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Cairo - Alexandria - Sakkara - Memphis - Nile Cruise - Abu Simbel
9 Nights / 10 Days
 
         
Day 1
We assemble at the airport and fly to Egypt, the cradle of one of the earliest civilizations that set the course of humanity. Arrival in busy and crowded Cairo. Transfer to the hotel where you will have time to settle in.

     
Day 2
Our first day begins with a tour of Islamic Cairo. The Salahdin Acropolis (the Cairo Citadel) was the mightiest castle during the early Islamic era, comprised of three parts: the lower wall, el-Azab (the northern wall) and el- Ankhisariyia We will also visit the Mohammed Ali Mosque, renowned for its magnificent architecture, also located in the Citadel's premises.

From there we depart for the ancient capital town of Memphis and to Sakkara to see the exquisite Djoser Pyramid, the first stepped pyramid ever built. Afterwards, we will have lunch in a luxury restaurant in Cairo and return to the hotel. Evening free time. Overnight stay.
     
Day 3
Morning departure for Alexandria, by air-conditioned bus. Arrival and tour of the city, starting from the catacombs - which are carved into the rock, in three levels - and Cavafy's House. We continue with a tour of the indoor areas of the Alexandria Library, a masterpiece of modern architecture. Lastly, we visit the Royal Gardens of Montaza. Meal at a well-known traditional restaurant in Alexandria. Transfer to Cairo for overnight stay.
     
Day 4
After breakfast we begin our tour, starting from the Archaeological Museum, which contains the priceless masterpieces of the Pharaohs. Today we will experience the splendor of this ancient civilization. We continue with a visit to the Giza Pyramids, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, the enigmatic Sphinx and lastly, to a fragrance and papyrus workshop. At the end of the tour, we will dine at a luxurious traditional restaurant in Cairo. After our meal, we will explore the traditional oriental Khan-el-Khalili Bazaar, where you can purchase weaving, leather goods, as well as copper, silver and gold articles. Transfer to the hotel. Overnight stay.
     
Day 5
Early morning flight to Luxor, to stand witness to the splendor of Ancient Egypt. Departure for the east bank, where the renowned Temples of Luxor stand. They were built by Pharaoh Amenhotep III and Ramses II in dedication to the god Ammon-Ra. We continue our journey, passing by the avenue of the Sphinxes, towards Karnak to visit the Temples of Amun, Mut and Khonsu. We then pass over to the west bank, visiting the Ancient City of Thebes, otherwise known as the city of the dead. Next we stop in the Valley of the Kings, where 60 tombs exist, of which the most famous are those of Tutankhamun, Seti I, Ramses III and Nefertiti. Lastly, we will tour the three-leveled Temple of Hatshepsut, the only female Pharaoh of Egypt, as well as the two huge Colossi of Memnon. Lunch, dinner and overnight stay aboard the ship.

     

 
Day 6
We sail along the calm waters of the Nile, passing through the Esna Dam, otherwise known as the key of the Nile, where the water level changes. We head in the direction of Edfu, where we begin our tour of the well-preserved Edfu Temple, dedicated to Horus, the hawk god of the sun, protector of the Pharaoh. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and overnight stay aboard the ship.
     
Day 7
As our cruise ship travels towards Nubia, it sails past serene sandy beaches and lush cultivated terrain. We will have the opportunity to admire the Temple of Kom Ombo, dedicated to the crocodile god Sobek and the hawk Haroeris. We continue our journey towards Aswan. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and overnight stay aboard the ship.

     
Day 8
In morning we arrive in scenic Aswan, the African state located at the tip of the Nile, 900 kilometers from Cairo. We start off with a visit to Philae Island and its Temple of Isis, and go on to see the impressive dam that regulates the flow of the Nile and to ride on a felucca through the botanical gardens, while gazing at the Mausoleum of Agha Khan. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and overnight stay aboard the ship.
     
Day 9
Early morning flight to Abu Simbel, for a tour of the Temples.

In 1968, the temples of Ramses II and Nefertari were separated into sections, reinforced and reconstructed on the top of the Libyan Mountain Range, just above the Nile. On the northern σπέος of the Temple of Ramses II there are 4 Colossi of the Pharaoh facing the east. He is sitting on his throne, smiling and wearing the double crown of Upper and Lower Egypt, while his subjects, smaller princes and princesses, the king's mother and his wife Nefertari are standing at his feet.

The same motif is replicated at the Temple of Nefertari, although the Colossi are replaced with statues of the queen, in Athor - Sothis dress, with her children alongside.

Return to Aswan in the afternoon. Departure for Cairo. Overnight in Cairo.
     
Day 10
Breakfast. Transfer to the airport.
 
     
 

     
 
 
 
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