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2021 2022
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Cairo and the TREASURES ON THE RED SEA Egypt and Jordan - Sculpted by Mother Nature, Enhanced by Humankind (port-to-port cruise)

10 Days - CHG_AIPP
# Description

Cruise

Cairo - HURGHADA - AQABA - Wadi Rum - Petra - SHARM EL SHEIKH - HURGHADA - Luxor

Embark on a journey brimming with unparalleled historical abundance.

Voyage to the cradle of civilization and the epicenter of the three monotheistic religions. Jordan's deep history makes it one of the top cultural destinations, so come discover the vast and "God-like" earth T.E. Lawrence fell in love with. Herodotus described Egypt as the "Gift of the Nile." Today, we have been endowed with its ancient legacies of gods and pharaohs. Relaxation and inspiration await you.

Croisi +
All inclusive on board

THE CROISIEUROPE DIFFERENCE

  • All meals included - DRINKS INCLUDED with meals and at the bar
  • Refined French cuisine - Gala dinner and evening - Welcome cocktail
  • Free Wi-Fi onboard
  • Headsets are included for excursions
  • Official welcome from the captain and crew
  • Onboard activities
  • Travel assistance and repatriation insurance
  • All port fees included

CRUISE HIGHLIGHTS

  • The wonders of the Red Sea between Egypt and Jordan
  • The kaleidoscope of red and ocher rocks along the Sinai Peninsula
  • EXCURSIONS INCLUDED:
    • Cairo and the Giza pyramid complex
    • Luxor and the Valley of the Kings, one of the most astounding spots in Upper Egypt
    • The Wadi Rum desert and the Bedouins that call it home
    • Ras Muhammad National Park and its spectacular marine life and ecosystems
    • Multi-colored, bustling souks in Hurghada
    • Petra - unquestionably one of the greatest marvels ever sculpted by Mother Nature and enhanced by humankind
  • Conferences on board

Route

Day 1

Cairo

Welcome to your five-star hotel for dinner and the night.

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Day 2

Cairo

Join us for an excursion following the footsteps of the Pharaohs (lunch included). We'll begin in Saqqara, a huge area that served as the burial ground for Egypt's ancient capital, Memphis. The main monuments, such as the Step Pyramid, are located in Zoser's funerary complex. In the afternoon, we'll visit the world-famous Giza pyramid complex and the Great Sphinx, who watches faithfully over the ancient structures. Abou al-Hôl, literally the "Father of Terror" in Arabic, was called Sphinx by the Greeks because he resembled the mythical winged monster, who, according to legend, guarded the Greek city of Thebes, asking a riddle to travelers seeking entry into the city, and killing those who were unable to answer. We'll then visit the Egyptian Museum, the oldest archaeological museum in the Middle East, which covers over 5,000 years of history in the area and includes the largest collection of Pharaonic antiquities in the world.

We'll return to our hotel for dinner and the night.

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Day 3

Cairo - HURGHADA

After breakfast, the morning activities will be based on the flight schedule. You'll be transferred(1) to the airport for your flight(1) to Hurghada, where you'll then be transferred to our ship. We'll introduce our crew at a welcome cocktail before dinner on board. The rest of the evening is yours to do as you please.

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Day 4

HURGHADA

Once a small fishing village, Hurghada is now a vast beach resort stretching along the pristine Red Sea coast. Excursion: Climb aboard a semi-submarine and enjoy the underwater beauty without getting wet!

We'll spend the afternoon cruising. Take advantage of the warm weather on the Sun Deck as we pass alongside the Sinai Peninsula, a sacred area for many religions. The land takes its name from Mount Sinai, assumed to be where God delivered the Ten Commandments to Moses. At dusk, the earth takes on burnt-red tones and becomes a feast of colors.

With this stunning scenery as a backdrop, enjoy a tasting of local pastries and refreshing hibiscus tea.

Later, take part in our onboard lecture: The Natural Wonders of the Red Sea.

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Day 5

AQABA

Join us for a full-day excursion in the Wadi Rum desert (lunch included). We'll set out in Jeeps to cross the magnificent desert, also known as the Valley of the Moon.  Its vibrant red earth and stunning rock formations make it one of Jordan's most extraordinary sites. Follow the footsteps of T.E. Lawrence and fall in love with the area as he did. Geologists think that Wadi Rum was formed from a strong push from underground, which caused a large fissure in the surface. As a result, the rock formations provide some of the best photo ops found on the planet. Some wind-brushed mountain peaks reach over 6,000 feet. Deep canyons and sand dunes add to the mystique. Large caravans of merchants and wares traveling between the various territories once crossed this desert. Today, a few hundred Bedouins still call the area home. Their hospitality is second to none, and they have adopted a humanistic and green approach to tourism in their homeland.

Later, take part in our onboard lecture: Following the Footsteps of Lawrence of Arabia.

