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Classical Egypt in Depth

duration 14 Days / 13 Nights

priceStart from $1285

locationEgypt

Summary

A great offer for those who want to see all the major sights in Egypt and enjoy the 4-star hotels and the Nile cruise in their full splendour. From the famous Pyramids of Giza in Cairo and the Temple of Ramses II in Abu Simbel to the magnificent Valley of the Kings in Luxor, the Red Sea with its rich marine life and Sinai Peninsula - this is a luxurious in-depth tour throughout the whole country.

Highlights of this itinerary

Cairo, the Pyramids of Giza, Saqqara, the Egyptian Museum, the Philae Temple, the Temple of Kom Ombo, the Temple of Edfu, the Luxor Temple, the Karnak Temple, West Bank, the Valley of the Kings, Dahab
Itinerary notes: B – Breakfast, L – Lunch, D – Dinner
Single Supplement – all rates are based on per person sharing.


Overview

Day 1 (Cairo) Arrival in Cairo and hotel transfer
Day 2 (Cairo) Pyramids of Giza and Saqqara
Day 3 (Cairo-Alexandria-Cairo) Pompey's Pillar, Library of Alexandria, the Citadel of Qaitbey
Day 4 (Cairo-Aswan) Egyptian Museum, Cairo city tour, Khan el Khalili souk, sleeper train to Aswan
Day 5 (Aswan) Arrival in Aswan, the Philae Temple, the High Dam and afternoon felucca
Day 6 (Aswan-Abu Simbel-Aswan) Abu Simbel tour (optional)
Day 7 (Nile Cruise) The Temple of Kom Ombo and the Temple of Edfu
Day 8 (Luxor) West Bank tour (the Valley of the Kings, the Colossi of Memnon and the Mortuary Temple of the Queen Hatshepsut), East Bank tour ( the Luxor Temple)
Day 9 (Luxor-Dahab) The Karnak Temple. Transfer to Dahab
Day 10 (Dahab) Free day
Day 11 (Dahab) Snorkelling in the Red Sea
Day 12 (Dahab) Saint Catherine Monastery. Return to Dahab
Day 13 (Dahab-Cairo) Drive back to Cairo
Day 14 (Cairo) Transfer to Cairo International Airport, departure.

Includes

  • Meet and Assist service upon arrival and departure;
  • Four-night accommodation in Cairo;
  • One-night accommodation in Aswan;
  • Three-night accommodation in Dahab;
  • Overnight bus ticket;
  • Three-night Nile cruise;
  • One-night sleeper train from Cairo to Aswan;
  • All entrance fees for the above-mentioned sights;
  • All transfers mentioned in the itinerary;
  • Meals as mentioned above;
  • English-speaking tour guide.

Excludes

  • International flight ticket
  • Tipping kitty
  • Any personal expenses such as drinks, laundry etc.
  • Any optional trips or unmentioned items.
Day 1 (Cairo)

Day 1 (Cairo)

Welcome to Egypt! Our representative will meet you at Cairo International Airport and provide assistance through customs. As soon as all formalities are successfully passed, you will be comfortably delivered to your hotel. The free evening will let you relax and get ready for your Egyptian holidays (no meals included).

Day 2 (Cairo)

Day 2 (Cairo)

Today you will explore Egypt’s main highlight – the Great Pyramid of Giza. For over 3,800 years Khufu’s Pyramid was considered the tallest manmade structure in the world. Our expert guide will give a talk about the Pyramids and the Sphinx, and then take you to Saqqara, where you will see the first pyramid built in Egypt – the Step Pyramid of Djoser constructed in 2648 BC. The evening and night you will spend in the hotel. (B)

Day 3 (Cairo - Alexandria)

Day 3 (Cairo - Alexandria)

