Pyramids, Nile Valley and Lake Nasser

“Egyptmania” would be the best word to describe this marvelously tailor-made Egypt package, as it is truly designed for those who are in love with the ancient Egyptian history, Nile Cruise ships, and the tourists who would love to explore some of the less visited monuments behind Lake Nasser during their holiday in Egypt.

Can you imagine visiting all the highlights of Cairo, Luxor, Aswan, and Abu Simbel in one trip together with the ancient monuments of Nubia that only a few of our distinguished travelers explore.

The first part of this wonderful Tour to Egypt includes spending three nights in Cairo to explore the most important attractions of the Egyptian capital including the Pyramids of Giza, Saqqara, the Egyptian Museum, The Saladin Citadel, and the Khan El Khalili touristic market.

Then second part consists of spending four nights in one of the luxurious Nile Cruise ships. We will be sailing from Luxor to Aswan in the style the ancient Egyptians once did but with all what modern technology and facilities have to offer.

Lately Nile Cruise ships have become quite popular among tourists spending their vacations in Egypt. They offer the highest standards of services & facilities, they organize all the visits of the guests and they have a great entertainment program as well.

The guests will be exploring the monuments of the cities of Luxor and Aswan and the monuments located between them including the Karnak Temple, the Luxor Temple, the Valley of the Kings, the Temple of Hatshepsut, the Colossi of Memnon in Luxor. In Aswan the guests will be visiting the High Dam, the unfinished Obelisk, the Philae Temple.

During their Nile Cruise journey, they will be discovering the secrets of the Temple of Edfu and the Temple of Kom Ombo, that situated between Luxor and Aswan.

The last part of this marvelous travel package includes spending four nights in another Nile Cruise ship that will sail to explore the less visited monuments of Nubia that are hard to be reached via road trips. This is of course beside visiting the breathtaking temple of Abu Simbel.

The visits of the second Nile Cruise would include Qasr Ibrim, Temple of Amada, Wadi El Seboua, and Dakka Temple. In Aswan the guests will have the chance to explore the Kalabsha temple, Beit El Wali, and the kiosk of Kertassi.

The guests will also have the chance to have a last day to spend in Cairo to enjoy the Egyptian capital the way they prefer before they return home after spending a splendid tour in Egypt.

This Egypt tour is tailored for those who are fond of exploring the most astonishing monuments of Upper Egypt, where the true civilization of the Pharaohs once flourished. Recommended for those who are in love with the Nile, the ancient Egyptian history and the tours that include such a kind of adventure.

Program Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival to Cairo Int. Airport

Upon arrival to Cairo International Airport, you will be met with GAT Tours’ representative, your best friend for the coming few days, who will help you in passing the passport control and collecting your luggage.Then, you will be transferred to the hotel in Cairo by air-conditioned vehicle with qualified driver. Arrival to your hotel in Cairo, we will check in the hotel within few minutes! Then you will proceed to your nice room to have some rest before the beginning of your awesome tour in Cairo.

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

After breakfast, you will be met with our professional Egyptologist who will join you today in order to add more amazement to your trip. Your unique tour in Cairo starts with The Pyramids of Giza, the most popular monument in the world. Constructed around 2500 BC as the necropolis of the kings of the forth dynasty, there is the pyramid of Cheops or the Grand Pyramid, the Pyramid of Khafre, and the smaller pyramid of Menkaure, and the marvelous sphinx constructed with a body of a lion and the head of a human to guard the pyramids from any threats.

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 KingNarmer 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 drive back to the hotel for rest and refresh. At night, free at leisure on your own in Cairo or (optional) sound & light show at Giza pyramids, where the startling sphinx will tell you the whole story and history behind the creation of the pyramids in an entertaining blend of sounds and lights. Finally, we will get back to the hotel for overnight. (Breakfast & Lunch)

Day 03: Museum_Citadel_Old_Cairo

Breakfast meal will be served at your hotel. After that, you’ll join your expert tour guide in such awe-inspiring tour in the city center of Cairo. We begin our visits of the day by exploring The Egyptian Museum, the largest museum in the world with a huge collection of displays dating back to various periods of the ancient Egyptian history with the highlights being the golden exhibits of Tutankhamen, the mummies’ hall, large impressive reliefs, statues, and many other fascinating items.

