Follow the course of the Nile River into the very heart of ancient civilizations on a 14-day exploration of Egypt’s rich heritage, including privately chartered on-tour flights between Cairo and southern Egypt and seven nights aboard the deluxe 5-start Nile Adventurer. As you enjoy the elegance and modern amenities of the Nile Adventurer,cruise to the sites of millennia-old pyramids, monuments, and tombs, including exquisite reliefs and stylized paintings and carvings. Learn about the unparalleled architectural and engineering skills of master pyramid builders and enjoy unique behind-the-scenes access to archaeological sites. Among the many highlights of this itinerary are the Great Pyramids and special private access to the paws of the Sphinx of Giza; thenewly opened Grand Egyptian Museum;the Valley of the Kings, with specially arranged access to one of the most beautiful: Queen Nefertari’s Tomb; the fabulous Temple of Karnak complex; the double temple dedicated to the gods Sobek and Horus at Kom Ombo; and the colossal statues of Ramesses II and his favorite queen at Abu Simbel. The Nile River, upon whose waters we travel between Aswan and Luxor, is the heart of Egyptian civilization; most of the cultural and historical sites of ancient Egypt are found along its banks. Ashore, enjoy dinner at a private Cairo residence and learn about contemporary issues that are most pressing for Egyptians.