The Arabic Bazaar
Zein's Dance Studio
MARCH 13-23, 2008
RED SEA / SHARM EL SHEIKH
MARCH 23-28, 2009
day by day
Departure from JFK on
board Egypt Air
Meeting and assistance through immigration and Transfer to your
selected hotel – dinner at the hotel, rest of the day at
At 09:00 buffet breakfast at the main restaurant of your
09:30 departure to visit the famous Salah Al-Din’s Citadel
– was constricted by Salah Al Din in 1183 A.D. dominate Cairo
from the Mokattam hills, it comprises a number of important
monuments among which are the Mosque of Soliman Pasha – The
Alabaster Mosque and Joseph’s well.
Then proceed to the Alabaster Mosque which is situated on
the Northern heights of the Citadel where it can be seen from
every part of Cairo –construction of the Mosque began in 1830
A.D. by Mohamed Ali, it was built in the Ottoman style and is
distinguished by its dome, which is 52 meters high, and its two
minarets which rise 84 meters from the ground levels of its
courtyard in which you may enjoy the breath taking view of the
entire capital the Nile and in the far horizon the Pyramids.
It is named the Alabaster Mosque because of the alabaster
marble used to cover its interior and exterior walls.
at Sea Horse restaurant
Departure to explore the exquisite Egyptian Museum which is
considered one of the world’s greatest museum – it allows the
visitor to become acquainted with the antiquities of Egypt’s
Over 120000 artifacts and monuments in addition to some
mommies on display dated back – some 50 centuries before our
time, the most famous and exciting in this Museum is the
magnificent “Tut Ankh Amoun collection”
Passing by Al Azhar Mosque and University which is consider
one of the oldest in the world – the first lecture having been
given there in 975 A.D. we reach Khan El Khalili Bazaar dating
back to the end of the 14th century A.D., is one of
the greatest oriental bazaars in the world.
The Khan El Khalili shops display a wonderful collection of
brassware, rich textiles and other attractive oriental products.
Return to your hotel.
09:00 buffet breakfast at the main restaurant of your hotel.
departure to visit one of the seven wonders of the world.
Was built by
King Cheops ( IV dynasty ) circa 2690 B.C … it covers an area of
13 aeries with a high of 146 meters has now become 137 meters
after the erosion of its summit, the total volume of its size is
2.5 million cubic meters.
ancient Egyptians aim building the Pyramids was that they should
save as sepulchers for their pharaohs to preserve their bodies
for they believed in resurrection and immortality.
built by King Chefren, the son of Cheops, it reaches 136 meters,
part of the Pyramid still bears traces of the outer casing which
smaller Pyramid was built in the region of “Menkaura” or
“Mykerinous” the son of Chefren – its height is 62 meters, the
lower wall of this Pyramid is encased in a layer of granite.
carriages or a camel or horse back you will visit the Sphinx.
mythical statue with body of a lion and the face of man, the
Sphinx measures 70 meters in length and 20 meters in height.
Scholars believe that the face of the Sphinx closely resembles
that of Chefren.
at Sphinx Sun restaurant
we will explore the first old capital of Egypt then we visit the
step Pyramid of Sakkara, which was built for the Pharaoh Zoser
by Imhotep, the architect, physician, philosopher and statesman
in the year 3816 B.C.
first large-scale stone structure in history, the step Pyramid
marks a traditional phase in the evaluation of an architectural
and mystic concept from the simple “Mastaba” to the smooth –
sided Pyramid in its final form.
we proceed to visit the Pyramid of Unas and the Mastaba of
Mereruke, Ti and Ptahotep.
the serapuem where the sacred Apis mummies were entombed each in
a massive sarcophagus in cavernous under ground gallery.
Adjoining Sakkara in Memphis, sire of the capital established by
King Mena or (Narmar) who united Upper and Lower Egypt into one
kingdom and formed the first dynasty about 3500 B.C.
Return to hotel.
Early buffet breakfast.
Transfer to Cairo airport for departure to Luxor (one hour
flight) distribution of the cabins of your selected cruise.
Arrival Luxor airport – meeting and assistance by our
representative and transfer to dock to embark your selected
Welcome drinks – check in – rest of the day at leisure for
Lunch and dinner on board – overnight.
