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Ultimate Egypt

from $3066/per person

A fabled land of Pyramids, pharaohs and the life-giving Nile, decorated with splendid wonders and calming beaches. Savour the unparalleled beauty and cultural heritage of Egypt on an intriguing and perfectly-paced adventure together with your professional Egyptologist Travel Director. With 3 flights included in your trip, travel in absolute comfort saving much-valuable time for unforgettable experiences. Journey through the chaotic streets of Cairo to the legendary halls of the Great Library of Alexandria. Embark a comfortable Nile Cruise while frequenting nearby wondrous temples of worldwide fame. Recharge at the seaside paradise of Dahab over 5 relaxing days.

Duration
17 Day
Destination(s)
Egypt
Starts in / Ends in
Cairo / Cairo
Departs on
Thursdays
Hotel Rating
5 Star Hotels
18-30

Sight Visited

  • Alexandria
    Alexandria

    Alexandria is the second largest city in Egypt, it's more Mediterranean city than middle-east, it was also an important port town during the hellenistic time, most popular tourist attractive mark is it's Library.

  • Aswan
    Aswan

    Sunniest city of Egypt and a popular touristic stop for many cruises. The local market here is an excellent place to do some shopping and the best place to find Egyptian fresh spices.

  • Cairo
    Cairo

    With the Great Pyramids of Giza, ancient temples, magnificent monuments, and the Egyptian Antiquities Museum, Cairo offers an experience of a lifetime.

  • Dahab
    Dahab

    “Gold” in Arabic, the city’s name was inspired from the golden sands by the Red Sea coast. Dahab offers Oceanside dinners and crystal-clear waters for diving and snorkeling.

  • Edfu
    Edfu

    Edfu has the most complete and best-preserved temple in Egypt, the Ptolemaic Temple of Horus, which was constructed between 237 BC and 57 BC

  • Giza
    Giza

    The Great Pyramid of Giza is one of the seven wonders of the ancient world and the only one still remaining to this day. An absolute must see.

  • Kom Ombo
    Kom Ombo

    Kom Ombo means ‘hill of the gold’ crowned with Temple of Komombo. The temple is unusual as one side is dedicated to the god Haroesis and the other side to Sobek.

  • Luxor
    Luxor

    A top travel destination in Egypt with a wealth of historic monuments and buildings bringing Egypt’s fabled past to life. Luxor is called the world’s greatest open air museum.

  • Philae Temple
    Philae Temple

    This beautiful temple complex is one of the most picturesque in all of Egypt. It sits on Aglika Island just south of the old Aswan Dam.

  • Sakkara
    Sakkara

    The oldest complete stone building complex in history was built as Djoser's step pyramid and it is located in Sakkara.

  • Unfinished Obelisk
    Unfinished Obelisk

    The 42m long obelisk was left unfinished when some cracks appeared, but had this obelisk been completed, it would have been the heaviest, weighing nearly 1100 tons!

