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Welcome to Egypt and the start of your holiday! We pick you up at the airport and transfer you to your hotel.
A big day out. First to the Giza Plateau to see the pyramids and lion-headed Sphinx. Onwards to Saqqara, an ancient necropolis of sand-strewn tombs and home to the great step pyramid. Zhoser’s step pyramid was the first ever constructed in 2700 BC by Imhotep, the pharaoh’s chief architect. We also visit Dahshur including short camel ride.
This morning we venture to old Islamic and Coptic 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.
A short flight down south to explore the temples of Abu Simbel, created to revere the mighty pharaonic ruler King Ramses II. Returning to Aswan, you will have some 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.
Today, we visit the High Dam and travel by boat to the Temple of Philae, dedicated to the goddess Isis. This afternoon board the luxury Nile cruiser for your three night cruise up the River Nile (only leave on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday).
Relax and take in the riverside village views perched on the top deck! A stop will be made at the waterside Temple of Kom Ombo. Having the distinction of being the largest and most completely preserved pharaonic, albeit Greek-built, temple in Egypt, the Temple of Horus at Edfu, dedicated to the falcon-headed god Horus, was one of the last monumental temples built on a large scale. An early afternoon stop is made to view the temple and onward sailing to Luxor.
Today, we explore the best of Ancient Thebes; Valley of the Kings, Valley of the Queens, Temple of Hatshepsut and the Colossi of Memnon. Evening viewing of the Luxor temple.
Today we disembark at Luxor and visits the Madinet Habu and Der el Madina and later today Karnak temple. Karnak is a spectacular myriad 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.
This morning enjoy a Hot air balloon ride and we visit the Luxor Museum and enjoy the afternoon at leisure.
Bidding farewell to Luxor, we travel by road north-west to Hurghada, a coastal resort town on Egypt’s famous Red Sea coast.
Day at leisure.
Day at leisure.
Day at leisure.
Bidding farewell to beach, sun and sand, to the airport for your flight to Amman via Cairo, where you will be met and transferred to Petra.
After breakfast, spend the day with your private guide exploring the ancient Nabatean Rose City of Petra - a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Petra by Night Ticket only tonight (can only be done on a Monday, Wednesday and Thursday).
Today is free for you to explore independantly or simply relax.
A chance to revisit Petra before our afternoon drive to Wadi Rum. A vast, silent landscape of ancient riverbeds, pastel coloured stretches of sandy desert and amazing rock formations known as jebels that rise from the desert floor, the desertscape of Wadi Rum represents some of the most stunning countryside on the planet. Boarding 4x4s jeeps, we take a safari through the sand dunes, getting up close and personal to the surrounding scenery of Wadi Rum. Tonight, we enjoy a Jordanian dinner.
Descending some 1300 metres to the lowest point on the earth's surface we arrive at the Dead Sea. Sitting at 422 metres below sea level we spend the afternoon swimming, lathering up with a detoxifying mud bath and bobbing about in the ever warm mineral-rich body of water. Free time this afternoon at the Dead Sea.
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 ...