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Enjoy 17 days Egypt tour Package, Includes, Alexandria Siwa oasis , st Catherine Monastery, the Pyramids of Giza and The Sphinx , discover the white desert and Baharyia oasis, Wadi El Hitan, Dendera &Abydos, 4 Nights Nile Cruise, Abu Simbel temples, the valley of the kings and relax On Nile cruise.

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Day 1- Arrival to Cairo- Alexandria:

Upon your arrival at Cairo airport, you will be met by our local representative, who will assist you through immigration and passport control and collecting your baggage. You will then be transferred to your hotel, where your Egyptologist tour guide, who will accompany you for the duration of the tour, transfer to your hotel in Alexandria  Overnight in Alexandria.

 

Alexandria

Day 2- Alexandria:

Breakfast at the hotel, enjoy a day trip  in Alexandria
Start your day Tour in Alexandria Visiting The Roman  Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa  

The Catacombs Kom el Shoqafa :

Archaeologists believe that the Catacomb of Kom el Shoqafa was started in the 2nd century A.D. and was used to intern the dead for the next 200 years. This was a period in the history of the city of Alexandria when there was a great mixture of different cultures. Of course, there was the ancient history of the great Egyptian kingdoms which went back thousands of years

Pompey Pillar:

Has nothing to do with Pompey. The story behind the name refers to the possible burial ground of the Roman general when he fled to Egypt and was assassinated after losing a major battle in Greece against Caesar. The red granite column was probably built to honour Emperor Diocletian. Today it stands 25 meters high and is the tallest ancient monument in Alexandria

The Citadel of Sultan Qeitbay:
The Citadel was built in the 15th Century by the Mamlouk Sultan Qeitbay, To Guard the City against the threat of Crusaders, This wonderful Islamic Monument was built by the use of the ruins of the old Lighthouse that was constructed by Ptolemy 11 in 3rd Century B.c. The Lighthouse was damaged during an Earthquake that Occurred in Egypt in 1303 A.c during the reign of the Mamlouk King  Qeitbay
Lunch in Alexandria in Egyptian Restaurant

The new Library of Alexandria :

The Library of Alexandria was reborn in October 2002 to reclaim the mantle of its ancient namesake. It is not just an extraordinarily beautiful building; it is also a vast complex where the arts, history, philosophy, and science come together. Moreover, the myriad activities it offers have made it a place for open discussion, dialogue, and understanding.

Al Montazh Palace :

The Montaza Palace gardens are located at the eastern edge of Alexandria on the north coast of Egypt. The complex, which is around from 360 acres in size, is a beautiful property that overlooks Al Montaza Gulf. The complex also contains five beaches for swimming: Aida, Cleopatra, Vanessa, Semiramis, and the private beach of Helnan Palestine Hotel. There are all sorts of fun to be had in Montaza. One great option is to take a boat ride and see the gardens from the water. Other awesome marine activities are waterskiing, diving, snorkelling, or even just chilling out in front of the ocean. 

At the end of your tour check into your hotel in Alexandria, Overnight in Alexandria

 

The Library of Alexandria 

Day 3- El Alamein:

Pick up time from your hotel in  Alexandria at 07:00  and drive to  El Alamein  From  Alexandria.
To: Alexandria, Egypt.
Driving distance: 1 m.
Duration: 1 min.

El Alamein   Controlled the north African coast which opens the way to the whole Egypt and the trade routes to the Far East via the red sea and the Indian Ocean. During the second world war, the Axis powers wanted to dominate Egypt in order to close Britain`s sea routes to its colonial empire, which the British desperate to protect. starting in 1940 with the Italian invasion to Egypt via Libya, The coastal town of Al Diffa was the scene of the ongoing battle.
El Alamein  Museum
The small  El Alamein museum,  about 1 mile west of the British memorial, is located on the north side of the road, for anyone interested in the war Memorabilia. it is worth a stop. Created in 1965 from debris found on the battlefield, It contains uniforms, Weapons, Flags and other war Paraphernalia. Displays include Photographs and the battle sites

