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EXOTIC EGYPT

BEST OF EGYPT – 5 Days

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MyPeople,

MyPeople, here we go on a journey to the Land of the Pharaohs and the Home of Queen Cleopatra! We offer you the Best treasures of Egypt. In this fascinating 4 nights and 5 days journey, we will visit the Capital of Egypt, Cairo, and onwards through the Pyramids of Giza, Sphinx, Sakkara & Memphis, Temple of Abu Simbel, KomOmbo, Edfu and Luxor.

HIGHLIGHTS

JOURNEY PLAN

Day 1. ARRIVAL IN CAIRO & (GIZA PYRAMIDS, SPHINX, SAKKARA & MEMPHIS)

You will go on a tour of the Giza Plateau which is about 30 minutes from Cairo. Once in Giza, your Egyptologist Guide will provide a fascinating introduction to each of the three Pyramids: Cheops, Khafre and Menakaure, the only survivor of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. You will have free-time to enter the burial chambers of the Pyramids (optional, for an additional cost); however, your Guide is not allowed to enter with you to avoid overcrowding. You may also ride a camel in the Pyramids area (optional, for an additional cost). After visiting the Pyramids, you will continue across the plateau for a photo opportunity of the three Pyramids rising from the sands with the Cairo skyline in the background. You will then visit the Solar Boat Museum, home to the remarkably well-preserved funerary boat of King Khufu. Here you will see the 142-foot-long funerary boat of Cheops, hailed as the single most important archaeological find in Egypt since the tomb of Tutankhamen.

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. The Great Sphinx, measuring 190 feet in length and 65 feet high, still stands as centurion over these magnificent royal tombs. This monumental landmark was carved out of a single piece of rock in the shape of a lion with a Pharaoh’s head.

After your tour of the Giza Pyramids, you will drive to Sakkara, which was built in 2650 B.C., and is home to Egypt’s oldest Pyramid. Your Guide will provide a brief history of the famous Step Pyramid and you will 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. After touring the Memphis, you will have a chance to visit a Papyrus Institute to see how this famous artwork is made and have the chance to purchase genuine items if you wish.

Overnight stay in Cairo

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GIZA PYRAMIDS SOUND AND LIGHT SHOW – USD 40

(Early morning; Leave Cairo by Flight to Aswan)

Visit to the impressive Temples of Ramses II in Abu Simbel (3-hours’ drive each way). The complex is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site known as the “Nubian Monuments,” which run from Abu Simbel downriver to Philae (near Aswan). The twin Temples were originally carved out of the mountainside during the reign of Pharaoh Ramses II in the 13th century BC, as a lasting monument to himself and his Queen Nefertari, to commemorate his alleged victory at the Battle of Kadesh, and to intimidate his Nubian neighbours. However, the complex was relocated in its entirety in 1968, on an artificial hill made from a domed structure, high above the Aswan High Dam reservoir.

The relocation of the Temples was necessary to avoid their being submerged during the creation of Lake Nasser, the massive artificial water reservoir formed after the building of the Aswan High Dam on the Nile River. Abu Simbel remains one of Egypt’s top tourist attractions. With your qualified Egyptologist as your Guide, you will enjoy a personalized visit to the Temples of Abu Simbel. With its four rock-hewn Pharaohs, your Guide will explain the history behind this magnificent site, including how the Temples were discovered by accident in 1813. Due to the large number of visitors to Abu Simbel, Guides are not permitted inside either of the two Temples you will visit.

Overnight stay in Aswan

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GIZA NUBIAN VILLAGE TOUR BY A BOAT ON RIVER NILE – USD 38

MyPeople! Drive onwards to KomOmbo. You will be escorted by your Egyptologist Guide to visit the KomOmbo Temple, the crocodile-headed God of fertility and creator of the world. After this, you will be driven to Edfu to explore Edfu’s Temple of Horus. Following this, you will be transferred to Luxor

Overnight stay in Luxor

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PHILAE TEMPLE – USD 38

After breakfast, you will enjoy a tour of the West Bank of the river Nile where you will visit the two colossal statues (Colossi of Memnon). Following this, you will visit the Valley of the Kings, where the magnificent Pharaonic tombs were discovered. Continue the tour to visit the Hatshepsut Temple at El Deir El Bahary, dedicated to the Queen Hatshepsut. In the afternoon you will visit the Karnak Temple, the largest place of worship ever built. Its ancient name Ipet-isut means “the most sacred of places.” The Temple, or, more correctly, the complex of Temples, was built over more than 2,000 years by generation after generation of Pharaohs. Within the complex, you will find the great “Hypostyle Hall,” which is an incredible forest of giant pillars. After this, you will visit Luxor Temple which was built by Amenhotep III and Ramses II for ritual and festivals dedicated to God Amen.

Overnight in Luxor.

(Early morning; Leave Luxor by Flight to Cairo)

You will visit Cairo’s famous Egyptian Museum which houses 250,000 Egyptian artifacts, the Egyptian Museum attracts millions of visitors a year. The highlight is the priceless treasures of King Tutankhamun. His 5-gold gilded coffins dominate the main hall while his magnificent gold mask is the star attraction. Your Egyptologist Guide will introduce you to the most important pieces before allowing you to have free time to explore the museum at leisure. Here you may also visit the Royal Mummies Room (optional, for an additional cost) where you will learn about the art of mummification in ancient Egypt. Your last stop will be the Khan el Khalili bazaar. Here your Guide will give you an introduction to the famous bazaar, which is said to have inspired Christopher Columbus to discover the Americas. Here you will enjoy free time to stroll through the maze of streets and shops and try your luck bargaining with the shop owners for a souvenir or two of your trip to Egypt or enjoy a drink of Egyptian tea at the famous coffee shop “El Fishawy.”

After the conclusion of your tour, you will be driven back to the airport to catch your flight for final departure!

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CITADEL AND MOSQUE – EGP 60

  • All internal flights (Cairo-Aswan; Luxor-Cairo)
  • Gratuities/Tipping (recommended). Please note that in Egypt, tipping is not an obligation but a sign of appreciation for good service. That being said, tips are expected from people that serve you—e.g., driver, waiter, train conductor, bellman, cruise ship staff, etc. The average tip is $10-$20 US dollars per day—this amount should cover everyone except for the Egyptologists Guides whom you may tip at your discretion. Given this, we advise you to carry change. If you don’t want to deal with the tipping, you can give your Guide a total sum in advance of all tipping requirements for your trip that the Guide would dispense
  • International airfare
  • Entry visa to Egypt
  • Optional night activities
  • Camel ride in the Pyramids area (Approximately $20.00 US Dollars for 15-minute ride)
    Entrance Fees: to the Solar Boat Museum (50 EGP); the Burial Chambers of the Pyramids (200 EGP for the Great Pyramid; 60 EGP for the Third Pyramid); the “Royal Mummies Room” at the Egyptian Museum (100 EGP); the Tomb of King Tutankhamen in the Valley of the Kings (100 EGP)
  • Meals except where indicated
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