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Ancient Egypt 10 Days
( 09 Nights / 10 Days )
DAY 01 - Arrival to Cairo Airport:
Arrival to Cairo Airport and meet for transfer on to the hotel. Rest of the day is then at leisure (as per your flight arrival time). Overnight in Cairo.
DAY 02 - Pyramids, Sphinx, Memphis & Sakkara:
Breakfast at hotel then meet with the guide and start the days tour with a visit to Memphis, the ancient capital of Egypt dating from 3100 BC which contains the beautiful representation of King Ramsis II through his colossal statue. Then proceed to Sakkara where we will see the world-famous Step Pyramid of King Zoser, the oldest known of Egypt's 107 Pyramids. At the Pyramids area, visit the Three Pyramids built for Pharaohs Cheops, Chephren & Mycerinus on the Giza Plateau and the mysterious Sphinx. After the tour, transfer on to Cairo Rail Station for departure on the overnight train to Aswan. Overnight onboard sleeper train, dinner included. (Domestic flights can also be used if preferred)
DAY 03 - Nile Cruise from Aswan to Luxor:
On arrival to Aswan Rail Station meet for transfer to board the Nile Cruise. Embarkation before lunch. Then depart with the tour guide to visit the High Dam, one of the biggest dams in the world and was an engineering miracle when it was built in the 1960's. Then proceed to the Unfinished Obelisk, a huge obelisk incompletely carved - 41 meters high - that shows the techniques the ancient Egyptians used in carving obelisks. Afterwards move on to visit the Philae Temple which was dedicated to goddess Isis. It's now reassembled at a new site on Agilika Island about 500km from its former site on Philae Island. (If time allows, additional/alternative morning excursions can be added to Abu Simbel or a felucca ride to view Elephantine Island, the Plantation "Kitcheners" Island and Agha Khan Mausoleum). Overnight onboard Nile Cruise.
DAY 04 - Kom Ombo and Edfu Temples:
The cruise sails to Kom Ombo & upon arrival visit The Temple of Sobek & Haroeris, dedicated to the crocodile-god Sobek. The temple stands at a bend in the Nile where in ancient times sacred crocodiles basked in the sun on the river bank. Return to the cruise & sail to Edfu. On arrival visit the Temple of Horus, the largest and most complete preserved Temple combining Pharaonic and Greek architectures. Overnight onboard cruise.
DAY 05 - Tour to West Bank of the Nile:
Sail to Esna and Luxor. Upon arrival to Luxor, move to the West Bank of the Nile to visit the Valley of Kings & Queens, a vast City of the dead where magnificent tombs were carved into the desert rocks and filled with treasures for the afterlife by generations of Pharaohs. Then proceed to the foot of the cliff to see the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, the only woman who ruled Egypt in Pharaonic History. On the way back to the River Nile, your road passes by the famed Colossi of Memnon, known in Ancient Greek times for their haunting voices at dawn. Return back to cruise and evening at leisure. Overnight onboard cruise.
DAY 06 - Luxor to Hurghada, Red Sea
Breakfast, disembark from cruise and meet for the 3-4 hour drive to Hurghada. This area is noted for its magnificent summer and winter climate, the clarity of its water, its coral reef & rare marine life which make it a center of attraction specially for divers and practicing water sports). Check in to hotel with the remainder of the day and evening at leisure. (Note: Before departure from Luxor an optional tour can be included to visit Temples of Karnak and Luxor). Overnight in Hurghada.
DAY 07 - Free day at leisure:
Breakfast at hotel and free day at leisure. Overnight in Hurghada..
DAY 08 - Hurghada to Cairo:
Breakfast, check out and meet for transfer on to the Super Jet Bus Station to take the noon air conditioned bus to Cairo. Arrival around 7pm and transfer to hotel. Overnight in Cairo.
DAY 09 - Egyptian Museum and Old Cairo Sightseeing:
At 9am depart from hotel with the tour guide to visit the Egyptian Museum which houses around 250.000 antique pieces in its 107 halls. It comprises the world's greatest collection of Ancient Egyptian Artifacts. Then visit the Citadel Of Saladin, a spectacular medieval fortress dating from 12th century and perched on a hill above the city. Also located in the Citadel are the Alabaster Mosque and Tomb of the Ottoman ruler, Mohamed Ali. At the end of your tour proceed to the Khan El Khalily Bazaar which is one of the earliest and greatest markets in the Middle East & contains stores that exhibit wonderful collections of jewelry, wooden products & attractive hand-made products. Return to hotel and evening at leisure. Overnight in Cairo.
DAY 10 - Departure:
Breakfast, check out and as per your flight time transfer to Cairo International Airport.