Egypt Adventure

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Appreciate the wonders of Ancient Egypt

Details

Duration: 10 Days
Starts in: Egypt
Group Size: 2-10

Operated by:

World Expeditions

World Expeditions is an adventure travel and ecotourism company that offers guided small group trekking and adventure holidays.

Itinerary

Join Cairo

Today is an arrival day. You will be met at the airport (if arriving on Day 1 only) and transferred to the group hotel for overnight accommodation. A group briefing will be held in the afternoon. The remainder of the day is at leisure. Overnight hotel in Cairo.

Visit the Great Pyramids

Before appreciating the best preserved pyramids at Giza, this morning we visit the Step Pyramid at Saqqara which shows the style of construction used to build them. The Step Pyramid was built by the Pharaoh’s chief architect, Imhotep, in 27BC and was at that time the largest stone construction ever built. Following our visit to Saqqara, we travel to the nearby old capital of Memphis. Little remains of the once grand and thriving metropolis, except a small museum and garden. We spend time visiting the gardens where statues of Ramses II can be viewed. We also visit the Bent Pyramid of Dahshur, which shows the transition from building step-sided pyramids to smooth-sided pyramids. The Great Pyramids of Egypt set on a plateau in the Arabian Desert, are one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the reason for which becomes evident as we first set our eyes on these awesome monuments. We spend the morning exploring the main sites. We will enter the Kings Chamber and marvel at the sophisticated construction of this ancient site. We include a visit to the Solar Barque Museum, where the remains of a wooden boat, perhaps used in the funeral procession for a Pharaoh, can be seen. Time is spent appreciating the majestic Sphinx and wondering at the mystery that surrounds this enormous structure. Overnight hotel in Cairo.

Visit San El-Hagar (Tanis) and Tell Basta (Bubastis), overnight sleeper train to Luxor

This morning, we travel outside the city and visit the sites of San El-Hagar (Tanis) and Tell Basta (Bubastis). San El-Hagar, originally called Tanis, was the capital in northern Egypt during the 21st and 22nd Dynasties. The city was of commercial and strategic importance but was abandoned in the 6th Century AD. There is a chief temple dedicated to the deity Amun, and the royal Pharaonic tombs of Psusennes I, Amenemope and Shoshenq II. Tell Basta, originally called Bubastis, was an ancient religious centre and one of the ancient capitals of Egypt. It is notable as a centre of worship for the feline goddess Bastet, with an animal cemetery where many mummies and bronze statues of cats were discovered. Afterwards we return to Cairo, and transfer to the railway station to catch the overnight sleeper train to Luxor.

Arrive Luxor, sightseeing

We arrive into Luxor this morning. Luxor is located on the banks of the Nile, and is built on the site of Thebes, the former capital of Egypt which dates back 4000 years. In the centre of the town is the Luxor Temple, and to the north Karnak and the Temple of Amun. This morning we visit these impressive temples which are well preserved and contain numerous columns, obelisks and in the temple of Karnak, an avenue of ram-headed sphinxes. The imprint of the various Pharaohs, including Tuthmosis III, Hatshepsut, Tutankhamun and Ramses II is evident. During our visit we will be in the company of a local site guide with specific knowledge of these temples. Overnight hotel in Luxor.

Visit Valley of the Kings and Hatshepsut

Today we cross over to the west bank of the Nile visiting the Valley of the Kings, the necropolis for the ancient city of Thebes. The rock-hewn tombs are found in an arid valley and from the exterior it is hard to imagine the riches which once lay within. Ironically the most recent discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamen in 1922 by Howard Carter, the contents of which are now in the Cairo Museum, is the least decorated. The tombs of Ramses I, III, IV, IX, Seti II and Tuthmosis III and IV are all richly decorated with paintings of goddesses and the stories from the Book of Day and Night. We will have the opportunity to visit a few of these tombs depending which ones are open to the public. The tombs are reached through a series of ornately painted underground corridors and ante chambers until these open out to the burial chamber where the sarcophagus is found. There will also be time to visit the Temple of Hatshepsut, the first woman to reign as a king. In paintings and reliefs she was depicted as a man. Overnight hotel in Luxor.

