Egypt Express

Day 01: Board overnight flight to Cairo. Meals & movies on board flight.

Day 02: Guardian Travel representatives will greet us as soon as we walk inside Cairo airport. Assistance with baggage claim and customs. Our private air conditioned motor-coach will transfer us to hotel. Luggage will be transferred to rooms while Guardian Travel’s representatives handout room keys. Enjoy a welcome dinner at hotel. 
(Snack, Dinner)

Day 03: Today we encounter the world’s most ancient civilization and the only remaining monuments of the world's Seven Wonders. Drive to Saqqara, which is filled with tombs lying beneath the heaped mounds. As we enter the tombs, our guide will explain their significance and decipher the stories told in the beautiful hieroglyphics lining its walls. Visit the Step Pyramid, the first freestanding stone building in history and the first pyramid ever built.

Drive to the Giza Plateau and visit the Pyramids of Giza and their guardian the Sphinx. Explore the interior of various tombs and Kephren’s Pyramid. Enjoy a camel/horse back ride.
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 04: Check out of hotel after breakfast and transfer to Cairo airport for your Aswan flight. Guardian Travel representatives will greet you as soon as you walk inside Aswan airport, assistance with baggage claim.

Optional Abu Simbel excursion
Today we tour Aswan, the site of the cataracts. Here the Nile flows through granite rocks and the golden desert while palm trees and farm lands cover its banks.

Our first stop will be the amazing Phalie temple. It is considered to be the most beautiful temple in the Nile valley dedicated to Isis and Osiris. The temple became submerged in the Nile after building the first Aswan dam. With the help of UNESCO, Philae temple was completely moved to its new location.

Later we visit the Unfinished Obelisk which lies in its original location in a granite quarry. It was abandoned when some cracks appeared in the rock during its construction. Had this obelisk been completed, it would have been the largest obelisk ever cut. Check in Nile Cruise and enjoy lunch.

In the afternoon we will sail the Nile in a graceful Egyptian sailboat known as a “Felucca” and travel across the Nile while enjoying the breeze and some traditional songs along the way.                                       
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 05: This morning we sail north to Kom Ombo temple. It is the only temple in Egypt that is dedicated to two gods, Horus and Sobek. This temple was originally built for worshiping Horus, but after the increasing number of crocodiles on the island, the temple was demolished and reconstructed to worship Sobek (crocodile shaped god) for protection from the crocodiles. We continue sailing noth to Edfu temple, which is dedicated to the falcon god Horus. It is one of the most completely preserved temples. The divine marriage of Hathor and Horus is depicted on the walls of this temple where it was celebrated once a year. The walls of the mamisi (house of the divine birth) are decorated with scenes depicting the divine birth of Horus the child. In the evening, enjoy a Galabiyah (Egyptian gown) party as we continue sailing north to Luxor.
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 06: Today we cross the Nile to the west bank. Our first stop will be the Valley of the Kings where we visit colorful tombs that were carved out of rocky cliffs to safeguard the mummies and rich furnishings from grave-robbers.

Our next stop will be Queen Hatshipsut’s temple. Wanting to honor her father (god Amun), she asked her architect not to spare any effort in making this the best of its kind. Visit Memnon Colossi on the way back to the East bank.

After lunch, we will visit Karnack temple, which is a vast open-air museum. It is a group of temples surrounded by one enclosure wall that is dedicated to the god Amon-Ra. Approximately 30 pharaohs contributed to the buildings. In the evening we visit Luxor temple. It was completely buried in sand for many centuries which allowed it to be one of the most preserved temples. The temple has many beautifully decorated columns, a huge open court, a massive façade, a huge pylon, and two seated statues of Ramses II.
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 07: Today we check out of our Nile Cruise, but retain all the unforgettable memories, scenery, and beautiful temples.

Fly from to Cairo where we will spend our last day. Explore the Egyptian Museum, housing the world’s largest collection of Pharaonic relics. Marvel at the enormous sarcophagi, statues, jewelry, and the magnificent golden master pieces of King Tut.

This evening enjoy a home hosted authentic Egyptian farewell dinner. This is one of the many highlights of our tour and a wonderful way to end it.
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Day 08: Today we say our good-byes to Egypt, the country we dreamt of visiting since childhood. After enjoying breakfast, transfer to Cairo airport. Assistance with luggage and departure procedures.
(Breakfast)

Accommodations
   
Day Hotel
   
2, 3 Cairo Hotel
4, 5, 6 Nile Cruise
7 Cairo Hotel

Itinerary is subject to change for unforeseen circumstances