Sonesta St. George Nile Cruise - Easter Trip

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In 11 Days you will reveal more secrets about Ancient Egypt. Starting from Cairo , up to Nile where you will enjoy a luxirious Nile cruise, sailing tenderly from Luxor to Aswan , passing by the faboulous Luxor open air musuem, to the temple of Philae. Ending in Cairo where you will be able to explore more about the Jewsih, Christian & Islamic culture. You will have enough time for fun to immerse yourself in the Local Egyptian cutlure , experience tasty , oriental food!
ItineraryDay 1: Arrival CairoStop At: Tourism Cairo Office - Cairo Airport, Cairo, Cairo GovernoratePick up at Cairo International airport , meet , greet , assistance & transfer to hotel for overnight.Duration: 3 hoursNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Kempinski Or similarDay 2: Sakkara Day Tour Stop At: Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids, Cairo, Cairo GovernorateEnjoy your breakfast, meet up with your passionate Egyptologist-tour guide; who will start briefing you about your included activities during the coming days. Today we will take you for an incredible visit to Sakkara; located south of modern Cairo, on the west bank of the Nile River, and covers an area over 6 km long and more than 1.5 km wide. It was once part of a larger system of cemeteries that spanned the modern sites of Giza, Abusir, and Dahshur. The area was first used as a necropolis during the 1st Dynasty, and continued to be used for burials for the next 3,000 years. This site also became a center for ‘animal cults’ from the Late Period (ca. 712 – 343 BC) onward, and ibises, falcons, baboons, cats, dogs, and bulls were interred here in special cemeteries. Stopover for lunch, perfect timing to try Egyptian food. Head back to your selected hotel for overnight. Duration: 3 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Kempinski or similarDay 3: Visit Giza Great Pyramids - Fly to Luxor Stop At: Pyramids of Giza, Giza, Giza GovernorateNew day is a new adventure! Meet up with your Egyptologist-tour guide; Giza Plateau is home to the Three Great Pyramids and their Guardian Sphinx. Considered to be the only remaining wonder of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Pyramid complex stands on the Giza plateau and rises from the desert as a bonfire of strength, inspiration, history & loads of mystery. The Sphinx stands there guarding the Plateau with a body of a lion and head of a human being that comes from a great wisdom that the protectors of the Land should enjoy the wisdom of men and physical power of the lion king! Then visit the "Solar Boat" the Khufu Boat Museum, houses the largest royal vessel ever found in Egypt. Discovered in 1954, this boat had been dismantled in ancient times and placed in a pit to the south of the pyramid. A second boat still lies in a similar pit directly to the west of the first pit. Scholars are divided over whether these boats were symbolic solar barks for the king to use in his afterlife, or funeral boats, used to transport Khufu’s funerary equipment to his pyramids.Night transfer to Cairo airport for the flight to Luxor, it takes almost one hour, upon arrival you will get a smooth check-in at your hotel. Duration: 6 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Sonesta ST. George or similar in Luxor Day 4: Visit Karnak & Luxor TemplesStop At: Karnak Open Air Museum, Luxor, Nile River ValleyAfter breakfast; we will take you for a tour to “Ipt-Rsyt” as known in the new kingdom, "Luxor Temple"! “Al Aksur” in Arabic; which means the Palaces! Temple has located anciently in the Capital of Egypt “Thebes” situated on the Eastern Bank of the Nile & dedicated to the king ” Amon-Ra”. It has always been a sacred sight, majestically standing as a remembrance to the ancient Egyptian civilization. It has an amazing entrance “Pylon” built by king Ramses II; anciently; the entrance of that complex was exclusively for the Pharaohs, priests and some of the official’s ones. Now it is one of the top visited sights in Egypt. On the same bank of the Nile "The East Bank"; we will visit "Karnak Temple" This gigantic temple complex & the largest ancient religious site in the world. A large religious center consisting of temples, chapels, obelisks, sanctuaries, the sacred lake and the impressive Hypostyle Hall of 134 enormous column.Duration: 5 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Sonesta St. George Nile