Upon arrival in Cairo, the guest will meet the Select Egypt Travel representative who will be your best friend for the coming days. We only deal with local highly educated and experienced company representatives who have fluent English and wonderful communication skills, After the "meet and greet", the guest will be transferred to his hotel, his home away from home, using the best comfortable air-conditioned minivans. The guest will check in the hotel in a few minutes to enable him/her to rest and refresh for an amazing tour of Cairo in the next day. The rooms in the hotel are designed to suit the needs of any travelers having all sorts of facilities. Overnight in the hotel
The guest will enjoy a delicious breakfast to energize his power for his tour in Cairo. After breakfast, you will meet up with your highly educated long experienced Egyptologist who will escort you for the rest of the day.
Your first stop will be at the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities hosting the largest collection of Pharaonic displays in the whole world including the startling treasures of King Tut Ankh Amun and the Royal mummies' hall. This is besides many other exhibitions form different Pharaonic periods. Your tour of the Museum will be accompanied by the perfect illustration of different stages of the Egyptian history
Your next visit will be to discover the Saladin Citadel, built by the great Ayoubid king and warrior, Salah El Dine Al Ayouby between 1176 and 1183 AD to protect Cairo and Egypt against the foreign attacks. This citadel became the seat of the power in Egypt for a very long period afterwards. The guest will have the chance to visit the startling Mohamed Ali Alabaster Mosque lactated inside the citadel. Mohamed Ali, who is considered the founder of Modern Egypt, decided to build this amazing mosque between 1830 and 1848 AD to look like the great mosques built by the Ottomans in Istanbul, like the famous Aya Sofia Mosque.
Your next visit of the day will be to the Pyramids of Giza, the most popular monument in the whole world, built by the pharaohs from the period starting from 2590 BC to 2480 BC. You will have the chance to explore the wonders of the Great Pyramid, the largest Pyramid ever constructed in Egypt which was built by King Cheops in 2589 BC, and it is the only remaining item in the list of the Greek Old Seven wonders of the world. You will discover the beauty of the lion's body and the human headed sphinx, one of the largest monolith statues in history of mankind.
Your tour will be accompanied, all the time, with wonderful historical interpretation explaining the reasons behind building such massive structure.
Your last visit of the day will be to Khan El Khalili, the largest and most famous touristic market in the world. This bazar, built in 1382 during the Mamluk reign, is the best place to shop for Egyptian gifs and souvenirs to take home from Cairo.
At the end of the day you will be transferred to your hotel for a free evening to explore Cairo on your own style or relax for the tours in the coming day. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 3: Cairo – Bahariya Oasis
After having the tasty breakfast in the hotel, it will be time to check out the hotel
The guest will take the comfortable private air-conditioned minivan to the Bahariya Oasis, 365 kilometers to the South West of Cairo.
We will go around the oasis to explore it and view the natural water springs and the wonderful natural scenery. We visit the Valley of the Golden Mummies; this necropolis dating back as the largest and most important tombs belonging to the Roman period was discovered by Zahi Hawas in 1999. There were hundreds of tombs scattered over a surface area of 36 square kilometers.
We reach the Bahariya Oasis, Check in the hotel and overnight.
Day 4: Bahariya Oasis - White Desert
After the energizer breakfast, the guest will start his day with an amazing tour to visit the wonders of the Western Desert
Afterwards, we ride in the comfortable air-conditioned 4X4 jeep to start our tours of the day
Our next visit of the day will be to the Black Desert, which was named that way because of the color of the rocks and mountains located there. These rocks have gained their colors from black quartz that are present inside numerous rocks
We then we continue our trip to the Farafra Oasis, and on our way we visit the crystal mountain, one of the most famous attractions of the white desert. This Egyptian Western desert wonder consists of large quartz naturally formed crystals inside many rocks and stones creating a startling magical scene.
Our last stop of the day is the most interesting as we visit the internationally famous White Desert, the most important attraction in the Western Desert of Egypt. Covering a surface area of around three thousand kilometers. It consists of bizarre chalk white rock formations that were once the surface of a shallow sea that covered this area in prehistoric times. The rocks create all sorts of shapes like mushrooms, animals, and strange looking sculptures. All this area has become a natural protected area during the last few years.
At the end of the day, we set up our camp in the desert to enjoy the magical atmosphere of the region, watch the stars, have an amazing barbeque party, and spend the night in our comfortable camp.
