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The Spectacular Temples of Abu Simbel | Overland Tour from Cairo & Back
- Day 5: Enjoy the impressive Temples of Ramses II at Abu Simbel
- Day 2: Enjoy the Egyptian Museum, Treasures room for the child king Tutankhamen
- Day 3: An excursion to two of the most interesting tombs at the West Bank of the Nile River
- Day 4: See the world famous High Dam
Take a trip to explore the history of Ancient Egypt and Cairo. Start in Cairo to see the Pyramids before traveling to Luxor, Aswan, and Abu Simbel by train to see the ruins and temples in these southern cities. Return to Cairo to visit sights from Cairo’s Islamic and Christian periods.
- 7 nights accommodation as per itinerary (5x hotels, 2x overnight sleeper train)
- 7x breakfast, 3x lunch, 2x dinner
- All transfers by private air-conditioned vehicle, including to/from airport
- English speaking tour guide for private sightseeing tours
- Entrance fees to all sites as indicated in itinerary
- Bottled water during the trip
- Free WiFi on board of vehicles
- Loaned mobile phone for the length of the stay with 30 minutes of local calling
- Travel insurance
- International airfare
- Entry visa to Egypt
- Optional tours
- Personal expenses
- Beverages with meals
- Additional entry tickets beyond main entrance
- Memphis and Sakkara Day Tour
- Al Tannoura Egyptian Heritage Dance Troupe Cairo
- Tour to Alexandria from Cairo by Car
- Cairo Nile Dinner Cruise & Show
- Camel Ride around the Pyramids
- Felucca Ride on the Nile
- Tour to Pharaonic Village
- Hot Air Balloon Ride
- Trip to Nubian Village by Motorboat
- Sound and Light Show
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Egypt awaits you!
First stop will be the vibrant metropolis of Cairo, Egypt's capital and a true global hub for you to explore. Upon your arrival at the airport, our friendly representative will welcome you and escort you to the hotel by an exclusive air-conditioned car. Once there, you will review your holiday itinerary over a delicious welcome drink with your tour manager to ensure everything is just the way you want it to be in order to have your perfect Egyptian holiday. Step outside into the charming bustle that is Cairo and explore this mega city on your own or relax in the hotel to prepare for the following exciting days. So much lies right ahead of you on the other end of a peaceful good night's sleep in your comfortable bed here in Cairo.
The Legend Begins
Today, you'll get a full taste of Cairo and then some. After a first savory breakfast at the hotel, you will check out and proceed to Giza Plateau. It's time to see something truly miraculous, a real wonder of the world, in ancient times and still today, the Great Pyramids of Cheop, Chefren and Mykerinus. Admire the architectural marvel and feel the history come to live surrounded by these up to over 4.000 years old testimonies to human culture. And don't forget about the mysterious Great Sphinx. Have a tasty lunch over all these breathtaking experiences, before you'll proceed to visit the Egyptian Museum and its many Pharaonic residents, including legendary child king Tutankhamen.
From the ancient Egypt and its deities it is then time to move on to trace some of Christianities' oldest footprints at Coptic Cairo with Ben Ezra Synagogue and famous Hanging Church. Conclude this religious journey with Islamic Cairo with its many historical mosques and sites and Cairo's old (and definitely bustling) bazaar Khan El Khalili. From here, you'll move on to Giza train station to get onboard a charming sleeper train for some well-deserved rest after today's ride through time and religion. Enjoy dinner aboard before falling asleep to the gentle rattling of your ride to Luxor.
Stories of sacred and cursed tombs
Enjoy breakfast aboard as you arrive in Luxor and move on afterwards to your hotel for check in and then start your journey to the West bank. In the amazing Valley of the Kings 62 Pharaos lay buried in elaborately decorated tombs as it was the principal burial place of major royal figures of Egypt's New Kingdom for over 500 years. One of those figures was Queen Hatshepsut, whose mortuary temple lies close to the Valley. Here you can follow the footprints of this influential ruler of her time in the 15th century BC, considered to be maybe the first known great woman of history. If you aren't too awestruck by now, you may be after the next royal highlight, the two massive testimonial stone statues known as the Colossi of Memnon.
