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Welcome to Egypt and the start of your holiday! On arrival in Cairo you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel for check in. The rest of the day is yours free to relax. Overnight- Tiba Pyramids
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- Tiba Pyramids
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.
On arrival in Aswan 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. We are then transferred to our hotel before before taking a short felucca sail around Kirchener Island.
This morning you may opt for a trip to the impressive Temple of Abu Simbel, created to revere the mighty pharaonic ruler King Ramses II. 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. For prices please refer to Enhance Your Holidays. 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
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. We continue on to the Temple of Edfu. 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. After we sail onto Luxor.
Today we visit the west bank if Luxor and explore the best of Ancient Thebes; Valley of the Kings, Temple of Hatshepsut and Colossi of Memnon. Perhaps choose to take an early morning hot air balloon ride over luxor! See ancient Luxor from a different angle. Imagine drifting silently over temples, not only seeing ancient sites and ruins but also villages waking up in the early morning sun. Sail through the air over sugar cane fields and temples. See desert land and the Nile in the distance. For prices please refer to Enhance your holiday page of this quote. This afternoon we board our cruise for one last night.
Today after breakfast we disembark out cruise and visit the Temples of Luxor and Karnak. 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 back to Cairo.
This morning on arrival in Cairo we are met by a representative and transferred to our hotel for one final night in Cairo
Today we are met at hotel for a transfer to the airport for our final departing flight. Our arrangements end on arrival at the airport.
As the site of the ancient Egyptian city of Thebes, 4000-year old Luxor has frequently been characterised as the "world's ...