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The Taste Of Egypt (Cairo-Aswan-Nile cruise-Luxor-Cairo) (6 nights 7 days)

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Day 1: Let's get to the Fun

Pass By: Cairo International Airport, Oruba، Road، El Nozha, Cairo Governorate, Egypt
Meet, welcome and assist with airport formalities. Transfer to your hotel and check in. Overnight at your hotel.


No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Overnight at your hotel.

Day 2: Pyramids of Giza Vs. Pyramids of Sakkara

Stop At: Pyramids of Giza, Al Haram Str., Giza 12611 Egypt
After breakfast start our visit to The pyramids of Giza (the Great pyramid of king Cheops, the remains of the funeral temple of the same king, the pyramid of king kephren, the pyramid of king Mekarynos, get inside one of the small pyramids, and see the Sphinx). Egyptian Lunch in a country side restaurant. Visit The pyramids of Sakkara ( The visual presentation of Sakkara, the step pyramid of king Djoser-the very first pyramid, the museum of Imhotep, the tomb of a high official, the pyramid of king Titi, the pyramid of king Unas, and see the pyramids of Dahshur from a distance). Visit Memphis the very first capital city of Egypt ( the statue of king Ramses the second-16 meters high, the alabaster sphinx of queen Hatshipsuit). Attend the sound and light show at Giza area ( optional). Transfer to the train station for your sleeper train to Aswan. Dinner on board of your sleeper train.
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Great Sphinx, Al-Haram, Giza Egypt
The Great Sphinx of Giza The Terrifying One; literally: (Father of Dread), commonly referred to as the Sphinx of Giza or just the Sphinx, is a limestone statue of a reclining sphinx, a mythical creature with the body of a lion and the head of a human.[1] Facing directly from West to East, it stands on the Giza Plateau on the west bank of the Nile in Giza, Egypt. The face of the Sphinx is generally believed to represent the Pharaoh Khafre.

Cut from the bedrock, the original shape of the Sphinx has been restored with layers of blocks. It measures 73 meters (240 ft) long from paw to tail, 20.21 m (66.31 ft) high from the base to the top of the head and 19 meters (62 ft) wide at its rear haunches. It is the oldest known monumental sculpture in Egypt and is commonly believed to have been built by ancient Egyptians of the Old Kingdom during the reign of the Pharaoh Khafre (c. 2558–2532 BC)
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Great Pyramid of Cheops (Khufu), Giza Egypt
Khufu known to the Greeks as Cheops, was an ancient Egyptian monarch who was the second pharaoh of the Fourth Dynasty, in the first half of the Old Kingdom period (26th century BC). Khufu succeeded his father Sneferu as king. He is generally accepted as having commissioned the Great Pyramid of Giza, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, but many other aspects of his reign are poorly documented

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids, Al Badrashin, Cairo 11511 Egypt
Saqqara is a vast, ancient burial ground in Egypt, serving as the necropolis for the Ancient Egyptian capital, Memphis.[1] Saqqara features numerous pyramids, including the world-famous Step pyramid of Djoser, sometimes referred to as the Step Tomb due to its rectangular base, as well as a number of mastabas (Arabic word meaning 'bench'). Located some 30 km (19 mi) south of modern-day Cairo, Saqqara covers an area of around 7 by 1.5 km (4.35 by 0.93 mi).

Duration: 2 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch: Enjoy a variety of Egyptian menu food out of your preferences from the best local restaurants.

• Dinner: Dinner on board of your sleeper train.
Accommodation included: Transfer to the train station for your sleeper train to "Aswan". Dinner on board of your sleeper train.

