To travel to Egypt is to immerse yourself in the Pharaonic civilisation, one of the most important and impressive civilisations of humanity. It is a dream land, millenary and full of culture. Egypt never ceases to amaze as it is full of exquisite historical and natural beauty. Pyramids, tombs and temples are just some of its treasures. Egypt does not leave the traveller indifferent, whether for its archaeological wealth, its light or the delightful, longing pleasure of gazing at the Nile River.
To travel to Egypt is to come into contact with the Nile. At over 6,600 km long, the Nile is the largest river in Africa.
An inexhaustible source of resources, the Nile continues to generously provide the Egyptian people with the water and food they need for their livelihoods, as well as being the main waterway for transporting people and goods throughout the country. Not for nothing did the Greek historian Herodotus, who visited the country in the mid 5th century BC, write: ‘Egypt is a gift from the Nile’.
International flight to Egypt. On arrival at the airport, we will complete the necessary visa formalities for entry into the country. Our partner operator’s team who are in Cairo will transfer you to the hotel.
Accommodation at Steingberger Piramides Hotel (No meals).
We will spend the morning on the Giza Plateau to visit the necropolis where the great pyramids of Cheops, Chephren and Mykerinos are located. We will have the privilege of entering the Great Pyramid of Cheops (a special ticket is required to enter it) and enjoy its majesty and antiquity. We will also see the Sphinx and the Chephren Valley Temple.
Lunch at a local restaurant and transfer to the Saqqara Necropolis, to visit the funerary complex of Pharaoh Dyeser (Dynasty III, c. 2700 BC). The excavation and analysis of the structures of which it was composed made it possible to reconstruct the various elements of this great complex, which marked a radical break in the architecture of the Old Kingdom.
As we can see, in the centre of the complex, Imhotep, the king’s architect, designed a stepped pyramid around which were arranged the elements necessary for the passage of the king’s soul to the afterlife.
We will also visit the Mastabas of Ptahhotep, Mereruka or Kagemny (depending on which tomb the Egyptian government opens) to see examples of the tombs of the nobles or the Egyptian elite. When visiting this type of tomb, one can be impressed by the quality of the reliefs carved into the walls of the tomb, which provide information about Nilotic life over 4,500 years ago.
The Pyramid of Teti is another compulsory stop to enter and contemplate -and read- the Pyramid Texts inscribed on its walls. We will end the day with a visit to the Serapeum, the necropolis of the sacred Apis Bulls.
Return to the hotel. Accommodation at the Steingberger Piramides Hotel. (Half Board)
Breakfast at the Hotel and Lunch at the local restaurant.
After breakfast, we will visit some of the city’s most emblematic sites, such as the Citadel of Saladin with the Alabaster Mosque, to have a contact with the Islamic religion, an ideal moment to explain the five precepts that all Muslims must obey.
We will take the opportunity to visit Sultan Hassan and the Refay Mosque, which is not very popular with conventional tourists. Lunch will be at a local restaurant.
We will also go to downtown Cairo to visit the Egyptian Antiquities Museum and stroll through the streets of Cairo until we reach the bustling and well-known Khan El-Khalili market. Dinner will be in an emblematic local restaurant in Cairo.
Return to the hotel. Night at Steingberger Piramides Hotel. (Full board)
After breakfast and at the agreed time, transfer to Cairo airport to catch the flight to Luxor (Not included). We will take advantage of the morning to visit the Temple of Karnak, dedicated to the Theban triad: Amun, Mut and Jonsu.
Our team will take us to the river boat, where we will have lunch on board. In the afternoon, we will visit the Temple of Luxor. We will return to the river boat and have dinner on board. The cruise on the Nile will last 4 nights.
Accommodation on the Princess Sarah. (Full board)
We leave the boat, and will head to the west bank of the Nile to head to a local restaurant “The Colossi of Memnon” at sunrise to see what remains of the Funerary Temple of Amenhotep III.
We will visit the Funerary Temple of Queen and Pharaoh Hatshepsut in Deir el Bahari. It will also be the day to visit the Valley of the Kings, entering its wonderful cave tombs and the famous Tomb of Tutankhamun, the Tomb of the Children. Return to the motorboat (boat) and sail to Esna to pass the lock.
Dinner and night on board. Accommodation on the Princess Sarah. (Full board)
After breakfast we will depart for a visit to the Temple of Edfu, dedicated to the deity Horus. No other temple has been preserved so amazingly as that of Edfu, where the various constructional elements, from the pestle to the most remote rooms, have come down to us almost intact.
