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EXCURSIONS & ENTRANCE FEES

In our tours, some entrance fees and excursions are included, but there are a lot of optional excursions you can pre-book, or book during your holiday. Some excursions are also ONLY available in Egypt, you can't pre-book these.

Here are the options you can choose either when you book, or when you're in Egypt.

Tour inside the Great Pyramid

Entrance fees to the site of the pyramids is included in every tour, but you can choose to go inside the Great Pyramid, the smaller Pyramid of Khafre or the Boat Museum.

Opening hours: 8.00am - 5.00pm
Winter hours: 8.00am - 4.30pm
Ramadan hours: 8.00am - 3.00pm

Costs:
Entrance to the site: LE 60,-
Entrance to the Great Pyramid of Khufu: LE 100,-
Entrance to the Pyramid of Khafre: LE 20,-
Entrance to the Boat Museum: LE 40,-

Read the following information before you enter the site of the Giza Pyramids:

  • It is forbidden to climb the Pyramids.
  • Wear good walking shoes.
  • Entrance fee to visit the inside of the Great Pyramid is LE 100,-. You will find the ticket office for the entrance to the Great Pyramid in front of the north-eastern side of the pyramid. Sometimes is quite difficult to get this ticket, as the amount is limited to a certain number of visitors. They sell only 300 tickets daily, and they are divided among morning and afternoon. They sell 150 tickets at 8.00am, and then, at exactly 1.00pm another 150. 
  • Entrance fee to visit the Pyramid of Khafre is LE 20,-. They also charge 10LE for cameras.
  • As for Menkaure's Pyramid, it is now closed for restoration. The pyramids are opened on a rotational basis, usually it would last for a year, so that restoration work can be done.
  • If you want to get a camel or horse ride, the best place for this are the stables at the foot of the pyramids plateau, it is cheap and safe.
  • In order to get rid of the vendors, simply say "No, thank you! " or "La, Shukran" and they will go away.
  • As for the street vendors, don't say the word "Emshi", like many of the guide books will advise you, it is simply means "get lost", and you don't want to offend anyone in there after all they are just trying to make a living. 
  • If you don't want to pay the extra entrance ticket for any of the above mentioned pyramids but still want to have similar experience of being inside one, then go the eastern side of the Great Pyramid and you will find there three subsidiary smaller pyramids (one was for the Khufu's daughter, one for Khufu's wife and the third one for Khufu's mother). Two of these pyramids (his wife's and his mother's) are opened for visitors, and there is no extra charge to get in. All you need to do is show your site ticket to the guard.
  • If you ever feel that you need to go to the toilet while you're conducting your visit, then the best place to go is at the boat Museum which is located in front of the southern side of the Great Pyramid. Just tell the people at the entrance that you only want to use the toilet and they will let you in.

The Egyptian Museum

The Egyptian Museum in Cairo contains the world's most extensive collection of pharaonic antiquities. No visit to Egypt is complete without a trip through its galleries. The original collection was established in the late 19th century under Auguste Mariette and housed in Boulaq. The objects were moved in 1891 to the palace of Ismail Pasha in Giza before being transferred in 1902 to the current building at Tahrir Square, which is the first purpose-built museum edifice in the world.

Opening hours: 9.00am - 7.00pm
Ramadan hours: 9.00am - 5.00pm

Costs:
Entrance to the museum: LE 60,-
Entrance to the Royal Mummies Room: LE 100,-
Entrance to the Centennial Gallery: LE 10,-

Student rates available to bearers of a valid student ID from an Egyptian university or an International Student ID Card (ISIC)

Taped audio guides are available in English, French, and Arabic for LE 20,-.
Go to the kiosk in the front foyer to purchase.

Philae Island

The original site of Philae lies underneath the waters of Lake Nasser; however, with the help of UNESCO, the entire temple was relocated to a new island, Agilkia, just south of Aswan. The earliest monuments on the island date are from the reign of Nectanebo I, while the largest structure on the island is the Temple of Isis, whose earliest decorations date to Ptolemy II. Nearby are the Temple of Hathor, a temple of Augustus, the Gate of Diocletian, and the unfinished kiosk of Trajan. Inhabitation by the Christians led to the destruction of many of the decorations within the temples.

Summer opening hours: 7.00am - 6.00pm
Winter opening hours: 7.00am - 5.00pm

Costs:
Entrance fee: LE 40,-

50% reduction for bearers of International Student ID Card

Kitchener's Island Botanical Gardens

Among the famous visits in Aswan is to see the botanical gardens of Aswan. It is located opposite the city of Aswan and the elephantine island. Other names of the island is Kitchener island because in 1899 lord Kitchener during his military campaigns in the Sudan made the island his head-quarter for his army, it was then known as the lords house. Soon after the lord left the island it was given back to the ministry of irrigation and was then known as the kings island. Ever since 1928 and the ministry of irrigation has transferred the island into natural part full of trees from the 5 continents. 

