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Classic Egypt Deluxe Special

Duration
9 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,507

This tour is a true classic designed to give the traveler with limited time a superb introduction to the civilization of Ancient Egypt, focusing on the Nile and its importance to the people.


The ancient land of Egypt inspires the imagination like no other. Unlock the land of the Pharaohs on this quintessential 9 day journey along the Nile.

Start in Cairo, where a full day tour takes you to The Great Pyramid of Khufu. Built between 2560 and 2540 BC, it is also the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and the only one still standing. The surrounding necropolis offers much to discover, including the pyramids of Khafre and Menkaure, The Great Sphinx, numerous cemeteries and many smaller tombs. Your tour also takes you to the ancient capital of Memphis and Sakkara, the famed ‘City of the Dead’.

Fly to Luxor for an unforgettable five day cruise up the Nile. Explore the wonders of Upper Egypt, including the Valley of the Kings, where Pharaohs of the New Kingdom were entombed between the 16th and 11th centuries BC. Visit the ruins of ancient Thebes and the incredible temples of Luxor and Karnak.

The Temple of Horus is the most complete ancient site in nearby Edfu, and perhaps the best preserved anywhere in Egypt. The nearby Temple of Sobek is one half of a distinct double temple. You’ll see the crocodile god enshrined in much of the temple’s artwork, and in the 300 mummified crocodiles displayed in the temple’s Crocodile Museum.

Opened in 1970, Aswan High Dam changed Egyptian agriculture and culture forever by allowing control over the annual flooding of the Nile. See it on a tour of Aswan, followed by an afternoon sail around beautiful Elephantine Island before your flight back to Cairo.

To experience more of Upper Egypt, consider an excursion to Abu Simbel, home to the famed temple of Ramses II. Originally built as a demonstration of might to ward off potential invasion from the south, this magnificent structure was carefully relocated during the construction of Aswan Dam, saving it from the rising waters.

Spend a day exploring Cairo proper. The Egyptian Museum houses the world’s finest collection of ancient Egyptian antiquities among its 120,000 items. Islamic Cairo will also intrigue you with its spectacular Citadel and the Mosque of Sultan Hassan. Then be ready to haggle hard for a bargain at Khan El Khalili Bazaar, before bidding fond farewell to the land of the Pharaohs.

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Duration
9 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,507

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Day 1

Arrive Cairo

Upon arrival into Cairo International Airport after you have gone through Immigration and Customs, you will be met by Goway's local representative and assisted before being transferred to your hotel. You will be presented with full documentation required, including domestic airline tickets.

The remainder of the day is at leisure to relax or explore on your own.

Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Cairo Marriott Hotel

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    Cairo Marriott Hotel



    The Cairo Marriott Hotel and Omar Khayyam Casino is the perfect destination for weekend getaways, vacations and business travel. The hotel is actually situated on an island in the middle of the Nile River which is connected to the mainland. A stay at this 5-star ...

    The Cairo Marriott Hotel and Omar Khayyam Casino is the perfect destination for weekend getaways, vacations and business travel. The hotel is actually situated on an island in the middle of the Nile River which is connected to the mainland. A stay at this 5-star hotel in Cairo ensures that you will enjoy all that Cairo has to offer. Nearby attractions include Pyramids of Giza, Khan el Khalili, Egyptian Museum of Antiquities and Cairo Opera House. Unwind at the hotel's pool which is one of the largest pools in the city or enjoy a drink at Cafe Promenade. The hotel is in close proximity to the Giza Pyramids, 'old' Cairo center, Egyptian Museum, Cairo Zoo and the opera house.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Gift Shop
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Hair/Beauty Salon
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Newsstand
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Tennis

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Day 2

Full day Pyramids and Sphinx, Egyptian Museum

09:00 A.M full day tour to visit the Pyramids, Sphinx, Egyptian museum.

Pyramids & Sphinx: Were reckoned by the Greeks to be one of the Seven Wonders of the World. A single pyramid is built of 2,300,000 blocks, each weighing an average Of two and one--half tons. In the face of such immensity, one cannot help but feel the wonder and awe that so many writers & artists have sought to convey over the centuries. The Cheops Pyramid is especially interesting since its interior burial chambers are open for inspection by the public. Not far from the Pyramids is the Great Sphinx of Giza, which dates from the time of Chephren (2620BC). Hewn from natural yellowish limestone & standing 65 feet high & 187 feet long, this unforgettable statue combines the head of a Pharaoh with a lion's body.

The Egyptian Museum is the most important depository of Egyptian antiquities anywhere in the world. It features artifacts from the Pharaonic and Graeco-Roman periods, including the celebrated mummies of ancient Egypt's king and Tut Ankh Amun treasures.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 3

Cairo to Luxor

In an unforgettable excursion, visitors drive to the Luxor Temple. Many festivals were celebrated in Thebes. The Temple of Luxor was the center of the most important one, the festival of Opet. Built largely by Amenhotep III and Ramses II, the temple served as a setting for the rituals of the festival, which was held to reconcile the human aspect of the ruler with his divine office. The procession of images of the current royal family began at Karnak and ended at the Luxor temple.

Karnak was erected in 1928 BC as a small shrine dedicated to Amun, god of Thebes then. The Temple of Karnak comprises three main temples, smaller enclosed temples, and several outer temples - all constructed over 1300 years. The three main temples of Mut, Monthu and Amun, are enclosed in enormous brick walls, with the temple of Amun at the center. Karnak is now the largest.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration4 Nights
Accommodation

Sonesta St George

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    Sonesta St George



    The Sonesta St. George I offers luxurious accommodations that provide the ultimate in comfort, elegance and design. With 47 Deluxe Cabins, 9 Presidential Suites and one Royal Suite, St. George I features the highest quality furnishings and most upscale amenities.

