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Round Trip air from New York Domestic Flight Cairo/Aswan/Abu-Simbel/Aswan + Luxor/Sharm-El-Sheik/Cairo Deluxe accommodation as per itinerary Pyramids and Sphinx Memphis and Sakkara Solar Boat Museum Sound and Light Show in Cairo Oasis of Fayoum Pyramid of Maidum Seila Pyramid Red and Bent Pyramid in Dahshur Dinner at an Egyptian home Overnight in Abu-Simbel Botanical Gardens Philae Temple Unfinished Obelisk Granite Quarries Nubian Museum Nubian Villages Sound and Light Show in Philae A visit to a Nubian home Luxor, Valley of Kings and Queens King Tut Tomb Seti First Tomb Madinet Habu Queen Hatsepsut Temple Sound and Light Show in Karnak Temples of Esna, Edfu and Kom-Ombo Dendera Luxor Museum Tomb of the Nobles Abidos 2 hour sail boat ride Tomb of Nefertari Tomb of Tausert Sharm-El-Sheikh Bedouin Desert dinner Saint Catherine Folkloric Dinner Show Gayer Anderson Museum Manyal Palace Ibn Tulon Mosque Islamic Museum Coptic Museum Egyptian Museum Mohammed Ali Mosque Jewish Synagogue Churches of Old Cairo and Bazaar All entrance fees to sights mentioned Private guides and cars throughout the trip Guidance, taxes and service charges
Depart USA from New York (JFK) airport on your flight to Cairo, all meals and beverages served on board flight.
Arrive Cairo where you will be met by our representative who will help you with your immigration and customs formalities. Later you will be transferred to your hotel, the luxurious Mena House Oberoi Hotel for overnight.
Pyramids at Nightfall: Mena House Oberoi Hotel in the background
Breakfast, then drive to Memphis at the edge of the western desert, the capital of the ancient kingdom, and one of the most important cities throughout the history of ancient Egypt. From here we drive to Sakkara, the vast necropolis of ancient Memphis. In the afternoon, drive to the Pyramids of Giza. Cheops Pyramid, the largest of the three, was built in the 3rd Dynasty about 2690 BC, and is one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Enjoy a camel ride by the pyramids area if you wish. In front of the Pyramids of Chephren, we find the Sphinx carved from a single piece of stone. It is a lion with a Pharaoh's head thought to be a portrait of the Pharaoh Chephren. Continue your tour to the Solar Boat Museum where a dismantled river barge of King Cheops was found and has been beautifully re-assembled. Return to your hotel. PM You will be met and transferred by our tour escort to the Giza Plateau to attend the magnificent Sound and Light Show. Later transfer back to your hotel for an overnight. (B)
Sakkara: Zoser's Step Pyramid and fluted columns
Breakfast, then drive to Abu Sir to visit a 5th dynasty Sun Temple for King Sahure, Neferirkare and Niussere. Visit the Sun Temple of Niussere at Abu Ghurab. This is the most intact Sun Temple from the 5th Dynasty period. In the afternoon drive to the Pyramids of Giza. Cheops Pyramid, the largest of the three was built in the 4th dynasty about 2650 BC. Enjoy a camel ride by the Pyramids area if you wish; also visit the Sphinx carved from a single piece of stone. Continue your tour to the Solar Boat Museum where a dismantled river barge of King Cheops was found and has been beautifully re-assembled. Transfer back to your hotel. Overnight. (B,L)
Breakfast, then drive to Fayoum, Egypt's largest oasis, overlooking Lake Qarun, which is a popular spot for hunting and fishing. Visit the Pyramid of Hawara as well as the remains of the temple built by Amenemhet III. Also visit the Roman site of Chariness, which once housed two limestone temples and a large agora. Lunch at the Oberge El-Fayoum Hotel overlooking the lake. Drive to Maidum. Visit the Pyramid of Maidum. This was originally a seven-stepped Pyramid and was later enlarged to become an eight-stepped Pyramid. Eventually the steps were filled in and a smooth outer facing turned it into a true pyramid. It is a huge structure and is surrounded by the debris from the casing that collapsed. The Maidum Pyramid is thought to have been started by Huni, the last ruler of the 3rd dynasty and then completed by his successor Sneferu. Sneferu was the first 4th dynasty Pharaoh (2613–2494 BC). A little north of the Maidum Pyramid are the remains of the Seila Step Pyramid, which is made of limestone and is thought to be from the 2nd dynasty. Transfer back to your hotel for an overnight. (B,L)
Breakfast, then drive to
Dahshur to visit the Red Pyramid and the Bent Pyramid. The builder
of these pyramids is thought to have been Sneferu, who is thought to
have built the pyramid of Maidum. His son was Cheops who continued
his empire expansion. Transfer back to your hotel. In the evening
you will be met and transferred to an Egyptian home for a
traditional home-cooked dinner and for getting acquainted with the
locals and their way of life. Tour the home and engage in a social
discussion about the two cultures and the people, if you wish. Later
you will be transferred back to your hotel for an overnight.
