Egypt 2017 Prepared for: Mary & Charles

Trip Overview

July 20 – August 1st , 2017 | 12 Nights, 13 Days

Your 30th Birthday is around the corner, and a memorable experience is definitely the best way to go! When handcrafting this trip I took both of your passions and interests into consideration. Here is the day-to-day summary of your trip:

  • Day 1: Arrival in Cairo international Airport
  • Day 2: Fly to Aswan Embark the cruise in Aswan (Includes VIP Egyptologist)
  • Day 3: Explore Philae & Karnak Temples (Includes VIP Egyptologist)
  • Day 4: Stop in Edfu to check out the largest and most preserved temple in Egypt (Includes VIP Egyptologist)
  • Day 5: Experience the East and West Bank of Luxor (Includes VIP Egyptologist)
  • Day 6: Fly from Luxor to Cairo
  • Day 7: Full Day Tour - Egyptian Museum (includes Mummies Room), Sultan Hassan Mosque, Citadel & Khan el Khalili Bazaar (Includes VIP Egyptologist)
  • Day 8: Full Day Tour - Sphinx, Pyramids, Solar Boat, Sakkara & Memphis (Includes Egyptologist)
  • Day 9: Fly to Sharm El Sheikh
  • Day 10: Free day in Sharm El Sheikh
  • Day 11: Free day in Sharm El Sheikh
  • Day 12: Free day in Sharm El Sheikh
  • Day 13: Fly to Cairo, Fly to the United States

Welcome to Egypt!

A complicated but fascinating country with some of the most enduring historical monuments on Earth, Egypt stands as an unforgettable travel destination. In many ways, there are two Egypts. The first is the Egypt of Cairo and the Nile, of bustling medieval bazaars, noseless Sphinxes, river cruises and Agatha Christie-era exoticism. The second, and just as integral to many visitors, is the Egypt of the Red Sea, where a spread of large-scale modern resorts caters to sun-seekers and scuba divers. Sharm el Sheikh, with its world-class diving, high-end hotels and desert adventures, is the best known of them.

Most of the country’s ancient treasures were built during the time of the pharaohs. The Pyramids of Giza (the sole survivors of the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World); the lotus-columned temples of Luxor and Karnak; the Valley of the Kings; Aswan; strung along the Nile, these monuments have drawn visitors for centuries. They represent a lasting legacy of one of the most fabled periods of human history.

Of course, the country is best understood not so much for its great monuments or its coral reefs, splendid though they are, but through its people. Bartering for a bargain in Cairo’s ancient Khan al-Khalili bazaar, taking tea and falling into long conversation with a local, or simply stopping awhile in a remote village, silent but for the chatter of hooves on tarmac, will give a glimpse of a country full of character, color and fortitude.

VIP Meet & Greet @ Cairo International Airport

Day 1 | July 20, 2017

Welcome to Cairo!

Cairo is the capital & largest city of Egypt. The city’s metropolitan area is the largest in the Middle East and the Arab World, and the 15th Largest in the world. It is associated with Ancient Egypt, as the famous Giza Complex and the ancient city of Memphis are located in the geographical area. Cairo has been a Long center of the region’s political and cultural life, and is also named as “ the city of a thousand minarets” for its preponderance of Islamic architecture. In Cairo stands the evidence of 2,000 years of Islamic, Christian Coptic, and Jewish culture.

Upon arrival, you will be picked up on the airport runway and transferred to the VIP lounge as wait for your assistants to clear your visa through customs. Upon clearance, you will be transferred to your hotel to rest up before you begin your journey.

Location: Cairo | Overnight @ Fairmont Nile | Meals Included: B

Day 2 | July 21, 2017

Welcome to Aswan!

Aswan, Egypt's sunniest southern city, has a distinctively African atmosphere. In Aswan the Nile is at its most beautiful, round emerald islands covered in palm groves and tropical plants. Enjoy the Nubian Singers & dancers. Explore the souk, full of the scent and color of spices, perfumes, scarves and baskets.

Cruise on the Nile

Location: Aswan | Overnight @ MS Mayfair Nile Cruise | Meals Included: B, L, D

Philae Temple

DAY 3 | July 22, 2017

Exploring Nubia

Philae Temple, on the Island of Agilika. The romantic and majestic aura surrounding the temple complex of Isis on the island of Philae has been luring pilgrims for thousands of years; during the 19th century the ruins were one of Egypt’s most legendary tourist attraction Even when it seemed that they were destined to be lost forever beneath the rising water of the Nile, travelers still came.

