Egypt Tour Packages

Flipping through Egypt tour packages? Make sure it incorporates more than just a Cairo city tour and Nile cruise. We help you shortlist some destinations.

Dubbed the ‘cradle of civilization', a trip to Egypt is like a journey into the roots of humanity where some of the earliest works in literature, agriculture, religion and urbanisation took place. A country with one of the longest histories and an equally deep cultural heritage, it is no wonder that one of its pyramids - the Cheops Pyramid - is regarded among the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. Egypt's strategic location in the northeast of Africa with the Mediterranean Sea to its north, the Red Sea, the Gulf of Suez and the Gulf of Aqaba to its east and an eastern portion, the Sinai Peninsula, falling in Western Asia, makes it a significant country in the Arab world aside from being an extremely fertile piece of land owing to the Nile River that cuts through its length before draining into the Mediterranean Sea. And as you round up its iconic monuments from the Pyramid complex of Giza and the Great Sphinx, the ruins of Thebes, Memphis, the Valley of the Kings, to the Karnak temple complex, you will realise that there is much to reflect and absorb.

When sorting through Egypt packages keep these places in mind.

Nile cruise
The old adage that Egypt is the gift of the Nile still holds some water. The ancient civilization came up and thrived around the Nile which gave the country most of its fertile land, some wholesome food, and not to mention, a lot of electricity. To get into the heart of Egypt and see the stunning ancient ruins along the way while taking in its quaint palm-fringed setting, a cruise down the Nile River is much needed. There are cruises between Luxor and Aswan as well as Lake Nasser. Along the Luxor and Aswan route, you get a glimpse of the Ancient Upper Egypt which comprises Luxor Temple believed to be the world's largest outdoor museum, the Karnak temple complex, Philae temple dedicated to the pharaoh who came into prominence in the Ptolemaic dynasty, the Hatshepsut temple dedicated to one of Ancient Egypt's most successful pharaohs. Else choose to head into the luxuriant south by careering down Lake Nasser and viewing the grand monuments of Ancient Nubia. With your boat moored beside the Abu Simbel complex, marvel at the colossal rock-cut temples that denote Egypt's southern boundary. On an Egypt tour, there is no better way to get a sense of the landscape and its history than a Nile River cruise.

The great Egyptian pyramids
Among other things, Egypt holidays are primarily about visiting the pyramid complex in Giza, which is about 18 kilometre from the capital city, Cairo. Looming out over a plateau on the west bank of Nile is the ancient Egyptian pyramid complex, one of the world's most visited monuments and the greatest in the country. The Pyramids of Giza are dedicated to its three important pharaohs of which the smallest is the Pyramid of Menkaure built around 2510 BC. Only 213 foot tall, Menkaure is believed to be the fifth pharaoh from the Fourth Dynasty of the Old Kingdom. The subsequent is the Pyramid of Khafra, the second smallest structure built by the predecessor of Menkaure. He too was a pharaoh from the Fourth Dynasty of Ancient Egypt and also the one to build the Sphinx (around 2500 BC), the Sphinx Temple. The legendary Great Sphinx of Giza made of bedrock limestone is easily the world's oldest and largest (239 foot) statue representing a reclining Sphinx, a mythical creature with a human head and a lion's body, one who guards treasures. The greatest of all pyramids, the Cheops Pyramid or the Pyramid of Khufu is the oldest and one of the biggest buildings on earth. The pharaoh Khufu's architect was Hemiunu, his nephew, who planned the pyramid on a core of bedrock and added around 2.3 million hunks of limestone with each weighing up to approximately two and a half tonne.

The monument gets its white blaze in the afternoon sun from the fine limestone blocks that case its facade. Built in the 'golden age' of the Old Kingdom between 2580 to 2560 BC during the Fourth Dynasty, its former height was 481 foot and remained to be the tallest man-made structure in more than 3800 years.

While there are several Egypt tour packages from India, make sure it incorporates the best of Egyptian monuments and its glorious ruins.

