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8 Days - “BEST OF EGYPT”

NILE CRUISE to LUXOR–EDFU–KOM OMBO-ASWAN, ABU SIMBEL, CAIRO - ALEXANDRIA

2009 Arrivals on Monday, or Tuesday, or Saturday - throughout the year. Inquire for 2010.
 

Day 1: ARRIVAL CAIRO – Fly to LUXOR – Board the NILE CRUISER
Upon arrival at the Cairo international airport, meet with our representative for the Visa arrangements, and for assistance to board your connecting flight to Luxor. On arrival, board your awaiting motor coach and transfer to your Nile Cruiser- your „floating hotel‟ for 4 nights, by the banks of the mighty Nile. Check-in at your comfortable cabin and get familiar with this beautifully appointed vessel. Dinner and overnight.

Day 2: On CRUISE- Luxor sightseeing
Morning free. Optional visit to Luxor‟s outstanding Museum. After Lunch onboard, enjoy your visit to the world famous Temples of Karnak and Luxor, to admire the very best of ancient Egyptian architecture and mystique. Return to the ship for Dinner and overnight. Ship remains docked at Luxor.

Day 3: On CRUISE- Luxor, Esna, Edfu In the morning, drive across the river to the „West bank‟. First stop is at the two huge statues, known as the „Colossi of Memnon‟. Next comes the vast Necropolis of Thebes- the Valley of Kings and Queens, which is the famed secret burial ground for dozens of Pharaoes who had ruled the land. Here you will visit 3 of the sacred tombs. Short drive to see the Queen Hatchepsut‟s elegant restored temple, then onto the ship for Lunch. In the afternoon, enjoy the unique spectacle as the ship is sailing along the fertile banks of the Nile. Reach the town of Esna, pass the locks, and onto Edfu. Dinner and overnight. Ship remains docked at Edfu.
Day 4: On CRUISE- Edfu, Kom Ombo, Aswan
Morning visit to the very well preserved Temple of Horus at Edfu. Return to the ship and sail towards Kom Ombo. Lunch onboard. At Kom Ombo visit the unique Temple dedicated to gods Sobek and Haroeris. Return to the ship and sail. Evening arrival at Aswan. Dinner and overnight.

Day 5: ASWAN (ABU SIMBEL) – CAIRO Disembarkation after breakfast and drive to see Aswan‟s impressive „High Dam‟, generating enough electricity to cover the country‟s multiplying needs. Later, embark a „felucca‟ (local sailboat), which will take you to the well preserved and restored Temple of Philae, ideally situated by the banks of the Nile. After completion of the visit, either transfer to the Aswan airport for the flight to Cairo, OR take the optional tour to Abu Simbel, (by short flight), to admire the famed Temple of Ramses II with its huge statues, right by the vast Lake Nasser. Then fly to Cairo via Aswan. Upon arrival at Cairo airport, you will be met by our representative and transferred to the hotel for check-in, dinner and overnight. Day 5: CAIRO sightseeing Morning drive to the plateau of Giza, site of the many Pyramids built for the mighty Pharaohs and their families, including the magnificent Great Pyramids of Cheops, and Khephren and Mycerinos. Nearby stands the awesome statue of the Sphinx. In addition to spending time to view these magnificent structures and learn all about them, you will have the chance to optionally enter the Chephren Pyramid, and the „Solar Boat‟ Museum (additional entrance fees). Later drive to a selected restaurant to enjoy lunch, and then onto the ancient capital of Memphis with its large statues, followed by a visit to the very impressive Step Pyramids at Sakkara, which are actually older than the Giza Pyramids. Before driving back to the hotel, you will have the opportunity to indulge in shopping at selected stores with good value for the money. Dinner at hotel and overnight.

Day 6: CAIRO sightseeing
Morning drive to visit the Citadel with its huge and beautifully decorated Mohamed Ali Mosque. On to the heart of the city, reaching the outstanding Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, containing priceless treasures such as a wealth of statues, artefacts, sarcophaguses, paintings, clothing, and ornaments, all indicative of the great Ancient Egyptian civilization. In a separate chamber, the „Mummies Room‟ (a separate fee applies), one gets the chance to see the preserved remains of great pharaohs, high priests and other important figures. After time for lunch at a selected restaurant, enjoy a visit at the Pharaonic Village,
located on an island. This is an experience like no other. As you sail down its canals, the sounds, the images and the surrounding structures make you feel as if you are travelling back in time. Following this fun-filled time, drive back to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 7: ALEXANDRIA
Early departure for the 3 hours drive to the beautiful coastal town of Alexandria, known as the “Pearl of the Mediterranean”. Founded by Alexander the Great, the city has been subjected to the influence of great civilizations, resulting to its rich cosmopolitan aura. Driving along the long coastal road, pass by the new impressive Library, then on to visit the lush gardens and majestic palace at Montazah. After time for lunch at a selected restaurant, drive through the colorful busy streets of the old part of town, to visit the very interesting Catacombs at Kom El Shogafa- hiding place and burial grounds of the early Christians. Following a short visit to the Fortress dominating the waters near the old port, it is time to start our way back to Cairo. Evening arrival at the hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 8: DEPARTURE
Depart from the hotel and drive to the Cairo international airport, where our representative will assist you to timely check-in for your departing flight.

Program can be modified and/or extended, however cruise embarkation at Luxor must be either on a Monday, or Tuesday, or Saturday.
 

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