in Cairo, Egypt

Private 7-Night Cairo, Aswan, and Nile Cruise with Flights


Cairo, Egypt

503.72 USD

1 - 15

8 days


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Overview
  • Experience Egypt and a Nile Cruise. Start in Cairo to visit the Giza Pyramids and the Egyptian Museum then fly to Aswan to embark your Nile cruise. Enjoy visiting the world famous High Dam and the Unfinished Obelisk, sailing in the Nile, visiting the West Bank, Valley of the Kings, the mortuary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, and of course the Colossi of Memnon.

Location
  • Around:
    • Cairo, Egypt
  • Pickup: Traveler pickup is offered
    Our guide or airport representative will pick customer from their hotel or airport

    Airports

    • Cairo Intl Airport, Cairo Egypt



Categories
  • Cultural Tours
  • Historical & Heritage Tours
  • Archaeology Tours
  • Kid Friendly Tours & Activities
  • Luxury Tours
  • Multi-day Tours
  • Horseback Riding
  • Private Sightseeing Tours
  • Bus & Minivan Tours

Time of Tour
  • Departure at: 8:30 AM
  • Duration: 8 days

Additional
  • Price per person: $503.72
  • Size: 1 - 15 people
  • Discount: 0%
  • Languages: English - Guide

Inclusion
  • 4 nights in Cairo Bed & Breakfast.
    5* Cairo Pyramids hotel, Ramses Hilton, Le Passage Heliopolis, Standard room, Mercure Pyramids.
    4* Oasis Pyramids hotel, Pyramids Park hotel or similar.
    3 nights superior 5*+ Nile Cruise on full board.
    Depends on sailing schedule, may upgrade to 4 nights cruise starting from Luxor without extra cost.
    Meet & Assist by our airport representative help in Visa.
    Guide will meet you in Cairo airport accompany you to hotel.
    Domestic flight Cairo/Aswan or Luxor and Luxor/Cairo.
    6 transfers any time by A/C vehicle 24/7 hours.
    Meals as per itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)

Exclusion
  • Entrance fees approx 59 USD per person for all tours (will increase 30% from 01 NOV 2019).
    Optional tours.
    Water or drinks in hotels & Cruise ships.
    Excess luggage charges (where applicable).
    Gratuities (recommended) Guide will advise you, keep small currency with you.
    X-Mass & New Year 20% supplement 20 DEC to 7 Jan will charge on-spot before check in

Cancellation
  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties

Private 7-Night Cairo, Aswan, and Nile Cruise with Flights

Day 1: Cairo
Today, your driver will pick you up at Cairo International Airport. A welcome drink is included to mark your arrival.
Overnight: 4- or 5-star hotel in Cairo (depending on option selected)
Day 2: Cairo and Giza Pyramids (B)
After hotel pickup at 9am, set off with your guide for Giza and the UNESCO-listed pyramids of Cheops, Chephren, and Mykerinus. Afterward, view the Great Sphinx, dating to the time of Chephren, and visit the Valley Temple, used in part as a pharaonic mortuary.
Next, continue to the Egyptian Museum, home to thousands of ancient Egyptian artefacts, including Tutankhamun’s treasures and gold funerary mask.
Overnight: 4- or 5-star hotel in Cairo (depending on option selected)
Day 3: Cairo - Aswan (B, L, D)
Today, transfer to Cairo airport for your flight to Aswan. On arrival, transfer to and board your Nile cruise ship in time for lunch on board.
Later, enjoy guided tours to see the Aswan High Dam and Old Dam, and the Unfinished Obelisk before an onboard dinner in Aswan.
Overnight: 5-star Nile cruise ship
Day 4: Aswan – Kom Ombo - Edfu (B, L, D)
Enjoy breakfast on board, and if you wish, take an optional tour to Abu Simbel temple, and its neighbor, the Nefertari Temple.
After lunch on your ship, sail to Kom Ombo and stop to visit the Temple of Kom Ombo, dedicated to the gods Sobek and Horus. This evening, cruise to Edfu with dinner on board.
Overnight: 5-star Nile cruise ship
Day 5: Edfu – Essna – Luxor (B, L, D) 
After breakfast, visit the Temple of Edfu, dedicated to the god Horus. Then, sail to Esna Lock over an onboard lunch, and continue sailing to Luxor. Tonight, dinner is served on your ship.
Overnight: 5-star Nile cruise ship
Day 6: Luxor - West and East Banks - Cairo (B)
Disembark after breakfast, and enjoy a guided tour of the Nile's West Bank including the Valley of Kings, the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, and the Colossi of Memnon.
Afterward, transfer to Luxor airport and fly to Cairo.
Overnight: 4- or 5-star hotel in Cairo (depending on option selected)
Day 7: Cairo (B)
Following a hotel breakfast, perhaps choose to use your remaining time in Cairo on an optional tour. Perhaps take a 12-hour trip to Alexandria (additional cost) to discover this seaside city, seeing its 15th-century Qaitbay Citadel, spectacular new Alexandria Library, and Roman catacombs.
Overnight: 4- or 5-star hotel in Cairo (depending on option selected)
Day 8: Cairo (B)
Depending on your flight departure time, enjoy breakfast at your Cairo hotel before a driver transports you to the airport for your flight.

