Luxury Egypt 2023! Off the Beaten Path

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Annie Emanuelli
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Oct 13 - 24, 2023
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Luxury Egypt 2023! Off the Beaten Path
Bucket List Travel

Annie Emanuelli
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12 reviews

$NaN
Oct 13 - 24, 2023
Group size: 2 - 14

About this trip

We are very excited to announce a new 11-night tour designed for our guests who have already visited Egypt, or those who prefer a more upscale tour off the beaten path. We’ve planned wonderful experiences like a cruise on a luxurious sailing dahabiya with just eight cabins. We’ve added a tour of the rarely seen tomb of Queen Nefetari, which because of its exquisite paintings is called the Sistine Chapel of Ancient Egypt. We'll spend the night at an authentic Nubian Lodge on the banks of Lake Nasser, just a mile from Abu Simbel, where we'll watch the nighttime sound and light show. And we'll visit the newly opened Avenue of the Sphinxes in Luxor; the medieval architectural treasures on El Moez Street in Old Cairo; and the Nubian Village in Aswan. We'll still visit the most important sites in Egypt - the pyramids and sphinx, Karnak and Luxor Temples, the Valley of the Kings, and many more. We invite you to join us on the premiere of this extraordinary tour! Maximum of 14 guests.


Dahabiya Cruise

Imagine gliding along the Nile in a beautifully appointed sailing yacht with only eight cabins, eating gourmet meals on deck by candlelight, and exploring small villages, islands, and ruins where larger cruise ships can't go. Called dahabiyas, they are two-masted boats with no engines, completely dependent on the wind and river, and were the traditional method of travel for  royals. 

You'll revisit the famous temples in Edfu and Kom Ombo, but you'll also get to explore El Kab, the ancient city of Nekheb with Old Kingdom temples and tombs; and Gebel el Silsila, where the cliffs on both sides close to the narrowest point along the Nile. We'll explore the Egyptian countryside, visiting secluded picturesque spots and farms, and have lots of chances to interact with local people. And we'll dine like royalty. The chef creates amazing meals using fresh supplies delivered each morning from local markets and farmers along the river. When conditions allow, we may dine under the stars at a beautiful spot on the banks of the Nile.

The Sistine Chapel of Ancient Egypt

The tombs in the Valley of the Kings and Queens are amazing. But the most exquisite is the tomb of Queen Nefertari, most beloved wife of Ramses the Great. The real wow factor is more than 5,200 square feet of stunning paintings, earning it the nickname the Sistine Chapel of Ancient Egypt. Most visitors in Egypt don’t get to see this amazing sight because access has been highly restricted to preserve the delicate paintings since its 1904 discovery. When it first opened, the infiltration of water and salt from the porous limestone and the humidity from visitors’ breath caused the paintings to deteriorate, so it was closed to the public for decades. It was opened starting in 2006 for private tours at a cost of $3,000. It recently opened to individual visitors at a cost of about $100 a person. The paintings tell of the ceremonies after Nefertari’s death. On the door of her burial chamber, we see Nefertari reborn from the eastern horizon as a sun disc, forever immortalized in victory over the world of darkness. We are extremely privileged to be able to visit this extraordinary national treasure.

Overnight at Abu Simbel

Abu Simbel is generally considered the grandest and most beautiful temple in Egypt. Most visitors see it around sunrise, with hundreds of other tourists. But it is magical at night with no crowds, when a sound and light show provides a journey back in time to the pharaohs’ era. The enchanting music and vibrant lights depict how this temple originally looked, and tells of its fascinating history. 

We’ll stay overnight at a charming Nubian lodge on the shores of Lake Nasser, just a mile from the monument. The hotel was built using natural materials such as Nile mud bricks. With a maximum capacity of 16 guests, Eskaleh Nubian House provides warm service in a relaxing, natural and warm atmosphere. Eskaleh also offers a restaurant, a lounge and accommodations with a balcony.

