Day 1 – USA to Cairo
Depart the US on your overnight flight to Cairo, Egypt.
Day 2 – Welcome to Cairo, Egypt
On arrival at Cairo Airport, please make your way through immigration formalities. Once you have collected your luggage and made your way through customs, please look for our local representative who will be holding a sign with your name on it.
Once you have collected your luggage, you will board your vehicle for your private transfer to your hotel in Giza - an approximate drive of 1 hour & 10 minutes (dependent on traffic volumes). Check into your hotel and spend the remainder of the afternoon / evening at leisure.Starting Accommodation:
Mena House (B)
Day 3 – Pyramids, Sphinx, Memphis & Sakkara
This morning you will be met at the lobby of your hotel for your full day private tour. Begin with Memphis - the ancient capital of Egypt in Pharaonic times, and the chosen city of the God Ptah. Here you will see the marvellous Alabaster Sphinx and the Colossus of Ramses II. Proceed to Sakkara, the vast Necropolis of Ancient Memphis, where you will see the famous Step Pyramid of Zoser, the first tall building known to mankind.
Travel to The Pyramids of Giza. The pyramids of Giza are perhaps the only true rival to the Great Sphinx when one thinks of ancient Egypt and its architecture. The Valley of Giza, with its wonderful monuments, is truly a marvel of architectural prowess. The three largest pyramids located in the valley consist of the Great Pyramid of Khufu, the Pyramid of Kafhre and the Pyramid of Menkaura. Each Pyramid is a tomb dedicated to a different king of Egypt.
All three pyramids were built during the Third and Fourth Dynasty; these structures resulted from a monumental effort by the king (and his sons). The Pyramid of Khufu has a base which covers roughly a nine acre area (approximately 392,040 square feet). The Pyramid of Menkaura, unlike the other pyramids, has granite covering one tier of its base. The Pyramid of Khafre had a two-tiered base encased in granite.
Continue to The Sphinx, the largest single block sculpture of all time where you will visit the funerary Valley Temple to which the Sphinx stands guardian. The Sphinx was carved from one solid piece of limestone, and measures 50 meters (164 Feet) in length and 22 meters (72 Feet) in height. A stop for lunch will be made today (own account). Return to the hotel in the afternoon.Starting Accommodation:
Mena House (B)
Day 4 – Cairo to Luxor
This morning, enjoy breakfast at the hotel before you check out and meet your driver in the hotel lobby for your private transfer to Cairo airport and connect with your scheduled departure flight to Luxor.
On arrival at Luxor Airport, you will be met by our representative for your private transfer by road to the boarding point of your cruise.
You will board in time to enjoy lunch on board. Visit the Temple of Karnak, which has been built, added to, dismantled, restored, enlarged and decorated during its colorful history of over 1500 years. Then explore the famous Luxor Temple in the heart of the city, rediscovered less than a century ago. You will return to the ship in time to enjoy dinner on board. Overnight in Luxor.Starting Accommodation:
Movenpick Radamis II (B, L, D)
Day 5 – Luxor to Esna
Visit the Necropolis of Ancient Thebes, the city of the dead. Explore the Valley of the Kings & Queens lying protected by the high Gurna Hills surrounding it. Visit the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, where her Divine Birth Novels can be seen on the Walls of Her Temple, originally dedicated to the goddess Hathor, deity of love and beauty. Then continue to the two Singing Statues of King Aminophis the Third known as the Colossi of Memnon facing the Nile. Sail to Esna with lunch on board. You will overnight in Esna.Starting Accommodation:
Movenpick Radamis II (B, L, D)
Day 6 – Esna to Edfu to Kom Ombo
Sail to Edfu with breakfast on board. Visit the Temple of Horus, one of the finest examples of Ptolemaic art in Egypt. Afternoon sailing to Kom Ombo. Overnight in Kom Ombo. (B, L, D)
Day 7 – Kom Ombo to Aswan
Visit Kom Ombo temple, which is dedicated to the hawk-headed god, Harwar and the crocodile god, Sobek. Sail to Aswan and visit the Old Dam now dwarfed by the New High Dam, this 20th century engineering miracle is one of the largest dams in the world, and was built to safeguard Egypt against the high Nile floods. Overnight in Aswan.Starting Accommodation:
Movenpick Radamis II (B, L, D)
Day 8 – Aswan to Abu Simbel to Cairo
Following disembarkation, you will be met by our representative for your private transfer to Aswan Airport for your onward bound flight to Abu SimbelPrivate Abu Simbel Temple Tour
Upon arrival at Abu Simbel Airport, you will be met by our representative and transferred to the site. Abu Simbel consists of two temples; that of Ramses II primarily dedicated to Re-Harakhte, and that of his wife, Nefertari dedicated to Hathor. Not only are these temples among the most magnificent monuments in the world but their removal and reconstruction was an historic event in itself. With the construction of the Aswan High Dam in the 1960s, the temples were threatened with submersion under the rising waters of the reservoir (Lake Nassar).
