All right, y’all! I’m now in my home, I’m back, my fabric has been more pre-washed (oh yes, I bought fabric) and I’ve arranged through the mounds of photos I took during my 10 days Egypt tour. Now it’s time to narrate about it! To be honest, when I decided to planned this trip, I wasn’t intending on writing a blog post about it never as like when I visited Peru, I was expected that a personal tour that would basically only be beneficial to me. However, I have gotten tons questions about my trip in Egypt – what I did, how I arranged it, did I feel safe in Egypt, etc etc – while posting my tour on Instagram, not to mention dozens of requests for a post. So, here you go. My trip to Egypt, 10 August 2019!
First: How I Booked My Tour Itinerary
Many tour operators suspended operations in Egypt exactly after the revolution on 25 January 2011. Not many people were going to it from 2012-2015. But we are approaching 2019 now, and things are changing. Tourism is still nowhere near what it was before 2011 in Egypt, but visitors are returning every year in larger and larger numbers.
Earlier this year, I decided to go to Egypt and booked a 10-days tour of Egypt, so I sat on my chair and then opened my computer and typed in Google’s search engine “Egypt vacation packages”, lots of results in front me. I choose the best 10 booking websites and I concerned that the travel agency should be located in Egypt to prevent the commissions that other international travel agencies take it such as Thomas Cook and built my trip website…etc. I was prepared an inquiry that I need to book a trip to Egypt for 10 days, what’s the best itinerary and the best service you offer at affordable prices. I send this inquiry to 10 travel website which already located in Egypt. One of them was “Trips in Egypt” travel agency which arranged my trip to Egypt.
This is my confession: It provides me with the best itinerary to Egypt instead of the other itineraries that I received from the other website. The itinerary was covered all the important archeological sites in Egypt which located in Cairo, Luxor, and Aswan. please enjoy a Nile cruise which is considered the best way to Egypt. That’s not all, I have great free days in a hotel in Hurghada red sea, How wonderful. So, I would highly recommend booking a tour through this company with these guides, I had a most incredible experience. It made my trip so much fun to learn all about ancient Egyptian history! The cruise was also excellent. The food was delicious, the staff was so friendly/helpful and the rooms were good.
Now, and after finishing to book my trip, it’s time to travel to Egypt and procedure my tour itinerary.
My 10 Days Tour Itinerary to Egypt
First Day: Arrival At Cairo Airport
I flew in the day before and landed around 10 am that morning at Cairo airport. At the exit door of the airport, I founded a man with a sign “Trips in Egypt” waiting for me. then I transferred from Cairo airport to my hotel reservation called Steigenberger. I prepared my luggage in the room and at night, I have an unforgettable night in Cairo. I have a dinner cruise on the heavenly Nile, then I watch an unforgettable a colorful belly dancing show accompanied with a folklore band featuring a Tannoura spin in keeping with Egypt’s whirling dervishes tradition. Finally, I returned back to my hotel for overnight.
Second Day: Explore Pyramids of Giza
In the morning and after having my delicious breakfast meal, I joining my professional private tour guide “Mohamed El Sheimi” who head with me to the most notable landmarks in Giza. Pyramids of Giza reveal the great heritage of the ancient Egyptian Civilization. I explore the glory of this unique civilization and see the great Giza Pyramid of Khufu or “Cheops”, the Pyramid of Khafre or “Chephren”, and the Pyramid of Mykerinos. Then I headed to discover the mythical guard of the pyramids “The Magical Sphinx” which built to immortalize the memory of king Khafre. It measures 20 meters high and 73 meters long. It took about 3 years to be built by 100 workers. After that, I head to know the secrets of the Mummification process of Pharaohs at “The Valley Temple” Where the purification & mummification processes have been held. Then I have a delicious lunch meal which is presented in a local restaurant with the Nile View and then I join your tour guide to head to Saqqara Step Pyramid, which was the first one of its kind with that shape. Finally, I transferred back to my hotel in Cairo for overnight.
Third Day: Fly to Aswan Attractions
After having my breakfast, then I transferred to Cairo airport to catch my flight to Aswan city. Upon arrival, my tour guide “Mahmoud Nour” who takes me to visit the tiptop attractions in this great Nubian city including Aswan High Dam which is considered the best modern achievement for the Egyptians because of its notable effects on the social, political, and economic life in Egypt. Then, I headed to visit the majestic obelisk in ancient Egypt “The Unfinished Obelisk” which was constructed during the reign of Queen Hatshepsut who wanted to build the greatest two Obelisks in front of Karnak Temples but this one experienced some cracks that led Queen Hatshepsut to take the decision of transferring it to its location in Aswan. After that, I had my lunch while enjoying the most beautiful Nubian views and then my tour guide assisted me to move to Philae Temple, the ancient temple that has been once the location of the Ancient Egyptians’ prayers who aimed to have the blessings of the goddess Isis, the ancient goddess of love & beauty. Finally, I transferred to my 5* Nile cruise in Aswan then check-in and overnight.
Fourth Day: Private Tour to Abu Simbel Temple
In the morning, I got my breakfast box, then joined with my guide Mahmoud to visit the mesmerizing temples of Abu Simbel which changed my mood and let me explore the real concept of greatness left by the Ancient Pharaohs. I toke some gorgeous pictures there and then I returned back to Aswan to sail to Kom Ombo & Edfu.
Fifth Day: Visit Kom Ombo & Edfu Temples
After having my breakfast on the board of my Nile cruise. After that my guide escorted me to visit the breathtaking two temples and to have some memorable pictures in it. Then I returned back to the cruise and continue sailing to Edfu temple which was dedicated to Horus, the son of Isis and Osiris and its walls are really impressive with its inscriptions and pictures showing Horus having his revenge from Seth the brother of his father Osiris. At the end of the day, I returned back to my cruise which started sailing to Luxor city.
