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Abu Simbel Sun Festival 2020 – by Flight (February)

Created with Sketch. Highlights: Cairo, Nile Cruise, Luxor, Aswan, Abu Simbel
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Duration

08 nights / 09 days

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Tour Schedule

On 15/02/2020

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Tour Type

Festival and Events

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Languages

English

Overview

Explore the main highlights of Egypt, visiting the Pyramids of Giza, Egyptian Museum and witness the phenomenal Abu Simbel Sun Festival 2020

Enjoying the comfortable accommodation, domestic flights

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Cairo – Tour around one of the most famous sights in Egypt and the whole world, the Giza Necropolis, where you can savor the timeless Khufu Pyramid, the last standing Ancient Wonder of the World, and the mysterious Step Pyramid, Sakkara. Continue to the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities which houses the largest collection of Ancient Egyptian artifacts.
  • Nile Cruiser – On board the 5-star Deluxe air-conditioned vessel, cruise over the world’s longest river for a journey among the ancient history between Luxor and Aswan.
  • Luxor West Bank – Roam around the city is home to two-thirds of the world’s monuments and explore Valley of the Kings, Queen Hatchepsut's Temple, and the Colossi of Memnon.
  • Luxor East Bank – See the one and only Luxor Temple with its Avenue of Sphinxes and Karnak Temple where you can marvel at its iconic, colossal structure.
  • Aswan – Start with a walk on the High Dam and have a full view of Lake Nasser and the Nile. Enjoy a Nile River cruise to the Island of Agilika to arrive at the majestic site of Philae Temple and the giant Unfinished Obelisk.
  • Abu Simbel Sun Festival – Witness an Ancient Egyptian miracle at the unique spectacle of the Sun Festival, where the sun rises and casts its light on the statues of Ramses II, Ra, and Amun while the statue of Ptah, the god of darkness, remains in the shadows.

Itinerary

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Day 1 / 15 FEB 2019: Arrival to Cairo

Meet and assist by Turzilla representative before Immigration area to finalize all your arrival formalities and will escort you to your hotel in an air-conditioned vehicle.
Upon arrival top the hotel, representative will assist you for smooth check-in and review your program itinerary and pick-up time for next day.
Overnight at the hotel in Cairo.

Day 2 / 16 FEB 2019: Pyramids and Cairo Sightseeing

After breakfast, transfer to the Giza Plateau where you begin with visit the Great Pyramids of Giza Cheops, Chephren and Mykerinos and ends at the foot of the inscrutable Sphinx, the giant man/beast which has puzzled men for generations.
Afterwards, visit the famous Egyptian Museum of Antiquities which is the houses many treasure of Tutanchamun, continue to Khan El Khalili Bazaar in the heart of Old Cairo, stroll down Al Moaz Street and view the largest concentration of medieval architectural treasures from the Islamic world.
Return to your hotel and overnight at the hotel in Cairo
Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 / 17 FEB 2019: Cairo / Luxor

Early breakfast, transfer to Cairo Airport for your trip to Luxor by flight.
Upon arrival to Luxor, you will be met by our representative who will escort you to your Nile Cruise. Embark your Deluxe 5* Nile cruise by lunch time
Afternoon, we tour the ancient city of Thebes (the East Bank), taking in the magnificent Temple of Karnak , more than a temple, Karnak is a gigantic and stunning complex of sanctuaries and pylons dedicated to the Theban gods followed by the fabulous Temple of Luxor with its giant statues of Ramses the Great and Avenue of Sphinxes
Return to your Nile Cruise for dinner and overnight onboard on the Nile Cruise

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 / 18 FEB 2019: Luxor / Edfu

Breakfast on board.
This morning your visit to the incredible Valley of the Kings. The first monument you’ll see on the West Bank is the imposing 18m-high Colossi of Memnon, which represent the remains of the temple of the hedonistic Amenophis III. The Valley of the Kings is studded with often highly decorated tombs, constructed to once house the regal sarcophagi enclosed mummies of the mighty pharaohs awaiting their passage into the after-life. Further highlights include the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut.
Returning to our cruiser, where we enjoy lunch and sailing to Esna.
Dinner and overnight onboard on the Nile Cruise

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 / 19 FEB 2019: Edfu / Aswan

