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Welcome to your southern Travel best of Egypt tour On arrival in Cairo, your Southern Travels Manager will greet you at the 'meeting point' at the exit. After immigration and customs, transfer comfortably to your hotel (check-in after 1400 hrs). This evening, look forward to a dazzling Sound and Light show at Giza Pyramids. This spectacular show uses innovative techniques to narrate the history of ancient Egypt with magnificent sound and light effects against the Pyramids as a backdrop. Overnight in Cairo.
Today, enjoy a full day excursion to Alexandria, the city founded by Alexander the Great. With an atmosphere more Mediterranean than Middle Eastern, this city has many unique attractions. Spend the day viewing the relics of a bygone age, the highlight of Alexandria. Also, visit the Qaitbay Fortress, Library and the Catacombs. Overnight in Cairo.
Spend the morning at the Great Pyramids of Giza. Cheops - one of the oldest and largest pyramid on the Giza plateau, Chephren and Mykerinos, and the defending Sphinx - one of the most majestic and enduring monuments of Egypt. Next, visit the Papyrus Institute. See the processes and efforts it took to make this ancient form of paper. Also, enjoy the beautiful illustrative Egyptian art and stories painted depicting Egyptian lifestyle and culture. Later, visit a Perfume Factory, where a demonstration in the art of perfume making awaits you. The next stop is at the Jewellery Shop, where you can browse through exquisite ornaments and shop to your heart's content. In the afternoon, visit the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, which houses one of the world's greatest collections of Egyptian artefacts. It boasts of more than 136,000 artefacts from over five thousand years of Egyptian history. End the day with a visit to the Khan El Khalili Bazaar - Cairo's most important shopping area for souvenirs and all types of typical Egyptian artefacts. Overnight in Cairo.
Cairo – Aswan After breakfast at the hotel, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Aswan. On arrival, proceed to the cruise terminal and board your Nile Cruise. Embark on a sightseeing tour of Aswan. Visit the High Dam, Philae Temple and Unfinished Obelisk. Overnight on board the cruise. Breakfast at the hotel, Lunch and Dinner on board the cruise.
On board the Nile Cruise The morning is at leisure. You can opt for an excursion to Abu Simbel which is flanked by the impressive temple of Nefertari. The entire site is truly awe-inspiring. Then, sail to Kom Ombo, the home of Sobek - the crocodile God who was worshipped in pre-dynastic times. Witness the ancient remains of a temple of a somewhat unusual style. In fact, it is a double temple. The right hand temple is the one consecrated to Sobek and the second one is dedicated to Haroeris - the falcon-headed Sky God. This temple was built overlooking the Nile. Continue sailing to Edfu. On arrival, take a horse carriage ride to visit the Horus Temple. The best preserved temple in the whole of Egypt, it has many inscriptions in the Coptic language and is adorned with paintings from that era. Overnight on board the cruise.
On board the Nile Cruise Today, sail to cross the Esna Lock on the Nile to reach Luxor. Later, we cross over to the west bank of the Nile River to visit the Valley of the Kings, Hatshepsut Temple and the Colossi of Memnon. Later, visit the Luxor and Karnak Temples on the East Bank of the Nile Overnight on board the cruise.
After breakfast we drive you to the airport for your flight back home. It’s time to say goodbye to all the new friends you have made. We hope you take back many happy memories of your holiday.