• 14 Days 12 Nights, 23 Meals,
  • 6 Days/ 5 Nights Luxury Dahabiya Sail Cruise
  • Millennia-old treasures in Cairo’s Egyptian Museum or the Grand Egyptian Museum (if opened)
  • The Great Pyramids of Khufu, Khafre and Menkaure
  • Camel Ride around the Pyramids & the Sphinx
  • Climb The Minaret of Ibn Tulun, The Oldest Mosque in Cairo
  • Sprawling temples of Luxor and Karnak in Luxor
  • Gayer Anderson Museum, Enjoy the Luxury of Mediveal Home occupied by King Farouk ‘s Physician
  • Tombs of the Valley of the Kings
  • Queen Hatshepsut Temple
  • Aswan’s Nile via felucca sail
  • A visit to the Nubian Village, Nubian Family home and a Primary school visit
  • Horse-drawn calèche ride to Edfu’s Temple of Horus
  • Alexandria New Library, Qait-Bay Fortress, The roman Cata-Combs
  • Special Features:
  • Visit to King Tut-Ankh-Amon Tomb.
  • Visit a Nubian Village & a Family House  and a Primary School (if open)
  • Lecture on: The Underwater City of Cleopatra in Alexandria

Escorted Package Includes

  • Round trip flights Cairo –  Luxor – Aswan – Cairo
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • 12  nights First Class accommodations
    • 3  nights Cairo Marriott Mena House Hotel or Similar
    • 1 night Alexandria Cecil Hotel or Similar
    • 2 Night Luxor Sofitel winter Palace Hotel  or Similar
    • 4 Nights Ultra Luxury Dahabiya Lazuli Sail Nile Cruise or Similar
    • 1  night Aswan Legend Old Cataract Palace or Similar
    • 1 Hilton Heliopolis Towers Hotel or Similar
  • Hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Hotel & cruise porterage
  • All transfers
  • 23 Meals: 12 breakfasts,  7 lunches, 4  dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern air-conditioned motor coach
  • Services of English-speaking  Egyptologist/tour manager throughout
  • Entrance fees per itinerary

ITINERARY

Day 1 Sunday Cairo flight to Cairo

Overnight flight to Cairo

Day 2 Monday Arrival, Cairo Hotel

Upon your arrival at the Cairo Airport, Egyptian Educational Travel Rep. will assist you through the airport formalities and then transfer you to the hotel for the night.

Overnight: Cairo

Day 3 Tuesday The national Museum – Ibn Tulun Mosque – Medieval Home, Cairo    

After a late breakfast we will meet to orient ourselves to Egypt and our travels.  Our first visit today will be the fabulous Egyptian Museum, housing more than 100,000 antiquities, beginning with Pharaonic times, 5,000 years ago including the Gold Treasures of the Boy King Tut-ankh-Amon! Possible visit to the two Royal Mummy Rooms That houses Un-Wrapped Mummies for the most famous kings & Queens of Ancient Egypt

Then, we have lunch and visit to Ibn Tulun, a 6 ½ acres of land, the oldest Islamic mosque in Cairo, dates to the 8th Century with its twisted Minaret also a visit to 2 medieval homes once were occupied by Sir Gayer Anderson, the private Physician of King Farouk who donated his house with its treasures and personal belongings to the government when he left to England and turned to a museum carries his name, Then return to the hotel and have a free evening or Join an interesting optional tour to the Sound & Light Performance at the Pyramids opposite the Sphinx, a seated show for one hour. B, L Overnight Cairo

Optional: Cairo Sound & Light Show at Pyramids (PM)
Overnight: Cairo
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4 Wednesday the Giza Pyramids & the Sphinx – Step Pyramid at Sakkara Cairo

Today we see one of the wonders of the world: the Great Pyramids of Giza & the Sphinx. As we marvel at the human imagination and energy they display, we will find it difficult to avoid being overwhelmed as these pyramids survived for 4,500 years, seeing dynasties come and go and surviving Egypt’s many foreign invaders and conquerors. Before leaving the Pyramids, A camel ride with the Pyramids at the background is the best way to conclude your visit.                                                                                    Then, we have lunch at a local restaurant serves authentic Egyptian food. Our final sites for the day are the ancient Step Pyramid of King Zoser (27th century BCE) and a tomb at Sakkara, the necropolis of pharaohs during the Old Kingdom and marvel at colorful carvings inside the Nobel Tombs.

Overnight: Cairo
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5 Thursday Alexandria, the Roman Kata-Combs, the Fort and the Lecture

After breakfast, start your trip to Alexandria, and make a visit to The Roman Cata-Combs, a Cemetery from the second century AD, with 3 stories under-ground, view the Fortress of Qait-Bay from outside with a nice Fish Lunch on the ancient Royal Harbor of Alexandria then check into hotel and afternoon, an interesting lecture on The Underwater City of Cleopatra, then enjoy a free evening to walk into downtown.  

Overnight: Alexandria Hotel
Meals: Breakfast. Lunch

Day 6 Friday Roman Amphi-theatre, The New Library of Alexandria   

Breakfast and check out, then visit to the Roman Amphitheatre, and the New Library of Alexandria with the Antiquities Museum which house a great collection of Greco-Romani artifacts with pieces from underwater, then drive back to Cairo and fly to Luxor and check into hotel

Overnight: Luxor Hotel
Meals: Breakfast.

Day 7 Saturday Temples of Karnak & Luxor – Luxor

Fly to Luxor this morning, take a sightseeing tour of the East Bank of Luxor. Visit the magnificent Temples of Karnak, dating back over 3,000 years. Walk along the avenue of the Sphinxes and marvel at the Hypostyle Hall with its 134 massive sandstone columns. Afterward, head to Luxor Temple to admire the colossal statues of the great pharaoh Ramses II, check into hotel and rest or explore the City of Luxor, Market, Museum or walk along the Nile.

