Cairo - Sphinx and Great Pyramid of Khufu
Cairo - Sphinx and Great Pyramid of Khufu
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Egypt & Jordan

Itinerary

This 9-day Egypt tour is designed to provide a great introduction to some of Egypts best Pharaonic sites in Cairo and the Nile Valley, with a 3-night luxury Nile cruise and time by the Red Sea at Hurghada also included.

2018 - 'Egyptian Explorer Tour'
9 - Day itinerary

Day 1
Saturday

Cairo

Upon arrival at Cairo airport, we will meet you and assist you with visa formalities and luggage collection, then transfer you to your hotel near the pyramids. Our rep will help you settle in, then the rest of the day is free at your leisure. If your flight lands early, then you could take a first look at the pyramids with an amazing sound and light show, or perhaps head into downtown Cairo for a Nile dinner cruise and show.

Overnight Cairo
5 star
Day 2
Sunday

Pyramids, Sphinx & Museum

Our tour of Egypt begins with a drive to Giza on the outskirts of Cairo to visit the three great pyramids of Egypt and the Sphinx. You'll find your local Egyptologist guide a wealth of knowledge and full of enthusiasm about Egyptian history, and their country in general.
The Great Pyramid of Khufu (Cheops), an awesome man-made structure constructed of giant stone blocks, together with the smaller pyramids of Khafre (Chephern) and Menkaure (Mycerinus), the majestic sight of these enormous structures rising out of the desert is a breathtaking spectacle.
You will have the opportunity to climb down right inside the pyramids if you wish, though your guide cannot accompany you (a limited number of tickets are available for the Great Pyramid).
Following on from the Pyramids we then head to the Egyptian Museum in central Cairo. Home to the fantastic Tutankhamun exhibit and many of the New Kingdom royal mummies, the museum hosts a huge number of other ancient Egyptian artefacts.
In the evening we transfer to the airport for a domestic flight to Aswan, where we are met and transferred to our hotel overlooking the Nile.

Overnight Aswan
5 star
(B)
Day 3
Monday

Nile cruise, Aswan

We awake this morning on the shores of the Nile in Aswan. Aswan itself is a melting pot of African and Middle Eastern cultures, most easily experienced by wandering through the busy markets. You have some free time this morning to explore, walk along the Corniche on the banks of the river, or take a trip to the Nubian Museum, which has a collection of artefacts from the Nubian people.
We transfer to our Nile Cruise boat for lunch before our tour to the beautiful island temple, the Temple of Philae. Dedicated to Isis it was saved from the rising waters of Lake Nasser and can only be reached by a scenic boat. We also drive to the massive Aswan Dam. The rest of the day is free.
There is also an early morning optional visit to the UNESCO world heritage site of Abu Simbel. This amazing site was completely dismantled and rebuilt when Lake Nasser was flooded.

Overnight Aswan - Harbour
Deluxe Cruise Cabin
(B, L, D)
Day 4
Tuesday

Kom Ombo, Edfu

We spend the day today sailing down the Nile, enjoying our time relaxing on the sun deck and and watching rural Egyptian life pass us by. Our first stop is at the beautifully situated riverside dual-temple at Kom Ombo, the home of Sobek, the crocodile god, and Horus, the falcon god, who were worshipped in pre-dynastic times. We then continue sailing on to Temple of Edfu also dedicated to the falcon god, Horus.

Overnight Edfu - Harbour
Deluxe Cruise Cabin
(B, L, D)
Day 5
Wednesday

Edfu temples, Karnak temple

This morning we explore the Temple of Horus, the best preserved temple in the whole of Egypt, it has many inscriptions in the Coptic language and is adorned with paintings. We then sail onwards to Luxor, passing through the Esna lock. Luxor is built on and around the ancient site of Thebes, and has the greatest concentration of ancient ruins in the Nile Valley, if not the world. Across the Nile lies the City of the Dead, with its mortuary temples and rock carved tombs. To the east stand the Temples of Luxor and Karnak.
After lunch we'll visit the massive temple of Karnak. It was linked to the town of Luxor by a long sphinx lined avenue. Inside the large courtyard are three temples. The much photographed Hypostyle Hall has an impressive 134 towering columns, each is carved with scenes of gods and pharaohs, and hieroglyphic inscriptions cover the walls.
In the evening we'll take a walking tour of the smaller Luxor Temple, which is in the centre of town and is colourfully lit up by night.

