Day 1: Arrive Cairo. Arrive at Cairo International Airport under your own arrangements (We recommend the flights offered by bmi and British Airways from London Heathrow). You will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel. Accommodation: Stay for 3 nights at the Mena House Oberoi (Pyramid View Room, Garden Wing)/Four Seasons Hotel Cairo At Nile Plaza (Standard Room).
Day 2: Giza, Sphinx, Saqqara, Dashur. This morning your private Egyptologist will meet you for a full day tour of the mighty pyramid complexes outside Cairo. The Stepped Pyramid of Djoser at Saqqara will be your first stop. Comprised of 6 massive steps, it once rose to a height of 62 metres. Nearby, at Dashur are the distinctive ‘Bent’ pyramid, and the ‘Red’ pyramid. The latter structure is believed to have been the first successful attempt at constructing a ‘true’ smooth-sided pyramid. In the afternoon tour the pyramid complex at Giza. Visit the Museum of the Solar Boat; and see the enigmatic Sphinx - said to portray the image of the 4th dynasty Pharaoh Kafre.
Day 3: Cairo. After breakfast visit the Egyptian Museum with its incredible collection of antiquities which include the golden treasure of Tutankhamen, and the elaborately wrapped mummified Pharaohs in the Royal Mummy Room. This afternoon enjoy a heritage walking tour through the bustling colourful lanes and alleyways of medieval Cairo: a real immersion into the Middle Eastern experience. Next, visit the beautiful mosque of Ibn Tulun Mosque and the little known Gayer-Anderson Museum – a beautiful house dating from the 18th century.
Day 4: Fly to Luxor, Sunset Felucca Sailing. Today, fly to Luxor with Egypt Air. On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel located on the banks of the River Nile. Late this afternoon sail on the Nile in a private felucca – a supremely relaxing experience and the perfect way to end the day. Accommodation: Stay for 1 night at the Hilton Luxor Resort & Spa (Standard Room) / Hilton Luxor Resort & Spa (Deluxe Room).
Day 5: Board Nile Cruise. Transfer to your Nile cruise ship this morning and enjoy lunch onboard. In the afternoon there will be an excursion to the stunning temples of Karnak and Luxor. A belly dance show will be given prior to dinner. Overnight: Luxor. Note: Sightseeing from the cruise is on a shared basis and is accompanied by the ship’s resident Egyptologist. Boarding and disembarking the cruise requires negotiating small gangways, making the cruise potentially unsuitable for passengers who require assistance or have difficulties with mobility. Accommodation: Stay for 4 nights at the Movenpick Royal Lily (Deluxe Cabin)/Sonesta Star Goddess Nile Cruise (Beethoven Suite).
Day 6: Luxor, Sail to Edfu/Esna. Following breakfast, continue your Luxor sightseeing with a visit to the beautifully painted tombs in the Valleys of the Kings and Queens, the rock-cut temple of Queen Hatshepsut, and the Colossi of Memnon. Lunch will be served on-board as you cruise slowly south to Edfu (Royal Lily)/Esna (Star Goddess). A welcome cocktail reception will be held prior to dinner.
Day 7: Edfu, Sail to Kom Ombo/Aswan. This morning your Egyptologist will guide you around the temple of the falcon headed god Horus at Edfu, one of the most complete buildings surviving from the age of the Pharaohs. Following your tour, sail on to Kom Ombo to see the temples dedicated to Horus the Elder and the crocodile god Sobek. A traditional Egyptian night and galabeya party will be held aboard this evening. Overnight: Aswan (Royal Lily)/Kom Ombo (Star Goddess).
Day 8: Aswan. Aswan is one of most beautiful spots in Egypt. Here the sands of the Sahara tumble directly into the Nile from high dunes, and the sleek hulls of sailing boats ply the tranquil waters between emerald islands and pink granite boulders. This morning visit the Aswan High Dam, the Quarries of the Pharaohs and the beautiful Temple of Isis on Philae Island. In the afternoon sail on the Nile in a traditional felucca. Lively Nubian entertainment will precede dinner this evening. Overnight: Aswan.
Day 9: Disembark Cruise, Aswan. Disembark from your Nile cruise for the last time this morning and check in at the luxurious Old Cataract Hotel – a grand palatial property designed in the Moorish style and dating back to 1898. The afternoon will be at leisure to relax, enjoy the wonderful view and facilities, and perhaps have tea on the Old Cataract’s famous terrace. Accommodation: Stay for 1 night at the Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Hotel (Premium Garden View Room, Palace Wing)/Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Hotel (Cataract Nile Facing Suite, Palace Wing).
Day 10: Abu Simbel, Fly to Cairo. This morning fly to Abu Simbel with Egypt Air for a guided visit of the enormous rock-cut temples built by Pharaoh Ramses II over 30 centuries ago. For many Abu Simbel is second only to the Great Pyramid in its impressiveness. Following your visit fly with Egypt Air to Cairo. On arrival transfer to your hotel. Accommodation: Stay for 1 night at the Mena House Oberoi (Pyramid View Room, Garden Wing)/Four Seasons Hotel Cairo At Nile Plaza (Standard Room).
Day 11: Farewell to Egypt. Transfer to Cairo International Airport and check-in for your onward flight.
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