The Meditation tour

  • Duration

    13 Days    
  • Section

    Meditation Trip    
  • Place

    Luxor    
  • Number of person

    2    
  • Date

    From : To :

Discover the art of meditation in Egypt as we take you to ancient sites that will aid your search for inner peace. Not only will you get to experience the powers found inside the Great Pyramid of Khufu, the Temple of Karnak, the Temple of Hathor, and many other sites, but you will also find peace and tranquillity on one of our cruise.

This package includes: 5 nights in Cairo, 2 nights in Luxor, 4 nights on a  Nile cruise, 1 night in Abu Simbel, all transfers, sightseeing in our private air-conditioned vehicles, and your own experienced guides.


Day by Day:

Day 1: Arrive Cairo

Day 2: Cairo

Day 3: Cairo

Day 4: Luxor

Day 5: Luxor/Abydos/Dendera/Luxor

Day 6: Nile Cruise: Luxor/Esna Embarkation

Day 7: Nile Cruise: Esna

Day 8: Nile Cruise: Aswan

Day 9: Nile Cruise: Aswan

Day 10: Nile Cruise: Disembarkation/Abu Simbel

Day 11: Abu Simbel/Cairo

Day 12: Cairo/Alexandria/Cairo

Day 13: Final Departure

Included

5 nights at a 4* or 5* standard hotel in Cairo based on bed and breakfast

2 nights at a 4* or 5* standard hotel in Luxor based on bed and breakfast

4 nights on a  Nile cruise based on full board

1 night at a 4* standard hotel in Abu Simbel based on bed and breakfast

All transfers and luggage handling within Egypt

All transportation by air-conditioned vehicles

All sightseeing with licensed guides

All entrance fees as mentioned in the program

All hotel taxes and service charges

Domestic flight tickets: Cairo to Luxor & Abu Simbel to Cairo

Meals: Breakfast x 12, Lunch x 4, Dinner x 4

Excluded

*Airport taxes

*Entry visa upon arrival

*Tips & personal items

NB:incase of pick up from either Heliopolis or 6 th of october Area there is a supplement of 10 $ per person would apply.

Tour Price 

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Payment Methods

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NB: Once your tour is confirmed we guarantee the price will not be changed.

Children Policy

0 - 1.99 free of charge 

2 - 5.99 25% of Tour price

6 - 11.99 50% of Tour price 

12 + Full Tour price.

day 1

: Arrive Cairo Ahlan wasahlan bekom fi Masr: Arde El Farahnah (Welcome to Egypt: the Land of the Pharaohs). Once you have arrived at the Arrivals Hall, after your short bus trip from your aeroplane, you will be welcomed by our Oriental Tours representative, who will be standing inside the doors holding a board showing your name. He will then help you purchase your visa (if applicable), get your currency exchanged to Egyptian Pounds (known as LE, which is short for Livre Égyptienne), and then take you through Passport Control. From here he will assist you with collecting your luggage, before escorting you to our waiting, air-conditioned, vehicle outside. You will then be taken to your hotel, with our representative explaining details of your package to you, en route, as well as answering any questions you may have. Upon arrival at your hotel he will assist you with check in, continue answering any questions from you. The rest of the day is free time for you, allowing you to relax and freshen-up after your flight, but should you wish an optional extra, such as a trip to the Giza Pyramids Sound and Light show or a River Nile dinner cruise, please feel free to ask our representative to arrange this for you. Overnight in your hotel in Cairo 

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day 2

: Cairo Once you have had your very early breakfast your guide will meet you and take you on a full day tour of Cairo. First of all you will be taken to Giza to see the world famous pyramids and sphinx. You will gaze in awe at the magnificent Great Pyramid of Khufu (Cheops): the last of the ancient Seven Wonders of the World, enjoying a private visit inside, exclusively for your party to meditate from 0600 to 0800. Once back into the daylight you will continue your visit with the pyramids of Khafre (Chephren), and Menkaure (Mycerinos), and then gaze in delight at the spectacle of the supreme Sphinx. A quick break for lunch (optional) and you will then be taken to the Egyptian Museum (or as it is officially known: The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities!). Marvel at the thousands of artefacts from Egypt’s almost eternal history, 160,000 items spread out over 107 rooms, and then be prepared for your face to face encounter with the golden Death Mask of Tutankhamun. From here you will be taken to the Citadel of Saladin, built on Cairo’s highest point: Mokattam Hill. Saladin erected the Citadel to protect Cairo, from the crusaders, between 1176 and 1183 CE and nowadays it houses 3 mosques (the Mosque of Muhammad Ali, the Al-Nasir Muhammad Qala'un Mosque, and the Mosque of Suleyman Pasha), 4 museums (Al-Gawhara Palace Museum, the Carriage Museum, the Egyptian Military Museum, and the Egyptian Police Museum), fortifications, walkways and a cafeteria. Finally you will be taken to the Khan El Khalili, the famous street bazaar where you can buy almost any type of souvenir you want, as well as being able to sit and drink tea, coffee, soft drinks or Turkish coffee, and even smoke a shisha (if you wish). You will also find restaurants that serve superb meals here. At the end of this interesting day you will be driven back to your Cairo hotel.

