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5 Nights Cairo & 4 Nights Nile Cruise Trip

10 Days / 9 Nights
Private Tours
 Every Day

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Itinerary:

Welcome to the Land of the Pharaoh

Welcome to Cairo, Egypt (around the clock]

Our representative will meet and assist you at Cairo International Airport (Arrival procedures), he will  escort you to your hotel in an air-conditioned vehicle. At the hotel, he will assist you with a smooth check-in and review the vacation itinerary with you to confirm pick-up times for each tour. overnight in Cairo

Welcome drink included

After the Breakfast meal, you will be picked up from your hotel, to start with Giza Plateau tour. where we explore the remarkable Pyramids of Cheops 2590 BC , Chephren & Mykerinus. Those served as the tombs for their dead kings & are the only one of the seven wonders of the ancient world to survive. for preservation purposes, one of the pyramids is closed for a spell on a rotating basis. Early Morning is the best time to visit, before the heat and crowds. It can get very hot and less air inside the pyramid so clambering inside is not recommended for claustrophobic or the unfit.

The ticket includes seeing the pyramids from outside, the panorama, the Great Sphinx, which stands guard over the pyramids and the Valley Temple of Chephren. Extra tickets to the entry of any one of them and to the Solar Boat Museum on the south side of the great pyramid. Then proceed to visit the great sphinx, which dates back to the time of Chephren & to visit his valley temple.

An optional visit to a papyrus shop, it was a material similar to thick paper that was used in ancient times as a writing surface. It was made from the pith of the papyrus plant, Cyperus papyrus, a Wetland sedge. To witness how they are making papers following the ancient method of the ancient Egyptians. papyrus is first known to have been used in ancient Egypt (at least as far back as the first Dynasty 3200 BC), as the Papyrus plant was once abundant across the Nile Delta.

 Afterwards, we move to visit Sakkara, which was the royal necropolis for the old kingdom capital of Memphis covering an area of 7 km north to south & we can see from the outside the centerpiece of the Necropolis which is the Step Pyramid of Djoser 2630 BC. It was the prototype for all other pyramids and it was the world’s oldest major stone structure. We also can visit inside part of the Pyramid of Teti 2345 BC, its walls are inscribed with sections of pyramid texts. Nearby, we visit the tomb Mastaba Of his vizier kagemni 32m x 32m square, with its outstanding reliefs that provide an insight into their daily lives.

After that, we will be going to visit a carpet school in Sakkara, to see how carpets being made by gifted And talented children using wooden looms.(optional visit)

After the Breakfast meal, we pick you up from the hotel to visit the Egyptian Museum, Egypt’s first National Museum of pharaonic antiquities opened in 1902. The collection is considered the largest most precious collection of Egyptian art in the world. More than 120,000 items are on display here, with another 150,000 stored in the basement. Pride of the collection are the treasures from Tutankhamen’s Tomb and great pieces from every period of ancient Egyptian history from 3100 BC, Through to the Greek-Roman items of the 2nd century AD. Some of these items shall be transferred to the new Grand Museum at Giza that due to open soon in 2020. Additional visit to the Mummies Hall at the museum  (extra ticket on spot).

Then, we proceed to visit the Citadel of Salah El-Din, founded in 1176 by the famed muslim commander Salah El-Din. Its mosques, museums and battlements reflect a diverse heritage. Its main tourist area is the mosque of Mohammed Ali pasha, it was built in a Turkish Style between 1830 And 1848. Continue driving to the area of Islamic Cairo, where you will be able to explore the beauty of Al-Azhar Mosque. It was founded In 970 AD by the Fatimid Caliph Al-Muizz Li Din-Allah as the main Mosque and center of learning for the city Cairo. Then, we explore Khan El Khalili bazaar, built in 1382 by Garkas Al-Khalili. It is one of the biggest oriental bazaars in the Middle East .

After the Breakfast meal, We head to old suburb of Coptic Cairo that contains many historic churches near the island of Rhoda the site of the Nilometer, which has been used to measure the Height of the River Nile since pharaonic times. Within the complex we will visit the Hanging Church of the 11th century AD, that was built on top of the water gate of the old Roman Fortress of Babylon. It is Located between two round roman towers, against which the Nile River once lapped before it shifted Course. Then, we see Abu Serga church, where the Holy Family sheltered in a cave as crypt during Their Flight into Egypt , it is the oldest existing structure within the fortress with foundations dating Back to the 5th century AD.

Finally, we see Ben Ezra Synagogue, the oldest in Egypt. According to local folklore, it is located on the site where baby Moses was found. Most of its Hebrew, Aramaic, Judeo & Arabic sacred manuscripts, Numbered 300,000 fragments are now dispersed among a number of libraries like Cambridge University and University of Manchester.

