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Classical Egypt & Red Sea

    Package V  -  Classical Egypt & Red Sea  (14 nights / 15 days) 

 3 nights Cairo,  3 night Aswan, 4 nights Luxor, 3 nights Hurghada and 1 night sleeper train

Day 01:

- Arrival at Cairo international airport.

- Meet and assistance through arrival formalities and transfer to your hotel.

- Overnight in Cairo.

Day 02:

- A guided tour of the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, one of the world's famous museums, the magnificent collection of antiquities includes mummies, sarcophagi and the fabulous treasures from the tomb of Tut Ankh Amon. PM. Islamic tour of Cairo, including a visit to Mohamed Ali Alabaster Mosque, it is distinguished by its dome which is 52 meters high, and its two minarets on the east side of the mosque, which rise 84 meters.- It was so named " The Alabaster Mosque " because of the use of alabaster for coating its interior and exterior walls. This mosque is built within the walls of the citadel of Saladin, which was built in 1183 AD on the Medieval castle style. Then you'll have the chance to ramble through the famous Khan El Khalili Bazaars, one of the earliest and greatest markets in the Middle East, built in the 14th century AD and contains many stores that exhibit wonderful collections of jewelry, wooden products engrafted with mother-of pearl, leather ware, embroidered dresses and attractive hand-made products that make a great selection of souvenirs.  - Overnight in Cairo.

Day 03:

- Drive to Memphis, the oldest capital of ancient Egypt, built by King Menes, lies 24 KM southwest of Cairo, where you can see the colossal statue of Ramses II, and also see the alabaster Sphinx of King Tuth--Moses III. Then to Sakkara, the largest necropolis of Memphis, to admire the Step Pyramid and the mortuary compound of King Zoser, built by the engineer Imhotep about 2780 BC. The Pyramid is composed of six receding Mastabas on top of other. The Sakkara Step Pyramid is considered as evolution in the concept of pyramids from the simple Mastaba to the Pyramid in its present shape. Then to Unas Pyramid, the first of which they discovered " the Pyramids texts " on the inner walls of its corridors and the burial chamber. Some of the Mastaba tombs, such as Mereruka, could be seen in the site. PM A visit to the Pyramids of Giza, the first of which was built over 5000 years ago, as it is always said about them " it is impossible to get tired of the Pyramids "! Then a visit to the famous Great Sphinx, sacred symbol of the union of the strongest physical with the highest intellectual power on earth, fashioned out of limestone. Then to the Valley Temple of the Second Pyramid. Evening, Transfer to Cairo station to board your sleeper train for Aswan.  - Dinner and overnight on board of the train.

Day 04:

- Breakfast on board of the sleeper train.

- Arrive Aswan station and transfer to your hotel. Aswan is considered as the sunniest southern and ancient frontier city, has distinctively African atmosphere, small enough to walk around the most beautiful setting on the Nile. Afternoon, sailing on the Nile with a felucca, the oldest method of navigation on the Nile. A visit to the Kitshener Island, a natural exhibition of exotic plants and trees imported from all over the world. View the Elephantine island, it was one of the most powerful forts on Egypt's southern borders, lies opposite to the Old Cataract hotel.  - Back to hotel and overnight.

Day 05:

- A visit to the High Dam, it was an engineering miracle when it was built in the 1960's. today it provides irrigation and electricity for the whole of Egypt.  Passing over the Old Aswan Dam on the way.

- Then a visit to Philae temple, the romantic and majestic aura surrounding the temple complex of Isis on the island of Philae, has been luring pilgrims for thousand of Years.

- A visit to the unfinished obelisk in the Aswan granite quarries, it is a huge obelisk incompletely carved, about 41 meters high and more than 1150 tons weight, it owes its importance to the fact that it shows the techniques the ancient Egyptians used to carving obelisks.  - Overnight in Aswan.

Day 06:

- Early morning drive to Abu Simbel, situated 280 Km south of Aswan.

- The Great temple of Ramses II was dedicated to the Gods Ra-Harakhty, Amun, Ptah and of course to the deified Pharaoh himself. While the smaller rock-cut Temple of Hat-hour, was dedicated to the cow-headed goddess of love and built in honor of Ramses' favorite wife, Queen Nefertari. Drive back to Aswan, rest of the day at your leisure, to discover the city on your own.  - Overnight in Aswan.

