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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. We continue to Saqqara to explore the myriad tombs and temples.
This morning we transfer to the airport for your flight to the legendary 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. Enjoy a guided visit at Abu Simbel before we transfer to your hotel for check in.
Today we transfer to the airport for your flight to Aswan. Upon arrival you are met and transferred to your hotel for check in. Enjoy the remainder of today at your leisure.
A visit out of town takes us to the mighty High Dam. This afternoon's highlight is a leisurely boat trip to Agilika Island for Philae Temple - dedicated to the goddess Isis. Later, we transfer you to board your 5 star Nile Cruiser.
Sail the majestic Nile River between Aswan and Luxor in the comfort and luxury of a 5* Nile Cruiser. Watch 5,000 years of history unfold before you on an unforgettable journey through ancient Egypt. Relax, go for a swim or just chill out in the sun on deck. Let your troubles melt away, as the cruiser plies its route. A stop will be made at the waterside Temple of Kom Ombo - dedicated to the crocodile headed god - Sobek.
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.
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. Later, we transfer overnight to Dahab.
Arriving at Dahab, our base for the coming days, there is plenty of time to explore the Sinai – a region of incredible beauty. Dahab offers great diving, snorkelling, swimming and sun-worshipping possibilities. Dahab waterfront is dotted with laid back cafes, bars and shops, perfect for eating, drinking and a little relaxing retail therapy.
A free day for you to enjoy Dahab at your leisure. Optional excursions such as snorkelling at Dahab's Blue Hole or an energetic climb to the summit of Mt Sinai and a visit to St Katherine's Monastery are available. Camel and jeep treks into the surrounding Sinai Desert are also available.
Today you are collected from your hotel and transferred to Sharm el Sheikh for your flight back to Cairo. Upon arrival into Cairo you are met and transferred by road to Alexandria. Extending around 32 km along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, Alexandria, Egypt's second largest city was named after its founder, Alexander the Great and as the seat of the Ptolemaic rulers of Egypt, quickly became one of the greatest cities of the Hellenistic world - second only to Rome in size and wealth. Enjoy the remainder of today to explore Alexandria at your leisure.
We leave Alexandria today and drive into the Western Desert for your overnight stay at Bahariyya Oasis. Dating back to ancient times, it was prosperous until the 4th century, when attacks from surrounding tribes and the decline of Roman rule left great chunks of it’s surrounding agricultural land to be reclaimed by the surrounding desert. Whilst visitors come to enjoy the hot springs and palm groves, in the last few years, the oasis has received considerable archaeological attention, following the accidental discovery of a field of tombs dating back to Graeco-Roman period. There are believed to be as many as 10,000 mummies in the area, but only a few have been excavated so far.
We leave the desert today and head back to Cairo where you can spend the remainder of the day at your leisure.
The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, commonly referred to as the Egyptian Museum is home to an extensive collection of some 120 000 ancient Egyptian antiquities, with a representative amount on display and the remainder in storerooms. Enjoy a guided visit to the museum and Citadel today.
We bid you farewell today and transfer you to the airport for your onward journey.
Immediately across the Nile on Luxor’s West Bank, lie the myriad monuments, temples and tombs that comprise The Valley of...