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Egypt Explorer

12 Days, Cairo to Cairo
Egypt Explorer

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Encompassing Egypt's greatest highlights and a 3-day luxury Nile cruise, this adventure enhances a wide variety of included activities with the expertise of our C read more...

IS THIS Comfort TRIP FOR ME ? YES ! IF YOU...
    • Prefer meaningful small group travel with a little more polish and extra frills
    • Are eager to get off the tourist trail and connect with local people
    • Are excited by the prospect of handpicked hotels and guesthouses
What's Included
  • Overseas Medical Insurance for the duration of the tour (Sum of US$ 2,50,000 covered).
  • 11 Nights accommodation with breakfast (Comfort Hotels (7 nts), Nile cruise boat (3 nts), sleeper train (1 nt).
  • 11 breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 6 Dinners.
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  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities (Private air-conditioned van, train, felucca, Nile cruise boat, plane, walking.)
  • Arrival transfer.
  • All entrance fees to included monuments.
  • Guided tour of the Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx.
  • Visit the Alexandria Library, Catacombs and Pompey's Pillar.
  • Guided visit of the Egyptian Museum.
  • Flights and tour of Abu Simbel.
  • Felucca sail to a Nubian village with community walk and local dinner.
  • 3-night Nile Cruise.
  • Tour of Kom Ombo and Edfu Temples.
  • Visit the Colossi of Memnon.
  • Excursion to the Valley of the Kings, Hatshepsut and Karnak Temples.
  • Visit a Planeterra-supported library and community education centre.
  • Dinner in a local family's home.
  • Certified Egyptologist as of Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout the tour.
VERY IMPORTANT
Please ensure that you print a final copy of your trip details provided by Cox & Kings as pdf format.
Important Notes
We recommend you to have a meal budget of USD 265-345 for food and drinks which are not included in the programme.
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Itinerary
Day 1 Arrive Cairo
Day 2 Cairo/Alexandria
Day 3 Alexandria
Day 4 Alexandria/Aswan
Day 5 Aswan
Day 6 Aswan
Day 7 Aswan/Kom Ombo
Day 8 Kom Ombo/Luxor
Day 9 Luxor
Day 10 Luxor
Day 11 Luxor/Cairo
Day 12 Depart Cairo
Departures
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TRIP SPECIFIC SAFETY

Cox & Kings takes all reasonable measures to ensure your safety and enjoyment while travelling with us. The aim of this document is to give you an insight into ways you may further enhance your own personal safety while abroad.

Places Visited
  • Cairo
  • Alexandria
  • On Board The Train
  • Aswan
  • On Board The Cruise
  • Luxor
  • DAY 1 Arrive Cairo

    Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.

    If you arrive early there are plenty of things to see and do in this amazing city. Visit the Saladin Citadel of Cairo one of the most popular attractions in the city, or to really get a feel for the place, get lost in the bazaars and join the locals for a coffee in a local cafe.

    Arrival Airport Transfer
    Cairo 1h-1h 30m
    You will be met at the airport and transferred to the hotel to start your adventure.

    Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
    Tonight, the adventure begins. Feel free to explore - but make sure you're back in time to meet your group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your trip. (None (Meals on your own))

  • DAY 2 Cairo/Alexandria

    Embark on a guided tour of the Great Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx and opt for a camel ride at the pyramids. Continue to the historic Mediterranean city of Alexandria.

    We begin with one of the key highlights of any visit to Egypt, the Great Pyramids of Giza. While once located in remote desert, they now touch the suburbs of modern Cairo. Also visit the mysterious Sphinx, with its lion's body and man's face. In the afternoon we drive to Alexandria, where we will spend the next two evenings.

    Great Pyramids of Giza and Sphinx Tour
    Cairo
    Enjoy a tour of the magnificent great pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx. No matter how many photos or documentaries you have seen, the first glimpse of these marvels of the ancient world will take your breath away. As a qualified Egyptologist, your CEO has all the facts about of these massive structures.

    Private Vehicle
    Cairo - Alexandria 4h
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private ride.

    Optional Activities
    Camel Ride

    Cairo
    120EGP per person
    Take a short camel ride through the desert around the Great Pyramids. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 3 Alexandria

    Spend the day exploring this ancient seaside city, including Pompey's Pillar, the catacombs, and the new Alexandria Library.

    We have plenty of time to explore all the incredible sites this ancient city has to offer. Founded by Alexander the Great around 331BC, Egypt's only Mediterranean city is characterized by a distinctly European atmosphere and a refreshing sea breeze. Don't miss the chance to enjoy an optional seafood dinner at one of the city's many outdoor seaside restaurants this evening.

    Fort Qaitbay Visit
    Alexandria
    Enjoy a visit to Fort Qaitbay, once considered one of the most important defensive strongholds along the Mediterranean Sea coast. It was an important part of the fortification system of Alexandria in the 15th century AD.

