Though some call her the most beautiful queen; we call her the most mysterious one. For some reason, after ruling for 12 years, she disappeared. Some scholars believe she died, others suggest she became unfavorable to "Akhenaten", while others conjecture she was elevated to a status equal in power to the pharaoh, and began to dress herself as a man argued “Pharaoh Smenkhkare”.
2 days Mercure Cairo Le Sphinx Hotel / Cairo Cairo / Egypt + 7 days Nile cruise with M / S Nile Shams or similar Nile Cruise / Egypt ITINERARY
[Nights 9 / days 10] 2 nights Cairo and 7 nights Nile cruise
The following tour description describes the accommodation and the bookable excursion package. If the excursion package is not booked, do not take part in the listed excursions and only book accommodation and meals on the boat and in the booked hotels!
[Day 1 / arrival] Welcome to Cairo Upon arrival in Cairo you will be met by your English/German-speaking tour guide before the passport control and will be escorted to the hotel after completing the immigration formalities.
[Day 2 / Day 1 Cairo] The Pyramids of Giza and the Egyptian Museum The pyramids of Giza are visible even from space stations. The more overwhelming the impression when you are in front of it. As the only surviving building from the Seven Wonders of the World, they are among the oldest cultural assets of humanity. For you as a traveler, the visit to the Giza High Plateau begins the journey back in time to perhaps the most legendary high culture of our planet.
The pyramids are located a few kilometers from Cairo on the western edge of the Nile Valley, right on the Pyramid Road (Sharia el-Ahram). We visit the Great Pyramid (Pyramid of Cheops), the Pyramid of the Middle Pyramid (Pyramid of Khafre), the Pyramid of Mykerinos and the pyramids built for princesses and queens. Your guide tells you expertly about current excavations and discoveries and explains vividly and exciting new theories on the secret of the Sphinx. The opportunities to visit the interior of one of the great pyramids often change at short notice. If the option is given (optional), an additional fee will be charged.
The Egyptian National Museum is located in downtown Cairo. It is the world's largest museum of ancient Egyptian art, with thousands of exhibits from all eras of antiquity. Our focus is primarily on the famous finds from the tomb of Tut-Ench-Amun, which testify to the immeasurable wealth of the pharaohs. For an extra fee, a visit to the mummy hall is also possible.
The walk through the narrow streets of the Khan el Khalili bazaar immerses you in colors and scents: you have arrived in the unmanageably lively world of the Orient. The evening is at leisure. The night in the hotel as the day before.
[Day 3 / Day 2 Cairo] Memphis and Sakkara Today you embark on a contemplative tour into the past off Cairo. The two historic sites of Memphis and Sakkara are located three kilometers apart, about 25 km south of the metropolis. Memphis was once capital in the Old Kingdom at the interface between Lower and Upper Egypt. What remains of the place is very tranquil: surrounded by palm trees you can expect the Alabaster sphinx and the lying colossus of Ramses II. In Sakkara, embedded in the desert, stands the stepped pyramid of the Djoser, built according to plans of the Imhotep. She is the precursor of the classic pyramids and one of the oldest stone buildings in the world. We will guide you through one of the tombs (mastaba) for nobles and high officials. You will encounter fascinating portrayals of scenes from the everyday life of ancient Egypt and are vividly translated into the life of the then upper class.
[Day 3 / day 1 cruise] To Luxor for embarkation Afterwards you will fly on to Egypt, where a English/German-speaking tour guide waits to receive you in person. Embarkation on your cruise ship and overnight on board.
[Day 4 / day 2 cruise]
Thebes West with Valley of the Kings Once in the Valley of the Kings walk, in the most famous burial ground in world history, embedded in a lunar landscape of sand and stone: a dream come true. Located on the west bank of the Nile opposite Luxor, Thebes West offers a variety of beguiling sights and ancient sites. Our excursion will take you to the famous Memnon Colossi, the only surviving witness of what is believed to be Egypt's largest mortuary temple ever destroyed by an earthquake. In the Valley of the Kings are the resting places of the Pharaohs of the New Kingdom, under whose rule Egypt experienced a heyday of high civilization. Hardly any other place in Egypt has more legends than this valley. The rich in wealth grave Tut-Ench-Amun is located here. In Deir el-Bahari is the magnificent temple of the Pharaoh Hatshepsut, one of the most beautiful temples in Egypt and a peculiarity in the Egyptian architecture. The style of the idiosyncratic limestone construction looks almost modern. Its appearance, with the broad straight as access and the massif rising behind it, is undoubtedly a total work of art that is almost incomprehensible with language. Entry into three graves is included in the excursion package. The tomb of Tut-Ench-Amun, however, is - if open - to visit only for an extra charge. Film and photo tickets are also required to be paid separately where necessary. After the trip back to Luxor there is time for a stroll on the Nile promenade or a carriage ride. Or you relax on the deck of the ship.
