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Cairo – Luxor – Aswan – Cairo: A Journey Through Ancient Egypt

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8 days
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The Giza Plateau, nestled on the outskirts of Cairo, is a captivating destination that transports you back in time to the Fourth Dynasty of ancient Egypt, approximately 4,500 years ago. Here, you will find the illustrious Giza Necropolis, home to the sole survivors of the seven wonders of the ancient world—the Great Pyramids of Khufu, Khafre, and Menkaure, along with the enigmatic Sphinx. This sprawling site also encompasses several cemeteries, a workers' village, and an industrial complex, making it Cairo's most popular attraction, drawing thousands of visitors every year.

  1. The Pyramid of Cheops (Khufu): Standing as the oldest pyramid in Giza and the largest in Egypt, Khufu's Great Pyramid once soared to an impressive height of 146 meters upon its completion around 2570 BC. It is a testament to the incredible engineering prowess of the ancient Egyptians.
  2. Pyramid of Chephren (Khafre): The Pyramid of Chephren, the second-tallest and second-largest of the Giza Pyramids, serves as the final resting place for the Fourth-Dynasty pharaoh Khafre (also known as Chefren). This majestic structure was constructed during his reign, which spanned from approximately 2558 to 2532 BC.
  3. Pyramid of Menkaure (Mycerinus): The Pyramid of Menkaure, the smallest among the main pyramids in Giza, stands as a testament to the splendor of the Fourth Dynasty. This pyramid is believed to be the final resting place of the Egyptian Pharaoh Menkaure.
  4. The Great Sphinx: Carved from a single piece of stone, the Great Sphinx is one of the most iconic and legendary statues in the world. This remarkable monument, with the body of a lion and the face of a man, stretches an impressive 70 meters in length and reaches a height of 20 meters. Its face bears a striking resemblance to that of King Kephren, adding to its mystique.

The Giza Plateau is not only home to these breathtaking wonders but also houses the renowned Museum of Egyptian Antiquities. Commonly known as the Egyptian Museum or Cairo Museum, this grand institution is a treasure trove of ancient Egyptian artifacts, boasting an extensive collection of 120,000 items, with a representative selection on display for visitors to admire.

Beyond the Giza Plateau, your journey through ancient Egypt takes you to the captivating Valley of the Kings—a sacred burial ground for the Pharaohs of the 18th to 20th dynasties. Marvel at the intricately decorated tombs of legendary rulers such as Tutankhamun, Tutmosis I and III, Ramses VI, Amenhotep II, and Merenptah. During your visit, you will have the opportunity to explore three tombs, subject to their availability at the time.

Delve deeper into history with a visit to the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, also known as Deir el-Bahari Temple. This magnificent mortuary temple, situated on the West Bank of the Nile, honors the extraordinary Queen Hatshepsut, who ruled as Egypt's first known female pharaoh for approximately two decades. Admire the temple's awe-inspiring architecture and immerse yourself in the stories of this remarkable monarch.

Witness the colossal Colossi of Memnon, two imposing statues of Pharaoh Amenhotep III, standing tall on the West Bank of the Nile. These statues, dating back to the 14th century BC, offer a glimpse into the grandeur of ancient Egypt's past.

Your adventure continues to the expansive Temple of Karnak, a monumental complex situated on the East Bank of the Nile. With its sprawling grounds spanning over 100 hectares, Karnak is often referred to as the largest open-air museum in the world. Immerse yourself in the grandeur of ancient Egyptian architecture as you explore its multiple temple buildings, each boasting impressive columns, hypostyle halls, and captivating inscriptions.

In the heart of the city on the East Bank of the Nile lies the magnificent Temple of Luxor. This remarkable temple, featuring the grand first pylon constructed by Ramses II, beckons you to admire its majestic beauty. Step back in time as you wander through its halls adorned with detailed reliefs, recounting tales of pharaonic victories and religious ceremonies.

Venturing further afield, you will encounter the Temple of Edfu, also known as the Temple of Horus. This extraordinary structure is dedicated to Horus, the avenging son of Isis and Osiris, and is located in the city of Edfu, approximately 109 kilometers from Luxor. Rediscovered in the 19th century, this temple stands as one of the best-preserved sites in Egypt, having been entirely buried under desert sands for centuries.

Continue your journey to the captivating Kom Ombo Temple, a truly unique sanctuary dedicated to two gods—Horus, the falcon god, and Sobek, the crocodile god. This extraordinary temple, built by Ptolemy VI, features duplicated courts, halls, sanctuaries, and rooms to accommodate both deities. Immerse yourself in the fascinating mythology and architectural grandeur of this dual temple.

As your exploration nears its end, visit the remarkable High Dam, a rock-fill dam located on the northern border between Egypt and Sudan. This engineering marvel, constructed between 1960 and 1968, plays a vital role in protecting Egypt from annual Nile floods. Standing 111 meters high, with a length of 3,830 meters and a base width of 980 meters, the High Dam remains a testament to human ingenuity.

Finally, immerse yourself in the captivating Philae Temple, dedicated to the goddess Isis. Originally located on Philae Island, the temple was relocated to Agilika Island following the construction of the High Dam to preserve it from flooding. Discover the intriguing mythology surrounding Isis, her beloved husband, Osiris, and the birth of their son, Horus, as you explore this ancient temple.

