Departure Date: Oct 16, 2019
Experience the famous sights of Egypt in Cairo, on the Nile River, and on the beautiful Red Sea. In Cairo See the Pyramids, Explore the Egyptian Museum and Old Cairo. Travel to Aswan to embark on a Nile Cruise to Luxor, enjoying the ancient sights along the way, Relax by the Red Sea in Sharm El Sheikh and visit St. Catherine’s Monastery & Visit Alexandria, the ‘Pearl of the Mediterranean.’
Day 01: Arrival Cairo
Arrival at Cairo International Airport, greeted by our representative who will assist the group through immigration and customs formalities. Transfer by our A/C deluxe Bus to your hotel in Cairo for check-in. Overnight in Cairo.
Accommodation: Safir Cairo Hotel ***** or Similar
Day 02: Cairo: Pyramids of Giza: Cheops – Chephren – Mykerinos – Sphinx (B)
After breakfast, Excursion tour to visit, the Great Pyramid of Cheops which was built by manual labor, is the largest of the three main Pyramids and is the only survivor of the Seven Great Wonders of the Ancient World, the Pyramid of Chephren, which is the best preserved, and the Pyramid of Mycerinus. Next is a close-up look at the Sphinx - a huge funeral complex guarded by the legendary lion body with the face of king Chephren and The Valley Temple, the lion's body stretching 45m, with its paws 15m long. Learn how paper was made in the ancient times with a visit to the Papyrus Institute. At the end of the day we will transfer you back to your hotel. Overnight in Cairo.
Optional: This evening return to Giza for a spectacular Sound & Light show. Nothing compares to seeing the Pyramids and the Sphinx illuminated at night; the visual effects as well as dramatic commentary make for an unforgettable evening. The show begins with the story of the Sphinx who has been the vigilant guardian of the City of the Dead for five thousand years. The show depicts the story of building the Pyramids of Cheops, Chephren, Mykerinos and relates the history of great and famous figures of ancient Egypt such as Nefertiti, Thutmosis IV, Akhnaten and Tut Ankh Amon.
Day 03: Cairo: The Egyptian Museum – Old Cairo – Coptic monasteries – the Ben Ezra Synagogue (B)
After breakfast, Excursion tour to visit, the world-renowned Museum of Egyptian Antiquities. Accompanied by your certified Egyptologist, you’ll stroll through the halls highlighting each historical period of this ancient land. Admire the world’s greatest collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts, including the golden treasures of Tutankhamun’s tomb (not included) and the Mummy Room, where more than 20 pharaohs lie in state. Then visit the old churches, Coptic monasteries & the Ben Ezra Synagogue. Old Cairo, the eldest district in the Egyptian capital, which was formerly the City of Phas, built br Amr Ibn ElA’as. In later centuries, Romans built the fortress Babylon in the area, remnants of which still exist. Later, Old Cairo became the center of Christianity in Egypt, with as many as 20 churches built within an area of one square mile. Only five of these historic churches remain today, nestled between many other ancient monuments that decorate the quarter. The Ben Ezra Synagogue, located in Cairo center, was built by chief rabbi in Jerusalem Abraham Ben Ezra in the late 9th century within the walls of the Fortress of Babylon (as Old Cairo was known in ancient times). The basilica-style temple is home to a Jewish heritage library, which includes a Torah on gazelle skin dating back to the fifth century BC and an "Atlas of Moses" manuscript. The synagogue is known principally for its storeroom, or Geniza. At the end of the day we will transfer you back to your hotel. Overnight in Cairo.
Day 04: Cairo ✈Aswan: (Nile Cruise) High Dam – Unfinished Obelisk – Philae Temple (BLD)
Early morning you will be transferred back to Cairo Airport for the flight to Aswan. On arrival in Aswan you will be met & assist by our Representative & Tour Guide then start our Excursion tour to visit, Philae Temple (The Temple of Isis is one of the greatest Temples in Egypt and it occupies about a quarter of the island. It is the main Temple on the island, with its huge, complete, pylons and beautiful scenes), High Dam (One of the most outstanding architectural achievements of the twentieth century. It was constructed to replace the old Aswan dam built in 1902. The High dam was constructed to protect Egypt from the floods as well as providing irrigation and electricity all over Egypt. It is 3600 meters long. Visitors can easily locate lake Nasser which is a huge water reservoir) and Unfinished Obelisque (The beautiful red granites that were used in building the temples and monuments in the ancient days were brought from the quarries of Aswan. Now while you are on a trip to the Unfinished Obelisk you can see innumerable inscriptions in the area around the quarries. These are probably the descriptions of the various quarrying projects that were undertaken in the past days). Transfer to 5* Nile Cruise. Lunch on board Sail to Kom Ombo. Afternoon Tea. Dinner & Overnight on board.
