Book now Cairo and Nile Cruise Tours 10 days tour Package, Includes 4 Nights in Cairo,4 Nights Nile Cruise,1 Night in Luxor Visit Pyramids of Giza and The Egyptian Museum then travel to Aswan enjoy your 5 Star Nile Cruise
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 some beautiful examples of Coptic architecture. Founded in the 4th century, the church was originally built over the Roman gate towers (hence the name) and was substantially rebuilt during the 9th century.
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. Today Kom Ombo (47 kilometers north of Aswan and 168 kilometers south of Luxor) may be a sleepy agricultural backwater surrounded by sugar cane fields, but this temple dedicated to the gods Sobek and Haroeris is a reminder of this area’s importance in Ancient Egypt due to its prime position along the Nile. 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.
Like at Esna, the temple at Edfu is a late construction. 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
An obelisk is traditionally defined as a tall and slender monument, with four sides converging to a mini pyramidal shape at the top. Though it’s technically a Greek type of architecture, there are few obelisks in Egypt, and the unfinished obelisk of Aswan is known to be one of the largest among them. It was constructed by Hatshepsut, the queen of Thutmose II, who also ruled Egypt as a Pharaoh from 1478 to 1458 B.C., jointly with Thutmose III, who was then only a child. This obelisk was perhaps built following the example of the Lateran Obelisk that was initially built at Karnak Temple Complex in Egypt and was later shifted to the Lateran square of Rome, near the end of the Roman Empire.
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.
Our representative will meet and assist you at Cairo International Airport, Transfer to hotel by private air-conditioned vehicle, Overnight Cairo.
If your flight arrives early you can add an optional tour, Cairo by night tour can be one of the best evening activities you can do in Cairo. This wonderful private guided night tour of Cairo allows you to see Cairo with the local’s Eyes. Start to see a beautiful view of the city from atop point like Mokatam hills. It is an amazing place to see Cairo at sunset. And also, you will visit Islamic Cairo and Khan el Khalili.
Cairo Day Tour (Giza Pyramids – Egyptian Museum ) start your Cairo Day Tour to visit Pyramids of Giza , visit The Great Pyramid of the king Cheops belong to the four dynasty, visit Chephren & Mycerinus pyramids, then drive to panorama area, take memorable photos of the three Pyramids together, continue visiting the Sphinx and the Valley Temple , Next tour to the Egyptian Museum including Tutankhamun treasures, Optional to visit the Mummy room, and Overnight in Cairo.
Pick Up time from your hotel at 08:00 am with your Egyptologist tour guide, Enjoy a fantastic orientation tour of Cairo on an 8-hour excursion that takes in the major monuments of Old Cairo and the maze of streets and stalls of the historic Khan El Khalili Bazaar. Following a hotel pick-up from Cairo or Giza, you will drive up to the Saladin Citadel, constructed by Salah al-Din on the Moqattam Hills in 1183 AD as a defence against Crusader armies. Known for its fresh air and sweeping views of Cairo, it is now a preserved historic site of mosques and museums, including the Mosque of Muhammad Ali Pasha.
Lunch will be served in Local restaurant in Old Cairo
Then, visit Old Cairo to see major attractions such as the Hanging Church, the Ben Ezra Synagogue, the Church of St. Barbara, and the Church of Abu Serga, one of the oldest Coptic churches in Cairo.
Continue to the Khan el-Khalili Bazaar, one of the oldest bazaars in the Middle East. Discover a maze of alleys that have been at the centre of Cairo’s trading activities since the 14th century.
Overnight in Cairo
Pick up time from your Luxor station to the Nile Cruise, Embarkation and enjoy Lunch on board of the Nile Cruise, proceed with the Visits to the East bank of the Nile Including
Karnak is more than A temple, is a spectacular Complex of Sanctuaries, Kiosks, Pylons and Obelisks, All dedicated to the Theban gods and to the Greater Glory of Egypt`s Pharaohs, Karnak was the Most Important place for the worship of the Theban Triad(Amun, Mut, and Khonso)
Largely built by the New Kingdom Pharaoh Amenhotep the Third and Completed by King Tutankhamon and the Great King Ramses the second, The First pylon was raised by Ramses the second and Decorated with His Military Battle of Kadesh
Dinner and Overnight on board in Luxor.
Breakfast on the board on the Nile cruise, Breakfast on the Nile Cruise, Visit the west bank of the Nile Including
The valley of the Kings
Once called the great Place of the Truth, this valley Called now the valley of the Kings, It is a Majestic domain of the Pharaohs who once lay in great stone Sarcophagi, awaiting immortality, The isolated valley behind Deir el Bahri is dominated by the Pyramid-Shaped Mountain Peak
The colossi of Memnon
Massive pair statues Know as the Colossi of Memnon, Rising about 18 M from the plain, They are the remains of what once the largest complex on the west bank, Built by Amenhotep the Third
The Queen Hatshepsut temple
Rising out of the desert Plain, in a series of terraces, The temple of Hatshepsut Mergs with sheer limestone Cliffs of the eastern face of the Theban Mountain as if Nature herself had built this Extraordinary monument.
13:00 sail to Esna lock, lunch during the sail
18:00 arrive, Esna Lock, Sail to Edfu, Dinner onboard.
Overnight onboard of the Cruise in Edfu.
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 ombo
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 onboard the Cruise.
Day 7: Aswan Visits
Breakfast on Board the Cruise
08:00 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 42m 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.
12:00 lunch on board of the Cruise
Dinner and overnight onboard the Cruise
Abu Simbel temples- Optional tour cost 95 $ Extra per person
Early wakeup and have your breakfast box and Disembarkation then drive to visit Abu Simbel for 3 hours one-way
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
Fly to Cairo transfer to your Hotel in Cairo- Overnight in Cairo
Free day in Cairo, Optional Tour to Alexandria.
Our representative will pick you up and transport you to Cairo airport