Tranquil Kerala (India) 10-Days

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Tranquil Kerala (India) 10-Days

Tour Summary:

Cast away amidst the serene environs of a backwater islet; treat your body and soul to ‘Ayurveda’ – the sacred knowledge of life; take a cruise on a houseboat with palm fringed land on either side and experience the many faces of the backwater life of Kerala. Luxe India brings you a unique program to experience the awe-inspiring natural beauty and the cultural mosaic of God’s own country whilst enjoying a more rewarding and responsible holiday experience enabling local communities to enjoy a better quality of life and conserving the natural environment.

Tour Highlights & Inclusives:

Tranquil Kerala (India) 10-Days

Itinerary:

Day 01 Arrive COCHIN
Upon arrival at Cochin International Airport, you will be met by a Luxe India representative and be assisted for the check in at the hotel. Evening enjoy a performance of the highly ritualized “Kathakali” dance which tells stories from the ancient Hindu epics – Ramayana and Mahabharata. The dancers narrate the story through intricate facial expressions and gestures, with sudden leaps, spins and freeze balances, each wearing fantastic costumes and elaborate make up. This art form was in danger of becoming extinct, but had a revival about 40 years ago. Tourism keeps the performance alive today. Spend one night at The Malabar House. Accommodation is in deluxe room inclusive of breakfast. The Malabar House, Cochin The Malabar House is one of the finest boutique hotels in Kerala. It is part of Fort Cochin’s historical fabric. Its recorded history dates back to 1755, when Jan Herman Clausing, a Dutch, bought the property from Mathew Henrich Beyls. Subsequently owned by spice traders, tea traders and bankers, it became 1996 Fort Cochin’s first boutique heritage hotel Kerala. It is certified by Green Globe 21, the worldwide environmental certification program for sustainable travel & tourism, for its commitment to preserving nature, protecting the environment, conserving heritage and reviving art forms.

Day 02 In Cochin
After breakfast proceed for a tour of Cochin. Visit the Chinese fishing nets of Fort Kochi and witness an unusual form of fishing — shore operated lift nets; St. Francis Church- the oldest European church in India that has great historical significance as a mute witness to the European colonial struggle in the subcontinent; The Mattancherry Palace, also known as Dutch Palace; and the Jew town including the Jewish Synagogue- the oldest synagogue in the commonwealth nations. Also, explore the spice markets and shop for souvenirs from the antique bazaars of the heritage Jew town. The population of the Jews has dropped drastically in Cochin and at present there are only about 13 Jews left. An optional visit to the Kumbalangi village can be arranged. Kumbalangi is a tiny eco-friendly fishing village on the backwaters. The village has no concrete structures and plastic is banned here. A must visit is the Kalagramam-an artists village, the focal point of the village, exhibiting local art, handicraft and tools used by the villagers in earning the livelihood.

Day 03 Cochin- Thekkady
After breakfast proceed for a private road transfer to Thekkady. (approx. 190Kms) Arrive Thekkady; you will be met by a Luxe India representative who will assist with the check-in at the hotel. Thekkady’s fabulous landscape is diffused with exotic spice plantations, green carpets of endless tea gardens and lush tropical forests. Garbed in vibrant hues and bountiful gifts of nature it offers a perfect escape into the soothing laps of nature. Explore the surroundings onboard a bullock cart and enjoy the experience of real India. (The driver being an ex-sandalwood poacher re-invented as the bullock cart driver for tourists) Also visit the cardamom plantations and learn how spices are cultivated. Spend two nights in Spice Village. Accommodation is in standard villa inclusive of breakfast. Spice Village, Thekkady A timeless experience in ecological living, recreated for the modern traveler. At Spice village the conservation of nature is inspired from the lifestyle of the tribal people of the cardamom hills who over time have perfected a gentle codependence, an almost spiritual harmony with the works of nature. The Spice Village uncovers these ancient wisdoms and put them to work e.g. the self sustaining fish pond, organic gardens, natural insect repellants etc.

Day 04 IN Thekkady
Today visit the Periyar Reserve. Declared a protected area way back in 1933 by the Maharaja of Travancore, the Periyar Tiger Reserve in Thekkady flaunts to be the largest sanctuary in the state of Kerala. People oriented and park centered community based ecotourism is the hallmark of Periyar Tiger Reserve. People who once made a living by illegal operations in the forests have since become forest protectors and earn their livelihood through the programmes conducted for visitors. Hence, as a visitor, when you join them in any of these programmes, you are directly contributing towards forest conservation and community welfare. You can also opt for a visit to a tribal village, for a first-hand experience of a way of life that’s fast vanishing from the modern world. Today, these indigenous peoples still carry on their age old practices of herding and bee-keeping in perfect harmony with the environment.

Day 05 Thekkady – Kumarakom
After breakfast proceed for a private road transfer to Kumarakom. (approx.125Kms) Arrive Kumarakom; you will be met by a Luxe India representative who will assist with the check in at the hotel. Kumarakom is popularly known as the rice bowl of Kerala. A huddle of tiny islets on the Vembanad Lake, Kumarakom is a pictorial, unsoiled village, an incredibly stunning ecstasy of mangrove forests, pea green paddy meadows and coconut coppices intermingled with enthralling waterways and canals. Evening you may enjoy a traditional Ayurvedic massage at the hotel. Spend two nights at Coconut Lagoon. Accommodation is in heritage bungalow inclusive of breakfast. Coconut Lagoon, Kumarakom Coconut Lagoon is an attempt to capture the essence of the Kerala experience. It is a boutique hotel on the fertile banks of the beautiful Vembanad Lake that has been cleverly crafted from the fragments of ancient village homes and palaces. In some cases whole houses, complete with beautiful wood carvings and original brass work, have been painstakingly transplanted into the property, piece by piece. And while every modern comfort may exist here, Nature remains, the Chief Architect. Nothing has been added here that does not already belong. Coconut Lagoon is a CGH Earth Property that is strongly committed to ecologically-sensitive tourism. Ecological sensitivity and involving the local community are their core values. Through recycling, composting and organic farming, we’ve kept our impact on the environment as minimal as possible.

Day 06 Kumarakom…Backwater cruise to alleppey
Early morning proceed for a visit to the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary. The bird sanctuary here, which is spread across 14 acres, is a favorite haunt of migratory birds and an ornithologist’s paradise. Egrets, darters, herons, teal, waterfowl, cuckoo, wild duck and migratory birds like the Siberian stork live here in flocks. Return to the hotel for breakfast. At noon, board your ‘Kettuvallam’- traditional houseboat. The natural friendliness of the Kerala is best extracted through a luxurious cruise through the backwaters of Kerala villages. As you sail on the Lake Vembanad to Alleppey witness the natural beauty and tranquility of the backwaters and experience a way of life little changed through the centuries. While on board, savour traditional Kerala cuisine. Spend one night on the houseboat. Accommodation is inclusive of all meals.

