Adventures by Disney, The Walt Disney Co.’s family tour program, has introduced an Egypt itinerary in 2011 that includes cruising the Nile River.
In 2011, Adventures by Disney, which offers family vacations around the world, will be adding an eight-day “Egypt: Pyramids, Pharaohs & Ancient Treasures” vacation, which begins with three days in Cairo followed by a three-day cruise on the Nile River aboard the ship Tulip. An additional night in Cairo finishes the trip.
A second 10-day itinerary adds two days in Sharm el Sheikh, a resort destination at the tip of the Sinai Peninsula at the Red Sea.
While the itineraries include traditional sites such as the Pyramids, and important temples such as Luxor, Edfu and Karnak, they also include kid-friendly activities such as a ride on a horse and carriage through Luxor, an Egyptian cooking class and a Disney movie night onboard.
The Tulip is a 77-passenger Nile river ship owned by the Cairo, Egypt-based Wings Group. It was built in 1999 and renovated in 2009. It has five decks, on which there are 56 cabins, including 16 suites. There are four suite categories, including two royal panoramic suites, eight jacuzzi suites, four junior suites, and two executive suites.
Billed as a five-star vessel, the Tulip also has a rooftop pool (pictured), sundeck, pool cafe and bar, a lounge, restaurant, health club, spa, games lounge and gift shop.
There is internet service as well as laundry and dry cleaning services on board.
There are four scheduled departures for the eight-day itinerary in 2011 between April 19 and Dec. 27. An additional departure is scheduled for April 2012. There are five scheduled departures for the 10-day Egypt itinerary between April 26 and Dec. 20. Two additional departures are scheduled in 2012, one in March and one in April.
Prices range from $3,999 to $5,249 for adults (based on double occupancy) for the eight-day itinerary; and from $4,999 to $6,289 for adults (based on double occupancy) for the 10-day trip.