Egypt: Pyramids to Petra Tour

14 days / 13 nights

Please inquire for current rates

Egypt Tour Highlights: Cairo, Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, Cheops Pyramid & Sphinx, Solar Boat Museum, Luxor, 5 day Nile Cruise, Karnak Temples, Edfu, Kom Ombo, Aswan, Cairo, Sinai Desert, Wadi Rum jeep ride, Dead Sea, Madaba, Mt. Nebo, Petra, Optional Abu Simbel Excursion

Truly an exceptional and comprehensive journey designed to include the very best of Egypt and Jordan. You will marvel colossal structures, erected with simple tools and massive manpower. Savvy travelers will find it distinctively remarkable. Without hesitation, we assure you a lifetime of treasured memories when you select this wonderful tour.

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Guaranteed Pyramids to Petra Tour
14 days | 13 nights | 10 touring days

Contact a travel agent about airfare for this tour: 1-800-223-3855 

Tour Highlights:

  • Cairo, Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, Cheops Pyramid & Sphinx, Solar Boat Museum, Luxor, 5 day Nile Cruise, Karnak Temples, Edfu, Kom Ombo, Aswan, Cairo, Sinai Desert, Wadi Rum jeep ride, Dead Sea, Madaba, Mt. Nebo, Petra, Optional Abu Simbel Excursion

Included services in our tour rates:

  • Airport transfers between airports, hotels and quays.
  • Accommodations at preferred hotels.
  • All taxes and service charges.
  • Meals as indicated B, L, D.
  • Outside cabin onboard selected Nile Cruise Ship.
  • Shore excursions and touring as detailed in the itinerary.
  • All entrance fees to visited sites.
  • Visit of the Solar Boat museum.
  • The services of an English speaking Egyptologist.
  • Baggage handling and porterage.

Not included services in our tour rates:

  • Travel Insurance (Strongly Recommended)
  • Tips to guide/driver and hotel staff
  • Items of a personal nature (laundry, souvenirs, film/toiletries)

Additional Information:

  • Touring in Cairo is based on shared seat in a van. Private touring available on request.
  • Cruise Shore excursions, shared with other English Speaking passengers onboard. Private guide available on request
  • Shore excursions are at the discretion of the cruise line. Description provided may be altered or changed. Refer to the Ship lobby bulletin Board for the final daily cruise itinerary schedule.
  • Egyptair is the only major airline within Egypt. Their internal flights are generally very early morning and late evening. Be prepared for flight cancellation; delay; change of schedule; overbooking condition; too many or too little flights. therefore, your cooperation and understanding are very much appreciated.
  • Beyond our Control: During certain times of the year, hotels and cruise ships may overbook. If so, we reserve the right to substitute accommodations within the same or higher category. We also reserve the right to change the sequence of the itinerary and internal flight schedule should local conditions necessitate. Onsite passenger(s) will be attended to at all times.

Terms and Conditions 

Why Gil Travel?

  • Experienced Travel Agents: Over 40 years of experience in the travel industry!
  • 5 Star Treatment: Enjoy private transfers to and from the airport and hotel.
  • Guaranteed Egypt Tour: Your trip will never be canceled, subject to a minimum of 2 passengers traveling.
  • Egypt Experience: Our Egypt tours are packed with exciting opportunities to explore, learn and enjoy.

Note: No credit/refund for any unused services.

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Day 1 -
Cairo

WELCOME TO EGYPT! Upon arrival at Cairo International Airport you will be met, assisted through Immigration & Customs, then escorted to your selected hotel.

Day 2 -
Cairo

Today’s sightseeing takes you to the fabulous Egyptian Museum. Regarded as one of the most prominent museums in the world, it offers visitors remarkable insights into Egypt’s ancient history dating back 5000 years. The priceless antiquities include King Tutankhamon’s Treasures — a spectacle beyond belief! After lunch we visit Cheops Pyramid–one of the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World–and the Sphinx, the great god-lion sentinel, built over 35 centuries ago. The towering pyramid stands majestically on a desert plateau with two slightly smaller pyramids (one built by Cheops’ son Kephren and the other by Mycerinus) erected to preserve their bodies and treasures for the afterlife. East of Cheops Pyramid is the Solar Boat Museum housing the spectacular funerary boats placed at the King’s disposal for his journey of Day and Night in the afterlife with the Sun God Ra. Your sightseeing also includes the bazaars featuring a variety of items and bargains galore! (B, L)

Day 3 -
Cairo | Luxor | Cruise

Transfer to Cairo Airport for your early morning flight to Luxor. On arrival you will be escorted to your Ship, your floating hotel for the next 5 days, as you cruise up-the-Nile. This morning you cross the Nile to Luxor’s West Bank, where you’ll explore the astonishing and extensive New Kingdom city of “Thebes”. Sightseeing includes the Valley of the Kings and Queens where some 64 of Egypt’s Pharaohs have their palatial resting places hewn into the sheer rock and the Colossi of Memnon, two huge seated statues of Amenhotep III. After lunch, you will visit Luxor and Karnak Temples, a holy city of pylons, hypostyle halls, colossal statues and obelisks built over many centuries and dedicated to the God Amon-Ra, his consort Mut, and their son Khonsu. (B, L, D)