Day 07 Alleppey-Kovalam
Morning arrive Alleppey; you will be met by a Luxe India representative who will assist with the transfer to Kovalam and check-in at the hotel. Azure water, pacific and shallow sea, clean sandy beaches, coconut trees- Kovalam provides perfect setting for an ideal holiday. A former fishing village and today the “Paradise of the South”, Kovalam is a sleepy town with three crescent shaped beaches. It is also the destination where the zero waste program has been launched. The Zero Waste Resource Kovalam is one of the prestigious ongoing projects of the city that embarks on the proper utilization of resources and their efficient elimination. The Zero Waste Kovalam Project aims to tackle the waste issue through the globally invigorating process of Zero Waste that is changing the way communities use materials and resources. Spend three nights at Taj Green Cove Resort. Accommodation is in superior garden view room inclusive of breakfast. Taj Green Cove Resort, Kovalam Taj Green Cove is spread across 10 acres of land, offering a breathtaking view of the backwater, lush landscapes, coconut palms, and unspoiled beaches. With its exotic tropical beauty and relaxing hospitality, this getaway is the perfect place to enjoy relaxation and rejuvenation of the mind, body, and soul.

Day 08 & 09
In Kovalam, Days free to relax at the beach and enjoy the facilities at the resort.

Day 10 Kovalam-Trivandram-Cochin…Leave Cochin
After breakfast proceed for a private road transfer to Trivandram airport to board your flight back home.

Aman India Journey

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Aman India Journey

Tour Summary:

India is a country famed for its exotic colour and vibrant cultures. From the historical treasure trove that is Delhi, to the wilds of Rajasthan, Amanresorts has three uniquely placed resorts. We invite you to experience all of them!

About Amanresorts:

Amanresorts offers a selection of 22 resorts in 14 countries — Bhutan, Cambodia, China, France, India, Indonesia, Laos, Montenegro, Morocco, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, the Turks and Caicos Islands and the United States of America.

Tour Highlight

Aman India Journey

Your Aman Journey Includes:

  • 2-Nights accommodation at the Aman New Delhi
  • 2-Nights accommodation at the Amanbagh
  • 2-Nights accommodation at the Aman-I-Khas
  • Rates include daily breakfast for two
  • Iinter-resort transfers between Aman New Delhi, Amanbagh and Aman-i-Khás.
  • One activity per resort per stay:
  • Aman New Delhi: Rejuvenating anti jet lag massage per person or a return trip to Agra for two persons
  • Amanbagh: Camel village excursion or a day trip to Jaipur
  • Aman-i-Khás: One safari per person
  • Extension nights are available on request.
  • Tour Itinerary – Short Version

About your Resorts:

Aman New Delhi, India:
Amidst the lush order of Lutyen’s Delhi, just minutes from Rashtrapati Bhavan, the peaceful Lodhi gardens, Humayun’s Tomb and many other iconic sites, AMAN NEW DELHI provides one of the world’s most colourful and cosmopolitan capital cities with a tranquil new heart. Offering essential respite on a six acre property, this city-based retreat is an elegant haven of leisure facilities including Aman Spa, a gym, Pilates studio, tennis and squash courts and a variety of restaurants. All Aman rooms and suites feature private plunge pools. Aman New Delhi is the ideal base from which to experience the city’s wealth of historical, cultural and contemporary attractions.

Amanbagh, Ajabgarh, Rajasthan, India:
A desert oasis in the rugged state of Rajasthan, AMANBAGH lies in a verdant garden of mature palm, fruit and eucalyptus trees. Set within a walled compound that was once the staging area for the Maharajah of Alwar’s royal hunts, Amanbagh evokes the palatial grandeur of the Moghul Era, providing a tranquil refuge from which to explore the rich heritage of Rajasthan’s dramatic frontier region. Featuring a swimming pool and spa within the grounds, Amanbagh also offers excursions into the surrounding Aravalli Hills including private picnics in marble gorges, camel and horse safaris, visits to splendid forts and ruins and cultural experiences in picturesque rural villages.

Aman-I-Khas, Ranthambore, Rajasthan, India:
The tented camp of AMAN-I-KHÁS lies in the heart of Rajasthan’s starkly beautiful wilds, on the outskirts of Ranthambore National Park. Spend your early mornings and late afternoons exploring the park in open-top vehicles in search of India’s elusive tigers and other wildlife such as chital deer and marsh crocodiles. Pass the rest of your day relaxing by the traditional stepwell (pool), within the spa tent, dining tent or lounge tent, or exploring the region further afield. As dusk falls, savour a rustic Rajasthani thali featuring fresh produce from the resort’s organic gardens, then toast the stars with your nightcap around the bonfire before retiring to your own tent.

General Information about This Tour

Rates based on double occupancy for six nights. A minimum of two nights at each resort is required. Additional nights are available.

Room rates are subject to service charge at 10% and government
tax at each resort.

Rates and government tax are subject to change without notice.
US$ rates are converted to local currency at time of billing.

Shanghai and Beijing

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Shanghai and Beijing

Tour Summary:

In China, you’ll experience firsthand, the serenity of its people and the awe inspiring sites, many of which date back thousands of years. From the majestic Forbidden City in Beijing to the serpentine path of the Great Wall to the impressive terra cotta warrior statuary at Xian, you’ll thrill to the marvels of the beauty of this remarkable country.

Tour Highlights & Inclusives:

Shanghai and Beijing

Guided Package Includes:

  • Round trip international airfare departing from LAX, SFO or NYC. Other departure cities are available.
  • 7 nights accommodations with buffet breakfast at hotel: 4 nights in Beijing, 3 nights in Shanghai.
  • Sightseeing as per the itinerary with modern air-conditioned motor coach.
  • Entrance fees per itinerary.
  • 17 meals: 7 buffet breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners including: Peking Duck Dinner in Beijing.
  • One bottle of water or one soft drink per meal.
  • Two bottles of water every day in your room.
  • Entertainment: Cultural show in Beijing, Tang Dynasty Show in Xian, Acrobatic Show in Shanghai.
  • All ground transfers.
  • Professional English speaking tour guide in each city
  • Domestic airfare: Shanghai/Beijing.
  • Not Included:
  • Airport taxes, Security fee and fuel surcharges
  • China Visa application fee. Click Here for more information.
  • Tips to guides, drivers and porters.
  • Travel Insurance. We strongly recommend you purchase Travel Insurance, so that your travel investments are protected in the event of a sudden emergency and your will travel with “Peace of Mind.” Click here to get an instant quote.

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Itinerary:

Day 1
Depart USA for Shanghai, China

Day 2 Arrive in Shanghai
Your tour of one of the most fascinating countries in the world begins in the most cosmopolitan city in China: Shanghai. An English-speaking guide will meet you at the airport and escort you to your hotel.

Day 3 Shanghai – B, L, D
Today you’ll revisit Shanghai’s past as you walk along the Bund, the city’s lively waterfront, and see the remains of the banks and other colonial institutions of the 19th century. Then you’ll visit Yuyuan Garden which is located in the center of the old part of city, and its beautiful ponds and centuries-old pavilions. Afterwards, you’ll tour the captivating Shanghai Museum to see artifacts from every period of China’s past. This evening, you will enjoy a thrilling acrobatic show.

Day 4 Zhujiajiao – B, L, D
This morning you’ll travel by road to Zhujiajao, a well-preserved, traditional river town with lovely water views, ancient arched stone bridges and elegant gardens. After lunch, you’ll return to Shanghai and visit the Oriental Pearl Tower, a renowned icon of Shanghai’s vibrant skyline, for a bird’s eye view of the city. Next, you’ll visit the Jade Buddha Temple.

