DAY 1: NAIROBI- CAIRO
Arrive Cairo International Airport. You will be met our representative who will assist you through the immigration. Transfer to your hotel. Check-in and rest of the day at leisure.
Options: You can enjoy the evening
-at an oriental club complete with Egyptian food and belly dancing.
-sound and light show at the pyramids.
DAY 2: CAIRO
Breakfast at the hotel. Check out of the hotel and proceed to enjoy the captivating city of Cairo.
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE DAY
THE PYRAMIDS OF GIZA The great Pyramids of Choeps, Chepren and mysterious are the only ones surviving of the seven wonders of the ancient world. They are Egypt’s most visited monuments and among the worlds 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.
THE PERFUMERY Since time immemorial the Egyptians have been extracting essential oils for essences. Here you have a chance to experience the aromas like, 'The secrets of the desert,' 'The lotus' and all popular international designer perfumes and colognes.
THE PAPYRUS was first made in ancient Egypt- learn how to manufacture this paper using papyrus reeds. And you have an opportunity to buy some hand painted papyrus.
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 sheesha, indulge and watch the world go by…both very enjoyable pass times!!
EGYPTIAN MUSEUM called the museum of the Egyptian antiquities; it is one of the greatest museums you will ever see, housing an unrivalled collection of antiquities reaching back 5000years
DAY 3: CAIRO/ ALEXANDRIA
Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to Alexandria (2.5 hrs by road) arrive Alexandria and check-in the hotel. Day at leisure to enjoy this Mediterranean resort
DAY 4: ALEXANDRIA/ASWAN
Breakfast at the hotel.
Highlights of the day:
• THE CATACOMBS OF KOM EL SHOUKAFA.
Kom El Shoukafa is an underground wonder world of ornate carvings and paintings and a mixture of Roman and Egyptian designs. It is the largest Roman Funerary complex in Egypt. And dates from the second century A.D. This warren of tombs, on three levels, also contains the Triclinium, where relatives used to sit on stone benches to feast the dead, and a central tomb with reliefs of bearded
serpents. Inside are 2nd century A.D. statues of Sobek and Anubis wearing roman armor.
• CITADEL OF FORT QAITBEY
This citadel is the further most edifices on the harbors arm. The fort is on the original site of the Pharos, Alexandria’s ancient lighthouse, built in 279 BC to a height of 12 meters and topped with the statue of Poseodon. Although Pharos was restored at various times it had finally crumbled by the time the original fort was built here, in the 1480’s. This magnificent structure houses Fort Qait Beys naval museum.
• THE ROMAN THEATER.
Discovered in 1964, after 30 years of excavation, this well preserved ancient Roman Theatre with the marble seats, galleries and sections of mosaic flooring, was probably a roofed theatre used for musical performances and based on the inscriptions carved on the seats, wrestling contests. The theatre had a capacity of 700 to 800 seats and in Ptolemaic times it was park of Pan, a pleasure
garden surrounded by Roman villas and baths. Transfer to railway station for your sleeper train to Aswan. Dinner will be served onboard the train.
Meal plan: Breakfast /Dinner.
DAY 5: NILE CRUISE
Breakfast in the train. Arrive in Aswan in the morning. Transfer to the Nile cruise. Embark before lunch. After lunch, visit the Aswan 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 Nasser lies behind the dam. This will be followed by felucca sailing. A 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 Kitcheners botanical garden. Overnight in the cruise
liner. Meal plan: Breakfast /Lunch /Dinner
DAY 6: NILE CRUISE
Breakfast in the cruise. Today we sail to Luxor via Kom Ombo, Edfu and Esna. The temple of Kom Ombo is exquisitely situated on a dune above a bend in the Nile and is shared equally by two gods- Sobek, the crocodile god of Nile fertility and Haroeis, the elder Horus. The town of Edfu boasts Egypt’s most best preserved temple dedicated to Horus, the god of sun and planets. The falcon –his symbol-is a prominent decoration. A very delightful hantour (horse carriage) ride takes you from the Nile to the temple grounds. Overnight in the cruiser.
Meal plan: Breakfast /Lunch /Dinner.
DAY 7: NILE CRUISE
Breakfast in the cruiser. Begin the day by visiting the pharaoh’s at their tombs at 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. The Colossi of Memnon dominates the desert to the east and is the home to the sole relics of the funerary temple of Amenhotep 111. On the plains at the foot of the rugged Theban Mountains, set in a dramatic amphitheatre of rocky cliffs, stands the terraced Temple Of Deir El Bahari-a splendid example of architecture which Queen Hatshepsut had built about 1490 BC. Hatshepsut was the only woman to rule
Egypt as a pharaoh. Overnight in the Nile cruiser.
Meal plan: Breakfast /Lunch /Dinner
DAY 8: LUXOR
The great temples of Luxor and Karnak- “Here are works in whose presence it is a task for the imagination to overtake the eyesight.’ The impressive Temple of Luxor with its noble bud columns stand in the heart of modern town.It served only as the setting for the solemn New Years pageant honoring the chief god, Amon.
The Temples of Luxor appears only minor when compared to the awesome Karnak temples, which for many is pharonic Egypt’s grandest monument of all. The temple complex covers a hundred acres: its history spans throughout thirteen centuries. After breakfast, disembark from the cruise .Rest of the day at leisure Evening transfer to the train station for your sleeper train to Cairo.
Meal plan: Breakfast /Dinner
DAY 9: CAIRO
Breakfast on the train. Arrive Cairo and transfer to your hotel. Rest of the day at leisure Meal plan breakfast
DAY 10: CAIRO
Breakfast at the hotel. Check out of the rooms (late checkout on request). Rest of the day at leisure to shop to your hearts content at the various malls and souks in Cairo. Transfer to the airport at 2000hrs for your flight to Nairobi.
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