Our tour itinerary in Egypt

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Our Tour Itinerary in Egypt

Planning a tour to Egypt

Our holidays follow an established pattern - the first week is spent touring, sightseeing, finding new experiences and cultures while the second half of the holiday is devoted to relaxing. Fortunately in Egypt there are plenty of activities for tourist and lots of places to see. Unfortunately there are just two many to see in a single holiday.

Finding a local Egyptian Tour Operator

The most important thing for us is always to find a local tour operator that can offer us a personalised service at a reasonable price - we found this in Select Egypt (or Minamar Hotels as they also trade). Our contact at Select Egypt was Raed Sedki and I must of sent him made with all my requests and changes to the tour itinerary. We had so many ideas including visiting Sinai, Mount Moses, the Pyramids, the mummies at the Egyptian Museum, the desert, Touring Luxor, Aswan and all the way down to Abu Simbel. But in a two week holiday it is impossible to tour the country and leave time for relaxing at the end!

However, Select Egypt were an extremely flexible tour operator. As well as making suggestion about the tour, such as Climbing Mount Moses, the were able to book exactly the hotels we wanted.

Our Final Itinerary

After much family discussion and many changes we finally concluded on the following Itinerary:

Flying in to Cairo on British Airways.

After a day relaxing in Le Meridian's Hotel in Giza (with a great view of the Pyramids), we would travel by road to Sinai where, early in the morning we would ride camels to the top of Mount Moses to watch the sunrise.

Travelling back to Cairo we would spend a day exploring the Pyramids of Giza, the Sphinx and the Museum of Antiquities

Then travelling out into the Western Desert to the Baharyia Oasis we would camp out under the starts in the New White Desert.

From the desert we would travel back to Cairo by road and pick up a first class cabin on the sleeper train to Luxor and spend a day and a half exploring Karnak and Luxor Temples and the Valley of the Kings as well as taking a short trip on a traditional felucca on the river Nile.

Then 6 days in the Red Sea resort of Hurghada at the Iberotel Aquamarine with the option of trying scuba diving for the first time.

Finally we would fly back from Hurghada to Cairo and spend our last day seeing the other famous Pyramids at Sakkarra, discovering the Islamic quarter of the city and shopping at the famous Bazaar before returning home early next morning.

The total cost of the tour for all five of us (excluding international flights) was 4,600 Euros and included private tour guides, all the main entrance fees (although when we arrived there were a few extra we hadn't banked on - actually going into the Pyramids, visiting the mummies crypt in the Museum of Antiquities and Tutankhaman's tomb in the valley of the kings) - but in general everything was included, the train journey, the felucca ride and the hotels (most on a bed and breakfast rate but the Iberotel Aquamarine was all inclusive).