Cairo and Giza

Visit ALL highlights of Cairo including great Pyramids of Giza and the marvelous treasure of Egyptian museum. Sakkara step pyramids, Islamic citadel & mosques. In adition the Coptic Christian old churchs Islamic citadel & mosques. In adition to the Coptic Christian oldest churchs and the oldest Synagogue. Explore the beauty of Nile valley and visit the famouse monuments of Luxor & Aswan like Philea, Karnak temples and Valley of the Kings

Schedule

Day 1: Arrival at Cairo airport & transfer to check-in in your hotel in Cairo.
Day 2: Excursion to Egyptian Museum and great Pyramids of Giza
Day 3:Excursion to Sakkara Monuments and Islamic Citadel of Saladin 
Day 4: Excursion to Coptic area including the oldest Synagogue, Churchs and mosque of Egypt Domistic flight to Luxor airport & transfer to check-in on Nile cruise
Day 5: Excursion to Valley of the Kings, Hatshepsut temple and Memnoun Colossus in Luxor
Day 6: Cruising and Visit Edfu and Kom Ombo temple
Day 7: Excursion to high dam, Philea temple (Isis) and unfinished obelisk in Aswan
Day 8Optional excursion to Abu Simbel temple
Day 9: Cruising back to Luxor
Day 10: Excursion to Karnak Luxor temple
Day 11: Check-out from the cruise and transfer to your next estination

Duration

10 Nights / 11 Days

Route

Cairo > Edfu > Luxor

Category

5 Star Hotel / Nile cruise

Highlights

Detailed schedule

Day 1 – Arrival to Cairo

- You land in Cairo international airport to be welcomed by our representative who will provide the Egyptian visa (if included) and assist you through the customs. Then you will be transferred to check-in your hotel. The rest of the day is free for relaxing
- Overnight in Cairo Hotel on BB basis

Day 2 – Treasure of Egyptian museum & great Pyramids

- Around 9:00 am you join your tour guide to visit the great pharaonic treasure in the Egyptian museum where you can get a detailed overview of ancient Egyptian history, religion, art and life starting for 5000 BC until the Roman period. Also you will be amazed by exploring the richest archeological discovery of the treasure of king Tut Ankh Amoun (3350 years old) or the royal mummies of the famous pharaohs (extra ticket). Before going further with your excursion, lunch break might be available in one of Cairo best restaurants.

- After lunch break you drive to the highlight of your tour and the oldest tourist attraction. When you reach the plateau of Giza you would not believe your eyes when watching the only ancient world wonder left on earth. When walking around the giant Pyramids of Giza (4500 years old) you should touch their rocks to feel strength of the workers who moved such huge rocks from allover Egypt to create these royal tombs. On foot or by bus you will reach the exit of the area where you can come very closed to the great sphinx the aged guard of the pyramids
- Overnight in Cairo hotel on BB basis

Day 3 – Oldest Pyramid & great citadel. Then flight to Luxor

- Around 8:00 am you join your tour guide for one hour driving through the countryside of Cairo and then to the great north African desert (Sahara) where you start your excursion by visiting the oldest pyramid and the first rock contracture in Egypt. The step pyramid of Kind Djoser surrounded by its great complex (4700 years old) is the most important monument in the desert in Sakkara. But Sakkara is a very rich sight, that is why do not forget to visit one or more of its famous tombs like Ti, Meriroka, Kagemni or Petah Hotep where you see a documentary film over ancient Egyptian daily life by watching the original painted relief covering tombs walls. Before going further with your excursion you might stop in one of the garden restaurant of sakkara to have lunch there.

- After the lunch break you drive to the citadel of Saladin (11th century) where you can visit the most famous mosque in Egypt, Mohamed Ali mosque (Alabaster mosque) (19th century) and also the mamlouk's mosque of Qalaoun (13th century) where you learn a lot about Islam from your guide. Before leaving the citadel do not forget to enjoy an unforgettable view over crowded Cairo.
- Overnight in Cairo hotel on BB basis

Day 4 – Explore Crowded Cairo

- Today you will visit many of the other attractions of Cairo like the Coptic Area (old Cairo) (4th century) where you can visit the oldest active Coptic orthodox church in Egypt St. Sergious and also the church of St. Barbara or the hanged church. Also you can visit the oldest Synagogue of Egypt, Ben Ezra. Near by you can visit the oldest mosque not only in Egypt but also in entire Africa, Amr Mosque. Before going further with your excursion you might stop in one of the best Cairo restaurant to have lunch there.

