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On arrival at Cairo Airport, meet & assist by our local representative, who will welcome you and transfer you to your hotel in Cairo. Day at leisure. Overnight at Hotel of your choice.
After a buffet breakfast at the hotel, the day is free for you to relax in the comfort of your hotel. Or, go shopping for Egyptian artifacts and explore the city of Cairo on your own. Go looking for bargains in the bustling Khan-El-Khalili bazaar. In the evening we take you to see the great Pyramids and the Sphinx magically lit with lasers in an aweinspiring Sound and Light Show. Watch the sphinx and the pyramids come alive to tell their story in their own words.
After a buffet breakfast, we take you on a full day city tour of Cairo - the heart of Egypt. Visit the Great Pyramid of Khufu, one of the seven Wonders of the World. Also see the Pyramid of Menkaure, Pyramid of Khafre and the Sphinx, carved from the natural bedrock at the bottom of the causeway to Khafre's pyramid. We visit the Papyrus Institute and see some beautiful paintings being made. Later, visit the Egyptian Museum, which houses over 100,000 antiquities from every period of ancient Egyptian history. Do not miss the gallery featuring the famous treasures of Tutankhamen. We proceed to the medieval Bazaars of Khan-El-Khalili where you can spend time shopping for perfumed oils, spices, precious stones and curios. Later, we drive to Cairo train station to board our Sleeper Train to Luxor.
As you enjoy your breakfast on board the train, we arrive into Luxor. On arrival, we take you on a tour of the East Bank of Luxor to visit the temples of Karnak and Luxor. We first visit the magnificent Temple of Karnak. The majestic avenue of ram-headed sphinxes, the colossal statue of Pinudjem and the sight of its Sacred Lake will leave you awe-struck. King Ramses II completed the great Luxor Temple. The main entrance with two colossal statues of the Pharaoh and the mighty Obelisk leaves every visitor spell-bound. We now board our exciting Nile Cruise for a great five day journey on the scenic Nile River. Enjoy lunch on board the cruise. Later, we visit the West Bank of Luxor. Our first stop is the Colossi of Memnon. These two giant statues are all fthat remain of the mortuary temple of Amenophis III. Legend has it that these statues would "sing at sunrise". This was believed to be noise that was made by the stone warming in the sunlight. After the statues underwent restoration, they no longer sing. We proceed deep into the desert to discover the Valley of Kings. This is the place where generations of pharaohs and nobles were buried in great splendour, housed in crypts cut into the cliffs. The treasures of the burial chambers of great kings and queens have long been looted by ancient Egyptians and visitors over many centuries. Yet, there is magic in the tombs of the great kings with their imposing architecture and Marvellous paintings. Even after over 5,000 years, the paintings retain their original colors and tell the story of civilization gone by. See the gigantic Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, the only woman Pharaoh to have ruled Egypt. Enjoy your dinner. Overnight on board the Nile Cruise.
After breakfast on board the cruise, the morning is free for you to relax. Enjoy the sights of the Nile River from the deck, as your Nile Cruise sails towards Edfu via the Esna Lock. Here the cruise will take a brief halt and you will get an opportunity to do some unique bargain shopping with vendors who sell their products from small boats that come near the Cruise. Enjoy lunch on board the cruise. On arrival in Edfu, we take you by a horse carriage on a shore excursion to visit the Temple of Edfu. Of all the temples of ancient Egypt, the one at Edfu is the most complete and best preserved. The temple had been totally submerged under the desert except for the very top of the pylon entrance. A small amount of stone had been removed from the exposed part, but when excavated it was found to be in near perfect condition. Enjoy dinner. Overnight on board the Nile Cruise.
As you enjoy your breakfast, we sail into Kom Ombo. Here we visit the Temple of Kom Ombo. This unique temple is in fact the fusion of two temples, set side by side, with each side having its own gateways and chapels. The left side of the temple is consecrated to Horus the elder - the falcon-headed God. The right part of the temple is dedicated to Sobek - the crocodile God and God of Fertility. We return to our cruise and enjoy a delicious lunch. Our Nile Cruise now begins to sail towards Aswan. Enjoy your dinner. Overnight on board the Nile Cruise.
