Many people visit Egypt in a packaged tour along with other people or a private trip depending on the budget. I am not a fan of a packaged tour and I’d like to have my itineraries customized to what I’d like to do. Yes, I am that picky with itinerary. So here I want to show you that you can create your own Egypt itinerary and it can be done without having to sign up for a packaged tour if you are not a fan of one like me.
To be able to do this I get a help from local Egyptian travel called Aswan Individual (www.aswan-individual.com), owned by Waleed. Even though Waleed is based in Aswan he can arrange tours and cars for us in other cities as well. Waleed got helped from Rachel who is in charge of all the correspondence with the tourist while Waleed is the man on the ground who organizes the guides, cars etc. Rachel is very responsive with her emails while I am fixing our itinerary and once we landed in Egypt we start communication with Waleed using Whatsapp messages. I picked and chose which day I’d need help from Aswan Individual and which day I will organize on my own and it worked perfect. I get the itinerary which covers everything we want to do in private group setting and have days where we can do things on our own pace.
I went on this trip with my 2 ladies friends celebrating our 10+ years of friendship. It is a tight pack itinerary because we want to do so many but we don’t have much time as we really can’t leave our families at home for too long.
This itinerary covers all Egypt must see and do and we also flew to Jordan on our last days to visit Petra. There are other places worth visiting in Jordan but as we don’t have much time we focus on Petra only.
Tue 22 Oct:
Leave for airport 15.00. Fly to Cairo with GA/Etihad (1755-0435).
Wed 23 Oct:
Landing Cairo 0435. Check in Four Season Hotel at Nile Plaza. Coptic Cairo and hanging church. Mosque of Muhammad Ali and citadel
Bazaar Khan el kalili and lunch in Naguib mahfouz café (inside Khan El Khalili)
Al Azhar Park
All of this are DIY with the help of London Cab which you can order using their application on mobile phone just like Uber.
Thu 24 Oct:
Breakfast at Hotel
Start our tour at 7am to Dahshur, Saqqara and pyramid of giza+ sphinx with our driver and tour guide arranged by Aswan Individual
Fri 25 Oct:
Breakfast at hotel. Check out
Egypt museum. Return to hotel for lunch and get our luggage before leaving for airport at 14.30. Hotel-cairo airport 23km/30min
Fly to Aswan 1655-1815 (egypt air).
Aswan airport-hotel 27km/43min. Hotel transfer (by Aswan Individual). Best to have taxi arranged from Aswan airport to avoid people scamming and also because the airport is small I don’t see an official taxi stand either.
Check in city max Hotel and dinner at Makka (walking distance from our Hotel)
Sat 26 Oct:
Check out hotel
Daytrip to Abu Simbel 04.30am
Check in cruise, lunch and start sailing. Stop to visit Kom Ombo (guide)
Dinner in cruise
Our Abu Simbel trip and nile cruise is arranged by Aswan Individual
Sun 27 Oct:
05.30 Edfu temple (guide)
continue sailing towards Luxor
Luxor temple (guide)
Dinner in cruise
Mon 28 Oct:
Check out boat
Transfer to Winter Pavillon hotel
Check in hotel.
Lunch in Soffra
5.30 pm pick up at Hotel for Aida Opera at night at Hapshetsut temple (opera starts at 7pm. Check in 5-6.30pm)
Tue 29 Oct:
Luxor ballon ride and continue west bank tour.
(Driver+guide). Start 04.30am
Lunch: sunflower restaurant in west bank
(Ask for breakfast box for tomorrow)
Wed 30 Oct:
Check out Hotel 0345am
Fly Luxor to Cairo 0550-0700
Fly Cairo to Amman egypt air (1205-1320) Checked in Hotel Fairmont (booked for 3 people).
Thu 31 Oct:
Breakfast. Check out Hotel and use hotel car to go to Petra. Drop luggage in Petra guest house and explore Petra.
Stay the night in Petra guesthouse
Fri 1 Nov: Breakfast at hotel.Check out and leave at 10am to Amman. Quick stop in Amman for lunch and go to airport.
Fly back Emirates 1710-1545