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Egypt Tour & Red Sea

10 Day Nile & Red Sea Tour

Drift awhile along the Nile on our 10 Day Nile & Red Sea Tour. There is really no better way to explore the antiquities and landscape of Egypt than by cruising the mighty Nile River, with most attractions accessible directly from its banks. But the smaller details are just as charming; the fisherman casting their rods, the locals taking morning tea on the riverbank, the swaying wheat fields, the farmers tending their crops and the smiling children waving as you pass serenely by.

For a truly comprehensive tour, we have designed the 10 Day Nile & Red Sea Tour to include the major sights while concluding your journey with a relaxing stay on the beaches of the Red Sea.

Egypt's monuments are legendary. Giza's Great Pyramid, otherwise known as the Pyramid of Khufu, is the largest and oldest at over 4,500 years, and the only surviving Wonder of the Ancient World. Whilst it's possible to climb inside and view its Great Gallery, for ancient Pharaonic artifacts we include a visit to Cairo's Egyptian Museum where most famously displayed is the gold death mask of Tutankhamen, retrieved from the Valley of the Kings.

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Pyramids and Sphinx, of course!
  • Egyptian Museum, Khan El Khalili bazaars in Cairo
  • Philae Temple visit by motor boat in Aswan
  • Kom Ombo Temple & High Dam visit in Aswan
  • Edfu Temple visit by horse carriage during cruise
  • Hatshepsut Temple, Colossi of Memnon in Luxor
  • Cruise down the Nile River in a standard cruise
  • Relaxing on the beaches of the Red Sea in Hurghada

*Abu Simbel & Hot Air Balloon excursions available as optional extra

This tour includes all flights, accommodation, most meals, local guides, transport by private minibus and 24 hour assistance while on tour.
Our standard package includes flights from Johannesburg, however it can be tailored with flights from Cape Town, Durban or other major airport in South Africa.
The itinerary shown is only used as a template as the exact order of the activities depends on your dates and cruise line schedules.

As an alternative of flying to and from the Nile Cruise ports, you can also experience the Egyptian sleeper train. The sleeper train adds an extra night per journey (Cairo to Aswan & Luxor to Cairo). Should you like to consider this option, it will extend the Best of Egypt Tour by 2 days.

For a luxury Egypt tour, see our 9 Day Luxury Egypt Tour

Itinerary is based on cruises onboard the M/S Radamis Standard Cruise

Summary

Most Meals included

10 Days / 9 Nights
A/C Vehicle

Egypt

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival Cairo
Meet at Cairo Airport upon arrival by Excel Travel representative who will assist you through airport customs & formalities. You will be escorted immediately to your hotel by Excel A/C modern fleet.
Check in the hotel upon arrival & overnight in Cairo.

Day 02: Pyramids, Sphinx, Museum, Khan El Khalili (B)
Early breakfast at the hotel in Cairo then start a guided tour to visit one of the Seven Wonders the great Pyramids of Giza; (Cheops, Chephren and Mycerinus) were reckoned by the Greeks to be one of the Seven Wonders of the World. A single pyramid is built with 2.300.000 blocks, each weighing an average of two and a half tones. In the face of such immensity, one cannot help but feel the wonder and awe that so many writers and artists have sought to convey over the centuries. The Cheops Pyramid is more interesting, because its interior burial chambers are open for inspection by the public. Not far from the Pyramids is the Great Sphinx of Giza, which dates from the time of Chephren (2620 BC). Hewn from natural yellowish limestone and standing 65 feet-high and 187 feet-long, this unforgettable statue combines the head of a Pharaoh with a lion's body. A quick visit to papyrus institute or a perfume shop can be arranged after the visit.

Afternoon visit to the Egyptian Museum for another tour
Egyptian Museum; was established by the Egyptian government in 1835. The present museum building was built in 1900, in the new classical style by the French architect Marcel Dourgnon. The museum exhibited collections now exceed 120,000 objects ranges from pre-historic era to the Greco Roman period. It has 107 halls, and the ground floor houses huge statues. The upper floor houses small statues, jewels, Tutankhamen treasures and the mummies. The museum also comprises of a photography section and large library. A hall for the Royal Mummies was opened at the museum, housing eleven kings and queens.

After the visit of the museum a short drive through the downtown will take you to Khan El Khalili bazaars; which is one of the most famous worldwide with its amazing narrow alleyways. Drive back to the hotel & overnight at the hotel in Cairo

Day 03: Cairo - Aswan- Cruise (Friday, Wednesday) (B, L, D)
Breakfast in the hotel, check out and transfer to the airport for your flight to Aswan
Meet & assist upon arrival at Aswan Airport & transfer to the Nile Cruise

11:00 Check-In
12:30 Lunch on board
13:30 Visit the High Dam, the Temple of Philae
19:30 Dinner on board.

Overnight in Aswan

Day 04: Aswan – Kom Embo – Edfu (B, L, D)
07:00 Breakfast on board (Optional tour to Abu simble)
12:30 Lunch on board
13:00 Sailing to Kom Ombo
17:00 Visit the Temple shared by two gods Sobek & Haeroris in Kom Ombo
18:30 Sailing to Edfu.
19:30 Dinner on board.

Overnight in Edfu.

Day 05: Edfu – Luxor (B, L, D)
06:00 Tea and Coffee Before the visit of Edfu temple
06:30 Visit of Horus Temple in Edfu.
08:00 Breakfast on board.
08:30 sailing to Luxor via Esna
13:00 Lunch on board.

Afternoon free at leisure or enjoy an optional tour to visit the East Bank
20:00 Dinner on board. Overnight in Luxor.

