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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.
4-star hotel: Mercure Cairo pyramids hotel
Category: 5 Star Deluxe Nile Cruise
Schedule: Every Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday
Cruise line: (m/s Movenpick Royal Lily) (m/s Movenpick Royal Lotus) (m/s Zeina Nile Cruise) (Royal Ruby Nile Cruise) (m/s Blue Shadow 1 And 2) m/s Esmeralda 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.
After breakfast at the hotel, you will be picked up by GEM Explore Egyptologist to start your journey across Giza and Cairo. The tour will start by visiting the museum of Egyptian Antiques, 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.
In the afternoon and after lunch, you'll tour 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.
We 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.
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 you'll cross to the west bank to have a Hot Air Balloon trip to make your stay in Luxor an unforgettable experience. Drifting peacefully over the Valley of King, Valley of the Queens and the Mountain on the Nobles.
You'll later 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”. Our next stop will be the classical pieces of art, Hatshepsut's temple, and the Colossi of Memnon.
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”.
Afterwards, you will be escorted to the airport to fly back to Cairo. Our representative will be waiting for you and will assist you with all the procedures. Then, you will be taken to your hotel for check in and spending the night.
Time for this unforgettable journey to come to an end. After breakfast, you'll be escorted to the airport and someone will assist you with final departure formalities.