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9 Days
1 Country

Egypt

6 Cities

Cairo, Luxor, Edfu, Kom Ombo, Aswan, Giza

17 Meals

8 Breakfasts, 4 Lunchs, 4 Dinners, 1 Afternoon Tea

Comfortable

Mainly 2–3-night stays in each location. Comfortable travel days with numerous stops. Requires 1-3 miles of walking per day that might involve some uneven surfaces, such as cobblestones and stairs.

Average group size average 33
Tour brand Insight Vacations
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Embrace the very best of Egypt on this 9-day tour. In Luxor, walk through an avenue of ram-like sphinxes at Karnak, a complex of ancient temples, churches and pylons, and enjoy the Luxor museum, where you can see two royal mummies. Travel by luxury coach to the Valley of the Kings, where the infamous pharaoh Tutankhamun is buried. Along the Nile, board a felucca — a wooden boat with billowing sails — with a local sailor, who will teach you about traditional sailing practices. In Cairo, meet an Egyptologist at the Egyptian Museum to see treasures recovered from pharaohs’ tombs, and ascend to the Citadel for sweeping views of the city below. And behold the incredible Pyramids of Giza from inside, as an Egyptologist takes you past the Sphinx to the center of a pyramid so that you can see its cavernous wonders.

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Day 1

Arrive in Cairo

Welcome to the timeless land of the pharaohs. On arrival at Cairo Airport, you’ll be transferred to your hotel and have time to relax and sample the hotels amenities after your journey. Refreshed and ready to embrace the intoxicating energy of this ancient and modern city

A sunset cityscape of Cairo, Egypt
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Cairo Marriott Hotel & Omar Khayyam Casino

About the Hotel

Cairo, Egypt

The luxurious Cairo Marriott Hotel & Omar El Khayyam Casino is conveniently located on Gezira Island in downtown Cairo. The central section was once the Gezirah Palace built for the Khedive Isma'il Pasha in 1869.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Laundry
  • Gym
  • Spa
  • Pool
  • Foreign Currency Exchange
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Traditional
Optional Experiences Visit the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization in Cairo, Egypt
National Museum of Egyptian Civilization

Designed for those visitors with extra pre or post trip nights in Cairo Located in Old Cairo, visit the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization (N...

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Day 2

Fly to Luxor, Cruise the Nile

In the morning, fly to Luxor and visit the huge temple complex of Karnak. Walk through the avenue of ram-headed sphinxes to stand among the columns of the Hypostyle Hall. Later, transfer to your cruise ship, your home for the next four nights. After lunch on board, take a walk through the Luxor Museum, witness ancient artefacts and see two royal mummies. This evening, get to know your Travel Director, a professionally trained Egyptologist, as well as fellow guests over a welcome drink followed by dinner. The rest of the evening is yours at leisure, enjoy dinner on the ship before relaxing in its lounge or in the comfort of your room.

Avenue of Sphinxes at Luxor Temple, Egypt
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Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

MS Medea or MS Miriam (or similar)

About the Hotel

Cairo, Egypt

The MS Medea is one of the most luxurious vessels to cruise the Nile. Watch the ever-changing scenery from the comfort of your external-facing cabin or perhaps lounge on the top floor sundeck, complete with bar and swimming pool.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Pool
  • Gym
  • Laundry
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Cruise Overnight
Top Rated Highlights Fly to Cairo and Luxor, Egypt
Cairo to Luxor Included Flight

Take a short scenic flight to Luxor where you will begin your Nile Cruise.

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Top Rated Highlights Guest visiting Karnak Temple Luxor, Egypt
Karnak Temple Visit

Stand amid a vast forest of columns in the largest temple complex known to man, as your Egyptologist explains the significance behind it. Walk the ...

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Top Rated Highlights A stone statue in the Luxor Museum​, Egypt
Luxor Museum Visit

Visit the Luxor Museum and discover ancient artefacts. 

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Authentic Dining Guest enjoying welcome drinks Luxor, Egypt
Luxor Welcome Drink and Dinner

Get to know your fellow travelers over a delightful Welcome Drink followed by dinner.

Included in Trip

Authentic Dining

Optional Experiences Sound and light show at Temples of Karnak, Luxor, Egypt
Karnak Sound and Light Show

Enjoy the fabulous Sound and Light Show arranged in Luxor at Karnak Temple: While strolling along the ancient avenues of Sphinxes & halls of co...

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Day 3

Valley of the Kings to Edfu

This morning travel by coach to the west bank of the Nile. See the Colossi of Memnon and visit both the Temple of Hatshepsut and the Valley of the Kings, where many pharaohs were buried, including Hatshepsut, Amenhotep I and Tutankhamun. Experience the renowned local hospitality of Egyptians during a visit to the village of Geziret Bahirat. Connect with the community and share bread with the Bahirat family, whilst they regale guests with their fascinating stories of daily life. Visit Luxor Temple which was unearthed by Mariette in the 1860s, before returning to your cruise ship and sail via the Esna Lock to Edfu, for your overnight stay.

