Day 1: (Cairo). Welcome to Cairo, the city of the mysterious pyramids and pharaohs, tombs and temples and more than 6000 years of history. Arrival transfer from the airport to our hotel in Cairo. In the afternoon our tour leader will meet you to brief about the next days of your journey.
Day 2: (Cairo). Today we will first visit the Giza Plateau to explore the world famous pyramids of Cheops, Chepren and Mycrenos. In the afternoon we will head our way to Sakkara, the first capital of ancient Egypt, famous for its step pyramid built by King Zoser in 2700 B.C. In the evening we'll board the overnight train to Aswan.
Day 3: (Aswan, Nile Cruise). After breakfast we'll board our Nile cruise boat to sail on the Nile. We'll sail around the Elephantine and Kitchener Islands and cruise to Komombo, where we'll stay overnight in our cruise boat (all meals included).
Day 4: (Nile Cruise - Komombo, Edfu, Luxor). After breakfast our tour leader will take us to Komombo to visit the temple which was built during the Ptolemaic and Roman periods. The temple is dedicated to the crocodile god Sobek and the falcon god Haroeris. After lunch we'll cruise to Edfu to visit the largest and best preserved temple in Egypt: Edfu Temple. The temple is dedicated to the falcon god Horus and was built over a 180-year period from 237 BC to 57 BC. In the afternoon we will cruise to Luxor, where we'll stay overnight in our cruise boat (all meals included).
Day 5: (Nile Cruise, Luxor). Today we'll cruise to Luxor and visit the temples of Luxor and Karnak on the East Bank of Luxor. After exploring the Temple of Luxor, which is dedicated to the god Amun, we'll proceed to the Temple of Karnak, one of the most important religious centers in the ancient Egypt. In the evening we'll join a Galabia Party including a traditional dinner.
Day 6: (Nile Cruise, Luxor, Cairo). After breakfast we'll disembark our cruise boat at the West Bank of the Nile and start our discovery with the Valley of the Kings, "the city of the Dead", where magnificent tombs were carved into the desert rocks, decorated richly, and filled with treasures for the afterlife of the Pharaohs. Rising out of the desert plain in a series of terraces, the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut will be our next stop. Today we will also visit Colossi of Memnon before boarding our overnight train to Cairo.
Day 7: (Cairo). Our journey will continue with a visit to one of the most important museums in the world, the Egyptian Museum, which houses more than 100.000 relics of ancient Egypt. Today we'll also discover the Citadel of Saladin, Mosque of Mohamed Ali, the Hunging Church and the world famous Kahn El Khalili bazaar.
Day 8: (Cairo). Breakfast, Rest of the day free till departure transfer.
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