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|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||San Francisco International Airport|
|DEPARTURE TIME||Please arrive at least 2 hours before the flight.|
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Welcome to Egypt – the Land of the Pharaohs. On arrival at Cairo International airport, you will be met by our local representative, who will welcome you and transfer you to your hotel forcheck-inLater this evening, experience the spectacular Sound and Light Show at the Giza Pyramids of Khufu, Khafre and Menkaure and enjoy the history of the ancient Egyptians. The show begins with the story of the Sphinx who has been the vigilant guardian of the Pyramids for five thousand years.Overnight at the hotel in Cairo.
Today, we proceed on a day trip to Alexandria. On our guided city tour, we first visit Pompey’s Pillar – the only known free-standing column in Roman Egypt which was not composed of drums and is one of the largest ancient monoliths ever erected. Next, we make a photo stop at Qaitbay Citadel for a magnificent view of the Mediterranean sea. It was erected on the exact site of the famous Lighthouse of Alexandria, which was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. After, visiting the Library of Alexandria, we return to Cairo. On arrival, we visit a Papyrus Shop where you will see a demonstration of how Papyrus – a thick paper like material produced from the pith of a papyrus plant found in the Nile delta and usually grown 5 to 9 feet tall – is made. Overnight at the hotel in Cairo.
Today, we take you on a guided city tour of Cairo. See the Pyramids of Khufu, Khafre and Menkaure. Also see the Sphinx, carved from the natural bedrock at the bottom of the causeway to Khafre’s pyramid. Then, we visit an Egyptian Perfumery. Next, we visit the Egyptian Museum, which houses over 1,00,000 antiquities from every period of ancient Egyptian history. Do not miss the gallery featuring the famous treasures of Tutankhamun. We also visit the Royal Mummies Room, another highlight of the Egyptian Museum. Here you can see the mummies of many great Egyptian rulers, including Ramses II, the builder of the temples at Abu Simbel.Later, proceed to the medieval market of Khan-El-Khalili where you can shop for spices, precious stones and curios. Overnight at the hotel in Cairo.
Today, we check-out of the hotel and drive to the airport for our flight to Aswan. On arrival, we board our legendary Nile Cruise for a great three day journey on the scenic Nile River. Overnight on board the Nile Cruise.
Today morning, on arrival into Edfu, we take you on a shore excursion to visit the Temple of Edfu. Of all the temples of ancient Egypt, the one at Edfu is not only the best preserved, but the second largest after Karnak. The temple had been totally submerged under the desert except for the very top of the pylon entrance. The temple is dedicated to Horus and was built in the Ptolemaic period. This temple is unusual in that it is on the west bank of the river which was normally dedicated to the afterlife. Next, enjoy the sights of the Nile River from the deck, as your Nile Cruise sails to Luxor via the Esna Lock. On arrival in Luxor, we visit the famous Temple of Luxor. There is magic in the tombs of the great Kings with their imposing architecture and marvelous paintings. Even after over 5,000 years, the paintings retain their original colors and tell the story of civilization gone by.Overnight on board the Nile Cruise.
Today, we check-out from our cruise and visit the West Bank of Luxor. We proceed deep into the desert to discover the Valley of Kings. This is the place where generations of pharaohs and nobles were buried in great splendour, housed in crypts cut into the cliffs. Next, our excursion takes as to explore Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, the only woman Pharaoh to have ruled Egypt. We, then visit the Karnak Temple, known as Ipet-isu—or “most select of places”—by the ancient Egyptians. It is a city of temples built over 2,000 years and is the largest religious building ever made, covering about 200 acres (1.5 km by 0.8 km), and was a place of pilgrimage for nearly 2,000 years. The great temple at the heart of Karnak is so big that St. Peter’s, Milan, and Notre Dame Cathedrals would fit within its walls. The Hypostyle hall, at 54,000 square feet (16,459 meters) and featuring 134 columns, is still the largest room of any religious building in the world. Later, check into your hotel in Luxor. Overnight at the hotel in Luxor.
Today, we drive you to the airport for our flight back home.