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Cairo & Nile Cruise – 7 nights

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Duration

8

Tour Type

Specific Tour

Group Size

Unlimited

Languages

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Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival Cairo

Arrival to the land of the Pharaohs, at Cairo International Airport where you’ll be met by your Egypt Deluxe resident tour leader. Enjoy a private, air-conditioned transfer to your hotel. Overnight at hotel. SAFIR Cairo Hotel

Day 02: Cairo: Visit Sakkara, Pyramids & Sphinx

Breakfast at Hotel, the journey will take you back in time for more than 4500 years to see how did the ancient Egyptian started their own civilization and how did they create the great pyramids starting with the first pyramid on earth The Step Pyramid of King Djoser or ZOSER in Sakkara, the first Pyramids built as mastabas, 6-tier, 4-sided structure is the earliest colossal stone building in Egypt, then heading to what is probably the most famous landmark in the world, the Pyramids of Giza. Forget what you’ve read, forget the pictures you’ve seen, because nothing will prepare you for the awe-inspiring emotions you’ll experience when you first set eyes on the only ancient wonder of the world that still exists today—The Great Pyramids. These marvels of ancient architectural skill are guarded over by the steely gaze of The Sphinx, and we have plenty of time to get up close and personal with these behemoth structures. We also get the incredible opportunity to step inside one of the Pyramids, an experience that will leave you humbled to have walked the same pathway that esteemed royalty deemed to be suitable to pause before continuing their journey into the afterlife. Board your own Camel ‘ship of the desert’ for a sunset camel ride, enjoy the sun falling behind the great Pyramids, head to the hotel for fresh up before dinner. Dinner on board a cruising restaurant with show, brings a unique experience aboard - The Pharaohs Cruising Restaurant—a glorious boat inspired by the solar ship we’ve seen earlier, where we dine in style and are entertained by the colorful spectacle of a traditional Egyptian show with Belly Dancer and TANOURA. SAFIR Cairo Hotel Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Day 03: Alexandria: Visit Library, Kom el Shokafa, & Qeit Bay

Breakfast at hotel, overday visit to Alexandria, enjoy a tour of the city’s highlights; The catacombs of KOM El SHOKAFA that date back to the 2nd century; it is considered one of the seven wonders of the medieval world due to their combination of the Greek, Egyptian and Roman civilizations and their walls containing the distinctive inscriptions of each of them., the Citadel of QAITBAY, an impressive 15th-century fortress; one of its peculiarities is that it was built with the ruins of the ancient lighthouse, which in turn was created in the third century AD and was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The lighthouse was almost destroyed during an earthquake that occurred in Egypt in 1303, during the reign of the Mameluke Sultan QALAUN, and the beautiful and Alexandria Library; was the largest in the ancient world. Its history began when Alexander the Great founded the city of Alexandria in the 4th century BC, becoming the cultural and intellectual center of the Hellenistic world. The UNESCO, financed a project for the reconstruction of the ancient library of Alexandria, in October 2002 to recover the spirit of the original Alexandria Library and is located in the same place where the great thinkers of antiquity passed through. The new library resembles an angled disc or a sundial and was designed by the Norwegian firm Snohetta. We will have lunch at the Fish Restaurant. After a full day of exploration, we drive back to the hotel for some well-deserved time to unwind for the evening. Overnight in hotel. SAFIR Cairo Hotel Breakfast, Lunch.

Day 04: Cairo / Aswan visit: Philae, High Dam & Unfinished Obelisk

We breakfast at the hotel before heading to the airport for the short flight to Aswan. On arrival we transfer to our   5 stars Nile Cruise. After a 12:00 check-in we enjoy lunch on board, before visiting the High Dam. This significant structure was completed in 1970 and not only provides a constant supply of renewable energy for the whole country but, even more importantly, ended the cycle of drought and floods that plagued the Nile region. We then take a motorboat ride to the Temple of Philae. This impressive structure, constructed to honor the goddess of Isis, stands on an island in the reservoir of the Aswan Low Dam. We then head to the enormity that is the Unfinished Obelisk. This fascinating monolithic monument lies in a bed of granite and was commissioned by Queen Hatshepsut over 3,500 years ago. Had it been finished it would’ve been around a third larger than any other previously erected obelisk. We then head back to our boat for dinner and enjoy music. Liberty Cruise Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Day 05: Aswan / Kom Ombo visit Kom Ombo Temple

