Egypt Christmas Tour

9
nights and
10
days
From

 

Per person sharing

Egypt, an impressive and perfect Christmas tour. Visit the Pyramids and Sphinx. Follow in the footsteps of the Pharaohs as you sail along Egypt's famous Nile River on a 5 * cruise and drift off to sleep on the River's gentle waves. Leave Egypt's historical part behind as you set off to Hurghada, a beautiful Red Sea Resort. Spend relaxing on the beach or explore its sandy dunes on a quad bike (for the more adventurous).

At a glance

Cairo 2 Nights in a 4* Hotel on Bed & Breakfast basis
Nile Cruise  3 Nights onboard a 5* Nile Cruise Liner on full board basis 
Hurghada 4 Nights in a 4* hotel on All Inclusive basis 
Transfers Transfers in Cairo - Aswan - Luxor - Hurghada
Tours Cairo: Full day Cairo tour and Full day Alexandria 
  Nile Cruise: All shore excursions 
Other Entrance fees included for all tour 
  Alexandria tour includes lunch 

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Highlights

> Stand in awe in front of the Pyramids, and Sphinx in Cairo
> See the ancient treasures in Egypt's famous Museum
> Shop at the Khan el Khalili Bazaar
> Sail down the Nile with many shore excursions to ancient Temples
> Relax in Hurghada, renowned for scuba diving and home to traditional Egyptian Coffee shops and souks  

 

Country information

Best time to travel
The best time to visit Egypt’s sites (Cairo, Red Sea Resort and Nile Cities) is from February to April and again between October and November. During these months, the sky and seas are perfectly blue.
Winter time temperatures (December to February) are mild and can be overcast. Note that December is peak season and rates are calculated accordingly

Egypt Culture and Greetings
Egypt’s Essential Views are defined as Honour, Loyalty, Education, Modesty and Pride
Greetings between men and women: A handshake may be acceptable in certain circumstances and the woman must extend her hand first. If she does not, a man should bow his head as a sign of acknowledgment.

Drinks & Food
There is a wide variety of offerings available ranging from the cheap food carts and street food that serve Egypt’s working class to fancy restaurants that cater solely to tourists and the upper class. Tea (shai) is the national drink of Egypt. Invitations to sit and drink tea together are an important part of the culture. Egyptians generally drink tea sweetened with a large amount of sugar. Alcohol is not widely consumed because of Islamic rules. Beer is popular and readily available in the larger cities. Buy your duty-free alcohol before entering the country. 

City Travel
Government-owned Transport Authority run buses and tram services in Cairo (Very crowded). Buses and fixed taxi routes are run by private companies. The easiest way to get around Cairo is by Metro. Most used transport mode are taxies. Fix the rate before you start your journey. A comprehensive rail network runs through the country. Serving the Nile cities are various AC day and night trains with sleeping and restaurant cars serving Luxor and Aswan (Sleeper trains must be booked well in advance)

Tipping
Also known as Backsheesh will be requested from you by “everyone”. Change your money into Egyptian Pounds for tips to porters, waiters, room staff and drivers. Official Guides are tipped in Foreign currency. Remember that the tips supplement the income of low Egyptian wages paid 

Local interesting meals
Ful Mudamas: broad beans in sauce
Koshari: lentils, macaroni, rice and chickpeas
Mahshi: stuffed grapevine leaves
Fiteer Baladi: known as Egyptian pizza, fiteer is buttery and full of artery-clogging goodness
Falafel (Tameya): a deep-fried mixture of herbs and beans is a favorite, especially among vegetarians
Kofta: minced beef or lamb with spices, rolled onto a skewer and barbecued over coals

 


Itinerary

Day 7

Hurghada (B-L-D)

  • Day at leisure in Hurghada
  • An option would be to visit the Hurghada Grand Aquarium offering an of marine life in the Red Sea (extra cost)
     
Day 8

Hurghada (B-L-D)

  • The day is at leisure in Hurghada
  • You make consider booking a Bedioun Barbeque in the Egyptian Desert (Extra cost)
Day 9

Hurghada (B-L-D)

  • Hurghada, your last day at leisure

Inclusions

  • Return airfares from Johannesburg with EGYPT AIR (Specific and limited seats)
  • Accommodation as mentioned
  • Meals as mentioned
  • Tours as per program
  • Transfers in Cairo, Aswan, Luxor and Hurghada
  • Entrance fees
  • Local tours with professional English-speaking guides
  • Departure & Fuel taxes (subject to change)
     

Exclusions

  • Increases in airfares and Airline levies
  • Visa fee for Egypt
  • Tips
  • Services not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Travel Insurance

Validity

  • Rates valid for travel between 01 and 27 December 2018
  • Seasonal. weekend and event supplements may be applicable