Grand Tour of Egypt

Cairo Alexandria Baharya Oasis Sharm El Sheikh St. Catherine Nile Cruise and Abu Simbel

Starts any day in Cairo
with 4 night cruise starting on Saturdays, Mondays or Tuesdays. Order of sightseeing  can be modified

15 Days 14 Nights valid until 30 Oct 2017
5% discount on bookings made before 28 Feb 2017

# 7
Egypt tour Luxor
Day 01: Cairo - Arrival
Arrival at Cairo International Airport, Meet and greeted by our representative who will assist groups through immigration and customs formalities. Transfer to Hotel & check-in.  Overnight in Cairo.

Day 02: Cairo - Pyramids of Giza - Sphinx - Sakkara - Memphis
Breakfast. Excursion tour to visit, one of the Seven Wonders of the World: the Pyramids of Giza (Cheops, Chephren and Mycerinus), Cheops is the most colossal ever built. Next is a close-up look at the Sphinx - a huge funeral complex guarded by the legendary lion body with the face of king Chephren. Then visit the Step pyramid in Sakkara. Sakkara is one of the most extensive archaeological sites in Egypt! It was the cemetery for Memphis, the capital of Ancient Egypt, yet it is still one of the virgin archaeological sites, despite the fact that so much has already been found here! The site is dominated by the Step Pyramid of King Zoser, which goes back to 2700 BC. It is one of the oldest stone structures in the world!). Then visit the cemetery for Memphis (Founded in the 1st Dynasty (3100 B.C) by King Narmar, Memphis was the capital of Ancient Egypt, and the first capital city founded after the unification of Upper and Lower Egypt. It remained as the capital of Ancient Egypt throughout the Old Kingdom. Because of the many necropolises associated with Memphis, many Egyptologists believe that it was once an extremely large city, though no archaeological evidence proves this, at present!). Overnight in Cairo.

Day 03: Cairo - Christian Old Cairo, Church of St. Mary and St Sergius, Coptic Museum, Pharaonic Village 
Breakfast. Excursion tour to visit The Christian Old Cairo, where the Romans constructed the fortress of Babylon. Built over the ruins of the two towers of this fortress is the Church of St. Mary or El-Moallaqah (meaning overhanging or suspended) which is why the most popular name for this church is the hanging Church. Visit the Church of St. Sergius, founded at the end of the 4th century; it stands on a crypt that is said to have sheltered the Holy Family during their flight to Egypt. Your tour ends with a visit to the Coptic Museum, containing the world's richest collection of Coptic art and treasures. Then experience ancient Egypt like never before at The Pharaonic Village in Cairo. A great family-friendly activity during your Egyptian vacation, the Pharaonic Village is a living museum of ancient Egyptian life.
Sail along canals as you pass by recreated scenes of life in ancient Egypt, all painstakingly produced with the utmost detail and authenticity. The one-hour guided cruise will introduce you to the history and lifestyle of Egypt in the time of pharaohs. Pass by scenes of everyday life, along with recreations of famous events such as the discovery of baby Moses floating on the Nile. A popular attraction at The Pharaonic Village is the replica of King Tutankhamen's tomb as it was when discovered by Howard Carter in 1922. With the original tomb in the Valley of Kings long emptied of its treasures, this is a great chance to see the amazing sight if Egypt's only untouched pharaoh's tomb. 
You can also learn about the ancient technique of mummification at a demonstration of the process. There is also an Islamic and Christian Museum dedicated to the two main religions of Egypt, as well as a newly opened exhibit detailing the history of Alexandria. Overnight in Cairo.

