ramses II and the pink granite obelisk of Queen Hatshepsut. On the temple walls, you will witness some of the best preserved artwork in Egypt. Drive to the Valley of the Kings where more than 60 tombs of pharaohs and noblemen are situated.

Day 1 - Friday, April 25th, 2014

Upon disembarking the ship at Safaga, you will be met and depart for the 3-hour drive to Luxor. Upon arrival, you will enjoy lunch and then drive on to the Karnak Temple. Located about two miles north of the Luxor Temple, but connected to it by an impressive avenue of sphinxes, the Karnak Temple was the most important sanctuary of ancient Egypt, and the heart of the cult of the god Amon. Each pharaoh added his own contribution to the temple over the ensuing 2,000 years.

The Ptolemies erected the massive first pylon you will see. Past the second pylon, which is guarded by a pair of huge statues of Ramses II, you will find the great hypo-style hall, the largest hall of any temple in the world. It spans 50,000 square feet and contains 134 enormous columns. You may notice that some of the columns still have traces of the brilliant paint that originally covered them. The third pylon leads to the center court, and past the fourth pylon is the 97-foot-high obelisk of Queen Hatshepsut, carved from a solid piece of pink granite. As you pass through successive pylons and courts, you will journey back in time until you reach the oldest part of the temple, built by the pharaohs of the middle kingdom around 2000 B.C. At the south end of the temple, you will find the sacred lake where ceremonial boats took part in the worship of Amon. Cameras and video cameras are permitted inside the Karnak Temple free of charge.

Next, you will tour the renowned Luxor Temple, which was originally built during the reign of Amenophis the III and then expanded by Ramses II, who added a statue of himself and two obelisks. Today, only one of the statues remains at the Luxor Temple; Mohamed Ali gave the other one to Louis Philippe in 1831 and it is displayed at the Concorde in Paris. After Alexander the Great rebuilt the sanctuary in the 4th century B.C., the Romans subsequently rebuilt portions of it, and then the Muslims built a mosque in the temple. Cameras and video cameras are permitted inside the Luxor Temple.

Following your visit to the Luxor Temple, you will be transferred back to your hotel for check in and a bit of shopping if you like. In the evening, you will depart for a spectacular sound and light show at the Karnak Temple. It's an amazing performance that traces the history of Thebes, including the lives of the pharaohs who built the necropolis. Afterwards, you will return to your hotel for dinner and to spend the evening.

Please note: Dinner will be served from 7:30pm to 10:30pm. Guests attending the Sound and Light Show will dine following the show.

Day 2 - Saturday, April 26th, 2014

After a buffet breakfast, you will cross over the Nile to the West Bank to visit the Valley of the Kings, which lies in the foothills of the Gourma Mountains. More than 60 tombs of pharaohs and noblemen have been excavated in this valley. The kings' formal names and titles are inscribed in their tombs, along with their images and statues. Between the 18th and 20th dynasties, the kings abandoned the Memphis area and built their tombs in Thebes. Cameras and video cameras may be used during your visit, but are not permitted inside the tombs.

Next, you will proceed to Medinet Habu, a temple Ramses III built. It stands amongst the most interesting of the funerary chapels on the West Bank. The reliefs on both sides of the doorway depict battle scenes of Ramses III clubbing a number of vanquished people, with 86 captives nearby. The text on the north side is a description of the king's conquest of the Libyans.

After your visit to Medinet Habu, a photo stop will be made at the Colossi of Memnon, which was originally built as a mortuary temple in Thebes and guarded by two gigantic statues on the outer gates. All that remains today are the 75-foot-high, 1,000-ton statues of Amenhotep III. Though damaged by nature and ancient tourists, the statues are still impressive nonetheless. Cameras and video cameras are permitted free of charge.

Following your visit to the Colossi of Memnon, you will have a 3.5 hour drive back to the ship in Safaga. Lunch will be available for you when you return to the ship.

Overland Program Step by Step: Please note: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. The timings indicated are only approximate, and are given here for general reference purposes and are subject to change.

Day 1

9:00am The ship arrives alongside in Safaga, Egypt

9:30am Disembark

10:00am Depart for the drive to Luxor. The drive is approximately 3.25 hours. Restrooms are available on the bus. No comfort stop is scheduled.

