The Best of Egypt with Hurghada Cairo, Aswan, Nile, 12 Days

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from/per person $ 7,500
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Schedule

  • DAY 1

    CAIRO Get In and Get Some Rest

    • Airport Assistance & Visa Service
    • Private Airport Transfer
    • Dinner (Not Included)
  • DAY 2

    CAIRO Cross an Item off the Bucket List

    • Half Day Pyramids of Giza & the Sphinx, Entrance to Chephren Pyramid - Private Tour
    • Camel Ride by the Great Pyramids
    • Exclusive Lunch
    • Dinner at Marriott Mena House Hotel
    • Dinner (Not Included)
  • DAY 3

    CAIRO TO ASWAN The Journey Continues…

    • Private Airport Transfer
    • Air - Cairo - Aswan [1.5 hrs] - Business
    • Private Airport Transfer
    • Nubian Village Tour - Private
    • Dinner (included)
  • DAY 4

    ASWAN TO NILE A Healthy Dose of History

    • Private Port Transfer
    • Oberoi Guide - Guide (3 nights)
    • Half Day High Dam, Temple of Philae & Obelisk Tour - Private Tour
    • Dinner (included)
  • DAY 5

    NILE Sights and Insights

    • Half Day Kom Ombo Temple Tour - Private Tour
    • Half Day Edfu Horus Temple Tour - Private Tour
    • Dinner (included)
  • DAY 6

    LUXOR TO NILE See the Signature Sights in Style

    • West Bank Tour II (Nobles Tombs, Habu Temple & Deir El Madina) - Private
    • Half Day Temples of Karnak and Luxor - Private Tour
    • Dinner (Included)
  • DAY 7

    LUXOR It’s All Ancient History

    • Private Port Transfer
    • Half Day Valley of Kings & Queens with King Tut's Tomb - Private Tour
    • Dinner at 1886 Restaurant at Sofitel Old Winter Palace Hotel
  • DAY 8

    LUXOR TO HURGHADA A Change of Scenery

    • Transfer - Private - Luxor - Hurghada [4.5 hrs] - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Afternoon at Leisure
  • DAY 9

    HURGHADA Relax and Recharge

    • Optional Activities
  • DAY 10

    HURGHADA TO CAIRO On the Road Again

    • Private Airport Transfer
    • Air - Hurghada - Cairo [1 hr] - Business
    • Private Airport Transfer.
  • DAY 11

    CAIRO Marching through the Museum

    • Egyptian Museum & National Museum of Civilization with Royal Mummies Hall (6 hrs) - Private Tour
    • Exclusive Lunch
    • Cairo by Night & Khan Khalili Bazaar (with Dinner) - Private Tour
  • DAY 12

    CAIRO Bon Voyage

    • Private Airport Traansfer
    • Itinerary details
    • DAY 1

      CAIRO

      Get In and Get Some Rest

      For your added comfort, upon your arrival at the airport, an airport representative will greet you in the tunnel and escort you through customs and immigration. The representative will facilitate the included visa process for you. Continue to the baggage claim hall and passenger pick up. Here an airport representative will help you connect with your private transfer to your hotel.

      Enjoy a private airport transfer accompanied by an English-speaking representative.

      Where you’ll be staying

    • DAY 2

      CAIRO

      Cross an Item off the Bucket List

      The Great Pyramids of Giza are the most iconic image of Egyptology and an absolute must-see on any trip to Cairo. Meet with your private guide, driver, and Egyptologist, and head to Giza to discover this only surviving site of the original Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Marvel at the breathtaking scenery of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Great Pyramids of Giza juxtaposed against the famous Sphinx statue. The sheer beauty and allure of the Sphinx have mystified world travelers the likes of Alexander the Great and Napoleon Bonaparte, an imposing scene against the backdrop of the infinite desert behind it. The mysteries of the Great Pyramids have piqued the curiosity of visitors for thousands of years. Enter the Pyramid of Chephren, also known as the Pyramid of Khafre. The second tallest and second largest of the major pyramids, it sets on bedrock 33 feet higher than Khufu’s pyramid, which makes it appear to be taller.

