Birding Tour of Egypt

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12 days/ 11 nights
Cairo / Fayoum Oasis / Aswan and Luxor
with a 4 day / 3 night Deluxe 5* Nile cruise PLUS Optional excursion to Abu Simbel
Starting at $2,695
Fully escorted from arrival to Cairo
GUARANTEED TO OPERATE weekly from November through March
Small groups with a maximum of 8 travelers

Egypt occupies a significant strategic geographical position as a bridge between continents offering migratory species the perfect route for their annual flights from Europe and Asia. A wide variety of Egyptian habitats ranging from high rugged mountains to desert and tropical style jungle along the Nile basin, give it a unique character plus the diversity needed to attract an extremely wide range of bird life. There are over 487 species of birds found in Egypt with about 150 being resident. The others are annual visitors from Europe and Asia with the primary migrations south in the fall and the return in the spring months. This program operates during the anticipated peaks of these migrations to afford birders a vacation with the maximum chance to view and photograph the widest variety possible. List of birds of Egypt

Imagine being able to combine 5,000 years of human history with birding and conservation. On tap are visits to important antiquity sites and oasis in both upper and lower Egypt, a visit to the Nile Delta including Alexandria. Profits from this tour go to Conservation Outdoors Inc. A not-for-profit organization established to protect and study our fragile, global natural environment through education, ecotourism and scientific research aimed at shared solutions to a peaceful sustainable future with special attention to at-risk habitat and biota in developing countries.

Day 01: (Sunday) ARRIVAL
Arrive Cairo, clear immigration and customs then staff will transfer you to the historic Mena House where you will enjoy a pyramid view garden room. Overnight Cairo

VISAS: All travelers to Egypt are required to obtain a visa for entry. Citizens of certain countries can currently obtain one on arrival however this is subject to change without notice.

Tour Sakkarra with it's Stepped Pyramid and the Mastaba of Ti (which features beautiful carvings of early Egyptian bird life).
Dahshur with the first of the stone pyramid (the Bent and the Red) plus the Imhotep museum (architect of the first stone pyramids). Overnight Cairo (Buffet Breakfast)
Optional Tour:
Pyramids sound and light show: $40 per person (minimum of two)

Tour the Pyramids at Giza and the inscrutable Sphinx. Departing Giza we drive to the oasis of El Fayoum. Located about one hour's drive from Giza this is one of the greatest oasis areas in Egypt and a major winter home for migratory species. Fayoum is where the Greeks and Romans had their wineries and grew the grain for the empire. It also was an important part of Pharaonic history including a famous canal thought to have been built by the Biblical Joseph. We will overnight at King Farouks former hunting lodge, right on the shore of Lake Qarun (winter home for a wide variety of European wildfowl). Dinner at the hotel. Overnight Fayoum (Buffet Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 04: (Wednesday) FAYOUM, CAIRO, FLY TO ASWAN
We continue our tour of Fayoum including the ruins of the ancient city of Crocodopolis and the lakeside temple of the god Sobek. Then in the mid-afternoon return to Cairo and fly to Aswan. Arriving staff transfers you to the Movenpick Elephantine Island resort where you will have a Deluxe Nile view room. Overnight Aswan (Buffet Breakfast)

Enjoy a sail on the Nile by Felucca (native sailboat) to Kitchener's island, a Botanical garden paradise with hundreds of varieties of trees and flowering plants that attract a wide variety of wildfowl. Tour the Nubian Museum, a world class presentation of Nubia's culture and history plus visit the famous Aswan Spice Market. Overnight Aswan (Buffet Breakfast)

Tour the
High Dam, the Temple of Philae, the Pharaohs granite quarries with the Unfinished Obelisk then transfer to board your Deluxe Five Star Nile cruiser, the M/S Amarco I or take an optional upgrade to the Premier cruiser, M/S Saint George*. Lunch on board. Dinner. Evening entertainment (please check with reception for the program schedule). Overnight Cruise / Aswan (Buffet Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
Optional excursion to Abu Simbel

Early departure to Kom Ombo with breakfast served enroute. Arriving tour the Temple of two gods. The temple is unique because its double design means that there are courts, halls, sanctuaries and rooms duplicated for two gods, Sobek and Haroeris. Return to the ship for lunch. Cruise to Edfu. Dinner followed by evening entertainment. Overnight Cruise / Edfu (Buffet breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

Visit the
Temple of Horus in Edfu, the best preserved of all the ancient Nile temples. Return to the ship and cruise to Luxor. Lunch on board. Afternoon visit to the Temple of Luxor. Dinner followed by evening entertainment. Overnight Cruise / Luxor (Buffet breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

Disembark, visit the West Bank of Luxor including the
Valley of the Kings, the Valley of the Queens, the tombs of the nobles and artisans the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut and the Colossi Memnon. Return to the East bank and visit the Temple of Karnak. Staff transfers you to the Maritim Kings Island Resort where you will have a Deluxe Nile view room. Overnight Luxor (Buffet breakfast)
Optional: Sound and Light show at Karnak Temple: $40 per person (minimum of two)

