GoAhead Tours Egypt
March 5 16, 2009
Day 1 - Giza & the Pyramids
Board your overnight flight to Egypt.
Day 2 - Giza & the Pyramids
Touch down in Cairo. A Go Ahead representative meets you at the airport and accompanies you on the transfer to Giza. Enjoy an included welcome dinner.
Day 3 - Giza & the Pyramids
Your tour director, a professional Egyptologist, is an expert in the history and anthropology of the regions youll visit. Today, your tour director leads a fascinating tour of ancient Egypt. Of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Pyramids of Giza is the only one to have survived to the modern era, and your tour introduces you to the three pyramids here: the stunning Great Pyramid of Cheops, pyramid of Khafre and pyramid of Menkaure. Then visit the enigmatic Sphinx, made up of a lions body, human face and royal beard. Continue to Saqqara, site of the Step Pyramid of Zoser, and Memphis, the ancient capital of Egypt that predated Cairo by more than 3,500 years.
Day 4 - Giza & the Pyramids
Enjoy a free day in Giza or join an optional excursion to mysterious Alexandria (weather permitting), ancient site of the lost library and capital of Alexander the Great's Egypt. Visit Egypt's second-largest city where relics date back as far as the 2nd century. Visit the new Alexandria library, the Roman Amphitheater plus other Egyptian treasures.
Day 5 - Nile River Cruise
Fly to Luxor for the start of your Nile cruise. Spend the day touring the Nile's West Bank. Your tour director/Egyptologist leads you to the secluded Valley of the Kings, a series of tombs hidden in the Theban Hills. This "Place of Truth," as the ancient Egyptians called it, is the location of the tombs of Pharaohs Tutankhamun and Ramses. You'll enter a few of the tombs for a tour. Then visit and tour the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, devoted to one of the few female pharaohs. Also, view the 64-foot-high Colossi of Memnon and tour the Valley of Nobles, whose temples depict amazing scenes of daily Egyptian life.
Day 6 - Nile River Cruise
This morning, visit theTemples of Karnak and Luxor, built on ancient Thebes and long considered two of the worlds richest archaeological treasures. Then relax onboard as you sail towards Edfu.
Day 7 - Nile River Cruise
Dock in Edfu and begin the day with a visit to the Temple of Horus, the second-largest temple in Egypt and one of the best-preserved. Next, voyage to the Temple of Kom Ombo. On your guided tour, look at the amazing Roman reliefs of medical instruments, proof that Egyptian medicine was already a sophisticated science nearly 2,000 years ago.
Day 8 - Nile River Cruise
Tour the Aswan Dam, one of the greatest engineering projects of the 20th century. Also view the Temple of Isis at Philae and the Unfinished Obelisk, once destined to be the largest structure of worked stone in the world.
Day 9 - Aswan
Your cruise ends this morning. After disembarkation, take a felucca (traditional Egyptian sailboat) ride past Elephantine Island, which takes its name from the granite rocks resembling elephants bathing in the river. Also view the mausoleum of Agha Khan.
Day 10 - Cairo
Opt for a half-day excursion to Abu Simbel and the magnificent Temple of Ramses II. In Abu Simbel, visit the Temples of Ramses II and his wife Nefertari, which were relocated block by block to make way for the construction of the Aswan High Dam.
Day 11 - Cairo
Today, your tour director/Egyptologist leads a comprehensive sightseeing tour of historic and modern Cairo. The citys spectacular mosques, of which there are more than 500, display some of the finest examples of Islamic architecture in the world. Visit the Citadel and Mohammed Ali (Alabaster) Mosque. Also visit the Egyptian Antiquities Museum, housing the famous masks of Tutankhamun. You might also choose to join an optional lunch in Cairo.
Day 12 - Cairo
Transfer to the airport for an early morning departure, or journey to Sinai for our beach resort extension.