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

Itinerary

This 10 day tour, starts and ends in Cairo, Egypt. This Egypt tour is designed to provide a great introduction to some of Egypt's 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.

2020 - 'Egyptian Explorer Tour'
10 - 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. The rest of the day is free.
An option is also available to take a camel ride through the sands on the far bank of the Nile to St. Simeon's monastery.
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, falcon-headed Sky God, who were worshipped here in pre-dynastic times. We then continue sailing on to Temple of Horus at Edfu also dedicated to the falcon god, Horus.

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

Edfu, Luxor

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.
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, Karnak temple

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 the most important archaeological sites in the world. We will visit several Pharaonic tombs, and then explore the Temple of Queen Hatchepsut, Valley of the Artisans (Deir El-Medina), and the huge Colossi of Memnon.
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 dedicated to the gods Amun, Khous and Mut. 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.

Overnight Luxor
5 star
(B)
Day 7
Friday

Luxor, Red Sea at Hurghada

After a lazy morning we leave the Nile Valley and drive to the Red Sea resort of Hurghada where we check into a 5-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 8
Saturday

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 9
Sunday

Cairo, Khan-el-Khalili bazaar

We drive back to Cairo this morning and check into our city centre hotel.
In the late afternoon we take a guided walk through the back streets and bazaars in Old 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 mint tea and a shisha pipe and this is a great final opportunity to pick up some souvenirs of your time in Egypt. An upgrade to an internal flight from Hurghada to Cairo is also available on request.

Overnight Cairo
5 star
(B)
Day 10
Monday

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 a half-day tour of Coptic Cairo and the Citadel is available today, or you could take another half-day tour to learn more about the evolution of pyramid building at Saqqara, Dashour & 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. Group Size : Minimum Group Size of 2. Maximum Group Size of 20.
2. Age : Minimum Age of 8. Whilst there is no Maximum Age set it is assumed the customer is fit enough to take part in the activity or tour. Health documents may be requested.
3. Single travellers are obliged to pay Single Supplement and will have the hotel room to themselves.
4. Hotel Gala Dinners - Many of the hotels and Nile cruise boats, on this tour, 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.
5. Child Discount : Age 8 - 11 sharing room with 2 full paying adults pays 25% and child will have a fold up bed.
6. Nile Cruise itineraries are subject to slight alterations.
7. You will need to have your passport handy at check-in for any domestic flights
8. 2020 itinerary will be 10 days and has the following changes
- It will spend an extra night in Luxor
- We will drive back to Cairo instead of taking the internal flight which is included for 2019.
- We will no longer include the Sufi Show on the final evening. We have removed it due to customer feedback and logistical issues (queues now can be 1hr+ to get in and still then no guarantee of tickets)
- During the West Bank tour in Luxor, Medinat Habu temple will be replaced by the Valley of the Artisans - Deir El-Medina
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Inclusions

Tour includes :-
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$45)
  • Suggested optional activities
  • Tips - driver, guide and felucca crew
  • Entrance fees
  • Compulsory Travel Insurance
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Highlights

  • Aswan - Temple of Philae
  • 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 - Karnak Temple
  • Luxor - Valley of the Artisans (Deir El-Medina)
  • Luxor - Valley of the Kings - Tutankhamen's Tomb (Optional)
  • Cairo - Egyptian Museum
  • Cairo - Giza Pyramids - UNESCO Heritage site
  • Cairo - Khan el-Khalili Bazaar
  • Cairo - The Sphinx
  • Hurghada - Free Day
  • Luxor - Colossi of Memnon
  • Luxor - Queen Hatshepsut Temple
  • 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
Tulip Hotel
Standard : 5 star
Address :-
Cornich El Nile
(formerly Helnan Hotel)
Aswan
Ph. :
+20 97 2328 828
Website :
Tulip Hotel
Tulip Hotel
Tulip Hotel
Tulip Hotel
Aswan - Harbour
Nile Cruise Boat
Standard : Deluxe Cruise Cabin
Address :-
Aswan - Harbour
Nile Cruise Boat
Nile Cruise Boat
Nile Cruise Boat
Cairo
Steigenberger Pyramids Resort
Standard : 5 star
Address :-
Alexandria Road
Pyramids - Giza
Cairo
Ph. :
+202 3771781
Steigenberger Pyramids Resort
Steigenberger Pyramids Resort
Steigenberger Pyramids Resort
Cairo Sheraton
Standard : 5 star
Address :-
Galae Square,
Ad Doqi A
Dokki
Giza Governorate
Cairo
Ph. :
+20 2 33369800
Website :
Cairo Sheraton
Cairo Sheraton
Cairo Sheraton
Cairo Sheraton
Edfu - Harbour
Nile Cruise Boat
Standard : Deluxe Cruise Cabin
Address :-
Edfu - Harbour
Nile Cruise Boat
Nile Cruise Boat
Nile Cruise Boat
Hurghada
Sunrise Royal Makadi Hotel
Standard : 5 star
Address :-
KM 17 Hurghada - Safaga Road
Makadi Bay
Hurghada
Ph. :
+20 65 359 0390/99  
Sunrise Royal Makadi Hotel
Sunrise Royal Makadi Hotel
Sunrise Royal Makadi Hotel
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
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.
Single Supplement explanation
01 Jan 2020
03 Apr 2020
2,039.00
480.00
04 Apr 2020
24 Apr 2020
2,189.00
480.00
25 Apr 2020
08 May 2020
2,039.00
480.00
09 May 2020
05 Jun 2020
1,969.00
480.00
06 Jun 2020
28 Aug 2020
1,895.00
480.00
29 Aug 2020
09 Oct 2020
1,969.00
480.00
10 Oct 2020
18 Dec 2020
2,115.00
480.00
19 Dec 2020
31 Dec 2020
2,189.00
480.00
Deposit Option available for Egyptian Explorer Tour :
 
Booked between
Departing
Deposit
01 Aug 2016 - 31 Dec 2025
01 Aug 2016 - 31 Dec 2025
$ 250.00
Child Discounts available for Egyptian Explorer Tour :
 
Departing between
From Age
To Age
Discount
01 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2025
8
11
25.00 %
* Conditions apply. Please refer to the 'Child Discount Rates' section of our Terms and Conditions.

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