The Easter vacation would be one of the most amazing times to have a vacation in Egypt. The weather is just superb and every member of the family would truly enjoy touring Egypt to the max.
Haven’t you dreamt of exploring the secrets of the pyramids, the greatness of the ancient Egyptian temples in Luxor, Aswan, and even between the two cities, the most amazing Temple of Abu Simble, and the remarkable historical sites of Alexandria? This Egypt travel package is designed for you, in order to make all your dreams come true!
Riding a Nile Cruise ship during the Easter vacation in Egypt would be the most enjoyable choice. These ships are wonderful with the highest levels of services and facilities. They also offer the most wonderful program of entertainment and visits.
We begin our tour by exploring the the Pyramids of Giza, Saqqara in a comprehensive tour of the Egyptian capital, Cairo, the biggest city in the black continent, Africa.
We would be taking the sleeper train to Aswan, where we will be able to see the great temple of Abu Simble. The other day is the time we would be all waiting for; to check our magnificent Nile Cruise ship, where we will be visiting the High Dam, the Temple of Philae, the Unfinished Obelisk, the Temple of Kom Ombo, the Temple of Edfu, the Valley of the Kings, the Temple of Hatshepsut, the Colossi of Memnon, the Luxor Temple and the Karnak Temple.
When we back to Cairo after the Nile Cruise journey, we will complete our tour in Cairo with the highlights of the Egyptian capital including the Egyptian Museum, the Citadel, and Khan El Khalili touristic market.
Don’t miss the last tour in Egypt by exploring the Jewel of the Mediterranean Sea, the city of Alexandria! In Alexandria we would be exploring the library of Alexandria, the Catacombs of Kom El Shuqafa, the Roman Amphitheatre, and the Qaitbay Fort.
What are you waiting for? Book now your Easter holiday in Egypt and we guarantee to offer you a vacation that would remain in your sweetest memories inside your soul!
Day 1: Arrival to Cairo Int. Airport
At night, free at leisure on your own in Cairo, the capital, clean, safe and modern city. You can take the chance to go for a marvelous “Optional Tour” to Islamic Cairo in the Mouiz Street, where you can visit the most unique collection of our Islamic monuments like the collection of Qalaun, El Aqmar Mosque,Beit El Sehemy and other interesting places. After your free tour, you will get back to your hotel to spend your first night in Egypt before the superb coming days enjoying your holiday in the land of the Pharaohs. (No Meals)
Day 02: Pyramids_Sakkara_Memphis
Our next stop will be to Saqqara, the royal burial site of the 3rd dynasty of the Old Kingdom in Egypt and one of the richest archeological places in Egypt with treasures being discovered until today. The highlight and the centerpiece of Saqqara is the Step Pyramid of Djoser, the oldest surviving stone monument in the whole world and the first proper pyramid to ever be constructed in Egypt in the 27th century BC. This would be a marvelous chance to understand the evolution of the pyramids building in ancient Egypt. The step pyramid is considered to be one of the most important landmarks of pyramids construction in Egypt.
Our last stop of the day will be to Memphis, the first capital of unified Egypt. Established in 32nd century BC by King Narmer after he unified Upper and Lower Egypt. The city served as the seat of the government until the 22nd century. However, all the displayed exhibited in the open-air museum we will explore today belong to the New Kingdom with the highlights being the amazing Colossi of Ramses II, the alabaster sphinx, and many other statues and items.
Later on, you will proceed to have the lunch meal at local restaurant. After lunch, we will transfer you back to your hotel for rest and refresh. Evening time is free at leisure on your own in Cairo to explore this amazing city by night!
Overnight in Cairo
Day 03: Abu Simbel Temples
We will then transfer you by private air-conditioned vehicle to the city of Abu Simbel, located to the south of Aswan, near Nubia. Upon arrival, we will proceed to visit the Abu Simbel Temples, simply the greatest achievement of ancient Egypt. Constructed by Ramses II, the two temples are cut out of rocks and buried under the sand for centuries before being discovered in the 19th century. The temples were actually relocated after the building of the High Dam by a UNESCO project.
After this amazing tour, we will transfer you back to Aswan, where you will check in at your hotel to enjoy your first night in the land of the Nile having unforgettable memories about the great temples you saw this morning. [Breakfast]
Day 04: The High Dam, Philae Temple & The Unfinished Obelisk
We will then ride in a motorboat to reach Agilika Island, the new location of the marvelous Philae Temple, constructed in the 3rd century BC in the Greco Roman era as the center of the worship of the goddess Isis. It is one of the most remarkable ancient Egyptian temples that were relocated after the construction of the High Dam and the water of the River Nile affected many historical monuments, the temple was transferred under a huge project funded by many nations and supervised by the UNESCO.
Our last visit of the day will be to the Unfinished Obelisk, which was found in the granite quarry in the Southern part of the city of Aswan. If completed, the unfinished obelisk would have been the largest piece of stone humans ever dealt with. Dating back to the New Kingdom, it documents however the miraculous process of the construction of obelisks in ancient Egypt.
