Egypt In Depth -Cairo, Nile Cruise, Alexandria, Sharm El Sheikh and Mount Sinai

15 Days

Egypt is renowned for its ancient civilization and the majestic monuments crafted by its pharaohs. However, there’s more to this country than meets the eye. Join us on this 15-day guided journey to explore the country’s highlights and uncover its hidden treasures.

Witness pyramids from various historical periods and peruse the remarkable collections at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. Next on the itinerary, embark on a leisurely five-day cruise along the Nile, sailing from Luxor to Aswan, followed by captivating visits to Rosetta and Alexandria. Afterwards, take a flight to the beach resort town Sharm El Sheikh which is known for the clear water and extensive coral reefs, enjoy some relaxing time on the beach or take some water sports such as snorkeling and scuba diving, here you will be arranged to have an overnight hike up the sacred Mount Sinai. Conclude this tour after returning to Cairo.

This comprehensive 15 day Egypt In Depth tour offers a deeper understanding of Egypt’s rich history and diverse landscapes, taking you beyond the well-known attractions to reveal the country’s lesser-explored treasures.


Commence your tour by exploring the marvels of Cairo and the mystique of the Giza Pyramids. Immerse yourself in Egypt’s rich history as you embark on a luxurious five-star Nile Cruise from Luxor to Aswan. Afterward, return to Cairo and enjoy a two-day excursion to Rosetta and Alexandria on the Mediterranean coast. Finally, journey to Sharm El Sheikh, the resort town nestled between the Sinai Peninsula’s desert and the Red Sea. Here, you can relish the sheltered sandy beaches, crystal-clear waters, and vibrant coral reefs. From Sharm El Sheikh, embark on a worship trip to Mount Sinai, the very place where, according to the Bible, Moses received the Ten Commandments. This In-Depth Egypt tour offers an opportunity to experience Egypt’s rich history and diverse landscapes, delving beyond the well-known attractions to discover the country’s lesser-explored treasures.

Trip Highlights

  • Visit the Giza pyramids complex and the Egyptian Museum
  • Enjoy a leisurely 5D/4N Nile cruise from Luxor to Aswan
  • Take an excursion to Rosetta and Alexandria from Cairo
  • Relax on the sheltered sandy beaches at Sharm El Sheikh
  • Soak up the stunning sunrise at the top of Mount Sinai


Upon your arrival at Cairo International Airport, our English-speaking representative will be there to greet you and provide assistance with all necessary formalities. You will enjoy a private transfer in an air-conditioned van from the airport to your hotel in Cairo. Once you arrive at the hotel, you can check in, unwind, and freshen up. Your overnight stay will be in Cairo.

After breakfast, it's time to commence your tour to the Pyramids and Sphinx. Your first stop of the day will be the Pyramids of Giza, renowned as one of the Seven Wonders of the World. These architectural marvels were constructed by the pharaohs during the period spanning from 2590 BC to 2480 BC. You'll have the unique opportunity to explore the magnificence of the Great Pyramids of Giza, including the chance to enter the queen's Pyramid. Take in the breathtaking panorama of these iconic structures before proceeding to the Sphinx, an awe-inspiring monolithic statue that stands as a testament to human history.
Following this, you will enjoy lunch at a local restaurant. Afterward, you'll journey to the Egyptian Museum, one of Egypt's most significant museums, housing a remarkable collection of Pharaonic monuments, including those of the renowned King Tutankhamen.
Finally, you will head to visit the Khan el-Khalili Bazaar to enjoy the atmosphere of a local market in the old city. Stroll along this historic souk (market) and witness the variety of antiques, jewelry and souvenirs for sale, all made in the region. Stay overnight at Cairo.

Breakfast at the hotel is followed by another full-day tour to some of the most iconic treasures in Egypt. Your guide will meet you at your hotel and drive you to Sakkara (or Saqqara), a necropolis from the Old Kingdom that is home to Egypt's oldest pyramids, including the Step Pyramid of Djoser. Explore the oldest stone funerary complex in Egypt and wander through its corridors, where you'll discover incredible details on the painted walls of ancient Egyptian tombs, providing insights into their daily lives.
From there, continue to Memphis, Egypt's oldest capital, established in 3150 BC. Explore its wonders, which include the colossal statue of Ramses II, the alabaster Sphinx, and the statue of Ptah, the patron god of Memphis.
Finally, your journey will take you to Dahshur to visit the Bent and Red Pyramids of the 4th dynasty. You'll even have the opportunity to step inside one of these awe-inspiring pyramids.
Return to Cairo for overnight.

