During the transfer, you will have the opportunity to witness the captivating historical richness of Rome, often hailed as the pinnacle of Western world heritage.
The remainder of the day will be yours to unwind and take in the city at your own pace
After enjoying a delightful breakfast, you’ll have the entire day to explore Rome at your own pace. With countless options at your fingertips, you can choose to wander around on foot, visit magnificent monuments, indulge in shopping, or savor the local cuisine, which offers a wide array of pasta, vegetable, meat, and fish dishes.
Rome holds a special place as the epicenter of the Catholic religion and boasts the highest concentration of historical and architectural treasures in the world. In 1980, Rome, along with the extraterritorial properties of the Holy See within the city and the Basilica of Saint Paul Outside the Walls, was rightfully inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list.
In the morning you will enjoy a delicious breakfast and then have the rest of the day free to appreciate and delight in the beauty of this wonderful city.
Don’t miss out on the must-see landmarks such as the Colosseum and the Forum, as well as taking a stroll through the vibrant Roman squares adorned with captivating fountains.
In the evening, you can enjoy a dinner of your choice and unwind with a rejuvenating night’s sleep at your hotel.
After enjoying breakfast, you will be transferred to the Rome airport at the designated time for your flight to Cairo.
Upon arrival in Cairo, the capital of the Arab Republic of Egypt, a friendly member of our English-speaking team will be waiting for you at the exit.
This guide will provide you with assistance during the visa process, offer detailed information about your trip, and address any queries or concerns you may have. Additionally, he will provide a brief introduction to the city and its daily life.
The transfer to your hotel will be arranged in one of our private air-conditioned vehicles. Upon reaching the hotel, your assistant will assist you with the check-in process.
The remainder of the day will be yours to relax and start enjoying the amenities offered by the hotel.
Today you are having a delicious breakfast with typical food. The route will begin through the most interesting points of interest in Cairo.
The Pyramids of Giza is the first place we will visit with our official English-speaker guide. You will amaze at the majesty of the Great Sphinx of Giza, the Great Pyramid of Giza, and the Pyramid of Khufu. This is the only one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world still in existence. You can watch it from the main entrance esplanade and from closer.
Optionally, you can add the excursion to the Necropolis of Saqqara. Inside this World Heritage, the funerary complex of King Djoser stands out. This is a building built to honor the king in the afterlife. The Pyramid of Djoser is the first stone structure built in a pyramidal shape. It symbolizes the beginning of this type of construction in Egypt.
By night, you can hire a light show on the Giza Pyramids. You can also enjoy a unique dinner show in a floating restaurant on the Nile. Ask your travel assistant for more information.
Begin your day with a delectable breakfast served in the hotel dining room, followed by a free day in Cairo to enjoy at your leisure.
For those seeking an immersive experience, we offer an optional full-day tour to Cairo, where you will explore the significant landmarks of this historic city. The journey starts at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, situated in the heart of the city. Inside, you will encounter a vast collection of invaluable artifacts, including the renowned treasures of Tutankhamun, magnificent sarcophagi, well-preserved mummies, and sculptures of indescribable beauty.
Next, venture into the captivating historic district of Cairo, designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This area has been home to caliphs and their mosques since the 10th century. One notable attraction is the Citadel of Saladin, which was fortified to safeguard the city against Crusader invasions nearly a thousand years ago.
Afterward, immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of the Khan el Khalili bazaar, where you will have the opportunity to test your negotiation skills during some free time.
Before returning to the hotel, you will personally explore the Coptic neighborhood, a melting pot of different religions. Stand in awe of the Hanging Church, a remarkable structure built on the foundations of the Babylon Fortress.
There, you should visit the Saints Sergius and Wachus Church, believed to have sheltered the Holy Family during their escape from Herod, and discover the Ben Ezra Synagogue, one of the oldest in the country.
At the designated time, you will be transferred to Cairo Airport to catch your flight to Luxor. Upon arrival, embark on a memorable cruise ship journey along the legendary Nile River. Indulge in comfortable accommodation and enjoy a delicious dinner onboard.
Start your day with a delightful breakfast before embarking on an extraordinary adventure alongside your guide. Together, you will visit the temples of Luxor and Karnak, dedicated to the gods Amun and Ra, who represent creation, the sky, and the sun. These grandiose temples exude an aura of majesty. As you stroll amidst the line of sphinxes connecting the two temples, you will uncover captivating stories and anecdotes about the pharaohs who played a pivotal role in their construction.
