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how is this itinerary?

Just wondering how good this itinerary is? Is there anything that is missing? What extras are a must? Is there some stuff planned that should be skipped? Thanks for any help.

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Day 1: Cairo (Arrival)

Our representative will meet and greet you at Cairo International Airport and handle your procedures through passport control, luggage area, and customs formalities. Then you will be transferred to your hotel (Fairmont Nile City) on a private air-conditioned vehicle. Overnight in Cairo.

Day 2: Giza (Pyramids, Sphinx, Sakkara & Memphis)

After breakfast at your hotel, step back in time to the days of ancient Egypt on a fantastic tour of the three pyramids of Giza plateau (Cheops, Chephren, Mycerinus), the only one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World still standing! Then proceed to visit the Sphinx and the Granite Temple, which belongs to the king Chephren. Here you can also visit to the Solar Boat Museum and/or enter the chambers of the pyramids (optional, for an additional cost). Thereafter, you will drive to Sakkara and Memphis, one of the most exciting historical and archaeological areas in Egypt. Once in Sakkara, you will visit the Step Pyramid, which is the world's oldest major stone structure. It was built in the 3rd Dynasty for King Djoser. Thereafter, you will proceed to visit the Necropolis of Sakkara, the Mastabas of Ti and Prince Ptahotep. Your final stop will be Memphis, founded by King Menes, which was the first capital of the Ancient Kingdom of Lower and Upper Egypt. There you will see the Alabaster Sphinx and the remaining of two colossal statutes of Ramses II. You will also have the chance to visit a Papyrus Institute to see how this famous artwork is made. Overnight in Cairo.

Optional activity: Sound and Light Show of the Pyramids in Giza ($40.00 US Dollars per person)

Day 3: Cairo (Egyptian museum, Old Cairo & Khan el Khalili Bazaar)

After breakfast at your hotel, you will visit Cairo's famous Egyptian Museum which houses over 250,000 Egyptian artifacts, including the treasures of King Tutankhamen. His five-gilded coffins dominate the main hall, while his magnificent death mask is the star attraction! Here you can also visit the “Royal Mummies Room” (for an additional cost). You will continue to the ancient sites and culture of Coptic Christians where you will learn about Christian life in Egypt. Visit Abu Serga where the Holy family sought refuge, and Ben Ezra, one of the oldest synagogues in Cairo. You will then visit the Citadel of Salah el Din where Mohamed Ali Alabaster Mosque stays. You will then continue to Khan el Khalili Bazaar. Enjoy free time to stroll through the maze of streets and try your luck bargaining with the shop owners for a souvenir of your trip to Egypt. Overnight in Cairo

Optional activity: Egyptian Cultural Dinner Nile cruise and Show (5-star Nile Dinner Cruise = $65.00 US Dollars per person OR 4-star Nile Dinner Cruise = $45.00 US Dollars per person).

Day 4: Coptic and Islamic Cairo

After breakfast at your hotel, discover the ancient sites and culture of Coptic Christians with “Your Egypt Tours” on a private tour through Old Cairo. Visit Abu Serga where the Holy family sought refuge, and Ben Ezra, one of the oldest synagogues in Cairo. Learn about Christian life in Egypt, a country where Christianity is a minority. You will first visit the Saint Virgin Mary's Coptic Orthodox Church also known as the Hanging Church (El Muallaqa) which is one of the oldest churches in Egypt and the history of a church on this site dates to the 3rd century AD. The Hanging (The Suspended) Church is named for its location above a gatehouse of Babylon Fortress, the Roman fortress in Coptic Cairo (Old Cairo); its nave is suspended over a passage. Dedicated to the Virgin Mary, it is one of Cairo's most beautiful churches. Continue to the Monastery and Church of Saint George. It is one of the few remaining circular churches in the Middle East. Your next stop is the Abu Serga, one of the places where the Holy Family rested after fleeing Israel from King Herod. At the turn of the century this little church, which dates from the 10th-century, was the most important pilgrimage spot in Old Cairo for visiting Christian tourists. There are 24 marble columns lining the central court, and a series of 12th-century icons depicting the 12 apostles. You will then visit Ben Ezra Synagogue, which is one of the oldest synagogues in Egypt. Set in a shady garden, it was built on the site of 4th-century Christian church. The synagogue has been almost completely renovated. Thereafter, discover the ancient winding city streets of Cairo, Egypt, the cradle of civilization. Take a tour of Islamic Cairo and visit historic Fatimid era which is the gateway to the old city. On this tour, you will visit mosques, houses and palaces while passing through local markets. You will tour Cairo's three enduring ramparts: Bab Al-Nasr (Gate of Victory), Bab Al-Futuh (Gate of Conquests) and Bab Al-Zuwayla, as well as the street of the Tentmakers, which is Cairo’s only remaining medieval covered market. See the Al-Azhar Mosque, the Mosque of Al Hakim, Beit as-Suhaymi (traditional family mansion) and the remains of Beshtak Palace on a fascinating walking tour through Islamic Cairo. Your tour ends at the Northern Gates to Islamic Cairo. You will then be driven back to your hotel.