1:30pm Buffet lunch at a deluxe hotel. Beverages include bottled water, tea and coffee

2:30pm Proceed to Karnak Temple

2:45pm Visit Karnak Temple

4:15pm Proceed to Luxor Temple

4:30pm Visit Luxor Temple

5:15pm Proceed to your hotel

5:30pm Check-in

6:30pm Proceed to Karnak Temple

7:00pm English sound and light show

8:00pm Drive back to the hotel

8:30pm Buffet dinner is served. Beverages include bottled water, tea and coffee

Buffet dinner will be served from 7:30pm to 10:30pm for those who opt out of the show.

Overnight at the Sonesta St. George Hotel or similar (Nile view rooms not guaranteed)

Day 2

6:00am Buffet breakfast at the hotel and check-out (eat a hearty breakfast today as lunch will only be available when you return to the ship at approximately 2:00pm)

7:00am Cross the Nile to the West Bank

7:45am Visit the Valley of the Kings. The ticket you receive will include entry to three tombs of your choice.

9:15am Proceed to Habu Temple

9:30am Visit Habu Temple

10:15am Proceed to Colossi of Memnon

10:20am Photo stop at Colossi of Memnon

10:25am Drive back to Safaga. The drive is approximately 3.5 hours. Restrooms are available on the bus. No comfort stops are scheduled.

1:55pm Rejoin the ship in Safaga. Lunch to be available upon your return to the ship.

Expected weather: 22 degrees C / 71 degrees F

What to bring: Comfortable clothing, good walking shoes, camera, hat, sunscreen

Currency: Egyptian Pound but USD are widely accepted

Electricity: 220- 240 V

Luggage: Carry on suggested for one night stay

Language/ Religion: Arabic language with the majority of people being Moslem

Documents: No visa required for US, EU and Canadian Citizens

Accommodation: Sonesta St. George Hotel or similar (Nile view rooms not

guaranteed)

Included:

1 night at Sonesta St. George or similar (Nile View Rooms not guaranteed)

One breakfast, one lunch and one dinner

Bottled water, tea, coffee, one soda or one bottle of beer/one glass of local wine with meals

Entrance fees, guide

Not Included:

Any meals and drinks not listed above, gratuities, personal expenses, hotel incidentals

Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces which may include: inclines, cobblestones, sand, and gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation. Weather appropriate clothing; hats; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are generally recommended.

LUXOR OVERNIGHT EXPERIENCE

LUXOR OVERNIGHT EXPERIENCE

Explore the beauty and mystery of Egypt's ancient temples and tombs during this memorable journey to Luxor. Along the way, you will visit the Karnak, Luxor and Hatshepsut Temples, Medinet Habu, Colossi of Memnon, and the Valley of the Kings . An overnight stay at Luxor's deluxe Hotel is included.

DAY ONE

Upon disembarking the ship at Safaga Port, you will be met and depart for the 3-hour drive to Luxor. Upon arrival, a stop will be made for lunch. After lunch, you will proceed for a visit to the Karnak Temple. Located about 2 miles north of the Luxor Temple but connected to it by an impressive avenue of sphinxes, the Karnak Temple was the most important sanctuary of ancient Egypt, and the heart of the cult of the god Amon. Each pharaoh added his own contribution to the temple over the ensuing 2,000 years. The Ptolemies erected the massive first pylon you will see. Past the second pylon, guarded by a pair of huge statues of Ramses II, you will find the great hypo-style hall; the largest hall of any temple in the world. It spans 50,000 square feet, and contains 134 huge columns. You may observe that some of the columns still have traces of the brilliant paint that originally covered them. The third pylon leads to the center court, and past the fourth pylon is the 97-foot-high obelisk of Queen Hatshepsut, carved from a solid piece of pink granite. As you pass through successive pylons and courts, you will journey back in time until you reach the oldest part of the temple, built by the pharaohs of the middle kingdom around 2000 B.C. At the south end of the temple, you will find the sacred lake where ceremonial boats took part in the worship of Amon. Cameras and video cameras are permitted inside the Karnak Temple free-of-charge.

Next, a visit will be made to the Luxor Temple. This renowned ancient structure was originally built during the reign of Amenophis the III, then expanded by Ramses II, who added a statue of himself and two obelisks. Today, only one of them remains at the Luxor Temple; the other one was given by Mohamed Ali to Louis Philippe in 1831, and is displayed at the Concorde in Paris to this day. After Alexander the Great rebuilt the sanctuary in the 4th century B.C., the Romans subsequently rebuilt portions of it and the Muslims built a mosque in the temple. Cameras and video cameras are permitted inside the Luxor Temple.