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Additional Information

Confirmation will be received at time of booking.
Egypt has a lot of activities, Guide will advise some extra optional excursions covering rest of Egypt tours, Our optional excursions are just recommendations to help our costumers to see the most remarkable sightseeing. Which doesn't mean that we enforce them to pay extra money..
Hotels & Cruise ships not provide Water through their meals, Only tea or coffee.
TV shows not working in ship through sailing for weak signal also no WIFI in ship.
Passport name, number, expiry and country is required at time of booking for all participants.
You MUST confirm and obtain any visa requirements prior to border crossing. All visa requirements are the sole responsibility of the traveller.
Hotels, Trains, Nile Cruises, Meals, Temples, Tombs or other public places of course no Private.
Private tour means Private guide & Vehicle Only for Viator costumers, 2-9 adult tour mean sharing two families same tours or transfers..
Hotel second stay always be 5* for Budget & Superior near airport only 5 min.
depends your arrival day Ship may be 3 nights or 4 nights, depends with sailing cruise dates.
Offer include economy internal flight, we can’t control with internal flight time, flight reserved as availability.
Not wheelchair accessible.
Near public transportation.
Infants must sit on laps.
Infant seats available.
Most travelers can participate.
This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Reviews

4.84 stars, based on 25 reviews
Tom Bruce N
Tom Bruce N

My biggest disappointment of this tour is that I didn't have a chance to meet Mr. Salah. From the very beginning Mr. Salah was kind, considerate so accommodating. Even though this was a package Mr. Salah and his staff were always available to make sure the tour was exactly what we wanted. For example, our flight arrived at 1:30am by the time we got to our hotel it was nearly 3:00am but when we went to check in they couldn't find our reservation. I sent Mr. Salah a text that he answered right away and within just a few minutes we had our room.
Mr. Salah and his team were flexible with the itinerary allowing us to add side trips and even cancel those side trips when other things came up.
The guides were knowledgeable and well informed about all the places we visited and things we saw. Their explanations and detailed enhanced the trip and we left feeling that we didn't just see Egypt we got got to know the history, culture and the people. The guides were always right on time.
It was an excellent trip.

26/07/2019
Bo
Bo

This was an EXCELLENT tour! Although we got off to a rough start with the original airport pick up in Cairo, everything from there was great! Mohammed was an informative and helpful guide in Cairo who takes great pics. We were handed off to Refaie and his drivers/boaters in Luxor thru Aswan. We participated in the extras that interested us only. The Nile River Cruise was great too. All cruise staff were very accommodating. Riding on the Sundeck caused locals to yell and wave as we passed by. All around good experience that I would highly recommend to anyone. Thanks again to Mohammed for taking great pics and teaching us helpful words and phrases and such. Thanks to Rafaei for being a great guide and educating us on things within the tour and on things that had nothing to do with the tour.

03/07/2019
Jose Alberto M
Jose Alberto M

From the beginning to the end, it was a good experience with Viator, they put us in a five star hotel, service in the cruise was beyond our expectations, all of the crew was extremely helpful, a variety of food and the guided tours were very informative and fun, we will definitely recommend them without a second thought.

