Sightseeing Holidays & Tours in Africa

7 Day Best of Egypt Tour

Join the best fun packed holiday on our Best of Egypt Tour for 7 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
  • Visit Khan El Khalili bazaars in Cairo
  • 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

*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

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7 Days / 6 Nights
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Egypt

Day 01- Arrival Cairo (D)

Upon arrival at Cairo International Airport, 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 through Old Cairo to enjoy the panoramic view of the citadel with the towering mosque of Mohamed Ali pass by Sultan Hassan & El Refaie mosques. Check in the hotel upon arrival & free time to refresh.

Dinner in an oriental restaurant & optional tour of the Sound & Light Show by the Pyramids.

Back to the hotel & overnight in Cairo.

Day 02- Pyramids, Sphinx, Museum, Khan El Khalili (B-L-D)

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.

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. 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 your hotel for refreshment & then go out for dinner at an oriental restaurant.

Drive back to the hotel & overnight at the hotel in Cairo.

Day 03- 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 & 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 local restaurant.

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

Day 04- Cairo - Aswan visits – Nile cruise (B-L-D) Wed, Fri

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 05- Abu simble- Nile cruise – Kom Embo – Edfu (B-L-D)

Very early wakeup call & breakfast box will be ready to start an optional 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 06- 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 07- Luxor  - departure (B)

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 Luxor airport for your international flight.

 

 

Rates quoted per person sharing

7 Day Best of Egypt
Fly in Package

Egypt Guided Holiday including flights from Johannesburg

IN ZAR 2 Adults
6 Adults
01 Aug - 25 Sep'19 From R22,714 From R17,475
26 Sep - 25 Oct'19 From R23,736 From R18,513
26 Oct - 10 Dec'19 From R23,938 From R18,715
11 Dec - 04 Jan'20 From R27,704 From R22,481
05 Jan - 15 Apr'20 From R25,382 From R20,159
16 Apr - 30 Apr'20 From R27,474 From R22,251
01 May - 31 May'20 From R24,917 From R19,694
*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
  • Internal 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
  • Bottled cold water during the tours (one bottle per person / day) in Cairo
  • Private guided tours to visit all sights as per the itinerary in Cairo, Alexandria, Aswan, Kom Embo, Edfu & Luxor with local English-speaking guides.
  • 3 Nights accommodation in Cairo at 5* Le Meridien Pyramids Hotel & Spa (or similar 5*)
  • 3 Nights accommodation on-board M/S Radamis I or II Standard Nile Cruise
  • Breakfast daily for stay in Cairo
  • 2 lunches & 3 dinners in oriental restaurants.
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner on Nile cruise
  • Entrance Fees
  • 24hr assistance from our local operator in Egypt during your tour

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)

*Kindly contact us for rates on above mentioned tours*

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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