Overnight Luxor Harbour
Deluxe Cruise Cabin
(B, L, D)
Day 6
Thursday

Luxor, West Bank tour, Hurghada

An optional sun rise hot air balloon flight over the west bank of the Nile is available in the morning from Luxor.
Today we cross the River Nile for an early morning tour of Luxor's West Bank. We first visit the Valley of the Kings, whose ancient tombs are one of most important archaeological sites in the world. We will visit several Pharaonic tombs, and then explore the temples of Queen Hatchepsut and Medinat Habu, before stopping at the huge Colossi of Memnon. In the afternoon we drive to the Red Sea resort town of Hurghada where we check into a 4-star resort. Your stay here is on a 'soft all inclusive' basis, with all meals, soft drinks and snacks included but not alcoholic beverages.

Overnight Hurghada
5 star
(B, D)
Day 7
Friday

Red Sea at Hurghada, free day

Today is free to relax and enjoy your time by the Red Sea. The Hurghada and Makadi Bay area is an excellent place for scuba diving and snorkelling. Other activities available include quad biking, wind surfing, camel rides, kite surfing, sea fishing trips and glass bottomed submarines. Hurghada also has an interesting marina and old town just waiting to be explored. We can also book extra nights in the resort in Hurghada/Makadi Bay if you wish to extend your stay - please contact us for details and prices.

Overnight Hurghada
5 star
(B, L, D)
Day 8
Saturday

Fly to Cairo, Khan-el-Khalili bazaar, Al Guri Sufi show

We fly back to Cairo this morning. In the late afternoon we take a guided walk through the back streets and bazaars in central Cairo. We'll walk through the huge Bab al-Futuh gateway and explore streets dedicated to metalwork, spices, pottery, fabric, jewelery and anything else you can imagine as we gradually enter the more touristy Khan-el-Khalili bazaar. We'll have time for a break to try some tea and a shisha pipe and perhaps enjoy an early dinner of Egypt's unofficial national dish, Kushari. Finally we visit the evening Al Guri Sufi show at the Wikalat al Ghuri, a 16th century market place with a domed roof and some beautiful Islamic architecture. A colourful and flamboyant show packs crowds of locals, and some tourists in here with displays of dervish inspired dance, sufi vocals and vibrant percussion. This makes a thrilling and entertaining end to our time in Egypt.

Overnight Cairo
5 star
(B)
Day 9
Sunday

Cairo

Today is free for some more sightseeing or a spot of last minute shopping until we take you back to the airport for your departure flight. If you have an evening flight, then the Cairo City Tour and Saqqara, Dashour and Memphis tours can also be done today. Alternatively if you can add extra nights to your time in Cairo you can take a day trip to the colonial city of Alexandria, which lies on the Mediterranean coast, or a explore the desert outside Cairo to see the little known World Heritage Site of the Valley of the Whales at Wadi Rayan.

(B)
(B - Breakfast, L - Lunch, D - Dinner)
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Notes

Please Note:
1. The minimum age for this tour is 12.
2. Hotel Gala Dinners - Many of Egypt's hotels and Nile cruise boats arrange a very special gala dinner with entertainment in the evening on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve. Payment for these is often optional on Christmas Eve (24 Dec) but may be compulsory on New Year's Eve (31 Dec), whether you attend or not. Prices can range from around US$50 to over US$150 per person. Final decisions on prices and whether dinners are compulsory are made relatively close to the time. We aim to always select hotels that make their Gala Dinners optional, though this is is not always possible. Gala dinner prices are therefore not included in our tour prices, but will be added to your booking if they become required. More information is available on request.
3. Single travellers are obliged to pay Single Supplement and will have the hotel room to themselves.
4. Nile Cruise itineraries are subject to slight alterations.
5. You will need to have your passport handy at check-in for any domestic flights
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Inclusions

Tour includes :-
  • Inbound Transfer - Cairo
    Cairo International Airport (CAI)
  • Outbound Transfer - Cairo
    Cairo International Airport (CAI)
  • Professional English-speaking tour guide/ Egyptologist for all sightseeing tours
  • Transportation in a fully air-conditioned, non-smoking vehicle
  • Domestic flight between Hurghada and Cairo and transfers
  • Domestic flight between Cairo and Aswan and transfers
  • 8 nights - accommodation.
    1 night
    5 star
    Cairo
    1 night
    5 star
    Aswan
    1 night
    Deluxe Cruise Cabin
    Aswan - Harbour
    1 night
    Deluxe Cruise Cabin
    Edfu - Harbour
    1 night
    Deluxe Cruise Cabin
    Luxor Harbour
    2 nights
    5 star
    Hurghada
    1 night
    5 star
    Cairo
  • 8 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 5 Dinners
Tour does not include :-
  • Visas, border or port taxes
  • Hotel gala dinners (if charged by the hotels on 24 & 31 Dec, see 'Notes' section)
  • Egypt Tipping kitty (allow US$30)
  • Suggested optional activities
  • Tips - driver, guide and felucca crew
  • Entrance fees
  • Compulsory Travel Insurance
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Highlights

