Cairo , Nile Cruise & Sharm El-Sheikh on the Red Sea in Sinai in 12 Days
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Welcome to Cairo, Egypt
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
Check out after Breakfast at your hotel in Cairo, meet your Tour Guide who will accompany you to Giza Plateau to explore the history of the pyramids of Cheops, Chefren and 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.
Afterward, we enjoy visiting 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.
Later, you will be transferred to Giza Railway Station to board the Sleeper Train to Aswan. Dinner will be served on board. overnight inside your compartment. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch. Dinner
After Breakfast on board the train, our tour representative will meet you at Aswan train station and then you will be transferred by a private air-conditioned vehicle to your Nile Cruise Ship for embarkation in Aswan before lunch. 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. Then, enjoy visiting the high dam, which is an embankment dam built across the Nile and built between 1960 and 1970. Afterwards, we go to the Island of Philae. Its temple was one of the rescued and relocated monuments after the building of Aswan dam in 1898-1902, where we can explore its amazing temple that was dedicated to the goddess Isis the divine mother of the pharaoh.
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. Dinner on board and overnight in Aswan. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Sail to Kom Ombo, Have breakfast on board. The town of Kom Ombo was so important to the caravan routes from Nubia and various gold mines. It is surrounded by fields of sugar cane and corn, where we will visit the 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.
Afterward, the cruise set sail to Edfu, Lunch on board . Then we visit the well preserved Horus Temple in Edfu. It was 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 Afternoon tea During sailing to Esna. Dinner and overnight on board. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
The city of Luxor , 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. Breakfast on board . Afterward, we cross to the west bank of Luxor city to visit the legendary 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 visit the amazing partly rock-hewn Mortuary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut 1507 BC at Deir al-Bahri. It is a breath taking sight. Then we pay a visit to the alabaster workshop (optional), on the way back we stop at the Colossi of Memnon, soaring 18 meter 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.
Lunch on board, then we proceed to visit East Bank of the Nile to 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. 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. Both were famed throughout the ancient world and have attracted tourists since Greek and Roman times .
Enjoy afternoon tea during sailing. Have your Dinner on board and overnight in Luxor. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Breakfast on board, disembark from your Nile Cruise after breakfast, then you will be transferred to Luxor Airport for flight to Sharm. Upon arrival at Sharm Airport, You will be Transfered to your hotel in Sharm and overnight. Meals: Breakfast N.B: Most flight from Luxor to Sharm is indirect flight via Cairo Airport.
Free day in Sharm El-Sheikh or you are free to get an optional tour to the Natural Colored Canyon. Enjoy an inspiring walk among sandstone canyon walls streaked with yellows, purples, reds & gold colors. Certain walls reach up to 40 meters. you feel as if you are in a spectacular coloring book. Overnight in Sharm. Meals: Breakfast
Free day in Sharm or enjoy an optional tour to the Monastery of St. Catherine, Founded in ad 527 by Emperor Justinian on the site where it is believed that Moses saw the Burning Bush, this evergreen is said to be from the same stock as the bush from which God instructed our Prophet Moses to lead his people out of Egypt to the Promised Land. Nearby, most visitors climb the well-worn path to the top of Mount Sinai where Moses is said to have received the 10 Commandments.
Catherine saint and virgin was martyred in the early 4th century at the hands of the pagan Emperor Maxentius. Angels transported her body to the highest mountain. in 850 her body was discovered by monks from Sinai Monastery located at the heart of Sinai and at the foot of Mount Moses. The monastery is run by the Greek Orthodox Church. Its rich library houses the world’s second largest collection of religious manuscripts after the Vatican.
You can see the Burning Bush and a large number of antique works of art: Invaluable icons, carved Doors, old wall paintings & other fine Religious ornaments. Overnight in Sharm. Meals: Breakfast
Breakfast at your hotel in Sharm El Sheikh and then you will be transferred to Sharm El Sheikh Airport for flight to Cairo. Overnight in Cairo. Meals: Breakfast
Start your day visiting the Egyptian Museum with its splendid collection of fascinating 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. 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 AD.
Then proceed to visit the Old bazaar of Khan El Khalili , It was built in 1382 by Garkas Al-Khalili. It Is one of the biggest oriental bazaars in the Middle East .
Then, we move on to 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. Back to your hotel and overnight in Cairo and back to hotel And overnight in Cairo. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Breakfast at hotel, then transfer to Cairo Airport for final departure.
- Meet and greet service by our representatives at Airports
- All transfers by a private air-conditioned vehicle
- Domestic flight (Luxor/ Sharm – Sharm / Cairo)
- Accommodation for 3 nights in Cairo including bed and breakfast
- Accommodation for 3 nights on a 5 star superior cruise on full board
- Accommodation for 1 night on sleeper train on half board basis
- Accommodation for 4 nights in Sharm El Sheikh including Bed & Breakfast
- All sightseeing tours are Private Guided Tours
- Bottled water during your tour
- Meals at hotels & on cruise ship as mentioned in the itinerary
- Portage when needed
- All service charges and taxes
- Entrance fees to all sites as indicated on the itinerary.
- Lunch meal during day tours in Cairo
- International Airfare
- Any optional tours
- Personal spending
- Tipping Kitty
- Le Méridien Pyramids Hotel & Spa
- MS Nile Goddess Nile Cruise
- Maritim Jolie Ville Royal Peninsula Hotel & Resort
|Per Person in Triple Room||$ 1457||$ 1666|
|Per Person in Double Room||$ 1529||$ 1732|
|One Person Traveling Alone||$ 2199||$ 2519|
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