Day 01 – Arrival Cairo
Meet at Cairo airport upon arrival by Delta Egypt representative who will assist you through airport customs and formalities. You will be escorted immediately to your hotel by Delta air conditioned modern fleet. Meet up with your tour guide and tour manager to review your holiday itinerary and confirm pick-up times for each tour.
Day 02 – Giza Pyramids & Egyptian museum
Overnight in Cairo.
Meals: Welcome Drink
Day 03 - Aswan, Nubian Village, Philae Temple
you will be accompanied by your friendly expert Egyptologist guide to explore the City of Cairo. Transfer to Giza plateau to visit one of the seven wonders of the ancient world and the only one remains, Giza plateau where rise the three pyramids of Cheops, chephren & Mycrenios which is considered an awesome man made structure constructed of giant stone blocks & nearly the Sphinx, The steadfast guard of the land of pharaohs, featuring the mask of Chephren & the body of a Lion keeps watch over them. Transfer to visit the Egyptian museum where you can see 250.000 piece of art dated back to 5000 years ago. The most important display is the fabulous treasures of Tut Ank Amon especially the solid golden mask.
Transfer to the railway station to travel to Aswan by sleeper train.
Overnight in train
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
This morning we arrive in Aswan and
transfer to our hotel overlooking the Nile which is at its most picturesque. We continue our tour
this afternoon to
visit the world famous High Dam, and
engineering miracle, it was built in 1960 & it provides
electricity and irrigation for the whole of Egypt. Then enjoy a short boat
trip to Agilika Island to visit Philae Temple dedicated to the goddess Isis and it includes various shrines
and sanctuaries. The evening is then free to look around Aswan's spice and
general markets, and to walk up and down the popular Corniche, on the banks of
Day 04 - Aswan, felucca cruise
Overnight in Aswan hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
We board our traditional Nile felucca at lunchtime to enjoy an afternoon
sailing down the Nile. Floating down the Nile on a felucca is one of Egypt's
most enjoyable activities and you'll be able to watch local rural Egyptian life
pass you by on the banks of the river as you drift past. Our Nubian crew will
sail the boat and entertain you on the way, as well as preparing meals for you.
Our separate facilities boat will join with us from time to time during the day
and moor up with us at night. This boat has a welcome toilet and showers on
board as well as a hygienic kitchen where the crew will prepare a delicious
evening meal. You sleep on the deck of the boat tonight (mattresses, blankets
and mosquito nets provided).
Overnight on board felucca
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 05 - Felucca, Edfu, Luxor temple
Day 06 - Luxor, West Bank tour, free time
on-board we bid farewell to our felucca crew and visit the nearby temple Edfu
before continuing on north to Luxor. The town of Luxor is built on and around
the ancient site of Thebes, and boasts the largest concentration of ancient
ruins in the Nile Valley, if not the world. To the west of the Nile lies the
City of the Dead, with its mortuary temples and rock-hewn tombs, whilst to the
east lie the Temples of Luxor and Karnak. This evening we'll take a walking
tour of the smaller Luxor Temple which is right in the middle of town and
beautifully lit up at night.
Overnight in Luxor hotel
Tour to visit the west Bank of the Nile, the Valley of the Kings, which was a complex of burial chambers for the pharaohs from Tutmose 1. Then tour to visit the Hatshepsut Temple and Colossi of Memnon, the two gigantic statues. Your afternoon is then free to
relax and enjoy the facilities of your 5-star hotel on the banks of the Nile.
You can also explore Luxor further, do some shopping or browsing in the market,
visit the mummification museum or enjoy a felucca trip to nearby Banana Island.
Overnight in Luxor hotel
Day 07 - Luxor, Karnak temple
Tour to visit the east bank of the Nile, the temple of Luxor & the temple of Karnak which were linked together by an avenue ram-headed Sphinxes. Rightly justifying the Luxor’s reputation as the largest open air museum and one of the greatest archaeological sites in the world. Later this evening we transfer to the station for the overnight sleeper
train back to Cairo.
Overnight on train
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner.
Day 08 - Cairo, back streets of the Khan-el-Khalili bazzar
We arrive back into Cairo this morning and
transfer to our hotel. Most of the day is then free to explore Cairo as you choose
or you may take an optional tour. These include a city tour in Cairo which
visits Coptic Cairo, the Citadel and Mohamed Ali Mosque, or a half day tour to
Saqqara, Dashour and Memphis to learn more about the history and evolution of pyramid building. Another full
day option further afield includes a trip into the desert outside Cairo to see the
World Heritage Site of the Valley of the Whales at Wadi Rayan. In the late
afternoon we take a guided walk through the back streets and bazaars in central
Cairo. We'll walk through the huge Bab al-Futuh gateway and explore streets
dedicated to metalwork, spices, pottery, fabric, jewelery and anything else you
can imagine as we gradually enter the more touristy Khan-el-Khalili bazaar.
We'll have time for a break to try some tea and a shisha pipe and perhaps enjoy
an early dinner of Egypt's unofficial national dish, Kushari before returning
to our hotel.
Day 09 - Final departure
Overnight in Cairo hotel
Transfer to Cairo airport for final departure.