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12 Nights / 13 Days ( Cairo, Luxor, Aswan & Hurghada ) Tour

Country: Egypt
City: Luxor
Duration: 13 Day(s) - 12 Night(s)
Tour Category: Culture Tours
Departure Date: Thu 01 Jan '99

Package Itinerary

05 Nights Cairo - 03 Nile Cruise - 01 Night Sleeping Train - 03 Hurghada

Day 01: Arrival Cairo

Arrive at Cairo international airport (advice me with your arrival details), meet & assist by our representative assisting you through passport control formalities, luggage identification & portage then transferring you by air-conditioned private Limousine to your hotel in where you will be assisted by the steward for check-in & overnight in Cairo.

Day 02: Cairo

Breakfast at hotel, checkout, and then you will be met by our professional Egyptology English speaking guide to accompany you by private air conditional car to visit pyramids & sphinx. There are no more famous ancient sites within Egypt or for that matter elsewhere in the world than the great pyramids & sphinx.

They have been both the main destination for tourists & a source of imaginative thought to the world for over three thousand years. The ancient Egyptians believed in their belief that the spiritual life after death & existence eternal life. So, near the pyramids there they placed wooden boats, to be at the disposal of the king when he went on his journey day & night with the sun god.

Near the pyramids, we find the sphinx which has a body of a lion ahead of king or god. then proceed to visit Sakkara one of the great necropolis of Memphis& three major discoveries have recently been made at Sakkara including a prime minister's tomb a queen`s pyramid & the tomb Of the son of the dynasty & everyone of them have a fantastic story.

Then proceed to visit Memphis the first unified & centralized state in history with an organized system of government police, army & education, Then drive to Giza train station where you will be helped by our steward with your portage & to board on your train in where you will be served dinner in the cabin or the train restaurant according to your choice while traveling to Aswan & overnight on the train.

Day 03: Aswan

Breakfast at the train, arrive Aswan. You will be met & assisted by our representative helping you with your portage and then you will be met by our professional Egyptology English-speaking guide to accompany you on a convoy to visit Abu Simbel temple. We can say that Not only are the two temples at Abu Simbel among the most magnificent monuments in the world but their removal and reconstruction was a historic event in itself.

When the temples (280 km from Aswan) were threatened by submersion in Lake Nasser, due to the construction of the high dam, the Egyptian Government secured the support of UNESCO and launched a worldwide appeal.

During the salvage operation which began in 1964 and continued until 1968, the two temples were dismantled and raised over 60 meters up the sandstone cliff where they had been built more than 3,000 years before. Here they were reassembled, in the exact same relationship to each other and the sun, and covered with an artificial mountain. Most of the joins in the stone have now been filled by antiquity experts, but inside the temples, it is still possible to see where the blocks were cut.

You can also go inside the man-made dome and see an exhibition of photographs showing the different stages of the massive removal project. Then drive to your Nile cruise in Aswan where you will be assisted by a steward for check-in & overnight in Aswan.

Day 04: Aswan-Edfu

Breakfast at your cruise then you will be met by our professional Egyptology English speaking guide to accompany you to start your visit the high dam which is near Aswan and it provides irrigation & electricity for whole Egypt & it has a wonderful view for visitors & from the top of two-mile-long high dam you can gaze across Nasser then visit Philae temple which had a great love story & the Victorian world fell in love with the romance of the temple & also at night you can visit the sound & light show.

Then sail to Kom Ombo & visit the temple of two gods Sobek & Haroeris, & it`s 28 miles north of Aswan & it’s actually two temples, temple to Sobek &temple of haroeris, & everything is duplicated along the main axis, two entrance, two courts, two colonnades, two hypostyle halls & two sanctuaries.

Then sail to Edfu, which was the Greek city of apollo polise Magna & is a religious & commercial center, it`s a friendly town & the main attraction here is the temple of Horus, then dinner & overnight in Edfu.

Day 05: Edfu-Luxor

Breakfast on board then visit the temple of Horus in Edfu which is dedicated to Horus the falcon-headed god, it was built during the reigns of six Ptolemies & it is not only the best-preserved ancient temple in Egypt but also the second largest after Karnak. It was believed that the temple was built on the site of a great battle between norus & Seth.

