After a Cairo start at the pyramids, a trip down the Nile from Aswan to Luxor is an experience of a life time. Taste the African life in Aswan , and then start your river trip to the heart of Egypt to melt with the Egyptian history and culture.
It is quite logic and makes sense that traveling on the Nile from north to south is expressed as "DOWN THE NILE". However, the truth is the opposite. The Nile runs the other way around, from south to north, and traveling down th Nile is to travel from south to north. The Nile is the longest river in the world with 6680 K.m and It runs in 10 countries.
10 Days / 9 Nights - Cairo-Aswan-Abusimbel-Nile cruise-Luxor-Alexandria
Day 1 (Arrival/ Pyramids tour): Arrive Cairo airport, our representative will meet, welcome, and assist you through airport formalities.
start our visit to The pyramids of Giza (the Great pyramid of king cheops, the remains of the funeral temple of the same king, the pyramid of king kephren, the pyramid of king Mekarynos, get inside one of the small pyramids, and see the Sphinx).
Egyptian Lunch in a country side restaurant. Visit The pyramids of Sakkara ( The visual presentation of Sakkara, the step pyramid of king Djoser-the very first pyramid, the museum of Imhotep, the tomb of a high official, the pyramid of king Titi, the pyramid of king Unas, and see the pyramids of Dahshur from a distance). Visit Memphisthe very first capital city of Egypt ( the statue of king Ramsses the second-16 meters high, the alabaster sphinx of queen Hatsheput). Attend the sound and light show at Giza area (optional).
Day 2 (Cairo City tour): After breakfast at your hotel. Start our tour to; Visit Islamic Cairo-the Citadel of Saladin, the alabaster mosque of Mohamed Ali, the Gawhara palace of Mohamed Ali, the mosque of Amr Ibn El-Aas the very first mosque built in Egypt. The Egyptian museum (more than 120,000 pieces from ancient Egypt, plus the amazing collection of King Tutankhamen from the 18th dynasty new kingdom, and the royal mummies). See Khan El-khalili bazaar (where you can see Al-Azhar mosque, and the very unique Islamic ancient streets and complex). Transfer to the train station for your sleeper train to Aswan. Dinner on board of your sleeper train.
Day 3 (Aswan sightseeing): Breakfast on board of your sleeper train. Arrive Aswan to start our visit to the High dam (was built in 1960 to control the annual flood of the Nile, and arrange agriculture process). Visit the Unfinished obelisk (a huge obelisk dating back to the 18th dynasty that was lift unfinished). Check in our Nile cruise Lunch. After noon take a felucca ride around elephantine Island sail past the Agha Khan mausoleum, and Kitchener’s Island. Back to your cruise for Dinner and Overnight.
Day 4 (Tour to AbuSimbel & Felucca): Breakfast on board of your Nile cruise. An early start for an optional tour to Abusimbel. Lunch on board of your cruise after which you will sail towards Kom Ombo. Dinner on board of your cruise ship. Overnight on board.
Day 5 Sailing (Kom Ombo, Edfu, & Luxor Temples): Breakfast on board of your cruise ship. Visit the unusual Greco Roman double temple of Kom Ombo (dedicated to two gods, the falcon god Harveris, and the crocodile god Sobek). Visit by a horse carriage to the temple of Edfu (dedicated to the falcon god Hours, and the second largest temple in Egypt. Lunch and Dinner on board of your cruise.
Day 6 (Luxor East): Breakfast on board of your cruise ship. Visit Luxor temple (was built by the kings of the middle and the new kingdom). Overnight on the Nile cruise. Lunch on board of your cruise ship. After noon start our tour to visit the Karnak temples (the largest complex of temples in Egypt originally attached to Luxor temple by an avenue of sphinxes). Dinner on board of your cruise. Optional Tours : City tour with horse carriages.
Day 7 (Luxor West): After breakfast, check out the cruise ship. An early morning start as you cross over to the West Bank of Luxor. You come from sun, sand and rugged mountainside you enter: The Valley of the Kings (home of 65 tombs of the kings of 18th to 22nd dynasties), The modern looking temple of queen Hatshepsut (she ruled over Egypt for 19 years as a king). The colossi of Memnon (originally belong to king Amenhotep the 3rd). This day Lunch on your own (not included). Transfer to the railway station for your sleeper train to Cairo. Dinner on board of your sleeper train.
Day 8 (Cairo): After Breakfast on board of your sleeper train. Reach Cairo (Giza Station). Free Day. You can join one of more of our optional tours. Visit Coptic Cairo (the church of saint sergius the very first church built in Egypt, the synagogue of Bn Izra, and the so called Hanging up church). Nile dinner Cruise with Egyptian Belly dance show, Tannora Dervish show, and Egyptian music and singers. Walking Tour in Islamic Medieval Cairo with visits to the oldest mosques of the city.
Day 9 (Alexandria Day trip): Breakfast at your Hotel in Cairo. An early start 7:00 to Alexandria (3 hours drive- 220 K.M ). See in Alexandria (the Montazah palace and gardens, the Catacombs, the Greek Amphitheatre, the Bibliotheca of Alexandria, & Faros Island. See the fortress of Qaytbay (outside view). Seafood Lunch. Drive back to Cairo. Overnight in Cairo
Day 10 (Departure): Breakfast at the hotel. Egypt Fun Tours representative will transfer you to the airport and assist you at the airport through final departure formalities.