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Petra & the Nile


Experience an unforgettable two-week journey through Jordan and Egypt with our “Petra and the Nile” tour. Explore the highlights of both countries, from the ancient wonders of Jordan, including Petra, Wadi Rum, and the Dead Sea, to the iconic Pyramids and Sphinx in Cairo, complemented by a luxurious Nile Cruise.

Our adventure commences in Amman, Jordan, where we venture to the well-preserved Greco-Roman site of Jerash just outside the city. Traveling south along the picturesque Kings Highway, we’ll make captivating stops to admire the mosaic map of the Holy Land in Madaba, savor the views from Mount Nebo, and be awestruck by the grandeur of Wadi Mujib. A visit to the imposing crusader castle at Kerak and a sumptuous lunch precede our arrival in Petra. You’ll have the opportunity to choose the magical Petra by Candlelight experience during the evening. The following day, we’ll commence early to explore the hidden “Rose Red” Nabatean city of Petra, guided through the Siq to the Treasury and into the heart of the site. After lunch, you’ll have free time to explore and possibly hike to the impressive Monastery, enjoying breathtaking views over Wadi Araba. Late in the afternoon, we’ll journey to the desert wonderland of Wadi Rum, with an optional sunset camel ride. Rest comfortably in a Bedouin camp and embark on a jeep safari through the mesmerizing sands and cliffs the next morning before returning to Amman. Our final stop is a relaxing swim or float in the incredibly salty waters of the Dead Sea, the lowest point on Earth.

Continuing to Cairo, you’ll explore the Pyramids, Sphinx, and the Step Pyramid at Saqqara. A short internal flight transports you to Luxor, where you’ll embark on a 4-night cruise along the Nile Valley aboard a luxurious 5-star cruise ship. Along the way, visit the temples at Edfu and Kom Ombo while observing typical rural Egyptian life from the sun deck of the boat. In Aswan, explore the exquisite island temple of Philae and enjoy a serene felucca sailboat excursion on the Nile before flying back to Cairo. Concluding the tour is a visit to the renowned Egyptian Museum, housing the treasures from Tutankhamun’s tomb.

Your accommodations include comfortable mid-range hotels in Jordan, Bedouin tents with proper beds in Wadi Rum, 5-star hotels in Cairo, and a 5-star Nile cruise between Luxor and Aswan.

For those seeking a private tour, we offer this option as well. Feel free to reach out to us for more information and pricing.

Price Table
Price Includes
  • 4 nights in Jordan, 3 to 4-star hotels
  • Egypt, 3 nights in 5-star hotels
  • 1 night in a comfortable tent at a Bedouin camp in Wadi Rum
  • 4-night 5-star Nile cruise from Luxor to Aswan
  • All transport and transfers in private AC vehicles
  • 4×4 jeep safari and a Bedouin experience in Wadi Rum
  • Guided sightseeing tours as specified in the itinerary
  • Domestic flight ticket economy class (Cairo Luxor – Aswan / Cairo)
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
Price Excludes
  • International flights (available upon inquiry)
  • Amman-Cairo flight ( available upon request )
  • Egypt visa fees (available upon arrival for most nationalities, US$25)
  • Jordan Visa fees (free as part of the Jordan Pass)
  • Jordan Entrance fees (included in a discounted package available in advance through the Jordan Pass, JD70)
  • Egypt Entrance fees to sites visited (allow approx. US$85)
  • Tipping/Gratuity
  • Tipping for the tour guide and the tour leader
  • Travel insurance.
  • Meals not mentioned in the inclusions.
  • Hotel gala dinners on 24 and/or 31 Dec (budget up to $180 p/p)
  • Any personal expenses such as drinks, laundry, etc
  • Additional activities or unmentioned items.
Tour overview
Kings Highway
Madaba mosaics
Wadi Rum
Dead Sea
Karnak Temple
Luxor temples
Valley of the Kings
Queen Hatchepsut
Edfu temple
Kom Ombo
Philae Temple
Nile Cruise
Day by day Itinerary
Day 1: Amman Arrival : Hotel Transfers & City Exploration

Upon your arrival in Amman, our team will ensure a seamless transfer to your hotel. Following check-in, we will offer a brief introduction to the local surroundings, highlighting convenient nearby establishments such as shops, cafés, and restaurants. You’ll then have the opportunity to independently explore the city, gaining a firsthand experience of its distinctive ambiance, in anticipation of the tour’s official commencement tomorrow.

