Amongst the comfortable hotels of Egypt, there is seldom much character - most have been built within the last few decades by international chains, and so have little local flavor. However, there are few noticeable exceptions. The Mena House is a grand former hunting lodge and has a superb location beneath the pyramids, and the Old Cataract is in a similar vein, built by a former ruler in wonderful Moorish style right next to the prettiest section of the Nile in Aswan. Sofitel Old Winter Palace, in Luxor, the Victorian – Style hotel was built in 1886. It is located on the banks of the Nile in the heart of a tropical garden close to the temple of Luxor. Sailing the Nile in privacy onboard a Feddya sailing boat was the missing part to complete the unique experience which came true by building Movenpick Feddya.
This Palatial hotel overlooks the Great Pyramids of Giza. The Mena House used to be a Royal Lodge for Khedive Ismail and was used as a rest house for himself and his accompanying guests when they used to hunt or go visit the Pyramids. It was sold to the Heads -an English couple- who then sold it a couple of years after to another English couple “The Locke-Kings” who in turn enlarged it and wanted to turn it into a luxurious hotel. They called it Mena Hotel. And in 1887 the hotel received its first guests.
Sofitel Old Cataract Aswan:
This 19th century Victorian palace will revive your soul. Dating back to 1899, Old Cataract's very name was inspired by the marriage of the river and the granite wall that forms the first cataract of the Nile. Live the Legend at Sofitel Old Cataract Aswan a luxury 5-star hotel in a 19th-century Victorian palace on the banks of the river Nile. Rising grandly from a pink granite shelf at the edge of the Nubian Desert with views of Elephantine Island this stylish property blends Pharaonic treasures with French art de reservoir. Discover sophisticated interiors by Sybille de Margerie in the historic Palace a world of Moorish arches ruby red chandeliers plush Persian carpets soft armchairs and hand-carved furnishings.
Sofitel Old Winter Luxor:
This opulent Luxor hotel blends rich colonial design with the glory of Pharaonic times. In this 19th-century palace once a winter retreat for the Egyptian royal family Agatha Christie wrote her famed 1937 novel Death on the Nile. Illustrious dignitaries - from presidents and politicians to artists and celebrities - have stayed in these Luxor hotels sumptuous suites overlooking the Valley of the Kings. Archaeologist Howard Carter, discoverer of Tutankhamen's tomb, wandered the gardens of this sumptuous hotel in Luxor almost a century ago.
The Mövenpick SB Feddya is a boutique sailboat sailing the river Nile between Luxor and Aswan, offering fantastic shore excursions to explore the ancient Egyptian wonders. With only four suites onboard the Feddya, it is the closest experience to having your own private yacht - an exclusive and new concept for cruising the river Nile. This has been the traditional way of travel since the Pharaohs and now those days have been revived with modern comfort, five-star service and luxurious accommodation.
Arrive in Cairo where you are met and greeted by TPT coordinator and transferred to your historic hotel with fantastic views of the pyramids. Overnight at the Mena House Hotel.
Buffet breakfast at the hotel then start a full day guided tour to visit one of the Seven Wonders The great Pyramids of Giza; (Cheops, Chephren and Mycerinus) were reckoned by the Greeks to be one of the Seven Wonders of the World. A single pyramid is built with 2.300.000 blocks, each weighing an average of two and a half tones. In the face of such immensity, one cannot help but feel the wonder and awe that so many writers and artists have sought to convey over the centuries. The Cheops Pyramid is more interesting, because its interior burial chambers are open for inspection by the public. Not far from the Pyramids is the Great Sphinx of Giza, which dates from the time of Chephren (2620 BC). Hewn from natural yellowish limestone and standing 65 feet-high and 187 feet-long, this unforgettable statue combines the head of a Pharaoh with a lion's body. A quick visit to papyrus institute or a perfume shop can be arranged after the visit.
Lunch can be served in an oriental restaurant & then drive to the Egyptian Museum for another unforgettable tour.
Egyptian Museum; was established by the Egyptian
government in 1835. The present museum building was built in 1900, in the new classical style by the French architect Marcel Dourgnon. The museum exhibited collections now exceed 120,000 objects ranges from pre-historic era to the Greco Roman period. The upper floor houses small statues, jewels, Tutankhamen treasures and the mummies. A hall for the Royal Mummies was opened at the museum, housing eleven kings and queens.
Short drive to Khan El Khalili bazaars; which is one of the most famous worldwide with its amazing narrow alleyways. The visitor can discover small restaurants and workaday cafes (Few years ago, Naguib Mahfouz used to come and sit beneath the huge, ageing and discolored mirrors of the café).
Evening at leisure at your hotel or enjoy an optional tour to the spectacular sound & light show by the Pyramids
Overnight in Cairo
Breakfast in the hotel, check out
Escorted transfer to Cairo Domestic airport for your flight to Luxor
Meet & assist at Luxor airport and transfer to the Sofitel Old Winter hotel in Luxor
Check in & free time to enjoy the lush garden and the amenities of the hotel.
