Egypt in Depth
A Independent or Group program for Discerning travelers
27 DAYS FROM $3,720 US
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Day 1: Cairo: Arrive in Cairo - meet and greet and transfer to hotel.
2: Cairo:(B,L) Breakfast, then an introduction to the Egyptian museum,
this unique collection holds some 140 thousand pieces. As you travel
through these treasures, learn of the history and geography of Egypt.
Traverse the Egyptian civilizations from old to middle to the new
kingdoms. Learn of the Rosetta Stone, visit the Akhanaten room and see
the precious artifacts of King Tut in the room of treasures. Wander
around the world of Gold. (2 hours guided the rest of the time on your
own to explore the museum)
Today we explore the great Pyramids. We stop in the Plateau in front of
the great pyramid, built by Cheops and tell you of the legends and
historical facts. Enter one of the smaller pyramids, the one of the
queen mother and imagine how hard it was to enter the great one.
Day 4: Sakkara:(B,L,D) Breakfast, then we
head for the Step Pyramid at Sakkara, the first ever built in Egypt.
Learn about the genius of its architecture Imhoteb. Then to Memphis to
see the ruins of the oldest capital of Egypt, or the city of white
walls, there you will see a great Statue of Ramses one of the most
beautiful pieces of sculpture in Egypt.
5: Aswan:(B,L) Breakfast, Arrive in Aswan.Later we visit the
Nubian Museum, the most modern in Egypt with its local Nubian design
and special landscape. Here you will learn of Nubia and its
relationship within Egyptian history, the life and monuments
around the Nile are the main subjects, plus information on the Nile
from its very origins in heart of Africa and models of a Nubian house
and traditions, plus information on the great temple of Abu Simbul and
the Philae Temple before we visit them later in the program. Visit the Philae Temple, the High Dam and the unfinished Obelisk. This
evening take a walk around this quaint city with its market street
where odors of peanuts and spices greet you. Overnight at a Hotel in Aswan.
6: Abu Simbul:(B,L,D) An
early departure by road with a boxed breakfast for the Abu Simbul, the
Statue of Liberty of Egypt within its African borders. Visit the
temples of Ramses and Nefertari before returning to Aswan around 1
p.m.Check in to your cruise ship for late lunch.Dinner
and overnight onboard ship.
7: Nile Cruise:(B,L,D) Breakfast, then the Cruise departs for Luxor with a stop visit the Ptolemic Temple ofr Kom-Ombo, which was decidated to two gods, the crocodile God Sobek and the falcon-headed God Horus, dinner and overnight onboard the Cruise.
8: Nile Cruise:(B,L,D) Breakfast, then visit the Temple of Horus in Edfu via a carriage ride from the cruise ship. Visit the best preserved Egyptian Temple in existence. Lunch onboard. Continue your cruise to Luxor.
Dinner and overnight onboard ship.
9: Luxor:(B) Check out of the Nile Cruise after Breakfast, then we cross the Nile to the West Bank to visit the necropolis of Ancient Thebes. Explore the Valleys of the Kings where tombs of 64 Pharaohs were discovered. Visit to three tombs - the Tombs are rotated so you will be able to choose from those open.Onto the Temple of Queen Hatshipsuit and the Colossi of Memnon. Lunch. Then visit the very large Temple of Ramses III known as Medinet Habu which depicts the battle reliefs on the exterior of the
temple. Overnight at a Hotel in Luxor.
10: Luxor:(B) After breakfast today we visit the East bank, including the Temple of Luxor, which was started by Amenhotep III and completed by
Ramses II and the Temple of Karnak, which took over 1500 years to build
and is considered the world's largest religious complex. Tonight see
Sound and Light Show in Karnak $36 US Per Person
11: Dendera:(B,L) Breakfast, then we take off for the day to visit the Temple of Dendera whose construction was initiated by the Ptolemies.
Dendara is dedicated to Hathor, the Cow Goddess, known as "The Golden
One". (150 km North of Luxor) Then proceed further north to the Abydos
Temple before returning to Luxor. (3-4 hours each way by road)
12: Luxor:(B,L) Today visit the Ramseum and the tombs of the Nobles
many of which are vividly painted with naturalistic scenes of
agriculture, fishing, fowling, feasting and junketing. Visit the
Alabaster craftspeople and take lunch in a local village restaurant
before returning to the east bank, Rest of day at leisure.