OVERNIGHT: Amman 3-star hotel



Single room supplement (JOSHJA)
Single room supplement – Standard Hotels (JOSHJS)
Extra day in Amman – pre tour
As-Salt and Bethany tour

Day 2: Exploring Ancient Roman Ruins and the Historical Sites of Amman

Embark on a captivating journey through time, commencing with a visit to the ancient city of Jerash, where you’ll be awestruck by the remarkable Roman architecture, once buried beneath the sands. Explore the city’s most impressive ruins, including theaters, baths, fountains, winding paved streets, and striking hilltop temples.

Upon returning to Amman, the “white city,” your city tour begins. Amman’s white limestone buildings are a sight to behold. Your expert guide will delve into the city’s rich history, highlighting excavations and renovations spanning the Neolithic, Hellenistic, late Roman, and Arab Islamic eras.

A tour highlight is the Citadel, where you’ll uncover the ancient temple of Hercules, the 8th-century Umayyad Palace, the Byzantine Church, and the well-preserved 6,000-seat Roman theatre dating back to the 2nd century. Remarkably, this ancient theatre is still utilized for cultural events today, providing a living link to Amman’s cultural heritage.

OVERNIGHT: Amman hotel

MEALS: Breakfast


Day 3: Unveiling Madaba, Mount Nebo, Kerak Castle, and the Enchantment of Petra

Today, we embark on a picturesque journey along the King’s Highway en route to Petra, soaking in the stunning vistas of Jordan’s wadis, olive groves, and rustic villages. Our adventure includes stops at significant historical sites, commencing with Madaba, where we’ll visit the Greek Orthodox Church of St. George. Here, you’ll admire the renowned 6th-century Byzantine mosaic map of the Holy Land, among other biblical landmarks.

Our path leads to Mount Nebo, affording breathtaking panoramic views of the Holy Land from its summit. En route to Petra, we’ll traverse the remarkable Wadi al-Mujib and pause at the formidable 12th-century Kerak Castle, a colossal fortress constructed by Crusader King Baldwin along the ancient Egypt-Syrian caravan route.

Finally, we’ll reach Petra and assist you with the check-in process at your hotel for the night. While you’ll have some free time to explore the city independently, we strongly recommend the Petra by Candlelight tour through the Siq to the Treasury—an enchanting experience not to be missed.

OVERNIGHT: Petra hotel

MEALS: Breakfast


Day 4: Exploring the Wonders of Petra & camping under stars in Wadi Rum

Today, we embark on a full-day expedition to uncover the marvels of Petra, the renowned Nabatean site. Dating back to the 1st century AD, Petra once thrived as the Nabatean commercial empire’s capital. Forgotten for centuries, it was rediscovered in 1812 by Swiss explorer Johann Ludwig Burckhardt. Accessible solely through the narrow passage known as the Siq, Petra is nestled on the precipice of Wadi Aruba, encircled by towering canyon walls and hills.

Our guided tour guides us through the winding Siq, a narrow passage that rises 200 meters and narrows to just 2 meters wide. We’ll pass the terracotta pipes that once conveyed water into the city and the ancient Nabatean water channel. Upon emerging from the Siq, we’ll be mesmerized by the sight of the Khazneh, also known as the Treasury, one of Petra’s most magnificent landmarks. Our exploration continues to the Roman amphitheater, colonnaded streets, and the multi-colored sandstone cliffs leading to the Monastery, Petra’s grandest carved monument, standing at an impressive 50 meters in height and 45 meters in width. The vistas of Wadi Aruba and the Jordan Valley from this vantage point are simply awe-inspiring.

Following an unforgettable day in Petra, we journey to Wadi Rum, an awe-inspiring desert landscape characterized by towering rock formations and cliffs. Here, we’re welcomed by hospitable Bedouin hosts and make ourselves at home in a comfortable campsite beneath the starlit sky. Indulging in a delectable traditional Jordanian meal, we spend the evening gathered around the campfire, stargazing, and relishing the serenity of this magnificent desert backdrop.

