Egypt - The Land of Pyramids and Sphinx
06 Nights / 07 Days
INR 32,999
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  • Overview

    Cairo is the largest city in Egypt and also the largest in the Arab world. Located in the northwest corner of the country, it is situated along the banks of the Nile River. Its easy access to water systems has allowed Cairo to grow into a thriving city from its beginning as a royal enclosure for the Caliphs to its role as an imperial capital to its present state as the capital of modern day Egypt. Cairo is a vibrant city with numerous distinct neighbourhoods and regions.


    Day 1 : Cairo

    Arrive Cairo International airport and on completion of custom and immigration formalities, proceed to the arrival Hall. Our local representative will welcome you and transfer to your hotel .Check in (standard check in time 1400 hrs). You may take an optional tour of the sound and light show at the pyramids in which you can enjoy a spectacular evening of entertainment with this Pyramid Light and Sound show experience in Cairo. Travel to the Giza Plateau and witness this world famous sound and light extravaganza . Watch as the pyramids and Sphinx are illuminated in multi coloured laser with visual projections. Listen to the booming music and commentary emanating from the Sphinx that tells the stories of ancient Egypt and the pyramids. Overnight stay at hotel.

        


    Day 2 : Cairo - Aswan

    Breakfast at hotel and check-out. Transfer by air conditioned vehicles with your Egyptologist who will guide you for a full day tour visit with Great Pyramids. It is the main part of a complex setting of buildings that included two mortuary temples in honour of Khufu (one close to the pyramids and other one near the Nile), three smaller pyramids for Khufu's wives, an even smaller "satellite" pyramid, a raised causeway connecting the two temples and small Mastaba tombs surrounding the pyramid for nobles. One of the small pyramids contains the tomb of queen Hetepheres (discovered in 1925), wife of Sneferu and the mother of Khufu.

    Lord of the Sphinx: The word "sphinx", which means 'strangler', was first given by the Greeks to a fabulous creature which had the head of a man and the body of a lion. There are numerous sphinxes, usually with the head of a king wearing his headdress and the body of a lion. The head and face of the Sphinx certainly reflect a style that belongs to Egypt's old kingdom, to the 4th dynasty in particular.

    The Egyptian Museum: Your Egyptologist will escort you on a fascinating tour of 7,000 years of this famous museum that houses the world's largest collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts (more than 145,000 items on display) featuring the famous Tutankhamen collection with its beautiful gold death mask and sarcophagus and the royal Mummy room which houses an additional eleven Pharaonic dignitaries.

    Khan El-Khalili Bazaar: Proceed to the fascinating Khan El-Khalili Bazaar reputed to be the largest bazaar in the Middle East. Originally founded as a watering stop for Caravanserai in the 14th century, the bazaar has now grown to vast proportions. As you wander through the labyrinth of narrow streets you will find workshops and stalls selling all kind of things from woodwork to glassware, leather goods to perfumes, fabrics to Pharaonic curiosities.

    Transfer from hotel to train station for train from Cairo to Aswan. Dinner and overnight stay on-board the train.

        


    Day 3 : Aswan - Onboard Nile Cruise

    Breakfast on-board the sleeper train. Meet our representative and transfer to the Nile cruise to drop your luggage and proceed to visit Aswan Dam.

    Aswan dam: Located near Aswan, the world famous High dam was an engineering miracle when it was built in the 960s. It contains 18 times the material used in the Great Pyramid of Cheops. The dam is 11,811 feet long, 3215 feet thick at the base and 364 feet tall.

    Philae Temple: Philae constructed a temple on the beautiful island of Philae and dedicated to Goddess Isis . Philae the modern day name is Greek but the ancient Egyptians called the island P-aaleq which amongst other definitions has the dual meaning of "end" and "creation".

    Nile Cruise to Kom Ombo (Lunch on-board the cruise): The temple of Kom Ombo is unique as it is dedicated to two gods and the entire temple holds two perfectly symmetrical ps. The sanctuary to the left is dedicated to the falcon-headed sky God Harwer (also written Haroeris or Horus). Lunch and dinner on-board the cruise along with overnight stay.