El Alamein  War Cemetery
It was designed by Sir Herbert Worthington and is maintained by the British war graves commission in  Cairo, Here 7,367 men from Britain, Newzealand, Australia, South Africa, Greece, France, India and Malaysia are buried in individual graves, while 11,945 men, whose bodies were never found, are honoured in the cloister that precedes the graveyard
Beyond the cloister is the Individual graves, each, topped with white Marker, Approximately 815 soldiers were identified and their names are inscribed over the graves
The German war Memorial:
Thee kilometres, west of the Italian marker, the German war memorial is a single octagonal building erected in 1959, overlooks the sea, Patterned after the castle del Monte. the memorial contains the bodies of 4280 German soldiers, at the Entrance, it stands an impressive golden mosaic, to the right of the entrance is a small chapel where families and friends honour the dead with wreaths, Photographs and memorial ribbons.

The Italian Memorial

The Elegant white marble Italian Memorial, the largest structure at   El Alamein   .stands 5 kilometres beyond the German Memorial, it was designed by Paolo Caccia dominoni who served  at El-Alamein and also wrote a book about it

In the Entrance,  there is a small museum and  in the chapel is inscribed ( To 4800 Italian soldiers, sailors and airmen, the desert and the sea did not give back 38,000 who are  missing)

The main memorial overlooks the sea at the top

Then drive to Siwa from  El Alamein

 

The German war Memorial:

Day 4- Siwa attractions:

Discover Siwa oasis :


Breakfast at the hotel, You will visit today Siwa attractions, we will start with Alexander the Great Temple is also known as the Temple of the Oracle. It is believed that Alexander the Great wished to consult the Siwan oracle to seek confirmation that he was the son of Zeus. The Greek god of gods, when he and his entourage arrived at Siwa oasis after a long trip through the desert. Then Proceed to the salt lake to get amazing experience to swim, the water makes you float above, then proceed to (Cleopatra's bath ) The spring of the sun. It has been mentioned by travellers to Siwa, The legend maintains that Cleopatra swam here, Then Proceed to the temple of Umm Ubaydah or Amun temple, Just 200 m further from the Temple of the Oracle, the temple was erected by the pharaoh Nectanebo of the 30th Dynasty, Then Proceed to Visit Gebel  Al Mawta. The Mountain of the Dead is a conical mountain a little over a kilometre to the north of Shali. Tombs from twenty-sixth Dynasty, Ptolemaic, and the Roman periods are cut into the side of the mountain, There are four tombs worth seeing at Gebel Al – Mawta.( Taste the Siwan in a Siwan restaurant at Abdo restaurant, Enjoy your tea at Fatnas lake, Then you will adventure the desert by discovering the Great Sand Sea. by Jeep 4x4, Visit the hot and Cold spring Bir Waheed  Later, we enjoy some traditional Bedouin Tea by sunset& Overnight in desert Camp and Enjoy Bbq Dinner. If you need to Sleep in Hotel instead of the camp, This is also available. we have nice Ecolodges in Siwa
 

The salt lake in Siwa

Day 5- Siwa -Marsa Matrouh- Cairo:

Breakfast at the hotel then drive back to Cairo, passing by Marsa Matrouh ”North Coast of Egypt”  for lunch, and get 2 hours at the beach, Discover Marsa Matrouh, then drive back to Cairo. Overnight in Cairo

 

Marsa Matrouh

Day 6-St Catherine Monastery

Day trip to St Catherine Monastery from Cairo by Private Car and back to Cairo -Overnight in Cairo, The Greek Orthodox monastery of the God-trodden Mount Sinai is located at the very place where God appeared to Moses in the Burning Bush, beneath the Mount of the Decalogue. In the providence of God, it is at this site also that the holy relics of Saint Catherine are enshrined. This is the oldest continuously-inhabited Christian monastery, with a history that can be traced back over seventeen centuries. The monastery predates the divisions of the Christian world, its origins extending to late antiquity.