[Day 5 / day 3 cruise] Edfu - Kom Ombo The ship leaves and heads upriver to Edfu. Here, with the best preserved temple in Egypt, the Horus Temple, another Gesamtkunstwerk awaits you, which also served as a backdrop in various films. Next stop halfway between Edfu and Aswan is the temple of Kom Ombo, at the foot of which we moor. It dates back to Greco-Roman times and offers a beautiful view of the Nile and the surrounding fields on a hill directly on the shore. The overnight stay is again on the ship.
[Day 6 / day 4 cruise] Aswan intense You take a trip to the built in 1971 Nasser dam on Lake Nasser and the Philae Temple on the island of Agilkia. Alone the crossing on a traditional Felukke is an experience. The Kitchener Island, another river island near Aswan, with its species-rich botanical garden is also stage of the excursion. The view from the water on the mausoleum of Aga Khan III. round off the day filled with sensuality, which you can end with a stroll through the bazaar of Aswan.
[Day 7 / day 5 cruise] Aswan at your disposal - with excursion to Abu Simbel (bookable on site) On this day at leisure you have the opportunity to participate in a trip to Abu Simbel. We start very early in the morning so you can experience the sunrise in the desert. Abu Simbel is located about 280 kilometers south of Aswan at the Nasser reservoir. The rock temple of Ramses II, rescued here from the floods and rebuilt, is an overwhelming testimony to the ancient Egyptian civilization and certainly a highlight of any trip to the Nile. The magnificent temple complex is the largest monument in Nubia and impresses with its majestic colossal statues towering into the sky. No less imposing is the Hathor temple. Overnight after returning to the ship.
[Day 8 / day 6 cruise] Drive to Luxor You drive nilabwärts to Luxor. On the left and on the right, magical pictures take in the landscape of Upper Egypt, from which you can be stunned. A short stop in Kom Ombo gives you the opportunity to visit the double temple dedicated to the deities Sobek and Haroeris. Overnight on the ship.
[Day 9 / day 7 cruise] Luxor - Karnak The complex of Karnak, located about three kilometers north of Luxor on the banks of the Nile, is one of the most powerful architectural manifestations of humanity and is one of the largest religious buildings in the world with 40 hectares. The imposing colonnades, obelisks and pylons represent a kaleidoscope of 2000 years of art history. The Temple of Luxor, in the middle of the city on the waterfront, was the scene of Amenhotep III. and Ramesses II in honor of the gods Amun, Mut and Chons. Even today's ruins testify to the magnificence of the work. After the visit you have free time. In the evening there is the option of the light and sound show in the Karnak Temple to visit. A very sensual experience in the midst of a unique cultural and historical backdrop.
[Day 10 / disembarkation] End of the cruise Disembarkation, transfer to the airport and return to Germany or bus transfer to the booked hotel on the Red Sea El Gouna, Hurghada, Makadi Bay, Safaga. When staying in Sharm El Sheikh domestic flight from Luxor to Sharm El Sheikh.
Included (inclusive) services: Domestic flights in economy class Accommodation and meals according to the itinerary All transfers on the spot in an air-conditioned coach English/German speaking tour guide Airport & Security Fees / Taxes
Not included (exclusive) services: Scheduled flight to Cairo and back in Economy Class Visa including handling fees & handling (€ 35.00 per person) to be paid locally Tips "baksheesh" on the boat (about € 35.00 per person) to pay in advance on site Expenses of a personal nature travel insurance
On request bookable additional services: Nile cruise excursion package 160,00 Euro per person (as described) 2 days Cairo excursion package 100,00 Euro per person (as described) Supplement upper deck (65,00 Euro per person) / supplement middle deck (35,00 Euro per person)
Changes on site Due to short-term changes on site in combination with the very flexible dates offered by Rotana Egypt, there may be changes in the cruise itself during cruise shipping. The overall benefits will not be affected. You will experience the Egypt described in the itinerary.
Changes can occur: - at the booked ship. Which ship will be used on which weekdays depends on the booking volume and will be decided accordingly by our local agency. Mostly it is the model advertised in the program. In exceptional cases, an equivalent ship from another shipping company will be used. The equipment in detail may differ from the description, the star class is identical.
- during the visit. As our trips start on different days of the week and the ships have their own timetables, changes in the order of the Nile Cruise Program are possible. Furthermore, low or high water can affect the cruise. Basically, changes to the travel route reserved by the shipping company. It may be the case that guests on a segment have to be transported by bus as an alternative. Also, in rare cases, the change to another ship is required. The program content remains the same. All visits are carried out. Even the optional program remains untouched. Only the sequence or the order of visits can change.
- on the first night in Luxor. After your arrival in Luxor embarkation takes place. Due to shipping traffic, however, it is possible that your ship is not yet ready to embark. In this case, you will stay in a 5-star hotel in Luxor. The embarkation will follow. This change may also result in a minor change in the course of the visits, but the program itself remains untouched. Your tour guide in Luxor will explain the itinerary to you in detail at the beginning of the cruise. Please also note our extensive hints and tips on travel to Egypt, so that you can go just as relaxed as expectantly on the journey.