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Arrival to Cairo, North Africa’s largest city. Included transfer to your hotel and leisurely afternoon to enjoy your hotel facilities. Overnight - Cairo
Today we visit the Pyramids of Giza. Rising above the beige coloured desert sand, the Pyramids at Giza Plateau are the planet’s oldest tourist attraction. 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.The other two - Chephren and Mycerinus are equally impressive. Afterward we tour the tomb-strewn necropolis of Saqqara, featuring King Zhoser’s step pyramid, constructed by Imhotep, the pharaoh’s chief architect in 2700 BC, this was the template for all future pyramid construction. Overnight - Cairo
This morning we venture to old Islamic Cairo and the Egyptian Museum, home to the most extensive collection of ancient Egyptian antiquities in the world. Arguably the most famous exhibit is the stunning solid gold funerary mask of the boy-King Tutankhamen. An entire gallery is devoted to the treasures unearthed by Howard Carter at Tutankhamen’s tomb in the Valley of the Kings in 1922. Overnight - Cairo
Cairo – Bahariyya Oasis. Today we drive to Bahariyya. Dinner and overnight - Bahariyya (hotel).
We explore some of Bahariyya such as the remains of a temple and settlement dating back to the 17th dynasty. Continuing by desert 4 x 4, we drive to the Crystal Mountain - a large rock formation made from sparkling quartz and we visit the ancient Temple of Alexander the Great. Then we enter the Tombs and intriguing burial chambers. Head to the Black Desert - to see the large volcano-shaped mountains. Our next destination – the White Desert is so-named as it region of striking blinding-white rock formations shaped by wind erosion. There is plenty of time to wander round the unusual formations. We set up camp tonight under the starry expanse with a backdrop of nothing but stunning white sand and rock. Overnight White Desert.
White desert - Cairo - breakfast. This morning you can choose to lie in or wake up early and view the sunrise - as the sun creeps above the horizon the white chalk turns into beautiful shades of pink and orange. After breakfast and some time to explore we are transferred back to Cairo arriving late this afternoon/early evening. Overnight Cairo.
A short flight down south to explore the temples of Abu Simbel, created to revere the mighty pharaonic ruler King Ramses II. 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. Famously, the temple was re-located in a multi-million dollar operation in 1972, further up from the shoreline of Lake Nasser, which had threatened to erode the foundations of this monolithic temple complex. Later, free time to perhaps do some shopping in the colourful souqs and markets or simply relax in this attractive town which straddles the River Nile. Overnight Aswan
Today is yours free to explore Aswan your way independently. Overnight Aswan.
Today you board your Nile Cruiser. A visit out of town takes us to the mighty High Dam. The by-product for this awesome construction is Lake Nasser, the world’s largest artificial lake! Continuing, we enjoy a short boat trip to Agilika Island and Philae Temple. Dedicated to the goddess Isis, Philae Temple 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. Overnight - Nile Cruiser
Set sail to Kom Ombo where you will visit the Temple shared by two gods Sobek and Haeroris. Later you sail to Edfu to visit the temple dedicated to Horus. Overnight Nile Cruiser.
Today you will visit the Wes Bank and the Valley of the Kings and Queens. Here you will visit the temple of Queen Hatshepsut at El Deir El Bahari. After lunch you will visit Karnak and the temples at Luxor. Return to your Cruiser for dinner and the night. Overnight Nile Cruiser.
This morning we disembark our cruiser and drive to Hurghada. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. Overnight - Hurghada
Time for a bit of R & R! There’s plenty to do in and around Hurghada. Consider sail boarding, yachting, deep-sea fishing, Scuba diving and snorkelling or simply soak up the sun poolside. Hurghada’s central location provides a gateway to prime offshore reefs, which are some of the finest in the world. Hurghada also has a lively nightlife scene and excellent shopping. Overnight - Hurghada
Leaving the relaxing beachside town of Hurghada you will be transferred to the airport in time for your flight back up to Cairo. Upon arrival you will be met by our local representatives and transferred to your accommodation. Overnight Cairo.
Bright and early this morning we drive to Alexandria. Heading underground we view the largest known Roman burial site in Egypt, complete with burial chambers, labyrinth alleyways and entertaining rooms for families coming to visit the dead. We then visit Pompey's Pillar, a modest 25m tower, which is all that remains of an ancient column, from the ruined Temple of Serapis. We stop at the impressive, Library of Alexandria 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, one of the ancient Seven Wonders of the World. Overnight Alexandria
We visit the Commonwealth War Graves of El Alamein. It is here where two extended battles were fought during World War II. The first began on the 1st July 1942 and lasted for 27 days, it ended as a stalemate. After 3 months, the Allies launched a second attack which lasted for 13 days. This saw the Allied forces push back the Axis powers for ultimate defeat in Tunisia. Later tour the compact El Alamein military museum that acts as a memorial for the battle and houses lots of original war vehicles, weapons, uniforms and records. Displays in the museum detail the complete history of World War II in North Africa and stands on the site where the actual battle took place. This afternoon we return to Cairo. Overnight - Cairo
Sadly your time with us has come to an end as you are transferred to the airport for your onward destination.
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