Egypt: See & Experience it ALL in 11 Days, 1st Class Traveling
Type of TourAdventure & Sightseeing
Fully Guided?All tours are almost fully guided.
Are Solo Travelers WelcomedYes & There are No Supplemental Fees for the Tours!
Dates & Availability for the Next 12 MonthsAny Date w/ 7-Day Notice (some exceptions are made)
► Hot Air Balloon Ride Over Ancient Luxor
► Nile Tour with Delicious Food & Open Buffets Provided on a 5-Star Deluxe Cruise Ship
► Lots of Archeological Sites, such as the World Famous Pyramids
► Sightseeing Tour of Capital City Cairo
► Street Markets (a.k.a. Bazaars or Souks)
► Belly Dancing Night Show
► Nightlife in the Resort Towns of Sharm El-Sheikh and Hurghada
► A Fire Show in the Desert
► Camel Riding
► Quad Riding
► Visiting a Tribal Bedouin Camp
► Snorkeling in the Red Sea
► Rich Culture
► And Much, Much More...
Lodging *Some restrictions apply
English-Speaking & Private Tour Guides
All Transportation, Except Flights
All Activities in the Itinerary Below
All Entry Fees
Your Own On-Call Concierge
Lunches x 4
Dinners x 4
What to Expect on This Tour
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Day 1: A Boat Ride to an Idyllic Island & the High Dam
Our tour starts not in Cairo but rather Aswan. We spend the day sightseeing and sleep in our cabin on the cruise ship. Dinner is included after today's tour.
Aswan is the smallest and most relaxed of the major tourist destinations along the Nile River. There we visit two attractions, the High Dam and the Temple of Philae. Construction of the High Dam became a key objective of the government following the Egyptian Revolution of 1952. The ability to control floods, provide water for irrigation and generate hydroelectricity were seen as pivotal to Egypt’s industrialization. The Temple of Philae was the last ancient temple built in the classical Egyptian architectural style (approximately 690 BC). A major multinational UNESCO team relocated the Temple of Philae after the flooding of Lake Nasser.
Please note that this tour (Day 1) begins only on Wednesdays and Fridays.
Day 2: Starting the Nile Tour with a 5-Star Deluxe Cruise Ship & Visiting Ancient Temples
Before embarking the 5-star deluxe cruise ship in Aswan, we go on a daytrip to the temples of Abu Simbel. There we are provided with a guided tour. The twin temples were originally carved out of the mountainside in the 13th century BC, during the 19th dynasty reign of the Pharaoh Ramesses II. They serve as a lasting monument to the king and his queen Nefertari and commemorate his victory at the Battle of Kadesh. Their huge external rock relief figures have become iconic. After the tour is breakfast, which is provided to us near Abu Simbel. We then return to Aswan and embark the ship. It starts sailing along the Nile River midday.
In the evening, we disembark the cruise ship. Walking distance from where it docks is an ancient temple called Kom Ombo. There we are provided with a guided tour. Kom Ombo is an unusual double temple constructed between 180-47 BC. It is atypical because everything is perfectly symmetrical along the main axis.
Please note that breakfast, lunch and dinner are included on the cruise ship, as are a swimming pool, different fun activities and live entertainment.
Day 3: A Horse Carriage Ride, the Old Market & a Belly Dancing Show
Today starts with a horse carriage ride to an ancient temple called Edfu. There we are provided with a guided tour. This is one of the best-preserved temples in Egypt, built between 237 and 57 BC. We then return to the cruise ship and continue sailing along the Nile river. We again disembark in the late afternoon, in the city that is Luxor. The highlights on this evening’s tour are the Luxor Temple and the Old Market. The day ends with dinner and a belly dancing show on the cruise ship.
Day 4: A Hot Air Balloon Ride & Sightseeing in the City of Luxor
Our cruise ends this morning and our luggage is taken to the hotel. Just in time for sunrise, we enjoy a balloon ride over the archeological site of Luxor. Afterwards, we are taken to the west bank. There we have breakfast. Next to the restaurant is the Colossi of Memnon. There we see two massive stone statues. Afterwards, we are taken to the Valley of the Kings. There we see 4 ancient tombs of Egyptian kings (a.k.a. pharaohs), including that of the much-revered Tutankhamun.
