Dr. Aaron McNair, 12-Day Adventure to Egypt & Dubai, November 7 – 18, 2023
- Duration: 12 Days
- Location: Cairo
- Product code: McNair23
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I want to invite you to join me on this incredible journey to Egypt and Dubai on November 7 – 18, 2023. Explore the Great Pyramids of Giza and other treasures of Egypt as you piece together the life and times of one of the world's greatest ancient civilizations. Cruise the ancient Nile in style like the pharaohs once did, disembarking at iconic sites along your route. Discover the Aswan islands, the Valley of Kings, and tour the famous Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, home to artifacts recovered from the great Tutankhamun's tomb. We will continue on to the amazing city of Dubai, UAE. Here you enjoy a desert safari, shopping in the Gold Souk, and an excursion to see the Grand Mosque. This will be an unforgettable experience. Register now as space is limited.
Dr. Aaron McNair
12-Day Adventure to Egypt & Dubai
November 7 - 18, 2023
DAY 1: (Tuesday, November 7) BEGINNING OF YOUR TOUR – Depart from Raleigh, NC for your overnight flight to Cairo, Egypt.
DAY 2: CARIO, EGYPT – Arrive in Cairo, where you will be met by your tour representative and transferred to the hotel in Cairo for dinner and overnight.
DAY 3: PYRAMIDS OF GIZA – Begin the day with a visit to the infamous Pyramids of Giza, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Among the ruins, view the Pyramid of Menkaure flanked by the Pyramids of Queens. The iconic Sphinx, a massive monolith carved into the shape of a lion with the head of a man, rests in front of the Pyramid of Khafre. Khufu Pyramid, the oldest and largest of the three pyramids in the Giza complex, towers 481 feet above the plateau. Experience a unique view of Giza on horseback. After leaving the ruins of Giza, travel to Memphis, the capital of Egypt during the Old Kingdom. The city was founded in 3200 BC by King Narmer and boasts some of the oldest structures and statues on earth. Next, you will journey to Saqqara Step Pyramid, the world’s first pyramid. Complete the day with a brilliant light show illuminating the Pyramids of Giza after dark. Dinner and overnight in Cairo.
DAY 4: CAIRO/GARBAGE CITY – Begin the day with a visit to the famous cave church of St. Simon in Cairo. There are seven cave churches carved into the nearby Moqattam Mountain. The Monastery of St. Simon the Tanner is the largest. You will also see Garbage City, Cairo's largest informal garbage collectors settlement. Next, visit the Cairo Citadel, an imposing medieval fortress towering above the city. Explore the opulent Mohamed Ali Mosque, showcasing Ottoman architectural style from the early 19th century. Journey through the centuries with a visit to Old Cairo, a city dating back to the sixth century BC. The Hanging Church, perched above the Babylon Fortress, features intentional design elements from the seventh century and a long, fascinating history rooted in the third century. Then, visit Abu Serga Church, built on the site believed to house Joseph, Mary, and baby Jesus during their time in Egypt. Explore Ben Ezra Synagogue, Cairo’s oldest Jewish synagogue. Tradition holds that the building is located on the site where baby Moses was drawn out of the water by the pharaoh’s daughter. Dinner and overnight in Cairo.
DAY 5: (Saturday, November 11) BEGIN NILE CRUISE/LUXOR – Take a flight to Luxor and step aboard the Sonesta for a luxury cruise on the famed Nile River. After lunch, enjoy an excursion to the beautiful Luxor Temple, built by Amenhotep III and Ramses II. Walk along the Avenue of Sphinxes, an ancient pathway lined with large statues of human-headed sphinxes, once connecting the temple of Luxor to the temple of Karnak. Wander through the enormous Karnak Temple Complex, the religious hub of Ancient Egypt. Gaze at the vast array of temples, chapels, and statues constructed over a span of 2,000 years. Experience a tour of Luxor city by horse-drawn carriage. Dinner and overnight on the Sonesta.
