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THE SPLENDORS OF EGYPT / 17 Days 

A Majestic -All Inclusive- Tour 

Daily Departure Guaranteed / All the year round

(BEAUTIES OF THE NILE AND MEDITERRANEAN Alexandria)

DAY 01

Depart USA

Today you make your way from the USA to Cairo.

DAY 02

Arrive Cairo

Upon arrival in Cairo, transfer to your hotel. For the next three nights at the world-famous MENA HOUSE OBEROI HOTEL.

DAY 03

Giza Pyramids and the Sphinx

Today, gaze upon feats of architectural wonder from the back of a camel, as you make your way to the Pyramids at Giza. Marvel at these towering final resting places as you consider the Herculean effort it took to transport the three million two-ton blocks and to lay them so perfectly into place. Later, see the Solar Boat, found buried next to the Great Pyramid and believed to provide passage for the Pharaoh in the afterlife, and have a good look at the mysterious Sphinx to ponder the puzzle of its origin. This afternoon, travel to Memphis, the capital of Egypt in ancient times. Sightseeing includes the mastaba (tomb) of Mereruka and Djoser's Step Pyramid, the oldest freestanding stone structure in the world. (Lunch included) and (BL) MENA HOUSE OBEROI HOTEL

DAY 04

Dahshur Pyramids

Today, enjoy some of the seldom seen pyramid treasures of Egypt. The Red Pyramid is often overlooked, but is just as impressive as its Giza counterparts. The Red Pyramid is also thought to be the "training ground" for the Giza Pyramids, and therefore older in origin. Another find is the Bent Pyramid, which is sometimes referred to as "the shining pyramid" because it still possesses many of its smooth outer casing stones. Both pyramids are a bit off the beaten path, and afford an opportunity to study the evolution of pyramid design in a less crowded atmosphere. (Lunch included) and (BL) MENA HOUSE OBEROI HOTEL

DAY 05

Alexandria

Set out across northern Africa's desert to the ancient Mediterranean seaport of Alexandria. "The Pearl of the Mediterranean" was founded in 331 BC by Alexander the Great and has become a city of cosmopolitan charm and bohemian culture. Visit the newly opened Alexandria National Museum of Antiquities, which displays artifacts from across the ages of the city, and view Montazah Palace, the former summer residence of the royal family of Egypt. Your final stop of the day is at the catacombs, dating from Roman times and filled with pharaonic art. Stay the next two nights alongside the Mediterranean at the (Lunch included) and (BL) HELNAN PALESTINE HOTEL.

DAY 06

Alexandria

Continue your sightseeing with views of Sultan Bey's Fort and a visit to the Roman Amphitheater, the only known Amphitheater from the Roman Era in Egypt. Visit the Bibliotheca Alexandria, one of the most celebrated centers of learning in human history. Over 2,000 years ago, Alexandria's library drew the intellectual luminaries of the ancient world, and the reborn Bibliotheca continues to do the same. Your afternoon is free to relax seaside or do some shopping for Egyptian goods or souvenirs. HELNAN PALESTINE HOTEL

DAY 07

 Egyptian Museum/Cairo

Return to Cairo this morning to visit the Egyptian Museum. With the guidance of an Egyptologist, explore an enormous collection of over 100,000 items including the treasures of Tutankhamon's tomb, mummies ranging from the 18th to the 20th Dynasties, and artifacts from ancient royal palaces. Gain an understanding of this timeless society through the everyday trinkets and tools of Egypt's earliest citizens. (Lunch included) and (BL) Grand Hyatt Cairo.

DAY 08

  Khan el Khalili Bazaar/Old Cairo

As you walk the streets of Old Cairo this morning, notice a variety of religious influences in the Mohammed Ali Mosque, Salahedin Citadel, the Ben Ezra Synagogue, and one of the renowned Coptic churches. You'll enjoy a memorable shopping experience this afternoon at the notorious bazaar of Khan el Khalili, one of the largest bazaars in the Middle East. Sharpen your bargaining skills as you wander this maze of streets filled with jewelry, carpets, leather, and antiques. This evening, admire your new treasures and relax as you watch the legendary waters roll past from your Nile-view room at the Grand Hyatt Cairo (Lunch included) and (BL) .