Guest inside Luxor Temple, Egypt
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Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

MS Medea or MS Miriam (or similar)

About the Hotel

Cairo, Egypt

The MS Medea is one of the most luxurious vessels to cruise the Nile. Watch the ever-changing scenery from the comfort of your external-facing cabin or perhaps lounge on the top floor sundeck, complete with bar and swimming pool.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Pool
  • Gym
  • Laundry
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Cruise Overnight
Top Rated Highlights The Colossi of Memnon in Luxor, Egypt
See the Colossi of Memnon

See the massive stone statues of the Colossi of Memnon.

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Top Rated Highlights Guests and TD Temple of hatshepsut Bank of the Nile, Egypt
Visit the Temple of Hatshepsut with an Egyptologist

Embark on an experience with an Egyptologist to visit the mortuary Temple Hatshepsut.

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Top Rated Highlights Visit the Valley of the King Luxor, Egypt
Visit the Valley of the Kings with an Egyptologist

Explore with an Egyptologist the Valley of the Kings which is home to the magnificent tombs of Egypt's Pharaohs.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Insight Experiences Guests trying sun bread prepared by a local family Luxor, Egypt
Luxor Sun Bread Tasting with a Local Family

Enjoy listening to stories of village life from local residents, when you visit a family home for a tasting of authentic Egyptian sun bread.

Included in Trip

Insight Experiences

Top Rated Highlights Vist Luxor Temple, Egypt
Luxor Temple Visit

Visit Luxor Temple, constructed approximately 1400 BC. Look to the top of the remaining Pylon of Ramses II and step into the ancient monument. 

 

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Day 4

Kom Ombo to Aswan

In the early morning sail to Kom Ombo to visit the only double temple of Egypt dedicated to two gods. Discover the Temple, learning all about its ‘double’ and perfectly symmetrical design for the duo of gods – one side dedicated to Sobek the crocodile god, the other to Horus the Elder the falcon god. This evening, enjoy a fun-filled traditional Egyptian themed dinner and galabeya party on board your ship.

Visit Kom Ombo Temple Aswan Egypt
MS Medea or MS Miriam (or similar) View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

MS Medea or MS Miriam (or similar)

About the Hotel

Cairo, Egypt

The MS Medea is one of the most luxurious vessels to cruise the Nile. Watch the ever-changing scenery from the comfort of your external-facing cabin or perhaps lounge on the top floor sundeck, complete with bar and swimming pool.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Pool
  • Gym
  • Laundry
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Cruise Overnight
Top Rated Highlights Locals sitting in the temple Kom Ombo Aswan, Egypt
Kom Ombo Temple Visit

Visit the unique temple as it is the only double temple in Egypt.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Authentic Dining
Egyptian Dinner and Galabeya Party

Join the fun at an Egyptian dinner and galabeya party, dressed in traditional Egyptian attire.

Included in Trip

Authentic Dining

Day 5

Aswan’s High Dam and Nile Felucca

In the morning, visit the Aswan High Dam and granite quarries, to see the enormous unfinished obelisk. Travel by motorboat to the Temple of Isis. Rising from the waters of the Nile on the Island of Philae, it was the last temple built in the classical Egyptian style. Later, on a traditional Nile Felucca, meet a sailor and about traditional sailing practices. As the sun starts to fade, enjoy high tea at the historic Old Cataract Hotel. The likes of Winston Churchill and Agatha Christie stayed at this pretty venue, and Christie supposedly wrote “Death on the Nile” from the hotel itself.

Feluccas on the River Nile at Aswan, Egypt
MS Medea or MS Miriam (or similar) View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Dinner

MS Medea or MS Miriam (or similar)

About the Hotel

Cairo, Egypt

The MS Medea is one of the most luxurious vessels to cruise the Nile. Watch the ever-changing scenery from the comfort of your external-facing cabin or perhaps lounge on the top floor sundeck, complete with bar and swimming pool.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Pool
  • Gym
  • Laundry
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Cruise Overnight
Top Rated Highlights Aswan High Dam, Aswan Egypt
See Aswan's High Dam

Visit Aswan's High Dam and Granite Quarries to ponder why the Unfinished Obelisk has been left in mid-creation for thousands of years.

Included in Trip

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Top Rated Highlights Philae Island Temple of Isis, Aswan, Egypt
See the Temple of Isis at Philae Island

Travel by motorboat to Philae Island and witness the majestic Temple of Isis rising from the waters.

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Top Rated Highlights Couple enjoying the felucca sailing Aswan, Egypt
Nile Felucca Cruise with a Sailor

On a traditional Nile felucca, meet a sailor and learn the art of sailing this ancient Nile craft. Visit the High Dam and Granite Quarries.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Authentic Dining Guests enjoying high tea at the Cataract Hotel Aswan Egypt
Old Cataract Hotel High Tea

Follow in the footsteps of Winston Churchill and Agatha Christie as you enjoy high tea at Aswan's famous Old Cataract Hotel, as the sun begins to set.

Included in Trip

Authentic Dining

Optional Experiences
Sound & Light Show - Aswan

The powerful tale of Isis and Osiris is one of Ancient Egypt's most momentous legends. Fanciful Egyptian gods and goddesses, as well as the fascina...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences experience-river-nile-by-boat-aswan-egypt
Life on the Nile

A chance to get up close with the wildlife of the world’s most famous rivers. Learn from your local Nubian expert how the Nile has been the center ...