    Located at the entrance of the eastern harbour on the eastern point of Pharos Island, it was erected on the exact site of the famous Lighthouse of Alexandria, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. In the 14th century there was a destructive earthquake and the whole building was completely destroyed; the fortification you see today was built in its place.

    Pompey's Pillar Visit
    Alexandria
    The name "Pompey's Pillar" is actually a misnomer, as it has nothing to do with Pompey, having been erected in 293 for Emperor Diocletian, possibly in memory of the rebellion of Domitius Domitianus.

    Catacomb of Kom ash-Shuqqafa Visit
    Alexandria
    These tombs were tunneled into the bedrock in the age of the Antonine Emperors (2nd century AD) for a single wealthy family still practicing the ancient religion of Egypt. They represent the last existing major construction of the old Egyptian religion.

    Alexandria Library Visit
    Alexandria
    The Ancient Library of Alexandria was probably the largest and certainly the most famous of the libraries of the ancient world. It flourished during Greek rule and functioned as a major centre of scholarship, at least until the time of the Roman conquest of Egypt, and probably for many centuries thereafter. The old library was destroyed in a fire around the 1st century BC. The magnificent new library was opened in 2002 very close to the site of the ancient one.

    Private Vehicle
    Alexandria
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 4 Alexandria/Aswan

    Head back to Cairo with a tour inside the monasteries of Wadi Natrun en route. Visit the Egyptian Museum with the option to see the mummy room before boarding our overnight sleeper train to Aswan.

    Private Vehicle
    Alexandria - Cairo 4h
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Monasteries of Wadi Natrun Visit
    Cairo
    Take a tour with a local monk at the the monasteries of Wadi Natrun. The history of the Wadi and its importance to Coptic Christians dates back to the 4th century AD and they constitute some of the earliest Christian monasteries in the world.

    Egyptian Museum Visit
    Cairo
    With over 10,000 pieces from every period of Egyptian history, including the treasures from the tomb of Tutankhamun, this massive museum is a fantastic place to learn about the country. Your tour leader will direct you to the most important and magnificent items. There is also plenty of free time for you to explore on your own

    Overnight train (beds)
    Cairo - Aswan 12h
    Stretch out and get some well-earned rest en route to the next stop.

    Optional Activities
    Egyptian Museum Mummy Room

    Cairo 30m-1h
    120EGP per person
    Visit the famed Mummy Room and view the ancient remains of some of Egypt's most important rulers (Dinner,Breakfast)

  • DAY 5 Aswan

    Arrive early to Aswan and opt to explore the busy Aswan market. Later, take a scenic felucca ride on the Nile to a Nubian village and enjoy a home cooked dinner with locals.

    Aswan has a distinctively African feel to it. Small enough to walk around and graced with the most beautiful setting on the Nile, the pace of life is slow and relaxing.

    Late in the afternoon, board a local boat, known as a felucca, to take a trip along the Nile. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the river in this busy port city. Our final stop is on the largest of the Nile islands in this area to enjoy a traditional dinner at a local home.

    Felucca Sail to Nubian Village
    Aswan
    Board a local boat, known as a felucca, to take a trip along the magnificent Nile, with views of the Aga Khan Mausoleum and Kitchener Island. Stop on the largest of the Nile islands in this area, Elephantine Island. Walk through the village and fields and learn more about the life of the Nubian people before enjoying a delicious traditional dinner at a local home.

    Free Time
    Aswan Morning
    Spend time strolling up and down the broad Corniche watching the sailboats etch the sky with their tall masts, or sitting in floating restaurants listening to Nubian music and eating fresh fish.

    Optional Activities
    Aswan High Dam Visit

    Aswan
    Visit the High Dam of Aswan, built in the 1960s and considered an engineering miracle at the time. Learn about the history of the dam and its construction and enjoy views across Lake Nasser. (Breakfast,Dinner)

  • DAY 6 Aswan

    Early in the morning, fly to the famed temples of Abu Simbel for a guided tour. Later, board our river cruise ship for the night.

    Plane
    Aswan - Abu Simbel 30m
    Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually.

    Abu Simbel Visit (Flight)
    Abu Simbel 600km
    Visit the fantastic twin temples of Abu Simbel by short flight there and back. Enjoy a guided tour then free time to wander through the different temples to learn more about the construction, history, and relocation of these magnificently preserved structures. The temples, built by Ramses II between 1274-1244BC, would now be under Lake Nasser if not for the wonders of modern engineering.

    Plane
    Abu Simbel - Aswan 30m
    Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually.

