Egypt Grand Tour
11 Day of Adventures
We Start in Aswan and end in Sharm el-Sheikh!
► Hot Air Balloon Ride Over Ancient Luxor
► Nile Tour with Delicious Food & Open Buffets Provided Deluxe Cruise Ship
►Lots of Archeological Sites, such as the World Famous Pyramids
► Sightseeing Tour of Capital City Cairo
► Street Markets (a.k.a. Bazaars or Souks)
► Belly Dancing Night Show
► Nightlife in the Resort Towns of Sharm El-Sheikh and Hurghada
► A Fire Show in the Desert
► Camel Riding
► Quad Riding
► Visiting a Tribal Bedouin Camp
► Snorkeling in the Red Sea
► Rich Culture
And Much, Much More!!!!!
Type of Tour: Adventure & Sightseeing
Fully Guided? All tours are almost fully guided.
Although virtually all actives on this multi-day tour are shared with other travelers, we can make the trip almost completely private, per your request.
Are Solo Travelers Welcomed?
Yes & There are No Supplemental Fees for the Tours!
Dates & Availability for the Next 12 Months. Any Date w/ 7-Day Notice (some exceptions are made)
Prices are subject to changed until booked.
This trip can be extended if you would like some free time to relax.
Please note that this tour (Day 1) begins only on Wednesdays and Fridays.
Day 1 - Boat Ride to an Idyllic Island & the High Dam
The tour starts in Aswan. We spend the day sightseeing
Aswan is the smallest and most relaxed of the major tourist destinations along the Nile River. There we visit 2 attractions, the High Dam and the Temple of Philae.
Construction of the High Dam became a key objective of the government following the Egyptian Revolution of 1952. The ability to control floods, provide water for irrigation and generate hydroelectricity were seen as pivotal to Egypt’s industrialization. The Temple of Philae was the last ancient temple built in the classical Egyptian architectural style (approximately 690 BC). A major multinational UNESCO team relocated the Temple of Philae after the flooding of Lake Nasser.
Day2 - Nile Tour with Deluxe Cruise Ship & Visiting Ancient Temples
Before embarking on the ship in Aswan, we go on a daytrip to the temples of Abu Simbel. There we are provided with a guided tour. The twin temples were originally carved out of the mountainside in the 13th century BC, during the 19th dynasty reign of the Pharaoh Ramesses II. They serve as a lasting monument to the king and his queen Nefertari and commemorate his victory at the Battle of Kadesh. Their huge external rock relief figures have become iconic.
After the tour is breakfast, which is provided to us near Abu Simbel. We then return to Aswan and embark the ship. It starts sailing along the Nile River midday.
In the evening, we disembark the cruise ship. Walking distance from where it docks is an ancient temple called Kom Ombo. There we are provided with a guided tour. Kom Ombo is an unusual double temple constructed between 180-47 BC. It is atypical because everything is perfectly symmetrical along the main axis.
Please note that breakfast, lunch and dinner are included on the cruise ship, as are a swimming pool, different fun activities and live entertainment
Day 3 - A Horse Carriage Ride, Old Market, & a Belly Dancing Show
Today starts with a horse carriage ride to an ancient temple called Edfu. There we are provided with a guided tour. This is one of the best-preserved temples in Egypt, built between 237 and 57 BC.
We then return to the cruise ship and continue sailing along the Nile river. We again disembark in the late afternoon, in the city that is Luxor. The highlights on this evening’s tour are the Luxor Temple and the Old Market.
The day ends with dinner and a belly dancing show on the cruise ship.
Day 4 - Hot Air Balloon Ride & Sightseeing in the City of Luxor
In and around Luxor
Our cruise ends this morning and our luggage is taken to the hotel. Just in time for sunrise, we enjoy a balloon ride over the archeological site of Luxor.
Afterwards, we are taken to the west bank. There we have breakfast. Next to the restaurant is the Colossi of Memnon. There we see two massive stone statues. Afterwards, we are taken to the Valley of the Kings. There we see 4 ancient tombs of Egyptian kings (a.k.a. pharaohs), including that of the much-revered Tutankhamun.
Next, we are taken to Deir el-Bahri. There we see a complex of mortuary temples and tombs.
Afterwards, we are taken to Deir el-Medina. There we see an ancient village.
Next, we are taken to the Tombs of the Nobles. There we see the burial places of some of the powerful courtiers of the ancient city.
Afterwards, we are taken to a memorial temple called Ramesseum. Lunch follows.
Next, we are taken to a mortuary temple called Medinet Habu.
Lastly, we are taken to the Valley of the Queens. There we see 3 ancient tombs of Egyptian queens, including that of the much-revered Nefertari.
