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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 11 - 12 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 20 people
Destination(s): Egypt  
Specialty Categories: Railway Trips   Archeology/History  
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 2600 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 3200 US Dollar (USD)

This fully guided tour is designed primarily for the first time visitor to Egypt, who has limited time or whose schedule does not permit participation in larger Egyptian tour. It is a 12 day, 11 night. This trip includes visits to the most important and famous pharaonic monuments in Egypt. There are also brief visits to the most important Islamic, Coptic and Jewish sites in Cairo. A high standard of quality is maintained throughout, including stays in four-star and five-star hotels.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: If Museum Tours arranges your air, your plane will depart from New York on Egypt Air at 6:30 pm. O/N - on board plane.

Day 2: Upon your arrival in Cairo you will be met at the airport and transferred to the Mena House Hotel, located near the Pyramids. (B) - in flight, (L, D) - on your own. O/N - Mena House.

Day 3: Spend all day at the Giza Plateau where you will visit the Pyramids of Khufu, Khafra, and Menkaura, the Sphinx and Valley Temple of Khafra and the Solar Boat Museum. You will also visit the tombs of the Nobles, Qar and Idu. (B) - Mena House, (L, D) - on your own, O/N - Mena House.

Day 4: The morning will be spent at the necropolis at Saqqara, including visits to the Step Pyramid of Djoser, the Pyramid of Pepi and the tomb of Mereruka. In the afternoon visit the ancient capital of Memphis with its beautiful colossus of Rameses II. This evening you will board your train for an overnight ride to Luxor. (B) - Mena House, (L) - Saqqara Palm Club, (D) - on your own, O/N - on board train.

Day 5: This morning, disembark from the train and transfer to the New Winter Palace Hotel. After dropping off your luggage you will visit the grand Temple of Karnak, the largest temple complex in the world. After lunch you will visit the Temple of Luxor. The rest of the day is free. (B) - on board train, (L, D) - On your own. O/N - New Winter Palace.

Day 6: A drive across the Nile will bring you to the Valley of the Kings where you will visit the Tomb of Tutankhamen and three other royal tombs. Then on to the Valley of the Queens and Deir el Bahri, where you will see the temple of the female pharaoh, Hatshepsut. On the way back to your hotel you will stop for a photo of the Colossi of Memnon, great statues that once stood before the temple of Amenhotep III. (B) - New Winter Palace, (L, D) - On your own, O/N - New Winter Palace.

Day 7: This morning you will cross the Nile once again to visit the workers' village at Deir el Medina and the Tomb of Sennedjem. Your morning visits include the Ramesseum (mortuary temple of Rameses II) and Medinet Habu (mortuary temple of Rameses III and the best preserved New Kingdom temple) (B) - New Winter Palace, (L, D) - on your own, O/N - New Winter Palace.

Day 8: Today you will board your van and drive to Aswan. along the way you will stop to visit the Temple of Horus at Edfu (the best preserved temple on the Nile) and the twin Temples of Horus and Sobek at Kom Ombo. Upon your arrival in Aswan you will transfer to the four-star Isis Hotel. (B) - New Winter Palace, (L) - box lunch enroute, (D) - on your own, O/N - Isis hotel.

Day 9: Today you will visit the Temple of Isis at Philae (considered by many to be the most beautiful in Egypt) and the ancient granite quarry with the unfinished obelisk of Hatshepsut. After lunch a relaxing Felucca ride on the Nile will complete your day. (B) - Isis hotel, (L, D) - on your own, O/N - Isis hotel.

Day 10: Today you have a choice. You can opt for a free day in Aswan or join us for an optional side trip to visit the great rock cut temples of Rameses II at Abu Simbel. In the afternoon you will begin your overnight train ride to Cairo. (B) - Isis hotel, (L, D) - on your own. O/N - on board train.

Day 11: Upon your arrival in Cairo you will transfer to the Sheraton Royal Garden Hotel. After dropping off your bags you will visit Old Cairo with its Christian and Jewish past, the Citadel of Saladin and the Alabaster Mosque of Mohamed Ali. The entire afternoon will be spent in the Egyptian Museum where you will see the Treasurers of Tutankhamen, the Royal Mummy room and much, much more. In the evening stroll through the world famous Khan el Khalili Bazaar. (B) - on board train, (L, D) - on your own, O/N - Sheraton Royal Garden.

Day 12: This morning you will be taken to the Cairo airport for your flight home. (B) - Sheraton Royal Garden.

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Notes:
- $350 for optional day trip to Abu Simbel.
- $700 per person Holiday surcharge (Dec 15 - Jan 6 and Spring break).
- $325 surcharge imposed by Egypt Air for flights in June and July.

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