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Welcome to Egypt! Upon arrival in Cairo you will be transferred to your hotel.
Today, we visit the pyramids and Sphinx at Giza Plateau. Sole survivors from the ancient Greek-listed Seven Wonders of the World. Gaze in awe at the largest of the three great pyramids - Cheops, constructed from over 2.5 million limestone blocks it took more than 20 years to construct. While at the Pyramids, we take a camel ride across the desert sands. This afternoon, we venture in search of the treasures of King Tutankhamen, mummies and more at the Egyptian Museum.
Transfer to the airport in Cairo to take a flight via Aswan to the temples of Abu Simbel, created to revere the mighty pharaonic ruler King Ramses II. We fly onto Aswan, where you will be met and transferred to your hotel. You have a free afternoon to explore the Nubian city of Aswan. Take a walk of the local market and souq. Aswan is stunningly situated right on the Nile, a walk along the river corniche to view the many boats is a real treat, as is Aswan bazaar. Sail on the Nile enhance option available - please let me know if you would like to book
We visit the Philae Temple and Aswan High Dam. Philae temple, dedicated to the goddess Isis, was rescued in an enormous UNESCO effort in the 1970s. Due to high water levels in the resevoir created by the Old Aswan Dam and further aquatic drama due to the creation of the mighty High Dam, Philae temple was relocated stone by stone on higher ground on nearby Agilika Island. This afternoon board the luxury 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.
Rise and shine! Today, we visit Luxor’s legendary West Bank - home to the famous Valleys of the Kings and Queens, the imposing colonnaded temple of Queen Hatshepsut and the gigantic Colossi of Memnon. See how the ancient Egyptians confounded tomb robbers with the construction of elaborate catacombs, once filled with treasures and highly decorated to allow the pharaoh passage to the afterlife. This afternoon, we visit the Temple of Luxor.
We visit Karnak Temple. More than a temple, Karnak is a spectacular complex of sanctuaries, pylons, statuettes and obelisks. Built on a grand scale, Karnak is probably Egypt’s finest ancient temple. Free afternoon or wander along Luxor’s historic waterfront. We transfer you to the airport for your flight back to Cairo, where you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Compulsory New Year's Eve Gala Dinner tonight.
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Amman (booked independent to this trip), where you will be met and transferred directly to Petra, a 2 hour drive away. Check in to your hotel and spend the remains of the day at leisure.
After breakfast, spend the day with your private guide exploring the ancient Nabatean Rose City of Petra - a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Access the hidden archaeological treasures of the Rose City on a walk through a narrow, deep siq, where the rocks finally give way to reveal the famous facade of Al-Khazneh (the Treasury). It's also possible to ride a horse through the Siq. Once inside the ancient city, discover tombs, temples, an impressive amphitheatre and a Roman colonnaded street. If you're feeling energetic ascend the hundreds of rock-cut steps to Ad-Deir. Better known as the Monastery, Ad-Deir has a similar facade to that of the Treasury, but is far bigger and the views from the nearby cliff-tops are incredible! Petra Kitchen or Petra by Night enhance option available - please let me know if you would like to book
Morning to re-visit Petra on your own today before descend to the Dead Sea - lowest point on the earth’s surface, arriving at approximately 16.00hrs and check into your hotel. Take a dip in the unusually warm and incredibly buoyant mineral rich waters and smother yourself in Dead Sea mud. The Dead Sea, renowned for its curative powers and therapeutic qualities, is the world's oldest spa!
Departure transfer to the airport (roughly and hour).
As the site of the ancient Egyptian city of Thebes, 4000-year old Luxor has frequently been characterised as the "world's ...