Overnight in Luxor
Early guided tour to visit the Valley of the Kings, Hatshepsut temple at El Dier El Bahary and colossi of Memnon at the west bank
Valley of Kings: was a magnificent burial ground for the pharaohs - the Valley of the Kings. This was the kingdom of Osiris, god of the underworld. From their grand tombs filled with treasures and decorated with magnificent art, the Egyptian pharaohs believed they would embark on a journey in which they would meet the gods in the afterlife and achieve immortality.
visit, the Hatshepsut Temple: is one of the most dramatically situated in the world. The queen's architect, Senenmut, designed it and set it at the head of a valley, throughout the temple, statues and sphinxes of the queen proliferated. Many of them have been reconstructed, with patience and ingenuity, from the thousands of smashed fragments found by the excavators; some are now in the Cairo Museum, and others the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
Colossi of Memnon: You will pass by the two massive stone statues of Pharaoh Amenhotep III. For 3,400 years, they have sat in the Theban necropolis, across the River Nile from the city of Luxor
Back to the hotel for refreshment & check out and then guided tour to visit the Karnak & Luxor temples on the East bank starts
Karnak temple: to the east bank of Luxor the greatest example of worship in history and was dedicated to the God Amon, his wife Mut and their son Khonsu. It was constructed from the beginning of the Middle Kingdom to the Greco Roman Kingdom
Luxor temple: in the East bank during the sunset it is a great temple complex in modern Luxor dedicated to Amun, a creator god often fused with the sun-god Ra into Amun-Ra, construction work on the temple began during the reign of Ame nhotep III in the 14th century BC. Horemheb and Tutankhamun added columns, statues, and friezes, and Akhenaten had earlier obliterated his father's cartouches and installed a shrine to the Aten, However, the only major expansion effort took place under Ramses II some 100 years after the first stones were put in place.
Transfer to the jetty to board the Movenpick Feddya for a unique experience. Overnight in Luxor
06:00 About 7 hours sailing to reach Esna and enjoy the experience of going through the barrage.
14:00 Continue sailing up the river for 4 hours to El Hegz Island where we will dock for the night.
06:00 Sail from the west bank to the east bank where the monuments of El Kab is.
07:00 Visit the temples of Thoth and Nekhbet at El Kab.
10:00 about 3 hours sailing will take us to Edfu whereby we will visit horus temple.
12:00 Lunch on board.
13:00 Arrive Edfu & visit Edfu Temple.
15:00 Return to the boat then sail to Ramadi Village.
19:00 Arrive Ramadi Village & Overnight.
Temple of Horus at Edfu the town is known for the major Ptolemaic temple, built between 237 BCE and 57 BCE, into the reign of Cleopatra VII. Of all the temple remains in Egypt, the Temple of Horus at Edfu is the most completely preserved. Built from sandstone blocks, the huge Ptolemaic temple was constructed over the site of a smaller New Kingdom temple, oriented east to west, facing towards the river. The later structure faces north to south and
leaves the ruined remains of the older temple pylon to be seen on the east side of the first court.
06:00 Early sailing for 2 hours to Gabal El Selsela.
08:00 Arrive Gabal El Selsela & Visit.
10:00 Sail for 3 hours to Kom Ombo.
13:30 Arrive Kom Ombo & Visit Kom Ombo Temple.
15:30 Return to the boat for Lunch Then Sail to ElShakh Fadl island.
18:00 Arrive El Shakh Fadl island & Overnight.
Kom Ombo Temple; has two temples consisting of a Temple to Sobek and a Temple of Haroeris. In ancient times, sacred crocodiles basked in the sun on the river bank near here, the Temple has scant remains, due first to the changing Nile, then the Copts who once used it as a church, and finally by builders who used the stones for new buildings, everything is duplicated along the main axis. There are two entrances, two courts, two colonnades, two hypostyle halls and two sanctuaries. There were probably even two sets of priests. The left, or northern side is dedicated to Haroeris (sometimes called
Harer, Horus the Elder) who was the falcon headed sky god and the right to Sobek (the crocodile headed god).
06:00 Sail to Aswan (04 hours sailing).
10:00 Arrive Aswan and check out
12:00 Lunch on board and then start Aswan sightseeing to visit the High Dam, the unfinished obelisk and Philae temple. The High dam an engineering miracle built in 1960 protecting Egypt from annual floods from the Nile Proceed to visit the majestic Philae Temple because of the location of the Temple on an island, we take a boat to get to the site, since early century, the site of Philae was flooded for six months each year, an incredible restoration program was undertaken in the 1960s, and the Temple was moved stone by stone to a higher elevation.
The unfinished Obelisk: is the largest known ancient obelisk and is in the northern region of the stone quarries of ancient Egypt in Aswan, Egypt. It was ordered by Hatshepsut (1508–1458 BC), possibly to complement the Lateran Obelisk (which was originally at Karnak, and was later brought to the Lateran Palace in Rome). It is nearly one third larger than any ancient Egyptian obelisk ever erected. If finished it would have measured around 42 m (approximately 137 feet) and would have weighed nearly 1,200 tons
Check in the Sofitel Old Cataract hotel.
Rest of the day at leisure to enjoy the hotel amenities
Overnight in Aswan
Morning transfer to Aswan airport for a 35-minute flight to Abu simble for unforgettable tour. upon arrival to Abu simble you will be transferred by Egypt air buses to the great temples of Ramses II & his beloved Nefertari whereby the guides will be waiting to show you around in groups. Transfer back to the airport by Egypt air buses to board the flight back to Aswan.
Transfer to the Sofitel Old Cataract.
Rest of the day at leisure to enjoy the hotel amenities.
Overnight in Aswan
Early flight to Cairo to connect with onward international flight.
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