Day 4 -

Early morning, you sail to Edfu via Esna lock. Overnight in Edfu. (B, L, D)

Day 5 -
Edfu | Kom Ombo | Aswan | Cruise

Today visit the Temple of Horus, the Falcon God. Sail to Kom Ombo to visit the Temple of Sobek, the Crocodile God. Continue sailing to Aswan. (B, L, D)

Day 6 -
Aswan | Cruise

Morning sightseeing includes Aswan’s High Dam, ancient Granite Quarries, and the Temple of Philae. Sail around Elephantine Island, the Botanical Gardens. (B, L, D)

Day 7 -
Aswan | Abu Simbel* | Cairo

Disembark after breakfast. Transfer to Aswan Airport for your flight back to Cairo where you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

*Passengers who purchased the “Abu Simbel” optional excursion will fly from Aswan to this dramatic site to admire the magnificent Temples of Ramses II and Queen Nefertari. They were moved up the hillside to keep them from destruction by flooding from the Nile when the High Dam was built forming Lake Nasser. (B)

*Abu Simbel Excursion by air is optional.

Day 8 -
Cairo | Sinai Desert | Taba Heights

Early morning we cross the Red Sea and continue by motorcoach to the Sinai Peninsula, which contains great stretches of extraordinary desert scenery. High Granite Mountains and deep chasms form landscapes that in places look like the surface of the moon. There are fertile green oases where Bedouin tribesmen bring their sheep and camels for water. Overnight at the Inter-Continental Taba Heights. (B, D)

Day 9 -
Taba | Aqaba | Wadi Rum | Dead Sea

We cross by ferry to Aqaba and continue to Petra through Wadi Rum a land of mesmerizing beauty and contrast: the haunting wilderness, ever changing, and remote desert canyons, immense and still. A jeep ride takes us deep inside the valley. Lunch at a desert camp. Afterwards continue to Marriott Dead Sea for overnight. (B, L)

Day 10 -
Dead Sea | Madaba | Mt. Nebo | Petra

After breakfast, we drive to Madaba “City of Mosaics” where we visit St. George’sChurch and the 6th century Byzantine mosaic map showing Jerusalem and other holy sites. We proceed to Mount Nebo, the memorial of Moses, the presumed site of the prophet’s death and burial place. The remarkable view of the Jordan Valley, the Dead Sea and the spires of Jerusalem is simply exhilarating. Continue to Petra and overnight at the Beit Zaman. (B, L)

Day 11 -
Petra | Taba Heights

Today you visit Petra, Jordan’s most exciting site. It was carved out of the craggy rock mountains south of the Dead Sea by the Nabataean traders more than 2000 years ago. Travel by horseback through a narrow defile or siq; the sudden view of the spectacular Khazneh or Treasury is dramatic. See the gigantic Deir or Monastery, the High Place and the Roman-styled Palace Tomb. After lunch at the Basin, transfer to Aqaba to cross by ferry to Taba Heights. Dinner and overnight at the Inter-Continental. (B, L, D)

Day 12 -
Taba Heights

A day at leisure to relax and to soak up the sun. Also, time for water sports activities, scuba diving and snorkeling. (B, D)

Day 13 -
Dead Sea | Madaba | Mt. Nebo | Petra

Your imagination will be captured by the biblical traditions of its ancient past where Moses led the 12 tribes of Israel from slavery in Egypt to the Promised Land Jebel Musa, the Mount Sinai of the Old Testament, is where Moses received the Ten Commandments from Jehovah.

We arrive at the Monastery, an isolated holy place of rich treasures. The fortified monastery has sheltered Christian monks since the Sixth Century, when it was built on the order of Emperor Justinian. It is at the foot of Jebel Musa on the traditional site of the Burning Bush, a part of the Greek Orthodox Church. The Church contains the great Mosaic of the Transfiguration of Christ, numerous icons and sacred art treasures. The Monastery’s Library is considered second in importance only to the Vatican Library. After lunch we drive to Cairo. Overnight at the Fairmont Towers. (B, L)

NOTE: Please dress conservatively when visiting St. Katharina Monastery Chapel.  Entry is at the discretion of the resident monks.  We might be refused entry without notice.

Day 14 -
Cairo | Depart

Transfer to airport for your departure flight home. (B)

(B) Breakfast

(L) Lunch

(D) Dinner

ABU SIMBEL OPTIONAL EXTENSION:

  • Passengers who purchased the “Abu Simbel”optional excursion will fly from Aswan to this dramatic site to admire the magnificent Temples of Ramses II and Queen Nefertari. They were moved up the hillside to keep them from destruction by flooding from the Nile when the High Dam was built forming Lake Nasser.
  • Abu Simbel Excursion by air is optional.

