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GODS OF EGYPT

Price from
£1,149
(per person)
Duration
9
Days
Tour Type
Small Group

HIGHLIGHTS

The Pyramids, Sphinx & Egyptian Museum in Cairo, Philae Temple & Abu Simbel option in Aswan, luxury Nile cruise, Temple of Karnak, Valley of the Kings & Colossi of Memnon in Luxor, Red Sea at Hurghada
COUNTRIES : Egypt

This 9-day tour of Egypt takes you on a journey from Cairo along the Nile Valley visiting Egypt's most important Pharaonic sites en route. It also includes a 3-night luxury Nile cruise from Aswan to Luxor and some time to relax by the Red Sea in Hurghada.

We start this classic adventure in Cairo with visits to the world-famous Pyramids and Sphinx at Gisa, and the eclectic Egyptian Museum, which houses a vast collection of ancient artefacts including of amazing golden mask of the King Tutankhamun.

Heading south into the Nile Valley we catch an internal flight to Aswan, where the Nile is at its most scenic. We'll start exploring Aswan with a short boat trip to the tranquil island temple of Philae. An early morning option to visit the stunning temples of Abu Simbel is also available. Next, we board one of the famous luxury Nile cruise boats where you'll settle into your comfortable en-suite cabin with panoramic windows. The boat also has a restaurant, lounge and bar, and a large sun deck with another bar, recliners and a plunge pool.

We cruise down the Nile towards Luxor stopping of at the temples at Edfu and Komombo along the way. Luxor is surrounded by many important ancient sites, and we'll tour both the east and west banks of the Nile. Tours included a descent into the underground Pharaonic tombs in the Valley of the Kings, a visit to Queen Hatchepsut and Medinat Habu temples, and a stop off at the immense Collosi of Memnon. We also explore the massive temple complex at Karnak and see Luxor temple spectacularly lit up at night.

We leave the Nile Valley behind and drive across to the Red Sea coast for some welcome beach time in a 4-star beach resort at Hurghada. There is plenty of excellent snorkelling and scuba diving in Hurghada along with many other watersports, or you can just spend time relaxing on the beach. The tour ends with a flight back to Cairo where the afternoon is free to take an optional city tour, explore the markets and bazaars, revisit the pyramids with an evening sound and light show, or sample a dinner cruise on the Nile.

Upon arrival at Cairo airport, we will meet & greet you and help you with visa formalities and luggage collection, then transfer you to your hotel near the pyramids. Our rep is on hand to help you settle in, and the rest of the day is free. If you arrive early, then you could take a first look at the pyramids or perhaps head out in to Cairo to explore the city.

  • OVERNIGHT:
    Cairo hotel
  • EXTRAS:
    Mena House hotel upgrade

Your tour begins today with a visit to the enigmatic Sphinx and the great pyramids of Egypt. At nearly 500 feet high and over 750 feet wide at its base the Great Pyramid of Khufu (Cheops) is an awe inspiring man-made structure, built from massive stone blocks, originally covered with limestone. Over the thousands of years since its construction, the limestone covering has been eroded away to expose the underlying blocks. Along with the smaller pyramids of Khafre (Chephern) and Menkaure (Mycerinus), the amazing sight of these gigantic structures emerging from the desert is a truly unforgettable site. There is a chance to climb inside the pyramids if you're brave enough, but you're on your own, as your guide won't be allowed to go with you (a limited number of tickets are available for the Great Pyramid). After the Pyramids, we then head to downtown Cairo to the sprawling Egyptian Museum. The museum houses the famous Tutankhamun exhibit, along with a huge number of other artefacts from Egypt's ancient past. Our local Egyptologist guide will be with you on this tour, and all your other sightseeing tours. You'll quickly discover our amazing guides have an abundance of knowledge and bursting with enthusiasm about Egyptian history, and their country in general. Later in the evening we transfer to the airport for a short internal flight to Aswan, where we are met and transferred to your hotel overlooking the Nile.

  • OVERNIGHT:
    Aswan hotel
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast

We awake this morning to one of the most picturesque stretches of the Nile, as here the river is gentle cascading, dotted with islands and traditional felucca sailing boats. Aswan is a melting pot of African and Middle Eastern cultures, which can be seen by exploring the bustling souks and markets. There is plenty of free time this morning to explore the town at your leisure. We board our Nile Cruise boat for lunch, after which we take a short boat ride to the charming island Temple of Philae. This beautiful temple is dedicated to Isis and was moved to save it from the rising waters of Lake Nasser. There is also a very early morning option to visit to the UNESCO world heritage site of Abu Simbel. This is an amazing site was built by Ramses II, and moved block by block to save it when Lake Nasser was flooded.

  • OVERNIGHT:
    Nile Cruise Boat
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • EXTRAS:
    Abu Simbel overland

Today we spend time sailing down the Nile, enjoying time relaxing on the sun deck and watching rural Egyptian life pass us by. We stop at the riverside temple at Komombo, dedicated to Sobek, the crocodile God, who was worshipped in pre-dynastic times & Horus, the falcon-headed Sky God. We then sailing on to the temple of Horus at Edfu, where we overnight.

  • OVERNIGHT:
    Nile Cruise Boat
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • EXTRAS:
    Abu Simbel overland

We start this morning with a tour to the ancient remains of the Temple of Horus, the best preserved temple in the whole of Egypt, it has many inscriptions in the Coptic language and is adorned with paintings. We then sail onwards to Luxor, built on and around the ancient site of Thebes. It is considered one of the greatest open air museums in the world. After lunch, we take a tour of the huge temple complex of Karnak, once the religious centre of Thebes and Upper Egypt. It was linked to the smaller Luxor temple by a long sphinx lined avenue, and also to the Nile via a canal along which sailed the sacred boats of the god Amun. Built by Ramesses II, the emormous Pylon entrance is accessed by a smaller sphinx-lined avenue, which then leads to the temple proper. Inside the large Courtyard are three temples dedicated to the gods Amun, Khous and Mut. The spectacular Hypostyle Hall has a forest of towering columns, each carved with scenes of gods and pharaohs, and the walls are adorned with hieroglyphic inscriptions. In the evening, we enjoy a tour of the smaller Luxor Temple, which is in the centre of town and is colourfully lit up by night.

  • OVERNIGHT:
    Nile Cruise Boat
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today we cross to the West Bank of the Nile, where we first visit the Valley of the Kings, whose musty tombs are still giving up their secrets today, and is widely regarded as one of most important archaeological sites in the world. Our tour includes entrance into several of these Pharaonic tombs, and then head to the temples of Queen Hatchepsut and Medinat Habu, before stopping at the huge Colossi of Memnon. For a different view of Luxor, there is an optional early morning hot air balloon flight over the west bank of the Nile (expect an early start to catch sunrise as the balloon rises). Later in the afternoon we leave the Nile Valley behind and drive across the hills to our 5-star resort in the Red Sea resort town of Hurghada. Your stay here is on a 'soft all inclusive' basis, with all meals, soft drinks and snacks included, but not alcoholic beverages.

  • OVERNIGHT:
    Hurghada resort
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast, Dinner
  • EXTRAS:
    Hot air balloon in Luxor

Today is completely free to relax and make the most of your time by the Red Sea. The Hurghada and Makadi Bay area is perfect for scuba diving and snorkelling, and the rich Red Sea marine life here is a mecca for divers from around the world. There are plenty of other activities on offer, including quad biking, wind surfing, camel rides, kite surfing, sea fishing trips and glass bottomed submarines. Our local rep in Hurghada will help you arrange any optional excursions you may wish to book. For those wanting a gentler activity, Hurghada's marina and old town are just waiting to be explored. We can also book extra nights in the resort in Hurghada/Makadi Bay if you wish to extend your stay.

  • OVERNIGHT:
    Hurghada resort
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We fly back to Cairo this morning and you then have some free time to explore Cairo as you choose or subject to the flight timings you may take an optional tour. These include a city tour in Cairo which visits Coptic Cairo, the Citadel and Mohamed Ali Mosque, or a half day tour to Saqqara, Dashour and Memphis to learn more about the history and evolution of pyramid building. Other full day options further afield include a visit to the colonnial city of Alexandria on the Mediterranean, or a trip into the desert outside Cairo to see the World Heritage Site of the Valley of the Whales at Wadi Rayan.

In the late afternoon we take a guided walk through the back streets and bazaars in central Cairo. We'll walk through the huge Bab al-Futuh gateway and explore streets dedicated to metalwork, spices, pottery, fabric, jewelery and anything else you can imagine as we gradually enter the more touristy Khan-el-Khalili bazaar. We'll have time for a break to try some tea and a shisha pipe and perhaps enjoy an early dinner of Egypt's unofficial national dish, Kushari. Finally we visit the evening Al Guri Sufi show at the Wikalat al Ghuri, a 16th centry market place with a domed roof and some beautiful Islamic architecture. A colourful and flamboyant show packs crowds of locals, and some tourists in here twice a week with displays of dervish inspired dance, sufi vocals and vibrant percussion. This makes a thrilling and entertaining end to our time in Egypt (during peak periods when queues and waits to get in can be very long we may arrange an evening event at a hotel or restaurant instead of attending this show).

  • OVERNIGHT:
    Cairo hotel
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast
  • EXTRAS:
    Cairo city tour, Saqqara, Dashour & Memphis

Your last day in Cairo is free for some last-minute shopping or perhaps a little more sightseeing, before we transfer you back to the airport for your flight home. If you have an evening flight, then the Cairo City Tour and Saqqara, Dashour & Memphis tours can also be done today. If you wish to add some extra nights to your time in Cairo you can enjoy a day trip to the colonial city of Alexandria, which lies on the Mediterranean coast, or venture into the desert to see the lesser known World Heritage Site of the Valley of the Whales at Wadi Rayan.

  • OVERNIGHT:
    N/A
  • MEALS:
    Breakfast
  • EXTRAS:
    Alexandria day trip, Wadi Rayan day trip (Valley of the Whales)
Included:
  • All accommodation as stated in the itinerary in 4 & 5-star hotels
  • All transport and transfers in private AC vehicles
  • Domestic flights from Cairo to Aswan and Hurghada to Cairo
  • 24-hour airport arrival & departure transfer service
  • Sightseeing tours as detailed in the itinerary
  • Services of a local Egyptologist guide for all the sightseeing tours
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary

Excluded:
  • International flights (available on request)
  • Visa fees (USD 25 available on arrival for most nationalities)
  • Travel Insurance (mandatory, available on request)
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees to sites visited (allow approx. US$80)
  • Tipping kitty (allow US$45)
  • Drinks, snacks and other personal expenses (e.g. laundry)
  • Tour guide tips
  • Hotel Gala Dinners (if charged by the hotels on 24 & 31 Dec, see Tour notes)
  • Any other items not mentioned above

Notes:

Hotel Gala Dinners
Many of Egypt's hotels and Nile cruise boats arrange a very special gala dinner with entertainment in the evening on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve. Payment for these is often optional on Christmas Eve (24 Dec) but may be compulsory on New Year's Eve (31 Dec), whether you attend or not. Prices can range from around US$50 to over US$150 per person. Final decisions on prices and whether dinners are compulsory are made relatively close to the time. We aim to always select hotels that make their Gala Dinners optional, though this is is not always possible. Gala dinner prices are therefore not included in our prices above, but will be added to your booking if they become required. More information is available on request.

Gods of Egypt accommodation
The hotels and accommodations listed below are the ones we use most often on this tour. From time to time we may exchange these for similar properties at the same level. In general, specific hotels cannot be guaranteed on our group tours, but you may select your preferred options if you are booking a tailor-made trip.
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Pyramisa Isis Corniche Hotel
Aswan, Egypt

Situated on the banks of the River Nile close to the centre of Aswan, comfortable 4-star hotel offers a wide range of services and friendly st...


Note: The following information is provided from our own visits & research, the hotel itself, and our clients' experience of using the hotel.

Introduction:

The Pyramisa Isis Corniche Hotel is a medium sized hotel located right on the banks of the Nile in Aswan. It is rated in the Egyptian 4-star category. Overall however, hotel standards throughout Aswan don't live up to the rest of the country, but we are happy to use this hotel for tours with our Standard comfort rating.

Built in 1982, this hotel is under new ownership and therefore has a welcoming feel, with different types of rooms available and a good level of service, making it a friendly and relaxed hotel for your time in Aswan. Its location on the banks of the Nile means that all the feluccas used on our standard tours can simply pull right in and pick you up direct from the hotel.

Location:

This hotel has one of the best locations in Aswan, perched right at the edge of the Nile on the Corniche. It is only a 5 min drive from the train station and only a 30 minute drive to the Philae Temple and the Aswan Dam. The swimming pool and bar areas look out across the Nile and this is a great place to watch feluccas on the Nile basking in the setting sun.  It is just over the road from the main bazaars and there are some good eating options nearby and ATM’s within easy walking distance.

Accommodation:

The hotel has almost 100 rooms and many of these have either Nile views or pool views and are available as twin beds or doubles. All come complete with Satellite TV, en-suite, phone, mini-bar and Air-con. It is usually no problem for us to arrange triple rooms. There are also electrical sockets in each room for charging phones and cameras.

Bars & Restaurants:

There is an Italian restaurant on-site as well as the main Hotel restaurant overlooking the Nile where a comprehensive buffet breakfast is served every morning. Egyptian and Western food is available. A fully licensed bar is also available to enjoy the perfect sun-downer looking out over the river after a full days tour.

Facilities & Services:

The hotel has a great swimming pool that looks out on to the Nile as well as a well equipped health club with sauna, massage, Jacuzzi, steam bath and gymnasium all with very reasonable prices where you can unwind and relax. The hotel also has a business centre where you can access computer treminals with internet access or make use of the wireless connection.

Other services include:

  • 24 Hour Reception
  • Safety deposit boxes
  • Laundry Service
  • Luggage Storage
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Foreign Exchange
  • Feluccas on hire
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Nile Cruiseboat
Luxor, Egypt

A luxury Nile Cruise boat is a superbly appointed, floating, 5-star hotel. The cruise boat has many of the facilities of a normal hotel, inclu...


Nile Cruise boats are superbly appointed, floating, 5-star hotels featuring a restaurant, bars, shops, a relaxing sun deck and small swimming pool. Buffet breakfasts, lunches and evening meals featuring different cuisines are all included (though beverages and bottled water are not). You will have your own en-suite, AC cabin with large, panoramic opening windows to enjoy the view of the river while you sail. Single cabin supplements apply.

Our Egyptologist guides travel on board with you. This means you do the sightseeing tours in a small group with travellers and a guide you know, rather than joining one of the large boat groups. The guide can also help with any problems with your cabin, dietary requirements, or just to sit and talk about Egypt with you. They will often volunteer to give short lectures about both ancient and modern Egypt in the evenings to those interested.

Nile cruise itineraries are slightly flexible, mainly depending on the time passing through the lock at Esna. Some sailing may be done after dark, and boats may need to moor alongside each other at night. Gala dinner supplements may be added to our prices if you are on board on Christmas Eve or New Year's Eve.

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Sunrise Holidays Resort
Hurghada, Egypt

This property is 5 minutes walk from the beach. Adult-only Sunrise Holidays Resort has a private beach with lagoon and island. It offers a div...


This property is 5 minutes walk from the beach. Adult-only Sunrise Holidays Resort has a private beach with lagoon and island. It offers a dive centre, health club and outdoor pool overlooking the Red Sea. Hurghada Airport is 20 minutes' drive away. This property offers 2 buffet restaurants and 1 a la carte restaurant. Free WiFi is available in the lobby area.

With a balcony or terrace with sea or pool views, the air-conditioned rooms have a satellite TV, minibar and private bathroom with a bath. Some feature a lounge area with sofas.

Egyptian and international dishes are served at the 2 buffet restaurants and 1 a-la-carte. Snacks and drinks are on offer at the pool and beach bars. Room service and packed lunches can be arranged.

A gym, sauna and massages are available, and there are facilities for beach volleyball and table tennis. Regular entertainment is provided and the 24-hour reception can arrange car hire or tours.

Located 500 metres from the town centre, Sunrise Holidays Resort Hurghada is 2 km from the seaside attractions of Corniche Road.

Note: This hotel has a minimum age restriction of 16. If you are travelling with your family and have younger children, then we will arrange an alternative hotel for you; please contact us for details and suggestions.

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Steigenberger Cairo Pyramids Hotel
Cairo, Egypt

It features two pools, several restaurants and bars, free WiFi, a spa and fitness centre, and both classic and family rooms. The rooms overloo...


Steigenberger Cairo Pyramids Hotel is a 5-star establishment located on the doorstep of one of the most famous landmarks in the world: the Great Pyramids of Giza. Modern yet classic, the hotel is set amongst leafy gardens. It has been recently taken over and upgraded by Steigenberger, and now offers improved service and standards. Free WiFi is offered throughout the hotel, and there are two swimming pools. Several bars and restaurants are situated on site, serving a variety of flavours from around the world, as well as offering a taste of local cuisine. A wellness centre features modern fitness equipment and machines, while the spa offers a variety of treatments to help you relax after a day of touring.

Accommodation is offered in the form of classic rooms, as well as family suites. The classic rooms are available with either double or twin beds, and look out onto the gardens. The family rooms can accommodate 2 adults and 2 children. Amenities in all rooms include en-suite bathrooms, TVs, minibars, safes, and air-conditioning. There are also several bungalow-style rooms set within the gardens.

The hotel’s location is ideal, just 3km from the Pyramids and the Sphinx and directly opposite the New Egyptian Grand Museum. Two international airports are within driving distance, and a shuttle service is available on request. Choose from a variety of landmarks and sites to visit in the surrounding regions.

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Sheraton Cairo Hotel & Casino
Cairo, Egypt

The Sheraton Cairo is located in Cairo’s Dokki district, close to the Egyptian Museum. It consists of a casino, night club, and 5-star hotel...


Sheraton Cairo Hotel and Casino is a 5-star establishment found in the Dokki district of Cairo. A number of attractions are close by, including the Egyptian Museum. Included among the many facilities and amenities are a spa, fitness centre, sauna, library, and indoor and outdoor pools. Rooms are fully-equipped and feature mini bars, air-conditioning, flat-screen TVs, and complimentary toiletries. The hotel offers several services, including 24-hour room service, a turndown service, and a paid airport shuttle.

Gods of Egypt options

Our tours are designed to include all that you need to enjoy a really special time in the destination you're visiting. However, we do also offer some extra options to complement the tour and add some additional sightseeing or activities, or some extra time at either end of the tour.

All accommodation based options (e.g. Single supplements, extra nights, cruise upgrades) should be booked and paid for in advance so that we can make the appropriate arrangements. Other options may either be booked and paid for in advance or while you are on the tour, though we recommend booking in advance to ensure there are no issues with availability.

Many options are priced the same throughout the year, but some may incur single or high season supplements - full details are given on the tour reservation form or on request.

Single room supplement (EGSGGE)
Price from
£299
per person



Single room supplement (EGSGGE)
Min numbers: 1 person

This option books a single room in all the accommodation throughout the tour. Room shares may be available but the supplement is payable if a ..


This option books a single room in all the accommodation throughout the tour. If you are a single traveller and would be happy to share a room, let us know and we will aim to pair you up with another traveller of the same sex. If a room share is available, you will not need to pay the supplement.

Note: The price shown is a low season price. Slightly higher prices may apply during high and peak seasons - the exact price for your dates will be shown on the online booking form and is always available on request.

Extra day in Cairo (5-star) - pre-tour
Price from
£40
per person



Extra day in Cairo (5-star) - pre-tour
Min numbers: 1 person

This option adds an extra day to the start of your tour, staying in the same hotel as the main tour itself (subject to availability). Your air..


This option adds an extra day to the start of your tour, staying in the same hotel as the main tour itself (subject to availability). Your airport arrival transfer is still included. Prices shown are per person and based on two people sharing.

Note: Single room and peak season supplements apply.

Extra day in Cairo (5-star) - post-tour
Price from
£40
per person



Extra day in Cairo (5-star) - post-tour
Min numbers: 1 person

This option adds an extra day to the end of your tour, staying in the same hotel as the main tour itself (subject to availability). Your airpo..


This option adds an extra day to the end of your tour, staying in the same hotel as the main tour itself (subject to availability). Your airport departure transfer is still included. Prices shown are per person and based on two people sharing.

Note: Single room and peak season supplements apply.

Hot air balloon in Luxor
Price from
£85
per person



Hot air balloon in Luxor
Min numbers: 1 person

A trully memorable, approx 1-hour, early morning flight over the West Bank of the Nile in Luxor...


This popular optional tour starts early in the morning so that you experience the sunrise over the Valleys of the Kings & Queens, temples and desert. We endeavour to use the earliest flights of the day as they are timed to fit with the rising sun, this means that times may vary. You get around 1 hour in the air.

Abu Simbel overland
Price from
£85
per person



Abu Simbel overland
Min numbers: 1 person

This option takes you from Aswan to see the amazing temples built by Ramses II at Aswan. We travel overland and return to Aswan by midday...


The temples built by Ramses II at Abu Simbel are one of Egypt's highlights, and have a fascinating story behind them to go with their impressive size. When Lake Nasser was flooded, the final water level was going to submerge several temples, the most important of which being Abu Simbel. The temple was therefore dismantled completely and rebuilt further up the hillside where it sits today. The temple stands today as a testament to Ramses II and the great building prowess of the ancient Egyptians, as well as to modern engineering. We depart Aswan early in the morning to join an escorted convoy which departs Aswan at around 04.30. This gets us to Abu Simbel to see the temples in the light of the rising sun, and we then have a guided tour with one of our Egyptologists and some free time before we drive back to Aswan (approx. 3 hours drive each way, with around 2 hours at the temples). All transfers, guide, and entrance fees are included. The tour itinerary is designed so you will not miss any other activities if you choose this option. Note - we choose the overland route to get to Abu Simbel as the flight times there are unreliable and the journey using the flight is much more segmented (you get more rest on the coach), not to mention it is much more expensive to fly.

Cairo city tour
Price from
£35
per person



Cairo city tour
Min numbers: 1 person

This tour visits Coptic Cairo, the Citadel and Mohamed Ali Mosque as well as the bustling market streets of Khan El Khalili bazaar...


This half day guided tour of Cairo tour begins with Islamic areas including the Citadel of Saladdin, boasting the famous Alabaster Mosque of Mohammed Ali. Then we head onto the Coptic area of Cairo where the Romans constructed the fortress of Babylon. The church of St. Mary was built over the ruins of two towers of the fortress whilst it is more commonly known as the Hanging Church next stop is St. Sergius which is said to be the resting place of the Holy Family. The tour finishes with time exploring the Khan-el-Khalili bazaar.

Saqqara, Dashour & Memphis
Price from
£45
per person



Saqqara, Dashour & Memphis
Min numbers: 1 person

This half day guided tour on the outskirts of Cairo tour provides more insight into the history and evolution of pyramid building, and of the ..


This half day guided tour on the outskirts of Cairo tour provides more insight into the history and evolution of pyramid building, and of the Egyptian civilisation. Our tours are based in the area of ancient Memphis, a former capital of Egypt. First we'll visit Saqqara, a huge desert necropolis which was built for the kings and nobles of the Old Kingdom. Here we see Zoser's 'step' pyramid and the adjacent Imhotep museum where we learn more about Memphis and the history of the region. Next we head to Dashour to see one of the next attempts at pyramid building. Dashour's moniker of the 'bent pyramid' shows they still had a bit to learn, but this is a fascinating site and the pyramid still has much of its original limestone cladding. We'll then return you to your hotel.

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Gods of Egypt tour notes

The detailed Tour Notes below have been written to give you some more detailed information about how the tour runs, what to expect, and how to prepare for your holiday. We recommend downloading an up to date copy of these shortly before you travel in case of any changes.

Our trips feature a mix of different transport options. We want you to feel like you’re really experiencing the country you’re travelling through, but at the same time we want you to finish journeys refreshed enough to enjoy the next stage of the tour. In Egypt we do not use any public tourist buses or overnight coach journeys as we know that people don't sleep on board and end up very tired for the following few days. All the vehicles we use are air-conditioned, many are fitted with speed limiters, and all are inspected and checked daily. Some 4WD vehicles used on desert safari options may not always have air conditioning where they are only used for short periods.

This upgraded tour also avoids any overnight train journeys, featuring domestic flights with Egypt Air between Cairo-Aswan and Hurghada-Cairo.  

Nile cruise boat itineraries are subject to alterations depending on local conditions at the time of travel. Some sailing may be done after dark. Boats may moor up alongside each other at night, requiring you to cross through other boats to reach the shore. On Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve the cruise boats normally run a special Gala Dinner. The cost of this is sometimes compulsory, whether you attend or not, and is not included in our group tour prices, but will be added to your booking price if required.

You should ensure you are fully insured for medical emergencies including emergency evacuation and repatriation.

Recommended vaccinations and other health protection measures vary according to the country you are visiting and where you are travelling from. We recommend you contact your GP/medical practitioner or a travel clinic for current information on vaccinations needed for your destination.  You should ensure that you are up to date with vaccines and boosters recommended for your normal life at home, including for example, vaccines required for occupational risk of exposure, lifestyle risks and underlying medical conditions.
In addition, additional courses or boosters normally recommended for the countries in this region are:

Egypt: Tetanus, Typhoid, Hepatitis A
Jordan: Tetanus, Hepatitis A
Israel: Hepatitis A, Poliomyelitis
Lebanon: Dipheria, Hepatitis A

Malaria is not generally present unless it has been contracted abroad; you do not need to take malaria prophylactics.

More information is available here: Egypt, Jordan, Israel, Lebanon

Note: We are aware of some places in Egypt using ‘black henna’ instead of pure brown henna. Black henna contains a chemical dye PPD (paraphenylenediamine) which can result in severe allergic reactions and resultant scarring. To be safe we recommend avoiding any henna tattoos while in Egypt unless you are certain they are using pure brown henna.

Passports should be valid for at least six months after your departure from the country. Please do not bring an almost full or almost expired passport. Visa arrangements are the responsibility of the traveller, and requirements are subject to change by the local authorities.

We recommend that you contact your closest Egyptian consulate or embassy for current information for your nationality.

In general official advice is that all nationalities obtain their Egypt visas in advance, as we cannot guarantee that you can get them in the airport. An online e-visa is available through https://visa2egypt.gov.eg/eVisa/. Please do not use any other website as there are many scam sites offering Egypt e-visas.
In practice however, many nationalities (including British and European, Australian, New Zealand, USA, Canadian) can and do obtain their visas on arrival in Cairo airport. The process is much quicker and simpler, the cost is currently US$25 p/p and must be paid in hard currency (i.e. GBP, USD or EUR) - you'll be given change in local currency if necessary. There are no forms to fill in and you don't need to bring passport photos. Visas are issued at one of the bank desks in the immigration hall, before you get to passport control. Our representative will have met you by this stage and will assist with the process.

All African and Indian nationals, and some others, will need to obtain their visas in advance.

For further information on your visa requirements, please either contact us or your local Egyptian embassy/consulate.