The High Dam, Egypt’s contemporary example of building on a monumental scale contains 18 times the amount of material used in the Great Pyramid of Cheops. The controversial Sadd al-Ali (Highdam), is 3600 meters across and 111 meters high at its highest point. The water contained by the dam has backed up nearly 500 Km, taking it well into the Sudan and creating Lake Nasser, the world’s largest artificial lake.

Location: Aswan | Overnight @ MS Mayfair Nile Cruise | Meals Included: B, L, D

Day 4 | July 23, 2017

Cruise on the Nile

Edfu

Temple of Horus, the largest and most completely preserved Pharaonic, albeit Greek-built, temple in Egypt, the extraordinary Temple of Horus. Construction of this huge complex began under Ptolmey III Euergetes I in 237 BC and was completed nearly 200 years later during the reign of Ptolmey XIII in the 1st century BC. Dedicated to Horus the falcon-headed son of Osiris, who avenged his father’s murder by slaying his uncle Seth, the temple was built on the site where, according to legend, the two gods met in deadly combat

Location:Nile | Overnight @ MS Mayfair Nile Cruise | Meals Included: B, L, D

Philae Temple

Day 5 | July 24, 2017

Welcome to Luxor!

Located in Upper Egypt, Luxor has frequently been characterized as the “world greatest open air Museum” as the ruins of the temple complex at Karnak and Luxor stand within the modern city. Across the River Nile lie the monuments, temples and tombs of the West Bank Necropolus.

EAST BANK

The Temple of Luxor was built over several centuries by Amenhopis III, Tutankhamun, Ramses II, and Alexander the Great. The temple is a graceful piece of architecture preceded by an avenue of sphinxes, containing impressive statuary of Ramses II, the Great Court of Ramses II, the colonnade and court of Amenhopis III, the hypostyle hall, and the temple of Amun. Fronting the entrance to the temple is the enormous 1st pylon, about 24 meters high, in front of which are some colossal statues of Ramses II and a pink granite obelisk. There were originally six statues, four seated and tow standing, but only tow of the seated figures and the westernmost standing one remain.

West Bank

The Valley of Kings is where 62 Pharaohs are entombed gorgeously adorned with gold and jewels and surrounded with treasures and replicas of all they would need in the afterlife, the pharaohs were buried in rock-cut tombs. Frustrated by the pillage of earlier more visible tombs, they cut their tombs deep into the sandstone, away from the public view and separated from their mortuary temples. The famous tomb of the boy-king Tutankhamun was discovered here in 1922, with over 5,000 precious items.

The Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, rising out of the desert plain, in a series of terraces, the Mortuary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut merges with the sheer limestone cliffs of the eastern face of the Theban Mountain as if the nature herself had built this extraordinary monument. The partly rockcut, partly free-standing structure is one of the finest monuments of ancient Egypt, although its original appearance, surrounded by myrrh trees, garden beds and approached by a grand sphinx-lined causeway, must have been even more spectacular.

Colossi of Memnon, the massive pair of statues known as the colossi of Memnon are all that remain of the temple of the hedonistic Amemophis III. Rising about 59 feet from the plain, the enthroned, faceless statues of Amemophis have kept a lonely vigil on the changing landscape around them, surviving the rising floodwaters of the Nile which gradually, through annual inundation destroyed the temple buildings behind them.

Location: Luxor | Overnight @ Hilton Luxor Resort | Meals Included: B

Day 6 | July 25, 2017

Welcome to Cairo!

Today, you will take a flight from Luxor to Cairo. You will have the rest of the day to relax or explore the city.

Location: Nile | Overnight @ Farimont Nile Hotel | Meals Included: B

Day 7 | July 26, 2017

Full Day Tour - Cairo

  • Private Tour of the Pyramids of Giza, Sphinx
  • Solar Boat
  • Private Tour Memphis & Sakkara
  • Lunch at Abo Shakra overlooking the Pyramids

PYRAMIDS OF GIZA AND THE SPHINX

The ancient Greeks considered the great Pyramid to be one of the Seven Wonders of the World. As you stand beside these incredible Egyptian monuments, you will marvel at the size of the Giza pyramids and the magnitude that went into their construction. View the inscrutable Sphinx with the body of a lion and the face of a man. Carved from a natural rock, the Sphinx is 190 feet long and 66 feet tall at its highest point. It’s face 16.6 feet high faces the rising sun in the east, symbolizing the return of life each day.

MEMPHIS & SAKKARA

The step Pyramid, on which Imhotep experimented with the design of his stone tomb, beginning with a standard mastaba like those built in mud brick at Abydos and Saqqara by the 1st and 2nd dynasty Kings. Imhotep alerted the design of the superstructure several times, erecting a four -stepped Pyramid above the Mastaba, then enlarging it to six steps. You can see these changes in the southern wall, and more so on the east where some of the original casing remained in place.

