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GOLDEN HIGHLIGHTS OF EGYPT
8 days
17 sites
age 10+
limited to 25
100% safety
Description

We’re offering a whistle-stop tour of Egypt, where you get to see all of the amazing sights in the shortest time, making the most of your Egypt vacation. This tour is designed specifically for people who want to make the most of their trip to Egypt in just a week. Experience the highlights of this beautiful country and take away memories that will have you wanting to return for other Egypt tours. You’ll learn about the ancient and modern history of the Land of the Pharaohs and explore the best of Upper and Lower Egypt on a Nile River cruise.

Start your 8 days in Egypt tour with a visit to the magnificent Egyptian Museum. Later, at the stunning Muhammad Ali Pasha Mosque, you’ll have a terrific photo opportunity with a view of the whole city of Cairo below you. Then, take a guided tour of al-Muizz Street in Historic Cairo to see how Egyptians live and to visit the Khan el-Khalili bazaar, the medieval-style market where you can shop for souvenirs while practicing your bartering skills.

The following day you will fly to Abu Simbel to see the Abu Simbel Temples, carved into the rock, and the Temple of Philae. Then it’s time to relax on your 5-star deluxe Nile river cruise for three wonderful nights. You will wake up sailing along the Nile and enjoy a leisurely breakfast while taking in the picturesque view. Over the next few days, you’ll stop at multiple temples on an archaeological tour with your knowledgeable and passionate guide. Prepare to be wowed by the spectacular sites that Luxor has to offer. See the pharaohs’ final resting place at the Valley of the Kings, the Colossi of Memnon, the beautiful Temple of Hatshepsut and the spectacular Karnak Temple Complex with its many huge columns, statues and calm sacred lake. There will be a party on board the Nile river cruise, and the delicious Egyptian food is an essential element of the tour.

You will then fly back to Cairo to continue your trip, visiting the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization. After breakfast the following day, you’ll visit the Giza Plateau privately, before it is open to other tourists. Enjoy the magnificent pyramids and the Great Sphinx rising from the sand amid the early morning peace and quiet. Finally, we journey to Saqqara, where the very first pyramid in Egypt, the Step Pyramid, was built in the vast desert. You’ll learn the secrets of ancient construction techniques and hear about the latest discoveries there.

Why this trip?
  • Travel across Egypt and experience its greatest wonders in 5-star style on your 8 day tour.
  • Have a private visit to the Great Pyramid and the Great Sphinx
  • Learn how the earliest pyramids were built in Saqqara
  • Visit four UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Relax on a Nile River cruise for three days
  • Soak up the atmosphere in the Khan el-Khalili bazaar
  • Sample and enjoy the flavors of Egypt
DAY
1
Arrival in Cairo
DAY
2
The Egyptian Museum, the Citadel of Salah Din With Muhammad Ali Pasha Mosque & al-Muizz Street With Khan el-Khalili Bazaar
DAY
3
Flight to Abu Simbel, the Abu Simbel Temples & the Temple of Philae
DAY
4
Kom Ombo and Edfu Temples
DAY
5
The Valley of the Kings, the Temple of Hatshepsut, the Colossi of Memnon & the Karnak Temple Complex
DAY
6
Flight to Cairo, Historic Cairo & the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization
DAY
7
The Giza Plateau with private entry to the Great Pyramid & the Great Sphinx, Saqqara
DAY
8
Departure
PRICING

$2695 (USD) per person in a twin/double room, based on 2 sharing with a low deposit of just $500. If you would like to have a room to yourself, the single supplement is $670 (USD).

Payment Schedule:
$500 deposit to confirm the booking. Payable when booking.
- Remaining balance will be due three months before the tour.

Payments can be made via bank transfer or credit card. We accept Visa and MasterCard with 3-D Secure.

Price Includes:
Five Star Accommodation - 4 nights in Five Star hotels in Cairo; 3 nights onboard a Five Star Deluxe Nile Cruise Ship; Domestic flights during the tour (Cairo - Abu Simbel; Luxor - Cairo); 3 meals a day – breakfast, lunch and dinner; All sightseeing tours and entrances included in the itinerary; bottled water during the sightseeing; English speaking guide; English speaking tour leader; Transfers in air-conditioned buses; Airport meet and greet; Airport Arrival & Departure transfers; Government taxes; Private entrance to the Great Pyramid of Khufu; Special entrance to the Sphinx Enclosure; Health Insurance. 

Not Included:
International flights to/from Cairo in Egypt (we can help you with booking); Visa cost (visa is only $25 and issued on arrival at Cairo airport).

Helpful pre-trip info
ACCOMMODATION & FLIGHTS

The option to upgrade your room, whether in the hotels in Cairo or on the cruise ship, is available upon request. Information regarding upgrade availability and prices will be provided before you begin your trip. Please note the upgrade availabilities are limited. 

The first day of the tour is dedicated to arrivals as our guests will be arriving throughout the day. All guests will be greeted by an Inside Egypt representative at the airport and transferred to the hotel. We recommend you try to book a flight that arrives in the morning or afternoon to allow you time to unpack and rest before dinner. 
The final day of the tour (Day 14) will be dedicated to departures and the checkout time at the hotel is 12 noon. Transfers from the hotel to the airport are provided.


Guests are responsible for booking their international flights to and from Egypt. Please make sure to send us a copy of your flight itinerary so we can arrange your airport transfers. Feel free to contact us if you need assistance booking your international flights.

 

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OPTIONAL TRIPS

Our tour itinerary includes all of the major attractions and is sure to please you. Additional excursions are available for guests who would like to add on to our standard itinerary. 
The additional excursions are scheduled around the main itinerary to avoid any conflicts should you choose to add them to your trip. 
Below is a list of sites and excursions you can add to your trip. 

Hot air balloon trip over Luxor and the Nile river - 155$

For unbeatable views of Luxor's famous temples, take a hot-air balloon trop over the River Nile's West Bank. Away from the crowds in the peaceful glow of dawn, your sunrise flight over Egypt's ancient monuments promises to be a highlight of your visit. The hot air balloon trip will give you the opportunity to take the most stunning photographs.

Entrance to the man-made mountain of Abu Simbel - 390$

With Inside Egypt you will have an opportunity to see this temple from a completely different perspective. View the temple from the inside of a man-made mountain  erected to support the temple of Abu Simbel in its new location. You can go inside the mountain of Abu Simbel itself to see the dome and construction of the temple and learn more about the behind-the-scenes work of archaeologists on this unique complex. The site has been closed to tourists for almost 20 years.

A magical visit to the magnificent Luxor Temple in the evening after dark - 90$

The Luxor Temple is filled with blinding sunlight by day and the faces change at night. The sculptures and reliefs appear to come to life and tell their story with great expressions. At night, when the dark sky is dotted with stars, the atmospheric light falling on the walls of the temple brings out details that are invisible in the sunlight.


Payment for these additional excursions can be via credit card or cash during the tour. Credit card payments include a 2.0% processing fee charged by the bank system. 
Please inform your tour leader upon arrival if you would like to take part in any of these optional excursions.

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OPTIONAL 1-DAY ADD-ONS

Fayoum: 1-day add-on for standard arrival day (Day 1)
The optional add-on tour to Fayoum Oasis is a full-day trip. We’ll leave after breakfast for the 1-hour journey in an air-conditioned coach.
First, you’ll see Wadi El Hitan (Whale Valley), a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site, named for its hundreds of whale fossils. Then you will go to the nearby Magic Lake, where you will enjoy lunch before continuing to Qarun Lake, the third-largest lake in Egypt.
After returning to Cairo, you will enjoy dinner at the hotel. The price for the add-on tour includes an extra night in a hotel in Giza.
Price: $205 per person

Alexandria 1-day add-on for standard departure day (Day 8)
Alexandria was founded by (and named for) Alexander the Great in the fourth century B.C. Its strategic location on the Mediterranean Sea made it a successful commercial and political center, which it remains to this day. It was the capital of the Ptolemaic Dynasty, the last dynasty of Egypt and also one of its greatest. Although much of the 2,000-year-old city is covered by today’s modern infrastructure, there is still a lot of ancient Egypt to see there. Under the Ptolemies, the Library of Alexandria – the ancient world’s single greatest archive of knowledge – was created, along with Pharos Lighthouse, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. We’ll visit the modern library, the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, located on a magnificent site in the Eastern Harbor; the Catacombs of Kom El Shoqafa; and the Alexandria Museum. We’ll have lunch at a seafood restaurant overlooking the Mediterranean.
We’ll return to Cairo and enjoy dinner at the hotel. The add-on’s price includes an extra night at the Marriott Mena House Hotel in Giza. 
Price: $225 per person 

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JORDAN EXTENSION

Jordan 5-day add-on, after GOLDEN HIGHLIGHTS OF EGYPT tour (Days 10-14)
We’ve organized an exceptional trip to Jordan, often called the jewel of the Middle East, with unique opportunities to visit ancient cities, admire the magnificent rock formations in the desert, and even swim in the Dead Sea. You’ll get to know the ancient city of Petra and the modern King Abdullah Mosque in Amman, the capital of Jordan. You will visit Wadi Rum, a protected desert reserve in the southern part of Jordan, often called the Valley of the Moon, known for its red-pink sands, stunning natural arches and imposing mountains, and prehistoric rock engravings. Wadi Rum Protected Area was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2011. You will end your trip with a wonderful visit to the Dead Sea, where the water is so salty you will float in it.

Day 1: Departure from Cairo & Arrival in Amman 
You’ll fly from Cairo to Amman, Jordan, where our representative will be waiting for you holding our company sign. You will then be transferred to your hotel.
Enjoy dinner and your overnight stay at the hotel.


Day 2: Amman City Tour 
Breakfast at the hotel.
You will start the day with a city tour to explore the highlights of Amman. The Roman Theater dates back to the second century, when the city was known as Philadelphia (literally “the city of brotherly love” in Greek). The theater could seat 6,000 and was commissioned by Emperor Antonius Pius.
Next, you will visit the Citadel of Amman. The complex consists of a number of structures built during the Bronze and Iron Ages and the Roman, Byzantine and Umayyad eras. At the Temple of Hercules, you’ll see the enormous hand that is believed to have been part of a massive Roman statue of the famous hero himself. The two complete pillars there are 30 feet tall and it’s believed that the temple would have reached more than 40 feet in height. Then you’ll visit the Umayyad Palace, the best-preserved structure at Amman Citadel. The palace includes a huge cistern which was used to transport water to the palace.
Lunch at a local restaurant.
Drive to Petra, where we’ll enjoy dinner and stay overnight at the Petra Marriott Hotel.


Day 3: Wadi Rum Desert
After breakfast, you’ll start the day at Wadi Rum, also known as the Valley of the Moon for its otherworldly rock formations. This is where the films Lawrence of Arabia and The Martian, among others, were shot.  It is the largest wadi (valley) in Jordan, set on a high plateau at the western edge of the Arabian Desert. Human occupation of Wadi Rum dates back 12,000 years, and on today’s SUV safari, you will learn about the ancient and modern Bedouin lifestyle and the animals that make this arid zone their home. 
You’ll have free time to relax in the afternoon.
Return to the hotel for dinner. 

Day 4: Petra Breakfast at the hotel.
Today, you’ll visit breathtaking Petra, made world-famous when it was featured in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Its rock-cut tombs and temples were carved into the cliffs more than 2,000 years ago. You will see the mysteries of the “Rose Red City,” the most famous and impressive of which is known as the Treasury, although in reality it was a tomb for a Nabataean king. Its facade reveals many Roman and ancient Greek influences, and it may have been used as a Christian church in Byzantine times.

Lunch at a local restaurant.
Next, we will drive to Shobak Castle, the most important Crusader castle in Jordan, followed by a visit to St. George’s Church in Madaba, which contains the oldest and largest floor-mosaic map of the Holy Land, dating to the sixth century. We will then travel to Mount Nebo, where the Bible says Moses was given his first look at the Promised Land. The panoramic view takes in the Dead Sea, and you might be able to see as far as Jericho and Jerusalem.
Next we’ll check in to our hotel at the Dead Sea. At more than 1,000 feet below sea level, the Dead Sea is the lowest land elevation in the world. It is also one of the saltiest lakes in the world, so much so that you can float in it.
Dinner and overnight at hotel at the Dead Sea.

Day 5: Departure
Transfer to Amman for your flight from Queen Alia International Airport.

Included:
Transfer from the hotel in Cairo to airport
1-way flight from Cairo to Amman
Pickup at Queen Alia International Airport and transport to hotel in Amman
Transportation in modern air-conditioned private vehicle with an English-speaking driver
Local English-speaking guide
Luxury 5-star hotel accommodation
Entrance fees to all sites on the itinerary
2-hour 4x4 tour in Wadi Rum
3 meals per day
Bottled water
Visa to Jordan (if we receive your full passport details a few days prior to arrival date)

Not included:
Drinks
 

Price: $1985 per person for a double room (deposit is $500 per person during booking; full payment is due 90 days before the tour). Single supplement costs $495. 

To download our digital brochure for the Jordan Extencion  CLICK HERE.

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COVID SAFE TRAVEL PROTOCOLS

Travel with confidence – your health is our priority!
Our guests’ safety is our highest priority. Here at Inside Egypt we have adopted the Safe Travels protocols produced by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) and endorsed by Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities to ensure a high level of hygiene and safety on our tours.
All guests traveling to Egypt must be in possession of a negative PCR test certificate for COVID-19 issued in the country of departure, up to 72 hours (3 days) before flight departure time. Passengers traveling from Japan, China, Thailand, North America, South America, Canada, London Heathrow, Paris and Frankfurt will be allowed to provide certificates from tests performed up to 96 hours (4 days) prior to flight time. 

Passengers with a COVID-19 vaccination certificate stating full vaccination has been received at least 14 days before travel are exempt from PCR testing before arrival. Accepted vaccines are AstraZeneca, Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen, Moderna, Pfizer, BioNTech, Sinopharm, Sinovac, and Sputnik V. (Please note these details are subject to change.)
How we avoid the spread of infection during our tours:
Our group sizes are kept small and are limited to just 25 guests.
We use a full-size coach (50 seats) while traveling to allow appropriate social distancing between travelers.
Face masks and hand sanitizer are available daily from our team.
All members of our team have completed the Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) for COVID-19 Virus course, certified by the World Health Organization, to minimize the risk of infection with the virus and ensure the safety of our customers.
All staff who will work during a tour will receive PCR tests both before and during the trip to make sure they are healthy throughout. This applies to tour guides, tour leaders, drivers and tour managers.
Local restaurants, hotels, buses and minibuses are regularly sterilized to keep everything clean and safe for all guests.
Guests and staff will have their temperature taken daily by the Nile cruise team and at all hotels when entering the premises.
When arriving at Cairo International Airport, checking in to hotels and when embarking on the Nile cruise ship, your luggage will be sanitized. 
We will do everything possible to ensure that you have a great vacation and feel safe at all times!

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GOLDEN HIGHLIGHTS OF EGYPT
Price
$2,695
per person in a twin/double room,
based on 2 sharing
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16 October 2021 - 23 October 2021
13 November 2021 - 20 November 2021
19 February 2022 - 26 February 2022
19 March 2022 - 26 March 2022
23 April 2022 - 30 April 2022
16 July 2022 - 23 July 2022
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