of Egypt - Family Tour"
Adults & children ages
12+: $2,995* USD per person in double occupancy.
Single Supplement: $400 USD
Children (ages 7-11 years old at time of tour): $2,195* USD sharing a room with an adult.
* Prices above
are for those sharing a hotel room & include: Flights from
Cairo-Luxor and Luxor-Cairo,
hotels, 2 meals per day (a large buffet breakfast & lunch), bottled water at all times,
entrance fees as described below.
Additional fees may be required
for activities listed as Optional.
Complete list of what is included.
Nov 20, 2009
from home for people coming from North America or Australia:
For those departing from USA, Canada or Australia, you will take
overnight flights that arrive in Egypt the following day. Contact
Us for help with finding the best flight options for you.
Nov 21, 2010
Plan to arrive in Cairo, Egypt, on Sunday, Nov 21, 2010.
representative will meet you at Cairo airport and bring you to our hotel
near the pyramids.
5-star hotel near the pyramids, the
House Oberoi, (Palace section).
Nov 22, 2010
Blue Lotus &
Here in the Cairo area we
begin with a visit to the oldest pyramid of all, King Djoser's Step Pyramid.
It was built more than 4,500 years ago! This was the beginning, and
it is the beginning of our tour, too.
It is here at the Saqqara
complex that we get to see the early versions of the Book of the
Dead (Teti Pyramid) and some tombs with scenes of the
daily life in the Old Kingdom. See what life on the Nile looked
like more than 4,000 years ago - people, animals, food, farming, making
glass & jewelry, kids playing games and lots more.
Here at Saqqara we also have the pleasure of seeing the newly opened Imhotep Museum - a
beautifully laid out modern museum with a number of wooden statues from
the Old Kingdom that are particularly memorable. It is a small
museum, so will be a short visit. All the items on exhibit were
found here at Saqqara and have not been on public display before.
Ruth has some
friends in the Saqqara area who have a guesthouse in the Black Land, the
farming area. Hopefully they will be home and able to welcome us for
lunch. It's also a chance to see some the nearby farmers and their animals
up close. See Blue
Lotus of Saqqara Guesthouse.
On our way
back to Giza we stop at what was once the capital city of Ancient Egypt, Memphis.
See the huge statue of Ramesses II and the Alabaster Sphinx. We'll
visit a papyrus
institute and see how the ancient papyrus was made. Includes a
shop where you can buy your own as well.
- Sound & Light Show at the Giza pyramids in the
evening. Cost: $25 pp.
hotel near the pyramids, the
House Oberoi, (Palace section).
Nov 23, 2010
Today is Giza
day! The most famous pyramids of all. We visit and
go inside whichever pyramid is open. Of the three pyramids,
two will be open and one closed for renovations - dates are not announced
in advance. There is an additional ticket of 100 LE (about $17 USD)
for the Great Pyramid. On that day, you will decide if you want to
take this option and go inside. The ticket for the other pyramid that will
be open is included in your tour price.
In the Solar Boat Museum
we see a boat that is almost 5,000 years old and was found 50 years ago,
here beside the pyramid. The trees that were used to build it most
have been huge, because the boards run the whole length of the boat!
We will also see the Great Sphinx &
Valley Temple. The stones that make up the walls of the Valley
Temple are HUGE, too large for us to move and place so precisely
today. How did they do it? What do you think?
the adventurous. Here's your chance to ride across the desert with
the pyramids there nearby (and, of course, have your picture taken as
Camel Ride Video
Back at our hotel it is time to pack your bags to get ready for leaving
- Go inside the Great Pyramid. Cost: 100 LE (about $18 USD). Optional:
- Gold Shop (jewelry).
Overnight: 5-star hotel
near the pyramids, the
House Oberoi, (Palace section).
Nov 24, 2010
In the morning we drive into Cairo,
the biggest center of culture and learning in the Middle East, and one of
the largest, most crowded cities in the entire world.
Right in the center of the city is
the famous Cairo Egyptian Museum. Your guides point out the
most famous pieces and then there is free time to look at whatever
interests you the most. The treasures of King Tut, the Mummy Room,
statues from all time periods.
flight to Luxor where our hotel is right on the Nile. Or if you
would like the adventure of taking an overnight train from Cairo to
Luxor you can substitute that flight and take the train. Egypt Air
flight MS 355 leaves Cairo at 3:20pm and arrives in Luxor at 4:30pm.
Optional: Royal Mummy Room at the Cairo Egyptian Museum.
Cost: 100 LE (about $18 USD).
Luxor 5- star
Sofitel Karnak Resort
or the overnight train (your choice).