Day 5: (Alexandria)

Tour to Alexandria, you will visit the Qaitbay Citadel, built in the 15th century by Sultan Qaitbay on the spot of Alexandria’s ancient lighthouse. Walk around the grand Montazah Palace, which combines Turkish and Florentine architectural styles, then visit the new and much acclaimed Alexandria Library. Return and overnight in Cairo.

Day 6: (Departure)

After breakfast at your hotel, you will check out and then transfer to Cairo International Airport for your final departure.

Tour includes:

- Meet-and-assist services upon arrival and departure

- All transfers on private air-conditioned vehicles

- Accommodations for 5 nights at 5-star hotel (Fairmont Nile City Hotel), with breakfast included

- All sightseeing tours in Cairo (private tours), including English-speaking Egyptologist guide, entrance fees, and transfers

- 2 Lunch meals at local restaurants in Cairo

- Bottled water during the tours

- Shopping tours in Cairo

- Portage when needed

- All service charge and taxes

Tour does not include:

- International Airfare

- Gratuities/tipping (recommended). In Egypt, tipping is not an obligation but a sign of appreciation for good service. That being said, tips are expected from people that serve you—e.g., driver, waiter, train conductor, bellman, cruise ship staff, etc. The average tip is $10-$20 US dollars per day—this amount should cover everyone. So we recommend you carry change. If you don’t want to deal with the tipping, you can give your guide a total sum in advance of all tipping requirements for your trip that the guide will dispense.

- International airfare

- Solar Boat Museum in Giza (EGP 50)

- Chambers of the pyramids (The Great Pyramid = EGP100; Third Pyramid = EGP 30)

- Mummies Room at the Egyptian Museum (EGP 100)

- Entry visa to Egypt

- Personal expenses

- Optional activities

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1. Re: how is this itinerary?

This sounds exactly like a five day guided tour of Cairo and Alexandria. Is that what you wanted? You will not be seeing anything of the rest of Egypt. If you wanted to see the highlights of Egypt in five days, I would recommend two full days in Cairo and the rest in Luxor. Alexandria is not remotely as interesting as Luxor IMO. However to get to Luxor you have to take a short internal flight or an overnight train.

When at the Pyramids, don't miss the solar boat.

Do look at all the top tips at the right of the forum, and if you have specific questions about a city, post in that forum.

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2. Re: how is this itinerary?

do not miss Luxor and Aswan

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3. Re: how is this itinerary?

Note that:

1 Day 4 repeats what has already been visited on Day 3 - Coptic and Islamic Cairo

2 Day 5 - I could be mistaken, but I do not think one is able to enter Montazah Palace. "Walk around" is ambiguous, it could simply mean "walk around outside".

3 The suggested amounts for tipping - U.S.$10 - U.S.$20 per day - are staggering. This part must have been copied and pasted from a more ambitious itinerary as it mentions "train conductor" and "cruise ship staff" - none of which apply to this particular tour.

I suggest that you do a bit more background reading - follow up the links in the Top Questions for a start - to decide what you really want to see in Egypt.

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4. Re: how is this itinerary?

“If you don’t want to deal with the tipping, you can give your guide a total sum in advance of all tipping requirements for your trip that the guide will dispense.”

Unfortunately, after he/she pockets a further slice, the tips the guide dispenses are unlikely to be anywhere near the same as the money you hand over for tipping. Tip what you think the person deserves when you think they deserve it.

Moreover, PP is quite right; the tipping recommendations are very much on the high side and there is some sort of duplication going on where Coptic and Islamic Cairo are concerned.

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5. Re: how is this itinerary?

we are three adults planning to spend three days in Aswan, three days in Luxor, three days in Cairo and four days in Jordan. planning to book day tours, and flight from city to city, do you think is OK? I need info about day tours companies. Thanks

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6. Re: how is this itinerary?

Thanks for your suggestions. we have changed our itinerary and tour company. This is our new itinerary.......

