Egypt: Cradle of the Nile

Cultural tour of Egypt

Be swept back to the time of the pharaohs as we experience ancient Egypt’s one-of-a-kind monuments and artifacts, which have survived for more than 5,000 years. This journey allows us to not only explore famous sites such as the Pyramids, Sphinx, and Valley of the Kings, but also discover the achievements of the medieval Islamic period. New this year, add in a visit to the Grand Egyptian Museum, the largest museum ever to be dedicated to one civilization.

This tour has the option to upgrade your Nile cruise to a luxurious traditional dahabiya boat. Inquire for details.

UNESCO World Heritage Sites covered in this tour
1. Ancient Thebes with its Necropolis 2. Memphis and its Necropolis – the Pyramid Fields from Giza to Dahshur
3. Historic Cairo 4. Nubian Monuments from Abu Simbel to Philae (Abu Simbel is optional)
Tour Information
Duration : 09 days
Minimum : 02 persons
Maximum : N/A
Price (From) : US$ 2985
International air not included
Day 01: Arrive Cairo
Day 02: Cairo
(B, L)
Day 03: Cairo/Luxor (Flight)
(B, L, D)
Day 04: Nile Cruise Luxor
(B, L, D)
Day 05: Nile Cruise Luxor/Esna/Edfu
(B, L, D)
Day 06: Nile Cruise Edfu/Kom Ombo/Aswan
(B, L, D)
Day 07: Aswan/Cairo (Flight)
(B)
Day 08: Cairo
(B, L)
Day 09: Depart Cairo
(B)
Optional Excursion/Extension
Abu Simbel Excursion (Day 7)
Optional Upgrade
Cruise the Nile by luxury dahabiya boat
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Day 01: Arrive Cairo

Ahlan wa sahlan (welcome in Arabic)! We are warmly received at Cairo Airport and transferred to our hotel. Check in starts from 2:00 PM. Relax and recover from jetlag, or take part in some of the many optional tours we offer, such as a visit to the Grand Egyptian Museum, a tour of Coptic Cairo, or a visit to the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization. Please find full details in our Notes section.

Interested in experiencing the long-awaited Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM)? While the official opening date of the GEM has not yet been announced, the museum is partially open, and guests can view many of the artifacts already there. We are thrilled to offer an optional introductory visit to the GEM for interested guests (subject to approval, passport details required). This tour will include a visit to the well-known obelisk that has been moved here, and the colossal statue of Ramses II, one of the most famous pharaohs. We will see the Grand Staircase from the outside, as well as Merenbetah and some statues from the Batlimos era. This guided tour takes from approximately 45 minutes to 1.5 hours. It is available at a cost of US$ 120 per person, with no minimum participants needed. Please contact Bestway to pre-book.

Overnight: Kempinski Cairo Hotel, Cairo (2 nights)

Day 02: Cairo

Giza Plateau, Cairo, Egypt

This is a day to go back in time, starting with a visit to the most famous of the Egyptian sphinxes, the Great Sphinx of Giza. We then discover the Great Pyramid of Khufu (Cheops). Completed around 2600 BC, this pyramid was 146 meters (478 feet) high and consisted of more than 2 million limestone blocks weighing over 2 tons each. We also experience the Chephren and Mycerinus pyramids. Next, we visit Memphis and the Saqqara Step Pyramid, the world's first great stone structure. Evening, an ideal opportunity to join in our optional viewing of the spectacular Sound and Light Show at the foot of the Great Pyramids. (B, L)

Day 03: Cairo/Luxor (Flight)

A short flight brings us to Luxor, where we are warmly received and transferred to our boat, home for the next four nights. Over the next few days, we enjoy an essential Egypt experience: cruising the Nile. We’ll watch rural life along the river banks and visit some of the world’s most impressive ancient sites.

Overnight: Movenpick Royal Lily Nile Cruise/Acamar Nile Cruise (4 nights) (B, L, D)

Day 04: Nile Cruise Luxor

Giza, Egypt

This afternoon, we visit Karnak and Luxor temples. A place of pilgrimage for nearly 4,000 years, Karnak continues to overshadow many of the modern wonders of the world. This city of temples was built over the course of 2,000 years and dedicated to the Theben triad of Amon, Mut and Khonsu. Nearby Luxor temple complex was the largest and most significant religious centre in ancient Egypt, and is said to be where pharaohs were crowned. Its vast Great Colonnade Hall, with its 28 towering columns, will take our breath away. (B, L, D)

Day 05: Nile Cruise Luxor/Esna/Edfu

Karnak temple, Luxor, Egypt.

We begin our day with an exploration of the West Bank of Luxor. The highlight is a visit to the Valley of the Kings, a vast City of the Dead where magnificent tombs were carved into the desert rocks, richly decorated, and filled with treasures for the afterlife by generations of pharaohs. As we wander the tombs, we’ll be astonished by how well-preserved the paintings are – as if they were done recently, and not thousands of years ago! We will also experience impressive Queen Hatshepsut Temple and the Colossi of Memnon.  Sail to Esna, where we have the unique experience of crossing the Esna Lock. Then, continue on to Edfu. (B, L, D)

Day 06: Nile Cruise Edfu/Kom Ombo/Aswan

Morning, discover the meticulously-preserved Greek built Temple of Horus. This temple, built during the reigns of six generations of Ptolemys, is not only the best-preserved ancient temple in Egypt, but also the second largest after Karnak. Afternoon,sail for Kom Ombo to visit the Temple of Kom Ombo, dedicated to the crocodile-god Sobek. It stands at a bend in the Nile where, in ancient times, sacred crocodiles basked in the sun on the riverbank, and we can even find mummified crocodiles on display here. (B, L, D)

Day 07: Aswan/Cairo (Flight)

Abu Simbel temple, Egypt.

Disembark after breakfast.  Optional excursion by air to Abu Simbel (US$ 615 per person includes air) to see the temples of Ramses II and Queen Nefertari. Visits in Aswan include the famous and imposing Aswan High Dam, and romantic Philae Temple on the island of Agilka. This afternoon, we take a ride on a felucca, a typical Egyptian sail-boat, around Elephantine Island. Evening, we are transferred to the airport for our flight to Cairo. Arrival in Cairo, where we are met and transferred to our hotel.

Overnight: Kempinski Cairo Hotel, Cairo (2 nights) (B)

Day 08: Cairo

Our day starts with a fascinating tour of 7,000 years of Egyptian history during our visit to the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities. A brief stop will also be made at Tahrir Square before diving into Islamic Cairo, home to one of the largest and densest concentrations of historic architecture in the Muslim world. We see graceful Mohamed Ali Mosque and the ancient Citadel, a spectacular medieval fortress perched on a hill above the city. Originally built by Salah El-Din in 1176 to fortify the city against the Crusaders, the Citadel is now a complex of three mosques and four museums.  Our last stop is maze-like Khan El-Khalili Bazaar, reputed to be the largest bazaar in the Middle East. Originally founded as a watering stop for caravanserai in the 14th century, the bazaar has now grown to vast proportions.

Visits to the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization (home of royal mummies such as Ramses II, Queen Hapshepsut and Thutmose III) can be arranged to be part of your Egypt tour on special request. Additional costs may apply. (B, L)

Day 09: Depart Cairo

Pyramide Desert Egypt

Bid farewell to Egypt as we are transferred to the airport in time for our departure flight. Or, continue our adventure with add-on excursions to the coastal Egyptian city of Alexandria, the beautiful desert landscapes of Jordan, and beyond. Contact Bestway Tours & Safaris for details and ideas. (B)

Optional Excursion/Extension

Abu Simbel Excursion (Day 7)
Experience the one-of-a-kind temples of Abu Simbel, famous for both the four colossal statues of Ramses II that guard its entrance as well as for the feat of modern engineering that saved the temples from the rising waters of the Nile in 1968. This half-day trip is by air from Aswan. It includes a guided tour of the Abu Simbel temples and all the transfers required. This excursion is taken immediately after arrival in Aswan on Day 7. The other sights in Aswan will be visited once you are back in Aswan (Cost is US$ 615 per person including airfares from Aswan/Abu Simbel/Aswan).

Optional Upgrade

Cruise the Nile by luxury dahabiya boat
Recover the romance of centuries past on a luxurious dahabiya boat. These romantic vessels echo the designs of 19th century sailboats and provide an exclusive experience, with generally only 4 to 6 cabins per ship. They are large enough to be more than comfortable on the water, but small enough to drop anchor in less-visited spots. Upgrades are available starting from US$ 1,120 per person sharing Double/Twin. Inquire with us for details!

