"The desert is beautiful," the little prince added.
And that was true. I have always loved the desert. One sits down on a desert sand dune,
sees nothing, hears nothing. Yet through the silence something throbs, and gleams . . .
The Little Prince - Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Sail boat on the Nile: Egypt tours
All our Egypt tours can start from Cairo, Sinai, Israel and Jordan.
We strongly advise visitors touring in Egypt to cross the border the day or evening before the tour. This allows participants a comfortable morning pick-up time, high standard hotels at much lower rates and the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful Red Sea coastline prior to the tour departure. We arrange all transportation from Eilat, booking the hotel and help at the border crossing.
Tours to the Egypt doesn't incl border tax of $68 p.p. visa to Egypt- $42 p.p. and tips.
Sinai- Cairo combined tour
Tour add-ons of Egypt and Sinai
Our tour add-ons are a great and easy way to visit the more extraordinary attractions.
Take a short glance at these popular add-ons to see how a few extra hours can make a world of difference to your tour.
2.5 day Cairo- Egypt tour from Eilat to Cairo
Can be done as a tour to Cairo and Egypt from Tel Aviv, Jerusalem or the Sinai.
or tour to Cairo and Egypt from Jerusalem This two day tour from Eilat to Cairo, covers many of Cairo's famous sights including the Pyramids, Sphinx, the renowned Cairo Museum and the colorful Khan el Khalili Bazaar. It takes in the impressive Mohammad Ali Mosque and Cairo's fascinating Coptic churches.
This popular two day Cairo sightseeing tour departs early morning from Eilat and crosses the Taba border into Sinai. The tour heads straight to Cairo via the Suez Canal.
Day 1 - Upon reaching Cairo we head for the Cairo museum and this is where our tour of Cairo's major sights begins. Your guide will offer you a brief but comprehensive insight into the history of ancient Egypt, explaining the dynasties, the religious beliefs and the legacy of the Pharaohs. The Cairo museum is the perfect beginning of any tour in Egypt. It is renowned for housing many of the world's most precious treasures including the treasures of the Tutankhamen. It would take days to cover the whole museum so our specialist guide will point out the most famous artifacts and statues whilst unraveling for you the mysteries of ancient Egypt. Having taken in the highlights of the museum we take a break to enjoy lunch before making our way to the Pyramids and the Sphinx. We spend the afternoon taking in the Pyramids and the Sphinx, Egypt's most famous sights and the single surviving of the original ‘Seven Wonders of the World. We make our way from here to our hotel where we settle for the evening. An optional Nile dinner cruise is available upon request.
Day 2 - Following breakfast our tour takes us to Cairo's famous Mohamed Ali Mosque, an ancient crusader castle converted into an elaborate mosque. We head from here to the fascinating Coptic area of Cairo. Most of Egypt's Christians are Coptic Christians and here in the old Coptic area we find the ancient churches and important Coptic sights.
We take a break to enjoy luck before heading into what many consider the very heart of Cairo; Cairo's famous oriental market, The Khan el Khalili bazaar. We spend the rest of the afternoon taking in the unforgettable sights and sounds of this, bustling, colorful and enchanting bazaar. Before commencing our return journey to Eilat we stop at a traditional coffee-shop inside the market for refreshments including traditional deserts and tea/coffee.
Cairo Tour form Eilat:
Tour includes: Guide, transportation, HB in 4* or 5* hotel in Cairo, entrance fees (except Mummy chamber $25 per person).
Additional expenses: A full Egyptian visa- 45$, Israel - Egypt border taxes 65$, Private drinks, lunch and tips, 5* supplement- 60-70$ p.p. on b.b. base.
2.5 day Tour option with 2 nights in Cairo:
Tours to Cairo: The Pyramids
Egypt tours- Sinai, St Catherine & Cairo- 4 day tour
Egypt tours- Tour to Cairo, Sinai from Israel / Eilat, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem
Day one– Starting early at Taba we head south and follow the coastal road until reaching the Bedouin Village of Nuweiba. Here we either enjoy the Arabian bazaar or take in the serene Red Sea views from the local beach. Continuing on to the sandstone area we stop at the ‘Rock of Inscriptions’. Some of the historical inscriptions on this rock date back up to 2000 years. From here we head straight to the towering red granite mountains of the high range where both St. Catherine’s monastery and Mt. Sinai are found. We enjoy our evening meal and settle for the night at Morgenland or Plaza hotel.