We will continue our journey to Kom-Ombo to visit its temple. The location of this shrine, situated on the eastern bank of the Nile, is truly exceptional, rising directly above the river and dominating the entire palm grove in which it stands. The particularity of this building, however, lies in its bipartite character.
Thus, the left, northern half was reserved for the falcon god Haroeris ‘Horus the Ancient’ or ‘Horus the Great’. The right half, to the south, was consecrated to the crocodile god Sobek. We will sail to Aswan.
Dinner and night on board. This evening will be special as we will have to be prepared for a Masquerade Party. Accommodation on the Princess Sarah. (Full board)
At dawn, departure by road to visit the Temples of Ramses II and Queen Nefertari at Abu Simbel. No pharaoh was as famous as Ramses, the second of his name. No one reading a book on Egypt or visiting the land of the Nile could ignore this character, which seems omnipresent: here, an inscription; there, a statue; further on, a shrine… In short, Ramses dominates and monopolises the Egyptian landscape. We are often under the impression that the prestige he enjoys is a modern phenomenon and, in fact, it is fair to acknowledge that the multiplication of exhibitions, articles and books about him only increases his immense fame.
Return to the motor boat and lunch on board.
In the afternoon, we will set off to visit the Temple of Philae (Philae) dedicated to the goddess Isis. No other Egyptian goddess could rival Isis, for her popularity was immense and her prestige unlimited. His image was omnipresent, from the great shrines of the country to the most minute testimonies of private worship.
We will also take the opportunity to take a ride on the Nile in a Falucca. Return to the ship, dinner and night on board. Accommodation on the Princess Sarah. (Full board)
After breakfast and at the agreed time, transfer to Aswan airport to catch the flight to Cairo and connect with the flight back home.
(Flights not included)
Price based on a group of 2 people. Minimum group size 2 people, maximum 12
Single room supplement: 290€.
Triskelion Expeditions and our partner in this journey carefully design each of the routes we offer, adapting at all times to the needs of the traveller.
However, due to the particularities of the country, it is possible that these itineraries may be subject to variations in your itinerary and places to visit. Changing weather conditions, the state of the road network or tribal disputes in certain areas may modify some of the planned schedules and itinerary.
Approximate cost of flight: 1131€
The amount shown includes international and domestic flights required for the trip.
The value of the flight corresponds to a survey carried out in November 2022, it may vary when a new quote is submitted.
If you wish to buy the flight with Triskelion Expeditions, please inform us at the time of booking so that we can help you with the purchase of the flights
Triskelion Expeditions, informs that it is compulsory to carry out the traveller’s consultation, since the vaccination bulletin will be requested at the entrance of the territory.
For the traveller’s consultation, we recommend the Company Traveller’s Consultation Online, with whom we work and who will allow you to have a 5% discount on the consultation fee.
Health professionals will offer general advice on health and hygiene in tropical environments, as well as advice specific to the area in which you are travelling.
Planning consultations and possible vaccinations is the responsibility of the traveller.
It is the responsibility of the traveller to carry all necessary travel documents. A visa is required for entry into the country. To obtain a visa, you must have a passport with enough pages for the visa stamp and valid for at least 6 months when leaving the country.
The local operator will request the necessary contact details from all its travellers in order to respond quickly to any incident that may arise during the stay.
For further information: https://portaldascomunidades.mne.gov.pt
Triskelion Expeditions and its partner on this trip, are committed to providing personalised advice to its travellers when contracting its services.
We will provide a list of the gear needed for the route, advice on how to put together a small travel kit, recommendations on suitable photographic equipment for the country, etc.
Our staff will be happy to answer any questions you may have while preparing your trip.
A minimum payment of 30% of the trip value is required to confirm the reservation.
The traveller chooses at the time of booking whether to pay for the whole trip or 30%.
The remaining amount must be paid at least 45 days before the travel start date.
The remaining 70% of the value of the trip can be paid in instalments up to 60 days before the beginning of the trip.
We are convinced that this trip will be an unforgettable experience for the travellers, an intense process of learning and cultural exchange and an exciting immersion in African culture and society.
Triskelion Expeditions and its partner on this trip, consider it to be our responsibility as tour operators to promote values such as respect (cultural, social and environmental) and co-existence with local populations. These values should prevail in all your travels.
Similarly, we must ensure that the impact of travel is in no way negative for the country and its people. Together, we can contribute to the sustainable development of the African people.
Finally, it is very important for Triskelion Expeditions and its partner on this trip to contribute to the economic strengthening and development of the country. It is therefore important that our clients know that we constantly do our bit by hiring local staff (guides, drivers, cooks, boatmen, etc.) and all kinds of services (accommodation, catering or specialist guides), always ensuring respectful treatment and fair and dignified remuneration.