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 04: East Bank of Luxor

Enjoy your wonderful buffet breakfast at the hotel. After that, you will be met with our English-speaking representative, who will transfer you by private A/C vehicle to Cairo International Airport in order to catch your domestic flight to Luxor. Upon arrival to Luxor International Airport, you’ll be met with our local representative there who will welcome you at the airport to help and assist you in all formalities.

We will then leave the airport and proceed to our five-star Nile cruiser for check in, rest and refresh. Enjoy your lunch meal on board, then we will start our tour in the East Bank of Luxor with Temple of Karnak, the largest Pharaonic temple complex in the world. Constructed over a period of more than one thousand years, almost all the impressive items of the Karnak we see today date back to the new kingdom specially the huge amazing columns of the hypostyle hall which are constructed by Ramses II, the greatest builder of ancient Egypt.

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 get back to the Nile cruiser for rest & refresh. Enjoy your Afternoon tea on board while relaxing on the sundeck facing the amazing view of the Nile. 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, Lunch & Dinner]

Day 05: West Bank of Luxor

Morning time is free at leisure or (optional) you can enjoy a Hot-air Balloon adventure to explore Luxor from the sky, having amazing views of the city. It is as if you are a bird flying across the marvelous monuments 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 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 06: Edfu and Kom Ombo

Energizing breakfast will be served on board before our full day tour. Our Nile Cruise ship will land at the location of the 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.

After visiting the amazing temple of Edfu, you will get back to the ship, so we can enjoy the lunch on board while sailing to the city of Kom Ombo. 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 Kom Ombo, established in the Ptolemaic period and completed in the Roman era, the temple is dedicated to two gods, the local crocodile, Sobek and the famous eagle god, Haroeris. This was why the temple was divided into two sections; one for each god.

Finally, you will be transferred back to your Nile cruise ship for rest and refresh. Enjoy the afternoon tea on the sundeck, so you can relax on board while enjoying the amazing scene of the Nile River. Evening time is free at leisure to attend the Egyptian folklore show in the ship with an unforgettable belly dancer and many other entertaining performances included in your Nile cruise package. [Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner]

Day 07: High Dam,Philae Temple & Unfinished Obelisk

Enjoy your buffet breakfast on board. You begin your visits of the day by exploring the High Dam, constructed in the 1960s by the former Egyptian president, Gamal Abdel Nasser. The dam helped Egypt to store the water from the flood of the River Nile and it also generates a large volume of the electricity of Egypt. It is also considered to be a great architectural achievement.

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, so we can enjoy the tasty lunch. 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. Dinner meal will be served on board before the farewell show (maybe Nubian show). [Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner]

Day 08: Lake_Nasser Cruise

Check out after breakfast. Later on, you will be met with our English-speaking representative who will transfer you by private A/C vehicle to Aswan Int. airport in order to catch your domestic flight to Abu Simbel. Upon arrival to Abu Simbel airport, you’ll be met with our local representative there, who will transfer you by private A/C vehicle to your Lake Nasser Cruise for check in, rest and refresh. Lunch meal will be served on board your Lake Nasser Cruise.

After lunch, you’ll join your expert tour guide in such a very unique tour to Abu Simbel Temples, located to the south of Aswan, near Nubia. The two temples were built by the well-known king Ramses II. The biggest temple was called as the Great temple. It was built by Ramesses II and being dedicated to god Rahorakhty. However, the smaller temple was dedicated to the king and his beautiful wife, queen Nefertari.

After finishing your marvelous tour at the Abu Simbel temples, you will be transferred back to your Lake Nasser cruise for rest and refresh. Afternoon tea will be served on board while facing the wonderful temples. The boat will be docking in front of the temples for that night, so you have the opportunity to attend the Sound & Light show at this impressive temple, if you wish. At night, Nubian show and dance performance will be available on board by the kids of Abu Simbel. Dinner and overnight on board. [Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner]

Day 09: Kasr Ibrim, Amada & Wadi El-Seboua

Breakfast meal will be served on board your Lake Nasser Cruise. After that, you’ll join your expert tour guide in order to start your tours of the day by visiting Kasr Ibrim Temple, dating back to the Roman period, the ruins of Kasr Ibrim are among the most important Nubian monuments in Egypt. We will see this monument from the ship sundeck, as access to the monument is not permitted.

