Egypt Culinary Tour

Explore the cuisine, history, and traditions of Egypt on this 12 day small group tour. Enjoy visits in Cairo, Alexandria, Luxor and Aswan along with cooking demonstrations and traditional meals.
February 2025
Price
$3910 per person
Duration
12 days
Destination
Egypt
Travellers
6

Explore Egypt's cultural delights: Discover iconic landmarks in Cairo, Alexandria, Luxor, and Aswan while mastering the art of cooking traditional Egyptian cuisine. Egypt Culinary Tour

February 8-19, 2025
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Explore the cuisine, history, and traditions of Egypt on this 12 day small group tour. Enjoy visits in Cairo, Alexandria, Luxor and Aswan along with cooking demonstrations and traditional meals.

What's included

Destination
Departure Location
Cairo
Return Location
Cairo
Price includes
  • Accommodations
  • Domestic Airfare
  • English-Speaking Guide
  • Entrance Fees
  • Meals - Half Board
  • Sightseeing
  • Transfers
  • Transportation
  • Water
Price does not include
  • Airfare- International
  • Optional Activities
  • Personal Expenses
  • Snacks
  • Tips
  • Trip Insurance
Additional Prices
Single Supplement: Call
  • Day 1/Feb 8
  • Day 2/Feb 9
  • Day 3/Feb 10
  • Day 4/Feb 11
  • Day 5/Feb 12
  • Day 6/Feb 13
  • Day 7/Feb 14
  • Day 8/Feb 15
  • Day 9/Feb 16
  • Day 10/Feb 17
  • Day 11/Feb 18
  • Day 12/Feb 19
Day 1/Feb 8

Arrival

Welcome to Egypt! On arrival at Cairo International Airport (CAI) you will be met and assisted by our agent through immigration and collecting your luggage. Board your private air-conditioned bus and drive to the hotel in Cairo, the Sofitel Al Gezirah (rooms with Nile view guaranteed), check in and overnight.

Day 2/Feb 9

Cairo

We begin our day with breakfast at the hotel, then meet our Egyptologist guide and depart for the Pyramids of Giza and the majestic Sphinx. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before returning to the hotel. Later in the afternoon, at 5 pm, board our private bus and travel to an Egyptian family's home, where we'll participate in preparing and savoring an authentic Egyptian dinner. Return to the hotel for overnight in Cairo. (B/L/D)

Day 3/Feb 10

Cairo

After breakfast in the hotel, board our bus and start our visits to the new Grand Egyptian Museum, then visit old Coptic Cairo churches where the Holy family lived. Lunch will be in a local restaurant. Return to the hotel and the rest of the afternoon is free. Overnight in Cairo. (B/L)

Day 4/Feb 11

Cairo - Alexandria

Enjoy breakfast in the hotel then check out, board our bus, and drive to Alexandria (3-hour drive). On our arrival in Alexandria, we visit the Roman Catacombs and Pompeii’s pillar. The Roman Catacombs of Alexandria, also known as the Catacombs of Kom El Shoqafa, are a significant archaeological site in Alexandria. They are renowned for their unique blend of Egyptian, Greek, and Roman architectural styles and offer a fascinating glimpse into the burial practices and multicultural influences of ancient Alexandria. Our next visit is to Pompeii’s Pillar. The pillar was erected in honor of the Roman Emperor Diocletian, who ruled from 284 to 305 AD. It commemorates Diocletian’s victory and the quelling of a revolt in Alexandria around 297 AD, during which he is said to have provided grain to the city's starving inhabitants. The name "Pompeii's Pillar" is a misnomer that originated during the Middle Ages. Crusaders mistakenly believed it marked the burial site of Pompeii the Great, a Roman general defeated by Julius Caesar. The pillar has no actual association with Pompeii. Lunch will be in a local restaurant, and then we'll check in to the hotel, the Steigenberger Cecil, or the Hilton Corniche. The rest of the day is free at your leisure and overnight in Alexandria. (B/L)

