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Sample Itinerary - REF EGYPT 4794

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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.

Close up of Sphinx

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. 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.

Valley of the Kings

Day 3: Cairo - Luxor

Morning flight to Luxor. Arrival transfer to your hotel. Later we visit the magnificent Temple of Karnak. More than a temple, it’s a gigantic and stunning complex of sanctuaries and pylons dedicated to the Theban gods. This evening we visit the beautifully illuminated Luxor temple where you can enjoy a guided explanation of the site and some free time to explore.

Day 4: Luxor - Dahabeya cruise

Early morning tour of the Valley of Kings and Queens - Collossi of Memnon and Temple of Hatshepsut. After the anchor is lifted the Dahabiya will glide silently across the Nile. The first stop is 15km down the Nile at El-Kab. This was once a glorious city, but is now a city of ruins and rubble and a reasonably intact city wall. After you've had a chance to look around, you'll return to the ship and your Nile sailing tour will continue on to a small island for the night.

Day 5: Dahabeya cruise

After breakfast sailing Edfu the ship's crew will throw out the anchor and you'll visit the best preserved cult temple in Egypt. The monumental temple of Horus, built in honour of the God with the falcon's head, is easily as impressive as the world famous temple of Karnak in Luxor. After visiting the temple you'll continue on to the town of Wadi El Shat where you'll walk through the tropical gardens and countryside. At the end of the day you'll spend the night on the Dahabiya.

Day 6: Dahabeya cruise

After breakfast the Dahabiya will set sail along the Nile again. It's white sail will snap in the wind until it's found the right angle and the canvas catches wind. After a while the ship will moor at the excavation site 'Gebel El Silsila' and the temple of Pharaoh Horemheb. You can also visit an ancient stone quarry where colossal stones were cut out for the temple of Karnak. After lunch on board the ship you'll sail on to one of the highlights of this Nile sailing tour, the majestic temples of Haroeris and Sobek at Kom Ombo. Candles will be lit and you'll have your own candlelight dinner on an island in the middle of the Nile...

View of the Nile through an arch

Day 7: Dahabeya cruise

After breakfast it's time to hoist the sails and sail towards the town of Daraw. Stroll through the town's dusty streets that lead to the colourful and lively souks. The ship will dock at El Koubania so that you can get to meet the Nubians and find out more about their way of life. At the end of the day you'll spend the night in the Dahabiya.

Looking across the Nile

Day 8: Dahabeya cruise

There's only a short distance left to sail until the ship reaches Aswan. Evening at leisure. Today Visit the High Dam, the Old Dam and the ' unfinished obelisk'. Then proceed to Philae Temple. Lunch on board and afternoon visit the Nubian Museum. Dinner and overnight in Aswan.

Day 9: Dahabeya cruise - Dahab

Today say farewell to the crew and fly to Sharm El Sheikh - Arrival transfer to your hotel in Dahab included.

Windsurfing in Dahab

Days 10-13: Dahab

For the next days in Dahab you can enjoy diving book and pay locally to your hotel.

Diving in Dahab

Day 14: Dahab - Cairo

Morning flight to Cairo. Arrival we head out to visit the famous Egyptian Museum, here you can enjoy a guided tour and free time to browse and explore the famed treasures of King Tutankhamen. We then enjoy an in-depth tour of Old Cairo, visit the old Coptic suspended Church and city of the dead, the oldest Synagogue of Ben Ezra, drive to the Citadel of Saladin, and visit the alabaster mosque of Mohammed Ali and more.

King Tutankhamen's mask

Day 15: Cairo

We say goodbye with a transfer to the airport in time for your flight home.