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At Eye on Egypt Travel, we’re your exclusive gateway to unparalleled luxury experiences in Egypt. We specialize in crafting tailor-made journeys that redefine opulence. Embark on exclusive journeys into Egypt’s archaeological and cultural wonders, where the past comes to life in the intimacy of your private exploration.
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Elevate your Egyptian journey with Eye on Egypt Travel, where every experience is tailored to perfection, ensuring you explore, savor, and cherish the best of Egypt in unmatched luxury and exclusivity.
Private Access to Iconic Sites
We pride ourselves on offering our guests truly extraordinary experiences that defy the ordinary. Through our exceptional connections with the Egyptian government, we’ve unlocked the gates to history. Imagine standing in awe-inspiring solitude at the foot of the Great Pyramid or having a private audience with the enigmatic Sphinx as the world sleeps. These are the exclusive moments we create for you.
Experience Egypt as royalty with our VIP tours
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Your well-being is paramount. We take pride in ensuring that your journey through Egypt is not only luxurious but also safe and comfortable. Our meticulous attention to detail extends to every aspect of your experience, from meticulously maintained transportation to world-class accommodations. We adhere to the highest standards of safety and security, allowing you to explore Egypt’s wonders with peace of mind. Let us pamper you and make your trip a seamless and unforgettable experience, where every moment is designed to delight and reassure
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5 star accommodation.
We believe that where you stay should be as remarkable as the destinations you explore. That’s why we offer a handpicked selection of 5-star accommodations, including renowned names like the Marriott Mena House Hotel and the Four Seasons. These luxurious havens are more than just places to rest your head; they are experiences in themselves.And when it comes to exploring Egypt’s iconic Nile, our luxury Nile cruises provide an enchanting journey, where you can relax in lavish comfort while taking in the timeless beauty of the riverbanks
Crafting unique journeys that reflect your desires
“At Eye on Egypt Travel, we understand that every traveler is unique, and that’s why we specialize in crafting tailor-made itineraries that transform your dreams into reality. Our travel experts work closely with you to design a journey that perfectly aligns with your interests, preferences, and desires. Whether you seek a cultural odyssey through ancient Egypt, a relaxing escape by the Red Sea, or a combination of both, our customized itineraries are meticulously designed to provide you with a personalized and immersive experience.
"Dream, Design, Discover: Your Personalized Egypt Odyssey"
Our tailored trip form empowers you to design every detail of your Egyptian adventure. From picking historic sites that whisper tales of the past to heart-pounding activities that ignite your sense of wonder, this is your canvas to paint the perfect itinerary. Whether you’re yearning for a luxurious Nile cruise or an intimate exploration of the pyramids, our form ensures that every moment of your journey reflects your passions and dreams.”
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VIP EGYPT TRAVEL EXPERIENCE
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We invite you to discover unique VIP Egypt travel experience that is only available to you as Inside Egypt guest.
VIP EGYPT TRAVEL EXPERIENCE FOR INSIDE EGYPT GUESTS
We always want to ensure that our clients are comfortable and that we meet and exceed their expectations when on their Egypt vacation. Therefore when visiting some monuments our guests will visit them individually, without other tourists. Alternatively, we will visit them in other ways which are normally unavailable, for example: we can get a closer look at a monument or we can enter places which are available only after having granted special permission.
By visiting monuments in a complete silence, away from crowds and other visitors, you not only will be taken back to the distant past but also you will experience the emotional and sensual touch of the historic events which took place here thousands of years ago.
We are convinced that the atmosphere of privacy will allow you to appreciate the positive aspects of these exceptional places and you will be provided with profound impressions and a positive experience of your trip to Egypt, which will stay with you for years to come.
Imagine visiting some of the world's most majestic ancient sites away from the crowds. Thanks to special permission granted by the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, Inside Egypt provides unparalleled access to the wonders of ancient Egypt and offers special entries to sites that are off-limits to the general public.
Private Tour Giza Pyramids and Sphinx
- PRIVATE ENTRY TO THE GIZA PLATEAU - VIP EGYPT TRAVEL EXPERIENCE
Would you ever, in your wildest dreams, have thought that you would have the privilege of special access to the Giza Plateau – for the whole area to be available to you early in the morning, before it opens to the public and the crowds appear?
- PRIVATE ENTRY TO THE GREAT PYRAMID - VIP EGYPT TRAVEL EXPERIENCE
With Inside Egypt, you will have private entry to the interior of the Great Pyramid of Khufu, the only one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World still standing today. What’s more, you will have access to two additional chambers, the Queen’s Chamber and the Subterranean Chamber , that are normally closed to the public. All this and more is included in your private tour Giza Pyramids and Sphinx.
- SPECIAL ACCESS TO THE GREAT SPHINX ENCLOSURE - VIP EGYPT TRAVEL EXPERIENCE
With Inside Egypt you will get as close to the Sphinx as possible. You’ll be able to make the most of an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to touch the Great Sphinx of Giza and stand between its huge paws by entering the enclosure, which also normally closed to the public. This is a once-in-a-lifetime moment for sure!
Our AROUND EGYPT IN 14 DAYS and the Exploring Egypt Tour ( 10 day tour of Egypt ) as well as the Golden Highlights of Egypt (an 8-days Egypt tour ) include a 2-hour private tour of the Giza Plateau, with entry to areas normally closed to the public. On our private tour Giza Pyramids and Sphinx you’ll enjoy private entry to the Great Pyramid of Khufu, including the Queen's Chamber and the Subterranean Chamber. You’ll be allowed to enter the Great Sphinx Enclosure and actually touch the Sphinx herself.
With our tailor-made luxury Egypt tours , you will get up close and personal with Egypt’s amazing history and culture. Book your VIP Egypt tour today!
Which VIP tours do you offer?
We offer three different small group Egypt tours, limited to a maximum of 20 participants with a 14-day, 10-day, and 8-day stay in Egypt.
HIGHLIGHTS OF AROUND EGYPT IN 14 DAYS TOUR (14 Days in Egypt Tour)
Pyramids in Saqqara & Dahshur - Begin your journey at Saqqara, home to the first pyramid ever built by the Egyptians, the Step Pyramid of Djoser. See two early pyramids in Dahshur. A Desert Tour to Fayum Oasis - The itinerary includes visiting Wadi El Hitan (Whale Valley), resting at the Magic Lake & exploring Qasr Qarun Temple. Pyramids of Giza and the Great Sphinx – Explore the Great Pyramid of Giza, the last remaining Wonder of the Ancient World, and gaze in awe at the enigmatic Great Sphinx while standing right between its huge paws. VIP EGYPT TRAVEL EXPERIENCES PRIVATE ENTRY TO THE GIZA PLATEAU (private pyramid tours Egypt) Visit the most iconic historic site in the world outside regular hours for an intimate and crowd-free experience. PRIVATE ENTRY TO THE GREAT PYRAMID Explore the Pyramid of Khufu - including two chambers that are closed to the public - without any other tourists. SPECIAL ACCESS TO THE GREAT SPHINX ENCLOSURE Marvel at a once-in-a-lifetime chance to touch the Great Sphinx and watch the sunrise from between its huge paws. Nile Cruise - Enjoy a 6-day scenic cruise down the Nile and visit the most awe-inspiring sites. Luxor - Unveil the secrets of the ancient city of Thebes by visiting the magnificent Karnak and Luxor Temples. Explore the royal tombs of the pharaohs in the Valley of the Kings and the great Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut. Admire the Colossi of Memnon, two massive stone statues of Pharaoh Amenhotep III. Edfu & Kom Ombo - Visit the marvelous Temple of Edfu, one of the best-preserved ancient temples in Egypt, and the Greco-Roman Temple of Kom Ombo. Aswan - Admire the Unfinished Obelisk, the world's largest ancient obelisk, and discover the Temple of Philae, beautifully located on an island in the middle of the Nile. Cultural Experiences - Meet with the Nubian people and experience their way of living by visiting their homes and a local school. Abu Simbel - Explore the magnificent temples of Abu Simbel, carved out of the mountainside for Ramses II and his wife, Nefertari. National Museum of Egyptian Civilization - The museum's main attraction is the collection of royal mummies. Alexandria - Explore the beauty of Alexandria, the "pearl of the Mediterranean" by visiting Catacombs of Kom El Shoqafa, Bibliotheca Alexandrina, the National Museum of Alexandria, and Citadel of Qaitbay. Egyptian Museum - Delve into the world's largest collection of pharaonic treasures, including King Tut's famous golden mask. Historic Cairo - Experience the oriental vibe of Cairo by visiting the Khan el Khalili bazaar and exploring the city's two historic architectural gems, the Saladin Citadel and the Alabaster Mosque.
