Eternal Egypt

From $2,399

Duration:
12 Days / 11 Nights
Type:
PRIVATE TOUR
Runs:
Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays
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Overview

Give yourself the chance to visit most of Egypt's star-studded sites on this 12-day Egyptian land and river adventure. Visit the Pyramids of Giza, explore the tunnels of the Serapeum, and see the early attempts at pyramid building. Take a day trip to the beautiful Qaroon Lake in Fayoum where you will see farms, lakes, and ancient whale bones.  Fly to Luxor where you'll visit Karnak, Luxor, the Valley of the Kings, Queen Hathshepsut's Temple before you set sail for Aswan. Enjoy stops at Edfu and Kom Ombo then get prepared to see the incredible Abu Simbel, and the picturesque Philae Temple. Once the cruise concludes, return to Cairo to experience many more wonders:  museums, Islamic and Christian monuments, and the bustling Khan el-Khalili Bazaar. This trip would not be complete without heading to the Mediterranean to visit the second largest city--Alexandria.

Inclusions:

  • Domestic flight tickets Cairo/Luxor and Aswan/Cairo.
  • English speaking and licensed Egyptologist in all included sightseeing.
  • 11 Nights 5-star accommodation.
  • 25 meals; 11 Breakfast, 10 Lunch and 4 Dinner.
  • All ground transportation and sightseeing mentioned in the itinerary, and will be arranged in an air-conditioned private vehicle.
  • 30 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:

  • International Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Egypt Entry Visa
  • Gratuity
  • Personal Expenses, extra optional tours and anything not mentioned in the itinerary and inclusions.
Sphinx, Giza Pyramids, Cairo, Egypt

Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrive and Overnight in Cairo

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, Serapeum, and Memphis

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.

Ptah was the local god of the town of Memphis, our next location. He was a patron of artisans and craftsman and was also considered a creator god. Memphis was founded in 2925 BC, and the Egyptian king Menes helped to unite upper Egypt and lower Egypt. In fact, it was the capital during the Old Kingdom. Memphis is an open-air museum with many things to see such as a statue of Rameses II and the famous 80-ton sphinx made out of one gigantic piece of alabaster.

After you have explored the splendors of the day, your driver will return to your hotel, any you will be at leisure for the evening. Overnight in the hotel at Giza. Meals included: breakfast, lunch

Day 3 - Fayoum Qaroon Lake, City Tour

Today we will head out for a unique expedition. After breakfast, we will head to the city of Fayoum to enjoy Qaroon Lake. The views along the way are beautiful, and Qaroon Lake is filled with abundant wildlife, including many migratory birds.  While in Fayoum we will go to Wadi Al-Hitan, also known as Whale Valley. At Wadi Al-Hitan you will have the opportunity to see ancient whale bones from the now extinct suborder, the Archaeoceti. These fossils expertly show how whales evolved from a land-dwelling animal to a water animal.  Named as a UNESCO World Heritage Centre, this is one place not to miss. Once we conclude our visit for the day, we will return to Cairo for an overnight stay. Meals included:  breakfast, lunch 

Day 4 - Flight to Luxor, Karnak Temple, Luxor

Be ready for an early flight this morning as we head to 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 Egyptian rulers. The area of Karnak Temple is around 200 acres, so it is immense. In fact, the debate is still on as to whether it or Angor Wat (in Cambodia) is the largest temple. 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 alley 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. Your day will end as you board the cruise ship for the evening. Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 5 - Valley of the Kings, Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut, Deir el Medina, Colossi of Memnon

We cannot leave Luxor before we visit the west bank of the Nile. Today 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. As we continue our sightseeing, we will move to Deir el-Medina, which is the ancient village of the craftsmen of the Valley of the Kings. 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 return to our cruise ship and prepare for an overnight trip to Edfu via the Esna Lock. Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 6 - Edfu Temple, Kom Ombo, Sail to Aswan

Welcome to the Edfu temple. Located on the Nile River between Luxor and Aswan, 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 for 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 will board the cruise ship and head for Aswan. Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 7 - Abu Simbel, Felucca Ride

After our breakfast on the cruise ship, we will begin our journey to Abu Simbel. Abu Simbel is not only an amazing site built for Ramses II and his wife Nefertari, but it also presents the amazing feat of ingenuity. 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. Abu Simbel was one of them. Over the course of several years, Abu Simbel was cut apart and reconstructed on a higher plane, so visitors would still be able to stand in awe of ancient Egyptian ingenuity. Today our guide will take us through both the Great Temple of Ramses II and the Small Temple of Nefertari as we see just how incredible the temples are.

