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Classic Egypt


This classic 12-day itinerary introduces travelers to the iconic destinations of Egypt while offering accommodations at a luxurious 5-star hotel in Cairo and a leisurely Nile cruise through Upper Egypt. The journey commences in Cairo, where guests embark on a guided exploration of the Pyramids, Sphinx, and the Step Pyramid at Saqqara. Following this, a short domestic flight transports you to Luxor, where you’ll embark on a 7-night cruise along the Nile Valley aboard a top-tier 5-star cruise ship, journeying from Luxor to Aswan and back. Along this scenic route, you’ll have the opportunity to visit Edfu and Komombo temples, all while taking in the picturesque landscapes and observing the tranquil rhythms of rural Egyptian life from the boat’s sun deck.

Upon reaching Aswan, you’ll explore the enchanting island temple of Philae and savor a serene felucca sailboat excursion on the Nile before commencing your return journey toward Luxor, with a stopover to explore the lesser-known temple of Esna. The tour concludes back in Cairo with a visit to the renowned Egyptian Museum, home to the remarkable treasures from Tutankhamun’s tomb, followed by a delightful stroll through the charming lanes of the Khan-el-Khalili bazaar.

For those seeking a more personalized experience, we also offer a private tour option. If our preset departure dates don’t align with your schedule or if you prefer an exclusive travel experience, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us for further details and pricing.

Price Table
Price Includes
  • Domestic flights
  • Luxurious accommodations at 5-star hotels for the entire duration of the tour
  • 7-night aboard a top-tier 5-star Nile cruise from Luxor to Aswan and back to Luxor
  • All relevant transfers – to and from sites and as per itinerary.
  • Airport arrival and departure transfer
  • The expertise of local Egyptologist guides for all sightseeing excursions
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
Price Excludes
  • International flights (available upon inquiry)
  • Entry visa to Egypt
  • Travel insurance.
  • Meals not mentioned in the inclusions.
  • Entrance fees to sites visited (allow approx. US$85)
  • Tipping kitty.
  • Personal expenses such as telephone calls, laundry, drinks, extra meals, etc
  • Tipping for the tour guide and the tour leader
  • Hotel gala dinners on 24 and/or 31 Dec (budget up to $180 p/p)
  • Additional activities or unmentioned items.
Tour overview
Egyptian Museum
Nile Cruise
Karnak Temple
Luxor temples
Valley of the Kings
Queen Hatchepsut
Medinat Habu
Philae Temple
Edfu temple
Kom Ombo
Abu Simbel
Day by day Itinerary
Day 1: Arrival Cairo

Today, you take your first steps towards a new adventure… Board your flight to Cairo International Airport where we will be waiting for you just before customs for any assistance needed before we transfer you to your chosen hotel to settle in and relax.

Overnight : Cairo Hotel

No Meals

Day 2: Pyramids & Saqqara tour, Cairo

Our exploration of Egypt kicks off with a drive to Giza, located on the outskirts of Cairo, where we will marvel at the Sphinx and the legendary three great pyramids of Egypt. Throughout this tour, one of our knowledgeable local Egyptologist guides will

Our Egyptian adventure commences with an exploration of the Giza Plateau, renowned as the site of Egypt’s iconic Great Pyramids, which the Greeks once hailed as one of the Seven Wonders of the ancient world. Here, we embark on a captivating journey to visit the majestic Great Pyramids of Giza, as well as the ever-watchful Sphinx. Our tour then takes us to Memphis, the initial capital of the ancient kingdom, where we’ll encounter the remarkable statue of Ramses II. Finally, we proceed to Sakkara, where the impressive Step Pyramid awaits our admiration.

Overnight: Cairo hotel
Meals: Breakfast

Day 3: Fly to Luxor, west bank tour and Luxor temple

Today, we embark on an exciting journey as we catch an early flight from Cairo to Luxor. Our exploration on the West bank of the Nile begins with a visit to the impressive Colossi of Memnon. From there, we delve into the dusty, ancient Pharaonic tombs situated in the renowned Valley of the Kings, where we can marvel at the rich history and artistry preserved within.

Our adventure continues as we proceed to the Temple of Queen Hatchepsut, an architectural marvel that tells tales of ancient royalty. We also have the privilege of witnessing the vibrant hieroglyphics adorning the Medinat Habu temple, offering us a glimpse into the past.