DAY 6: VALLEY OF THE KINGS – Watch the sunrise and give shape to the glorious city of Luxor from a hot air balloon (optional). Travel across the Nile to admire the splendor of the Valley of the Kings. Many New Kingdom pharaohs and royalty were interred in extravagant tombs concealed by the mountains of this valley. Next, explore the Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut, the foremost female pharaoh. Marvel at the elaborate reliefs and exquisite architecture. Then, stand in the shadows of the Colossi of Memnon, two massive stone statues of Amenhotep III built to guard his mortuary temple. After a day of touring, enjoy dinner and overnight as the Sonesta cruises down the Nile toward Edfu.
DAY 7: EDFU/KOM OMBO – Begin the day with a visit to the Temple of Horus in Edfu. The temple, dedicated to the Egyptian god Horus, is one of the best-preserved monuments of ancient Egypt, showcasing traditional Pharaonic architecture and providing a wealth of information about ancient life through its inscriptions and reliefs. Next, continue cruising on the Nile to Kom Ombo. After lunch, explore the Temple of Kom Ombo, a double temple dedicated to the worship of two gods—Sobek and Haroeris. Observe the stunning columns, unique inscriptions, and duplicate design features of this distinctive landmark. Dinner and overnight as your ship sails to Aswan.
DAY 8: ASWAN/NUBIAN VILLAGE/CAIRO – After breakfast, disembark the Sonesta to explore Aswan. Visit the high dam, one of the world’s largest embankment dams, stretching two miles across the Nile. Continue to the majestic island of Philae, a sacred complex of monuments built for the worship of Isis. Marvel in the ancient artistry as you pass through the grand entryways, awe-inspiring colonnades, and various chambers of the sprawling temple complex. Enjoy a felucca boat cruise on the Nile to a traditional Nubian village at Soheil Island. Then, transfer to the airport for a return flight to Cairo. Dinner and overnight in Cairo.
DAY 9: (Wednesday, November 15) CAIRO/DUBAI – Transfer to the airport for your flight to Dubai. Upon arrival, you will journey to the Al Fahidi Historical Neighborhood to explore Old Dubai. Part of the attraction of the district is simply wandering through its narrow lanes. You’ll discover creative art spaces, museums, and cafés. Buildings topped with distinctive wind towers will surround you. Visit the Textile Souk full of colorful fabrics and kitsch souvenirs. The Saruq Al Hadid Museum displays archaeological treasures discovered in and around Dubai. Embark on a water taxi ride from Bur Dubai Abra Station. Board a traditional wooden boat and cross the creek to Deira. Once on the other side, visit the Gold Souk where you can bargain with shopkeepers for beautiful jewelry. Then continue to the Spice Souk. Aromas of cardamom, turmeric, dried lemons, and rose petals will envelop your senses. Dinner and overnight in Dubai
DAY 10: DUBAI/DESERT SAFARI – Visit the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world. Its viewing platform is almost 1500 feet high, and the 360-degree view encompasses all of Dubai. Have lunch and enjoy shopping at the Dubai Mall. At over 12 million square feet, the Dubai Mall is the largest shopping mall in the world. After lunch, choose to stay at the Dubai Mall or return to the hotel to enjoy the afternoon by the pool, in the spa, or other pampering amenities. In the evening, visit the remote Lahbab Desert that lies outside of Dubai. Bright red dunes look like giant beanbags of sand. Make use of optional quad bikes. Send plumes of red sand flying. Your adrenaline will surge as your vehicle plows up the dunes and slip-slides back down. Enjoy the evening views. The desert landscape at sunset is truly captivating. Dinner and overnight in Dubai.
DAY 11: ABU DHABI – Embark on an exhilarating tour of Abu Dhabi. On the way, you’ll visit a grand church in the Jebel Ali area and hear from a local Christian church on what life is like in a predominantly Muslim country. The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is the acclaimed symbol of contemporary Islam. Abu Dhabi Corniche exudes a relaxing vibe with its sweeping harbor, pearl white sand beaches, and beautiful promenade. The next stop is Emirates Palace. Be sure to capture your visit with a photo in front of this eminent destination. Travel to the stunning Etihad Towers. Its five towers shout out the aggregate story of everything Abu Dhabi, combining luxury and modernity. Qasr Al Watan is a palatial reflection of Emiratis and its leaders. Get a glimpse into Emirati governance and culture via exhibits at the palace. Freshen up at your hotel before embarking on your special dinner cruise on board the Bateaux Dubai. As you sail, you will pass the illuminated Maktoum Bridge, Clock Tower, Twin Towers, and Grand Mosque. Dinner and Overnight in Dubai.
