Eternal Nile

    Day 1

    Day 1 - Saturday, November 27, 2004 - Flight Amman, Jordan to Cairo, Egypt - Return to Cairo

    We arrived at the airport in Amman just at 5:35 and Samir, our Jordan Trip Director said goodbye and we were passed on the OAT representative who helped us through with all...

    Day 2

    DAY 2 - Sunday, November 28, 2004 - Visit Egyptian Museum

    Our alarm went off at 6:45 and we had breakfast in the dining room meeting the other half of the OAT group who had come in from JFK yesterday afternoon. We also picked up a new member to our...

    Day 3

    DAY 3 - Monday, November 29, 2004 - Karnak Temple, Falucca Ride & Luxor Temple

    We set the alarm for 3:45 and hotel wake-up came just after 4 AM. We had plenty of time to get a light breakfast and then board the bus at 5:20. It took the porters...

    Day 4

    DAY 4 - Tuesday, November 30, 2004 - Discover West Bank of the Nile & Valley of the Kings/Queens - Thebes

    Our A/C never worked, or did the water drain from our tub, so at 8:30 PM they moved us to another room. The bellboy brought us a fan so...

    Day 5

    DAY 5 - Wednesday, December 1, 2004 - Optional Balloon Ride, Luxor Temple & Museum, Local Market, School, & Embark on Nile Cruise

    We were up at 4 AM again, the third day in a row. We met our guide and walked across the street to the Nile River where...

    Day 6

    DAY 6 - Thursday, December 2, 2004 - Cruise to Edfu, Visit Temple of Horus at Edfu & Sail to Kom Ombo

    We woke at 7 AM and Gennie was really sick. She believes she has the flu. She stayed in our room for the whole day and by the...

    Day 7

    DAY 7 - Friday, December 3, 2004 - Visit Kom Ombo, Sail to Kirchner Island

    At 7 AM I was up and Gennie told me she felt better and would take a shower and dress up a bit. She still is eating little but Kiwi Fruit but the flu is...

    Day 8

    DAY 8 - Saturday, December 4, 2004 - Visit Aswan Dams, Temple of Philae, Visit Nubian Museum, Check In, Light & Sound Show at Philae

    We were up, showered and out for breakfast at 7:45. Gennie was feeling much better but still very weak. She was a trooper all day,...

    Day 9

    DAY 9 - Sunday, December 5, 2004 - Flight to Abu Simbel Tour & Visit Temples of Ramses II & Nefertari, Flight Back to Aswan, Lunch a Nubian Restaurant, Papyrus Factory, Spice Market

    Our wake-up call was at 3:15 - the middle of the night - but it did not...

    Day 10

    DAY 10 - Monday, December 6, 2004 - Camel Ride to St. Simeon Monastery, Camel Ride to Nubian Village, Lunch at Nubian Restaurant

    What a treat - no wake up call today! We woke up at 7:00 and had a leisurely breakfast. We met our group at the lobby at...

    Day 11

    DAY 11 - Tuesday, December 7, 2004 - Flight from Aswan to Cairo, Free Day in Cairo, Home-Hosted Dinner

    Our alarm went off at 5 AM and our wake-up call came at 5:15. Early morning for us to catch an Egypt Air flight to Cairo for the last three days...

    Day 12

    DAY 12 - Wednesday, December 8, 2004 - Explore Saqqara: Necropolis of King Zoser & Visit Pyramids of Giza & The Sphinx

    We got up at 6:30 and joined our group at 7:45 for this morning's adventure. It is warm, very humid, and overcast along with the usual city smog...

    Day 13

    DAY 13 - Thursday, December 9, 2004 - Visit Citadel of Salah ad-Din, Churches, & Explore Khan el-Khalil Bazaar

    We were up at 6 AM and this gave us a little more time to get ready and have our buffet breakfast. We returned to our room to get our back-packs...

    Day 14

    DAY 14 - Friday, December 10, 2004 - Return to the U.S.

    We were up at 4 AM and all packed for our trip back to the US by 5:00. We walked over to have breakfast being served in the Garden Room.

    A little before 6 AM we walked over...

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Day 2: Goat Cave Karst Nature Preserve


The Preserve was set aside to buffer some of the ecologically sensitive karsts in the area from encroaching neighborhoods. Karsts are caves that feed directly into the Edwards Aquifer below ground.

Because the three caves can be dangerous to hikers and nonprofessional spelunkers, they are...

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