26/03/2019
Jamie C
Jamie C

I booked this this tour for the end of August 2018/ beginning of September 2018. Mr Saleh sent me my itinerary. I made some changes after I booked the tour and he was very accommodating. I let him know that I was a solo female traveler and he assured me that he would put me with his best guides and that I would be safe.

The guide that met me at the airport was very helpful, I arrived late at night but I think I was able to get through Customs and security much quicker having him take care of everything.

My Cairo guide Sobhi and driver were waiting for me outside the airport and took me to my hotel. My guide told me about the city on our drive. He got me checked-into the hotel and went over my itinerary and let me know what other tours I could add-on.

Sobhi was very nice and full of knowledge he has a formal education in Egyptology. He took great care of me and checked with me often on what I would and would not like to do during the tours as well as how long I would like to spend on each site/ activity which is one of the reasons I like traveling solo, I'm on my own schedule for the most part. In Cairo I saw the pyramids, the Cairo Museum and did an evening walking tour of Old Cairo with dinner.

My airport guide, driver and guide for Luxor/Aswan Reg were all also, nice and accommodating. In Luxor I saw the Luxor and Karnack temple, and rode a horse carriage through town. While Cairo is a very large city, Luxor is small and more intimate.

Also while in Luxor I did the sunrise hot air balloon ride that had views of the Nile, Hatshepsuts Temple, Valley of the Queens and Colssi of Memnon. I HIGHLY recommend this experience! After the hot air balloon ride we were able to get to Hatshepsuts Temple before everyone else about 7am which made for an amazing photo opportunity. This site was also a highlight for me.

From there we went to the Valley of the Kings where your ticket allows you to tour 3 tombs of your choice my guide recommended the 3 I should see. This was another very cool and impressive site.

I also saw the temples of Edfu and Kom Ombo. My stomach got upset during the trip so my guide took me to a pharmacy and helped get medicine. He also, checked regularly to see how I was feeling.

In Awswan I did the tour out to Abu Simble about a 3 hour drive each way and took a boat from Aswan to the Nubian Village another highly recommended tour. The only sight I was underwhelmed with was the Asawn Dam, I didnt think it was worth paying anything to see. That could be because I live near a large dam Hoover Dam but It's something I would recommend skipping. I chose to skip the Unfinished Obelisk.

My guides took me too an oil shop, papyrus shop and an alabaster shop. At each location they show you how the items are made and give you the opportunity to buy something. If you don't want to buy anything or any more than what you have choose, just tell them no, thank you.

My Cairo Guide checked-in on me on occasion after I left Cairo and he as well as my Luxor/Aswan guide and Mr Saleh all checked-on me my last days before flying home which I appreciated.

I went with the 5-star hotel option which I recommend. The ship was not as nice as the hotels and they allow smoking inside the ship, the smell would travel into my room. Please note that you have to pay for wifi on the ship if you do not have a phone plan that works in Egypt.

I felt safe with my guides, they were my eyes and ears. They also told me how to interact with others and who/what I should avoid. The country takes security at the airports and tourists sites very seriously. There are metal detectors and armed guards at all the attractions.

With all that said, I would recommend this company and would book them again if I ever return to Egypt!

P.S. The guides are great at taking photos for you

21/09/2018
Dennis E
Dennis E

I can't say enough about one of the most fantastic trips I've ever had in my life!!!! There were a few things I'd like to change, things that I'd do differently--but the trip, as designed by the companies Viator and Explore Plus Holidays was exceptional. Everything I needed was right at my fingertips and the care taken to ensure my complete comfort and whim was handled with the utmost precision. This is the company I would recommend, in a heartbeat, to provide the most amazing trip possible to Egypt.

When I go back, I'm starting with the fine folks of Explore Plus Holidays. The guides, Ibrahim and Ragab, worked so hard to make sure every aspect of the tour exceeded my expectations. And, they succeeded. Thank you!!! And the drivers, Joseph and I can't remember their names, kept us safe and out of roadside dangers!!!

I chose this company on a guess. Viator had done a decent job for me before, so I took a chance and tried them again. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I shall trust you, again, for my next trip. This was an amazing experience.