After enjoying breakfast at your Cairo hotel, you will check out and proceed to Cairo Airport for your flight to Luxor. Upon arrival in Luxor, your guide will meet you and escort you to a luxury cruise ship, where you will spend the next four nights.
In the afternoon, you will explore the East Bank of Luxor, which includes the Karnak Temple and the Temple of Luxor. The Karnak Temple stands as the second largest temple complex globally, with Angkor Wat in Cambodia being the largest. During your visit, you'll stroll along an avenue lined with ram-headed sphinxes, enter the awe-inspiring Hypostyle Hall, view the obelisks of Tuthmosis I and Hatshepsut, and admire the beautiful reliefs on the pylons.
Luxor Temple, a smaller counterpart to Karnak Temple, is unique as it is not dedicated to a specific god or pharaoh but may have been the site of many ancient Egyptian coronations.
Your adventure continues with a relaxing cruise on the Nile.

Following breakfast on the cruise, your day's excursion will commence with a visit to the Valley of the Kings on the West Bank of Luxor. This renowned necropolis is the resting place of the kings of ancient Egypt.
Afterwards, you will proceed to explore the remarkable Temple of Queen Hatshepsut at Deir El Bahari. This temple stands as one of the most splendid examples of ancient Egyptian architecture, as it was entirely carved into the mountainside.
Concluding the tour, you will visit the Colossi of Memnon, associated with King Amenhotep III. Following this, you will return to your cruise ship for lunch. The afternoon is free for leisure, allowing you to relax and enjoy the amenities of the cruise. Dinner and overnight accommodations will be provided on the cruise.

After breakfast on the cruise, you will embark on a guided tour to visit one of Egypt's most magnificent temples, the Temple of Horus in Edfu. This temple is renowned for its exceptional preservation, making it one of the best-preserved temples in Egypt. Following your visit to the Temple of Horus, you will return to your ship for lunch, which will be served on board while sailing to the city of Kom Ombo.
In the afternoon, your journey continues as you explore the Temple of Kom Ombo, a unique sanctuary where the gods Sobek and Haroeris were once worshipped. You can also take in the breathtaking views of the majestic Nile River from the sun deck. Along its banks, the ancient Egyptian civilization thrived and left a lasting legacy.
Enjoy the evening cruising down the Nile to Aswan.

After breakfast on board, you will be accompanied by your Egyptologist tour guide to explore the great city of Aswan, which includes the High Dam, constructed by Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser in 1960 AD to protect Egypt from Nile floods. Following this, you'll enjoy a motorboat ride on the Nile River to reach Agilika Island, where you'll visit the Temple of Philae. This temple dates back to the Greco-Roman period and is dedicated to the goddess Isis, the mother of the god Horus. To cap off your day, you'll be escorted to one of Aswan's marvelous attractions, the Unfinished Obelisk, carved from red granite and dedicated to the god Amun Ra. After completing your day tour, you will return to your ship. Lunch will be served on board, followed by afternoon tea. In the evening, you'll have free time to relax and enjoy leisure activities.

After receiving your breakfast box from your Nile cruise and checking out, you will be transferred by a private air-conditioned van to Abu Simbel (or you can upgrade by air). The original site, known as Meha in ancient times, was first documented during the 18th Dynasty when Ay and Horemheb commissioned the hewing of rock-cut chapels in the southern hills. Upon arrival, visit the awe-inspiring Abu Simbel Temples ( twin temples of Abu Simbel), both built by King Ramses II. The first and largest temple is dedicated to the renowned god Rahorakhty, while the second, smaller temple is devoted to the king himself and his beloved wife, Queen Nefertari. After the visiting, return back to Aswan and fly back to Cairo.
Upon your arrival at Cairo airport, our Cairo Representative will be met and transferred you to your Cairo hotel.

Leave Cairo behind and drive to Rosetta, which takes around three hours. This port city is famous for being the location where the 'Rosetta Stone' (inscribed in three languages, Ancient Egyptian, Demotic, and ancient Greek) was discovered. The original stone is on display at the British Museum, but you can still see the replica on the ground floor during your visit to the Rashid Museum.
Walk along the narrow streets of Rosetta to see well-preserved houses replete with Islamic architecture. The House of Amasyali, with beautiful lantern lights on the façade and vast expanses of windows with lattices, is considered one of the most impressive examples. Nearby is the House of Abu Shaheen, with its reconstructed mill on the ground floor, featuring enormous wooden beams and planks. Visit the local Hanging Mosque before heading to your hotel in Alexandria.

