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Welcome to Egypt and the start of your holiday! Arrive Cairo, included airport arrival transfer to hotel.
Today a visit to the incredible pyramids and Sphinx at Giza Plateau. It’s estimated the largest - Khufu (Cheops) was constructed from no less than 2.5 million quarried limestone blocks, weighing around 6 million tonnes. No mean feat, when you consider the pyramids were built without the use of modern equipment! Maybe opt for a camel ride. Travelling on to the necropolis of Saqqara, innumerable sand strewn temples and tombs await discovery. It’s at Saqqara where you’ll see Zhoser’s step pyramid. Rising 6 steps, it served as the prototype for ancient Egypt’s most enduring architectural legacy. Tonight we board the overnight sleeper train to Luxor.
On arrival this morning we check into our hotel and then the day is your to explore one of the world’s greatest open-air museums, the 4000 year old site of ancient Thebes - known today as Luxor.
Today we take a half day tour of the West Bank of the Nile. The massive pair of statues known as the Colossi of Memnon are the first monuments we’ll see as we start our day's sightseeing. They are all that remains of the temple of Amenophis III. Today, we will visit the Valleys of the Kings and the imposing colonnaded temple of Queen Hatshepsut.
On our final day in Luxor we take a half day tour to the Karnak Temple. More than a temple, Karnak is a spectacular complex of sanctuaries, pylons and obelisks - built on a grand scale. During the height of Theban power, Karnak was the most important place of worship. Tonight, we return to Cairo by overnight train.
On arrival back in Cairo you will be met at the station and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours free to explore.
Today we take guided visit to the Egyptian Museum. See the famous King Tutankhamen solid gold death mask or opt to see the Royal Mummy room. Remains of the afternoon and evening free to do your own thing.
Today we say good bye to Egypt after a short but action packed stay! Our arrangements end with a departure transfer to the airport.
As the site of the ancient Egyptian city of Thebes, 4000-year old Luxor has frequently been characterised as the "world's ...