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Our itineraries reflect 40 years of experience in crafting exceptional educational tours. That means we know exactly how to make the best of your time abroad—incredible destinations, immersive activities, centrally located hotels, and smart, well-traveled tour managers who ensure your educational goals are met. Here are some of the exceptional features of this tour.
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After a busy day, comfort is key.
Save the commuting time, beat the morning crowds and keep right on exploring after dark when your hotel is in the heart of the city.
Delicious, authentic, multi-course dinners at local restaurants with meal times tailored to maximize your experience.
Part guide, part educator, part engineer, part mind-reader, part magician—ACIS Tour Managers are your travel partner.
Never wait hours at the airport to share a transfer with other later groups.
We're so sure you're going to love your tour, we guarantee it!
24/7 on the ground support whenever and wherever you need it.
Urban transportation is on us, allowing you to explore each destination with ease.
Our tours are designed to help you and your students be in the moment and experience everything the world has to offer.
Unlock the secrets of Egypt's culinary arts with a cooking lesson aboard your Nile River cruise ship. Begin with an introduction to the staples of Egyptian food, an explanation of what ingredients are used, and a history of the local cuisine. Then under the guidance of the chef you will assist with preparing the ingredients for a traditional dish. Finish off the lesson by dining on the feast you created!
Take a boat ride out to one of the Nubian Islands where an immersive community exchange will provide deep insight into the ancient and modern-day Nubian people and their way of life. You will be warmly welcomed by families in this vibrantly colorful village and will be shown around the town as well as have the opportunity to see how the locals live during a visit inside a home, where you might enjoy a cup of tea or see some of the handmade crafts they produce.
A link from past to present, feluccas were the traditional vessels used for navigating the calm waters of the Nile since the time of the pharaohs and are still in active use today. You will travel as the locals do, exploring the river near Elephantine Island on these unique wooden sailing boats. Elephantine Island served as a powerful fort on Ancient Egypt's southern borders and is home to one of the few remaining Nilometers, a traditional device for measuring the rise and fall of the mighty river's water level.
Students share some of the most impactful and rewarding moments of their educational tour experience, teachers share the level of quality and care they get from ACIS, and tour managers share a bit of the magic they witness as they facilitate learning and a love of new cultures for ACIS groups across the globe.
This itinerary is the starting point for your tour, but it’s not set in stone. If there are days you would like to change, or specific places you’d like to go, we can work with you to create a personalized program that fits the needs of you and your students.
Depart from the USA.
Arrive in Cairo, known as the Mother of the World. Take in the sights and sounds of this bustling city as you transfer to your hotel and begin to explore.
Today's full day of sightseeing includes the Egyptian Museum, which houses King Tutankhamun's treasures, the Citadel of Saladin and the alabaster Mosque of Mohammed Ali. Then visit the Khan el-Khalili Bazaar, where you can shop for local treasures. Since 1382, this souk has been an important center for merchants, trade and the community. Navigate the labyrinthine layout of market stalls stocked with treasures like perfume, spices, scarves, lamps and handmade trinkets, try Arabic coffee or sip Hibiscus from a food stand and interact with vendors and local shoppers. It is the perfect place to pick up an inexpensive souvenir and engage in the very traditional, and expected, practice of price bargaining. The Medieval atmosphere of the Khan's unique market experience will feel like a lesson in history and modern culture all at once.
A morning flight brings you to Luxor where you board your Nile cruise ship. After lunch, explore the East Bank of the Nile with visits to the Luxor Temple—the largest and most significant religious center in ancient Egypt, in what was then Thebes—and the Karnak Temple with its Sacred Lake. Then enjoy a hands-on papyrus workshop where you learn about how this ancient paper is crafted, the Nile Delta plant from which it's sourced and the huge importance it held in ancient Egyptian society. Return to your cruise ship for dinner and a night's rest.
Today a visit to the vast burial ground on the West Bank of the Nile includes stops at the Colossi of Memnon and the Mortuary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut at Deir El-Bahari. You will explore the Valley of the Kings, constructed for the eternal preservation of the New Kingdom pharaohs and now an archaeological site famous as the spot where Tutankhamun's tomb was unearthed. Sail to Esna for your night on board the cruise ship.
Cruise to the friendly city of Edfu this morning for a visit to the Temple of Horus, the best preserved temple in Egypt. Back on board the ship, while under sail to Kom-Ombo, learn to prepare a traditional dish during an
Egyptian cooking lesson with an instructor, and then enjoy the fruits of your labor for lunch. Upon arrival at the port you will see the Temple of Kom-Ombo, a unique, symmetrical double temple dedicated on one side to the crocodile god Sobek and on the other to the falcon god Haroeris.
Eat breakfast aboard the boat this morning as it sails to Aswan. In the afternoon enjoy a
tour by felucca, a traditional wooden sailing boat, around beautiful Elephantine Island, which served as a powerful fort on Egypt's southern borders. The island is home to one of the few remaining Nilometers, used to measure the Nile's water level as late as the 19th century.
Disembark from your cruise ship today and continue to explore Aswan. Tour the impressively engineered Aswan High Dam, the massive Unfinished Obelisk in one of Aswan's granite quarries, and the Temple of Philae, dedicated to Isis. Then visit one of the colorful, traditional Nubian Villages on the Nile's west bank for a unique
cultural exchange opportunity. Interact with members of one of ancient Africa's earliest civilizations, enjoying their famed kindness and hospitality as you learn about their history, culture, architecture and present-day lifestyles. Transfer to Aswan airport to board your flight back to Cairo for dinner.
After breakfast travel to the ruins at Memphis, the ancient capital of Egypt, and see the nearby 200-foot-high Step Pyramid of Djoser in the Saqqara necropolis—thought to be the very first pyramid the Egyptians built. Then continue your exploration of ancient times with an excursion to see the famous Great Pyramids of Khufu, Khafre, and Menkaure, and the guardian Sphinx of Giza. Enjoy your last evening in the City of a Thousand Minarets with a special farewell dinner and show.
Depart for the USA.
Note regarding departure date: Friday departures are required.
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Enhanced health coverage, program interruption, baggage delay/loss and travel delay protection while on tour. Plus, enhanced medical/job loss cancellation refund policy
Rate $350Add to Tour