Best of Egypt

Highlights:

  •  The Grand Pyramids of Giza
  •  Memphis
  •  Sakkara
  •  The Egyptian Museum.
  •  Citadel of Saladin
  •  Islamic & Coptic Cairo
  •  Khan El Khalili
  •  Nile cruise
  •  Aswan High Dam
  •  Unfinished Obelisk
  •  Philae Temple
  •  Luxor East Bank
  •  Luxor West Bank
  •  Hurghada

** Rates are valid from October 1st, 2019 till April 30th, 2020 excluding Christmas, New year & Easter.

** Rate per person traveling alone in Single room in 5 stars Standard Hotels: $ 2,430

** Rate per person traveling alone in Single room in 5 stars Deluxe Hotels: $ 3,090

ITINERARY

Day 1: Tuesday or Friday or Sunday

Upon landing in Egypt, purchase your visa in USD cash per person.

Once finished you will meet our Representative who will assist you with the transfer to your Cairo Hotel.

Overnight in Cairo.

  • Meals included today: No Meals.
Day 2: Cairo

After breakfast, meet your guide at the lobby and be ready to start day tour visiting The Great Pyramids one of the most famous sites in Egypt and one of the seven wonders of the ancient world which was built in 2550 Before Christ, it took approximately 20 years to build using 2.3 million stone blocks and it weigh 5.9 million tons, it also has three burials chambers inside. (Entrance to one of the pyramids from inside is available at an extra fee), after that visit The Sphinx, a statue of a reclining sphinx, a mythical creature with the body of a lion and the head of a human, it is a symbol that has represented the essence of Egypt for thousands of years. Then transfer to have lunch at a local restaurant.

Then head to visit Memphis, where you can visit the Colossus of Ramses II. Memphis was the ancient Egyptian city that served not just as an important city but also as the capital of ancient Egypt during the Old Kingdom. It was the home of many pharaohs, including King Tutankhamun, and it remained an essential city throughout history, until its demise around the time of the rise of Christianity after the first century A.D., and then proceed to visit Sakkara Which is a vast, ancient burial ground in Egypt, serving as the necropolis for the Ancient Egyptian capital, Memphis, there you visit the Step Pyramid of Djoser considered the oldest in Egypt. Overnight in Cairo.

(Optional at night: Sound and light show at the pyramids)

  • Meals included today: Breakfast & Lunch.
  • Sights to be visited: The Great pyramids, Sphinx, Memphis and Sakkara.

 

Day 3: Cairo

After breakfast, meet your guide at the lobby and start visiting the Egyptian Museum , dating back to 1902 and includes 120,000 of the most pharaonic items. The highlights are the famous Tutankhamun collection with its outstanding gold death mask and sarcophagus. (Entrance to the mummy’s room is available at an extra fee), then transfer to have lunch at a local restaurant. Then proceed to visit The Citadel of Saladin which was built by Saladin El Ayouby, towards the end of the 12th century. He was once a famous king and army leader, as well as the founder of the Ayyubid Dynasty. For many centuries, it was the seat of the king and his government in Egypt. Many dynasties including the Ayyubids, the Mamlouks, and even some Ottomans had a turn ruling over Egypt from the citadel. Then visit The Great Mosque of Muhammad Ali Pasha known also as Alabaster Mosque, which is a mosque situated inside the Citadel and commissioned by Muhammad Ali Pasha between 1830 and 1848. Overnight in Cairo.

  • Meals included today: Breakfast & Lunch.
  • Sights to be visited: The Egyptian Museum, Citadel of Saladin and Muhammad Ali Mosque.
Day 4: Flight to Aswan / Embark Nile cruise

Breakfast, check out and transfer to Cairo Airport for your flight to Aswan. Upon arrival, meet and assist and transfer to visit The High Dam, the world’s largest dam which was constructed in 1970, this dam borders Egypt and Sudan, then head to visit the largest known Egyptian obelisk is called the “unfinished obelisk”, which today can be found exactly where it was once semi-carved from the solid bedrock. This stone block was intended to be a 120ft / 36m tall obelisk. It is estimated that a block of granite this size would easily weigh more than a 1000 tons, some geologists have suggested a figure in the region of 1100 tons – 1150 tons.

Unfortunately this obelisk was never finished because during the process to remove the block of stone from its mother bedrock, a huge crack appeared that made the stone unusable. Then continue to visit one of Nubia’s most important monument sites, the Temples of Philae, 12 kilometers south of Aswan, was an ancient pilgrimage center for the cult of Isis and dazzled travelers with its power for centuries. This sacred site was venerated from the Pharaonic era up to the Greek, Roman, and Byzantine periods with each ruler adding their own stamp onto the stones here. Saved from a watery grave by UNESCO’s rescue project, which transferred the monuments block by block from Philae Island to Agilika Island, today, the temples continue to work their charm on all who visit.

Transfer to cruise for embarkation before lunch. After lunch enjoy a felucca ride around Kitchener’s Island and Agha Khan Musoleum. Back to the cruise, have dinner. Overnight onboard in Aswan.

  • Meals included today: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Sights to be visited: The High Dam, Unfinished obelisk, Philae Temple and Felucca ride.
Day 5: Nile cruise

Breakfast, sail to Kom ombo and visit kom ombo Temple, which is an unusual double temple. It was constructed during the Ptolemaic dynasty, 180–47 BC, then back to Nile cruise and have lunch during sailing to Edfu.  Visit Edfu Temple also known as Horus Temple, This temple has one of the best surviving pylons among temples in Egypt today. It is 37 m high and decorated with battle scenes, representing King Ptolemy VIII smiting his enemies before the god Horus. Next, there is an open courtyard that contains columns with floral capitals on three sides. This court was open to the public and was known as the court of the offerings, the place where people could give their offering to the statue of the god, then sail to Luxor.

