- Duration: 13 Days / 12 Nights
- Tour Location: Cairo / Giza / Aswan / Abu Simbel / Kom Ombo / Edfu / Luxor / Hurghada / Alexandria
- Tour Availability: Available Everyday
- Pickup & Drop Off: Cairo Airport
- Tour Type: Private
Egypt’s Essentials in a13 Days Christmas Vacation
Each New Year brings new opportunities to explore all that Egypt has to offer during your important Egypt in 13 Days Christmas vacation. All of the great destinations of Cairo, Alexandria, Luxor, Aswan, and Hurghada will give you a whole new perspective on the Christmas spirit. You’ll have the opportunity to marvel at the heart of the Giza pyramids complex, the ancient capital of Memphis, the unique Valley temple, the secret Egyptian museum, and more. The catacombs, Pompey’s pillar, and the citadel of Qaitbay are among the many Greco-Roman monuments in Alexandria, the Mediterranean Sea’s pearl. Between Luxor and Aswan, you will be able to embark on a magnificent Nile cruise and tour all of the historic monuments. In those 13 days of Egypt’s Christmas break, you will experience the essence of the ideal vacation at the start of the new year.
- Giza Pyramids Complex.
- Old Cairo Landmarks.
- The Egyptian Museum.
- Memphis City.
- Philae Temple.
- The Unfinished Obelisk.
- Edfu & Kom Ombo Temples.
- Abu Simbel Temple.
- Karnak Temple.
- Valley of The Kings.
- Hatshepsut Temple.
- Colossi of Memnon.
- The Catacombs.
- Pompey’s Pillar.
- Qaitbay Citadel.
- Alexandria Library.
- Accommodation in 5* Hotel in Cairo for 5 Nights.
- Accommodation in 5* Deluxe Nile Cruise for 3 nights, Full Board.
- Accommodation in 5* hotel in Luxor for 1 Night, all-inclusive.
- Accommodation in 5* hotel in Hurghada for 3 Nights.
- Entrance fees to all sites are indicated on the itinerary.
- Meet and Greet service by our employees at the airports.
- Snorkeling Excursion.
- Professional expert Egyptologist tour guide during your trips.
- Domestic Flights between Cairo -Aswan, Hurghada – Cairo.
- Safari by Quads.
- All Transfers by private A.C cars.
- All service charges and taxes.
- International Airfare.
- Egypt entry visa.
- Optional tours.
- Personal spending.
- Any other items have not been mentioned.
The First Day: Arrival in the Land of Beauty
When you arrive at Cairo airport, our representative will assist you with passport control, luggage identification, and portage. You will be picked up from the airport by a private A/C car and driven to your hotel to check-in. We will pick you up from your hotel in the evening to begin the first part of your Christmas experience in Egypt by taking you on a Dinner Cruise to watch a colorful belly dancing show with a folklore band, complete with the unforgettable Tannoura spin, in keeping with Egypt’s whirling dervishes tradition, before returning you to your hotel.
Day 2: Marvel at the Pharaohs’ Glory in the Pyramids
After breakfast, you’ll meet your private tour guide to see the major Egypt tourist attractions, including the Giza Pyramids, one of the world’s seven wonders:
Giza Pyramids Complex
Three main pyramids, six smaller pyramids, the Great Sphinx, and the Valley Temple make up the complex. The structure dates from 2400 B.C. when it was built by the 4th dynasty.
The Great Pyramid of Giza
It is the oldest and largest of the three pyramids on the Giza plateau, and the only one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World to have survived intact. It also belonged to “King Khufu.” The Great Pyramid stands 147 meters tall, has 2,300,000 stones in its construction, and took twenty years to complete.
The Great Sphinx of Giza
“King Chephren” owns the Great Sphinx. It is the world’s largest statue, measuring 73 meters long, 19 meters broad, and 20 meters tall. It is the oldest monumental sculpture that has been discovered.
The Valley Temple
This is the only surviving granite funerary temple used by Ancient Egyptians for the mummification procedure on the Giza plateau.
After lunch at a restaurant with a view of the Pyramids or the Nile, continue your Egypt Xmas vacation by visiting:
Step Pyramid of Saqqara
It dates back to the era of King Djoser, who governed Egypt in the 27th century B.C. and is thought to be the earliest large-scale cut stone building. The Saqqara Step Pyramid is made up of six steps that are stacked on top of one another and stand at a height of 62 meters.
