This cultural tour will start in Cairo, Next Day, Fly To Aswan and embarking on a Three-night Cruise on the Nile River, During which You'll visit Egypt's most famous Temples including Philae temple. You'll then set sail on the Nile to Luxor with stops in Kom Ombo and Edfu. In Luxor, you'll do a tour of this historic city and visit the Karnak Temple, Valley of the Kings, Hatshepsut Temple, and others before Returning to Cairo, Where You'll explore the Pyramids of Giza.
Day 1: Sunday 14 May AT 23:20 Arrive Cairo
Arrive in Cairo, Where you are met by your Journey to Egypt representative (Before the immigration counters, holding a sign with your name) and transferred to your hotel in Cairo (Novotel Airport, BOOKED BY YOU). Meals: No meal.
Day 2: Monday 15 May Fly To Aswan - Board Your Nile Cruise
Early Morning, Fly To Aswan, Arrive Aswan Airport, Where you are met by your Journey to Egypt Tour Guide (At EXIT DOOR, holding a sign with your name) and begin your day of exploring by visiting the majestic Temple of Philae. Ride a motorized boat to the island of Agilika. This sacred complex was dedicated to the goddess Isis and reflects a fusion of three great civilizations — Egyptian, Greek and Roman. The temple was dismantled and then painstakingly reassembled when the Aswan High Dam was constructed. Proceed to the granite quarries and site of the Unfinished Obelisk. Illustrating the skills of Egypt’s stonemasons, this monolith is one-third taller than any other ancient Egyptian obelisk. Then, Board your Nile cruise boat. Enjoy lunch. Later, Ride Like a Local around the Aswan Islands in a felucca, while enjoying a refreshing Scenic Sundowner.
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Day 3: Tuesday 16 May Optional Abu Simbel - Cruising The Nile
Early Morning, Optional Abu Simbel Temple from Aswan by Car(03 hrs Each Way by Road, $110 Per Person). Discover Abu Simbel, the commanding twin temples of Ramses II and his wife, Queen Nefertari. The former’s façade is dominated by four 70-foot-tall statues of the pharaoh. Perhaps even more impressive, this entire site was disassembled and moved here to save it from the floodwaters caused by the Aswan High Dam.
Cruise to Kom Ombo. Disembark at Kom Ombo (hill of gold) to visit the Greco- Roman temple dedicated to Haroeris (the sun god) and Sobek (the crocodile god), whom some ancient Egyptians considered the creator of the world. View the mummified remains of several crocodiles that once basked along the ancient Nile shore, just as their descendants do today. Back on board, Cruise to Edfu.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4: Wednesday 17 May Temple Of Horus - Cruising The Nile
Today, View the Temple of Horus, falcon-headed god of the sky. Built in 230 BC by Ptolemy III, this amazingly well-preserved and colorful structure reveals what temple worship in ancient Egypt was like. Back on board, Cruise to Luxor.
Arrive in Luxor, journey to the east bank of the Nile, the Temple of Karnak, where generations of pharaohs wished to record their names. Walk through the Great Hypostyle Hall, strolling among its expertly aligned columns, which soar to 80 feet high. Continue to the striking Temple of Luxor. View the three large statues of Ramses II along the front of the temple pylons; the Courtyard of Ramses II; and the Colonnade of Amenhotep III, with its 50-foot-high columns. Walk in their shadows as visitors have done since antiquity and ponder the astonishing feats of engineering it took to create them.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
DAY 5: Thursday 18 May Disembark in Luxor- Valley of the Kings - Fly To Cairo
This morning, explore the west bank of the Nile River and the Necropolis of Thebes, and view the Colossi of Memnon. Next, arrive at the architecturally stunning Temple of Hatshepsut, ancient Egypt’s first female pharaoh and regarded today as one of its most successful. Continue to the Valley of the Kings, burial ground of the pharaohs and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. For a period of 500 years beginning in the 16th century BC, tombs were built along this valley for pharaohs and nobles, including that of “the boy king,” Tutankhamun. Enter the tomb of Tutankhamun (extra ticket) - found in 1922 by British archaeologist and Egyptologist Howard Carter- to discover the secrets of this storied chamber.
Transfer to the Luxor airport for Flying to Cairo and Overnight.
Day 6: Friday 19 May Egyptian Museum | Pyramids & Sphinx
This morning, Join your Expert Tour guide for an exploration of the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities to view its huge collection of ancient Egyptian artifact. Then, roam the Giza Plateau, site of the pyramids of Mycerinus and Chephren as well as the Great Pyramid. Built in the Fourth Dynasty (approximately 2690 BC), it is the only survivor of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Ride a camel across the sands of Giza, and then view the Great Sphinx backdropped by the pyramids, a setting that has captured the imaginations of adventurers for centuries. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.
Day 7: Saturday 20 May Depart Cairo (Flight Time 08:00 Am)
Morning, Transfer to the airport and depart. Meals: Breakfast.
Hotels and Boats
Cairo Hotel Second Stay:
Nile Cruise: 05 Star Standard Nile Cruise.