Day 04: Cairo / Alexandria (Roman Theatre, Pompay's Pillar, Catacomb, library) / Cairo
Early Morning drive to Alexandria by an air-conditioned coach to and from Alexandria (approx. 3 hours each way). Arrival Alexandria, start your Trip by visiting the Roman Theatre (A theatre with marble seats up to 800 spectators, Galleries, Section of mosaic flooring & a pleasure garden surrounded by Roman Villas & baths). Then visit Pompay's Pillar, Followed by visit to the Catacomb of Kom El-Shoqafa (Tombs on three levels, also contains The Triclinium where relatives used to sit on stone benches to feast the dead, a center with relieves of bearded serpents. Inside, there are 2nd Century AD statues of Sobek & Anubis wearing Roman Armor).Followed by Visiting Library of Alexandria (build in the same spot the historical one was existing the library contains a beautiful museum with very special pieces from the ancient and modern history of Egypt). From out side you will Visit Qaytbay Citadel & El Mursi Abu El Abbas Mosque. After finish drive back to your hotel in Cairo. Overnight in Cairo.

Day 05: Cairo - Egyptian Museum , Saladin Citadel, Alabaster , El-Azhar , Al Hussein Mosque, Kan El Khalili Bazaars  
Excursion tour to visit, The Egyptian Museum of antiquities. On display is a rare collection of 5000 years of art the largest most precious collection of Egyptian art in the world. Over 250,000 genuine artefacts are presented, including an exhibit dedicated to the Tutankhamen collection of treasures, gold, and jewellery, as it was enclosed in his tomb for over 3,500 years before it was discovered in the 1920s when his tomb was excavated. Then visit Saladin Citadel that was built by Saladin in the 12th Century and was the seat of power for the following 700 years. On the premises is the Alabaster Mosque of Mohammed Ali, one of the landmarks in Cairo whose minaret can be seen from any part of the city. The Mohammed Ali mosque was built in Turkish style, very similar to the Blue Mosque in Turkey. Then visit El-Azhar Mosque, Al Hussein Mosque and Khan El Khalili Bazaars (One of the earliest and greatest markets in the Middle East).  Overnight in Cairo.

Day 06: Cairo / Bahariya Oasis 
Morning after breakfast departure from Cairo to Bahariya Oasis (Located 365 Km west of Giza and 200 Km north of Farafra Oasis). Arrival in Bahariya. After Lunch at the afternoon, a local visiting tour: Temple of Ain El Muftella, a roman water spring, Tomb of Bannantiu. Dinner & Overnight Camping or Hotel.

Day 07: Bahariya Oasis / Cairo / Sharm El Sheikh (by air)
Breakfast. Departure by jeep 4X4 to visit of the Black desert and the dune area, Temple of Alexander the Great & Museum of Bahariya, where the Golden Mummies are exposed. Return back to Cairo to take the flight to Sharm El Sheikh. Arrival, meet & assist by our representative and transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Sharm El Sheikh.

Day 08: Sharm El Sheikh
Breakfast. Enjoy the Marvellous sandy & Sunny beach. Day at leisure in Sharm El Sheikh with possibility to make Excursions on Red Sea on Option such as swimming, scuba diving, wind surfing or snorkeling.(optional) Overnight in Sharm El Sheikh.

Day 09: Sharm El Sheikh / St. Catherine / Sharm - Luxor (by flight)
Early morning transfer to St.Catheine city takes about 3 hours driving. Start Visiting St Catherine's Monastery, the most important religious site in Sinai. Situated at the base of the mountain where Moses received the Ten Commandments, St Catherine's Monastery is one of the most famous in the world. Built between 527 and 565 AD, it is believed to be built around Moses' Burning Bush. The Monastery is named after St Catherine who was tortured and beheaded for her Christian beliefs. During your visit you will see chapel Greek Orthodox Church, the icons of worship and the famous Mosaic of Transfiguration. Then transfer back to Sharm El Sheikh to take the flight to Luxor. Arrival, meet & assist by our representative and transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Luxor.