Begin your tour in Alexandria at the expansive El Montazah Gardens overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Within the gardens, you can admire Montazah Palace, a fusion of Ottoman and Florentine styles (not open to the public). Continue to the Catacombs of Kom El Shoqafa, featuring statues and objects that blend Roman, Greek, and Egyptian styles. Your itinerary also includes a visit to the legendary Library of Alexandria.
Late afternoon drive back to Cairo for the night. The road journey takes approximately three hours.

After breakfast, proceed to the airport for your flight to Sharm El Sheikh. Upon arrival, take a private transfer to your hotel and enjoy a leisurely afternoon.

Enjoy a free day in Sharm El Sheikh or opt to join the optional Ras Mohamed Park tour (additional fee applies). Ras Mohamed Park is home to some of the world's finest snorkeling and diving spots, boasting an unmatched array of marine life. Explore various distinct locations within the park, indulge in snorkeling, swimming, and leisurely moments aboard the boat. An open buffet lunch will be provided on board. Spend the night in Sharm El Sheikh.

You have the morning to enjoy the beaches of Sharm El Sheikh. Later, drive for about three hours to a hotel near Mount Sinai for some rest. Mount Sinai, also known as Mount Horeb, according to the Bible, is the place where Moses received the Ten Commandments. Your hike up the mountain will begin between 10:00 pm and 11:00 pm from St. Catherine's Monastery.

Secure a prime spot at the summit while it is still pitch dark and await a breathtaking sunrise. Afterward, descend to visit Saint Catherine's Monastery. This sixth-century monastery, according to the Bible, is the site of the 'burning bush.' Following this excursion, return to Sharm El Sheikh for the night.

Please note that St. Catherine's Monastery is closed on Fridays and Sundays, as well as during the significant feast days of the Greek Orthodox Church. On all other days, it remains open from 9:00 am to 11:30 am.

Enjoy some free time before until heading to the airport for a short flight back to Cairo. From here you can connect with your homebound flight conveniently.

The Trip Cost Includes

  • 1. Accommodation
  • - 4 nights in twin-share rooms onboard a luxury 4/5 star Nile cruise ship full board basis
  • - 10 nights in twin-share rooms at 4/5 star hotel in Cairo, Alexandria, Sharm El Sheikh (with breakfast)
  • * Please be aware that all accommodations are subject to change until 2-4 weeks before the departure date. Final accommodation details will be provided to you with your finalized travel documents.
  • 2. Guide: Experienced English-speaking guide throughout tour
  • 3. Meal: 13 Breakfasts /4 Lunches/ 4 Dinners
  • *This tour offers Vegetarian, Vegan and Halal food options on request. Simply let us know the food option that you prefer.
  • 4. Transportation:
  • - Domestic Flight Cairo - Aswan, Luxor - Cairo, Cairo - Sharm El Sheikh, Sharm El Sheikh - Cairo (including airport taxes)
  • - All needed transfers at airports, hotels, and ferries as per the itinerary with A/C vehicle.
  • 5. Entrance tickets: Entrance fees for the included sightseeing.
  • 6. Other fees: Government tax and travel agency handling fee.

The Trip Cost Excludes

  • 1. Egypt Visa of Egypt.
  • 2. Any optional visits/tours for an additional cost(Please contact our team of Travel Experts if you want to add some of them to your tour.)
  • - Visit to any of Giza Pyramids from inside.
  • - Visit to any tombs in the Valley of the Kings requiring extra tickets.
  • - Any optional visits/tours are available during the river cruise.
  • - Sound & Light show at the Pyramids
  • 3. Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • 4. Drinks, snacks and other personal expenses (e.g. laundry)
  • 5. Travel insurance.
  • 6. Tipping to your guide & driver.
  • 7. International Flights arrival at & Departure from Cairo

Frequently asked Questions

Do I need a visa to travel to Egypt, and how can I obtain one?

Tourists from many countries, including the US, UK, Canada, New Zealand, and EU nations, can easily obtain a renewable, single-entry visa upon arrival at select Egyptian airports (listed below). These tourist visas typically allow for a 30-day stay and cost $25. Alternatively, travelers have the option to apply for a multiple-entry visa for $60. Currently, there are no mandatory vaccination requirements for entering Egypt.

However, guests who travel with us receive visa services as a standard inclusion in their trip. For all nationalities eligible for visa on arrival, the visa fee is already included in the trip price. Upon arrival at the airport, our representative will assist in getting your passport stamped, allowing you to proceed directly to the luggage carousel.