ITINERARY

1
Day 1: Cairo
Our fascinating journey into the depths of Egyptian culture and history begins at the vibrant capital, Cairo. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel by a Ciconia representative at the airport. In the afternoon, join the welcome meeting at the hotel lobby with your fellow travellers and Tour Director. Savour the exotic and delicious Egyptian cuisine tonight on a group dinner.
  • Hotel: Le Meridien Pyramids 5*
  • Optional Experiences: Group Dinner
2
Day 2: Cairo, Alexandria
As we drive alongside the Nile towards the Mediterranean to Alexandria, kickstart your cultural adventure stopping at the gorgeous Coptic Monasteries at Wadi el Natrun (if open). Plentiful chances await to dive deep into history, stroll the shopping streets and taste excellent local seafood. Comfortably pacing our trip, we rest at Alexandria tonight after a delicious Egyptian dinner.  
  • Hotel: Tolip Hotel Alexandria 5*
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Key Highlights: Wadi El Natrun
3
Day 3: Alexandria, Cairo
It is time to explore this ancient city of utmost importance, home to the ruins of the Great Library and Lighthouse of Alexandria – one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Join your Tour Director for a guided walking tour covering all the must-sees of the lively port town, visit the ancient acropolis and Roman Amphitheatre. Journey through history at the National Museum and the impressive Kom El Shoqafa Catacomb. We depart towards Cairo. You will have personal leisure time to enjoy as you please, your Tour Director will be happy to advise activities ideal to your tastes.
  • Hotel: Le Meridien Pyramids 5*
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Key Highlights: Alexandria Sightseeing
4
Day 4: Cairo
Prepare your lenses for an exceptional moment of cultural discovery, it’s time to soak in the glorious Pyramids and the Sphinx at the Giza plateau. Take a mental picture to engrave this unique sight in your memory and continue your adventure through the heart of Cairo frequenting all the hot-spots of cultural, historical, architectural and aesthetic importance. Following our comprehensive discovery, you can enjoy your personal leisure time to relax or continue your in-depth journey at your own pace.
  • Hotel: Le Meridien Pyramids 5*
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Key Highlights: Giza Pyramids
5
Day 5: Cairo, Luxor (by flight) , Nile Cruise
Following a hefty breakfast, transfer to the airport for a seamless journey to Luxor, where you will start your discovery of marvellous monuments of various civilizations of the Nile. Walk the remnants of much-fabled ancient Thebes through the Avenue of the Sphinx and visit Temple of Amun nearby Luxor. Embark your 5-star Nile Cruise – with premium facilities including an outdoor pool on-board – and continue your discovery at the remarkable Luxor Museum. Here you can find an astonishing display of artefacts and items from various era, including pieces from Tutankhamun’s famed tomb. Your comfortable room aboard awaits you tonight as we dock at Luxor, where you may enjoy a sound & light show at Karnak Temple.
  • Hotel: Nile Cruiser 5*
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Key Highlights: Temple of Amun, Luxor Museum
  • Optional Experiences: Sound & Light Show
6
Day 6: Nile Cruise
Rising up to the breeze of the Nile, you will have the chance to float over Luxor valley in a hot air balloon today! Discover the stunning Valley of the Kings and savour the extravagant efforts to honour pharaohs of Egypt in eternity. Enjoy a locally prepared meal by our crew on board. Diving deep into ancient history, uncover the remnants of eras that have shaped the fertile banks of the Nile as we visit the Luxor Temple, Temple of Queen Hatshepsut and the Colossi of Memnon. Board your premium cruise to sail towards charming Edfu.
  • Hotel: Nile Cruiser 5*
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Key Highlights: Valley of the Kings, Luxor Temple
  • Optional Experiences: Hot-air Balloon Ride
7
Day 7: Nile Cruise
Start the day by discovering the treasures of ancient Edfu. Sail upstream to where time almost hasn’t moved for a thousand years, Kom-Ombo. Experience the traditional architecture and way of living as you stroll the charming village with your Travel Director. We will sample local delicacies over a traditional dinner on board our cruise.
  • Hotel: Nile Cruiser 5*
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Key Highlights: Edfu, Kom-Ombo
8
Day 8: Nile Cruise
Sailing to Aswan in deluxe style, it is time to experience the unique traditional feluccas that were used for transport on the Nile for centuries. Changing to our charming felucca in Aswan, we set sail toward the impressive Kitchener islands to visit the lifeful Botanical Gardens, mighty Aswan Dam and the splendid monuments scattered around. Sampling sights as the Temple of Isis – the divine mother of the pharaohs, the semi-carved Unfinished Obelisk and Philae Temple, we dock ashore for an authentic evening. Watch the sun set behind the shimmering reflections of feluccas on the Nile. Join the optional Sound and Light Show at the stunning Philae Temple. Prepare for a unique dining experience served by the locals, accompanied by live music.
  • Hotel: Nile Cruiser 5*
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Key Highlights: Felucca Cruise, Aswan Sightseeing, Kitchener Islands, Philae Temple
