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Welcome to Egypt and the start of a wonderful holiday! Upon your arrival to Cairo airport to will be met and transferred to your hotel for check in. Enjoy the remainder of today at leisure.
Today we visit Egypt's most loved sight - The Great Pyramids of Giza. We explore the Giza plateau, pyramids and massive lion-headed Sphinx. Later, we tour Saqqara - an ancient necropolis with many half-buried tombs and the famous Zhoser’s step pyramid.
Included transfer to the airport for your flight to Abu Simbel where you board your Lake Nasser cruise. Enjoy lunch onboard before your guided tour of this majestic temple. The massive rock-cut temple of Abu Simbel never fails to impress. It's possibly the most awe-inspiring temple of all ancient Egypt, with its gargantuan intricately carved facade, created to revere the mighty pharaonic ruler King 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. Later, enjoy your first night onboard with a candlelit dinner.
A free morning to relax onboard as we sail towards Kasr Ibrim. Entrance to the site is not permitted but a tour will be conducted from the ships sundeck. With an area of some 5250 sq km, Lake Nasser stretches 510km in length and between 5 and 35km in width. The contrast between this awesome body of water and the remote desert stretching away on all sides makes Lake Nasser an austere place of beauty. The lake has become a natural sanctuary for migrating birds and some small mammals such as fox and gazelle.
We continue sailing to Amada today. Enjoy a visit to the temple of Amada and Derr today as well as a visit to the tomb of Penout, viceroy of Nubia. Lunch will be served while sailing to Wadi El Seboua and this afternoon we visit Wadi El Seboua and the temples of Dakka and Meharakka.
Enjoy a cocktail as you cross the Tropic of Cancer today. Visits are made today to Kalabsha Temple, Beit El Wali and the Kiosk of Kertassi. Spend the remainder of today relaxing and enjoying the facilities onboard the cruiser.
Disembarking from your Lake Nasser cruise today you will be transferred to Aswan to board your luxury Nile Cruiser. Todays sightseeing takes in the mighty High Dam and Philae Temple, dedicated to the goddess Isis. The temple dates from 4th century BC but the Ptolomies and the Romans up to 3rd century AD built most of the existing structures. In danger of being completely submerged by the rising water of Lake Nasser, in 1972 UNESCO stepped in and an 8-year rescue effort was undertaken to relocate the entire temple 20m higher on nearby Agilika Island. This afternoon we visit the islands of Aswan by felucca, a simple, traditional sailboat with broad sails that have plied the mighty Nile since ancient times.
Relax as your cruiser plies its course down the mighty Nile. We arrive to Kom Ombo today and visit Kom Ombo Temple. The temple is a double temple that was dedicated to two distinct divinities - the crocodile-headed Sibek, god of fertility and creator of the world and Haroeris or the ancient falcon-headed Horus, the solar war god. Enjoy lunch onboard before we continue sailing to Edfu. The Temple of Horus at Edfu has the distinction of being the largest and most completely preserved pharaonic, albeit Greek-built, temple in Egypt, it was one of the last monumental temples built on a large scale. Later, continue sailing to Luxor.
The massive pair of statues known as the Colossi of Memnon are the first monuments you’ll see during our visit to the West Bank - home to the legendary Valley of the Kings. You’ll also see the colonnaded Temple of Queen Hatshepsut.
Enjoy your last breakfast onboard your cruiser before we disembark in Luxor. Included transfer to your hotel and later we visit Karnak Temple and Luxor Temple, beautifully illuminated at night. After your sightseeing you will be transferred to the train station for your overnight sleeper train to Cairo.
Upon arrival into Cairo you will be met by your guide. Today we head to the Egyptian Museaum to view the dazzling antiquities held there. Amongst the many exhibits are the treasures of King Tutankhamen.
A big travel day today as we transfer to Dahab by road. On arrival you will be taken to your hotel for check in and the remainder of today is free to enjoy at your leisure.
After hotel check out, you will be transferred to Nuweiba to catch the ferry to Aqaba, Jordan. Welcome to Jordan! Upon arrival you will be met at the port and transferred directly to Petra. Tonight, a very special event as you visit Petra by candle light. Music and stories makes the ancient Nabatean trading empire come to life as you experience Petra as the travel weary traders of old must have known it.
Welcome to the Rose City! Access to the city on our guided exploration is through the famous narrow, deep siq. The rocks then give way to the most amazing site – that of the Treasury. We’ll explore the ancient Nabatean tombs and the Roman rock-carved streets lined with temples, royal tombs, staircases, arched gates and public buildings. This afternoon a chance to climb ad-Deir, Petra's largest facade.
Boarding 4x4s jeeps, we take a safari through the sand dunes, getting up close and personal to the surrounding scenery of Wadi Rum. A vast, silent landscape of ancient riverbeds, pastel coloured stretches of sandy desert and amazing rock formations known as jebels, the desertscape of Wadi Rum represents some of the most stunning countryside on the planet. Wadi Rum possesses unspoiled natural beauty forged by millions of years of geological formation, erosion and evolution. Tonight, you camp in the heart of the Wadi Rum Protected Area and enjoy a traditional Jordanian dinner.
Leaving Wadi Rum today we visit the Shobak Crusader Castle before continuing along the scenic Ghor Fifr road towards the Dead Sea. The lowest point on the earth’s surface, the Dead Sea is a natural phenomena and gift of Mother Nature. Straddling the border between Israel and Jordan, the mineral content of this 75-km-long and 10-km-wide saltwater lake tops out at 33%, or about six times as salty as a normal ocean. Bobbing about like a cork on the Dead Sea is one of those ‘must-do’s’ in life. Included day use facilities and lunch at the Dead Sea before transferring to Madaba where you will enjoy a farewell dinner tonight.
We bid you farewell today and will transfer you to the airport in time for your departure flight.
As the site of the ancient Egyptian city of Thebes, 4000-year old Luxor has frequently been characterised as the "world's ...