2 week Grand Tour: Cultural multi activity holiday in Egypt

This Grand Tour cultural multi activity holiday in Egypt has 6 nights in Cairo & 7 on a Luxury Nile Cruise with meals, entrance fees and English speaking guide.

Multi Activity
14 days
$2,969 to 3,742
Africa, Aswan, Cairo, Edfu, Egypt, Kom Ombo, Luxor
2 week Grand Tour: Cultural multi activity holiday in Egypt

15 Day Grand Tour of Egypt designed for those who like to enjoy the destination at leisure in private car and guide with Guaranteed Departure (even with one passenger) The Cultural multi activity holiday in Egypt includes; Egyptian Museum & Khan El Khalili Bazaar, Great Pyramids, Sphinx & Memphis, Luxor & Karnak Temples, Valley of the Kings, Temple of Queen Hatshipsut at Deir El Bahari, Kom Ombo Temple, Edfu Temple, High Dam & Temple of Philae.

We have 2 categories of accommodation, gold plan for 5 stars hotel and Nile Cruise and diamond plan with 5 stars + superior hotel and Nile Cruise, itinerary for both plans are identical, the only different is the accommodation of your choice.

Price Includes

  • 13 nights accommodation at your choice of hotels and Nile Cruises on the following order:
  • 2 nights at the [Sofitel El Gezirah], Cairo, Standard room or similar with Breakfast
  • 7 nights aboard the [MS Radamis], 5 Stars Deluxe Nile Cruise with All Meals
  • 4 nights at the [Sofitel El Gezirah], Cairo, Standard room or similar with Breakfast
  • All hotel taxes and fees
  • All transfers with air-conditioned minivans with English Speaking Host
  • Domestic Air Cairo/Luxor/Cairo
  • All sightseeing will be provided with license English Speaking Egyptologist
  • 30 Meals: 13 breakfast, 10 lunches and 7 dinners during cultural multi activity holiday in Egypt
  • Entrance fees per itinerary

Price Excludes

  1. Visa to enter Egypt
  2. Tips & Personal Items
  3. Optional Tours as per itinerary
  4. International Airfare

What to expect

Day to day itinerary for cultural multi activity holiday in Egypt

DAY 1: Fri - Departure from USA

Board your international flight to start your journey back on time to the ancient land of the Pharos. 2 Meals will be served during your overnight flight.

DAY 2: Sat - Arrival to Cairo, Optional Sound & Light Show

Arrive this afternoon in Cairo airport, Right Travel Representative will be waiting for you after you get your luggage and clear customs and will be holding the Right Travel sign.

Evening free or choose our optional (Giza Pyramids Sound & Light Show C32).

DAY 3: Sun - Cairo, Khan El Khalili, Egyptian Museum

After breakfast, gather for a briefing on your upcoming Cairo trip. Your Program Director will go over the details of the cultural multi activity holiday in Egypt and answer any questions you may have. You`ll also attend a Discovery Series discussion on "Ancient Egypt," as a prelude to the discoveries ahead.

Start your Cairo tour by visiting the world-renowned to the largest traditional shopping bazaar in the world, the Khan el-Khalili Bazaar. In the tiny alleyways, there are hundreds of shops where you can watch gold and coppersmiths, brass makers, and fortunetellers at work. Look also for leather goods and woodwork inlaid with camel bone and mother-of-pearl. Bargaining, Arab-style, is the norm here, and practiced as a national pastime. Gather for a briefing on your upcoming Cairo trip. Your Program Director will go over the details of the trip and answer any questions you may have. You`ll also attend a Discovery Series discussion on "Ancient Egypt," as a prelude to the discoveries ahead.

After lunch at local restaurant, proceed to the Egyptian Museum Antiquities. Accompanied by your certified Egyptology Program Director, you`ll stroll through the halls highlighting each historical period of this ancient land. Marvel at the glittering treasures of King Tutankhamen, unparalleled in their variety, exquisite beauty, and sheer weight in gold. Seeing this treasure of more than 1,700 fabulous items buried with a young and relatively unimportant king, who can even imagine what the tombs of great and long-lived pharaohs must have contained? You may want to enter the Royal Mummies room for an additional fee and view the "sleeping" Kings of ancient Egypt.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 4: Mon - Cairo, Luxor (Optional Dendarah Tour)

Early morning flight from Cairo to Luxor. arrive at Luxor and transfer to your luxury Nile Cruise where you will spend the next 7 nights / 8 days, Free day at leisure, or you may enjoy our optional tour (Half-day visit to the Temple of Dendarah), lunch box will be provided from the cruise, built by Romans and Greeks and dedicated to Hathor-goddess of maternal and family love.

