Best of Egypt multi day tour is a well chosen package to cover many different destinations. Cairo is the capital of Egypt and the Arabic world. There is the taste of the past from ancient Egypt to the modem life. The second capital of Egypt which is Alexandria with its beauty on the Mediterranean Sea. In the south is Luxor where the ancient capital of Egypt and the burial locations of the kings and the queens.
Day 01: Cairo
Buffet Breakfast around 08.30 then proceed for a full day guided tour visiting Sakkara. It is the best known for the Step Pyramid and the oldest known of Egypt's 97 pyramids. It was built for King Djoser of the 3rd Dynasty by the architect and genius Imhotep who designed it and its surrounding complex to be as grand as it was unique and revolutionary. Continue visiting Memphis that was founded around 3100 BC to be the legendary city of Menes. The King who united Upper and Lower Egypt. This great city of the Old Kingdom became the administrative and religious center of Egypt. Lunch will be served at local restaurant then visiting the Papyrus institute where you can watch the process of manufacturing original paper. Continue visiting the Great Pyramids the only remaining wonder of world 7th wonders and the three largest and best preserved of all known Pyramids of Egypt. The most well known is The Cheops's Pyramid which consists of 2.3 Million stone blocks, each weighing 2.5 to 15 tons It was constructed as a tomb of the great pharaoh Cheops. The second largest pyramid was built for Cheops's son, King Chephren also known as Khafra. In addition to the usual parts of a pyramid complex, is the Sphinx and attached with the valley temple. The Mighty Sphinx represents the King Chefren with human head and lion body as a guardian for the entire sacred palace protecting king's tombs from thieves and enemies. The third largest pyramid was built for the pharaoh Mycerinus (also known as Menkaure). End of the tour then return to hotel & overnight (B/L)
Day 03: Cairo /Alexandria Sightseeing / Cairo
Buffet Breakfast around 08.00 then Proceed for a Full day guided tour by private A/C Coach (220 Km / 03 hours) to Alexandria visiting the Roman Theater / Alexandria Amphitheater (It includes the only known Roman amphitheater in Egypt, an impressively well-preserved structure composed of thirteen terraces. This was constructed in the traditional Greek style). City tour along the corniche of Mediterranean of about 25 km Your guide will explain to you the history of that beautiful coastal city and the second largest city in Egypt. It was Founded by Alexander the Great in 332 BC to be the capital of Graeco-Roman Egypt. Alexandria was also the center of learning in the ancient world. Starting from the Eastern Harbor to visit the Citadel of Qaitbay (1468-1496 AD). The Citadel is situated at the entrance of the eastern harbour on the eastern point of the Pharaohs Island, the place of Ancient Light House (the legendary lighthouse was one of the Seven Wonders of the World ). Enjoy the grand view of the eastern harbor, Lunch will be served at local restaurant then Proceed for a photo stop viewing the New Library (Bibliotheca Alexandrina) built on the same place of the great library of the ancient worl. It was opened in 2002 and has shelf space for 8 million books. It has capacity for 3,000 readers housed in a striking glass and granite building (with a sundial shaped roof) and there are also museums and a planetarium on the grounds. Later visit Montazah Gardens and Ex-Royal family summer palaces, the original Salamlek Palace was built in 1892 by Abbas Hilmi Pasha, King Fuad built a larger palace and called it the Al-Haramlik Palace which became official summer residence of the former royal family. The palace gardens now open to the public, cover an area of some 150 acres and contain numerous trees, palms, and flowers. Overlooking a beautiful beach, back to Cairo, arrive & overnight. (B/L)
Day 04: Cairo Sightseeing / Sleeper Train To Aswan
