Upon arrival in Cairo you settle into your luxurious hotel overlooking the Pyramids of Giza. Cairo is a bustling metropolis with a seemingly endless list of things to do and places to see.
Tour the three Pyramids of Giza which represent the highest achievement in Egyptian pyramid construction. Giza lies on the West Bank of the Nile (the land of the setting sun and the dead), on the border between cultivated land and the desert. You also visit the Great Sphinx of Giza.
Spend time exploring the Egyptian Antiquities Museum, a massive facility containing more than 120,000 artifacts from ancient Egypt, including sarcophagi, jewelry, and pottery, and items from King Tut's tomb.
Compare the Old City, Coptic Cairo, and its twisting alleyways and ancient churches with the ornate architecture and mosques of the slightly younger Islamic Cairo. Explore the colorful markets and soak in the scents and sounds from this ancient city.
SAQQARA / DAHSHUR
Early this morning depart for your visit to the Necropolis of Saqqara, a short drive from Cairo. This is the oldest complete stone building complex known and all periods of Egyptian history are represented at the site. The central monument of the Necropolis is the Step Pyramid of Pharaoh Djoser which dates to about 2,630 BC.
LUXOR / VALLEY OF KINGS
Today you board your flight to Luxor, the capital of the ancient Egyptian Empire. After checking into your luxury hotel, you visit the Valley of the Kings, the burial site of pharaohs of the New Kingdom. You may have the opportunity to view a few tombs seldom seen by tourists.
LUXOR / VALLEY OF THE QUEENS
Today you are driven to the Valley of the Queens, south of the Valley of the Kings and closer to the Nile. The area is the final resting place for many of the family members of the kings, including both males and females, and even some high officials. There are about 80 numbered tombs in this area, the most famous of being that of Queen Nefertari.
You also visit Deir el-Medina, the ruins of a village which housed the craftsmen and workers who dug and decorated the tombs. This area reveals what ordinary life was like for the ancient Egyptians and around its necropolis are tombs of many of these artists. Depending on time available, a number of these tombs can be visited. The area contains more than 500 "private tombs" of artists as well as wealthy individuals with their daily lives being depicted through imaginative, brightly colored paintings.
On Day 6 you board your luxury cruise vessel. Over the next three days you slowly travel up the Nile River exploring fantastic archeological sites along the way. The boat stops at the Dendrah Temple, a beautiful example of late Egyptian architecture, Temple of Horus in Edfu and then onwards to Kom Ombo to visit its famous temple.
Sail onward to Aswan, situated on the East Bank between the river and the eastern desert hills. It was once the gateway to the interior of Africa and the Sudan (Nubia) and an important center of trade for millennia. The stones from the nearby quarries provided the Pharaohs with grey and pink granite for their massive constructions. Visit the exquisitely beautiful Philae temple which was nearly lost beneath the waters of Lake Nasser, but has been moved in its entirety to a nearby island to avoid the floodwaters. The monuments on the island are some of the most glorious in all of Egypt.
Today you fly to Abu Simbel where you visit the magnificent temples constructed by Ramses II more than 3,000 years ago. Ramses built these gargantuan edifices to the Gods to ensure his place in eternity.
Today you fly back to Cairo and connect to your flight home.
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