The time in Egypt, Jordan and Israel is GMT plus 2 hours. Daylight saving adjustments have historically been applied in some years but not others. At present it appears that there will be no daylight saving changes in Egypt 2016 and beyond, though this may change at short notice (with a resulting impact on flight times and schedules). In Jordan and Israel, daylight saving of one hour is generally applied between the end of March and the end of October, making it GMT plus 3 hours. Exact dates vary from year to year and sometimes the changes may be scrapped altogether.

Sockets are two round pronged and 220 volts (Type C). Universal adaptors are available in most airport shops if you don’t have one already. Standard European adapters will work fine, though sometimes they may feel a little loose in the sockets. All hotel rooms have electrical sockets where you can re-charge cameras, phones etc. Hair dryers are normally available on request from the hotel reception if not in your room already.
If you have US appliances (110 volts) you will need a voltage converter as well as a plug adapter.

The local currency in Egypt is the Egyptian Pound, often denoted ‘LE’. The Egyptian Pound can vary significantly in value against the British Pound, but sticks fairly close to the value of the US Dollar. You do not need to arrange to bring any Egyptian Pounds with you to Egypt, as change facilities are available in all the hotels, airports and banks. You should try to obtain and keep hold of small denomination notes or coins on you during the tour as these are useful for toilets, tips and small purchases. ATMs are readily available in major towns and many local shops will accept VISA/Mastercard or Amex, but may charge fees of up to 10% - check before you pay. Travellers cheques are not recommended as they can not be changed in many places now, and can incur high fees.

While in Egypt you will need sufficient funds to cover meals not included in the itinerary, drinks, snacks, souvenirs and personal expenses such as laundry. These should generally all be paid for in Egyptian Pounds. You may also need to pay for the tour Tipping Kitty and site Entrance Fees while you are in Egypt. Payments for these may be made to your tour guide in hard currency (USD, GBP, EUR) at the start of your tour. Please see your tour Included/Excluded details for more information and guideline amounts for these.

It is difficult to recommend a level of personal spending money which will suit everyone as this can differ greatly, but as a guideline, we would suggest allowing USD 15-25 per person per day as a minimum. Allow more if you plan on doing lots of shopping, or buying many alcoholic drinks.

We run regular small-group departures on this tour starting on Saturdays throughout the year. All departures are guaranteed to run with a minimum of 2 travellers. Departure dates and prices are listed on our website and on a separate dates & prices sheet available on request.

If you would like to book a place on this tour, please complete the online reservation form on our website (via the Dates & Prices tab on the tour page). You can pay your deposit or full balance online, or just hold a reservation if you prefer. We will then contact you with more details about how to complete your booking. Payments may be made by debit or credit card (subject to a card processing fee), or by making a bank transfer or posting us a cheque/bank draft. Full details will be provided in your booking confirmation email. Please contact us if you would like any more information or have any questions before making a booking.

Travel insurance is compulsory on all of our tours and needs to cover personal accident & liability, medical expenses and repatriation, travel delay & abandonment. We also strongly recommend that you take out cover against cancellation and lost/stolen baggage. Personal medical insurance does not normally provide sufficient cover and is generally not suitable for travel on our tours. You will not be able to join your tour if you have not provided us with details of your insurance or if you arrive without cover in place (no refunds will be due in this event). More information...

You may arrange your own insurance, or you can take advantage of a comprehensive policy that we can arrange for you through Endsleigh Insurance which has been designed to be suitable for our tours. The policy is available to travellers of all nationalities and you do not need to live in the UK  to take out the policy. For full details of cover provided, prices and to apply for one of our policies, please complete travel insurance application form.

Note: Any country that borders the Mediterranean is considered as 'Europe' for the purposes of travel insurance (including Turkey, Israel, Egypt and Morocco). If you are doing a tour that visits one country in 'Europe' and one that is 'Worldwide' (for example, an Egypt and Jordan tour), then you need a 'Worldwide' policy. When completing the form you should enter your travel dates including any extra days involved in overnight flights or connecting travel between your home and the tour. Our policies are not able to cover any extra time or activities other than your tour and options booked with us and your travel to & from home.

If you plan to arrange a hot air balloon flight locally, or do some scuba diving during your tour, you should check the small print in your policy to make sure these are covered (these are covered in our policy). Please also check the maximum altitude that you will be reaching and that full cover including emergency evacuation is provided up to this altitude.

IMPORTANT:  We must have your travel insurance details (policy number and type of insurance) before you depart or you may not be allowed to join the tour.  If you haven't told us already, please let us know the details when you can. You should take a paper copy of your insurance policy with you as you may be asked to show this at the start of the tour.

We are a UK registered company and an ABTA Member (Y4447) and you can be confident when booking with us that your money is safe and protected.
If you book a flight departing from the UK from us with your tour, or if you live in the UK and your tour includes domestic flights, then your entire package is ATOL protected by the Civil Aviation Authority. Our ATOL number is 10467.
Additional financial protection is also provided through a financial failure insurance policy provided by Affirma for passengers not booking flights.
Please see our website or booking conditions for more information.

It is impossible not to have an impact on the local environment, cultures and eco-systems when you travel. However, it is very possible to try and ensure that these impacts are as limited, or positive as possible. We are committed to ensuring that we try to leave our host countries in a better state than we found them and encourage and assist our travellers to help us with this.
The following are a few simple tips that require very little effort on your part but which will help ensure that any effect you have on the locations you visit is positive rather than negative.