Then sail to Esna which was built in the area of ancient latopolis & the site of a major temple dedicated to the god Khnum & other deities the most prominent were neith & heka. Then sail to Luxor, have your dinner & overnight in Luxor.

Day 06: Luxor-Hurghada

Breakfast on board, & disembarkation, then cross the west bank & visit the necropolis of Thebes, which were in the beginning personal tomb but over time their function was extended to also receive the remains of other family members & the structure of the tombs in the necropolis was fairly uniform, & they built their tomb almost as if there was building code requiring Specific architectural element.

Then visit Valley of the Kings. Then visit the temple of Queen Hatshepsut which is one of the most dramatically situated in the world, the queen`s architect set it at the head of a valley overshadowed by the peak of Thebes where the goddess lived.

Then visit the colossi of the Memnon which had been built by Amenhotep the third who built a mortuary temple in Thebes that was guarded by two gigantic statues on the outer gates. On the sides on the sides of the statues are reliefs depicting Nile gods joining together plants symbolizing Upper and Lower Egypt.

Then you will be met & assisted by a representative assisting you with your portage & transferring you by private air conditional car to Hurghada, arrive at Hurghada where you will be assisted by the steward for check-in, overnight in Hurghada.

Day 07: Hurghada

Breakfast at the hotel. Then you can enjoy the Sand, Sea & sun on the beach of your hotel free at leisure. (Optional): You can be met by our steward to accompany you by private air conditional car to the seaport to visit Sindbad Submarine, this could not be mist out, your chance of an awesome lifetime experience on the famous Sindbad submarine.

Enjoy 2 hours admiring the wonderful underwater life Let the navigation crew take you down to 20 meters depth under the Red Sea waters and marvel at the spectacular coral reefs while the diving team makes a full show with the wild fishes. After returning to the port you will be met by our steward to accompany you by private air conditional car back to your hotel & overnight in Hurghada.

Day 08: Hurghada

Breakfast at the hotel. Then you can enjoy the Sand, Sea & sun on the beach of your hotel free at leisure (Optional): or you can be met by our steward to accompany you to make sunset desert safari trip by jeep then drive in the eastern desert of Egypt to Bedouin village for the tour to see their life, tradition & ride Camels Then Drive back to your hotel & overnight in Hurghada.

Day 09: Hurghada-Cairo

Breakfast at the hotel, checkout then transferring you by air-conditioned private Limousine to Cairo, arrive at your hotel in Cairo where you will be assisted by a representative for check-in & overnight in Cairo.

Day 10: Over Day Alexandria

Breakfast at the hotel, and then you will be met by our professional Egyptology English speaking guide to accompany you by private air conditional car to Alexandria to visit Greco roman museum which is the Arab translation of the ancient Greek name, Lofus Kiramaikos, The museum was first built in 1892 as a small building located on Horreya Road. In 1895 it was transferred to the present site near Jamal Abdul Nasser Road. It started with eleven galleries and has been gradually enlarged in later renovation stages the 25th gallery was inaugurated in 1984. It contains a very big variety of coins from different countries.

The collection, which covers the period from the 3rd century BC to the 7th century AD, is a fascinating record of civilization in the process of change as religions merged and society evolved. Also, the museum contains hundreds of precious antiques.

Then proceed to visit the catacomb of Kom El-Shuqafa which is one of Alexandria's most memorable monuments. Kom El-Shuqafa means "Mound of Shards" or "Potsherds." Its actual ancient Egyptian name was Ra-Qedil. The catacombs are unique both for their plan and for their decoration which represents a melding and mixing of the cultures and traditions of the Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans.

Then, we find decorations related to ancient Egyptian themes, but with an amazing twist that makes them quite unlike anything else in the world. Then proceed to visit The Roman Amphitheatre in Alexandria. Every town in ancient Rome had an amphitheater, which means, "double theatre". They were grand and impressive, shaped in a half-circle, open to the sky, and might have held 100.000 people. The stage had no curtain; it was just a stone platform. Imagine yourself in ancient Alexandria, in the Roman theatre on a hot afternoon.