For more detailed information, you can visit the official Egyptian eVisa website or contact the nearest Egyptian consulate or embassy.

To apply for an Egyptian tourist visa, you will need a passport with at least six months of validity and at least one blank page. Visa on arrival entry points in Egypt are available at the following airports:

  1. Cairo International Airport
  2. Hurghada International Airport
  3. St Catherine International Airport, St Catherine
  4. Borg El Arab International Airport, Alexandria
  5. Sharm El Sheikh International Airport
  6. Luxor International Airport

Annapurna Base Camp is a Grade B or a moderately difficult trekking route. So any fit person can do this trek, even if you do not have any previous experience. You should be aware of what to expect and mentally prepare for it. Then, as long as you will to, you can.

When is the best time of year to visit Egypt for favorable weather?

On average, you walk about 4 to 6 hours per day. One or two days can be as less as 3hrs and one or two days can be as long as 7hrs.

The ideal time to visit Egypt is during the months from October to April when you can expect pleasant temperatures and abundant sunshine. Among these, the winter months of November to February are the most popular for tourists seeking to escape colder climates and explore attractions like Cairo and the pyramids.

Spring and autumn also offer excellent weather conditions with fewer crowds, making them great choices for planning your Egypt holiday packages. The shoulder months of October, March, and April, in particular, provide pleasant weather and fewer tourists, ideal for visiting the main attractions and enjoying a Nile River cruise.

On the other hand, the summer months, from May to September, can be quite hot with temperatures ranging from the mid-80s to over 100°F. During this time, tourist numbers decrease due to the harsh daytime sun, but it’s a good period to explore Egypt’s coastal areas and relax at seaside resorts.

Is Egypt safe for tourists?

Egypt had been actively working to ensure the safety of tourists, and many areas in the country were considered safe for travel. However, it’s important to note that the safety situation can change, and it’s advisable to check the latest travel advisories and updates from your government’s foreign affairs department or embassy before planning your trip.

Here are some general safety tips for traveling to Egypt:

  1. Stay Informed: Keep yourself updated on the current political and security situation in Egypt through reliable news sources and government travel advisories.
  2. Follow Local Advice: While in Egypt, follow the advice of local authorities and respect any curfews or safety measures that may be in place.
  3. Be Cautious in Certain Areas: Some regions, particularly near the border areas, may have specific safety concerns. Research your itinerary and exercise caution in these areas.
  4. Secure Your Belongings: Like in any other destination, take precautions to secure your belongings and avoid displaying valuable items in public.
  5. Respect Local Customs: Be mindful of local customs, traditions, and dress codes, especially when visiting religious sites.

Where should I go in Egypt?

When planning your trip to Egypt, here are some must-visit destinations and attractions:

  1. Cairo: Start your journey in the capital city where you can explore the iconic Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx. Don’t miss the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, home to countless ancient artifacts.
  2. Luxor: Visit Luxor to delve deeper into the wonders of ancient Egypt. Explore the Valley of the Kings, Colossi of Memnon, and the impressive Temple of Ramesses III.
  3. Aswan: Aswan is known for its serene beauty and historic sites. Explore the Temple of Philae, Edfu, and Kom Ombo temple complexes.
  4. Red Sea Resorts: Consider adding a beach stay in Hurghada or El Quseir, where you can relax, swim, and snorkel in the stunning coral reefs of the Red Sea.
  5. Alexandria: Head north to Alexandria to discover its Greco-Roman history, including sites like the Qaitbay Citadel and the Catacombs of Kom El Shoqafa.
  6. Optional Jordan Extension: Many travelers combine their Egypt trip with a visit to Jordan to explore the ancient city of Petra and other historical sites.

What’s the best way of getting around in Egypt?

The best way to travel across longer distances in Egypt, such as from Cairo to Luxor, is by taking a domestic flight. For shorter distances and local exploration, it’s convenient to use private cars with a guide or choose organized tours.
Another popular and scenic way to explore Egypt is by taking a cruise along the Nile River. A Nile cruise typically runs between Luxor and Aswan, allowing travelers to discover the ancient civilizations and historic sites that flourished on the banks of the Nile. It provides a unique perspective on Egypt’s rich history and culture while offering a comfortable and enjoyable journey.

What currency is used in Egypt, and can I use credit cards?

