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Private Tours and Group Trips through ancient Egypt
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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14 DAYS - EGYPT IN DEPTH TOUR

Itinerary

Day 1 - Cairo

Arrival to Cairo airport. Our representative will meet you in the arrival hall and transfer you to your hotel. Later in the afternoon, you will meet your experienced tourleader to discuss the itinerary and answer all your questions, if you have any. (no meals included)

Your trip starts today in Cairo. No activities are planned so you may arrive at any time. Rooms are generally available after 1.00 pm.
When you arrive in Cairo you are thrown headlong into the hustle and bustle of this wonderful city. As you wander the streets your senses will be assaulted on all levels - an endless cacophony of noise with cars tooting donkeys braying and the muezzin calling the faithful to prayer; the mix of smells like the aroma from cooking pots bubbling with 'foul' (pronounced 'fool' - a local bean paste dish that we will certainly get to sample); the delicious taste of mint tea as you sit in a shaded café to relax; and the endless river of life that you can watch roll past you - women haggling in the bazaars, men talking whilst enjoying a traditional shisha pipe, cars vying for space on the crowded roads, camels ambling serenely along and children playing in the back streets.

Day 2 - Cairo

Today we enjoy a guided visit to the Great Pyramids and the Sphinx at Giza. The Pyramids really do have to be seen to be believed! To get there we weave our way through the manic Cairo traffic, out into the suburbs and then, suddenly, there they are. Huge majestic tombs rising out the desert, towering above the modern city of Cairo, they are an incredible testament to the immense achievements of the Ancient Egyptians. Built over 5000 years ago the Pyramids are the only one of the seven wonders of the ancient world that is still standing. We explore the Pyramids and the Sphinx with our Egyptologist guide who can explain all the mysteries surrounding their creation - were they built by aliens or are they aligned to the stars? We also have the opportunity to climb inside the Great Pyramid (optional) and see for ourselves the burial chamber inside (not for the claustrophobic!).

Later we visit the Egyptian Museum with an Egyptologist. What a museum, what a collection! This museum houses the world's greatest collection of ancient Egyptian artefacts including many of the treasures discovered in the tombs of pharaohs, the amazing golden mask of Tutankhamun and a large number of mummies. To put that in perspective, if you spend just one minute at each exhibit it would take more than nine months to see everything!

You have a free afternoon to explore Cairo, and you have the opportunity to enjoy a lovely Cairo Dinner Cruise (optional). (B)

Day 3 - Cairo - Alexandria

Today we have a half day guided tour to Coptic Cairo and The Citadel. In the older part of the city there is a lot to see, including some beautiful old mosques and, of course, the fantastic Khan el Khalili bazaar - an amazing mix of shops and stalls that have traded goods and gossip since the Middle Ages.

This afternoon, we travel through the Nile Delta on our way to Alexandria and the Mediterranean Sea. (B)

Day 4 - Alexandria - Cairo

Today we visit the National Museum of Alexandria, the Catacombs of Kom al Shuqafa and the Pompey's Pilar.

In the afternoon, we will drive back to Cairo where we will spend the night. (B)

Day 5 - Cairo - Aswan - Nile Cruise

This morning we are getting our tranfer to Cairo airport for our flight to Aswan.

When we arrive in Aswan, we will be transferred to our Nile Cruise boat. Aswan is one of our favourite places. Despite the fact that it is Egypt's third largest city, it has an easy-going, laid-back atmosphere that belies its size. There is certainly a lot to see and do. For those keen on visiting as many great sites of antiquities as possible, we have included a great tour to the Temple of Isis on Philae Island, which we will visit in the afternoon.

You will have the option to visit the Philae Sound and Light show in the evening (optional).
(B L D)

Day 6 - Abu Simbel (optional) - Nile Cruise - Kom Ombo Temple

Today we have the opportunity to take an optional, but highly recommended excursion to visit the magnificent temples of Abu Simbel. Abu Simbel is one of the highlights of any visit to Egypt and considered 'not-to-be-missed' by many travellers. Deep in the heart of the desert, miles from the nearest habitation is a gigantic monolith out of which are carved four colossal statues - each one the seated figure of Ramses II, one of Ancient Egypt's greatest pharaohs. Built in the 13th century BC, the temples remained totally hidden by sand until 1813, and were almost destined to be submerged again, 150 years later, by the rising waters of Lake Nasser - a man-made lake formed after the building of the Aswan High Dam. Remarkably, a massive UNESCO project dismantled the entire temple and the cliff out of which it is carved, and reassembled it on higher ground redirecting the magnificent stare of Ramses II across Lake Nasser's blue waters. It is still possible to see just how close they came to being submerged by the watermarks around the base of the statues.

