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 + 2 TRAIN)
Day by day itinerary
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 /Sleeping Train-Aswan
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. Possibility for lunch , Early evening transfer to train station to take the first class sleeping train to Aswan.
Dinner and Overnight in the sleeping train.
Day 03: 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 3 -6 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 Hatchepsut) Temple, the Colossi of Memnon on the West Bank.
Day 06: Luxor-Cairo/ sleeping train
Breakfast onboard the Nile cruise, check out. Free leisure time, early evening transfer to the station to catch your sleeping train to Cairo Overnight sleeping train
Day 07: Cairo
Breakfast onboard train, arrival Cairo and transfer to your hotel. Relax and spend the day at leisure Overnight in Cairo
Day 08: Departure-Cairo
Breakfast in the hotel, and check out. Transfer to Cairo Airport for your final departure