The temple complex contains birth houses, a Coptic church, the Hathor Temple, and a Hypostyle Hall. One of the celebrated features of the temple is an astronomical ceiling beautifully decorated with vultures, winged disks, and the union between Hathor and Horus. Paintings on the ceiling also represent the two halves of the sky with its northern and southern constellations, the hours of day and night, the sun and moon, and the symbols of the zodiac. You`ll return to the ship late afternoon, rest of the day is free, dinner, entertainment and overnight in Luxor.

Evening you may choose our optional (Sound & Light Show L14), overnight in Luxor.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5: Tue - Optional Hot-Air Balloon Ride, West Bank, Esna

As the sun rises over Luxor, so can you, aboard an optional hot-air balloon ride. The sights, sounds, and sheer spectacle of seeing these antiquities from the sky will surely make for a morning you`ll remember forever. Back to the cruise for Breakfast.

Visit the West Bank, including the Valley of the Kings, with its many tombs chiseled deep into the Cliffside. From the 18th to the 20th Dynasty, the Memphis area and pyramid-style tombs were abandoned in favor of the West Bank of the Nile in Thebes. Several great leaders as well as many less important rulers are buried here, and more tombs are being discovered even today. This is where Howard Carter discovered the treasures of Tutankhamen and was struck "dumb with amazement" when he beheld its "wonderful things" in 1922.

Proceed to the funerary temple of Queen Hatshepsut at Deir El Bahari and the Colossi of Memnon, back to the cruise for lunch, sail to Esna and overnight.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6: Wed - Edfu, Kom Ombo

Sail to Edfu and Visit Edfu Temple, also known as the Temple of Horus, the falcon-god, (237 B.C.) considered the best-preserved temple in Ancient Egypt and the second largest after the Temple of Karnak. Sail to Kom Ombo and Overnight in Kom Ombo.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7: Thu - Kom Ombo, Aswan, Optional Sound & Light Show

Sail to Aswan, visit the High Dam, located near Aswan, the world famous High Dam was an engineering miracle when it was built in the 1960s. 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. Today it provides irrigation and electricity for the whole of Egypt and, together with the old Aswan Dam built by the British between 1898 and 1902, 6km down river, and wonderful views for visitors.

From the top of the two-Mile-Long High Dam you can gaze across Lake Nassar, the huge reservoir created when it was built, to Kalabsha temple in the south and the huge power station to the north.

Last stop will be at the Philae Temple Philae Temple was dismantled and reassembled (on Agilika Island about 550 meters from its original home on Philae Island) in the wake of the High Dam. The temple, dedicated to the goddess Isis, is in a beautiful setting which has been landscaped to match its original site. Its various shrines and sanctuaries, which include The Vestibule of Nectanebos I which is used as the entrance to the island, the Temple of the Emperor Hadrian, a Temple of Hathor, Trajans Kiosk (Pharaohs Bed), a birth house and two pylons celebrate all the deities involved in the Isis and Osiris myth. The Victorian world fell in love with the romance of the Temple.

Sail around The Botanical Garden by Felucca, overnight during the cultural multi activity holiday in Egypt in Aswan.

Evening you may add the optional (Sound and Light Show A14).
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8: Fri - Aswan, Optional Abu Simbel

Morning free at your leisure or you may choose our optional tour (Abu Simbel tour) Situated 280km south of Aswan, exploring the magnificent monuments carved into solid rock 3,000 years ago. In a monumental feat of modern engineering, these massive temples were moved to their present location when construction of the Aswan High Dam in 1960 created Lake Nasser and flooded their original location.

