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If you are looking for a change this Christmas, a swap from the wet and cold to a golden and sunny weather, then this trip is for you! Discover the festive season in Egypt and spend your Christmas morning on the beach soaking up the sun.
There is absolutely nothing that this tour leaves out. I am of course exaggerating yet it truly gives you a big whiff of all that this country puts forth. Come and view the Pyramids, the Sphinx and the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. Take in the magnificent temple of Abu Simbel (transfer by bus), view the romantic and well preserved Philae Temple in Aswan, the twin temples of Kom Ombo and the Edfu temple, bask in the sunset sun and partake of a Bedouin dinner in Hurghada by the coast and check out the green oasis of Fayoum encircled by the desert. Then head to Wadi El Rayan and behold Lake Qaroun in the midst of the desert and visit Tunis Village which is a potters haven.
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The Pyramids, the Sphinx and the Egyptian MuseumAbu Simbel Kom Ombo and the Edfu temple, Bedouin dinner in Hurghada the green oasis of Fayoum Wadi El Rayan Lake Qaroun Tunis Village…. and more !
Rate is based on 5* standard accommodation ( 4* options are available)
Due to sailing conditions, minor changes may occur on the cruise Itinerary
Just as you touch down in Cairo international airport, one of our representatives will welcome and assist you upon customs before accompanying you on your private transfer to your chosen hotel. Check-in, relax, and settle in, ready for your adventurous upcoming days! .Your tour leader will hold a small briefing about the arrangements for this trip and then you will be able to enjoy a relaxing day at your leisure. You might want to take in the Sound and light show at the Pyramids this evening. It is optional and your Lady Egypt Tour representative can get you a last minute booking.
Rise and Shine to your first day of exploring Cairo’s Highlights. This morning you will be met at your hotel by your private guide for a full-day tour of the pyramids at Giza, Sphinx and Egyptian Museum. Take in the fascinating great Pyramids from a different perspective as you ride a camel (Optional) through the Sahara desert at Giza, we will show you the best spots for a perfect photo shot !
At the end of your tour your private driver will take you back to your hotel to settle in and enjoy your free evening.
Overnight: Hotel in Cairo.
This morning, after breakfast, your private vehicle along with one of our representatives will escort you to Cairo airport and assist you before boarding your domestic flight to Aswan. Upon arrival, we will take a private tour of the impressive Aswan High Dam and its huge lake, and the romantic Temple of Philae. This temple is just breathtaking for its location, it’s situated on a private island with the crystal waters of the Nile around it. here there is a beautiful oriental cafe you can sit at, enjoy a refreshing drink while taking in the magnificent view. At the end of your tour, enjoy your private transfer to your Aswan Hotel, check in and relax.
Overnight: hotel in Aswan.
Good morning. Enjoy your breakfast before checking out of the hotel. A new day, a new adventure. It’s on to the magnificent and otherworldly temple of Abu Simbel. In an airconditioned vehicle, we will make our way by road (3 hour trip one way) to the temple. Commemorating Ramses II and his victory at the battle of Kadesh, the temples are a miracle of engineering as twice a year, the inner sanctuary receives the sunbeams that light up three of the 4 sculptures. This incredible, hard to believe feat will keep the God of Darkness Ptah in obscurity. Back in Aswan, you will board your 5 star cruise ship. The rest of the day is yours. As an option, you might want to enjoy the spectacular Sound and Light Show at the Philae temple.
Overnight on board.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
We continue sailing to the city known as the ” open-air museum “, Luxor. On route, we stop for an exciting tour of the Temple shared by two gods Sobek and Haeroris in Kom Ombo before we visit Edfu Temple. This Temple is just extraordinary in size and the number of details it holds of symbols, tombs, and engravings. Don’t worry, your Egyptologist guide will do all the encrypting for you and enlighten you with many interesting facts on the ancient Egyptian world!
