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March 22 – 30, 2023

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8 nights from/to Cairo, Egypt

March 22 – 30, 2023
Sanctuary Retreats Sanctuary Nile Adventurer

Egypt Gay CruiseWe invite you to join Happy Gay Travel & Brand g Vacations for an inclusive, all LGBT+ journey beginning in Cairo and culminating with a spectacular Nile River cruise from Luxor to Aswan. This great land’s ancient past lives on in its majestic monuments and relics created by one of the most impressive civilizations history has seen. This rich history has created a tapestry of cultural and archaeological treasures unmatched anywhere – so much so that the country is home to an estimated third of the world’s antiquities. Ply the mighty Nile on the luxurious Sanctuary Nile Adventurer as it flows through the heart of Egypt .

The Sanctuary Nile Adventurer is widely regarded as one of the best boutique ships on the epic Nile, and named as one of National Geographic’s ‘Journeys of a lifetime’. The ship has been decorated in a modern, comfortable style and provides a taste of genuine 5-star luxury on a timeless river.

Combine with our 6-day Jordan & Petra add-on tour for a 14-day vacation.

 

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Enchanting Egypt - All-Gay Nile Cruise & Tour Itinerary

Day 1 - Cairo, Egypt
Arrive at the Cairo airport where you will be met by a Brand g representative and transferred to the Cairo Marriott Hotel your home for the next three nights.

Meet your fellow travelers at an evening welcome reception and dinner at the hotel.

Included: Welcome Reception & Dinner
Accommodation: Cairo Marriott Hotel & Omar Khayyam Casino

 

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Day 2 - Cairo / Giza, Egypt
This morning, following breakfast we meet our guides to begin out full day tour.

The Great Pyramids of Giza are the only present-day survivors of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, built more than 4,500 years ago as giant tombs for the mummies of the pharaohs Khufu, Khafre and Menkaure, who were a father, son and grandson. The pyramids are truly monumental in scale, with the largest, Khufu’s, constructed from over two million blocks. The pyramids were not built by slaves but by Egyptian peasants, whose labor in building the pyramids paid their taxes to the Pharaoh, who also fed, clothed and housed them.

Nearby sits the enigmatic Sphinx with the body of a lion and the face of a man wearing a royal head cloth, which workers may have based on King Khafre to guard his enormous funerary monument. About a thousand years after the Sphinx was built it was covered in sand until a young prince had a dream in which the Sphinx told him that if he cleared the sand away, he would become Pharaoh. This story is told on the ‘Dream Stela’ that was placed between the Sphinx’s paws by King Tuthmose IV.

After, we enjoy lunch at the 9 Pyramids Lounge at the Giza Plateau. This restaurant on the southern side of the Pyramids, comprises five indoor and outdoor spaces on an area of 1,341 square metres: a grand tented lounge, a relaxing outdoor majlis and three outside courtyard terraces. The wooden structure and its subtle hues blend in with the surroundings. The food includes classic mezze, such as baba ghanoush and stuffed vine leaves; grills, such as shish taouk and kofta; and Egyptian specialities, such as the pastry feteer meshaltet and Umm Ali for dessert.

After lunch, we visit Sakkara, which is the former necropolis (cemetery) for the ancient Egyptian city of Memphis and the place where the very first pyramids were built as tombs for kings. Instead of the smooth sides featured on other pyramids, the pyramids here feature six steps on the outside, representing the pharaoh’s stepladder to heaven. Discover the famous Step Pyramid of King Zoser, the first pyramid ever built and the world’s oldest freestanding stone structure. Admire the beautiful tomb art at Sakkara, which gives great insight into the lives of the ancient Egyptians.

Dinner tonight is on your own.

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch
Accommodation: Cairo Marriott Hotel & Omar Khayyam Casino

 

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Day 3 - Cairo, Egypt
Today, after breakfast, we set off for an incredible tour of the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) Complex, which is a cultural hub and includes one of the largest museums in the world displaying the heritage of a single civilization. The Museum contains over 100,000 artifacts, reflecting Egypt’s past from prehistory until the Greek and Roman Periods. As you enter the museum, you can’t miss the colossal statue of King Ramses II, nor the 87 huge royal artifacts exhibited at the grand stairs. These stairs lead up to an impressive 28-meter-high glass facade overlooking the pyramids of Giza. The GEM also hosts over 5,000 artifacts from the tomb of the golden Pharaoh Tutankhamun.

