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12 Day Cairo & Nile Cruise and Bahariya Oasis

  • Duration12 Days 11 Nights
  • Trip TypePrivate Tours
  • AvailabilityEveryday
  • Pick upCairo Airport

Price starts from: $2000

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Tour Overview

On this 12-day Cairo tour which includes a cruise from Luxor and Aswan to Abu Simbel Temple, you can see how beautiful Egypt is. In the beginning, you can see the pyramids of Giza, the Egyptian Museum, and other significant landmarks of Cairo. Then fly to Luxor and check in for a fantastic Nile cruise to Aswan. You will see the ancient wonders of Luxor and Aswan and all the places in between. Visit the tomb of King Tutankhamun in Luxor, the tomb temple of Queen Hatshepsut in Edfu, and the Temple of Philae in Aswan before embarking on a scenic excursion to Alexandria from Cairo.

Highlights

  • Your tour will start in Cairo, the capital of Egypt. You will be able to explore the site of the famous Pyramids of Giza to see the famous Pyramid of Saqqara, the first stone structure of its kind ever built. Then visit the incomparable Museum of Civilization, a magnificent building that has hosted the mothers of kings and queens since ancient Egyptian times.

  • Visiting the Abu Simbel temples will make you enjoy the elegance and grandeur of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Abu Simbel. Discover the Great Temple dedicated to Ramesses II himself and the Small Temple dedicated to his chief wife, Queen Nefertari, and admire the surrounding scenery and scenery.

  • The aswan city is your next destination. You will visit the famous High Dam and admire the scenery while cruising to Agilika Island, where you can explore Philae Temple and the massive Unfinished Obelisk

  • Bahariya Oasis is one of Egypt’s most beautiful desert oases, just 365 kilometers from Cairo. Much of the oasis floor here is covered with sprawling shady palm trees and dozens of natural springs. The rocky and sandy landscape is an excellent introduction to the arid beauty of the Western Desert, with plenty of ancient sites around.

Additional information

  • Your daily tours usually start at 8 am, but you can change the time in coordination with your private guide.
  • You can make any changes to the itinerary if you have any special requests.
  • For reservations, contact us, and your reservation will be confirmed with one of our travel advisors.
  • After booking the trip, we will send you a voucher with all the booking details.

The tour is available in:

English, Spanish, German, Portuguese, Italian, Chinese, French

Note: The Mentioned prices include a tour guide in English only; in case of requesting any other language, there will be an additional cost.

Day-to-day Itinerary

Day 1:Arrival Cairo

Welcome to Egypt!

As soon as you arrive at Cairo Airport, you will find our representative waiting for you with a big smile and saying, “Welcome to Egypt.” He will make all formalities very smooth and will take you straight to your chosen hotel.

Check into your hotel first and get to your room to relax and unwind after a long flight. Relax, discover your hotel today, and know all details about the itinerary of your program with our tour manager.

Have a good night’s sleep, and prepare for tomorrow’s first round in Cairo.

Meals: Welcome Drink

Night Stay In Cairo

Day 2:Giza Pyramids, Saqqara & Memphis

After a delicious breakfast at your accommodation, you will start your wonderful day tour by meeting your private tour guide specializing in Egyptology in a private A/C vehicle to start visiting the following:

Giza Pyramids

The Great Pyramids of Giza are one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World and the most famous. The three main pyramids in Giza are the Pyramid of Khufu, the Pyramid of Khafre, and the Pyramid of Menkaure. There are also some other pyramids in the area for the wives of kings.

The Great Sphinx of Giza

The Great Sphinx of Giza is the giant Egyptian sculpture ever. Carved in the limestone of the Giza Plateau, it depicts a lion with a human head wearing a headdress. Over the centuries, the Sphinx has lost its chin and original reddish color.

Valley Temple of Khafra

The valley temple was where the king’s mummy was prepared for burial and the mummification process was performed.

Lunch

Before continuing, we will take a break to eat and recharge. Lunch will be in a restaurant, and Egyptian food options are generally offered, including meat dishes, rice, and salads (drinks are not included).

Saqqara

Saqqara is home to another group of pyramids and wonderful monuments. The Saqqara necropolis includes the oldest pyramid in the world, the Pyramid of Djoser, or the Step Pyramid, with a variety of other monuments.