Day 5 Shanghai/Beijing – B
Today you will fly to Beijing, the capital of the People’s Republic of China. An English-speaking guide will meet you at the airport, drive you to your hotel, and help you check in.

Day 6 Beijing – B, L, D
Your adventure begins in Tiananmen Square, the heart of Beijing and the largest public space on earth. Step back in time as you pass through the Gate of Heavenly Peace and enter the Forbidden City, home to the Imperial Courts of the Ming and Qing Dynasties for more than 500 years. The Forbidden City is an enormous complex of perfectly preserved palaces, temples, magnificent squares and formal gardens. You’ll stroll down cobblestone paths once known only to the Emperor’s most intimate advisors, visit the private chambers of Imperial concubines and see stunning collections of priceless art, furnishings, and jewelry. After lunch you’ll visit the Summer Palace, a fairyland of pagodas, pavilions and stone bridges on the outskirts of the city. Tonight you’ll enjoy a special cultural performance – Peking Opera.

Day 7 Beijing – B, L, D
Leave the bustle and traffic of Beijing behind and journey through the countryside to see one of the Wonders of the World – The Great Wall. There will be plenty of time to walk along a portion of this 3700-mile long marvel or to simply sit and contemplate the wonders of China’s past. After lunch you’ll visit the massive tomb complex of the Ming Emperors where you’ll walk along the “Sacred Way” passing between pairs of huge stone sculptures. Enjoy dinner tonight at a Beijing restaurant.

Day 8 Beijing – B, L, SD
This morning you’ll visit the Temple of Heaven, one of China’s most photographed attractions. This ornate wooden structure was where the “Sons of Heaven”, as the Chinese Emperors were known, worshiped the gods and prayed for good harvests. It is the largest temple complex in China and the lovely park surrounding the ancient tower is a popular spot for morning Tai Chi. After lunch you’ll forget about the skyscrapers and construction cranes of modern Beijing as you venture into a Hutong neighborhood, where the atmosphere of Old Peking lives on. You’ll bicycle or ride rickshaws down narrow lanes and alleyways, past vegetable markets, traditional medicine shops and tiny, wooden teahouses. This evening you’ll enjoy the capital’s most famous dining experience – Peking Duck Dinner.

Day 9 Beijing/ USA B
Say “zaijian” (goodbye) to Beijing. You will be driven to the airport for your flight home.

Accommodations:

Shanghai: Galaxy Hotel
Beijing: Regal Court Hotel Beijing or Grand Chang An Hotel

 

The Palace and the Village

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 The Palace and the Village

Tour Summary:

From the imperial grandeur of the Summer Palace in Beijing to a quaint, picturesque village on the outskirts of Hangzhou – ‘The Palace and a Village’ offers two unique resorts from which to discover China’s natural beauty and historic wonders.

Tour Highlight

The Palace and the Village

Your “Palace and a Village” Experience Includes:

  • 3-Nights at Aman at Summer Palace, Beijing
  • Daily breakfast
  • A private guided tour of the Summer Palace
  • A private guided tour of the Forbidden City (half day)
  • A one-hour Chinese massage for two
  • Return airport transfers
  • 3-Nights at Amanfayun in Hangzhou
  • Daily breakfast
  • A private guided tour of the West Lake
  • A private guided tour of Lingyin and Yongfu Si temples
  • A one-hour reflexology treatment for two
  • Return airport transfers

Tour Itinerary – Short Version

The Palace – Beijing, China:

Just steps from the East Gate of the Summer Palace grounds lies Aman at Summer Palace — the ideal location from which to explore Beijing. Housed in a series of pavilions, some of which date back over a century and were originally used by guests of the Palace awaiting an audience with the Empress Dowager Cixi. The property provides easy access to such cultural landmarks as the Great Wall, The Temple of Heaven, the hutongs and the Forbidden City.

Tour Itinerary – Long Version

The Village – Hangzhou, China:

Hidden in a picturesque valley, Amanfayun enjoys a timeless setting surrounded by tea fields, natural forest, quaint villages and a pilgrimage circuit of five significant Buddhist temples. The property comprises of 47 dwellings that originally housed villagers who tended the nearby tea fields. This secluded retreat is only a 20-minute drive along bambooand tree-lined avenues from the centre of the bustling city of Hangzhou.

General Information about This Tour
Your Luxury Hotels in China Includes:

Aman at Summer Palace Beijing 5-Stars
Amanfayun Hangzhou 5-Stars

  • Rates are subject to 15% government tax and service charge.
  • Rates and government tax are subject to change without notice.
  • US$ rates are converted to local currency (RMB) at time of billing.
  • Round trip flights from Beijing to Hangzhou is s not included in the offer, but we can assist in arranging air travel for you.

11 Night Amankora Journey – Bhutan

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11 Night Amankora Journey - Bhutan

Tour Summary:

The tiny Buddhist Kingdom of Bhutan awaits, Nestled high in the Himalayas it’s isolation from the world has cultivated a culture rich in traditions, religion, and a benevolent monarchy. The dramatic landscapes, from snow capped peaks and deeply forested slopes to raging, boulder strewn ricers, sit largely undisturbed as the endeared environmental initiatives and religious beliefs leave the Kingdom pristine and a jewel of nature. The Amankora program takes you into this ancient Kingdom for an adventure into the hearts and lands of charming farmers, fascinating weavers, enchanting monks and charismatic leaders.

Tour Highlights & Inclusives:

Itinerary:

11 Night Amankora Journey - Bhutan

Day 1: Arrival
From the flight in, weaving through the valley, arrival in Bhutan is like no other. The transfer to Thimphu is approximately 1 1/2 hours and upon arrival and following lunch, you will have the choice of the National Memorial Chorten, National Textile Museum, Folk Heritage Museum, and National Library to visit, and perhaps time to stroll main street for some interesting Himalayan artefacts of textiles.(overnight: Amankora in Thimphu)

Day 2: Tour of Thimphu
This morning you will head to the north end of the valley to view Trashi Chhoe Dzong, the seat of Bhutan’s government and Royal offices, and pay a visit to pangri Zampa, two 16th century buildings that now house a monastic training school for astrologers. At the head of the valley, should you wish to stretch your legs, a short hike will take you to Cheri Goemba, the monastery where the first monastic body was established in the Kingdom. Back in town you should be able to visit a few of the capital’s cottage industries ranging from traditional paper making to hand rolled incense. (overnight: Amankora Thimphu)

Day 3: From Thimphu to Gangtey
An early departure for a dramatic drive over the high mountain pass of Fochu La and on to Phobjika Valley. Sights on the way include on of Bhutan’s first fortress monasteries, the 17th century Simtokha Dzong, and ancient wall paintings at the Hongtsho Goemba monastery. The journey continues over the 3,050m mountain pass where on a clear day, towering Himalayan peaks are clearly visible. The descent down through the Punakha Valley along the Kingdom’s only east-west highway, continues on through the scenic village of Wangdi. Carrying on the highway follows the scenic Dang Chhu before climbing through forests of bamboo and oak, and just before crossing the Pele La pass, a small side road splinters off to the hidden Phobjika valley. On arrival you will have time to visit the striking Gangtey Goemba, sitting at the head of the valley, and perhaps strolling through the quaint gangtey village. (overnight: Amankora in Gangtey)

