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Cairo & Nile Cruise Trip by Train in 8 Days

8 Days
Private Tour
Every Sat, Wed & Thu

Do not Forget

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  • Snack
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Itinerary:


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]

Enjoy your Breakfast at the hotel in Cairo before checking-out. Then, we 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.
Afterwards , we head to the Egyptian Museum to witness a collection of the most ancient of Egypt’s historical artifacts. 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).
By the Evening time you will be driven to the area of Islamic Cairo to visit the Bazaar Khan El-Khalili, Cairo’s old bazaar. It was built in 1382 by Garkas Al-Khalili. It is one of the biggest oriental bazaars in the Middle East. Later, you will be transferred to Giza Train Station to get the sleeper train From Cairo to Aswan. Dinner and Breakfast will be served on board. Overnight inside your compartment.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

In the morning you will enjoy sailing to Kom Ombo, while getting Breakfast on board. Upon arrival, we visit Kom Ombo Temple. The city was so important to the caravan routes from Nubia and various gold mines .We will enjoy the visit to its twin imposing Greek-Roman temple 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.
Back to your Nile cruise ship to sail to Edfu with Lunch on board. Afterward, we move to visit the best-preserved cult temple in Egypt, Horus Temple in Edfu. It is 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. Enjoy an afternoon tea during sailing to Esna. Dinner and overnight on board.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Breakfast aboard the cruise before disembarkation. Afterward, we visit the splendid Temples of Karnak and Luxor on the east bank of the Nile, which are considered the greatest open-air museums and probably the second most visited historical site in Egypt after the pyramids of Giza in Cairo. 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. 
Later you will be transferred to Luxor Train Station to get the sleeper train back to Cairo. Dinner would be served on board the sleeper train. Overnight in your private compartment ( twin beds).
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Breakfast aboard sleeper train before arriving Giza train station, where you will be met and assisted by representative who will transfer you to your hotel for free time at leisure. There are some optional excursions available in Cairo to visit the Step Pyramid of King Zoser in 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. Overnight stay at your hotel in Cairo.
Meals: Breakfast

Breakfast at the hotel in Cairo, with free time before your Flight. Check out and then you will be Transferred to Cairo International Airport for final departure.
Meals: Breakfast

Included:

  • 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.



Excluded

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



Golden Accommodation:

  • Mena House Hotel 
  • The Oberoi Philae Nile Cruise
  MAY-SEPT OCT-APRIL
Per Person in Double Room $ 2078 $ 2199
Diamond Accommodation:
  • Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at The First Residence 
  • The Oberoi Philae Nile Cruise
  MAY-SEPT OCT-APRIL
Per Person in Double Room $ 2199 $ 2342

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