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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 your hotel, located at the foot of the Great Pyramids of Giza.
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 and the famous Zhoser’s step pyramid. The afternoon is sent on a visit to the famous Egyptian Museum, here you can enjoy a guided tour and free time to browse and explore the famed treasures of King Tutankhamen.
Bright and early this morning we drive to the port side city of Alexandria on the Mediterranean Coast. We embark on a guided tour of the Roman catacombs. Heading underground we view the largest known Roman burial site in Egypt, complete with burial chambers, labyrinth alleyways. We then visit Pompey's Pillar, a modest 25m tower, which is all that remains of an ancient column. We stop at the impressive, Library of Alexandria (and those who are interested can go inside) before following the seafront to Fort Quaitbey. Here, as we walk the promenade we'll see the citadel built during the 1480s, perhaps most famous for being the site of the great Lighthouse of Alexandria.
This morning we drive to Siwa Oasis. Stopping for a light lunch in Marsa Matrouh we continue onward to Siwa. Evening walk and opportunity for dinner in a typical Siwan style restaurant.
This morning we take a leisurely bicycle ride through the verdant date palm groves, visiting the local sights en-route. Our first stop is the Temple of the Oracle, dating back to near 570BC, whose most famous petitioner was Alexander the Great. Alexander visited the Siwa in the spring of 331BC, seeking confirmation from the Oracle that he was the son of Zeus (whom the Greek’s identified with Amun – the sun god and creator of all life in Pharaonic history). We cycle to Cleopatra Spring for a dip in the pool as the spring fed warm water bubbles to the surface. Afternoon we enjoy sunset dinner, swim and campfire at the ‘Great Saltwater Lake’.
Today we visit Mountain of the Dead and explore Old Shali. Old Shali is the old city abandoned in 1926 after 3 days of rain that literally melted the mud brick city. Afternoon - Desert Safari. 4x4 through the massive sand dunes of the Great Sand Sea, stopping off at an amazing natural spring fed lake surrounded by miles of sandy desert. We also visit the site of an ancient ocean abundant with marine fossils and finish the day at the hot spring of Bir Wahed for swimming and sunset dinner.
After breakfast we head off road on a 450-km journey to Bahariya Oasis. We pass by Bahrein, Nawemisa and Sitra Oases. Lunch en route, we Pass through magnificent sand dunes of the Great Sand Sea. Upon reaching Bahariya oasis, we check in hotel, after dinner and overnight in Hotel.
After breakfast we go 160-km on/off road to the black desert and The dune area, We start our climb of a 50meter dune. On route to Farafra we visit the crystal mountain, the area of the wonders with The desert roses and the arch. Moving on we head to the White Desert, we start exploring the formations and wind carved sculptors that resemble both human and animal faces, We explore the formations that resemble the surface Of a different planet. The night is spent in the desert, dinner and overnight camping.
From the white desert we head back to Cairo where you can freshen up and then fly to the Nubian city of Aswan. Arriving here, our guide will assist you to your hotel and then give you a walking tour of the town area so you can get your bearings.
This morning while it is still dark we hit the road for the excursion to possibly the most awe-inspiring temple of all ancient Egypt, with its gargantuan rock-cut facade is the magnificent Abu Simbel. Arriving here, enjoy a guided tour and free time to explore before returning by road.
Enjoy a morning tour of the Philae Temple and Aswan Dam. This afternoon we assist with your boarding boarding the 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.
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.
Today we disembark at Luxor and transfer to a hotel. Later 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.
Morning or afternoon the choice is yours we fly back to Cairo, with our teams on hand to assist with transfers at both ends.
Sadly your journey has come to an end, we will transfer you to the airport in time for your flight home.
As the site of the ancient Egyptian city of Thebes, 4000-year old Luxor has frequently been characterised as the "world's ...