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Upper Egypt & the Eternal Nile
  Let Innovative Travel reveal the mysteries of Egypt, with peace of mind.  This is a perfect small group and family friendly itinerary to discover Egypt with unforgettable sightseeing in Cairo,, a visit to the historic Carter's house in Luxor, followed by an idyllic four night Nile cruise for will allow you to savour the atmosphere of Luxor and its majestic temples and experience the unique relaxing ambiance of Aswan.
Holiday Length: 10 days / 9 nights
Start City: Cairo
End City: Cairo
Departs: as per grid
Type of Holiday: Boutique Small Group Tour & Cruise
 

ITINERARY    
Day 1
  Cairo
   

Welcome to Egypt. On arrival in Cairo, you will be met by our friendly local representative and transferred to your Pyramids area hotel. Remainder of the day at leisure to rest & admire the spectacular Pyramids from your room.

     
Day 2
  Cairo
   

Awake in the shadows of the Pyramids. Today explore the impressive site of Giza; constructed in approximately 2690 BC, the Pyramids of Mycerinus, Chefren & the Great Pyramid of Cheops, are the only survivor of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Face the mystical Sphinx. Continue the ancient capital of Memphis and visit the Step Pyramids of Sakkara. This evening attend the inspiring Sound & light Show at the Pyramids. (B)

     
Day 3
  Cairo - Luxor
    This morning fly to Luxor. Today, retrace history & uncover a world of ancient legends. Visit the Temple of Medinet Habu which is the Mortuary Temple of Ramses III. Continue to Howard Carter's house. Neglected for a long time, the house has been restored to its former state by the famous Egyptologist & Archaeologist Dr Zahi Hawass and now offers a fascinating insight into the life of the one who discovered the tomb of Tutankhamun, in an amazing 1920 atmosphere. This afternoon, return to the East Bank and visit the Mummification Museum. The ancient Egyptians believed that in order for a person to reach the afterlife, it was essential that both their body and their name remained, so their Soul would be transported from one life to the next. In order to achieve this, the mummification rituals were developed to preserve the body. The museum contains several human and animal mummies as well as the tools and the canopic jars needed for the ritual. Evening at leisure or to explore the markets of Luxor.
     
Day 4
  Luxor
   

Leisurely morning before embarking on your Nile cruise. This afternoon, visit the magnificent Luxor Temple, built in the 14th C. by two kings – Amenophis III and Ramses II. Follow the Avenue of the Sphinx to the Karnak Temple complex and gaze in awe at this imposing monument housing precious relics of Ancient Egyptian dynasties. (B,L,D)

     
Day 5
  Luxor - Esna
   

Today cross to the West Bank and visit Thebes Necropolis and the burial ground of the Pharaohs – the Valley of the Kings – where Howard Carter discovered the tomb of Tutankhamun in 1922. Proceed to the nearby Valley of the Queens, the mortuary temple of Hatchepsut and the Colossi of Memnon facing the Nile. Explore the myriad of tombs and temples before cruising via Esna lock to Edfu. (B,L,D)

     
Day 6
 

Esna - Edfu - Kom Ombo - Aswan

   

This morning visit the Temple of Horus, one of the best preserved temples of the Greco- Roman era. Continue cruising to Kom Ombo and visit the Temple shared by two Gods – Sobek & Haroeris before sailing to Aswan. (B,L,D)

     
Day 7
 

Aswan

   

Visit the Philae Temple, dedicated to the goddess Isis, rescued from the rising waters of Lake Nasser at the time of the High Dam's construction. Later visit the High Dam, the Old Dam and the 'unfinished Obelisk', lying in the ancient granite quarries of Aswan. (B,L,D)

     
Day 8
 

Aswan

    Disembark this morning and let the natural beauty of Aswan capture your imagination. Sail in a felucca around the lush islands of Aswan and view the Agha Khan Mausoleum. The afternoon is at leisure to explore Aswan's markets and sip a drink on the banks of the Nile. (B)
     
Day 9
 

Aswan - Cairo

   

This morning fly to Cairo, a modern cosmopolitan capital with a rich heritage of cultural influences & echoes of ancient civilisations. Today, visit Old Cairo's Coptic Churches, including the Hanging Church. Continue to the Roman Fortress, the unique Ben Ezra Synagogue, Mohammed Ali Mosque and the Citadel dominating Cairo's skyline. Later, visit the famous Egyptian Museum, which preserves the golden treasures of Tutankhamun, including his jewel-encrusted sarcophagus. This evening join the hustle and bustle of Khan El Khalili Bazaar. (B)

     
Day 10    Cairo
   

Transfer to the airport for your onward flight. (B)

     

INCLUSIONS



 

• Air-conditioned transfers and transportation
• Accommodation in deluxe class hotels
• 4 night Nile cruise on a Deluxe ship
• Daily breakfast
• All meals on the cruise (4 lunches & 4 dinners)
• Professional local English-speaking guides
• Activities & entrance fees as per the itinerary

     

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