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The Egyptian Odyssey

01. The Brief

Tour Information

Duration: 9 Days
Language: Arabic
Time Zone: GMT+2
Currency:
Egyptian pound (EGP)

Explore Ancient Egypt, while cruising the Nile in style

September 21-29, 2019

 

BTM is heading back to Egypt again in 2019 for our 3rd annual Egyptian Odyssey Tour.  Join us as we relax and party at the luxurious Four Seasons in Cairo then spend four days cruising down the Nile River, stopping to visit many of Egypt’s most fascinating sites.

We’ll begin at the great pyramids for a truly surreal experience. You’ll visit the Egyptian museum, see King “Tut” Tutankhamun’s findings, have an opportunity to hot air balloon over the Valley of Kings at sunrise, visit the temples of Ramesses II and Nefertiti, and view mummified pharaohs and powerful nobles. When you’re not taking in the sights you’ll dine on a variety of Egypt’s finest culinary delights prepared by some of the greatest chefs in the region or just lounge by the pool on the upper deck.

02. The Itinerary

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Day 1

Saturday, Sept. 21 – Arrival in Cairo

Your journey begins upon arrival in Cairo where you’ll be greeted at the airport and transported by private air-conditioned vehicle to the luxurious Four Seasons, where the rooms and suites are among the largest in the city and designed with elegance and relaxation in mind. Take the rest of the day to get acclimated or take advantage of the fabulous hotel amenities which includes the largest spa and wellness center in the city. It’s the perfect place to unwind after a long flight.

In the evening, we’ll meet up at a local restaurant for a welcome dinner.

Meals: welcome dinner

Day 2

Sunday, Sept. 22 – Giza Pyramids and Sphinx

After breakfast at the hotel in Cairo, you’ll have an 8:30am meeting with your personal guide who will accompany you to Giza Plateau to visit one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, the Great Pyramids of Cheops, Chefren and Mykerinus, famous Sphinx, and Valley temple facing the great statue.

After a morning of sightseeing, we’ll have a delicious local lunch.

Meals: breakfast, lunch

Optional: Entrance into Great Pyramid of Cheops – $20

Day 3

Monday,  Sept. 23 – Fly to Luxor / East Bank

After an early morning check-out from our hotel (05:00 am), you will be transported to Cairo International Airport for a flight to Luxor. A tour representative will be waiting at the Luxor airport to greet you. You will be transported by air-conditioned vehicle to the east bank of the Nile River and guided through a seamless check-in process aboard a luxury cruiser. After lunch, you’ll enjoy a visit to the impressive Karnak Temples before returning to the boat to eat dinner, enjoy nightcaps on the upper deck, and overnight in your well-appointed cabin.

Meals: breakfast box, lunch, dinner

Day 4

Tuesday, Sept. 24 – Luxor West Bank

After breakfast, you’ll take an excursion to the royal cemetery for 62 Pharaohs, Valley of the Kings, and mortuary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, which was built by the architects of the New Kingdom Pharaoh Hatshepsut in the 15th century BC. Then you’ll head to the Colossi of Memnon. After lunch, you’ll cruise the Nile to Edfu. You’ll enjoy a leisurely dinner and overnight on the boat.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Optional: Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Ride – $75

Day 5

Wednesday, Sept. 25 –  Edfu / Kom Ombo

After breakfast, you’ll visit the well-preserved Ptolemaic Temple dedicated to Horus at Edfu then you’ll sail to Kom Ombo to see the unique Temple of Sobek, dedicated to Sobek the crocodile god, and Horus the falcon-headed god. As you have lunch on board, we’ll continue sailing to Aswan. That evening you’ll enjoy dinner and overnight on board your Nile River cruise.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 6

Thursday, Sept. 26 – Aswan Sightseeing

After breakfast, you’ll spend the day sightseeing in Aswan. Start with the High Dam and the largest known ancient obelisk located in the northern region of the stone quarries of ancient Egypt, the Unfinished Obelisk. Then proceed to the beautiful Temple of Philae, which is devoted to the two goddesses Isis and Hathor. Return to the boat for dinner and your final night in your cabin.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 7

Friday, Sept. 27 – Abu Simbel Tour, Return to Cairo

After an early breakfast and disembarkation, you’ll be greeted by a tour guide and transported by private air-conditioned vehicle to Abu Simbel. Its main attractions are the great sun temple of Ramses II and the temple of queen Nefertari. Ramses II built the sun temple to honor himself. Inside you’ll find a mural depicting his famous victory at Kadesh battle where his army defeated his enemies. The Nefertari Temple was built by Ramses II for Queen Nefertari, the favorite among his 200 wives and concubines. Following your visit, you will be transferred to Aswan Airport for a flight to Cairo where you will overnight back at the Four Seasons.

Meals: breakfast, lunch

Day 8

Saturday, Sept. 28

After breakfast at the hotel, you’ll meet your personal guide (09:30 am) for a trip to the to the Egyptian Museum, which hosts actual treasures from King Tutankhamen’s (Tut) tomb and displays a rare collection of over 250,000 rare artifacts. Visit the mummy’s room to view actual climate controlled mummies. Then have lunch at a local restaurant before returning to your hotel for your final night in Cairo.

