12 days marsa alam holiday package
1. PYRAMIDS OF GIZA
The Pyramids of Giza are Cairo’s number one half-day trip and a must-do attraction on everyone’s itinerary. Right on the edge of the city, on the Giza Plateau, these fourth dynasty funerary temples have been wowing travellers for centuries and continue to be one of the country’s major highlights. Despite the heat, the dust, and the tourist hustle, you can’t miss a trip here
THE EGYPTIAN MUSEUM
Egyptian Museum, Arabic Al-Matḥaf al-Miṣrī, the museum of Egyptian antiquities in Cairo, founded in the 19th century by the French Egyptologist Auguste Mariette and housing the world’s most valuable collection of its kind.
THE CITADEL OF SULTAN SALADIN
Cairo’s citadel was built by Saladin in 1176. on the top of Mokattam Hills, it was built to defend the city against the Crusaders.
The Mosque of Muhammad Ali is the most famous monument and the main reason for visiting. Nicknamed the “Alabaster Mosque,” its white stone and tall, disproportionately slender minarets are one of Cairo’s great landmarks. The other big reason to come up here are the views across the city; head to the Gawhara Terrace for the best panorama in town.
KHAN EL KHALIL BAZAAR
The place has an amazing atmosphere mix with very friendly people and much more antics to find it belongs to all civilization in Egyptian history. Big Bazaar in old Islamic Cairo, One of the most beautiful places in Cairo , Beautiful accessories and collectables, Khan al-Khalili , Enjoy tea time at El Fishawy Cafe, This is the most famous cafe in Khan EL Khalili, the ancient souq of Cairo. This was one of the famous Nobels of Naguib Mahfouz and the place where you can really understand Cairo
OLD CAIRO-COPTIC CAIRO
This small church-filled cluster of twisty laneways lies within the walls of Old Babylon where the Roman Emperor Trajan first built a fortress along the Nile. Parts of the Roman towers still preside over the main street.
The Coptic Museum here contains a wealth of information on Egypt’s early Christian period and is home to one of Egypt’s finest collections of Coptic art. Next door, the 9th-century Hanging Church contains
Big, bold, and hugely ambitious, Luxor’s mammoth Temple of Karnak complex is one of Ancient Egypt’s grandest building projects. Every pharaoh worth their salt added and amended the buildings here during their reign, stamping their seal on the kingdom’s most revered religious sanctuary. For Karnak was the house of the gods, and its glories were to be feted by all.
The modern town of Luxor is the site of the famous city of Thebes (Waset, in ancient Egyptian), the City of a Hundred Gates. It was the capital of Egypt from the twelfth dynasty on (1991 BC) and reached its zenith during the New Kingdom.
It was from here that Thutmose III planned his campaigns, Akhenaten first contemplated the nature of God, and Rameses II set out his ambitious building program. Only Memphis could compare in size and splendour but today there is nothing left of Memphis: It was pillaged for its masonry to build new cities and little remains.
THE VALLEY OF THE KINGS
Ever since Howard Carter opened up King Tut’s tomb to reveal the treasures of the child king, the Valley of the Kings has captured the imaginations of travellers. The vividly painted tombs of Thebes’ pharaohs allow visitors a glimpse at the burial rites and death rituals of Ancient Egypt, and today remain Luxor’s West Bank’s greatest and most popular attraction.
A visit here is a highlight of any Egypt trip but can be demanding due to the stifling heat and swarms of visitors. It’s important to note that tombs open and close to the public in rotation in an attempt to help preserve the wall paintings, which have suffered severe degradation from the humidity caused by so many visitors. Most tombs listed below are usually open. They are listed in order of their tomb number
QUEEN HATSHEPSUIT ‘S TEMPLE
Who Was Hatshepsut?
Hatshepsut was born circa 1508 B.C. Beginning in 1478 B.C., Queen Hatshepsut reigned over Egypt for more than 20 years. She served as queen alongside her husband, Thutmose II, but after his death, she claimed the role of pharaoh while acting as regent to her step-son, Thutmose III. She reigned peaceably, building temples and monuments, resulting in the flourishing of Egypt. After her death, Thutmose III erased her inscriptions and tried to eradicate her memory.
