Kathie Snyders

A Happy Place Travel (dba It's Celtic Time!)

Secrets of Egypt & the Nile

Nov 23, 2026 to Dec 4, 2026
Egypt

Brought to you by A Happy Place Travel DBA Beyond the Crowds 

Call Kathie for more info. 720-320-4943

3 Nights Cairo pre-cruise, 7 Nights Cruise on the Nile, 1 Night Cairo post-cruise 

We are thrilled to take you to a fascinating destination: Egypt. Allow yourself to be treated to a connoisseur’s discovery of this ancient civilization as only AmaWaterways can provide – with an unparalleled 11-night Nile River cruise and land experience that includes exquisite cuisine, authentic experiences and the extraordinary service for which AmaWaterways is renowned.
 
Explore ancient wonders, such as the beguiling Temple of Luxor and the mystifying Valley of the Kings and Queens. Plus, come face-to-face with the last survivor of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Great Sphinx and the three Pyramids of Giza. Guided by a qualified English-speaking Egyptologist, this unforgettable itinerary includes exclusive experiences, such as a private tour of the tomb of Queen Nefertari and a private lunch at the Abdeen Presidential Palace.
 
Uncover the many mysteries and secrets that have shaped Egypt’s past and continue to influence the future of this remarkable land.
 
What is AmaWaterways?  Here is a great video introduction.  And this cruise is on the new AmaLilia.
 
This booking page is for 2 travelers sharing a cabin.  If you are a solo traveler, contact me for your price.
 

What's included in this trip:

CAIRO (PRE-CRUISE)
  • Arrival airport transfer
  • 3 nights at your luxury hotel* in a partial Nile view room, including daily breakfast and complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Welcome Reception with tapas and drinks
  • Full-day Cairo tour with visits to the Egyptian Museum, home to King Tut’s treasures, and visits to Citadel of Salah Ed-Din and Alabaster Mosque
  • Visit the ancient sites of Memphis, including the Pyramids of Giza, the Great Sphinx and Saqqara Museum and lunch at the historic Mena House Hotel
NILE RIVER CRUISE
  • 7-night river cruise in elegantly appointed accommodations
  • Fine dining with a variety of choices, including The Al Fresco Restaurant
  • Wine, beer and soft drinks included during lunch and dinner
  • Sip & Sail cocktail hour
  • Welcome Cocktail, Welcome Dinner and Gala Dinner
  • A dedicated English-speaking Egyptologist accompanying you on your river cruise journey
  • Nightly entertainment including a belly dance show, Galabeya Party and Movie night
  • A variety of small group guided shore excursions
  • Visit to the outdoor Luxor Market as well as a papyrus shop and learn the history of this art form
  • Exclusive visits to the Tomb of Queen Nefertari and a Nubian village
  • Fitness room, sun-deck pool, hair and nail salon and a massage room
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
CAIRO (POST-CRUISE)
  • One night at your luxury hotel* in a partial Nile view room Superior Room with breakfast and complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Visits to the Hanging Church and Ben Ezra Synagogue
  • Exclusive private tour of the Abdeen Presidential Palace with special farewell lunch at the palace
  • Departure airport transfer

What's not included:

  1. Flights from your home country to Cairo and return (can be purchased from AmaWaterways at a significant discount).

 

Itinerary:

 

DAY

DESTINATION

ACTIVITIES

 

1
  1. Cairo

Arrive in Cairo, where you will be met by an AmaWaterways representative who will help you with your luggage and the customs and immigration process. With your baggage and customs taken care of and a new stamp in your passport, you will now be driven to your hotel.

 

2
  1. Cairo

A full day of captivating attractions await, beginning with the exquisite Egyptian Museum, with its 120,000 artifacts on display. Then, visit the Mosque of Muhammad – also known as the Alabaster Mosque – which majestically sits on the summit of the Citadel of Saladin's courtyard. From the arcaded courtyard, enjoy the breathtaking view across the city to the Pyramids of Giza. Inside the Mosque, marvel at an ornate interior and a splendid array of lamps suspended from the intricately decorated ceiling. Afterward, join an evening Welcome Reception hosted by your Cruise Manager. (B, L, WR)

3
  1. Cairo
Discover the monuments at the UNESCO-designated ancient capital of Memphis. Visit the huge statue of Ramses II, the Alabaster Sphinx and the necropolis of Sakkara – site of the famous step pyramid of King Zoser, the oldest pyramid on earth. Next, enjoy a lovely lunch at the famous Mena House, a historic palatial hotel, based in the shadow of the great Pyramids of Giza.
 
