Cairo to Abu Simbel by Train & Road in 8 Days
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Welcome to Cairo, Egypt
Our representative will meet and assist you at Cairo International Airport. Then, he will escort you to the hotel by air-conditioned vehicle. At hotel the he will assist with a smooth check-in and review your holiday itinerary with you to establish and confirm pick-up times for each tour.
Overnight in Cairo.
Check-Out after Breakfast at your hotel in Cairo. Then, we head to Giza Plateau to visit one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, the Great 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.
Afterwards, we enjoy the Egyptian Museum tour. More than 120,000 items are on display here, with another 150,000 stored in the basement. Pride of the collection are the treasures of Tutankhamun, but there are great pieces from every period of ancient Egyptian history from 3100 BC, Through to the Greek-Roman items of the second century AD. Some of these items have been transferred to the new Grand Egyptian Museum at Giza, currently under construction and due to open in 2020. Additional visit to the Mummies hall at the museum (extra ticket on spot).
Then, we continue to old suburb of Coptic Cairo. It contains many historic churches near Rhoda Island 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.
Continue driving to Islamic Cairo, where you will be able to explore the Bazaar Khan el-Khalili, Which is 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 Railway station to board the sleeper train to Luxor. Dinner & breakfast will be served on board. Overnight inside your compartment.
arrival at Luxor Train station, where you will be met & assisted by our representative. Then, you will be transferred to enjoy an excursion to two of the most interesting historical places in the west bank of the Nile River. It was the capital of the new kingdom 1550-1060 BC. It is the world’s richest archeological site. The first place we head to is 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 visit the amazing partly rock-hewn Mortuary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut 1507 BC at Deir el-Bahri. It is a breath taking sight. Then , we proceed to 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 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.
Then, enjoy a visit to the impressive & monumental Temples of Karnak on the East Bank of the Nile in Luxor. 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. Both temples are considered the greatest open-air museums and probably the second most visited historical site in Egypt after the pyramids of Giza in Cairo. Back to hotel and overnight in Luxor.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
After Breakfast transfer by air-conditioned vehicle to The city of Aswan (about a 3 hours and half drive from Luxor to 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. Upon arrival, you will be met And taken to your hotel for check-in.
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. It 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. Afterwards, we sail around Elephantine Island by a Feluca (sailing boat ) & If we have time we can visit the lush and delightful Botanical Gardens on kitchener’s Island.
If we have extra time you also 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. Then back to hotel and Overnight in Aswan.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Breakfast box, at 03:30 am we start our trip to Abu Simbel Temples. 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.
After finishing the visit you will be escorted back to the City of Aswan, heading to Aswan Railway Station for departure to Cairo. Sleeping train from Aswan to Cairo is about 14 hours. Overnight on Board the train.
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( you will check into your room as early as possible ) with some optional excursions available in Cairo 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.
we also can visit Memphis, which is the 1st recorded capital in ancient Egypt. Explore the ruins of Memphis, situated about 30km (19 Miles ) south of Cairo. It was the ancient capital of Egypt during the Old Kingdom (2600 BC – 2200 BC). It occupied a strategic position at the mouth of the Nile Delta. Its museum houses a giant statue of Ramses the 2nd, about 10 m in length and carved of monumental limestone. Overnight stay at your hotel In Cairo.
Free day in Cairo or optional trip to the city of Alexandria, to visit its famous sights. The tour to Alexandria will give you an opportunity to an insight of a different Ancient History, That of the Greek–Roman. Alexandria is Egypt’s second largest city, stretching 20 km along the coast. It was founded in 332 BC by Alexander the Great.The excursion will include visits to Pompey’s Column 27 m (89ft) high, which was a Roman triumphal column and the only known free-standing column that was not composed of drums. It is made of red granite and was part of the Serapeum complex.
Then, we drive to visit the Catacombs of kom El-Shoqafa ( mound of shards), which consists of a series of tombs of the pharaonic funeral cult with Greek and Roman influence consisting of three levels dug into the rock to a depth of 35m (115ft). It is the largest Greek-Roman necropolis in Egypt from the 2nd century AD.
Then, we proceed to see Qaitbey Fort, situated on the tip of the eastern harbor as a defensive fortress on the sea cost. It was erected in 1480 AD on the exact site of the famous lighthouse of Alexandria, which was one of the seven wonders of the ancient world.
Then, we head for the Library of Alexandria located on the shore of the sea. It was inaugurated in 2002, more than 2000 years after the ancient Bibliotheca Alexandrina was destroyed by fire. It was the greatest library in the ancient world. Overnight in Cairo.
Breakfast at your hotel, then you will be transferred to Cairo International Airport for final departure.
- Meet & assist upon arrival and departure
- All transfers by a private air-conditioned vehicle
- Accommodation for 3 nights in Cairo including daily breakfast
- Accommodation for 1 night in Luxor including daily breakfast
- Accommodation for 1 night in Aswan for including daily breakfast
- Accommodation for 2 nights on sleeping train on half board basis
- All sightseeing tours are private guided tours
- English speaking tour guide.
- Sightseeing tour to Abu Simbel by a private air-conditioned vehicle.
- Meals as mentioned in the above itinerary
- Bottled water during your trip
- Portage when needed
- All service charges and taxes
- Entrance fees to all sites as indicated on the itinerary
- Lunch meal during day tour in Cairo
- International Airfare
- Any optional tours
- Personal spending
- Tipping Kitty
- Le Méridien Pyramids Hotel & Spa
- Sonesta St George Hotel Luxor
- Mövenpick Aswan Resort
|Per Person in Triple Room||$ 989||$1039|
|Per Person in Double Room||$ 1039||$ 1089|
|One Person Traveling Alone||$ 1644||$ 1721|
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