Egypt Group Tour

From $1,199

Duration:
9 Days / 8 Nights
Type:
GROUP TOUR
Runs:
Mar 18, 2020
Apr 15, 2020
May 13, 2020

Overview

Travel to many of Egypt's most influential sites on this nine-day land and river adventure. Start your vacation in the bustling city of Giza where you'll visit the Great Pyramids and the Serapeum of Saqqara. Then, take a short flight to the beautiful city of Aswan for 3 nights of phenomenal experiences on board a Nile cruise. Sail on the Nile, stopping at Edfu and Kom Ombo temples before arriving at the magnificent town of Luxor to explore Karnak, Luxor, the Valley of the Kings, and the Mortuary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut before returning to Cairo and enjoy the down town where the house of treasures- Egyptian Museum and much more.
 

Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive and Overnight in Giza

Today you arrive in Cairo International Airport and meet with the tour coordinator and driver. They will help you navigate your way through the airport and escort you to your hotel. Once at the hotel, the tour coordinator will provide details regarding Day 2 Excursions. You will spend the night in the hotel and awake for a day full of adventure.

Day 2 - The Great Pyramids of Giza, Saqqara, and Serapeum.

After eating breakfast at your hotel, you will be met by the Egyptologist who will provide your full day of touring. The adventure begins west of the Nile River in a town called Giza. It is here you will witness Egypt’s most visited attractions—the Pyramids at Giza and the Great Sphinx. Built for three kings of the Fourth Dynasty, the pyramids were designed to be the tombs of Khufu, Khafre, and Menkaure. In addition to the three main pyramids, you will see the queens’ pyramids and the Great Sphinx.

The next stop for today will be the ancient city of Saqqara, an amazing display of how tomb and pyramid-building progressed. Saqqara is a necropolis containing burials from different dynasties. It includes both royal and nonroyal tombs, mastabas, and cemeteries. We continue to the Serapeum of Saqqara where we will enter a series of tunnels to see the sarcophagi of the Apis bulls, sacred to the god Ptah.

The driver will return to your hotel, and you will be at leisure for the evening. Overnight in the hotel at Giza.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch

Day 3 - Flight to Aswan, Philae Temple, High Dam and Felucca Ride

Be ready for an early flight this morning as we head to Aswan to visit Philae Temple and the High Dam. In the 1960s the Egyptian government began construction on Aswan High Dam. Its purpose was to prevent the annual flooding of the Nile River and to bring electricity to all people of Egypt. The trouble with the High Dam was it would permanently flood many of the antiquities. As a result, massive projects were begun to help preserve these sites such as Abu Simbel. Along with our visit to the High Dam, we will also travel to the Philae temple, one dedicated to Isis, the wife of Osiris and mother to Horus. It, too, was moved from its original location to one that was free from flooding. To get to the Philae temple you will take a water taxi. Once all your tours have been completed for the day, you will board a felucca for a relaxing boat ride through Aswan. You will have the opportunity to not only enjoy the scenery but also to catch a glimpse of the Nubian village. We will then board the Nile cruise your home for 3 nights.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 4 - Kom Ombo and Edfu Temples

Welcome to the Temple of Kom Ombo, an unusual double temple built for the falcon god Horus and the crocodile god Sobek. Kom Ombo also contains an engraving which is thought to depict the first use of medical and surgical instruments. Once we complete our tour of this fascinating place, we return to the cruise and sail north to the Edfu temple. Located on the Nile River between Aswan and Luxor, the Edfu temple, also known as the Temple of Horus, is the tallest and best-preserved temple in Egypt. This temple was designed to honor the divine birth of Horus and the pharaoh. We will take some time to explore this temple before we return to our cruise ship and set sail to Luxor. 

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 5 - Luxor and Karnak Temples.

We arrive at the beautiful town of Luxor, the site of the famous Thebes and the World’s Largest Outdoor Museum. Whereas Egypt holds thirty percent of the world’s antiquities, Luxor holds seventy percent of Egypt’s antiquities. The importance of this city in Egypt’s history is unparalleled. Upon arrival to Luxor we will begin our day of touring in the East Bank where we will find the Karnak and Luxor temples. The Karnak temple, also known as the Temple of Amun-Ra, honored not only Amun-Ra but Osiris, Montu, Isis, Ptah, and other Ancient Egyptian Gods. The area of Karnak Temple is around 200 acres, so it is immense. As we leave Karnak, we will begin our trip to the Luxor temple. At one time there were sphinxes that lined a path from Karnak to Luxor, but it is not fully excavated. You will, however see a portion of the sphinx as it leads to the Luxor temple. Luxor temple is one of the most intact temples, so you will see many interesting statues, hieroglyphs, and rooms. We will then return to the cruise for the evening at Leisure.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 6 - Valley of the Kings, Hatshepsut Temple, Colossi of Memnon and flight back to Cairo