Day two– Early morning we begin our ascent on Mount Sinai, walking in the footsteps of the devoted pilgrims who tread this route centuries earlier. We should reach the summit just before dawn in time to witness its incredible sunrise and splendid views. Descending the mountain we return to the hotel for breakfast. We spend the later part of morning touring the monastery of St. Catherine, taking in its fascinating and unique sights and exceptional history. Following lunch we board our car, leaving the high range behind us as we head west to Cairo and get there by evening. The night in 4* H.B. (Optional Egyptian folklore evening or Nile dinner a cruise)
Day three - After breakfast we go straight to the Great Pyramids and the Sphinx, we explore these impressive sites and hear of their rich and colorful history. We continue to Memphis and Sakkara and by evening bring the day to a close experiencing the sights and sounds of the Khan El Halili bizarre. overnight in our 4* hotel. (Optional Egyptian folklore evening or Nile dinner a cruise)
Day four - Following breakfast we spend the whole morning the huge Cairo Museum, here we find the treasures of Tutankhamun and other Ancient Egyptian nobility (supplement for museum Mummy Room:$12). After lunch we visit all the major cultural sights of ancient Cairo, including the Mohamed Ali Mosque, Coptic churches and a brief encounter with the notorious ’city of the dead’ commencing our return journey to Eilat, arriving at approx. 22.00.
Price: 2 people- $1830 in total, 4 people- $780 p.p., 5 people or more- $730 p.p.
Included: Guide, transportation, HB in 4* hotel 3 nights in St. Catherine and Cairo, entrance fees (except Mummy chamber, and the library in St. Catherine’s monastery), lunch.
Additional expenses: A full Egyptian visa, Border Taxes, Private drinks, and tips.
Local Egyptian dinner in one of Cairo’s good restaurants 30$ per person incl the car.
Egypt tours: The Temples of Luxor
8 day tour to Egypt, Cairo, Pyramids, Luxor, Aswan + Nile Cruise
Participants in this tour may arrive directly at Cairo international airport or from Israel or Jordan by flight from Tel Aviv or overland from Eilat, Petra or Aqaba via Sinai. We arrange all transportation and travel logistics.
Day 1- Arriving overland from Israel or directly into Cairo international airport. Transportation to hotel, settling in - briefing and evening meal.
Day 2 – Beginning our Egypt tour in classic style we explore the very symbols of Egypt. The Pyramids of Giza and the famous Sphinx. Here we begin our adventure into the heart of Egypt, it’s wondrous views and attractions and uncover its mysterious past. We visit ancient Memphis and explore the tombs of its nobility at the Saqqara necropolis. This is also the site of the famous Step Pyramid.
Day 3- We begin today exploring the the treasures of the world-renowned Egyptian museum. Here we can see many of the priceless treasures retrieved from the Pharaohs tombs, including the treasures of Tutankhamun. This is a day which encompasses the stark contrasts of Cairo life, we venture into the old city and explore it’s many sights of cultural interest including the Coptic churches and the Mohamed Ali mosque. We take some leisure time and experience the many sights and sounds of the Khan el Halili bizarre before returning to our hotel to relax and evening meal.
Day 4- We begin today on morning flight from Cairo to Luxor (Aswan if doing the itinerary in reverse order) from the airport we go directly to our Nile cruise boat (Faluccas are available upon request). Today we first visit Luxor (Thebes) capital of ancient Egypt , here we find the spectacular temple complex dedicated to the God triad - Amun, Mut and Chons. We see the remains of the avenue of sphinx’s which originally connect the temple of Luxor to the temple of Karnak and we don’t leave Luxor without fist visiting the ruins of Karnak. Here the temple complex is overwhelmingly huge in all dimensions. It’s the second most popular site in Egypt after the pyramids of Giza. The utter vastness and its enormous structures, make it unique in the ancient world. We explore the Precinct of Amon-Re, by far the largest of all Egypt's temple halls.
The Western Desert of Egypt
Day 5- On the opposite banks of the Nile we visit the Valley of the Kings where Egypt's Pharaohs and royalty were entombed, we explore at least one of the major tombs that are open to the public (various tombs are opened at the discretion of the authorities, depending on ongoing excavations) We also visit the Valley of the Queens where the pharaoh’s wives and close relations were entombed in decorative burial chambers.
Day 6- Sailing on to Edfu - horse drawn carriages take us to the magnificent Temple of Horus (the Falcon God). This temple is one of the most significant historical sites in all Egypt. The site remains in excellent condition and the finds here give a fascinating insight into the lives, culture and beliefs of the ancient Egyptians
Day 7- A relaxing cruise takes us to Kom Umbo where we stop to visit the temple. The temple here is dedicated to the crocodiles of the Nile whom the early Egyptians believed brought the water of the Nile. There is a mummified crocodile and an ancient measure for measuring the water level. We continue along the Nile to Upper Egypt and Aswan.
Day 8- Aswan offers a host of attractions and we take is as many as time will allow including the Island of Elephantine (ancient fortress and center for ivory trade) and the Island Philae (and its temple complex), the famous ‘Unfinished Obelisk’ and the high damn. Here we leave our Nile cruise boat and begin our return journey at the Aswan airport.
Optional extra day:
Abu Simbel - The Temples of Ramses and Nefertari are a short flight south (bus optional) of Aswan in Abu Simbel, perhaps the most prominent of Egypt's Shrines they are unique in both their location and their architecture.
Accommodation is in good hotels but up-grades available upon request.
Tours based on domestic flights but trains can be used -We can opt for the train from Cairo to Luxor ( hours) or to Aswan (12 hours) the train is equipped with bunks so we can sleep en route, breakfast and dinner are provided.
