Essential Egypt

$279/per person

A fantastic tour providing the ancient wonders and essential sights of Egypt. Stand in awe of the magnificent Philae Temple and experience the life of an Egyptian. Discover the wonders of Egypt from the breathtaking sights of the Pyramids to the unspoiled beaches of Hurghada. Dig deep into the amazing history, barter your way through many Bazaars and visit its centuries old temples.

Duration
9 Day
Destination(s)
Egypt
Starts in / Ends in
Cairo / Cairo
Departs on
Saturdays
Hotel Rating
5-4 Star
25-30 people

Sight Visited

  • Aswan
    Aswan

    Sunniest city of Egypt and a popular touristic stop for many cruises. The local market here is an excellent place to do some shopping and the best place to find Egyptian fresh spices.

  • Cairo
    Cairo

    With the Great Pyramids of Giza, ancient temples, magnificent monuments, and the Egyptian Antiquities Museum, Cairo offers an experience of a lifetime.

  • Edfu
    Edfu

    Edfu has the most complete and best-preserved temple in Egypt, the Ptolemaic Temple of Horus, which was constructed between 237 BC and 57 BC

  • Giza
    Giza

    The Great Pyramid of Giza is one of the seven wonders of the ancient world and the only one still remaining to this day. An absolute must see.

  • High Dam
    High Dam

    The symbol of the New Era after the Revolution of 1952, the dam provided Egypt with water and electricity and protected huge areas against flooding.

  • Komombo
    Komombo

    Kom Ombo means ‘hill of the gold’ crowned with Temple of Komombo. The temple is unusual as one side is dedicated to the god Haroesis and the other side to Sobek.

  • Luxor
    Luxor

    A top travel destination in Egypt with a wealth of historic monuments and buildings bringing Egypt’s fabled past to life. Luxor is called the world’s greatest open air museum.

  • Philae Temple
    Philae Temple

    This beautiful temple complex is one of the most picturesque in all of Egypt. It sits on Aglika Island just south of the old Aswan Dam.

  • Unfinished Obelisk
    Unfinished Obelisk

    The 42m long obelisk was left unfinished when some cracks appeared, but had this obelisk been completed, it would have been the heaviest, weighing nearly 1100 tons!

Itinerary

1
Day 1: Cairo
Welcome to Egypt! At the Cairo terminal keep your eyes open for the Travel Talk sign, we pick you up from the airport and take you to your hotel. Gather round in the hotel lobby at 6:00pm as we meet both the other tour members and the guide for an informal meeting. After the meeting you have free time to start exploring Cairo.
  • Included Activities; Welcome Meeting
  • Optional Activities ; Group Dinner on Cruise
  • Meals ; No
2
Day 2: Cairo City Tour, Luxor
After breakfast we visit the Giza Plateau to explore the world famous pyramids of Cheops, Chephren and Mycrenos. The afternoon is left to sightseeing in Sakkara; the first capital of ancient Egypt, famous for its step pyramid, built by King Zoser in 2700 B.C. Later in the afternoon we board our bus to Luxor. In the evening we’ll check into our Premium hotel by the River of Nile...
  • Included Activities; Sightseeing Pyramids & Sakkara
  • Optional Activities ; No
  • Meals ; Breakfast , Dinner
3
Day 3: Luxor
After our breakfast, we depart for the West Bank of the Nile where our donkey awaits to take us into the Valley of the Kings. Next is our discovery of the magnificent “city of the Dead” where tombs were carved into the desert rocks, decorated richly, and filled with treasures for the Pharaoh afterlife. Rising out of the desert plain in a series of terraces, the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut is our next stop. Then we drive to Aswan for overnight stay.
  • Included Activities; Sightseeing Luxor & Valley of The Kings & Donkey Ride
  • Optional Activities ; Nubian Dinner
  • Meals ; Breakfast
4
Day 4: Aswan
Today, after breakfast we explore Aswan, the smallest of the three major tourist cities based on the Nile, famous for the amazing Philea Temple and High Dam, an engineering miracle when it was built in the 1960s. After visiting the High Dam we head to Philea Temple and take a short motorboat ride to reach the island. Dedicated to the goddess Isis, Philae Temple has a beautiful setting on an island in the River of Nile. Its various shrines and sanctuaries celebrate the deities involved in the myth of Isis and Osiris. Early in the morning you can join the optional trip to Abu Simbel, one of the most impressive ancient sights of Egypt. Overnight stay in Aswan.
  • Included Activities; Sightseeing Aswan & Philea Temple & High Dam
  • Optional Activities ; Abu Simbel
  • Meals ; Breakfast
5
Day 5: Daily Felucca cruise on the Nile
Today we get back to basics and jump onboard a Felucca sail boat, bound for the Elephantine and Kitchener Islands on the River Nile. After our river excursion, the rest of the day is yours free to wander around Aswan as you wish.
  • Included Activities; Sailing on the Felucca & Kitchener Islands
  • Optional Activities ; No
  • Meals ; Breakfast
6
Day 6: Edfu, Komombo, Luxor
After breakfast, on our way to Luxor where we will spend the night, we head to Edfu to visit the largest and best preserved temple in Egypt. The temple is dedicated to the falcon god Horus and was built over a 180-year period from 237 BC to 57 BC. Then we continue to visit Komombo Temple which was built during the Ptolemaic and Roman periods. The temple is dedicated to the crocodile god Sobek and god Horus.
  • Included Activities; Sightseeing Edfu & Komombo
  • Optional Activities ; No
  • Meals ; Breakfast
7
Day 7: Luxor, Cairo
Today, it has much to offer the traveller, from vast temples, to ancient royal tombs, via spectacular desert and river scenery. we visit the temple of Luxor on the East Bank of the Nile which was dedicated to the great god Amun, his wife Mut and their son Khonsu (the mood god), representing the Theban triad. The temple was built on the site of a probably smaller structure for the god Amun, while the earliest parts of the temple seen today date from the 14th century BC and the time of Amenhotep III. In the afternoon we proceed to the Temple of Karnak, one of the most important religious centers of ancient Egypt. In the afternoon we drive to Cairo for overnight stay.
  • Included Activities; Sightseeing Karnak Temple & Luxor on the East Bank
  • Optional Activities ; Hot Air Balloning
  • Meals ; Breakfast
8
Day 8: Cairo City Tour
Our journey continues with a visit to one of the most important museums in the ancient world, the Egyptian Museum, that houses more than 100,000 relics of Egypt. Today we discover the Citadel of Saladin, Mosque of Mohamed Ali, the Hanging Church and the world famous Kahn El Khalili bazaar.
  • Included Activities; Sightseeing Cairo & Citadel of Saladin & Mosque of Mohammed Ali & Hanging Church & Khan El Khalili Bazaar
  • Optional Activities ; No
  • Meals ; Breakfast
9
Day 9: Cairo
Our trip will end after we say goodbye to our new friends over breakfast, and check-out of the hotel in Cairo (11:00am). Before your flight we bus you back to the airport and bid you safe travels.
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Price ($)