Lunch today is included at Le Pacha 1901, which is one of Cairo’s landmark dining and entertainment venues. Originally a paddle boat from the turn of the century, Le Pacha was transformed into a nostalgic and magical location to reflect on Cairo’s glorious history.

In the evening, enjoy a unique cultural tour, which takes you from one end of the Khan El-Khalili Bazaar to the other, recalling a time when the area was the heart of the old walled city of Cairo.

The ancient thoroughfare, leading you along some of the most traditional parts of the bazaar where life has hardly changed for centuries, runs from the massive fortified Fotouh Gate to the beautifully-designed Zuweila gate. This stretch contains more listed buildings per meter than any other street in the world. In this part of the bazaar, where Egyptians themselves go to bargain for everyday items, your guide enthralls you with explanations of passing licorice-tea-sellers, spice markets with obscure roots and magical powders, black-swathed women, and brightly-painted donkey-carts overflowing with watermelons and mangos.

Continue on to El-Khayameyya Street. This portion of your walk, in the very oldest part of the Khan El-Khalili bazaar, is devoted to the workshops and stalls of traditional appliqué craftsmen. Their art, unique to Egypt in the Middle Eastern region, began as a means of decorating the brightly-colored hangings used to make traditional tents. These are now seen all over the country adorning temporary tents for weddings, funerals and festivals. Printed hangings in the same traditional designs are used nowadays for commercial purposes, but the craftsmen in El-Khayameyya continue to keep the old traditions alive.

We end our tour at Naguib Mahfouz Restaurant, which is named after the Nobel-prize-winning Egyptian author, Naguib Mahfouz. This restaurant lies in the very heart of the Khan El-Khalili Bazaar and offers a selection of chicken, meats and mouth-watering Middle Eastern mezzas (small appetizers). Please note that alcohol is not served here.

After we return to the Marriott for another restful sleep.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Cairo Marriott Hotel & Omar Khayyam Casino

 

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Day 4 - Luxor, Egypt (Embarkation)
This morning, following breakfast, we transfer to Cairo International Airport for the included flight to Luxor. Upon arrival we transfer to the Nile River, where we’ll check in to the 5-star deluxe Santuary Nile Adventurer cruise boat.

Lunch will be served on board in the main restaurant. After lunch, you will have the opportunity to visit Luxor Temple as well as the strikingly graceful Temple of Karnak. The temple of Karnak was known as Ipet-isu—or “most select of places”—by the ancient Egyptians. It is a city of temples built over 2,000 years and dedicated to the Theban triad of Amun, Mut, and Khonsu. This derelict place is still capable of overshadowing many wonders of the modern world and in its day must have been awe-inspiring.

Tonight, you will be greeted by your Boat Manager while you enjoy freshly prepared canapés with some complimentary Egyptian wine and local beer, followed by a gourmet dinner menu.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Santuary Nile Adventurer

 

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Day 5 - Luxor, Egypt
After a delicious breakfast buffet on board, we’ll visit the West Bank of Luxor to explore the tombs in Valley of the Kings and the Valley of the Queens. At the Valley of the Queens, the highlight is visiting the beautiful tomb of Queen Nefertari, Ramses II’s beloved wife. It is said to be the finest tomb in Egypt, with vividly-colored work and a ceiling painted with stars, giving an idea of how other, now faded, tombs would have looked in their day.

Our morning visit also includes the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut. And, on the way back to the river Nile, we will pass by the famed Colossi of Memnon, known in Ancient Greek times for their haunting voices at dawn.

Enjoy lunch on back on board the Nile Adventurer and an afternoon of sailing to relax. In the evening, a gourmet dinner will be served in the ship’s dining room.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Santuary Nile Adventurer

 

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Day 6 - Edfu / Kom Ombo, Egypt
Enjoy breakfast on board, followed by a visit to the Temple of Edfu. Lunch will be served on board while cruising to Kom Ombo. After lunch, visit the temple of Kom Ombo – dedicated to the crocodile-god Sobek. The temple stands at a bend in the Nile where, in ancient times, sacred crocodiles basked in the sun on the riverbank.

