Overview

Discover the historical marvels and natural beauty of Egypt as you journey through iconic landmarks in Cairo, Aswan, and Luxor, followed by serene beach retreats in Marsa Alam. Experience vibrant markets, ancient sites, and captivating marine life, offering a comprehensive exploration of Egypt's diverse attractions.​

 

11 Nights 12 Days 21 Apr, 22 Apr, 23 Apr, and more Cairo, Aswan, Luxor, Marsa Alam
Highlights
  • Pyramids
  • Sphinx
  • Khan El-Khalili Bazaar
  • Sailing
  • Philae Temple
  • Nubian Village
  • Valley of the Kings
  • Hatshepsut Temple
  • Tombs of the Nobles
  • Egyptian Museum
  • Citadel and Mohamed Ali Mosque
  • Karnak Temple
  • Luxor Temple
  • Wadi El Gemal Natural Reserve
  • Desert safari adventure in 4x4 car and bach buggy
  • Boat Trip
  • Swimming with the Dolphins
  • Snorkeling
  • Qulaan (Mangrove Tree)
  • Al Nayzak Natural Pool
  • Hankorab
  • Optional Hot Air Balloon Ride over Luxor
  • Sultan Hassan Mosque
  • Nubian Party
  • Heissa Island
  • Nubian Home Visit
  • Fragrance Shop
  • Alabaster Factory
  • Kayaking
  • Tengar Beach
Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival in Cairo 

On the first day, as you step off the plane in Cairo, our representative will be there to assist you with all the visa procedures, ensuring a smooth and hassle-free experience. Upon exiting the airport, you will be greeted by a guide who will whisk you away to your accommodation at the Steigenberger Hotel El Tahrir. After getting comfortable at the hotel, enjoy dinner and prepare for tomorrow's adventures.

Overnight at Novotel El Borg, Cairo or similar (dinner)

 


Day 2

Pyramids and Sphinx 

Prepare to embark on a day of exhilarating exploration. The adventure unfolds with a visit to the iconic Pyramids of Giza, where these majestic structures have stood tall for centuries, evoking awe and wonder. The journey leads you to the enigmatic Sphinx, its timeless gaze captivating your imagination and unraveling tales of mystery. After a morning filled with adventure, you are treated to a well-deserved break and a delicious lunch with the majestic Pyramids of Giza as your backdrop. As you savor the flavors, you can't help but appreciate the extraordinary view that surrounds you. The timeless presence of the pyramids and the Sphinx continue to ignite your imagination, leaving you eagerly anticipating the adventures still to come. Your quest for discovery continues at the Egyptian Museum, where time stands still amidst extraordinary artifacts that beckon you into the depths of history. At night, you have the option to immerse yourself in the vibrant nightlife of Cairo with a visit to Cairo Jazz, where the rhythm of music harmonizes with the city's pulsating energy (optional activity).

  • Pyramids
  • Sphinx
  • Egyptian Museum
  • Cairo Jazz (optional activity)
Overnight at Novotel El Borg, Cairo or similar (breakfast, lunch)

 


Day 3

Islamic Cairo

Journey into the heart of Cairo's cultural tapestry, immersing yourself in the rich heritage of Islamic Cairo. Prepare to be enchanted as you venture to the Sultan Hassan Mosque, an architectural marvel. Continuing your odyssey, the Citadel awaits, a regal fortress graced by the majestic presence of the Mohamed Ali Mosque, where panoramic views of the city reward your ascent. After immersing yourself in the sights, it's time to recharge with a lunch that showcases the flavors of the local cuisine. The bustling streets of Khan El Khalili eagerly await your arrival, promising an experience filled with vibrant visuals, delightful aromas, and lively sounds. As you stroll through the narrow alleyways, you relish the chance to peruse a wide array of unique items, all while absorbing the energetic atmosphere of an authentic Egyptian market. This exhilarating day of exploring Islamic Cairo and delving into the lively Khan El Khalili market will definitely create lasting memories and deepen your understanding of Cairo's diverse cultural heritage.