HIGHLIGHTS OF EXPLORING EGYPT (10 Day Tour of Egypt)
Pyramids in Saqqara & Dahshur - Begin your journey at Saqqara, home to the first pyramid ever built by the Egyptians, the Step Pyramid of Djoser. See two early pyramids in Dahshur. VIP EGYPT TRAVEL EXPERIENCE Pyramids of Giza and the Great Sphinx – Explore the Pyramids of Giza with the famous Great Pyramid, the last remaining Wonder of the Ancient World, and see the smile of the Great Sphinx with your own eyes. Historic Cairo - Experience the oriental vibe of Cairo by visiting the Khan el Khalili bazaar and explore the city's two historic architectural gems, the Saladin Citadel and the Alabaster Mosque. Nile Cruise - Enjoy a 4-day scenic cruise down the Nile and visit the most awe-inspiring sites along the way. Abu Simbe l - Explore the magnificent temples of Abu Simbel, carved out of the mountainside for Ramses II and his wife, Nefertari. Aswan - Discover the Temple of Philae, beautifully located on an island. Kom Ombo & Edfu – Visit the Greco-Roman Temple of Kom Ombo and the marvelous Temple of Edfu, one of the best-preserved ancient temples in Egypt. Luxor - Unveil the secrets of the ancient city of Thebes by visiting the enormous Karnak and Luxor Temples. Explore the royal tombs of the pharaohs in the Valley of the Kings and the great Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut. Admire the Colossi of Memnon, two massive stone statues of Pharaoh Amenhotep III. Egyptian Museum - Delve into the world's largest collection of pharaonic treasures, including King Tut's famous golden mask, by visiting the country's latest landmark.
Egypt. HIGHLIGHTS OF GOLDEN HIGHLIGHTS OF EGYPT (8 Day Egypt Tour)
Egyptian Museum – Delve into the world's largest collection of pharaonic treasures, including King Tut's famous golden mask, by visiting the country's latest landmark. Historic Cairo - Explore the city's two historic architectural gems, the Saladin Citadel and the Alabaster Mosque, and experience the oriental vibe of Cairo by visiting the Khan el Khalili bazaar. Abu Simbe l – Explore the magnificent temples of Abu Simbel, carved out of the mountainside for Ramses II and his wife Nefertari. Nile Cruise – Enjoy a 3-day scenic cruise down the Nile and visit the most awe-inspiring sites. Aswan –Discover the Temple of Philae, beautifully located on an island. Kom Ombo & Edfu – Visit the Greco-Roman Temple of Kom Ombo and the marvelous Temple of Edfu, one of the best-preserved ancient temples in Egypt. Luxor – Unveil the secrets of the ancient city of Thebes by visiting the enormous Karnak Temple. Explore the royal tombs of the pharaohs in the Valley of the Kings and the great Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut. Admire the Colossi of Memnon, two massive stone statues of Pharaoh Amenhotep III. National Museum of Egyptian Civilization - The museum's main attraction is the collection of royal mummies. Pyramids of Giza – Explore the Great Pyramid of Giza, the last remaining Wonder of the Ancient World, and gaze in awe at the enigmatic Great Sphinx while standing right between its huge paws. VIP EGYPT TRAVEL EXPERIENCES PRIVATE ENTRY TO THE GIZA PLATEAU Visit the most iconic historic site in the world outside regular hours for an intimate and crowd-free experience. PRIVATE ENTRY TO THE GREAT PYRAMID (private pyramid tours Egypt) Explore the Pyramid of Khufu - including two chambers that are closed to the public - without any other tourists. SPECIAL ACCESS TO THE GREAT SPHINX ENCLOSURE Marvel at a once-in-a-lifetime chance to touch the Great Sphinx and watch the sunrise from between its huge paws. Saqqara necropolis - End your journey at Saqqara, home to the first pyramid ever built by the Egyptians, the Step Pyramid of Djoser.
Inside Egypt tours are luxurious and include 5-star accommodation, a deluxe Nile Cruise ship, knowable English-speaking guides, fast and comfortable transportation, including air transportation, and delicious food. You can extend any of our Egypt tours with the Jordan 5-day add-on.
Our Inside Egypt team is happy to assist with any questions you may have about the Egypt tours, and they look forward to welcoming you to Egypt for an experience of a lifetime!
In which hotels will we stay?
Inside Egypt provides its guests with a stay in the best 5-star hotels in Egypt belonging to international, global hotel brands, during the VIP Egypt tour. All of these hotels guarantee the same high standards wherever they are located, around the world. As a result, our guests on our VIP Egypt travel experience are provided with a wide range of facilities and a high level of service. This comes from the brand's standard philosophy, which is carefully thought out and tailored to the profile of luxury guests on a VIP Egypt travel experience. The amenities that can be found in these hotels include: air conditioning in the room, a safe, scales in the bathroom, hair dryer, telephone in the bathroom, bathrobe, bottled water in the room, minibar or fridge, 24-hour room service, 24-hour baggage service, and the sale of hot food and drinks. Drinks can be purchased 24 hours a day and there will be a change of towels and bed linen daily or on request. In addition, each of these hotels has a heated outdoor pool as well as SPA and wellness areas that will further enhance your satisfying stay on your Egypt VIP travel. In these places you can take advantage of body treatments aimed at improving your general well-being, such as sauna, steam bath, classic massage, skin care treatments and sometimes also healing treatments. Marriott Mena House Visit the former residence of the Egyptian King that is now one of the most exclusive hotels in Egypt – Marriott Mena House. Is there a better place to admire the Great Pyramids from? Stay in Marriott Mena House with us during your Egypt VIP travel. Four Seasons Cairo at the First Residence Set in a prime location in Giza, the Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at The First Residence has everything the city has to offer on your doorstep. The Four Seasons Cairo at the First Residence will be your base when you travel on our private tour Giza Pyramids and Sphinx or the Abdeen Palace visit with Inside Egypt. MS Le Fayan or another similarly appointed ship On the Nile Cruise with Inside Egypt, you will travel on a luxury ship that is a floating 5-star hotel. This ship has air-conditioned outside cabins with large windows. Guests have an upper deck with sun loungers, a plunge pool and a bar at their disposal. From the sun deck you can enjoy beautiful views of the Nile River and fantastic sunsets. The ship is famous for its excellent service and delicious food with a range of both international dishes and Egyptian cuisine. A wonderful way to see the sights and relax on your VIP Egypt travel experience.
Will We Visit the Nile River on Our VIP Egypt Travel Experience?
A Nile cruise is part of every one of our luxury Egypt tours and is also one of the unique things to do in Egypt as part of a VIP Egypt tour. Many people dream of seeing and sailing along this huge African river and experience Egypt tours. Cruises on our VIP Egypt travel experience usually take place on the route from Luxor - Aswan or vice versa, and take place on luxury ships that are essentially floating hotels. It is a very convenient way to travel around Upper Egypt as the cruise allows you to not only visit the historical monuments that are located on the banks of the river, but also to admire the Egyptian nature and observe the life of the inhabitants of small towns and villages located along the Nile. This allows you to get to know Southern Egypt both in terms of its history, culture, as well as their customs and modern lifestyle, and is part of our VIP Egypt travel experience. All cabins on the cruise ship are exterior cabins with large windows and have air-conditioning and an en-suite bathroom. There are also several suites on the ship which are available at an additional cost. Guests on the VIP Egypt tour can relax after a day of sightseeing on the ship's upper deck, where there is a plunge pool, jacuzzi, sun loungers and tables with chairs. You can also drink coffee, tea or a cocktail in the bar while admiring the magical sunsets on the Nile River. Evenings are filled with live music, Egyptian folklore or animation programs. Three main meals are served on board: breakfast, lunch and dinner. The food includes both international and Egyptian dishes, and all dishes are tasty and varied. The service on the ship is personalized and is to a very high level. The Nile cruise with Inside Egypt is definitely Egypt VIP travel. We provide our clients with maximum comfort and luxury during the Nile cruise as well as during the whole of our VIP Egypt travel experience. Imagine yourself cruising down the Nile in true VIP style. In the company of an extremely knowledgeable guide, with whom you will visit monumental temples and royal tombs, you will learn the secrets of the Nile and discover its beauty. So, don't miss a chance to join the most exciting and exclusive VIP Egypt tour with Nile cruise ever offered!
Are the Tours Guided on the VIP Egypt Travel Experience?
When you decide to book a VIP Egypt tour with Inside Egypt, you can be sure that you are booking a tour with a reputable travel agency in Egypt , specializing in Egypt and its monuments, museums and all other Egyptian attractions. This gives you the guarantee that your VIP Egypt tour, including private pyramid tours, Egypt or Abdeen Palace visit will be led by a professional Egypt tour guide with experience and knowledge of all the places where Inside Egypt takes its guests on their VIP Egypt travel experience. Your VIP Egypt tour guide will speak perfect English and will be a great companion for your Egypt VIP travel experience. From our VIP Egypt tour guides you can expect a solid knowledge of history and sightseeing, but also knowledge of local entertainment, restaurants and dishes. Our guides on our VIP Egypt travel experience are passionate storytellers who provide as much information as our guests can absorb, in an interesting way to arouse interest and stimulate the imagination. With the small group Egypt tours offered by Inside Egypt being limited to a maximum of 20 participants, you will establish closer contact with the guide to be able to ask questions and share your thoughts. The guide on our VIP Egypt travel experience will share hot tips that you won't find in a guidebook, from curiosities to fascinating local stories. We believe that our knowledgeable tour guide accompanying you on our Egypt historical tours will make your visit to Egypt richer, and leave you with wonderful memories to last a lifetime.
