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Pearls of Egypt

Cairo, Egypt
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Duration

15 days

Tour Type

Specific Tour

Group Size

18 people

Languages

English

Overview

The upgraded Pearls of Egypt tour is an aptly named journey that showcases the best the country has to offer. Boasting luxury accommodation throughout, this is a trip for those who want the ultimate in exploration combined with the highest level of comfort.

We delve deep into the ancient societies that walked the earth thousands of years in the past, marveling at incredible temples, tombs, and structures that to this day we’d find challenging to recreate. Seven nights are spent aboard luxurious cruise boats as we discover the important archeological sites around the enormous Lake Nasser, the UNESCO site of Aswan, and the wonders of Luxor, as well as being entertained by classical spectacles such as belly dancers and a traditional Nubian show.

The frenetic city of Cairo and the delights she offers are an exciting portion of the tour. We’re teased with a full day of discovery at the very start, where we’re plunged headfirst into the glory of country as we head straight to the location that’s synonymous with Egyptian exploration, the Giza Pyramids and Sphinx. The experience is made even more memorable by a camel ride, the chance to stand inside one of the gargantuan tombs, and watch what is probably the finest sound and light show on the planet.

Relaxation is also well catered for, with four nights in the delightful beach resort city of Hurghada. Sail the azure waters of the Red Sea, relax on powder-white sands, and get up close and personal with the underwater flora and fauna of one of the finest coral reefs in the world. To complement the wonders of the country, we ensure the finest of dining throughout, combining traditional fare and international cuisine to ensuring all tastes and palates are catered for. This crafted signature tour offers the perfect blend for the discerning traveler who appreciates the finer things in life yet still desires the joys of a completely immersive travel experience.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • The USP of a Egypt Deluxe vacation is that we don’t simply take you on a tour. For us, it’s about introducing our guests to the real Egypt. And we manage this thanks to our hand-selected local guides who’re proud to provide the ultimate immersion into the culture, beliefs, and history of this incredible location. Such is the skill of our local tour leaders and their story-telling abilities you’ll be convinced that they not only have a truly intimate knowledge of their country, but you’ll swear they actually lived the ancient times in person…!
  • Marvel at the phenomenon’s that are the Pyramids of Giza and the great Sphinx, be rocked by the peculiar gait of the “ship of the desert” as you take to camelback to explore, and lose yourself in incomparable wonder that is the location’s sound and light extravaganza.
  • Be awed as your footsteps lead you to ancient sites such as the Valley of the Kings and Valley of the Queens, the location of tombs so old that it’s virtually impossible to comprehend. These holy locations are where some of the most important people of their time were laid to rest with their riches, ready to take their next step into the mysteries of the afterlife.
  • Walk the impressive long entrance path to the glorious Temple of Hatshepsut, marvel at the Avenue of the Sphinxes that links the temples of Karnak and Luxor, and gaze in sheer awe at the feat of human ingenuity that rescued gargantuan structures from the rising waters of Lake Nasser.
  • Be pampered aboard cruise boats of consummate luxury as we sail the deep waters of the Mighty Nile river and the vast man-made reservoir that is Lake Nasser.
  • Enjoy the finest quality traditional and international cuisine, both in your accommodation and in local restaurants, and relax in comfort in exceptionally located 5-star residences throughout your stay.

Itinerary

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DAY 1 - Cairo | Arrival Cairo
DAY 1 - Cairo | Arrival Cairo

Arrive at Cairo International Airport where you’ll be met by your Egypt Deluxe resident tour leader. Enjoy a private, air-conditioned transfer with your group to the luxurious, conveniently located Steigenberger Pyramids Hotel, an incredible residence where you get to rest your head in the glorious atmosphere of the only ancient wonder of the world still standing; The Great Pyramids of Cheops. Chance to meet and bond with the other members of the group. Overnight at the hotel.

Steigenberger Pyramids Hotel

DAY 2 - Cairo | Pyramids - Camel Ride - Sound & Light show

The adrenaline starts right after breakfast, because we head out for a full day exploring the region around what is probably the most famous landmark in the world, the Pyramids of Giza. Forget what you’ve read, forget the pictures you’ve seen, because nothing will prepare you for the awe-inspiring emotions you’ll experience when you first set eyes on the only ancient wonder of the world that still exists today—The Great Pyramid. These marvels of ancient architectural skill are guarded over by the steely gaze of The Sphinx, and we have plenty of time to get up close and personal with these behemoth structures.
We also get the incredible opportunity to step inside the Khufu Pyramid, an experience that will leave you humbled to have trod the same pathway that esteemed royalty deemed to be suitable to pause before continuing their journey into the afterlife.

A trip to the pyramids wouldn’t be complete without “ship of the desert” camel ride, a unique experience made even more special by the wonderful location. In between all this exploration you’ll be glad to hear we take time out for lunch, dining at the traditional Abu Shakra Restaurant, a welcome comfort stop during this full day of excitement. The splendors continue as the sun sets, when we’re treated to an incredible sound and light.

show that brings the stony-eyed Sphinx to life for a narration that reveals the secrets of the ancient Egyptian civilization.

Steigenberger Pyramids Hotel
Meals: Breakfast,Lunch.

DAY 3 - Cairo / Abu Simbel | Lake Nasser Cruise Abu Simbel Temple

After a hearty breakfast we head to the airport for the short flight to Abu Simbel. Here we’re welcomed aboard our sumptuous Prince Abbas Cruise Boat, our home for the next three nights. With all the amenities of a 5-star hotel, this is cruising in pure luxury, and we take lunch before heading out to the delights of Abu Simbel Temple.

This incredible complex of enormous temples dedicated to Rameses II was rescued from the rising waters of Lake Nasser in the 1960s, thanks to a herculean effort sponsored by UNESCO. The gargantuan statues of Rameses at each of the entrances to the temples are gloriously imposing, and wonderful examples of the splendor of ancient Egyptian architecture.

We return to our vessel for a late afternoon tea, following which there’s an optional visit to the Abu Simbel sound and light show. Dinner is taken onboard and tonight you’ll be rocked to sleep by the gentle waters of the river that’s the lifeblood of Egypt.

Prince Abbas Cruise
Meals: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner.

DAY 4 - Abu Simbel | Amada Temple

This morning we sail to Kasr Ibrim. Once a formidable citadel, today it’s the only ancient archeological site in the region that survived the flooding caused by the construction of the Aswan High Dam. You’ll have plenty of opportunity to capture its island glory from the panoramic location of the sun deck of our boat.

We continue to navigate the waters of Lake Nasser, heading to Amada where we get to explore Rameses II’s temple of the same name. Its current location is thanks to the efforts of UNESCO, who moved the complete structure to save it from the waters of the lake. One of the most incredible aspects is the color quality of the paintings within, one of the best-preserved examples of such ancient art in the world.

We visit Derr Temple, another that was saved from the flood waters, and take the short walk to the Tomb of Pennut, where we get a fascinating opportunity to go inside.

We sail on to Wadi el Seboua in the evening, after which we enjoy a cocktail party, dinner, and are entertained by a classical Nubian dance show.

Prince Abbas Cruise
Meals: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner.

DAY 5 - Aswan | Wadi El Seboua - Aswan

We wake in the morning and head out to explore the temples of Wadi El Souba – the Valley of the Lions! The stunning location is home to four important archaeological temples, and your Egypt Deluxe guide will enthrall with tales of old as we meander on an exploratory walk through the ruins.

We dedicate a couple of hours to this worthwhile site before setting sail for Aswan.

Amwaj Living Stone Cruise
Meals: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner.

DAY 6 - Aswan | Nile Cruise High Dam - Philae Temple

First on this morning’s agenda is the stunning Temple of Kalabasha—the finest example of a free-standing temple in all of Nubia. Another survivor thanks to the UNESCO rescue operation, the structure is dedicated to Horus, Osiris, and Isis.

We then swap our luxury Lake Nasser cruise boat for the Luxury Nile Cruise Amwaj Living Stone. After settling in we take lunch, and the afternoon then beckons with a discovery of the best that Aswan has to offer.

Of course this includes the world-famous High Dam. This significant structure was completed in 1970 and not only provides a constant supply of renewable energy for the whole country but, even more importantly, ended the cycle of drought and floods that plagued the Nile region.

We then take a motorboat ride to the Temple of Philae. This impressive structure, constructed to honor the goddess of Isis, stands on an island in the reservoir of the Aswan Low Dam. We then head to the enormity that is the Unfinished Obelisk. This fascinating monolithic monument lies in a bed of granite and was commissioned by Queen Hatshepsut over 3,500 years ago. Had it been finished it would’ve been around a third larger than any other previously erected obelisk.

We take to a traditional felucca for a first-hand experience of this ancient mode of transport before returning to our ship for dinner and dancing.

Amwaj Living Stone Cruise
Meals: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner.

DAY 7 - Aswan / Kom Ombo / Edfu | Kom Ombo Temple - Edfu Temple

We set sail early this morning (4:00) reaching the double temple of Kom Ombo just after breakfast. This unusual structure is dedicated to not one, but two gods: the falcon god, Haroeis, and the crocodile god, Sobek. This dual building is perfectly symmetrical, with matching rooms, courts, halls, and sanctuaries for each god.

We then sail to Edfu where, after lunch on board, our next sensory fix is more than satisfied by a visit to the impressive Ptolemaic Temple of Horus. This mighty structure was completed somewhere between 230 to 57 BC. It’s one of the largest temples in all of Egypt and, most importantly, is incredibly preserved. This is thanks to the wonders of the desert sand, which filled and covered the structure following the banning of the pagan cult that worshipped there. Today it’s possible to visit once again, thanks to excavation works that began back in the mid 19th century.

Our watery expedition continues towards our last port of call for today, the ancient city of Luxor, enjoying afternoon tea as we go. After all the incredible sights already seen, you might think that this metropolis can offer no more—but think again. Not only is Luxor home to the world’s largest open-air museum, but it’s one of the most archeologically rich places in the world.

After we dock there’s time to relax before dinner on board and a fun Galabia Party. This traditional Egyptian costume includes a long dress (worn by both men and women) and a beautiful headpiece adorned with much bling! It’s a lively evening enjoyed by all. Be sure to get a few hours sleep ready for an exciting day tomorrow.

Amwaj Living Stone Cruise
Meals: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner.

DAY 8 - Luxor | Valley of the Kings - Karnak - Luxor Temples

After a hearty breakfast we visit the ethereal West Bank and the Valley of the Kings. Many superlatives have been used to describe these archaic tombs, but nothing can prepare you for experiencing it for yourself. Discover more about the journey of the rich and powerful as they passed from this life to the next, and, of course, you get the chance to visit the tomb of perhaps the most famous king of all, Tutankhamun.

We then head to the Temple of Hatshepsut, stopping at the Colossi of Memnon along the way. These two enormous, 3,400-year-old statues will prime you for the truly outstanding sights that lie ahead, the first of which is the temple of one of the first female Pharaohs—Hatshepsut. This striking architectural masterpiece with its dramatic sheer cliff backdrop is a fitting tribute for the ‘queen who ruled as a king’.

We head back to our boat for lunch before crossing to the East Bank to visit the wonders of Karnak and Luxor Temples. These awe-inspiring constructions are linked by the famous Avenue of Sphinxes. At 3km long you’ll have to keep your eyes peeled for the cartouche of Cleopatra, bestowed when she visited the temples with Marc Antony—or, more easily, ask your Egypt Deluxe guide to point it out for you.

There’s time to relax before dinner is served, and this evening we’re entertained by the most Egyptian of spectacles, the belly dancer.

Amwaj Living Stone Cruise
Meals: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner.

DAY 9 - Luxor / Hurghada | Hurghada Red Sea Resort

After an early breakfast we wave goodbye to our floating palace and take to four wheels once again for the journey to the resort city of Hurghada. Our base here is the luxury Desert Rose Hurghada Resort, a palatial delight with private beach and all the amenities you’d expect from five-star accommodation.

After check in the rest of the day is free to spend at your leisure. Explore, bathe in the Red Sea, take advantage of the hotel facilities… The world, as they say, is your oyster.

Desert Rose Hurghada Resort
Meals: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner.

DAY 10 - Hurghada | Sea Trip to Mahmeya

After an early breakfast we leave the hotel for a day on the water. Our comfortable boat transports us to some of the best snorkeling and swimming spots in the Red Sea. Prepare to be blown away by the vivid colors of the reef, fish, and corals. All snorkeling gear and life jackets are provided, and there’s ample room under cover to escape the sun when you need to.

We visit the heavenly Island of Mahmya, an eco-tourism haven boasting azure blue waters and powder-soft white beaches. If you’re lucky you might even see dolphins! We linger awhile to soak up the atmosphere, take advantage of the plethora of activities on offer, or just lie back and enjoy some well-deserved “me time”.

By evening we return to the hotel for some well-deserved free time to enjoy the hotel facilities, take dinner at your convenience, and perhaps enjoy the vibrant lifestyle of this wonderful resort city.

Desert Rose Hurghada Resort
Meals: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner.

DAY 11 - Hurghada | Safari Trip

Fortify yourself with a good breakfast because today is all about adventure! We’re heading out into the desert landscape for an adrenaline-filled journey by SUV or quad bike. Hold tight, because it’s going to be a thrilling ride…

During this exciting safari trip we visit a Bedouin camp, ride camels, and discover ancient nomadic Bedouin skills such as the baking of flat bread. The afternoon is completed with an insider look at the traditional craft of carpet making, and we partake in the very Egyptian custom of taking tea

Desert Rose Hurghada Resort
Meals: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner.

DAY 12 - Hurghada | R&R at its finest

R&R at its finest—the whole day is free to enjoy as you choose. Explore the resort, avail yourself of all the beachside activities, take to the sea once more, enjoy the hotel’s luxury facilities, or simply laze by the pool… Today, it’s completely up to you.

Desert Rose Hurghada Resort
Meals: Breakfast,Lunch,Dinner.

DAY 13 - Hurghada / Cairo | Egyptian Museum - Old Cairo

After breakfast we bid goodbye to the ocean and fly back to Cairo. Get ready to be overwhelmed once again, because we visit what is probably to most fascinating collection of ancient artifacts on the planet—The Egyptian Museum. With an almost overwhelming number of exhibits on offer, your experienced guide will ensure you don’t miss the ‘must-see’ attractions.
We enjoy lunch at the highly reviewed Bonne Soiree Restaurant, necessary fortification for the afternoon’s exploits—the incredible Khan el Khalili Bazaar. Shop till you drop in these ever-changing alleyways, and test out your bartering skills in the traditional Egyptian method of determining the best price.

Our hotel is the Four Seasons at First Residence, a stunning residence in the heart of the city overlooking the Nile, and one that continues the style of luxury that you’ve by now become accustomed to.

Four Seasons at First Residence
Meals: Breakfast,Lunch.

DAY 14 - Cairo | Alexandria

Today we have a full day visiting the wonderful city of Alexandria. Enjoy a tour of the city’s highlights; The Citadel of Qaitbay, an impressive 15th-century fortress, gaze in awe at the building that houses the world’s important collection of classical antiquities, the Alexandria Library, and don’t forget your camera to capture the beauty of the extensive gardens of Montazah Palace. We also enjoy a well-earned lunch at the Fish Market Restaurant.

After a full day of exploration, we drive back to the hotel for some well-deserved time to unwind for the evening. Tonight is the time to don your finest for our classic “last supper” with the lifelong friends you’ll have made on this tour. And the evening is made even more memorable with a classic Egyptian Tanoura show complete with belly dancers (and the chance to try your hand at this iconic dance, should you so choose).

Four Seasons at First Residence
Meals: Breakfast,Lunch.

DAY 15 - Cairo | Final Departure

Enjoy a final breakfast with your group before boarding your transfer to Cairo International Airport. Here you can relax in the airport lounge before catching your international flight home.

Four Seasons at First Residence
Meals: Breakfast.

Included/Excluded

  • 2 nights at Steigenberger Pyramids hotel on bed and breakfast basis
  • 3 nights Prince Abbas Lake Nasser cruise Abu Simbel / Aswan on FB basis
  • 3 nights Aswan / Luxor cruise on Full Board basis
  • 4 nights at Desert Rose Hurghada Resort on All inclusive basis
  • 2 nights at Four Seasons at First Residence on bed and breakfast basis.
  • All transfers by air-conditioned vehicles
  • Meet and assist by Egypt Deluxe resident tour l;eader
  • All sightseeing as per itinerary
  • Entrance fees to all mentioned sights
  • English speaking tour guides during sight seeing tours
  • Meals mentioned as per itinerary
  • Tips
  • One bottle of mineral water on the bus during sightseeing tours

Durations

15 days

Tour's Location

Cairo, Egypt
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Accommodations

  • STEIGENBERGER PYRAMIDS CAIRO

    Bringing glamorous ancient history to your doorstep

    Amidst the Great Pyramids of Giza, historical landmarks and the Sphinx Airport, nestles the newly launched STEIGENBERGER Pyramids Cairo hotel with its luxury hotel rooms.  Explore the exceptional journey through history where Egyptian heritage meets luxurious European hospitality. The hotel is located just across the New Egyptian Grand Museum and is only 25km away from downtown Cairo. It is the idyllic hideaway for sightseeing and relaxation.

  • Prince Abbas Cruise

    The Mövenpick MS Prince Abbas offers a great chance to enjoy the beautiful scenery of Lake Nasser. Discover magnificent temples and tombs of the ancient world on your cruise down ancient Egyptian history. 65 cabins, incorporating junior suites and Royal suites are furnished to make your stay comfortable. Work out in the gym or just take in the view from your room or outside areas.

  • Amwaj Living Stone Cruise

    To fully discover the ancient wonders of Egypt, a cruise on the River Nile is truly an unforgettable experience. The Nile River has been Egypt’s lifeline since ancient times and there is no better way to trace the passage of Egypt’s history than to follow the course of the Nile.

  • DESERT ROSE RESORT – HURGHADA

    For a family friendly holiday, we extend the concept of ‘family’ to every aspect of the Desert Rose experience. Our guests receive the ultimate in individual care and attention, while our operations team and wider staff are fully supported both at work and at home. We believe that our personal touch sets us apart, and even with 856 rooms and suites, we pride ourselves on the intimate ‘B&B’ atmosphere we create in this large resort. The testimonials and personalized ‘thank yous’ from our guests to our staff along with the photos they have shared tell you all you need to know about our friendly, warm atmosphere. The beach resort in Hurghada has a 1km sandy beach, swimming pools, activities and water sports.

  • Four Seasons at First Residence

    Located on the western bank of the Nile in the historic suburb of Giza, our Hotel is the perfect jumping-off point for exploring Cairo. From the zoological gardens that lie just outside our doors to the shopping and entertainment within our very own First Place complex, you won’t have to go far to find plenty to see and do. Observe unique works of art at the nearby Mohamed Mahmoud Khalil Museum, or ask the concierge to arrange for an unforgettable horseback-riding adventure by the pyramids. Whatever experience you’re dreaming of, we can bring it to life.

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