Welcome to Cairo. Our representative will assist you through passport control formalities, luggage identification & portage will greet you. From the airport you will be transferred by a private A/C car to your hotel.
Meal Plan: Nil
Breakfast at the hotel. Proceed to enjoy the Captivating city of Cairo
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE DAY
THE PYRAMIDS OF GIZA The sole survivors from the ancient Greek-listed Seven Wonders of the World, the pyramids of Giza are the planet’s oldest tourist attraction! Constructed from over 2.5 million limestone blocks it is thought to have taken more than 20 years to construct.
They are Egypt’s most visited monuments and among the world’s greatest tourist attractions.
THE SPHINX is carved from a single piece of stone. It is a lion with the head of a pharaoh thought to be the portrait of Chepren.
CHURCH OF ST.SERGIUS (ABU SERGA) – A 5th century basilica built over crypt where the Holy Family is believed to have stayed during their flight into Egypt.
CHURCH OF ST.MERCURIUS (ABU SEFEIN) – boasts a unique collection of Coptic art including 175 icons that depict scenes from the old and new testaments, wall paintings, etching and stained glass.
BEN EZRA SYNAGOGUE Modest in appearance, delightful in interior and boasting of legends, the Ben Ezra synagogue is the supreme Jewish monument in Cairo. Legends claim that the synagogue is built on the spot where pharaoh‘s daughter found Moses in the bulrushes and where Jeremiah spoke to survivors after the destruction of Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar.
The most important recent event is the finding of medieval manuscripts in 1894. The collection, called Geniza, counted more than 250,000 pages, dating to the period between 1002 and 1266.
AL AZHAR UNIVERSITY AND MOSQUE: Al-Azhar is today the most important religious university in the Muslim world, with as much as 90,000 students. It is perhaps the oldest university in the whole world . The heart of Al-Azhar is the mosque quarters. Unlike so many mosques around the Muslim world, it is fully open for visitors. The architecture is stunning; the size of the roofed hall is quite impressive.
THE KHAN EL KHALILI: The most famous of oriental bazaars it is a treasure of trove of medieval craftsmanship. Shop to your total hearts content- for the Egyptian artifacts…or order yourself a shisha, indulge and watch the world go by…both very enjoyable pass times!!
Transfer to hotel
Transfer to the train station.
Overnight: Sleeper Train
Meal Plan: Breakfast / Lunch in a local restaurant / Dinner on train
HIGHLIGHTS DURING THE NILE CRUISE
HIGH DAM: The high dam is the largest rock-filled dam in the world and one of the most important engineering feats of the 20TH century an artificial lake-Lake Nasser, with a surface of 4000 sq. km lies behind the dam.
FELUCCA SAILING: Felucca is a traditional Egyptian sailing boat. We shall sail by the felucca around the Elephantine Island to view the Aga Khan Mausoleum and the Kitchener’s botanical garden.
THE LUXOR TEMPLE: Largely built by the New Kingdom pharaohs Amenhotep III and Ramses II, this temple is a strikingly graceful monument in the heart of the modern town. Also known as the Southern Sanctuary, its main function was during the annual Opet celebrations, when the statues of Amun, Mut and Khonsu were brought from Karnak, along the Avenue of Sphinxes, and reunited here during the inundation.
VALLEY OF THE KINGS – The Valley of the Kings shelters the fabled tombs of the pharaohs. More than 40 pharaohs were laid to rest here in ornate subterranean palaces penetrating sometimes under 100 m into the face of the rock.
COLOSSI OF MEMNON Dominating the desert to the east stand the huge colossi of Memnon, sole relics of the funerary temple of Amenhotep 111.