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BEST OF EGYPT
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Dr. Tarek Tawfik, One of the Directors of the Grand Egyptian Museum Project
Dr. Ashraf Mohie El-Din, Director General of the Giza Pyramids Plateau
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Explore Egypt’s most iconic sites in just 7 days and have a once-in-a-lifetime experience? Now you can – on the Best of Egypt Tour!
Enjoy a VIP tour of two of the country's most significant sites – the Giza Pyramids Plateau and the Grand Egyptian Museum – with none other than their Archaeology Directors.
Discover the finest treasures of the Land of the Pharaohs – from the tombs of the greatest pharaohs in the Valley of the Kings to the magnificent temples of Karnak and Luxor and the rock-cut temples of Abu Simbel. Sail the Nile in luxury, with stops to admire further temples and experience authentic Egyptian life.
Imagine the Great Pyramid and the entire Giza Necropolis being open just for you. Have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to stand between the paws of the Great Sphinx rather than seeing it from a distant viewing platform. Complete your journey by visiting the long-anticipated Grand Egyptian Museum. All of Egypt’s bucket list is here.
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Dr. Tarek Tawfik
One of the Directors of the Grand Egyptian Museum Project
As Director General of the Grand Egyptian Museum, Dr. Tarek Tawfik was instrumental in moving the museum toward completion, including overseeing the transport of 50,000 artifacts from other museums to their new home. He still plays a key role as part of the scientific committee making the museum a destination in its own right.
Dr. Tawfik has directed many excavations all over Egypt, has published numerous scientific articles and books and serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Egyptian Archaeology. He teaches archaeology at Cairo University and is a visiting professor at several major universities worldwide. Dr. Tawfik is also a member of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities as well as the High Committee of the Ministry of Antiquities for Museums and Exhibitions.
Dr. Tawfik will take you on a private tour of the Grand Egyptian Museum – the biggest project in Egypt’s modern history – to show you the greatest collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts on display. You’ll see treasures never before seen in public, hear stories about how they were discovered, and learn long-held secrets about the Land of the Pharaohs.
Dr. Ashraf Mohie El-Din
Director General of the Giza Pyramids Plateau
Renowned archaeologist Dr. Ashraf Mohie El-Din oversees one of the world’s most iconic archaeological sites – the Giza Pyramids Plateau, home to the Great Pyramid and the Great Sphinx. He has appeared as a frequent guest on the National Geographic channel and has delivered lectures worldwide. He has played a vital role in various scientific endeavors at the Giza Plateau, making numerous invaluable discoveries.
He has been field director of multiple excavations at the Plateau and other significant locations, including Saqqara, the site of Egypt’s oldest pyramid. As a representative of the Ministry of Antiquities, Dr. El-Din has led notable heads of state, royalty, and celebrities on tours of Egypt’s most important sites.
Now, he invites you to join him on an exclusive VIP tour of the Giza Plateau and the Great Sphinx, where he will bring to life their undisclosed secrets. During this unique experience, you will gain exclusive insights into recent excavations, groundbreaking research, and discoveries that have yet to be made public.
VIP TOUR OF THE GRAND EGYPTIAN MUSEUM*
PRIVATE ENTRY TO THE GIZA PLATEAU
PRIVATE ENTRY TO THE GREAT PYRAMID
SPECIAL ACCESS TO THE GREAT SPHINX ENCLOSURE
*The tour itinerary will include a visit to the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities at Tahrir Square until the Grand Egyptian Museum opens.
Cairo & Pyramids – Discover the diverse capital of Egypt. Explore the Great Pyramid of Giza, the last remaining Wonder of the Ancient World, and gaze in awe at the enigmatic Sphinx while standing right between its huge paws.
Grand Egyptian Museum* – Delve into the world’s largest collection of pharaonic treasures, including King Tut’s famous golden mask, by visiting the country’s latest landmark.
Nile Cruise – Enjoy a 4-day scenic cruise down the Nile and visit the most awe-inspiring sites.
Luxor – Unveil the secrets of the ancient city of Thebes by visiting the enormous Karnak and Luxor Temples. Explore the royal tombs of the pharaohs in the Valley of the Kings and the great Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut. Admire the Colossi of Memnon, two massive stone statues of Pharaoh Amenhotep III.
Edfu & Kom Ombo – Visit the marvelous Temple of Edfu, one of the best-preserved ancient temples in Egypt, and the Greco-Roman Temple of Kom Ombo.
Aswan – Admire the Unfinished Obelisk, the world’s largest ancient obelisk, and discover the Temple of Philae, beautifully located on an island.
Abu Simbel – Explore the magnificent temples of Abu Simbel, carved out of the mountainside for Ramses II and his wife Nefertari.
Cultural Experiences – Stroll through the most atmospheric old souks in Luxor and Aswan. Connect with locals and enjoy authentic traditional musical performances.
Day 1 – Arrival in Cairo
When you arrive at Cairo International Airport, an Archaeological Paths ’ representative greets you and helps you with visa and airport procedures. You are then transferred to a luxurious 5-star hotel in Giza that offers spectacular views of the pyramids.
Day 2 – VIP tour of the Grand Egyptian Museum with Dr. Tarek Tawfik* / Private Entry to the Giza Plateau / Special Access Between the Paws of the Great Sphinx / Private Entry to the Great Pyramid
Begin your journey by visiting the long-anticipated Grand Egyptian Museum* . It is home to the world’s greatest collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts, preserving 7,000 years of Egyptian history.
You will explore the museum’s treasures with Dr. Tarek Tawfik , the former Director General of the museum. Dr. Tawfik oversaw this mammoth project for many years, including moving 50,000 artifacts from other museums to their new home. He will give you an insider’s perspective into how it was built as he leads you through the museum’s galleries and exhibits. Learn about the inside story and secrets of the museum with someone who was instrumental in its planning.
The highlight of the visit is the spectacular Pharaoh Tutankhamun collection , displayed in its entirety for the first time. Also not to be missed among the most valuable collection of Egyptian antiquities is the Khufu Solar Boat , which symbolically transported the Pharaoh Khufu from the living world to the afterlife.
After lunch, it is time to experience the most iconic ancient site – the Giza Plateau . First, you visit the stone quarry of Giza and the Valley Temple of Khafre , which was used for the Pharaoh Khafre’s mummification and purification before burial. Next, you are driven to a panoramic viewpoint to take in a picturesque overview of the pyramids.
Later, when the Giza Plateau closes to other tourists, you are granted special permission to visit the site privately. This crowd-free experience is typically offered only to royals, heads of state and other honored guests.
First, you have VIP access to the Great Sphinx Enclosure . While other tourists see the Sphinx only from a distant observation terrace, you stand right in front of the world’s most recognizable sculpture.
Next, you enjoy private entry to the Great Pyramid of Khufu , the only one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World still standing today. During the entire visit, you are accompanied by an Egyptology Expert who leads you through the Great Pyramid’s interior and vividly describes its history, construction, and mythology.
On top of accessing the pyramid privately and seeing the King’s Chamber , the Director of the Giza Pyramids opens for you two additional chambers – the Queen’s Chamber and the Subterranean Chamber , both closed to the public.
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Day 3 – Abu Simbel Temples / Unfinished Obelisk / Temple of Philae / Aswan Old Souk
A short flight takes you to Abu Simbel. There, you visit the majestic Abu Simbel Temples , one of the most impressive monuments of ancient Egypt. The temples were carved out of the mountainside in the 13th century BC for Ramses II and his wife Nefertari.
Back on board the luxury cruise ship, you are invited to the captain’s cocktail party , where you meet the crew and enjoy delicious local and international cocktails. Later in the evening you stroll through the Aswan Old Souk , an atmospheric open-air market. Don’t forget to try the local shisha and taste some traditional Egyptian tea.
Day 4 – Kom Ombo Temple / Nile River Cruise / Q&A Session / Edfu Temple
In the morning you start cruising toward Kom Ombo to explore the Greco-Roman Temple of Kom Ombo . It was built between 205 and 180 BC as a place of worship for two gods: Horus, the falcon god, and Sobek, the crocodile god. Later you visit the Crocodile Museum , which houses a collection of mummified crocodiles and ancient carvings.
On the way along the Nile to the next site, you can enjoy a drink on the ship’s sundeck while admiring the local wildlife, flourishing green fields, picturesque villages, palm trees and desert in the distance. Have a swim in the pool or use the ship’s spa, jacuzzi or gym facilities. With all these possibilities for relaxation, do not miss an engaging Q&A session with your Egyptology Expert who answers your questions about history and daily life in both ancient and modern Egypt.
In the afternoon you visit the marvelous Temple of Edfu . It is among the best-preserved ancient temples in Egypt, built between 237 and 57 BC, and dedicated to Horus.
Tonight’s onboard dinner features exquisite Egyptian cuisine and an Egyptian Night costume party in traditional galabeyas.
