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Tour Facts:

Destination: Egypt                                                                  Duration:  09 Days / 08 Nights         

Tour Start: Cairo, Egypt                                                        Tour Finish: Cairo, Egypt    

Transport:  Sleeper Train –  Private Air-Conditioned Vehicle – Taftaf at Valley of the Kings – Motor Boat to Philae island.   

Accommodation:  03  nights ON BOARD Dahabiya Nile Boat

Meals: 03 breakfasts, 06 Lunches and 03 dinners 

Guides: Egyptology guide in all the sites.

Tour Highlights
Karnak Temples | Luxor Temple | Luxor Museum | Hot Air Balloon  | Valley of the Kings | Queen Hatshepsut’s Temple | Memnon’s Colossi | Edfu temple | Kom Ombo temple | Philae temple | Temples at Abu Simbel | Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx | Saqqara  | Dahshur Pyramids | Deir al Baramus | Deir Anba Bishoi | Deir el Suryani | The Alexandria Library  | Roman Amphitheatre | Pompey’s pillar| Dendara Temple | Abydos Temple | Sultan Qaitbay Citadel |Egyptian Museum | Citadel of Salah El Din | Khan El Khalili Souk.

INCLUSIONS:

  • Pick-up / drop-off service.
  • 24-hour airport arrival & departure transfer service.
  • All sightseeing tours in Cairo, Luxor, Edfu, Kom Ombo, Aswan, Abu Simbel & Alexandria.
  • English Egyptologist guide.
  • All Transfers and transport by air-conditioned vehicle.
  • Small bottled mineral water during your trip.
  • Permission fees of Tourism police.
  • Parking fees, Fuel surcharge and Driver.
  • Applied Taxes and service charges.

EXCLUSIONS:

  • Egypt visa.
  • International flights.
  • Domestic Flight Tickets (Cairo-Luxor & Aswan-Cairo).
  • Hotels accommodation.
  • Entrance fees to all sites as stated on the itinerary.
  • Optional tours not mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Food and drinks, unless specified.
  • Personal expenses such as drinks, laundry etc.
  • Tipping / Gratuity (recommended) for Guides, Rep. and Drivers.
GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT TOUR

Day 1         Cairo             Arrival Cairo, Then transfer to Cairo Hotel. overnight at hotel.

Day 2        Cairo             Alexandria day tour. Overnight Hotel in Cairo.

Day 3        Luxor            Fly to Luxor, Luxor visits. Overnight Hotel in Luxor.

Day 4        Luxor            Luxor visits, Hot Air Balloon  Overnight Hotel in Luxor.

Day 5        Luxor            Private day tour to DENDARA and ABYDOS. Overnight Hotel in Luxor.

Day 6        Aswan          Edfu, Kom Ombo Temples, Aswan visits and overnight Hotel in Aswan.

Day 7        Aswan          Temples at Abu Simbel, fly to Cairo. Overnight Hotel in Cairo.

Day 8      Cairo             Cairo sightseeing. Overnight hotel in Cairo.

Day 9      Cairo              Cairo city tours. Overnight hotel in Cairo.

ITINERARY

DAY 01: ARRIVAL TO CAIRO INT. AIRPORT

HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS DAY:
Arrival to Cairo Int.
DETAILS:
Upon arrival to Cairo Int. Airport, you will be met with our English-speaking guide at the airport’s exit, holding a sign with your name on it. You’ll travel in air-conditioned comfort to the hotel. Overnight Cairo.
OVERNIGHT: Cairo Hotel.
MEALS: Non
EXTRAS OPTIONS: Non

