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EGYPT: CRADLE OF THE NILE
A World Heritage Sites Tour of Egypt

Egypt Cradle of the Nile

Egypt Cradle of the Nile

The world is indeed indebted to the people of ancient Egypt for achieving the longest living civilization of the ancient world - 3300 BC to 30 BC. Many of the Egyptians achievements in construction and lifestyle are still available to us over 5000 years later and are a must see for people of all ages. Our journey through this ancient land not only offers visits to the pyramids, sphinx and the world famous Egyptian Museum, but also a look at the achievements of the medieval Islamic period such as the majestic Al Azhar Mosque, Salahuddi's citadel, the city of Cairo and the famous Khan-el-Khalil bazaar. These World Heritage Sites are visited in a combination of land, train and a four-day Nile cruise. Few will fail to see the charm of this spectacular and ancient country; the land where it all began..


Tour Summary
Map
Day

Place
01
Cairo
02
Cairo / Pyramids
03 Cairo / Luxor
04
M/Y Mirage Nile Cruise: Luxor / Esna
05
M/Y Mirage Nile Cruise: Esna / Edfu
06
M/Y Mirage Nile Cruise: Edfu / Kom Ombo / Aswan
07
Aswan / Sleeper Train / Cairo
08
Luxor / Cairo
09 Cairo

UNESCO World Heritage Sites Visited
This tour has been tailored to include the following World Heritage Sites

World Heritage Sites in Egypt covered on this tour
Memphis and its Necropolis - the Pyramid Fields from Giza to Dahshur (1979) The capital of the Old Kingdom of Egypt has some extraordinary funerary monuments, including rock tombs, ornate mastabas, temples and pyramids. In ancient times, the site was considered one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
Ancient Thebes with its Necropolis (1979) Thebes, the city of the god Amon, was the capital of Egypt during the period of the Middle and New Kingdoms. With the temples and palaces at Karnak and Luxor, and the necropolises of the Valley of the Kings and the Valley of the Queens, Thebes is a striking testimony to Egyptian civilization at its height.
Nubian Monuments from Abu Simbel to Philae (1979) This outstanding archaeological area contains such magnificent monuments as the Temples of Ramses II at Abu Simbel and the Sanctuary of Isis at Philae, which were saved from the rising waters of the Nile thanks to the International Campaign launched by UNESCO, in 1960 to 1980.
Islamic Cairo (1979) Tucked away amid the modern urban area of Cairo lies one of the world's oldest Islamic cities, with its famous mosques, madrasas, hammams and fountains. Founded in the 10th century, it became the new centre of the Islamic world, reaching its golden age in the 14th century.
Saint Catherine Area (Optional) (2002) The Orthodox Monastery of St Catherine stands at the foot of the Mount Horeb of the Old Testament, where Moses received the Tablets of the Law. The mountain is known and revered by Muslims as Jebel Musa. The entire area is sacred to three world religions: Christianity, Islam, and Judaism. The Monastery, founded in the 6th century, is the oldest Christian monastery still in use for its initial function. Its walls and buildings are very significant in the study of Byzantine architecture and the Monastery houses outstanding collections of early Christian manuscripts and icons. The rugged mountainous landscape, containing numerous archaeological and religious sites and monuments, forms a perfect backdrop for the Monastery.
Detailed Itinerary
Day 1: Arrive Cairo (EGYPT)
Ahlan wa sahlan! Welcome in Arabic. We are warmly received at Cairo Airport and transferred to our hotel.
Overnight: Conrad Cairo Hotel (2 nights)

Day 2: Cairo / Pyramids
This is a day to go back in time, starting with a visit to the most famous of the Egyptian sphinxes, the Great Sphinx of Giza, followed by the Great Pyramid of Khufu (Cheops). Completed around 2600 BC, this pyramid was 146m (478ft) high and consisted of over 2 million limestone blocks weighing over 2 tons each. We also examine the Chephren and Mycerinus Pyramids as well as the Cheops wooden boat. At over 4500 years old, this boat is the most ancient vessel found in perfect condition anywhere in the world and is one of the most important archaeological finds in Egypt. Next we visit Memphis and the Saqqara Step Pyramid, the world's first great stone structure. Evening, an ideal opportunity to join in our optional viewing of the spectacular Sound and Light Show at the foot of the Great Pyramids. (B)

Day 3: Cairo / Luxor (Flight)
A short flight gets us to Luxor where we are warmly received and transferred to your boat, home for the next four nights. Over the next few days we cruise the Nile and visit various off shore sites.
Overnight: : M/Y Mirage Nile Cruise (4 nights) (B, L, D)

Day 4: M/Y Mirage Nile Cruise Luxor
This afternoon we visit to the Karnak and Luxor Temples. The ancient Egyptians knew the Temple of Karnak as Ipet-isut. It is a city of temples built over 2000 years and dedicated to the Theben triad of Amon, Mut and Khonsu. This derelict place continues to overshadow many of the wonders of the modern world. It is the mother of all religious buildings and a place of pilgrimage for nearly 4,000 years. Luxor Temple was connected to Karnak Temple by an avenue of sphinxes in ancient times. Unlike Karnak, Luxor is mainly the work of one pharaoh - Amenhotep III and was added to by Tutankhamun, Horemheb, Ramses II and Alexander the Great. During Akhenaten's all religion other than worship of Aten was rejected and development at Luxor stopped. When Akhenaten died, the old religions returned, along with the priests so the temple began to expand again. (B, L, D)

