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Hotels and Sightseeing

Cairo:

You need at least one day for a tour to the pyramids and sphinx, the Egyptian museum and the bazaar.

If you have the time to take two full days the program will look like this:

1.Day: Pyramids, sphinx, Memphis, Sakkara

2.Day: Museum, citadel, old Cairo, bazaar.

For those with a longer stay in Cairo the following additional excursions can be offered optionally or included:

1.Full day tour to Alexandria (300km), with visits of the monasteries of Wadi Natrun, the catacombs, the Roman theatre and Montazah gardens

2.Full day tour to Fayum (80km) oasis to see something of the daily life of the peasants.

In Cairo you can choose hotel accommodation from all categories. There are luxurious 5*Deluxe Hotels situated directly on the Nile, like Sheraton or Meridian, standard 5*hotels like Safir Hotel, then very good 4*hotels like Novotel or Oasis Pyramids, and 4*hotels of B class, like Les3Pyramides or Maadi Hotel, then cheap 4* like Delta Pyramids Hotel, and also reasonably priced 3*accommodation.

There are differences between downtown hotels and garden hotels on the outskirts of Cairo.

Downtown hotels have all amenities and offer easy access to shopping areas, the Egyptian Museum, the Nile etc., but they do not have extensive garden space. They are, however, excellent for programs with dense sightseeing schedule.

Hotels in the Pyramids’ area have lavish gardens, landscaped pool areas and leisure facilities, but to go downtown for sightseeing you have to calculate at least 45 min. drive. They are well suited for clients who want some time off besides the sightseeing.

Please consider also that the outside hotels do not demand a supplement during August because of the strong demand by customers from the Arab countries, whereas downtown hotels raise their rates drastically during this month.

Hotels near the airport: Hotels in the area of Heliopolis are numerous and available in various categories. They are convenient for the last night the clients spend in Cairo after they return from Upper Egypt and before the flight home.

 

For a few days of leisure there is the resort of Ain el Sukhna, 1 ½ hours drive from Cairo, with beautiful hotels.

 

Luxor:

You need at least a full day for Luxor: a half day West bank with valley of Kings, temple of Hatshepsut and colossi of Memnon, then in the afternoon Luxor East bank with Karnak and Luxor temples.

If you have more time the visits can be done as half days in the morning, leaving the afternoon free.

Additional visits can be:

1.Second half-day West bank: valley of queens, tombs of nobles, temple of Medinet Habu

2.Half day visit to Dendara temple, north of Luxor (60km).

3.Visit to the temples south of Luxor: Esna (60km), Edfu (110km), Kom Ombo (160km) – these sites are visited by the Nile cruises, or on the way to Aswan by car, or by car and return to Luxor.

 

In Luxor there are basically the same categories as in Cairo, but nearly all the hotels possess beautiful gardens.

Those situated on the Nile generally have rooms with a Nile view, which are more expensive, and rooms with a garden view. Reservations have to be made accordingly.

 

Aswan:

You need at least a half day to visit the High Dam Sadd el Ali and the Unfinished Obelisk, as well as a half-day sailing trip around the Nile islands in Aswan.

If you have more time, additional excursions are:

1.Half day visit to the island of Philae south of Aswan

2.Half day excursion to Abu Simble, the rock temples of Ramesses the Great, 180km south of Aswan. This excursion is generally done by plane, and takes app.3 hours time. The excursion can be done by bus, one way takes 3 hours drive.

 

In Aswan there are basically the same categories as in Cairo, but nearly all the hotels possess beautiful gardens.

Those situated on the Nile generally have rooms with a Nile view, which are more expensive, and rooms with a garden view. Reservations have to be made accordingly.

 

Please note: Luxor, Aswan and the sites in between, like the temples of Edfu and Kom Ombo, can be visited with hotel accommodation as above, or by Nile cruise!

 

Red Sea Resorts: Hurghada – Safaga – Quseir – Marsa Alam:

Hurghada can be reached by bus or plane from Cairo or Luxor. It offers beach holidays, with opportunity for snorkeling, diving, water sports and most other sports and leisure activities.

In seaside resorts, there are 5* and 4* hotels with private beaches, and less expensive hotels who have easy access to public beaches! This is not quite the same and should be pointed out to clients.

Safaga (65km from Hurghada) and Quseir (140km) are beach resorts too.

Trips can be made from Hurghada and Safaga:

1. Overday to Cairo (departure at 3.00 a.m., return in the evening) for visit to the pyramids and sphinx, the Egyptian museum and the bazaar.

2.Overday to Luxor (departure at 3.00 a.m., return in the evening) for half day West bank with valley of Kings, temple of Hatshepsut and colossi of Memnon, then in the afternoon Luxor East bank with Karnak and Luxor temples.

3. Half-day desert trip to a Bedouin camp, with camel ride and barbecue either for lunch or for dinner.

4. Boat trip to Giftun Island for swimming and snorkeling, incl. lunch and equipment.

 

Sinai: Sharm el Sheikh – Dahab – Nuweiba - Taba:

Sharm el Sheikh can be reached by car or by flight from Cairo and Luxor. Sharm and the towns of Nuweiba and Dahab offer beach holidays, with opportunity for snorkeling, diving, water sports and most other sports and leisure activities.

Trips that can be made from Sharm, Dahab (60km from Sharm) or Nuweiba (120km from Sharm)

1. Trip to St.Catherine monastery as over day visit, or with one overnight to climb Mt.Moses for sunrise.

2. Trekking tours of any length, with jeeps or pack camels, to explore the mountains of Sinai (please ask for our adventure programs).

3. Day trips by flight to Petra in Jordan from Sharm el Sheikh can be arranged as well.

 

The Western Desert Oases:

From Cairo one can start out on Egypt’s most beautiful tour, the Great Desert Jeep Safari. This is a trip of more than a thousand km through spectacular desert landscape with visits to the four oases situated in a depression: Bahariya, Farafra, Dakhla and Kharga. Bahariya and Farafra have hot springs and palm groves, Farafra being the more traditional and rural of the two. Every traveller should also take the opportunity to spend at least one night in the White Desert between these oases. Dakhla and Kharga were important caravan outposts even in Pharaonic and Roman times and still have temple ruins and the remains of ancient settlements and cemeteries to prove it.

For the adventurous the tour can be extended to include Siwa, the remotest of the Western oases close to the Libyan border, with its distinctive villages and rural traditions, and cross the Great Sand Sea on the way to Bahariya.

In all the oases there are small lodges for those not willing to spend the nights in tents.

 

Nile Delta:

The ancient sites of Tanis-San el Haggar, Bubastis, Buto and others can be visited as day tours from Cairo. Since their preservation is not as good as that of the Upper Egyptian temples, they are in demand by specialists only.