A country linking northeast Africa with the Middle East, dates to the time of the pharaohs. Millennia-old monuments sit along the fertile Nile River Valley, including Giza’s colossal Pyramids and Great Sphinx as well as Luxor’s hieroglyph-lined Karnak Temple and Valley of the Kings tombs. The capital, Cairo, is home to Ottoman landmarks like Muhammad Ali Mosque and the Egyptian Museum, a trove of antiquities.
Cairo is located in northern Egypt, known as Lower Egypt, 165 kilometres (100 mi) south of the Mediterranean Sea and 120 kilometres (75 mi) west of the Gulf of Suez and Suez Canal. The city is along the Nile River, immediately south of the point where the river leaves its desert-bound valley and branches into the low-lying Nile Delta region.
Although the Cairo metropolis extends away from the Nile in all directions, the city of Cairo resides only on the east bank of the river and two islands within it on a total area of 453 square kilometres (175 sq mi).
Cairo has the oldest and largest film and music industries in the Arab world, as well as the world’s second-oldest institution of higher learning, Al-Azhar University. Many international media, businesses, and organizations have regional headquarters in the city; the Arab League has had its headquarters in Cairo for most of its existence.With a population of 6.76 million.
Day 1 : Nairobi -Cairo
On your arrival at the Cairo International Airport, after clearing immigration, you will be met by our local Joy Travels representative, who will escort you to your hotel. On the first day of your Invitation to Egypt tour, to see some of the most famous and historic sights of one of the earliest civilizations, you will have some time to relax in Cairo. Overnight at hotel in Cairo.
Day 2 : Cairo
Following breakfast, you will be proceeding for an exciting tour to see one of the Seven Wonders of the World – the Pyramids of Giza, the Great Sphinx – the large statue that is one of the most famous monuments in the entire world, the Papyrus Institute, and a Perfume factory. After this, you will be transferred back to your hotel. Overnight at hotel in Cairo.
Day 3 : Cairo-Alexandria-Aswan (by Sleeping Train)
Following an early breakfast, you will be transferred to Alexandria (on the Mediterranean coast), the city built by Alexander the Great, to visit some famous landmarks of the city, such as: Kom al-Shoqqafa and Pompey’s Pillar, before going to see an ancient Fortress from outside and, finally, the Royal Library of Alexandria, before travelling back to Cairo. In Cairo, you will be transferred directly to the railway station for Aswan by the Sleeping Train. Overnight in the train.
Day 4 : Sleeping Train-Aswan-Nile Cruise
On reaching Aswan the next morning, you will be immediately transferred to your Nile Cruise and embarking on a visit to see the Aswan High Dam and the revered Philae Temple. In the afternoon, you will have the unique experience of travelling by a Felucca (traditional wooden boat) around the pretty Elephantine Island and the Botanical Garden Island with exotic and rare plants. Overnight in the Cruise.
Day 5 : Nile Cruise
The next day, you will be sailing to Kom Ombo and visit the Kom Ombo Temple, dedicated to the Greek Gods, and then sail on to Edfu. Overnight at Edfu in the Cruise.
Day 6 : Nile Cruise
On the sixth morning, you will be arriving at Luxor and embark to visit two temples: the Temple of Luxor and the Temple of Karnak in the east bank. Overnight at Luxor in the Cruise.
Day 7 : Nile Cruise-Hurghada
On the seventh day, you will be checking-out of the Nile Cruise. You will be taken for a tour to see the Valley of the Kings, the Hatshepsut Temple, and Colossi of Memnon in the west bank of Luxor. Following this, you will be transferred to the station to take the bus to Hurghada. You will be met by our local representative at Hurghada and transferred to a hotel, where dinner will be served to you. Overnight at hotel in Hurghada.
Day 8 : Hurghada
Following breakfast, you will have time to shop or explore the city (at your own cost). Hurghada is a busy seashore resort on the Red Sea coast. It has vast stretches of sandy beaches and crystalline warm waters where tourists love to go snorkelling or scuba-diving. Worth seeing are: Makadi Bay; Sharm El Naga with a picturesque reef cliff; Soma Bay; the national protected park of Al-Mahmya; and, El Gouna, known as Egypt’s “Venice”, with channels and bridges, shopping arcades, restaurants, bars, nightclubs, and facilities to play golf, go horse-riding, indulge in water sports and go-karting.
You can take boat cruises to visit nearby places.
There are numerous restaurants catering to tourists, and several shops sell goods including: papyrus, perfumes, spices, jewellery, traditional handicrafts, and linen-shawls-stoles made from Egyptian cotton. The charming Hurghada Marina Boulevard is excellent to stroll down and admire the arresting yachts in the Marina. You can also shop here, sit in one of the fine restaurants and bars, listen to live music, or dance. Dinner will be served at your hotel. Overnight at hotel in Hurghada.
Day 9 : Hurghada
After breakfast, the day will be yours’ to spend as you wish, as there are many things you can do in this highly popular tourist resort. Do remember that dinner will be served to you at your hotel. Overnight at hotel in Hurghada.
Day 10 : Hurghada-Cairo
Post-breakfast, you will be leaving Hurghada by bus to Cairo. You will be transferred to a hotel in Cairo, where you may rest, or do some shopping and sightseeing (at your own cost). Overnight at hotel in Cairo.
Day 11 : Cairo
After breakfast check out and transfer to Cairo Airport for final departure.
Day 12 : Cairo-Nairobi
Following breakfast, you will be checking-out of your hotel, but may have some time to catch up with your last-minute shopping, before your scheduled departure to the Cairo International Airport to board your return flight to Nairobi.