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PopSci in Egypt: Ancient Brilliance in Architecture & Environment

 

CAIRO, GREAT PYRAMIDS OF GIZA, NILE CRUISE, KARNAK & LUXOR

  • Duration: 10 days
  • Price: from $2,699

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For a limited time only save up to $1000 per couple when you book our Splendors of Egypt tour. Reserve by May 29, 2018 to qualify for the early booking discount. Space is limited in these tours so please reserve early.




 

Itinerary at a glance Tour Highlights Your tour includes
  • International Flight
  • 2 nights in Cairo
  • 3-night Nile Cruise
  • 2 nights in Luxor
  • 1 night in Cairo
  • Great Pyramids of Giza
  • Sphinx of Giza
  • Philae’s Temple of Isis
  • Ptolemaic Temple for Horus and Sobek
  • Temple of Queen Hatshepsut
  • Temples of Karnak & Luxor
  • Egyptian Museum of Antiquities
  • Khan El Khalili Bazaar District

 

Special PopSci Experiences

  • Meeting with Dr. Ashraf Mohei El-Din (Cairo)
  • Elephantine Island Nilometer (Aswan)
  • Nubian Museum (Aswan)
  • Stoppelaëre House (Luxor)
  • Manial Nilometer (Cairo)
  • Round-trip airfare from New York (JFK)
  • Airfare taxes, fees & fuel surcharges
  • Accommodations at deluxe hotels and cruise ship.
  • 17 meals: 8 breakfasts (B), 4 lunches (L), 5 dinners (D)
  • Comprehensive sightseeing tours and entry fees
  • Science & technology experiences handpicked by the PopSci editorial team
  • Experienced English-speaking Tour Director throughout
  • Popular Science Representative for most (or all) of your trip
  • Transportation in an air conditioned bus

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Guided Tour Pricing

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(Land only pricing available upon request)

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Dec 16

$ 2799

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Rates are per person based on double occupancy.
Single room supplement is $399
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JFK-CAI-JFK add $3300 (on request)
* PopSci Egyptoligists are not editors, guest editors or writers for Popular Science, but they are handpicked by the team at Popular Science for their superior expertise and experience.
For more information on this tour to Egypt, please contact us here or call us during business hours (Mon-Fri, 9:30-5:30 EST) at 844-565-8582.
Reservations and Payments 
Reservations can be made by phone (1-844-565-8582) and will be confirmed upon receipt of $300 per person non-refundable, non-transferable deposit (by check payable to smarTours) which must be received within 7 days of reservation. Full payment is due 75 days prior to departure. Baggage fees may apply. Space and prices subject to availability. For complete booking information and terms & conditions click here.

 

Day 1
Depart USA
Your fascinating journey to Egypt begins today with an overnight flight to Cairo.
Day 2
Arrive Cairo
Welcome to Cairo, both Egypt’s capital and its largest city! Upon arrival at Cairo International Airport, you will be met and assisted through customs and formalities, then transferred to your hotel. After some time at leisure, enjoy a welcome dinner!

Accommodations: Cairo Marriott Hotel
Meals: Dinner

Day 3
Cairo
After breakfast, visit the Pyramids of Giza, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Built during the Third and Fourth Dynasties, these monumental undertakings stand as a marvelous testimony to the almost unbelievable skill and determination of their builders. Enjoy an up-close view of the Great Pyramid, built for the Pharoah Cheops, as well as the Pyramids of Khefren and Mycerinus. Not far from the Pyramids, see the great Sphinx of Giza, the legendary chimeral statue that combines the head of king Khfren with a lion’s body.

Meet with Dr. Ashraf Mohei El-Din, Inspector of Antiquities, Giza Plateau, and a Participant in the robot project in the Great Pyramid!

Afterward, enjoy lunch at a local Cairo restaurant. The balance of the day is at leisure.

Accommodations: Cairo Marriott Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4
Cairo/Aswan/Nile Cruise
Today, fly south from Cairo to Aswan. Upon arrival, travel to the High Dam, which is 3600 meters across and 111 meters high at its highest point, and helped create Lake Nasser, the world’s largest artificial lake!

Next, visit Philae Temple on the Island of Agilika. The romantic and majestic aura surrounding the temple complex of Isis has been luring pilgrims for thousands of years. During the 19th century the ruins were one of Egypt’s most legendary attractions even when they seemed destined to be lost forever beneath the rising water of the Nile.

Next, visit the Nilometer on Elephantine Island. The Nilometer consists of a flight of stairs leading down into the water with depth markings along the walls. Elephantine marked Egypt’s southern border and was therefore the first place where the onset of the annual flood was detected.

Next, transfer to your Nile cruise ship for your three-night cruise from Upper Egypt to Lower Egypt. The Nile is one of the few rivers in the world which flows North and this unique characteristic is why southern Egypt is called Upper Egypt, while the northern part of Egypt is called “Lower Egypt”. Enjoy lunch on board the ship.

