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8-Day Best of Egypt Classic Tour
Product Code: 1113-157084
OVERVIEW

Highlights

  • • Gaze at the pyramids and mysterious Sphinx
  • • Spend the night on the Nile in a felucca
  • • Explore ancient temples and monuments
  • • Hunt for deals in the bazaars
  • • Enjoy dinner with a local family
Tour Code
1113-157084
Duration
8 days
Departure City
Cairo
End City
Cairo
Tour Type:
Bus/Coach
Language:
English
IS THIS TOUR FOR ME?

Experience: Cultural, Backpacker, Historical, Nature

Learn about local culture with in-depth tours and activities; Geared to the "Get up and go!" traveler who want to enjoy independent or semi-guided adventures; Encounter rich historical landmarks with expert guides; Get in touch with Mother Earth

Style: Escorted

Tour director/guided escort is available from the beginning to the end of the vacation

Group Type: Small group

Take an intimate and semi-private trip with a small group

Activity Level: Moderate

Designed for travelers in good health who are comfortable with light walking or hiking

Quality: Standard

Travel with professional guides, enjoy more time at attractions and/or stay at comfortable accommodations

Accessibility: Not accessible

Tour does not have wheelchair accessible vehicles/attractions or allow service dogs

Itinerary
Day 01
Cairo

Cairo

Hotel: Santana Hotel or similar

Welcome to Egypt! Today you'll arrive and self-transfer to the Santana Hotel.

There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting. Please speak to the front-desk to confirm the meeting's time and please make sure you're back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO (Certified Experience Officer) will review the details of your tour.

Tips:
Joining location: Santana Hotel

Address: Ad Doqi, Giza Governorate, Egypt

Check-in: from 12:00pm

Visiting Attractions

Day 02
Aswan

Cairo - Aswan

Hotel: Overnight Sleeper Train or similar

Today we'll head straight to the Giza Pyramids and the famous Sphinx. We'll soak in the history of these majestic structures with your guide. 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 of these massive structures.

After getting our fill of these amazing monuments we'll head back to Cairo and visit the Egyptian Museum to see more ancient artifacts. 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. Your tour leader will direct you to the most important and magnificent items. There is also plenty of free time for you to explore on your own.

In the evening, we'll board an overnight train to Aswan.

Optional Activity - Solar Boat Museum Visit

Enjoy a visit to the Solar Boat Museum. It displays one of the pharaoh’s funerary barges - it may just be the oldest boat in existence!

Tips:
Breakfast and dinner included.
Day 03
Aswan

Aswan

Hotel: Nile Hotel or similar

In the morning we'll arrive in Aswan and explore this gorgeous city by the Nile.

We'll have all day to enjoy this city before boarding a felucca (local boat) to reach Elephantine Island and visit a Nubian village. Walk around the small community, then enjoy a traditional dinner at a local home.

Optional Activity - Souk Visit

Wander through the souk, soaking in the scent and colour of spices and perfumes, and rummaging through beautiful scarves and baskets.

Tips:
Breakfast and dinner included.

Visiting Attractions

Day 04
Aswan

Aswan

Hotel: Nile Hotel or similar

Today we'll have another day to explore Aswan. You can join an optional tour to one of the most fascinating sights in the area, the Temple of Abu Simbel.

Later in the day you may also join a half-day tour of the Unfinished Obelisk, High Dam, and Philae Temple. Or you may also visit the modern Nubian Museum to learn more about Aswan's local people.

*Optional Activities*

Nubian Museum Visit

Enjoy a the modern Nubian Museum to learn more about the culture and customs of Aswan's local people.

Abu Simbel Visit (Bus)

Visit the fantastic twin temples of Abu Simbel by caravan there and back. Visit includes about 2 hrs at the site to wander through the different temples and learn more about the construction, history, and relocation of these magnificently preserved structures. The temples, built by Ramses II between 1274-1244BC, would now be under Lake Nasser if not for the wonders of modern engineering.

Philae Temple Visit

The word "philae" means "the end", in reference to this island's placement on what was once the southernmost border of Egypt. Sail across the Nile to the beautiful island, and step into Greco Roman history. See the Temple of Philae. Round-trip transfer included.