  • Optional Experiences: Traditional Nubian Village Visit, Philae Temple Sound And Light Performance
9
Day 9: Nile Cruise, Abu Simbel (by flight), Aswan, Cairo (by flight)
Explore the marvellous Abu Simbel on a fantastic excursion. Referred to as a must-see for all history and archaeology enthusiasts, discover the two massive temples carved into the bedrock in impressive detail to honour the rule of Pharaoh Ramesses II. Transfer to the airport and fly off to Cairo in comfort, leaving you time to rest following your astounding cultural adventure.
  • Hotel: Le Meridien Pyramids 5*
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Key Highlights: Abu Simbel
10
Day 10: Cairo
After a relaxing rest, we continue our in-depth discovery into vibrant Cairo and its countless treasures - allowing plenty of time for you to savour your adventure at ease. Stroll the city with our expert local guide on the second leg of our sightseeing tour. Visit the immense collection of ancient artefacts at the Egyptian Museum, Citadel of Saladin, Mosque of Mohammed Ali, Hanging Church, and the buzzing famous bazaar of Khan el-Khalili. Late in the afternoon, you may discover the city on your own terms to have a final visit to your preferred sights and cement your favourite moments. Your seat for dinner is reserved at your hotel in the evening.
  • Hotel: Le Meridien Pyramids 5*
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Key Highlights: Egyptian Museum,  Citadel of Saladin, Mosque of Mohammed Ali, Hanging Church & Khan el-Khalili Bazaar
11
Day 11: Cairo, Sharm El-Sheikh (by flight), Dahab
We depart for the airport following breakfast at the hotel and catch our flight to Sharm el-Sheikh. Transferring in comfort to our lovely hotel in Dahab, we will start to enjoy our refreshing break at the Red Sea paradise. Savour the comforts of your resort with access to lovely beaches, cooling waters and an incredible range of activities. Dahab is renowned for being one of the best diving destinations in the region, offering an unforgettable experience to divers of all levels. Personal leisure time after our orientation walk.
  • Hotel: Le Meridien Dahab Resort 5*
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Key Highlights: Dahab Sightseeing
12
Day 12: Dahab
Launch your Dahab break with a marvellous optional experience at the famous diving hotspot, the Blue Hole. Here you can snorkel with experts, swim at your own pace, and savour the diverse sea-life and fascinating coral reefs. Returning to our hotel around noon, you will have personal leisure time to recharge under the sun before dinner at our hotel.
  • Hotel: Le Meridien Dahab Resort 5*
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Key Highlights: Snorkelling at the Blue Hole
13
Day 13: Dahab, St. Catherine, Dahab
Following breakfast and a short ride, we discover the beautiful St. Catherine Monastery – one of the oldest working Christian monasteries with 1,500 years of age. Presented with majestic views of the nearby Mount Sinai, it is a most memorable UNESCO World Heritage site. As we return to Dahab in the afternoon, simply relax at endless sandy beaches with the sea breeze cooling the air, book and cocktail at hand – just what you need following an incredible cultural adventure.
  • Hotel: Le Meridien Dahab Resort 5*
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Key Highlights: St. Catherine Monastery
14
Day 14: Dahab
Rest under the warm sun and cooling breeze with no worries at mind and share your favourite travel moments with your loved ones. Cherish this day as you please and enjoy the calming pace of your exclusive journey. Alternatively, have a taste of adrenaline through a myriad of activities as snorkelling, paddling, water-skiing, and even camel trekking with real nomads.
  • Hotel: Le Meridien Dahab Resort 5*
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Key Highlights: Camel Trekking, Water Sports
15
Day 15: Dahab Boat Trip
Following breakfast at the hotel, you can enjoy your personal leisure time, or join our half day boat trip. We will sail from bay to bay for the best snorkelling and swimming spots such as the Napoleon Reef and Shark’s Cave, home to coral reefs, tropical fishes, octopus and various marine life. You will be provided snorkelling equipment and training and guidance by experts. Enjoy your final day at this seaside paradise, completing an epic adventure in style and fully recharged.
  • Hotel: Le Meridien Dahab Resort 5*
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Key Highlights: Dahab Boat Trip
16
Day 16: Dahab, Sharm El-Sheikh - Cairo ( by flight)
Following breakfast at the hotel, transfer to Sharm el-Sheikh airport for our flight to Cairo, saving much-valuable time and travelling in comfort. As we check into our hotel in the afternoon, the rest of the day is yours to spend wisely. Haggle for precious souvenirs, soak in the incredible Pyramids and the unparalleled cultural treasures of Egypt.
  • Hotel: Le Meridien Pyramids 5*
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
17
Day 17: Cairo
Our epic adventure into the wonderland of Egyptian culture comes to an end over breakfast with newfound friends. Make sure to bid farewells and exchange numbers before checking-out of the hotel (at 11:00). Complementary airport transfers are available all day, have a safe and smooth journey!
  • Meals: Breakfast
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Price ($)