After lunch, cross the Nile by motorboat to visit a Nubian Village located just opposite Soheil Island and near the Aswan Dam. During your tour, meet with a Nubian family and learn more about their lifestyle, culture and traditions. Continue to the Nubian Museum which was built by architect Mahmoud El-Hakim. Dedicated to Nubian culture and civilization, the museum houses a model of a Nubian-style house.

Accommodations: Steigenberger Minerva
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5
Nile Cruise: Kom Ombo/Edfu
Today, sail to Kom Ombo to see the Ptolomaic Temple built for Horus the falcon god, and Sobek the crocodile god. The temple stands at a bend in the Nile, where in ancient times sacred crocodiles basked in the sun on the river bank. After exploring Kom Ombo, sail to Edfu, an Egyptian city on the west bank of the Nile River.

Accommodations: Steigenberger Minerva
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6
Nile Cruise: Edfu/Luxor
This morning, you’ll visit the Horus Temple in Edfu, the largest and most completely preserved Pharaonic, albeit Greek-built, temple in Egypt. Construction began on this extraordinary temple in 237 BC and was completed nearly 200 years later.

Dedicated to Horus, the falcon-headed son of Osiris who avenged his father’s murder by slaying his uncle Seth, the temple was built on the site where, according to legend, the two gods met in deadly combat.

Sail onward to Luxor via Esna. The premier destination in Upper Egypt, Luxor features an array of ruins and monuments and is often considered the most extraordinary open-air museum in the world. The city is also known for its horse carriages, called caleches, which offer a charming way to enjoy the areas many sightseeing opportunities.

Visit the East Bank and Luxor Temple, built over several centuries by Amenhopis III, Tutankhamun, Ramses II, and Alexander the Great. The temple is a graceful piece of architecture preceded by an avenue of sphinxes. Afterwards proceed to the Karnak Temples. In the New Kingdom, Amun-Ra was worshipped as the most important state god and the immense wealth of Thebes was spent embellishing and building temples in his honor.

Accommodations: Steigenberger Minerva
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7
Luxor
After breakfast, disembark the cruise and visit the West Bank of the Nile. Here you’ll see the famous Valley of the Kings where 62 Pharaohs are entombed and adorned with gold and jewels. Frustrated by the pillage of earlier and more visible tombs, the pharaohs cut their tombs deep into the sandstone, away from the public view and separated from their mortuary temples. You’ll enter King Tut’s tomb and see a replica of what the tomb once looked like!

Next, you’ll visit Stoppelaëre House, one of great Egyptian architect, Hassan Fathy’s most important works.

Accommodations: Sonesta St. George Luxor
Meals: Breakfast

Day 8
Luxor
This morning visit the Valley of the Queens, where the royal wive and princes are buried. There are at least 75 tombs in Biban al-Harim, the Valley of the Queens. Here you’ll enjoy a special visit to Nefertari’s Tomb.

Continue to the temple of Queen Hatshepsut. Rising out of the desert plain in a series of terraces, the Mortuary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut merges with the sheer limestone cliffs of the eastern face of the mountain as if nature herself had built this extraordinary monument. The balance of the day is at your leisure.

Accommodations: Sonesta St. George Luxor
Meals: Breakfast

Day 9
Luxor/Cairo
This morning, fly to Cairo where you’ll visit the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, which houses the world’s largest collection of artifacts from the era of the pharaohs including some belonging to King Tut.

Visit the Manial Nilometer on Rhoda Island in Cairo, which dates back to the period just after the Arab conquest of Egypt.

Afterwards, enjoy a walking tour of the colorful Khan El Khalili Bazaar district, considered the largest and oldest bazaar in Cairo. Built in 1382 by Sultan Barquq’s Mater Garkas El Khalili, it became known as the Turkish Bazaar during the Ottoman period. The Khan El Khalili extends in part over the site of the now vanished Fatimid Palaces, which covered an area of 400,000 square miles. This evening, enjoy a farewell dinner.

Accommodations: Cairo Marriott Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 10
Cairo/USA
Today, you will be transferred to the airport for your return flight.

Meals: Breakfast

Optional Tours

To enhance your visit to Egypt, your tour director will offer you optional tours. Rates are in US Dollars, payable in cash only (USD or EGP) or by credit card (a service fee may apply), and are based on a minimum number of participants. Additional optional tours may be added for your enjoyment, and the optional tours listed below may not be available on all departure dates. All rates are approximates and are subject to change based on fluctuation of exchange rates and suppliers rates. Note that optional tours are non-refundable.

