Sightseeing Holidays & Tours in Africa

6 Day Best of Egypt Tour

Join the best fun packed holiday on our Best of Egypt Tour for 6 Days to visit the Pyramids, Sphinx & Guided Nile Cruise from Aswan to Luxor on an amazing tour in Egypt.

Our Egypt Tour includes all you dreamed about! Getaway Africa is excited to offer the Best of Egypt Tour vacation package including flights from Johannesburg, Cape Town or Durban with guided excursions to major attractions including the Pyramids, Sphinx, Temples and Tombs. While traveling across the country you will also see the city of Alexandria on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea as well as temples along the Nile telling the history of ancient Egypt in century-old hieroglyphs portraying the stories from the Old to New Kingdom of the Egyptian civilization.

Jump on the next flight deal we have on offer to a country filled to the brim with rich history and unique cultures waiting to greet you with a smile.

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Pyramids and Sphinx, of course!
  • Egyptian Museum
  • Full Day tour of Alexandria
  • 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, Karnak Temple, Luxor Temple & Valley of the Kings in Luxor
  • Cruise down the Nile River
  • Optional visit Khan El Khalili bazaars in Cairo

*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. Or see our 8 Day Egypt by Train Tour.

Summary

All Meals Included

6 Days / 5 Nights
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Egypt

Itinerary

Day 01 - Arrival, Pyramids, Sphinx, Museum (B-L)
Upon arrival at Cairo International Airport by Egypt air,a representative welcomes you and assists you through the immigration process. Escorted transfer by a modern air-conditioned coach will take you to the hotel for breakfast refreshment (check in if the rooms are available) 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.

Lunch at an oriental restaurant then start 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.

Drive back to your hotel & evening at leisure whereby a sound & light show can be offered as optional. Overnight at the hotel in Cairo

Day 02 - Full day tour to Alexandria (B-L-D)
Early breakfast at the hotel in Cairo then transfer to Alexandria via the desert road –about 225 km– whereby you will start a guided tour to visit the Bombay’s’ pillars, the Catacombs & Montazah Gardens. You will also pass by Alexandrina Bibliotheca from outside & overview Qaite Bay citadel from outside

Pompeii Column and Kom el-Shuqafa Catacombs Thirty meters high and built from Aswan pink granite, the Pompeii Column is thought to have been a present from the people of Alexandria to Emperor Diocletian. The majority of the remains found around the column can be been at the Greco-Roman Museum. At the top of the hill lies the entrance to the Kom al-Shuqafa Catacombs dating from the first and second centuries. They have been discovered by chance at the beginning of 20th, century.

Montazah Gardens; is about 150 hectare park surrounding the palace of Khedive Abbas with its amazing architecture worth of Walt Disney. Visitors enjoy strolling in the gardens or swimming of the nice sandy beaches.

Alexandrina Bibliotheca; the New Library of Alexandria, the New Bibliotheca Alexandrina is dedicated to recapture the spirit of openness and scholarship of the original Bibliotheca Alexandrina. It is much more than a library as it contains 13 different departments
Besides, the New Library also hosts a number of institutions which is growing and it is becoming the nerve center of many international and regional networks.

Qaite bay Fort has been guarding the bay for centuries; at the end of the Cornish rises the crenellated walls of the Mameluk fortress built in 1480 on the site of the Alexandria lighthouse

Lunch will be served during the tour in a an oriental restaurant

Drive back to Cairo, dinner at a restaurant & overnight at the hotel

Day 03 Cairo - Aswan visits – Nile cruise (B-L-D) (Fridays)
Early wakeup & check out of the hotel
Tea & coffee will be served & breakfast box to take with.
Drive to Cairo airport for about 70 minutes’ flight to Aswan – the southern gate of Egypt.
Meet & assist upon arrival at Aswan airport. Aswan is one of the world's best-known winter resorts. Start a guided tour to visit the Old Dam (just passing over it) and the High Dam, which provides irrigation and electricity to the whole Egypt and then a motor boat ride, will take you to the beautiful Temple of Philae on Isis Island then transfer to the Nile Cruise & Check in.

