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11 Days / 10 Nights
Availability : 5 September 2020
Max People : 12
  • 11 Days 10 Nights
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    Min Age : 5+
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    Pickup: Airpot

If you are looking for a change this Christmas, a swap from the wet and cold weather to a golden, sunny weather… then this trip is for you! Spend your Christmas morning on the beach soaking up the sun while listening to the soothing waves.
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. Recommended by Alyssa Ramos, the Travel Blogger behind My Life’s a Movie.

Tour Overview

  • Day 1 : Cairo | Arrival Cairo, transfer to hotel for overnight Cairo
  • Day 2 : Cairo | Pyramids, Sphinx & Museum. Overnight Cairo
  • Day 3 : Aswan | Transfer to the airport for the flight to Aswan. Philae Temple – High Dam. Overnight Aswan
  • Day 4 : Aswan | Breathtaking visit the Massive Temple Rock Abu Simbel by A/C vehicle. Overnight Nile Cruise
  • Day 5 : Luxor | Kom Ombo & Edfu temples. Overnight Nile Cruise
  • Day 6 : Luxor | Valley of the Kings, Hatshepsut Temple, Colossi of Memnon, Karnak and Luxor Temple. Overnight Nile Cruise
  • Day 7 : Hurghada | Road trip to Hurghada. Overnight Hurghada
  • Day 8 : Hurghada | Bedouin Dinner. Overnight Hurghada
  • Day 9 : Cairo | Fly back to Cairo, optional Cairo City Tour. Overnight Cairo.
  • Day 10 : Fayoum | Water Wheels, Wadi El Rayan, Lake Qaroun, Tunis Village. Overnight Cairo
  • Day 11 : Cairo | Transfer to airport for departure flight

Tour Highlights

Pyramids, Sphinx & Museum in Cairo, Abu Simbel Trip by bus, Philae Temple in Aswan, Kom Ombo & Edfu temples, Hurghada, Fayum , Wadi El Rayan, Lake Qaroun, Tunis Village, entrance fees included…

Departure & Return Location

Cairo International Airport (Google Map)

Departure Time

3 Hours Before Flight Time

Price Includes

  • Meet and assist upon arrival and departure Pick-up/drop-off
  • transfer from/to Cairo International airport in an air-conditioned vehicle
  • 2 nights accommodation at a 5* star hotel in Cairo
  • 1-night accommodation at 5* star hotel in Aswan
  • 3 nights accommodation onboard cruise / Aswan – Luxor
  • 2-night accommodation at 5* standard hotel in Hurghada
  • 2 nights accommodation at 5* star hotel in Cairo
  • Currently applied entrance fees for the above
  • mentioned sights- Relevant transfers as – per the above-mentioned itinerary
  • Tours in Cairo, Aswan, and Luxor in an air-conditioned vehicle
  • Sightseeing in Cairo, Aswan, Abu Simbel, Luxor & Fayoum Pyramids, Sphinx & Museum including round trip transfer from/to hotel, Tour Guide, Entrance Fees Sightseeing
  • A full-day Abu Simbel trip by road including round trip transfer from/to cruise, tour guide & entrance fees
  • Fayoum day trip by car including round trip transfer from/to hotel, tour guide & entrance fees, lunch at a local restaurant
  • Daily breakfast starting the second day
  • Full board on board of the Nile Cruise
  • Bottled water (1 small per day in Cairo)
  • 24/7 emergency number- Lunch during Fayoum Day Tour
  • One smartphone with internet access for the duration of the tour
  • Qualified drivers in Cairo, Aswan, Luxor & Hurghada
  • English speaking agent during transfers
  • English speaking tour guide during sightseeing

Price Excludes

  • Entry visa
  • International flight- Domestic flights Cairo / Aswan and Hurghada / Cairo (Will be arranged according to availability on booking day)
  • Tipping gratuity & any other items not listed above
  • Early check-in / Late check-out- Personal expenses such as drinks, laundry, etc.
  • Other meals /additional tours / laundry/ phone calls /any unmentioned items
  • Peak period supplement Christmas & New Year Gala Dinners (to be advised at the time of booking)
  • Entry to any of the Pyramids, Mummies room at Egyptian Museum (can be arranged with a tour guide on the spot).
Itinerary

Day 1Arrival Cairo

Welcome! Ahlan wa sahlan! Our agent will be meeting as soon as you arrive. No worries. He will assist you through customs and with your luggage, he will drive you to your hotel in the vicinity of the Pyramids. Oh what a sight! After you have checked in , he 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. Overnight at your Cairo hotel. No meals

Day 2Pyramids, Sphinx & Museum

Today is your first day to be amazed at the sights Egypt holds in store for you. Our first stop will be the 3 Pyramids of Giza. Behold the Khufu, the biggest of them all and then take in the indomitable Sphinx, way too regal in his stance guarding the Pyramids. We shall then take a ride toward the repository of the richest hold of Pharaonic treasures there is on this earth. You will take in the most brilliant jewels, artifacts and funerary decorations you have ever seen. It is just dazzling. And then, of course, there are the mummies, oh what fun. The evening is yours. Should you wish for any tips on how to spend it and where to go, our representative will be very happy to advise. Overnight in Cairo hotel. (Breakfast)

