Best of Egypt

EGYPT : TOURS - AFRICA & MIDDLE EAST

Best of Egypt
Journey through Egypt in eight days

From Cairo to Cairo

Trip Type: Small Group

Light walking and hiking suitable for most fitness levels.

Explore the ancient sites along the Nile and discover the most famous of them all, the Great Pyramid of Giza. Embrace the culture and meet remarkable people as you sample some traditional fare with a Nubian family in a local village. Feel the buzz of vibrant bazaars in Aswan and Luxor, but still manage to relax and watch life unfold as you sail the Nile in a traditional felucca.

All of the highlights, culture, access, and I-can’t-believe-we-did-that moments, all at a great price.

What's Included

Boat ride to Nubian Village with Traditional Meal - Aswān,

Lunch with a Local Family, Luxor. Pyramids of Giza and Sphinx guided tour. Egyptian Museum guided tour. Felucca overnight sailing excursion with support boat. Karnak and Kom Ombo temples guided tour. Temple of Hatshepsut and Valley of the Kings guided visit. Colossi of Memnon visit. All entrance fees to included monuments. Internal flights. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

Highlights

Enjoy dinner with a local family, spend the night on a felucca, explore ancient temples and monuments, hunt for deals in the bazaars, gaze at the pyramids and mysterious Sphinx.

Best of Egypt
Journey through Egypt in eight days
DAY 1 - Cairo

There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting.

If this is your first visit to Cairo, we highly recommend that you book an airport transfer.
If you opt to pre-book the Islamic and Coptic Cairo Tour a night of pre-tour accommodation is required as this tour departs at 10 AM.

Meet your CEO and Group activity - Your opportunity to meet your CEO and fellow travelers, and learn more about your tour. Opt to join the group for a local meal afterward. Don't forget to see the notice in the lobby (or ask reception) for the official time and place to meet up with the group.

Optional Activities:
  • Islamic and Coptic Cairo Tour
  • Cairo - Explore Cairo’s fascinating architectural, cultural, and historical contrasts on a tour of Coptic and Islamic Cairo. Visit of the iconic Citadel of Saladin, the Mohamed Ali Mosque, the Hanging Church,
  • St. Sergius Church and Ben Ezra Synagogue.

Accommodation: Pharaohs Hotel (or similar)

DAY 2 - Cairo/Aswān
  • Egyptian Museum activity - Cairo

With over 10,000 pieces from every period of Egyptian history, including the treasures from the tomb of Tutankhamun, this massive museum is a fantastic place to learn about the country. There is plenty of free time for you to explore on your own. Please note, there is an additional 50 EGP fee to take photos in the museum.

  • Great Pyramid of Giza and Sphinx Tour activity - Cairo

Enjoy a tour of the magnificent great pyramid of Giza and the Sphinx. No matter how many photos or documentaries you have seen, the first glimpse of these marvels of the ancient world will take your breath away. As a qualified Egyptologist, your CEO has all the facts about these massive structures.

Overnight Train (beds) transport - Cairo – Aswān, 12h - Stretch out and get some well-earned rest en route to the next stop.

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 3 - Aswān

Our train is due to arrive in Aswan early in the morning, but, trains can often be delayed. Enjoy some free time in the morning to browse the souk or walk along the Nile.

Later, board a boat to reach one of the many Nile islands and visit a Nubian village. Walk around the small community, then enjoy a traditional dinner at a local home.

Morning - Head out and explore this sleepy town.

Boat ride to Nubian Village with Traditional Meal activity - Aswān, 1h-3h

Board a local boat, to take a trip along the magnificent Nile, with views of the Aga Khan Mausoleum and Kitchener Island. Stop on one of the inhabited Nile islands in this area, to tour a local Nubian village. Walkthrough the village and fields and learn more about the life of the Nubian people before enjoying a delicious traditional dinner at a local home.

Optional Activities:

  • Visit the Souk – Aswān - Explore the Souk at your leisure, soaking in the scent and color of spices and perfumes, and rummaging through beautiful scarves and baskets.
  • Philae Temple Visit – Aswān - Sail across the Nile to the beautiful island of Agilkia and explore the Greco Roman history of the Temple of Philae, built as a dedication to the Goddess Isis. This temple complex was moved from its original location on the Island of Philae after the flooding of Lake Nasser, the word "Philae" meaning "the end" in reference to this island's placement on what was once the southernmost border of Egypt.

Accommodation: Hapi Hotel Aswan (or similar)

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 4 - Aswān

One of the most fascinating sights in the area is the Temple of Abu Simbel. Later, opt for a half-day tour of the Unfinished Obelisk, High Dam, and Philae Temple. Visit the modern Nubian Museum to learn more about Aswan's local people.

Opt to pre-book the "Temple of Abu Simbel" activity on the checkout page ahead of time to include this optional on your tour.

Free time activity - Full Day - Explore Aswan or go further afield.

