GAT Tours is proud to offer this wonderful Egypt travel package to Cairo, Sinai, Luxor and Aswan by Nile Cruise and Abu Simbel. This perfectly designed Egypt tour offers the traveler spending his vacation in Egypt to have all the amazing features of Egypt in one package.
The guests enjoying their vacations in Egypt will spend two nights in Cairo to visit the most fantastic highlights like the pyramids of Giza, Saqqara, Memphis, Saladin Citadel, Khan El Khalili, and the Egyptian Museum.
The second phase of this marvelous Egypt tour will be spending two nights in Abu Simbel to explore the most wonderful achievement of the Pharaohs, the Temple of Ramses II in Abu Simbel.
this Custom tour to Egypt has the best balance between scheduled visits included in the program and free time for the tourists to enjoy Egypt in their own style; with many optional tours offered all along the trip.
Another wonderful feature of this perfectly tailored Egypt travel package is that it gives the tourist the chance to go on a Deluxe Nile Cruise from Aswan to Luxor.
The Nile Cruise journey 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 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 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
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: Flight_to_Sharm_ElSheikh
Afternoon time, free at leisure on your own in St. Catherine, so you can enjoy the wonderful view of mountains and clean desert. Then, you will get back to your hotel for Dinner and overnight. [Breakfast & Dinner]
Day 05: Moses_Mountain_St.Catherine
We go down the mountains to start visiting the Monastery of Saint Catherine, constructed in the 4th century AD as one of the oldest monasteries in the world, the monastery is still operating until today and it is featured with its marvelous architectural elements and its wonderful ambiance.
After the tour, we will transfer you back by our air-conditioned vehicle to Sharm El Sheikh in order to enjoy the rest of the day swimming, snorkeling, diving, or even chilling out at the wonderful beaches of the city. At night, Sharm El Sheikh is famous for hosting the largest number of nightspots including restaurants, cafes, discos, bars, shops, and various stores and different types of entertainment. – You have the opportunity to go on the optional BBQ Dinner with mega Safari, where you can have superb time in the desert with the Bedouin enjoying your time in the desert with the most delicious Bedouin BBQ. Dinner meal will be served at the hotel and then overnight. [Breakfast & Dinner]
Day 06: East_Bank_of_Luxor
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 07: 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 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 08: Edfu_and_Kom_Ombo
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 09: 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 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 10: Abu_Simbel_Temples
After a memorable tour of the temple of Abu Simbel, we will drive back to Aswan Airport in order to catch your domestic flight back to Cairo.
Upon arrival to Cairo Airport, you’ll be met with our English-speaking representative who will transfer you by our A/C vehicle to your hotel in Cairo for check in, rest and refresh. At night, free at leisure on your own in Cairo, the capital, safe, clean and modern city. Finally, you’ll get back to your hotel for overnight. [Breakfast]