Day 3: Explore wonders of Aswan Land

Stop At: High Dam, Aswan Egypt
Breakfast on board of your sleeper train. Reach Aswan to start our visit to the High dam ( was built in 1960 to control the annual flood of the Nile, and arrange agriculture process). Visit the Unfinished obelisk (a huge obelisk dating back to the 18th dynasty that was left unfinished). Check in our Nile cruise for Lunch. After noon take a motor boat to the temple of Philae (was built by the Ptolemies dedicated to love goddess Isis). Take a Felucca ride around elephantine Island sail past the Agha Khan mausoleum. Dinner on board of your cruise ship.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Unfinished Obelisk, Aswan Egypt
The unfinished obelisk is the largest known ancient obelisk and is located in the northern region of the stone quarries of ancient Egypt in Aswan, Egypt.

Its creation was ordered by Hatshepsut (1508–1458 BC), possibly to complement what would later be known as the Lateran Obelisk (which was originally at Karnak, and was later brought to the Lateran Palace in Rome). The unfinished obelisk is nearly one-third larger than any ancient Egyptian obelisk ever erected. If finished it would have measured around 42 m (approximately 137 feet) and would have weighed nearly 1,090 metric tons (1,200 tons), a weight equal to about 200 African elephants.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Temple of Philae, Island of Agilika, Aswan Egypt
Philae is an island in the reservoir of the Aswan Low Dam, downstream of the Aswan Dam and Lake Nasser, Egypt. Philae was originally located near the expansive First Cataract of the Nile in Upper Egypt and was the site of an Egyptian temple complex. These rapids and the surrounding area have been variously flooded since the initial construction of the Aswan Low Dam in 1902.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Mausoleum of Aga Khan, Aswan Egypt
The Mausoleum of Aga Khan is the mausoleum of Aga Khan III, Sir Sultan Muhammed Shah, who died in 1957. The mausoleum is located at Aswan, along the Nile of Egypt, since Egypt was formerly the centre of power of the Fatimids.

The mausoleum is built in the style of the Fatimid tombs in Cairo.[citation needed] It is built of pink limestone, while the tomb is built of white Carrara marble. The Aga Khan was buried there two years after he died, since he used to spend part of the winter season living in a nearby villa.

A red rose is laid on the Aga Khan's tomb every day--a practice first started by the Aga Khan's wife, Begum Om Habibeh Aga Khan.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Meals included:
• Breakfast: Breakfast on board of your sleeper train
• Lunch: Check in our Nile cruise for Lunch
• Dinner: Dinner on board of your cruise ship.
Accommodation included: Overnight at your 5-stars Nile Cruise ship.

Day 4: Relax while sailing

Stop At: Temple of Kom Ombo, Kom Ombo Egypt
Breakfast on board of your cruise. Relax while sailing along the fertile river Nile from Aswan to Luxor with two stops to: Visit the unusual double temple of Kom Ombo (dedicated to two gods, the falcon god Horus, and the crocodile god Sobek). Visit by a horse carriage to the temple of Edfu (dedicated to the falcon god Hours, and the second largest temple in Egypt. Lunch and Dinner on board of your cruise.
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Temple of Horus at Edfu, Edfu Egypt
The Temple of Edfu is an Egyptian temple located on the west bank of the Nile in Edfu, Upper Egypt. The city was known in the Hellenistic period as Koine Greek: Ἀπόλλωνος πόλις and Latin Apollonopolis Magna, after the chief god Horus, who was identified as Apollo under the interpretatio graeca. It is one of the best preserved shrines in Egypt. The temple was built in the Ptolemaic Kingdom between 237 and 57 BC. The inscriptions on its walls provide important information on language, myth and religion during the Hellenistic period in Egypt. In particular, the Temple's inscribed building texts "provide details [both] of its construction, and also preserve information about the mythical interpretation of this and all other temples as the Island of Creation."There are also "important scenes and inscriptions of the Sacred Drama which related the age-old conflict between Horus and Seth." They are translated by the German Edfu-Project.
Duration: 2 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast: Breakfast on board of your cruise
• Lunch: Lunch on board of your cruise.
• Dinner: Dinner on board of your cruise.
Accommodation included: Overnight at your 5-stars crusie ship

