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Cairo-Aswan-Luxor -9 nights tour

Day 1:

Pick up from your hotel in Dahab early at 06.00 am to be transferred to Sharm Elshiek airport to fly to Luxor. The flight takes around 50 minutes.
Upon your arrival to the Luxor airport you will be greeted by our representative and transferred to the train station for your train to Aswan (the trip takes around 3 hours).
Upon your arrival to Aswan train station you will be greeted by our representative in Aswan and transferred to your hotel. Free evening and over night in a hotel.

Day 2:

After breakfast you will be transferred to your Nile cruise. After checking into your cabin and freshening up you will take an afternoon tour to the Philae temple in Aswan. As the centre of the cult of Isis, the island of Philae was an important place of pilgrimage for worshipers until long into the Christian era. From Philae, Isis was said to watch over the sacred island of Biga, one of the mythical burial sites of her husband Osiris. After the building of the Aswan Dam, the island's temples were partly submerged in water and visitors took to rowing boats to peer at the remains.
We then visit the Aswan High Dam. One of the biggest dams in the World (measuring 360 feet high and over a mile and a half wide), which was erected to store the flood waters of the Nile in Lake Nasser. Overnight at your cruise.

Day 3:

Abu Simbel trip, starting 4 a.m.
Upon your arrival to Abu Simbel you will visit the two temples at Abu Simbel which are among the most magnificent monuments in the world. However their removal and reconstruction was an historic event itself. When the temples (280 km from Aswan) were threatened by submersion in Lake Nasser, due to the construction of the High Dam the Egyptian Government secured the support of UNESCO and launched a world wide appeal. During the salvage operation which began in 1964 and continued until 1968, the two temples were dismantled and raised over 60 meters up the sandstone cliff where they had been built more than 3,000 years before. Here they were reassembled, in the exact same relationship to each other and the sun, and covered with an artificial
mountain. Most of the joins in the stone have now been filled by antiquity experts, but inside the temples it is still possible to see where the blocks were cut. You can also go inside the man made dome and see an exhibition of photographs showing the different stages of the massive removal project. Abu Simbel was first reported by J. L. Burckhardt in 1813, when he came over the mountain and only saw the facade of the great temple as he was preparing to leave that area via the Nile. The two temples, that of Ramesses II primarily dedicated to Re-Harakhte, and that of his wife, Nefertari dedicated to Hathor, became a must see for Victorians visiting Egypt, even though it required a trip up the Nile, and often they were covered deeply in sand, as they were when Burckhardt found them.
After sightseeing you will be driven back to your cruise, which will start sailing north in the direction to Kom Ombo temple.
Over Night on the Cruise in Kom Ombo.

Day 4:
Enjoy your breakfast while sailing down the Nile. Visit Kom Ombo temple and then continue sailing. Later you will stop at Edfu to visit Horus Temple - the second largest temple in Egypt. Overnight on the Cruise while sailing towards Luxor.

Day 5:
Upon arrival at Luxor, you will check out from the cruise and be transfered to the hotel in Luxor.
Free afternoon. In the evening you are invited to attend the light and sound show at Karnak temples (optional). The show starts with a historical introduction covering the birth of the great city of Thebes and the erection of the Karnak temple. The show also narrates the glorious achievements of some great Pharaohs. The spectators listen to a magnificent and poetic description of the artistic treasures and great legacy which the Karnak temple encloses. Overnight in the hotel.

Day 6:
After breakfast you will continue your touring around Luxor. Visiting the West Bank - Valley of the Kings. The remote barren Valley of the Kings was the necropolis of the New Kingdom pharaohs. By digging their tombs deep into the Theban Hills, pharaohs from Tuthmosis I on hoped to stop robbers stealing the priceless possessions buried with them.

Afterward we will continue on to the Valley of the Queens: Named by Champollion, the Valley of the Queens lies to the south-west of the Valley of the Kings and holds the tombs of many royal wives and children.
We will also visit Hatshepsut Temple: Against its stark mountainous backdrop, the partly rock-hewn Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut at Deir al-Bahri is a breath-taking sight.
On the way back we will pass the Colossi of Memnon: the two enthroned statues of Amenhotep III are the first monuments most visitors see on arriving in the West Bank.

