ONCE IN A LIFETIME EXPERIENCE, BREATHTAKING VIEWS
AND UNFORGETTABLE LOCATIONS INCLUDING
THE FIRST EVER KOSHER LUXURIOUS NILE CRUISE
January 24th - February 1st 2024
A LUXURY TOUR WITH THE INSPIRATIONAL INTERNATIONAL SCHOLAR
RABBI DR. RAPHAEL ZARUM
DEAN AND PROFESSOR AT THE LONDON SCHOOL OF JEWISH STUDIES
8 DAYS / 9 NIGHTS - TRIP HIGHLIGHTS:
THE PYRAMIDS OF GIZA & THE SPHINX - LUXOR & THE VALLEY OF THE KINGS
TOMB OF KING TUT ANKH AMOUN - ASWAN & ELEPHANTINE ISLAND - ABU SIMBEL
5***** NILE CRUISE ON SONESTA STAR GODDESS - THE FAMOUS EGYPTIAN MUSEUM
Arrival at Cairo International Airport on the very early hours of January 24th, you will be met and assisted through customs and formalities. Once you have checked into the Ritz Carlton, you will have a chance for a short rest.
Enjoy a leisurely brunch, and then embark on a fascinating journey into Jewish Cairo, starting with a visit to the Etz Hayim shul and the historic 'Shaar Hashamayim' shul, which holds significant cultural and religious importance.
Next, you will visit the Sadat Memorial, a tribute to the late President Anwar Sadat, who played a vital role in the region's history.
In the evening, savor a delightful dinner, and then you spend the night in Cairo, preparing for more exciting explorations ahead.
After Shachris and breakfast, you will be transferred to Giza to embark on a mesmerizing journey through ancient history. Visit the iconic Pyramids of Cheops, Chefren, and Mikarinus, marveling at their grandeur and immensity. Drive through the Pyramids Plateau, where the air carries the strong scent of antiquity, and arrive at the awe-inspiring Sphinx, with the head of a man and the body of a lion, symbolizing the intellectual and physical prowess of ancient Egypt.
Next, you will be transferred to the historic site of Sakkara. Dominated by the Step Pyramid of King Zoser, dating back to 2700 BC, it stands as one of the world's oldest stone structures. Explore the tombs of the 1st and 2nd Dynasties, showcasing mud-brick and limestone constructions adorned with daily life scenes. Don't miss the Pyramid of King Titi, the tombs of Mereruka and Kagimni, as well as the Mastaba tomb of Ti and the tomb of Ptah-Hotep.
Continuing your adventure, you will visit Memphis, founded around 3100 BC by Menes, the unifier of the two Egyptian kingdoms. Once a prestigious center of the cult of Ptah during the 6th Dynasty, it later declined with the rise of Thebes and the prominence of Alexandria. Despite its former grandeur, Memphis was eventually abandoned, leaving behind impressive ruins and scattered stones.
After a day filled with awe-inspiring history, enjoy a delicious dinner, followed by a restful overnight stay in Cairo.
Early morning, transfer to Cairo airport for a flight to Luxor. Upon arrival, we will proceed to visit the Karnak Temple, a magnificent complex dedicated to the Theben triad of Amon, Mut, and Khonsu. This city of temples was built over 2000 years and has been a place of pilgrimage for almost 4,000 years. Marvel at the Hypostyle hall, with its 54,000 square feet and 134 columns, making it the largest room in any religious building worldwide. Explore the main sanctuary, smaller temples, and the vast sacred lake.
Next, visit the Luxor Temple, located on the east bank of the River Nile in the ancient city of Thebes. This grand temple complex was dedicated to the Theban Triad of Amun, Mut, and Chons and played a central role in the annual Opet Festival during the New Kingdom. Witness the celebration of fertility as a cult statue of Amun was paraded from Karnak Temple to Luxor Temple, accompanied by his consort Mut.
Afterward, transfer to the hotel for check-in. As Shabbat begins, enjoy a gourmet dinner and spend the night in Luxor, surrounded by the timeless wonders of ancient Egypt.
We will enjoy a wonderfully spiritual Shabbat accompanied with gourmet dining and wining. Experience the tranquillity of the day in the serene surroundings.
Motzei Shabbat, we will take an advantage of a late checkout from the hotel and be transferred to our magnificent suite-only cruise ship for embarkation.
After settling in to our suites, we will enjoy our first dinner onboard the cruise ship and spend a restful night as we begin our journey on the nile.
Sail away in elegance and luxury aboard the M/S Sonesta Star Goddess Nile cruise, where you'll enjoy three enchanting nights on the majestic Nile, surrounded by spacious suites featuring private balconies, each named after renowned music composers, ensuring a voyage filled with sophistication and unforgettable moments
Early risers can begin their day with an early dawn hot-air balloon flight over west Luxor, offering breathtaking views of the ancient landscape.
After Shachris and breakfast, visit the Valley of the Kings, where tombs were built for the Pharaohs and powerful nobles of the New Kingdom in Ancient Egypt. Despite the shift to this valley as a safeguard against tomb robbers, it didn't prove entirely effective. Explore two tombs in this historic site, including the famous tomb of King Tut Ankh Amoun.
Next, transfer to visit the Temple of Hatshepsut, an architectural marvel harmonizing with the surrounding nature. Dedicated to Amon and Hathor, Hatshepsut's claimed parents, the temple also features chapels dedicated to other gods, like Anubis, the god of embalming.
Return to the cruiseship for a delightful lunch onboard. Sail to Esna, cross the lock, and continue your journey to Edfu.
End the day with a delectable dinner and spend the night onboard in Edfu, as your river cruise continues its voyage.
After breakfast, take in the picturesque views of the Nile as you sail towards Edfu. Upon arrival, embark on a captivating journey to explore the grand Temple of Horus, dedicated to the falcon-headed God. Travel in a horse carriage as your guide leads you through the temple, revealing its fascinating history.
Enjoy a delightful lunch onboard the boat while continuing your cruise. Next, sail to Kom Ombo, where you will encounter the unique double temple dedicated to the crocodile God Sobek and the falcon-headed God Haroeris. Marvel at the remarkable architecture and the intriguing symbolism of this ancient site.
As the day draws to a close, the boat sets sail to Aswan, providing a relaxing evening on the water.
Conclude the day with a sumptuous dinner onboard, followed by a restful overnight stay as your cruise continues its journey on the enchanting Nile.
Early in the morning, disembark from the boat and transfer with a breakfast box to the not-to-be-missed Abu Simbel, a three-hour drive away. There, you will marvel at the awe-inspiring Temples of King Ramses II and Queen Nefertari, impressive monuments of ancient Egypt.
Afterwards, return to Aswan and visit Elephantine Island an important landmark with rich Jewish History.
In the evening, we will be catching a flight back to Cairo, checking in to the Ritz Carlton once again.
After breakfast embark on a captivating journey starting with a visit to the NEW world famous grand Egyptian Museum, where you will witness thousands of precious artifacts from the ancient Egyptian civilization.
Continue your exploration with a visit to Old Coptic Cairo, where you will immerse yourself in the rich history and cultural heritage of Egypt.
In the evening, indulge in a delicious dinner and spend the night in Cairo, reminiscing about the wonderful experiences of your Egyptian adventure.
Some of you will have their flight back home later in the night, the rest can settle in for one last Arabian-night sleep.
Filled with cherished memories, you'll check out after breakfast, transfer to the airport, and fly back home, carrying the joys of your journey in your heart.
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