"The Path of God"

In November 2021, the 3,000-year-old Avenue of Sphinxes, which connects the Temples of Luxor and Karnak, was opened to the public following more than seven decades of excavation efforts.  It is nearly two miles long and 250 feet wide, lined on either side by more than 600 ram-headed statues and traditional sphinxes. The ancient walkway, once named the "Path of God," was buried under sand for centuries. In 1949, Egyptian archaeologist Zakaria Ghineim discovered the first eight sphinx statues in front of Luxor Temple. Seventeen more statues were uncovered from 1958 to 1961, and another 55 were unearthed from 1961 to 1964. The entire route of the walkway was finally determined by 2000, leaving it to excavators to uncover the road over the last 20 years. The Avenue of Sphinxes was built to celebrate the annual Opet Festival in the ancient city of Thebes, now known as Luxor. The festival promoted fertility and included a procession that carried statues of ceremonial gods from Karnak Temple to Luxor Temple. 

Medieval Architectural Treasures

El Moez Street, a lively pedestrian street in Old Cairo, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with the greatest concentration of medieval architectural treasures in the Islamic world. 

It runs between two massive gates in the original stone city wall, built in the 11th century when Cairo was founded. With slits for arrows and shafts for pouring boiling oil on attackers, the gates stood to protect the ancient city from invaders more than 1,000 years ago.

Wandering the meandering alleyways and discovering magnificent mosques, fine old houses and palaces, cafes and restaurants, and tentmaker’s market is a treat for locals and visitors alike.

Visit the new Grand Egyptian Museum

The long-awaited Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) adjacent to the Pyramids opened in November 2022. The foundation stone for the GEM was laid in 2002, and the museum was originally scheduled to be completed in 2013. Construction delays and the COVID-19 pandemic caused the opening to be pushed back several times, from 2013 to 2018 to 2020, 2021 and 2022.

The GEM is the largest archaeological museum in the world. It houses 18,000 artifacts of ancient Egypt, including the complete 5,000-piece King Tut collection with many pieces being displayed for the very first time.

Come see the spectacular new museum!

Costs and Payments

The cost of this trip is $3,995 per person, based on double occupancy. 

This does NOT include airfare to and from Egypt.

Single supplement is $1,900.

Your space will be secured when we receive a deposit of $500.

Upon receipt, 50% of the deposit paid is nonrefundable. 

The balance is due by two months before your departure.


In the event that you need to cancel your trip, these fees will be applied:

• Between 100-61 days before your arrival date, entire amount of deposit.

• Between 60 and 46 days before your arrival date, 50% of the entire tour price.

• Between 45 and 31 days before your arrival date, 75% of the entire tour price.

• Between 30 and 1 days before your arrival date, 100% of the entire tour price.

Flights and Arrivals

You should fly in to and out of Cairo, Egypt.

Please arrive in Cairo, Egypt on or before Friday, October 13, 2023. (If you are coming from the USA, you will need to fly out of the USA on or before Thursday,  October 12, 2023.)

Afternoon or evening arrivals are best.

Your return flight should be scheduled on or after Tuesday, October 24, 2023.

PLEASE LET US KNOW IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS BEFORE YOU BOOK AIRFARE!!!!!!

If you are booking two or more trips in a row, please talk to us about arrival and departure flights.

What’s included

  • Hotel
    Seven nights in 5-star hotels; four in Cairo; one night in Luxor; one night in Aswan; and one night in Abu Simbel
  • Nile Cruise
    Four nights on a 5-star deluxe Dahabiya
  • Tours
    All tours provided by an English-speaking licensed Egyptologist
  • Admissions
    Entrance fees to all sights, including the Tombs of Nefertari and King Tut, and the Sound and Light Show at Abu Simbel
  • Ground transportation
    All transportation, in modern air conditioned vehicles, with free beverages and Wi-Fi on board
  • Airport transfers
    We'll pick you up at the Cairo airport when you arrive, and bring you to your hotel. When it's time for you to leave, we'll bring you from your hotel back to the airport
  • Meals
    All meals, including bottled water
  • Domestic flights
    Domestic flights in Egypt to/from Nile cruise; including airport transfers
  • Airfare to Egypt
  • Visa
    Visa on arrival at Cairo airport ($25 per person).
  • Tipping
    Daily tips to drivers, porters, airport agents, restaurant and cruise staff, and tour guides
  • Specialty beverages
    Soft drinks, alcoholic beverages and mocktails with meals and on board the cruise

Available options

Itinerary

Day 1 -Oct 13, 2023
Arrival to Egypt!