My one suggestion would be to include entrance fees into the price. I really felt nickled and dimed TO DEATH!!!!! Give me one set price--I'd pay happily! But having to fork out fee after fee after fee was the MOST disappointing aspect of the entire trip. I understand the reason--but, folks, I'd rather pay those fees up front than have to pull my wallet out every single time I wanted to see something important. I know you warned us up front that entrance fees are not included, but half-way through the tour, I was ready to give over my first-born just to skip the part of having to pay yet ANOTHER entrance fee.

If you want to see Egypt--in the best possible way--go with these folks!!!

01/09/2018
Raymond B
Raymond B

The tour offers just accommodation and not even always food. Everything else is extra: All temple entrances, tips (They insist a bit too much on that) etc. But the optional tours are just totally overpriced, basically I spent more money for that than for the whole tour. The knowledge of the guides was ok, but not overwhelming; a few times they could not answer my questions, or even gave me wrong info.

05/08/2018
Jun Yen T
Jun Yen T

Positive :
1 All tours that were agreed upon were delivered seamlessly, we did not miss a single thing. We did not have to worry anything about the schedule or any arrangements. We really enjoy to just waking up and being told what will we do during the day.
2 The guides were professional and knowledgeable, with detailed explanation everywhere we go. We've learned much more about ancient Egytian culture than we will ever learn by reading books or watching documentaries.
3 Top class cruise experience with SunRise cruise named Semiramis III with 5 stars service. Staff were friendly and the food was delicious.
4 We commuted from Cairo to Luxor and Aswan to Cairo by flight. That offered much more comfort than having to travel by train or by car.
5 The tour agency booked a wonderful hotel LePassage by the airport with free shuttle the day we leave Egypt. The flight was at 1am midnight and we finished our tour by 3pm, reached the hotel and had a brief rest and shower before taking our flight. That was very very considerate and we appreciate it very much.

Negative :
1 5 shopping excursions that were conveniently excluded from the brochure took us by surprise: carpet making, essential oil perfume, stone crafts, papyrus, cotton garments. All items we purchase in these locations were clearly a rip off compared to what we can find in the market outside.
2 We would appreciate this tour to clearly show the prices of OPTIONAL tours in its brochure. Of course nobody obliged us to take those tours but we realize that the tour will be lacking in content without these optional tours and when we added them, it turned up to be a considerable sum :
- Sound and Light show at the Giza pyramids : 35 USD/per person
- Saqqara caved church Ibn Tulun Mosque : 59 USD/per person entrance fees 7 USD/per person
- Luxor and Karnak temple: 49 USD/per person entrance fees 13 USD/per person
- Abu Simble Temples: 129 USD/per person entrance fees 9 USD/per person
- Philae Temple: 32 USD/per person entrance fees 6 USD/per person
3 We did not expect a camel ride when our guide brought us to the Giza pyramids. We were at the bottom of the pyramids when our guide said now, let's go onto the camels. Only when we asked about the price did he explain that we needed to fork out another 60 USD for the 30 minutes ride. Having said that, it was a pleasant experience.
4 The optional tours were top class, we had our private coach, drivers and guide. However expect a minimum tip of 100 Egyptian pounds per day for a guide this is what we were told by the guide, and maybe half of that for each driver. Not to mention waiters and other services on the cruise. If tips are not up to their standard they might ask for more. I would prefer to pay one lump sum price, all tips inclusive, without having to worry about breaking money into smaller sum, or not tipping enough.
5 Beware of your personal belongings! Keep all your cash with you at all times, even if you are on a private coach.
6 We felt like we were in a touristic bubble where all the prices were artificially inflated, and we did not have a chance to take a glimpse into real Egyptian life, market and its price, until very late in the trip when we explored the market in Aswan within walking distance from our cruise.

Overall, we would still highly recommend this trip, as being one of the most interesting trips we've done in our lifetime. Egypt is blessed with rich cultural heritage and a lot of the things wouldn't not have been possible if we'd done it on our own. The tour agency ExplorePlusHolidays has done a great job and definitely merit a 4 to 5 stars review. As long as people subscribe to this tour with the right expectation, one will definitely have a wonderful trip.

