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Late Kingdom Queen, Karnak Temple The Great Sphinx and the Khafra Pyramid, Giza Plateau Wall relief fragment, Karnak Open Air Museum

Giza, Cairo, Luxor to Aswan
One-Week Egypt Tour including Egypt's Most Important Sights

October 2015
NOTE: This tour can also be booked as a private tour with the dates that suit you.

Optional Add-on's: Abu Simbel,  Lake Nasser Cruise or Middle Egypt with Amarna

Sightseeing includes: Giza Pyramids & Sphinx, Camel Ride, Saqqara Step Pyramids & Tombs, 
Imhotep Museum, Cairo Museum, Luxor Temple, Karnak Temple, Luxor Museum, Karnak Open Air Museum, 
Valley of the Kings, Hatshepsut's Deir El Bahari Temple, Ramesseum Temple, Fellucca Ride, 
Edfu Temple, Kom Ombo Temple, Philae Isis Temple, Unfinished Obelisk.
Optional add-on's: Abu Simbel or Lake Nasser Cruise with Abu Simbel

Hotels: 2 nights in Giza near the pyramids, 3 nights in Luxor, 1 night in Aswan, 1 night near Cairo Airport.

Day-by-Day Itinerary  
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Add-on Options:

Middle Egypt with Amarna & Beni Hasan, Pyramid of Meidum & Alexandria
October 2015 (before this tour starts)

Lake Nasser Cruise -- Aswan to Abu Simbel
5 day/night cruise immediately following this tour
 Departure from Egypt on Thursday, October 2015

Abu Simbel by Air
On your final day in Aswan, Saturday, October 2015

Prices

One-Week Egypt Tour, Sunday-Sunday

8 days/7 nights : $2,995* USD per person in Double Occupancy
Single Hotel Supplement, 7 hotel nights: $450

* Prices vary depending on hotel choices, if this is a private tour for you.

 
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Day-by-Day Itinerary

 
Sunday


Arrivals in Cairo

Arrivals in Cairo.  Plan to arrive at Cairo airport sometime during the day or evening, Sunday.  For those traveling from North America, you will need to leave on Saturday, March 2nd (it is an overnight flight).

We will have an English-speaking representative meet you inside Cairo Airport.  Look for him holding the yellow All One World sign with our logo (see at left). He will help with visas, customs and getting your bags.  You will then be brought to our hotel in Giza, near the pyramids.

When combined with "Middle Egypt with Amarna & Beni Hasan, Pyramid of Meidum & Alexandria":
Arrivals in Cairo on Wednesday. Thurs is Alexandria or Cairo sightseeing (your choice). Friday, Saturday and Sunday is the Middle Egypt trip. Sunday night is in Cairo, and you begin Monday morning with the itinerary below.

Link: Calendar of Tour Layouts

Hotel: Pyramids Park Resort, Giza-Cairo, 5*  Meals: none

Monday


Khafre Pyramid (middle pyramid), Giza
Giza Pyramids
& Sphinx
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Camel Rides
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Sound & Light Show
at the Pyramids
Camel ride at the Giza pyramidsWe begin our tour with the most famous sights in Egypt, the pyramids and Sphinx on the Giza Plateau.  Go inside whichever pyramids are open (extra ticket of 100 LE for the Great Pyramid).  

Camel rides, if you would like, or just have your picture taken on a camel.  

Visit the Solar Boat museum to see a boat that is more than 4,000 years old!  See the legendary Great Sphinx and hear the stories about it throughout the ages.

Optional shopping in the afternoon: papyrus institute.  See how the papyrus is made, and have one made with your own name or someone you love.

Optional opportunity:  Sound & Light Show at the Pyramids.

Hotel: Pyramids Park Resort, Giza-Cairo, 5* Meals: BB, L.

Tuesday


Saqqara Step Pyramid
Saqqara Step Pyramid & Tombs
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Imhotep Museum
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Ka Statue, Cairo Egyptian Museum
Cairo Museum
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Fly to Luxor
Today at Saqqara we see the oldest pyramid of all - King Djoser's Step Pyramid, the one that started it all!  Also here at Saqqara we see the Old Kingdom tombs that have scenes of the daily life of Ancient Egypt.  The scenes show many activities by the people, as well as the animals, plants & birds.  We also visit inside the Teti Pyramid which has the oldest Pyramid Texts ("Egyptian Book of the Dead") now available for viewing.

