Shoestring Nile valley

A complete adventure to make the most of the Nile valley's highlights at the most affordable price. Check our "includes" : you will be surprised.
from/per person $780
  • Trip Days
    10 Days

  • Type
    Budget

  • Difficulty
    easy

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Location

Cairo - Aswan - Luxor - Cairo

Transportation

VIP 1st class train, A/C (Van / Limousine), Felucca

Description

Shoestring Nile valley

Make the most of Egypt in 10 days. Start your journey with Cairo. Face the greatness of the pyramids. Loose yourself in the Egyptian Museum where you can admire several mummies and the extraordinary treasure of King Tutankhamun. Feel the spiritual vibes of the old districts and loose yourself in El Moez street. No doubt that the Islamic and Coptic Cairo will deep you straight into the Middle Ages. 


Travel to Aswan, meet the Nubian tribe and discover the masterpieces of Abu Simbel.


Board a traditional felucca boat and start one of the most unique adventure Egypt can offer. Sail on the infinite river and enjoy the singular scenery that surrounds you. Stop at Kom Ombo and Edfu to visit their Ancient temples.


Arrive to the magnificent Luxor. All the temples and ancient monuments scattered on both banks of the Nile river make this city a real open-air museum. The temple of Hatcheptsut, The valley of the Kings, Karnak temple... these are so many wonders that will not fail to impress you.


Itinerary


  • DAY
    1

    Welcome to Egypte

    Aladin Tours' representative will meet you at Cairo International Airport and accompany you to your hotel for overnight. He will give you brief idea about your program and an introduction about the Egyptian culture and habits.

    Meals: No meals

  • DAY
    2

    Islamic and Coptic Cairo

    Travel back to time by visiting the Citadel built in 1183 by sultan Salah El-Dine in order to defend the city against the army of the Crusaders. This fortress used to be the residence of Egyptian rulers during 700 years, nowadays it hosts many mosques and museums. Enjoy the phenomenal view of the oldest parts of the city. Walk to reach the islamic complex of Sultan Hassan mosque, which is composed of a mosque and a madrassa. Next to it you can admire El Rifai mosque and its smooth combination of styles from several epochs. Walking down small alleys, you arrive to Al-Azhar, one of the oldest university of the world. Stroll along El Moez street which hosts many medieval monuments.

    Meals included: Breakfast - Lunch

    Included sightseeing's : The citadel - Sultan Hassan & El Rifai mosques - Al Azhar mosque - El Moez street

  • DAY
    3

    Cairo

    Make your first step in the metropolitan Cairo with your egyptologist guide. Visit the Egyptian Museum which contains the most beautiful artifacts of Ancient Egypt, royal mummies and the amazing treasure of King Tutankhamun.
    Arrive to Giza and set eyes on the last remaining ancient wonder of the world : the Great Pyramids. Learn the history of this miraculous edifices that still keep the mystery of their construction. From the Plateau, enjoy the unique view of the Pyramids emerging from the golden sand of Giza. It's the moment to take the pictures of your life ! Before leaving the site, let's greet Abu El Hol, the 3000 years old great Sphinx.
    After lunch, continue your trip with the necropolis of Saqqara. Here you can admire the step pyramid of Djoser : the first time that the pyramidal shape was used to built a tomb, 4000 years ago.
    During the evening you can have dinner and pick some snacks for the train trip. Travel to Aswan in the a VIP first class train.

    Meals : Breakfast - Lunch

    Included sightseeing's : Egyptian museum - The great pyramids - Saqqara pyramid

  • DAY
    4

    Aswan - City highlights

    Arrive to Aswan in the morning, check-in your hotel, and fresh up before starting your city tour.
    We arrive in the morning in Aswan. After a fresh up in our hotel, we start our included city tour. Start with Philae temple, center of the cult of Isis. It’s incredible to realize that this temple was entirely moved from Philae to Agilika Island after the construction of the High Dam. Reach by motorboat the huge dam that while allowing Egyptians to enjoy a permanent agriculture has threatened a lot of houses and touristic sites, such as Abu Simbel temples. Let's visit now the Symposium museum: an open-air museum with modern sculptures. Though overlooked by tourists, this museum displays piece of modern art and thus allow you to catch a glimpse of today's Egyptian society.

    In the evening, explore the magic of Aswan's market and savor a local dinner there.

    Meals: Breakfast - Lunch

    Included sightseeing's : Philae temple - High Dam - Symposium museum - Aswan local market

  • DAY
    5

    Aswan - Abu Simbel

    Around 4 AM, you will be driven during 3 hours to Abu Simbel. The way is long but well worth to witness the greatness of these Ancient temples. Ramses II decided to built himself and his wife Nefertari theses two massive temple in in order to establish his supremacy upon the Nubians.
    Visit these two masterpieces with your Egyptologist guide and discover the history of this place and of the great Pharaoh who build them. You will have plenty of time to take memorable photos.

    The excursion at Abu Simbel is usually proposed as an expensive extra tour by the travel agencies. But AT Aladintour, we consider that this magnificent site is that important that it has to be a part of your trip.

