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8 Days
Availability : Christmas and New Years 2020/2021
Airport
Cairo / Luxor/ Aswan
Overview

8 Days Cairo and Nile Cruise

On this Egypt New Year’s Eve tour 2020/2021 with Cairo and Nile cruise at the end of the year, you will witness all of the wonderful highlights of Cairo, Luxor and Aswan.

In the metropolis of Cairo, you can explore the pyramids of Giza and Saqqara and marvel at the numerous artifacts in the Egyptian Museum. On board a luxury Nile cruise ship, you will then sail from Luxor to Aswan over the enchanting Nile and experience the legendary temples and tombs of the ancient Egyptians such as the Karnak and Hatshepsut temples, the Valley of the Kings and the impressive buildings by Edfu, Kom Ombo and Philae .

Include
  • 3 Nights in Cairo in a 5 star hotel with breakfast
  • 4 Nights Nile cruise on a 5 star ship with full board
  • 2 Lunches in Cairo
  • Flight from Cairo to Luxor
  • All rides in comfortable and air-conditioned vehicles
  • Local English-speaking tour guide during your tours
  • Bottled water during your tours and transfers
  • Free wifi service during your stay in Egypt
  • All service charges and applicable taxes
Exclude
  • Costs for international flights (we will gladly book the flights for you)
  • Entry Visa
  • Excursion to Abu Simble (optional bookable)
  • Personal expenses
Itinerary

Day 01Arrival & check In

For your Egypt New Year’s Eve 2020/2021 Cairo with Nile cruise, fly to Cairo today . Upon arrival at Cairo Airport you will be welcomed by our guide and taken to your hotel.

Day 2The pyramids of Giza and Saqqara

After breakfast at the hotel, you will be picked up and viewed by your guide:

The Giza pyramids

The 3 famous pyramids of Giza are the last remaining wonder of the ancient world. They were around 2600 BC. Built on a large limestone plateau.

The Cheops pyramid is the oldest and largest of the three pyramids and is therefore also known as the “Great Pyramid”. It is the highest pyramid in the world, 147 m high and was built as a tomb for the Egyptian king Cheops .

We will be the first to admire this largest pyramid in the world. This is followed by a visit to the Chephren Pyramid and the Mykerinos Pyramid .

Then we drive to a plateau, from which you have a wonderful panoramic view of the three pyramids of Giza.

The Sphinx
The Sphinx has the body of a lion and the head of a man and is about 73 m long and 20 m high in front of the Chephren pyramid.

After visiting the pyramids and the Sphinx, fortify yourself with an oriental lunch, then we drive to:

Sakkara
Sakkara is one of the oldest and largest cemeteries in Egypt. There you can see the first pyramid of Egypt, the step pyramid of King Djoser from the 3rd dynasty around 2650 BC. It consists of 6 steps with a height of 62 m. The first phase of pyramid building in Egypt began with this structure. However, Imhotep originally planned it not as a pyramid, but initially as a square mastaba.

You can also visit the beautiful tombs from the Old Kingdom with their special paintings.

After the tour, you will be returned to your hotel.

Day 3The Egyptian Museum and the Saladin Citadel

Today you visit with your guide:

The Egyptian Museum
The Egyptian Museum in Cairo is the world’s largest museum of ancient Egyptian treasures and houses a unique collection of finds from 5000 years of Egyptian history. The famous golden treasures of Tut-Ankh-Amun are particularly impressive. It was opened to visitors in 1902.

The Citadel of Saladin
The Citadel of Saladin is one of the few remaining fixed assets of the city of Cairo. The citadel complex was built by Saladin between AD 1176 and 1183 in order to better defend the city of Cairo against the crusaders’ attacks. From the citadel you have a special view over the capital Cairo.

The Alabaster
Mosque of Mohamed Ali The Albaster Mosque of Mohamed Ali is one of the largest mosques in Egypt. It was built between 1830 and 1880. The minarets are 82 m high and the dome is 52 m high. The inner walls are covered with alabaster and the columns are made of solid alabaster.

Afterwards lunch, then you will be brought back to your hotel

Day 4Fly to Luxor - Nile Cruise Check In - East Bank Luxor

After breakfast at the hotel, you will be transferred to Cairo Airport, then fly to Luxor . Upon arrival in Luxor you will be welcomed by your guide and escorted to your 5 star boat.

After lunch on board, you will visit the following with your An Egyptology:

The Karnak Temple
It is the largest temple complex ever built. Here the ancient Egyptians immortalized the holy family of Thebes, Amun-Re , his wife Mut and the son Chonsu. The entire construction time of the temple lasted over 2000 years. One of the most important areas of the temple is the large columned hall with 134 papyrus columns, which was built by Sethos and completed by Ramses II .

