Day 1: Canada - Cairo (Egypt)
Flight with a good itinerary.
Day 2: Cairo
Arrival at the airport in Cairo. You will be greeted by our local representatives after exiting the customs and transferred to your hotel in Cairo. The rest of the day is free for you to relax and enjoy the facilities of your hotel or to opt for an optional city tour ($) of Cairo. Dinner and overnight in Cairo. (Dinner)
Day 3: Cairo - Aswan (Sleeping Train)
After breakfast at the hotel, you will discover the world-famous pyramids of Giza. On Giza Plateau just outside Cairo, you will be impressed by the Pyramid of Cheops, the largest of the three pyramids, the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World and the only one to remain largely intact. With the head of a pharaoh and the body of a lion, the Sphinx of Giza is watching over the pyramids. Enjoy some free time to wander around this amazing site, take pictures and visit the interior chambers ($) of the Great Pyramid of Giza.
After lunch at a local restaurant, you will visit the Egyptian Museum of Cairo. Then, you will be transferred to the train station in Cairo to board your train toward Aswan. Dinner and overnight on board in a first-class cabin. (Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner)
Day 4: Aswan (Beginning of the Nile cruise)
Breakfast on board. Arrival at the train station in Aswan and transfer to the port to embark on your Nile cruise. Following lunch on board, you will visit the Aswan High Dam which is providing electricity to the whole country, the Philae Temple dedicated to the goddess Isis, and the unfinished Obelisk, the largest known ancient obelisk. Dinner and overnight on board. (Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner)
Day 5: Aswan - Kom Ombo - Edfu
Breakfast on board. In the morning, enjoy the facilities of the ship or opt for an amazing optional excursion ($) to Abu Simbel, considered to be one of the most impressive sites in Egypt. Lunch on board. In the afternoon you will sail toward Kom Ombo where you will visit the Temple of Sobek. Then, you will navigate onward to Edfu. Dinner and overnight on board. (Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner)
Optional excursion ($) to Abu Simbel (+ $185 CAD taxes included per person):
Early morning transfer from the ship in Aswan to Abu Simbel with breakfast included. Here, you will visit the two temples built by Ramses II as a high-architect before he became a pharaoh. The 100-foot-high Great Temple is breathtaking with the 4 statues of Ramses II and his wife Queen Nefertari, each 65-foot high. Next to the Great Temple is the temple dedicated to Queen Nefertari. Both temples were originally carved in a mountain. In 1965, they were moved to a new location thanks to an international project which saved them from the flooding caused by the construction of the High Dam.
Day 6: Edfu - Esna - Luxor
After breakfast on board, you will visit the temple dedicated to Horus which is one of the best-preserved ancient temples in Egypt. It was built between 237 and 57 BC. Following lunch on board, you will navigate along the Nile toward Esna and Luxor through beautiful desert landscapes. Dinner and overnight on board. (Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner)
Day 7: Luxor
Breakfast on board. Today, you will visit amazing archeological sites located on the west bank of the Nile. In the Valley of the Queens, you will be awestruck by the Temple of Hatshepsut, dubbed the "Sublime of the Sublimes", built on three levels beneath the cliff at Deir El-Bahri. In the Valley of the Kings, you will visit the Temple of Ramses III the last great monarch of ancient Egypt who was able to save his country from collapsing at a time when other empires fell to invaders. On your way back to the ship, you will see the Colossi of Memnon which are two massive stone statues of the Pharaoh Amenhotep. Dinner and overnight on board. (Breakfast-Lunch-Dinner)
Day 8: Luxor (End of the Nile cruise)
After breakfast on board, you will disembark from the ship and start your visit of the most spectacular temples located on the east bank of the Nile and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site: Luxor and Karnak. You will notice that the entrance at Luxor Temple is as impressive as the reign of its architect Ramses II. Karnak, whose construction lasted for almost 2000 years, is the largest and oldest religious complex in the world. After the visits, you will be transferred to your hotel in Luxor. Dinner and overnight at your hotel in Luxor. (Breakfast-Dinner)
Day 9: Luxor - Cairo
Breakfast at the hotel and transfer to the airport in Luxor for your flight to Cairo. Upon arrival at the airport in Cairo, you will be welcomed and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy some free time to relax at the hotel or opt for an optional excursion ($) to continue your exploration of Cairo. In the early evening, opt for an incredible optional sound and light show ($) at the pyramids of Giza. Dinner and overnight in Cairo. (Breakfast-Dinner)
Optional sound and light show ($) at the pyramids of Giza (+ $75 CAD taxes included per person):
Watch the Pyramids Sound and Light Show, illuminated at night with a stunning audio-visual display. Learn about the history of pharaohs and the Sphinx, guardians of the Giza Necropolis for over 5000 years.
Day 10: Cairo - Canada
After breakfast at your hotel, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight home. (Breakfast)
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