cruise or similarDay 5: West Bank in Luxor Stop At: Valley of the Queens, Nile River ValleyVisit "Valley of the Queens, which holds like 80 of the tombs for the Princesses, Queens and higher category of officials in the New Kingdom. Many of the tombs, sadly has been a robbery victim, you will also have a good chance to visit "Memnon Colossi"; In a glorious view sitting out there facing the Mighty Nile River & the rising sun, with both hands rested on their legs, they were there to guard the mortuary temple of Amenhotep; then will take you back to board the cruise for overnight. Today the Nile cruise will be sailing to Edfu via Esna. Duration: 6 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Sonesta St. George Nile cruise or similarDay 6: Edfu Temple / Kom Ombo Temple Stop At: Temple of Horus at Edfu, Edfu, Nile River ValleyEarly sail to Edfu, enjoy breakfast; today will take you to visit one of the best preserved temples in Egypt! “Edfu Temple”; the wall reliefs provide important information on language, myth and religion during the Greco-Roman period of ancient Egypt. Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Temple of Kom Ombo, Kom Ombo, Aswan Governorate, Nile River ValleyCruise will be sailing to Kom Ombo; that where you will visit the famous “Double Temple of Sobek & Horus”; Temple is unique in its ‘double’ design in that the courts, halls, sanctuaries and rooms were duplicated for two sets of gods Sobek & Horus. Duration: 2 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Sonesta St. George Nile cruise or similar Day 7: Aswan / Philae Temple Stop At: Temple of Philae, Aswan, Aswan Governorate, Nile River ValleySail to Aswan & start a marvelous tour right after breakfast; visit “Philae Temple” this well preserved Temple and one of the most important touristic spots in Aswan, known also as Temple of Isis, the sacred Temple was considered a pilgrimage center during ancient Egyptian époqueDuration: 2 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Sonesta St. George Nile Cruise or similar Day 8: Abu Simbel – Overnight Aswan Stop At: Abu Simbel Temple Complex, Abu Simbel, Aswan Governorate, Nile River ValleyCruise Disembarkation, Transfer to Aswan airport for the flight to Abu Simbel, visit "The massive cut Temples of Abu Simbel", complex, originally cut into a solid rock cliff, in southern Egypt and located at the second cataract of the Nile River. The two temples which comprise the site (The Great Temple and The Small Temple) were created during the reign of Ramesses II (c. 1279 - c. 1213 BCE) either between 1264 - 1244 BCE or 1244-1224 BCE. The discrepancy in the dates is due to differing interpretations of the life of Ramesses II by modern day scholars. By night you can have a walking tour in Aswan colorful marketsDuration: 6 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Old Cataract or similar in AswanDay 9: Fly Back to Cairo - Visit Egyptian Museum Stop At: Egyptian Antiquities Museum, Cairo, Cairo GovernorateFly back to Cairo, arrival and visit the “Egyptian Museum”- holding the world's most extensive collection of Pharaonic antiquities; no visit to Egypt is complete without a trip through its galleries. The original collection was established in the late 19th century under Auguste Mariette and housed in Boulaq. The objects were moved in 1891 to the palace of Ismail Pasha in Giza before being transferred in 1902 to the current building at Tahrir Square, which is the first purpose-built museum edifice in the world.Designed in the Neoclassical style by Marcel Dourgnon, the Egyptian Museum boasts 107 halls filled with artifacts dating from the prehistoric through the Roman periods, with the majority of the collection focused on the Pharaonic era. The museum houses approximately 160,000 objects covering 5,000 years of Egypt's past, transfer back to your hotel in Cairo for overnight Duration: 5 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Marriott Mena House or similar Day 10: Islamic, Coptic Cairo, Khan El Khalili Bazaar Stop At: Ben Ezra Synagogue, Cairo, Cairo GovernorateVisit Ben Ezra Synagogue, the synagogue was a place of pilgrimage for North African Jews and the site ofmajor festival celebrations. The famous medieval rabbi Moses Maimonides worshipped at Ben Ezrasynagogue when he lived in Cairo.