Even if you have been to Egypt before, this program offers much that is new. Spend four nights in Cairo, to explore the legendary pyramids and enjoy up-closs access to the paws of the Great Sphinx nearby. Ring in the New Year with a celebratory dinner, discover Islamic Cairo, and take a behind-the-ropes tour of the convservation labs at the new Grand Egyptian Museum.
Fly by private plane to Abu Simbel to marvel at the statues of Ramses II and Nefertari, and continue by air to Aswan, to tour the lesser-known Nubian Museum before a four-night Nile cruise aboard a privately chartered riverboat. Along the way, step off to meet Sobek, the crocodile god; and take a twilight tour of Luxor Temple, when the setting sun makes the stones gleam. Admire Nefertari's tomb in the Valley of the Queens and lose yourself in the vast Hypostyle Hall of Karnak Temple before returning to Cairo for flights home.
An optional postlude to Jordan, with visits to Petra and other sites, is also offered.