FEB 8th, 2022
Grand Egypt & Jordan Expedition
Without a doubt, the greatest Egypt Expedition ever offered. It includes all the highlights of the land of the Pharaons, a top-class 7-night private Nile cruise, and after-hours access to multiple archeological sites.
Even if you have been to Egypt before, you should consider joining this expedition due to its extraordinary special events and luminaries.
We are proud to announce that renowned Egyptologist Dr. Zahi Hawass will be our guide on an after-hours private tour of the Sphinx! Also, we will visit the home of Mrs. Jehan Sadat, the wife of the late Nobel Prize Winner Anwar Sadat, and a Global leader on female rights.
Accommodations are the best one can expect. Also, the seven-night Nile cruise is onboard the most luxurious 12 Guests Dahabeya (Ancient Luxury Nile Sail Boat), that navigates the Nile today. The cruise includes superb services and even cooking classes.
The Grand Egypt expedition finishes with a visit to the soon-to-be-open Grand Egyptian Museum.
A complete extension to Jordan that includes quality time in majestic Petra is also available.
This is a limited edition itinerary, the ultimate Egypt experience, reserved for only 14 participants!
Max Group Size: Only 12 participants!
Leader: Jorge Salas (The first departure is a President’s Trip)
Departure: February 8, 2022
UNIQUE EXPERIENCES & HIGHLIGHTS
- Special access to the Great Sphinx Enclosure with the company of Dr. Zahi Hawass
- Private visit to the Osiris Shaft
- Special access to the Khonsu Temple at Karnak Temples
- Special access to the residence of Anwar Sadat to meet Mrs. Jehan Sadat
- Private entry to the Giza Plateau
- Private entry to the Great Pyramid of Cheops
- The Grand Egyptian Museum
- 7 Nights onboard Luxury Nile Cruise
- Extension to Jordan & Petra, and much more
Private access to archeological sites, Dr. Zahi Hawass and Mrs. Jehan Sadat, superb hotels, some of the best guides ever, and a first-class 7-night Nile cruise. Kudos NPE!
If you have any questions, please let us know. We are here to help you!
THE MOST COMPLETE AND UPSCALE EGYPT EXPERIENCE FILLED WITH SPECIAL EVENTS, PRIVATE ACCESS, AND LUMINARIES. 14 DAYS AT $13885 EXCLUDING FLIGHTS. JORDAN & PETRA EXTENSION AVAILABLE
Itinerary in Brief
Arrival in Cairo
Welcome to Egypt! You will be met at Cairo International Airport by our representative who will help you with any of the arrival formalities. Once those are complete, you will be escorted to the Four Seasons First Residence Cairo Hotel via air-conditioned luxury vehicle. Your check-in will be smooth and stress-free.
Overnight at Four Seasons First Residence Cairo Hotel – Superior Room. (D)
Private Access to the Sphinx, the Great Pyramid of Cheops & to The Osiris Shaft
We will begin with an early morning, 4 AM, private access expedition to the Great Pyramid of Cheops. A visit to the pyramid’s neighbor, the Sphinx, will be next, and the private access expedition will be accompanied by the famed Egyptologist and archaeologist Dr. Zahi Hawass. After the visit to the Sphinx, you will also enjoy a tour of the mysterious Osiris Shaft. Lunch will be served at the Nine Pyramids Lounge.
Overnight at Four Seasons First Residence Cairo Hotel – Superior Room. (B, L, D)
Sakkara, Memphis, and Dahshur
After breakfast, the expedition will travel to Sakkara, sometimes referred to as the ‘City of the Dead’ because of the many pyramids, mastabas, and tombs found there. The famous Step Pyramid of King Djoser, Mereruka Tomb, and the pyramid of King Teti are all found at Sakkara. Also located at Sakkara is the Imhotep Museum.
The Royal Necropolis of Dahshur will be next on the itinerary. This site contains the famous Bent Pyramid, the Red Pyramid, and the Black Pyramid.
Overnight at Four Seasons First Residence Cairo Hotel – Superior Room. (B, L, D)
The Grand Egyptian Museum – Citadel
A hearty breakfast will prepare us for the full day ahead. Few countries can boast such a rich and significant past as Egypt, so it was only fitting that a museum-worthy of this past will now become available in 2021. The Grand Egyptian Museum is located in Giza and will be home to the entire collection of antiquities from the tomb of King Tutankhamen, some of which have never been seen before by the public. The expedition will also visit the Salah El Din Citadel in Cairo.