OVERNIGHT: Wadi Rum Bedouin camp

MEALS: Breakfast, Dinner


Day 5: Jeep Safari adventure in Wadi Rum & Swim in the Dead Sea

Our day kicks off with an exhilarating jeep safari through the captivating desert landscape of Wadi Rum. This region, renowned for its towering cliffs and intriguing rock formations, became famous through its depiction in the film “Lawrence of Arabia.” We’ll navigate the desert’s diverse terrain, taking in the breathtaking vistas that stretch before us.

Following our Wadi Rum adventure, we’ll journey northward to the shores of the Dead Sea. This remarkable body of water holds the distinction of being the Earth’s lowest point, situated more than 400 meters below sea level. It receives waters from various sources, including the Jordan River, and the convergence of these waters leaves behind a unique amalgamation of salts and minerals, contributing to the production of high-quality local products.

We’ll pause for a swim in the Dead Sea, an extraordinary experience unlike any other. Thanks to its remarkably high salt concentration, you’ll effortlessly float on its surface, creating a truly unforgettable and unique encounter. Just remember to avoid getting the water in your eyes, as it can be quite uncomfortable.

After savoring this distinctive swim in the Dead Sea, we’ll make our way back to Amman, savoring the picturesque views of the hills of Jerusalem along the journey. This region is historically associated with five biblical cities: Sodom, Gomorrah, Adman, Zebouin, and Zoar (Bela). For those desiring additional time at the Dead Sea for spa treatments or relaxation, we offer the option of spending your final night in Jordan here rather than returning to Amman.

OVERNIGHT: Amman hotel

MEALS: Breakfast


Day 6: Amman to Cairo: Hotel Transfer with Optional Nile Dinner Cruise

We’ll start by transferring you to Amman airport for your flight to Cairo. Upon your arrival in Cairo, our dedicated team will be there to assist you in obtaining your visa and collecting your luggage. From there, we’ll transfer you to your Cairo hotel for check-in, giving you some free time to explore the city at your own pace or simply unwind at the hotel. For those seeking a unique dining experience, there’s the option of a Nile dinner cruise available tonight.

Please be aware that the cost of the Amman-Cairo flight is not included in the tour price. To offer flexibility, you have the choice to include this flight as part of your primary international ticket, or we can help you book it separately. Egypt Air and Royal Jordanian Airlines both provide direct flights throughout the day. Rest assured, all transfers in both Amman and Cairo are part of our inclusive services, and we are fully equipped to manage all your international flight arrangements upon your request.

OVERNIGHT: Cairo 5-star hotel

MEALS: Breakfast

EXTRAS: Amman to Cairo flight upon request

Day 7: Discovering Pyramids, Sphinx & Saqqara

Embark on your Egyptian journey with a visit to the iconic Great Pyramids of Giza, situated on the outskirts of Cairo. These pyramids, constructed around 2500 years BC by the Pharaohs Khufu, Khafre, and Menkaure, stand as some of the most globally recognized ancient structures. Guided by your Egyptologist, you’ll delve into the history of the Pharaohs and gain insights into the construction of these awe-inspiring pyramids. For the adventurous, there’s even the option to explore the interior of one of the pyramids (subject to availability).

Next on the itinerary is a visit to the majestic Sphinx, fully revealed in the 1920s, and situated in close proximity to the pyramids.

Following this, we’ll journey to the ancient capital of Memphis, where you’ll encounter the statue of Ramses II and the Step-Pyramid in Saqqara.

OVERNIGHT: Cairo 5-star hotel

MEALS: Breakfast


Day 8: Fly to Luxor, west bank tour and Luxor temple

Today, we embark on an exciting journey as we catch an early flight from Cairo to Luxor. Our exploration on the West bank of the Nile begins with a visit to the impressive Colossi of Memnon. From there, we delve into the dusty, ancient Pharaonic tombs situated in the renowned Valley of the Kings, where we can marvel at the rich history and artistry preserved within.

Our adventure continues as we proceed to the Temple of Queen Hatchepsut, an architectural marvel that tells tales of ancient royalty. We also have the privilege of witnessing the vibrant hieroglyphics adorning the Medinat Habu temple, offering us a glimpse into the past.

Afterward, we cross back into Luxor, where you’ll have the afternoon to either unwind aboard your luxurious 5-star Nile cruise boat or explore the vibrant markets of Luxor, soaking in the local culture. In the evening, we embark on a captivating walking tour of the enchanting Luxor Temple, which is beautifully illuminated at night, creating a truly magical atmosphere.

