Taste the long history of Egypt as we will make your dream of following the footsteps of the pharaohs come true. You will have the chance to visit the most remarkable landmarks of the whole country within 8 days including visits to the Egyptian Museum, Giza Pyramids, the mighty Sphinx, you will also embark a Nile cruise and sail down the river Nile, the lifeblood of Egypt for over 5000 years to explore the Valley of the kings, Edfu, Kom Ombo, Luxor and Aswan.
Day 1: Arrival Cairo (Around the Clock)
Upon arrival to Cairo international airport you will find our representative waiting you. He will be responsible for finalizing all your documents, and then escort you to your hotel in Cairo for an overnight.
Day 2: Pyramids and Cairo’s landmarks
At the early morning you will meet your Egyptologist tour guide who will take you on a tour to Giza plateau, the northern extension of the necropolis of Memphis on the west bank of the Nile Pyramids of Cheops, as it will be your first time to visit the pyramids of Giza , you will anticipate the experience of standing before these magnificent structures rising out from the desert sands in a kind of time wrap, Napoleon the French military leader said to his soldiers talking about the pyramids ( from the top of these pyramids 40 centuries are looking down on us ) the pyramids of Giza built by generations father Cheops, son Chephren and grandson Mykerinus, and then continue across the plateau where you can have a photo of the three pyramids rising from the sands, with the Cairo skyline in the background. Then move on to the Sphinx that is considered the enigmatic symbol of Egypt for thousands of years. There is also an additional visit to the Solar Boat Museum housing the remarkably well preserved funerary boat of Khufu.
After that you will move to take your lunch at a good quality local restaurant, and then you will move to visit the Egyptian Museum at Tahrir Square, no tour to Cairo is complete without a stop at the Egyptian museum where you will view the magnificent golden treasures of Tutankhamun a place with too much to see and marvel at, more than 120 thousand artifacts are housed inside the museum narrating the long history of ancient Egypt, with an optional visit the Mummy room. Lunch at a good quality local restaurant (vegetarian food available on request).
Move on to Coptic Cairo, Old Cairo, where the holy family took shelter and found it a safe haven during their stay in Egypt as they fled king Herod , you will visit the Hanging Church, Saint Serga Church and Ben Ezra Jewish Synagogue.
Continue driving to Khan El Khalili bazaar is a great bazaar dating back to the 14th century AD boasting of over 1000 stalls and goods from all over the world including silver, gold, souvenirs, perfumes, statutes and so on. Then transfer back to your hotel and overnight in Cairo. After that you will move to Giza railway station, and then take your sleeper train to Aswan and overnight on board the train.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3: Aswan Nile Cruise Tours
Upon arrival at Aswan, embark a 5-star Nile River Cruise Ship and enjoy Lunch on board.
then enjoy a day to the best landmarks in Aswan starting with the High Dam, a rock fill dam which has a mass 16 times that of the great pyramid of Giza, built in ten years to provide Egypt with power supply and regulate the level of Nile waters around the year so that it has had a significant effect on the economy and culture of Egypt.
Then move on to philae Temple, dedicated to goddesses Isis and Hathor. The massive temple was dismantled, removed stone by stone as part of the UNESCO Nubia Campaign project and then relocated to nearby Agilkia Island 20 m higher which was even landscaped to resemble the island of Philae.
Then visit the unfinished obelisk, located in one of the granite quarry of Aswan city which was a main source of granite in ancient Egypt. This massive obelisk was left unfinished because some cracks appeared on its surface during its construction.
