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Cairo and Abu Simbel Tour

Outlined Itinerary

10 elegant nights in Egypt allowing you to see the sights of Cairo and Giza, the ancient capital and modern metropolis called Alexandria, Aswan AND Abu Simbel, and ancient Thebes, nowadays known as Luxor.

This package includes: 5 nights in Cairo, 3 nights in Aswan, 2 nights in Luxor, all transfers, sightseeing in our private air-conditioned vehicles, and your own experienced guides.

Day by Day:

  • Day 1: Arrive Cairo
  • Day 2: Cairo
  • Day 3: Cairo
  • Day 4: Cairo/Alexandria/Cairo
  • Day 5: Cairo/Aswan
  • Day 6: Aswan
  • Day 7: Aswan/Abu Simbel/Aswan
  • Day 8: Aswan/Luxor
  • Day 9: Luxor
  • Day 10: Luxor/Cairo
  • Day 11: Final Departure

Photos of the Tour

Inclusions

  • 5 nights at a 4* or 5* standard hotel in Cairo based on bed and breakfast
  • 3 nights at a 4* or 5* standard Nubian house in Aswan based on bed and breakfast
  • 2 nights at a 4* or 5* standard hotel in Luxor based on bed and breakfast
  • All transfers and luggage handling within Egypt
  • All transportation by air-conditioned vehicles
  • All sightseeing with licensed guides
  • All entrance fees as mentioned in the program
  • All hotel taxes and service charges
  • Domestic flight tickets: Cairo to Aswan & Luxor to Cairo
  • Meals: Breakfast x 10

Exclusions

  • Airport taxes
  • Entry visa upon arrival
  • Tips & personal items
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From

1245

Per person

  • Trip Duration :

    10 nights/11 days

  • Trip runs :

    Every Day

  • Pick-up Location :

    Cairo

  • Return To :

    Cairo

Detailed Itinerary

  1. Day 1: Arrive Cairo

    Ahlan wasahlan bekom fi Masr: Arde El Farahnah (Welcome to Egypt: the Land of the Pharaohs). Once you have arrived at the Arrivals Hall, after your short bus trip from your aeroplane, you will be welcomed by our Oriental Tours representative, who will be standing inside the doors holding a board showing your name. He will then help you purchase your visa (if applicable), get your currency exchanged to Egyptian Pounds (known as LE, which is short for Livre Égyptienne), and then take you through Passport Control. From here he will assist you with collecting your luggage, before escorting you to our waiting, air-conditioned, vehicle outside. You will then be taken to your hotel, with our representative explaining details of your package to you, en route, as well as answering any questions you may have. Upon arrival at your hotel he will assist you with check in, continue answering any questions from you.

    The rest of the day is free time for you, allowing you to relax and freshen-up after your flight, but should you wish an optional extra, such as a trip to the Giza Pyramids Sound and Light show or a River Nile dinner cruise, please feel free to ask our representative to arrange this for you.

    Overnight in your hotel in Cairo (X)

  2. Day 2: Cairo

    Once you have had your breakfast your guide will meet you and take you on a full day tour of Cairo. First of all you will be taken to Giza to see the world famous pyramids and sphinx. You will gaze in awe at the magnificent Great Pyramid of Khufu (Cheops): the last of the ancient Seven Wonders of the World, the pyramids of Khafre (Chephren), and Menkaure (Mycerinos), and then gaze in delight at the spectacle of the supreme Sphinx.

    From here you will be taken to the town of Mit Rahina, once known as Memphis and the capital of ancient Egypt, stopping for lunch (optional) on the way. The museum here houses many large artefacts, all situated in a wonderful garden, as well as the Colossi of Ramses II inside the museum building.

    Next, a short drive to Sakkara, site of the world’s first ever pyramid: Djoser’s Step Pyramid, designed by the famous Imhotep: a genius of a man who was also one of the first ever medical practitioners and NOT the evil Mummy as Hollywood likes to portray.

    At the end of this interesting day you will be driven back to your Cairo hotel. (B)

    Optional extras:
    During the tour:
    Entrance to the Great Pyramid of Khufu
    Entrance to the Pyramid of Khafre or Menkaure (only one is open at any given time)
    The Solar Boat Museum

    In the evening:
    Giza Pyramids Sound and Light Show
    River Nile dinner cruise
    River Nile felucca trip
    Cairo Tower dinner and city views

  3. Day 3: Cairo

    Once you have had your breakfast your guide will meet you and take you on a full day tour of Cairo. First of all you will be taken to the Egyptian Museum (or as it is officially known: The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities!). Marvel at the thousands of artefacts from Egypt’s almost eternal history, 160,000 items spread out over 107 rooms, and then be prepared for your face to face encounter with the golden Death Mask of Tutankhamun.