Overnight: On board the 5-star cruise boat
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Luxor, Karnak Temple and sail to Edfu

This morning, you have the opportunity to embark on an extraordinary adventure – a breathtaking sunrise hot air balloon flight over the West bank of the Nile. After a hearty breakfast, our exploration of Luxor continues with a visit to the colossal temple complex of Karnak, an awe-inspiring site characterized by towering columns, numerous temples, and an array of impressive structures. This visit reinforces Luxor’s well-deserved reputation as the largest open-air museum on the planet.

In the afternoon, our cruise adventure commences as we set sail up the magnificent Nile River. We’ll navigate through the Esna lock and make our way to Edfu, where we’ll spend the night, continuing our journey through the timeless landscapes of Egypt.

Please keep in mind that Nile cruise boat itineraries may be subject to minor alterations along the way.

Overnight: On board the 5-star cruise boat

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Extras: Optional hot air balloon in Luxor

Day 10: Edfu and a cruise to Kom Ombo & Aswan

Following a delightful breakfast, we set out to explore the nearby Edfu Temple, a magnificent tribute to the god Horus. Our journey upriver towards Kom Ombo continues, allowing us to observe the charming scenes of traditional rural Egyptian life along the picturesque Nile banks. For those seeking relaxation, you may choose to indulge in a soothing soak in the plunge pool located on the boat’s sun deck.

Upon reaching Kom Ombo, we embark on a fascinating tour of the temple, which sits serenely by the Nile’s edge and houses intriguing artifacts such as mummified crocodiles, among other treasures. Our cruise then proceeds onward, taking us to the enchanting city of Aswan.

Overnight: On board the 5-star cruise boat

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Aswan, Philae Temple & Aswan Dam (Abu Simbel option)

This morning, there’s an enticing option to explore the awe-inspiring UNESCO World Heritage site of Abu Simbel, home to the remarkable temples built by Ramses II. Departure is very early, with the goal of witnessing the sunrise over these majestic temples. If you choose not to visit Abu Simbel, your morning will be free for leisure.

Our tours in Aswan encompass a visit to the enchanting island temple complex of Philae, accessible by boat. The Philae temple remains one of Egypt’s most charming and scenic sites, having been meticulously relocated due to the construction of the Dam. Additionally, you’ll have the opportunity to witness the impressive Aswan High Dam, a monumental structure designed to create Lake Nasser.

OVERNIGHT: On board 5-star cruise boat
MEALS: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch
EXTRAS: Abu Simbel overland

Day 12: Fly to Cairo, Egyptian Museum (+optional tours)

In the morning, we will make our way to Aswan airport for a flight back to Cairo. Our Cairo tour commences with a visit to the Egyptian Museum, a world-renowned institution housing an extensive collection of Egyptian antiquities. Accompanied by a certified Egyptologist, you’ll explore the museum’s galleries, each showcasing different historical periods of this ancient civilization.

The afternoon is yours to enjoy at your own pace or to consider an optional half-day tour. This tour offers the opportunity to explore Coptic Cairo, where you can discover the old churches and synagogues, visit the Citadel for panoramic views of the city, and wander through the charming alleys of the Khan-el-Khalili bazaar. Additionally, there is an optional dinner cruise on the Nile available for your evening entertainment.

OVERNIGHT: Cairo hotel
MEALS: Breakfast
EXTRAS: Cairo city tour
Saqqara, Dashour & Memphis

Day 13: Cairo, free time, departure airport transfer

Today is your free day, giving you the opportunity for some last-minute sightseeing or shopping until it’s time for us to transfer you to the airport for your departure flight. If you have an afternoon or evening flight, you can opt for a half-day tour of Coptic Cairo and the Citadel, or explore the evolution of pyramid building at Saqqara, Dashour, and Memphis.

You can also consider adding extra nights to your stay in Cairo, which would open up options for a day trip to the historic city of Alexandria on the Mediterranean coast or an excursion into the desert near Cairo to visit the World Heritage Site known as the Valley of the Whales at Wadi Rayan. Your journey’s end is flexible, and we are here to accommodate your preferences and interests.


