11 Days Historical Vacation in Egypt
|Duration||11 Days / 10 Nights.|
|Tour Location||Cairo – Alexandria – Luxor – Aswan – Dendera – Abydose – Abu Simbel|
|Pickup & Drop Off||Cairo Airport.|
|Tour Type||Classic Tour|
11 Days Historical Tour in Egypt for South African Travelers
11 days Historical Egypt tour will be a majestic trip across the history and culture of the ancient Egyptian civilization. The outstanding travel agency Egypt Tours Portal will provide all our South African guests with the most incredible services of a private A/C Vehicle, comfortable accommodations, and a proficient Egyptologist tour guide which is anticipated from the best travel agency in Egypt. All our South African clients will discover ancient Egyptian history through our one of its kind 11 days historical vacation in Egypt which will bring the history of the Pharaohs back to life while visiting the remarkable historical touristy sightseeing & highlights to get the adventure which everyone has always dreamed of and head to the mesmerizing destinations which you have heard of hundreds of times in your life. We customized the most interesting tour itinerary for history lovers to ensure that we covered the major historical sites in the land of Pharaohs found in Cairo, Luxor, Aswan & Alexandria such as the Giza pyramids complex, Alexandria Library, Qaitbay Citadel, Catacombs of Alexandria, Khan El-Khalili bazaar, the Hanging Church, Amr Ibn Alas Mosque, the National Museum of Egyptian civilization, Karnak temple, Queen Hatshepsut Temple, Valley of the Kings, Philae Temple, Abu Simbel temple, Abydos temple, Valley of the Queens, Deir El Medina, Dendera temple, and more. Live the adventure of a lifetime by booking this mystical tour.
- Giza Pyramids
- The Sphinx
- The Grand Egyptian Museum
- Saqqara Step Pyramid
- Memphis City
- The Egyptian Museum
- Old Cairo Attractions
- The National Museum
- Khan El Khalili & Al Muizz
- Qaitbay Citadel
- Alexandria Library
- Pompey’s Pillar
- The Catacombs
Luxor Attractions - Part 1
- Valley of the Kings
- Hatshepsut Temple
- Valley of the Queens
- Deir El-Medina
Luxor Attractions - Part 2
- Karnak Temples
- Luxor Temples
- Dendera Temple
- Abydos Temple
- The High Dam
- The Unfinished Obelisk
- Philae Temple
- Abu Simbel Temples
- Domestic flights (Cairo – Aswan / Luxor – Cairo).
- 4 Nights accommodation in Cairo at a 5* Hotel.
- 2 Nights accommodation in Aswan at a 5* Hotel.
- 4 Nights accommodation in Luxor at a 5* Hotel.
- 1st Class train tickets from Aswan to Luxor.
- Assistance at Cairo International Airport.
- Private transfers in A.C vehicle during the tour.
- Private tours to the whole sightseeing on the itinerary.
- Choose from our English, Spanish, and French Tour Guides.
- Entrance fees to all sites are mentioned on the itinerary.
- All meals are mentioned in the itinerary.
- All service charges and taxes.
- International Airfare.
- Personal Expenses.
- Egypt's entry visa.
- Any other items have not mentioned.
Our representative will be waiting for you at Cairo International Airport holding a sign of the Egypt Tours Portal. He is going to assist you all through the formal procedures at the airport and then you will meet your private tour guide who is going to transfer you in a private A/C vehicle to your hotel in Cairo to check in and relax.
In the evening, we will pick you up to have the best Dinner Cruise in your life. In such an activity, you will attend some fascinating shows created by traditional Egyptian bands, have an open buffet, and learn some interesting stories from your tour guide regarding the history of the Ancient Egyptian civilization.
After finishing the dinner, we will transfer you back to your hotel. Your tour guide will inform you of your pick-up time on the second day and will arrange everything for you. Enjoy an overnight at your hotel.