Lunch will be served onboard the cruise then afternoon relax tour by felucca to sail in around the Elephantine & Botanical Islands viewing the Agha Khan mausoleum.
Back to the cruise again for dinner and overnight onboard.

Abu simble as an optional tour
If the group would like to book Abu simble by air then they will fly to Abu simble via Aswan & back. Aswan sightseeing can be done in the afternoon or the following morning
In case the group would like to book Abu simble by land then it can be done early morning the following day.

Day 04 Abu simble- Nile cruise – Kom Embo – Edfu (B-L-D)
Very early wakeup call & breakfast box will be ready to start an excursion by coach to the great Temples of Abu Simbel flanked by four giant stone statues of Ramses II. The Temple was reclaimed from the dam to rescue from the rising water of Lake Nasser and reconstructed in its present site.
Sail to Kom Embo upon returning from Abu simble. Visit The Ptolemaic Temple Shared by Two Gods, Sobek and Heroeris in Kom Embo.
Sail to Edfu & overnight on board.

Day 05 Edfu – Esna - Luxor (B-L-D)
Transfer by Kalesh or horse drawn carriage to the Temple of Horus to visit then back to the Nile Cruise and sail to Esna / Luxor.
Visit Karnak temple upon arrival to Luxor and over view Luxor temple from outside as it is like an open museum.
Overnight onboard

Day 06 Luxor - departure (B-L) (Monday)
Early breakfast & check out then start a visit to the west bank in Luxor to the Valley of the Kings, Hatshepsut temple & colossi of Memnon

Drive back to the Nile cruise & take the luggage and drive to a restaurant for lunch before driving to Luxor airport for a flight to Cairo

Meet & assist at Cairo airport & transfer to the airport for final departure onboard Egypt air

Rates quoted per person sharing

5 Night Best of Egypt
Fly in Package

Egypt Guided Holiday including flights from Johannesburg

IN ZAR 2 Adults
4 Adults
6 Adults
15 July - 25 Sep 2018 R 17,660 pp R 15,920 pp R 14,200 pp
26 Sep - 25 Oct 2018 R 18,090 pp R 16,360 pp R 14,650 pp
26 Oct - 18 Dec 2018 R 18,330 pp R 16,610 pp R 14,900 pp
19 Dec - 25 Dec 2018 R 19,290 pp R 17,560 pp R 15,860 pp
26 Dec - 02 Jan 2019 R 19,795 pp R 18,070 pp R 16,360 pp
03 Jan - 14 Apr 2019 R 18,330 pp R 16,610 pp R 14,900 pp
15 Apr - 25 Apr 2019 R 19,290 pp R 17,560 pp R 15,860 pp
26 Apr - 30 May 2019 R 18,330 pp R 16,610 pp R 14,900 pp
*Rates for larger groups on request.
Based on cheapest airfares
Rates are for SA Residence only. Rates for other nationalities available per quote.
5 Star Hotel Upgrade in Cairo
Upgrade to the 5 star Le Meridian Pyramids - R 420 per person sharing

Package rates includes:

  • Return flights from Johannesburg to Cairo on Egypt Air
  • Domestic flights from Cairo to Aswan & Luxor to Cairo on Egypt Air
  • Airport taxes
  • Private transfer from airports to the hotels/Nile cruises as per itinerary.
  • Meet, assist at Cairo, Luxor & Aswan Airports
  • Private guided sightseeing as per itinerary (Cairo, Alexandria, Aswan,
    Kom Embo, Edfu & Luxor)
  • 2 Nights accommodation in Cairo at the 4*Oasis Hotel or Grand Pyramids Hotel
  • 3 Nights accommodation onboard 5* Nile Cruise
  • All Meals during the tour
  • Entrance Fees
  • 24hr assistance from our local operator in Egypt during your tour

Package rates excludes:

  • Abu Simbel Excursion (available as optional add-on for approx R 800 pp by bus)
  • Entrance into Cheops Pyramids & Solar boat (Approximately 300 Egyptian Pounds to enter each)
  • 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)

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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