A private visit with the widow of President Anwar Sadat, Mrs. Jehan Sadat, in the late afternoon will round out this culturally enriching day.
Overnight at Four Seasons First Residence Cairo – Superior room. (B, L)
Flight to Luxor – Dahabiya Nile Cruise
An early morning flight after breakfast will take the expedition to Luxor, where you will be met and assisted through arrival formalities.
The day’s activities begin with a visit to the Karnak Temple Complex. We will enjoy special access to the Temple of Khonsu, a New Kingdom temple dedicated to the moon god.
After our visit to the Karnak Temple Complex, we now become a water-borne expedition as we join the Dahabiya Nile Cruise, where we will enjoy lunch, and will later celebrate our first day of the cruise with a delicious dinner.
Overnight at Dahabiya Nile Cruise in Luxor West Bank. (B, L, D)
Valley of the Kings and the Hatshepsut Temple
Today will bring us to an exploration of the Valley of the Kings and the Hatshepsut Temple. The Hatshepsut Temple is one of the most impressive and has helped to cement the ambitious queen’s place in the pantheon of Egyptian rulers.
Overnight at Dahabiya Nile Cruise at El Batekh Island. (B, L, D)
Esna Temple and El Kab village
Today you will visit the lovely Esna Temple, decorated with bas relief sculpture on the columns and walls.
A visit will also be made to the local market for fresh fruits and vegetables.
Overnight at Dahabiya Nile Cruise near El Hejaz Island. (B, L, D)
El Kab Temple and Edfu Temple
After an appetizing breakfast, we will pay a visit to the El Kab Temple. After returning to the ship, we will sail to Edfu, and after lunch will visit the very well preserved Edfu Temple, which honors the god Horus.
A visit to Bashaw Village will give expedition members an opportunity to ‘rub shoulders’ with the local people and enjoy tea with them before returning to the cruise ship for a good night’s sleep.
Overnight at Dahabiya Nile Cruise near Bashaw Village. (B, L, D)
Dahabiya Nile Cruise
Fortified by breakfast, we will sail to Gebil El-Silsila, which includes sandstone quarries, temples, and shrines. What makes Gebil El-Silsila so fascinating is that the temples are carved right into the native sandstone and many of the surfaces are covered with bas relief sculpture. The expedition will visit the site, overseen by the crocodile god Sobek, after lunch.
Overnight at Dahabiya Nile Cruise at Beshir Island. (B, L, D)
Kom Ombo Temple and Herdiab Island
Today we will enjoy breakfast while sailing to Kom Ombo, where we will visit the Kom Ombo temple, unique in being dedicated to two gods, Horus and Sobek. After our visit to the temple, we will sail to Herdiab Island. The sandy beaches of Herdiab will definitely tempt you into the water for a swim as well as some sunbathing, and this will be a great opportunity to enjoy some of the natural world along the banks of the Nile.
Overnight at Dahabiya Nile Cruise near Aswan Bridge. (B, L, D)
The Philae Temple and Nubian Village
Breakfast will be served on board while the expedition sails to Aswan. The Philae Temple is located on an island of the same name and will be our first stop today. The Philae Temple honors the goddess Isis and was one of the last temples built in the style of Ancient Egypt.
You may well feel that you are encountering a festival during our visit to the Nubian Village on Elephantine Island.
Overnight at Dahabiya Nile Cruise at Aswan West Bank. (B, L, D)
Abu Simbel Tour by Land
We will breakfast onboard, then leave our cruise ship behind and proceed to the Sofitel Old Cataract Aswan Hotel.
The journey will take about 3 ½ hours, but good company and the passing landscape will help the time pass quickly.
Built by Pharaoh Ramses II, the two temples at Abu Simbel originally were located 200 feet lower than their present position and in danger from the rising waters of the Aswan High Dam. Fortunately, these magnificent temples were saved by an international effort.
Overnight at the Sofitel Old Cataract Aswan Hotel. (B, L)
Back to Cairo from Aswan – Walking Tour at Moaz Street
After breakfast, you will be driven to the Aswan Airport for a flight back to Cairo. After checking in to the Le Riad Hotel de Charme, it will be time to explore Moaz Street.