Day 7 :
After breakfast you will go on a tour to the East Bank of Luxor. There you will see Karnak temple and Luxor temple.
The Karnak temple complex covers a site almost a mile by two miles in area. There are over 25 temples and chapels in the complex, including separate shrines for the the three boats that took the statues of the gods on their annual trip down the flooding Nile. Sanctuaries, obelisks, and groups of columns all feature accounts of the heroic deeds of the sponsoring Pharaohs.
In the evening you will be transferred from your hotel to Luxor train station and boarding a night train to Cairo .

Day 8:
Upon your arrival to Ramses Train station you will be greeted and transferred to your hotel in Cairo.
After checking in and breakfast at the hotel our friendly Egyptologist guide will accompany you to the area of inspiring Pyramids and Sphinx at Giza. Khufu, the successor of Sneferu, was known as a tyrant and in his arrogance he decided to have a tomb built that was bigger and better than all others. Cheops (Khufu) was the builder of the Great Pyramid in the IV dynasty. Chephren (Khufru), the son of Cheops, was the builder of the second Pyramid, whilst the third Pyramid was built by Mycrenios (Menkaura), who was the son of Chephren. The mysterious Sphinx with its mask of Chephren and body of a Lion stands close by, a guard to the land of the Pharaohs. The Sphinx and the three Pyramids are considered to be one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
After that you will move on to Sakkara (located 25 Km south of Cairo). Djeser’s (Zosser’s) step Pyramid (built 4700 years ago) dominates the skyline and is believed to be the ancient Egyptians first attempt at pyramid building.
Then to The Southern (Bent) Pyramid of Dashur which was built of local limestone and cased with fine Turah limestone. It is about 101m in height while the length of each side is 188.6m. The original entrance of the Pyramid is on the northern face as usual, but Professor Ahmed Fakhry (1905–1973), during his works in 1951, discovered another entrance on its western side.

Back to the hotel and free evening. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 9:
After breakfast you will enjoy the legendary treasures of the Egyptian Museum. Take a look at some of the most exquisite and ancient artifacts and statues in history.
Then see the Islamic areas of Cairo including the Citadel of Saladdin - boasting the famous Alabaster Mosque of Mohammed Ali.
Then onto the Coptic area of Cairo where the Romans constructed the fortress of Babylon which is built over the ruins of two towers of the church of St. Mary or more commonly know as the Hanging Church, followed by St Sergius which is said to be the resting place for the Holy Family . Overnight in the hotel.

Day 10:
It’s your free day to explore Cairo by yourself and enjoy walking in the streets of the city of 20 million people .

Transfer to Dahab is available or to any other destination near Cairo .

Includes:
All transfers including "meet-and-assist” and departure transfer.
3 nights Nile cruise based on 5* cruise and full board .
1 night hotel accommodation in Aswan based on Bed and Breakfast.
2 nights hotel accommodation in Cairo based on Bed and Breakfast.
1 night hotel accommodation in Luxor based on Bed and Breakfast.
Luxor tour: visiting the East and West banks;
Aswan: visiting the High Dam, Unfinished Obelisk and Philae Temple;
Tours to Edfu , and Kom Ombo from the cruise.
All sightseeing tours in Cairo.

 

Excludes:

* Entrance fees to all sites, temples.
* Any meals not stated on the itinerary.
* Tips, laundry and other items of a personal nature.
* Drinks in restaurants.


Schedule
Departs:
Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
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Pickup/Departure:
Your hotel or any other location in Dahab.

Drop-off:
Your hotel or any other location in Dahab

 

Excursion Requirements

Passport/ Valid Visa for whole Egypt

Sport shoes

Sun glasses & hat

Sun cream

Water,snacks etc...

Excursion Price
Adults Price: US$ 545.00
Childs Price: US$ 485.00
Minimum 2 People or Please add 55$ single supplement
Note:
Above prices are subject to change upon any increase in Egypt and you will be notified by DahabExcursions.

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