Day 4: Exploring Phojika Valley
This morning will start with a visit to the Black Neck Crane Center and dependent on the season, time spent in the Center’s nearby hide is a must to view the breeding cranes. Various walks or a mountain bike ride through this magnificent valley can be arranged. Soaking up the beauty of the valley from the Lodge or returning to the revered Goemba for an audience with the Tulkul may be attractive, relaxing alternatives for the day. (overnight: Amankora)

Day 5: Phojika to Bumthang
Today’s journey onward to Kakar (Bumthang) is perhaps long, but certainly memorable with dramatic landscapes of terraced farmland, deep river valleys and precariously perched farmhouses viewed from the only east west highway that has been ingeniously carved out of the mountain faces. Following a brief stop at Chendebji chorten, which according to belief was built to cover the remains of a demon spirit, you will carry on to what was the original home of the royal family. Upon reaching Trongsa you may take time to stroll this quaint village and official business permitting, perhaps visit the Trongsa Dzong, ancestral home to Bhutan’s monarch where you will often Find novice monks reciting mantras or practicing on sacred horns, flutes or drums. The drive onward to Bumthang takes you over the picturesque Yotong La Yatra weaving. Here you will have a chance to browse the traditional textiles and perhaps see the weavers create their intricate handiwork. (overnight: Amankora Bumthang).

Day 6: Explore Bumthang Valley
This morning you will explore our neighboring palace, Wangdichhoeling, home to the 2nd King, and the auspicious prayer wheels next door. Heading up valley, you will take in the grand Kurjey Lhakhang, considered one of the Bhutan’s most auspicious monuments, that was once the resting place of Guru Rimpoche, and Jambay Lhakhang, home to the early winter festivals that draw thousands of Bhutanese for their annual blessings. Heading back into town and across the Bumthang Chhu, you will enjoy a visit to the sin alleviating Tamshing Monastery followed by quick visits to the valleys unique cottage industries – Red Panda Brewery, Bumthang Cheese/Dairy Facitily and the Bumthang Distillery, home to numerous distinctive spirits. (overnight: Amankora Bumthang).

Day 7: Explore Tang Valley – Bumthang District
Today you will explore further in bumthang district with an excursion the stunningly beautiful Tang Valley. This seldom visited valley offers a treat in revealing some of the beaten track Ihakhangs and monasteries, and the amazing museum at Ugen Chhoeling Palace. A short hike takes you up to this well maintained Palace and it’s cultural treasures inside. Along the way you will stop for a traditional picnic with breathtaking views of the pristine surroundings. (overnight: Amankora Bumthang).

Day 8: Bumthang to Punakha
Today you will start with an early departure for the lengthy drive to Punakha. Upon entering the Punakha Valley you may stop to stretch your legs for a short walk through the valley floor to the Chimi Lhakhang, the auspicious fertility monastery built by the “Divine Madman” in 1499. (overnight Amankora Punakha).

Day 9: Explore Punakha Valley
Your day in Punakha Valley begins with a hike up through fields of chilies, cabbages and rice along the banks of the Mo Chhu to the upper end of the valley to the Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten, a stunning monument recently built by the queens and consecrated in 1999. Returning down through the valley you will have plenty of time to take in impressive Punakha Dzong, home to the remains of Bhutan’s first ruler, Shabdrung of the monastic order’s leader and his entourage of monks. Later a picnic lunch will be served on the banks of the Pinak Chhu at a vantage point of the stunning Dzong and confluence of the Mo Chhu and Pho Chhu. Following lunch a quick drive will take you to the village of Talo where you will stop to walk the stunning, quiet grounds of the village temple and perhaps visit the home village of the Kingdom’s four Queens. Further hikes or valley excursions can be organized. (overnight: Amankora Punakha)

Day 10: From Punakha to Paro
After Descending back down from Dochu La, you will follow your way back up the dramatic Wang chu and Paro Chu river Valleys, before crossing through Paro Town towards the north end of the valley. Here, set in a pine forest, you will find the Amankora lodge and it’s spa. In the afternoon, there is an opportunity for a quick stroll to the nearby ruins, a visit to some of the valley’s oldest and holiest religious monuments or a ramble down Paro’s main street. Evenings at Amankora may include informative lectures on the history, religion, flora and fauna of the region or a intriguing movie on the Himalayas. (overnight: Amankora Paro).

Day 11: Paro Valley Exploration
The day starts with a visit to the National Museum, housed in the Ta Dzong (watchtower). Here, an intriguing collection of artefacts provide a wonderful introduction to the rich culture and heritage of the Kingdom. Just a short walk downhill lies the dominating Paro Dzong, fine example of Bhutanese historic architecture. From the Dzong, the tour crosses Nyamai Zampa, a traditional farmhouse to lunch with the family. In the afternoon, hike up to view one of Bhutan’s most revered monuments, the Taktshang Goemba, more commonly referred to as the “Tiger’s Nest”. The four-hour trek offers spectacular views of this sacred monastery perched on a cliff face 900m above the valley floor. (overnight: Amankora Paro).

Day12: Departure Day
Early morning transfer to airport.

Amankora Journey 10 Nights – Bhutan

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Tour Summary:

The tiny Buddhist Kingdom of Bhutan awaits, Nestled high in the Himalayas it’s isolation from the world has cultivated a culture rich in traditions, religion, and a benevolent monarchy. The dramatic landscapes, from snow capped peaks and deeply forested slopes to raging, boulder strewn ricers, sit largely undisturbed as the endeared environmental initiatives and religious beliefs leave the Kingdom pristine and a jewel of nature. The Amankora program takes you into this ancient Kingdom for an adventure into the hearts and lands of charming farmers, fascinating weavers, enchanting monks and charismatic leaders.

Tour Highlights & Inclusives:

Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival
From the flight in, weaving through the valley, arrival in Bhutan is like no other. The transfer to Thimphu is approximately 1 1/2 hours and upon arrival and following lunch, you will have the choice of the National Memorial Chorten, National Textile Museum, Folk Heritage Museum, and National Library to visit, and perhaps time to stroll main street for some interesting Himalayan artefacts of textiles. (overnight: Amankora in Thimphu)

Day 2: From Thimphu to Gangtey
An early departure for a dramatic drive over the high mountain pass of Dochu La and on to Phobjika Valley. Sights on the way include one of Bhutan’s first fortress monasteries, the 17th century Simtokha Dzong, and ancient wall paintings at the Hongtsho Goemba monastery. The journey continues over the 3,050m mountain pass where on a clear day, towering Himalayan peaks are clearly visible. The descent down through the Punakha Valley along the Kingdom’s only east-west highway, continues on through the scenic village of Wangdi. Carrying on the highway follows the scenic Dang Chhu before climbing through the forests of bamboo and oak, and just before crossing the Pele La pass, a small side road splinters off the hidden Phobjika Valley. On arrival you will have time to visit the striking Gangtey Goemba, sitting at the head of the valley, and perhaps strolling through the quaint Gangtey village or hike amongst the blooming rhodododendrons behind the lodge. (overnight: Amankora Gangtey)

