Package Type: Classic
Destination: 38 Duration: 9 days, 8 nights
Base Price: 1800.00
Arrive Cairo International Airport, meeting and assistance through customs and transfer to the hotel.
AM:Visit to the Egyptian Museum , Visit to the Coptic Museum and Old Cairo.
PM:Visit to the Citadel, the Alabaster and Sultan Hassan Mosques and the Khan El Khalili Bazaar.
AM:Visit to the Ancient Capital of Egypt at Memphis, the Step Pyramid and the Tombs of Sakkara.
Lunch at a local restaurant
PM: Visit to the Great Pyramids of Giza, the Sphinx and the Valley Temple.
Flight to Luxor, Temples of Karnak & Luxor, Nile Cruise Embarkation
After breakfast, check out of your hotel and drive to the airport for your flight to Luxor. Land in Luxor and take a sightseeing tour of the East Bank. Visit the magnificent Temples of Karnak, dating back over 3,000 years. Walk along the avenue of the Sphinxes and marvel at the Hypostyle Hall with its 134 massive sandstone columns. After exploring this ancient structure, embark on the Nile Cruise. In the afternoon, visit Luxor Temple to admire the colossal statues of the great pharaoh Ramses II.
Luxor West Bank
View the magnificence of the Luxor West Bank on this morning's . Begin with a visit to the UNESCO listed Valley of the Kings , the necropolis of Thebes and admire the tombs of ancient Egypt's rulers. Next, head to the Temple of Hatshepsut, a colonnaded structure surrounded by cliffs and learn about the life of Queen Hatshepsut, Egypt's famous female ruler. Visit an alabaster factory, where you can view a demonstration of grinding alabaster the old-fashioned way. Browse the extensive collection of alabaster pieces. Conclude the tour at the Colossi of Memnon, two massive stone statues of the Pharaoh Amenhotep II. Return to the ship for lunch, and continue sailing onward this afternoon
Travel by horse-drawn carriage to the Temple of Horus, the Falcon God. The temple is known as the major Ptolemaic temple, built between 237 B.C. to 57 B.C., up to the reign of Cleopatra VII. Of all the temples that remain in Egypt, the Temple of Horus is the most completely preserved. Built from sandstone blocks, it was constructed over the site of a smaller New Kingdom temple. In Edfu, there are also the remains of ancient pyramids. Sail onto Kom Ombo where you will visit the Temple of Sobek and the Temple of Haroeris. In ancient times, sacred crocodiles basked in the sun on the river bank near here. You will resume sailing and arrive in Aswan where you will overnight. Optional Sound and Light Show describing the rescue and restoration of Aswan temples, their history and the Nile’s grandeur. (B,L,D)
Enjoy a morning tour of the High Dam, an outstanding water project undertaken with the aim of preventing the Nile River’s flooding. Also stop at the Granite Quarries, which in antiquity furnished the stone for the monolithal, colossal statues, obelisks, and shrines which are found throughout Egypt. See the Unfinished Obelisk and the Temple of Philae, dedicated to Isis, Goddess of Magic. The temple had to be relocated block by block to its current location because of the rising waters caused by the dams built on the Nile. End this day tour with a ride on a felucca, a typical Egyptian sailboat, to view Kitchner’s Island botanical garden and the Agha Khan Mausoleum. Overnight in Aswan. (B,L,D)
After breakfast, you may either select an optional excursion to Abu Simbel or disembark and transfer to Aswan Airport for your short flight to Cairo, where you will be met and transferred to your chosen hotel. Balance of the day is at leisure for a visit to a shopping bazaar and to enjoy Cairo’s exciting nightlife. (B)
Transfer from the hotel to the airport for final departure.
**This package is based on pre-confirmed flights from JFK via EgyptAir and may only be purchased with these flights
** During Ramadan (Apr 23 - May 23, 2020), historic and cultural sites may close early and operate with minimal staff. The order of sightseeing may be changed to accommodate the holiday observance. Traffic congestion is common during Ramadan. Some hotels and restaurants may not serve alcoholic beverages. Entertainment may be limited to be respectful of the holiday observance. Modest dress is suggested during Ramadan (no shorts, short skirts, or sleeveless tops). Use discretion when drinking, eating, and smoking in public between sunrise and sunset.
** Entry Requirements:
Passengers traveling abroad require a passport valid for six months beyond their travel dates. All travelers are responsible to check if a visa is required for all countries on their itinerary.