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8 Days Cairo Holiday Package with Nile Cruise

Program: Cairo – Cruise – Cairo
Days: 7 Nights/8 Days

Egypt at its very best! Pyramids, Pharaohs and mighty temples, The Great Pyramids of Giza and the buzzing atmosphere of modern day Cairo mark the start of a journey of discovery into Ancient Egypt, as you cruise from the mysterious temples of Luxor and the epic Valley of the Kings to the Aswan High Dam. This very popular itinerary provides a fantastic overview of legendary Egypt in seven intoxicating days.

SAMPLE ITINERARY

DAY ONE: CAIRO
Welcome to Egypt and the start of your holiday!
Arrive Cairo International Airport. You will be met by your tour coordinator who will assist you through the immigration and baggage controls. Transfer to your hotel and check-in. Relax and soak up the atmosphere in this ancient city.
Overnight: Cairo
Meal Plan: Dinner

DAY TWO: CAIRO/TRAIN
Breakfast at the hotel. Check out of the hotel and proceed to enjoy the Captivating city of Cairo.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE DAY

THE PYRAMIDS OF GIZA: The sole survivors from the ancient Greek-listed Seven Wonders of the World, the pyramids of Giza are the planet’s oldest tourist attraction! Constructed from over 2.5 million limestone blocks it is thought to have taken more than 20 years to construct.
They are Egypt’s most visited monuments and among the world’s greatest tourist attractions.

THE SPHINX is carved from a single piece of stone. It is a lion with the head of a pharaoh thought to be the portrait of Chepren.

CHURCH OF ST.SERGIUS (ABU SERGA) – A 5th century basilica built over crypt where the Holy Family is believed to have stayed during their flight into Egypt.

CHURCH OF ST.MERCURIUS (ABU SEFEIN) – boasts a unique collection of Coptic art including 175 icons that depict scenes from the old and new testaments, wall paintings, etching and stained glass.

BEN EZRA SYNAGOGUE Modest in appearance, delightful in interior and boasting of legends, the Ben Ezra synagogue is the supreme Jewish monument in Cairo. Legends claim that the synagogue is built on the spot where pharaoh’s daughter found Moses in the bulrushes and where Jeremiah spoke to survivors after the destruction of Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar.

The most important recent event is the finding of medieval manuscripts in 1894. The collection, called Geniza, , counted more than 250,000 pages, dating to the period between 1002 and 1266.

AL AZHAR UNIVERSITY AND MOSQUE: Al-Azhar is today the most important religious university in the Muslim world, with as much as 90,000 students. It is perhaps the oldest university in the whole world. The heart of Al-Azhar is the mosque quarters. Unlike so many mosques around the Muslim world, it is fully open for visitors. The architecture is stunning, the size of the roofed hall is quite impressive.

THE KHAN EL KHALILI: The most famous of oriental bazaars it is a treasure of trove of medieval craftsmanship. Shop to your total hearts content- for the Egyptian artifacts…or order yourself a sheesha, indulge and watch the world go by…both very enjoyable pass times!!

Transfer to the Ramses Train Station to board your sleeper train for Aswan. Dinner on the train.

Overnight: Sleeper train
Meal plan: Breakfast in hotel / Lunch in restaurant/ Dinner on train

DAY THREE, FOUR AND FIVE: NILE CRUISE
Breakfast in the train. Arrive Aswan in the morning. Transfer to the Nile cruise. Embarkation before lunch.

HIGHLIGHTS DURING THE NILE CRUISE

HIGH DAM: The high dam is the largest rock-filled dam in the world and one of the most important engineering feats of the 20TH century an artificial lake-Lake Nasser, with a surface of 4000 sq km lies behind the dam.

FELUCCA SAILING: Felucca is a traditional Egyptian sailing boat. We shall sail by the felucca around the Elephantine Island to view the Aga Khan Mausoleum and the Kitchener’s botanical garden.

TEMPLES OF KOM OMBO: Kom Ombo temple is exquisitely situated on a dune above a bend in the Nile. Alone among Egypt’s temple it is shared equally by two gods-Sobek, the crocodile god of Nile fertility and haroeis, the elder Horus.

TEMPLE OF EDFU: The town of Edfu boasts Egypt’s most best preserved temple dedicated to Horus, the god of sun and planets .The falcon –his symbol-is a prominent decoration. A very delightful hantour (horse carriage) ride takes you from the Nile to the temple grounds.
Overnight: Nile Cruise
Meal plan: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

DAY SIX: LUXOR
Breakfast in the cruise. Disembark from the cruise.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE DAY

VALLEY OF THE KINGS: The Valley of the Kings shelters the fabled tombs of the pharaohs. More than 40 pharaohs were laid to rest here in ornate subterranean palaces penetrating sometimes under 100 m into the face of the rock.

COLOSSI OF MEMNON: Dominating the desert to the east stand the huge colossi of Memnon, sole relics of the funerary temple of Amenhotep 111.

Overnight: Nile Cruise
Meal plan: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

DAY SEVEN: LUXOR / TRAIN
Breakfast in the cruise and proceed for the days sightseeing.

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE DAY

GREAT TEMPLES OF KARNAK: “Here are works in whose presence it is a task for the imagination to overtake the eyesight’. More than a temple, Karnak is a spectacular complex of sanctuaries, pylons and obelisks – built on a grand scale. The impressive and awesome Karnak temples are for many – pharonic Egypt’s grandest monument of all. The complex covers a hundred acres: its history spans throughout thirteen centuries.

Enjoy rest of the day in Luxor shopping at the various shops and souks
Later in the afternoon, transfer to the train station to board your train for Cairo.

Overnight: Sleeper Train
Meal plan: Breakfast /Lunch / Dinner on board the train.

DAY EIGHT: CAIRO / DEPART
Breakfast on the train. Arrive Cairo and transfer to your hotel where you have been booked on day use. Rest of the day at leisure to shop to your hearts content at the various malls and souks in Cairo.

According to your flight, transfer to the airport for your final departure
Meal plan: Breakfast/ Lunch or Dinner

END OF SERVICES

Inclusions:
• 01 night accommodation in Cairo
• 04 nights on board of Nile Cruise
• 02 night’s accommodation on board of the sleeper train
• 01 day use room in Cairo
• All transfers in Cairo, Luxor & Aswan as per itinerary
• English speaking Egyptologist Guide.
• Comprehensive sightseeing as per program
• All entrance fees, service charge, current taxes, and vat.
• Meet and assist by our local representative.
• Meal plan as per program

Exclusions:
• Visa Fees
• Personal expenditure of any kind
• Tips, drinks, extra meals, and any personal expenses
• International flights

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