Memphis, the Capital city founded by Menes lies southeast of its cemetery at Saqqara. Status and architectural fragments have been collected in the sculpture garden, which occupies the southeastern part of the Ptah Temple complex, patron god of Memphis. Here the massive statue of Ramsis II lies under a roof, the Sphinx from the same period dominates the courtyard. In addition, the garden contains stelaeans status from various periods as well as some Coptic columns, identified by the dual patterns on their shafts.

Location: Cairo | Overnight @ Fairmont Nile Hotel | Meals Included: B

Egyptian Museum

Day 8 | July 27, 2017

Full Day Tour - Cairo

  • Private Tour Egyptian Museum (Including Mummies Room)
  • Private Tour of Sultan Hassan Mosque
  • Visit to the Citadel & Khan El-Khalili Bazaar
  • Lunch at Falfela Restaurant

EGYPTIAN MUSEUM OF ANTIQUITIES

Although located in the heart of Cairo, it has a pleasing atmosphere of the ancient time of the Pharaohs. There is a beautiful contrast between the well trimmed garden and the facade of the museum. It was designed by a French architect in a -classical style. Once you enter the museum, you have gone through time starting from the curious Archaic Pre Dynastic Period’ to the Old, Middle and New Kingdoms. It houses the world’s most important collection of Egyptian antiquities from 2700 BC to the 6th century AD. There are thousand of statues, jewels and artifacts from nearly every period of ancient Egypt. Admire the amazing treasures of the young king, Tutankhamen, including his famous mask made out of solid gold and in a perfect state of preservation. There are 12 rooms filled with treasures from King Tut’s tomb, discovered in 1922 virtually untouched.

THE CITADEL AND THE MOHAMMED ALI MOSQUE

The Citadel dominates Cairo from it’s high vantage point on the Mokattam Hills and was the heart of the city beginning in 1176 for more than 200 years. The Citadel was erected by Salah El Din, the legendary Saladin who conquered the Crusaders in Palestine. This fort was later occupied by Napoleon and the reigning Royal Family. The complex contains other later-built elements and buildings such as palaces and mosques. The last great phase of the Citadel was accomplished by Sultan Mohammed Aly, as it was his permanent residence. There you will see the highlight of the visit: the great Mosque of Mohammed Aly. It was built imitating the Blue Mosque of Istanbul, with two high minarets and numerous domes.

KHAN EL KHALILI

Is considered as the largest and oldest Bazaar in Cairo, built in 1382 by Sultan Barquq’s Master Garkas El Khalili it became known as the Turkish Bazaar during the Ottoman period. Khan El Khalili extends in part over the site of the now vanished Fatimid Palaces, which covered an area of 400,000 sq. m. and used to house 12,000 domestics. Khan El Khalili has always attracted foreign merchants, Jews, Armenians, Persians and non Egyptian Arabs - and so it is not surprising that today it is Cairo’s tourist bazaar. Lined with tiny shops selling gold, silver, gems, spices, perfume oils, carpets, leather goods it is an exotic as well as rewarding experience, where bargaining is the name of the game.

SULTAN HASSAN MOSQUE

Is considered as the largest and oldest Bazaar in Cairo, built in 1382 by Sultan Barquq’s Master Garkas El Khalili it became known as the Turkish Bazaar during the Ottoman period. Khan El Khalili extends in part over the site of the now vanished Fatimid Palaces, which covered an area of 400,000 sq. m. and used to house 12,000 domestics. Khan El Khalili has always attracted foreign merchants, Jews, Armenians, Persians and non Egyptian Arabs - and so it is not surprising that today it is Cairo’s tourist bazaar. Lined with tiny shops selling gold, silver, gems, spices, perfume oils, carpets, leather goods it is an exotic as well as rewarding experience, where bargaining is the name of the game.

It was built between 1356 and 1363 AD, during the time of Mamluk rule, with stones that historians believe were taken from one of the Great pyramids of Giza. Originally the mosque was a theological school, and each of the four iwans, or vaulted halls, surrounding the central court served as classrooms for each main school of Sunni Islam. The interior is typically devoid of decoration to make it easier for worshippers to concentrate on prayers. Hundreds of chains which once held oil lamps still hang from the ceiling of each iwan. Behind the main iwan is the mausoleum. The southernmost of the two minarets is the second highest in Cairo, after that of the new Al-Fatah Mosque.

Location: Cairo | Overnight @ Fairmont Nile Hotel | Meals Included: B, L

Day 9 | July 28, 2017

Today You will take a flight from from Luxor to Cairo and then off to the beautiful Sharm El Sheikh.

Welcome to Sharm El Sheikh!