Overnight onboard Nile Cruise.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
This morning, get ready for an early start to avoid the noontide heat of the Valley of the Kings. Your Egyptologist guide will take you on a tour to explore a number of Tombs, the Mortuary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut in the Valley of the Queens, and the Colossi of Memnon.
Overnight onboard Nile Cruise.
Meals: Breakfast , Lunch & dinner
Rise and Shine to your last day of adventuring more of what this beautiful city has to offer. Your private vehicle will take you to
our first stop of the day is Karnak Temple, one of the largest temples in the world. Wander the endless giant pillars before we head to Luxor Temple, our last stop of the day.
When returning from the west bank, travel in our private modern A/C coaster to Hurghada, don’t forget to look out for the beautiful sahara mountains along the way until we reach one of the most beautiful red sea resorts. The rest of the evening is all yours once we reach Hurghada.
Overnight at Hotel in Hurghada.
This day is yours. How would you like to spend it? Diving, snorkeling, taking a glass-bottomed boat out to spy on the coral reefs? You name it, we can arrange it. This afternoon, we will pick you up to take you on to a special Bedouin dinner. We start off by taking a 4×4 safari ride to the Bedouin camp, then proceed in climbing on camels to go for a short ride to watch the sunset and have a BBQ dinner Bedouin style.
Overnight in Hurghada hotel.
Meals: Breakfast and dinner.
Enjoy Breakfast, this morning we head back to Cairo. After breakfast we will accompany you to the airport where you will board a flight back to Cairo. There once checked in, the rest of the day/evening is yours unless you choose one of our optional tours: Cairo city tour which includes Coptic and Islamic Cairo or the Khan el Khalili Bazaar if you haven’t seen it yet. Check them out and others on our list.
Overnight at Cairo hotel.
This huge Oasis is merely two hours away from the city and hides its beauty so well, you would never suspect it holds such wonder when you are approaching it. Fayoum is enormously rich archeological sites from different eras, has a history in pottery making and is blessed with plenty of natural treasures. First, we shall enjoy a visit to the ancient ruin of the city of Karanis, known also as Kom Aushim dating back to Greco-Roman times. Then its on to the Water Wheels ( said to number 200) dating back to the Ptolemaic era and take in Lake Qarun or Birket Qarun in Arabic, Moeris in Greek is considered the oldest natural lake in the world. It is a salt water latke having been a freshwater later in prehistory. Is that not amazing? And so we go on now to Qasr Qaroun, where the ancient town of Dionysias was located and the Temple of Stone still stands. We shall then go on to survey Wadi el Rayan in the western desert, a unique nature protectorate, with its fresh water lakes and stunning dunes made for skidding in a 4×4. We will finish off the tour with a visit to Tunis village, home to the very well known potters of Fayoum. Back to Cairo for the night.
Overnight in Cairo hotel.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.
This is goodbye. Make sure your Fayoum pottery is packed in bubbles, you have all your souvenirs put away and your memories intact in your pocket. After breakfast, our representative will come by to pick you up and drop you off at the airport in time for your flight back home. Ma al salama. We wish you well and hope to welcome you back in Egypt for some more of our adventures.
Nile Cruise Dinner:
Depending on your arrival time, This evening you can add a Nile Dinner Cruise to your schedule, your driver will transfer you to enjoy the entertainment on-board a 5* standard or deluxe Nile Cruise depending on your preference.
Enjoy a deliciously cooked dinner prepared with love and care by our amazing chefs.
Sound and Light Show:
Depending on your arrival time, you can attend the Sound and Light show, the show is exhibited on the Giza Pyramids Plateau itself, a great way to get a glimpse of what awaits you tomorrow. This evening watch the pyramids and Sphinx light up in multicolors as you listen to the story behind the discovery of both great wonders.