During the evening you will be able to enjoy a show while having dinner aboard a 5-Star, floating restaurant.
Overnight at Le Riad Hotel de Charme – Deluxe Suite (B, D)
Fly Back Home
After enjoying breakfast, you will be taken to the airport for your final departure and your journey back home or fly to Amman to start your Jordan and Petra experience.
Jordan & Petra Extension
Welcome to Amman
You will y from Cairo to Amman, Jordan’s capital city. We will meet and assist you upon your arrival at the Amman International Airport. Once the formalities have been dealt with, you will be transferred by a private, air-conditioned vehicle to your hotel for check-in, which we will handle for you. Once you have settled in, we will go over the itinerary in detail for tomorrow’s trip.
Overnight at Four Seasons Amman Hotel. (B)
Madaba, Nebo, and Dead Sea Trip
After breakfast, we will travel to Madaba, which has been called the City of Mosaics. The Madaba Archaeological Park is dedicated to the stunning Roman ruins in the area, and also to the preservation of the mosaics found throughout Madaba. The St. George Greek Orthodox Church is unique in that the mosaic there does not feature local geography, but rather a mosaic map of Israel created in the 4th Century. Following this visit, we will travel to Mt. Nebo where Moses gazed at the Promised land, and you will also be able to view, as he did, the Jordan Valley, the Dead Sea, and parts of the Holy Land. Moses is thought to be buried on Mt. Nebo.
The Dead Sea is the lowest point on earth and is our next destination. Due to its high mineral and salt content, there are no life forms in the Dead Sea outside of some bacteria and algae. However, the waters of the Dead Sea are thought to contain medicinal properties and the spot has become attractive to those seeking health or beauty treatments. In fact, Queens Cleopatra and Sheba are thought to have availed themselves of the waters to preserve their beauty. Due to the Dead Sea’s high salinity, it’s easy to oat, so be sure to come prepared to ‘take the waters and mud’ while visiting here. Afterwards, we will return to our hotel.
Overnight at Four Seasons Amman Hotel. (B, L)
Jerash, Ajloun, and Umm Qais Tour
The ancient city of Jerash is rst on the morning itinerary. Human occupation of Jerash dates back nearly 10,000 years, and the city contains magni cent Roman ruins, rivaling those found in Italy. You will be able to tread on colonnaded Roman streets, and visit the Temple of Artemis, the Nymphaeum, and the Oval Plaza. It would not be di cult to picture Roman men, women, and children walking the streets or visiting the temples.
Strategically located on a hilltop, Ajloun Castle commands a view of the surrounding countryside. Constructed in the 12th Century to deny invaders entry to the Jordan Valley, the castle has been enlarged, destroyed, and rebuilt. Still in a fairly ruinous state, Ajloun still o ers interesting architectural points as well as a magni cent view.
Once known as Gadara, Umm Qais is a ruined Greco/Roman city that was once part of a Roman commercial network. This site o ers panoramic views of the Golan Heights and the Sea of Galilee. As the day draws on, we will return to our hotel in Amman for the night.
Overnight at Four Seasons Amman Hotel. (B, L)
After breakfast, we will have a tour of Petra, the biggest attraction in Jordan. Petra was rst established in around 6th century B.C by the Nabateans, a nomadic tribe who settled in the area and laid the foundations of a commercial empire that extended up to Syria. Upon arrival, you will begin the trip on horseback to the canyon, the so called Siq, and then by foot to the most beautiful monument: the Treasury. Among other monuments you will see are the Street of Facades, the Royal Tombs, and Pharaoh’s Castle. After the tour, we will drive 2.5 hours back to Amman hotel to overnight.
Overnight at FourSeasons Amman Hotel (B, L)
Fly back home
This will be the last day of your Jordan expedition package, and after breakfast you will check out by 12:00 noon. Depending on your ight schedule, we will transfer you to Amman’s Queen Alia Airport for your departure.
World-renowned and legendary archaeologist Dr. Zahi Hawass will be our Guide during our special access to the Great Sphinx Enclosure.