Get ready for a three-hour-long travel to the north to visit Egypt’s second largest city Alexandria. This Mediterranean city founded by Alexander the Great offers tourists many unique attractions. You can spend the day exploring the relics of a bygone age. First, rush to see the Pompey's Pillar, Roman triumphal column, which is among the world’s largest monolithic columns. Then you can visit the only Roman Amphitheatre built in Egypt and proceed to the modern Bibliotheca Alexandrina erected between 1995 and 2002. It has six specialized libraries with millions of books, four museums, an Internet archive, planetarium, thirteen research centers and fifteen permanent exhibitions. The 15th century Citadel of Qaitbay, built on the exact place of ancient Lighthouse of Alexandria, will be your next stop. Once you finish your excursion, you will be taken back to Cairo and overnight in a hotel. (B)

Day 4 (Cairo - Aswan)

Day 4 (Cairo - Aswan)

Today you will visit the Egyptian Museum with its 150,000 artifacts that tell you the history of 5,000 years of ancient civilization. Move to the Citadel of Saladin erected on the Mokattam Hill between 1176 and 1183 and fortified in order to protect it from the Crusaders. In 1828-1848 within the walls of the citadel was built an Ottoman mosque, which today is widely known as the Mosque of Mohammed Ali. Your guide will escort you to the Coptic Cairo. Here you will see El Muallaqa, the Hanging Church, constructed into the walls of the Roman fortress of Babylon and Saint Sergius Church, which is believed to be the resting place of the Holy Family. The colorful Khan El Khalili Souk will be your next stop. In the evening you will be taken to Ramesses Railway Station, where you will take a sleeper train to Aswan. Your dinner will be served aboard the train. (B, D) 

Day 5 (Aswan)

Day 5 (Aswan)

Have breakfast aboard the train before arriving in Aswan, where Lady Egypt Tours representative will meet you and transfer to the 5-star Nile cruise ship. A short sail across the river will bring you to the Agilkia Island, where the Philae Temple dedicated to the Goddess Isis is currently located.  Originally, the temple was situated near the First Cataract of the Nile River, though in 1902 when the construction of the Old Aswan Dam started, the area was flooded and the complex was moved. Proceed to the Old Dam built in 1899-1902 and then visit the masterpiece of modern engineering – the High Dam constructed between 1960-1970 in order to protect the city from floods, generate hydroelectricity and irrigate agricultural fields. Go exploring Aswan's famous markets in the evening. Overnight aboard your cruise ship. (B, L, D)

Day 6 (Nile cruise)

Day 6 (Nile cruise)

This day is at your disposal – spend it roaming around the city or take our optional trip to the majestic Abu Simbel Temples, located some 300 kilometers away from Aswan. The temples are constructed in commemoration of Ramesses II tactical victory at the Battle of Kadesh that took place in 1274 BC. Interestingly, the ancient Egyptian architects built the Great Temple in such a way that twice a year (on October 22 and February 22), the sunbeams reach the inner sanctuary and lighten up three out of four sculptures – the statue of the God of the Underworld Ptah always remains in the darkness. The Small Temple dedicated to Goddess Hathor and Nefertari is also unique – first time in Egyptian architecture the statues of the Pharaoh and his wife are equal in size. In the evening you can take another optional tour and enjoy the spectacular Sound and Light Show at the Philae Temple. Overnight aboard the cruise ship. (B, L, D) 

Day 7 (Aswan - Luxor)

Day 7 (Aswan - Luxor)

Set sail for the unusual double Temple of Kom Ombo constructed during the Ptolemaic Dynasty and dedicated to two gods – Sobek and Horus. Have lunch on board your ship and continue your trip to Esna and Edfu, where you can visit remarkably well preserved Temple of Edfu dedicated to the falcon God Horus. Late in the evening you will reach Luxor, a city rich with ancient monuments and history of some 4,000 years. Overnight aboard a ship. (B, L, D)

Day 8 (Luxor)

Day 8 (Luxor)