This extraordinary operation to save one of the world`s greatest treasures took years and the efforts of an international team of engineers and archaeologists. The two temples at Abu Simbel were built by Egypt`s great Pharaoh Ramses II (Egypt`s longest-ruling king) as a tribute to the deities and his favorite wife Nefertari. Four colossal statues, 60 feet high and directly facing the rising sun, are of the pharaoh himself, with his queen and daughters at his feet. More tremendous statues surround you as you enter the temple. And in the very depths of the temple, Ramses sits in state flanked by the gods to whom the construction is dedicated.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9: Sat - Aswan, Kom Ombo, Edfu, Esna

Early sail to Kom Ombo and Visit Kom Ombo Temple (the Ptolemaic Temple of Sobek & Haroeries), set dramatically on a hill overlooking a bend in the river. This Greco-Roman style temple (actually two temples) is unique, as it is Egypt`s only double temple-dedicated to both Sobek, the crocodile god, and Haroeris, the great, winged solar disk. Everything here is doubled and perfectly symmetrical along a central axis-twin entrances, twin courts, and twin colonnades. Sail to Esna & overnight.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10: Sun - Luxor East Bank

Sail to Luxor. Start Luxor tour by visiting Luxor Temple, built by the two pharaohs, Amenhotep III and Ramses II. Ancient Thebes was a center of festivals, and the Temple of Luxor was the setting for the most important-the festival of Opet, designed to merge the ruler`s human and divine aspects. The temple was dedicated to Amun-Ra, whose marriage to Mut was celebrated annually, when the sacred procession moved by boat from Karnak to Luxor Temple.

Proceed Luxor tour to visit Karnak Temple, in ancient Egypt, the power of the god Amun of Thebes gradually increased during the early New Kingdom, and after the short persecution led by Akhenaten, it rose to its apex. In the reign of Ramesses III, more than two thirds of the property owned by the temples belonged to Amun, evidenced by the stupendous buildings at Karnak. Although badly ruined, no site in Egypt is more impressive than Karnak. It is the largest temple complex ever built by man and represents the combined achievement of many generations of ancient builders.

The Temple of Karnak is actually three main temples, smaller enclosed temples, and several outer temples located about three kilometers north of Luxor, Egypt situated on 100 ha (247 acres) of land. Karnak is actually the sites modern name. Its ancient name was Ipet-isut, meaning "The Most Select (or Sacred) of Places". This vast complex was built and enlarged over a thirteen-hundred-year period. The three main temples of Mut, Montu and Amun are enclosed by enormous brick walls. Back to the Cruise for lunch,
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 11: Mon - Luxor, Cairo

After Breakfast, check out from your cabin, you may leave your luggage at the cruise front desk, enjoy free morning at leisure in Luxor.

Transfer to Luxor airport for your flight to Cairo, arrival and transfer to your final hotel of this cultural multi activity holiday in Egypt.
Meal: Breakfast

DAY 12: Tue - Great Pyramids, Sphinx, Memphis & Sakkara

This morning we drive to the Giza Pyramids in the Giza Plateau, home of Egypt`s signature attractions: the Great Pyramids, proclaimed by the Greeks to be among the Seven Wonders of the ancient world. The largest among these is the Great Pyramid of Cheops, probably built more than 2,600 years before the time of Christ. Standing 480 feet tall, this is the last of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world still standing. Little is known of Cheops, you`ll also see the inscrutable and mysterious Sphinx, known in Arabic as Abu al-Hol ("the Father of Terror") and carved almost entirely from one piece of limestone.

After lunch, continue to Memphis, founded around 3,100 BC, is the legendary city of Menes, the King who united Upper and Lower Egypt. Early on, Memphis was more likely a fortress from which Menes controlled the land and water routes between Upper Egypt and the Delta. Having probably originated in Upper Egypt, from Memphis he could control the conquered people of Lower Egypt. However, by the Third Dynasty, the building at Saqqara suggests that Memphis had become a sizable city.

