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This Festive season, join this marvelous journey that will take you through magical Pharaonic Egypt. Come along and visit with the mummies in Cairo’s Egyptian Museum. Take in the awe-inspiring Pyramids reigning over the Giza Plateau and look upon the ever-vigilant Sphinx. Walk with the pilgrims in Thebes and walk with the ghosts of Pharaohs long gone in the Valley of the Kings. Look in wonder at the mummified crocodiles, long ago worshiped for their strength in Kom Ombo temple and walk-in awe in the temple of Horus in Edfu.
3 Hours Before Flight Time
Cairo Pyramids of Giza, Egyptian Museum, High Dam and the Temple of Philae, West Bank, Valley of the Kings , Luxor Temple and Karnak Temple
Ahlan wa Sahlan. Welcome! Upon your arrival, our representative will get you through customs and retrieve your luggage then will drive you to your hotel in town. After check in you will be left to enjoy the rest of your evening. Overnight at Cairo hotel. No meals.
Sabah el Kheir, Good morning.
This morning will take you to look and wonder at the stupendous achievement by the ancient Egyptians. The Pyramids sit upon the Giza plateau looking over the city and the desert. Tonight you will board the sleeper train to Aswan which is the heart of the Nubian desert. Overnight on sleeper train to Aswan. (Breakfast and Dinner)
Sabah el kheir! Good morning and welcome to Aswan. On our schedule today is taking in the Aswan High Dam, Lake Nasser and taking a short boat ride across to the island of Agilkia to behold the Temple of Philae, dedicated to the goddess Isis. Board your Nile cruise and set sail to Kom Ombo. Dinner will be on board as we lay anchor in Kom Ombo for the night. Overnight on board. (All meals included)
Enjoy a hearty breakfast before we head out to visit the Greco Roman Temple of Kom Ombo shared by Sobek, the crocodile god and Haroeris, the Sun God. Back on board to continue sailing toward Edfu, the best preserved and second largest temple in Egypt. Enjoy your dinner while sailing towards Luxor. Overnight on board. (All meals included)
Good morning! Enjoy your breakfast as we cruise along the Nile. We will dock at Luxor and go on to explore the wondrous and most mesmerizing valley of them all, the Valley of the Kings, resting place of so many Pharaohs. The colossi of Memnon is also on the agenda, the humongous statues of Ramses are just daunting. Back on board the afternoon is yours to fill. Overnight on board. (All meals included)
Have a good breakfast before we check-out of the boat. We will then proceed to visit the Karnak temple complex with it’s myriad of temples, churches and columns and then on to the Luxor temple. Relax, amble along and breath in the electric atmosphere in these godly places. At the end of the day you will catch the sleeper train for the return trip to Cairo. Overnight on sleeper train. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Ahlan wa sahlan fi al Qahira. We will take you to the Egyptian Museum, accompanied by our certified Egyptologist. You will go around and take in the small wonders that the Pharaohs left behind, be it their jewels, their artifacts, their furniture, their carriages, their mummified animals and of course their very own mummified bodies destined for the after-life. This afternoon, you may opt for any of our optional tours such as the half-day tour of Khan el Khalili bazaar, our very own age-old oriental souk or a tour of Cairo’s Churches and Synagogues by taking our Coptic Cairo tour. The evening will also be yours, so how about a belly-dancing show or a Twirling Derwishes show? Overnight in Cairo hotel. (Breakfast)
Ma Al Salama. We wish you all the best and truly hope you had a wonderful time visiting our country. Pack up your souvenirs, store your memories and come back to discover more of our hidden treasures. We will pick you up and take you to the airport in time for your flight back home.
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.