Abu Simbel Sun Festival Celebration

Abu Simbel Sun Festival Celebration


Highlights:
Tour Cairo, Cairo Excursions

What Included?
• Meet and greet service upon arrival and departure
• All transfers by deluxe air-conditioned vehicle through-out trip
• Accommodations for 2 nights in Cairo at hotel of your choice with breakfast
• Accommodations for 2 night in Aswan at hotel of your choice with breakfast
• Accommodations for 1 night in Abu Simbel at hotel of your choice with breakfast
• Accommodations for 3 nights on board 5* Nile Cruise of your choice with full board
• Accommodations for 2 night aboard the 1st class sleeper train on half board
• F/D tour in Cairo to visit Giza Pyramids, Sphinx, Memphis and Sakkara
• Camel ride around the pyramids in Giza.
• F/D tour to Egyptian Museum, Citadel, Coptic Churches and Islamic Cairo
• F/D tour in Aswan to visit High Dam, unfinished obelisk and Philae temple.
• F/D tour to visit Kom Ombo and Edfu temples.
• F/D tour in Luxor to Karnak and Luxor Temple.
• F/D tour in Luxor to Valley of Kings and Queens Hatshepsut temple and Colossi of Memnon.
• O/N tour to Abu Simbel temples out of Aswan by private guide and driver
• Sun Festival /Celebration at Abu Simbel temple
• Lunch during tours in Cairo
• Soft drinks and mineral water during tours.
• Professional Egyptologist English speaking guide.
• All hotel and Nile cruise service charges and taxes.

Not Included:
• Any optional tours not mentioned in the Itinerary.
• Drinks and any personal expenses.
• Guide & assistant tip.
• International air tickets.
• Entry visa to Egypt
• Optional visits.

 


Sun Festival Celebration
Great Temples of Abu Simbel in their sun festival day, Abu Simbel temple is located to the south of Aswan, it was built by Ramses Second, He wanted to represent himself as a God in the internal chamber which would light up two times a year, once on his ascension to the throne anniversary (in February, around the 22nd), and once on Ramses II birthday (in October, around the 22nd).

February 18th: Arrival, Cairo:
Arrive in Cairo to discover the contrasts of this ancient city, our representative will meet you at Cairo international airport beyond passport control to handle your Egyptian entry visa then will be accompanied to your hotel for check in with free welcome drink. Tonight, relax or enjoy optional evening of out of this world entertainment as we go to the Pyramids for the incredible Sound and Light Spectacular after you will return to your hotel and then the night is at leisure.

February 19th : Ancient Cairo Tour / Aswan
After your relaxing breakfast at the hotel in Cairo your own private English speaking Egyptologist guide will take you to Sakkara that is part of Memphis's massive necropolis, and the burial site of the most ancient Pharaohs where you will see the first pyramids ever built in Egypt "Step Pyramid of King Djoser that was designed by Imhotep, the ancient Egyptian architect also you will visit the Teti Pyramid and tombs in Sakkara then you will be transferred to Memphis, the ancient Capital of Egypt to visit the colossal statue of Ramses II and nearby a still half-buried Hathor Temple then a relaxing drive to the famous Giza Plateau, home of Egypt's GREATEST attractions to visit The Great Pyramids, ONE of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world including the Great Pyramid of Cheops, middle pyramids of Chephren and the little one of Mykerinos and The mysterious Sphinx, the Father of Terror for the ancient pharaohs, the tour includes visit to the valley temple facing the great sphinx, with optional visit to the solar boat, this was a boat used to carry the pharaoh's mummy across the Nile, and then buried at the foot of the pyramid for his use in the afterlife. Your lunch will be included on the way — later on you will be transferred to Giza railway station to catch the sleeper train to Aswan with dinner aboard the train with a relaxing overnight stay.

February 20th: Aswan
Breakfast aboard the sleeper train before arrival Aswan, where you will be met and assisted by a representative who will transfer you to the hotel for free welcome drink and check in with free time at leisure at your hotel and in Aswan. Tonight, relax or enjoy optional evening of out of this world entertainment as we go to Philae temple for the incredible Sound and Light Spectacular after you will return to your hotel and then the night is at leisure.

February 21st: Aswan / Abu Simbel
Then you will join most unique transfer across the Sahara desert to Abu Simbel with direct transfer to your hotel for check in having settled in free time at leisure. Tonight, join us for an optional evening of out of this world entertainment as we go to Abu Simbel for the incredible Sound and Light Spectacular after we will return to our hotel for overnight stay

February 22nd :Abu Simbel / Aswan
Breakfast at your hotel and then you will be accompanied by your English speaking guide to celebrate the Sun Festival (at Abu Simbel temples twice a year February and October) that mark the emperor's birthday and his ascension to the throne, Celebrated in a big way by the locals, undoubtedly the Sun Festival at Abu Simbel is one of the most uncommon and astounding festivals in the world. Later you will be transferred to Aswan and directly to your hotel for check in with free time at leisure and overnight stay.

February 23rd: Aswan Nile Cruise
Breakfast at your hotel in Aswan: then you will be transferred to sail in traditional style among the rocky isles of the Nile on a traditional felucca to visit the elephantine island and the botanical garden in Aswan for a Romanic trip on the River Nile. Then you will be transferred to embark your Nile River Cruise, where we will enjoy the next 3 nights aboard one of the largest and most luxurious vessels on the Nile River between Aswan and Luxor. Afternoon time you will be accompanied by your English speaking guide for an exciting tour to the world famous High Dam that was an engineering miracle when it was built in the 1960s. It contains 18 times the material used in the Great Pyramid of Cheops; continue to the granite quarries which supplied the ancient Egyptian pharaohs with most of the hard stone used in pyramids and temples. The quarries still hold the famous Unfinished Obelisk and then you will be taking by motor-boat to island of Egilka visit the majestic Philae temple that was dedicated to the Goddesses Isis. With final optional evening excursion will offer the sound and light show at the Temple of Philae Return to your ship for dinner free time at leisure in Aswan and overnight stay aboard the cruise

February 24th :Nile Cruise
Before breakfast aboard your Nile cruise you may enjoy the amazing sunset view from your river cruise in Aswan with free time at leisure in Aswan and then sail to Kom Ombo to visit the temple the crocodile-headed God of fertility and creator of the world and then return to your cruise vessel to sail to Edfu where you will be transferred by horse drawn carriage to visit the famous Edfu temple also know as the temple of Horus & Haroeris, the falcon-headed solar war god is the largest and most perfectly preserved of all the Nile temples, back to the Nile cruise by the same way to sail to Luxor with lunch, afternoon tea and dinner aboard your cruise and overnight stay

February 25th :Nile Cruise
Breakfast onboard the cruise, and then you will be moved into the West Bank of the river Nile to visit the two colossal statues of Amenhotep III (Colossi of Memnon), and then visit the Valley of the Kings, where the magnificent tombs discovered, those tombs were carved deep into the desert rock, richly decorated and filled with treasures for the afterlife of the pharaohs, you will visit 3 tombs. Continue the tour to visit the Hatshipsut temple at El Deir El Bahary, this impressive temple dedicated to the Queen Hatshipsut the only female pharaoh rises out of the desert plain in a series of terraces and merges with the sheer limestone cliffs that surround it then back to the cruise for lunch, afternoon tea and dinner aboard your cruise and overnight stay Tonight, if you wish, enjoy an optional sound and light show at the Temple of Karnak

February 26th : Nile Cruise / Cairo
Breakfast onboard the cruise, and then you will accompanied by our English Egyptologist expert guide to visit Karnak Temple, the largest place of worship ever built. Its ancient name Ipet-isut means "the most sacred of places." The temple, or, more correctly, the complex of temples, was built over more than two thousand years by generation after generation of pharaohs. Within the complex, the great "Hypostyle Hall" is an incredible forest of giant pillars .Then you will be transferred to the majestic Luxor temple which built by Amenhotep III and Ramses II for ritual and festivals and dedicated to the god Amun with free time for shopping in Luxor and then you will be transferred to Luxor train terminal to board your first class sleeper train back to Cairo with dinner and overnight stay onboard

February 27th : City sights of Cairo
Enjoy your Breakfast onboard sleeper train before arriving Cairo, where you will be met and accompanied by your private Egyptologist tour guide to visit the world-renowned Museum of Egyptian Antiques that was built in neo-classical style designed by the French architect Marcel Dourgnon which exhibits a collection now over 120000 masterpieces ranges from pre-dynastic era, Pharaonic era to the Greco-roman period in Egypt including the treasures of the child King Tutankhamen, Pharaonic Gods and Goddess, optional visit to the mummies room at the Egyptian Museum where you may learn about the Great Egyptian civilization and the mummification art in ancient Egypt. Then you will also visit the Citadel of Saladin that is overlooking the city from the Muqattam Hills and Mohammed Ali Alabaster Mosque inside that was built in Turkish style and very similar to the Blue Mosque in Turkey and simply considered to be one of the landmarks in Cairo whose minaret can be seen from any part of old Cairo then visit the Christian heritage in Coptic Cairo including some of the early religious monuments of the city such as the hanging church or the suspended church this basilica church was named for its location on top of the south gate of the Fortress of Babylon the church became the center of the Christian Church of Egypt you will visit also the famous Jewish heritage in Cairo including Ben Ezra Synagogue the temple contains a Jewish heritage library, containing documents found here in 1896 that describe the economic and social conditions of Jews under Arab rule as well as descriptions of relations between various Jewish sects from there you will be transferred to your hotel for free time at leisure and overnight stay

February 28th : Cairo
Free day at leisure.. Optional Tour (Nile Dinner Cruise) Enjoy an Oriental night include folkloric & belly dancing show.

March 1 : Cairo / Home
Enjoy your Breakfast aboard the train: and then arriving Giza railway station, where you will be met and assisted by our company representative. Enjoy some free time in Cairo and then you will be transferred to Cairo international airport to fly back homeOptional visits.


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