2350$ per person
17 Days / 16 Nights
March 15, 2019
Cairo, Nile cruise, Alexandria, St. Cathrine, Sharm El Sheikh
Duration: 17 days / 16 nights
Accommodation: (7)Cairo, (4)Nile cruise, (1)Alexandria, (1)St. Cathrine, (3)Sharm El Sheikh
Traveling dates: any arrival day
Welcome to Cairo! Your tour begins when you are greeted by our representative who will assist you through immigration and customs formalities. After you have collected your luggage he will then take you, in our deluxe vehicle, to your Cairo hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel is followed by a full day tour. In the morning you will be taken to see the Pyramids of Giza and the Great Sphinx: the most famous monuments of not only ancient Egypt, but of the entire ancient world! These massive stone structures were built around 4,500 years ago on a rocky desert plateau close to the Nile. After the visit, you will be driven to the Papyrus Institute where you will see how the ancient Egyptians made this forerunner to today’s paper; have a go at making it yourself; and get the opportunity to look at some fantastic examples of papyrus art, with no obligation to buy.
After lunch, at a local restaurant, you will be driven to Sakkara to see the very first pyramid ever built; the Step Pyramid of Djoser. You will also get the chance to see some fantastic mastabas, including the mastaba of Mereruka, the largest one built in ancient Egypt. You will then be able to marvel at the Pyramid Texts inside the Pyramid of Teti before heading off to the ancient capital of Egypt: Memphis. The Colossus of Ramses II dominates the museum here!
After this amazing trip through Egypt’s pharaonic past you will be driven back to your hotel.
Breakfast at the hotel is followed by another full day tour, but this time you will spent the forenoon at the Egyptian Museum: gaze at the wonders of King Tutankhamen, including his golden death mask; stare upon the mummies of some of Egypt’s ancient pharaohs (optional); lose yourself in the many rooms and galleries, where thousands of artefacts are awaiting your visit.
After lunch, at a local restaurant, you will be taken to the Citadel of Saladin, the fortress built between 1176 and 1183 AD, to protect Cairo from the Crusaders and rebuilt by Muhammad Ali Pasha, whose mosque is a “must see”. From here you will be taken on a tour of Cairo famous Churches, including: The Hanging Church and the Church of St. George the Martyr, 2 churches built into the walls of the Fort of Babylon and its remains could be Cairo’s oldest structures; and the Church of Abu Serga (St. Sergius), where, it is said, the Holy Family took shelter in a cave, with the church being erected her to commemorate this. This whole area is a world famous destination for Pilgrims.
At the end of this exciting day you will be driven to visit the old market of Cairo (Khan El-Khalili) to test your haggling skills, and then taken back to your hotel
It is said that Egypt is full of Pyramids and after breakfast you will get the opportunity to visit 2 more of them. You will be taken, in an air conditioned vehicle, to Dashur where you will see the two pyramids built by the Pharaoh Snefru. Not only will you be able to look at the Red Pyramid, the worlds first true pyramid, you will also have the opportunity to go inside it and gaze at the phenomenal corbelled ceilings in the 3 separate rooms. Next you will be able to stare at the wonder of the “Bent Pyramid”, so called due to the change in angle caused by the architect wanting to relieve the weight which was causing it to subside. In the near distance you will also see the Black Pyramid of Amenemhat III, inaccessible due to it being on army land.
After lunch, at a local restaurant, you will be taken to Sakkara to see the very first pyramid ever built; the Step Pyramid of Djoser. You will also get the chance to see some fantastic mastabas, including the mastaba of Mereruka, the largest one built in ancient Egypt. You will then be able to marvel at the Pyramid Texts inside the Pyramid of Teti before heading off to the ancient capital of Egypt: Memphis. The Colossus of Ramses II dominates the museum here; do not forget your camera! After this amazing trip through Egypt’s pharaonic past you will be driven back to your hotel.
After breakfast you will check out and our representative will escort you to the airport for your flight to Luxor. Upon arrival you will be met and assisted by our representative who will transfer you to your cruise boat: your floating hotel for your next 4 days. After lunch, which you will have on board, you will visit the magnificent Karnak and Luxor Temples. Once your visit to these ancient Theban Temples is complete you will return to the boat for your dinner.
A new day, your first breakfast on board, and then it is time to visit the West Bank of Luxor: the tombs of the New Kingdom Pharaohs in the Valley of the Kings; the magnificent temple of Queen Hatshepsut at Deir El-Bahri finishing with the immense Colossi of Memnon.
After this visit to the Theban “City of the Dead” you will be taken back to your boat for your lunch, and then you can watch as it departs Luxor and sails for Esna. As the Nile flows gently underneath you, dinner will be served.
You can enjoy your breakfast watching as the cruise boat crosses the Esna lock then sails onward to Edfu, home of the best preserved temple in Egypt: the Temple of Horus. Your guide will then return you to your cruise boat for dinner as the boat sails majestically towards Kom Ombo.
Your last day of sailing starts with breakfast, and then a visit to the Temple of Kom Ombo, dedicated to the gods Horus and Sobek. Afterwards it is back to the boat for lunch and the sail to Aswan. Once ashore you will be driven to see the High Dam, the
worlds largest rock filled dam, and the Temple of Philae, moved to the island of Agilika after the waters of Lake Nasser flooded its original location. It is then back to Aswan for your last dinner on the boat.
