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CRADLE OF THE NILE
A World Heritage Sites Tour of Egypt
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..
Cairo / Pyramids
|M/Y Mirage Nile Cruise: Luxor / Esna
M/Y Mirage Nile Cruise: Esna / Edfu
|M/Y Mirage Nile Cruise: Edfu / Kom Ombo / Aswan
/ Sleeper Train / Cairo
World Heritage Sites Visited
This tour has been tailored to include the following World
World Heritage Sites in Egypt covered on this tour
Memphis and its Necropolis - the Pyramid Fields from Giza
to Dahshur (1979)
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.
Thebes with its Necropolis (1979)
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.
Monuments from Abu Simbel to Philae (1979)
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)
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)
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.
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
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)
- 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.
|*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.
Price Does Not Include:
Hotel Accommodation/Cruise as mentioned or similar, including
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.
/ Regional Airfare INCLUDED in Tour Price
/ Luxor & Aswan / Cairo
International Airfare (not
included in tour price)
note: This tour operates with a minimum of 02 participants.
Dates / Customized Itinerary / Languages
In addition to our set programs we are also pleased
to offer customized tours.
Please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss your
Customized tours can be conducted in English, French,
German, Spanish or Italian. Each departure is conducted
in the designated language only.
Free (US & Canada): 1-800-663-0844
years in small group journeys