Cairo to Luxor Trip in Five 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.
After Breakfast , we head to Giza Plateau to explore 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.
Then , we head to the Egyptian Museum to witness a collection of the most ancient of Egypt’s historical artifacts. 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 ).
Afterwards, we have an inspiring tour to Coptic Cairo which houses old 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 the hotel and overnight in Cairo. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
After Breakfast, check out from hotel in the morning. Then, transfer to Cairo Airport for your Flight to Luxor, where you will be met and assisted by our tour representative and head for the hotel to check-in. Luxor in ancient times was called Thebes. It was once the capital of the New Kingdom 1550-1060 BC. It is the world’s richest archeological site.
Afterwards, we cross to the West Bank of the Nile 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.
Then, we visit the amazing partly rock-hewn Mortuary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut at Deir al-Bahri 1507 BC. It is a breath taking sight. Afterwards, we visit an alabaster workshop (optional). Then , we proceed to the Colossi of Memnon, soaring 18 meter high & originally guarded Amenhotep’s mortuary temple 1390 BC.
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.
Transfer back to the hotel in Luxor. Overnight in Luxor. Optional trip to Sound & Light Show at Karnak Temples. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
After Breakfast, you will discover the amazing Temples of Karnak & Luxor on the East Bank of the Nile. Both 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.
The complex of Karnak Temples 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).
Then, you will be driven to Luxor Airport for flight to Cairo, where you will be met and assisted at the Airport by our representative and taken to your hotel. overnight in Cairo. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Breakfast at your hotel in Cairo, then you will be transferred to Cairo International Airport for departure.
- Meet and greet service by our representatives at Airports.
- All transfers by a private air-conditioned vehicle.
- Domestic flights (Cairo / Luxor / Cairo).
- Accommodation in Cairo for 3 nights including daily breakfast.
- Accommodation in Luxor for 1 night including daily breakfast.
- All sightseeing tours are privately guided tours
- English speaking tour guide.
- Meals as mentioned in the above itinerary.
- Bottled water during the 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
- Le Méridien Cairo Airport
|Per Person in Triple Room||$ 715||$ 753|
|Per Person in Double Room||$ 742||$ 780|
|One Person Traveling Alone||$ 1089||$ 1155|
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