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day 3

: Cairo Once you have had your breakfast your guide will meet you and take you on a full day tour. First of all you will be taken, in our air-conditioned vehicle, to Sakkara, site of the world’s first ever pyramid: Djoser’s Step Pyramid, designed by the famous Imhotep: a genius of a man who was also one of the first ever medical practitioners and NOT the evil Mummy as Hollywood likes to portray. From here you will be taken to the town of Mit Rahina, once known as Memphis and the capital of ancient Egypt. The museum here houses many large artefacts, all situated in a wonderful garden, as well as the Colossi of Ramses II inside the museum building. You will then be driven to Dashur, with an optional stop for lunch en route. First of all you will get to visit the Red Pyramid, also known as the Northern Pyramid, believed to have been built by the Pharaoh Snefru. It was the world’s first “true” pyramid, meaning it was designed as a smooth sided structure, not converted from a step pyramid. Access into this pyramid is free, though it does mean negotiating a very steep interior slope: well worth it for the views inside! From here you will be taken the short distance to see Snefru’s famous “Bent Pyramid”, so named due to the change in angle that was forced upon the builders due to the pyramid being built on soft sand, which caused it to start subsiding. After this exiting day of pyramids you will be driven back to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to do whatever you wish: relax, or takeone of our optional extras.

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day 4

: Luxor Once you have had your breakfast our representative will meet you and assist you in your transfer to Cairo International Airport for your flight to Luxor. Upon arrival our representative there will assist you with your luggage and transfer you, in our air-conditioned vehicle, to your hotel, helping with check-in procedures upon arrival. Once this is completed your guide will meet you and take you, in our air-conditioned vehicle, on a tour of Luxor’s West Bank; the ancient Theban necropolis. Here you will get to visit the Valley of the Kings, where you can explore 3 tombs (the Tomb of Tutankhamen is an extra cost); the magnificent Temple of Hatshepsut at Deir El Bahri; the workers village at Deir El Medina; and finally, the remains of the Mortuary Temple of Amenhotep III: the Colossi of Memnon. After this you will be driven back to your hotel, where you have the option to either relax for the rest of the day, or take one of our optional extras.

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day 5

: Luxor/Abydos/Dendera/Luxor Once you have had your breakfast your guide will meet you and then escort you on your drive, in our air-conditioned vehicle, to Abydos, a journey of approximately 170 kilometres. Here you will get to visit the Temple of Seti I, feeling the power of this great Pharaoh. From here you will be taken to Dendera, home of the Temple of Hathor; where you will get the opportunity to feel the love generated by this goddess. You will then be driven back to your Luxor hotel, where the rest of the day will be free for you to relax, sunbathe, or indulge yourself on one of our optional extras.

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day 6

Nile Cruise: Luxor/Esna Embarkation Once you have had your very early breakfast your guide will meet you and then escort you on your drive, in our air-conditioned vehicle, on a tour of Luxor’s famous two temples: Karnak (the world’s largest religious site) and Luxor. Your private visit to Karnak Temple will allow you 2 hours, from 0600 to 0800, to meditate before continuing the visit, where you will marvel at the immense columns in Karnak Temple’s Hypostyle Hall, as well as getting to see various obelisks, statues, more columns, and various artefacts that were primarily dedicated to the god Amun, his wife Mut, and their son Khonsu. Next you will visit the smaller, in size but not in spectacle, Luxor Temple. Mainly added to by Ramses II it is now missing one of its obelisks, which can be seen in the Place de la Concorde in Paris: swapped for a clock (in the Mohammed Ali Mosque at Saladin’s Citadel) which has never worked. This temple also boasts many columns, statues and various artefacts. After these phenomenal visits you will be driven to Esna, where you will embark one of our cruise, your floating hotel for the next 4 nights. Overnight onboard in Esna.

