This classic tour package will enable you to explore most of Egypt’s landmarks. You will have the chance to uncover the secrets and the mysterious world of the pharaohs by explore their massive monuments in Cairo and upper Egypt including a visit to the world-famous pyramids of Giza and the riverside temple on board a Nile cruise, then fly to Sinai, the only part of the country located in Asia which represent a one sixth of Egypt’s total area, divided from the rest of Egypt by the Suez Canal and the Red Sea.
Day 1: Arrival Cairo
Upon arrival at Cairo International Airport, you will be met by our representative who will assist you through formalities. Then you will be transferred in an A/C van to your hotel. Overnight in Cairo.
Day 2: Pyramids Tour – Train to Aswan
After breakfast at hotel, you will start your Tour in Cairo visiting Pyramids of Giza, built by generations of father, son and grandson who belong to the fourth dynasty, the only survivor of the seven wonders of ancient world and the oldest tourist attraction on earth. . Continue across the plateau to panorama area where you can have a photo of the three pyramids in one straight line rising from the sands, with Cairo skyline in the background. Then move on to the Sphinx, carved from the natural bedrock at the end of the causeway. It is considered the enigmatic symbol of Egypt for thousands of years which stand proudly protecting the royal necropolis behind him and facing the east to worship god Amon at sunrise. There is also an additional visit to the Solar Boat Museum housing the remarkably well preserved funerary boat of Khufu.
Lunch will be served at a good quality local restaurant (vegetarian food available on request).
Your next stop will be at Memphis, the oldest capital of ancient Egypt founded by King Menes in around 3200 BC after he had unified the two lands of Egypt upper and Lower Egypt and remained the capital of Egypt throughout the old kingdom . Then proceed to Sakkara located on the west bank, the place of death, darkness and silence according to the thought of ancient Egyptians people as it served as the necropolis for the ancient Egyptian capital of Memphis where you will find many pyramids, tombs, and mastabas including the Step Pyramid of King Djoser that was built by Imhotep, the genius architect who was later deified. Later, you will be transferred to Giza railway station to board the sleeper train to Aswan. Dinner will be served on board and overnight inside your compartment.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3: Aswan Nile Cruise Tours
After breakfast on board the train, and then transfer to embark your Nile River Cruise before Lunch., then enjoy a day to the best landmarks in Aswan starting with the High Dam built in ten years to provide Egypt with power supply and regulate the level of Nile waters around the year so that it has had a significant effect on the economy and culture of Egypt.
Then move on to philae Temple, dedicated to goddesses Isis and Hathor. The massive temple was dismantled, removed stone by stone as part of the UNESCO Nubia Campaign project and then relocated to nearby Agilkia Island 20 m higher which was even landscaped to resemble the island of Philae.
Then visit the unfinished obelisk, located in one of the granite quarry of Aswan city which was a main source of granite in ancient Egypt. This massive obelisk was left unfinished because some cracks appeared on its surface during its construction.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 4: Kom Ombo and Edfu Temples
After having breakfast on board, you will visit Kom Ombo Temple, it is unusual dual Temple dedicated to two gods the crocodile god Sobek and the falcon headed god Haerorisas, known for its healing powers and people made pilgrimages to Kom Ombo to be healed and famed for first known representations of precise surgical tools. Some of these tools include suction caps, scalpels, bone saws, dental tools, medicine bottles, forceps, birthing chairs and forceps. Then sail to Edfu where you will visit the Temple of Edfu, the most preserved temple all over Egypt as it was built on a rise above the broad river Nile to avoid the destructive Nile floods occurred from time to time. This temple is very well preserved due to the fact that it was mostly covered in sand for a long time. People lived in here that is why the ceilings are dark (from cooking fires). However the fact that this was buried in sand makes this place super nice. Once the sand was removed the temple came back in all its glory. Lunch will be served on board. Then sail to Esna, and lunch will be served on board. Dinner and overnight on board your Nile Cruise.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 5: Luxor Nile Cruise Tours
The Cruise Ship will arrive at Luxor, and then upon arrival you will visit the West Bank of Luxor including the Valley of the Kings, the pharaohs selected this isolated and remote ravine to be their final resting place to keep their tombs out of sight and protect them against tomb robbery. There are 62 tombs. Each tomb has a number that represents the order in which it was discovered. The tombs are decorated with colorful paintings and religious scenes. You can visit 3 of them (the Tomb of Tutankhamen is an extra cost). Visit the temple of Queen Hatshepsut with its unique design – the only temple in Egypt built in terrace formation into the cliff face. The scenes within the temple recites the tale of the divine birth of a female pharaoh – the first of its kind, along with the first commercial trading expedition to the ancient land of Punt (today’s Somalia) to exchange goods and bring incense of good quality used during the religious rituals inside the temples . Then visit the two colossal statues of memnon, once They were a part of a compete temple but the rest of the temple disappeared over centuries because of Nile inundation
Then move on to the east bank to visit the impressive Karnak Temples, represents the combined achievement of many generations of ancient builders and Pharaohs. The second most visited place in Egypt after the pyramids of Giza, the second largest religious site in the world behind only Angor Wat in Cambodia. everything is on a gigantic scale that will take your breath away. Be ready to lose yourself in the forest of 134 towering papyrus shaped stone columns imitating the papyrus marsh. Each one is so huge that it takes 6 people at least with their arms stretched wide to encircle it. The gigantic temple of Karnak will make you do nothing but to stand and stare at the dizzying spectacle
Then move on to the impressive Luxor Temple whose construction started by Amenhotep III, while the entrance was built by Ramses II.