Day 5: Luxor East & West

Stop At: Valley of the Kings, Luxor City, Luxor 85511 Egypt
Breakfast on board of your cruise Start our tour to the west bank of Luxor to visit: The Valley of the Kings (home of 65 tombs of the kings of 18th to 22nd dynasties), The Valley of the queens (accommodates the tombs of queens from the new kingdom), The modern looking temple of queen Hatshepsut (she ruled over Egypt for 19 years as a king). The colossi of Memnon (originally belong to king Amenhotep the 3rd). Back to our cruise for Lunch. After noon start our tour to visit the Karnak temples (the largest complex of temples in Egypt originally attached to Luxor temple by an avenue of sphinxes). Visit Luxor temple (was built by the kings of the middle and the new kingdom). Dinner on board of your cruise ship.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Valley of the Queens, Thebes Egypt
Valley of the Queens, Nile River Valley, Egypt

The Valley of the Queens (Wādī al Malekāt) is a site in Egypt, where wives of Pharaohs were buried in ancient times. In ancient times, it was known as Ta-Set-Neferu, meaning –"the place of beauty".

Using the limits as described by Christian Leblanc, the Valley of the Queens consists of the main wadi which contains most of the tombs, as well as the Valley of Prince Ahmose, the Valley of the Rope, the Valley of the Three Pits, and the Valley of the Dolmen. The main wadi contains 91 tombs and the subsidiary valleys add another 19 tombs. The burials in the subsidiary valleys all date to the 18th dynasty.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Temple of Hatshepsut at Deir el Bahari, Kings Valley Rd Deir el-Bahari, Luxor 23512 Egypt
The Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut is a mortuary temple of Ancient Egypt located in Upper Egypt. Built for the Eighteenth Dynasty pharaoh Hatshepsut, it is located beneath the cliffs at Deir el-Bahari on the west bank of the Nile near the Valley of the Kings. This mortuary temple is dedicated to Amun and Hatshepsut and is situated next to the mortuary temple of Mentuhotep II, which served both as an inspiration and later, a quarry. It is considered one of the "incomparable monuments of ancient Egypt."

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Colossi of Memnon, Thebes, Luxor Egypt
The Colossi of Memnon are two massive stone statues of the Pharaoh Amenhotep III, who reigned in Egypt during the Dynasty XVIII. For the past 3,400 years (since 1350 BC), they have stood in the Theban Necropolis, located west of the River Nile from the modern city of Luxor.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Temple of Karnak, Luxor Egypt
The Karnak Temple Complex, commonly known as Karnak, comprises a vast mix of decayed temples, chapels, pylons, and other buildings near Luxor, in Egypt.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Luxor Temple, Luxor 23512 Egypt
Luxor Temple is a large Ancient Egyptian temple complex located on the east bank of the Nile River in the city today known as Luxor (ancient Thebes) and was constructed approximately 1400 BCE. In the Egyptian language it is known as ipet resyt, "the southern sanctuary". Unlike the other temples in Thebes, Luxor temple is not dedicated to a cult god or a deified version of the king in death. Instead Luxor temple is dedicated to the rejuvenation of kingship; it may have been where many of the kings of Egypt were crowned in reality or conceptually (as in the case of Alexander the Great who claimed he was crowned at Luxor but may never have traveled south of Memphis, near modern Cairo.)

