One of the finest tours to Egypt GAT Tours is proud to present, this Egypt travel package offers the traveler spending his vacation in Egypt with the chance to explore the highlights of Cairo, Abu Simbel, Aswan, and Luxor.
The guests enjoying their vacations in Egypt will spend four nights in Cairo to visit the most fantastic highlights including the the Pyramids of Giza , Saqqara, Memphis, Saladin Citadel, Khan El Khalili, and The Egyptian Museum.
The second phase of this marvelous Egypt tour will be spending one night in Abu Simbel to explore the most wonderful achievement of the Pharaohs, the Temple of Ramses II in Abu Simbel.
This Custom tour to Egypt has the best balance between scheduled visits included in the program and free time for the tourists to enjoy Egypt in their own style; with many optional tours offered all along the trip.
Another wonderful feature of this perfectly tailored Egypt travel package is that it gives the tourist the chance to go for a wonderful tour in the south of Egypt exploring the two cities of Aswan and Luxor. At first, we will visit the highlights of Aswan including the High Dam, the Temple of Philae, the Unfinished Obelisk of queen Hatshepsut .
We will then drive towards the marvelous city of Luxor, so that we can visit the great temples and the unique collection of our kings and Nobles. Tour in Luxor includes the well-known Valley of the Kings, Temple of Hatshepsut at Deir El Bahari, Colossi of Memnon, the Karnak Temple Complex and the Temple of Luxor.
Traveler who spend his vacation in Egypt has the chance to add many optional tours to his package, so he can enjoy the night by attending a Sound and light show in Cairo, Abu Simbel, Aswan or/and Luxor as well. Also one can see the great monuments of Luxor from the Sky! Yes, it is possible. We can arrange for a Hot Air Balloon tour over the West Bank of Luxor to see all the marvelous monuments from the sky.
We only deal with the best multilingual Egyptologist tour guides in Egypt, featured with their high level of education, knowledge, friendliness, the finest communication skills, and a long diverse experience in fulfilling all the requirements and desires of our beloved guests.
Upon arrival to Cairo International Airport, you will be met with GAT Tours’ Representative, your best friend for the coming few days, who will help you in passing the passport control and collecting your luggage. Then, you will be transferred to your hotel in Cairo by our private Air-conditioned vehicle. On arrival to the hotel, we will check in the hotel within few minutes! Then you will receive the keys of your room, where you’ll spend your first night in Egypt before the beginning of your awesome tour in Cairo.
Overnight in Cairo
After breakfast, you will be met with our professional, Egyptologist tour guide who will join you today in order to add more amazement to your trip. Your unique tour in Cairo starts with the great Pyramids of Giza, the most popular monument in the world. Constructed around 2500 BC as the necropolis of the kings of the forth dynasty, there is the pyramid of Cheops or the Grand Pyramid, the Pyramid of Khafre, and the smaller pyramid of Menkaure, and the marvelous Sphinx constructed with a body of a lion and the head of a human to guard the pyramids from any threats.
Our next stop will be to Saqqara, the royal burial site of the 3rd dynasty of the Old Kingdom in Egypt and one of the richest archeological places in Egypt with treasures being discovered until today. The highlight and the centerpiece of Saqqara is the Step Pyramid of Djoser, the oldest surviving stone monument in the whole world and the first proper pyramid to ever be constructed in Egypt in the 27th century BC. This would be a marvelous chance to understand the evolution of the pyramids building in ancient Egypt. The step pyramid is considered to be one of the most important landmarks of pyramids construction in Egypt.
Our last stop of the day will be to Memphis, the first capital of unified Egypt. Established in 32nd century BC by King Narmer after he unified Upper and Lower Egypt. The city served as the seat of the government until the 22nd century. However, all the displayed exhibited in the Open-air Museum we will explore today belong to the New Kingdom with the highlights being the amazing Colossi of Ramses II, the alabaster sphinx, and many other statues and items.
After this marvelous tour in Cairo, you will have a lunch break at a tourist restaurant, so you can taste the Egyptian food. After lunch we will transfer you to the hotel for rest and refresh. Evening time is free at leisure on your own in Cairo for relaxation at the hotel or you can go for an optional tour in Cairo to enjoy your night.
