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8 Nights Magnificent Egypt

Destinations Covered
Cairo - Abu Simbel - Aswan (Nile Cruise) - Luxor - Cairo

Day 1 Arrival in Cairo

On arrival at Cairo International Airport, you will be met by our representative and assisted to the designated coach/car booked for you.

Transfer and check-in at selected hotel.

Cairo, Egypt’s sprawling capital, is set on the Nile River. At its heart are Tahrir Square and the vast Egyptian Museum, which contains a trove of antiquities including royal mummies and gilded King Tutankhamun artefacts. It’s a vibrant, exhilarating, exotic, fascinating and welcoming city, where you never know what incredible, half-forgotten monument you’ll stumble across.

Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 2 In Cairo

Post breakfast, depart at 9:00 hrs for a full-day guided sightseeing tour of Cairo.

Visit the Great Pyramids of Cheops, Chefren and Mykerinus.  See the Sphinx, which was discovered in 1912 and was carved from a single piece of stone, then go onward to the Valley Temple.

Proceed to the Egyptian Museum, which features artifacts from the Pharaonic period. The museum displays a rare collection: the largest and most precious collection of Egyptian art in the world. Continue towards Khan El Khalili Bazaar, named after Prince Jaharkas Al-Khalili, a powerful Mamluke prince of 14th Century. It is famous for its typically oriental souvenirs and handmade crafts.

Return to hotel at 18:00 hrs.

Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 3 Cairo - Abu Simbel (1hr 20min flight)

Early morning, check-out at 02:00 hrs with packed breakfast and transfer to Airport for a flight to Abu Simbel.

On arrival at Abu Simbel Airport, you will be met by our representative and assisted to the designated coach/car booked for you, for a guided sightseeing tour of the Abu Simbel Temple.

The Abu Simbel Temple was originally cut into a solid rock cliff in Southern Egypt, and is located at the second cataract of the Nile River. The two temples which comprise the site (The Great Temple and The Small Temple) were created during the reign of Ramesses II.

Abu Simbel  -   Aswan by air (45mins flight)

After sightseeing, transfer to Abu Simbel Airport for a flight to Aswan.

Aswan, a city on the Nile River, has been Southern Egypt’s strategic and commercial gateway since antiquity. It contains significant archaeological sites like the Temple of Philae on Agilkia Island near the landmark Aswan Dam. Philae’s ruins include the columned Temple of Isis, dating to the 4th Century BC. Downriver, Elephantine Island holds the Temple of Khnum from the third dynasty.

On arrival at Aswan Airport, you will be met by our representative and assisted to the designated coach/car booked for you, for transfer to your hotel.

Check-in at selected hotel and rest of the day at leisure to relax.

Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 4 Aswan : Nile Cruise until Day 7

Post breakfast, check-out and depart for a guided sightseeing tour of Aswan.

Visit the High Dam of Aswan, an engineering miracle built in 1960 which separates Lake Nasser from the Nile. From the top of the High Dam you can gaze across Lake Nasser to Kalabsha Temple in the South and the huge power station to the North.

Continue to the Unfinished Obelisk in the granite quarries of Aswan, where much of the red granite used for ancient temples and colossi came from. The Unfinished Obelisk still lies where it was carved when a crack was discovered as it was being hewn from the rock. Your guide will explain how the heavy obelisk was carved, and why the crack caused it to be abandoned.

Proceed to the Philae Temple, dedicated to Goddess Isis. This temple was carefully moved to its current location (around 500 metres from the original site) after the construction of the High Dam caused the surrounding Nile waters to rise. A short motorboat ride takes you to the island, where your guide will take you on a walking tour through the temple before allowing you free time to explore on your own.

Later in afternoon transfer to Aswan Port to embark on a 5-star Nile cruise.

Post lunch on board, enjoy the cruise. The following sightseeing tours will go on until day 7.

Edfu Temple is an ancient Egyptian temple located on the West bank of the Nile in the city of Edfu. It is one of the best preserved temples in Egypt. Dedicated to the falcon god Horus, it was built in the Ptolemaic period between 237 and 57 BC. The inscriptions on its walls provide important information on language, myth and religion during the Greco-Roman period in ancient Egypt. The temple's inscriptions provide details of its construction, and also about the mythical interpretation of this and all other temples as composing the Island of Creation. There are also important scenes and inscriptions of the Sacred Drama, which refers to the age-old conflict between Horus and Seth.

