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13 days Egypt : Cairo to Abu Simbel

14 Days

Join us for the trip of a lifetime – 13 nights of Wonder. (Land travel)

Overview

Egypt is truly an amazing place. The pure flow of the Nile delta with all its mystical temples upon its banks; temples dedicated to the beyond in each and every one of us; temples formed out of the stars.

This will be an extraordinary journey we will share together. It will be a journey within our selves, the innermost reality, and humanity’s connection with the stars, the universe, our bodies and our earth.

We will not be calling upon what the archeologists have discovered of these temples. I shall be sharing with you my direct and inner experience of each temple and the higher possibilities of evolutionary transformation for all, through the reflection of this ancient place called Egypt.

I extend this invitation to those who are ready to come on a journey of a life time.  B

13 nights in Egypt

  • Great Pyramids of Giza & Sphinx
  • Camel ride (optional)
  • The Step pyramid of Saqqara; Serapeum
  • Dahshur; Bent Pyramid; Red Pyramid , Unas Pyramid; Djoser Pyramid
  • Dendara Temple devoted to Hathor
  • Abydos & Osirion - temple of Seti I at Abydos & Osiron where the mysteries of Osiris were taught and practiced
  • Luxor temple
  • Temple of Karnak; & Temple of Queen Hatshepsut
  • Edfu & Kom Ombo Temples
  • Philae Temple & Unfinished Obelisk
  • Aswan - felucca (sailboat) ride
  • Temples of Kalabsha
  • Temple of Beit el-Wali
  • Wadi El Seboua temples
  • Temple of Dakka
  • Temple of Amada
  • Abu Simbel Temples

Itinerary 13 Day in Egypt (Land)

Day 1:
Arrive Cairo - September 2024

Upon arrival Cairo, please make your way to the beautiful Swiss Inn Pyramids Hotel which will be our home for the next three nights. Located just a 15-minute drive from the Great Pyramids of Giza, it features an outdoor swimming pool and onsite restaurant.

Check in and make yourself at home, the rest of your day is for relaxing and re-energizing.

(Overnight Swiss Inn Pyramids Hotel or similar)

Day 2:
Giza Pyramids & the Sphinx

Up bright and early we will approach the pyramids by camel, across the Giza desert plateau, setting our eyes upon them in their complete splendour. We will visit the Pyramid of Menkaure.
After lunch, afternoon of reflection and integration and preparation for this evenings private visit to the Great Pyramid 17:00-19:00hrs.

dinner at our Hotel

(Overnight Swiss Inn Pyramids Hotel or similar)

Day 3:
step pyramid of Saqqara, Serapeum & Djoser & Unas Pyramids. Dahshur Bent Pyramid, Red Pyramid

This morning we will walk the main complex of the majestic step pyramid of Saqqara, Serapeum & Djoser & Unas Pyramids.

In the afternoon We journey to Dahshur to see the beautiful Bent Pyramid and its hidden geometry depicting the eliptic motion of the Earth. Adjacent, we visit the Red Pyramid – named for its high iron content – which has the second largest base of any pyramid in Egypt.

evening Nile fellucca (sailboat) ride – optional

(Overnight Swiss Inn Pyramids Hotel or similar)

Day 4:
Hawara Pyramid, Medium Pyramid, Khan El Khalilli Bazzar.- Overnight 1st class sleeper Train

This morning following breakfast we chack out of our hotel and head to two rarely visited pyramids:
Hawara Pyramid
&
Medium Pyramid

In the afternoon we visit the famous Khan El Khalilli Bazzar.

Following the Bazzar we head to the train station and board our overnight train to Naga Hammadi

(Overnight 1st class sleeper train)

Day 5:
Arrive Naga Hammadi Visit the temple of Dendara

morning we Arrive Naga Hammadi. After lunch we spend the afternoon in the temple of Dendara, House of Hathor comprising a 6500 year old replica of the astrological zodiac on the ceiling.

(overnight – ‘house of life ‘ Hotel or similar)

Day 6:
Abydos to Luxor ( September)

Abydos, Osirion; & Luxor Temple

on this Equinox this morning we head out to the temple of Seti I at Abydos, an ancient Atlantean temple devoted to the birthing of children. frescoes depict the various gods and their teachings.