Proceed to Sakkara site, Sakkara is one section of the great necropolis of Memphis, the Old Kingdom capital and the kings of the 1st Dynasty as well as that of the 2nd Dynasty. are mostly buried in this section of the Memphis necropolis. It has been of constant interest to Egyptologists. Three major discoveries have recently been made at Sakkara, including a prime minister tomb, a queen pyramid, and the tomb of the son of a dynasty-founding king. Each discovery has a fascinating story, with many adventures for the archaeologists as they revealed the secrets of the past.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 13: Wed - Old Cairo Tour & The Citadel

Today we will experience the Spiritual Cairo tour and explore some of the early religious monuments of Cairo. You`ll visit the El Muallaqa Church, dating to the late fourth and early fifth century. This basilica was named for its location on top of the south gate of the Fortress of Babylon. Muallaqa means "suspended or hanging." Destroyed in a ninth-century earthquake, the church became the center of the Coptic (or Christian) Church of Egypt from the time it was rebuilt in the eleventh century until the 14th century.

Make a stop at the Ben Ezra Synagogue, built sometime between the sixth and ninth centuries AD. The temple contains a Jewish Heritage Library, containing documents found here in 1896 that describe the economic and social conditions of Jews under Arab rule as well as descriptions of relations between various Jewish sects.

Stop for lunch, Continue Cairo tour with a visit to The Citadel of Mohamed Ali (the Fortress of Salah al-Din al-Ayyubi), built in 1183 and overlooking the city from the Muqattam Hills. The structure, with its domes and minarets, looks over a number of important buildings, including the Alabaster Mosque. Its domed interior, used by Moslems for daily prayers, is a spectacular sight of twinkling lights and beautiful mosaics.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 14: Thu - Cairo, Optional Alexandria with Library Tour

Free day at your leisure, or choose our optional tour (Full Day Alexandria with Library - C27). Start your over day excursion to Alexandria by private car & accompanied by an English speaking Egyptologist. First stop will be at the Alexandria National Museum, one of our new master sites nowadays. It is inaugurated by the Egyptian President, Hosni Mubarak, in 31st of December 2003. The national museum located in a restored palace, it contain about 1,800 artifacts pieces of antiquities that narrate the history of Alexandria throughout ages, Pharaonic, Roman, Coptic and Islamic eras and some modern pieces, Mummies are shown in a special underground chamber (basement). And some of the items found during the archaeological underwater excavations in Alexandria now in the same floor with the Greco roman artifacts.

Next, we will visit the Catacomb of Alexandria which is really one of the master sites here in Alexandria. Kom el-Shouqafa lies in the district of Karmouz to the east of Alexandria the area was called Kom El Shouqafa or a pile of shards, Catacombs in Alexandria is called the catacomb as well because of its design, which was very similar to the Roman Christian Catacombs. Most likely it was a private tomb and later converted to a public cemetery. It consists of 3 levels cut into the rock, a staircase, a rotunda, the triclinium or banquette hall, a vestibule, an antechamber and the burial chamber with three recesses In, where in each recess there is a sarcophagus. The Catacomb also contains a large number of Luculi or grooves cut in the rock.

Proceed to the Roman Amphitheater. A modest in size and most of the part of the structure is in ruined condition but still it is an excellent ancient structure of Roman period of Egypt. The theatre also consists of numerous galleries erected crudely. These galleries contain rooms for more spectators along with arrangement of 700-800 marble seats around the stage. The Roman Amphitheatre was discovered in the excavations doing for the site of Paneion or "Park of Pan" in Kom el-Dikkah also known by the name of Hill of Rubble. In the layers of the above the roman street two other archaeological sites were found. These were a Muslim Cemetery and slums.

Stop for lunch than continue to our last stop at the Alexandria Library. The modern Alexandria Library or the Bibliotheca Alexandrina as once called in Ancient Egypt is located on a magnificent site in the Eastern Harbor, facing the sea on the north, and Alexandria University Complex on its southern side. It is very close to the location of the Ancient Library in the Brucheion (the Ancient Royal Quarter), as verified by the 1993 archaeological survey. The Bibliotheca Alexandrina was inaugurated in 2003 near the site of the old library. The building consists of 11 levels with a total levels area of 85,405 m2. The library's main reading area which can accommodate 2000 users occupies 7 levels with a total area of 13,625 m2.The Library has 2 main museums (the manuscript museum and the Antiquities museum) and a Science center of the shape of a sphere and called the Planetarium. Return to Cairo.
Meal: Breakfast

DAY 15: Fri - Departure

After Early breakfast, transfer to Cairo International Airport for your departure flight. And the end of your cultural multi activity holiday in Egypt.
Meal: Breakfast


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