You will have your final breakfast on the boat before you have to check out. You will then be taken to the Botanical Gardens by felucca. After this visit you will be transferred to Aswan airport for the flight back to Cairo (flight duration is about 55 minutes). Once there our representative will meet you and assist you with your luggage before transferring you to your hotel for check-in.
You may choose to fly to Abu Simbel to see these marvelous temples, which were originally carved out of a rocky mountainside by Ramses II. The flight costs about $250, per person, for the return trip.
Your day starts with breakfast in your hotel followed by a 2.5 hour drive, in our air-conditioned vehicle, to Alexandria. Upon arrival it will be time to start your tour of this beautiful city, originally built by Alexander the Great. You will first visit the Citadel of Qaitbay, where in 1480 AD the Mameluke alexSultan Al-Ashraf Qaitbay fortified the site, which held the ruins of the Alexandria Lighthouse, and with successive improvements it now stands as a very prominent Citadel on the Mediterranean coastline. You will then have the opportunity to choose any 2 of the sites listed below before you finally visit the Montazah Gardens, a private park where world leaders often meet; 150 acres of numerous trees, palms, and flowers which overlook many bays and beaches. Here you will have a late lunch and at the end of the day you will have a tired, but fulfilled, drive back to your hotel in Alexandria for dinner.
The sites from which you may choose 4 to visit from are:
1/ The Catacombs (Kom el Shoqafa): here is where many of the early Christians were buried; ensuring safety for their bodies.
2/ Pompey’s Pillar: the biggest memorial column in Egypt made of red granite and standing about 28 metres high, with a base diameter of 2.7 metres. During the reign of the Roman Emperor Diocletian, the Roman ruler of Egypt, between 284 and 305AD, erected this memorial column in his honour, as a sign of gratitude.
3/ The Roman Amphitheatre: which every town in the ancient Roman Empire had.
4/ The Alexandria National Museum: built in a former palace and now houses almost 2000 artefacts which tell the story of the city, including the recent finds from the sunken part of the city.
5/ The New Alexandria Library or Bibliotheca Alexandrina: this building was inaugurated on October 16, 2002, with shelf space for eight million books, with the main reading room on eleven levels.
After breakfast the drive back to Cairo commences with a detour to see the Wadi El-Natrun; the site of 4 ancient monasteries, as well as being a huge salt-pan where the ancient Egyptians collected the salt for use in mummification and cleansing rituals.
After this visit it is onwards to your hotel in Cairo, where you can enjoy the rest of the day to yourself.
After breakfast you will be taken, in our air-conditioned vehicle to St. Catherine and the monastery at the foot of Mount Sinai. Though it is a 390KM, 5 hour drive, you will delight at driving underneath the Suez Canal, and the many sites along the way; including Moses Springs.
Upon arrival at St. Catherine it will be time to check-in before settling down for your dinner.
The day begins, pre-breakfast, with an optional early morning climb up Mount Sinai to watch the phenomenal sunrise. Please note: this trip is for volunteers only!
After breakfast it is time to check-out and then visit St. Catherine’s Monastery before being driven to Sharm El Sheikh. Upon arrival it is time to check-in, and you then have the rest of the day at leisure, enabling you to laze on the beach, do some exploring, take up some of the many water sport activities available to you here, or visit Naama-Bay Shopping area to find those gifts you just have to buy.
A full day of free-time, perhaps some sunbathing, exploring, shopping, or taking up some of the many water sport activities that Sharm El-Sheikh has to offer
In the evening you may wish to go for a camel ride excursion in the desert and enjoy a BBQ dinner at a Bedouin tent.
Another full day of free-time, perhaps some sunbathing, exploring, shopping, or taking up some of the many water sport activities that Sharm El-Sheikh has to offer
After breakfast you will check-out and be driven to Sharm El-Sheikh airport for your flight back to Cairo. Upon arrival you will be met by our representative and then transferred to your hotel for check-in. The rest of the day is free to do as you please.
Your final day starts with breakfast at the hotel followed by check-out. You will then be transferred to the airport for your final departure.
End Of Package
● 7 night's accommodation in Cairo at a 5 star hotel on bed and breakfast basis.
● 4 night's accommodation on board a 5 star Nile Cruise (all meals included) including all above shore excursions.
● 1 night's accommodation in Alexandria at a 5 star hotel on half board basis (breakfast and dinner included)
● 1 night's accommodation in St. Catherine at a 4 star hotel on bed and breakfast basis
● 3 night's accommodation in Sharm El-Sheikh at a 5 star hotel on full board basis (all meals included)
● All transfers as per above mentioned program
● Private and personalized sightseeing shore excursions for 4 nights on the cruise
● Private English speaking Egyptologist guides as per the itinerary
● Entrance fees for all sightseeing
● All applicable taxes
● Private and deluxe air conditioned vehicle for all transportation
● Meals: 16 breakfasts + 13 lunches + 9 dinners
● Arrival/departure assistance
● Domestic flights: Cairo to Luxor, Aswan to Cairo, and Sharm El-Sheikh to Cairo
● Luggage handling at airports and hotels
● Tipping for guides, driver, etc
● Personal expenses (laundry, telephone calls, etc)
● Personal travel insurance
● Any other items which are not included in the above package
|Per Person at||5 Star Hotels|
|Double Room||$ 2350 USD|
|Single Room Supplement||$ 3100 USD|
|Per Person at||5 Star Deluxe Hotels|
|Double Room||$ 2640 USD|
|Single Room Supplement||$ 3540 USD|