  • Sultan Hassan Mosque
  • Citadel and Mohamed Ali Mosque
  • Khan El-Khalili Bazaar
Overnight at Novotel El Borg, Cairo or similar (breakfast, lunch)

 


Day 4

Aswan

Today marks the moment you bid farewell to Cairo and take a flight to Aswan, a destination along the beautiful Nile River. Relax and enjoy your stay at the accommodation, located on an island in the Nile. From there, you'll be treated to a stunning view of the magnificent Philae Temple where ancient gods and goddesses seem to come to life amidst calm and peaceful waters. Let yourself be enchanted by the captivating atmosphere of this sacred site, where history and spirituality blend harmoniously. Continue your journey to the picturesque Heissa Island, a hidden gem that invites you to immerse yourself in its natural beauty. Hop on the kayak and glide through the gentle currents of the Nile. Paddling across to the other side, you will have the privilege of visiting the colorful home of a welcoming local, where a truly unique lunch experience awaits you. Indulge in a culinary feast curated with care, showcasing the tantalizing flavors of authentic Egyptian cuisine. As you savor each delectable bite, let your gaze wander over the majestic Nile, providing a stunning backdrop for this memorable meal. Engage with your gracious hosts, discovering their customs and traditions firsthand, and forging connections that will leave an everlasting imprint on your journey. Afterward, return to the eco-lodge where you may have time to swim or you could simply relax, preparing yourself for the evening. Get ready for the Nubian party on an island, where live music, vibrant dances, and exhilarating festivities fill the air. Experience the rhythmic beats of traditional music, indulge in delectable Nubian cuisine, and witness the lively Zaffa procession, filled with spirited dancing. Let the rhythm guide your feet. This day in Aswan will forever be engraved in your heart, an exhilarating blend of nature, culture and pure joy.

  • Philae Temple
  • Tengar Beach
  • Kayaking
  • Heissa Island
  • Nubian Home Visit
  • Nubian Party
Overnight at Eco Nubia Hotel, Aswan or similar (breakfast, lunch, dinner)

 


Day 5

Sail into Serenity

Start your day with a visit to the Nubian Village. Engage with the welcoming locals that reflects the Nubian heritage. As the day unfolds, set sail on a traditional felucca boat, gracefully gliding along the waters of the Nile. Feel the gentle breeze caress your face as you soak in the picturesque landscapes. Savor a scenic lunch aboard the boat. After the sail, get ready for the adventure of a lifetime as you hit the road towards the majestic wonders of Luxor!

  • Nubian Village
  • Tuktuk Ride
  • Sailing
Overnight at Iberotel, Luxor or similar (breakfast, lunch, dinner)

 


Day 6

Luxor’s East Bank

Luxor, a city rich in ancient tales waiting to be unveiled. Delve into the depths of history with a visit to the Karnak Temple. Every step you take reveals a new mystery, ancient secrets waiting to be unraveled. Then your expedition leads you to the Luxor Temple, where the stories of pharaohs and gods burst to life through the intricate towering statues that adorn its sacred walls. Immerse yourself in a world where legends are etched in stone, where the past pulsates with an undying spirit. In the afternoon, prepare for a sensory escapade as you step into a local shop, where the tantalizing world of perfumes beckons. Then you will get the chance to go on a Hantoor ride, a traditional horse-drawn carriage, through the bustling streets of Luxor.

  • Karnak Temple
  • Luxor Temple
  • Fragrance Shop
  • Hantoor Ride
Overnight at Iberotel, Luxor or similar (breakfast, lunch, dinner)

 


Day 7

Luxor's West Bank 

As the sun rises over Luxor, you have the option to go on a breathtaking hot air balloon trip, where you'll soar above the West Bank, witnessing the ancient wonders from a unique perspective (optional activity). Returning to solid ground, your journey of exploration continues with a visit to the Valley of the Kings. Here, in the depths of these hallowed grounds, ancient pharaohs were laid to rest, their legacy shrouded in mystique. Explore the Hatshepsut Temple, an architectural marvel dedicated to Egypt's iconic female pharaoh. The size and design of it show respect for an important historical figure. Then you visit an Alabaster Factory, where you will have the privilege of witnessing true artistry in motion. Here, masterful artisans channel their expertise and passion, transforming raw and stunning stone into exquisite works of art.

