CAIRO/ASWAN/ LUXOR (EGYPT THE LAND OF THE PHARAOHS)
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BREEZE SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL STUDENT ITINERARY FOR 13TH- 19TH DECEMBER 2009 “Ahlan WA Sahlan” is the traditional Egyptian words of “Welcome” and they are extended to you from Breeze Travel team, hoping that you will enjoy the few days you will spend with us in this land that boasts a history of 5000 rich, mysterious and fascinating years. Itinerary
Sunday 13th December 2009 Day 01: Depart EBB flying non-stop on Kenya Airways to Cairo. Arrive Cairo; be met by our staff who will assist us with clearing immigration and visa formalities. Transfer: Transfer by air-conditioned bus to your 4 star hotel-MAADI HOTEL. Check-in: Our BTS tour coordinator will assist us with check in at the hotel. Overnight: At the hotel. Cairo City
Orthodox Church Cita del of Salah el Din Mosque
Monday 14th December 2009
Day2: Breakfast: - Introduction to your Egyptologist: Your BTS Tour coordinator will introduce you to your Egyptologist Mr. Mohamed Ibrahim. -Transfer to the Egyptian Museum: Our Egyptologist will conduct a lecture in the museum gardens focusing on the art of Ancient Egyptian story telling through the use of hieroglyphs. Thereafter we shall enter the Egyptian Museum of antiquities, exhibiting over 120,000 objects in its 107 halls, it comprises the world’s greatest collection of Ancient Egyptian Artifacts. Marvel at the many rooms filled with golden treasures extracted from the words- famous tomb of King Tutankhamum, as well as the fascinating Mummies room housing eleven royal Kings and Queens of Ancient Egypt, including the Great Ramses II, Egypt’s longest ruling pharaoh. About Egyptian Mummies Mummies are one of the most characteristic aspects of ancient Egyptian culture. The preservation of the body was an essential part of the Egyptian funerary belief and practice. Mummification seems to have its origins in the late Predynastic period (over 3000 BC) when specific parts of the body were wrapped, such as the face and hands. It has been suggested that the process developed to reproduce the desiccating (drying) effects of the hot dry sand on a body buried within it. Noon: Lunch: Set-menu lunch at the “Khan El Khalili”restaurant in the heart of the historic Mena House Oberoi Hotel, originally built as a palace for the Empress Eugenie when she visited Egypt for the opening of the Suez Canal in 1869. Pyramids & Sphinx: After lunch, visit the 4,500 year old Pyramids built for Pharaohs Cheops, Chephren and Mycerinus on the Giza Plateau, the Great Pyramidlies the legendary Sphinix, whose human face is thought to represent that of Chephren, acting as the guadian of the Pharaoh’s enomous funerary monument. Continue to the Solar Boat Museum to view the 141-foot long re-assemble funerary boat of King Cheops. Founded in 1954, it has been hailed as the single most important archaeological find in Egypt since the Tomb of Tutankhamun. Visit: a visit to the Cita del of Salah el Din and the hanging church Return to our hotel for leisure. Overnight: At hotel in Cairo Maadi Hotel.
The mummies in the Museum MD of BTS & Students Dec 2006 The Pyramid & Sphinx
Tuesday 15th December 2009 Day 3: Wake-up call: please arrange with the telephone operator. Luggage: please prepare your luggage to be ready for collection. Breakfast: Early breakfast at the hotel Check-out: BTS tour coordinators will belief you en escort you to Cairo domestic train station in air-conditioned vehicle. Train: Board your train to Aswan. Arrival: Aswan train station be meet by BTS tour coordinator, who will transfer us to our 3- star deluxe Nile cruise boat. Check-in: arrival on our 3-star deluxe Nile Cruise boat, “the Nile Adventure”, moored in Abercrombie & Kent’s private dock in Aswan. On board, you will be welcomed by the boat manager who will offer you chilled fruit juice while assisting with your check-in. Entertainment: The Nile cruise Adventure will include: - An authentic folkloric performance by Nubian troupe. -A “Galabeya party” with an opportunity for each guest to dress up in traditional Egyptian costume and dance to Arabic music on the cruise. -Food & Beverage: menus are changed on a seasonal basis to enable the chef to use the freshest ingredients at all times. However the following is applicable to every cruise: -Most meals are served in the restaurant. However, at least one barbecue lunch (while sailing) will be served on the deck depending on weather. -Afternoon tea: include a range of herbal infusions, fresh coffee and a selection of freshly baked, homemade cakes, cookies and finger food. -Mineral water, tea and coffee included in every meal. -Beers and other alcoholic drinks available at an extra cost. The High Dam: This morning, our Egyptologist guide will take us to visit the Aswan High Dam, Egypt’s contemporary example of building on a monumental scale. Philae Temple: Take a short motorboat ride on the Nile to visit the romantic and majestic Philae temple on the island of Aglika. You may have a chance to see many tradition engagement parties. Unfinished Obelisk: Next we processed to the Granite Quarries, which supplied the ancient Egyptians with most of the stone used to build the pyramids and temples, and still hold a huge unfinished obelisk. Lunch: will be served on board. Afternoon Tea: when we return to our cruise, a relaxing afternoon tea/ juice will be served in the lounge. Beer and other alcoholic beverages at an additional cost. Captain’s Cocktail Party: To night we will be greeted by our Boat Manager, who will introduce us to the boat staff and review on-board facilities and your cruise program for the next few days. Complimentary Egyptian soft drinks will be served together with a selection of canapés. Dinner: Gourmet menu on Board Overnight: on board in Aswan
The Nile Cruise Boat
Lunchtime Entertainment on the cruise
Aswan High Dam
Wednesday 16th December 2009 Day 4 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet on board, while you cruise to Kom ombo Temple: Visit the Temple of Kom Ombo, dedicated to the crocodile-god Sobek. The temple stands at a bend in the Nile where in ancient times sacred crocodiles basked in the sun on the riverbanks. Lunch: return to the boat for lunch while we cruise to Edfu. Edfu Temple: This afternoon we will explore the largest and most completely preserved pharaonic - albeit Greek-built-temple in Egypt, the extraodinally Temple of Horus at Edfu. Afternoon tea: will be served while we cruise to Esna. Dinner: Tonight’s Dinner on board will be an “Egyptian Night” dress code for all guests is Egyptian “Galabeyas”. Dinner will be a lavish buffet of Egyptian specialties, followed by oriental music and dance. You can carry your favorite CDs. Overnight: On board in Esna.