MEALS: Breakfast

EXTRAS: Alexandria day trip / Cairo city tour / Saqqara, Dashour & Memphis / Extra day in Cairo (5-star) – post-tour


Cairo Marriott Hotel & Omar Khayyam Casino


Experience authentic Egyptian hospitality and a stunning oriental flair at Mamlouk Palace Resort with its special family friendly atmosphere and hotel facilities. The private sandy beach offers relaxing hours directly in front of the beautiful water of the Red Sea. Relish the art of noble treatment and atmosphere at Mamlouk Palace Resort.

Located 19km (20 min) to Hurghada Centre and 15km (16 min) to Hurghada International Airport, the Resort features a distinctive location.
Facilities (Private Beach -Restaurants -Bars – 24h Room Service –
Swimming Pool -Spa – Kids Club – Wifi – Special Needs Rooms)

On discount 50 %

MS/ Iberotel Crowne Emperor


Experience authentic Egyptian hospitality and a stunning oriental flair at Mamlouk Palace Resort with its special family friendly atmosphere and hotel facilities. The private sandy beach offers relaxing hours directly in front of the beautiful water of the Red Sea. Relish the art of noble treatment and atmosphere at Mamlouk Palace Resort.

Located 19km (20 min) to Hurghada Centre and 15km (16 min) to Hurghada International Airport, the Resort features a distinctive location.
Facilities (Private Beach -Restaurants -Bars – 24h Room Service –
Swimming Pool -Spa – Kids Club – Wifi – Special Needs Rooms)

On discount 50 %

Mamlouk Palace Resort


Experience authentic Egyptian hospitality and a stunning oriental flair at Mamlouk Palace Resort with its special family friendly atmosphere and hotel facilities. The private sandy beach offers relaxing hours directly in front of the beautiful water of the Red Sea. Relish the art of noble treatment and atmosphere at Mamlouk Palace Resort.

Located 19km (20 min) to Hurghada Centre and 15km (16 min) to Hurghada International Airport, the Resort features a distinctive location.
Facilities (Private Beach -Restaurants -Bars – 24h Room Service –
Swimming Pool -Spa – Kids Club – Wifi – Special Needs Rooms)

On discount 50 %

SUNRISE Holidays Resort (Adults Only)


SUNRISE Holidays Resort, the first Adults-Only Resort in Egypt, is situated on a private beach lagoon that enriches the rejuvenating holiday vacation with its idyllic sea view.
Located 500m (10 min) to Hurghada Centre and 9km (14 min) to Hurghada International Airport, the Resort offers the best of both worlds: enjoying a relaxing and revitalizing atmosphere as well as experiencing the exciting nightlife of Hurghada.

On discount 50 %

Sheraton Montazah Hotel


Sheraton Montazah Hotel welcomes you to Alexandria, Egypt with thoughtful service and an unparalleled location. Situated by the beach, our hotel is walking distance from Montazah Palace and Gardens; stroll the scenic Corniche or visit cultural attractions including the Royal Jewelry Museum. Gracefully designed rooms and suites feature our Sheraton Signature Sleep Experience and stunning views of the sea, the palace gardens or the Alexandria cityscape; additional amenities include private balconies, complimentary Wi-Fi and premium bath products. Take a swim in the outdoor pool, challenge yourself to a workout or relax on the beach and enjoy the warm Egyptian sunshine. Varied dining options at the hotel include a casual Italian restaurant with seasonal, locally-sourced offerings, as well as a stylish bar, a coffee house and more. If you’re planning an event in Egypt, our expansive venues can accommodate up to 700 guests; outdoor spaces on the beach or by the pool create a unique setting for social gatherings.

On discount 50 %

SUNRISE Garden Beach Resort -Select


Set on a private beach, this modern all-inclusive resort is 2 km from the giant sculptures at Sand City Hurghada and 10 km from bazaars in the Old Town of Sahl Hasheesh.

Bright rooms come with free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs, plus minibars and balconies/terraces. Family rooms and suites feature additional rooms. Kids age 11 and under (1 per room) stay at no extra cost with an adult.

Meals and drinks (included) are served in 12 bars and restaurants, among which are an Italian eatery and a beach bar. A water park features 8 water slides, and there’s a private sandy beach, a luxe spa and a gym.

On discount 50 %
Frequently Asked Questions

Please visit
Please note your passport should be valid for 6 months after the end date of your visa.


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


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.


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 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.


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 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.


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


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 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 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.


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.


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 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.


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.


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 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.


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.


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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