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9 Days
Availability : From Mar 23
Cairo
Cairo
Min Age : 16+
Max People : 37
Tour Details

Voted ‘Tour of the Year’ in Africa 2017 and 2018 among hundreds by TourRadar! Uncover the jewels of the Nile on this nine-day tour and discover the most famous of them all – the Great Pyramids of Giza. Explore the ancient sites as you cruise along the river in style aboard your Nile Cruiser. Now kick back and relax as you take in the stunning views of the Red Sea before heading back to Cairo to visit the remarkable Egyptian Museum and Old Bazaar.

Departure & Return Location

Cairo

Price Includes

  • Qualified English speaking Egyptologist
  • 2 Nights at a 4* star hotel in Cairo
  • 3 Nights aboard a 5* Nile Cruise
  • 2 Nights at a 4* hotel in Hurghada
  • Two way overnight travel in an A/C bus: Cairo - Aswan; Hurghada - Cairo
  • Guided tours of the Pyramids and Cairo city
  • Guided tours of Aswan; Valley of the Kings; Kom Ombo and Luxor Temples
  • Airport pickup and transfers
  • Transportation in A/C bus
  • 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 5 dinners

Price Excludes

  • Entrance fees to sites visited (allow approx. US$80)
  • Flights (airfare)
  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Tipping kitty (allow US$30)
  • Tour guide tips
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Drinks, snacks and other personal expenses (e.g. laundry)
Highlights
  • Great Pyramids of Giza
  • Sphinx & the Giza Plateau
  • Nile Cruise
  • Philae Temple
  • Karnak Temple
  • Luxor Temple
  • Valley of the Kings
  • Hatshepsut Temple
  • Hurghada, Red Sea
  • Egyptian Museum
  • Old Cairo Bazaar - Khan El Khalili
Itinerary

Day 1Airport pick up to hotel in Cairo

Arrive at Cairo airport where you will be met by our representative who will assist you through the formalities.
Transfer to your hotel to meet your guide for a briefing explaining the tour itinerary. Overnight stay at your hotel in
Cairo.

Day 2Cairo

After breakfast we start the tour by visiting the awe-inspiring Great Pyramids and the Sphinx at the Giza Plateau,
before heading to Sakkara to visit the Step Pyramid – the first completed pyramid in Egypt – as well as ancient
Pharonic tombs. Overnight on A/C bus to Aswan.
Breakfast included.
*Optional extra: upgrade to flight from Cairo to Aswan

Day 3Aswan

Arrive in Aswan. You will be met by our representative who will transfer you to your hotel. We begin the day with a tour of the romantic Philae Temple – perched atop a picturesque island, its beautiful location is reached by small motor boat, making a truly magnificent approach to the site.
Overnight on your 5* Nile Cruise.
Lunch and dinner including

Day 4Nile Cruise, Kom Ombo

Sail down the Nile in style, relaxing on deck whilst observing rural life on the shores and taking in the changing landscape of the mighty river. Today we visit the temple of Kom Ombo – its perfectly symmetrical twin entrances overlook the spectacular riverside. Continue along the Nile towards the city of Luxor, often described as the world’s greatest open-air museum and home to some of the grandest monuments that have survived from ancient Thebes. Overnight on your 5* Nile Cruise.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
*Optional extra: Visit Abu Simbel – the stupendous Sun Temple of Ramses the Great, located at the southernmost tip
of ancient Egypt’s borders.

Day 5Nile Cruise to Luxor

After breakfast, we arrive in Luxor, beginning the day with a tour of the East Bank of the Nile. Here you will
experience the immense Karnak Temple, considered by some as Egypt’s most important Pharonic site – the country’s
powerhouse of ancient times; as well as the magnificent Luxor Temple where visitors are greeted by the impressive
Avenue of Sphinxes. Overnight on your 5* Nile Cruise.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 6Luxor to Hurghada, Red Sea

After breakfast we explore the West Bank of Luxor, starting the tour with the world famous Valley of the Kings, the
richest archaeological site on earth. Then on to the breathtaking Temple of Hatshepsut (Deir al-Bahri), built for the
only woman to reign over Egypt as pharaoh. Finally we visit the great Colossi of Memnon – the last remains of
Amenophis III’s temple. We then take the A/C bus to Hurghada, Red Sea. Overnight stay at your hotel in Hurghada.

Breakfast and dinner included.

Day 7Hurghada, Red Sea

This is a free day to be spent at your leisure. With snorkeling, swimming, scuba diving and good food and drink
available you will find much to do; or simply relax and enjoy the sun. Overnight stay at your hotel in Hurghada.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 8Cairo

Arrive in Cairo where you will be transferred to your hotel. Today we tour the City of Cairo, beginning with the
Egyptian Museum where you may view the treasures of King Tutankhamun’s tomb. From there we head to the
Coptic area of old Cairo to visit the hanging church, so named as it is suspended above two Roman gate towers. Then
on to the Mosque of Mohamed Ali, also known as the Alabaster Mosque, which sits majestically on the summit of
the Citadel of Saladin. Afterwards we make our way to the old Cairo Bazaar, Khan El Khalili, with its maze of
intriguing alleyways that are home to numerous souvenir stalls and coffee shops. Overnight stay at your hotel in
Cairo.
Breakfast included.

Day 9Cairo airport transfer

After breakfast, transfer to the airport. Take the memories of your adventures with you on your flight home.
Breakfast included.

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Trip Notes

We know booking travel can be daunting and want to give you as much information as we can about our tours so you feel happy and comfortable with the inclusions. Our team is always here to help if you have any questions. 

Accommodation

The hotels used on this tour are rated at the 3- and 4-star level in Egypt. Local star ratings may vary from international standards but we ensure that we use some of the best hotels available at the level stated. Accommodation is based on twin or double en-suite rooms with air conditioning.  The tour starts at the Oasis Hotel located in Giza 15-20 minutes from the Pyramids. 

Address: Oasis Hotel, Alexandria Desert Rd, Giza Governorate, Egypt.

Hotels

The hotels listed below are the ones that we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels with ones of a similar standard.

Cairo: Oasis Hotel – Giza 

Nile cruise: MS Symphony

Hurghada: Gravity Hotel & Aqua Park Hurghada

Nile Cruise:

The cruise boat has many of the facilities of a normal hotel, including restaurants, bars, shops, a relaxing sun deck and a swimming pool. Nile cruise boat itineraries are subject to alterations depending on local conditions at the time of travel. Some sailing may be done after dark. Boats may moor up alongside each other at night, requiring you to cross through other boats to reach the shore.

Transportation

Airport Pick-Up and Transfer:

Your tour includes a 24-hour airport meet & assist service from Cairo International Airport – your arrival and departure airport-hotel transfers and all other transfers.

On arrival in Egypt our representative will meet you before passport control. They will assist with visa formalities and then help you with your luggage and take you to your hotel.  Please inform us of your flight details (date of flight, flight number, arrival time and name of travellers) at least 10 days prior to your arrival for the confirmed arrangement of your transfer.

Your airport transfers are only included on the first and last day of the set tour itinerary unless you have booked any additional accommodation with us either before or after the set dates. If you make your own arrangements for additional accommodation at either the beginning or the end of the tour then you will need to arrange your own airport transfers on these days. 

In Egypt, we use AC minivans/minibuses/coaches, many of which are fitted with speed limiters, and all are inspected and checked daily.

Flight upgrade from Cairo to Aswan:

Upgrade your journey to flight from Cairo to Aswan for only £150 GBP per person including extra night hotel accommodations instead of 14 hours bus ride. Please note, the flight from Cairo to Aswan will depart either on Sunday evening or early Monday morning depending on availability.

Distances

Please find below the distances between the sights visited in Egypt and the approximate driving times. We will always strive to take a short break every few hours to enable passengers to stretch their legs, purchase snacks and use wash facilities during long drives.

Aswan – Luxor: 247 kms – 3 hrs
Cairo – Aswan: 982 kms – 12 hrs
Aswan – Abu Simbel: 309 kms – 3.5 hrs
Luxor – Cairo: 735 kms – 9 hrs
Luxor – Hurghada: 298 KMs – 3.5 to 4hrs

Entrance fees:

Egypt – please allow approximately US$140 for all entrance fees for the sights visited on this tour. Your guide will be happy to collect payment for all the entrance fees at the start of the tour, and pay them for you as you go along if you wish.

Tipping:

Egypt- Tipping is also very much a part of Egyptian culture and customs, and many people you meet along the way will expect and make it clear they are waiting for a tip. To make it easier for you to budget and to remove much of the stress and hassle of tipping lots of people as you go along, we collect US$50 a ‘Tipping Kitty’ at the start of your time in Egypt. Your guide will manage this as the tour goes along and ask one or more of the group members to assist and make some of the payments. The kitty provides tips for a wide range of people you’ll meet along the tour including hotel porters, train and station staff, drivers, site guards, local reps etc. your satisfaction with and appreciation of the service they have provided.  Again, you should not feel obliged to.

Your Egyptologist guide is not included in this kitty and you may tip them at the end of your tour subject to tip any particular amount, and should consider your personal budget. As a guideline, approx. US$3-8 per person per day would be appropriate.

Passports and Visas:

Egypt- passports should be valid for at least six months after your departure from the country. Please do not bring an almost full or almost expired passport. Visa arrangements are the responsibility of the traveller, and requirements are subject to change by the local authorities. We recommend that you contact your closest Egyptian consulate or embassy for current information about your nationality.

In general, the official advice is that all nationalities obtain their Egypt visas in advance, as we cannot guarantee that you can get them at the airport. An online e-visa is available through https://visa2egypt.gov.eg/eVisa/. Please do not use any other website as there are many scam sites offering Egypt e-visas.
In practice, however, many nationalities (including British and European, Australian, New Zealand, and USA) can and do obtain their visas on arrival at Cairo airport. The process is much quicker and simpler, the cost is currently US$25 p/p and must be paid in hard currency (i.e., GBP, USD or EUR) – you’ll be given change in local currency if necessary. There are no forms to fill in and you don’t need to bring passport photos. Visas are 

issued at one of the bank desks in the immigration hall before you get to passport control. Our representative will have met you by this stage and will assist with the process.

All African & Indian nationals, and some others, will need to obtain their visas in advance.

For further information on your visa requirements, please your local Egyptian embassy/consulate

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