KOM OMBO TEMPLE
If you approach from the river, the soaring columns of the Great Temple of Kom Ombo rising dramatically above the Nile’s bank are one of Egypt’s iconic views. Stroll through the temple’s colonnades, gazing up at scenes of pharaonic propaganda, and you’ll capture the ambience of this glorious history for yourself.
The Temple of Horus at Edfu is widely considered to be the most impressive of all of the Nile-side temples along the journey between Luxor and Aswan. It is a required stop by all of the cruise ships that make the trip, also stopping at Esna and Kom Ombo.
. It was built during the Greco-Roman Period, but the builders painstakingly preserved the form of Egypt’s true pharaohs. As a result, a visit to Edfu allows you to see what all of the other ruined temples around Egypt might have looked like had they been built 2000 years later.
The Temple of Horus is located in the center of the town of Edfu. By the 19th century, the village extended into the temple with some houses actually standing on the roof of the sand-filled temple. Now the buildings have been cleared away, but the excavation is still very evident since the surrounding buildings look down into the temple complex, which is several meters below the modern ground level.
Philae Island was a rocky island in the middle of the River Nile, south of Aswan. It was called in Hieroglyphic “Apo” which means Ivory. It was also known by the Greek “Elephantine”, most probably because it was an important center of trade, especially for ivory.
The Ancient Egyptians built a beautiful and magnificent Temple on this island for the Goddess Isis, but it became submerged after the first Aswan dam was built in 1906, and it was not until the seventies that many nations attempted to save the Temple. All these countries, together with UNESCO, selected a suitable place, but they had to wait until the completion of the High Dam, in 1971, which would stabilize the level of the water.
THE UNFINISHED OBELISK
The Unfinished Obelisk is still in its original location, a granite quarry in Aswan. It is 42m in length and is thought to have been abandoned during its construction when some cracks appeared in the rock. Had this obelisk been completed, it would have been the heaviest obelisk ever cut in Ancient Egypt, weighing nearly 1100 tons! It is believed that it was started and then later abandoned during the reign of Queen Hatshepsut, during the 18th dynasty.
ABU SIMBEL TEMPLE
The most magnificent of the monuments Ramses II built, Abu Simbel is both the perfect example of the ambition of this pharaoh’s reign and also a model illustration for modern engineering. The entire temple was transplanted from its original location and lifted piece by piece to its current site by an international UNESCO team working against the clock to preserve it from being flooded by the Aswan High Dam in the 1960s.
The colossal stone statues that grace the facade are Pharaoh Ramses II’s attempt to achieve immortality. It has worked. Today, visitors here still crane their necks in disbelief at the behemoth temples just as the pharaoh’s subjects would have done when the temples were first raised.
Abu Simbel is 280 kilometers south of Aswan. Most people visit on a day trip from Aswan, although it is possible to stay the night in Abu Simbel village.
DAILY TOURS EGYPT representative will meet & assist you at Marsa Alam International Airport, or Hurghada airport Transfer to all-inclusive 5-star Hotel Novotel
Marsa Alam by private air-conditioned vehicle, Overnight
Relax and Get the celebrity treatment with world-class service at Novotel Marsa Alam. Novotel Marsa Alam features a garden, fitness centre, a bar and shared lounge in Quseir. Among the facilities of this property are a restaurant, room service, and a kids’ club, along with free WiFi. The hotel offers an outdoor swimming pool, indoor pool, evening entertainment, and a 24-hour front desk.
The units come with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, a kettle, a shower, a hairdryer, and a desk. At the hotel, every room has a private bathroom.
Guests at Novotel Marsa Alam .can enjoy a continental breakfast.
The accommodation offers a children’s playground. You can play table tennis and darts at Novotel Marsa Alam, and the area is popular for snorkelling.
The nearest airport is Marsa Alam International, 58 km from the hotel, and the property offers a paid airport shuttle service.
This property is also rated for the best value in Quseir! Guests are getting more for their money when compared to other properties in this city.
Breakfast on board the Cruise
07:00 Visit the temple of Edfu
Upper Egyptian site dominated by a large well -Preserved temple, dedicated to the hawk-God Horus, The Construction of Ptolemaic temple of Horus, which was founded on the site of a much earlier temple, dated to the period between the reigns of Ptolemy the Third(246 B.c),The descriptions on the walls include the Myth of contending of Horus and Seth(Probably performed annually as a religious Drama.
