On this extended adventure in Egypt, you will have the opportunity to experience classic Egyptian bazaars, cafes and attractions, and also less-known areas such as the island of Agilika and West Thebes. The Colossi of Memnon and the Deir-el-Medineh burial grounds will truly show you the culture of ancient Egypt and and optional hot air balloon ride will show you a rarely-seen view of West Thebes' beauty and monuments. Traditional music and food paired with tours of various temples will present you with rich, in-depth views of Egyptian culture.
Day 1 - Cairo Arrival
A representative will meet you at the Cairo International Airport and assist you to your hotel in Cairo.
Day 2 - Saqqara - Giza
After breakfast at your hotel, you'll begin your full day of sightseeing in Saqqara, an ancient Egyptian burial gount housing the world's oldest standing stone structure: the Step Pyramid. Your further exploration of Dahshur will introduce you too the Bent and Red Pyramids, as well as the Pyramids of Giza after a traditional Egyptian lunch. A camel ride to the Giza Plateau will encompass highlights such as the Sphinx and the Solar Boat Museum, housing a 4,500 year old boat.
Day 3 - Cairo
You will see 5,000 years of Egyptian history at the Cairo Egyptian Museum, including the Hanging Church and Ben Ezra Synagogue. Accompany an Egyptian family for a home-cooked dinner and lively conversation.
Day 4 - Cairo - Al-Mu'izz Street
Cairo's Islamic quarters are open to you, including the Citadel of Saladin, the Alabaster Mosque of Mohammed Ali Pasha, and Al-Mu'izz Street with its maze of Mosques, schools, houses, water fountains and trade complexes. Your tour will end at Khan-el-Khalili Bazaar, where you can have a light Egyptian lunch and barter with vendors. A lecture on Egyptian habits and Islam will also further your knowledge of the culture.
Day 5 - Nubia - Aswan
After breakfast, you'll transfer onto a domestic flight to Abu-simbel in Nubia where you will explore the temples of Rameses II and Nefertari. Fill your afternoon with a sailboat trip around the Elephantine Island at Aswan and dine at a Nubian restaurant for dinner.
Day 6 - Agilika - Nile Cruise
Enjoy a trip to the romantic island of Agilika and the beautiful Temple of Isis before you embark on your Nile cruise. End your day with a horse-drawn carriage ride around the city of Aswan.
Day 7 - Kom Ombo - Edfu
Venture North toward the Temple of the Crocodile God Sobek and travel to Edfu to visit the Temple Horus; the best-preserved temple in Egypt. Finish your day with exploration of Esna Lock to Luxor.
Day 8 - West Thebes
An early trip to West Thebes will include exploration of the Valley of the Kings, the Temple of Deir-el-Bahari, Deir-el-Medineh and the Colossi of Memnon. You'll be served lunch on the cruise and can enjoy a stroll through the market of Luxor in the afternoon.
Day 9 - West Thebes - Temple of Luxor
An optional Hot-Air Balloon ride over West Thebes offers a unique view of the monuments and city life. East Thebes, including the Temples of Karank and Luxor, are open to you after lunch, prior to your transfer to a Luxor hotel, which offers a spectacular view of the Temple of Luxor.
Day 10 - Dendara - Abydos
A full-day trip to the Temple of Hathor at Dendara, including transfer in an airconditioned vehicle, will take you to the Temple of Seti I in Abydos as well.
Day 11 - Cairo
Hop on your domestic flight to Cairo and check into your hotel. A sensational dinner will be accompanied by Egyptian music at an Arabian style restaurant in the heart of Khan-el-Khalili Bazaar.
Day 12 - Cairo Departure
Check out after breakfast and transfer to the airport for your departure.