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

Itinerary

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 begins with a visit to the Egyptian Museum. The museum is home to the famous Tutankhamun exhibit and a huge number of other ancient Egyptian artefacts. After the museum we then head out to Giza to visit the enigmatic Sphinx and the three greatest pyramids in Egypt, the Great Pyramid of Khufu (Cheops) along with the smaller pyramids of Khafre (Chephern) and Menkaure (Mycerinus), an unforgettable site.
You will have a chance to climb inside the pyramids if you wish, but you're on your own, as your guide cannot accompany you (a limited number of tickets are available for the Great Pyramid).
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. An intriguing mixture of African and Middle Eastern cultures which can be seen by strolling through the bustling markets. We allow plenty of free time for you to explore, walk along the Corniche or visit the Nubian Museum. 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 temple at Kom Ombo. We then continue sailing on to Edfu, the home of Sobek, the crocodile God, who was worshipped in pre-dynastic times.

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

Edfu temples, Karnak temple

We start with a tour to the double temple of Edfu, with one side dedicated to Sobek and the second to Haroeris. It is the best preserved temple in Egypt with many Coptic inscriptions and paintings. We then sail onwards to Luxor, passing through the Esna lock. 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

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.
An optional sun rise hot air balloon flight over the west bank of the Nile is available in the morning from Luxor.

Overnight Hurghada
4 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
4 star
(B, L, D)
Day 8
Saturday

Cairo, free day

This morning we fly back to Cairo where you have a choice of either a free day to explore or unwind at your own leisure, or enjoy one of our optional tours. These include a city tour through the narrow winding streets of Coptic Cairo to the impressive Citadel and Mohammed Ali Mosque, as well as the mazy market streets of Khan El Khalili bazaar. There is also an option available to head to the outskirts of Cairo and learn more about the history of pyramid building with a visit to the early pyramids at Saqqara and Dashour, part of the ancient city of Memphis.

Overnight Cairo.
4 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
    4 star
    Hurghada
  • 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 - Dam
  • Cairo - Egyptian Museum
  • Cairo - Giza Pyramids - UNESCO Heritage site
  • 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 - Temple of Philae
  • Cairo - Egyptian Museum - Royal Mummy Room (Optional)
  • Cairo - Great Pyramid of Khufu (Cheops)
  • 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 page 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 overnight stop this means that we alternate between the listed hotels. The pre departure pack will show hotel for a given departure.

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
Cairo.
Steigenberger Hotel El Tahrir
Standard : 4 star
Address :-
2 Kasr Al Nile
Ismailia
Qasr an Nile
Cairo.
Ph. :
+20 2 25750777
Steigenberger Hotel El Tahrir
Steigenberger Hotel El Tahrir
Steigenberger Hotel El Tahrir
Edfu - Harbour
Nile Cruise Boat
Standard : Deluxe Cruise Cabin
Address :-
Edfu - Harbour
Nile Cruise Boat
Nile Cruise Boat
Nile Cruise Boat
Hurghada
Sunrise Holidays Resort
Standard : 4 star
Address :-
KM 20 Hurghada - Safaga Road
Sekalla
Hurghada
Ph. :
+2 16032 (Hotline)
Sunrise Holidays Resort
Sunrise Holidays Resort
Sunrise Holidays Resort
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.
24 Sep 2017
16 Dec 2017
1,579.00
580.00
17 Dec 2017
31 Dec 2017
1,689.00
580.00
01 Jan 2018
12 Jan 2018
1,689.00
740.00
13 Jan 2018
23 Mar 2018
1,609.00
740.00
24 Mar 2018
06 Apr 2018
1,689.00
740.00
07 Apr 2018
04 May 2018
1,609.00
740.00
05 May 2018
05 Oct 2018
1,529.00
740.00
06 Oct 2018
21 Dec 2018
1,609.00
740.00
22 Dec 2018
31 Dec 2018
1,769.00
740.00
Current 'Hot Deals' for Egyptian Explorer Tour :
 
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Departing
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09 Sep 2017 - 31 Jan 2018
01 Jan 2018 - 31 Dec 2018
15%
* This discount is only available to bookings that are paid in full by 31 Jan 2018
Deposit Option available for Egyptian Explorer Tour :
 
Booked between
Departing
Deposit
01 Aug 2016 - 31 Dec 2020
01 Aug 2016 - 31 Dec 2020
$ 250.00

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