Enjoy an amazing breakfast at your hotel in Cairo before your private tour guide comes to pick you up to have your incredible tour to Giza, to witness its exquisite landmarks including:
Imagine with us that on the first day touring the attractions of Egypt, you will visit one of the Seven Wonders of the World that has a height of 138.5 meters (454.4 ft).exciting, isn't it?? There are many other pyramids in Giza but this one is truly special due to its magnificent size, its unique method of construction, and a lot of other factors that make it the most visited destination in Egypt. It was built in 2570 BC by the great king Khufu (2609 BC - 2584 BC) who tried to complete what his father Sneferu started and there you will see the real history of Egypt talks to you. In addition to the impressive pyramids in Giza.
It is called the Great Sphinx and it was built during the reign of King Khafre (2558–2532 BC) who wanted to build a great thing that can guard the Giza pyramids complex and that is how he came up with the idea of giving the Sphinx a body of a lion and the facial features of the king himself. The enduring statue holds the dream Steele of Thutmose IV holds between his legs that were placed there in 1401 BC.
Due to the ancient Egyptian beliefs regarding the afterlife, they managed to reach an unbelievable way of mummifying the bodies of their dead and the Valley temple was the location where they used to do their Mummification & Purification processes of the bodies of their Kings & Queens.
The Grand Egyptian Museum is a golden portal leading to cosmic ancient Egyptian creations of celestial intelligence that were cultivated across 5000 years of continuous innovation and vivid artistic imagination. Within this colossal wonder is the once-in-a-lifetime chance to discover some of the greatest archaeological monuments and artifacts ever made which include :
The Hanging Obelisk, King Ramses Il Statue, The 10 Statues of King Senusert, The Grand staircase, Statues of Ptolemaic Kings and Queens, The Victory Column of King Mercnptah, The epic Royal Regalia, and the Grand Atrium & Gift show.
There is a VIP ticket that gives access to witness a number of other artifacts, for more information contact us.
Then, you will proceed to have your lunch at a fabulous Egyptian restaurant and then you will join your tour guide once more on a totally marvelous tour to:
Besides the three main pyramids in Giza and the other smaller ones, you will find the first and the most distinguishable one among them which is called Djoser Step Pyramid. It was constructed between 2670–2650 BC by the legendary Imhotep for the king Djoser and they wanted to make it more than a normal Mastaba the normal tomb for the ancient Egyptians so they kept building one over the other until the pyramid took the shape of a stepped one.
Now, you will be transferred to the location of the first capital of Egypt which was the main center for the majority of the religious, social, and economic life in Egypt that came to be in the 31st century BC. There, you will find a lot of attractions & monuments but the most fabulous one among them will definitely be the lying statue of King Ramses II.
Finally, we will transfer you back to your 5* hotel for the overnight.
In the morning, enjoy your breakfast and we will pick you up from your hotel in Cairo to start an imaginary tour to Alexandria. Upon your arrival, you will head with your tour guide to visit:
This magnificent citadel is considered one of the most essential defensive strongholds all along with the Mediterranean Sea coast built from 1477 AD to 1479 AD. It was a very important site in Alexandria in the 15th century and in fact, it was constructed in the same location as the Lighthouse of Alexandria that was considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World but it was destroyed and got replaced with Qaitbey Citadel.
This Bibliotheca of Alexandria is considered by many, one of the most interesting & captivating tourist sites in Alexandria as it provides a wide space for knowledge seekers as has held 8 million books since 2002. There you will find the Mail Library plus six other specialized libraries including the Arts & Multimedia Library, the Taha Hussein Library, the children Library, the Young People s Library, the Exchange & Archive section, and the Rare Books Section.
After that, enjoy your lunch in an outstanding restaurant in Alexandria and get ready to complete your day with a special visit to:
This is a Roman Triumphal Column found in Alexandria between 298 AD and 302 AD and the Pompey's Pillar is considered the largest one of its type has a height of 28 meters that was constructed outside the imperial capitals of Rome and Constantinople. This unique masterpiece is one of the largest ancient monoliths ever erected.
