Luxor and Cairo tour sleeping train Itinerary
|Pick up in the early morning from your Sharm el Sheikh hotel.
Transfer to the airport.
Catch your 50 minutes flight to Luxor.
Meet in Luxor airport and transfer to the West bank.
Visit to Memnon Colossus.
Queen Hatshepsut temple exploration.
The Valley of the Kings. Here you can visit 3 different tombs which are open to public on the day.
Optional visit to King Tutankhamon real or fake tomb is available. Please inform our guide before hand.
Lunch in a local restaurant.
Visit to huge Karnak temples.
Optional feluca ride to Banana island is available.
Visit to local bazaars
Optional visit to Luxor temple in the evening.
Optional Sound and Light show at Karnak temple.
Transfer to Luxor train station to catch night sleeping train to Cairo.
In the early morning our guide will meet you at Giza train station.
Breakfas can be arranged upon request.
Transfer to the Pyramids of Giza.
Visit of the pyramids, Sphinx, Workers tombs and the area.
Optionally enter any of the 3 pyramids which will be open to public.
Papyrus fabric, perfume palace or cotton shop.
Optional Nile boat ride.
Lunch in TGI Fridays restaurant on set menue basis.
Visit to the National Egyptian Museum.
Transfer back to Sharm el Sheikh by a public bus.
In Sharm el sheikh our representative will pick up you at the bus station and transfer to your hotel.
Day 1. Pick up from your hotel, meet & assist in Luxor airport
We do pick up from any hotel in Sharm el Sheikh. Pick up from your hotel in Sharm el Sheikh, transfer by a/c van to Sharm el Sheikh International Airport and fly to Luxor. The flight will take just 50 minutes. Our English speaking guide will be waiting for you outside the arrival hall of Luxor airport with the sign "sharm-club.com".
West Bank visit
Start your day with the west Thebes visit. Valley of the Kings visit includes entrance to 2 different tombs, so you can get an idea about pharaonic funerary art. Memnon colossal statues & Queen Hatshepsut Temple (Deir El Bahari temple) will be visited as well. The West Bank of Luxor is known as the city of dead. It is the funerary complex of the ancient Egyptians. Here you have the opportunity to let go off anything that has died and no longer serves you using the power of the god Anubis, jackal headed god of the underworld. Explore the cycles of birth, death and rebirth which are rooted in Ancient Egyptian mythology.
Valley of the Kings visit
The Valley of the Kings is the ancient cemetery of the pharaohs of the New Kingdom and is hidden in the mountains on the West Bank of Luxor , between the two limestone hills of Gurna. It was named by Francois Champollion as Valley of the Kings . All of the tombs were robbed in antiquity, except for the tomb of the boy king, Tutankhamun which was found completely intact in 1922 by Howard Carter. The Valley of the Kings holds 63 registered tombs and recently 2 more tombs have been found. Your visit includes entry into 3 tombs, however if you wish to see either the tomb of Tutankhamun or Ramses 6, there is an additional ticket cost.
Hatshepsut temple visit
Deir el Bahari temple is a mortuary temple of Queen Hatshepsut with a unique design as it is the only temple in Egypt built in terrace formation into the cliff face. Hatsheptsut was a famous female pharaoh who wore a false beard and all the trappings of the male pharaohs in order to claim the throne for herself. There are chapels dedicated to Hathor the goddess of motherhood, joy, love, peace, happiness and music, and chapels dedicated to Anubis, the god of mummification and death, and Amun-Ra the king of the gods. On the temple walls are reliefs showing the first commercial trading expedition to Somalia (ancient land of Punt).
Colossi of Memnon are the only remaining standing statues fronting the mortuary temple of Amenhotep III and show the pharaoh sitting on his throne. The temple itself was destroyed in an earthquake and much of the ruins were used in other building works by other pharaohs. However, in recent years, new excavations have revealed many statues and other artifacts buried underground, including many statues of the goddess Sekhmet.
Have lunch in a local restaurant in Luxor and rest for one hour.
Visit of Karnak temples
Karnak temple is the largest ancient temple complex in Egypt measuring 62 acres. It was in use continuously for 1700 years. The main temple area was dedicated to Amun-Ra, the patron god of Luxor and it has the largest Hypostyle Hall (columned hall) in the world which is unrivalled. Within the complex is the small chapel dedicated to the goddess Sekhmet and the chapel of the Divine Adoratrice which is often known as the Osiris chapel. Karnak Temple complex is one of the major sights of Ancient Egypt and within its bounds the sacred energies of Ancient Egypt can still be felt.
Banana Island visit
Nile feluca ride to Banana island is available as an optional activity. Let's discover a vast collection of banana plants, enjoy sailing along the Nile and observe a beautiful Upper Egyptian countryside and its islands.
Shopping time in Luxor
During the day you will also have a great opportunity for shopping in markets of Luxor.
Sleeping train to Cairo
At the end of the day we will drive you to Luxor train station to catch you night train to Cairo.Upon arrival in Cairo our rep will meet you in Giza train station and drive you to the National Egyptian museum to join our group.
Day 2. The National Egyptian museum visit
Let's start our day with The National Egyptian Museum visit. The Egyptian Museum of Antiquities contains many important pieces of ancient Egyptian history. It houses the world's largest collection of Pharaonic antiquities, and many treasures of King Tutankhamen. The present building of the museum constructed by a French architect is situated in Tahrir Square and is already more than 100 years old. We will discover the main collections of the museum such as Old kingdom, Middle kingdom, New kingdom and king Tut Anch Amun collection. We will spend around 2,5 hours in the museum.
Optional Nile boat ride
After the museum we will take 45 minutes Nile boat ride. We will enjoy with the sailing along the Nile, warm breeze and panoramic views of the city.
Lunch will be offered in TGI Fridays on set menu basis, but you can choose between options available. Vegetarian options are also available.
Visit to the Pyramids & Sphinx
Let's move to Giza Plateau after lunch to explore the area and to discover one of the seven wonders of the world: The great pyramid of Cheops! Other pyramids of the area will be visited as well: the pyramid of Chephren and the pyramid of Mycerinus. We will end our tour in Pyramids area after visiting Sphinx and its valley temple.
Shopping in Cairo
At the end of the day we will get a chance for shopping in the area around the Pyramids. Visit of papyrus institute, perfume palace or cotton fabric will be available.
Back to Sharm el Sheikh
At the end of the program we will start our way back to Sharm el Sheikh by a coach. The journey back may take up to 8 hours. Our rep will meet you in Sharm el Sheikh upon arrival and drive back to your hotel.