  • Don’t prejudge: Things in different countries will almost certainly be different. That doesn’t make them worse or inferior, just different.
  • Communicate: Don’t expect locals to speak your language. Take the trouble to learn a few words or phrases of the local language. Don’t worry about sounding silly. Most locals are patient and accommodating and appreciate you making the effort to communicate in their language.
  • Conserve energy: Be careful not to waste valuable resources. Use local resources sparingly. Switch off lights, air-conditioning and fans when you leave the hotel room and don’t waste water. Remove superfluous packaging. Many countries have far less efficient waste disposal systems than ours. Remove packaging from newly acquired items before leaving home.
  • Don’t litter: No matter how untidy or dirty the country you’re travelling in may look to you, avoid littering, as there is no need to add to the environment's stress. Many of the countries we visit have a tough challenge dealing with rubbish and waste. Please consider taking home as much plastic waste as you can (e.g. water bottles).
  • Choose environmentally friendly products: By using environmentally friendly (bio degradable) sun creams, shampoos and detergents you can help reduce pollution.
  • Respect local customs and traditions: As you are a guest in these countries, you should also comply with the local customs. If you are friendly and well mannered, the locals will reciprocate and it will only enhance your experience. It’s important to follow dress and behaviour guidelines especially when visiting religious or sacred sites (your tour leader will advise you how best to do this).
  • If a client commits an illegal act the client may be excluded from the tour and Egypt Uncovered shall cease to have responsibility to/for them. No refund will be given for any unused services.

All porters are employed and equipped following guidelines set by the International Porter Protection Group (IPPG).

You can stay in touch with us online by following us on Facebook and Twitter. We post updates on relevant travel news in our destination countries, special offers and discounts and other interesting travel related news and information.
www.facebook.com/EgyptUncovered
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It is important when considering and preparing to travel anywhere in the world that you have a good understanding of the country you are visiting, its laws and customs, and the possible risks and situations that may occur. This includes specific risks related to your itinerary (eg. does it involve water & can you swim, are you fit enough for the activities included), as well as more general risks such as terrorism and natural disasters.

General details and links to more information about health risks, visa requirements, money, and travel insurance are given in these tour notes. We recommend that you re-read all these before your departure as well as the small print of your travel insurance policy so you know exactly what is covered and what is not.

You should take copies of your important travel documents with you and ideally also store them online securely as a backup. Make sure that you have given us your emergency contact details and told that person where and when you are travelling. Ensure you take enough money with you and that you have access to emergency funds.

Finally, you should read through and stay updated with the current official government travel advice for your destination. We are registered partners with the UK Foreign Office's 'Travel Aware' campaign which provides further useful and invaluable information.

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Tipping is very much a part of Egyptian culture and customs. To make our prices more transparent and so it is easier for you to budget and less hassle while in Egypt, on our small group tours we organise a 'Tipping Kitty' which needs to be paid as a local payment and will be around US$25-45 depending on the length of your trip. Payment is collected in US Dollars cash or can also be paid with Egyptian Pounds or other currencies converted to US Dollars at our monthly exchange rate. This kitty provides tips for a wide range of people you’ll meet along the tour including hotel porters, train and station staff, drivers, site guards, local reps etc. Please check the Included/Excluded notes below the tour itinerary for more information on how much to budget for this kitty.

On private/tailor-made tours this tipping kitty is included in your tour price.

Your Egyptologist guide (and Bedouin guides in the desert) is not included in this kitty and you may tip them at the end of your tour subject to your satisfaction with and appreciation of the service they have provided. You should not feel obliged to tip any particular amount, and should consider your personal budget. We are often asked to provide a guide however, and can suggest that approx. USD 10-15 per person per day would be appropriate.

Our Egypt tours include a 24-hour airport meet & assist service in Cairo airport, your arrival and departure airport-hotel transfers and all other transfers. Our representative will meet you in the immigration hall of Cairo airport before you get to passport control. They will assist with visa formalities before helping you collect your luggage and taking you to your hotel.

Your airport transfers are only included on the first and last day of the set tour itinerary, plus on any additional days if you book your hotel room with us. If you make your own arrangements for additional accommodation at either the beginning or the end of the tour then you will need to arrange your own airport transfers on these days.

Our Small Group tours do not include entrance fees to the tourist sites mentioned in the itinerary. We do however normally include these in prices for Tailor-Made and Escorted tours. Please check the Inclusions and Exclusions section below the tour itinerary for a details about your tour and the amount you may need to budget. This amount is subject to change and will be reconfirmed in Egypt at the start of your tour. A 50% discount for minors or ISIC card holders is often, but not always available. Your guide will be happy to collect payment for all the entrance fees at the start of the tour, and pay them for you as you go along if you wish. This payment is normally collected in US Dollars cash together with payment for any Tipping Kitty used on the tour, though you may also pay with Egyptian Pounds or other currencies, converted to USD. Local exchange rates are set on a monthly basis and based on local bank rates so may not match the exact rates you may find online on the day.

We are committed to being a small group operator, as we feel this gives everyone in the group the best chance to get to know their fellow travellers and to hear and make the most of their guide. There’s no point in us providing great guides if you’ve got to peer over 30-40 shoulders to see them! So, we won’t ever put you in a 50-seater coach with 49 other people and just one guide. Instead, we set our Egypt small-group departures to have a maximum of 18 travellers. Shoestring tours may have a slightly larger maximum group size of 35 people.

On tours including Nile Cruises, we normally send our own Egyptologist guide on board with you and arrange private sightseeing tours along the way rather than joining the larger groups arranged by the cruise boat. On some Private/Tailor-made tours we may set the tour pricing to be based on using joining these boat groups, though a supplement is always available for a private Egyptologist guide for tours from the boat (requires advance booking). Please check the Inclusions/Exclusions section for details of the guiding arrangements on your tour.