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Day 6

AQABA

Join us for a full-day excursion to Petra (lunch included; approx. 4 hours round trip travel time). Petra is unquestionably one of the greatest marvels ever sculpted by Mother Nature and enhanced by humankind and is considered one of Jordan's national treasures. Carved into the pink and red stone by the Nabataeans—an Arab people living in Jordan over 2,000 years ago—Petra, meaning "rock" in Greek, was strategically located at the junction of the silk and spice trade routes. To enter the city, we will follow the "siq," a narrow gorge approximately a half-mile in length, delimited by sharp cliffs on either side—ending at Al Khazneh, also known as "The Treasury." This tomb of a Nabataean has an impressive Hellenistic facade carved directly into the pink stone at the beginning of the 1st century. It is a masterpiece of refinement and symmetry which, on its own, makes a visit to Petra worthwhile. You will also discover the Roman-style Nabataean theater carved into the rock over 2,000 years ago. After we return to the ship, we'll begin to cruise once again. Later, take part in our onboard lecture: Petra, or the Secrets of the Nabataean Kingdom.

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Day 7

SHARM EL SHEIKH

We'll spend the morning cruising. Enjoy this time catching some rays on the Sun Deck or join us for a lecture in the lounge: The History of the Sinai Peninsula.

We'll set out on an excursion to Ras Muhammad National Park. Located at the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula, Ras Muhammad National Park contains some of the most outstanding diving sites in the Sharm El-Sheikh resort area. The spectacular coral reef ecosystems and vividly colored fish offer a veritable paradise for snorkeling. In addition to the wonders in the water, the beaches stretch for miles, framed by dramatic cliffs and mangrove clusters.

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Enjoy a glass-bottom boat tour in Naama Bay, which will introduce you to the colorful riches found within the Red Sea.

Tonight is our festive gala evening.

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Day 8

HURGHADA

We'll spend the morning cruising on the Red Sea. Join us for a lecture in the lounge: The Pharaohs of Egypt.

Once we arrive in Hurghada, we'll set out on a tour of the city and its souk.(2) The major sites we'll visit are the mosque and the Coptic Church. We'll then head to the souk. Souks are the busy, lively markets where the locals go about their everyday lives. The stands overflow with foods, spices, and handicrafts. We'll stop for a look at a spice stand and a cotton stand.

After we return to the ship, we'll enjoy a performance of Egyptian dancing and music.

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Day 9

HURGHADA

We'll leave for a full-day excursion to Thebes, the ancient capital of the Pharaohs. You'll discover Luxor and the Valley of the Kings (lunch included–driving time is approximately 7 hours round trip). The Valley of the Kings is one of ancient Egypt's top tourist destinations. Located on the west bank of the River Nile, the isolated valley is dominated by a great pyramid-shaped mountain. The area has been the site of royal burials for almost 4,000 years. More than 63 tombs include Seti I(4) and II; Ramesses III, IV, VII, and IX; Siptah; Tausert-Setnakht; and Merenptah. You'll be able to visit three with your entry ticket. The final resting place for these great pharaohs remains one of the most impressive sites to visit in the world. Farther along, dominating the eastern bank, sits the 59-foot high (18 m) Colossi of Memnon—faceless effigies seated on thrones at the entrance to the mortuary temple of Amenhotep III. We'll also visit the Karnak Temple Complex. At the heart of this site stands the colossal Precinct of Amun-Re, enclosing a sacred lake that priests used in purification ceremonies before performing rituals in the temple.

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Day 10

HURGHADA

Enjoy breakfast on board this morning before disembarking at 9:00 a.m. End of our services.

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Dates & Prices

START IN 2021
Departure 12/09/2021
Arrival 12/18/2021
FROM $ 3,901 PP
$ 4,402
Special Offer
Ship : MV La Belle de l'Adriatique Ship category : PREMIUM

* Price based on double occupancy

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  • Child discount (2-9 years) : - 20%
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double-occupancy accommodations in Cairo at a 5-star hotel - breakfasts and dinners included - lunch included on Day 2 and Day 3 - drinks at all meals when in Cairo (1 bottled water or 1 soft drink + 1 coffee or 1 tea per person) - visits mentioned on Day 2 - domestic flight between Cairo and Hurghada(1) - transfers between the hotel and airport and the airport and port (1) - airport taxes (2021 rate: € 35) - your cruise with all meals from dinner the first evening to breakfast on the final day - all onboard beverages (not including the special lists) - accommodations in a double-occupancy, climate-controlled cabin with shower in private bathroom - onboard entertainment - assistance from our onboard, multi-lingual host/hostess - welcome cocktail - gala evening - excursions mentioned in the program - emergency/repatriation insurance - all port fees.

Transfers - drinks from our special lists or drinks ordered during excursions or transfers - cancellation and baggage insurance - personal expenses - egyptian visa.

Shore Excursions

Full-day excursion to the Wadi Rum desert

Set out on an adventure to the land that captivated Lawrence of Arabia: The Wadi Rum desert— a timeless location just a quick hour's drive from Aqaba. We'll board 4x4s for a two-hour expedition through the desert, where the gorgeous lan...

Duration 6h30 Classic
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Ras Muhammad National Park

Ras Muhammad National Park is one of the most impressive sites on the Sinai Peninsula. Its major draws are the coastal landscapes, clear blue water, and the coral reef—home to underwater marvels and rare fish. You'll be able to submerge you...