The currency of Egypt is the Egyptian pound (LE or EGP), and it is divided into 100 piastres (PT). Banknotes are available in denominations of LE5, LE10, LE20, LE50, LE100, and LE200, while coins come in LE1, PT50, and PT25 denominations. You can use credit cards in larger hotels, restaurants, and shops, but it’s advisable to carry some cash for transactions in smaller establishments and markets. ATMs are readily available in major towns, and currency exchange can be done at banks and Forex outlets.

What language is spoken in Egypt?

Modern Standard Arabic is the official language of Egypt. However, you’ll predominantly hear people speaking the Egyptian dialect, a colloquial variety of Modern Standard Arabic with some distinct words and pronunciation. Egyptian Arabic is widely understood across the region because Egyptian cinema and soap operas are popular in the Arab world.
English is also commonly spoken in tourist areas, and many guides, hotel staff, and service workers are proficient in English. In larger cities and towns, you should have no trouble communicating in English. However, in more remote areas, especially in Upper Egypt, English proficiency may be limited, and it’s helpful to have some basic Arabic phrases for communication.

What’s the time zone in Egypt?

The time zone in Egypt is UTC+2 from October to April and UTC+3 from April to October.

How long does it take to fly to Egypt from the US?

The duration of a flight from the United States to Egypt can vary depending on your departure city and the specific flight route. On average:

  • From New York to Cairo: It takes approximately 11 to 15 hours, depending on the flight route and any layovers.
  • From Los Angeles to Cairo: The flight duration is typically around 22 hours, including layovers.

The exact duration may vary based on factors such as the airline, flight route, and layover times. It’s advisable to check with airlines for specific flight options and schedules. Delta, Air France, and other major carriers often operate flights to Egypt from various U.S. cities.

What should I wear in Egypt as a tourist?

When visiting Egypt as a tourist, it’s advisable to dress modestly and respectfully. Here are some clothing recommendations:

  1. Modest Attire: Choose clothing that covers your shoulders, chest, and knees. For women, this may mean wearing tops with sleeves (short sleeves are generally acceptable) and bottoms that extend below the knee. For men, long trousers are appropriate.
  2. Loose-Fitting Clothing: Opt for loose-fitting garments made of breathable fabrics like cotton or linen. Loose clothing not only adheres to modesty but also helps you stay comfortable in Egypt’s climate.
  3. Avoid Revealing Outfits: Avoid wearing clothing that is too tight, transparent, or shows too much skin. This applies to both men and women.
  4. Footwear: Comfortable, closed-toe shoes are recommended for walking and sightseeing, as they protect your feet from dust, sand, and uneven terrain. Sandals are acceptable in beach areas or resorts.
  5. Head Covering for Women: While it’s not mandatory for female tourists to cover their heads, carrying a scarf or shawl that can be draped over your head and shoulders when entering religious sites is a respectful gesture.
  6. Swimwear: Swimsuits are appropriate for beach resorts and hotel pools. However, it’s advisable to cover up when you’re not in these specific areas.
  7. Respect Local Customs: Be mindful of local customs and dress codes, especially in more conservative areas or when visiting mosques and temples. It’s essential to show respect for the culture and traditions of Egypt.

By dressing modestly and respectfully, you can not only navigate Egypt comfortably but also demonstrate cultural sensitivity and respect for the local population.

What is the local cuisine like in Egypt?

Egyptian cuisine is a flavorful and diverse blend of Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, and African influences. Staple foods include bread, rice, and fava beans, with lamb, chicken, and fish commonly used as protein sources. Spices like garlic, cumin, and coriander, along with herbs like parsley, add depth to the dishes. Street food delights include koshari, ta’ameya (Egyptian falafel), and shawarma. Desserts like baklava, basbousa, and mahalabiya satisfy sweet cravings. Popular beverages include hibiscus tea (karkadeh) and mint tea. Egyptian cuisine showcases a rich tapestry of flavors and dishes, making it a delightful exploration for food enthusiasts.

How should I haggle when shopping in Egypt's markets?

Bargaining is a common practice in Egyptian markets (souks). Start by offering a lower price and be prepared to negotiate until both parties reach a fair deal.

What are the cultural norms and customs in Egypt?

Egyptians are generally hospitable and friendly. It’s polite to greet with “As-salamu alaykum” (peace be upon you). When visiting mosques or homes, remove your shoes, and be respectful of local customs and traditions.

Is it safe to drink tap water in Egypt?

It’s generally not recommended to drink tap water in Egypt. Stick to bottled water for drinking and brushing your teeth to avoid stomach issues.

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Egypt In Depth -Cairo, Nile Cruise, Alexandria, Sharm El Sheikh and Mount Sinai