Afterward, we cross back into Luxor, where you’ll have the afternoon to either unwind aboard your luxurious 5-star Nile cruise boat or explore the vibrant markets of Luxor, soaking in the local culture. In the evening, we embark on a captivating walking tour of the enchanting Luxor Temple, which is beautifully illuminated at night, creating a truly magical atmosphere.

Overnight: On board the 5-star cruise boat
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Luxor, Karnak Temple and sail to Edfu

This morning, you have the opportunity to embark on an extraordinary adventure – a breathtaking sunrise hot air balloon flight over the West bank of the Nile. After a hearty breakfast, our exploration of Luxor continues with a visit to the colossal temple complex of Karnak, an awe-inspiring site characterized by towering columns, numerous temples, and an array of impressive structures. This visit reinforces Luxor’s well-deserved reputation as the largest open-air museum on the planet.

In the afternoon, our cruise adventure commences as we set sail up the magnificent Nile River. We’ll navigate through the Esna lock and make our way to Edfu, where we’ll spend the night, continuing our journey through the timeless landscapes of Egypt.

Please keep in mind that Nile cruise boat itineraries may be subject to minor alterations along the way.

Overnight: On board the 5-star cruise boat

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Extras: Optional hot air balloon in Luxor

Day 5: Edfu and a cruise to Kom Ombo & Aswan

Following a delightful breakfast, we set out to explore the nearby Edfu Temple, a magnificent tribute to the god Horus. Our journey upriver towards Kom Ombo continues, allowing us to observe the charming scenes of traditional rural Egyptian life along the picturesque Nile banks. For those seeking relaxation, you may choose to indulge in a soothing soak in the plunge pool located on the boat’s sun deck.

Upon reaching Kom Ombo, we embark on a fascinating tour of the temple, which sits serenely by the Nile’s edge and houses intriguing artifacts such as mummified crocodiles, among other treasures. Our cruise then proceeds onward, taking us to the enchanting city of Aswan.

Overnight: On board the 5-star cruise boat

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Aswan, Aswan Dam & Philae Temple

Our exploration of Aswan begins with a visit to the captivating island temple complex of Philae, an enchanting site that showcases the rich history and romantic charm of Egypt. Along the way, we’ll also have the opportunity to witness the impressive Aswan High Dam, a monumental feat of engineering. The Philae temple is particularly noteworthy for its relocation, necessitated by the construction of the dam, and it remains a picturesque testament to Egypt’s past.

The remainder of the day grants you the freedom to explore the vibrant souks and bustling markets that adorn the town of Aswan. Alternatively, you can opt to soak in the beauty of a Nile River sunset, a truly enchanting experience.

Overnight: On board the 5-star cruise boat

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Extras: Optional excursion to Abu Simbel overland

Day 7: Cruise to Edfu ( Abu Simbel option )

This morning presents an exciting option for travelers: an early start for a journey to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Abu Simbel. These remarkable temples, built by the legendary Ramses II, stand as some of Egypt’s most extraordinary and captivating attractions.

For those who opt not to visit Abu Simbel, the morning offers a chance to explore Aswan’s vibrant markets, take a leisurely stroll along the Corniche overlooking the river, or visit the intriguing Nubian Museum, which houses a captivating collection that chronicles the development of the Nubian people in the region.

As the day unfolds, our cruise sets sail once more, heading back towards Luxor. Tonight, we’ll spend the evening on board the cruise ship, close to the city of Edfu.

Overnight: On board the 5-star cruise boat

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Extras: Optional excursion to Abu Simbel overland

Day 8: Cruise to Esna, Khnum temple

This morning, following our departure from Edfu, we resume our journey towards Luxor, with a fascinating stop along the way at the lesser-known Esna Temple, dedicated to the revered God Khnum. In ancient Egyptian mythology, Khnum was depicted as a god with a ram’s head and was associated with the act of creation. The temple’s origins date back to the reign of Tuthmosis the 3rd during the 18th Dynasty, although it witnessed various additions and embellishments by the Ptolemies and Romans, who left their names inscribed on the temple walls as testaments to their presence.

After our captivating visit to Esna, the cruise boat continues its course, ultimately arriving in Luxor where we’ll spend the night on board.

