EGYPT ENCOMPASSED – 13 DAYS
Departing Cairo on 10th of February 2020
The great Nile River is the artery that brings life to the desert and has enabled the Egyptian civilisation to flourish. This special Byroads tour of Egypt brings to life the temples, monuments and crypts of the ancient Egyptian dynasties. It also explores the modern spectacles of the Suez Canal and the Aswan High Dam and pays respect to the lives lost in WWII at the El Alamein War Cemetery.
Around 3150 BC the unification of Upper and Lower Egypt marked the beginning of the Dynastic Period of Egyptian history. For the next 3000 years, until the arrival of Alexander the Great, a civilisation developed with a rich culture, exemplified by the magnificent temples and monuments dedicated to their gods and pharaohs. Great centres were established in Aswan, Luxor, Memphis and Giza and many remain rich to this day with wonderful temples, monumental pyramids and spectacular crypts.
Our Byroads tour starts in Cairo with a visit to the soon to be opened Grand Egyptian Museum, the largest archaeological museum in the world. This is followed by a visit to the Great Pyramids of Giza and the enigmatic Sphinx that has watched over the plateau for millennia. No visit to Cairo is complete without a visit to the winding alleys of the Khan al-Khalili Bazaar and Islamic Cairo including the Ibn Tulun Mosque.
The overnight sleeper train brings us to Luxor where we explore the Karnak Temple and several amazing tombs in the Valley of the Kings including Tut Ank Amoun’s tomb. We then set sail on our luxury cruise boat to Aswan stopping to visit the great temples at Edfu and Komombo before arriving in Aswan. Here we visit the Philae Temple, the Aswan High Dam and enjoy a Felucca sail. We also fly to Abu Simbel to see the great Nubian Temples and back in Aswan we enjoy dinner in a nearby Nubian village.
Flying back to Cairo we travel by road to Ismailia to watch in amazement as ships appear to traverse the desert as they sail the Suez Canal. We then continue to the Mediterranean city of Alexandria with its stunning Library, ancient catacombs and old fort. Before returning to Cairo we visit the WW II cemetery at El Alamein and discover the rich farm lands of the Nile Delta. Our tour ends back in Cairo.
DAY 1 – Cairo, DAYS 2 & 3 – Cairo, DAY 4 – Luxor, DAY 5 – Luxor, Valley of the Kings & Cruise, DAY 6 – Nile Cruise, DAY 7 – Aswan, DAY 8 – Abu Simbel & Aswan, DAY 9 – Merzouga & the Sahara, DAY 10 – Ismailia, Suez Canal & Cairo, DAY 11 – El Alamein & Alexandria, DAYS 12 – Rosetta, Nile Delta & Cairo, DAY 13 – End Cairo.
Provisional Cost: USD $3125
Single Supplement: USD $970