Next, we are taken to Deir el-Bahri. There we see a complex of mortuary temples and tombs. Afterwards, we are taken to Deir el-Medina. There we see an ancient village. Next, we are taken to the Tombs of the Nobles. There we see the burial places of some of the powerful courtiers of the ancient city. Afterwards, we are taken to a memorial temple called Ramesseum. Lunch follows. Next, we are taken to a mortuary temple called Medinet Habu. Lastly, we are taken to the Valley of the Queens. There we see 3 ancient tombs of Egyptian queens, including that of the much-revered Nefertari.
Day 5: Giant Historical Complexes & a Charming Marina
Before leaving Luxor, we are taken to Karnak Temple. There we are provided with a guided tour. Karnak comprises a vast mix of decayed temples, chapels, pylons and other ancient buildings. Following Karnak Temple is lunch, in the city of Qena. Afterwards, we visit the Dendera Temple Complex. Dendera was a site for chapels from the beginning of ancient Egyptian history. The whole complex, surrounded by a hefty mud brick enclosed wall, covers 40,000 square meters. The day ends in the coastal city of Hurghada, home to a very charming marina area filled with shops and restaurants.
Note that upon request, we can also take you to the sacred city of Abydos. It is not included on our standard tour because it is very much out of the way. The detour would be made from Qena. Abydos includes a royal necropolis where early pharaohs were entombed.
Day 6: The Colorful Red Sea & a Very Rich Resort Town
After snorkeling in the colorful waters of the Red Sea, we spend the remainder of the day exploring a resort town called El Gouna. Its buildings were designed by many influential European and American architects and were meant to resemble the type of traditional architecture found in the Egyptian countryside generally and in Nubian villages especially. El Gouna is also known for its nice beaches, for its countless yachts and not least, for being environmentally friendly.
Day 7: Exploring the Capital That is Cairo & Sailing on a ‘Felucca’
We take an early-morning and quick flight from Hurghada to Cairo and immediately start sightseeing. Places to visit today are as follow: the Cairo Citadel, Mosque of Ibn Tulun, Abdeen Palace and Khan el-Khalili bazaar. Following our sightseeing tour is a Nile cruise on a ‘felucca’ (a type of small boat). The day ends with a drive to a neighborhood called Zamalek. Upscale nightspots are found in and around this area.
Day 8: Camel-Riding, the World Famous Pyramids & Crawling Inside Burial Grounds
We are making a daytrip from Cairo. Firstly, we visit a royal necropolis called Dahshur. Afterwards, we explore the ruins of Memphis. Next, we head to a vast site called Saqqara. There we crawl inside the ancient burial grounds. Lastly but definitely not least are the world-renowned Giza Pyramids. There we are provided with a guided tour as well as go camel riding.
Day 9: Quad Riding, a Tribal Bedouin Camp, a Fire Show & Dinner
We take an early-morning and quick flight from Cairo to Sharm El-Sheikh and immediately start sightseeing. Places to visit today are Mustafa Mosque, the old/central market, Mashyia Street and SOHO Square. After the sightseeing tour, we are taken into the desert. There we ride a quad, then visit a tribal Bedouin camp, then go camel riding and finally have a traditional dinner accompanied by a fire show. Dinner is included on this evening’s tour. The night ends in Naama Bay. There we find the best nightlife Sharm El-Sheikh has to offer.
Day 10: The Best Snorkeling & Coral Reef Egypt Has to Offer
We go on a daytrip today, visiting Ras Muhammad National Park by boat. Lunch and snorkeling are included on today’s tour. More than 220 species of coral are found in the park area, 125 of which are soft coral. Ras Muhammad is also home to more than 1,000 species of fish. Not least, the ship wreckage of the SS Thistlegorm, located off the coast of the park, is definitely a highlight on the tour.
Day 11: Our Tour Ends This Morning
Our tour ends this morning. Transportation will be arranged for you to reach the airport in Sharm El-Sheikh.
