Cairo, Abu Simbel & Luxor 11 Days/10 Nights
Cairo is the city of dreams. It is everything that one would want and expect of such an ancient city. It has one of the 7 wonders of the ancient world as well as vibrancy, color, stunning architecture, labyrinths of narrow, bustling streets, quiet corners where people drink tea and smoke the water pipes watching the world go by and the ever-buzzing bazaars where you will be swept up in the moment.
Luxor is a city on the east bank of the Nile River in southern Egypt. It's on the site of ancient Thebes, the pharaohs’ capital at the height of their power, during the 16th–11th centuries B.C. Today's city surrounds 2 huge, surviving ancient monuments: graceful Luxor Temple and Karnak Temple, a mile north. The royal tombs of the Valley of the Kings and the Valley of the Queens are on the river’s west bank.
Aswan, a city on the Nile River, has been southern Egypt’s strategic and commercial gateway since antiquity. It contains significant archaeological sites like the Philae temple complex, on Agilkia Island near the landmark Aswan Dam. Philae’s ruins include the columned Temple of Isis, dating to the 4th century B.C. Downriver, Elephantine Island holds the Temple of Khnum, from the Third Dynasty.
Abu Simbel; The Abu Simbel temples are two massive rock temples at Abu Simbel, a village in Nubia, southern Egypt, near the border with Sudan. They are situated on the western bank of Lake Nasser, about 230 km southwest of Aswan.
Day 1: Cairo (no meals) Arrive at Cairo Airport where our representative will meet and assist you through customs and then you claim your baggage. You will be transferred to your selected hotel for a free evening. Overnight at your Hotel.
Day 2: Cairo (B.D) Today you will be transported back to the time of the ancient Egyptians. Our friendly guide will accompany you to the awe-inspiring Pyramids and Sphinx at Giza and then onwards to Sakkara to see the first pyramid ever built - the Step Pyramid of Zosser. Later that evening you will be transferred to board the overnight sleeper train to Aswan and enjoy dinner and breakfast in your own compartment. Overnight Sleeper train.
Day 3: Cairo/Aswan (B) Arrive in Aswan where you will be met and transferred to your selected Hotel. Your afternoon tour starts at the High Dam and its huge lake then take a short ferry ride to the Romantic and Majestic Philae Temple. Tonight you can explore the many bazaars and small streets of Aswan or enjoy dinner on one of the many floating restaurants along the Nile. Overnight at your Hotel.
Day 4: Aswan/Abu Simbel (B.D) Early morning transfer to Airport flight to Abu Simbel. Arrive Abu Simbel transfer to hotel. Visit Temples of Abu Simbel. Overnight Abu Simbel.
Day 5: Abu Simbel/N.Cruise (B.L.D) Early morning opportunity to see the sunrise at the temple. Transfer to airport flight to Aswan arrive Aswan then excursion on a traditional felucca to visit Elephantine and Kitchner Island’s. Transfer to Nile cruise boat. Overnight cruise boat.
Day 6: N.Cruise (B.L.D) After enjoying your breakfast while cruising down the Nile, visit the Greco Roman Temple of Kom Ombo dedicated to the two gods Sobek the crocodile God and Harveris the Sun God. Continue sailing to visit Edfu Temple - the best-preserved and second largest Temple in Egypt. Overnight cruise boat.
Day 7: N.Cruise (B.L.D) Free morning then you have the afternoon tour to the East Bank of Luxor. Entry is down the avenue of Ram Headed Sphinx to reach the Monumental Temple of Karnak and then continue onto Luxor Temple. A free evening to enjoy this vibrant and fascinating city. Overnight cruise boat.
Day 8: N.Cruise/Luxor (B) After an early morning start you cross over to the West Bank of Luxor where the Valley of the Kings & Queens, Queen Hatshepsut's Temple and the Colossi of Memnon awaits you. The afternoon is free to relax or for the energetic perhaps take a visit to the Luxor Museum. Overnight at your hotel.
Day 9: Luxor/Cairo (B.D) Free day in Luxor. Later that evening you will board the overnight sleeper train to return to Cairo. Overnight Sleeper train.
Day 10: Cairo (B) Arrive in Cairo where you will be met and transferred to your hotel. After freshening up you will enjoy the legendary treasures of the Egyptian Museum. Take a look at some of the most exquisite and ancient artefacts and statues in history. Then see the Islamic areas of Cairo including the Citadel of Saladdin - boasting the famous Alabaster Mosque of Mohammed Ali. Then onto the Coptic area of Cairo where the Romans constructed the fortress of Babylon which is built over the ruins of two towers of the fortress the church of St Mary or more commonly know as the Hanging Church, followed by St Sergius which is said to be the resting place for the holy family. Overnight at your Hotel.
Day 11: Cairo (B) Transfer to the Cairo Airport for your departure flight.
- Arrival / Departure: Airport transfers included.
- Transport: Private air-conditioned mini-van.
- Accommodation: 4* Hotel 5* Nile Cruise.
- Meals: (B) Breakfast (L) Lunch (D) Dinner as per daily itinerary.
- Guides: Egyptologist guide in all the sites.
- Tours: Entrance fees included.