CLASSIC EGYPT – The best of Egypt in one week
Experience four nights in Cairo and four nights on a first class Nile Cruise from Luxor to Aswan.
This is the best way to see the historical sites of Egypt.
The Egypt Tour “RA” is named after the main God (the Sun) in Ancient Egypt. RA is also the name of the Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl´s papyrus boat he built in front of the Pyramids of Giza. A pure culture experience for those who have only one week available.
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Program Overview
Day 1: Depart from home city
Day 2: Arrive in Cairo
Day 3: Visit the Pyramids &  Museum
Day 4: Fly from Cairo to Luxor, board the Nile Cruise
Day 5: Relax on board the Nile Cruise
Day 6: Cruise to Abu Simble
Day 7: Relax on board Nile Cruise
Day 8: Fly from Aswan to Cairo
Day 9: Visit Old Cairo, Mohamed Ali Mosque & Khan el Khalili
Day 10: Depart from Cairo to home city

Detailed Program

Day 1: Departure from home city.

Day 2: Arrive in Cairo
Arrive in the Land of the Pharaohs at Cairo International airport where an Atlantis Tours representative will welcome you after you get your luggage and clear customs. Our representative will then escort you to your hotel (The exact time of departure for the next day will be given by the representative).

 

Day 3: Cairo sightseeing
The day starts with breakfast at the hotel. A tour to the Giza Pyramids and the Egyptian Museum (sold separately) is the most popular excursion. On this excursion we will visit one of the world’s 7 wonders; the Cheops, Chephren and Mykerinos pyramids – commonly called the Giza pyramids. We will make several stops around the pyramids, so you can get a feel for how big they really are. The tour of the Pyramids ends with the mysterious “Sphinx”, which gives a beautiful view of the three pyramids in the background.

After lunch is served at the local restaurant, we head to the city center to see the Egyptian National Museum. The whole second floor is dedicated to treasures of the boy king Tut Ankh Amon. These treasures are well known throughout the world for their gold and fine art. One of the most well-recognized art pieces in the world is his funeral mask, which is made of pure gold.
Meals: Breakfast at hotel. Lunch on tour (drinks not Included)

Day 4: Luxor sightseeing, Sailing Luxor – Edfu
After an early breakfast we head to Cairo airport for the morning flight to Luxor.

Upon arrival to Luxor, we will be escorted to our Cruise ship for check in. From there we will start our sight-seeing program. We will drive south to the “City of the dead”. The Valley of the Kings is one of the highlights of the tour. Our ticket includes three randomly chosen royal tombs, but Tut Ankh Amon’s tomb is not included. (Be aware that no pictures whatsoever are allowed inside the tombs.)

The guide will lecture us about the history of each tomb from outside, then we will walk inside knowing that we are the Pharaohs guest in his grave. You will enter the long corridors and enjoy the spectacle of the beautiful colors that have remained for over 3,500 years. If you wish to visit the greatest archaeological discovery in history of ancient Egypt, let your guide know in advance, he can assist with buying the special ticket to visit the King Tut Well.

There will be a brief shopping stop at a local stone mason making souvenirs such as small statues, vases, and several other items that may be of interest to you. After our short shopping break , we head to the temple of queen Hatshepsut El Deri El Bihari. If you can’t not pronounce her name try saying “hot chicken soup” fast. We have around one hour visiting the second floor of the temple where the world’s first documentary is depicted on the walls, picturing the expedition to the other side of the Red sea. This is also considered the world’s first foreign relation between two countries.

On our way back to the cruise ship, we will stop by the two statues of Memnon to hear from our guide about the mythology and history of these two iconic statues on the west side of Luxor. Then we will enjoy an open buffet dinner on board the cruise ship and spend the night on the Nile.

Meals: Breakfast at hotel, Lunch Buffet and Dinner Buffet on Cruise)

 

Day 5:  Luxor sightseeing
After breakfast we continue our tour with a visit to the Karnak and Luxor temples. Karnak is the largest temple complex in Egypt, and after the Karnak we will visit the temple of Amon.

In the distance we see the restoration project of the southern buildings, and get an impression of how huge this temple must have been at that time the high priests ruled. The tour continues on to the much smaller Luxor Temple, built by Amenofis the 3rd, but his beautiful temple will definitely amaze you. If you are interested in architecture, engineering, or masonry designs, then you can see the worlds first architectural sketch, which is of the Luxor temple.   

The temple was continued by Ramses the 2nd. At Luxor temple we can see evidence of the three great historic eras of Egypt; Pharaonic, Christianity, and Islamic eras. Ancient Thebes was a center of festivals, and the Temple of Luxor was the setting for the most important festival, the festival of Opet, designed to merge the ruler`s human and divine aspects. 

After our three hour visit to the Karnak and Luxor temples, we head back to our cruise ship for dinner and a free evening. Please see the news board at the reception area for updates such as shows and other entertainment activities. The boat will sail right after we are back from the visits to the east side of Luxor.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Buffet, Dinner Buffet)

 

 

Day 6:  Edfu-Kom Ombo-Aswan.
After breakfast we start the day with a visit to the Horus temple in Edfu. It takes only a few minutes from the boat to the temple. The Edfu temple is not only the best preserved of Egypt’s temples, but also the second largest, right after Karnak. We have a great deal of information about its construction since Edfu is very young – “only” 2200 years! It was believed that the temple was built on the site of the great battle between Horus and Seth. Here we can see the battle between Horus and Seth in on temple walls, as well as fantastic festivals. The world’s first library was found here. **Note**This visit may exceed two hours due to horse carriage traffic jams.

