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Avalon has designed included activities with a choice of experiences. We invite you to select the tours, activities, and events that interest you most, so you can experience your cruise your way. There are three types of included shore excursion on every Europe cruise:
Day 1 CAIRO, EGYPT
Welcome to Cairo, “Mother of the World”
Day 2 CAIRO
Desert Sands and Secrets of the Sphinx
This morning take a close-up look at one of the World’s Seven Wonders and guardian of the great pyramids, the enigmatic Sphinx, and the Great Pyramid of Giza. Cheops, with an original height of 496 feet, is the most colossal pyramid ever built, and of course enjoy the visit to the newly discovered Sun Boats.
Drive to Sakkara, a vast desert necropolis built for kings and nobles, and it “Stairway to the Sky", the oldest of all pyramids. Also admire the special tomb of Mary Loca and the Step Pyramid.
A Guided Excursion to the pyramids this evening features a Sound and Light Show complete with historical stories and secrets of the Sphinx.
Day 3 CAIRO
Ancient Cairo, a Boy King, and the Christ Child
Enjoy a guided visit to the now-famous Tahrir Square and visit the Egyptian Museum*. Peruse King Tutankhamun’s fabulous treasures and many other priceless artifacts of ancient Egypt.
Drive to walled city of Old Cairo, with Saladin’s 12th-century citadel, and the Alabaster Mosque of Mohammed Ali.
Drive to “Coptic Cairo” to see the Hanging Church where the Virgin Mary and Jesus sought refuge while in Egypt. Walk to see Cairo’s oldest Jewish synagogue, founded in the 9th century.
Day 4 CAIRO–LUXOR (EMBARKATION)
The World’s Greatest Open-Air Museum
Fly 300 miles up the Nile Valley to Luxor to embark on your Nile River cruise.
See the stunning monuments of Luxor and Karnak, ancient cities whose combined populations swelled to more than one million. Walk among the pillars of the colossal Temple of Amun Ra and along the Avenue of the Sphinxes for an experience you will treasure for a lifetime.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN LUXOR
Day 5 LUXOR–EDFU
Royal Resting Places of Kings and Queens
Venture to the Valley of the Kings and Valley of the Queens on the west bank of the Nile where generations of pharaohs and nobles were entombed in cliffside crypts. See where 62 royal tombs have thus far been discovered, of which one was virtually intact—the splendid tomb of Tutankhamun discovered in 1922.
Visit Deir El-Bahri, Queen Hatshepsut’s monumental rock temple. Stop for pictures at the two Colossi of Memnon guarding the valleys.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN EDFU
Day 6 EDFU–KOM OMBO–ASWAN
Egyptian Gods of the River and Sky
This morning visit the Temple of Horus with its menacing black stone statue of the falcon god.
Enjoy beautiful Kom Ombo for a short walk to its bluff-top twin temples. The right side is dedicated to the crocodile god Sobek-Ra, while the left side is dedicated to the falcon god Horus.
Enjoy an exclusive lecture on this ancient civilization by your Egyptologist.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN ASWAN
Day 7 ASWAN
Temples from Above and Islands Below
This morning, consider a Guided optional Excursion with a flight over the huge massive sandstone temples of Abu Simbel (weather permitting).
Board a Felucca (traditional wooden sailing boat) and cross the blue waters of the Nile. En route, see the ancient water measurement system, “Nilometer,” on the Nile’s Elephantine Island.
OVERNIGHT DOCKING IN ASWAN
Day 8 ASWAN (DISEMBARKATION)–CAIRO
Work in Progress and the Goddess Isis
Join a Guided Sightseeing Excursion at to explore the Granite Quarries that supplied ancient Egypt with its hard stones for the pyramids in Giza. See the famous unfinished obelisk, still remaining in the quarry.
Visit the gigantic Aswan High Dam, completed in 1970. Board a motor launch to the island of Agilika between the two dams. Visit the Temple Of Isis, which was dismantled from the submerged island of Philae and reassembled here.
Day 9 CAIRO
Amazing Palaces and Marketplace Mazes
Enjoy a special tour of the world’s widest open-air museum to admire palaces and mosques. Browse the maze of shops in the vast labyrinths of the Khan al Khali Souk bazaar and Medieval alleyways.
Take in a full panoramic view of Cairo from the Nile River—on board a traditional wooden sailing vessel (Felucca).
Discover Cairo by night on an orientation tour in the old city.
Day 10 CAIRO–AMMAN, JORDAN
Welcome in Jordan
Flight to Amman, Jordan and enjoy free time in the capital city of Jordan before dinner at your hotel in Amman.
Day 11 AMMAN–PETRA
Start the day with a city tour of Amman, which will take you to visit the citadel and Roman Theatre. Enjoy a walk at downtown, and see the old markets.
Visit the alleged burial site of Moses at Mt. Nebo and St. George Church in Madaba, with its mosaic floor.
Day 12 PETRA–DEAD SEA
Enjoy a visit to the archaeological site of Petra.
Day 13 DEAD SEA. EXCURSION TO JERASH RUINS
This morning, join a visit to Jerash Ruins.
Day 14 DEAD SEA–AMMAN
Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning.