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During the initial phase of this journey, we embark on an exploration of the marvels of Egypt. Our itinerary encompasses Cairo, the Nile Valley, and the Red Sea at Hurghada. We commence our journey with visits to the renowned Pyramids and Sphinx at Giza, where our knowledgeable local Egyptologist guides delve into the rich history of ancient Pharaohs and the development of pyramid construction. While in Cairo, we also make a stop at the expansive Egyptian Museum, housing a treasure trove of ancient artifacts, mummies, and the famed King Tutankhamun exhibition.

Subsequently, we embark on an overnight sleeper train, venturing southward into Upper Egypt and arriving in Aswan the following morning. Aswan boasts one of the most picturesque stretches of the Nile, and we partake in a boat excursion to the exquisite Philae temple situated on a beautiful island. Additionally, there is an optional opportunity to explore the remarkable temples constructed by Ramses II at Abu Simbel, which were meticulously disassembled and relocated when Lake Nasser was flooded.

Our next leg of the journey unfolds on the Nile as we enjoy a leisurely overnight river cruise aboard a traditional Nile felucca sailboat, accompanied by our amiable Nubian crew. This serves as a delightful interlude, allowing for relaxation and the chance to observe the tranquil life along the Nile’s banks. After disembarking, we make a visit to the Edfu temple en route to Luxor, often dubbed the world’s greatest open-air museum. In Luxor, we explore both the east bank of the river, which features the expansive temple complex at Karnak and the illuminated Luxor temple at night, and the west bank of the Nile, where we explore the tombs in the Valley of the Kings, Queen Hatchepsut temple, Deir El-Medina (the valley of artisans), and the Colossi of Memnon. For those seeking an extraordinary experience, a hot air balloon flight is available as well.

Following a final night in Cairo, our journey takes us beneath the Suez Canal into the Peninsula, culminating in the picturesque and artistic resort town of Dahab. Here, we will spend three nights, offering you the choice to either unwind or embark on further exploration through our optional tours to Ras Abu Galom, the Blue Hole, Coloured Canyon, or even embark on a hike up Mount Sinai.

The second portion of our expedition commences with a ferry ride from Taba to the Jordanian Red Sea resort of Aqaba. From there, we continue our journey by road, immersing ourselves in the breathtaking desert landscapes of Wadi Rum, where we will spend the night in a comfortable Bedouin camp nestled against towering cliffs. The subsequent day entails a thrilling jeep safari across sand dunes and mesmerizing rock bridges, followed by an opportunity to interact with a local Bedouin shepherd, gaining insights into their nomadic way of life and desert animal care practices. Our journey then leads us to Jordan’s crowning jewel, the awe-inspiring lost city of Petra. Here, a guided tour awaits, along with free time for hiking to the Monastery and High Place of Sacrifice, offering breathtaking vistas.

Continuing northward, our next destination is Wadi Mujib, where we will engage in a water hike through the canyons of the Siq Trail. Following a day of adventure, we will have the opportunity to unwind along the shores of the Dead Sea, where you can float in the buoyant waters or indulge in a spa treatment at your hotel. The concluding stops of this tour introduce you to the historical sites of Madaba, Mount Nebo, and Jerash.

Price Table
Price Includes
  • 11 nights in 3, 4 & 5-star hotels
  • 1 night on a felucca sailboat with the option to upgrade to a hotel
  • 2 nights aboard a sleeper train from Cairo to Aswan and Luxor to Cairo (flight & hotel upgrade available)
  • 1 night in a comfortable tent at a Bedouin camp in Wadi Rum
  • A 24-hour airport arrival and departure transfer service
  • All transport and transfers in private AC vehicles
  • Sightseeing tours as detailed in the itinerary
  • 4×4 jeep safari and a Bedouin experience in Wadi Rum
  • English-speaking guide tour in Jordan
  • International Ferry voyage from Taba, Egypt, to Aqaba, Jordan
  • The expertise of local Egyptologist guides for all sightseeing excursions
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
Price Excludes
  • International flights (available upon inquiry)
  • Egypt visa fees (available upon arrival for most nationalities, US$25)
  • Jordan Visa fees (free as part of the Jordan Pass)
  • Egypt Entrance fees to sites visited (allow approx. US$85)
  • Jordan Entrance fees (included in a discounted package available in advance through the Jordan Pass, JD70)
  • Tipping/Gratuity
  • Travel insurance.
  • Meals not mentioned in the inclusions.
  • Hotel gala dinners on 24 and/or 31 Dec (budget up to $180 p/p)
  • Any personal expenses such as drinks, laundry, etc
  • Additional activities or unmentioned items.
Tour overview
Egyptian Museum
Philae Temple
Nile felucca cruise
Valley of the Kings
Karnak Temple
Jerash Roman ruins
Dead Sea
Wadi Mujib Siq Trail
Wadi Rum
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: Cairo, Pyramids, Sphinx & Museum tour with a sleeper train

