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Tour Details

Duration

12 Days / 11 Nights

Tour Location

Giza / Cairo / Alexandria / Aswan / Abu Simbel / Luxor / Dendara / Abydos / Sahara

Tour Availability

Everyday

Pickup & Drop Off

Cairo Airport

Tour Type

Private

Expedition 12 Days Cairo & Upper Egypt Tour

12 Days Cairo & Upper Egypt tour is an incredible trip package to the cradle of human civilization and experiences the beauty and allure that the ancient ancestors constructed thousands of years ago. Step back in time at the most renowned destinations in Egypt. Marvel at Giza Pyramids Complex and explore the wonders of Cairo. Then, you will witness the splendors of Aswan and Luxor, discover the heavenly Abu Simbel temple, the distinctively Karnak temple, and the magnificently Valley of the Kings, and finally, you will have a unique trip among the landscapes of the Egyptian desert and reveal its hidden secrets. Break down the paradise of Egypt and book now!!

Tour Highlights

Cairo Attractions

  • Giza Pyramids Complex
  • The Egyptian Museum
  • Salah El Din Citadel
  • Khan El Khalili Bazaar

Luxor Attractions

  • Karnak Temples
  • Hatshepsut Temple
  • Valley of the Kings
  • Dendera & Abydos Temples

Aswan Attractions

  • Abu Simbel Temples
  • Philae Temple
  • Aswan High Dam
  • Unfinished Obelisk

Alexandria Attractions

  • Qaitbay Citadel
  • Pompey's Pillar
  • Catacombs
  • Alexandria Library

Tour Inclusions

  • All charges and taxes.

  • Meals mentioned in the itinerary.

  • Meet and assist service at the airports.

  • 1st class train ticket to Luxor from Aswan.

  • Fluent Egyptologist tour guide during the tours.

  • Domestic flights {Cairo – Aswan / Luxor – Cairo}.

  • Admission fees to all the sights listed in the itinerary.

  • Accommodation 1-night camping in the desert on full board.

  • Modern air-conditioned vehicles for all of your tours and transfers.

  • Accommodation 5 nights at 5* hotel in Cairo on Bed and Breakfast basis.

  • Accommodation 2 nights at 5* hotel in Aswan on Bed and Breakfast basis.

  • Accommodation 3 nights at 5* hotel in Luxor on Bed and Breakfast basis.

Tour Exclusions

  • Tipping.

  • Personal Expenses.

  • Any Optional Tours.

  • Entry Visa to Egypt.

  • International Airfare.

Tour Itinerary

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Day One : Welcome to the land of Pharaohs

Day One:Welcome to the land of Pharaohs

Since the first moments of your arrival, one of our representatives will be waiting for you at Cairo International Airport and receive his very warm greetings and his assistance through your arrival procedures. After finishing, you will meet your tour guide who will transfer you by a modern air-conditioned vehicle to 5* hotel in Cairo to have a smooth check-in. In the evening time, let s have an incredible night experience through the Nile River with a very special atmospheric dinner meal onboard a high-quality Nile cruise and enjoy some oriental shows, belly dancing and folklore and musical parties and many more of the traditional Egyptian celebrities while your tour guide will give a general overview about Egypt history before you will be back to your hotel in Cairo.

Day Two : Trip to Giza Pyramids Complex & Museum

Day Two:Trip to Giza Pyramids Complex & Museum

In the morning, you will have a lovely breakfast at the hotel then your tour guide will pick you up by a private air-conditioned vehicle to start 12 days Cairo & Upper Egypt tour by visiting the must-see attractions in Giza and Cairo including:

Giza Pyramids Complex

The Giza Pyramids complex which is named Giza Necropolis was erected during the ruling of the 4th dynasty and it contains three main pyramids and other six little ones in addition to the Sphinx and the Valley temple.

The Great Pyramid

The Great Pyramid of Khufu is the oldest and most enormous pyramid in Giza Plateau which was constructed within twenty years by King Khufu to be his precious resting place. It's considered one of the ancient wonders due to its extreme height (147 M) and its construction used about 2,300,000 blocks of stone.

The Spectacular Sphinx

The Great Sphinx is the safeguard of Giza Plateau which belongs to King Khafre. This large monumental sculpture was formed with a lion's body and a king's head.

The Valley Temple

This granite temple is one of the mummification spots used in Ancient Egypt to mummify the bodies of the dead kings.

Enjoy a delicious lunch meal at a good quality restaurant then we will drive you to visit:

The Grand Egyptian Museum

The Grand Egyptian Museum displays a unique collection of 5000 years of treasures where you will be surrounded by more than 250,000 glorious artifacts in addition to the unbelievable collection of King Tutankhamen and much more precious jewelry.

At the end of the day, you will be transferred to your hotel in Cairo.