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Optional Experiences

Day 6

Aswan and Back to Cairo

In the morning, disembark your cruise ship and enjoy time at leisure in Aswan. Why not join an Optional Experience and travel by air to the magnificent Temples of Ramesses II at Abu Simbel? These temples overlook Lake Nasser and are made up of the Great Temple of Ramesses II and the Temple of Hathor. Otherwise, spend the morning as you wish. Perhaps soak up the African atmosphere in the Nubian bazaar or visit one of the many points of interest nearby, such as the Botanical Gardens, Elephantine Island and the Aga Khan Mausoleum. Later, transfer to the airport for your return flight to Cairo for the night.

Bazaar in Aswan, Egypt
Cairo Marriott Hotel & Omar Khayyam Casino View Hotel Details
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Cairo Marriott Hotel & Omar Khayyam Casino

About the Hotel

Cairo, Egypt

The luxurious Cairo Marriott Hotel & Omar El Khayyam Casino is conveniently located on Gezira Island in downtown Cairo. The central section was once the Gezirah Palace built for the Khedive Isma'il Pasha in 1869.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Laundry
  • Gym
  • Spa
  • Pool
  • Foreign Currency Exchange
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights Fly to Cairo and Luxor, Egypt
Aswan to Cairo Included Flight

Enjoy your short flight back to Cairo for your final night.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Optional Experiences Visit Abu Simbel in Aswan, Egypt
Abu Simbel Excursion By Air

Excursion to Abu Simbel from Aswan to visit the fabulous reconstructed temples of Ramses II and Nefertari. The journey by air takes approximately f...

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Day 7

The Egyptian Museum and Citadel

Begin your city sightseeing with your Egyptologist at the world-famous Egyptian Museum. Starring among its attractions is the amazing treasure recovered from Tutankhamun's tomb. Explore Cairo Citadel and see the Great Alabaster Mosque. Later, you will have free time to enjoy as you wish. 

The Citadel in Cairo, Egypt
Cairo Marriott Hotel & Omar Khayyam Casino View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast

Cairo Marriott Hotel & Omar Khayyam Casino

About the Hotel

Cairo, Egypt

The luxurious Cairo Marriott Hotel & Omar El Khayyam Casino is conveniently located on Gezira Island in downtown Cairo. The central section was once the Gezirah Palace built for the Khedive Isma'il Pasha in 1869.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Laundry
  • Gym
  • Spa
  • Pool
  • Foreign Currency Exchange
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights Hieroglyphics Egyptian Museum Cairo, Egypt
Cairo Egyptian Museum Visit with Egyptologist

With your Egyptologist, gaze upon Tutankhamun's treasures at the Egyptian Musuem, gaze upon the most recognisable symbols of ancient Egypt: the ful...

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Optional Experiences Dinner and belly dancing on the Nile, Egypt
Nile Cruise & Dinner

Experience Cairo from a completely different perspective during a delightful evening dinner cruise on River Nile. Once on board enjoy a delicious b...

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Optional Experiences

Day 8

The Great Pyramids of Giza

Gain a deeper understanding of the last remaining Wonder of the Ancient World, during a visit to Giza with your Egyptologist. Meet the enigmatic Sphinx, crouching at the foot of the Chephrenís Causeway and venture inside one of the magnificent Pyramids. Nearby lies Memphis, capital of the Old Kingdom, where you can see the colossal statue of Ramesses II and the great Alabaster Sphinx. Continue to Sakkara to view the Step Pyramid of Zoser, which dates back 2686 B.C., making it the oldest pyramid in the world. Meet the skilled artisans at a local weaving school, a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience. Enjoy free time in the afternoon.

Guests walk among the Pyramids Giza, Egypt
Cairo Marriott Hotel & Omar Khayyam Casino View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast

Cairo Marriott Hotel & Omar Khayyam Casino

About the Hotel

Cairo, Egypt

The luxurious Cairo Marriott Hotel & Omar El Khayyam Casino is conveniently located on Gezira Island in downtown Cairo. The central section was once the Gezirah Palace built for the Khedive Isma'il Pasha in 1869.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Laundry
  • Gym
  • Spa
  • Pool
  • Foreign Currency Exchange
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights View of the Great Sphinx and pyramids Giza, Egypt
Giza Spinx Visit with Egyptologist

With your Egyptologist, meet the enigmatic Sphinx and venture deep inside one of the pyramids, to the chambers where the pharaohs went to meet thei...

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See the Great Alabaster Sphinx in Memphis

Visit this famous capital of the ancient world to see the statue of Ramses II and the Great Alabaster Sphinx.

Included in Trip

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Top Rated Highlights Step Pyramid of Djoser in Saqqara, Egypt
Visit the Sakkara Step Pyramid of Zoser

View the oldest pyramid in the world, the Step Pyramid of Zoser I, existing for over 4,500 years.

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Day 9

Depart Cairo

Your wonderful journey ends with transfers to Cairo International airport.

 

Depart Cairo, Egypt
Included Meals Breakfast
Optional Experiences Full day in Alexandria, Egypt
Full Day Alexandria (Designed For Those Visitors With Extra Pre Or Post Trip Nights In Cairo)

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Cairo to Luxor Included Flight

Take a short scenic flight to Luxor where you will begin your Nile Cruise.

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Karnak Temple Visit

Stand amid a vast forest of columns in the largest temple complex known to man, as your Egyptologist explains the significance behind it. Walk the ...

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Luxor Museum Visit

Visit the Luxor Museum and discover ancient artefacts. 

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
See the Colossi of Memnon

See the massive stone statues of the Colossi of Memnon.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Visit the Temple of Hatshepsut with an Egyptologist

Embark on an experience with an Egyptologist to visit the mortuary Temple Hatshepsut.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Visit the Valley of the Kings with an Egyptologist

Explore with an Egyptologist the Valley of the Kings which is home to the magnificent tombs of Egypt's Pharaohs.

Included in Trip
Insight Experiences
Luxor Sun Bread Tasting with a Local Family

Enjoy listening to stories of village life from local residents, when you visit a family home for a tasting of authentic Egyptian sun bread.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Luxor Temple Visit

Visit Luxor Temple, constructed approximately 1400 BC. Look to the top of the remaining Pylon of Ramses II and step into the ancient monument. 

 

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Kom Ombo Temple Visit

Visit the unique temple as it is the only double temple in Egypt.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
See Aswan's High Dam

Visit Aswan's High Dam and Granite Quarries to ponder why the Unfinished Obelisk has been left in mid-creation for thousands of years.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
See the Temple of Isis at Philae Island

Travel by motorboat to Philae Island and witness the majestic Temple of Isis rising from the waters.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Nile Felucca Cruise with a Sailor

On a traditional Nile felucca, meet a sailor and learn the art of sailing this ancient Nile craft. Visit the High Dam and Granite Quarries.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Aswan to Cairo Included Flight

Enjoy your short flight back to Cairo for your final night.

Included in Trip
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Cairo Egyptian Museum Visit with Egyptologist

With your Egyptologist, gaze upon Tutankhamun's treasures at the Egyptian Musuem, gaze upon the most recognisable symbols of ancient Egypt: the ful...

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Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Giza Spinx Visit with Egyptologist

With your Egyptologist, meet the enigmatic Sphinx and venture deep inside one of the pyramids, to the chambers where the pharaohs went to meet thei...

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Included in Trip
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See the Great Alabaster Sphinx in Memphis

Visit this famous capital of the ancient world to see the statue of Ramses II and the Great Alabaster Sphinx.

Included in Trip
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Visit the Sakkara Step Pyramid of Zoser

View the oldest pyramid in the world, the Step Pyramid of Zoser I, existing for over 4,500 years.

Included in Trip

About this trip

We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
From time to time, your Travel Director will delight you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
4 night Nile cruise aboard your mid-size cruise ship featuring air-conditioned cabins with private facilities, on either MS Medea, MS Miriam, MS Giselle, MS La Boheme or similar. Please note that gratuities are not included for the Travel Director, Nile Cruise staff, Drivers and Airport Escorts.
Included economy class flights between Cairo/Luxor and Aswan/Cairo with transfers between airports and hotels.
Complimentary transfers from/to Cairo Airport are available on arrival and departure days, or with additional accommodation booked through Insight Vacations.

Authentic Dining

8 Breakfasts, 4 Lunchs, 4 Dinners, 1 Afternoon Tea

Great food is at the heart of every journey with us. Here is a selection of the incredible dining experiences you'll enjoy on this tour.

Luxor Welcome Drink and Dinner

Get to know your fellow travelers over a delightful Welcome Drink followed by dinner.

Egyptian Dinner and Galabeya Party

Join the fun at an Egyptian dinner and galabeya party, dressed in traditional Egyptian attire.

Old Cataract Hotel High Tea

Follow in the footsteps of Winston Churchill and Agatha Christie as you enjoy high tea at Aswan's famous Old Cataract Hotel, as the sun begins to set.

Hand-Picked Hotels

Stay at highly rated hotels in desirable locations offering superb service, superior rooms with comfy beds to rest in.

Cairo Marriott Hotel & Omar Khayyam Casino
MS Medea or MS Miriam (or similar)

Optional Experiences

Sign up on tour for additional experiences that have been curated by your Travel Director from their own in-depth local knowledge.

Optional Experience
National Museum of Egyptian Civilization

Designed for those visitors with extra pre or post trip nights in Cairo Located in Old Cairo, visit the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization (N...

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Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Karnak Sound and Light Show

Enjoy the fabulous Sound and Light Show arranged in Luxor at Karnak Temple: While strolling along the ancient avenues of Sphinxes & halls of co...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Sound & Light Show - Aswan

The powerful tale of Isis and Osiris is one of Ancient Egypt's most momentous legends. Fanciful Egyptian gods and goddesses, as well as the fascina...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Life on the Nile

A chance to get up close with the wildlife of the world’s most famous rivers. Learn from your local Nubian expert how the Nile has been the center ...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Abu Simbel Excursion By Air

Excursion to Abu Simbel from Aswan to visit the fabulous reconstructed temples of Ramses II and Nefertari. The journey by air takes approximately f...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Nile Cruise & Dinner

Experience Cairo from a completely different perspective during a delightful evening dinner cruise on River Nile. Once on board enjoy a delicious b...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Full Day Alexandria (Designed For Those Visitors With Extra Pre Or Post Trip Nights In Cairo)

Embark on a full day exploration of historic Alexandria. Your sightseeing tour shows you the National Museum, the well preserved Roman Amphitheater...

See More
Additional Cost Applies

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Official Language in Egypt: Arabic is the official language of Egypt.
  • Currency used in Egypt: The currency of Egypt is the Egyptian pound (£).
  • Capital city: The capital of Egypt is Cairo.
  • Time Zone(s) in Egypt: Eastern European Time (EET) zone during standard time, and Eastern European Summer Time (EEST) during daylight saving time.

 

Egypt passport, visa, and entry requirement information for US citizens.

  • Passport: Your passport should have at least two blank pages for entry stamps. Your passport is valid for at least six months beyond the conclusion of your trip
  • Visa Requirement: A Tourist Visa is required to enter Egypt. Learn more about obtaining a visa for India.
  • Entry Requirements: You can see the most up-to-date entry requirements for the destination(s) you’ll visit on tour by going to getours.com/travel-requirements-restrictions.

Egypt's weather and climate vary significantly depending on the region and the time of year. Overall, the country has a desert climate, characterized by hot and dry summers with temperatures exceeding 100°F (38°C) in many areas. Winters are milder, with daytime temperatures ranging from 59°F to 77°F (15°C to 25°C). Coastal areas, especially along the Mediterranean Sea, experience more moderate temperatures. Egypt generally receives very little rainfall, and much of the country is arid, with desert landscapes dominating the majority of the land. The Nile River, flowing through the country, plays a crucial role in providing water and supporting agriculture in an otherwise dry environment.

On-Tour Luggage & Carry-On Bag Size Limits

Luggage: Each guest traveling may bring one suitcase no larger than 30” x 18” x 10" and weighing no more than 50 lb

Carry-On Bag: *Restricted to one piece per person, not to exceed 12” x 11” x 6”

  • *Please note: A "carry-on bag" on a tour coach is not the same as a "carry-on" for a flight. Because our coaches have large windows to enjoy the view, there is minimal space to store large items securely overhead or under the seats. A "carry-on bag" may be a soft-sided daypack, purse, backpack, tote bag, or the like. Because we value our guests' safety, small rolling suitcases or bags with telescopic handles are not permitted. In order to guarantee a smooth trip, guests are not permitted to store an additional "carry-on" bag beneath the coach with the luggage. 

So your driver and any hotel porters can safely lift and transport your suitcase throughout your vacation, we strongly recommend that you test the weight of your baggage prior to travel. You should be able to lift and comfortably transport it for short distances. 

Baggage allowances vary from airline to airline, and you should check with your chosen carrier for details prior to travel.

Packing Tips for Your Tour

Packing for a guided tour of Egypt requires careful consideration due to the country's diverse climate, cultural norms, and the specific activities you'll be participating in. Here's a comprehensive list of packing tips to ensure you have a comfortable and enjoyable trip:

Clothing:

  • Lightweight, breathable clothing: Egypt can be hot, especially in the summer months. Pack lightweight, loose-fitting clothes made from natural fabrics like cotton and linen.
  • Modest attire: Respect local customs by packing modest clothing that covers your shoulders, chest, and knees, especially when visiting religious sites.
  • Scarves or shawls: These can be handy for covering your head and shoulders when entering mosques or other religious sites.
  • Comfortable walking shoes: You'll be exploring a lot, so comfortable walking shoes or sandals are a must.
  • Swimwear: If your tour includes beach or pool visits, pack swimwear.

Keep in Mind Cultural Sensitivity:

  • Respect local customs and traditions by avoiding overly revealing clothing, especially in conservative areas.

Sun Protection:

  • Hat, sunglasses, UV-protective clothing.
  • Sunscreen with high SPF. If you're visiting any coastal areas, bring reef-safe sunscreen formulated without harmful chemicals known to be damaging to coral reefs and marine life. Traditional sunscreens often contain ingredients like oxybenzone and octinoxate, which have been found to contribute to coral bleaching and negatively impact marine ecosystems. Look for sunscreens with certifications such as "Reef Safe," "Coral Safe," or "Ocean-Friendly" to ensure they are environmentally friendly.

Accessories:

  • Power adapter: Egypt uses Type C and Type F electrical outlets. Make sure to bring the appropriate adapter for your devices.
  • Portable charger: Keep your devices charged, especially if taking photos or using social apps.

Health and Hygiene:

  • Prescription medications: Bring any necessary medications along with a copy of your prescription.
  • Basic first aid kit: Include essentials like pain relievers, band-aids, antiseptic wipes, and personal medications.
  • Hand sanitizer: Useful for maintaining hand hygiene, especially when water isn't readily available.
  • Insect repellent: Protect yourself from mosquito bites, especially if you'll be in areas prone to malaria or other insect-borne diseases.

Documents:

  • Passport and visa: Ensure your passport is valid for at least six months beyond your return date and that you have the necessary visa.
  • Copies of documents: Keep photocopies of your passport, visa, and other important documents in a separate location from the originals.

Electronics:

  • A camera: So that you don't miss a single moment, bring a trustworthy camera. Capture the beauty of Egypt, but be respectful of photography rules at specific sites. Always ask for permission before taking photos of people, and be aware that some places may not allow photography at all. Check out our travel photography tips for capturing the best photos of your trips. If you feel comfortable, you can also try the camera on your phone. However, if you want to zoom in or capture moving objects, a camera might be your best bet.
  • Mobile phone.
  • Chargers for each electronic you bring.
  • Travel adapter and/or voltage converter
  • Portable power bank for charging devices on the go.
  • Small travel hair dryer (make sure you have the correct converter and adapter).

Miscellaneous:

  • Small daypack: A lightweight backpack will be handy for carrying essentials during day trips.
  • Travel insurance: It's always a good idea to have travel insurance that covers medical emergencies, trip cancellations, and other unforeseen events.
  • Reusable water bottle. At GET, we’re all about caring for our planet, and with that in mind, we always recommend that you pack a reusable water bottle for your trip. Bringing your own reusable water bottle or asking for tap water at restaurants means you can make a difference by reducing your vacation plastic waste.
  • A small travel alarm.
  • A travel iron if you like your clothes to be pressed.
  • A travel pillow.
  • A new, blank journal to document your trip. Don't know your travel journal style? Find out here!

Remember that the specific requirements of your tour and personal preferences will influence your packing choices. Research the climate, activities, and cultural norms of the regions you'll be visiting to tailor your packing list accordingly.

Electricity

Most African countries, including South Africa, run on 220-240 volts at 50 Hz. This means that the electrical outlets and voltage used in African countries are different from the standard 110 volts at 60 Hz used in the United States.

If you plan to bring American appliances or electronics to Africa, you will likely need a voltage converter and a plug adapter. Here's what you need to know:

  • Voltage Converter: American appliances designed to run on 110 volts may not function properly or could be damaged if connected directly to the higher voltage in African countries. A voltage converter (also known as a voltage transformer) will step down the voltage to 110 volts, allowing your devices to work safely.
  • Plug Adapter: The physical shape of electrical outlets in African countries may also differ from those in the United States. You'll need a plug adapter to match the American-style plug with the outlets in the destination country.

It's essential to check the voltage and plug type requirements for the specific African country you plan to visit, as they might vary slightly from one country to another. Some modern electronic devices, like laptops and smartphones, are often designed to handle a wide range of voltages, so they might only require a plug adapter. In Kenya, Morocco, and South Africa, the standard electrical voltage is 220-240 volts at 50 Hz. In Namibia, the standard electrical voltage is also 220-240 volts, but it operates at 50 Hz in most areas and at 60 Hz in some regions. If you plan to bring American appliances or electronics to any of these African countries, you will likely need a voltage converter (transformer) as well as a plug adapter.

Before your trip, verify the compatibility of your appliances and devices. You can find this information on the labels or tags of your electronics or in the user manuals. If in doubt, consult with the manufacturer or a qualified electrician.

We suggest buying an adapter that comes with a voltage converter to help reduce the number of things you have to pack. Additionally, it's essential to get any required adapters or converters for your electronic devices before embarking on your guided tour and bringing them along. It's crucial to be cautious when using electrical devices in foreign countries as using incorrect voltage or plugs without the right adapters can cause damage to your devices or even pose a safety hazard.

Hair Dryers in Your Hotel

In hotels in Kenya, South Africa, Morocco, and Namibia, you will typically find hair dryers available for guests to use. These hotels are accustomed to hosting international travelers, and providing hair dryers in the rooms is a common amenity. Some remote safari camps may not have the infrastructure or resources to support electrical appliances like hairdryers due to their location in more pristine and wilderness-focused areas.

It is important to keep in mind that the voltage of the hair dryer provided by the hotel will match the local electrical standards of the country where it is located. For example, in Kenya, South Africa, Morocco, and Namibia, the standard electrical voltage is 220-240 volts at 50 Hz. However, some regions in Namibia may operate at 60 Hz.

You will need a voltage converter (transformer) to safely use your own hair dryer or other 110-volt appliances you bring. Before using your hair dryer or any electronic device, it is important to verify voltage compatibility and use the appropriate plug adapter if necessary. Although many modern hair dryers are designed to be dual voltage, meaning they can work on both 110 volts and 220-240 volts, it is always recommended to double-check the label or user manual to be sure.

If you are unsure about the electrical compatibility or amenities provided by a specific hotel, you can contact them directly before your trip to inquire about the availability of hair dryers and other electrical considerations for international travelers. If you need a hair dryer during your trip but cannot find one in your hotel room, you can inquire with the hotel staff. Many hotels will be able to provide a hair dryer upon request, either at the front desk or through housekeeping.

Air Conditioning

  • Air conditioning is commonly available in various accommodations and public places in Kenya, Morocco, Namibia, and South Africa, especially in urban areas and more developed regions. However, the availability of air conditioning can vary based on the type of accommodation and the specific location within each country. In major cities like Nairobi, Marrakech, Casablanca, Fes, Cape Town, and Johannesburg, many hotels, lodges, and upscale accommodations provide air conditioning. However, in more remote or rustic safari lodges or tented camps, air conditioning might be limited or not available.

Regardless of where in the world your tour visits, we do our best to ensure your transportation is as comfortable as can be. On Africa safaris, you may be on a coach part of the time and a 4 X 4 safari vehicle at other times.