Monuments and other ruins
To the south of the pyramids plateau in Giza, about 20 kilometre away, lies the ancient city of Memphis along the Nile Delta. The administrative hub of the Old Kingdom of Egypt, Memphis was founded by Pharaoh Menes in 3000 BC as the political capital of Egypt. Around Memphis extends a necropolis that houses the remains of pharaohs, their children, wives, head priests among other important courtiers. The 9000 odd rock-cut tombs trace a funerary cult between the First and the Thirtieth Dynasties of ancient Egypt. Egypt with its mysterious and gigantic pyramids and majestic pharaonic temples excite the explorer in you especially if you are a lover of history. Soak up the stark setting of the Valley of the Kings in Luxor, the place where Tutankhaman's tomb was discovered or regale yourself with the dazzling finds at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. The whole idea that no man has still found an answer to the construction techniques used by ancient builders to erect the pyramids among other colossal edifices in Egypt, adds to the intrigue-factor. A cruise down Lake Nasser is another way of taking a closer look at the waterside temples particularly the Ramses II gems at Abu Simbel. As you travel around Egypt, around its cities or to as far as the Roman trading outposts in the desert, keep a radar for ancient treasures you might stumble upon.

The syncretic Cairo
A country whose cultural heritage is a result of an assimilation of Greek, Arab, Turkish, Roman, Nubian, Ottoman and Persian influences, few know that Egypt was an early centre of Christianity. Though in the 7th century the country was predominantly Islamised, it retained a strong Christian minority. Home to the empire Al Qahira that was based out of Cairo, it is no wonder that the bustling Egyptian capital houses ornate minarets, mosques and medieval schools, some of which are paradigm of medieval Islamic architecture. But what's truly fascinating about Cairo is the tradition the native Egyptian Christians have adhered to and the presence of a traditional calender that goes back to the time of the pharaohs. Present day Cairo retains much of its old world feel despite absolute modernisation where honking cars jostle for space with donkey carts on a maze of concrete and dusty lanes flanked by towering Mamluk and Fatimid structures. A stay in Cairo is pretty pointless if you haven't winded down the labyrinthine gullies of Khan Al Khalili, a medieval-style souk. The explosion of little shops crammed on narrow courtyards that hawk everything from silks, spices, perfumes, soap powder, silver jewellery, semi-precious stones, alabaster pyramid, to wooden camel toys, will leave you breathless on an early Monday morning.This market begins at around 9 in the morning and goes on till sunset, save Fridays and Sundays.

Souvenir hunters can brace up for a field day here. This 14th century market is still highly sought-after by the locals for its gold jewellery offering. There are still designated quarters for the goldsmith, coppersmith and the spice traders. Bask in its infectious energy before rounding up at a cafe for some sweet biscuits and Turkish coffee.

The Red Sea coast and the sunniest spot in Hurghada
The coral reef network of the Red Sea is one of the world's most extensive making it a veritable diving haven. With a rather desolate coastline that merges with the rugged desert dunes offshore and a gorgeous cobalt sea shining back at you, for both the sun and surf seeker and an ardent diver courtesy an extended coral wall, there is no better place than Hurghada on the planet. The transformation this erstwhile fishing village has witnessed from a quiet peaceful sea faring community to the epicenter of Red Sea tourism with a strip of concrete running along its coastline for over 20 kilometre, is phenomenal. Offering ample cabins and luxurious tents for a diving holiday with glimpses into the Nile Valley sites, this coastal town brings out another facet of Egypt and its unique topography.

Best time to visit Egypt
Egypt remains hot and bright for the better part of the year. Winters on the other hand are rather mild with the daytime temperature in Cairo hovering around 20 degree Celsius. After sundown, the temperature plummets to about 10 degree Celsius. The temperature of an average summer day is approximately 35 degree Celsius exacerbated by a stifling humidity.

Best time to visit Aswan and Luxor: This is between May and October provided you don't decide to venture out in the midday heat and keep your sightseeing restricted to the early morning or even late afternoon hours. Avoid March and May for the possibility of heavy sandstorms.

Best time for a Nile cruise: October to April is the ideal time for a cruise down the mighty Nile where you can make pit-stops to visit the Valley of the Kings in Luxor along with its temples. Whatever time you decide to travel avoid the hot summer months between June and August like plague.

Best time for a beach holiday in the Red Sea: Come anytime between June and September which despite the high summer season in the rest of the country receives cool sea breeze through the day and the temperature stays regulated. At the coastal getaway of Hurghada, the temperature hovers around 29 degree Celsius with a considerably balmy sea at 26 degree Celsius offering perfect conditions for snorkelling, and of course, diving. The July to August window gets particularly busy in the Red Sea with hotel prices soaring and beaches exploding with colourful parasols.

