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Treasures of the Nile

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Uncover the rich history that lies along the banks of the Nile. Turn every stone over from Cairo to Luxor to Dahab and everything in between. Walk in the footsteps of the Pharaohs at the Pyramids and trace the path of the infamous Nubians along the Nile. Roam the chaotic Bazaars and savour the unique flavours of all the spectacular Egyptian treats. Discover the treasures that are held in this eternal civilization at your own pace.
Local payment of £ 190.00 is required

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Day 1 : Cairo

Welcome to Egypt! At the Cairo terminal keep your eyes open for the Travel Talk sign, we pick you up from the airport and take you to your hotel .Gather round in the hotel lobby at 6:00pm as we meet both the other tour members and the guide for an informal meeting. After the meeting you have free time to start exploring Cairo. Click for the arrival details

Day 2 : Cairo City Tour, Luxor

After breakfast we visit the Giza Plateau to explore the world famous pyramids of Cheops, Chephren and Mycrenos. The afternoon is left to sightseeing in Sakkara; the first capital of ancient Egypt, famous for its step pyramid, built by King Zoser in 2700 B.C. Later in the afternoon we board our bus to Luxor. In the evening we’ll check into our Premium hotel by the River of Nile...

Day 3 : Luxor, Aswan

After our breakfast, we depart for the West Bank of the Nile where our donkey awaits to take us into the Valley of the Kings. Next is our discovery of the magnificent “city of the Dead” where tombs were carved into the desert rocks, decorated richly, and filled with treasures for the Pharaoh afterlife. Rising out of the desert plain in a series of terraces, the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut is our next stop. Then we drive to Aswan for overnight stay.

Day 4 : Aswan, Nile Cruise

After breakfast we explore Aswan, the smallest of the three major tourist cities based on the Nile, famous for the amazing Philea Temple and High Dam, an engineering miracle when it was built in the 1960s. After visiting the High Dam we head to Philea Temple and take a short motorboat ride to reach the island. Dedicated to the goddess Isis, Philae Temple has a beautiful setting on an island in the River of Nile. Its various shrines and sanctuaries celebrate the deities involved in the myth of Isis and Osiris. Early in the morning you can join the optional trip to Abu Simbel, one of the most impressive ancient sights of Egypt. Later in the afternoon, we embark the 5 star Nile Cruiser to cruise along the Nile.

Day 5 : Nile cruise

Today we sail all day long on the Nile, watching the beautiful scenery pass us by and wave to the locals continuing their day of washing, swimming and fishing. Whilst being absorbed by the culture we can sit back and enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of one of the greatest rivers on the earth.

Day 6 : Nile Cruise, Edfu, Komombo, Luxor

Today we disembark Nile Cruiser. On our way to Luxor where we will spend the night, we head to Edfu to visit the largest and best preserved temple in Egypt. The temple is dedicated to the falcon god Horus and was built over a 180-year period from 237 BC to 57 BC. Then we continue to visit Komombo Temple which was built during the Ptolemaic and Roman periods. The temple is dedicated to the crocodile god Sobek and god Horus.

Day 7 : Luxor, Cairo

Today, we visit the temple of Luxor on the East Bank of the Nile which was dedicated to the great god Amun, his wife Mut and their son Khonsu (the mood god), representing the Theban triad. The temple was built on the site of a probably smaller structure for the god Amun, while the earliest parts of the temple seen today date from the 14th century BC and the time of Amenhotep III. In the afternoon we proceed to the Temple of Karnak, one of the most important religious centers of ancient Egypt. In the afternoon we drive to Cairo for overnight stay.

Day 8 : Cairo City Tour

Our journey continues with a visit to one of the most important museums in the ancient world, the Egyptian Museum, that houses more than 100,000 relics of Egypt. Today we discover the Citadel of Saladin, Mosque of Mohamed Ali, the Hanging Church and the world famous Kahn El Khalili bazaar.

Day 9 : Cairo, Nuweiba, Dahab

Relax and unwind next to the sea with all the activities available including swimming, snorkeling, diving, camel treks, jeep safaris and more!!

Day 10 : Dahab

Another relax day in paradise !

Day 11 : Dahab, Mt. Sinai Trek

In the afternoon we’ll depart for St. Catherine. Early in the morning (about1:30 a.m. Day 12) we’ll ascend Mt. Sinai, where as the night ends you can witness the spectacular sunrise which blankets the surrounding peaks in gold and unveils one of the best views in Egypt. In the morning of day 12 we’ll visit St. Catherine Monastery and travel back to Dahab.

Day 12 : St Catherine, Dahab

A free day to savor the sun, sand and sea at this popular Red Sea resort.

