Opera Aida in Egypt
Accomodation Included
Air fare included
ground transportation included

11-Day with A 5-Day Nile Cruise
Only $3,895  per person
based on double occupancy

Itinerary

Oct. 9, 2001

Depart U.S.A. from New York (JFK) airport, all meals and beverages served on board flight.

Oct. 10, 2001

Arrive Cairo where you will be met by your tour manager, who will help you with your immigration and custom formalities, then you will be transferred to your hotel, the historical Mena House Oberoi for an overnight.

Pyramids at Nightfall: Mena House Oberoi Hotel in the background

Oct. 11, 2001

Breakfast, then drive to Memphis on the edge of the western desert, the capital of the ancient kingdom, and one of the most important cities throughout the history of ancient Egypt. From here we drive to Sakkara, the vast necropolis of ancient Memphis. P.M. drive to the pyramids of Giza. Cheops pyramid, the largest of the three, was built in the 3rd dynasty about 2650 B.C., and is one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. Enjoy a camel ride by the pyramids area if you wish. In front of the pyramids of Chephren, we find the sphinx carved from a single piece of stone, it is a lion with a pharaoh's head thought to be a portrait of the pharaoh Chephren. Return to your hotel for an overnight. (B)

Pyramids Of Giza during the Sound and Light Performance

Oct. 12, 2001

Breakfast, the start your tour visiting the Egyptian Museum, famous for its antiquities from Egypt's Pharaonic period, which dates back some 50 centuries and includes the fabulous treasures of King Tut-Ankh-Amon. Afternoon excursion to Old Cairo, visiting the very old Coptic churches and the oldest Jewish synagogue of Beni Ezra. Continue your visit to a mosque and the medieval bazaars of Khan-El-Khalili, where you can bargain for you jewelry and hand-tooled leather items. Return to you hotel. In the evening, you will be met and transferred to attend the superior performance of the opera Giuseppe Verdi's "Aida" performed with the magnificent Pyramids of Giza as the backdrop. The cast in the opera performance will be as follows:

Maria Guleghina
Leona Mitchell
Daiela Dessy

Aida:

Radames:

Jose Cura
Vladimir Galouzine
Nicole Martinucci

Amneris:

Dolora Zajic
Bruna Baglioni
Elizabetta Fiorillo

Amonasro:

Leo Nucci
Alain Fondary
Antonio Salvatori

Reda El-Wakil

Ramfis:

II Re:

Michael Kit
Peter Daalysky

Conductors:

Giorgio Croci
Mtro Giorgiev
Garcia Novarro

Tickets to the performance are included in the package price and are based on category "A" tickets which are the best seats in the house. Later, after the performance is over, you will be met and transferred back to your hotel for an overnight.

Breakfast, then you will be met and transferred to Cairo airport for your flight to Aswan. Upon arrival at Aswan airport, you will be met and transferred to embark on your cruise ship. Later, you will visit the "Felucca," the Elephantine Island, the temple of Philae and the Botanical Gardens. Lunch, dinner and overnight on board Nile cruise ship. (B,L,D)

Breakfast, then visit the Unfinished Obelisk in the ancient Granite Quarries, and the High Dam. Lunch, then cruise to Kom-Ombo. Visit the Ptolemaic Temple of Kom-Ombo, which was dedicated to two gods: the Crocodile god, Sobek and the Flacon-headed god, Haroeris. Sail to Edfu. Dinner and overnight on board. (B,L,D)

Oct. 13, 2001

Oct. 14, 2001

Oct. 15, 2001

Breakfast, then visit the Temples of Horus, (237 B.C.) the best preserved Egyptian temple in existence. Lunch. Sail to Luxor. Dinner and overnight on board Nile cruise ship. (B,L,D)

Breakfast, the cross the Nile to visit the Necropolis of Ancient Thebes. Explore the Valleys of the Kings and Queens where tombs of 64 Pharaohs and 57 Queens have been discovered, and enter some of the most important burials. Visit the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut and the Colossi of Memnon. Lunch. Afternoon, visit the Temple of Karnak, which took over 1500 years to build and is considered the world's largest religious complex. Then visit the Temple of Luxor, which was started by Amenhotep III and completed by Ramses II. Dinner on board Nile cruise ship. (B,L,D)

Breakfast, then disembark your Nile cruise ship, where you will be met and transferred to Luxor airport for your flight back to Cairo. Upon arrival at Cairo airport, you will be met and transferred to your hotel, the Ramses Hilton for overnight. (B)

Oct. 16, 2001

Oct. 17, 2001

Oct. 19, 2001

Breakfast, then you will be met by your tour manager and transferred to Cairo airport, where you will be helped with your check-in and immigration formalities for your departure flight.

Also Included: All transfers within Egypt. Included as well is the service charge imposed by hotels, port charges, portage, meeting and assistance at airport, hotels and docks.

If airfare from the U.S.A. is not required, please deduct $920 from posted rate.

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: For single occupancy, in hotels and on board Nile cruise ship, please add $369. Departures from Chicago please add $259. Departures from L.A. please add $369.

EXTENSIONS & OPTIONAL TOURS: Extra days and optional tours to additional sites are available upon request.

If you need a different tour package of Egypt , we will customize it for you.

Breakfast and a day at leisure for last minute shopping or just relaxing by your hotel pool. (B)

Oct. 18, 2001

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