After a few hours of sailing south, we come to the city known for sugar production: Kom Ombo. Within a few meters walking from our docking boat, we find the only remaining double temple dedicated to the two gods Sobek & Haroeries. The temple is small but lovely and has a story to tell. Despite being situated on the banks of the Nile and being subjected to both floods and sand storms, it has been restored quite well. This temple served as a hospital in ancient Egypt and is famous for the usage of medical instruments and calendar. The actual temple was started by Ptolemy VI, Philometor, in the early second century BC. Ptolemy XIII built the outer and inner hypo style halls. The outer enclosure wall and part of the court were built by Augustus sometime after 30 BC, but are mostly gone now. Our cruise ship will continue its journey sailing 28 miles to Aswan.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Buffet, Dinner Buffet)

 

 

Day 7: Aswan sightseeing (Abu Simbel excursion)
It is also possible to visit the giant mountain temple of Abu Simbel as an add on for the trip for about $100-200 per person depending on transfer by bus or by air. The tour starts in the middle of the night and is back at around lunchtime with a three hour bus ride each way. The sight of the statue of Ramses the 2nd carved right out of the mountains is an unimaginable experience. The two temples situated by Lake Nasser, were moved by UNESCO to save them from flooding. Inside we find colors in unimaginably good condition of Ramses showing all his achievements. Next to that temple is the Temple of his favorite wife Nefertari. In our basic sightseeing package we include a visit to the Aswan High Dam, which produces electricity to all of Egypt as well as for export. Opened in 1972, and holds back the artificial Lake Nasser, which used to flood hundreds of temples and forced over 100,000 Nubians to move from their homes.

The Isis temple is perhaps the most beautiful temple in all of Egypt because of its incredible location in between two dams. We also recommend you to add on the trip to a Nubian village by Felucca (sailing boat) at about $35 per person. You will see the small village of Soheil Island and experience a Nubian house from inside.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch Buffet, Dinner Buffet)

 

Day 8: Aswan-Cairo
We will enjoy a lovely morning in Aswan, before being transferred to Aswan airport for transit to Cairo. Upon arrival you will be escorted to your hotel.
Meals: Breakfast on Cruise

 

Day 9: Cairo sightseeing
We will start our day by visiting the churches of Old Cairo, where we will visit the al-Moallaqa Church called “The Hanging Church” as it was build upon the remains of the Fortress of Babylon from the late 4th century.

We will visit the Ben Ezra Synagogue, better known as the church of St. Mary, as well. Then we will continue to the Citadel of Salah el Din from 1198, and visit the mosque of Mohamed Ali from 1856. Then we end our day visiting the famous bazaars of Khan el Khalili. This is the largest old market in the Middle East, lasting from the 1600th century. In the tiny alleyways, there are hundreds of shops and booths where you can watch blacksmiths work precious metals.

Also be on the lookout for leather goods and woodwork inlaid with camel bone and mother-of-pearl. Bargaining is the norm here and a “must do”. Estimated time for this trip is about five hours.
 **Note**Time cannot be guaranteed in a city like Cairo due to chaotic traffic jams. After we finish our day we transfer you to your hotel. Please contact our local agent if you wish to have some other activates such as dinner cruise or Cairo by night.
Meals: Breakfast at hotel, lunch on tour (drinks not Included)

 

Day 10: Final Departure 
Transfer to airport for flight from Cairo to your home city. We say goodbye to Egypt for now and go home with a suitcase full of souvenirs and heart full of good memories.

 

Basic Package Includes:

  • 4 nights hotel at the Mena House (by the pyramids) with breakfast in Cairo.

  • 4 nights First Class Nile Cruise with full board (Luxor-Aswan).

  • All transfers and assistance provided in Egypt.

  • Domestic flight Cairo-Luxor, Aswan-Cairo.

  • Full day sightseeing in Cairo to Egyptian Museum and Giza Pyramids, lunch included

  • Full day sightseeing in Cairo to Old Cairo, Mohamed Ali Mosque & Khan el Khalili, lunch included.

  • Valley of the Kings, Temple of Hatshepsut, Temple of Karnak, Temple of Luxor, Temple of Edfu, Temple of Kom Ombo, Temple of Philae, and the Aswan High Dam.


Price:
From $1,650 Per Person in Double Occupancy for Program Only
Additional $350 in Single Occupancy
A minimum of 2 persons is required to book the same tour on same departure date.

Departure:

Program Starts Every Saturday

Departure from US should be on Friday

Mandatory Extras:

  • Visa to Egypt: $32 per person

  •  Flight from home city in the US to Cairo (ranges from $1000-2000 depending on traveling season and location of departure)

 

Optional Extras:

  • Tut Ankh Amon Tomb

  • Entrance Inside the Giza Pyramids 

  • Tour to Abu Simbel

  •  Gratitude

  • Drinks on cruise

  • Drink to lunches in Cairo

  • Travel Insurance 

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