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Egypt Upgraded

Start and end in Cairo, the Egypt Upgraded trip is a guided cultural, religious and historic sites trip that takes 12 days. You will travel through Cairo, Luxor, Colossi Of Memnon and 3 other destinations in Egypt. Egypt Upgraded is a small group trip which includes accommodation in hotels, transport, meals and others.

Encompassing Egypt’s greatest highlights and a three-day Nile cruise, this adventure enhances a wide variety of included activities with the expertise of our Chief Experience Officers (CEOs), through whom you’ll gain a greater appreciation of the region’s history and archaeological finds. Discover the secrets of the Great Pyramids and explore the Valley of the Kings, then meet local people and share a traditional meal. A combination of air-conditioned transport and domestic flights will get you to the sights (and your comfortable accommodations) quickly and conveniently. From ancient history to bustling modern Cairo, embark on an incredible journey to the very heart of Egypt.

Departure & Return Location

John F.K. International Airport (Google Map)

Departure Time

12 Days

Price Includes

  • ACCOMMODATION
  • MEALS
  • TRANSPORT
  • STAFF & EXPERTS
  • INCLUDED ACTIVITIES

Price Excludes

  • Any international flights to/from Cairo are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel insurance is not included in this Egypt Upgraded tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.

Complementaries

  • Umbrella
  • Sunscreen
  • T-Shirt
  • Entrance Fees
What to Expect

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Itinerary

Day 1Cairo

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Arrive at any time. Arrival transfer included.
If you arrive early there are plenty of things to see and do in this amazing city. Visit the Saladin Citadel of Cairo one of the most popular attractions in the city, or to really get a feel for the place, get lost in the bazaars and join the locals for a coffee in a local cafe.
ACCOMMODATION
Mercure Cairo Le Sphinx Hotel (or similar)
INCLUDED ACTIVITY
Meet Your CEO and Group
Duration : 1.0 hr
Your opportunity to meet your CEO and fellow travellers, and learn more about your tour. Opt to join the group for a local meal afterwards. Don’t forget to see the notice in the lobby (or ask reception) for the official time and place to meet up with the group.
TRANSPORT
Arrival Airport Transfer
Duration : 1.0 hr – 1.5 hr
You will be met at the airport and transferred to the hotel to start your adventure.

Day 2Cairo/Alexandria

Embark on a guided tour of the Great Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx. Continue to the historic Mediterranean city of Alexandria.
We begin with one of the key highlights of any visit to Egypt, the Great Pyramids of Giza. While once located in remote desert, they now touch the suburbs of modern Cairo. Also visit the mysterious Sphinx, with its lion’s body and man’s face. In the afternoon we drive to Alexandria, where we will spend the next two evenings.
MEAL
Breakfast
ACCOMMODATION
Cherry Maryski Grand Royal Hotel (or similar)
INCLUDED ACTIVITY
Great Pyramid of Giza and Sphinx Tour
Enjoy a tour of the magnificent great pyramid of Giza and the Sphinx. No matter how many photos or documentaries you have seen, the first glimpse of these marvels of the ancient world will take your breath away. As a qualified Egyptologist, your CEO has all the facts about these massive structures.
TRANSPORT
Private Vehicle
Duration : 4.0 hr
Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES
Solar Boat Museum Visit
Enjoy a visit to the Solar Boat Museum. It displays one of the pharaoh’s funerary barges – it may just be the oldest boat in existence!

Please note, there is an additional 50 EGP fee to take photos in the museum.
Entrance into the Pyramids
Ever wonder what’s inside the pyramids? Here’s your chance to find out.

Day 3Alexandria

Spend the day exploring this ancient seaside city, including Pompey’s Pillar, the catacombs, and the new Alexandria Library.
We have plenty of time to explore all the incredible sites this ancient city has to offer. Founded by Alexander the Great around 331BC, Egypt’s only Mediterranean city is characterized by a distinctly European atmosphere and a refreshing sea breeze. Don’t miss the chance to enjoy an optional seafood dinner at one of the city’s many outdoor seaside restaurants this evening.
MEAL
Breakfast
ACCOMMODATION
Cherry Maryski Grand Royal Hotel (or similar)
INCLUDED ACTIVITIES
Pompey’s Pillar Visit
The name “Pompey’s Pillar” is actually a misnomer, as it has nothing to do with Pompey, having been erected in 293 for Emperor Diocletian, possibly in memory of the rebellion of Domitius Domitianus.
Catacombs of Kom El Shoqafa Visit
These tombs were tunneled into the bedrock in the age of the Antonine Emperors (2nd century AD) for a single wealthy family still practicing the ancient religion of Egypt. They represent the last existing major construction of the old Egyptian religion.
Alexandria Library Visit
Duration : 1.0 hr
The Ancient Library of Alexandria was probably the largest and certainly the most famous of the libraries of the ancient world. It flourished during Greek rule and functioned as a major centre of scholarship, at least until the time of the Roman conquest of Egypt, and probably for many centuries thereafter. The old library was destroyed in a fire around the 1st century BC. The magnificent new library was opened in 2002 very close to the site of the ancient one.
TRANSPORT
Private Vehicle
Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Day 4Alexandria/Cairo

Head back to Cairo with a tour inside the monasteries of Wadi Natrun en route. Visit the Egyptian Museum with the option to see the mummy room.
MEAL
Breakfast
ACCOMMODATION
Mercure Cairo Le Sphinx Hotel (or similar)
INCLUDED ACTIVITIES
Monasteries of Wadi Natrun Visit
Please note that you should be modestly dressed this morning with shoulders and knees covered for our visit to the monastery.
Egyptian Museum Visit
Duration : 4.0 hr
With over 10,000 pieces from every period of Egyptian history, including the treasures from the tomb of Tutankhamun, this massive museum is a fantastic place to learn about the country. Your tour leader will direct you to the most important and magnificent items. There is also plenty of free time for you to explore on your own.

Please note, there is an additional 50 EGP fee to take photos in the museum.
TRANSPORT
Private Vehicle
Duration : 4.0 hr
Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES
Egyptian Museum Mummy Room
Visit the famed Mummy Room and view the ancient remains of some of Egypt’s most important rulers

Day 5Cairo/Aswan

Catch an early morning flight to Aswan. Opt to explore the busy Aswan market. Later, take a scenic felucca ride on the Nile to a Nubian village and enjoy a home cooked dinner with locals.
Aswan has a distinctively African feel to it. Small enough to walk around and graced with the most beautiful setting on the Nile, the pace of life is slow and relaxing.

Late in the afternoon, board a local boat, known as a felucca, to take a trip along the Nile. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the river in this busy port city. Our final stop is on the largest of the Nile islands in this area to enjoy a traditional dinner at a local home.
MEAL
Breakfast and Dinner
ACCOMMODATION
Basma Hotel (or similar)
INCLUDED ACTIVITY
Boat ride to Nubian Village with Traditional Meal
Duration : 1.0 hr – 3.0 hr
Board a local boat, to take a trip along the magnificent Nile, with views of the Aga Khan Mausoleum and Kitchener Island. Stop on one of the inhabited Nile islands in this area, to tour a local Nubian village. Walk through the village and fields and learn more about the life of the Nubian people before enjoying a delicious traditional dinner at a local home.
TRANSPORT
Flight
Duration : 1.5 hr
Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s… yup, it is a plane, actually.
OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES
Philae Temple Visit
The word “philae” means “the end”, in reference to this island’s placement on what was once the southernmost border of Egypt. Sail across the Nile to the beautiful island, and step into Greco Roman history. See the Temple of Philae. Round-trip transfer included. Minimum 2 passengers required.
Philae Temple Sound and Light Show
As the sun sets, sail across the Nile to Philae island. Witness the Philae temple turned into a time machine through a magnificent sound and light display. Round-trip transfer included.
Souk Visit
Wander through the souk, soaking in the scent and colour of spices and perfumes, and rummaging through beautiful scarves and baskets.
Tour of Aswan

Day 6Aswan

Early in the morning, drive to the famed temples of Abu Simbel for a guided tour. Later, board our river cruise ship for the night.
MEAL
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
ACCOMMODATION
Nile Cruise (or similar)
INCLUDED ACTIVITIES
Abu Simbel Visit (Bus)
Duration : 8.0 hr – 10.0 hr
Distance : 600 km
Visit the fantastic twin temples of Abu Simbel by caravan there and back. Visit includes about 2 hrs at the site to wander through the different temples and learn more about the construction, history, and relocation of these magnificently preserved structures. The temples, built by Ramses II between 1274-1244BC, would now be under Lake Nasser if not for the wonders of modern engineering. Minimum 2 passengers required.