- In the afternoon you have the chance (Optional) to visit the highest plateau near Cairo, Moqatam where you can have a different view over Cairo before driving to the rock cut monastery of St. Simon (35 years old) where you can be sure that the poor people are still able to create many wonders. The many churches of the monastery were cut as huge caves in the bottom of the mount where some of these caves would fit easily for 8000 people to set there. You also can visit many other modern monuments of Cairo like unknown soldier, Sadat sight, where the former president of Egypt was assassinated, Cairo Tower, the highest building in Cairo, Modern opera house, Kaser El Nil bridge first bridge over the Nile in Africa and many different stiles of Cairo buildings from the last 70 years

Day 5 – The mystery of West bank

- Around 6:00 am you join your tour guide to visit some of the mistrial monuments of the Luxor Nile west bank. You start your excursion by visiting the highlight of Luxor. The valley of the Kings (between 1600 and 950 B.C.) was the secret and sacred sight where the ancient Egyptian pharaohs of the new kingdom period were buried. The originally painted tombs were cut in the bottom of the mount and beautifully painted with the afterlife subject. After the royal valley you drive to the next sight where you can visit the funeral temple of the most famous female pharaoh, queen Hatshepsut (3500 years old). The unique Architecture of the terrace temple will keep its picture in your mind for ever. On your way back to the Nile cruise you should stop to visit the colossus of Memenoun (3400 years old). The two huge statues of Amenhotep III were guarding his great temple which was demolished by the thousands of years.

- After having lunch on the cruise it will start sailing to the south towards Aswan. You can just set on the sun deck and enjoy a cup of tee while watching the beautiful nature of the Nile banks or experience the Nile locks mechanism while the cruise sailing into Esan locks between 2 different water levels
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Day 6 – Sailing into the Nile valley

- Around 7:30 am you join your tour guide by horse-carriage to visit the complete temple of Egypt which was dedicated to one of the most important gods of Ancient Egypt. The temple of Horus in Edfu (2200 years old) was mainly covered under the ground that is why it still keeps almost all of its fine details. The cruise will sail further until reaching the double temple of Kom Ombo (2200 years old) which was dedicated to 2 brother gods. The temple is famous for its unique relief which you find them no where else. The cruise will keep sailing until you reach Aswan at the late Evening of the same day
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Day 7 – Aswan highlights

- Around 9:00 am you join your guide to visit the highlights of Aswan city. You start with the great modern wonder of Egypt. The high dam (since 1971) was built in 10 years and used for the first time in 1971. You will be able to stand on the top of it where you can compare the big deference of water levels at the front and back of the dam. Then you drive to Philea island where you will visit the temple of Isis. You will get your first look at the temple out of your motor boat. On the philea island you will be amazed once by the fine beautiful relief of the temple and its stories and once by the marvelous nature surrounding. On your way back to the cruise you will also visit the ancient quarry where you could learn how did the ancient Egyptian cut and move the heavy stones of many monuments. The broken unfinished obelisk lying there weighs 1168 tons and was supposed to be move 220 km to the north
- The afternoon is free to walk into the local market of Aswan or join the optional City tour excursion to explore the modern attractions of Aswan and end your afternoon at the top of the highest point in Aswan where you can see a spectacular sunset
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Day 8 – Abu Simbel