First and foremost, I felt safe, very safe. Having private tour guides and drivers were a big part of what made me feel comfortable the whole time. Secondly, I could not have found a more comprehensive and entertaining tour. We did it all: • Crawled inside ancient pyramids; • Snorkeled around amazing coral reefs; • Were awed by the beautiful fish seen in a glass-bottomed Red Sea submarine; • Rode camels; • Cruised down the Nile; • Shopped in authentic markets; • Enjoyed a hot air balloon flight over Luxor; • Visited very posh luxury resorts; • And, not least,stayed in truly first-class hotels! On my birthday, we enjoyed a yacht cruise and dinner with gourmet food. I danced with the crew. I could go on and on. I cannot emphasize enough how much I loved this trip!
I hate planning for vacations because it takes too much of my time. The process can be a real headache. I am glad I found out about CharlieTheTraveler, specifically through a friend who used this company before. It was nice to be able to just join this trip and enjoy it without having to think too much.
This Egypt tour is super organized but more importantly, fun. I never had too much or too little time at any one site. The timing was ideal for each day.
I typically do not like going on vacation because planning is too stressful. However, my whole view on traveling has been altered now that I did CharlieTheTraveler’s Egypt Grand Tour. I didn’t have to do any planning or stressing over this trip. There was so much included in the itinerary. I think it was well worth the price I paid!
This sightseeing tour included a mix of natural, cultural and historical destinations-nice blend. This was the most fun I have ever had on any tour.
I am sure my trip to Egypt would not have even compared to CharlieTheTraveler’s if I had planned it on my own. This company had great reviews. This made me comfortable when booking with them. From the moment I booked until the plane ride home, I was treated like “first class” and was provided with an overall excellent tour.
I now see why CharlieTheTraveler is so well-rated. Everything that was included in this trip was of high quality, even the breakfasts! These provided meals were delicious. I felt immersed into the country’s culture on this trip.
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When I booked my Egypt trip through CharlieTheTraveler, I had no idea it was going to be so easy. Almost everything was done for me and I was able to enjoy my vacation without any worries or stresses that usually come with vacation. Our tour guide handled everything with care-which was obvious from the first day.
It was easy to notice all the positive reviews CharlieTheTraveler had at the time of booking. I booked my vacation to Egypt through them because I felt I was going to have a great trip. They planned everything and made sure it was all to my liking.
Our tour guide was both smart and charismatic. He made my trip to Egypt one of the best trips of my life…very funny guy. I miss his company and laughter.
Booking this tour through CharlieTheTraveler was easy and well worth the price. I felt great on this trip. I was treated like a very important person. The overall tour was very personalized and unique.
I wanted to go for the cultural experience, but the trip came with so much more. CharlieTheTraveler did a great job organizing this trip and delivered exactly what I wanted in a vacation!
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When I saw all the activities this company had planned for its Egypt trip, I knew I had to book. I am overall thrilled with CharlieTheTraveler’s tour. I had so much fun on every daytrip. I also learned a lot about the culture and history of the country, which is important when touring.
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This trip to Egypt operated by CharlieTheTraveler would have taken me months to plan out…and it still would not have been of the same quality. This company included a ton of activities as well as provided the best tour guide I could have ever asked for.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How Much Does This Tour Cost?
Financing (monthly payments) is offered to most of our customers, often with 0 percent interest for the first two years. Ask us for details. Our luxury-oriented and itinerary-packed “Egypt Grand Tour in 12 Days” tour is available for $2,209 USD per person. This price includes all transportation, except flights. It also includes English-speaking tour guides, food, all activities and all entry fees. Also included are 3 nights of lodging on a cruise ship. If you would like typically 4-star lodging included for the remaining 8 nights on this tour, then the combined (transportation, tour guides, food, activities, entry fees and lodging) total would be $2,569 USD per person. This price is based on 2 per room and is offered to those booking at least 6 weeks in advance. To better understand your specific circumstances and wishes, and for us to accurately quote you, please tell us:
1. Specifically in the cities of Luxor, Cairo and Sharm El-Sheikh, would you like to keep the 4-star lodging we typically offer or do you prefer upgrading to 5-star hotels?