Duration: 1 hour

Meals included:
• Breakfast: Breakfast on board of your cruise
• Lunch: Lunch on board at your Nile cruise ship
• Dinner: Dinner on board at your Nile cruise ship
Accommodation included: Overnight at your Nlie Cruise Ship

Day 6: Back to Cairo. (Cairo City Tour)

Pass By: Luxor International Airport, Monshaat Al Amari, Luxor, Luxor Governorate, Egypt
After breakfast on board of your cruise ship. Transfer to Luxor airport for your flight to Cairo. Arrive Cairo, welcome, meet and assist. Start our tour to the Egyptian museum ( more than 120,000 pieces from ancient Egypt, plus the amazing collection of king Tut Ankh Amun from the 18th dynasty new kindom, and the royal mummies). Visit Coptic Cairo (the church of saint sergius the very first church built in Egypt, the synagogue of Bn Izra, and the so called Hanging up church). Lunch in a tourist restaurant by the river Nile. Visit Islamic Cairo ( the Citadel of Saladdin, the alabaster mosque of Mohamed Ali, the Gawhara palace of Mohamed Ali, the mosque of Amr Ibn El-aas the very first mosque built in Egypt. See Khan El-Khalili bazaar (where you can see Al-Azhar mosque, and the very unique Islamic ancient streets and complex). Check in your hotel and Overnight.

Stop At: Egyptian Antiquities Museum, Midan El Tahrir Geographical Society Building, Cairo 11511 Egypt
Extensive collection of Egyptian artifacts covering 5,000 years, including Tutankhamun's treasures.

Duration: 2 hours

Pass By: Old Egypt For Fine Art, El Moez Ledin Allah El Fatemy st. Azhar, Cairo 11511 Egypt
Coptic Cairo is a part of Old Cairo which encompasses the Babylon Fortress, the Coptic Museum, the Hanging Church, the Greek Church of St. George and many other Coptic churches and historical sites. It is believed in Christian tradition that the Holy Family visited this area and stayed at the site of Saints Sergius and Bacchus Church (Abu Serga). Coptic Cairo was a stronghold for Christianity in Egypt until the Islamic era, though most of the current buildings of the churches in Coptic Cairo were built after the Muslim conquest of Egypt in the 7th century


Stop At: Hanging Church (El Muallaqa, Sitt Mariam, St Mary), Shar'a Mari Girgis Street, Cairo 11511 Egypt
The Hanging Church is named for its location above a gatehouse of Babylon Fortress, the Roman fortress in Coptic Cairo (Old Cairo); its nave is suspended over a passage. The church is approached by twenty-nine steps; early travelers to Cairo dubbed it "the Staircase Church". The land surface has risen by some six meters since the Roman period. So the Roman tower is mostly buried below ground, reducing the visual impact of the church's elevated position. The entrance from the street is through iron gates under a pointed stone arch. The nineteenth-century facade with twin bell towers is then seen beyond a narrow courtyard decorated with modern art biblical designs. Up the steps and through the entrance is a further small courtyard leading to the eleventh-century outer porch.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Greek Orthodox Church of St. George (Mari Girgis), Nearby Roman Fortress Old (Coptic) Cairo, Cairo 11511 Egypt
The Church of St. George is a Greek Orthodox church within the Babylon Fortress in Coptic Cairo. It is part of the Holy Patriarchal Monastery of St George under the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Alexandria and all Africa. The church dates back to the 10th century (or earlier). The current structure was rebuilt following a 1904 fire, construction was finished in 1909. Since 2009, the monastery's hegemony has had the rank of bishop with title Bishop Babylon’s ("Bishop of Babylon").

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Church of St Sergius and Bacchus, Old Cairo, Cairo 11511 Egypt
4th-century church believed to be built on the spot where Joseph, Mary & baby Jesus once rested.

Saints Sergio’s and Bacchus Church is traditionally believed to have been built on the spot where the Holy Family, Joseph, Mary and the infant Jesus Christ, rested at the end of their journey into Egypt. They may have lived here while Joseph worked at the fortress.

