Essential Egypt & Morocco

$1299/per person

A fantastic Egypt and Morocco tour providing the ancient wonders and essential sights.  Stand in awe of the magnificent Philae Temple and experience the life of an Egyptian. Discover the wonders of Egypt, dig deep into the amazing history, barter your way through many Bazaars and visit its centuries old temples and  discover the best of Morocco in comfort. Fascinating Kasbahs, authentic towns, an amazing mix of different cultures await you in this magical country. Get ready to be soaked in this unique atmosphere and enjoy the ride.

 

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

Sight Visited

  • Ait Ben Haddou
    Ait Ben Haddou

    Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou, established in 757, and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Morocco in 1987.Also used in parts of the TV series Game of Thrones.

  • 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.

  • Bahia Palace
    Bahia Palace

    The name itself meaning “brilliance”, Bahia Palace was built to be the greatest palace of its time in the 19th century with the essence of Islamic - Moroccan style.

  • Cairo
    Cairo

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

  • Casablanca
    Casablanca

    The largest city of Morocco stands impressively on the coast of the Atlantic. This major city has a huge beautiful port and countless activities and venues to enjoy.

  • Djeema El Fna
    Djeema El Fna

    The main square of Marrakech hosts many attractions and an authentic local market. Visit fortune tellers, watch snake charmers or acrobats.

  • 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

  • Fes
    Fes

    Fes is a northeastern Moroccan city often referred to as the country’s cultural capital.’s primarily known for its Fes El Bali walled medina.

  • 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.

  • Marrakech
    Marrakech

    The main square of Marrakech hosts many attractions and an authentic local market. Visit fortune tellers, watch snake charmers or acrobats.

  • Merzouga
    Merzouga

    Merzouga is a village in the Sahara Desert in Morocco, on the edge of Erg Chebbi, a 50km long and 5km wide set of sand dunes that reach up to 350m high.

  • Ouarzazate
    Ouarzazate

    The “door of the desert”, Ourzazate is located just in the north of the Sahara desert. It is mainly inhabited by Berbers who built the famous Kasbahs.

  • 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.

  • Rabat
    Rabat

    The capital of Morocco, is the second largest city and lies on the coast of beautiful Atlantic as well. The city was awarded second place in “Top Travel Destinations” of 2013.