2. How many persons in your party-including yourself-would be joining this tour?
3. Do you prefer this tour to be private/exclusive to you or would you like to share it with other travelers?
4. Would you be sharing the room with others in your group (e.g. a spouse, relative or friend) or do you want the room exclusive to you?
5. Do you know on which date you would like to start this tour?
6. Also, would you like to add another day to this standard 11-day tour so you can visit-as a daytrip from Sharm El-Sheikh-an Eastern Orthodox monastery called Saint Catherine’s? The drive each way takes around 3 hours.
7. Lastly, would you like to add another day to this standard 11-day tour so you can visit-as a daytrip from Cairo-the city of Alexandria? The drive each way takes around 3 hours. We recommend this daytrip only to those who wish to go scuba diving (to see ruins in the Mediterranean Sea) and to those who are visiting Egypt between April and October.
What’s Excluded in the Price?
Any airfare, alcohol, travel insurance, any government-imposed visa fees and anything not mentioned in the itinerary
Note that we would be happy to assist you in finding international airfare upon request.
At What Specific Hotels Would We Be Staying?
Below are the names of the hotels where we commonly have our customers stay. Note this is subject to availability.
Nights 1-3: Nile Cruise, Preferred Accommodation: Concerto or Nile Premium Cruise Ship
Nights 4-6: East Bank of Luxor, Preferred Accommodation: Steigenberger Nile Palace
Nights 7-8: Cairo, Preferred Accommodation: Grand Nile Tower
Nights 9-11: Sharm El-Sheikh (near Naama Bay), Preferred Accommodation: Stella di Mare Beach Hotel & Spa
Is This a Private or Group Tour?
Although some activities on this multi-day tour are shared with other travelers, we can make most days completely private, per your request. Typically, the hot-air balloon ride, the quad ride in the desert, the visit to a tribal Bedouin camp, the ride in the desert, and the traditional dinner accompanied by a fire show are shared with other travelers. The rest of the tour is exclusive to you and whomever else you may book on behalf of.
Am I Sharing the Room with Someone?
Your room is exclusive to you and whomever is in your party. Strangers (meaning customers who book on the same start date but do not know each other) do not share rooms on this tour. On a side note, please let us know if you and the other person(s) in your booking want separate rooms.
What is the Age Range & Nationality of the People Who Book This Tour?
Although we get customers of all ages and from several countries, our statistics show most people who book are 30 to 65 years old and from USA, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
Are Kids Allowed on This Tour & Are They Charged the Same as Adults?
We welcome your kids specifically and only when the tour is exclusive to you and your group-meaning other customers are not joining you. We define kids as anyone under 18 years old. In order to make the tour exclusive to you and your group, your booking would need to be for 4 persons or more for any of our tours except Iceland. For our Iceland tour, your booking would need to be for 8 persons or more. Regarding the cost of bringing a non-adult, we do deduct from the total based on the amount of activities you request we remove from the tour. Note that reducing the total price of the tour by removing activities is something offered for non-adults only. Adults can opt out of activities but the total price does not change.
How Strong Do I Need to Be For This Trip?
We do not expect you to be an Olympic champion. We know some of the tour members are more fit than others…and we are well prepared for this. However, we do hope you take into consideration this is a very active tour, just like every other tour we offer.
Are Disabled People Allowed on This Tour?
Please let us know about any disability you have. Some disabilities would not affect you taking this tour. Others would prevent you from joining altogether. Although we want all of our customers to have fun, your safety is our first priority.
Do I Get Any Free Time to Myself?
Of course. Once each day’s tour is over, you have the rest of the evening to yourself. Because our tours tend to be very active, our customers typically want to simply relax once the sun sets.
What Happens If I Arrive Late?
Notify us as soon as possible and we will do our very best to arrange a meeting point. Please note that we do not refund for any days or activities that you miss.
Can I Opt-Out of Certain Activities?
Generally speaking, you can opt out as long as we are given adequate notice. Please note that opting out of certain activities does not reduce the price of this tour.
