You are lucky to find this tour package. At first look, you will imagine it is a normal trip that includes Cairo visits, Luxor & Aswan and a red sea holiday. This can be right at the 2 parts of the tour package which are in Cairo, Luxor and Aswan. But the featured here is the part of the Red Sea Holiday (the part of Marsa Alam).
Marsa Alam is called the Egyptian Maldives. It has a featured coasts with a rare coral seas and different kinds of fish. One of the most popular sites in Marsa Alam is the U-Shaped Abu Dabab Bay which is known for its seas turtles and dugongs (sea cows).
In the beginning of (Cairo, Nile Cruise & Marsa Alam Holiday) Tour Package, you will arrive in Cairo to visit its most important highlights which you can not visit Egypt without visiting them. You will visit Giza Pyramids; Khufu, Khafre and Menkaure. You will also visit the first step pyramids in Egypt (Pyramids of Zoser in Sakkara) & the ancient capital of Old Kingdom (Memphis City).
You will have another day tour in Cairo before leaving to the Upper Egypt. This day tour will have a visit to the Egyptian Museum, a visit to the Citadel of Saladin and Coptic Cairo (to see the ancient coptic churches).
This is the first part of the Tour Package.
The Second part will be a Nile Cruise Trip between Aswan and Luxor and the cities in between. The Nile Cruise will start from Aswan and ends in Luxor. You will visit the highlights of the cities such as High Dam, the Temple of Philae, the unfinished Obelisk, A felucca Ride in Aswan, Luxor and Karnak Temples, the Valley of the Kings, the Temple of Hatshepsut and the Colossi of Memnon in Luxor, Temple of Kom Ombo and Temple of Edfu “cities in between”.
From Luxor you will start the Third part of the tour package. You will drive to Marsa Alam to start the most attractive part of the tour spending 4 nights in the Egyptian Maldives.
You will be more than lucky if you have the chance to book “Cairo, Nile Cruise & Marsa Alam Holiday” Tour package.
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 the hotel in Cairo by air-conditioned vehicle with qualified driver. Arrival to your hotel in Cairo, we will check in the hotel within few minutes! Then you will proceed to your nice room to have some rest before the beginning of your awesome tour in Cairo.
At night, free at leisure on your own in Cairo, the capital, clean, safe and modern city. You can take the chance to go for a marvelous “Optional Tour” to Islamic Cairo in the Mouiz Street, where you can visit the most unique collection of our Islamic monuments like the collection of Qalaun, El Aqmar Mosque,Beit El Sehemy and other interesting places. After your free tour, you will get back to your hotel to spend your first night in Egypt before the superb coming days enjoying your holiday in the land of the Pharaohs. (No Meals)
After breakfast, you will be met with our professional Egyptologist who will join you today in order to add more amazement to your trip. Your unique tour in Cairo starts with The 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 KingNarmer 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.
Later on, you will proceed to have the lunch meal at local restaurant. After lunch we will drive back to the hotel for rest and refresh. At night, free at leisure on your own in Cairo or (optional) sound & light show at Giza pyramids, where the startling sphinx will tell you the whole story and history behind the creation of the pyramids in an entertaining blend of sounds and lights. Finally, we will get back to the hotel for overnight. (Breakfast & Lunch)
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, 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.
After the tour, you will be transferred back to your hotel in Cairo for rest and refresh. At night, free at leisure on your own in Cairo or (optional) we can offer Nile Cruise Dinner, with the most delicious open buffet, a Tanoora show, a belly dancing performance, live music, and remarkable views of the river Nile. Finally, we will get back to the hotel for overnight. [Breakfast & Lunch]
Check out after breakfast. After that, you will be met with our English-speaking representative, who will transfer you by private air-conditioned vehicle to Cairo International Airport in order to catch your domestic flight to Aswan. Upon arrival to Aswan International Airport, you’ll be met with our local English-speaking representative there who will help and assist you in all formalities at the airport.
Another comfortable air-conditioned vehicle will be ready to transfer you to Abu Simbel, located to the south of Aswan, near Nubia. Upon arrival, we will proceed to visit the Abu Simbel Temples, simply the greatest achievement of ancient Egypt. Constructed by Ramses II, the two temples are cut out of rocks and buried under the sand for centuries before being discovered in the 19th century. The temples were actually relocated after the building of the High Dam by a UNESCO project.
