22 Jan Cairo & Nile Cruise by Sleeper Train Tour – Egypt – 9 Nights
Day 1: Cairo – Arrival Day
Welcome to Cario! Upon arrival in Cairo International Airport, you will be met with our local representative and be transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to explore the city, have a relaxed dinner at your hotel. Overnight in Cairo.
Day 2: Memphis – Sakkara – Pyramids of Giza
After breakfast we will start the tour with a drive to the countryside to visit the first Capital of Egypt, Memphis. Memphis was founded around 3,100 BC, which is the legendary city of Menes, the King who united Upper and Lower Egypt. Early on, Memphis was more likely a fortress from which Menes controlled the land and water routes between Upper Egypt and the Delta. Having probably originated in Upper Egypt, from Memphis he could control the conquered people of Lower Egypt. However, by the Third Dynasty, the building at Saqqara suggests that Memphis had become a sizable city.
Afterwards, we will go to Sakkara, the large necropolis of Memphis to admire the step Pyramid of Zoser, the first Pyramid ever built. After a short stop, we will have our lunch at a typical Egyptian Restaurant in the area.
After lunch, we shall continue our journey, we will visit the three Pyramids of Giza. It is the oldest and largest of the three pyramids in the Giza Necropolis bordering what is now El Giza, Egypt. It is also the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and the only one to remain largely intact. Below the pyramids, you will visit the Mysterious Great sphinx and the valley temple of Khephren. At the end of the tour, transfer back to your hotel. Overnight in Cairo.
Day 3: Egyptian Museum – Mohamed Ali Alabaster mosque
After breakfast, we will start our tour by visiting the famous Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, it is a home to an extensive collection of ancient Egyptian antiquities. It has 120,000 items, with a representative amount on display, the remainder in storerooms. Its’ store houses the magnificent treasures of Tutankhamen. Then we will have our lunch break in a typical Egyptian Restaurant in the area before we continue our journey of today.
After lunch, we will visit Mohamed Ali Alabaster mosque located in the summit of the citadel, this Ottoman mosque is the largest to be built in the first half of the 19th century. With its animated silhouette and twin minarets it is the most visible mosque in Cairo. The mosque was built in memory of Tusun Pasha, Muhammad Ali’s oldest son, who died in 1816. This mosque, along with the citadel, is one of the landmarks and tourist attractions of Cairo and is one of the first features to be seen when approaching the city from no matter which side.
The last spots of today is the famous Khan El Khalili Bazaars which is the one of the most interesting bazaar in whole middle east. Lots of cafes, restaurants, shops, and large number of vendors and buyers constitute a dynamic panorama of the place. Drinking Hibiscus, Karakare, Helba, or any of the various typical Egyptian beverages, is a pleasant experience for visitors and guests to get a real taste experience. For smokers, there is the Shisha, or water pipe, to be tried.
At the end of your tour, we will transfer you to Giza Station for your sleeper train down to Luxor. Dinner and Overnight on board train.
Day 4: Luxor – 4 nights Nile Cruise
Today we arrive Luxor, after your breakfast on board, we will transfer you to the selected Nile Cruise and we shall start our tour to visit the West bank of Luxor. Valley of the Kings was the royal cemetery for 62 Pharaohs. The only entrance to this place was a long narrow winding path. This was a secret place, where sentries were placed at the entrance of the Valley, as well as along the top of the hills, in the hopes of discouraging tomb robbers, who had in the past plundered all royal tombs, including the treasures of the Pyramids! Some thefts were probably carefully planned, but others were on the spur of the moment, as when an earlier tomb was accidentally discovered while cutting a new one and workmen took advantage of the opportunity. This may have happened when KV 46 was found during the cutting of KV 4 or KV 3 nearby. The tombs in the Valley range from a simple pit, to a tomb with over 121 chambers and corridors.
Hatshepsut temple at Dier El Bahar is one of the most characteristic temples in the whole of Egypt, due to its design and decorations. It was built of limestone, not sandstone like most of the other funerary temples of the New Kingdom period.
Colossi of Memnon are two massive stone statues of Pharaoh Amenhotep III. For the past 3400 years (since 1350 BC) they have stood in the Theban necropolis, across the River Nile from the modern city of Luxor. Lunch will be served on the cruise. And the rest of the afternoon will be free at leisure where you can relax and enjoy your day on cruise. Overnight onboard the cruise ship.
Day 5: Luxor – Edfu – 4 nights Nile Cruise
After breakfast visit the East bank of Luxor. Karnak Temple is the largest Temple in the World! The complex contains a group of Temples such as the Great Temple of Amon Ra, The Temple of Khonso, The Ipt Temple, The Temple of Ptah, the Temple of Montho and the Temple of the God Osiris. A 20m high, mud brick enclosure wall surrounds all of these buildings.
Luxor Temple or The Temple of Luxor, is among the most beautiful Temples in Egypt. It was known in the New Kingdom period as Ipt-Rsyt, which means the southern shrine. This was to differentiate between this Temple and Karnak Temple, which was the northern house of Amon Ra. After the tour, the cruise ship will be continue sail to Edfu. Tonight please enjoy the “Galabia party” on board, where you will be encouraged to get Egyptian outfits and wear the local Galabia. Overnight onboard the cruise ship.
Day 6: Edfu – Kom Ombo – Aswan – 4 nights Nile Cruise
Today we will arrive in Edfu. After your breakfast we will visit Horus Temple which is an ancient settlement. While sailing to Kom Ombo, you can enjoy your lunch and afternoon tea on board and have a relaxed afternoon until we arrive. Upon arrival, we will have a tour to visit Kom Ombo Temple, the building is unique because its ‘double’ design meant that there were courts, halls, sanctuaries and rooms duplicated for two sets of gods. After the tour, the cruise will start sailing to Awsan. Dinner and overnight onoard the cruise ship.
Day 7: Aswan – 4 nights Nile Cruise
After breakfast we will visit Philae Temple and High Dam. Philae Temple was dismantled and reassembled (on Agilika Island about 550 meters from its original home on Philae Island) in the wake of the High Dam. The temple, dedicated to the goddess Isis, is in a beautiful setting which has been landscaped to match its original site. After lunch, we will sail around the island by Felucca.
Overnight onboard the cruise ship.
Day 8: Aswan – Cairo
After breakfast which will be served on board, check out from the cruise. You will have the free morning until you are transferred to Aswan station for your sleeper train back to Cairo. During your free morning, you can join the optional excursion to visit Abu simble. Dinner and overnight onboard the sleeper train.
Day 9: Cairo
You will have your breakfast on the train. Upon arrival in Cairo, meet with our representative and transfer to your hotel for checking in. The rest of the day is free at leisure. Overnight in Cairo.
Day 10: Cairo – End of the Tour
After breakfast transfer to Cairo International Airport for your international flight back home.