Afterwards, you’ll explore the Great Sphinx and the iconic Giza complex, which consists of three large pyramids built between 2,589BC and 2,504 BC. Enjoy the evening at your leisure. (B, L)
4
  1. CAIRO - LUXOR
After checking out of the hotel, take an early afternoon flight south to Luxor —formerly known as Thebes, the capital city of the New Kingdom of Upper Egypt. Luxor, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is home to two astonishing temples — Karnak and Luxor.
 
Be welcomed aboard your luxurious river cruise ship to begin your Nile River Valley cruise. Relax and settle in and before dinner, meet your crew and celebrate with a Captain’s Welcome Cocktail. (B, L, D)
OR Rüdesheimer coffee
5
  1. LUXOR - EDFU

Begin the day with a visit to the Valley of Queens, home to the mummified remains of more than 30 queens and princesses, including Nefertari’s Tomb, where you’ll enjoy exclusive access. Next, visit the tombs of ancient Egypt in the Valley of the Kings — one of the most famous archeological sites in the world. The spectacular rock-cut tombs located on the west bank of Luxor include that of the enigmatic King Tutankhamun, whose mummified remains are still here on display.

Afterwards, go to Deir el-Bahri to see the Temple of Hatshepsut, one of Egypt’s most successful pharaohs and the country’s first female ruler. Your day’s adventure concludes with an up-close view of the Colossi of Memnon — two gigantic statues of Pharaoh Amenhotep III. Once back on board your ship, relax on the Upper Deck and take in the amazing scenery or join the chef at an informal cooking class. (B, L, D)

6
  1. EDFU

The city of Edfu is best known for one of Egypt’s most remarkably preserved temples, dedicated to Horus, the falcon-headed god. Built in 230 BC, it is the second-largest temple in Egypt and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with walls that display compelling details about the religion and language of the country’s Greco-Roman period.

After visiting Edfu, relax on board and take in the Nile River’s timeless landscapes as the ship continues onward to Aswan. (B, L, D)

7
  1. ASWAN
Enjoy free time in Aswan or go on an optional excursion to Abu Simbel (must be prebooked). If you purchased the optional excursion, enjoy an early morning flight over Lake Nasser to the more than 3,000-year-old Abu Simbel, a UNESCO World Heritage Site dedicated to Ramses II, one of the most active of pharaohs, along with the smaller temple dedicated to his chief wife Queen Nefertari. Later in the afternoon, take a peaceful ride in a felucca, a traditional Egyptian sailboat, around beautiful Elephantine Island, which locals say is the home to legendary Egyptian god Khnumo.
 
Cap the day off with an optional late afternoon tea at the historic Old Cataract Hotel, a 19th-century Victorian Palace crafted in rose granite. Delight in an authentic “high tea” experience and revel in the stunning views overlooking the Nile and Elephantine Island. After dinner tonight, continue to experience Egyptian magic with a traditional folkloric-style belly dance on board your ship. (B, L, D)
8
  1. ASWAN - ESNA

Board a motorboat and cruise to the UNESCO-designated Philae Temple complex, boasting some of the most stunningly restored and preserved hieroglyphs in Egypt. It was constructed between 380 BC and 362 BC and dedicated to the goddess Isis, the wife of Osiris and mother of Horus. Next head to a colorful Nubian village on Hisa Island. Meet the warm and friendly Nubian people who will welcome you to their village.
 
During the afternoon, cruise to the Great Temple of Kom Ombo, where its soaring columns dramatically rise above the Nile River. Unique in Egypt, this temple is dedicated to two gods — the crocodile god, Sobek, sitting on the right; and the falcon-headed Haroeris, “The Good Doctor.” After visiting Kom Ombo, relax on board and take in the Nile River’s timeless landscapes as the ship continues onward to Luxor.
 
In the evening, join your crew outside in a celebration of local customs with the chance to don a Galabeya, traditional Egyptian attire, and toast to the rich culture and history of the Nile River Valley. (B, L, D)
9
  1. ESNA - LUXOR

Spend a morning of scenic cruising along the glistening Nile River. Relax on the Sun Deck as you cruise from Esna back to Luxor. First, explore the Temple of Karnak, the largest religious complex in Egypt and one of the largest in the world, covering about 200 acres in a vast network of columns, hieroglyphics, obelisks, sphinxes and colossi — even a lake is on the grounds. 

The Hypostyle Hall is a great architectural marvel and filled with its roof blocks, supported by colossal 134 columns standing at 70 feet high, with 12 larger columns standing at 80 feet high lining the central aisle. 

