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Welcome to the land of the Pharaohs and the start of your family holiday! Arrive Cairo airport and included transfer to hotel and overnight. Free afternoon and evening.
Today, we visit the pyramids and Sphinx at Giza Plateau. Sole survivors from the ancient Greek-listed Seven Wonders of the World. Gaze in awe at the largest of the three great pyramids - Cheops, constructed from over 2.5 million limestone blocks it took more than 20 years to construct. Afterward we enjoy a camel ride across the desert sands.
Today, we venture in search of the treasures of King Tutankhamen, mummies and more at the Egyptian Museum. Perhaps opt to enter the Room of The Mummies where 9 royal mummies are displayed! ( additional entrance fee approx 20USD pp) After our morning tour the afternoon is free time before the evening when we take the comfortable overnight sleeper train to Aswan.
Explore the Nubian city of Aswan with a guided walk of the local market and souq. Stunningly situated right on the Nile, a walk along the river corniche to view the many boats is a real treat, as is Aswan bazaar. The afternoon is yours free to explore Aswan further!
This morning is a free morning or perhaps opt for the morning excursion to Abu Simbel. The remainder of the afternoon is at leisure; maybe relax by the pool, take a stroll along the Nile corniche or explore the ever lively market place
his morning we board a motor boat and cruise along the River Nile, passing some of the small islands en route to Sahal island, where we disembark and visit a local village and school before enjoying lunch at the home of an Egyptian family. The motor boats of Aswan are proudly owned and crewed by friendly local sailors and they have been adapted from a felucca style of vessel to comfortably carry travellers. Lunch will be served in the home of an Egyptian family. After lunch we cruise back to Aswan for our afternoon/evening train journey to Luxor, one of the world’s greatest open-air museums. The 4000 year old site of ancient Thebes, known today as Luxor, is our base for the next three days
This morning we have the option to go hot air ballooning before visiting Karnak Temple. More than a temple, Karnak is a spectacular complex of sanctuaries, pylons, statuettes and obelisks. Built on a grand scale, Karnak is probably Egypt’s finest ancient temple. Free afternoon or wander along Luxor’s historic waterfront. This evening, we travel in horse-drawn carriages to the illuminated Temple of Luxor where we enjoy a tour in the cool evening air. Rest of evening free.
Rise and Shine! Early this morning we cross the Nile River to the West Bank for a guided tour of the legendary Valleys of the Kings. Attempting to confound thieves and grave robbers, the New Kingdom pharaohs awaiting their passage into the after-life were secretly entombed with their worldly wealth in the cliffs of the valley. After leaving Valley of the Kings and saying goodbye to our tour guide we are transferred to the Luxor international Airport. Our tour concludes at this point with fond memories of a magical family holiday to Egypt! Flight to Cairo can be included at extra cost.
As the site of the ancient Egyptian city of Thebes, 4000-year old Luxor has frequently been characterised as the "world's ...