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Welcome to Cairo! Today Sarah and Bridget will be met at the airport and privately transferred to you a Cairo Hotel for the day to freshen up and relax. You will then be transferred to the train station and begin your journey with the overnight sleeper train to Aswan.
On arrival we will pick Kirsten up from Aswan airport and pick Sarah and Bridget up from the train station. Today we tour the mighty High Dam. We follow this up with a leisurely boat trip to the romantic Temple of Philae, dedicated to the goddess Isis and rescued under an enormous UNESCO effort in the 1970's to save the temple from the rising waters of the High Dam. As night falls, free time to shop in the colourful souqs or simply relax and watch an amazing sunset.
Today we take an early morning flight to the temple of Abu Simbel, possibly the most awe-inspiring temple of all ancient Egypt, with its gigantic rock–cut façade, was created to revere the mighty ruler Ramses II. Guarding the entrance to the temple, the 4 colossal statues of Ramses II sit majestically staring out across the desert, seemingly since time began. Once returning to Aswan the after noon is yours to explore or simply relax.
Today is a free day to get lost in the culture and local activities of Aswan. This will be followed by a New Years Gala Dinner at the Hotel.
This afternoon, we board our Nile felucca for an overnight voyage downstream on the River Nile. Relax, go for a swim or just chill out in the sun on deck. Let your troubles melt away, as the felucca plies its route.
We disembark back in Aswan and travel by private transfer to Luxor. On route we enjoy a guided tour of the Temple of Kom Ombo - dedicated to the crocodile headed god - Sobek and the Temple of Horus at Edfu before checking in at our Hotel. Luxor is the home of the legendary Valley of the Kings and Temple of Karnak. Over 4000 years old, Luxor is ancient Egypt at it’s very best.
An early start today allows us to avoid some of the fierce midday heat as we venture to the tomb strewn Valley of the Kings. Highlights of the visit include the Colossi of Memnon, a massive pair of statues that stand silent against the backdrop of history, the Valleys of the Kings and the awesome ramped and colonnaded Temple of Queen Hatshepsut.
This afternoon we have time to relax with day use of the hotel, but not before a morning visit to the colossal Temple of Karnak, with its stone-columned Hypostle Hall. Tonight, we return by overnight sleeper train to Cairo.
After arrival in Cairo we are transferred to our hotel for check -in. We entertain the day with a visit to the famous Egyptian Museum, famed for the treasures of King Tutankhamen including his solid gold funerary mask. This afternoon is free - perhaps spend the remainder of the day exploring Cairo your way.
A full day of sightseeing in Cairo today including a visit to the famous pyramids and lion-headed Sphinx at Giza Plateau. Sole survivors from the ancient Greek-listed Seven Wonders of the World, the pyramids 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. Continuing to Saqqara, we can explore the myriad tombs and temples at this site and see Zhoser’s step pyramid - constructed by Imhotep, the pharaoh’s chief architect in 2700 BC!
After a busy itinerary of sight seeing in Egypt you have free time to explore Cairo until tomorrow when you will have a late check out (until 11 pm) and then will be met by an On the Go Representative and transferred to the airport for your return flight.
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