Elusive and Exclusive Egypt

8
nights and
9
days
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26,495

Per person sharing

Join us on this Elusive and Exclusive Egypt tour. Start your trip in the bustling city of Cairo, with a visit to its most famous site the Pyramids of Giza and its guardian Sphinx. Our journey continues southwards to Aswan. Here you will board your 5* Cruise Liner and gently cruise your way to Luxor. Several stops are made en route accompanied by your very experienced tour guide. As soon as you return to Cairo, a different adventure starts. Travel northwards to Marsa Matrouh, located on the Mediterranean Sea. Continue inland to Siwa, one of the most inaccessible oases in Egypt. Discover why Alexander the Great traveled to Siwa and wander around the ruins of the Shali Fortress, built from clay and salt. Spend one night in a tented camp and watch the most spectacular sunsets ever seen.

At a glance

Day 1 Arrive Cairo. Transfer to hotel. Afternoon Pyramids & Sphinx tour
Day 2 Visit Memphis and Sakkar this morning. Afternoon a leisure
Day 3 Flight to Aswan. Start of Nile cruise program
Day 4 Kom Ombo and Edfu Temple tour
Day 5 Valley of the Kings visit
Day 6 Flight to Cairo and onwards to Siwa via Marsa Matrouh
Day 7 Siwa Oasis tour and overnight in tented Desert Camp
Day 8 Return to Siwa and explore the historic Shali Fortress
Day 9 Return to Cairo Airport and check in for your return/onward flight

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Highlights

> Private tour with daily departures
> Transfers and transportation in AC vehicles
> Experienced qualified English speaking guides throughout
> Entrance fees included
> Sail from Aswan to Luxor onboard a 5* Cruise Liner
> Visit the isolated Siwa Oasis with its distinctive Berber culture
> Spend a night  under the stars

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 taxi’s. 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 4

Nile Cruise program - Luxor (B-L-D)

  • Breakfast and sail via Kom Ombo and Esna.
  • Highlights 
  • The Temple of Kom Ombo is exquisitely located on a dune above a bend in the Nile. Alone among Egypt's temple it is shared equally by two gods of Sobek, the crocodile god of Nile fertility and Haroeis, the elder Horus.
  • Temple of Edfu; the town of Edfu boasts Egypt's best preserved temple dedicated to Horus, the god of sun and planets and a falcon as his symbol.
  • A delightful hantour (horse carriage) ride takes you from the Nile to the temple grounds.
Day 5

Luxor (B-L-D)

  • Luxor Highlights 
  • The Valley of the Kings shelters the fabled tombs of the pharaohs.
  • More than 40 pharaohs were laid to rest here in ornate subterranean palaces penetrating sometimes under 100 m into the face of the rock.
  • Colossi of Memnon dominates the desert to the east stand the huge colossi of Memnon theColossielics of the funerary temple of Amenhotep 111.
  • El Deir El Bahari-Splendor of Splendors
  • On the plains at the foot of the rugged Theban mountains, set in a dramatic Amphitheatre of rocky cliffs, stands the terraced Temple of Deir El Bahari a fine example of architecture which Queen Hatshepsut had built 1490 BC. Hatshepsut was the only woman to rule Egypt as a pharaoh.


 

Day 6

Luxor - Cairo - Siwa (B-D)

  • After breakfast, disembark from the cruise and transfer to Luxor Airport for your flight to Cairo.
  • Arrive Cairo Airport and meet with our representative
  • Drive to Siwa Oasis (+/-. 6 hours)
  • Head towards Marsa Matrouh on Egypt’s Mediterranean shore. With sandy white beaches and crystal-clear waters, many believe that Cleopatra herself bathed in the tranquil waters of Marsa Matrouh
  • Continue to Siwa Oasis and check in at your hotel  

Inclusions

  • Return airfares with EGYPT AIR (based on limited & specific seats
  • Departure and Fuel taxes (Subject to change)
  • Meet and assist on arrival and departure by our local representative 
  • Transfer and intercity transportation as per itinerary in AC vehicle
  • Accommodation in sharing room at selected hotels 
  • Nile cruise program in double sharing cabin
  • Meals: as mentioned 
  • Local English Speaking Guide
  • Entrance fees

Exclusions

  • Personal expenses, meals and drinks unless otherwise specified
  • Travel insurance
  • Egypt visa fee
  • Tips
  • Services not stated in the itinerary

Validity

  • Rate valid for travel between 01 SEP to 15 DEC 2018
  • Seasonal supplements may be applicable

    Contact us for rates for alternative dates