Sunday, April 20, 2008

Around Egypt in 7 days!

This includes a Nile cruise from Aswan to Luxor. I always recommend the 3 night / 4 days cruise as one can do the Karnark / Luxor temples by oneself rather than spend another night and day on the boat. If doing this cruise, it must be kept in mind that generally the 3 nights cruises start on a Friday morning, so you need to plan your trip accordingly. (A decent 5 star deluxe boat, along with airfare from and back to Cairo will cost you around $ 2600 for a family of 4 – 2 adults and 2 children).

Day 1
Guided full day tour of the Giza Pyramids and the Egyptian Museum.
  • Early start to the Pyramids & Sphinx (Solar Boat optional)
  • break for an early lunch at Mena House
  • Museum – See the “Mummies Room” and the Tutankhamen section first, time permitting anything else
  • Be back by 5/6
  • Dinner cruise down the Nile on Nile Maxim / Grand Hyatt Boat / Nile Pharaohs though my personal favourite is the Nile Maxim, I think it’s a classier, fine dining experience

Day 2

Morning, go see Coptic Cairo

  • Coptic museum, Hanging Church
  • Ben Izra Synagogue
  • St Sergius & St George’s Church see the crypt where the holy family stayed

Afternoon visit the Citadel

Evening go to Khan–el-Khalilih

  • Buy souvenier
  • Dinner at Naquib Mahfouz CafĂ©
  • Coffee at El Fishawey

Day 3
Early morning to Abu Simbal. See the temple, then fly to Aswan at around 11, and board the boat. (

  • visit High Dam, Unfinished Obelisk & Philae Temple
  • Sail to Kom Ombo & Visit Kom Ombo Temple – Sail to Edfu & Overnight

Day 4

  • Visit Edfu Temple
  • Sail to Luxor via Esna & Overnight Luxor

Day 5

  • Visit West Bank
  • Visit Karnak & Luxor Temples & Overnight Luxor

Day 6
Disembarkation in Luxor and fly back to Cairo in the morning. Relax, shower and
change, and drive to Saqqara & Dahsour to see the Step Pyramid, Red Pyramid / Black
pyramid. If you still have the enthu, go see Mphesis.

Egyptian dinner at Abu el Sid in Zamalek.

Day 7
Visit some of the mosques like Ibn Tulun, Al Azhar and, then climb up Bab Zuwalya,
the old Fatimid city’s southern gate, and get a fabulous view of the city.

Roam around City Stars, a big shopping mall in Heliopolis. On the way, have a look at
the Baron’s Hindu Palace which is beautiful.

If you still have the energy, try and see the Guy Andersen Museum , and, the Mr. & Mrs.
Mahmoud Khalil Museum, and, have a coffee at J Groppi in Downtown.

At night, if in the mood, shake a leg and sample some of Cairo ‘s most happening night
spots – Budha Bar, Darts, After 8, La Bodega etc.. (

Go to bed happy that you’ve done fair amount of justice to what Egypt has to offer
though not completely!


Colin said...


I read your "Around Egypt in 7 Days" post and would love to use some of it for our if that's ok? I run a uk-based Nile Cruise company and we send clients on 8 day Nile cruises but can also book them to Cairo and then down to Luxor for 3 or 4 day cruise. If I can use your "itinerary" as a guide it would be great to use in a new post on our blog. Thanks, Colin

Beachhutman in Beijing said...

I was in Cairo a few weeks and went to see the son et Lumiere at the pyramids. Not bad at all, but it was F***ing FREEZING! I nearly died of cold. WITH a blanket! I had to wrap my newspaper around myself under my jacket. I 1st did Cairo in the 60's, then in the 80's, and Cairo is still crazy after all these years -

Manisha said...

Colin, you're welcome to use the itenerary as a post on your blog....

Manisha said...

Hi Beachhutman,

Ya, most people dont realise but Cairo can be pretty cold...The mercury may not come down so much, but the wind chill factor can really freeze your bones!!

Cairo is crazy but as a friend of mine says, only crazy dreamers can come up with something like the pyramids!!