Cairo & Nile Cruise Trip by Train in 8 Days
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As you arrive at the Cairo International Airport, you will be greeted by our representative to assist you through the customs formalities. You will then be transferred by an air-conditioned coach to your hotel for check-in and stay overnight. The representative will review the itinerary with you to confirm pick-up times for each tour . [/vc_column_text]
Upon arrival at Aswan Train Station, you will be met and assisted by representative who will transfer you to embark your Nile Cruise Ship. Aswan 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. Back to the cruise with Dinner on board and overnight in Aswan.
In the early morning you will sail to the city of Luxor with enjoying Breakfast on board, 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. After Breakfast , we cross to the west bank of the Nile to visit the legendary Valley of the Kings. It 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 visit the amazing partly rock-hewn Mortuary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut 1507 BC at Deir al-Bahri. It is a breath taking sight. Afterward, we pay a visit to the alabaster workshop which is optional. On the way back we stop at the Colossi of Memnon, soaring 18 Meters high & originally guarded Amenhotep’s mortuary temple 1390 BC.
N.B., 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 head to the 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 enjoy seeing 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 . Back to the Nile Cruise Ship and have Lunch on board. Enjoy an afternoon tea aboard the Ship. Dinner on board and overnight in Luxor.
- Meet and greet service by our representatives at Airports.
- All transfers by a private air-conditioned vehicle.
- Accommodation for 2 nights in Cairo including bed and breakfast.
- Accommodation for 3 nights on a 5 star superior Nile cruise on full board.
- Accommodation for 2 nights on sleeper train for on half board basis.
- All sightseeing tours are private guided tours.
- Meals at hotels &the Nile Cruise Ship .
- Bottled water during your trip.
- Portage when needed.
- All service charges and taxes.
- International Airfare
- Any optional tours
- Personal spending
- Tipping Kitty
- Entrance fees to all the mentioned historical sites
- Lunch meal during Cairo tour
- Mena House Hotel
- The Oberoi Philae Nile Cruise
|Per Person in Double Room||$ 2078||$ 2199|
- Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at The First Residence
- The Oberoi Philae Nile Cruise
|Per Person in Double Room||$ 2199||$ 2342|
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