Between 1964 and 1966, a project sponsored by UNESCO and the Egyptian government disassembled both temples and reconstructed them on top of the cliff 200 feet above the original site. The most remarkable feature of the site is that the temple is precisely oriented so that twice every year, on 22 February and 22 October, the first rays of the morning sun shine down the entire length of the temple-cave to illuminate the back wall of the innermost shrine and the statues of the four gods seated there. Return to Abu Simbel Airport at the end of the tour for your flight to Cairo
Once you have collected your luggage, you will board your vehicle for your private transfer to your hotel in Cairo City - an approximate drive of 40 minutes (dependent on traffic volumes). Check into your hotel and spend the remainder of the afternoon / evening at leisure.Starting Accommodation:
Ramses Hilton (B)
Day 9 – Egyptian Museum, Coptic Cairo & Bazaars
This morning after breakfast meet your guide in the hotel lobby. The tour begins a visit to the famous Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, where you can see the greatest collection of Egyptian antiquities - it is a place of true discovery.
The museum's ground floor follows the history of ancient Egypt. Upon entering the building you may view many items from sarcophagi and boats to enormous statues.
On the second level, there are thousands of smaller items from the span of Egyptian history. The treasures from Tutankhamun's tomb occupy a large area of the upper floor. Chariots, gloves, jewelry, the famous mask - many of the antiquities from his tomb on display. Tutankhamun's tomb contained four gilded shrines nested one inside the other. All four of these shrines are on display in the museum.
After you have enjoyed viewing the various exhibits at the Cairo Museum, continue to Coptic Cairo, the centre of Christianity in Cairo. You will visit the Hanging Church, dating to the late 4th early 5th cntury. This basilica was named Al-Mu'allaqah because it was built on top of the south gate of the Fortress of Babylon. Continue to the Church of St. Sergius, dating back to the beginning of the 5th Century. This basilica is built on the cave in which the Holy Family stayed and is regarded by visitors as a source of blessing. As you continue you will come to the recently restored Synagogue of Ben Ezra, the oldest Jewish synagogue in Egypt.
Drive to Mokattam Hill on which the 12th century fortress was constructed by Salahdin to protect Cairo from the Mongol threat. Within the Citadel walls you will visit the magnificent Alabaster Mosque, constructed by Mohamed Ali The Great in the 14th century. You will drive downhill to visit the huge School Mosque or Madrassa built by Sultan Hassan also in the 14th century to be the largest Islamic Education center of its era. Then, on to the narrow streets and alleys that form the Khalili bazaars, where you can enjoy watching skilled craftsmen working with gold, silver, brass and where you can buy hand made souvenirs at bargain prices.Starting Accommodation:
Day 10 – Cairo to USA
This morning, enjoy breakfast at the hotel before you check out and meet your driver in the hotel lobby for your private transfer to Cairo airport, where you will connect with your scheduled departure flight to the USA.