Sixth Day: Discover Luxor Attractions
I enjoying the best tour to the West & East Bank in Luxor. I witnessed some of the best attractions in the west bank just like Valley of the Kings where the tombs of the great Egyptian pharaohs including the tomb of Pharaoh Tutankhamun & the tomb of Ramesses II, then I visited the gorgeous Hatshepsut Temple which was constructed during the 18th dynasty and what you actually don’t know about this temple is that it has been used as a center of religion. After that, I continue my trip in the west bank of Luxor by visiting Colossi of Memnon which are known to the locals as El-Colossat. They were erected in 1350 BC in the Theban Necropolis along the Nile River.
After that, I had my lunch at a restaurant and then I headed to the most fascinating attractions in the East Bank of Luxor which is Karnak temples were built by some of the great Egyptian Pharaohs like Amenhotep III and King Tutankhamun. It was being totally impressed at the huge temples in Karnak and the accurate measurements that were taken to construct such a huge construction. After I witnessed the last culture attraction of Luxor., shifted my scenery to Hurghada by a modern private A.C vehicle with a driver called “Mustafa” then I checked in a 5* Hotel in Hurghada and overnight there.
Seventh Day: Spend A Free Day in Hurghada
I enjoyed a day full of fun, relaxation on the coastal beach of Hurghada while I had the best possible service during my accommodation that includes the three main meals in addition to some soft drinks to cheer you up.
Eighth Day: Another Free Day in Hurghada
I enjoyed another free day in Hurghada to do some activities such as snorkeling trip and safari trips.
Ninth Day: Fly Back to Visit Old Cairo Sightseeing
I watched my flight back to Cairo and upon your arrival, I joined my private tour guide which was this time a girl tour guide called “Reham” who escort me to visit the rest of the remarkable landmarks in Cairo including The Egyptian Museum which had a wide variety of ancient Egyptian artifacts, treasures, mummies, documents, papyrus. After that, I headed to the splendid citadel in Cairo Salah El-Din Citadel which is an Islamic fortification from the Middle Ages and it was mainly built to defend from the Crusaders armies. inside the citadel I visited Mohammed Ali mosque which was built by Mohamed Ali to commemorate his beloved son who died at an early age. It was designed by the Turkish engineer Yousif Boushnaq, who designed it just like mosques in Turkey. After that, i have my lunch and then I visited the best Egyptian open-air market in Khan El Khalili Bazaar where I was able to buy some souvenirs, get some Egyptian spices, and do some amazing tours. After that, I transferred to my 5* Hotel in Cairo overnight.
Tenth Day: Fly Back to My Home
After having my breakfast at my hotel, I transported to Cairo International airport where my representative “Ahmed” helped me in finishing all of the official papers to finish all of the departure procedures, then I flew to my home an again safely with amazing memories.
6 Things that Surprised Me During My Trip to Egypt:
First: It’s Not As Dangerous as You Think.
Second: Egyptian Children are incredibly friendly & funny.
Third: Cairo is the embodied chaos.
Fourth: The food in Egypt is unique and delicious.
Fifth: Tipping expected – for everything.
Sixth: All old sites are 10x best on reality.
Finally, Egypt unlike anywhere else I have traveled so far, and I am so happy that I was relieved. So if you prefer to enjoy the best tours to Egypt then I recommended booking this trip with TIE where you can find it with their Egypt vacation packages. There an easy way to contact them through their mail:Reservation@tripsinegypt.com or Whatsapp: +2-01069408877
More info: tripsinegypt.com
In The Front of The Famous Pyramids “One of The Seven Wonders of The World” -Giza City
Pyramids of Giza reveal the great heritage of the ancient Egyptian Civilization. Explore the glory of this unique civilization and witness the great Giza Pyramid of Khufu or “Cheops”, the Pyramid of Khafre or “Chephren”, and the Pyramid of Mykerinos.
Abu Simbel Temple – Built By King Ramses II – Aswan City
Abu Simbel was built for the great pharaoh Ramesses II to commemorate two special events in his life, one of them was his victory in the great battle of Kadesh. The smaller temple in Abu Simbel was also built by king Ramesses II but for his lovely wife Queen Nefertari.
The Mortuary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut
Temple of Hatshepsut was constructed during the 18th dynasty and what you actually don’t know about this temple is that it has been used as a center of religion.
Saqqara Step Pyramid – The First Pyramid Built in Ancient Egypt
Saqqara Step Pyramid, which was the first one of its kind with that shape. Its builders aimed to build a special Mastaba for King Djoser and as a result, they built this memorably step Pyramid.
Kom Ombo Temple – The Temple of Sobek the crocodile god, and Horus the falcon-headed god
Kom Ombo temple was also established during the Ptolemaic dynasty from 332B.C until 395 A.D. the two temples inside were dedicated to Sobek, the crocodile god and Horus, the falcon-headed god.
Temple of Karnak In Luxor
Karnak Temples were built by some of the great Egyptian Pharaohs like Amenhotep III and King Tutankhamun. You’ll be totally impressed at the huge temples in Karnak and the accurate measurements that were taken to construct such a huge construction.
Philae Temple is Built to Honor The Goddess Isis
Philae temple, the ancient temple that has been once the location of the Ancient Egyptians’ prayers who aimed to have the blessings of the goddess Isis, the ancient goddess of love & beauty.
Snorkeling Excursions in Hurghada Red Sea
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