EGYPT: CRADLE OF THE NILE
Cultural tour of Egypt

The world is indeed indebted to the people of ancient Egypt for achieving the longest living civilization of the ancient world - 3300 BC to 30 BC. Many of the Egyptians achievements in construction and lifestyle are still available to us over 5000 years later and are a must see for people of all ages. Our journey through this ancient land not only offers visits to the pyramids, sphinx and the world famous Egyptian Museum, but also a look at the achievements of the medieval Islamic period such as the majestic Al Azhar Mosque, Salahuddi's citadel, the city of Cairo and the famous Khan-el-Khalil bazaar. These World Heritage Sites are visited in a combination of land, train and a four-day Nile cruise. Few will fail to see the charm of this spectacular and ancient country; the land where it all began.

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Tour Information
Tour Duration : 09 days
Min. Tour Size : 02 persons
Max. Tour Size : N/A
Includes international air
Tour Price (from) : US$
Day 01: Arrive Cairo
 
Day 02: Cairo
(B)
Day 03: Cairo/Luxor (Flight)
(B, L, D)
Day 04: Nile Cruise Luxor
(B, L, D)
Day 05: Nile Cruise Luxor/Esna/Edfu
(B, L, D)
Day 06: Nile Cruise Edfu/Kom Ombo/Aswan
(B, L, D)
Day 07: : Aswan/Cairo (Train)
(B, D)
Day 08: Arrive Cairo
(B)
Day 09: Depart Cairo
(B)
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Day 01: Arrive Cairo

Ahlan wa sahlan! Welcome in Arabic. We are warmly received at Cairo Airport and transferred to our hotel.
Overnight: Conrad Cairo Hotel, Cairo (2 nights)

Day 02: Cairo

This is a day to go back in time, starting with a visit to the most famous of the Egyptian sphinxes - the Great Sphinx of Giza, followed by the Great Pyramid of Khufu (Cheops). Completed around 2600 BC, this pyramid was 146m (478ft) high and consisted of over 2 million limestone blocks weighing over 2 tons each. We also examine the Chephren and Mycerinus Pyramids as well as the Cheops wooden boat. At over 4500 years old, this boat is the most ancient vessel found in perfect condition anywhere in the world and is one of the most important archaeological finds in Egypt. Next we visit Memphis and the Saqqara Step Pyramid, the world's first great stone structure. Evening, an ideal opportunity to join in our optional viewing of the spectacular Sound and Light Show at the foot of the Great Pyramids. (B)

Day 03: Cairo/Luxor (Flight)

A short flight gets us to Luxor where we are warmly received and transferred to your boat, home for the next four nights. Over the next few days we cruise the Nile and visit various off shore sites.
Overnight: M/Y Mirage Nile Cruise (4 nights) (B, L, D)

Day 04: Nile Cruise Luxor

This afternoon we visit to the Karnak and Luxor Temples. The ancient Egyptians knew the Temple of Karnak as Ipet-isut. It is a city of temples built over 2000 years and dedicated to the Theben triad of Amon, Mut and Khonsu. This derelict place continues to overshadow many of the wonders of the modern world. It is the mother of all religious buildings and a place of pilgrimage for nearly 4,000 years. Luxor Temple was connected to Karnak Temple by an avenue of sphinxes in ancient times. Unlike Karnak, Luxor is mainly the work of one pharaoh - Amenhotep III and was added to by Tutankhamun, Horemheb, Ramses II and Alexander the Great. During Akhenaten’s reign, all religion other than worship of Aten was rejected and development at Luxor stopped. When Akhenaten died, the old religions returned, along with the priests so the temple began to expand again. (B, L, D)

Day 05: Nile Cruise Luxor/Esna/Edfu

We begin our day with a visit to the West Bank of Luxor to explore the Valley of the Kings, a vast City of the Dead where magnificent tombs were carved into the desert rocks, richly decorated, and filled with treasures for the afterlife by generations of pharaohs. Our visit will also include Queen Hatshepsut Temple and the Colossi of Memnon. Sail to Esna, cross the lock then continue onto Edfu. (B, L, D)

Day 06: Nile Cruise Edfu/Kom Ombo/Aswan

Morning we will be visiting the well-preserved Greek built Temple of Horus. This temple, built during the reigns of six generations of Ptolemy's, is not only the best-preserved ancient temple in Egypt, but also the second largest after Karnak. Afternoon sail for Kom Ombo to visit the Temple of Kom Ombo, dedicated to the crocodile-god Sobek. It stands at a bend in the Nile where in ancient times sacred crocodiles basked in the sun on the riverbank. (B, L, D)

Day 07: Aswan/Cairo (Train)

