Memphis Sphinx
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Essence of Egypt
Essence of Egypt

Essence of Egypt

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Please note: The Single Room price displayed above is for a single room in conjunction with other travellers. A Solo Traveller price is available on request.

Private Holiday
6 Days ex Cairo
Departs Daily

Experience the antiquity of ancient Egypt with this insightful package which takes in many of the best sites and monuments in the land of the Pharaohs. With two included domestic flights this tour shows you the best of Egypt in a way which ensures you make the most of your time in this amazing destination.


  • A warm welcome with a personal meet and assist inside immigration, together with your Egyptian visa on arrival, followed by express immigration assistance
  • 24/7 service and full backup from our local Egypt representative
  • Experience the grandeur of the Great Pyramids of Giza, the Sphinx and other wondrous sites
  • Discover the old and new capitals of Egypt – Cairo & Luxor (Thebes)
  • Gaze in wonder at the intricate workmanship of age-old treasures
  • Explore the Tombs of the Pharaohs on the West Bank

Day 1: Cairo

Welcome to Egypt. On arrival at Cairo Airport, you will be welcomed by our local representative prior to immigration to assist you with your included Egyptian Visa. You will then be transferred by private vehicle to your Pyramids area hotel. The remainder of the day at leisure.

Day 2: Cairo (B)

This morning meet your private Egyptologist guide and embark on a journey through the splendid antiquity of this remarkable land, starting with a trip to the ancient capital of Memphis. Proceed to explore the step pyramid of Sakkara, delving into the construction techniques and architectural aspirations that paved the way for the monuments awaiting you at your next stop - the awe-inspiring Pyramids of Giza. Symbolizing Egypt's timeless allure, these unparalleled tombs render everything else as fleeting and inconsequential. As you gaze upon the enigmatic Sphinx, keep an eye out for the alleged bullet holes, believed to be remnants of Napoleon's soldiers utilizing the monument for target practice.

Day 3: Cairo – Luxor (B)

This morning you will be transferred by private vehicle to Cairo Airport for your flight to Luxor. On arrival transfer by private vehicle to your hotel.

This afternoon visit the Mummification Museum in Luxor where you will learn the ancient rites and rituals of eternal life. Having begun by burying dead in shallow sand graves which naturally mummified remains, the process of preserving bodies for use in the afterlife grew in complexity as Egypt grew in importance and wealth. It was not only the use of their bodies that ancient Egyptians required in the afterlife, however. Mummies’ sarcophagi were sometimes also surrounded by hundreds of tiny dolls called ushabti. These dolls, representatives of officials’ or pharaoh’s servants, were made to answer for the dead and serve them in the afterlife.

Day 4: Luxor (B)

Embark on a journey across the Nile to the illustrious Valley of the Kings, where numerous magnificent tombs lie waiting to be explored, among them the resting places of Ramses II and Tutankhamun. Continue to visit the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut and the Colossi of Memnon, named after the Ethiopian king slain by Achilles during the battle of Troy. Afterwards, marvel at the grandeur of the immense temples of Luxor and Karnak, where towering columns serve as silent witnesses to the significant events of antiquity held within their hallowed halls.

Innovative Bonus: Entry into Tutankhamun and Ramses VI included

Day 5: Luxor – Cairo (B)

This morning you will be transferred by private vehicle to Luxor Airport for your flight to Cairo. On arrival you will be transferred to your hotel in the downtown Cairo area.

This afternoon meet your private Egyptologist Guide for a visit to El Moez Le Din Allah Street, one of the oldest streets in Egypt adorned with various monuments, followed by a visit to the historic Khan El Khalili bazaar.

Day 6: Cairo (B)

This morning you will be transferred to Cairo Airport for your onward flight.


