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    The Authentic  Egypt

     

    Day 1

     Arrival: Arrive at Cairo International Airport, where you will be met and assisted by your Tour Coordinator. Assistance through Customs and formalities.

    Transfer: Transfer in modern, air-conditioned vehicle to your Hotel “Le Riad” Hotel located in the old Town of Cairo.

     Story of Hotel: Al Qahira was designed to house only the governing elite. Old town Cairo perhaps more properly thought of as Medevil Cairo is an area of narrow streets, covered markets and old buildings. Of old Cairo this quarter most evokes its past, and in many ways has changed very little. It has inspired many writings, from Arabian nights to the works of the modern Nobel loureate Naguib Mahfouz. Getting lost amongst the winding alleys is almost inevitable and even enjoyable. This early Fatimid Town hosts a luxury boutique hotel “Le Riad” inspired by the surrounding environment and architecture. “Le Riad” suites facing Beit El Sehemy and its exceptional Ottoman houses. All 17 suites reflect Old town Cairo architecture “Al Qahira”, rich warm colors, Fatimid fabrics, local talented paintings dating back to the era of architectural, music, lifestyle and love.

     Check-in: your Tour Coordinator will assist you with check-in procedures at your hotel.

    Overnight at hotel.

     Day 2:            Pyramids / Museum

     After breakfast; Souter Tours Tour manager will introduce you to your Egyptologist for today’s experience.

     The Pyramids of Giza: Proud to still be recognized as one of “The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World”, the pyramids of Giza stand tall and proud on the west side of the Nile reminding Egypt, Egyptians, and tourists of its heritage and tradition. Built for the Pharaohs Cheops, Chephren, and Mycerinus, the limestone structures were constructed c.2500 BC, quarried from Turah Hills, currently on the periphery of Cairo. The Great Pyramid of Cheops, the largest, required and an astounding 2,300,000 blocks, weighing a hefty 2.5 tons each, to be transported across the vast golden desert to form what many believe to be the pinnacle of the ancient world and a breath-taking sight.

    Sphinx: The legendary guardian of the funerary tombs of the Great Pyramids, the statuesque lion body and human head of Chephren lays in looming silence to the east and below the three pyramids. The stele at the paws of the Sphinx was accordingly placed by King Thutmose IV following a dream of promised kingship, once the sand said to be choking the creature was cleared away. Recognized as the largest monolith in the world, the Sphinx has survived the elements and still resonates the uniqueness of Ancient Egyptian culture.

     
     Solar Boat Museum: Rich cedar smells, strong musk scents, and golden brown wood offset by the slivers of sunlight seeping through the windows of the building encircle you upon entrance to the Solar Boat Museum located to the south of the Great Pyramid of Cheops. The remarkability of the 141-foot long water vessel lies in the fact that it did not need any nails for its assembly, only ropes and pegs, which furthers the extraordinary ability of Ancient Egyptians who seemingly assembled and sailed it during their time. Historians regard this find just as highly as the discovery and excavation of Tutankhamen’s tomb.

    Lunch: A La Carte Lunch will be served after visiting the Great Pyramids then continue touring towards the Fascinating Egyptian Museum

     Museum: Your Egyptologist will escort you today on a fascinating tour of 7,000 years of Egyptian history with a visit to the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, open since 1902. The Museum exhibits over 120,000 objects in its 107 halls, comprising the world’s greatest collection of Ancient Egyptian artifacts. Two grand halls containing countless artifacts and one room reserved for the golden treasures, all from the world-famous tomb of the boy-king Tutankhamun astound and delight visitors. More than 2 million people flock to this magnificent site each year.

    After visits you will be transferred to your hotel.

     Overnight at Le Riad hotel.

     Day 3 : Cairo – Luxor

     Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at your hotel.

     Transfer: Transfer to Cairo Domestic Airport to board MS flight to Luxor.

     Arrival: Arrive at Luxor Airport and transfer to Old Winter Palace hotel.

     

    Karank Temple:  in the afternoon we will visit the Karnak Temple, A myriad of temples built over 2000 years, the Karnak Complex lives up to its name as a complex with various statues, pylons, and chambers dedicated to Amon, Mut, and Khonsu.

     

    Covering a space of 200 acres, 1.5km by 0.8 km, the area is the largest of religious buildings made and was considered by some Ancient Egyptians to be the only place of worship. The vastness of the complex could not be translated into reality until visited, but its spaciousness could hold on average, 10 European cathedrals. With an avenue of columns, an array of individual temples, sanctuaries, and sacred lakes, visiting the complex in modern day could give the same feeling of a pilgrimage as those who visited thousands of years prior.