Day 5 - Giant Historical Complexes & a Charming Marina
Before leaving Luxor, we are taken to . There we are provided with a guided tour. Karnak comprises a vast mix of decayed temples, chapels, pylons and other ancient buildings.
Following Karnak Temple is lunch, in the city of Qena. Afterwards, we visit the Dendera Temple Complex. Dendera was a site for chapels from the beginning of ancient Egyptian history. The whole complex, surrounded by a hefty mud brick enclosed wall, covers 40,000 square meters.
The day ends in the coastal city of Hurghada, home to a very charming marina area filled with shops and restaurants.
Note that upon request, we can also take you to the sacred city of Abydos. It is not included on our standard tour because it is very much out of the way. The detour would be made from Qena. Abydos includes a royal necropolis where early pharaohs were entombed.
Day 6 - The Colorful Red Sea & a Very Rich Resort Town
After snorkeling in the colorful waters of the Red Sea, we spend the remainder of the day exploring a resort town called El Gouna.
Its buildings were designed by many influential European and American architects and were meant to resemble the type of traditional architecture found in the Egyptian countryside generally and in Nubian villages especially. El Gouna is also known for its nice beaches, for its countless yachts and not least, for being environmentally friendly.
Day 7 - Exploring the Capital That is Cairo & Sailing on a ‘Felucca’
We take an early-morning and quick flight from Hurghada to Cairo and immediately start sightseeing
Places to visit today are as follow: the Cairo Citadel, Mosque of Ibn Tulun, Abdeen Palace and Khan el-Khalili bazaar.
Following our sightseeing tour is a Nile cruise on a ‘felucca’ (a type of small boat).
The day ends with a drive to a neighborhood called Zamalek. Upscale nightspots are found in and around this area.
Day 8 - Camel-Riding, the World Famous Pyramids & Crawling Inside Burial Grounds
We are making a daytrip from Cairo. Firstly, we visit a royal necropolis called Dahshur.
Afterwards, we explore the ruins of Memphis.
Next, we head to a vast site called Saqqara. There we crawl inside the ancient burial grounds.
Lastly, but definitely not least are the world-renowned Giza Pyramids. There we are provided with a guided tour as well as go camel riding.
Day 9 - Quad Riding, a Tribal Bedouin Camp, a Fire Show & Dinner
We take an early-morning and quick flight from Cairo to Sharm El-Sheikh and immediately start sightseeing.
Places to visit today are Mustafa Mosque, the old/central market, Mashyia Street and SOHO Square.
After the sightseeing tour, we are taken into the desert. There we ride a quad, then visit a tribal Bedouin camp, then go camel riding and finally have a traditional dinner accompanied by a fire show.
Dinner is included on this evening’s tour.
The night ends in Naama Bay. There we find the best nightlife Sharm El-Sheikh has to offer.
Day 10 - The Best Snorkeling & Coral Reef Egypt Has to Offer
We go on a daytrip today, visiting Ras Muhammad National Park by boat. Lunch and snorkeling are included on today’s tour. More than 220 species of coral are found in the park area, 125 of which are soft coral. Ras Muhammad is also home to more than 1,000 species of fish. Not least, the ship wreckage of the SS Thistlegorm, located off the coast of the park, is definitely a highlight on the tour.
Day 11 - Our Tour Ends This Morning
Our tour ends this morning. Transportation will be arranged for you to reach the airport in Sharm El-Sheikh.
All Entry Fees
All Ground & Water Transportation
English-Speaking & Private Tour Guides
Male or Female Tour Guides
All Activities in the Itinerary Below
Lunches x 4
Dinners x 4
We do our best to ensure you are being offered healthy and tasty local cuisine. Disregard the archeological sites, landscape, activities and adventure. The very diverse cuisine alone is enough reason to visit Egypt and join our group tour. Egyptian cuisine shares similarities with food of the Eastern Mediterranean region: rice-stuffed vegetables, grape leaves, shawarma (mixed meats on a spit), kebab (pieces of meat, fish or vegetables roasted or grilled on a skewer or spit), falafel (deep-fried ball or patty made from ground chickpeas, fava beans or both), baba ghanoush (cooked eggplant mixed with onions, tomatoes, olive oil and various seasonings), koshari (a mixture of lentils, rice, pasta and other ingredients), molokhia (chopped and cooked bush okra with garlic and coriander sauce) and baklava (a sweet pastry made of layers of filo filled with chopped nuts, sweetened and held together with syrup or honey).
Flights -International & Domestics - More about Domestic flights below
Travel insurance - Required
Any government-imposed visa fee
Anything not mentioned in the itinerary
Meals that are not mentioned throughout the itinerary
Below are the flights needed for this tour:
Please do not book any airfare until you have spoken to me.