Day 3: Exploring Phojika Valley
This morning will start with a visit to the Black Neck Crane Center and dependent on the season, time spent in the Center’s nearby hide is a must to view the breeding cranes. Various walks or a mountain bike ride through this magnificent valley can be arranged. Soaking up the beauty of the valley from the Lodge or returning to the revered Goemba for an audience with the Tulkul may be attractive, relaxing alternatives for the day. (overnight: Amankora)

Day 4: Phojika to Bumthang
Today’s journey onward to Kakar (Bumthang) is perhaps long, but certainly memorable with dramatic landscapes of terraced farmland, deep river valleys and precariously perched farmhouses viewed from the only east west highway that has been ingeniously carved out of the mountain faces. Following a brief stop at Chendebji chorten, which according to belief was built to cover the remains of a demon spirit, you will carry on to what was the original home of the royal family. Upon reaching Trongsa you may take time to stroll this quaint village and official business permitting, perhaps visit the Trongsa Dzong, ancestral home to Bhutan’s monarch where you will often Find novice monks reciting mantras or practicing on sacred horns, flutes or drums. The drive onward to Bumthang takes you over the picturesque Yotong La Yatra weaving. Here you will have a chance to browse the traditional textiles and perhaps see the weavers create their intricate handiwork. (overnight: Amankora Bumthang)

Day 5: Explore Bumthang Valley
This morning you will explore our neighboring palace, Wangdichhoeling, home to the 2nd King, and the auspicious prayer wheels next door. Heading up valley, you will take in the grand Kurjey Lhakhang, considered one of the Bhutan’s most auspicious monuments, that was once the resting place of Guru Rimpoche, and Jambay Lhakhang, home to the early winter festivals that draw thousands of Bhutanese for their annual blessings. Heading back into town and across the Bumthang Chhu, you will enjoy a visit to the sin alleviating Tamshing Monastery followed by quick visits to the valleys unique cottage industries – Red Panda Brewery, Bumthang Cheese/Dairy Facitily and the Bumthang Distillery, home to numerous distinctive spirits. (overnight: Amankora Bumthang).

Day 6: Explore Tang Valley – Bumthang District
Today you will explore further in bumthang district with an excursion the stunningly beautiful Tang Valley. This seldom visited valley offers a treat in revealing some of the beaten track Ihakhangs and monasteries, and the amazing museum at Ugen Chhoeling Palace. A short hike takes you up to this well maintained Palace and it’s cultural treasures inside. Along the way you will stop for a traditional picnic with breathtaking views of the pristine surroundings. (overnight: Amankora Bumthang).

Day 7: Bumthang to Punakha
Today you will start with an early departure for the lengthy drive to Punakha. Upon entering the Punakha Valley you may stop to stretch your legs for a short walk through the valley floor to the Chimi Lhakhang, the auspicious fertility monastery built by the “Divine Madman” in 1499. (overnight Amankora Punakha).

Day 8: Explore Punakha Valley
Your day in Punakha Valley begins with a hike up through fields of chilies, cabbages and rice along the banks of the Mo Chhu to the upper end of the valley to the Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten, a stunning monument recently built by the queens and consecrated in 1999. Returning down through the valley you will have plenty of time to take in impressive Punakha Dzong, home to the remains of Bhutan’s first ruler, Shabdrung of the monastic order’s leader and his entourage of monks. Later a picnic lunch will be served on the banks of the Pinak Chhu at a vantage point of the stunning Dzong and confluence of the Mo Chhu and Pho Chhu. Following lunch a quick drive will take you to the village of Talo where you will stop to walk the stunning, quiet grounds of the village temple and perhaps visit the home village of the Kingdom’s four Queens. Further hikes or valley excursions can be organized. (overnight: Amankora Punakha)

Day 9: From Punakha to Paro
After Descending back down from Dochu La, you will follow your way back up the dramatic Wang chu and Paro Chu river Valleys, before crossing through Paro Town towards the north end of the valley. Here, set in a pine forest, you will find the Amankora lodge and it’s spa. In the afternoon, there is an opportunity for a quick stroll to the nearby ruins, a visit to some of the valley’s oldest and holiest religious monuments or a ramble down Paro’s main street. Evenings at Amankora may include informative lectures on the history, religion, flora and fauna of the region or a intriguing movie on the Himalayas. (overnight: Amankora Paro)

Day 10: Paro Valley Exploration
The day starts with a visit to the National Museum, housed in the Ta Dzong (watchtower). Here, an intriguing collection of artefacts provide a wonderful introduction to the rich culture and heritage of the Kingdom. Just a short walk downhill lies the dominating Paro Dzong, fine example of Bhutanese historic architecture. From the Dzong, the tour crosses Nyamai Zampa, a traditional farmhouse to lunch with the family. In the afternoon, hike up to view one of Bhutan’s most revered monuments, the Taktshang Goemba, more commonly referred to as the “Tiger’s Nest”. The four-hour trek offers spectacular views of this sacred monastery perched on a cliff face 900m above the valley floor. (overnight: Amankora Paro)

Day 11: Departure Day
Early morning transfer to airport.

9 Nights Amankora Journey – Bhutan

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 8 Night Amankora Journey - Bhutan

Tour Summary:

The tiny Buddhist Kingdom of Bhutan awaits, nestled high in the Himalayas it’s isolation from the world has cultivated a culture rich in traditions, religion and a benevolent monarchy. The dramatic landscapes, from snow capped peaks and deeply forested slopes to raging, boulder strewn rivers, sit largely undisturbed as the endeared environmental initiatives and religious beliefs leave the Kingdom pristine and a jewel of nature. The program takes you into this ancient Kingdom for an adventure into the hearts and lands of charming farmers, fascinating weavers, enchanting monks and charismatic leaders.

Tour Highlights & Inclusives:

8 Night Amankora Journey - Bhutan

Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival
From the flight in, weaving through the valley, arrival in Bhutan is like no other. The transfer to Thimphu is approximately 1 1/2 hours and upon arrival and following lunch, you will have the choice of the National Memorial Chorten, National Textile Museum, Folk Heritage Museum, and National Library to visit, and perhaps time to stroll main street for some interesting Himalayan artefacts of textiles. (overnight: Amankora in Thimphu)

Day 2: Tour of Thimphu
This morning you will head to the north end of the valley to view Trashi Chhoe Dzong, the seat of Bhutan’s government and Roya offices, and pay a visit to pangri Zampa, two 16th century buildings that now house a monastic training school for astrologers. At the head of the valley, should you wish to stretch your legs, a short hike will take you to Cheri Goemba, the monastery where the first monastic body was established in the Kingdom. Back in town you should be able to visit a few of the capital’s cottage industries ranging from traditional paper making to hand rolled incense. (overnight: Amankora Thimphu)