Return to your Nile Cruise boat where afternoon tea will be served in the lounge. You will also have the chance to take part in an Egyptian cooking demonstration while the boat is sailing to Aswan.

Tonight’s entertainment will be an “Egyptian Night” costume party for all guests, with a chance to dress up in traditional Egyptian “galabeyyas”. Dinner will be a lavish buffet of Egyptian specialties.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Santuary Nile Adventurer

 

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Day 7 - Aswan, Egypt
A breakfast buffet will be served on board, after which you will have the morning at your leisure.

Enjoy lunch on board, followed by a short motorboat ride to visit the majestic Philae Temple on the Island of Agilika.

Next, we proceed to the Granite Quarries, which supplied the ancient Egyptians with most of the hard stone used in pyramids and temples, and still hold a huge unfinished obelisk. You will also have a chance take a ride on a felucca (a typical Egyptian sail boat) around Elephantine Island, Lord Kitchener’s Botanical Gardens, and the Agha Khan Mausoleum (weather permitting, life jackets will be provided).

Afternoon tea will be served in the lounge. Tonight’s farewell dinner will be a gala dinner, with white-gloved waiters serving gourmet cuisine. Enjoy a Folkloric show and a Dervish show after dinner.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Santuary Nile Adventurer

 

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Day 8 - Aswan / Abu Simbel Temples / Cairo, Egypt
Following breakfast on board cruise, disembark and transfer to Aswan airport for our 40-minute flight to Abu Simbel.

The two temples of Ramses II at Abu Simbel are each fronted by colossal statues up to 20 meters (66 feet) high, and are famed as the most impressive monuments remaining of Ancient Egypt. Recently, the temples were threatened by the waters of Lake Nasser, and with the help of a UNESCO campaign they were cut into blocks, raised piece by piece and reassembled in a new position higher up the hillside.

After our visit, we will return Aswan airport for our onward flight to Cairo. Upon arrival to Cairo, you will be met and assisted then transferred by your to your hotel. Your international departure flight may be arranged late tonight, or the morning of March 30.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Intercontinental Citystars Cairo Hotel

 

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Day 9 - Cairo, Egypt
Today you will be transferred from the hotel to the Cairo airport for your international flight home, or onward to the Jordan post-trip extension.

Witness the ancient ruins of Jerash; the historic Biblical sites of Bethany and Mt. Nebo; cross Wadi Rum by 4×4; explore fascinating Petra; and relax in the restorative, mineral-rich Dead Sea.

Meals: Breakfast

 

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Enchanting Egypt
All-Gay Nile Cruise & Tour 2023 Itinerary

Date

Port

Meals

 22 Mar Cairo, Egypt R, D
 23 Mar Cairo / Giza, Egypt B, L
 24 Mar Cairo, Egypt B, L, D
 25 Mar Luxor, Egypt B, L, D
 26 Mar Luxor, Egypt B, L, D
 27 Mar Edfu / Kom Ombo, Egypt B, L, D
 28 Mar Aswan, Egypt B, L, D
 29 Mar Aswan / Abu Simbel / Cairo, Egypt B, L, D
 30 Mar Cairo, Egypt B
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Enchanting Egypt - Gay Cruise & Tour Highlights

• Full day tour of The Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM)

• Temples of Sakhara

• The Great Pyramids and the Sphinx, the only Ancient Wonders of the World still standing

• Tour and dinner in Cairo’s Khan El Khalili Bazaar

• Luxor’s Karnak Temple complex

• The Valley of the Kings

• Valley of the Queens and the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut

• Temple of Edfu

• Abu Simbel Temples Excursion from Aswan

 

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Enchanting Egypt - Gay Cruise & Tour Inclusions

• Arrival and departure airport transfers

• Welcome reception in Cairo

• 3 nights hotel accommodation in Executive Rooms at the Cairo Marriott Hotel including breakfast

• Domestic flights – Economy class (Cairo-Luxor / Aswan-Abu Simbel / Cairo)