    3-night Nile Cruise
    Aswan - Luxor 300km
    Enjoy floating down the Nile on a luxury river boat with guided tours of Kom Ombo and Edfu Temples en route. In between excursions, relax on the outside decks with a drink, watching the passing desert sands.

    Opt to visit the Aswan high dam.

    Optional Activities
    Half-Day Aswan Tour

    Aswan
    295-525EGP per person
    Enjoy a guided tour of this wonderful city that was the source of marble for many of ancient Egypt's grand buildings. Close to town, in one of these ancient quarries, lies a gigantic unfinished obelisk cut out of local stone. Also visit the High Dam and the Philae Temple. (Breakfast,Dinner,Lunch)

  • DAY 7 Aswan/Kom Ombo

    Spend 2 days floating down the Nile on a luxury river boat with guided tours of Kom Ombo and Edfu Temples en route. In between excursions, relax on the outside decks with a drink, watching the passing desert sands.

    Following breakfast, we set sail. Before too long it is time for our first shore excursion, with a visit to Kom Ombo, a temple dedicated to Sobek the crocodile god. It still contains an ancient mummified crocodile.

    3-night Nile Cruise
    Aswan - Luxor 300km
    Enjoy floating down the Nile on a luxury river boat with guided tours of Kom Ombo and Edfu Temples en route. In between excursions, relax on the outside decks with a drink, watching the passing desert sands.

    Kom Ombo Temple Visit
    Kom Ombo
    Enjoy a visit to this temple located in a scenic spot, right on the banks of the Nile. It was dedicated to the crocodile god, and you can still see the remains of an ancient mummified crocodile that was worshipped here thousands of years ago.

    Free Time
    Kom Ombo
    Enjoy some time relaxing onboard our Nile river boat. (Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner)

  • DAY 8 Kom Ombo/Luxor

    Enjoy an excursion in Edfu, travelling by horse-drawn buggy to visit the very well preserved Temple of Horus.

    3-night Nile Cruise
    Aswan - Luxor 300km
    Enjoy floating down the Nile on a luxury river boat with guided tours of Kom Ombo and Edfu Temples en route. In between excursions, relax on the outside decks with a drink, watching the passing desert sands.

    Edfu Temple Visit
    Edfu
    Enjoy a visit to the Edfu Temple, which is located in the middle of a bustling village. It is the most completely preserved temple in Egypt.

    Free Time
    Luxor
    Sit up on the deck and relax, watching the Nile landscapes. (Lunch,Dinner,Breakfast)

  • DAY 9 Luxor

    Visit the Colossi of Memnon and enjoy guided tours of the Valley of the Kings and Temple of Hatshepsut. Also enjoy the unique experience of visiting a Planeterra-supported library and community education centre, later have dinner in a local family's home. After checking in to our hotel, our day starts with a visit to the exciting ancient sites located on Luxor's West Bank and the famed Valley of the Kings. View key sites and opt to visit the Tomb of Tutankhamun, whose treasures you saw at the Egyptian Museum.

    Colossi of Memnon Visit
    Luxor
    Enjoy a visit to the two mammoth statues of Amenophis II at the Colossi of Memnon; they used to stand at the front of a temple that no longer exists. Check out ancient graffiti discussing the statues!

    Temple of Hatshepsut and Valley of the Kings Visit
    Luxor
    Enjoy an excursion to the famous Valley of the Kings. While the treasure has now all gone, the tombs contain the most incredible paintings of the life of their encumbent and stories from the Book of the Dead. Descend down the narrow, rock-hewn corridors and take in the magnificent decoration and designs of the tombs of the pharaohs at the Valley of the Kings. Also visit to the impressive Funerary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, which seems to rise out of the surrounding limestone outcrops - it's a reminder of the power women held in the Ancient Kingdom.


    Planeterra Library and Community Education Centre Visit
    Luxor
    Visit the Planeterra Foundation Community Library and youth program in the village of El Tod, just outside of Luxor, Egypt. This project provides early childhood education at a very low cost to locals, as well as adult literacy classes. If you would like to bring a donation, this project accepts books in both English and Arabic to expand their library.

    Private Vehicle
    Luxor
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Optional Activities
    Tomb of Tutankhamun Visit

    Luxor
    120EGP per person
    Opt to descend down into the Tomb of Tutankhamun, the Valley of the Kings' most famous pharaoh. While the treasure has been moved to the Cairo Museum, it is fascinating to enter the tomb that held one of the most intact collection of treasures found in all of Egypt. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 10 Luxor

    Enjoy an excursion to the magnificent temple of Karnak, then use free time to explore the Luxor Temple or museums. In the evening, enjoy dinner in a local family's home.

    Private Vehicle
    Luxor
    Stretch out and scan the scenery from the comfort of a private vehicle.

