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12-Day Enchanting Egypt: Pyramids, Nile & Red Sea Odyssey

Amazing 12-Day Enchanting Egypt: Pyramids, Nile & Red Sea Odyssey. Welcome to the fascinating land of Egypt, where ancient wonders and modern marvels intertwine to create an unforgettable journey. Embark on a mesmerizing 12-day adventure that will take you through the heart of this historic country, exploring Cairo & Alexandria highlights, sailing on a felucca cruise from Aswan, and indulging in the beauty of the Red Sea in Hurghada.

Begin your 12-Day Enchanting Egypt: Pyramids, Nile & Red Sea Odyssey in the bustling metropolis of Cairo, a city steeped in history and culture. Immerse yourself in the wonders of the Giza Plateau, where the mighty Pyramids of Giza rise majestically against the horizon. Marvel at the enigmatic Sphinx, standing proudly as a testament to ancient civilizations. Explore the treasures of the Egyptian Museum, where you’ll encounter the awe-inspiring artifacts of pharaohs and countless other ancient relics.

Travel from Cairo to Alexandria to discover the Roman Catacombs of Kom El-Shoqafa and the Citadel of Qaitbay. Leaving the vibrant city behind, venture south to Aswan, where your felucca cruise awaits. Set sail on the serene waters of the Nile River, surrounded by the lush greenery and timeless beauty of the landscape. Drift past picturesque villages, ancient temples, and idyllic islands, absorbing the tranquil ambiance of this legendary river.

Felucca & Red Sea Adventure:

As your felucca glides into Luxor, prepare to be captivated by the city’s archaeological wonders. Step into the Valley of the Kings, where pharaohs were laid to rest in elaborate tombs adorned with intricate paintings and hieroglyphics. Explore the sprawling Karnak Temple Complex, a testament to the grandeur of ancient Egyptian architecture. Witness the magnificence of the Luxor Temple, bathed in the golden hues of the setting sun.

After immersing yourself in Egypt’s rich history, it’s time to unwind and soak up the sun on the shores of the Red Sea in Hurghada. Relax on pristine beaches, indulge in water sports, or dive into the vibrant coral reefs teeming with marine life. Whether you seek adventure or tranquility, the Red Sea offers a delightful escape from the ancient wonders you’ve explored.

Throughout your 12-Day Enchanting Egypt: Pyramids, Nile & Red Sea Odyssey, you will be accompanied by knowledgeable tour guides who will unveil the secrets of this captivating land, sharing stories of pharaohs, gods, and mythology. With each step, you’ll witness the legacy of an ancient civilization that continues to enthrall and inspire. So pack your bags and prepare for an unforgettable journey through the wonders of Egypt.

Price Includes

  • Meet & assist service upon arrival and departure
  • All transfers as per the itinerary by air-conditioned vehicles
  • 5-star standard hotel in Cairo on Bed and Breakfast basis for 04 nights
  • Felucca cruise on a full-board basis for 02 nights
  • 5-star standard hotel in Luxor on a bed and breakfast basis for 01 night
  • 5-star standard hotel in Hurghada on an All-inclusive basis for 03 nights
  • Sleeper train from Cairo to Aswan on a half-board basis for 01 night
  • 24 meals: 11 breakfasts, 07 lunches, and 06 dinners
  • Drinks at Hurghada hotel
  • Transfer from Luxor to Hurghada
  • Hotel picks up and drops off
  • Entrance fees as per the itinerary
  • Flight from Hurghada to Cairo
  • Licensed Egyptologists tour guides
  • All service charges and local taxes

Price Excludes

  • International flights
  • Arrival visa
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities
  • Meals and drinks when not included
  • Any optional tour