DAY 09

 Luxor/Embark Nile Cruise

After a flight south up the Nile Valley to Luxor, known in ancient times as Thebes, step aboard a luxurious cruiser for a journey along the timeless Nile. Observe life on the banks of the river as you float along, enjoying all the modern amenities for a pleasurable voyage on board the Sonesta St. George

Emabarkation before Lunch at 11:00, Lunch on board, Free time at leisure, Afternoon tea, Dinner on board, Dancing Music, Overnight in Luxor

DAY 10

 

Wake-up call, Breakfast on board, Visit the West Bank
(Valley of Kings, Hatshepsut and the Colossi Memnon , Lunch on board , Sail to Esna, Free time at Leisure , Afternoon Tea , Captain's Welcome Cocktail, Dinner on board, Folkloric Show (Rababa Show), Overnight in Esna

DAY 11

 

Sail to Edfu at 05:00, Breakfast on board, Visit Horus Temple in Edfu, Sail to Kom Ombo, Lunch on board, Free time at leisure, Afternoon Tea, Dinner on board, Egyptian Galabeya Party , Overnight in Kom Ombo

DAY 12

 

Sail to Aswan , Breakfast on board, Visit the High Dam, the Granite Quarries and the Temple of Philae, Lunch on board , Sail on the Nile by Felucca around Kitchener's Island , Afternoon Tea, Dinner on board , Belly Dance Show and Egyptian Folkloric Show , Overnight in Aswan

DAY 13

 

Breakfast on board , Free time at leisure, Lunch on board, Free time at leisure , Afternoon Tea, Dinner on board, Nubian Show, Overnight in Aswan

DAY 14

 

Breakfast on board, Free time at leisure, Sail to Kom Ombo maximum at 07:00 am, Visit the Temple shared by two gods Sobek & Haerories in Kom Ombo  , Lunch on board, Afternoon Tea, Sail to Edfu, Visit Edfu Temple, Dinner on board, Sail to Esna, Egyptian Galabeya Party, Overnight in Esna

DAY 15

 

Sail to Luxor, Breakfast on board , Visit the East Bank (Karnak & Luxor Temples, Lunch on board , Afternoon Tea, Dinner on board, Belly Dance Show, Overnight in Luxor

DAY 16

 

Your Nile cruise comes to an end today as you fly over Lake Nasser to Abu Simbel, a stunning Nubian site and temple built to honor Rameses II and his wife, Nefertari. Originally carved into the surrounding sandstone cliffs in 1250 BC, this masterpiece also faced relocation due to the High Dam construction. It was moved nearly 200 feet up a cliff to avoid the rising water level, but not without some precise work. Both in its original and current positions, the temple is situated for proper alignment with the sun. Twice a year the sun is able to penetrate to the innermost sanctuary and shine on the statues of Rameses II and Amon Ra, the sun god. Your return flight to Cairo arrives late in the afternoon. overnight  J. W. Marriott  (B)

DAY 17

  Departure day

After breakfast, make your departures for the airport and your return flights home.  (B)

TOUR FEATURES

Scheduled transatlantic flight  (round trip ticket NYC/Cairo/NYC) For supplements from other US gateways (please refer to our reservation department) (Air & land prices)

Intra-egypt flights from Cairo to Luxor , from Aswan to Abu Simbel , Abu Simbel to Aswan and from Aswan to Cairo  (Air & land prices)

03 nights at a deluxe 05 stars hotel -Cairo- Mena House Oberoi www.oberoimenahouse.com

02 nights at a deluxe 05 stars hotel -Alexandria - Helnan Palestine www.helnan.com

02 nights at a deluxe 05 stars hotel - Cairo- Grand Hyatt Hotel / All Rooms with guaranteed Nile View (During second stay in Cairo)

07 nights at a deluxe 05 stars cruise ship Sonesta St. George on Full Board Basis 

01 night  at  a deluxe 05 stars hotel -Cairo- J.W. Marriott   JW Marriott

All transfers in Cairo, Aswan , Luxor &Alexandria

Luxury touring cars (private) for you

Sightseeing as per itinerary

Lunches during sightseeing in Cairo

Visit temple of Ramses II (Abu Simbel) with entrance fees included

Ride Camel included

Professional tour directors escort you

HOTELS

Mena House Oberoi  (During First Stay in Cairo)

 Sonesta St. George

Grand Hyatt Hotel (During second stay in Cairo)

Helnan Palestine Alexandria (During your stay in Alexandria)

JW Marriott  (last night in Cairo)

  In case Mena House Oberoi is not available , first stay in Cairo will be at Le Meridien Pyramids with "Pyramids View from your room"

2011 / 2012 and 2013 EGYPT 16 DAYS / The Splendors of Egypt

Prices are Valid for the period

Between

And

land only air & land

OCT 06

DEC 06

3795

5175

DEC 13

DEC 13

3595

4975

DEC 20

DEC 27

3975

5375

(XMASS&NEW YEAR GALA DINNER MAY APPLY) 2012

JAN 03

FEB 28

3875

5275

MAR 01

MAR 31 

3895

5395

APR 01

JUN 30

4270

5675

JUL 01 

SEP 30

3895

5475

OCT 01

DEC 06

3975

5375

DEC 07

DEC15

3875

5275

DEC 16

DEC 30

4375

5775

(XMASS &NEW YEAR GALA DINNER MAY APPLY) 2013

DEC 31

FEB 28

3975

5375

Notes 

*This Tour is operated daily all the year round

*Tour is Private for you That means "You will have your own Car,Guide & Driver all the way