The Komombo Temple is an unusual double temple in the town of Kom Ombo in Aswan. It was constructed during the Ptolemaic dynasty (180-47 BC), and some additions were later made during the Roman period. The building is unique because its 'double' design means that there were courts, halls, sanctuaries and rooms duplicated for two sets of gods. The Southern half of the temple was dedicated to the crocodile god Sobek, god of fertility and creator of the world, along with Hathor and Khonsu. Meanwhile, the Northern part of the temple was dedicated to the falcon god Haroeris, also known as Horus the Elder, along with Tasenetnofret (the Good Sister, a special form of Hathor or Tefnet/Tefnut) and Panebtawy (Lord of the Two Lands). The temple is atypical because everything is perfectly symmetrical along the main axis. Much of the temple has been destroyed by the Nile, earthquakes, and later builders who used its stones for other projects. Some of the reliefs inside were defaced by Copts, who once used the temple as a church. All the temple buildings in the Southern part of the plateau were cleared of debris and restored by Jacques de Morgan in 1893.

Next go to the East bank of Luxor, to visit the Karnak and Luxor temples).

The Karnak Temple is one of the largest temple complexes built by man, and represents the combined achievement of many generations of ancient Egyptian builders. The Temple of Karnak is actually three main temples, several smaller enclosed temples, and several outer temples, and is located about 3 km North of Luxor. Karnak is the site’s modern name. Its ancient name was Ipet-isut, meaning “The most sacred of places”. The three main temples of Mut, Montu and Amun are enclosed by enormous brick walls. The Open Air Museum is located to the North of the first courtyard, across from the Sacred Lake. Actually, there are a number of smaller temples and chapels spread about Karnak, such as the Temple of Osiris Hek-Djet, which is actually inside the enclosure wall of the Temple of Amun. Continue to the Luxor Temple.

The Luxor Temple is close to the Nile and parallel with the riverbank. King Amenhotep III, who ruled from 1390-53 BC, built this beautiful temple and dedicated it to Amon-Re, King of the gods, to his consort Mut, and to their son Khons. This temple has been in almost continuous use as a place of worship, right up to the present day. It was completed by Tutankhamun and Horemheb. Towards the rear is a granite shrine dedicated to Alexander the Great. During the Christian era, the temple’s hypostyle hall was converted into a Christian church, and the remains of another Coptic church can be seen to the West. Then, for thousands of years the temple was buried beneath the streets and houses of the town of Luxor.

West bank of Luxor (Valley of Kings  -   Hatshepsut Temple  -   Colossi of Memnon).

The Valley of Kings/ Valley of the Tombs of the Kings, or, in Arabic, Wādī Bībān al-Mulūk, is a long, narrow walkway just West of the Nile River in Upper Egypt. It was part of the ancient City of Thebes, and was the burial site of almost all the Kings (pharaohs) of the 18th, 19th, and 20th dynasties (1539 -  1075 BC), from Thutmose I to Ramses X.

The Temple of Deir El-Bahri 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. It is thought that Senimut, the genius architect who built this temple, was inspired in his design by the plan of the neighbouring mortuary temple of the 12th Dynasty King, Neb-Hept-Re. The temple was built for the great Queen Hatshepsut (18th Dynasty), to commemorate her achievements and to serve as a funerary temple for her, as well as a sanctuary of the god Amon Ra.

The Colossi of Memnon dates from the New Kingdom, 18th Dynasty, during the reign of Amenhotep III. It is a mortuary temple located in Thebes, and guarded by two statues of about 20 metres in height. It saw severe damage during the earthquake that occurred in 27 BC. The temple has now been destroyed completely, and all that remains is the 23 metres high statue of Amenhotep III, which weighs around a thousand tons. The statues, even after such destruction by natural and human forces, remain impressive.

Important Note: Accommodation, sightseeing tours and meals are included in the cruise tour.

Day 7 Luxor - Cairo by Air (1hr 10min flight)

Post breakfast, disembark at Luxor Port and transfer to Luxor Airport for a flight to Cairo.

On arrival at Cairo Airport, you will be met by our representative and assisted to the designated coach/car booked for you, for transfer to your hotel.

Check-in at selected hotel and rest of the day at leisure to relax.

Overnight stay at the hotel.

Day 8 In Cairo

Post breakfast, a free day to relax, or you can opt for an optional tour to Alexandria City, where you will visit the Catacombs, Pompey’s Pillar, and The Great Library of Alexandria (optional tour at extra cost).

Overnight stay at the hotel

Day 9 In Cairo

Post breakfast, check-out and transfer to Cairo International Airport for final departure.

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