You will get totally amazed when you know that this site was discovered accidentally in 1900 because of a donkey and it fact this catacomb is the largest-known Roman burial site in Egypt that was made between the 2nd century and the 4th century AD that was dedicated for a single family who lived in ancient Egypt. Inside the Catacombs, you will find three tiers of tombs & chambers cut into bedrock to a depth of 35m.
And then after finishing your tour, we will transfer you back to your hotel in Cairo overnight.
You will have your breakfast in the morning at your hotel and then you are going to check out from the hotel in Cairo so that we transfer you to Cairo International Airport to catch your flight to Aswan. Once you arrive, you will join your private tour guide to visit some of the best Aswan tourist attractions including:
The amazing Aswan High Dam was built in the modern era in the mid-70s which provides great importance to the economic, social, & political life in Egypt as it provides a great deal of electricity and changed the whole aspect of life in Egypt.
This is one of the most fascinating obelisks that were erected in ancient Egypt during the reign of Queen Hatshepsut (1508-1458 BC). She intended to let it be one of the largest obelisks as a complement to the Lateran Obelisk in Karnak but its upper part got cracked and that is why the queen ordered her builders to stop constructing it and leave it that way. It has a total height of 42 m and a total weight of 1000 tons which is able to shed light on the unbelievable skill of the ancient Egyptian builders.
This is one of the most visited sites in Aswan that was dedicated to goddess Isis, the goddess of love & beauty. Philae Temple was a truly important religious temple in ancient Egypt and due to its importance, the government decided to relocate it to its current location in Agilikia Island as it was in great danger of being destroyed but now it is safe and visited by thousands of tourists.
Then, we will transfer you to a wonderful restaurant to have your delicious lunch.
You will be transferred to check in at your hotel in Aswan and spend the overnight.
In the early morning, you will get your breakfast boxes and we will pick you up so that you start your adventure toward Abu Simbel. Upon your arrival, you will meet your private tour guide to visit a true masterpiece:
These are two massive remarkable rock temples at Abu Simbel. They are actually 2 temples carved out of the mountainside in the 13th century BC during the reign of Ramses II (1279-1213 BCE). The largest one was constructed to commemorate the king's victory in the Battle of Kadesh which ended in the signing of the first ever documented peace treaty and the other one was dedicated to the lovely wife of Queen Nefertari. The most surprising thing about these temples is that they were relocated in 1968 with the help of UNESCO otherwise the two temples would have been submerged during the creation of Lake Nasser. One of the most important festivals that take place at the temple is the Sun Festival which happens on the 22 of each year during October and February where the sun enters the temple to illuminate the faces of the seated statues of Ptah, Amun, Ra‑Horakhty, and a divine statue of Ramsess the great.
After finishing your tour, we will transfer you back to Aswan to have your lunch in a fantastic Egyptian restaurant.
After finishing, we will transfer you back to your hotel overnight.
After having your breakfast and checking out from the hotel in Aswan, we will transfer you to Aswan train station to catch your 1st class train to Luxor and upon your arrival, you will meet your private tour guide who is going to take you on a fascinating tour to visit some of the tiptop Luxor tourist attractions on the east bank including:
A visit to the largest religious temple in the world will definitely cheer you up and you will feel like being Indiana Jones on an adventure looking for the hidden treasures of the ancient Pharaohs. The temple complex was built from the middle kingdom to the very end of 1971 BC to 30 BC to be the main religious capital of Thebes which earned her the title of the most selected of places. In Karnak Temples Complex, you will find three terrific temples dedicated to ancient Egyptian deities including Amun, Mut, & Khunso. The Hypostyle hall stands as the most incredible artistic and ancient Egyptian architectural miracle to ever come to be.
