You will be met at the Cairo
airport by your personal Guide and driver. Your escort
will meet you as you enter the terminal and before Immigration.
Your Guide will give you your visa, assist with immigration,
luggage and customs, then take you to your hotel for the
evening. Overnight in Cairo.
Start with a visit to the Egyptian
Museum in the morning. In the afternoon visit the Citadel
of Saladin, the Mosque of Mohammed Ali and Coptic Cairo
including the Hanging Church and the Ben Ezra Synagogue.
Afterwards, if you wish, your escort will drop you off
at the Khan Al Khalili bazaar. Overnight in Cairo.
The entire day will be devoted
to antiquities. Memphis, Saqqara, The Pyramids and The
Sphinx. You will even ride camels at the Pyramids. Overnight
Today starts early with the
trip by air to Aswan. The morning will be free except
for boarding your Nile cruiser which will be your home
and tour base for the next 3 nights. Optionally, see Abu
Simbel, the two magnificent temples of Ramses II…a
not to be missed site. You fly to Abu Simbel, take the
tourist bus for the 5-minute ride to the monuments, hear
the lecture from the Egyptologists stationed at the monuments,
return by bus to the airport for your return flight to
Aswan. We leave early to avoid the crowds and to be able
to see this wonder in early light. We return by air to
Aswan. In the afternoon you will visit the High Dam, Unfinished
Obelisk and Philae Temple and enjoy a felucca ride around
the Nile islands and the area around the Agha Khan Mausoleum
(the interior is closed). Then the boat will set sail
for Kom Ombo where you will spend overnight aboard the
boat. Overnight aboard the boat.
The day will start with a visit
to Kom Ombo, the Temple shared by the two gods Sobek and
Haroeris. Afterwards, the boat will continue on to Edfu
where you will visit the Temple of Horus and spend the
night on the boat.
The day starts with the sail
to Esna and the crossing of the lock in the river. Continue
on to Luxor. In the afternoon you will visit Karnak and
the Temple of Luxor. Overnight on board the boat.
The day starts by a crossing
to the West Bank followed by a visit to the Necropolis
of Thebes, Valley of the Kings, The Temple of Queen Hatshepsut
and the Colossi of Memnon. Later you will be taken to
the station to take the overnight Sleeper Train to Cairo.
Dinner and breakfast on the train. Guests with the air
option will fly to Cairo and overnight in Cairo.
This is a totally free Day
in Cairo for you to decide with your guide what to do.
The guide and private car will be available to you all
day. An optional farewell dinner and show on one of Cairo’s
famous floating restaurants is available and highly recommended
as a great way to cap off your visit.. A dayroom will
be available at the hotel for freshening up in the afternoon
and after the show.
Transfer to the airport for
your early morning departure, between midnight and 3 AM.
If your flight departs after 3 AM, an additional night
in the hotel will be necessary.