Day 1: Arrival in Cairo. Overnight Cairo Hotel
Day 2: Pyramids of Giza, Sphinx and Saqqara. Overnight at hotel in Cairo.
Day 3: (Luxor) Fly to Luxor , East Bank tour (Karnak and Luxor Temples). Overnight Cruise
Day 4: (Luxor) West Bank tour (Valley of the Kings,Temple of Hatshepsut and the Colossi of Memnon), optional hot-air-balloon ride.
Day 5: Edfu and Kom Ombo
Day 6: (Aswan) High Dam and Philae Temple
Day 7: (Aswan) Abu Simbel tour (optional) Cruise disembarkation. Overnight at hotel in Aswan.
Day 8: (Cairo) Fly back to Cairo, visit to Egyptian Museum, Salah el Din Citadel and Khan El Khlalili Bazaar. Overnight Cairo.
Day 9: (Alexandria) full day tour. Overnight at hotel in Cairo.
Day 10: (Cairo) Transfer to Cairo International Airport for departure.
Ahlan wa Sahlan! Welcome! Upon your arrival at Cairo airport, our representative will meet you and assist you through all formalities. Then it’s on to your hotel where once checked-in you have a free evening.
Overnight: Cairo hotel (no meals).
Today is travelling back in time to spend some hours contemplating ancient Egypt’s awe-inspiring Pyramids and Sphinx at Giza (including entrance to either the 2nd or 3rd Pyramid) and then onwards to Saqqara to gaze at the first pyramid ever built in Egypt, Djoser’s Step Pyramid. Later on, we will drop you off at your hotel for the night.
Overnight: Cairo hotel. (Breakfast)
After breakfast, you will board an early flight for Luxor and then onto to the waters aboard your Nile cruise boat!
Once on board, 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. 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 it’s on to the Luxor Temple, one of the most beautiful in Egypt. It was known in the New Kingdom period as Ipt-Rsyt, meaning “Southern Shrine”, in order to differentiate between the Luxor and Karnak temple which was called the “Northern House of Amon-Ra”.
Overnight on-board cruise boat. Sleep like a baby rocking on the soft waves of the Nile. (All meals included)
Good morning. Sabah el kheir. Today we shall be visiting the West Bank and dropping in on the Valley of the Kings, where the tombs of the Pharaohs and powerful nobles of the New Kingdom (18th to the 20th Dynasty) are located. The valley is on the West Bank of the Nile, opposite Thebes, modern Luxor, within the heart of the Theban Necropolis.
We will also visit the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, the most distinguished temple in Egypt with its lay-out and decorations. It was built of limestone unlike most of the other funerary temples of the New Kingdom, which were make of sandstone. En route, you will have a chance to see the Colossi of Memnon, humongous statues of Ramses made from carved blocks of quartzite.
Then on board again to set sail toward Edfu via Esna. Overnight on board in Edfu. (All meals included)
Breakfast on board and then on to visit the Temple of Horus, the best-preserved cult temple in Egypt. This is partly due to the fact that is was built later than most of the other ancient temples, in the Ptolemaic era between 237 to 57 BC. Then we sail on to Kom Ombo and visit the Temple of Sobek. Sobek (aka Sebek, Sebek-Ra, Sobeq, Suchos, Sobki, and Soknopais) (he had a lot of names didn’t he?) was the ancient god of crocodiles and was sometimes considered a manisfestation or another form of Horus, because Horus sometimes took on the form of a crocodile to retrieve the body parts of Osiris which were lost in the Nile. Sobek was also thought to have assisted the goddess Isis in birthing Horus.
Overnight on board at Kom Ombo. (All meals included)
Breakfast on board and set sail to Aswan. We will visit the High Dam, which was built across the Nile between 1960 and 1970.
Afterwards, we will visit the Unfinished Obelisk, the largest known Obelisk, located in the northern region of the stone quarries of Aswan. Then onto the Temple of Philae, one of Nubia’s most important monuments. The Temple, 12 kms south of Aswan, was a pilgrimage center for the cult of the goddess Isis. The sacred site was venerated by pilgrims all through the ages, from the Pharaonic era into the Greek then Roman and Byzantine periods.
Overnight on board in Aswan. (All meals included)
Breakfast. If you wish, an optional tour to Abu Simbel and its 3 Temples dedicated to Ramses II is available. It is so worth it!
Overnight in Aswan hotel. (Breakfast)
After breakfast in Aswan, you will catch an early flight back to Cairo. 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 your Cairo hotel. (Breakfast)
Enjoy breakfast and then head out 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. It has many lovely sights. We will visit Pompey’s Pillar, the Amphitheatre, the Roman Catacombs, and more before driving back to Cairo at the end of the day.
Overnight in Cairo hotel. (All meals included)
We bid you bon voyage today. Ma al Salama. Our agent will drop you off at Cairo airport in time for your flight back home.
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We came all the way from Brazil and we were very well welcomed by Lady Egypt's Tour. They are very professional, acompanied us since we arrived at the airport and were always willing to do our wishes. I would recommend them for sure!
Lady Egypt took care of everything, and I felt so safe! Cairo, for a couple days was good. ASwan was amazing and I would go back for a month! Luxor was incredible and I could spend weeks there peaking thru the streets. Hurghada was fun to relax. Wish I had time to explore Alexandria, Matrouh and Siwa. Drivers and local guides were amazing!
From the very first email everything was excellent. So I want to start by thanking Nahla for making the booking process smooth and stress free! We had a tailor made itinerary with the Cruise Adventure and also added on Abu Simbel and the day-trip to Alexandria. 11 days 10 nights and it was quite the excursion!
Once we landed at Cairo airport, Waleed our tour manager was right there greeting us with a sign. He quickly got us through baggage and customs without and issues to our own personal driver of a nice rental car. On our way to the hotel, he provided us with very helpful information and history about the different areas on our way to the hotel. All throughout the trip he ensured we were pleased and encountered no issues. Even the issue with our hotel we managed to get rectified even beyond what we expected. He also provides you with a local phone to contact him during your trip should any questions or problems arise when you aren't with him.
The tour guides; (Cairo) Ayman and Luxor - Aswan (Ashraf) were AWESOME! They were easy going, fun and extremely knowledgeable. I was blown away at how much history I had bestowed upon me between the two of them. They really know their stuff! They also made sure we weren't taken advantage of when it came to tipping the people selling stuff (who can be a bit aggressive).
The Cruise - OMG amazing!!!! In addition to my first trip to Egypt this was also my first cruise. The ship was gorgeous! the rooms were quality and cozy without feeling cramped. You have a full window view of the Nile river as you cruise along. The staff was super friendly! Housekeeping made fun animals out of our towels each morning. The buffet meals were excellent! I had like 4 different style of rice dishes while there. They had different things every night. Great variety! Tip: Bring bug repellant for mosquitos, because you never feel them, but you definitely discover where they've been!
Despite what's being reported in Western media and what common thought is. Egypt felt completely safe. I was never once worried if I was in a sketchy area or felt like I needed to watch my back. Even pick pocketing, I was never worried. If you travel smart (in general) that shouldn't be a concern. Be prepared for that traffic tho! That mess is brutal when its rush hour, but our driver Awad was
excellent. He drove like Jason Statham in that movie The Transporter. He was not messing around when it came to getting us to our destinations. I loved it. Kudos to him big time!
If you've ever wanted to visit Egypt I would definitely recommend booking your trip through Lady Egypt Tours. For this being my first trip abroad, it was completely stress free and a blast! Especially if you're a history buff!
Thank you everyone for making this trip something I am going to remember years to come! I shall be back!