  • 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, Flight to Casablanca, Marrakech
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. Then we discover the Citadel of Saladin, Mosque of Mohamed Ali, the Hanging Church and the world famous Kahn El Khalili bazaar before flying to Casablanca/Morocco.
  • 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: Marrakech, Menara Gardens, Ait Ben Haddou
After breakfast we visit the relaxing Menara Gardens featuring many orchards of palm, olive and fruit trees. We then drive to Ait Ben Haddou to discover one of the most authentic and well-maintained villages in the Atlas region. This berber village, well-known for its Kasbah, has been used in many Hollywood films.
  • Included Activities; Sightseeing Menara Gardens & Ait Ben Haddou
  • Optional Activities ; No
  • Meals ; Breakfast
10
Day 10: Ait Ben Haddou, Quarzazate, Merzauga
Today we drive to the village of Merzouga, famous for magestic sand dunes and a true depiction of the desert landscapes Morocco is known for. We have the option to enjoy a 4x4 drive or camel ride through the dunes. On the way to Merzauga, we make a short visit to Taourirt Kasbah in Quarzazate and a leisurely walk in Todgha Gorges.
  • Included Activities; 4X4 Drive or Camel Ride, Walking in Todra Gorges
  • Optional Activities ; No
  • Meals ; Breakfast
11
Day 11: Merzauga, Fes
After breakfast we drive to the cultural heart of Morocco, Fes. This city is the third largest in the country and best known for its labrinyth of souks and leather tanneries - the smell will not be forgotten!
  • Meals ; Breakfast
12
Day 12: Fes
Today we set out to discover the amazing city of Fes including Bab Bouloud gate, Bou Inania Medersa, Moulay Idriss Mauseloum, Andalusian, Quaraouiyine Mosque, Najjarine Square, spice markets, terina medersa, the surroundings of Karaouine Medina and Mellah. We spend another night in Fes and while nightlife is scarce here, cafes stay open late and there's ample opportunity to enjoy delicious Moroccan cuisine.
  • Included Activities; Sightseeing in Fes
  • Optional Activities ; Dinner with Folklore Show
  • Meals ; Breakfast
13
Day 13: Fes, Rabat, Casablanca
We depart for Rabat, the political, administrative and capital of Morocco. The city is set in a rich, amber-coloured landscape, combining ancient history with modern Moroccan culture. After an orientation tour around the Royal Palace, Chellah Ruins, Hassan Tower, Mohamed V Mausoleum and the Oudayas Gardens, we depart for the lively city of Casablanca.
  • Included Activities; Sightseeing Rabat
  • Optional Activities ; No
  • Meals ; Breakfast
14
Day 14: Casablanca, Marrakech
After breakfast we visit the Mohamed V Square, the Anfa Residential Quarter and the impressive Mosque of Hassan II. After an insightful morning, we depart for Marrakech. This fascinating city is the point where the Arab culture of the cities meet the Berber culture of the mountain villages. It's where historically, the sub-Saharan traders (carrying gold, salt and slaves) would trade their wares to the merchants who would then bring them to Europe. Today we visit Koutoubia Mosque, Saadian Tombs, Bahia Palace, Dar Si Said Museum and Djemaa el-Fna Square - a chaotic area packed with story tellers, snake charmers, acrobats, musicians and folk dancers.
  • Included Activities; Sightseeing Casablanca &  Marrakech & Djeema El Fna
  • Optional Activities ; Fantasia Night
  • Meals ; Breakfast
15
Day 15: Marrakech
Our trip will end after check-out (11:00am) say goodbye to our new friends over breakfast, and we bid you safe travels.
  • Meals ; Breakfast
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Price ($)

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

Flight

International flight from Cairo to Casablanca

Accommodation

5 and 4 star hotels

Airport Transfer

From Cairo Airport to the Cairo hotel on day one and from Casablanca Airport to the Marrakech hotel.

Meals

14 Breakfasts

Transportation

Air-conditioned non-smoking coach or mini-bus.

Guide

Services of experienced Eqyptologist guides in Egypt and experienced tour guides in Morocco.

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

PYRAMID PARK RESORT HOTEL - CAIRO


Pyramids Park Resort Hotel is located very near to the Pyramids, rooms are offering a gorgeous view of the gardens and Pyramids area, it has a very large pool and all rooms have it’s own balcony.

STEIGENBERGER HOTEL - LUXOR


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 - ASWAN


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.

ZALAGH KASBAH HOTEL - MARRAKECH


The Zalagh Kasbah Hotel & Spa is conveniently situated near the Agdal gardens and the ramparts of the old city “Medina”, only 10 minutes from the famous square Jemaa-el-Fna, the international Airport Menara and the Railway station, far from the bustle and traffic, with great views of the Atlas Mountains.

HOTEL LA KASBAH - AIT BEN HADDOU


Hotel La Kasbah is a 5-minute walk from the fortified city of Aït Benhaddou. It has an outdoor pool with a terrace offering panoramic views of the Kasbah.

YASMINA HOTEL - MERZAUGA


Yasmina Hotel offers pleasure of watching both sunrise and sunset over the desert, hotel has also an outdoor swimming pool.

ROYAL MIRAGE HOTEL - FES


The charming Pickalbatros Royal Mirage Fes Hotel rests in a prime location with easy access to the commercial centre and residential area in the vibrant heart of Fes, one of the most beautiful cities in exotic Morocco.

KENZI BASMA HOTEL - CASABLANCA


Kenzi Basma Hotel is in the center of Casablanca.

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