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Glories of Ancient Egypt
  Travel in style, and at a relaxed pace on our private luxury holiday and cruise.  Highlights will be staying in the iconic accommodation (previously used by Agatha christie, Tsar Nicholas II, Winston Churchill, Queen Noor and Princess Diana to name a few).  Cruise the waters of the Nile on the luxurious all-suite Sonesta Star Goddess - recline on your private balcony and admire the scenery and discover the hidden treasures of the Valley of the Kings with exclusive entry to Seti I and Nefertari Tombs
Holiday Length: 13 days
Departs: Thursday
Start City: Cairo (Egypt)
End City: Cairo (Egypt)
Type of Holiday: Private Luxury Holiday
 

                               
 
ITINERARY   
Day 1 - Thursday
Cairo
  Welcome to Egypt.  Meet & assist inside immigration and transfer to the remarkable Mena House Hotel, sitting in the shadows of the great pyramid of Giza.
   
Day 2 - Friday
Cairo
                                    
Spend the day exploring the most illustrious sites of Cairo: the great pyramids of Giza, legendary Sphinx, ancient capital of Memphis and the step pyramids of Sakkara, the first to be built in ancient Egypt - preceding those at Giza by many centuries. (B)
   
Day 3 - Saturday
Cairo
  Discover Old Cairo with its synagogues and churches.  Explore Coptic churches and art housed inside the Cop;tic Museum, built around 30BC on the site of the Roman fortress of Babylon.  Continue to Ben Erza Synagogue.  Surrounded by serene gardens the synagogue contains a number of artefacts including the manuscript known as the 'Atlas of Moses'. (B)
   
Day 4 - Sunday
Cairo - Luxor

Morning flight to Luxor.  Later unearth the secrets behind Howard Carter's life and discoveries as you visit his former home. (B)
Option to visit the Mummy Museum
   
Day 5 - Monday
Luxor: CRUISE

Embark on your luxury cruise ship.  After lunch begin exploring one of the worlds greatest open air museums - thebes.  Visit the magnificent Luxor Temple, follow the Avenue of the Sphinx to the Temple complex of Karnak.  The site comprises a vast mass of temples, chapels, pylons, shrines and intricately carved columns.  It is a gigantic and imposing monument showcasing precious relics of ancient Egyptian Dynasties. (B, L, D)
   
Day 6 - Tuesday
Luxor - Esna - Edfu: CRUISE

Cross to the West Bank of the Nile.  Today is full of highlights including the Necropolis of Thebes and the Valley of the Kings.  here you will find the tombs of the Theban Rulers - including Tutankhamun.  Visit the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut and see the famed Colossi of memmon facing the Nile.  This afternoon sail to Esna and cross the lock. (B,L,D)
   
Day 7 - Wednesday
Edfu - Kom Ombo - Aswan: CRUISE

Today visit Edfu where remains from the Old Kingdom can be viewed as well as the Temple of Horus and houses of the Byzantine period.  Sail to Kom Ombo and visit the Temple, which was shared by the two gods Sobek and Horus.  See the beautiful murals, bas reliefs and find views of the river.  Continue to Aswan. (B, L, D)
   
Day 8 - Thursday
Aswan: CRUISE

Visit the Aswan Dams at the end of Lake Nasser, the resited and beautifully restored Temple of Philae dedicated to the goddess Isis and the granite quarries which provided stone for Karnak & Luxor Temples.  Later sail by felucca around the lush islands of Aswan. (B, L, D)
   
Day 9 - Friday
Aswan

After disembarkation visit the Nubian Museum to discover ancient Nubian artefacts, art and lifestyle.  After noon at leisure. (B)
   
Day 10 - Saturday
Aswan

Day at leisure to relish the peaceful atmosphere of Aswan.  Indulge yourself with a High Tea at the historic Old Cataract Hotel and take in the scenery of the Nile. (bO
   
Day 11 - Sunday
Aswan - Cairo

Morning flight to Cairo.  Upon arrival uncover the celebrated treasures of the ancient Pharaohs at the Egyptian Museum.  Afternoon at leisure to relax or explore Cairo's downtown at your own pace. (B)


Day 12 - Monday
Cairo

This morning visit the citadel -  this beautiful monument was the nerve centre of the city and Egypt for almost 700 years.  Continue to the majestic Mosque of Sultan Hassan, built between 1356 and 1363.  spend the afternoon shopping at the 14th century Khan El Khalili Bazaar. (B)
 
Day 13 - Tuesday
Cairo

Departure transfer to the airport (B)
   
   
HOLIDAY INCLUSIONS






  • Air conditioned transfers and transportation
  • Domestic flights
  • Deluxe accommodation: 3 nights Mena House Cairo, 1 night Winter Palace Luxor, 2 nights Sofitel Legend Old Cataract Aswan, 2 nights Ritz Carlton Downtown Cairo (or similar)
  • 4 night Nile Cruise on the Luxury Sonesta Star Goddess
  • Daily Breakfast - all meals on cruise
  • Small group sightseeing with local English speaking guides, including an Egyptologist guide in Cairo
  • Activities & entrance fees as per itinerary
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