Not only is Egypt home to some of the most remarkable sites in the world, the Egyptian people are some of the most welcoming. Our world has been shaped by the cultures and innovations born in this country and we are honored to be the channel through which our guests can get to know this people and their nation.
Our private Egypt tours are crafted in a way that will introduce you to the history, the people and the culture. You can visit the main sites with some of the best guides in Egypt, but also visit local Egyptians in their homes and farms. You will taste wonderful Egyptian food and see why the people here love gathering together to share meals and conversations.
From your hotel your professional guide will take you on a private tour of Pharaonic Egypt beginning with the Pyramids of Giza. The Great Pyramids are the oldest of the original seven ancient wonders of the world and the only one still in existence. You’ll have the option to enter the Great Pyramid, take a camel ride from the Great Pyramid to the Sphinx, and visit the Boat Museum.
Have lunch near the pyramids followed by an afternoon visit to the Egyptian Museum, home of countless ancient relics including King Tutankhamun’s gold. After an optional visit to the museum’s Mummy Room, you will enjoy a sunset sail in the traditional Felucca boat on the Nile River.
After breakfast in your hotel you will meet your Christian Egyptian guide. Often overlooked, Egypt has a rich Christian history. Your guide will take you on a tour of the Old Coptic Cairo (Hanging Church). Then head to the Muqatim ‘rubbish dump’ cave churches.
After lunch you will meet your Muslim guide and hear about Islam in Egypt. Drive to the Citadel with your guide, and enjoy the history and the wonderful views of Cairo.
Visit Fat-ha Gate and walk through Moez Street to Azhar mosque. Experience the winding narrow alleyways of Cairo’s old oriental bazaar of Khan Al Khalili. Try your hand at bargaining for some gifts to take home (with your guide’s help!)
You’ll have dinner near the bazaar before driving to the airport for your evening flight to Luxor.
(Overnight: El Nakhil Hotel (Luxor West bank); Meals: breakfast)
DAY 4: Luxor's West Bank Tombs, Temples and a Farm
After breakfast in your hotel you will meet your guide who will introduce you to the sites of the Nile’s West Bank including the statues of Memnon, Valley of the Kings, and the unique Hatshepsut Temple which belonged to a famous female Pharaoh.
After a morning of remarkable sites, you will meet Egyptian locals for lunch at a local farm in their family home. Try your hand at making local flat bread which you will eat alongside your hosts in their home.
Say goodbye to your new Egyptian friends and their farm and head to the Pharaonic Workman’s Village, where those who built, painted and worked on the temples and tombs lived.
(Overnight: El Nakhil Hotel (Luxor West bank); Meals, breakfast, lunch dinner)
DAY 5: Luxor's East Bank Temples and Aswan
This morning your guide will reveal Karnak Temple to you, the second largest temple site in the world. From there, you’ll tour the majestic Luxor temple.
Have lunch on the way to Edfu Temple followed by an afternoon visit to Kom Ombo Temple.
You will then drive to Aswan, arriving before sunset.
Tonight you will have dinner in a Nubian home on Elephantine Island. Experience the gentle Nubian people who’s ancient history predates dynastic Egypt.
(Overnight Aswan Nile Hotel (with a view over the Nile); Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner)
DAY 6: Aswan's Island Temple, High Dam and Abu Simbel
This morning you will take a boat to Philae Island with a local Nubian guide who will lead you on a tour of the High Dam of Lake Nasser. Your guide will then take you to Abu Simbel (3 hour drive) to visit the temple before sunset. Then have dinner in a traditional Nubian home that has been converted into a boutique hotel.
This morning you will drive from Abu Simbel to Aswan.
Have a swim in the Nile and boat to an Elephantine Island Nubian home for lunch. You will then catch a flight to Cairo and from there on to your next destination. (Actual itinerary may change based on your departure flight times)
(Overnight: none; Meals: breakfast, lunch)
This tour includes…
Accommodation at above mentioned hotel (based 2 people sharing a double room and availability at time of booking)
Transportation to all above locations in a private car or minivan with a professional driver
Professional English speaking tour guide
Above listed experiences
Tips to tour guides and drivers
Entrance fees to all the sites mentioned
Above listed meals
This tour package does not include…
Travel insurance (If you are interested in purchasing travel insurance, just let us know)
Flights (Engaging Cultures Travel will be happy to assist in your air ticketing)