Following your visit to the Luxor Temple, you will be transferred back to your hotel for check-in .

In the evening, you will depart for a unique sound and light show at the Karnak Temple, then return to your hotel for dinner. Overnight in Luxor.

Please note: Dinner will be served from 7:30p.m. to 10:30p.m. Guests attending the Sound and Light Show can eat dinner following the show.

DAY TWO

After a buffet breakfast, you will cross over the Nile to the West Bank for a visit to the Valley of the Kings, hidden in the foothills of the Gourma Mountains. More than 60 tombs of Pharaohs and noblemen have been found in this valley. The kings' formal names and titles are inscribed in their tombs, along with their images and statues. Between the 18th and 20th Dynasties, the kings abandoned the Memphis area and built their tombs in Thebes. Cameras and video cameras may be used during your visit, but are not permitted inside the tombs.

Next, you will continue on for a photo stop at the Hatshepsut Temple, uniquely-designed as a series of grand terraces extending up a cliff, with rows of square granite columns blending in with the mountainside. From here, you will proceed for a visit to Medinet Habu. Built by Ramses III, the temple is among the most interesting of the funerary chapels on the West Bank. The reliefs on both sides of the doorway depict battle scenes of Ramses III clubbing a number of vanquished people, with 86 captives nearby. The text on the north side is a description of the king's conquest of the Libyans. After your visit to Medinet Habu, a photo stop will be made at the Colossi of Memnon, which was originally built as a mortuary temple in Thebes and guarded by two gigantic statues on the outer gates. All that remains today are the 75-foot-high, 1,000-ton statues of Amenhotep III. Though damaged by nature and ancient tourists, the statues are still impressive nonetheless. Cameras and video cameras are permitted free of charge.

Following your visit to the Colossi of Memnon, you will be transferred to your hotel for a buffet lunch. After lunch, you will check-out and depart for 3.5-hour drive to Safaga. Upon arrival, you will proceed directly to the pier and embark the ship.

Overland Program Step by Step:

Please note: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. The timings indicated are only approximate, and are given here for general reference purposes and are subject to change.

DAY ONE

8.00am Nautica arrives alongside in Safaga, Egypt.

8:30am to 9:15am Disembarkation at Safaga port.

9:15am to 12:45pm Depart pier to Luxor.

Approximately 3.25 hrs drive. Restrooms are available on bus.

12:45pm to 1:45pm Buffet lunch at deluxe hotel.

Beverage served is bottled water, tea & coffee

1:45pm to 2:00pm Proceed to Karnak temple

2:30pm to 3:30pm Visit Karnak temple

3:30pm to 3:45pm Proceed to Luxor temple

3:45pm to 4:45pm Visit Luxor temple

4:45pm to 5:00pm Proceed to your hotel

5:00pm Check in.

Optional shopping with your guide if you wish from 5:30pm - 6:30pm

6:30pm to 7:00pm Proceed to Karnak temple

7:00pm to 8:00pm English show

8:00pm to 8:30pm Back to your hotel

8:30pm to 10:30pm Buffet Dinner at the main restaurant

Beverage served is bottled water, tea & coffee.

Buffet dinner will be served from 7:30pm to 10:30pm for anyone who opts out of the show

Overnight at the Sonesta, St. George Hotel or similar (Nile view rooms not guaranteed)

DAY TWO

7:00am to 8:00am Buffet Breakfast at the hotel.

8:00am to 8:45am Cross the Nile to the west bank

8:45am to 10:15am Visit the Valley of the Kings

The ticket of the Valley include the entry of three tombs of guests choice .

10:15am to 10:30am Proceed to Hatshepsut temple

10:30am to 10:40am Photo stop at Hatshepsut temple

10:40am to 10:45am Proceed to Habu temple

10:45am to 11:30am Visit Habu temple

11:30am to 11:35am Proceed to Colossi of Memnon

11:35am to 11:40am Photo stop at Colossi of Memnon

11:40am to 12:15pm Back to your hotel

12:15pm to 1:30pm Buffet lunch and check out.

Beverage served is bottled water, tea & coffee .

1:30pm to 5:00pm Drive back to the Safaga to rejoin your ship

Approximately 3.25 hrs drive. Restrooms are available on bus. No comfort stop made.