Accommodation: Ms Princess Sarah ***** or Similar
Day 05: (Nile Cruise) Aswan – Kom Ombo – Edfu (BLD)
Breakfast. Visit the Kom-Ombo Temple (Located in Kom Ombo town, 45 km north of Aswan. It is built on a hillside overlooking the Nile. This temple was constructed in the Ptolemaic Roman era for the worship of god Haroeris and Sobek, the crocodile god. It is noted for relief engravings on its walls which show ancient surgical tools, bone saws and dentistry tools. Nearby there are three mummified crocodiles. They are now in Hathor's chapel). Sail to Edfu. Disembark at Edfu; a "caleche" ride will take you through the town to the Temple of Horus, the Falcon God for visiting The Edfu Temple (Lies in Edfu town, 123 km north of Aswan on the west bank of the Nile. It dates to the Ptolemaic period. It was dedicated to the worship of god Hours represented as a falcon. It is one of the most beautiful Egyptian temples, distinguished by its huge splendid structure that blends Pharaonic and Greek architecture. Its grandeur competes with Luxor temples. It is the second largest temple after Karnak. It also houses the Nilometer and a huge pylon at the entrance). Cross the lock. Sail to Luxor. Afternoon Tea. Dinner on board & Galabya party. Dinner & Overnight on board.
Day 06: Luxor: (Nile Cruise) Valley of the Kings – Colossi of Memnon – Temple of Hatshepsut (BLD)
Breakfast. Visit the West Bank including: Valley of the Kings (Is a valley in Egypt where for a period of nearly 500 years from the 16th to 11th century BC, tombs were constructed for the kings and powerful nobles of the New Kingdom (the Eighteenth through Twentieth Dynasties of Ancient Egypt). The valley stands on the west bank of the Nile, across from Thebes (modern Luxor), within the heart of the Theban Necropolis.), Colossi of Memnon (The two colossi are made of sandstone, which during ancient times was brought from Gabal El Silselah. Each colossus, including the pedestal and the crown, is about 21m tall and represents King Amenhotep III seating on his throne, wearing the Memes, or royal headdress, with the divine cobra protecting his forehead. On the sides of the colossi there is a representation of the Nile god Hapi, bending together the lotus and the papyrus plants, symbolizing the union of Upper and Lower Egypt) and Temple of Queen Hatshepsute (Hatshepsut was the fifth Pharaoh of the18th-dynasty who was one of the handful of female rulers in Ancient Egypt. Her reign was the longest of all the female pharaohs. Her funerary temple still stands as a tribute to her incredible rise to power). Dinner & Overnight in Luxor.
Accommodation: Mercure Karnak Resort Luxor ***** or Similar
Day 07: Disembarkation – Karnak Temple – Luxor Temple (B)
After breakfast, Disembarkation. Check out from the Nile Cruise. Excursion tour to visit the Karnak Temple, Karnak was erected in 1928 BC as a small shrine dedicated to Amun, god of Thebes. The Temple comprises three main temples, smaller enclosed temples, and several outer temples - all constructed over 1300 years. The three main temples of Mut, Monthu, and Amun, are enclosed in enormous brick walls, with the temple of Amun at the center. Karnak is now the largest and oldest temple compound on earth. Many festivals were celebrated in Thebes. The Temple of Luxor was the center of the most important one, the festival of Opet. Built largely by Amenhotep III and Ramses II, the temple served as a setting for the rituals of the festival, which was held to reconcile the human aspect of the ruler with his divine office. The procession of images of the current royal family began at Karnak and ended at Luxor temple. After finish our tour Transfer to your hotel in Luxor for check-in. Overnight in Luxor.
Optional: Hot Air Balloon over Luxor: A hot air balloon is an incredible way to see the “world’s largest open air museum. An early pickup at your Cruise will take you to the balloon that will carry over Luxor’s ruins and temples in the beautiful morning light. A light breakfast and tea will be included...
Day 08: Luxor ✈Sharm El Sheikh (Red Sea) (BLD)
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Luxor airport for your flight to Sharm El Sheikh where you will be met and escorted to your hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Dinner & Overnight in Sharm El Sheikh.
