Sightseeing Holidays & Tours in Africa

9 Day Luxury Egypt Tour

For a truly exquisite trip of a life-time, book our 9 Day Luxury Egypt Tour. One of our most iconic links to ancient civilization may be the Great Pyramids and Sphinx of Giza. Egypt has forever been tied to its Pharaonic past, and its archaeological riches are beyond compare, but there's more to this Arabian powerhouse: the splendor of the Nile, the boundless Western Desert, and the teeming reefs of the Red Sea.

So, why is our 9 Day Luxury Egypt Tour the best tour for this region? Other than the high-end exclusive accommodations, Nile cruiser and VIP service while touring, this tour offers all the sights of our most popular Best of Egypt tour and yet a lot more! While in Cairo you will get an extended tour of the Pyramids and Sphinx to also include Memphis and Sakkara as well as the Egyptian Museum, the Citadel and Khan El Khalili Bazaars. While in Cairo you will stay at the 5 star Four Seasons Nile Plaza, situated on the legendary corniche and occupying 30 storeys of the prestigious Nile Plaza.

After a short flight to the Aswan or Luxor, you will board the Nile's most luxurious Nile Cruiser, the Oberoi Philae. Onboard you will find spacious accommodations, all day fine dining and revitalizing spa treatments, as well as an in-house movie theater and a dance floor. Fall in love with the secrets of ancient Egypt; from timeless monuments to hand carved temples and tombs. While cruising on the 9 Day Luxury Egypt Tour down the Nile, you will visit the Nubian Museum and all the most iconic temples of the region including the Valley of Kings and more!

This tour can be further extended to include the Abu Simbel Temple in the far south of Egypt (accessible by private transfer or flight from Aswan) as well as well as some time ate one of the Red Sea resort towns of Hurghada or Sharm El Shiekh.

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Pyramids and Sphinx, of course!
  • Memphis, Sakkara, Egyptian Museum & Khan El Khalili bazaars
  • Philae Temple visit by motor boat in Aswan
  • Kom Ombo Temple & High Dam visit in Aswan
  • Nubian Museum
  • 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 in a high end luxury cruiser

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

This tour includes all flights, accommodation, most meals, local guides, transport by private minibus (VIP service) 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.

For a shorter tour of Egypt, see our 7 Day Best of Egypt Tour

Itinerary is based on cruises onboard the M/S Oberoi Philae Luxury Cruise

Summary

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9 Days / 8 Nights
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Egypt

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrival Cairo
Upon arrival at Cairo International Airport, a representative welcomes you and assists you through the immigration process. Modern air-conditioned coaches take you to your hotel in Cairo. Your representative will ensure a smooth hotel check-in.
Overnight at the hotel in Cairo.

Day 02: Pyramids, Sphinx, Sphinx, Memphis & Sakara
Breakfast we 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 can be served at an oriental restaurant.

Afternoon tour to explore ancient Egypt with a visit to Memphis a museum embraces the famous statues of Ramses & Sakkara which includes the step pyramid Explore some of the mysteries with your knowledgeable Egyptologist.An Evening optional tour is available to the spectacular sound & light show by the Sphinx. Back to the hotel and overnight in Cairo. 

Day 03: Cairo – Aswan
Breakfast in the hotel, check out. Escorted transfer to Cairo Domestic airport for your flight to Aswan to board the Oberoi Philae Cruiser for a relaxing tour through the history for 5 days as per the Nile cruise itinerary shown hereunder;

12:00  noon Embarkation
12:30  Lunch
16:00  Visit Nubian Museum by motor boat
17.00  Tea at club lounge.
19:00  cocktail reception.
19:30  Dinner & Overnight in Aswan 

Day 04: Nile cruise
07:30  Breakfast
09:00  visit of Philae temple and High Dam
12.00  noon Sail to Komombo
12:30  Lunch
14:30  Visit the twin temple of Komombo.
16:00  Sail to Edfu
17.00  Tea at club lounge.
19:30  Dinner & Overnight in Edfu 

Day 05: Nile cruise
07:30  Breakfast
10:00  Visit the Temple of Edfu,
12:00  Sail to Essna
13:00  Lunch - Cross the Essna Lock Sail to Luxor
17.00  Tea at club lounge.
19:30 Dinner & Overnight in Luxor