Expected Weather 22 C

What to Bring Comfortable clothes , shoes and sunglasses

Currency Egyptian Pound but USD are accepted

Electricity 220 - 240 V

Luggage Carry on is suggested for one night stay

Language & Religion Arabic Language - Majority is Moslems

Documents No visa required for US , EU & Canadian Citizens

Accommodation Sonesta St George hotel - 5 Stars deluxe OR SIMILAR

Nile view rooms not guaranteed

Meals included One breakfast , two lunches and one dinner

Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces which may include: inclines, cobblestones, sand, and gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation. Weather appropriate clothing; caps; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are generally recommended.

LUXOR OVERNIGHT EXPERIENCE

LUXOR OVERNIGHT EXPERIENCE

Explore the beauty and mystery of Egypt’s ancient temples and tombs during this memorable journey to Luxor. Along the way, you will visit the Karnak, Luxor and Hatshepsut Temples, Medinet Habu, Colossi of Memnon, and the Valley of the Kings .

Day 1

Upon disembarking the ship in Safaga, you will be met and depart for the 3-hour drive to Luxor. Upon arrival, you will enjoy lunch and then drive on to the Karnak Temple. Located about two miles north of the Luxor Temple, but connected to it by an impressive avenue of sphinxes, the Karnak Temple was the most important sanctuary of ancient Egypt, and the heart of the cult of the god Amon. Each pharaoh added his own contribution to the temple over the ensuing 2,000 years.

The Ptolemies erected the massive first pylon you will see. Past the second pylon, which is guarded by a pair of huge statues of Ramses II, you will find the great hypo-style hall, the largest hall of any temple in the world. It spans 50,000 square feet and contains 134 enormous columns. You may notice that some of the columns still have traces of the brilliant paint that originally covered them. The third pylon leads to the center court, and past the fourth pylon is the 97-foot-high obelisk of Queen Hatshepsut, carved from a solid piece of pink granite. As you pass through successive pylons and courts, you will journey back in time until you reach the oldest part of the temple, built by the pharaohs of the middle kingdom around 2000 B.C. At the south end of the temple, you will find the sacred lake where ceremonial boats took part in the worship of Amon. Cameras and video cameras are permitted inside the Karnak Temple free of charge.

Next, you will tour the renowned Luxor Temple, which was originally built during the reign of Amenophis the III and then expanded by Ramses II, who added a statue of himself and two obelisks. Today, only one of the statues remains at the Luxor Temple; Mohamed Ali gave the other one to Louis Philippe in 1831 and it is displayed at the Concorde in Paris. After Alexander the Great rebuilt the sanctuary in the 4th century B.C., the Romans subsequently rebuilt portions of it, and then the Muslims built a mosque in the temple. Cameras and video cameras are permitted inside the Luxor Temple.

Following your visit to the Luxor Temple, you will be transferred back to your hotel for check in and a bit of shopping if you like. In the evening, you will depart for a spectacular sound and light show at the Karnak Temple. It’s an amazing performance that traces the history of Thebes, including the lives of the pharaohs who built the necropolis. Afterwards, you will return to your hotel for dinner and to spend the evening.

Please note: Dinner will be served from 7:30pm to 10:30pm. Guests attending the Sound and Light Show will dine following the show.

Day 2

After a buffet breakfast, you will cross over the Nile to the West Bank to visit the Valley of the Kings, which lies in the foothills of the Gourma Mountains. More than 60 tombs of pharaohs and noblemen have been excavated in this valley. The kings’ formal names and titles are inscribed in their tombs, along with their images and statues. Between the 18th and 20th dynasties, the kings abandoned the Memphis area and built their tombs in Thebes. Cameras and video cameras may be used during your visit, but are not permitted inside the tombs.

Continuing on, enjoy a photo stop at the Hatshepsut Temple, whose unique design features a series of grand terraces extending up a cliff with rows of square granite columns blending in with the mountainside. From here, you will proceed to Medinet Habu, a temple Ramses III built. It stands amongst the most interesting of the funerary chapels on the West Bank. The reliefs on both sides of the doorway depict battle scenes of Ramses III clubbing a number of vanquished people, with 86 captives nearby. The text on the north side is a description of the king’s conquest of the Libyans.

After your visit to Medinet Habu, a photo stop will be made at the Colossi of Memnon, which was originally built as a mortuary temple in Thebes and guarded by two gigantic statues on the outer gates. All that remains today are the 75-foot-high, 1,000-ton statues of Amenhotep III. Though damaged by nature and ancient tourists, the statues are still impressive nonetheless. Cameras and video cameras are permitted free of charge.

