Bon Voyage! Today you start your tour as you arrive into Cairo, one of the largest cities in the African Sub Continent. Today enter the world of “Air Tours Holidays” as you begin your memorable journey. On arrival at the Cairo airport, proceed to your hotel & check in. (Check In Time 1500 hrs.- Early check in subject to availability)
Early breakfast at the hotel in Cairo then start a guided tour to visit one of the Seven Wonders the great Pyramids of Giza; (Cheops, Chephren and Mycerinus) were reckoned by the Greeks to be one of the Seven Wonders of the World. A single pyramid is built with 2.300.000 blocks, each weighing an average of two and a half tones. In the face of such immensity, one cannot help but feel the wonder and awe that so many writers and artists have sought to convey over the centuries. The Cheops Pyramid is more interesting, because its interior burial chambers are open for inspection by the public. Not far from the Pyramids is the Great Sphinx of Giza , which dates from the time of Chephren (2620 BC). Hewn from natural yellowish limestone and standing 65 feet-high and 187 feet-long, this unforgettable statue combines the head of a Pharaoh with a lion's body. A quick visit to papyrus institute or a perfume shop can be arranged after the visit. Lunch will be served after the visit at an Indian/ Oriental restaurant After Lunch, afternoon visit to the Egyptian Museum for another tour
Egyptian Museum; was established by the Egyptian government in 1835. The present museum building was built in 1900, in the new classical style by the French architect Marcel Dourgnon. The museum exhibited collections now exceed 120,000 objects ranges from pre-historic era to the Greco Roman period. It has 107 halls, and the ground floor houses huge statues. The upper floor houses small statues, jewels, Tutankhamen treasures and the mummies. The museum also comprises of a photography section and large library. A hall for the Royal Mummies was opened at the museum, housing eleven kings and queens.
After the visit of the museum a short drive through the downtown will take you to Khan El Khalili bazaars; which is one of the most famous worldwide with its amazing narrow alleyways. Drive back to the hotel for refreshment then you will be escorted to the Sound & light venue to watch the amazing show of the Pyramids & Sphinx.
After an early breakfast at the hotel, proceed to the airport for your flight to Aswan (flight cost not included).
On arrival at Aswan, check in on board the luxury cruise liner. Enjoy a delicious ‘welcome aboard’ buffet lunch on board. Later proceed on a guided city tour visiting the High Dam – one of the outstanding architectural achievements of the twentieth century. Visit the temple of Philae dedicated to Goddess Isis.
Enjoy breakfast on board.
Optional visit to Abu Simbel. Enjoy lunch on board the cruise. Later set sail to KomOmbo and enjoy your leisure time on board. Later proceed to the famous ‘temple of two Gods’. Dedicated to Sobek and Haroeris, the crocodile gods, this temple was constructed during the Roman era and is noted for its engravings.
After enjoying the city sights of KomOmbo, re board the cruise and sail to Edfu, a town situated on the west bank of the river Nile.
This morning after an early Tea /Coffee on board, proceed to visit the famous Edfu temple dedicated to God Horus, represented by the Falcon. This is one of the most beautiful Egyptian temples distinguished by its huge splendid structure that blends Pharoic and Greek architecture. Return back to on board the cruise. Enjoy breakfast on board.
Later, sail to the magnificent town of Luxor, considered the greatest outdoor museum of the world. Enjoy Lunch on board. Arrive Luxor. Visit the Karnak Temple.
After breakfast on board check out. Proceed on a tour of Luxor – the City of Palaces. Visit the famous tombs in the Valley of Kings. Visit the temple of Hatshepsut. Later, proceed to the Colossi of Memnon, which are ruins of the funerary tomb of the Pharaoh Amenhotep III and the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, the only queen who ruled Egypt. After the visit and lunch proceed to the airport to board your flight to Sharm El Sheikh (flight cost not included). On arrival, transfer to your hotel and check in. The rest of your day is at leisure.
Today after breakfast the day is at leisure. Sharm El Sheikh is one of the world’s best known dive sites. Sharm El Sheikh Bay, Naama Bay and Shark Bay are all fantastic hang outs to enjoy the sun, sand and strikingly clear sea off the Sinai Peninsula. The seabed closer to the coast is like a gigantic coral aquarium housing Coral Grouper, Napoleon Wrasse, Parrotfish, Butterfly Fish and other fascinating marine life. In the evening another aspect of Egyptian culture comes to life with local shopping, terrace cafes and trendy discos opening their doors to locals & visitors alike.