    Walk through the Hypostyle hall and to Sacred Lake.

     

    Return to our vehicle and transfer to Luxor Temple for night visit.

     

    Luxor Temple: An easily identifiable temple, not only for it’s grandeur, but also for its one obelisk erected at its entrance, Luxor Temple is a masterpiece of history and change all at the same time.

    The one obelisk guarding the entrance used to be accompanied by another, which now stands in Concorde Square in Paris. Amusingly, both obelisks were intended to be moved to France as a gift to King Louis V in 1874. The second obelisk proved too large a task to move, while the clock given in exchange no longer works!

    The temple was built for Amon’s wife, while the avenue of sphinxes at 2 miles long, connected the two temples together, allowing for Amon to come from Karnak to Luxor to visit her during the 14 day Festival of Opet. Originally the festival began in the Old Kingdom, while political transition occurred so too did rituals, and in the New Kingdom, the festival lasted 22-23 days.

     

     

    Day 4 – check- out – West Bank of Luxor – Check-in on board Lazuli

     

    Morning visit to the West bank of Luxor

     

    Valley of the Kings: Step out into the golden sands and warmth of the desert on the west bank of the Nile and you will be surrounded by many of Ancient Egypt’s royalty from the 18th – 20th Dynasties.

     

    The Valley of the Kings is an extraordinary location for Egyptologists, knowing that many kings were buried in pyramid like structures, it marks a transition away from this tradition yet following a similar pattern of creation; three corridors, an antechamber, and a lowered sarcophagus chamber. Learning from those previous, these tombs were made to protect belongings buried with royalty after death in addition to making them inconspicuous within the vast desert.

     

    All tombs were decorated, befitting the owner, with scriptures from the Book of the Dead, the Book of the Gates, and the Book of the Underworld. Better preserved, since these tombs were sealed, images and artistry fill your sights in these underground catacombs, realizing the interest and importance of a life, befitting, after death.

     

    Among the tombs in the Valley, Ramses IV, Ramses IX, Maeneptah, Ramses VI, Ramses III, Seti I, Thutmose III, Amenhotep II, Horemheb, and the most significant due to its 1922 excavation, Tutankhamen.

     

    Valley of the Queens: Separated from the men, yet still on the western bank of the Nile, the Valley of the Queens, or Biban al-Harim display those of royalty from 18 – 20th Dynasties. Following the same custom and transition away from pyramid style tombs, the Valley of the Queen is a smaller scale version of the kings’.

     

    Significantly, the tombs are less lavish and decorated than those of the kings, yet they follow the same layout of a long corridor, an antechamber, and a burial chamber at the end. Here, tombs of Khaemwese, Amenhikhopsehef and Nefertiti can be found.

     

     

    Workers Village: Visiting Luxor, one could easily forget those that actually helped create, build and decorate the fabulous tombs of focus that are still present to this day, yet the Workers’ Village is a main attraction in Luxor, despite being for a different purpose.

     

    3000 years ago, life as a mason, painter, and sculptor is not that hard to imagine. The skills honed by these workers inadvertently helped preserve their own heritage since the site was so well maintained. Surprisingly, many of the workers were literate and thus, an abundance of material through inscriptions and carvings are available for researchers who are able to piece together the lifestyle of a worker at the time. Deep insight has been so understood, that everyday life, including quarrels and family feuds are forever represented on walls.

     

     

    Hatshepsut Temple: Mighty in its stature and different in its creation, the temple commissioned by Hatchepsut, is just as significant as her reign. Standing out from the valley, with the back wall of the temple being the cliff itself, the temple rises out of the mountains, making the visit one of the most dramatic in the world.

     

    The temple is staged in many terraces with ramps and steps leading upwards, progressing from her birth to her celebrated expedition to Punt, modern day Somalia, through the Red Sea for incense and gold. All around the temple site, statues of her line the upper terrace specifically, gently smiling looking out over the valley and the resting place of her ancestors. In addition, vibrant reliefs along the interior of the colonnades decorate the walls, heralding her accomplishments as a successful ruler of the 18th Dynasty. Whilst much of the temple has been reconstructed, this has been done with the patience and creativity of excavators of the site, honoring tradition and heritage closely.

     

    Photostop Colossi of Memnon: On the way back to the river Nile, your road passes by the famed Colossi of Memnon, known in Ancient Greek times for their haunting voices at dawn.

