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The Wonders of Egypt (10 Day All-Inclusive Group Tour)

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Day 1: Cairo - Arrival

Stop At: Cairo International Airport
Ahlan wa Sahlan! Today is your first day in Egypt, you took the leap, booked the flight and now you’re here! Your Niktrip host will be waiting for you at the airport (with a sign of your name) for your transfer to the hotel.
Note: If you have currency that needs to be exchanged, this is the best place to get it done. It is wise to have cash while you are here in Egypt as many merchants do not accept credit cards.
You can also purchase a SIM card at the airport if you are in need of one.
Duration: 2 hours

Meals included:
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight at the Mercure Hotel or the Grand Pyramid Hotel, both 4-star hotels.


Day 2: Cairo

Stop At: Saqqara (Sakkara) Pyramids, Cairo, Cairo Governorate
Today is our very first tour day, and we begin our adventure with a tour of Saqquara, the necropolis of Egypt’s ancient capital, Memphis. Travel back in time as you wonder through the columns and hallways of this old world burial ground. Here, we'll see and learn about Djoser'd Step Pyramid, which is the central feature of this necropolis. The single pyramid is thought to be the oldest step pyramid in the world, and the earliest known large-scale cut stone construction.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Memphis Museum, Cairo, Cairo Governorate
This Open air museum is the largest in the world and is located in the ancient city of Memphis. Here we'll observe a colossus of Ramses the second, as well as other gigantic monuments that pay tribute to Gods and Kings alike. This ancient city was once the epicenter and capital of all of Egypt, and as we walk through the courtyard of what once was, our imaginations fill in the gaps of glory and grandeur and bring this city back to life.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Pyramids of Giza, Giza, Giza Governorate
Welcome to one of of the seven wonders of the world! Built during the Old and New Kingdom, the Pyramids of Giza were constructed as tombs for the country's pharaohs and their consorts. These majestic structures strike awe and wonder in the heart of the admirer that’s seeing them for the first time. We're getting an up-close-and-personal look at these ancient skyscrapers that can only be described as majestic. As we explore the exterior, remind yourself of where you are, and bask in the thought that you’ve just crossed off a major bucket list item.
Note: Our tour does not include the interior of the pyramids, only the exterior.
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Western Desert, Cairo, Cairo Governorate
It's time to wind down. We're hoping on camel back and heading to the Sahara desert for some much needed relaxation. Our camel train puts us on route to a bedouin styled rest stop, where we can enjoy some local tea. While you sit among your fellow travelers, take in the vast desert landscape that houses a tranquility that's matched by no other place in this world.
Duration: 2 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight at the Mercure Hotel or the Grand Pyramid Hotel, both 4-star hotels.

Day 3: Cairo - Medieval

Stop At: Egyptian Antiquities Museum, Cairo, Cairo Governorate
Mummies, golden chariots, princely garments, and real life treasures all await at the Egyptian Museum. It's a new and beautiful morning here in Cairo, and we start off the day with a visit to The Egyptian Museum. This treasure trove of Egyptian artifacts houses a collection of over 120,000 items with the majority being on display. Built in 1904 the collection has called this Museum home for over one hundred years.
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Ben Ezra Synagogue, Cairo, Cairo Governorate
Originally the Ben Ezra Synagogue was a Christian church that was sold to the Jews in 882 A.D. in order to pay for taxes that were imposed on the church at the time. It was purchased by Abraham Ben Ezra for 20,000 dinars. Through the years, the buildings that housed the church fell victim to fires, raids, and even a structure collapse. The building that we are visiting today was built in 1892, and legend has it that this holy place is located on the site where the baby Moses was found.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Hanging Church (El Muallaqa, Sitt Mariam, St Mary), Cairo, Cairo Governorate
Commonly known by earlier travelers as the staircase church due to the 29 steps at it's entrance, Saint Mary's Church is now referred to as the hanging church because it's nave hangs over a passage. Inside we'll get some more history on this place of worship while viewing beautiful intricate mosaics.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Cairo Citadel, Cairo, Cairo Governorate
Our tour day ends with a visit to the Citadel of Salah al Din. Fortified between 1176 – 1183 as a protectant during the crusades, it contains a few museums, and the famous Grand Mosque of Muhammad Ali and the An Nasir Muhammad Mosque. We'll be given special garments to enter the Mosques, as they are both in use by the general public.
Duration: 2 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight at the Mercure Hotel or the Grand Pyramid Hotel, both 4-star hotels.

