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On this tour, you’ll spend two nights sailing down the Nile. As an optional activity, float above Luxor in a hot-air balloon looking down at this ancient city with a bird’s eye view. Also, visit the most impressive and mysterious architectural masterpieces and explore the treasures of the Egyptian Museum that showcase thousands upon thousands of artefacts from all over the country.
3 Hours Before Flight Time
Once you arrive in Cairo, one of our representatives will welcome and assist you before accompanying you on your private transfer to your hotel. Check-in, relax, and settle in, ready for your adventurous upcoming days!
This morning you will be met at your hotel by your guide for a full-day tour of the pyramids at Giza, Sphinx and Saqqara. At the end of your tour you’ll be transferred to the train station to board you overnight ride to Aswan.
Overnight: Sleeper train.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Arrival in Aswan, the ancient city of Swenett” where you’ll check-in at hotel. Today you’ll tour of the High Dam and later a short boat trip to the Temple of Philae – the center of worship for the goddess Isis – which attracted worshippers from all over the ancient world.
Did you know that the original island is now submerged under the waters of Lake Nasser and that in a spectacular rescue operation some years ago, the great temples and monuments of Philae were transferred to the nearby island of Agilkia.
Overnight in Aswan (Breakfast)
This morning you have an optional early morning road trip to the rock-cut Temples of Abu Simbel, built by King Ramses II, otherwise your morning is yours free.
A stroll along the corniche, walk along the market stalls in the Aswan souk or visit to the Nubian Museum. Our agent is there for you to help you choose.
In the afternoon, we will board our Nile Felucca and sail downstream for the next two nights.
En route stops will be arranged for swimming and visiting local sights.
Overnight: Felucca (Breakfast, lunch and dinner)
Relax and enjoy the swaying of the waters.
Overnight on-board Felucca. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner)
Disembarkation and tour of the Temples of Kom Ombo and Temple of Horus at Edfu.
Check-in -star* hotel. The afternoon is open and free for you to do as you wish. Tonight, you may choose the option of visiting Luxor Temple with dinner afterwards – this tour can be booked on the spot.
Overnight in Luxor (Breakfast)
Early morning is a good time to drift over Luxor in a hot-air balloon and enjoy the sunrise (optional).
Later, we head to the West Bank of the Nile where we will visit the Valley of the Kings and the imposing colonnaded Temple of Queen Hatshepsut known in Arabic as “Deir el Bahary”. Then back on the sleeper train for the ride back to Cairo.
Once you arrive in Cairo, you’ll be met by a representative will transfer you back to your hotel. Once settled in, you will tour the Egyptian Museum and will get a chance to catch sight of King Tut’s solid gold death mask.
One of the optional extras we offer is the Royal Mummies chamber if you would like to learn more about the history of mummification and the significance of the “after life” in ancient Egypt.
The afternoon and evening are yours to enjoy at your leisure.
Overnight in Cairo. (Breakfast)
Time for packing your souvenirs. Our representative will assist you in checking out of your hotel, then accompany you on your ride to Cairo International Airport.
Breakfast, transfer to CAI and end of service.
Our expert team has put together a few suggestions to make the most of your time during your visit. To add optional tours to your 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:
This evening you can add a Nile Dinner Cruise to your schedule. A representative will transfer you to board a 5-star standard or deluxe Nile Cruise.
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.
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.