Getting to Egypt
There are a bunch of airlines operating flights to Egypt from India with at least one stopover. Some of them include Air Arabia, Oman Air, Gulf Air, Kuwait Airways, Aeroflot, Etihad Airways, Turkish Airlines, Emirates Airlines, Ethiopian Airlines, Lufthansa, Egypt Air among others each with flights departing from New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai and arriving into Cairo via either Abu Dhabi, Kuwait, Dubai, Abu Dhabi or Istanbul. The journey time including the layover can vary from 10 to 17 hours.

Popular Egypt Packages

Egypt Package Price
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Simply Egypt (Cairo City - Break) Rs 32,990 4 Nights Meals , Accommodation , Transfer , Sightseeing
Highlights of Egypt Rs 52,990 6 Nights Meals , Accommodation , Transfer , Sightseeing
Classic Egypt Rs 69,999 7 Nights Meals , Accommodation , Transfer , Sightseeing
Jewels Of Egypt And Dubai Rs 1,08,000 8 Nights Meals , Accommodation , Transfer , Sightseeing
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  • Simply Egypt (Cairo City - Break)
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    Simply Egypt (Cairo City - Break)

    Cairo (4)
    Egypt, the land of Pharoahs and Feluccas has some very iconic sites in the world that one must visit once in their lifetime. This country is an amalgamation of modern wonders and ancient mysteries which makes it all the more intriguing to the millions of tourists who visit every year. Embark on this five-day Egypt tour with to explore the true beauty of Egypt.
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    EMI Rs.2,027


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    • Rs.989
  • Highlights of Egypt
    Cairo (2) Nile Cruise (3) Cairo (1)

    Highlights of Egypt

    Cairo (2) Nile Cruise (3) Cairo (1)
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    EMI Rs.3,256


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    • Rs.1,589
  • Classic Egypt
    Cairo (2) Sleeper Train (1) Nile Cruise (3) Luxor (1)

    Classic Egypt

    Cairo (2) Sleeper Train (1) Nile Cruise (3) Luxor (1)
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    EMI Rs.4,301


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    • Rs.2,099
  • Jewels Of Egypt And Dubai
    Cairo (2) Aswan (2) Luxor (1) Dubai (3)

    Jewels Of Egypt And Dubai

    Cairo (2) Aswan (2) Luxor (1) Dubai (3)
    Here's your chance to explore the magic of the two jewels of Middle East - Egypt and Dubai. Feast your eyes on a perfect amalgamation of ancient wonders and modern marvels. A journey through Egypt gives you a glimpse of the ancient times as you visit Cairo, Pyramid of Giza, Sphinx and Papyrus Institute. Journey down the Nile and feel amazed as you visit ancient temples in Aswan, Kom Ombo and Edfu. Your next destination, Dubai offers a sight to behold! It is home to Burj Khalifa, the tallest building on Earth. Have fun as you embark on a Dhow cruise, enjoy a sumptuous dinner and watch interesting places like Al Bastakiya, Ruler's Court, Old Souk Abra Station, Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum House, Heritage and Diving Village, Gold Souk, Spice Souk, Hyatt Regency Hotel etc. This 9-day trip is perfect for people who want to take a break from their busy schedule and spend quality time with their loved ones.
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    • Rs.3,240

Egypt Packages FAQs

Q. How to get a tourist visa to Egypt?
A. You need to get an approval for the same from either the Egypt embassy in New Delhi or the consular office in Mumbai. There is no provision for e-visa for Indians. The visa application along with the supporting documents need to be submitted to the consulate or embassy between 09:30 am and 11:00 am. You can even have this done by an agent by providing him with a valid authorization letter. The documents required to get a tourist visa to Egypt include two passport size photos, a completed visa application form, your income tax returns for the past three years, a covering letter, return air tickets, bank statement for the past 6 months with a minimum of INR 50,000 in the bank and a copy of the first and last page of your passport.

Q. What is the best currency to take to Egypt?
A. Egyptian Pound (LE) is the official currency of Egypt, with 1 Egyptian Pound equalling to INR 4.32. It is recommended that you don’t exchange your currency before entering Egypt since you are bound to get a better rate locally. There are plenty of currency exchange stores across all Egyptian cities. Avoid changing the same at the foreign exchange desks at hotels as you might not get the bank rate. Though most businesses prefer if you paid in cash, your Visa and MasterCard are widely accepted. The same, however, doesn’t hold true for American Express. Places that accept cards require you to pay a 3% processing fee to the bank. However, there are ATMs all over the city, at major hotels, and outside banks where you can withdraw the money you have previously loaded into your credit or debit cards.