The highlight here is the Osirion, an Atlantean chamber over 12000 years old, once mistaken for being underground, where the resurrection ceremonies of Osiris were learn’t and experinced.
We bus down the Nile to Luxor for Lunch and board our luxury Nile Cruise Ship.

later in the afternoon we visit the outstanding Luxor Temple, one of the few that are open in to the early evening.

(overnight luxury Crown Emperor Nile Cruise Ship or similar)

Day 7:
Temple of Karnak; Temple of Queen Hatshepsut

After waking up aboard our floating vessel we head out to discover Luxor’s East and West Bank.
After breakfast first up is: the ancient Valley of the Kings and Queens, the temple of Queen Hatshepsut at El-Deir El Bahari and the Colossi Memnon.
after lunch we visit the Temple complex of Karnak, the main religious centre of the ancient cult of Amun.

In the evening we return to out ship and settle in with a drink, dinner and magnificent view of the sunset.

(overnight luxury Crown Emperor Nile Cruise Ship or similar)

Day 8:
Edfu and Kom Ombo Temples

at sunrise we visit the temple devoted to Horus, Edfu. Horus became symbolic of the path of the fully awakened adept. and Sobek Temples

After a relaxing sail, we visit Kom Ombu in the late afternoon. Kom Ombu consists of two temples: the Temple of Horus, on the left side, representing the higher mind; and the Temple of Sobek, on the right, representing the lower mind. Each temple was used to raise the initiate’s awareness through specific experinces; here initiates floated still and without fear with the crocodiles in order to overcome the idea of death, please remember to bring you tog’s today 🙂

dinner onboard plus another amazing sunset.

(overnight luxury Crown Emperor Nile Cruise Ship or similar)

Day 9:
Aswan & Philae Temple,High Dam and the Unfinished Obelisk

Following our morning breakfast a short bus & boat ride takes us to the island of Philae and the Temple of Isis. its temple where the cosmic marriage of Osiris and Isis was consummated with a festival every winter solstice.
lunch will be taken at the site and free time to explore the local market.

(overnight luxury Crown Emperor Nile Cruise Ship or similar)

Day 10:
Aswan

After breakfast we Transfer from our Luxor to Aswan Cruise to the otherside of the Aswan high dam and board the luxurious MS Steigenberger Omar El Khayam river cruise liner.

On arrival, you will board the ship for check-in and you will then have some time to get settled into your cabin. Shortly after boarding, you will also get to enjoy your first delicious onboard lunch which will be served in the ship’s tastefully decorated dining area.

Today is essentially all about relaxation, and free time exploring Aswan. so enjoy the remainder of the day doing as you wish onboard this very well-equipped vessel.

In the evening you will be served a delightful dinner, and then a little bit later there will be a very entertaining Nubian show on board. Tonight you will be sleeping on board, on the water in Aswan.

Meals Included: Lunch and Dinner

( overnight MS Omar El Khayam)

Day 11:
Aswan Sightseeing and Cruise to Wadi El Sebou

Wake up on the Nile in Aswan and enjoy a lovely onboard breakfast, and then prepare yourself for some incredible sightseeing.

Once everyone has finished eating, you will disembark, and you will go and visit a pair of ancient temples which are known as the Temples of Kalabsha. These remarkable structures were built in 30BC, but they were built elsewhere, and then moved to their current location at the time when the Aswan High Dam project was underway. Had they not been dismantled and moved, they would have vanished beneath the surface of Lake Nasser forever.

After the Temples of Kalabsha, you will then visit the Temple of Beit el-Wali. This is an ancient rock-cut temple that was constructed under the orders of Pharaoh Ramesses II, and just like the Temples of Kalabsha, it too has been moved from its original location, due to the flooding of Lake Nasser.

After your fascinating excursion, everyone will return to the MS Steigenberger Omar El Khayam river cruise liner, and it will then begin cruising to Wadi El Seboua. Enjoy another lovely onboard lunch, and have to rest of the afternoon to yourself to do as you wish.

