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Enjoy your days on the banks of the Nile in ambient Egypt – this tour features 5-star hotels and a luxury Nile cruise boat. You may want to include our tour In The Footsteps of The Holy Family or take a couple of extra days trips from Cairo to check out some of their stopovers.
3 Hours Before Flight Time
Cairo with the Pyramids of Giza, Saqqara, the Egyptian Museum, Temple of Philae, Kom Ombo, Edfu, Luxor Temple, Karnak Temple complex, West Bank, Valley of the Kings, and more.
Once you’ve landed at the Cairo Airport, one of our representatives will welcome and assist you before escorting you to your hotel. The evening is yours free to either explore or relax for your big adventure starts tomorrow.
Overnight: Cairo hotel.
Meals: No meals.
This morning you will be met at your hotel by your guide for a full-day tour of the pyramids at Giza, Sphinx, and Saqqara to gaze at the first pyramid ever built in Egypt – the Djoser’s Step Pyramid.
At the end of your tour today, your private driver will take you back to your hotel to settle in and enjoy your free evening.
Overnight: Cairo hotel.
We take a short trip to Luxor this morning. Once you arrive, we will get you checked in onboard your chosen Nile Cruise.
Later this evening, we visit the Temple of Karnak complex where many temples are located – going back to the era of Pharaoh Ramses II from the 13th century BC – and then it’s on to the Luxor Temple. Later, we head back on board the cruise.
Overnight on board Nile Cruise.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
After Breakfast, we head to the West Bank of Luxor – the Valley of the Kings where you get to enter the tombs of the Pharaohs and powerful nobles of the New Kingdom. The valley is on the West Bank of the Nile, opposite Thebes, modern Luxor, within the heart of the Theban Necropolis.
Our next stop is the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut – the most distinguished temple in Egypt! On the way back, we will stop at the huge rock-carved statues pr Ramases at the Colossi of Memnon.
Your Nile cruise will set sail towards Edfu Via Esna, make sure you catch the magical view along the way while enjoying the entertainment onboard.
Overnight on board Nile Cruise.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
The tour kicks off today at the Horus Temple – the best-preserved cult temple in Egypt. This is partly since it was built later than most of the other ancient temples. We continue sailing on to Kom Ombo and visit the Temple of Sobek – the ancient god of crocodiles – your Egyptologist guide will let you in on where he got that name from.
Overnight on board at Kom Ombo.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Our first stop today will be at High Dam before we visit the Unfinished Obelisk – the largest known Obelisk – located in the northern region of the stone quarries of Aswan. Then onto we take a small motorboat on the Nile to Philae Temple – the centre for the cult of the goddess Isis.
Overnight on board in Aswan.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
After breakfast at early hours, your private vehicle will take you and your guide to Abu Simbel for about two and a half hours where you’ll explore the deserted site surrounded by the river on both sides. Later, your driver will escort you back to check in to your hotel overnight.
Overnight in Aswan hotel.
We catch an early flight back to Cairo this morning. Once settled in, we head to the Egyptian Museum where you will see the legendary treasures it holds. We then tour Islamic Cairo and the Citadel of Saladin. Then it’s on to Coptic Cairo to visit the Hanging Church, built on the side of the Roman fortress of Babylon and then on to the Saint Sergius Church.
Overnight at your Cairo hotel.
After breakfast, we head to Alexandria for a full-day tour. This Mediterranean city was founded by Alexander the Great. Today, your guide will take you to tour the famous Pompey’s Pillar, the Amphitheatre, the Roman Catacombs, and more before driving back to Cairo.
Overnight in Cairo hotel.
Get ready to bid your farewell to Egypt. Our agent will take you to Cairo International Airport for your departure home.
Nile Cruise Dinner:
Depending on your arrival time, you can add a Nile Dinner Cruise to your schedule. Hop on-board a 5-star standard or deluxe Nile Cruise depending on your preference.
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.
Sunrise Hot-Air Balloon ride over the ancient wonders of Luxor
Come and enjoy the splendours of the ancient sights of Luxor from the air. Experience spectacular landscape from the unique viewpoint that only hot air ballooning can provide.
Abu Simbel By Road:
Early morning visit to the Temples of Abu Simbel this 13th century-BC – dedicated to Pharaoh Ramses II. The second temple, Hathor, was built to honour his Queen, Nefertari.
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.
Trip of a Lifetime!!!!!
From the very first email everything was excellent. So I want to start by thanking Nahla for making the booking process smooth and stress free! We had a tailor made itinerary with the Cruise Adventure and also added on Abu Simbel and the day-trip to Alexandria. 11 days 10 nights and it was quite the excursion!
Once we landed at Cairo airport, Waleed our tour manager was right there greeting us with a sign. He quickly got us through baggage and customs without and issues to our own personal driver of a nice rental car. On our way to the hotel, he provided us with very helpful information and history about the different areas on our way to the hotel. All throughout the trip he ensured we were pleased and encountered no issues. Even the issue with our hotel we managed to get rectified even beyond what we expected. He also provides you with a local phone to contact him during your trip should any questions or problems arise when you aren’t with him.
The tour guides; (Cairo) Ayman and Luxor – Aswan (Ashraf) were AWESOME! They were easy going, fun and extremely knowledgeable. I was blown away at how much history I had bestowed upon me between the two of them. They really know their stuff! They also made sure we weren’t taken advantage of when it came to tipping the people selling stuff (who can be a bit aggressive).
The Cruise – OMG amazing!!!! In addition to my first trip to Egypt this was also my first cruise. The ship was gorgeous! the rooms were quality and cozy without feeling cramped. You have a full window view of the Nile river as you cruise along. The staff was super friendly! Housekeeping made fun animals out of our towels each morning. The buffet meals were excellent! I had like 4 different style of rice dishes while there. They had different things every night. Great variety! Tip: Bring bug repellant for mosquitos, because you never feel them, but you definitely discover where they’ve been!
Despite what’s being reported in Western media and what common thought is. Egypt felt completely safe. I was never once worried if I was in a sketchy area or felt like I needed to watch my back. Even pick pocketing, I was never worried. If you travel smart (in general) that shouldn’t be a concern. Be prepared for that traffic tho! That mess is brutal when its rush hour, but our driver Awad was
excellent. He drove like Jason Statham in that movie The Transporter. He was not messing around when it came to getting us to our destinations. I loved it. Kudos to him big time!
If you’ve ever wanted to visit Egypt I would definitely recommend booking your trip through Lady Egypt Tours. For this being my first trip abroad, it was completely stress free and a blast! Especially if you’re a history buff!
Thank you everyone for making this trip something I am going to remember years to come! I shall be back!
Lady Egypt took care of everything, and I felt so safe! Cairo, for a couple days was good. ASwan was amazing and I would go back for a month! Luxor was incredible and I could spend weeks there peaking thru the streets. Hurghada was fun to relax. Wish I had time to explore Alexandria, Matrouh and Siwa. Drivers and local guides were amazing!
A Great time with Lady Egypt
We came all the way from Brazil and we were very well welcomed by Lady Egypt’s Tour. They are very professional, acompanied us since we arrived at the airport and were always willing to do our wishes. I would recommend them for sure!