Q. Is bargaining a norm in Egypt?
A. Bargaining is very much a way of life in Egypt whether you are shopping at a souk or a local market. The key is to quote a price you think is lower than what you wish to pay and not showing any enthusiasm while striking the bargain. If the hawker wants to sell it to you, he will definitely stop you from leaving without buying it. In case you reach an impasse, take a step back and accept the tea he offers you, and you might just end up closing the deal. But backing out on an agreed price is frowned upon and never ever put up a bargain for the sake of it especially when you are hardly interested in buying the product.

Q. What to wear in Egypt?
A. You had rather be conservatively dressed in Egypt - it being a Muslim country. In Cairo for either men or women it is not acceptable to wear clothes that reveal legs such as skirts or shorts, or for that matter sleeveless tees and tank tops. In the resort towns of Sinai, Hurghada and Sharm-el-Sheikh, the dressing can be more liberal on the beaches. But the moment you step into the market you need to put on your full jeans or trousers. For an Egypt holiday, pack loose linen or cotton clothing that cover your legs and sleeved tees or tops. Cleavage display is a big no-no. At all times wear sturdy walking shoes, and carry along a sunscreen lotion, hat, sunglasses and bottle of drinking water.

Q. Can I openly take photographs of monuments and daily life in Egypt?
A. At monuments and museums across Egypt photography is usually allowed, though it can come at an additional cost. But places like Luxor’s Valley of the Kings and the Egyptian Museum of Antiques, photography is prohibited and you need to leave your camera behind before entering the complex. About taking photos of people on the street particularly women, ask their permission first before going click-happy. At dams, bridges and airports, photography is not allowed.

Q. What language is most commonly spoken in Egypt?
A. Since English is taught across in schools all over Egypt, it is spoken widely and understood by people living in the cities. You can easily get round in Egypt without knowing a word of Arabic. However, being familiar with a few words of greetings or gratitude in their native language can go a long way in winning you friends and acquaintances. The language barrier isn’t too overwhelming as Egyptians by nature are friendly and helpful folks.

Q. What are the timings to visit the Pyramids of Giza?
A. This open-air site of both historical and archaeological importance is open from 08:00 am until sunset. Most monuments and museums across Egypt typically open at around 09:00 am and shuts at 05:00 pm. There are a few museums that have separate morning and evening opening hours such as from 09:00 am to 04:00 pm and from 05:00 pm to 10:00 pm.

Q. Is there any train connectivity from Cairo to other major Egyptian cities?
A. Egypt has a decent railway network that connects the Nile Valley, the Nile Delta and the Suez Canal. Summer time flags off trains to Egypt’s Mediterranean coast such as Alexandria. Domestic air travel in Egypt can be pretty steep and hence an average traveller prefers train travel for their economical price point and also for the frequency and timeliness of service. Additionally, what better way to take in views of the Nile Valley than with a train ride through its heart. There are sleeper trains too between Cairo and Luxor and Aswan that leaves from the capital around 09:00 pm and arrives into Luxor at 04:00 am and Aswan around 07:00 am. A train ride is extremely comfortable with provisions for a nice hot dinner in the privacy of your cabin.

Q. Can I take the underground metro to travel within Cairo?
A. The metro remains one of the best as well as fastest ways to travel within the city as the streets are prone to snarls due to rise in vehicular traffic. Be mindful that metros can get chock-a-block in the peak hours, aside from that it is the most budget-friendly way to explore central Cairo. The metro ride starts from the city’s southernmost point, Helwan and goes all the way to its northeastern zone, Al Marg. There is a second line that begins at Shubra in northern Cairo and terminates in its west in Giza. A third line takes you from the city to the airport. A ticket comes at 1 Egyptian Pound for going from one station to another regardless the line you choose. Besides, there are two women-only cars on each metro.

Q. What are the check-in timings of hotels in Egypt?
A. It is pretty much at par with hotels around the globe. Check-in at most hotels starts around 12 noon or 01:00 pm. Needless to say, if you arrive or stay until later than your check-in/check-out timing, you will straightaway be charged for an extra night.

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