08 day/07 nights
Day 1: Arrival Cairo
Day 2: Giza Pyramids & Sphinx – Egyptian Museum – Sleeping train to Aswan. (B,L,D)
Day 3: Arrival Aswan – Aswan High Dam – Unfinished Obelisk – Philae Temple. (B)
Day 4: Abu Simbel Temples from Aswan by private van. (B)
Day 5: Transfer to Luxor from Aswan – Karnak & Luxor Temples. (B)
Day 6: Kings’Valley – Deir El Bahari – Colossi of Memnon – Sleeping train back to Cairo. (B,D)
Day 7: Arrival Cairo – Day at leisure – Free dinner cruise by night. (B,D)
Day 8: Departure day. (B)
Meet & assist at Cairo International Airport where you will meet your tour manager. Transfer from airport to hotel by our modern, comfortable & private air conditioned deluxe van. The tour manager will accompany you till your hotel & will assist you to check in. Overnight in Cairo.
Breakfast at hotel. Pick up by our representative & transfer to enjoy a tour to Giza Pyramids. Khufu's pyramid is the northernmost and largest of the three. In classical antiquity it was considered as one of the seven wonders of the world, and is the only one to have survived. Khephren's monument can be easily identified by the casing stones that still cling to its pointed top. The much smaller pyramid of Mycerinus had not been completed by the time of the king's death. Its intended granite revetment was only partially applied. The Great Sphinx is part of the funerary complex of Khephren. Its impressive leonine body with the royal head is sculpted in an outcrop of the native limestone. Part of the face, including the nose, has been deliberately damaged. The false beard has fallen off and is currently kept at the British Museum. Tour to the Valley Temple.
Lunch at good quality restaurant.
Wonderful tour to the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities near Tahrir Square in Cairo, which has the richest and most important collection of objects from Ancient Egypt in the world. The collection is constantly growing since the museum is the primary recipient of any finds made on the soil of Egypt. There you can contemplate the precious treasures of Tutankhamon, most famous king of the Ancient Egypt. The museum includes a Mummies room with extra cost. Transfer to sleeping train station in Giza to travel to Aswan. Overnight on board of the train with breakfast & dinner included.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Breakfast on board of the train. Meet & assist at Aswan train station. Transfer to hotel to leave luggage. Transfer to visit the High Dam of Aswan, Egypt's modern example of construction on a monumental scale. The controversial Aswan High Dam contains 18 times the amount of material used in the Great Pyramid of Khufu and created Lake Nasser, the world's largest artificial lake.
Tour to the Unfinished Obelisk which still lies in its granite bed in the quarry, left behind because of a severe flaw in the stone.
Enjoy a marvellous tour to the Temple of Isis on the island of Philae which was famous during the Greco-Roman period. There you can see, in front of the first pylon, two granite lions. On the walls of the temple of Philae were inscribed the latest hieroglyphic and demotic inscriptions. Back to hotel. Overnight in Aswan.
Breakfast at hotel. Transfer from Aswan to Abu Simbel. Enjoy a tour to the magnificent two rock temples of Abu Simbel, mighty monuments of the "Builder Pharaoh" Ramesses II & amazing by virtue of its imposing size and the uniqueness of its design. The main purpose of the temples was to glorify the king in his divine aspect, as well as his principal queen Nefertari. Transfer back to the hotrel in Aswan. Overnight in Aswan.
Breakfast at hotel. Transfer from Aswan to Luxor by modern & private air conditioned deluxe van. Arrival hotel to leave luggage. Then, transfer for an amazing tour to Luxor Temple, most important monument, and most sacred of sites. It was conceived as a remote southern annex to the temple of Karnak, at a distance of about 3 kilometres from it. Hence, it faces the Karnak Temple, and was connected to it by a long processional avenue, flanked by rows of sphinxes on either side. Many of those sphinxes have been unearthed and guard the entrance to the temple, but more still lie buried beneath the buildings of modern Luxor.
Enjoy a wonderful tour to Karnak Temple. Three temples of Ancient Egypt claimed supremacy over all the others: the Temple of Ptah at Memphis, the Temple of Re-Atum at Heliopolis and the Temple of Amon-Re at Karnak. However, only one has been spared the ravages of time to amaze the visitor even today, 4,000 years after its initial stage of building – the Temple of Karnak. The Temple of Amon-Re was the melting pot of religion and politics. Its monumental courts and halls witnessed the most critical events of Egyptian history. Back to hotel. Overnight in Luxor.
Breakfast at hotel. Magnificent visit to the Valley of the Kings, the most famous concentration of royal tombs in Ancient Egypt. Disappointed by the failure of the pyramids to protect their royal owners from robbery and desecration, the kings of the New Kingdom decided to adopt a more secure mode of burial. Instead of the pyramid, they opted for deep, rock-cut galleries and halls.
Enjoy a visit to Deir el-Bahari, Steep cliffs in the shape of a horseshoe form a natural background to two monumental buildings standing side by side, each belonging to a different period. The earlier one, on the left, was built by King Nebhepetre Mentuhotep (11th Dynasty), as a combined tomb and funerary monument. More than 500 years later, the female pharaoh Hatshepsut (18th Dynasty), whose tomb is situated in the Valley of the Kings, used the same site for the construction of her funerary temple.
Continue to the Colossi of Memnon. The first monument one encounters on a visit to the west bank of Luxor is the site of the funerary temple of Amenhotep III (18th Dynasty). The temple itself has all but completely disappeared, but the colossal twin statues of the king, which once stood proudly in front of the entrance to the temple, are still there to greet the visitor. Transfer to the sleeping train station to travel back to Cairo. Overnight on board of the train with dinner & breakfast included.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Breakfast on board of the train. Meet & assist at sleeping train station in Giza. Transfer to your hotel in Cairo by modern & private air conditioned deluxe van. Overnight in Cairo. Free amazing dinner cruise on the Nile for 2 hours navigation. Meals: Breakfast, "Dinner"
Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to Cairo international airport to fly back to home. End of our services.
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