8 Days 7 Nights
A most phenomenal trip of a lifetime across ancient Egypt from Cairo to Aswan, Luxor and back to Cairo. Covering all of the essential and most important sights of what Egypt is famous for.
A spectacular insight in to one the most famous ancient Cities of the world, Cairo Egypt.
The most memorable holiday of a lifetime and a unique experience to discover the ancient world of the Pharaohs with visits to every site of importance ranging from the ancient pharaonic period to the invasion of the Ottoman Turks and their influence on this ancient capital.
Most important to Egyptians is to preserve their vast history and historical landmarks which bring thousands of visitors to their city year after year. The enormous 3 Pyramids of Giza and iconic Sphinx sit calmly in the desert of Giza with visitors feeing awestruck at the size of these monuments. With camel rides around the Pyramids gives the opportunity to take in the breathtaking landscape and views.
The Step Pyramid of Sakkara is considered as the first Pyramid constructed for King Zoser from the 1st and 2nd dynasties. It is clearly visible that its shape is less organised in its design than its neighbouring 3 Pyramids at Giza.
Memphis (the old and first capital City) is considered as an ‘open air museum’ with fascinating history being the centre when upper and lower Egypt were united.
No visit would be complete without a tour around the renowned Egyptian Museum with thousands of antiquities ranging from Pharaonic, Greek and Ottoman history, colossal monuments, and treasures of the boy King Tutankhamun.
Cairo was influenced greatly by its past history by the invasion by the Ottoman Turks. They left their most famous mark on the City by building the iconic Citadel of Salah El Deen named after Mohamed Ali, the military commander who invaded several countries including Egypt.
The Citadel is on one of the city’s highest points with spectacular views and sounds of the old Mosques with Cairo known as the ‘City of a thousand minarets’
In the district of Old Cairo, is the popular and old souk of Khan Khalili with an array of hand crafted beautiful gifts and memorabilia to remind you of your amazing holiday in Cairo.
Another attraction often overlooked is the interesting Pharaonic Village which looks into the history of the Pharaonic period with exhibitions, reconstructed tombs, the Coptic Christian period, Islamic history and a lot more. It is a visual wonder of all that ancient Egypt was and is famous for.
In Upper Egypt, time to explore the cultural City of Nubian Aswan. Your time in pretty Aswan will include a wonderful tour of the Unfinished Obelisk, Aswan Dam (built to prevent the Nile from flooding in to Upper Egypt) and Philae Temple, located on Agilika Island.
Sailing along the Nile from Aswan, you will pass under the beautifully constructed Aswan Bridge.
Sailing on your Nile Cruise will give you the chance to relax on the top deck whilst admiring the beautiful green Nile Delta as you travel along this ancient route. Look out for the limestone quarries along the Nile where during ancient times, workers would transport the important limestone along the river to Cairo in order to construct the pyramids. You will stop off at two Temples on route with your guide, including the Temple of Edfu, the God of Horus, and Kom Ombo Temple, the crocodile God Sobek.
Once in Luxor, you will be visiting the most famous ancient sites of the Valley of the Kings and Luxor and Karnak Temples.
Originally known as the city of Thebes in ancient times, and often described by archaeologists as ‘the world’s greatest open air museum’, Luxor has an immense history and was originally the capital of Egypt during the New Kingdom of 1570c – 1069bce.
A visit to both Luxor Temple under the rein of several Pharaohs and Kings and Karnak Temple under the rule of Senusret on the East Bank next to Luxor City will be an eye opening opportunity to see two of the first ever temples to be constructed in Upper Egypt.
On the West Bank of Luxor across the Nile, is the major burial site of ancient Pharaohs and nobles of the Egyptian dynasty where to date, over an incredible 64 burials have been discovered and is proclaimed as a world heritage site. Situated on the West Bank is also the grand Temple of Queen Hatshepsut who was the chief wife of Pharaoh Thutmose 11. She became ruler of Egypt and said to be the most successful Pharaohs of Egypt.
Luxor City has a lovely Bazaar to walk around with stops for delightful souvenirs of Upper Egypt and a fresh mint tea, great on a hot day to unwind. Delightful Kalesh rides around the City are always pleasant to see the scenery and locals out shopping.
