Always wanted to know everything about Egyptian antiquity? Can't get enough of the history of the pharaohs? Then this trip is for you!
Under the expert and enthusiastic guidance of a Dutch egyptologist you will be immersed in the pharaoh time, which seems to come back to life in her stories.
The journey begins in Luxor, which is called one large open-air museum. In the Pharaoh era the capital Thebes was situated here, with the Luxor temple and the Karnak temple on the eastern Nile River and on the west bank the famous death temples and tombs in the Valley of the Kings and Queens.
After a four-day stay in Luxor, where you will visit all historical sites, you will leave for the southernmost city of Egypt, Aswan. Because of the mainly Nubian population, Aswan is also called the gateway to Africa. We also visit three temples along the way.
In Aswan you spend the night in our authentic bed and breakfast on the edge of the desert and the Nubian villages. This special and natural environment definitely gives your Egypt holiday something extra, also because of the contact with the local population.
From this atmospheric location there are guided excursions to Elephantine Island, to the Nubian temples Isis and Kalabsha and to the world famous temple complex of Ramses in Abu Simbel.
If you wish, you can also take a camel ride in the desert, walk or cycle through the Nubian villages. In short, a varied journey in which you will learn a lot about the pharaoh time!
€ 425,- per person
Incl. overnights (b&b), domestic transport, guidance and the meals mentioned in the itinerary.
Excl. flights and entrance fees.
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Tour "Temples of the Gods and the Dead"
Guided by a Dutch Egyptologist
Day to day program:
Day 1: Arrival at Luxor airport; transfer to the 3 * hotel (b & b) in the center of Luxor, where you will stay up to day 3.
Day 2: After breakfast we cycle to Karnak, the largest temple complex in Egypt, dedicated to the god Amon, among others. In the evening you can also attend the spectacular sound & light show.
After Karnak we visit the temple of Luxor, in the center of the city. After this you can explore the city and have a meal there.
Day 3: We get on our bikes again and today we visit the Valley of the Kings, the colossi of Memnon and Deir el Bahri on the West Nile River. Here are the tombs of famous pharaohs from the New Kingdom, such as Tutankhamun, Amenhotep I, II and III, Thutmosis I, II, III and IV and Hatshepsut.
(Optional: visit to Tutankhamun's grave).
Day 4: We return to the West Bank, where we visit the Ramesseum, the working-class village of Deir el Medina and the temple of Ramses III in Medinet Habu (optional). This is the last sporting cycling day.
Day 5: After breakfast departure by minibus to Aswan. Along the way we visit the temples of Esna, Edfu and Kom Ombo. We spend the night on the west bank, in our atmospheric guesthouse Bet el Kerem. In the evening, welcome dinner in the rooftop restaurant.
Day 6: no program. If you wish, you can explore the area with a local guide, walking, cycling or on a camel, through the desert to the ancient monastery of St. Simeon and the Agha Khan Mausoleum.
Or in joint consultation, a trip (optional) to Gebel el-Silsila hub.
Day 7: Visit by boat to the island of Elephantine, so named because of the large boulders around the island that look like elephants. On the island you can visit a Nile meter, the ruins of the temple of Chnoem and the picturesque museum Animalia. After the visit to the island, lunch is provided on the boat and we continue sailing along the islands in the Nile.
Day 8/9: We will travel by minibus to Abu Simbel, where we will spend the night and visit the famous temple complex of Ramses. The next day we travel back to Aswan, and visit the Nubian temples in the area; Kalabsha temple on Lake Nasser and the temple of the goddess Isis on the island of Philae. And you can see the dam that created the Nassermeer, the largest reservoir in Africa. Overnight in guesthouse Bet el Kerem.
Day 10: Transfer to the airport, before the flight back home.