Memphis

Memphis, the capital of ancient Egypt from 3100 to 2040 BC, Narmer, the first pharaoh, founded the city of Memphis. It is located in the Nile Delta between Upper and Lower Egypt and contains a huge statue of Ramesses II and various other monuments.

After these fruitful visits, we will return you to your accommodation to relax and spend a peaceful night. 

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

Night Stay In Cairo

Day 3:Egyptian Museum, Cairo Citadel & Khan el-Khalili Bazaar

After a delicious breakfast at your accommodation, you will start your wonderful day tour by meeting your private tour guide specializing in Egyptology in a private A/C vehicle to start visiting the following:

The Egyptian Museum of Antiquities

The Egyptian Museum, one of the most famous museums in the world, includes priceless artifacts from the ancient Egyptian civilization and other civilizations that extend back to five thousand years, as it contains more than 25,000 artifacts on display.

Lunch

Before continuing, we will take a break to eat and recharge. Lunch will be in a restaurant, and Egyptian food options are generally offered, including meat dishes, rice, and salads (drinks are not included).

Saladin Citadel

Sultan Saladin built a Saladin Citadel in Egypt to protect Cairo from the Crusader attacks, as it has a unique location as it is located on the hills near the center of Cairo. It was the seat of the government and the king in many eras. And there is the Mosque of Mohamed Ali.

Mohamed Ali Mosque

The Muhammad Ali Mosque was inaugurated in 1848 AD inside the Citadel of Salah al-Din. Turkish mosques inspired the construction of this mosque. It was built of limestone. The mosque has two minibars, and around the mosque’s dome, there are 6 medallions, including the names of God and Muhammad, the Messenger of God, and the names of the four rightly guided caliphs Abu Bakr. Omar, Othman and Ali.

Khan el-Khalili Bazaar

Khan El Khalili Bazaar is the oldest market in Egypt and one of the most beautiful and picturesque tourist destinations in Cairo. It is famous for its ancient history and the various products you can buy from there.

After these fruitful visits, we will return you to your accommodation to relax and spend a peaceful night.

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

Night Stay In Cairo

Day 4Fly to Luxor - Luxor East Bank tour

After a delicious breakfast at your accommodation, our tour manager will accompany you to Cairo Airport for a short flight to Luxor City. As soon as you arrive at Luxor Airport, you will find our representative waiting for you with a big smile. He will facilitate all the formalities and take you directly to the Nile cruise of your choice.

After Check in, our Egyptology tour guide will take you to start a unique experience by visiting:

Karnak Temple

Karnak, the world’s largest open-air museum, containing artifacts dating from the 21st century BC to the late 7th century AD, is just one temple with the remains of more than three thousand years of culture.

Luxor Temple

Luxor Temple is the only temple with combined Pharaonic, Greco-Roman, Coptic, and Islamic monuments. Amenhotep III originally built it and later expanded by Ramesses II. It is one of the most beautiful temples in Egypt.

After these fruitful visits, you will return to your cruise to have lunch and dinner on board and rest.

Get a good night’s sleep, and get ready for tomorrow’s trip.

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch & Dinner

Night Stay on Cruise

Day 5:Luxor West Bank tour

After your delicious breakfast on the trip, our Egyptology tour guide will accompany you to start a unique experience by visiting:

Valley of the Kings

The Valley of the Kings, where the greatest tombs of the Pharaohs throughout history were discovered. These tombs were carved into the mountain in Luxor, and it is considered one of the largest sites in Egypt.

Hatshepsut Temple

The Temple of Hatshepsut, located in Deir el-Bahari, is a stunning limestone structure on a mountain in the area on a series of terraces and blends into the surrounding limestone cliffs in honor of Egypt’s sole queen.

Colossi of Memnon

The Colossi of Memnon are two huge stone statues of the ancient Egyptian king Amenhotep III from the Eighteenth Dynasty. They show the king sitting on a throne with pictures of his mother, wife, the god Hapi, and other symbols written on it. Quartz stones are used to make it.

After the tour ends, you will return to the boat to enjoy a swim and sunny weather on board, lunch, free time, dinner and overnight on board. Get a good night’s sleep and get ready for tomorrow’s trip.