Kom ombo Temple
Thursday 17th December 2009 Day 5 Early sailing to Luxor. Breakfast: breakfast buffet on board Morning: Valley of the Kings and Queens: Begin our day with a visit to the West Bank of luxor to explore the Valley of the Kings, a vast City of the Dead where magnificent tombs were carved into the desert rocks, decorated richly, and filled with treasures for the afterlife by generations of Pharaohs. We will visit also at least one tomb in the valley of the queens. Hatshepsut Temple: Rising out of the desert plain in a series of terraces, the temple of Queen Hatshepsut (Ancient Egypt’s only female Pharaoh) merges with the sheer limestone cliff that surrounds it as if nature herself had built this extraordinary monument. Photo stop Colossi of Menon: On the way back to the river Nile, the road passes by the famous colossi of Menon, known in ancient Greek times for singing in the morning. It was interpreted as the lament of the goddess Eos for her son Menon, who fell at the siege of troy. Lunch: On board
Luxor Temple: This afternoon our Egyptologist will guides us to a tour of the East Bank of Luxor, starting with the strikingly graceful Temple of Luxor dedicated to the god Amun. Karnak Temple: processed to the temple of Kanark, built over more than a thousand years by generations of Pharaohs. Afternoon Tea: return to our cruise for relaxing. Dinner: To night’s farewell dinner will be a formal gala dinner, with white-gloved waiters serving gourmet cuisine. Overnight: On board in Luxor
Beautiful Rocks on the way to Philae Temple
Photo stop Colossi of Menon BTS MD & BTS Tour Coordinator in Cairo
Friday 18th December 2009 Day 6 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet on board, and check out. Transfer: Transfer to Aswan Train Station to Cairo. Arrival: In the evening, BTS tour coordinator will meet you. Transfer: Transfer to your 4 star hotel Maadi Hotel. Dinner & Overnight: Cairo
Entrance view of Luxor Temple in the Evening Saturday 19th of December 2009 Day 7 Wake-up call: Please arrange with telephone operator Luggage: Please prepare your luggage to be ready for correction. Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at the hotel Shopping and parking: must be done by 1530 We will be given 3 rooms for parking and freshening up before we processed to the airport. Check- out: at 1630 for a dinner cruise with all our baggage, we shall leave them in the bus. Dinner: 17:30-19:00 Departure at 1910: Transfer by air-conditioned bus to Cairo international Airport. Our BTS tour coordinator will assist us through customs to board KQ flight back home. Flights take off: 22:50:
MD BTS & BTS Egyptologist
• Flight Entebbe /Cairo : Economy return Air ticket on Kenya Airways • Train tickets to Aswan/Luxor/ return • Transfers from the Airport to Hotel & back in modern first class Air-conditioned Buses
with scented towels for each client and Chilled mineral water on-board. • Travel Insurance • Meet and Assist at Cairo Airport on both arrival and departure • Private Immigration desk for our group • Private English speaking Egyptologist • 3 Nights Accommodation in Cairo 4 star Hotel Maadi Cairo Hotel • 3 Night Aswan/ Luxor at a 4* Nile cruises on Full Board • All sightseeing in Cairo/ Aswan/Luxor
• Tips/gratuities: Note that tipping in Egypt is a traditional custom kindly carry some Egyptian pound in small bills.
• Anything of personal nature i.e. telephone calls, laundry, room service, etc • All Alcoholic drinks and soft drinks that are not mentioned in the program.
Looking forward to be of best service to you and if you have any further queries or require any clarification on the above, please do not hesitate to contact me. Always at your Service! Best regards Alexis B. Jubilee Breeze Travel & Safaris Ltd Tel: 00256-41-253255 Fax: 00256-41-253256 Mob: 00256-772-587273 Emails: [email protected]