Day 5 – Valley of the Kings / Temple of Hatshepsut / Colossi of Memnon / Luxor Market
Start the day by exploring Luxor, the ancient city of Thebes and one of the capitals of ancient Egypt. After breakfast, a short motorboat ride across the Nile takes you to the Valley of the Kings . It was a royal cemetery for over 500 years, and 62 pharaohs and other nobles were buried there. In the Valley, you see some of the best-known tombs, including King Tutankhamun’s , which was famously found intact in 1922 by British archaeologist Howard Carter.
Next, you discover the Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut , one of the most characteristic temples in Luxor. It was built for the most successful female pharaoh to rule over Egypt. On the way back to the cruise ship you stop to admire the Colossi of Memnon , two massive stone statues of Pharaoh Amenhotep III.
Before dinner, enjoy a traditional belly dance performance . In the evening you explore Luxor Market , an authentic, open-air souk, where you have a chance to connect with locals at every turn and sample regional delicacies.
Day 6 – Karnak and Luxor Temples / Farewell Dinner
Another exhilarating day in Luxor starts with a visit to Karnak , the largest temple complex in the world. Walk through the avenue of sphinxes, gaze up at the towering 97-foot-tall obelisk and wander among the massive pillars of the Great Hypostyle Hall.
Then, it’s on to the magnificent Luxor Temple . It was built over hundreds of years by the New Kingdom pharaohs including Tutankhamun and Ramses II. To this day the temple is one of the greatest reflections of the pharaohs’ power and supremacy.
After your adventure on the Nile, you fly back to Cairo to check in at your 5-star hotel. There, you have a farewell dinner with live Egyptian music and celebrate your unforgettable journey across Egypt.
Day 7 – Departure from Cairo
After breakfast, you are transferred to Cairo International Airport for your flight back home.
Please find below a brief summary of the Pre- and Post- Tours. To read the full description of the Extensions, please download our Extensions Travel Brochure – CLICK HERE TO VIEW BROCHURE .
CAIRO MUSEUMS (1-day add-on)
During this one-day add-on, visit two of Cairo’s most important museums. First, explore the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities in Tahrir Square. It was built in 1902, and its iconic pink-toned walls in the midst of downtown Cairo still house an extensive collection of pharaonic antiquities. After lunch, visit the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization. Just opened in 2017, the museum tells the story of Egypt’s rich history and contribution to world cultures – from ancient times through the Greco-Roman, Coptic, and Islamic periods – with fascinating exhibitions and artifacts, including royal mummies of the greatest pharaohs.
Price : $595 per person for a double room or $795 for a single room. The add-on includes accommodation for 1 night at the same hotel as during the main tour.
MEMPHIS & DAHSHUR (1-day add-on)
Discover Memphis, the ancient capital of Egypt, and Dahshur, home to the Bent and Red Pyramids. In Memphis, you visit a historical open-air museum and admire a monumental statue of Ramses II carved from limestone. Dahshur gives you a chance to explore two of the oldest, largest and best-preserved pyramids in Egypt – the Bent and Red Pyramids, built for Pharaoh Snefru.
ISRAEL (5-day add-on)
Visit Israel – the Holy Land – full of archaeological wonders and UNESCO World Heritage Sites and the sacred home of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Stroll around the streets of Jerusalem. Walk in the footsteps of King David. See the Western Wall, one of the holiest places in Judaism. Enjoy a scenic ride through the Judean Desert and along the shore of the Dead Sea to visit Masada, the ancient fortress built by King Herod and now Israel’s foremost archaeological park.
EXCLUSIVE VIP EXPERIENCES:
Israel Museum : Visit Israel’s largest cultural institution in the company of one of the museum’s curators. Gain exclusive insight into the finest artifacts and treasures, which range from ancient texts, including Dead Sea Scrolls, to contemporary sculpture and art.
City of David National Park : Explore this active archaeological site with one of the field excavation directors. Discover the place where Jerusalem was founded and witness how archaeological finds, historical texts, and biblical narratives converge in this fascinating country.
Price : $4985 per person for a double room. Single supplement costs $995. The add-on starts 5 days before and ends a day prior to the Egypt tour. You should purchase an additional night at the hotel in Egypt, so you can use that day to rest, or take part in our 1-day pre-tour add-on which includes the cost of the additional night.
ALEXANDRIA (1-day add-on)
The tour starts in the morning with a 3-hour drive on an air-conditioned bus. Alexandria is the second largest city in Egypt, famous for its Greco-Roman remains and Mediterranean character. The city was founded by Alexander the Great in 332 BC and was the capital of Egypt for more than 300 years. The add-on covers all highlights, including the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, the catacombs of Kom ash-Shuqqafa, the Roman Amphitheater, the harbor of Alexandria with the picturesque Citadel of Sultan Qaitbay, and the place where the famous Lighthouse of Alexandria – one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World – once stood. In the evening you return to your hotel in Cairo for dinner and overnight stay.
JORDAN (5-day add-on)
Experience Jordan on a fascinating tour to a land of ancient wonders. Unveil the secrets of the Rose City of Petra, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore the desert of Wadi Rum, also known as the Valley of the Moon, with its prehistoric petroglyphs and ever-changing landscape of otherworldly rock formations. Take a relaxing dip in the Dead Sea and visit Mount Nebo, from where Moses is believed to have seen the Promised Land.
EXCLUSIVE VIP EXPERIENCE:
Petra with an archaeologist : Explore Jordan’s most famous site together with one of the leading archaeologists working there. Learn about the latest research and discoveries made in Petra and uncover the secrets of the Treasury, Petra’s most magnificent temple.
Price : $4985 per person for a double room. Single supplement costs $995. The add-on starts the day after the Egypt tour ends. You should purchase an additional night at the hotel, so you can use that day to rest, or take part in our 1-day post-tour add-on which includes the cost of the additional night.
7. Travel Map
Marriott Mena House Hotel
At the Marriott Mena House you can enjoy truly unparalleled accommodation. The hotel’s setting, with its view of the Pyramids of Giza, has entranced travelers through the ages. The tranquility and fresh breezes have attracted royalty and the rich and famous to this magical location for 150 years. The Marriott Mena House merges the exceptional heritage of the Pyramids standing witness to thousands of years of civilization with Marriott International’s 21st-century tradition of innovation. According to Time magazine, Marriott Mena House hotel is one of the World's Greatest Places to visit. The hotel consists of 331 luxury rooms and suites with private balconies, many boasting views of the Pyramids or the lavish gardens, four restaurants and lounges, and a heated swimming pool and a health club.
Four Seasons Hotel Cairo at the First Residence
The Four Seasons is flanked by Giza’s lush zoological gardens and the western bank of the Nile, and its address in Giza’s prestigious First Residence complex puts you in the center of it all. From the hotel you can catch a glimpse of the river or the Great Pyramids as you head out to explore the ancient wonders this city offers. After sightseeing, spend the day lounging by the pool, indulging in an aromatic massage once reserved solely for Egyptian royalty or shopping three floors of high-end boutiques at the First Mall.
MS Le Fayan
Le Fayan is one of the newest cruise ships available on the Nile, featured on more than one list of the top 10 Nile cruisers. Its 57 spacious rooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the beautiful landscapes along the Nile. The boat offers world-class standards and provides attentive hospitality. In your free time you can sip cocktails at the ship’s bar, go to the gym or enjoy the modern sundeck, which boasts tables and chairs along with lounge chairs for sunbathing, a bar, jacuzzi and a swimming pool. A luxury cruise on the Nile is always a memorable experience. It is also the most comfortable way to travel while exploring Egypt’s most renowned temples and historic sites.
Prices Starting From: • $6,985 – Double Occupancy • $1,395 – Single Supplement
Payment Schedule: • $1,200 deposit – during booking • Remaining balance – 90 days before the tour
Price Includes: Exclusive VIP Experiences as indicated in the itinerary; Special Guests as indicated in the itinerary; Luxury Accommodations as indicated in the itinerary; All sightseeing tours and entries as indicated in the itinerary; Meals as indicated in the itinerary; English-speaking Egyptology Expert as a tour guide; English-speaking Travel Concierge; Domestic airfare; Bottled water during sightseeing; Transfers in air-conditioned buses; Reception at the airport and airport transfers on standard arrival and departure days; Basic health insurance (to download the Terms and Conditions of travel insurance click here ); Taxes.
Not Included: International airfare (we can assist you with the booking); $25 entry visa (issued and paid in cash on arrival at Cairo International Airport); Tips; Soft and alcoholic beverages; Personal expenses
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Train times & fares for key routes
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How to check train times.
Timetables for Cairo-Alexandria & Cairo-Luxor-Aswan and several other routes are shown further down this page. But here's how to check train times online:
Check train times at enr.gov.eg
Or download the enr app, or download a third-party app.
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How to buy tickets
Option 1, buy at the station.
Are tickets usually available on the day?
Most people end up buying tickets at the station, as options for booking Egyptian trains online are limited - although the sleeper trains between Cairo, Luxor & Aswan can be booked online easily enough.
Between Cairo & Alexandria it's normally easy to buy 1st class tickets on the day of travel or the day before. If you find a particular train or class fully-booked, there will almost always be seats available on another train or in another class. Availability is not normally a problem.
Between Cairo & Luxor or Aswan it's better to book a few days ahead, although you may well find seats available at least on some trains if you book on the day or the day before.
How to check availability
You can use the ENR website or (if it's down) the ENR app to check seat availability, even if they won't let you buy online. Run an enquiry for today or tomorrow and see how many seats remain available on each train. That should give you the confidence to buy in person at the station a day or two ahead, even if you're normally obsessed with booking everything months in advance.
Foreigners Reservation Office, Cairo Ramses station
In Cairo there's a special Foreigner's Reservation Office, you can buy all your tickets here. As from 15 December 2022, foreigners need to pay special higher fares, so you can't use the normal ticket windows.
Walk into the main hall at Cairo Ramses station (passing through security at the station entrance) and head up the escalators to the mezzanine floor with the foodcourt. Head for the left-hand side of the mezzanine floor and enter a corridor. Walk along that corridor, following the signs to the Foreigner's Reservation Office.
Self-service ticket machines
Cairo, Alexandria, Luxor & Aswan stations have self-service ticket machines with a touch screen and an English language facility. If & when working (some or all may be out of action as this is Egypt!), these are quicker & easier than going to the staffed ticket counters. The machines can sell train tickets complete with reservation for all main routes & trains and on a good day they accept overseas credit cards (remember I said 'only on a good day'!). Many machines have fallen into disrepair, by all means look for one that works, some still do and if so, should accept overseas cards. However, it's not clear if these can cope with the new foreigner prices, I bet they can't. If you try these machines, let me know !
Tickets for the Cairo-Luxor-Aswan sleeper
The Cairo-Luxor-Aswan deluxe sleeper can be booked online or booked in person at the separate Abela Trains Reservation Office at Cairo Ramses station, located on the outside of the western facade of the station building, next to Station Entrance 1, an archway or two to the right of the impressive locked-shut main door. The office location is marked on this satellite view of Cairo station . Tickets must be paid for foreign currency, either US dollars, euros or pounds sterling. Originally you had to pay in cash, but in 2022 it was reported that credit cards are now accepted. There are also Abela offices at Luxor & Aswan stations.
The sleeper usually has berths available if you book a day or two in advance, but at peak tourist times such as Easter it gets fully-booked by tour groups, so pre-booking is recommended.
Option 2, buy online at Bookaway.com
Why use Bookaway?
What can they sell?
www.bookaway.com can book 1st & 2nd class seats on the most popular air-conditioned express trains between Cairo, Giza, Luxor & Aswan, and between Cairo & Alexandria. It can also sell tickets for the Cairo-Luxor/Aswan sleeper trains.
When does booking open?
How are tickets delivered?
Option 3, buy online at enr.gov.eg
Egyptian National Railways (ENR) relaunched its website in January 2023
enr.gov.eg is the official Egyptian National Railways website. After being offline for some weeks over Christmas 2022, it came back again with a Beta version of an all-new website. However, it doesn't appear to show the new higher foreigner fares, and it only shows a handful of 'selected' trains.
Update 2024: The website went down again in summer 2023, in September 2023 it came back up, but says booking is for Egyptian nationals only, booking for foreigners is under construction. You can still use it to check train times, they will be more accurate than most other websites , but until it's sorted you'll have to buy using Bookaway as shown above or buy in person at the station .
It may adjust train times to your own time zone
Which isn't terribly helpful! In other words, when you use the site on a laptop located in the UK 2 hours behind Egyptian time, it says train 980 leaves Cairo at 06:00 meaning 06:00 UK time, when the train actually leaves at 08:00 Egyptian time. If you used the website on a computer in New York, it'd say the train left at 01:00! It may or may not still be doing this, but keep your wits about you.
What can it book?
It can currently only book tickets for a handful of selected air-conditioned express trains between Cairo, Alexandria, Luxor & Aswan. At the current soft-launch stage, that's it.
It won't book the Cairo-Luxor-Aswan deluxe sleeper trains, see the next section for sleepers . It won't book 2nd & 3rd class non-air-con tickets for slower ordinary or Russian trains. It won't sell tickets to smaller stations such as Edfu, Kom Ombo or El Alamein.
Booking opens 2 weeks before departure, and closes 2 days before departure. If you try to book more than 2 weeks before you want to go, it says there's no availability. So wait until booking opens. If you need tickets for today or tomorrow, you must buy at the station.
Can foreign tourists use this system?
Sort of! It currently doesn't show the new higher foreigner fares, only the normal Egyptian fare. So go ahead and pay the normal rate, then either (a) see if anyone charges you extra on the train, or (b) go to the foreigners ticket office, show your online ticket and offer to pay the extra. But if you book online you know you're safely booked on the train! The old ENR website happily accepted most non-Egyptian credit cards, and I've had at least one person confirm that they successfully used the revamped post-January-2023 ENR website to buy tickets.
4 people per booking maximum
You can only book 4 people at a time. If you want to book more, you'll have to make two bookings and if necessary open two accounts.
How to use it
Go to enr.gov.eg , it opens in Arabic (eventually, it's slow!), change ar to en top left for English .
Click Sign up and enter your email. They send you a code to enter to verify your email. When your account has been set up, log in again. Run an enquiry on a date within the next 2 weeks, remember you can't book further ahead than this.
You are sent an email with reservation details with date, time, train number, car & seat number. You print this out and can board the train with this printout and the credit card used to make the booking, as long as the main named traveller is the owner of the credit card. If you've used someone else's card, then you'll need a photocopy of the front of the credit card, passport, and reservation details.
Feedback would be welcome if you use this system, successfully or unsuccessfully. If you have problems or if it's down, try the app.
Option 4, buy using the ENR app
An official Egyptian National Railways (ENR) mobile phone app is available for iPhone and for Android and you can use it to buy tickets. Or more accurately, you may be able to use it to buy tickets, because it works for some people and doesn't for others.
Update 2024 : The app now says it's for Egyptians online. It's not currently working for non-Egyptians.
The app works like the website, it now accepts foreigner's passport numbers and on a good day it will accept overseas credit cards. Several travellers have reported using the app to buy tickets successfully - even when the ENR website was down. However. one or two others report that it wouldn't accept their credit card. So give it a go and see.
You can at least use the app to check train times and availability, even if you then have to buy in person at the station.
Be warned, like the website it unhelpfully shows train times transmogrified to your own local time zone, not in Egyptian time, although when you get the email confirmation after buying tickets this will show the correct departure time in Egyptian local time.
Option 5, buy sleeper tickets at Abelatrains.com
The deluxe sleeper train between Cairo & Luxor/Aswan is privately-run and has a separate booking system. From 2 August 2023 it's operated by a company called Abela Trains, the contract was previously held by a company called Ernst and branded Watania Sleeping Trains.
Use the Abela website
You can buy tickets online at Abelatrains.com .
Booking opens 4 to 5 months ahead, this may vary.
Tip: When completing the online booking form, it won't work if you leave any of the fields blank. For example, if you don't have a middle name, enter a dot.
Tip: If booking 2 people in a 2-berth sleeper, at the point where you enter your passenger data, make sure you select Yes under Family . That ensures you are given 2 beds in the same compartment. Otherwise you may get berths in separate compartments each shared with another passenger of the same gender.
Or use the Abela app
Their website does work, but if you have any problems, download the Abela app for iPhone or Abela app for Android . The app usually works even if the website doesn't. For English, click the language button top left, labelled with an 'A' for Arabic.
You print your own ticket and can board the train with that printout. Feedback appreciated .
If neither website nor app work for you
Reliable agency www.bookaway.com can book these sleeper trains for you with a small mark-up.
Alternatively, contact Abela by phone or fax, fax your booking request to + 202 37 489 680 quoting your email address or phone their reservation office on + 202 374 893 88 or + 202 374 894 88 (lines open 09:00 to 15:00 Egyptian time, daily except Fridays, English spoken, feedback appreciated !).
They will email you a booking reference and you can pick up the tickets and pay for them in Egyptian pounds, US Dollars or euros at the Abela reservation office.
What are Egyptian trains like ?
There are two broad categories of train in Egypt, express trains and ordinary trains .
Express trains are air-conditioned with 1st & 2nd class seats and refreshments, they are all-reserved and tickets come with a specific assigned seat.
Ordinary trains are generally slower, are unreserved (so can be crowded) with non-air-con 2nd & 3rd class, although a few trains convey an air-con 2nd class car with reserved seats and some trains with the new Russian-built carriages have air-conditioned 3rd class which is perfectly acceptable.
The air-conditioned expresses further divide into two main groups, VIP with more modern carriages and Spanish with much older (but still comfortable) carriages.
Most visitors understandably stick with the air-conditioned expresses, although I've used a 2nd & 3rd class slow train between Aswan & Luxor, the advantages are opening windows and lots of local colour. A fleet of new Russian-designed carriages is slowly coming into service from 2020/2021 onwards, initially replacing older cars on slow trains, but in due course will also operate some air-con express services. If you travel on one of these, let me know!
