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From the unbelievable views you see while on a camel ride away from all the crowds and right into the deserts of the Great Pyramids of Giza in the morning to the cheerful and lively spirit of Khan Al-Khalili at night in Cairo, then all the way to explore the grand heritage to see the monuments of Luxor and Aswan in the utmost refreshing experience of the luxurious Nile Cruise.
During your trip, you will be assisted with Egyptologists and guides at all times, picked up and dropped off from your locations by our air-conditioned vehicles. Camel rides, snacks, water, monuments entrance fees are all covered.
5-star hotel: Steigenberger Cairo pyramids, Grand Nile tower, Sheraton Cairo
Category: 5 Star super Deluxe Nile Cruise
Schedule: Every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday
Cruise line: (M/S Sonesta Moon Goddess) (M/S Sonesta Star Goddess Nile Cruise) (M/S Mayfair Nile Cruise) (M/S Jaz Crown Jubilee Nile Cruise) or similar
Note: The rate will increase by 40% during high seasons (New Year, Easter & Christmas)
When arriving to Cairo, our representative from GEM Explore will be waiting for you to help with passport control and luggage. Later on, they'll drive you in our private car to your hotel, to settle and get some rest.
Have breakfast early because our tour guide will pick you up at 8 am to kick-off your journey. The tour will start by visiting the Great Pyramids of Giza and Sphinx. After that, you will have a 20-minute camel ride across the great Pyramids and visit the Panoramic Place. Then, the tour will continue by visiting the Valley Temple of Khafre, in which the priests mummified the dead body of king Khafre. In the afternoon, you'll be taken to a local restaurant to try one of the oriental Egyptian meals for lunch. Most of the tours stop there and tourists don't know that the Great Pyramids are not the only pyramids there and that will be your next stop.
Thirty kilometers away from Cairo lies the site of Saqqara where pyramid building in Egypt first began. There, the Step Pyramid, the Bent Pyramid, and the Red Pyramid are magnificent reminders of the early architecture of the pharaohs and some of the Old Kingdom's most dazzling treasures.
We’ll wrap up with a drive to one of the oldest and most important cities in ancient Egypt, Memphis. There you'll get to see a monumental statue of Ramses II and a beautiful sphinx carved from a single, enormous piece of alabaster. Afterwards, you'll be taken back to your hotel to call it a night.
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch
For an additional $45, you can have dinner over a Nile view with a show of a belly dancer and Tanura. Transportation is covered.
In the early morning, a ride will be waiting to pick you up from your hotel and take you to the airport to depart to Aswan. When you arrive, our representative will be waiting for you to drive you to the cruise and while embarkation is taking place, our premium chefs will be preparing your lunch to have a delicious meal onboard. After lunch, it’ll be time to explore the ancient monuments of Aswan and you'll start with one of Egypt’s most beautiful temples, the Temple of Isis at Philae. You'll sail there to the island of Agilkia, after visiting the temple you'll get a chance to see Aswan's high dam. From there you can see a great view of lake Nasser.
Meals: Full board
After breakfast on board, you'll have trip down to South Aswan to visit the Temples of Abu Simbel. There, you'll tour the four colossal statues of Ramses in front of the main temple are. By means of a complex engineering feat in the 1960s and with co-operation with UNESCO, the temples were salvaged from the rising waters of the Nile River caused by erection of the Aswan High Dam. They are a monument to the king Ramesses II. His wife Nefertari and children also have smaller figures (in picture attached), considered to be of lesser importance and were not given the same position of scale. This commemorates his victory at the Battle of Kadesh. The external rock relief figures have become an icon of the city of Nubia in Aswan.
Afterwards, you'll sail to the City of Gold, Kom Ombo to visit the magnificent and unusual double temple with its duplicated halls, courts and sanctuaries for the two gods Sobek and Haroeris. Back to sailing and this time we land in Edfu. You'll have some tea and dinner and then get ready for our Disco party onboard.
Meals: Full board
After our breakfast onboard, you start with visiting the temple of Horus, then you cross Egypt's scenic photo spot, the Esna Lock and now you're on our way to Luxor. Today, you're having a tour at the center of Luxor, the east bank, where you'll have an excursion to some of Luxor's temples including Karnak. Karnak remains the most remarkable religious complex ever built on earth. Its 250 acres of temples and chapels, obelisks, columns, and statues were built over 2,000 years. It visualizes Egyptian art and architecture into a great historical monument of stone. You'll have some tea and dinner and then get ready for our Jalabiya party onboard. You'll spend the overnight in Luxor.
Meals: Full board
You'll have breakfast onboard, then prepare for the disembarkation. Then, you'll cross to the west bank to see the beautifully painted royal tombs at the valley of kings. For over a thousand years, the kings, queens, and nobles of the New Kingdom (1500-1070 B.C.) were buried in this valley, which is the world's most magnificent burial ground. During our excursion at the Valley of kings, you'll visit the temple of Deir El-Bahri, which means in Arabic, the “Temple of the Northern Monastery”. Your next stop will be the classical pieces of art, Hatshepsut's temple, and the Colossi of Memnon. Next, you'll be dropped off at the airport to catch your flight back to Cairo. When you arrive, our representative will assist you with all procedures and will drive you to your hotel to check in and spend the night.
You'll have breakfast at the hotel then picked up by our tour guide. The day will start with visiting the museum of Egyptian Antiques, where it's the home of 120,000 of ancient Egyptian Antiques Collection that dates up to 6000 years old, including the Tutankhamun exhibit, which contains his golden Mask and jewelry.
After lunch and water break, you'll continue with visiting Coptic Cairo. Around Fort Babylon, Egyptian Christians’ oldest churches were built. In addition to being the destination of pilgrimage for people of different religions all over the world, this area holds ruins of the Roman fortifications and several churches. During this tour, you will be visiting Coptic Museum which has the largest collection of Christian artifacts in the world, the church of St Sergius (Abu Serga) which is believed is the spot where the Holy Family rested at the end of their journey to Egypt, the church of St. Barbara, the hanging church, and the old Jewish synagogue (Ben Ezra Synagogue).
You can't miss spending an unforgettable night at Khan El-Khalili Bazaar. The Bazaar is in the historic center of Cairo; It was established as a center of trade in the Mamluk era. The Bazaar has various products of all kinds and shapes, from Silver, Copper, Brassware to Gold and Leather Goods.
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch
For an additional $55, you can be taken to the Sound & Light show at the Pyramids. Transportation is covered.
After breakfast and as per the requested time, our representative will pick you up and drive you to the airport. You will be assisted with the procedures and you'll catch your flight home.