Nov 25, 2010
Valley of the Kings
"Colossi of Memnon"
morning is the perfect time to visit the
West Bank, one
most famous archeological sites in the world. The first site that we
visit is also one of the earliest New Kingdom temples. Called
"The Most Splendid of All" by the ancient Egyptians, Queen
Hatshepsut’s Temple, the famous Deir El Bahari has inspired
many, including the founders of modern architecture. One of the
outstanding features is the picturesque Hathor columns in the Hathor
Chapel on the second Level. We are also privileged to be admitted to the
third level which was only recently opened to the public.
More photos of Hatshepsut's Temple.
late morning we visit the Valley of
the Kings, where King Tut's tomb was found. There
are many tombs here, and excavations are still going on, as well as
renovations to tombs that have been uncovered a long time. One never knows
which tombs will be open that day, but there will be a variety to choose
openings of the Ramesses I tomb & Ramesses VI tomb, both restored with modern techniques pioneered
during the restoration of the tomb of Nefertari (Nefertari's tomb is no
longer open to the public). See optional extra tickets listed
Just nearby are some villagers that
are long-time friends of Ruth. One of the highlights for many of our
travelers is to meet some of the local people and see their lifestyle.
Hopefully we will be invited to their house for lunch. The food is
We will also see the "Colossi of Memnon," the two large
statues of Amenhotep III that still stand, even though their temple is
long ago destroyed. The Greeks believed
they were statues of Memnon, the son of Eros.
Extra tickets for:
1) King Tut's tomb
(about $15 USD) if it is still open. It is scheduled to close to the
public shortly (for renovations).
2) The newly opened and renovated tomb of Ramses VI
(about $13 USD).
3) Visit to the Luxor Museum in the evening.
Luxor 5- star Hotel -
Sofitel Karnak Resort.
Nov 26, 2010
Nile boat ride
This morning we take a 1-hour drive north of Luxor to the see the Temple for the Goddess Hathor at Dendera.
The Goddess Hathor was worshipped throughout all of Ancient Egypt.
Her temple at Dendera has lots of astronomical imagery. There are
the signs of the Zodiac on the ceiling, and representations of
constellations and stars. The drive to Dendera takes us through the
Egyptian countryside where we will see the farmers in the fields with
their kids helping them, and their animals, too.
In the afternoon we will return to our hotel (right on the Nile!), from
where we can take a Nile boat ride -- either a motorboat or
sailboat, depending on the weather. The boat men are lots of fun and
we will get to see the life along the Nile from a different perspective.
In the later afternoon or early
evening, we visit the many shops that form the Luxor
street bazaar. It's time to see what your bargaining skills are
and have fun looking at all the souvenirs they offer.
Overnight: Luxor 5-
star Hotel -
Sofitel Karnak Resort.
Nov 27, 2010
Open Air Museum
Morning option: Early morning Balloon Ride
over the West Bank of Luxor. See the temples from a very different
Today we visit the largest temple in
Ancient Egypt, Karnak. Karnak was the
center of government during the New Kingdom and each Pharaoh wanted to
leave something impressive at Karnak. The largest temple complex in Egypt,
we see multiple temples, obelisks, great gates and the famous hypostyle
hall - unequalled to this day. We also see the Sacred Lake, the
Festival Hall and Botanical Garden of Tutmosis III (a precursor of
Napoleon's later record of the fauna and flora found in Egypt).
Also at Karnak, we visit
the fascinating Open Air Museum where we view the Red Chapel
of Hatshepsut and Tutmosis III (Karnak's original Holy of Holies) and Senwosret's
White Chapel with its finely-carved Middle Kingdom hieroglyphs.
These are in raised relief - some of the best to be found anywhere.
There is something new each time we visit, as reconstruction of new pieces
from Luxor to Cairo in the late afternoon. Egypt Air flight MS 356
departs Luxor at 5:00pm and arrives in Cairo at 6:10pm. Our hotel is
right beside the airport, which will make it very convenient for flights
- Sunrise Balloon Ride, cost: about $140 USD pp.
5-star hotel near the Cairo Airport,
Nov 28, 2010
Tour is finished.
Return flights home.
For those leaving for the USA, your flight leaves at 10 AM and arrives in
New York at 3:15 PM - the same day but with an increase of 7 hours for the
time difference between Cairo and New York. For those traveling to
the UK the time difference is 2 hours.
Or you can extend your stay
in Egypt with extra tours or hotel nights. You might want to begin a Nile
Cruise, a Petra & Jordan trip or one of our other Extensions. Contact Us
There may be changes to
this itinerary due to circumstances beyond our control.
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