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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS :
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 Giza Cheops Mycerinus and Chephren 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. 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. see the great statue of King Ramses II the biggest man-made statue made for a king and also visit the Alabaster Statue of Queen Hatshepsut, then head to the Pyramids 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
A new day for your tour in Egypt visiting the most interesting Egyptian Museum, which features artefacts 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 artefacts are presented, 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, 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 tens of thousands 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, 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, after that back to your hotel.
After your breakfast, you will check out of your hotel in Cairo start your archeological adventure to Off the beaten path to the Pyramid of Meidum one of the rare and unique Pyramid you can see and visit in Egypt and one of the hardest to get there. reach the pyramid with your guide and your private Vehicle enjoy and learn about the Pyramid.
The Pyramid of Meidum has an extremely high archaeological significance started as a Step Pyramid but then converted into a true pyramid, the pyramid at Meidum marks the transition from the Early Dynastic Period to the Old Kingdom.
It has often been assumed that the original builder of this Step Pyramid was King Huni, the last king of the 3rd Dynasty. This is, however, merely based on the desire to credit at least one major building to this otherwise elusive king. Huni's name has not been found in or near the Meidum Pyramid, making it quite unlikely that this pyramid was built for him.
The fact that the pyramid was named 'Sefru Endures' has led others to suggest that it was Senfru who built this monument. The fact that none of the mastabas surrounding the pyramid are older than the early 4th Dynasty and that several sons of Senfru Ra-Hotep were buried there also confirms that the pyramid must be dated to the beginning of the 4th rather than the end of the 3rd Dynasty.
Recent archaeological research has led to the assumption that Senfru built this pyramid before his 15th year and then abandoned the site to start a new royal cemetery at Dahshur, some 40 KM to the North. What is certain is that Snefru at one point during his reign -and some suggest a high date such as the 28th or 29th year of his reign- ordered the transformation of the original Step Pyramid into a true pyramid. It is unlikely that Snefru usurped this pyramid since he already had built two other pyramids at Dahshur. The reason why this king would have wanted 3 pyramids, making him the most productive pyramid builder in the history of Egypt, is not known. It is also not known whether the conversion of the original Step Pyramid into a true Pyramid was completed.
After your visit head to El-Manya, the city of Ikhanaton lunch will be on the way, overnight at El Minya hotel. Dinner will be served at your hotel.
After breakfast, you will have a day tour of the city of Ikhnaton (Akhat-Aton) The ancient Egyptian city of Tell el-Amarna was the short-lived capital built by the ‘heretic’ Pharaoh Akhenaten and abandoned shortly after his death (c. 1332 BCE). It was here that he pursued his vision of a society dedicated to the cult of one god, the power of the sun (the Aten). As well as this historic interest Amarna remains the largest readily accessible living-site from ancient Egypt. It is thus simultaneously the key to a chapter in the history of religious experience and to a fuller understanding of what it was like to be an ancient Egyptian. There is no other site like it.
It is an invaluable source for the study of both Akhenaten’s reign and of ancient Egyptian urbanism. The site has an extensive excavation history, and work continues there today.
Tell El Amarna today contains the ruins of the city constructed by Akhenaton and his wife Queen Nefertiti, who built the city to be the center of a cult to the sun god Aten. Situated around 12 kilometers southwest of Al Minya, little remains today of this once great city that used to extend over a surface area of around 17 KM from south to north and contained many magnificent temples and palaces. The ruins and the remains of the city of Akhenaton are scattered over a large area of land with the River Nile situated to its west and the desert cliffs of Upper Egypt located to its south.
This piece of land hosted the Great Temple of Aten which is now covered by a cemetery. The Great Temple of the god Aten had a distinctive style and architecture
For example, the temples of ancient Egypt generally had roofed chambers and sanctuaries, while the Temple of Aten had a roofless sanctuary to allow the sun rays to enter inside the complex to showcase the power and glory of the sun god Aten the God of the new religion.
Situated to the South of the Great Temple of Aten, lies the smaller Temple of the god Aten which is now being restored and will hopefully open to the public in the future. A better-preserved complex is the Northern Palace of Nefertiti where the layout of the structure can still be observed beside some of the wonderful mosaic floors of the Palace.
The Tombs of Tell El Amarna :
The most interesting sections of the historical site of Tell El Amarna today are the two sets of cliff tombs situated at each end of the ancient city of Akhet Aton ( the horizon of Aten)
These tombs display some wall paintings and carvings that are extremely interesting and matchless all over Egypt as it gives the guests the chance to view the distinctive art of this period of the New Kingdom in ancient Egypt where many features of the classical art that was practiced in the Old and the Middle Kingdom were modified and transformed. after your exploration of the lost city of ikhanaton then back to your hotel in the city dinner will be served at the hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel then let’s start a new day on your adventure by exploring the tombs of Beni Hassan the site lies on the Eastern Bank of the Nile, 20 kilometers south of the city of Al-Minya. It houses 39 rock-cut tombs decorated with scenes depicting local and regional life during the Middle Kingdom. Many of these have scenes of violent warfare and military training.
