General

CAIRO, ASWAN, LUXOR, ALEXANDRIA

Day 01  USA – Egypt

Day 02  Cairo Arrival at Cairo airport, meet, assist and transfer to five star hotel.
Overnight

Day 03  Cairo
Breakfast at hotel
Lunch
Full day visit to Pyramids of Giza & the Sphinx.
Evening at leisure and overnight.

The Pyramids: were reckoned by the Greeks to be one of the Seven Wonders of the World.  A single pyramid is built of 2,300,000 blocks, each weighing an average of two and one–half tons.  In the face of such immensity, one cannot help but feel the wonder and awe that so many writers & artists have sought to convey over the centuries. The Cheops Pyramid is especially interesting since its interior burial chambers are open for inspection by the public.  Not far from the Pyramids is the Great Sphinx of Giza, which dates from the time of Chephren (2620BC).  Hewn from natural yellowish limestone & standing 65 feet high & 187 feet long, this unforgettable statue combines the head of a Pharaoh with a lion’s body.  Proceed with visit to Memphis and Sakkara.

Memphis: served as the capital of Upper & Lower Egypt some 5,000 years ago during the 1st Dynasty.  Menes, the first pharaoh of this dynasty, built a great white-walled palace & the Temple of Ptah here

Sakkara: one of the most exciting historical & archaeological areas in all of Egypt, situated about 12 miles South West of Cairo.  The site is dominated by the famous step pyramid of King Zoser. It was the first pyramid to be built in ancient Egypt, preceding those at Giza by many centuries, and is the work of the famous pharaonic architect, Imhotep.

Day 04  Cairo
Breakfast at hotel.
Half day visit to the Egyptian museum
Half day visit to Citadel of Saladin, Mosque of Mohamed Ali, and Mosque of
ElRefaei (where the members of the royal family of Egypt and Shah of Iran are buried).
Lunch
Dinner
Evening at leisure and overnight.

The Egyptian museum: Is the most important depository of Egyptian antiquities anywhere in the world.  It features artifacts from the Pharaonic and Greco-Roman periods, including the celebrated mummy and treasures of ancient Egypt’s King Tut Ankh Amun.  Then we visit the 19th century Alabaster Mosque (Mohammad Ali Mosque).  Finally we drive to El Refai that was built in the early 20th century where the members of the royal family of Egypt and the Shah of Iran are buried.

The Citadel: Is situated on a spur of the Musqattam Hills.  The citadel dominates Cairo’s Skyline and was the nerve center of the city and Egypt for almost 700 years.  Its construction was initiated in 1176 by Saladin, and completed by Muhammad Ali.  Mameluke sultans and Turkish governors later made it their residence, building palaces and mosques within Citadel walls.

Day 05  Cairo – Aswan
Breakfast at hotel
Transfer to Cairo domestic airport for flight to Aswan
Arrival Aswan airport and transfer to Nile cruise for 4 days 3 nights. Check in (noon)
Lunch on board /Felucca Ride/Nubian show
Overnight in Aswan

Day 06  Cruise
Breakfast on board
Visit the High Dam, the Philae Temple, & the Unfinished Obelisk.
Visit Kom Ombo temple
Lunch on board
Dinner Galabeya Party
Sail to Edfu
Overnight in Edfu

The High Dam and Unfinished Oblelisk:  The Old High Dam was built by Sir W. Wilcox on behalf of the British authorities in 1898. It is constructed of granite quarried in the Aswan area. The official opening took place in 1902. In the 1960’s another dam was built by the Egyptian Government.  A visit is also made to the unfinished obelisk, which gives a great deal of information about how the original builders set about their tasks. The existence of granite in Aswan area was of particular interest to the ancient Pharaohs since it provided them with a ready source of material for their obelisks and temples

Philae Temple:  Was dismantled & reassembled on Agilika Island (about 500 m from its original home on Philae Island) in the wake of the High Dam. The Temple, dedicated to the Goddess Isis, is in a beautiful setting, which has been landscaped to match its original site. Its various shrines & sanctuaries (including the temple of Hathor, a Birth House, and two pylons), celebrate all the deities involved in the Isis & Osiris myth.

Temple of Kom Ombo:  Is actually two temples: the Temple of Sobek and the Temple of Haroeris.  In ancient times sacred crocodiles basked in the sun on the riverbank near here.  The Temple has scant remains due first to the changing Nile, second to the Copts who once used it as a church, and finally to builders who used the stones for new buildings.

Day 07 Cruise
Breakfast on board
Visit the Temple of Edfu (Horus Temple) by horse carriage.
Sail to Esna
Lunch on board
Sail to Luxor
Dinner Disco Party on board
Overnight in Luxor

Temple of Edfu: This is not only the best-preserved ancient temple in Egypt, but also the second largest after Karnak.  It is believed that the temple was built on the site of the great battle between Horus and Seth.  Hence, the current temple is just the last in a long series of temples to be built on this location.

Day 08  Luxor – Cairo
Breakfast on board
Visit Karnak and Luxor Temples.
Check Out
Transfer to Luxor airport for flight to Cairo
Arrival Cairo and transfer to the hotel
Dinner
Evening at leisure and overnight

Karnak Temple:  Was known as Ipet-isut (most select of places) by the ancient Egyptians.  It is a city of temples built over 2000 years, and dedicated to the Theben triad of Amon, Mut, and Khonsu.  This derelict palace is still capable of overshadowing many of the wonders of the modern world and must have been awe-inspiring in its day.