Please be aware that the visit to Esna Temple is contingent on the cruise boat’s itinerary. On certain cruise departures, the captain may opt to skip this stop in order to secure a more favorable position in the queue for navigating the Nile’s locks at Esna.

Overnight: On board the 5-star cruise boat

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Free day in Luxor (optional tours available)

Today, you’ll enjoy a full day in Luxor with various options to tailor your experience. You can either relax on board the cruise boat, explore the charming town at your leisure, or choose to participate in one of our optional excursions.

One enticing option is a visit to the Luxor Museum, where you’ll encounter a meticulously curated collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts. The museum showcases not only significant and impressive specimens from the Pharaonic era but also items from the period following Pharaonic times, providing a comprehensive view of Egypt’s rich history.

Alternatively, you can opt for our optional tour to Abydos and Dendera, which are lesser-visited gems compared to the more famous Luxor sites. These temples are exceptionally impressive, with Dendera being dedicated to the Goddess Hathor and often becoming a favorite among visitors due to its remarkable preservation. Nearby Abydos holds its own fascination as the cult center of the god of the dead, Osiris, and its necropolis served as a pilgrimage and burial site, boasting the presence of at least ten originally constructed temples.

Overnight: On board the 5-star cruise boat

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Extras: Optional Luxor Museum tour

Day 10: Fly to Cairo with a free afternoon

In the morning, we will make our way to Luxor airport for our flight back to Cairo. The afternoon is yours to enjoy as you please, whether it’s exploring the historic churches and synagogues in Coptic Cairo, taking in the panoramic views from the Citadel that overlooks the city, or wandering through the bustling lanes of the Khan-el-Khalili bazaar. If you’re interested, there is also the option of a dinner cruise on the Nile available for this evening.

OVERNIGHT: Cairo hotel
MEALS: Breakfast

Day 11: Cairo, Transfer to the airport

Today, you have the freedom to explore at your own pace until it’s time for your departure transfer to the airport. If you wish to extend your tour, options include enjoying additional time at the Red Sea, embarking on day trips to Alexandria, or visiting the esteemed World Heritage Site of Wadi Rayan and the Valley of the Whales.


Cairo Marriott Hotel & Omar Khayyam Casino


Experience authentic Egyptian hospitality and a stunning oriental flair at Mamlouk Palace Resort with its special family friendly atmosphere and hotel facilities. The private sandy beach offers relaxing hours directly in front of the beautiful water of the Red Sea. Relish the art of noble treatment and atmosphere at Mamlouk Palace Resort.

Located 19km (20 min) to Hurghada Centre and 15km (16 min) to Hurghada International Airport, the Resort features a distinctive location.
Facilities (Private Beach -Restaurants -Bars – 24h Room Service –
Swimming Pool -Spa – Kids Club – Wifi – Special Needs Rooms)

On discount 50 %

MS/ Iberotel Crowne Emperor


Experience authentic Egyptian hospitality and a stunning oriental flair at Mamlouk Palace Resort with its special family friendly atmosphere and hotel facilities. The private sandy beach offers relaxing hours directly in front of the beautiful water of the Red Sea. Relish the art of noble treatment and atmosphere at Mamlouk Palace Resort.

Located 19km (20 min) to Hurghada Centre and 15km (16 min) to Hurghada International Airport, the Resort features a distinctive location.
Facilities (Private Beach -Restaurants -Bars – 24h Room Service –
Swimming Pool -Spa – Kids Club – Wifi – Special Needs Rooms)

On discount 50 %

Mamlouk Palace Resort


Experience authentic Egyptian hospitality and a stunning oriental flair at Mamlouk Palace Resort with its special family friendly atmosphere and hotel facilities. The private sandy beach offers relaxing hours directly in front of the beautiful water of the Red Sea. Relish the art of noble treatment and atmosphere at Mamlouk Palace Resort.

Located 19km (20 min) to Hurghada Centre and 15km (16 min) to Hurghada International Airport, the Resort features a distinctive location.
Facilities (Private Beach -Restaurants -Bars – 24h Room Service –
Swimming Pool -Spa – Kids Club – Wifi – Special Needs Rooms)

On discount 50 %

SUNRISE Holidays Resort (Adults Only)


SUNRISE Holidays Resort, the first Adults-Only Resort in Egypt, is situated on a private beach lagoon that enriches the rejuvenating holiday vacation with its idyllic sea view.
Located 500m (10 min) to Hurghada Centre and 9km (14 min) to Hurghada International Airport, the Resort offers the best of both worlds: enjoying a relaxing and revitalizing atmosphere as well as experiencing the exciting nightlife of Hurghada.

