Get in-depth insight into the land of the Pharaohs on this comprehensive journey of Egypt including cruises on the Nile River & Lake Nasser. Marvel at the Pyramids of Giza, see the Great Sphinx, and take a stroll in Old Cairo and the bustling bazaar. Travel to Luxor and board your four night cruise on the Nile River and take shore excursions to see the Karnak & Luxor Temples, the Valley of Kings, and more. Fly to Abu Simbel to see some of the most spectacular monuments in the world and then board your 3 night cruise of Lake Nasser. Explore the shore-side monuments before traveling to the ancient city of Alexandria on the coast of the Mediterranean and then return to Cairo to conclude your tour.
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Upon arrival in Cairo, you will be met in the arrivals area by your local guide holding a name-board. After a warm welcome and brief introduction, take a private airport transfer to your hotel for assistance with check-in. The remainder of the day is at your leisure.
Enjoy a full day tour exploring desert antiquities dating from the beginnings of a civilization that arose more than 5,000 years ago. In the company of our Egyptologist specialist guide, we venture through the countryside to visit some of Egypt's oldest sights. We first go to the Pyramids of Giza. Nothing evokes the long and intriguing history of Egypt as powerfully as the pyramids. Rising from the desert, Khufu (Cheops), Khafra and Menkaura seem to symbolize the enigmatic tug of Egypt in our imaginations. We shall also visit the colossal statue of the Great Sphinx, which has stood guard over the pyramids for more than 4,500 years. Later, we go to Memphis, where remnants of the nation's first capital and once the most cosmopolitan city in Egypt now lie scattered in the desert. We’ll also see the carved limestone Colossus of Ramses II. Nearby, we visit the necropolis at Saqqara, where King Zoser's Step Pyramid was "built to last 'til the ends of time". This vast site in the heart of a desert plateau is the largest necropolis in Egypt. Extending for almost 5 miles, the complex forms a collection of pyramids, temples and tombs that is fundamental to understanding the history of Ancient Egypt.
Today, enjoy a city tour and stroll through a bustling bazaar. Visit the Museum of Antiquities; the museum houses the greatest collection of pharaonic treasures in the world. Later, visit the Citadel which commands a complete view of the city. Completed in 1183, the Citadel was surrounded by sturdy walls and towers to withstand attacks from Christian crusaders. Inside, we shall see the lavishly decorated alabaster mosque of Mohammed Ali. We move on to explore the lanes of Old Cairo and to visit the Ben Ezra Synagogue dating from the 9th century. We will also visit the 4th century Hanging Church built on the bastions of the ancient Roman wall and “suspended” above the level of the Nile. Then take a walk through Khan El Khalili, a bustling warren of shops where you can bargain for rugs, copper and leather crafts, perfumes, and other goods both exotic and familiar.
After breakfast, meet your local guide and then head to the airport for your flight to Luxor. On arrival, meet and then transfer to your cruise ship to board your four night cruise on the Nile River. Enjoy lunch on board and then visit the East Bank – Karnak & Luxor Temples. Enjoy some afternoon tea and dinner on board.
Visit the West Bank and see the Valley of Kings, Hatshepsut at Deir el-Bahari and the colossi Memnon. Continue sailing to Esna and enjoy lunch on board. Have a captains’ welcome cocktail, and this evening, relax at your leisure.
Visit the Horus Temple in Edfu before continuing on to Kom Ombo. Have lunch on board and then visit the Temple shared by two gods Sobek & Haeroris. This evening, enjoy an Egyptian Galabya Party on board.
Sail onward to Aswan and then visit the High Dam, the Philae Temple and the Granite Quarries. Later, sail on the Nile by Felucca around Kitchener Island. Enjoy afternoon tea and then have dinner on board. This evening, watch a folklore performance.
Enjoy breakfast on board and then disembark where you will be met and then transferred to the Aswan airport to board your flight to Abu Simbel. Explore the temples which are among the most spectacular monuments in the world and stay overnight on board the cruise ship.
Today, sail to Kasr Ibrim for an overview of the site with photos from the sundeck. It was originally a major city perched on a cliff above the Nile, but the flooding of Lake Nasser after the construction of the Aswan High Dam transformed it into an island and flooded its outskirts. Qasr Ibrim is the only major archaeological site in Lower Nubia to have survived the Nile floods. Both prior to and after the Nile floods, it has remained a major site for archaeological investigations. Later, visit the Amada Temple in Nubia. Continue sailing onward to Wadi Souba and stay overnight.
Continue cruising, and visit the Wadi El Seboua temple, the temple of Dakka and temple of Meharakka. Enjoy lunch and then sail onward to Aswan.
Visit Kalabsha temple, Beit El Wali, and the kiosk of Kertassi. Check out of your cruise ship and disembark and check-in to your hotel for the night. Stay one night in Aswan.
Meet at the hotel and transfer to the airport for your flight to Cairo. On arrival in Cairo, you will be met and then driven about 3 hours to the city of Alexandria on the Mediterranean. Check-in to the hotel and have the evening at your leisure.
Join your Egyptologist guide for a special tour inside this ancient city founded by Alexander the Great in 331BC. It is here that his embalmed body was laid to rest eight years later after his conquest of Asia. It subsequently became the capital of Egypt. Under the Ptolemic dynasty until the last of the line Cleopatra, who ended her life and the city was taken over by the Romans. Today, Alexandria is Egypt's second largest city. First, you will visit the National Museum, and then visit the Catacombs of Kom El-Shogafa, the Roman Amphitheatre, Pompey's Pillar & finally the Bibliotheca of Alexandria. Afterwards, return to Cairo and check-in to your hotel for the last night of your tour.
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel, and then meet at the appointed time for your transfer to the airport for your departure flight.
Day 3: Stroll through the Khan el Khalili bazaar in Cairo.
Day 4: See the Temples of Karnak & Luxor as you cruise along the Nile.
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CAIRO & THE NILE
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