Giza Pyramids - Egyptian Museum and Old Bazaar
Today, we will visit the Great Pyramids of Giza, the Sphinx, the Egyptian Museum, and the Old Bazaar to enjoy the wonders of Cairo. Later, we will go to the train station to board a sleeper train to Aswan.
Cairo, Egypt's sprawling capital, is set on the Nile River. Nearby, Giza is site of the iconic pyramids and Great Sphinx, dating to the 26th century B.C.E. In Gezira Island's leafy Zamalek district, 187m Cairo Tower affords panoramic city views.
Great Sphinx of Giza
The Great Sphinx rises above the desert majestically as the tallest monolith statue in the world. It was built during the Old Kingdom of Egypt, usually dated between 2558-2532 BCE, under the reign of Pharaoh Khafra.
The Egyptian Museum
Containing an unparalleled collection of over 120,000 items, this museum opened in 1902 to show a detailed history of ancient Egyptian culture. Many languages can be found on the artifacts, including Egyptian, Greek, Roman, and Arabic.
Pyramid of Khafre
The Pyramid of Khafre is the second largest of the Giza Pyramids. It is estimated to have been built around 2570 BC. It was first fully explored in 1837 AD by John Perring.
Pyramid of Khufu
The oldest, largest, and most famous of the 3 pyramids at Giza, the Great Pyramid was built around 2560 BC in the 4th Egyptian Dynasty. For 3,800 years, it was the largest man-made structure in the world.
Standard Hotel: Overnight on the train
Aswan - Nubian Village - Felucca
After breakfast, we will a traditional Felucca boat and visit a Nubian village, where we can enjoy bird watching and swim in the Nile. We will also enjoy lunch and dinner onboard the boat. At the end of the day, guests can choose to either spend the night on the boat or return to the hotel.
Standard Hotel: Sraha hotel
Deluxe Hotel: Bassma hotel
Luxor - Valley of the Kings - Luxor Temple
Today, we will visit the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut on the west bank of Luxor, followed by the Valley of the Kings. We will also stop by the Colossi of Memnon. After lunch, we will head to the east bank to visit Luxor Temple and the Temple of Karnak. Later in the evening, we will take a sleeper train to Cairo.
Luxor is a city on the east bank of the Nile River in Egypt. It's on the site of ancient Thebes, the pharaohs' capital at the height of their power, during the 16th-11th centuries B.C.E.
Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut
Nestled into a set of cliffs in the ancient city of Thebes, now modern day Luxor, this ancient temple is dedicated to the god Amen-Ra. It is considered the closest ancient Egyptians came to the Calssical style of architecture.
Valley of the Kings
This valley is named because during a period of about 500 years, several Egyptian pharaohs were buried here. It is one of the most significant Egyptian archaeological sites.
Colossi of Memnon
These two massive stone statues near Luxor have stood for nearly 3,400 years, marking the entrance to the ancient Theban necropolis. Both statues depict the pharaoh Amenhotep III and are made of quartzite sandstone.
This vast complex of ruined temples was once the great Egyptian city of Thebes. It is a vast, open-air museum where visitors can see a cross-section into many eras of ancient Egyptian culture.
This large temple complex was the grand monument in ancient Thebes. Constructed around 1400 BCE, various sections were built under the rule of the famous pharaohs Tutankhamen and Ramesses II.
Standard Hotel: Stay overnight on the train