Cairo City Tour: Take a guided private tour of Coptic Cairo and Islamic Cairo that have marked the Egyptian History forever. See for yourself how this beautiful country is home to all religions where everyone practices their beliefs side by side peacefully. Your first visit will be at the Citadel of Saladdin and its Alaster Mosque of Mohamed Ali followed by a visit to the Hanging Church El Muallaqa that was built into the walls of the Roman fortress of Babylon and then onto St Sergius Church said to be the resting place of the holy family.
Khan El Khalili Bazaar: Later this afternoon visit the largest bazaar in the middle east for some last-minute shopping, take a piece of Cairo back home with you there are numerous souvenir options from Bracelet Charms to Clothes, Accessories, Carpets, Chicha Pipes, ornaments, home decorations … and more!
After a boost of energy, head to the breathtaking Wadi El Rayan located in the western desert here is where you can enjoy sandboard and look super cool!
Dinner in the village of Tunis:
If you fancy a change of scenery and menu for dinner before we head back, the generous people of the village will be more than happy to welcome you and serve you food cooked with love and care.
Egypt offers a wide variety of 3-star hotels. The prices range from $12 to $20 per person per night in a double room. I would suggest you check hotel directories for rates and locations. Backpacker services are not popular in Egypt, although a few are available.
The best time to visit Egypt is from October to May. It is the peak travel season, temperatures are milder though comparatively warmer than in the northern hemisphere. This is our High-Season with its two busiest periods: the Christmas/New Year period and the Easter Period, whereby hotels and cruises will put their prices up. This can mean that some hotels become really expensive, so making your reservations very early, even for the budget hotels, is strongly advised. The other 4 months are the low-season so to speak. May to September are the height of Egyptian summer, with very high temperatures, especially in Upper Egypt (Luxor and the southern parts of the country). However, this is the time for you to see Egypt in virtual peace and quiet, giving you the advantage of seeing the sites without any hassle either from school children or crowds of tourists.
Even though we arrange tours… the best BUDGET way is to do it yourself.
It is easier to sit back, have someone make all arrangements for you and just zip, worry-free from place to place (and some people wouldn’t do it any other way; it is a vacation after all LOL). But if you’re willing to put in the work, are flexible, easily adaptable, easy going and you’re willing to deal with haggling etc. it is not impossible to do Egypt without an operator.
In 10 days you can definitely visit three cities. You can even add Aswan in there. For most first-time visitors, 2 days in Cairo is enough. It is an overwhelming city, especially if you’re going about on your own.
If you’re going to do this yourself, I suggest at least securing ground transportation for the day. That can be a hired private car or taxi but you don’t want to be wasting time flagging down and haggling with taxis at every turn. Having pre-arranged transport will take lots of the hassle out of doing things yourself. Having a good guide book is essential but if you can, book a guide or two to break up the monotony and really help with understanding the sites and bringing them to life. There are many good budget hotels in Luxor, Cairo and Aswan, which can be booked on sites such as hostelworld.com. You pre-pay 10% of the booking when it’s made and then pay the rest on arrival. The hostels do tours as well.
If you’re a student, be sure to bring your ISIC card for 50% discount on tickets to the sites.
If you decide you need help arranging all or part of the trip, don’t hesitate to contact us.
Spend a couple of nights in Cairo, take the sleeper-train to Aswan, spend another two nights there while visiting Abu Simbel and the Philae Temple, maybe Kom Ombo too. Then you can take a cruise down the Nile to Luxor, spend two nights visiting the Valleys of the Kings and Queens and the Karnak Temple Complex. Then you can return to Cairo and from there head to a Red Sea resort, either on the Sinai Peninsula or the coast, for a few nights.
The high-season is October to May, making June to September (the summer months and the hottest) the low-season and therefore prices are at their lowest.
It has never been a problem, however you have to put up sometimes with annoying verbal harassment and this happens to Egyptian women as well. The best thing is to ignore and go on. It can sometimes get really irritating but reacting does not work. There is nothing forbidden in Egypt. You do not need to cover up or anything of the sort, yet to avoid drawing unnecessary attention to yourself, do please cover your shoulders and cleavage and do not wear shorts. It is just a matter of feeling comfortable and fitting in. Best footwear are sneakers as there is a lot of walking and it is dusty and sometimes the streets are in poor condition and dirty.
