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Welcome to Egypt's capital and Africa's largest city: Cairo. Upon arrival you will be met and transferred directly to your hotel. Upon reaching the hotel we will assist with your check-in and then the evening is yours to relax and freshen up.
Visit to the famous pyramids and lion-headed Sphinx at Giza Plateau. 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. We continue to Saqqara to explore the myriad tombs and temples, before taking the overnight train to Aswan.
Arrive and check into our hotel. A visit out of town takes us to the mighty High Dam. This afternoon's highlight is a leisurely boat trip to Agilika Island for Philae Temple - dedicated to the goddess Isis. As the sun sets, free time to shop in the colourful souqs and markets or simply relax in Egypt's southern most town straddling the River Nile.
Optional early morning air excursion to famous Abu Simbel, the rock-cut temple of King Ramses II, the Great Builder. This afternoon, we board our Nile felucca for a 2 night 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. A stop will be made at the Temple of Kom Ombo - dedicated to the crocodile headed god - Sobek.
Disembarking in Kom Ombo, we enjoy a guided tour of the Temple of Horus at Edfu, before driving north to Luxor. Home of the legendary Valley of the Kings, 4000 year-old Luxor is ancient Egypt at its best. Tonight, an optional visit is available to the Temple of Luxor, spectacularly illuminated at night.
An early start allows us to avoid some of the fierce midday heat as we venture to the tomb strewn Valley of the Kings. Opt to join our hot air balloon excursion - fabulous at sunrise! Highlights today include the Colossi of Memnon, the Valleys of the Kings and Queens and the colonnaded Temple of Queen Hatshepsut.
Transfer for a flight to Sharm and transfer on to Dahab. Arriving at Dahab, our base for the coming days, there is plenty of time to explore the Sinai – a region of incredible beauty. Dahab offers great diving, snorkelling, swimming and sun-worshipping possibilities. Dahab waterfront is dotted with laid back cafes, bars and shops, perfect for eating, drinking and a little relaxing retail therapy. Flight to Sharm and Onward transfer to Dahab.
Optional excursions such as snorkelling at Dahab's Blue Hole or an energetic climb to the summit of Mt Sinai and a visit to St Katherine's Monastery are available. Our climb commences in the early hours of the morning and experiencing the magnificent sunrise is a truly great experience. Camel and jeep treks into the surrounding Sinai Desert are also available.
Today we bid farewell to Dahab. Transfer to Airport. END
As the site of the ancient Egyptian city of Thebes, 4000-year old Luxor has frequently been characterised as the "world's ...