After breakfast we start our full day tour. We enjoy a short ride toMemphis.Memphiswas founded around 3,100 BC. It was the legendary city of Menes, the King who united Upper and LowerEgypt. From a Biblical perspective,Memphiswas the place where Abraham lied to Pharaoh about his wife Sarah being his sister. Further, it is believed to be the location where Joseph served as second in command. While inMemphiswe view a very large and well preserved statue ofRamses Ii. Next we travel toSakkara , which is one of the most extensive archaeological sites inEgypt.Sakkarais dominated by the Step Pyramid of King Zoser, dating back to 2700 BC. It is one of the oldest stone structures in the world. After we visit the Step Pyramid, we enjoy a stop at a local Egyptian carpet shop . Then we take a short southern drive to Faiyum, the region created by the wisdom of Joseph. Here you will find ancient storehouses and a man-made lake created by a canal, whose construction was supposedly ordered by Joseph. It is believed that this lake provided irrigation for a desert land and supplied the food needed to survive his prophesied seven year famine, back toCairofor overnight. ( B, L ).
Day 03:Alexandria, Wadi Natron
We travel today towardAlexandria. On the way, we visit the Wadi El Natrun . It lies some 23 meters below sea level. Here there are lakes which are fed from the water table of theNile. These lakes dot the landscape. Wadi El Natrun contains the most important Christian monastic center, and it is a prime attraction for Christian religious tourists who travel to the Holy land. There is good reason for this. The monasteries at Wadi Natrun and the surrounding region constitute some of the earliest, if not the earliest, Christian monasteries in the world. The district containing these monasteries has been known by many names, often derived from different languages, including Scetis, Scythis, al-lsuqit(al-Askit), Shiet, Shihat(Shihet), Scitium and Wadi Habib. Further, it includes the Cloister of Amba Beshoy. Continue toAlexandriaand stop for sea food lunch at a local restaurant.
Day 04: Giza Pyramids, Egyptian Museum
A full day of touring begins today with some sights of ancientEgypt- some of which date back to 1000+ years prior to Abraham. Today, we visit the world famousPyramidsof Giza.Cheops, with an original height of 496 feet, is the most colossal pyramid ever built. We take a trip inside to see the burial chamber. Then, we view two otherPyramidsand theSphinx . After lunch, we travel toEgyptian Museum">TheEgyptian Museum, location of Tutankhamen`s treasures and ancient remains. End the day with a walking tour of the largest 13th century covered oriental market, the largest traditional shopping bazaar in the world, the Khan el-Khalili Bazaar. In the tiny alleyways, there are hundreds of shops where you can watch gold and coppersmiths, brass makers, and fortunetellers at work. Look also for leather goods and woodwork inlaid with camel bone and mother-of-pearl. Bargaining, Arab-style, is the norm here, and practiced as a national pastime. Overnight inCairo. ( B, L ).
Day 05: Aswan,Abu Simbel,Nile Cruise
Morning flight to Abu Simbel viaAswan, situated 280km south ofAswan. The two temples of Abu Simbel are the most magnificent temples in the world. After visiting these temples, we fly back toAswan. Upon arrival, you will be escorted to yourNileCruise Boat where you will spend the next 3 nights / 4 days. Lunch is served on the cruise boat. Then you will start your Cruise shore excursion. See firsthandHigh Dam, and the Granite Quarries with theUnfinished Obelisk. Enjoy a motor boat ride with a Nubian captain to Aglika island. Tour the temples and other ruins there. Originally all of these temples were moved from Philae island because of high water caused byHigh Dam. Overnight inAswan. ( B, L, D ) .
Day 06: Kom Ombo,Edfu,Luxor
Early river cruise toKom Omboand visitKom OmboTemple (the Ptolemaic Temple of Sobek & Haroeries). Then cruise toEdfu& visitEdfuTemple also known as the Temple of Horus, the falcon-god, (237 B.C.). This temple is considered to be the best-preserved temple in AncientEgyptand the second largest after the Temple of Karnak. A horse drawn carriage ride takes you to the temple and back to your deluxe cruise boat. Cruise toLuxorand overnight inLuxor. ( B, L, D ).
Day 07: Luxor (Optional) Sound & Light Show
VisitWest Bank">TheWest Banknecropolis including theValley Of The Kings, the funeraryTemple Of Queen Hatshepsutat Deir El Bahari and theColossi Of Memnon. After having lunch on our cruise ship, we proceed to visit the East bank ofLuxor . There, we stop to see both the Karnak andLuxorTemples. Prepare to immerse yourself around a centuries-old city of pylons, hypostyle halls, colossal statues, shrines and obelisks. In the evening, you may choose our optional tour (Sound & Light Show L14 - $35 P.P) Overnight inLuxor. ( B, L, D ) .
Day 08: Back to Cairo
- • Meet & assist upon arrival and departure. • All transfers to/from airport & hotel by a private air-conditioned vehicle. • Accommodation in Cairo including daily breakfast. • Accommodation on board Nile Cruise 5 star deluxe including daily breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. • All sightseeing tours in Cairo & Alexandria & Aswan & Luxor including English Egyptologist guide. • A Bottle of Mineral water per trip in Cairo and Giza. • Entrance fees to all sites as indicated on the itinerary. • All transfers by a modern air-conditioned vehicle. • Portage when needed..
- International Airfare.
- Any optional tours not mentioned in the itinerary.
- Drinks and any personal expenses.
- Any Bank transfer charges.