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch & Dinner

Night Stay on Cruise

Day 6:Edfu and Kom Ombo Tour

After your delicious breakfast on the trip, our Egyptology tour guide will accompany you to start a unique experience by visiting:

Temple of Kom Ombo

The Kom Ombo temple is located on a rocky outcrop at a bend in the Nile where, in ancient times, sacred crocodiles used to bathe on the river bank. It is one of the most beautiful temples in the Nile Valley and Egypt. It was created for two gods: the local god Sobek, a crocodile, and Haroeris, whose name means “Great Horus.”

Temple of Edfu

The Temple of Edfu, dedicated to the falcon god Horus, is one of the best-preserved temples in Egypt. It is 137 meters long, 79 meters wide, and 36 meters high. It is an example of the typical construction of temples with edifices.

After the tour ends, you will return to the boat to enjoy a swim and sunny weather on board, lunch, free time, dinner, and overnight on board. Get a good night’s sleep and get ready for tomorrow’s trip.

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch & Dinner

Night Stay on Cruise

Day 7:Abu Simbel Temples Tour

After a delicious breakfast on the cruise, our Egyptologist tour guide will pick you up by a modern private vehicle to Abu Simbel temples, some 3 hours far to the south.

Abu Simbel Temples

The Abu Simbel temples, with their distinctive architecture, are considered one of the wonders of ancient Egypt. It represents the splendor of the New Kingdom. The temple of Ramesses II honored the four gods of the world, gods Ptah, Re-Her-Akhtey, Amun-Re, and Ramesses II himself. The sun temple of Ramesses II is Abu Simbel. The two temples symbolize Ramesses II, Nefertari, Hathor, and the sun god.

After your visits, you will return to your cruise for lunch, dinner, and rest. Get a good night’s sleep and prepare for tomorrow’s trip.

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch & Dinner

Night Stay on Cruise

Day 8:Aswan City Tour & Back to Cairo

After a delicious breakfast on board, you will check out and keep your luggage in the car. our Egyptology tour guide will accompany you to start a unique experience by visiting:

The Aswan High Dam

The Aswan Dam was completed in 1970 and was constructed to protect Egypt from the periodic floods of the Nile River. It is a huge building from the twentieth century and one of the greatest modern Egyptian constructions.

The Unfinished Obelisk

The unfinished obelisk is located in a red granite quarry and dates back to the reign of Queen Hatshepsut. This obelisk is 42 meters high and has a mass of 1,200 tons. It was intended to be the tallest and heaviest obelisk ever erected in ancient Egypt.

Philae Temple

The amazing Temple of Philae can be seen on the island of Philae, which lies between the Old and New Aswan Dams. It is one of the most beautiful temples in Aswan and Egypt in general. The temple was moved to its current location after the construction of the High Dam which threatened to submerge it permanently.

After these fruitful visits, our tour manager will accompany you to Aswan Airport to fly back to Cairo City. Once you arrive at Cairo Airport, our tour manager will wait to transfer you in a private A/C vehicle to your accommodation.

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

Night Stay In Cairo

Day 9:Open day in Cairo

A delicious breakfast at your accommodation.

Open day in Cairo

Optional: (Alexandria Day tour From Cairo)

After a delicious breakfast at your accommodation, you will start your wonderful day tour to Alexandria by meeting your private tour guide specializing in Egyptology in a private A/C vehicle to start visiting the following:

Catacombs at Kom el Shoqafa

The Romans built the catacombs in Kom el Shoqafa in the shape of a triangle, and their decorations reflect a mixture of elements from the Egyptian and Roman pantheons.

Alexandria Library

The Library of Alexandria is one of the most important offices in the world and even the most important of them in the ancient era. The god Amun-Ra and the Lighthouse of Alexandria were referred to in the architecture of the new Library of Alexandria. There are several museums, a printing factory, a laboratory, a planetarium, and libraries.

Lunch

Before continuing, we will take a break to eat and recharge. Lunch will be in a restaurant, and Egyptian food options are generally offered, including meat dishes, rice, and salads (drinks are not included).

Citadel of Qaitbay

Sultan Qaitbay built the Citadel of Qaitbay during the 14th century to defend Alexandria from the encroaching Ottoman Empire. It is now one of the most important monuments in Alexandria due to its excellent location and the beauty of its design.