DAY 02: CAIRO SIGHTSEEING

HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS DAY:
Enjoy A great tour of the most famous pyramids in Egypt. Visit the Giza Pyramids, the
Step Pyramid at Sakkara and the pyramids at Dahshur (the Red Pyramid and the Bent Pyramid). This is a great excursion to see the development of Ancient Egyptian building techniques all in one day.
DETAILS:
Breakfast at hotel. Then you will be met by our English Egyptologist tour guide to start your day tour by visiting Pyramids of Giza “Khufu, Khafre & Menkaure”, where the greatness has been embodied in three pyramids with a limestone statue of Sphinx guarding the whole area. After that you will proceed to visit Sakkara, located only 27 km southwest away from Cairo. Visit the Step Pyramid (Built for king Zoser), it is considered an important part of the process of the pyramid evolution, which were made from the simple mastaba to its widely known form. Then Visit Dahshur Pyramids (Bent and Red Pyramids) Dahshur area is a royal necropolis located in the desert on the West Bank of the Nile approximately 40 kilometers (25 mi) south of Cairo. It is known chiefly for several Pyramids, two of which are Among the oldest, largest and best preserved in Egypt, built from 2613–2589 BCE. After finishing your day tour, you will get back to your hotel in Cairo for overnight.
OVERNIGHT: Cairo Hotel
MEALS: Breakfast
EXTRAS OPTIONS: Evening trip to attend the Sound & Light show in the Pyramids area.

DAY 03: EAST BANK OF LUXOR

HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS DAY:
Fly to Luxor hotel, Karnak Temples, Temple of Luxor, Luxor Museum.
DETAILS:
Transfer to Cairo airport, Then catch domestic flight to Luxor. Upon you arrival you will find our representative waiting you with the sign of Luxortourguide tours, then you will be transferred by A/C car to your hotel. Later, will discover the East bank of Luxor including Karnak Temples Complex, which are the largest structures ever build in the history of the mankind. The principal building is that of god Amun Ra, since it was considered the house of god on the earth, the earlier structure date back to the middle kingdom, but there are some references which refer to the earlier buildings as old as the 3rd dynasty. Later on, you will proceed to visit Temple of Luxor, which was built by one of the kings of the 12th dynasty and completed by the well know king Ramses II. This temple was located in the heart of ancient Thebes and, like Karnak, was dedicated to the main/chief god Amun Re. Then visit Luxor Museum After finishing your day tour, you will be transferred to your hotel in Luxor & overnight in Luxor.
OVERNIGHT: Luxor Hotel
MEALS: Breakfast
EXTRAS OPTIONS: Non

DAY 04:HOT AIR BALLOON | WEST BANK OF LUXOR

HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS DAY:
Hot Air Balloon , Valley of the Kings, Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, colossi of Memnon.
DETAILS:
Early morning at 04.30AM , Our Tours representative will pick you up from your hotel in Luxor to the West Bank to enjoy Egypt Hot Air Balloon. Transfer to marine enjoy Soft drinks before you take the motor boat to the west bank, then you will be transferred to the take-off area where you are going to start your balloon ride in the sky of the biggest open-air museum Luxor. The “Balloon Ride” trip departs every day, however confirmation in advance is still highly recommended. The balloon ride takes 45 minutes then you will be transferred back to you hotel. Start your magical tour in Thebes, the sacred land by exploring the west bank of Luxor including Valley of the Kings, Including tomb of Tutankhamen ( any EXTRA PRICE FOR THE VISIT TO THE TOMB?? No EXTRA FOR TRANSPORT AND GUIDE JUST YOU WILL PAY EXTRA FOR ENTRANCE FEES ( 300 Egyptian pounds or 20 USD per person ) which considers as the royal cemetery of the Theban kings and rulers of ancient Egypt, and the place where our Pharaohs were buried, “Enter tomb of King Tut Ankh Amun”.Then proceed to visit Temple of Queen Hatshepsut at Deir El Bahari. This temple is considered as one of the most wonderful examples of the Architecture in ancient Egypt, because it was totally carved inside the mountain. At the end of the tour you will visit Colossi of Memnon, which is belonging to king Amenhotep III. After finishing your day tour, you will be transferred to your hotel in Luxor & overnight in Luxor.
OVERNIGHT: Luxor Hotel
MEALS: Breakfast
EXTRAS OPTIONS: Non

