Upper Egypt & The Eternal Nile

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A perfect small group & family friendly itinerary to discover Egypt with unforgettable sightseeing in Cairo followed by an idyllic four night Nile cruise from which to savour the atmosphere of Luxor with its majestic temples and experience the unique relaxing ambiance of Aswan.

Day 1
Arrival transfer to your Pyramids area hotel where you will benefit from this spectacular pyramids view hotel location.

Day 2
After breakfast in the shadow of the Pyramids, take a tour of the Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx before continuing to explore the ancient capital of Memphis and the Step Pyramids of Sakkara. This evening attend the Sound and Light Show at the Pyramids (B)

Day 3
Cairo – Luxor
Fly to Luxor & transfer to your hotel. Free time in the afternoon to relax or explore the markets. (B)

Day 4
Luxor – Cruise embarkation
Today embark on your Nile Cruise. After lunch on board, visit the magnificent Luxor Temple, built in the 14th C. 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
This morning, cross to the West Bank. 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
This morning visit 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 & Haroeris before sailing to Aswan. (B,L,D)

Day 7
This morning visit the Philae Temple, dedicated to the goddess Isis, 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 – cruise disembarkation
After breakfast on board, disembark. Sail in a felucca around the lush islands of Aswan and view the Agha Khan Mausoleum. Transfer to your hotel. The afternoon is at leisure to explore Aswan’s markets and sip a drink on the banks of the Nile. (B)

Day 9
Aswan – Cairo
This morning transfer to the airport and fly to Cairo. Visit Old Cairo’s Coptic Churches (including the Hanging Church) and 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 to see the
golden treasures of Tutankhamun, including his jewel-encrusted sarcophagus. Then join the hustle and bustle of Khan El Khalili Bazaar. (B)

Day 10 Cairo
Departure transfer to the airport. (B)

•Accommodation & Cruise as above – either Superior First Class or Deluxe Class
•Arrival & departure transfers and air conditioned transportation
•Daily breakfasts
•All meals whilst on Nile Cruise boat
•Domestic flights
•Activities, sightseeing & entrance fees as per itinerary

Innovative-Upper Egypt & The Nile

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