Pompey’s Pillar

The magnificent Pompey’s Pillar that adorns one of the sites in Alexandria refers to a place once a vast and magnificent temple, built of marble and decorated with precious metals inside. Some of the tunnels around the complex are still open for tourists to explore.

After these fruitful visits, we will return you to your accommodation in Cairo to relax and spend a peaceful night.

Meals: Breakfast 

Night Stay In Cairo

Day 10:Tour to Bahariya Oasis from Cairo

After a delicious breakfast at your accommodation, you will start your wonderful day tour to Bahariya Oasis by meeting your private tour guide specializing in Egyptology in a private A/C vehicle to start visiting the following:

Black Desert

The Black Desert is in the Western Desert. It is south of the Farafra Oasis. The name comes from the black basalt that covers the mountains, hills, and sands, making them look like they are wearing black hats. On the other hand, this material is everywhere on the sides of mountains and other highlands.

English House

The English Mountain is a magical place in Bahariya Oasis, known as one of the most beautiful locations in Egypt. During World War II, English soldiers lived there, and you can still see the remains of some of their buildings.

Tomb of Bannantiu

Banantio’s tomb is in the city of Bawiti, in the Bahariya oasis. Bannantiu means “the soul of those who does not have it.” When oasis wine was famous throughout ancient Egypt, especially during and around the Twenty-sixth Dynasty before the Persians took over, many oasis businessmen became wealthy. Based on the size and intricacy of his tomb, Bannantiu may have been a wealthy merchant or landowner.

Valley of the Golden Mummies

Valley of the Golden Mummies consists of four tombs, inside which there are 105 mummies of the great Egyptian Romans, many of them wearing golden masks. These mummies represent the best Roman-period mummies ever found in Egypt. Many of them are luxuriously decorated with religious scenes.

After these fruitful visits, we will accompany you to your accommodation in Bahariya to relax and spend a quiet night.

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

Night Stay In Bahariya

Day 11:Tour to White Desert & Back to Cairo

After a delicious breakfast at your accommodation, you will start your wonderful day tour by meeting your private tour guide specializing in Egyptology in a private A/C vehicle to start visiting the following:

Crystal Mountain

Crystal Mountain is made of quartzite crystals, and when the sun shines on it, it looks like a beautiful gem in the desert. This natural mountain was found by accident a few decades ago. For many years, people in the area used its rocks to build the road.

Valley of Agabat

There is a deep valley in the white desert. Many years ago, the Agabat Valley lay under the sea and later developed unique limestone and chalk rock formations. In this valley, you will find beautiful views that are soothing to the eyes.

White Desert

The White Desert National Reserve in the Western Desert of Egypt. It covers an area of about 2,200 square miles. The park is known for its unique chalky white landscape, which has resulted from erosion over many years. The White Desert is home to many species of animals, including the endangered desert fox. People who visit the park can do things like camp, hike, and ride horses.

After these fruitful visits, we will return you to your accommodation in Cairo to relax and spend a peaceful night.

Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

Night Stay In Cairo

Day 12:Final Departure

Make sure to have the best breakfast before packing your bags when checking out from your hotel in Cairo.

Now you will head to Cairo International Airport to catch your departing flight back home after spending lots of happy moments and new friends in Egypt.

Meals: Breakfast

What is included in this tour?
Items that are included in the cost of the tour price.

Accommodations

  • 6 Nights Accommodation in Cairo with breakfast
  • 4 Nights Accommodation on 5* Nile Cruise
  • 1 Night Accommodation in Bahariya with breakfast

Meals

  • Breakfast everyday
  • 9 Lunches
  • 4 Dinner

Other Inclusions

  • Meet and greet service by our representatives at airports
  • Entrance fees to all sites as indicated on the itinerary
  • Bottled water during the trip
  • English-speaking Guide
  • All service charges and taxes
  • Domestic Flight ticket
What is not included in this tour?
Items that are not included in the cost of the tour price.
  • International Airfare
  • Entry visa to Egypt
  • Any optional tours
  • Personal Spending
  • Beverage
  • Tipping (It's recommended)

Things to know

Prices

  • Prices are in US dollars per person per trip and you can pay in any other currency.
  • Rates are subject to change in case of any changes in airport taxes, hotel rates, transport rates, or government taxes.
  • Rates are not valid during Christmas or New Year.
  • Travel insurance and entry visa charges are not included in the package.

