3 Hours Before Flight Time
The best time to go on a Nile cruise is between October and April. It’s not too hot, which is important since you’ll be hopping on and off to visit temples along the way. The heat in Aswan and Luxor is intense, and it’s not recommended that you travel during the peak summer months from June through August. The average temperatures hover over the 100 F (40 C) mark, and it’s even hotter when you’re inside some of the tombs. Plus, there’s not a lot of shade around.
Although the river boats that cruise the Nile tend not to vary in size, there is a fair amount of variation in quality. While several river cruise lines have ships in the region, they don’t always offer the itineraries, depending on interest. In 2016, look at Viking, Avalon Waterways, Abercrombie & Kent, Sanctuary Retreats, Movenpick, eWaterways, Uniworld, Sonesta Nile Cruises, Nile Exploration, Oberoi and Travcoa.
Arrival in Cairo international airport ( Flight Number EK 927 ) At 10.05 , Meet & Assist
at the airport and After going through Immigration, Baggage Claim and Customs, Lunch
on the way then Transfer to the hotel , and over night
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE DAY
THE PYRAMIDS OF GIZA
Pyramids of Choeps, Chepren and Mycerious.
The great pyramids 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 Ancient Egyptians built the pyramids as tombs to preserve the bodies of
their dead kings, especially that they believed in resurrection and immortality,
The Pyramids of Giza lie at the western edge of Greater Cairo, about 10 kms from
downtown, and comprise:
The Great Pyramid
The most famous structure in the world and the only survivingof the Seven
Cairo—Alexandria—Cairo Wonders of the Ancient World. It was built by King Khufu (Cheops) of the IV
Dynasty around 2650 BC. lts height now is 137 m (original height: 146 m).
Almost 2.5 million blocks of stone were put into building this pyramid. All this,
however, dwindles when compared to the precision and astounding ability of the
ancient Egyptian in building this pyramid. Close to the eastern flank of the
Pyramid of Khufu lie three small pyramids dedicated either to his wives or family
The Second Pyramid
Built by Khafre (Chephren), south-west of his father’s (Khufu’s) pyramid though
lower in height: 136 m. It still retains, on some of its upper parts, the remains of
the limestone that had once covered it all. At the base, it measures 215.5 m
square. lts interior is simple, with two entrances on the north side. The visitor
can also still see the remains of Khafre’s mortuary temple, the Temple of the
Valley, and rising causeway. These temples witnessed the religious rites during
the embalming of the body.
The Third Pyramid
Built by Menkaure (Mycerinus), south-west of the Great and Second Pyramids. It
is much smaller than either one (62 m high). It is distinguished by the fact that
the lower part of its sides still retain their granite slab coverings.
On the way to the Temple of the Valley, lies the large statue of the Sphinx. The
Sphinx is carved from a single piece of stone. One of most famous monuments in
the world, it is indeed a legendary statue for it has the body of lion and the face of
a man. lt is 70 m long and 20 m high. The face of the Sphinx closely resembles
that of King Kephren.
Lunch at local restaurant.
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
In the evening there is Nile cruise Dinner, which lasts for 2 hours, sailing on
the Nile with Folkloric Shows and Belly Dancers. At the end of this cruise you will
be driven back to your hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Breakfast at the hotel.
Highlights of the day:
Cairo—Alexandria—Cairo Then Transfer to Alexandria by road (2.5 hrs approx) , arrive Alexandria , dinner and
over night in hotel
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 Poseidon. 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.
MONTAZAH GARDEN .
Over Night In Alexandria
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Early breakfast at the hotel followed by check-out. You will then be transferred to Cairo
Airport for your final departure
Note: This program is depends on the flight time .