Lindblad Expeditions has announced its return to Egypt with the 13-day journey, Passage Through Egypt.
The adventure combines explorations of Cairo and stays at the Nile Ritz-Carlton and the historic Mena House, with a six-night cruise on the Nile aboard the 42-guest Oberoi Philae. The Egyptian Museum in Cairo, sites along the Nile including Abu Simbel and Giza are included.
Participants will travel via private aircraft for all internal flights, and be accompanied by Egyptologist guides versed in culture, art, history, and archaeology. Many who have worked with Lindblad for years.
Sven Lindblad, CEO of Lindblad Expeditions, said: “I am so pleased to announce the resumption of our program in 2018. I first travelled to Egypt with my father in 1961, when he was researching his first expedition there. The journey was epic, and the experience was indelible. Things are very much on the upswing, and there is a pervasive optimism there about the future. And the resplendent antiquities remain.”
The program has been crafted to showcase Egypt’s many facets and offers privileged access to some of the most remarkable sites accompanied by a Lindblad Certified Photo Instructor, who will help guests build their skills. Highlights in Cairo include the treasures of Tutankhamon, and Old Cairo, known for its Coptic churches.
In Luxor, participants visit Karnak Temple, where for 2,000 years 30 pharaohs added their own monuments and shrines; Luxor Temple, guarded by massive statues; the Valley of the Kings, home to the tombs of the greatest pharaohs, including Tutankhamon and Seti I; and by special permit the tomb of Nefertari, located in the Valley of the Queens. Participants visit the Temple of Khnum at Esna, one of the last temples built during the dynastic area; sail to Edfu Temple and see one of the best-preserved monuments of the Ancient World, the temple of Horus, the falcon god; and also visit Kom Ombo, built during the Ptolemaic era, and unique in being dedicated to two godshawk-headed Haroeris andcrocodile-headed Sobek.