Then, we will transfer you to have your lunch in a terrific Egyptian restaurant and then you will have a smooth check-in at your 5* Hotel to relax. In the evening, we will pick you up from your hotel in Luxor to join your tour guide to visit:
Among the most remarkable attraction on the east bank of the Nile River where it became known as the southern sanctuary, you will find the hypnotic Luxor temple that was constructed around 1400 BC. Amenhotep III, Ramsess the great, and Alexander the Great were all royally honored and crowned in this majestic temple. This is one of the rare temples that were dedicated to specific deities but it was actually dedicated to the rejuvenation of Kingship.
Finally, we will drive you back to your hotel in Luxor overnight.
Enjoy your breakfast at your 5* hotel and then your tour guide will take you on another terrific adventure to the west bank of Luxor where you will visit:
The Valley of the Kings is one of the most visited sited in Luxor as it is a mythical underground paradise only to be entered through this magical hill. It contains 63 tombs of a lot of ancient kings of ancient Egypt who lived in the New Kingdom (1570 - 1050 BC) from the 18th, 19th, and 20th dynasties. There, you will find the tombs of Seti I, King Tutankamun, Ramses VI, and many other fascinating sites that you can visit and enter to know all about the ancient Egyptian traditions and customs in arranging the burial rituals and getting everything ready for the dead one in his afterlife journey.
Another ancient Egyptian architectural masterpiece from the days of glory of the incomparable Queen Hatshepsut who ruled like a real Pharaoh and managed to build in 1479 BCE the most amazing Temple "Hatshepsut Temple" that has ever been erected by a man during the 18th dynasty in the golden sides of the cliffs of Deir el-Bahari to eternalize her legacy and honor Amun.
There are a lot of stories that revolve around these twin statues of King Amenhotep III who constructed a hypnotic mortuary temple but the whole temple got destroyed and these two statues are the only remaining of this complex which was made in 1350 BC that reaches the height of 18 m (60 ft).
And finally, we will drive you to have your lunch in a well-chosen restaurant.
We will transfer you back to your hotel in Luxor for the overnight.
In the morning, breakfast will be served at your hotel and then your private tour guide will take you to enjoy some other breathtaking landmarks in Luxor that attract tourists from all over the world for their greatness & marvel including:
While touring around the west bank of Luxor the majestic Valley of the Queens, you will find the 91 tombs from the 18th, 19th, and 20th dynasties of the ancient Egyptian Pharaohs & Queens including the tomb of Queen Nefertari is called The Place of Beauty. It was dedicated to the goddess Hathor and the valley holds some of the most preserved artistic decorations.
This temple is actually the Mortuary Temple of king Ramses III which is located in Madinet Habu which was truly important citing in the New Kingdom era and that is not all as the temple is probably best known as the source of inscribed reliefs depicting the advent & the defeat of the Sea People.
Enjoy your lunch in a wonderful restaurant in Luxor, then continue your trip by discovering:
Now you will head to a marvelous ancient Egyptian village the place of truth which houses many servants and builders plus artisans who worked on the tombs of the Valley of the Kings from the 18th to the 20th century. The Monastery of the City is a unique site that witnessed the most organized & fruitful life in ancient Egypt and there is no site all over the world that can be compared to such an ancient site.
Finally, enjoy a private transfer back to your hotel to spend the rest of the day.
On the morning of this special day, you will enjoy your breakfast at the hotel and join your private tour guide to visit some interesting attractions in Luxor including:
Dendara Temple is one of the most interesting temples that covers more than 40,000 square meters and it was actually inhabited in prehistory. Pharaoh Pepi I constructed this temple and inside it, you will find some features that include Hathor Temple, Isis Temple, Sacred Lake, Sanatorium, the Roman Kiosk, and some other unbelievable features that will let you explore more and more about the amazing history of Egypt.
The golden Temple of Abydos came to its current shape in the new kingdom but it has long existed during the old kingdom. It is the temple of Seti I who was the least well-known Pharaoh of the New Kingdom. This golden archaeological wonder holds some of the most epic treasures during the rule of Ahmose, Ramsess the great, Seti I, and more. It is famous for holding the mysterious helicopter symbols that were the source of many fringe stories. Moreover, its believed to be the place where Osiris was buried and that is why it was an important cult center for Isis.
