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Felucca Discovery and Red Sea

Created with Sketch. Highlights: Cairo, Pyramids of Giza, Aswan, Nile Cruise, Luxor
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Duration

12 nights / 13 days

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Tour Schedule

Every Saturday

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Tour Type

Adventure, Classic, Family

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Languages

English

Overview

Explore the legendary Giza Pyramids, Egyptian Museum which houses King Tutankhamun’s famous gold mask and uncover the secrets of the pharaohs at Valley of the Kings combined with sail the Nile by traditional felucca sailboat on this exciting 13 days tour of Egypt.

Tour Guide:  Services of experienced Egyptologist guides

Meals:  12 Breakfasts | 2 Lunches | 3 Dinners

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Cairo - site of the iconic Pyramids of Giza and incomparable Egyptian Museum of Antiquities - the greatest repository of ancient artifacts in the world, from the famed treasures of King Tutankhamon
  • Aswan - visit the famous High Dam, take leisurely boat trip to Agilika Island to explore the majestic Philae temple of devotion to the two goddesses Isis and Hathor, and the massive Unfinished Obelisk, still resting on its side in the stone quarries of ancient Egypt and wander around the colorful souq
  • Felucca – Enjoy the scenery as you sail along the Nile on felucca
  • Luxor West Bank - discover incomparable Valley of the Kings, Explore Queen Hatchepsut's Temple and the Colossi of Memnon
  • Luxor East Bank - Explore Luxor Temple with its Avenue of Sphinxes, and massive Karnak Temple with its soaring hypostyle hall and labyrinthine passageways one of the most important religious centers of ancient Egypt
  • Hurghada – relax and enjoy sea, sun and beaches of impressive Red Sea, experience the exquisite diving and snorkeling among the Red Sea coral reefs and see some amazing rare fish

Itinerary

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Day 1 / Saturday: Arrival to Cairo

Welcome to Egypt! Upon arrival at Cairo Airport you will be met by a representative from Turzilla and transferred to your hotel. The prominent sign depicting our company logo easily identifies our representative.

If you are arriving a day or two before the tour starts, one of our team will be on hand to advise on where best to enjoy your extra time in Cairo in advance of the tour commencing. We also offer a pre or post tour Alexandria Day Trip which can be pre-booked, please refer to our website for details.

Day one is designed to be an arrival day for all passengers, so there are no formal arrangements on this first day. Perhaps relax by the hotel pool or for those that are arriving before 8.30am, join our optional Citadel and Old Cairo tour which departs the hotel at 10:00 AM (best booked prior with your travel consultant).
Overnight at the hotel in Cairo.

Day 2 / Sunday: Pyramids and Cairo sightseeing / Overnight train to Aswan

After breakfast, transfer to the Giza Plateau where you begin with the visit of the Great Pyramids of Giza Cheops, Chephren and Mykerinos and ends at the foot of the inscrutable Sphinx, the giant man/beast which has puzzled men for generations.
Afterwards, visit the famous Egyptian Museum of Antiquities which is the houses many treasure of Tutanchamun, continue to Khan El Khalili Bazaar in the heart of Old Cairo, stroll down Al Moaz Street and view the largest concentration of medieval architectural treasures from the Islamic world.
Transfer to Giza Railway station for boarding the overnight sleeping train to Aswan
Overnight onboard the train
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3 / Monday: Aswan

Breakfast onboard, upon arrival to Aswan, you will be met by Turzilla representative who will transfer you to your hotel
Afternoon, visit the Aswan High Dam then to the Temple of Philae, which was dedicated to the Goddess of magic. The temple was built on Philae Island and attracted pilgrims from all over the ancient world.
When the Egyptians built the High Dam, Philae temple was rescued in an enormous UNESCO effort in the 1970s. Due to high water levels created by the Old Aswan Dam and was relocated stone by stone on higher ground on nearby Agilika Island.
Take a break at the old site of the main granite quarry to visit the unfinished obelisk. You will see a practical demonstration of the methods used by ancient craftsmen to cut impressive obelisks and granite statues, return to the hotel
Overnight at your hotel in Aswan
Meals: Breakfast

Day 4 – 5 / Tuesday - Wednesday: Aswan / Felucca sailing

Breakfast at the hotel and check-out
Optional early morning Abu Simbel excursion by road
Afternoon, board your Nile felucca for a 2 night on the River Nile.
Relax, swim, chill-out in the sun on deck.
Overnight on board on the Felucca
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 / Thursday: Kom Ombo / Edfu / Luxor

Breakfast onboard, disembarkation and drive north to Kom Ombo to explore the temple shared by two gods, Sobek and Haroeries. Visit the new mummified crocodile museum, and see the Nilometer where the priests determined the current year’s taxes, continue to Edfu, visit to the most complete and best preserved Pharaonic temple in all of Egypt – the Temple of Horus, the falcon god, continue to Luxor
Overnight at your hotel in Luxor
Meals: Breakfast