Rashepses, wooden statue, Imhotep Museum Here in the Saqqara area we also visit the Imhotep Museum, a well-laid out modern museum displaying artifacts found at Saqqara. Saqqara's Step Pyramid was built early in Ancient Egyptian history and is surrounded by later constructions from all the following eras.  Here at the museum there are artifacts from all periods.  Especially memorable are the life-size wooden statues from the Old Kingdom. It feels as if you can look directly into the eyes of the Ancient Egyptians!

In the afternoon we visit the Cairo Egyptian Museum with the largest collection of Ancient Egyptian artifacts of anywhere in the world.  Of special interest is the King Tut collection and the Royal Mummy Room.  We have a guided tour to see the most important objects and then there is free time to look at whatever you would like to.

Evening flight to Luxor.  Our 5* hotel is right on the east bank of the Nile.

Hotel: Pyramids Park Resort, Giza-Cairo, 5* Meals: BB, D.
Wednesday

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Valley of the Kings
King Tut's Tomb
Ramesses VI Tomb
Ramesseum Temple
Ramesseum
Hatshepsut's Deir El Bahari, 3rd level statues
Hatshepsut's Temple
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Colossi of Memnon
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Felucca Ride
Mountain over the Valley of the KingsHere in Luxor we see the temples and tombs from the New Kingdom era.  We begin our sightseeing on the West Bank of Luxor with the most famous site of all, the Valley of the Kings.  This is where Howard Carter found King Tut's tomb and amazed the world with the many marvelous things found therein.  The tomb of Ramesses VI was recently restored and is truly spectacular (extra ticket is included in your tour).  You will also get to choose another 3 tombs to visit.

One of our favorite temples is not on the normal tourist route, so it is particularly nice to visit.  The mortuary temple of the famous Ramesses II is called the Ramesseum. It is also a good temple to start with because it is not too big and gives us a chance to learn the basic elements of the temples. This is also the temple with the fallen colossus that inspired a poem by Shelley. 

No trip to Egypt would be complete without a visit to Hatshepsut's Deir El Bahari Temple.  Called "The Most Splendid of All," it was built at the very beginning of the New Kingdom and served as an inspiration for the generations to come.

The Colossi of Memnon are actually huge statues of Amenhotep III, but the Greeks thought they were their god Memnon, so it became a pilgrimage spot for them.

We finish our day with a Felucca sailboat ride on the legendary River Nile.  Late in the day as the sun is setting is the most picturesque time, and it is also a fun way to get back to our hotel on the East Bank.  You can also ride in our private bus back to the hotel, if you don't want to do the boat ride.

Optional shopping opportunity: Wish you could have a necklace just like King Tut?  The Egyptian craftsmen specialize in gold and silver jewelry with Egyptian themes.  Visit a local Gold Shop, if you would like.

Hotel: Sonesta St George, Sofitel Karnak or similar, 5*  Meals: BB, D.
Thursday


Luxor Temple
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Karnak Temple Complex
Karnak Temple
"The Two Ladies" - Goddess of Upper & Lower Egypt, White Chapel, Karnak Open Air Museum
Karnak Open Air Museum
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Luxor Museum
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Shopping at the street bazaar
Luxor TempleToday we see the sights on the East Bank of Luxor.  We begin with Temple of Luxor before the crowds arrive.  The Avenue of the Sphinxes leads to us to this picturesque temple with its obelisk and colossi statues of Ramesses II guarding the entrance.  Built mostly by Amenhotep III, there is a wide open court that portends the open-roofed temples of his successor, Akhenaten, worshipper of the sun-god Aten.

Next we visit the largest temple complex of all, Karnak.  Not just a temple, but a whole series of temples with the magnificent Hypostyle Hall in the middle of the central axis.  We also visit the Open Air Museum, where we seen the Red Chapel of Hatshepsut and Thutmosis III, the Middle Kingdom White Chapel and a number of other exquisite artifacts.  A visit to the life-size statue of the lioness Goddess Sekhmet can also be a memorable event, so we will visit it, too, even though it is outside the main temple.

Cube Statue, Luxor Museum In the early evening we visit the Luxor Museum.  There is a special room here for a group of statues that were found recently buried under Luxor Temple.  A modern museum, like the Imhotep Museum, the artifacts are well displayed and arranged, making it a very pleasant museum to visit.

