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Pyramid at Giza

Day 1: Cairo

Arrival to Cairo, North Africa’s largest city. Included transfer to your hotel and leisurely afternoon to enjoy your hotel facilities. Overnight - Cairo

King Tutankhamen's mask

Day 2: 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

Aerial view of Cairo Nile

Day 3: 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

Close up of Sphinx

Day 4: Cairo

Today enjoy it at your leisure as you explore Cairo at your own pace independently. Overnight Cairo.

Front view of Abu Simbel

Day 5: Cairo - Lake Nasser

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. After lunch you board you cruiser. Overnight Cruiser.

Lake Nasser sunrise

Day 6: Lake Nasser

This morning set sail on Lake Nasser. The first of many hidden gems you'll see is Kasr Ibrim, an ancient Nubian citadel. Information about the site is provided from the ship’s sundeck as entrance to the site is not permitted. En route to Wadi El Seboua, explore the Temple of Amada, the oldest of Lake Nasser's monuments and home to some of the most finely and vibrant reliefs. Spend the remainder of the day enjoying a cocktail party and live music performances in the lounge bar onboard. Overnight - Onboard Cruiser

Kasr Ibrim, Lake Nasser

Day 7: Lake Nasser

This morning explore the temple of Wadi El Seboua which was dedicated by Ramses II to the two Gods Amon Ra and Ra Harmakis. The temple features a sphinx-lined avenue and was once converted to a church by early Christians. Returning to the ship, relax and sip cocktails as you cross the Tropic of Cancer, bound for the Nubian city of Aswan. Overnight - Onboard Cruiser

Trajan's Kiosk, Philae

Day 8: Lake Nasser - Nile Cruising

After breakfast we disembark and enjoy a trip to Kalabsha temple. Later this afternoon you will transfer to your Nile Cruiser docked in Aswan. This afternoon enjoy a trip to the mighty High Dam and Philae Temple. Philae was originally the site of an ancient temple complex that had to be dismantled and relocated to Agilkia Island after flooding caused by the High Dam project. Overnight Nile Cruiser.

View of the Nile through an arch

Day 9: Nile Cruising

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.

View from Nile cruise boat

Day 10: Nile Cruising

Today visit Karnak temple. The Temple of Karnak - a spectacular open-air complex 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. After lunch continue onto visit the Luxor Temple. Overnight Nile Cruiser.

Looking across the Nile

Day 11: Nile Cruising

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. Return to your Cruiser for dinner and the night. Overnight Nile Cruiser.

Kom Ombo

Day 12: Nile Cruising - Hurghada

This morning we disembark our cruiser and drive to Hurghada. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. Overnight - Hurghada

Hurghada at sunrise

Days 13-14: 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

Hurghada beach

Day 15: Hurghada - Cairo

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.

Spices in Sharm el Sheikh

Day 16: Cairo - Alexandria

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

Alexander the Great

Day 17: Alexandria - Cairo

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

Ruins in Cairo

Day 18: 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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Luxor Temple at night

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