Explore the east bank of Luxor. Proceed to see the Karnak and Luxor temples. Dubbed as maybe the world's greatest open air museum for the temple complexes' location in the midst of the city, this vast area of temples, obelisks and chapels will throw you right back through time. Back to your hotel for an overnight.
Meeting the goddess Isis
After breakfast transfer by air-conditioned vehicle to Aswan about a 3 hours and half drive. On the menu today are the impressive High Dam, vital for Egypt's economy, and the Philae temple complex devoted to goddesses Isis and Hathor. Visit afterwards the source for many of Egypt's great ancient monuments, the Aswan stone quarries. Situated here is the largest known ancient obelisk, the ironically enough yet still Unfinished Obelisk. After those interesting, yet probably slightly dusty experiences, you'll be happy to hear today's trip leads you your hotel for a leisurely evening and night in Aswan.
South to Abu Simbel
Breakfast box, at 03:30 a.m. start your trip to Abu Simbel Temples. It takes about a 3 hour and half drive one way from Aswan to Abu Simbel by a private air-conditioned vehicle. The two Temples of Abu Simbel, with their unique style, are considered to be the masterpieces of ancient Egypt. They reflect the glory and grandeur of the new Kingdom. The Egyptian government and UNESCO decided to co-operate in order to save these temples from the flood. The Temple of Ramsses II was dedicated to the four universal gods Ptah, Re-Her-Akhtey, Amun-Re, and to Ramsses II himself. The great Abu Simbel temple is also called The Sun Temple of Ramssess II.The Temple of Queen Nefertari is also Called Temple of Hathor who was the wife of the Sun God so in a symbolic way, the two Temples, that of Ramsses II and that of Nefertari, bring Ramesses II, Nefertari, Hathor and the Sun God together as one. After that transfer to Aswan railway station for departure to Cairo. Sleeping train from Aswan to Cairo is about 14 hours. Overnight on board the train.
Enjoy breakfast aboard your sleeper train as you roll back into Cairo, for you surely weren't done with this multifaceted city in the beginning of your Egyptian journey. After your transfer to your hotel, all of today is set aside for you to explore this magnificent city in whichever way you like. Your tour manager will have many interesting optional tours for you to choose from like a visit to the Step Pyramid of King Zoser in Sakkara and Memphis. Or are you fed up with ancient culture? Dive into the rich and vibrant modern side of this intercultural and interreligious hub that never sleeps and get a different feeling of Cairo all on your own.
The charm of Egypt
After a delicious breakfast at the hotel, today the choice is yours. Or rather, the choices, because today it is up to you to decide how to deepen your Egyptian experience. One most definitely memorable choice would be to join an optional tour to the second capital of Egypt, Alexandria. With one of the most important defensive strongholds along the Mediterranean sea coast, the Quaitbay Citadel, an equally impressive historical experience is waiting for you. Commemorating the legendary ancient Alexandria library is the new and much acclaimed Bibliotheca Alexandrina. Finally, on this excursion to Alexandria the catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa, cut out of solid rock, are a true legacy of Roman history in Egypt.
Should you choose to stay in Cairo, there are plenty of opportunities for you to experience more of this Middle Eastern hub or encounter its culture and people on a variety of several optional tours or all on your own altogether. Whether it be a tour to a Pharaonic village to learn more about the life and culture in ancient times, or a ride on a traditional wooden sailing boat Felucca along the Nile, today you decide. Just one thing is for sure, Cairo holds something for everybody, so feel free to look for it.
Time to say, "Goodbye Egypt"
Today your journey unfortunately must end already. Your voyage to the enchanting Egypt has brought you to many fascinating sites, gotten you in touch with age-old civilizations, charmed you with fascinating landscapes along the country's Nile lifeline of deserts and banks and showed you the diverse character of its capital and people. Savor one last breakfast and soak up your Egyptian experience during some free time before you will be transferred to the airport for your departure. However, the charming spell of Egypt might summon you back one day.