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Alexandria, Nile Cruise and White Desert

Egypt in 12 Days, 11 Nights in Destination

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Our most comprehensive offering of Egypt yet, with visits to pyramids, ancient temples, the enchanting city of Alexandria, the previously prohibited White Desert as well as an awe-inspiring Nile Cruise will leave you mesmerized.

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    Alexandria
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    Aswan
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    Bahariya Oasis
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    Cairo
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    Giza
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    Kom Ombo
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    Luxor
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    Nile River
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    White Desert

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  4. Activities

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  • 7 nights accommodation in Charm and Superior category hotels.
  • 4 nights on board the Nile cruise.
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Accommodation: 11 Nights

Itinerary

Discover the magic of Egypt’s enchanting past by exploring some of its most famous relics. From Cairo’s 3 Great Pyramids and Great Sphinx, to Alexandria’s Pompey Column and Catacombs of Kom El-Shoqafa. Spend 4 nights under the stars on a Full-Board Nile River Cruise and relish the Valley of the Kings before embarking on a 4X4 safari through the stunning White Desert.

1st Day: UK/Ireland - Cairo
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Touch down in Cairo and transfer to the hotel. Once you've settled in, the remainder of the day is free at your leisure to get to know the sights and sounds of Cairo, in the shadow of the Great Pyramids! Go shopping at the local souk or sample the national cuisine. Overnight stay in Cairo.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Ramses Hilton or similar
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5026 Reviews

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2nd Day: Cairo
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Breakfast at the hotel. Get to know the Egyptian capital today with a tour of Cairo's most emblematic sights. Begin at the Giza plateau, home of the three Great Pyramids, built over 4,500 years ago and one of the Seven Wonders of the World! Explore the pyramids and learn about their fascinating history as you walk in the footsteps of the pharaohs. Continue to the Great Sphinx to unearth more secrets of Ancient Egypt. The remainder of the day is free to explore Cairo at your leisure.  We recommend an optional excursion to Memphis and the necropolis of Sakkara.* Overnight stay in Cairo.


Optional excursion to Memphis and Sakkara: Visit Memphis, once the place of residence of the Egyptian pharaohs. See the stepped pyramid, built by Imhotep and explore the complete funeral complex of Mastabas. Continue to Mit Rahina to visit the open-air museum and explore the necropolis of Sakkara.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Ramses Hilton or similar
tripadvisor rating

5026 Reviews

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Activities

included
Great Pyramids, Sphinx & Temple of the Valley Excursion

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Memphis & Sakkara Excursion

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3rd Day: Cairo - Alexandria
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Breakfast at the hotel. Set off by train to Alexandria, the former capital of New Egypt and one of the most historically important cities in the country founded by Alexander the Great in 331 BC. An array of civilizations, such as the Egyptians, Greeks, Romans and Ottomans, have each left their mark on this Mediterranean city. On arrival, enjoy a panoramic tour of Alexandria with lunch included to see its most emblematic sights such as the Pompey Column, the 2000-year-old Catacombs of Kom El-Shoqafa and the famous Library of Alexandria. Optionally, you can end your day with a visit to the Museum of Alexandria*. Check in and overnight stay in Alexandria. 


*Optional Guided Tour of Museum of Alexandria: More than 1800 archaeological pieces are exhibited chronologically from one floor to the next in this emblematic restored palace recounting the history of Alexandria from the Pharaonic to the Islamic eras. Mummies can be viewed in a special underground chamber. 

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Romance Alexandria Hotel or similar
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1569 Reviews

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Alexandria Museum Visit

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4th Day: Alexandria - Cairo
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Breakfast at the hotel. Return to Cairo in the morning. Arrival at the hotel, check in. Enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure. Why not sample some of Egypt’s most delicious cuisine or go shopping at the Khan el-Khalili Bazaar? We also recommend using this time to visit the Egyptian Museum*. Overnight stay in Cairo. 


*Optional visit to the Egyptian Museum: This world-renowned museum is home to the largest collection of jewels, relics and statues from the golden age of the pharaohs.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Ramses Hilton or similar
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5026 Reviews

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Optional
Egyptian Museum

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5th Day: Cairo - Luxor
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Breakfast at the hotel. At the indicated time, transfer to the airport for a flight to Luxor. On arrival, transfer to the port to board your Full-Board Nile Cruise Boat*, your home for the next four nights. Get settled in your cabin and enjoy lunch and the views of the river Nile. In the afternoon, visit the Temple of Karnak, a huge complex of decayed temples, columns and other buildings. On the way back to the ship, stop at the impressive Temple of Luxor, dedicated to Amun-Ra, Mut and Khonu and built by Amenophis III and Ramses II. Back on the ship, enjoy the remainder of the evening at your leisure. We recommend an optional Luxor Museum visit.** Dinner and overnight on board.