Following your visit to the Colossi of Memnon, you will be transferred to your hotel for a buffet lunch. After lunch, you will check out and depart for the 3.5-hour drive to Safaga. Upon arrival, you will proceed directly to the pier and embark the ship.

Overland Program Step by Step: Please note: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. The timings indicated are only approximate, and are given here for general reference purposes and are subject to change.

Day 1

7:00am The ship arrives alongside in Safaga, Egypt

7:30am Disembark

8:15am Depart for the drive to Luxor. The drive is approximately 3.25 hours. Restrooms are available on the bus. No comfort stop is scheduled. 11:45am Buffet lunch at a deluxe hotel. Beverages include bottled water, tea and coffee

12:45pm Proceed to Karnak Temple

1:00pm Visit Karnak Temple

2:30pm Proceed to Luxor Temple

2:45pm Visit Luxor Temple

3:45pm Proceed to your hotel

4:00pm Check-in and optional shopping with guide 4:30pm – 5:15pm

7:30pm Proceed to Karnak Temple

8:00pm Sound and light show

9:15pm Drive back to the hotel

9:30pm Buffet dinner is served. Beverages include bottled water, tea and coffee

Buffet dinner will be served from 7:30pm to 10:30pm for those who opt out of the show

Overnight at the Sonesta St. George Hotel or similar (Nile view rooms not guaranteed)

Day 2

7:00am Buffet breakfast at the hotel and check-out

8:00am Cross the Nile to the West Bank

8:45am Visit the Valley of the Kings. The ticket you receive will include entry to three tombs of your choice.

10:15am Proceed to Hatshepsut temple

10:30am Photo stop at Hatshepsut temple

10:40am Proceed to Habu temple

10:45am Visit Habu temple

11:30am Proceed to Colossi of Memnon

11:35am Photo stop at Colossi of Memnon

11:40am Drive back to the hotel

12:15pm Buffet lunch at the hotel and check-out. Beverages include bottled water, tea and coffee

1:30pm Drive back to Safaga. The drive is approximately 3.5 hours. Restrooms are available on the bus. No comfort stop is scheduled.

5:00pm Arrive back in Safaga and rejoin the ship

Expected weather: 22 degrees C / 71 degrees F

What to bring: Comfortable clothing, good walking shoes, camera, hat, sunscreen

Currency: Egyptian Pound but USD are widely accepted

Electricity: 220- 240 V

Luggage: Carry on suggested for one night stay

Language/ Religion: Arabic language with the majority of people being Moslem

Documents: No visa required for US, EU and Canadian Citizens

Accommodation: Sonesta St. George Hotel or similar (Nile view rooms not guaranteed)

Included:

1 night at Sonesta St. George or similar (Nile View Rooms not guaranteed)

One breakfast, two lunches and one dinner

Bottled water, tea, coffee, one soda or one bottle of beer/one glass of local wine with meals

Entrance fees, guide

Not Included:

Any meals and drinks not listed above, gratuities, personal expenses, hotel incidentals

Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces which may include: inclines, cobblestones, sand, and gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation. Weather appropriate clothing; hats; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are generally recommended.

Luxor and the Valley of the Kings Overnight

Luxor and the Valley of the Kings Overnight

Explore the beauty and mystery of Egypt’s ancient temples and tombs during this memorable journey to Luxor. Along the way, you will visit the Karnak, Luxor and Hatshepsut Temples, Medinet Habu, Colossi of Memnon, and the Valley of the Kings .

Day 1

Upon disembarking the ship in Safaga, you will be met and depart for the 3-hour drive to Luxor. Upon arrival, you will enjoy lunch and then drive on to the Karnak Temple. Located about two miles north of the Luxor Temple, but connected to it by an impressive avenue of sphinxes, the Karnak Temple was the most important sanctuary of ancient Egypt, and the heart of the cult of the god Amon. Each pharaoh added his own contribution to the temple over the ensuing 2,000 years.

The Ptolemies erected the massive first pylon you will see. Past the second pylon, which is guarded by a pair of huge statues of Ramses II, you will find the great hypo-style hall, the largest hall of any temple in the world. It spans 50,000 square feet and contains 134 enormous columns. You may notice that some of the columns still have traces of the brilliant paint that originally covered them. The third pylon leads to the center court, and past the fourth pylon is the 97-foot-high obelisk of Queen Hatshepsut, carved from a solid piece of pink granite. As you pass through successive pylons and courts, you will journey back in time until you reach the oldest part of the temple, built by the pharaohs of the middle kingdom around 2000 B.C. At the south end of the temple, you will find the sacred lake where ceremonial boats took part in the worship of Amon. Cameras and video cameras are permitted inside the Karnak Temple free of charge.