Overnight in Cairo

 

St Catherine Monastery

Day 7- Old Cairo:

Pick Up time from your hotel in Giza at 08:00 am with your Egyptologist tour guide, Enjoy a fantastic orientation tour of Cairo on an 8-hour excursion that takes in the major monuments of Old Cairo and the maze of streets and stalls of the historic Khan El Khalili Bazaar. Following a hotel pick-up from Cairo or Giza, you will drive up to the Saladin Citadel, constructed by Salah al-Din on the Moqattam Hills in 1183 AD as a defence against Crusader armies. Known for its fresh air and sweeping views of Cairo, it is now a preserved historic site of mosques and museums, including the Mosque of Muhammad Ali Pasha
Designed by the Turkish architect Yousif Boushnaq, who came to Cairo especially from Istanbul to build the great building, the mosque's alabaster structure stands in beautiful contrast to the sandstone city.
Lunch will be served in Local restaurant in Old Cairo
Then, visit Old Cairo to see major attractions such as the Hanging Church, the Ben Ezra Synagogue, the Church of St. Barbara, and the Church of Abu Serga, one of the oldest Coptic churches in Cairo
Continue to the Khan el-Khalili Bazaar, one of the oldest bazaars in the Middle East. Discover a maze of alleys that have been at the centre of Cairo’s trading activities since the 14th century.

Overnight in Cairo.
 

f Muhammad Ali Pasha

Day 8-Day trip to Giza Pyramids- Memphis and Sakkara

You will be picked up from your hotel by Marsa Alam tour guide to enjoy Private day trip to the pyramids of Giza, The Sphinx, Memphis and Sakkara. You will start with The Pyramids of Giza CheopsChephren and Mykerinus ) Then proceed to visit the Great Sphinx, which dates back to the time of Chephren and visit the Valley Temple. Move to visit the Step Pyramid at Sakkara, which is considered the world's oldest major stone structure. It was built in the 3rd Dynasty for King Djoser. Then Proceed to have your lunch at a local restaurant. After that transfer to Memphis which was founded by King Menes, and was the capital of Egypt during the Old Kingdom, it was considered to be a centre of rule and culture for over 3000 years the first capital of Egypt, and see the Statue of Ramses II and the Alabaster Sphinx of Memphis.

Overnight in Cairo

 

Giza Pyramids

Day 9- Fayoum and Wadi El Hitan:

Visit wadi Al Hitan from Cairo, We pick you up from Cairo   hotel  and you will  be transferred by air-conditioned Car to El Fayoum Oasis in the Western desert The distance is 80 k.m south-west of Cairo Start your adventure by Toyota land cruiser 4x4  to   Wadi Al Hitan  
From Tunis village in Fayoum to Wadi Al-Hitan (Whale Valley), Egypt. driving distance: 69.2 km. duration: 1 hour 37 mins
Wadi Al Hitan  ’ is a Protected area and a Natural Heritage Site added in 2005 by the UNESCO as a world heritage site, WADI EL-HITAN is also known for scientists in the Zeuglodon Valley, have been discovered in 1936, it is located 35 KM west of the Wadi El-Ryan, right deep into the desert western desert, is It is an area of fossils; considered as an open museum, dates back to 45 million years and contains petrified primitive whales skeletons, shark teeth, shells and roots of Mangroves preserved in soft rocks. Have lunch then drive to Abydos

Overnight in Abydos.

 

Wadi El Hitan

Day 10- Abydos temple and Dendera temple then Nile cruise:

After breakfast visit Abydos temple:
Considered one of the most important archaeological sites of Ancient Egypt, Abydos is notable for the memorial temple of Seti I, which contains an inscription from the nineteenth dynasty known to the modern world as the Abydos King List. It is a chronological list showing cartouches of most dynastic pharaohs of Egypt from Menes until Ramesses I, Seti's father. Then drive to Dendera, Visit Dendera temple Arrive at Dendera at 08: 30, You will be accompanied by Egyptologist tour guide, He will explain the history of the temple 
Dendera temple :
The Temple of Hathor was largely constructed during the Late Ptolemaic period, specifically during the reign of Ptolemy XII and Cleopatra VII. Later additions were made during the Roman period. Although built by a dynasty of rulers who were not native Egyptians themselves, the design of this temple has been found to be in accordance to that of other classical Egyptian temples, with the exception of the front of the hypostyle hall, which, according to an inscription above the entrance, was constructed by Emperor Tiberius.
Then drive to your Nile cruise in Luxor
Embarkation& Lunch on board of the Nile Cruise, proceed with the Visits to the Eastbank of the Nile Including
Karnak temple
Karnak is more than A temple, is a spectacular Complex of Sanctuaries, Kiosks, Pylons and Obelisks, All dedicated to the Theban gods and to the Greater Glory of Egypt`s Pharaohs, Karnak was the Most Important place for the worship of the Theban Triad(Amun, Mut, and Khonso) 
Dinner &Overnight on board of the Cruise in Luxor