  • A warm welcome with a personal meet and assist inside immigration, together with your Egyptian visa on arrival, followed by express immigration assistance
  • 24/7 service and full local backup from our seven regional offices throughout Egypt
  • Private transfers in A/C transportation
  • Accommodation in chosen hotel category with private facilities: 2N Cairo Pyramids area | 2N Luxor | 1N Cairo downtown area
  • Daily breakfasts
  • Private Egyptologist guide for sightseeing in Cairo and Luxor (no guide for visit to Mummification Museum in Luxor-entrance only)
  • Flights Cairo/Luxor/Cairo
  • Entrance Fees
  • Egypt Travel Notes - issued by Innovative Travel


  • International airfares
  • Optional tours and excursions
  • Porterage
  • Tipping/Gratuities (please refer to tour notes for a recommended guideline)
  • Personal Expenses
  • Departure taxes
  • Hotel charges for minibar or any extra charges
  • Visas (unless specified)
  • Any other services not clearly mentioned in the inclusions above

Accommodation based on the following or similar:

Cairo Pyramids Area

Value Class: Oasis | Cairo Pyramids Hotel (Standard Room)

Superior First Class: Steigenberger Pyramids Hotel (Pyramids View Room)

Deluxe Class: Four Seasons First Residence (City View Room)

Historic Class: Marriott Mena House (Pyramids View Room)

Platinum Class: Marriott Mena House (Suite)


Value Class: Sonesta St. George Hotel (Side Nile View Room)

Superior First Class: Sonesta St. George Hotel (Nile View Room)

Deluxe Class: Hilton Luxor (Nile View Room)

Historic Class: Old Winter Palace (Classic Garden View room)

Platinum Class: Hilton Luxor (Suite)

Cairo City

Value Class: Flamenco Hotel

First Class: Steigenberger Tahir

Deluxe Class: Cairo Marriott

Historic Class: Cairo Marriott

Platinum Class: Ritz Carlton Cairo

Sightseeing (non cruise)
All sightseeing unless specified is on a private basis with a driver and guide. Sightseeing generally takes place in the cooler periods of the day ie early morning or late afternoon therefore on occasion some early starts may be necessary to avoid the heat

Valley of the Kings: Not all the tombs within the Valley are currently open to the public. Many are closed periodically for resting and renovation (Entrance fees to three tombs is included in tour packages. Entrance fees to Tutankhamen’s Tomb is not included unless specified. Currently EGP100pp - subject to change).

During the Holy Month of Ramadan Muslims fast, abstaining from eating, drinking & smoking during daylight hours (approx. 7am-6.30pm). As a sign of respect, tourists should also try to refrain eating in public during the fasting hours. Restaurants and Cafes in Hotels and Cruise boats will be open, however limited alcohol may be available over this time. In 2025, Ramadan is expected to begin on the evening of Friday 28th February. After 30 days, or on sighting the full moon, Eid Al Fitr is celebrated & most public and private institutions close for at least three days.

Domestic Flights in Egypt
Flight times will reconfirmed by the local operator upon arrival in Egypt.
Note, Flights from Cairo to Aswan and Luxor generally involve early morning starts due to flight schedules in the summer season. For flights to Abu Simbel certain flights are allocated to clients travelling for day trips from Cairo and overnight programmes. These flights are set by Egypt air and are outside of the operators control.

Dress Codes
Modest dress is required for entrance to holy sites – Men: Long pants, Women – skirt or long pants and shoulders covered.

Hotels in regional areas (i.e Abu Simbel/ Siwa/St Catherine ) can be of a lower standard than the properties in the main tourist centres, with more basic/less developed infrastructure due to location and surrounding conditions. The options chosen are the best available.

Trip prices and dates are correct at the time of the website going live, however all offers are subject to reconfirmation at the time of booking. All featured tour itineraries and offers may be subject to change due to seasonal variations without notice, or due to local conditions or other conditions. Please confirm all details at time of booking. Travel insurance is mandatory for all Innovative Travel bookings. All passports must be valid for 6 months prior to your return to your home country. Visas are the responsibility of the traveller. Special VIP meet and assist offers are available in some destinations for New Zealand passport holders, for other nationalities please check at the time of booking. For full terms and conditions, please refer to our Booking Conditions page.

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