Day 1: Cairo
Arrival to Cairo, reception and transfer to your hotel, the 4 star Safir Hotel. Accommodation in a standard room.
Day 2: Cairo (B, L & D)
After breakfast, a tour of discovery of the famous Giza plateau hosting the legendary Pyramids and Sphinx. The Great Sphinx of Giza is a half-human, half-lion statue on the west bank of the Nile River. The largest monolith statue in the world, it stands 73.5 metres (241 ft) long, 6 m (20 ft) wide, and 20 m (65 ft) high. Commonly believed to have been built by ancient Egyptians in the 3rd millennium BC, it is the earliest known monumental sculpture in the world.
This Ancient Egyptian necropolis consists of the Pyramid of Khufu (known as the Great Pyramid and the Pyramid of Cheops), the somewhat smaller Pyramid of Khafre (or Chephren) a few hundred metres to the south-west, and the relatively modest-size Pyramid of Menkaure (or Mykerinus) a few hundred metres further south-west, along with a number of smaller satellite edifices, known as "queens" pyramids, causeways and valley pyramids. The Great Sphinx lies on the east side of the complex, facing east. Current consensus among Egyptologists is that the head of the Great Sphinx is that of Khafre. Associated with these royal monuments are the tombs of high officials and much later burials and monuments (from the New Kingdom onwards), signifying the reverence to those buried in the necropolis.
Of the five, only Menkaure's Pyramid is seen today without any of its original polished limestone casing, with Khafre's Pyramid retaining a prominent display of casing stones at its apex, while Khufu's Pyramid maintains a more limited collection at its base. Khafre's Pyramid appears larger than the adjacent Khufu Pyramid by virtue of its more elevated location, and the steeper angle of inclination of its construction - it is, in fact, smaller in both height and volume. The most active phase of construction here was in the 25th century BC. Lunch at "Le Pasha 1901 boat" over looking to the Nile before a private visit to the famous Egyptian museum, to see the tomb of King Tutankhamun which was found mostly intact. Inside the tomb you will find a large collection of artifacts used throughout the King's life. Proceed to visit Khan El Khalili bazaars, the old markets which date back to 1382.
Transfer back to your hotel. Tonight you shall enjoy a Nile River cruise and dinner with an oriental show. Overnight at your hotel in Cairo.
Day 3: Cairo - Hurghada (B & D)
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for the domestic flight to Hurghada. Arrival to Hurghada airport, reception and transfer to your hotel, the 4 star Steigenberger Club Resort. Dinner & overnight at the hotel. Hurghada, lying on the shores of the Red Sea, affords pleasant temperatures almost year round and with a wealth of marine life, is an excellent place for snorkelers and divers alike.
Day 4: Hurghada - tour options (B & L)
After breakfast at your hotel, a choice of tours including a desert safari, where you will pass by the highest mountain on the Red Sea coast, Shaieb El Banat, which rises to a height of 2187 metres above sea level. The Romans also settled in the area, and you will have an opportunity to visit an ancient Roman town at Mount Claudianus, before your camel ride and BBQ lunch with Bedouin style tea to finish. Or perhaps a visit to the Monasteries of St. Paul and St. Anthony which are the oldest monasteries in the Christian world. Built in authentic style with traditional domes, their walls enclose the life of a monastery with gardens, wells and libraries. From the hill of the Monastery of St. Paul, you can appreciate a beautiful panoramic view of the Red Sea down to Mount Moses in Sinai. You may also choose a snorkeling trip to Giftun Island, a short but wonderful boat ride from Hurghada. As this is a full day, a delicious fresh fish lunch is included, before making your way back to Hurghada, with the chance to view coral and marine life on the way. There will also be options for diving enthusiasts (diving certificate must be provided).
Day 5: Hurghada - Luxor - Nile Cruiser (B, L & D)
After breakfast, check-out from your hotel and transfer to Luxor by air conditioned vehicle, approximately 280 Km, a 3 hour journey. Upon arrival, assist and escort you to your 4* Nile Cruise: S/S Sindbad Nile Cruise or similar, your home for the next 4 nights. Lunch on board. In the afternoon, you will visit the East Bank of Luxor where you will enjoy discovering the complexes of Karnak and Luxor temples with your guide Dinner and overnight on board the Nile Cruiser.
Day 6: Nile Cruise - Luxor - Nile Cruiser (B, L & D)
After breakfast aboard the cruiser, leave for the West Bank of Luxor where you will see the huge Colossi's of Memnon. The Colossi of Memnon (known to locals as el-Colossat, or es-Salamat) are two massive stone statues of Pharaoh Amenhotep III. For the past 3400 years they have stood in the Theban necropolis, across the River Nile from the modern city of Luxor. The statues are made from blocks of quartzite sandstone which was stone quarried at either el-Gabal el-Ahmar (near modern-day Cairo) and near Edfu (north of Aswan) when reconstructed. Including the stone platforms on which they stand, they reach a towering 18 metres (approx. 60 ft) in height.
