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Nile River Adventure
Transport - Minibus, train, riverboat, on foot, calesh (horse-drawn carriage), on foot, in country flight.
Accommodation - Hotels (3nts), riverboat (3nts), sleeper train (1nt).
Meals - 7 breakfasts, 3 lunches & 4 dinner.
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The tour starts at the Cairo hotel. You will receive full details of exactly where to meet your Group Leader on the Joining Instructions which will be sent to you 2-3 weeks before your trip starts. This family friendly hotel is close to the pyramids, so while it is a fair way from the airport, there is less distance to cover for the sightseeing the next day. The rooms are comfortable and spacious with air conditioning. The swimming pool is one of the largest in Cairo and if you fancy a stroll, why not go for a wander in the hotel's beautiful garden.
Grand Pyramid Hotel (AAA) - 1 night - Swimming Pool
Exotic Cairo; Overnight Train
With a population of around 18 million people, Cairo is Africa’s largest city by far, yet, despite its size, it retains a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. At Giza, to the west of the city, the enigmatic Sphinx and great pyramids stand on the edge of the empty desert overlooking the city. More than 4000 years old, the pyramids are all that remain of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World – a testimony to the ingenuity and skill of their builders.
There are many thousands of exhibits in the famed Egyptian Museum, and your local guide will focus on the Tutankhamun collection – probably the world’s greatest archaeological find. You’ll see the treasure found in the tomb of the boy-king: the jewel-encrusted golden mask, the golden sarcophagus and throne, plus many everyday articles, which were entombed with him to be used in the afterlife. Such a visit will bring together all the things the kids have been learning about at school and give you a taste for what’s to come at the Valley of the Kings, the burial place of Tutankhamun. In the evening you board the overnight train to Aswan.
Overnight sleeper train – 1 night (BD)
Aswan; Board Riverboat
Upon arrival in Aswan you board your riverboat, which serves as your accommodation for the next three nights. Even in ancient times, Aswan was legendary as a frontier town - the entrance to the kingdom of Nubia. As the place where Africa meets Arabia, its mixed population of Egyptians and Nubians makes it quite unlike any other town in Egypt. Hardly a drop of rain ever falls and the winter temperatures hover around a balmy 25°C. Nile Riverboats usually leave Aswan during the afternoon or evening, giving you time to explore Aswan and its surroundings. However sailing times are dictated by local authorities/river conditions and your Group Leader will confirm your sailing time on arrival in Aswan. They will also help you get the most out of your time here. No visit to Aswan would be complete without a visit to the packed bazaar where merchants display a wealth of exotic spices, carpets, leather and countless other goods. Alternatively, you can just relax and enjoy views of feluccas plying to and from the Nile.
MS Rai or MS Orchestra - Berth on riverboat (AAA) - 3 nights - Swimming Pool (BLD)
The Nile has a fascination of its own and is one of the principal reasons many people come to Egypt. In ancient legend it was considered the giver of life and, even in modern times, it still provides a livelihood for millions of people. The banks of the Nile slowly glide past – providing the perfect backdrop for whatever you choose to do on board the boat. Close to the river’s edge you can glean an insight into ancient times - the agriculturist fellahin live and till the land along the riverbank, much as they have done for centuries.
As you sail north you pause to visit the great temples at Kom Ombo and Edfu. Kom Ombo is a unique temple dedicated to two gods: Haroeris (Horus the elder) and the crocodile-headed Sobek, god of the Nile. Kids (and adults?) will cringe at the mummified crocs on display! On the east bank around Kom Ombo, reclaimed land is fed by canals to keep the desert at bay - it supports not only crops of sugar cane but also a large Nubian community displaced from their homeland by the rising waters of Lake Nasser. The following day you’ll alight from the riverboat again to visit Edfu by calesh, which after Karnak, is the largest temple in Egypt.
NB: if the sailing schedule dictates, Edfu temple sightseeing may be done later on day four. As you sail closer to Luxor the river valley becomes increasingly open, and a landscape of cultivated fields stretches away from the river - a ribbon of green in the middle of a vast desert. This was once the floodplain where the combination of annual deposits of rich silt and ceaseless toil created a fertile market garden, which still supports Egypt’s burgeoning population. Nowadays, of course, the variations in flow that created the occasional disaster are managed by the dams, which span the river. (Bx2, Lx2, Dx2)
NB: As with any boat trip, progress is wholly dependant on local operational conditions and the sailing schedules of the boat operators who have to time their journeys according to various factors, such as sailing times through the locks of the Nile. There are also certain times of the year – for example, in June and the first half of December when the Nile is cleaned and cruises must stop at Esna.
NB: Please note that this cruise may run in reverse starting at Luxor and ending at Aswan. The sites of Edfu and Kom Ombo will still be visited. If the cruise is reversed a revised itinerary will be sent to you detailing the day to day schedule.
It’s an early start today as, having arrived in Luxor, you cross the Nile to visit the Valley of the Kings by charter bus. On reaching the Valley, hidden by the surrounding mountains, 63 Pharaohs were buried as part of their journey to the after-life. In the company of your guide, you can explore some of the exquisitely decorated tombs of these rulers of long ago. (You get to choose 3 out of 9 tombs). It is here that the burial site of the boy-king Tutankhamun, discovered by British archaeologist Howard Carter in 1922, can be found. (For his tomb displaying his mummie, there is an additional charge of EGP100 or approx £10). This visit to the Valley of the Kings brings to life much of what you saw in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. On your way back to the river, you can see the imposing funerary temple of Queen Hatshepsut, Egypt’s first female ruler, after riding a donkey through the farmers field, a rather funny and memorable experience (please to stand behind them). You’ll return to Luxor in time for lunch and to settle into your overnight hotel.
Known in ancient times as Thebes, Luxor was the capital of Egypt’s New Kingdom for some 500 years. This afternoon a unique experience for children (and adults!) as you take horse-drawn carriages, called caleshes locally, to the grandest of Egypt’s historic temples, Karnak, which you explore with a local guide. Many architects and engineers contributed to its construction - a task that spanned the reign of successive Pharaohs over a period of 1400 years.
The highlights of its many wonders are the great hypostyle hall, which contains 134 huge columns, and the beautifully carved obelisk of Queen Hatshepsut. The sheer scale and massive bulk of these monuments testify to the wealth and level of organisation of early Egyptian civilisation.
Nile Valley Hotel (AAA) - 1 night - Swimming Pool (B)
Luxor – Fly To Cairo
This morning you fly back to Cairo where there’s time to explore Cairo’s remarkable attractions. On your last evening the Group Leader will no doubt organise a traditional ‘last supper’ where you can look back on the wonders you have seen.
Grand Pyramid Hotel (AAA) - 1 night - Swimming Pool (B)
The trip ends after breakfast. (B)
Price include flights, transfers, all accomodation and entry fees, and a selection of meals.
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