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 Fayoum, 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: 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 your deluxeNileCruise 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 04: Kom Ombo, Edfu
Early river cruise toKom Omboand visitKom OmboTemple (the Ptolemaic Temple of Sobek & Haroeries). Then cruise toEdfu& visitEdfuTemple. It is 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 05: 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 $35 P.P). Overnight inLuxor. ( B, L, D )
Day 06: Arrive to Sharm Al-Sheikh
An early morning flight to Sharm viaCairo, once you arrive at Sharm, a transfer is made to St. Catherine. Check in at your hotel, lunch at the hotel. Rest of the day is free. An evening dinner will be provided at the hotel. ( B, L, D )
Day 07: MT.Sinai,Land of Goshen
Just into the new day, those who desire and are physically capable depart for a memorable early morning walk up Mt. Sinai. It is a good 3 hour hike. You may choose to ride a camel part way, or stop at one of the stations to take in the scenery. The final climb to the summit is some 750 steps for a sunrise you will always remember. Once at the top, enjoy a time of praise and then depart down the mountain for breakfast. A visit is made to theSt. Catherine Monasterywhere you see the Burning Bush and the well where Moses spoke with Zipporah. A transfer is made to the Land of Goshen. Here we visit Wadi Feiran. Few places are steeped in Biblical mystery as the great Wadi Feiran. It is Sinai’s largest wadi (valley) and one of the most archeologically important stretches of terrain. It was here, according to locals, scholars, and legend, that Moses struck the rock with his staff, bringing forth a spring so his people could drink. Feiran is also the site of Rephidim, the fabled oasis where the Hebrews camped and battled the Amalekites. For the pilgrims and Christians who have been coming to this wadi for centuries, a journey through Feiran is to pass through an entire chapter of the Old Testament itself. Also, we will visit the Greek Seven Girl’s Monastery. It is located on a spring in the middle of an oasis. In this vicinity it is surmised that Joshua defeated the Amalekites while Moses and Aaron gave their prayerful support. Our last stop today will be at the Springs of Moses. Seven mi/11km southeast of Suez, on the east side of the gulf, are the Springs of Moses. (Ain Musa) This group of hot springs (70-84 degrees F vs. 21-29 degrees C) have both sweet and bitter springs. They form a fertile oasis. One of the springs is said to be the bitter spring of Marah which Moses made sweet by casting a piece of wood into it. (Exodus 15:23) From this side of the gulf there are fine views of the sea and the heights of the Gebel Ataqa Range to the west. Dinner and overnight in Ain El Sokhna. ( B, D )
Day 08: Land of Goshen & Back to Cairo
After breakfast we begin our tour of the Land of Goshen, the Eastern Delta, a place associated with Joseph. It is here that the Israelites grew, flourished, and were eventually enslaved after 430 years of freedom. It is said that this happened when a new king arose overEgyptwho did not know Joseph. We visit Tanis, one of the storied treasure cities of Rameses II, and the Biblical areas of Succoth and Pithom. From here, Moses led the Israelites on their wilderness journey to the Promised land. In the afternoon, we transfer toCairo. A stop will be made at the papyrus factory store, where we see the process of creating lovely Egyptian art pictures. ( B, L )
Day 09: 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 10: Final Departure
After early breakfast at the hotel we will be transferred toCairoairport for our departure flight back home. ( B )
- •9 nights accommodation on the following order: •2 nights B.B basis at [Grand Pyramids Hotel] or similar in Cairo •3 nights F.B basis on aboard the Deluxe Five Stars Nile Cruise •1 night accommodation at the [St. Catherine Village], [Morgen Land Hotel] or similar. •1 night accommodation at the [Horizon Elwadi Resort] or similar. •2 nights B.B basis at [Grand Pyramids Hotel] or similar in Cairo •All transfers by private air-conditioned Vehicle •English Speaking License Egyptologist will be escorting the tour throughout •All entrance fees as per itinerary.
- International Airfare.
- Any optional tours not mentioned in the itinerary.
- Drinks and any personal expenses.
- Any Bank transfer charges.