Salaam Aleekum! Kjell marks his 60 birthday on the 12 January 2016. He is a reliable and trustworthy friend to many of us and is an eminent and hardworking colleague to some. Many of us know him as an excellent and enthusiastic Tour Guide. I see him as a young restless and relentless traveller. I am sure that many of you agree with me on this. So I think, the best way to honour him on this very special occasion is by being a part of what he has always been, “The relentless & passionate traveller!” A tour to the land of the Pharaohs, ancient civilization, came to me as the most appropriate and convenient option to make thisoccasion a memorable one. So, I welcome all our dear and loved ones, to join me to celebrate Kjells 60 Birthday in Egypt and make it a memorable one.
Slomo George Sandvik
WEDNESDAY 6 th JAN ARRIVAL CAIRO Meals in flight
Flights from Mumbai, London, Oslo and Frankfurt to Cairo. You will be met by our agent (who organises all the technical services for our tour in Egypt) and taken to the Hotel in Cairo. We meet in the evening for a late snack. In the evening we would like to take you to a palace once built to host the French Empress Eugene on her visit 1869 during the inauguration of the Suez Canal, which today is the famous Marriott Hotel with a wonderful garden and several good restaurants.
Overnight 3 nights at a very good central hotel near the Pyramids
THURSDAY 7 th JAN TUT ANK AMONS MASK & PYRAMIDS B,L,D
As an introduction to the Egyptian history and culture we start the d ay by visiting the Egyptian Museum. Should we spent one minute watching each of the more than 100.000 artefacts, it would take us 9 months! The treasures of Tuth Ank Amon and the mummified Pharaohs are of course some of the many highlights We resume our tour chronologically from the historical point and start with the Step Pyramid of King Zoser from 2700 BC. We are now in Memphis – the capital of the Old Kingdom – and Saccara was its necropolis. Here we find also the sacred Apis Bulls.
After lunch we visit The Pyramids at Giza, built 100 years later than Zosers Step- Pyramid, which indeed is the most important highlight for everyone. No tour is complete without a visit to the Sphinx and an Egyptian Papyrus Museum, where you can make good bargains and get valuable mementoes of this unforgettable day. We would recommend you to enjoy the evening at the Khan el Khalili, one of the largest bazaars in the Middle East, if not in the world. Visit the famous Fishawi teahouse and try a whiff of the exotic water pipe! Dinner in the famous Naguib Mahfouz restaurant
FRIDAY 8 th JAN OPTIONAL TOUR to ALEXANDRIA* € 75 B, L*
Min. 10 participants – you have a chance to visit Emperor Alexander’s City of Alexandria. After approx 2,5 h drive in our comfortable Tourist Bus we arrive Alexandria. Here we will visit the library built by the Norwegian Architect Firm Snøhetta; the sunken Atlantis where Cleopatra suicides and the fortress Quaitbay is built where the light house once stood.
Lunch at a local restaurant, at the modern cornice of this popular Mediterranean Beach Resort. We head back to Cairo to our hotel. Please note that this tour has to be booked in advance! We arrive late evening at our Hotel, where we spend the last night in Cairo. Dinner on your own.
SATURDAY 9 th JAN LUXOR – START NILECRUISE B, L, D
Early morning flight to Luxor / Thebes – the ancient Capital of the Pharaohs. The city was founded around 4000 years ago. Visiting the spectacular Temple Complex of Karnak is awe inspiring and indelible. It has gone through nearly 1500 years of
splendour and glory. During the peak of Theban power it was the most important temple in all of Egypt. We head to our luxurious and magnificent floating home for the next 3 nights – the Nile Cruise. At dusk we will visit the Luxor Temple ….. the evening is still young to enjoy a stroll through the exotic streets or the cornice or maybe visit the Winter Palace (now a 5-star Hotel) which originally was built to attract the aristocracy of
Europe. Overnight 3 nights with all meals on 5* Cruise Ship
SUNDAY 10 th JAN LUXOR – ESNA LOCKS – EDFU
In the early morning we will visit the Valley of the Kings on the west bank of the Nile also known as “The City of the Dead”. Rising out of the desert are a series of terraces that marks The Mortuary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut. This remarkable monument is like a treasure carved out of nature. On our way back to the ship we will stop by to admire the massive pair of statues known as the Colossi of Memnon. Once on board of our ship we will set sail and start our sailing on the Nile. Late night we will pass through the locks of Esna, the shallowest point on this part of Nile. Hundreds of ships
line up here and wait for their turn to pass the Loch. During the night we sail onwards to Edfu where we dock.
MONDAY 11 th JAN NILE-CRUISE – EDFU – KOM OMBO
In Edfu, this morning we travel on horse carriages to the largest and most compl etely preserved Pharaohnic, albeit Greek built temple in Egypt, the Abode of the Falcon God Horus. Once back on board of the ship we will enjoy a fascinating day of sailing. Late afternoon or evening we will make a stop at Kom Ombo, the dual Temple of Sobek (the Crocodile God) and Haroeris (the Falcon God). The temple stands on a promontory at a bend in the Nile, where in ancient times sacred crocodiles basked in the sun on the river bank. Kom Ombo is also a fascinating place to bargain for a Galabaya (the wide tunic alike robes worn by most people, males and females alike in countryside Egypt). Tonight will be the GALABAYA PARTY on board, so be at your bst Egyptian attire.
TUESDAY 12 th JAN ASWAN – LUXOR B, L, D
This early morning we will wake up in the southern most city in Upper Egypt. It is homen to the legendary Agatha Christie’s novel “The death on the Nile”. Today we visit the High Dam and the Philae Temple, dedicated to goddess Isis. The Temple was rescued from drowning during the building of the dam and was dismantled and removed stone by stone to rebuild at its present day location on the beautiful island Aglilka in the first Cataract. In the afternoon we enjoy lunch before our bus takes us back to Luxor where we will celebrate Kjell’s 60 birthday. Overnight *****hotel in Luxor
WEDNESDAY 13 th JAN LUXOR B, L
After a free day in Luxor, we will meet for the Farewell Lunch at the hotel. At 1700hrs we leave for the airport for the flight to Cairo. Around 1930hrs leave to the Airport for your onward international flight to Mumbai at 2300hrs.
THURSDAY 14 th JAN Arrival home
Kl 07.55 arrive Mumbai international airport. Should you wish to prolong the holiday with a week in Sharm el Sheik, Sinai, please do contact us for an offer..