Airport transfers

Transfers will depend on the trip you choose and vary among destinations. In general, if you are joining or departing your guided vacation on the first or last day, return transfers between the airport and hotel are included. You’ll find specific information on your itinerary page.

To enable you to personalize your tour experience, you will find a number of Optional Experiences designed to complement the itinerary. These are designed to offer a deeper insight into the culture and character of the areas to be visited and provide some wonderful highlights to your travels. The optional program is designed to let you experience more of what interests you and to get the most from your vacation without replacing or overlapping with anything included in an itinerary.

The majority of Optional Experiences will be offered to you by your Travel Director at the beginning of your trip. Some may be subject to change, depending on the time you are traveling or local circumstances, including weather and days of the week. Your Travel Director will provide further information.

Usually, most Optional Experiences will be priced in the local currency, but please read through the details of individual optional experiences for specific information. Exact payment options will be advised locally by your Travel Director/Local Representative for each Optional Experience, but in many cases, cash, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are all accepted.

Traveling to Africa on a guided tour can be an exciting and enriching experience. However, it's essential to prioritize your health and safety while exploring new territories. Health risks can vary based on the specific countries or regions within Africa you are visiting. Staying informed, prepared, and cautious will go a long way in ensuring a safe and enjoyable travel experience. Always stay in touch with your Travel Director and always follow their recommendations.

Here are some health advice and recommendations for travelers heading to Africa:

Visit the Doctor: Before embarking on your trip, schedule a visit with a medicine specialist or your healthcare provider. They can provide personalized health advice based on your medical history, current health status, and the specific countries you'll be visiting.

Travel Insurance: Ensure you have comprehensive travel insurance that covers medical emergencies, evacuations, and trip cancellations.

Vaccinations: While there are no vaccine or testing requirements, travelers should ensure that all routine vaccinations are up to date.

  • Routine Vaccinations: These include measles, mumps, rubella (MMR), tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (Tdap), and influenza.
  • Yellow Fever: Some countries in Africa require a yellow fever vaccination certificate for entry. Even if not required, it's highly recommended, as yellow fever is a serious disease transmitted by mosquitoes in some regions.

Malaria Prevention: Malaria is prevalent in many parts of Africa. Consult with your healthcare provider about the appropriate malaria prevention measures, such as antimalarial medications and mosquito bite prevention strategies (e.g., insect repellents, mosquito nets, long-sleeved clothing).

Insect Bite Prevention: Besides malaria, mosquitoes can transmit other diseases like dengue, chikungunya, and Zika. Use insect repellents containing DEET or Picaridin and wear long-sleeved clothing and pants to reduce the risk of bites.

First Aid Kit: Carry a basic first aid kit with essential items like band-aids, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, antidiarrheal medication, and any prescribed medications.

Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of water, especially in hot and humid climates, to prevent dehydration.

Respect Local Customs: Be aware of and respect local customs and traditions, as some practices may have health implications.

In order to ensure a healthy and enjoyable trip, we strongly suggest that you pack a plentiful supply of any medication you may need while on vacation. Here’s what you need to know about traveling with medications.

Prior to traveling, please notify GET of any disability requiring special assistance or any specific dietary needs that you may have, and we will strive to accommodate these.

When traveling with GET, baggage handling at hotels, service charges, and tips for hotel wait staff (for included meals) will all be taken care of by your Travel Director. There are, however, a few instances where individual tipping is welcome.

Local Specialists

It is customary to show appreciation for the insights, stories, and know-how shared with you by the Local Specialists, and we suggest a gratuity equivalent to $1.00-$2.00 USD per person per half day.

Your Coach Driver and Travel Director

The trip cost does not include gratuities for your Travel Director and Driver. At the end of your trip, you may express appreciation to your Travel Director and Driver for their excellent service and the personal attention you received. Gratuities are given at the discretion of each guest, and a suggested amount per person/per day is listed in your travel documents.

For your convenience and ease, there is an option to pre-pay gratuities for the Travel Director and Driver at the time of booking.

Hotel services

It is customary to tip hotel staff for room service delivery if the charge has not already been added to the bill. Where ice machines are not available, and you receive ice from the bar, a small tip to the bartender is always appreciated.

