Discover Egypt

Highlights

  • The Grand Pyramids of Giza
  • Memphis
  • Sakkara
  •  The Egyptian Museum
  • Citadel of Saladin
  • Islamic & Coptic Cairo
  • Nile cruise
  • Abu Simbel Temple
  • Aswan High Dam
  • Unfinished Obelisk
  • Philae Temple
  • Luxor East Bank
  • Luxor West Bank
  • Sharm El Sheikh (Red Sea)
  • Mount Sinai
  • St. Catherine’s Monastery

ITINERARY

Discover Egypt   12 Nights / 13 Days

Day 1: Monday or Thursday or Saturday

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 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. 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), Lunch
at a local restaurant. Then proceed to visit The Citadel of Salah El Din 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 or Alabaster Mosque is a mosque situated inside the Citadel and
commissioned by Muhammad Ali Pasha between 1830 and 1848. After that visit Old Cairo (Islamic Coptic).
Overnight in Cairo.
– Meals included today: Breakfast  Lunch.
– Sights to be visited: The Egyptian Museum, Citadel of Salah El Din, Mohamed Ali Mosque Old Cairo.

Day 4: Flight to Aswan

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 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 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 hotel for check in rest. Afternoon enjoy a felucca ride around Kitchener’s Island and Agha Khan
Mausoleum. Back to the hotel, have dinner. Overnight in Aswan.
– Meals included today: Breakfast and dinner.
– Sights to be visited: The High Dam, Unfinished obelisk, Philae Temple and Felucca ride around
Kitchener’s Island and Agha Khan Mausoleum.

Day 5: Embark Nile cruise / Abu Simbel Tour

Breakfast box, check out early morning then start over day tour visiting Abu Simbel. The Temples of Abu Simbel are
a huge attraction in Egypt, bringing many tourists into the country each year. Built by King Ramses II, the temples
of Abu Simbel are touted to be the most impressive ones in the country. The Sun temple, located on the banks of
River Nile, was built in 1250 B.C. and is carved into the sandstone cliffs. The 65-foot seated Ramses statue is the
temple’s main attraction. There are two other temples in the complex as well, one for Ramses and the second for
his queen Nefertiti.
The extraordinary beauty and grandeur of the Sun temples is simply spellbinding. The temple remained hidden from
the world until 1812 when the Swiss explorer Johann Burckhardt found it. In 1964, the temple was conserved to

protect it from the rising waters of the Aswan High Dam. The entire site was dismantled and reassembled at a place
65m higher and 200m behind the river.
There are 108-foot high statues of Ramses in the entrance way, leading to a grand hall separated into two treasury
rooms. Further inside is the Hypostyle Hall filled with flowered pillars and scenes of the family of the king. The
monument honors Ramses II’s victory in the Battle of Kadesh, which is believed to have taken place in 1274 B.C.
between the Egyptians and Anatolians (which includes part of modern-day Syria, Turkey and Lebanon). It’s said
that the Sun temple took about twenty years to get built.
Abu Simbel Temple remains in darkness all through the year except for when it sees the stream of natural sunlight
on two occasions in February and October. The light which streams into the complex reflects on Ramses II and Sun
God’s seated statues, illuminating the entire place and highlighting its brilliant architecture. The Sun Festival takes
place when the light hits the statues. The statue that remains still in darkness, even on these two days is of Ptah,
the Goddess of darkness. The sight is truly a marvelous one and attracts tourists from all across to celebrate the
much-celebrated Sun Festival.
Ramses built the temple at Abu Simbel so that the sanctum sanctorum or the inner chamber would light up at just
two times of the year, which are on February 22, the anniversary of his ascension to the throne and on October
22nd, which is his birthday. The festival is based on a solar phenomenon, and the Sun God was very important to
Egyptians. Careful planning was required to ensure everything was aligned just right for the sun to shine where it
was wanted.
Drive back to Aswan transfer to Nile cruise for embarkation, have lunch & rest of day free at leisure. Dinner
overnight on board in Aswan.
– Meals included today: Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
– Sights to be visited: Abu Simbel Temple

Day 6: 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 7: 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 Hatshepsut 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. After lunch 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. Back to Nile cruise.
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 Hatshepsut Temple, Karnak Temple
Luxor Temple.

Day 8: Disembark Nile cruise – Sharm El Sheikh

Breakfast, disembark the cruise and transfer to Luxor Airport for your flight to Sharm El sheikh via Cairo. Upon
arrival at Sharm El sheikh, you will be transferred to your hotel for check in. Rest of day free at leisure.
Dinner and overnight in Sharm El sheikh.
– Meals included today: Breakfast and dinner.

Day 9: Sharm El Sheikh/Mount Sinai

Free at leisure.
After dinner you will be picked up from your hotel to drive two and a half hours to get to Moses Mountain (Sinai
Mountain).
Climbing the Mountain the biggest mountain in relation to others surrounding it, now you will climb the mountain
along with your Bedouin guide and the rest of the group, you are expected to get to the peak of the mountain at
2:30 am then wait there till sunrise.
– Meals included today: Breakfast and Dinner.
– Sights to be visited: Mount Sinai

Day 10: Sharm El Sheikh/St. Catherine Monastery

In the morning, you will visit St. Catherine’s monastery, your English speaking guide will take good care of you and
will explain everything there is to know as well as covering the highlights, he will also give you a free time where
you can take some pictures, there will be also a short visit to the burning bush, the church of transfiguration, Moses
well and the museum.
Breakfast now comes right on time after lots of climbing and walking, also the guide will be with you all the way in
case you need something, breakfast are served in one of the hotels near the monastery. Then we will drive to the
wonderful city of Dahab to have lunch and enjoy almost an hour of free time in the city.
Drive back to Sharm El Sheikh enjoying the nature of the Sinai desert all the way down to your hotel. Rest of day
free at leisure.
Dinner and overnight in Sharm El sheikh.
– Meals included today: Breakfast and Dinner.
– Sights to be visited: St. Catherin’s monastery

Day 11: Sharm El sheikh

Free at leisure.
Dinner overnight in Sharm El sheikh

– Meals included today: Breakfast and Dinner.

Day 12: Sharm El Sheikh – Flight to Cairo

Breakfast, check out at noon and then transfer to Sharm El Sheikh Airport for your flight to Cairo. Upon arrival at
Cairo Airport, meet and assist and transfer to your hotel for check in. Overnight in Cairo.
– Meals included today: Breakfast.

Day 13: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.
• One night accommodation in Aswan including breakfast & dinner.
• Three nights onboard Nile River Cruise including breakfast, lunch and dinner.
• Four nights accommodation in Sharm El sheikh including breakfast and Dinner.
• Visit the Grand Pyramids of Giza & Sphinx.
• Visit Memphis.
• Visit Sakkara.
• Visit the Cairo Egyptian Museum.
• Visit Salah El Din Citadel and Mohamed Ali Mosque.
• Visit Islamic and Coptic Cairo.
• Visit Aswan’s High Dam.
• Visit Philae Temple.
• Visit the unfinished obelisk.
• Felucca Ride.

• Visit Abu Simbel Temple by road.
• Visit Kom ombo Temple.
• Visit Edfu Temple.
• Visit West Bank.
• Visit East Bank.
• Visit Mount Sinai & St. Catherine’s monastery.
• Lunch during your sightseeing tour in Cairo.
• Meet and assist representative services.
• Transfers airport – Hotel – airport.
• Transfers airport – Cruise – airport.
• Domestic flight Cairo/Aswan – Sharm El Sheikh/Cairo.
• Domestic flight Luxor/Sharm El sheikh via 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 Mummy 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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