    The Sonesta St. George I offers luxurious accommodations that provide the ultimate in comfort, elegance and design. With 47 Deluxe Cabins, 9 Presidential Suites and one Royal Suite, St. George I features the highest quality furnishings and most upscale amenities.

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    • Deck
    • Dining Room
    • Lounge

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Day 4

Sail Luxor to Edfu

After breakfast visit the West Bank and the burial ground of the Pharaohs including the Valley of the Kings, Valley of the Queens, the mortuary temple of Hatshepsut and the Colossi of Memnon. The Valley of the Kings is home to many Pharaonic tombs of the New Kingdom, including those of King Tutankhamen and Ramses the Great. Each King's formal name and title is inscribed in his tomb, which are also adorned with his images and statues. Most of the tombs were cut into the limestone following a similar pattern: three corridors, an antechamber and a sunken sarcophagus chamber. The Valley of the Queens includes between 75 and 80 tombs, belonging to queens of the 18th, 19th and 20th Dynasties. Among these is the famous tomb of Nefertiti, one of the five wives of Ramses II. Hatshepsut Temple was built just north of the Middle Kingdom temple of Mentuhoteb Nebhepetre, amid the bay of cliffs known as Deir El-Bahri. The female pharaoh chose to build her temple in a valley sacred to the Theban Goddess of the West, on a direct axis with Karnak temple of Amun on the East Bank. Set sail to Edfu via the Esna lock. The small town of Edfu is situated on the west bank of the Nile, 56 km south of Esna and 105 km north of Aswan. Today, Edfu is an important centre for sugar production and pottery making. The site of Edfu was known as Wetjetser hor (classical name Apollinopolos Magna), the place where the god Horus was worshipped and the ancient mythological battle between Horus and his traditional enemy, Seth, took place.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5

Sail Edfu to Kom Ombo to Aswan

This morning you will visit the wonderfully preserved Temple of Horus at Edfu. Travel to and from the temple by horse drawn carriage. The temple is perhaps the best preserved in all of Egypt and ranks second behind Karnak, simply because of its immense size. At the temple's entrance stand two large black granite statues of Horus who is depicted as a falcon. The elaborate carvings on the walls of the temple are beautiful as if carved just yesterday. Inside the temple is a small sanctuary where the priests of the day offered the best parts of the animals to the gods.
Continue sailing to Kom Ombo to visit the Graeco Roman style Temple of Sobek. Standing serenely on a hilltop, the site offers an incredible view over the Nile. Kom Ombo is located on a bend in the Nile River about 50 km north of Aswan. Located on the east bank, Kom Ombo is home to an unusual double Temple of Sobek built during the Ptolemaic and Roman periods. The temple is dedicated to the crocodile god Sobek and the falcon god Haroeris (Horus the Elder). Despite being badly damaged, the temple is a beautiful sight as you approach from either direction on the river, particularly as sunset nears and the colours change.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 6

Aswan Cruise and Sightseeing

Visit the Aswan High Dam (completed in 1971); the Old Dam (completed in 1902). You will also visit the Philae Temple, dedicated to the goddess Isis, a structure rescued from the rising waters of Lake Nasser at the time of the High Dam's construction.

The High Dam, Just north of the border between Egypt and Sudan lies the Aswan High Dam, a huge rock fill dam which captures the world's longest river, the Nile, in the world's largest artificial reservoir, Lake Nasser. The dam, known as "Sadd El-Aali" in Arabic, was completed in 1970 after 10 years of work.

Philae Temple - a short trip on a motorboat will bring the visitor to a magnificent vista of the island, before landing at what would have been the ancient quay on the south side. The temple was dedicated to the goddess Isis and has many legends connected to it. The most well known legend tells the story of how Isis found the heart of Osiris here after his murder by his brother Seth.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 7

Aswan to Cairo

Disembark from your ship after breakfast and transfer to Aswan Airport for your flight back to Cairo, where you will be met and transferred to your hotel for the night.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
Accommodation

Cairo Marriott Hotel

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    Cairo Marriott Hotel



    The Cairo Marriott Hotel and Omar Khayyam Casino is the perfect destination for weekend getaways, vacations and business travel. The hotel is actually situated on an island in the middle of the Nile River which is connected to the mainland. A stay at this 5-star ...

    The Cairo Marriott Hotel and Omar Khayyam Casino is the perfect destination for weekend getaways, vacations and business travel. The hotel is actually situated on an island in the middle of the Nile River which is connected to the mainland. A stay at this 5-star hotel in Cairo ensures that you will enjoy all that Cairo has to offer. Nearby attractions include Pyramids of Giza, Khan el Khalili, Egyptian Museum of Antiquities and Cairo Opera House. Unwind at the hotel's pool which is one of the largest pools in the city or enjoy a drink at Cafe Promenade. The hotel is in close proximity to the Giza Pyramids, 'old' Cairo center, Egyptian Museum, Cairo Zoo and the opera house.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Gift Shop
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Hair/Beauty Salon
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Newsstand
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Sauna
    • Tennis

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Day 8

Cairo Sightseeing

Day at leisure.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Day 9

Depart Cairo

Depart Cairo.

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DEPARTURES:

 2018:  May 12; Jun 23; Jul 14; Aug 18; Sep 1, 15

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Airport meet and assist
  • Roundtrip airport transfers
  • Inter-Egypt flights
  • Entrance Fees as per itinerary
  • 4 nights' accommodation in Cairo
  • 4 night Nile Cruise including; accomodation, meals and sightseeing
  • Cairo sightseeing as per the itinerary

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International air & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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15 Sep 2018
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