DAY 05:PRIVATE DAY TOUR TO DENDARA AND ABYDOS

HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS DAY:
Dendara Temple | Abydos Temple.
DETAILS:
Our tour guide and driver will pick you up from your hotel in Luxor to drive to Abydos is some 135 km northwards. Once there, we will guide you to,
Abydos Temple:
where the ancient Egyptian believed of god (Lord of the underworld) to be buried there. The temple was built by King Seti I, and completed by King Ramsess II, known as temple of Seti I. The paintings of the gods and Pharaohs on the walls of the Osiris Temple at Abydos are among the most beautifully preserved in Egypt. Getting to these sites you will pass by local villages and majestic sceneries for the River Nile and the fields. They are as enjoyable as visiting the temples themselves.
Dendara Temple:
Temple of Hathor, the only Egyptian temple that has a colorful astronomical map on its celling, displaying stars, planets, symbols of the Roman zodiac, the north and south halves of the sky, as well as the union of Hathor and her husband – God Horus. The temple is renowned for its Dendera Zodiac, this relief on the ceiling of the portico in a chapel dedicated to Osiris. However, the Zodiac represented in the temple is just a replica, as the original one is preserved in the Louvre Museum in Paris.. After finishing your day tour, you will be transferred to your hotel in Luxor & overnight in Luxor.
OVERNIGHT: Luxor Hotel
MEALS: Breakfast
EXTRAS OPTIONS: Non

DAY 06: DAY TRIP TO EDFU, KOM OMBO | ASWAN VISITS

HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS ITINERARY:
Temple of Edfu , Temple of Kom Ombo ,Philae temple.
DETAILS:
Check out from your hotel after breakfast, then our tour guide will pick you up to enjoy a day tour to the Temple of Edfu, where you will visit the majestic temple dedicated to Horus which is considered by most to be the best preserved cult temple in Egypt. According to the Egyptian myths, it was the place where the falcon-headed god Horus revenged the murder of his father Osiris by killing Seth. Drive to Kom Ombo city and visit Temple of Kom Ombo, standing on high grounds overlooking the Nile. It differs from other temples because of its double entrance, each one is dedicated to divinity: “Haroeris” with his falcon head and ” Sobek ” with his crocodile head. The Temple of Kom Ombo was built on the honor of two deities the crocodile-headed Sobek, god of fertility and creator of the world, and Haroeris or the ancient falcon-headed Horus. Also, Kom Ombo’s importance lies in its huge sugar-cane. Arrive Aswan, Then you will transfer to your hotel in Aswan for check in. Rest and refresh. Then you will enjoy sailing on the Nile River by a motor boat till reach Agilika Island, where you will visit Temple of Philae, which was erected during the Greco-Roman period and was dedicated to goddess Isis (mother of god Horus). At the end of your day, After finishing your day tour, you will be transferred to your hotel in Aswan & overnight in Aswan.
OVERNIGHT: Aswan hotel
MEALS: Breakfast
EXTRAS OPTIONS: Non

DAY 07: DAY TOUR TO ABU SIMBEL | FLY BACK TO CAIRO

HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS ITINERARY:
Abu Simbel temples and Fly back to Cairo
DETAILS:
We depart Aswan early in the morning to join an escorted convoy which departs Aswan at around 04.30. This gets us to Abu Simbel to see the temples in the light of the rising sun, and we then have a guided tour with one of our Egyptologists and some free time before we drive back to Aswan (approx. 3 hours’ drive each way, with around 2 hours at the temples). All transfers and guide are included. The temples built by Ramses II at Abu Simbel are one of Egypt’s highlights, and have a fascinating story behind them to go with their impressive size. When Lake Nasser was flooded, the final water level was going to submerge several temples, the most important of which being Abu Simbel. The temple was therefore dismantled completely and rebuilt further up the hillside where it sits today. The temple stands today as a testament to Ramses II and the great building prowess of the ancient Egyptians, as well as to modern engineering. After finishing your day tour, you will drive Aswan airport to fly back to Cairo. Upon arrival to Cairo airport, you will meet our rep whom will transfer you to your hotel & overnight in Cairo.
OVERNIGHT: Cairo Hotel
MEALS: Breakfast
EXTRAS OPTIONS: Non

