Discovering Cairo, Alexandria and the North Coast in an unforgettable
journey through the best sites of Egypt, from Aswan to Luxor, from
Hurghada to the top of the mystic Sinai. A unique experience which
will give you the chance to resuscitate the past into the present.
Highlights: Egyptian Museum, the Great
Pyramids, High Dam, Abu Simbel, Aswan, Kom Ombo temple, Edfu temple, Luxor
temple, Valley of the Kings, Karnak temple, the colossi of Memnon,
Saqqara, Memphis, Coptic Cairo, Islamic Cairo, Alexandria, El Alamein,
Rashid, St. Catherine and Mount Sinai
Water, Cruise & Beach
Activities:Donkey ride, Felucca, ride, climbing Mt.Sinai
Number of Days: 14
Comfort and Luxury(explain)
Level of action: Active
Shared or private: Private (explain)
Included: Assistance at
the airport, transfer, guides, domestic flights tickets, all entrance
fees, accommodation based on B&B, 3 days full board cruise
Not Included: Visa, Tips, Beverages, extra
not mentioned into the itinerary, option.
Sinai peninsula, Dahab snorkelling diving experience, Bedouin
experience, trekking through the desert, Western Oasis, White Desert,
Upper Egypt, Nubian experience, Jordan Connection.
Day 1: Cairo
Arrival and pick up at Cairo airport. Transfer to our accommodation.
You will be assisted by our representative who will inform you about
all practicalities. The rest of the day is free to relax or to enjoy a
beautiful walk through the historical site of the city.
Day 2: Cairo
All tour will be fully escorted by professional guides,
either archaeologists and/or Egyptologists. After breakfast we
visit the Egyptian Museum. Of the world's great museums, this behemoth
may very well have the single most stunning collection. A dozen
royal mummies, monumental statues from the Old Kingdom and the Amarna
era, unique artefacts, Tut Ankh Amun treasures are only some
of the highlights of this amazing collection. The museum was founded
by Auguste Mariette in 1858, the archaeologist who excavated
the Serapeum at Saqqara and several major temple in Upper Egypt. After
our lunch break we visit the world most famous monuments, the
Great three Pyramids standing in awe at magnificent Sphinx guarding
Giza plateau. Kufru, khafre and Menkaure are only three of the 97
pyramids spread across seventy kilometres of desert, from the outskirts
of Cairo to the edge of the Fayoum. Late in the afternoon we take
our sleeping train to Aswan. Dinner and overnight on board
Day 3: Aswan
In the morning transfer from Aswan station to our cruise boat. In
the afternoon we visit the unfinished obelisk, the granite quarries
and the High Dam, the best known attraction in the city. The dam is
interesting intellectually as well as incredibly impressive visually.
It lack the aesthetic magnificence of ancient Egyptian colossi, but
it could teach them something about size, 1 km thick at the base,
3.6 km long and 110 m high. The dam contains more then 17 times the
material used in the Great Pyramid of Cheops. At sunset we enjoy an
unforgettable felucca ride, a local sailing boat, a timeless way to
view the Nile's scenery and temple. we strop at the Kitchener Island
to visit the Botanical Garden, Elephantine Island and the Aga Khan
Mausoleum. Dinner and overnight on board.
Day 4: Answan, Abu Simbel, Kom Ombo
Early morning there is an option to visit Abu Simbel, the temple built
up by Ramses II, representing 4 statues of the pharaoh
at different age carved into the mountain. Once back to the cruise
we start sailing on the way to Kom Ombo where we stop for the
next sight seen. The view of the Nile from the temple is simply
amazing. The temple of Haroeris and Sobeck is just right at the
edge of the Nile, a unique example of a double temple dedicated to
two gods, Sobeck the crocodile headed god protector of the Nile fertility
and Haroeris the falcon headed God, the healer, the good doctor.
We will admire one of the most beautiful and colourful sunset on the
Nile. Time for sailing again heading for Edfu. Lunch and dinner
Day 5: Edfu temple, Luxor
Today we have another amazing sight seen, the temple of Horus the
most well preserved temple in Egypt, as it was hidden under the sands
for many centuries until the French archaeologist Mariette started
his excavation in the area removing the impressive holy building from
the sands. We sail for the rest of the day heading for Luxor,
better known as Thebes, the grave of Tut Ankh Amon, the legend
of ancient mysteries, the city of the 100 gates as Homer
said in the book 9th of the Iliad. In the evening we enjoy another
beautiful sunset from the sundeck of the boat. Overnight on board.