PS: Try to break your money as small as possible because you will encounter a lot of strangers asking for tips everywhere, be it in the toilet, in the temples or on the street. You should ignore them and be more stern if necessary when they hassle you too much.

08/07/2018
claudia v
claudia v

I booked this tour, and immediately Mr. Salah confirmed on Whatsapp the details of my trip, answered quickly all my messages, and sent pictures and names of representatives at Cairo airport and guide. After the arrival, inside the airport, Mr. Hedra was waiting for me, helped with the visa, filled the form, no line, and carried my luggage, we went with the driver until Mr. Sobhi, the guide in Cairo, joined and while crossing the City to Giza explained a lot about his country and culture. The tour to the Pyramids was like a dream, he was explaining to me, considering my previous knowledge, and cared about everything during my stay. At Cairo Museum he showed details that i could never learn without his help. In Asswan, outside the airport, Mr. Ahmed was waiting. We visited the Dam, the unfinished Obelisk, and the next morning, very early, with a kind driver, we traveled 300 km to Abu Simbel. That was incredible! And 300 km back to Aswan where the Nile cruise started. All the tour I was asked if everything was ok, and that makes me feel very comfortable. In Edfu he told the driver that he should be very careful and that was very nice, because I was afraid of the horses running fast, that could be dangerous especially due to my sight retina problems. It was a pleasant trip. In Luxor he was the best guide I could expect, his family is from Luxor, and he explained not only the temples, sculptures, monuments, and all the precious treasures everybody can see: he also talked about his family, culture, social rules, habits. We had interesting conversations in different languages also Russian, and different subjects incl. Football World Cup. I really spent a wonderful time in Egypt, both guides speak perfect English and are great photographers: they know exactly where I should stand in each place, what is very important for a solo traveler, who has to ask others, not always experts, or just take selfies what is more difficult because of the sun... Now i keep all those memories, and share them with family and friends as Señora Travels. Thank you for this wonderful week, my first time in Egypt.
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08/07/2018
senicolodi
senicolodi

If I could, I'd give this review 4.5 stars. Overall, it was a really great experience. Our tour guides throughout the trip were consistently fabulous. Our tour guide through the Nile cruise, Refi Rike? was simply above and beyond--he had SO much knowledge of each site and is a wonderful storyteller. He was just so helpful throughout the whole tour! Our other guides were great as well. The airport transfers for us went off with ease. In terms of accommodations, we found the hotel in Cairo to be very nice, and the cruise to be simply okay. Be aware that a 5 star hotel in the US is NOT the same as 5 stars in Egypt! The cruise is comfortable and did just fine for the 4 nights we were on it.

A few people have mentioned annoyance with tipping--Egypt is very much a tipping culture, so even if you book a different tour, you'll still experience it. I wish I had brought MORE small US dollar bills, as they do take US money to tip. Also, bring cash and hit up the exchange spot in the airport. Withdraw as MUCH money as they will allow, because YOU WILL NEED THE CASH. For this tour, you have to pay for the entrance fees to the sites, and it adds up SO quickly!

What we wish we knew before we'd gone:
1. The cash thing see above
2. It's a private tour...like only you and the tour guide! This took us back at first, but it feels normal very quickly and we loved it!
3. The aggressive sales: on your first day, this tour company will give you the option to add more sites to your trip for added cost.... We added a bunch of things, which ended up being totally worth it! Abu Simbel, Luxor temple, Philae, etc were great...pyramid light show was not. They will aggressively get you to sign up for things, and they do cost extra. This made the trip significantly more expensive, and I wish we'd known this up front so we could add it in to the total cost. Make sure you budget a couple hundred extra per person. Also, know this--the aggressive sales is part of the Egyptian culture. You will experience this in every market. By the end of the trip, you will be a pro at saying No!
4. The tour guides are truly there to help you. Tell them if you are hungry/tired/thirsty/need a bank and they will accommodate! This was what was great about being with a guide--the trip can be tailored to what you like. The guides are SO friendly and SO helpful! Ask them to give you details on tipping especially the driver. We undertipped the first three days and felt like jerks when we finally figured out how much to tip!

Overall, this was a great trip that we'd recommend! Could you do it for cheaper if you booked individual tours at each location yourself? Probably. Could you stay in nicer hotels/cruise ship? Most definitely. BUT doing it all packaged together like this made things easy and SO convenient, we found it worth the price. Fabulous guides, well-planned itinerary--for us, it was great!

