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Amazing 12-day Mysteries of Egypt holiday from UK. Embark on a captivating 12-day journey from the UK to Egypt, unravelling the mysteries of this ancient land. This extraordinary tour combines the vibrant city of Cairo, a serene Lake Nasser Cruise, a charming Dahabiya Nile Cruise, and the breathtaking Red Sea coastline.
Begin your 12-day Egypt holiday from the UK in Cairo. Explore the Great Pyramids of Giza, Saqqara, and the Egyptian Museum. Fly from Cairo to Abu Simbel to begin your 3-night Lake Nasser cruise from Abu Simbel to Aswan. Discover the magnificent sites along Lake Nasser.
Disembark from your Lake Nasser cruise to embark on your small boat, Dahabiya Nile cruise. Sail the Nile like a true pharaoh from Aswan to Luxor. Explore the great sites along the Nile valley from Aswan to Luxor. Explore Philae Temple, Edfu Temple, Karnak Temple, and the Valley of the Kings.
Travel from Luxor to Hurghada or Marsa Alam to enjoy some relaxation on the beautiful beaches of the Red Sea. Fly home from Hurghada or Marsa Alam.
Join us as we delve into the heart of Egypt’s cultural heritage and experience the perfect blend of exploration, relaxation, and discovery.
Arrival at Cairo International Airport. Meet and assist by our representative of “Egypt Best Vacations” who will help you through the arrival and visa regulations. Transfer to your hotel for free time and the beginning of your 12-day Egypt holiday from UK.
Your actual 12-day Egypt holiday from the UK (Mysteries of Egypt Holiday) begins when our professional tour guide picks you up from your hotel to commence your tour to the Great Pyramids of Giza, the Sphinx and Saqqara.
Today, you will explore the Giza Plateau. Today’s tour includes the Great Pyramids of Khufu, Khafre, and Menkaure with the great Sphinx. The only ancient wonder which still exists (Khufu’s pyramid) awaits you. Are you ready to explore it from the inside?
Today you will learn about the history of the pyramids, how they were built, and why they were built. Then on to the first pyramid in history of mankind, the Step Pyramid of King Djoser at Saqqara. Saqqara is one of the most important and richest necropolises in Egypt. It was the cemetery of Memphis, the 1st capital city of United Egypt in 3200 BCE.
Transfer back to your hotel.
Explore the fantastic contents of the historical Egyptian Museum at Tahrir Square in Cairo. Hundreds of objects from all periods of the Egyptian past are displayed on the two floors of the museum.
From the museum to the Citadel of the Sunni Muslim leader Saladin, which was built in 1172 to protect Cairo against the Crusaders. The White Mosque of Mohammed Ali Pasha is a prominent feature of the Citadel.
You will finish your tour today at the historical bazaar of Khan El-Khalili, the largest bazaar in the Middle East. Transfer back to your hotel.
You’re going to spend the next three nights of your 12-day Egypt holiday from UK onboard a lovely Lake Nasser cruise. So, you will take a transfer from your hotel to Cairo Cairo to fly to Abu Simbel to begin your 3-night Lake Nasser cruise from Abu Simbel to Aswan. Arrival at Abu Simbel Airport. Meet and assist by our tour guide. Transfer to your cruise ship. Enjoy unch onboard before visiting the phenomenal Temples of Abu Simbel.
The temples of Abu Simbel are considered among the most celebrated achievements of ancient Egypt. The two temples were cut in the cliffs about 310 Km south of Aswan. The Great Temple was built for Ramses II (1279-1213 BC), while the Small Temple was built for his beloved wife, Queen Nefertari. Because of the rising water of Aswan High Dam, the temples had to be saved and rescued in a magnificent world rescue operation of temples in Lower Nubia.
Your cruise ship will set sail from Abu Simbel to Qasr Ebrim, which you will view from the top deck. The only Nubian monument visible on its original site, Qasr Ebrim once sat on top of a 70m-high cliff, about 60km north of Abu Simbel, but now has water lapping at its edges.
Then set sail to Amada to overnight there.
Today at Amada, you will visit the Temple of Amada. Amada Temple was built during the 18th Dynasty (c. 1550–1295 BC) in the New Kingdom, the temple of Amada is one of the oldest of the ancient Egyptian monuments lying along the shores of Lake Nasser. The reliefs and inscriptions of the temple are very well preserved because they were covered with a layer of plaster when it was converted into a church.
You will also visit the Tomb of the Viceroy of Nubia, Pennut. Then, your Lake Nasser cruise ship will set sail to Wadi Es-Seboua. Here you are visiting the Temple of Wadi Es-Seboua, the Temple of Dakka, and the Temple of Maharaqa. Then set sail to Aswan for overnight.
Disembarkation. Visit the New Kalabsha area which includes the Temple of Kalabsha, the Temple of Beit El-Wali, and the Kiosk of Kertassi. This Temple of Kalabsha is the largest free-standing temple in Lower Nubia. It was built during the reign of Augustus (30 BC–14 AD), the first Roman emperor. Primarily dedicated to the Nubian god Mandulis, the gods Isis and her husband Osiris were worshipped here too.
Transfer to your Dahabiya Nile cruise to begin your 3-night Dahabiya Nile cruise to Luxor. After lunch, visit the beautiful Temple of Philae. This temple was built during the Greco-Roman era and dedicated to Isis, goddess of Love and Magic in ancient Egypt.
Back to your Dahabiya Nile cruise to set sail to Kom Ombo. Enjoy fabulous three nights of your 12-day Egypt holiday from UK onboard a luxury small boat.
Visit the twin Temple of Horus and Sobek together with the Crocodile Museum at Kom Ombo. Kom Ombo Temple was built during the Greco-Roman period. It was built over the ruined temple of the New Kingdom. The temple began during the time of Ptolemy V and was completed by the time of Emperor Tiberius. The emperors Domitian, Caracalla, and others added to the temple. So it took about 400 years to finish.
Enjoy a short visit to the Crocodile Museum begore you go back to your Dahabiya Nile River cruise to set sail to Edfu to overnight there.
Take a horse and carriage to visit the Temple of Horus in Edfu. The Temple of Horus in Edfu is the most intact temple in Egypt and one of the most beautiful temples built during the Greco-Roman period. The temple is very intact, none of its elements are missing but the Sacred Lake and two obelisks. The Temple of Edfu is fully inscribed with reliefs and hieroglyphs on its exterior and interior walls.
Take your carriage back to your Dahabiya River Nile cruise to set sail to the lock of Esna. Go through the lock and continue sailing to Luxor. Overnight in Luxor
Disembarkation. Visit the magnificent tombs of the Valley of the Kings, where the pharaohs of the New Kingdom period were buried. Then proceed to the unique Hatshepsut Temple, who ruled Egypt for about 20 years as a sole pharaoh. Continue to the Colossi of Memnon of Amenhotep III.
Transfer to Hurghada or Marsa Alam for some relaxation on the crystal beaches of the Red Sea. Explore the stunning underwater world by your own. You will enjoy two full days of your 12-day Egypt holiday from UK of relaxation in Hurghada before flying back to Cairo.
Optional tour: Sunrise Hot Air Ballooning over Luxor
Enjoy your free day. Tours such as diving, safari, snorkeling, glass boat, and submarine rides are available upon request.
You will end your 12-day Egypt holiday from UK with a transfer to Hurghada/Marsa Alam Airport for your final departure. It is really sad to leave so ask our guides about your next adventure in Egypt.