If you have always dreamed of visiting the pyramids of Giza and the impressive temples in Luxor, then traveling in Egypt on an individual round trip will make this dream a reality and take you on an exciting journey between past and present, the capital Cairo and Upper Egypt.
In a small group, led by an Egyptology, you will visit, among other things, the Pyramids, Sakkara, the Egyptian Museum, the Karnak Temple, the Valley of the Kings, the Hatshepsut Temple and many other attractions of this fascinating country.
Day 1- Arrival & Check In
Upon arrival at Cairo Airport, you will be met by our tour guide and transferred to your hotel.
Day 2- Sakkara – Memphis – Dahshour
After breakfast at the hotel you will be picked up by your tour guide and visit:
Saqqara is one of the oldest and largest cemeteries in Egypt. There you can see the first pyramid of Egypt, the stepped pyramid of King Djoser from the 3rd Dynasty around 2650 BC. It consists of 6 steps with a height of 62 m. The first phase of pyramid construction in Egypt began with this structure. However, it was originally planned by Imhotep not as a pyramid, but initially as a square mastaba.
You can also visit the beautiful tombs of the Old Kingdom with their special paintings.
Memphis is the ancient capital of Egypt. Here are the ruins of the Ptah Temple, the giant statue of King Ramses II and the Alabaster Sphinx. Today’s name “Memphis” goes back to the ancient Egyptian word “Men-nefer” and means something lasting and perfect.
Then fortify yourself with an oriental lunch and continue to:
In Dahshur you can visit the Red Pyramid and the kink pyramid of the 4th Dynasty King Snofru. The Red Pyramid is the third largest of the ancient Egyptian pyramids and surpasses even the Khafre pyramid in the base dimension. One may visit the Red Pyramid from the inside.
Day 3- Giza Pyramids & Sphinx – The Egyptian Museum
Today you visit with your tour guide:
The pyramids of Giza
The 3 famous pyramids of Giza are the last surviving wonder of the ancient world. They were about 2600 BC. Built on a large limestone plateau.
The Pyramid of Cheops is the oldest and largest of the three pyramids and is therefore also known as the “Great Pyramid”. It is the highest pyramid in the world, 147 m high and was built as a tomb for the Egyptian king Cheops.
We will admire this biggest pyramid of the world first. This is followed by a visit to the pyramid of Chephren and the Mykerinos pyramid.
Then we drive to a plateau, from which you have a beautiful panoramic view of the three pyramids of Giza.
The Sphinx has the body of a lion and the head of a man and lies with a length of approx. 73 m and a height of approx. 20 m before the Khafre pyramid.
The Egyptian Museum
The Egyptian Museum in Cairo is the world’s largest museum of ancient Egyptian treasures and houses a unique collection of finds from 5,000 years of Egyptian history. Particularly impressive are the famous golden treasures of Tut-Ankh-Amun. It would open in 1902 for visitors.
After your program, you will have lunch at a local restaurant, then you will be transferred to your hotel.
Day 4- Islamic & Coptic Cairo – Fly to Luxor
Today you visit the Islamic and Coptic Cairo:
The Citadel of Saladin
The Citadel of Saladin is one of the few preserved fortifications in the city of Cairo. The citadel complex was built between 1176 and 1183 AD by Saladin to better defend the city of Cairo from the crusader attacks. From the citadel you have a special view over the capital Cairo.
Mosque of Mohamed Ali the Alabaster Mosque of Mohamed Ali is one of the largest mosques in Egypt. It was built between 1830 and 1880. The minarets are 82 meters and the dome is 52 meters high. The interior walls are covered with alabaster and the columns are made of solid alabaster.
The Coptic Quarter
The Coptic Quarter in Cairo was built on an ancient Roman fortress. Here you can visit the St. Sergius Church (oldest church in Cairo), the Hanging Church and the Ben Ezra Synagogue.
After your lunch, you will be transferred to Cairo Airport and fly from Cairo to Luxor. Upon arrival in Luxor, your guide will welcome you and bring you to your hotel.
Day 5- West Bank Sightseeing
After breakfast at the hotel, you will visit the highlights of Luxor-West today:
The Valley of the Kings
Let yourself be enchanted by the more than 3000 years old, wonderful murals in the tombs of the Pharaohs. So far, 64 graves have been found in the Valley of the Kings, of which you can visit three. In the Valley of the Kings are the tombs of the kings of the New Kingdom (about 1550-1069 BC 18 to 20 dynasty) to find. In 1922 Englishman Howard Carter discovered the tomb of TutAnchAmun with its golden treasures.
The Hatshepsut Temple
The mortuary temple of Queen Hatshepsut dates back to the 18th Dynasty, 1470 BC. She had her impressive terrace temple built by the architect Senenmut. She was always portrayed as a man, which can be clearly seen from the very well preserved statues in the temple. In Christian times a monastery was built on the temple, which was used until the 11th century. In the 19th century, the monastery ruins were demolished.
The Memnon Colossi
The Memnon colossi are two side by side ancient Egyptian colossal statues, about 18 m. high from the 14th century BC Both statues represent Amenhotep III and were located at the entrance of his temple.
Then you will get a lunch and will be returned to the hotel.
Day 6- Karnak & Luxor Temples
Today you visit the Karnak and Luxor temple facilities:
It is the largest temple complex ever built. Here the ancient Egyptians immortalized the holy family of Thebes, Amun-Re, his wife Mut and the son Chonsu. The complete construction time of the temple lasted over 2000 years. One of the most important areas of the temple is the large pillared hall with 134 papyrus columns built by Seteth and completed by Ramses II.
In the heart of the city of Luxor, you will find the Luxor Temple, built by Amemophis III. and Ramses II was built. Even Alexander the Great built a chapel for the ancient Egyptian gods. At that time, the Ancient Egyptians celebrated here the most important festival in Thebes. In 1989, archaeologists happened to find an underground chamber with very well-preserved statues, which are now exhibited in the Luxor Museum. At the Luxor Temple you can see a part of the Sphinx Avenue, which connected the Luxor Temple with the Karnak Temple at that time.
After your program you will get an oriental lunch.
In the afternoon you have free time.
Day 7- Unique West Bank Sightseeing
Today you visit in Thebes-West:
The mortuary temple of Ramses III was built in the 12th century BC and is one of the best preserved temples in Thebes West. Particularly noteworthy are the very well preserved colors and the deep reliefs.
Continue to the Ramesseum Temple, where once stood the largest statue of Ramses II, the remains of which can still be seen today. Particularly worth seeing are the depictions of the Kadesh battle, which was led by Ramses II.
Deir El Mediena
In Deir El Medina are the graves of the artists with their beautifully preserved colors, which are the most beautiful in the whole of Thebes West. You can also see the ruins of the artists’ houses.
After your program you will get a lunch and will be returned to the hotel.
Day 8- Return Home
Transfer from your hotel to Luxor Airport, then fly home.
|Summer (May 1st to September 30th)||Winter (1st Oct to 30 Apr)|
|Single room / cabin||950 $||1050 $|
|Double room / cabin||800 $||875 $|
5 * standard
Hotel in Cairo : Cairo Pyramids Hotel, Ramses Hilton
Hotel in Luxor: Steiegnberger Luxor, Sonesta St. Georg Luxor
|Summer (May 1st to September 30th)||Winter (1st Oct to 30 Apr)|
|Single room / cabin||1525 $||1625 $|
|Double room / cabin||1200 $||1300 $|
5 * Deluxe
Hotel in Cairo : Kempinski Nile Hotel Cairo, Sofitel El Gizerah Hotel
Hotel in Luxor: Winter Palace Luxor, Hilton Luxor