Egypt, a country linking Northeast Africa with the Middle East, dates to the time of the Pharaohs. Millennia-old monuments still sit along the fertile Nile River Valley, including the colossal Pyramids and Sphinx at Giza and the hieroglyph-lined Karnak Temple and Valley of the Kings tombs in Luxor. The capital, Cairo, is home to Ottoman landmarks such as Muhammad Ali Mosque.
(2 CAI + 3 CRZ + 1 TRAIN)
Day 01: Arrival Cairo
Meet at Cairo Airport upon arrival by OUR representative who will assist you through airport customs & formalities. You will be escorted immediately to your hotel in one of the air-conditioned vehicles in Excel’s modern fleet.
Day 02: Half Day Pyramids
Today after breakfast we start exploring ancient Egypt with a visit to the famous Pyramids. The Great Pyramid of Cheops which was built by manual labor, is the largest of the three main Pyramids and is the only survivor of the Seven Great Wonders of the Ancient World, the Pyramid of Chephren, which is the best preserved, and the Pyramid of Mycerinus. Nearby see the Sphinx, a marvelous sight carved out of a natural rocky outcrop, the lion’s body stretching 45m, with its paws 15m long. We will visit the Papyrus Institute and learn how paper was made in ancient times followed by shopping in the Papyrus Museum, Perfume factory and Jewelry shop. Back to the hotel.
Day 03: Cairo – Sleeping Train
Morning free at leisure
Early evening transfer to train station to take the first class sleeping train to Aswan
Dinner and Overnight in the sleeping train.
Day 04: Train – Aswan- Cruise (Wednesday and Fridays)
Breakfast onboard the train and meet & assist upon arriving at Aswan Station and transfer to the Nile cruise
Day 4 -7 On board the Nile Cruise for 3 nights on full board basis from Aswan to Luxor; Whereby guided tours will be conducted to visit the major sites like:
In Aswan; Philae Temple & High Dam
While sailing: Visit Edfu and KomOmbo Temples
In Luxor: The Valley of the Kings, Hatshepsut (or Hatshepsut) Temple, the Colossi of Memnon on the West Bank.
Day 07: Luxor – Final departure
Breakfast on your cruise boat, check out and transfer to Luxor Airport for your final flight.