In the evening, after having arrived at Wadi El Seboua, the crew will serve a delicious dinner, and then the rest of the evening is yours. You will spend the night here on board the ship in the comfort of your luxury cabin.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

(overnight aboard the MS Omar El Khayam)

Day 12:
Wadi El Sebou and Amada Sightseeing

Wake up on board the MS Steigenberger Omar El Khayam in Wadi El Sebou and enjoy another fabulous onboard breakfast before the sightseeing begins. Once everyone has finished enjoying their meal, you will all disembark for a fascinating excursion to two ancient sites.

First, you will visit the amazing Wadi El Seboua temples that were built under the orders of Pharaoh Ramesses II, and then you will get a chance to visit and explore the imposing Temple of Dakka that was built during the 3rd century BC. This is a remarkable Greco-Roman temple that was later converted into a temple fort by the early Romans, before eventually becoming a Christian place of worship. Today it stands deserted, and it forms a part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site that encompasses many ancient relics, stretching from Abu Simbel to Philae just outside of Aswan.

As with the other ancient sites you have visited on the second day of your Nile cruise vacation, these two historical sites have both been relocated from their original locations to save them from inevitable flooding following the construction of the Aswan High Dam.

Next, you will return to the cruise ship, and it will begin cruising to Amada while everyone enjoys a splendid onboard lunch along the way.

There are a number of ancient sites located at Amada, so you can expect another fascinating excursion on arrival. Perhaps the most significant of them all is the wonderful Temple of Amada. Although Pharaoh Thutmose III of the18th Dynasty is credited for building this ancient structure, other rulers also added to it during their reigns, including Pharaoh Ramesses II.

Finally, everyone will return to the ship, and you will have some time for relaxing before sitting down to a wholesome dinner. Tonight you will once again be sleeping in your luxuriously comfortable cabin, but this time it will be on the water at Amada.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

(overnight aboard the MS Omar El Khayam)

Day 13:
Cruise to Abu Simbel and Abu Simbel Sightseeing

Today you will come face to face with one of Egypt’s most iconic ancient sites, but there’s plenty to do before then. First, wake up and enjoy a wonderful breakfast while the Steigenberger Omar El Khayam is busy cruising to Kasr Ibrim, a historically significant relic of Ancient Egypt, but one which you will only be able to photograph from the ship’s sundeck.

The Citadel of Kasr Ibrim is located on a tiny area of land protruding from the surface of Lake Nasser, and it simply isn’t possible for the large cruise ships to get close enough to allow passengers to go ashore. The ship will, however, be close enough for some excellent sightseeing opportunities, and it will stay there for around 15 minutes before departing for Abu Simbel.

On arrival at Abu Simbel, everyone can enjoy a complimentary “Cocktail Reception” and then you will disembark for a visit to the iconic, rock-cut Abu Simbel Temples. This site is without question one of the most remarkable ancient sites in all of Egypt. Built by Pharaoh Rameses II, they were intended to serve as an everlasting monument to the pharaoh and his wife, the beautiful Queen Nefertari.

After visiting and exploring these incredible rock structures, everyone will return to the ship for a superb onboard dinner, and some quality relaxation time before retiring for the night, on board the ship, on the water at Abu Simbel.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

(overnight aboard the MS Omar El Khayam)

Day 14:
Abu Simbel - Transfer to Aswan - September 2024

Although today is not likely to be the happiest day of your cruise, considering that your experience of a lifetime has come to an end, you can still enjoy one last tasty breakfast onboard before check-out and disembarkation.
For those who wish, the possibility of a second visit to Abu Simbel (entrance ticket is not included).

After final disembarkation, you will be met on the pier, and you will be escorted to Abu Simbel airport/ taxi or air-conditioned Bus to Aswan or wherever you have planned to go, post end of trip.
‘B’ will be returning to Aswan and staying at a hotel, you are all welcome to join him there depending how you’ve planned your return onward in Egypt or home.