The church is of significant historical importance, and in fact, it is where many patriarchs of the Coptic Church were elected. The first to be elected here was Patriarch Isaac (681-692) it is the Episcopal church of Cairo, and it was the Episcopal See of Masr (the district of Old Cairo) that replaced the former See of Babylon. Many bishops of the See were consecrated in the Church until the reign of Patriarch Christodoulou (1047–1077).
Duration: 1 hour

Pass By: Islamic Cairo, Midan Silah ad-Din, Cairo 11511 Egypt
Islamic Cairo (Qahirat al-Maez) is a part of central Cairo around the old walled city and around the Citadel of Cairo which is characterized by hundreds of mosques, tombs, madrasas, mansions, caravanserais, and fortifications dating from the Islamic era.[1] In 1979, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) proclaimed Historic Cairo a World Cultural Heritage site, as "one of the world's oldest Islamic cities, with its famous mosques, madrasas, hammers and fountains and the new centre of the Islamic world, reaching its golden age in the 14th century.


Stop At: Cairo Citadel, Al Abageyah Shar'a Salih Salem, Cairo 11511 Egypt
The Saladin Citadel of Cairo (Qalaʿat Salāḥ ad-Dīn) is a medieval Islamic fortification in Cairo, Egypt. The location, on Mokattam hill near the center of Cairo, was once famous for its fresh breeze and grand views of the city. It is now a preserved historic site, with mosques and museums. In 1976, it was proclaimed by UNESCO as a part of the World Heritage Site Historic Cairo (Islamic Cairo) which was "the new center of the Islamic world, reaching its golden age in the 14th century.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Mosque of Muhammad Ali, Al Abageyah Qism El-Khalifa, Cairo 11511 Egypt
The Great Mosque of Muhammad Ali Pasha or Alabaster Mosque is a mosque situated in the Citadel of Cairo in Egypt and commissioned by Muhammad Ali Pasha between 1830 and 1848.

Situated on the summit of the citadel, this Ottoman mosque, the largest to be built in the first half of the 19th century, is, with its animated silhouette and twin minarets, the most visible mosque in Cairo.

The mosque was built in memory of Tusun Pasha, Muhammad Ali's oldest son, who died in 1816.

This mosque, along with the citadel, is one of the landmarks and tourist attractions of Cairo and is one of the first features to be seen when approaching the city any direction.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Mosque of Amr Ibn El-Aas, Cairo Egypt
Was originally built in 641–642 AD, as the center of the newly founded capital of Egypt, Fustat. The original structure was the first mosque ever built in Egypt and the whole of Africa. Through the twentieth century, it was the fourth largest mosque in the Islamic world.

The location for the mosque was the site of the tent of the commander of the Muslim army, general Amr ibn al-As. One corner of the mosque contains the tomb of his son, 'Abd Allah ibn 'Amr ibn al-'As. Due to extensive reconstruction over the centuries, nothing of the original building remains, but the rebuilt Mosque is a prominent landmark, and can be seen in what today is known as Old Cairo. It is an active mosque with a devout congregation, and when prayers are not taking place, it is also open to visitors and tourists.

Duration: 1 hour

Pass By: Sharia Al Mu'izz Li-Din Allah, Al Moez Ldin Allah Al Fatmi, Cairo 11511 Egypt
Muizz Street (Shariʻa al-Muizz li-Din Illah) also known as Al Moez Ldin Allah Al Fatimi Street in Islamic Cairo, Egypt is one of the oldest streets in Cairo, approximately one kilometer long. A United Nations study found it to have the greatest concentration of medieval architectural treasures in the Islamic world. The street (shariʻa in Arabic) is named for Al-Mu'izz li-Din Allah, the fourth caliph of the Fatimid dynasty. It stretches from Bab Al-Futuh in the north to Bab Zuweila in the south. Starting in 1997,[2][3] the national government carried out extensive renovations to the historical buildings, modern buildings, paving, and sewerage to turn the street into an "open-air museum". On April 24, 2008, Al-Muizz Street was rededicated as a pedestrian only zone between 8:00 am and 11:00 pm; cargo traffic will be allowed outside of these hours.