The tour includes guides, transportation (incl. Transfers, cruise, train, flights – where applicable) all meals, entrance fees to all sites.
Not including personal expenses, drinks, tips and border taxes.
Nile cruise: Faluka on the Nile
Egypt tours- Western Desert & Egypt's Major Sights- 11 Day Tour
This tour into Egypt including the Western Desert (Egyptian Sahara)explores many of the elements that make this incredible land so unique. In the White Desert we hike through the distinctive mushroom formations. We visit the bustling oasis of Farafra and Baharia, where sprawling orchards and date plantations cover the landscape. Leaving the desert at Luxor we board our cruise ship and begin our adventure into the more familiar aspects of Egypt. We start and end this fantastic tour in the city of Cairo:
Day One- Arriving in Cairo airport or overland from Eilat and Taba. Visiting The Great Pyramids at Giza and the bazaar of Khan el Khalili. Overnight at 3* Egyptian hotel.
Day Two- Leaving Cairo and driving to the Western Desert Oasis town of Bahariya. Touring the oasis plantations and town before departing for the White Desert. Setting up overnight camp
Days Three to Four- Exploring the wondrous sights and scenery of the majestic White desert. Each day we take a hiking route exploring different elements of the desert. In these endless expanses and under the exasperating night skies you cannot forget that you are wondering on the very sands of the great Sahara desert.
Day Five- Heading into the Western white desert where the stark white rock meets the Great Sea of Sand. We delve a little into the great sand sea to take in the spectacular views of the endless waves of shifting sands . From here we reach the oasis town of Farafra. We visit the Bedouin museum and spend the night at a local hotel.
Day Six- From Farafra we travel due south covering a lot of terrain and taking in the sights en route before we reach remote oasis town of Dakhla here we spend the night.
Day Seven- Setting off early from Dakhla we head east in the direction of Luxor we stop at the oasis town of Kharga, visiting the ancient irrigation system of Um Dabadeb and the sand dunes of Gharsa e lLlivha. We continue on to The valley of the Kings and the Valley of the Queens which face Luxor from the western banks of the Nile.
Day Eight - We get settled on our Nile Cruise boat (the most practical way to see the major sights of Egypt). We first tour Luxor Temples and the Karnak Temples before taking in the major sights of the Valley of the Kings. Here we enter the most prominent tombs that open during our visit before visiting the temples at the Valley of the Queens.
Day Nine - We continue on to the temple of Horus at Edfu (the Falcon God). Horse drawn carriages take us from our vessel to the site of the temple. We tour the site before returning to our boat.
Day Ten - Kom Umbo; the Nile is the singular most important asset that Egypt has, this is a true today as in ancient times. The Temple of Kom Umbo is testimony to the beliefs of the ancient Egyptians regarding the Nile. Within the temple we find a mummified crocodile god and an ancient water level. Having explored the Kom Umbo Temple we continue our cruise to Aswan.
Day Eleven- Taking in The highlights of Aswan including Elephantine Island, The unfinished Obelisk and the Island of Philae. We leave the boat and return by air from Aswan to Cairo. Here we pick up where we left off at the start of the tour using the time we have left.
Egypt tour: Abu Simbel temple
Sahara - Western Desert - Cairo - Luxor - Aswan - Nile
From the endless expanses of the Western Desert. The mesmerizing scenery of the White Desert. The ancient desert oasis towns of Baharia, Farafra, Dakhla and Kharga. The hustle and bustle of Cairo. The shores of the Nile. The magnificent Temples of Luxor and Karnak. Edfu and the temple of Horus (Falcon God), the Kom Umbo crocodile Temple. The island temples of Aswan and the very Temple of Ramses himself at the remote Abu Simbel. This tour covers all aspects of Egyptian life both urban and remote. Ancient and modern. From the Sahara sands to Cairo, this is the complete Egypt experience. Tour itineraries are based on years of experience exploring the natural wonders as well as the man-made ones. Tour itineraries can be customized according to clients preferences. There are several variations on this tour. Some people prefer the overnight train from Cairo to Luxor with sleeping compartments, others to fly directly to Abu Simbel. Once on the Nile sightseeing between Luxor and Aswan (including Valley of Kings, Edfu, Kom Umbo) can be done on an old fashioned Egyptian Falucca or on a cruise boat with more comfortable facilities. Accommodation is modest or modern depending on preferences and location.
Tours include all accommodation, guides, drivers, transportation: trains, flights, 4x4s, busses, Nile cruise - Falucca or boat, horse drawn carriages (Edfu). All accommodation and meals, entrance fees.
Not Including: Tips, border taxes, private drinks and personal expenses.
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Tours to Egypt from Israel: The Pyramids
Did you know that like Egypt, you can easily visit Petra from your Eilat base? The 2 days Petra and Wadi Rum is our most popular tour out of Eilat. Other favorites include the 4x4 jeep tours in the scenic Eilat Mts.
Tours to classic Egypt and Nile cruise
Short tours from Eilat and Israel to Cairo
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