    A quick break for lunch (optional) and you will then be taken to the Citadel of Saladin, built on Cairo’s highest point: Mokattam Hill. Saladin erected the Citadel to protect Cairo, from the crusaders, between 1176 and 1183 CE and nowadays it houses 3 mosques (the Mosque of Muhammad Ali, the Al-Nasir Muhammad Qala'un Mosque, and the Mosque of Suleyman Pasha), 4 museums (Al-Gawhara Palace Museum, the Carriage Museum, the Egyptian Military Museum, and the Egyptian Police Museum), fortifications, walkways and a cafeteria.

    Finally you will be taken to the Khan El Khalili, the famous street bazaar where you can buy almost any type of souvenir you want, as well as being able to sit and drink tea, coffee, soft drinks or Turkish coffee, and even smoke a shisha (if you wish). You will also find restaurants that serve superb meals here. 

    At the end of this interesting day you will be driven back to your Cairo hotel. (B)

    Optional extras:
    During the tour:
    Entrance to the Royal Mummies Room

    In the evening:
    Giza Pyramids Sound and Light Show
    River Nile dinner cruise
    River Nile felucca trip
    Cairo Tower dinner and city views

  4. Day 4: Cairo/Alexandria/Cairo

    Once you have had your breakfast your guide will meet you and escort you to your air-conditioned vehicle for your day long trip to Alexandria. Upon arrival you will have the opportunity to visit any four of the following sites:

    The Alexandria National Museum
    The Bibliotheca Alexandrina
    Citadel of Qaitbay
    Montazah Gardens
    Pompey’s Pillar and Serapeum
    The Roman Amphitheatre
    The Royal Jewellery Museum
    The Catacombs of Kom El Shoqafa
    The Greco-Roman Museum (when it reopens in 2015)

    Please note that your guide will advise you of the best order in which to make these visits as well as if you may have to change one due to time constraints and/or travelling distances within Alexandria

    You will stop for lunch (optional) when the opportunity arises, but sometime around 1200/1300. Once the tour is over you will be driven back to your Cairo hotel. (B)

  5. Day 5: Cairo/Aswan

    Once you have had your breakfast our representative will meet you and transfer you to Cairo International Airport for your flight to Aswan. Upon arrival our representative there will meet you and escort you, in our air-conditioned vehicle, to a Nubian house, on Aswan’s west bank, your Nubian abode for the duration of your stay in Egypt’s most southern city. Here you will be welcomed with Nubian Zafa and a traditional Nubian welcome drink. You can now either relax and enjoy the fabulous Nile nature on the terrace or: enjoy a tour around the Nubian Village; visit traditional Nubian houses and drink traditional Nubian tea; get really close up to some Nile crocodiles (don’t worry, they have been tamed); go shopping in the bazaar; or even, at an extra cost, go for a camel ride; take a sand bath; have a Nubian massage; or relax with some mud mask activities. Overnight at the Nubian house. (B)

  6. Day 6: Aswan

    Once you have had your breakfast your guide will meet you and escort you to our air-conditioned vehicle for your day-long tour of Aswan. You will get to visit the Aswan High Dam, which created the world’s largest fresh-water lake, Lake Nasser, once it was completed. You will then be taken on a short motorboat trip to Agilkia Island, home of the Temples of Philae since their previous location was flooded due to the creation of Lake Nasser. The motorboat trip, back from the island, signifies the end of this exciting day and you will then be driven back to the Nubian house. You can now either relax and enjoy the fabulous Nile nature on the terrace or: enjoy a tour around the Nubian Village; visit traditional Nubian houses and drink traditional Nubian tea; get really close up to some Nile crocodiles (don’t worry, they have been tamed); go shopping in the bazaar; or even, at an extra cost, go for a camel ride; take a sand bath; have a Nubian massage; or relax with some mud mask activities. Overnight at the Nubian house.  (B)

  7. Day 7: Aswan/Abu Simbel/Aswan

    Once you have had your breakfast your guide will meet you and escort you, in our air-conditioned vehicle, to the site of Abu Simbel. Situated approximately 285 kilometres south of Aswan, including crossing the Tropic of Cancer, these two world famous temples are absolutely amazing. Built by Ramses II in honour of himself (the ultimate egotist?) and his favourite wife, Nefertari, these rock cut temples were moved, in 1968, to escape the encroaching waters of the newly formed Lake Nasser. After your visit here you will be driven back to Aswan (the whole trip will take around 8-9 hours) and to your hotel. The remainder of the day will be free to do as you wish: relax, or take one of our optional extras. Overnight at the Nubian house.  (B)