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Hanging Church (El Muallaqa, Sitt Mariam, St Mary), Cairo, Cairo Governoratevisit to "The Hanging Church" A unique church and has a wooden roof in the shape of Noah’sark. From the 7th century to the 13th century, the Hanging Church served as the residence of the CopticPatriarch. Al-Moallaqa has witnessed important elections and religious ceremonies. Then will headNumerous restorations and renovations were made over the centuries, and the present building dates from1892. It is a faithful reconstruction of the original, which had collapsedDuration: 1 hourStop At: Mosque and Madrasa of Sultan Hassan, Cairo, Cairo GovernorateVisit “Sultan Hassan Mosque” its actual name is “Madrasa and Mosque of Sultan Hassan”madarsa is theEgyptian equivalent word to “School”, dated back to 1362 AD during the Mamlouk Dynasty, build by theArchitect Muhammad ibn Bailick al-Muhseini, the chief architectural designer of his day, supervisedconstruction of the building.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Khan Al-Khalili, Cairo, Cairo GovernorateEnd the day with a free time at Khan El Khalili Bazaar.Duration: 1 hourMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch: Snack lunch en route ,croissants, fresh seasonal fruits, bottled waterAccommodation included: Marriott Mena House or similar Day 11: Departure Pass By: Tourism Cairo Office - Cairo Airport, Cairo, Cairo GovernoratePick up from your hotel & transfer to Cairo International airport for final departure No meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.

What’s included

  • 9x Breakfast
  • 4x Dinner
  • 5x Lunch
  • Accommodation included: 10 nights
  • Fuel surcharge
  • Private transportation
  • All Accomodations , hotels , Nile cruise
  • Domestic flight ticket Cairo , Luxor - Aswan , Cairo
  • Bottled water
  • wipes
  • 1 Egyptian Oriental Lunch meal at the Pyramids Area
  • Entry/Admission - Tourism Cairo Office - Cairo Airport
  • Entry/Admission - Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids
  • Entry/Admission - Pyramids of Giza
  • Entry/Admission - Karnak Open Air Museum
  • Entry/Admission - Valley of the Queens
  • Entry/Admission - Temple of Horus at Edfu
  • Entry/Admission - Temple of Kom Ombo
  • Entry/Admission - Temple of Philae
  • Entry/Admission - Abu Simbel Temple Complex
  • Entry/Admission - Egyptian Antiquities Museum
  • Entry/Admission - Ben Ezra Synagogue
  • Entry/Admission - Hanging Church (El Muallaqa, Sitt Mariam, St Mary)
  • Entry/Admission - Mosque and Madrasa of Sultan Hassan
  • Entry/Admission - Khan Al-Khalili

What’s not included

  • optional tours
  • Personal expense, laundry , phone calls, extra food or beverage, tipping
  • Any un-mentioned item

Itinerary

Day 10: Islamic, Coptic Cairo, Khan El Khalili Bazaar Stop At: Ben Ezra Synagogue, Cairo, Cairo Governorate Visit Ben Ezra Synagogue, the synagogue was a place of pilgrimage for North African Jews and the site of major festival celebrations. The famous medieval rabbi Moses Maimonides worshipped at Ben Ezra synagogue when he lived in Cairo. Duration: 1 hour Stop At: Hanging Church (El Muallaqa, Sitt Mariam, St Mary), Cairo, Cairo Governorate visit to "The Hanging Church" A unique church and has a wooden roof in the shape of Noah’s ark. From the 7th century to the 13th century, the Hanging Church served as the residence of the Coptic Patriarch. Al-Moallaqa has witnessed important elections and religious ceremonies. Then will head Numerous restorations and renovations were made over the centuries, and the present building dates from 1892. It is a faithful reconstruction of the original, which had collapsed Duration: 1 hour Stop At: Mosque and Madrasa of Sultan Hassan, Cairo, Cairo Governorate Visit “Sultan Hassan Mosque” its actual name is “Madrasa and Mosque of Sultan Hassan”madarsa is the Egyptian equivalent word to “School”, dated back to 1362 AD during the Mamlouk Dynasty, build by the Architect Muhammad ibn Bailick al-Muhseini, the chief architectural designer of his day, supervised construction of the building. Duration: 1 hour Stop At: Khan Al-Khalili, Cairo, Cairo Governorate End the day with a free time at Khan El Khalili Bazaar. Duration: 1 hour Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch: Snack lunch en route ,croissants, fresh seasonal fruits, bottled water Accommodation included: Marriott Mena House or similar
Day 11: Departure Pass By: Tourism Cairo Office - Cairo Airport, Cairo, Cairo Governorate Pick up from your hotel & transfer to Cairo International airport for final departure No meals included on this day. No accommodation included on this day.
