EGYPT CRUISE ITINERARY
Day 1- CAIRO
Arrive at the Cairo Airport where you will be met and assisted through immigration formalities and transfer to your hotel. After check in you will have an orientation session and lunch at local restaurant (open buffet). After lunch you will have a sightseeing tour of Cairo to visit one of the Seven Wonders of the World – Pyramids of Cheops, Chephren and Mycerinus”. The word ‘pyramid’ actually comes from the Greek word ‘pyramis’ which means ‘wheat cake’. The word ‘pyramis’ was used to describe the ancient Egyptian buildings because they reminded the Greeks of pointy-topped wheat cakes. The ancient Egyptian word for the pyramids was ‘Mer’. Not far from the Pyramids, you explore and photograph “the great Sphinx of Giza”. The Great Sphinx is a large human-headed lion that was carved from a mound of natural rock, the largest statue, and the most famous monuments in the whole world. You will also visit the Papyrus Museum, Hand made carpets school, Dinner out side the hotel at a restaurant. Overnight at the hotel.
Day 2- Cairo- Alexandria – Aswan
After a buffet breakfast, checkout, board your bus to Alexandria (03hrs) driving. Arrive and visit the Library, Catacombs, Pompay’s Pillar, and Montazah Park. Sea food lunch at one of the best restaurants
At 04.30pm, transfer to Alexandria Train Station to take the sleeping train to Aswan. Dinner on train (served in cabins) Overnight on train
Day 3- Aswan-Edfu
Breakfast served in cabins before you arrive to Aswan
Arrive in Aswan at 08.50 am where you will be met and transferred to your Nile Cruise, embarkation before lunch, start your sightseeing tour of Aswan by visiting the High Dam; the world famous Aswan high dam was built in the 1960s. It contains around 18 times the material used in the Great Pyramid of Cheops. The Dam is 11,811 feet long, 3215 feet thick at the base and 364 feet tall. Today it provides irrigation and electricity for the whole of Egypt together with the old Aswan Dam built by the British between 1898 and 1902`, 6km down river, this provides a wonderful view for visitors. Unfinished Obelisk and Granite Quarries, afternoon ride a Felucca around Elephantine Island, back to your Cruise, to start sailing to Kom-ombo. Arrive and visit the temple of Kom-ombo, then back to Cruise to continue sailing to Edfu, overnight on board.
Day 4 – Edfu- Luxor
This day in the morning arrive at Edfu. After breakfast you will visit Horus, – the falcon headed god temple-, and the temple of Edfu. Then back on board and sail to Luxor via, Esna Lock. overnight on board.
Day 5- Luxor
This special day after breakfast you will depart to the West Bank to visit the Valley of Kings, this is where the Kings were buried. Beginning with the 18th Dynasty and ending with the 20th, the kings abandoned the Memphis area and built their tombs in Thebes. Also abandoned were the pyramid style tombs. Most of the tombs were cut into the limestone following a similar pattern: three corridors, an antechamber and a sunken sarcophagus chamber. These catacombs were harder to rob and were more easily concealed. Construction usually lasted six years, beginning with the new reign. After you will tour the temple of Queen Hatshepsut, Egypt’s only female Pharaoh. The temple was cut from rocks and it still stands in good condition up to date, and then proceed to twin Colossus of Memnon, back to your Cruise to relax and have the lunch, afternoon at leisure, overnight on board.
Day 6 – Luxor – Cairo
Disembarkation after breakfast, and have day rooms with lunch in the hotel together with exploring Luxor City and last minute shopping. Luxor a city that has a population of approximately 150,000 people. The number and preservation of the monuments in the Luxor area are unparalleled anywhere else in the world that people know of. Actually, what most people think of as Luxor is really three different areas, consisting of the City of Luxor on the East side of the Nile, the town of Karnak just north of Luxor and Thebes, which the ancient Egyptians called Waset, which is on the west side of the Nile across from Luxor. You will relax in the hotel until train time, where you will be transferred to the train station to depart for Cairo – overnight on the train.
Day 7 –Cairo
Arrive at Giza Train Station in the morning and transport to your hotel, check in the room on time of arrival. You will visit the Egyptian Museum, popular for its delightful collection of Egyptian antiquities, Lunch at local restaurant after that visit Coptic area. Dinner at a local restaurant proceed for the early night at the Hotel. Checkout and leave the hotel to airport
The cost include
- Return flight tickets
- Return airport transfers in Egypt
- Airport taxes
- Accommodation and meals through the safari
- Services of a English speaking guide
- Entrance fees to all the above places
- Visa processing
- Insurance cover for the group
The cost excludes:
- Personal items like telephone, laundry etc.
- Anything else not included above