Disembark after breakfast. Visits in Aswan include the famous and monumental Aswan High Dam and the romantic and majestic Philae Temple on the Island of Agilka. This afternoon, we take a ride on a felucca, a typical Egyptian sail-boat, around Elephantine Island. This is also a day for those who may want to take an optional flight excursion to Abu Simbel* to see the temples of Ramses II and Queen Nefertari. Evening we are transferred to the railway station at Aswan for our comfortable overnight train to Cairo or take the optional flight to Cairo with overnight at the hotel.
Overnight: Sleeper Train (1 night) (B, D)

Day 08: Arrive Cairo

We arrive in the morning and are welcomed at Cairo Railways Station. Our day at Cairo starts with a fascinating tour of 7,000 years of Egyptian history with a visit to the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities. The Museum houses the world's greatest collection of Ancient Egyptian artifacts, including 12 rooms filled with golden treasures from the world-famous tomb of the boy-king Tutenkhamun. A brief stop will also be made at Tahrir Square before we start with the fascinating part of Islamic Cairo, including the beautiful and graceful Mohamed Ali Mosque and the ancient Citadel, a spectacular medieval fortress perched on a hill above the city. Originally built by Salah El-Din in 1176 to fortify the city against the Crusaders, the Citadel was modified and enlarged over the centuries by subsequent rulers and today is a complex of three mosques and four museums. Our last stop is at the awesome Khan El-Khalili Bazaar, reputed to be the largest bazaar in the Middle East. Originally founded as a watering stop for caravanserai in the 14th century, the bazaar has now grown to vast proportions. PM optional visit to Al Azhar Park including dinner USD $ 95.00 per person (min 2 persons)
Overnight: Conrad Cairo Hotel (1 night) (B)

Day 09: Depart Cairo

Today we bid farewell to Egypt, best described as a heritage site to the whole world, having gained an educational, historical an enlightening cultural experience never to be forgotten. (B)

Optional Excursion/Extension* - ABU SIMBEL'S EXCURSION

1) ABU SIMBEL EXCURSION FROM ASWAN (Day 7)
This day trip is by air from Aswan and includes a guided tour of the Abu Simbel temples and all the transfers required. This temple was built in ancient Nubia by Ramses II to demonstrate his power as well as his divine nature. Four colossal (20 meters / 65 feet high) statues of him sit in pairs flanking the entrance. This excursion is taken immediately after arrival in Aswan on Day 7 and the other sightseeing will be visited once you are back in Aswan.

B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Departure Dates
English Speaking Departures (Please contact us for information on French, German, Italian and Spanish speaking departures).

2017

Every Saturday

Tour Price

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Departure(s) Per Person on Twin Sharing Single Room Supplement
2017 US$ 1485 US$ 325
On Day 07, instead of the overnight train take a flight at US$ 290 per person sharing includes airfare, transfers and overnight hotel.
Single Supplement US$ 60.
On Day 07, taking an optional excursion to visit the temples at Abu Simbel, US$ 395 per person includes airfares and tour on join-in-basis.
Peak season surcharges of US$ 320 per person sharing Twin will be applied for traveling during Easter, Christmas & New Year.
IF APPLICABLE: Supplement compulsory New Year Gala Dinner at US $ 100.00 per person.


Notes

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Inclusions


Tour Price Includes
  • Domestic air Cairo/Luxor and overnight train ticket Aswan/Cairo
  • Accommodation/cruise as mentioned or similar, including hotel taxes
  • 17 Meals as mentioned (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • All sightseeing and transfers by private transportation
  • Services of local English speaking guides cum drivers
  • Entrance fees to museums and sites included in the itinerary
Not Included
  • International airfares
  • Insurance/visas
  • Tips/gratuities
  • Entrance fees into the Pyramids chambers, visit to the Sun/Solar Boat Museum, Mummies Room at the Egyptian Museum, Tutankhamun & Ramses the 6th’s Tombs in the Valley of Kings, Nefertari’s Tomb in the Valley of the Queens, the Outdoor Museum at Karnak Temple.  These may be paid locally

Estimated International Airfare (International airfare is NOT included in this tour)

CANADA(West Coast)
US$ 1800

USA(West Coast)
US$ 1600

CANADA(East Coast)
US$ 1700

USA(East Coast)
US$ 1500

Participants

This tour operates on a minimum of 02 participants

Customised Itinerary

If you would like to have a tour on dates other than the above ones or with a customised itinerary, please contact us and we will be happy to work out an exclusive program for you.

Contact Info
You may e-mail us at bestway@bestway.com or call 1-604-264-7378. Residents of U.S.A./Canada may call us toll free at 1-800-663-0844.