Exludes

Includes

  • teachings
  • Shore excusions
  • entrance Fees
  • 12 nights: Hotels
  • Transport
  • local English speaking guides
  • Half Board in Cairo
  • B & B elsewhere.
  • Private entrance - Great pyramid of Egypt

Excludes

  • Tipping and gratuities
  • Lunches in Cairo
  • Egypt Tourist Visa
  • Cancellation & Medical Insurance
  • domestic flights
  • Any item that is not specifically detailed on our website or in the final journey itinerary
  • International Airfares to/from Cairo, Egypt
  • Force majure, Cancellation & Medical Insurance
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Passports

􀀁 Passports are required of all Nationalities to enter
􀀁 Must be valid for at least 6 months after your trip – if not, apply or renew immediately
􀀁 Keep a copy of the picture page of your passport in a separate place while traveling
􀀁 Carry an extra passport photo in case you need to apply for a quick replacement

Visas

Visa requirements change periodically and you should check the requirements before traveling from the Egyptian Embassy in your country.
Most western visitors to Egypt are required to obtain an e-visa prior to arrival in Egypt.
The e-Visa is granted to citizens of the countries shown on this site. https://visa2egypt.gov.eg

Applicants obtain their visas electronically after entering required information and making payments by a credit or debit card.
A link to download your e-visa will be sent to you. Passport authorities at ports of arrival can check the validity of your e-Visa on their system.

Tourist Visas can be obtained upon arrival at Cairo airport from the bank with the cost of USD 25 per person depending on the country of citizenship.. This however involves queueing in the arrivals terminal, thus e-visa is recommended.

Health / Vaccinations

􀀁 Some immunizations are highly recommended, but none are required for entry
􀀁 Recommended standard immunizations include: polio, tetanus, typhoid, MMR, hepatitis A & B, covid 19
􀀁 SEEK INDEPENDENT MEDICAL ADVICE from your physician or local travelers health service

Money and Currency Exchange

􀀁 Egypt’s National Currency is the Egyptian Pound (EGP or LE).
􀀁 The currency unit in Egypt is divided into 100 Piastres (pt). The following is a list of banknotes and coins that are in circulation:
Banknotes: 1, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 LE
Coins: 10, 20, 25 piastres
Approx exchange rate: (June 2023)
100 EGP = 2.60 GBP, 3.20USD, 5 AUD, 5.40 NZD, 3 EURO
US Dollars cash is also widely accepted so carrying cash in small denomination notes is helpful.
􀀁 Money can be exchanged at the airport American Express offices, commercial banks, and hotel cashiers. You should exchange money only at designated exchange facilities.
􀀁 All exchange transactions in Egypt will require that you present your passport and endorse the checks with your passport number. Be sure that your currency exchange form has been stamped when changing money. This form must be surrendered when leaving the country.
􀀁 It can be extremely difficult to convert remaining Egyptian Pounds to other currencies at the end of the trip. It is illegal to bring in/take out of the country more than 20 Egyptian Pounds.
􀀁 There are banks & ATM’s in almost every hotel. In large hotels, banks are open 24 hours for the traveler’s
convenience. Rates of exchange are the same at all banks, though commission might vary, so ask first.
􀀁 Travelers checks are not honored anymore at most shops, restaurants and hotels.
􀀁 Most major credit cards are accepted throughout Egypt at major hotels and restaurants.
􀀁 Basic additional expenses include meals not included in the land cost, refreshments, liquor, laundry, gratuities for your guides, airport departure tax & taxis.

Tipping & Tipping kitty

􀀁 Tipping in Egypt is called “Baksheesh.” The same term is also used for a bribe, a way to persuade someone to do a service the way you want it done. This can include anything from someone carrying your bags for you to guiding you through the city unwillingly. Be sure to carry plenty of small change with you if you expect any service. For some travelers who are not familiar with this type of lifestyle it can be irritating, but it is expected and the accepted way of getting things done.

Tipping Kitty

We shall operate a central Tipping Kitty; on this trip. We feel this system will save you money and
avoid embarrassment in a country like Egypt where tipping is a way of life and where requests for
tips can be persistent.
Each member of the group contributes to the Tipping Kitty and this is then used to pay tips to any
people who provide services to the group as a whole, such as guides, porters, drivers, sailors,
housekeeping staff in hotels, cruise ships and so on. The Tour Leader administers these tips and
keeps a detailed record of how the tipping funds are distributed. These are open accounts so feel
free to ask to see them. Please note that the Tipping Kitty system can’t guarantee that you won’t
be pestered for tips. Direct such people to Glenn or Karin !:);
We estimate a per person Tip Kitty contribution of; USD$10 p/p per day Cairo to Abu Simbel $140, & Luxor to Abu Simbel $90.

