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Welcome the new year onboard 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
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 and Sphinx. Explore 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 photoshoot! get creative standing super close to the Sphinx while you take pictures at this breathtaking sight.
In the early evening, you will experience a different side to traveling in Egypt, grab your belonging before we head to the train station to board the sleeper train to Aswan.
Overnight on board sleeper train.
Meals: Breakfast and 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 first of many nights on board.
Overnight onboard cruise ship.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner.
If you are an early-riser we recommend our Optional tour to visit the majestic 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. Your private guide will walk you through this massive site and tell you all about the temples that were built by Ramses and dedicated to the sun gods Amon-Re and Re-Harokhte. Can you believe that 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?
We continue sailing to Kom Ombo with an evening visit to the temple dedicated to the two gods; Sobek the crocodile God and Harris the Sun God. Stroll through the temple’s colonnades, gazing up at scenes of pharaonic propaganda, and you’ll capture the ambiance of this glorious history for yourself.
Overnight onboard cruise ship.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
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, the resting place of so many Pharaohs. The colossi of Memnon is also on the agenda. Your Egyptologist guide will also take you on a tour to explore a number of Tombs, the Mortuary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut in the Valley of the Queens. Each of these sites still stands tall and is well preserved especially the Valley of the kings that will just give you chills when you enter the colorful tombs. At the end of your tour, your private driver will escort you back to your chosen Nile cruise for overnight.
Remember this is your last night on one of our finest floating hotels so make the most out of it and enjoy the entertainment on board.
Overnight on board.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Have a good boosting breakfast before we check-out and disembark the cruise. Your private guide will lead the way down the avenue of Ram Headed Sphinx to finally reach the Monumental Temple of Karnak, famous for it’s myriad of temples, churches, and columns. Our next and final stop of the day is at Luxor Temple, take your time in wandering through its giant pillars and feel free to ask your guide to encrypt any engraved symbols that catch your eye! Relax, amble along, and breathe in the electric atmosphere in these godly places. At the end of the day, we will catch the sleeper train back to Cairo to continue our discovery of the vibrant and buzzing capital.
Overnight Sleeper Train to Cairo
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner.
Welcome back to Cairo! Accompanied by our certified Egyptologist, we will take you to the Egyptian Museum. Your private guide will give you a brief history lesson of the most popular treasures at the museum, then you are free to wander and explore the endless halls of 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.
At the end of your busy morning, your driver will take you back to your hotel for a free and relaxing evening. We have a few suggestions to make the most out of your stay in Cairo, and loads to choose from to explore what this city has to offer.
Check out our optional tours, you name it and will take care of it!
Overnight in Cairo hotel.
Pack your collection of amazing memories and enjoy your breakfast before you say farewell to beautiful Egypt .. We hope you had a wonderful trip with us ! Our representative will assist you with checking out of your hotel, then accompany you on your private transfer to Cairo International Airport for any assistance needed.
We want to make sure you don’t miss out on anything!
Our tour specialists have put together a few suggestions to make the most of your time in Cairo. To add any of the optional tours to your exciting itinerary, you can book in advance with your tour operator or decide later and book on the spot with your tour leader.
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.
Camel Ride at the Pyramids at Sunset / Sunrise: Live the full experience of the middle east, leave your footsteps in the Sahara sands surrounding the pyramids while you ride a Camel and take in the beautiful scenery of the Great Pyramids. Make this experience even more special and catch the hot sun slowly make it’s way up from the grounds and light up another day.
If your not really an early morning person that’s ok you can take a camel ride at sunset which is as special!
Cairo By Night: Later this evening, take a trip to the old Cairo where you can stroll through the narrow streets of Cairo and visit the Khan Kalili Bazaar by night.
Evening Cooking Course/food tasting of traditional Egyptian dishes: Let the delicious local dishes mark your tasting senses for life, spend your evening either learning or discovering Egyptian foods.
Felucca sailing boat ride across the Nile: Feel the breeze of the cool afternoon as you sail down the River Nile on our sailing felucca and watch the city go by.
Cairo City Tour: Take a guided private tour of Coptic Cairo and Islamic Cairo that have marked the Egyptian History forever. See for yourself how this beautiful country is home to all religions where everyone practices their beliefs side by side peacefully. Your first visit will be at the Citadel of Saladdin and its Alaster Mosque of Mohamed Ali followed by a visit to the Hanging Church El Muallaqa that was built into the walls of the Roman fortress of Babylon and then onto St Sergius Church said to be the resting place of the holy family.
Khan El Khalili Bazaar: Later this afternoon visit the largest bazaar in the middle east for some last-minute shopping, take a piece of Cairo back home with you there are numerous souvenir options from Bracelet Charms to Clothes, Accessories, Carpets, Chicha Pipes, ornaments, home decorations … and more!
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.