Explore the amazing Capital of Cairo and ancient Thebes.
Experience the adventure that Egypt has to offer. Venturing through Cairo and Luxor you can admire the capital city of today and that of thousands of years ago.

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Cairo International Airport
DEPARTURE TIME 3 hours before flight time
INCLUDED
Accommodation as stated Entrance fees
Local transportation Qualified Egyptologists
Private tours in Cairo Meals as per the itinerary
Private tours in Luxor All service charges
Air-conditioned vehicles Bottled water on arrival

Details as per the itinerary on this tour page

NOT INCLUDED
Airfares – Domestic and International fares
Egypt Entrance Fee – US$25 per person / payable in USD
Personal Expenses – No gifts, drinks or extras not as per the itinerary
Guide – Tip for your tour guide. We recommend you allow USD$3 – 6 per day, per traveller. Tipping your guide is an entirely personal gesture
Gratuities & Tips – Any tips throughout your tour
Optional Excursions – Extra trips and tours not stated within the itinerary
ACCOMMODATION Cairo & Luxor; 4* Brand Hotel
TOUR RATES
May – September $679
October – April $779
Easter +20%
Christmas +25%
Solo Traveller +$220

per person / based on 2 sharing

EXTRA NOTES Tipping Kitty is available and must be paid at the beginning of the tour: USD$25, paid in USD per person

Truly a great opportunity to visit Cairo and Alexandria within 5 days.

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Day 1: Cairo - Arrival

Upon arrival to Cairo International Airport you will meet your tour leader inside the arrival area. Your tour leader will then assist you through the airport formalities (arrival procedures) and then accompany you on a private air conditioned vehicle to your hotel. Your tour leader will complete the check-in procedure with you and take a moment of your time to review your holiday itinerary.

Overnight: Cairo. Meals: Dinner is not included.

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Day 2: Cairo - Pyramids, Sphinx and Egyptian Museum

After breakfast, your qualified Egyptologist will meet you at your hotel with a modern air conditioned vehicle. The Egyptologist will be guiding you throughout the duration of the trip today to some of the most amazing historical sites in Egypt. Enjoy the civilization of the Pyramids of Cheops, Chephren and Mykerinus of Giza which are erected on a rocky plateau on the west bank of the Nile River near Giza in Cairo. In ancient times they were included amongst the Seven Wonders of the World, Then proceed to visit the Great Sphinx, the head of pharaoh with a lion’s body, which dates from the time of Chephren, the tour also includes a visit to the Valley Temple facing the great statue and then you will be transferred to enjoy the Egyptian Museum where you can see the collection of Tutankhamen amongst other splendid pharaonic artefacts which is said to exceed more than 120,000 items on display.  Once your day of sightseeing is over, your tour leader or Egyptologist will accompany you to the train station for your overnight sleeper train from Cairo to Luxor.

Overnight: On board the train. Meals: Breakfast lunch and dinner are included.

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Day 3: Luxor – Karnak & Luxor Temples

Breakfast is served on board the sleeper train and soon after breakfast you will arrive to Luxor train station. At Luxor train station you will find a representative waiting for you to assist with your luggage and with your transfer to your hotel. During check-in the representative will arrange a time to sit down with you and go through your scheduled whilst in Luxor. Shortly after, a qualified Egyptologist, will meet you at your hotel to guide you through this spectacular tour visiting the East Bank of the Nile River in Luxor. The licensed Egyptologist will be assisting you throughout the duration of this tour today to some of the most admirable sites in Egypt. Enjoy the marvellous Karnak Temple or Temples of Karnak, which comprises a vast mix of decayed temples, chapels, pylons, and other buildings. Then onto Luxor Temple, which was founded in 1400 BCE. Luxor Temple is the only temple where you will see a combination of religions during the years.Proceed to Luxor Museum, is very modern and with an uncluttered layout. Top exhibits include pink granite and black basalt statues from many dynasties.

Overnight: Luxor Hotel. Meals: Breakfast and lunch are included. Dinner is not included.

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Day 4: Luxor – Valley of the Kings, Queen Hatshepsut Temple & Memnon Statues

Breakfast will be slightly earlier than usual today, as we want to take advantage of the beautiful early morning to visit some of the fascinating sites available on the West Bank of the Nile River in Luxor. After breakfast your qualified Egyptologist will be waiting in reception for you to start his tour for today. You will sample the relaxing journey over the famous modern bridge in Luxor which now connects the East and West Banks. Depending on how the Egyptologist plans the morning you will usually visit the Colossi of Memnon, are two massive stone statues of Pharaoh Amenhotep III. Followed by the amazing Valley of the Kings, which was built inside the mountains and away from the city to ensure that the Pharaohs, had each, their own secret burial chamber. Here you will be able to visit 3 of the tombs as advised by your Egyptologist. You will then move along to Hatshepsut Temple, dedicated to the sun god Amon-Ra and is located next to the mortuary temple of Mentuhotep II which was built by Queen Hatshepsut, daughter of Thutmosis I, who ruled Egypt about 20 years during the 18th Dynasty. After your sightseeing you will be transferred by to your hotel giving you some free time to enjoy Luxor, the main city in upper Egypt.

Overnight: Luxor Hotel. Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.

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Day 5: Luxor – Free Day or Optional Excursions

Enjoy a day at leisure in Luxor; after your breakfast maybe make your way down to the pool, sit on your balcony and enjoy the laid back local culture or alternatively do something different. Luxor really is a remarkable city and not like the capital city of Cairo. During today you can relax or alternatively consider one of the optional excursions. You will be required to check out of your hotel at 12 noon and you are allowed to use the hotel facilities until you are collected for your transfer. The representative will collect you and transfer you to Luxor train station for your overnight sleeper train to Cairo.

Overnight: On board the train. Meals: Breakfast and dinner are included. Lunch is not included.

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Day 6: Cairo – Citadel, Old Cairo & Khan El Khalili

After your breakfast, served shortly before your arrival to Cairo train station, a qualified Egyptologist will collect you from the train station and accompany you for the duration of this tour in a modern air conditioned vehicle. Your Egyptologist will be showing you some of the fascinating historical sites in Egypt. Enjoy a spiritual tour to the Salah El Din where Mohammed Ali Alabaster Mosque inside, Continue to Coptic Cairo to visit the Hanging Church, Abu Serga Church and Ben Ezra Synagogue. After that you will discover one of the most famous and oldest bazaars in the Middle East which is called Khan El Khalil. Then you will be transferred to your hotel

Overnight: Cairo Hotel. Meals: Breakfast and lunch are included. Dinner isn’t included.

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Day 7: Cairo - Departure

After breakfast at your hotel, usually you have some free time to enjoy your last remaining hours in Cairo before your flight. It is customary to check out of your room at 12 noon however you will be able to use the hotel facilities until you leave for the airport. At the agreed time your tour leader will come to collect you from the hotel and transfer you to Cairo International Airport for your departing flight.

Meals: Breakfast is included

What you see and what you get with this tour!

Includes

  • Meet & Greet upon arrival at Cairo International Airport
  • Accommodation for 2 nights in a 4* Cairo Hotel
  • Accommodation for 2 nights on the Sleeper Train
  • Accommodation for 2 nights in a 4* Luxor Hotel
  • Hotel accommodation is on bed and breakfast basis
  • Sleeper Train accommodation is on half board basis
  • Lunch during sightseeing on days 2 and 6
  • Sleeper Train Return Tickets from Cairo to Luxor and Vice versa
  • Internal transfers from airports to cruise or hotels and vice versa
  • Sightseeing tours include a qualified Egyptologist
  • Entrance Fee’s as per the itinerary/programme listed above
  • All ground transportation and transfers as per itinerary
  • Company representative accompanying transfers
  • Modern air conditioned vehicles

Excludes

  • Egypt Entrance Visa ($25 per person)
  • Beverages, room bills or food extra to programme
  • Personal Expenses
  • Tipping / Gratuities (client’s discretion)
  • Medical Insurance

Additional Information

  • Please note hotel check-in is available from 2pm
  • Please note that hotel check-out is 12 noon
  • Train tickets are non-refundable

The highlights visited or experienced throughout the tour;

Egyptian Museum

The museum displays a rare collection of 5000 years of art which is considered the largest most precious collection of Egyptian art in the world. Over 250,000 genuine artefacts are presented, including an exhibit dedicates to Tutankhamen collection of treasure, gold and jewellery which was enclosed in his tomb for over 3.500 years before it was discovered in the 1920 when his tomb was excavated.

The Great Pyramids of Giza

The Great Pyramids: Cheops, Chephren and Mykerinos are the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and the only one to remain largely intact. The Pyramid of Khufu or the Pyramid of Cheops is the oldest and largest of the three pyramids. Egyptologists believe that the pyramid was built as a tomb for fourth dynasty Egyptian Pharaoh Khufu (Cheops in Greek) over an approximately 20 year period. Initially at 146.5 metres, the Great Pyramid was the tallest man-made structure in the world for over 3,800 years. Originally, the Great Pyramid was covered by casing stones that formed a smooth outer surface; what is seen today is the underlying core structure. Some of the casing stones that once covered the structure can still be seen around the base. There have been varying scientific and alternative theories about the Great Pyramid’s construction techniques. Most accepted construction hypotheses are based on the idea that it was built by moving huge stones from a quarry and dragging and lifting them into place.

The Sphinx

It is the largest monolith statue in the world located in the west bank of the Nile in Giza, standing 73.5 metres long, 6 metres wide. It is the oldest known monumental sculpture. It has been built by ancient Egyptians of the Old Kingdom during the reign of the pharaoh Khafra. The Great Sphinx has the head of pharaoh with a lion’s body, which dates from the time of Chephre.

Temples of Karnak

It was dedicated to the God Amon, his wife Mut and their son Khonsu. It was constructed from the beginning of the Middle Kingdom to the Greco Roman Kingdom. The Karnak Temple complex contains a group of Temples such as the Great Temple of Amon Ra, the Temple of Khonso, the Ipt Temple, the Temple of Ptah, the Temple of Montho and the Temple of the God Osiris. These structures, built by different pharaohs during different years, are mostly in ruins. Beginning at the Avenue of Sphinxes, you will have the opportunity to visit the Unfinished Propylon, the Hypostyle Hall with its 134 gigantic columns, the Obelisks of Queen Hatchepsut and Tutomosis III, the temple of Amun adorned with lotus and papyrus designs, and the Granite Scarab of Amenophis III.

Luxor Temple

Luxor Temple was known in the New Kingdom period as Ipt-Rsyt, which means the southern shrine. It was built by Amunhotep III in 18th Dynasty in the New Kingdom and it was completed by Ramses II during the 19th Dynasty. King Ramses II was the most famous king in the 19th Dynasty. He ruled Egypt for about 67 years.

Valley of the Kings

The Tombswere constructed for the Pharaohs and powerful nobles of the New Kingdom from the Eighteenth to the Twentieth Dynasties of Ancient Egypt. They choose a location, far from the messing hands, and carved them into the mountains. The valley stands on the west bank of the Nile, opposite Thebes (modern Luxor), within the heart of the Theban Necropolis. The Valley of the Kings consists of two valleys, East Valley where the majority of the royal tombs are situated and West Valley. Famous tombs there belong to Tutankhamun, Ramses the Great and Tuthmosis III.

Temple of Queen Hatshepsut

It is located beneath the cliffs at Deir el Bahari on the west bank of the Nile. It was built by Queen Hatshepsut, who ruled Egypt for about 20 years during the 18th Dynasty. The mortuary temple was dedicated to the sun god Amon-Ra. It is considered one of the “incomparable monuments of ancient Egypt.”

Colossi of Memnon

Are two massive stone statues of Pharaoh Amenhotep III. For the past 3400 years since 1350 BC, they have stood in the Theban necropolis, across the River Nile from the modern city of Luxor. The statues are made from blocks of quartzite sandstone which was quarried at el-Gabal el-Ahmar. The blocks used by later Roman engineers to reconstruct the eastern colossus may have come from Edfu (north of Aswan).

The original function of the Colossi was to stand guard at the entrance to Amenhotep’s memorial temple (or mortuary temple): a massive cult centre built during the pharaoh’s lifetime, where he was worshipped as a god-on-earth both before and after his departure from this world. In its day, this temple complex was the largest and most opulent in Egypt, even later rivals such as Ramesses II’s  or Ramesses III’s Medinat Habu were unable to match it in area; even the Temple of Karnak, as it stood in Amenhotep’s time, was smaller.

The legend behind their name is interesting. After an earthquake (recorded by Strabo) in 27 BC, part of the northern colossus collapsed and from then on, each morning at sunrise, the statue produced a strange musical sound. Early Greek and Roman tourists came to hear the sound, and gave the statue the name of ‘Memnon’, a Trojan hero, the son of Eos and Titan, who sang to his mother each morning at dawn. In reality it is thought that the effect of the sun heating up the stone produced the sound.

Salah El Din Citadel

The Salah El Din Citadel is a medieval Islamic fortification to defend Cairo from the armies of Crusaders. Located in Mokattam hill near the center of Cairo, was once famous for its fresh breeze and grand views of the city. It is now a preserved historic site, with mosques and museums. Citadel’s location was remained the heart of Egyptian government until the 19th century. The citadel stopped being the seat of government when Egypt’s ruler, Khedive Ismail, moved to his newly built Abdin Palace in the Ismailiya neighbourhood in the 1860s.

Mohammed Ali Alabaster Mosque 

Situated in the Citadel of Cairo in Egypt and commissioned by Muhammad Ali Pasha between 1830 and 1848.It is the largest to be built in the first half of the 19th century, is, with its animated silhouette and twin minarets, the most visible mosque in Cairo. The mosque was built in memory of TusunPasha,Muhammad Ali’s oldest son, who died in 1816.This mosque is one of the landmarks and tourist attractions of Cairo and is one of the first features to be seen when approaching the city from no matter which side.

Hanging Church

Is named for its location above a gatehouse of Babylon Fortress, the Roman fortress in Coptic Cairo (Old Cairo); its nave is suspended over a passage. The church is approached by 29 steps; early travellers to Cairo dubbed it “the Staircase Church.” The land surface has risen by some 6 metres since the Roman period so that the Roman tower is mostly buried below ground, reducing the visual impact of the church’s elevated position. The entrance from the street is through iron gates under a pointed stone arch. The nineteenth century facade with twin bell towers is then seen beyond a narrow courtyard decorated with modern art biblical designs. Up the steps and through the entrance is a further small courtyard leading to the eleventh century outer porch.

Abu Serga Church

Also known as Saints Sergius and Bacchus Church in Coptic Cairo is one of the oldest Coptic churches in Egypt. The church is dedicated to Sergius and Bacchus, who were soldier-saints martyred during the 4th century in Syria by the Roman Emperor Maximian. The most interesting feature is the crypt where Mary, Joseph and the infant Jesus are said to have rested. The crypt is 10 meters deep and, when Nile levels are high, is often flooded.

The Church was built in the 4th century and was probably finished during the 5th century. It was burned during the fire of Fustat during the reign of Marwan II around 750. It was then restored during the 8th century, and has been rebuilt and restored constantly since medieval times; however, it is still considered to be a model of the early Coptic churches. Again, the most precious and ancient of the icons are on the southern wall. A vast central hall is divided into three naves by two rows of pilasters.

Khan El Khalili

The bazaar district is one of Cairo’s main attractions for tourists and Egyptians alike. In addition to shops, there are several coffeehouses, restaurants, and street food vendors distributed throughout the market. The coffee shops are generally small and quite traditional, serving Arabic coffee and usually offering shisha. The al-Hussein Mosque, Al-AzharUniversityandMidaq Alley are also located  in Khan el-Khalili .

Prices

All prices are quoted above in a selection of currencies and these are a based on the US Dollar at the rate of exchange when published. Prices are per person per trip and are valid as stated, except during peak seasons such as Christmas, New Year and Easter holidays where a supplement will be required. Single room occupancy is available against a supplement as stated; sometimes it may be a different rate when not travelling as part of a group. Please contact us anytime to check!

Children Policy

As you will be able to see, we operate a simple children’s price policy as detailed below; please note that any discount does not always apply to any holidays that involve an airfare, we will inform you when we receive your enquiry.

00- 01.99 years                  Free of Charge

02 – 05.99 years                 Free of Charge

06 – 11.99 years                 50% of Adult Price

12 + years                            Full Adult Price

It is important that the ages above refer to the age when travelling.

Payment Policy

It is advisable to reserve your Egypt trip as early as possible, thus ensuring that you can relax with the knowledge that you have secured the best trip for you. To ensure the trip is reserved and secured with Discovery Tours Egypt we will request a deposit of 35% from the total amount due, as you can appreciate this deposit counts towards your final payment. Discovery Tours Egypt is able to accept payment by PayPal, Credit Cards, Bank Transfer and/or Western Union.

Egypt Entrance Visa

Upon arrival to Egypt you need to hold a valid passport with at least 6 months validity beyond your scheduled date of departure. Most countries have the ability to obtain a visa upon arrival for US Dollars $25 per passport. It is suggested that you check with your local Egyptian Consulate before departure if you can obtain a visa on arrival or not.

Tipping & Gratuities (Clients Discretion)

Throughout all our tour pages you will see the words “tipping & gratuities” always shown within the excluded section of the tab on “specifics”.  It is customary in Egypt to express ones satisfaction of the service received from the staff that have looked after him throughout his trip. It is not obligatory however it is well received amongst the staff that will be looking after you; our personal motto is “tip little but often”.

Tipping Kitty

On some tours we have added a tour kitty which is payable in resort at the beginning of your tour. This has been offered to make your life easier and allow the team to tip along the way on your behalf.

Extra’s To Program

All our Egypt tours include the sites as per the program however we do not include the special sites within these; such as entering inside the Pyramids, the Mummies Room at the Egyptian Museum, enter Tomb of Tutankhamen and others. There should always be sufficient time to visit these sites; please liaise with your Egyptologist at the beginning of the tour. They will try their best to provide you with the accurate information, advise you of the extra costs and obtain the tickets for you.

Optional Trips & Excursions

Extra trips and tours may be available from time to time. These are available at extra cost and can be booked and paid for in resort.

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