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Flight To Cairo
Depart tonight from ORT Johannesburg on a flight to Cairo.
Day 1 – Thursday, October 3
Cairo : PYRAMIDS / SPHINX / EGYPTIAN MUSEUM / KHAN KHALILI BAZAR
AArrival Cairo international airport, meeting & assistance through passport and customs formalities. Visit the Egyptian museum , Pyramids & Khan Khalili bazar. The museum houses the greatest collection of pharaonic treasures in the world. Our guide will show us the highlights of these artifacts, including the Tutankhamen Collection of golden treasures and acquaint us with the museum’s expansive collections.we visit the Pyramids of Giza. Nothing evokes the long and intriguing history of Egypt as powerfully as the pyramids. Rising from the desert, Khufu (Cheops), Khafra and Menkaura seem to symbolize the enigmatic tug of Egypt in our imaginations. The Great Pyramid of Cheops immortalizes the son of Sneferu and Hetepheres. Though little is known of this pharaoh, his monument, helargest of the three, is comprised of 2.3 million stone blocks, each weighing an average of 2.5 tons.We shall also visit the colossal statue of the Great Sphinx, which has stood guard over the pyramids for more than 4,500 years. Then stroll with your guide through the Khan El Khalili, a bustling warren of shops where you can bargain for rugs, copper and leather crafts, perfumes, and other goods both exotic and familiar. Transfer to hotel.
Dinner & overnight – Cairo (B,D)
Day 2 – Friday, October 4
Nile Cruise : PHILAE TEMPLE / HIGH DAM / UNFINISHED OBELISK
After breakfast transfer to Cairo domestic airport for a flight to Aswan. Transfer to your cruise ship Moevenpick Royal Lotus. Lunch on board. We visit 3 sites: The Temple of Isis in Philae is one of the greatest Temples in Egypt and it occupies about a quarter of the island. It is the main Temple on the island, with its huge, complete, pylons and beautiful scenes. The Temple is built in the same style as the Temples of the New Kingdom, as well as some other elements, which appeared in the Greco-Roman period, such as the Mamisi (the House of the divine birth of Horus), and a Nilometer. but the Temple became submerged after the first Aswan dam was built in 1906. The High Dam of Aswan is a great project. In fact it was one of the most important achievements of the in the last century in Egypt, even for many years it was a symbol of the New Era of the Revolution of 1952. It provided Egypt with water and in electricity and secured the country of the risk of the destructive inundation of the River Nile. The Unfinished Obelisk lies, in its original location, in a granite quarry in Aswan. It is 42m in length and was most probably abandoned when some cracks appeared in the rock, during its construction. Had this obelisk been completed, it would have been the heaviest obelisk ever cut in Ancient Egypt, weighing nearly 1100 tons! It is believed that it was constructed and
abandoned during the reign of Queen Hatshepsut (18th Dynasty).
Dinner & overnight – On board (B,L,D)
Day 3 – Saturday, October 5
Nile Cruise : KOM OMBO / TEMPLE OF SHARED BY TWO GODS / EDFU / HORUS
TEMPLE / ESNA
Sailing to Kom Ombo.The Temple of Kom Ombo stands on the east bank of the Nile, right next to the river, about 4Km from the town. It was dedicated to two Gods, Horus and Sobek The Temple was mainly dedicated to the God Sobek, the crocodile God, together with his wife, in another form of the Goddess Hathor. The Temple is of Greco-Roman structure, dating back to the year 119 BC, when Ptolemy VI, who started the construction, built it out of limestone. Sail to Edfu .Lunch on board . Visit Horus Temple in Edfu. The site of Edfu Tell was known as Wetjeset-hor (classical name Apollinopolis Magna), the place where the god Horus was worshipped and where the battle between Horus and his traditional enemy Seth in ancient mythology took place. the Temple of Horus at Edfu is the most well-preserved and the only one we know to have been completed. Built from sandstone blocks the huge Ptolemaic temple was constructed over the site of a smaller earlier temple, oriented east to west, towards the river. Sail to Esna.
Dinner & overnight – On board (B,L,D)
Day 4 – Sunday, October 6
Nyle Cruise : WEST BANK / VALLEY OF KINGS & QUEENS
Sail to Luxor. Lunch on board. Visit Karnak temples & Luxor temple. The Temple of Karnak is the largest Temple in the World! The complex contains a group of Temples such as the Great Temple of Amon Ra, The Temple of Khonso, The Ipt Temple, The Temple of Ptah, the Temple of Montho and the Temple of the God Osiris. A 20m high, mud brick enclosure wall, surrounded all of these buildings. The temple of Luxor is close to the Nile and parallel with the riverbank. King Amenhotep III who reigned 1390-53 BC built this beautiful temple and dedicated it to Amon-Re, king of the gods, his consort Mut, and their son Khons. This temple has been in almost continuos use as a place of worship right up to the present day. It was completed by Tutankhamun and Horemheb and added to by Ramses II. Towards the rear is a granite shrine dedicated to Alexander the Great.
Dinner & Overnight – On board (B,L,D)
Day 5 – Monday, October 7
Nile Cruise: KARNAK & LUXOR TEMPLES / FLIGHT TO CAIR
Colossi of Memnon. The Valley of the Kings consists of the East Valley, where you can find most of the tombs of the New Kingdom Pharaohs, and the West Valley, which has only one tomb open to the public, and that is the tomb of Ay, who succeeded Tutankhamun to the Egyptian throne.
The Colossi of Memnon are two huge ruined statues, around 17m high, once stood at the entrance gate of the mortuary temple of Amenhotep III, though very little of the temple behind them remains today. They were cut from two massive granite blocks, brought from quarries near Cairo, and carved to represent the pharaoh Amenhotep III of Dynasty XVIII. The valley of the queens is located near the better known Valley of the Kings, on the west bank of the Nile across from Thebes (modern Luxor) . This barren area in the western hills was chosen due to its relative isolation and proximity to the capital. The kings of the 18th dynasty, instead of the traditional building of pyramids as burial chambers (perhaps because of their vulnerability to tomb robbers), now chose to be buried in rock-cut tombs. The temple of Queen Hatshepsut of Dynasty XVIII was built just north of the Middle Kingdom temple of Mentuhotep Nebhepetre in the bay of cliffs known as Deir el-Bahri. In ancient times the temple was called Djeser-djeseru, meaning the ’sacred of sacreds’. It was undoubtedly influenced by the style of the earlier temple at Deir el-Bahri & Hatshepsut chose to site her temple in a valley sacred to the Theban Goddess of the West, but more importantly it was on a direct axis with Karnak Temple. Transferred to Luxor airport for flight to Cairo. Transfer to hotel.
Dinner & Overnight – Cairo (B,D)
Day 6 – Tuesday, October 8
After breakfast transfer to Mercure Le Sphinx hotel for your departure flight back home.