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Pyramid at Giza

Day 1: Cairo

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.

Aerial view of Cairo Nile

Day 2: Cairo

Day at leisure in Cairo.

Tea seller in Alexandria

Day 3: Cairo

Day at leisure in Cairo.

Hieroglyphics and figures

Day 4: Cairo

Driver only to - Memphis was once one of the greatest cities in the ancient world, today we have the chance to explore what little remains of this city. Continuing on, we explore Dahshur with its long field of pyramids from the 4th and 12th dynasty.

Day 5: Cairo

Today we venture out of town and drive to Wadi Natrun - half day driver only.

A camel at the pyramids

Day 6: Cairo

Day at leisure in Cairo.

Close up of Sphinx

Day 7: Cairo

Join the Sandblaster group tour (entrance fees paid locally): 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. Continuing to Saqqara, we can explore the myriad tombs and temples at this site.

Sand and rock of the desert

Day 8: Cairo - Bahariyya Oasis

Free morning, opt for our city tour or just relax until our drive to Bahariyya.

Bahariyya building

Day 9: Bahariyya Oasis - White Desert

We check out Bahariyya - an ancient oasis. Continuing by 4 x 4, we visit the Temple of Alexander the Great, Tombs of the Nobles and the Black Desert, as we push towards the White Desert. So named, as the sand resembles snow, the striking White Desert is full of unusual wind-eroded limestone formations and our remote overnight base.

White jebel in the sand

Day 10: White Desert - Dakhla Oasis

Continuing by 4x4, we drive to Farafra oasis to enjoy a dip in the natural springs. Next to Dakhla, a true highlight is the medieval city of Al Qasr. Only recently abandoned, we wander through the eerie high walled city, mosque, school, olive press and court. Lastly we continue onto Deir al-Haggar - the Roman Temple dedicated to the Theban Triad.

Jebels in the desert

Day 11: Dakhla Oasis - Luxor

Leaving Dakhla Oasis, we drive to Kharga to visit the Temple of Hibis and the rambling 4th century necropolis of al-Bagawat. Drive onto Luxor for our final night with the group.

Luxor by night

Day 12: Luxor - Lake Nasser

Merry Christmas. Today we travel by train south to Aswan. Here we bid farewell to our group and check onto our Lake Nasser cruiser: www.eugenie.com.eg/eugenie/itineraries.htm This afternoon we visit Kalabsha temple, Beit El Wali, and the kiosk of Kertassi. Afternoon tea is served in the lounge with free time to explore before dinner on board in the Aswan Harbour.

Banks of Lake Nasser

Day 13: Lake Nasser

Sailing to Wadi El Seboua today we enjoy a cocktail while passing the Tropic of Cancer. Lunch served on board. Later we visit Wadi El Seboua temple, the temple of Dakka and lastly today the temple of Meharakka. Sail onto Amada. Dinner and overnight aboard.

View across Lake Nasser of Abu Simbel

Day 14: Lake Nasser

After breakfast we have a morning visit of the temples of Amada and Derr as well as the tomb of Penout. Sailing onto Kasr Ibrim. This afternoon we view the citadel of Kasr Ibrim. (Tour is conducted from the ship's sundeck as entrance to the site is not permitted). Sailing to Abu Simbel, we have a guided tour of one of the greatest Egyptian monuments ever built. This evening we enjoy the Sound and Light show.

Lake Nasser sunrise

Day 15: Lake Nasser - Aswan

After breakfast on board we disembark, and for those who wish, the possibility of a second visit to Abu Simbel (entrance ticket is not included). We transfer to the airport for our flight to Aswan around 11am. This afternoon we enjoy a short boat trip to Agilika Island for Philae Temple, dedicated to the goddess Isis. Later, free time to perhaps do some shopping in the colourful souks and markets.

Kasr Ibrim, Lake Nasser

Day 16: Aswan - Luxor

Driver only - Driving north to Luxor. En-route we stop at the Temple of Kom Ombo and Egypt’s best preserved temple at Edfu before continuing onto Luxor. This evening maybe opt to see the beautifully illuminated Luxor temple.

Valley of the Kings

Day 17: Luxor

Driver only - Today the massive pair of statues known as the Colossi of Memnon are the first monuments we will see as we arrive on the West Bank for our half day sightseeing. These are all that remain of the temple of Amenophis III. We then proceed to visit the Valleys of the Kings and Queens and the imposing colonnaded temple of Queen Hatshepsut. Free time this afternoon - maybe opt to visit the Temple of Karnak.

Entrance to a tomb

Day 18: Luxor

Today we tour more of the West Bank in depth (guide and transport only for today – you pay the entrance fees locally for the sites that are open at the time of visit, as these change frequently, we will endevour to visit - Tomb of Tawosret (KC14), Tomb of Ramose (no 55), Tomb of Sennofer and Rekjmire (no 96/108), Tomb of Menna and Nakht (nos 52/69) and Medinat Habu. - Temple of Seti

Walking through Karnak Temple site

Day 19: Luxor

Day at leisure in Luxor.

Valley of the Kings

Day 20: Luxor - Sohag

Starting early, we travel to Denderah and Abydous to visit the sites and then transfer onto Sohag where we see Akhmim and the White and Red Monasteries.

Day 21: Sohag - Minya

Starting early again, we drive north to Minya. Enroute we will see Deir Al Muharraq (near Syut) where we will see the Tombs of Mir. Continue driving onto Minya.

Day 22: Minya

Just a short drive today, we will enjoy site-seeing of Tell El Amarna Necropolos and Beni Hasan.

Day 23: Minya - Cairo

Driving north to Cairo, enroute we will stop to see Tuna El Gabal in Minya before continuing onto Cairo.

King Tutankhamen's mask

Day 24: Cairo

Day at leisure in Cairo.

Tomato seller

Day 25: Cairo

We bid you farewell with a transfer to the airport for your flight back home.

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