This is a perfect small group and family friendly itinerary to discover Egypt with unforgettable sightseeing in Cairo, a visit to the historic Carter’s house in Luxor, followed by an idyllic four night Nile cruise – allowing you to savour the atmosphere of Luxor, its majestic temples and experience the unique relaxing ambience of Aswan.
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- Be met prior to immigration by your local representative who will assist you with fast-tracked visa and customs clearance.
- Wake up in the shadow of the Pyramids of Giza – the only remaining example of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World
- Ride in a horse drawn carriage to the preserved Temple of Horus in Edfu
- Learn the ancient Egyptian rites and secrets of immortality at the Mummification Museum
Day 1: Cairo
On arrival in Cairo, you will be met by a friendly local representative and driven in a private vehicle to your Pyramids area hotel. Remainder of the day at leisure to rest & admire the spectacular Pyramids from your room.
Day 2: Cairo
Awake in the shadows of the Pyramids. Today explore the impressive site of Giza; constructed in approximately 2690 BC, the Pyramids of Mycerinus, Chefren & the Great Pyramid of Cheops, are the only survivors of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Face the mystical Sphinx, reputedly used as target practice by Napoleon’s troops. Continue to the ancient capital of Memphis and visit the Step Pyramids of Sakkara – the oldest surviving Egyptian pyramid. This evening attend the inspiring Sound & Light Show at the Pyramids. (B)
Day 3: Cairo – Luxor
This morning fly to Luxor where you continue to retrace history & uncover a world of ancient gods and legends. Visit the Temple of Medinat Habu which is the Mortuary Temple of Ramses III. Continue to the house of famed archaeologist Howard Carter. Neglected for a long time, the house has been restored to its former state by the famous Egyptologist & Archaeologist (and regular on The History Channel) Dr Zahi Hawass. It is a fascinating insight into the life of the man who discovered the tomb of Tutankhamun after years of searching the Valley of the Kings. This afternoon, return to the East Bank and visit the Mummification Museum. The ancient Egyptians believed that in order for a person to reach the afterlife, it was essential that both their body and their name remained, so their Soul would be transported from one life to the next. In order to achieve this, the mummification rituals were developed to preserve the body. The museum contains several human and animal mummies as well as the tools and the canopic jars needed for the ritual. Evening at leisure or to explore the markets of Luxor. (B)
Day 4: Luxor
Leisurely morning before embarking on your Nile cruise. This afternoon, visit the magnificent Luxor Temple, built in the 14th century BC by two kings – Amenophis III and Ramses II. Follow the Avenue of the Sphinx to the Karnak Temple complex and gaze in awe at this imposing monument housing precious relics of Ancient Egyptian dynasties. (B,L,D)
Day 5: Luxor – Esna
Today cross to the West Bank and visit Thebes Necropolis and the burial ground of the Pharaohs – the Valley of the Kings – where Howard Carter discovered the tomb of Tutankhamun in 1922. Proceed to the nearby Valley of the Queens, the mortuary temple of Hatchepsut and the Colossi of Memnon facing the Nile. Explore the myriad of tombs and temples before cruising via Esna lock to Edfu. (B,L,D)
Day 6: Esna – Edfu – Kom Ombo – Aswan
Savour a delicious breakfast aboard your vessel as you cruise on to the Temple of Horus, one of the best preserved temples of the Greco- Roman era. Continue cruising to Kom Ombo and visit the Temple shared by two Gods – Sobek & Horus. The temple is perfectly symmetrical, ensuring neither god was offended. The collection of crocodile mummies held here is fascinating. Later sail to Aswan and dine aboard. (B,L,D)
Day 7: Aswan
Take your local boat across to the Philae Temple, dedicated to the goddess Isis and rescued from the rising waters of Lake Nasser at the time of the High Dam’s construction. Later visit the High Dam, the Old Dam and the ‘unfinished Obelisk’, lying in the ancient granite quarries of Aswan. (B,L,D)
Day 8: Aswan
Disembark this morning and let the natural beauty of Aswan capture your imagination. Sail in a felucca around the lush islands of Aswan and view the Agha Khan Mausoleum. The afternoon is at leisure to explore Aswan’s markets and sip a drink on the banks of the Nile. (B)
Optional morning tour to Abu Simbel.
Day 9: Aswan – Cairo
This morning fly to Cairo, a modern cosmopolitan capital with a rich heritage of cultural influences & echoes of ancient civilisations. Visit Old Cairo’s Coptic Churches, including the Hanging Church. Continue to the Roman Fortress, the unique Ben Ezra Synagogue, Mohammed Ali Mosque and the Citadel dominating Cairo’s skyline. Later, visit the famous Egyptian Museum, and marvel at millennia-old treasures it contains. This evening join the hustle and bustle of Khan El Khalili Bazaar before reflecting on your travels with your companions at your farewell dinner and drinks. (B)
Day 10: Cairo
One last plunge through Egypt as you are driven in a private vehicle to Cairo airport for your onward flight. (B)
Air-conditioned transfers and transportation • Accommodation in Deluxe class hotels • 4 night Nile cruise on a Deluxe ship •Domestic flights • Daily breakfasts • All meals on the cruise (4 lunches & 4 dinners) • Professional local English-speaking guides • Activities & entrance fees as per the itinerary
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