On discount 50 %

Sheraton Montazah Hotel


Sheraton Montazah Hotel welcomes you to Alexandria, Egypt with thoughtful service and an unparalleled location. Situated by the beach, our hotel is walking distance from Montazah Palace and Gardens; stroll the scenic Corniche or visit cultural attractions including the Royal Jewelry Museum. Gracefully designed rooms and suites feature our Sheraton Signature Sleep Experience and stunning views of the sea, the palace gardens or the Alexandria cityscape; additional amenities include private balconies, complimentary Wi-Fi and premium bath products. Take a swim in the outdoor pool, challenge yourself to a workout or relax on the beach and enjoy the warm Egyptian sunshine. Varied dining options at the hotel include a casual Italian restaurant with seasonal, locally-sourced offerings, as well as a stylish bar, a coffee house and more. If you’re planning an event in Egypt, our expansive venues can accommodate up to 700 guests; outdoor spaces on the beach or by the pool create a unique setting for social gatherings.

On discount 50 %

SUNRISE Garden Beach Resort -Select


Set on a private beach, this modern all-inclusive resort is 2 km from the giant sculptures at Sand City Hurghada and 10 km from bazaars in the Old Town of Sahl Hasheesh.

Bright rooms come with free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs, plus minibars and balconies/terraces. Family rooms and suites feature additional rooms. Kids age 11 and under (1 per room) stay at no extra cost with an adult.

Meals and drinks (included) are served in 12 bars and restaurants, among which are an Italian eatery and a beach bar. A water park features 8 water slides, and there’s a private sandy beach, a luxe spa and a gym.

On discount 50 %
Frequently Asked Questions

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Please note your passport should be valid for 6 months after the end date of your visa.


Egypt’s national airline is Egypt Air. Most major international airlines fly to Cairo.
Please check with your travel agent or your favourite travel website for more


On Health – Bring a supply of your medication if you take any on a regular basis as well as a copy of your prescription. However, please be assured that your hotel or our staff will find you a specialized doctor should the need arise.


On Clothing – Upon visiting mosques, please dress conservatively, i.e. half/long sleeved shirt and no shorts. In public areas, this would also be our advice. However, in some touristic areas such as the seaside, it perfectly fine to wear shorts and sleeveless shirts. Please remember to remove your footwear upon stepping into a mosque.


On Photography – Taking photos inside many temples is restricted, so please follow the advice of your guide and the keeper of the sites. In some places, please be aware that the government will charge you for taking photographs. Due to new policies put in place by the Ministry of Tourism, cameras are not permitted at all in the Valley of the Kings. Please exercise caution and respect when taking photographs of anything other than tourist sites. It is forbidden to take photographs of the police, anything of a military nature or indeed bridges, airports and public works. Respect should be given to Egyptian women, use discretion. Always ask permission before taking photos of people and expect to be asked for a tip in return.


Always carry local currency as it will make your life easier, especially when paying for groceries, taxis, touristic venues, museums and souvenirs. In big shops, restaurants and hotels you may use your credit cards.

On Tips – If you feel generous enough to tip one child, then expect to be followed by a hoard of others expecting to be tipped as well. Make sure you have a lot of small bills for such ventures as tipping is sort of expected and even the smallest bill (one pound) will be welcomed.


On Transportation – Taxis are a problem as they do not have a counter and pricing can be very tricky. Best is to use Uber or Careem or else have your hotel get you a cab and negotiate the price before you go on your ride.

In general, always take a bottle of water on your expedition. The heat will get to you.


On the Egyptian Language- Learn the basic words: La’ (no) and shukran (thank you). You will be needing them.


On Dining Out, first time travelers are at a loss. It is best to seek out a hotel chain or a well-reviewed restaurant (ask around if you can) then you can be assured to get good, clean food. The price will be worth it. Never drink tap water! Wash and shower with it, but do not drink it.


On independent travel, for a first timer it is not advised. It much better to take a guide. You don’t need to book a package tour, groups can be arranged here. First and foremost, prepare yourself for a culture shock. Many seasoned travelers arrive and find it is unlike any other country they have previously visited.


