Exploring Ancient Civilizations - EGYPT

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Itinerary (Best Travel Period: October-May)

 

Day 1: Arrive Cairo

 

Day 2: Giza

  • Tour the Giza Plateau, site of the pyramids of Mycerinus and Chefren as well as the Great Pyramid of Cheops.
  • Built in the Fourth Dynasty (approximately 2690 BC), it is the only survivor of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
  • Explore the interior of one of these legendary pyramids and Ride Like a Local on camel back.
  • Visit the Solar Boat Museum — site of Cheops’ funerary boat — and the Great Sphinx.

 

Day 3 : Abu Simbel/ Aswan

  • Fly to Abu Simbel, discover the commanding twin temples of Ramses II and his wife, Queen Nefertari.
  • Fly to Aswan, proceed to the impressive granite quarries and site of the Unfinished Obelisk. Illustrating the skills of Egypt’s stonemasons, this monolith is one-third taller than any other ancient Egyptian obelisk.
  • Step aboard Sanctuary ‘Sun Boat IV’.

 

Day 4 : Cruising the Nile

  • Ride a motorized boat to Philae Temple on the island of Agilika. This sacred complex was dedicated to the Goddess Isis and reflects a fusion of three great civilizations — Egyptian, Greek and Roman.
  • Join your chef back on board for a local cooking lesson.
  • Disembark at Kom Ombo (hill of gold) to visit the Greco-Roman temple dedicated to the God Sobek and Horus, who was considered by some ancient Egyptians to be the creator of the world.

 

Day 5 : Cruising the Nile

  • Cruise to Luxor, site of the ancient city of Thebes.
  • Explore the Temple of Karnak, where generations of pharaohs wished to record their names.
  • Disembark to explore the west bank of the Nile and the Necropolis of Thebes.
  • Continue to the Valley of the Kings, legendary burial ground of the pharaohs and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tombs were built along this valley for pharaohs and nobles, including that of “the boy king,” Tutankhamun.

 

Day 6 : Luxor/ Cairo

  • Fly to Cairo and enjoy your free time.

 

Day 7 : Departure