Cairo, El Minya and Nile Valley

Cairo, El Minya and Nile Valley travel package is like a deep dive in the treasures of Egypt. The civilization of the Pharaohs and various dynasties in different periods of time was established around the Nile Valley. This marvelous travel package to Egypt is just designed for the Egyptology scholars and all the fans of the Ancient Egyptian history and the marvelous treasures as our package offers the guests the chance to explore every significant monument located from Cairo in the North passing El Minya in the Middle of Egypt till Abu simble the South of our country.

This package includes exploring Cairo, the amazing temple of Abu Simble, the monuments of El Fayoum, the historical sites of El Minya and Sohag in Upper Egypt. This tour to Egypt is long, comprehensive, and enjoyable!

In Cairo, the travelers will enjoy visiting the most remarkable places in the Egyptian capital including the pyramids of Giza, Saqqara Pyramid and Complex, Also the Ancient city of Memphis, Saladin Citadel, Khan El Khalili, and the Egyptian Museum. This is besides a full day in Islamic Cairo, where the impressive mosques and Islamic building are standing proudly.

On the way from Cairo to Luxor, we stop for a one day tour in El Fayoum, where we will be visiting the Pyramid of Hawara, the Qarun Lake, and the Meidum Pyramid. While in El Minya, we will be visiting the remaining of the ancient capital of King Akhnaten Tell El Amarna, Tombs of Beni Hassan, the monuments of Tuna El Gabal and the ancient city of Al Ashmonien. In Sohag, we will be exploring the open air museum of Akhmim, the historical site of Abydos and the magical Abydos temple of King Seti I and the beautiful Dendera Temple of Hathor.

Our next stage will surely delight all the travelers chosen Cairo, El Minya and Nile valley travel package. You will be spending few days on board one of the most comfortable Nile Cruise ships sailing down the peaceful Nile River from Luxor to Aswan and exploring the ancient Egyptian monuments in Upper Egypt including the Karnak temples complex, Temple of Luxor, the Valley of the Kings, Temple of Queen Hatshepsut at Deir El-Bahari, Colossi of Memnon,

Continue your trip to Aswan and explore the Temple of Philae, the High Dam, the Unfinished Obelisk,  This is besides exploring the Temple of Horus in Edfu and Temple of Kom Ombo between Luxor and Aswan. This would be an unforgettable vacation in Egypt!

Beside the regular scheduled program of the Nile Cruise, the guests will get to explore some interesting sites. In Luxor, we will be visiting the Luxor Museum, the Mummification Museum, the unique Temple of Madinet Habu, the Ramesseum, and Deir El Madina. We will be also discovering the Kalabsha Temple, Nubian Museum, and the interesting site of the Nubian village in Aswan.

The most remarkable temple of ancient Egypt is surly the Temple of Abu Simble. That is why the next stage of this marvelous trip in Egypt is to explore this great achievement of the well-known king Ramses II.

Don’t miss the chance and ask for our special rates for this All Egypt bus tour. We guarantee providing a high quality of services, professional Egyptologist tour guides, very comfortable vehicles, clean hotels, etc… and the most important the very special rates for this exclusive travel package Cairo, El Minya and Nile valley.

Program Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival to Cairo Int. Airport

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 Al Hakim Mosque, El Aqmar MosqueBeit 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)

Day 02: Pyramids_Sakkara_Memphis

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)

Day 03: Museum_Citadel_Old_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, 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 Coptic 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 Dinner Nile Cruise, with the most delicious meal, 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]

Day 04: El Fayoum City Tour

Energizing breakfast will be served at your hotel. Later on, we will drive by our private air-conditioned vehicle towards the town of El Fayoum, one of the most charming countryside towns in Egypt, famous for pottery and some remarkable pyramids.

We will start our visits in El Fayoum with the Hawara Pyramid, constructed by the well-known King Amenmhat III, in the 19th century BC as his royal tomb made out of limestone and mud bricks. Afterwards, we will be having lunch on the shores of the Lake Qarun, one of the deepest natural lakes in Egypt that is more than 3300 square meters. Our last visit of the day in El Fayoum will be to one of the remarkable monuments there, the Pyramid of Meidum, constructed by King Senfru, the father of King Cheops and the constructor of the Pyramids of Giza, as his first attempt to build a proper pyramid in Egypt that was a failure due to the collapse of large stones from the pyramid.

After our amazing tour in El Fayoum, we will drive back to Cairo – distance is around 102 KM, takes approximately 02 hours driving by car. Arrive to Cairo and proceed to your hotel there for check in, rest and refresh. Evening time is free at leisure on your own, so you can explore the capital of Egypt by night. You can walk around your hotel or go for a city tour with assistance of your representative (Optional Upon your request). Finally you will get back to your hotel for overnight. [Breakfast & Lunch]

Day 05: Drive to El Minya & O.N.

Check out after breakfast. Today we will leave the capital of Egypt and start our journey to the South of Egypt towards El Minya, where the most unique collection of our ancient monuments are waiting for your visit. We will drive by private air-conditioned vehicle towards the city of El Minya, nicknamed as the jewel of Upper Egypt due to the marvelous views of the River Nile and the diversity of monuments situated in that city.

We begin our visits of the day in El Minya by exploring Tell El Amarna, established by Akhenaten at the end of the 13th century BC. The new capital was largely destroyed as the supporters of the cult of the god Amun never admitted that the worship of the new god, Aten, the god of the sun, is rightful. However, today the ruins of the city stretch over a surface area that is more than 12 kilometers.

Drive back again to El Minya city and proceed to your chosen hotel for check in, rest and refresh. At night, free at leisure on your own in order to explore the city of El Minya. Finally, you’ll get back to your hotel for overnight. [Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner]

Day 06: Beni Hassan, Tuna El Gebel, Ashmonien & O.N.

Energizing breakfast at your hotel before starting our second full day tour in El Minya to visit the unique sightseeing in El Minya. Our first visit of the day will be to the Tombs of Beni Hassan, an ancient necropolis that includes many rock-cut tombs that date to the first intermediate period and the Middle Kingdom of ancient Egypt. We will then proceed to visit the impressive site of Tuna El Gabal, the famous Boundary Stelae of Akhenaten, that shows himself and his wife worshipping Aten, and a couple of interesting ancient tombs.

Our last visit of the day will be to the ancient city of El Ashmonien, that was an important center in ancient Egyptian times, during the Roman Period and the Christian era afterwards as well with many interesting remaining monuments. After the tour, we will drive back to our hotel for rest and refresh. At night, free at leisure on your own in El Minya to have fun in El Minya in the style they desire. Finally, you’ll get back to the hotel for Overnight in El Minya. [Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner]

Day 07: Drive to Sohag & O.N.

Check out after breakfast. We will leave the beautiful city of El Minya and take our air-conditioned vehicle in order to discover another city of our long trip in Egypt. From El Minya we will drive towards the city of Sohag, one of the cities in the Nile Valley of Egypt situated 260 kilometers to the South of El Minya.

We will pass the city of Assiut and visit Meir Necropolis including amazing tombs of nobles and priests dates back to the Old kingdom and the Middle kingdom – After this visit continue driving to reach Sohag, We will stop in the way to visit the Open Air Museum of Akhmim, to view the remains of the town that flourished there in ancient times displayed in an interesting open air museum with the statue of Meritamun, one of the favorite daughters of the famous king, Ramses II.

We will go on until we reach Sohag, where we will transfer you to your hotel there for check in, rest and refresh. At night, free at leisure on your own in order to explore the city or walk around your hotel. Finally, you’ll get back to your hotel for dinner and overnight. [Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner].

Day 08: Abydos& Denderah

Check out after breakfast. You will then accompany your tour guide in one of the very interesting tours included in our program of the trip. We will drive towards the city of Luxor, ancient Thebes, the capital of Egypt during a very long period of time with a large number of matchless historical sites.