Day 4: Alexandria- Day Tour

Stop At: Fort Qaitbey, Alexandria, Alexandria Governorate
Welcome to Alexandria, a fusion of Greek, Italian and North African culture. The port city was founded in 331 B.C.E by Alexander the Great, who at the time was 25-years-old when he claimed the African jewel. After his death, the city was named in his honor and was viewed as the epicenter of the Mediterranean.
Our first stop in Alexandria is Qaibey Fort, the Medieval Fort was built on the site of the famous Pharoes light house during the crusades. We tour the archaic structure and the breath taking sea side scenery .
Note: The drive to Alexandria is about 3.5 hours. This tour day starts very early. The exact time will be announced the morning before.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa, Alexandria, Alexandria Governorate
Started in the 2nd century A.D. the Catacombs were used to intern the dead for over two hundred years. While observing the ancient tombs you'll notice Greek, Roman, and Arab cultural designs that display the diversity of Alexandria at the time. The site was given the name Kom el Shoqafa which means "mound of shards" because of the vast amount of broken pottery left behind by the families of the dead. It is believed that the relatives would bring food and drink to the site, and instead of returning home with the pottery, they would break them around the tombs.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Alexandria, Alexandria Governorate
The Library of Alexandria is arguably the most famous library of all time. The ancient library was the hive of knowledge for the entire ancient world, and a temple for the cultivation of brilliant minds. Unfortunately the great library was destroyed by a devastating fire in 48 B.C. leaving not a single scroll in its wake.
In 1974 a proposal to revive the former library was made and quickly gain momentum which resulted in the commission of the Bibliotheca Alexandria. The building was finally completed in 2002 and commemorates the great Library of Alexandria. France donated over 500,000 books making it the main French library in Africa. It is believed that the new library's location is close to that of the original.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight at the Mercure Hotel or the Grand Pyramid Hotel, both 4-star hotels.

Day 5: Train to Luxor

Stop At: Ramses Station
The pace is slowed today, after breakfast, we start out during late morning to browse around local shops and craft boutiques for your fill of retail therapy. Haggle with the venders for discounts on trinkets, jewelry, and thingamabobs. We enjoy a late lunch on our final day in the capital city, then head back to our hotel for checkout. After check out, we’re beckoned south to the cities of Luxor and Aswan.
Note: The Sleeper train leaves Cairo around 8:00PM and arrives in Luxor at 6:30AM. Dinner and Breakfast will be served on the train.
Duration: 1 hour

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight on Sleeper train, first class cabin (with fold-out bunk beds).

Day 6: Luxor

Stop At: Valley of the Kings, Luxor, Nile River Valley
We are taking a ferry this morning to the West Bank of the Nile, and sailing to the Valley of the Kings. The vally is the most archaeological site in the world and is the principle burial place of the royal major figures and nobles of the Egyptian New Kingdom. Here we'll explore the tombs of a few pharaohs including the tomb, sarcophagus, and mummy of Tutankhamun.
Note: This site charges an extra fee to take pictures inside of the tombs, be advised that this ticket is not included in the tour cost. If you wish to take photos inside of the tombs, let your tour guide know, and they will take you to the nearest ticket booth to purchase a photo ticket.
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Temple of Hatshepsut, Luxor, Nile River Valley
The history of the female pharaoh who ascended the throne at only age twelve is that of legends. We're at what might be the most beautiful mortuary temple in all of Egypt. Restored to it's former glory almost 100 years ago, this stunning building is reminiscent of Greek architecture that appeared one thousand years after this temple was constructed. Here we'll see reliefs of Hatshepsut's birth, and her visit to Punt (modern day Somalia and Sudan), as so much more.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Temple of Karnak, Luxor, Nile River Valley
Karnak, Egypt’s second most visited site. Venture through columns and columns of intricately carved precious texts while drifting back in time to the Opet Festivals of Amun and Mot, which the city and temple were specifically built for. There are a few smaller and similar temples connected to Karnak, with Luxor Temple being the most popular. The key difference between Karnak and the others however, is how long it took to develop, and how long it was in use. With over 30 pharaohs contributing to the complex, it has a diversity like no other.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Luxor Temple, Luxor, Nile River Valley
Built in the New Kingdom around 1400 B.C., and dedicated to the Gods Amun, Mut, and Khonsu, this temple complex has been home not only to the occult of the old Egyptian Gods, but has housed, a coptic church and mosque. Here we'll not only see hieroglyphics, but christian murals, pylons that once told stories of Nubian Pharaohs and their conquests, and an isle guarded by two rows of sphinx that once stretch for more than a mile connecting this complex to Karnak Temple.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight at 555 Studios and Flats, a 4-star boutique hotel.