DAY 12: (Saturday, November 18) DUBAI/USA – Transfer to Dubai airport for your return flight home with luggage packed with keepsakes and your heart full of memories!
NOTE: Schedule is subject to change due to various factors and your tour guide’s discretion.
- $5895 per person based on double occupancy.
- Single room supplement $995
- $500 per person with registration to secure space.
- 50% of the total amount is due on or before June 7, 2023
- Balance due on or before September 7, 2023
* Flight times, flight numbers, equipment, gates, and seats are subject to change. For the most current information check the airline website.
AIR: The Standard Tour includes round-trip, economy-class airfare from the international departure city listed in the itinerary. Group airfares are based on contracted rates and are highly restrictive. Seats will be assigned by the airline at check-in, and specific seat requests cannot be guaranteed. Upgrades such as Comfort, Premium, Business, or First Class are not available with the standard tour. Participants who wish to upgrade or purchase a specific seat should choose the Land Only option when registering. Participants are responsible for providing frequent flyer numbers, TSA PreCheck, and Global Entry information upon check-in. Group fares do not permit schedule deviations. Participants who wish to deviate from the group schedule should choose the Land Only option.
LAND ONLY: Participants who wish to arrange their own air should choose the Land Only option. $1000 will be deducted from the standard tour price when selecting this option. Participants arranging their own air should notify Signature Tours prior to the second payment date listed on the payment schedule. Transportation to and from the airport/hotel can be arranged by Signature Tours for Land Only passengers.
GROUND/TRANSFERS: The group will be met by a Signature Tours representative and transferred to the hotel/airport.
HOTELS: Superior first-class hotels throughout. Priced based on two people per room with a private bath and shower.
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: A limited number of single rooms are available at additional supplement prices. Signature Tours and/or the group leader will make every attempt to pair single participants requesting a roommate. However, the single supplement fee will be charged for each person occupying a single room, whether by choice or circumstance.
MEALS: Breakfast and dinner are provided at the hotel daily. Lunch is provided on days as noted in the itinerary.
SIGHTSEEING: Entrance fees to all places of interest listed in the itinerary as well as an expert English-speaking guide.
PORTERAGE: See the carrier website for airline-specific baggage restrictions and requirements. Any fees for additional baggage beyond the standard airline allowance will be the responsibility of the individual.
SERVICE CHARGES AND TAXES: Service charges added to the bill as required by hotel management. Taxes as imposed by national and/or local governments and/or administrations from the date listed on this brochure. Tips, taxes, and airport taxes ARE INCLUDED in the selling price.
NOT INCLUDED: Excess baggage fees, passport fees, visa fees, food or drink items not listed on the regular table menu for included meals, and items of a personal nature such as room service, laundry, etc. Any service not indicated in the itinerary and/or the above list of included features.
PASSPORTS: Passports must be valid with an expiration date at least six months beyond the return home date of the tour. If you do not have a valid passport or need to renew your passport before the trip, enter "RENEWING" or "APPLIED FOR" when completing registration.
HEALTH REQUIREMENTS: This tour requires a substantial amount of walking. Many of the sites are not accessible by wheelchair, and the uneven terrain is not feasible for rollators. Signature Tours reserves the right to refuse individuals who may require special attention beyond what the tour guide and tour host can provide.
CANCELLATION POLICY: The $500 per person deposit is nonrefundable. Other payments exceeding the $500 per person are refundable in full up to sixty days prior to departure. After this date, refunds for unused accommodations and services will be limited to the amount received from and/or credited by all carriers, sightseeing operators, and hotels.
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