(Cairo, Nile, Sharm El Sheikh)
Discover the ancient wonders of the land of the Pharaohs with this family friendly tour of Egypt. Led by a private Egyptologist, explore the timelessness of the Pyramids, the Sphinx, the Egyptian Museum’s Tutankhamen exhibit, the bustling bazaars of Cairo & always a favourite with the kids, a camel trek around the Pyramids! From there it’s off to Aswan, the temples of Philae, the High Dam & your 4 night Nile cruise. Voyage up the Nile as you explore the river's sensations; including the Valley of Kings & Queens, Karnak Temple in Luxor, the ancient marvels in Edfu, Kom Ombo & more. Following the cruise take a quick flight to Sharm El Sheikh where the family will enjoy a thrilling quadrunner desert adventure, a visit to Bedouin tents for tea, as well as plenty of rest & relaxation on the beach or by the pool. Featuring a private guide, driver, authentic Egyptian cuisine, all meals, endless entertainment, family friendly hotels, all internal flights & transfers, this tour is a great family value!
NOTE: Travel in Egypt often involves early-morning starts, designed to avoid crowds and the hottest midday hours. It can be hot, especially in June, July and August, but there is virtually no humidity and evening temperatures cool off dramatically. Egypt is a moderate secular state, well used to hosting hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. While you will want to avoid revealing clothing, loose shorts and short-sleeved shirts are fine for both genders on board your Nile cruise and while sightseeing.
Transfer to/from Cairo Airport in private vehicle with English speaking driver.
You will be met in the tunnel by an airport representative who will in turn facilitate the visa process ($15 per person - included in tour cost), escort you through customs and immigration, off to baggage claim and finally to passenger pick up. It is here that you will connect with our representative associate who will arrange airport transfer to your hotel.
Le Meridien Pyramids resort is located twenty minutes from Cairo’s city centre, with a spectacular closeness to the Giza Pyramids, one of history’s greatest treasures and one of the Seven Wonders of the world. With 444 rooms, this hotel is the ideal combination of rich foliage blended with sultry sands and timelessness. From dining North American-style over Tex Mex dishes to closing off the night over traditional Arabic shisha, one can attain a true feel for Egypt while still retaining a level of comfort akin to home. Aside from Le Meridien offering resort-style facilities, from outdoor tennis courts kept lit at night to spa treatments, the distance to the city allows the curious traveler to discover the curving streets and bazaars that mark Cairo’s mysterious aura.
Enjoy this tour which explores the relics of ages past, and includes visits to ancient Memphis, Saqqara and the Great Pyramids of Giza. Already millennia old by the birth of Christ, the elaborate statues and astonishing scale of these sites will amaze all who visit. This tour also features the famous Sphinx, whose constructor's still remains unknown, but its sheer beauty and allure has mystified the likes of Alexander the Great and Napoleon Bonaparte. This tour includes a private vehicle, a driver, and a highly trained Egyptologist, and entry to either Chephren (Khafre) or Menkaure (Mycerinus) pyramids, as well as the Solar boat. Entrance to the Pyramids come with an additional cost, and be aware that a limited number of people are allowed inside daily, so arrive early so you will not be disappointed.
Enjoy a buffet lunch at a great local restaurant.
Clients are picked up before sunrise (or sunset) from hotel and transferred to the desert where they will meet their guide. The guide will lead you out into the desert on your choice of camel or horse, where you enjoy the sunset with a panoramic view of the Pyramids of Giza. This evening includes stopping for dinner at a Bedouin restaurant adjacent to the desert before returning to your hotel.
Take your Egypt Air flight from Cairo to Aswan, flights as requests only and subject to change.
Airport transfer with private vehicle, and driver in Aswan.
Enjoy a Nile adventure as you sail aboard a traditional, non-motorized felucca around Kitchener's Island, the Aga Khan Mausoleum and botanical gardens.