Duration 5h00 Classic
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Luxor and the Valley of the Kings

We’ll leave for a full-day excursion to Thebes, the ancient capital of the Pharaohs: You’ll discover Luxor and the Valley of the Kings (lunch included - driving time is approximately 7 hours round trip). The Valley of the Kings is one of...

Duration 15h00 Classic
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Full-day excursion to Petra

Petra is unquestionably one of the greatest marvels ever sculpted by both Mother Nature and humankind. The area was settled as early as 7000 BC. Petra is also known as the "Red Rose City" because of the stone from which it is carved. We'...

Duration 10h00 Classic
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Hurghada

Once a small fishing village, Hurghada is now a vast beach resort stretching along the pristine Red Sea coast. The Abdel Moneim Riad Mosque, built in the 1970s in the Dahar district, was the city’s symbol for many years. We’ll continue ou...

Duration 4h00 Classic
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The Seabeds in Hurghada

Climb aboard a semi-submarine and enjoy the underwater beauty of the Red Sea without getting wet! See the coral beds and colorful varieties of fish of all sizes within this unique, wonderful ecosystem. Divers and snorkeling enthusiasts consider the R...

Duration 2h00 Classic
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Luxor and the Valley of the Kings

We’ll leave for a full-day excursion to Thebes, the ancient capital of the Pharaohs: You’ll discover Luxor and the Valley of the Kings (lunch included - driving time is approximately 7 hours round trip). The Valley of the Kings is one of...

Duration 15h00 Classic
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The Seafloor in Naama Bay

We’ll set out from the harbor in Sharm El-Sheikh for the magnificent seaside area of Naama Bay, an enormous natural inlet known for its beautiful diving sites. The golden sand beaches lined with palm trees are the ideal place to relax, sunbathe...

Duration 2h30 Classic
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Full-day excursion to Petra

Petra is unquestionably one of the greatest marvels ever sculpted by both Mother Nature and humankind. The area was settled as early as 7000 BC. Petra is also known as the "Red Rose City" because of the stone from which it is carved. We'...

Duration 10h00 Classic
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Hurghada

Once a small fishing village, Hurghada is now a vast beach resort stretching along the pristine Red Sea coast. The Abdel Moneim Riad Mosque, built in the 1970s in the Dahar district, was the city’s symbol for many years. We’ll continue ou...

Duration 4h00 Classic
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The Seabeds in Hurghada

Climb aboard a semi-submarine and enjoy the underwater beauty of the Red Sea without getting wet! See the coral beds and colorful varieties of fish of all sizes within this unique, wonderful ecosystem. Divers and snorkeling enthusiasts consider the R...

Duration 2h00 Classic
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Full-day excursion to the Wadi Rum desert

Set out on an adventure to the land that captivated Lawrence of Arabia: The Wadi Rum desert— a timeless location just a quick hour's drive from Aqaba. We'll board 4x4s for a two-hour expedition through the desert, where the gorgeous lan...

Duration 6h30 Classic
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Ships

Several ships available for this cruise

You will need an Egyptian visa in your passport, which must be valid for 6 months beyond your return date. For non-EU residents: Please consult the embassies or consulates of the countries to be visited.

Egyptian visa information: You must apply for your Egyptian e-visa before you arrive in the country. You can do this yourself directly through the government website: https://visa2egypt.gov.eg/eVisa/

Nevertheless, CroisiEurope can take care of your application for you for a fee (70 € (3)). Please note that the application would need to be processed well before your departure date. Please contact us for more information.


Warning: Navigational obligations and weather conditions can disrupt the itinerary, and in certain cases, intermediate stops may be canceled. If this happens, CroisiEurope will do our best to find the best solution according to passenger expectations. For safety reasons, the company and/or the captain of the ship are the only authorities who can modify the cruise itinerary. 2021 PRE-CRUISE PROGRAM (subject to changes).

(1) Base ticket cost including taxes, leaving from Cairo. The flight will be operated by an airline chosen by CroisiEurope for their safety, comfort, and security. We will inform you of the airline you will fly on eight months before your departure. Flight schedules are currently not available. We would like to remind you that the flight times can change; they will be confirmed only a few days before your departure. Moreover, these flights may give rise to an overnight stop on the outbound and/or inbound journeys.

(2) Please dress appropriately for visits to religious sites. Your legs and arms must be covered.

(3) Rates subject to change.

(4) Access to the tomb of Seti I is limited to the first 50 visitors daily: thereafter, a visit to another tomb will be offered.

Alcohol can be dangerous to your health. Please drink in moderation.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION :

  • The excursions may be modified or reversed for technical requirements or in case of cultural events… Please note that Egyptian authorities can unexpectedly close certain sites or museums. If this occurs, we will propose an alternative.
  • Certain places we will visit have very high levels of security. We cannot be held liable for any unforeseen closings, but we will commit to doing our best to ensure comparable substitute excursions.
  • If necessary, the itinerary, stopovers or visits may be modified by the cruise company or our local representatives.

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