Our first stop of the day will be to explore the significant site of Abydos, one of the oldest towns of ancient Egypt that hosts a number of tombs, temples, and other ruins today.

The next stop of our day will be at the city of Denderah, where we will visit the Temple of Dendera, one of the best preserved and marvelous example of the Greco Roman architecture in Egypt. The temple dedicated to the goddess Hathour is quite remarkable.

We will then complete driving towards Luxor. It is scheduled to arrive to Luxor by afternoon and proceed to our hotel for check in, rest and refresh. Evening time is yours to explore the amazing city of Luxor by night. You can walk around your hotel or go to the Tourist Market in Luxor in order to buy some local (hand-made) gifts to your family members, relatives and friends. Finally, you’ll get back to your hotel for overnight. [Breakfast & Lunch]

Day 09: Full Day West Bank & O.N. in Luxor

Breakfast meal will be served at your hotel before our full day tour in the West Bank of Luxor. The tour of today is very attractive, as we are going to visit the most impressive temples in the city of the dead! Our first visit of the day will be to Temple of Madinet Habu, perhaps the best preserved temple of ancient Egypt that was constructed by Ramses III. The relatively large complex have some wonderful decorations with some colors that remained intact until today.

Our next visit on our in the West Bank of Luxor would be to the Deir El Madina, or the village of the workers who constructed these marvelous monuments all over Luxor. Founded in the 16th century BC, the outline of the village can be explored until today. This is besides some interesting tombs.

We finish this amazing day tour with Ramesseum, the mortuary temple of the great king, Ramses II, who built it in the 13th century. Today the temple is featured with some colossi of the king and many other notable sections. Evening time is yours to explore the amazing city of Luxor by night. You can walk around your hotel or go to the Tourist Market in Luxor in order to buy some local (hand-made) gifts to your family members, relatives and friends. Finally, you’ll get back to your hotel for overnight. [Breakfast & Lunch]

Day 10: Luxor City Tour

Breakfast will be served at your hotel. A city like Luxor with all its ancient history and diversity of monuments surly hosts some fabulous museums. We begin by exploring the Luxor Museum, situated near the Karnak Temple, this museum was established by the Egyptian government to host some of the findings unearthed in Luxor and around the city.

Our next visit of the day will be to the Mummification Museum, a new museum dedicated to the illustration and the documentation of the mummification process in ancient Egypt including the tools, substances, mummies, coffins, and other interesting items from the mortuary scene in ancient Egypt

After the tour, we will get back to our hotel in Luxor to spend our last night at hotel before embarking our Nile Cruise ship in the next day morning! Overnight in Luxor. [Breakfast]

Day 11: East Bank of Luxor

Check out after breakfast. Later on, you’ll be met with our local representative in Luxor, who will transfer you by private air-conditioned vehicle to your Nile Cruise ship. We will check in the cruise within few minutes! Enjoy your lunch meal on board before exploring the East Bank of Luxor with our Egyptologist tour guide. Our first visit of the day will be to the impressive 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 the tour, we will get back to the Nile cruiser for rest & refresh. Enjoy your Afternoon tea on board while relaxing on the sundeck facing the amazing view of the Nile. We have many optional tours so you can enjoy in Luxor, however, the most attractive tour is the sound & light show at the Karnak Temple to enjoy the interesting show where you get to know the stories behind the construction of many sections of the temple and many facts about the different Pharaohs and kings who contributed to the construction of this marvelous complex. Finally, you will get back to your Nile Cruiser for overnight. [Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner]

Day 12: West Bank of Luxor

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]

Day 13: Edfu & Kom Ombo

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 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.

After visiting the amazing temple of Edfu, you will get back to the ship, so we can enjoy the lunch on board while sailing to the city of Kom Ombo. 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 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.

