This itinerary is the ideal way to experience the mysteries of ancient Egypt in the comfort of excellent accommodation. From your first night in Cairo where you will be able to see the pyramids from your hotel to a perfectly planned cruise down the Nile this package includes all the experiences you would expect in a once in a lifetime trip.
- Wake up in the shadow of the Pyramids of Giza – the only remaining example of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World
- Ride in a horse drawn carriage to the preserved Temple of Horus in Edfu
- Learn the ancient Egyptian rites and secrets of immortality at the Mummification Museum
On arrival in Cairo you will be met by our local operator inside the immigration lounge to help you with all required arrival documents. You will then be transferred to your Pyramids area hotel. The remainder of the day at leisure to rest & admire the spectacular Pyramids from your room.
Saturday: Cairo (B)
Awake in the shadows of the Pyramids. Today’s exploration begins at the ancient capital of Memphis where you will visit the Step Pyramids of Sakkara – the oldest surviving Egyptian pyramid. Then continue on to the most iconic of Egypt’s monuments at the impressive site of Giza. Constructed approximately 4500 years ago the Pyramids of Mycerinus Chefren and the Great Pyramid of Cheops are the only survivors of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Face the mystical Sphinx reputedly used as target practice by Napoleon’s troops. This evening attend the inspiring Sound & Light Show at the Pyramids.
Sunday: Cairo – Luxor (B)
This morning fly to Luxor where you continue to retrace history & uncover a world of ancient gods and legends. Visit the Temple of Medinat Habu the Mortuary Temple of Ramses III. Continue to the house of famed archaeologist Howard Carter. Neglected for a long time the house has been restored to its former state by the famous Egyptologist & Archaeologist Dr Zahi Hawass. It is a fascinating insight into the life of the man who discovered the tomb of Tutankhamun after years of searching the Valley of the Kings.
This afternoon return to the East Bank and visit the Mummification Museum. The ancient Egyptians believed that in order for a person to reach the afterlife it was essential that both their body and their name remained so their soul would be transported from one life to the next. In order to achieve this mummification rituals were developed to preserve the body. The museum contains several human and animal mummies as well as the tools and the canopic jars needed for the ritual. Evening at leisure or to explore the markets of Luxor.
Monday: Luxor (B L D)
Leisurely morning before embarking on your Nile cruise. This afternoon visit the magnificent Luxor Temple built in the 14th century BC by two kings – Amenophis III and Ramses II. Follow the Avenue of the Sphinx to the Karnak Temple complex and gaze in awe at this imposing monument housing precious relics of Ancient Egyptian dynasties.
Tuesday: Luxor – Esna (B L D)
Today cross to the West Bank and visit Thebes Necropolis and the burial ground of the Pharaohs – the Valley of the Kings – where Howard Carter discovered the tomb of Tutankhamun in 1922. Proceed to the nearby Valley of the Queens the mortuary temple of Hatchepsut and the Colossi of Memnon facing the Nile. Explore the myriad of tombs and temples before cruising via Esna lock to Edfu.
Wednesday: Esna – Edfu – Kom Ombo – Aswan (B L D)
Savour breakfast aboard your vessel as you cruise on to the Temple of Horus one of the best preserved temples of the Greco- Roman era. Continue cruising to Kom Ombo and visit the Temple shared by two Gods – Sobek & Horus. The temple is perfectly symmetrical ensuring neither god was offended. The collection of crocodile mummies held here is fascinating, as are the frescoes which depict such scientific knowledge as surgical equipment and a pre-Georgian calendar. Later sail to Aswan and dine aboard your vessel.
Thursday: Aswan (B L D)
Take a local boat across to the Philae Temple dedicated to the goddess Isis and rescued from the rising waters of Lake Nasser at the time of the High Dam’s construction. This temple is said to be where Isis buried the body of her beloved husband Osiris. Later visit the High Dam the Old Dam and the ‘unfinished Obelisk’ lying in the ancient granite quarries of Aswan.
Friday: Aswan (B)
Disembark this morning and let the natural beauty of Aswan capture your imagination. Sail in a felucca around the lush islands of Aswan and view the Agha Khan Mausoleum. The afternoon is at leisure to explore Aswan’s markets and sip a drink on the banks of the Nile.
Optional morning tour to Abu Simbel. (Supplement applies)
Saturday: Aswan – Cairo (B)
This morning fly to Cairo a modern cosmopolitan capital with a rich heritage of cultural influences & echoes of ancient civilisations. Visit Old Cairo’s Coptic Churches including the Hanging Church. Continue to the Roman Fortress the unique Ben Ezra Synagogue, Mohammed Ali Mosque, and the Citadel that dominates Cairo’s skyline. Later visit the famous Egyptian Museum and marvel at millennia-old treasures it contains. This evening join the hustle and bustle of Khan El Khalili Bazaar before returning to your hotel.
Sunday: Cairo (B)
One last plunge through Egypt as you are transferred to Cairo airport for your onward flight.
- Air-conditioned transfers and transportation
- Accommodation in Deluxe Class hotels
- 4 night Nile cruise on a Deluxe Class ship
- Domestic flights (CAI/LXR and ASW/CAI)
- Daily breakfasts
- All meals on the cruise (4 lunches & 4 dinners)
- Professional local English-speaking guides
- Activities & entrance fees as per the itinerary
- 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
- Hotel charges for minibar or any extra charges
- Visas (unless specified)
- Any other services not clearly mentioned in the inclusions above