This comprehensive tour encapsulates all the very best that Egypt has to offer. Including all entrance fees (aside from optional extras), this package will unlock all of the well-known secrets of this ancient kingdom, as well as many more esoteric attractions that the extra time in this fascinating land can accommodate.
- Step back in time with a private tour of the Great Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx, then come back to the present with the spectacular Sound and Light Show
- Embrace history with an unforgettable night at the stunning temples of Abu Simbel
- Retrace the footsteps of Cleopatra as you journey to Alexandria
Day 1: Cairo
Welcome to Egypt. You will be met inside immigration by our local operator. Gain your first taste of Egyptian life as you are transferred to your Pyramids area hotel.
Day 2: Cairo (B)
A day to remember! The ancient capital of Memphis and the enduring monuments of Sakkara will have their secrets revealed by your private Egyptologist guide. Continue to the awesome Pyramids of Giza and the mysterious Sphinx. The Great Pyramid of Giza is a defining symbol of Egypt and the last of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The Sound and Light Show at the Pyramids this evening is a perfect way to end an unforgettable day.
Day 3: Cairo - Abu Simbel (B D)
Early this morning transfer to the airport and fly to Abu Simbel. On arrival transfer to the entrance, from here walk into this amazing complex to view the magnificent Temples of Ramses II. These celebrate this mighty Pharaoh, often regarded as the greatest of all the pharaohs (also known as Ozymandias by the ancient Greeks), and Queen Nefertari, a famed Queen and diplomat in her own right. Marvel at the amazing engineering that saved the temples from a watery grave below Lake Nasser.
Optional Excursion: See the incredible Abu Simbel complex brought to life with a sound and light show (supplement applies)
Day 4: Abu Simbel – Aswan (B)
This morning fly to Aswan. Later explore the desert refuge of St Simeon’s Monastery. Later immerse yourself in the Nubian culture at the Aswan markets or relax and view the daily life of the Nile
Day 5: Aswan (B L D)
Morning at leisure in Aswan to soak up the feeling of the city that in antiquity was the frontier town for the south of the Egyptian empire
. Later this morning transfer to your cruise boat. Take a relaxing felucca sail around the islands of Aswan, including Elephantine where some claim the Ark of the Covenant was hidden for a time.
Day 6: Aswan - Kom Ombo – Edfu (B L D)
See the huge Aswan High Dam and the Temple of Philae which was almost submerged during the construction of the High Dams, but for an international effort to move the entire temple complex. Later, cruise to the Temple of Kom Ombo, a favourite of our team due to the amazing displays of ancient wisdom. From the heliocentric solar system and surgical instruments to the incredible crocodile mummies, this temple is majestic.
Day 7: Edfu - Esna – Luxor (B L D)
Explore Edfu’s mysterious temple built upon the site of the final battle between the good and just god Horus and his strong uncle Seth who was trying to steal his crown. The battle culminated when Seth turned himself into a hippopotamus, only to have Horus finally defeat him.
Day 8: Luxor (B)
Disembark your cruise ship and spend an unforgettable day exploring the West Bank including the Valley of the Kings, Temple of Queen Hatshepsut and Colossi of Memnon. This giant statue at the entrance, is named after the Ethiopian King who brought his army to Troy’s defence during the Trojan War. The Valley of the Kings contains many ancient Pharaonic tombs. Visit the Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut, carefully constructed for this famous female ruler of the 18th Dynasty. Later cross to the East Bank to explore the awesome grandeur of the Luxor and Karnak Temples.
Optional Excursion: Take the opportunity while in the Valley of the Kings to visit the tomb of Tutankhamen, discovered in 1922 after years of searching by Howard Carter. (supplement applies)
Day 9: Luxor (B)
Your private Egyptologist guide will help your discovery of Luxor. Your first visit of the day will be to the Temple of Medinat Habu - the mortuary temple of Ramses III following his assassination in a plot led by one of his wives. Later, step back into more recent history with a visit to Howard Carter’s house. Neglected for a long time, the house has now been restored to its former state by the famous Egyptologist and Archaeologist Dr Zahi Hawass. This afternoon, learn the ancient Egyptian rites of immortality with a visit to the Mummification Museum before returning to your hotel for some time at leisure.
Day 10: Luxor - Cairo – Alexandria (B)
After breakfast depart Luxor and fly to Cairo, then board a train (First Class) to Alexandria, where Cleopatra rolled herself into a rug to be smuggled into Julius Caesar’s Palace. The city is also famed for its lighthouse from antiquity, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and the historic Library which was destroyed by fire, but in more modern times reconstructed.
Day 11: El Alamein Battlefield (B)
Explore El Alamein, site of one of the most decisive battles of World War II. It was here that 200,000 Allied soldiers under the command of Bernard Montgomery finally defeated Erwin Rommel – known as the Desert Fox. This battle, which cost many lives on both sides, is credited with leading to the surrender of the Axis forces in North Africa. The Allied Cemetery and museum are sober places to reflect on this significant WW II campaign.
Day 12: Alexandria – Cairo (B)
See the amazing newly restored Alexandria library, the design of which was the winner amongst 1,400 architecture firms around the world who were briefed by UNESCO to create a design worthy of the site and heritage. Then it is time to depart this historic city on the Mediterranean and return to Cairo by train.
Day 13: Cairo (B)
This morning explore Old Cairo’s Christian heritage. Visit the Coptic churches (including the Hanging Church). Later unlock the secrets of the glittering treasures of the Pharaohs held in the famous Egyptian Museum during a tour guided by your own Egyptologist. Then visit the famed Khan El Khalili Bazaar, where shopping bargains abound.
Day 14: Cairo (B)
Departure transfer to the airport.
On some itineraries the cruise will be 4 nights with no overnight hotel in Luxor required. Superior Tourist Class hotel is the best available at Abu Simbel.
- Private airport transfers
- Accommodation: 2 nights Cairo Pyramids area accommodation, 1 night at Abu Simbel (best available accommodation), 1 night Aswan, 3 nights Nile Cruise – all meals included on board, 1 night Luxor, 2 nights Alexandria, 2 nights Cairo city location
- Daily buffet breakfasts
- Return rail trip Cairo/Alexandria x Alexandria/Cairo
- Private transfers in A/C transportation • Daily breakfasts
- All meals on Nile Cruise
- Sightseeing with Private Egyptologist guide throughout Egypt excluding cruise
- Join group guided sightseeing on the Nile Cruise
- Flights Cairo/Abu Simbel/Aswan & Luxor/Cairo
- First class train Cairo/Alexandria/Cairo
- Entrance fees
- International airfares
- Optional tours and excursions
- Port Taxes and fuel surcharges
- Tipping/Gratuities (please refer to tour notes for a recommended guideline)
- Personal Expenses
- Departure taxes
- Local Tourism Dirham tax (for Dubai only)
- Hotel charges for minibar or any extra charges
- Visas (unless specified)
Any other services not clearly mentioned in the inclusions above
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