This will be the itinerary:

Day 1:Arrival Cairo

Welcome to Cairo, Egypt (Around The Clock)

Your tour manager will meet & assist you at Cairo International Airport (Arrival procedures) and then he will escort you to the hotel by exclusive air-conditioned deluxe vehicle. At hotel the tour manager will assist with a smooth check-in and review your holiday itinerary with you to establish and confirm pick-up times for each tour. Overnight in Cairo.

Welcome Drink

Day 2:Pyramids Tour + Sound & Light Show at Giza Pyramids

Breakfast at your hotel in Cairo and then met by your personal guide who will accompany you to Giza Plateau to visit the Great Pyramids of Cheops, Chefren and Mykerinus - Famous Sphinx and Valley temple facing the great statue. Additional visit to the Solar Boat infront of Cheops Pyramid (extra ticket on spot) Lunch included during the tour and then proceed to Sakkara area to visit Sakkara Complex and first pyramid ever built (Djoser Pyramid). Move to Memphis; Old kingdom's capital and famous Necropolis. Evening Tour to enjoy the Sound & Light show at Giza Pyramids then back to hotel and Overnight in Cairo.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day3: Cairo Sightseeing

Breakfast at the hotel and then you will be escorted by your private guide to visit: Egyptian Museum, Treasures room for the child king Tutankhamen, alongside many other fascinating artifacts. Additional visit to the mummies room at the museum (extra ticket on spot) Lunch through out the tour at local restaurant, then moving to visit Saladin Citadel including Mohamed Ali Alabaster Mosque inside. Continue to Coptic Cairo to visit the Hanging Church and Ben Ezra Synagogue. Combining fascinating history with shopping in a lively Khan El Khalili Bazaar, this dates back to 1382. Back to hotel and Overnight in Cairo.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4:Cairo/ Fly to Luxor, Luxor Sightseeing

Breakfast in hotel, transfer to Cairo airport to fly to Luxor. then you will be met and assisted at Luxor airport, then taken to your hotel to check in. then you will start to enjoy the magnificent Karnak Temples and Luxor Temple. Lunch will be served at good quality local restaurant . then Transfer to your hotel in Luxor and overnight in Luxor. Optional trip to Sound & Light Show at Karnak Temples.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5:Luxor Sightseeing + Hot air ballon/Fly to Cairo

After breakfast, you will be picked up to enjoy the Hot air ballon over valley of the kings. then you will Proceed to visit the royal cemetery for 62 Pharaohs, Valley of the Kings, then to mortuary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut , which was built by the architects of the New Kingdom Pharaoh Hatshepsut in the 15th century BC. Proceeding to the Colossi of Memnon. Lunch will be served at good quality local restaurant Then you will be transfer to Luxor airport to fly to Cairo, meet & assist at Cairo airport and transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Cairo

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6:Final departure

Breakfast, transfer to Cairo International Airport for departure.

Meals: Breakfast

What's included:

Meet and greet service by our representatives at airports.

Assistance of our guest relations during your stay.

All transfers by a private air-conditioned vehicle.

Domestic Flight Cairo / Luxor / Cairo

Accommodation in Cairo for 4 nights including daily breakfast.

Accommodation in Luxor for 1 night including daily breakfast.

All sightseeing tours (Private Tours).

Sound & Light show at Giza Pyramids

Hot air ballon over valley of the kings

English speaking tour guide.

Entrance fees to all sites as indicated on the itinerary.

Meals as mentioned in the above itinerary.

Bottled water during the trip.

Portage when needed.

Free loan of phone during your stay charged with 30 min local calls / 5 min. international calls.

All service charges and taxes.

What's excluded:

International Airfare.

Entry visa to Egypt.

Any optional tours.

Personal expenses.

Tipping.

Price details:

Price Per Person in Double per above package: US$ 975

Price Per Person in Triple per above package: US$ 950

Price per child 11 years will pay ( will share the parents room ) : US$ 675

Price per family : 975$ x 2 persons + 950$ x 3 persons + 675$ Child = US$ 5475

- Oberoi Mena House Hotel

- Sheraton Luxor Hotel

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7. Re: how is this itinerary?

Much better . Two days in Cairo at the Mena House, two days in Luxor. The Luxor part is over full IMO. I would skip the Karnak sound and light and visit Luxor Temple by night. Karnak is HUGE and very tiring. You will not take anything in of another temple immediately after that. You could slot in the Luxor museum instead for variety. It has top quality exhibits and is a reasonable size, plus it has AC.

Do please do your own research in advance as you will get far more out of it that way. any decent guidebook will be a good start.

Can't comment on the price.

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8. Re: how is this itinerary?

Much better itinerary, enjoy Egypt.

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9. Re: how is this itinerary?

what tour company are you working with?

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10. Re: how is this itinerary?

Second one is Memphis tours

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