Children Policy

  • Children from 0 – 2 years get 70% off
  • Children from 3 – 5 years get 60% off
  • Children from 6 – 11 years get 50% off
  • Children from 12 years are considered adults
Highlights of this 12-Day Enchanting Egypt: Pyramids, Nile & Red Sea Odyssey
  • Visiting the only ancient wonder still standing, the Great Pyramid of Khufu when you visit the Great Pyramids of Giza and the giant Sphinx
  • The fabulous contents of the impressive Egyptian Museum
  • Ponder over the ancient Egyptian afterlife and underworld at the magnificent tombs of the Valley of the Kings
  • Sailing the peaceful Nile River from Aswan on a traditional felucca cruise for two nights
  • The largest temple in the world, Karnak Temple in Luxor
  • The wonderful sunny beaches of the Red Sea and its awesome underwater world in Hurghada
Itinerary
12-Day Enchanting Egypt: Pyramids, Nile & Red Sea Odyssey

Day 1 Arrival in Cairo, Egypt

Arrival at Cairo International Airport. Meet and assist by our representative of “Egypt Best Vacations” who will help you through the arrival and visa regulations. Transfer to your hotel and the beginning of your 12-Day Enchanting Egypt: Pyramids, Nile & Red Sea Odyssey.

Day 2Giza Great Pyramids, Sphinx and Saqqara

Your actual 12-Day Enchanting Egypt: Pyramids, Nile & Red Sea Odyssey begins when our professional tour guide picks you up from your hotel to commence your tour to the Great Pyramids of Giza, the Sphinx and Saqqara.

Today, you will visit the Giza Plateau. Today’s tour includes the Great Pyramids of Khufu, Khafre, and Menkaure with the great Sphinx. The only ancient wonder which still remains (Khufu’s pyramid) awaits you. Are you ready to discover it from the inside? Today you will learn about the history of the pyramids, how they were constructed, and why they were constructed.

Then on to the first pyramid in history, the Step Pyramid of King Djoser at Saqqara. Saqqara is one of the most important and richest necropolises in Egypt. It was the cemetery of Memphis, the 1st capital city of United Egypt in 3200 BCE.

Transfer back to your hotel.

Day 3Alexandria highlights

Today, your 12-Day Enchanting Egypt: Pyramids, Nile & Red Sea Odyssey takes you to the beautiful City of Alexandria, the capital city of Egypt during the Greco-Roman era. Your tour includes the famous Roman Catacombs of Kom El Shoqafa. The catacombs are huge Egyptian tombs and royal cemeteries with Ptolemaic and Roman influences. The catacombs of Kom El-Shoqafa are one the largest Roman burial sites not just in Alexandria but in Egypt. These catacombs started as a private tomb for a wealthy family, then became a public cemetery. The catacombs house more than 300 tombs.

From the catacombs to the Pompey’s Pillar. Many of the ancient historians did not tell us more details about the “Pompey’s Pillar” but about the buildings that stood nearby and have disappeared now. The hill on which the pillar is erected was covered with temples and houses a long time before the Roman era. It was the place of the Citadel of Rhakotis. A temple was dedicated to Osiris-Serapis was built on the mountain.

Then proceed to the Citadel of Qaitbay. The Citadel of Qaitbay in Alexandria is one of the most important fortifications in Egypt. It was constructed by Sultan Al-Ashraf Qaitbay to defend Egypt against the Ottomans/Turks.

End your tour in Alexandria with visiting the Library of Alexandria from the outside. Enjoy your lunch at a local restaurant, then return back to Cairo.

Day 4Egyptian Museum, Saladin Citadel and Khan El-Khalili

Explore the fantastic contents of the historical Egyptian Museum at Tahrir Square in Cairo. Hundreds of objects from all periods of Egypt’s past are displayed on the two floors of the museum.

From the museum to the Citadel of the Sunni Muslim leader Saladin, which was built in 1172 to protect Cairo against the Crusaders. The White Mosque of Mohammed Ali Pasha is a prominent feature of the citadel. You will finish your tour today at the historical bazaar of Khan El-Khalili, the largest bazaar in the Middle East. Transfer back to your hotel.