Next, you will tour the renowned Luxor Temple, which was originally built during the reign of Amenophis the III and then expanded by Ramses II, who added a statue of himself and two obelisks. Today, only one of the statues remains at the Luxor Temple; Mohamed Ali gave the other one to Louis Philippe in 1831 and it is displayed at the Concorde in Paris. After Alexander the Great rebuilt the sanctuary in the 4th century B.C., the Romans subsequently rebuilt portions of it, and then the Muslims built a mosque in the temple. Cameras and video cameras are permitted inside the Luxor Temple.

Following your visit to the Luxor Temple, you will be transferred back to your hotel for check in and a bit of shopping if you like. In the evening, you will depart for a spectacular sound and light show at the Karnak Temple. It’s an amazing performance that traces the history of Thebes, including the lives of the pharaohs who built the necropolis. Afterwards, you will return to your hotel for dinner and to spend the evening.

Please note: Dinner will be served from 7:30pm to 10:30pm. Guests attending the Sound and Light Show will dine following the show.

Day 2

After a buffet breakfast, you will cross over the Nile to the West Bank to visit the Valley of the Kings, which lies in the foothills of the Gourma Mountains. More than 60 tombs of pharaohs and noblemen have been excavated in this valley. The kings’ formal names and titles are inscribed in their tombs, along with their images and statues. Between the 18th and 20th dynasties, the kings abandoned the Memphis area and built their tombs in Thebes. Cameras and video cameras may be used during your visit, but are not permitted inside the tombs.

Continuing on, enjoy a photo stop at the Hatshepsut Temple, whose unique design features a series of grand terraces extending up a cliff with rows of square granite columns blending in with the mountainside. From here, you will proceed to Medinet Habu, a temple Ramses III built. It stands amongst the most interesting of the funerary chapels on the West Bank. The reliefs on both sides of the doorway depict battle scenes of Ramses III clubbing a number of vanquished people, with 86 captives nearby. The text on the north side is a description of the king’s conquest of the Libyans.

After your visit to Medinet Habu, a photo stop will be made at the Colossi of Memnon, which was originally built as a mortuary temple in Thebes and guarded by two gigantic statues on the outer gates. All that remains today are the 75-foot-high, 1,000-ton statues of Amenhotep III. Though damaged by nature and ancient tourists, the statues are still impressive nonetheless. Cameras and video cameras are permitted free of charge.

Following your visit to the Colossi of Memnon, you will be transferred to your hotel for a buffet lunch. After lunch, you will check out and depart for the 3.5-hour drive to Safaga. Upon arrival, you will proceed directly to the pier and embark the ship.

Overland Program Step by Step: Please note: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. The timings indicated are only approximate, and are given here for general reference purposes and are subject to change.

Day 1

6:00am The ship arrives alongside in Safaga, Egypt

8:00am Disembark

8:30am Depart for the drive to Luxor. The drive is approximately 3.25 hours. Restrooms are available on the bus. No comfort stop is scheduled.

12:00pm Buffet lunch at a deluxe hotel. Beverages include bottled water, tea and coffee

1:00pm Proceed to Karnak Temple

1:15pm Visit Karnak Temple

3:00pm Proceed to Luxor Temple

3:15pm Visit Luxor Temple

4:15pm Proceed to your hotel

4:30pm Check-in

7:30pm Proceed to Karnak Temple

8:00pm Sound and light show

9:00pm Drive back to the hotel

9:30pm Buffet dinner is served. Beverages include bottled water, tea and coffee

Buffet dinner will be served from 7:30pm to 10:30pm for those who opt out of the show

Overnight at the Sonesta St. George Hotel or similar (Nile view rooms not guaranteed)

Day 2

6:00am Buffet breakfast at the hotel and check-out

6:30am Cross the Nile to the West Bank

8:15am Visit the Valley of the Kings. The ticket you receive will include entry to three tombs of your choice.

