Day 1: Cairo
Friday 19 February 2016. Arrival to Cairo airport, our representative will assist you through passport control formalities, luggage identification & portage will greet you. From the airport you will be transferred by a private A/C car to your hotel and overnight in Cairo.
Overnight: Cairo (No Meals)
Day 2: Pyramids & Saqqara
After breakfast, begin full day sightseeing tour of Cairo. Today we visit the stunning pyramids and the iconic Sphinx at Giza Plateau. Sole survivors from the ancient Greek-listed Seven Wonders of the World, the pyramids are the planet’s oldest tourist attraction. Leaving the pyramids behind, we visit a government supervised papyrus emporium where you can buy genuine papyrus at quite reasonable prices.
Continuing to the necropolis of Saqqara, we can explore the myriad tombs and temples at this site and see Zhoser’s step pyramid - constructed by Imhotep, the pharaoh’s chief architect in 2700 BC back to the hotel for overnight.
Overnight: Cairo (B)
Day 3: Flight to Abu simbel
Breakfast; check out in the morning then transferred to Cairo Airport for our flight to Abu Simbel. Arrival Abu Simbel meet and assist at the airport then transfer to the hotel, check in free time then pick you up to the sound and light show at the temple back to the hotel and overnight.
Overnight: Abu Simbel (B)
Day 4: SUN FESTIVAL - TEMPLE OF KING RAMSES II, ABU SIMBEL - Aswan - Felucca
22 February 2016 Pick you up from the hotel and transfer to ABU SIMBEL, Possibly the most awe-inspiring temple of all ancient Egypt, with its gargantuan rock-cut façade, the great Sun Temple of King Ramses II at Abu Simbel was created to revere the mighty pharaonic ruler King Ramses II. Ramses the Bold, Ramses the Great, Ramses the Narcissist are perhaps all apt titles for one of ancient Egypt’s most powerful rulers. Celebrating a life that spanned nearly a centenary, Ramses had plenty of time for his more than 200 wives and concubines who produced him some 96 sons and 60 daughters.
Built by Ramses II to demonstrate his political clout and divine backing to the ancient Nubians, Abu Simbel is an awesome self-tribute.
Guarding the entrance to the temple (built between 1290 and 1224 BC) hewn into the side of a mountain are four famous colossal statues of the pharaoh himself, which sit majestically staring out across the desert. Over the centuries, the desert sands imperceptibly shifted until the temple was all but lost to humanity.
It was rediscovered by chance in 1813 by a Swiss explorer called John Lewis Burkhardt. Only one of the heads of the pharaohs was showing and only a small part of the rest of the colossal temple peeked above the desert sands. It wasn’t until the British happened upon Abu Simbel and starting excavating, that the full glory of the temple of Abu Simbel was revealed to the modern world. The temple was dedicated to the deified Pharaoh, King Ramses II, known also as the great builder and the gods Amun-Re, Re-Herakhte and Ptah. In a fit of precision and architectural egotism, Ramses II had the entire temple precisely positioned in order for the sun’s rays to align just twice a year, on the date of his ascension to the throne (21 February) and on his birthday (21 October) to illuminate the inner sanctum of the temple. This incredible natural phenomenon provides for a most spectacular sight, which has come to be referred to as the Sun Festival of King Ramses II. Crowds pack into the temple before sunrise and watch the shafts of light slowly creeping through the rock hewn inner Hypostyle Hall (replete with further statues of the king) and through to the Sanctuary.
As we are lead through the temple there will be time to pause for a moment to watch the sun illuminating the statues of Amun-Re, Re-Herakhte and Ramses the god, whilst the statute of Ptah - the god of darkness - remains in the shadows. Famously, the temple was re-located in a multi-million dollar operation in 1972, further up from the shoreline of Lake Nasser, which had threatened to erode the foundations of this monolithic temple complex. For this reason, the sun now strikes a day later than Ramses had originally planned, though the event this morning itself is no less stunning. After the event, there will also be plenty of time to explore the Sun Temple of King Ramses II, the Temple of Hathor and take plenty of pictures. then transfer to Abu Simbel airport to catch the flight to Aswan arrival Aswan meet and assist at Aswan airport transfer to the cruise , embarkation have lunch, then sail on the Nile by Feluccas for the view of Elephantine island (or Kitchener’s island), view from boat.
overnight: Nile Cruise / Aswan (B, L, D)
Day 5: Kom Ombo – Edfu - Esna - Luxor
Early morning sail to Kom Ombo after breakfast We’ll visit the temple that was built in Ptolemaic Roman era for the worship of god Haroeris and Sobek, the crocodile god. Lunch on board then sail to Edfu visit the Edfu Temple, located in the west bank of Nile, dedicated to god Horus, the falcon god. Then we will sail to Esna, cross the lock and then to Luxor. Dinner and overnight.
Overnight: Nile Cruise / Luxor (B, L, D)
Day 6: Luxor West bank
After breakfast we will begin our tour in the enchanted Luxor, considered the greatest open air museum in the world. In the morning visit the West bank - Valley of the Kings, the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut and the Colossi of Memnon. Back to the cruise for lunch , dinner and overnight.
Overnight: Nile Cruise / Luxor (B, L, D)
Day 7: Luxor East bank flight to Cairo
After breakfast, disembark we will cross to the eastern bank of Nile to see the temples of Karnak and Luxor. Luxor temple was built for the worship of god Amon Ra. Karnak temples include several temples and begins with the spectacular avenue of Rams. Then transfer to Luxor airport to catch the flight to Cairo arrival transfer to you hotel, check in and overnight in Cairo. Overnight: Cairo (B)
Day 8: City tour
After breakfast, begin full day sightseeing tour of Cairo. Today we visit the Egyptian Museum which contains the fabulous treasures of Tut-Ankamon specially the solid golden masque and the golden coffer then proceed to the old city of Cairo to visit the Hanging church, then proceed to visit the citadel of Saladin and Mohamed Ali mosque in the late afternoon visit to the famous Khan El Khalili market back to the hotel for overnight.
Overnight: Cairo (B)
Day 9: Departure
After breakfast, Check out Transfer to Cairo airport for flight back home. Thank you for visiting Egypt! (B)