Treasures of the Nile Sun Festival - 10 Days

Abu Simbel - visit this awe-inspiring temple at sunrise to witness the incredible phenomenon of the Abu Simbel Sun Festival, 5 star Nile River Cruise - spend three nights onboard a luxury cruise boat, Cairo - marvel at the legendary Pyramids of Giza, explore the Necropolis of Saqqara and see King Tut's treasures at the Egyptian Museum, Luxor West Bank - discover exquisite tombs in the Valley of the Kings, the towering Colossi of Memnon and the beautiful Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, Luxor - roam around the colossal Temple of Karnak and see the beautifully illuminated Luxor Temple at night, Aswan - visit the High Dam, take leisurely boat trip to Agilika Island to explore the romantic Philae Temple and wander around the colourful souqs, Kom Ombo - visit the Nile side Temple of Kom Ombo

Destination: Egypt

Travel Dates: 2019-10-18

Duration: 10 days

Company: ON THE GO TOURS

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Inclusions

  • Guided visit to Abu Simbel at sunrise for the Sun Festival of King Ramses II including Abu Simbel and Sun Festival entrance fee and return transfers (3
  • 5hrs)
    Breakfast daily, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
    6 nights 5 star hotels, 3 nights aboard a 5 star Nile Cruiser (en suite cabin)
    2 economy class flights - Cairo to Aswan and Luxor to Cairo
    Airport arrival and departure transfer day 1 and day 10
    Touring and sightseeing in Cairo, Giza, Saqqara, Luxor and Aswan
    Escorted by an Egyptian tour guide degree qualified in Egyptology (for groups of 4 or more)
  • Note you guide will not accompany you aboard internal flights

  • All relevant transfer and transportation in private modern air-conditioned vehicles

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Day 1, Cairo
Friday 18 Oct 2019. Upon arrival into Cairo airport you will be met and transferred to your 5 star hotel, located at the foot of the legendary Pyramids of Giza. Tonight your Welcome Meeting will be held at 7pm.
No meals included.
Day 2, Pyramids of Giza
Today we visit the stunning pyramids and the iconic Sphinx at Giza Plateau. Sole survivors from the ancient Greek-listed Seven Wonders of the World, the pyramids are the planet’s oldest tourist attraction. Leaving the pyramids behind, we visit a government supervised papyrus emporium where you can buy genuine papyrus at quite reasonable prices.

Continuing to the necropolis of Saqqara, we can explore the myriad tombs and temples at this site and see Zhoser’s step pyramid - constructed by Imhotep, the pharaoh’s chief architect in 2700 BC.
1 breakfast, no lunch, no dinner included.
Day 3, Cairo
We start today with an early morning tour of the Egyptian Museum. Included within your guided tour famous Tutankhamen Gallery and time allow for your to opt to see the Royal Mummies. After we board our flight to Aswan departing just after noon. Upon arrival to Aswan we check in to our hotel and the afternoon and evening offer free time.
1 breakfast, no lunch, no dinner included.
Day 4, Aswan
Aswan - Abu Simbel - Aswan. This morning we enjoy a short boat trip to Agilika Island where we visit the picturesque Philae Temple, dedicated to the goddess Isis. We then make a stop at a perfume oil emporium before check-in on our Nile Cruiser where free time is offered, consider taking a walk along the majestic Nile corniche, framed by rolling sand dunes of the Sahara Desert or simply relax.

Later this evening we’ll head to the colourful local souq (market) for a little bargain hunting. The lively night market offers comic entertainment as the sellers go about the business of hocking their wares. The market also offers an extensive array of cotton products, spices, wooden and copper ornaments, alabaster statues, beaded jewellery and mother of pearl trinkets at some of the best prices in the country.

