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Explore the beauty & the mystery of Egypt during this memorable journey by visiting her two Capitals the city of Luxor known as Thebes and being the Capital during the Pharaohs era and the city of Cairo being the Capital of the Modern Day Egypt.
Arrive in Cairo at the international airport, upon arrival meet your local representative which will assist you through baggage claim, the custom area and transfer you to your hotel and assist you with all the check in procedures.
Overnight in your hotel in Cairo, (Note dinner this evening will be on your own).
After a morning buffet breakfast at your hotel, start your day by visiting one of the most important mosque and Islamic sites of Egypt, the Citadel and Mohamed Ali Mosque, which is also referred to as the Alabaster Mosque due to the extensive use of that stone on some of the exterior walls and other surfaces. The mosque, the largest such structure built during the first half of the 19th century, is more impressive at a distance than close up. Though its artistic merit is questionable, the mosque is an unparalleled contribution to the Cairo skyline. Situated on the summit of the Citadel high atop the Citadel grounds, its great dome and towering minarets are the first features that catch your eye at the fortress.
Following the visit of the Citadel , you will be visiting another remarkable sites of Cairo city , The Egyptian museum of Antiquities . During your visit, you will view the fabulous treasures of the young King Tutankhamen, whose Luxor tomb escaped the ravages of grave robbers, and was subsequently discovered and excavated in 1922.
After the museum visit , you will proceed to the Mena House hotel where buffet lunch will be served before visiting the most fabulous site of the day , The Great Pyramids of Giza & the Sphinx . During your visit to the Pyramids and Sphinx, you will marvel at the sheer size of these monumental structures and the magnitude of the labor required in their construction. Renowned as one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Pyramid of Cheops is comprised of 2.3-million stone blocks, each weighing 2.5 tons. Exactly how the ancient Egyptians were able to construct these architectural wonders remains a mystery to this day. The inscrutable Sphinx, with the body of a lion and the face of a man, was carved from a single block of stone. This massive, 72-foot-high, 164-foot-long feline structure faces east, greeting the rising sun each day. Your tour of the Pyramids area also includes outside visits to the Cheops and Chephren Pyramids, and panoramic views and photo opportunities of the three Pyramids, Sphinx and granite temple.
After the Pyramids visit a short stop at a local Papyrus & Bazar store will give guests the opportunity to purchase some souvenirs and witness the making of papyrus before returning to their hotel. Tonight buffet dinner will be served at the main restaurant .
Overnight in Cairo.
This morning, you will be leaving Cairo to discover another magnificent city, Luxor.
After breakfast and check out, your coach will take you to Cairo airport for an hour flight to the south part of Egypt where you will be landing in the city of the Pharaohs, Luxor.
Upon arrival to Luxor, Lunch will be served followed by the visit of the East Bank of the river Nile of Luxor city. Our First visit will be the temple of Karnak.
Located about 2 miles north of the Luxor Temple but connected to it by an impressive avenue of sphinx , the Karnak Temple was the most important sanctuary of ancient Egypt and the heart of the cult of the god Amon . The temple consist of the 1st pylon was erected by the Ptolemy , the 2nd pylon is guarded by a pair of huge statues of Ramses II , spans over 50000 square feet and contains 134 huge columns and considered to be the largest hall of any temple of the world , the 3rd pylon and the 4th pylon which consist of 97 foot high obelisk of Queen Hatshepsut carved from a solid piece of pink granite . At the south end you will find the sacred lake where ceremonial boats took part in the worship of Amon .Each pharaoh added his own contribution to the temple over 2000 years.
After Karnak temple visit , your bus will take you to another temple , may be smaller in size than The Karnak but equivalent in history and value as The Karnak .
This renowned ancient structure was originally built during the reign of Amenophis the III then expanded by Ramses II who added a statue of himself and two obelisks.
Today only one of them remains at the Luxor Temple and the other one was given by Mohamed Ali to Louis Philippe in 1831 and is now at the Concorde place in Paris to this day. After Alexander the Great rebuilt the sanctuary in the 4th century B.C., the Romans subsequently rebuilt portions of it and the Muslims built a mosque on top of the temple.
Following your visit to Luxor temple, you will be transferred to your hotel for check-in.
This evening, you will depart to attend the sound and light show at the Karnak Temple, on your return to your hotel, buffet dinner will be served . Overnight in Luxor.
After a buffet breakfast , you will cross the Nile to the West Bank by motor coach for a visit to the Valley of the Kings, hidden in the foothills of the Gourma Mountains. More than 60 tombs of Pharaohs and noblemen have been found in this valley. The kings' formal names and titles are inscribed in their tombs along with their images and statues. Between the 18th and 20th Dynasties , the kings abandoned Memphis area and built their tombs in Thebes. The visit of the Valley of the Kings include the entrance of three tombs .