Enjoy an evening of entertainment including local music.
Swiss Inn Nile Cruiser Radamis II sails between Luxor and Aswan or vice versa, a distance of 220 kilometers. With an overnight stay in Esna/Edfu and either Luxor or Aswan. Steep yourself in 7000 years of history while enjoying 21st century comfort and timeless Swiss hospitality cruising on the world's longest river, the Nile flows through a wealth of heritage in Upper Egypt.
This 1/2 day tour begins with a visit to the impressive Aswan High Dam. The water which was collected behind created Lake Nasser, the world's largest artificial lake. View the Temple of Philae, dedicated to the Goddess Iris, on the island of Agilika, stopping at the “unfinished obelisk,” a practical demonstration of the methods used by ancient craftsmen to create impressive monuments.
Visit a unique Greco-Roman temple dedicated to two gods: Sobek, the crocodile god, and Haroeris, the sun god. The Temple in Kom Ombo (also known simply as Kom Ombo Temple) dates from about 180 BC, during a period known as the Ptolemaic era, and had some additions built on to it during Roman times. It stands right on the bank of the Nile between Edfu and Aswan. The temple is unusual in that it is a double temple, with one side dedicated to the god Haroesis and the other side to Sobek. The design is almost perfectly symmetrical, with two side-by-side sanctuaries and two parallel passageways leading through the outer parts of the temple. The right side is dedicated to Sobek-Re (the crocodile god combined with the sun god Re), along with his wife (a form of Hathor) and their son Khonsu-Hor. Sobek is associated with Seth, the enemy of Horus. In the myth of Horus and Osiris, Seth and his followers changed themselves into crocodiles to escape. The ancient Egyptians believed that by honouring the fearsome crocodile as a god, they would be safe from attacks. The left side is dedicated to Haroeris, the "Good Doctor" (a form of the falcon-headed god Horus the Elder) along with his consort Ta-Sent-Nefer, the "Good Sister" (another form of Hathor).
Visit the Nile-side Temple of Horus, the falcon god, built in 230 BC by Ptolemy III. The Temple of Horus in Edfu (also known as the Temple of Edfu) is considered the best-preserved cult temple in Egypt. This is partly because it was built later than most: in the Ptolemaic era from 237 to 57 BC. Despite its later date, it reflects traditional pharaonic architecture and so provides an excellent idea of how all the temples once looked. Edfu is also very large: the second largest in Egypt after Karnak Temple.
This morning you will meet up with your guide and explore some of the most incredible sites of the country. You will visit the Valley of the Kings where you will have the chance to explore three tombs. For a period of nearly 500 years from the 16th to 11th century BC, tombs were constructed for the kings and powerful nobles of the New Kingdom (the Eighteenth to the Twentieth Dynasties of Ancient Egypt). The valley stands on the west bank of the Nile, opposite modern Luxor. Then it's off to the nearby Valley of the Queens and also the recently renovated mortuary temple of Queen Hatshepsut. Hatshepsut was the second pharaoh of the eighteenth dynasty of Ancient Egypt. She is generally regarded by Egyptologists as one of the most successful pharaohs, reigning longer than any other woman of an indigenous Egyptian dynasty. The tour includes a visit to the huge Colossi of Memnon which are all that remain of the mortuary temple of Amenhotep III.
Enjoy a private tour with a qualified Egyptologist guide exploring the East Bank of Luxor. Visit the most impressive temples of Karnak and Luxor, while learning about ancient Egyptian history from your own personal guide. Start your day with a visit to the Temples of Karnak. Walk along the Avenue of Sphinx to enter the complex as your guide explains how the massive facade was constructed. Continue to Luxor Temple which was once joined to the Temples of Karnak by a two-kilometre long Avenue of Sphinx, a portion of which marks the entrance to the temple. Your private guide will offer interpretation and guide you through the most important parts of the temples.
