Egypt at its very best! Pyramids, pharaohs and mighty temples, Nile felucca cruising, ancient Thebes and the tomb strewn Valley of the Kings. Sun, fun, and time to explore. This classic itinerary provides a fantastic overview of legendary Egypt in 9 intoxicating days.

King Tutankhamen

Land Only Group Tour

Duration : 9 DAYSCountry : EGYPT
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Egypt at its very best! Pyramids, pharaohs and mighty temples, Nile felucca cruising, ancient Thebes and the tomb strewn Valley of the Kings. Sun, fun, and time to explore. This classic itinerary provides a fantastic overview of legendary Egypt in 9 intoxicating days.

Included in the price

  • 8 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
  • 4 nights 4-5* hotels
  • 2 nights aboard a felucca (open deck)
  • 2 overnight trains - Cairo - Aswan and Luxor - Cairo (seater train). Sleeper cabin upgrade possible!
  • Airport arrival and departure transfer on days 1 and 9
  • Touring of Cairo, Giza, Saqqara, Aswan, Edfu and Luxor
  • Egyptian tour leader degree qualified in Egyptology
All relevant transfers and transportation in private modern A/C vehicles

Day 1: Cairo

Saturday. Welcome to Egypt and the start of your holiday! Arrive Cairo, included transfer to hotel and overnight. Overnight - Cairo

Day 2: Pyramids & Saqqara

Cairo - Aswan. Visit to the famous pyramids and huge Sphinx at Giza Plateau. Sole survivors from the ancient Greek-listed Seven Wonders of the World, the pyramids are the planet’s oldest tourist attraction! Gaze in awe at Cheops (Khufu) - the largest of the three great pyramids. Constructed from over 2.5 million limestone blocks it is thought to have taken more than 20 years to construct. Continuing to Saqqara, we can explore the myriad tombs and temples at this site and see Zhoser’s step pyramid - constructed by Imhotep, the pharaoh’s chief architect in 2700 BC! Later there is a chance to have dinner before the overnight train to Aswan, 1st class recliner seats. Sleeper cabin upgrade available. Overnight - Train (B)

Day 3: Philae Temple

Arrive and check into our hotel. A visit out of town takes us to the mighty High Dam – a modern feat of engineering - creating the world’s largest artificial lake, Lake Nasser! This afternoon's highlight is a leisurely boat trip to Agilika Island for Philae Temple for a guided tour of the romantic Philae Temple - dedicated to the goddess Isis. As the sun sets, free time to shop in the colourful souqs and markets or simply relax and watch an amazing sunset in Egypt's southern most town straddling the River Nile. Overnight - Aswan (B)

Day 4: Felucca Cruise

Aswan - Nile felucca cruise. Optional early morning drive to Abu Simbel, the famous the rock-cut temple of King Ramses II, the Great Builder. This afternoon, we board our Nile felucca for a 2 night voyage downstream on the River Nile. If sailing by felucca is not your style, consider upgrading to a 5 star luxury Nile Cruise with our Nile Cruise Upgrade. Overnight - Felucca Cruise (B, L, D)

Day 5: Felucca Cruise

Relax, go for a swim or just chill out in the sun on deck. Let your troubles melt away, as the felucca plies its route. Overnight - onboard Felucca (B, L, D)

Day 6: Kom Ombo Temple & Luxor

Kom Ombo - Edfu - Luxor. Disembarking near Kom Ombo, we enjoy a guided tour of the Temple of Kom Ombo - dedicated to the crocodile headed god - Sobek and the Temple of Horus at Edfu, before driving north to Luxor. Home of the legendary Valley of the Kings and Temple of Karnak, 4000 year-old Luxor is ancient Egypt at it’s best. Enjoy some rest and relaxation. Tonight, an optional visit is available to the Temple of Luxor, alternatively enjoy the facilities of your hotel. Overnight - Luxor (B)

Day 7: Valley of the Kings

Luxor - Cairo. An early start allows us to avoid some of the fierce midday heat as we venture to the tomb strewn Valley of the Kings. Highlights of the visit include the Colossi of Memnon, a massive pair of statues that stand silent against the backdrop of history, the Valleys of the Kings and the awesome ramped and colonnaded Temple of Queen Hatshepsut. The Valley of the Kings is studded with often highly decorated tombs, constructed to once house the regal sarcophagi enclosed mummies of the mighty pharaohs awaiting passage into the after-life. This afternoon after lunch and time to relax we visit the colossal Temple of Karnak, with its stone-columned Hypostle Hall. Tonight, we return by overnight train to Cairo. Sleeper cabin upgrade available. Overnight - Train (B)

Day 8: Egyptian Museum

Arrival and hotel check-in. Later, we visit the famous Egyptian Museum, famed for the treasures of King Tutankhamen and his famous solid gold funerary mask. This afternoon is free - perhaps spend the remainder of the day exploring Cairo your way. Overnight - Cairo (B)

Day 9: Cairo

Sunday. Hotel check out and included onward departure transfer to airport. (B)

The Pyramids of Giza

The Pyramids of Giza

Sole survivors from the ancient Greek-listed Seven Wonders of the World, the amazing pyramids at Giza are the planet’s oldest tourist attraction! Known as Cheops, Chephren and Mycerinus, the pyramids were already more than 2,000 years old when Herodotus the Greek historian visited them (5th century BC).
Tutankhamun's Treasures

Tutankhamun's Treasures

Discovered intact in 1922 by Howard Carter, the Tomb of Tutankhamun is possibly one of the most dazzling archaeological finds ever. Tutankhamen lived over 3,300 years ago during the New Kingdom period. For two centuries, Egypt had ruled as a world superpower, while its royal family lived an opulent lifestyle. The powerful priesthood of the god Amun had controlled vast temples and estates. Amenhotep IV (Akhenaten) -Tutankhamun’s father renounced the multitude of gods worshipped by the Egyptians, abolished the priesthood and established a new order to worship the sun god Aten and changed his own name to Akhenaten, meaning "servant of the Aten."
Valley of the Kings, Luxor

Valley of the Kings, Luxor

Home of the legendary Valley of the Kings and Temple of Karnak, 4000 year-old Luxor is ancient Egypt at it’s best. Highlights include the legendary Valley of the Kings, Valley of the Queens and the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut. The Valley of the Kings is studded with often highly decorated tombs, constructed to once house the regal sarcophagi-enclosed mummies of the mighty pharaohs awaiting their passage into the after-life. Some of the best known tombs are those of Ramses II, Seti I, Amenhotep II and of course, the tomb of King Tutankhamen.
Aswan

Aswan

The ancient city's beauty evolves from its untainted culture, many Pharaonic monuments, and the amazing beautiful scenery of the Nile bouncing on to hard rock and palm trees. Aswan the best winter resort in Egypt , the most enchanting in the world and the least expensive , beautiful scenery , peace and quiet temperate weather , warm and dry as well as invigorating and healing sun. situated on the Eastern bank of the Nile , 899 km south of Cairo , Aswan is the gate to the African continent , What gives Aswan a special importance is that the great past and the glorious present co-exist on its soil.
Nile Felucca Sailing

Nile Felucca Sailing

Fellucas carry between 8-13 passengers comfortably. The boat's deck is draped with soft colourful cushions that serve as your lounging area during the day and as your sleeping area at night.
Overnight Trains

Overnight Trains

Travelling between Cairo and Aswan/Luxor we utilise an overnight seater train service, except our Jewel of the Nile tours where we include sleeper cabin trains. On all other tours, there is the option to upgrade to a sleeper train.
LaCity Travel - Traveller Tips for Egypt


VISAS: Visas are required by all visitors to Egypt. Visa forms are available from us. The Embassy of Egypt advises all travelers to procure their visa prior to entry into Egypt. However it still remains possible for nationals of some countries to procure their tourist visa upon arrival at Cairo International Airport.

Please note that in the event of visa refusal at port of entry, on the go cannot be held responsible.

All RSA passport holders must procure their Egyptian visa prior to departure.

When filling in an Egyptian visa form, you will be asked to provide your address in Egypt. For the purposes of this form, please use the following address: 68 Merghany St, Abou Ghaly Building Heliopolis, Cairo. Telephone: +2 02 241821 65

Please note that visa requirements are subject to change. Visa procurement is solely the responsibility of the traveler and not of LaCity Travel. If travelling with us from Egypt to Jordan via Aqaba Seaport (the Jordanian port of entry if arriving from Egypt) a Jordanian Tourist Visa is obtainable upon arrival, free of charge for UK, EU, AUS, NZ, CAN and USA passport holders. For all other nationalities please check with your local Jordanian Embassy. On departure from Jordan, via land or sea, a 8JD departure tax of is applied to all visitors.


MONEY: All funds collected in Egypt for entrance fees or optional excursion that you may wish to undertake are payable in local currency - Egyptian Pounds (EGP).

One Australian Dollar is 4.35 Egyptian ponds

In Egypt most of the banks open from Sunday to Thursday, working hours are 8:30 to 2 PM. However, banks at the airport and the majors entry ports are open 24 hours daily.

Note: that most the the major credit card names such as American express, master card, all euro cards and JCB are widely accepted in various hotels and shops To use an ATM machine, they mostly accept visa master and cirrus cards, if you don't find an ATM machine in your vicinity; you can still obtain cash if you go to any of Misr Bank branches. Banks are unwillingly to accept US$100 notes issued before 1992. You can use US$ and English sterling or Euros to exchange, as they are accepted in many places and banks.

Don't bring Scottish pounds, Irish punts, new Zealand dollars.. etc. as they will not be accepted or changed !


ETIQUETTE: Despite the inevitable ups and downs of travelling abroad, you will generally be shown great hospitality in Egypt. In return, please demonstrate sensitivity and respect for the local customs. Egypt is a Muslim country; so care should be taken to dress respectfully in large cities and towns, for example, when at markets and in public places:

• Ladies should avoid wearing ‘clingy, tight or suggestive’ attire, and stick to cool, flowing, cottons in busy city areas and markets
• Take care to dress conservatively and ensure that limbs are covered and remove footwear prior to entering a mosque.
• Ex-military style clothing should not be worn
• Ask permission before taking photographs of people.
• Beach attire is fine on board felucca cruises, at beach resorts or touristic areas i.e. at the Pyramids.
• Particular respect should be shown to Muslim women.
• The standard form of greeting is a handshake. Men and women do not kiss at any time as a form of greeting.  


MOSQUES, RELIGION & RAMADAN : 90% of the population are Muslim. Others are Coptic Christians or followers of other faiths. All mosques (with the exception of Sayyida Zeinab and Al-Hussein in Cairo) are open to non-Muslims but cannot be visited during prayer times. For Egypt’s best mosques, go to Islamic Cairo. Dress conservatively. Ensure limbs are covered and shoes removed when entering any Mosque. Men must refrain from wearing shorts, as must women.

RAMADAN: Ramadan is a month of fasting observed by Muslims throughout the world and adherents of the Muslim faith fast during daylight hours and break their fast with lavish meals and lively celebrations in the evening. Ramadan culminates a month later in a 3 day celebration called Eid al - Fitr. Many shops (excluding those which cater mainly to tourists) and attractions close earlier during Ramadan. As such we will start our tour earlier during this period to make the best use of time, leisure time will be offered in the late afternoon. Note: Traffic is exceptionally heavy during Ramadan, especially toward the time of breaking the fast.. Forthcoming Ramadan dates are as follows, (approximate) - 28 June - 27 July 2014 / 18th June - 17th July 2015 Many shops (excluding those which cater mainly to tourists) and attractions close earlier during Ramadan, so our itinerary is slightly altered to ensure we visit all itinerary attractions. Non-Muslims are not expected to fast over Ramadan, but it is considered impolite to eat food or drink on the street.  


TROUBLE SHOOTING: These things will most likely never happen, but it’s good to be prepared if they ever do. Here are a few tips to keep your trip hassle-free. Egypt is no worse than anywhere else when it comes to crime. The biggest problem seems to be petty theft, including pick-pocketing and bag snatching. Minimize your chances of being robbed with these tips:
• Leave valuables in the hotel safe deposit or better still, at home
• Carry your passport on your person or a photocopy as ID
• Carry your bag close to your person rather than over your shoulder
• Travel in a group or pair, especially if you are female
• Don’t catch cabs late at night on your own
• Never drink anything offered to you in the street, unless you opened it yourself

Please note LaCity Travel will not be held liable for loss or damage to personal property under any circumstances.

 
IT’S NOT LIKE HOME: Travel to far - flung corners of the earth involves lifestyles and conditions that are sometimes very different from what you are used to back home. You must come prepared to cope with unusual situations, local inadequacies and unpredictable events as and when they occur. Foreign travel is definitely not suitable for people who expect or demand everything to go exactly as planned. With the greatest respect and in the interest of your ultimate enjoyment you must understand this. Things can and do change in foreign countries.


CLIMATE / WEATHER: Temperatures in Egypt are generally high (25 – 30 degrees) and even hotter in the summer months from May to September, when the sun can be fierce and temperatures soar, so pack light comfortable clothing, sunscreen and a hat.In Cairo and the Nile Delta region, winter (Octoberto February) can be cooler - so take a jacket, long-sleevedtops and trousers for the cooler evenings.The south remains warm during this time but again,temperatures do drop in the evenings. Rainfallis negligible with the most falling along Egypt’sMediterranean coastline.


TIME & VOLTAGE: Egypt is two hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). Voltage is 220 Volts. Sockets are of the European, 2 pronged variety. If taking a camera, mobile phone or hairdryer, be sure to pack a power adaptor.


TRAVELLING BY OVERNIGHT TRAIN: SEATER TRAIN: On many of our group tours journeying south from Cairo to Aswan and/or Luxor, we utilise the overnight SEATER train service. This style of train offer basic and a modest level of comfort. Seating is reserved in air-conditioned Nefertiti Class or 1st Class Reserved seater wagons. Nefertiti style seats are located within 6 person, semi enclosed cabins. Whilst seats don’t recline, the lights can be switched off inside your cabin. While 1st Class Reserved wagons are open, lights cannot be turned off though the seats are wide and do recline. It is suggested you bring some ear plugs and also an eye mask for personal comfort. A neck pillow is also good idea, for a little added comfort. Rest rooms (which are very basic in standard) are located at the end of each wagon.


It is possible to upgrade to a sleeper cabin, reservations need to be made PRIOR to departure. Please ask your reservation consultant for more information.

Occasionally, the Nefertiti Class and the 1st Class Reserve train service are cancelled, in which case we would need to revert to a sleeper service at an additional cost to the passenger. You would be advised in Egypt, as although this occurrence is rare, there would be little notice offered.

SLEEPER TRAIN SERVICE, SLEEPER CABIN UPGRADE: On our Jewel of the Nile and Family tours we include the Sleeper Cabin Train as part of your journey. If you book our SLEEPER TRAIN UPGRADE this is also the service that you will be travelling on. Sleeper Train Cabins are equipped with 2 bunk beds with linen provided. Cabins are lockable, A/C and lighting are also controlled from the inside. Each cabin has a washbasin and small towel and western style bathrooms are located at the end of the carriage. Dinner and breakfast (of an average standard) are served throughout the journey.


HEALTH: It is recommended that you be vaccinated for Tetanus and Polio, if you haven’t had a booster in the last ten years. Food and waterborne diseases are more common, so we recommend vaccinations for typhoid (valid 3 years) and Hepatitis A (validity varies). Vaccination requirements can change so please check with your local health care provider before travel.


ESSENTIAL PACKING: 
Sleeping bag for the felucca or for camping in the White Desert (if applicable to your tour).

• Lightweight cotton garments.
• Comfortable walking shoes for the Pyramids and Valley of the Kings Pack flip flops/thongs/jandals to wear aboard the Nile felucca or Nile Cruiser
• DEET based mosquito repellant & antihistamine cream
• 2 pin, European electrical adaptor.
• Two spare passport photos & a photocopy of your passport
• A small daypack for your day-to-day needs.
• Sunglasses, hat, sunscreen, swim costume and torch • Neck pillow, sleeping bag and eye mask, if travelling on the overnight seater train.
• Sleep sheet or sleeping bag if travelling with us to Jordan and staying at our Wadi Rum camp.

If doing a felucca cruise, undertaking the Mt Sinai excursion in Dahab or travelling between November and March, pack warm clothes (i.e. – fleece, jacket, trousers, jeans, hat and scarf) as temperatures plummet at night. Due to sometimes icy conditions at the summit of Mt Sinai, hiking boots and thermal clothing are a sensible consideration if undertaking the optional climb in winter (November - March).


ARRIVAL TRANSFERS:  A complimentary airport arrival transfer is included in your tour. Upon arrival at Cairo Airport you will be met by a representative from LaCity Travel either just before immigration or in the baggage hall near the luggage belt of your respective arriving flight. The prominent sign depicting our company logo easily identifies our representative. Please have your tour voucher handy and make it available to our representative. After collecting your luggage you will be escorted to our awaiting transportation. If, for any reason you have trouble locating our representative (after waiting 20 minutes in the arrival hall) or your flight to Egypt is delayed, please call or send a text message to the emergency contact number as stated on your tour voucher.


TRAVEL INSURANCE: All passengers must have comprehensive travel insurance. You can complete this with LaCity Travel if you wish. Check your Travel Insurance Policy for an Emergency number and details of services to be provided, Carry these details with you.   


Australian Embassy in Egypt
Address: World Trade Centre 11th Floor, Corniche El Nil, Boulaq, Cairo
Tel: +20 2 2770 6600
Fax: +20 2 2770 6650
Email: cairo.austremb@dfat.gov.au  
Abu Simbel: 

Discover the Temples of Abu Simbel on a journey from Aswan by road. Egypt, with its gargantuan rock-cut facade is the magnificent Abu Simbel. Guarding the entrance to the temple are 4 colossal seated statues of King Ramses II, staring out across Lake Nasser.

Price: $199  


Hot Air Ballooning  

An aerial adventure awaits in Luxor! Imagine drifting silently over temples, ancient sites, ruins and villages in the early morning sun. See ancient Thebes from a different angle as you float above the River Nile and wave down at the locals as you drift a few metres from their open rooftops!

Price: $199  


Nile Cruise Upgrade

Upgrade from the included Nile felucca cruise from Aswan to Luxor and cruise in style aboard a luxury Nile cruiser. Our 5 star cruiser has a bar and restaurant, whilst your well–appointed, air-conditioned cabin offers a private bathroom. The boat deck offers plenty of space for relaxation and a swimming pool. Sightseeing stops are made en-route. All meals included, buffet style during your onboard stay.

Price: $339  


Sleeper Train Upgrade - one way

On our Jewel of the Nile, we include the Sleeper Cabin Train as part of your journey. On all other tours (taking the Nefertiti Seater Train) we offer the option to upgrade to a sleeper cabin on the Sleeper train. Cabins are lockable, equipped with 2 bunk beds, linen, washbasin and towel, allowing passengers to relax and stretch out.

Price: $116  


El Alamein Day Trip

The World War II cemeteries of El Alamein. In 1942 the Allies under Britain’s field Marshal Montgomery halted the German- Italian advance towards the River Nile. Marked as a major victory for the Allies, though not without loss of life, with some 11,000 killed and 60,000 wounded. We visit the Commonwealth cemetery and recently erected memorials funded by the Australian and New Zealand governments. Through the arches and beyond the gardens, 7,000 white headstones commemorate the Australian, New Zealand and British soldiers who fought and died here.

Price: $119  


Valley of the Whales

Discover Wadi el Hitan aka The Valley of the Whales - a UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Western Desert where you’ll find the world’s greatest collection of skeletal fossils from the earliest forms of shark and whale! Explore this beautiful and bizarre landscape by 4x4 and enjoy a delicious barbecue lunch with this Egypt extension.

Price: $299


Western Oasis - 3 day extension

Start - any day of the year. Ex. Cairo. Chart Egypt’s Western Oases! Journeying to Bahariyya Oasis, we continue by 4 x 4's to the amazing expanse of the White Desert, where we’ll camp out under a blanket of stars and watch an amazing sunrise over the desert sands before returning to Cairo.

Price: $499