8 Nights / 9 Days (4 Nights Cairo /4 Nights Cruise)
Valid for travel between 25 JUL 2015 & 10 DEC 2015
The following pricing is based on a group minimum of two people.
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- 4 nights accommodation in Cairo including breakfast
- 4 nights accommodation on board a Nile Cruise with full board
- Airport transfers
- English speaking guide
- 2 private full day tours in Cairo excluding lunch with English speaking guide
- Entry visa
- International airfare and airfares from Cairo to Luxor and Aswan to Cairo
- Abu Simbel excursion by air
- Any other services not mentioned above
Day 1: Cairo
- Arrival to Cairo international airport
- Meet and assist by Emeco representative
- Transfer by a/c bus to hotel
- Check in and overnight at hotel
Cairo, with a population of 17 million, Cairo, called Al-Qahirah in Arabic, is not only Africa’s largest city but the political and cultural center of the Arab World. Cairo’s old quarters retain their ancient charm with many streets still known by descriptions given to them by medieval chroniclers. Modern Cairo’s architecture is distinguished by Ottoman and later European influences – especially in commercial architecture – particularly as the city’s population boomed in the 19th century.
Day 2 : Cairo
- Breakfast at hotel
- Full day tour to visit the Pyramids, Sphinx, Memphis & Sakkara
The Pyramids & Sphinx were reckoned by the Greeks to be one of the seven wonders of the world. A single pyramid is built of 2,300,000 blocks, each weighing an average Of two and one–half tons. In the face of such immensity, one cannot help But feel the wonder and awe that so many writers & artists have sought To convey over the centuries. The Cheops Pyramid is especially interesting since its interior burial chambers are open for inspection by the public. Not far from the Pyramids is the Great Sphinx of Giza, which dates from the time of Chephren (2620BC). Hewn from natural yellowish limestone & standing 65 feet high & 187 feet long, this unforgettable statue combines the head of a Pharaoh with a lion’s body.
Memphis served as the capital of Upper & Lower Egypt some 5,000 years ago during the 1st Dynasty. Menes, the first pharaoh of this dynasty, built a great white-walled palace & the Temple of Ptah here
Sakkara one of the most exciting historical & archaeological area in all of Egypt is Sakkara , situated about 12 miles South West of Cairo. The site is dominated by the famous step pyramid of King Zoser. It was the first pyramid to be built in ancient Egypt, preceding those at Giza by many centuries, & is the work of the famous pharaonic architect, Imhotep.
- Back to hotel and overnight
Day 3: Cairo
- A.M Breakfast at hotel
- Full day tour to visit the Egyptian Museum, Citadel, Mosques & Khan Khalili Bazaars
The Egyptian Museum is the most important depository of Egyptian antiquities anywhere in the world. It features artifacts from the Pharaonic and Graeco-Roman periods, including the celebrated mummies of ancient Egypt’s king and Tut Ankh Amun treasures.
The Citadel situated on a highly visible spur of the Mokattam Hills of Old Cairo, was the nerve center of Egypt for almost 700 years. Construction of the grand structure began in 1176 and was completed by Muhammad Ali Pasha, ruler of Egypt in the late 19th century. Mamluk sultans and Turkish governors resided in the Citadel, which is among the world’s most splendid monuments of medieval warfare.
Facing the Citadel is the Mosque of Sultan Hassan, built between 1356 and 1363 and perhaps the most majestic monument of Arab architecture in Egypt and the Mosque of Al-Rifai was constructed in two phases over the period between 1869 and 1912, when it was finally completed.
The tour also includes a visit to Khan ElKhalili, known as the Turkish bazaar during the Ottoman period, was built in 1382 by Emir Djaharks ElKhalili, in the heart of what was then Fatimid City.
Until this day, the bazaar is a center of trade and communion in the city, and offers a wide array of antiques, handcrafts of gold, silver and copper as well as numerous old coffee shops and local restaurants which attract both Egyptians and tourists alike.
- Back to hotel and overnight.
Day 4: Cairo / Luxor
- Breakfast at hotel
- Transfer to Cairo domestic airport for flight to Luxor
- Arrival to Luxor airport and transfer to board the Nile cruise
- Check in before lunch
- Lunch on board
- East Bank Visits
- Visit the magnificent Karnak Temple, the largest of its kind.
The Karnak temple complex is about 3.5 km from Luxor Temple. Within its area, the grandest of all temples is dedicated to the great Pharaonic god, Amun. Leading to the temple is a procession of ram sphinxes that represents Amun.
Although begun in the Middle Kingdom, the temple’s vastness comes from successive dynasties which built on to it.
- Luxor Temple
Separated from the Nile only by a street, the Luxor temple sits in the city’s center. The temple’s main purpose was as a secret location for Amun, the lord of gods.
The Luxor temple was built by Amenhotep III in the 18th Dynasty.
The temple’s most distinguishing features are its interior rooms with magnificent inscriptions and hall of columns, each one capped with crowns of lotus flowers.
- Overnight Luxor
Day 5: Luxor / Esna / Edfu
- Excursion to the West Bank
Visits the burial places of the Pharaohs – the Valley of the Kings – where Howard Carter discovered the tomb of Tutankhamen in 1922. Continue to the mortuary temple of Hatshepsuit and the Colossi of Memnon.
The Valley of the Kings includes the tombs of the Theban rulers, as Seti I and Tutankhamen. The mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut, the only woman Pharaoh to rule ancient Egypt.
- Sail To Esna
- Arrival to Esna & Crossing the lock
- Over Night Edfu
Day 6: Edfu / Kom Ombo / Aswan
- Visit Edfu Temple
Visit the wonderfully preserved Temple of Horus at Edfu. Experience the horse drawn carriage ride back and forth to the temple.
- Back On Board & Sail To Kom Ombo Visit
Visit the Ptolemaic temple dedicated to the crocodile god Sobek and the falcon-headed Horus, god of the morning sun.
The Ptolemaic Temple of Kom Ombo with its beautiful murals, ”bas relief” is 28 miles north of Aswan. The Temple, dating to the Ptolemies, is built on a high dune overlooking the Nile. Kom Ombo is actually two temples consisting of a Temple to Sobek and a Temple of Haroeris
- Back On Board & Sail To Aswan
- Over Night Aswan
Day 7: Aswan
- Aswan visits
Visit the Aswan High Dam (completed in 1971); the Old Dam (completed in 1902). You will also visit the Philae Temple, dedicated to the goddess Isis, a structure rescued from the rising waters of Lake Nasser at the time of the High Dam’s construction.
The High Dam, Just north of the border between Egypt and Sudan lies the Aswan High Dam, a huge rock fill dam which captures the world’s longest river, the Nile, in the world’s largest artificial reservoir, Lake Nasser. The dam, known as “Sadd El-Aali” in Arabic, was completed in 1970 after 10 years of work.
- Philae Temple
A short trip on a motorboat will bring the visitor to a magnificent vista of the island, before landing at what would have been the ancient quay on the south side. The temple was dedicated to the goddess Isis and has many legends connected to it. The most well known legend tells the story of how Isis found the heart of Osiris here after his murder by his brother Seth.
- Felucca trip around Aswan Island. (panoramic view only)
- Over Night Aswan
Day 8:Aswan / Cairo
- Luggage Down & Final Departure
- Transfer to Aswan airport for flight to Cairo
- Arrival to Cairo airport and transfer to hotel
- Check in and overnight at hotel
Day 9: Final departure
- A.M breakfast at hotel
- Transfer to Cairo international airport for final departure