Day 13 : Dahab

The second day to relax and enjoy the beautiful Red Sea.

Day 14 : Dahab, Cairo

After spending our morning in Dahab, we'll board our day coach back to Cairo where we have overnight stay.

Day 15 : Cairo

Our trip ends in Cairo. Our representative will transport you to the airport.

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  The tour price and the local payment cover the following services: Accommodation 5 and 4 star hotels, 5 star Nile Cruiser. Click for  the Arrival Details Airport Transfer From Cairo Airport to the Cairo Hotel on day one and return transfer.. Meals 14 Breakfasts 1 Lunch 3 Dinners Transportation Air-conditioned non-smoking coach or mini-bus       Donkey (Valley of the Kings) Guide Services of experienced Eqyptologist guides Excursions As per the itinerary (entrance fees NOT included) What is not included in the tour price and local payment? Any flights Travel insurance Meals not stated in the itinerary Items of a personal nature Tips & gestures Visa fees Entrance fees to the sights and museums Optional activities Other services not stated in the itinerary How to budget for this tour? Please remember that the tour price and the local payment cover the services stated in the "Inclusions" section of this page and there are many other personal expenses which will occur during your journey.

What will it cost while I am there ?

Please remember that the tour price and the local payment cover the services stated in the "Inclusions" section of this page and there are many other personal expenses which will occur during your journey. For detailed information about your possible expenses please check out the below information. Optional Activities GBP 15 Nubian Dinner, Aswan Here you have the chance to experience the unique, vibrant Nubian Culture, with a traditionally cooked dinner, in a Nubian family home located in a local village on the West bank of the Nile River. We cross by motorboat, then taking a walk around the village, we have the opportunity to mingle as we watch the sunset over the great sand dunes. Following the dinner, you can relax and enjoy the traditional song & dance performed by locals.Includes: Return Transport (motorboat) & dinner. GBP 65 Temples of Abu Simbel Abu Simbel, possibly the most awe-inspiring temples of ancient Egypt, is made up of the Temple of Ramses ∏ and Queen Nefertari, cut out of the sandstone cliffs above the Nile River, located approximately 280km south of Aswan, near the Sudanese boarder. The temple was built between 1274 & 1244 BC by the king himself. Guarding the entrance to the temple, four colossal statues of Ramses ∏ sit magically staring out across the dessert, each standing 20 meters high. We depart Aswan early in the morning to join the tourist convoy. Includes: Return air-conditioned Transport, Service of Egyptologist Guide and Entrance Fees. GBP 32 Alexandria Overday Cosmopolitan Alexandria the second largest city in Egypt. It is located on the Mediterranean coast, 215km north of Cairo and was the capital of Egypt during the Greco-Roman period. Covering Alexandria’s highlights, we start our day with a tour of pompay pillars followed by a visit to the Library of Alexandria, the world’s largest open reading area holding 8,000,000 books. After Lunch we will view the Fort of Qaitbay, built on the site of the Alexandria Lighthouse. Before heading back to Cairo, we will stop by the great Montazah Palace & gardens, home to King Farouk – Egypt’s last reigning monarch. GBP 18 Sound & Light Show by the Pyramids, Giza Sit back, and take a journey through time enjoying the stunning laser light show, displaying many colors upon the pyramids, set against the backdrop of the Pyramids & Sphinx, located at the Giza Plateau, south west of Cairo. The great sphinx narrates the story of the pharaohs, ancient Egyptians and their lives during the construction of the great pyramids of Cheops, Kerfren & Mykanous. GBP 80 Hot Air Balloon, Luxor Experience the joy of flying in a hot air balloon while drifting peacefully over the Valley of the Kings & Queens and Nobles Mountain. This is the opportunity for the adventurous traveler to view the whole magnificent area of Luxor from a birds-eye. Hot air Balloon is scheduled on Friday early morning & can be booked with your tour guide latest by Thursday midday. Includes: Return air-conditioned Transport & Breakfast Entrance Fees Giza Pyramids / Sphinx EGP 80 Sakkara EGP 80 Egyptian Museum EGP 75 Citadel EGP 60 Philae Temple EGP 70 High Dam EGP 30 Komombo Temple EGP 60 Edfu Temple EGP 60 Karnak Temple EGP 80 Luxor Temple EGP 60 Colossi of Memnon Free Valley of the Kings EGP 104 Hatchepsut EGP 52 Personal Spending Money, Extra Meals, Souvenirs… Personal Spending Money, Extra Meals, Souvenirs… Every person has different spending habits, but to help you out with your planning, we estimated your average daily expenses. An approximate amount of £20 per day for lunch & dinner (without drinks), and £30 per day as personal spending money (souvenirs, handicraft etc. not included) is generally sufficient.

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