Philae Temple Sound and Light Show

As the sun sets, sail across the Nile to Philae island. Witness the Philae temple turned into a time machine through a magnificent sound and light display. Round-trip transfer included.

Camel Ride at the West Bank

Cross to the West Bank by motor boat, and enjoy a camel ride in the sand dunes of Aswan.

Tips:
Breakfast included.
Day 05

Aswan - Kom Ombo

We have a wonderful treat for you today as we take a relaxing ride on a felucca (traditional Nile sailboat) and travel down the river, watching the scenery glide by.

At night, we'll enjoy a delicious meal and sleep on the deck under the stars (mattresses and blankets are provided). The felucca itself does not have toilets or showers, but a private support boat travelling in close proximity has both (please bring a towel).

Tips:
Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 06
Luxor

Kom Ombo - Luxor

Hotel: Susanna Hotel or similar

Today we'll arrive in Kom Ombo and 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.

From here we'll travel to Luxor, visiting the Temple of Edfu along the way.

*Optional Activities*

Horse and Carriage Ride

Enjoy a horse and carriage (calèche) ride and get oriented in the city.

Bazaar Visit

Wander through the bustling local bazaar and check out the wares for sale. Pick up a few if you like!

Karnak Temple Visit

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

Tips:
Breakfast included.
Day 07
Luxor

Luxor

Hotel: Susanna Hotel or similar

From the historical city of Luxor we'll set out by donkey over the West Bank to visit the massive 18m (59ft) high Colossi of Memnon, which is all that remains of an ancient temple.

Next we'll descend down the narrow corridors and check out the tombs of the pharaohs at the Valley of the Kings. Then we'll visit the Funerary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, which literally seems to rise out of the surrounding limestone outcrops.

Afterwards we'll have free time to explore Luxor; Karnak Temple and Luxor Temple are both well worth a visit. Learn about the ancient art of embalming at world's only Mummification Museum and the small, but beautifully presented, Luxor Museum.

*Optional Activities*

Karnak Temple Visit

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

Luxor Temple Visit

Take in the beauty of the Luxor temple, an architectural splendour located near the Nile and right in the centre of downtown Luxor. It's spectacularly lit in the evenings and well worth a visit.

Mummification Museum

Learn all there is to know about the ancient art of embalming by exploring the world's only Mummification Museum.

Tomb of Tutankhamun Visit

Opt to descend down into the Tomb of Tutankhamun, the Valley of the Kings' most famous pharaoh. While the treasure has been moved to the Cairo Museum, it is fascinating to enter the tomb that held one of the most intact collection of treasures found in all of Egypt.

Valley of the Kings Hot Air Balloon Ride

What an incredible way to see the Valley of the Kings. Fly over the tombs and monuments of ancient Egypt aboard a hot air balloon on an hour flight. The wind dictates where you go and what you see, so there isn't a flight is ever the same. Round-trip transfer included.

Tips:
Breakfast and lunch included.
Day 08
Cairo

Luxor - Cairo

Today we'll fly back to Cairo where the tour ends on arrival in the afternoon.

We highly recommend booking pre- or post-accommodation to fully explore this vibrant city.

Tips:
Breakfast included.

Visiting Attractions

Pick-up Details/Transfers
No airport transfers are included. If you require airport transfer please contact us for a quote. You may also select airport shuttle services during booking.

When arranging your transportation, such as flights, please take into consideration the below time restrictions for joining and departing from your group. With these times, we have taken into account travel time to/from the airport in the given destination and required time for check-in or baggage collection/immigration.