Next, you will continue on for a photo stop at the Hatshepsut Temple , uniquely designed as a series of grand terraces extending up a cliff with rows of square granite columns blending in with the mountain side. From here , you will proceed for a visit to Medinet Habu . The temple was built by Ramses III and considered to be the most interesting of the funerary chapels on the West Bank. The reliefs on both sides of the doorway depict battle scenes of Ramses III clubbing a number of vanquished people with 86 captives nearby.
After your visit to Medinet Habu , a photo stop will be made at the Colossi of Memnon , which was originally built as a mortuary temple in Thebes and guarded by two gigantic statues on the outer gates. All that remains today are the two huge statute with 75 foot high .
Following your stop by the Colossi of Memnon, you will return to your hotel for a buffet lunch followed by check out and a three hours drive to Safaga where the ship is waiting for you .
Al Awameya o P.O. Box 43 o Luxor 83951 o Egypt o Phone: 20 95 2274544
Cournish El Nil P.O. Box 60 Cairo 11511 Egypt
Phone 20 2 27957171
Day By Day Itinerary
Arrive Cairo airport , meet by our representative & transfer to your hotel ( 45 min )
Check in , dinner on your own . Overnight in Cairo .
8:00am Morning buffet breakfast - 1 hour
9:00am Proceed to the Citadel - 30 min
9:30am Visit the Citadel and Mohamed Ali mosque - 1 hour
10:30am Proceed to the Egyptian museum - 30 min
11:00am Visit the Egyptian museum - 1 hour & 45 min
12:45pm Proceed for lunch - 45 min
1:30pm Lunch at the Mena House hotel - 1 hour
2:30pm Proceed to the Pyramids - 15 min
2:45pm Visit the Pyramids & Sphinx - 1 hour & 45 min
4:30pm Proceed for shopping - 15 min
4:45pm Shopping stop - 30 min
5:15pm Back to your hotel - 45 min
6:00pm Arrive your Hotel.
Dinner and overnight in Cairo
Morning breakfast and check out. Fly to Luxor. Visit Karnak & Luxor temples including Lunch. Enjoy sound and light show at Karnak temple.
Dinner and overnight in Luxor.
Timing of this day will depend on domestic flight timing.
7:00am Morning buffet breakfast & check out - 1 hour
8:00am Cross the Nile to the west bank - 45 min
8:45am Visit the Valley of the Kings - 1 hour & 30 min
10:15am Proceed to Hatshepsut temple - 15 min
10:20am Photo stop at Hatshepsut temple - 5 min
10:25am Proceed to Habu temple - 10 min
10:35am Visit Habu temple - 45 min
11:20am Proceed to Colossi of Memnon - 5 min
11:25am Photo stop at the Colossi of Memnon - 5 min
11:30am Back to the East bank - 45 min
12:15pm Buffet lunch at deluxe hotel - 1 hour
1:15pm Drive to Safaga - 3 hours & 15 min
4:30pm Arrive Safaga
Expected Weather - 25 C
What to Bring - Comfortable clothes , shoes and sunglasses
Currency - Egyptian Pound
Electricity - 220 - 240 V
Luggage - Please note that your Safaga Pre-Cruise program includes a domestic flight from Cairo to Luxor where luggage restrictions are in place. The standard maximum allowance for checked baggage is 44lbs/20kg per person. RSSC will be shipping any excess pieces of luggage on behalf of our guests participating in this program directly to the vessel in Safaga. We kindly ask that you pack accordingly prior to departing your home as guests will be requested to deposit any and all baggage in excess of the above standard allowance upon arrival to your hotel in Cairo. Any excess baggage taken on the flight will be at the guests' own expense. All luggage that RSSC will be shipping directly to Safaga will be delivered to your onboard stateroom.
Language & Religion - Arabic Language - Majority is Muslim
Documents & Visa - Visa for US , EU & Canadian Citizens can be received on arrival
Accommodation - Deluxe 5 Stars Hotel - Please note that while we will do our best to have Nile view rooms this is not guaranteed.
Meals - Daily breakfast , lunches and dinners except dinner on day one. All meals included bottled water, tea & coffee.
Included - Sites entrance fee mentioned in the program. One way ticket from Cairo to Luxor
English Egyptologist accompanying the group the whole trip. Transportation by deluxe Coaches fully equipped.
Tipping - Drivers & Guide expect tipping but still on your own discretion .
Please Note: That this package includes a couple of different Hotel combinations all of which are of equal standards and quality to each other and are within the vicinity of each other. Property allocations are selected upon booking and are randomly assigned. Please state upon booking if travelling with friends and family.
Flight Arrivals: Guests should plan to arrive at anytime during the 1st day of this program in Cairo, Egypt