Beyond High Dam

Highlights:

  •  The Grand Pyramids of Giza
  •  The Egyptian Museum.
  •  Lake Nasser Cruise
  •  Nile Cruise
  •  Abu Simbel Temple
  •  Aswan High Dam
  •  Unfinished Obelisk
  •  Philae Temple
  •  Luxor East Bank
  •  Luxor West Bank

** 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 Standards Hotels: $ 2,365

** Rate per person traveling alone in Single room in 5 stars Deluxe Hotels: $ 3,215

 

ITINERARY

Day 1: Wednesday

Upon landing in Egypt, purchase your visa in USD cash, and then 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 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. After that transfer to have lunch at a local restaurant.

Then head to visit The Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, 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). 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 and the Egyptian Museum.
Day 3: Flight to Abu Simbel – Embark Lake Nasser cruise

Morning check out and transfer to Cairo Airport for your flight to Abu Simbel.

Upon arrival at Abu Simbel Airport, meet & assist by our representative and transfer to your Lake Nasser Nile cruise for embarkation before lunch. Have lunch then meet your guide to start visiting Abu Simbel Temple, This Temple is an enormous rock temple complex located on Egypt’s border with Sudan. The two temples of this complex were built in the 13th century BC, during the reign of the great and powerful Ramesses II. Whilst this temple complex is known today as the Abu Simbel Temple, it was referred to in the past as the “Temple of Ramesses, Beloved by Amun”. During the 1960s, the Aswan High Dam reservoir was built, which resulted in the creation of Lake Nasser. This threatened the existence of the Abu Simbel Temple, and it was completely relocated in 1968. Back to Nile cruise and have dinner. Overnight in Abu Simbel.

  • Meals included today: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Sights to be visited: Abu Simbel Temple.

 

Day 4: Lake Nasser cruise

Breakfast during sailing to Kasr Ibrim, overview Kasr Ibrim (15 minutes for photos only from Sundeck), Kasr Ibrim is an archeological site, originally a major city built on a cliff overlooking the Nile, but the creation of Lake Nasser made it an island and flooded the city’s outlying areas. Because of its elevated location, it is the only Nubian archeological site to have survived past Nile floods relatively unscathed. Lunch on board, and then visit Amada Temple. The Temple of Amada, the oldest Egyptian temple in Nubia, was first constructed by Pharaoh Thutmose III of the 18th dynasty and dedicated to Amun and Re-Horakhty, then visit The Temple of Derr or el-Derr is a speos or rock-cut Egyptian temple in Lower Nubia, It was built during the 19th Dynasty by Pharaoh Ramesses II, after that visit Tomb of Pennut, viceroy of Nubia under Ramses VI (1143–1136 BC), was originally situated at Aniba, 40km southwest of Amada. This well-preserved Nubian tomb consists of a small offering chapel and a niche at the rear, with reliefs depicting events and personalities from Pennut’s life, including him being presented with a gift by Ramses VI. Sail to Wadi El Sebou. Dinner and overnight in Wadi El Sebou.

  • Meals included today: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Sights to be visited: Amada, Derr and Tomb of pennut.
Day 5: Lake Nasser cruise

Visit Wadi El Sebou Temple, It is known to be the second largest temple of Nubian region, after the famous temple of Abu-Simbel. This temple is named “Es-Sebua”, which means “Lions” and its name is justified due to the presence of the rows of lion-headed sphinxes before the entrance of the temple. They serenely but fiercely guard the entrance just as they have for centuries. The temple is known as Es-Seboua meaning in Arabic “lions”. The temple was dedicated to the worship of god Ra- Hor-Akhty, Amon, and Ramsis II as a defied person. The temple is built out of stones, except for the sanctuary and the inner vestibules which hare fully craved into the bedrock. The temple consists of an entrance with a pylon, then an open courtyard, then a hypostyle hall and the inner sanctuary. The walls of the temple are decorated with many religious scenes and important reliefs. In the Christian area, many parts had been converted into a church. This temple, like most of the other Nubian monuments, has been rescued and relocated 4 km north from its original location to escape the rising water of Lake Nasser. Back to Nile cruise, have lunch.

Dinner and overnight in Aswan.

  • Meals included today: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
  • Sights to be visited: Wadi El Sebou.
Day 6: Disembark Lake Nasser cruise – Embark Nile cruise

Breakfast, check out from Lake Nasser cruise and then visit Kalabsha Temple, an impressive stone causeway leads from the lake to the first pylon of the temple, beyond which are the colonnaded court and the eight-columned hypostyle hall. Inscriptions on the walls show various emperors or pharaohs in the presence of gods and goddesses. Just beyond the hall is the sanctuary, consisting of three chambers. Stairs from one chamber lead up to the roof, from where there are superb views of Lake Nasser and the High Dam, across the capitals of the hall and court. An inner passage, between the temple and the encircling wall, leads to a well-preserved Nilometer. The temple’s original outer stone gateway was given by the Egyptian government to Germany in 1977, in thanks for helping to move this building. It is now in the Egyptian Museum, Berlin. After that 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 120 ft / 36 m 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 the 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 your second Nile cruise for embarkation before lunch. After lunch enjoy a felucca ride around Kitchener’s Island and Agha Khan Mausoleum. Back to the cruise, have dinner. Overnight on board in Aswan.

  • Meals included today: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Sights to be visited: Kalabsha Temple, The High Dam, Unfinished obelisk, Philae Temple and Felucca ride.
Day 7: 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 37m 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 onboard in Luxor.

  • Meals included today: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Sights to be visited: Kom Ombo Temple and Edfu Temple.
Day 8: 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 300m 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 onboard in Luxor.

  • Meals included today: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Sights to be visited: Colossi of Memnun, Valley of the Kings and Hatchepsut Temple.
Day 9: Disembark Nile cruise – Flight to Cairo

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 Luxor Airport for your flight to Cairo. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for check in.

Overnight in Cairo.

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

  • Meals included today: Breakfast.
  • Sights to be visited: Karnak Temple and Luxor Temple.
Day 10: Cairo – departure

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

  • Meals included today: Breakfast

Inclusions

  • Three nights accommodation in Cairo including breakfast.
  • Three nights on board 5* Lake Nasser River Cruise including breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Three nights on board 5* Nile Cruise including breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Visit Grand Pyramids of Giza & Sphinx.
  • Visit Cairo Egyptian Museum.
  • Visit Abu Simbel Temple.
  • Visit Amada, Derr and Tomb of pennut.
  • Visit Wadi El Sebou Temple.
  • Visit Kalabsha Temple.
  • 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 / Abu Simbel – Luxor / Cairo.
  • 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 in 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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