This morning after breakfast day is free to enjoy the on your own.
This morning after breakfast day is free to enjoy the on your own.
This morning, after breakfast, proceed to the airport to board your flight to Amman(flight cost not included) . Upon arrival at Amman airport our representative meets you and assists you through immigration procedures.
Enjoy lunch at a restaurant. Then start the city tour of Amman visiting the Citadel with remains from 3 different periods and the Roman Theatre from 2nd century in downtown area.
Today morning after an early breakfast at hotel, drive 2.5 hrs to Petra. On horseback or on foot you reach the Siq, a narrow canyon, walk till the 40 meters high Treasury, see the Street of Facades and the Royal Tombs. Lunch at restaurant (there is no Indian restaurant in Petra).
Today morning after breakfast at the hotel, rest of the morning is at leisure to check out the exciting bargains in the modern sites of Amman, like Mecca Mall. Proceed for lunch at a restaurant and then we drive to the lowest point on earth. You have leisure time, the chance to float on salty waters or try the beauty benefits of the dark mud on the shores.
This morning, after a buffet/boxed breakfast, check out and proceed to the airport on your own for your flight back home. Return home with wonderful memories of your holiday with “Air Tours Holidays”, which we’re sure you will treasure for a lifetime.(B)
Sharm El Sheikh
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Cost of visas is NOT INCLUDED in your tour price
Egypt is a country that is extremely mysterious and an architect’s delight. To this day it draws visitors who come here to see the awe inspiring pyramids which to this day remains a mystery. This country is not like the other “Foreign countries” and hence cannot expect to find the same trappings here. It is akin to the environs of India and one can see the same state of the roads and the poverty here too.
When arriving in the hotels your passports may be requested for 24 hours. They will be returned promptly to you later. This registration is for your security only. The Egyptians treat their tourists as most precious, the hotels are well guarded (discretely), and you will find Egypt one of the safest countries in which to travel. Before the arrival at a new destination keep your passport handy, at least in your carry – on luggage, never in the suitcase or check – in luggage.
The basic unit of money is the Egyptian pound (L.E), which is divided into 100 Piasters. You might bring to Egypt any reasonable amount of traveler’s checks and cash. The exchange rates are subject to change. You will have no need to use Egyptian money before your arrival at the hotel. You may exchange currency in the hotel during 24 hours a day. When you exchange money keep your receipts and keep your customs declaration (Form D) in order to change Egyptian currency back into dollars when leaving the country.
Cairo is the only International Airport here.
Friday is the weekly holiday; most business is closed at least in the morning. The official hours for banks and commerce are from 10: 00 a.m to 6: 00 p.m. Many stores, especially in the tourist areas and hotels, are open all day and during evenings.
Egypt's climate is hot and dry most of the year. During the winter months - December, January and February - average daily temperatures stay up around 20°C on the Mediterranean coast and a pleasant 26°C in Aswan. Maximum temperatures get to 31°C and 50°C respectively. Winter nights only get down to 8°C , a very Egyptian version of chilly. Alexandria receives the most rain. While Aswan is almost bone-dry with just 2mm annually. Between March and April the khamsin blows in from the Western Desert.
The best months to visit this country is starting Oct until March. The hottest month is Aug and it is rather hot starting from June onwards.
The word is cotton, and not even heavy blends with synthetics will do. Regular jeans are also worn. Wear closed, comfortable shoes for tours (sneakers, tennis shoes), but you might wear any kind of sandals, etc . Around the hotel area and in town. A very light hat and sunglasses are necessary for protection against the hot sun. Sun Block and Sun tan lotion is also a must.
It Is important to remember that Egypt is an Islamic country, leave your shorts at home. Ladies should also choose dresses and blouses with some kind of sleeves and no “generous“openings around the neck . Improper clothing is perceived as a cultural insult. However , bring your swimsuit and cover – up to get to the swimming pool , as you will have to pass through the hotel .
For the dinner hour we usually are a little more dressy than on the road , so , do not dress in tee-shirts and jogging outfits for dinner . Clean skirts and blouses are acceptable . The “galabeya” is the traditional Egyptian dress and is akin to a loose kaftan. Its easy to wear and is used during one of the themed evenings that you may have a chance of attending.