Breakfast on board.
Early morning (to avoid the heat) departure to visit the
West Bank monuments cross the Nile by motor boat to explore the
Valley of the Kings – it is where 64 of Egypt’s Pharaohs had
palatial resting places hewed into cheer rock.
Among these kings are the most famous “King Tut”, “Horemheb”,
“Siti I”, “Ramses III”, “Amenhoteb II” and “Ramses II”
Then we proceed to visit Deir El Bahri Temple – an
architectural tour –de-force built by Queen Hatchepsut as
funerary temple to perform religious rites for her spirit.
It was named “Deir El Bahari” because Christians of the 07th
century A.D. used it as a monastery, in order not to forget the
name of Queen Hatchepsut remember “Hot Chiken Soup” – Deir means
On our way to the ship visit the Colossis of Memnon, the
giant statues Memorializing King Amenhoteb II
Departure to visit the monuments of the East Bank of the Nile.
start our visit by the Temple of Luxor, in the heart of the
70000 populated city – it was built by Amenophis of 18th
dynasty, the Temple of Luxor was once joined to the Temple of
Karnak by an avenue of Rem-headed Sphinxes, many of which have
still remained to date one of the obelisk which once stood in
the front of the Temple, now rises at the “Place de la Concord”
Temple of Amon known as Karnak Temple, a holy city of pylons,
Colossal statues, shrines and obelisks built in the 20th
century B.C and dedicated to the God, his consort “Mut” and
their son Khouson, the pharaohs enlarged its area and built
additional annexes to it till it became the largest place of
worship ever known to man.
Lunch on board
P.M. sail to Edfu through Esna lock – enjoy a colorful
sailing after dinner – enjoy a Galabia party on board –
overnight at Edfu.
Departure by horse drawn carriage to visit the Temple of
Horus (The Falcon God) built by King “Ptolomeo III” in 235 B.C
this Temple is remarkable for its magnitude and its frantically
intact state of preservation, the Temple was dedicated to
“Horus” the Falcon God.
Return to the ship.
Enjoy the magnificent scenery as we sail to Kom Ombo
Lunch on board.
Walk to visit the Temple of Kom Ombo – a masterpiece
building overlooking the Nile and was dedicated to two deities –
the crocodile headed “Sobek” and “Haroeries” the headed sparrow
Return to the ship – sail to Aswan – Dinner on board –
overnight at Aswan
Your day begins at the engineering miracle of the Aswan
High Dam built in 1960.
It is one of largest three dam in the world and the
advanced technology of the 20th century.
Then proceed the Granite Quarries to visit the famous
unfinished Obelisk, it is hewn and smoothed on three sides,
while the forth side still attached to the quary-bed.
It is a concrete example of how the ancient Egyptian went
about fashioning these graceful monuments.
Lunch on board of your ship.
In the afternoon – sailing by felucca (Traditional Egyptian
boat) and visit the Botanical Garden where a magnificent, open-air
showplace of rare and exotic species of trees and flowers.
to your ship – dinner and overnight.
Check-out after breakfast.
Transfer to Aswan airport for departure to Cairo – meeting and
assistance by our representative at Cairo airport and transfer
to your selected hotel.
to relax – dinner & overnight.
Hanging Church and the Coptic section of Cairo.
Return to hotel – overnight.
Check-out and transfer to Cairo airport for your return
Travel by private bus to Sharm El Sheikh for those who opted to
stay for the Red Sea Package.
enjoy the sea and relax
12, 13 & 14
RED SEA / SHARM EL SHEIKH
of the most beautiful beach destination in the world......relax,
play in the sun and chose from many optional excusrions &
activities (diving, snorkling, sailing, windsurfing......etc.)
Dinner excusion is planned for one night (included in price of
Check-out of hotel and travel to Cairo
into hotel in Cairo
enjoy free time
Check-out and transfer to Cairo airport for your return
**optional Abu Simbel &
excursions are available at an additional cost.
**additional and evening outings
that will be offered are optional and available on a 'pay for your own'
basis. transportation for those will be provided when possible.
**minor changes to itinerary maybe
necessary; you will be notified of such changes before departure.