On Organizing your Trip – Alone or in a couple or with friends and you wish to organize everything yourself, please let the hotel know of your plans before leaving. Should you get lost, the hotel will be able to act on your behalf. Also arm yourself with hotel address and telephone number, always, as you may need it. Be aware that you might be ripped-off. Like many tourist destinations, Egypt has its “wolves”, preying on unsuspecting, trustful travelers. Often the total cost will be more than if you had arranged it through a travel agent or your hotel and a lot less enjoyable.


The ones recommended are: Yellow Fever (common to most parts of Africa), Tetanus and Hepatitis. Otherwise, just take the usual precautions when travelling to hot parts of the world. Drink bottled water, avoiding ice and unless you are in a well-known hotel and restaurant, avoid eating uncooked greens. Avoid roadside food stands. Bring a good insect repellent as the evenings might be full of mosquitoes. At all cost, avoid contact with street dogs, rabies is still a risk in Egypt. Make sure you have condoms on you, they are also available in all pharmacies. Carry a small medical kit for your needs, with painkillers and diarrhea tablets at hand at all times. We also advise you to carry a travel insurance.


It has never been a problem, however you have to put up sometimes with annoying verbal harassment and this happens to Egyptian women as well. The best thing is to ignore and go on. It can sometimes get really irritating but reacting does not work. There is nothing forbidden in Egypt. You do not need to cover up or anything of the sort, yet to avoid drawing unnecessary attention to yourself, do please cover your shoulders and cleavage and do not wear shorts. It is just a matter of feeling comfortable and fitting in. Best footwear are sneakers as there is a lot of walking and it is dusty and sometimes the streets are in poor condition and dirty.


The high-season is October to May, making June to September (the summer months and the hottest) the low-season and therefore prices are at their lowest.


Spend a couple of nights in Cairo, take the sleeper-train to Aswan, spend another two nights there while visiting Abu Simbel and the Philae Temple, maybe Kom Ombo too. Then you can take a cruise down the Nile to Luxor, spend two nights visiting the Valleys of the Kings and Queens and the Karnak Temple Complex. Then you can return to Cairo and from there head to a Red Sea resort, either on the Sinai Peninsula or the coast, for a few nights.


Even though we arrange tours… the best BUDGET way is to do it yourself.
It is easier to sit back, have someone make all arrangements for you and just zip, worry-free from place to place (and some people wouldn’t do it any other way; it is a vacation after all LOL). But if you’re willing to put in the work, are flexible, easily adaptable, easy going and you’re willing to deal with haggling etc. it is not impossible to do Egypt without an operator.
In 10 days you can definitely visit three cities. You can even add Aswan in there. For most first-time visitors, 2 days in Cairo is enough. It is an overwhelming city, especially if you’re going about on your own.
If you’re going to do this yourself, I suggest at least securing ground transportation for the day. That can be a hired private car or taxi but you don’t want to be wasting time flagging down and haggling with taxis at every turn. Having pre-arranged transport will take lots of the hassle out of doing things yourself. Having a good guide book is essential but if you can, book a guide or two to break up the monotony and really help with understanding the sites and bringing them to life. There are many good budget hotels in Luxor, Cairo and Aswan, which can be booked on sites such as You pre-pay 10% of the booking when it’s made and then pay the rest on arrival. The hostels do tours as well.
If you’re a student, be sure to bring your ISIC card for 50% discount on tickets to the sites.
If you decide you need help arranging all or part of the trip, don’t hesitate to contact us.


The best time to visit Egypt is from October to May. It is the peak travel season, temperatures are milder though comparatively warmer than in the northern hemisphere. This is our High-Season with its two busiest periods: the Christmas/New Year period and the Easter Period, whereby hotels and cruises will put their prices up. This can mean that some hotels become really expensive, so making your reservations very early, even for the budget hotels, is strongly advised. The other 4 months are the low-season so to speak. May to September are the height of Egyptian summer, with very high temperatures, especially in Upper Egypt (Luxor and the southern parts of the country). However, this is the time for you to see Egypt in virtual peace and quiet, giving you the advantage of seeing the sites without any hassle either from school children or crowds of tourists.


Egypt offers a wide variety of 3-star hotels. The prices range from $12 to $20 per person per night in a double room. I would suggest you check hotel directories for rates and locations. Backpacker services are not popular in Egypt, although a few are available.


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