The Ultimate Tour of Egypt
Travel to Egypt where antiquity defines all aspects of this scenic land. Explore the bustling souks of Cairo and Luxor, where merchants exchange goods much as they have for thousands of years. Visit ancient monuments of Luxor  witness mighty pyramids that rise majestically from the desert sands  ride a camel to the gates of a desert monastery. Explore the ancient monuments up close with our certified Egyptologist Trip Leader.


Itinerary  at a Glance

Day 1

Arrival in Cairo

Day 10

Aswan

Day 2

Cairo

Day 11

Nubian Museum / Kom Ombo Temple

Day 3

Cairo

Day 12

Edfu Temple/Sail to Esna

Day 4

Cairo/Alexandria

Day 13

Edfu Temple/Sail to Esna
Day 5 Alexandria
Day 14 uxor/Karnak Temple/Farewell Dinner
Day 6 Cairo Day 15 Farming community/Luxor Temple
Day 7 CAIRO /Aswan Day 16 West Bank of the Nile/ Valley of the Kings
Day 8 Aswan High Dam/Visit Philae Temple Day 17 Luxor/Fly to Cairo
Day 9 Abu Simbel tour/Spice market
Day 18 Flight

 

 

Inclusions and Other Information

Cost Starts at $ 1900

Included

 

  • Accommodation ,Breakfast (B) and  dinners (D) as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Tour leader/guide
  • Entrance fees
  • Land transport

 

Excluded

 

  • Airfare
  • Drinks
  • Tips for driver and guides
  • Travel insurance

 

Activity Level

Easy ,it includes some walking.

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Terms and Conditions

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Detailed Daily Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Cairo

We meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel, We get acquainted over a welcome dinner in a cruise in the Nile.

Day 2: Cairo

This morning, we visit the Pyramids of Giza and the  Sphinx. This mysterious statue was carved almost entirely from one piece of limestone. After lunch ,we visit Saqqara, about 16 miles south of Giza. This was the necropolis of the Old Kingdom pharaohs who ruled from nearby Memphis starting around 3,100 B.C. This sprawling complex of temples, pyramids, and funerary monuments was not explored by archaeologists until the mid-19th century.

Day 3: Cairo

This morning, we have a special discussion on religious beliefs and practices in Egypt. In this tour, we make an enlightening journey through the spiritual heart of the city. We drive through Cairo's most traditional Islamic quarter, and ascend to The Citadel, a spectacular hilltop medieval fortress built in the twelfth century by Salah ad-Din (Saladin).Here you'll see the Alabaster Mosque of Mohammed Ali. We will also be able to visit old Cairo churches and a synagogue.After lunch we drive to the sprawling Khan el-Khalili bazaar where we set out on foot to explore what may be the largest traditional shopping bazaar in the world. In the tiny alleyways here, there are hundreds of shops where you can watch goldsmiths, coppersmiths, and brass makers .

Day 4: Cairo/ Alexandria.

After breakfast, we drive to Alexandria, riding through agricultural provinces along our route. Many of the country's farms are in this area.Upon arrival, we visit the ruins of a Greco-Roman Amphitheater, an ancient structure used for public speaking and performances.Then, after a light lunch, we visit the Catacombs of Kom el-Shugafa, the largest Roman burial site in Egypt. The catacombs consist of three levels of tombs tunneled into solid bedrock sometime in the second century AD. Started as the final resting place for the members of a single wealthy family, the catacombs expanded to hold more than 300 bodies.

Day 5 :Optional tour of Rosetta City/Walk to el-Montazah Gardens

This morning join us for an optional half-day tour of the surprising port city of Rosetta. Famous the world over for the discovery of the Rosetta Stone, few outsiders know that the city boasts an usually large number of Ottoman-era buildings. In fact, it was because Rosetta was such an important Ottoman port that it drew the attention of Britain and France, who began to compete for control of Egypt. And it was their competition that led to the Stones accidental discovery by the French and seizure by the British for London's British Museum, where it remains to this day.We'll discover more of the dramatic story of the Rosetta Stone when we tour the citadel where the discovery was made in 1799. Afterwards, we'll view the point where the Nile flows into the Mediterranean and visit the Rosetta city museum. Later we'll stroll through the market and Ottoman neighborhood, admiring the delicate and distinctive architecture before returning to Alexandria in time for lunch.After lunch we depart to discover more of Alexandria. We'll ride along the Corniche, the coastal road, for a look at the Qaitbay Citadel, an impressive 15th-century fortress built on the spot where the long-vanished Lighthouse of Pharos, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, once stood. Then we visit the Library of Alexandria (Biblioteca Alexandrina), a uniquely modern structure built to commemorate the original third-century B.C. library that once ruled the ancient world of learning. Then we stroll through the legendary Manshiya markets and city center. We drive back to our hotel and in the evening we gather for dinner.

Day 6: Cairo

This morning, we have breakfast and then check out of our hotel to begin the drive back to Cairo, stopping for lunch along the way. We reach Cairo by mid-afternoon. Dinner is on your own this evening.

Day 7 :Cairo/Aswan

Today, after breakfast, we visit the world-renowned Museum of Egyptian Antiquities. This evening, we'll transfer to the airport for our flight to Aswan.