The ones recommended are: Yellow Fever (common to most parts of Africa), Tetanus and Hepatitis. Otherwise, just take the usual precautions when travelling to hot parts of the world. Drink bottled water, avoiding ice and unless you are in a well-known hotel and restaurant, avoid eating uncooked greens. Avoid roadside food stands. Bring a good insect repellent as the evenings might be full of mosquitoes. At all cost, avoid contact with street dogs, rabies is still a risk in Egypt. Make sure you have condoms on you, they are also available in all pharmacies. Carry a small medical kit for your needs, with painkillers and diarrhea tablets at hand at all times. We also advise you to carry a travel insurance.
On Organizing your Trip – Alone or in a couple or with friends and you wish to organize everything yourself, please let the hotel know of your plans before leaving. Should you get lost, the hotel will be able to act on your behalf. Also arm yourself with hotel address and telephone number, always, as you may need it. Be aware that you might be ripped-off. Like many tourist destinations, Egypt has its “wolves”, preying on unsuspecting, trustful travelers. Often the total cost will be more than if you had arranged it through a travel agent or your hotel and a lot less enjoyable.
On independent travel, for a first timer it is not advised. It much better to take a guide. You don’t need to book a package tour, groups can be arranged here. First and foremost, prepare yourself for a culture shock. Many seasoned travelers arrive and find it is unlike any other country they have previously visited.
On Dining Out, first time travelers are at a loss. It is best to seek out a hotel chain or a well-reviewed restaurant (ask around if you can) then you can be assured to get good, clean food. The price will be worth it. Never drink tap water! Wash and shower with it, but do not drink it.
On the Egyptian Language- Learn the basic words: La’ (no) and shukran (thank you). You will be needing them.
On Transportation – Taxis are a problem as they do not have a counter and pricing can be very tricky. Best is to use Uber or Careem or else have your hotel get you a cab and negotiate the price before you go on your ride.
In general, always take a bottle of water on your expedition. The heat will get to you.
Always carry local currency as it will make your life easier, especially when paying for groceries, taxis, touristic venues, museums and souvenirs. In big shops, restaurants and hotels you may use your credit cards.
On Tips – If you feel generous enough to tip one child, then expect to be followed by a hoard of others expecting to be tipped as well. Make sure you have a lot of small bills for such ventures as tipping is sort of expected and even the smallest bill (one pound) will be welcomed.
On Photography – Taking photos inside many temples is restricted, so please follow the advice of your guide and the keeper of the sites. In some places, please be aware that the government will charge you for taking photographs. Due to new policies put in place by the Ministry of Tourism, cameras are not permitted at all in the Valley of the Kings. Please exercise caution and respect when taking photographs of anything other than tourist sites. It is forbidden to take photographs of the police, anything of a military nature or indeed bridges, airports and public works. Respect should be given to Egyptian women, use discretion. Always ask permission before taking photos of people and expect to be asked for a tip in return.
On Clothing – Upon visiting mosques, please dress conservatively, i.e. half/long sleeved shirt and no shorts. In public areas, this would also be our advice. However, in some touristic areas such as the seaside, it perfectly fine to wear shorts and sleeveless shirts. Please remember to remove your footwear upon stepping into a mosque.
On Health – Bring a supply of your medication if you take any on a regular basis as well as a copy of your prescription. However, please be assured that your hotel or our staff will find you a specialized doctor should the need arise.
Egypt’s national airline is Egypt Air. Most major international airlines fly to Cairo.
Please check with your travel agent or your favourite travel website for more
Please visit https://visacentral.com/egypt-visa
Please note your passport should be valid for 6 months after the end date of your visa.