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Historic Hotels of Egypt

Duration
10 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,903

This Egypt tour includes accommodation at some of the country’s most esteemed hotels. Temple-hop through this ancient land, enjoying world class hospitality each night at these Egyptian icons.


This 10-day trip through Egypt is distinguished by stays at three of its most historic hotels.

No Egypt journey is complete without visiting the Pyramids and Sphinx. The only surviving wonder of the ancient world, the Pyramids of Giza are located just outside Cairo. Admire their enormity and engineering genius before taking in the nearby Sphinx, then returning to Cairo to visit the Egyptian Museum. Unsurprisingly, this is the largest and most important collection of Egyptian antiquities in the world. Cairo’s charms however, don’t end with these tourist favourites. You’ll spend a day touring the medieval streets, mosques, and palaces of Cairo, and visit the Gayer Anderson Museum, a marvel of 17th century architecture. Your Cairo accommodation is at Mena House, directly opposite the Pyramids.

Fly to Luxor, settling into the Winter Palace, known for hosting royal visitors to the city through much of the 20th century. A half day tour takes you to the Karnak and Luxor temples. These were centres of spiritual life for the ancient city of Thebes, and served as the focus of many festivals. The Temple of Karnak dates back to 1928BC and comprises many different temples within its walls. Unwind in the afternoon, before exploring the Valley of the Kings the following day, best known for the unearthing of Tutankhamen’s tomb in 1922. You’ll also explore the nearby Valley of the Queens.

Travel through Upper Egypt to Aswan, visiting Edfu and Kom Ombo along the way. The Temple of Horus is a highlight at Edfu, and is uniquely one you’ll reach via horse-drawn carriage. You’ll also stop at the Ptolemaic temple dedicated to Sobek and Horus. Check into the Old Cataract Hotel, joining an historic list of guests that includes Winston Churchill, Agha Khan, Lady Diana, and Agatha Christie. Aswan itself is of course known for the Aswan Dam, and you’ll visit both the High Dam and the Old Dam, just north of the Sudanese border. Also near here is the Philae Temple, dedicated to Isis, which was rescued from rising waters when the Dam was built.

A visit to a typical Nubian village on Sohail Island completes your tour before returning to Cairo.  


 

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Duration
10 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,903

Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive Cairo

Upon arrival into Cairo International airport you will be met by Goway's local representative and transferred to your historic hotel, where you will stay for the next 3 nights. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

Mena House, Garden Section

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    Mena House, Garden Section



    This 40-acre property is located opposite the Pyramids and served originally as a royal hunting lodge. A 20-minute drive from downtown Cairo, the hotel is divided into the Palace, the Garden and the Swimming Pool sections. All rooms are in an ornate Arabesque style with ...

    This 40-acre property is located opposite the Pyramids and served originally as a royal hunting lodge. A 20-minute drive from downtown Cairo, the hotel is divided into the Palace, the Garden and the Swimming Pool sections. All rooms are in an ornate Arabesque style with balconies and marble bathrooms and the Pyramids hover in the background. Guests can play golf on the 18-hole course in the shadow of these wonderful structures. Facilities of the Mena House include a European-style casino, a discotheque, excellent restaurants and bars.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Golf
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Hair/Beauty Salon
    • Horseback Riding
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Nightclub/Disco
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Secretarial Service
    • Tennis

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Day 2

Touring Cairo

After breakfast you will begin your full day tour to the Pyramids, Sphinx and Egyptian Museum. The Pyramids and 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 and artists have sought to convey over the centuries. The Cheops Pyramid is especially interesting since the 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. Lunch is included at a local restaurant.

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Duration0 Days
Day 3

Medieval Cairo

Today you will enjoy a medieval atmosphere while walking through the old gates of Cairo with its heritage of mausoleums, mosques, palaces and schools. Lunch is included at Al Ahzar Park. Visit the Ibn Tulun Mosque and the Gayer Anderson Museum, where the James Bond movie, “The Spy who loved me” was filmed.

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Day 4

Cairo to Luxor

This morning you will be transferred to Cairo Airport for your flight to Luxor. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel for the next 3 nights. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Meal Plan Breakfast
Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

Sofitel Winter Palace Luxor

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    Sofitel Winter Palace Luxor



    The Sofitel Winter Palace is located in the city center just minutes from Luxor Temple and the Luxor International airport. The hotel was built in 1886 in a splendid and luxurious tropical garden and for over a century was the privileged host of royal families ...

    The Sofitel Winter Palace is located in the city center just minutes from Luxor Temple and the Luxor International airport. The hotel was built in 1886 in a splendid and luxurious tropical garden and for over a century was the privileged host of royal families from Europe and the East. In 1922, the famous archeologist Howard Carter announced the discovery the tomb of King Tutankhamen from the steps of the entrance to the Winter Palace. Each of the 104 rooms and suites is an invitation to dream, enchanting guests with the colonial charm.

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    • Bar(s)
    • Conference Facilities
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Theater

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Day 5

Touring Luxor

After breakfast you will embark on a half day tour to the Karnak and Luxor temples. 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.

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Day 6

West Bank

Today’s half day sightseeing includes an excursion to the West Bank to visit the burial places of the Pharaohs - the Valley of the Kings - where Howard Carter discovered the tomb of Tutankhamen in 1922. Continue to the adjacent Valley of the Queens, the mortuary temple of Hatshepsuit and the Colossi of Memnon.

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Day 7

Luxor to Aswan

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast before being transferred by road to Aswan. A visit is made to Edfu and Kom Ombo en route. Stop to explore the wonderfully preserved Temple of Horus at Edfu and experience the horse drawn carriage ride back and forth to the temple. Thereafter visit the Ptolemaic temple dedicated to the crocodile god Sobek and the falcon-headed Horus, god of the morning sun. On arrival into Aswan, check into your hotel for next 3 nights and enjoy the rest of the afternoon at leisure.

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Duration3 Nights
Accommodation

Sofitel Old Cataract Hotel

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    Sofitel Old Cataract Hotel



    Built in 1899 on a granite bluff overlooking the Nile, this luxury Sofitel hotel took its name from the spectacular effect of the river colliding with the land. Relax in a world of elegant and luxurious serenity and enjoy a meal in our gourmet restaurant ...

    Built in 1899 on a granite bluff overlooking the Nile, this luxury Sofitel hotel took its name from the spectacular effect of the river colliding with the land. Relax in a world of elegant and luxurious serenity and enjoy a meal in our gourmet restaurant serving exquisite French and international cuisine.

    This legendary hotel has hosted numerous well known identities including Winston Churchill, Agha Khan, King Farouk, Lady Diana and Agatha Christie, author of 'Death on the Nile'.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Bellman/Porters
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Lounge(s)
    • Multi-lingual Staff
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Tennis

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Day 8

Aswan

Visits are made to the Aswan High Dam and the Old 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.

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. 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.

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Day 9

Nubian Village

Your tour starts by sailing to Sohail Island to visit a typical Nubian village. You will get to see how the Nubians still live and will be invited into a home to view their décor and enjoy a cup of tea.

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Day 10

Aswan to Cairo

Today you will be transferred back to Aswan Airport for your flight back to Cairo. Thereafter you will be assisted to your onward international flight.

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PRICE INCLUDES:

  • Private roundtrip airport transfers
  • 9 nights accommodation
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Tours and sightseeing as indicated in the itinerary

PRICE EXLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Optional excursions
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Park fees unless specified

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 enquire.

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