Our journey in Egypt begins with a visit to Giza, where you’ll explore the Sphinx and the iconic pyramids. Accompanied by a knowledgeable local Egyptologist guide, you’ll learn about Egyptian history and culture. The Great Pyramid of Khufu, standing at 500 feet tall and 750 feet wide at its base, is a remarkable man-made structure constructed from massive stone blocks. You’ll also have the chance to enter the pyramids if you wish, though your guide can’t join you due to limited tickets. Afterward, we’ll visit the Egyptian Museum, home to the famous Tutankhamun exhibit and a vast collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts. In the evening, we’ll transfer to the station for an overnight sleeper train journey to Aswan, where you’ll enjoy dinner in your private twin-berth compartments before a restful night’s sleep.

OVERNIGHT: Sleeper train

MEALS: Breakfast, Dinner

EXTRAS: Cairo to Aswan flight upgrade

Day 3: Aswan, Nubian Village and Philae Temple

In the morning, we arrive in Aswan and check into our hotel overlooking the picturesque Nile River, adorned with lush green islands and bustling feluccas. Aswan, a vibrant blend of African and Middle Eastern cultures, invites exploration through its lively markets. This region is also part of the ancient Nubian territory, spanning southern Egypt and northern Sudan along the Nile. Today, many Nubian descendants reside here, and we’ll have the chance to visit a local Nubian village to witness their vibrant homes, modest lifestyle, and savor a traditional lunch.

In the afternoon, our journey continues with a visit to the enchanting Temple of Philae, an island sanctuary dedicated to Isis, gracefully rescued from the waters of Lake Nasser. We access it via a delightful boat ride. As evening falls, you’re free to explore Aswan’s spice and general markets, or stroll along the popular Nile Corniche. An optional camel ride across the sands on the opposite bank of the Nile to St. Simeon’s Monastery is also available. For those who have chosen the Abu Simbel option, an early bedtime is recommended tonight in preparation for an early start tomorrow morning.

OVERNIGHT: Aswan 5 star hotel

MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch


Day 4: Abu Simbel option. Nile Felucca Cruise

This morning, you have the option to visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Abu Simbel, home to the temples built by Ramses II. We depart early to witness the sunrise over these remarkable temples. If you choose not to visit Abu Simbel, your morning is free.

At lunchtime, we embark on our traditional Nile felucca for an afternoon sail down the Nile. Sailing on a felucca is a delightful way to experience Egypt, offering a glimpse of local rural life along the riverbanks. Our skilled Nubian crew will handle the boat, provide entertainment, and prepare meals for you. Throughout the day, our separate facilities boat will join us, equipped with clean toilets, showers, and a hygienic kitchen. Tonight, you’ll sleep on the deck of the felucca, with mattresses, blankets, and mosquito nets provided. While this is a fun and basic experience, we offer an optional upgrade for those seeking more comfort to spend the night back at the Aswan hotel, rejoining the group the following morning.

OVERNIGHT: On board felucca

MEALS: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch

EXTRAS: Abu Simbel overland / Upgrade from felucca to hotel in Aswan

Day 5: Edfu temple, Luxor temple at night

After a satisfying breakfast on-board, we say goodbye to our felucca crew and proceed to visit the nearby Edfu Temple before continuing north towards Luxor. Luxor, built upon the ancient site of Thebes, is renowned for housing the largest concentration of ancient ruins in the Nile Valley, if not the world. On the west bank of the Nile, you’ll find the City of the Dead, featuring mortuary temples and rock-hewn tombs, while on the east bank lie the captivating Temples of Luxor and Karnak.