02/06/2018
Jun2
Jun2

My family is still enthralled by our Egyptian experience last month! Since we arrived back in the U.S., our friends have been inquiring nonstop about going to Egypt after seeing our Facebook photos and videos. As soon as we arrived at Cairo airport, we were met by Hedra, the Blue Sea Travel representative who helped us get a stamp for our visa. In Cairo, Mohammed Sohby fully explained to us our itinerary and expertly shared his knowledge and insights. The tour vans were clean and would stop whenever we wanted to try local delicacies. The guides and drivers were very professional, patient and friendly with all our questions and needs especially with our 7 year old son. In our Nile River Cruise, our guide Refaie also exceeded our expectations. He was always cheerful and positive. Egypt is such a beautiful destination made more memorable by this tour company! We highly recommend them. Thanks again to Mohammed Sohby, Refai, CEO Mr. Salah, Hedra and to all the others that we have not mentioned. God bless and may you all continue to share your beautiful country to more visitors!

06/05/2018
JPCS
JPCS

An exceptionally organized tour reserved by VIATOR, operated by EXPLORE PLUS HOLIDAYS by the local operator SEA BLUE TRAVEL. Thanks to Mr. Salah Saleh CEO and to the different guides for different locations, Mr Fat-hy, Mr Mohamed Hassan, and Mr. Mohamed Abd allah. They were all very professional and helpful. Me and my wife had an incredible time and got to fully experience Egypt Egypt is safe!

28/04/2018
jabariy
jabariy

I truly had the most memorable experience in Egypt with Blue Sea Travel, Inc. booked through Viator! My vacation felt more like traveling with family. I never felt out of place. My tour guides Refai and Nour were the best! Every step of the journey from Cairo to Alexandria to Luxor, and up and down the Nile, I always had a historical expert who not only knew their information but loved Egypt. Book this trip now!!!

23/02/2018
pjavid
pjavid

Trip to Egypt was good in the sense we saw what we had planned out. I will give you what I thought was good not so good below.
Good: We were met when we arrived in Cairo, helped with the Visa obtaining and transported us to hotel from the airport. Following day we were taken to Pyramids, and the museum. Day after that we flew to Luxor, again we were met by guide at the airport and taken from there to see the Luxor temple and Karnak temple after that we boarded the boat to Aswan cruise actually started following day. While still at Luxor we were taken to Valley of the Kings and Hatshepsut temple. On the way to Aswan we saw Kom Ombo Temple. We reached Aswan, from here we went to see Abu Simbel via road. On the way back we saw Aswan Dam.
All the transportation that was provided was good, the guides spoke well enough English for us to be able to understand the places we visited. Food provided on the Cruise was good the crew on the ship was good and helpful.
Not so Good: Hotels provided were Okay, not 4 or 5 stars, they were old and in need to upgrading. Food provided for breakfast was good. Boat for the cruise was again old, but it was not crowded and like mentioned crew was nice. What annoyed me more was the tipping everywhere for everything, vendors would latch on and try to get you to rent or buy things, if your persisted they would leave, but would be immediately followed by another. We were 5 people in the group and ended up 2 rooms, I had expected 3 rooms 3 adults in the room was crowded. After we returned to Cairo we were put up another hotel just the kids stayed the night that was again was in need to upgrading room smelled, since I did not stay the night I did not care.
Overall as far as sightseeing was concerned the company did a good job, I would figure out tipping expense into the trip also any additional trips that you take will have to be purchased. Would I do it again? I think so, but would ask for different hotels.

17/01/2018
travis.a.smith11
travis.a.smith11

POSITIVE:

Our second tour guide for the river portion of the tour was outstanding. He was knowledgeable on the history and invaluable as we toured the various sites. The tour guides and transportation were always on time. There was a visible security presence at every site visited and my family never felt in danger.

Recommend that you start in either Aswan or Luxor, take the boat trip, and then end the trip in Cairo for one day only. You only need 1 day in Cairo. See the Egyptian museum and the Giza pyramids. Memphis is a letdown after seeing Luxor.