Day 5: White Desert - Farafra oasis - Dakhla Oasis
After having the breakfast we prepare in our camp, it will be the time to go on with our fabulous tour of the Western Desert
Our first stop of the day will be at the Farafra Oasis, located 180 kilometers to the South of Bahariya where we have an amazing chance to swim in one of the natural water springs located in the city.
Our next visit will be to Badr Museum, which is a splendid small museum hosting the work of Badr Abdel Moghny, a self-taught local artist, illustrating the art and the culture of the Farafra Oasis
Afterwards we drive to the Dakhla Oasis, the capital of the Egyptian oases during the Pharaonic times which is now famous for its many historical sites, natural scenery, and handmade products. We visit the old City of Dakhla with all its re while listening to a wonderful illustration of the history of this popular oasis.
Our next visit will be to Al Qasr, which is an ancient Islamic village with houses and mosques all around it this village was inhabited more than 500 years ago.
Our next stop of the day will be to the visit the temple of Deir Al Hagar or the monastery of the stone in the Arabic language. This temple which was constructed during the Roman period and in particular during the reign of Nero (54- 68 AD) is dedicated to the Theban triad; Amun, Mut, and Khonsu and it is considered one of the finest examples of the architecture of the period.
At the end of the day, we check in our hotel in Dakhla and overnight in the hotel.
Day 6: Dakhla Oasis - Kharga Oasis
After having breakfast in the hotel, we go on with our tour
We reach Al Kharga Oasis. Inhabited since prehistoric times, the Kharga Oasis is the most populated town in the Western Desert. We check in our hotel in the Kharga Oasis.
Our next stop will be at the temple of Nadura, built during the Roman era, most probably for the worship of the spouse of Amun. The ruins of the temple contain marvelous preserved wall paintings
The next visit will be to the Kharga Museum, hosting a number of exhibits that were found in the area dating back from prehistoric times to the Coptic period
Our last visit of the day will be to the Temple of Hibis. It is a marvelous temple dedicated to the worship of Amun Ra of Hibis and it is considered to be the largest temple in all the oases. The construction of the temple was started by Psammetichus II (595- 589 BC) who ruled during the reign of the 26th dynasty and the building work was completed by the Persian king Darius I (521 – 486 BC) and was enlarged during the periods of Nectanebo I and Ptolemy II.
Overnight in the hotel.
Day 7: Kharga Oasis – Luxor
After having the best breakfast, we take the comfortable mini-van to Luxor. Check in the hotel in Luxor and have a free night tom explore the city.
Day 8: Luxor - Nile Cruise
After having tasty breakfast, the guest will check out the hotel in Luxor
Transfer using the most comfortable air-conditioned minivan to embark your luxurious deluxe Nile Cruise ship which will be your home away from home for the coming four nights
You will start your visits by exploring the Karnak Temple, the largest religious Pharaonic structure ever built in the world. The kings of the Pharaohs staring from the 11th dynasty (2055 – 1985 BC) began adding their mark, one after the other, to this huge complex of Pharaonic temples. The Karnak temple includes the breathtaking hypostyle hall of the god Amun built by Ramses II in 1244 BC, the sacred lake of god Amun, and many more attractions.
Your next visit this evening will be to the Luxor Temple. Dedicated to the holy Theban triad, the gods Amun, Mut, and Khonsu, it is one of the finest examples of the Pharaonic architecture. Although the construction work of the temple was mainly completed by Amenhotep III (1390 – 1352 BC) and Ramses II (1279 1213 BC), many kings who came afterwards have added their marks to this great complex including Alexander the Great. The Luxor temple was buried under sand and dust for years until it was discovered in 1881.
Enjoy the evening touring Luxor on your own style or you can go to the marvelous sound and light show at the Karnak Temple, to enjoy a fascinating illustration of the history of the Temple of Karnak and the entire Egyptian history and watch the amazing light show. Languages of the show may vary according to the schedule. Overnight in the Nile Cruise.
Your first visit of the day will be the Valley of the Kings, the necropolis of the Pharaonic New Kingdom. Starting from 17th dynasty, the Pharaonic Kings tried to hide their royal tombs from robbers. This was why they began to dig their tombs deep inside a Theban mountain that has a natural pyramid structure. These tombs have the finest colored decorations with the famous tomb of Tut Ankh Amun discovered by Howard Carter in 1922 and may other royal tombs belonging to the kings of the 18th and the 19th dynasty.