Back at the cruiser there will be time to rest and recuperate before departing in the early hours of the morning on our coach journey toward the Temples of Abu Simbel. Here we will await the first rays of sunlight to touch the temple gate signifying the start of the Sun Festival of the mighty King Ramses II.
1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner included.
Day 5-6, Abu Simbel
22 October. Abu Simbel - Aswan - Nile Cruising. Possibly the most awe-inspiring temple in all ancient Egypt, the great Sun Temple of King Ramses II at Abu Simbel was constructed between 1290 and 1224 BC to revere the mighty pharaonic ruler himself. Ramses the Bold, Ramses the Great, Ramses the Narcissist are perhaps all apt titles for one of ancient Egypt’s most powerful rulers.

Built by Ramses II to demonstrate his political clout and divine backing to the ancient Nubians, Abu Simbel is an incredible self-tribute. Guarding the entrance to the temple, hewn into the side of a mountain, are four colossal statues of the pharaoh himself. Over the centuries, the desert sands imperceptibly shifted until the temple was all but lost to humanity. It was rediscovered by chance in 1813 by a Swiss explorer called John Lewis Burkhardt. Only one of the heads of the pharaohs was showing and a small part of the rest of the temple peeked above the desert sands. It wasn’t until the British happened upon the temple and started excavating that the full glory of Abu Simbel was revealed to the modern world. The other rock cut temple at Abu Simbel is the Temple of Hathor, which is fronted by six massive standing statues. Four of them represent King Ramses II, whilst the other two are of his beloved wife, Queen Nefertari.

In a fit of precision and architectural egotism, Ramses II had the Great Temple carefully angled and oriented in order that the sun’s rays would align twice a year on the date of his ascension to the throne (21 February) and on his birthday (21 October) to illuminate the inner sanctum of the temple. This incredible phenomenon provides for a most spectacular sight, which has come to be referred to as the Sun Festival of King Ramses II. Crowds assemble in to the temple before sunrise and watch the shafts of light slowly creep through the inner Hypostyle Hall and through to the Sanctuary. Significantly, the sun illuminates statues of Amun-Re, Re-Herakhte and Ramses the god, whilst the statue of Ptah - the god of darkness, remains in the shadows.

Famously, the temple was re-located in a multi-million dollar operation in 1972, further up from the shoreline of Lake Nasser, which had threatened to erode the foundations of this monolithic temple complex. For this reason, the sun now strikes a day later than Ramses had originally planned, though the event this morning itself is no less stunning.

After watching this incredible event unfold we return to our cruiser in Aswan. Relax for the rest of day 5 and 6 as we sail the Nile. En route to Luxor we stop to visit the temple of Kom Ombo. This unique riverside temple is unusual because all of the architecture is doubled and perfectly symmetrical along the main axis of the temple, with twin halls, courts, colonnades, sanctuaries and entrances.
2 breakfast, 2 lunch, 2 dinner included.
Day 7, Luxor
This morning we disembark at Luxor. Home of the legendary Valley of the Kings and Temple of Karnak, 4000 year-old Luxor is ancient Egypt at its best. Enjoy some rest and relaxation. This evening we visit the beautiful Luxor Temple, built by Amenophis III, which looks spectacular at night, illuminated by hundreds of lights.
1 breakfast, no lunch, no dinner included.
Day 8, Luxor
Luxor - Cairo. This morning we set out to explore the West Bank of the Nile and the legendary Valley of the Kings. Marvel at Colossi of Memnon, the massive stone remains of the temple of Amenophis III, and explore the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut and surrounding tombs.

After lunch we visit the Temple of Karnak, a spectacular religious complex built on a gigantic scale, where you get lost wandering around the stone papyrus columns. Early this evening we fly to Cairo.
1 breakfast, no lunch, no dinner included.
Day 9-10, Cairo
Day 9. Today is free for you to enjoy the hotel facilities or explore Cairo independently. Perhaps head to Khan el-Khalili bazaar and pick up a few souvenirs or join our optional Cairo city tour which is available to book locally.

Day 10. Sunday 27 Oct 2019. Today our holiday concludes. Hotel check out and included transfer to the airport.
1 breakfast, no lunch, no dinner included.

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