What is included ?

5 Star Characteristic Hotels

Accommodation in authentic, comfortable and ideally located hotels.

Luxury Transportation

Deluxe air-conditioned coach with restroom and complimentary bottled water. Domestic Flights between Cairo & Luxor,  Aswan & Cairo and Cairo & Sharm El-Sheikh

5 Star Nile Cruiser

5-star Nile Cruise – with premium facilities including an outdoor pool on-board.

Exceptional Authentic Dining

16 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 15 Dinners

Egyptologist Travel Director

Local & Expert Egyptologist Travel Director throughout your trip.

Journey Highlights

Must see sights, hidden gems & authentic experiences. Unique itineraries, more inclusions.

All Entrance Fees To All Sights

Entrance fees to all cultural, historical and natural sites on tour.

Private Airport Transfer

Complimentary private airport transfers on arrival and departure dates.

Baggage Handling

Seamless baggage handling, delivered to your room at every hotel.

All Tips, Taxes And Porterage Charges

Tips at the hotels and restaurants, all taxes and porterage fees.

Personal Radio Headsets

Personal radio headsets on tours with 8 or more guests.

Free Wi-Fi

Complimentary hotel and coach Wi-Fi (where available).

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Alexandria
    Alexandria

    Alexandria is the second largest city in Egypt, it's more Mediterranean city than middle-east, it was also an important port town during the hellenistic time, most popular tourist attractive mark is it's Library.

  • Aswan
    Aswan

    Sunniest city of Egypt and a popular touristic stop for many cruises. The local market here is an excellent place to do some shopping and the best place to find Egyptian fresh spices.

  • Cairo
    Cairo

    With the Great Pyramids of Giza, ancient temples, magnificent monuments, and the Egyptian Antiquities Museum, Cairo offers an experience of a lifetime.

  • Dahab
    Dahab

    “Gold” in Arabic, the city’s name was inspired from the golden sands by the Red Sea coast. Dahab offers Oceanside dinners and crystal-clear waters for diving and snorkeling.

  • Edfu
    Edfu

    Edfu has the most complete and best-preserved temple in Egypt, the Ptolemaic Temple of Horus, which was constructed between 237 BC and 57 BC

  • Giza
    Giza

    The Great Pyramid of Giza is one of the seven wonders of the ancient world and the only one still remaining to this day. An absolute must see.

  • Kom Ombo
    Kom Ombo

    Kom Ombo means ‘hill of the gold’ crowned with Temple of Komombo. The temple is unusual as one side is dedicated to the god Haroesis and the other side to Sobek.

  • Luxor
    Luxor

    A top travel destination in Egypt with a wealth of historic monuments and buildings bringing Egypt’s fabled past to life. Luxor is called the world’s greatest open air museum.

  • Philae Temple
    Philae Temple

    This beautiful temple complex is one of the most picturesque in all of Egypt. It sits on Aglika Island just south of the old Aswan Dam.

  • Sakkara
    Sakkara

    The oldest complete stone building complex in history was built as Djoser's step pyramid and it is located in Sakkara.

  • Unfinished Obelisk
    Unfinished Obelisk

    The 42m long obelisk was left unfinished when some cracks appeared, but had this obelisk been completed, it would have been the heaviest, weighing nearly 1100 tons!