Day Three : Fly to Aswan and Visit Aswan Highlights

Day Three:Fly to Aswan and Visit Aswan Highlights

Morning time, you'll enjoy your breakfast before you will be taken to the airport for flight to Aswan and once you arrive, you will join one of our expert Egyptologists to visit the most well-known sites:

Aswan High Dam

Aswan High Dam is one of the modern achievements in Egypt since its construction started in 1960 with the assistance of UNESCO which had an effective role to protect the country against the destructive floods and to generate huge amounts of water and electricity.

The Unfinished Obelisk

The Unfinished Obelisk the largest obelisk ever built in Ancient Egypt which was erected according to the order of Queen Hatshepsut "1508-1458 B.C".

Lunch will be served at a Nile view restaurant then move to visit:

Philae Temple

Philae temple is dedicated to the goddess Isis, the goddess of beauty and love and it was moved near Agilkia Island to protect it against the floods before the High Dam was built.

Your tour guide will transfer you to 5* hotel in Aswan to check-in and spend the night.

Day Four : Tour to Abu Simbel Temples

Day Four:Tour to Abu Simbel Temples

You will receive your breakfast boxes in the early morning before you will be taken for a guided day trip by a modern air-conditioned car to visit one of the best places you will witness through your 12 days Cairo and Upper Egypt tour:

Abu Simbel Temples

Abu Simbel temple is one of the historical masterpieces in Ancient Egypt which was carved into rocks in 1200 B.C during the ruling period of King Ramses II. In fact, they are two temples; the largest one is dedicated to Ramses II and its decorations indicated to the victory of the king at the battle of Kadesh and the other temple for his beloved wife, Queen Nefertari.

We will drive you back to Aswan for lunch meal at a reputable restaurant then transfer you to your hotel in Aswan.

Day Five : Luxor East Bank Tour

Day Five:Luxor East Bank Tour

In the morning, you will be transferred to catch 1st class train to Luxor and once you arrive, your professional tour guide will be waiting for you at Luxor train station to take  you by a modern air-conditioned car to enjoy the most well-known highlights in the East Bank including:

Karnak Temple

Be a witness of one of the most impressive temples in the world and the largest temple ever erected by man "Karnak Temple" since it contains three main temples standing on 247 acres of land. This marvelous temple represents a very unique kind of arts and decorations which tell about the greatness of the ancient Pharaohs of different generations.

Your lunch will be served at a Nile view restaurant then we will transfer you to 5* hotel to check-in and spend some leisure. In the evening, you will be guided once more to explore:

Luxor Temple by Night

Luxor temple is the center of the most well-known celebrities and religious atmosphere in Ancient Egypt specially the festival of Opet. It was built by Amenhotep III and Ramses II to host the rituals of the festival.

We will drive you back to your hotel in Luxor.

Day Six : Luxor West Bank Tour

Day Six:Luxor West Bank Tour

Breakfast at the hotel then you will begin a guided day trip to the West Bank monumental highlights including:

Valley of the Kings

This ancient grave spot of Egypt's kings from the 18th to the 20th dynasty "Valley of the Kings" is one of the most well preserved monumental sites which includes more than 60 royal tombs and most of them were built for Egypt's rulers and the members of their families. Two of these tombs belong to Ramses II and King Tutankhamen which are more distinctive for many tourists.

Hatshepsut Temple

Hatshepsut temple is the most distinctively decorated temple which was thought to be built to display the importance of Queen Hatshepsut and immortalize her great achievements. And its decoration depicts the well-known conflict between Hatshepsut and her son in law "Tuthmosis".

Your lunch will be proceeded at an Egyptian good quality restaurant and then head to visit:

Colossi of Memnon

The two sitting stone statues "Colossi of Memnon" were erected by Amenhotep III "1386-1850 B.C" since it was believed that they are the safeguards of the king.

We will transfer you to your hotel in Aswan for an overnight stay.

Day Seven : Tour to Dendara & Abydos Temples

Day Seven:Tour to Dendara & Abydos Temples

Have breakfast then your fluent tour guide will take you by a modern air-conditioned to visit

Dendera Temple

Dendara temple is one of the best must-see historical attractions. What makes it distinctive is that it combines the glorious achievements of three periods of Egypt history; the Pharaonic, the Roman, and the Greek era. The heavenly temple includes three main temples, the Birthing Temple, the Temple of Hathor, and the Temple of Isis as well as a scared pool.

Then move with your guide to visit:

Abydos Temple

The magnificent Abydos temple was built by Seti I and completed by his son Ramses II. The temple has 7 shrines dedicated to 7 gods: Seti I, Isis, Osiris, Amon Ra, Horus, Ptah, and Ra Hor Akhty. What is surprising at the temple is that it contains the well-preserved decorations and painted reliefs about the 18th dynasty.