      A camel ride is a must-do for all first-time Egypt travelers. Following your tour of this fascinating area, climb onto your dromedary and enjoy a ride in the shadow of the Great Pyramid of Giza. Cross the desert landscape guarded by some of the planet’s oldest ancient structures and take in the views of the mighty pyramids, including the Pyramid of Chepren and Mykerinus. Camel rides in the Giza complex provide for excellent photo opportunities!

      Enjoy some of the city's finest cuisine as you stop for lunch. A choice of a soft drink, tea or coffee is included.

      Dine at one of Marriott Mena House's delectable in-house restaurants this evening.

      Where you’ll be staying

    • DAY 3

      CAIRO TO ASWAN

      The Journey Continues…

      Enjoy a private airport transfer accompanied by an English-speaking representative.

      Board a flight in Cairo with direct service to Aswan. Approximate flight duration is one hour and 30 minutes.

      Please note, luggage restrictions apply to this regional flight. 1) Maximum of one checked bag, weighing up to 50 lbs (23 kg) – Economy, 70 lbs (32 kgs) - Business; Checked baggage cannot be larger than 62 linear inches (158cm). 2) Guests can also bring a piece of carry-on luggage with a maximum weight of 17 lbs (8 kg). Passengers flying in Business Class may bring two pieces of carry-on luggage.  

      Enjoy a private airport transfer accompanied by an English-speaking guide.

      Enjoy a tour of the Nubian Village in Aswan with your private vehicle, driver and guide. See a traditional Nubian Village, wander through the narrow alleys between the colorful mud-brick dwellings, and enter a typical home. Relax for a few moments, settle in to enjoy tea with a Nubian family and share the timeless Egyptian custom of friendship.

      Where you’ll be staying

    • DAY 4

      ASWAN TO NILE

      A Healthy Dose of History

      Enjoy a private port transfer accompanied by an English-speaking guide.

      Included in your cruise pricing is a private guide on board package. All touring on the cruise will be accompanied by your private guide to allow greater in-depth discussion on the fascinating sites of your Nile cruise.

      The impressive Aswan High Dam was a marvel of engineering when it was constructed. Originally conceived to Egypt’s irrigation of farmland to mitigate against drought and famine in low-water years, and flooding in high-water years. Visit the dam with your private guide and spend a half day learning about Aswan. The dam displaced over 100,000 Nubians in Sudan and Egypt alike and was part of a major relocation project for archaeological sites under the UNESCO Nubia Campaign, including the Abu Simbel temples and Philae. Other sites were eventually flooded by Lake Nasser, the world’s largest artificial lake that was created by the Aswan High Dam. Then head to Philae and the Temple of Isis on Agilikia Island. Stop at the stone quarries to see the unfinished obelisk, the largest known ancient obelisk and a very good practical demonstration of the methods used by ancient craftsmen to create impressive moments. Marks from workers’ tools are still clearly visible on the bedrock.

      Where you’ll be staying

    • DAY 5

      NILE

      Sights and Insights

      Meet with your private guide and disembark from your Nile cruise to explore on foot the Kom Ombo Temple, a unique Greco-Roman temple dedicated to two gods: Sobek, the crocodile god, and Haroeris, the sun god. The Temple in Kom Ombo dates from about 180 BC, during a period known as the Ptolemaic era, and had some additions built on to it during Roman times. It stands right on the bank of the Nile between Edfu and Aswan. The temple is unusual in that it is a double temple, with one side dedicated to the god Haroesis and the other side to Sobek. The design is almost perfectly symmetrical, with two side-by-side sanctuaries and two parallel passageways leading through the outer parts of the temple. The right side is dedicated to Sobek-Re (the crocodile god combined with the sun god Re), along with his wife (a form of Hathor) and their son Khonsu-Hor. Sobek is associated with Seth, the enemy of Horus. In the myth of Horus and Osiris, Seth and his followers changed themselves into crocodiles to escape. The ancient Egyptians believed that by honoring the fearsome crocodile as a god, they would be safe from attacks. The left side is dedicated to Haroeris, the "Good Doctor" (a form of the falcon-headed god Horus the Elder) along with his consort Ta-Sent-Nefer, the "Good Sister" (another form of Hathor).