Dahshur: The Bent Pyramid
Breakfast, then drive through the Delta to the town of Tanis. Tanis was the capital of Egypt during the late period of the 21st to the 22nd dynasties, and served as a burial site for some of the kings. The pharaohs used to bring monumental statues from all over Egypt to embellish their temples. Drive back to Cairo and visit the Hanging Church dedicated to the Virgin Mary. It was built at the end of the 3rd century. Also visit the Church of St. Sergius, built in the 4th century. This is one of the places where the holy family had taken shelter. Continue the tour to visit St. Barbara Church built sometime in the 4th Century and which has some of the writings of Saint John. Your tour will end at the medieval house of Ghouria, where you will attend a magnificent and impressive live performance of the whirling Dervishes. Enjoy dinner at a traditional restaurant in the El-Hossein area. Later transfer back to your hotel for an overnight. (B,L,D)
Breakfast, then you will be
met and transferred to Cairo Airport for your flight to Abu-Simbel.
Upon arrival at Abu-Simbel Airport, you will be transferred to visit
the Great Temple, hewn in rock, with the four colossal seated
statues of the king in front of the entrance. It was dedicated to
Amun-Ra, the Horakkhti, and Ramses II. Then visit the King's wife
temple. The temples were saved from the rising waters of the Nile
resulting from the construction of the Aswan High Dam. The temples
are awesome and impressive by all means although they were built
3200 years ago. Later transfer to the newly opened Seti Mercure
Hotel in Abu-Simbel. Remainder of day at leisure or you may wish to
go back to the temples for a picture taking opportunity at sunset.
In the evening, transfer to attend the newly Sound and Light Show at
the temples of Abu-Simbel—it's an impressive and outstanding
performance. Overnight in Abu-Simbel. (B,L,D)
Abu Simbel: Statues of Ramses in front of the Great Temple
After an early breakfast,
you will have a wonderful opportunity to see the sunrise at the
Abu-Simbel Temples. Later transfer to Abu-Simbel Airport for your
flight to Aswan. Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to
your hotel, the luxurious Aswan Oberoi Hotel for check-in. Later
start your tour visiting the Botanical Gardens and the exterior of
the Agha Khan Mausoleum by "Felucca" (sailboat). Also visit the
Temple of Isis on Philae Island. Continue your tour visiting the
High Dam, the Granite Quarries and the Unfinished Obelisk. Also
visit Kalabsha Temple built during the Augustus Empire. Continue
your tour to visit the Roman Kiosk of Qertassi, a small Roman temple
and the Shrine of Ramses II from Beit El-Wali. Also visit the Nobles
site. These tombs were constructed by nobles and princes of the
region about 2300 BC. Important among them are the tombs of Mehu,
Sirenput,Pepi-Nakht and Khuf Har. Transfer back to your hotel for an
Aswan: A view of the Nile
Breakfast and a rare visit to the newly opened Nubian Museum which de-scribes the Nubian history from past to present time including some Coptic and Islamic art as well. Continue your tour visiting the Nubian village, including a special visit to a Nubian home. There you will be served tea and have a short social discussion with the locals and notice their way of life. In the afternoon ride camels in the desert to the Tomb of Nomarchs and the majestic Monastery of St. Simeon. Later transfer back to your hotel. In the evening you will be met and transferred to Philae Temple by Felucca to attend the magnificent Sound and Light show. Later transfer back to your hotel for an overnight. (B,D)
|11||Breakfast, then you will be met and transferred by car to Luxor visiting en-route the Greco Roman temple of Kom-Ombo, which was dedicated to two gods: the Crocodile god Sobek and the Falcon-Headed god Haroeris. Continue to Edfu to visit the Temple of Horus (237 BC.), the best-preserved Egyptian temple in existence. From there drive to Esna to visit the Temple of the god Khnum. Continue to Luxor. Arrive Luxor where you will be met and transferred to the historic Old Winter Palace Hotel. Overnight. (B,L,D)|
|12||Breakfast, then start your tour crossing by ferry to the West Bank of the Nile and visit the Valley of the Queens, which lies hidden in the foothills of the mountains of Gourma. See the dramatic temple of Queen Hatshepsut, a masterpiece of graceful proportions, then visit the famous Valley of the Kings where most of the royal tombs are. Visit the Valley of the Nobles, famous for its fine wall decorations and drawings, which depict scenes from the daily life of the ancient Egyptians. In the afternoon visit the famous tomb of King Tut (14th century BC). Also visit the Seti II Tomb from the 13th century BC. The outer halls of this tomb are decorated with reliefs on beautiful limestone. Also visit the temples and Chapels of Madinet Habu, the largest complex which was built by Ramses III. Continue your tour to visit the Ramesseum, a mortuary temple built by King Ramses II, one of the largest temples in Egypt. Transfer back to your hotel. Overnight. (B,L,D)|
