08 Days 07 nights Cairo, Alexandria, Aswan and Luxor including 03 nights Ni...
Day 1: Cairo
Arrival will be at Cairo airport. Meet & assist by our representative through the formalities and customs. The day will be a full day tour to visit Sakkara, 28 Km southern to Giza, where you will see the Step Pyramid of Zoser, the first pyramid has been built in Egypt, then to Memphis, the first capital of Egypt where you will see the huge statue of King Ramses II lying on the ground losing his arm. Lunch will be at a local restaurant. Continue to Giza to visit the Great Pyramid of Cheops which was built by manual labor. It is the largest of the three main Pyramids and it is the only survivor of the Seven Great Wonders of the Ancient World, the Pyramid of Chephren, which is the best preserved, and the Pyramid of Mycerinus. Nearby see the Sphinx, a marvelous sight carved out of a natural rocky outcrop, the lion’s body stretching 45 m, with its paws 15 m long. Learn how paper was made in the ancient times with a visit to the Papyrus Institute followed by a short visit to a Perfumery workshop. Dinner and overnight will be at the hotel
Optional Tour: Sound & Light Show at Sphinx Plateau.
Day 2: Cairo - Alexandria - Cairo
Breakfast will be at the hotel. Drive for about 3 hours to Alexandria City, known as the Pearl of the Mediterranean Sea. The tour will begin by visiting Catacombs at Koum El Shoukkafa. The Catacombs consist of three tires hewn out of the rock at a depth of 100 feet. Then, there will be a short visit to the Pompey's Pillar, a huge granite pillar dating back to 297 A.D. Proceed to visit the Roman Amphitheater which was built during Ptolemaic times. This era was known as the Pan and Roman baths whereas villas and amphitheater were built. Today you can see this theater with its marble seating for 700-800 person. Gladiatorial games were once held here later chariot races. Lunch will be at a local restaurant. Continue to visit Al Mursi Abu Al Abbas Mosque, the most famous mosque in Alexandria passing bay Qaitbay Fort. And then, we will visit Alexandria Library, Nabi Daniel Mosque and Lukman Al Hakim Mosque. On the afternoon, you will have an overlooking for the most exquisite beach on the eastern tip of Alexandria, surrounded by and extremely large garden, unique in its harmonious combination of flowers with wood and trees. This is El Montaza Park, the summer iridescence of ex-royal family of the King Farouk, the last king of Egypt. The Palace gardens cover an area of some 150 acres of flowers, trees and palms. Drive back to hotel in Cairo. Dinner and overnight will be at the hotel.
Day 3: Cairo
Breakfast will be at the hotel. The day will be a full day tour to the world famous Egyptian Museum with its 100,000 objects covering 4,000 years of ancient Egyptian civilization including the treasures of Tutankhamun. Lunch will be at a local restaurant. Then we will visit the Citadel of Salah El Din, built between 1176 and 1182 A.D. The Citadel fortress provides a panoramic view of Cairo from the Moqattam hills. The Citadel complex includes the Alabaster Mosque of Mohammad Ali. Continue to Old Cairo to visit Hanging Church, Ben Ezra Synagogue and have a look at Amr Ibn El Aas Mosque, the first mosque has been built in Egypt. Continue to Khan El khalili Bazaars which date back to the fourteenth century. Back to the hotel. Dinner and overnight will be at the hotel.
Optional Tour: Gala dinner on a cruising restaurant down the Nile. The cruise sails for 02 hours including belly dancer show, folklore show, horse dancing show and based on open buffet dinner
Day 4: Cairo-Aswan (Nile cruise)
Breakfast will be at the hotel. Transfer to Cairo airport for departure to Aswan. Upon arrival Aswan airport, meet & assist and transfer to the Nile Cruise. Embarkation. Lunch will be on the cruise board. At leisure till afternoon then will sail the traditional Nile Felucca along the shores of Elephantine Island and Agha Khan Mausoleum (subject to weather conditions). Tea & Coffee will be served in the early evening. Dinner and overnight will be on the cruise board.