Day 6: Luxor, Valley of the King, Karnak
Luxor contains 1/3 of the most ancient monuments of the world. This
morning we start our sight seen on the west bank, symbol of death
and resurrection, An early start to enjoy our donkey ride on
the way to the Valley of the King, the direct descent into the Underworld
where the Judgement of Osiris and the rebirth of the pharaoh
are widely depicted on the walls and ceiling of the royal
tombs. We explore the Valley of the Queen with Hatshepsut temple,
the only pharaoh ness accepted by the Egyptians, Deir el Medina,
the city of the artisans, Deir el Habu, Ramses III temple, the colossi
of Memnon. In the afternoon we move to the East bank heading
for Karnak temple on horse draw carriage. It took more then 1300
years to construct this site, the most vast cult centre of the
ancient world. After a visit to Luxor temple we enjoy our dinner and
overnight on board.
Day 7: Luxor/Hurghada
After breakfast we disembark from the cruise and we take our convoy
to Hurghada our destination for today, known in Egypt as Ghardaga,
one time just a simple fishing village. But now, with it's crystal
clear water, untouched reefs and a multitude of ship wrecks, it has
become one of the best Egyptian tourist destinations.
Day 8: Hurghada
After breakfast a free day at leisure. Hurghada can satisfy the needs
of every visitor, from scuba diving to windsurfing to desert safaris.
It is world renowned as a centre for some of the world's best Diving.
Within a couple of hours from the hotel we can be amongst a group
of islands that are the home to Dive Sites guaranteed to astound even
the most experienced divers.
Day 9: Sinai-St.Catherine
After breakfast we take the ferry boat to Sharm el Sheikh. We drive
about 3 hours to reach our special destination: St. Catherine Monastery.
We have the great chance to see the sunrise or the sunset from the
top of Mt. Sinai, the Moses Mountain, as it’s know locally,
the holy place where Moses received the Ten Commandments. The climb
takes about 3 hours and it is lead by the Bedouins of the Gabelaya
tribe, great expert of the Sinai mountains and guardians of the camels.
Day 10: St. Catherine/Cairo
This morning we visit Saint Catherine Monastery, one of the world’s
great centres of religious pilgrimage for over fifteen centuries.
Within its imposing walls rests a citadel like no other, incredibly
rich in important religious and historical structures. Among its treasures
is a library of ancient manuscripts and icons second only to the Vatican's
itself, and a 6th century church reputed to lie directly on the site
of the Burning Bush. Quite simply, the monastery is a defining feature
of the Holy Land. We leave behind this mystic experience and we drive
back to Cairo crossing Suez Canal. Overnight in the city.
Day 11: Memphis, Saqqara, Islamic Cairo and Coptic Cairo
After breakfast we head for Memphis one of the ancient capital of
Egypt. We stop for another wonder: Saqqara, the famous step pyramids.
After lunch we drive back to Cairo to explore the old area of the
capital, the Hanging Church, Ben Ezra Synagogue, the Citadel of Saladin
and the Mosque of Mohammed Ali. We end our afternoon enjoying some
shopping time in Khan Khalili Bazaar, the biggest market in Egypt.
Overnight in Cairo
Day 12: Alexandria
After breakfast we drive to Alexandria through the desert road. Founded
by Alexander the Great who conquered Egypt at the age of 25, Alexandria
was revived by Mohammed Ali and transformed by Europeans, who gave
the city its present shape and made it synonymous with cosmopolitanism
and decadence. Today we visit the Greco-Roman Museum, which contains Egypt's
best collection of antiquities from the Classical era, the Catacombs
and Pompy's Pillar. Overnight in Alexandria
Day 13: El Alamein, Quit bay Citadel and the Montaza palace
Today we drive to El Alaimain to visit the Tombs of the 2nd
War World . In October 1942, Allied troops under the command of General
Bernard Montgomery defeated the Axis forces led by one of most brilliant
German commanders, General Erwin Rommel (The Desert Fox), in a battle
that changed the course of the war in North Africa. El Alamein is
an apt name for a place that determined the fate of Egypt and Britain'
s empire. From September 1940 to March 1943 the total causalities
for the North African campaign exceeded 100,000. On our drive passing
the sea shore we stop at Quit bay Citadel and at the magnificent El
Muntazah Palace, which was the king's summer residence. Overnight
Day 14: Alexandria, Rashid, Cairo
After breakfast we drive to Rashid. Founded in A.D. 870, in the time
of the Caliphs, Rosetta was from medieval into modern times the principal
Egyptian port and a major centre of Mediterranean trade. After the
construction of the Mahmudiya Canal, however, it was rapidly overshadowed
by Alexandria. Rosetta is still an important centre of the rice trade,
with several rice mills, and also has foodstuff, tobacco and textile
industries. In the afternoon we drive back to Cairo for our last dinner
together. Tour ends the following day after breakfast. Transfer to