As soon as you get off the plane, you will see our airport agent holding a sign with your name on it. He will help you get your Egyptian visa, lead you through VIP passport control, through baggage claim, and then escort you to your hotel!


Your Organizer


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Annie Emanuelli
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Hi - I'm Annie, the founder of Bucket List Travel! Travel is my life! I left a 30+ year career as a corporate marketing exec to start my own travel business, taking people to Bucket List locations! I'd like to take you somewhere you've always dreamed of going. Stop dreaming, start packing!

Reviews

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This was the trip of a lifetime!! Annie had every detail planned out so well. We saw the most amazing parts of Zimbabwe, Johannesburg and Capetown. Our lodging and meals were incredible! The game drives were amazing! Annie and the guides were so flexible and were able to make a few last-minute changes based on the groups' needs. She made the trip so easy and enjoyable. I would definitely recommend Annie and the Bucket List team.
By Elizabeth D for Sept 4-15, 2022: South Africa! on 02 Nov, 2022
SUCH a wonderful time in South Africa with a bonus trip to Victoria Falls. This trip was planned pre-pandemic, and it as worth the 2.5 year wait! Everything was taken care of, all I had to do for the most part was show up. The guides were phenomenal, making sure that we saw everything we wanted to see, being flexible in their schedules, and quite literally "making it happen" a number of times. Annie is such a joy to work with and does her best to accommodate requests of all of her guests. This is my second trip with Bucketlist Travel and I am looking to book a third (Jordan+) in the near future.
By Kasey P for Sept 18-29, 2022: South Africa! on 31 Oct, 2022
I would highly recommend taking a tour with Bucket list travels and Annie Emmanuel. This was my first tour but I can’t imagine anything better. Annie organized such a fabulous tour encompassing everything you want to see in South Africa. She takes care of everything….you don’t have to worry about a thing. It is an experience instead of just a vacation. You will be driven by a knowledgeable tour guide to all of the sights she has carefully arranged so that you really experience South Africa….and there’s so much to see! All of the accommodations are fabulous! Great hospitality and great food! The game drives were amazing…I saw every animal I had hoped to see there. You can tell she has a passion for travel that she wants to share with others! I plan on taking another tour with Annie because she has other places that I would like to see. I highly recommend her tours… it exceeded my expectations! Thank you Annie!
By Peg B for Sept 4-15, 2022: South Africa! on 12 Oct, 2022
Annie is THE BEST! She created a wonderful itinerary that allowed us to see so many animals in their natural habitat - including the Big 5, whales and penguins! - and learn about the history of the country through visits to various museums, cultural centers and visiting Cape Town. And we did this all while staying in lovely accommodations and enjoying delicious food. Annie also builds into her trips the opportunity to add on visits to nearby sites. Victoria Falls was fabulous! Thank you, Annie, for another bucket list trip of a lifetime!!
By robin s for Sept 4-15, 2022: South Africa! on 27 Sep, 2022
This was truly an unforgettable experience. It surpassed all our expectations, from the lodging, to the animal sightings, to the food, the guides, and the cultural experiences. Annie Emanuelli you are the best and I look forward to going on another one of your trips in the future.
By Julie K for Sept 4-15, 2022: South Africa! on 24 Sep, 2022
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I just returned from a once in a lifetime trip to Cairo organized by Bucket List Travel. Annie took care of every detail of planning, and it really showed when I got off the plane and was taken care of from start to finish with the greatest care. Our guide Yasser was kind, professional, knowledgeable, and funny! He went above and beyond to ensure every need was met and we got the most out of each day in Egypt. I always felt safe and loved experiencing local life and culture. I plan to grab my friends and book again with Bucket List Travel!
By Noel G on 05 Feb, 2020