Day 10: Luxor (Saturday/Monday or Thursday) - Karnak Temple, board Nile cruise, Sound and light show at Karnak Temple 
Breakfast & Check out from the Hotel. Excursion tour to visit Karnak Temple, which is a serious of temples, built in different reigns. Starting by the Avenue of Sphinxes visit the Unfinished Propylon, the Hypostyle Hall with it's 134 gigantic columns, the Obelisks of Queen Hatshepsute and Tutomosis III, the temple of Amon adorned with lotus and papyrus designs, the Granite Scarbeus of Amenophis III and the Sacred Lake. 
Transfer to 5***** Nile Cruise & Check in before having the lunch on board.
Transfer to Sound & Light Show at Karnak Temple (The Karnak Sound and Light Show highlights the dramatic history of ancient Thebes. The show narrates the achievements of some great Pharaohs, with poetic descriptions of the ancient treasures. As visitors walk through the complex, the pharaohs arise to tell the story of their interesting lives, as haunting music mysteriously flows through this ancient city. Ancient and poetic voices tell the visitors about the birth of Karnak temple and the heroic achievements of the pharaohs and the god Amun. It is an enchanting and supernatural experience to listen to sound effects and gaze at the magnificent ruins illuminated during the well-presented show). Dinner on board & Belly Dance show in Luxor. 

Day 11: Cruise - Luxor / Esna - Valley of the Kings - Colossi of Memnon - Temple of Queen Hatshepsute - Edfu
Breakfast. Visit the West Bank including: Valley of the Kings (Is a valley in Egypt where 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 through Twentieth Dynasties of Ancient Egypt). The valley stands on the west bank of the Nile, across from Thebes (modern Luxor), within the heart of the Theban Necropolis.), Colossi of Memnon (The two colossi are made of sandstone, which during ancient times was brought from Gabal El Silselah. Each colossus, including the pedestal and the crown, is about 21m tall and represents King Amenhotep III seating on his throne, wearing the Memes, or royal headdress, with the divine cobra protecting his forehead. On the sides of the colossi there is a representation of the Nile god Hapi, bending together the lotus and the papyrus plants, symbolizing the union of Upper and Lower Egypt) and Temple of Queen Hatshepsute (Hatshepsute was the fifth Pharaoh of the18th-dynasty who was one of the handful of female rulers in Ancient Egypt. Her reign was the longest of all the female pharaohs. Her funerary temple still stands as a tribute to her incredible rise to power). Lunch on board. Sail to Esna. Afternoon Tea. Disco Party. Dinner & Overnight in Edfu.

Day 12: Cruise - Edfu - Kom Ombo - Edfu Temple - Kom Ombo Temple - Aswan
Breakfast. Visit the Edfu Temple (Lies in Edfu town, 123 km north of Aswan on the west bank of the Nile. It dates to the Ptolemaic period. It was dedicated to the worship of god Hours represented as a falcon. It is one of the most beautiful Egyptian temples, distinguished by its huge splendid structure that blends Pharaonic and Greek architecture. Its grandeur competes with Luxor temples. It is the second largest temple after Karnak. It also houses the Nilometer and a huge pylon at the entrance). Sail to Kom Ombo. Lunch on board. Visit the Kom-Ombo Temple (Located in Kom Ombo town, 45 km north of Aswan. It is built on a hillside overlooking the Nile. This temple was constructed in the Ptolemaic Roman era for the worship of god Haroeris and Sobek, the crocodile god. It is noted for relief engravings on its walls which show ancient surgical tools, bone saws and dentistry tools. Nearby there are three mummified crocodiles. They are now in Hathor's chapel). Sail to Aswan. Afternoon Tea. Dinner on board & Galabya party. Dinner & Overnight on board.

Day 13: Cruise  - Aswan - Philae Temple -  High Dam - Unfinished Obelisque
Breakfast. Excursion tour to visit, Philae Temple (The Temple of Isis is one of the greatest Temples in Egypt and it occupies about a quarter of the island. It is the main Temple on the island, with its huge, complete, pylons and beautiful scenes), High Dam (One of the most outstanding architectural achievements of the twentieth century. It was constructed to replace the old Aswan dam built in 1902. The High dam was constructed to protect Egypt from the floods as well as providing irrigation and electricity all over Egypt. It is 3600 meters long. Visitors can easily locate lake Nasser which is a huge water reservoir) and Unfinished Obelisque (The beautiful red granites that were used in building the temples and monuments in the ancient days were brought from the quarries of Aswan. Now while you are on a trip to the Unfinished Obelisk you can see innumerable inscriptions in the area around the quarries. These are probably the descriptions of the various quarrying projects that were undertaken in the past days). Dinner & Overnight in Aswan.