Day 1- Cairo to Aswan
Day 7- Hurghada to Cairo
Day 9- Cairo to Sharm El-Sheikh
Day 11- Sharm El-Sheikh to Cairo
This tours is very active. Any concerning health issues you may have need to be reported before making the tour booking. This includes food restrictions. We reserve the right to cancel your reservation if we think this is in the best interest of your health. In the event illness strikes you while on a tour, unfortunately no refund will be offered, for this reason you should obtain travel protection insurance. While physically active on a tour, drinking alcohol can be dangerous and is generally discouraged. Secondhand fumes also can be dangerous. Smoking while near the group is not permitted.
It is essential that you advise us before booking if you do have any disability or pre-existing medical condition
If coming from America a VISA is required
You must be in possession of a machine-readable passport valid for 6 months after their trip return date along with applicable visas. Some countries require that your passport have two to four blank visa/stamp pages. Some airlines will not allow you to board if this requirement is not met.
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Travel Insurance is required for this tour. You will be asked to provide your Travel insurance information after your booking is confirmed. It must cover cancellations, medical expenses, evacuations, flight loss or delays and 24/7 assistance.
As much as we want for this trip to go exactly as planned, we can't predict complications that may arise; due to inclement weather and/or closures due to uncontrollable circumstances like Covid-19.
We will do our very best to make onsite scheduling adjustments as needed, but please note that all listed and intended activities are weather permitting. No refunds will be given if an activity has to be pulled. Additionally, the tour is listed as a package, and no price adjustments will be given if someone wants to "opt-out" of an included activity.
We are not liable for any losses, damages, accidents, injuries, death, or sickness during your trip. The same applies to any changes in trip schedule due to weather, strikes, or any other force majeure. Service provides reserve the right to change routes, schedules, and itineraries if needed because of weather, road conditions, or should the necessity arise because of unforeseen reasons or circumstances.
Price are subject to change until deposit is paid.
We advise all travelers to purchase comprehensive travel insurance to minimize possible losses due to unforeseeable situations during their travel.
Moving forward, to better understand your specific circumstances and wishes, and for us to accurately quote you, please tell us:
1. How many persons in your party-including yourself-would be joining this tour? Solo travelers are welcomed, in case you were wondering.
2. Do you prefer this tour to be private/exclusive to you or would you like to share it with other travelers?
3. Would you be sharing the room with others in your group (e.g. a spouse, relative or friend) or do you want the room exclusive to you?
4. Where would you be flying from (and back to)?
5. On what date would you like to leave home?
6. Would you like to extend the duration of this tour so you have some free days just to relax? If you have 1 extra day, then we recommend Luxor. If you have 2, then we recommend 1 in Luxor and 1 in Sharm El-Sheikh.
7. Do you have a preference between male and female tour guides?
8. On a side note, would you like to add a visit to a temple complex called Dendera? It would be included when relocating from Luxor to Hurghada. We do not automatically include Dendera because it creates a significant detour, approximately 4 hours. Would you like to include it?
9. Also, would you like to add another day to this standard 11-day tour so you can visit-as a daytrip from Sharm El-Sheikh-an Eastern Orthodox monastery called Saint Catherine’s? The drive each way takes around 3 hours.
10. Lastly, would you like to add another day to this standard 11-day tour so you can visit-as a daytrip from Cairo-the city of Alexandria? The drive each way takes around 3 hours. We recommend this daytrip only to those who wish to go scuba diving (to see ruins in the Mediterranean Sea) and to those who are visiting Egypt between April and October.
Cancellation Policy To confirm your tour, full payment is needed at the time of your purchase. However, refunds are offered. You will receive a full refund if canceling at least 91 days in advance from the departure date. Cancelling between 90-60 days prior to departure entitles you to a 50 percent refund. Cancelling between 59-31 days prior to departure entitles you to a 25 percent refund. Canceling 30 days or less prior to departure is not eligible for a refund. Cancellation requests need to be made by email and become effective on the date received.
We strongly recommend that you protect your investment with travel insurance. Cancellation and interruption insurance covers in case of cancellation due to an insurable reason. We require adequate out of country medical insurance for unforeseen medical emergencies while traveling. The All Inclusive Plan includes emergency and health coverage and cancellation/interruption insurance. The rate for travel insurance is determined by the cost of the tour (can be increased to cover flights and other extras), the length of travel and your age.
Terms & Conditions
It is the responsibility of the passengers to verify documentation requirements directly with the embassy or consulate of the country of travel. Customs and/or immigration officials can deny a person entry into their country at their own discretion. We strongly recommend traveling with a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond your return date. Please be aware that different living standards and practices exist outside of North America including but not limited to provisions of utilities, accommodations and services of all kinds.
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