DAY 01 | ARRIVAL AT CAIRO (D)
Upon arrival at Cairo International Airport, IML Travel representative welcomes you and assists you through the immigration process. Escorted transfer by a modern air conditioned vehicle, which will take you to the hotel through Old Cairo to enjoy the panoramic view of the citadel with the towering mosque of Mohamed Ali pass by Sultan Hassan & El Refaie mosques. Then, check in the hotel upon arrival & free time to refresh, in the evening proceed for a Optional Tour of the Sound & Light Show by the Pyramids.
Back to the hotel & overnight stay at Cairo.
DAY 02 | FULL DAY TOUR TO ALEXANDRIA (B+L+D)
Early breakfast at the hotel in Cairo then transfer to Alexandria via the desert road –about 225 km– whereby you will start a guided tour to visit the Bombay’s’ pillars, the Catacombs & Montazah Gardens. Moreover, you will also pass by Alexandrina Bibliotheca & overview Qaite Bay citadel from outside
Pompeii Column and Kom el-Shuqafa Catacombs Thirty meters high and built from Aswan pink granite, the Pompeii Column is thought to have been a present from the people of Alexandria to Emperor Diocletian. Moreover, the majority of the remains found around the column can be been at the Greco-Roman Museum. In addition, at the top of the hill lies the entrance to the Kom al-Shuqafa Catacombs dating from the first and second centuries. They have been discovered by chance at the beginning of 20th, century.
Montazah Gardens; is about 150 hectare park surrounding the palace of Khedive Abbas with its amazing architecture worth of Walt Disney. Visitors enjoy strolling in the gardens or swimming of the nice sandy beaches.
Alexandrina Bibliotheca; the New Library of Alexandria, the New Bibliotheca Alexandrina is dedicated to recapture the spirit of openness and scholarship of the original Bibliotheca Alexandrina. Also, it is much more than a library as it contains 13 different departments Besides, the New Library also hosts a number of institutions which is growing and it is becoming the nerve center of many international and regional networks.
Moreover, Qaite bay Fort has been guarding the bay for centuries; at the end of the Cornish rises the crenellated walls of the Mameluk fortress built in 1480 on the site of the Alexandria lighthouse.
Drive back to Cairo, dinner at a restaurant & overnight at the hotel.
DAY 03 | CAIRO (B+L+D)
Early breakfast at the hotel in Cairo then start a guided tour to visit one of the Seven Wonders the great Pyramids of Giza; (Cheops, Chephren and Mycerinus) were reckoned by the Greeks to be one of the Seven Wonders of the World. In fact, a single pyramid is built with 2.300.000 blocks, each weighing an average of two and a half tones. In the face of such immensity, one cannot help but feel the wonder and awe that so many writers and artists have sought to convey over the centuries.
The Cheops Pyramid is more interesting, because its interior burial chambers are open for inspection by the public. Also, not far from the Pyramids is the Great Sphinx of Giza, which dates from the time of Chephren (2620 BC). Hewn from natural yellowish limestone and standing 65 feet-high and 187 feet-long, this unforgettable statue combines the head of a Pharaoh with a lion’s body. Furthermore, a quick visit to papyrus institute or a perfume shop can be arranged after the visit.
Egyptian Museum was established by the Egyptian government in 1835. The present museum building was built in 1900, in the new classical style by the French architect Marcel Dourgnon. The museum exhibited collections now exceed 120,000 objects ranges from pre historic era to the Greco Roman period. It has 107 halls, and the ground floor houses huge statues. Moreover, the upper floor houses small statues, jewels, Tutankhamen treasures and the mummies. The museum also comprises of a photography section and large library. Also, a hall for the Royal Mummies was opened at the museum, housing eleven kings and queens.
After the visit of the museum a short drive through the downtown will take you to Khan El Khalili bazaars; which is one of the most famous worldwide with its amazing narrow alleyways.
Dinner and Overnight in the sleeping train.
DAY 04 | TRAIN – ASWAN- CRUISE (B+L+D)
Breakfast onboard the train and meet & assist upon arriving at Aswan Station and transfer to the Nile cruise.
Meet & assist upon arrival Aswan is one of the world’s best-known winter resorts. Start a guided tour to visit the Old Dam (just passing over it) and the High Dam, which provides irrigation and electricity to the whole Egypt and then a motor boat ride, will take you to the beautiful Temple of Philae on Isis Island then transfer to the Nile Cruise & Check in.
Also, Lunch will be served onboard the cruise then afternoon relax. Dinner and Overnight in Aswan.
DAY 05 | ASWAN- KOM OMBO- EDFU (B+L+D)
Very early wakeup call & breakfast box will be ready to start an optional excursion by coach to the great Temples of Abu Simbel flanked by four giant stone statues of Ramses II. In fact, Temple was reclaimed from the dam to rescue from the rising water of Lake Nasser and reconstructed in its present site.
In addition, Sail to Kom Embo upon returning from Abu simble. Moreover, Visit The Ptolemaic Temple Shared by Two Gods, Sobek and Heroeris in Kom Embo. Also, Alternatively you can spend your time in leisure onboard your Nile river cruise and svour to the delicious cuisine served.
Sail to Edfu & Enjoy your dinner onboard the Nile river cruise, overnight on board the Nile River cruise.
DAY 06 | EDFU – LUXOR (B+L+D)
Moreover, transfer by Kalesh or horse drawn carriage to the Temple of Horus to visit then back to the Nile Cruise and sail to Esna / Luxor.
Further, visit Karnak temple upon arrival & overview Luxor temple from outside as it is like an open musuem from outside as it is like an open museum. Then, Overnight onboard the Nile River cruise.
DAY 07 | WEST BANK – SLEEPING TRAIN (B+D)
Early breakfast & check out then start a visit to the west bank in Luxor to the Valley of the Kings, Hatshepsut temple & colossi of Memnon. Also, these are some of the best example of the magnificence of the ancient Egyptian architecture and its cultural spirits.
Later, drive back to the Nile cruise & check out from the cruise, take the Luggage and get transferred to back Cairo Dinner and Overnight in the sleeping train.
DAY 08| CAIRO- DEPARTURE TO ONWARDS DESTINATION (B)
Enjoy a lavish buffet breakfast in at your train; later complete your check-out formalities and embark on a journey to Cairo International Airport to catch your flight to India. Then, Board your flight from there and come back to your home with the cheerful memories of your wonderful trip.
***YOUR EGYPT GROUP TOUR CONCLUDES***