Next, you will cross the Nile to explore the Necropolis of Thebes, a significant symbol of this ancient civilization. Within this complex lies an archaeological treasure that ranks among Egypt’s greatest marvels: the Valley of the Kings. This sacred burial ground houses 62 pharaonic tombs, including the resting places of Tutankhamun, Ramses IV, and many others.
Following this, you will be treated to a breathtaking panoramic view of the iconic funerary temple of Queen Hatshepsut, also known as Deir El Bahari. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to visit the funerary temple of Ramses III, now known as the Medinat Habu temple. Later, marvel at the remnants of the temple of Amenophis III, where the colossal twin statues known as the Colossi of Memnon proudly stand, having endured the passage of centuries.
Return to the cruise ship and set sail towards Esna, enjoying a relaxed journey along the Nile for the remainder of the day.
In the evening, you will pass through the Esna Lock and continue your voyage towards Edfu.
Start your day in Edfu with a memorable experience of witnessing one of Egypt’s most beautiful sunrises. After indulging in a delicious breakfast onboard, prepare to embark on an enchanting carriage ride to the Temple of Horus.
This remarkable sanctuary holds the distinction of being the best-preserved Egyptian temple, having been concealed beneath the sand for centuries until its discovery by French archaeologist Auguste Mariette in the mid-19th century.
Following your visit to the Temple of Horus, return to the motor ship for a delectable lunch as you set sail towards Kom Ombo. Here, an exciting excursion awaits you at the temple dedicated to Haroeris, the falcon god, and Sobek, the crocodile god.
As part of your visit, you will have the opportunity to explore an exhibition showcasing remarkably preserved mummified crocodiles, providing fascinating insights into the culture of Ancient Egypt.
As the day draws to a close, a delightful dinner will be served onboard before you embark on a serene night sailing towards Aswan.
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast and a relaxing morning to rejuvenate. If you’re interested, we highly recommend considering an optional visit to the temples of Abu Simbel in Nubia, located in southern Egypt on the shores of Lake Nasser.
These remarkable temples form part of the Nubia and Aswan Open-Air Museum and have been meticulously relocated piece by piece due to the rising waters of the Nile River caused by the construction of the Aswan Dam. Commissioned by Ramses II, the rock-cut temples were constructed over 20 years to commemorate the Battle of Kadesh, paying homage to the great deities while also honoring Ramses himself.
Also, the main highlight of the complex is the temple of Ramses II, featuring four awe-inspiring statues on its façade that exude the majesty of Ancient Egypt. Additionally, you will find the temple dedicated to Nefertari, the esteemed wife of the pharaoh, in Abu Simbel.
In the afternoon, following a delectable lunch onboard, we suggest considering an optional felucca ride, an authentic Egyptian wooden boat, allowing you to intimately admire the scenic beauty of the Nile.
Along this journey, you will encounter Elephantine Island, once a thriving center for the ivory trade, as well as Kitchener Island, renowned for its exquisite botanical garden and panoramic view of the Agha Khan Mausoleum. A single glance at this sight will help you comprehend why it was chosen as the eternal resting place for Supreme Chief Ismaelita.
Next, you will embark on a visit to Aswan Dam, an impressive feat of hydraulic engineering initiated by the British Empire and completed by the Egyptians in the mid-20th century. Designed to regulate the flooding of the Nile River, this monumental structure stands as a testament to human ingenuity.
Following the visit, you will proceed to the inaccessible island of Philae, where you will have the opportunity to witness the temple dedicated to the goddess Isis. Like the temples of Abu Simbel and other sites across Egypt, the Philae temple complex had to be relocated from its original location to protect it from the Nile’s rising waters.
After a day filled with exploration, return to the motor ship and enjoy a restful overnight stay onboard in Aswan.
After a delicious breakfast on board, you will disembark and at the established time, you will transfer to the Aswan airport to take a domestic flight to Cairo.
After arrival in Cairo, our team will be waiting to transfer you to your hotel in the city.
At the indicated time, one of our vehicles will take you to the Cairo International Airport to check in your luggage and, if necessary, process any tax refund on tax-free products that you have purchased.
From Greca, we hope to see you again to enjoy some wonderful moments that will remain forever in your memory.
Have a good trip! Or, as you will say yourself, “Rihlat Jayida!”