Sharm EL-Sheikh is situated on the southern tip of Sinai Peninsula, you can find everything in Sharm El-Sheikh from snorkeling, windsurfing and other water sports, shopping. If you are looking for a unique cultural experience, you must try and authentic meal with a Bedouin family. If you're feeling adventurous, mountain climbing in St. Catherine is a must!

Location: Sharm El Sheikh | Overnight @ Rixos Seagate Resort | Meals Included: All Inclusive

Day 10 | July 29, 2017

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

Sharm El Sheikh - Free Day

Spend your day swimming, snorkeling or relaxing by the beach!

Location: Sharm El Sheikh | Overnight @ Rixos Seagate Resort | Meals Included: All Inclusive

Turkish Bath at the Spa (Not Included)

Day 11 | July 30, 2017

Sharm El Sheikh - Free Day

Location: Sharm El Sheikh | Overnight @ Rixos Seagate Resort | Meals Included: All Inclusive

Day 12 | July 31, 2017

Sharm El Sheikh - Free Day

Location: Sharm El Sheikh | Overnight @ Rixos Seagate Resort | Meals Included: All Inclusive

Day 13 | August 1, 2017

Return To USA

Accommodations

Day 1 | Fairmont Nile City Hotel | Cairo

Room Type: Deluxe Side Nile View

Fairmont Nile City luxury hotel in Cairo offers a delightful series of contrasts. Equipped with the most advanced design and technology to serve the needs of the discerning traveler, this luxury Cairo hotel is also intimately attuned to its surroundings. With sweeping panoramas of the Nile River, and views of the Pyramids in the distance, Cairo’s natural beauty and ancient history are always in sight. Art Deco and contemporary design combine to provide timeless elegance and refinement in this luxurious Nile view room.

Days 2-4 | MS Mayfair | Nile River

Room Type: Standard Cabin

Welcome Aboard. Find pleasure as incredible ancient history drifts by aboard modern elegance and uncompromising luxury, exclusively with the five-star deluxe River cruise the M.S. Mayfair. Our 3 night cruises are an exceptional invitation to truly sophisticated accommodation, tranquil relaxation & delectable dining, complemented by an unprecedented sense of discovery on the path from Aswan to Luxor.

Day 5 | Hilton Luxor Resort | Luxor

Room Type: Deluxe Nile Room

Escape to the banks of the Nile at the exquisite Hilton Luxor Resort & Spa, just 10 minutes from Luxor town center. The stylish resort is the ideal base for exploring the region’s historical attractions. Among the eight restaurants and bars at the resort, you'll find fragrant Arabian-style teas and Turkish coffees with waterfront views at Diwan Shisha Café. Additionally, the views of the Nile are stunning from the edge of the infinity pool.

Day 6-8 | Fairmont Nile City Hotel | Cairo

Room Type: Deluxe Side Nile View

Fairmont Nile City luxury hotel in Cairo offers a delightful series of contrasts. Equipped with the most advanced design and technology to serve the needs of the discerning traveler, this luxury Cairo hotel is also intimately attuned to its surroundings. With sweeping panoramas of the Nile River, and views of the Pyramids in the distance, Cairo’s natural beauty and ancient history are always in sight. Art Deco and contemporary design combine to provide timeless elegance and refinement in this luxurious Nile view room.

Days 9-12 | Rixos Seagate Resort | Sharm EL-Sheikh

Room Type: Superior Room

Rixos Seagate Sharm offers an Ultra All Inclusive Concept (UAI). This beautiful resort has luxurious and modernly decorated rooms. It Also provides a 24 hour Front Desk, multilingual staff, express check-in/out, Guest Relations, Concierge Desk, Travel Agent Desks & Information books, limousine service, luggage room, laundry & valet service, live entertainment, beauty salon/barber. WIFI is available in all rooms and public areas. All rooms are equipped with: Mini bar (soft drinks and beer refilled daily free of charge), bathrobe and slippers, LCD IP TV with international channels and more.

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TOTAL PRICE OF THIS TRIP:

$ 10,230/ for 2 people

(Not Including International Airfare)

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WHAT'S INCLUDED:
  • Airport VIP Meet & Greet
  • Airport Transfers
  • Daily Transfers
  • All Entrance Fees
  • Professional English Guided Services
  • Private Guided Tours
  • Listed Meals
  • Domestic Flights
WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED:
  • International Airfare
  • Meals not listed above
  • Items of a personal nature (souvenirs, medicine, ect.)
  • Trip insurance (Not included, ask for more information)

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CONTACT US

Ahmad Abuleil | Ahmad@NomadHill.com | +1 (713) 481-7222 ext. 7010 | (C) 832-455-5375

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