Optional shopping opportunity: Luxor is a relaxing town with many delightful shops and a street bazaar that is perfect for buying all those inexpensive souvenirs.  You can enjoy the bazaar or head back to the hotel, whichever you would like.

Hotel: Sonesta St George, Sofitel Karnak or similar, 5*  Meals: BB, D.
Friday


Horus at Edfu Temple, Edfu, Egypt. Photo: Ruth Shilling
Edfu Temple
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Kom Ombo
Departing from Luxor we travel by road in a private A/C bus from Luxor to Aswan.  Sightseeing at Edfu Temple and Kom Ombo Temple.  Traveling by road enables us to visit these temples when the large crowds from the cruise boats are not there.  Overnight at a 4 or 5 star hotel in Aswan upon arrival.

Edfu Temple was built during the Ptolemaic (Greek) era and is dedicated to the god Horus, the falcon.  Here the original hero, Heru (Ancient Egyptian name) or Horus (Greek name), fights the evil Seth, represented as a crocodile, hippopotamus, etc.  The walls of this temple show this drama and it is easy to see how this story later evolved into St George vs. the dragon - a common theme in the Egyptian Coptic Christian Church.

Kom Ombo TempleKom Ombo Temple is actually for two triads of gods, instead of one - a form of the falcon god, Horus, and the crocodile god, Sobek.  This Ptolemaic Temple is particularly known for the wall reliefs that show the various medical instruments that were used.

Evening:  You can visit the Nubian Museum or shop at the street bazaar this evening on your own.

Hotel Basma Hotel, 4* or Elephantine Island, 5*. Meals: BB, D.
Saturday


Trajan's Kiosk at the Philae Isis Temple
Philae Isis
Temple
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Unfinished
Obelisk
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Flight from 
Aswan to Cairo


Options:

Lake Nasser Cruise

Abu Simbel by air
Visit the Philae Isis Temple and the Unfinished Obelisk (granite quarry of Hatshepsut) this morning.

The Philae Isis Temple is located on an island in the Nile south of Aswan.  Visits are made by motor boat to this beautiful temple complex dedicated to the Goddess Isis and to the Goddess Hathor.  This was the last place the Ancient Egyptian religion was practiced.  It was closed by the Emperor Justinian and later used as a Christian church.

The Unfinished Obelisk still lies in the granite quarry in Aswan.  It cracked before if was fully removed from the bedrock.  This gives us an opportunity to see how the obelisks were cut.

Afternoon flight back to Cairo for those who are completing their tour here.  
Hotel: Novotel Cairo Airport, 4*.   Meal: BB only.      To Register for this tour.

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Option: Lake Nasser Cruise - Aswan to Abu Simbel. After your morning sightseeing in Aswan (Philae Temple and the Unfinished Obelisk) board the MS Kasr Ibrim Lake Nasser Cruise boat. The cruise finishes on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 with a return flight to Cairo. Overnight near Cairo airport. Departure from Egypt on Thursday, March 15, 2013.

Option: Abu Simbel by air with afternoon sightseeing in Aswan.  Early morning departure from Aswan to visit the Abu Simbel Temples by air.  The visit in Abu Simbel is about 2 hours.  Return flight to Aswan.  Private tour to visit the Philae Isis Temple and Unfinished Obelisk in the afternoon (others from the tour will visit in the morning while you are at Abu Simbel).  Late evening flight from Aswan back to Cairo.  Overnight with others from the tour at a hotel near Cairo airport.

Hotel: Novotel Cairo Airport, 4* or Sonesta Heliopolis, 5*.   Meal: BB only.

Option: Abu Simbel by air without sightseeing in Aswan.  Early morning departure from Aswan to visit the Abu Simbel Temples by air.  The visit in Abu Simbel is about 2 hours.  Return flight to Aswan.  Continue with the afternoon flight from Aswan back to Cairo with others from the tour at a hotel near Cairo airport.  Details.

Hotel: Novotel Cairo Airport, 4* or Sonesta Heliopolis, 5*.   Meal: BB only.

Sunday
 

Departure

Departures from Egypt.  There is a free shuttle from the hotel to the airport terminals. Hotel check out is by noon.

You can add additional days in Cairo: sightseeing in Old Cairo (Coptic churches and Coptic museum), a 2nd visit to the Cairo museum, Islamic sights and museum. Contact Us.

Meal: BB only. 
There may be changes to this itinerary which are beyond our control.

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All photos on this page are by Ruth Shilling.  Please contact us to use them in your project.


 

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