Ismailia Holidays

Sample Itinerary - REF EGYPT 2944

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Pyramid at Giza

Day 1: Cairo

Welcome to Egypt and the start of your holiday. We will be there to meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel.

King Tutankhamen's mask

Day 2: Cairo

We start the day’s sightseeing with a trip to the Egyptian Museum to see the dazzling antiquities of ancient Egypt on display there, including the amazing treasures of King Tutankhamen and his stunning gold funerary mask. This afternoon we take a tour of Old Coptic Cairo, where we’ll find the Citadel and some of the oldest Christian churches in the world, including the Hanging Church.

Aerial view of Cairo Nile

Day 3: Cairo - Alexandria

Today we will drive to amazing Alexandria on the Mediterranean Coast and be given a tour of the area. Highlights include the Catacombs at Kom El Shoukafa and nearby Roman Ruins, Pompey's Pillar, Fort Qaitbay, Alexandria National Library and Montazah Palace Gardens.

Alexander the Great

Day 4: Alexandria

This morning we head out to the small Coastal Village of El Alamein - famous for the scene of a decisive Allied victory in WWII. Later this afternoon we head back to Alexandria for some free time.

Front view of Abu Simbel

Day 5: Alexandria - Cairo

Today we drive back to Cairo. We will take you to visit 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 for more sights.

Close up of Sphinx

Day 6: Cairo - Aswan

Early this morning we will take you on an air excursion to the famous Abu Simbel, the rock-cut temple of King Ramses II, the Great Builder. Later we go to Aswan, free time to perhaps do some shopping in the colourful souks and markets or simply relax in this attractive town which straddles the River Nile.

Trajan's Kiosk, Philae

Day 7: Aswan - Nile Cruising

This morning a visit out of town takes us to the mighty High Dam – a modern feat of engineering, the by–product for which is Lake Nasser, the world’s largest artificial lake! Continuing, we enjoy a short boat trip to Agilika Island for the Philae Temple, dedicated to the goddess Isis. On your return we check into your 5 star Nile cruise boat.

View of the Nile through an arch

Day 8: Nile Cruising

Relax on the sun deck and enjoy the spectacular views and great facilities and service on board as the cruiser plies its course. Today you will disembark for a visit to The Temple of Kom Ombo which is dedicated to two gods, Sobek the crocodile God and Harveris the Sun God.

Looking across the Nile

Day 9: Nile Cruising

This morning we visit the Temple of Horus at Edfu. Later this afternoon you will arrive in to Luxor and when dusk draws near we will take you sightseeing to the Luxor Temple, beautifully illuminated at night.

Kom Ombo

Day 10: Nile Cruising - Luxor

Today the massive pair of statues known as the Colossi of Memnon are the first monuments we’ll see as we arrive on the West Bank for our day's sightseeing. We visit the valleys of the Kings & Queens, Temple of Hatshepsut & Karnak temple.

Valley of the Kings

Day 11: Luxor - Sharm el Sheikh

This morning either opt to go for an early hot air balloon ride or after breakfast we head to the airport for your flight to Sharm el Sheikh. On your arrival in Sharm el Sheikh we will be there to meet you and take you to your hotel for the night.

Spices in Sharm el Sheikh

Day 12: Sharm el Sheikh

Enjoy your time in the Sharm El Sheikh soaking up the sun, dipping in the warm waters of the Red Sea. You can opt to go snorkelling or diving or just lay back on your sunlounger on the beach.

Sunset at Sharm

Day 13: Sharm el Sheikh - Ismailia

This morning we will take our flight to Cairo then drive to Ismaila. Ismailia's picturesque town centre, with its elegant colonial streets, expansive lawns and late 19th century villas. Founded by and named after Pasha Ismail, who was khedive of Egypt in the 1860s while the Suez Canal was being built.

Day 14: Ismailia

Today we will take you on a sightseeing tour of the European-style garden city of Ismailiya with its leafy boulevards and quiet streets of colonial villas. It is interesting to see how Ismailia grew in the image of the British and French masters who had ensconced themselves in Egypt in the 19th century. We will also visit the El Salam bridge to take photos of Suez Canal.

Day 15: Ismailia

Today is your free to explore Ismailia, revisit sites and keep memories to last a lifetime.

Some of the Roman ruins in Amman

Day 16: Ismailia - Petra

Today we will drive back to Cairo for our flight to Amman. On your arrival in Amman we will be there to meet you and take you to your hotel in Petra for the night.

Looking through the Siq at the Treasury

Day 17: Petra

Today we explore Petra. Taking a walk through the mysterious siq (an ancient passage created due to a geological fissure) we are confronted by the rose-red facade of the Treasury. Amazing Nabataean and Roman ruins are on tap here at Petra. The intrepid can ascend the many stone carved steps to Ad-Deir better known as the Monastery.

The deep reds of the Treasury

Day 18: Petra

This morning we will head back to Amman airport, stopping at the Dead Sea for your chance to take a dip.

Egypt Spotlight
Luxor Temple at night

Luxor

As the site of the ancient Egyptian city of Thebes, 4000-year old Luxor has frequently been characterised as the "world's ...

Egypt Weather

Weather in Cairo
Fair, 25°C
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Egypt Currency Rates
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last updated - 02 Sep 2014 3:36 PM