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Classic Egypt

Duration
9 Days
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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$ 1,498

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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.

Cairo, the Triumphant City, is the glorious capital of Egypt, the cradle of civilization and the beacon of religion. It is the largest city in the Middle East and Africa, and lies at the centre of all routes leading to and from the continents of Asia, Africa and Europe. Greater Cairo extends on the banks of the River Nile to the south of its delta. Here the Nile divides into two tributaries, the Rosetta and the Damietta. It is the city where the past and present meet. On its East Side stands the evidence of 2000 years of Islamic, Christian Coptic and Jewish culture still flourishing to this day. On its West Side lies the Ancient Egyptian city of Memphis (Giza), the renowned capital of the Old Kingdom and the site of the Pyramids, the only wonder of the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World surviving. Indeed, a journey through Cairo is a journey through time, a journey through the history of an immortal civilization.

Duration2 Nights
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Pyramisa Cairo

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    Pyramisa Cairo



    Experience the elegance and unrivaled hospitality of Pyramisa Suites Hotel & Casino. Situated in the heart of Cairo and overlooking the Nile, the hotel is only a few minutes away from the Cairo Opera House, Egyptian Museum, and downtown shopping area. The hotel offers a ...

    Experience the elegance and unrivaled hospitality of Pyramisa Suites Hotel & Casino. Situated in the heart of Cairo and overlooking the Nile, the hotel is only a few minutes away from the Cairo Opera House, Egyptian Museum, and downtown shopping area. The hotel offers a variety of restaurants, an outdoor pool and health club.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Gift Shop
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Hair/Beauty Salon
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Medical Services
    • Newsstand
    • Nightclub/Disco
    • Parking
    • Parking (Valet)
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service

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Day 2

Cairo Sightseeing

Today, you will visit Cheops' Pyramid, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, and the Sphinx, the great god-lion sentinel. Built over 35 centuries ago, the towering pyramids were erected to preserve bodies and treasures for afterlife. You will also visit the Solar Boat Museum, housing the spectacular funerary boats placed at the disposal of the King for his journey to the afterlife. You'll continue on to Memphis, the first capital of ancient Egypt, and Sakkara, the "City of the Dead", to see the step pyramid of King Zoser and the Wall of Cobras.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch
Day 3

Cairo to Luxor

Today, you will transfer to Cairo Airport for your flight to Luxor. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your ship, your floating hotel for the next 5 days as you cruise up the Nile. This morning, cross the Nile to Luxor's West Bank where you will explore the astonishing and extensive New Kingdom city of "Thebes". Sightseeing includes the Valley of the Kings and Queens, the Colossi of Memnon and two huge seated statues of Amenhotep III. After lunch, visit the Luxor and Karnak Temples, a holy city of pylons, hypostyle halls, colossal statues and obelisks built over many centuries, dedicated to the God Amon Ra, his consort Mut and their son Khonsu.

Luxor is a city often been called "world's greatest open air museum", with the number and preservation of monuments in the area, it is unparalleled to anywhere in the world. Luxor is actually composed of three different areas: the city of Luxor - located on the east side of the Nile, the town of Karnak, located just north of Luxor, and Thebes which is on the west side of the Nile across from Luxor.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration4 Nights
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The Radamis I

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    The Radamis I



    Nile Cruiser Radamis I sails between Luxor and Aswan or vice versa, a distance of 220 kilometers. With an overnight stay in Esna/Edfu and either Luxor or Aswan. Playing the calm waters between Aswan and Luxor on the world's longest river, the vessel sails through ...

    Nile Cruiser Radamis I sails between Luxor and Aswan or vice versa, a distance of 220 kilometers. With an overnight stay in Esna/Edfu and either Luxor or Aswan. Playing the calm waters between Aswan and Luxor on the world's longest river, the vessel sails through the pages of history. Visit the wonders of Aswan and Luxor; the largest open-air museum on earth, on the Nile side, the temples of Edfu and Kom Ombo and the temple of Philae accompanied by expert guides that bring the ancient rulers to life.

    Facilities

    • Air Conditioning
    • Fitness Centre
    • Library
    • Massage Services
    • Non-Smoking Rooms
    • Safety Deposit Box
    • Shops

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Day 4

Sail Luxor to Edfu

Early in the morning sail to Edfu via 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

An exhilarating carriage ride takes you through town to the Temple of Horus, the Falcon God. 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.

The main monument at Edfu is the Ptolemaic Temple of Horus on the edge of the town. 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.

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

This morning's sightseeing includes Aswan's High Dam, the ancient Granite Quarries and the Temple of Philae. After lunch, sail around Elephantine Island and the Botanical Gardens.

Aswan, Egypt's sunniest southern city and ancient frontier town, is located about 81 miles south of Luxor and has a distinctively African atmosphere. Its ancient Egyptian name was Syene. Small enough to walk around and graced with the most beautiful setting on the Nile, the pace of life is slow and relaxing. Days can be spent strolling up and down the broad Corniche, watching the sailboats etch the sky with their tall masts or sitting in floating restaurants listening to Nubian music and eating freshly caught fish.

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.

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Duration2 Nights
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Pyramisa Cairo

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    Pyramisa Cairo



    Experience the elegance and unrivaled hospitality of Pyramisa Suites Hotel & Casino. Situated in the heart of Cairo and overlooking the Nile, the hotel is only a few minutes away from the Cairo Opera House, Egyptian Museum, and downtown shopping area. The hotel offers a ...

    Experience the elegance and unrivaled hospitality of Pyramisa Suites Hotel & Casino. Situated in the heart of Cairo and overlooking the Nile, the hotel is only a few minutes away from the Cairo Opera House, Egyptian Museum, and downtown shopping area. The hotel offers a variety of restaurants, an outdoor pool and health club.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Gift Shop
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Hair/Beauty Salon
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry facilities
    • Medical Services
    • Newsstand
    • Nightclub/Disco
    • Parking
    • Parking (Valet)
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service

    More Details

Day 8

Cairo Sightseeing

Today you will visit the Egyptian Museum, 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 kings and King Tutankhamun's treasures.
Next you will visit the Citadel which is situated on a spur of the Muqattam Hills and dominates Cairo's skyline. This was the nerve center of the city and all of Egypt for almost 700 years. Its construction was initiated in 1176 by Saladin and completed by Muhammad Ali. Mameluke sultans and Turkish governors later on made it their residence, building palaces and mosques within the Citadel walls. Facing the Citadel is the Mosque of Sultan Hassan, built between 1356 and 1363 and perhaps the most majestic monument of Arab architecture in Egypt.

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Day 9

Depart Cairo

This morning, after breakfast, you will be transferred to Cairo Airport for your departure flight.

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DEPARTURES:

Saturdays.

PRICE INCLUDES:

All airport transfers, 4 nights in Cairo with breakfast daily, full day Pyramids, Sphinx, Memphis and Sakkara tour, full day Egyptian Museum, Mosques and Citadel tour, 4 night aboard Nile Cruise with all meals and sightseeing and domestic flights from/to Cairo to meet the cruise.

PRICE EXCLUDES:

Meals not mentioned, drinks, gratuities, international or domestic airfare not mentioned, airport taxes, items of a personal nature and travel insurance

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Based on minimum 2 or more passengers, please inquire for singles travelling alone.

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3 Apr 2018
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