We will transfer you back to Luxor where you will have a nice lunch meal at a good quality restaurant then back to your hotel in Luxor to spend the night.

Day Eight : Fly to Cairo & Visit Old Cairo Attractions

Day Eight:Fly to Cairo & Visit Old Cairo Attractions

Breakfast then you will catch the flight back to Cairo and upon arrival, you will join your fluent Egyptologist to continue your 12 Days tour to Cairo and Upper Egypt by exploring Cairo highlights:

Salah El Din Citadel

This Islamic fortress "Salah El Din Citadel" was constructed in 1176 A.C during the reign of Salah El Din with large gates and high defending walls to protect the country against the Crusader invasion.

While being in the citadel, you can also marvel at:

Mohamed Ali Mosque

Mohamed Ali mosque was built between 1830 and 1848 and it was named "The Alabaster Mosque" since its walls made of pure alabaster.

Enjoy your lunch at a good quality restaurant then move to visit:

The Hanging Church

The hanging church is one of the most well known Coptic highlights in Egypt dated back to the ancient history which was built above the gatehouse of the Babylon Fortress in the 3rd century A.D.

Amr Ibn Al Aas Mosque

Amr Ibn Al Aas mosque was constructed in 641 AD and it's considered the oldest mosque ever built in Africa. What is distinctive about this stunning mosque is that it was the center of the ancient capital of Egypt "Fustat".

Ben Ezra Synagogue

Ben Ezra synagogue situated in the place where baby Moses was found and its storeroom contains a treasure of abandoned Hebrew & Aramaic.

And finally, you will witness:

Khan El Khalili Bazaar

Khan El Khalili is the place where you will have an incredible shopping experience in the oldest market in Africa and it's believed that it's a great chance to get clothes, souvenirs, perfumes, and most of the products you need to memorize your tour.

At the end of the day, we will transfer you to 5* hotel in Cairo to check-in and spend the night.

Day Nine : Tour to Alexandria Landmarks

Day Nine:Tour to Alexandria Landmarks

Breakfast at the hotel in Cairo before your tour guide will lead you to Alexandria sightseeing by a private air-conditioned car to visit:

Catacombs of Kom El Shoqafa

The Catacombs of Kom El Shoqafa is Roman gravesite reveals the combination of Egyptian and Roman art, culture, and architecture and it contains many valuable objects of the pharaonic funeral cult.

Pompey's Pillar

The Pompey's Pillar is a granite column erected to honor Emperor Diocletian who freed the besieged city.

Qaitbay Citadel

The amazing Qaitbay citadel was constructed by Sultan Al-Ashraf Qaitbey in 1477 AD to save the city against the attacks of the Ottoman Empire.

Your lunch will be served at a seafood restaurant then move to visit

Alexandria Library

The encyclopedia Alexandria library is one of the greatest scientific sites in the world as it has a copy of every book published in all languages and it also hosts many exhibitions that display very unique books of all fields.

We will drive you back to your hotel in Cairo to spend the night.

Day Ten : Tour to Bahariya Oasis

Day Ten:Tour to Bahariya Oasis

In the early morning, we will transfer you to Bahariya Oasis ( 385 KM/4 Hrs ), have your lunch meal at Al-Bawaiti city then you will be taken by a Toyota Land Cruiser to visit the Black Desert, the Bedouin Village El Hez Shower. Continue driving to explore Crystal Mountain, then head to Agabat Area or as it’s named "The Wonders Area" and sandboarding. And finally, we will drive to visit The Old White Desert including; Mushroom, Tants Valley, Panorama Old White Desert, and flower stone. Enjoy some Bedouin shows with Bedouin tea, Barbeque dinner meal, and overnight camping in the desert.

Day Eleven : Continue the Desert Trip

Day Eleven:Continue the Desert Trip

Enjoy taking some memorable photos during the sunrise time, have breakfast, and visit hot spring before you will be back to Cairo where lunch will be served at a good restaurant then we will drive you to 5* hotel in Cairo for an overnight stay.

Day Twelfth : End Your 12 Days Cairo & Upper Egypt Tour

Day Twelfth:End Your 12 Days Cairo & Upper Egypt Tour

End the last day of your 12 days Cairo and Upper Egypt tour by Checking out and we will drive you to Cairo International airport for final departure. Hint: You can share your thoughts about adding or removing any tours from your itinerary to be able to accommodate your requirements and fulfill your needs.

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What to Pack For This Tour

  • Camera.
  • Comfortable shoes.
  • Sunblock & Sunglasses.
  • Warm clothes in winter.
  • Cotton clothes in summer.
  • Valid Passport for 6 months.

Note: Check our blog about what to pack for Egypt.

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