Day 14: Cruise disembarkation - Aswan / Abu Simbel -Aswan - Cairo 
Flight Aswan - Abu Simbel (not included) Early morning visit the colossal Temple of Abu Simbel built by Ramses II (XIXth Dynasty) and lately saved from inundation of the Nile waters in among the glories of ancient Egyptian monuments. The temples were built out of a sandstone rock cliff, and representation of the deities to which each was dedicated is carved on its huge façade. Nearby, also saved, lies the small Temple of the King's wife Nefertari, dedicated to the goddess Hathor. Transfer to Aswan Airport to take the flight to Cairo. (flight is via Aswan: Abu Simbel - Aswan - Cairo - not included) Arrival, meet & assist by our representative and transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Cairo.

Day 15: Cairo 
Breakfast. Transfer back to Cairo International Airport for departure.

Tour & Cruise Package Includes:

  • 6 nights accommodation at your choice of hotels in Cairo with buffet breakfast.
  • 4 nights aboard the 5 stars deluxe Nile Cruise from Luxor to Aswan with full
    board and all shore excursions.
  • 1 night accommodation at Camping or Hotel in Bhariya Oasis on full board basis
  • 2 nights accommodation at selected Hotel in Sharm El Sheikh with breakfast
  • 1 night accommodation at selected Hotel in Luxor with breakfast
  • All transfers with porterage
  • Tours and excursions by deluxe bus, meet and assist services at all your destinations
  • Multilingual expert Egyptologist English speaking guide (also in St. Catharine)
  • All entrance fees and hotel taxes

Rates Exclude:
 
*Domestic Air (Cairo - Sharm/ Sharm -Luxor / Aswan - Abu Simbel - Aswan / Aswan - Cairo) - see additional cost below    the price table 
* Entry Visa at Cairo airport (18 US$) per person
* any optional Tours.
* Tipping ,Gratuities and personal Items

Price: in US$ - Price and single supplement based on minimum 2 passengers traveling together
Rates valid Jan  - 30 Oct 2017
Deduct 5% on bookings made before 28 Feb 2017
 
Price in US$ per person based on double room/cabin accommodation 3 star hotels
5* standard Nile cruise
4 star hotels
5* standard Nile cruise
5star standard hotels
5* Deluxe Nile cruise
5 star deluxe hotels
5* Super Deluxe Nile cruise
Based on 2-5 passengers
traveling together *
1398 1510 1587 1845
Single supplement 306 353 430 671
Reduction for 3rd person 26 26 26 26
Discount apply for 6 or more passengers traveling together (rate on request for only one person)

During Christmas and New Years 10% surcharge apply!  
New Years compulsory Gala dinner at 4 * hotels: US$ 75 per person / 5* hotels: US$ 113 (no compulsory dinner at 3* hotels)


Infant 0-2 Years: free (sharing with 2 adults) 
Child 3-12 Years: 50% discount

Cruise Ship names:

Monday Sailings from Luxor:
5*Standard: M/s Ra I., M/S Nile Jewel or similar
5*Deluxe: M/S Orchestra, M/S Royal Regency, M/S Tulip or similar
5* Super deluxe: M/S Prestige Emilio, M/S Royal Ruby , M/S Nile Story, M/S Hapi 5

Saturday Sailings from Luxor:
5* Standard: M/S Emerald, M/S Citadel, M/S Aton or similar
5* Deluxe: M/S King of the Nile, M/S Carnival, M/S Tamr Henna, M/S Nile Bride or similar
5* Super deluxe: M/S Princess Sarah, M/S Monaco, M/S Mohito or similar

Thursday Sailings from Luxor:
5*Standard: M/S Crocodile, M/S Sarya , M/S Jasmin , M/S Anni or similar
5*Deluxe: M/S Kira, M/S Mirage, M/S Nile Style , M/S Norma or similar
5*Super Deluxe : M/S Monte Carlo, M/S Semiramis or similar

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Hotel names (or similar):

3* category:

In Cairo
Pharaohs Hotel
In Sharm El Sheikh:
Falcon Hills Hotel or Falcon Inn Viva Hotel or Khramana Hotel or Halomy Hotel
In Bahariya Oasis:
Camping At the Desert under the Stars Or small Hotel Camp 
In Luxor:
New Emilio Hotel or Philip Hotel or Tutotel Partner Hotel or Queens Valley Hotel 
In Aswan: Cleopatra Hotel or Similar

4* category:
In Cairo:
Oasis Hotel or Zoser Hotel or Similar
In Sharm El Sheikh:
Three Corners Palmyra Sharm or Tropicana Garden Palms Or Tropicana Grand Oasis or Cataract Resort
In Bahariya Oasis:
Camping At the Desert under the Stars Or small Hotel Camp 
In Luxor:
Mercure Luxor Hotel or Pyramisa Isis Luxor City View or similar
In Aswan:  Isis Corniche Hotel or Similar
 
5* standard category:
In Cairo:
Pyramids Park Hotel or Grand Pyramids Hotel or Amarante Pyramids Hotel or Safir Hotel 
In Sharm El Sheikh:
Hauza Beach Resort or Horizon Sharm Resort or Three corners Kiroseiz or Pyramisa Resort
In Bahariya Oasis:
Camping At the Desert under the Stars Or small Hotel Camp 
In Luxor:
Pyramisa Isis Luxor Hotel or Similar
In Aswan: Pyramisa Isis Aswan Hotel or Similar

5* deluxe category:
In Cairo:
Le Meridien Pyramids Hotel or Pyramisa Cairo Hotel or Mena House or Ramsis Hilton
In Sharm El Sheikh:
Sofitel Sharm or Sonesta Beach or Savoy Sharm or Sheraton Sharm
In Bahariya Oasis:
Camping At the Desert under the Stars Or small Hotel Camp 
In Luxor:
Sofitel le Karnak or Sheraton Luxor
In Aswan: Pyramisa Isis Aswan Hotel or Similar 

Extras (excursions / flights and train)  - prices valid 30 April 2017

OPTIONAL ABU SIMBEL EXCURSION FROM ASWAN or Cairo:

Abu Simbel excursion from Aswan by flight EGYPT AIR excluding entrée fees & including all transfers in Aswan & Abu Simbel + Flight + Guide: Per Person:  280.00 US$ per person
 
 Abu Simbel excursion from Aswan by flight CHARTER excluding entrée fees & including all transfers in Aswan & Abu Simbel + Flight + Guide: Per Person: 219.00 US$. (Upon Availability).
 
Abu Simbel excursion from Aswan by PRIVATE BUS including entrée fees + all transfers in Aswan & Abu Simbel + Deluxe A/C Bus + Guide: Per Person: 150.00 USD$ Per adult.
 
Abu Simbel excursion from Aswan by COLLECTIVE BUS excluding entrée fees & including all transfers in Aswan & Abu Simbel + Guide at the Temples of Abu Simple: Per Person: 38.00 USD$ Per adult. (We do not recommend the Collective Bus).

 

Domestic Air Cost:
Cairo /Sharm : US$ 136 per person
Sharm/ Luxor - US$ 136 per person
Aswan/Abu Simbel/Aswan (Egypt air)- US$ 265
Cairo/Abu Simbel/Cairo - US$ 412 per person
Cairo/Aswan - US$ 177  per person
Cairo/Luxor - US$ 177 per person


SLEEPER TRAIN PRICES:
Double cabin one way Cairo/Aswan or Aswan/Cairo: US$ 124 per person (based on two people in the same cabin) with dinner/breakfast 
Child (3-11Years old) US$ 106  with dinner and breakfast
Single supplement for 1 person occupying a double cabin:  US$ 30

 

Double cabin one way Cairo/Luxor or Luxor to Cairo: US$ 124 per person (based on two people in the same cabin) with dinner/breakfast 
Child (3-11Years old) US$ 106 with dinner and breakfast
Single supplement for 1 person occupying a double cabin:  USA$ 30 with dinner and breakfast

There are no triple cabins for 3 people or more

 

 

 

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