COUNTRIES Cairo | Alexandria | Aswan | Abu Simbel | Nile Cruise Kom Ombo | Edfu | Luxor HOTELS 3 nts at Hotel Helnan Dreamland or similar in Cairo. (SOTC Exclusive - Guaranteed early check-in). 3 nts on 5 Star Nile River Cruise. 1 nt at Hotel Sonesta Saint Georges or similar in Luxor. MEALS A buffet breakfast every day, with a choice of breads, jams, cereals, fruits and juices, along with eggs, tea and coffee. One Indian breakfast dish with Masala chai in Cairo and on the Nile River Cruise, prepared by your own SOTC chef Jain / Veg / Non-Veg Buffet Dinners everyday Indian dinners in the comfort of your hotel in Cairo prepared by your own SOTC chef Lunch at a local restaurant in Alexandria Indian lunches and dinners on board the Nile River Cruise prepared by your own SOTC chef One Indian snack with Masala chai in the evening on board the Nile River Cruise prepared by your own SOTC chef Board the 5-star Nile River Cruise from Aswan to Luxor and visit the exotic cities of Aswan, Abu Simbel, Kom Ombo, Edfu & Luxor SIGHTSEEING Cairo • Sound & Light Show at the Pyramids • Papyrus Shop • Guided City Tour. • Egyptian Perfumery • Egyptian Museum with Royal Mummies Room • Khan el-Khalili Bazaar Alexandria • Day Trip with Guided City Tour. Abu Simbel • Temple of Abu Simbel. Aswan • High Dam Kom Ombo • Temple of Kom Ombo. Edfu • Temple of Edfu. Luxor • Valley of the Kings • Temple of Hatshepsut • Temple of Luxor • Temple of Karnak.
Welcome to Egypt - the Land of the Pharaohs. From Cairo International Airport we transfer you to your hotel. In the evening we attend the spectacular Sound and Light Show at the Giza Pyramids of Khufu, Khafre and Menkaure and enjoy the history of the ancient Egyptians. The show begins with the story of the Sphinx who has been the vigilant guardian of the Pyramids for five thousand years. Overnight in Cairo. (D)
On today’s trip to Alexandria, we first visit Pompey’s Pillar - the only known free-standing column in Roman Egypt which was not composed of drums. It is one of the largest ancient monoliths ever erected. Next come a photo stop at Qaitbay Citadel for a magnificent view of the Mediterranean Sea. This Citadel has been erected on the site of the famous Lighthouse of Alexandria, which was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. After visiting the Library of Alexandria, we return to Cairo
During today’s guided city tour of Cairo you will see the Pyramids of Khufu, Khafre and Menkaure, as well as the Sphinx, carved from the natural bedrock at the bottom of the causeway to Khafre’s pyramid. Thereafter we visit an Egyptian Perfumery, before proceeding to the Egyptian Museum, which houses over 1,00,000 antiquities from every period of ancient Egyptian history. Do not miss the gallery featuring the famous treasures of Tutankhamun. Another highlight of this Museum is the Royal Mumm
Today we take a flight to Aswan. On arrival, we take a luxurious and legendary Nile River Cruise for a great three-day cruise on the scenic Nile River. Overnight onboard the Nile River Cruise. (B, L, D)
Today we proceed to visit Abu Simbel by coach (3.30 am departure) to view the two magnificent temples, carved into a mountainside and built during the reign of Pharaoh Pamesses II. These temples were threatened by submersion in Lake Nasser, due to the construction of the High Dam. During the salvage operations they were dismantled and raised over 60 meters up on the sandstone cliff where they had been built over 3,000 years before. We return to Aswan and visit the High Dam of Aswan, the pride of
Today morning, on arrival into Edfu, we take you on a shore excursion to visit the Temple of Edfu. Of all the temples of ancient Egypt, the one at Edfu is not only the best preserved, but the second largest after Karnak. Dedicated to Horus, it was built in the Ptolemaic period. This temple is unusual in that it is on the west bank of the river which was normally dedicated to the afterlife. Next, enjoy the sights of the Nile River from the deck, as your Nile River Cruise sails to Luxor via the Es
Today we finish our cruise and go to visit the West Bank of Luxor. We proceed deep into the desert to discover the Valley of Kings - where generations of pharaohs and nobles were buried in great splendour. We then explore the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, Egypt’s only woman Pharaoh. After that comes a visit the Karnak Temple Complex, known as Ipet-isu (or ‘most select of places’) to the ancient Egyptians. It is a city of temples built over 2,000 years and covers about 200 acres (1.5 km by 0.
Today, we drive you to the airport for our flight back home. It’s time to say goodbye to all the new friends you have made. We hope you take back many happy memories of your holiday. Do