9:45am Proceed to Hatshepsut temple

10:00am Photo stop at Hatshepsut temple

10:10am Proceed to Habu temple

10:15am Visit Habu temple

11:00am Proceed to Colossi of Memnon

11:05am Photo stop at Colossi of Memnon

11:10am Drive back to the hotel

11:45pm Buffet lunch at the hotel and check-out. Beverages include bottled water, tea and coffee

1:00pm Drive back to Safaga. The drive is approximately 3.5 hours. Restrooms are available on the bus. No comfort stop is scheduled.

4:30pm Arrive back in Safaga and rejoin the ship

Expected weather: 22 degrees C / 71 degrees F

What to bring: Comfortable clothing, good walking shoes, camera, hat, sunscreen

Currency: Egyptian Pound but USD are widely accepted

Electricity: 220- 240 V

Luggage: Carry on suggested for one night stay

Language/ Religion: Arabic language with the majority of people being Moslem

Documents: No visa required for US, EU and Canadian Citizens

Accommodation: Sonesta St. George Hotel or similar hotel – standard room(Nile view rooms not guaranteed)

Included:

1 night at Sonesta St. George or similar (Nile View Rooms not guaranteed)

One breakfast, two lunches and one dinner

Bottled water, tea, coffee, one soda or one bottle of beer/one glass of local wine with meals

Entrance fees, guide

Not Included:

Any meals and drinks not listed above, gratuities, personal expenses, hotel incidentals

Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces which may include: inclines, cobblestones, sand, and gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation. Weather appropriate clothing; hats; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are generally recommended.

Luxor Overnight Experience

Luxor Overnight Experience

Explore the beauty and mystery of Egypt’s ancient temples and tombs during this memorable journey to Luxor. Along the way, you will visit the Karnak, Luxor and Hatshepsut Temples, Medinet Habu, Colossi of Memnon, and the Valley of the Kings .

Day 1

Upon disembarking the ship in Safaga, you will be met and depart for the 3-hour drive to Luxor. Upon arrival, you will enjoy lunch and then drive on to the Karnak Temple. Located about two miles north of the Luxor Temple, but connected to it by an impressive avenue of sphinxes, the Karnak Temple was the most important sanctuary of ancient Egypt, and the heart of the cult of the god Amon. Each pharaoh added his own contribution to the temple over the ensuing 2,000 years.

The Ptolemies erected the massive first pylon you will see. Past the second pylon, which is guarded by a pair of huge statues of Ramses II, you will find the great hypo-style hall, the largest hall of any temple in the world. It spans 50,000 square feet and contains 134 enormous columns. You may notice that some of the columns still have traces of the brilliant paint that originally covered them. The third pylon leads to the center court, and past the fourth pylon is the 97-foot-high obelisk of Queen Hatshepsut, carved from a solid piece of pink granite. As you pass through successive pylons and courts, you will journey back in time until you reach the oldest part of the temple, built by the pharaohs of the middle kingdom around 2000 B.C. At the south end of the temple, you will find the sacred lake where ceremonial boats took part in the worship of Amon. Cameras and video cameras are permitted inside the Karnak Temple free of charge.

Next, you will tour the renowned Luxor Temple, which was originally built during the reign of Amenophis the III and then expanded by Ramses II, who added a statue of himself and two obelisks. Today, only one of the statues remains at the Luxor Temple; Mohamed Ali gave the other one to Louis Philippe in 1831 and it is displayed at the Concorde in Paris. After Alexander the Great rebuilt the sanctuary in the 4th century B.C., the Romans subsequently rebuilt portions of it, and then the Muslims built a mosque in the temple. Cameras and video cameras are permitted inside the Luxor Temple.

Following your visit to the Luxor Temple, you will be transferred back to your hotel for check in and a bit of shopping if you like. In the evening, you will depart for a spectacular sound and light show at the Karnak Temple. It’s an amazing performance that traces the history of Thebes, including the lives of the pharaohs who built the necropolis. Afterwards, you will return to your hotel for dinner and to spend the evening.

Please note: Dinner will be served from 7:30pm to 10:30pm. Guests attending the Sound and Light Show will dine following the show.

Day 2

After a buffet breakfast, you will cross over the Nile to the West Bank to visit the Valley of the Kings, which lies in the foothills of the Gourma Mountains. More than 60 tombs of pharaohs and noblemen have been excavated in this valley. The kings’ formal names and titles are inscribed in their tombs, along with their images and statues. Between the 18th and 20th dynasties, the kings abandoned the Memphis area and built their tombs in Thebes. Cameras and video cameras may be used during your visit, but are not permitted inside the tombs.