Note: All itineraries are subject to change
A minimum of 2 passengers is required for regular tour service.
All tours are subject to availability and should be confirmed within 72 business hours.

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Dates

OPERATES ON THE FOLLOWING DATES IN 2013-2014:
LO SEASONApril 16 – September 30, 2013
HI SEASONOctober 1 – December 19 & January 6 – March 31, 2013
HOLIDAYS & PREMIUMDecember 20 – January 5 & April 1 – 15

Hotels and Rates

 TWINSINGLE SUPPLEMENT
CATEGORYLOHIHOLIDAYSLOHIHOLIDAYS
4* SUPERIOR
Swiss Inn (Pyramids)$2,248$2,318$2,683$700$736$889
Horizon(Pyramids)$2,248$2,318$2,653$683$718$830
Triumph (Heliopolis)
NILE SYMPHONY CRUISE

Inter-Conti. – Taba Heights

Holiday Inn – Dead Sea

Beit Zaman – Petra
$2,248$2,318$2,600$683$718$795
5* STANDARD
Sheraton Dream (Pyramids)(Luxor)$2,300$2,442$2,918$648$718$918
Novotel El Borg (Center)$2,336$2,477$2,942$671$742$971
Sheraton Cairo (Center) PREMIUM NILE CRUISE

Inter-Conti. – Taba Heights

Holiday Inn – Dead Sea

Beit Zaman – Petra
$2,430$2,571$3,100$595$665$665
5* DELUXE
Cairo Marriott (Garden View)$2,542$2,683$3,218$900$971$1,295
Sofitel Gezirah (Nile View)$2,559$2,700$3,218$883$953$1,253
Fairmont Towers (Heliopolis) PREMIUM NILE CRUISE

Inter Conti. – Taba Heights

Marriott – Dead Sea

Marriott – Petra
$2,624$2,765$3,248$977$1,048$1,324
5* DELUXE
Cairo Marriott (Garden View)$2,753$2,848$3,465$1,036$1,083$1,442
Sofitel Gezirah (Nile View)$2,771$2,865$3,465$1,018$1,065$1,400
Fairmont Towers (Heliopolis) PLATINUM NILE CRUISE

Inter Conti. – Taba Heights

Marriott – Dead Sea

Marriott – Petra
$2,836$2,930$3,489$1,112$1,159$1,471
5* DELUXE
Cairo Marriott (Garden View)$2,789$3,071$3,930$1,195$1,336$1,848
Sofitel Gezirah (Nile View)$2,806$3,089$3,930$1,177$1,318$1,806
Fairmont Towers (Heliopolis) SONESTA NILE GODDESS MOVENPICK ROYAL LILLY

Inter-Conti - Taba Heights

Movenpick - Dead Sea

Movenpick - Petra
$2,871$3,153$3,959$1,271$1,412$1,877
5* DELUXE
Cairo Marriott (Garden View)$3,100$3,883$4,224$1,383$1,524$2,018
Sofitel Gezirah (Nile View)$3,118$3,400$4,224$1,359$1,500$1,977
Fairmont Towers (Heliopolis) SONESTA ST. GEORGE SHIP

Inter-Conti - Taba Heights

Movenpick - Dead Sea

Movenpick - Petra
$3,183$3,465$4,253$1,453$1,595$2,048
5* PREMIUM (Nile View)
4 Seasons Nile Plaza (Center)

SONESTA STAR GODDESS

Inter-Conti - Taba Heights

Kempinski - Dead Sea

Movenpick - Petra
$4,512$4,795$5,589$3,048$3,189$3,824

* If the above hotels are not available, comparable hotels will be confirmed. Additional cost may apply.
SUPPLEMENTS & OPTIONAL TOURS:

  • ONE PASSENGER TRAVELING ALONE ADD: $165 + Single Supplement
  • PRIVATE TOURS & TRANSFERS IN CAIRO, LUXOR, ASWAN ADD: $95 per person – 2 pax min. (Shore Excursions Excluded)
  • SOUND & LIGHT “GIZA” PYRAMIDS & SPHINX ADD: $36 per person – 2 pax min.
  • DINNER CRUISE ONBOARD THE NILE MAXIM INCLUDING SHOW ADD: $77 per person – 2 pax min.
  • FULL DAY TOUR MEMPHIS, SAKKARA, OLD AND ISLAMIC CAIRO ADD: $89 per person – 2 pax min.
  • OVERDAY ALEXANDRIA INCLUDING VISITS AND LUNCH ADD: $159 per person – 2 pax min.
  • INTER-AIR (Y Class): $365
  • ABU SIMBEL EXCURSION FROM ASWAN: $300
  • HOT AIR BALLOON: $159
  • COMPULSORY HOLIDAY DINNER MAY APPLY: Xmas Eve; New Year’s Eve; Easter Eve – cost varies from $120 to $240 per dinner.
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