After a memorable tour of the temple of Abu Simbel, we will drive back to our hotel in Aswan. We will check in the hotel within few minutes! The rest of the day is free at leisure on your own, so you can explore the city of Aswan by night, totally amazing! Finally, you’ll get back to your hotel for overnight. [Breakfast]
Check out after breakfast. Later on, you will be met with our local representative, who will transfer you by private air-conditioned vehicle to the location of the Nile Cruise ship. Check in within few minutes, then you will enjoy your lunch meal. After lunch, you’ll 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 the day tour, we will drive back to our Nile cruiser for rest and refresh. Afternoon, free at leisure on board in order to relax beside the pool on the sundeck and enjoy the incomparable view of the River Nile. Evening time is free at leisure in Aswan or there is a wonderful opportunity to go for an optional tour to the sound and light show at Philae Temple, in order to know the full story of the goddess Isis and her husband Osiris in the most marvelous ambience. There are in fact many legends and interesting stories which date back to the era of ancient Egypt. After that, you’ll get back to your Nile cruise ship for dinner and overnight. [Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner]
Energizing breakfast will be served on board 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, you will get back to the ship, so we can enjoy the lunch on board 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.
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 (optional) we can attend the sound & light show at Temple of Edfu, a wonderful chance to know the story of the temple through a startling sound and lights show which is enjoyed by everybody. Usually it depends on the cruise schedule, as some cruisers don’t have an overnight in Edfu. [Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner]
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. [Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner]
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 this amazing tour in Luxor, you’ll be transferred by private air-conditioned vehicle to Luxor Airport in order to catch your domestic flight to Sharm El Sheikh (usually via Cairo). Upon arrival to Sharm El Sheikh International Airport, you’ll be met with our English-speaking representative there, who will transfer you by private air-conditioned vehicle to your chosen hotel there for check in, Dinner and overnight. [Breakfast & Dinner]
Breakfast meal will be served at the hotel. Enjoy the day in Sharm El Sheikh swimming, snorkeling, diving, or even chilling out at the wonderful beaches of the city.
Evening time is free at leisure on your own in Sham El Sheikh, so you can explore this amazing city by night. Sharm El Sheikh is famous for hosting the largest number of nightspots including restaurants, cafes, discoes, bars, shops, and various stores and different types of entertainment or you can seize the chance to go for an (optional BBQ Dinner) with Bedouin party in the desert, where you can enjoy the delicious Bedouin BBQ in the marvelous desert mood and enjoy Bedouin music and dances. Overnight in Sharm El Sheikh. [Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner]
Breakfast meal will be served at the hotel. Enjoy the day in Sharm El Sheikh swimming, snorkeling, diving, or even chilling out at the wonderful beaches of the city.
We can also offer you such a nice Safari tour in the desert of Sinai, in order to show you such a small part of our Egyptian desert full of adventure! All our tours are secure and we assure the highest quality of services at very special rates for all our valued guests.
The Safari tour may has two stops in the desert. This first one will be for tea time on the Bedouin way, and the other one will be for a BBQ Dinner party. After the tour, we will transfer you back to your hotel for overnight. [Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner]
Check out after breakfast. Later on, you will be met with GAT Tours’ representative who will accompany you along the way to Saint Catherine. Normally it takes less than two hours by car. Arrive to your hotel in Saint Catherine, check in quickly so you can take some rest before climbing the Sinai Mountain in the early morning.
Dinner meal will be served at your hotel. Then, it is completely free at leisure on your own in the sacred city of Saint Catherine, where Moses talked to the god and the holy family passed during their trip to Egypt. Finally, you’ll proceed to your nice room for overnight. [Breakfast & Dinner]
We will rise and shine early today to start by climbing the Moses Mountain, or the Mountain Sinai, where Moses received the ten commandments of god. This mountain is more than 2500 above sea level and offer marvelous views of the sunrise over the mountains of Sinai in a magnificent atmosphere.