      A horse carriage will be waiting for you and your private guide when you disembark from your Nile cruise to explore the Temple of Horus in Edfu. Dedicated to Horus, the falcon god, the temple was built from 230 to 57 BC by Ptolemy III and his successors and is considered the best-preserved cult temple in Egypt because of its later construction date. Despite its late era origins, it reflects traditional pharaonic architecture, and the Temple’s inscribed building texts provides an excellent idea of how all the temples once looked, with details about its construction. It fell into disuse as a religious monument when the Roman Empire banned all non-Christian worship within the Empire in 391. Edfu is an impressive temple, and is the second largest in Egypt after Karnak Temple.

      Where you’ll be staying

    • DAY 6

      LUXOR TO NILE

      See the Signature Sights in Style

      Today, enjoy a visit to the West Bank. This private tour includes visits to the Tombs of the Nobles, Medinet Habu Temple and Deir El Madina, the site of a very special workman’s village, whose craftsmen built and decorated the tombs of the Pharaohs in the Valley of the Kings.

      Luxor is home to one of the world’s greatest open-air museums, with the ruins of Karnak and the Temples of Luxor in easy reach along the East Bank of the city. With your private Egyptologist guide, visit the impressive UNESCO World Heritage Sites of the monuments of Karnak and Luxor, learning more about ancient Egypt’s fascinating and lengthy history. Begin with a visit to the Temples of Karnak, strolling along the Avenue of Sphinx to enter the complex. The Temples of Karnak make up the history of Thebes and consists of colossal sandstone columns transported 100 miles along the Nile river, panoramic friezes. Discover with your guide how the massive façade was constructed. Continue to Luxor Temple which was once joined to the Temples of Karnak by a 1.25-mile-long Avenue of Sphinx, a portion of which marks the entrance to the temple. The temple dates to approximately 1400 BC and is dedicated to the rejuvenation of kingship rather than the Pharaohs, cult gods or deified versions of the king in death. During the Roman era, the temple and its surroundings served as a legionary fortress and acted as the home of the Roman government in the area.

      Where you’ll be staying

    • DAY 7

      LUXOR

      It’s All Ancient History

      Enjoy a private port transfer accompanied by an English-speaking guide.

      Some of the most spectacular sites in all of Egypt can be found on the West Bank of the Nile, near Luxor. Meet with your private guide and driver to spend a half day exploring the West Bank of the Nile, home to the Valley of the Kings and the Valley of the Queens. Start with a visit to the Valley of the Kings to explore the famous Tomb of Tutankhamun along with two other interesting tombs. King Tut became Pharaoh at the tender age of nine or ten, and the discovery of his nearly intact tomb in 1922 fascinated the world. For a period of nearly 500 years from the 16th to 11th century BC, tombs were constructed for the kings and powerful nobles of the New Kingdom (the Eighteenth to the Twentieth Dynasties of Ancient Egypt). Explore the recently renovated mortuary temple of Queen Hatshepsut, the second historically confirmed female Pharaoh. She is generally regarded by Egyptologists as one of the most successful Pharaohs, reigning longer than any other woman of an indigenous Egyptian dynasty, and remembered as the first great woman in history of whom we are informed. Next head to the nearby Valley of the Queens, where the wives of Pharaohs were buried during the 18th through 20th Dynasties. End the visit to the West Bank with a visit to the Colossi of Memnon, the only remaining monuments of the mortuary temple of Amenhotep III.