Day 7: Road to Aswan

Stop At: Aswan Museum
This morning after breakfast we’re checking out of our hotel, getting on our private coach, and heading further south to Aswan, or as it is more commonly known, Nubia. The region is named after the Noba people and is the home of the Kush kingdom that ruled Egypt during 8th century BC under the reign of the pharaoh Piye. We’ll get settled into our hotel and then we’re off to Elephantine Island, to explore the Aswan Museum.
Note: The Drive to Aswan from Luxor is 3 hours. Exact departure time will be announced the day before.
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Nubian Village, Aswan, Aswan Governorate, Nile River Valley
The Nubian village on Elephantine island not only houses the Aswan Museum, but many of the Nubian people call this place home. Here you can interact with the natives, commission body art, or simply observe the Nubia way of life
Duration: 2 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight at Philae Hotel, a 4-star hotel.

Day 8: Aswan - Abu Simbel

Stop At: Abu Simbel Temple Complex, Abu Simbel, Aswan Governorate, Nile River Valley
Welcome to Abu Simbel, the larger than life temple that has become a symbol of southern Egypt and all the dynasties that have ruled here. The construction of this complex took a little more than 24 years to complete and sit very close to the boarder of Sudan. Gaze in awe as you are engulfed by the ancient sky scrappers built to commemorate the battle of Kadesh.
Note: The drive to Abu Simbel is 3 hours. We are starting this tour day early. The exact time of departure from the hotel will be announced the day before.
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Temple of Philae, Aswan, Aswan Governorate, Nile River Valley
Behold one of Nubia’s most important monumental sites, the pilgrimage center for the cult of Isis. The entire temple was moved to this island brick by brick to protect it from the continuous floods of the Nile. It is said that in ancient times, the holy structure was so protected by the Gods that birds would not fly overhead nor would the fish swim by.
Note: The ferry ride to island is 30 minutes.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: High Dam, Aswan, Aswan Governorate, Nile River Valley
Our tour schedule ends with a quick tour of the High Dam that was built between 1960 and 1970 across the Nile to control the annual flood that threatened to submerge Abu Simbel and neighboring villages. Here we'll learn about the construction, and a little more of the importance of the Dam to Egypt's landscape and agriculture.
Duration: 1 hour

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight at Philae Hotel, a 4-star hotel.

Day 9: Aswan - Your Day

Stop At: Aswan Railway Station, Aswan, Aswan Governorate, Nile River Valley
The ninth day is always emotional for us. We’ve all been together for a short time, but it feels like a decade of familiarity. Our adventure is drawing to a close, but we’ve not scheduled any tours for today. You can sleep in late, mingle, or let our guide know if you’d like to do any extra shopping or maybe revisit a site for some more photos. We have more than enough time to ourselves before our train back to Cairo leaves tonight. Explore, Discover, Venture.
Note: Lunch, transfer to desired shops/sites, or entry to sites for this day is not included in your tour cost as it is a day designated for participants to relax or explore independently of the tour.
The Sleeper Train from Aswan to Cairo is 13 hours.
Duration: 13 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Dinner
Accommodation included: Overnight on Sleeper train to Cairo, first class sleeping cabin.

Day 10: Cairo - Farewell

Stop At: Cairo International Airport
Remember the cities, remember the food, the warm smiles, sounds, and all that you experienced in Egypt. We’re sure that you’ve made friendships that will carry on for decades to come. Be proud of your achievement, be proud of your courage in being able to live out such a dream. WE ARE PROUD OF YOU.
We arrive in Cairo shortly after breakfast, our Niktrip host will meet everyone at the train station and escort you to your transfers that will take you to Cairo International Airport.
Note: The train arrives in Cairo shortly after 8:00AM. The drive to Cairo International Airport is about 1 hour if traffic conditions are ideal.
Duration: 1 hour

Meals included:
• Breakfast
No accommodation included on this day.
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