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Egypt North and South

    Package IV  -  Egypt North & South    (11 nights / 12 days) 

4 nights Cairo,  1 night Aswan, 2 nights Alexandria and 4 nights Nile Cruise 

Day 01:

- Arrival at Cairo international airport.

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

- Overnight in Cairo.

Day 02:

- AM. A full day tour of the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, housing around 250,000 antique pieces.

- covering the whole history of ancient Egypt, which extends over the past 5 thousand years, among these pieces the most magnificent treasures of the young King Tut Ankh Amon.

- Then drive to the three famous Pyramids of Giza, erected by Cheops, Chephren and Mycerinus, guarded by the mysterious Sphinx, which is a mythical statue with a body of a lion and a human head.

- The three Pyramids and the Sphinx are considered one of the Seven Wonders of the World and the most important tourist site in Egypt.

- Overnight in Cairo.

Day 03:

- Morning transfer to Cairo airport to board your domestic flight for Luxor.

- Arrive Luxor airport and transfer to your Nile cruise before lunch. Luxor is the place which considered the greatest outdoor museum in the world, it contains nearly one third of the world's antiquities. There is hardly a place in Luxor which has not a relic that reflects the greatness of the ancient Egyptians and their civilization that dates back to more than seven thousand years ago.

- After Lunch, A visit to Karnak temples, where in the hypostyle hall of God Amon you are lost in a forest of columns. Karnak temples are the greatest sanctuary in history that includes several temples, among which is the temple of Theban Triad (Amon, Mout and Khonso). Then drive to Luxor temple which is located 3 KM south of the temple of Karnak. It's famous for its pillars that take the form of a bundle of Papyrus. It was dedicated for the worship of God Amun Ra. The construction of the temple dates back to Amenhotep II and Ramses II. Luxor temple was built to the glory of Amon Ra, king of Gods, and which they called " The Southern Harem of Amon " brought back to light in 1883 by Gaston Maspero.  - Overnight in Luxor.

Day 04:

- Early morning crossing the Nile by ferry boat to the West Bank.

- Entering the dramatic Valley of the Kings, or " Biban El Molouk " which means the gate of Kings. The famous gorge dominated by a peak mountain called " Thibian 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 Dair 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 Thotmosis I. And for herself chose an inaccessible valley which consecrated to the goddess Hathour welcomed the dead in the next world. On the way back you'll pass by the famous colossi of Memnon, the only remains of the funeral temple of Aminophis III which must have stood to the sides of the entrance to the temple, are 20 meters high, their feet alone measures 2 meters in leinght and one meter width, cut in the monolithic blocks of sand-stone and portraying the Pharaoh seated on his thrown.

- Sail to Esna and cross the lock. Sail to Edfu and overnight.

Day 05:

- Visit the temple of Horus in Edfu.

- Sail to Kom Ombo.

- Visit the temple shared by the two gods of Sobek and Haroeris.   - Sail to Aswan and overnight.

Day 06:

- 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.

- 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.

- Afternoon, sail with a Felucca boat, the oldest method of navigation passing by the botanical garden, watch the Aga Khan Mausoleum up on the hill.   - Overnight in Aswan

Day 07:

- AM Disembarkation after breakfast.

- Transfer to your hotel in Aswan.

- Rest of the day at your disposal for personal activities and also for the optional tours.   - Overnight in Aswan.

Day 08:

- Transfer to Aswan airport to board your flight for Cairo.

- Arrive Cairo airport and transfer to your hotel.  - Overnight in Cairo.

Day 09:

- Transfer to Cairo railway station to board your train for Alexandria.

- Arrival to Alexandria, the largest port in Egypt and one of the major summer resorts on the Mediterranean, lies in the north west of the Nile Delta, 225 KM from Cairo.

- It was also considered the pearl of the Mediterranean and the second capital of Egypt, It's noted for its outstanding location, mild climate all year round and fine sandy beaches stretching over 40 Kilometers.

- Rest of the day at your disposal for personal activities and discovering the beautiful city on your own.

Day 10:

- A full day tour of classical Alexandria, visiting the Greco-Roman Museum, it tells the story of invasion of Egypt by Alexander the Great and the building of Alexandria. It houses many collections of rare Greek and Roman relics and coins, about 40 thousand pieces dating from the 3rd century AD. The most important and priceless statues in the museum is the " Tanagra " statues.

- Then a visit to the site of Pompey's Pillar; it's a huge pillar, about 27 meters high, dates from the 3rd century amidst the remaining relics of the Serapium. The pillar was erected in the honor of the Greek Emperor Diocletian. Then to the Catacombs of Kom El Shukkafa; this is the largest Romancemetery, they consist of 3 levels cut in the rock to a depth of 100 feet, dating back to the turn of the 2nd century AD, it is a blend of Pharaonic and Roman art. Finally, a visit to the Roman Amphitheater; recently discovered in the areaof " Kom El Dekka ". The theater is considered the only relic of its kind in Egypt for it has 12 rows of semicircular marble seats.  Overnight in Alexandria.

Day 11:

- Transfer to Alexandria railway station to board your train back to Cairo. - Arrive Cairo station and transfer to your hotel.

- Overnight in Cairo.

Day 12:

- Transfer to Cairo airport for final departure.

- Assistance through departure formalities.

  • Program includes:
    • Accommodation for 4 nights in Cairo, 1 night in Aswan and 2 in Alexandria, all on bed and breakfast basis.
    • 4 nights / 5 days cruising on full board accommodation, tours in Luxor, Aswan and in between including guiding, fees and transportation, all as per the cruise program.
    • One full day tour of Cairo, and one of Alexandria, include guiding, fees and transportation.
    • All Transfers in Cairo, Luxor, Aswan and Alexandria including assistance in airports and railway stations.
    • 1st class train Cairo / Alex / Cairo
    • Portage.
  • Program does not include:
    • Entry Visa to Egypt.
    • Entering inside the Pyramids of Giza, the mummies room, both Tut Ankh Amon and Nefertari's tombs in the West bank of Luxor.

 

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