Splendors of Egypt
Upon arrival at Cairo International Airport, make your way to the baggage claim area and collect your luggage. Proceed to the Arrival Hall, where your tour guide and driver will greet you. Transfer to your hotel in Cairo to check in. Enjoy dinner at the hotel and overnight.
Day 1: Arrival to Cairo
Following breakfast, we will be touring the wonders of the ancient world, some of which date back to 1000+ years before Abraham. We spend time at one of the world's seven wonders- the pyramids. Cheops, with an original height of 496 feet, is the most colossal pyramid ever built. Today, we will also see the Sphinx and tour the Egyptian Museum, the location of Tutankhamun's treasures and ancient remains. Dinner and overnight in Cairo.
Day 2: Cairo
Following breakfast, we will enjoy a short ride to Memphis. Founded around 3,100 BC, Memphis is the legendary city of Menes, the King who united Upper and Lower Egypt. From a Biblical perspective, Memphis is most likely where Abraham lied to Pharaoh about his wife Sarah being his sister and where Joseph served as second in command. While in Memphis, we will view a huge and well-preserved statue of Ramses II. Next is Sakkara, one of Egypt's most extensive archaeological sites! Sakkara is dominated by the Step Pyramid of King Zoser, dating back to 2700 BC. It is one of the oldest stone structures in the world! Enjoy a stop to see how local Egyptian carpets are made before a short drive to the south finds us in Faiyum, the region created by the divinely inspired wisdom of Joseph. Here, you will find ancient storehouses and a man-made lake created by a canal, whose construction was ordered by Joseph. It was this lake that provided irrigation for desert land and supplied the food needed to survive his prophesied seven-year famine. Dinner and overnight in Cairo.
Day 3: Cairo
This morning, after breakfast, we transfer to the airport for our flight to the modern city of Luxor. Upon arrival, we visit the Temple of Karnak (temple of the New Kingdom period) and the East Bank of the Nile. It was during this period that the bondage and Exodus occurred. Karnak, second to Giza's Pyramids, is one of Egypt's most important Pharaonic sites. Then, we embark on board our Nile cruise. After that Lunch, followed by a visit to the famous Temple of Luxor, founded in the reign of Amenhotep III, grandson of the Pharaoh of the Exodus. Re-board our ship for dinner and overnight.
Day 4: Fly from Cairo to Luxor | Embark Nile Cruise
This morning, we visit the Valley of the Kings (where many ancient pharaohs were buried) and the famous Temple of Hatshepsut, the princess who perhaps pulled baby Moses out of the Nile River. This temple may have been designed by Moses. Back to our cruise. Lunch and start navigation towards Edfu, passing through Esna lock. Dinner and overnight on our ship.
Day 5: Valley of the Kings
After your breakfast aboard the cruise, you will be transferred to visit the famous Edfu temple, then back to the cruise ship to continue sailing to Kom Ombo to visit the crocodile-headed God of fertility and creator of the world and then return to your cruise vessel to sail to Aswan with dinner In Aswan and an enjoyable overnight stay aboard the cruise.
Day 6: Edfu | Kom Ombo
Breakfast, then depart to visit the High Dam, built from 1960 - 1971, which is a significant factor in Egypt's agricultural success. We then also spend time at Philae Temple on the Isi-Island. This complex was moved from upriver due to the impending destruction upon the completion of the High Dam. For those who wish to participate, a visit is available this afternoon to Abu Simbel, part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site known as the "Nubian Monuments." Our Egyptologist guide discusses the relevance of this spectacular site from Egyptian history. We will also put in perspective the long history of Egypt. Here, we visit the massive temple of Pharaoh Rameses II, perhaps the greatest builder of temples in ancient Egypt (13th Century BC), and a second one of Queen Nafertari, Rameses's most beloved wife. Free time is available in Aswan, followed by a Felucca ride around the Agh Khan Mausoleum for those who do not participate in the trip to Abu Simbel. Dinner and overnight on board.
Day 7: Aswan
Today, we will fly from Aswan to Cairo. Enjoy a lovely evening out at the famous Moez Street, back to the Fatimid period, and stroll through the Turkish-style bazaars of Khan El Khalili. The day will be crowned with a farewell dinner and overnight.
Day 8: Aswan | Cairo
Early morning departure to the airport for our return home - the end of a most enjoyable journey.
Day 9: Return Flights
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