Day 3: From Thimphu to Gangtey
An early departure for a dramatic drive over the high mountain pass of Fochu La and on to Phobjika Valley. Sights on the way include on of Bhutan’s first fortress monasteries, the 17th century Simtokha Dzong, and ancient wall paintings at the Hongtsho Goemba monastery. The journey continues over the 3,050m mountain pass where on a clear day, towering Himalayan peaks are clearly visible. The descent down through the Punakha Valley along the Kingdom’s only east-west highway, continues on through the scenic village of Wangdi. Carrying on the highway follows the scenic Dang Chhu before climbing through forests of bamboo and oak, and just before crossing the Pele La pass, a small side road splinters off to the hidden Phobjika valley. On arrival you will have time to visit the striking Gangtey Goemba, sitting at the head of the valley, and perhaps strolling through the quaint gangtey village. (overnight: Amankora in Gangtey)

Day 4: Gangtey Valley Exploration
This morning will start with a visit to the Black Neck Crane Center and dependent on the season, time spent in the Center’s nearby hide is a must to view the breeding cranes. Various walks or a mountain bike ride through this magnificent valley can be arranged. soaking up the beauty of the valley from the lodge or returning to the revered Goemba for an audience with the Tulkul may be attractive, relaxing alternatives for the day. (overnight: Amankora in Gangtey)

Day 5: Gangtey to Punakha
Today’s journey back to Punakha will be brief and upon arrival you will have time to take lunch at the lodge. In the afternoon you will explore the hidden village of Talo, home of the Queens’ and the valley’s protective deity Ihakhang. Later in the afternoon a hike to an ancient monastery on the hilltop behind the lodge can be organized or time given to enjoy the farmhouse and spa of the lodge.(overnight: Amankora in Punakha)

Day 6: Punakha Valley Exploration
The day in Punakha Valley begins with a beautiful hike from the Punakha Lodge along the Mo Chhu through terraces of rice, chilies and cabbage, takes to the Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten, a monument recently built by the four queens of Bhutan. Following the hike you will drive back up the valley towards Khuruthang passing Punthsho Perli Palace and several other winter homes of the royal family before reaching the impressive Punakha Dzong. This ancient fortress is the winter residence of the monastic order’s head and still serves as the administrative headquarters for the Punakha region. A picnic lunch is served on the banks of the Punak Chu, before visiting the village of Lobesa where a short walk ends at Chimi Lhakhang, the auspicious fertility monastery built in 1499. (overnight: Amankora in Punakha).

Day 7: From Punakha to Paro
After descending back down from Dochu La, you will follow your way back up the dramatic Wang Chu and Paro Chu river valleys, before crossing through Paro Town towards the north end of the valley. Here, set in a pine forest, you will find the Amanjora lodge and it’s spa. In the afternoon, there is an opportunity for a quick stroll to the nearby ruins, a visit to some of the valley’s oldest and holiest religious monuments or a ramble down Paro’s main street. Evenings at Amankora may include informative lectures on the history, religion, flora and funa of the region or a intriguing movie on the Himalayas. (overnight: Amankora in Paro)

Day 8: Paro Valley Exploration
The day starts with a visit to the National Museum, housed in the Ta Dzong (watchtower). Here, an intriguing collection of artefacts provide a wonderful introduction to the rich culture and heritage of the Kingdom. Just a short walk downhill lies the dominating Paro Dzong, a fine example of Bhutanese historic architecture. From Dzong, the tour crosses Nyamai Zampa, traditional cantilever bridge, and guests are then driven to the town temple, built in 1525, to view ancient wall paintings. Paro options include picturesque picnic spots or, perhaps, a visit to a traditional farmhouse to lunch with the family. In the afternoon, hike up to view one of Bhutan’s most revered monuments, the Taktshang Goemba, more commonly referred to as the “Tiger’s Nest”. The four-hour trek offers spectacular views of this sacred monastery perched on a cliff face 900m above the valley floor. (overnight: Amankora in Paro)

Day 9: Paro Valley Exploration- Tiger’s Nest Hike
Today will be an auspicious pilgrimage up to one of Bhutan’s most revered monuments, the Taktshang Goemba, more commonly referred to as the “Tiger’s Nest”. The four to five hour trek offers spectacular Views of this sacred monastery perched on a cliff face 900m above the valley floor. Accommodating mules and donkeys will be on hand to lessen the exertion for the climb up, and along the way a rewarding picnic will be serves. The afternoon will be at leisure to enjoy the spa and ease those blessed aches from the morning’s pilgrimage. (overnight: Amankora in paro).

Day 10: Departure day
Early morning transfer to airport.

8 Night Amankora Journey – Bhutan

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8 Night Amankora Journey - Bhutan

Tour Summary:

The tiny Buddhist Kingdom of Bhutan awaits, nestled high in the Himalayas it’s isolation from the world has cultivated a culture rich in traditions, religion and a benevolent monarchy. The dramatic landscapes, from snow capped peaks and deeply forested slopes to raging, boulder strewn rivers, sit largely undisturbed as the endeared environmental initiatives and religious beliefs leave the Kingdom pristine and a jewel of nature. The program takes you into this ancient Kingdom for an adventure into the hearts and lands of charming farmers, fascinating weavers, enchanting monks and charismatic leaders.

Tour Highlights & Inclusives:

8 Night Amankora Journey - Bhutan

Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival
From the flight in, weaving through the valley, arrival in Bhutan is like no other. The transfer to Thimphu is approximately 1 1/2 hours and upon arrival and following lunch, you will have the choice of the National Memorial Chorten, National Textile Museum, Folk Heritage Museum, and National Library to visit, and perhaps time to stroll main street for some interesting Himalayan artefacts of textiles. (overnight: Amankora in Thimphu)

Day 2: Tour of Thimphu
This morning you will head to the north end of the valley to view Trashi Chhoe Dzong, the seat of Bhutan’s government and Roya offices, and pay a visit to pangri Zampa, two 16th century buildings that now house a monastic training school for astrologers. At the head of the valley, should you wish to stretch your legs, a short hike will take you to Cheri Goemba, the monastery where the first monastic body was established in the Kingdom. Back in town you should be able to visit a few of the capital’s cottage industries ranging from traditional paper making to hand rolled incense. (overnight: Amankora Thimphu)

Day 3: From Thimphu to Gangtey
An early departure for a dramatic drive over the high mountain pass of Fochu La and on to Phobjika Valley. Sights on the way include on of Bhutan’s first fortress monasteries, the 17th century Simtokha Dzong, and ancient wall paintings at the Hongtsho Goemba monastery. The journey continues over the 3,050m mountain pass where on a clear day, towering Himalayan peaks are clearly visible. The descent down through the Punakha Valley along the Kingdom’s only east-west highway, continues on through the scenic village of Wangdi. Carrying on the highway follows the scenic Dang Chhu before climbing through forests of bamboo and oak, and just before crossing the Pele La pass, a small side road splinters off to the hidden Phobjika valley. On arrival you will have time to visit the striking Gangtey Goemba, sitting at the head of the valley, and perhaps strolling through the quaint gangtey village. (overnight: Amankora in Gangtey)

Day 4: Gangtey Valley Exploration
This morning will start with a visit to the Black Neck Crane Center and dependent on the season, time spent in the Center’s nearby hide is a must to view the breeding cranes. Various walks or a mountain bike ride through this magnificent valley can be arranged. soaking up the beauty of the valley from the lodge or returning to the revered Goemba for an audience with the Tulkul may be attractive, relaxing alternatives for the day. (overnight: Amankora in Gangtey)