    Optional extras:
    Philae Temples Sound and Light Show
    Nubian Museum
    Tombs of the Nobles (West Bank)
    Aga Khan Mausoleum (external view only)
    Elephantine Island
    Kitchener’s Island (Botanical Gardens)
    Felucca trip

  8. Day 8: Aswan/Luxor

    Once you have had your breakfast your guide will meet you and then escort you on your drive, in our air-conditioned vehicle, to Luxor. Upon arrival you will be assisted with your luggage, as well as check-in, and then be taken on a tour of Luxor’s famous two temples: Karnak (the world’s largest religious site) and Luxor. Marvel at the immense columns in Karnak Temple’s Hypostyle Hall, as well as getting to see various obelisks, statues, more columns, and various artefacts that were primarily dedicated to the god Amun, his wife Mut, and their son Khonsu. Next you will visit the smaller, in size but not in spectacle, Luxor Temple. Mainly added to by Ramses II it is now missing one of its obelisks, which can be seen in the Place de la Concorde in Paris: swapped for a clock (in the Mohammed Ali Mosque at Saladin’s Citadel) which has never worked. This temple also boasts many columns, statues and various artefacts.

    Once this tour is complete you will be driven back to your Luxor hotel, though you may wish to take one of our optional extras. (B)

    Optional extras:
    Karnak Temple Sound and Light Show
    Luxor Museum
    Mummification Museum
    Felucca trip including visit to Banana Island
    Hot Air balloon trip (Early morning only)

  9. Day 9: Luxor

    Once you have had your breakfast your guide will meet you and take you, in our air-conditioned vehicle, on a tour of Luxor’s West Bank; the ancient Theban necropolis. Here you will get to visit the Valley of the Kings, where you can explore 3 tombs (the Tomb of Tutankhamen is an extra cost); the magnificent Temple of Hatshepsut at Deir El Bahri; the workers village at Deir El Medina; and finally, the remains of the Mortuary Temple of Amenhotep III: the Colossi of Memnon.

    After this you will be driven back to your hotel, where you have the option to either relax for the rest of the day, or take one of our optional extras. (B)

    Optional extras:
    Karnak Temple Sound and Light Show
    Luxor Museum
    Mummification Museum
    Felucca trip including visit to Banana Island
    Second West Bank tour. This includes the chance for you to see any 3 sites from this list: Medinet Habu; Deir El Medina; Ramesseum; Tombs of the Nobles; Mortuary Temple of Seti I; Valley of the Queens.
    Hot Air balloon trip (Early morning only)

  10. Day 10: Luxor/Cairo

    Once you have had your breakfast our representative will meet you and transfer you to Luxor International Airport, in our air-conditioned vehicle. Here you will get your flight back to Cairo, where our representative will meet you, help you with your luggage, and transfer you to your Cairo hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to relax, explore, or take one of our optional extras.

    Alternatively you could delay your flight back to Cairo and opt for our optional extras in Luxor before you leave. (B)

    Optional extras:
    Cairo:
    Giza Pyramids Sound and Light Show
    River Nile dinner cruise
    Cairo Tower visit and dinner
    Pharaonic Village
    Dinner show including belly dancers and/or whirling dervishes
    Felucca trip

    Luxor:
    Luxor Museum
    Mummification Museum
    Felucca trip including visit to Banana Island
    Second West Bank tour. This includes the chance for you to see any 3 sites from this list: Medinet Habu; Deir El Medina; Ramesseum; Tombs of the Nobles; Mortuary Temple of Seti I; Valley of the Queens.
    Abydos & Dendera

  11. Day 11: Final Departure

    After breakfast our representative will arrive at your hotel to transfer you to Cairo International Airport for your departure flight, or to take you to any pre-arranged optional extra visits to fill in your time before transferring you to the airport, including that last-minute visit to the Khan El Khalili to buy those forgotten souvenirs and/or presents, and spend the last of your Egyptian Pounds. Bon voyage, and thank you for travelling with Oriental Tours Egypt. (B)

Price per person

Plan A (5* hotels)

All Year Xmas & New Year
(23 Dec - 07 Jan)
Easter
(28 Mar - 10 Apr)
Single € 1580.00 € 1730.00 € 1730.00
Double € 1340.00 € 1490.00 € 1490.00

Plan B (4* hotels)

All Year Xmas & New Year
(23 Dec - 07 Jan)
Easter
(28 Mar - 10 Apr)
Single € 1420.00 € 1520.00 € 1520.00
Double € 1245.00 € 1345.00 € 1345.00
PLEASE NOTE: Prices are based on 2 people sharing a double/twin room or cabin ... Xmas and New Year Gala Dinners are compulsory and will be charged at the hotel and/or the cruise company’s set rate ... Prices available on application.

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