Day 5/Feb 12

Alexandria

We begin our day with breakfast at the hotel. Meet up with our guide and board our bus to begin our visits to the Library of Alexandria and the Roman theater. The Alexandria Library, also known as the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, is a major cultural institution in Alexandria. It is a modern homage to the ancient Library of Alexandria, which was one of the largest and most significant libraries of the ancient world. The original Library of Alexandria was founded in the 3rd century BCE by Ptolemy II, a successor of Alexander the Great. It was renowned for its vast collection of manuscripts and its role as a center of scholarship and learning in the ancient world. The ancient library suffered multiple incidents of destruction over the centuries, including fires and wars. The exact circumstances of its final destruction are debated among historians. The idea to revive the library was proposed in 1974 by Egyptian intellectuals. Construction began in 1995 and the library was officially inaugurated in 2002. The Roman Theater was built during the Roman period, likely in the 2nd century CE, under the rule of the Roman Emperor Antoninus Pius. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before returning to the hotel for some leisure time. At approximately 5 pm, reconvene for a unique experience: visiting a local Egyptian family in Alexandria, where you'll assist in preparing dinner and join them for the meal. Return to the hotel for overnight stay in Alexandria. (B/L/D)

Day 6/Feb 13

Alexandria - Cairo

After breakfast in the hotel, check out, and drive back to Cairo. Once back in Cairo we will enjoy lunch in a local restaurant, then visit the Citadel of Salah Eldeen and the mosque of Mohamed Ali. The Citadel of Salah Eldeen was constructed by Salah Eldeen (Saladin) between 1176 and 1183 CE to defend Cairo from Crusaders. It served as the seat of government and a royal residence for many centuries. The Mosque of Mohamed Ali, also known as the Alabaster Mosque, was commissioned by Muhammad Ali Pasha, the Ottoman governor of Egypt, and was constructed between 1830 and 1848. It was built in memory of Tusun Pasha, Muhammad Ali’s eldest son, who died in 1816. After our visit we will drive to the hotel (the Holiday Inn City Stars or Le Meridian) and check in. Overnight in Cairo. (B/L)

Day 7/Feb 14

Cairo - Luxor

Breakfast in the hotel, check out, and transfer to the Cairo domestic airport to catch our flight to Luxor (1 hour flight). Arrive in Luxor, collect our luggage, and board our private bus to start visits to the Karnak temple. The Karnak Temple Complex is one of the most impressive and largest temple complexes in Egypt, located near Luxor on the east bank of the Nile River. It was primarily dedicated to the god Amun-Ra, the chief deity of the Theban Triad, which also included his wife Mut and their son Khonsu. Drive to your hotel in Luxor, the Sonesta Saint George or the Steigenberger Achti, check in and enjoy some free time. At about 5 pm, we’ll visit the Luxor temple at sunset time and under the stars. Dinner in a local restaurant, then return to the hotel and overnight in Luxor. (B/D)

Day 8/Feb 15

Luxor

After breakfast in the hotel, we will visit the Valley of the Kings, including entrance to three tombs. The Valley of the Kings, located on the west bank of the Nile River, is renowned for its numerous tombs of pharaohs and nobles from the New Kingdom period of ancient Egypt (approximately 16th to 11th centuries BCE). It served as the royal burial ground for pharaohs of the New Kingdom, including some of Egypt's most famous rulers. The valley was chosen for its natural rock formations and strategic location, which provided a level of security and protection against tomb robbers. The tombs typically consist of long corridors, descending passages, and burial chambers cut into the rock of the valley's hillsides. The walls of the tombs are adorned with intricate and colorful paintings depicting scenes from Egyptian mythology, religious rituals, and the pharaoh's journey to the afterlife. Inscriptions in hieroglyphs provide information about the pharaoh's life, achievements, and religious beliefs. Next we will visit the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut. The Temple of Hatshepsut was built during the 15th century BCE, during the New Kingdom period. It was commissioned by Queen Hatshepsut, one of Egypt's few female pharaohs, to serve as her mortuary temple and a place for the worship of her divine ancestors. Our last stop of the morning is the Colossi of Memnon. The Colossi of Memnon are two massive stone statues located in the Theban Necropolis. These statues have stood for nearly 3,400 years since they were constructed during the reign of Pharaoh Amenhotep III of the 18th Dynasty (around 1350 BCE). Afterwards we will visit an Egyptian family that lives on the west side of the Nile in Luxor, helping them to cook and enjoy lunch with them. Return to the hotel and enjoy the rest of the afternoon at your leisure. Overnight in Luxor. (B/L)