Lastly we have the 'deluxe' sleeper train which provides time-effective travel between Cairo and Upper Egypt. This has been outsourced to a private company.
These are being introduced in 2023, and now work several Cairo-Alexandria services in each direction. They are modern air-conditioned articulated trains built by the Talgo company, each car is much shorter and smaller than a conventional carriage and there is just one axle under each articulation. These are now Egypt's premier expresses, with 1st & 2nd class and a buffer counter. On some departures you may be offered a meal served at your seat, veg or non-veg, typical cost around LE 150, about £4 or $5. They may give you a meal and come back for payment later, it is not included in the fare. See video of a Cairo to Alexandria journey by Talgo .
VIP special express trains
These are the best trains (or were, until the first Talgo trains entered service), running on both the Cairo-Alexandria and Cairo-Luxor-Aswan routes. They're shown as Special Service OD on the Egyptian Railways website enr.gov.eg , and as VIP trains on most other apps & websites. It will say Special on your ticket. They are fully air-conditioned with 1st & 2nd class (AC1 & AC2) and a cafe counter, all tickets come with a specific reserved seat. A refreshment trolley comes down the train selling tea, coffee & soft drinks. Seats can be rotated to face either way - or to create a bay of 4 for families - by pressing a foot pedal. These trains consist of stainless-steel cars with bodyshells built in China, assembled in Egypt, over 200 of which were delivered 2015-16. On some departures you may be offered a meal served at your seat, veg or non-veg, typical cost around LE 150, about £4 or $5. They may give you a meal and come back for payment later, it is not included in the fare.
These mostly use older air-conditioned cars built in Spain, as shown in the photos below. They are shown as Speed AC Spanish on the Egyptian Railways website enr.gov.eg and as just AC or Air-Conditioned on most other apps & websites . They have comfortable 1st & 2nd class (AC1 & AC2) seating, all tickets come with a specific reserved seat. A refreshment trolley usually comes down the train selling tea, coffee & soft drinks. Seats can be rotated to face either way - or to create a bay of 4 for families - by pressing a foot pedal. These trains also operate on both the Cairo-Alexandria and Cairo-Luxor-Aswan routes.
Several Cairo-Alexandria expresses use stainless-steel cars built in France in the 1980s, remarkably similar in design to the Chinese/Egyptian VIP cars but much older, with an almost-identical window arrangement including the venetian blinds between panes of double-glazing. Such trains include Cairo-Alex train 911, 915, 919 & 923 and Alex-Cairo train 922. Notices posted at stations may (correctly) refer to these as French trains, but the Egyptian Railways website lists both Spanish and French trains as Speed AC Spanish, just to confuse you.
Ordinary trains are much slower, with non-air-conditioned 2nd & 3rd class seats. They are unreserved, you sit where you like, which means at busy times they may be crowded. Few visitors bother with these trains, although there's no reason why you shouldn't use them if you like. One advantage is that without air-con the windows open, which is better for seeing and photographing the Nile Valley. I once took one from Aswan to Luxor as that's only a short hop, my train wasn't crowded, a breeze blew through the open windows, and I met some interesting Egyptian people on board.
A few trains - shown as Ord+ in the timetables on this page - convey one or two air-conditioned 2nd class cars with reserved seats, of the same sort as the 2nd class air-con cars on the Spanish express trains . These air-con 2nd class cars are a good way to travel between Cairo and Port Said, Suez or Mersa Matruh, or even Alexandria if the express trains are fully-booked.
New Russian trains
The first batch of new carriages built in Russia & Hungary were delivered in 2020-2021. This huge order includes 500 pressure-ventilated 3rd class cars (shown as GA3 class, GA = Good Air ), 500 air-conditioned 3rd class cars (the first air-conditioned 3rd class cars in Egypt, shown as AC3), 210 air-conditioned 2nd class cars (AC2) and 90 air-conditioned 1st class cars (AC1). The first batch of these cars has now replaced older 2nd & 3rd class non-air-con cars on many Alexandria-Cairo & Cairo-Asyut-Luxor ordinary trains and they may turn up on air-con expresses in due course. If you travel on one and get any better interior photos, please let me know .
Deluxe sleeper trains
One or two comfortable sleeper trains link Cairo & Giza with Luxor & Aswan in each direction, with air-conditioned sleeping-cars and a lounge car, see the photos below. Often referred to as 'deluxe' sleeper trains, they're comfortable with fresh clean bedding and on-board catering. However, this is Egypt and the carpet may be a bit dusty or frayed so don't let the term 'deluxe' give you unreasonable expectations! Foreigners are charged higher fares than Egyptian nationals.
Egyptian National Railways have outsourced the operation of these sleeper trains, from 2 August 2023 they're operated by a company called Abela Trains. Abela took over from former contractor Ernst, who branded the service Watania Sleeping Trains . You may still see this brand in odd places online.
Trains 86 (southbound) & 87 (northbound) run every day all year, trains 82/83 run at peak periods. It's the most time-effective way to travel between Cairo & Luxor or Aswan and it's also a genuine Egyptian experience in its own right.
The sleeping-cars have secure & lockable compartments each of which can be sold as a single with only the lower berth folded out, or as a double with both upper & lower berths in use. The berths fold away to reveal a sofa for evening and morning use, the middle of the three sofa seats folds down to form a table as you can see in the photos.
Each compartment has a washbasin, soap, towel & clean bedding are provided. There's a 2-pin shaver socket near the sink which can be used to recharge cameras & mobiles with a suitable adaptor. Luggage goes in your compartment with you, there's a recess over the door for large bags so they don't have to go on the floor.
The fare includes a basic airline-style tray-meal in the evening and a simple breakfast, although tea & coffee are charged for. Room service can serve drinks in your compartment at extra cost. The sleeping-cars are non-smoking, but you can smoke if you need to in the vestibules at each end of the carriage. There is a connecting door between adjacent pairs of compartments which can be opened if 3 or 4 of you occupy both compartments.
Passengers travelling alone who don't want to pay the single-berth fare can book one bed in a 2-berth and share with another passenger of the same sex.
There is a lounge car roughly in the centre of the train serving drinks & snacks, see the photos below.
The sleeping-cars used on these trains were built in East Germany in the 1980s, a few cars retain their original classy German interiors (if your washbasin has a flat top, that's a give-away) but most have been refurbished with shiny fibreglass panels and a half-sphere washbasin cover as shown in the photos below. Similarly, the photos below show a lounge car which has been refurbished to look old-fashioned, I believe there is at least one lounge car which retains its original 1980s interior with free-standing tables & chairs which ironically looks more modern. Plans to build new sleeper trains were announced in 2020, but any new trains are still some years away.
For more information see Abelatrains.com . Watch the sleeper video . Sleeper train times & fares . How to book the sleeper .
Cairo Ramses station Location map
All mainline trains use Cairo's impressive main station, often called Ramses station. The first station opened here in 1856, the current building dates from 1892. It was extended in 1955 and modernised in the 2010s with marble flooring and air-conditioning. The station is both a through station and a terminus, the main station building sits next to seven terminus platforms, with four through platforms running alongside, see Google Maps satellite view station plan .
Express trains to Alexandria normally leave from the terminus platforms, numbered 1-7 from right to left (1-4 are under the impressive trainshed, 5-7 alongside). The VIP express trains to Alex typically leave from platform 4.
Trains to Luxor & Aswan leave from the four through platforms, numbered 8, 9, 10 & 11. A passageway leads from the main concourse to platform 8. A subway leads under the tracks to platforms 9, 10 & 11. Sleeper train 86 and VIP train 980 to Luxor & Aswan both usually leave from platform 8, easily accessible from the main concourse.
There are more terminus platforms on the far side of the station, numbered 12 upwards, used by northbound ordinary trains. You are unlikely to need these. There is also a separate station, known as Cairo Pont Limon (and shown on apps as Cairo Allimon or El-Qahira El-Liamoon), just southeast of the main station. This handles local trains into the Delta, again you're unlikely to need this.
Security on entry: All bags are X-rayed as you enter the station, although anecdotally it seems they aren't interested in what you have on you when you walk through the metal detector, it's bags they really want to check. Once inside, the station has a ticket office, left luggage office, tourist office, ATMs, and a food court. The Abela sleeper office is at the front of the station next to the main entrance, before you go through security.
Foreigners Reservation Office: See the how to buy tickets section .
Deluxe sleeper ticket office: See the how to buy tickets section .
Access to the platforms: Automatic ticket gates were installed at the entrance to platforms in 2022. You now need a valid ticket to access the platforms.
How to find your train & seat. The main departure boards at major stations such as Cairo or Alexandria show train number, platform, destination. They switch between Arabic and Western script/numerals every few seconds. Each platform at Cairo Ramses station has an LED display showing the departure time, train number & destination of the train at that platform.
There's no check in, you just go and get on your train any time before departure, but remember there's a baggage X-ray check at the entrance to the station. I'd be at the station half an hour before.
