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From North to South Egypt Tour

This Grand Tour Egypt package would be the most excellent choice for travelers who wish to spend a longer, comprehensive, and delightful vacation in Egypt.

This travel package gives the guest the chance to have whole grand tour of all the regions of interest located in Egypt and it enables him to visit monuments that are not included in most other travel packages like visiting the Fayoum Oasis, the historical sites of Dendera, Abydos, Amarana, and the monasteries of Wadi Al Natrun.

This marvelous vacation will start with spending five nights in Cairo to explore all the major highlights of the marvelous capital of Egypt.

Afterwards, the guest will head to Wadi Al Natrun to visit one of the ancient Christian monasteries located at that region. Then, we will proceed to Alexandria to visit the most important attractions of the jewel of the Mediterranean.

The next step of this marvelous vacation will be exploring all the major attractions located in the Nile Valley.
It will start with spending sometime in the each of the following destinations to explore the monuments located there; one night in Fayoum ,two nights in Menya, two nights in Luxor, and then two nights in Aswan.

The last stage of this tour is to visit the Western desert and the Bahariya Oasis to explore wonders of this region.
This is why this is called the grand tour of Egypt because it covers visiting all the interesting regions in Egypt and discovering all the major highlights in Cairo, Wadi Al Natrun, the Fayoum, Menya, and Luxor, Aswan, the white desert and the Bahariya Oasis. The guest will have a marvelous chance to spend an amazing longer vacation in Egypt visiting a variety of cities and sites to fulfill the needs of the travelers from different backgrounds and age groups.

One great feature of this travel package is that it enables the guest to discover all the major attractions of Egypt being escorted with the best experienced highly qualified and educated Egyptologists.

Everything in this travel package is faultlessly designed to suit the needs and the requirements of travelers coming from various backgrounds and different regions from all over the world.

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.

 

Duration 15 nights 16 days
Cities visit in this travel package Cairo, Alexandria, Fayum Oasis, Minya, Beni Hassan, Tell el Amarna, Abydos, Dendera, Luxor, Edfu, Kom Ombo, Aswan, White Desert
Accommodation 5 nights Cairo, 1 night Alexandria, 1 night Fayoum Oasis, 2 nights Mina , 2 nights Luxor, 2 nights Aswan, 1 night sleeping train, 1 night Camping
Meals Cairo breakfast, Alexandria breakfast, Fayoum on half board, El Mina on half board, Luxor breakfast, Aswan breakfast, sleeper train half board, White Desert full board
Beverage included only in 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 our representative who will be your best friend for the coming days.

After the "meet and greet", the guest will be transferred to his hotel, his home away from home, using the best comfortable wheelchair accessible 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 and the needs and requirements of all travelers having all sorts of facilities - Overnight in the hotel

Day 2: Cairo

The guest will enjoy a delicious breakfast to energize his power for his tour in Cairo
The first stop of the day will be at the Egyptian Museum 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
We then have lunch in a wonderful local restaurant offering all sorts of delicious dishes

Your next visit of the day will be to the Giza Pyramids, 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 Great Sphinx, one of the largest monolith statues in history of mankind.

Overnight in the hotel

Day 3: Cairo

After having the nice breakfast in the hotel, its time to go to tour the city of Cairo
Your first stop, while being transferred in the most comfortable air-conditioned minivan, will be in the Sakkara complex, the necropolis of the third dynasty of the Pharaonic Old Kingdom.

This rich archeological site hosts a number of pyramids, with the startling Djoser Step Pyramid built in 2665 BC, which is the oldest proper pyramid ever built in Egypt and the most ancient rock structure built in the history of humankind.
Saqqara also has many richly decorated tombs.

Your next visit will be to discover the Salah El Din 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 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.
Overnight in the hotel

Day 4: Cairo - Alexandria

After the tasty energizer breakfast, the guest will check out his hotel in Cairo and ride his private most comfortable air-conditioned minivan to go to Alexandria

In the way to Alexandria, we will stop in Wadi El-Natroun, 100 kilometers North West Cairo, to visit the monastery of Syrian, which was first established in 431 AD, was named the Syrian, became many of the monks who used to live inside it was from Syria and it.