The order of the excursions and visits may vary, depending on the schedule of the internal flights, traffic and other logistical reasons. The planned visits will be carried out in any case.


** Luxor Museum visit. Discover more than 1800 archaeological pieces that narrate the history of the emblematic city of Alexandria from the Pharaonic to the Islamic eras, including mummies that can be viewed in a special underground chamber.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Nile Treasure Cruise or similar
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Activities

included
Luxor & Karnak Temples Tour

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Luxor Museum Visit

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6th Day: Luxor - Edfu
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Full-board on board. Begin the day with a visit to the legendary Valley of the Kings, the burial site of the pharaohs between the 18th and 20th ancient Egyptian dynasties and the famous site of the tomb of Tutankhamun. After exploring the valley, head to the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, set on large terraces beneath the cliffs at Deir el-Bahari. Continue to the Colossi of Memnon, two imposing stone statues of the Pharaoh Amenhotep III, before returning to the ship as it navigates towards Edfu. Dinner and overnight on board. 


Please note: The excursion to the Valley of the Kings includes visits to three tombs. Entrance to the tomb of Tutankhamun is not included but, if you are interested in visiting, you can buy a ticket to see this tomb at the site during your visit.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Nile Treasure Cruise or similar
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Activities

included
Valley of the Kings, Temple of Hatshepsut & Memnon Colossi Excursion

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7th Day: Edfu - Kom Ombo - Aswan
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Full-board on board. Disembark the ship in Edfu and take a carriage ride to the magnificent Temple of Horus, the famous, falcon-headed Egyptian god. Explore the atmospheric temple ruins as you trace the footsteps of the pharaohs. Return to the ship and continue sailing south to Kom Ombo. Upon arrival explore the twin Temples of Haroeris and Sobek and see the amazing Nilometer, used to measure the rising and falling levels of the Nile, an important life source in Egypt. Return to the ship and relax onboard as you continue towards Aswan. Dinner and overnight on board.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Nile Treasure Cruise or similar
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Activities

included
Edfu & Kom Ombo Tour

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8th Day: Aswan
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Full-board on board. If you're an early riser, you have the chance to enjoy an optional excursion to Abu Simbel*, home to many rock-carved temples. Today, enjoy a tour of Aswan to uncover the sights of this fascinating city. Explore the famous granite quarry, where the building blocks of many of ancient Egypt's monuments were produced and visit both the old and new Aswan Dams, monumental engineering works built in the 19th and 20th centuries respectively to control the flooding on the banks of the Nile. Afterwards, we recommend to take the chance to book an optional visit to the Island of Philae**. A river island in the Nile where the ancient temple of the goddess Isis is located. End the day with a peaceful ride in a felucca, a typical fishing boat, on the river Nile. Return to the ship and enjoy relaxing on board. Dinner and overnight on board.


Optional Excursion to Abu Simbel: Visit these amazing temples, carved on the western cliff of the desert by Ramses II in the Xl century BC. See the iconic 20-metre high statues, dedicated to the god Amon Ra, and the Temple of Nefertari, dedicated to the goddess Hathor. 


Please note: If you take the optional excursion to Abu Simbel, you will depart from the ship at approximately 3-3:30 a.m. to make the most of the coolest and quietest part of the day. This way, you can fully experience Abu Simbel without the crowds and avoid sightseeing in high temperatures.


** Optional Island of Philae Excursion: Discover the historic island of Philae, in the reservoir of the Old Aswan Dam. It is home to the ancient ruins of the Temple of Isis and offers a fascinating insight into life and beliefs in Ancient Egypt.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Nile Treasure Cruise or similar
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Activities

included
Aswan Tour & Felucca Boat Cruise

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Island of Philae

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Abu Simbel Excursion

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9th Day: Aswan - Cairo
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Breakfast on board. At the indicated time, disembark the ship and transfer to the airport for a short flight to Cairo. Arrive in the capital and transfer to the hotel. Enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure to get to know Cairo. While away, enjoy the day going shopping in the busy city souks to bag a bargain. Overnight stay in Cairo.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Ramses Hilton or similar
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5026 Reviews

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10th Day: Cairo - Bahariya Desert
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Breakfast at the hotel. An early morning departure is scheduled for Bahariya, where you can enjoy the 4 ½ hour drive to take in the splendor of the scenery. Discover this stunning oasis’ black hills and hundreds of mineral and sulfur springs. On arrival to Bawiti, capital of Bahariya, we will begin our 4X4 safari by exploring the Black Desert surrounding the oasis. You will then make your way to Gabal el Marsos (Divided Mountain) by foot before driving towards the White Desert and stopping by Crystal Mountain to relish in the beauty of the creamy-colored landscapes. Return to hotel and check in, dinner and overnight stay in Bawiti.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
International Hot Spring ... or similar
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94 Reviews

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Activities

included
White Desert Safari 4x4

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11th Day: Bahariya Desert - Cairo
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Breakfast at the hotel. Morning tour exploring the top sights of Bahariya, including El Meftella Mountain, Salt Lake and the hot springs of Bir el Ghaba & el Matar. Your day will carry on visiting the Golden Mummies Museum, a burial catacomb that was built during the Greco-Roman period. Here, you’ll get to gaze in awe at some of the most high-ranking mummified Roman Egyptians, many of which are adorned in gold masks and decorated with religious scenes. Return to Cairo in the evening. Check in and overnight stay.