Cairo: Pyramids and the Sphinx at the Giza Plateau, Egyptian Museum, Citadel of Saladin, Mosque of Mohammed Ali, the Hanging Church and Khan el-Khalili Bazaar
Luxor: Valley of the Kings, Karnak Temple , Luxor Temple,
Aswan: Unfinished Obelisk, Philae Temple, Komombo Temple, Edfu Temple, Abu Simbel
Dahab: St.Catherine Monestery

 

Stay in Style

Knowing that your accommodation may separate a great holiday from a perfect one, we have carefully selected the below 5-Star hotels of comfort and style:

Please view the “Hotels” section for more details about your accommodation on this trip.

  • Le Meridien Pyramids
    Le Meridien Pyramids

    Le Méridien Pyramids Hotel and Spa, nestled between the city and the wilderness, boasts unparalleled views of the majes

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  • Nile Cruiser- MS/ Miriam ( or similar )
    Nile Cruiser- MS/ Miriam ( or similar )

    This impressive boat is amongst the most luxurious of all boats on the Nile. Elegantly furnished with fabrics, wood pane

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  • Tolip Hotel Alexandria
    Tolip Hotel Alexandria

    Set in Alexandria, 6 km from Alexandria Citadel, Tolip Hotel Alexandria boasts a seasonal outdoor pool and views of the

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  • Le Meridien Dahab Resort
    Le Meridien Dahab Resort

    Discover shimmering golden sands and swaying palm trees at Le Meridien Dahab Resort in Egypt. Overlooking the Gulf of Aq

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What is not included ?

  • Any flights not stated in the itinerary
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not stated in the itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Visa fees
  • Optional activities
  • Other services not stated in the itinerary

Le Meridien Pyramids


Le Méridien Pyramids Hotel and Spa, nestled between the city and the wilderness, boasts unparalleled views of the majestic, ancient splendor of the Giza Pyramids. A mere glance out a guest room window reveals one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Le Méridien Pyramids Hotel and Spa is surrounded by landscaped gardens, which provide a respite of greenery amidst golden sands. With 641 guest rooms, a peerless choice of restaurants and cuisines, a magnificent swimming pool and spa amenities, this 5-star hotel offers guests everything they could possibly need. The hotel is also conveniently located a mere 20 minutes from Cairo's city center. Experience a luxurious, unique and comfortable stay at the Le Méridien Pyramids Hotel and Spa.

Nile Cruiser- MS/ Miriam ( or similar )


This impressive boat is amongst the most luxurious of all boats on the Nile. Elegantly furnished with fabrics, wood paneling and classic style furniture, this boat offers a sophisticated setting for your Nile Cruise. The restaurant offers 120 covers with a combination of waiter service and buffet meals which allows you to sample both - Egyptian and international cuisine. The spacious lounge bar is tastefully furnished and offers international bar service. The main lounge has a music system and dance floor for evening entertainment which includes an Egyptian folklore show and a belly dancer. The separate bar area with comfortable Chesterfield sofas offers panoramic views of the Nile River.

Tolip Hotel Alexandria


Set in Alexandria, 6 km from Alexandria Citadel, Tolip Hotel Alexandria boasts a seasonal outdoor pool and views of the sea. The hotel has a spa centre and a private beach area, and guests can enjoy a meal at the restaurant. Private parking is available on site.Every room is equipped with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. Certain rooms feature a seating area to relax in after a busy day. Rooms include a private bathroom. Extras include bathrobes and free toiletries. Tolip Hotel Alexandria features free WiFi .

Le Meridien Dahab Resort


Discover shimmering golden sands and swaying palm trees at Le Meridien Dahab Resort in Egypt. Overlooking the Gulf of Aqaba, our upscale hotel in South Sinai offers one of the best locations in the world for kite and windsurfing as well as for diving and snorkeling in the Red Sea. With exceptional amenities and impeccable services, Le Meridien Dahab Resort is a perfect choice for your next tropical getaway.