Upon our arrival in Luxor, we check into a luxurious 5-star hotel on the Nile’s banks, allowing you the opportunity to unwind and enjoy the afternoon by the pool. Later in the evening, we embark on a guided walking tour of the enchanting Luxor Temple, nestled right in the heart of the city and beautifully illuminated at night.

OVERNIGHT: Luxor 5-star hotel

MEALS: Breakfast


Day 6: Luxor, West bank tour, Karnak temple

Early this morning, we cross the Nile to embark on our exploration of Luxor’s West Bank. This area is renowned for the Valley of the Kings, where ancient burial tombs continue to unveil their secrets, making it one of the world’s most significant archaeological sites. Our tour includes visits to several Pharaonic tombs, the Temple of Queen Hatchepsut, Deir-el-Medina (known as the Valley of the Craftsmen), and the impressive Colossi of Memnon.

For those seeking an extraordinary experience, a breathtaking hot air balloon flight over the West Bank of the Nile is available this morning, offering the chance to witness the sunrise from high above (please note, an early start is necessary to catch the sunrise as the balloon ascends).

Following lunch, we’ll explore the vast temple complex of Karnak, once the religious epicenter of Thebes and Upper Egypt. It was connected to Luxor by an extensive avenue, lined with sphinxes, and was also linked to the Nile via a canal used for the sacred boats of the god Amun. Upon entering through a smaller sphinx-lined avenue, constructed by Ramesses II, you’ll encounter the immense pylon entrance. Inside the enormous courtyard stand three chapels dedicated to the gods Amun, Khous, and Mut. The remarkable Hypostyle Hall boasts 134 towering columns, each intricately carved with scenes of gods, pharaohs, and adorned with hieroglyphic inscriptions on the walls.

OVERNIGHT: Luxor 5-star hotel

MEALS: Breakfast

EXTRAS: Hot air balloon in Luxor

Day 7: Back streets of the Khan-el-Khalili bazaar with optional tours in Cairo

We arrive back into Cairo this morning and transfer to our hotel. Most of the day is then free to explore Cairo as you choose or you may take an optional tour. These include a city tour in Cairo which visits Coptic Cairo, the Citadel and Mohamed Ali Mosque, or a half day tour to Saqqara, Dashour and Memphis to learn more about the history and evolution of pyramid building. Another full day option further afield includes a trip into the desert outside Cairo to see the World Heritage Site of the Valley of the Whales at Wadi Rayan.

In the late afternoon we take a guided walk through the back streets and bazaars in central Cairo. We’ll walk through the huge Bab al-Futuh gateway and explore streets dedicated to metalwork, spices, pottery, fabric, jewelery and anything else you can imagine as we gradually enter the more touristy Khan-el-Khalili bazaar. We’ll have time for a break to try some tea and a shisha pipe and perhaps enjoy an early dinner of Egypt’s unofficial national dish, Kushari before returning to our hotel.

OVERNIGHT: Cairo hotel

MEALS: Breakfast


Cairo city tour
Wadi Rayan day tour (Valley of the Whales)
Saqqara, Dashour and  Memphis

Day 8: Drive into Sinai to Dahab

This morning, we will commence our journey from Cairo to Dahab, passing under the Suez Canal and traveling through the Sinai region. If you prefer air travel, we also offer an optional upgrade for a flight from Cairo to Sharm el Sheikh. The remainder of the afternoon is yours to unwind by the hotel pool or beach, or you can venture into Assalah to immerse yourself in the unique ambiance of this welcoming village.