This morning we say good bye to all the wonderful people we met on the cruise, but we could not leave Luxor before we visit the west bank of the Nile. We will take the time to visit several sites. One of the sites we will visit is the Valley of the Kings. After pyramid building began to wane, the kings still needed a final resting place to preserve themselves and store all their treasures. Housing nearly all the tombs for the kings of the 18th, 19th, and 20th dynasties, the Valley of the Kings was designed to help hide the burial places of the kings to prevent looting. One of the most famous tombs here is the tomb of Tutankhamen. We will have the opportunity to explore some of the tombs. Next, we move to the Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut. Hatshepsut was the wife to Thutmose II but became pharaoh after he died. This mortuary temple was modeled after Mentuhotep’s but at a much larger scale. We will explore this beautiful temple which is set into the cliffs at Deir el-Bahari. Our last site to visit will be the Colossi of Memnon where you will see two (nearly 60 feet tall) seated statues of Amenhotep III. These statues were once the entrance to Amenhotep’s mortuary temple. As our day concludes, we will head to Luxor Airport for our flight back to Cairo. Overnight in Cairo.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch

Day 7 - Egyptian Museum, Citadel of Saladin, Khan El Khalili, and Moez Street

Today is our full day of Cairo sightseeing. One of our first stops will be the Egyptian Museum. This museum houses over 120,000 artifacts from Egyptian history. Some of their most famous include the entire collection of Tutankhamen. Your guide will introduce some of the many important pieces as well as allow you some time to wander through the museum to peruse the collections.

Once we finish with the museum, we will head to Abu Tarek for lunch. Abu Tarek is a multi-story restaurant that serves wonderful Koshary, the beloved Egyptian dish. It is a special treat.

You might have noticed a wall in parts of Cairo. This wall served to protect ancient Cairo and another city called Ayyubid from the Crusaders. Sala-Al-Din (Saladin) was the leader of the Ayyubid, and he decided to fortify both his city and ancient Cairo with this wall. It proved to be quite formidable as the Citadel of Saladin was nearly impenetrable. Today, as we learn about the history of the Citadel, we also venture inside the walls to the highest point, the Mohamed Ali Mosque. This ancient mosque is quite beautiful and will provide greater insight into Egypt’s main religion, Islam.

Next up is the Khan El Khalili Bazaar. It is a wonderful depiction of an ancient outdoor shopping center. You will have the opportunity to wander the narrow alleyways and see many items unique to the Egyptian markets. As you continue to wander, you will have the opportunity to traverse Cairo’s oldest street—El-Moez Street. This pedestrian only street, just beyond Khan El Khalili, is an open-air museum and runs over half a mile. Moez Street is less touristy and provides those who travel it a unique look at Islamic architecture.

The driver will return to your hotel, any you will be at leisure for the evening. Overnight in the hotel at Cairo.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch

**Ladies please consider bringing a scarf with you on our tour today. It will be needed to enter the Mohamed Ali Mosque. Also, conservative dress is required while inside the mosque.

Day 8 - Coptic Cairo

Today we visit Coptic Cairo where we will have the opportunity to see many Coptic churches and influences for Egypt. In addition we will have the opportunity to visit the Ben Ezra synagogue, which is believed to be the site where baby Moses was drawn out of the water.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch

Day 9 - Farewell

Today will be the final day of our tour of the amazing Egypt, and we will take you back to Cairo International Airport to catch your flight. Thank you for spending the time with us.

Meals included: breakfast

Dates and Rates

Accommodation Preference

4 Star

5 Star

Tour Start

Per Person in Double/Twin/Triple

Single Supplement

Per Person in Double/Twin/Triple

Single Supplement

Mar 18, 2020

$1299

$249

$1449

$349

Apr 15, 2020

$1299

$249

$1449

$349

May 13, 2020

$1199

$249

$1349

$349

Prices are quoted in US Dollars per person per tour package and valid only for the tour dates shown above. Single supplement is ONLY to be added to the per person rate, when you choose to have your own single room.

Children Policy

  • 0 - 01 Year Old Free of Charge
  • 2 - 5 Years Old pay 25% of tour price
  • 6 - 11 Years Old pay 50% of tour price
  • 12+ Years Old pay full tour price as per adult person
  • Children policy is applied to children who share rooms or cabins with their parents. Extra domestic airfare charges may apply for the children.

Payment Policy

Reservations should be made as early as possible to book the desired holiday. Space on a given tour will be secured upon receipt a deposit of 25% of the full price. This deposit will be 50% during the Christmas, New Year and Easter holidays . This deposit counts as part of your final payment. Deposits can be made by bank wire transfer, Cash, Personal or Bank Check, or paid using a credit or debit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express). Deposit must be received within 7 days of booking. Full payment is due not later than 60 days prior to the tour start date.

Inclusions

Inclusions:

  • Domestic flight tickets Cairo/Aswan and Luxor/Cairo
  • English speaking and licensed Egyptologist in all included sightseeing.
  • 8 Nights 4 or 5-star accommodations (based of your accommodations preference)
  • 18 meals; 8 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches and 3 Dinners.
  • All ground transportation and sightseeing mentioned in the itinerary and will be arranged in an air-conditioned private vehicle.
  • 18 sightseeing and entrance fees as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • All taxes and service charges.
  • 24/7 on call, local office emergency assistance.
  • Bottled water during sightseeing.
  • Wi-Fi in vehicle while touring.

Exclusions

Exclusions:

  • International Flights
  • International Travel Insurance
  • Egypt Entry Visa ($25 per traveler paid in cash upon arrival in Cairo Airport)
  • Gratuities
  • Personal Expenses, extra optional tours and anything not mentioned in the itinerary and inclusions.

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