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How to Create the Best Egypt Itinerary (Brief Guide)
What are your travel plans for your next vacation? Are you aware that Egypt travel is noted as being at its best right now? No matter where you are from, this may be the wisest time to plan a visit to this historic and fascinating land. And when you do begin to put your plans together, you might begin to wonder just what the best Egypt itinerary could possibly be. We are here to help with that, and offer the following tips:
- Will you book yourself into a pre-arranged tour or opt for a custom Egypt tour? – This is an important decision because there are many budget friendly Egypt tours as well as luxury Egypt tours already available. They may cover all of the destinations you have in mind and make it amazingly easy to savor the experience you crave. If you don’t find everything you want, premium providers like Egypt Tours Plus allow you to customize their Egypt tour packages or simply have a custom Egypt tour option that can help you get to the amazing destinations you have in mind.
- How long do you have? – You have to be realistic about this because Egypt has great infrastructure that allows you to take a train or plane from one end of the country to another, but it still takes time. This means your best Egypt itinerary balances time spent traveling and resting with time spent exploring
- What’s your main interest? – Are you obsessed with all things to do with the Ancient Egyptian people? Maybe it is all about pyramids for you? Perhaps you are a bit more interested in the landscape and you want to experience the Western Desert and oases or the Red Sea Riviera? Try to narrow this down to make it easier to build or choose the best Egypt travel itinerary for you.
- Is your trip a luxury experience or a more budget-friendly one? – There are packages for budgets of all kinds and each is likely to have a great itinerary and lots of amazing stops, but you’ll need to determine the answer above to make the right choice.
And,it may be that you don’t know all of the answers to the questions above, so we have some general advice about the best Egypt itinerary for you.
How to Identify the Best Egypt Itinerary for Your Trips to Egypt
It is accurate to say that the best sort of travel itinerary is an itinerary that lets you take in the many sights you’ve dreamed of whenever thinking of Egypt. Yet, it can be overwhelming to try to map out visits to each of these spots. So, we offer the following:
The Best Egypt Itinerary for A 5 Day Visit
Because you’ll arrive in Cairo, you’ll want to begin there and spend a day taking in the sights of the region. The Giza Pyramids, the Khan el Khalili Bazaar, as well as the Egyptian Museum can be done in a day.
Next up should be a flight to Luxor to visit the Valley of the Kings and the mortuary temple of Queen Hatshepsut on the west bank and also the Karnak Temple complex on the east bank before boarding a ship for a cruise on the Nile from Luxor to Aswan. Your cruise should include stops at Edfu and Kom Ombo. This will allow you to visit two more ancient temples. When you arrive in Aswan your tour should include a visit to the Aswan High Dam, the huge Unfinished Obelisk, and also the Temple of Philae.
This sort of Egypt travel itinerary would be ideal when you only have about a week to spare. Depending on which travel company you work with, a professional guide should also be made available to you for all tours. For example, if you booked this sort of travel itinerary through us, your sightseeing tour in Cairo would be a private tour and it would include an professional Egyptologist guide and private driver. Sightseeing excursions during your cruise would be small group tours, also with a profession tour guide supplied by us.
The Best Egyptian Itinerary for a 10 Day Visit
It is fair to say that a ten day visit can take in almost all of the top destinations such as those in the five-day travel plan. However, a 10 day visit will allow you to see even more during your trip. It will also give you room to enjoy and experience other activities as well. These could include things like a trip into the desert or a relaxing few days on the beach at places like Hurghada or Sharm El Sheikh on Egypt’s Red Sea coast. Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula is home to several small islands that are immensely popular among SCUBA diving and snorkeling enthusiasts.
With a 10 day travel itinerary you could even enjoy a Lake Nasser cruise as well as a Nile cruise if you wanted to. The best sort of Egypt travel itinerary for a visit of this length would probably be one which begins a Nile cruise from Luxor to Aswan. During this phase of your trip, you would get to see several of Egypt’s best ancient tombs and temples
After arriving in Aswan, you could then board your Lake Nasser cruise. During this cruise you would have the opportunity to see some of the astonishing sites on the islands that spread out along the lake, and you get to see the magnificent Abu Simbel temples. These two rock-cut temples belonged to Pharaoh Ramesses the Great and his beloved wife, Queen Nefertari.
Following your cruise on the lake, you would then typically return to Aswan or Luxor where you would then either board a flight or an overnight train to Cairo in time for your final departure out of Egypt.
NOTE: While most cruise ships welcome families with young children, there are a few exceptions. For example, kids younger than 7 years of age may not be allowed on some luxury cruise boats.
The Best Egypt Itinerary for a 15 Day Visit
If you have more than two weeks to explore Egypt, you will want to ensure that you map out the journey to ensure you have some unique experiences that such a span of time can allow. For example, 4×4 trips to desert oases, driving tours, felucca sailing adventures, and incredible Nile River cruises are all possible and all worthwhile considering.
The ultimate travel itinerary for this sort of time span would see your trip kicking of in Cairo, the vibrant Egyptian capital. A good itinerary should allow for a day or two of sightseeing in and around Cairo. For example, your tours should include a visit to the legendary Giza Pyramids and Sphinx at Giza on the outskirts of Cairo. You should also visit the Egyptian Museum and the vibrant and bustling Khan el Khalili Bazaar while you are in Cairo.
