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December 7 - 16, 2022

Essence of Egypt

Egypt, land of the Nile, tomb of the pharaohs

About Egypt

Pharaohs, mummies, pyramids, golden treasures, the Sahara Desert, and the River Nile are just some of the initial thoughts that come to mind when thinking about Egypt. With a fascinating history dating back to 3,000 BC, there are so many facets to life in ancient Egypt that it is possible to dedicate an entire livelihood to uncovering its secrets. Well ahead of its time in the ancient world, the Egyptian civilization was one of the most advanced. Evidence of their remarkable achievements in architecture and design still stand strong in the modern world, attracting millions of visitors to Egypt each year.

passport

You must be in possession of a passport valid for at least 6 months after the date of travel with at least 2 blank visa pages.

Visa & Vaccinations

VISA Yes, U.S. citizens must have a visa to enter Egypt.  U.S. citizens can obtain a renewable single-entry 30-day tourist visa on arrival at Egyptian airports or you can apply for an eVisa here https://visa2egypt.gov.eg/eVisa/Home

 

​​Vaccinations are not required

Money

The official currency in Egypt is the Egyptian pound. Hotels and some stores accept credit cards (Visa or MasterCard only). However, for “street shopping” you will need local currency or U.S. Dollars

weather

Egypt generally has a warm and hot weather with cooler nights. There are 2 seasons in Egypt, winter which is from November to April and summer from May to October. Average temperature during winter ranges from 60’s to 80’s while in summer, average temperature will be from 80’s to 90’s

power

220 volts. Plug C. You will need a voltage converter and plug adapter in order to use U.S. appliances.

Tour Summary

The Essence of Egypt are on display on this authentic experience!

 

Visit Cairo, Aswan, Abu Simble, and Luxor!

WHAT'S INCLUDED

WHAT'S EXCLUDED

Duration: 10-days / 9-nights

Dates: December 7 - 16, 2022

Accommodations 

  • 7 nights of accommodations

  • All prices are per person based on double occupancy

  • 3 nights hotel in Cairo including daily breakfast

  • 1 night hotel in Aswan including daily breakfast

  • 3 nights on 05 star Superior Nile Cruise on full board

 

Transportation

  • Round trip airport transfers to/from hotel

  • Local English-speaking tour guide 

  • Tour via private vehicle

 

Experiences

  • Welcome Dinner

  • Visit a UNESCO World Heritage Site

  • Domestic flight ticket Cairo to Aswan and Luxor to Cairo

  • All sightseeing tours in Cairo (Private Tours)

  • All sightseeing tours on the cruise

  • Entrance fees to all sites as indicated on the itinerary

  • Meals at hotel

  • Bottled water during the trip

  • All service charges and taxes

 

Costs

  • All entrance fees to sites/experiences noted in itinerary

  • All service charges and taxes

  • Black Leisure Travel Thank You Gift

  • International Airfare

  • Entry visa

  • Passport fees, immunization costs, and local departure taxes (when applicable)

  • Early check-in or late check-out fr om hotels (unless otherwise specified)

  • Travel insurance, which we offer and can be purchased after you’ve booked your tour

  • Additional sightseeing, activities and experiences outside of your itinerary

  • Optional enhancements like room or flight upgrades, or local camera or video fees

  • Personal charges or expenses such as laundry, phone calls, SIM cards or room service

  • Tips for services and experiences

  • Beverage(s) during meals

  • Meals except where noted.

 

EXTRA AND OPTIONS

 

Suggested Gratuities

  • Tour Guide ($10-$20 per day)

  • Driver ($5-$10 per day)

  • Waiters/waitress ($2 per person)

 

Optional Activities

  • Hot Air Balloon

  • Spa Treatments

Why Wait?  If You Are Ready To Take This Journey Then Click on Book Now!

Tour Summary

DAY 1

Arrival Day Menawwara! Welcome to Egypt! Upon arrival at Cairo International Airport (CAI), you will be met by a private vehicle and transferred to your hotel.

DAY 2

Your first full day in Egypt! Today you'll have an exciting full-day excursion in Egypt with a local guide. After breakfast at your hotel, you'll spend the day visiting the world-renowned pyramids (Cheops, Khafre, and Menkaure), which are located in the necropolis of Giza. The pyramids and the Sphinx are considered one of the seven wonders of the ancient world and are one of the first images that come to mind when you think of Egypt, and you'll experience them for yourself, along with the enigmatic Sphinx.

Following the tour of the pyramids and the Sphinx, head to the necropolis of Saqqara to visit King Zoser, the Mastaba, and the Pyramid of Teti. After the tour, transfer back to the hotel. Enjoy the evening at your leisure

DAY 3

Today you will have a full-day experience touring the Egyptian Museum. The richest museum of Egyptian antiques in the world, it contains pharaonic treasures dating more than 5,000 years old. The building contains massive exhibits, including colossal statues of Ramses II. 

