12 days (11 nights)
This package will allow you to experience the best of what Egypt has to offer. You will begin your journey 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 Aswan to embark on a Nile Cruise that will take you all the way to Luxor 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.
Once in Luxor you will be transferred to Hurghada in an air-conditioned vehicle to end your trip relaxing on the jewel that is the Red Sea. Hurghada is famous for having some of most beautiful white sandy beaches in the region with crystal clear waters, as well as having some of the most important dive sites in the world.
- Day 1: Arrival in Cairo
- Day 2: Cairo
- Day 3: Cairo
- Day 4: Cairo Aswan (1-hour flight)
- Day 5: Aswan
- Day 6: Aswan Kom Ombo Edfu
- Day 7: Luxor
- Day 8: Luxor Hurghada (3-hour drive)
- Day 9: Hurghada
- Day 10: Hurghada
- Day 11: Hurghada Cairo (1-hour flight)
- Day 12: Departure from 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.
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 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. cuisine.
In the evening, you will return to your hotel to enjoy a relaxing dinner and good night’s sleep.
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 and rest.
CAIRO / ASWAN / Abu Simbel
Enjoy a relaxing morning with a tasty breakfast before departing for Cairo International Airport to catch a domestic flight to Aswan. Once you arrive, you will be transported by coach to the legendary temples of Abu Simbel and its famous archaeological site. The journey takes approximately three hours.
Many years ago, this magnificent monument was almost lost in unprecedented Nile floods. However, thanks to the efforts of UNESCO, it was moved piece by piece to a nearby location and endures to this day. The main reference point of the complex is the temple of Ramses II, the main façade of which features 4 incredible statues, each 20 meters high, breathtaking in all the majesty of ancient Egypt. Savour the temple both by day and by night, in an impressive sound and light show.
Upon walking inland, you will find an extensive gallery and several rooms honouring the many gods of Egypt. You can also find the temple dedicated to Nefertari, wife of the Pharaoh. On the main facade are 6 statues, four of them depicting Ramses II and two depicting Nefertari.
In the afternoon, you will have lots of time to rest and recharge. You may also use your time to continue exploring the historical wealth of these monuments. As the sun sets, you will have to opportunity to witness the sound and light show, detailing the history of Ramses II, Nefertari, and the extensive work carried out by UNESCO in the process of moving Abu Simbel from it’s original location in Aswan.
You will then return to your cruise ship in Aswan to enjoy a tasty dinner and much-deserved rest.
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.
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 Muhammed Shah chose it to be his eternal resting place.
In the evening, you will enjoy a meal on board the cruise boat before retiring for the day.
DUBAI / CAIRO
Your boat journey to Kom Ombo will begin at dawn, with a delicious breakfast and breathtaking sunrise view.
In this picturesque little 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.
Later in the day you will return to the boat for a lunch break, soon departing for Edfu. At Edfu, a boat will shuttle you to the temple of Horus, which is famously one of the best preserved temples in Egypt. It was hidden under the sand for several centuries and only rediscovered by the French archaeologist Auguste Mariette in the mid-nineteenth century.
In the evening, you will enjoy a late dinner on the boat as you watch the sun set over Esna and Edfu, and begin your journey to Luxor.
ESNA / LUXOR
Begin your day with a delicious breakfast as you arrive to Luxor along the Nile. You will have a free morning 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.
Your next day kicks off energetically with a hearty breakfast. Crossing to the other side of the Nile, your first stop will be the famous Necropolis of Thebes, one of the most important symbols of this 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 then 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 Medinet Habu Temple, which is notable for it’s 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 afternoon, you will begin your journey by coach across the Eastern desert to the Red Sea resort of Hurghada. This coastal town is famous for its natural beaches and crystal clear waters. An English-speaking representative will accompany you at all times, ensuring you are taken to your hotel for dinner and rest.
Tuesday and Wednesday
Begin your two-day stay in Hurghada with a delicious breakfast.
Hurghada is a charming seaside town boasting a lovely climate all year round. You will have lots of leisure time to enjoy the many attractions offered by your hotel and to explore downtown Hurghada. Soak up the sun on the beach, get excited for a range of dynamic water sports such as snorkeling, windsurfing and diving, swim with dolphins, venture on a safari or enjoy the vibrant Hurghada nightlife. Hurghada offers the perfect blend of leisure and tourism: you’ll be able to experience the local culture in a folkloric Bedouin show just after finishing up a round of golf or spa session.
Both nights include dinner at the hotel restaurant.
HURGHADA / CAIRO
Enjoy a final breakfast at the hotel before begin driven to Hurghada International Airport in an air-conditioned vehicle. There you will catch a domestic flight to Cairo. Once in Cairo, you will be transferred to your hotel for dinner and rest.
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.
- 3 Nights cruise on full board basis with all the visits indicated in the itinerary included but may alter in order, depending on dates.
- 1 Night in Aswan on Bed and Breakfast basis.
- 3 Nights in Hurghada on Half-Board basis (Breakfast and Dinner)
- 2 days of visits in Cairo with lunch according to itinerary.
- Full Day excursion to the temples of Abu Simbel including the light and sound show, including transfer and lunch.
- 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.
- 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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