After a buffet breakfast, the day is free to explore Aswan on your own. Or take an exciting optional tour to Abu Simbel by coach. Abu Simbel has two magnificent temples - the Temple of Ramesses II and the Temple of Nefertari. Not only are the two temples at Abu Simbel among the most magnificent monuments in the world but their removal and reconstruction was an historic event in itself. The temples were threatened by submersion in Lake Nasser, due to the construction of the High Dam. During the salvage operation which continued until 1968, the two temples were dismantled and raised over 60 meters up the sandstone cliff where they had been built more than 3,000 years before. The facade of the main temple is 108 feet high and 125 feet wide with four colossal seated statues about 65 feet high wearing the double crown and having the cartouches of Ramesses II. The entrance leads into a Grand Hall which is 57 feet high and 52 feet wide and was cut from the rock. It is supported with eight pillars with statues of Ramesses. The head and torso of the statue to the left of the entrance fell during ancient times, probably the result of an earthquake. The alignment of the temple is such that twice a year the sun's rays reach into the innermost sanctuary to illuminate the statues of Ptah, Amun- Re, Ramesses II and Re-Horakhty. We return to Aswan in the evening. Enjoy your dinner. Overnight on board the Nile Cruise.
Sightseeing of Aswan Overnight train to Alexandria
Today, after breakfast, we proceed on a tour of the city of Aswan. Visit the High Dam of Aswan, the pride of Egypt and an ideal spot for a panoramic view of Aswan. This is where Egypt ends and Nubia begins. We then take you to see the Unfinished Obelisk. This Obelisk was never detatched from the rock as it developed cracks in several places. Later, we proceed to see a demonstration of scented oils used to make perfumes at a Perfumery. Here, you have the opportunity to buy perfumes and other Egyptian artifacts. Enjoy lunch on board the cruise. We check out from the cruise and continue our tour of Aswan. Visit the Temple of Philae, one of the three best preserved temples of Egypt. With the construction of the High Dam, this temple was recreated, stone by stone, to its current location. Later we proceed to Aswan Station to board the overnight Sleeper Train to Alexandria. Enjoy your dinner on board. Overnight on board the train.
As you enjoy your breakfast on board the train, we arrive into Alexandria. The second largest city and the main port of Egypt, Alexandria, known as "The Pearl of the Mediterranean", has an atmosphere that is more Mediterranean than Middle Eastern. It was the renowned capital of the Ptolemies, with numerous monuments. It was the site of the Lighthouse, one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world, as well as the Great Library. It was along these shores that history took a tragic turn at the time of Cleopatra, Julius Caesar, Mark Antony, and Octavian. On our tour of Alexandria, we take you to see the Fortress of Kaitbay. Erected on the northern tip of the Eastern Port on the site of the ancient Pharos of Alexandria, the fort design is influenced by both medieval architecture as well as by the lighthouse original layout. The fort also houses the Naval Museum. Later, we visit the Catacombs, the largest Roman cemetery in Alexandria. It is composed of three levels cut 30 meters deep into the existing rock. See the imposing Pompeii Pillar. Mistakenly named so in the middle ages, this granite pillar is over 25 meters high. Built in 297 AD in honor of Emperor Diocletian, it is the most prominent remaining Greek landmark in Alexandria. We visit the Museum which houses many collections of rare Greek and Roman relics and coins from the 3rd Century B.C. to the 7th Century AD, including the "Tanagra" collection. The museum also houses the pieces recovered in 1995 at the Light-house site. Later we check into Hotel Plaza. In the evening we visit Montazah Palace. Built in a fantastic Turkish- Florentine style in the 19th century, the Palace boasts of acres of well-planned gardens and overlooks a beautiful beach. The palace comprises a number of buildings, the most important of which are Al-Haramlek and Al- Salamlek, the summer residence of the former royal family.
After breakfast, the morning is free to explore Alexandria on your own. Later, we return to Cairo and proceed to the airport for our flight back home.
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