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Galaxy Travel Int.

Cairo, White Desert and Nile Sailing Tour

This travel package is perfectly designed for the best achievers in life, for the people who deserve the best and who are only satisfied with the first class luxurious services, accommodations, and transportation. Many travelers from around the world prefer to travel in an elite style in the finest way possible.

We offer these honored travelers with the best facilities Egypt can offer to its guests. The Egyptian oases, including Bahariya, Farafra, Dakhla, Kharga, and Siwa have their own taste and magic. The Bedouins living in these tribal communities are different from any other population in Egypt.

They have their own habits, customs, and beliefs that are totally matchless and unique. This trip consists of spending three nights in Cairo in a five stars first class hotel to visit all the highlights of the Egyptian capital.

The second step will be to explore the wonders of the Western Desert in Egypt visiting all the oasis in Egypt. The second step of this trip will consist of traveling to Luxor and then spending two nights in a five stars deluxe hotel to discover all the secrets of the Pharaonic monuments in Thebes.

The third step will be consisting of taking the marvelous Dahabeya Ship to sail down the Nile from Luxor to Aswan and explore all the sites located between these two cities. Dahabeya or the golden ships started being famous sailing down the Nile in Egypt during the reign of the royals in 1920s to 1940s. The members of the royal family of Egypt and members from the high class of the society used to rent, or own, these magnificently designed ships for weeks to enjoy visiting the Pharaonic monuments located near the Nile banks and to enjoy sailing down the Nile in a luxurious matchless style. These boats usually consisted of only 5 to 10 cabins, restrooms, and some rooms for servants.

In the beginning of the 21st century, these marvelous historical Nile cruise ships were revived to offer travelers visiting Egypt a unique chance to sail down the Nile in an old fashioned royal ship that is, in the same time, equipped with all facilities and options, making the Dahabeya, the wonderful choice for all the family members belonging to different age groups. There are many advantages sailing down the Nile in a Dahabeya Ship.

The first advantage is that the Dahabeya only hosts from 12 to 25 people maximum and this means you will visit the temples in the right time and explore the wonders of the Nubian villages.

Large Nile Cruise ships usually sail very fast down the Nile preventing the passengers from enjoying the romantic magic of the Nile, while the Dahabeya gives a matchless chance for travelers to enjoy sailing down the Nile like kings and queens in the beginning of the previous century.

Furthermore, the Dahabeya ships contain all sorts of facilities a traveler might think of. The cabins are comfy and luxuriously designed and furnished.

This is besides the fact that the ship, and all the rooms and cabins inside it, are wheelchair accessible.
Another super advantage is that since the Dahabeya ships are much smaller than other Nile cruises sailing down the Nile, it enables the traveler to visit temples and monuments located on the Nile Banks that are never accessible by larger ships.

This travel package is carefully tailored to enable guests from all different age groups and sectors of the society to go on an exciting tour of all the Egyptian oases and all the attractions located in the western desert of Egypt.

However, all these tours will take place in a comfortable secure atmosphere to grantee the best standards of relaxation and the highest levels of transportation, accommodations, and facilities.

This trip is carefully designed to suit the needs and the requirements of any traveler who loves luxury and comfort.

All transportation will be made using comfortable private air-conditioned minivans and all the accommodations will be in perfectly prepared rooms faultlessly designed to fit the needs of any traveler.

Even the camps that the guests will spend the night in during their tour of the Western Desert will be fully equipped and comfortable.
The tour guides escorting the guests will be highly educated and experienced in satisfying all the needs and the requirements a traveler might think of.

 

Duration 14 nights 15 days
Cities visit in this travel package Cairo, Bahariya oasis. White Desert, Dakhla, Kharga Oasis, Luxor , Aswan
Accommodation 3 nights Cairo , 1 night white Desert , 1 night hotel in Bahariya , 1 night sleeping train, 2 nights Luxor, 1 night Dakhla, 1 night Kharga Oasis, 4 nights Dahabiya
Meals as booked
Beverage included only in Dahabiya cruise and desert camp
Transportation by our private deluxe coach - jeep 4x4 - sleeper train
Entrance Fees included
Price on request

Day: 1 Cairo

Upon arrival in Cairo, the guest will meet the Galaxy Travel representative who will be your best friend for the coming five 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 first class five stars 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.

