10 Day Egypt Explorer
Cairo ~ Alexandria ~ Luxor
DEPARTURE DAYS: EVERYDAY
Perfect for when you cannot spend a full 2 weeks in Egypt but want to see the main sights in Cairo, Alexandria, and Luxor.
Alternatively, guests can opt for a day in Hurghada, located on the Red Sea, instead of visiting Alexandria.
Memphis, Saqqara, & Dahshur
We will depart the hotel at 8am for Memphis - the former capital of Egypt. We will visit the Memphis Museum, where you will find the colossal reclining statue of Ramses II, and the alabaster sphinx. We then continue to Saqqara - the site of the Step Pyramid, the Pyramid of Titi, the Serapeum, and the Mastabas of Ti & Mereruka. After lunch we will proceed to Dashur where we will see the Bent Pyramid and the Red Pyramid.
Giza Plateau, Sphinx, and the Valley Temple
We have a very early start to the day, as we depart the hotel for the Giza Plateau. We have organised for our guests, special after hours access to watch the sunrise by the pyramids. Our morning will be spent at the famous Giza Plateau, where the last of the seven wonders of the ancient world still stands. Guests will have the opportunity to take some breathtaking photos of the three great pyramids, the Sphinx, and the Valley Temple, whilst our guide explains the history of this ancient and mysterious site. Guests will also have the opportunity to go inside the Great Pyramid, the Pyramid of Menkaure, as well as the Solar boat museum. Entrance to these three areas are at an additional cost.
After lunch we will visit a Papyrus shop where they will demonstrate how papyrus has been made for over 5000 years.
The rest of the afternoon will be free. We have a range of activities available for our guests if they wish to partake. These activities are at an additional cost.
Karnak Temple & Luxor Temple
We depart our hotel early in the morning to catch our flight to Luxor. When we arrive in Luxor, we will be transferred from the airport to check into our hotel.
After a short rest and lunch, we will visit Karnak Temple complex, which comprises of a vast mix of decayed temples, chapels, pylons, and other buildings. Construction of temples started in the Middle Kingdom and continued through to Ptolemaic times with many famous pharaohs contributing to the temple. Karnak is the second largest ancient religious temple in the world, spanning across over 100 hectares.
We will return to Luxor before dusk, and marvel at the beautiful colossal statues of Ramesses II at the gates of the Luxor Temple, and its beautiful intact pillars and statues of other great rulers such as Tutankhamen.
Overnight stay in Luxor.
Hatshepsut's Temple & Valley of the Kings
In the morning we cross the Nile to visit Hatshepsut’s Temple in the Valley of the Kings, followed by a visit to three famous tombs in the Valley of the Kings, the burial place for a period of nearly 500 years from the 16th to 11th century BC, where tombs were constructed for the Pharaohs and powerful nobles. The admission ticket allows entry into three of the 63 tombs, but an additional ticket can be purchased for King Tutankhamen's tombs.
We depart back for Cairo in the late afternoon, and arrive in the evening to allow our guests to pack for their departure the next day. We will also have a farewell dinner for all our guests.
Fayoum, Wadi Al-Hitan & Meidum Pyramid
Our journey today takes us two hours out of Cairo to the picturesque Fayoum Oasis and Lake Karoun. We will have some time at each of our stops to enjoy the beautiful oasis.
After lunch we will visit the Hawara pyramid and the Meidum pyramid - a unique structure built at the end of the third dynasty. There are also some mud brick mastabas next to the pyramid which we will have the opportunity to visit.
Day Trip to Alexandria
We depart early in the morning for Alexandria, the city on the Mediterranean coast. The city is very unique to any other in Egypt, having been established by Alexander the Great in 333 BCE.
In Alexandria we will visit the Catacombs, Pompey’s Pillar, the Roman Amphitheatre and the famous Alexandria Library. We will also visit the Alexandria Citadel which sits on the coastline.
We will return to Cairo in the evening, stopping for dinner along the way.
The Citadel, Sultan Hussan, Rafai Mosques and Egyptian Museum
We begin the morning by visiting the Citadel and the mosque of Muhammed Ali. The Citadel sits high above Cairo with a beautiful view of the of the city below. We will continue to the Sultan Hussan and Refai mosques which are an architectural marvel.
After lunch we will visit the Egyptian Museum, where our guide will walk you through the halls and explain some of the 160,000 objects that are housed there, covering 5,000 years of Egypt’s history.
Guests will have the opportunity to visit the Mummy exhibit at their own cost. Photography within the museum is allowed, though guests will need to purchase their own tickets for photography.
Old Cairo, The Coptic Museum, and Khan El Khalili
We begin our day by visiting Old Cairo - which was established in 969 C.E. We will visit the Hanging Church, the Coptic Museum (which houses the largest collection of early Christian artefacts), as well as the church of Abu Serga and Amr Mosque.
After lunch we will visit Khan El Khalili Bazaar, an ancient market place with narrow twisting passages lined with tiny shops, where you can witness craftsmen practising skills that have been passed down the generations.
In the evening we will invite our guests on a Nile Cruise to introduce you our Egyptian culture with a traditional dinner, bellydancer and an Egyptian folk dancer.
Accommodation at your choice of 5 star, 4 star or 3 star hotel
Licensed Egyptologist Tour Guide
All transfers to sites by airconditioned coach bus
Most lunches and dinners included
Main admission tickets
Private access to the Giza Plateau to watch the sunrise by the pyramids - for groups over 20 persons
International flights to Egypt
Additional admission tickets not included in the main admission price
Some meals – as indicated in the itinerary
Any additional activities that guests may like to do
Travel insurance is to be arranged by the guest
10 Days Exploring the Main Sights of Egypt
Tour Dates to be Determined
From $2900 USD