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

Itinerary

The Pyramids, the Sphinx, Egytptian Museum and the Nile Valley, relax on a felucca to Luxor and then onto the Red Sea at Hurghada. The tour ends back in Cairo.

2018 - 'Classic Egypt Tour'
9 - Day itinerary

Day 1
Saturday

Cairo

Welcome to Egypt! Upon arrival our staff will meet you at the airport, assist you with obtaining your visa and luggage, and then transfer you to your hotel close to the Pyramids for the start of your trip. They will help you settle in, introduce you to the local area, and explain tomorrow's arrangements. The rest of the day is free. If you arrive early you may like to take an evening dinner cruise on the Nile, or enjoy a spectacular sound and light show at the pyramids (both available to book locally on arrival).

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.
This evening we transfer to the station for the overnight sleeper train to Aswan (approx. 12 hours).

Overnight Between Cairo - Aswan
Sleeper Train Cabin
(B, D)
Day 3
Monday

Aswan, Nubian Village, Philae Temple & Aswan Dam

This morning we arrive in Aswan and transfer to our hotel overlooking the Nile which is at its most picturesque here, with cascading rapids, lush green islands, and feluccas sailing to and fro. Aswan itself is a melting pot of African and Middle Eastern cultures, most easily experienced by wandering through the busy markets. Many descendants of the Nubian people still live here and we'll visit a local Nubian village to see their colourful houses, simple way of life and to enjoy a traditional lunch.
Our tour in Aswan continues this afternoon with a visit the Temple of Philae, a beautiful island complex dedicated to Isis and reclaimed from the rising waters of Lake Nasser, which we reach by a scenic boat ride. We also stop to visit the huge Aswan Dam. The rest of the day is free.

Overnight Aswan
5 star
(B, L)
Day 4
Tuesday

Abu Simbel option. Nile Felucca Cruise

An option is available this morning to visit the temples built by Ramses II at the amazing UNESCO world heritage site of Abu Simbel. We depart very early with the aim of seeing the rising sun over the temples. Transfers, guiding, and entrance fees are included. If you don't visit Abu Simbel, then this morning is free.
We board our traditional Nile felucca at lunchtime to enjoy an afternoon sailing down the Nile. Floating down the Nile on a felucca is one of Egypt's most enjoyable activities and you'll be able to watch local rural Egyptian life pass you by on the banks of the river as you drift past. Our Nubian crew will sail the boat and entertain you on the way, as well as preparing meals for you. Our separate facilities boat will join with us from time to time during the day and moor up with us at night. This boat has a welcome toilet and showers on board as well as a hygienic kitchen where the crew will prepare a delicious evening meal. You sleep on the deck of the boat tonight (mattresses, blankets and mosquito nets provided).

Overnight Between Aswan - Kom Ombo
Felucca
(B, L, D)
Day 5
Wednesday

Kom Ombo & Edfu temples, Karnak Temple in Luxor

After breakfast on-board we bid farewell to our felucca crew and visit the nearby temples of Kom Ombo and Edfu before continuing on north to Luxor. The town of Luxor is built on and around the ancient site of Thebes, and boasts the largest concentration of ancient ruins in the Nile Valley, if not the world. To the west of the Nile lies the City of the Dead, with its mortuary temples and rock-hewn tombs, whilst to the east lie the Temples of Luxor and Karnak.
In the afternoon we'll tour the huge temple complex at Karnak, once the religious centre of Thebes and Upper Egypt. It was linked to Luxor by an extensive avenue, lined with sphinxes, and the whole complex was in turn linked to the Nile via a canal through which moved the sacred boats of the god Amun. Entering through a smaller sphinx-lined avenue, built by Ramesses II, you come to the immense pylon entrance. Inside the huge Courtyard are three chapels dedicated to the gods Amun, Khous and Mut. The remarkable Hypostyle Hall has 134 towering columns, each carved with scenes of gods and pharaohs, and hieroglyphic inscriptions adorn the walls.
Later this evening we'll take a walking tour of the smaller Luxor Temple which is right in the middle of town and beautifully lit up at night.