A visit to the temple of Queen Hatshepsut and the 3 tombs in the Valley of the Kings & Valley of the Queens. The valley of the kings is a valley in Egypt where for a period of nearly 500 years from the 16th to 11th century BC, tombs were constructed for the kings and powerful nobles of the New Kingdom (the Eighteenth through Twentieth Dynasties of Ancient Egypt). The valley stands on the west bank of the Nile, across from Thebes (modern Luxor), within the heart of the Theban Necropolis. The wadi consists of two valleys, East Valley (where the majority of the royal tombs were situated) and the West Valley The area has been a focus of concentrated archaeological and Egyptological exploration since the end of the eighteenth century, and its tombs and burials continue to stimulate research and interest. In modern times the valley has become famous for the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun (with its rumours of the Curse of the Pharaohs]), and is one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world. In 1979, it became a World Heritage Site, along with the rest of the Theban Necropolis. Lunch and dinner on board the Nile Cruiser.
Day 7: Nile Cruise (B, L & D)
After breakfast, you will set sail to Edfu where you will take a tour by horse carriage to visit the temple dedicated to the God Horus. Return to the boat for lunch. Continue sailing to Kom Ombo, enjoying the magical journey down the Sacred River of the Nile. Dinner and overnight on board of Nile Cruiser.
Day 8: Nile Cruise (B, L & D)
After breakfast, you will visit the hung temple of the two Gods Sobek and Haroeris at Kom Ombo. The double temples of Sobek (crocodile god) and Haroeris (falcon god) command a splendid location overlooking the Nile, at a bend in the river. Surrounding the temples is lush green vegetation and sugar cane fields which give way to the desert sands. The temple walls of Kom Ombo show medical instruments used in ancient times and of pilgrims to the temple being treated and healed by the priests of Horus,"the good doctor." You can also see mummified crocodiles on display. The Crocodile god Sobek was worshipped by many.
Lunch on board . Continue sailing to Aswan where you will visit the High Dam, Philae Temple & the Unfinished Obelisk.
Dinner & overnight on board of cruise.
Day 9: Nile Cruise - Aswan - Abu Simbel - Aswan - Cairo (B)
After breakfast, check-out from the Nile cruiser for the trip to Abu Simbel by Flight.
Abu Simbel is situated on the shores of Lake Nasser. A spectacular event happens at the Temple of Abu Simbel twice a year. Ramses II wakes up to the sun shining on him on February 22 and again on October 22. The day of his accession to the throne and the second, his birthday! Four colossal statues of Ramses II, 20 m high, set in pairs flank the entrance to the temple built by him. The temple is aligned in such a way that the sun's rays reach the innermost sanctuary to illuminate the statues only on these two days. The trip will also include a visit to the temple of Nefertari & Hathor before returning to Aswan. Transfer to Aswan airport for the domestic flight to Cairo. Arrival to Cairo airport, reception and transfer to your hotel. Overnight at your hotel in Cairo.
Day 10: Cairo - Alexandria (B)
Early breakfast, a private drive to Alexandria some 220 Km, approximately 3 hours away. In ancient times, Alexandria was one of the most famous cities in the world. It was founded around a small pharaonic town c. 331 BC by the Greek Macedonian king Alexander the Great. It remained Egypt's capital for nearly a thousand years, until the Muslim conquest of Egypt in 641 AD when a new capital was founded at Fustat, later absorbed into Cairo.
Alexandria was known for the Lighthouse of Alexandria (one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World), whose remains lie on the floor of Alexandria's Eastern Harbour; the Library of Alexandria (the largest library in the ancient world) and the Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa (one of the Seven Wonders of the Middle Ages). Ongoing maritime archaeology in the harbour of Alexandria, which began in 1994, is revealing details of Alexandria both before the arrival of Alexander, when a city named Rhakotis existed there, and during the Ptolemaic dynasty.
Upon arrival you shall visit the catacombs, Pomp's Pillar, Kom El Shokafa, Montazah Garden & Panoramic view of Qait Bay Fortress. Return to Cairo. Tonight you shall enjoy a Nile River cruise and dinner with an oriental show.
Transfer back to your hotel. Overnight at your hotel in Cairo.
Day 11: Cairo - Final Departure (B)
After breakfast, transfer to Cairo airport for your return flight home.