NEW YEAR’S SPECIAL – Enigmatic Egypt
Cairo – Aswan – Cruise – Luxor
7 Nights from INR 74499*
Booking Period: 3-9 Dec’10
Travel Period: Fly out on 26th Dec’10
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The Egyptian Museum: Your Egyptologist will escort you on a fascinating tour of 7,000 years. This famous museum houses the world’s largest collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts (more than 145,000 items on display) featuring the famous Tutankhamen collection with its beautiful gold death mask and sarcophagus and the royal Mummy room, which houses an additional eleven Pharaonic dignitaries.
Khan El-Khalili Bazaar: Proceed to the fascinating Khan El-Khalili Bazaar reputed to be the largest bazaar in the Middle East. Originally founded as a watering stop for Caravanserai in the 14th Century, the bazaar has now grown to vast proportions. As you wander through the labyrinth of narrow streets you will find workshops and stalls selling all kinds of things – from woodwork, glassware and leather goods to perfumes, fabrics and pharaonic curios. In the evening, transfer to the station for sleeper train from Cairo to Aswan.
Dinner & overnight on board the train.
Philae Temple: Philae is dedicated to Goddess Isis and is constructed on the beautiful island of Philae. Philae, the modern day name is Greek but the ancient Egyptians called the island P-aaleq, which amongst other definitions has the dual meaning of “end” and “creation”. Lunch on board Nile Cruise. Sail to Kom Ombo.
Kom Ombo temple: The temple of Kom Ombo is unique in one respect: it is dedicated to two gods, and the entire temple holds two perfectly symmetrical sections. The sanctuary to the left is dedicated to the falcon-headed sky god Harwer (also written Haroeris), or Horus the elder and his family.
Dinner and overnight stay on-board the cruise.
Dinner and overnight stay on-board cruise ship.
Valley of the Kings: The first king of the New Kingdom, Ahmose of the 18th Dynasty who built a pyramid-like structure at Abydos, which may or may not have been his original tomb. The Valley, known as Biban el-Muluk, “doorway or gateway of the kings,” or, the Wadyein, meaning “the two valleys,” is actually composed of two separate branches. The main eastern branch, called TA set aat, or “The Great Place,” is where most of the royal tombs are located, and in the larger, The Valley is hidden from sight, behind the cliffs, which form the backdrop to the temple complex of Deir el-Bahari.
Hatshepsut Temple: The mortuary temple of Queen Hatshepsut, the Queen’s architect, Senenmut, designed it and set it at the head of a valley overshadowed by the Peak of the Thebes, the “Lover of Silence,” where lived the Goddess who presided over the necropolis. His daughter became pharaoh, her father Tutmose I circulated the legend that the God Amon became father of Hatshepsut and therefore she is half God. She was married twice but unfortunately her second husband and stepbrother Tutmose III hated her so much that he had all pictures and inscriptions of her destroyed after she died.
Colossi of Memnon: These two, gigantic figures of Amenhotep III were originally situated in front of his Mortuary temple which was destroyed for unknown reasons! The two colossi are made of sandstone, which during ancient times was brought from Gabal El Silselah. Each colossus, including the pedestal and the crown, is about 21m tall and represents King Amenhotep III seating on his throne, wearing the Nimes, or royal headdress, with the divine cobra protecting his forehead. Lunch on board Nile Cruise.
In the evening usher the NEW YEAR in style onboard the cruise. Overnight stay on-board the cruise.
Karnak temple: This great Temple of Amon Ra was known during the Middle Kingdom period as Ipt-Swt, which means the Selected Spot. It was also called Pr-Imn, which means the House of Amon. The entrance you will find a ram-headed avenue of Sphinxes, which was built to protect the Temple. There are 20 rams on each side, as you cross this pylon, it takes you into an open court, whose dimensions are 100m long by 80m wide, built during the 22nd Dynasty, and containing rows of bud papyrus columns.
Luxor temple: The Temple of Luxor is among the most beautiful Temples in Egypt. It was known in the New Kingdom period as Ipt-Rsyt, which means the southern shrine. This was to differentiate between this Temple and Karnak Temple, which was the northern house of Amon Ra. Amenhotep III built the Luxor Temple. The Temple is close and parallel to the river Nile from north to south, it was constructed on the site of a small Temple of Amon, built by kings of the 12th dynasty. After sightseeing transfer to the railway station for overnight train to Cairo.
Dinner and overnight stay on- board the train.
* INCLUDES Return airfare, 2 nights accommodation in Cairo at Hotel Ramses Hilton (5*) or similar, 2 dinners in Indian restaurants in Cairo, 3 nights on board Nile Cruise (M/s Mojito – 5* Dlx) on full board basis including all sightseeing tours as indicated above, 1 night sleeper train Cairo-Aswan on half board basis, 1 night sleeper train Luxor-Cairo on half board basis, Full day tour Cairo visit: Pyramids, Sphinx, Egyptian Museum & Khan El Khalili, accommodation at Tiba Pyramids (4*) to freshen up for 4 hours, Extra breakfast on 2nd Jan’11 at the hotel, Local English speaking guide, All transfers (Cairo, Aswan and Luxor) by A/C vehicle, Single entry Egypt visa charges, and Airport taxes
Anything else not specifically mentioned in inclusions above is not included in the package
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