Buffet Breakfast then Check out from hotel by 08.30 AMand proceed for a full day guided tour visiting the Egyptian Museum which is located at downtown. It houses over 120.000 antiquities of ancient Egypt as well different prehistory eras. The most remarkable objects and the marvelous treasure of King Tutankhamun extracted from his intact tomb located in west bank at the valley of the Kings at Luxor's west bank. The tomb was discovered by archeologist Howard Carter with most beautiful golden coffin (110 kg ) & solid gold mask. Proceed to visit Old Cairo, where early Judaism and Christianity flourished in Egypt with the remains of the Fortress of Babylon. First built by the Persians around the 6th century BC, these ruins are indeed Cairo’s oldest original structure. Within the confines you will find the Church of St. Sergius, where the Holy Family is reported to have stayed, and the Hanging Church, the seat of the Coptic patriarchate for centuries, visit the Ben Ezra Synagogue. Inside this basilica-style temple, the so-called “Geniza Documents” were found, a treasure hailed as an unparalleled source of information about life of the Jews in Egypt’s past, Lunch will be served at local restaurant, continue visiting the Citadel of Saladin (Built by Saladin in 1176 to protect Egypt from the enemies, overlooking the city it was easy to defend from any attacks) & visit Mohamed Ali Alabaster Mosque (one of the most famous mosques in Egypt. It is distinguished by its beautiful architectural design, numerous domes, and tall minarets. The architects modeled it after the Blue Mosque in Istanbul ), Proceed visiting the new project of Fatamid Cairo, (Walking Tour) where you can walk and watch the many restored outstanding example of Islamic architecture belong to different eras since the construction of old Capital Cairo " Al Qaheira , tour along El Moaz St, (admission fees not included to enter inside old houses ) visits Al Aqmar Mosque with its splendid frontage which will be then adopted later for the frontage of the Coptic Museum and the Al Hakem Mosque (XI century), Qaluaon Complex, Sabil of Raman Abdel Katkhuda and the El Sehimi House, Al Futuh gate, Visit Al Azhar Mosque, founded of them 970, is one of the oldest mosques of Cairo and the seat of University Al Azhar, the second older university still active in the world, end your visit at Khan El Khalili Bazaar As one wanders through the labyrinth of narrow streets you will find workshops and stalls selling all manner of things from woodwork, glassware and leather goods to perfumes, fabrics and Pharaonic curiositie. End of tour by 18.00, transfer to railways station to board sleeper train to Aswan (Cabins), dinner on board & overnight. (B/L/D)
Day 05: Aswan
Breakfast onboard around 08.30 arrive to Aswan, meet & assist by our representative in Aswan Proceed for a guided tour visiting the Unfinished obeliskand granite quarries from where the huge stones cut to be shipping up north for the great building construction such as pyramids and Luxor huge temples, visiting the High Dam which consider the most outstanding achievement in Modern Egypt history protected the country from the annual Nile flood, transfer to hotel, free at leisure & overnight. (B)
Day 06: Aswan / Abu Simble / Aswan Nile Cruise (Sailing Days: Friday / Monday / Wednesday)
Breakfast Box about 04.00 AM Full day guided tour to Abu Simbel by private A/C Coach, the magnificent temples built by Ramses II southern borders of Egypt, where he wished to demonstrate his power and divine nature, four colossal 20 meters high statues of Ramsess II sit in pairs flanking the entrance, Uniquely happen twice a year the sun’s rays reach into the innermost sanctuary to illuminate the statues of Ptah, Amun- Re, Ramesses II and Re- Horakhty. The temple was cut out of the sandstone cliffs above the Nile River and when the High Dam was being constructed, this temple was moved to higher ground during the construction of the High Dam, back to Aswan, Felucca tour around the small Islands in the Nile stream and view the Aga Khan Mausoleum, visiting the Botanical Gardens ( Kitchener’s island), The island is of oval shape and covers an area of 17 acres: 650 meters long and 115 meters large. In the garden there are many different qualities of tropical and subtropical plants and for this reason it is considered one of the most important centres for botanic researches, In 1899, Lord Kitchener took possession of the island and made of it a place for rest and headquarters for leadership of his campaign; the island was named "Lords House". After the Kitchener departure the island became government property and was made Gezire El-Malek (the island of the king) and was entrusted to the Ministry of Irrigation of Egypt. In 1928 the island began to depend from the department of scientific researches of the Ministry of Agriculture who chose to change into a natural park of tropical and subtropical plants more suitable that the greenhouses used elsewhere. Return back to hotel & overnight. (F.B)
Day 07: Aswan / Kom Ombo / Edfu Nile Cruise
