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Egypt’s Jewels & The Red Sea

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Embark on a captivating six-day journey through the wonders of ancient Egypt, culminating in the idyllic shores of the Red Sea in Hurghada. Traverse through millennia of history as you marvel at the iconic Great Pyramids, the enigmatic Sphinx, the timeless ruins of Sakkara, and the mesmerizing Egyptian Museum with its troves of treasures. Venture further to behold the graceful Philae Temple in Aswan and a myriad of other captivating sites.

Conclude your adventure by immersing yourself in the vibrant underwater world of Hurghada, where azure waters teem with life. Bask in the gentle warmth of the sun as you explore the vibrant marine ecosystem through snorkeling or delve deeper with exhilarating dives into crystal-clear depths. For those seeking a dash of adrenaline, uncover the rugged beauty of Hurghada’s desert hinterlands, home to the nomadic Bedouin tribes.

Elevate your holiday experience with an array of water activities at our inviting resorts in Hurghada, ensuring memories that will last a lifetime.

Published rate is based on 5* standard accommodation in a double room during normal dates for Min. 2 persons

4* Accommodation is available upon request

Price Table
Price Includes
  • 3 nights accommodation at Hotel in Cairo on BB basis
  • 2 nights accommodation at Hotel in Luxor on BB basis
  • One-night accommodation at Aswan Hotel or similar, based on bed & breakfast
  • 3 nights accommodation at Hotel in Hurghada on BB basis
  • All transport and transfers in private AC vehicles
  • Sightseeing tours as detailed in the itinerary
  • The expertise of local Egyptologist guides for all sightseeing excursions
  • Airport arrival and departure transfer
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
Price Excludes
  • International flights (available upon inquiry)
  • Entry visa to Egypt
  • Travel insurance.
  • Entrance fees to sites visited (allow approx. US$105)
  • Tipping kitty.
  • Tipping for the tour guide and the tour leader
  • Meals not mentioned in the inclusions.
  • Any personal expenses such as drinks, laundry, etc
  • Hotel gala dinners on 24 and/or 31 Dec (budget up to $180 p/p)
  • Additional activities or unmentioned items.
Tour overview
Pyramids
Sphinx
Egyptian Museum
Luxor
Karnak Temple
Valley of the Kings
Queen Hatchepsut
Colossi of Memnon
Red Sea
Hurghada
Day by day Itinerary
Day 1: Arrival Cairo

Today, you take your first steps towards a new adventure… Board your flight to Cairo International Airport where we will be waiting for you just before customs for any assistance needed before we transfer you to your chosen hotel to settle in and relax.

Overnight : Cairo Hotel

No Meals

Day 2: Giza Pyramids, Sphinx and The Egyptian Museum, Transfer to Aswan

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, Sphinx and Egyptian Museum. 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 and head to Aswan in one of our private, A/C comfortable vehicles.

OVERNIGHT: Aswan Hotel
MEALS: Breakfast

Day 3: Aswan, Philae Temple and High Dam

This morning, We sail across the River Nile, through the breathtaking landscapes of rocks and greenery to finally reach Agilkia Island where Philae Temple, our first sightseeing of the day, still stands elegantly. During your tour of this romantic temple, your personal guide will tell you the whole story behind the location change of this whole complex to save if from water floods. Here there is a beautiful oriental cafe you can sit at, enjoy a refreshing drink while taking in the magnificent view before we continue our journey to the old Dam followed by a visit to the masterpiece of modern engineering of the High Dam. At the end of your tour, enjoy your private transfer back to your Aswan hotel to relax and enjoy your free evening.

Overnight: Aswan Hotel

Meals: Breakfast

Extras: Optional excursion to Abu Simbel overland

Day 4: Luxor, Kom Ombo & Edfu

Early departure for Luxor onboard an air-conditioned vehicle with a break in our journey at the Temple of Kom Ombo as well as in Edfu.

Welcome to Luxor, once known as Thebes, on the East Bank of the Nile.