Breakfast on board, Possibility for optional tour to Abu Simbel, then we set sail for the double temple of Kom Ombo. This unusual structure is dedicated to not one, but two gods: the falcon god, HAROEIS, and the crocodile god, Sobek. This dual building is perfectly symmetrical, with matching rooms, courts, halls, and sanctuaries for each god. Sail to EDFU. Liberty Cruise Lunch, Dinner and Overnight on board

Day 06: Edfu / Luxor- Visit EDFU Temple & Karnak

EDFU, our next sensory fix is more than satisfied by a visit to the impressive Ptolemaic Temple of Horus. This mighty structure was completed between the years 230 to 57 BC. It’s one of the largest temples in all of Egypt and, most importantly, is incredibly preserved. This is thanks to the wonders of the desert sand, which filled and covered the structure following the banning of the pagan cult that worshipped there. Today it’s possible to visit once again, thanks to excavation works that began back in the mid-19th century. We then sail through ESNA, heading for our last port of call for today, the ancient city of Luxor, enjoying afternoon tea as we go. After all the incredible sights already seen, you might think that this metropolis can offer no more—but think again. Not only is Luxor home to the world’s largest open-air museum, but it’s one of the most archeologically rich places in the world. We head back to our boat for lunch before crossing to the East Bank to visit the wonders of Karnak and Luxor Temples. These awe-inspiring constructions are linked by the famous Avenue of Sphinxes. At 3km long you’ll have to keep your eyes peeled for the cartouche of Cleopatra, bestowed when she visited the temples with Marc Antony—or, more easily, ask your Egypt Deluxe guide to point it out for you. Liberty Cruise

Day 07: Luxor / Cairo- Viest Valley of the Kings & Hatshepsut Temple

Possibility for OPTIONAL exciting balloon trip to experience the desert sunrise. After a pre-flight snack we prepare for lift off—a flight like no other as the physics of hot air (or is it magic?) allow us to majestically glide above the earth. As the sun rises the ancient temples far below slowly reveal themselves from the inky blackness, glowing a kaleidoscope of red and orange shades. We float in perfect silence, gazing down at the wonders of Ancient Egypt beneath us—this is truly the stuff that dreams are made of. After arriving safely back we enjoy a hearty breakfast before hitting the road. After a hearty breakfast we visit the ethereal West Bank and the Valley of the Kings. Many superlatives have been used to describe these archaic tombs, but nothing can prepare you for experiencing it for yourself. Discover more about the journey of the rich and powerful as they passed from this life to the next, and, of course, you get the chance to visit the tomb of perhaps the most famous king of all, Tutankhamun (Optional with extra entrance fees). We then head to the Temple of Hatshepsut, stopping at the Colossi of Memnon along the way. These two enormous, 3,400-year-old statues will prime you for the truly outstanding sights that lie ahead, the first of which is the temple of one of the first female Pharaohs—Hatshepsut. This striking architectural masterpiece with its dramatic sheer cliff backdrop is a fitting tribute for the ‘queen who ruled as a king’. Today we will have a flight back to Cairo. Upon arrival we head to your hotel which will give you ample opportunity to relax, and you have an evening at leisure to catch up on whatever you choose. Meals: Breakfast. SAFIR Cairo Hotel

Day 08: Cairo – Visit Egyptian Museum & Khan El Khalili

Enjoy a final breakfast before check out from your hotel. Visit Egyptian Museum with an almost overwhelming number of exhibits on offer, your experienced guide will ensure you don’t miss the ‘must-see’ attractions & Khan El Khalili Bazaar then transfer to Cairo International Airport.

Included/Excluded

  • 4 nights Cairo at Safir Cairo on a bed and breakfast basis.
  • 3 nights Liberty cruise from Aswan to Luxor on full board basis..
  • Meet & assist by Egypt Deluxe resident tour leader.
  • All transfers as per itinerary.
  • All tours as per itinerary.
  • Entrance fees to all mentioned sights.
  • English-speaking guide during sightseeing tours.
  • All meals mentioned in the itinerary.
  • 1 bottle of mineral water each day on the bus.
  • Visa, Domestic flights, Tips, Drinks, Any item not mentioned in the included part.

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8 days
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