Dinner will be served on board and overnight in Luxor.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6: Fly Luxor to Sharm El Sheikh
Disembark after having breakfast on board the Nile Cruise, and then transfer to Luxor Airport for your flight to Sharm El Sheikh. Upon arrival at Sharm El Sheikh Airport, you will be transferred to the hotel for an overnight stay in Sharm El Sheikh.
N.B: Most flight from Luxor to Sharm El Sheikh is indirect flight via Cairo Airport.
Day 7: Sharm El Sheikh & Optional Excursions
Free day in Sharm El Sheikh, so you can join an optional tour to Ras Mohammed National Park, considered a nature reserve for both marine life and wild life as it is located between the rich coral reefs of the red sea and the inland desert of Sinai, enjoy a the diversity of marine life of the red sea, the crystal water and the colorful coral reefs. The area is a home to a number of rare mammal species such as Nubian ibex, dorcas gazelle and red fox. There are also some resident birds like gulls, terns, herons, and ospreys.
Overnight in Sharm El Sheikh.
Day 8: Sharm El Sheikh Optional Excursions
Free day in Sharm El Sheikh so you can join our optional tour to the Colored Canyon at Nuweiba, about 170 km north away in the desert considered one of the natural wonders of Sinai desert. It is a maze of sandstone rocks and geological formations with a wide variety of stunning colors from dark brown to red, orange and bright yellow that will leave you with memorable impression. It consists of very narrow walls, 40 meters high and a little more than a meter wide
At the end of the day tour you will be back to Sharm El Sheikh. Overnight in Sharm El Sheikh.
Day 9: Sharm El Sheikh & Optional Excursions
Free day in Sharm El Sheikh so you can join our optional tour to the Monastery of St. Catherine, located at a gorge of the foot of Mount Sinai. The monastery is one of the oldest working monasteries in the world. It has attracted a great number of tourists for centuries and boasts a treasure chest of more over 6000 manuscripts and religious documents in various languages so it is considered a UNESCO world heritage. Inside it there are also a mosque served as a rest house for the pilgrimages heading to Mecca and the burning bush. The rugged mountain and terrain provide the perfect backdrop to this sacred monastery.
The monastery was named in honor of Saint Catherine, one of the earliest Alexandria Christians legendary martyrs who was tortured on a spiked wheel and beheaded for her Christianity then her body was transported on the wings of angles and found by the monks of the monastery.
You will visit monastery and the biblical area of the Burning Bush. Then back to Sharm El Sheikh. Overnight in Sharm El Sheikh.
Day 10: Back to Cairo
After breakfast, transfer to Sharm El Sheikh Airport for flight back to Cairo. Overnight in Cairo.
Day 11: Cairo Sightseeing Tours
After breakfast, visit the Egyptian Museum at Tahrir Square in downtown Cairo. It is the perfect place where you can cast your eye over the huge collections of more than 250 thousand artifacts telling the glorious history of Egypt throughout the ages. Marvel over the treasures of the boy-king Tutankhamen and his inspiring golden mask. You can also pay a visit to mummies’ room (extra ticket on spot).
Then head to the Citadel of Saladin (Salah El Din Citadel) built in 1183 AD to protect Cairo from the potential attacks of the Crusaders’ armies. From the citadel you can enjoy a magnificent view of Cairo with the pyramids of Giza if the weather is clear. Inside the walls of the citadel you will visit the mosque of Mohamed Ali, known as the Alabaster Mosque, considered the most beautiful mosques in Egypt having many decorations, lamps and ornaments. It was designed by the Turkish architect Yousif Boushnaq that is why it is said that it is very similar to the Blue Mosque in Turkey.
The next stop will be at Old Cairo zone “Coptic Cairo”. This area is rich in both history and religious architecture. A compact area with narrow passageways and ancient churches where mosques, Greek Orthodox churches and a synagogue sit practically side by side as they illustrate some of the history of Cairo’s growth and development. Then continue to visit Khan El Khalili Bazaar founded in the 14th century. No visit to Cairo is complete without a stop at Khan El Khalil Bazaar where you can explore the local life. It is the best place to buy souvenirs, learn the Arabic numbers, and practice haggling, lots of choice of what to buy. At the bazaar, you can really enjoy the beautiful streets and architecture of old Cairo with around one thousand years’ old mosques and houses. Back to your hotel and overnight in Cairo.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Day 12: Cairo – Fly Back Home
Enjoy time of leisure in Cairo before being transferred to Cairo international Airport for your onward flight.
• Meet and greet service by our representatives at airports
• Assistance of our guest relations during your stay
• All transfers by a private air-conditioned vehicle
• Domestic flights (Luxor/ Sharm – Sharm / Cairo)
• Accommodation for 3 nights in Cairo including bed and breakfast
• Accommodation for 3 nights on a 5 star superior cruise on full board
• Accommodation for 1 night on sleeper train on half board basis
• Accommodation for 4 nights in Sharm El Sheikh including bed & breakfast
• All sightseeing tours in Cairo (Private Guided Tours)
• All sightseeing tours on the cruise sharing another group
• Entrance fees to all sites as indicated on the itinerary
• Bottled water during your tour
• Meals at hotels, Nile Cruise and during tours as mentioned in the itinerary
• Portage when needed
• 30 minutes of local calling (5 minutes international) and a mobile phone loaned for the length of your stay or an Egyptian sim card for your unlocked mobile device
• All service charges and taxes