You will visit some of the tombs in the area such as:
(Tomb No 2) Tomb of Amenemhet he is described as the 'prince of the Oryx Nome' and was a governor of the Oryx Nome. Here one finds one of two inscriptions within the necropolis that help define Egyptian life in this period. It consists of thirty-two lines on the door. There are also unusual scenes depicting hunting in the desert on the north wall. His tomb is unusual for having a false door on the west, where the dead are supposed to enter.
(Tomb No 3) Tomb of Khnum Hotep A governor under Amenemhet III (about 1820 BC), Khnum Hotep's is described as 'the hereditary lord' and his tomb is beautifully done with scenes of daily life. His biographical inscription within the tomb is 222 columns of text and help define Egyptian life during this period. There are also acrobats over the door.
(tomb 15) Tomb of Baqet III If ever there was an imaginative person, the father of Kheti (see below) was one. A strange tomb with scenes depicting a hunt for unicorns, a serpent-headed quadruped, a 'Sethian' animal, and a griffin. Apparently, the Egyptians felt that there were evil forces in the desert, and hunting their helped to preserve order. Others show wrestlers and gazelles involved in strange behavior.
(tomb 17) Tomb of Kheti During the 11th Dynasty, Kheti was a governor of the Oryx Nome. The tomb has depictions of daily life during the period.
After your tour in Beni Hassan tombs, you will be back to your hotel in El -Minya dinner will be served at the hotel.
After breakfast, check out from your hotel in El Minya then head to Abydos the holy city of the ancient Egyptians, in the worship of the Osiris cult Abydos was one of the major pilgrimage sites of Egypt. A pilgrimage every Egyptian hoped to accomplish once in his/her life. It was the wish of many ancient Egyptians to be buried in Abydos in order to be near their God Osiris the land mark of this ancient city is the temple of Sety I and Ramses II exude a rich history. From a historical perspective this makes a visit to Abydos a valuable experience.
The temple of Seti I (c. 1290 - 1279 BC) is a spectacular example of the royal interest in Abydos generated by Osiris presence there, but it also has unusual human interest. Although like other pharaoh's Seti has numerous temples built throughout Egypt, according to surviving texts his greatest affection was for his Abydos temple. It was set ' in the province which he loved, his heart's desire ever since he had been on Earth, the sacred soil of Wennefir ( Osiris)
The Seti I Temple is not just an ordinary temple. It is the temple of healing in Egypt, it can be seen as the most important Temple of the whole of ancient Egypt. Pharaoh Sety built it for a special reason. He knew that the energies of Abydos could heal the suffering of the souls. Therefore the Seti Temple can be seen as a healing temple. It's built to bring back the balance inside the hearts of the visitors. Many visitors already have experienced this while visiting the Sety I Temple. 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 a lovely photo then check in very authentic hotel in Abydos the house of Life hotel it is a unique hotel in the city of Abydos enjoy your stay dinner and lunch will be at the hotel. Overnight at your hotel.
After your breakfast at Abydos check out, then head to The Temple of Goddess Hathor at Dendera.
If you’ve heard about the Dendera Light Bulb and want to see the famed relief up close and personal, you will have to visit the underground crypt of Hathor Temple at the Dendera Temple Complex in Qena, Egypt. If you’re looking for a jaw-dropping experience, the beautifully intricate, 2,000-year-old temple is not to be missed.
The Temple of Hathor is one of the most well-preserved temples in all of Egypt. There are three temples to view in the complex: the birthing temple at the front, the temple of Isis behind the main temple, and the main temple dedicated to Hathor.
Hathor is the Egyptian sky goddess of sexual love, fertility, music, and dancing. It is also said she is the goddess of birth and motherhood. She is often depicted as the counterpart of Horus. In fact, Hathor translates to “House of Horus.” Enjoy unique scenes and inscriptions and the famous Zodiac and star signs on the ceiling of the temple and the most famous Cleopatra and her son Caesarion relief it is the only relief for the famous Queen Cleopatra VII after your visit head to Luxor embark on your Nile cruise have lunch on board then afternoon visit the great temple of Karnak the biggest temple on earth the symbol of the glory of ancient Egypt with its high walls, obelisks and sacred lake enjoy your visit then move to the temple of Luxor 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. Back to your Nile cruise for dinner and rest. Overnight 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 the temple of Queen Hatshepsut that located beneath massive cliffs near the west bank of the Nile, the Mortuary Temple Hatshepsut, also known as Deir el Bahri, is dedicated to Amon-Ra, the sun god. Designed by an architect named Senemut, the temple is unique because it was designed like classical architecture. Note the lengthy, colonnaded terrace some of which are 97 ft high, pylons, courts, and hypostyle hall. Inside you'll see the sun court, chapel and sanctuary. Temple reliefs depict the tale of the divine birth of Queen Hatshepsut and trade expeditions to the Land of Punt (a reference to modern Somalia ) one of the rare reliefs in the Egyptian temples, after that 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 famous gigantic statues 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 a photo 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 teatime 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, may be 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. 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.
After your breakfast, you will be escorted by your Egyptologist to visit fly back to Cairo, upon arriving to Cairo move to your hotel overnight.
After this ultimate Egypt experience, you will be escorted to the airport to fly back home.
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