Exploring Ancient Egypt in 11 days
Offered in: English - Small Group
The Nile cruise allows you to sail peacefully on the majestic Nile, swaying with its calm waves and exploring the mysteries of the pharaohs, The Valley of the Kings, the fantastic Temples of Hatshepsut, Abu Simbel, (Egyptian antiquities), and the High Dam. Take the stress out of your thinking with this 11 days sightseeing tour of Egypt. Explore Aswan, Luxor, Abu Simbel, cruise the Nile and Hurghada. Our tour guide will accompany you to explain the details of the tourist places and facilitate your affairs in Egypt.
Day 1: Arriving in Egypt
Arrival in Egypt - Welcome to Egypt
Upon your arrival at Cairo International Airport, our knowledgeable guide will be eagerly awaiting to assist you with all the necessary formalities. From there, you will be comfortably transferred to your designated hotel in Cairo. You can look forward to a pleasant overnight stay at the hotel, ensuring a relaxing start to your Egyptian adventure.
Day 2- Tour of the Pyramids and Saqqara
Immerse yourself in the gentle ambiance of Egypt as you begin your day with a delightful breakfast. Following this, our experienced guide will pick you up from your hotel, ready to embark on a captivating full-day tour to Giza. Prepare to witness the awe-inspiring Giza Pyramids, including the magnificent structures of Cheops, Chephren, and Mykerinos. This iconic location also offers an up-close encounter with the enigmatic Sphinx, leaving you with unforgettable memories.
Continuing your journey, you will venture to Sakkara, a mere 27 kilometers southwest of Cairo. Here, you will have the privilege of visiting the renowned Step Pyramid, an architectural marvel constructed for King Zoser. Delve further into the legacy of ancient Egypt as you explore the Imhotep Museum. Imhotep, revered as the first known doctor in human history, was a prodigious inventor of numerous drugs and medicines that provided relief for countless ailments. Additionally, he was a pioneering architect, utilizing stone in his remarkable constructions throughout ancient Egypt.
Concluding this enriching day tour, you will make your way to Memphis City, once the illustrious capital of Egypt. This historic city holds deep cultural significance, offering insights into the country's rich heritage. At the conclusion of this remarkable journey, you will be comfortably transferred back to your hotel, allowing you to unwind and reflect on the wonders you have encountered.
Day 3: Visit the Egyptian Museum and the Citadel
Indulge in a comfortable and secure setting as you savor a delightful breakfast at your hotel. Soon after, our guide will be ready to pick you up for an extraordinary visit to the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. Prepare to be mesmerized by the sheer magnificence of Egyptian antiquities on display. Within its walls, you will encounter a treasure trove of artifacts, a captivating assortment of relics, and the world's largest collection of pharaonic antiquities. Behold the iconic burial mask of Tutankhamun, marvel at the exquisite gems, statues, and offerings amassed by ancient Egyptian rulers in preparation for the afterlife.
Continuing this immersive journey, you will proceed to the Saladin Citadel of Cairo, an imposing fortress that boasts a remarkable architectural legacy. Within its walls, you will discover the Great Mosque of Muhammad Ali Pasha, a majestic structure that stands as a testament to Egypt's rich Islamic heritage. As the tour unfolds, you will also have the opportunity to explore Khan el-Khalili, a vibrant and bustling market located in the heart of Islamic Cairo. Lose yourself in its labyrinthine alleys, where vibrant stalls and shops offer an array of traditional goods, spices, and unique handicrafts.
As the day draws to a close, you will be transferred back to your hotel, allowing you to reflect on the astounding sights and experiences encountered throughout this captivating exploration of Cairo's cultural treasures.
Day 4: Visit Abu Simbel Temple in Aswan
Start your day with a delightful breakfast at the hotel, preparing you for an exciting journey ahead. Shortly after, you will be transferred from your hotel to Cairo airport, where you will catch your flight to Aswan. Upon arrival, your experienced and knowledgeable Egyptologist guide will be eagerly awaiting to accompany you on a captivating exploration of Aswan's treasure troves.
Prepare to be awe-struck as you visit the magnificent Great Temple of Abu Simbel, a site renowned as the Sun Temple of Ramsses II. This remarkable structure stands as a testament to the grandeur and power of ancient Egypt, leaving visitors in awe of its colossal statues and intricate carvings.
Delve deeper into the rich history and mythology of Egypt as you step foot into the Temple of Hathor, also known as Nefertari's temple. Hathor, the wife of the Sun God, holds significant symbolism within the temple, which serves as a unifying presence, bringing together Ramses II, Nefertari, and Hathor in a harmonious narrative.