Get up early in the morning to avoid the noontide heat of the West Bank. Disembark the cruise ship and head to the Valley of the Kings with its numerous tombs and chambers. Only fifteen tombs out of 63 are open for public, among them are those granted to Tutankhamun, Thutmose III, Ramesses I and Seti II. You will pass by the village of ancient workers at Deir El Madina, the Temple of Madinet Habou dedicated to Ramesses III and massive twin statues depicting the Pharaoh Amenhotep III widely known as the Colossi of Memnon. Move to the Valley of the Queens to explore the colonnaded Mortuary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, where you can learn the tale of the divine birth of the first female king. You will then return to the East Bank. In the evening go exploring the Luxor Temple erected by Amenhotep III and completed by Tutankhamun. Overnight at Luxor hotel. (B)

Day 9 (Luxor - Dahab)

Day 9 (Luxor - Dahab)

Have your breakfast in the hotel and travel in our modern air-conditioned vehicle to the Karnak Temple Complex. This large open-air museum once named Ipet-isut, which means "the most selected of places", houses the Great Hypostyle Hall with its 134 giant columns. The construction of the complex began in the Middle Kingdom (2000-1700 BC), though the majority of the existing buildings date back to the New Kingdom (1500-1000 BC). Around 5:00 pm you will leave Luxor for Dahab, one of the most beautiful Red Sea resorts. Overnight at a bus. (B)

Day 10 (Dahab)

Day 10 (Dahab)

Once you arrive in Dahab, check in your hotel, freshen up, relax and enjoy the day. Go snorkeling or diving if you want to explore the underwater beauty of the Red Sea, stroll into the city in the sunshine or enjoy your hotel facilities. (B)

Day 11 (Dahab)

Day 11 (Dahab)

Today is a snorkeling day. We offer you to plunge into the azure waters of the Blue Hole, the most famous snorkeling spot in Egypt. Return to the hotel and enjoy your time at leisure. Overnight at a hotel. (B)

Day 12 (Dahab)

Day 12 (Dahab)

Early in the morning you will take a drive by a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle to the small town of Saint Catherine, where you will have some time at leisure. Marvel at the view of the Mount Sinai widely known as Moses' Mountain as this is the place, where Moses received the Ten Commandments. You will then visit Saint Catherine's Monastery built between AD 548 and 565 and named after Catherine of Alexandria, who was beheaded in AD 305 after being sentenced to death on a wheel, which did not kill her. It is believed that angels brought her remains to the Mount Sinai. The monastery was inscribed in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2002. Return to Dahab and enjoy the reminder of the day. Overnight at a hotel. (B, L)

Day 13 (Dahab - Cairo)

Day 13 (Dahab - Cairo)

Start driving back to Cairo in the morning. Once you arrive in the capital of Egypt, check in the hotel and have a rest. This day is at your disposal. (B)

Day 14 (Cairo)

Day 14 (Cairo)

Lady Egypt Tours representative will transfer you to Cairo International Airport for your final departure. (B)

Price Guide

Start End Notes Price  
2016-09-01 2016-12-31 Per person - Double or twin share
( Minimum 2 daults travelling) 
Single Supplement : 345 $
Excluding  Christmas / New Year Gala Dinner (to be checked by time of booking)
 
USD 1285

How to book

1. Contact a destination specialist

Whether you wish to plan your trip around this itinerary idea or you have other ideas, please do get in touch by phone or online. If using our online form, a sales team member will contact you by email to discuss your requirements.

2. Discuss your requirements

Our sales team have firsthand knowledge required to put your plans into action. They can answer your questions, offer suggestions and advice to suit your tastes and budget.

3. Refine your tailor-made itinerary

Your specialist will carefully design your trip, creating a detailed itinerary which you will receive in the post and online. Your specialist will answer any further questions you have and refine it until you are completely happy.

4.Confirmation

Once you are pleased with all the arrangements, we ask you to complete a booking form and pay a deposit of 50% of the total cost of your trip.

5. Staying in touch

Even after booking, if you have any further questions, feel free to email your sales team member at any time. The same person will handle your trip from start to finish.

Optional Tours

Sound and Light Show at the Pyramids
Introduction to Diving in Dahab
Nubian Village and Dinner Tour - Aswan
Snorkeling Blue Hole - Dahab
Cairo City Tour
Hot Air Balloon - Luxor
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