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Welcome to Egypt and the start of your holiday! Arrive Cairo at 03:05am 18th Feb, included transfer to hotel and included early check in on arrival.
Visit to 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! Continuing to Saqqara, we can explore the myriad tombs and temples at this site and see Zhoser’s step pyramid - constructed by Imhotep, the pharaoh’s cheif architect in 27BC!
Today, we visit 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. Rest of the day at leisure.
This morning we drive to Memphis and enjoy a guided tour, then onwards to we tour Dahshur to see the Bent and Red Pyramids (only one open to visit the inside at any one time).
This morning we venture to old Islamic Cairo and Coptic Cairo, then we enjoy a guided tour and shopping in the Khan el-Khalili Markets.
Transfer to the airport for your early morning flight to Aswan, where you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Today, we will visit Kalabsha Temple and the Nubian Museum.
This morning, we visit the Philae Temple and Aswan High Dam. Philae temple, dedicated to the goddess Isis, was rescued in an enormous UNESCO effort in the 1970s. Due to high water levels in the resevoir created by the Old Aswan Dam and further aquatic drama due to the creation of the mighty High Dam, Philae temple was relocated stone by stone on higher ground on nearby Agilika Island. This afternoon we board our luxury Nile cruiser and enjoy felucca sailing to Elephantine and Kitchener Islands, stopping to view the Botanical gardens and a real Nubian Village.
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. Sailing onto Edfu we visit the Temple of Edfu. 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. Sail onto Esna.
Sailing to Luxor early morning to explore the best of Ancient Thebes; Valley of the Kings, Valley of the Queens, Temple of Hatshepsut at El Deir El Bahari. Tonight, enjoy a tour of the Luxor Temple, beautifully illuminated at night.
Today, we disembark at Luxor to visit the Karnak temple on the East Bank. 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. Afterwards, we drive onto Aswan.
A short flight down south to explore the temples of Abu Simbel, created to revere the mighty pharaonic ruler King Ramses II. After our visit to the temple build for the longest running King in Egypt, we fly back to Cairo, where you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
Starting early (7am) we drive North-west toward the Mediterranean coastline, to the World War II cemeteries of El Alamein. In 1942 the Allies under Britain’s field Marshal Montgomery halted the German- Italian advance towards the River Nile. Marked as a major victory for the Allies, though not without loss of life, with some 11,000 killed and 60,000 wounded. We visit the Commonwealth cemetery and recently erected memorials funded by the Australian and New Zealand governments. Stopping for a light lunch (paid by own account), we continue onward to Alexandria.
This morning we have guided sightseeing of the Catacombs, Pompeii’s Pillar, National Museum and stop at the Library of Alexandria. After lunch, we afternoon sightseeing of Montazzah Palace, home to King Farouk – the last monarch of the Mohamed Ali dynasty who abdicated and fled to Italy and Quat Bay Fort, the site of the Pharos – Alexandria ’s great lighthouse.
This morning, we visit Montazah Palace, Abu Abbas Mosque, the amphitheatre, Wadi el Natronun and Monastery before driving back to Cairo.
Departure transfer to the airport, late check out till 14:00pm.
As the site of the ancient Egyptian city of Thebes, 4000-year old Luxor has frequently been characterised as the "world's ...