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TourTailor Presents: A Private Journey to Egypt

TourTailor Presents: A Private Journey to Egypt

Egypt is a timeless destination that entices travelers with its ancient treasures, mystifying pyramids, and rich history. Your destination specialist will customize your journey and allow you to experience the wonders of this ancient civilization.

Explore with a cruise down the Nile and see Egypt as the pharaohs did. Learn more about Egyptian art, history, and culture with the best Egyptologists. Marvel at the Pyramids of Giza, Abu Simbel, and the Valley of the Kings.

Whether you are planning your first trip to Egypt, or you are a seasoned visiter, TourTailor can help you discover the best Egypt has to offer.

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Trip Highlights and Customizations

  • Travel with a trained Egyptologist
  • Visit the famed Egyptian Museum in Cairo
  • Relax on your luxurious Nile River Cruise
  • Marvel at the Great Pyramid of Giza
  • Enter exquisitely detailed tombs at Valley of the Kings in Luxor
  • See the towering statues at Temple of Ramses II in Abu Simbel

Your Egypt Itinerary

Please note: This itinerary is completely customizable through our destination specialists.

All hotels and activities in this itinerary are recommendations, and each aspect is customizable to your preferences.

Day 1: Arrive, Cairo Egypt

Welcome to Cairo! Upon arrival, after clearing customs and immigration formalities, you are met and accompanied to your hotel, on the Nile River’s West Bank, where the remainder of your day is at leisure.

For luxury accommodations, we recommend The Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at Nile Plaza. Set among charming villas in Cairo’s oldest district, offering an elegant refuge from the hustle bustle of the city streets.

Each Nile Room offers an uninterrupted view of the Nile, enjoyed best from your room’s private outdoor terrace.

For upscale accommodations, we recommend the Fairmont Nile City Hotel.

Luxury: Four Seasons Nile Plaza Hotel or similar

Upscale: Fairmont Nile City Hotel or similar

Day 2: Cairo

After breakfast, depart with your private Egyptologist and pay a visit to the famed Egyptian Museum, repository of many of the glories of antiquity, including the spectacular treasures of the boy king Tutankhamen. The museum houses approximately 160,000 objects covering 5,000 years of Egypt’s past.

Marvel at the highlights of Islamic and Coptic Cairo, and visit the Ben Ezra Synagogue, which, according to legend, was built on the site where the baby Moses was found in the reeds. Enjoy lunch before embarking on an exploration of the labyrinth of shops and alleyways in the ancient Khan el-Khalili souq, one of the world's oldest marketplaces.

Afterwards, visit the citadel, continuing on to explore the labyrinth of shops and alleyways in the ancient Khan el-Khalili souq. Shop for treasures, do some friendly haggling and enjoy a cup of tea as you browse the wares of one of the world’s oldest marketplaces.

Luxury: Four Seasons Nile Plaza Hotel or similar

Upscale: Fairmont Nile City Hotel or similar

Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3: Cairo

This morning, depart with your private Egyptologist to discover the pyramids of Egypt. Begin with Saqqara, an entire complex built by Imhotep, who is most famous for the Step Pyramid, the earliest of all classic memorials.

After lunch, payable locally, move on to the Great Pyramids at Giza, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. As you stand in the desert at the foot of these massive structures, gaze in awe at the engineering and artistry of the world's most famous tombs. Visit the mysterious Sphinx before returning to your hotel. If you’re feeling adventurous, set off on an optional camel ride offering another view!

Luxury: Four Seasons Nile Plaza Hotel or similar

Upscale: Fairmont Nile City Hotel or similar

Breakfast

Luxury (includes domestic air)
Sept 2020From $4,995 per person
Oct 2020-April 2021 (excl. holidays)From $5,895 per person
May 2021-Sept 2021From $4,195 per person
Upscale (includes domestic air)
Sept 2020From $3,695 per person
Oct 2020-April 2021 (excl. holidays)From $3,995 per person
May 2021-Sept 2021From $3,795 per person

Festivals in Egypt


Egypt is full of Muslim and Coptic Christian religious ceremonies, as well as ancient cultural festivals. People will congregate in the streets, dressed in traditional costumes, singing, dancing, and enjoying traditional foods. Listed below are just some of the more popular festivals and events. Please ask a TourTailor specialist for more information about any of the festivals described below!