􀀁 Gratuities should be in the local currency. Recommendations for good service are:
􀀁 Guide: $6-8 per person, per day
􀀁 Drivers & Local Escorts: $3-4 per person, per day
􀀁 You may want to consider tipping a little more if you are in a small group (4 people or less).
􀀁 On the Nile cruise, it is customary to leave $5 per person/day in an envelope at the reception at checkout to be distributed to staff and personnel.
􀀁 Restaurant staff should be tipped 10% of the total meal.
􀀁 Anytime you especially appreciate someone particularly informative or helpful, an extra tip is always gratefully accepted.

Insurance

We strongly recommend purchasing Travel Insurance that covers Trip cancellation , medical & force majure to protect against unforseen events and additional travel expenses that may incur before, after, or during the trip.

Communication

􀀁 Telephone Systems: Egypt has modernized its telephone, mobile & data systems, all cities maybe accessed by direct dial. Phone booths are distributed all over the areas of most cities. Egypt country code is +20
􀀁 Mobile Phones: Mobile phones with roaming possibilities operate efficiently in most areas in Egypt. The networks have been expanded in most cities and beach resorts.
􀀁 Internet Access & Wifi: Access to the internet is readily available . The connection is possible, and most of the hotels has the service of Internet access in their business center.

Food & Restaurants

􀀁 Eat only foods that are thoroughly cooked, and raw fruits and vegetables that you have peeled yourself
􀀁 Tap water in the city is heavily chlorinated, and the excessive chlorination can make some people feel ill.
􀀁 Drink only bottled drinks or purified water at all times, and avoid tap water, fountain drinks and ice cubes. Bottled water is readily available, but make sure the bottles are properly sealed.
􀀁 Avoid fresh salads unless the vegetables are washed with purified water, and avoid dairy products that are unpasteurized or may not have been refrigerated properly
􀀁 Don’t buy food from street vendors or stalls
􀀁 Meals provided on your trip are generally well balanced. When meals are not included in the trip cost, your guide will be available to make dining recommendations.
􀀁 Special diet or meal requests cannot be guaranteed, but our operators will do their best to accommodate you. Please advise us if you have any special dietary requirements.
􀀁 There are thousands of cafes, teahouses and market stalls where you can find exotic or plain food. In large cities, there are plenty of restaurants serving European dishes and places where you can get a hamburger or western type foods. All the international fast food chains are also to be found in Cairo.
􀀁 Look for a restaurant where lots of locals are eating – chances are the food will be delicious and
reasonable
􀀁 Typical meals are foul and taamiya. Both are made from beans with foul being cooked beans mixed with oil or butter and taamiya being crushed beans that are then fried. Another popular vegetarian dish is mahshee, vegetables stuffed with rice and then boiled or koshar which is pasta and lentils topped with fried onions and a garlic sauce. Kebab (grilled beef), kofta (grilled meatballs) and chicken are common meat dishes.
􀀁 A 12% service charge plus 5% government sales tax (GST) will be added to your bill in most restaurants if not included already.
A common practice and a sign of hospitality is to be offered a cup of hibiscus tea. A deep red coloured drink served either hot or cold. Soft drinks and fruit juices are widely available.
􀀁 Islamic law prevents the consumption of alcohol. However local beers and wines, also imported beverages are sold in hotels and restaurants. An average price for local Stella beer is approximately 5-10 LE while imported Stella beer is between 10-15 LE. A local bottle of wine costs about 30-40 LE and a spirit and mixer will cost approximately 13-20 LE.
􀀁 Average prices of a three course meal without wine range from around US $15 to US $35

Language

􀀁 Arabic is the official language of Egypt although English is widely spoken throughout the tourist centers
􀀁 However the Arabic spoken on the streets differs significantly from the standard or classical Arabic written in newspapers, spoken on the radio or recited in the mosque. It is both useful and fun to learn a few phrases and words as locals will fully appreciate any attempt made to communicate in their language.

Electricity in Egypt

􀀁 Electricity in Egypt is 220 V, 50 Hz..
􀀁 You can most commonly find the European two round prong plugs
􀀁 Certain rural parts still use 110 to 380 volts AC.
􀀁 Power Adapters come in two different varieties. Some electronic equipment have switches to allow you to change the power input type. For these, a simple wall adapter is all that is required. However, other electronic devices do not have such switches and in this case, you not only need a wall adapter, but also a power converter. Egypt uses 220 volt and plugs are two prong rounded.

