Essential Egypt

from $257/per person

Soak in all the marvels and wonders of Egypt in this packed 9-day Essential Egypt tour.
Witness the last remaining ancient wonder of the world, the Pyramids. Discover breathtaking ancient temples while you dig deep into history and mythology, and barter your way through chaotic Bazaars.

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.

  • 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

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Day 1: Cairo
Welcome to Egypt! At the Cairo terminal keep your eyes peeled for the Travel Talk sign for your transfer to the hotel. Freshen up and meet in the lobby around 6:00pm for an informal meeting with your guide and other tour members. Afterwards you have free time to start exploring vibrant Cairo or board a cruise for an optional group dinner.
  • Included Activities: Welcome Meeting
  • Optional Activities: Group Dinner on Cruise
  • Meals: -
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Day 2: Cairo City Tour, Luxor
Prepare your lenses for the breath-taking, world-famous Pyramids and the Sphinx at the Giza Plateau. Face all their 4,600-year glory and embrace the only remaining Ancient Wonder of the World. After everyone had their dose of awe, we head out to Sakkara for sightseeing. The first capital of ancient Egypt is famous for the step pyramid built in 2700 B.C. Later in the afternoon, board the bus to Luxor and check into our premium hotel by the Nile River.
  • Included Activities: Sightseeing Pyramids & Sakkara
  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
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Day 3: Luxor, Aswan
After breakfast, depart for the vast Karnak Temple Complex, one of the most important religious centres of ancient Egypt with its marvellous Obelisk and temples. Your Egyptologist guide will enlighten you with the most intriguing stories and mythologies fuelling such creations for millennia. In the afternoon drive to Aswan for overnight stay.
  • Included Activities: Sightseeing Temple of Karnak
  • Optional Activities: Nubian Dinner
  • Meals: Breakfast
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Day 4: Aswan
Time to explore Aswan, famed for its skilled artisans and the Unfinished Obelisk. Take a short motorboat ride to reach the Philae Temple, dedicated to the goddess Isis, the divine mother of the pharaohs. The temple is set beautifully on an island in the middle of the Nile. Early in the morning you can join the optional trip to the gorgeous Abu Simbel, an iconic UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is a must-do for all keen on history and mythology.
  • Included Activities: Sightseeing Aswan & Philae Temple
  • Optional Activities: Abu Simbel
  • Meals: Breakfast
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Day 5: Daily Felucca cruise on the Nile
Time to relax and enjoy the cool breeze of the Nile. Jump on-board a traditional Felucca sailboat, bound for the Elephantine and Kitchener Islands on the Nile. After our river excursion, the rest of the day is yours to wander around Aswan as you wish.
  • Included Activities: Sailing on the Felucca & Kitchener Islands
  • Meals: Breakfast
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Day 6: Edfu, Komombo, Luxor
A day full of amazing wonders and ancient beauties. Start off with a visit to the Kom Ombo Temple dedicated to the crocodile god Sobek. Next stop will be Edfu, home to one of the largest and best-preserved temples in Egypt. Dedicated to the falcon god Horus, the temple was built over 180-years from 237 BC to 57 BC. As you get your dose of marvel, ride to Luxor and check into the hotel. After a refreshing break, brace for the Luxor Temple, dedicated to the great god Amun. The temple was built on top of a smaller structure dating back to 14th century BC!
  • Included Activities: Sightseeing Edfu & Kom Ombo, Luxor Temple
  • Meals: Breakfast
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Day 7: Luxor, Cairo
The West Bank of the Nile awaits with the incredible Valley of the Kings. Also known as “City of the Dead”, it's home to fancy royal tombs carved into desert rocks and filled with treasures for the Pharaoh afterlife. As you’d expect, here lied the famous mummy of Tutankhamun III. Rising out of the desert plain in a series of terraces, the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut is the next stop. As you try to break the spell of ancient wonders, drive to Cairo for overnight stay.
  • Included Activities: Sightseeing Valley of the Kings, Temple of Queen Hatshepsut
  • Optional Activities: Hot Air Balloning
  • Meals: Breakfast
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Day 8: Cairo City Tour
The journey continues with one of the most important museums dedicated to the ancient world. Egyptian Museum of Cairo houses around 120,000 ancient Egyptian relics and antiquities. Then roam around Cairo stopping by the Citadel of Saladin, Mosque of Mohammed Ali, the Hanging Church and the world-famous Khan el-Khalili bazaar. Make sure to wear your haggling hats and brace for the mayhem!
  • Included Activities: Sightseeing Cairo, Citadel of Saladin, Mosque of Mohammed Ali, Hanging Church & Khan el-Khalili Bazaar
  • Meals: Breakfast
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Day 9: Cairo
Have your final breakfast on us and start bidding farewells to your travel mates. Check-out of the hotel in Cairo (11:00am) and catch the transfer to the airport at the end of your tour. Time to start counting days for your next adventure with Travel Talk!
  • Meals: Breakfast
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Price ($)

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

Accommodation

5 and 4 star hotels

Airport Transfer

Arrival and departure transfers. See "Airport Transfer" under Overview section.

Meals

8 Breakfasts

Transportation

Air-conditioned coach or mini-bus | Felucca sailboat

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

THE OASIS HOTEL PYRAMIDS - CAIRO


The hotel is located very close to Pyramids of Giza, The Egyptian Museum and Great Sphinx. Hotel offers a sundeck, swimming pool, tennis court, gym and fitness center.

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.

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 2018. 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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Marc Colwill

Such an amazing experience. Wanted to visit Egypt since I was young and I was not disappointed. Sam was an awesome guide and the hotels were so comfortable. My advice is do everything you can, as the optional extras really do make for an even better experience, but if you’re on a budget just pick a few (Abu Simbel, The Nubian Dinner and Hot Air Ballooning are absolutely top picks). Only downside is that I had to go home!!

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Christina Carstens

At first I was a bit nervous coming to Egypt but as soon as I was met at the airport in arrivals I was immediately comfortable. Would 100% recommend this tour and travelling to Egypt. Sam was amazing! Filled with an endless amount of knowledge and I thank you for that!! Thank you for this amazing experience.

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Tegan Whitehead

Adham was an excellent & knowledgeable guide. Facilities were excellent. Will be recommending to all family & friends. Best way to see Egypt!

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Anthea Sandy Lott

Thank you for all the help and going the extra mile to help me get my baggage from the airport. I think the guides and staff were amazing. Would definitely recommend this trip. I had the time of my life. Thank you

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Penny Ager

Tour was well organized. We saw as many as sights as possible in the amount of time we had. Zizou was a great tour leader and very knowledgeable.

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Leigh Zİto

Really enjoyed it, Zizou is a fantastic guide. He made it fun and really got me interested in the history of I will definitely recommend the tour to others.

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Sara Livingston

Zizou was a fantastic guide for the first week of our tour, always so enthusiastic and helpful. He created a great group atmosphere, Thank you Zizou.

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Farzani İsmail

been the best guide I’ve ever had for Travel Talk Zizou is by far the best and the coolest! He’s very professional, friendly and always has a smile on his face. You need more guides like him.

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Jessica Larter

Very full on the itinerary but good thing absolutely loved Felucca.I will highly recommmend to others.

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Anthony Roadschelders

Sam was a brillant guide, organised and ready to answer any question.We always felt safe while on the tour.Sam as really accomodating about organising an alternative visit to Valley of Kings.

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