  • Aswan - Temple of Philae
  • Cairo - Al Guri Sufi show
  • Cairo - Egyptian Museum - Royal Mummy Room (Optional)
  • Cairo - Great Pyramid of Khufu (Cheops)
  • Cairo - Old City Historial Areas - UNESCO Heritage site
  • Edfu Temple of Horus
  • Kom Ombo Temple
  • Luxor - Karnak Temple
  • Luxor - Queen Hatshepsut Temple
  • Luxor - Valley of the Kings - Tutankhamen's Tomb (Optional)
  • Aswan Dam
  • Cairo - Egyptian Museum
  • Cairo - Giza Pyramids - UNESCO Heritage site
  • Cairo - Khan el-Khalili Bazaar
  • Cairo - The Sphinx
  • Hurghada - Red Sea
  • Luxor - Colossi of Memnon
  • Luxor - Medinat Habu
  • Luxor - Valley of the Kings
  • Luxor Temple
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Accommodation

This is intended to give an idea of the type of accommodation that may be expected. The actual hotels used for any given tour may change due to many reasons such as group size, availability, time of year, hotel standard has dropped or simply we found a better hotel. We update the website immediately if and when any changes take place. If and when we do change hotels it will be to a hotel of equal or higher standard and will be at no extra cost.

Where more than one hotel is shown for a given an overnight stop this means that one of those hotels will be used.

Egypt

Aswan
Helnan Hotel
Standard : 5 star
Address :-
Cornich El Nile
Aswan
Ph. :
+20 97 2328 828
Website :
Helnan Hotel
Helnan Hotel
Helnan Hotel
Helnan Hotel
Aswan - Harbour
Nile Cruise Boat
Standard : Deluxe Cruise Cabin
Address :-
Aswan - Harbour
Nile Cruise Boat
Nile Cruise Boat
Nile Cruise Boat
Cairo
Le Meridien Pyramids
Standard : 5 star
Address :-
El Remaya Square-Pyramids
Cairo
Ph. :
+20 (2) 3377 7070
Le Meridien Pyramids
Le Meridien Pyramids
Le Meridien Pyramids
Edfu - Harbour
Nile Cruise Boat
Standard : Deluxe Cruise Cabin
Address :-
Edfu - Harbour
Nile Cruise Boat
Nile Cruise Boat
Nile Cruise Boat
Hurghada
Jaz Oasis Makadi Bay
Standard : 5 star
Address :-
Hurghada Safaga Rd.
Makadi Bay
Hurghada
Ph. :
+20 65 3590050
Jaz Oasis Makadi Bay
Jaz Oasis Makadi Bay
Jaz Oasis Makadi Bay
Luxor Harbour
Nile Cruise Boat
Standard : Deluxe Cruise Cabin
Address :-
Luxor Harbour
Nile Cruise Boat
Nile Cruise Boat
Nile Cruise Boat
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Prices

Prices
per person in twin share accommodation
From
To
Currency:- USD
Cost
S.S.
18 Aug 2018
31 Aug 2018
1,689.00
440.00
01 Sep 2018
05 Oct 2018
1,759.00
440.00
06 Oct 2018
21 Dec 2018
1,899.00
440.00
22 Dec 2018
31 Dec 2018
2,049.00
440.00
01 Jan 2019
11 Jan 2019
2,049.00
440.00
12 Jan 2019
12 Apr 2019
1,899.00
440.00
21 Jan 2019
31 Dec 2019
2,049.00
440.00
12 Apr 2019
03 May 2019
2,049.00
440.00
04 May 2019
31 May 2019
1,759.00
440.00
01 Jun 2019
30 Aug 2019
1,589.00
440.00
31 Aug 2019
04 Oct 2019
1,759.00
440.00
05 Oct 2019
20 Dec 2019
1,899.00
440.00
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