Once our tour has concluded we will return to our cruise ship for lunch and a little leisure time. In the early evening you will board a felucca for a lovely boat ride through Aswan. You will learn about the Nubian village as you have time to explore some of Aswan’s outstanding natural beauty.

Your evening will be at your leisure as you spend your last night on board the ship.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 8 - High Dam, Philae Temple, and Fly back to Cairo

Today we say goodbye to all the wonderful people we met on the cruise ship and begin our touring at the Aswan High Dam. The High Dam was built between 1960 and 1970 to help control Nile flooding, provide water storage for irrigation, and to bring electricity to the people of Egypt. Prior to the High Dam being built, the Aswan Low Dam served to provide similar effects to the Nile River. Today the High Dam protects the Nile basin from flooding and droughts while providing jobs for many Egyptian people.

Once our visit to the High Dam concludes, we will continue on to the Philae Temple. This temple was dedicated to Isis, the wife of Osiris and mother to Horus. Like Abu Simbel, the Philae Temple also had to be moved to a new location because of the construction of the High Dam. The process to move the Philae Temple was quite intense as a temporary dam was built around the majority of the temple and the water was pumped out of the space. This allowed the architects and other skilled craftsmen to disassemble then reassemble the site. To get to the Philae temple, you will take a water taxi.

Our next stop will be to the Aswan airport as we take flight back to Cairo. We will once again be met with a tour coordinator and driver who will take you to your hotel. You will be able to enjoy the rest of the evening at your leisure. Meals included: breakfast, lunch

Day 9 - Egyptian Museum, Citadel of Saladin, Khan el Khalili, and Moez Street

Our first stop 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. It is definitely a special Egyptian 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 most of the Egyptians’ 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.

We then drive back to your hotel in Cairo for the evening at leisure. Meals included: Breakfast and 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 10 - Coptic Cairo and St. Simon Monastery, and Drive to Alexandria

Our day commences with visits to both Coptic Cairo and the Monastery of St. Simon. In Coptic Cairo we will have the opportunity to see many Christian churches and influences for Egypt. One church in particular, the Monastery of St. Simon is one of those churches. The journey to get there is a bit arduous as you will pass the Zabaleen village. Translated, Zabaleen means “garbage collectors”. In 1969 the Cairo governor moved all the garbage collectors to one area. Most of them were Coptic Christians, and as their numbers swelled, the need for a larger church was established. While you will pass all the garbage collectors in Cairo, you will end the journey in the largest Coptic Christian Church in the middle east. St. Simon is built into the cliffs and is an amazing site to see.

We will then head toward Alexandria and overnight there. Meals included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 11 - Full Day in Alex and Drive back to Cairo

Enjoy breakfast in your hotel as you prepare for a wonderful day in Alexandria, a city with many Roman and Greek influences. We begin with one of the Seven Wonders of the Medieval World, the Catacombs of Kom El Shoqafa. This catacomb is a mixture of Greco, Egyptian, and Roman art. It is believed to have been built for one family, but eventually transformed into a community catacomb.

Next, we will drive to the Pompei Pillar. It is hard to imagine that this pillar weighs approximately 285 tons and was carved out of one piece of red granite. It is located on the grounds of the Serapeum of Alexandria and has two sphinx statues near its base. Our tour continues to the Alexandria National Museum. The museum is located in an Italian styled mansion and was the former home to the American consulate. Today, it has an extensive collection of artifacts that tell the story of Alexandria in Egypt.

Another important stop in Alexandria is the Great Library. At one time in history, Egypt was known to have one of the largest libraries of the ancient world. It housed many papyrus scrolls and became regarded as the capital of knowledge and learning. As we visit the library, we will not only see many parts of history, but we will see how it has continued to remain a modern place for learning.

Before our return to Cairo we will stop at the beautiful Montazah Gardens. Surrounding the former presidential palace of first Anwar el-Sadat then Hosni Mubarak, the gardens are vibrant and very relaxing. We will enjoy them for a while before we drive back to Cairo for the evening where we will stay. Meals included: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 12 - 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.

Dates and Rates

No. of Travelers

Solo Traveler

2-3 travelers

4-6 travelers

7+ travelers

Season

Per Person in Double/Twin

Single Supplement

Per Person in Double/Twin

Single Supplement

October 2019 to April 2020

$4499

$2999

$799

$2699

$799

Please request a quote for a special Group Rate

Christmas 2019 and Easter 2020

$4799

$3349

$899

$2999

$899

May to September 2019

$3899

$2649

$699

$2399

$699

Prices are quoted in US Dollars per person per tour package and valid only during the selected season as shown above. Single supplement is ONLY to be added to the per person in double/twin rate, when you tour with others and 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.