Overnight: Luxor Hotel
Meals: Breakfast

Day 8 Sunday Valley of Kings- Temple of Hatshepsut, Colossi of Memnon, Esna  

Today, we view the magnificence of the Luxor West Bank on this morning tour that includes the Valley of the Kings & Temple of Hatshepsut along with Colossi of Memnon. Begin with a visit to the UNESCO listed Valley of the Kings, the necropolis of Thebes and admire the tombs of ancient Egypt’s rulers. With an included visit to the Tomb of the Boy King Tut-Ankh Amon with his Mummy inside. Next, head to the Temple of Hatshepsut, a colonnaded structure surrounded by cliffs and learn about the life of Queen Hatshepsut, Egypt’s first female ruler. Conclude the tour at the Colossi of Memnon: two massive stone statues of the Pharaoh Amenhotep III and then d Esna, located some 33 miles south of Luxor, is where you will board your Dahabiya and meet the crew, An elegant boat with the two Latin sails. Our first Lunch on board, while cruising to El-Hegz.

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  • Before the valley of kings Tour, you may want to join an optional Hot-air Balloon to experience the Bird-Eye View and take a Balloon flight over the temples, villages, fields of the west bank of Luxor then you join the trip

Optional: Hot-air Balloon Trip

Overnight: Dahabiya Sail Cruise – El Hegz
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 Monday El Kab & Edfu – Horus Temple by Calesh, Horse-Drawn Carriage

After breakfast, cruise to El-Kab to visit the tombs of the governors of the ancient

City, the ruins of the temple where Hathor and Horus used to meet. Lunch on board during the cruise to Edfu. Visit the Temple of Edfu, dedicated to the falcon god Horus. The temple of Horus at Edfu’s the most completely preserved Egyptian temple. One of the last great Egyptian attempts at monument building on a grand scale, the temple dominates the west-bank town, although Edfu’s more modest structures crowd in on its enclosure wall. Modern Edfu, a center for sugar and pottery is a very friendly place.

Barbecue on the Beach of Fawaza Island; overnight on board.

Overnight: Dahabiya Sail Cruise – Fawaza Island
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10 Tuesday Fawaza – Ramadi – Djebel Silsila – Beshir

Breakfast while sailing to El Ramadi, the old village of fishers on the Nile. Stop in the small village of Ramadi, deserted by tourism. These places allow a direct contact devoid of all mercantile considerations. Ramadi is discovered in the middle of plantations of banana, sugar cane & Karcadeh. Lunch while cruising to Djebel Silsila on the west bank of the river is the Speos of Horemheb, a rock-hen chapel dedicated to pharaoh Horemheb(1323-1295BC) and seven deities, including the local god Sobek. Visit the temple of the Horemheb era and the ancient quarry where the temple stones were extracted. After the visit, sailing to El Beshir Island.

Dinner & overnight on board.

Overnight: Dahabiya Sail Cruise – El Beshir Island
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11 Wednesday Beshir – Kom Ombo – Herdiab

Breakfast on board while sailing to Kom Ombo; to visit the Temple dedicated to both Sobek the crocodile god and Haroeris the hawk. Kom Ombo temple, standing on a promontory at a bend in the Nile, where in ancient times sacred crocodiles basked in the sun on the river bank, the temple of Kom Ombo is more precisely the dual temple of Sobek (local crocodile god) and Haroeris. The sandstone temple dates from Ptolemaic times. Return to your Dahabiyah after the visit and lunch on board while sailing to Herdiab, a beautiful fine sand beach on the Nile. Swimming…

Dinner on Herdiab Island and overnight on board.

Overnight: Dahabiya Sail Cruise – Herdiab Island
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12 Thursday Aswan   High Dam Philae Temple National Parks Area – Nubian Village Tour.

Awake to the beautiful sight of the desert closing in on the river at Aswan Bridge. Here your cruise comes to an end. You will leave us relaxed and refreshed in the morning to a cultural visit to the Nubian Village, visit a local home and learn about their culture and traditions, and Visit a Primary School navigating through the National Parks of Aswan with a motor and enjoy a sail boat ride ( Felucca) and return for the hotel for lunch and rest.

Afternoon visit to the spectacular Aswan High Dam, an engineering miracle when originally constructed in the 1960s. The dam brought an end to the Nile’s devastating floods. Continue to Philae Temple dedicated to the goddess Isis and marvel at the temple’s beautiful island location

Back to the hotel for the night.

Overnight: Aswan Hotel
Meals: Breakfast.

DAY 13 Friday Optional Abu Simbel Temples Tour- Fly back to Cairo  

After breakfast, you may rest at the hotel or fly to Abu Simbel Optional Visit the two Temples of Abu Simbel. A flight from Aswan transports you back in time to the mighty Temple of Abu Simbel, reclaimed from the floodwaters of the Aswan High Dam and totally reconstructed in the present location. The site is dominated by the looming twin temples of Ramses II and his wife Queen Nefertari. It is one of the most recognizable ancient sites of Egypt and return flight back to Cairo. And check into your hotel near the airport.

Optional: Abu Simbel Temples by Air

Overnight: Cairo Hotel
Meals: Breakfast.

Day 14 Saturday Flight Home

Check out of your hotel and fly back home enriched with a unique experience in Egypt and on the Nile.

Meals: Breakfast + Inflight meals.

 

Cruise sailing times are subject to change.

At certain times of the year your itinerary may be amended to travel early in the morning and late afternoon to avoid the heat.  Order or duration of some visits may be affected during the official holidays.

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