12 Nights / 13 Days

Day 1

Arrival Cairo International Airport. Our representative will meet you upon arrival to assist you through the airport customs and formalities. Transfer to hotel for 03 Nights B/B. Check-in and overnight in Cairo

Day 2

Breakfast at the hotel. Our representative will be introducing your Egyptologist tour guide who will be with you during the sightseeing in Cairo including the Egyptian Museum, is home to an extensive collection of ancient Egyptian antiquities. It has 120.000 items, with a representative amount on display, the remainder in storerooms. The museum's Royal Mummy Room, containing 27 royal mummies from Pharaonic times. The Citadel, a spectacular medieval fortress perched on a hill above the city. Originally built by Salah El-Din in 1176 to fortify the city against the Crusaders, it has never been without a military garrison. The Citadel was modified and enlarged over the centuries by subsequent rulers, most notably Muhammad Ali Pasha; the alabaster mosque is one of the names given to the beautiful mosque built there. Today the Citadel is a complex of four mosques and four museums, including the beautiful and graceful Mohamed Ali Mosque. Built from 1830 to 1857, the mosque also became the site of the great Ottoman ruler s tomb. From the arcaded courtyard, you will be able to see a general view of the city of Cairo. You will then have a lovely time to stroll around the Khan El-Khalili Bazaar area. Back to your hotel. The Sound & Light show at the pyramids {Optional Tour} A dramatic fusion light & music recounting the story of antiquity which takes you back to ancient history the show is presented in four languages: Arabic, English, French & German. Overnight in Cairo.

Day 3

Breakfast at the hotel. Sightseeing including the Pyramids, {Cheops / Chephren & Mecaranys} and the Sphinx. There are no more famous ancient sites within Egypt, or for that matter elsewhere in the world, than the great pyramids of Giza. They are without question, the icon of Egypt. They have been both the main destination for tourists and a source of imaginative thought to the world for over three thousand years. Then we shall make a stop at one of the Papyrus institutes to learn and see how the ancient Egyptians used to make paper out the papyrus plant. Stop for Lunch at a local Restaurant The city of Memphis is 20 Km (12mi) south of Cairo, on the west bank of the Nile. Memphis became the capital of Ancient Egypt for over eight consecutive dynasties during the old Kingdom. The alabaster sphinx that guards the temple of Ptah serves as a memorial of the city's former power and prestige. Sakkara, Major pyramids located here include the step pyramid of Djoser generally identified as the world's oldest substantial monumental structure to be built of finished stone. Also at Sakkara is the pyramid of Unas, which retains a pyramid causeway that is one of the best-preserved in Egypt. Back to the hotel. Overnight in Cairo.

Day 4

Breakfast at the hotel. Check-out of the hotel. Drive from Cairo to Alexandria {Approximately a 4 hours drive} Arrival at Alexandria Your Egyptologist tour guide will take you today for a full day tour in Alexandria; the sightseeing includes the Catacombe of Kom El Shoafa, located in Rhakolls a fishing village in the old part of Alexandria; the underground tunnels date back to the 1st century AD and were used until the 4th century AD. On 28th September 1900, according to popular belief, a donkey cart fell into a pit which led to the discovery of the catacombs. It is said that the Catacombs were used for a single wealthy family as a private tomb and later converted to a public cemetery. Then drive to the famous Library of Alexandria was inaugurated in 2003 and believed to be on or near the site of the old royal library of Alexandria which was built during the time of Ptolemy II at the beginning of the 03rd Century B.C. Unfortunately the old one was destroyed by fire. A stop for lunch at local restaurant. Then drive to the Citadel of Qaitbay is considered one of the most important defensive strongholds, not only in Egypt, but also along the Mediterranean Sea coast. It formulated an important part of the fortification system of Alexandria in the 15th century AD. The Citadel is situated at the entrance of the eastern harbor on the eastern point of the Pharos Island. It was erected on the exact site of the famous Lighthouse of Alexandria, which was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The lighthouse continued to function until the time of the Arab conquest, then several disasters occurred and the shape of the lighthouse was changed to some extent, but it still continued to function. Restoration began in the period of Ahmed Ibn Tulun (about 880 AD). During the 11th century an earthquake occurred, causing damage to the octagonal part. The bottom survived, but it could only serve as a watchtower, and a small mosque was built on the top. In the 14th century there was a very destructive earthquake and the whole building was completely destroyed. The founder of the Citadel of Qaitbay is Sultan Al-Ashraf Abou Anasr Saif El-Din Qaitbay El-Jerkasy Al-Zahiry (1468-1496 AD) who was born about 1423 AD (826 AH). He was a Mamluke who had come to Egypt as a young man. Transfer to hotel for 01 Night B/B. Check-in and overnight in Alexandria.

