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Who would have thought that Egypt, renowned for its Pyramids and Sphinx and Pharaohs would also gain some recognition for its mountains and canyons?
If you doubt that, take this tour and let yourself be astounded by the bounty hiding in the desert terrain of the Sinai-peninsula. Experience trekking through the deserts, climb the mountains and dive into the Red Sea’s crystal-clear waters to immerse yourself in the sublime essence of its underwater life.
3 Hours Before Flight Time
Serabit el Khadim, Temple of Hathor, Forest of Pillars, St Catherine’s Monastery, Ain Khudra Oasis, Coloured Canyon, Dahab, Nabq National Park, Ras Mohammed, Cairo, Pyramids, Egyptian Museum, and more …. !!
Board your international flight to Egypt where the fun and adventure awaits you !!
As you touch down, one of our representatives will meet and assist you through customs. As soon as you are done, he will introduce you to your guide and that’s when the fun will all start… Sit back,relax. We will be driving to Sinai by way of the Suez Canal tunnel. En-route you will pass the coastal town of Abu Zenima heading towards Serabit el Khadim, an old turquoise mine and archeological site and our resting place for the night. Make sure you roll down your windows and admire the view along the way …
Overnight in Serabit El Khadim village.
Meals: Lunch and dinner.
Rise and Shine to an early breakfast, put on your walking gear as this morning, we will climb Mount Serabit, 550 meters above sea level. We also have in plan to visit the ancient turquoise mines and one of the most unusual and remote temples in Egypt- the Temple of Hathor that you’re private Egyptologist guide will tell you all about it. We will then move on to the El Tih Plateau to the North, visit the tomb of a local Sheikh and the Forest of Pillars. we will be stopping here for lunch… Your private vehicle will then take you to your next and final spot of the day, Saint Catherine Monastery, where we will camp for the night and enjoy the desert’s night, the stars above will shine little light just enough to see the beautiful scenery around you.
Overnight; Saint Catherine Monastery Camp.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
A subliminal experience awaits you this morning, as we ascend Moses’ Mountain at the crack of dawn to behold the sunrise upon this 2,285m elevated mount, a truly breathtaking sight that you will remember forever. On the way back, we will stop and visit St. Catherine’s Monastery, one of the oldest Christian working monasteries in the world, sitting proudly at the foot of Mount Sinai. Then we will head 180 km east to Wadi Ghazala and spend the night in the Ain Khudra Oasis. Gather around the campfire and enjoy a deliciously cooked BBQ dinner.
Overnight at Ain Khudra Oasis.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Enjoy your boosting breakfast. This morning, we will drive along Wadi el Ain, reaching the closed canyon and then drive through Wadi Ghazala to finally reach the most magnificent Coloured Canyon, called Salama canyon in Arabic. Stroll through the giant red canyons that almost seems like a maze, enjoy the true middle eastern vibe and different side of Egypt. We will be stopping here for lunch and then it’s time to head over towards Dahab to cool off , famous for its golden beaches and coral reefs !
Overnight in Dahab.
Meals: Breakfast and lunch.
Wake up to a perfect summer’s day and the smell of the cool breeze of Dahab’s Red Sea…
After breakfast, your private guide will take you to explore the town of Dahab where you can amble through the streets of El Asla village before heading to Wadi el Keel to visit Nabq National Park, a nature reserve with an astonishing mangrove forest almost feels like paradise on earth !
Overnight will be on the coast.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Start your day with a good breakfast, your private driver will take you and your guide to the National Park of Ras Mohammed for some great snorkeling around the coral reefs teeming with brilliantly colored sea life. After lunch, we will head on back to Cairo and upon arrival in the evening, we will drop you off at your hotel. Your evening is free to do as you wish in the buzzing Capital.
Meals: Breakfast and lunch.
Oh what a day we have in store for you ! The Pyramids of Giza are first our stop and just around the corner is the Sphinx, monumental guardian of the Pyramids. You finally get to see what Egypt’s most famous for , stand face to face with one of the great wonders of the world. Turn your cameras on for a few fun photo shots missing the sphinx !
Your driver we then lead the way on to the Egyptian Museum whose incomparable exhibits will tell you the tale of 5000 years of Egyptian history in the making ! at the end of your sightseeing, we will comfortably transfer you back to your hotel for overnight. sit back and enjoy your free evening.
They Say ‘’ The best thing about memories is making them “…
Pack up the unforgettable memories that we hope will bring you back to Egypt one day soon! Enjoy your breakfast before checking out, your tour leader will show you to your private vehicle and driver who will transfer you to Cairo International Airport to board your international flight back home.
Discover the underwater world of the beautiful turquoise blue.
Cairo City Tour
Your morning tour starts at the city’s Islamic areas including the Citadel of Saladdin and its Alabaster Mosque of Mohammed Ali, then the city’s oldest area Coptic Cairo awaits you. Here you will visit the El Muallaqa, the Hanging Church that was built into the walls of the Roman fortress of Babylon then onto St Sergius church said to be a resting-place of the Holy Family.
Nile Cruise Dinner:
In the evening you will have the opportunity to go sailing down the Nile on your Nile Dinner cruise, your driver will transfer you to the boat where you will experience the entertainment on-board including a belly dancer and whirling dervisher.
Enjoy a deliciously cooked dinner with a buffet dinner (drinks excluded).
Sound and Light Show:
The Sound and Light show is exhibited on the Giza Pyramids Plateau in front of the Great Pyramids and Sphinx, it is a great way to get a glimpse for what is install for you to see in the next few days. You will watch the Pyramids and Sphinx light up with multicolours and you will listen to the story behind the discovery of both great wonders of the world.
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.