Day 1: Cairo, Egypt
Arrive at Cairo International Airport, where you will be met and assisted with customs and visa formalities. You will be transferred to the Hotel 5* luxury in Cairo, at four season hotel looking over the Nile or Mena House Oberoi hotel looking over the pyramids or the luxury villa in the best places in Cairo, with assistance at check-in.
Day 2: Cairo, Egypt
After breakfast at the hotel, you depart via private bus with the guide to the Pyramids of Giza, where you’ll embark on an unforgettable tour of the pyramids built for the Pharaohs Cheops, Chefren, and Mycerinus.
They were constructed about 2500 B.C. with limestone blocks from the plateau and the Torah hills on the outskirts of Cairo. The Great Pyramid of Cheops alone, the only present-day survivor of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, required over 2,300,000 blocks of stone, each weighing about 2.5 tons. At its base, it covers 13 acres of land. You will also visit the Solar Boat Museum at Giza, which contains the actual, reconstructed Solar Boat that was used in the funerary ceremonies of the Pharaoh Khufu more than 4,600 years ago. The discovery of the boat is considered to be the single most important archaeological find in Egypt since the Tomb of Tutankhamum.
You’ll also tour the Valley Temple, housing the mysterious Sphinx, located in what was once a quarry to the east of Chephren’s pyramid. One theory suggests this Pharaoh’s workers shaped the body into a lion and gave it their king’s face, as a guardian of the necropolis. Almost a thousand years after its construction, King Thutmose IV placed a stela between the front paws. It describes how the Sphinx had spoken to their prince in a dream, promising him kingship if he cleared away the desert sand that was choking the Sphinx.
You will enjoy a fabulous Lunch at Barry’s Oriental Restaurant with a terrific night view of the lit up Pyramids. After lunch you will have a short visit (with time to shop) at a local Papyrus Factory to see how the paper is made before heading back to the hotel to relax and refresh.
This evening you will enjoy a fabulous dinner at Moghul Indian restaurant in Mena house hotel.
Day 3: Cairo, Egypt
After breakfast at the hotel, you transferred with the guide to the ancient city of Memphis, founded around 3,100 BC. Tour the open-air museum in Memphis and see the Colossus of Ramesses II and experience Egypt’s long and rich history in an exciting tour to the necropolis of Saqqara. Here you’ll see the famous Step Pyramid of King Zoser, a ziggurat-like structure that anticipates the later design of the great pyramids. It stands guard over the mastabas (noble tombs) of the Saqqara necropolis and was the first freestanding stone structure in the world. The guide will show you some tombs belonging to the nobles of the past, which show the beauty and excellence of ancient Egyptian art on their walls and give an insight into the daily life of ancient Egypt
Day 4: Cairo
After breakfast at the hotel, board the bus headed to the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities. The Museum, open since 1902, exhibits over 120,000 objects in its 107 halls, comprising the world’s greatest collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts. Two grand halls containing countless artifacts and one room reserved for the golden treasures from the world-famous tomb of the boy-king Tutankhamen will astound and delight you. Oriental Tours Egypt will provide you a special permission ( please ask about fees ) to enter the Mummies Room, a specially built area dedicated to the well-preserved mummies of 12 royal kings and queens of ancient Egypt, including the Great Ramses II, Egypt’s longest ruling pharaoh . (optional)
You’ll then proceed to the fascinating Khan El-Khalili Bazaar,reputedly the largest bazaar in the Middle East. You’ll enjoy a five-star lunch of traditional oriental dishes at the Arabian-style Nageuib Mahfouz Restaurant. Named after the Nobel-prize-winning Egyptian author, the restaurant lies in the very heart of the Khan El-Khalili Bazaar. Originally founded as a watering stop for caravanserai in the 14th century, the bazaar has now grown to vast proportions. As you wander through the labyrinth of narrow streets you will find workshops and stalls selling all manner of craftsmanship from woodwork, glassware, gold work and leather goods to perfumes, fabrics and Pharaonic curiosities. You will have several hours to wander and shop.
Day 5: Nile cruise, Aswan
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Airport to board flight to Aswan , Arrive Aswan , Transfer to the cruise After assistance with check in at Zahra cruise or Oberoi Philea or a private Dahabyea. Check in before Lunch, lunch will be served on board, then Afternoon tour by Felucca Around Elephantine Island, the Botanical garden and the Agha Khan Mausoleum from outside . Dinner and overnight on board cruise ship in Aswan.
Day 6: Nile cruise
Breakfast on Board. Proceed with the visits of Aswan includes the High Dam, the Unfinished Obelisk and The Temple of Philae. Lunch. Then sail on to Kom Ombo. Visit the Greco Roman Temple at Kom Ombo dedicated to the Falcon God Haeoeris and the Crocodile God Sobek. .Dinner and overnight on board cruise ship in Edfu
Day 7: Nile cruise
Breakfast on Board. You sail to Edfu to explore the largest and most completely preserved Pharaonic (albeit Greek-built) temple in Egypt, the extraordinary Temple of Horus at Edfu, dedicated to the falcon-headed god. You travel to the temple by horse-drawn carriage. After your visit to the temple, either ride or walk through the bazaar, this is an extensive bazaar where you can barter for souvenirs, spices and perfumes. Lunch on board during sailing to Esna. Cross Esna Lock. Sail to Luxor. Overnight on board cruise ship in Luxor.
Day 8: Luxor
Breakfast Disembarkation in Luxor .Modern Luxor is built on the site of ancientThebes, the capital during Egypt’s New Kingdom and the period when the pharaohs reached the peak of their strength and empire. You will visit Luxor’s West Bank to explore the Valley of the Kings, a vast City of the Dead where magnificent tombs were carved into the desert rocks, richly decorated, and filled with treasures for the afterlife by generations of pharaohs. Lunch at Marsam Restaurant in the garden will offer a nice cool reprieve and a chance to recharge over lunch and a cold beer or mint tea. Rising out of the desert plain in a series of terraces, the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, Ancient Egypt’s only female Pharaoh, merges with the sheer limestone cliffs that surround it, as if nature herself had built this extraordinary monument. You’ll also stop for a photo at the giant statues of the Colossi of Memnon. Oriental Tours Egypt will provide you a special permission to enter into the tomb of Nefertari, (Ramses II head wife) in the Valley of the Queens and tour the completely excavated village of Deir El Medinah. Dinner at hotel overnight in Old Winter Palace or Hilton hotel in Luxor .
Day 9: Luxor
After breakfast you will visit Luxor Temple and Temple of Karnak to marvel at its obelisks and rows of ancient columns that adorn its awesome Great Hypostyle Hall—a monument that recalls the classic elegance of ancient Greece, yet is older (Karnak was built over a period of 1,000 years!). It covers an area larger than the whole of Paris’s Notre Dame Cathedral. Lunch at Jewel of the Nile restaurant in Luxor. Then visit to Luxor Museum Also known as Sheik Ali’s Hotel, this small, mud-brick guest house facing the Temple of Merenptah was originally built in 1924 for University of Chicago scientists and still serves as a digging-season residence for international archaeological missions.
Oriental Tours Egypt will provide you a special permission for Tonight ( for groups only) , The Temple of Luxor will come alive after more than 2,000 years for you as you dine via candlelight among the ruins. (Optional) . Dinner at hotel overnight in Old Winter Palace or Hilton hotel in Luxor .
Day 10: Final departure
Transfer to Airport for flight to Cairo. Arrival Cairo then take your flight for final departure .