After touching down at Cairo International Airport, we made our way to our hotel in the city center. Uber is one of the easiest, cheapest, and safest ways to navigate the city , by checking in to the top-rated Kempinski Nile Hotel Garden City. It’s conveniently located within easy reach of the city’s top attractions and spoils with a magnificent rooftop pool that overlooks the waters of the River Nile.
our first stop was The Egyptian Museum, home to some 120,000 artifacts excavated from the tombs and temples of the ancient pharaohs including mummies, sarcophagi, and fabulous gold jewelry. The main attraction is the death mask of Tutankhamun. After gazing in wonder upon the treasures of the ancient world, we spent the rest of the afternoon exploring Cairo’s fascinating medieval landmarks. including Al-Azhar Mosque and the Hanging Church. https://www.google.com/travel/hotels/kempinski%20nile%20hotel/entity/CgoI-JL65_TZ5edZEAE?g2lb=2502548%2C4258168%2C4271060%2C4306835%2C4317915%2C4322823%2C4328159%2C4330862%2C4371335%2C4401769%2C4419364%2C4425458%2C4433754%2C4436127%2C4436623%2C4444000%2C4445603%2C4451649%2C4270859%2C4284970%2C4412693&hl=en&gl=in&un=1&q=kempinski%20nile%20hotel&rp=EPiS-uf02eXnWRD4kvrn9Nnl51k4AkAASAHAAQI&ictx=1&utm_campaign=sharing&utm_medium=link&utm_source=htls&hrf=IgNJTlIqFgoHCOQPEAsYHBIHCOQPEAsYHRgBKAA
In the evening,we crossed the river to Gezira Island to explore the cultural venues and first-class restaurants of contemporary Cairo’s upscale Zamalek neighborhood. Le Pacha 1901 is a vintage boat with no fewer than nine gourmet eateries on board.
After breakfast at our hotel, we joined a private guided tour to the ancient monuments of Giza and Saqqara. our first stop was the world-famous Pyramids of Giza, located just outside Cairo on the west bank of the River Nile. The necropolis comprises three separate pyramid complexes and the Great Sphinx of Giza; The largest and oldest of the pyramids, the Great Pyramid of Giza, is more than 4,500 years old and is the only one of the Seven Wonders of the World still standing.
Spent several hours exploring the temple complexes before returning to our vehicle for the hour-long drive to the ancient city of Memphis. We strolled around the Mit Rahina Museum, where a colossal fallen statue of Rameses II provides a stunning example of the detail and accuracy with which the ancient sculptors were able to depict human anatomy. The next stop on the was Saqqara, the Memphis necropolis. Don’t miss the stepped Pyramid of Dj. it is believed to have been the blueprint for the smooth-sided pyramids at Giza.
Lunch at a traditional Egyptian restaurant. We were tired by the time we returned to the hotel, opted for dinner at on-site Ottoman restaurant Osmanly and called it.
Day three began with an early start and an Uber ride back to the airport in time to catch an EgyptAir flight south to Aswan. The luxury cruise ship was be our home for the next nights, Nile cruises are an excellent way to see Egypt’s most iconic sights in a short amount of time, and the Oberoi Philae is a particularly decadent choice of transport with a swimming pool, a spa, and a fine dining restaurant on board.
The ship remained moored in Aswan for the rest of the day, giving us the chance to take part in an onshore excursion to the Nubian Museum. This excellent attraction documents the culture of the Nubia region, which extends from Aswan to Khartoum in central Sudan. Clearly labeled displays take you on a journey through 6,500 years of history.we then Returned to the ship for cocktails and dinner overlooking the Nile.
After breakfast, the fourth day of our vacation began with a tour to Aswan High Dam and Philae Temple. Built between 1960 and 1970 to control the annual flooding of the Nile, the dam is an incredible feat of engineering that measures 364 feet in height and 12,562 feet across.
During our visit to Philae, a guide explained its connections to the goddess Isis and how the 30th-dynasty pharaoh Nectanebo I was the first to start work on the temple complex. Today it bears evidence of additions by rulers of the Greek, Roman, and Byzantine periods. Afterwards,we returned to the ship for an afternoon cruise to Edfu. Lunch was served en route before making a stop at the Temple of Kom Ombo. The temple dates back to the time of King Ptolemy VI Philometor, who ruled during the 2nd century B.C. It is unique amongst Egyptian temples because of its double design, with two identical sides dedicated to the crocodile god Sobek and falcon god Horus the Elder respectively.
our final day, enjoyed a last breakfast on the ship before being transferred back to International Airport for our return flight to Cairo. Before that we got a chance to immerse ourself in local culture. Spent the afternoon at Khan El-Khalili, a meandering souk that dates back to the 14th century and hosts stalls overflowing with artisan crafts and produce. Cobbled streets wind their way between silver shops and spice merchants, fabric stores and leather workshops and thus came to an fantabulous end to our vacation.