Afterwards, we visit the fascinating Street of Al-Muizz Li Din-Allah in Islamic Cairo. It is one of the oldest streets in Cairo, approximately 1 km long . It comprises many historical buildings ranging from The Fatimid era to the Ottoman period. Later you will be transferred back to your hotel.

The East Bank of Luxor. After the Breakfast meal, you will be transferred from the hotel by an air-conditioned vehicle to take your flight to Luxor city, in ancient times it was called Thebes. It was once the capital of the New Kingdom 1550-1060 BC. It is the world’s richest archeological site. Upon your Arrival, you will board your 5 Star Egypt Nile Cruise for check-in. After lunch on board, enjoy a visit to the impressive & monumental Temples of Karnak. It was built over a 1300-year period, the temple of Amun (the state God), that lies at the heart of the complex covers more than 60 acres.

Then, we head to the nearby Temple of Luxor. It was constructed approximately 1400BC. It was a primary cult temple, dedicated to the rejuvenation of kingship; it may have been where many of the pharaohs were crowned in reality or conceptually. In the Hieroglyphic language, it is known as ipet resyt ( the southern sanctuary). Both were famed throughout the ancient world and have attracted tourists since Greek & Roman times. Dinner and overnight on board Nile Cruise.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The West Bank of Luxor. After the Breakfast meal on your Nile Cruise, we head to the Valley of the kings, which was the necropolis of the New Kingdom pharaohs. 63 tombs have been found there and numbered on the maps in the order of their discovery ( entrance ticket to three tombs), while the tomb of the boy king Tutankhamun is optional with extra ticket. 

Afterwards, we explore the amazing partly rock-hewn Mortuary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut 1507 BC. It is a breath taking sight. Then, we proceed to the Colossi of Memnon, soaring 18 m high & originally guarded Amenhotep’s mortuary temple 1390 BC.

Then we take a pause by going to an alabaster workshop in order to learn the art of making alabaster vases by gifted artisans who inherited this important craft from the ancient ancestors and they teach us How to differentiate handmade and machine made products.(optional visit)

N.B.,  But if you did visit the Valley of the kings and the Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut before, you can replace them with the Mortuary Temple of Ramses the 3rd at Medinet Habu, which is second only to Karnak Temples in size and detail with reliefs that reach 27 m showing an oversized Ramses scattering enemies from his chariot. As well as Egypt’s sole relief of a naval battle against the sea peoples. Then, we go to the remarkable Valley of the Nobles , That is made up of more than 400 tombs mainly from the New Kingdom, providing an invaluable insight into daily life in the New Kingdom (entrance ticket to two tombs) .

Instead of the Valley of the Nobles, we can explore the beauty of the Valley of the Workers at the village of Deir al-Medina, where the craftsmen, servants and laborers who worked on the royal tombs lived in that village. Its tombs provide a rare insight into the lives of ordinary people in ancient Egypt. 

After Lunch, we will sail to the city of Edfu. Overnight on board the Nile Cruise at Edfu, which stands Beside the Nile almost exactly half-way between Luxor and Aswan.

 Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

After the Breakfast meal on board the ship, we visit the well-preserved ptolemaic Temple of Edfu, dedicated to the falcon headed god of kingship and protection called Horus. This most preserved temple In Egypt was built by Ptolemy the 3rd in 237 BC.

Then we go back to the cruise for Lunch and keep sailing till we reach the town of Kom Ombo, which is surrounded by fields of sugar cane and corn. That location was so important to the caravan routes from Nubia and various gold mines. Where, we will visit its imposing Greek Roman Temple of Kom Ombo overlooking the River Nile. It was dedicated to Sobek the crocodile god & to Horus the falcon-headed god. It was begun by Ptolemy The 6th in the 2nd Century BC. A museum near its place houses 40 crocodile mummies that have been found in the nearby necropolis.

Then we continue sailing to the city of Aswan. Dinner and overnight on Board the Nile Cruise.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After Breakfast on board the ship, Enjoy a day’s sightseeing in the city of Aswan. It is the southernmost town in Egypt. It was the ancient Egyptian gateway to Africa and the home of many granite quarries from which most of the obelisks seen in Luxor were sourced. Its ancient name (SWNET) is derived from the ancient Egyptian symbol for trade or market. It was equally important as a military station as a place of traffic. Start with the High Dam, which is an embankment dam built across the Nile and built between 1960 and 1970.

