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Discover Egypt with the ones that are most dear to you, your family!
Enjoy a perfectly planned family trip to Egypt that covers all the must-visit sites in Cairo, Aswan, and Luxor. Partake in a full Egyptian experience, as you sail down the sparkling waters of the River Nile on a Felucca to the Island of Elephantine that holds many unmissable archaeological sites.
This tour can be arranged to suit you and your family’s plans.
3 Hours Before Flight Time
The Egyptian Museum, The Great Pyramids of Giza, Sphinx, Philae Temple, Elephantine Island, Kom Ombo, Luxor’s Valley of the Kings, Hatshepsut Temple, Colossi of Memnon, Karnak Temple
Today, you take your first steps towards a new adventure… Board your flight to Cairo International Airport where we will be waiting for you just before customs for any assistance needed before we transfer you to your chosen hotel to settle in and relax.
Rise and Shine to going back in time and exploring some of Cairo’s highlights! Today get ready to explore the Egyptian Museum and stand in communion with magnificent treasures including Tutankhamun’s fabulously famous Gold Mask. for those who are keen to discover the mummies, you can buy a ticket to stand face to face with 1000-year-old real mummies. Our next stop of the day, we stroll through the Islamic City of Cairo visiting the Citadel of Saladdin and its Alabaster Mosque of Mohammed Ali, enjoy the beautiful and unique Islamic architecture. we continue to the city’s oldest area where Coptic Cairo awaits you. Here El-Muallaqa, the Hanging Church, was built into the walls of the Roman fortress of Babylon and St Sergius, said to be a resting-place of the Holy Family.
we have planned this day for you to enjoy your free time at the world’s biggest bazaar, Khan el-Khalili, the major souk in the Islamic bazaar district and has everything you may need, don’t forget to take a piece of Cairo back with you from the endless collection of souvenirs
Overnight: Hotel in Cairo.
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. Enjoy your private guided tour of the site. If you’re not afraid of small spaces, you also have the opportunity to enter inside one of the pyramids against a supplement.
This afternoon is completely up to you how you wish to spend it… you can explore the buzzing capital or relax by the hotel pool with your family before checking out. In the evening, you will be comfortable transferred to the station to board your overnight sleeper train to Aswan.
Overnight on board sleeper train.
Meals: Breakfast, dinner.
Upon arrival to Aswan, we will visit the scenic Philae Temple, on Agilika Island on the Nile, during your short boat ride to the temple take in the magical scenery around you of the river and rock statutes. Your private guide will then lead the way to the perfume oil emporium. before we smoothly check you in your chosen hotel to enjoy your free afternoon. If You would like to explore more of the city, we recommend a stroll along the riverside corniche, a visit to 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 locals.
Overnight at your chosen hotel in Aswan.
Rise and Shine, we have planned a fun day for you and your family to enjoy! Join your private guide on board a traditional felucca ride as we sail on the mighty Nile to Elephantine Island, home to many archaeological sites. Feel the breeze as you sail along, the kids will absolutely love it while you enjoy the golden sun and beautiful scenery! After we wander around the islands, We will take a quick stop for lunch at a lovely local restaurant.
This afternoon is free at leisure for you to spend as you wish to… check out our suggested optional tours recommended by our travel specialists.
Overnight at your chosen hotel in Aswan.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.
Enjoy your breakfast before checking out. Enjoy a motorboat ride across the Nile to the West Bank. Later on, we will head towards the ancient Luxor and visit 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.
we finally arrive to your hotel in Luxor where you can sit back and relax.
Overnight at your chosen hotel in Luxor.
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. each of these sites still stands tall and is well preserved especially Valley of the kings that will just give you chills when you enter the colorful tombs.
That’s not all… The adventure continues, this afternoon, you will visit the gigantic KarnakTemple, which took around 1,500 years to complete. here, 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 at your chosen hotel in Luxor.
After breakfast, we will get you checked out before your private transfer to the airport for your short flight to the buzzing Capital. The rest of the day is free to spend as you wish.. plenty of options to choose from.
Overnight at your chosen hotel in Cairo.
Time for packing up your un-repeatable memories… After checking out our representatives will transfer you to Cairo International airport for final departure. He will assist you with anything you may need before going through customs. Have a pleasant flight !! We hope to see you again very soon…
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.
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.
Nubian Village in Aswan
Enjoy and discover the fascinating Nubian Villages situated at the bottom of Elephantine Island. Sandwiched in the heart of the river Nile are two colorful Nubian Villages, Siou and Koti.
Stroll through the shady alleys and gardens of the villages and discover the simple and natural life of the people that populate them. Enjoy a trip down the river aboard a felucca, a traditional wooden sailing boat, and listen to stories of where Elephantine Island might have got its name. While some believe it was due to its role as an ivory trading place, others believe it is due to the island’s unusual shape, similar to that of an elephant’s tusk.
Cairo City Tour
Your morning tour starts at the city’s Islamic areas including the Citadel of Saladdin and its Alabaster Mosque of Mohammed Ali, then the city’s oldest area Coptic Cairo awaits you. Here you will visit the El Muallaqa, the Hanging Church that was built into the walls of the Roman fortress of Babylon then onto St Sergius church said to be a resting-place of the Holy Family.
Cairo by Night
This evening, take a trip to the old Cairo where you can stroll through the narrow streets of Mosques, Cafes, Arabesque Unique Architectures until you reach the Khan Kalili Bazaar, the largest bazaar in the middle east, that holds endless choices of souvenirs.
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.