Arrival at Cairo airport, Meet and great assist by our representative, Then Private Transfer to Hotel. Check in your room. At night free time to discover city by your own way or join our Team for an optional tours. Overnight in hotel.
breakfast at your hotel then a full day of tours in Cairo with our Guide to the famous 3 Pyramids of Giza, great Sphinx with lunch at a traditional restaurant afterwards. In the afternoon you will be taken to the Step Pyramid dating back as far as the 1st and 2nd dynasties, known to be the oldest original pyramid in Egypt. The design shows that it is far less superior in structure than its later pyramids in Giza. A stop at an original carpet factory before moving on to a tour of the Old city of Memphis from the 1st dynasty when Upper and Lower Egypt became one and now is considered an open air museum with original iconic structures.
Finally, you will be transferred to Cairo’s main Train Station for an overnight sleeper train to Aswan with evening meal and breakfast included.
Breakfast onboard the train before arrival in Aswan. Here you will be met by your Guide to take the first tour before checking in on your Nile Cruise boat.
You will visit the renowned Aswan Dam, built and completed in 1970 to prevent the Nile flooding into upper Egypt and still the widest dam worldwide. Continue on for a stop at the ancient Quarries to see the famous unfinished Obelisk then Philae Temple, dedicated to the Goddess Isis.
Overnight on board with all meals included.
Breakfast onboard then sailing down the Nile with your guide to the Temple of Kom Ombo, known as the crocodile God Sobek. A full informative tour of the temple before getting back to your cruise to sail on to Edfu Temple, considered the best preserved temple known for the God Horus which has the head of a falcon and body of a man. Constructed during the Ptolemaic period start in 237 BC, the temple has 18 columns with palm leaves and flowers and well preserved wall paintings showing how wealth was important when displaying the Gods of Egypt.
Overnight on board of cruise with all meals.
Today you will be in the ancient city of Luxor (known as Thebes during ancient times).
Breakfast before being escorted with your guide to the West Bank of the Nile. First stop will be to the magnificent Colossi of Memnon, two giant statues to the original entrance of the Valley of the Kings. Ahead are the huge limestone cliffs surrounding the valley where you will find the Temple of Hatshepsut, a female queen of only three throughout Ancient Egypt. Then your chance to walk through the famous burial area where many tombs were discovered along with the discovery of what was considered the most spectacular find by the archaeologist Howard Carter of the boy King Tutankhamun in 1922.
A break at the Alabaster Museum.
Back to the Cruise for relaxation or take a visit in to Luxor City to see its lovely souk or a ‘Kalesh’ ride.
Overnight with meals on the Nile Cruise.
Today after breakfast, you will check out from the Cruise, then stay on the East Bank where the City of Luxor is located. First, a tour of Karnak Temple, considered the largest religious site worldwide. Between Karnak and Luxor Temples is the passage of the Ram headed avenue of Sphinx which was used as a road between the two temples in ancient times. Finally, a visit to Luxor Temple which was dedicated to the Theban triad of Amun, Mut and Chons.
From here, you will be taken to Luxor train Station for your overnight sleeper train to Cairo.
Dinner and breakfast on board.
On morning arrival in Cairo, you will be met by your guide to be taken to the renowned Egyptian Museum to witness the largest collection worldwide of ancient antiquities from the Pharaonic period, Greco- Roman and more. Discover such wonders as jewels and objects discovered in tombs, huge limestone statues, mummified bodies and the wonder of the Golden Death Mask of Tutankhamun.
Lunch break at a local restaurant before heading to the magnificent Citadel of Salah El Deen, a historical point of Egyptian transformation during the period when Ottoman Turks lead by the commander Mohamed Ali and his vast army who invaded the Capital Cairo. Sitting on a high point, the views from the Citadel are incredible, overlooking the City and old Mosques.
To end your day, a visit to the oldest Bazar in Cairo, Khan Khalili with an array of exciting and colourful hand crafted ornaments as gifts to treasure your time in Egypt. Dinner at a local restaurant then transferred back to your hotel in Cairo.
Final day in Cairo with breakfast at the hotel before being transferred with a representative to Cairo International Airport for your flight home.