In Egypt we provide fully trained, local English-speaking graduate Egyptologist guides to run your tour and escort you during all of the sightseeing in Cairo and the Nile Valley. We also have permanent local reps in all the main towns/cities and Red Sea resorts who are also at your service, and will be handling all the practical arrangements for the tour. We use local Bedouin guides for tours through the desert.

On some departures we may use one guide in Cairo, and a second guide for the Aswan to Luxor section.

At Egypt Uncovered we only use local Egyptian guides and reps. We feel this gives you the best experience of the country and the sites you are seeing.

Luggage: Suitcases, rucksacks or fabric holdalls are all fine to bring with you to Egypt. You should also bring a small daypack/bag to take out during the day. Your main luggage will normally be left in the hotel during your sightseeing trips – you will not need to carry it far, and there are nearly always hotel porters to assist.

Luggage limits: There is no luggage limit for this tour. However, most airlines restrict you to between 20kg and 25kg for your hold luggage and between 5kg and 10kg for hand luggage. Please check with your airline before travelling to the airport.

Clothing: Most of your time in Egypt will be in a hot climate. However, at night, and especially in the deserts, the temperatures can drop quite dramatically. So you must pack for cool conditions. Formal dress (eg. suits & ties) is not required on the cruise boats or in 5-star hotel restaurants. Long sleeves are recommended to protect from mosquitoes if you are on the felucca. Modesty rates highly in Egypt, especially for women, so to respect the local culture & people, please ensure all clothes are loose fitting and not revealing. Shorts (not hot-pants) are OK in tourist sites, as are T-shirts, but these should not show too much bare flesh (we suggest that your shoulders should remain covered). In the centre of Cairo, and when visiting any mosques, legs and arms should be covered.

Other items: If you will be travelling on a felucca then we recommend bringing a light sleeping sheet or sleeping bag liner all year round for comfort, and a light sleeping bag in the winter months (November to February). We also recommend you bring a sun hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, a basic first aid kit, toiletries, money belt, small torch, camera & charger.

Gods of Egypt dates & prices
This tour is also available for booking privately for travel anytime through the year, and we can also customise the itinerary to fit your personal requirements. Please contact us for details and prices.
Start Date End Date Price (P/P) Offer Price Note
15 Jun, 2019 23 Jun, 2019 £1149 - - Book now
29 Jun, 2019 07 Jul, 2019 £1149 - - Book now
13 Jul, 2019 21 Jul, 2019 £1149 - - Book now
27 Jul, 2019 04 Aug, 2019 £1149 - - Book now
10 Aug, 2019 18 Aug, 2019 £1149 - - Book now
24 Aug, 2019 01 Sep, 2019 £1149 - - Book now
31 Aug, 2019 08 Sep, 2019 £1199 - - Book now
07 Sep, 2019 15 Sep, 2019 £1199 - - Book now
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28 Sep, 2019 06 Oct, 2019 £1199 - - Book now
05 Oct, 2019 13 Oct, 2019 £1399 - - Book now
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26 Oct, 2019 03 Nov, 2019 £1399 - - Book now
02 Nov, 2019 10 Nov, 2019 £1399 - - Book now
09 Nov, 2019 17 Nov, 2019 £1399 - - Book now
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30 Nov, 2019 08 Dec, 2019 £1399 - - Book now
07 Dec, 2019 15 Dec, 2019 £1399 - - Book now
14 Dec, 2019 22 Dec, 2019 £1399 - - Book now
21 Dec, 2019 29 Dec, 2019 £1499 - - Book now
28 Dec, 2019 05 Jan, 2020 £1499 - - Book now
11 Jan, 2020 19 Jan, 2020 £1399 - - Book now
25 Jan, 2020 02 Feb, 2020 £1399 - - Book now
08 Feb, 2020 16 Feb, 2020 £1399 - - Book now
29 Feb, 2020 08 Mar, 2020 £1399 - - Book now
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28 Mar, 2020 05 Apr, 2020 £1399 - - Book now
04 Apr, 2020 12 Apr, 2020 £1499 - - Book now
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25 Apr, 2020 03 May, 2020 £1399 - - Book now
09 May, 2020 17 May, 2020 £1299 - - Book now
23 May, 2020 31 May, 2020 £1299 - - Book now
06 Jun, 2020 14 Jun, 2020 £1249 - - Book now
20 Jun, 2020 28 Jun, 2020 £1249 - - Book now
04 Jul, 2020 12 Jul, 2020 £1249 - - Book now
18 Jul, 2020 26 Jul, 2020 £1249 - - Book now
01 Aug, 2020 09 Aug, 2020 £1249 - - Book now
15 Aug, 2020 23 Aug, 2020 £1249 - - Book now
29 Aug, 2020 06 Sep, 2020 £1249 - - Book now
12 Sep, 2020 20 Sep, 2020 £1299 - - Book now
26 Sep, 2020 04 Oct, 2020 £1299 - - Book now
10 Oct, 2020 18 Oct, 2020 £1299 - - Book now
24 Oct, 2020 01 Nov, 2020 £1399 - - Book now
07 Nov, 2020 15 Nov, 2020 £1399 - - Book now
21 Nov, 2020 29 Nov, 2020 £1399 - - Book now
05 Dec, 2020 13 Dec, 2020 £1399 - - Book now
19 Dec, 2020 27 Dec, 2020 £1499 - - Book now
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