Then you will be back to the cruise Ship with Dinner on board and overnight in Aswan.\
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4: Kom Ombo and Edfu Temples
After having breakfast on board, you will visit Kom Ombo Temple, it is unusual dual Temple dedicated to two gods the crocodile god Sobek and the falcon headed god Haerorisas, known for its healing powers and people made pilgrimages to Kom Ombo to be healed and famed for first known representations of precise surgical tools. Some of these tools include suction caps, scalpels, bone saws, dental tools, medicine bottles, forceps, birthing chairs and forceps. Then sail to Edfu where you will visit the Temple of Edfu, the most preserved temple all over Egypt as it was built on a rise above the broad river Nile to avoid the destructive Nile floods occurred from time to time. Its walls portrayed a “Play” shows the overcome of Horus over the devil god Seth. Lunch will be served on board. Then sail to Esna, and lunch will be served on board. Dinner and overnight on board your Nile Cruise Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5: Luxor Nile Cruise Tours
The Cruise Ship will arrive at Luxor, and then upon arrival you will visit the West Bank of Luxor including the Valley of the Kings, the pharaohs selected this isolated and remote ravine to be their final resting place to keep their tombs out of sight and protect them against tomb robbery. There are 62 tombs. Each tomb has a number that represents the order in which it was discovered. The tombs are decorated with colorful paintings and religious scenes. It’s amazing how the original colors survived the centuries, so the tombs look more like art galleries than graves. You can visit 3 of them (the Tomb of Tutankhamen is an extra cost). Visit the temple of Queen Hatshepsut, Hatshepsut was only the third woman to become pharaoh in 3,000 years of ancient Egyptian history, and the first to attain the full power of the position. Her temple has unique design – the only temple in Egypt built in terrace formation into the cliff face. The scenes within the temple recites the tale of the divine birth of a female pharaoh – the first of its kind, along with the first commercial trading expedition to the ancient land of Punt (today’s Somalia) to exchange goods and bring incense of good quality used during the religious rituals inside the temples . Then visit the two colossal statues of memnon, once They were a part of a compete temple but the rest of the temple disappeared over centuries because of Nile inundation.
Dinner on board and Overnight in Luxor.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6: Luxor Nile Cruise – Train to Cairo
Disembark after having breakfast on board the Nile Cruise, and Then move on to the east bank to visit the impressive Karnak Temples, represents the combined achievement of many generations of ancient builders and Pharaohs. The second most visited place in Egypt after the pyramids of Giza, the second largest religious site in the world behind only Angor Wat in Cambodia. Everything is on a gigantic scale that will take your breath away. Be ready to lose yourself in the forest of 134 towering papyrus shaped stone columns imitating the papyrus marsh. Each one is so huge that it takes 6 people at least with their arms stretched wide to encircle it. The gigantic temple of Karnak will make you do nothing but to stand and stare at the dizzying spectacle
Then move on to the impressive Luxor Temple whose construction started by Amenhotep III, while the entrance was built by Ramses II.
Overnight in your private compartment (twin beds).
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Day 7: Cairo Optional Excursions
After breakfast on board the sleeper train, you will arrive at Giza train station and then you will be transferred to your hotel for free time at leisure (Please, notice that check into your room would be as early as possible).
There are some optional excursions available in Cairo such as visiting Sakkara located on the west bank, the place of death, darkness and silence according to the thought of ancient Egyptian people as it served as the necropolis for the ancient Egyptian capital of Memphis where you will find many pyramids, tombs, and mastabas including the Step Pyramid of King Djoser that was built by Imhotep, the genius architect who was later deified and then move on to Memphis the oldest capital of ancient Egypt founded by King Menes in around 3200 BC after he had unified the two lands of Egypt upper and Lower Egypt and remained the capital of Egypt throughout the old kingdom. Nothing much remains from this city but an open air museum housing a collection of statues and stelas such as the alabaster sphinx, the second biggest sphinx in Egypt and the gigantic statue of Ramses II, made out of limestone, Mohamed Ali donated it to the British museum but the hard task of moving the piece prevented the British from transferring it to England.
Overnight stay at your hotel in Cairo.
DAY 8: Cairo – Fly Back Home
At the early morning,g you will move to Cairo international airport for your final departure.
• Meet and greet service by our representatives at airports.
• 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 in Cairo (Private Guided Tours).
• All sightseeing tours in Cairo, Luxor and Aswan as mentioned in the itinerary
• All sightseeing tours on the cruise sharing another group.
• Entrance fees to all sites as indicated on the itinerary.
• All transfers by a private air-conditioned vehicle.
• Meals at hotels, cruise and during tours as mentioned in the itinerary.
• Bottled water during your trip.
• Portage when needed.
• All service charges and taxes.
• 30 minutes of local calling (5 minutes international) and a mobile phone loaned for the length of your stay or an Egyptian sim card for your unlocked mobile device