After this mesmerizing exploration, you will make your way back from Abu Simbel to your hotel in Aswan, where you can relax and reflect on the awe-inspiring wonders you have encountered throughout the day.
Day 5: Philae Temple and the High Dam in Aswan
Once you've enjoyed a satisfying breakfast, you will embark on a visit to the breathtaking Philae temple complex, widely regarded as one of the most exquisite temples in Egypt. Situated on the idyllic island of Agilkia, located south of the historic Aswan High Dam, reaching this captivating site requires a tranquil water taxi ride across the Nile. The Philae temple, faced with the imminent threat of permanent flooding due to the construction of the High Dam, underwent a painstaking relocation process to its current location. A meticulous reconstruction was carried out, ensuring the preservation of the temple's original appearance and layout. To recreate the ambiance of the original setting, the island itself was even landscaped accordingly.
Prepare to be captivated by the awe-inspiring attractions and picturesque landscapes that adorn the banks of the Nile River in Luxor and Aswan. These enchanting locations hold an array of wonders waiting to be explored, offering a glimpse into Egypt's rich history and cultural heritage. After a fulfilling day of exploration, you will return to your cruise ship, where you will spend three extraordinary nights, surrounded by the tranquility and allure of the Nile.
Day 6- Visiting the temples of Kom Ombo and Edfu
Set sail in the early morning, heading towards the captivating city of Kom Ombo. Prepare for a visit to the remarkable Kom Ombo temple, a site unlike any other. What makes this temple truly unique is its dual dedication to two distinct deities. Marvel at the architectural splendor as you encounter the sanctuaries, porticoes, and courtyards of the temple, all replicated twice to honor Sobek, the local god with a crocodile head, and Horus, the falcon-headed god who was considered the first "god of the kingdom." This intentional duality is a symbolic representation of both regional and universal themes, adding to the temple's intrigue.
Continuing your journey, sail north towards Edfu, where you will have the opportunity to explore the awe-inspiring Temple of Horus. As you venture through this magnificent structure, you will discover its historical significance. Built upon the foundations of an earlier temple also dedicated to Horus, the falcon-headed god of the sky, the current temple stands as a testament to the enduring devotion and reverence for Horus, who was regarded as the protector of the pharaohs.
Immerse yourself in the vibrant city of Edfu as you embark on a unique horse-drawn carriage tour with your knowledgeable guide. Wander through the enchanting backstreets and local markets, gaining insights into the authentic everyday life of Edfu. Let the bustling atmosphere and vibrant colors of the markets envelop you, offering a glimpse into the local culture.
As you bid farewell to Edfu, your journey continues towards Luxor, passing through the majestic gates of Esna. Located approximately 53 kilometers south of Luxor, Esna captivates visitors with its thriving trade and agricultural activities. Experience the energy of the weaving mills on the west bank of the Nile and, if your visit coincides with a Saturday, immerse yourself in the lively animal market, where entertainment abounds.
Day 7: Visit Karnak Temple and Luxor Temple.
Commence your seventh day with a satisfying breakfast before embarking on a visit to the magnificent Great Temple of Amun in Karnak. This extraordinary national monument of Egypt stands unrivaled in its grandeur and significance. It is not simply a solitary temple but rather a temple within a temple, a sanctuary within a sanctuary. Almost all pharaohs, particularly those from the New Kingdom era, sought to leave their enduring legacy by having their names and achievements inscribed within these hallowed grounds. While the majority of the structure pays homage to Amun-Ra, the supreme deity, his consort Mut, and their son Khonsu, the complex also hosts various shrines dedicated to other revered deities, often referred to as "invited gods." Among them are Ptah of Memphis and Osiris of Abydos, adding further depth and reverence to this remarkable site.
Continuing your journey, you will proceed to the renowned Luxor Temple, located approximately three kilometers south of the Karnak temple. This ancient temple complex, situated on the east bank of the Nile in present-day Luxor, holds great historical and religious significance. It served as the focal point for one of the most significant religious ceremonies in ancient Egypt. During this grand event, cult images of Amun, his wife Mut, and their son Khonsu, representing the divine family, would be ceremoniously transported from their temple in Karnak to the Luxor Temple in a magnificent procession. This pilgrimage allowed the gods to visit Amenemopet, the resident deity of Luxor, forging a powerful connection between the divine and mortal realms.
After a mesmerizing day of exploration, you will return to your boat, where you can unwind and reflect on the awe-inspiring wonders and profound religious traditions encountered during your visit to these sacred sites.