Day 8 :Visit Aswan High Dam/Visit Philae Temple

We'll also view Lake Nasser, the second-largest lake in the world. Today, we enjoy a tour of the Philae Temples, whose survival is one of the great archaeological stories of the 20th century. The Old Dam at Aswan routinely caused the Philae Temple of Isis and several smaller temples to be submerged six months of every year, and the High Dam threatened to bury them forever. Then, we visit the Aswan High Dam (Sadd el-ali), which forever changed the agricultural rhythms of Egypt, and see the Old Dam as well. Once subject to devastating Nile floods, Egyptian farmers looked to the Aswan High Dam as a way of improving their ability to control their crops.Afterwards, you'll enjoy an afternoon at leisure. Your evening is free for dinner on your own.

Day 9 :Abu Simbel tour/Spice market

Today, we rise early to set off by air-conditioned coach to Abu Simbel before dawn. Here, in the early morning light (before the heat of the day descends), we explore the massive temples honoring Pharaoh Ramses II and Nefertari, his queen.We enjoy lunch together at a local restaurant. Later, we'll gather to explore Aswan's bustling spice market. Overnight in Aswan.

Day 10 :St. Simeon Monastery/Nubian home-hosted visit/Sail felucca to Botanical Gardens

This morning, we board a motorboat to begin our way to the Monastery of St. Simeon. Built in the sixth century, this fortress-like structure is surrounded by the vast desert sands, and is one of the best-preserved early Christian sites in all of Egypt. Afterwards, we visit a Nubian Community and have tea with a local family.Then we board our Nile cruise ship and have a buffet lunch onboard. Later this afternoon, gather for some sailing on a felucca, a traditional broad sail boat used for thousands of years on the Nile. Designed by ancient Egyptian builders to ferry stones and other heavy objects from shore to shore, they are now beloved as pleasure boats. With their fin-like sails sewn from vertical strips of cloth, feluccas have become an iconic form of transportation on the Nile. We'll sail within view of the Mausoleum of Mohammed Shah Aga Khan, the 48th Imam of the Ismaili sect of Islam, and also stop at the famous 19th-century Botanical Gardens .

In the evening, we'll meet the crew, enjoy our first shipboard dinner, and be entertained by a show put on by our crew. We spend the night moored in Aswan.

Day 11: Nubian Museum visit/Visit Kom Ombo Temple

This morning, we visit the Nubian Museum. This relatively new facility displays artifacts saved before Lake Nasser flooded the area behind the Aswan High Dam, erasing the traditional homelands of the Nubian people. We'll enjoy lunch a board the ship, arriving at Kom Ombo in the early afternoon and setting out for the temple after the heat of the day has begun to fade.We then return to our ship and enjoy an Egyptian dinner buffet, followed by a costume party onboard for which you can dress in the traditional Egyptian galabeya.

Day 12:  Edfu Temple/Sail to Esna

Today we sail to Edfu, where we explore the Temple of Horus at Edfu . Almost entirely intact, with its decorated hieroglyphs and bas-reliefs, this is the best-preserved temple in Egypt.We then return to our ship and sail toward Esna , enjoying lunch onboard en route.We arrive in Esna and dock here for the evening, enjoying dinner on board.

Day 13: Sail to Luxor/Karnak Temple/Farewell Dinner with Folklore Show

After breakfast, we set sail for Luxor, where we disembark to explore the Temple of Karnak, with its massive gate built by Ptolemy III..Tonight we enjoy our last dinner aboard the ship, followed by an Egyptian folklore show.

Day 14 :Optional sunrise balloon ride/Disembark ship/A Day in the Life of an Egyptian farming community/Visit Luxor Temple

This morning, you may elect to enjoy an optional balloon ride to see the Nile's West Bank from an aerial view. (Note: Availability depends on weather conditions.)We'll then disembark our ship and start our Day in the Life with a motorboat across the Nile to the West Bank, where we get a glimpse of Egyptian's future in a visit to a local primary school. Then we'll gain insight into what life i s like in Egyptian's rural villages by visiting a village farm. Our tour will include a demonstration of sun-baked bread, a walk amongst the crops, and a cup of mint tea with our hosts. We'll continue on to visit a sewing workshop in Bearat where local women work to create traditional Egyptian galabeyas, school uniforms, and table linens.After our explorations into daily life, we'll enjoy lunch at a restaurant. Then, late this afternoon, we'll visit Luxor Temple. Built by the New Kingdom Pharaoh Amenophis III, This evening, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 15: Discover West Bank of the Nile/Explore Valley of the Kings/Temple of Queen Hatshepsut

This morning, we visit Luxor's West Bank, a hilly area that was once the necropolis of ancient Thebes. We visit two distinct complexes of funerary monuments: the Valley of the Kings, with its 64 tombs of the pharaohs. We also visit the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, one of the most beautiful of the royal mortuary temples, built for the first known female monarch.As we leave the fabled valley, we stop at the pair of massive, 64-foot-tall statues of Amenophis III, their eyes cast in the direction of the Nile. Known as the Colossi of Memnon.

Day 16:  Luxor/Fly to Cairo

This morning after breakfast, we transfer to the airport to fly to Cairo. We arrive in the early afternoon and check in to our hotel in Cairo. You will enjoy lunch on your own and an afternoon at leisure.In the evening, enjoy traditional culinary delights during dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 17: Flight

This morning, you will board your return flight . or begin your post-trip extension to Jordan.

 

Note:

  • Costs is per person based on double occupancy and based  up on current exchange rate .
  • This itinerary has been carefully constructed to assure participants the best this destination has to offer ,however;should events arise that are beyond our control , activities and hotel arrangements are subject to change without notice.

 

 

 

 

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