 

Abydos

Day 11- Valey of Kings and sail to Edfu

Breakfast on the board on the Nile cruise, Breakfast on the Nile Cruise, Visit the west bank of the Nile Including:
The valley of the Kings
Once  called the great Place of the Truth, this valley Called now the valley of the Kings, It is a Majestic domain of the Pharaohs who once lay in great stone Sarcophagi, awaiting immortality, The isolated valley behind Deir el Bahri is dominated by the Pyramid-Shaped Mountain Peak
The colossi of Memnon:
Massive  pair statues Know as the  Colossi of Memnon, Rising about 18 M from the plain, They are the remains of what once the largest  complex on the west bank, Built by Amenhotep the Third
The Queen Hatshepsut temple
Rising out of the desert Plain, in a series of terraces, The temple of Hatshepsut  Mergs with sheer limestone Cliffs of the eastern face of the Theban Mountain as if Nature herself had built this Extraordinary monument.
Luxor  Temple
Largely built by the New Kingdom Pharaoh Amenhotep the Third and Completed by King Tutankhamon and the Great King Ramses the second, The First pylon was raised by Ramses the second and Decorated  with His Military Battle of Kadesh
Dinner &Overnight on board of the Cruise in Luxor
13:00 sail to Esna lock& lunch will be during the sail
18:00 arrive, Esna Lock, Sail to Edfu& Dinner
Overnight o board of the Cruise in Edfu

 

The valley of kings

Day 12- Edfu and Kom Ombo temples

Breakfast on board the Cruise
07:00 Visit the temple of Edfu
Edfu temple
Upper Egyptian site dominated by a large well -Preserved temple, dedicated to the hawk-God Horus, The Construction of Ptolemaic temple of Horus, which was founded on the site of a much earlier temple, dated to the period between the reigns of Ptolemy the Third(246 B.c), The descriptions on the walls include the Myth of contending of Horus and Seth(Probably performed annually as a religious Drama.
09:30 Sail to Kom combo
12:30 lunch on board of the Nile cruise during the sail
15:30 arrive Kom Ombo visit the temple of Kom combo
Kom Ombo temple
The temple and the associated settlement site located 40 K.m north of Aswan, the temple was dedicated to the deities Sobek and Horus  and date mainly to the Ptolemaic and Roman period(332 B.b -395 A.c)
17:30 Continue sailing to Aswan, Dinner will be during the sail
21:00 arrive Aswan and overnight on board the Cruise
 

 

Nile cruise

Day 13-Abu simble

Breakfast on board the cruise. Visit Abu Simbel Abu Simbel temples The two temples of Ramses the second and the Queen Nefertari were carved out of the Mountain on the west bank of the Nile between 1274 and 1244 B.c, The Great Temple was dedicated to Ramses the second, Ra-Harakhty, Amun Ra and Ptah, with 4 Colossal statues, The second temple was dedicated to The Queen Nefertari and Goddess Hathor, the two temples were dismantled stone by stone and rebuilt on higher ground, The preservation of the two temples of Abu Simbel must Rank as the greatest Achievement of the Unesco. 

12:00 lunch on board of the Cruise

In the afternoon sailing trip with Felucca and optional Trip to the Nubian village.


Dinner &overnight onboard the Cruise

 

Abu simble

Day 14 -Aswan attractions then fly to Cairo

Breakfast on Board the Cruise
08:00 Proceed with Visits of Aswan including the Temple of Philae and tour by Felucca around Elephantine, the High Dam, the Unfinished Obelisk

Phiala temple
Built to honour the goddess Isis, this was the last temple built in the classical Egyptian style. Construction began around 690 BC, and it was one of the last outposts where the goddess was worshipped

The High Dam
Aswan High Dam is a rock-fill dam located at the northern border between Egypt and Sudan. The dam is fed by the River Nile and the reservoir forms Lake Nasser. Construction for the project began in 1960 and was completed in 1968. It was officially inaugurated in 1971.