Enjoy a tour of the Luxor Museum before staff transfers you to the airport, assists with checking in and you fly to Cairo. Arriving staff transfers you to the Cairo Marriott where you will have a garden view Deluxe room. Located on the Nile on the island of Zamalek the hotel surrounds a palace built in the 1860's for Empress Eugenie of Austria to use while in Egypt for the opening of the Suez Canal. It has been lovingly restored and features over 5 acres of gardens. Overnight Cairo (Buffet Breakfast)

Spend the day on a guided tour of the Egyptian National Museum featuring King Tut’s treasures followed by a visit to the famous Khan el Khalili bazaar where travelers have been finding bargains since the middle ages. Overnight Cairo (Buffet Breakfast)

Staff transfers you to the airport, assists with exit formalities and check in for your International departure. (meals on the flight)

TOURS INCLUDE: OPERATES WITH MAXIMUM OF 8 TRAVELERS. Ground transfers by air-conditioned vehicle relating to the tour program starting with arrival to Cairo. Baggage handling of no more than 1 piece of luggage per person however baggage and personal effects are at the owner's risk at all time during the tour (baggage handling does NOT include tips for bellmen, porters, etc.). Hotels (based on double occupancy). Meals as noted. Included meals are in the main dining room, no speciality restaurants or room service. Fees for visiting antiquity sites and museums. Services of an English speaking licensed Egyptologist. Service charges and taxes.
NOTE: During any of our small group tours people may join or leave at various times, however at no time would any group be larger than 8 travelers. We can provide private tours with an additional supplement. The cost depends on the tour chosen.

NOT included are: AIR, items of a personal nature such as tips (tipping guideline), entry visa, phone calls, laundry, beverages of any nature at any time, any items not specifically covered in the included items.

Laundry in Egypt

All hotels and the cruises have laundry/dry cleaning available.
Sample laundry prices IN EGYPTIAN POUNDS (LE) are:
Men:Shirts (collared, short or long sleeve): 9 to 17 LE
Trousers: 12 to 20 LE
Under shorts: 5 to 7 LE
T Shirts: 6 to 13 LE
Socks: 3 to 6 LE
Shorts: 7 to 13 LE

Blouse: 10 to 17 LE
Panties: 5 to 8 LE
Bra: 5 to 8 LE
Slacks: 12 to 22 LE
Dress: 20 to 36 LE
T shirt: 6 to 13 LE
Shorts: 6 to 13 LE

Laundry in before 9AM is back at 6PM.
Laundry in after 9AM is back the following day.
Rush laundry is generally available at 50% more cost.
Dry cleaning is available with prices about the same as laundry.
Children's clothes are generally 50% of the adult cost.


No drinks are included in tour prices. Some hotels and cruises give one bottle of water free daily others do not. As a general guide you could expect to pay:
Bottled water at hotels or on the cruise: $1 to $3 for a small bottle, $2.50-$5 for a large bottle.
NOTE: This is filtered water. If you order perrier it will cost more.
Coffee or Tea: 50 cents
Soft drinks (Coke, Pepsi, etc): $1 each
Alcoholic drinks:
Local beer: $3 per bottle
Imported beer: $5 to $8 per bottle
Wine: local $4 to $6 per glass. imported will be more $$.
Liquor: local $5 per cocktail + cost of mixer (soft drink, juice, etc), imported $8-$15 per cocktail + cost of mixer)
ICE: In the hotels and on the cruise the ice is prepared from filtered water.

Guaranteed Weekly Departures November through March

Birding Egypt Price PP/Double PP/Single
November thru March (excluding holidays) $2,695 $3,195
Holidays (Christmas, New Year, Easter) $2,995 $3,495

*Upgrade to St. George Premier cruise +$275 per person in a double cabin or +$400 in a single cabin.

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Tours must be booked at least 45 days prior to arrival.
Prices and itinerary subject to change without notice.

Single Price is for Single occupancy hotel rooms and cruise cabins based on a minimum of two travelers. Single travelers (one person on the tour) would have additional cost.



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Mena House Hotel
Bee Eater
Step Pyramid
Red Pyramid
Bent Pyramid
Little Owl
Great Pyramids at Giza
Sphinx with Pyramids
Lap Wing
Helnan Auberge Fayoum (King Farouk's former hunting lodge)
Madium Pyramid
Temple of Sobek
Water Wheels
Turtle Dove
Movenpick Elephantine Island Resort
Kitchener's Island
Nubian Museum
Philae Temple
Unfinished Obelisk
M/S Amarco I
M/S St. George
Abu Simbel
Horus Temple at Edfu
Grey Heron
Kom Ombo
Esna River Locks
Luxor Temple
Valley of the Kings
Queen's Tomb
Artisan's Village
Temple of Hatshepsut
Valley of the Kings
Valley of the Kings
Colossi of Memnon
Karnak Temple
Maritim Luxury Resort in Luxor
Egyptian Vulture
Marriott Hotel
Egyptian Antiquities Museum
King Tut's Treasures
Khan el Khalili Bazaar

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