Time Difference

􀀁 Egypt is two hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (+2 GMT)
􀀁 Daylight saving time is observed but the dates differ slightly from other countries.
􀀁 When it is 9 PM in Cairo, it will be 2 PM in New York, 11 AM in Los Angeles, 8 PM in London on the same day and 5 AM in Sydney, 7 AM in NZ the following day.

Shopping

􀀁 Shopping in bazaars is really fun. Traditional Egyptian accessories and gifts are easily available. Bargaining or Haggling is common practice, and sometimes encouraged, as a way of communication and human contact. When shopping in Egypt especially in all bazaars never offer a price that you are not willing to pay.
􀀁 Egypt offers popular items including gold and silver jewellery (especially cartouches), brassware, alabaster, perfume, papyrus, spices and cotton goods
􀀁 The most interesting shopping area for tourists in Cairo is the old bazaar, Khan-el-Khalili, is expected, and sometimes encouraged, as a way of communication and human contact.
􀀁 Shopping hours are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., extended during the summer. Shops are closed on Sundays. Best shopping times are late morning and early evening.
􀀁 Banks are open Sun – Thurs 08:30am – 1:00pm and then 5:00pm – 9:00pm Fri / Sat closed
Some banks open on Saturday from 08:30am to 1:00pm and Sunday 10:00am –12:00midday only.

Extra costs in Egypt

􀀁 Many archaeological sites and museums charge a camera charge. Flash photography is often prohibited as it contributes towards the destruction of sensitive colours, especially in the tombs. Therefore flash photos are forbidden in all tombs in Egypt. You must pay a small fee in order to use your camera in many of the tombs and museums, and a larger fee ($10-$30) to use a seperate video camera. If you have not purchased this ticket then you should put your camera away; otherwise, you will be requested to leave it outside!

Lunches in Cairo are not provided.

Religion

85% from the Egyptian people are Muslims The rest are Christian. All types of Christianity are represented, especially the Coptic Christian Church. There is also a small Jewish minority.

Interacting with Local People

􀀁 Sensitivity to local culture and customs can prevent misunderstandings and unpleasantness.
􀀁 In Egypt a woman traveling alone is generally safe, but will attract men who may tag along trying to strike up conversations. The best strategy is just to ignore them. The people of this region stereotype Western women based on American television programs seen in their county. If an advance becomes too uncomfortable, raising a commotion will often result in bystanders taking the woman’s side and lecturing the offending man. In a society that places a high value on honor and shame, this is an effective but rarely necessary strategy.
􀀁 While most people are receptive to posing for pictures, always ask permission. Children will almost always agree, but adults might say no. Some superstitious Muslims believe that by taking photos of children you might be casting an evil spell.
􀀁 Do not take pictures of anything connected with the government or the military, such as post offices, banks, bridges, border posts, barracks, prisons, airports and the U.S. Embassy.
􀀁 You can take photos of the interior of most mosques, temples and some tombs, though at some sights the government now charges for this privilege. Some museums, such as the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, charge up to $100 for the use of a video camera.
􀀁 Egyptians are also sensitive about the negative aspects of their country. It is not uncommon for someone to be angry at you for taking photos of garbage carts, crowded streets or vehicles, and beggars. Please use caution when doing so.

Bathroom Facilities

􀀁 It’s a wise idea to carry your own small supply of toilet paper.
􀀁 Throughout Egypt where there are flush toilets you may find a wastebasket next to the toilet due to the sewage systems not being able to handle paper. Also you may notice a small pipe poking up from the toilet. This is a device many Egyptians use to wash their butts as using paper is not common in the middle east.
􀀁 Some restrooms will neither look or smell as squeaky clean as those you are used to.

Weather

􀀁 Northern Egypt has a typical Mediterranean climate, with hot, dry summers, except for the winter
months of December, January and February.
􀀁 Summer temperatures (May to Sept) can reach well over 100°F during the summer, while weather in the winter is more moderate with lows from 40-50°F.
􀀁 The further south you go, the hotter & drier it gets.
􀀁 Temperatures
Min/Max Average daily temperatures in ºC:
Cairo Aswan Luxor
Sept 22-33 25-39 23-39

Safety

􀀁 Observe the same precautions taken at home
􀀁 Do not flaunt a bulging wallet, do not leave baggage unattended in public
􀀁 In towns, the best place to carry your passport and money is in a pouch worn around the neck inside of the shirt or in a money belt around the waist and worn inside your trousers.
􀀁 It’s essential that you buy travel & health insurance that covers your baggage & force majure before you leave.