     

    Transfer: Transfer in Modern Air-conditioned vehicle to Esna, approximately one hour driving (This drive will be part of security convoy)

     

    Esna Temple: This morning, your Egyptologist will guide you round the Greco-Roman Temple of Khnum at Esna. The beautifully preserved Great Hypostyle Hall was built during the reign of the Roman Emperor Claudius; it was excavated from the silt that had accumulated through centuries of annual Nile floods and is about nine meters below present-day street level.

     

    Check in: Check in to your private Dahabieh       “Lazuli”

     

    Lunch: Lunch on board, while you cruise to El Kab

     

    El-Kaab: Today you will have a chance to visit the unique site of El-Kaab, which lies 20km from Edfu and is little seen by the regular tourist.  The site consists of many beautiful tombs and temples, most of which were originally dedicated to the Vulture-Goddess Nekhet.  In Pre-Dynastic and Early Dynastic times El-Kaab was the capital of Upper Egypt, and it continued to be one of the region’s most important cities up until the Ptolemaic era.  The area is also important for several New Kingdom tombs, whose inscriptions have provided us with much information on the Hyksos.

    Overnight on board

     

     

    Day 5: Edfu Temple

     

    Breakfast: Breakfast on board while sailing to Edfu

     

    Edfu Temple: This afternoon, explore the largest and most completely preserved Pharaonic – albeit Greek-built – temple in Egypt, the extraordinary Temple of Horus at Edfu. Transfer to the temple will be by horse drown carriage

     

    Lunch: Lunch on board, while you cruise to El Selsela

     

    Overnight on board.

     

    Day 6 :

     

    Breakfast: Breakfast on board

    Selsela: The little visited shrine of Horomheb cut into the riverside rocks at Selsela offers a fascinating opportunity to see carved reliefs and remains from the Middle Kingdom period, much older than most other sights visited on a regular cruise itinerary.  The Sun Boat III is one of just a handful of cruise boats stopping at Selsela, so you will be able to enjoy the atmosphere of this elegant shrine away from the usual crowds.

     

    Cruise to Farès: visit the temple of Ras-Ras - crossing the gardens; fireside dinner on Maniha Island.

     

    Lunch and dinner on board

     

    Overnight on board

     

    Day 7 : Kom Ombo

     

    Breakfast: On board

     

    Kom Ombo Temple: Visit the Temple of Kom Ombo, dedicated to the crocodile-god Sobek.  The temple stands at a bend in the Nile where in ancient times sacred crocodiles basked in the sun on the riverbank.

     

    Lunch: on board

     

    Evening on Cobania Island with the villagers

     

    Dinner: On board

     

    Day 8

     

    Breakfast: Breakfast buffet on board.

     

    High Dam: A distinct landmark of Egypt as well as Aswan, the world famous High Dam has played a vital role in today’s agriculture and the shaping of history since the early 1960’s. 11,811 feet long, 3,215 feet thick at the base, and 364 feet tall, the Dam provides suitable irrigation and electricity for Egypt as well as incredible views for visitors. From the summit, historic views of Kalabasha Temple and Lake Nasser in the south, while more modern views of the power station can be seen to the north.

     

    Philae Temple: The Temple of Philae’s existence today is in respect to the goddess Isis, and her relationship with Osiris, Horus, and the leadership of the time of Ptolemaic Egypt.

     

    The site was relocated and restored with the help of UNESCO Nubia Project following the building of the High Dam, and thus moved to the island of Agilkia. Now, it is maintained as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

     

    Philae’s appeal is in its quiet serenity and calmness along the River Nile, whilst many are not aware that the original Island of Philae is now buried underneath Lake Nasser and permanently submerged after the construction of the Aswan High Dam. Owing to the temples positioning along the Tropic of Cancer, Philae boasts remarkable singular light and shade effects. As the sun moves higher to its most northern limit, the shadows formed from the detailed cornicing and delicate carvings disappear gradually against the plain walls and become projected against the vertical walls, which become covered in dark shadows, whilst the opposing walls brightly shine, glistening all surrounding objects, giving a dazzling light and dark effect.

     

    Unfinished Obelisk: Next we proceed to the Granite Quarries, which supplied the ancient Egyptians with most of the hard stone used in pyramids and temples, and still hold a huge unfinished obelisk.

    Lunch: Lunch on board

     

    Afternoon walking tour at the famous Aswan market or visit to the Nubian Museum can be arranged.