The name “Dahab” in Arabic translates to “gold” and alludes to the fine golden sands that adorn the beaches on either side of the main bay. The adjacent Bedouin village, Assalah, graces the shores of Ghazala Bay and comprises a blend of campsites, hotels, restaurants, shops, dive centers, and bars, accentuated with palm trees. It is within Assalah that you’ll encounter the Bohemian atmosphere that makes Dahab so distinctive (most hotels offer shuttle services, and local taxi fares are quite affordable). The evenings present an ideal opportunity to savor a variety of restaurants and relish the superb local seafood.

OVERNIGHT: Dahab hotel

MEALS: Breakfast


Day 9: Free day Dahab (options available)

Today offers you the freedom to explore the abundant attractions in Dahab and its surroundings. You may choose to engage in more snorkeling or experience an introductory scuba dive. Alternatively, you can unwind at one of the many beachfront restaurants or bask in the sun on the beach. If you’re interested in discovering more of the area’s offerings, day trips are accessible to the Ras Abu Galum protected area, where you’ll have the opportunity to closely encounter the renowned marine life of this region. Additional options include visits to the Blue Hole, Coloured and White Canyons, Mount Sinai, St. Catherine’s Monastery, and even an evening with the Bedouins in the desert.

OVERNIGHT: Dahab hotel

MEALS: Breakfast


Day 10: Ferry to Jordan with overnight Wadi Rum Bedouin Camp

This morning, we’ll journey from Dahab to Taba Heights, which is approximately a 2-hour drive, to catch a ferry to Aqaba, a journey that takes about 1 hour. Once we arrive in Jordan and complete the necessary passport procedures, we will head into the breathtaking desert landscapes of Wadi Rum. There, we’ll be warmly welcomed by hospitable Bedouin hosts at a comfortable camp nestled below towering rocks and cliffs. We’ll spend the evening and night unwinding at the camp, savoring a delightful, traditional Jordanian meal that often includes the choice of ‘Zarb,’ a Jordanian dish typically featuring lamb and chicken cooked in the Bedouin tradition underground. Evening activities may comprise a camel ride at sunset or stargazing with telescopes.

OVERNIGHT: Wadi Rum Bedouin Camp

MEALS: Breakfast, Dinner


Day 11: A jeep safari and Bedouin experience in Wadi Rum before heading to Petra

Following breakfast at the camp, we embark on an adventurous jeep safari, traversing the sandy terrain and admiring the towering ‘jebels’ of Wadi Rum. Along the way, we explore sand dunes and fascinating rock formations, including a stunning rock bridge. We engage in local activities inspired by Bedouin traditions, accompanying a shepherd with his flock to a Bedouin tent. Here, we can participate in and learn about various traditional Bedouin activities, such as shearing sheep and goats, milking, grinding grains, making bread, and roasting coffee. After immersing ourselves in nomadic Bedouin life, we return by jeep to the camp and then proceed to Petra. En route to Petra, we’ll visit the Petra Bakery to witness locals making traditional bread and enjoy a light lunch. As an option, you can choose a captivating introduction to Petra with the Petra by Night tour, walking through the Siq to the Treasury, illuminated by the warm glow of hundreds of candles.

OVERNIGHT: Petra hotel

MEALS:Breakfast, Lunch


Day 12: Hike back to Petra from Little Petra via the reverse route

Today, our focus is on the exploration of Petra, the former capital of the Nabataean empire until it fell under Roman control in 106 AD. This incredible city remained hidden from the world’s view for many years, known only to the local Bedouin people, until it was rediscovered in 1812 by the Swiss explorer Johann Ludwig Burckhardt. Located at the edge of the Wadi Aruba desert, Petra is surrounded by imposing canyon walls and towering hills, accessible only through a narrow rock cleft known as the Siq. Most of Petra’s structures were carved into the multicolored sandstone cliffs, and it has now become one of Jordan’s premier tourist destinations, with the Jordanian Government actively supporting its development.

Today, we have ample time to explore this ancient city, taking a unique back-route starting from Little Petra. Before commencing our journey into Petra, we’ll visit the equally fascinating site of Little Petra, or Siq al-Barid. From there, a short jeep ride will take us to the beginning of the mountain trail connecting Little Petra to the Monastery and the primary Petra site.

