Egypt total with Feluca & Corals
This special trip will introduce you to the serene beauty of remote green oases and the freakish limestone âmushroomsâ of the White Desert. It will take you sailing on a felucca along the Nile and past quiet Nubian settlements. You will stop-off at the ancient treasures of Aswan and Luxor. And, finally, take you to the shores of the Red Sea which are internationally renowned for diving and sno
Day 1: Cairo
Welcome to Egypt!
our tour manager will meet and assist you at Cairo International Airport and then he will escort you to the hotel by exclusive air-conditioned deluxe vehicle. At hotel the tour manager will assist with a smooth check-in and review your holiday itinerary with you to establish and confirm pick-up times for each tour. Overnight in Cairo.
Day 2: Cairo pyramids , Memphis, sakkara
Step back in time to the days of ancient Egypt on a private tour of the Great Pyramids of Giza and Sphinx, the necropolis of Sakkara and the former capital, Memphis. With your own private Egyptologist guide to lead the way on this private tour, you can determine the amount of time you'd like to spend at each of the sites you'll visit. The Giza Plateau is only around 30 minutes from Cairo, where your qualified Egyptologist guide will provide a fascinating introduction to each of the three pyramids: Cheops, Khafre and Menakaure. You will have free time to enter one of the pyramids (additional cost), though your guide is not permitted to enter with you, or take a camel ride (additional cost). After visiting the pyramids, you'll continue across the plateau for a photo opportunity of the three pyramids rising from the sands, with the Cairo skyline in the background. A short drive to the city side of the plateau finds you standing at the feet of the Sphinx, for thousands of years the enigmatic symbol of Egypt. Also in Giza you may visit the Solar Boat Museum (optional), home to the remarkably well preserved funerary boat of Khufu. Your next stop is Sakkara, home of Egypt's oldest pyramid, built in 2650 B.C. Your guide will provide a brief history of the famous Step Pyramid and youâll have free time to walk around. Your final stop is Memphis, the ancient capital of Egypt. Here you will see artifacts from many of the great rulers of Egypt, including the fallen statue of Ramses II. You will also have the chance to visit a Papyrus Institute to see how the famous artwork is made.
Day 3: Cairo sightseeing
you will Immerse yourself further into Egypt's history with an unmissable visit to the famous Egyptian Museum. Follow this with a stroll through Khan el-Khalili bazaar and a visit to Cairo's most popular Islamic attractions - the Alabaster Mosque. Housing 165,000 Egyptian artifacts, the Egyptian Museum in Cairo attracts millions of visitors a year. The highlight for most are the priceless treasures of King Tutankhamun. His 6 gold gilded coffins dominate the main hall, while his magnificent death mask is the must-see item of the day. Your guide will introduce you to the most important pieces before allowing you free time to explore the museum at leisure.
The Alabaster Mosque at the Citadel of Salah el-Din sits atop a limestone hill overlooking Cairo and is the most important mosque in the city. Still used as a place of worship today by the Muslims of Cairo, the architectural masterpiece opens its doors to visitors of all faiths. The lower part of the Mosque is clad inside and out with Alabaster, while the top part is constructed from the limestone cladding removed from the Pyramids of Giza. Inside the mosque your guide will introduce you to the basics of the beliefs of Islam, including a translation of the most common prayers.
Continuing to Khan el Khalili bazaar, your guide will give you an introduction to the famous markets which claim to have inspired Christopher Columbus to discover the USA. Enjoy free time to stroll through the maze of streets and try your luck bargaining with the shop owners
Day 4: Cairo - Bahariya Oasis - White Desert
After breakfast, we leave the bustle of Cairo behind and make our way into the desert.
After a few hours we will come across a vision of green on the horizon: the first oasis, Bahariyya, where date palms grow and labourers ride on their donkeys across richly covered fields. Have a relaxing lunch and in the afternoon we travel on to the Crystal Mountain, which is made entirely of shining quartz and an incredible spectacle.