Day 07:

- Drive to Luxor, you'll stop for some visits on the way; A visit to Kom Ombo temple, or more precisely, the duel temple of Sobek and Haroeris, stands on a promontory at a bend in the Nile where in ancient times sacred crocodiles basked in the sun on the river bank, its also unusual in that, architecturally, everything is double and perfectly symmetrical along the main axis of the temple; there twin entrances, twin courts, twin colonnades, twin hypostyle halls, twin sanctuaries and in keeping with the dual nature of the temple, there was probably a twin priesthood! Then a visit to Edfu temple; the largest and the most completely preserved Pharaonic Albeit-Greek-built, in Egypt, its also considered as one of the last great Egyptian attempts at monuments building on a grand scale. Its dedicated to God Horus, the Falcon God.

- Arrive Luxor and check into your hotel.  - Dinner and overnight in Luxor.

Day 08:

- Morning, half day tour of the East bank of Luxor, it contains: Luxor temple; all the remains of its glorious past is the temple of Luxor that the ancient Egyptians built to the glory of Amon -Ra, king of Gods, and which they called "Southern Harem of Amon", brought back to light in 1883 by Gaston Maspero.

- Drive to the great temples of Karnak, about 23 Km from Luxor temple, admired for its size and grandeur, Where in the hypostyle hall of the God Amon you are lost in a forest of columns.  - Overnight in Luxor.

Day 09:

- Early morning crossing the Nile to the West Bank, entering the dramatic Valley of the Kings, or " Byban El Molouk ", which means the gates of the kings, the famous gorge, dominated by a peaked mountain called " Theban Crown "; contains the necropolis of the great sovereigns from the 18th, 19th and 20th dynasties, who prepared rock-hewn tombs for themselves. Then a visit to the rock-cut temple of " Deir El Bahari " built for Queen Hatshepsut, one of the unique architectural masterpieces in the ancient Egyptian history. Queen Hatshepsut, commissioned a monument to be built in honor of her father " Thotmoses I and for herself, chose an inaccessible valley which consecrated to the Goddess " Hat-Hour " welcomed the dead in the next world. On the way back, we will pass by the famous colossi of Memnon, the only remains of funeral temple of Aminophis III which must have stood to the sides of the entrance to the temple, are twenty meters high, their feet alone measure 2 meters in length and one meter in width, cut in the monolithic blocks of sand-stone and portraying the Pharaoh seated on his thrown  - Overnight in Luxor.

Day 10:

- A full day free at your leisure to explore the small town by yourselves.

- Overnight in Luxor.

Day 11:

- Drive about 290 KM to the Hurghada, the pearl of the Red Sea, it lies 395 KM south of Suez, and is noted for its magnificent Summer and Winter climate. The clarity of its water made it a center of tourist attraction especially for divers and practicing water sports because of the worldwide fame of its coral reefs and rare marine life through well- equipped glass bottom submarines.

- 3 nights / 4 days in Hurghada, enjoying the beautiful sun and practice water activities, such as diving, wind surfing, snorkeling and many more.

Day 12:

- In Hurghada.

Day 13:

- In Hurghada.

Day 14:

- Drive to Cairo about 530 Km. Arrive Cairo and check into your hotel. Overnight in Cairo.

Day 15:

- Transfer to Cairo airport for final departure.

- Assistance through departure formalities.

  • Program includes:
    • Accommodation for 3 nights in Cairo, 3 in Aswan, 4 in Luxor and 3 in Hurghada, all on BB basis.
    • 1st class sleeper train from Cairo to Luxor, including dinner and breakfast on board.
    • 2 full days tours of Cairo, classical Aswan and Luxor, including guiding, fees and transportation.
    • Tour of Abu Simbel by car from Aswan.
    • Visits between Aswan and Luxor including guiding and fees.
    • Transportation from Luxor to Hurghada and to Cairo.
    • Transportation between Hurghada and Cairo.
    • All transfers in Cairo, Aswan and Luxor including assistance.
  • Program does not include:
    • Entry Visa to Egypt.
      Entering inside the Pyramids of Giza, the mummies room in the museum, both Tut Ankh Amon and Nefertari's tombs in the West bank of Luxor.
      Items or services which may carry a personal nature such as telephone calls, laundry, tipping, drinks.. Etc..
    • Entry Visa to Egypt. - Entering inside the Pyramids of Giza, the mummies room in the museum, both Tut Ankh Amon and Nefertari's tombs in Luxor.
    • Items or services which may carry a personal nature such as telephone calls, laundry, tipping, drinks,.. Etc..
    • Any water activities in Hurghada.

 

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