9 Days 8 Nights
Come to the land of the Pharaohs to discover what Egypt is really like with an opportunity to see the diversity of this land. From ancient wonders back to the 1st and 2nd Dynasties of the Pharaohs, to Ottoman Turk history and Greco- Roman along with a modern resort on the Red Sea, you will discover more than you could wish for!
In Cairo, you will witness first hand, the most important sites that Egyptians are proud to preserve as part of 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.
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 – 1069BC
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.
Hurghada is the most popular visited resort on the Red Sea in Egypt. With an abundance of attractions and things to do such as diving schools offering boat trips to nearby coral reef islands for snorkeling and diving, to pristine beaches and tranquil waters, Old Coptic churches and Mosques and a pretty colourful Marina for strolling and taking lunch. For shoppers, there is the famous Sheraton Road main strip with more than enough ranges of shops for clothing, souvenirs, cafes and Ice cream parlours. Time to relax and take in this delightful City.
You will be greeted at Cairo International Airport by our Representative holding a sign with your names on. Then you will be transferred to your Hotel in Cairo to check in. The rest of the day/ evening will be at your leisure with optional tours if you wish to do something.
Overnight at the Hotel.
After breakfast at the hotel, you will visit the most important sites that Egyptians are proud to preserve as part of 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. A visit next to the Papyrus Institute to see how it is made and have the chance to purchase some papyrus with your own personalised names on. Lunch at a local restaurant.
In the afternoon, you will visit the Step Pyramid of Sakkara which 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 structure and design than its neighbouring 3 Pyramids at Giza.
Last tour of the day will be at Memphis (the old and first capital City), considered as an ‘open air museum’ with fascinating history being the centre when upper and lower Egypt were united.
From here you will be driven to Cairo Train Station for your overnight sleeper train to Aswan in Upper Egypt. Evening dinner and breakfast is served on the train. Overnight journey.
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. And lunch.
In the afternoon you will be on the East Bank of the Nile 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.
Breakfast on the Cruise then check out to be transferred by an air conditioned coach for your transfer to Hurghada on the Red sea. On arrival, you will check in and have the rest of the day to explore this thriving and interesting resort.
Overnight at hotel with breakfast and dinner.
Breakfast at the hotel then a further full day to either relax on your own with options of red sea snorkeling and diving or shopping at your leisure or even take one of our exciting optional tours with a guide to explore the city.
Overnight at hotel with breakfast and dinner.
Breakfast at the hotel then check out for your air conditioned coach back to Cairo with a rest stop on route. On arrival in Cairo, you will start your first tour with a guide 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.
Overnight stay, All meals throughout the day.
Final day with breakfast at the hotel before our representative will collect you for your return to Cairo International Airport for your flight home.