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Taste of History Egypt 09 days
(08 Nights /09 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 - Tour to 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 - Aswan Tour to High Dam, Obelisk and Philae Temple:
Breakfast on the train before arrival to Aswan Railway Station. Meet with rep for transfer to the hotel for check in. Then begin the tour with a visit to the High Dam, one of largest dams in the world and was an engineering miracle when it was built in the 1960s. Then proceed to Unfinished Obelisk, a huge obelisk incompletely carved that shows the techniques of the ancients Egyptians used. At the end move to Philae Temple which was dedicated to goddess Isis. After touring return to the hotel with the evening at leisure. (Optional evening activity: Sound & Light Show at Philae Temple. This spectacular show combines laser lights and sound effects projected on the temple. Listen to the narration as it tells the story of the Philae.) Overnight in Aswan.
DAY 04 - Felucca on the Nile and Kitchener Island:
Breakfast at hotel then meet with tour guide to start with the Felucca tour to view Elephantine Island that contains the relics of stone temples of various eras and Plantation (Kitchener) Island, which lies in a mild-stream near Elephantine Island, combining natural exhibition of exotic plants and trees imported from all over the world. Als view the Agha Khan Mausoleum which is located on top of a hill at the southern end of the West Bank. The Agha Khan used to spend every winter in Aswan and was buried there in this magnificent mausoleum, modeled on the Fatimid tombs in Cairo. At end of tour return to the hotel with evening at leisure. (Optional early morning activity for Abu Simbel Tour: situated 280km south of Aswan, lies the two temples of Abu Simbel which are the most magnificent. The first temple was built by mighty Pharaoh Ramses II and the other for his wife Queen Nefertari). Overnight in Aswan.
DAY 05 - Overland tours to Kom Ombo and Luxor:
Breakfast, prepare for check out. Meet with your tour guide to start the drive to Kom Ombo and visit the Temple of Sobek & Haroeris. The temple stands at a bend in the Nile River where, in ancient times, sacred crocodiles basked in the sun on the riverbank. Then move on to Edfu and visit the Temple of Horus the largest and most completely preserved Pharoanic Temple that combines Pharaonic and Greek architectures. On arrival to Luxor, check in to the hotel and evening at leisure. (Optional extra evening activity: Sound & Light Show, this spectacular show combines laser lights and sound effects which are projected on the temple while you listen to the narration of the story of Karnak Temple.) Overnight in Luxor.
DAY 06 - East Bank Tour to Luxor Temple and Karnak Temple:
Meet your tour guide and begin the tour with the East Bank where you can visit the strikingly graceful Temple of Luxor dedicated to the god Amun which is also known for its pillars that take the form of a bundle of Papyrus. Proceed to Temple of Karnak, built over more than a thousand years by generations of Pharaohs. The Great "Hypostyle Hall" is an incredible forest of giant pillars, covering an area larger than the whole of Notre Dame Cathedral. At end of tour return to the hotel with evening at leisure. Overnight in Luxor.
DAY 07 - Tour to West Bank including Valley of Kings:
Breakfast then prepare for check out. Meet your guide to start the day tour this time crossing to the West Bank of the Nile to visit the Valley of Kings, a vast City of the Dead where magnificent tombs were carved into the desert rocks & 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, the road passes by the famed Colossi of Memnon, known in Ancient Greek times for their haunting voices at dawn. At around 8pm meet for transfer to Luxor Rail Station to board the overnight train back to Cairo. Overnight onboard sleeper train, including dinner. (Domestic flights can also be used if preferred)
DAY 08 - Egyptian Museum and Old Cairo:
Approximately 6am arrival back in Cairo and meet for transfer to the hotel and check-in. At 9am depart 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 on to 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. Overnight in Cairo.
DAY 09 - Departure:
Breakfast, check out and as per your flight time transfer to Cairo International Airport.