DAY 10: Luxor/Giza
We disembark Oberoi Philae this morning and visit Karnak Temple, where for 2,000 years some 30 pharaohs added their own monuments and shrines. Karnak’s scale is vast. The 134 columns of the great hall create a forest of stone 70 feet high, while the towering obelisk of Queen Hatshepsut shadows the rear of the temple. The reliefs and carvings, created by some of Ancient Egypt’s finest artisans, are dramatic.
Later we explore exquisite Luxor Temple, on the banks of the Nile. The temple is guarded by massive statues of Ramses II, and has magnificent pylons, columns and statues. It has been a place of worship for millennia, as attested to by the mosque that was built atop the site. In the late afternoon, we continue to the Luxor Museum, which contains some of Egypt’s finest statuary, beautifully lit and displayed.
Our private aircraft awaits us for our flight to Cairo this afternoon. Transfer to the exquisite Four Seasons First Residence, located next to the botanical gardens on the Giza side of the Nile. From this luxurious hotel, we have easy access to the sites we have yet to explore on our journey—the pyramids of Giza, Saqqara, and the treasures of Islamic Cairo. You are encourages to enjoy all of Four Seasons' amenities including full spa and wellness center, large elegant rooms with pyramid-view (weather permitting), opening swimming pool with views of the city, and more. Dinner is at the hotel. (B,L,D)