Please note, there is an additional 300 EGP fee to take photos in the temple.
3-night Nile Cruise
Duration : 72.0 hr
Distance : 300 km
Our cruise boat is modern and comes prepared with everything you need for an enjoyable few nights on the Nile. The cabins are twin-share and comfortably equipped with air-conditioning and full ensuite bathrooms. There is a dining room and the entire top deck of the boat is for lounging, swimming in the rooftop pool or just relaxing and watching life on the Nile go by. The ship actually covers remarkably little distance as all ships must, by law, dock each evening. It is more in line with a “floating hotel” than a traditional cruise.
TRANSPORT
Private Vehicle
Duration : 3.25 hr
Distance : 288 km
Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Day 7Aswan/Kom Ombo

Spend 2 days floating down the Nile on a luxury river boat with a guided tour of Kom Ombo Temple en route. Relax on the outside decks with a drink, watching the passing desert sands and enjoying the scenery
Following breakfast, we set sail. Before too long it is time for our first shore excursion, with a visit to Kom Ombo, a temple dedicated to Sobek the crocodile god. It still contains an ancient mummified crocodile.
MEAL
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
ACCOMMODATION
Nile Cruise (or similar)
INCLUDED ACTIVITIES
3-night Nile Cruise
Duration : 72.0 hr
Distance : 300 km
Our cruise boat is modern and comes prepared with everything you need for an enjoyable few nights on the Nile. The cabins are twin-share and comfortably equipped with air-conditioning and full ensuite bathrooms. There is a dining room and the entire top deck of the boat is for lounging, swimming in the rooftop pool or just relaxing and watching life on the Nile go by. The ship actually covers remarkably little distance as all ships must, by law, dock each evening. It is more in line with a “floating hotel” than a traditional cruise.
Kom Ombo Temple Visit
Duration : 1.0 hr – 2.0 hr
Enjoy a visit to this temple located in a scenic spot, right on the banks of the Nile. It was dedicated to the crocodile god, and you can still see the remains of an ancient mummified crocodile that was worshipped here thousands of years ago.

Please note, there is an additional 50 EGP fee to take photos in the Crocodile museum.

Day 8Kom Ombo/Luxor

Continuing cruising the Nile, relaxing and taking in the desert scenery while observing daily life along the river. Arrive to Luxor in the evening.
MEAL
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
ACCOMMODATION
Nile Cruise (or similar)
INCLUDED ACTIVITY
3-night Nile Cruise
Duration : 72.0 hr
Distance : 300 km
Our cruise boat is modern and comes prepared with everything you need for an enjoyable few nights on the Nile. The cabins are twin-share and comfortably equipped with air-conditioning and full ensuite bathrooms. There is a dining room and the entire top deck of the boat is for lounging, swimming in the rooftop pool or just relaxing and watching life on the Nile go by. The ship actually covers remarkably little distance as all ships must, by law, dock each evening. It is more in line with a “floating hotel” than a traditional cruise.

Day 9Luxor

Visit the Colossi of Memnon and enjoy guided tours of the Valley of the Kings and Temple of Hatshepsut followed by lunch with a local family.
After checking in to our hotel, our day starts with a visit to the exciting ancient sites located on Luxor’s West Bank and the famed Valley of the Kings. View key sites and opt to visit the the Tomb of Tutankhamun, whose treasures you saw at the Egyptian Museum. Afterwards, enjoy a traditional lunch in a local family home.
MEAL
Breakfast and Lunch
ACCOMMODATION
Mercure Karnak Hotel (or similar)
INCLUDED ACTIVITIES
Colossi of Memnon Visit
Duration : 0.25 hr – 0.5 hr
Enjoy a visit to the two mammoth statues of Amenophis II at the Colossi of Memnon; they used to stand at the front of a temple that no longer exists. Check out ancient graffiti discussing the statues!
Valley of the Kings, Temple of Hatshepsut, and Colossi of Memnon Visit
Duration : 6.0 hr – 7.0 hr
Enjoy a full day guided excursion to the famous Valley of the Kings. Rise early to catch the sunrise from the motorboat that will take you across the Nile to the West Bank. From here, ride through farmer’s fields to reach the Valley of the Kings.

Descend the narrow, rock-hewn corridors and take in the magnificent decoration and designs of the tombs of the pharaohs at the Valley of the Kings. While the treasure has now all gone, the tombs contain the most incredible paintings of the life of their incumbent and stories from the Book of the Dead; visit three tombs in total, and opt to visit the famous tomb of King (‘Tut’) Tutankhamun. Then visit to the impressive Funerary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, which seems to rise out of the surrounding limestone outcrops — it’s a reminder of the power women held in the Ancient Kingdom. Last stop is to the two mammoth statues of Amenophis II at the Colossi of Memnon before returning to your hotel. Minimum 2 passengers required.