Luxor Temple:  In an Unforgettable excursion, visitors drive to the Luxor Temple, built by two Kings, Amenophis III and Ramses II.  After touring the Temple, visitors travel along an avenue of ram-headed sphinxes, extending for about 2 miles, which link the Luxor Temple to the main center of worship in ancient Egypt.

Day 09 Cairo – Alexandria
Breakfast at hotel.
Early morning drive to Alexandria
Visit the Greco-roman museum, Pompey’s Pillar, and the Catacombs
Lunch at the Palace of King Farouk
Dinner

Greco roman Museum:  A depository for a wide variety of Pharaonic, Ptolemaic, Roman, and Christian antiquities.  It opened in 1895 and was enlarged in 1896, 1899, and 1904.

Pompey’s Pillar:  A column of red Aswan granite standing some 90 feet high with a circumference of 27 feet.  It was erected in honor of the Emperor Diocletian, as a Greek inscription on the West side of the base indicates.

Catacombs:  An extensive, three level funerary, probably dating from the 2nd century AD.
Lunch at local restaurant
Proceed with visit to the Library and ElMontazah Gardens.

Montazah Gardens:  At the eastern end of Alexandria, stretching along the Mediterranean Sea, and surrounded by the Royal summer Palaces of the former King Farouk.

Day 10  Cairo
Breakfast at hotel.
Half day visit to the Khan El khalili Bazaars.
Rest of day at leisure.
Lunch
Dinner
Evening at leisure and overnight.

Day 11  Cairo – USA
Breakfast at hotel
Transfer to the airport for final departure
Meet and assist through customs.

Package includes:

  • 6 nights in Cairo 5-star hotels, rooms with private facilities

  • Service charges and hotel taxes

  • 9 breakfasts 8 lunches 8 dinners

  • 4 days/3 nights cruise on a 5-star boat, full board

  • One day trip to Alexandria including sightseeing and lunch

  • One Farewell dinner on Nile Cruise

  • Professional Tour Director throughout

  • Luggage handling

Price from Los Angeles per person incl. Taxes:  USD 2,199.00 (Based on double occupancy)
Land Only incl. Taxes:  USD 1,072.00
Single room (Only 1 Passenger):  USD 450.00

Tips: It is customary to pay:  $2 for local guide + $2 for bus drivers per day.

Non-Egyptian visitors arriving in Egypt are required to be in possession of a valid passport.

Entry visas may be obtained from Egyptian Diplomatic and Consular Missions.

– Iranian Citizens CAN NOT travel to Egypt.

NOTE : Amiri Travel is *NOT RESPONSIBLE* for any optional tours purchased by Passengers.

Visa requirement:
Passport with at least 6 months of validity and at least one blank visa page
Non – U.S. citizens must call their local Consulate office for the most current entry requirements.

Travel Insurance:
We strongly recommend that all clients take out comprehensive travel insurance when making a booking. We recommend getting insurance that covers loss of baggage, trip cancellation, and medical expenses. Insurance is available at additional cost.

Cancellation without insurance:
Cancellations are very costly and usually do not occur in time for resale of the cancelled tour. If Amiri Tour and Travel receives any cancellation prior to commencement of services without travel Insurance, the following cancellation fees will apply per person

60 days prior to departure: $250 per person.
60-31 days prior to departure: 50% of cost.
30 days or less prior to departure: 100% of cost. No refund

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Highlights

Package includes:

  • 6 nights in Cairo 5-star hotels, rooms with private facilities
  • Service charges and hotel taxes
  • 9 breakfasts 8 lunches 8 dinners
  • 4 days/3 nights cruise on a 5-star boat, full board
  • One day trip to Alexandria including sightseeing and lunch
  • One Farewell dinner on Nile Cruise
  • Professional Tour Director throughout
  • Luggage handling

Price from Los Angeles per person incl. Taxes: USD 2,199.00 (Based on double occupancy)
Land Only incl. Taxes: USD 1,072.00
Single room (Only 1 Passenger): USD 450.00

Tips: It is customary to pay: $2 for local guide + $2 for bus drivers per day.

Non-Egyptian visitors arriving in Egypt are required to be in possession of a valid passport.

Entry visas may be obtained from Egyptian Diplomatic and Consular Missions.

– Iranian Citizens CAN NOT travel to Egypt.

NOTE : Amiri Travel is *NOT RESPONSIBLE* for any optional tours purchased by Passengers.

Visa requirement:
Passport with at least 6 months of validity and at least one blank visa page
Non – U.S. citizens must call their local Consulate office for the most current entry requirements.
Travel Insurance:
We strongly recommend that all clients take out comprehensive travel insurance when making a booking. We recommend getting insurance that covers loss of baggage, trip cancellation, and medical expenses. Insurance is available at additional cost.
Cancellation without insurance:
Cancellations are very costly and usually do not occur in time for resale of the cancelled tour. If Amiri Tour and Travel receives any cancellation prior to commencement of services without travel Insurance, the following cancellation fees will apply per person
60 days prior to departure: $250 per person.
60-31 days prior to departure: 50% of cost.
30 days or less prior to departure: 100% of cost. No refund