“ Baksheesh “ ( tips ) is the first Arabic word you have to learn . As salaries are very low in Egypt , “ baksheesh “ is a way of life . For your stay in a hotel room , leave one pound minimum a day .
Tips must be given to the guides and the driver too. The little Egyptian children love stationary.
Hence it would be handy for you to carry from here some pencils and ball point pens that you could give away at the various monuments during your sightseeing tours. However giving money to the little children is a complete NO.
Arabic is the national language, though in the hotels and your guides are well versed in English.
The food is usually very good in the hotels ; however , stick with fruit and vegetables which can be peeled , if they were not cooked . Bring some crackers , nuts , and other snacks for the long tours .
Soft drinks & water are no problem on the tours because there is always somewhere some “ Coca-Cola temple “ tea bags and some instant coffee, together with your water boiler are also very helpful in your hotel room.
The typical tea available is called the “karkade” and is made from the karkade flower. It is pink in color and the dried petals are used to make the tea. The same has medicinal value and is drunk either hot or cold. Its great for balancing the blood pressure. One can buy the petals at the local markets by the kilo.
The most famous market here in Cairo is the Khan El Khalily Market and is open normally from 1000 hrs until 2100 hrs daily. The market is extremely crowded and hence it is recommended that one gets dropped here and later make your own way back to the hotel. One can find just about everything here, from the quaint antiques to camel leather seats, to precious stones and to the more popular spices, dry fruits and the karkade petals. This is also a good place to get the best rate for your Dollar, though of course they are unauthorized dealers selling the same to you. Pls remember that there is no guarantee for the authenticity of the currency being given to you. It’s a chance.
One also must bring back Papyrus paintings of Nefretti or the scarab (the bug, which is a lucky charm). Semi precious stones of onyx, etc and Attar are very typical. Silver is quite famous here too and pendants signifying the key of life are quite nice to present and keep.
Vases of Alabaster are typically found in Luxor but can be found in the Khalily market as well.
There are several shops in Cairo that sell Leather goods. The shoes and boots particularly are very affordable and sturdy.
Surprisingly the Egyptian Cotton garments that are so famous worldwide are not readily available in Egypt itself !
Upon arrival into Cairo, it is recommended for one to take the flight to Luxor or Aswan (depending on the cruise opted for) and board the cruise. Again from the last point one can fly back to Cairo.
Cairo to Alexandria is done by road and takes around 3 hours.
If one would like to do Hurghada (the resort by the Red Sea) you need to drive in the convoy from Luxor.
Hurghada to Cairo is by flight.
One can visit Sharm El Shaikh from Cairo or any of the other points by flight only.
The other option is by train, ie Cairo to Luxor or Aswan or vv. One can choose from a 1st class or a 2nd class sleeper option as the trains are all overnight ones.
There is also no concept of inside cabins here. All the cabins have windows facing the river. The check in time is normally before lunch at 1200 hrs.
During lunch and dinner time, all tables are numbered and each family / cabin is allotted one particular table number that is yours till the end of the cruise. Indian Food is not available on board, however vegetarian food can be made available.
The pool on the deck is small and varies from cruise to cruise. Invariably one of the evenings hosts a themed night called the “galabeya” night where all the guests must come dressed in the traditional galabeya.
The cruise sets sail during the nights and docks during the day and hence all the sightseeing is done during the day post breakfast so that you are back by lunchtime and can relax for the rest of the day on board.
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Jordan isn't just a friendly cup of tea with the locals, though. It's also home to two of the most spectacular sights in the Middle East. Petra, the ancient city of the Nabateans, may be overrun with snap-happy day-trippers, but that doesn't change the fact that it's one of the world's most atmospheric ruins. For a slightly more contemplative experience, the startling desert scenery of Wadi Rum enraptured Lawrence of Arabia and has caused more than one traveller to don a kaffiyeh and gaze defiantly into the middle distance.
Hot and dry summers with cool evenings. The Jordan Valley below sea level is warm during winter and extremely hot in summer. Rain falls between November and March, while colder weather conditions occur in December/January.
The best time to visit Jordan is in spring or autumn, when you can dodge the baking sun of summer and the freezing winds of winter. Although winter can be bitterly cold in most of the country, the Red Sea area and Aqaba are still very pleasant.