    Meals : Breakfast - Lunch

    Included sightseeing's : Abu Simbel

  • DAY
    6

    Felucca ride

    Check-in on the felucca, and enjoy a lunch on board. A felucca is a traditional sailing boat with no sanitary facilities. Relax during this amazing cruising on the Nile toward Luxor. Enjoy the peace granted by the river and contemplate the unique scenery that nature offers you. Savor a delicious dinner prepared by the captain and his crew and spend the nigh on the felucca, under the starry sky of Egypt.

    Meals : Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner

    Included sightseeing's : Relax along the Nile river

  • DAY
    7

    Kom Ombo and Edfu

    After breakfast, you will be driven to visit God Sobek temple in Kom Ombo with your egyptologist guide. Then you get to Efdu in order to see the well-preserved Ptolemaic Temple dedicated to Horus, Osiris' vengeful son. After this tour to Kom Ombo and Edfu, you will be driven to Luxor where you will join your hotel for overnight.

    Meals : Breakfast - Lunch

    Included sightseeing's : Sobek temple - Horus temple

  • DAY
    8

    Luxor - West bank

    Star an unforgettable excursion to the West bank of Luxor. Discover first the valley of the Kings, a set of 63 tombs excavated in the rock of the mountain. Venture inside three royal tombs and examine the colored scenes on the walls, these give you insights on the beliefs and funerary rites of Ancient Egyptian. It's also a great reminder of the prestige and greatness of the pharaohs.
    Continue your visit with the memorial temple of Hatshepsut. Arriving to the site, the impressive cliff will not miss to captivate your eyes. But it’s at the foot of this masterpiece of nature that remains the real wonder. The external architecture match perfectly with the refined cliff, the building seems to have been sculpted into the rock. Once inside you will notice that many statues and engraving have their face destroyed, your expert guide will explain you the strong history behind this. Reach now Medinat Habu and enter the temple that traces the story of the glorious King Ramesses III. End your day at the Colossi of Memnon. Massive, proudly standing, and the gaze fixed toward the Nile, the two colossi of Memnon were the guardians of the vastest and the most sumptuous temple in Egypt : that of Amenhotep.

    Meals : Breakfast - Lunch

    Included sightseeing's : Valley of the kings - Hatshepsut temple - Medinat Habu / Ramses III - Colossi of Memnon

  • DAY
    9

    Luxor - East bank

    Explore East side of Luxor by horse drawn carriage. Get first to the vastest Ancient temple of Egypt. Karnak temple was dedicated to the Theban triad Amun, Mut and their son Khonsu and was connected to Luxor Temple by an long alley of sphinxes. During more than 2000 years, about thirty Pharaohs have contributed to the construction of the building, making it unique by its size, its degree of elaboration and the diversity of styles.
    End your day with Luxor temple : this is the perfect time to enjoy the splendor of the Ancient architecture highlighted by the shimmering rays of the setting sun. Enter the site facing the immense pylon of Ramses II, his monumental colossi and of course the huge obelisk. Here, for the Feast of Opet, used to take place every year the union of Mut and Amun and the rebirth of their son. This ceremony radiated on the Pharaoh, who could thus renew his power above whole Egypt. The site also hosts a roman chapel and a mosque that you can still admire on the top of the ancient columns of the temple that make this place quite singular.
    Relish a delicious dinner in the most famous local restaurant and stroll in the souq (market).

    Here ends your unforgettable tour in Luxor, after gathering your belongings take a sit aboard a train to Cairo.

    Meals : Breakfast - Lunch

    Included sightseeing's: (Karnak temple - Luxor temple)

  • DAY
    10

    Arrival in Cairo

    This is the end of the shoestring program. Here you can catch your international flight back home, or you can enjoy more time in Egypt by picking any visit or activity from our tailor made options.

    Meals : no meals

    Included sightseeing's : Back home or optional activities from below


Trip Overview

  • Accommodation
    All accommodation will be in a tourist class stranded 2* budget hotel, with breakfast included and private bathroom.

  • Trip difficulty
    Shoestring Nile valley trip, Easy and with doable walking distance

  • Transportation
    Two ways First class VIP A/C seating train, Van / Mini bus air-conditioned comfortable tourist class.

  • Meals
    Every day lunch included, you will experience lots of different Egyptian and middle eastern food suites all different type.

  • Pick up and drop off
    Airport pick up & Transfer included, we make it easy for you to reach your hotel and catch your flight back home.

  • Important includes
    Abu simbel trip is included because it's one of the highlights in Egypt, all included sightseeing's entrance fees.

  • Tour leader & Egyptology guide
    During the whole trip you will have a tour leader, he's also a qualified Egyptology guide, also you will have 24 hours support from our travel agency.

  • Felucca
    One night full board accommodation in simple sailing boat (Felucca), (Note: no toilet, no shower) but there's one stop for toilets.


Included

  • Transportation to all included excursions
  • All the accommodation in 2* budget tourist class hotels
  • Full board accommodation during the felucca trip
  • Tour leader and English Egyptologist tour guide during the whole trip.
  • 1st class VIP train from Cairo - Aswan and from Luxor - Cairo
  • Every day Lunch
  • Abu simbel trip
  • All the included sightseeing's entrance fee
  • Pick up and drop from Cairo international airport

Exclude

  • All the optional tours
  • Appreciation (Tipping)
  • Other meals and drinks not mentioned above
  • Entry visa to Egypt
  • International flights to Egypt

Terms & Conditions

Payment 

 

Available way of payment:

Paying through our secure online gate payment (Pay-fort) one of amazon's companies, fully secured system.

If you wish to pay via bank transfer please send us an email to info@aladintour.com 

Once we receive your payment your trip will be automatically confirmed.


Cancellation 

 

Free cancellation two weeks prior your arrival time.

Any time of cancellation during the 12 days before your trip starts, 40% of your total payment will be nonrefundable.

One week before the trip starting the amount you will pay is nonrefundable. In case you are not happy with our services and we didn't deliver it the way it should be, fragmentary amount will be refunded.

Best price grantee policy

 

In case you will find other cheaper travel agency, please consider:

1-     Date of arrival and departure

2-     Same accommodation stander

3-     Same historical sightseeing

4-     Transportation type

5-     Same includes and excludes 

6-     If the other travel agency includes 24 hour tour leader service.

If you can provide us all this evidence, we will gladly make you 50$ cheaper than what you found.

 

Safety & Security

 

We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe keeping of your passport, air tickets, cash and other valuable items. In case of going to your activity please keep your valuable stuff with you not to leave them in your car, please leave them in your safe box in your hotel. Your personal belongs it's your full responsibility. Please make sure to not listen or accept any invitation for a drink or so from a stranger in the street, it's always end up with a problem, have fun with your travel mates and your local friends. In case you would like to buy something or make shopping please get the best advice from your group leader or tour guide to avoid any misunderstanding.

Insurance

 

Aladin tours are not responsible for your travel insurance, please make sure that you arrange your insurance before you start your travel.   


Activities out of your program

 

Please contact your local guide for more information on available tours and excursions to make sure you are in a safe hands and having always the straight word. no heading cost and no extra charge because you might meet street scammers and offer you cheaper prices, but then you will always find a tricky and aggressive way and most of the time they take from you more money, this can end up having unhappy experience in Egypt and our aim is to make our guest happy and satisfied.


Trip walking or driving distance

 

Please be aware that there are long driving hours on this tour. You can refer to the trip overview for more information on estimated travel times. Please note that any times mentioned are approximations only to give you an idea of the journey lengths and the actual time taken will depend on public transport timetables and road conditions. A mix of private and public transport is used throughout this trip, prepare your self  for some fun long rides.

 

Pocket money

 

We recommend you to carry on your pocket daily from 20 to 50 USD or what equals in EGP, depends on your personal needs, please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping and tipping, please also remember the following specific recommendations when planning your trip, also many places in Egypt are not accepting credit card but only in cash.

 

Meals

 

Eating is a big part of traveling fun and get to know country's culture. Travelling with Aladin tours will experience a lot of different local type of food which we include everyday lunch in your program with variety of different local meals. Most of the time dinner are not included which we give you more flexibility in deciding what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more flexibility in your budget, the food generally is cheap in Egypt. Our groups tend to eat together to let you enjoy each other's company. Your tour leader will be able to suggest the best of all restaurants during your trip.


Local flights 

 

Please make sure to attach your passport copy with your final confirmation in order to book the flight tickets. Internal flight tickets are issued locally and will be given to you prior to the flight departure. Domestic carriers for internal flights in Egypt will be Egypt Air or Nile Air. Flight information will not be available until a couple of days prior to the tour departure. Contact us for more details on your flights. The domestic flight maximum weight allowance is 20 kg.

Tipping

 

Tipping in Egypt known as “baksheesh” is a way of life in the Middle East. Locals themselves usually tip who provides them with service.  It is customary and even expected to tip small service providers. To make things as easy as possible and avoid hassling, Aladin tours has developed a tipping attitude where your tour leader will collect a contribution from everybody at the start of your tour and use this to tip anybody who has provided services to the group as a whole. A guideline for tipping is minimum $4 USD per day per person, you can pay in USD or the equivalent local currency (preferably local currency). If you feel that any service provider failed in maintaining or delivering good service, please bring it immediately to the attention of your tour leader to be able to improve our service partners and so a deduction of tips can take place. To not confuse you how much to tip the Tour Guide so we suggest you tip minimum 3$ per person per day, and at the end of the day it's not a mandatory option.

Feed back

 

Your tour leader is 24 hours with you if there's anything you are not happy about, please let him/her know immediately. If you have an issue with the tour leader himself please call our emergency number 24/7 service +201006016132, after you get back home safely, we would appreciate very much hearing from you! Your feedback is so important to us to be able to improve our service's quality to the next friend or family member with Aladin tours. Please take a few moments giving us your feedback and help other travelers with your experience through our website, just by sending us an email on customerservice@aladintour.com and let us know what to improve in which point.