Cairo to Alexandria
The best way to travel between Alexandria and Cairo is by train. There are two broad categories of train, air-conditioned expresses with comfortable 1st & 2nd class reserved seats, and slower ordinary trains with basic non-air-con unreserved 2nd & 3rd class seats, many now composed of new Russian-built carriages. Most visitors stick with the air-conditioned expresses, which are highlighted below in bold type .
The air-conditioned expresses further divide into three types, the new premier Talgo trains , the second-rank VIP express trains (shown on the ENR website as Special and on most other apps & websites as VIP) , and the older Spanish or French express trains , shown on the ENR website as Speed and on most other apps & websites as just AC . All are comfortable and can be recommended, the Talgo trains are easily the best (as good as anything in western Europe), the VIP trains are good but not quite as modern, and the Spanish trains much more worn.
Timetable southbound, notes for the timetable.
Bold type = Air-conditioned express trains. Most visitors will want one of these.
Talgo = new articulated train made by the Talgo company, being introduced from January 2023. 1st & 2nd class, air-conditioned, higher fares.
VIP = VIP special express train , extra-fast air-conditioned express with 1st & 2nd class reserved seats & refreshments, using stainless-steel carriages built in China/Egypt in 2015-16. Most only stop at Tanta & Sidi Gaber, or just Sidi Gaber. These are the best trains, higher fares apply than for the Spanish trains. Shown on enr.gov.eg as Special Service OD, and on most other apps & websites as VIP, see the photos above .
Exp = Express train , fast air-conditioned express with 1st & 2nd class reserved seats & refreshments, using either red & white Spanish carriages or French stainless-steel carriages. Comfortable & recommended, but older than the VIP trains. They are all shown on enr.gov.eg as Speed AC Spanish and on other apps & websites as AC , see photos above , although notices posted at stations may correctly identify which are Spanish trains and which French trains .
* Tip: Train 89 is an overnight through service from Aswan & Luxor to Alexandria, best avoided for Cairo-Alexandria journeys as it may be delayed.
Ru = Russian train . Composed of new Russian-built carriages, 2nd & 3rd class anon-air-con, may have some 2nd & 3rd class air-con carriages.
Ord = Ordinary train , 2nd & 3rd class unreserved seats, non-air-con, not normally used by tourists, see the photo above .
Ord+ = Ordinary train , 2nd & 3rd class unreserved seats, non-air-con, also conveys one or more cars of air-conditioned 2nd class reserved seats.
How to buy tickets . Check these times & fares online or using an app as shown above .
Hotels in Alexandria: The two classic hotels right on the Corniche are the famous Cecil Hotel & the Metropole Hotel . Both hotels are a 19-minute 1.4 km walk or 11 minute taxi ride from Alexandria station.
Cairo-Alexandria is 208 km (129 miles). All these trains call at Sidi Gaber, a local station 3 km from Alexandria's main station.
Children aged 0 to 3 travel free, children 4 to 9 travel at half fare, children 10 and over pay full fare.
New higher prices for foreigners were introduced in December 2022, these are the 2024 prices. You can pay in USD, Euros or Egyptian pounds.
This is by far the easiest option, and the least hassle. www.bookaway.com is a reliable agency, you pay a reasonable agency mark-up but it's a painless way to get your train tickets booked in advance from outside Egypt.
www.bookaway.com can book seats on all the most popular air-conditioned express trains between Cairo and Alexandria, although it can't book every possible train or book to/from smaller stations.
Bookaway will give you details of how to contact their agent at least 10 hours before departure to arrange local ticket delivery to your hotel.
Cairo to luxor & aswan.
The deluxe sleeper is the most comfortable & time-effective way to travel between Cairo & Luxor or Aswan, in effect as fast as flying, but far more of a genuine Egyptian experience and better for the environment, too. It's more expensive than normal trains, but it saves a hotel bill. You'll still see Nile Valley scenery in the morning, at least going southbound to Aswan.
If time is tight, go sleeper both ways, but personally I'd go one way by sleeper and the other by daytime train, to experience the train ride along the Nile Valley. Incidentally, travelling overnight in a seat saves time and is cheap, but not comfortable, I'd either splurge on a sleeper or take a daytime train.
I have highlighted the deluxe sleeper train and the best air-conditioned daytime train in bold type . I recommend that particular daytime train (980/981) as it's the best VIP type , it'll show you most of the route in daylight, and an hour or two delay won't mean arriving at silly o'clock. By all means take another train if you prefer, for example train 2010 southbound or trains 2011 or 983 northbound, all Spanish trains . Most visitors stick with the air-conditioned expresses (marked VIP or Exp below) but even ordinary non-air-con trains can be fine for short hops, for example when travelling between Qena, Luxor, Kom Ombo, Edfu & Aswan.
Notes for timetable
* = sleeper train 82/83 only runs at peak periods. 86/87 runs every day.
** = New Talgo train , 1st & 2nd class air-conditioned with premium fares, only runs every second night.
Bold type = recommended daytime train & sleeper train for journeys between Cairo & Upper Egypt. But by all means take one of the others.
Sleeper = Deluxe sleeper train , sleeping-cars & lounge car. Special fares apply. Can be used between Luxor & Aswan, sitting in empty sleepers in seats mode. Run by Abela Trains, Abelatrains.com .
VIP = VIP special express train with air-conditioned 1st & 2nd class reserved seats & refreshments, using modern stainless-steel carriages built in China/Egypt in 2015-16. These are the best trains, higher fares apply. Shown on enr.gov.eg as Special Service OD and on most other apps & websites as VIP , see the photos above .
Exp = Express train with air-conditioned 1st & 2nd class reserved seats & refreshments, using Spanish-built carriages. Also comfortable, but older than the VIP trains. Shown on enr.gov.eg as Speed AC Spanish and on other apps & websites as just AC, see the photos above .
Ord = Ordinary train , 2nd & 3rd class seats, unreserved, slower, not air-conditioned, not normally used by tourists (fine for short hops).
Giza station is a fair way from the Giza Pyramids, but if you're staying out that way it can be better than going into Cairo city centre. You can travel between Cairo & Giza on the Cairo Metro, www.cairometro.gov.eg .
Al Balyana is the station for the Great Temple of Abydos , a 22-minute 9.8 km taxi ride from the station.
Qena is the station for the Dendera temple complex , a 22-minute 9.3 km taxi ride from the station.
Recommended hotel in Luxor: The famous & fabulous Old Winter Palace Hotel is a Luxor highlight in its own right, request a room in the old part of the hotel, not in the 1970s extension. The hotel is a 14 minute 1.1 km walk or 4 minute taxi ride from Luxor station.
Cairo to Luxor is 671km (419 miles). Cairo to Aswan is 879 km (549 miles).
How to buy tickets . Check these times & fares online or using an app as shown above . See the section on tourist restrictions .
Fares are one-way, a return is simply two one-ways.
Children aged 0 to 3 travel free, children 4 to 9 travel at two-thirds fare, children 10 and over pay full fare.
On the deluxe sleeper train, children aged 4 to 9 pay $70 one-way, children under 4 go free but without a berth - you pay child rate if you want them to have a bed.
The new higher prices for foreigners were introduced in December 2022, the fares shown above are for 2024. Although foreigners have always had to pay higher prices than Egyptians for the sleeper trains. You can pay in USD, Euros or Egyptian pounds.
Tickets for seats:
www.bookaway.com can book seats on all the most popular air-conditioned express trains between Cairo/Giza and Luxor/Aswan, although it can't book every possible train or book to/from smaller stations.
Tickets for sleepers
Travelling by day on an air-con express
They're not as time-effective as the overnight sleeper of course, but the daytime air-conditioned express trains are safe, comfortable and incredibly cheap - and best of all, the journey is an insight into Egyptian life. It's a pleasant ride along the Nile Valley, past palm trees, feluccas, camels and fellahin working in the fields. You will see how the Nile makes a small strip of land green either side of the river before the desert resumes. See the traveller's report below about a journey on these daytime Upper Egypt trains.
Travelling overnight in air-con seats
If you don't mind sleeping in a seat, which not a very nice or comfortable experience, these overnight trains save time compared with daytime trains but cost much less than the deluxe sleeper. Take a fleece or jumper as the air-con can be powerful.
Travellers' reports: The sleeper
Traveller Sean Sickinger reports: "On the ticket you're advised to be on the platform at least 30 minutes before departure, although this doesn't mean the train will be on time! On my trip, the train was 30 minutes late leaving and nearly 2 hours late into Luxor, so factor a possible delay into your plans. Giza mainline station is right next to Giza metro station and there are a few small shops selling snacks or water, plus a small restaurant. At the station there are small numbers hanging from the platform canopy, these indicate the approximate location of the carriages so if you're booked in car 6, stand next to sign number 6. Don't expect to find any Abela staff on the platform, just wait for the sleeper train on the main platform with everyone else. You may be approached by people with official looking notebooks offering to help you who ask you for your ticket, but don't show it to them - they write down your name and destination as if they were verifying your ticket, then call their buddies in Luxor who will approach using your name and claiming they are there to pick you up, a basic taxi and hotel scam. Once the train arrives at the platform, Abela staff will step out in front of each carriage to check your ticket and make sure you get into the right car & compartment. The onboard staff are generally very friendly and helpful. Car numbers are posted just inside each entrance door, but not outside the train. After the train leaves and people have settled into their compartments, the staff bring you your dinner, as selected when you book your ticket. The meals are similar to what you would get on an airline, although fairly heavy on breads & starches! Breakfast is served about one hour prior to arrival at your destination, again, heavy on the bread. Don't expect the same level of smoothness as a European overnight train, as there's a certain amount of jostling and vibration from the tracks, but overall this is not a bad option to get from Cairo to Luxor or Aswan."
