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15 day guided tour of Egypt

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  • PRESENTS

    A PROGRAMME & QUOTE FOR

    (valid 1 May 2012 (valid 1 May 2012 (valid 1 May 2012 (valid 1 May 2012 1 December 2012)1 December 2012)1 December 2012)1 December 2012)

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    DAILY PROGRAMME

    Day 1: Cairo

    TBC arrive in Cairo International Airport

    ~ Collection of luggage and meet representative ~

    TBC Transfer to accommodation

    TBC Check-in and relax from travel

    20:00 Dinner

    Day 2: Alexandria

    07:00 - Breakfast & check-out

    09:00 Depart for Alexandria

    (Sightseeing to visit the Pompeys Pillar; the three Sphinxes; Catacombs of Kom-Shugafa tomb; Fortress of Quait-Bey)

    12:00 Lunch

    14:00 Sightseeing: Mosque of Abu El-Abbas; Modern Alexandria Library; Montazah Palace & Park

    18:00 - Arrive at accommodation (check-in)

    20:00 - Dinner

    Day 3: Alexandria

    07:00 - Breakfast & check-out

    09:00 Morning at Leisure

    12:00 Lunch (own cost)

    15:00 Depart for Cairo

    18:00- Arrive at accommodation (check-in)

    20:00 - Dinner

    Day 4: Cairo

    07:00 - Breakfast & check-out

    09:00 Sightseeing: Egyptian Museum

    12:00 Lunch

    14:00 Sightseeing: Old Cairo

    20:00 Dinner (on train)

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    Day 5: Cairo

    07:00 - Breakfast & check-out

    09:00 depart for Aswan

    (Sightseeing: Three Pyramids of Giza plateau Cheops, Chephren & Mycerinus; the Sphinx Statue; The Granite valley Temple of the King

    Chephren)

    12:00 Lunch

    14:00 Sightseeing: Sept Pyramids of Sakkara; Memphis

    19:00 Giza Train station (depart for Aswan)

    20:00 Dinner (on train)

    Day 6: Aswan

    07:00 - Breakfast (on train)

    09:00 transfer to Nile Cruise Ship (check-in)

    (Sightseeing: visit the High Dam El Sadd El-Ale)

    12:00 Lunch (on ship)

    14:00 Sightseeing: Botanical Garden & Kitcheners Island; view of Agha Khan Mausoleum

    20:00 Dinner (on ship) & evening dancing

    Day 7: Aswan Abu Simbel Kom Ombo - Edfu

    07:00 - Breakfast (on ship)

    08:00 Depart for Abu Simbel (Sightseeing: Colossal Temple of Abu Simbel)

    12:00 Lunch (on ship)

    Late afternoon Sightseeing: visit Temple shared by the two gods Sobek & Haroeies

    20:00 Dinner (on ship) & evening dancing & Galabiya Party

    Day 8: Luxor

    07:00 - Breakfast (on ship)

    08:30 Horse & chariot transfer to visit the Temple of Horus

    13:00 Lunch (on ship)

    Late afternoon Sightseeing: visit the East bank of the River Nile, the temples of Luxor and Karnak.

    20:00 Dinner (on ship) & evening dancing & Belly Dancer & Nubian Folkloric show

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    Day 9: Luxor

    07:00 - Breakfast (on ship) and check-out

    09:00 Sightseeing: vist West Bank of the River Nile, The Valley of the Kings; The Temple of Queen Hatshepsut; the Colossi of Memnon

    12:00 Lunch

    14:00 afternoon at leisure

    18:00 transfer to Train Station for train ride to Cairo

    20:00 Dinner (on train)

    Day 10: Cairo

    09:00 - Breakfast (on train) & check-out

    11:00 Transfer to hotel & check-in

    13:00 Lunch

    14:00 Afternoon at leisure

    17:00 Sightseeing: Visit Sound and Light Show at Pyramids of Giza

    20:00 Sailing Nile Cruise Dinner (includes belly dancer, folklore show & live music)

    22:00 visit Khan El Khalili (Oriental public Market)

    Day 11: St Catherines

    03:00 - check-out (Breakfast Basket) and transfer to St Catherines

    04:00 Sightseeing: Suez Canal; Sinai peninsula; Abou Zeneima; Ferran Oasis; Monastery of El Banat remains; Moses wells

    12:00 check in at accommodation

    13:00 Lunch

    15:00 Sightseeing: Ascend & descend the Mount of Moses by camel;

    20:00 - Dinner

    Day 12: St Catherines - Sharm El Sheikh

    08:00 - Breakfast & check-out

    09:00 Sightseeing: St Catherines Monastery; Crypt of Monks skeleton; Chapel of St Tryphon

    13:00 Lunch

    15:00 Transfer to Sharm El Sheikh

    17:30 check-in at accommodation

    20:00 Dinner (own cost)