Drive to Edfu, board felucca cruise, visit temples

Early morning drive to Edfu to visit the temple of Horus, which is one of the largest and best preserved shrines in Egypt. Then we board our felucca boat to spend the next two days sailing on the Nile, allowing us to relax and take in the view while we witness first hand the rural existence alongside this life-giving river. Our relaxation time is interspersed with visits to the temples of Kom Ombo, enjoying the fresh cooked meals prepared onboard by your crew, and swimming in the Nile River.

Arrive Aswan, sightseeing

We arrive today in the bustling town of Aswan. Set primarily on the East Bank of the Nile, it is the most southern city in Egypt and is said to be the gateway to Africa. Ancient trade routes once crossed over in this town and the Sharia as-Souq today retains all of the activity and colour of the great trading days. We visit the High Dam, which at the time it was completed (1902) was the largest of its kind in the world. This afternoon we will visit the unfinished Obelisk and the Temple of Philae. We return to our felucca in the evening for dinner and our last night on board.

Visit Abu Simbel Temple, overnight sleeper train to Cairo

The Great Temple of Ramses II was carved from a mountain between 1290 and 1224 BC and was dedicated to the gods Ra-Harakhty, Amun and Ptah. Threatened by the rising waters of Lake Nasser, UNESCO organised a rescue of the temple in the 1960’s. The rescue involved carving the temple into more than 2000 blocks weighing up to 40 tonnes each and transferring them 210 metres away to a man made mountain, and reconstructing the temple façade which stands 30 metres high and 35 metres wide. From the outside it is hard to imagine that the temple is not original, and only by entering the mountain constructed in steel and concrete, is it possible to appreciate the enormous feat achieved by the archaeological teams. A very early morning wake-up call as we start our overland trip at 4.00am to visit this magnificent temple. Following a tour around the temple, we return to Aswan. Transfer this evening to the railway station to board the train for the overnight journey back to Cairo. Overnight sleeper train.

Arrive Cairo, sightseeing

Cairo is a city of more than 18 million people – a bustling, dusty and boisterous metropolis with an abundance of character and history. Our time here is limited although we have included the highlights and focused our itinerary on the archaeological importance of the city and its surrounds. This morning we have a city tour including visits to the Citadel, the Khan al-Khalili Bazaar and Al-Muizz Street. A full afternoon is spent at the Egyptian Museum, providing you with an excellent insight into Egyptian history from the Old Kingdom right through to the Roman Empire. The highlight of the museum is the Tutankhamen exhibit, which houses the treasure from the tomb discovered in 1922 by Howard Carter. Although he was an insignificant Pharaoh, Tutankhamen’s tomb contained a stunning array of gold, including pure gold sandals. It is astounding to imagine what treasures a significant Pharaoh may have taken into their next life, had their tombs not been ransacked. We return to the hotel in the late afternoon for a rest before dinner (NB - dinner is not included in the tour cost; at your own additional expense).

In Cairo, trip concludes

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your onward travel. If you would like additional nights in Cairo or an airport transfer on any other day, please ask your Reservations Consultant for details. Additional costs apply.

Additional Information

This journey captures the rich historical legacy of Pharaonic Egypt. From Cairo we visit the pyramids of Giza, Saqqara and Dahshur, and the ancient capital of Memphis. We take the sleeper train to Luxor to visit the many beautiful temples and the tombs of the Pharaohs in the Valley of the Kings, before boarding our felucca boat. Sailing the Nile River by felucca is an authentic and memorable Egyptian experience, with regular shore excursions to the fascinating temples on the riverside and a day trip to the impressive and remote Abu Simbel. Returning to Cairo, our journey comes full circle with a visit to the renowned Egyptian Museum and some last minute sightseeing and shopping in the capital.

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