      Dinner is included tonight at the Winter Palace's 1886 Restaurant. Chef Ménad Berkani inspires à la carte French creations from crayfish to risotto at this opulent Luxor restaurant. Dine by candlelight among gilded mirrors while a guitarist strums quietly. Formal dress is required for dinner: jacket and tie for men, smart attire for women.

      Where you’ll be staying

    • DAY 8

      LUXOR TO HURGHADA

      A Change of Scenery

      A private transfer from Luxor to Hurghada is provided. Approximate travel time is four hours and 30 minutes.

      This afternoon, enjoy time at leisure to explore at your own pace, or relax at your hotel.

      Where you’ll be staying

    • DAY 9

      HURGHADA

      Relax and Recharge

      Relax in the serene luxurious setting of Hurghada, where you can enjoy the breathtaking underwater scenery in the warm waters of the Red Sea. Sign up for a wide range of optional activities at your resort (not included in the tour cost and payable directly to the hotel) such as deep sea fishing, thrilling boat excursions, scuba diving, snorkeling, windsurfing, or even sea canoeing.

      Where you’ll be staying

    • DAY 10

      HURGHADA TO CAIRO

      On the Road Again

      Enjoy a private airport transfer accompanied by an English-speaking guide.

      Board a flight in Hurghada with service to Cairo. Approximate flight duration is one hour.

       

      Enjoy a private airport transfer accompanied by an English-speaking representative.

      For a unique private dinner experience board an oriental felucca boat and immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage of Cairo as you cruise down the mighty River Nile. After being transferred to the pier, board your boat for the evening and enjoy an unforgettable night on the Nile.  Your personal waiter serves you a 3-course dinner as you take in the glistening skyline of Cairo at night. The imposing hotels, bridges and the river itself provide an enchanting setting for tonight’s experience. Indulge in the delicious cuisine, enjoy the onboard entertainment and expose your senses to Cairo’s undeniable charms. After arriving back at the dock, you will be transferred back to your accommodation.

      Where you’ll be staying

    • DAY 11

      CAIRO

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      Marching through the Museum

      Delve into the historical background of Egypt on a private tour with your Egyptologist guide. You will first visit the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, also known as the Egyptian Museum, which is a veritable treasure-trove of Ancient Egypt’s artifacts, with an extensive collection of more than 120,000 items split between its exhibits and storerooms. You will also head to the National Museum of Civilization. With a view of Ain El-Seera Lake the NEMC was built on the archaeological site of El-Fustat, the first capital of Egypt. The museum showcases Egyptian civilization from prehistoric times to present day, using a multidisciplinary approach that highlights the country's history. With a mix of permanent and temporary exhibits your visit will help add to your knowledge and understanding of Egypt's ancient and modern civilizations. Today you will also explore the Royal Mummy Hall, where some of the world’s most powerful people are now resting, excavated from their tombs in the Valleys of the Kings and Queens.

      Enjoy some of the city's finest cuisine as you stop for lunch. A choice of a soft drink, tea or coffee is included.

      As the day draws to a close, Cairo’s Khan Khalili Bazaar becomes a vibrant scene: a maze of shops lined with souvenirs and antiques, restaurants and coffee shops, workshops, mosques, and food vendors. The sights and sounds intermingle in an enchanting display over wafting aromas of freshly baked bread and roasting meats. Stroll down Al Moaz Street with your private guide, and marvel at the largest concentration of medieval architectural treasures from the Islamic world. End the evening with a memorable dinner at the Egyptian restaurant Naguib Mafouz, located in the heart of the bazaar. The restaurant is one of Cairo’s top-rated dining establishments. After dinner, return to your hotel by private vehicle.

      Where you’ll be staying

    • DAY 12

      CAIRO

      Bon Voyage

      Enjoy a private airport transfer accompanied by an English-speaking representative

    • 12 days from $7,500 USD per person(double occupancy,custom designed,personal tour(price subject to change)

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