The Giza Plateau and its surrounding sites offer a mesmerizing journey through Egypt's ancient history. From the awe-inspiring pyramids and Sphinx to the grand temples, each step unveils the remarkable achievements of this civilization. Prepare to be captivated by the legacy of the pharaohs as you embark on this unforgettable adventure.

INCLUDED

  • Meet & assist before the immigration at the airport.
  • All transfers during the tour by private A/C vehicle
  • Three ways Airport Transfer in Cairo With Private A/C Vehicle
  • One-way transfer to Giza Station in Cairo with private A/C vehicle.
  • One-way Luxor station transfer with Private A/C Vehicle
  • One-way Aswan Airport transfer with Private A/C Vehicle
  • 02 nights' accommodation in Cairo as mentioned on program based on Bed & Breakfast
  • 01 Night accommodation on the Sleeping Train (Cairo / Luxor) based on Half Board without beverages.
  • 04 nights' accommodation at 5* standard Nile Cruise based on FB basis without beverages.
  • All entry fees for sites mention in the program.
  • Day Tour PyramidsSphinx & Egyptian Museum.
  • Day Tour Alexandria to visit Citadel of Qait bayModern Alexandria Library and Morsi Abu El Abas Mosque.
  • Day Tour Cairo to Visit Al-Azhar MosqueThe Sultan Hassan Mosquethe Mosque of Ibn Tulun and Al Hussein Mosque.
  • Cruise Sightseeing as mentioned in the program (Maybe will be joint tours).
  • Private Egyptologist guide during the tour.
  • Available language: English, Spanish, German & French (other language with supplement).

Add Value:

  • Unlimited mineral water & snacks during the sightseeing.
  • Local Sim-Card with internet date per family per package.
  • Complimentary Camel Ride for 10 minutes during Pyramids visit.

EXCLUDED

  • Egypt Entry Visa
  • International flight ticket as well as the domestic flight ticket if any.
  • Any optional tours or Meals or Beverages during the tour or Personal expenses or any services didn’t mention in the itinerary.
  • Travel Insurance
  • Tipping.

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  • Cairo - Luxor - Aswan - Cairo: A Journey Through Ancient Egypt

Tour Plan

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Day 01: Arrival in Cairo Upon your arrival at Cairo Airport

you will be warmly greeted by a representative who will assist you with airport customs and formalities. You will be promptly escorted to your hotel in one of our comfortable, air-conditioned modern vehicles. After check-in, you can relax and unwind, enjoying an overnight stay in Cairo.

Meals: No Meals

Day 02: Full Day Pyramids, Sphinx & Egyptian Museum - Sleeper Train

After breakfast at the hotel, check out and meet your guide at the reception area. Embark on a full-day tour, starting with a visit to the magnificent Great Pyramids of Giza and the enigmatic Sphinx. Continue your exploration with a visit to the renowned Egyptian Museum, where you can marvel at its vast collection of ancient artifacts. After a day filled with fascinating discoveries, transfer to Giza station to board the sleeper train destined for Luxor. Enjoy dinner and settle in for an overnight journey.

Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 03: Sleeper Train - Luxor - Cruise - Half Day East Bank

Wake up to breakfast onboard the sleeper train as you approach Luxor station. Upon arrival, you will be greeted by a representative and transferred to the Nile Cruise ship. After embarking before lunch, enjoy a delicious onboard meal. Your guide will then accompany you to explore the East Bank of Luxor, where you will visit the awe-inspiring Luxor and Karnak temples. The evening is free for you to relax or partake in optional excursions suggested by your guide. Enjoy dinner and spend the night onboard the cruise ship.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 04: Luxor West Bank - Edfu

Indulge in a delectable breakfast onboard the cruise ship as you prepare for a day of exploration. Transfer to the West Bank of Luxor to visit the iconic sites, including the Valley of the Kings, Hatshepsut Temple, and the Colossi of Memnon. Afterward, return to the cruise ship for a satisfying lunch. Set sail towards Edfu, and as you enjoy dinner onboard, you can relish the relaxing ambiance of the cruise ship.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 05: Edfu - Kom Ombo

Start your day with a delightful breakfast onboard the cruise ship. Visit the remarkable Edfu Temple, dedicated to the falcon god Horus, before sailing onward to Kom Ombo. Enjoy a tasty onboard lunch and then explore the unique Kom Ombo Temple, dedicated to both Horus and the crocodile god Sobek. Return to the cruise ship and savor dinner as you continue your journey to Aswan.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 06: Aswan Sightseeing

After a fulfilling breakfast onboard the cruise ship, embark on a visit to the famous High Dam and the magnificent Philae Temple, dedicated to the goddess Isis. Return to the cruise ship for a delicious lunch. The evening is free for you to relax or take part in optional excursions recommended by your guide. Enjoy dinner and spend the night onboard the cruise ship.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 07: Aswan Sightseeing - Cairo

For early risers, there is an optional excursion to Abu Simbel. After breakfast onboard the cruise ship, disembark and transfer to Aswan airport for a domestic flight back to Cairo. Upon arrival at Cairo airport, you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel. Check-in and enjoy an overnight stay in Cairo.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 08: Cairo - Final Departure

After breakfast and check-out from the hotel, our  representative will transfer you to Cairo International Airport for your final departure. Take with you the sweet memories and the friendships you made during your time in Egypt.

Meals: Breakfast

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