No visit to Egypt is complete without discovering the collection of rare jewelry and treasures of Tutankhamun. If you wish, you can visit The Royal Mummies Room, too.

Return to your hotel and freshen up. Then, transfer to Giza for an evening sound & light show concert near the pyramids. Following the show, return to your hotel in Cairo.

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DAY 4

After breakfast, you will transfer to the airport to catch a short flight from Cairo to Luxor.  Once you arrive in Luxor, you will make your way to your Nile cruise ship where you will be spending the next few nights and then your guide will show you to the major sights in East Bank of Luxor including:

  • Karnak Temple:  One of Egypt’s largest surviving temples which was founded in the Middle Kingdom and was once a key religious center.

  • Luxor Temple: A large temple complex located on the east bank of the Nile River. It was founded during the New Kingdom around 1400 BCE.

DAY 5

You'll continue your Nile cruise by seeing sights on the river's West bank. Your guide will lead you through a tour and activities might include visiting: 

  • Valley of the Kings: The location of rock-cut tombs for kings and powerful nobles (including Tutankhamun) for nearly 500 years from the 16th to 11th century BCE.

  • Valley of the Queens: Known as Ta-Set-Neferu, meaning "the place of beauty,” this was where some members of the royal family were buried from the 17th to 20th dynasties.

  •  Colossi of Memnon: Visit the ruins of Amenhotep’s memorial temple. What remains are two imposing statues of Pharaoh Amenhotep III, which were erected to guard the temple's entrance.

  • Hatshepsut Temple: The Mortuary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut is the focal point of Deir el-Bahri, a complex of mortuary temples and tombs.

  • After your tour, you will return to your cruise ship to relax onboard as you sail to Esna

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DAY 6

The next stop on your Nile cruise will be to see the temples at Edfu and Kom Ombo There, your guide will explain the significance of the temples:

  • Temple of Horus at Edfu: The Ptolemaic Temple of Horus was constructed between 57 BCE and 237 BCE. It is one of the best-preserved shrines in Egypt and inside you can still make out many of its inscriptions. 

 

  • Temple of Sobek and Haroeris at Kom Obmo: The temple dedicated to the crocodile god (Sobek) and falcon god (Haroeris) was built during the Ptolemaic era. Many of the walls of its courts, halls, sanctuaries, and rooms are still intact, along with wall carvings and some statues. 

DAY 7

Your adventure continues as you set sail for Aswan. In Aswan, you will have a chance to get off the ship and explore more sights along with your guide, including: 

 

  • Aswan High Dam: Built in the 1960s, completed in 1970, and formally inaugurated in 1971, Aswan High Dam was an engineering marvel at the time and changed the landscape of Egypt by increasing cultivable land by 30 percent and doubling its electricity supply. 

 

  • Philae Temple: There were once temples at Philae (construction began in 690 BCE), dedicated to the goddess Isis. The complex was moved from its original location on Philae Island, to its new location on Agilkia Island, due to the construction of Aswan High Dam. You'll board a small boat to learn more about the temple here.

 

  • The Botanical Garden: You'll have time to explore the grounds of Kitchener’s Island — also known as the Botanical Garden — a 16-acre island in the Aswan archipelago located between Elephantine Island and The Nile's west bank.  

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DAY 8

After breakfast, we will head off for a full day's journey to Abu Simbel! You will have an early morning start with a boxed breakfast as you make your way to Abu Simbel to see these majestic temples…the Temple of Ramses II, and the Temple of Nefertari.

Upon return to Aswan you will visit a Nubian Village then later that evening take a return to flight to Cairo where you will spend the evening at your hotel.

DAY 9

This will be your final full day in Egypt. To complete your visit in Cairo you will visit the massive, medieval Salah El-din Citadel and Mohamed Ali Alabaster mosque where you will be able to explore this ancient fortress and its domed ceilings, suspended lights, and striking views of Cairo. Continue the exploration by visiting the Old Cairo churches, and then move to the Khan El Khalili old market. After the tour, enjoy your final night in Cairo at your leisure

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DAY 10

Departure Day There are no activities planned for the final day.

Flexible Payment Options

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Reserve Your Essence of Egypt Spot Now!

AIR + LAND PACKAGE - INCLUDES FLIGHT FROM NEW YORK (JFK)

SINGLE: $4,750 per person   |   DOUBLE: $3,850 per person

LAND ONLY - NO FLIGHTS

SINGLE: $3.750 per person   |   DOUBLE: $.2.850per person

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