Traveller Jess Painter took the sleeper from Cairo to Luxor and back: "When boarding from Cairo to Luxor, no-one asked for a marriage certificate, although they checked our tickets as we boarded - onto the wrong carriage, telling us it was the right one, of course! They serve dinner within an hour which was a piece of breaded chicken, rice, vegetables, potato wedges and some sort of cake. I preferred to eat my tuna sandwiches but my friend ate the train food happily enough. An hour later, just after 10pm, they come around to turn the seats into beds. Next time I'll ask for this to be done straight away as the beds are much more comfortable than the seats, two people can sit on the bottom bunk playing cards very comfortably. The rooms have a sink so you can brush your teeth, with bottled water if you have some, and there's a power socket so you can keep everything charged in the case of a delay. There is a lounge car on the train but it didn't appear to be open, no drinks were available so people must take their own, alcohol included if you want to sleep better! Breakfast was very basic, something claiming to be a croissant, a bread roll and a selection of jam, butter and cheese spread. They also serve tea and coffee, which I don't drink but my friend said they were disgusting! The toilets are cleaned at regular intervals but you have to time it right. There are two toilets per carriage. You might go in one time and have a horrendous greeting and decide to wait you might go in another time and feel comfortable enough to use the facilities! They permit smoking on the trains but not in the cabins, only at either end of the carriage. So it's best to leave your door shut so the wafting smoke doesn't enter your cabin, even though this can feel a little claustrophobic at times! Very easy to pick up a taxi from outside the station once in Luxor, it's LE20 (£2) to any hotel (don't pay any extra), but if you can use some broken Arabic you will get them down to LE10, begrudgingly. The return journey was much the same except that tickets weren't checked on the platform, again no marriage certificate check. Tickets were not even checked on board. We asked for our beds to be made up immediately, passed on dinner as it was already 10.30pm when we boarded, and we slept right through until 8am. I had slept badly on the outward trip, thinking that the bunk bed was going to fall due to the rockiness of the train, but knowing what to expect made the return journey easier and we were so sleepy after a 5am hot air balloon ride that it was a very comfortable ride. We were then delayed three hours and the 'carriage host' couldn't say where we were, how far we were from Cairo or anything so we had GPS out on the iPhone trying to locate ourselves. It was a very successful journey and one I would recommend to anyone and definitely do again!"
Traveller's report s: Day trains
Travellers' report: visiting the temples at abydos & dendera, el alamein & mersa matruh.
Buy tickets at the station, see the advice here .
Cairo & Alexandria to Port Said
Or you can tickets for 2nd class air-con reserved seats on trains marked Ord+ at the ENR website, see the advice in the How to buy tickets section above .
Cairo to Suez
Sharm el sheik , hurghada, siwa, sharm el sheik (sinai) - cairo, sharm el sheik - luxor, hurghada - cairo, hurghada - luxor, international buses & ferries.
There are no international trains from Egypt, but buses will get you to Libya, there's a ferry to Jordan and a Nile steamer from Aswan to Sudan. There are now NO Mediterranean ferries to Egypt, from anywhere in Europe, at all.
Cairo - Amman (Jordan) - Damascus (Syria) - Istanbul (Turkey)
You can travel from Egypt to Jordan without going via Israel, using a ferry. Here are details northbound - for the southbound journey see the Jordan page .
A bus usually leaves Cairo main bus station at around 08:00, taking about 6 hours to reach Nuweiba. It's run by the Shark el Delta Bus Co.
A ferry sails leaves Nuweiba every day at 12:00, arriving Aqaba 15:00, see www.abmaritime.com.jo .
Cairo - Tripoli (Libya) - Tunis (Tunisia) - Morocco
Cairo - aswan - wadi halfa - khartoum (sudan): see the sudan page, uk to egypt without flying.
It's now ridiculously difficult to get to Egypt without flying.
Option 1: London to Egypt by train & ferry
Option 2: london to egypt overland via paris, vienna, istanbul, syria & jordan.
Obviously, the situation in Syria has now scotched this route too, as all travel to or through Syria is currently inadvisable.
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Hotels in Egypt
In Cairo , the famous Shepheards Hotel , beloved of British officers in two world wars was burned down in 1952, although the name is now (mis)used by a modern hotel. The Windsor Hotel had old-world charm and character, a traveller's favourite, but has sadly closed. On a budget, try the Hotel Carlton for comfort with character, 1.3km from Cairo station. For something more upmarket, the Steigenberger el Tahrir is also in the city centre, in an excellent location overlooking Tahrir Square and the Egyptian Museum.
In Luxor , easily the most classic place to stay is the famous and fabulous Old Winter Palace Hotel , from $109 or £55 a night. At least have a drink in the bar! Tip: Request a room in the old part of the hotel, not in the 1970s extension.
In Alexandria , the most famous & historic hotel is the Cecil Hotel (from about $153 or £100 a room), now part of the Steigenberger chain, right on the corniche. Also try the Metropole Hotel across the square, slightly cheaper with great art deco features and a lift dating from 1932, from $80 or £55 a night.
www.hostelworld.com : If you're on a tight budget, don't forget about backpacker hostels. Hostelworld offers online booking of cheap private rooms or dorm beds in backpacker hostels in most cities at rock-bottom prices.
Travel insurance & other tips
Always take out travel insurance.
Never travel overseas without travel insurance from a reliable insurer, with at least £1m or preferably £5m medical cover. It should also cover cancellation and loss of cash and belongings, up to a sensible limit. An annual multi-trip policy is usually cheaper than several single-trip policies even for just 2 or 3 trips a year, I have an annual policy with Staysure.co.uk myself. Here are some suggested insurers. Seat61 gets a small commission if you buy through these links.
Get an eSIM with mobile data package
Don't rely on WiFi, download an eSIM with a mobile data package for the country you're visiting and stay connected. Most newer mobile phones can download a virtual SIM card so you don't need to buy a physical SIM, including iPhone 11 & later, see device compatibility list . Maya.net is a reliable eSIM data retailer with a 4.5 out of 5 Trustpilot rating and a range of packages including unlimited data .
Get a Curve card for foreign travel
Most banks give you a poor exchange rate, then add a foreign transaction fee on top. A Curve MasterCard means no foreign transaction fees and gives you the mid-market exchange rate, at least up to a certain limit, £500 per month at time of writing. The money you spend on your Curve card goes straight onto one of your existing debit or credit cards.
How it works: 1. Download the Curve app for iPhone or Android . 2. Enter your details & they'll send you a Curve MasterCard - they send to the UK and most European addresses. 3. Link your existing credit & debit cards to the app, you can link up to two cards with the free version of Curve, I link my normal debit card and my normal credit card. 4. Now use the Curve MasterCard to buy things online or in person or take cash from ATMs, exactly like a normal MasterCard. Curve does the currency conversion and puts the balance in your own currency onto whichever debit or credit card is currently selected in the Curve app. You can even change your mind about which card it goes onto, within 14 days of the transaction.
I have a Curve Blue card myself, it means I can buy a coffee on a foreign station on a card without being stung by fees and lousy exchange rates, just by tapping the Curve card on their card reader. The money goes through Curve to my normal debit card and is taken directly from my account (in fact I have the Curve card set up as payment card on Apple Pay on my iPhone, so can double-click my phone, let it do Face ID then tap the reader with the phone - even easier than digging a card out). I get a little commission if you sign up to Curve, but I recommend it here because I think it's great. See details, download the app and get a Curve card , they'll give you £5 cashback through that link.
Get a VPN for safe browsing. W hy you need a VPN
When you're travelling you often use free WiFi in public places which may not be secure. A VPN encrypts your connection so it's always secure, even on unsecured WiFi. It also means you can select the geographic location of the IP address you browse with, to get around geoblocking which a surprising number of websites apply. See VPNs & why you need one explained . ExpressVPN is a best buy with a 4.7 out of 5 Trustpilot ranking which I use myself - I've signed up as an ExpressVPN affiliate, and if you go with expressvpn.com using the links on this page, you should see a special deal, 3 months free with an annual subscription. I get a small commission to help support this site.
Carry an Anker powerbank
Tickets, reservations, vaccination records and Interrail or Eurail passes are often held digitally on your mobile phone, so it's vital to keep it charged. I always carry an Anker powerbank which can recharge my phone several times over if I can't get to a power outlet. Buy from Amazon.co.uk or from Buy from Amazon.com .
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