Egypt, a country linking northeast Africa with the Middle East, dates to the time of the pharaohs. Millennia-old monuments sit along the fertile Nile River Valley, including Giza's colossal Pyramids and Great Sphinx as well as Luxor's hieroglyph-lined Karnak Temple and Valley of the Kings tombs.
Welcome to Cairo!! Cairo, Egypt's sprawling capital, is set on the Nile River. At its heart is Tahrir Square and the vast Egyptian Museum, a trove of antiquities including royal mummies and gilded King Tutankhamun artifacts. After Immigration clearance and baggage collection proceed to the arrival hall where you will meet the chauffeur holding a placard with your name. Transfer to the hotel. Spend the remaining time relaxing at the hotel or explore the nearby areas on your own. Overnight stay at Cairo.
After an early breakfast, proceed for a guided tour to visit one of the Seven Wonders of the World - The Great Pyramids of Giza; (Cheops, Chephren and Mycerinus) which is the oldest and largest of the three pyramids in the Giza pyramid complex. The Cheops Pyramid is more interesting, because its interior burial chambers are open for the public. Not far from the Pyramids is the Great Sphinx of Giza, a natural yellowish limestone statue, standing 65 feet-high and 187 feet-long. This unforgettable statue combines the head of a Pharaoh with a lion's body. Then, have lunch at an Indian restaurant. Post Lunch, visit the Egyptian Museum which exhibit's collections from pre-historic era to the Greco Roman period. Later, drive through the downtown that will take you to Khan El Khalili bazaars; which is famous worldwide because of its amazing narrow alleyways. Drive back to your hotel for refreshment & then go out for dinner at an Indian restaurant. Overnight stay at Cairo.
After a hearty breakfast, proceed for a full day excursion Alexandria via the desert road. Your guided tour will start with a visit to the Pompeii Column, the Catacombs & Montazah Gardens. You will also pass by Alexandrina Bibliotheca & see the Qaite Bay citadel from outside. Pompeii Column is thirty meters high and built from Aswan pink granite. It is said to have been a present from the people of Alexandria to Emperor Diocletian. At the top of the hill lies the entrance to the Kom al-Shuqafa Catacombs dating from the first and second centuries. Montazah Gardens is about 150-hectare park surrounding the palace of Khedive Abbas with its amazing architecture. We proceed to Alexandrina Bibliotheca, the New Library of Alexandria dedicated to recapture the spirit of openness and scholarship and Qaite bay Fort which has been guarding the bay for centuries. Lunch will be served during the tour in an oriental restaurant. Drive back to Cairo, dinner at a restaurant & overnight stay at Cairo.
Today, check out early from the hotel. Packed breakfast will be served on the way. Drive to Cairo airport for about 70 minutes’ and take a flight to Aswan (on your own) - the southern gate of Egypt. Meet & assist upon arrival at Aswan airport. Aswan is one of the world's best-known winter resorts. Start a guided tour to visit the Old Dam (just passing over it) and the High Dam, which provides irrigation and electricity to the whole of Egypt and then enjoy the motor boat ride that will take you to the beautiful Temple of Philae on Isis Island. Later, transfer for the Nile Cruise & Check in. Lunch will be served on the cruise. In the afternoon, proceed for a relaxed tour by a felucca to sail in and around the Elephantine & Botanical Islands viewing the Agha Khan mausoleum. Back to the cruise again for dinner and overnight on the cruise.
Today, in the morning, you can opt for an optional excursion by coach to the great Temples of Abu Simbel flanked by four giant stone statues of Ramses II. The Temple was reclaimed from the dam site to rescue it from the rising water of Lake Nasser and reconstructed at its present site. Sail to Kom Embo upon returning from Abu Simble. Visit the Ptolemaic Temple Shared by Two Gods, Sobek and Heroeris in Kom Embo. Later set sail to Edfu. Dinner & overnight on the cruise.
Today, after a lovely breakfast, transfer from the cruise by Kalesh or horse drawn carriage to the Temple of Horus, one of the best preserved temples in Egypt and dedicated to the falcon God Horus. Return to the Nile Cruise and set sail for Esna / Luxor. Visit Karnak temple upon arrival to Luxor and see the beautiful Luxor temple from outside which is like an open museum. Dinner & overnight on the cruise.
After an early breakfast, visit the west bank in Luxor to the Valley of the Kings, Hatshepsut Temple & Colossi of Memnon. Drive back to the Nile cruise. Check out and drive to Luxor airport for your onward journey. The tour ends with wonderful memories!!