Meals: breakfast, lunch

Day 9

Sunday September 29 – Final Departure

After breakfast at the hotel you’ll be transferred to Cairo International Airport for your final departure.

Meals: breakfast

03. The BTM
Experience

Black Travel Movement makes travelers at every level feel at ease.  On the BTM Egyptian Odyssey, you’ll be treated like a VIP whether you have a passport full of stamps or you are stepping outside of your comfort zone for the very first time. Upon arrival in Egypt, an experienced group leader will greet you at the airport. English-speaking local experts will introduce you to Egyptian history and help you navigate regional customs. Professional drivers will transport you between destinations in private air-conditioned vehicles (BTM lovewoman in front of pyramidss Sprinters!).

When you travel with BTM you’ll stay in four-star hotels and dine on authentic culinary delights.

  • Professional group escort from arrival to departure
  • Private airport to hotel transfers with a professional chauffeur
  • Comfortable & centrally located accommodations
  • Experienced & knowledgeable local guides
  • Private & customized excursions
  • A group of like-minded travel companions who will become life-long friends

04. The Details

Hotel: Four Seasons First Residence Cairo

Cruise: Moevenpick Royal Lili Cruise Nile Cruise/ OR Moevenpick Royal Lotus Nile Cruise

  • Twin Beds
  • Queen Bed
  • Breakfast Daily at hotel
  • Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner on the cruise
  • WiFi Available

When booking your own flight to Egypt, please plan to arrive in Cairo Saturday, September 21. The Welcome Dinner is at 7 PM.
We’ll be departing the hotel on Saturday, September 29the at 6 AM for Cairo Airport. If not traveling with the group, transportation can be arranged at your own expense.

Whats’s On Us…

  • 4 nights in Cairo at the Four Seasons First Residence Cairo with daily breakfast
  • 4 nights on the Nile River on the Moevenpick Royal Lili Cruise Nile Cruise/ OR Moevenpick Royal Lotus Nile Cruise (3 Meals: Breakfast , Lunch & Dinner Open Buffet)
  • Domestic flights from Cairo to Luxor and Aswan to Cairo (economy class)
  • Private transportation by modern air-conditioned vehicle
  • Meet and greet service by our representatives at airports
  • Entry Visa to Egypt for United States residents
  • Welcome dinner on the first day
  • Lunch in Cairo on day 2 (drinks not included)
  • All sightseeing tours in Cairo and Nile Cruise as mentioned in the itinerary are private tours with professional Egyptologist
  • Private English speaking guides
  • Entrance fees to all sites as indicated on the itinerary
  • Entrance fees inside Tutankhamen Tomb at Valley of the Kings
  • 02 water Bottles in the Coach for every Tour
  • Portage when needed at Airports
  • All service charges and taxes

What’s Not…

  • International Airfare (Land Only Packages)
  • Personal spending (drinks during meals, laundry, phone calls etc.)
  • Optional activities (sunrise hot air balloon, camel rides, going inside any of the Pyramids, Solar Boat Museum at the Pyramids etc.)
  • Gratuities – Please plan for $130 per person to cover all tips for the entire trip.
  • Anything not listed in the itinerary

You Need to Know…

  • All deposits and payments are non-refundable 10 days after the deposit date
  • If paying in installments, monthly deposits are due by the 15th of each month.
  • The Full amount must be paid no later than August 15, 2019
  • We HIGHLY recommend that you purchase trip cancellation insurance as well as a medical travel policy
  • Extra night at Four Seasons First Residence Cairo hotel, costs per double or single US$ 255 including – breakfast and all taxes.
  • Please exercise discretion with regards to your physical limitations and abilities when deciding on your level of participation
  • Reaching the top of the Great Pyramid of Cheops requires “Bear Crawling” about 40 yards with a break halfway up
  • Camel ride is not recommended for customers above 60 years or elder customers in Cairo
  • Entrance fees inside the Great Pyramid of Cheops costs per person US $20
  • Optional Hot Air Balloon excursion costs per person US $85
  • Because we are on a ship, there is a risk you could be placed in a room near the engine or the lounge where noise/vibration levels could be high for portions of the cruise. We will attempt to make every provision possible to avoid this but it’s not guaranteed
  • Tips: It is customary for expressing one’s satisfaction with services rendered to him by tour guides. This should be provided to the BTM Staff member who will work with our tour operators to distribute tips across all service partners. Estimate tip for 9 days is $130 per person

Double Occupancy

Includes round-trip flight from JFK Airport

$ 3150


Installment Option Available

$350 Deposit and 5 monthly payments of $560

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Single Occupancy

Includes round-trip flight from JFK Airport

$ 4050


Installment Option Available

$350 deposit and 5 monthly payments of $740.

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Double Occupancy

Double Room with two twin beds

$ 2150


Installment Option Available

$350 Deposit and 4 monthly payments of $360

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Single Occupancy

Single room with a Queen bed

$ 3050


Installment Option Available

$350 deposit and 5 monthly payments of $540.

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    Abu Simbel, Aswan, Cairo, Edfu, Eqypt, Kom Ombo, Luxor