Day 7 / Friday: Luxor sightseeing

Breakfast at the hotel and check-out
This morning your visit to the incredible Valley of the Kings. The first monument you’ll see on the West Bank is the imposing 18m-high Colossi of Memnon, which represent the remains of the temple of the hedonistic Amenophis III. 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. Further highlights include the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut.
Overnight at your hotel in Luxor
Meals: Breakfast

Day 8 / Saturday: Luxor – Hurghada

Breakfast and check-out
Today we tour the ancient city of Thebes (the East Bank), taking in the magnificent Temple of Karnak , more than a temple, Karnak is a gigantic and stunning complex of sanctuaries and pylons dedicated to the Theban gods followed by the fabulous Temple of Luxor with its giant statues of Ramses the Great and Avenue of Sphinxes
Afternoon, transfer by Air-conditioned brand new vehicle to Hurghada (4 Hours journey) escorted by our representative.
Arrival to your hotel in Hurghada and check-in
Overnight at the hotel in Hurghada
Meals: Breakfast

Day 9 – 11 / Sunday - Tuesday: Red Sea – Beach time

Day free at Leisure, enjoy lying out on the beach, also there is plenty to do like snorkeling, swimming, Desert Safari, Scuba Diving. Hurghada also has a lively nightlife scene and excellent shopping
Dinner and overnight at your hotel in Hurghada.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 12 / Wednesday: Hurghada / Cairo

Check-out after breakfast and transfer by Air-conditioned vehicle to Cairo escorted by Turzilla representative (6 Hours drive).
Check in at your hotel in Cairo, rest of day will be free at leisure, please check with your representative if you wish to have any optional excursion.
Meals: Breakfast

Day 13 / Thursday: Cairo – Final departure

Breakfast at the hotel and check-out
Transfer to Cairo International Airport for your final departure flight home
Meals: Breakfast

You may also extend your stay in Cairo with our pre or post tour!!

Included

  • Airport arrival and departure transfers, day 1 and day 13
  • All relevant transfer and transportation in private modern air-conditioned vehicles
  • Touring of Cairo, Giza Pyramids and Sphinx including entrance fees
  • All tours are escorted by an Egyptian tour guide degree qualified in Egyptology
  • 02 nights accommodation in Cairo on bed and breakfast basis
  • 01 night accommodation onboard on sleeper train, half board basis
  • 01 night accommodation in Aswan on bed and breakfast basis
  • 02 nights accommodation onboard on a Felucca, full board basis
  • 02 nights accommodation in Luxor on bed and breakfast basis
  • 04 nights accommodation in Hurghada on bed and breakfast basis
  • Breakfast daily, 2 lunches, 3 dinners

Excluded

  • International airfares (can be arranged on request)
  • Entry visa to Egypt
  • Travel insurance
  • Any optional tour as mentioned in the program itinerary
  • Personal expenses
  • Tipping Kitty (allow approx. US$75 - $80) per person – paid locally
  • Tipping is not a natural part of many Western cultures and many of us feel uncomfortable, or unsure, about when, or how much, to tip. However, in Egypt, tipping makes up a significant part of many people's wages so it's important that we get it right. For this reason we've developed a very simple system to take all the hassle out of tipping. With our 'tipping made easy' policy, a nominal pre-determined amount is collected from all group tour participants to cover tips en route. This then saves you the hassle of when and how much to tip bellhops, luggage handlers, local guides and other support staff through the tour. Our 'tipping made easy' doesn't include a tip to your group tour leader. Naturally, though, the amount is up to you as tipping is an entirely personal gesture.

Hotels

The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard.

In Cairo: The Oasis Cairo Hotel 4* (Or similar)

In Aswan:  Citymax Hotel Aswan 3* (Or similar)

In Luxor: Iberotel Luxor Hotel 4* (Or similar)

In Hurghada: Grand Seas Hostmark Hotel 4* (Or similar)

Sleeper Train 

When travelling on an overnight train in Egypt, sleeper carriages offer the highest level of comfort. Cabins are equipped with two beds (one above the other), a basin, electric points and air conditioning. Freshly laundered bedding is provided and in the early evening an attendant will come round and make up your bed for you. The carriages have toilets at each end and there is a club car which serves snacks and beverages. In the morning a very basic breakfast is provided

Felucca Sailboat, Felucca Cruise

Feluccas are simple, traditional Egyptian sailboats that have plied the Nile since ancient times. Feluccas come in varying sizes and can sleep 20 persons comfortably. The boat’s deck is draped with soft colorful cushions that serve as your lounging area during the day and as your sleeping area at night. Our felucca is equipped with a flush toilet and basin for hand washing. You’ll need to bring a sleeping bag/sheet and a towel with you. The crew, as well as being experienced sailors, are responsible for the preparation of included meals which are served onboard.

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