Day 1 18th Feb/18th Oct Cairo Arrival to Cairo. Transfer to hotel
Day 2 19th Feb/19th Oct Cairo Pyramids and Sakkara. Overnight at your hotel
Day 3 20th Feb/20th Oct Cairo Egyptian Museum and City Tour, Khan el Khalili
Day 4 21st Feb/21st Oct Aswan Flight to Aswan, High Dam, Philae Temple felucca.
Day 5 22nd Feb/22nd Oct Aswan Abu Simbel Sun Festival - Temples of Abu Simbel. Attend the extraordinarily rare
illumination of the statue of Ramses II. Return to Aswan.
Day 6 23rd Feb/23rd Oct Luxor Kom Ombo and Edfu Temples.
Day 7 24th Feb/24th Oct Luxor East Bank: Karnak and Luxor Temples
Day 8 25th Feb/25th Oct Luxor West Bank: Valleys of the Kings, the Colossi of Memnon and Queen Hatshepsut Temple. Flight to Cairo.
Day 9 26th Feb/26th Oct Cairo Transfer to Cairo Airport for your departure flight.
Welcome to Cairo. Our representative will meet and assist you at the airport. Once you are done, he will accompany to your hotel in the city and check you in. The evening is yours to enjoy however you wish. Overnight at hotel. (No meals)
Get ready for the exciting discoveries you are about to encounter on your journey. Your first taste of Egypt will be on the Giza Plateau, as you will look up to the Wonder of Egypt and of the Ancient World, Cheops the Great Pyramid. The pyramids of Chephren or Khafra (the middle sized one) and Menkaure or Mykerinos (the smallest) complete the colossal trio. The Sphinx, located nearby, watches over and valiantly guards the burial sites of the three Pharaohs.
From Giza, we will go on to Saqqara to set our sights on the forefather of the Giza pyramids and that is the Step Pyramid of Djoser. Overnight in Cairo hotel. (Breakfast)
Frenetic, bustling city, over populated, busy bazaars and souks and chaotic traffic, labyrinthine streets, narrow alley ways and quiet corners, all this and more is Cairo. A city with its centuries-old edifices, grey with age and yet still regal in its stature at best in the old historical district as it attracts lovers of history, of culture and of fun vacationing. The Egyptian museum is one of its kind and holder of the treasures of this ancient country. The hours you will spend here will be unforgettable. Get ready to lay your eyes on some incomparable treasures. Afterwards, we will go on to Islamic quarter to see the Citadel of Saladin and its alabaster Mosque of Mohammad Ali. This place of prayer is on the highest hill of Cairo, allowing you to have a remarkable panoramic view of the city. Our guide will then escort you on a shopping trip in Khan el Khalili bazaar, a world-famous souk not only for tourists but also locals who shop in its many little shops and drink coffee and smoke shisha in its many traditional cafes. Then it’s back to your hotel for a well earned rest. (Breakfast)
This morning we will take a short flight to Aswan. After freshening up at your hotel, we will take you on tour. First stop is the High Dam followed, in vivid contrast, by short ferry ride across the Nile to contemplate the magnificent ancient Temple of Philae. Later on, we will sail on a traditional felucca to the tusk-shaped Elephantine Island and to the Botanical Gardens on Kitchener Island. During the late afternoon and evening, please feel free to visit the local souk of Aswan or drop by the Museum of Nubia. Overnight at your hotel. (Breakfast)
In the early, very early hours of this fabulous morning, 2 am, you will be joining a group to drive to Abu Simbel. Once there, take your place to witness this twice-yearly phenomenon, the sun’s illumination of the statue of Ramses II and the Sun gods Re-Horakhte and Amon-Re. It is simply breathtaking, stunning and hair-raising. Note how the statue of Ptah, god of the underworld remains in darkness. Later on, you will explore the 13th century BC temples of Abu Simbel and Hathor, also known as the Temple of Queen Nefertari. We will then return to Aswan for a well-earned rest. Overnight at Aswan hotel. (Breakfast)
Early departure for Luxor on board an air-conditioned vehicle with a break in our journey at the Temple of Kom Ombo as well as in Edfu, to visit the remarkably well-preserved Temple of Horus.
Welcome to Luxor, once known as Thebes, on the East bank of the Nile. Overnight at your Luxor hotel. (Breakfast)
Great, you’ve earned a free morning in Luxor. Do consult with your guide to see how best to use your free time. Your afternoon adventure will start on the East Bank. First on our agenda is the Karnak Temple complex with its multitude of temples, chapels, pillars and the Temple of Amun. Amble down the avenue of the ram-headed sphinxes that connects the Precinct of Mut with the Precinct of Amun-Ra and the Luxor Temple. In the afternoon, you will again have some free time. What say you to a visit to the Luxor Museum or to some bartering in the souks? Overnight at your hotel. (Breakfast)
This morning, you may choose the option of going on a wild hot-air balloon ride over Luxor. Luxor, modern site of the ancient capital Thebes, is the greatest and largest open-air museum in the world. Seize this once in a lifetime opportunity to see it from above, a bird’s eye view of this amazing city.
Later on, we will go on to the Valleys of the Kings and Queens, passing Deir el Madina, Madinet Habu and the Colossi of Memnon. We will also visit the colonnaded temple dedicated to Queen Hatshepsut.
This evening you will fly back to Cairo. Overnight at your hotel in Cairo. (Breakfast)
Ma al salama. We hope this amazing once-in-a-lifetime experience has left you with a deep bond with Egypt. Come again and live another adventure, take in another side of our rich country.
We will provide you with the transfer from your Cairo hotel to the airport and bid you safe travel.