Day 1: Arrival Cairo Stop At: Tourism Cairo Office - Cairo Airport, Cairo, Cairo Governorate Pick up at Cairo International airport , meet , greet , assistance & transfer to hotel for overnight. Duration: 3 hours No meals included on this day. Accommodation included: Kempinski Or similar
Day 2: Sakkara Day Tour Stop At: Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids, Cairo, Cairo Governorate Enjoy your breakfast, meet up with your passionate Egyptologist-tour guide; who will start briefing you about your included activities during the coming days. Today we will take you for an incredible visit to Sakkara; located south of modern Cairo, on the west bank of the Nile River, and covers an area over 6 km long and more than 1.5 km wide. It was once part of a larger system of cemeteries that spanned the modern sites of Giza, Abusir, and Dahshur. The area was first used as a necropolis during the 1st Dynasty, and continued to be used for burials for the next 3,000 years. This site also became a center for ‘animal cults’ from the Late Period (ca. 712 – 343 BC) onward, and ibises, falcons, baboons, cats, dogs, and bulls were interred here in special cemeteries. Stopover for lunch, perfect timing to try Egyptian food. Head back to your selected hotel for overnight. Duration: 3 hours Meals included: • Breakfast Accommodation included: Kempinski or similar
Day 3: Visit Giza Great Pyramids - Fly to Luxor Stop At: Pyramids of Giza, Giza, Giza Governorate New day is a new adventure! Meet up with your Egyptologist-tour guide; Giza Plateau is home to the Three Great Pyramids and their Guardian Sphinx. Considered to be the only remaining wonder of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Pyramid complex stands on the Giza plateau and rises from the desert as a bonfire of strength, inspiration, history & loads of mystery. The Sphinx stands there guarding the Plateau with a body of a lion and head of a human being that comes from a great wisdom that the protectors of the Land should enjoy the wisdom of men and physical power of the lion king! Then visit the "Solar Boat" the Khufu Boat Museum, houses the largest royal vessel ever found in Egypt. Discovered in 1954, this boat had been dismantled in ancient times and placed in a pit to the south of the pyramid. A second boat still lies in a similar pit directly to the west of the first pit. Scholars are divided over whether these boats were symbolic solar barks for the king to use in his afterlife, or funeral boats, used to transport Khufu’s funerary equipment to his pyramids. Night transfer to Cairo airport for the flight to Luxor, it takes almost one hour, upon arrival you will get a smooth check-in at your hotel. Duration: 6 hours Meals included: • Breakfast Accommodation included: Sonesta ST. George or similar in Luxor
Day 4: Visit Karnak & Luxor Temples Stop At: Karnak Open Air Museum, Luxor, Nile River Valley After breakfast; we will take you for a tour to “Ipt-Rsyt” as known in the new kingdom, "Luxor Temple"! “Al Aksur” in Arabic; which means the Palaces! Temple has located anciently in the Capital of Egypt “Thebes” situated on the Eastern Bank of the Nile & dedicated to the king ” Amon-Ra”. It has always been a sacred sight, majestically standing as a remembrance to the ancient Egyptian civilization. It has an amazing entrance “Pylon” built by king Ramses II; anciently; the entrance of that complex was exclusively for the Pharaohs, priests and some of the official’s ones. Now it is one of the top visited sights in Egypt. On the same bank of the Nile "The East Bank"; we will visit "Karnak Temple" This gigantic temple complex & the largest ancient religious site in the world. A large religious center consisting of temples, chapels, obelisks, sanctuaries, the sacred lake and the impressive Hypostyle Hall of 134 enormous column. Duration: 5 hours Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: Sonesta St. George Nile cruise or similar