|13||Breakfast, then visit the newly opened tomb of Nefertari, built by King Ramses II for his beloved queen. This tomb is most famous for its fine art work. It is a breathtaking exhibit and is truly one of the highlights of your trip. Continue your tour visiting the newly opened tomb of Queen Tausert, the wife of King Seth II. That tomb was usurped by King Set-Nakht who changed some of its inscriptions and added to its original construction. From there visit the tomb of Menna from 1425 BC. This fine tomb belongs to the scribe of the fields under Tuthmosis IV. Also visit the newly opened Tomb of Amenhotep II dating back to 1450 BC. The tomb of Amenhotep II is one of the most beautiful tombs in the Valley of the Kings. The walls are painted terracotta and the mortuary texts are so drawn that they give the impression of papyrus text printed to the interior walls of the tomb. End your tour with a visit to the Luxor Museum. Overnight. (B,L)|
|14||Breakfast, then visit the tomb of Nakht. This is a tomb famous for its scenes of dancing girls and banquet scenes; also the details of hunting scenes are very clear on the walls. Continue your tour visiting the tomb of Ramose from 1379 BC known as tomb number 55 and belonging to the Prime Minister of Akhenaton. Although the tomb is somewhat damaged, it has some of the most beautiful reliefs of Ramose and his wife. Also visit the tomb of Ramses IV dating back to 1200 BC. The tomb has nice paintings on its walls depicting different chapters from the "Book of the Dead" as well as magical scenes. Also visit the tomb of Amon-Hir Khopshef who was the son of Ramses III. It has scenes showing Ramses III teaching his nine year old son. In the afternoon visit the Temple of Karnak with its awesome and giant columns. Also visit the Temple of Luxor which was started by Amenhotep III and completed by Ramses II. Transfer back to your hotel. In the evening you will be met and transferred to attend the magnificent sound and light show in Karnak. Later transfer back to your hotel for an overnight. (B,L)|
|15||Breakfast, then drive to
Dendera. Visit the Temple of Hathor, goddess of love, music and
wine. It was built in the 1st century BC and is the only circular
representation of the heavens found in Egypt. It is a Greco-Roman
temple. The temple was first initiated by Ptolemy III with numerous
additions by subsequent Roman Ptolemic rulers. It also houses a
famous painting of Queen Cleopatra. Continue to Abydos to visit the
Temple of Seti I, viewing the famous list of kings and some of the
most beautifully painted reliefs from pharaonic periods. Return to
Luxor. Embark on a 2-hour Felucca (sailboat) ride, exploring the
East and the West Bank of the Nile riding in a sailboat exactly the
same way the ancient Egyptians used to do thousands of years ago.
Return to your hotel for an overnight. (B,D)|
Dendera: Osiris Shrine in Hathor Temple
|16||Breakfast, then transfer to Luxor airport for your flight to Sharm-El-Sheikh. Upon arrival at Sharm, you will be transferred to the Marriott Sharm Hotel. Remainder of day at leisure for swimming, snorkeling, diving or just relaxing by your hotel pool or private beach. Overnight (B)|
Sharm-El-Sheikh: The Marriott Sharm hotel swimming pool and lobby
|17||Breakfast and a day at leisure for swimming, diving and snorkeling. PM You will be met and transferred by car to the Sinai Desert. From the desert road we will take camels to meet the Bedouins. Experience the Bedouin hospitality, a dinner will be barbecued and served in front of you at a canyon in a Bedouin tent surrounded by the stars. Traveling and dining in the desert with the Bedouins will make you relive the adventure of Lawrence of Arabia. Later transfer back to your hotel for an overnight. (B,D)|
|18||Breakfast and a day at
leisure for swimming, diving or snorkeling. Late afternoon proceed
to St. Catherine. Arrive St. Catherine and transfer to the St.
Catherine Village. A choice of a 3-hour climb to the top of Mount
Sinai is available, if you wish to see a spectacular sunrise as well
as view the Red Sea and the Saudi Arabian border. The recommended
time to start the climb of the 3,750 steps is at 2:00 A.M. in order
to arrive at the summit for a spectacular sunrise around 5:00 A.M.
(You must be physically fit and healthy in order for you to do the
3-hour mountain climb.) (B,D)|
|19||Breakfast, then visit St.
