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Welcome to Egypt's capital and Africa's largest city: Cairo. Upon arrival you will be met and transferred directly to your hotel. Upon reaching the hotel we will assist with your check-in and then the evening is yours to relax and freshen up.
Visit to the famous pyramids and lion-headed Sphinx 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. Continuing to Saqqara, where we explore the myriad tombs and temples at this site.
This morning we venture to old Islamic Cairo and the Egyptian Museum, home to the most extensive collection of ancient Egyptian antiquities. 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. We also visit the Citadel and Khan before transferring to the train station for our overnight sleeper train to Aswan.
Upon arrival we are transferred to our hotel. This afternoon sightseeing - Philae Temple and Aswan High Dam. Philae temple was rescued in an enormous UNESCO effort in the 1970s. It was relocated stone by stone on higher ground on nearby Agilika Island. This evening you will have free time to perhaps do some shopping in the colourful souqs and markets of Aswan.
This morning early we fly to the not to be missed Temple of Abu Simbel. Abu Simbel is one of the greatest Egyptian monuments ever built. The entire temple was moved from the banks of Nile when Lake Nasser was formed. This afternoon we board our luxury Nile cruiser.
Relax on the sun deck and enjoy the spectacular views and great facilities and service on board as the cruiser plies its course. Today you will disembark for a visit to The Temple of Kom Ombo which is dedicated to two gods, Sobek the crocodile God and Harveris the Sun God. Later today we explore Edfu, one of Egypt's best preserved temples.
A relaxing morning on our cruise boat. Arrival Luxor. Luxor - Egypt's open air museum. Taking a tour of this evening of Luxor Temple, which is beautifully illuminated at night.
Early this morning we cross to the West Bank, where we’ll see the massive Colossi of Memnon. We’ll then explore the Valleys of the Kings and the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut. This afternoon you are transferred to Luxor airport to meet your onward flight.
Immediately across the Nile on Luxor’s West Bank, lie the myriad monuments, temples and tombs that comprise The Valley of...