The Unfinished Obelisk
Aswan was the source of ancient Egypt’s finest granite, used to make statues and embellish temples, pyramids, and obelisks. The large unfinished obelisk in the Northern Quarries has provided valuable insight into how these monuments were created, although the full construction process is still not entirely clear. Three sides of the shaft, nearly 42m long, were completed except for the inscriptions. At 1168 tonnes, the completed obelisk would have been the single heaviest piece of stone the Egyptians ever fashioned. 

12:00 lunch on board of the Cruise
 Fly to Cairo , Free afternoon in Cairo

 

Day 15- Cairo- Bahariya Oasis

Our tour guide and driver will pick you up at 07:00 from your hotel in Cairo and take you to   Bahariya Oasis, about 350 km east. This journey takes about 4 hours: lunch will be served at a local restaurant at Bahariya Oasis. From here, you will continue on to the Black Desert, and the natural hot springs in the Valley of El Haize, before driving to the quartz crystals at   Crystal Mountain, and the rocky formations in the Valley of Agabat.
Later on, day one, explore the White Desert National Park, the most well-known desert destination in Egypt. The quantity of unearthly and beautiful wind-carved rock formations shaped in the form of giant mushrooms or pebbles is unequalled by any desert in the world. Arrive at the White Desert by sunset, and our Bedouin staff will arrange dinner and desert camping.

 

Day 16- Bahariya Oasis- Cairo

you'll enjoy breakfast in the desert, before driving to Bahariya Oasis, On the way back you will visit   Crystal Mountain,   Crystal Mountain, locally known as Gebel al-Izzaz. It's more of a crystal hill, seen on the right, which is often called the Jewel of the desert is formed by the quartzite crystals and looks amazing in the sun's rays. A few decades ago, that natural feature has been found by accident. drive to   Bahariya Oasis, Soak in the heat at   Bir Sigam, a hot spring that can help to relax.  Located at 7 km east of Bahariya on the   Cairo road, the spring is the best hot spring in temperature, Then drive back   Cairo. If you need to extend one night in     Bahariya Oasis to discover the Oasis this is possible.

 

Day 17-International departure

International departure

Check out - transfer to Cairo airport for final departure

 

Highlights

  • Alexandria
  • The Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa
  • The Library of Alexandria
  • Pompei Pillar
  • The Citadel of Sultan Qeitaby
  • Al Montazah Palace
  • Siwa Oasis
  • El Alamein Tombs
  • The Pyramids of Giza
  • The Sphinx
  • Old Cairo
  • The white desert
  • Wadi el Hitan
  • Dendera temple
  • Abydos
  • Abu Simbel
  • Phiala temple
  • The valley of Kings
  • Karnak temple
  • Luxor temple
  • Hatshepsut temple
  • Edfu
  • Komm Ombo temple
  • St Catherine Monastery
  • 4 Nights Nile cruise

Inclusions:

  • Meet & assist at the International airport + transfer to hotel by air-conditioned vehicle
  • 2-night accommodation in Alexandria in 3 stars Hotel
  • 1 Night in Siwa in Chalet Lodge
  • 1 Night Camp in Siwa with Bbq Dinner
  • 6-night accommodation in Cairo including breakfast & all taxes - Giza Pyramids view Guest House
  • 1 Night in Abydos in Guesthouse
  • 1 Night Camping in the white desert
  • Flight tickets from Aswan to Cairo
  •  Entrance fees 
  • English speaking guide 
  • 4 nights accommodation at 5 stars Nile Cruise on full board-Blue shadow Nile cruise
  •  All sightseeing tours on board your Nile cruise including : 
  • All service charges and taxes 
  • Assist & transfer to International airport on final departure
Exclusions:
  • International flights to Egypt
  • Entrance fees inside any of the pyramids or inside the mummy room at the Egyptian Museum. 
  • Any other optional tours if required. 

Please remember to bring:

  • Passports
  • Hat
  • Sun Cream
  • Sunglasses