Catherine Monastery built by Emperor Justinian during the 6th
century. The site sits at the foot of Mount Sinai, where Moses is
believed to have received the Ten Commandments. Visit the churches,
gardens and the living quarters of the monks who operate it. Some of
your highlights will be the actual Burning Bush Shrub that grows
nowhere else in the world. The Monastery owns more than 2,000
Byzantine icons, many of which are displayed in the main Church of
the Transfiguration. The Monastery also has a priceless collection
of more than 4,500 manuscripts including the world's second oldest
Bible. Walk in the same foot steps where Pope John-Paul II did when
he visited Egypt in February of 2000. Depart St. Catherine to Wadi
Firan to visit the largest Oasis in the peninsula. In the 4th
century AD it was a Christian stronghold. Continue your drive to
Sarabit El-Khadem to visit the semi-precious turquoise mines where
the ancient Egyptians used to mine for precious stones. Also visit
the Temple of Hathor, the cow headed goddess from the 1st century
AD. Drive to Uyun Mussa, time permitting, to view this oasis with 12
sweet water springs. It is here where the Israelites were halted
after crossing the Red Sea and where Moses is supposed to have
thrown a tree into the largest spring. Continue your drive to Cairo
via the Suez Canal. Arrive Cairo where you will be transferred to
one of our privately owned luxuriously furnished condominiums. You
will spend the night in a fully equipped and furnished Egyptian
condo, local but luxury style with a refrigerator full of tasty
local food, mineral water as well as fresh fruits. Your condo will
have a private balcony and a pyramid view is guaranteed. You will
get a true sense of how Egyptians live and do their daily chores by
going through that experience. (Spending the night in one of our
condos can not be guaranteed, depending on their availability. If it
is sold out during that time or if you do not wish to try that
experience, you will be spending the night at the Semiramis
Inter-Continental Hotel. You will be informed at the time of booking
if it is available depending on your arrival date in Cairo.)
St. Catherine: St. Catherine Monastery
|20||Breakfast, and an early drive from Cairo to the very famous town of Tel-El-Amarna, the town formerly known as Akhenaten. King Akhenaten offered this place to be the home of his god Aton (1375–1350 BC). Start your tour visiting Ay's Tomb. The drawings show Ay and his wife receiving gold collars from Akhenaten and Nefertari. From there continue to Huya's Tomb, steward of Queen Tiyi, the queen mother and wife of Amenhotep III. Continue your tour to visit the tomb of Meri-re I, the high priest of Aton. A table of offerings including a beautiful representation of a colorful rainbow is drawn on the left-hand wall of the chamber below the Aton disk. Also visit the Tomb of Meri-re II who was the superintendent of the palace of Queen Nefertiti. It has plenty of scenes showing celebrations honoring leaders of other countries. Transfer to your hotel, the Etap Hotel in Menia for an overnight. (B,L,D)|
|21||Breakfast, then visit the tomb of Panhesy, the chief servitor. The facade that decorated the outside of his tomb is still preserved. Drive to Beni Hassan where there are more than 39 tombs located here from the Middle Kingdom (about 2050 BC). They were built for feudal lords. Visit some of the famous ones like Amenemhet, Tomb of Khnumhotep, Tomb of Bakhet as well as the tomb of Kheti. Drive back to Cairo for an overnight at your furnished condo. (B,L,D)|
|22||Breakfast, then start your
tour by visiting the Egyptian Museum famous for its antiquities from
Egypt's pharaonic period including the fabulous treasures of King
Tut-Ankh-Amon. Also visit the famous Mummy Room in the museum which
was ordered opened to the public by President Mubarak of Egypt.
Afternoon excursion to old Cairo will include a visit to the very
old Coptic Churches and the oldest Jewish Synagogue of Beni Ezra.
Continue your tour to visit the Citadel of Salah El-Din and the
Mohammed Ali Mosque; also visit the famous City of the Dead. This is
a centuries-old cemetery in old Cairo, with very small houses
encompassing both the dead and (of late) their living relatives,
who—because of inadequate housing—have moved into their family's
graves. End your tour at the Medieval Bazaars of Khan-El-Khalili,
where you can bargain for your jewelry and hand-tooled leather
items. Return to your condominium for an overnight.
Cairo: Khan El Khalili Bazaar
|23||Breakfast, then you will be met by your tour manager and transferred to Cairo Airport, where you will be helped with your check-in and immigration formalities for your departure flight back home. (B)|
Also Included: All taxes, service charges, entrance fees to sights mentioned included as well. All transfers, meeting and assistance and baggage handling is included. "If any modifications or changes are needed to package, that will be accommodated at an extra cost".
Not included: Items of personal nature, such as phone calls, wine, tips, etc.
Departure from other gateway cities is available as follows: Departure out of Boston, please add $129. Departure out of Washington, D.C., add $149. Departure out of Chicago, please add $259. Departure out of Los Angeles, please add $369, or call for your city.
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: For single occupancy if needed, please add $974.
EXTENSIONS & OPTIONAL TOURS: Extra days and optional tours to sites are available upon request.
If airfare from the U.S.A. is not required, please deduct $920 from posted rate.
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