Then , we head to the island of Philae to discover the spiritual legend of goddess Isis & god Osiris. It was dedicated to the goddess Isis the divine mother of the pharaoh. Philae is an island in the reservoir of the Aswan Low Dam, downstream of the Aswan High Dam. It has been flooded since the initial construction of Aswan Low Dam in 1902

The temple complex was dismantled and moved to nearby Agilkia Island as part of the UNESCO Nubia Campaign Project , protecting it and other temples before the 1970 completion of the Aswan High Dam. After the construction of the High Dam , The island of Philae was flooded for six months each year. An incredible restoration program was undertaken in the 1960s . It was moved stone by stone to the current location.

  Afterwards, We visit the largest known ancient obelisk (the Unfinished Obelisk), which is located in the northern region of the stone quarries. The bottom side of the obelisk is still attached to the bedrock. If finished it would have measured around 42 m long or 137 feet long and would have weighed nearly 1,200 tons.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional tour to enjoy your Abu Simbel day trip from Aswan.

The tour guide will pick you up from the Cruise Ship by a private air-conditioned vehicle for a drive of 300 km heading to the two massive Rock Temples at Abu Simbel , which is a village in Nubia in the south of Egypt near the borders with Sudan . Both temples were carved out of the mountain side during the reign of the pharaoh Ramses II in 1264 BC

The complex was relocated in its entirety in 1968 on an artificial hill made from a domed structure, high above the Aswan high dam reservoir. The relocation was necessary or they would have been submerged during the creation of Lake Nasser , the massive artificial water reservoir formed after the building of the Aswan high dam on the Nile River.

Its Main attraction is the great sun temple of Ramses the 2nd & the temple Of queen Nefertari. Both outstanding temples were discovered in 1813, it was almost completely covered with sand. Ramses II built the temple mostly to honor himself as inside there is a mural depicting his famous victory at Kadesh battle where his army defeated his enemies.

Nearby, is the Nefertari Temple which was built by Ramses II to his favorite wife Queen Nefertari. After finishing the visit you will be escorted back to the Nile Cruise in Aswan by your private air-conditioned vehicle.

We take a feluca (sailing boat) to visit the lush and delightful Botanical Gardens On kitchener’s Island. If we have extra time you can do optional tour to a Nubian village located on the west bank of the Nile. the tour lets you meet and impact with a Nubian family and to learn about their simple Life style, culture and traditions. The Land of Nubia was a region along the Nile river covering the area between Aswan in southern Egypt and Khartoum in central Sudan. Nubia is one of the oldest & richest cultures in Africa, Its history can be traced as far back as 2,000BC.

Disembark from your Nile Cruise Ship after breakfast, then transfer to Aswan Airport for Flight back to Cairo.Upon arrival you will be transferred to your hotel, overnight in Cairo.

Meals : Breakfast

 from Cairo Airport.


Included:

  • Meet and greet service by our representatives at Airports
  • All transfers to/from airport & hotel by a private air-conditioned vehicle.
  • Accommodation for 5 nights in Cairo including daily breakfast.
  • Accommodation for 4 nights on board Nile Cruise Ship on full board basis
  • Domestic flight Cairo/Luxor – Aswan/Cairo
  • All sightseeing tours are private guided tours.
  • English-speaking tour guide during your tours
  • Meals at hotel & on Cruise Ship as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Bottled water during your tour.
  • All service charges and taxes



Excluded

  • Entrance fees to all the mentioned historical sites.
  • Lunch meal during Cairo day tour
  • International Airfare
  • Any optional tours
  • Personal spending
  • Tipping Kitty



Diamond Accommodation:
  • Mena House Cairo Hotel, Premier
  • May Fair Nile Cruise
MAY-SEPT OCT-APRIL
Per Person in Triple Room $ 1360 $ 1545
Per Person in Double Room $ 1419 $ 1600
One Person Traveling Alone $ 2139 $ 2370
Golden Accommodation:
  • Le Meridian Cairo Hotel, Premier Pyramids View
  • Farah Nile Cruise
MAY-SEPT OCT-APRIL
Per Person in Double Room $ 1138 $ 1424
One Person Traveling Alone $ 1754 $ 2035
Silver Accommodation:
  • Accor Hotel
  • Royal princces Nile Cruise
MAY-SEPT OCT-APRIL
Per Person in Triple Room $ 1144 $ 1325
Per Person in Double Room $ 1199 $ 1380
One Person Traveling Alone $ 1919 $ 2090
Bronze Accommodation:
  • Barcelo Hotel
  • Radamis Nile Cruise
MAY-SEPT OCT-APRIL
Per Person in Double Room $ 918 $ 1204
One Person Traveling Alone $ 1540 $ 1815

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