Egypt: Splendors of Egypt
Our Itineraries are provided as a preview of what to expect on our tours. Please, note, that itineraries are subject to change.
Upon arrival to Cairo, you will be met by our representative in Egypt and transferred to your hotel for overnight.
After breakfast, your private Egyptologist tour guide and driver will pick you up and start your tour. Drive to Giza and visit the Pyramids. See the Great Pyramid, a royal burial chamber, and the Sphinx. Continue to Memphis, capital of the pharaohs during the Old Kingdom. Visit the recumbent statue of Ramses II and the 80-ton alabaster sphinx. And then a Camel ride in around Pyramids. Lunch en route; Continue to Sakkara to see the prototype of the Pyramids, the Step Pyramid, built for the 3rd Dynasty Pharaoh Djoser by the exalted architect Imhotep. Visit a Papyrus and Carpets Institute on your way back to the hotel.
After breakfast, transfer to Alexandria, start your tour to Alexandria with visit El Montazah gardens, where you will have the opportunity to see, from outside only, The Montazah palace; originally built in 1892, the palace dates from 1926 and was the summer home of the Egyptian Royal family. Then continue to the Catacomb (Kom El Shuqqafa), a remarkable example of the Alexandrian blend of Greco-Roman and Egyptian styles carved into 100ft of solid rock. Then visit the Fort and Citadel of Qait Bey. Built in the 15th century by sultan Ashraf Qait Bey, legend tells the fort was built with stones from the Pharos Lighthouse, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Next stop will visit the newly opened Library of Alexandria. Apart from the main library, the complex will include a library for the blind, a young people's library, the Alexandria Conference Center, a science museum, a planetarium, a Restoration, and Conservation Laboratory, and the Hall of Fame. Lunch at a local restaurant, then transfer to your hotel for overnight.
Breakfast at hotel. Visit El Alamein Museum & commonwealth tombs (90 minutes driving from Alexandria). Lunch en route. Afterward, return to your hotel.
In the morning, depart Cairo by air to Luxor (flight is not included, to be booked by agent) for embarkation on your Nile Cruise. In the afternoon, you will visit the great Luxor Temple and the magnificent Karnak Temple of Amun with its famous Hypostyle Hall and the 134 huge columns, the Statue of Ramses II, the Obelisk of Queen Hatshepsut and the Sacred Lake.
In the morning, your sightseeing in Luxor includes the West Bank (Thebes) where some of the richest treasures in the world exist, including the Tomb of Tut Ankh Amun (optional) and other royal tombs including Ramses VI in the Valley of the Kings. Visit Hatshepsut Funerary Temple at Dier El Bahari and the Colossi of Memnon. Visit Gold Institute on your way back to the cruise for lunch. In the afternoon, you will sail through the locks of Esna to Edfu and enjoy dinner on board.
In the morning, visit the Horus Temple of Edfu, one of the three beautiful temples of the Ptolemaic Period. Sail to Kom Ombo, where you will visit the Sobek Temple, dedicated to the two gods, which offers beautiful murals and reliefs. Sail to Aswan
Breakfast, free day at leisure. In the afternoon, you will sail on an Egyptian felucca around Elephantine Island and the Botanical Gardens on Kitchener Island and the Agha Khan Mausoleum. You will visit the Nubian village.
Begin your morning with breakfast. Disembark the ship to visit the High Dam, the Granite Quarries, and the Philae Temple. You will be transferred to Aswan airport for your flight to Cairo (flight is included, to be booked by agent). Upon arrival, you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel for overnight.
After breakfast, visit the Egyptian Museum which houses a magnificent collection of Pharaonic antiquities, especially the golden treasures of Tut Ankh Amun. Continue to visit the citadel of Salah El Din, and the Mohammed Ali Mosque situated high above the city, lunch en route. Continue to visit the Church of Abu Serga, Moallaqa Church (Hanging Church) and Ben Ezra Synagogue, the oldest Jewish synagogue in Egypt. Lunch en route. Visit a Perfume Institute on your way back to the hotel.
Breakfast, transfer to Cairo airport for finale departure.
• Domestic flight from Cairo to Luxor
• Domestic flight from Aswan to Cairo
• Entry Visa
• All drinks
• Tips (Driver, Representative & Guide)
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