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Exclusive Egypt

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With Exclusive Egypt you get to experience Cairo, a sleeper train, Luxor, the River Nile, one of our dahabiyas, Aswan, AND Abu Simbel! 12 days exploring pyramids, tombs, temples, trains, dahabiyas, and anything else your heart desires. Also, with a dahabiya cruise you also get to visit sites that are missed by regular Nile cruise boats.

This package includes: 3 nights in Cairo, 1 night on a sleeper train, 1 night in Luxor, 5 nights on a dahabiya, 1 night at Abu Simbel, 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/Sleeper Train
  • Day 4: Luxor
  • Day 5: Luxor/Dahabiya Embarkation
  • Day 6: Nile Cruise: Esna/Edfu
  • Day 7: Nile Cruise: Edfu/Gebel El Silsila
  • Day 8: Nile Cruise: Gebel El Silsila/Kom Ombo
  • Day 9: Nile Cruise: Kom Ombo/Aswan
  • Day 10: Nile Cruise: Disembarkation/Abu Simbel
  • Day 11: Abu Simbel/Cairo
  • Day 12: Final Departure
     

Photos of the Tour

  • Giza Pyramid Complex

Inclusions

  • 3 nights at a 4* or 5* standard hotel in Cairo based on bed and breakfast
  • 1 night on a sleeper train based on half board
  • 1 night at a 4* or 5* standard hotel in Luxor based on bed and breakfast
  • 5 nights on a dahabiya Nile cruise based on full board
  • 1 night at a 4* standard hotel in Abu Simbel 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
  • Bottled water, tea and coffee on the dahabiya
  • Domestic flight tickets: Abu Simbel to Cairo
  • Meals: Breakfast x 11, Lunch x 4, Dinner x 6

Exclusions

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

1650

Per person

  • Trip Duration :

    11 nights/12 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 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/Sleeper Train

    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, in our air-conditioned vehicle, to Ramses Station where you will board the night sleeper train to Luxor, a journey that takes about 10 hours and covers, approximately, 721 kilometres. (B, D)

    Optional extras:
    Entrance to the Royal Mummies Room

  4. Day 4: Luxor

    Not long after you have finished your breakfast the train will arrive at Luxor station, where our representative will meet you, help you with your luggage, and transfer you to your Luxor hotel. Your guide will then meet you and take you, in our air-conditioned vehicle, 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)

  5. Day 5: Luxor/Dahabiya Embarkation

    After breakfast you will be met by your guide, who will then take you on a trip to visit 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. You will then be driven to Luxor’s East bank where you will 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.

    After these phenomenal visits you will be driven to Esna, where you will embark one of our three dahabiyas, your floating hotel for the next 5 nights. Overnight onboard in Esna. (B, D)

  6. Day 6: Nile Cruise: Esna/Edfu

    During breakfast you will start to sail to Edfu, where you will visit the Temple of Horus, which is one of the best preserved temples in the whole country.  Dedicated to the god Horus, it was built between 237BCE and 57BCE, during the Greek (Ptolemaic) Period; it actually sits on the remains of previous temples that had been built here.

    The reliefs on the walls tell the story of Horus taking out his revenge on Seth, for the murder of his father; Osiris, and give a fantastic insight into ancient Egyptian religion. An enormous 10 foot tall  statue of Horus, the falcon god, stands at the entrance of the main temple building, and there are also a granite shrine to Nektanebo (360-342BCE) , the remains of a mamissi (birth-house), and the base of a pylon that once belonged to a Rameses II temple.

    The Temple of Horus is also the second largest temple in Egypt: Karnak being the largest!

    You will then visit the small bazaar in Edfu before heading back to the dahabiya. Overnight onboard in Edfu. (B, L, D)

  7. Day 7: Nile Cruise: Edfu/Gebel El Silsila

    During breakfast you will start to sail to Gebel El Silsila. Once believed, by the ancient Egyptians, to be where the Nile started, Gebel El Silsila is situated where the Nile narrows, as well as where the bedrock changes from limestone to sandstone.  It was a very popular quarry, during the New Kingdom and Greco-Roman Periods, with stone being removed for the building of: Dendera, Edfu, Esna, Karnak, Kom Ombo, Western Thebes, and many more historic sites.  Nowadays you can see a small Amenhotep III chapel as well as an unfinished sandstone sphinx.

    The Speos of Horemheb is directly across the river from Gebel El Silsila and is a rock-cut chapel with four pillars forming five openings. It was built by the Pharaoh Horemheb and the sanctuary commemorates him with the god Atum. Ramses II completed the Speos and later pharaohs, such as Ramses III, Ramses IV, and Shoshenq I are commemorated on a stele offering to the gods of Thebes, Heliopolis and Memphis, which can be found to the south of the Speos. It is at this fantastic location that you will have your dinner tonight, enjoying the marvellous atmosphere.

    Overnight onboard in Gebel El Silsila. (B, L, D)

  8. Day 8: Nile Cruise: Gebel El Silsila/Kom Ombo

    During breakfast you will start sailing towards Kom Ombo, where you will visit the temple. The Temple of Kom Ombo is very unusual as it is dedicated to two gods: Sobek and Haroeris (the Greek name for the Egyptian god 'Herwer', which translates into 'Great Horus' or 'Horus the Elder'). It is built symmetrically, with two entrances, two sanctuaries, and a clear division that separates the temple into one half Sobek and one half Haroeris. It is a Ptolemaic temple, built between the reigns of Ptolemy VI (Philometor) and Ptolemy XII (Neos Dionysos) with sandstone from the nearby Gebel El Silsila quarries. The forecourt and outer corridor were added during the Roman Period.

    After this amazing visit you will head back to the dahabiya for your dinner. Overnight onboard in Kom Ombo. (B, L, D)

  9. Day 9: Nile Cruise: Kom Ombo/Aswan

    While you are having your breakfast the dahabiya will set sail for Aswan where, upon arrival, your guide will escort you to our air-conditioned vehicle for your day-long tour of Egypt’s most southern city. 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 dahabiya. Overnight onboard in Aswan. (B, L, D)

  10. Day 10: Nile Cruise: Disembarkation/Abu Simbel

    After your breakfast it will be time to say farewell to the crew of the dahabiya and disembark your cruise. You will then be driven, 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 to your hotel in Abu Simbel, a small hotel which represents the traditional Nubian lifestyle; attempting to preserve its cultural history, custom, music, and nature. The remainder of the day will be free to do as you wish: relax, or take our optional extra. (B)

    Optional extra:
    Abu Simbel Sound and Light Show

  11. Day 11: Abu Simbel/Cairo

    Once you have had your breakfast our representative will meet you and transfer you to Abu Simbel Airport, in our air-conditioned vehicle, for your flight back to Cairo (via Aswan). Upon arrival in Cairo our representative will meet you, assist you with your luggage to our air-conditioned vehicle, and then transfer you to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to do as you wish, though you may want to take one of our optional extras. (B)

    Optional extras:
    Giza Pyramids Sound and Light Show
    River Nile dinner cruise
    River Nile felucca trip
    Cairo Tower dinner and city views

  12. Day 12: 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 € 0.00 € 0.00 € 0.00
Double € 0.00 € 0.00 € 0.00

Plan B (4* hotels)

All Year Xmas & New Year
(23 Dec - 07 Jan)
Easter
(28 Mar - 10 Apr)
Single € 0.00 € 0.00 € 0.00
Double € 0.00 € 0.00 € 0.00
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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