Finally, you will be transferred back to your Nile cruise ship for rest and refresh. Enjoy the afternoon tea on the sundeck, so you can relax on board while enjoying the amazing scene of the Nile River. Evening time is free at leisure to attend the Egyptian folklore show in the ship with an unforgettable belly dancer and many other entertaining performances included in your Nile cruise package. [Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner]

Day 14: Dam_Philae_Obelisk

Enjoy your buffet breakfast on board. You begin your visits of the day by exploring 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, so we can enjoy the tasty lunch. 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. Dinner meal will be served on board before the farewell show (maybe Nubian show). [Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner]

Day 15: Abu_Simbel_Temples

Check out after having your breakfast. Later on, we will be ready to drive by our A/C vehicle towards 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]

Day 16: Aswan Classic Tour

Breakfast meal will be served at your hotel. Later on, you’ll be met with our Egyptologist tour guide in order to complete our tour in the land of gold. We will begin by exploring the Nubian Museum, established in 1997 through an initiative of the UNESCO, the museum hosts some of the most distinctive items that were found in Nubia over a long period of the ancient history of this area.

Our next visit will be to the Temple of Kalabsha, relocated after the construction of the High Dam in the 1960s, the Temple of Kalabsha was constructed in the year 30 BC as a great example of Roman architecture in Egypt.

The most interesting part of our Aswan city tour will be happened by visiting the Nubian Village, where we get to know the Nubian community, their beliefs and traditions, and much more! After the tour, we will transfer you by private air-conditioned vehicle to Aswan International Airport in order to catch your domestic flight to Cairo. Upon arrival to Cairo International Airport, you’ll be met with our English-speaking representative, who will help and assist you in all formalities inside the airport. You will then be transferred to your hotel for check in and overnight. [Breakfast]

Day 17: Islamic Cairo Tour

Energizing breakfast at your hotel. Later on, you’ll join your our Egyptologist tour guide in such awe-inspiring tour in the capital of Egypt to visit El Muizz Street, one the richest sections with Islamic monuments. We begin our tour by visiting Bab El Fetouh, one of the historical gates of Cairo which was constructed in the 11th century. Our next visit of the day will be to El Hakim Mosque, constructed in the 11th century as one of the largest and most remarkable historical mosques in Egypt. We will then proceed to visit El Aqmar Mosque, a wonderful Fatimid mosques in Egypt featured with its marvelous stone decoration at its entrance.

Very close to El Mouiz Street, we can visit El Hussein district, where we will admire the mosque of El Hussein from outside and view all the wonders in the area. We will have our lunch meal at one of the tourist restaurants in the area of Islamic Cairo.

After lunch, you’ll be transferred back to your hotel for rest and refresh. At night, free at leisure to explore the city by night or (optional) we can offer very attractive tour to The Cairo Tower, where you can enjoy a delicious dinner with the view of Cairo from the Sky! Finally, you’ll get back to your hotel for overnight. [Breakfast & Lunch]

Day 18: Departure_from_Cairo

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 Cairo International Airport in order to catch your departure flight carrying wonderful memories about your last trip to this destination of the world, Egypt. [Breakfast]

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Package Includes:

06 nights’ accommodation in Cairo – on (Bed & Breakfast) basis.

02 nights’ accommodation in El Minya – on (Half Board) basis.

01 night’s accommodation in Sohag – on (Half Board) basis.

03 nights’ accommodation in Luxor – on (Bed & Breakfast) basis.

04 nights’ accommodation on board Nile Cruiser – on (Full Board) basis.

01 night’s accommodation in Aswan – on (Bed & Breakfast) basis.

Meet and assist by our Professional English-speaking representatives.

Entrance fees to all the indicated historical sites, temples, museums, etc.

Professional English-speaking Egyptologists in all the indicated historical sites.

Lunch meals at local restaurants during the tour in Cairo only.

Complimentary Local SIM Card for using within Egypt for local calls, messages, etc.

All transfers by private A-C vehicles with qualified drivers.

Excludes

Entry visa to Egypt.

International flight tickets.

Domestic flight tickets (as per the program)

All personal expenses like laundry etc.

Tipping to Guide, Driver, etc.

Any Optional tours may require.