Nubia, this section of Egypt situated in the southernmost part of the country with its wonderful original inhabitants; the Nubians, people who have kept and protected their customs and beliefs for thousands of years. Have you ever wished to explore the lands of Nubia in such an unforgettable vacation in Egypt?
This Nubian Life package is one of the most distinctive tours to Egypt GAT Tours is proud to offer will include spending two nights in Cairo to explore the Pyramids of Giza, Memphis, Saqqara, the Egyptian Museum, the Saladin Citadel, and the most famous Khan El Khalili bazaars.
The guests will also have the chance to visit a Nubian village and interact with the people there to view the greatness of these simple people in factual real life. This is besides exploring the Nubian Museum, the Temple of Kalabsha, and the Monastery of Saint Simone in Aswan.
The journey in Southern Egypt will enable the guests spending their Holiday in Egypt to explore the most awesome attractions in Luxor, Aswan, and between the two cities as well. This includes the High Dam, the Temple of Philae, the Unfinished Obelisk in Aswan, the Valley of the Kings, the Temple of Hatshepsut, the Colossi of Memnon, the Temple of Luxor, the Temple of Karnak in Luxor, and the Temple of Kom Ombo and the Temple of Edfu between these two amazing cities.
We only deal with the best multilingual tour guides in Egypt featured with their high level of education, friendliness, the finest communication skills, and a long diverse experience in fulfilling all the requirements and desires of our beloved guests.
Day 01: Arrival to Cairo
At night, free at leisure on your own pace and with your own style in Cairo. 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: Giza 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: Nubian_Village_Tour
Another comfortable air-conditioned vehicle will transfer you to your hotel in Aswan for check in, rest and refresh. Later on, you will join in such an amazing tour in Aswan to visit the Nubian Village, where the guests will have the chance to mingle with the original inhabitants of this area of Southern Egypt for thousands of years who are featured with their distinctive customs and habits.
After the tour, we will transfer you back to your hotel to have some rest, refresh your mind and change your clothes. Evening time is yours to explore the magical city of Aswan by night, really amazing! Finally you will get back to your hotel for overnight. [Breakfast & Lunch]
Day 04: Dam_Philae_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 hotel for rest and refresh. 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, 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 this marvelous show, we will transfer you back by our air-conditioned vehicle to your hotel in Aswan for overnight. [Breakfast]
Day 05: Nubian-Museum_Temple-of-Kalabsha_St.-Simon-Monastery
Afterwards, we will drive towards the temple of Kalabsha, constructed in the year 30 BC, this small temple built in the beginning of the Roman period in Egypt was relocated to its present location in 1970 after the construction of the High Dam in Aswan.
We will then go for some horseback riding to reach the Monastery of Saint Simone, one of the largest monasteries in the whole world and it was built between the 6th and the 7th centuries AD and it is today one of the finest preserved Coptic monasteries in Egypt.
After this lovely day, we will drive back to our hotel, rest and refresh. Evening time, free at leisure in Aswan or we can arrange for a fantastic Felucca tour on the immortal Nile upon your request. Finally, we will transfer you back to your hotel for overnight. [Breakfast]
Day 06: Abu_Simbel_Temples
After a memorable tour of the temple of Abu Simbel, we will drive back your hotel in Aswan to spend your last night in this unique city before driving to Luxor in the morning of the next day. [Breakfast]
Day 07: Kom_Ombo_and_Edfu
After visiting the amazing temple of Edfu, you will continue driving to Luxor. 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.
Upon arrival to Luxor, we will proceed to the hotel there for check in, rest and refresh. Evening time is yours to discover this amazing city. Luxor has approximately 1/3 of the world’s monuments including the unique temple complexes, colored tombs, massive statues and more… Just come to this city and feel the difference! Finally, you will get back to your hotel for overnight. [Breakfast]
Day 08: West_Bank_of_Luxor
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 finishing your day tour, we will transfer you back to your hotel for rest and refresh. We have many optional tours so you can enjoy in Luxor, however, the most attractive tour is the sound & light show at the Karnak Temple to enjoy the interesting show where you get to know the stories behind the construction of many sections of the temple and many facts about the different Pharaohs and kings who contributed to the construction of this marvelous complex. Finally, you will get back to your Nile Cruiser for overnight. [Breakfast]
Day 09: East_Bank_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 the tour, we will transfer you by our 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 10: Museum_Citadel_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 11: Departure from Cairo
Meals Plan : Breakfast