Please note, there is an additional 300 EGP fee to take photos in the Valley Of Kings.
Lunch with a Local Family
Sit down to a traditional lunch with a local family on the West bank of the Nile.
TRANSPORT
Private Vehicle
Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES
Tomb of Tutankhamun Visit
Opt to descend down into the Tomb of Tutankhamun, the Valley of the Kings’ most famous pharaoh. While the treasure has been moved to the Cairo Museum, it is fascinating to enter the tomb that held one of the most intact collection of treasures found in all of Egypt.
Bazaar Visit
Wander through the bustling local bazaar and check out the wares for sale. Pick up a few if you like!

Day 10Luxor

Enjoy an excursion to the magnificent temples of Karnak and Luxor. In the afternoon, use free time to explore the Bazaar or museums.
MEAL
Breakfast
ACCOMMODATION
Mercure Karnak Hotel (or similar)
INCLUDED ACTIVITIES
Karnak Temple Visit
Duration : 3.0 hr – 4.0 hr
Enjoy a visit to the Karnak Temple, which was once the centre of all religious life in ancient Egypt. Built and extended by successive generations of rulers, admire the amazing architecture, massive columns, and painted hieroglyphs. Round-trip transfer included. Minimum 2 passengers required.
Luxor Temple Visit
Take in the beauty of the Luxor temple, an architectural splendour located near the Nile and right in the centre of downtown Luxor.

One of Egypt’s most impressive temples, Luxor has been used as a place of worship all the way from it’s conception in 1390 BC to present day. Evidence of ancient worship, Coptic Christianity and Islamic architecture are found throughout the temple, illustrating how the regional culture has evolved over several thousand years.
TRANSPORT
Private Vehicle
Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES
Mummification Museum
Learn all there is to know about the ancient art of embalming by exploring the world’s only Mummification Museum.
Bazaar Visit
Wander through the bustling local bazaar and check out the wares for sale. Pick up a few if you like!

Day 11Luxor/Cairo

Catch a flight back to Cairo and opt to visit the Khan el-Khalili Bazaar, tour Coptic Cairo, or enjoy a dinner on a floating restaurant on the Nile.
Upon arrival in Cairo, the choice is yours. Opt to visit the Khan El Khalili Bazaar, legendary for fine brassware, copper, perfumes, leather, silver, gold, antiques, and more; or head out to Cairo’s most ancient area, Coptic Cairo or perhaps relax by the hotel pool. An optional farewell dinner and show on one of Cairo’s famous floating restaurants is also available.
MEAL
Breakfast
ACCOMMODATION
Mercure Cairo Le Sphinx Hotel (or similar)
TRANSPORT
Plane
Duration : 1.0 hr
Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s… yup, it is a plane, actually.
OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES
Khan el-Khalili Bazaar Visit
Rummage through the stalls of bustling Khan El Khalili Bazaar and check out the fine brassware, copper, perfumes, leather, silver, gold, and antiques it is famous for. Pick up a trinket for yourself if you’d like!
Coptic Cairo Guided Tour
Sound and Light Show at the Pyramids
Enjoy a magnificent sound and light show at the pyramids. Learn about the history of Egypt, and the secrets of the pyramids, as told from the mouth of the Sphinx. Round-trip transfer included. Minimum 2 passengers required.
Dinner Cruise on the Nile
Enjoy a dinner, and entertainment on a fine cruise boat while sailing the Nile. End the night with a traditional belly dancing and sufi dancing show. A perfect night out in Egypt. Round-trip transfer included. Minimum 2 passengers required.
Islamic and Coptic Cairo Guided Tour
See the city’s architectural, cultural, and historical contrasts in the best way with this combined tour of Coptic and Islamic Cairo. Minimum 2 passengers required.
Saqqara and Memphis Visit
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Including guided tour by CEO, private air-conditioned transport, entrance fees and tipping
1 client: 760 EGP /85 USD
2 -4 clients: 530 EGP per person/60 USD
5-8 clients: 490 EGP per person/55 USD
9-16 clients: 445 EGP per person/50 USD
Saqqara, Memphis, and Dahshur
This trip gives you the opportunity to explore three ancient villages in one day, with the help of a guide. Visit the famous bent pyramid at Dahshur, see the first pyramid ever built in Egypt in Saqqara, and wander through the streets of Memphis; the ancient capital of Aneb-Hetch. Round-trip transfer included. Minimum 2 passengers required.

Day 12Cairo

Depart at any time.
MEAL
Breakfast
INCLUDED ACTIVITY
Departure Day
Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure.

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