    Karnak Temple Visit
    Luxor
    Enjoy a visit to the Karnak Temple, which was once the centre of all religious life in ancient Egypt. Built and extended by successive generations of rulers, admire the amazing architecture, massive columns, and painted hieroglyphs.

    Free Time

    Luxor Morning
    Opt to visit Luxor Temple and the mummification and Luxor museums.

    Optional Activities
    Luxor Temple Visit

    Luxor 1h-3h
    60EGP per person
    Take in the beauty of the Luxor temple, an architectural splendour located near the Nile and right in the centre of downtown Luxor. It's spectacularly lit in the evenings and well worth a visit.

    Mummification Museum
    Luxor 1h-3h
    80EGP per person
    Learn all there is to know about the ancient art of embalming by exploring the world's only Mummification Museum. (Breakfast,Dinner)

  • DAY 11 Luxor/Cairo

    Catch a flight back to Cairo and opt to visit the Khan el-Khalili Bazaar, tour Coptic Cairo, or enjoy a dinner on a floating restaurant on the Nile.

    Upon arrival in Cairo, the choice is yours. Opt to visit the Khan El Khalili Bazaar, legendary for fine brassware, copper, perfumes, leather, silver, gold, antiques, and more; or head out to Cairo's most ancient area, Coptic Cairo or perhaps relax by the hotel pool. An optional farewell dinner and show on one of Cairo's famous floating restaurants is also available.

    Plane
    Luxor Airport - Cairo International Airport 1h-1h30m
    Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually.

    Free Time
    Luxor
    Explore Cairo on your own or take an optional tour.

    Optional Activities
    Khan el-Khalili Bazaar Visit

    Cairo
    Free Rummage through the stalls of bustling Khan El Khalili Bazaar and check out the fine brassware, copper, perfumes, leather, silver, gold, and antiques it is famous for. Pick up a trinket for yourself if you'd like!

    Coptic Cairo Visit
    Cairo
    200-470EGP per person
    Coptic Cairo can be found in Old Cairo, one of the oldest sections of the city. Explore some ancient churches and key sites in "Coptic" Egypt's history, including the Hanging Church, Greek Church, Monastery of St. George, and Ben Ezra Synagogue.

    Farewell Dinner and Show
    Cairo 2h-3h
    365-525EGP per person
    Enjoy dinner and entertainment in one of Cairo's famous floating restaurants. (Breakfast)

  • DAY 12 Depart Cairo

    Depart at any time.

    Departure Day
    Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure. (Breakfast)

  • Meal basis

    As per itinerary - B: Breakfast, L: Lunch, D: Dinner, N: No meals

  • TRIP DETAILS

    If you have booked this trip or are curious about all of the details, you can download this trip's information as a PDF.

    Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

  1. We recommend you to have a meal budget of USD 265-345 for food and drinks which are not included in the programme.

  2. This programme is operated on a Coach tour. Maximum Group size is 16 passengers, at an average there are 10 passengers travelling on this tour.

  3. Itinerary descriptions are guaranteed with the exception of unforeseen conditions which include, but are not limited to, road closures due to weather, acts of God, safety concerns, changes to highway legal restrictions, and acts by third parties beyond the control of Service Provider.

  4. There is no refund for any non-utilization of any services.

  5. All holiday prices are subject to Govt. Service Tax of 5% payable to Govt of India.

  6. At this point of time no services are confirmed and the same is subject to availability.

  7. Request for an early hotel check in or late checkout is at the discretion of the accommodation unless pre-booked and pre-paid in advance.

  8. All payment to be made strictly by cheque / Demand Draft / Direct bank transfer in favour of 'COX AND KINGS LIMITED'.

  9. EXCURSIONS
    If you arrive a day or two early in Cairo and wish to do some excursions, we recommend that you wait until you get to the joining hotel and contact our local staff for more information on available tours and excursions. Tourists are frequently over-charged for excursions bought from vendors on the street or at the airport.


  10. RAMADAN
    Ramadan is a month of fasting observed by Muslims throughout the world, during which time the followers of Islam should not eat or drink between sunrise and sunset. There may be some limitations to services and disruptions to schedules during Ramadan in Muslim areas, but generally our tours still operate effectively during this period and food is available to non-muslims throughout the day. It is very important to display increased cultural sensitivity during Ramadan. Please wear loose fitting clothes, that cover knees and shoulders, and try to avoid eating, drinking or smoking in public out of respect for those who can't at that time.


  11. EXTRAS
    Looking to add to your experience? Check out our Extra! Specially designed for travellers with unique interests, theme packs are optional add-ons to your G adventures trip that make your adventure more you-centric. Extras must be booked prior to departure, please see details in our optional activities field and ask you sales CEO.


  12. ASSUMPTION OF RISK
    Please note, an Assumption of Risk is to be signed at the time of confirming your tour.



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