Day 3Cairo to Aswan “Philae Temple – High Dam

Sabah el kheir. After breakfast, our agent will come by to pick you up and take you to the airport to catch your flight to Aswan. Once there, we will visit the Aswan High Dam and Lake Nasser, then catch a small boat to get to the island of Agilkia to visit the Temple of Philae. Take a look at the rock formation around you. It is astounding. We will then go on to your hotel to check you in. Overnight in Aswan hotel. (Breakfast)

Day 4Included Trip to the Massive Temple Rock Abu Simbel – Nile Cruise

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 air-conditioned 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. (All meals included)

Day 5Kom Ombo – Edfu

Today will take us to two other temples. We shall be sailing towards Kom Ombo and there we will visit the temple, shared by two deities, Sobek the crocodile god and Haroeris the sun god. We will partake of lunch on board as we sail to Edfu for a visit of its temple. Later on we shall be sailing on to Luxor throughout the night. Dinner on board. Cruise party tonight!!! Overnight on board. (All meals included)

Day 6 Luxor “The Open Air Museum” -West Bank in Luxor

Good morning. Today we are in for an early start in order to avoid the sultry hot sun of noontime. After an early breakfast, you will head out to the West bank, taking in the ghostly Valley of the Kings, filled with the spirits of the Pharaohs of days gone by. It is a truly weird experience. Just absorb the atmosphere as you walk along and go into some of the tombs. You will proceed to Deir el Bahari and walk down the colonnaded avenue of Queen Hatshepsut’s temple. Then walk along and feel tiny next to the towering Colossi of Memnon. Lunch will be on board the cruise ship and then the afternoon is yours. Relax and take in some more of the city of Luxor or as an option, we can arrange a hot-air balloon ride for you if you wish. From up above, you will have an indescribable view of the whole city, looking down upon its vastness and pondering on its story. The evening is free. Dinner will be on board. Overnight on board cruise ship. (All meals included)

Day 7Luxor & East bank - Travel to Hurghada - Red Sea

Sabal el kheir. After breakfast, we will go on to take in the temple complex of Karnak, rich in temples, chapels, pylons, and other buildings. It is truly vast. Then we visit the Luxor temple. After you are finished, you will transfer to Hurghada or Ghardaqa in the local language. A most interesting ride that will get you to one of our most renowned resort towns on the Red Sea, home to scuba diving par excellence if you lean that way. So we check you into your hotel upon arrival and leave you to enjoy the rest of the day. Remember our agents are just nearby to make all your wishes come true. Consult with them to your heart’s content about all the little things that will make you even happier than you already are. Overnight at your Hurghada hotel. (Breakfast and dinner)

Day 8 Hurghada - Red Sea – Bedouin Dinner

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. (Breakfast and dinner)

Day 9 Cairo - Hurghada

Sabah el kheir. You are going back to Cairo this morning. 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 the optional city 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. (Breakfast

Day 10 Fayoum - Wadi El Rayan - Cairo

Oh wow. 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 it’s on to the Water Wheels ( said to number 200) dating back to the Ptolemaic era and takes in Lake Qarun or Birket Qarun in Arabic, Moeris in Greek is considered the oldest natural lake in the world. It is a saltwater 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 freshwater 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. (Lunch en-route)

Optional: Sandboarding/Dinner in the village of Tunis

Day 11 Departure

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 to Egypt for some more of our adventures.

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CAIRO EGYPT

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Frequently Asked Questions

I WANT TO TRAVEL TO EGYPT IN A TOUR GROUP AND STAY AT THE CHEAPEST HOTELS?

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.

WHEN IS THE BEST TIME (PEAK SEASON) TO VISIT EGYPT ON HOLIDAYS?

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.

WHAT IS THE BEST BUDGET WAY TO TRAVEL AROUND EGYPT?

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.

WHAT ARE THE BEST TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS FOR DISCOVERING EGYPT?

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.

WHEN ARE PRICES AT THEIR LOWEST TO VISIT EGYPT?

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.

IS IT SAFE FOR WOMEN TO TRAVEL ALONE?

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.

DO I NEED ANY SPECIAL VACCINES FOR EGYPT? WHAT HEALTH GUIDELINES DO WE NEED TO FOLLOW?

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.

WHAT ARE YOUR TRAVEL TIPS FOR EGYPT? ON ORGANIZING YOUR TRIP

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.

WHAT ARE YOUR TRAVEL TIPS FOR EGYPT? ON INDEPENDENT TRAVEL?

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.

WHAT ARE YOUR TRAVEL TIPS FOR EGYPT? ON DINING OUT?

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.

WHAT ARE YOUR TRAVEL TIPS FOR EGYPT? ON EGYPTIAN

On the Egyptian Language- Learn the basic words: La’ (no) and shukran (thank you). You will be needing them.

WHAT ARE YOUR TRAVEL TIPS FOR EGYPT? ON TRANSPORTATION

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.

WHAT ARE YOUR TRAVEL TIPS FOR EGYPT? ON MONEY

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.

WHAT ARE YOUR TRAVEL TIPS FOR EGYPT? ON PHOTOGRAPHY

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.

WHAT ARE YOUR TRAVEL TIPS FOR EGYPT? ON CLOTHING

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.

WHAT ARE YOUR TRAVEL TIPS FOR EGYPT? ON HEALTH

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.

WHICH AIRLINES FLY TO EGYPT?

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
information.

VISA REQUIREMENTS FOR TRAVELERS TO EGYPT?

Please visit https://visacentral.com/egypt-visa
Please note your passport should be valid for 6 months after the end date of your visa.

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