There is huge variety of plantation and trees at the island some of which is naturally found on the island before it was converted into botanical island and others have been brought in. There are number of very rare palm trees in the island such as the Royal palm tree, the Sabal Palm tree and the phonic Pam tree. The Aswan botanical island is divided into 27 squares with veridical and horizontal paths cutting each other making it like a chess board.

Costs:
Entrance fee: LE 20,-

Monastery of St. Simeon

A spiritual experience awaits you on top of a hill opposite the south end of the Elephantine Island in Aswan. Reached by foot on the riverbank, the Coptic Monastery of St Simeon has been preserved from the 6th century, and is one of the largest Copticmonasteries in the world. Its original name was "Anba Hatre Monastery", and due to a water shortage a century after it was built, it was abandoned and left untouched for many years.

Summer opening hours: 7.00am - 5.00pm
Winter opening hours: 8.00am - 4.00pm

Costs:
Entrance fee: LE 20,-

Temples of Abu Simbel

Abu Simbel lies far to the south of the ancient borders of Egypt, in the land of Nubia. Two magnificent rock-cut temples were built here by the 19th Dynasty pharaoh Ramesses II (ca. 1304-1237 BC). The larger of the two, the Great Temple, was dedicated to the gods Amun, Ptah, Re-Horakhty, and the deified Ramesses II, while the Small Temple was dedicated to the goddess Hathor and Ramesses II’s principal queen, Nefertari.

In the early 1960’s, the global community realized that the construction of the Aswan High Dam and the subsequent creation of Lake Nasser would flood many of the monuments of Lower Nubia, including the temples at Abu Simbel. During a massive international campaign directed by UNESCO, the temples were cut into enormous blocks and re-assembled some 65 m higher (213 ft), and 210 m (689 ft) from the river.

Summer opening hours: 5.00am - 6.00pm
Winter opening hours: 5.00am - 5.00pm

Costs:
Entrance to the site of the Great Temple and the Small Temple: LE 70,-

A 50% discount on admission is available to students with a valid student ID from an Egyptian University or a valid ISIC card.

Transfers to the Abu Simbel site:
BY AIR: EgyptAir flies between Aswan and Abu Simbel. The flight takes about an hour.

BY BOAT: Some cruise lines offer stops at Abu Simbel.

BY BUS OR TAXI: Abu Simbel can be reached by car or bus from Aswan. Arrange with the front desk of your hotel to be picked up between 3.00am and 3.30am by bus or taxi. All vehicles leave at 4.00am in a convoy. The trip takes about three hours each way. For public transportation, Upper Egypt Bus Co. and El Gouna both run regular buses up to Abu Simbel from the main bus station in Aswan. The return buses leave from the Wadi El Nile Restaurant in Abu Simbel.

NO PHOTOGRAPHY PERMITTED INSIDE THE TEMPLES

The site is wheelchair accessible.

Temples of Kom Ombo

The site of Kom Ombo hosts the Ptolemaic Temple of Herwer (Haroeris) and Sobek, as well as a smaller, Roman-Period temple to Hathor, and a Nilometer. The Temple of Haroeris and Sobek is noted for its symmetrical construction: two entrances, two sanctuaries, and a line of symmetry that divides the temple into the domains of Haroeris and Sobek. The worship of Sobek, the crocodile god, is an example of the manner in which the Egptians turned dangerous creatures into protectors. Sacred crocodiles were kept at the temple here, and mummified and buried after death. Along the inside of the outer wall are images thought to be connected with Egyptian medicine, including what appear to be birthing chairs and a series of surgical instruments.

Opening hours: 9.00am - 5.00pm

Costs:
Entrance to the site: LE 25,-

50% reduction for bearers of International Student ID Card

Temple of Edfu

The site of Edfu contains the most complete and best-preserved temple in Egypt, the Ptolemaic Temple of Horus. This was constructed between 237 BC and 57 BC on top of the remains of earlier temples.
The reliefs that cover the walls, columns, and doorways of the temple constitute an extremely important source of information about ancient Egyptian religious and political thought. Among the most interesting of these reliefs tell the story of Horus exacting his revenge on Seth for the murder of his father, Osiris, an event that was re-enacted annually in the temple. Other reliefs recount the stages of the temple’s construction, and provide dates for the completion of different building elements.

Opening hours: 9.00am - 5.00pm

Costs:
Entrance to the site: LE 40,-

50% reduction for bearers of International Student ID Card

A popular choice to get to the temple is the horse-drawn carriage, or the caleche. Be sure to take the same numbered carriage on the return.

The site is difficult to access by wheelchair because of the stone floors

Elephantine Island

The island of Elephantine, located to the north of the Nile’s First Cataract, is situated between the modern city of Aswan on the east and the pharaonic cemetery of Qubbet el-Hawa to the west. Elephantine was important throughout Egyptian history as a religious site, beginning in the Predynastic period and continuing down through Roman times. Temples and cemeteries are located on the southern end of the island, including a sanctuary of the goddess Satet, who was patroness of Elephantine. A sanctuary to the goddess was founded in the 2nd Dynasty, and the temple here was rebuilt during the Middle and New Kingdom as well as in Ptolemaic times. The ruins of a temple of Khnum, the ram god associated with the First Cataract of the Nile, are also located on the island. The main terrace of this temple dating to the 30th Dynasty still remains in addition to a monumental gateway. Together with Anuket, goddess of Sehel island, these three deities formed the triad of the Elephantine area.

