7 DAYS CAIRO – CRUISE – CAIRO @Ksh156,100 (usd1515)per person
The stunning, colossal monuments of Ancient Egypt never fail to astonish. The heat, sight and the light of the desert invigorate. The cool, turquoise waters rejuvenate. A romantic cruise along the world’s longest river dazzles the senses.
DAY ONE: CAIRO
Welcome to Egypt and the start of your holiday!
Arrive Cairo International Airport. You will be met by your tour coordinator who will assist you through the immigration and baggage controls. Have lunch in a local restaurant and proceed to enjoy the Captivating city of Cairo.
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE DAY
THE PYRAMIDS OF GIZA The sole survivors from the ancient Greek-listed Seven Wonders of the World, the pyramids of Giza are the planet’s oldest tourist attraction! Constructed from over 2.5 million limestone blocks it is thought to have taken more than 20 years to construct.
They are Egypt’s most visited monuments and among the world’s greatest tourist attractions.
THE SPHINX is carved from a single piece of stone. It is a lion with the head of a pharaoh thought to be the portrait of Chepren.
Transfer to the Ramses Train Station to board your sleeper train for Aswan. Dinner on the train.
Overnight: Sleeper train
Meal plan: Breakfast in hotel / Lunch in restaurant / Dinner on train
DAY TWO, THREE AND FOUR: NILE CRUISE
Breakfast in the train. Arrive Aswan in the morning. Transfer to the Nile cruise. Embarkation before lunch.
HIGHLIGHTS DURING THE NILE CRUISE
HIGH DAM: The high dam is the largest rock-filled dam in the world and one of the most important engineering feats of the 20TH century an artificial lake-Lake Nasser, with a surface of 4000 sq km lies behind the dam.
FELUCCA SAILING: Felucca is a traditional Egyptian sailing boat. We shall sail by the felucca around the Elephantine Island to view the Aga Khan Mausoleum and the Kitcheners botanical garden.
TEMPLES OF KOM OMBO: Kom Ombo temple is exquisitely situated on a dune above a bend in the Nile. Alone among Egypt’s temple it is shared equally by two gods-Sobek, the crocodile god of Nile fertility and haroeis, the elder Horus.
TEMPLE OF EDFU: The town of Edfu boasts Egypt’s most best preserved temple dedicated to Horus, the god of sun and planets .The falcon –his symbol-is a prominent decoration. A very delightful hantour (horse carriage) ride takes you from the Nile to the temple grounds.
VALLEY OF THE KINGS: The Valley of the Kings shelters the fabled tombs of the pharaohs. More than 40 pharaohs were laid to rest here in ornate subterranean palaces penetrating sometimes under 100 m into the face of the rock.
COLOSSI OF MEMNON: Dominating the desert to the east stand the huge colossi of Memnon, sole relics of the funerary temple of Amenhotep 111.
GREAT TEMPLES OF KARNAK: “Here are works in whose presence it is a task for the imagination to overtake the eyesight’
More than a temple, Karnak is a spectacular complex of sanctuaries, pylons and obelisks – built on a grand scale. The impressive and awesome Karnak temples are for many – pharonic Egypt’s grandest monument of all. The complex covers a hundred acres: its history spans throughout thirteen centuries.
Overnight: Nile Cruise
Meal plan: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
DAY FIVE: LUXOR / SLEEPER TRAIN
Breakfast in the cruise. Disembark from the cruise. Transfer to the train station.
Overnight: Sleeper Train
Meal plan: Breakfast on cruise / Dinner on the train
Breakfast at the hotel, rest of day at leisure to enjoy the vibrating city of Cairo.
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE DAY
CHURCH OF ST.SERGIUS (ABU SERGA) – A 5th century basilica built over crypt where the Holy Family is believed to have stayed during their flight into Egypt.
CHURCH OF ST.MERCURIUS (ABU SEFEIN) – boasts a unique collection of Coptic art including 175 icons that depict scenes from the old and new testaments, wall paintings, etching and stained glass.
BEN EZRA SYNAGOGUE Modest in appearance, delightful in interior and boasting of legends, the Ben Ezra synagogue is the supreme Jewish monument in Cairo. Legends claim that the synagogue is built on the spot where pharaoh’s daughter found Moses in the bulrushes and where Jeremiah spoke to survivors after the destruction of Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar.
The most important recent event is the finding of medieval manuscripts in 1894. The collection, called Geniza, , counted more than 250,000 pages, dating to the period between 1002 and 1266.
AL AZHAR UNIVERSITY AND MOSQUE: Al-Azhar is today the most important religious university in the Muslim world, with as much as 90,000 students. It is perhaps the oldest university in the whole world. The heart of Al-Azhar is the mosque quarters. Unlike so many mosques around the Muslim world, it is fully open for visitors. The architecture is stunning, the size of the roofed hall is quite impressive.
THE KHAN EL KHALILI: The most famous of oriental bazaars it is a treasure of trove of medieval craftsmanship. Shop to your total hearts content- for the Egyptian artifacts…or order yourself a sheesha, indulge and watch the world go by…both very enjoyable pass times!!
Meal plan: Breakfast in hotel / Lunch in restaurant
DAY SEVEN: CAIRO // DEPARTURE
Breakfast at the hotel, rest of day at leisure to enjoy the vibrating city of Cairo. Late evening transfer to the airport for your final departure for Nairobi.
Meal plan: Breakfast