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Welcome to Egypt and the start of a wonderful holiday! Arrive Cairo airport, meet and greet service and included transfer to the 3* Trio Delta Pyramids Hotel.
We start with the dazzling antiquities at the Egyptian Museum. Amongst the many exhibits are the treasures of King Tutankhamen. This afternoon offers free time to relax and enjoy the hotel facilities or join us for an optional city tour visiting old Cairo and the Islamic citadel.
Today we visit Egypt's most loved sight - The Great Pyramids of Giza. We explore the Giza plateau, pyramids and massive Sphinx. Later, we tour Saqqara - an ancient necropolis with many half-buried tombs, the famous Zhoser’s step pyramid and Serapeum Temple. In the late afternoon/early evening, we will transfer you to Cairo airport for your short flight to Luxor. Here you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
Enjoy an early morning Hot Air Balloon excursion. Today, the massive pair of statues known as the Colossi of Memnon are the first monuments we will see as we arrive on the West Bank for our full day sightseeing - these are all that remain of the temple of Amenophis III. We then proceed to visit the Valley of the Kings, Valley of Queens, Hatshepsut temple, Ramesseum, Tombs of the Nobles, Madinet Habu, and pass by Howard Carter House.
It's a treat this morning as we will take you sightseeing to the rarely visited Temples of Dendera & Abydos. Enjoy a packed lunch during your visit before returning to Luxor for check-in on board our Nile 5 star cruiser where the remainder of the day can be spent at leisure before dinner is served on board.
Today, starting at 8am, we tour the ancient city of Thebes (the East Bank), taking in the magnificent Temple of Karnak. More than a temple, it’s a gigantic and stunning complex of sanctuaries and pylons dedicated to the Theban gods. We also visit the Temple of Luxor. At noon, its anchors away as we sail downstream to Esna.
Relax as we sail the Nile to the Temple of Horus at Edfu where you will enjoy a guided visit. Lunch on board and continue sailing to Kom Ombo for a visit to the spectacular temple there, which is dedicated to two gods, Sobek the crocodile God and Haroeris the Sun God. Arrive Aswan late evening.
Today, we enjoy a short boat trip to Agilika Island for Philae Temple - dedicated to the goddess Isis. The temple dates from 4th century BC but the Ptolomies and the Romans up to 3rd century AD built most of the existing structures. In danger of being completely submerged by the rising water of Lake Nasser, in 1972 UNESCO stepped in and an 8-year rescue effort was undertaken to relocate the entire temple 20m higher on Agilika Island. We also visit the unfinished obelisk. After lunch, take a relaxing felucca cruise past Elephantine Island. As the sun sets, free time to shop in the colourful souqs and markets or simply relax and watch an amazing sunset in Egypt’s southern most town straddling the River Nile.
After breakfast on board we disembark and transfer to your hotel in Aswan where the remainder of the day offers free time for you to explore this town independently. Alternatively, take our optional trip to St. Simon's and the temples of the Nobles - see our Enhance Your Holiday page for more details.
This morning we travel by road to the incredible temple at Abu Simbel. Abu Simbel, possibly the most awe-inspiring temple of all ancient Egypt, with its gigantic rock–cut façade, was created to revere the mighty ruler Ramses II. Guarding the entrance to the temple, the 4 colossal statues of Ramses II sit majestically staring out across the desert, seemingly since time began. Later today we transfer back to Aswan airport for your flight back to Cairo.
Today is free for you to enjoy the hotel facilities or further explore Cairo your own way. Alternatively, take your pick from one of our Enhance Options.
This morning we journey south of Cairo to visit the pyramid of Meidum and Dahshour royal necropolis (entrance to Red Pyramid only - all others are closed to the public at present). Meidum is one of the most mysterious pyramids in Egypt, believed to have been built for the last pharaoh of the Third Dynasty. Our sightseeing continues today with a guided visit to the royal necropolis of Dahshour, home to two of the oldest, largest and best preserved pyramids in the country. Transfer back to Cairo for overnight.
Today marks the end of your adventure with On the Go Tours. After breakfast and hotel check out we will transfer you to the airport in time for your onward departure flight.
As the site of the ancient Egyptian city of Thebes, 4000-year old Luxor has frequently been characterised as the "world's ...