Cairo
Half-Day Memphis & Sakkara Tour (approx. $44 USD/person)
Travel to Sakkara, once the burial ground of Memphis, the ancient capital of Egypt. Begin at the Step Pyramid where Imhotep experimented with the design of his stone tomb, beginning with a standard mastaba like those built in mud brick at Abydos and Saqqara by the 1st and 2nd dynasty kings. Imhotep alerted the design of the superstructure several times, erecting a four-stepped pyramid above the Mastaba, then enlarging it to six steps. You can see these changes in the southern wall, and more so on the east where some of the original casing remained in place. Continue to Memphis, the capital city founded by Pharaoh Menes and the capital of Egypt’s Old Kingdom. Statues and architectural fragments have been collected in the sculpture garden which occupies the southeastern part of the Ptah Temple complex, patron god of Memphis. Here the massive statue of Ramses II lies under a roof, the Sphinx from the same period dominates the courtyard. In addition, the garden contains statues from various periods as well as some Coptic columns identified by the dual patterns.
Luxor
Luxor Museum Visit (approx. $36 USD/person)
This wonderful little museum is located on the Corniche about halfway between the Luxor and Karnak Temples, and is home to a small but well-chosen collection of relics from the Theban temples and necropolis. The displays, which include pottery, jewelry, furniture, and statues were arranged by the Brooklyn Museum of New York.

PopSci’s Egyptologists*

Khaled Lotfy
Khaled Lotfy
Departures: Oct. 12, Nov. 2, Dec. 7
With over twenty years of experience, Khaled Lotfy shares “the Story of Ancient Egypt” with travelers from all over the world. His knowledge of the historical and archaeological sites all over Egypt and experience working with professors of Egyptology has led him to guiding and lecturing with universities like the Smithsonian Institute, Princeton University, and Columbia University.

* PopSci Egyptologists are not editors, guest editors or writers for Popular Science, but they are handpicked by the team at Popular Science for their superior expertise and experience.

Trip Preparation

FLIGHT INFORMATION
Please make sure to allow sufficient time for clearing customs and immigration if you are planning a connecting flight.  We recommend at least 3 ½ hours.  Please note that flight schedules are subject to change without prior notice.

Departure Date Airline Depart JFK Return JFK

2018: Oct. 12 & Dec. 7

EgyptAir 6:30pm 3:30pm

2018: Nov. 2

EgyptAir 7:30pm 3:30pm

Please make sure to allow sufficient time for clearing immigration and customs if you are planning a connecting fight.  We recommend at least 3 ½ hours.  Please note that flight schedules are subject to change without prior note.

ADVANCE SEAT ASSIGNMENT
EgyptAir does not assign seats in advance. Seat assignments can only be arranged at the airport upon check in. If you have a preferred seating choice, please make sure you check in for your flight as early as possible. These airlines do not offer any frequent flyer miles.

PASSPORT AND VISA INFORMATION
You must be in possession of a passport valid for at least 6 months after the date of travel. Your passport must contain at least one blank page. For US passport holders, a tourist visa is required and may be obtained upon arrival in Cairo for $28 USD. Non U.S. citizens should check with the respective consulates as to the most current visa requirements to all their travel destinations.

Please remember that it is your responsibility to obtain the necessary travel documents before the trip.

TICKETS AND FINAL DOCUMENTS
Your airline tickets along with final instruction and additional travel tips will be sent to you 7 – 10 days before the scheduled departure of your tour.  Please make sure to advise us in case your address changes.

HEALTH REQUIREMENTS
Immunizations are NOT currently required; however, you should consult your personal physician, local public health authorities or the Center of Disease Control (CDC) as to their suggestions.

CLIMATE
The temperature can vary greatly between night and day. December through February you can expect daytime highs in the mid to low 60’s with nighttime lows as low as 48◦F. In March and November, expect daytime highs in the high 60’s to low 70’s with nighttime lows in the mid-50’s. April and October, expect daytime highs in the high 70’s and low 80’s with nighttime lows in the mid 50s to mid-60s. May through September expect warmer temperatures with average highs in the low 90’s with nighttime lows in the high 50s to high 60’s.

CULTURE & DRESS
Given the wide range of temperatures, it is recommended that you bring a sweater and/or layer to accommodate for the cooler temperatures in the mornings and evenings and warmer temperatures during the day. In Egypt, people typically dress more conservatively. Please note when exploring independently, visits to religious centers such as mosques will often require more conservative dress including ankle length pants, skirts, or dresses, and for women a scarf to cover their hair.

CREDIT CARDS AND LOCAL CURRENCY
US dollars, Euros, and Canadian Dollars are accepted at Egyptian banks and money-changers. Banks and money-changers can be found in most of the places that you’ll visit throughout the country. It is typically recommended that you ask for small bills when exchanging money. The currency in Egypt is the Egyptian Pound.

BAGGAGE
Each passenger may bring one piece of checked-in luggage (suitcase), max. 44 pounds and one carry-on piece. Carry on must not exceed 18”x10”x8”. We recommend that you do not over-pack and that you take a variety of casual separates with climate and comfort in mind.

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