Day 5: Gangtey to Punakha
Today’s journey back to Punakha will be brief and upon arrival you will have time to take lunch at the lodge. In the afternoon you will explore the hidden village of Talo, home of the Queens’ and the valley’s protective deity Ihakhang. Later in the afternoon a hike to an ancient monastery on the hilltop behind the lodge can be organized or time given to enjoy the farmhouse and spa of the lodge.(overnight: Amankora in Punakha)

Day 6: Punakha Valley Exploration
The day in Punakha Valley begins with a beautiful hike from the Punakha Lodge along the Mo Chhu through terraces of rice, chilies and cabbage, takes to the Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten, a monument recently built by the four queens of Bhutan. Following the hike you will drive back up the valley towards Khuruthang passing Punthsho Perli Palace and several other winter homes of the royal family before reaching the impressive Punakha Dzong. This ancient fortress is the winter residence of the monastic order’s head and still serves as the administrative headquarters for the Punakha region. A picnic lunch is served on the banks of the Punak Chu, before visiting the village of Lobesa where a short walk ends at Chimi Lhakhang, the auspicious fertility monastery built in 1499. (overnight: Amankora in Punakha).

Day 7: From Punakha to Paro
After descending back down from Dochu La, you will follow your way back up the dramatic Wang Chu and Paro Chu river valleys, before crossing through Paro Town towards the north end of the valley. Here, set in a pine forest, you will find the Amanjora lodge and it’s spa. In the afternoon, there is an opportunity for a quick stroll to the nearby ruins, a visit to some of the valley’s oldest and holiest religious monuments or a ramble down Paro’s main street. Evenings at Amankora may include informative lectures on the history, religion, flora and funa of the region or a intriguing movie on the Himalayas. (overnight: Amankora in Paro)

Day 8: Paro Valley Exploration
The day starts with a visit to the National Museum, housed in the Ta Dzong (watchtower). Here, an intriguing collection of artefacts provide a wonderful introduction to the rich culture and heritage of the Kingdom. Just a short walk downhill lies the dominating Paro Dzong, a fine example of Bhutanese historic architecture. From Dzong, the tour crosses Nyamai Zampa, traditional cantilever bridge, and guests are then driven to the town temple, built in 1525, to view ancient wall paintings. Paro options include picturesque picnic spots or, perhaps, a visit to a traditional farmhouse to lunch with the family. In the afternoon, hike up to view one of Bhutan’s most revered monuments, the Taktshang Goemba, more commonly referred to as the “Tiger’s Nest”. The four-hour trek offers spectacular views of this sacred monastery perched on a cliff face 900m above the valley floor. (overnight: Amankora in Paro)

Day 9: Departure day
Early morning transfer to airport.

Butler Signature – A luxury tour

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Tour Summary:

For travelers with a taste for distinction, seeking a world of standards and impeccable services, we can fashion journeys to Egypt that will fulfill their aspiration for sophistication, elitism and refinement while visiting this ancient land.

Tour Highlights & Inclusives:

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Itinerary:

Day 1: Depart USA
Upon arrival at JFK Airport you will be assisted by Travel representative and an airport Customer Service Agent in processing your travel formalities. Aboard your international flight to Cairo in the comfort of your first class seat, begin your journey back in time to this fascinating, ancient land.

Day 2: Cairo
As you arrive in the Land of the Pharaohs, at Cairo international airport, you will be welcomed at your aircraft landing and driven by private vehicle to the exclusive VIP lounge for refreshments & relaxation while our representative takes care of your visa, customs formalities and luggage. You will than be escorted to your hotel in your chauffeur-driven luxury car. Upon arrival at your select hotel you will be met and assisted by your personal butler for the duration of your stay in Egypt.

Day 3: Cairo
This morning, your private Egyptologist will guide you through the incredible wealth of the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities displaying the world’s largest collection of Pharaonic artifacts and the magnificent treasures of Tutankhamen’s tomb. At Old Coptic Cairo, over old cobblestone narrow streets where 4th century churches are still in use by local worshipers, you will visit Al Moallaka Church (Hanging Church) and Ben Ezra Synagogue. Stop for lunch at the Oberoi Mena House Hotel than continue to visit the Great Pyramids of Giza and the enigmatic Sphinx. You will end your tour at Khan El Khalili, the world’s largest 13th century covered oriental bazaar. Overnight in Cairo.

Day 4: Cairo, Luxor
After breakfast, accompanied by your personal butler and your private Egyptologist, you will be transferred on board your limousine to Cairo domestic airport where you will be hosted at the VIP lounge while our representative handles your departure formalities to Luxor. Upon arrival, you will be escorted and transferred in your private limousine to your luxurious Nile cruise ship for 5 days/ 4 nights cruise. Accommodation aboard your cruise ship will be exclusive 52m “Chopin” suite featuring a private lounge and terrace. Today you will visit the Temple of Karnak & the Temple of Luxor. Afternoon tea is served on board and dinner is followed by a belly dancer show. Overnight in Luxor. Your personal butler and Egyptologist lodged on board will be at your service during the entire cruise.

Day 5: Luxor, Esna
Very early in the morning, you will be transferred to the West Bank where you will enjoy a bird’s eye view aboard your hot air balloon, watching the sunrise over the Valley of Kings and funerary temples of the necropolis; a unique experience. After breakfast on board, you will visit the West Bank highlights including Valley of Kings. Valley of Queens, the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut and the Colossi of Memnon. Your cruise will sail to Esna before lunch. Afternoon tea, Captain’s welcome cocktail and dinner on board. Overnight in Esna

Day 6: Edfu, Kom Ombo
Breakfast and lunch will be served while sailing to Edfu. Upon arrival to Edfu, you will visit the Temple of Horus, the falcon god, son of Isis and Osiris, considered the best=preserved ancient temple in Egypt and the second largest after the Temple of Karnak. Your ship will then sail to Kom Ombo. Afternoon tea and dinner on board are followed by a Gallabeya (masquerade) party for which guests are incited to dress up in Pharaonic of Egyptian costumes. Overnight in Kom Ombo

Day 7: Kom Ombo, Aswan
After breakfast visit the Temple of Sobek & Haroeries in Kom Ombo, the only temple dedicated to two deities; than sail to Aswan while lunch is served on board. This afternoon, visit the Aswan High Fam, the Granite Quarries & Philae Temple dedicated to Isis. Afternoon tea and dinner are followed by Nubian Folkloric Show. Overnight Aswan

Day 8: Aswan, Abu Simbel, Cairo
Disembarkation; our representative will assist and escort you to Aswan airport for your flight to Abu Simbel. Visit the Great Temple of Ramses II and the temple of his beloved queen, Nefertari. After visiting this impressive site, you will be transferred back to Abu Simbel airport for your flight to Vairo via Aswan. Relax and enjoy the distinctive amenities of your hotel in Cairo. Overnight in Cairo. Your personal butler will be attending to your requirements.

