Monday, June 07, 2004

The "Perfect" Itinerary

WOW - after months of searching we found what we thought was a really good itinerary. It had lots of time in all the places we wanted to go. The quality of the hotels looked excellent - and you have the option of changing part of the ternary.

Sadly the company had this "weird" policy where we had to fax them copies of our driver’s license and charge cards (both sides). We decided this was too much of a security risk - too easy to steal our identity.

Day 1 - Arrival:
Airport meet and greet, assist with visa and customs. Transfer to your hotel.

Day 2 - Cairo: A day of sightseeing:(B,L,D)
The great Pyramids of Giza - the Sphinx and Valley Temple.
Evening Nile Dinner Cruise.

Day 3 - Cairo: Second day of sightseeing in Cairo:(B,L,D)
Islamic Cairo - the Citadel, Alabaster Mosque and Palace - The Khan El Khalili Bazaar.
Coptic Cairo - see some of the oldest churches in Christianity - Overnight sleeper train to Aswan. (option for flight).

Day 4 – Aswan – Abu Simbul (B,L,D)
Trip to Abu Simbul by plane to see the great temple of Ramses and Queen Nefertari.
Check into the Nile Cruise

Day 5 –Aswan: (B,L,D) Sightseeing in Aswan.
The High Dam - a modern wonder built to prevent Nile flooding.
Philae temple of Isis goddess of Love and Motherhood.
Sail on a Felucca/Launch to Kitchener Botanical gardens, Sail past the Agha Khan Mausoleum.
Visit a genuine Nubian Village, sample their bread and see their local crafts.

Day 6 – Nile Cruise: (B,L,D)
Relax while sailing after lunch towards Luxor. 2 stops to visit Kom Ombo & Edfu temples.

Day 7– Luxor: (B,L,D)
Valley of the Kings (3 tombs).
Temple of Queen Hatshipsuit.
The Colossi of Memnon.

Day 8 - Luxor: (B,L) (early morning option for Tomb of Nefertari).
Early morning Camel ride to the village of Gourna. Visit the Luxor and Karnak Temples.
This Evening see Sound and Light show at Karnak temple. Check in your hotel in Luxor.

Day 9 - Luxor - Dandarah (B,L)
Visit the Dandarah temple of Hathor, Goddess of love and music in Ancient Egypt.
Day Cruise or Road depending on availability - Back to hotel for last night in Luxor.

Day 10 - Luxor - Hurghada: Drive to Hurghada (4 hours drive).(B)
After breakfast we will travel to Hurghada by air-conditioned vehicle. The rest of day is free at leisure.

Day 11/12- Hurghada: Red Sea resort with water sports (B)
Free at leisure in Hurghada.
Options for Diving, Scuba, snorkeling & Safari tours are available upon request.

Day 13 - Hurghada – Sharm El Sheik (B)
Morning transfer by Ferry to Sharm El Sheik (approx 1-2 hours)
Transfer to Hotel. Rest of day at leisure.

Day 14/15 – Sharm El Sheik (B)
Free at leisure in Sharm El Sheik.
Options for Diving, Scuba, snorkeling & Safari tours are available upon request.

Day 16- Sharm – St. Catherine’s (B,D).
Travel to St. Catherine’s (3 hours drive) Check in our hotel for dinner and an early rest for those wanting to climb Mount Sinai to see the sunrise. Climb Mount Sinai where Moses received the Ten Commandments.

Day 17 – St. Catherine’s – Cairo (B)
Visit the famous Monastery of St. Catherine's. Drive back to Cairo via Ismailia or through the tunnel under the Suez Canal with stops at some biblical, military historical places along the road. Transfer to Hotel.

Day 18 – Cairo (B,L)
Morning at leisure, meet for lunch and afternoon visit to Egyptian Museum.
Evening sound and light show at Giza.

Day 19 – Cairo - Alexandria: (B,L)
Royal Park and Palace of Montazah, The Roman amphitheatre, The Catacombs. View the Alexandria library.
Lunch in seafood restaurant. Visit one of the oldest monasteries in the world at Wadi Natron before returning to Cairo.

Day 20- Cairo: Sakkara & Memphis (B,L)
Sakkara - the Step Pyramid of Zoser and surrounding complex of tombs.
Memphis the ancient capital - statue of Ramses II and Alabaster Sphinx.
Stop at a carpet school on your return journey to witness the beautiful silk carpets and woven wall-hangings made by the children.

Day 21- Cairo - Home: (B)
Airport transfer for safe international departure home.


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