PREMIUM PRIVATE TOUR: Discover the very best of Egypt on this fully escorted 10 day private tour. From the legendary Pyramids of Giza and the Grand Egyptian Museum in Cairo to the beautiful Philae Temple in Aswan and Luxor's incredible Valley of the Kings. Visit awe-inspiring ancient sites and sail the Nile in style, spending 3 nights aboard a 5 star Nile cruiser.
Friday. Upon arrival at Cairo airport you'll be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is free to relax or independently explore. Alternatively, additional sightseeing can be arranged upon request - consider a Backstreets of Cairo tour or a day trip to Alexandria.
Location: Pyramids of Giza
Sightseeing begins today with a guided tour of the legendary Pyramids of Giza and the iconic Sphinx at the Giza Plateau. Then visit a government supervised papyrus emporium, before travelling on to the necropolis of Saqqara to see Zoser’s step pyramid - constructed in 2700 BC!
Cairo - Aswan. Embark on a guided tour of the vast new Grand Egyptian Museum this morning, where you'll discover an incredible array of relics and antiquities, including the treasures of King Tutankhamun. Then head over to the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization to visit the fascinating Royal Mummies' Hall, where the mummies of ancient Egyptian kings and queens are on display. This incredible hall contains 20 mummies in total and some are so well preserved that they still have thick locks of hair, visible finger nails and smooth blackened skin! After today's touring there's time to relax before you board the overnight train to Aswan this evening. <br/><br/> Please Note: the Grand Egyptian Museum is set to open late 2021. An official date has yet to be released. If travelling prior to the opening of the new facility we'll visit the Egyptian Museum instead.
Arrive into Aswan this morning and enjoy a short boat trip to Agilika Island for a tour of the beautiful Philae Temple - dedicated to the goddess Isis. Then visit a perfume oil emporium before check-in on board your Nile Cruiser which will be home for the next three nights. As the sun sets, there's free time to shop in the colourful souqs and markets or simply relax and watch an amazing sunset in Egypt's southern most town straddling the River Nile. <br/><br/> <b>Please note:</b> private groups of 4 or more travellers have the option to substitute the Nile Cruise for a two night felucca sailing excursion. Please contact us for details.
Aswan - Nile cruise. Very early this morning there's an optional excursion to Abu Simbel, the spectacular rock-cut temple of King Ramses II. The Nile Cruiser departs Aswan this afternoon and cruises the River Nile to Kom Ombo. Disembark to visit the temple which is dedicated to the crocodile headed god - Sobek before returning to the cruiser.
Location: Nile Cruising
Nile Cruise - Luxor. Spend the morning relaxing onboard the Nile cruiser. Enjoy a swim in the pool and soak up the sun on deck as you cruise the River Nile to Luxor. Home of the legendary Valley of the Kings and Temple of Karnak, 4000 year-old Luxor is ancient Egypt at its best. Arriving into Luxor this afternoon the rest of the day is free to explore the city before spending your final night aboard the cruiser.
This morning disembark and check into a 5 star Luxor hotel. The day is free to enjoy the hotel facilities, relax and independently explore Luxor. Tonight, there's the opportunity to visit Luxor Temple with dinner afterwards. Built by Amenophis III, Luxor Temple looks stunning at night when it's illuminated by hundreds of lights. Book/pay locally.
Luxor - Cairo. Enjoy a guided tour of Luxor's West Bank this morning. Setting out early to avoid the midday sun, the first monuments you'll see are the towering Colossi of Memnon, an 18m high pair of statues which are all that remains of the temple of Amenophis III. Then explore the incredible Valley of the Kings, which is studded with intricately decorated pharaohs' tombs. Some of the tombs are so well preserved; the colours of the incredible pharaonic friezes are still as vibrant as when they were first painted. The best known tombs are those of Ramses II, Seti I, Amenhotep II and of course, the tomb of King Tutankhamun. After the Valley of the Kings visit the beautiful Temple of Queen Hatshepsut. <br/><br/> Return to the hotel where you relax and have lunch before a guided tour of the colossal Temple of Karnak this afternoon, with its stone-columned Hypostle Hall. Tonight, return by overnight sleeper train to Cairo.
Arrive into Cairo this morning and transfer to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to simply relax, independently explore or opt to visit the famous Khan el Khalili bazaar to buy some souvenirs.
Sunday. Hotel check out and included onward departure transfer to airport.
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