Welcome to Cairo, Egypt’s capital with a population of 17 million. It is not only Africa’s largest city but the political and cultural center of the Arab World and it's the largest city!
Upon arrival at Cairo International Airport, you will be met and assisted through customs and formalities, then transferred to your hotel. Spend the rest of the day acclimating to your new surroundings in exotic Cairo, an extraordinary mix of old and new. Overnight in Cairo.
Spend the day on the Giza Plateau home of Egypt’s signature attractions: The Great Pyramids, proclaimed by the Greeks to be among the Seven Wonders of the ancient world. A single pyramid is built of 2,300,000 blocks, each weighing an average of two and one–half tons. In the face of such immensity, one cannot help but feel the wonder and
awe that so many writers & artists have sought to convey over the centuries. Continue to see the Great Pyramid of Khufu and the timeless Great Sphinx of Giza, which dates from the time of Chephren (2620BC). Hewn from natural yellowish limestone & standing 65 feet high & 187 feet long, this unforgettable statue combines the head of a Pharaoh
with a lion’s body.
Enjoy your lunch at the local restaurant before going back to the hotel. Overnight in Cairo
This morning, visit the world-renowned Museum of Egyptian Antiquities. Accompanied by your certified Egyptologist, stroll through the halls highlighting each historical period of this ancient land. Admire the world’s greatest collection of ancient Egyptian artefacts and the Mummy
Room, where more than 20 pharaohs lie in state. Enjoy lunch at the local restaurant before visiting the Citadel, situated on a highly visible spur of the Mokattam Hills of Old Cairo, the nerve centre of Egypt for almost 700 years. Construction of the grand structure began in 1176 and was completed by Muhammad Ali Pasha, ruler of Egypt in the late 19th century. Mamluk sultans and Turkish governors resided in the Citadel, which is among the world's most splendid monuments of medieval warfare. Facing the Citadel is the Mosque of Sultan Hassan, built between 1356 and 1363 and perhaps the most majestic monument of Arab architecture in Egypt and the Mosque of Al-Rifai was constructed
in two phases over the period between 1869 and 1912 when it was finally completed. Last but not the least, visit Khan El Khalili, known as the Turkish bazaar during the Ottoman period, built in 1382 by Emir
Djaharks ElKhalili, in the heart of what was then Fatimid City. To this day, the bazaar is a centre of trade and communion in the city and offers a wide array of antiques, handcrafts of gold, silver and copper as well as numerous old coffee shops and local restaurants which attract both Egyptians and tourists alike.
Overnight in Cairo.
This morning, start a half-day visit of the East bank of Luxor. Visit the ancient Temples of Karnak and Luxor. Built over several centuries by Amenophis III, Tutankhamun, Ramses II, and Alexander the Great, Luxor Temple is a graceful piece of architecture preceded by an avenue of sphinxes. Afterward, proceed to the Karnak Temples. In the New Kingdom, Amun-Ra was worshipped as the most important state god and the immense wealth of Thebes was spent embellishing and building temples in his honor. The balance of the day is on a cruise. Overnight on board cruise.
After breakfast, cross the newly constructed Luxor Bridge to explore the
Valley of the Kings, which is home to many pharaonic tombs of the New Kingdom, including those of King Tutankhamun and Ramses the Great. You will visit 3 Royal tombs based on the availability of the day. Each king's formal name and a title is inscribed in his tomb, which is also adorned with his images and statues. Most of the tombs were cut into
limestone following a similar pattern: three corridors, an antechamber, and a sunken sarcophagus chamber. Explore several amazing Royal Tombs. Then visit the Valley of the Queens which includes between 75 and 80 tombs. These tombs belong to Queens of the 18th, 19th and 20th Dynasties. Among these is the famous tomb of Nefertiti, one of the
five wives of Ramses II. Afterward tour the Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut, the only woman Pharaoh to rule ancient Egypt. The mortuary temple of Queen Hatshepsut of the 18th dynasty was built just north of the Middle Kingdom temple of Mentuhotep Nebhepetre, amid
the bay of cliffs known as Deir El-Bahri. In ancient times the temple was called Djeser-djeseru, meaning the sacred of sacred. The female pharaoh chose to build her temple in a valley sacred to the Theban Goddess of
the west, on a direct axis with Karnak Temple of Amun on the East Bank.
After lunch on board, we sail to Edfu. Overnight on board cruise.
This morning, visit the Horus Temple in Edfu, the largest and most completely preserved Pharaonic, albeit Greek-built, temple in Egypt. Construction began on this extraordinary temple in 237 BC and was
completed nearly 200 years later. Dedicated to Horus, the falcon-headed son of Osiris who avenged his father’s murder by slaying his uncle Seth, the temple was built on the site where, according to legend, the two gods met in deadly combat. We then sail to Kom Ombo and have lunch and afternoon tea onboard the ship. This afternoon, disembark and enjoy a short walk to the Temples of Kom Ombo. This temple complex consists of two temples: The Temple of Sobek and the Temple of Haroeris. In ancient times, sacred crocodiles basked in the sun on the riverbank near here. The Temple has scant remains, due first to the
changing Nile, then the Copts who once used it as a church, and finally by builders who used the stones for new buildings.
After the visit return to the cruise and we sail to Aswan. Ovenight on board cruise.
After breakfast, Visit the Aswan High Dam (completed in 1971); the Old Dam (completed in 1902). You will also visit the Philae Temple, dedicated to the goddess Isis, a structure rescued from the rising waters
of Lake Nasser at the time of the High Dam's construction. The High Dam, just north of the border between Egypt and Sudan lies the Aswan High Dam, a huge rockfill dam which captures the world's longest river, the Nile, in the world's largest artificial reservoir, Lake Nasser. The dam, known as “Sadd El-Aali” in Arabic, was completed in 1970 after 10 years of work. Later take a short trip on a motorboat to Discover the Philae Temple. The Boat ride will bring the visitor to a magnificent vista of the island, before landing at what would have been the ancient quay on the south side. The temple was dedicated to the goddess Isis and has
many legends connected to it. The most well-known legend tells the story of how Isis found the heart of Osiris here after his murder by his brother Seth.
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Today you will be transferred back to Cairo International airport for your onward flight.
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