Dinner and overnight on board in Luxor.

  • Meals included today: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Sights to be visited: Kom Ombo Temple and Edfu Temple.
Day 6: Nile cruise

Breakfast, and then join your guide to visit The West Bank (Colossi of Memnun, which are two massive stone statues of the Pharaoh Amenhotep III, who reigned in Egypt during the Dynasty XVIII, then visit valley of The Kings, it was part of the ancient city of Thebes and was the burial site of almost all the kings (Pharaohs) of the 18th, 19th and 20th dynasties (1539–1075 BC), from Thutmose I to Ramses X . Located in the hills behind Dayr al-Baḥrī, the 62 known tombs exhibit variety both in plan and in decoration. In 1979 UNESCO  designated the valley part of the World Heritage Site of ancient Thebes, which also includes Luxor, the valley of the Queens and Karnak. After that visit Hatchepsut Temple at El Deir El Bahari where the eyes first focus on the dramatic rugged limestone cliffs that rise nearly 300 m above the desert plain, only to realize that at the foot of all this immense beauty lies a monument even more extraordinary. The almost-modern-looking temple blends in beautifully with the cliffs from which it is partly cut. Back to Nile cruise for lunch. Dinner and overnight on board in Luxor.

  • Meals included today: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Sights to be visited: Colossi of Memnun, Valley of the Kings and Hatchepsut Temple.
Day 7: Disembark Nile cruise – Hurghada

Breakfast, disembark the cruise at 08:00 AM and join your guide to start visiting The East Bank (Luxor Temple, it was built by Amenhotep III (1390-52 BC) but completed by Tutankhamun (1336-27 BC) and Horemheb (1323-1295 BC) and then added to by Rameses II (1279-13 BC). Toward the rear is a granite shrine dedicated to Alexander the Great (332-305 BC), then proceed to visit Karnak Temple, Cult temple dedicated to Amun, Mut and Khonsu. The largest religious building ever constructed. The temple of Karnak was known as Ipet-isu—or “most select of places”—by the ancient Egyptians. It is a city of temples built over 2,000 years and dedicated to the Theban triad of Amun, Mut, and Khonsu. This derelict place is still capable of overshadowing many wonders of the modern world and in its day must have been awe-inspiring. After that transfer to Hurghada (Red sea city) by land. Arrival at hotel and check in.

Dinner and overnight in Hurghada.

(Optional early morning: Hot Air Balloon ride in Luxor)

  • Meals included today: Breakfast and dinner.
  • Sights to be visited: Karnak Temple and Luxor Temple.
Day 8: Hurghada

Free at leisure.

Dinner and overnight in Hurghada.

  • Meals included today: Breakfast and Dinner.
Day 9: Hurghada

Free at leisure.

Dinner and overnight in Hurghada.

  • Meals included today: Breakfast and Dinner.
Day 10: Hurghada – Flight to Cairo

Breakfast, check out and transfer to Hurghada Airport for your flight to Cairo. Upon arrival at Cairo Airport, meet and assist and transfer to start visiting old Cairo (Islamic and Coptic). Lunch at a local restaurant, and then proceed to visit Khan El Khalili Bazaars. After that transfer to your hotel for check in.

Overnight in Cairo.

  • Meals included today: Breakfast and lunch.
  • Sights to be visited: Islamic Cairo, Coptic Cairo and Khan El Khalili Bazaars.
Day 11:Cairo – departure

Breakfast, check out and transfer to Cairo International Airport for your final departure.

  • Meals included today: Breakfast

Inclusions

  • Four nights accommodation in Cairo including breakfast.
  • Three nights on board Nile River Cruise including breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Three nights accommodation in Hurghada including breakfast and Dinner.
  • Visit the Grand Pyramids of Giza & Sphinx.
  • Visit Memphis.
  • Visit Sakkara.
  • Visit Cairo Egyptian Museum .
  • Visit Saladin Citadel and Muhammad Ali Mosque.
  • Visit Islamic and Coptic Cairo.
  • Visit Khan El Khalili.
  • Visit Aswan’s High Dam.
  • Visit The Unfinished obelisk.
  • Visit Philae Temple.
  • Felucca Ride in Aswan.
  • Visit Edfu Temple.
  • Visit Kom ombo Temple.
  • Visit Colossi of Memnun statue.
  • Visit East Bank.
  • Visit West Bank.
  • Lunch during your sightseeing tour in Cairo.
  • Meet and assist representative services.
  • Transfers airport – Hotel – airport.
  • Transfers airport – Cruise – airport.
  • Domestic flight Cairo/Aswan – Hurghada/Cairo.
  • Land transfer Luxor / Hurghada
  • Transportation for all sightseeing excursions in Cairo.
  • Transportation for all sightseeing excursions during your Nile River Cruise.
  • All entrance fees (except entrance of pyramids from inside and the Mummies room inside the Egyptian Museum).
  • All sightseeing tours are provided by English speaking Licensed Egyptologist.
  • All taxes.

Exclusions:

  • International flight ticket.
  • Egypt Visa Fee.
  • Customary tips to driver, guides, cruise staff, etc.
  • Drinks during meals.
  • Any optional tours.
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