OVERNIGHT: Luxor Hotel

MEALS: Breakfast

Day 5: Karnak and Luxor Temple

Rise and Shine to another day of adventuring more of what this beautiful city has to offer. Your private vehicle will take you to
our first stop of the day is Karnak Temple, one of the largest temples in the world. Wander the endless giant pillars before we head to Luxor Temple, our last stop of the day. This evening is at your disposal, sit back and enjoy your evening.

OVERNIGHT: Luxor Hotel

MEALS: Breakfast

Day 6: Valley of the Kings, Hatshepsut temple, Colossi of Memnon &Transfer to Hurghada

Put on your walking shoes and get excited for your full day of more sightseeing, get an early head start in order to avoid the sultry hot sun of noontime. Your cruise will set anchor at the west bank of Luxor, taking in the ghostly valley of the kings filled with the spirits of the Pharaohs of days gone by. Entering some of the tombs is truly an experience that will give you goosebumps!
Your private guide will then take you to Deir El Bahari and walk down the colonnaded avenue of Queen Hatshepsut’s temple, afterward, you will walk along and feel tiny next to the towering Colossi of Memnon, followed by a visit to the east bank of Luxor.

Your last stops of the day will be at Luxor and Karnak Temples, walk through the giant pillars and walls of both temples with its engraved and hidden symbols and messages that your Egyptologist guide will encrypt for you, take in the tall sculptures of some of the leaders of ancient times.
At the end of your tour of the West and East bank of Luxor, Your vehicle will take you to Luxor airport for your flight to Hurghada for overnight.

OVERNIGHT : Hurghada hotel
MEALS : Breakfast

Day 7: Hurghada, Red Sea. Free day

Today is all about relaxation and enjoying your time by the Red Sea in Hurghada. This coastal paradise is renowned worldwide for its exceptional scuba diving and snorkeling opportunities, thanks to the vibrant marine life thriving in the Red Sea’s clear waters. Divers from around the globe flock here to explore its underwater wonders.

For those seeking adventure, Hurghada offers a wealth of activities such as windsurfing, kite surfing, glass-bottomed submarine excursions, quad biking adventures in the desert, serene camel rides, and exciting sea fishing trips. Our local representative, stationed in Hurghada, will be readily available to assist with arranging any of these activities.

Hurghada itself boasts an intriguing marina and an old town that invites exploration, offering a blend of modern amenities and a glimpse into its historical past. Whether you choose to indulge in thrilling water sports, immerse yourself in the underwater world, or simply relax on the beach, Hurghada promises a memorable and rejuvenating experience.

OVERNIGHT: Hurghada – 5 star resort

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Red Sea, Another Free Day

Today, you have yet another day at your leisure in Hurghada, granting you the freedom to unwind or partake in the exciting array of adventurous activities available. Our local representative remains at your service, ready to assist with any arrangements or recommendations to make your stay in Hurghada as enjoyable as possible.

OVERNIGHT: Hurghada – 5 star resort

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Transfer from Hurghada to Cairo

After breakfast, your private Coaster will escort on your journey from Hurghada to Cairo, which will take approximately 5 hours. (For those seeking a quicker return, an upgrade to an internal flight is available upon request.)

This day is all yours, make the most out of it is your last days in the buzzing capital!

If you prefer some structured guidance, you have the option to participate in a guided walking tour in the late afternoon, we set out on a guided exploration of the labyrinthine backstreets and bustling bazaars of Old Cairo. Our journey will lead us through the imposing Bab al-Futuh gateway and along streets dedicated to various crafts such as metalwork, spices, pottery, fabrics, jewelry, and much more, gradually guiding us into the more tourist-oriented Khan-el-Khalili bazaar. During our visit, we’ll take a well-deserved break to savor some mint tea and perhaps try a shisha pipe. This excursion provides a splendid final opportunity to acquire souvenirs that will forever remind you of your Egyptian adventure.