  • Hot Air Balloon Ride over Luxor (optional activity)
  • Valley of the Kings
  • Hatshepsut Temple
  • Tombs of the Nobles
  • Alabaster Factory
Overnight at Iberotel, Luxor or similar (breakfast, lunch, dinner)

 


Day 8

Desert Safari

Get ready for an action-packed day as you set out from Luxor on the Marsa Alam Tours, heading towards new adventures! After checking into your hotel, take some time to relax and recharge before unleashing your inner thrill-seekers. Lace up your sneakers; a sandy escapade awaits with the Quad adventure. Gear up for an unforgettable beach buggy ride that offers a burst of adrenaline and exhilaration. As the day turns into night, treat yourself to an authentic Bedouin dinner. Wrap up your day by enjoying a Tannoura dance and a fire show.

  • Wadi El Gemal Natural Reserve
  • Desert Safari Adventure in 4x4 Car and Beach Buggy
Overnight at Marsa Shagara Village, Marsa Alam or similar (breakfast, lunch, dinner)

 


Day 9

Swimming with the Dolphins (Weather Dependent!)

At approximately 6 AM, you will set your sights on Hamata Port for a boat ride to the enchanting Satayeh. Watch the dolphins gracefully gliding through the waters. For those seeking an up-close encounter, don your snorkeling gear and plunge into the depths to explore the hidden wonders below. Immerse yourself in a world of vibrant marine life and marvel. As the day unfolds, enjoy lunch on the boat, savoring delicious flavors amidst the stunning backdrop of the sea. With extra time for snorkeling in the red sea, revel in the beauty of your surroundings before returning to the hotel.

  • Boat Trip
  • Swimming with the Dolphins
  • Snorkeling
  • Qulaan (Mangrove Tree)
Overnight at Marsa Shagara Village, Marsa Alam or similar (breakfast, lunch, dinner)

 


Day 10

Sunset among Mangroves

Your first stop will be the Nayzak natural pool, a hidden gem nestled in Marsa Alam. As you continue your adventure, you will make your way to the renowned Hankorab beach, a true paradise that will leave you in awe of its beauty. Sink your toes into the soft sands, bask in the warm sun, and let the gentle waves serenade your senses. Enjoy lunch at Hankorab before making your way to Qulaan Beach to explore the mangrove tree that has stood for over five centuries, rooted in the sea. This extraordinary tree showcases nature's ingenuity, extracting fresh water from the saline sea through its roots, eliminating the need for any external fresh water source.

  • Al Nayzak Natural Pool
  • Hankorab
Overnight at Marsa Shagara Village, Marsa Alam or similar (breakfast, lunch, dinner)

 


Day 11

Back to Cairo

After breakfast, return to Cairo and check into your hotel. Today is your free day. Let the city's vibrant energy inspire your explorations. Whether you opt to explore iconic landmarks, stroll through bustling markets, or indulge in the rich local cuisine, it's your chance to truly immerse in Cairo's charm. 

Overnight at Novotel El Borg, Cairo or similar (breakfast)

Day 12

Departure

As your Cairo to Marsa Alam tours come to an end, you will be driven to the airport to catch your flight back home, marking the end of your adventure. Memories of Egypt's captivating sights and sounds remain vivid as you bid this remarkable country goodbye. You depart from Cairo's airport, carrying the magic of Egypt with you wherever you go.

(breakfast)

FAQs

Is it safe to travel to Egypt? Yes, it is safe to travel to Egypt, especially when following the advice of local guides and staying within designated tourist areas. If you are looking for safe Marsa Alam tours contact us at booking@gazef.com.

Do I need a visa to travel to Egypt? Visa requirements depend on your nationality. However, as part of the Cairo to Marsa Alam tours package, we assist you with the visa process through our meet and greet service at the airport, and the visa fees are included.

What is the currency in Egypt? The currency in Egypt is the Egyptian pound (EGP). So you would be using Egyptian pounds on your Cairo to Marsa Alam tours.

What is the best time to visit Cairo to Marsa Alam? The destinations Cairo, Aswan, Luxor, and Marsa Alam can be visited year-round. The cooler months from October to April are often the most comfortable for outdoor activities and exploration.