This is the most ancient monastery to be established in Wadi Al Natrun.

It is said that the holy family has visited the area where the monastery was built during their journey in Egypt
Arrive in Alexandria and check in the hotel
A free evening to enjoy Alexandria on your own style
Overnight in the hotel in Alexandria

Day 5: Alexandria - Cairo

After the tasty breakfast at the hotel, the guest will meet up with his guide for his tour to Alexandria
Its time start your tour of the city to visit the The Catacombs of Kom el-Shuqafa, the most ancient and mysterious Alexandrian ancient necropolis.

The Catacombs, which is a three underground floor spooky necropolis, was first established around the 2nd century BC.

This amazing burial site is considered one of the Seven Wonders of the World in the middle Ages.
Your next visit of the day will be to the Greco Roman Museum, Founded by the khedive Abbas Hemly II in 1892, most of the displays belonging to the Roman period date back to the 3rd century BC to the 3rd century AD. The museum was renovated in 1984 and has become one of the most interesting museums in Alexandria

Your next stop will be at the Pompey's Pillar (Column). One of the most important attractions and a landmark of the city of Alexandria.

This pillar was built in 292 AD as a part of the temple of the Serapis that was stood there. The Pompy's pillar is 27.85 meters high and it was made out of pure red granite. Beside the pillar there are two statues of sphinxes dating back to the Ptolemy VI.

Now its time to view the magical atmosphere of one of the most famous landmarks of Alexandria, Qaitbay Citadel of the Fortress of Qaitbey who was a famous Mamluk leader and warrior in the 15th century AD.

He used the stones that remained from the collapsed ancient Pharonic Lighthouse to construct his fortress at the western edge of Alexandria in 1477.

This fortress is one of the amazing examples of the military structures of the Mamluk time

Travel back to Cairo at the end of the day
Check in your hotel in Cairo-Overnight in the hotel in Cairo

Day 6: Cairo - Fayoum

After having the best breakfast in the hotel we check in to take our comfortable private minivan towards the Fayoum. located 100 kilometers to South West of Egypt, the El Fayoum is one of the interesting oases of Egypt and the home of many monuments and amazing natural scenery

We start our visits of the day with the protected area of Wadi Al Rayan, one of the most interesting and popular natural protected areas in Egypt.

The site is huge and divided into seven sections the most famous among them are the waterfalls, the only ones in Egypt, and Wadi Hitan, an area that contains skeletons and fossils of ancient whales.

The natural scenes and the wild life in Wadi Al Rayan are marvelous and the whole atmosphere is great. 

The next step of the visit is that we will have tour in the villages of the Fayoum depression to view the natural greenery, palms trees, waterwheels, and peasants life of the inhabitants of the Fayoum

Our next visit will be the archeological site of Karanis, the ruins of this city that dates back to the Greco Roman era contain two temples both dedicated to the Sobek, the crocodile god.

The ancient city of Karanis still has some of the structure that once served the people who lived in the city like houses and public buildings.

There is also a small museum hosting the statues and papyrus that was found in the area.

Our next stop will be to the most interesting pyramid of the Fayoum, the Hawara Pyramid. This stricter was built by Amenptah of the 12th dynasty and was part of a huge complex in the past.

Now noting remain in this site except the pyramid that is 58 meters high and some historical tombs dating from the New Kingdom era
Our last visit of the day will be to Meidum Pyramid, constructed by Senefru, the father of Cheops, the builder of the Great Pyramid in Giza.

This pyramid was the very first attempt to construct a proper pyramid in Egypt by filling the gaps in every "Mastaba" in each level of the pyramid.

However, one of the layers collapsed and Senefru had to abandon the whole site.
Check in our hotel in the Fayoum and overnight

Day 7: Fayoum - Mina

After the breakfast in the hotel, we take the private minivan to travel from Fayoum to Mina, 245 km to the South of Cairo.

The first thing we do in El Mina is to visit the Beni Hassan Necropolis, carved into limestone mountains, this burial site belongs to the Middle Kingdom of the Pharaohs (2055 – 1650 BC).