Day 06: West bank – Proceed to Hurghada by bus (B, L, D)
07:00 Breakfast on board
08:00 Check- out after breakfast
08:00 Visit West Bank - Valley of the Kings, and Temple of Queen Hatshepsut

After the visit, disembark from the cruise and drive from Luxor to Hurghada. Check in the hotel upon arrival Hurghada. The rest of your day is at leisure. Overnight at the hotel in Hurghada.

Day 06 - 08 Free at leisure - Hurghada
The Hurghada city is divided to three partitions, El Dahar area is the old area in Hurghada and it has the old market and Bazaars in Hurghada, the biggest Masjed in Hurghada and church. The second area called El Sakala and this one consists of many of Bazaars, Cafes, discus, Hurghada Marina, Hurghada port which ferry boats leave to Sharm El Sheikh and Saudi Arabia. The newest area is the Touristic Road that take place in front of the hotels, there are many Bazaars, cafes and discus along the road.
Hurghada has many islands far from its beach but there are two big island that are famous and you can do trips to them, Giftun and Mahmya Islands are the main diving and snorkeling sites to which daily boats take diving parties. The island has a beautiful sand reef, and garden of corals and exotic marine life.

Hurghada offers a Varity of activities that you can do in the sea or in the desert, the fantastic coral reefs in the sea make the snorkeling and diving is one of the main activities in Hurghada, there are daily trips by boat to do snorkeling and diving operated by diving centers in the hotels also you can do the Galss boat, this one is good for the kids as they can see the coral reefs without swimming or diving. During these trips they stop at Giftun Island one of the national park in Hurghada, other water sports take place in Hurghada as windsurfing, kitesurfing and waterskiing.
Sindbad Submarine is one of the fascinating trips in Hurghada, submarine sail every day two or three times to dive with 44 passengers for 20 meters under water to see the underwater views and marina life of the red sea.
The Majestic desert of Hurghada is amazing like its beaches and coral reefs, those they love adventure prefer to do the trips to the desert and the mountains, the safari tour operators have a nice tour through the desert, you can do the Jeep 4*4 safari trip or Quad Bike desert tours, during the desert trips you will have the opportunity to ride the Camels and learn about the Bedouin people and their life. After you make your trip through the desert and mountain, you will be head to the most interest dinner you can do, the Bedouin Barbecue Dinner with Bedouin music and party. Also, there is star gazing with powerful telescope for those who want to see the stars, as well morning Quad Bike for people who are interest to drive longer and explore the desert. Overnight at the hotel in Hurghada.

Day 09: Hurghada – Cairo
Breakfast in the hotel, check out and transfer to Hurghada Airport for your flight back to Cairo.
Drive back to the hotel & overnight in Cairo.

Day 10: Final departure (B)
Breakfast in the hotel, check out and transfer to Cairo Airport for your final departure

Rates quoted per person sharing

10 Day Nile & Red Sea Tour

Egypt Guided Holiday including flights from Johannesburg

IN ZAR 2 Adults
6 Adults
01 Aug - 25 Sep'19 From R23,037 From R18,806
26 Sep - 25 Oct'19 From R24,013 From R19,782
26 Oct - 10 Dec'19 From R24,049 From R19,818
11 Dec - 04 Jan'20 From R28,671 From R24,440
05 Jan - 15 Apr'20 From R25,643 From R21,412
16 Apr - 30 Apr'20 From R28,201 From R23,970
01 May - 31 May'20 From R25,178 From R20,947
*Rates for larger groups on request.
Based on cheapest airfares
Rates are for SA Residence only. Rates for other nationalities available per quote.

Package rates includes:

  • Return flights from Johannesburg to Cairo on Egypt Air
  • All Internal flights
  • Airport taxes
  • Meet & assist at Cairo, Luxor & Aswan Airports
  • All transfer from / to airports in a/c vehicles on private basis.
  • Private full day guided tour to the pyramids and Sphinx, Egyptian Museum & Khan El Khalili Bazaar with entrance fee
  • 03 Nights’ accommodation in Cairo at 5* Le Meridien Pyramids (or a similar 5* hotel) on Bed & Breakfast basis
  • 03 Nights’ accommodation on-board Radamis Nile cruise based on Full Board basis (food only & no beverages)
  • 03 Nights’ accommodation in Hurghada at 5* Hilton resort hotel (or a similar 5* hotel) based on All-Inclusive basis
  • Private cruise sightseeing as per itinerary - with English speaking guide to visit:
  • In Aswan; Philae Temple & High Dam
  • While sailing: visit Edfu and Kom Ombo temples
  • In Luxor: The Valley of the Kings, Hatshepsut Temple, the Colossi of Memnon on the West Bank.

Package rates excludes:

  • Abu Simbel Excursion (available as optional add-on).
  • Entrance into Cheops Pyramids & Solar boat.
  • Entrance to Mummy exhibition inside Cairo Egyptian Museum.
  • Gratuities
  • Alcoholic & Soft Drinks
  • Obligatory tips on-board cruises (5.00 USD per person per night)
  • Travel Insurance (compulsory)
  • Visas (Free of charge for South African Passport holders / Must be arranged before traveling to Egypt)
  • Xmas or NY Gala dinners. TBA if compulsory at any hotel at time of booking.

 

Tipping in Egypt
Please take note that tipping is a custom in Egypt. Many of the locals may expect a tip for their services from carrying your luggage, taking a photo or transport by horse carriage of motorboat. Generally a 10 to 20 Egyptian Pound tip is sufficient for most services. We recommend you keep some small notes on you while traveling for this (preferably Egyptian Pounds).

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