Day 06: Nile cruise
05:00  Breakfast
06:00  Visit West bank valley of kings, king Tut's tomb, Ramses "the six", Dier Elmadina, Habu and colossus of Memnon.
12:30  Lunch
15:00  Visit Luxor and Karank temples
17.00  Tea at club lounge.
19:30  Dinner & Overnight in Luxor

Day 07: Luxor - Cairo
07:30  Breakfast
08:00  Disembarkation

Disembarkation after breakfast, and transfer to Luxor airport for a flight to Cairo. Upon arrival at Cairo Airport, a representative will welcome you at the airport and escort you to your hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at the hotel in Cairo. 

Day 08: The Egyptian Museum, the Citadel and Khan El Khalili Bazaars
Breakfast at the hotel then start tour to visit the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities.
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. Lunch can be served at an oriental restaurant.

Afternoon tour to visit the Citadel, the medieval fortress of Salah-El-Din and the Mosque of Mohammed Ali.

Your reward for buying the optional will be a complementary visit of Khan El Khalili bazaars; which is one of the most famous worldwide with its amazing narrow alleyways.  The visitor can discover small restaurants and workaday cafes where Egyptians & non-Egyptians come to smoke water pipes and enjoy some of the traditional Egyptian drinks in the cafes scattered around the area (Few years ago, Naguib Mahfouz himself used to come and sit beneath the huge, ageing and discolored mirrors of the café). Jewelers, items made from copper, parquetry boxes, semi-precious stones, rugs, blown-glass dishes and other souvenirs. Drive back to your hotel. An optional evening tour is available to enjoy your dinner while cruising the Nile at night with spectacular panoramic view & folkloric shows. Overnight in Cairo

Day 09: Final departure

Final departure transfers after breakfast from the hotel; a representative will escort you, check you in your flight

Optional excursion to visit Abu Simbel – For those who wish to opt for unforgettable tour to Abu Simbel, it will be done before embarkation from Aswan or disembarkation in Aswan. The tour will include a return flight from Aswan airport to Abu Simbel airport with private escorted transfers in both destinations. A Private guide will accompany clients and guide them through the great temples of Ramses II & his beloved Nefertari.

Note: The above cruise itinerary can be done in reverse, starting in Luxor and ending in Aswan.

Rates quoted per person sharing

9 Days Luxury Egypt Tour

Cairo & Nile cruise

Egypt Guided Holiday including flights from Johannesburg

IN ZAR 2 Adults
4 Adults 6 Adults
Jul - 22 Sep'19 From R42,314 pp From R41,014 pp From R39,701 pp
26 Sep - 24 Oct'19 From R50,503 pp From R49,190 pp From R47,891 pp
03 Nov - 19 Dec'19 From R54,555 pp From R53,270 pp From R51,971 pp
Jan - 23 Apr'20 From R56,847 pp From R55,562 pp From R54,263 pp

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
  • Meet & assist at Cairo, Aswan & Luxor Airports by a representative
  • Private transfers from / to airports in a/c vehicles as per the itinerary
  • Private two days guided tours to visit the Pyramids, Sphinx, Memphis, Sakkara, the Egyptian museum, the Citadel & Khan El Khalili bazaars with English, French, German, Italian, Spanish or Portuguese speaking guide.
  • 04 nights’ accommodation at Four Seasons Nile Plaza hotel in Cairo on bed & breakfast basis
  • 04 nights’ accommodation on-board the Oberoi Philae Nile cruiser on Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner basis (food only & no beverage)
  • Shared cruise sightseeing with English, French, German, Italian, or Spanish speaking guide to visit the sites as per the itinerary
  • VIP amenities during transfers and tours in Cairo.
  • WIFI in the car during tours in Cairo.

Package rates excludes:

  • Abu Simbel Excursion (available as optional add-on).
  • Entrance into any of the three Pyramids, the Solar Boat or the Mummies’ Room at the Egyptian Museum.
  • Gratuities & Tips
  • Drinks and meals not mentioned
  • 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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