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Trusted Customer
Review date: Sunday, January 22, 2023
Service
This was the second time we booked with GET. With the first trip (taken in August 2021) the agents at GET were very attentive and thorough. Whereas, the recent experience was merely transactional.
Vacation
Sameh was an excellent tour director. He was extremely knowledgeable about Egyptian history and culture. He showed a genuine interest in the individual travelers. He managed our group very well in spite of the chaos at some of the more congested sites.
Leonard Boyer
Review date: Thursday, October 27, 2022
Service
Responded rapidly to questions. Kept us fully informed of changes.
Response from Grand European Travel:
It sounds like you had a great experience in Egypt. We are thrilled to hear that! Thank you for writing a review and leaving your feedback. It is very much appreciated!
Wednesday, November 2, 2022
Vacation
Outstanding very professional tour guide who was extremely knowledgeable and very helpful in assisting us when asked. Other GET travel associates were also very efficient in getting us to and from the airport
Patricia Noble
Review date: Thursday, September 29, 2022
Service
I signed up for a small group, and was lucky enough to be in a group of four. What a wonderful experience! We had truly personal experiences with our Tour Director
Vacation
I have been on tours that included ALL tips and gratuities which was very convenient. This tour didn’t include that which, for me created some embarrassment since I was not very familiar with the currency. Also, I was disappointed that more meals were not included.
Evelyn Roehl
Review date: Thursday, January 27, 2022
Service
This is our 4th booking with GET, Barb has made everyone of them easy and informational. I can communicate via e-mail or phone and get the same great results.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Egypt has been extremely popular this year and we are so glad you had a chance to experience it with our amazing team of experts. Thank you for your lovely comments and your repeat business. We appreciate it so very much.
Friday, February 11, 2022
Vacation
Everyone took such good care of us. There was always someone to make sure we got where we needed to be exactly on time. Mohamed Yosef (Mohamed 2) was amazing on the river cruise and all the sights we saw and people we talked with. Such an intelligent Egyptologist! Essam made our Cairo experience so educational and fun. He's a great photographer also. Mohamed (1) was always at our side in Cairo when it was time to get to the airport or back to the hotel. He saw to it we had our Covid tests in time for our return trip home. I can't say enough about how wonderful this vacation was. The people, the history the sights, just spectacular. I would go again in a heartbeat.
John Tyler
Review date: Thursday, September 30, 2021
Service
Agent took care of all booking arrangements. We needed to change flights and she was able to do so without a problem. I have used GET several times and consider them my agency of choice for travel.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We so appreciate having you as part of the GET travel family and thank you for your repeat business. Thank you for sharing the amazing photos of Egypt. We are so happy to see that everything went well.
Wednesday, October 6, 2021
Vacation
A perfect trip to Egypt. The Insight guys were terrific. Mohamed El Sherif (tour director) and Hany Ata, Saleh Arabi (egyptologists) were exceptional. They were friendly, courteous, professional, knowledgeable and fun! Tour bus took as everywhere no hassles. Hotel was great, a top Cairo hotel. Cruise down Nile was well done. Boat was clean, food good, and staff very helpful. Staff were safety conscious wearing masks when needed. Being vaccinated and wearing my mask I never felt concerned. One unintended side effect of covid was there were no crowds. Temples and tombs were virtually empty. I know this hurts business but was great from a tourist perspective. If you are vaccinated and virus free, there is no reason not to travel to Egypt. Insight is the way to go and the Wonders of Egypt was the perfect trip. The gods looked favorably on me this trip and I would highly recommend it.
Nancy Platt
Review date: Wednesday, January 22, 2020
Service
I chose this particular tour because it was advertised as a “solo” tour which allowed for the traveler to have single accommodation without the extra charge. I was told that all those slots were taken and I needed to be open to a roommate to avoid the single traveler charge. There were only eleven of us on this tour so the allotment of these solo slots must have been very small. As it turned out I had a wonderful roommate which made the trip even more enjoyable.
Response from Grand European Travel:
You are correct that there are only a small number of single rooms allocated for each trip. We couldn't be more pleased to see how it worked out for you with your room share and how much you enjoyed the Wonders of Egypt. Thank you for your business.
Wednesday, January 22, 2020
Vacation
This tour packed so many amazing sites into a short time. The accommodations, transport, food, schedule, and leadership were exceptional. Our Egyptologist, M. Sabaa, educated, organized, and entertained our small group with expertise.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Tuesday, October 1, 2019
Service
The travel specialist that booked my trip is excellent, she give us a lot of options and recommendations. She is very nice and helpful.
Vacation
Hotel accommodations is excellent. Food is awesome. Staffing is excellent from driver to travel director is very knowledgeable .overall experience is awesome
Marleen Callinicos
Review date: Wednesday, May 8, 2019
Service
This was our 6th GET/Insight trip, so clearly we enjoy booking our guided international travels with them.
Vacation
We were a small group of 10 people, which was ideal. Our travel director, Assem Omar, was a gem, and our vast Cairo hotel was truly a palace, with fabulous breakfast buffets. Our daily tours and the relaxing Nile cruise on a half-empty boat were perfect. The Egyptian people are very kind and try their utmost to please and protect tourists. We felt much safer in Egypt than in New York or DC. The meals on the spotlessly clean MS MEDEA were very beautifully presented, and the whirling dervish show on board was amazing. You should go, if only to see the pyramids and magnificent huge Abu Simbel templessouth of Aswan! (Just be sure to take a few hundred USD or Euro in small bills for the incessant tipping - you'll tip $1 in every toilet - and don't go when it's very hot between mid-April to mid-October.) It will be the most fascinating trip you will ever take.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for taking the time to share the memories of your trip to Egypt. We are so happy that you enjoyed this remarkable destination.
Friday, May 10, 2019
Trusted Customer
Review date: Tuesday, March 5, 2019
Service
It was good and no problems. The guide was wonderful
Vacation
Everything was fine as far as price goes
Jerome Dobel
Review date: Thursday, February 21, 2019
Service
Michelle provided careful and honest assessments of what we would need to do as well as helping pick the best time to go to Egypt.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for taking the time to write. We will share your comments with Michelle and with the Insight Vacations team
Monday, March 4, 2019
Vacation
The trip as as promised. In Egypt because of fear factor the Insight Group was only eleven people and it was a superb tour with a qualified archeologist as our guide.
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