Inclusions: Accommodation,Breakfast,Lunch and Diner,Nile Cruise,Entrance fees,Sleeper train 2 ways,Day tour to Alexandria in private car with lunch,Transfers from Airport/Rail Station,Egyptology English specking guide,Sightseeing as per Itinerary.
You will arrive to Cairo, the land of the pharos. Upon arrival Cairo international airport, you will be welcomed by our representative who will assist you with the immigration formalities to make sure that everything is going smooth and easy.
Then you will be transferred to your hotel with our air conditioned comfortable buses to have dinner and overnight at your hotel. On the way our representative will give you all the information you need about Cairo and about your itinerary in Egypt. Overnight in Cairo hotel.
After breakfast, you will start a guided tour to visit the Giza Pyramids. Today, there are more than 93 Pyramids in Egypt; but the three main Pyramids are in Giza Plateau, which were built in the 4th Dynasty (circa 4650 B.C). The Pyramids of Ancient Egypt were built as tombs for Kings & Queens, and it was the exclusive privilege to have a Pyramid tomb. The most famous ones are those at Giza, The Great Sphinx, or as the ancients knew it, “Shesib Ankh” or “the living image”, has to be one of the most recognizable constructions in history.
Stop by a Papyrus institute where you can find how the ancient Egyptians used the papyrus for writing and you can buy some souvenirs for your friends.
After lunch, you will continue the tour to the Egyptian Museum.
The Egyptian Museum (built in 1902) is home to an extensive collection of ancient Egyptian antiquities. It has 120,000 items, with a representative amount on display, the museum contains many important pieces of ancient Egyptian history. It houses the world’s largest collection of Pharaonic antiquities, and many treasures of King Tutankhamen. the remainder in storerooms.
Stop for having tea at a Perfume factory where scents made from lotus flower, papyrus or jasmine oil. These fine perfumes need equally fine glass bottles.
Finally, have free time for shopping at Khan Khalili Bazar, the largest Bazar in Middle East. This Market is famous for its unusual, typical oriental souvenirs and handmade crafts. Medieval atmosphere of this traditional market gives visitors great pleasure and glimpse into what medieval markets were like: Cafes, restaurants, shops.
Then you will be transferred to railway station to board the sleeper train to Aswan for overnight journey (12-13 hours).
Breakfast will be served on board. Upon arrival visit the High Dam.
Construction of the High Dam became a key objective of the Egyptian Government following the Egyptian Revolution of 1952, as the ability to control floods, provide water for irrigation, and generate hydroelectricity were seen as pivotal to Egypt's industrialization. The High Dam was constructed between 1960 and 1970, and has had a significant impact on the economy and culture of Egypt.
Proceed to visit the unfinished obelisk, largest ancient obelisk and it's located in the northern region of the stone quarries of ancient Egypt in Aswan. Archaeologists claim the pharaoh known as Hatshepsut sanctioned its construction. It is nearly one third larger than any ancient Egyptian obelisk ever erected. If finished it would have measured around 42 m (approximately 137 feet) and would have weighed nearly 1,200 tons. Archeologists speculate that it was intended to complement the so-called Lateran Obelisk which was originally at Karnak and is now outside the Lateran Palace in Rome.
Embark your 5* cruise ship, lunch and get some rest before riding a traditional Egyptian sailing boat on the river Nile and view the Mausoleum of Agha Kaha and sail around elephantine Island.
Return to the cruise ship, dinner and overnight in Aswan.
After breakfast, free at your own leisure. (OPTIONAL) Abu Simbel.
After lunch, 2-2.5 hours sailing to Kom Ombo (north of Aswan city). Visit Temple of Kom Ombo, an unusual double temple built during the Ptolemaic dynasty in the Egyptian town of Kom Ombo. Some additions to it were later made during the Roman period. The building is unique because its 'double' design meant that there were courts, halls, sanctuaries and rooms duplicated for two sets of gods.
Sailing to Edfu,dinner and overnight in Edfu.
After breakfast, visit the temple of Horus in Edfu using the horse carriages (Egyptian Cadillac) that located on the west bank of the Nile in the city of Edfu which was known in Greco-Roman times as Apollonopolis Magna, after the chief god Horus-Apollo. It is one of the best preserved temples in Egypt. The temple, dedicated to the falcon god Horus, was built in the Ptolemaic period between 237 and 57 BC.
Sailing to Luxor and free at your own leisure. Lunch and dinner on board. Overnight in Luxor.
After breakfast, disembark Nile Cruise.
Drive to the west bank of the Nile and visit The Valley of the Kings where, for a period of nearly 500 years from the 16th to 11th century BC, tombs were constructed for the Pharaohs and powerful nobles of the New Kingdom (the Eighteenth to the Twentieth Dynasties of Ancient Egypt). The valley stands on the west bank of the Nile, opposite Thebes (modern Luxor), within the heart of the Theban Necropolis. The wadi consists of two valleys, East Valley (where the majority of the royal tombs are situated) and West Valley. With the 2005 discovery of a new chamber (KV63), and the 2008 discovery of two further tomb entrances, the valley is known to contain 63 tombs and chambers.
Continue the visit to the Dayr el-Bahri, literally meaning, "The Northern Monastery" is a complex of mortuary temples and tombs located on the west bank of the Nile, opposite the city of Luxor, Egypt. This is a part of the Theban Necropolis. The first monument built at the site was the mortuary temple of Mentuhotep II of the Eleventh dynasty. It was constructed during the 15th century BC. During the Eighteenth dynasty, Amenhotep I and Hatshepsut also built extensively at the site.
Photo stop by the Colossi of Memnon and lunch.
Next, visit the Karnak Temple which comprises a vast mix of decayed temples, chapels, pylons, and other buildings. Building at the complex began during the reign of Senusret I in the Middle Kingdom and continued into the Ptolemaic period, although most of the extant buildings date from the New Kingdom. The Karnak complex gives its name to the nearby, and partly surrounded, modern village of El-Karnak, 2.5 kilometres (1.6 miles) north of Luxor.
Proceed to Luxor Temple which is a large Ancient Egyptian temple complex located on the east bank of the Nile River in the city today known as Luxor (ancient Thebes) and was founded in 1400 BCE. Known in the Egyptian language as ipet resyt, or "the southern sanctuary. In Luxor there are six great temples, the four on the left bank are known to travellers and readers of travels as Goornah, Deir-el-Bahri, the Ramesseum, and Medinet Habu; and the two temples on the right bank are known as the Karnak and Luxor. Free at your own leisure until transfer to railway station to board the sleeper train to Cairo (10 hours).
Breakfast on board the train, arrival Cairo and start our tour visiting the Citadel of Saladin & Mohamed Ali Mosque. The Citadel is a medieval Islamic fortification. The location, on Mokattam hill near the center of Cairo, was once famous for its fresh breeze and grand views of the city. It is now a preserved historic site, with mosques and museums. The Citadel contains the Mosque of Muhammad Ali which was built between 1828 and 1848, perched on the summit of the citadel. This mosque was built in memory of Tusun Pasha, Muhammad Ali's second son who died in 1816. However, it also represents Muhammad Ali efforts to erase symbols of the Mamluk dynasty that he replaced.
After lunch, transfer to your hotel. Dinner and overnight in Cairo hotel.
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Cairo airport for final departure.
Arrive home with lovely memories.