Christmas means snow, cold weather, and hot drinks but not this year. This year you can spend your Christmas in the warm weather of Egypt exploring the wonders of the ancient world and sunbathing while cruising the Nile. You can check our Egypt Christmas & New year travel packages.
Travel back in time to the ancient Egyptian land where you can marvel at the historical sites and monuments, and wander on a private cruise. Seize the opportunity to step out of the modern world and rediscover the ancient Egyptian civilization and relive the lives of pharaonic kings and queens.
In Cairo, you visit the famous Great Pyramids and explore its chambers. Roam the Giza desert and capture memories with a photo session. Go camel riding at sunset with a view of the great Sphinx and golden sands of the Giza Plateau. Drive to Memphis, Ancient Egypt’s Capital, to explore its temples and tombs of the royals. Then heading to Saqqara for the first built pyramid, also called the step pyramid. Not to mention a private guided tour to the Egyptian museum where you explore its vast collection of Antiques.
Luxor, with its abundance of temples and tombs, stands head and shoulders above Egypt’s other cities. Often called the world’s greatest open-air museum, We cannot begin to describe this exceptional site. Nothing compares to the size and grandeur of the monuments that have survived from ancient Thebes. In Luxor, you will visit many vivid tombs along its east bank. Then to the valley of the kings, Hatshepsut Temple, and the village of the workers, the last resting place of both royals and common people of Ancient Egypt. Moving from one site to another with a luxury Nile cruise.
On sailing to Aswan, you can visit Kom Ombo temple standing with glory above the Nile bank. Then continue to slide the river in the afternoon. In Aswan, visit Aswan High Dam, one of Egypt’s modern achievements. Then heading to Phila temple located on an island. Live an adventurous experience of driving through the golden desert on your way to Abu Simble. Abu Simble was built by the great King Ramses II and dedicated to the gods Amun, Ra-Horakhty, and Ptah.
Stay at the best luxury hotels: Four Seasons Cairo with a view of the Nile, the Winter Palace, or Hilton at Luxor. Choose from the great selection of Luxury Cruise ships. Once you step out of your pampered hotel, you will take in the wealth of ancient Egypt and its treasures.
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Arrive at Cairo International Airport; you will be met by our representative who will help you get your visa, then escort you through immigration, luggage, and on to your air-conditioned bus for the Ritz Carlton, Nile View room.
This morning after breakfast, join our guide to the famous pyramids of Giza. Roam the Giza desert and capture memories with a photo session. Go camel riding and view the great Sphinx on the Giza Plateau. Then drive to the remains of the Ancient Egyptian capital and religious cult center: Memphis. The name Memphis (enduring and beautiful) gives you an insight into what you’ll witness of amazing statues that immortalized the biography of Egyptian kings: Ptah, Ramses ll, Sekhmet, Merneptahm, and others. Then heading to Saqqara for the first built pyramid, also called the step pyramid, where you’ll venture inside its hidden chambers. Visit Unas pyramid which contains the oldest known copy of The Book of the dead. Head to Mastaba of one of ancient Egypt Noblemen we will return to the Ritz Carlton, Nile View room. View room. Meals. B & D.
This morning, join our expert Egyptologist to explore the Egyptian Museum to view a vast trove of artifacts; some never before displayed. Some of which include the famous golden mask of King Tut Ankh Amun, One of Egypt’s most controversial kings. After that, we’ll travel to Old Cairo to see the city’s oldest temples, synagogues, and mosques. Finally ending back Ritz Carlton, Nile View room. View room. Meals. B & D.
Luxor and Cruise. After breakfast this morning, we will take the 1-hour flight to Luxor to check-in on your ultra-luxury cruise, Lunch on board, and then enjoy a private tour to Luxor East bank. Karnak is the largest temple complex globally, the 64 acre Karnak temple with its oldest parts from 2000 BC and added to 1200 years of pharaoh’s dynasties. Then we will follow the Sphinx avenue to Luxor Temple, much smaller but just as fascinating with the remnant of Ancient Egypt, Ancient Rome, and even Coptic and Islamic era building. We will then head to Our Luxury Nile cruise, My Flower Luxury Cruise. Meals B. L & D. Suite with a balcony.
On this day after breakfast, you’ll visit the famed Valley of the Kings, the final resting place for the kings of the 18th, 19th, and 20th dynasties, which was concealed between rocky cliffs. It’s mainly famous for its vivid wall paintings. The walls are decorated with texts and scenes describing one’s afterlife journey giving them instructions to complete their journey successfully. The tombs are open on a rotating basis to protect the paintings from damage by humidity as much as possible.
We will then visit the Worker Village, which describes the life of the ancient Egyptian middle-class life, and how their graves were completely different from the royal class’s graves, small and humble yet honorable, sacred and radiant with colors.
Last but not least, we will pay a visit to the tomb of the great and woman pioneer: Queen Hatshepsut. The Temple of Deir Al-Bahri or Queen Hatshepsut’s Temple is situated at the foot of the sheer cliffs fringing the desert hills. The color contrast between the almost white sandstones of the temple and the golden yellow rocks and sand of the desert brings out the Temple in a magnificent image. Having survived the destructive attempts from King Thutmose lll, the temple still stands with glory amongst other great temples. And at last, on our way back to the cruise ship, we’ll visit the Colossi of Memnon, They portray Amenophis III, sitting on a cube-shaped throne and once guarded the king’s temple entrance. Back to our Nile cruise Ms My Flower Luxury Cruise. Luxury Cruise. Meals B. L & D.
Our guide will accompany you on a horse-riding and carriage ride to the Temple of Edfu or the Temple of Horus (Son of Isis and Osiris, God of kinship and power). After the Pagan cult was banned, the desert sand filled up the temple making it one of the most well-preserved ancient monuments of Egypt. At lunchtime, we’ll return to the cruise ship and enjoy the afternoon sliding up the river on your way to Kom Ombo, which rises above the Nile’s bank. The Temple of the gods: Sobek and Horus represented in the forms of crocodile and falcon respectively. You can feel the atmosphere of this glorious history by strolling along the temple’s colonnades and simply gazing up at scenes of pharaonic ambiance. Continue sailing to Aswan thought the evening. My Flower Luxury Cruise. Luxury Cruise. Meals B. L & D.
Taking a break from ancient architecture and viewing one of Egypt’s modern accomplishments: Aswan High Dam. Returning to the ancient Egyptian atmosphere, this time to the Philae Temple complex, was once the center of Isis (Goddess of life). If it wasn’t for the UNESCO’s rescue project, this temple would be buried by a watery grave from the time of building Aswan High Dam. Following the temple, we will tour the granite quarry to see a giant obelisk that was quarried in one solid piece. Back to the cruise ship for lunch. There is no better way to enjoy the Nile than the well-known “felucca” trip, then again to our Luxury Nile Cruise My Flower Luxury Cruise. Luxury Cruise. Meals B. L & D.
Check out the cruise to start your tour to Abu Simbel temple back to Aswan to catch your flight to Cairo; upon arrival, meet and assist our rep for Final Departure. Meals B & L.
Please note that we can match the itinerary according to your International flights.