EGYPT AND DUBAI
14 days (13 nights)
This package is very interesting as it takes you on a journey of contrasts between the most modern futuristic city in the world in Dubai, and one of the oldest civilizations in the world in Egypt. You will begin your journey in Dubai where you will get the chance to see its amazing modern architecture and the one of its neighboring Emirate, Abu Dhabi, as well as learn about their ways and how they were able to get to where they are today.
After that you will travel to Egypt where you will take a journey back in time starting off in Cairo where you will visit the Great Pyramids of Giza, The Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, Old Cairo and the Citadel of Salah El Din. You will then fly to Luxor to embark on a Nile Cruise that will take you all the way to Aswan and where you will get the chance to see the most ancient and amazing sites and temples in Egypt while also getting to enjoy the beautiful scenery the Nile has to offer.
- Day 1: Arrival in Dubai
- Day 2: Dubai
- Day 3: Dubai
- Day 4: Dubai Abu Dhabi Dubai (90-minute drive to and from)
- Day 5: Dubai
- Day 6: Dubai Cairo (3-and-a-half-hour flight)
- Day 7: Cairo Luxor (1-hour flight)
- Day 8: Luxor Esna Edfu
- Day 9: Edfu Kom Ombo Aswan
- Day 10: Aswan
- Day 11: Aswan Cairo (1-hour flight)
- Day 12: Cairo
- Day 13: Cairo
- Day 14: Departure from Cairo
As you arrive at Dubai International Airport, one of our English-speaking representatives will guide you through all the necessary immigration and visa procedures and take you through customs. Once this is completed, you will be driven to your hotel in an air-conditioned vehicle.
Begin the day with a buffet breakfast at your hotel before embarking for the old town of Dubai. There you will visit Heritage Village, an outdoor enclosure that restages the life of the ancient inhabitants of Dubai in a series of museums and exhibitions. The architecture, live performances, local products and artisan pieces that you will find here are all very representative of the culture.
The tour will continue to Al Bastakiya, an area characterized by its narrow streets and charming courtyards. After this you will visit Dubai Museum, where you will learn all about the city’s history, prior to the oil boom that led to its rapid development. Later in the day you will board an “abra”, a water taxi typical of the region, and ride along the river admiring the city skyline. The tour continues to the rich flavours, scents and colours of the souk of spices, and on into world's most famous gold bazaar.
Lunch will be served in a typical Emirati restaurant, sampling the delicious local cuisine.
After the tour is over you will return to your hotel to rest and have the evening/night free for your own purposes.
DUBAI / SHOPPING / SAFARI
Begin the day with a delicious buffet breakfast at your hotel before indulging in some morning shopping. Dubai is a world-wide shopping destination. The city hosts a famous annual shopping festival which lasts an entire month. You’ll have access to the most exclusive shops and luxury boutiques, displaying the finest fashion finds and designer pieces, as well as street markets and bazaars filled with haggling street vendors selling hand-crafted garments and fabrics.
After lunch you will embark on a safari adventure aboard a luxury 4x4. This will be a truly unique experience in which you will ride along rolling sand dunes, passing through a natural oasis and several camel farms scattered throughout the incredible desert landscape. You’ll also witness sunset over the Arabian desert, which we promise will be one of the lasting memories of this journey through the timeless beauty of the desert.
Later in the day you will arrive at a five-star traditional Arab camp. Here you will have an array of exciting activities to indulge in featuring camel rides, shisha pipes, sand boarding and henna tattoos. In the evening you will enjoy a delicious Arabian feast of fresh salads, mixed barbeque, and fruits as you are entertained by a traditional belly dancing show. All this will take place in the middle of the desert, under the moonlight and a sky full of stars. At night, you will return to your hotel to rest.
DUBAI / ABU DHABI
After a delicious buffet breakfast at your hotel, you will embark on a full day trip to Abu Dhabi. Abu Dhabi is the capital of the U.A.E. as well as the country’s administrative centre. It is widely recognised as the Manhattan of the Middle East. On your way to Abu Dhabi, you will pass through the free zone of Jebel Ali, the world's largest artificial harbour.
Upon reaching the city, your first destination will be the imposing mosque of Sheikh Zayed, the third largest mosque in the world, accommodating up to 40,000 worshippers. This mosque is best known for its giant domes and immaculate white colour. You will then visit the neighbourhood of Al Bateen, home to the royal palaces and corniche, the city’s seafront and the perfect standpoint from which to admire the artificial island of Lulu. The tour continues into the grounds of Heritage Village and Emirates Palace, a 7-star hotel famously known as the most luxurious hotel in the world. Just before lunch at a typical local restaurant, you will admire the Palace of the Sheikh, which was, of course, once home of Sheikh Zayed, the founder of the country. Your last stop in Abu Dhabi will be Union Square, also known as the “Cannon Square”, the imposing central square of the city.
On your way back to Dubai, you will pass by Sports City, the largest sports arena in the Middle East with the capacity for up to 50,000 spectators. This stadium has hosted celebrated international sports events such as the final of the FIFA Club World Cup.
