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Egypt - 7 days Cairo & Nile Cruise Historical Tour 22nd March 2018 - 28th March 2018

Ends: March 22, 2018

Package Details

Tours will bring you and your family or friends to visit Valley of the Kings, Great Pyramids at Giza, Egyptian Museum,
Temple of Horus, Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, Old Cairo, Bazaar Al-Khalili, Al Azhar Mosque, Al Hussain Mosque.

Inclusive of Domestic Flights to Aswan and Luxor & 3 Days Cruise on River Nile.

Guide will be speaking in English.

Flight: Turkish Airlines
22 Mar 2018: SIN – CAI TK55 00:05hrs – 08:50hrs
28 Mar 2018: CAI – SIN TK695 21:00hrs – 17:55hrs(+1)


Day 1: Arrival (22nd March 2018)
Upon arrival at Cairo International Airport, our local representative will welcome you and transfer to Cairo Pyramids Hotel (3.5* hotel, footsteps away from the Great Pyramids of Giza). You will have time to explore Cairo on your own or do some shopping.

Meals: Lunch & Dinner on your own

Day 2: Flight to Aswan (23rd March 2018)
After breakfast at the hotel, we will take a domestic flight to Aswan (a frontier town of ancient Egypt, and as Ancient Egyptians oriented toward the origin of the life-giving waters of the Nile in the south, this was the source of Egypt and was always conceived to "open" or begin any Egypt tours). We will visit the High Dam (an important project as for the first time, man can control flooding better, provide increased water storage for irrigation and generate hydroelectricity. The Dam was seen as pivotal to Egypt's planned industrialization), the Granite Quarries (there are several quarries in Egypt, but the preferred granite source came from the Aswan area. One of the earliest known directors of the Aswan quarry was employed by Ramses III, named Hori around 1170 BC and here you can witness the unfinished obelisk – the largest known ancient obelisk).

We will then proceed to visit the Temple of Isis at Philae (meaning ‘the end,' defined the southern most limit of Egypt. It was begun by Ptolemy II and completed by the Roman Emperors. This temple dedicated to the goddess Isis, the wife of Osiris and mother of Horus. These three characters dominate ancient Egyptian culture and their story possesses all the drama of a Shakespearian tragedy).

We will then check in our cruise ship, M/S Nile Dolphin Nile Cruise and start sailing along the River Nile overnight.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Cruise to Kom Ombo – Edfu (24th March 2018)
We will continue our cruise along the Nile River and proceed to Kom Ombo (situated on the East of the Nile and surrounded by fields of sugarcane and corn, Kom Ombo is a pleasant agriculture town that now hosts many Nubians that were displaced when the water of the Nile flooded their hometowns after the construction of the Nasser Lake). There we will visit the icon that gave this town its prominence, the Temple of Kom Ombo (an unusual double temple, where the southern half was dedicated to the crocodile god Sobek, god of fertility and creator of the world with Hathor and Khonsu. Meanwhile, the northern part of the temple was dedicated to the falcon god Haroeris, also known as Horus the Elder. The temple is atypical because everything is perfectly symmetrical along the main axis).

Thereafter we will re-embark the cruise and set sail to Edfu and visit the Ptolemaic Temple of Horus (it is one of the best preserved temples in the whole of Egypt. It is dedicated to the falcon god Horus, was built in the Ptolemaic period between 237 and 57 BC. The inscriptions on its walls provide important information on language, myth and religion during the Greco-Roman period in ancient Egypt). Thereafter, we will continue the cruise along the River Nile.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 4: Cruise to Luxor – West Bank – Valley of the Kings (25th March 2018)
We will continue our cruise along the River Nile and reach Luxor (frequently characterized as the "world's greatest open-air museum" as the ruins of the temple complexes at Karnak and Luxor stand within the modern city). Here, we will visit the West Bank, in particular, the Valley of the Kings (this needs no introduction. The Pyramids of Giza were the tombs of choice for pharaohs of Egypt's Old Kingdom. But New Kingdom pharaohs, who wanted to be closer to the source of their dynastic roots in the south, built their crypts in the hills of this barren tract west of Luxor, now called the Valley of the Kings).