Tipping in Egypt

Tipping is not included in any of our packages and is entirely up to the discretion of travelers. Although it is not mandatory, it is of great importance to the people who take care of you while traveling.

Extra Expenses

Extra personal expenses on the trip may include a food tour, alcoholic beverages, tipping, visa fees, recreational expenses, and other services not listed.

Following are the items with extra costs during the trek:

  • For the visa fees, please check Visa and Passport Information.
  • Additional transport that you require.
  • Tipping for the guide and driver after the trip.
  • In case of unforeseen events like bad weather conditions and eventual flight cancellations, you are responsible for extra hotel nights and meals.

Optional Visits & Entry Tickets

All our packages and tours of Egypt do not include entrance fees to special archaeological sites such as entering the pyramids from inside, the mummies’ room in Museum, or entering the Tutankhamun tomb in the Valley of the Kings in Luxor.

Booking Confirmation Policy

  • The customer receives a confirmation voucher via email within 24 hours of successful booking.
  • We are offering a low down payment of just 25% to secure your spaces on tour, including hotel rooms, cruise cabins, domestic flight tickets, and other travel-related services. The remaining balance can be paid up to two days before your arrival date or in cash upon arrival at the destination to your tour manager, making you’re booking a risk-free investment.

Cancellation Policy

  • Cancellation after confirmation with payment before 30 days of the commencement of the tour: 10% of the value of the tour package.
  • Canceling the tour 30 to 20 days before commencement of the tour: 25% of the value of the package
  • Canceling 19-15 days before commencing the tour: 50% of the tour cost
  • Canceling 14-11 days before commencement of the tour: 75% of the tour cost
  • Canceling before 10 days or less before the tour date: No refund for the tour

Children Policy

  • Up to 2 years: FREE
  • Age from 2 and below 6 years: 25% of adult price
  • Age from 6 up to 11 years: 50% of adult price
  • Ages 12 and Up: adult price.

Notes:

  • Children policy is applied to children who share rooms with their parents ( Maximum 1 Child sharing parent’s room )
  • If your tour includes airfare, additional charges for your children may apply.

Things to bring with you

  • A valid Passport for 6 months
  • Sunblock
  • Sunglasses
  • Sanitizer gel
  • Water holder
  • Bug spray
  • Warm clothes in winter
  • Cotton clothes in summer
  • A hat
  • Travel adaptor
  • Camera
  • Umbrella
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Medication

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Harry

Solo Traveller

What an incredible journey! From the bustling streets of Cairo to the serene beauty of the Nile, every moment was a treasure. The Bahariya Oasis was a hidden gem, and the 12 days felt like a magical exploration. Thanks to the organizers for a seamless trip!

November 3, 2023

Andrew

Solo Traveller

From the Pyramids to the peaceful cruise down the Nile, this journey was a dream come true. Bahariya Oasis added a refreshing twist to the adventure. The guides were knowledgeable, and the 12 days felt like a rich tapestry of history, culture, and natural beauty.

October 27, 2023

Liam

Couple Traveller

Our Cairo & Nile Cruise with Bahariya Oasis was a perfect blend of history, adventure, and relaxation. The knowledgeable guides made the ancient sites come to life, and the Nile Cruise was a romantic journey through time. Bahariya Oasis provided a refreshing escape into nature. We couldn’t have asked for a better way to experience Egypt!

October 22, 2023

Benjamin

Couple Traveller

The best part of our 12-day trip was the Nile Cruise. It was a dream come true to sail on the calm seas while being surrounded by historical wonders. The difference between Cairo’s lively energy and the oasis’s peaceful scenery was perfect. The guides were great because they knew a lot about the history and made each place come to life.

October 21, 2023

Evelyn

Family Traveller

What an amazing trip! It seemed like a dream to spend 12 days visiting Cairo, taking a cruise on the Nile, and finding the Bahariya Oasis. We were able to learn about Egypt’s long past while enjoying the comforts of our cruise thanks to the well-planned schedule. Thanks to the people who planned the tour for making this trip so easy and fun.

October 20, 2023
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