How better to describe Dubai as a glittering diamond in the Desert. It took a mere 30 years to become one of the world’s most visited tourist destination. Enormous skyscrapers turn into twinkling towers as night falls. The Burj Khalifa, Dubai largest building is well worth a visit. See the largest water fountains and stand in awe at the gigantic aquarium at Dubai Mall. Wanting to leave the crowds behind, make your way to the Miracle gardens or board a 1-hour Dhow Cruise along Dubai Creek. Booking excursions have now been made easy by pre-paying a Pass to 25 attractions in Dubai. Buy a 3 – 4 or 5 Attraction Pass and fill your day with endless fun and adventure.
Leave the city of skyscrapers and arrive in Cairo, a city that will never bore you.
Pyramids and Sphinx: A half-day tour is included in your program. See the famous Pyramids & Sphinx with a private English-speaking guide. Entrance fee to the complex is included (Extra cost & pre-booking required if you want to go inside the Pyramid)
At a glance
|Dubai||3 Nights at the Arabian Park hotel or similar|
|Other||Return Airport transfers|
|Half-Day Dubai City tour|
|UAE Entry Visa|
|Cairo||3 Nights at the Oasis Hotel or similar|
|Other||Return Airport transfers|
|Half-day tour to the Pyramids & Sphinx|
CAIRO has many interesting sites to explore besides the Pyramids and Sphinx
Citadel: One of Cairo’s impressive complex located on a hill overlooking Old Cairo. Explore its ancient mosques and surrounding grounds
Memphis: A UNESCO World Heritage site
Nile Dinner Cruise: Spend an unforgettable evening on board a Nile Cruise Liner, lavishly decorated and offering its passengers a rich dining experience
Khan El Khalili Bazaar: Spend some time shopping at the notorious Khan Bazaar, dating back to the 14th Century. You will find anything you desire and trust your skills in haggling the price with the shop owner. Bring cash as most places will not accept Credit Cards.
Egyptian Museum: From the moment you enter the Museum, you will be enthralled by the artifacts and for an extra cost, you can visit the Royal Mummies Room
Coptic Cairo: A fascinating part of Cairo as it houses ancient Churches and historic buildings dating back to the 6th century BC
- Welcome to the "the City of Gold"
- Clear customs, collect your luggage and meet with our representative in the arrival hall for transfer to your hotel
- After breakfast, you are picked up from your hotel for a tour of the city
- Man-made wonders, impressive architecture and a glimpse of historic Dubai are the highlights of this half-day morning tour. Drive onto The Palm Jumeirah and enjoy a photographic stop outside Atlantis The Palm before continuing to Jumeirah Beach and the Burj Al Arab (photo stop outside). Then it’s on towards old Dubai and past Jumeirah Mosque for a visit to Dubai Museum in the 18th century Al Fahidi Fort.
- Wander along Dubai Creek and cross this historic waterway in a traditional abra boat to explore the Gold Souk and Spice Souk on the other side.
- Breakfast at your hotel
- Spend your day enjoying the magnificent attractions the city has to offer
- Return Flights from Jo'burg on Emirates Airlines (Specific & Limited Seats)
- Accommodation at hotels mentioned or similar
- Meals as mentioned
- UAE Entry Visa
- Airport & Tours as mentioned
- Personal expenses, meals and drinks unless otherwise specified
- Travel Insurance
- Egypt Visa fees
- Services not stated in the itinerary
- Increases in airfares, departure & Fuel taxes
- Seasonal and/or event/weekend supplements may be applicable
- Rate valid for travel till 31 October 2019
- Seasonal, Weekend, Events and School Holiday Supplements MAY apply
Contact us for alternative travel dates
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.
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)
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