Packing

􀀁 A good goal is to fit everything into a single piece of checked luggage and a carry-on daypack
􀀁 A small backpack or hip-pack is ideal for carrying bottled water, camera, extra sunblock, etc, while on excursions.
􀀁 It is recommended that you dress conservatively. Casual clothing is acceptable for traveling and visiting monuments. Western fashions are acceptable in the major tourist centers, but in rural areas, conservative dress is more important. Women are especially advised to dress conservatively and avoid shorts, swimsuits, and low cut tops. For visiting some religious sites, you should wear a long sleeved shirt. Most Arabs are used to seeing foreign women dressed in jeans and shirts.
􀀁 For regional international flights, most air carriers allow 22 kilos per person, or two
pieces. However, the domestic baggage weight limit is 16 kilograms per person on
domestic flights in Egypt so we recommend you pack for this limit as you will be taking these flights if partaking on the Cairo sector.
􀀁 Take some warm clothes as Egypt can be a little chilly during January.
􀀁 Lightweight & light colored clothes will help keep you cooler. Also keep in mind that synthetic fabrics dry faster than natural fibers like cotton, especially in humid areas, so you can pack less if you are able to wash and dry your clothes easily.
􀀁 Laundry services are available in most hotels.

Pre-Departure Tasks

Obtain or renew your passport
Apply for your Egyptian e-Visa in advance here: https://visa2egypt.gov.eg
Buy Egyptian cash and/or a visa or mastercard for ATM withdrawals / payments
Evaluate and obtain a trip cancellation, force majure, baggage and medical insurance
Consult with physician for immunizations and prescription medicine recommendations
Break-in primary footwear

Clothing

Lightweight hiking boots or comfortable athletic or walking shoes
Sport sandals with Velcro strap
Extra shoes, flip-flops or sandals
Shorts
Comfortable, lightweight pants
Nicer pants or skirt (optional)
Lightweight long-sleeve shirt
T-shirts, short sleeve shirts
Lightweight jacket
Sun hat or cap with wide brim
Bandana
Swim suit
Socks
Sleepwear
Under clothes

Personal Items

Soft duffel with shoulder strap or durable soft-sided suitcase
Day pack (can also serve as an airline carry-on bag)
Luggage tags
Copies of all important documents
2 spare passport photos (in case of lost passport)
Ziploc-type bags for packing shampoo or other liquids
Stuff sacks or plastic bags for organizing inside luggage (also useful for dirty laundry)
Sunblock (waterproof, high SPF)
Lipbalm with SPF
Insect repellent with DEET content
Wrist watch and/or travel clock
Sunglasses (with strap, case)
Extra eyeglasses/contacts
Money belt or pouch for valuables
Small flashlight with extra batteries
Camera, memory cards, film, batteries, charger
Lead bag/containers to protect film in X-ray machines
Lightweight binoculars
Plug adapter (if needed)
Thread, needles, safety pins for minor repairs
Small packable umbrella

Personal First Aid Kit

Aspirin or other pain killer
Cold relief tablets, antihistamine, cough drops
Bandaids, gauze pads
Antibiotics
Prescription medicines
Aloe gel or lotion in case of sunburn
Anti-diarrhea medicine
Antibiotic cream/ointment
Supply of feminine hygiene items
Motion sickness tablets
Earplugs

Essential Items

Passport
Domestic and international air tickets
Travelers checks, money and credit cards
Insurance certificates
Address and telephone number of emergency contact
Prescription medicines
Extra set of underclothes
Toiletries in small leak-proof bottles
Camera gear, film and other valuables

Optional Items

Binoculars
Address book, writing paper, or journal, pen/pencil
Small washcloth
Wet wipes/moist towels and Kleenex
Favorite snack foods (pre-packaged)
Pictures of your house and family
Map
Silica bags for moisture (protect camera equipment)
Video camera

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