Day 5

Breakfast at the hotel. Check- out of the hotel. Drive from Alexandria to Siwa Oasis, although the oasis is known to be settled since at least the 10th millennium BC, the earliest evidence of connection with ancient Egypt is the 26th Dynasty, when a necropolis was established. Greek settlers at Cyrene made contact with the oasis around the same time (7th Century BC); the Romans later used Siwa as a place of banishment. Evidence of Christianity at Siwa is uncertain, but in 708 the Siwans resisted an Islamic army, and probably did not convert until the 12th century. The first European to visit since Roman times, was the English traveler William George Browne, who come in 1792 to see the ancient temple of the oracle. Other local historic sites of interest include: the remains of the oracle temple; the Gebel at Mawta (the Mountain of the Dead) , aRoman-era necropolis featuring dozens of rock-cut tombs; and "Cleopatra's Bath", an antique natural spring. Arrival Siwa Oaisis, Check-in at the hotel for 02 Nights B/B. Overnight in Siwa Oasis.

Day 6

Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to the Local market area. Walk around. Then drive to the village of SHALI, Having a look at the fortress of Shali, also drive by the Qasr Hassuna, one of the most interesting areas in Siwa. We shall also visit the Temple of Alexander the Great, the Mountain of the Dead and the Cleopatra spring. Back to the hotel. Overnight at Siwa.

Day 7

Breakfast at the hotel. Check-out of the hotel. Very early Departure from Siwa Oasis to the Baharia Oasis On the way, you will experience one of the most interesting tours of your travel. Driving by the black desert and the dunes in the area, as well as the lovely crystal mountain, to watch the contrast between the black and white desert. Lunch will be served by the Bedouins. After lunch we shall continue driving through the desert until sunset. Dinner will be served in the Tent while watching the beautiful sunset. Overnight in the White Desert.

Day 8

Breakfast in the Tent. This morning you will visit the tombs of the nobles going back to the 26th dynasty, Then the museum of the golden mummies. Later we shall have a stop at the chapel of Alexander the great. We shall have lunch before we start our trip back home to Cairo {Drive for 450 kilometers}. Check-in at the hotel for 01night B/B. Overnight in Cairo

Day 9

Breakfast at the hotel. Check-out hotel 11.00 a.m. Morning Free. 18:30 HRS. Transfer to the railway station for departure from Cairo to Luxor by sleeper train for 01 Night. Dinner & Overnight on board the train.

Day 10

Breakfast on board the train. Arrival Luxor. Our representative will meet you upon arrival to assist and introduce you to the Egyptologist who will guide you during your visit to the West Bank: The Valley of the Kings; Tombs of the Pharaohs Beginning with the 18th Dynasty and ending with the 20th, the kings abandoned the Memphis area and built their tombs in Thebes. They also abandoned the pyramid style tombs. Most of the tombs were cut into the limestone following a similar pattern: three corridors, an antechamber and a sunken sarcophagus chamber. The Valley of the Queens is located on the West Bank at Luxor (ancient Thebes). There are between 75 and 80 tombs in the Valley of the Queens, or Biban al-Harim. These belong to Queens of the 18th, 19th and 20th Dynasties. The temple of Queen Hatchepsut (Deir El Bahari) & the Collosi of Memnon. Check-in at the hotel for 02Nights B/B. Overnight in Luxor.

Day 11

Breakfast at the hotel. Visit East Bank: Karnak temple and Luxor Temple. Construction on the Karnak temple complex began in the 16th century BC and continued into the Greco-Roman period- a period of up to 1300 years of construction. Around 30 successive pharaohs added their own touches to the complex a new temple, shrine or pylon and carved detailed hieroglyphic inscriptions. The Sound and Light at the Karnak {Optional tour} Overnight in Luxor.

Day 12

Breakfast at the hotel. Free Morning. Transfer to the airport for the Domestic flight from Luxor to Cairo Arrival Cairo. Our representative will be meeting you upon arrival. Check-in at the hotel for 01Night B/B. Overnight in Cairo.

Day 13

Breakfast at the hotel. Check-out of the hotel. Transfer to Cairo International Airport for the international flight. Final Departure.

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