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    Day 13: Sharm El Sheikh

    08:00 - Breakfast

    08:00 Day at leisure

    12:00 Lunch

    20:00 - Dinner (own cost)

    Day 14: Sharm El Sheikh

    08:00 - Breakfast

    08:00 Day at leisure

    12:00 Lunch

    20:00 - Dinner (own cost)

    Day 15: Sharm El Sheikh - Cairo

    08:00 - Breakfast & check out

    08:00 Morning at leisure

    12:00 Lunch

    14:00 Transfer to Sharm El Sheikh Airport for Domestic flight to Cairo

    TBC Arrival at Cairo Airport collect luggage and meet representative

    TBC Check in at Cairo International Airport for flight home

    TBC Depart Egypt for Home

    ABOUT EGYPT & ACTIVITIES

    Egypt

    Covering an area of about 1,010,000 square kilometres (390,000 sq mi), Egypt is bordered by the Mediterranean Sea to the north, the Gaza Strip and Israel to the northeast, the Red Sea to the east, Sudan to the south and Libya to the west. Egypt is famous for its ancient civilization and some of the world's most famous monuments, including the Giza pyramid complex and its Great Sphinx. Its ancient ruins, such as those of Memphis, Thebes, Karnak and the Valley of

    the Kings, are a significant focus of archaeological study, and artefacts from these sites are now displayed in major museums around the world. Language

    The national language in Egypt is Arabic. However, tourists will rarely find a problem communicating as English is widely spoken in hotels and shops, with French a close second, and many staff in tourist areas also speaking German or Italian.

    Cairo

    Cairo is "the capital of Egypt and, with a total population in excess of 16 million people, one of the largest cities in both Africa and the Middle East {which regions it conveniently straddles}, it is also the 13th largest city in the world. Situated on the River Nile and famous for its own history - preserved in the fabulous medieval Islamic city and in Old Cairo - and for the ancient, Pharaonic history of the country it represents. No trip to Cairo would be complete, for example, without a visit to the Giza Pyramids, to nearby Saqqara, or to the Egyptian Museum in the center of down town. Though firmly attached to the past, Cairo is also home to a vibrant modern society".

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    Egyptian Museum: Has the world's largest and finest collection of ancient Egyptian antiquities, over 40,000 genuine artefacts are presented, including the fabulous treasures of gold and jewellery for the Young Boy King Tut Ankh Amon.

    Old Cairo: The most attractive parts of Old Cairo are the Coptic quarters, with the Hanging Church, the friendly and attractive Coptic Museum, which reflects the period where ancient Egypt changed into Christian and Muslim Egypt. Around these two sights, lie a collection of churches

    which all seem to claim an important part of Christian history. Tucked away between them all is one of the few remaining synagogues

    still in use in Egypt. A short walk from this district will lead you to the first Muslim settlement of Egypt, the ruins of Fustat, and the first mosque in Africa, the Mosque of Amr.

    Pyramids of Giza plateau: The Great Pyramid of Giza (called the Pyramid of Khufu and the Pyramid of Cheops) is the oldest and largest of the three pyramids in the Giza Necropolis bordering what is now El Giza, Egypt. It is the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and the only one to remain largely intact. Egyptologists believe that the pyramid was built as a tomb for fourth dynasty Egyptian Pharaoh Khufu (Cheops in Greek) over an approximately 20 year period concluding around 2560 BC. Initially at 146.5 meters (480.6 ft), the Great Pyramid was the tallest man-made structure in the world for over 3,800 years. Originally, the Great Pyramid was covered by casing stones that formed a smooth outer surface; what is seen today is the underlying core structure. Some of the casing stones that once covered the structure can still be seen around the base. There have been varying scientific and alternative theories about the Great Pyramid's construction

    techniques. Most accepted construction hypotheses are based on the idea that it was built by moving huge stones from a quarry and dragging and lifting them into place. There are three known chambers inside the Great Pyramid. The lowest chamber is cut into the bedrock upon which the pyramid was built and was unfinished. The so-called Queen's Chamber and King's Chamber are higher up within the pyramid structure. The Great Pyramid of Giza is the only pyramid in Egypt known to contain both ascending and descending passages. The main part of the Giza complex is a setting of buildings that included two mortuary temples in honor of Khufu (one close to the pyramid and one near the Nile), three smaller pyramids for Khufu's wives, an even smaller "satellite" pyramid, a raised causeway connecting the two temples, and small mastaba tombs surrounding the pyramid for nobles. NOTE: Viewing the three Pyramids of Giza Plateau from Inside is at your own expense.

    Step Pyramids of Sakkara: Saqqara (or Sakkara, Saqqarah ) is a vast, ancient burial ground in Egypt, serving as the necropolis for the Ancient Egyptian capital, Memphis. Saqqara features numerous pyramids, including the world famous Step pyramid of Djoser, sometimes referred to as the Step Tomb due to its

    rectangular base, as well as a number of mastabas. At Saqqara, the oldest complete stone building complex known in history was built: Djosers step pyramid, built during the third dynasty. Another 16 Egyptian kings built pyramids at Saqqara, which are now in various states of preservation or dilapidation. High officials added private funeral monuments to this necropolis during the entire pharaonic period. It remained an important complex for non-royal burials and cult ceremonies for more than 3,000 years, well into Ptolemaic and Roman times. Contrary to popular belief, the name Saqqara is not derived from the ancient Egyptian funerary god Sokar, but from the Beni Saqqar who are a local Berber tribe. Their name means "Sons of Saqqar." Since they are not indigenous to the area it would not follow that they would fashion themselves as being born of an ancient Egyptian god whose identity was unknown until the age of archaeology.

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    Memphis: Memphis was the ancient capital of Aneb-Hetch, the first Nome of Lower Egypt. Its ruins are located near the town of Mit Rahina, south of Cairo. According to legend related by Manetho, the city was founded by the pharaoh Menes around 3000 BC. Capital of Egypt during the Old Kingdom, it remained an important city throughout ancient Mediterranean history. It occupied a strategic position at the mouth of the Nile delta, and was home to feverish activity. Its principal port, Peru-nefer, harbored a high density of workshops, factories, and warehouses that distributed food and merchandise throughout the ancient kingdom. During its golden age, Memphis thrived as a regional centre for commerce, trade, and

    religion. The history of Memphis is closely linked to that of the country itself. Its eventual downfall is believed to be due to the loss of its economic significance in late antiquity, following the rise of coastal Alexandria. Its religious significance also diminished after the abandonment of the ancient religion following the Edict of Thessalonica. The ruins of the former capital today offer fragmented evidence of its magnificent past. They have been preserved, along with the pyramid complex at Giza, as a World Heritage Site since 1979. The site is open to the public as an open-air museum. Alabaster Sphinx: The Sphinx of Memphis is a stone sphinx located near the remains of Memphis, Egypt. The carving was believed to take place between 1700 and 1400 BC, which was during the 18th dynasty. It is unknown which pharaoh is being honored and there are no inscriptions to supply information. The facial features imply that the Sphinx is honoring Hatshepsut or Amenhotep II or Amenhotep III. Colossal statutes of Ramses II: Within the museum in Memphis is a giant statue of the pharaoh carved of monumental limestone, about 10 metres in length. It was discovered in 1820 near the southern gate of the temple of Ptah by Italian archaeologist Giovanni Caviglia. Because the bottom of the sculpture has been broken off, it is currently displayed lying on its back. Some of the colours are still partially preserved, but the beauty of this statue lies in its flawless detail of the complex and subtle forms of human anatomy. The colossus was one of a pair that historically adorned the eastern entrance to the temple of Ptah. The other, found in the same year also by Caviglia, was restored in the 1950s to its full standing height of 11 metres.

    Sound and Light Show at Pyramids of Giza: The Sound and Light Show at the Great Pyramids takes place on the Giza plateau, around 30 minutes from Cairo. The one-hour show begins with the illumination of the Sphinx, who narrates the history of the

    pyramids and their builders. Using laser beams and light projections on the walls of the Mummification Temple, desert sands, pyramid walls and the Sphinx itself, a condensed story of Egypt unfolds. The accompanying soundtrack complements the surroundings and the voice of the Sphinx is suitably dramatic and mysterious! The show begins with the story of the Sphinx who has been the vigilant guardian of the city of the dead for five thousand years. The show also depicts the story of building the pyramids and relates the history of great and famous figures of ancient Egypt such as Thutmosis IV, Akhnaten, Nefertiti and Tut Ankh Amon. Show times:

    October to April: 18:30 May to September: 20:30

    Khan El-Khalili Bazaar: It is famous for its unusual, typically oriental souvenirs, and handmade crafts. The Medieval atmospheres of this traditional market, together with the labyrinth layout of the streets, gives visitors a lot of pleasure and a glimpse into what medieval markets once were like. We strongly recommend visiting this vivid bazaar, but keep in mind that in open

    traditional markets, the prices are not fixed; remember to bargain (haggle) to get the best price. The Khan El-Khalili Bazaar is place where art and commerce come together to give a unique and remarkable, harmonious experience.

    Alexandria

    Alexandria is "The Pearl of the Mediterranean" it was named after "Alexander the Great" and built in 332 B.C to be the capital of his realm in Egypt. Today, Alexandria is the second-largest city in Egypt, and its largest seaport extends about 20 miles {32 km} along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea in north-central Egypt. It is home to the Bibliotheca Alexandrina (the New Library of Alexandria), and is an important industrial centre in Egypt.

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    Pompeys Pillar & 3 Sphinxes: A Roman triumphal column is one of the best-known ancient monuments still standing in Alexandria today. It is located on Alexandria's ancient acropolisa modest hill located adjacent to the city's Arab cemeteryand was originally part of a temple colon...