Egypt Highlights and Cruise Touroffered by supplier M21644 (read about supplier)
Tour Duration: 8 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 12 people
Specialty Categories: Archeology/History Boating and Sailing
Season: January - December
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 1600 US Dollar (USD)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1850 US Dollar (USD)
Day 1: Cairo.
Arrive at Cairo International Airport and be transferred to your hotel. This is simply an arrival day, so you may arrive in Cairo at any time. Note that hotel rooms are generally only available after midday. The remainder of the day is free to explore the city, but an important welcome meeting will be held at 6pm this evening. Please check the hotel reception for details. Cairo is one of the great cities of antiquity and its history can perhaps be symbolized by two imposing landmarks – the Pyramids of Giza and the Mosque of Mohammed Ali. In free time perhaps get out and explore the busy streets of this city of contrasts, where you can see donkey carts and expensive cars, medieval slums and modern shopping malls.
Day 2: Cairo – (B,L).
This morning after breakfast drive out to Giza, home to perhaps the greatest iconic structures ever created by man – the Pyramids and the Sphinx. Instantly familiar yet retaining a mystique and power, getting up close to these incredible pharaonic tombs is captivating. For an additional charge you may be able to go inside the Great Pyramid of Khufu (or Cheops), although occasionally it may be closed to visitors (payable locally). The Egyptian Museum is simply one of the world’s great museums, home to a stupendous collection of antiquities and the perfect introduction to your tour, exhibiting many of the region’s treasures. You will head there after lunch and your expert guide will take you through Egypt’s rich and fascinating dynastic history. You will then have some free time to explore on your own.Afterwards you will return to your hotel before for overnight.
Day 3: Cairo - Luxor – Embark on Nile Cruise (B,L,D).
After an early breakfast at Hotel, you will be transferred to Cairo international airport to fly to Luxor. It’s a vibrant place with an excellent bazaar, situated close to some of ancient Egypt’s most important and extraordinary sights. Travel to Karnak, one of the world’s most celebrated temple complexes, built over a period of some 200 years, and some of it dating back to 2,055 BC. Your guided tour of the temple reveals its finest sections. Later you will be transferred to your Nile cruise boat, which will be your home for the next four nights. You can relax by the pool on the boat or explore the town. For the rest of the afternoon and evening you will be free to relax, shop in the bazaar (open until quite late) or perhaps experience the atmosphere of a local tea house.
Day 4: Valley of the Kings, Edfu (B,L,D).
Rise early this morning and head into the Valley of the Kings. Buried under the arid hills here are over 60 tombs of pharaohs, many richly decorated with reliefs and paintings. Explore this sprawling and spectacular place where discoveries are still being made. Tutankhamun’s final resting place is also located here, and you’ll have free time to visit it. Your guide will explain the funerary rites of the ancient Egyptians and significance of the many paintings and hieroglyphics. You will visit three royal tombs and then continue to the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, set in a spectacular natural amphitheatre. Your final stop is the Colossi of Memnon – giant statues that were once part of an impressive colonnade. Enjoy lunch upon your return to the boat. There is time to relax on deck or in your cabin before you set sail for Edfu. Generally the journey from Luxor to Edfu is from 1 pm to 11 pm. Departure time may vary, depending on river traffic – please refer to the note regarding cruise schedules in the ‘Other Information’ section. You will pass through Esna Lock, which can sometimes be a slow process depending on the number of vessels waiting to get through, and continue your journey upstream on board your deluxe ship.
Day 5: Edfu, Kom Ombo, Aswan (B,L,D).
Morning finds you moored near Edfu, a beautifully preserved temple dedicated to Horus. Continue travelling upriver, relaxing on the sundeck and taking in the surrounding sights – desert hills forming a backdrop to lush riverbanks, fishermen casting their nets and farmers working their land. This afternoon we will arrive at Kom Ombo temple (about 45km north of Aswan city) which sits picturesquely ruined on the river’s edge and provides an interesting insight into the Greco-Roman period. The temple was built approx. 181BC and is dedicated to 2 Gods; Horus the protection god and Sobek fertility god linked to the Nile Water. The temple consists of 2 identical northern sections the North and South each dedicated to either god. In the Sobek section recent discoveries have been made of mummified Crocodiles, which are now displayed in the Crocodile museum attached to the temple – don’t miss it! Board your boat again at around 6pm and continue to Aswan, arriving at around 9.30 pm.
Day 6: Aswan (B,L,D).
Your day will be free to wander and Aswan is a great place for it. The waterfront promenade, or Aswan’s ‘cornice’, runs alongside one of Nile’s most appealing stretches and is the perfect place to stop for a mint tea. Watch the waterfront come alive at dusk, as families are out strolling, socializing and relaxing along the cornice.
Day 7: Aswan - Cairo (B).
After breakfast you will be transferred to Aswan airport for the short flight back to Cairo (approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes) where you will be met and taken to your hotel. Today you will dive into another layer of Egyptian history: medieval Cairo. Head to Khan al-Khalili Bazaar, Cairo’s oldest mosque
The ‘Khan’, sprawling around an old area known as Al-Azhar, is a quintessentially Cairo experience – a warren of alleys with stalls serving up a succession of intoxicating scenes. It retains a distinctly medieval feel. You will explore the gold market, ‘perfume street’ and the spice market, where heady aromas hang in the air like a thick blanket of Damascene cloth (which can be purchased next door in the cloth market). The gorgeous 9th-century Ibn Tulun Mosque is one of the oldest and largest in Egypt, possibly its most beautiful too.
Day 8: Cairo – Home (B).
After breakfast, the day is at leisure. At the appropriate time, you will be transferred to the airport to board your homeward flight.
Supplemental Tour Information:
- 3 Nights at Mena House Hotel or Marriot Zamalek Hotel
- 4 Nights at Oberoi Phelea Nile cruise Or Soneesta San Gorge Nile Cruise.
- Hotels and Nile cruise accommodations.
- Air Fare (domestic).
- Entry fee to all sightseeing mentioned on above itinerary.
- Meet and Assist at Airports, Train stations, Hotels check in/out.
- All transfers and sightseeing by A/C Bus.
- English speaking Guide.
- Meals as mentioned on above itinerary.
- Medical kit and instruction file upon arrival.
- Visa entry fee to Egypt.
- Air fares (international).
- Tipping for hotel stuff. Nile cruise stuff, guides and porters.
- Entrance fees to the great pyramids, mummy hall at Egyptian museum, solar boat at pyramid area, the Tomb of king Tutankhamon at the Valley of the Kings.
- Any personal expenses.
- Anything that is not mentioned on above itinerary.
Tour Guide Credentials:
In Egypt the guide must have a license to practice the job,our guides are all having over 6 Years of Experience, they have a degree in Egyptology and history of Egypt.
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Airfare is not included in the tour price.
single supplement 640 USD$
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