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Diamonds of Egypt
     
 
Tour Length: 13 Days, 12 Nights Tour Code: CLAAC04
Starts in: Cairo End in: Cairo
Start day: Tuesday End day:

Day 1:

Upon arrival at Cairo international airport you will be met by our Airport representative (holding Sunny Egypt sign with your Name). Then you will be transferred to your hotel to spend the night. Our Cairo head Rep will welcome you, help you check-in to the Hotel and let you know the plan for the next few days.

 

Day 2:

Morning- Breakfast at the hotel then our friendly expert Egyptologist guide will accompany you to the area - inspiring Pyramids and Sphinx at Giza was built 4600 years ago. Khufu, the successor of Sneferu, was known as a tyrant and in his arrogance he decided to have a tomb built that was bigger and better than all others. The three Pyramids: Cheops (Khufu), Chephren (Khafra) & Mycrenios (Menkaura). The Great pyramid was built by King Cheops (IV Dynasty). King Chefren, the son of Cheops, built the second Pyramid and the third pyramid was built in the reign of “Menkaura”, the son of Chefren. The mysterious Sphinx, with its mask of Chephren and body of a Lion, stands Close by guard of the land of Pharaohs. The Sphinx and the three pyramids were considered one to be one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Then on to Sakkara lies 25 Km south of Cairo. Djeser’s (Zosser’s) step Pyramid, (built 4700 years ago), dominates the skyline and is believed to be the ancient Egyptians first attempt at pyramid building, to see the first pyramids ever built the step pyramid of Zosser. Evening, you will catch the overnight train to Luxor.

 

Day 3:

Upon arrival at the Luxor train station, you will be met and transferred to your selected Cruise. After freshening up you can take an afternoon tour to the East Bank of Luxor Karnak and Luxor temples, followed by a free afternoon and evening, overnight on the boat.

 

Day 4:

An early morning, continuation our touring in Luxor, by visit the West Bank - Valley of the Kings: the remote, barren Valley of the Kings was the necropolis of the New Kingdom pharaohs. By digging their tombs deep into the Theban Hills, pharaohs from Tuthmosis I on hoped to stop robbers stealing the priceless possessions buried with them. Valley of the Queens: Named by Champollion, the Valley of the Queens lies to the south-west of the Valley of the Kings and holds the tombs of many royal wives and children. Of the nearly 80 tombs populating the Valley, the most famous is that of Queen Nefertari. Hatshepsut Temple: Against its stark mountainous backdrop, the partly rock-hewn Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut at Deir al-Bahri is a breath-taking sight. Colossi of Memnon: the two enthroned statues of Amenhotep III are the first monuments most visitors see on arriving in the West Bank, overnight on the boat.

 

Day 5:

Enjoy your breakfast while cruising on the Nile. Stop at Edfu to visit Horus Temple the second large temple in Egypt. Then continue sailing, later you will visit Kom Ombo temple, Overnight on the cruise boat while sailing towards Aswan.

 

Day 6:

Arrive Aswan; you will be taking on tour to visit the Philae temple. As the center of the cult of Isis, the island of Philae was an important place of pilgrimage for worshippers until long into the Christian era. From Philae, Isis was said to watch over the sacred island of Biga, one of the mythical burial sites of her husband Osiris. After the building of the Aswan Dam, the island’s temples were partly submerged in water and visitors took to rowing boats to peer at the remains. Then Aswan High Dam, one of the biggest dams in the World (measuring 360 feet high and over a mile and a half wide), was erected to store the flood waters of the Nile in Lake Nasser, Overnight on the boat.

 

Day 7:

After breakfast, make check out from the cruise, then you will sail by Felucca to visit Elephantine Island: the island is characterized by it's Grey boulders which some say resemble elephants drinking form the Nile, And Kitchener Island or Botanical Island to see the beautiful and peaceful botanical gardens with a nice collection of plants from all over the world, Late make check in to your Nile cruise , take lunch on board, Visit to Kalabsha temple, Beit El Wali, and the kiosk of Kertassi , overnight on board in Aswan Harbour.

 

Day 8:

Sailing to Wadi El Seboua, breakfast and cocktail when passing the Tropic of Cancer, overnight on board

 

Day 9:

After taking breakfast on board followed by a morning visit to Wadi El Seboua, the temple of Dakka, and temple of Meharakka continue sailing to Amada ,visit the temples of Amada and of Derr, as well as the tomb of Penout, overnight on board at Amada

 

Day 10:

After taking breakfast, visit to the citadel of Kasr Ibrim. Tour conducted from the ship’s sun deck as entrance to the site is not permitted , then continue sailing to Abu Simbel to visit of the Temples of Abu Simbel , later sound & light show at Abu Simbel temples (non-compulsory, ticket not included), overnight at Abu Simbel.

 

Day 11:

After taking your breakfast on board, make check out from the cruise, take car to Aswan and catch your train back to Cairo.

 

Day 12:

After the breakfast; our friendly expert Egyptologist guide will accompany you to visit the famous Egyptian museum where you will see many precious antiquities. Then on to Islamic areas of Cairo, including the Citadel of Saladdin which boasts the famous Alabaster Mosque of Mohammed Ali. After that you will visit the Coptic area of Cairo where the Romans constructed the fortress of Babylon. Built on the ruins of two towers of the fortress towers is the church of St. Mary, more commonly known as the Hanging Church. Next you will visit St. Sergius where it is said to be the resting place for the holy family.

 

Day 13:

After breakfast, tour end, transfer to airport and farewell to the pharaohs land.

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