            


    Day 4 : Edfu - Onboard Nile Cruise

    Breakfast on board the cruise. Visit temple of Edfu.

    Temple of Edfu: Edfu was the 2nd nome of Upper Egypt and the centre of the cult of a triad of Gods which consisted of Horus of Behdet, Hathor, and their son, Hor-Sama-Tawy. Edfu was known as "Apollo polis Magna" because the Greeks identified Horus with their God Apollo. Further set sail to Luxor.

    Lunch and dinner on-board the cruise along with overnight stay.

        


    Day 5 : Luxor - Onboard Nile Cruise

    Breakfast on-board the cruise. Proceed to visit the West bank including Valley of the Kings, Hatshepsut Temple and Colossi of Memnon.

    Valley of the Kings: It is a valley in Egypt where for a period of nearly 500 years from the 16th to 11th century BC, tombs were constructed for the Pharaohs and powerful nobles of the New Kingdom (the Eighteenth to the Twentieth Dynasties of Ancient Egypt). The valley stands on the west bank of the Nile opposite Thebes (modern Luxor) within the heart of the Theban Necropolis. The wadi consists of two valleys i.e. East Valley (where the majority of the royal tombs are situated) and West Valley.

    Hatshepsut Temple: Also known as the Djeser-Djeseru ("Holy of Holies") is an ancient funerary shrine in Upper Egypt. Dedicated to the Pharaoh Hatshepsut, it is located beneath the cliffs at Deir el Bahari, on the west bank of the Nile near the Valley of the Kings. The mortuary temple is dedicated to the sun god Amun and is situated next to the mortuary temple of Mentuhotep II, which served both as an inspiration, and later, a quarry. It is considered one of the "incomparable monuments of ancient Egypt.

    Colossi of Memnon: These are two massive stone statues of the Pharaoh Amenhotep III who reigned in Egypt during Dynasty XVIII. For the past 3,400 years (since 1350 BCE), they have stood in the Theban Necropolis, located west of the River Nile from the modern city of Luxor.

    Lunch on board of Nile Cruise. Dinner & overnight on board of Nile Cruise.

            


    Day 6 : Luxor - Cairo

    Breakfast on board the cruise & check-out. Disembark and proceed to visit Karnak temple: The entrance you will find a ram-headed avenue of Sphinxes, which was built to protect the Temple. There are 20 rams on each side, as you cross this pylon, it takes you into an Open court, whose dimensions are100m long by 80m wide, built during the 22nd Dynasty, and containing rows of bud papyrus columns.

    Luxor temple: The Temple of Luxor is among the most beautiful Temples in Egypt. It was known in the New Kingdom period as Ipt-Rsyt, which means the southern shrine.

    Transfer from Hotel to station for sleeper Train Luxor/Cairo. Dinner and Overnight on Board Train.


    Day 7 : Cairo - India

    Breakfast on board of Sleeper train. Meet & assist by our representative and transfer to Cairo international airport for final departure.

            



  • Highlights :

    •   Transfer Cairo Airport to hotel and back

    •   Full day tour of Cairo covering the Great Pyramids, Sphinx, Egyptian Museum and Khan El Khalleli Baazar

    •   Transfer to hotel to Cairo station and back

    •   First class sleeping train ticket from Cairo Aswan with local dinner and breakfast

    •   Transfer from Aswan station to the pier to board the Nile Cruise

    •   03 night Nile cruise with all meals

    •   Visit to High Dam, Philae Temple and Kom Ombo temple, Colossi of Memnon

    •   Visit the Valley Of Kings, Hatshepsut Temple

    •   Visit to Karnak Temple and Luxor temple

    •   Transfer to Luxor station to board the train

    •   First class sleeper train ticket from Luxor to Cairo with local dinner and breakfast

    •   First class sleeper train ticket from Luxor to Cairo with local dinner and breakfast



  • Price starting from INR 32,999 per person on twin sharing basis


    Tour Includes :

    •   Cairo airport to Cairo hotel transfer

    •   01 night accommodation at Cairo with breakfast

    •   Full day tour of Cairo covering the Great Pyramids, Sphinx, Egyptian Museum and Khan El Khalleli Baazar

