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Egypt Cultural Trip 08 days
07 Nights / 08 Days
DAY 01 - Arrival to Cairo:
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. (No Meals)
DAY 02 - Pyramids and Sphinx, train to Aswan:
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 overnight train to Aswan. Overnight onboard train in sleeper car (B, D)
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. (B, L, D)
DAY 04 - Kom Ombo and Edfu:
(According to the Nile Cruise special sailing conditions Abu Simbel tour might be available on this day)
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. (B, L, D)
DAY 05 - Luxor and the West Bank:
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. (B, L, D)
DAY 06 - Sleeper train from Luxor to Cairo (or by flight at extra cost):
After breakfast it is time to disembark from the cruise, Meet with your guide and depart to visit the Luxor Temple and Karnak Temple. After the morning tour you have free time at leisure until transfer to the rail station for departure on the overnight sleeper train to Cairo. Overnight onboard train, dinner included. (B, D)
DAY 07 - Tour to Citadel, Egyptian Museum, Old Cairo & Khan El Khalily Bazaar:
Arrival to Cairo rail station and meet for transfer to hotel to drop luggage. Then depart on todays tour visiting the Egyptian Museum, then the Citadel of Saladin with its Alabaster Mosque and the Tomb of Ottoman ruler Mohamed Ali. The excursion also includes touring around the Old Cairo area where you can find a mixture between the Islamic and Christian Monuments such as the Abu Serga Church, Al Mo'allaqa Church or Hanging Church which are dated back to the beginning of the 5th Century AD and are built as the basilica style along with the world famous Khan El-Khalily Bazaar. Overnight in Cairo. (B)
DAY 08 - Departure:
Breakfast, check out and as per your flight time transfer to Cairo International Airport. (B)