Accommodation: Domina Aquamarine Sharm ***** or Similar
Day 09: Sharm El Sheikh (Red Sea) (BLD)
Enjoy the Crystal clear waters, deep sea diving, colored fish, snorkeling, fishing, golfing, the sunny sandy beaches and the water sports, camel ride, desert safari and Bedouin tent. At night, Free Tour to visit SOHO Square in Sharm El Sheikh, with a range of entertainment includes restaurants, cafés, bars and a club catering for tastes both young and old. Indulge in some fabulous high class shopping before sampling the exquisite international cuisine from one of our four themed à la carte restaurants.
In the centre of SOHO Square, the amazing, unique Dancing Fountain is one of the most spectacular water displays to be found. In the evening, strobe lights illuminate the fountain’s water jets in a rainbow of colours.
Dinner & Overnight in Sharm
Day 10: Sharm El Sheikh – Saint Catherine – Dahab – Sharm El Sheikh (BLD)
Start early this morning and drive nearly 3 hours to St. Catherine village to visit the famous Byzantine Monastery of Saint Catherine, which has been in existence in the depths of the Sinai desert since the 6th century (542 AD). Moses Well can still be seen near the monastery as well. Afterwards drive to Dahab City where lunch will be served. Dinner & Overnight in Sharm El Sheikh.
Day 11: Sharm El Sheikh ✈ Cairo (B)
Today you will be transferred back to the airport for your flight back to Cairo. On arrival you will be met and transferred to the hotel for check in. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight in Cairo
Optional 1: An afternoon half day tour visit to the Khan El Khalili, known as the Turkish bazaar during the Ottoman period, built in 1382 by Emir Djaharks El Khalili, in the heart of what was then Fatimid City. To this day, the bazaar is a center of trade and communion in the city, and offers a wide array of antiques, handicrafts of gold, silver and copper as well as numerous old coffee shops and local restaurants which attract both Egyptians and tourists alike.
Optional 2: Nile Dinner Cruise: It is a fabulous way to enjoy a night on the Nile while you are in Cairo. So, you are invited to dinner on a cruise boat for two hours sailing trip on the Nile with belly dancer, folklore show, Oriental music and dinner on a 5 star cruise.
Day 12: Cairo – Alexandria – Cairo (BL)
After breakfast drive north to Alexandria, known as the Pearl of the Mediterranean. Founded by Alexander the Great in 331 BC. Alexandria has historically been a place of learning and attracted poets and writers for thousands of years to its famous seaside library the “Bibliotheca Alexandrina“. Alexandria is also home to the Pharos Lighthouse one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Upon arrival visit the Catacombs of Kom el-Shoqafa and Pompey’s Pillars. Then visit the new Alexandria Library built in 2002 to commemorate the great library of the 3rd Century BC which formed the cornerstone of ancient intellectual life. Shaped like a massive, partly hidden, tilted disc rising up from the Mediterranean, the Bibliotheca Alexandrina evokes the image of a rising sun, a source of light and enlightenment. Proceed to visit Fort Qaitbay (From out Side), you will have a panoramic view of Fort Qaitbay, built in the 1480s by Sultan Qaitbay, at the site of Alexandria's ancient lighthouse. Have a photo stop at the beautiful Abu Al-Abbas Al-Mursi Mosque. Lunch at Tourist Sea Foods Restaurant. At the end of the day, drive back to Cairo. Overnight in Cairo.
Day 13: Cairo ✈ Home (B)
After breakfast, you will be free until departure transfer for your flight home.
Packaged Price: CAD 3688/p based on Double occupancy
Single Supplement: 700p/p
International and domestic airfares
Daily Buffet Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner as per the itinerary
Meet & Greet at Egypt airports by our Representative
Arrival & Departure transfers; all sightseeing tours, by our Deluxe A/C Bus
Service of English-speaking Egyptologists during sightseeing tours
Sightseeing & entrances fees as per the itinerary
Day trip with lunch to St. Catherine Monastery & Dahab City
Day trip to Alexandria including lunch
Free Tour to visit SOHO Square in Sharm El Sheikh
All applicable taxes
Egypt Visa fees USD 25 (Canadian & Americans) upon arrival in Cairo Airport
Meals not mentioned as being included
Beverages with meals
Items of a personal nature
Tips & gratuities
Entrance inside the Pyramids and visit of the Solar Boat in the Pyramids area
Entrance of the Mummies room at the Egyptian Museum
Obligatory Gala dinner during Christmas, New Year, Easter etc
All prices are per person, based on a group of minimum 16 passengers, quoted in Canadian dollars and paid by Cash or Cheque. Payment by Credit card are subject to a 3% surcharge.
Prices and itinerary are subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances.