Experience the inner Mysteries of Egypt and the Nile and take the Mysteries of Egypt tour to discover Egypt in Depth for 12 days, this cultural tour is one of the best Egypt archaeology tours for those thrill-seekers who cannot help but explore every monument, admire every artwork, and absorb every ounce of culture that comes their way, here is our hand-crafted Egypt tour that every history buff must see and experience. Egypt the Land of the Pharaohs is known for its historical significance and cultural diversity, earning Egypt a prized place for every cultural holiday seeker. From the Great Pyramids of Giza to the Valley of the Kings, the magnificent sights of Egypt are sure to make any visitor feel as if they’re instantly transported to the past, in this cultural tour you will explore the hidden gems of Egypt in Luxor & Aswan and Cairo all with a company of private Egyptologist and everything planned & organized for you.
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On arrival at Cairo International Airport, you will be met by one of our representatives who hold a sign by your name he will help you to finish all your formalities and help you to get your visa after that he will escort you to your hotel by private vehicle. Delve into the antiquities of Egypt on this epic journey which begins in Cairo. Overnight in Cairo.
Today start your epic day by visiting the Giza Plateau, the site of the great pyramids of Cheops, Chephren, and Mycerinus. Built-in the Fourth Dynasty (approximately 2690 BC), it is the only survivor of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Revel in the opportunity to enter the interior of one of these legendary structures, and marvel at the massive stones used to construct them (Extra ticket) then view the Great Sphinx backdropped by the pyramids, a setting that has captured the imaginations of adventurers for centuries. After that have your lunch at a local restaurant then Visit Sakkara, located only 27 km southwest away from Cairo. Visit the Step Pyramid at Sakkara (Built for king Zoser), it is considered an important part of the process of the pyramid evolution, which were made from the simple mastaba to its widely known form the Pyramidal shape, this pyramid is considered the first stone construction ever built by the genius Vizir Imhotep, move from Sakkara to visit the Pyramids of Dahshur (Bent and Red Pyramids) Dahshur area is a royal necropolis located in the desert on the West Bank of the Nile, It is known chiefly for several Pyramids, two of which are Among the oldest, largest and best-preserved in Egypt built for King Senfru the father of King Khufu the builder of the Great Pyramid after that Visit Memphis City, the ancient capital of Egypt, where the colossal statue of Ramses II and the great Alabaster Sphinx are. This City Dates back to 3100 B.C.
After this epic day back to your hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel, A new day for your tour in Egypt visiting the most interesting Egyptian Museum, which features artifacts from the Pharaonic period. The museum displays a rare collection of 5000 years of art which is considered the largest most precious collection of Egyptian art in the world. Over 120,000 overwhelming artifacts are presented, includes the treasures of King Tutankhamun (until the opening of the New Grand Museum) gold, and jewelry which was enclosed in his tomb for over 3,500 years before it was discovered in the 1920s when his tomb was excavated. After your tour at the Museum, you have your lunch then move to the Coptic Cairo or as Egyptian call it (Old Cairo) contained within the boundaries of the Roman fortress of Babylon is where the Copts built their churches for protection. For three hundred years, from the conversion of Emperor Constantine until the arrival of Islam 620 A.D, Egypt was a Christian nation, and the Coptic church is one of the oldest communions as well as the church that really pioneered austere monasticism in the remote desert. There are still millions of Copts in Egypt, many of whom live in Old Cairo. Their most famous church is that of El Muallaqa, the Hanging Church, built over one of the gateways into the old fortress, its nave suspended above the passageway. Also in Old Cairo the saints Sergius church has The Crypt where the Holy Family took shelter during their flee to Egypt, also there is the synagogue of Ben Ezra. (Under restoration) Once home to many Jewish families, few now remain scattered throughout Cairo. There has been a religious building on this site (initially a church, then a synagogue) since at least the 4th century, and the present synagogue houses a Torah on gazelle skin that dates to the 5th century BC. This whole area is a world-famous destination for Pilgrims, after that back to your Hotel in Cairo.
Today enjoy a historical & heritage tour in Cairo you will visit Medieval Cairo, which was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. This part of the city was built in the 10th century and primarily served as a royal enclosure for the caliphs. It is accordingly filled with mosques and religious buildings of great historical significance. Inside, you will visit the Citadel of Salah El-Din, a fortress in which stands the imposing famous mosque of Mohamed Ali also known as the Alabaster mosque. After that move to the gates of Old Cairo enjoy walking tour starts from the Gate of El Nasr (Victory) walk through the most famous street El Muizz street that houses the biggest number of mosques and Madrasa (old Islamic schools) and old houses etc this street is considered the biggest Islamic open-air museum in the World.
End your day by visiting the old Bazaar of Cairo, Khan el-Khalili is a major souk in the historic center of Islamic Cairo. The bazaar district is one of Cairo's main attractions for tourists and Egyptians alike, enjoy your lunch at the Bazaar try the typical Egyptian dish ( Koshri or Koshry) at any of the local cafés after that back to your hotel.
After breakfast at your hotel in Cairo and according to your flight time to Luxor, Look at Egypt tours' representative will escort you to the airport to fly to Luxor( 1-hour Flight) upon arrival your expert Egyptologist guide will be waiting for you to start your journey exploring the treasures and wonders of the ancient Thebes, Luxor the biggest open-air museum in the World start your tour by visiting the great complex of Karnak, bold, massive and hugely ambitious, Luxor's mammoth Temple of Karnak is one of Ancient Egypt's grandest building projects. Every pharaoh ( ancient Kings) worth their salt added and amended the buildings here during their reign, stamping their seal on the kingdom's most revered religious sanctuary. For Karnak was the house of the gods, and its glories were to be feted by all, see the temple's walls, obelisks, a sacred lake, etc then move to Luxor temple, The temple was built by Amenhotep III (1390-52 BC) but completed by Tutankhamun (1336-27 BC) and Horemheb (1323-1295 BC) and then added to by Rameses II (1279-13 BC). Toward the rear is a granite shrine dedicated to Alexander the Great (332-305 BC) and the temple was dedicated for God Amun the main God of the Empire at this time. After that have some rest and enjoy your lunch at a traditional restaurant then check in your hotel, afternoon visit the museum of mummification that presents the ancient Egyptian art of mummification and displays related artifacts and mummies. Here you will learn about the mummification techniques specialized to embalm many animal species, such as crocodiles, cats, and fish. Mummified animals are unique to the collection of this museum after that move to the Luxor museum that displays the exquisite finds that reflect the luxury of Thebes during the New Kingdom. The artifacts displayed to focus on the ancient Egyptian beliefs and military glory during the “the Golden Age of the Empire” in Egypt after this so much history back to your hotel. overnight at Luxor.
After your breakfast at your hotel, be ready for a unique adventure to visit the temples of Abydos and Dendera with your Egyptologist by your private vehicle, start with Abydos is one of Egypt’s most important archaeological sites, once an epicenter of the cult worship of Osiris, Seti I raised the glorious temple here dedicated to the Egyptian god Osiris. Abydos became Ancient Egypt's most important burial center, and the temple, the unique and beautiful central point of the necropolis. Abydos is much less visited than other Nile temples, but for travelers interested in the Pharaonic era's artistry, the vibrantly colored wall and ceiling paintings, as well as the sculpted column work of the Temple of Seti I, are a highlight of your Egypt journey, the temple built of limestone and laid out on three levels, Abydos' Temple of Seti I is unusual in many respects from other Egyptian temples. There are no fewer than seven sanctuaries in the inner temple here honoring Osiris, Isis, Horus, Ptah, Re-Harakhte, Amun, and the deified Pharaoh Seti I.Enjoy taking Photos then lunch at a local restaurant then move to the Dendera temple of Goddess Hathor (goddess of Music, love, fertility, and healing), and is thought of as one of the best-preserved in Egypt, making it well worth. The complex consists of three separate temples: the main temple in honor of Hathor, the temple of Isis behind it, and a birthing temple toward the front. With its chambers, crypts, shrines, and delicately adorned ceilings, this colorful Greco-Roman masterpiece remains unscathed, featuring stunning Ptolemaic Egyptian art. Do not miss the sacred pool (lake) and the vast and the only relief of Cleopatra VII and her son Caesarion depicted on the back wall after this day back to Luxor -check in your Nile cruise. Dinner on board.After your visit to Dendera and Abydos temples back to Luxor for lunch onboard your Nile cruise. Dinner will be on board
After breakfast on board, you will start your tour to the west bank of Luxor start with the Valley of the Kings (KV) ever since Howard Carter opened up King Tutankhamun’s tomb to reveal the treasures of the boy king, the Valley of the Kings has captured the imaginations of travelers. The vividly painted tombs of Thebes' pharaohs allow visitors a glimpse at the burial rites and death rituals of Ancient Egypt, and today remain Luxor's West Bank's greatest and most popular attraction. There you will have the opportunity to visit 3 tombs there are more than 64 tombs are found in the Valley of the Kings and still waiting for more discoveries, after that the second tour in the West Bank will be to Al-Deir Al-Bahari or Queen Hatshepsut temple the lady who ruled Egypt as male king for more than 16 years visit her unique temple have some rest at the Alabaster factory to see the work of the grandsons of the ancient workers and you can get some as souvenirs after that move to the Ramesseum temple
The great mortuary temple built by Ramses II and dedicated to Amun, lies on the edge of the cultivated land, although only about half of the original structure survives, it is still a highly impressive monument. During the Roman Imperial period, it was known as the Tomb of Ozymandias, mentioned by the historian Diodorus (1st century BC) and was later immortalized by the English poet Shelley in his poem Ozymandias. After that visit,
the famous giant statues are known as the Colossi of Memnon. Carved out of hard yellowish-brown sandstone quarried in the hills above Edfu, they represent Amenophis III seated on a cube-shaped throne, and once stood guard at the entrance to the king's temple, of which only scanty traces are left. In Roman Imperial times they were taken for statues of Memnon, son of Eos and Tithonus, who was killed by Achilles during the Trojan War, stop for photos then back to your Nile cruise for lunch and start sailing towards Edfu. Enjoy a lovely time on the sundeck your dinner will be on board.
Your cruise will reach the city of Edfu once cruise anchor at the bank of the Nile your horse carriage will be waiting to visit the magnificent Temple of Horus or the temple of Edfu.
Edfu's temple is one of the Ptolemy Dynasty's most impressive feats of construction and due to its youth - built in the 2nd Century BC - it's also one of Egypt's best-preserved temples. Here, the looming sandstone walls are covered in giant hieroglyphics and dazzling friezes that ape the patriotic decorations of earlier pharaohs. Within its vast chambers, strolling under colossal gateways and wandering ant-like through its hallways that seem to be have been created for giants, you really get a feel for the all-encompassing power of Egypt's rulers, enjoy your visit then back to your Nile cruise continue sailing towards the city of Kom Ombo. Enjoy your stay on your cruise have lunch and enjoy tea time on the sundeck until you reach Kom Ombo, If you approach from the river, the soaring columns of the Great Temple of Kom Ombo rising dramatically above the Nile's bank are one of Egypt's iconic views. Today Kom Ombo, maybe a sleepy agricultural backwater surrounded by sugar cane fields, but this unique temple dedicated to the gods Sobek and Haroeris is a reminder of this area's importance in Ancient Egypt due to its prime position along the Nile. Stroll through the temple's colonnades, gazing up at scenes of pharaonic propaganda, and you'll capture the ambiance of this glorious history for yourself. Don’t forget to visit the museum of the crocodiles’ mummies back to your cruise dinner will be on board.
After your breakfast at your Nile cruise, Prepare to be blown away by the magnificence of these two temples with your guide and your private vehicle ( 3 hours driving) to Abu Simbel temples These two temples are undisputedly one of the world's most breathtaking monuments, and Egypt's second most visited touristic site, the Pyramids of Giza being on the top of the list. The relocation of the temples was a historic event in the 1960's. At that time, the temples were threatened by submersion in Lake Nasser when the High Dam was constructed. The Egyptian government with the support of UNESCO launched a worldwide appeal to save these colossal landmarks. They were successfully dismantled and relocated to a spot 60 meters above the cliff where they had been initially built. The more famous of the two temples is dedicated to Ramses II and the smaller one to his favorite wife Queen Nefertari. They were both built by Ramses II in the 13th century BC. The gigantic facade of Ramses II temple represents four colossal, seated figures of Ramses. The facade is 119 feet wide, 100 feet high, and the statues are each 67 feet high. The facade door leads to the interior of the temple is a 185 feet long man-made rock cave that leads to a series of halls and rooms. The most remarkable feature of the temple of Abu-Simbel is that the construction is oriented in a way that twice a year, the morning sun rays shine through the length of the inner temple cave and illuminate the statues of the four gods seated at the end of the cave. After this visit back to Aswan have your lunch at your cruise then visit another landmark the temple of Philae that dedicated to the goddess Isis, known as the Mother Goddess, the temple of Philae is located in a beautiful setting, landscaped to match the original site of the temple when it was relocated by UNESCO after the building of the Aswan Dam threatened the site. The temple has several shrines and sanctuaries after that back to your cruise enjoy dinner on board, overnight on board.
Disembark from your Nile cruise and drop your luggage at your hotel then start a new adventure exploring the Nubian heritage and forgotten treasures start your tour by visiting the Kalabsha Temple reach the temple by motorboat, walk along an imposing stone causeway that leads from the banks of the lake to the first pylon of the temple, pass a colonnaded court and into the eight columned hypostyle hall. Note the hieroglyphs and the reliefs of Greek pharaohs paying homage to Ancient Egyptian deities. Look for Mandulis, the god clad in the vulture feathered cloak. Built during the late Ptolemaic period and completed during the reign of the Roman emperor Augustus, the Temple of Kalabsha was dedicated to the Nubian god called Mandulis.
and then end the tour by the long- awaited Nubian Museum which was established as part of the UNESCO International Campaign for the Establishment of the Nubia Museum in Aswan and the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization in Cairo, the Nubia Museum in Aswan opened to the public in November 1997 and has won widespread praise for the quality of its design and collections.
The Nubia Museum in Aswan houses finds made during excavations carried out as part of UNESCO’s International Campaign to Save the Monuments of Nubia, threatened by the construction of the Aswan High Dam in the 1960s. Besides showcasing many of the more than 3,000 objects found during the excavations, the Museum serves as a focal point for Nubian culture and history, its collections presenting the history of Nubia from prehistory to the present day. After this visit have your lunch at a traditional restaurant then back to your hotel in Aswan.
After your breakfast and according to your flight details we will transfer you to the Airport to fly back to Cairo, meet & assist then transfer to your hotel in Cairo.
After breakfast our representative will escort you to the airport for final departure according to your flight time.After your cultural adventure Mysteries of Egypt Tour
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