Classical Egypt - 9 days

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Experience the wonders of ancient Egypt in nine intoxicating days - the Pyramids, tomb strewn Valley of the Kings, King Ramses II - Abu Simbel and a relaxing cruise, meandering the River Nile onboard a stately Nile Cruiser.

Day 1: Cairo
Welcome to Egypt and the start of your holiday! Arrive Cairo, included transfer to hotel and overnight. Overnight - Cairo
Today we tour the Pyramids at Giza Plateau. Gaze in awe at Cheops (Khufu) - the largest of the three great pyramids. Constructed from over 2.5 million limestone blocks, it is thought to have taken more than 20 years to construct. The other two - Chephren and Mycerinus are equally impressive. Afterward we tour the tomb-strewn necropolis of Saqqara, featuring King Zhoser’s step pyramid. Constructed by Imhotep, the pharaoh’s chief architect in 2700 BC, this was the template for all future pyramid construction. Overnight - Cairo (B)
Colossal statues of Ramses II - Abu Simbel temple
Cairo - Aswan. This morning we venture to old Islamic Cairo and the Egyptian Museum, home to the most extensive collection of ancient Egyptian antiquities in the world. Arguably the most famous exhibit is the stunning solid gold funerary mask of the boy-King Tutankhamen. An entire gallery is devoted to the treasures unearthed by Howard Carter at Tutankhamen’s tomb in the Valley of the Kings in 1922. This evening we board our overnight sleeper train to Aswan. Overnight - Sleeper train (B)
Arrive Aswan and hotel check in. This afternoon we visit the Philae Temple and Aswan High Dam. Philae temple, dedicated to the goddess Isis, was rescued in an enormous UNESCO effort in the 1970s. Due to high water levels in the resevoir created by the Old Aswan Dam and further aquatic drama due to the creation of the mighty High Dam, Philae temple was relocated stone by stone on higher ground on nearby Agilika Island. Overnight - Aswan (B)
The road of sphinxes leading to Karnak temple in Luxor
Day 5: Abu Simbel
Aswan - Abu Simbel - Aswan. A short flight down south to explore the temples of Abu Simbel , created to revere the mighty pharaonic ruler King Ramses II. Guarding the entrance to the temple (built between 1290 and 1224 BC) hewn into the side of a mountain are four famous colossal statues of the pharaoh himself. In a fit of architectural wisdom, Ramses II had the entire temple carefully angled and oriented in order that the sun’s rays would allign twice a year on his date of ascension to the throne (in February) and on his birthday (in October) and illuminate the inner sanctum of the temple. The other rock cut temple at Abu Simbel is the Temple of Hathor, which is fronted by six massive standing statues. Four of them represent King Ramses II, the other two are of his beloved wife - Queen Nefertari. Famously, both temples were re-located in a multi-million dollar operation in 1972, further up from the shoreline of Lake Nasser.

Returning to Aswan, you will have some free time to perhaps do some shopping in the colourful souqs and markets or simply relax in this attractive town which straddles the River Nile. This afternoon board the luxury Nile cruiser for your three night cruise up the River Nile. Overnight - Nile Cruiser (B, L, D)
Nile Cruising. Relax and take in the riverside village views perched on the top deck! A stop will be made at the waterside Temple of Kom Ombo. Overnight - Nile Cruiser (B, L, D)
A five star deluxe cruiser on the Nile
Nile Cruising. Having the distinction of being the largest and most completely preserved pharaonic, albeit Greek-built, temple in Egypt, the Temple of Horus at Edfu, dedicated to the falcon-headed god Horus, was one of the last monumental temples built on a large scale. An early morning stop is made to view the temple and onward sailing to Luxor. Evening viewing of the Luxor temple. Overnight - Nile Cruiser (B, L, D)
Luxor - Cairo. Today we disembark at Luxor and explore the best of Ancient Thebes; Valley of the Kings, Valley of the Queens, Temple of Hatshepsut and later Karnak temple. Karnak is a spectacular myriad of sanctuaries, pylons, chapels, halls and obelisks, all dedicated to the Theban gods and to the greater glory of Egypt’s Middle and New Kingdom rulers. This evening board an overnight sleeper train to Cairo. Overnight - Sleeper train (B)
Day 9: Cairo
Cairo. Arrival into Cairo and onward departure transfer to the airport. (B)

Extend your stay with a little Red Sea relaxation!

Cairo Cruise & Coast - 13 days.
There's no better way to cap your Egyptian adventure than relaxing by the famous Red Sea resort town of Hurghada. Pyramids & pharaohs, ancient architecture & antiquity, cruising the River Nile, sunshine, sand & sea!
Tour Details
  • Starts in: Cairo / Ends in: Cairo
  • Departs: Any day of the year
  • No local payment required
  • Breakfast:8, Lunch: 3, Dinner: 3
  • Hotel Rating: 4 or 5 star (specific to your itinerary) 5 star Nile Cruiser
  • Tour Guide: Yes - at all sites of antiquity
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On tour in Egypt. Pyramids, Nile cruising, Abu Simbel & Red Sea!

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