Breakfast onboard
Morning visit to the most complete and best preserved Pharaonic temple in all of Egypt - the Temple of Horus, the falcon god. Back on board
Enjoying lunch and sailing to Kom Ombo to explore the temple shared by two gods, Sobek and Haroeries. Visit the new mummified crocodile museum, and see the Nilometer where the priests determined the current year's taxes, back to the ship and sail on to Aswan.
Dinner and overnight onboard on the Nile Cruise

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 / 20 FEB 2019: Aswan

Breakfast onboard, this morning we visit the Aswan High Dam then then to the Temple of Philae, which was dedicated to the Goddess of magic. The temple was built on Philae Island and attracted pilgrims from all over the ancient world.
When the Egyptians built the High Dam, Philae temple was rescued in an enormous UNESCO effort in the 1970s. Due to high water levels created by the Old Aswan Dam and was relocated stone by stone on higher ground on nearby Agilika Island.
Take a break at the old site of the main granite quarry to visit the unfinished obelisk. You will see a practical demonstration of the methods used by ancient craftsmen to cut impressive obelisks and granite statues
Return to the boat for lunch and relaxation
Dinner and overnight onboard on the Nile Cruise

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 / 21 FEB 2019: Aswan / Cairo

Breakfast on board and disembarkation
Transfer to your hotel, rest of day free at leisure
Overnight at the hotel in Aswan

Day 8 / 22 FEB 2019: Aswan / Abu Simbel sun Festival

Departing in the wee hours of the morning by vehicle to the Grand Temples of Abu Simbel

In a fit of precision and architectural egotism, Ramses II had the entire temple carefully angled and oriented in order that the sun’s rays would align twice a year on his date of his ascension to the throne (21 February) and on his birthday (21 October) and illuminate the inner sanctum of the temple. This incredible natural phenomenon provides for a most spectacular sight, which has come to be referred to as the Sun Festival of King Ramses II. Crowds pack in to the temple before sunrise and watch the shafts of light slowly creeping through the rock hewn inner Hypostyle Hall (replete with further statues of the king) and through to the Sanctuary. As we are lead through the temple there will be time to pause for a moment to watch the sun illuminating the statues of Amun-Re, Re-Herakhte and Ramses the god, whilst the statute of Ptah - the god of darkness - remains in the shadows.

Famously, the temple was re-located in a multi-million dollar operation in 1972, further up from the shoreline of Lake Nasser, which had threatened to erode the foundations of this monolithic temple complex. For this reason, the sun now strikes a day later than Ramses had originally planned, though the event this morning itself is no less stunning. After the event, there will also be plenty of time to explore the Sun Temple of King Ramses II and also the Temple of Hathor.
Transfer back to Aswan Airport for your flight to Cairo
Overnight at the hotel in Cairo
Meals: Breakfast

Day 9 / 23 FEB 2019: Cairo – Final departure

Breakfast at the hotel and check-out
Transfer to Cairo International Airport for your final departure flight home
Meals: Breakfast

Included

  • Meet and greet service by our representatives upon your airport arrival
  • All transfers by a private air-conditioned vehicles
  • Private sight-seeing in Cairo as described in the program itinerary and joining other clients onboard on the Nile Cruise
  • All tours are conducted by English speaking Egyptologist
  • 03 nights accommodation in Cairo on bed and breakfast basis
  • 01 night accommodation in Aswan on bed and breakfast basis
  • 04 nights accommodation onboard on a 5-star superior Nile cruise ship, full board basis
  • Entrance fees to all sites mentioned on the itinerary
  • All meals mentioned on the itinerary
  • Domestic flights
  • Bottled water during tours
  • Portage in Airports and hotels if needed
  • All service charges and taxes

Excluded

  • International airfares
  • Entry visa to Egypt
  • Any optional tours not mentioned in the program itinerary
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips

Pricing

5* Standard – Steigenberger Pyramids Hotel Hotel or similar
5* Standard – Nile Goddess Cruise or similar
4* Standard – Basma Aswan Hotel or Similar

Single Traveller in Single RoomPer Person in Double RoomPer Person in Triple Room
Feb. 2020$2,428.00$1,571.00$1,382.00

5* Deluxe – Conrad Cairo Hotel or similar
5* Deluxe – Farrah Nile Cruise or similar
5* Deluxe – Movenpick Aswan or Similar

Single Traveller in Single RoomPer Person in Double RoomPer Person in Triple Room
Feb. 2020$2,773.00$1,905.00$1,782.00

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