Abu Simbel Festival
February

Abu Simbel, Egypt


This Festival of Egypt is associated with the ancient temple of Abu Simbel and highlights the ancient traditional rituals of Egypt. It is held each year on February 22nd.

Ramadan
April - May

Egypt


Ramadan is a very important yearly festival celebrated during the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. Followers of the Islamic faith fast for the entire month and there is no eating, drinking, or smoking from sunrise until sunset. Working hours are often reduced to allow for prayer and reflection. Fast is broken each night with the meal referred to as Iftar, taken with friends and family. Traditional music and entertainment is enjoyed throughout the night, and many stay awake until dawn. The end of Ramadan and the end of fasting is marked with a festival called Eid-al-Fitr and is celebrated with large feasts. Because the Islamic calendar differs from the Western calendar, Ramadan and Eid-al-Fitr are fluctuating dates. Ramadan 2020 is April 23 - May 23 and Ramadan 2021 is April 12-May 11.

Wafaa Al Nil
August

Egypt


Dedicated to the symbol of Egypt, the Nile River, this is among one of the most ancient festivals of Egypt. Painting competitions, sessions of poetry, scientific discussions, and concerts are the highlights of this month-long festival.

Coptic Christmas
December / January

Egypt


For the Coptic Christians of Egypt, Christmas is celebrated on January 7th each year. The season marks a time of fasting and vegetarianism for the community, from November 25th to the night of January 6th. Churches and Christian homes are decorated with lights, Christmas trees, and manger scenes. On Christmas Eve, the 6th of January, celebrations in churches are held and the bells ring out. The Pope of the Orthodox Church begins prayers at the big Cathedral in Cairo at 11 p.m., and this service is broadcasted on Egyptian television.

Things to know about Egypt

In order to ensure that you have the best experience possible, we ask that you please read the following information:

PASSPORTS AND VISAS*

A valid passport is required for U.S. citizens, and it should remain valid for at least six months after completion of travel. There must be at least one blank page for each entry stamp.

A tourist visa, obtainable on arrival for a fee (currently 25 USD), is required. A multiple entry visa is also obtainable for 35 USD.

*Entry information is for U.S. citizens. Citizens of any other country should check with the Egyptian Embassy for specific entry requirements.

HEALTH AND SAFETY

Vaccinations: We recommend that you remain up to date with routine vaccinations. Please also check with the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and your doctor for the most current information and advice about inoculation requirements specific to your trip.

Medication: If you or any of your traveling party are taking prescription medicine, please carry an adequate supply as it may not be easily obtainable while you are traveling. Always place your medication in your carry-on luggage to ensure you have access to it at all times.

Food and Water: It is unsafe to drink the tap water in Egypt. We recommend that you drink bottled water, which is readily available, while traveling in this region. You should take the same precautions with food and water as you would at home.

Safety: It is always good practice to be aware of your surroundings and to not leave your personal items (especially money) vulnerable. Be especially conscious of your belongings at major tourist sites. When possible, we recommend that you leave your valuables in your hotel's safe.

Travel Insurance: We strongly recommend that you purchase adequate travel insurance to protect yourself and your investment against any mishap or unforeseen circumstances. It's important to be fully protected prior (pre-departure trip cancellation) or during your travels, should there be any medical or other complication. It is important that you carry a copy of your policy while traveling.

CURRENCY

Egypt's unit of currency is the Egyptian Pound (EGP). Like most others, it is based on a decimal system. One pound is the equivalent of 100 piastres or 1000 millimes. Visa and MasterCard are widely accepted, as is American Express. ATMs are available throughout Egypt. We recommend that you carry cash in small denominations.

RECOMMENDED TIPPING GUIDELINES

Tipping is part of the culture in Egypt, and it is appreciated. In restaurants, a small tip of 10% for the waiter is appropriate (in addition to the 10% service charge you may see on your bill already, which goes to the restaurant).

If you tip, here are the recommended amounts per service:

Egyptologist: half day: $10; full day $15-20

Driver: half day: $5-7; full day $10-15

Driver-guide: half day: $10-15; full day $20-25

Hotel porters: $2 per bag

If services rendered are for one day only, tip the higher amount. However; if the driver, guide (Egyptologist) or driver/guide are with you for two or more consecutive days, reduce the per diem by approximately 25%.