DAY 08:ALEXANDRIA CITY TOUR

HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS DAY:
The Alexandria Library, Roman Amphitheatre, Pompey’s pillar, Sultan Qaitbay Citadel.
DETAILS:
Early Breakfast at your hotel in Cairo. After that you will be met with our Egyptologist tour guide who will accompany you in such a stunning tour to Alexandria. You will start your Alexandria city tour by exploring one of the main sources of knowledge in the ancient world, “The Alexandria Library”. The site of which is the original site of the old Pharaoh. Then you will proceed to visit The Roman Amphitheatre, which is considered to be one of the most famous monuments belonging the Greco-Roman period. Continue your Alexandria city tour by visiting Pompey’s pillar, which was erected in 292 AD. At the end you’ll be transferred to visit Sultan Qaitbay Citadel (from outside) which is considered to be one of most famous sightseeing
in Alexandria. After finishing your day tour, we will drive back to Cairo. Arrive to Cairo and
proceed to your hotel there for overnight.
OVERNIGHT: Cairo Hotel
MEALS: Breakfast
EXTRAS OPTIONS: Non

DAY 09: CAIRO SIGHTSEEING - Depart & Fly Home

HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS ITINERARY:
Egyptian Museum | Citadel and Mosque of Mohamed Ali .
DETAILS:
Breakfast at hotel. Our English Egyptologist guide will lead you to the Egyptian Museum. It was built at 1901 in down town Cairo, by Khedive Abbas Helmi II, and at the façade of the museum he left the first two initials of his name A&H to remind us of this history. With the help of great Egyptologists, Petri, Marriete, Maspero, this museum became one of the largest museums in the world, with a collection of more than 120 thousand pieces. It overlooks a very famous square, originally was called “Ismaileya” square, then the name was changed to “Al Tahrir Square”, means the Liberation Square which witnessed the Egyptian revolution at 25th January 2011, and its second wave at 30th June 2013. It has 2 floors, in the first floor the artefacts are organized in a chronological order, the second floor has the marvelous collection of King Tutankhamen including his jewelery, coffin, and his famous mask. You will then move on to The Citadel of Saladin & the Mosque of Mohamed Ali. Near the End of the Fatimid Caliphate (969 – 1178 CE), the Muslim ruler of Damascus struggled with the Crusaders over the Holy Lands & Jerusalem, so he sent one of his followers, Saladin, to control Egypt and to put an end to the Fatimid Caliphate, and to restore Egypt back to the Sunni doctrine of Islam.
Saladin managed to do this, he became the Caliph himself (1174 CE), and decided to build a Citadel “fortress” to defend Cairo against any potential attacks by the Crusaders. The Citadel became the seat of the government for a very long time, until another Egyptian King, “Mohamed Ali”, decided to build a mosque and a mausoleum for himself, at (1831 CE), he was the founder of the last Royal Dynasty Egypt had, ending with the expulsion of his last descendent, the famous “King Farouk” (1952 CE). In Old Cairo, all religions are intersected, making this place a very interesting place to visit. Lunch will be served in one of old Cairo restaurants. At the end of the tour, you shall be transferred to the airport in plenty of time for your return international flight.
OVERNIGHT: Non
MEALS: Lunch
EXTRAS OPTIONS: non

Tour DetailsHotel Pickup
Hotel pick-up is offered for this tour. Note: if you are booking within 24 hours of the tour/activity departure time, we cannot guarantee hotel pick-up. Once your purchase is complete, we will send you complete contact information (phone number, email address, etc.) for our local operator to organize pick-up arrangements.
Tour DetailsAdditional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
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