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Cairo

The modern metropolis of Cairo pulses with activity, yet the past is so close by. The great Pyramids of Giza and Memphis are all within easy reach. Inside the city the world-renowned Egyptian Museum allows a glimpse of the rich heritage of this land. Whether exploring the ancient or living the present, Cairo will leave you with an impression of excitement & awe.

Cairo is Egyptís capital city, and with over 16 million inhabitants, it ranks as one of the largest cities in Africa.  This city of contradictions will enthrall you with its ageless charm.  The ancient and the modern co-exist in surprising harmony, and the hospitality and friendliness of its people will set you at ease.  Historic Cairo includes the wonders of the pharoahs, as well as a religious heritage embodied in the numerous jewish, coptic and islamic monuments that abound.

 

Luxor

The southeastern city of Luxor is home to some of the most remarkable ancient monuments in all of Egypt. The vast Karnak Temple Complex, ancient religious and educational center, is one of the most spectacular examples. There is also the Valley of Kings, where the famous tomb of King Tutankhamun was found, and the Valley of Queens, final resting place of Queen Nefertari. In addition to the splendor of its museums and ancient temples, Luxor is also the perfect location to embark on a Nile Cruise.

 

Aswan

The southern city of Aswan is one of Egyptís most important attractions. It is one of the sunniest cities in the country, small enough to walk through and enjoys an ideal location on the bank of the beautiful Nile River. Close at hand is Elephantine Island with its pre-dynastic ruins, and Kitchenerís Island, home to a lush tropical garden full of exotic plants and flowers. Aswan is the perfect spot to embark on a Nile cruise or simply enjoy the river views from the comfort of your hotel.

 

EDFU

The town of Edfu, on the west bank of the Nile 56km south of Esna and 105km north of Aswan, is today an important centre for sugar production and pottery-making. Edfu was the place where the god Horus was worshipped and where the battle between Horus and his traditional enemy Seth in ancient mythology took place. The main monument at Edfu is the Ptolemaic Temple of Horus on the edge of the town and was first excavated by Auguste Mariette in the 1860s.The Temple of Horus at Edfu is the best-preserved ancient temple in Egypt and the second largest after the Temple of Karnak.  The temple was built during the six reigns of the Ptolemies on the site of the great battle between Horus and Seth. Horus was the falcon headed god.

 

KOM OMBO

About 28 miles north of Aswan is the Temple of Kom Ombo built on a high dune overlooking the Nile River. Ptolemy VI built the temple in the 2nd century BC but Ptolemy XIII built the outer and inner hypostyle halls. Augustus built the outer enclosure and part of the court around 30 B.C. The temple is actually made up of two temples: that of Sobek and that of Haroeris. In ancient time, crocodiles waded in the river. There are two entrances, two courts, two colonnades, two hypostyle halls and two sanctuaries. There were probably even two sets of priests for the two temples. Foundations are all that are left of the original Pylon. Beyond the Pylon, there was once a staircase in the court that led to a roof terrace. In the southwest corner is the one column that does not echo the duality of the temples. Here, there are scenes depicting purification of the King, his coronation and his consecration of the Temple. The ceiling has astronomical images. In the anti chamber, there are scenes depicting the goddess Seshat. Statues to the gods and the builders of the temple once occupied the net room just before the sanctuaries. The ceiling of the pure place to the north still remains with an image of Nut. There is little left of the sanctuaries

 

ALEXANDRIA

Founded over 2,300 years ago, Alexandria has stood witness to the rise and fall of civilizations, maintaining itís unique character and ageless charm.  Today, Alexandria is Egyptís second largest city, with a population of over 3 million, and it is the countryís main seaport.  223 kilometers from Cairo, Alexandria has a history as rich and varied as Cairoís.  Alexandria was the capital of Greco-Roman Egypt, and it remains the repository of such historical treasures as the Greco-Roman Museum, Roman Amphitheatre and Catacombs.  With itís laid back Mediterranean feel, Alexandria offers the travellor a wealth of activities.  Using the newly restored Corniche (promenade along the sea coast) you are within walking distance of most of the cities sights. Marine archaeologists have discovered a vast array of underwater artifacts and monuments in the harbor, and some will even allow you to share in the excitement by diving alongside them in this underwater museum.