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Egyptian Museum, Citadel of Saladin, Khan el Khalili Bazaar, Pyramids and Sphinx, Philae Temple, Aswan Botanical Garden and Market, Island of Elephantine, St Simeon’s Monastery, Kom Ombo, Valley of the Kings, Hatshepsut Temple, Colossi of Memnon, Karnak Temple.
Welcome to Egypt! Our representative will meet you and family at Cairo International Airport and provide assistance through customs. As soon as all formalities are successfully passed, you will be comfortably transferred to your hotel before starting your unforgettable adventure. The evening is all yours to relax and get ready for your Egyptian holiday. (no meals included).
This morning you will enjoy an included guided tour of the Egyptian Museum and discover the unprecedented treasures including the famous gold burial mask of King Tutankhamun. (Optionally suggestedagainst a supplement, you can enter the Royal Mummy Room and discover the incredibly preserved mummies of pharaohs including Ramses II, who still has hair on his head). Later, discover the beautiful Citadel of Saladin–one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and later on, browse the vibrant Khan el-Khalili(The oldest bazaar of Egypt, where you can shop for souvenirs before we return to the flat.
Overnight: Cairo – airbnb
Highlights of the day: Pyramids of Giza & Sphinx
After breakfast, we will head towards Giza to visit Egypt’s most iconic attraction namely, the legendary Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx at the Giza Plateau, which is the Sole survivor of the ancient Greek-listed Seven Wonders of the World. Constructed from over 2.5million limestone blocks, the Pyramids had taken more than 20 years to be built. You will enjoy a guided tour of the site, andyou have also the opportunity to enter inside one of the pyramids. In the afternoon, free at leisure, where you can explore Cairo at leisure, or relax by the hotel pool with your family before check out. In the evening, you will be transferred to the railway station to take the comfortable overnight sleeper train to Aswan this evening, dinner and overnight.
Highlights of the day: Philae Temple
Upon arrival Aswan, we will visit the scenic Philae Temple, on Agilika Island in the Nile, which will be followed by a stop at a perfume oil emporium. Then, a smooth check-in to the hotel, where the afternoon will be free at leisure. It is recommended to take a stroll along the riverside corniche, visit the Aswan Botanical Gardens or enjoy an afternoon by the pool. This evening, you will visit the outstanding Aswan market, and enjoy the smells of herbs and spices, that is being sold by the local merchants.
Overnight: Aswan Hotel on bed & breakfast basis
Highlights of the day: Felucca Sailing & Elephantine Island
After breakfast, you will enjoy a traditional felucca ride today as we sail on the mighty Nile to Elephantine Island. During our guided walk of the island,you will discover many archaeological site. After the visit, you will enjoy lunch. This afternoon is free at leisure for you to spend, or you can join the(optional excursion to Aswan’s Nubian Museum). The museum is home to more than 3,000 artefacts and scale models all overthe different Egyptian ancient eras.
Overnight: Aswan Hotel on bed & breakfast basis, lunch
Highlights of the day: Camel Ride to St Simeon’s Monastery
Today after breakfast and check out, you will have a motorboat ride across the Nile to the West Bank. There, you will enjoy an exciting camel ride across rolling sand dunes to the 7th century St Simeon’s Monastery. Later on, you will be heading towards the ancient Luxor, and visiting en route the famous double temple of Kom Ombo. This perfectly symmetrical temple was dedicated to both the crocodile god Sobek and the falcon God Horus. Then you will arrive Luxor, and will be accommodated in hotel, and overnight.
Overnight: Luxor Hotel on bed & breakfast basis
Highlights of the day: Luxor’s Valley of the Kings
Early morning after breakfast, you will explore the famous Valley of the Kingsin a guided tour on Luxor’s West Bank, where mighty pharaohs including Tutankhamun were laid to rest. You can explore three of the ancient tombs, and discover the beautiful carvings and hieroglyphs on the walls of the tombsto perceive the glory of these ancient kings. Later on, you will visit the beautiful Temple of Queen Hatshepsutin Deir- el Bahary, and you will see the twin towering Colossus of Memnon, two giant statues of the Pharaoh Amenhotep III. That’s not all. The adventure continues.This afternoon,you will visit the gigantic Karnak Temple, which took around 1,500 years to complete. There, you will see the Avenue of Sphinxes, and relish the enormous columns and statues, which make up this complex site. The evening will be free at leisure to relax with your family, or you may wish to join the(optional tour of Luxor Temple, which is brilliantly illuminated by hundreds of lights at night)
Overnight: Luxor Hotel on bed & breakfast basis
Breakfast will be followed by check out. You will be transferred from Luxor to Hurghada, the popular resort of Egypt, on the shore of the Red Sea. You will enjoy a short orientation walk before spending the rest of today relaxing on the beach with your family.
Overnight: Hurghada Hotel on Soft all
In the morning, you will enjoy free time to relax in Hurghada on the beach, or you have the possibility of joiningthe optional snorkeling trip in the beautiful Red Sea). You will sail to a nearby coral reef and swim alongside colorful fish, turtles, and maybe even friendly dolphins. Later, you will enjoy lunch and drinks onboard before we return to the hotel.
Overnight: Hurghada Hotel on Soft all
As for days 10 and 11, you can spendindependently in Hurghada, enjoying the vibrant resort with your family to soak up some sun and swim in the turquoise waters, relax on the beach or by the pool. You can enjoy hotel’s amenities, through the many bars and restaurants that the hotelcomprise.
Overnight: Hurghada Hotel on Soft all
Today is free at leisure to do as you wish… a wide range of optional activities to choose from during your stay! Overnight: Hurghada Hotel on Soft all
Breakfast will be followed by check out. This morning you will be transferred to the airport in Hurghada for the domestic flight back to Cairo. Arrival Cairo, and you can spend the rest of the day at leisure in the Cairo. Overnight: Cairo Airbnb
Time for packing up your un-repeatable memories. You will be assisted for a smooth check out. Transfer to Cairo International airport for final departure. We hope to see you again.
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.
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.