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Realm of the Pharaohs
  Immerse yourself in 5000 years of history on our signature 14 day tour - designed for the cultural enthusiast looking for a comprehensive yet well paced private tour spanning the length of Egypt's Nile Valley from Alexandria on the Mediterranean to Abu Simbel in the deserts of Lower Nubia.  Discover the amazing legacy of Egypt's Pharaonic past and become acquainted with her mysterious ancient gods & goddesses.  In addition to time spend visiting the iconic sites you will also visit lesser seen locations.  A truly fascinating journey awaits
Holiday Length: 14 days / 13 nights
Departs: Preferred departure date dependant on Nile Cruise grade 
Start City: Cairo
End City: Cairo
Type of Holiday: Flexi Holiday & Cruise
 


ITINERARY  
Day 1
Cairo

Arrival transfer to your Pyramids area hotel.
   
Day 2
Cairo

A day to remember.  The ancient capital of Memphis, the enduring monuments of Sakkara, the awesome Pyramids of Giza plus the mysterious Sphinx.  Attend the Sound and Light Show at the Pyramids this evening. (B)
   
Day 3
Cairo - Abu Simbel

Fly to Abu Simbel.  Marvel at the magnificent Temples of Ramses II, which celebrate this mighty Pharaoh and Queen Nefertari.  See the amazing engineering that saved the temples from a watery grave below Lake Nasser. (B, D)
   
Day 4
Abu Simbel - Aswan

Fly to Aswan.  Later explore the desert refuge of St Simeon's Monastery. (B)
   
Day 5
Aswan : NILE CRUISE

Morning at leisure in Aswan.  At midday embark on your cruise boat.  Later take a relaxing felucca sail around the islands of Aswan. (B, L, D)
   
Day 6
Aswan - Kom Ombo - Edfu : NILE CRUISE

See the high Aswan High Dam and the Temple of Philae, before cruising to the Temple of Kom Ombo.  Later continue cruising to Edfu. (B, L, D)
   
Day 7
Edfu - Esna - Luxor : NILE CRUISE

Explore Edfu's mysterious temple, then cross Esna Lock on your way to Luxor. (B, L, D)
   
Day 8
Luxor

Disembark your cruise ship and spend an unforgettable day exploring the Valley of the Kings, Temple of Queen Hatshepsut and the Colossi of Memnon.  Later visit the awesome Luxor and Karnak Temples. (B)
   
Day 9
Luxor
  Depart with your private guide for a memorable discovery of Luxor.  Your first visit of the day will be to the Temple of Medinat Habu which is the Mortuary Temple of Ramses III.  Later, visit the fascinating house of Howard Carter.  Neglected for a long time, the house has now been restored to its former state by the famous Egyptologist and Archaeologist Dr Sahi Hawass and now offering a fascinating insight into the life of Howard Carter in an amazing 1920 atmosphere.  In the afternoon visit the Mummification Museum and return to your hotel for some time at leisure. (B)
   
Day 10
Luxor - Cairo - Alexandria

After breakfast fly to Cairo and board a first class train to Alexandria.  Transfer to your hotel. (B)
   
Day 11
El Alamein Battlefield

Explore El Alamein, site of the epic World War II battle, visiting the Allied Cemetery and museum. (B)
   
Day 12
Alexandria - Cairo

Visit the newly restored library, the National Museum, 'Pompeii's Pillar' (made of red Aswan granite) and the mysterious catacombs.  Later return to Cairo by train and transfer to your central city hotel. (B)
   
Day 13
Cairo

This morning explore Old Cairo's Coptic churches (including the Hanging Church).  Later visit the famous Egyptian Museum to see the golden treasures of Tutankhamun, with his jewel-encrusted sarcophagus.  Continue to the hustle and bustle of Khan El Khalili Bazaar. (B)
   
Day 14
Cairo

Departure transfer to the airport. (B)
   

Note:

* On some itineraries the cruise will be 4 nights with no overnight hotel in Luxor required. 
* Superior Tourist Class hotel best available in Abu Simbel
   
Inclusions:







* Accommodation: 4 nights Cairo (2 nights Pyramids, 2 nights downtown) | 1 night Aswan | 1 night Abu
   Simbel | 1 night Luxor | 3 night Nile Cruise | 2 nights Alexandria
* Private transfers in air conditioned transportation
* Daily breakfast with all meals on the Nile Cruise
* Sightseeing with a private Egyptologist guide throughout Egypt excluding cruise
* Small group sightseeing on the Nile Cruise
* Flights Cairo\Abu Simbel\Aswan & Luxor\Cairo
* First class train Cairo\Alexandria\Cairo
* Entrance fees

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