Egypt at Glance
2 day deluxe overland package that covers the highlights of Cairo & Luxor like; Pyramids of Giza, Sphinx, Egyptian museum, King Tutankhamoun treasures, mummies room, Sound & light show by the Pyramids, Valley of the Kings, Hatshepsut, Karnak and Luxor temples. Day 1: After boarding the deluxe coach & drive out of El Ein El Sokhna Port, you will drive approximately 100 minutes along - the only BOT - road to Cairo, the capital of Egypt. Upon arrival in this vast city, you will drive straight to the famous Egyptian museum of Antiquities, LOCATED IN THE WELL KNOWN TAHRIR SQUARE, with its well-trimmed garden outside and a facade designed in Classical style by a French architect. Once you enter the museum, you will wander through time, starting from the Archaic Pre-Dynastic Period and into the Old, Middle and New Kingdoms. It houses the world's most important collection of Egyptian antiquities from 2700 BC to the 6th century AD. There are thousands of statues, jewels and artifacts from nearly every period of ancient Egypt. Admire the amazing treasures of the boy-king, Tutankhamon, including his funeral mask made out of solid gold, still perfectly preserved. There are 12 rooms filled with treasures from King Tut's tomb, which was discovered in 1922, virtually untouched. You will also visit the Royal mummies' room at the Museum. After visiting the museum you will experience Cairo traffic driving from the city center to the Pyramids area whereby lunch will be served in a restaurant at the Mena House Oberoi Hotel at the footsteps of the Pyramids Plateau. After lunch, a guided visit to the great pyramids of Giza. The largest of these, Cheops, is the only one remaining of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Stand beside these incredible Egyptian monuments and marvel at their size. View the amazing Sphinx, part lion and part man. Carved from a natural rock, the Sphinx is 190 feet long and 66 feet tall at its highest point. Its face, which is 16 feet above the ground, faces the rising sun to the east, symbolizing the return of life each day. A quick stop is made at a souvenir shop in the Pyramids area then we will drive back to the hotel. Check in & refreshments will be offered before meeting your guide at the lobby to go back to the Sphinx venue for another experience by setting in the venue facing the Sphinx for about one hour watching the amazing Sound & Light show. Drive back to the hotel for a short night sleep Day 2: Based on 08h25 flight if available Early Wakeup call (about 05h30) transfer to the airport after breakfast to fly to Luxor. Upon arrival to Luxor the guide will accompany you straight to the west bank in Luxor for an unforgettable visit of the Valley of the Kings, or Wadi el-Muluk in Arabic, is a valley in Egypt where tombs were built for the Pharaohs and powerful nobles of the New Kingdom, the Eighteenth through Twentieth Dynasties of Ancient Egypt. The Valley of the Kings also had tombs for the favorite nobles and the wives and children of both the nobles and pharaohs. Around the time of Ramesses I (ca. 1300 BC) the Valley of the Queens was begun, although some wives were still buried with their husbands. Then drive to Hatshepsut temple at El Dier El Bahary to visit. Hatshepsut was the daughter of Thutmosis I, the wife (probable half-sister) and Queen of Thutmosis II and step-mother and co-regent of Thutmosis III. She was Pharaoh, and was pictured as such in her mortuary temple and other monuments. She ruled for twenty-two year. When she died, Thutmosis III supervised her burial in the Valley of the Kings. In the years after her reign, her successors defaced the temple and monuments, selectively removing her name or replacing it with their own. It is not known if Thutmosis III ordered the actual defacement out of anger at her assumption of power. There is some archeological evidence that the defacement took place 20 years after her death, a long time to hold a grudge. Thutmosis III ruled for thirty-three years in his own right. On the way back to the River Nile bank you will stop by the Colossi of Memnon to visit the two huge figures of Amenhotep III were set up in front of his Mortuary temple which most probably was destroyed for unknown reasons. These 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 21 M in height. The Greeks named them after the Trojan hero Memnon who was killed by Achilles. Experience a short Nile Journey on a special motor boat from the West Bank to the East Bank whereby you will dock by the Sonesta St. George hotel for lunch. After lunch you will start again, your adventure to visit the most famous temple of Karnak & passing by Luxor temple which is very open to be seen from the street. The guide will stop by and give some information about the history & the highlight of the temple. The immense Karnak Temple was started in the 11th Dynasty and expanded through to the 25th Dynasty " a span of 1,300 years. Amazingly, the temple lay buried in the sand for more than 1,000 years before it was excavated in the mid-19th century. Restoration is still being carried out on the site today. Luxor Temple was started to be constructed around 1400 BCE by Pharaoh Amenophis 3, who also depicted on the two colossi of Memnon. Ramses 2 added large parts to the temple more than 100 years later. The fact that the Temple of Luxor only has two major construction periods has contributed to a more coherent style and layout than what was the case with the temple of Amun at Karnak. The Temple of Luxor was dedicated to the Theban Triad, the three gods Amun-Min, Mut and Khonsu (the two latter had their respective temples at Karnak). Mut was Amun-Min's wife, and Khonsu their son. The temples at Karnak and the Temple of Luxor were connected by an impressive avenue flanked with grand sphinxes on both sides. Drive from Luxor to Safaga to embark again on the Sea Dream.
Notes: Dress comfortably and have good walking shoes. Hats and a Scarf to cover your head is recommended. A shopping stop in Cairo for Papyrus & Jewelry Guests will need to travel with a government issued ID. Another stop can be in Luxor if the flight is earlier. A minimum participation is required to operate all Yachting Land Adventures and some have limited capacity. All adventures and prices in the SeaDream Yachting Land Adventures program are subject to change. Not all of the land adventures shown will be offered on all voyages and departure times are subject to change. Final pricing and departures times will be published onboard.
Port: Suez Canal
Duration: Two Day Overland
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