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Egypt 2010

     

. Day 1 - October 19, 2010 - Tuesday:  New York - Atlantic Ocean - Cairo (D)  We leave New York from JFK Airport on Delta Airlines Flight 84 at 9:55 p.m. for Cairo in our comfortable Boeing 767 where we arrive the next day at 3:15 p.m in Egypt. For connecting flights into JFK we have low Delta fares from throughout the United States. Join Delta's SkyMiles for their flight awards program click4info to join

    . . Day 2 - October 20, 2010  - Wednesday:  Cairo (B,L)  We arrive in Cairo click4video at 3:15 p.m.. Upon arrival, we will be met by our private tour representative and transferred to The Grand Hyat Hotel (above left click4info from Hyatt) which is a 5-star property located on an island in the Nile in the center of Cairo. All 700 rooms have breath taking views (above right) and a private balcony overlooking the river, mini-bar refrigerator, high speed internet, and in room safe. Hotel facilities and . services include a penthouse poo (above center)l, health club and spa, revolving restaurant, Nile terrace restaurant, and restaurants serving Japanese, fish, Indian, Italian, and Middle Eastern foods.

. Day 3 - October 21, 2010  - Thursday:  Cairo (B,L)  Our private Egyptologist and tour guide and driver will pick you up at 8:30 a.m.to start our tour. Drive to Giza and visit the Pyramids. See the Great Pyramid , a royal burial chamber click4video walk inside, the Valley Temple, and the Sphinx. Then we visit the Solar Boat, one of the most amazing Pharaonic discoveries. Continue to Memphis, capital of the Pharaohs during the Old Kingdom. Visit the recumbent statue of Ramesses II click4video good history and the 80-ton Alabaster Sphinx. Lunch en route. Continue to Sakara to see the prototype of the Pyramids, the Step Pyramid, built for the 3rd Dynasty Pharaoh Djoser by the exalted architect Imhotep. Continuing south, visit the Pyramid of Dahshour. King Senefru, father of King Cheops, built this Pyramid, also known as the Red Pyramid click.4.video "home video", approximately 4,600 years ago. Many scholars consider it to be more glorious than the Great Pyramid of Cheops click4video excellent how built. Return to Cairo and your hotel for overnight.tour.

   . . Day 4 - October 22, 2010  - Friday: Cairo (B,L)  Drive the Desert Road to Alexandria. The City of Alexandria click4slides of city is second largest city in Egypt was built by Alexander the Great on the site of an old fishing village, which had a small harbor, sheltered by the island of Pharos. Upon arrival in Alexandria (above left), visit the Catacomb Kom El Shoafa click4slides and music, a remarkable example of the Alexandrian blend of Graeco-Roman and Egyptian styles carved into 100ft of solid rock. Lunch en route. Continue to Montazah gardens, grounds of the Montazah palace click4video relaxing. Originally built in 1892, the current palace dates from 1926 and was the summer home of the Egyptian Royal family. (View the palace from the outside only.) Continue to newly opened Library of Alexandria (above right click4video by Carl Sagan). Apart from the main library, the complex will include a library for the blind, a young people's library, the Alexandria Conference Center, a science museum, a planetarium, a Restoration and Conservation Laboratory, and the Hall of Fame. Return to Cairo for overnight.

     . Day 5 - October 23, 2010  - Saturday: Cairo (B,L)   Drive to the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities (above left click4video intro ) for a detailed, guided tour. Among other fascinating exhibits, see the treasures of the Tomb of Tutankhamen click4video by National Geographic and the extraordinary Mummies Room. Over ten mummies, including that of Ramesses II, are displayed in freestanding glass cases in this climate-controlled room. Walk around the mummies and examine them from all angles, gaze into their incredibly well preserved 3000-year-old faces. Leave the museum and enter Old Cairo and walk back in time. Visit the Old Coptic Church and the Ben Ezra Synagogue. Lunch en route. Continue to the Salahdin Citadel, Mohamad Ali Mosque click4video travel film and streets of Khan el Khalili Bazaar click4video walking tour. Return to your hotel for overnight.

  

. Day 6 - October 24, 2009 - Sunday:  Luxor (B) We will be transferred to Cairo airport for our Egypt Air flight No. 353 to Luxor, leave at 11:35 a.m.arrive 12:45 p.m.. Upon arrival in Luxor click4slides lively music, we will be met by our tour representative and start our private tour to the east bank. Start with a visit to Karnak Temple (above left click4slides good history), called by some "the Temple of Temples." It is the largest place of worship ever built. Its ancient name Ipet-isut means "the most sacred of places." The temple, or, more correctly, the complex of temples, was built over more than two thousand years by generation after generation of pharaohs. Within the complex, the great "Hypostyle Hall" (above left click4video "home video") is an incredible forest of giant pillars covering an area larger than the whole of Notre Dame Cathedral. Then visit the graceful Temple of Luxor (above center click4video good views) built by Amenhotep III and Ramesses II for ritual and festivals and dedicated to the god Amun. End at our hotel in Luxor for overnight. Our hotel, the Sonesta St. George, hotel website (above right click4slides), is a beautiful 5-star property located on the east bank of the Nile. All guest rooms are equipped with air-conditioning, mini-bar, satellite TV, safety deposit box, and direct-dial telephone. Facilities include 4 restaurants, heated swimming pool and spa and a night club.

       

. Day 7 - October 25, 2009 - Monday:  Nile Cruise - Luxor (B,L,D)  Cross to the West Bank of the Nile and visit the wondrous Valley of the Kings click4video by Dr. Hawass, a vast city of the dead where the magnificent tombs of 62 pharaohs have been discovered. The tombs were carved deep into the desert rock, richly decorated and filled with treasures for the afterlife of the pharaohs. Visit several of the tombs. Next, visit the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut click4slides the "Female King". This beautiful monument to the reign of the only female pharaoh rises out of the desert plain in a series of terraces and merges with the sheer limestone cliffs that surround it. On the way back to your Nile cruise, stop at the famed Colossi of Memnon (above right click4video "home video"), two 66ft, one thousand ton statues of Amenhotep III. These colossal statures were known by the ancient Greeks to emit haunting voices at dawn. Though damaged by nature and ancient tourists, the statues are still impressive.Return to Luxor and transferred to our Nile cruise, the Domina Prestige Emilio, to check in and lunch. Then enjoy some free time in Luxor. Lunch, dinner and overnight on board.

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