Overnight Luxor
5 star
(B)
Day 6
Thursday

Luxor, West bank tour, to Hurghada

A spectacular hot air balloon flight over the west bank of the Nile is available this morning (expect an early start to catch sunrise as the balloon rises).
We cross the Nile early this morning to begin our tour of Luxor's West Bank. Home to the Valley of the Kings, the dusty tombs in this ancient burial site are still revealing their secrets today and so it remains one of the most important archaeological sites in the world. Our tour includes several of these Pharaonic tombs, as well as the temples of Queen Hatchepsut and Medinat Habu, and the huge Colossi of Memnon.
This afternoon we leave the Nile Valley and drive to the Red Sea resort of Hurghada. 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

Your day is free today to relax and enjoy your time by the Red Sea. Hurghada is world famous for its scuba diving and snorkelling and the rich Red Sea marine life here attracts divers from all over the world. Other adventurous activities available include wind surfing and kite surfing, glass bottomed submarines, quad biking, camel rides and sea fishing trips. Our local rep based in Hurghada will be on hand to help make any arrangements. Hurghada itself has an interesting marina and old town to explore.
If you wish, we can book extra nights in the resort in Hurghada for you to extend your time here - 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, free day

Your time is free today for some last minute sightseeing or shopping until we transfer you to the airport for your departure flight. If you have an evening flight departure, then the Cairo City Tour and Saqqara, Dashour and Memphis tours are also available today. Alternatively you can add extra nights to your time in Cairo which would allow you to take a day trip to the colonial city of Alexandria on the Mediterranean coast, or a trip into the desert outside Cairo to see the 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. You will need to have your passport handy at check-in for any domestic flights
5. For a bit more comfort see our Egyptian Explorer Tour which replaces the train to Aswan with a flight, and instead of the felucca it has a Nile cruise!
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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
  • Overnight Felucca cruise with support boat
  • Overnight sleeper train - Cairo to Aswan
  • 8 nights - accommodation.
    1 night
    5 star
    Cairo
    1 night
    Sleeper Train Cabin
    Between Cairo - Aswan
    1 night
    5 star
    Aswan
    1 night
    Felucca
    Between Aswan - Kom Ombo
    2 nights
    5 star
    Hurghada
    1 night
    5 star
    Cairo
  • 8 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 4 Dinners
Tour does not include :-
  • Visas, border or port taxes
  • Suggested optional activities
  • Hotel gala dinners (if charged by the hotels on 24 & 31 Dec, see 'Notes' section)
  • Egypt Tipping kitty (allow US$30)
  • Tips - driver, guide and felucca crew
  • Entrance fees
  • Compulsory Travel Insurance
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Highlights

  • Aswan - Nubian Village (Lunch)
  • Aswan Dam
  • Cairo - Egyptian Museum
  • Cairo - Giza Pyramids - UNESCO Heritage site
  • Cairo - Khan el-Khalili Bazaar
  • Cairo - The Sphinx
  • Felucca Sailing
  • Kom Ombo Temple
  • Luxor - Karnak Temple
  • Luxor - Queen Hatshepsut Temple
  • Luxor - Valley of the Kings - Tutankhamen's Tomb (Optional)
  • 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
  • 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
Between Aswan - Kom Ombo
Felucca
Standard : Felucca
Address :-
Between Aswan - Kom Ombo
Felucca
Felucca
Felucca
Between Cairo - Aswan
Sleeper Train
Standard : Sleeper Train Cabin
Address :-
Between Cairo - Aswan
Sleeper Train
Sleeper Train
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
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
Steigenberger Nile Palace Hotel
Standard : 5 star
Address :-
Khaled Ben El-Walid St.
Luxor
Ph. :
+20 95 2366-999
Steigenberger Nile Palace Hotel
Steigenberger Nile Palace Hotel
Steigenberger Nile Palace Hotel
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Prices

Prices
per person in twin share accommodation
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Currency:- USD
Cost
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05 May 2018
28 Sep 2018
1,129.00
520.00
29 Sep 2018
21 Dec 2018
1,199.00
520.00
22 Dec 2018
31 Dec 2018
1,349.00
520.00
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