Overnight in Cairo
Enjoy your wonderful buffet breakfast at the hotel. After that, you will be met with GAT Tours’ Representative, who will transfer you by private Air-conditioned vehicle to Cairo Airport in order to catch your domestic flight to Aswan. Upon arrival to Aswan Airport, you’ll be met with GAT Tours’ local Representative in Aswan who will be waiting for you at the airport to help and assist you in all formalities.
Later on, we will drive towards the city of Abu Simbel – Distance between Aswan and Abu Simbel is around 287 KM, takes approximately three hours by car. On Arrival to Abu Simbel, we will proceed to the hotel there for check in, rest and refresh. Afternoon is free at leisure on your own in Abu Simbel, so you can relax at the hotel or you can seize the chance and go for an optional Sound and Light Show at the great Temples of Abu Simbel, built by the well-known king, Ramses II.
Overnight in Abu Simbel
Early check out from the hotel in Abu Simbel, then we will drive in a convoy to reach the amazing site having the two marvelous Temples of Abu Simbel, simply the greatest achievement of ancient Egypt. Constructed by the well-known king, Ramses II, the two temples are cut out of rocks and buried under the sand for centuries before being discovered in the 19th century.
Originally the great Abu Simbel temple has been built to be dedicated to god Rahotakhty and his family, however, the smaller king was built by the king Ramses II favor his wife, Queen Neferari, but later on, they have been worshipped by people in other periods. The temples were actually relocated after the building of the High Dam by a UNESCO project.
After a memorable tour of the temples of Abu Simbel, we will drive back to Aswan. On arrival to Aswan, we proceed to your hotel there for check in, rest and refresh. Evening time is free at leisure on your own to relax at the hotel, or you can go for an optional tour in the city to enjoy your night.
Overnight in Aswan
Check out after breakfast. Later on, you will be transferred by private Air-conditioned vehicle to your Nile Cruise ship. We will check in the cruise within few minutes! Then you’ll join our expert tour guide to visit the High Dam, constructed in the 1960s by the former Egyptian president, Gamal Abdel Nasser. The dam helped Egypt to store the water from the flood of the River Nile and it also generates a large volume of the electricity of Egypt. It is also considered to be a great architectural achievement.
We will then ride in a motorboat to reach Agilika Island, the new location of the marvelous Philae Temple, constructed in the 3rd century BC in the Greco Roman era as the center of the worship of the goddess Isis. It is one of the most remarkable ancient Egyptian temples that were relocated after the construction of the High Dam and the water of the River Nile affected many historical monuments, the temple was transferred under a huge project funded by many nations and supervised by the UNESCO.
Our last visit of the day will be to the Unfinished Obelisk, which was found in the granite quarry in the Southern part of the city of Aswan. If completed, the unfinished obelisk would have been the largest piece of stone humans ever dealt with. Dating back to the New Kingdom, it documents however the miraculous process of the construction of obelisks in ancient Egypt.
After this full day tour, you’ll get back to your Nile Cruiser for rest and refresh. Evening time is free on your own in Aswan, so you can relax on board, enjoying the Night activities operated by the staff, or you can go for an optional tour in Aswan to enjoy your night.
Overnight in Aswan
Energizing breakfast will be served on board your Nile Cruise before our full day tour. Our Nile Cruise ship will land at the location of the Temple of Kom Ombo, established in the Ptolemaic period and completed in the Roman era, the temple is dedicated to two gods, the local crocodile, Sobek and the famous eagle god, Haroeris. This was why the temple was divided into two sections; one for each god.
After visiting the amazing temple of Kom Ombo, we will get back to the ship, so you can enjoy your delicious lunch while sailing to the city of Edfu. Enjoy the wonderful landscape of the Nile from the sundeck.
Arrange yourself for the second visit of the day, whereas we will meet Temple of Horus in Edfu, the finest preserved ancient Egyptian temple in the land of the Nile. It was constructed by the Ptolemies in the 3rd century BC for the worship of the god Horus. The temple is featured with its marvelous stone columns and fascinating wall carvings.
We will then get back to our Nile Cruise for rest and refresh. Evening time is free at leisure to enjoy the Egyptian folklore show in the ship with a belly dancer and many other entertaining performances, or you can go for an optional tour in Edfu to enjoy your night.
Overnight in Edfu
Morning time is free at leisure or (optional) you can enjoy a Hot-air Balloon adventure to explore Luxor from the sky, having amazing views of the city. It is as if you are a bird flying across the marvelous monuments of Luxor.