King Menes established it as Egypt’s first capital, and it was strategically located between Upper and Lower Egypt. Memphis was said to be guarded by the god Ptah, who was the god of creation and art.
Finally, we return you to your hotel for the night.
Day three: Visit the Mediterranean Bride
After breakfast, conclude your Christmas vacation in Egypt by taking an air-conditioned automobile excursion to Alexandria, accompanied by a private tour guide, to see:
Kom El Shoqafa’s Catacombs
A family tomb at a Roman burial site illustrates the fusion of Egyptian and Roman art and construction. Visit the tomb and Caracalla Hall by going underneath.
Return to the surface and pay a visit to:
An 82-foot-tall (25-meter) granite column dedicated to Emperor Diocletian, who liberated the besieged city and fed its starving citizens.
Citadel of Qaitbay
A stronghold on the Mediterranean coast was built in the 15th century. Sultan Al-Ashraf Qa’it Bay established it in 1477 AD. The Citadel of Qaitbay is located near Pharos Island.
Lunch will be served at a seafood restaurant, and your Alexandria day tour will conclude with a visit to:
The library houses a copy of every book ever published, making it one of the world’s most important literary destinations. The Alexandria Library also holds various exhibitions on Egyptian history as well as a collection of rare antique books.
We will transfer you back to your Cairo hotel for the night at the end of the day.
Day Four: Bask in the Beauty of Aswan as the Sun Rays Fall
After breakfast, check out and transfer to Cairo airport, where you will fly to Aswan to continue your Egypt Christmas vacation by visiting the following Aswan tourist attractions:
The High Dam
It was erected between 1960 and 1970 across the Nile River at Aswan, and it has had a profound impact on Egypt’s economy and culture.
The Unfinished Obelisk
Ancient Egypt’s largest obelisk. Hatshepsut (1508-1458 BC) commissioned it to accompany the Lateran Obelisk (which was originally at Karnak) and had it transported to the Lateran Palace in Rome.
Temple of Philae
The goddess Isis of Love and Beauty is honored in Philae Temple. As part of the UNESCO Nubia Campaign initiative, the temple complex was deconstructed and transported to neighboring Agilkia Island, safeguarding it and other monuments before the Aswan High Dam was completed in 1970.
After a full day of sightseeing, move on board a 5* deluxe Nile cruise for lunch and an overnight stay.
Day 5: Visit Abu Simbel’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Breakfast boxes in the morning, then accompany your private tour guide for a visit to Abu Simbel Temple, one of the world’s most historically significant sites:
Temples of Abu Simbel
The two Temples of Abu Simbel are regarded marvels of Ancient Egypt because of their unique style. The Temples are rock-cut temples that were created during King Ramses II’s reign in 1200 B.C. King Ramses II is honored in one temple, while his loving wife Queen Nefertari is honored in the other. Both temples are adorned with magnificent sculptures and artwork. This temple has hand-carved pillars, wall murals, sculptures, statues, and much more.
Return to your cruise for lunch and the rest of the night.
Day 6: Visit the Edfu and Kom Ombo Temples
After breakfast, sail to Kom Ombo and visit:
Temple of Kom Ombo
The Kom Ombo Temple is a Nile-facing temple. There are two temples with two entrances, two hypostyle halls, and two sanctuaries in this temple. Continue your journey to:
Dedicated to Horus, the Egyptian god. Edfu Temple is Egypt’s best-preserved Greco-Roman temple, with a “Play” depicting Horus’ victory over the wicked god Seth painted on its walls.
Have lunch on board and then sail to Luxor, arriving late at night and spending the night on board.
Day Seven: Visit Luxor’s Ancient Treasures
After breakfast and checking out of the cruise, you will be escorted by your tour guide and a private air-conditioned vehicle to begin the next phase of your Christmas trip in Egypt, which will include visits to the following Luxor tourist attractions:
The Karnak temple is Egypt’s most spectacular structure. It is the world’s largest temple complex, and it represents the labor of many generations of ancient builders and Pharaohs. On 247 acres of land, the Temple of Karnak consists of three main temples, smaller enclosed temples, and other peripheral temples.
