Christmas Vacation in Egypt

Spending your Christmas vacation in Egypt is the best decision you can make while checking the world map, searching for the best destination to spend this special vacation in. Simply Egypt has all what you are looking for!

This extraordinary vacation in Egypt begins in Cairo, the capital of Egypt, where we will take you in such a superb tour to Pyramids of Giza, the ancient site of Saqqara and the ruins of the ancient city of Memphis. This is besides having the chance to add visit to the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, the Citadel of Saladin and Old Cairo Area.

We will then fly directly to Aswan, where the second part of your amazing vacation in Egypt will be completed! At first, we will proceed to the marvelous city of Abu Simbel to visit the two temples of king Ramses II. After that, we will drive back to Aswan to spend one night at hotel before boarding our Nile Cruise ship in the following day.

Riding a Nile Cruise ship during that time of the year would be the most enjoyable choice. Not only because of the services available on board the cruise ship, but also because it is really the best time in the year to visit Aswan and Luxor, so you can enjoy the marvelous weather of the two cities.

The Nile cruise program begins with the highlights of Aswan, including visits to the High Dam, Temple of Philae and the Unfinished obelisk. This beside having the chance to sail by Felucca (sailing boat) around the Agha Khan Mausoleum and the wonderful islands of this magical city.

Spending a nice vacation in Egypt between the historical sites, the so kind people and the incomparable weather must include visit to Luxor, the city which boats almost 1/3 of the world’s monuments. Our tours in Luxor covers the highlights of the city, including the Valley of the Kings, Temple of Hatshepsut, Colossi of Memnon, the Karnak Temples Complex and Temple of Luxor.

After spending few days exploring the highlights of Luxor and Aswan, we will fly out to Cairo to have some rest before completing the missing part of this wonderful vacation in Egypt. You still have one more day to add Alexandria city tour to your well-organized tour in Egypt, in order to complete the deal!

Our expert, Egyptologist tour guide will join you in such awe-inspiring one day tour to Alexandria to enjoy this amazing city with its Greek and Roman monuments. A private visits to the Library of Alexandria, the Pompey’s Pillar, the Roman Amphitheater and the Qaitbay fortress are included in your Over-day visit to Alexandria from Cairo.

Please feel free to Tailor Made your Christmas vacation in Egypt with a sincere assistance provided by one of our Travel Experts, who will assure your tour to Egypt and help you to well-organize your vacation. We are open to amend the package to make it very enjoyable, matching with your interests and very similar to the one you have dreamt of! Just let us know your preferred sites and we will include all of them in one package.

Program Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival to Cairo Int. Airport

Your Christmas vacation in Egypt begins upon your peaceful arrival to Cairo Airport, where you will be met with GAT Tours’ Representative, who will help and assist you in all formalities at the airport. Then, we will transfer you by private Air-conditioned vehicle to your hotel in Cairo. We will check in the hotel within few minutes! You will then go directly to your nice room to have some rest before starting your tours in the following day.

Meal Plan: No Meals

Day 02: Pyramids_Sakkara_Memphis

After breakfast, you will be met with our tour guide, who will join you today in order to add more amazement to your lovely vacation in Egypt. 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.

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.

Later on, you will proceed to have the lunch meal at local restaurant. After lunch, we will transfer you back to your hotel for rest and refresh. Evening time is yours to relax at the hotel or you can go for an optional tour in Cairo to enjoy your night.

Meal Plan: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 03: Abu Simbel Temples

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 Airport in order to catch your domestic flight to Aswan, where you can complete your amazing vacation in Egypt in such a different style!

Upon arrival to Aswan Airport, you’ll be met with GAT Tours’ local Representative there, who will help and assist you in all formalities at the airport. We will then drive by private Air-conditioned vehicle towards the city of 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 this amazing visit, we will drive back towards Aswan. On arrival to Aswan, we will proceed to your hotel there for check in, rest and refresh. Evening time is yours to relax at the hotel or you can go for an optional tour in this amazing city to enjoy your night.

Meal Plan: Breakfast

Day 04: The High Dam, Philae Temple & The Unfinished Obelisk

Check out after breakfast. Later on, you’ll be met with our local representative in Aswan, who will transfer you by private air-conditioned vehicle to your Nile Cruise ship. We will check in the cruise within few minutes! We will start our Nile cruise journey by having lunch meal on board. 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]

Day 05: Temple of Kom Ombo & Temple of Edfu

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]

Day 06: Valley of Kings, Temple of Hatshepsut & Colossi of Memnon

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 07: Karnak Temples Complex & Temple of 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.

The most comfortable vehicle will be awaiting you afterwards to transfer you to the Luxor train station in order to catch your Sleeper Train which will take you back to Cairo. Dinner and overnight on board. [Breakfast & Dinner]

Day 08: The Egyptian Museum, Citadel of Salah El Din & Old Cairo

Enjoy your breakfast meal on board train. Your train arrives to Cairo at approximately 06:30 AM, where you will be met with our representative who will transfer you by private A/C vehicle to your hotel in Cairo for check in, rest and refresh. 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]

Day 09: Over-day Alexandria from Cairo

After breakfast, you will be met with our professional Egyptologist, who will join you in such amazing tour in the second capital of Egypt or the “bride of the Mediterranean sea”, Alexandria. Distance between Cairo and Alexandria takes around three hours by car. Maybe it is long time, but really the sites there deserves it.

Begin our tour in Alexandria by visiting the Library of Alexandria, with the ancient library being established in the 3rd century BC and destroyed in the 1st century BC, the library we see today which is a huge wonderful architectural work, was opened in 2002.

Our next visit will be to the Roman Amphitheatre, discovered in 1960, the theatre which was established in the 4th century BC with its marble steps is one of its kind in Egypt. We will then visit Qaitbay Citadel (from outside), this citadel was established in the 16th century and became the landmark of Alexandria today.

Later on, we will proceed to have lunch in one of the best local restaurants in Alexandria. After lunch, we will drive back to Cairo. Arrive to Cairo and proceed to your hotel for overnight. [Breakfast & Lunch]

Day 10: 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]

Tour Details

10 Days / 09 Nights
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From 23 December 2017

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Package Includes:

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

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

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

Internal flight tickets (Cairo/Aswan - Luxor/Cairo) by Egypt Air on Tourist class.

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.

All personal expenses like laundry etc.

Tipping to Guide, Driver, etc.

Any Optional tours may require.