Cruise ships docked at Kom Ombo on the Nile.

(2 p.m. EST) -- Lindblad Expeditions is returning to Egypt after a seven-year absence, with two cruise tours in 2018 and two in 2019. The 13-day itinerary, Passage Through Egypt, combines several nights at the Nile Ritz-Carlton and historic Mena House with a six-night Nile cruise onboard the 42-passenger Oberoi Philae.

Lindblad last had passengers in Egypt in January of 2011, when the country's uprising began.

"I am so pleased to announce the resumption of our [Egypt] program in 2018," Sven Lindblad, CEO of Lindblad Expeditions said in a written announcement of company's return to the region. "I first traveled to Egypt with my father in 1961, when he was researching his first expedition there. The journey was epic, and the experience was indelible. Things are very much on the upswing, and there is a pervasive optimism there about the future. And the resplendent antiquities remain."

The journey includes internal travel via private charter flights, a team of Egyptologist guides, an accompanying Lindblad Certified Photo Instructor, and sightseeing within Cairo, to Luxor and the Valley of the Kings, and to sites along the Nile including Abu Simbel and Giza.

Departures are October 28 and November 25, 2018; and January 20 and March 17, 2019. Rates begin at $8,480 per person.

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--By Dori Saltzman, Senior Editor