Afterwards, you will visit the Temple of Luxor, constructed over hundreds of years by Amenhotep III, Ramses II, Tutankhamun and other pharaohs.  (B, L, D)

10
  1. LUXOR - QENA - LUXOR

Set sail to Qena to explore its ancient Egyptian heritage. You’ll go to Dendara to visit the best-preserved temple in Egypt, the Temple of Hathor – the Goddess of Love, to whom the powers of joy, feminine love and motherhood were attributed. The temple was built by Ptolemy and a group of Romans who worshipped her; so don’t miss the back of the temple where there is a relief depicting Cleopatra with Caesarion, her son by Julius Caesar, the Roman Emperor who brought us the months of July and August.

Following your visit here, sail back to Luxor. (B, L, D)

11
  1. LUXOR - CAIRO
Disembark the ship in Luxor and fly back to Cairo where you will be taken to the Abdeen Presidential Palace, considered one of the most luxurious palaces in the world. The palace consists of multiple museums, including the Silver Museum; the Arms Museum; the Royal Family Museum; a Presidential Gifts Museum and a Historical Documents Museum, which is a relatively new addition. It is also one of the official residences and places of work for the President of Egypt.
 
Afterwards, be treated to a very special lunch at the palace. Finally, you’ll explore the old part of the city, which includes Coptic Cairo, where the Hanging Church and Ben Ezra Synagogue are located. (B, L)
12
  1. CAIRO

*Guests can reserve the optional tour to Abu Simbel at time of booking your Nile adventure - this would be for Day 7

Bid farewell to Cairo and prepare for your flight home. (B)


 
For the deck plan and pictures of the cabins, see this page:  https://www.amawaterways.com/agent/ahptravel/ships/amadahlia-river-cruise-ship

Cancellation Policy

Available Packages

Owners Suite
Available until August 18, 2026

$12,448.00
Deposit: $1,200.00 per person

Lily Deck - Deluxe Suite - French & Outside Balcony, 522 sq. ft. 
Includes the $250 group discount and the flight from Cairo to Luxor.
Price is per person based on double occupancy.

Grand Suite
Available until August 18, 2026

$10,848.00
Deposit: $1,200.00 per person

Jasmine Deck - French & Outside Balcony, 430 sq. ft.
Includes the $250 group discount and the flight from Cairo to Luxor.
Price is per person based on double occupancy.

Luxury Suite
Available until August 18, 2026

$10,448.00
Deposit: $1,200.00 per person

Lily Deck - French & Outside Balcony, 430 sq. ft.
Includes the $250 group discount and the flight from Cairo to Luxor.
Price is per person based on double occupancy.

French Balcony - Category CA
Available until August 18, 2026

$8,848.00
Deposit: $1,200.00 per person

Jasmine Deck - French Balcony, 215 sq. ft.
Includes the $250 group discount and the flight from Cairo to Luxor.
Price is per person based on double occupancy.

French Balcony - Category CB
Available until August 18, 2026

$8,448.00
Deposit: $1,200.00 per person

Lotus Deck - French Balcony, 215 sq. ft.
Includes the $250 group discount and the flight from Cairo to Luxor.
Price is per person based on double occupancy.

Fixed Window - Category E
Available until August 18, 2026

$6,949.00
Deposit: $1,200.00 per person

Acacia Deck - Fixed Window, 215 sq. ft.
Includes the $250 group discount and the flight from Cairo to Luxor.
Price is per person based on double occupancy.

Extra Options

Abu Simbel - Choose 2
Available until August 18, 2026

$475.00

Optional Excursion to Abu Simbel per person
Take flight over Lake Nasser to the more than 3,000-year-old Abu Simbel, a UNESCO World Heritage Site dedicated to Ramses II, one of the most active of pharaohs, along with the smaller temple dedicated to his chief wife Queen Nefertari. The front of the main temple has four gargantuan statues of Ramses II on his throne, each measuring nearly 70 feet high and discovered half buried in sand in 1813.
 
This does sell out so don't wait to add it.  And this price is only if pre-booked before going on the cruise.

4 Night Jordan Package (pre-cruise) - Choose 2
Available until August 18, 2026

$2,819.00

11/19/2026 - 11/23/2026 - Per Person
Discover the fascinating jewels of Jordan, including its capital, Amman, and the UNESCO-designated "Rose City" of Petra; and cap off your journey in Wadi Rum, the timeless "Valley of the Moon."

3 Night Dubai (pre or post-cruise) - Choose 2
Available until August 18, 2024

$1,849.00

11/20/2026 - 11/23/2026 - Per Person
Explore the vibrant city of Dubai, home to the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, and a cultural focal point in the Middle East known for luxury shopping, modern architecture and a lively nightlife.

4 Night Israel Package (post-cruise) - Choose 2
Available until August 18, 2026

$4,399.00

12/4/2026 - 12/8/2026 - Per Person