Egypt Holiday 2018 Itinerary BookEgypt Nile River Cruise & more

For DJ & Jones’ birthdays in 2018, I organized an around the world holiday from Shanghai to Bangkok to Dubai to Kuwait to Cairo to Alexandria to Aswan — then sail the Nile River to Luxor – back to Cairo, onward to Saudi Arabia then Toronto and home to Shanghai.

The trip was designed to be 5-star luxury, to visit these places with private guides and local archeologists I hired in advance, plus private transport, so we could do all in air-conditioned comfort. The Nile river cruise was a highlight, with about 66 staff (all uber friendly), our little family were just about the only guests aboard the Oberoi Philae.  Most of the sights we visited, we had private access due to pre-hired locally engaged archeologists pulling strings, which allowed for some unique photo opportunities at a leisurely pace.

The ITINERARY BOOK includes the detail, plus sightseeing research.

Some photo highlights below…

Dubai

Long day of flights via BKK… welcomed in Dubai by terrible chaos at immigration lines and then fabulous clean fresh air. Hotel is great for a few days. Time to relax! Little bit of work, brunch, swim & drink, then night shopping at the gold souk (bazaar)… then onward to Kuwait to Cairo – fun brunch mtg in Dubai, lunch in Kuwait, dinner in Cairo

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Cairo

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Pyramids & Sphinx at Giza

Great Pyramids, Sphinx & sheesha pipes and camels and fabulous local lunch and such interesting views in every direction

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Egyptian museum of Antiquities in Cairo

Amazing Egyptian museum in the main square downtown, hall of mummies, King Tut, history, Mosques, local life and Souk shopping. Brilliant day.  They will be opening a new museum across the square soon.

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Alexandria

Catacombs, Citadel, Cairo opera house, local living and fabulous lentil soup with fresh breads… plus a little typical Egyptian organized chaos at end of day.

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Nile Cruise on the Oberoi Philae

2 suites on the ultra luxury cruise ship – we have 66 five-star lovely crew to ourselves.  Heaven. Seriously heaven. I mean truly heaven. Nice benefit when you are the only passengers on a luxury ship: they hold the ship from sailing on schedule until DJ arrives back over 1 hour late from shopping. Plus a private Whirling dirvish show last night onboard.

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Maps and Info

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Private tours in Aswan, Edfu, Tom Ombo, Thebes, Qena, Denderra & Karnak with archeologists

The last temple of Ancient Egypt, Philae Temple, including the last hieroglyph and then I captained falluca sailboat up the Nile. Aswan to Edfu – cruise up to Kom Ombo Temple and onto Edfu city with fascinating views of the Nile and great dinner on deck. Sailing the Nile River – Temple of Edfu, sail through Esna Lock, Luxor and Luxor (Thebes) temple at night plus a fabulous sunset.  Private solo tour of Karnak Temple (no other tourists) and Nile River cruise to Qena seeing local laundry on the nile, drying wheat and relaxing aboard luxury ship while DJ shops.

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Luxor: The Valley of the Kings

Luxor: Private tour of Valley of the Kings, Pharaoh King Tut, Pharaoh Ramses IV tomb, Deir el-Medina tomb workers village (worlds first hutong) — all with no other tourists, local Egyptian lunch & swimming/drinking

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Sudan – cruiser from the movie Death on the Nile

Lucky to be moored in Luxor adjacent to the SUDAN.  Our crew organized a private tour of the SUDAN, the river boat used in Agatha Christies “Death on the Nile“ for us.

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Onward and back to reality via Saudi Arabia

Luxor to Cairo: left the ship, flew to Cairo, daytime hotel, exploring Cairo again then fly to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia tonight with lots more luggage.

Saudi Arabia

Jeddah to Toronto, after 8 hours of delays + 13 hour flight with Saudi Arabian airlines, finally landed in Toronto greeted by unseasonably freezing snow storms.

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