Enjoy your delicious breakfast before exploring the West bank of Luxor, the city of the dead where many marvelous mortuary temples and necropolises are located. Our first visit of the day will be to the Valley of the Kings, the richest and most fascinating ancient tombs in Egypt. This was the burial site of the kings from the New Kingdom. This includes the marvelous tomb of Tutankhamen, discovered intact by Howard Carter in 1922 as the most important archeological discovery in the 20th century. The tombs are featured with marvelous wall painting which survived until today.
The next visit will be to the Temple of Deir El Bahari, which was constructed during the reign of the 18th dynasty by Queen Hatshepsut, one of the greatest rulers of Egypt. The Temple is featured with its many terraces, the statues of the Queen with a beard, and its magnificent location carved out of one of the great mountains of Thebes.
Our last visit at the West Bank will be to the Colossi of Memnon, these two huge statues are the only remaining items of the great funerary temple of Amenhotep III constructed in 1350 BC and became a landmark of Luxor afterwards.
After the tour, we will get back to the Nile cruiser to have our delicious lunch meal on board. Enjoy your Afternoon tea on board while relaxing on the sundeck facing the amazing view of the Nile. At night, we will enjoy the funniest party on board “Galabeiya Party” or listen to international music.
Overnight in Luxor
Enjoy your wonderful buffet breakfast on board before exploring the east bank of Luxor. Our first visit of the day will be to Temple of Karnak, the largest Pharaonic temple complex in the world. Constructed over a period of more than one thousand years, almost all the impressive items of the Karnak we see today date back to the new kingdom specially the huge amazing columns of the hypostyle hall which are constructed by Ramses II, the greatest builder of ancient Egypt.
Our next visit of the day will be to the Luxor Temple, another startling temple which was established around the 14th century BC and the construction continued for many years afterwards by Ramses II, Queen Hatshepsut, and many other Pharaohs. The temple is featured with its variety of design outlines and architecture. This is besides the huge two statues of Ramses II which ornaments the façade of the temple.
After exploring the East bank of Luxor, we will transfer you by private Air-conditioned vehicle to Luxor Airport in order to catch your domestic flight to Cairo. Upon arrival to Cairo Airport, you’ll be met with GAT Tours’ Representative in Cairo, who will help and assist you in all formalities.
We will then drive to the hotel in Cairo for check in, rest and refresh. Evening time is free at leisure on your own, so you can relax at your hotel, or you can go for an optional tour in Cairo to enjoy your night.
Overnight in Cairo
Breakfast meal will be served at your hotel. After that, you’ll join your expert tour guide in such awe-inspiring tour in the city center of Cairo. We begin our visits of the day by exploring the Egyptian Museum, the largest museum in the world with a huge collection of displays dating back to various periods of the ancient Egyptian history with the highlights being the golden exhibits of Tutankhamen, the mummies’ hall, large impressive reliefs, statues, and many other fascinating items.
Our next visit will be to the Citadel of Salah El-din, constructed in the 10th century by Saladin to protect Egypt and became the residence of the rulers of Egypt for a period that lasted more than seven centuries. The citadel itself is one of the most impressive medieval fortresses and it contains many remarkable monuments like the famous Mosque of Mohamed Ali, the Mosque of El Nasser Mohamed, and many interesting museums. This is besides offering the guests amazing panoramic views of the city of Cairo. Later on, you will enjoy your lunch meal at local restaurant.
After lunch we will proceed to Old Cairo area, a part in the Egyptian capital that hosts some of the most interesting Coptic monuments in the country. We will start our Coptic tour by visiting the Hanging Church, first established in the 5th century and one of the most important historical churches in Egypt. Our next visit in Coptic Cairo will be to the Abu Serga Church, believed to be constructed where the holy family rested at the end of their journey, it was constructed in the 7th century. Our last visit in Coptic Cairo will be to the Church of Saint Mary, an orthodox church, built during the 5th century, restored and rebuilt many times afterwards.
Finally, we will get back to the hotel for rest and refresh. Evening time is free at leisure on your own in Cairo, so you can relax at the hotel, or you can go for an optional tour in Cairo to enjoy your night.
Overnight in Cairo
Check out after breakfast. Later on, you’ll be met with GAT Tours’ Representative, who will transfer you by private Air-conditioned vehicle to Cairo International Airport in order to catch your departure flight to your next destination after spending few days exploring the awesome monuments of Egypt.