Transfer to Giza train station to board your sleeper train to Aswan to begin your felucca cruise.

Day 5Aswan Tour - Felucca Nile cruise

You’re going to spend the next night of your 12-Day Enchanting Egypt: Pyramids, Nile & Red Sea Odyssey on board a Felucca River cruise.

Meet your guide at Aswan Railway to commence your tour. Explore the highlights of the beautiful City of Aswan such as the High Dam, one of the great engineering feats in the 1960s. Then proceed to the beautiful Temple of Isis at Philae Island. End your tour at the granite quarry of the Unfinished Obelisk.

Board your Felucca Nile cruise. Enjoy the Nile landscape in Aswan while cruising. 

Day 6Felucca Nile cruise

Breakfast then set sail from Aswan to Daraw. Visit its famous Camel Market (every Saturday and Sunday). Daraw has one of the largest camel markets in Egypt. Most of the camels come in caravans from Sudan’s Darfur and Kordofan along the Darb Al Arba’een (Forty Days Rd) to just north of Abu Simbel before being trucked to Daraw. It is a picturesque sight and fascinating to see the trading; sometimes there are as many as 2000 camels.

Then set sail from Daraw toward Kom Ombo.

Day 7Disembarkation - Kom Ombo - Edfu - Luxor

Breakfast and disembarkation. Travel to Kom Ombo to visit the twin Temple of Horus and Sobek together with the Crocodile Museum. This temple was built in the Ptolemaic period. Due to the conflict between Sobek and Horus, the ancient Egyptians felt it necessary to separate their temple spaces within one temple. The Kom Ombo Temple has two entrances, courts, colonnades, Hypostyle halls, and sanctuaries, one side for each god.

Transfer from Kom Ombo to visit the most intact temple in Egypt, the Temple of Horus in Edfu. Edfu Temple is one of the most striking and complete of ancient Egyptian temples and is dedicated to the worship of the god Horus. Situated on the western bank of the Nile, its construction began during the reign of Ptolemy III (246–221 BC) in 237 BC, but was completed in the reign of Ptolemy XII (80–51 BC) in 57 BC, 180 years later.

Then transfer to your hotel in Luxor for a free evening.

Day 8Luxor highlights - Hurghada

Visit the magnificent Valley of the Kings, where the pharaohs of the New Kingdom period were buried. Your guide will recommend the best three open tombs to visit. From the Valley of the Kings to the unique Temple of the female pharaoh Hatshepsut, who ruled Egypt for about 20 years as a sole pharaoh. You will end your tour at the Colossi of Memnon.

Enjoy your lunch at a local restaurant, then visit the impressive Temple of Karnak and the great Temple of Luxor. Both temples were dedicated to the Theban Triad; Amun, Mut and Khonsu. 

Transfer to Hurghada to enjoy some relaxation on the next three days of your 12-Day Enchanting Egypt: Pyramids, Nile & Red Sea Odyssey. Enjoy some beach activities and explore the magnificent underwater world of the Red Sea. 

Optional tour: Sunrise Hot Air Ballooning over Luxor

Day 9Hurghada

Free day. Tours such as diving, glass boat, safari, snorkeling, and submarine rides are available upon request.

Day 10Hurghada

Free day. Tours such as diving, glass boat, safari, snorkeling, and submarine rides are available upon request.

Day 11Fly back to Cairo

Transfer to Hurghada Airport to fly to Cairo. Transfer from Cairo Airport to your hotel for final night of your 12-Day Enchanting Egypt: Pyramids, Nile & Red Sea Odyssey.

Day 12End of your 12-Day Enchanting Egypt: Pyramids, Nile & Red Sea Odyssey

Conclude your 12-Day Enchanting Egypt: Pyramids, Nile & Red Sea Odyssey with a transfer to Cairo Airport for final departure. It is really sad to leave, so ask our guides about your next adventure in Egypt.

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