By Ilona Kauremszky

Q: My friend and I are planning a vacation to Egypt. We're interested in cruising the Nile River and visiting the ancient wonders. Can you recommend tour operators or travel agents specializing in these types of vacations? Any suggestions are appreciated.

A: Mesmerized by the mysteries of ancient cities that seemingly litter the aquatic floors around Alexandria and its environs, an archeological buff recently started The Alexandra Dive Co., offering three, four or seven-day packages.

The three-day excursion includes a total of four dives on the ancient city of Cleopatra as well as lunches, tours, hotel and airport pick-up. For more details, visit It's a fascinating way to explore Egyptian history.

Several tour operators specialize or provide package trips to Egypt. Check the Egypt Tourist Authority's web site at

for a list of tour operators which includes Butterfield & Robinson. This tour company offers a variety of biking and walking tours. Request a free brochure from Butterfield & Robinson by dialing toll-free 1-800-678-1147.

Also, Contiki Holidays offers an Egypt and the Nile Tour, a nine-day excursion with stops to Cairo where visitors take in views of the Citadel, Alabaster Mosque, Sultan Hasan Mosque, and the Egyptian Museum.

You'll know you are in Sakkara once you see the Step Pyramid, the oldest in the world. Then there is Giza with visits to the Pyramids and the Sphinx. You also have a chance to visit the Valley of the Kings and the Temple of Karnak located in Luxor.

The tour includes all accommodation, meals, and full guided tours as well as cruise. Price is $1565 excluding air fare. For more details, visit or call 1.800.contiki.


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