Sparkle of Egypt

Highlights:

  •  The Grand Pyramids of Giza
  •  The Egyptian Museum.
  •  Three nights Nile cruise
  •  Aswan High Dam
  •  Unfinished Obelisk
  •  Philae Temple
  •  Luxor East Bank
  •  Luxor West Bank
  •  Alexandria

** 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: $ 1,925

** Rate per person traveling alone in Single room in 5 stars Deluxe Hotels: $ 2,510

ITINERARY

Day 1: Monday or Wednesday or Saturday

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 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. Transfer to have lunch at a local restaurant.

Then head to visit 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). Overnight in Cairo.

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

  • Meals included today: Breakfast and lunch.
  • Sights to be visited: The Great pyramids, Sphinx and the Egyptian Museum.
Day 3: Flight to Aswan – Embark Nile cruise

Morning, check out and transfer to Cairo Airport for your flight to Aswan. Upon arrival at Aswan, 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 around Kitchener’s Island and Agha Khan Musoleum.
Day 4: 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.

(Optional: Early morning over day tour visiting Abu Simbel Temple)

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

 

Day 5: 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 6: Disembark Nile cruise – Flight to Cairo

Breakfast, disembark the cruise 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 at Cairo, meet and transfer to your hotel in Cairo for check in.

Overnight in Cairo.

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

  • Meals included today: Breakfast.
  • Sights to be visited: Luxor Temple and Karnak Temple.
Day 7: Cairo – Alexandria

After breakfast, meet your guide in the lobby and start over day tour to Alexandria, the second largest city in Egypt overlooking the Mediterranean which is 218 Km from Cairo. Upon arrival at Alexandria start visiting Qait bay citadel and light house, The Lighthouse of Alexandria, sometimes called the Pharos of Alexandria, was a lighthouse built by the Ptolemaic Kingdom, during the reign Ptolemy II Philadelphus which has been estimated to be 100 metres in overall height, then visit Catacombs of Kom Al Shuqafa, according to archaeologists, the catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa resemble the largest burial site dating from the Greco-Roman period. Discovered in Alexandria, a particularly interesting city of antiquity, it was no surprise that what was hidden in the underground burial tunnels for centuries was a blend of different ancient arts and cultures. Lunch at a local restaurant, then proceed to visit Alexandria library, The ancient library was built by the order of Ptolemy the second in the third century BC and it was said that it contained 700,000 books and it was the greatest library in the world at that time. This is beside the fact that many great scientists studied in the library like Archimedes. The library of Alexandria became famous worldwide because it was the first public governmental library in history. There were many libraries in the times of the Pharos but it was exclusive for the priests of the temples and the royal family. The library contained the science, civilization, and books of two remarkable periods: The Pharaonic and the Greek. The two civilizations of the west and east met in this great library through books and lectures that the library hosted and it was considered the first attempt at the modern concept of globalization. After that head to visit Monatazah Palace. Khedive Abbas Hilmy (1892–1914) built Montazah as his summer palace, a refuge for when Cairo became too hot. It’s designed in a pseudo-Moorish style, which has been given a Florentine twist with the addition of a tower modelled on one at Florence’s Palazzo Vecchio. It also has a garden of Al Montazah which is 3000 meters wide contains a huge selection of trees and plants, some of them quite rare. Some of the tropical plants are still in good shape although they have been planted more than 75 years ago. The plant collection in Montazah includes Catania, huge boots, Zamia, Carlota, and special types of palms. This is beside the big size plants like Anthurium, Hokiry, Araliaceae, Victoria, and Ropilia. Back to Cairo.

Overnight in Cairo.

  • Meals included today: Breakfast and lunch.
  • Sights to be visited: Qait Bay citadel, Catacombs of Kom Al Shuqafa, Alexandria Library and Montazah Gardens.
Day 8: 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.
  • Visit The Grand Pyramids of Giza & Sphinx.
  • Visit Cairo Egyptian Museum .
  • Visit Aswan’s High Dam.
  • Visit Philae Temple.
  • Visit The Unfinished obelisk.
  • Felucca Ride in Aswan.
  • Visit Edfu Temple.
  • Visit Kom ombo Temple.
  • Visit East Bank.
  • Visit West Bank.
  • Visit Alexandria.
  • Lunch during your sightseeing tour in Cairo.
  • Lunch during your sightseeing tour in Alexandria.
  • Meet and assist representative services.
  • Transfers airport – Hotel – airport.
  • Transfers airport – Cruise – airport.
  • Domestic Flight Cairo / Aswan – 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 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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