Through the dark stones of the Black Desert we reach the surreal scenery of the White Desert where large limestone mushrooms rise up from the landscape. Dinner is prepared by the Bedouins while you relax and enjoy the stunning views. Spend the night on a mattress under the starry sky or under canvas.
Day 5: White Desert - Farafra Oasis - Dakhla Oasis
Today we cross the White Desert to the oasis of Farafra. Take a walk amongst the greenery shaded by the date palms.
Visit the museum of the extraordinary artist, Mr Badr. An internationally renowned painter and sculptor; his eccentric and native style make his art very special. He will often guide his visitors around the museum and the adjacent sculpture garden.
Afterwards weâll visit the old Islamic town which is a labyrinth of narrow alleys , will see the Roman Temple Deir El Hagar in its serene surroundings and the Roman burial ground Mezzawaqqa.before spending the night in Dakhla in a Bedouin camp. At the end of the day you can take an optional camel trip
Day 6: Dakhla Oasis - Kharga Oasis
After breakfast move onto Kharga Oasis to visit Qasr El Labkha - a Roman fortress on the old caravan route, and the oasis' ethnic museum. After that visit the Roman Temple of Hibis & Nadora from outside as well as the early Christian cemetery with its chapels painted with murals at Bagawat, nearby. Move onto the Temple of Dush, dedicated to Isis and Serapis. Overnight camping in Kharga.
Day 7: Kharga Oasis - Aswan
Wake up to a simply stunning sunrise, after breakfast we travel in convoy via Luxor to Aswan .chic in your hottel , for tow nights
Day 8:Aswan Sightseeing
After breakfast on Nile cruise, enjoy a dayâs sightseeing in Aswan. Start with the High Dam and the largest known ancient obelisk, located in the northern region of the stone quarries of ancient Egypt, the Unfinished Obelisk, then on to the beautiful Temple of Philae, which is devoted to the two goddesses Isis and Hathor.
Day 9: Felucca
In the morning we board a felucca, the traditional vessel in which the Egyptians have sailed the Nile since time immemorial. Float downstream at a very relaxed pace and enjoy the spectacle of life along the banks of the river. At night we will moor up at an island. Please be aware that the distance covered and therefore time spent sailing is always governed by the wind conditions.
Day 10: Felucca - Kom Ombo - Edfu - Luxor
We set sail early morning and head towards the remarkable double temple of Kom Ombo, which is dedicated to two gods: crocodile god Sobek and falcon-headed Horus.
When we step off the felucca there is a coach waiting to take us to Luxor and on the way will vist Edfu temple .chick in hottele afternoon
Day 11: Luxor East Bank and West Bank
After breakfast on your Nile cruise, take an excursion to the royal cemetery for 62 Pharaohs, Valley of the Kings, then to mortuary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, which was built by the architects of the New Kingdom Pharaoh Hatshepsut approximately in the 15th century BC. Proceeding to the Colossi of Memnon. After lunch,enjoy a visit to the impressive Karnak Temples and Luxor Temple.
Day 12: Luxor - Sharm el-Naga
Today we travel via Hurghada to Sharm el-Naga on the Red Sea. Frolic in the clear waters, visit the reef and indulge in some snorkelling or just relax on the soft sandy beaches and let time drift by.
Day 13 Sharm el-Naga
Carry on relaxing 'beach-style' before our trip back to Cairo tomorrow
Day 14 Sharm el-Naga
Carry on relaxing 'beach-style' before our trip back to Cairo tomorrow
Day 15: Sharm el-Naga - Cairo
The last day of your tour. We will return to Cairo by coach arriving late afternoon. Your tour ends upon arrival at our hotel in Cairo where you can make use of a dayroom until your departure (providing you will be departing before the end of the day, or else you will need to book an extra night). We wish you a comfortable journey home and are sure you will take with you some wonderful memories of Egypt.
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