The northern part of the street extends from the Al-Hakim Mosque in the north to the Spice Market at Al-Azhar Street and includes the antiques markets section, Al-Aqmar Mosque (one of the few extant Fatimid mosques), the Qalawun complex, and several well preserved medieval mansions and palaces.

The southern part extends from the Ghuriya complex to the Bab Zuweila and includes the magnificent Tent Market in the Gamaliya district.

Stop At: Khan Al-Khalili, Cairo Egypt
Khan El-Khalili is a major souk in the historic center of Islamic Cairo. The bazaar district is one of Cairo's main attractions for tourists and Egyptians alike.

Duration: 2 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast: Breakfast on board of your cruise ship.
• Lunch: Lunch in a tourist restaurant by the river Nile
• Dinner: Enjoy a variety of Egyptian menu food out of your preferences from the best local restaurants. (Optional)

Accommodation included: Check in your hotel and Overnight.

Day 7: To bid you a farewell!

Pass By: Cairo International Airport, Oruba، Road، El Nozha, Cairo Governorate, Egypt
After breakfast transfer to Cairo airport for your final departure carrying your great memories from Egypt.

Meals included:
• Breakfast: At your Hotel
No accommodation included on this day.
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Departure Point
Traveler pickup is offered
Providing a pick up and drop off services from any hotel within Cairo, Egypt

A new model tourist car with a professional driver and a license from the ministry of tourism.

Airport Pick-Up and Drop-Off

Police Security Guard

Baggage storage and transfer

Air-conditioned vehicle

Private transportation

WiFi on board
Departure Time
7:00 AM
Duration
7 days
Inclusions
  • 6x Breakfast
  • 5x Dinner
  • 5x Lunch
  • Accommodation included: 6 nights
  • Accommodation in Luxury hotels and Nile cruises 4 stars,5 stars,5 stars Deluxe & 5 stars Top Deluxe
  • Entrance fees to the sites mentioned in the above itinerary.
  • Meals as mentioned.
  • A guide (Egyptologist) with a guiding license from the ministry of tourism.
  • Providing a pick up and drop off services from any hotel within Cairo, Egypt
  • A new model tourist car with a professional driver and a license from the ministry of tourism.
  • Airport Pick-Up and Drop-Off
  • Police Security Guard
  • Baggage storage and transfer
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Private transportation
  • WiFi on board
  • Egyptian Cell phone for the trip organizer to use while touring.
  • Entry/Admission - Pyramids of Giza
  • Entry/Admission - Great Sphinx
  • Entry/Admission - Great Pyramid of Cheops (Khufu)
  • Entry/Admission - Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids
  • Entry/Admission - High Dam
  • Entry/Admission - Unfinished Obelisk
  • Entry/Admission - Temple of Philae
  • Entry/Admission - Mausoleum of Aga Khan
  • Entry/Admission - Temple of Kom Ombo
  • Entry/Admission - Temple of Horus at Edfu
  • Entry/Admission - Valley of the Kings
  • Entry/Admission - Valley of the Queens
  • Entry/Admission - Temple of Hatshepsut at Deir el Bahari
  • Entry/Admission - Colossi of Memnon
  • Entry/Admission - Temple of Karnak
  • Entry/Admission - Luxor Temple
  • Entry/Admission - Egyptian Antiquities Museum
  • Entry/Admission - Hanging Church (El Muallaqa, Sitt Mariam, St Mary)
  • Entry/Admission - Greek Orthodox Church of St. George (Mari Girgis)
  • Entry/Admission - Church of St Sergius and Bacchus
  • Entry/Admission - Cairo Citadel
  • Entry/Admission - Mosque of Muhammad Ali
  • Entry/Admission - Mosque of Amr Ibn El-Aas
  • Entry/Admission - Khan Al-Khalili
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Drinks from any kind other than a bottle of mineral water .75 liter.
  • Any additional requests.
  • Items of personal nature.
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  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infant seats available
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
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