Day 5: West Bank in Luxor Stop At: Valley of the Queens, Nile River Valley Visit "Valley of the Queens, which holds like 80 of the tombs for the Princesses, Queens and higher category of officials in the New Kingdom. Many of the tombs, sadly has been a robbery victim, you will also have a good chance to visit "Memnon Colossi"; In a glorious view sitting out there facing the Mighty Nile River & the rising sun, with both hands rested on their legs, they were there to guard the mortuary temple of Amenhotep; then will take you back to board the cruise for overnight. Today the Nile cruise will be sailing to Edfu via Esna. Duration: 6 hours Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: Sonesta St. George Nile cruise or similar
Day 6: Edfu Temple / Kom Ombo Temple Stop At: Temple of Horus at Edfu, Edfu, Nile River Valley Early sail to Edfu, enjoy breakfast; today will take you to visit one of the best preserved temples in Egypt! “Edfu Temple”; the wall reliefs provide important information on language, myth and religion during the Greco-Roman period of ancient Egypt. Duration: 2 hours Stop At: Temple of Kom Ombo, Kom Ombo, Aswan Governorate, Nile River Valley Cruise will be sailing to Kom Ombo; that where you will visit the famous “Double Temple of Sobek & Horus”; Temple is unique in its ‘double’ design in that the courts, halls, sanctuaries and rooms were duplicated for two sets of gods Sobek & Horus. Duration: 2 hours Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: Sonesta St. George Nile cruise or similar
Day 7: Aswan / Philae Temple Stop At: Temple of Philae, Aswan, Aswan Governorate, Nile River Valley Sail to Aswan & start a marvelous tour right after breakfast; visit “Philae Temple” this well preserved Temple and one of the most important touristic spots in Aswan, known also as Temple of Isis, the sacred Temple was considered a pilgrimage center during ancient Egyptian époque Duration: 2 hours Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: Sonesta St. George Nile Cruise or similar
Day 8: Abu Simbel – Overnight Aswan Stop At: Abu Simbel Temple Complex, Abu Simbel, Aswan Governorate, Nile River Valley Cruise Disembarkation, Transfer to Aswan airport for the flight to Abu Simbel, visit "The massive cut Temples of Abu Simbel", complex, originally cut into a solid rock cliff, in southern Egypt and located at the second cataract of the Nile River. The two temples which comprise the site (The Great Temple and The Small Temple) were created during the reign of Ramesses II (c. 1279 - c. 1213 BCE) either between 1264 - 1244 BCE or 1244-1224 BCE. The discrepancy in the dates is due to differing interpretations of the life of Ramesses II by modern day scholars. By night you can have a walking tour in Aswan colorful markets Duration: 6 hours Meals included: • Breakfast Accommodation included: Old Cataract or similar in Aswan
Day 9: Fly Back to Cairo - Visit Egyptian Museum Stop At: Egyptian Antiquities Museum, Cairo, Cairo Governorate Fly back to Cairo, arrival and visit the “Egyptian Museum”- holding the world's most extensive collection of Pharaonic antiquities; no visit to Egypt is complete without a trip through its galleries. The original collection was established in the late 19th century under Auguste Mariette and housed in Boulaq. The objects were moved in 1891 to the palace of Ismail Pasha in Giza before being transferred in 1902 to the current building at Tahrir Square, which is the first purpose-built museum edifice in the world. Designed in the Neoclassical style by Marcel Dourgnon, the Egyptian Museum boasts 107 halls filled with artifacts dating from the prehistoric through the Roman periods, with the majority of the collection focused on the Pharaonic era. The museum houses approximately 160,000 objects covering 5,000 years of Egypt's past, transfer back to your hotel in Cairo for overnight Duration: 5 hours Meals included: • Breakfast Accommodation included: Marriott Mena House or similar
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