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Cairo Luxor Nile Cruise Aswan Abu Simbel Red Sea
* All airport transfers within Egypt.
* 4 nights accommodation, B&B, in 5 star Cairo hotel.
* 4 nights onboard a 5* deluxe Nile cruise boat, full board.
* 4 nights accomodation in 5 star Sharm el Sheikh hotel.
* Meals as per itinerary.
* Dinner cruise and show.
* Transport in private modern air conditioned car/motor coach.
* Private, English speaking Egyptologist guides.
* Entrance/ticket fees as per itinerary.
* Economy class internal airfares as stated in itinerary.
* Giza Pyramids and Sphinx (including entry into Solar Boat Museum)
* Egyptian Museum including entry into the Royal Mummy Room
* Citadel and Mohammad Ali Mosque
* Karnak Temple
* Luxor Temple
* Valley of the Kings including entry into Tutankhamun tomb
* Hatchepsut Temple
* Colossi of Memnon
* Edfu Temple
* Kom Ombo Temple
* Abu Simbel - The Great Temple and Temple of Hathor
* Aswan High Dam
* Unfinished Obelisk
* Nubian Village
* Felucca sailing
* International airfares.
* Tourist entry visa.
* Travel insurance – it is the traveller’s responsibility to obtain travel insurance prior to travelling.
* Food and drinks unless specified in itinerary.
* Extra tickets as mentioned.
* Personal items.
* Gratuities and tipping (for guides, drivers, hotel and cruise boat staff)
* Entrance inside the Great Pyramid (Cheops)
* Entrance inside Khafre Pyramid
* Pyramids Sound & Light show
* Karnak Temple Sound & Light show
* Hot air balloon ride, Luxor
* Excursions and day trips while in Sharm such as diving, snorkelling, boat trips, quad biking, St. Catherine's Monastery etc.
Day 1: Arrival in Cairo
Upon arrival into Cairo International Airport you will be met by our representative who will assist you with arrival formalities and transfer you to your hotel.
Day 2: Cairo: Pyramids, Saqqara, Memphis
After breakfast you will visit the magnificient Giza Necropolis home of the famous pyramids. Your guide will explain the history of the Pyramids of Cheops, Khafre, Menkaure and the iconic Great Sphinx. Take a horse or camel ride through the pyramid complex, visit the Solar Boat Museum or even venture inside the Great Pyramid and walk through the Grand Gallery. After lunch we drive to Saqqara which features numerous pyramids, including the world famous Step Pyramid of Djoser. Visit the city of Memphis, the capital of Ancient Egypt for over eight consecutive dynasties during the Old Kingdom and see the giant limestone statue of Ramses II. Evening dinner cruise with belly dancing and tanoura show.
Day 3: Cairo: Egyptian Museum, Citadel, Old Cairo, Coptic Cairo, Khan el Khalili
After breakfast visit the Egyptian Museum which houses over 120,000 artefacts. See statues, sarcophagi, mummies and jewellery from the past 5,000 years and of course the famous Tutankhamun exhibit. After the museum visit the Salah ad-Din Citadel, an historical site which houses several museums and mosques, the most famous being the Ottoman built Mohammad Ali mosque. After lunch visit Old Cairo and Coptic Cairo which encompasses the Babylon Fortress and the Hanging Church. Stop at a traditional Egyptian coffeehouse before exploring the alleyways of the famous Khan el Khalili souk (bazaar) where you can haggle for a souvenir or two.
An extra excursion to the evening Sound & Light Show at the Pyramids is available.
Day 4: Luxor: Luxor Temple & Karnak Temple
After breakfast transfer to Cairo airport for a short flight to Luxor. Arriving in Luxor visit the beautiful Luxor Temple which sits opposite the River Nile and is connected to Karnak Temple by the Avenue of Sphinx. After Luxor Temple check-in to your 5* Nile cruise boat. Enjoy lunch then visit the magnificent Karnak Temple. This enormous temple complex is unique due to the length of time it was in use and the number of pharaohs who made contributions to its buildings. Return to your cruise boat for dinner and entertainment.
An extra excursion to the evening Sound & Light Show at Karnak Temple is available.
Day 5: Luxor: Valley of the Kings, Colossi of Memnon, Hatchepsut Temple
After breakfast drive to the West Bank of Luxor to see the Colossi of Memnon, 2 giant statues of Amenhotep III, which stood at the entrance to his memorial temple. Walk through the Valley of the Kings and go inside 3 tombs, a highlight of the tour. Also visit Hatchepsut Temple which is the funerary temple of the very successful female pharaoh Hatchepsut. Lunch is served back onboard your cruise boat which will set sail after lunch. It’s time to relax up on deck and watch life on the River Nile as you cruise south to Esna where the ship will pass through the Esna Lock. Dinner and entertainment onboard.
An extra excursion of a sunrise hot air balloon ride is available.
Day 6: Sailing: Edfu Temple, Kom Ombo Temple
After breakfast onboard you will disembark the boat and take a caleche (horse and carriage) ride to Edfu Temple, one of the best preserved temples in Egypt. Return to the boat which continues it's cruising down the Nile towards Aswan. Lunch and afternoon tea will be served onboard before arriving at the town of Kom Ombo where you will take a short walk to Kom Ombo Temple, a unique ‘double’ design temple with some interesting reliefs of surgical instruments. Dinner and entertainment onboard.
Day 7: Aswan: Abu Simbel
Pick up a breakfast box for the early morning drive to Aswan airport for your flight to Abu Simbel. Situated on the banks of Lake Nasser is the Great Temple of Rameses II and the Temple of Hathor, originally carved out of the mountainside during the reign of Pharaoh Rameses II as a lasting monument to himself and his queen Nefertari. Returning to Aswan your afternoon is free to either relax on your cruise boat, visit the Nubian Museum or even visit the many stalls of the Aswan souq before taking a sunset felucca sail around the islands and rocky islets of the Nile. Dinner and entertainment onboard.
Day 8: Aswan: Philae Temple, High Dam, Unfinished Obelisk, Nubian Village
After breakfast check-out of your cruise boat then visit the Aswan High Dam and Unfinished Obelisk. You will then catch a motorboat to the island of Philae to visit the beautiful Philae Temple which was a seat of the Christian religion as well as of the ancient Egyptian faith and was converted into a church dedicated to the Virgin Mary until it was closed in the 7th century. Enjoy lunch and a walk through a traditional Nubian village before transferring to Aswan airport for your flight to Sharm el Sheikh. Transfer to your hotel.
Days 9 & 10: Sharm
Your days are free to relax and enjoy the calm blue waters of the Red Sea or to enjoy one of the many activities such as snorkelling, diving, quad biking, bedouin dinner and camel ride, a visit to St. Catherine's Monastery and much more.
Day 11: Cairo
Morning check-out of hotel and tranfer to Sharm airport for your flight to Cairo. Arriving in Cairo transfer to your hotel
Day 12: Departure
Transfer to Cairo International Airport for your flight home.