7. From Cairo: 8-Day Tour of Cairo, Luxor and Aswan with Cruise
Day 1 Our representative will be waiting for you outside the exit hall with the sign of nice tours to welcome you to Egypt. Then head directly to the restaurant to enjoy a traditional Egyptian lunch. After that you will move to the check in at the hotel booked for you (5-star). In the evening, at about 7 p.m., you will go to a gala dinner on a Nile cruise ship while enjoying the folklore party and other traditional shows to live an experience of the Egyptian vibes during the boat moves on the Nile. Then return back to the hotel to relax and overnight. Day 2 After breakfast at the hotel, your private guide will take you to visit the Great Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx. Feel the majesty of the pyramids that were built to last forever, and they did so to became one of the Seven Wonders of the World, and the only surviving wonder of the ancient world. Continue your day tour with a stop in Memphis, one of the most important cities in more than 3,000 years of ancient Egyptian history. It was a center for the worship of the god Ptah, and its temple was one of the most important places in ancient Egypt. Next is Saqqara a real open-air museum. Take a closer look at the famous Step Pyramid of Djoser and learn about the pyramids of some of the most important kings of the Old Kingdom. Enjoy a lunch break, then return to the hotel, where you will have dinner and overnight. Day 3 Meet your guide after breakfast at the hotel to explore the two different sides of Cairo, Egypt. Islamic and Coptic Cairo. First you will start by visiting Islamic Cairo that includes two of the most beautiful Islamic symbols. Cairo Citadel is the most popular Islamic monument in Cairo. It was built by Saladin Al-Ayubi in 1176 A.D, and it was the center of government during the Ayyubid era. Move to the elaborated decorated Muhammad Ali Grand Mosque. It is sometimes called the Alabaster Mosque, and its walls are covered with alabaster panels. Watch the candlelight that illuminates the Arabic inscriptions in the mosque, and the mihrab is decorated with gold. Moving to Coptic Cairo, you will start by visiting the Church of Saint George also known as Mary George. One of the few round churches built in Egypt, the St. George Church was built on top of an ancient Roman tower connected to the monastery below it. Your next stop will be the famous Hanging Church, which is believed to be the first basilica-style church built in Egypt. The church includes 110 icons, most of which are made of ebony and some are inlaid with ivory. The oldest and holiest of them dates back to the 8th century. Your day in Cairo includes lunch at a local restaurant between the visits, then return to the hotel where you will rest after the long day, have dinner and overnight. Day 4 After breakfast at the hotel, our representative will pick you up and take you to the airport to take the flight to Luxor. Upon arrival there, your guide will be waiting for you outside the exit hall with the sign of nice tours to recognize him. Move to explore the beautiful and historic city of Luxor and all its monuments. You will start your tour on the eastern bank of Luxor, where you will visit the Karnak Temple. Home to three main temples, several smaller enclosed temples, and several outdoor temples – the impressive structure combines the achievements of many generations of ancient builders over 1,500 years. Move on to the smaller but equally impressive Luxor Temple. This beautiful temple contains well-preserved hieroglyphs and statues and was the center of annual Opet celebrations. Finally, go to the boat to check in at lunch time, and at about 4 or 5 pm our representative will return to take you to a one-hour tour of the felucca in the Nile and then return to the boat to relax and overnight. Day 5 In the early morning ( kindly ask the reception to prepare a breakfast box for you) our representative will pick you up to live a life time experience of hot air balloon ride over the city of Luxor and watch the city as an open museum where you will be able to take a look over the west and east bank and the Nile river that split between the two banks in a marvelous view. When the balloon lands, our professional guide will be waiting for you to explore the stunning west bank of Luxor city, starting from the Valley of the Kings. In a world governed by the rules of the afterlife, the ancient Egyptians attached great importance to their burial places. The Valley of the Kings looks like a dull, rocky gorge from the outside, but hides elaborately painted and carved tombs beneath the surface. Continue to the stunning Temple of Hatshepsut. The inscriptions on the walls of the temple tell the story of the birth of Queen Hatshepsut and her trading trips to the country of Punt, now known as the modern state of Somalia or the peninsula. Stop at the giant statue of Memnon, and enjoy taking amazing and fun photos with family and friends. Then return to the boat to enjoy lunch and sailing towards Edfu. Day 6 While you continue sailing along the Nile River, it's time to discover Egypt's most beautiful hidden gems in Edfu and Kom Ombo. In the morning after breakfast on board, your guide will meet you to visit the hidden gem of Edfu, the Temple of Horus. Edfu Temple represents the lost art that displays the true spirit of ancient Egyptian civilization from the perspective of the Ptolemaic Dynasty. Return to the ship for lunch and continue sailing to Kom Ombo where your guide will be waiting for you to explore the temple. Kom Ombo means a pile of gold and the temple is dedicated to two gods: Sobek, the crocodile god, and Haroeris (the falcon god, Horus). Learn more interesting facts about the unique temple with your Egyptologist's guide. After your tour of Kom Ombo, return to the ship for dinner and continue sailing to Aswan at night. Day 7 In the early morning once again ( you will take your breakfast box with you) and go with a group to the most beautiful temple in Egypt. Enjoy the trip to the Great Temple of Abu Simbel. Hear the story of how the temple of Abu Simbel was moved to be saved from destruction due to floods, and to be put on the UNESCO World Heritage List. It was built by Ramesses II, who dedicated it to Egypt's national gods: Ptah, Ra, Amun, and Ramesses II as a deified king, the son of Ra. After visiting the temple, you will return on board to enjoy lunch before your guide picks you up again to visit the beautiful Temple of Philae, the Pearl of Egypt. The walls of the Philae temple are covered in ancient hieroglyphics, and among the large sculptures of the gods of ancient Egypt are inscriptions in the ornate pictorial alphabet, telling the stories of this civilization. After finishing the visit of Philae, enjoy a traditional felucca ride on the Nile River and then return to the ship to relax and have dinner Day 8 After breakfast on the ship , you will be picked up and transferred to the airport for your return flight to Cairo where your tour ends and our agent will be waiting for you to welcome you once again at Cairo and will take you to your hotel safe and sound.