DAY 1 – CAIRO
Arrive Cairo and transfer to your hotel.
DAY 2 – CAIRO/ASWAN
Flight to Aswan at 12:00 PM. Free day for shopping in the African Market or visit the Nubian Museum.
DAY 3 –ASWAN/NILE CRUISE
Morning visit to the temple of Isis on Philae Island. This temple is one of the key sights along the Nile as it was dedicated to the Mother Goddess Isis who gave birth to Horus on this island. Visit the Unfinished Obelisk & the granite quarries. Check into the Nile Cruise, our floating home for the next four nights. Sail by feluccas to the Elephantine Island, the home of God Khnum, one of the creator gods. Visit the excavations & the German Institute Open Air Museum.
DAY 4 – NILE CRUISE
Morning drive to Abu Simbel to visit the colossal rock-cut temple of Ramses II & the exquisite temple he built for his wife, Nefertari.
DAY 5 – NILE CRUISE
Early morning sail to Kom Ombo at 5:00 AM. After breakfast visit the temple of Kom Ombo dedicated to the gods, Sobek & Horus. Continue sailing to the city of Edfu. After lunch, horse buggies will roll you through the ancient city of Edfu to the temple of Horus & his consort Hathor. This temple was dedicated to the reunion of the gods & goddesses.Overnight in the city of Esna.
DAY 6 – NILE CRUISE
Early morning sail to the city of Luxor at 5:00 AM. Afternoon visit the temple of Karnak & the temple of Luxor, dedicated to god Amen & goddess Mut.
DAY 7 – NILE CRUISE – LUXOR
Check out from Nile Cruise. Drive to the West Bank of Luxor City. Visit the Valley of the Kings, containing the exquisite tombs of the New Kingdom Pharaohs, the Valley of the Queens, & the Valley of the Nobles. By special permission from the Egyptian Antiquities Organization, visit several tombs that are not open to the general public. In the afternoon, lunch at the historic courtyard of the venerable Sheikh Ali Restaurant, watering hole of all renowned Egyptologists, including Howard Carter. Following lunch, we visit the great mortuary temples of Hatshepsut, Ramses II, & Ramses III, as well as the ancient village of Dier el Medina with its extraordinary tombs of the ordinary workers who built the temples.
DAY 8- LUXOR
Today we are going back to the west bank for a half-day tour to visit more tombs and temples. Afternoon free to enjoy this romantic city of Luxor or shopping.
DAY 9 – LUXOR – ABYDOS
Morning drive through the exquisite lush green countryside to the majestic city of Abydos, located north of Luxor. On the way, visit the temple of Goddess Hathour, goddess of love, music and art. This temple has the early astrological signs carved on its ceiling. After lunch, visit the Temple of Osiris. This temple has the best wall colored reliefs. It was dedicated to god Osiris. Behind the temple there is a pre-historic mysterious small temple, believed to be the tomb of God Osiris.
DAY 10 – ABYDOS &CAIRO
Morning flight to Cairo. Visit Islamic Cairo, including Al Azhar Mosque. After lunch, visit Khan El Khalili Bazar (old market).
DAY 11 – GIZA
Spend the day on the Giza Plateau visiting the Great Pyramid, the Great Sphinx, and the Solar Boat. Afternoon free for shopping.
DAY 12 – GIZA
Drive into the countryside to visit the Pyramids of Dahshur: The Red Pyramid & the Bent Pyramid of Pharaoh Senefro, Khufu’s father. After lunch, at Saqqara Palm Club, visit the Step Pyramid in Saqqara.
DAY 13 – GIZA &Final Departure
Morning visit to the Cairo Museum. View the collection of the Old Kingdom, Middle Kingdom, New Kingdom, & the famous collection of King Tutankhamen. Lunch in downtown Cairo. After lunch, visit the 16th century Street of the Tentmakers & the southern section of the 10th century Fatimid city with its medieval houses, inns, marketplaces, & Al-Azhar (the oldest continuously functioning university in the world). Visit Khan el-Khalili, the most famous Cairo market.