Definitely recommend seeing: Abu Simbel, Philae Temple, Edfu and Kom Ombo Temples, Luxor Temple, Karnak Temple, Valley of the Kings, and Hatshepsuts Temple. The entry tickets to each site not included in the tour add up and eat into your cash on hand.

The hot air balloon ride in Luxor is expensive but was incredible as you are able to get a real feel for how immense Luxor was as the capital. We had an experienced pilot who landed us right back where we took off.

NEGATIVE:

Credit card: Some places charge you the 3 VISA/MASTER CARD transaction fee. Double check that the hotel/boat accepts credit card. At check in for our boat, I marked that we would pay our drink bill with a credit card but on the last day as I settled our bill they told me that they could not accept credit cards.

Screen going to the additional sites: We felt that the Cairo tour guide rushed us through the Egyptian museum in order to take us to the Egyptian crafts and schools where he receives kickbacks. For example papyrus store, perfume store, rug school, camel ride, and jewelry store. Haggling is expected and everything we purchased in Cairo we could have gotten for 1/5 to 1/4 the price later in the trip.

Boat and Hotels: Our boat and Cairo Hotels were supposed to be five star accommodations but were closer to a high 3/low 4 star.

I would recommend that you coordinate the additional tours in advance of arrival. I think that I could have gotten them cheaper. We arranged our additional tours with our Cairo guide once we arrived in Cairo. Our Cairo tour guide insisted that we pay for part of the cost in cash. In hindsight, I think that he kept the cash and told his boss that I only paid the part that I charged to my credit card.

Bring at least 100 in 1 bills and 50 in 5 bills. You are expected to tip every driver, baggage handler, and guide. Even though you pay a fair price for the tours that include a vehicle and driver the company apparently does not pay them well. They will be visibly offended if you do not tip.

06/01/2018
Matthew S
Matthew S

With many countries visited, this trip is one of our top 3 favorite trips of all time! There are no words that can adequately describe the feeling of walking through the ancient temples and seeing the majesty of what the ancient Egyptians created. There are also no words to describe the bar none service and friendship you feel with the people you encounter on this trip. Mohammed was our AMAZING guide in Cairo. He provided great insight into the culture, historical perspectives, and cuisine. Refai was our guide for the remainder of the trip in Luxor to Aswan. His story telling really brings the history of each location to life. He is perceptive, funny, a great listener, and adjusts his style based on what you need. This trip was magical from start to finish! From laughing uncontrollably while playing Pictionary using our different cultures to learning some Egyptian dances during sunrise on the Nile River Cruise, you could not make up an itinerary like this. The guides specialize in you and its apparent. If youre on the fence about this trip as I was initially, dive right it. It exceeded every expectation we could have placed on what this trip could be. Request Refai and Mohammed if theyre available. They are the best!

Tips:
1 bring cash. Most places insist on cash. Even if cards are accepted, the machine may not work. ATMs were not always reliable.
2 You will also want to do the optional tours because you will have free time and WILL want to fill it exploring this gem. Highly recommend Abu Simbel, hot air balloon etc...
3 Tipping is a part of the culture in Egypt. This is not specific to this tour but to Egypt no matter how you travel there. It is not astronomical. It just goes back to my original tip of bringing cash.

31/12/2017
Benito G
Benito G

Blue Sea Travel is an outstanding company. From the minute we stepped out from picking our luggage there was someone to guide us to get the visa and take us to our car. Our guide in Cairo, Mohamed, was very accommodating and extremely helpful. In Luxor and Aswan our tour guide Ahmed was also very friendly and easy going. With both guides I felt more like a friend was showing me around. Visiting Egypt was a great experience. The people are very friendly and experienced with tourism. Come to Egypt with Blue Sea Travel!

29/12/2017
Carlos Felipe C
Carlos Felipe C

Back in May, my wife and I went to a tour to Egypt Private 7-Night Cairo, Aswan, and Nile Cruise with flights
I highly recommend this trip. We saw so much in such a short period of time. We loved the diversity of the trip, both the beautiful landscape and the outstanding staff. The price was reasonable and the accommodations and food were excellent.
Above all, I want to applaud our excellent guides, Badhri and Mohamed. These two guys really knocked themselves out to be informative, helpful, and flexible. They are friendly and patient. And Salah for the great organization.

