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Celebrate this New Year on the banks of the Nile in ancient Egypt. Featuring the top 5* hotels and a luxury Nile cruise boat, this is a truly fantastic tour for those who like cruising and are also history buffs. Remember this is where the Holy Family sought refuge for 3 years. You may want to include our tour in The Footsteps of The Holy Family or take a couple of extra day trips from Cairo to check out some of their stopovers.
Tours can be arranged on a daily basis / Tour can be customized to fit your schedule.
Cairo with the Pyramids of Giza, Saqqara and the Egyptian Museum, Temple of Philae, Kom Ombo, Edfu, Luxor Temple, Karnak Temple complex, West Bank, Valley of the Kings…. and more !
3 Hours Before Flight Time
Board your international flight to Cairo airport where our representative will welcome and assist you through all formalities. we will then accompany you to your hotel where you can enjoy your first evening in Cairo.
Overnight in Cairo hotel.
Rise and Shine to your first day of exploring Cairo’s Highlights. This morning you will be met at your hotel by your private guide for a full-day tour of the pyramids at Giza, Sphinx and Sakkara. Take in the fascinating great Pyramids from a different perspective as you ride a camel (Optional) through the Sahara desert at Giza, we will show you the best spots for a perfect photo shot ! get creative standing super close to the Sphinx while you take pictures at this breathtaking sight. We then take a short drive to the Saqqara where the first pyramid was ever built by the ancient Egyptians. Can you believe that The Step Pyramid of Djoser was constructed in 2648 BC ?! …
At the end of your tour your private driver will take you back to your hotel to settle in and enjoy your free evening.
Overnight: Hotel in Cairo.
After breakfast, we head to the airport to catch an early flight for Luxor and then onto the waters to board your chosen Nile cruise boat!
Once onboard, lunch will be served after checking in. Amble on deck and take in the desert surrounding you on both banks of the Nile, interspersed with some shrubbery and palm trees… what a sight !
In the evening, we will 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. Then your private guide will lead the way on to Luxor Temple, one of the most beautiful in Egypt. It was known in the New Kingdom period as It-Rsyt, meaning “Southern Shrine”, in order to differentiate between the Luxor and Karnak temple which was called the “Northern House of Amon-Ra”. Your Egyptologist guide will tell you all there is to know…
Overnight on-board Nile Cruise.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
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, aside to The Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, the most distinguished temple in Egypt with its layout and decorations. It was built of limestone unlike most of the other funerary temples of the New Kingdom, which were made of sandstone.
Overnight on board.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
A new day, a new adventure with plenty of new discoveries! get ready to explore the unusual temples of Kom Ombo this morning and in Edfu, the remarkably well-preserved Edfu Temple. wander the two Massive temples on the east bank of the Nile River. Your Egyptologist guide will tell you the whole story behind these two temples. We return back on board where we continue sailing on to Luxor via Esna.
Overnight onboard Nile Cruise.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Upon arrival at Aswan, we will start our trip with a visit to the High Dam. Afterward, a short boat trip will take you and your private guide to the Temple of Philae which was the center of worship of the Goddess Isis and thus attracted pilgrims from all over the ancient world. The original island is now completely submerged by the waters of Lake Nasser. In a spectacular rescue operation, the great temples and monuments of Philae were relocated to the nearby Island of Agilkia, where they now are perched. After discovering and admiring the romantic Temple, your private vehicle will take you to your chosen cruise where we will get you checked in for your fisrt of many nights on board.
Overnight onboard cruise ship.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Enjoy your breakfast onboard and the breathtaking view before you check out and disembark. This morning, you can catch an early departure to visit the majestic Abu Simbel site, one of the most intriguing, daunting temples there is. After three hours on the road, hitting sunrise, we will set our sights on these gigantic statues shamelessly glowering at us small people. It is a humbling moment, as you gaze upon them and feel the pull of eternity.
Overnight at Aswan hotel.
Enjoy your breakfast before we head back to Cairo this morning via a short flight. Upon arrival, we will take you to the Egyptian Museum where you will see the legendary treasures it holds. You will see some of the most exquisite and ancient artifacts and statues in history. Then we will tour Islamic Cairo including the Citadel of Saladin, with its most beautiful Alabaster Mosque of Mohammad Ali. 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 said to have been one of the hiding places of the Holy Family.
Overnight at Cairo hotel.
Rise and Shine to a boosting breakfast ready to start a full-day tour of Alexandria. Get ready to gaze at the most stunning turquoise colored sea possible. It literally sparkles. This Mediterranean city was founded by Alexander the Great. Spend the day viewing some of these highlights of Alexandria we will visit sites like Pompeii’s Pillar, the only Amphitheatre built by the Romans in Egypt and Catacomb, Alexandria Library plus many more. During our tour, we will make a quick lunch stop at one of the relaxing restaurants overlooking the lovely Mediterranean port. At the end of our sightseeing tour we shall head back to Cairo for a free evening.
Overnight at Cairo hotel.
Pack up the unforgettable memories that will bring you back to this magical city of ancient treasures and breathtaking landscapes!
Your private driver will take your to Cairo airport to board your international flight back home.
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.
Sunrise Hot-Air Balloon ride over the ancient wonders of Luxor
Come and enjoy the splendors of the ancient historical sights of Luxor from the air. See this spectacular landscape from the unique viewpoint that only hot air ballooning can provide. Glide majestically over the temples and burial grounds of the Pharaohs and allow history to come to life before your eyes
Optional tour to visit the Temples at Abu Simbel;
the temples are carved out of solid rock upon the orders of Pharaoh Ramses II at a site south of Aswan in the land of Nubia. The site had long been sacred grounds to the goddess Hathor of Absek. However, the temple built by Ramses was dedicated to the sun gods Amon-Re and Re-Harokhte. Because of their far-away location near the Sudanese border, the temples were unknown until their discovery in 1813. All 3 temples were removed from their original sites in a gigantic rescue operation and moved further along to another site to avoid them being submerged by the High Dam waters. Sail to Kom Ombo with an evening visit to the temple dedicated to the two gods Sobek the crocodile God and Harveris the Sun God
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.