Journey through the land of ancient royalty – Egypt
Day 1: Arrival
Arrive at Cairo Airport. Our meet-and-assist service will take you through the passport control area, assist with your luggage and customs, and then our representative will accompany you to your hotel in Giza.
Day 2: Saqqara/Giza Pyramids
Start your day by visiting Saqqara, the necropolis of Memphis, home of the step pyramid, the first limestone structure ever built. Explore its 4350 years old colored tombs. Get the chance to go inside a pyramid and see the ancient Hieroglyphics that have been engraved on its walls for thousands of years
After lunch in a local authentic restaurant, Visit the Giza Pyramids, the only surviving wonder of the Seven Wonders of the World. Then, stand in front of the imposing Sphinx, the combination of human intelligence and the strength of a lion. (B,L)
Day 3: Grand Egyptian Museum/Islamic Cairo
Check-out from your hotel. Visit the Grand Egyptian Museum, the largest museum in the world for one single civilization. You will stand face-to-face with the Golden Mask of the boy King Tutankhamun. You will be dazzled with the amount of treasures and artifacts that this museum holds.
Then after lunch, visit the old streets of Islamic Cairo; walk in El Muizz Street which is like an open-air museum filled with medieval architectural marvels and treasures; explore the winding alleyways of the famous Khan El Khalili market, the major souk in the Islamic Cairo district.
After the tour we will go to the train station and get a true cultural experience in the overnight sleeper train.
Day 4: Aswan Cruise
Upon arrival to Aswan train station, we will take you to the temple of Isis, located on the island of Philae. The temple is dedicated to the goddess of love and passion in ancient Egypt. Then check-in and have lunch on-board the cruise, you will have a leisurely felucca sailboat on the river Nile .
Day 5: Kom Ombo/Edfu/Cruise
As you are having breakfast, sail down the Nile and visit the temple of Kom Ombo, dedicated to the crocodile and the falcon gods. Stop at the Crocodile Mummification Museum, where you will see the crocodile mummies that are thousands of years old. Lunch will be served onboard the cruise ship. The next stop will be the temple of Horus at Edfu, the most intact temple from the ancient world.
Day 6: Luzor/Cruise
Start the day by visiting the Valley of the Kings, hidden behind the mountains on the west bank of the Nile. Next, visit the temple of Hatshepsut, the only female pharaoh who dressed and ruled like a king. Have a photo stop by the huge Colossi of Memnon.
After lunch, visit the temple of Karnak, the largest religious complex that was ever built for a god. The temple is dedicated to the god Amon Ra, the chief creator god in Ancient Egypt. Then visit the Luxor temple that was predominantly built by Pharaoh Ramses the second.
Day 7: Coptic Cairo
Fly Back to Cairo. Upon arrival visit the Coptic area, where you will visit The Hanging Church, one of the oldest churches in the world that dates back to the 3rd century and was built on top of an ancient fortress. Visit the Church of St. Sergius, the place where the Holy Family hid from king Herod during their flight to Egypt. See the place where baby Moses was found by the daughter of the pharaoh at Ben Ezra Synagogue. The Synagogue is one of the few surviving in Egypt. After Lunch, return to your hotel by the airport and relax.
Day 8: Final Departure
After breakfast, have a final transfer to the international terminal to travel back home with your heart filled with memories of the sights, sounds, and voices of Egypt to carry with you.