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Day 2 – Aswan: Felucca Lunch and Camel Excursion (B, L)
After a lazy morning to enjoy breakfast and adjust to your new time zone, you will be met by our felucca (traditional sailboat) captain for an afternoon sailing through the area’s islands. You may stop at the botanical gardens, the southern tip of Elephantine Island, and also the village of Qubbat al Hawa to explore. Meanwhile, you will be treated to a freshly-prepared, locally-inspired lunch on board.
After, we will arrange a memorable camel trek to St. Simeon’s Monastery through the periwinkle-colored Nubian settlements.
Day 3 – Aswan: Abu Simbel and Cruise Embarkation
This morning, you will have the option of journeying to Abu Simbel by road or plane, home to one of Ramses II’s great masterpieces. Known as the Great Builder, he requested this temple to be built into the face of a mountain, aligned with the rising sun.
You will enjoy a guided tour of the temples here before returning to Aswan, where you will board your cruise ship. This afternoon you will enjoy a guided visit to Philae Temple. Like Abu Simbel, Philae was one of the 24 monuments saved from Lake Nasser’s waters.
Day 4 – Cruise: Sailing to Kom Ombo and Edfu
Today you will sail north to Kom Ombo, home to Egypt’s only double temple devoted to Sobek and Haroeris.
Later in the day you will visit the temple at Edfu, regarded as one of the best preserved temples in all of Egypt. The Horus Temple, as it is known, features an entire wall dedicated to the love story of Osiris and Isis in the face of their evil brother Seth.
Day 5 – Luxor: West Bank Sightseeing
You will begin your day with an optional sunrise balloon excursion high above the tombs and temples of the West Bank.
Your first visit of the day will be the Valley of the Kings. This relatively small area of land contains 63 burial chambers hidden within the surrounding mountains. The tombs were built between the 16th and 11th centuries B.C. and contain the famed resting place of King Tutankhamun.
From there, we will cross to the other side of the mountain by car to visit Deir al Medina, the Worker’s Tombs. Here, underneath the ground, lie colorful burial chambers for those that built the Valley of the Kings.
Finally, you will visit Medinat Habu, one of the most colorful temples of all and not yet visited by hordes of other tourists!
Day 6 – Luxor: East Bank Sightseeing and return to Cairo
This morning we will focus on the best two sites on Luxor’s East Bank – Karnak Temple and the Luxor Museum.
Karnak is the largest ancient religious site in the world. Remember, this complex was built upon by over thirty different pharaohs, starting from 1600BC, making it one of the most special sites in Egypt.
Luxor Museum features a carefully selected display of some of the region’s best antiquities. A must-see for all visitors to Luxor and a start contrast to the Egyptian Museum you will see in Cairo.
This afternoon you will board a non-stop flight to Cairo.
Day 7 – Cairo: Coptic Cairo, Egyptian Museum, and Islamic Cairo
A day of contrasts, as we start with a guided tour of Coptic Cairo, the Egyptian Museum and end in Islamic
Coptic Cairo: Sites will include Saint Sergius and Bacchus Church, The Hanging Church, Saint Barbara Church, the Synagogue of Ben Ezra, and Babylon Fortress.
From here, you will have the opportunity to try local Egyptian food before visiting the unforgettable Egyptian Museum, home to Tutankhamun’s treasures and 176,000 other artifacts.
Your last stop for today will be the Khan al Khalili market area, which dates back to 1382 and is home to caravanserai and medrassas.
Day 8 – Cairo: Saqqara & Giza Pyramids
Last, but not least! You will travel chronologically, starting with the oldest, complete, hewn-stone building complex known in history, Saqqara. The Step Pyramid at Saqqara was designed by Imhotep for King Djoser, in approximately 2650BC.
Later, you will continue to the last surviving ancient wonder of the world. You will be guided through the Pyramid and Sphinx complexes, learning the significance of the Giza Pyramids, then and now.