Day 9/Feb 16

Luxor - Aswan

Enjoy breakfast in the hotel, check out, board our bus to drive to Aswan (4-hour drive). Arrive in Aswan, enjoy lunch in a local restaurant then check in to our hotel, the Movenpick resort on Elephantine Island. We will have free time until we meet our guide again to visit the Nubian Museum. Return to our hotel and overnight in Aswan. (B/L)

Day 10/Feb 17

Aswan

After breakfast in the hotel, we meet our guide and go to visit the Philae temple. The Philae Temple complex is an ancient Egyptian temple complex dedicated primarily to the goddess Isis. It is located on the island of Philae in the Nile River, near Aswan, Egypt. The temples of Philae are renowned for their architectural beauty, historical significance, and the dramatic rescue operation that saved them from being submerged by the waters of the Nile. After our visit we will take a motorboat ride to a Nubian island to meet an Egyptian family with a Nubian background and participate in preparing a meal with them that we will enjoy together. Return to the hotel and the rest of the day is free. Overnight in Aswan. (B/L)

Day 11/Feb 18

Aswan - Cairo

Breakfast in the hotel, check out, board our private air-conditioned bus and drive to the Aswan airport to catch our flight back to Cairo (1.5-hour flight). Arrive in Cairo, collect our luggage and drive to our hotel, the Holiday Inn City Stars or Le Meridian, check in, and enjoy the rest of the day free at your leisure. Overnight in Cairo. (B)

Day 12/Feb 19

Departure

Breakfast in the hotel, check out, and transfer to Cairo International Airport to catch your flight back home. (B)

Bon voyage! End of services.

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Explore the cuisine, history, and traditions of Egypt on this 12 day small group tour. Enjoy visits in Cairo, Alexandria, Luxor and Aswan along with cooking demonstrations and traditional meals.

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Price listed is per person, double occupancy.

Included:

  • 3 nights accommodation in the Sofitel Al Gezirah hotel or similar based on bed and breakfast basis
  • 2 nights accommodation in Alexandria, in the Steigenberger Cecil or Hilton Alexandria Corniche hotel based on bed and breakfast basis
  • 1 night in Cairo in the Holiday Inn City Stars hotel or Le Meridian hotel based on bed and breakfast basis
  • 2 nights accommodation in Luxor in the Sonesta Saint George hotel (rooms with Nile view) or the Steigenberger Resort Achti (rooms with Nile view) based on bed and breakfast basis
  • 2 nights accommodation in Aswan in the Movenpick Elephantine Island hotel based on bed and breakfast basis
  • 1 night accommodation in Cairo in the Holiday Inn City Stars hotel or Le Meridian hotel based on bed and breakfast basis
  • All transfers and tours in private air-conditioned van/bus
  • Domestic flight tickets from Cairo to Luxor and from Aswan to Cairo
  • Entry tickets to all the mentioned sites in the itinerary
  • All the meals and drinks mentioned in the itinerary
  • Highly qualified tour guide Egyptologist to accompany the group all the time
  • 2 small bottles of mineral water per person per day

Not Included:

  • International air tickets
  • Visa to Egypt - $25 cash, obtain on arrival
  • Any tours, meals or drinks not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Tips
  • Trip insurance
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Egypt Culinary Tour

Price
$3910 per person
Duration
12 days
Destination
Egypt
Travellers
6