Accommodation

ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
Ramses Hilton or similar
tripadvisor rating

5026 Reviews

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Activities

included
Bahariya Oasis & Golden Mummies Museum Visit

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12th Day: Cairo - UK/Ireland
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Breakfast* at the hotel. At the indicated time, transfer to the airport for a flight back to the UK/Ireland. Arrive in the UK/Ireland and end your trip. 


* Depending on the return flight schedule and the hotel breakfast service, you may not be able to enjoy the included breakfast on the last day. 

Included activities

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All timings are approximate and dependent on traffic, weather and local conditions. This timing schedule is intended for guidance only and is subject to change by our guide or driver.

Great Pyramids, Sphinx & Temple of the Valley Excursion

Included activity for day 2 in Cairo

Visit the Great Pyramids, one of the Seven Wonders of the World! Explore the pyramids and learn about their fascinating history, before admiring the craftsmanship of the legendary Great Sphinx and exploring the Temple of the Valley!

Duration 03:00h Approx. Pick up time: 08:00 Approx

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All timings are approximate and dependent on traffic, weather and local conditions. This timing schedule is intended for guidance only and is subject to change by our guide or driver

Luxor & Karnak Temples Tour

Included activity for day 5 in Luxor

Explore Luxor Temple and visit the legendary Temple of Karnak complex. Home to a vast array of ruined temples, chapels, columns and other ancient buildings, explore the site and learn about life and belief systems in Ancient Egypt!

Duration 04:30h Approx. Pick up time: info at destination

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All timings are approximate and dependent on traffic, weather and local conditions. This timing schedule is intended for guidance only and is subject to change by our guide or driver.

Valley of the Kings, Temple of Hatshepsut & Memnon Colossi Excursion

Included activity for day 6 in Luxor

Explore the Valley of the Kings, home to the tomb of Tutankhamon! It is here that the most powerful and influential kings of Ancient Egypt were buried. After touring the site, continue to the Temple of Hatshepsut and visit the incredible Colossi of Memnon.

Duration 07:00h Approx. Pick up time: info at destination

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All timings are approximate and dependent on traffic, weather and local conditions. This timing schedule is intended for guidance only and is subject to change by our guide or driver.

Edfu & Kom Ombo Tour

Included activity for day 7 in Aswan

Ride in a traditional Egyptian carriage to the Temple of Edfu! Spend some time exploring the temple before heading to Kom Ombo to visit the Twin Temples of Haroeris and Sobek and see the Nilometer. Afterwards, visit a unique Crocodile Mummy Museum.

Duration 14:00h Approx. Pick up time: 05:00 Approx

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Activities are subject to availability. The price for each optional activity will be shown in the next step of the booking process.
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All timings are approximate and dependent on traffic, weather and local conditions. This timing schedule is intended for guidance only and is subject to change by our guide or driver.

Memphis & Sakkara Excursion

Suggested activity for day 2 in Saqqara

Visit ancient Memphis and the nearby necropolis of Sakkara. See the stepped pyramid of Djoser, built by Imhotep, and explore the complete funeral complex of Mastabas. Continue to Mit Rahina to visit the open-air museum.

Duration 04:00h Approx. Pick up time: 17:00 Approx

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All timings are approximate and dependent on traffic, weather and local conditions. This timing schedule is intended for guidance only and is subject to change by our guide or driver.

Alexandria Museum Visit

Suggested activity for day 3 in Alexandria

Discover more than 1800 archaeological pieces that narrate the history of the emblematic city of Alexandria from the Pharaonic to the Islamic eras, including mummies that can be viewed in a special underground chamber.

Duration 03:00h Approx. Pick up time: 14:00 Approx

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Light

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All timings are approximate and dependent on traffic, weather and local conditions. This timing schedule is intended for guidance only and is subject to change by our guide or driver.

Egyptian Museum

Suggested activity for day 4 in Cairo

Trace the history of ancient Egypt at the world-renowned Egyptian Museum, home to countless riches from antiquity which represents more than 4000 years of history, culture and art.

Duration 02:30h Approx. Pick up time: info at destination

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Light

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All timings are approximate and dependent on traffic, weather and local conditions. This timing schedule is intended for guidance only and is subject to change by our guide or driver.