B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Departure Dates & Prices

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2024 Per Person on
Twin Sharing
Single Room
Supplement
Estimated Airfare (FROM)+
Daily Departures

(works best with Saturday start date)
East Coast West Coast
From Jan 1, 2024 to Sep 30, 2024 US$ 2985 US$ 895 -
From Oct 1, 2024 to Dec 31, 2024 US$ 3495 US$ 1085    
Peak season surcharges of US$ 515 per person sharing Twin/Double will be applied for travel from December 18, 2023 to January 8, 2024 (Christmas & New Year) and March 29 to April 12, 2024 (Easter).
Peak season surcharges of US$ 775 per person sharing Twin/Double will be applied for travel from December 15, 2023 to January 8, 2025 (Christmas & New Year).
Stay tuned for future dates! If you want to be the first ones to know click here
2024 Per Person on
Twin Sharing
Single Room
Supplement
Estimated Airfare (FROM)+
Daily Departures

(works best with Saturday start date)
East Coast West Coast
From Jan 1, 2024 to Sep 30, 2024 CA$ 4030 CA$ 1209 -
From Oct 1, 2024 to Dec 31, 2024 CA$ 4719 CA$ 1465    
Peak season surcharges of CA$ 696 per person sharing Twin/Double will be applied for travel from December 18, 2023 to January 8, 2024 (Christmas & New Year) and March 29 to April 12, 2024 (Easter).
Peak season surcharges of CA$ 1047 per person sharing Twin/Double will be applied for travel from December 15, 2023 to January 8, 2025 (Christmas & New Year).

Notes

  • On Day 07, taking an optional excursion to visit the temples at Abu Simbel, US$ 615 • CA$ 831 per person includes airfares Aswan/Abu Simbel/Aswan.
  • Optional upgrades to use a luxury dahabiya boat on the Nile available starting from US$ 1120 • CA$ 1512 per person sharing Double/Twin.
  • Please note: For guests travelling over New Years, hotels and cruise boats arrange a New Years Gala Dinner. Sometimes, these are made mandatory for all in-house guests. If so, you will be advised accordingly, along with the cost.
  • Itinerary may be altered to coincide with boat schedules on the Nile. We also offer Nile Cruise using different boats. Ask us for details

Inclusions


Tour Price Includes
  • Economy class domestic airfares: Cairo/Luxor and Aswan/Cairo (fares subject to change)
  • 8 nights accommodation /cruise as mentioned or similar, including hotel taxes
  • 18 Meals as mentioned (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • All sightseeing and transfers by private transportation
  • Services of local English speaking guides cum drivers
  • Entrance fees to museums and sites included in the itinerary
Not Included
  • International airfares
  • Insurance/visas
  • Tips/gratuities
  • Entrance fees into the inside chambers of the Pyramids, Tutankhamun & Ramses the 6th’s Tombs in the Valley of Kings, Nefertari’s Tomb in the Valley of the Queens, the Outdoor Museum at Karnak Temple. These may be paid locally.

Optional Activities
All activities are subject to a minimum of 2 participants.

Visit to the Grand Egyptian Museum – US$ 120 • CA$ 162 per person

The official opening date of the GEM has not yet been announced. However, we are thrilled to offer an optional introductory visit to the GEM for interested guests (subject to approval, passport details required). This tour will include a visit to the well-known obelisk that has been moved here, and the colossal statue of Ramses II, one of the most famous pharaohs. We will see the Grand Staircase from the outside, as well as Merenbetah and some statues from the Batlimos era. This guided tour takes from approximately 45 minutes to 1.5 hours. No minimum number of participants required.

Discover Coptic Cairo – US$ 90 • CA$ 122 per person (based on min. 2 people)

The Coptic Church is one of the oldest Christian churches in the world, and Coptic Cairo has been its centre since the 6th century. Today, the original churches, fortresses and artifacts found here offer a truly unique look back in time.

Explore the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization (home of famous royal mummies such as Ramses II, Queen Hatshepsut and Thutmose III) – Available upon request

Participants

This tour operates on a minimum of 02 participants

Customised Itinerary

If you would like to have a tour on dates other than the above ones or with a customised itinerary, please contact us and we will be happy to work out an exclusive program for you.

Contact Info
You may e-mail us at bestway@bestway.com or call 1-604-264-7378. Residents of U.S.A./Canada may call us toll free at 1-800-663-0844.

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