Airport transfer with a private vehicle and English-speaking driver in Luxor.
Take your flight from Luxor to Sharm El Sheikh. The flight duration is approximately 1hr and 20mins.
Airport transfer with private vehicle and English-speaking driver in Sharm El Sheikh.
Set amidst luscious greens and attractive beaches, the Maritim Jolie Ville Golf & Resort, bids guests an abundance of choice from cozy standard rooms to luxurious suites. Offering an impressive twelve restaurants and one bar /discotheque – that range from the Far East to European to American cuisines, to satisfy all discerning guests’ palates, are just some of the many features the facility boasts.
You will be picked up before sunset from your hotel and transferred to the desert where you will meet your guide. The guide will lead you out into the desert on quad-runners (ATVs) where you watch the beautiful sunset, and stop for tea at Bedouin tents before returning to your hotel.
Enjoy time at leisure to explore at your own pace, or relax at your hotel.
This half day tour includes entrance into the park, roundtrip transfer, English speaking driver and guide. This park combines beautiful backdrops for sightseeing and lush coral reefs for snorkelling, satisfying to a variety of adventurous travellers.
Take your flight from Sharm El Sheikh to Cairo. The flight duration is approximately 1 hour.
Delve into the historical background of Egypt on a half day private tour with a trained Egyptologist guide through the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities and its Mummy Room, which houses a priceless treasure of archaeological finds. This location holds the tomb of the King Tut, Egypt's most famous teenage King!
Experience a traditional Egyptian meal at Cairo's famous Abou El Sid restaurant.
The recently renovated Cairo Marriott Hotel, situated at the centre of the city, is surrounded by lush gardens and with a 19th century palace in its midst, on the Nile River. The grand hotel’s 1250 rooms are well appointed, with splendid views of the city and the Nile. One may take meals in any of the restaurants or cafes, which are reasonably priced and enjoyable, and feature especially hospitable staff. The city of Cairo is in itself a bustling source of amusement and history, including the Pyramids, though some guests prefer to stay on the hotel grounds and make use of the fitness centre or swimming pools.
The Pharaonic Village is an experience like no other. The instant you begin sailing down the canals that circuit through the island you are immersed totally in the Egypt of history and legend. Everywhere you look, you will find more and more of the sights and sounds of ancient Egypt, until finally you believe that you have truly traveled through time to a distant and glorious past. Dedicated to creating an entertaining and educational capital, It offers unique exhibits which cover Egypt's 5000 years of history. Each exhibit has been crafted to the most exacting standards. From Cleopatra to the Mummification exhibit to the Art Center where children can learn to write in Hieroglyohs and create their own papyrus, the Pharaonic Village has something for everyone.
This private half day tour consists of the Saladin Citadel with Mohamed Ali Mosque, and Khan Khalili bazaar. Your private guide will take you up to the hilltop Citadel for some exploring. This 12th century medieval fortress contains the mosque in-which the tomb of the Ottoman ruler Mohamed Ali is located. Your guide then escorts you through Islamic Cairo towards the fabled bazaar, filled with antiquities and exotic treats. This tour includes a private vehicle, driver and an expert guide.
Enjoy a Nile River dinner cruise aboard the "Nile Maxim" or "Nile Pharaoh", one of the most elegant cruising restaurants sailing the world's longest waterway. You'll enjoy top-class service aboard your Nile cruise, gliding past Cairo's illuminated skyline while you dine, and with entertainment provided by a spectacular belly-dancing and folklore show. The "Nile Maxim" is built in the style of a flat pharaonic barge, conjuring up images of ancient Egypt. As you drift along the River Nile, the house band performs your all-time favorite Western and Oriental tunes – with a twist! Choose from the set menu or go for the a la carte selection offering seafood, Lebanese and Chinese cuisines. Then sit back and relax while you enjoy a colorful belly dancing show with a folklore band, featuring the unforgettable tannoura spin, in keeping with Egypt's whirling dervishes tradition. Sample Set menu (subject to change without notice):
Selection of fresh breads, Salad bar, Grilled Chicken with herbs, served with rice and vegetables, Nougat glace, Sample A la Carte menu (subject to change without notice).