What Happens If I Get Injured on This Trip & Cannot Continue?
We would do our best to keep you safe and make you as comfortable as possible, as well as make special arrangements to address your situation. Partial refunds are not offered if you cannot continue with the tour. However, most travel insurances reimburse you for such situations. This is one of many reasons why we require our customers to purchase travel insurance before taking this tour.
What Happens If I Cancel This Trip?
To confirm your tour, full payment is needed at the time of your purchase. However, refunds are offered. You will receive a full refund if canceling at least 91 days in advance from the departure date. Cancelling between 90-60 days prior to departure entitles you to a 50 percent refund. Cancelling between 59-31 days prior to departure entitles you to a 25 percent refund. Canceling 30 days or less prior to departure is not eligible for a refund. Cancellation requests need to be made by email and become effective on the date received by CharlieTheTraveler.
What Happens If You, CharlieTheTraveler, Cancel This Trip?
In the unlikely event CharlieTheTraveler needs to cancel this trip, such as because of very poor weather conditions, we will give you a full refund for the tour within 14 business days of the cancellation. Note: We are not a participant in the California Travel Consumer Restitution Fund, nor is this transaction covered by the Restitution Fund.
How Do You Help Prepare Us For This Trip?
You should receive an email from us within 24 hours of purchasing this tour as well as a week before departure. The first email gives details about what to bring, how to prepare yourself, etc. The second email is more like a timetable combined with important contact information.
Is CharlieTheTraveler Licensed & Which State in America Issued it?
The owner of the travel license is the same owner of CharlieTheTraveler. Charlie is a California born and bred resident. The company is headquartered in Greater Los Angeles. The registration number is CST 2136740-70. Please note that travel agents registered as a seller of travel in California does not constitute approval by the State. Also please note that California law requires sellers of travel to have a trust account or bond. CharlieTheTraveler has a trust account.
Are the Tour Guides Licensed & Will They Be With Me the Entire Time?
Our tour guides/drivers are licensed, speak English and know how to bring excitement to your day. What we deliver is the complete opposite of the cookie-cutting tours the big corporations offer, leaving you in complete boredom. Although our tour guides/drivers are attentive, accommodating and engaged, they also know when to give you your private space and free time. It's a perfect balance.
Are We Required to Have Travel Insurance?
Travel insurance is required for all of our customers, for their protection and safety. CharlieTheTraveler does not sell travel insurance. We cannot endorse any specific company. Please check out different companies online and go with the one which offers the most comprehensive coverage.
In Which Language(s) is This Tour Offered?
All of our tours are offered in English. If you prefer another language, please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate you.
Can We Customize This Tour?
Although we are open to customizing this tour to fit your liking, as a general rule, we discourage the practice. We do our best to keep the cost of the tour low. The more we customize it, the quicker the price goes up. As our tour is currently advertised, you absolutely will not find another one out there as packed with activities and attractions. What’s more, you will not find another tour out there that offers it all "FIRST CLASS," yet for a relatively low price. We have thousands of travelers taking this specific tour every year, and that's because no competitor can beat us on quality, price & substance.
Do We Need to Get Our Own Transportation to and From the Airport?
Absolutely not. We make the arrangements for you.
Can We Book Instantly?
We do not offer the option for you to book instantly because we first need you to tell us via email or phone call the answers to these questions below. Once we have this information, we can send you the link so you can book immediately.
1. Would you be sharing the room with others in your group (e.g. a spouse, relative or friend) or do you want the room exclusive to you?
2. Do you prefer a budget-sensitive 3-star hotel, a better quality but pricier 4-star hotel or a luxurious 5-star hotel?
3. How many persons in your party-including yourself-would be joining this tour?
4. Do you know on which date you would like to start the tour?
Is Someone Available for Us 24-7 While on This Tour?
Yes! You have your own concierge for this tour who is at your disposal. You could reach this person when you need anything.
Where Can I Read About All of Your Terms & Conditions?
Please visit CharlieTheTraveler.com/Tours-Terms-and-Conditions
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