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Sample Itinerary - REF EGYPT 3213

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Pyramid at Giza

Day 1: Cairo

Welcome to Egypt and the start of your holiday. We will be there to meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel.

Close up of Sphinx

Day 2: Cairo

Today we will take you to visit the famous pyramids and lion-headed Sphinx at Giza Plateau which are the sole survivors from the ancient Greek-listed Seven Wonders of the World. After a lovely barbecue lunch we transfer over to explore the necropolis of Saqqara, considered Egypt's most enduring architectural legacy. Evening at your leisure.

King Tutankhamen's mask

Day 3: Cairo - Aswan

After breakfast we head out to visit the famous Egyptian Museum, here you can enjoy a guided tour and free time to browse and explore. We then enjoy an in-depth tour of Old Cairo, visit the old Coptic suspended Church and city of the dead, the oldest Synagogue of Ben Ezra, drive to the Citadel of Saladin, and visit the alabaster mosque of Mohammed Ali and more. This evening we trave by sleeper train to Aswan.

Trajan's Kiosk, Philae

Day 4: Aswan

Welcome to Egypt's Nubian city Aswan! On arrival we meet you and transfer to your hotel. After a little time to rest we head for a day packed with exploring the Aswan High Dam, Unfinished Obelisk and Philae temple. In the evening enjoy a walk with your guide into the famous souqs of Aswan.

Abu Simbel, Aswan

Day 5: Aswan - Nile Cruising

This morning fly to the not to be missed sunrise over the Temple of Abu Simbel - its an early flight! Abu Simbel is one of the greatest Egyptian monuments ever built which you see first hand with a guided tour and a little time to explore. We then fly back to Aswan for noon and check into your Nile cruise. Afternoon enjoy an excursion sailing by felucca to the nearby island called Elephentine and Kitchener.

View of the Nile through an arch

Day 6: Nile Cruising - Luxor

Relax on the sun deck and enjoy the spectacular views and great facilities and service on board as the cruiser plies its course. Today you will disembark for a visit to The Temple of Kom Ombo which is dedicated to two gods, Sobek the crocodile God and Harveris the Sun God.

Valley of the Kings

Day 7: Luxor

This morning a visit to Edfu one of Egypt's best preserved temples then after passing through the Esna Lock we will reach Luxor - Egypt's open air museum. When dusk draws near this evening enjoy an excursion of the beautiful Luxor Temple illuminated at night time it's ripe with photo opportunities.

Entrance to a tomb

Day 8: Luxor - Dahab

Cruise check out. 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. We then proceed to visit the Valleys of the Kings and Queens and the imposing colonnaded temple of Queen Hatshepsut. Back in Luxor we visit the temple complex of Karnak before our flight to Sharm El Sheikh and transfer to Dahab.

Day 9: Dahab - Petra

Morning a little free time perhaps for a dip in the Red Sea. We then go on the ferry to Aqaba in Jordan. Arrival in Jordan our team is there to meet you and transfer you to your hotel in Petra around two hours drive away.

Looking through the Siq at the Treasury

Day 10: Petra

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 fantastically impressive Treasury. Walking down the gravel tracks, we’ll explore the ancient Nabatean tombs and the Roman rock-carved streets lined with temples, royal tombs, staircases, arched gates, public buildings and more.

The deep reds of the Treasury

Day 11: Petra - Amman

This morning we drive you to Madaba. En route we will stop at Karak to visit one of Jordan's best preserved crusader castles. Arriving in Madaba enjoy touring the Byzantine Mosaics the highlight of which is in St George's church we then drive onto Amman.

Petra Siq

Day 12: Amman

Morning city tour in Amman including the Citadel and Archaeological Museum, in the afternoon visit Qasr Amra and Qasr Kharanah, returning to Amman for overnight.

Amman's old city walls

Day 13: Amman

This morning head out to visit Um Qais (Biblical Gadara), the dramatic black-basalt Roman Decapolis city overlooking the Golan Heights and Sea of Galilee. We then visit the Roman ruins of Jerash. Recognised as one of the best-preserved member cities of the Decapolis, Jerash is deservedly one of Jordan’s major attractions. Return to Amman for overnight.

Some of the Roman ruins in Amman

Day 14: Amman - Damascus

Early morning we travel north to the frontier with Syria after crossing we visit Bosra , a city of the ancient Roman Decapolis, which boasts possibly the best preserved Roman theatre in the Middle East. Leaving Bosra, we continue on to Damascus.

Amman amphitheatre

Day 15: Damascus

Full day city tour which includes the National museum, Handicraft market, Hamedieh bazaar, Omayad mosque, Saladin's tomb, Azem Palace, Straight street, St. Anania's church & St. Paul window. At the end of the tour we drive to Kasioun mountain for a panoramic view of this great city and perhaps a cup of tea. Return transfer to your hotel after sundown.

Day 16: Damascus

Today we enjoy a tour of Baalbeck which is in Lebanon and considered one of the greatest Roman treasure to be visited in the world and can be counted among the wonders of the ancient world. We return to Damascus for your overnight stay.

Day 17: Damascus - Palmyra

Morning we depart and drive to Palmyra where our exciting tour takes in the Museum, Bel temple, Colonnaded street, Theatre & Valley of tombs. Transfer to your nearby hotel for overnight in Palmyra.

Day 18: Palmyra - Hama

Today we travel to the remarkably beautiful and extremely well preserved crusader castle of Krac des Chevaliers. Then we visit Apamea which is an ancient city located on the right bank of the Orontes river about 55 km It overlooks the Ghab valley and is notable for its exceptionally long Roman street, lined with classical columns. Onward to Hama for overnight stay.

Day 19: Hama - Aleppo

Continuing our journey we drive to visit the Dead Cities, Ebla and then onward to the amazing city of Aleppo by evening.

Day 20: Aleppo

This morning we visit the museum, the magnificent and huge Citadel which contains the beautifully designed Great Mosque and the old covered bazaar – which is a maze of narrow cobbled streets where you can buy anything from gold to clothes to various foods and spices. In the afternoon drive to the impressive Basilica of St Simeon, who became famous because he lived on a small platform on top of a pillar for about 40 years!

Day 21: Aleppo

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

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