ANTIQUITIES TOURS done through the Bedouin Castle are real adventures that you will not easily forget. Your guide has advanced degrees in ancient Egyptian, Greek and Roman archaeology and has worked on many excavations in Tunisia, Italy, Greece, Turkey and of course, Egypt. She speaks English, Egyptian Arabic and several other ancient and modern languages and has been living and working in Egypt since 2004 in both tourism and archaeology. Theme tours are no problem, such as focusing on: prehistoric, ancient Egyptian, Roman, Greek, early Christian, Islamic sites, new-age spiritual, and astronomical watches for modern events (solstices, meteor falls, eclipses, comets, or even UFOs).
We love to give our guests those little unique, 'extra' things to their tours . Just ask us -- you will be surprised at what we an accomplish, and what new ideas we can offer. FX: We have no problems arranging private time in your favorite monuments, visiting off-the-beaten-path antiquities sites, arranging for private Nile day and week cruises on private vessels (such as dahabiyas) between Cairo, Luxor, Aswan, Lake Nasser (great fishing as well) and scuba/snorkel day and week trips mainly out of Marsa Alam (although we do other areas as well).
We have included three antiquities tours below. If you find that one of the three will not fit your needs, call us or email us and we can put together a trip specifically designed for you AT NO EXTRA CHARGE.
Tour prices are very reasonable but will depend on the tour you choose and your modifications, hotel preferences, and special requests. Give us a call or drop a line and let's talk!
A) CLASSIC EGYPT: 11 days
DAY 1: Arrive Egypt. Hotel. Free time.
DAY 2: Egyptian museum, Saqqara necropolis. Overnight: Giza hotel
DAY 3: Dashur necropolis, Giza plateau. Overnight: Giza hotel
DAY 4: Fly to Luxor. Hotel check in on West Bank. Visit Hatshepsut’s temple
and the Noble’s tombs. Overnight: West Bank hotel
DAY 5: Deir el-Medina, Valley of the Kings (3 tombs), Luxor temple complex
by night. Overnight: West Bank hotel.
DAY 6: Move from our West bank hotel to our Nile cruise boat. Visit Luxor’s
Karnak temple complex. Sail south on the Nile at 1pm. Overnight docking
DAY 7: Visit the Horus temple at Edfu. Said south and visit the Kom Ombu
temple and crocodile museum at sunset. Sail south. Galabiya party with
belly dancer on board cruise ship. Overnight docking at Aswan.
DAY 8: Philae temple complex, Nubian museum (Aswan). Transfer via
private boat to our Nubian hotel south of Aswan. Explore Nubian village.
DAY 9: After breakfast begin all-day private boat trip thru Aswan’s cataracts.
Visit Seshal Island (covered with ancient Egyptian graffiti), and
Elephantine Island (several ancient Egyptian temples). Dock at a secluded
beach on the Nile for swimming, light lunch, and sand boarding. Return to
out Nubian hotel for dinner and overnight.
DAY 10: Leave hotel, go south to Kelebsha, via private boat on Lake Nasser just below the Aswan dam. Drive to Aswan airport and fly to Cairo. Farewell dinner and shopping in the Khan el-Khalili bazaar.
DAY 11: Airport transfers to Cairo airport.
OPTIONS: a) Hike or Donkey ride between Deir el-Medina, over the cliff of Deir
el-Bahri, and down into Valley of the Kings (paths of ancient workers).
b) Tutenkamun’s tomb (or Ramesses IV), and Ay’s tomb in the Valley
of the Monkeys (northwest of the Valley of the Kings).
c) Private time at any site (FX: Giza pyramids, Karnak, Nefertari or
Seti I’s tombs in Luxor, etc)
d) Hot air balloon ride over Luxor’s West Bank,
e) Day trip to Abu Simbel (Rameses II and Nefertari temples),
d) White Desert Safari (2–4 days)
e) Red Sea Diving: Marsa Alam (3–5 days)
f) Dendera and Abydos temples (1 day)
g) Red Sea Monastery/Amarna, Beni Hassan, Meidum (5 days)
B: PYRAMID ROW (9 days)
DAY 1: Arrive in Egypt. Meet-and-greet at the airport and transfers to your
Cairo hotel. Free time to relax and prepare for your tour.
DAY 2: Egyptian museum and the Saqqara necropolis, which has ancient
Egypt’s (and the world’s) first monolithic structure: the Step Pyramid.
Overnight: Cairo hotel.
DAY 3: Hike into St. Antony’s Red Sea monastery and caves. This very early
and isolated spot overlooks the Sinai and the Red Sea where it divided for
Moses during the Exodus. Overnight: St. Antony’s monastery.
DAY 4: Hike out of St. Antony’s and enjoy sun and a swim in the Red Sea.
Travel inland to your hotel in Minya, along the Nile. Overnight: Minya hotel
DAY 5: Visit the tombs of Beni Hassan and the pharaoh Akenaten’s capital
city, Amarna. Overnight: Minya hotel.
DAY 6: Travel north to the early pyramid and tombs at Meidum. Then on to
Dashur and visit inside the Bent and North pyramids of Snefru. Overnight:
DAY 7: Giza necropolis (Great pyramid of Khufu, the Boat museum, and the
Sphinx). Nile dinner cruise with show (Sufi and Belly dancers with live
music). Overnight Giza hotel.
DAY 8: Coptic Cairo, the Anderson-Gayor museum, and the Khan el-Khalili
(tour and shopping). Overnight: Giza hotel.
DAY 9: Airport transfers for your flight out of Egypt. Tour ends.