On our way to Edfu, we will be visiting the temples at Kom Ombo, the temples of Sobek and Horus. Komombo is a lovely temple located right on the edge of the Nile. It is a classic Greco-Roman temple with exquisite relief carvings and is dedicated to Sobek, the crocodile-headed god.

In the evening, we will sail to Edfu. (B L D)

Day 7 - Edfu - Nile Cruise - Luxor

This morning we will experience visiting the Edfu Temple on a guided tour. This is a magnificent temple dedicated to Horus, the falcon-headed god, and is also home of many ancient Egyptian legends. For centuries Edfu was almost completely covered with sand, which has protected the building from the elements. This means that Edfu is one of the best preserved temples in Egypt. Reliefs carved into the temple walls depicting Horus and other gods on a grand scale, black granite falcon statues standing over two metres tall and a myriad of secret passageways and hidden rooms make Edfu a temple not to be missed.

We sail to Luxor where we will spend the night on board. (B L D)

Day 8 - Nile Cruise - Luxor - Cairo

There cannot be anywhere else in the world that has the same number of awe-inspiring attractions as the small town of Luxor. This was the capital of Egypt in ancient times (then known as Thebes) and there are an endless number of temples, tombs and museums that could keep even the most avid sightseer busy for a week! The many impressive sights include the massive Karnak Temple complex and the Valley of the Kings.

The Valley of the Kingsis located on the West Bank of the Nile. To get there we have a very early rise. Arriving at the Valley of the Kings, there is not much to see above the ground. But corridors carved deep into the valley lead to the burial chambers far underground. The walls of the tombs are covered in incredibly well preserved paintings depicting the gods and goddesses of ancient Egypt and complex hieroglyphics which our guide will help us decipher.

We visit three different tombs and there may also be the chance to visit the tomb of Tutankhamun, the famous boy king (optional), and spend some time exploring on your own.

Our route takes us past the Colossi of Memnon. before heading back to the East Bank for our lunch on board.

In the afternoon we ride on horse-drawn carriages along the banks of the Nile to Karnak Temple, where we have a guided tour around this magnificent complex. Arriving at the gates there is an avenue of lion statues leading up to the magnificent gates. But this doesn't prepare you for the sheer size of the temple when you get inside. It was built by many pharaohs over a period of 2000 years with each one trying to outdo his predecessor in architectural achievement. You could lose yourself inside but we have an Egyptologist who takes us around, pointing out all the most impressive parts of the temple and giving a full insight into the lives of the pharaohs who worshipped there.

Later today, we will get our transfer to Luxor airport to get our flight back to Cairo. (B)

Day 9 - Cairo

Today is a full free day to explore Cairo on your own.

In the afternoon, we will see everyone back together to visit the Giza Sound & Light Show, at the pyramids. (B)

Day 10 - Cairo - Sinai Desert - St. Catherine - Mount Sinai

This morning, we will drive, crossing the Suez Canal, to St. Catherine. You will enjoy the great scenery of the Sinai Mountains on our way to the village, in the middle of the desert. Here we spend the night at the foot of Mount Sinai.

The Greek Orthodox monastery of the God-trodden Mount Sinai is located at the very place where God appeared to Moses in the Burning Bush, beneath the Mount of the Decalogue. In the providence of God, it is at this site also that the holy relics of Saint Catherine are enshrined. This is the oldest continuously inhabited Christian monastery, with a history that can be traced back over seventeen centuries. The monastery predates the divisions of the Christian world, its origins extending to late antiquity. (B D)

Day 11 - Mount Sinai - St Catherine Monastery - Dahab

We get up very very early today because we are going to climb Mount Sinai to see a breathtaking view of the Sinai Desert and it's majestic mountains during the sunset. It's a site you really don't want to miss.

After we've climbed down the mountain again, we will visit the monastery, before we get our transfer to the laidback town of Dahab on the shores of the Red Sea, overlooking Saudi Arabia. (B)

Day 12 - Dahab

Today we spend our whole day relaxing in Dahab. There are possibilities for diving and/or snorkeling here. Ask your tourmanager for more details. (B)

Day 13 - Dahab - Cairo

The morning is free to do more exploring of the Bedouin town of Dahab, make another dive, go snorkeling or hang around on the beach in the bay area.

Later today, we get our transfer back to Cairo. There's time for everything and our tour leader can help organise taxis: but be prepared to bargain! This evening we can enjoy a final night out together. (B)

Day 14 - Cairo

Our trip ends today after breakfast. Check-out time is usually around 12 noon. (B)

The tour does NOT include a transfer back to Cairo airport! Be sure to ask your tourmanager or the hotel for a transfer to the airport if you are leaving Cairo today.

If you are interested in an extension, please check the extensions mentioned on our website. We will be happy to accommodate you further!

B: breakfast included
L: lunch included
D: diner included

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