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From the arid beauty of Egypt’s desert to the breathtaking scenery of the Nile Valley, you’ll realize your fantasy of Egypt is surpassed by the real thing! From the crowded mayhem of the bazaars to the sublime experience of a Nile sunset, your memories will last a lifetime. Enjoy a luxurious trip, Spa Treatment and a special view from your hotel room catching sight of the breathtaking Nile.
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Pyramids of Giza , Sphinx, Memphis, Gayer Anderson House , Temples of Karnak & Luxor, Philae Temple in Aswan, Temple of Dendra, Abydos, Abu Simbel, Breathtaking stay on Board Oberoi Nile Cruise & Spa Treatment …
Board your international flight to Cairo Airport where our representatives will be waiting to welcome and assist you just as you touch down. We will take you through all the red tape and once you have your luggage, we will drive you in a comfortable luxurious limousine to your 5* deluxe chosen hotel. we will get you checked in, while you relax and settle in.
This evening we have planned for you to wine and dine on board a 5* deluxe cruise ship. The cruise will sail for 2 hours on the Nile while you enjoy a delicious meal and the fantastic folkloric show.
we will accompany you back to your hotel at the end of your evening.
Overnight at your chosen hotel in Cairo.
Rise and Shine to going back in time and exploring some of 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 Saqqara to gaze at the first pyramid ever built in Egypt, Djoser’s Step Pyramid.. 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 ! at the end of your tour, your private driver will take you back to your hotel to freshen up before this evening.
Tonight we will take you to see the pyramids from a different perspective, enjoy the show of laser colorful bringing the 3 great pyramids and sphinx to life.
Overnight: Cairo hotel.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.
Rise and Shine, enjoy your breakfast, This morning we will be taking a short flight to Luxor. Your concierge will accompany you during your transfer to the airport. Upon arrival to Luxor, our agent will take you on to board your luxury cruise ship, Oberoi Zahra Nile Cruise where you will be relaxing and enjoying for the next few days. Lunch will be served on board as you admire the lovely view of the Nile before we depart for our private tour of the Karnak temple complex; rich in temples, chapels, pylons and other buildings. It is truly vast. Our next and last stop of the day will be at Luxor’s Museum before we head back for dinner on board.
Overnight on board.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Enjoy a refreshen and boosting breakfast before our full-on exploring day, put on your walking shoes as we shall have an early start to beat the midday heat. At around 7 am we shall head out to the West Bank of the Nile, taking in the ghostly Valley of the Kings, filled with the spirits of the Pharaohs of days gone by. It is a truly a fascinating experience that will give you the chills! Just absorb the atmosphere as you walk along and go into some of the tombs. Your private guide will then lead the way to Madinet Habu and the Colossi of Memnon. By 11 o’clock we should be back on board to set sail towards Qena where we shall visit the Temple of Denderah, dedicated to Hathor, the cow-goddess, a very holy place, and one of the most well preserved.
Overnight in Qena aboard ship.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Good morning! Back again on the West Bank of the River Nile for more adventure, your private Egyptologist guide will take you to visit the Valley of the Nobles this morning. Not as well known and visited as the Valley of the Kings, it holds a special place with its sprawling collection of tombs, scenes of the Nobles daily lives, and depictions of the afterlife. We shall then go on to Deir el Madina and the Temple of Hatshepsut with its colonnaded avenue. After lunch, we shall pay a visit to the Luxor temple where you can wander through the giant carved pillars.
This evening, the witching cocktail hour awaits you at 6:30 with live music in the Club lounge followed by dinner. Enjoy your evening!
Overnight onboard the Oberoi Zahra.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
This morning we will be sailing to Edfu. Make sure you catch a glimpse of the live view outside while you have breakfast. Around 3:30 this afternoon, your private vehicle will escort you along with your guide to Edfyfu temple, In Greco-Roman times the town was called Apollonopolis Magna, after the head god Horus/Apollo. It is the most completely preserved temple in Egypt. Enjoy your dinner on board and the entertainment on deck!
Overnight on board.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch , Dinner.
This morning, we continue sailing until we reach the beautiful and romantic city Aswan… along the way you will realize why it is the prettiest small town. Enjoy our breakfast on board…Come noon, we will visit the Aswan High Dam and Lake Nasser, afterwards, we will take a shortboard ride onto the island of Agilkia to visit the romantic Temple of Philae, dedicated to the goddess Isis, drawing pilgrims in great numbers. Take a look at the rock formations around you on the lake. They are so beautifully carved!
Overnight Onboard your Nile Cruise.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Rise and Shine to a lovely relaxing morning… today is all about pampering and self-care! Enjoy breakfast and just lie back and relax. We will be sailing toward Kom Ombo, where we will visit the temple there, one that is shared by two deities, Sobek, the crocodile god and Haroeris, the oldest form of the god Horus, the falcon god. Lunch will be served on board as we sail to Aswan and once there, we will take a felucca, a traditional Nile boat, and visit the beautiful Botanical Gardens.
Once back on board, we shall wish you great enjoyment at the Spa, put your feet up, relax, and enjoy the quality time.
After sunset, we will visit the temple of Philae again for the exciting sound and light show… the temple looks even more stunning at night as it lights up with beautiful colored lights.
Overnight on board.
Meals; Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Enjoy your lazy morning in, no need to rush anywhere today however if you opt for a bit more of adventure then we suggest the optional tour of Abu Simbel, a must-see while in Aswan.
After an early breakfast, your private A/C vehicle will take you and your guide to A bu Simbel. This magnificent and otherworldly temple is 3 hours away by road. It was built in commemoration of Ramses II and his victory at the battle of Kadesh. The temple is 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.
I you do decide to stay onboard you can also hit the town and stroll through Aswan…. the day is totally up to you!
At 7 pm we have a cocktail reception planned for you with entertainment followed by dinner.
Overnight on board.
Meals; Breakfast,n Lunch, Dinner.
Its time to say farewell to Upper Egypt, our representative will assist you to check out and disembark the cruise before we transfer you to the airport for a short flight to the buzzing capital where a full-day city tour awaits you.
Upon arrival we head straight to Cairo old city, take in the beautiful architecture of the Sultan Hassan Mosque, a Mamluk era mosque in the old city, follow your guide to explore a house that has its own story to tell its visitors, the Gayer-Anderson House! It was built by an early 20th-century by a British doctor that houses his collection of museum-quality paintings and artifacts that he collected over the years. The James Bond film “The spy who loved me” was set here right where you are standing… We continue to the Citadel of Saladin and its famous alabaster Mosque of Mohammad Ali. It is perched upon the Muqattam Hills overlooking the unique city. We will have lunch at a local restaurant before we set our sights on the Bazaar of Khan el Khalili, giving you ample time to wander the shops and take a piece of Cairo back with you… there is absolutely everything you may need!
Overnight at hotel in Cairo.
Meals; Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Get ready to bid your farewell to Egypt and don’t forget to pack your fantastic memories to take back with you and share with your family and friends. Our agent will take you to Cairo International Airport in plenty of time for your final departure.
We want to make sure you don’t miss out on anything on this magical Egyptian tour so our expert team would like to suggest the following optional tours that you can add 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.
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!
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.
Visit the great temple of Abu Simbel by road
Early morning visit to the Temples of Abu Simbel this 13th century-BC Temple of Abu Simbel is dedicated to Pharaoh Ramses II. The second temple, Hathor, was built to honor his Queen, Nefertari. Transfer back to Aswan.
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.