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day 7

: Nile Cruise: Esna/ During breakfast you will start to sail to Edfu, where you will visit the Temple of Horus, which is one of the best preserved temples in the whole country. Dedicated to the god Horus, it was built between 237BCE and 57BCE, during the Greek (Ptolemaic) Period; it actually sits on the remains of previous temples that had been built here. The reliefs on the walls tell the story of Horus taking out his revenge on Seth, for the murder of his father; Osiris, and give a fantastic insight into ancient Egyptian religion. An enormous 10 foot tall statue of Horus, the falcon god, stands at the entrance of the main temple building, and there are also a granite shrine to Nektanebo (360-342BCE) , the remains of a mamissi (birth-house), and the base of a pylon that once belonged to a Rameses II temple. The Temple of Horus is also the second largest temple in Egypt: Karnak being the largest! You will then visit the small bazaar in Edfu before heading back to the cruise . .

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day 8

: Nile Cruise: /Aswan During breakfast you will start sailing towards Kom Ombo, where you will visit the temple. The Temple of Kom Ombo is very unusual as it is dedicated to two gods: Sobek and Haroeris (the Greek name for the Egyptian god 'Herwer', which translates into 'Great Horus' or 'Horus the Elder'). It is built symmetrically, with two entrances, two sanctuaries, and a clear division that separates the temple into one half Sobek and one half Haroeris. It is a Ptolemaic temple, built between the reigns of Ptolemy VI (Philometor) and Ptolemy XII (Neos Dionysos) with sandstone from the nearby Gebel El Silsila quarries. The forecourt and outer corridor were added during the Roman Period. After this amazing visit you will head back to the cruise as it sails to Aswan. Overnight onboard in Aswan.

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day 9

: Nile Cruise: Aswan Once you have had your breakfast your guide will escort you to our air-conditioned vehicle for your day-long tour of Aswan. You will get to visit the Aswan High Dam, which created the world’s largest fresh-water lake, Lake Nasser, once it was completed. You will then be taken on a short motorboat trip to Agilkia Island, home of the Temples of Philae since their previous location was flooded due to the creation of Lake Nasser. The motorboat trip, back from the island, signifies the end of this exciting day and you will then be driven back to the cruise for your dinner and a Galabeya costume party. Overnight onboard in Aswan.

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day 10

Nile Cruise: Disembarkation/Abu Simbel After your breakfast it will be time to say farewell to the crew of the cruise and disembark your cruise. You will then be driven, in our air-conditioned vehicle, to the site of Abu Simbel. Situated approximately 285 kilometres south of Aswan, including crossing the Tropic of Cancer, these two world famous temples are absolutely amazing. Built by Ramses II in honour of himself (the ultimate egotist?) and his favourite wife, Nefertari, these rock cut temples were moved, in 1968, to escape the encroaching waters of the newly formed Lake Nasser. After your visit here you will be driven to your hotel in Abu Simbel, a small hotel which represents the traditional Nubian lifestyle; attempting to preserve its cultural history, custom, music, and nature. The remainder of the day will be free to do as you wish: relax, or (take our optional extra. )

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day 11

: Abu Simbel/Cairo Once you have had your breakfast our representative will meet you and transfer you to Abu Simbel Airport, in our air-conditioned vehicle, for your flight back to Cairo (via Aswan). Upon arrival in Cairo our representative will meet you, assist you with your luggage to our air-conditioned vehicle, and then transfer you to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to do as you wish, though you may want to (take one of our optional extras. )

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day 12

Cairo/Alexandria/Cairo Once you have had your breakfast your guide will meet you and escort you to your air-conditioned vehicle for your day long trip to Alexandria. Upon arrival you will have the opportunity to visit any four of the following sites: The Alexandria National Museum The Bibliotheca Alexandrina Citadel of Qaitbay Montazah Gardens Pompey’s Pillar and Serapeum The Roman Amphitheatre The Royal Jewellery Museum The Catacombs of Kom El Shoqafa The Greco-Roman Museum (when it reopens in 2015) Please note that your guide will advise you of the best order in which to make these visits as well as if you may have to change one due to time constraints and/or travelling distances within Alexandria You will stop for lunch (optional) when the opportunity arises, but sometime around 1200/1300. Once the tour is over you will be driven back to your Cairo hotel.

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day 13

Final Departure After breakfast our representative will arrive at your hotel to transfer you to Cairo International Airport for your departure flight, or to take you to any pre-arranged optional extra visits to fill in your time before transferring you to the airport, including that last-minute visit to the Khan El Khalili to buy those forgotten souvenirs and/or presents, and spend the last of your Egyptian Pounds. Bon voyage, and thank you for travelling

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