What are the main activities and sights in Cairo, Aswan, Luxor, and Marsa Alam? In Cairo, the main sights are the iconic Pyramids, Sphinx, Egyptian Museum, Islamic Cairo with its notable mosques, the Citadel hosting the Mohamed Ali Mosque, and the bustling Khan El Khalili market. In Aswan, the popular attractions include the Philae Temple, Heissa Island, Nubian Village, Nubian Party/Zaffa, sailing, and the Abu Simbel Temple. In Luxor the must-see attractions include the grand Karnak Temple, the impressive Luxor Temple, the ancient Valley of the Kings, the unique Hatshepsut Temple, and the option for an unforgettable hot air balloon ride. In Marsa Alam tours, activities consist of a safari adventure in a 4x4 car and on a beach buggy, swimming with the dolphins, swimming in the Nayzak Natural Pool, and visit to Hankorab and Qulaan Beach with its unique mangrove trees.

Do Cairo, Luxor, Aswan, and Marsa Alam offer mobile and internet connectivity? Yes, Cairo, Luxor, Aswan, and Marsa Alam offer reliable mobile and internet connectivity. This means you can enjoy mobile network connectivity throughout the Cairo to Marsa Alam tours.

Is swimming with the dolphins guaranteed in Marsa Alam tours? The dolphin excursion consists of a boat trip the dolphin house. Snorkeling gear is provided for the chance to explore the underwater world. However, the opportunity to see and swim close to dolphins relies on weather conditions and isn't guaranteed, as these are free-living creatures whose presence depends on several natural factors. It's crucial to respect these magnificent marine animals by maintaining a safe distance without disturbing them.

Is the Cairo to Marsa Alam Tours family-friendly? Is it suitable for children? Yes, the Cairo to Marsa Alam trip is family-friendly and suitable for children, however, please note that some sites may require a lot of walking and some activities like the safari might be challenging for younger children.

Is it possible to obtain a diving license during my stay in Marsa Alam? Yes, it is possible to obtain a diving license during Marsa Alam tours. Known for its vibrant marine life and stunning coral reefs, Marsa Alam offers various diving courses and certifications for all levels, from beginners to experienced divers. Courses include Open Water Diver, Advanced Open Water Diver, Rescue Diver, and Dive Master programs, offered by recognized organizations like PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors), SSI (Scuba Schools International), and CMAS (World Underwater Federation). However, please note that obtaining a diving license would require allocating an additional 3-4 days to your itinerary for the diving course. This would be charged separately from the main trip package.


Add-Ons

Cairo Jazz

Dive into the dual atmospheres of Cairo Jazz, the heart of Cairo's musical essence. Inside, immerse yourself in a clubbing vibe where energies run high. Step outside, and you'll find a more relaxed ambiance. Here, you can engage in conversations, sway to the rhythms, and enjoy the music. Both settings promise captivating rhythms and unforgettable experiences.

Hot Air Balloon

Enjoy a serene ride with Luxor's Hot Air Balloon, floating freely against the captivating backdrop of Luxor's West Bank. Above ancient wonders and breathtaking landscapes, this adventure unveils Egypt's majestic beauty from the skies.

Inclusions/Exclusions

What is included in the tour

  • Meet and greet service and help with visa process by our representatives upon arrival
  • Visa Fees
  • Accommodation as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All meals as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All sightseeing tours and entrance fees as mentioned in the itinerary
  • All transfers in a private air-conditioned vehicle (excluding domestic flight from Cairo to Aswan)
  • Private local English speaking tour guides
  • All service charges and taxes

What is NOT included in the tour

  • International flights
  • Domestic flight from Cairo to Aswan 
  • Meals other than mentioned in above itinerary
  • Beverages
  • Optional activities / tours
  • Personal expenses
  • Tipping
  • Insurance
Important Notes

Packing List

Comfortable Clothing

Comfortable Shoes

Slippers

Bathing Suit

Towel

Jacket

Sun Protection (sunscreen, hat, sunglasses)

Insect Repellent

Camera / Waterproof GoPro (if available)

Power Bank (if available)

Speakers (if available)

Snacks (nuts, energy bars)

Electrolytes (if available)


Electricity

In Egypt, the power supply is nominally Type C and F, with a standard voltage of 220V and a frequency of 50Hz.


Tipping

Tipping is an expected, though not compulsory, component of your tour program. While it's not mandatory, it's customary to tip around $5 per day per person for drivers. For other service providers, the amount is at your discretion, but an average of $5 USD is typical.

Remember, tipping directly benefits the local community. Although it may not be customary for you, it is an important source of income for those in the tourism industry. Giving a tip should be a seen as a formal 'thank you', and the action should in no way be awkward.