The tour price and the local payment cover the following services:

Accommodation

5 and 4 star hotels

Airport Transfer

From Cairo Airport to the Cairo Hotel on day one and return transfer.

Meals

8 Breakfasts | 1 Dinner

Transportation

Air-conditioned non-smoking coach or mini-bus | Donkey (Valley of the Kings)

Guide

Services of experienced Eqyptologist guides

What is not included in the tour price and local payment?

  • Any flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals not stated in the itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Tips & gestures
  • Visa fees
  • Entrance fees to the sights and museums
  • Optional activities
  • Other services not stated in the itinerary

STEIGENBERGER HOTEL


This 5 star hotel, located in the heart of Luxor by the Nile River, provides an outdoor pool, fitness centre and sauna. All rooms feature air-conditioning and satellite TV.

HELNAN HOTEL


This 5 star hotel overlooking the river, offers a pool, nightclub and spa centre. Air-conditioned rooms are equipped with a minibar and a satellite TV.

PYRAMIDS PARK RESORT


10 minute drive away from the Pyramids, The Cataract Pyramids Resort offers an outdoor swimming pool, a fitness centre, spa & massage rooms, a bar & disco. All air-conditioned rooms are equipped with satellite TV and minibar.

Tour Review Scores And Breakdown

At Travel Talk we do not only provide excellent value for premium adventures, but also strive to exceed expectations in every aspect of our trips, which is reflected in an enviable 98.9% customer satisfaction for 2016. We believe that our affordable tours, quality accommodation, transportation and sightseeing tours combined with likeminded people, passionate tour leaders and the overall atmosphere of a Travel Talk tour have made these results. However, we are never ones to rest on our laurels, and we continually try to improve on this year after year; and what do we get out of this? The satisfaction of our travellers!

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Richard Bennett

Zizu is a great tour guide, his knowledge and ability to answer all questions is amazing. He’s been a pleasure to have met and spend the tour with.

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Jarrod Duncan

Mega was really relaxed & genuine & made it really fun. He had good knowledge of the sights & history. Definitely was better than doing it on our own.

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Melody Barnes

Very impressed with Mega as tour guide. He was efficient, fun, knowledgeable & looked after us very well

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D. Richter

Sam the tour guide was fabulous, very informative + friendly. Bassam the driver excellent too. Would recommend both!

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N. Brown

Great tour, had a blast and Sam was a great and fun guide learnt lots and were able to do most of the activities that were on offer. Will recommend to friends to visit.

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T. Rose

Mega is the best!!!

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J. Mason

Mega was amazing!!!

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H. Oates

Mega & Basim were very friendly and always on the ball about what we need to do and how. The sights were amazing and we were lucky to fit so many info such a short time. Overall I am very happy with the whole trip.

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J. Staes

I’ve really enjoyed this tour (my first one with Travel Talk). Everybody has been really friendly everywhere we stopped. We saw a lot of wonderful places and our guide really shared his knowledge and enthusiasm for his country and this tour would not have been the same without him. Our driver was also great and really looked out for us when needed.

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L. Atchison

Was super easy, fun & convenient. Sam knew his stuff and was easy to deal with. No good at football though. Awesome trip.

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