     

    Dinner: Dinner: Tonight’s farewell dinner on board

     

    Overnight: On board in Aswan.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Day 9 :  Transfer to the Lake of Nubian Dream

     

    Breakfast buffet on board and check-out

     

    Transfer to your “Nubian Dream Camp” for coming 2 nights.

     

    You will be enjoying a full board accommodation between the Elephant rocks who were witnesses on the Egyptian History. Camp look directly at the Philae Temple and one of the Nile lakes.

     

    Lunch and dinner at the camp.        

     

    Day 10 – Leisure  

     

    Day at leisure

     

    Overnight at camp.

     

    Day 11 - ASWAN – KALABSHA – BEIT EL WALI – KERTASSI – ABOU STETTA - MERWAW

     

    Breakfast at Camp and check out.

     

    Transfer to other lovely and unique experience which is the first with its kind on the Lack Nasser “MANDOULIS BOAT”

     

    Pick up at around 08:00 Am to visit:

    Kalabchah: surnamed ‘The Nubian Karnak’ dedicated to Nubian God of fertility: Marol Kertassi: dedicated to Isis, appeared like a simple booth surrounded by columns.

    Beit el Wali: constructed at the time of Seti Ist.

    Embarkation on board of MANDOULIS at around 11:00 Am.

    Navigation to the virgin territory of the lake (2 hours and a half).

    Lunch at Khour Ghazal .

    Navigation to Abou Steitta (1 hour).

    Upon arrival, walking & first contact with the Nubian desert. You can have the chance to see a concentration of birds near to a lagoon: Ibis, Pink Flemish and black pelicans.

    After the sunset, navigation to Merwaw.

    Evening: dinner & overnight on board.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Day 12 - MERWAW – ABOU DERWA – KHOUR SOQQAR – MADIQ

     

    After breakfast, navigation to Abou Derwa (around 4 hours)

    Lunch upon arrival, then first meeting with the local fishermen.

    Navigation to Khour Soqqar (around 2 hours and a half).

    10 minutes walking to see the prehistoric graffiti.

    Navigation to Madiq, dinner & overnight on board.

     

    Day 13- WADI ES SEBOUA – WADI EL ARABE – KOROSQO

     

    Navigation (1 hour) to the temples of Wadi es Seboua, Dakka and

    Maharraqa. 2 hours visit.

    After the visit, navigation for 2 hours to the large dune of Wadi El

    Arabe and its paradise beach.

    Lunch upon arrival, then meeting the local fishermen. Swim & sand-boarding on the sand dunes.

    Navigation to Korosqo in the « Nubian Fjords », you will discover a nice decor of mountains & islands surrounding by water.

    We will try to see the crocodiles at the sunset.

    Dinner & overnight on board.

     

    Day 14 - KOROSQO - AMADA

     

    Early in the morning, navigation to Amada (1 hour and a half).

    Breakfast upon arrival then 1 hour walking to the site.

    1 hour and a half visit that comprises the three historical objects:

    Amada, Derr & Pennout tombs.

    After the visit, navigation the the other side of the lake to visit the fortresse of Kasr Ibrim (the

    only archeological site, that hasn’t been removed cause of the rising water)

    Lunch & swim in front of the fortresse, then navigation to Toshqa (1 hour and a half). Trecking

    at the Nubian Desert at Toshqa + sandboarding.

    Dinner & overnight on board.

     

    Day 15 - TOSHQA – ABU SIMBEL – ASWAN

     

    Breakfast then navigation to Abu Simbel.

    Arrival at around 10:00 Am, disembarkation, then transfer by a private bus to visit Abu Simbel Temples.

    After the visit, transfer to Abu Simbel Airport or to Aswan by convoy. Flight to via Aswan.

     

    Arrive Cairo and transfer to Gabriel Hotel located in The modern city of Heliopolis in Greater Cairo is a prominent residential area and home to the Presidential Palace. Dating back to ancient times and with a name that means ‘City of the Sun’ in Ancient Greek, Heliopolis was once the centre of the Sun Cult and the place of worship to the god Atum.

     

     

    Evening : walking tour in the famous Street of El Moez located in the Old Part of Cairo.

    Farewell dinner at famous Naguieb Mahfouz Restaurant.

    Back to hotel

     

    Overnight at hotel in Cairo.

     

    Day 16 – Transfer to Cairo Airport.

     

    Check out after breakfast and transfer to Cairo International Airport to board your home flight.