Optional Tour: Excursion to Abu Simbel Temples either by private coach or by domestic flight.
Day 5: Aswan-Kom Ombo-Edfu
Breakfast will be on the cruise board. Today we will visit Aswan High Dam which was built in 1960. It contains 18 times the material used in the Great Pyramid of Cheops . The Dam is 11,811 feet long, 3215 feet thick at the base and 363 feet tall. Today it provides irrigation and electricity for the whole of Egypt. Proceed to the Unfinished Obelisk, much of the red granite used for the ancient temples and colossi came from quarries in the Aswan area. Around these quarries are many inscriptions, many of which describing successful quarrying projects. The Unfinished Obelisk located in the Northern Quarry still lies where a crack was discovered as it was being hewn from the rock. It could have weight over 2.3 million pound and would have been the world largest piece of stone ever handled, but a crack occurred, which caused it to be abandoned. Then we will visit the beautiful Philae Temple, rising from the water of the Nile. Lunch will be on the cruise board while we sail to Kom Ombo. In Kom Ombo we’ll visit Kom Ombo Temple (the Ptolemaic Temple of Sobek & Haroeries), located in the town of Kom Ombo, about 28 miles north of Aswan. The temple dates back to Ptolemy's, built on a high dune overlooking the Nile. The actual temple was started by Ptolemy Vl Philometor in the early second century BC. Ptolemy Xlll built the outer and inner hypostyle halls. The outer enclosure wall and part of the court were built by Augustus sometime after 30 BC. There are also tombs from the Old Kingdom in the vicinity of Kom Ombo village. Return back to the cruise. Relax on the deck and watch primitive Village on the banks of the river glide. Tea & Coffee will be served in the early evening. While sailing to Edfu, we will enjoy a sumptuous oriental dinner and dance all night away to the Egyptian Galabeya Party. Overnight will be on the cruise board.
Day 6: Edfu-Luxor
Breakfast will be on the cruise board. This morning, we visit Edfu’s beautiful preserved Edfu Temple. The temple is also known as Horus Temple, the Falcon Edfu Temple (Horus Temple)God, built in (237 BC), during the reigns of six Ptolemy's. Edfu Temple is considered the best-preserved temple in Ancient Egypt and the second largest after Karnak Temple. Lunch will be on the cruise board. Sailing to Luxor through Esna lock. Tea & Coffee will be served in the early evening. Dinner and overnight will be on the cruise board.
Day 7: Luxor- Cairo
Breakfast will be on the cruise board befor disembarkation. The tour will be started by crossing to the West Bank of the Nile to visit the Valley of the Kings with its many tombs chiseled into the cliffside. From the 18th to the 20th Dynasty, the Memphis area and Pyramid-style tombs were abandoned in favor of the West Bank of the Nile in Thebes. Several great leaders as well as many less important rulers are buried here and more tombs are being discovered even today. The most famous is where Howard Carter discovered the treasures of Tutankhamun. (Tutankhamen) in 19922. Continue to Valley of the Queens to visit the funerary temple of Queen Hatshepsut at Deir El Bahari. The Design of the temple is set at the head of the valley overshadowed by the peak of the Thebes. Our last stop will be at the Colossi of Memnon, built by Amenhotep III (18th Dynasty) as a mortuary temple in Thebes, guarded by two gigantic statues of Amenhotep III. Nowadays, what remain is only 23 meter high and one thousand tone statues of Amenhotep III. Although the statues are partially damaged by nature and ancient tourists, but they are still impressive. Cross back the Nile to have the lunch on tie cruise board. And then, we will visit Karnak Temple, the largest temple built by man, represents the combine achievements of many generation of ancient builders. Continue the tour to visit Luxor Temple which was built by two Pharaoh, Amenhotep III and the King Ramses II Who built Abu Simbel Temples. Transfer to Luxor airport for departure to Cairo. Upon arrival Cairo airport, meet & assist and transfer to the hotel. Dinner and overnight will be at the hotel.
Day 8: Cairo- Your Destination
Breakfast will be at the hotel. Transfer to Cairo airport for the departure to your destination.
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