The tombs of Beni Hassan belong to the military leaders of this area and they are considered a transition between the Old Kingdom style of burial chambers and the New Kingdom. - Check in the hotel in Menya and overnight

Day 8: Mina

After having breakfast in the hotel, we will start our visits of the day

The first visit will be to Tell El Amarna, which was the capital of Akhenaton.
This city which was once an impressive city that was stretched over a surface area of 15 kilometers from North to South. Most of the beauty of the city is now lost except from some ruins of the great temple of Aten, the sun god, and some other ruins of temples and palaces.

Our next visit will be to Tuna El Gebel, the necropolis of the ancient city of Hermopolis, the cult center of the god Thoth. This burial site includes many streets and tombs.

The most remarkable among them is the tomb of Petosiris, the high priest of Throth in the 4th century BC containing beautiful wall paintings -

Our last visit of the day will be to Hermopolis, believed by the ancient Egyptians to be one of the sites of creation. This city was the center of the worship of Thoth, the god of wisdom.

The ruins of this temple includes 24 huge columns and four baboons statues
Overnight in the hotel in Menya

Day 9: Abydos – Dendara – Luxor

After breakfast, we take our minivan and head towards Luxor

We stop in our way in the city of Sohag to visit Abydos, the cult center of the worship of Osiris, the god of the dead. It was the dream of every member of the community during ancient times to make the pilgrimage to this site and to be buried here. Abydos was a vast city with many walls, lakes, and temples.

However, right now, the only structure that is worth visiting is the impressive temple of the Seti I (1294- 1279 BC).
Our next visit will be to explore one of the most remarkable and exotic Pharaonic monuments in Egypt, the Hathour Temple at Dendara. This was where Hathour gave birth to the son of Horus. This temple was the center of the worship of Hathour since pre dynastic times.

The whole complex was buried under the sand until the 19th century. Maybe this is why it is still perfectly preserved.

This temple was built during the Greco Roman era imitating the Pharaonic style of architecture
We reach Luxor after lunch time Check in the hotel in Luxor

A free evening to enjoy the city of Luxor
Overnight in the hotel

Day 10: 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.

Afterwards in the afternoon we visit 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 hotel in Luxor

Day 11: Edfu – Kom Ombo - Aswan

After having breakfast in the hotel, we check out to proceed with our journey with the comfortable minivan - Our first stop of the day will be to visit the 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.

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.

Reach Aswan and overnight, check in the hotel, overnight

Day 12: Aswan

After breakfast in the hotel, it would be the time to explore the amazing attractions in Aswan
We will start the 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.

In the afternoon, we will have a relaxing romantic Felucca ride down the Nile to feel the magic of this great river in Aswan.

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 hotel

Day 13: Aswan - Abu Simble – Cairo

After the breakfast in the hotel, we will start our visits with one of the most famous attractions in Aswan which is the touristic market or "Souq" famous for its many diverse goods especially spices, cotton products, all sorts of different herbs, small granite and alabaster statues, papyrus, golden and silver items, and handmade carpets

Afterwards you go on the optional tour to the Abu Simbel Temples, which is a startling temple built to honor Ramses II. Abu Simble great temple and the smaller temple of Hathour were hew out of a stone cliff. This huge breathtaking monument was built for the worship of the gods Amun, Ptah, Ra-Hakharty.

The most fascinating feature of Abu Simble is the four colossi of Ramses which are 33 meters high. The whole complex was relocated by the UNESCO in 1970s after the construction of the High Dam.

In the evening, the guest will be transferred to the Aswan train station to take the sleeper train to Cairo - Dinner and overnight in the train

Day 14: Cairo - 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

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

Overnight in the camp

Day 15: White Desert Cairo

After having the breakfast we prepare in our camp, it will be the time to go back Cairo
We reach Cairo by the afternoon, check in the hotel
A free evening to spend in your own style in Cairo

Overnight in the hotel in Cairo

Day 16: Cairo Final departure

You will meet the representative of Galaxy Travel to assist you to be transferred, using your wonderful cozy air-conditioned minivan, to the Cairo airport

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