    •   Transfer to Cairo station

    •   First class sleeping Train ticket from Cairo Aswan with local dinner and breakfast

    •   Transfer from Aswan station to the pier to board the Nile Cruise

    •   03 nights Nile cruise with all meals

    •   Visit to High Dam, Philae Temple and Kom Ombo temple, Colossi of Memnon

    •   Visit the Valley Of Kings, Hatshepsut Temple

    •   Visit to Karnak Temple and Luxor temple

    •   Transfer to Luxor station to board the transfer

    •   First class sleeper train ticket from Luxor to Cairo with local dinner and breakfast

    •   Transfer from Cairo station to Cairo International airport


    Tour Excludes :

    •   Round trip airfare with taxes

    •   Visa and insurance

    •   9% service tax applicable on the total invoice

    •   Porterage, meals, which are not a part of the itinerary

    •   Any other item of personal nature (laundry, mini bar, telephone, etc)

    •   Any change in the rate of exchange of USD / EUR / GBP.



    Hotel Details

    Destination

    Hotel

    Category

    Cairo

    Grand Pyramid Hotel or similar

    3 star hotel

    Cruise

    5 * Superior Nile cruise

    5 star hotel




  • Payment Policy :

    •   20% of the total tour cost to be deposited upon commitment of the tour. This deposit is non-refundable

    •   75% of the total tour cost to be paid 08 weeks prior to arrival date

    •   100% of the total tour is required 45 days prior departure or within 24 hours of confirmation if travelling within 45 days from departure

    Cancellation Policy :

    •   10 weeks or more prior to arrival date: 25% deposit

    •   09 weeks prior to arrival date: 100% of the total tour cost

    •   Any cancellations must be made in writting


    Important Notice :

    Visas : Please ensure your passport is valid more than 6 months from the date of return for every country you are visiting. Please also ensure there is sufficient space in your passport to allow for all immigration procedures.

    Travel Insurance: The tour price does not include personal insurance. Travelers are highly recommended to purchase travel insurance upon commitment of the booking in case of force majeure. Travel insurance covers such costs as emergency and medical evacuation, hospital fees, property loss, etc which could possibly happen during the trip.



  • Frequently Asked Questions

    Religion in Egypt?

    Most people who live in Cairo are Muslim. There are also many Christians in Egypt making up around 10 per cent of the population as Christianity was the dominant religion in Egypt before Islam. The majority of Christians belong to the Coptic Orthodox Church.


    Egypt Currency?

    Egyptian Pound


    Egypt Plug in?

    220V/50Hz


    Clothing for Egypt?

    In winter you will need light woolen clothes and sweaters, "layers of clothing are recommended." From December to February travelling with winter clothing is essential. In spring and autumn a combination of light as well as woolen clothing is advisable for the warm days and cool nights, so pack accordingly. From May to November, light cotton clothes are recommended. You are welcome to wear shorts and a short sleeve shirt for sightseeing excursions. On board Nile cruises we recommend to dress in smart casuals to dinner each evening. Although it's an Arab country swimsuits are absolutely fine for swimming pool and beach areas. On days that you visit Holy sites (mosques and churches) you should wear slacks, long skirts and long sleeves.


    Food in Cairo?

    Falafel, Kebabs and Koftas are widely available in Cairo. Some of the local food includes – Ful Medames (the dish consists of lava beans prepared with oil and lemon juice eaten with butter, spicy oil, olive oil, tomato sauce, pepper, parsley, sausage and eggs), Roz Me'ammar (White rice cooked with milk, butter and chicken broth) and Kosahry (a mixture of rice, macaroni or spaghetti, lentils and chickpeas, covered with a spicy tomato sauce).


    Nightlife in Cairo?

    Most of the bars in Cairo are around Midan and Orabi. Although safe, women visiting alone may feel uncomfortable in these male dominated area. There are traditional "Ahwas" – coffee-house for smoking shisha and drinking strong Arabic coffee. One can visit the shopping street called Talat Harb.