• 4 nights deluxe cruise accommodation

• Gourmet dining with all meals included during your cruise

• Unlimited local wine, local beer, soft drinks, juices, tea, coffee and mineral water during meals on cruise

• All tours as described in the program with our own English-speaking Egyptologists throughout the entire trip

• All admissions for the sightseeing stated in the program

• One night accommodation in Standard Room at the Intercontinental CityStars Cairo Hotel including breakfast

• Luggage porterage at airports and hotels

 

Cairo Marriott Hotel

 

Hotels

Cairo Marriott Hotel & Omar Khayyam Casino
Originally constructed as a visitor’s palace, Cairo Marriott Hotel & Omar Khayyam Casino’s guests have received the royal treatment for decades. Modern guestrooms offer luxury bedding, complimentary Wi-Fi and 24-hour room service; many have balconies with views of the gardens, city or the Nile.

 

Cairo Marriott Hotel room

 

Enjoy on-site amenities that include a 24-hour gym, outdoor lap pool, a pampering spa and an elegant casino. Several of our 14 dining options are set in our lush gardens.

The Deluxe Rooms are on higher floors, measure 377sqft and feature balconies, lounge access, King beds and free wifi.

 

Intercontinental Citystars Cairo Hotel

 

Intercontinental Citystars Cairo Hotel
Situated in the Heliopolis neighborhood, this 5-star hotel is a 20-minute drive from Cairo Airport. InterContinental Cairo Citystars offers luxury in the buzzing hub of Citystars Heliopolis, next to Stars Centre Mall.

 

Intercontinental Citystars Cairo Hotel room

 

Whether you are in Cairo for business or leisure, the hotel puts everything at your fingertips, from steak to sushi, from spa treatments to squash and from advanced conference facilities to cocktails at the poolside bar.

Classic standard room come with city or pool/garden views. They come equipped with air conditioning and a minibar, a flat-screen TV, coffee/tea making facilities, and wifi.

 

Sanctuary Nile Adventurer

 

Ship

Sanctuary Nile Adventurer
The Sanctuary Nile Adventurer is widely regarded as one of the best boutique ships on the epic Nile, and named as one of National Geographic’s ‘Journeys of a lifetime’. With just 32 cabins, the ship has been decorated in a modern, comfortable style and provided a taste of genuine 5-star luxury on a timeless river.

 

Nile Adventurer sun deck

 

The elegant Sanctuary Nile Adventurer has 28 Standard Cabins, two Junior Suites and two Presidential Suites. Decorated in a contemporary style, the ship’s design combines modern Egyptian culture with seven thousand years of heritage. Add gourmet cuisine as well as sightseeing experiences with the country’s most experienced Egyptologists, this is a taste of genuine 5-star luxury on a timeless river.

 

Sanctuary Nile Adventurer sun deck

 

The Sanctuary Nile Adventurer seamlessly blends contemporary Egyptian culture with authentic character, a blend of East and West. The extensive sun deck areas, with their elegant teak floors, include private cabanas around the pool area, the perfect spot for relaxing while taking in the scenery.

 

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Frequently Asked Questions

When should I schedule my flights?
Arrival: you should schedule your flights to arrive in the Cairo Airport (CAI) by March 22, 2023. The first scheduled activity will be an evening welcome reception around 5:30pm.

Departure: You should schedule your flight from the Cairo Airport (CAI) anytime after 10pm on March 29, or anytime on March 30, 2023. Hotel check-out time is at 11:00am on the 30th

Jordan Post-Trip Add-On
Your flight from Cairo to Amman is included as part of the Jordan add-on.
Departure: You should schedule your flight to depart from Amman, Jordan (AMM) April 4th, 2022 from 4pm or later.

 

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What arrival and departure transfers are included?
Arrival: transfers are provided from the Cairo Airport (CAI) to the Cairo Marriott Hotel & Omar Khayyam Casino

Departure: transfers are provided from the Intercontinental Citystars Hotel to the Cairo Airport (CAI).

Jordan Post-Trip Add-On
Departure: Transfers are provided from your host hotel to the Queen Alia International Airport (AMM) on April 4, 2023 from 4pm or later.

