An airport representative will facilitate the visa process and escort you through customs and immigration will meet you in the tunnel. Continue on to the baggage claim hall and finally to the passenger pick up.Then connect with the Beyond the Pyramids Tour representative who will arrange private airport transfer to your hotel.
Le Meridien Pyramids (left) luxury hotel is beautifully set in its own landscaped gardens with an unrivaled and time-honored location, it is located southwest of Cairo and less than one mile from the Sphinx and the Giza Pyramids.
Arrive in Cairo
Explore the Great Pyramids of Giza in a custom private tour, the tour includes ancient Memphis, Saqqara, the Solar Boat, Chephren Pyramid, and the famous Sphinx.
In this luxury tour, learn about God Amun-Ra, the first and main god in ancient Egypt. The Pyramids builders who lived during the Old Kingdom believed in the God Amu Ra. God Amun is described in the Pyramid texts as the primeval creator and symbol of creative force. The worship of God Amun Ra rose in ancient Egypt when the Theban Pharaoh Ahmose I successfully expelled the Hyksos from Egypt, then he started to show his gratitude to God Amun Ra.
During the middle Kingdom, the royal family established temples to God Amun Ra. God Amun Ra was depicted in ancient Egyptian temples and tombs as a ram, which by the Great Pyramids was a symbol of fertility in ancient Egypt. During the New Kingdom, ancient Egyptian artists used to show him as a pharaoh wearing his double crown to refer to his control over Upper and Lower Egypt. Sometimes they showed him sitting on his throne with his wife Goddess Mut, and Their son, God Khunsu.
The private guided tour includes a pick up before sunset for a desert adventure. With your private Egyptologist guide, enjoy with your choice of private camel or horse for your desert new adventure where you can enjoy the sunset with a unique and panoramic view of the Giza Pyramids and the Great Sphinx. After the camel/horse ride, a dinner at a local bedouin restaurant will be included.
Giza, Saqqara and Memphis
Today you will fly from Cairo to Aswan. Aswan is the furthest city to the south, it has the beauty of nature. Aswan’s beauty can be seen in the Nile, mountains, greens, and the most important part, Aswan’s people. In Aswan, you will meet the Nubians and learn about their culture and their history. You will also learn about the God Osiris and his struggle story with god Seth. In the afternoon, enjoy a private Felucca ( sailboat) ride where you will tour on the Nile and discover the beauty of it while sailing around Kitchener Island and the Aghakhan Mausoleum in the west side of Aswan’s Nile.
The luxury Nile cruise Movenpick M/S Royal Lily is considered one of the most modern and beautiful cruises down the Nile. It has a unique service style in its tone. The rooms provide its travelers with a special opportunity to get to know the wonderful waterscape of Egypt, along with its history. The luxury Nile cruise features a variety of dining options and snacking choices on the sundeck, at the bars, and in the restaurant. The built-in gym is available for those who want to get a little exercise in the middle of luxury.
MOVENPICK MS ROYAL LILY
Board Cruise Ship
Start your private custom tour with a visit to the Aswan High Dam and learn about the challenging story of its history. Enjoy watching the friendship symbol, which explains in details the history and building process of the high dam. Travel next to the Temple of Philae. Learn about God Osiris during your customized tour of Philae temple. God Osiris is the god of the afterlife in the ancient Egyptian civilization and the chief of the court. He was one of the most important gods of ancient Egypt.
God Osiris had a long war and struggle story with god Seth, who was known as the bad god. God Seth drowned Osiris during one of their battles, and tore Osiris’s body to 14 pieces and scattered them all over Egypt. His wife the Goddess of magic looked for his body and brought him back to life. They remarried and gave birth to Hours, the falcon-headed god. The son of God Osiris, God Horus fought against Seth and won after a long war.
Philae temple is a hidden gem in Upper Egypt; the history of the temple goes back to the 7th century BC.In 1971, The United Nations with UNESCO helped Egypt to save the temple after the Egyptians built the High Dam. The high level of water was a real threat to the temple, they had to cut the temple into pieces and move it to a higher island, Egilika Island.
In the afternoon, enjoy a private guided tour to Kom Ombo temple, where you can learn about God Sobek. Sobek is depicted with a human body and crocodile face.
High Dam, Philae and Kom Ombo Temple
Today, visit Edfu temple on a private guided tour to learn about God Horus, the falcon-headed god. While in Edfu, the story of Horus and his bad uncle, God Seth is not to be missed. Horus is one of the few gods that appeared as a local god in many places and under different names.
Horus was the son of Osiris, the god of the afterlife. Horus had a long war with Seth, who was a symbol of evil. Finally, Horus defeated Seth but, unfortunately, lost his left eye in one of the battles. Hathor was the wife of God Horus, the falcon-headed god. She used to be depicted in different images including a cow, a woman with cow ears, or a pair of elegant horns.
She was always depicted in red, which used to refer to the color of passion. During the time of Alexander the Great and his followers, the Ptolemaic, Horus was identified with Apollo and his town of Edfu was called Apollionoplis.
In the afternoon, the Nile cruise will arrive in Luxor. In a custom private tour, learn about Goddess Mut, who used to be depicted as a woman, sometimes with wings, or as a vulture wearing the crowns of royalty. The worship of goddess Mut rose during the New Kingdom during the golden era of her husband, God Amun Ra.
In a luxury tour with your private Egyptologist guide, visit the west bank of Luxor. Here, you will learn about God Anubis, the god of mummification and guard of the necropolis. God Anubis is depicted as a man with the head of a jackal holding a divine scepter carried by kings and gods. In Ancient Egypt, God Anubis was known as the god of the dead, but later his role was usurped by God Osiris as he became much more popular than Anubis specifically during the Greco-Roman period.
The ancient Egyptians choose the jackal to be their god of mummification because they hoped to invoke him to protect their deceased from jackals and other desert animals.
Visit Queen Hatshepsut Temple in the West Bank of Luxor. Learn about Goddess Hathor during your visit to Queen Hatshepsut temple. Goddess Hathor was the goddess of motherhood and love. Visit her chapel in a private guided tour and learn about the different figures of Hatshepsut such as women with cow ears, cow, or human face with two horns.
West Bank and Hatshepsut Temple
Wander around the Egyptian museum with your private guide and explore the history of God Aton. Aton was depicted as the sun disk with rays reaching to the earth. The sun rays ended as human hands and often extended the ankh to the pharaoh.
The biggest promoter of the God Aton’s religion was King Amenhotep IV or king Akhenaten. When king Akhenaten started worshipping God Aton, he had a big struggle with the priest of God Amun. The priests of God Amun found that they may lose their prestige if people started following the new religion of God Aton.
After the death of Akhenaten, Nefertiti supported King Tut to take over the control of the country. She was more experienced than the mother of King Tut due to her long time in rule with Akhenaten and the royal family. The religion of God Aton almost stopped after the death of pharaoh Akhenaten.
During this evening luxury tour, enjoy a customized delicious Egyptian dinner at Naguib Mahfouz, located in the heart of the Khan Khalili where you can see the real Old Cairo.
The luxury custom tour includes a private visit to Beit El Seheimy. Normally, this location would be closed to the public during the evening, but this exclusive tour provides access so you can uncover more secrets about Egypt and its history
Khan Al Khalili Bazaar and Beit El Seheimy
At the end of this amazing excursion, you will be driven from the Fairmont Nile City Hotel to the Cairo airport in a private vehicle. Assistance at the airport will also be provided, ensuring that your return to your "real world" is as seemless as possible.