Dr. Zahi Hawass is the former Egyptian Minister of Antiquities and Director of Excavations at Giza, Saqqara, Bahariya Oasis, and the Valley of the Kings.
Dr. Hawass has made multiple significant discoveries, including the Tombs of the Pyramid Builders at Giza and the Valley of the Golden Mummies at Bahariya Oasis. He has discovered two previously unknown Old Kingdom pyramids, one near the Great Pyramid of Khufu at Giza, and one belonging to a queen of King Teti at Saqqara. Also, at Saqqara, he rediscovered the pyramid of Queen Khuit.
Dr. Hawass led the search for the tomb of Cleopatra and Mark Antony, enriched the search for the so-called “hidden doors” inside the Great Pyramid, and launched a new excavation under the Nile River’s waters, searching for missing obelisks and statues.
One of his most significant research efforts is the Egyptian Mummy Project (EMP), which allowed him to identify Queen Hatshepsut’s mummy, those of the family of King Tutankhamun, and solved the mystery of the murder of Ramesses III.
Dr. Hawass is a great communicator, which took him to become Egypt’s face on most documentaries about the land of the Pharaons. He will spend quality time with NPE expeditioners At the Sphinx!
Spend Quality time with the brightest leader of Peace and Woman’s Equality in Egypt
Married to Anwar Sadat, a military o cer that participated in the coup against King Farouk, who then served as Vice President to Abdel Nasser and later became the third President and Prime Minister of Egypt and received the Nobel Peace Prize.
During their thirty-two-year marriage, Mrs. Sadat earned a Bachelor’s in Arabic Language and a Master’s in Literature from Cairo University.
One of Sadat’s many accomplishments includes establishing the women’s emancipation, education, and training society, founding a city for disabled war veterans, and the reconstruction of Kasr El Einy Hospital, the rst modern medicine hospital built in the Mediterranean in over 150 years.
Due to her multiple achievements, the University of Kansas presented her with The Human Service Award in 1978.
In 1984, Madame Sadat received the Living Legacy Award from Women’s International Center. She became Honorary President of WIC in 1985 and remains as such today. At the same time, WIC established the Jehan Sadat Peace Award.
Her rst book, A Woman of Egypt, recounts her extraordinary life as the First Lady of Egypt and her life and marriage to global peacemaker, Anwar Sadat. (He was assassinated on October 6, 1981). Jehan Sadat has righteously carried forth his and her messages of peace and world understanding.
We will visit the Sadat home to enjoy quality time with this amazing global luminary.
Four Seasons First Residence Cairo Hotel
Enjoying impressive views of Cairo’s skyline and the Pyramids, The Four Seasons Hotel in Cairo’s Gizah district features a full-service spa and outdoor pool. All rooms at The First Residence Cairo feature stylish colonial décor and panoramic city or Nile views. Facilities include a top-floor spa offering a wide range of health and beauty treatments. It also features a sauna, hot tub, and fitness center. Light refreshments are offered at the Tea Lounge. Guests can feast on traditional Syrian/Lebanese cuisine that is served poolside in Aura. There is also La Gourmandize is a trendy brasserie eatery located in the heart of The First Mall.
Sofitel Old Cataract Aswan Hotel
Located in the Nubian Desert on the banks of the Nile, opposite Elephantine Island, Sofitel Legend Old Cataract offers elegant rooms and suites. It features outdoor and indoor pools. This Victorian building with the pink granite facade has modern rooms with private bathrooms. Each of the air-conditioned rooms is decorated with wooden furniture. The hotel’s 4 bars offer refreshing drinks. Guests can visit the hotel’s spa and relax in the sauna, the hammam, or the hot tub. They can also use the fitness center or enjoy massage treatments.
Le Riad Cairo Hotel
Le Riad Hotel de Charme has spacious Oriental suites with private balconies facing El Darb El Asfar. It has a rooftop garden with panoramic views of Cairo. Each unique suite at Le Riad Hotel de Charme is inspired by a theme from Egyptian history. They have a comfortable seating area and a private marble bathroom. The flat-screen TV has satellite TV and free Wi-Fi is available. The hotel features a tea lounge on the first floor and the rooftop garden terrace has a small Sheesha corner.
Guide & Leader
You will be guided by the best and most recognized Guide in all of the Arab World.