Continuing on, enjoy a photo stop at the Hatshepsut Temple, whose unique design features a series of grand terraces extending up a cliff with rows of square granite columns blending in with the mountainside. From here, you will proceed to Medinet Habu, a temple Ramses III built. It stands amongst the most interesting of the funerary chapels on the West Bank. The reliefs on both sides of the doorway depict battle scenes of Ramses III clubbing a number of vanquished people, with 86 captives nearby. The text on the north side is a description of the king’s conquest of the Libyans.

After your visit to Medinet Habu, a photo stop will be made at the Colossi of Memnon, which was originally built as a mortuary temple in Thebes and guarded by two gigantic statues on the outer gates. All that remains today are the 75-foot-high, 1,000-ton statues of Amenhotep III. Though damaged by nature and ancient tourists, the statues are still impressive nonetheless. Cameras and video cameras are permitted free of charge.

Following your visit to the Colossi of Memnon, you will be transferred to your hotel for a buffet lunch. After lunch, you will check out and depart for the 3.5-hour drive to Safaga. Upon arrival, you will proceed directly to the pier and embark the ship.

Overland Program Step by Step: Please note: The order of sites visited may vary to avoid congestion. The timings indicated are only approximate, and are given here for general reference purposes and are subject to change.

Day 1

8:00am The ship arrives alongside in Safaga, Egypt

8:30am Disembark

9:00am Depart for the drive to Luxor. The drive is approximately 3.25 hours. Restrooms are available on the bus. No comfort stop is scheduled.

12:30pm Buffet lunch at a deluxe hotel. Beverages include bottled water, tea and coffee

1:30pm Proceed to Karnak Temple

1:45pm Visit Karnak Temple

3:30pm Proceed to Luxor Temple

3:45pm Visit Luxor Temple

4:45pm Proceed to your hotel

5:00pm Check-in. Optional shopping with your guide from 5:30pm – 6:15pm

8:30pm Proceed to Karnak Temple

9:00pm Sound and light show

10:00pm Drive back to the hotel

10:00pm Buffet dinner is served. Beverages include bottled water, tea and coffee

Buffet dinner will be served from 7:30pm to 9:00pm for those who opt out of the show

Overnight at the Sonesta St. George Hotel or similar (Nile view rooms not guaranteed)

Day 2

7:00am Buffet breakfast at the hotel and check-out

8:00am Cross the Nile to the West Bank

8:45am Visit the Valley of the Kings. The ticket you receive will include entry to three tombs of your choice.

10:15am Proceed to Hatshepsut temple

10:30am Photo stop at Hatshepsut temple

10:40am Proceed to Habu temple

10:45am Visit Habu temple

11:30am Proceed to Colossi of Memnon

11:35am Photo stop at Colossi of Memnon

11:40am Drive back to the hotel

12:15pm Buffet lunch at the hotel and check-out. Beverages include bottled water, tea and coffee

1:30pm Drive back to Safaga. The drive is approximately 3.5 hours. Restrooms are available on the bus. No comfort stop is scheduled.

5:00pm Arrive back in Safaga and rejoin the ship

Expected weather: 22 degrees C / 71 degrees F

What to bring: Comfortable clothing, good walking shoes, camera, hat, sunscreen

Currency: Egyptian Pound but USD are widely accepted

Electricity: 220- 240 V

Luggage: Carry on suggested for one night stay

Language/ Religion: Arabic language with the majority of people being Moslem

Documents: No visa required for US, EU and Canadian Citizens

Accommodation: Sonesta St. George Hotel or similar hotel – standard room (Nile view rooms not guaranteed)

Included:

1 night at Sonesta St. George or similar (Nile View Rooms not guaranteed)

One breakfast, two lunches and one dinner

Bottled water, tea, coffee, one soda or one bottle of beer/one glass of local wine with meals

Entrance fees, guide

Not Included:

Any meals and drinks not listed above, gratuities, personal expenses, hotel incidentals

Please note: Land programs that encompass multiple days ashore customarily include extensive and prolonged activity, while those of shorter durations typically have more moderate activity levels. However, each program varies and participants should be prepared to negotiate a mixture of surfaces which may include: inclines, cobblestones, sand, and gravel or natural paths. There may also be a need to climb steps or stairs on occasion. Guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are advised to check with the cruise line in advance to see if any portion of the tour program may not be considered suitable for their individual situation. Weather appropriate clothing; hats; sunglasses; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are generally recommended.