A good travel itinerary could also include a visit to some sites that are outside of Cairo, but not too far from the city. This would allow you to visit an ancient burial ground at Saqqara to see the famous Step Pyramid of Pharaoh Djozer. This was the first pyramid ever built by the ancient Egyptians. You could also visit the open-air museum at Memphis to see some of the remains of what was once the capital city during the Old Kingdom era. Ideally, these should be private tours that include a profession guide and a driver.
After spending two or three days in Cairo, many tour itineraries will then see you traveling to Aswan or Luxor to board a Nile River cruise. With short itineraries, flying to Aswan of Luxor is the best and most obvious choice. However, with a 15 day trip, you could travel overland and enjoy a wonderful Sahara desert tour while you are at it.
This could then allow you a bit of time to enjoy some unique stops at places like the Siwa oasis, the Bahariya oasis, the Dakhla oasis and its Roman Temples, and then finally the Kharga oasis before continueing on to Luxor. In Luxor you can board an unforgettable 5-Star Nile cruise to Aswan with stops at Edfu, Kom Ombo along the way.
With a good cruise package, you will get to enjoy sightseeing tours in Luxor, Edfu, Kom Ombo and Aswan, and if you have booked your trip with a reputable tour operator, you will have a professional Egyptologist guide with you during all these tours. These are nearly always small group tours rather than private tours because tour operators have to pay to book their guides onto a cruise with their clients.
In Luxor you will typically be taken places like the Valley of Kings, Hatshepsut Temple, Luxor Temple and the Karnak Temple complex. At Edfu you will visit the Temple of Horus which is not only one of the biggest ancient temples ever discovered in Egypt, but also the best preserved ancient Egyptian temple.
At Kom Ombo you will visit the very unique Kom Ombo Temple complex that was dedicated to two different gods. In Aswan the main highlight of your tour will likely be the ancient Temple of Philae, although you will also go and see some other sites such as the Aswan High Dam for example.
There are also travel itineraries that focus more on specific themes or categories. For example, some tours are all about places like Cairo followed by a relaxing break at the Red Sea Riviera. These may also include things like SCUBA diving and snorkeling trips, or they may just be about relaxation. Some tours are also geared toward spirituality, or even romance, as is the case with our Egypt honeymoon tours.
Other trips might not be focused entirely on taking in the historic sites alone, but instead, they might also include specific experiences like the 4×4 adventures, camel trekking or even quad biking expeditions into the Sahara Desert.
Custom Tours – Egypt and Beyond, Your Way!
In order to for you to have the most amazing vacation ever, it is crucial that you secure the very best itinerary; a travel plan that satisfies your needs and requirements totally. Your itinerary should meet all your expectations, including things like sightseeing preferences, accommodation preferences, transportation, and of course, all the various you activities you would like to experience.
A lot of people who visit our site in search of a package tour to Egypt have no problem finding a pre-packaged travel bundle that suites their needs perfectly, and they go on to have an amazing vacation and a great time from start to finish. For others, finding the perfect Egypt itinerary can be more complex.
In some cases, a little bit of customization is enough to make one of our pre-packaged tours a perfect fit. However, if a lot of changes need to be made, then it is often best to create a new and totally unique Egypt itinerary from scratch. The great news is that doing so does not have to be a complex challenge at all. Let’s take a brief look at the two solutions we offer for customized travel to Egypt:
Customize Your Tour
All of our travel packages can be customized to meet your needs exactly. In this case, you would look for an Egypt itinerary that is close to being a perfect fit. You think it is a really great itinerary, but you would like some changes made. Maybe you want us to add on a day trip to Alexandria for example, or a short stay at Dahab? Perhaps you would also like to visit some sites which you read about in a Lonely Planet travel guide?
If you have found an Egypt itinerary that is a close fit but not a perfect fit, you only need to let us know what changes you would like us to make. One of our travel specialists when then take can of it and customize your chosen tour package based on what you have requested. There is not a lot which we can’t do. At the end of the day, we want your trip to be as amazing as possible; an Egyptian vacation that you will cherish forever.
Create Your Own Tour
Our “Custom Tours” option if you simply can’t find a pre-packaged tour that fits your needs. This can also be a great option for people who have already visit Egypt before and seen all the most famous sites such as the Great Pyramids of Giza and the tombs and temples at Luxor. To take advantage of this option, you only need to let us know what all you want to see and do when you visit Egypt.
You can also provide us with other details which are important to you. For example, you want to be booked onto a specific cruise ship, or you only want to stay at specific hotels. With a custom or tailor-made travel plan, you really do get to enjoy and experience Egypt your way.
Start By Envisioning Your Dream Experience
As noted, now is the ideal time to book a trip to Egypt. Whether it is to escape winter weather, for your Easter holidays or even for later in the year, you can create the ideal tour itinerary or opt to book a pre-packaged journey. Make sure that you have the services of expert guides or even Egyptologists to make your trip as rewarding as it possibly can be. Also take time to find out exactly what is included in the price of your preferred travel package. Things like meals, admissions, transfers and ground transportation should all be part of the itinerary and the price.
If you want the widest range of options, turn to the team here at Egypt Tours Plus that has years of experience in organized guided tours of Egypt and and Middle Eastern destinations. When you book your trip through us, you are booking through a fully certified Category “A” Egypt tour operator that has been established since 1955, a company that has already sold nearly a quarter of a million tours.
If we could make dreams come true for so many other travelers, we are confident that we can do the same for you. We can offer you the best pre-packaged itinerary for Egypt travel, or we can help you to create your own!
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