At night, you will return to your hotel to rest.
Enjoy a relaxing morning with a tasty breakfast and look forward to a leisurely day enjoying the best of what Dubai has to offer. Our English speaking representatives will have many suggestions for you.
In the afternoon, you will meet the modern face of Dubai. Dubai is arguably the most developed place on earth, with a host of projects lined up that will secure its place as the city of the future. Your tour will begin at Dubai’s most important mosque, the Jumeirah mosque, and will continue to the Burj al Arab, the second tallest hotel in the world. Later, you will visit Palm Jumeirah, an artificial island in the shape of a palm which is home to the luxurious Atlantis hotel. There you will board the hanging monorail for better coverage of the branches of the palm till you reach the Dubai Marina. This area of Dubai is filled with skyscrapers consolidating it as the largest coastal project of its kind. In the Dubai Marina, the housing options project just how luxurious the city really is which will be an opportunity for you to learn more about the future of business in the Emirates.
After this, you will delve into the gigantic Mall of Emirates, a massive shopping centre housing Ski Dubai: the world’s largest indoor ski slope. Dubai’s metro is another great step towards modernity: it is the only driverless and fully automated underground in the Arabian Gulf. It even offers its passengers a ride to the “ceiling” of the world: The Burj Khalifa or Khalifa Tower. This incredible skyscraper is the tallest structure in the world. It is 828 meters in height and is visible from a distance of 95 kilometers.
At this point you can choose either to go to Dubai Mall, the world's largest mall, or return to your hotel to rest.
DUBAI / CAIRO
After a tasty breakfast at your hotel you will depart for Dubai International Airport where you will await your flight to Cairo. As you arrive at Cairo International Airport, one of our English-speaking representatives will guide you through all the necessary immigration and visa procedures and take you through customs. Once this is completed, you will be driven to your hotel in an air-conditioned vehicle to rest.
CAIRO / LUXOR
Begin your day with a delicious breakfast at your hotel before setting off once more for Cairo International Airport where you will catch a domestic flight to Luxor.
In Luxor, a motorboat will transport you to your cruise boat where you will be served light refreshments. After this, you will have the entire day to delve into the wonders of the ancient city. The temples of Luxor and Karnak are historically renowned for their majesty; it takes just 45 minutes to walk from one temple to the other, and on your way you will encounter several sphinxes and hear a number of stories about the pharaohs responsible for their construction.
After this exciting day, you return to the boat for dinner and rest in your cabin.
LUXOR / ESNA / EDFU
Your next day kicks off energetically with a hearty breakfast. Crossing to the other side of the Nile, your first stop will be the Necropolis of Thebes, which is among the most important symbols of Egypt’s ancient civilization.
Next up is a true archaeological treasure and one of the great wonders of Egypt: the Valley of the Kings, commissioned by Pharaohs of dynasties XVIII, XIX and XX and home to tombs of Tutankhamen and Ramses IV. Travellers will later proceed to the Valley of the Artisans, a tribute to those who built the tombs of the Pharaohs in the Valley of the Kings. Next, you will visit the mortuary temple of Ramses III, currently known as the Medinet Habu Temple, which is notable for its use of polychromy and is an exemplary piece of architecture from the New Kingdom.
After a short break for lunch, you will be surprised with an amazing panoramic view of the complex of Deir el-Bahri, which famously features the mortuary temple of Queen Hatshepsut. We will move across this complex to admire the majesty of ancient Egypt from the Temple of Amenhotep III. Here you will observe the Colossi of Memnon, two immense twin statues that remain breathtaking centuries after their creation. Both depict Amenhotep III with his eyes looking east, towards the Nile and sunrise. Around him are two smaller figures symbolizing his wife and his mother.
In the evening, you will enjoy a late dinner on the boat as you watch the sun set over Esna and Edfu.
CAIRO / ASWAN / Abu Simbel
How better to begin your day than with a delicious breakfast in the sunshine of Edfu? Once done, you will be driven by boat to the temple of Horus. Hidden under the sand for several centuries and only discovered by the French archaeologist Auguste Mariette in the mid-nineteenth century, the temple of Horus temple is one of the best preserved temples in Egypt.
Later in the day you will return to the boat for a lunch break, soon departing for Kom Ombo. In this town you will visit the temple dedicated to Haroeris, the falcon god, and Sobek, the crocodile god. The tour will proceed to visit an exhibition of excellently preserved mummified crocodiles, illuminating the mystery of this strange Ancient Egyptian custom.
At night you will return to the cruise boat for dinner and rest in order to prepare for your final full day in Aswan.
Enjoy a relaxing morning with a tasty breakfast and lots of time to lounge in your cabin. We do, however, recommend you take the opportunity to delve deeper into the wonders of Aswan. Our English speaking representatives will have many suggestions for what you can do with your day.
