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|
Details as per the itinerary on this tour page
|ACCOMMODATION||Cairo & Luxor; 4* Brand Hotel|
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.
Day 1: Cairo - Arrival
Overnight: Cairo. Meals: Dinner is not included.
Day 2: Cairo - Pyramids, Sphinx and Egyptian Museum
Overnight: On board the train. Meals: Breakfast lunch and dinner are included.
Day 3: Luxor – Karnak & Luxor Temples
Overnight: Luxor Hotel. Meals: Breakfast and lunch are included. Dinner is not included.
Day 4: Luxor – Valley of the Kings, Queen Hatshepsut Temple & Memnon Statues
Overnight: Luxor Hotel. Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included.
Day 5: Luxor – Free Day or Optional Excursions
Overnight: On board the train. Meals: Breakfast and dinner are included. Lunch is not included.
Day 6: Cairo – Citadel, Old Cairo & Khan El Khalili
Overnight: Cairo Hotel. Meals: Breakfast and lunch are included. Dinner isn’t included.
Day 7: Cairo - Departure
Meals: Breakfast is included
What you see and what you get with this tour!
- 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
- Egypt Entrance Visa ($25 per person)
- Beverages, room bills or food extra to programme
- Personal Expenses
- Tipping / Gratuities (client’s discretion)
- Medical Insurance
- 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;
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.
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 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.
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 .
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!
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.
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”.
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.