Mr. Wadl Batouti is NPE’s Head Guide in Egypt and will be the Master Guide during our Expedition.
With more than 25 years of experience, Wadl is the Counselor of Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism. He was also elected the executive board member of the World Federation Tourist Guide Association (WFTGA), won the best Guide award in multiple years, and is popularly known as the “Guide of the Stars” because of his numerous appearances in documentaries and for having as Guests personalities such as Roger Moore, Morgan Freeman, Yanni, Samuel Jackson, Shakira, Will Smith and multiple members of Royal families and dignitaries of more than 15 countries. Currently, Walid is the Area Representative of the WFTGA, executive board member of the Arab Federation of Tour Guide Association, and NPE’s Head Guide in Egypt.
Your leader will be NPE’s Founder and President
Jorge Salas is NPE’s founder and President. He has 30 years of experience developing destinations, pioneering travel routes, establishing operations procedures, training guides, and expedition leaders, ship crews, and leading expeditions to the most remote destinations of our Planet.
During his career, he has served as an advisor to the boards and ministers of tourism of seven countries. As a public speaker, he is continuously promoting global travel to remote destinations and sustainable tourism practices in trade shows, at universities, and to the general public through webinars and video conferences.
He is also a recognized photographer and writer, published by the Smithsonian Institution, the WWF, Nature Conservancy, among many others.
JORGE WILL BE THE LEADER ON THE FEBRUARY 8 DEPARTURE ONLY. ALL OTHER DEPARTURES WILL BE LED BY WADL BATOUTI, NPE’S EGYPT SENIOR LEADER AND HEAD GUIDE.
Intimate Upscale 7-night Small Ship Nile Cruise
Eyaru Dahabiya Nile Cruise
Seven nights cruising the Nile onboard the most upscale small Dahabeya
Dahabeyas made their appearance during ancient Egypt. These sailing luxury boats were build to pleasure celebrities and royalty.
Our Dahabeya, Eyaru, is limited to 12 guests accommodated in 6 elegantly decorated cabins. In it, everything is handmade, down to every plate and carpet. You’ll feel the Egyptian spirit in every room you enter, with a different design in each, all reflecting the true meaning of Eyaru.
You will get to live the local experience to its fullest. After local market visits, and at least twice during our cruise, you will get to enjoy cooking classes that showcase superb local recipes.
Eyaru’s premier feature is its large air-conditioned pergola that closes o on the sundeck’s part by glass and has a central heating system for cold weather. There is no need to stay in the indoor lounge during the cold months and miss the picturesque scenery of the Nile during your stay. That’s why Eyaru is the only Dahabiya that goes back to back from Luxor to Aswan.
Eyaru has no motors; it gets dragged by a launch from a distance, so you never feel any disturbing sounds or vibrations during your trip.
Eyaru is, without doubt, the best Dahabeya sailing the Nile today, and NPE has chartered it exclusively for its Guests.
Note: In case the expedition has 6 or fewer guests the Nebyt Dahabiya will be used.
Departure Dates & Rates
10 Aug 2021
Included in the Land Cost:
- Services of New Paths Expeditions in-house support team
- Meet and greet service by our representatives at the airport
- Entry Visa for Egypt for American and Mexican holding an ordinary passport
- All airport transfers by a private air-conditioned vehicle
- Accommodations as noted
- Seven nights upscale Nile cruise
- Meals as noted
- Private English-speaking tour guide during all tours
- All sightseeing, entrance fees, excursions, and visits as noted
- Entrance fees to all sites as indicated on the itinerary
- Bottled water during your tours and transfers
- All service charges and applicable taxes included
- Tips for luggage handling, room service, and restaurants staff
Other inclusions in the above program:
- Two cooking classes
- Visit a local home for a people-to-people experience
- Soft drinks and water are included during meals on the Dahabiya
- Free internet at any place in the Dahabiya
- International Airfare
- Domestic flights
- Any optional tours not mentioned above
- Personal spendings like soft/hard drinks during meals in Cairo restaurants and hotels
- Tipping for the guide, the driver, Dahabiya Nile Cruise Part
Note: Early and late airport transfers will be charged separately.
Deposits and final payments:
- A deposit of US $2,000.00 per participant is required at the time of booking.
- The remaining balance will be charged 120 days before the expedition begins.
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