2 nights Cairo – 2 nights Luxor or 2 nights Aswan
Day 1: Arrive Cairo.
Meet and Assistance and transfer to hotel in Cairo for overnight.
Day 2: Cairo
Full day private guided tour of Cairo with a qualified Egyptologist guide. Visit the great Pyramids of Giza, the enigmatic Sphinx and the Egyptian Museum. Visit also the world famous Khan Al Kalili bazaar. Overnight in Cairo.
Day 3: Luxor
Transfer to Cairo airport for domestic flight to Luxor. Transfer to Karnak Temple for the Sound & Light show . Overnight Luxor.
Day 3: Aswan
Transfer to Cairo airport for domestic flight to Aswan . Tranfer to Philae Temple for the Sound & Light show . Overnight Aswan .
Day 4: Luxor
Private Guided tour of the West Bank of Luxor with your Egyptologist guide. Visit the fascinating Tombs of the Valley of the Kings, the imposing temple of Queen Hatshepsut and Colossi of Memnon . Afternoon free to take an optional Felucca ride on the Nile to watch the sunset. Another optional tour is to enjoy a ‘Sound and Light’ show at the spectacular Karnak Temple in the evening. Overnight Luxor.
Day 4: Aswan
Half Day visit to Nubian Museum.
Day 5: Departure
Transfer to airport for departure to Larnaca.
(Itinerary may alter to stay Luxor or Aswan first and then Cairo, depending on flight schedules)
- Return flights to Luxor or Aswan via Cairo
- 4 nights accommodation, buffet breakfast
- Airport transfers
- Private tours & entrance fees to sights mentioned
- Airport taxes 85 included
- Entry Visa $30 per person is extra & obtained on arrival (some nationals)
- Customary tips to driver and guides
- Extra meals and travel insurance
- Christmas, New Year Supplements
Prices based on minimum 2 persons sharing. Flight supplements may apply subject to seat availability.
Le Meridien , Pyramids - Cairo
Kempinski Nile - Cairo
Conrad Nile - Cairo
Sofitel Winter Palace - Luxor
Movepick - Aswan
Old Catarract - Aswan
Things to know about Egypt
VISA’S: Visas are required for all nationalities. Many country's citizens can obtain one upon entry however citizens of some countries are required to obtain their visa from a consulate before arriving. It would be best to check with the closest Egyptian consulate or Embassy to be certain.
MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS: Normally no immunizations are required or needed. If you have recently been traveling in an area known to be experiencing problems you should obtain a health certificate before arrival. While inEgypt drink the filtered bottle water or the mineral water. Also be sure to bring any prescriptions you might need. And don’t forget to prepare for the “Pharaoh’s curse” with a bottle of Imodium or similar. Be careful of fresh fruit juices as they may be diluted with local non-filtered water.
CURRENCY: The local currency is the Egyptian pound (LE). 1 LE = 100 piasters. Banks are opened in major hotels for 24 hrs. Credit cards are widely used in major hotels & restaurants. Charges will be in Egyptian pounds. The exchange rate floats and changes daily. You can check the current rate on-line at http://money.cnn.com/markets/currencies/ . You do not need to change money prior to arrival as most currencies are accepted, especially US dollars, however best to keep some local currency (Egyptian pounds) for any antiquity sites visited.
CLIMATE: The best season is from October through May when the temperature is Cairo is comfortable in the daytime, and cool or even cold at night. Weather in Upper Egypt, Luxor, Aswan and Abu Simbel is comfortably warm. During the summer months in Cairo is hot and dry, upper Egypt is extremely hot, sightseeing is done early in the morning. Average temperatures can be:
|January||45/67 F||52/76 F|
|7/19 C||11/24 C|
|March||55/79 F||59/89 F|
|13/26 C||15/32 C|
|May||65/95 F||72/101 F|
|18/35 C||22/38 C|
|July||73/99 F||80/110 F|
|23/37 C||27/43 C|
|21/35 C||24/41 C|
|November||55/80 F||60/89 F|
|13/27 C||16/32 C|
CLOTHING: Modesty in clothing should be observed. Women should cover their arms when visiting mosques. Bring comfortable walking shoes for sightseeing and walking on desert sand. Sneakers are needed and no open sandals as it is sandy. Sunglasses as well as hats and scarves are recommended as protection against the strong sun. Preferably no shorts in the cities. Beaches are like beaches all over the world, much more casual and laid back so shorts can be worn. While at hotels wear a cover wrap to/from the pool if you have to go through the hotel to reach it.
ELECTRICITY: 220 volts, 50 cycles AC in Cairo. Wall plugs are the round two pronged European type. No adapters or transformers are provided best to bring your own.
HOLIDAYS: The weekly day of rest is Friday. Islam is the principal religion of Egypt. So the “weekend” is generally Friday and Saturday. Sunday is a normal business day although a good percentage of the population is Eastern Orthodox Christian. Islamic Holidays are based on the lunar calendar and change annually. The Eastern Christian holidays are generally different than the western Christian ones. For instance Christmas is on January 06. Tourist attractions (antiquity sites) are open every day except New Years day. Some sites that are of an active religious type (monasteries, mosques, etc.) close for their appropriate sabbath.
TIPPING : Tipping is customary in Egypt at hotels , restaurants , Nile Cruises and to guides . It depends on the passenger’s own evaluation of the services he is getting everywhere. (See guideline below)
|Full Day||$15 (2 persons per day)|
|Transfer from airport or train station to hotel or vice versa||$2 (2 persons per day)|
|Full Day Tour
||$5 (2 persons per day)|
||$1 (2 persons per meal)|
|Porters at hotels|
||$1 (2 persons per day)|
||$1 (2 persons per day)|
|Crew – excluding the guide
||$8 (2 persons per day)|
||$6 (2 persons per day)|
||$4 (2 persons per day)|
||$5 (2 persons per day)|