Day 5: M/Y Mirage Nile Cruise Luxor / Esna / Edfu
We begin our day with a visit to the West Bank of Luxor 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. Our visit will also includes Queen Hatshepsut Temple and the Colossi of Memnon. Sail to Esna, cross the lock then continue onto Edfu. (B, L, D)

Day 6: M/Y Mirage Nile Cruise Edfu / Kom Ombo / Aswan
Morning we will be visiting the well-preserved Greek built Temple of Horus. This temple, built during the reigns of six generations of Ptolemy's, is not only the best-preserved ancient temple in Egypt, but also the second largest after Karnak. Afternoon sail for Kom Ombo to visit the Temple of Kom Ombo, dedicated to the crocodile-god Sobek. It stands at a bend in the Nile where in ancient times sacred crocodiles basked in the sun on the riverbank. (B, L, D)

Day 7: Aswan / Cairo (Train)
Disembark after breakfast. Visits in Aswan include the famous and monumental Aswan High Dam and the romantic and majestic Philae Temple on the Island of Agilka. This afternoon, we take a ride on a felucca, a typical Egyptian sail-boat, around Elephantine Island. This is also a day for those who may want to take an optional flight excursion to Abu Simbel* to see the temples of Ramses II and Queen Nefertari. Evening we are transferred to the railway station at Aswan for our comfortable overnight train to Cairo or take the optional flight to Cairo with overnight at the hotel. See** for details.
Overnight: Sleeper Train (1 night) (B, D)

Day 8: Arrive Cairo
We arrive in the morning and are welcomed at Cairo Railways Station. Our day at Cairo starts with a fascinating tour of 7,000 years of Egyptian history with a visit to the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities. The Museum houses the world's greatest collection of Ancient Egyptian artifacts, including 12 rooms filled with golden treasures from the world-famous tomb of the boy-king Tutenkhamun. A brief stop will also be made at Tahrir Square before we start with the fascinating part of Islamic Cairo, including the beautiful and graceful Mohamed Ali Mosque and the ancient Citadel, a spectacular medieval fortress perched on a hill above the city. Originally built by Salah El-Din in 1176 to fortify the city against the Crusaders, the Citadel was modified and enlarged over the centuries by subsequent rulers and today is a complex of three mosques and four museums. Our last stop is at the awesome Khan El-Khalili Bazaar, reputed to be the largest bazaar in the Middle East. Originally founded as a watering stop for caravanserai in the 14th century, the bazaar has now grown to vast proportions. PM optional visit to Al Azhar Park including dinner USD $ 95.00 per person (min 2 persons)
Overnight: Conrad Cairo Hotel (1 night) (B)

Day 9: Depart Cairo
Today we bid farewell to Egypt, best described as a heritage site to the whole world, having gained an educational, historical an enlightening cultural experience never to be forgotten. (B)


Optional Excursion/Extension - Abu Simbel's Excursion

1) * ABU SIMBEL's EXCURSION FROM ASWAN (Day 7)
This day trip is by air from Aswan and includes a guided tour of the Abu Simbel temples and all the transfers required (airport / ship / airport) at Aswan. This temple was built in ancient Nubia by Ramses II to demonstrate his power as well as his divine nature. Four colossal (20 meters / 65 feet high) statues of him sit in pairs flanking the entrance. This excursion is taken immediately after arrival in Aswan on Day 7.


B = Breakfast
L = Lunch
D = Dinner

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Departure Dates

2016/2017
Every Saturday


Prices
Departures
Tour Price US$ Single Sup US$
2016/2017 1350 295
*ABU SIMBEL'S EXCURSION From US$ 365 per person (includes airfare Aswan/Abu Simbel/Aswan).
  • On Day 07, instead of the overnight train take a flight at US$ 290 per person sharing includes airfare, transfers and overnight hotel.
    Single Supplement US$ 60.
  • If applicable, Supplement compulsory New Year Gala Dinner at US$ 100 per person.
Tour Price Includes Tour Price Does Not Include:
• Hotel Accommodation/Cruise as mentioned or similar, including hotel taxes
• Meal Plan as mentioned
(B=Breakfast L=Lunch D=Dinner)
• All sightseeing and transfers
• Entrance Fees to Museums and Sites
• Local English speaking guides
• Visa Support as required

• International Airfare / Departure Taxes
• Insurance / Visas
• Drinks / Beverages with meals
• Tips / gratuities
• Entrance fees into the Pyramids chambers, visit to the Sun/Solar Boat Museum, Mummies Room at the Egyptian Museum, Tutankhamun & Ramses the 6th’s Tombs in the Valley of Kings, Nefertari’s Tomb in the Valley of the Queens, the Outdoor Museum at Karnak Temple. These may be paid locally.

Domestic / Regional Airfare INCLUDED in Tour Price
Cairo / Luxor & Aswan / Cairo

Estimated International Airfare (not included in tour price)
East Coast US $ 1200
West Coast US $ 1400
Please note: This tour operates with a minimum of 02 participants.

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In addition to our set programs we are also pleased to offer customized tours.
Please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss your individual needs.

Customized tours can be conducted in English, French, German, Spanish or Italian. Each departure is conducted in the designated language only.

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