Required clothing: Lightweight cottons and linens are advised between May and September. Warmer clothes are necessary for winter and cool summer evenings. Rainwear is needed from November to April.
Dinar (JOD) = 100 piaters or 1000 fils. Notes are in denominations of JOD50, 20, 10, 5 and 1, and 500 fils. Coins are in denominations of 1JOD, 500, 250, 100, 50, 25, 10 and 5 fils.
Foreign currencies can be exchanged easily in banks and bureaux de change. Most hotels also provide exchange facilities. The daily exchange rates are published in local newspapers.
American Express, Visa, Diners Club and MasterCard are accepted in hotels restaurants and larger shops. There are some ATMs but only some accept foreign cards.
The import and export of local or foreign currency is unrestricted.
Banking Hours: Sat-Thurs 0830-1500. Hours during Ramadan are 0830-1000, although some banks open in the afternoon
Arabic is the official language. English is widely spoken in the cities. French, German, Italian and Spanish are also spoken.
220 volts AC, 50Hz. Round two-pin plugs are used. Lamp sockets are screw-type, and there is a wide range of wall sockets
Jordanian holidays and festivals are mostly Islamic. The big one is Ramadan, a month where everyone fasts between sunup and sunset to conform to the fourth pillar of Islam. Ramadan ends with a huge feast, Eid al-Fitr, where everyone prays together, visits friends, gives presents and stuffs themselves. Eid al-Adah, held around February, is the other big feast of the year, and marks the time when Muslims should make the pilgrimage to Mecca. Non-religious holidays include Independence Day, on 25 May.
BY AIR: The national airline is Royal Jordanian Airlines (RJ) There are flights to 50 destinations in the Middle East, Europe, North America, the Far East and Asia.
International airports: Queen Alia International (AMM) is 35km (22 miles) southeast of the capital - Amman, to which it is connected by a good highway (travel time – approximately 40 minutes). There is a regular bus service to Amman every 30 minutes (travel time – approximately 50 minutes), and taxis are also available. Facilities include duty free shops, bank/bureau de change, eating and shopping facilities, and car hire (Avis and Hertz).
Departure tax: Departure Tax will be applicable.
BY SEA: The only port is Aqaba, which is on the cruise itineraries for Cunard, P&O and Swan Hellenic. Car and passenger ferries from Aqaba to Cairo and Aqaba to Nuweiba operate twice-daily and there is also a high-speed hydrofoil service. There is a weekly passenger service to Suez and Jeddah.
Departure tax: Approx JD 6.00 for individual tourists.
BY RAIL: The Hijaz Railway operates on the old Ottoman track between Amman and Damascus (Syrian Arab Republic).
AIR: Royal Wings operates regular flights from Amman to Aqaba. It is also possible to hire executive jets and helicopters.
ROAD: Main roads are good (there are nearly 3000km (1900 miles) of paved roads in the country), but desert tracks should be avoided. It is important to make sure that the vehicle is in good repair if travelling on minor roads or tracks. Take plenty of water and follow local advice carefully. In case of breakdown, contact the Automobile Association. Traffic drives on the right. There are frequent passport controls along the Red Sea and travellers are advised to have their papers ready.
Bus: Services are efficient & cheap. Alpha, JETT & Petra all operate modern, airconditioned fleets.
Taxi: Share-taxi service to all towns on fixed routes is also available for private hire. Share-taxis to Petra should be booked in advance owing to demand.
Car hire: Avis & four national companies operate services in the main towns, including Amman and Aqaba, available also from hotels and travel agents. Drivers are available for the day. Documentation: National driving licences are accepted if they have been issued at least one year before travel. However, an International Driving Permit is recommended. Visitors are not allowed to drive a vehicle with normal Jordanian plates unless they have a Jordanian driving licence.
Note: When using routes which go near the Israeli border, the traveller should always have all papers in order & within reach.
URBAN: There are conventional buses and extensive fixed-route ‘Servis’ (share-taxis, most seating up to seven) in Amman. The ‘Servis’ are licensed, with a standard fare scale, but there are no fixed pick-up or set-down points. Vehicles often fill up at central or outer terminal points and then run non-stop.
Hotels and restaurants usually add a service charge of 10% to 12%, with extra tips being discretionary. Tips for porters and drivers should be approximately 8%.