TRANSPORTATION

Air Travel: Please note that the name on your airline ticket must exactly match the name on your passport to avoid complication. Flight times quoted are local and are subject to change. Check in for domestic flights should be at least one hour before departure, and we suggest three hours for international flights.

Road Travel: The majority of roads are paved and in good condition. Vehicles are mostly modern and air-conditioned.

Cruises: Please note that the schedule of visits and sailing times may be changed at short notice. This may be to prevent overcrowding at a site or due to navigational conditions. It is therefore important to check the itinerary at reception once you board the boat, as the program may be slightly different to the one you have been given. Embarkation is normally at noon and disembarkation after breakfast. In the summer months, sightseeing may commence at first light in order to avoid the extreme heat of the day. Extra care should be taken when embarking and disembarking the cruise ships, as the ground level is often higher than the water levels. You may need to walk down steps to get on the boats, as well as walk up steps to get off.

CLOTHING

Because Egypt is an Islamic country, you should dress modestly. Women should avoid wearing short skirts and tank tops and should have a scarf to cover their hair when entering a mosque. Men and women should avoid wearing shorts and anything revealing. Swimsuits are permitted at pools and on the beach, but make sure to have a cover up of some type with you. Dressing in layers is always preferable. Regardless of your destination, make sure that you bring comfortable walking shoes (preferably flat soled) for sightseeing. Due to heat, lightweight cotton clothing is suitable for most times of the year. However, for the evenings, early mornings and while traveling on a felucca or cruise boat, a light sweater or fleece jacket will come in handy. December and January can be cold, so we recommend dressing with layers and scarves as you would in winter months in America. Please see the recommended packing checklist for more suggestions.

PACKING CHECKLIST

  • Travel documentation (travel insurance policy, e-tickets, final itinerary, etc.)
  • Valid passport (plus a photocopy)
  • Credit card / cash
  • Headscarf or bandana for dusty, dry regions
  • Sun protection (polarized UV sunglasses, UVA/UVB sunscreen, protective sun hat)
  • Prescription and over-the-counter medication
  • First aid kit, band aids
  • Insect repellent
  • Extra contact lenses / eye glasses
  • Personal toiletries, lip balm and hand sanitizer
  • Comfortable walking shoes and / or hiking boots (depending on activities planned in your itinerary)
  • Swimsuit
  • Include appropriate layered clothing suitable for expected climate for your travel date / destination and activity
  • Cameras and personal electronic appliances with chargers and electrical converters
  • Important / emergency contacts and addresses
  • Converter for personal electronic appliances
  • Phrase book or dictionary
  • Waterproof zip lock bags

TIME ZONES

+7 EST (New York) in the winter

+6 EST (New York) in the summer

+2 GMT Year round

COMMUNICATION

Egypt's communications infrastructure is good. Check with your local cell phone provider prior to departure to determine the availability and charges to make and receive cell phone calls in Egypt. Internet service is generally available throughout Egypt.

SHOPPING

Egypt's traditional souks, or markets, offer many decorative handmade items. Products include embroidered items, hand woven rugs and cushions, papyrus, and Egyptian cotton garments. Bargaining is expected in local markets.

ELECTRICITY

The electrical current in Egypt is 220 volts, with standard frequency 50 Hz. A type C two-pin plug, similar to that used in Europe, is standard in Egypt. A voltage converter and appropriate plug adaptors are required if you are carrying electrical items with North American 110 voltage.

Average Regional Temperatures

MonthHigh/Low
January:
66 / 50°F
February:
68 / 50°F
March:
73 / 53°F
April:
82 / 59°F
May:
89 / 64°F
June:
93 / 69°F
July:
95 / 73°F
August:
93 / 73°F
September:
91 / 69°F
October:
86 / 66°F
November:
77 / 59°F
December:
68 / 51°F
MonthHigh/Low
January:
73 / 42°F
February:
77 / 46°F
March:
84 / 53°F
April:
95 / 62°F
May:
102 / 69°F
June:
105 / 73°F
July:
105 / 75°F
August:
105 / 75°F
September:
102 / 71°F
October:
95 / 64°F
November:
84 / 53°F
December:
75 / 46°F

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