Breakfast on board, Sail to Kom Ombo, shore excursion visiting the temple shared by two Gods Sobek (Crocodile) and Haroeris ( Headed Falcon ) dates from about 180 BC during the Ptolemaic era, with additions made into Roman times. It stands right on the bank of the Nile between Edfu & Aswan, in ancient times, Kom Ombo stood on an important crossroads between the caravan route from Nubia and trails from the gold mines in the eastern desert. The temple at Kom Ombo was also built at this time, under Ptolemy VI. Since this bend in the Nile was a favored spot for crocodiles to bask in the sun and threaten locals, it is natural that the temple would be dedicated to Sobek, the crocodile god. But it is unusual in having a double dedication: it also honors Haroeris, a form of the falcon-headed god Horus &back to cruise, lunch, free at leisure and time to relax on board the sundeck watching the great scenes on both banks of the Nile watching the daily life of people at Egyptian country side (Upper Egypt),
P.M sail to Edfu, dinner served onboard, by night enjoy a them night of Galabeya Party will be held which people dress in traditional clothes & enjoying the local music, belly dancing as well & overnight. (F.B)
Day 08: Edfu / Luxor Nile Cruise
Breakfast on board, a shore excursion by horse carriage to The temple of Horus in Edfu (best preserved cult temple in Egypt )This partly because it was built later than most: in the Ptolemaic era from 237 to 57 BC. As built in Greco Roman times. Horus was the god of the sky whose eyes were the sun and the moon. He became equated with the king, and therefore the King was Horus manifest. He was later assimilated into the popular myth of Isis and Osiris as the divine couple's child. Raised by Isis and Hathor after Osiris' murder by his brother Seth, Horus avenged his father's death in a great battle at Edfu. Seth was exiled and Horus took the throne, Osiris reigning through him from the underworld. Thus all pharoahs claimed to be the incarnation of Horus, the "living king." The Temple of Edfu was abandoned after the Roman Empire became Christian and paganism was outlawed in 391 AD. It lay buried up to its lintels in sand, with homes built over the top, until it was excavated by Auguste Mariette in the 1860s. The sand protected the monument over the years, back to cruise & sail to Esna, cross the lock, Lunch, enjoy the beautiful scenes on both banks of the Nile while you enjoy your coffee on board the sun deck, and experience the sailing upstream the great Nile River, continue sailing to Luxor dinner served onboard & live entertainment & overnight (F.B)
Day 09: Luxor / Cairo
Breakfast on board, Disembarkation at 07.30 guided tour visiting the Necropolis of Thebes at the west bank where located the Valley of the kings which known as the " Place of Truth" and is where the burial tombs of the New Kingdom Pharaohs are located. The tombs were hewn from the rock and were intended to protect the mummies of the pharaohs from grave robbers. The tombs is rich painting and best preserved funeral scene on tombs walls in whole Egypt, while probably the most famous is that of Tutankhamun which was discovered by Howard Carter in 1922 (this tomb sometimes open to the public). the funerary temple of Queen Hatshepust " Deir Al Bahary " the only woman Pharaoh to have ruled Egypt declare herself as divine person, and she is depicted in masculine form wearing a pharaoh’s kilt and artificial beard , finally visiting the twin Statues of 18 meters high Colossi of Memnon remains of funerary temple of Amenophis III, end tour and drive back to east bank .
14.00 P.M, Transfer to Luxor airport for internal flight to Cairo (LXR/CAI), arrive, assistance by our representative, transfer to hotel , rest of day at leisure & overnight . (B)
Day 10: Cairo / Final Departure
Buffet Breakfast & (Check out from hotel before 12.00) transfer airport for the final departure and time to saying good bay to new friends end of our services. (B)
Itinerary Variations: The above itinerary is subject to change due to circumstances beyond our control.
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Nile Cruise 5*
RADAMIS I/II, ROYAL RUBY, ROYAL PRINCESS, SARAH, GRAND PRINCESS, SEMIRAMIS, NILE DOLPHIN, BLUE SHADOW, TU YA , AL JAMILA, TI YI , ROYAL ESADORA , STEPHANE , PIONEER II , TOWER PR , PRINCESS DU NIL. OR SIMILAR CATEGORY.
Tour category: Nile Cruises, History, Packages
Departure location: Cairo
Duration: 10 Days
Booking in Advance: 2 months before the event
Physical Difficulty Level: Moderate
Travel mode: Deluxe air-conditioned Vehicle, Sleeper train, Plane, Nile Cruise
Adult price: $1950
Child price: $ 1100
Infant Price: $ 250