- Today is a free day to relaxing or you can join the optional excursion to one of the most important monuments of Egypt. The great rock
-cut temple of Abu Simbel. The 2 temples of Ramses II and his wife Nefertari were cut inside the sandstone mountain at the edge of the Nile river and dedicated to the god Ra-hor-akhti and goddess Hathor.
The 4 giant colossuses of Ramses II (20 meter high) forming the façade of the large temple and the statues of Ramses II and his wife forming the façade of the small temple. The temples of Abu Simbel are absolutely a must-visit sight.
- In the afternoon your cruise will start hitting back to Luxor. You reach the double temple of Kom Ombo with the sunset. In case that you did not visit the temple on your way from Luxor to Aswan, you still have the chance. - Overnight on Nile cruise on FB basis

Day 9 – Sailing & Relaxing

- In case that you were not able to visit the temple of Edfu, you still have the chance to do it. The rest of the day is only to relaxing and enjoy the marvelous Nile banks views.
- The cruise will reach Luxor in the evening
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Day 10– Sailing & Relaxing
- Around 9:00 am you join your guide to visit the 2 temples of the East Bank of Luxor. Karank temple (Since 4000 years) is known as the largest religious contracture ever built on earth. The temple was used and constructed since middle kingdom period until the end of new kingdom (Around 2000 years) that is why it is counted as the open book of this period. All the pharaohs of the same period left their names there. You can spend a complete day exploring all corners of Karnak but you have to save also time to visit the temple of Luxor which was connected to Karnak temple by 3 km sphinx way. Luxor temple was also dedicated to the same principal god of ancient Egypt, Amoun Raa and it is famous with its obelisk and huge statuses.
- The afternoon is for relaxing or join the optional excursion by the traditional Feluka (Sailing boat) to Banana island around sunset time or join the optional excursion to visit Karank temple but in a completely different atmosphere during Sound and Light Show
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Day 11 – End of Nile cruise

- After breakfast you check-out the Nile cruise and go further to the next destination of your tour or be transferred to Luxor airport for the final departure light back to home

Inclusive

.. All included sightseeing excursions with a licensed English speaking tour guide (Egyptologist), air-conditioned transport and monuments main entrance fees.
.. All airport transfers and ground transportation as stated in the program itinerary.
.. 03 nights in 5 star hotel in Cairo including breakfast (Bed & Breakfast).
.. 07 nights on 5 star Nile Cruises including breakfast, lunch and dinner (full board).

Exclusive

.. International & domestic airfare
.. Egypt entry visa
.. Any optional excursions (Like excursion to Abu Simbel temple)
.. Nile cruises upper deck with supplement upon availability.
.. Additional Entrance fees for specific monuments as Tutankhamen or Nefertari Tombs in Luxor.
.. Tipping for the whole trip
.. Personal expenses such as drinks, laundry, telephone calls, etc.

Notes

- You can join this tour with "Relax at Red Sea" trip Nr. 6
- In some cases the first or the last cruise night can be replaced with a hotel night in Aswan or in Luxor
- Program day-by-day itinerary can be switched according to the updated local situation and needs

Accomodation

This trip includes 3 nights in 5 star hotel in Cairo and 7 nights on board of 5 star Nile cruise running from Luxor to Aswan and back to Luxor

catering

In this trip you have 10 breakfast, 7 lunches and 7 dinners included

Transport

According to program itinerary you use aircraft, cruise ship, air-condioned bus, small motor boat and horse-carriage

Fees

The entrance fees for below listed monuments are included in trip price:
. Egyptian Museum - Giza Pyramids - Sakkara main gate - Citadel of Saladin - All monuments of Coptic area
. Luxor temple - Karnak temple - Valley of the Kings - Hatshepsut temple - Memnon Clossus - Edfu temple - Kom Ombo temple - Philea temple - High dam - unfinisghed obelisk.

Tour guide

We believe that tour guide can make it or break it. For us, he is the real director of an unforgettable vacation. That is why; we have 3 important conditions when selecting our local tour guide. First he has to be officially licensed tour guide which it means, he had studied history and guiding and was governmentally permitted to join and give information to travellers into his country. Second condition, he has to have a minimum of 10 years field experience. Third, his foreign language has to be perfect in speaking, reading and writing. Our tour guides will provide historical and practical information on all places you are travelling through, answer all your questions regarding culture, religion and social aspects, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating places and introduce you to our local friends.