The back-route into Petra offers a less crowded and intriguing way to experience the site, with the added bonus of stunning mountain vistas overlooking the Holy Land. This route covers the same monuments as the standard route, including Little Petra and the Monastery. The journey begins with an ascent along rock-carved steps and paths along the mountain’s edge. After reaching a plateau, you can pause for refreshments at a small café with excellent photo opportunities. The path continues, and you’ll catch a glimpse of ‘Ad-Deir’ (the Monastery), providing a well-deserved break before descending into Petra’s main site.

As you enter Petra, the valley unfolds, revealing tombs carved into the rock on both sides, remnants of a Roman amphitheater, and colonnaded streets. Our journey through Petra will ultimately lead us to The Khazneh (Treasury), one of the most iconic structures in Petra.

While the back-route hike into Petra is not overly challenging, it does involve multiple ascents and descents and requires walking on sandy terrain within the main site of Petra for several hours. This route is suitable for those comfortable with this terrain and able to hike for a minimum of 2-3 hours to reach the Monastery and additional hours while exploring the main site of Petra.

For individuals with reduced mobility or concerns about the distance, horse carriages are available for approximately 20JD (USD 28) for an agreed-upon time (only within the main site of Petra, not on the hiking route). Riding the horses provided is not recommended.

OVERNIGHT: Petra hotel

MEALS: Breakfast


Day 13: Travel from the Dead Sea to the Wadi Mujib Siq Trail for a hike, Dead Sea “swim”

Following breakfast in Petra, we’ll journey north along the Dead Sea road to Wadi Mujib. Here, we’ll embark on an exhilarating hike through the Siq Trail, with splendid views of the Salt Flats at the Dead Sea’s southern end. Upon reaching the Wadi Mujib visitor center, there’s a lunch break (not included) before we enter the water and commence the hike.

Descending into the gorge within the Wadi Mujib Nature Reserve, we’ll explore the shallow waters (available from April to October) and ascend small waterfalls with conveniently placed steps. The hike culminates at a large waterfall, typically lasting 2 to 3 hours in total. We strongly recommend bringing a dry bag to protect your camera or phone from getting wet, as well as water shoes. Dry bags are available for around $7.00 at the visitor center, and you can purchase water shoes for $7.00.

Please note that from November to March, when the Siq Trail is inaccessible, we’ll visit the Baptism site in Bethany, believed to be the biblical ‘Bethany-beyond-the-Jordan,’ where John baptized Jesus. This site includes ancient churches, caves, and pools from Roman and Byzantine eras, visited by Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI. An electric minibus will take you to three sites: Tell Mar Elias, the Baptism Pools, and John the Baptist’s Church.

After a day filled with activities, we’ll make our way to our resort on the Dead Sea’s shores, where you’ll have free time to enjoy a unique “swim” in the highly buoyant waters and relax by the hotel pool. Don’t forget to bring a newspaper or magazine for that iconic Dead Sea photo!

OVERNIGHT: Dead Sea hotel

MEALS: Breakfast


Day 14: Madaba, Mount Nebo & Roman Jerash

After a peaceful night’s rest, our journey takes us to nearby Madaba, where we’ll be captivated by Byzantine mosaics, including the ‘Madaba Map,’ the oldest preserved map of the Holy Land. Moving on from Madaba, we’ll head to Mount Nebo, the place where the prophet Moses gazed upon the Promised Land and where he is also buried. On most clear days, you’ll enjoy panoramic views that extend all the way to Jericho and beyond.

Our last stop of the day is the ancient city of Jerash, renowned for its status as one of the largest and best-preserved Greco-Roman cities outside of Europe. In Jerash, we’ll explore the Forum, wander through its Roman colonnaded streets, admire the Nymphaeum, and visit the Temple of Artemis, situated on one of the city’s highest points.

To conclude our day, we’ll return to Amman, where we’ll spend our final night in Jordan.

OVERNIGHT: Amman hotel

MEALS: Breakfast


Day 15: Amman Free time, airport transfer included

Your day in Amman is at your leisure until we arrange transportation from your hotel to the airport for your departure. If you have a late afternoon or evening flight, additional sightseeing tours are an option, such as a visit to the Baptism Site at Bethany on the Jordan River.


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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