Then transfer to a 5* hotel in Luxor to check in and enjoy lunch, after which go to visit:
Luxor Temple by Night
The most important event, the festival of Opet, was held at the Temple of Luxor. The temple’s aim was to serve as a setting for the festival’s rites, and it was mostly built by Amenhotep III and Ramses II. The purpose of the event was to reconcile the ruler’s human side with his celestial role.
Return to your accommodation for the night at the conclusion of the day.
Day 8: Return to Luxor to complete your discovery journey.
Have breakfast and check out of your accommodation in the morning, then join your Egyptologist tour guide for a tour of Luxor’s West Bank attractions, beginning with:
The Kings’ Valley
The Valley of the Kings is home to the tombs of Egypt’s kings from the 18th to the 20th dynasties, including the great pharaoh Ramses II and the boy pharaoh Tutankhamen. The tombs were well-stocked with everything a monarch may require in the afterlife. The majority of the interior décor of the tombs has been beautifully conserved.
Temple of Hatshepsut
Hatshepsut Temple is one of the most gorgeous and well-preserved of all Ancient Egyptian temples. The temple was constructed on three levels, with two large ramps connecting the floors in the center.
The only remnants of a complete funerary temple are two huge stone statues of King Amenhotep III. The Colossi of Memnon are built from quartzite sandstone blocks found in Cairo and transported 700 kilometers to Luxor.
After lunch at an amazing restaurant in Luxor, transfer to Hurghada in a private air-conditioned vehicle and check in to a 5* hotel for the remainder of the day.
Day 9: Let the Red Sea spoil your soul
Breakfast is served in the morning, and you may relax and enjoy the rest of your journey on Hurghada’s beautiful beaches.
Day ten: Dive Into the Underwater World’s Allure
Snorkeling is a terrific method to appreciate the reef’s and undersea world’s splendor! A short boat journey takes you to the Red Sea’s stunning, clear waters, where you may see interesting aquatic life. Returning to your hotel for the night.
Day 11: Take a stroll around Cairo’s historic Old City.
After breakfast, check out of your Hurghada hotel and we’ll drive you to the Hurghada airport to catch your flight to Cairo, where you’ll meet a private tour guide to finish your Christmas vacation in Egypt by visiting Cairo’s major landmarks like:
The Egyptian Museum
The Egyptian Museum houses a unique 5000-year-old art collection. Over 250,000 real objects are on display, including an exhibit dedicated to Tutankhamen’s riches, gold, and jewels, which were kept safe for over 3,500 years in his tomb.
Lunch will be served at a local Cairo restaurant before visiting:
Citadel of Salah El Din
Cairo Citadel is a majestic citadel that served as Egypt’s center of government until the 1860s. It was built under the reign of Salah ad-Din. Work on the structure began in 1176 and was finished in 1182.
Mohamed Ali Mosque
Mohamed Ali Mosque was built between 1830 and 1848 and is known as “The Alabaster Mosque” due to the majority of the walls being made of flawless alabaster. The mosque is a copy of Istanbul’s Blue Mosque.
The National Museum of Egyptian Civilization
The National Museum of Egyptian Civilization (NMEC) is offering a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to fully explore Egypt’s immortal essence, with the help of the most captivating monuments and artifacts that showcase the history and culture of Egypt’s periods from Pre-historical times to the Ancient Egyptian Periods, Greco-Roman, Coptic, Islamic, and finally Contemporary Modern Times.
Bazaar of Khan El Khalili
A vacation to Cairo would be incomplete without a stop at the Khan El-Khalili bazaar, the Middle East’s oldest and most famous bazaar. It was built about 970 AD, the same year that Cairo was founded.
After finishing your trip, return to your Cairo hotel for the night.
The twelfth day is a free day in Cairo.
At your hotel in Cairo, you will have a free day.
Day Thirteen: Wrap Up Your Christmas in Egypt
After breakfast, our representative will drive you to the airport and assist you with the last departure formalities to return home, bringing your 13 Egypt Christmas tour to a close. Hint: To adapt your requirements and meet your demands, you can offer your opinions about adding or eliminating any tours from your tour itinerary.