09:30 Sail to Kom combo
12:30 lunch on board of the Nile cruise during the sail
15:30 arrive Kom Ombo, visit the temple of Kom
Kom Ombo temple
The temple and the associated settlement site located 40 K.m north of Aswan, the temple was dedicated to the deities Sobek and Horus and date mainly to the Ptolemaic and Roman period(332 B.b -395 A.c)
17:30 Continue sailing to Aswan, Dinner will be during the sail
21:00 arrive Aswan and overnight on board the Cruise
Early departure to Abu Simbel
Abu Simbel temples
The two temples of Ramses the second and the Queen Nefertari were carved out of the Mountain on the west bank of the Nile between 1274 and 1244 B.c, The Great Temple was dedicated to Ramses the second, Ra-Harakhty, Amun Ra and Ptah, with 4 Colossal statues, The second temple was dedicated to The Queen Nefertari and Goddess Hathor, the two temples were dismantled stone by stone and rebuilt on higher ground, The preservation of the two temples of Abu Simbel must Rank as the greatest Achievement of the Unesco
Proceed with Visits of Aswan including the Temple of Philae and tour by Felucca around Elephantine, the High Dam, the Unfinished Obelisk.
Built to honour the goddess Isis, this was the last temple built in the classical Egyptian style. Construction began around 690 BC, and it was one of the last outposts where the goddess was worshipped
The High Dam
Aswan High Dam is a rock-fill dam located at the northern border between Egypt and Sudan. The dam is fed by the River Nile and the reservoir forms Lake Nasser. Construction for the project began in 1960 and was completed in 1968. It was officially inaugurated in 1971.
The Unfinished Obelisk
Aswan was the source of ancient Egypt’s finest granite, used to make statues and embellish temples, pyramids, and obelisks. The large unfinished obelisk in the Northern Quarries has provided valuable insight into how these monuments were created, although the full construction process is still not entirely clear. Three sides of the shaft, nearly 42 m long, were completed except for the inscriptions. At 1168 tonnes, the completed obelisk would have been the single heaviest piece of stone the Egyptians ever fashioned.
Dinner &overnight on board the Cruise
DAILY TOURS EGYPT representative will pick you up from your Cruise in Aswan and transfer to Aswan airport. It takes 40 minutes driving. Take your flight to Cairo, The flight departs at Cairo at 5:05 AM where you will be met and assisted by our representative. After that our Egyptologist guide will accompany you to discover the exquisite Pyramids of Cheops, Chephren, and Mykerinus, the Sphinx with a head of a pharaoh and lion’s body, which dates back to the reign of King Chephren, and the Valley Temple of the Pyramid of Chephren.
Proceed to have your lunch at a local restaurant in Cairo
Then you will move on to the Egyptian Museum which features artefacts from the Pharaonic period.
The museum displays a rare collection of 5000 years of art which is considered the largest most precious collection of Egyptian art in the world.
Over 250,000 genuine artefacts are presented, including an exhibit dedicated to Tutankhamen collection of treasure, gold, and jewellery which was enclosed in his tomb for over 3,500 years before it was discovered in the 1920s when his tomb was excavated.
Overnight in Cairo in 5 stars hotel
Free day in Cairo, ( an Optional Tour to Alexandria or Memphis, Sakkara, and Dahshour)
Fly to Hurghada and transfer to Marsa Alam- Overnight in Marsa Alam
Flight depart at 22:30 arrival at 23:30
Snorkelling trip to Satayh “ Dolphin Reef “ from Marsa Alam to have an experience of snorkelling and seeing a group of 60 – 80 dolphins will dance in front of your eyes and playing with these amazing animals, and enjoy the deliciously prepared lunch by the onboard your boat before getting back to your hotel.
Hamata snorkelling trip
Have an amazing snorkelling adventure trip to the Island of Hamata in Marsa Alam. enjoy visiting around 3 Virgin Islands where you will discover the untouched nature of Hamata National Park and seeing the corals and coloured fish around the islands that you cannot see anywhere else.
Relax and Enjoy the beauty of the Red sea at Novotel Marsa Alam
Breakfast at the hotel then you will transfer to the airport and assist you at the airport through final departure formalities to end your 12 days Egypt tours. P.S. You can share your thoughts about adding or removing any tours from your tour itinerary to be able to accommodate your requirements and fulfil your needs.