AmaWaterways has announced a new river ship, AmaDahlia, that will sail in Egypt on the Nile River, beginning in September 2021.
Fast-growing AmaWaterways' 25th river cruise vessel will offer an 11-night cruise and land adventure that includes a seven-night round-trip river cruise from Luxor. That river portion is paired with a three-night stay before your cruise and a one-night post-cruise luxury experience in Cairo at Four Seasons, Cairo at The First Residence.
This immersive "Secrets of Egypt and the Nile" itinerary gives you the chance to experience the ancient wonders of Egypt in a hassle-free and comfortable way. The ship serves as your wonderful home base as you sail along the iconic Nile River, and your tours are led by expert guides who will help you discover the incredible history and culture that comes to life when explore the mesmerizing sites around Egypt.
"We are excited to be coming back to the legendary Nile and introducing a new river cruise experience in Egypt," said Rudi Schreiner, president and co-founder of AmaWaterways. "Everything about this new ship and curated itinerary reflects AmaWaterways' focus on delivering luxurious accommodations, delectable cuisine and enriching experiences designed to engage with local communities and historic sites."
Top attractions include the Great Hypostyle Hall at the Karnak Temple, the Temple of Luxor and the fascinating Valley of the Kings and Queens. You also will get exclusive private access to the Tomb of Queen Nefertari and a Nubian village.
In Cairo, you'll have access to all the historic and cultural gems of this great capital city and region. Come face-to-face with Egyptian treasures like the 4,000-year-old Great Sphinx and Pyramids of Giza, the Egyptian Museum (featuring the exquisite collections of King Tut) and a private tour of the principal workplace of the president of Egypt, the Abdeen Presidential Palace, considered one of the most luxurious palaces in the world.
"Egypt is rich with culture and history, and deserves its ranking as one of the most fascinating destinations in the world," said Kristin Karst, executive vice president and co-founder of AmaWaterways. "We continuously search for new ways to expand our offerings, bringing new experiences to our loyal repeat guests as well as attracting new luxury travelers in search of adventure and exploration."
AmaDahlia is a smaller ship, and it will carry up to 68 passengers. So, you get an intimate experience cruising with your fellow travelers. The ship will feature 34 luxurious staterooms, 24 of which are spacious balcony suites measuring up to 430 square feet. Onboard amenities include a sun deck bar and swimming pool, fitness room, hair and nail salon, two massage rooms and two restaurants, The Main Restaurant and The Chef's Table (offering a seven-course tasting menu).
Expect nightly entertainment that reflects the heritage of Egypt. These include belly dancing, a Galabeya (a traditional Egyptian gown) party and a Darawish (whirling dervish) show.
The river cruise, sailing round trip from Luxor, and Cairo program -- with intra-Egypt flights between Cairo and Luxor -- will operate seasonally from September through to May each year. To complement this immersive 11-night cruise and land adventure, these cruise deals will be offered with optional extensions. You can book one of the pre-cruise programs: three nights in Dubai or four nights in Jordan (Amman and Petra). AmaWaterways also has a post-cruise package: four nights in Israel (Jerusalem).
Have you been to Egypt? This new AmaWaterways' river ship and program sounds like the ideal way to see all the top sites in comfort and style.
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