After the day tour, we will drive back to our Nile cruiser for rest and refresh. Afternoon, free at leisure on board in order to relax beside the pool on the sundeck and enjoy the incomparable view of the River Nile. Evening time is free at leisure in Aswan or there is a wonderful opportunity to go for an optional tour to the sound and light show at Philae Temple, in order to know the full story of the goddess Isis and her husband Osiris in the most marvelous ambience. There are in fact many legends and interesting stories which date back to the era of ancient Egypt. After that, you’ll get back to your Nile cruise ship for dinner and overnight. [Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner]
Day 05: Temple of Kom Ombo & Temple of Edfu
After visiting the amazing temple of Kom Ombo, you will get back to the ship, so we can enjoy the lunch on board while sailing to the city of Edfu. Enjoy the wonderful landscape of the Nile from the sundeck. Arrange yourself for the second visit of the day, whereas we will meet Temple of Horus in Edfu, the finest preserved ancient Egyptian temple in the land of the Nile. It was constructed by the Ptolemies in the 3rd century BC for the worship of the god Horus. The temple is featured with its marvelous stone columns and fascinating wall carvings.
Evening time is free at leisure to enjoy the Egyptian folklore show in the ship with a belly dancer and many other entertaining performances, or (optional) we can attend the sound & light show at Temple of Edfu, a wonderful chance to know the story of the temple through a startling sound and lights show which is enjoyed by everybody. Usually it depends on the cruise schedule, as some cruisers don’t have an overnight in Edfu. [Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner]
Day 06: Valley of Kings, Temple of Hatshepsut & Colossi of Memnon
Enjoy your delicious breakfast before exploring the West bank of Luxor, the city of the dead where many marvelous mortuary temples and necropolises are located. Our first visit of the day will be to the Valley of the Kings, the richest and most fascinating ancient tombs in Egypt. This was the burial site of the kings from the New Kingdom. This includes the marvelous tomb of Tutankhamen, discovered intact by Howard Carter in 1922 as the most important archeological discovery in the 20th century. The tombs are featured with marvelous wall painting which survived until today.
The next visit will be to the Temple of Deir El Bahari, which was constructed during the reign of the 18th dynasty by Queen Hatshepsut, one of the greatest rulers of Egypt. The Temple is featured with its many terraces, the statues of the Queen with a beard, and its magnificent location carved out of one of the great mountains of Thebes.
Our last visit at the West Bank will be to the Colossi of Memnon, these two huge statues are the only remaining items of the great funerary temple of Amenhotep III constructed in 1350 BC and became a landmark of Luxor afterwards.
After the tour, we will get back to the Nile cruiser to have our delicious lunch meal on board. Enjoy your Afternoon tea on board while relaxing on the sundeck facing the amazing view of the Nile. At night, we will enjoy the funniest party on board “Galabeiya Party” or listen to international music. [Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner]
Day 07: Karnak Temples Complex & Temple of Luxor
Our next visit of the day will be to the Luxor Temple, another startling temple which was established around the 14th century BC and the construction continued for many years afterwards by Ramses II, Queen Hatshepsut, and many other Pharaohs. The temple is featured with its variety of design outlines and architecture. This is besides the huge two statues of Ramses II which ornaments the façade of the temple.
After this marvelous tour, we will transfer you by private Air-conditioned vehicle to Luxor Airport in order to catch your domestic flight to Cairo. Upon arrival to Cairo Airport, you’ll be met with GAT Tours’ Representative, who will transfer you by private Air-conditioned vehicle to your hotel in Cairo for check in and overnight.
Overnight in Cairo
Day 08: The Egyptian Museum, Citadel of Salah El Din & Old Cairo
Our next visit will be to the Citadel, constructed in the 10th century by Saladin to protect Egypt and became the residence of the rulers of Egypt for a period that lasted more than seven centuries. The citadel itself is one of the most impressive medieval fortresses and it contains many remarkable monuments like the famous Mosque of Mohamed Ali, the Mosque of El Nasser Mohamed, and many interesting museums. This is besides offering the guests amazing panoramic views of the city of Cairo. Later on, you will enjoy your lunch meal at local restaurant.
After lunch we will proceed to Old Cairo area, a part in the Egyptian capital that hosts some of the most interesting Coptic monuments in the country. We will start our Coptic tour by visiting The Hanging Church, first established in the 5th century and one of the most important historical churches in Egypt. Our next visit in Coptic Cairo will be to the Abu Serga Church, believed to be constructed where the holy family rested at the end of their journey, it was constructed in the 7th century. Our last visit in Coptic Cairo will be to the Church of Saint Mary, an orthodox church, built during the 5th century, restored and rebuilt many times afterwards.
After the tour, you will be transferred back to your hotel in Cairo for rest and refresh. At night, free at leisure on your own in Cairo or (optional) we can offer Nile Cruise Dinner, with the most delicious open buffet, a Tanoora show, a belly dancing performance, live music, and remarkable views of the river Nile. Finally, we will get back to the hotel for overnight. [Breakfast & Lunch]
Day 09: Over-day Alexandria from Cairo
Begin our tour in Alexandria by visiting the Library of Alexandria, with the ancient library being established in the 3rd century BC and destroyed in the 1st century BC, the library we see today which is a huge wonderful architectural work, was opened in 2002.
Our next visit will be to the Roman Amphitheatre, discovered in 1960, the theatre which was established in the 4th century BC with its marble steps is one of its kind in Egypt. We will then visit Qaitbay Citadel (from outside), this citadel was established in the 16th century and became the landmark of Alexandria today.
Later on, we will proceed to have lunch in one of the best local restaurants in Alexandria. After lunch, we will drive back to Cairo. Arrive to Cairo and proceed to your hotel for overnight. [Breakfast & Lunch]