We will then continue sailing along the Nile to visit the Temple of Amada, constructed in the reign of Thutmosis III in the 15th century BC and now it is considered to be as one of the most amazing Nubian temples in Egypt.

Our next visit of the day will be to the Tomb of Penout, dating back to the 12th century BC, this rock cut tomb still retains some wonderful wall paintings. After that, we will get back to our Lake Nasser Cruise to have our lunch meal and take some rest before visiting the following sites.

At night, you are invited to a wonderful folkloric party, where you are encouraged to watch dancers and participate in the dancing of the traditional Egyptians folks. What a wonderful show! Dinner and overnight on board. [Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner]

Day 10: Wadi-El-Seboua & Temple of Dakka

Enjoy your buffet breakfast on board and be ready for a day full of excitements. Today, we are going to complete visiting the amazing sites of the South of Egypt. Our first visit of the day will be to Wadi Seboua, this small temple constructed by the most famous king Ramses II for the worship of the god Amun, the chief god, and it contains some remarkable sections.

Our next step of the day will be to Temple of Dakka, constructed in the 2nd and the 1st centuries BC and dedicated to the worship of Isis and then to the cult of Amun afterwards. After the tour, you’ll get back to your Lake Nasser Cruise for rest and refresh. Enjoy your lunch meal on board while sailing along the Nile to Aswan.

At night, free at leisure on board. A nice folkloric show will be operated on board by the staff, where you can dance and share dancing with your partner before leaving the cruise. Dinner meal will be served on board and overnight in Aswan. [Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner]

Day 11: Kalabsha Temple, Beit-El-Wali & kiosk of Kertassi

Breakfast meal will be served on board. After that, you’ll join your expert tour guide to explore the city of Aswan. We will start our tour today by visiting the Kalabsha Temple, constructed in the 1st century BC by the Roman Emperor, Augustus. The Temple was relocated in the 1970s to its location today after the construction of the High Dam.

Enjoy your tour by exploring Temple of Beit El Wali, constructed by Ramses II in Nubia where he showed his great military achievements on the walls of the temple which is considered the oldest temples of Ramses II in Nubia.

We will then proceed to visit the kiosk of Kertassi, a charming kiosk dating back to the Roman period and featured with its remarkable Hathour columns. After visiting your day tour, you’ll be transferred by private A/C vehicle to Aswan Int. airport in order to catch your domestic flight to Cairo. Upon arrival to Cairo Int. airport, you’ll be met with our English-speaking representative who will transfer you by private A/C vehicle to your hotel for check in, rest and refresh. At night, free at leisure on your own in Cairo to explore this amazing city by night. [Breakfast]

Day 12: Departure from Cairo

Check out after breakfast. Later on, you’ll be met with our English-speaking representative who will transfer you by private A/C vehicle to Cairo International Airport in order to catch your departure flight carrying wonderful memories about your last trip to this destination of the world, Egypt. [Breakfast]

Tour Details

12 Days / 11 Nights
$1,650.00 Per Person in Double

Validity

From 01 May 2017

To 30 September 2017

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Package Includes:

04 nights’ accommodation in Cairo – on (Bed & Breakfast) basis.

04 nights’ accommodation on board Nile Cruiser – on (Full Board) basis.

03 night’s accommodation on board Lake Nasser Cruiser – on (Full Board) basis.

Internal flight tickets (Cairo/Luxor - Aswan/Cairo) on Tourist class.

Meet and assist by our Professional English-speaking representatives.

Entrance fees to all the indicated historical sites, temples, museums, etc.

Professional English-speaking Egyptologists in all the indicated historical sites.

Lunch meals at local restaurants during the tour in Cairo only.

Complimentary Local SIM Card for using within Egypt for local calls, messages, etc.

All transfers by private A-C vehicles with qualified drivers.

Excludes

Entry visa to Egypt.

International flight tickets.

All personal expenses like laundry etc.

Tipping to Guide, Driver, etc.

Any Optional tours may require.