OPTIONS: a) White Desert tour (extra 2–4 days),
b) Luxor and antiquities. Fly home from Luxor (4–5 days)
c) Luxor, cruise, Aswan. Fly home from Aswan (6 days)
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C: THE GRAND TOUR (21 Days)
DAY 1: Arrive
DAY 2: Saqqara, Abu Sir, Abu Ghurob
DAY 3: Giza, Egyptian Museum
DAY 4: Geological museum, Bahariya, Ethnic Museum, hotel
DAY 5: Oasis antiquities tour, lunch, local tour, hot springs. Dinner, Party
DAY 6: White Desert Safari: Black desert, Crystal Mt, Aqabat, Flower Desert, Ain Khadra, Tent Valley, Old White Desert, New White Desert. Bedouin Camping.
DAY 7: Return to Oasis after breakfast. Drive towards the Nile visiting Tuna el-Gabel. Overnight: Minya hotel.
DAY 8: Beni Hassan tombs, Amarna (capital of Akhnaten). Overnight: Abydos hotel.
DAY 9: Abydos: Seti I and Rameses II temples, the Oseireon. Sohag museum. Overnight: Abydos hotel
DAY 10: Dendera, Hatshepsut temple. Overnight: West Bank hotel.
DAY 11: Deir el-Medina, Valley of the Kings. Sunset at Luxor temple complex. Overnight: West Bank hotel.
DAY 12: Transfer from West Bank hotel to our Nile cruise boat. Visit Karnak complex and the Mut precinct. Sail to Edfu in the early afternoon. Overnight: Edfu.
DAY 13: Temple of Horus at Edfu. Afternoon sailing south. Sunset visit to Kom Ombu temple and its crocodile museum. Galabiya and dance party on our cruise boat. Overnight: Aswan.
DAY 14: Philae Isis Complex (Aglika island). Transfer from cruise ship to our Nubian hotel, south of Aswan. Next we visit Seshal island and its ancient Egyptian graffiti via our private boat. Overnight: Nubian hotel.
DAY 15: Visit Elephantine Island via our private Nile cataract boat. Then we go to the Nile’s west bank and climb aboard our camels to trek thru the desert to St Simeon’s monastery. Return to our private boat and enjoy the rest of the day swimming, lunching and sand boarding (if available). Overnight: Nubian hotel
DAY 16: After breakfast we load into our private coach and drive to Edfu to see a beautiful set of Old and Middle Kingdom ancient Egyptian tombs. Then we drive through the Eastern desert to Marsa Alam on the Red Sea and unload at our luxury resort. The rest of the day and evening are on-your-own.
DAY 17: The morning is free at our Red Sea resort. After lunch enjoy snorkeling or scuba diving at Mubarak beach via luxury boat. The last time we were there, sea cows were abundant! Overnight: Red Sea resort.
DAY 18: We spend the entire day on the Red Sea on a luxury boat visiting Dolphin reef where we will snorkel or scuba dive amid some fantastic coral reefs. Dolphins frequently show up here so swimming with them is a very strong possibility. Overnight at our Red Sea resort.
DAY 19: Today we take a desert safari through the Wadi Gamal National Park where many exotic birds and animals abound amid amazing terrain. During this safari we also visit Cleopatra’s emerald mines and lunch at a beautiful cove on the Red Sea where we can swim, snorkel and sun bathe. Overnight Red Sea resort
DAY 20: Today we pack up and head to Marsa Alam where we will catch a plane to Cairo. After checking into our hotel, we will spend our last evening in the Khan el-Khalili bazaar for our Farewell dinner and some serious shopping and bargaining.
DAY 21: Airport transfers to the Cairo airport. Bon Voyage!Running a holiday sale or weekly special? Definitely promote it here to get customers excited about getting a sweet deal.
Included: Airport transfers to and from your Cairo hotel. All other transportation as listed (buses, planes jeep, horses, camel, and boats as needed to visit the sites in your tours). Breakfast, light lunch and dinner, all hotels and/or camping, all antiquities and natural site tickets as listed in each program, one large bottle of water per day, all camping equipment and reliable highway and off-road desert drivers, as well as your guide and her assistant (for groups over three).
Things NOT included (but we can acquire for you with prior notice): any beer or alcohol. Special dietary needs (vegetarian, vegan, etc).
Not included (you must bring): Mosquito repellent or sunscreen, cameras and phones, clothing, any medicine (prescription or over-the-counter).
We strongly suggest you bring the following: zip-lock bags for cameras, phones, etc, (especially while on desert safari), good sunscreen, a hat for sun protection, good sunglasses (solar light reflection off the white sand is pretty intense) and asprin (if you need it -- Western asprin is stronger than Middle Eastern asprin). If you want a bottle of hard liquor please buy it from the airport duty free; it will be cheaper there, and you only have 36 hours after arriving in Egypt to buy western hard liquor (the Egyptian equivalent is not very nice on your stomach)!
Credit cards work at many large city stores (Cairo, Alexanderia, Luxor, Aswan) but can very rarely be used in out-of-the way, tribal areas. Cash is better than traveller's check and you can exchange money at the airport (rates are good).
Luxor temple complex is one of the few open to the public at night. The ambiance is completely different, making you feel you ARE an ancient Egyptian here for worship.
Sekhmet, a lioness and the fiercest of the ancient warrior deities, has been standing on guard for Egypt in the Mut Precinct of Karnak for the past 3000 years.
An other-worldly moment in time -- soundlessly floating over all of the amazing ancient Egyptian temples and royal tombs of Luxor's fabulous West Bank.
The Great Sphinx, guardian of the Giza plateau and those royals who were once buried inside their colossal pyramids.
The temple of Horus-the-Elder and Sobek/Set at Kom Ombu also has an amazing crocodile museum of these reptilian beasts who were sacred to Sobek.
A carefree day for floating thru the Cataracts just south of Aswan surrounded by refreshing water clean enough to swim in. Perfect way to wind down from all of the sightseeing.