Day 2: Cairo

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 Cheops 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 Bazaar, the largest and most famous touristic market in the world. This bazaar, built in 1382 during the Mamluk reign, is the best place to shop for Egyptian gifts 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.

Day 3: Cairo – Bahariya

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: The 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 barbecue party, and spend the night in our comfortable camp.

Day 5: The White Desert – Farafra – Dakhla

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 – Kharga

After having breakfast in the hotel, we go on with our tour. We reach El 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 – Luxor

After having the best breakfast, we take the comfortable mini-van to Luxor. Check in the hotel in Luxor. 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 hypo style 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. Overnight in the hotel in Luxor

Day 8: Luxor

After the tasty breakfast in the hotel we start a full day touring Luxor. 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. Overnight in the hotel in Luxor 

Day 9: Dahabeya sailing starting from Esna

After having the best breakfast, the guest will check out the hotel, take his private most comfortable minivan to drive to embark the royally designed Dahabeya Ship to sail down the Nile like kings and queens in the most romantic and relaxing atmosphere. Your first stop will be at The City of Nekheb, this ancient city, which was a flourishing center in the past, hosted the temples to Thoth and Nebket and was very first established during prehistoric times. The city remained, through the Ptolemaic times as an important cult center fort the god  Nebket. The Dahabeya will go on sailing to reach one of the small islands located in the Nile to stay there for the night. Overnight in the Dahabeya

Day 10: Dahabeya sailing reaching Edfu

After breakfast, you will have the chance to visit the amazing Horus Temple 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. Enjoy the evening in the Dahabeya.

Sail down the Nile and overnight in the Dahabeya

Day 11: Sailing to Kom Ombo

Have  the best breakfast ever smelling the fresh Nile breeze and watching the amazing greenery scenes. Your first visit of the day will be to the Gebel El Selsela to visit the temple of Horemoheb, the last king of the 18th dynasty who built this temple or chapel dedicated to the god Amun and many other gods who are associated with the Nile like Sobek, Khnum, and Satet. Many other kings from the 19th dynasty completed the ornaments of the chapel. Your next stop will be at the ancient stones quarry where the ancient Egyptians belonging to the New Kingdom got most of the stones they used in erecting their fabulous monuments like the Karnak, Kom Ombo, Dendara, and Edfu. In your last visit of the day you will have the chance 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. In the evening, the guest will have the chance to enjoy a romantic candle lit dinner on board of the Dahabeya. These moments would be never forgotten all over our lives. Imagine having the most delicious dishes, enjoying the breezes of the Nile, and forgetting all the world around you in this dreamy ambiance. Overnight in the Dahabeya

Day 12: Daraw and sailing to Koubania

You will start your day with the energizer breakfast. The first visit of the day will be to Daraw; this amazing town located on the Nile bank is one of the most interesting places to visit during your Dahabeya Nile Cruise. The town is famous for its many markets especially the camels "Souq". The next visit will be to the Koubania village, which will offer you with an amazing chance to mingle with the Nubian community, share experience with them, and view how they cope with their daily lives. All the sights visited is comfortably wheelchair accessible

Overnight in the Dahabeya

Day 13: Aswan

After having breakfast, the Dahabeya will reach Aswan near noon time. It is time to farewell the Captain, the crew, and the rest of the small group you have spent the last few days with disembark the Dahabeya after spending the most wonderful Nile Cruise. Start your visits with one of the most beautiful temples constructed in Egypt, the Philae Temple. 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. The guest will be transferred to the Aswan train station to take the first class sleeper train to Cairo. Dinner and overnight in the train

Day 14: Cairo

After having breakfast in the train, the guest will be transferred to check in his hotel in Cairo. Enjoy a free night at leisure in Cairo.


Overnight in the hotel

Day 15: Cairo Final Departure

It is time for your amazing delicious breakfast. You will meet the representative of GIS Travel 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.

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