Your next stop will be the amazing the mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut. This temple was constructed by the 18th dynasty Queen Hatshepsut (1473 – 1458 BC) as a unique structure rising from the desert in the shape of imposing terraces. This temple was used as a monastery in the Christian era. This is why it is famous for the name "El Deir Al Bahry", or the Western Monastery.
Your last stop of the day will be at the gigantic Colossi of Memnon. These two 18 meters high statues are the only remaining items of the mortuary temple of Amenhotep III. During the roman era, music was heard coming out of one of the statues that were attributed, by the Greeks, as the legendary figure of Memnon greeting his mother Eos in one of the Greek myths.
Enjoy the evening in Luxor. Sail down the Nile to Esna at night.
Overnight in the Nile Cruise
After breakfast, you will have the chance to visit the Temple of Horus in Edfu. This temple is the largest and best preserved Ptolemaic temple in Egypt. The building work of the temple started during the reign of Ptolemy III in 237 BC and the construction continued until 80 BC. The temple includes wonderfully decorated walls and stone capitals.
Your next stop will be to visit the amazing Temple Of Kom Ombo dedicated to two gods; Horus, the falcon god, and Sobek, the crocodile god. The Greco-Roman temple is famous for its matchless location overlooking the Nile. Construction work of the temple started in the 2nd century BC by Ptolemy VI and was completed during the reign of Ptolemy XII during the 1st century AD.
Enjoy the evening in the Nile Cruise, Sail to Aswan and overnight in the Nile Cruise.
Arrival in Aswan and start your visits with one of the most beautiful temples constructed in Egypt, the Temple of Philae. This fabulous temple dedicated to the goddess Isis was constructed as one of the finest examples of the combined architecture of ancient Egyptians and the Greco-Romans styles.
This temple, due to the construction of the High Dam was all covered with water until it was relocated in its present day location in the Agilika Island by the UNESCO project that took 8 years from 1972 to 1980 to be completed
Your next visit of the day will be to the High Dam, built by the former Egyptian president, Gamal Abdel Nasser in the 1960s to reserve the Nile Water that was lost every year in the artificial Nasser Lake. The High Dam, that was viewed as an architectural miracle at the time, also generates a lot of the electricity consumed in Egypt The guest afterwards will go to visit the famous unfinished obelisk, a gigantic granite obelisk dating back to the Pharaohs New Kingdom. If this huge obelisk was completed it would have weighed more than 1197 tons. This will be a marvelous chance to understand how the ancient Egyptians were capable of building such gigantic structures.
Embark the best deluxe luxurious Nile Cruise, which will be your home for the coming four nights. You will have a nice comfortable cabin with all sorts of facilities.
Enjoy the evening touring Aswan on your own style or you can go to the marvelous sound and light show at the Philae Temple, to enjoy a fascinating illustration of the history of the Temple of Philae and the entire Egyptian history and watch the amazing light show. Languages of the show may vary according to the schedule.
Overnight in the Nile Cruise.
After having the best breakfast, we check out the Nile Cruise after having a fabulous Cruise sailing down the Nile.
Then it's time to have some fun sailing down the Nile in the old styled Felucca to visit the Botanical Garden , Also named the Plants Island, the Kitchener's Island is one of the most wonderful places in Aswan. Being covered with botanical gardens, the island is an amazing place to relax and walk under the trees. In the 1890s, Horatio Kitchener was rewarded by this island because of his successful campaign leading the Egyptian army in Sudan. His love of plants and flowers was truly reflected in this island that he lived in for the rest of his life.
After this amazing Nile journey, you will be transferred to the Aswan airport to take the flight going to Cairo Arrive in Cairo and have a free evening enjoying Cairo in your own style or go on the optional trip to a dinner Nile Cruise, to enjoy the delouse open buffet dinner and watch the show consisting of a an oriental performance, a belly dancer, a live singer, and a Tanoora dance performance.
Day 13: Cairo Final departure
It is time for your amazing delicious breakfast . You will meet the representative of Egyptian travel makers (tour operators desert safari) to assist you to be transferred, using your wonderful cozy air-conditioned minivan, to the Cairo airport.
Your final departure after spending a marvelous memorable tour in Egypt that you will remember for the rest of your life.