Contact our team to ensure arrangements outside of these arrival and departure transfers will be included. Booked guests should provide their arrival and departure details 45 days prior to the trip to ensure transfer availability.

 

What are the passport and visa requirements?
A passport, which is valid for six months after your last date of travel, is required for this trip.

Visa Requirements – citizens of almost every country require tourist visas to enter Egypt and Jordan. Visas are normally obtainable at the airport upon arrival but some nationalities may need a pre arrival visa. Please note that passport holders are responsible for obtaining the required documentation applicable for entry.

 

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What if I have dietary requirements?
We will make every effort to accommodate special dietary requests. Please inform our office at least 45 days prior to departure of these requests.

 

What are pre-paid gratuities?
Gratuities are customary expressions of appreciation for a job well done. It is our goal to ensure that the service you receive is as wonderful as the sites you visit. Gratuities for the included portions of this program have been pre-paid. At your own discretion you may choose to provide additional tips.

Is there a dress code?
You are on vacation as the last thing we want to impose is a dress code. However it is important to know that visitors Egypt and Jordan are advised to dress modestly in public areas. We will therefor appreciate you wearing more than a thong or mankini at dinner and in public. Be as dressed up or down as you see fit as long as you are comfortable and dress appropriately for changeable weather.

 

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Guests: 64 • Decks: 4 • Guest Cabins: 32

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Enchanting Egypt All-Gay Nile River Cruise & Tour 2023 Rates
Category Description
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Presidential Suite Nile Adventurer Presidential Suite Located on the Promenade Deck (cabins 405 & 406) (42.4m²) The two Presidential Suites, with their own private balconies are luxuriously appointed with state of the art technology and opulent furnishings. The traditional tones, and cutting edge design, create an eye catching contrast. The suites also feature exquisite amenities, mini bar, hair dryer, satellite television and LCD screens. $ 8,599
$ 9,099
Junior Suite Nile Adventurer Junior Suite Located on the Main Deck (cabins 209 & 210) (21.3m²) These cabins are larger than the standard, and feature many of the advantages of the suites. They also feature circular windows that provide fabulous views whilst sailing down the Nile. The Junior Suite are fully air-conditioned with individual control, mini bar, hair dryer, satellite television and LCD screens. $ 7,599
$ 8,099
Standard Promenade Cabin Nile Adventurer Standard Cabin Located on the Promenade Deck (cabins 401 - 404) (14.2 - 16.5m²) All standard cabins are fully air conditioned with individual control and have Nile view plus private bathroom with bathtub, shower, hairdryer, mini bar and LCD screens with satellite television. $ 6,899
$ 7,399
Standard Bridge Cabin Nile Adventurer Standard Cabin Located on the Bridge Deck (cabins 301 - 310) (14.2 - 16.5m²) All standard cabins are fully air conditioned with individual control and have Nile view plus private bathroom with bathtub, shower, hairdryer, mini bar and LCD screens with satellite television. $ 6,699
$ 7,199
Standard Main Cabin Nile Adventurer Standard Cabin Located on the Main Deck (cabins 201 - 208) (14.2 - 16.5m²) All standard cabins are fully air conditioned with individual control and have Nile view plus private bathroom with bathtub, shower, hairdryer, mini bar and LCD screens with satellite television. $ 6,399
$ 6,899
Standard Nile Cabin Nile Adventurer Standard Cabin Located on the Nile Deck (cabins 106 - 109) (14.2 - 16.5m²) All standard cabins are fully air conditioned with individual control and have Nile view plus private bathroom with bathtub, shower, hairdryer, mini bar and LCD screens with satellite television. $ 6,199
$ 6,699
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The fares above are per person USD, based on double occupancy.

Port Charges of $105 per person are additional.

Pre-paid Gratuities of $265 per person are additional.

Initial deposit is $1,000 person, with final payment due November 22, 2022.

Single Travelers Single supplement of $2500 applies to single occupancy bookings in all Standard cabin categories.
In Presidential & Junior Suites, 100% single supplement applies.

Traveling alone? Ask about our single roommate share program to help you avoid the single supplement charges.

Combine Egypt trip with our 6-day Jordan & Petra add-on tour for a 14-day vacation!

Early booking rate available until May 31, 2022.

 

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