Finally, we will transfer you to have your lunch at a terrific restaurant.
Then we will drive you back to your hotel in Luxor for overnight.
You will check-out from your hotel after having your breakfast and then we will transfer you to Luxor airport to catch your flight back to Cairo. Upon your arrival, you will join your Egyptologist tour guide to visit some of the best favorable highlights in Cairo including:
No words can cover the incredible artifacts that you are going to witness in such an amazing site in Egypt. In the Egyptian Museum, you will find statues, treasures, antiques, and all the things that you have heard of before visiting Egypt and surely you will enjoy yourself a lot in such a magical place that was present since 1901.
Then you will have your lunch in a wonderful restaurant and after that, you will proceed on your tour to:
The Hanging Church is the most favorable church for the majority of tourists who come to visit Egypt as it was built on the southern gate of the Roman Fortress of Babylon in the 5th century AD and from the 7th till the 13th, it served as the residence of the Coptic Patriarch.
This is one of the most visited mosques in Egypt that got its name after the amazing commander Amr Ibn El-As and it is the first mosque to be built in Africa in 641 AD in a place that become known as Fustat the first ever Islamic capital of Egypt. Amr Ibn Al Aas Mosque is one of the most active mosques with a devout congregation and it is open to the majority of tourists and visitors to visit.
The most interesting thing about this synagogue is that it was actually a Christian Church and the Copts had to sell it to the Jews in 882 AD. Ben Ezra Synagogue got renovated and received many restorations and the current building date back to 1892 when the original synagogue collapsed.
The National Museum of Egyptian Civilization (NMEC) is a golden legend from the heavens that showcase the entire history and culture of Egypt that lasted for more than 5000 years across the ages and was gifted with many treasures and artifacts taken from different time period. The Museum holds 50000 artifacts from all ages plus in the museum is the golden hall of mummies which is filled with 28 mummies.
The heavenly and magical Muizz street is a golden labyrinth of Islamic art found next to Khan El Khalili Bazaar that was built in the Fatimid era during the 10th century to be a very important economical hub exhibiting the development of Islamic architecture across the history of ancient Egypt as explored across all the marvelous the art galleries, house museums, and cafes.
The best site that you should visit before your departure from Egypt is Khan El-Khalili which is the largest and the most incomparable shopping center in Egypt made between 1382 and 1389 AD during the Mamluk period where everyone can enjoy the most magical and enriching shopping experience. There, you can get the whole souvenirs that you want for you and your family back home plus find some impressive shops where you will find all of the differences that you may want to get at totally reasonable prices.
And finally, after finishing your tour, we will transfer you back to your hotel for the overnight.
After having your breakfast at your hotel in Cairo, you will check out and be transferred to Cairo Airport where you will meet our representative who is going to get everything ready for you to catch your flight back home and finish your 11 Days Historical Vacation in Egypt.
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What to Pack
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.
What You Will Love About This Tour?
All our South African clients will make their dreams a reality by witnessing the Giza pyramids complex, Alexandria Library, Qaitbay Citadel, Catacombs of Alexandria, Khan El-Khalili bazaar, the Hanging Church, Amr Ibn Alas Mosque, the National Museum of Egyptian civilization, Karnak temple, Queen Hatshepsut Temple, Valley of the Kings, Philae Temple, Abu Simbel temple, Abydos temple, Valley of the Queens, Deir El Medina, Dendera temple, and various more.
Our South African guests will have the most enjoyable and relaxing tour across the magical cities of Egypt.
The heavenly artistic and architectural marvels of Egypt will offer the most enchanting and magical masterpieces.
Everyone will cast their eyes on all the historical wealth of Egypt found in every corner of its magical cities.
The travel adventure of your life will include the sights of the most extraordinary cultural wonders.
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