Luxor Museum Visit

Suggested activity for day 5 in Luxor

This iconic archaeological museum overlooking the west bank of the River Nile has a more niche collection than that of any other museum in the country. Items on display include grave goods, royal mummies and statues of gods.

Duration 03:00h Approx. Pick up time: 14:30 Approx

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The price includes

  • Included in all our trips. more information
  • Departures from UK/Ireland airports.
  • International flights: UK/Ireland - Cairo - UK/Ireland.
  • Internal flights: Cairo - Luxor; Aswan - Cairo. *
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  • Train ticket: Cairo - Alexandria - Cairo.
  • 7 nights accommodation in Charm and Superior category hotels and 4 nights on board the Nile Cruise **.
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  • 5 breakfasts, 1 picnic lunch, 1 dinner and Full-Board on Nile Cruise.
  • Transfer in an air conditioned vehicle.
  • Visits and entrances fees as indicated in the itinerary. ***
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  • All air taxes and fuel surcharge.
  • Active tour with a comprehensive schedule of activities. *****
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  • 4-night Nile Cruise.
  • ATOL Protection.
  • English-speaking guide during the whole trip.
  • Safari 4x4 in the White Desert. ****
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*The cancellation policy applicable is according to the Terms and Conditions available and agreed at the time of your purchase

Not included

Visa (required)* drinks, insurance, personal expenses, tips** and any other services not mentioned in what's included.

* Visa issued on arrival. Price approx. $25.

** Please note: Mandatory tips of $55 per person for the Nile Cruise are not included in the price and must be paid at the destination. These are the ONLY mandatory tips you will be required to pay during this tour. Tipping for the rest of the trip is optional, but keep in mind that tipping is an important part of Egyptian culture and that it is commonplace for service providers to ask for tips. In these cases, it is up to your personal discretion whether to tip or not. 

* Documentation of the internal flights will be delivered to you on arrival at your destination.

Please note the following luggage allowances for your internal flight
  • Checked luggage allowance is between 21-23 kg (46-50 lbs)
  • Hand luggage (carry-on) allowance is 8 kg (17 lbs)

** The allocated cruise ship may be changed due to routine maintenance, in which case you will be allocated a cruise of the same or higher category.

*** The operator reserves the right to change the order of visits if necessary. All times are approximate. Nonetheless, all the activities will still take place.

**** In case of bad weather, we reserve the right to cancel the 4x4 safari. Children are not allowed on this circuit because they cannot be accepted on the 4x4 Safari.

***** This is a fast-paced itinerary that includes a comprehensive number of sights and activities in order to give you the most complete experience of Egypt! You can expect several early morning departures and a full daily schedule of activities.  

Please note: Please be aware that the ship's Wi-Fi connection is dependent on satellite coverage and that there are sections of the cruise in which Wi-Fi will not be available. High-speed Wi-Fi is available to use in port only, for an extra fee of $8 USD per day.

This trip is not suitable for people with physical disabilities/walking difficulties or health problems. All travelers participating in this itinerary must have a medical insurance that covers them during their trip. 

Please note: A copy of the client's passport is required at least 30 days prior to departure as a special permit is required for their stay in the desert, if the tour operator doesn't receive the copy at least 30 days prior to arrival, the client will not be able to travel to the desert.

  • Entry requirements

    Valid passport with at least six months validity.

  • Visa

    A visa is required. Issued on arrival in the country. Price approx: USD25.

  • Currency

    Egyptian Pound.

  • Language

    Arabic.

  • Electricity

    220 V. Adapter not required but recommended.

  • Health

    There are no mandatory vaccinations for travellers from the UK/Ireland.

  • Time zone

    UTC + 02:00.

  • Other useful information

    Egypt has a desert climate with mild winters and very hot summers.

  • Tourist Office website

    http://www.egypt.travel/

Remember to download your e-ticket to confirm the times of your flights and to complete online check-in using the airline’s website, or directly at the check-in desk at the airport.

Accommodation at the hotels is as indicated. In the event of any changes to accommodation, they will always be of the same, or a higher category. The category of hotels is not standardized across all countries in the world. For this reason, the criteria may differ depending on the destination country's own standards.

In the case of adverse weather conditions, for safety reasons or for any other reasons deemed appropriate, the order and duration of the excursions included in the itinerary may be changed or canceled without prior notice.

If you have reduced mobility, require the use of a wheelchair, or you would prefer this tour to be a private experience for you and your group, you must contact our Experts at +44 20 8068 3176 before booking to ensure that your needs can be met.

While on the road, it is highly unlikely that the vehicle will be equipped with wifi or bathroom facilities, though rest stops will be made for long trips. We recommend purchasing a new SIM card at the airport or placing an e-SIM before travel to guarantee internet connection.

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office offer up-to-date travel advice by visiting https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

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