Egypt Pilgrimage with Nile Cruise
Spiritual Director: Fr. Peter Dugandzic
Cairo · Luxor · Esna · Edfu · Kom Ombo · Aswan
Your trip includes
- Round-trip airfare from your desired Airport
- All airport taxes & fuel surcharges
- Centrally Located First Class Hotels: (or similar) in double occupancy
- Transfers as per itinerary
- Breakfast, Lunch and Dinners daily
- Transportation by air-conditioned motor coach
- Free Wi-Fi on motor coach in Egypt
- Assistance of a professional local Catholic guide(s)
- Sightseeing and admissions fees as per itinerary
- Catholic Priest, Mass daily & Spiritual activities
- Luggage handling (1 piece per person)
- Egypt Visa fee (U.S. Citizens: Visas will be obtained at the border. Non-U.S. citizens: please contact the Egyptian Embassy)
- Meals and Beverages not mentioned, Tips to your guide & driver
Day 1 | Thursday, June 1: Depart from the U.S.
Your beautiful journey begins this evening as you board your overnight flight to Cairo, Egypt. Meals will be served on board.
Day 2 | Friday, June 2: Cairo
We arrive in the land of the Pharaohs, Jacob, Joseph and Israel during the famine! Upon arrival at the airport we meet our guide and transfer to our Hotel in Cairo, where we will be staying for the next 3 nights. Once we settle in our hotel, enjoy dinner and start soaking up the atmosphere of this incredible city. Dinner and overnight in Cairo.
Day 3 | Saturday, June 3: Cairo
Following breakfast we will be touring the wonders of the ancient world, some of which date back to 1000+ years prior to Abraham. We spend time at one of the seven wonders of the world- the pyramids. Cheops, with an original height of 496 feet, is the most colossal pyramid ever built. Today, we will also see the Sphinx and tour the Egyptian Museum, location of Tutankhamen's treasures and ancient remains. Dinner and overnight in Cairo.
Day 4 | Sunday, June 4: Cairo
Following breakfast we will enjoy a short ride to Memphis. Founded around 3,100 BC, Memphis is the legendary city of Menes, the King who united Upper and Lower Egypt. From a Biblical perspective, Memphis is most likely where Abraham lied to Pharaoh about his wife Sarah being his sister and where Joseph served as second in command. While in Memphis we will view a very large and well preserved statue of Ramses II. Next is Sakkara, which is one of the most extensive archaeological sites in Egypt! Sakkara is dominated by the Step Pyramid of King Zoser, dating back to 2700 BC. It is one of the oldest stone structures in the world! Enjoy a stop to see how local Egyptian carpets are made before a short drive to the south finds us in Faiyum, the region created by the divinely inspired wisdom of Joseph. Here you will find ancient storehouses and a man-made lake created by a canal, whose construction was ordered by Joseph. It was this lake that provided irrigation for a desert land and supplied the food needed to survive his prophesied seven year famine. Dinner and overnight in Cairo.
Day 5 | Monday, June 5: Fly from Cairo to Luxor - Embark Nile Cruise
This morning after breakfast we transfer to the airport for our flight to the modern city of Luxor. Upon arrival we take time to visit Temple of Karnak (temple of the New Kingdom period) and the East Bank of the Nile. It was during this period that the bondage and Exodus occurred. Karnak second to Giza’s Pyramids, is one of Egypt’s most important Pharaonic sites. Embarkation on board our Nile cruise. Lunch, followed by the visit of famous Temple of Luxor, which was founded in the reign of Amenhotep III, grandson of the pharaoh of the Exodus. Re-board our ship for dinner and overnight.
Day 6 | Tuesday, June 6: Valley of the Kings
This morning we visit the Valley of the Kings (where many ancient pharaohs were buried) and the famous Temple of Hatshepsut, the princess who perhaps pulled baby Moses out of the Nile River. This temple may have been designed by Moses. Back to our cruise. Lunch and start navigation towards Edfu passing through Esna lock. Dinner and overnight on our ship.
Day 7 | Wednesday, June 7: Edfu, Kom Ombo
After your breakfast aboard the cruise, you will be transferred to visit the famous Edfu temple, then back to the cruise ship to continue sailing to Kom Ombo to visit crocodile-headed God of fertility and creator of the world and then return to your cruise vessel to sail to Aswan with dinner In Aswan and an enjoyable overnight stay aboard the cruise.
Day 8 | Thursday, June 8: Aswan
Breakfast then depart to visit the High Dam, built from 1960 - 1971 and is a major factor in Egypt’s agricultural success. We then also spend time at Philae Temple on the Isi-Island. This complex was moved from up river due to the impending destruction upon the completion of the High Dam. For those who wish to participate a visit is available this afternoon to Abu Simbel, part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site known as the "Nubian Monuments." Our Egyptologist guide discusses the relevance of this spectacular site from Egyptian history. We will also try to put in perspective the long history of Egypt. Here we visit the massive temple of Pharaoh Rameses II, perhaps the greatest builder of temples in ancient Egypt (13th Century BC) and a second one of Queen Nafertari, Rameses's most beloved wife. For those who do not participate on the trip to Abu Simbel, Free Time is available in Aswan followed by a Felucca ride around the Agh Khan Mausoleum. Dinner and overnight on board.
Day 9 | Friday, June 9: Aswan – Cairo
Today we will fly from Aswan to Cairo. Enjoy a nice evening out at the very famous Moez street, back to the Fatimid period and stroll through the Turkish style bazaars of Khan El Khalili, the day will be crowned with a farewell dinner and overnight.
Day 10 | Saturday, June 10: Departure to USA
Occasionally local religious and national holidays, weather, traffic conditions and other events may necessitate changes in the sequence of events or the missing of certain events/places. Though every effort will be made to follow the itinerary, it should be considered as an indication, rather than a contract of events and places to be visited.