The Luxor Temple
In the heart of the city of Luxor you will find the Luxor Temple, designed by Amemophis III. and Ramses II was built. Even Alexander the Great built a chapel for the ancient Egyptian gods. At that time the ancient Egyptians celebrated the most important festival in Thebes, the Opet Festival. In 1989 archaeologists accidentally found an underground chamber with very well preserved statues, which are now on display in the Luxor Museum . At the Luxor temple you can see a part of the Sphinxallee, which connected the Luxor temple with the Karnak temple at that time.

Day 5West Bank, Luxor - Sail to Edfu

Today you visit the highlights of Theben-West:

The Valley of the Kings
Let yourself be enchanted by the more than 3000 year old, wonderful murals in the tombs of the pharaohs. So far, 64 graves have been found in the Valley of the Kings, three of which you can visit. The tombs of the kings of the New Kingdom (approx. 1550 to 1069 BC, 18th to 20th Dynasty) can be found in the Valley of the Kings. In 1922 the Englishman Howard Carter discovered the tomb of TutAnchAmun with the golden treasures.

The Hatshepsut Temple
The mortuary temple of Queen Hatshepsut dates from the 18th dynasty, 1470 BC. She had her impressive terrace temple built by the architect Senenmut. She was always depicted as a man, which can be clearly seen from the very well-preserved statues in the temple. In Christian times, a monastery was built on the temple, which was used until the 11th century. The monastery ruins were removed in the 19th century.

The Memnon Colossi

The Memnon Colossi are two ancient Egyptian colossal statues sitting next to each other, approx. 18 m. high from the 14th century BC Both statues represent Amenophis III and were at the entrance to his temple.

After lunch, the ship leaves for Edfu via the city of Esna.
(Afternoon is not a program, just enjoy the boat trip from Luxor to Edfu)

Day 6Edfu & Kom Ombo Temple - Sail to Aswan

After breakfast on board, visit today:

The Edfu Temple
It was built by the Ptolemies for the falcon god Horus Behdeti from 237 to 57 BC. BC. Until 1860 AD the temple was hidden under the sand and Nile mud, only then was the Frenchman Marriette uncovering it. Every year the wedding of Horus of Edfu with the Hathor of Dendara and the celebration of the victory of Horus over Seth were celebrated here.

After visiting the Edfu Temple, the ship departs for Kom Ombo and in the afternoon you visit:

The Kom Ombo Temple
It is the only double temple in Egypt in which the crocodile god Sobek and the falcon god Horus were consecrated. For a long time, the ruins of the temple were buried up to half by sand. They were only uncovered and restored in 1893. The temple was built in the Greek period from 304 to 31 BC. BC and hundreds of mummified crocodiles were found around the temple.

Then continue by boat to Aswan.

Day 7Aswan Sightseeing

In Aswan you visit today with the guide:

Philae Temple
The Philae or Isis Temple stood on the Philae Island south of Aswan and after the construction of the high dam the temple was under water for several months a year. That is why the temple was moved to the neighboring island of Agilika from 1977 to 1980. In 553 AD the temple served as a church, so large parts of the relief in the temple were destroyed.

The High Dam
The construction of the high dam was initiated by President Nasser and lasted from 1960 to 1971, creating one of the largest reservoirs in the world, 500 km long and 32 km wide, at its widest point. The dam is more than 3800 meters long and 111 meters high, 980 meters at the bottom and about 40 meters wide at the crown.

In the afternoon you have free time or take an optional excursion to the beautiful botanical garden on Kitchener Island.

Day 8Abu Simble Temple - Return Home

Today you have free or you have the option of a private trip to Abu Simble.

The two temples of Abu Simble were built by Ramses II in 1260 BC. built and were under sand until 1817, when the Italian Belzoni freed the two temples from the sand. The Ramses temple extends 60 m directly into the rock and has a height of 30 m. The temple of Nefertari is 21 m deep and 12 m high. After the construction of the dam, both temples were moved approx. 62 m higher from 1964 to 1968 in order to protect them from being flooded by the reservoir.

You drive to Abu Simble early in the morning with a private vehicle and your private tour guide. On the way there you will experience the sunrise in the desert and on the way back you can admire the mirage.

Then transfer to Aswan Airport, then fly home from Aswan.

Prices
 
Christmas and New Years 2020/2021
 
Single room / cabin 1500 $  
Double room / cabin  1160 $  

5 * standard

Cairo Hotel : Cairo Pyramids Hotel, Ramses Hilton Cairo
Nile Cruise : MS Emilio, MS Royal Esadora, MS Crown Prince

 
Christmas and New Years 2020/2021
 
Single room / cabin 1935 $  
Double room / cabin 1395 $  

5 * deluxe

Hotel in Cairo : Steigenberger El Tahrir, Sheraton Cairo
Nile cruise: MS Esmeralda, MS Amwaj, MS Mövenpick Royal Lotus