After the sunshine, we will go down the mountain to start visiting the Monastery of Saint Catherine, constructed in the 4th century AD as one of the oldest monasteries in the world. The monastery is still operating until today and it is featured with its marvelous architectural elements and its wonderful ambience.
We will then drive towards Nuweiba Port, in order to catch the ferry boat to Aqaba. Upon arrival to Aqaba port, you’ll be transferred by private air-conditioned vehicle to your chosen there for check in, rest and refresh. Evening time is free at leisure, so that you can explore the city of Aqaba by night. Finally, you’ll get back to your hotel for dinner and overnight. [Breakfast & Dinner]
Free morning in Aqaba city, with its splendid weather during more than eight months of the year, allows you to enjoy sailing, water skiing, and swimming. Diving and snorkeling will certainly fulfill your heart’s delight, as you spot the colorful and varied marine life in the Red Sea. You could choose from a variety of optional day tours depending on your taste.
In the afternoon we will set out for the desert of Wadi Rum, the wild desert landscape, which fascinated the British liaison officer Lawrence of Arabia. Describing Wadi Rum as “vast, echoing and god-like” we believe he could not have said it better. We will drive for two hours in a 4-wheel drive jeep through the desert to see Lawrence’s spring. We will pass majestic mountains and explore a gorge with some ancient rock drawings. You will have free time to hike on your own enjoying the silence of this awesome desert. Where you will spend unforgettable night under a blanket of stars includes BBQ dinner meal. [Breakfast & Dinner]
After breakfast, we return to the asphalt and drive to Shobek Castle, which was built by Baldwin I of Jerusalem. Inside the fortress are two churches, ruins of baths, cisterns, archways and old Islamic inscriptions. Brave people can climb the 300 steps down in a well. In the afternoon we drive to little Petra. This was inhabited by the Nabataean and has many tombs, water containers and channels. The scale of this area and the fact that it is a continuation of Petra, gave it the name of little Petra. Transfer to Petra and assist with checking you into your hotel. [Breakfast]
After breakfast, we will join our expert tour guide to explore the wonders of the ancient city of Petra. We start touring the remarkable monuments of Petra including the Treasury, the most astonishing building in the city, this amazing hewn into the stones of the cliff as the preservation storage section of the city that used to host many treasures. We will then visit the theatre of Petra, which is also hewn into the rocks and it used to host more than 8000 people in ancient times.
We move on to visit the Monastery of Petra, the largest and one of the most impressive monuments of Petra that dates back to the 1st century AD as one of the oldest surviving monasteries in the world. After exploring many other sections of the amazing ancient city of Petra, we will take our car and return to the hotel for overnight. [Breakfast]
Check out after breakfast. Later on, you’ll be met with our expert tour guide, who will join you in such an unforgettable tour in Jordan including Kerak Castle, the largest medieval castle in Jordon that was constructed in the 12th century that offers the guests a marvelous chance to view the history of that region of Jordon.
We will then drive by our air-conditioned vehicle to visit Madaba, situated 30 kilometers to the South West of Amman, the city is famous for its remarkable Roman and Umayyad monuments. We reach Madaba in 45 minutes to begin exploring the city.
We visit the St. George’s Greek Orthodox Church, famous for its notable mosaics with scenes from Jerusalem, other towns in Amman and Palestine, and some scenes from the River Nile in Egypt. Also we will visit the Nebo Mountain, situated more than 6000 meters above the sea level which offers amazing scenes of the whole area. This is besides its religious significance for Christians and Moslems.
Our next visit will be to the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth, it consists of a salty closed lake with a surface area that is more than 650 kilometer square, the Dead Sea is featured with its high level of salts and minarets that are quite beneficial in curing many diseases and offers a marvelous feeling of relaxation.
After this amazing day tour, we will drive to Amman, where we will check in our hotel. The rest of the day is free at leisure, so you can enjoy the amazing city of Amman by night before leaving. Overnight in Amman. [Breakfast]
Check out after breakfast. Later on, you’ll be met with our English-speaking representative who will transfer you by private A/C vehicle to Queen Alia International Airport in order to catch your departure flight carrying wonderful memories about your last trip to the Middle East. [Breakfast]