Optional Activities

  • Temple of Abu Simbel Visit - Aswān

Part historic monument and part modern marvel, Abu Simbel is one of Egypt’s grandest temples. Built during the rule of Ramses the II this structure was almost swallowed by the Nile, but now stands safe and sound thanks to some crafty archaeologists and UNESCO. Travel through Egypt’s rugged landscapes and the towering figures of Ramses himself, Ra-Horakhty, Amun, and Ptah will all be waiting to welcome you.

  • Philae Temple Sound and Light Show - Aswān

As the sun sets, sail across the Nile to Philae island. Watch the Philae Temple turn into a time machine through a magnificent sound and light display.

Accommodation: Hapi Hotel Aswan (or similar)

Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 5 Aswān/Kom Ombo

Board the felucca and spend the rest of the day out on the river and a night under the stars.

Feluccas are a basic, traditional Nile sailboat and make for an extremely relaxing and enjoyable way to travel down the river. You sleep, open-air on the deck of the boat (mattresses and blankets are provided, but if you prefer something between you and the blankets, you will need to bring a sleep sheet/sleeping bag liner of your own). The Felucca itself does not have toilets or showers, however, we will have access to a private support boat, traveling in close proximity to our Felucca. This support boat is equipped with toilets and a shower (please bring a towel) and an area to eat your meals, leaving you stress-free to enjoy this tranquil and traditional experience on the Nile.

  • Felucca Overnight Sailing Excursion activity - Nile River – Aswān

Enjoy a relaxing ride on a felucca (traditional Nile sailboat) and travel down the river, watching the scenery glide by. At night, sleep on the deck under the stars (mattresses and blankets are provided). Enjoy delicious meals on board. The felucca itself does not have toilets or showers, but a private support boat traveling in close proximity has both (please bring a towel).

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6 - Kom Ombo/Luxor

Enjoy a guided visit to Kom Ombo Temple before driving to Luxor. En route, visit the Temple of Karnak.

  • Kom Ombo - Temple Visit activity - Kom Ombo, 1h-2h

Enjoy a visit to this temple located in a scenic spot, right on the banks of the Nile. It was dedicated to the crocodile god, and you can still see the remains of an ancient mummified crocodile that was worshipped here thousands of years ago. Please note, there is an additional 50 EGP fee to take photos in the Crocodile museum.

Private Vehicle transport - Kom Ombo – Luxor, 4h - Stop en route to visit the Karnak Temple.

  • Karnak Temple Visit activity - Luxor, 3h-4h

Enjoy a visit to the Karnak Temple, which was once the center of all religious life in ancient Egypt. Built and extended by successive generations of rulers, admire the amazing architecture, massive columns, and painted hieroglyphs.

Free time activity – Afternoon - Start exploring Luxor.

Accommodation: Susanna Hotel (or similar)

Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 7 Luxor

Cross to the West Bank. Descend down the narrow corridors and check out the tombs of the pharaohs at the Valley of the Kings. The Funerary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut literally seems to rise out of the surrounding limestone outcrops. Then visit the massive 18m (59ft)-high Colossi of Memnon, which is all that remains of an ancient temple.

Enjoy lunch with a local family on the West bank of the Nile and then explore Luxor at your own pace.

Private Vehicle transport – Luxor - Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

  • Valley of the Kings, Hatshepsut Temple, and Colossi of Memnon Visit activity - Luxor, 6h-7h

Rise early to catch the sunrise as you cross the Nile to the west bank, passing through farmers’ fields on your way to the Valley of the Kings.

Descend the narrow, rock-hewn corridors and take in the magnificent decoration and designs of the tombs of the pharaohs. While the treasure has now all gone, the tombs contain the incredible paintings of the life of their incumbent and stories from the Book of the Dead.

Continue on to visit the impressive Funerary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, which seems to rise out of the surrounding limestone outcrops - a reminder of the power women held in the Ancient Kingdom. End the day with a stop at the two mammoth statues of Amenophis II at the Colossi of Memnon.

Please note: there is an additional 300 EGP fee to take photos in the “Valley of Kings”.

Lunch with a Local Family activity – Luxor - Sit down to a traditional lunch with a local family on the West bank of the Nile.

Free time activity – Afternoon - Enjoy time in Luxor exploring ruins or relaxing.

Accommodation: Susanna Hotel (or similar)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8 Luxor/Cairo
Highly recommended booking post-accommodation to fully explore this vibrant city.

Tour finishes on arrival in Cairo at the Cairo International Airport. Please be aware that flight delays do quite often occur, so please do not book any onward flights before 2 PM today.

If you opt to book the Memphis and Sakkara Excursion, please ensure you allow enough time to return from the activity when planning your onward journey.

Optional Activities - Explore Memphis and Sakkara- Cairo

Travel through desert and farmlands to Sakkara the site of Egypt's first pyramids. Delve into the history of one of Egypt’s most important archeological sites before continuing on to explore the streets of Memphis, the ancient capital of Aneb-Hetch.

Luxor Airport – Cairo International Airport, 1h

Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodations vary per departure and are subject to change until the tour start date. They are not final and should be used as examples only.
 

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