All you can smell is the Mediterranean mist. All you can see are wild beasts, driven in through the tall doorway, and the fighters coming in from all around the floor. Famous jockeys and gladiators are walking in, and then the excitement begins.

Then proceed to visit the Muntazah Complex. This 115-acre complex is surrounded by great walls from the south, east, and west, with the beach on its north side. This area used to belong to the Mohamed Ali family that ruled Egypt from the mid 19th century until 1952. The construction was started in 1892 by King Abbas II, who built a large palace inside the complex called the Salamlek. In 1932, King Fuad built a larger palace and called it the Haramlik. His son, King Farouk, built a bridge to the sea to act as a waterfront. The rest of the 115 acres is nothing but beautiful gardens. Palm trees and gazelles cover the area. This is a wonderful spot to enjoy the beauty of Alexandria.

Then drive to your hotel & overnight in Cairo.

Day 11: Cairo

Breakfast at the hotel, and then you will be met by our professional Egyptology English speaking guide to accompany you by private air conditional car to the Egyptian museum. If you want to see the treasures & jewels of the Egyptian kings you can see them at the Egyptian museum you can see the mummies too and treasures that you can’t see in any other place in the world.

And then proceed to visit the citadel of Salah el din. The citadel was erected by Salah el din. The legendary Salah el din conquered crusaders in Palestine. This was later occupied by Napoleon & reigning the location of the citadel provide strategic advantages both to dominate Cairo & to defend outside attackers. Then proceed to visit the Islamic Cairo Ibn Tulun Mosque Built by Ahmed Ibn Tulun and it had built over a period of three years of mud-brick became the focal point of Tulunid capital that lasted only 26 years it is the oldest mosque in Egypt that has survived in fairly original form.

Proceed to visit The Sultan Hassan Mosque many guide books refer to it as the finest ancient mosque in Cairo and one of the major monuments of the Islamic world and in its top is a projecting stalactite cornice in carved stone running along the facade which doesn’t look like any other Cairo mosque. To khan el Khalili (The old city) which is one of the oldest markets in the world and if you want to get unique gifts, you will find it there. Then Drive back to your hotel & overnight in Cairo.

Day 12: Cairo

Breakfast at the hotel, and then you will be met by our professional Egyptology English speaking guide to accompany you by private air conditional car to visit The Hanging Church which derives its name from its location on top of the southern tower gate of the old Babylon fortress With its nave suspended above the passage (Muallaqa translates to 'suspended'). It is the most famous Coptic Church in Cairo & there are three haikals (sanctuaries) within the eastern section of the church.

The central one is dedicated to the Virgin Mary, the northern (left) to Saint George, and the southern (right) one to Saint John the Baptist. Then proceed to visit Mary Girgis Church which is called also Saint George. Who is undoubtedly the most popular warrior &, the church is culturally interesting, for, amidst a fury of burning candles, scenes from St. George's valiant fight for Christianity are depicted through the art of many different styles, periods, and media.

Then proceed to visit Ben Ezer's Temple which is lying at the endpoint of church buildings, is reported to have been erected in the 6th or presumably the 9th Century AD. The temple site and the surrounding grounds, originally a property of the church was acquired by the Jews in return for "kantars of gold". The basilica-style temple contains a Jewish heritage library that was inaugurated on November 25, 1997. Then Drive back to your hotel, overnight in Cairo.

Day 13: Cairo

Breakfast at your hotel, checkout. Then You will be met & assisted by a representative helping you with your portage and accompany you by private air-conditioned car to drive to Cairo International airport where you will be assisted by the steward for portage & check-in on board your flight carrier then helping you on the emigration formalities wishing you a happy flight back home.

Program Include:

- 5 night Cairo accommodation on bed & breakfast

- 3 night 5* deluxe Nile cruise on the bed, lunch, dinner & breakfast

- 1-night sleeping train (bed, dinner & breakfast).

- 3-night Hurghada accommodation bed, lunch, dinner & breakfast.

- All transportation in the program by private car

- All sightseeing included a private Professional Egyptologist English-speaking tour guide as the program here above.

- Entrance fee for all sightseeing as programs

Program Exclude:

- Entry visa to Egypt.

- (Optional): experience on the famous Sindbad submarine.

- (Optional): sunset desert safari trip by jeep.

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