Summer opening hours: 7.00am - 6.00pm
Winter opening hours: 7.00am - 5.00pm

Costs:
Entrance to the island: LE 25,-

Aswan Museum on Elephantine Island

In 1912, an old rest house on the southern tip of Elephantine Island was converted into a museum. Expanded in the 1990s, the museum boasts a collection that focuses on the history of Aswan and Nubia. The displays include mummies, weapons, pottery, utensils, and statues. Outdoors, a garden leads into the ruins of Abu, the pharaonic settlement on the island. Labels are in Arabic and English.

Opening hours: 8.00am - 5.00pm
Ramadan hours: 9.00am - 3.00pm

Costs:
General Admission: LE 25,-
(Ticket includes both museum and ruins)

Student rates available to bearers of a valid student ID from an Egyptian University or an International Student ID Card (ISIC)

The museum is not wheelchair accessible.

NO PHOTOGRAPHY ALLOWED

Karnak Temple

Karnak, located on the East Bank at Thebes, is one of Egypt’s largest surviving temple precincts. Founded in the Middle Kingdom, it had become Egypt’s principal religious center by the New Kingdom. It was devoted primarily to the god Amun, a local Theban god joined with the sun god Re to become king of the Egyptian pantheon. Kings from the Middle Kingdom through the Roman era dedicated architectural elements such as pylons (monumental gateways), courts, temples, and shrines to the precincts of the Theban triad: Amun, his consort Mut, their son Khonsu, and the war god Montu, creating the sprawling zone we see today.

Opening hours: 6.00am - 5.30pm

Costs:
General Admission: LE 50,-

50% reduction for bearers of International Student ID Card

Valley of the Kings and Tutankhamun's tomb

Nestled in the cliffs on the west bank of the Nile at Luxor, the isolated Valley of the Kings is home to the tombs of the great pharaohs of the New Kingdom (1550 – 1070 BC). They are hidden within a wadi (or valley) formed over millennia by rainfall and water runoff. The first known pharaoh known for certin to have built a tomb within the valley was Hatshepsut, although many Egptologists believe that Thutmose I was the first to locate his tomb here.

Opening hours:
May 1st - Ramadan: 6.00am - 7.00pm
Ramadan - April 30th: 6.00am - 5.00pm

Costs:
General Admission: LE 70,-

Entrance includes admission to the area and to THREE of the following tombs:
Ramesses I
Ramesses III
Ramesses IV
Ramesses VII
Ramesses IX
Seti II
Siptah
Merenptah
Thutmose III
Thutmose IV
Mentuherkhepshef
Tausret/Sethnakht

Tickets for the tombs of Ramesses VI, Tutankhamun, and Ay must be purchased separately:

Tomb of Ramesses VI: LE 50,-

Tomb of Tutankhamun: LE 80,-

Tomb of Ay: LE 20,-

Student rates are available to bearers of a valid student ID from an Egyptian university or an International Student ID Card.

NO PHOTOGRAPHY IS ALLOWED INSIDE THE TOMBS.
Cameras must be left outside.

This site is not wheelchair accessible.

Luxor Temple

Founded perhaps as early as the reign of Ahmose, but begun certainly by the time of Hatshepsut, Luxor Temple was constructed primarily during the reigns of Amenhotep III and Ramesses II (all during the New Kingdom, ca. 1500-1200 BC). Other kings, including Tutankhamun, Horemheb, and Alexander the Great, also added decoration or minor structures to this gem-like temple. It is approached by an avenue of human-headed sphinxes, which link it to the Karnak complex some 3 km away. The entrance pylon, built and decorated by Ramesses II, was once graced by two obelisks (one of which is still in situ and the other of which is now in Paris) and six colossal royal statues.

Opening hours:
Summer opening hours: 6.00am - 10.00pm
Winter opening hours: 6.00am - 9.00pm

Costs:
General Admission: LE 40,-

50% reduction for bearers of International Student ID Card

Hot Air Ballon flight Luxor

Discover the magical appeal of hot air balloons, live an unique experience and the chance to enjoy a flight into the sunrise and over the ancient sights of Luxor, the biggest open-air museum on the planet. Traditional flights are every day, all year round unless weather conditions are unfavorable.Each traditional flight is around 45 minutes and as part of a group from 4 to 28 passengers.

Costs:
Traditional flight from May to September: From € 50,- pp
Traditional flight from October to April: From € 90,- pp

Nubian Village

Women and men should wear modest clothing. It is considered disrespectful to the mainly conservative Muslim inhabitants to see visitors walking around wearing clothing which reveal thighs, shoulders, bare backs or cleavage, except at beaches and hotels. Men should also not walk about bare chested or wearing very short shorts outside of hotels or beach resorts.

 

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