Day 8: Visit the Valley of the Kings and the Temple of Hatshepsut
After enjoying a delightful breakfast, you will disembark from the cruise ship and embark on a captivating journey to the renowned Valley of the Kings. For nearly 500 years, this sacred site served as the final resting place for kings, their families, and their treasured possessions. The Valley of the Kings holds a profound historical significance, and in 1979, it was rightfully recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, along with the rest of Theban.
As you venture into this ancient burial chamber, intrigue surrounds the possibility of hidden secrets within its depths. Adjacent to King Tutankhamun's mausoleum lies a concealed room, promising potential archaeological discoveries. The nature of its contents remains shrouded in mystery. One theory put forth by Nicholas Reeves proposes that the enigmatic Queen Nefertiti may be concealed within this secret chamber. Ongoing examinations of King Tutankhamun's tomb and his mummy, employing cutting-edge technology, further fuel the anticipation of revelations yet to come.
Venturing onwards, you will encounter the remarkable Temple of Hatshepsut, an awe-inspiring architectural marvel situated at Deir al-Bahari, west of Luxor. This pharaonic queen's legacy is immortalized in this magnificent temple adorned with exquisitely painted reliefs. These intricate depictions bring to life the temple ceremonies, religious festivals, and even the transportation of stupa towers from the quarry to their destined location in the Karnak temple.
Next, you will witness one of Luxor's most iconic and captivating attractions: the Colossi of Memnon. These majestic statues have gained fame not only for their grand appearance but also for the enigmatic sounds emitted by the northern statue, known as the Colossus of the North, at the break of dawn. This natural phenomenon adds an air of mystique and wonder to the already awe-inspiring surroundings.
Concluding your explorations in Luxor, you will embark on a journey to Hurghada, where you will find respite and comfort at your hotel. This coastal paradise promises a serene and enjoyable stay, offering the perfect opportunity to relax and reflect upon the extraordinary wonders encountered throughout your expedition.
Day 9- Enjoy in Hurghada
Explore the wonders of Hurghada, a captivating Red Sea destination offering sun-kissed beaches and vibrant diving experiences. Immerse yourself in pristine shores and vibrant coral gardens, guided by experts. Indulge in local cafes and unwind at the serene Hurghada Marina. Delve into the cultural richness of the old city, El Dahar, with its bustling markets and traditional charm. Discover nature's beauty, savor culinary delights, and immerse yourself in the allure of Egyptian culture. Hurghada promises an unforgettable journey of sun, sea, and exploration, where every moment is filled with captivating experiences that will linger in your memories for years to come.
Day 10-Enjoy in Hurghada
Immerse yourself in a mesmerizing underwater realm that will ignite your sense of wonder. The Red Sea, renowned for its vibrant marine ecosystem, unveils a world of awe-inspiring beauty and mesmerizing colors. Prepare to be amazed as you dive into crystal-clear waters, where kaleidoscopic reefs and enchanting schools of rainbow-colored fish dance before your eyes. Embark on thrilling boat tours that will take you to hidden gems like Carless Reef or the captivating dive sites around Abu Nuhas Reef. Whether you choose to dive deep or snorkel along the surface, a myriad of captivating invertebrate species eagerly await your discovery. If diving isn't your cup of tea, fear not! Cruise aboard boats with glass-bottom hulls, offering a window into the underwater world without getting wet. Brace yourself for an unforgettable adventure where nature's paintbrush creates a tapestry of wonder beneath the waves of the Red Sea.
As your time in this enchanting destination draws to a close, it's time to bid farewell to the hotel that has been your home away from home. With fond memories in your heart, embark on a journey to the airport, where your departure awaits. Reflect on the wonderful experiences you've had, the sights you've seen, and the connections you've made during your stay. As you embark on your homeward journey, may it be filled with joy, comfort, and serenity. Wishing you a safe and pleasant trip, knowing that the memories you've created will forever be cherished. Farewell for now, until we meet again on another extraordinary adventure.
- Airport pick-up and transfer to the hotel in Cairo
- Accommodation in carefully selected hotels throughout the tour
- Guided tours and entrance fees to the sites mentioned in the itinerary
- Nile cruise experience with comfortable cabin accommodations and onboard meals
- Professional Egyptologist guides providing insights and commentary throughout the tour
- Meals as specified in the itinerary, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner
- Transportation in comfortable vehicles for all transfers and excursions
- Assistance with check-in and check-out processes at hotels
- Personal expenses, additional meals, beverages, and snacks
- Optional activities or excursions not mentioned in the itinerary
- Gratuities for guides, drivers, and hotel staff
- Any additional accommodation or transportation not included in the tour itinerary
- Any other items or services not explicitly mentioned as included