- Your flight must arrive by or before: arrive at any time.
- Your flight must depart no earlier than: 2:00pm

If you have booked an airport transfer with us, please contact the local operator (number is located on the e-ticket once your reservation is confirmed) before the tour. The driver would be waiting for you at the arrivals hall.
WHAT'S INCLUDED

Package Includes

  • Certified Egyptologist as Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • 5-night simple hotels, 1 night sleeper train, 1 night felucca with support boat for toilet/showers
  • Internal flights
  • 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Pyramids of Giza and Sphinx entrance and guided tour
  • Edfu and Kom Ombo temples entrance and guided tour
  • Temple of Hatshepsut and Valley of the Kings guided visit and donkey ride
  • Colossi of Memnon visit
  • Traditional meal with local family (Luxor)
  • Egyptian Museum entrance and guided tour
  • Nubian village visit and traditional dinner
  • Felucca overnight sailing excursion with support boat

Package Excludes

  • All personal expenses
  • Tips to tour guide/driver
  • Optional activities (Availability subject to change):
    - Solar Boat Museum Visit
    - Souk Visit
    - Nubian Museum Visit
    - Abu Simbel Visit (Bus)
    - Philae Temple Visit
    - Philae Temple Sound and Light Show
    - Camel Ride at the West Bank
    - Horse and Carriage Ride
    - Bazaar Visit
    - Karnak Temple Visit
    - Luxor Temple Visit
    - Mummification Museum
    - Tomb of Tutankhamun Visit
    - Valley of the Kings Hot Air Balloon Ride
Special Notes
  • Trip Type: Small Group Max 15, avg 12.
  • Physical Rating: Light. Light walking and hiking suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.
  • Travel Style: Classic. All of the highlights, culture, access, and I-can’t-believe-we-did-that moments, all at a great price.
  • Service Level: Standard. Comfortable tourist-class accommodations with character; mix of public and private transport.
  • You will be on the move a lot, so our advice is to pack as lightly as possible. Your baggage should be clearly labelled and restricted to one backpack, soft compact suitcase, or sports bag (maximum 10-15kg) plus a daypack. Luggage limits on airlines are strictly enforced and space on vehicles is limited. Porters are not often available, so be prepared to carry your own bags. It is important to pack clothes for warm to hot days and cool evenings. A set of smart casual clothes is also advisable.
  • Please be aware that there are some long driving days on this tour. You can refer to the detailed trip itinerary for more information on estimated travel times. Please note that any times mentioned are approximations only to give you an idea of the journey lengths and the actual time taken will depend on factors such as public transport timetables and road conditions. A mix of private and public transport is used throughout this trip.
  • Depending on your arrival time, your hotel room may not be available until the afternoon. Most hotels allow check-in between 1:00pm-3:00pm, however some charge a fee for early check-in. Please check at the hotel desk to see if you may store your luggage at the hotel if you wish to explore the city on your own before check-in.
  • This tour/activity is overseen by a select local operator in the region. Upon booking your tour or activity and after receiving confirmation, you will be issued an e-ticket detailing the local operator's name and contact information. If you require assistance finding a specific tour, please contact us for more information.

Pricing Info

Your reservation is always subject to confirmation by email, normally within one to two business days.

* Adult: 19 and older
* Child: 12-18 years old
* Children younger than 12 are not permitted.
* Prices for Single Occupancy apply when one person stays in one standard hotel room.
* Prices for Double Occupancy apply when two people stay in one standard hotel room.

Reservation Info

    1.Immediately after submitting your reservation you will receive a Receipt of Reservation via email.
    2. Within one to two business days of submitting your reservation you will receive a confirmation email from us. If you need to book an airline ticket, we recommend that you do so after you receive a confirmation of your tour reservation from us.
    3. An E-Ticket will be sent to you via email as soon as details of your reservation are confirmed or your supporting information is received by us. We will provide you with all detailed information about your tour on the E-Ticket. Contact information for local tour provider will be included on E-Ticket for your convenience or re-confirmation purpose if re-confirmation is required.
    4. Simply print your E-Ticket and present it with your valid photo ID on the day of your activity to your tour guide. Please remember E-Ticket is your proof of purchase.

Terms and Conditions

    - Your purchase does not guarantee confirmation. Your purchase will initiate a reservation process. We will confirm with you via email within one to two business days.
    - Prices may vary due to availability. We reserve the right to make price adjustment without prior notice.
    - Please refer to our Standard Amendment, Cancellation and Refund Policy before you make reservation.
    - Please refer to Customer Agreement before you make reservation.
    - Local tour provider reserves the right to make modifications to tour arrangements including order of tour activities, hotel and its location if deemed necessary.
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