Day 9: Cairo, Hurghada / Sahl Hashish
After breakfast, accompanied by your personal butler, you will be escorted to Cairo domestic airport for your flight to Hurghada; upon arrival you will be welcomed by our representative and transferred to your hotel in Sahl Hashish on board your limousine; Overnight at your hotel. Your elite all-suite resort on the Res Sea coast of Egypt offers exclusive services and wellness centers; your Grand Suite features a private swimming pool.

Day 10: Shal Hashish
A day of sun, sea and optional activities to plan as you like and your personal butler will assist you in making the required arrangements

Day 11: Sahl Hashish
More sun, sea and leisurely activities within or outside the resort, just let your personal butler know your requests.

Day 12: Hurghada – Cairo
After breakfast, our representative will meet and escort you back to Hurghada airport for your return flight to Cairo. Our Cairo representative will assist you and transfer you to your hotel aboard your limousine. Balance of the day is at leisure. Overnight at your hotel

Day 13: Cairo
Your last day in Egypt is left for optional activities, shopping, sightseeing or planning as you like with the assistance of your personal butler. Overnight at your hotel.

A farewell surprise is planned for you

Day 14: Departure
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Cairo airport and escorted to the VIP lounge for refreshments while our representative takes care of your pre-boarding formalities; you will than be driven on board a private vehicle to the plane landing for your flight back to the USA

13 Days Charming Dahabeya

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13 Days Charming Dahabeya

Tour Summary:

Roundtrip airfare, 4 nights accommodation in Cairo, 7 Nights 5 star Dahabeya Nile Cruise. Visits to the Great Pyramids, Khan El Khalili Bazaar, Abu Simbel, Valley of the Kings in Luxor Philae Temple in Aswan, Edfu Temple, Kom Ombo Temple, Karnak Temple, Luxor Temple, El Kab, Djebel Silsilehm, Temple of Hormoheb, & the Ptolemaic Temple.

Tour Highlights & Inclusives:

Includes:

  • Roundtrip International airfare JFK/Cairo/JFK 
  • Other departure gates from USA are available upon request
  • 11 nights accommodation at deluxe hotel in Cairo and Dahabeya cruise
  • 4 nights accommodation at Four Seasons First Residence (deluxe room)
  • 7 nights accommodation aboard Dahabeya Nile cruise
  • 28 Meals: 11 Buffet Breakfasts, 9 Lunches and 8 Dinners 
  • All sightseeing in Egypt guided by a licensed Egyptologist 
  • Domestic airfare within Egypt 
  • All transfers and luggage handling within Egypt 
  • All transportation provided by deluxe air-conditioned private vehicle 
  • All hotel taxes and service charge

Excludes:

  • Airport taxes
  • Visa upon arrival
  • Optional tours
  • Tips & personal items 

13 Days Charming Dahabeya

Itinerary:

Day 1 Wed – Departure from USA
Board your international flight to Cairo and begin your journey back in time to this charming, ancient land.

Day 2 Thu- Cairo
Arrival in the Land of the Pharaohs. At Cairo International Airport you will be welcomed and assisted through immigration and customs by our representative, then escorted to your hotel.

Day 3 Fri – Cairo
Morning visit to the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, which includes the world’s largest collection of Pharaonic artifacts and the treasures of Tutankhamen’s tomb. Then drive to Old Cairo to visit Al Moallaka Church (Hanging Church) and Ben Ezra Synagogue. After lunch drive to the Citadel of Saladin and visit Mohamed Ali Alabaster Mosque. Enjoy a walking tour of the largest 13th century covered oriental market Khan El Khalili Bazaar. Overnight in Cairo.
Meals:
Breakfast – Lunch

Day 4 Sat – Cairo, Luxor (Optional Sound & Light show)
After breakfast, transfer to Cairo airport for your flight to Luxor. Upon arrival transfer to your Dahabeya your sailing home on the Nile for the next 7 nights. Relaxing in the privacy of your inviting boat and enjoying modern amenities, discover Upper Egypts exceptional sites at the rhythm of the wind. While sailing and mooring at secluded island and Nile shores, you may have the opportunity to walk through fields, encounter Egyptian farmers, or have a meal in a pastoral landscape. On your first day, visit the necropolis of the West Bank including Valley of Kings, Valley of Queens, the Temple of Medinet Habu and the Colossi of Memnon. (Evening: optional Sound & Light show at Karnak Temple). Your Dahabeya will be moored overnight on the Nile banks of Luxor
Meals:
Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Day 5 Sun – Luxor
After breakfast, on the East Bank where the sun rises, visit the Temple of Karnak & the Temple of Luxor. This afternoon your Dahabeya sails to Esna. At ease on the deck, you will watch a panorama that has hardly changed from the time of Ancient Egyptians and where, now, rural Egyptians still live. Anchor overnight in Esna.
Meals:
Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Day 6 Mon – Esna (Optional visit to Temple of Esna)
Enjoy a day at leisure or go on an optional visit to the Temple of Khnum, the ram-headed god. Your Dahabeya will be moored overnight in Esna.
Meals:
Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Day 7 Tue – El Kab, Edfu
Departure for El Kab and visit the necropolis (and for those who can walk for about 2km, optional visit to the temple consecrated to Nekhbet). Your Dahabeya will then sail to Edfu where you will visit the Temple of Horus, the falcon-god, considered the best-preserved temple in Ancient Egypt and the second largest after the Temple of Karnak. Overnight beside a Nile island
Meals:
Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Day 8 Wed – Djebel Silsileh, Kom Ombo
Departure for Djebel Silsileh where the Nile flows between two mountains. Here you will be among the very few, as the larger vessel can only pass in the distance. Visit the Temple of Hormoheb. Back on board, sail to Kom Ombo where you will visit the Ptolemaic Temple of Sobek & Haroeries. Your Dahabeya will moor overnight alongside a Nile island
Meals:
Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Day 9 Thu – Aswan
A leisurely day sailing to Aswan mesmerized by enchanting and contrasting sceneries with the desert reaching the edges of the western shores while palms and vast spreads of greenery cover the East bank; All the while taking pleasure in the Jacuzzi on deck, sipping cocktails or retreating to the tranquil indoor library. The Dahabeya will moor overnight in Aswan.

Day 10 Fri – Aswan
Today in this city embraced by the Aga Khan and where Lord Kitcheners created his fertile and exotic botanical garden, you will visit the Aswan High Dam, the Old Dam, and the Temple of Philae. Overnight in Aswan
Meals:
Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Day 11 Sat – Aswan
After breakfast, disembarkation, and transfer to Aswan airport for your flight to Cairo. Relax at your hotel in Cairo and enjoy the facilities of your hotel
Meals:
Breakfast

Day 12 Sun – Cairo
After breakfast, a scenic drive will take you to the Pyramids & Sphinx of Giza, which have stood for the last 5000 years, your visit will include entrance to the inside of the Great Pyramids and Camel Ride. Complete your visit at Giza with a tour of the Solar Boat Museum. Lunch at the Mena House hotel then continue to the ancient city of Memphis, the first capital of United Upper and Lower Egypt then visit Sakkara, site of the Step Pyramid of Zoser. Evening, dinner with entertainment on board a Nile cruising restaurant
Meals:
Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Day 13 Mon – Departure
After breakfast, transfer to Cairo airport for your flight back to USA
Meals: Breakfast