13: Luxor to Hurghada:(B) Luxor Museum and Mummification
Museum - travel to Hurghada a resort city on the Red Sea. Rest of day
at leisure.(3 hours drive)
14: Hurghada:(B,L) A visit to
Gifton Island by boat - snorkeling, diving, swimming or just view from
the boat - see the Dolphins, the birds and nature of the Red Sea.
A stop on the Island and see the white sand with its famous healing
qualities, light lunch aboard the boat. Later visit an Arabian
Folkloric show with costumes and music through the ages. Alf Leila Wa
Leila (one thousand and one nights)
15: Hurghada:(B,D) A daytrip by 4x4 to a Safari Camp to meet
with the Bedouins in the desert and see the sunset and enjoy local food
Day 16: Hurghada:(B)
Day at leisure.
Day 17: Hurghada-Sharm El Sheik:(B) Breakfast, then a morning transfer to Sharm El Sheik. Rest of day leisure.
18: Sharm-St. Catherine's:(B,D) After Breakfast we drive to St. Catherine's (approx 3 hours) and take an early dinner and rest in preparation for a 1am night hike up Mount Sinai for those who wish to climb to the top of the mountain to see the famous sunrise. St.Catherines is Closed on fridays and Sundays plus the Religiuos Holidays like Xmas and so on..The climb at St Catherines takes about 3-4 hours to climb the 7,498-foot peak following the Path of Moses, a stairway of nearly 4,000 steps.You need to be energetic and strong enough to hike in the middle of the night or you can Just taste the experience by hiking for an hour and still enjoy the sun set from this point and then walk back. It is a good idea to bring a Flashlight with you. You can rent a camel St. Catherines instead of walking up the mountain - approx $60 US - price of camel ride not included.
19: St. Catherine's - Cairo: (B) A visit to the
Monastery and then breakfast before returning to Sharm for a flight to Cairo - Upon arrival transfer to Hotel.
Day 20: Cairo: (B) After Breakfast today we visit Islamic Cairo - the Citadel, Mohammed Ali Mosque, the Green Mosque, visit the palace, see the old gates, old Cairo and visit to Coptic Cairo to see some of the oldest churches in the world, and retrace the steps of Mary and Joseph when they fled with baby Jesus from the wrath of Herod. Visit the world famous Kan El Khalili Bazaar, where you will find a large variety of local souvenirs. A visit to the Geyer Anderson Museum is included.
21: Fayyoum:(B,L) After Breakfast depart for Fayyoum one of Egypt's
biggest and most beautiful oases. See green in middle of the desert,
water mills, the natural lakes and Water falls and the white crystal
22: Alexandria:(B) Breakfast - Today we leave for Alexandria - drive from
Cairo to St. Bishoi Monastery. (Approx 3-4 hours) This monastery has
existed from the end of the 6th century built to be a fortress from the
attack of the Bedouins and converted by monks into a monastery. This area is
important in the History of Christianity in Egypt and the origin of
Monasticism. We continue on to El Alamein. The site of the famous
battle between the axis and allies during Second World War, visit the military museum and several war monuments. Overnight in Alexandria.
23: Alexandria - Cairo:(B,L) After Breakfast we start our tour of Alexandria - visit the Roman Amphitheater which is the only known amphitheater from the Roman era in Egypt. Then a visit to the catacombs of Kom-el-Shouqafa. These tombs are remarkable for their unusual mixture of art styles, sculpture, and reliefs are of Egyptian Gods. Onto the National Museum, then visit the Citadel where what is believed to be the remains of the lighthouse and Cleopatra's Palace have been found beneath the Sea.
Finally visit the Bibliotheca (new library) built to replace the famous
library from Cleopatra's time said to hold every manuscript in the
world.(return to Cairo 3 hours drive)
24: Cairo:(B,L)Today we continue our visit of Cairo. We visit the Cairo tower with option to ride to the top to see a panaromic view of the city, and a visit to
modern Opera House. Visit to Al Azhar Park is included.
25: Cairo:(B,L) Visit the Pharoanic Village which will help you pull allyour tour together - let them show you how the pyramids were
built and how mummies are prepared, and see the replcia of King Tut's
26:Cairo:(B) Breakfast - today is a day of leisure to revisit sites
or do some last minute shopping.
Day 27: Cairo:(B) Airport Transfer for your flight home.
Accommodations 5 Star & 4 Star in St.Catherine:
**All scheduled activities as shown will be included but may be rearranged to different days to accommodate local circumstances and availability.
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