22/10/2017
ARLYN S
ARLYN S

I rate this tour as the most amazing of all the tours I've ever been. This total of 7 night is a good combination package. These are the most ancient sites that you could ever see. The 3 nights four day in the Nile cruise is just about the right amount of time. We added side trip to Abu Simbel, Luxor and Karnac which I would recommend. The food and service in the cruise is excellent. We have a private tour guide on all days and I would highly recommend this package.

10/10/2017
ihennon
ihennon

What an amazing tour, treated me like VIP the entire trip, my drivers and guides were so professional and knowledgeable. They made me feel safe and secure. My guide went the extra mile for me on several occasions. Have recommended this tour to all my family and friends!

16/07/2017
TIRENDRA R
TIRENDRA R

We visited Egypt in December 2016. We had a fantastic and an amazing adventure holiday. We were well taken care of by Mr. Salah from Blue Sea Travels and his team. They provided us with warm hospitality and excellent service. They expertly arranged all our Tours, Travel, Accommodation, Tour Guides, Transport and Activities. The Tour Guides were very knowledgeable, caring and hospitable. All our needs were taken care of by Mr. Salah and hist team from Blue Sea Travel. When we missed our flights to Aswan Mr. Salah and his team went the extra mile to ensure that we arrived on time to get on the ship for the Nile cruise. The transport services provided by the Blue Sea Travel was excellent with good drivers and vehicles. We enjoyed all the wonderful Egyptian cuisine that was on offer.

We thoroughly enjoyed the cruise on the Nile which was arranged by the tour company. We also enjoyed the hot-air balloon, visit to the ancient temples , Valley of the Kings, Museums , Pyramids , Markets and Religious places.

Thank you Mr. Salah and your team for providing us with excellent service and an unforgettable holiday adventure. We look forward to future adventures with you. We highly recommend Mr. Salah from Blue Sea Travel and his team when planing your Egypt adventure.

The Reddy Family Johannesburg, South Africa

15/05/2017
rebelandthecity
rebelandthecity

I enjoyed the trip arranged by Salah and team. The first two days was as smooth as the rest of the trip but that was due to the guide that was used for the first two days. However, the guide for the nile cruise, Zak and the guide when we returned to Cairo, Amed were exceptional and made the trip really special. The itinerary was good enough but a few of the optional tours were a bit pricey comparing to what you can do on your own. However, you do get the local guide telling you the history so that is something that is added benefit. The hotels in Cairo were good and the Nile River Cruise was pretty good. Nevertheless, I have had a wonderful time and Salah was there to help us at all time.

08/05/2017
zaidinotebook
zaidinotebook

Salah and his team were the best, they went an extra step each time to help. It was a very safe and comfortable experience knowing​ they were available to us always. My family enjoyed all the excursions, food and shopping. I highly recommend doing Egypt with his him and his travel company.

27/03/2017
lagunabraham
lagunabraham

We had a seamless trip. These guys are great. Everything promised was done. Guides are pros and pick up and drop offs are spot on. I recommend using this company. Prices are good and service superior! We did an eight day tour. Saw so much and all with private guides!

21/02/2017
G.SUNAHARA.20163
G.SUNAHARA.20163

Our family of three thoroughly enjoyed this very well-planned tour. The itinerary was good, and not too rushed....just right. The tour guides Sobhi, Nada, and Refaie were very experienced, helpful, and entertaining. It was amazing how well they bought to life much of the described Egyptian history. Also, we thank Mr Saleh The Tour Director for organizing this memorable experience, and allowing us to feel comfortable and safe during this trip. We highly recommend this very interesting and rewarding tour.

20/02/2017
Dan S
Dan S

As someone who normally prefers to sightsee on his own, I highly recommend this tour. Our tour guides in Cairo and during the cruise portion were personable, knowledgable and great with children, and the Egyptian people were friendly everywhere we went. The guides knew when and how to avoid long lines and big crowds at the tourist sites and on the road, and they were also able to explain the heiroglyphics and the significance of the places we were seeing. This made the trip far more time-efficient and enriching than if we had tried to do it on our own.

04/02/2017
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