Tehina salad, Green spices salad, Fried Kofta, Fried shrimps, Different kinds of rice and macaroni, Special dessert menu. Includes pick up and drop off from your hotel.
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Kirsten Boucher ,
November 04, 2013
"I want to tell you what a great trip you arranged for us. We are having an amazing time and have very good guides. "
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Ann Schiller ,
October 29, 2013
"I wanted to write to you this week to express my sincere thanks for the trip of a lifetime to India. My son, David, and I had the most incredible time in the Golden Triangle, thanks to you! The entire tour went without a hitch. We saw so many attractions on our short journey. We were enamored with the Indian culture, architecture and artistry. The hotels were fantastic, like you promised. The hospitality was unmatched. We appreciated the Kensington staff who met us at the airport and at each destination, and made sure that our checkouts went smoothly, as well."
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Shannon Gagnon ,
November 04, 2013
"I will always recommend Kensington Tours to clients. I always feel comfortable and safe on the tours we take with Kensington. It is a top tour company in my opinion and your work was outstanding."
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Sharon Lombardi ,
November 04, 2013
"Bhutan guide and driver were excellent...loved them so much!"
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Arnold Levine ,
August 30, 2013
"Thank you so much for everything.
You planned an outstanding trip that met all our interests and requirements.
Another wonderful tailored vacation by Kensington. I've completed the survey, but wanted to let you know personally how thankful we are to you."
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Carolann MacGregor ,
June 14, 2013
"I’m back and I had an AMAZING trip from beginning to end – trip of a lifetime to be sure. Aseem, I wanted to thank you for all your help, advice and fantastic planning for this trip. The itinerary, accommodations and guides were phenomenal! As a single woman travelling alone, I have to be willing to get on that plane and have the faith there will be dependable, competent people at the other end for me when I arrive. And with both of my Kensington trips, my hopes were surpassed. I wouldn’t have changed a single thing about this trip."
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Mark Hickman ,
June 26, 2013
"Mohammed, our main guide throughout this itinerary was excellent and made sure every part of our experience was safe and entertaining. He often called ahead when we arrived at our next destination to talk to us by cell phone about our arrival and safety...we greatly appreciated his expertise and professionalism. Likewise, Mohammed (our driver in Cairo) became a good friend and was kind and courteous throughout.
The other guides during the trip....Sam in Luxor during the Nile trip and Samya in Sharm....could not have been any better. Great people, excellent guides and travel companions. I will think about them and this entire trip with great fondness. I will surely recommend Egypt and the Sinai to others who are considering a trip to the middle east in the future. With so much bad press lately, it was reassuring to have these people planning our every move and making things feel secure, inspiring and entertaining."
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Elisabeth Greene ,
April 19, 2013
"Everything was extremely smooth and really appreciated how everything was taken care.The hotels were wonderful and the Taj Mahal exceeded her expectations and was very nice."
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Angela Gentile ,
April 02, 2013
"Just a note of heartfelt thanks for organizing such a wonderful adventure to Jordan for MaryAnn and me. Our time in Jordan was spectacular and each day full of endless blessings. Our guide, Zaid Sakarneh, was kind, professional, intelligent and embraced each day with a fresh passion that was contagious.
Thank you for all that you did to ensure we had a week full of memories that will last a lifetime!
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Lilly and Roy Brown ,
April 05, 2013
"We were very happy with the trip,and would very highly recommend our travel agent to every one.They delivered all that we wanted and also what they promised.We saw all the pyramids,temples and other ancient ruins both in Egypt and also Jordan.. even rode a camel,did horseback riding and enjoyed floatingin the salty Dead Sea."
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