Cities to Visit: Cairo, Aswan and Luxor
Dating back to the time of the Pharaohs, Egypt links the northeastern part of Africa with the Middle East. Monuments that date back to centuries such as the impressive Pyramids and Sphinx at Giza, hieroglyph-lined Karnak temple and the Valley of the Kings at Luxor sit along the fertile Valley of the Nile River.
The Red Sea stretches around 1,250 kilometers from the Suez Canal in the north to Sudan in the south and is lined with beautiful beaches, deserts and mountains.
Extending from Libya in the West, The Nile in the East to Sudan in the South, The Western Desert is an enormous region that covers approximately two thirds of the country. The perfect making of an adventurous holiday for fearless travelers, the only practical way to get to see this arid part of Egypt is by an organised trek.
Not for the faint hearted, an ascent of Mount Sinai – where Moses received the Ten Commandments is considered one of the best summits owing to its incredible views and sense of achievement on completing the climb.
The capital, Cairo, is home to many Ottoman landmarks such as the Muhammad Ali Mosque.
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Upon arrival at the Cairo International Airport meetour representative who will assist you and transfer you to your hotel. En route to the hotel, enjoy the atmosphere Old Cairo as you drive past a panoramic view of the citadel with the towering mosque of Mohamed Ali,Sultan Hassan & El Refaie mosques. Onarrival at the hotel, proceed for check-in and time to relax/freshen up. Head out for dinner at an Indian restaurant and you may opt for the Sound & Light Show by the pyramids at additional cost. Back to the hotel & overnight in Cairo.
Full Day Pyramids – Sphinx – National Museum – Khan El Khalili (Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner)
Begin your day with an Early buffet breakfast at yourhotel, followed by a guided tour to t one of the Seven Wonders - the great Pyramids of Giza; A single pyramid is built with 2.300.000 blocks, each weighing an average of two and a half tones. In the face of suchenormity, one cannot help but marvel at the great wonder that so many writers and artists have conveyed over the years. The Cheops Pyramid is more fascinating because the inner burial chambers are open to the public for viewing and inspection. Within close distance to the Pyramids is the Great Sphinx of Giza, dating back to the time of Chephren (2620 BC). Standing tall at 65 feet and 187 feet long, The Sphinx is carved from natural yellowish limestone and combines the head of a Pharaoh with a lion's body. If you wish, A quick visit to the papyrus institute or a perfume shop can be arranged after the tour.
Enjoy Lunch at an Indian restaurant after which you will the Egyptian Museum. The museum was established by the Egyptian government in 1835. The present museum building was built in 1900, in the new classical style by the French architect Marcel Dourgnon and exhibits collections of objects that now exceed 120,000 ranging from the pre-historic era to the Greco Roman period. The museum consists of 107 halls, with the ground floor being the most interesting as it houses huge statues. The upper floor containssmall statues, jewels, Tutankhamen treasures and the mummies. The museum also comprises of a photography section and large library. A hall for the Royal Mummies was opened atthe museum, housing eleven kings and queens.
After a visittothe museum, take a short drive through downtown to Khan El Khalili bazaars; one of the most well-known worldwide with its amazing slenderalleys.
Drive back to your hotel for refreshments& then go out for dinner at an Indian restaurant. Post dinner, headback to the hotel & overnight in Cairo.
Cairo – Full Day Tour to Alexandria
Post an Early buffet breakfast at the hotel transfer to Alexandria via the desert road –about 225 km. Enjoy a guided tour of the Bombay's pillars, the Catacombs & Montazah Gardens. You will also pass by Alexandrina Bibliotheca & view Qaite Bay citadel from outside.
Pompeii Column and Kom el-Shuqafa - considered to be a present from the natives of Alexandria to the Emperor, the thirty meters high Pompeii Column was built from Aswan pink granite. The majority of the remains found around the column can be been seen at theGreco-Roman Museum. The entrance to the Kom al-Shuqafa Catacombslies atop a hill and is said to be dating back to the first and second centuries.
Montazah Gardens - surrounding the palace of Khedive Abbas is the 150 hectare park with itsastoundingarchitecture worth of Walt Disney. Visitors can enjoy strolling in these beautiful gardens or swimming in the waters at one of the nice sandy beaches.
Alexandrina Bibliotheca - in order to capture the spirit of openness and scholarship of the original Bibliotheca Alexandrina,the New Library of Alexandria or New Bibliotheca Alexandrina is much more than a library as it comprisesof 13 different departments. the New Library also hosts a number of institutions which is growing, and it is becoming the nerve center of many international and regional networks.
Qaite bay Fort has been guarding the bay for centuries; at the end of the Cornish rises thecrenellated walls of the Mameluk fortress built in 1480 on the site of the Alexandria lighthouse.
Enjoy Lunch during the tour at a local or Indian restaurant. Drive back to Cairo and proceed for dinner at a restaurant & overnight at the hotel.
Cairo - Aswan visits – Nile cruise
Today, wake up early followed by check-out. You will be served tea/coffeeand breakfast boxes to take with you for the onward journey to Cairo from where you will board your flight to the southern gate of Egypt – Aswan. On arrival in Aswan, meet with our representative and proceed for a guided tour of the Old Dam (just passing over it) and the High Dam, which provides irrigation and electricity to the whole of Egypt. Enjoy a motor boat ride that will take you to the beautiful Temple of Philae on Isis Island then transfer to the Nile Cruise & Check in.
Lunch will be served onboard the cruise after which you may relax on the cruise while you sail around theElephantine & Botanical Islands also giving you an opportunity to view and explore the Agha Khan mausoleum. Head back onboard for dinner and overnight stay.
Abu Simbel- Nile cruise – KomEmbo – Edfu
Begin the day early to start an optional excursion by coach to the great Temples of Abu Simbel.Breakfast boxes will be provided for your convenience.Bordered by four giant statues of Ramses II, The Temple was reclaimed from the dam to rescue people from the rising water of Lake Nasser and reconstructed in its present site. Sail to KomEmbo upon returning from Abu Simbel andVisitthe Ptolemaic Temple Shared by TwoGods, Sobek and Heroeris in KomEmbo.Next sail to Edfu & overnight on board.
Edfu – Esna– Luxor
Today, post buffet breakfast, Transfer by Kaleshcommonly known ashorse drawn carriages to the Temple of Horus. Explore the temple and headback to the Nile Cruise and sail to Esna / Luxor.Visit the Karnak temple upon arrival to Luxor and view Luxor temple from outside as it is like an open museum. Overnight onboard.
Edfu – Esna– Luxor
Start the day with an early buffet breakfast followed by check out. Visit the west bank in Luxor and the Valley of the Kings, Hatshepsut temple & the Colossi of Memnon. Post the tour, drive back to the Nile cruise, check out and drive to Luxor airport for your international flight back home.