Essential Egypt

Cairo, Luxor, Aswan & Abu Simbel

From £3100 per person in low season
From £4000 per person in high season

based on 7 nights inc. flights & selected experiences

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  • Uncover the legacy of the world's oldest and most important civilization

  • Let us bring you into some of Egypt's best kept secret tombs with some of the most well-preserved hierogylphs

  • Enter the Tomb of Tutankhamun himself to admire his mummified body

  • Feel the awe of the colossal icons like Pyramid, Sphinx and Abu Simbel temples

  • Extension to Jordan and Holy Land can be arranged for a more wholesome experience

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Egypt enjoys a mild climate, making it a good year round destination. However, temperatures increase as you travel due south. Cairo can be chilly between December and February, and very hot between June and September. But the heat in Egypt is made bearable by the northerly breeze that leads to a drop in temperature at night. Peak temperatures in Upper Egypt occur between May and October, and are accompanied by extremely low humidity. The best time to visit Cairo is in the cooler months between November and March

Cairo has long-standing populations of major religious groups and past colonial powers, so it’s possible to find celebrations for most every major holiday. Islam, however, is the prevailing force here, and the month of Ramadan is one of the most pronounced Islamic holidays. It happens in July or August, and during this time, some shops and restaurants may stay closed during the daytime fast.

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We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Call us on 020 3993 8476 to start planning your holiday.


3,000 years of glorious civilization left behind stunning archaeological sites right by the bank of the majestic Nile. From the great pyramids and the majestic Abu Simbel, to the magnificent temples dedicated to ancient Egyptian gods and kings between Aswan and Luxor, this itinerary gets you straight to the highlights of Egypt.

  1. Days 1-4: Luxor

    Upon your arrival in Luxor, take a rest for the night. If your flight arrives early, you may have an optional tour to the Temple of Hathor, built for the Goddess of Music, Love and Joy.

    Your journey begins in the East Bank of Luxor, home to Karnak and Luxor Temples, as well as the magnificent Luxor Museum.

    Spend a day to uncover the very best of West Bank. Visit 3 tombs in the Valley of the Kings, Hatchepsut Temple, Tomb of King Tutankhamun with his mummified body, as well as a secret tomb containing Egypt's best-preserved carvings.

    Accommodation: Steigenberger Nile Palace (3 nights)

  2. Days 4-5: Aswan

    The next morning, you will be driven from Luxor to Aswan. Along the way, make stops at Temple of Horus, as well as Kom Ombo dedicated to a crocodile god.

    Upon arrival in Aswan, sail the Nile River by felucca and end in Elephantine Island for an afternoon tea overlooking the spectacular panoramic view of the Nile in all directions. At night, take a motorboat to the Philae Temple where you will hear an hour long narrative of Isis and Osiris on an interactive Sound & Light Show.

    On your final day in Aswan, make a trip to the colossal temple of Abu Simbel, set on a stunning backdrop of Lake Nasser before taking your flight back to Cairo.

    Accommodation: Movenpick Aswan (1 night)

  3. Days 5-8: Cairo

    Start your day visiting the lesser-known Dahshour Pyramids, including the Bent Pyramid and Red Pyramid, to seize the chance to experience a Pyramid with less crowd! Continue to Memphis (the ancient capital of Egypt) and Sakkara (an ancient burial ground with the Step Pyramid of Djoser).

    Finally, we bring you to none other than the Sphinx and the Great Pyramids of Giza, now the last standing of the Seven Wonders of the World. Optional activities include a camel ride or a Sound & Light Show at additional cost.

    Your next day will bring you into the heart and romance of Islamic Cairo. Insightful stories are abound as you make your way through Citadel of Salah-el-Din, Mohamed Ali Mosque, Sultan Hassan Mosque and Ibn Tulun Mosque. Continue to Gayer Anderson Museum with impressive Islamic artefacts and Persian decorations.

    Your final morning begins in Egyptian Museum to conclude your journey through 4,000 years of history as you uncover a plethora of ancient Egyptian treasures. Depending on your flight time, there may be a time for an optional tour of Coptic Cairo or last-minute shopping at Khan El Khalili Bazaar.

    Accommodation: Marriott Mena House (3 nights)


  • Abu Simbel's Colossal Temple

    Often considered the most impressive monument in Egypt after the Great Pyramids, visit the colossus temple of Ramses II, set by Lake Nasser. The four breathtaking statues in front of the temple are spectacular examples of ancient Egyptian art.

  • Best of West Bank

    Take a morning motorboat into the West Bank. Explore 3 tombs in Valley of the Kings, Hatchepsut Temple, King Tutankhamun's Tomb and Queen Nefertari's Tomb. Time permitting, you can also explore another 3 tombs in the Valley of the Queens.

  • Dahshour Pyramids

    Today you will visit the Dahshour Pyramids. These lesser-known pyramids provide wonderful opportunity to appreciate the beauty of Egypt with less crowd than usual.

  • Egyptian Museum

    The Egyptian Museum is home to a plethora of ancient treasures exhibiting the very best of Egyptian antiquities.

  • Gayer Anderson Museum

    An insightful visit to Gayer Anderson Museum features impressive Islamic artefacts and Persian-styled decorations into the ancient residences of Beit el-Kiridiliya and Beit Amna Bent Salim.

  • Islamic Cairo

    Discover the romance of Islamic Cairo as you navigate from Citadel of Salah-el-Din, Mohamed Ali Mosque, Sultan Hassan Mosque to an astounding city view from Ibn Tulun Mosque's minaret.

  • Karnak Temple

    Located at the northern end of the town of Luxor, the Karnak Temple has three main sacred areas that honour three gods: Montu, an ancient local warrior god; Amun, the chief god of Thebes; and the goddess Mut, wife of Amun.

  • Luxor Museum

    Luxor Museum is home to a small but very high quality collection of Egyptian antiquities. The collection includes grave goods from the tomb of Tutankhamen.

  • Memphis

    Visit Memphis, the capital of Ancient Egypt, as well as the great Colossus of Ramses II.

  • Pyramids & Sphinx

    This trip to Giza brings you to none other than the iconic Great Pyramid and the Sphinx of Giza.

  • Sail Aswan by Felucca

    Sail the Nile by felucca passing through sights such as Agha Khan Mausoleum, Kitchener's Island and ending at Elephantine Island, where you will enjoy afternoon tea with a view.

  • Sakkara

    You will head to Sakkara, the ancient burial ground, as well as the Pyramid of Djoser. You will go inside the Unas Pyramid, which is among the finest in the area and we will make a visit to a secret tomb.

  • Sound & Light Show at Philae Temple

    A spectacular hour-long show telling the story of Isis and Osiris at the beautiful Temple of Philae, set on an island in the middle of the River Nile.

  • Temple of Horus & Kom Ombo

    As you make your way between Luxor and Aswan, make a visit to Temple of Horus in Edfu as well as Kom Ombo, where you will find a huge temple dedicated to the God Sobek and Harocies.


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