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Welcome to Cairo. We will be there to meet you at Cairo airport and transfer to your hotel. Rest of the day to spend at leisure.
Today visit Giza Plateau and explore the pyramids and Sphinx. It is estimated Cheops (the largest of the pyramids) was constructed from no less than 2.5million quarried limestone blocks, weighing around 6 million tonnes. Later we explore Saqqara - an ancient necropolis with many half-buried tombs and the famous Zhoser's step pyramid.
After a leisurely morning in Cairo we will transfer you to the Mediterranean coast and the legendary city of Alexandria. Hotel check in and remainder of day at leisure. Overnight at the Paradise Inn Maamoura.
Today enjoy a guided tour of the ancient city of 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. Here you will visit the Roman catacombs - the largest known Roman burial site in Egypt, which were discovered accidentally in 1900 when a donkey disappeared through the ground. Also visit Pompeii’s Pillar and drive past the impressive Library of Alexandria, to the gates of the great Montazzah Palace, home to King Farouk. Later this evening we will transfer you back to Cairo.
This morning we depart Cairo and head out to the Valley Of The Whales where you’ll find the world’s greatest collection of skeletal fossils from the earliest forms of shark and whale. Millennia of wind and water erosion have resulted in an equally spectacular landscape of eroded sandstone cliffs and buttes. We continue into the desert to Bahariyya Oasis where you will have the opportunity to explore and relax as the sun sets over the incredible desert landscape.
This morning we explore a ruined temple and a settlement that dates back to the 17th Dynasty. Next we head to the White Desert in 4x4 vehicles, visiting some fantastic sites along the way including Crystal Mountain, the Tombs of the Nobles, the Temple of Alexander the Great and the Black Desert where little black, volcanic stones adorn mountains leaving the landscape looking charred and other worldly. Continue into the White Desert, an expanse of land characterized by white rock formations worn by desert winds into weird shapes. Tonight we will camp under the stars and as the sunsets, witness the subtle shift of color from white through pinks and oranges to moon lit opaque.
This morning journey to Farafra Oasis and visit a local artist at the Badr Museum for an insight into the local customs. Moving on towards Dakhla Oasis we visit Al Qasr, an abandoned, high-walled, medieval city. Explore the labyrinth of streets lined with mud brick buildings, some of which have inscribed lintels detailing the owner along with a quote from the Quran. Other features include an olive press, the mosque and a school. Next up is Deir al-Haggar or ‘the Monastery of Stone’, a Roman Temple with reliefs and wall paintings that depict the members of the Theban triad to whom the temple was dedicated. Enjoy a dip in the local, mineral-rich hot springs and end the day ready to relax at the oasis hotel in Dakhla.
Departing Dakhla, we begin our exit of the desert region with a visit to Kharga Oasis. Here we check out the Temple of Hibis (exterior only) and visit the 4th century, mud brick necropolis of Al-Bagawat, one of the oldest Christian graveyards in the world with over 260 tombs and 120 chapels spread out over the hillside. After lunch we continue on to Luxor for hote check in. Later this evening we visit Luxor temple by night.
Abydos was in ancient Egyptian times the cult centre of the god Osiris and its superbly carved Temple of Seti I has been a tourist attraction since the 1830s. Enjoy a guided visit here today exploring the temple's many halls and sanctuaries featuring fine bas-reliefs. Our next stop of the day is the Temple of Hathor at Dendara. Its astronomical ceiling and rooftop sanctuaries offer a unique insight into solar rituals. Return to Luxor for overnight.
Today take a tour of Luxor's West Bank visiting the legendary Valley of the Kings and the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut. The Valley of the Kings is studded with often highly decorated tombs, constructed to once house the regal sarcophagi enclosed mummies of the mighty pharaohs, awaiting their passage into the after-life. Return to Luxor and check in onboard a deluxe Nile Cruiser before visiting the beautifully illuminated Luxor Temple at night.
This morning we explore the Graeco Roman Temple of Khnum at Esna, before sailing onto Edfu. The Temple of Horus at Edfu is the most completely preserved Egyptian Temple and dominates this West Bank town. Later this afternoon we set sail for Kom Ombo for our overnight.
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.
Welcome to Aswan, it's time to explore the mighty Aswan High Dam and travel by boat to the Temple of Philae, dedicated to the goddess Isis. Remainder of day and evening free.
This morning after breakfast you'll disembark from the Nile cruise boat where our local representative will be waiting to transfer you by road to the incredible Sun Temple of King Ramses II at Abu Simbel. Guarding the entrance to the temple hewn into the side of a mountain are four famous colossal statues of the pharaoh himself. The other rock cut temple at Abu Simbel is the Temple of Hathor, which is fronted by six massive standing statues. Enjoy a guided tour of this spectacular temple before returning back to Aswan for hotel check in and overnight stay.
Enjoy a day at leisure making the most of the hotel's facilities.
This morning we will transfer you to the airport for your flight back to Cairo. Upon your arrival you will be taken to your hotel for check in. Later today enjoy a guided visit to the Egyptian Museum, home to an extensive collection of ancient Egyptian antiquities including King Tutankhamen's exquisite gold death mask.
Today is your final day in Egypt and you will have your rooms available for use until your late evening transfer to the airport for your onward departure flight home. Spend today as you wish - perhaps you'd like to visit the Khan el-Khalili Bazaar doing souvenir shopping.
As the site of the ancient Egyptian city of Thebes, 4000-year old Luxor has frequently been characterised as the "world's ...