Discover: The Pyramids and Nile Cruise

Offered by Friendly Planet Travel based in Jenkintown, PA, the 2011 dates for the 9-day Pyramids and Nile Cruise tour have just been announced with savings available if you book by October 20, 2010.

For $2,099, travelers can stand in the shadow of the Sphinx, gaze at the pyramids of Giza, tour the city of Cairo, sail down the Nile River, and more. Egypt's contrast of ancient treasures and contemporary cities has made it one of the world's most popular travel destinations, and Friendly Planet has put together nine first-class tours highlighting the most desirable sites and exotic locales Egypt has to offer.

Included in the price are roundtrip flights from New York (JFK) via EgyptAir; five-star hotel accommodations at the Ramses Hilton or Cairo Sheraton; four nights aboard the five-star Tamr Henna ship in outside balcony cabin; all internal flights; ground transportation and transfers, with assistance and porterage; daily breakfast buffet and all meals aboard the cruises; comprehensive sightseeing programs, including a half-day in Cairo featuring the Giza Pyramids and Sphinx; and professional, English-speaking local tour guides.

"The Pyramids and Nile Cruise is one of Friendly Planet's most popular tours, and our signature tour to Egypt," says Peggy Goldman, President of Friendly Planet Travel. "Almost every tour sold out in 2010, and customers continue to flood us with positive feedback from their trips. Travelers can't seem to get enough of Egypt, so we're jam packing the beginning of 2011 with nine departure dates. Each one is sure to sell out, so don't wait to book your tour! These dates include: Jan. 12, Jan. 26, Feb. 9, Feb. 23, March 9, March 16, April 6, April 27, and May 4.

The Pyramids and Nile Cruise begins in Cairo, where you'll stay on the bank of the Nile River in the Ramses Hilton or Cairo Sheraton hotel. Here your breath will be taken away at the sight of the Pyramids of Cheops and Chephren, which have stood for 46 centuries, and the Sphinx. Next fly to Luxor and walk the Temple of Karnak, one of the most overwhelming monuments of the Pharaonic legacy, and Luxor Temple. Then board the Tamr Henna and settle into your outside balcony cabin.

From there you begin your luxury excursion down the Nile River. The first stop is in Esna to see the Valley of the Kings and the Deir El Bahari mortuary temple of Queen Hatshepsut. After Esna comes Edfu, home to the Temple of Horus, Egypt's best-preserved temple. Continue sailing to Kom Ombo to the Temple of Kom Ombo. It overlooks the Nile and features fascinating drawings on the walls, including detailed drawings of surgical instruments. Lastly, you'll disembark in Aswan to enjoy a tour by felucca, a swift Egyptian sailboat, around Elephantine Island, once the center of modern Aswan.

Head back to Cairo by air to sightsee in the cosmopolitan city or take advantage of an optional guided tour of Old Cairo. If time and budget permits, opt for the extension to the Lost City of Petra in nearby Jordan. You'll tour the Monastery and Treasury at Petra, the Amman Citadel, the Roman Amphitheater, and more with your English-speaking guide along to explain the highlights of this amazing site.

To enjoy a longer stay in cruise including a 7-night Nile cruise, Friendly Planet also offers the 12-day Treasures of Egypt tour for $2,199. Also available is the eight-day Pyramids and Petra tour for only $1,799, which offers a taste of Egypt's antiquities in and around Cairo plus a visit to Amman, Jordan's capital and the amazing Petra.

For more information or to make a reservation, visit Friendly Planet Travel.

Press Release: Friendly Planet Travel Photo Credits:
Petra - Jordan
by Nonmipare
Giza Pyramids, Egypt by Neiljs

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