OVERNIGHT: Cairo Hotel

MEALS: Breakfast

EXTRAS: Hurghada to Cairo flight upgrade

Old Cairo and Khan Khalili Walking Tour

Day 10: Cairo free day & optional tours

Today, you have the freedom to chart your own path or opt for guided exploration. The area surrounding your hotel in Old Islamic Cairo is a captivating blend of ancient charm and timeless allure. Its labyrinthine alleyways, bustling markets, and majestic mosques offer a glimpse into Cairo’s rich history, inspiring literary greats from the tales of the Arabian Nights to the works of Nobel Laureate Naguib Mahfouz.

For those seeking structured discovery, guided walking tours provide an immersive experience, allowing you to soak in the vibrant surroundings and discover the diverse bazaars, markets, and architectural marvels. Optional excursions beckon, from panoramic vistas atop the Citadel to the serene streets and churches of Coptic Cairo.

Delve deeper into Egypt’s past with explorations of Memphis, Saqqara, and Dashour, unraveling the mysteries of pyramid construction. Or set off on a full-day adventure to Alexandria, a colonial gem nestled along the Mediterranean coast.

Whether navigating the maze-like streets en route to Khan-el-Khalili bazaar or embarking on a guided odyssey through Cairo’s cultural treasures, the possibilities for exploration are as vast as the desert horizon.

OVERNIGHT: Cairo hotel

MEALS: Breakfast

EXTRAS: Alexandria day trip
Saqqara, Dashour & Memphis
Khan-el-Khaliali bazaar walking tour

Day 11: Cairo, Transfer to the airport

Today, you have the freedom to explore at your own pace until it’s time for your departure transfer to the airport. If you wish to extend your tour, options include enjoying additional time at the Red Sea, embarking on day trips to Alexandria, or visiting the esteemed World Heritage Site of Wadi Rayan and the Valley of the Whales.

Frequently Asked Questions
VISA REQUIREMENTS FOR TRAVELERS TO EGYPT?

Please visit https://visacentral.com/egypt-visa
Please note your passport should be valid for 6 months after the end date of your visa.

WHICH AIRLINES FLY TO EGYPT?

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
information.

WHAT ARE YOUR TRAVEL TIPS FOR EGYPT? ON HEALTH

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.

WHAT ARE YOUR TRAVEL TIPS FOR EGYPT? ON CLOTHING

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.

WHAT ARE YOUR TRAVEL TIPS FOR EGYPT? ON PHOTOGRAPHY

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.

WHAT ARE YOUR TRAVEL TIPS FOR EGYPT? ON MONEY

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.

WHAT ARE YOUR TRAVEL TIPS FOR EGYPT? ON TRANSPORTATION

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.

WHAT ARE YOUR TRAVEL TIPS FOR EGYPT? ON EGYPTIAN

On the Egyptian Language- Learn the basic words: La’ (no) and shukran (thank you). You will be needing them.

WHAT ARE YOUR TRAVEL TIPS FOR EGYPT? ON DINING OUT?

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.

WHAT ARE YOUR TRAVEL TIPS FOR EGYPT? ON INDEPENDENT TRAVEL?

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.

WHAT ARE YOUR TRAVEL TIPS FOR EGYPT? ON ORGANIZING YOUR TRIP

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.

DO I NEED ANY SPECIAL VACCINES FOR EGYPT? WHAT HEALTH GUIDELINES DO WE NEED TO FOLLOW?

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.

IS IT SAFE FOR WOMEN TO TRAVEL ALONE?

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.

WHEN ARE PRICES AT THEIR LOWEST TO VISIT EGYPT?

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.

WHAT ARE THE BEST TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS FOR DISCOVERING EGYPT?

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.

WHAT IS THE BEST BUDGET WAY TO TRAVEL AROUND EGYPT?

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.

WHEN IS THE BEST TIME (PEAK SEASON) TO VISIT EGYPT ON HOLIDAYS?

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.

I WANT TO TRAVEL TO EGYPT IN A TOUR GROUP AND STAY AT THE CHEAPEST HOTELS?

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.

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