We will also visit The Temple of Queen Hatshepsut (The mortuary temple is dedicated to the sun deity Amun and is situated next to the mortuary temple of Mentuhotep II, which served both as an inspiration, and later, a quarry. It is considered one of the "incomparable monuments of ancient Egypt”). We will re-emback for our last night on the cruise.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 5: East Bank – Temple of Karnak & Luxor – Flight to Cairo (26th March 2018)
Our cruise along the River Nile will conclude and we will disembark at the East Bank (central part of Luxor township. Unlike the West Bank, which was always the main area for cemeteries and mortuary temples, the East Bank represents the main settlement of living throughout the millennia).

We will visit the Karnak Temple (the largest religious building ever constructed. The Temple of Karnak was known as Ipet-isu - or “most select of places” - by the ancient Egyptians. It is a city of temples built over 2,000 years and dedicated to the Theban triad of Amun, Mut, and Khonsu. This derelict place is still capable of overshadowing many wonders of the modern world and in its day must have been awe-inspiring) and the Luxor Temple (the temple was built by Amenhotep III but completed by Tutankhamun. The temple has been in almost continuous use as a place of worship right up to the present day. During the Christian era, the temple's hypostyle hall was converted into a Christian church, and the remains of another Coptic church can be seen to the west. Then for thousands of years, the temple was buried beneath the streets and houses of Luxor. Eventually the mosque of Sufi Shaykh Yusuf Abu al-Hajjaj was built over it. This mosque was carefully preserved when the temple was uncovered and forms an integral part of the site today).

In the afternoon, we will take a domestic flight back to Cairo.

Meals: Breakfast


Day 6: Cairo – Giza Pyramids – Sphinx – Egyptian Museum – Bazaar al-Khalili (27th March 2018)
After breakfast, we will tour the city of Cairo. First on the list is the Great Pyramids at Giza (the pyramids were constructed to last till eternity. Egypt's pharaohs expected to become gods in the afterlife. To prepare for the next world, they erected temples to the gods and massive pyramid tombs for themselves - filled with all the things each ruler would need to guide and sustain himself in the next world), the Great Sphinx (facing the rising sun, the Great Sphinx is worshipped by later Egyptian rulers as an aspect of the sun god, calling it Hor-Em-Akhet (“Horus of the Horizon”). The Sphinx sits in part of the necropolis of ancient Memphis, the seat of power for the pharaohs, a short distance from three large pyramids – the Great Pyramid of Khufu (Cheops), Khafre (Chephren) and Menkaura (Mycerinus).

We will next visit the important Egyptian Museum (it contains the world's most extensive collection of pharaonic antiquities; no visit to Egypt is complete without a trip through its galleries. You are highly encouraged to visit the Royal Mummies Halls which houses the remains of some of Egypt's most illustrious pharaohs and queens. You will have to bear your own cost for this separate entry). We will also visit the Old Cairo (it contains the remnants of those cities which were capitals before al-Qahira, such as Fustat, al-Askar and al-Qatta'i. These are the location of the Mosque of Amr and the Mosque of ibn Tulun, though little else remains today. This area also encompasses Coptic Cairo and its many old churches and ruins of Roman fortifications).

Finally, you will have a leisurely time to eat and a mecca for shopping at the world-famous Souq or Bazaar al-Khalili (the bazaar is loud, crowded, colorful, and exciting. You can shop for a whole day and get lost inside and you still have not finished shopping). The market is next to Hussein Square, the garden in front of Hussein Mosque (The mosque was built on the cemetery of the Fatimid caliphs, though this was not known until the site's archaeological excavation. It is named after the Prophet's grandson, Hussain ibn Ali. Dawoodi Bohra and other Sunni Muslims believe that Hussain's head is buried on the grounds of the mosque. The complex includes a mausoleum, which dates back to the mosque's original construction in 1154).

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch


Day 7: Departure (28th March 2018)
After breakfast, you will have free time at your leisure until check out for our departure back to Singapore.

Meals: Breakfast


*itinerary may be subjected to small variation without notice


Interested in this travel package?

For inquiries and booking, please call +65 6702 6601 ( Alchemy of Travel Pte Ltd )
or email to info@alchemyoftravel.sg

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