After your evening meal, you will embark on a felucca ride. This is a rich local experience, giving you the opportunity to closely admire the surrounding landscape from the perspective of the legendary Nile. The felucca will pass by Elephantine Island, one of the oldest trading centres in the ivory trade, and Kitchener's Island, famous for its beautiful botanical gardens. To conclude, you will enjoy a wonderful panoramic view of the Agha Khan Mausoleum. Just a brief glance at this breathtaking monument explains why Sir Sultan Muhammad Shah chose it to be his eternal resting place.
At night, you will be offered dinner and left to enjoy your last night on board.
ASWAN / CAIRO
Enjoy breakfast aboard the boat just before setting off for the small island of Philae. Ptolemy II built the temple on this island in honor of the goddess Isis. It also holds the unfinished obelisk, which was claimed as the world's largest obelisk until it, unfortunately, cracked.
The contrast between the ancient past and present will be striking as you arrive at your next destination, the celebrated Aswan Dam, a gigantic piece of engineering work that was launched by the British Empire during its occupation of the country, and concluded by the Egyptians in the middle of the last century.
In the afternoon you will be transferred to Aswan airport to leave for Cairo, where a representative will pick you up to take you to your hotel where you will check in and be offered dinner before retiring for the night.
After recharging with a tasty Egyptian breakfast, a guide will accompany you to tour the many attractions of the largest city in Africa. We begin the tour with the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, home to a diverse collection of objects of immense cultural value, among them the treasures of Tutankhamen. The museum’s collection offers a unique opportunity for a first-hand encounter with the lost world of this historic civilisation.
Later, we will visit Medieval Cairo, which was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. This part of the city was built in the 10th century and primarily served as a royal enclosure for the caliphs. It is accordingly filled with mosques and religious buildings of great historical significance. Inside, you will visit the Citadel of Saladin, a fortress in which stands the imposing mosque of Mohamed Ali, as well as the many museums and gardens hidden within its walls.
After this, you will be given the opportunity to visit Old Cairo’s Coptic Quarter. This area has been a melting pot of religions, chief among them Orthodox Christianity, Judaism and Islam. Essential places to visit are the Hanging Church, built on the Fortress of Babylon, the Church of St. Sergius, where the Holy Family is believed to have been sheltered during their period of exile in Egypt, and the Ben Ezra Synagogue, which is one of the oldest synagogues in Egypt and dates back to the 7th century. Finally, can stroll through the picturesque bazaar of Khan el-Khalili, a fourteenth century marketplace where you can purchase all sorts of traditional souvenirs, and experience Egyptian haggling at its finest.
Once the tour is finished, the guide will accompany you to your hotel for dinner.
After recharging with a tasty Egyptian breakfast, your tour will begin with a visit to three Pyramids of Giza, which includes the Great Pyramid of Cheops, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. This 230 meter high Pyramid is just one part of a huge funerary complex. Another essential feature is the giant Sphinx depicting the head of King Khafre with the body of a lion. Inside the Pyramid are many treasures, chambers and sarcophagi. Beneath the Pyramid are several secret tunnels that were in ancient days used to move through the monument.
In the afternoon you will have the opportunity to visit the necropolis of Saqqara, which was declared by UNESCO to be a World Heritage Site. Here stand the famous Step Pyramid of King Djoser, the central feature of his vast funerary complex, which marked a huge step in the evolution of pyramidal construction.
After this you will visit Memphis, the ancient capital of Egypt (c. 3,100 B.C.), today known as Mit Rahina. The ruins of this city are displayed in a magnificent open air museum featuring the giant statue of Ramses II, carved in limestone, as well as an alabaster Sphinx guarding the Temple of Ptah.
In the evening, you will return to your hotel to enjoy a relaxing dinner and good night’s sleep.
Enjoy a final breakfast at the hotel before begin driven to Cairo International Airport in an air-conditioned vehicle. Savour this as an opportunity to contemplate one last view of this beautiful, richly historical city.
To ensure your trip goes smoothly, an English-speaking representative will accompany you at all times and be available assist you until you are safely aboard your plane.
The Package includes:
- Assistance in airports, hotels and motor boats by our English-speaking coordinators.
- All transfers between airports, hotels and motorboats in air-conditioned vehicles.
- 4 Nights in Cairo on bed and breakfast basis.
- 4 Nights cruise on full board basis with all the visits indicated in the itinerary included but may alter in order, depending on dates.
- 5 Nights in Dubai on Bed and Breakfast basis.
- Full day of visits in Dubai, or split in 2 half days including lunch.
- 4x4 Safari in Dubai desert including Bedouin show and dinner.
- Full day visit to Abu Dhabi including lunch.
- 2 days of visits in Cairo with lunch according to itinerary.
- Luggage carriers at airports and hotels (we provide carts for suitcases and we use porters where permitted).
- Tips for boatmen and chauffeurs in Luxor and Aswan.
- Tips for guide and ship crew members.
- English guide (not exclusive) during all visits.
This package does not include:
- Entry visa to Egypt and UAE.
- Excursion to the temples of Abu Simbel.
- International or domestic flights.
- Entrance to the Pyramid of Cheops, Tut-Ankh-Amon Tomb in the Valley of the Kings.
- Extras of any kind: drinks, telephones, etc.
- Any service not specified as included.
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