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budget vacations to Egypt


For many, a trip to Egypt may be a vacation of a lifetime; something that one has always wished to do but unable to afford. One can arrange budget travel to Egypt at anytime. The costs associated with a budget trip to Egypt include, but are not necessarily limited to, the airfare or other transport to Egypt, lodging, food, transportation to different destinations in Egypt and tickets to enter the various attractions one wishes to see, with the possible hiring of guides. Most people will also be interested in finding the least expensive places and means of buying a few souvenirs. Of course, this is for a fairly standard classical excursion.

   Budget travel does not necessarily imply independent travel. In many instances, an economy tour may ultimately yield a much more pleasant and even less expensive Egyptian holiday then an independently arranged trip. Frequently as we are a travel agent and tour operator, we receive deep discounts from hotels and airlines as well as provide more efficient means of transportation within Egypt. Even the most experienced independent traveler may not be able to beat the cost of a value tour, particularly if a full agenda of sightseeing is required. Not infrequently in fact, packaged tours may be as little or less then the cost of airfare to Egypt if arranged independently.                                                                                                                       


“Money comes and goes my friend… think of the memories”.

We encourage custom trip planning, and we’ll work with you to make your time with us as good as it can be. We’ve assembled a few sample itineraries, to help get you started.

Sample Itineraries: Please note that we can arrange with you any itinerary subject to your budget, just Contact Us










(Budget Tours 1)

5 Days Cairo/Aswan/Abu Simble Temples /Luxor/Cairo( Nile Felucca boat )

Tour Itinerary


Day 1

In the evening pick up from your hotel in Cairo, transfer to train station and take the overnight train to Aswan.


Day 2

Arrive to Aswan and check in to the hotel. Start guided tour, visiting the fantastic Philae Temple and High dam of Aswan. Free afternoon, overnight in the hotel in Aswan.


Day 3

Free morning in Aswan.

Or take the option to visit the glorious temples of Abu Simbel: early morning (3:30 a.m.) pick up from the hotel and transfer to Abu Simbel and visit Temple of Ramses II., and Temple of Hathor. Transfer back to Aswan.

Then you will be transferred to Nile Felucca boat. Overnight on the Felucca.


Day 4

Transfer by car to Kom Ombo and visit Temple of Sobek. Then visit Temple of Horus in Edfu and transfer to your hotel in Luxor.

After checking in to your hotel, visit Karnak Temple, the greatest example for worship in the history, dedicated to God Amoun, his wife Mut and their son Khonsu. Then visit Luxor Temple. Overnight in the hotel in Luxor.



Day 5

In the morning start guided tour to see Colossi of Menmon, Valley of the Kings and Valley of the Queens, Temple of the Queen Hatshepsut the only pharaonic woman ruled ancient Egypt. In the evening transfer to the train station taking first class overnight train back to Cairo. Transfer to your hotel in Cairo



Tour includes:

- Pick ups and transfers as mentioned above

- English speaking guide for the sights in Aswan, Luxor

- First class train (seater train) from Cairo to Aswan and from Luxor to Cairo

- 1 night in 3* hotel in Aswan, including breakfast

- 1 night onboard Nile Felucca boat, including all meals

- 1 night in 3* hotel in Luxor, including breakfast

- All services charges and taxes









(Budget Tours 2)

7 Days Cairo/Aswan/Abu Simble Temples /Luxor/Cairo( Nile Felucca boat )

Day 1 Cairo 

Arrive at any time and transfer to your hotel.

Day 2 Cairo (B) 
Guided tour of the Pyramids of Giza and Sphinx, guided tour of the Egyptian Museum. Sleeper train to aswan

Day 3 Aswan (B,L,D)
 Orientation walk in Aswan, half-day Felucca cruise including local lunch and visit to a Nubian village to enjoy a home-cooked dinner with locals.

Day 4 Abu Simbel/Aswan (B) 
 guided tour of the temples of Abu Simbel. Free afternoon to explore Aswan.

Day 5 Luxor (B)
Guided visit to temples of Kom Ombo and Edfu, orientation walk and free time to explore Luxor.

Day 6 Luxor (B) 
Visit to Colossi of Memnon, guided visit to the Valley of the Kings and Temple of Hatshepsut. Sleeper train to Cairo.

Day 7 Cairo (B)
Depart at any time.






  • Entrance fee and guided tour of Valley of the Kings and Hatshepsut Temle
  • Transport: private air-conditioned van, plane
  • Arrival airport transfer and daily breakfast
  • Entrance and guided tour of the Pyramids of Giza and Sphinx
  • Entrance and guided visit of the Egyptian Museum
  • Round Trip Sleeper train tickets( Cairo/ Aswan-Luxor/Cairo
  • Return flights, Felucca sail, village walk and local Nubian dinner
  • Entrance and guided tour of temples of Abu Simbel
  • Entrance and guided tour of Kom Ombo and Edfu Temples
  • Visit to the Colossi of Memnon







(Budget Tours 3)

9 Days: Cairo/Aswan –Luxor by Nile Cruise/Cairo


Welcome to a land of wonder and mystery. You are met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. 

After a detailed pre-tour briefing, begin your city sightseeing with Tahrir Square - the sprawling urban space that became famous over 18 historic days of protests. Continue to the Egyptian Museum where, Tutankhamun’s magnificent treasures are on display. Then visit the Citadel for a breath taking view of the city of Cairo. Salah El Din started the Citadel in the 12th century, but it owes its present outline to Mohammed Ali, whose great Mosque you will visit next. Then free time to enjoy as you wish. Later, enjoy the magical Sound & Light Show which literally illuminates the ancient history of Giza! (B) 

Fly to Luxor and transfer to your cruise ship. After lunch on board, visit Luxor Temple unearthed by Mariette in the 1860’s. Continue to Karnak, the largest temple complex ever built by man. Walk through the avenue of Ram-headed sphinxes to stand among the huge columns of the Hypostyle Hall. (B,L,D) 

DAY 4 
Relax as you gently cruise along the Nile, past palm fringed villages and irrigated fields, to exotic Aswan. But before leaving Luxor, there is an excursion by coach to the west bank, which includes a photo stop at the Colossi of Memnon and visits to the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut as well as some of the royal tombs in the Valley of the Kings. As you drift up-stream stops are made at ancient sites along the way. These include the Temple of Horus at Edfu as well as the Kom Ombo Temple. On arrival in Aswan, an included sightseeing 
tour shows you the High Dam and unfinished obelisk in the granite quarries. It also includes a motorboat ride to the Philae Island Temple complex and sailing in a traditional Nile felucca. A sunset high tea is also included. While cruising breakfast, lunch and dinner are served daily and one night you get to celebrate Egyptian style at a galabeya party and dinner. (3B,3L,3D)   

This morning, why not join an optional excursion by air to the magnificent Temples of Rameses II at Abu Simbel, cut from their hillside origin in the 1960’s and repositioned in their new home above the waterline of the newly created “Lake Nasser?” Otherwise, spend the morning in Aswan as you wish. There is lots here to enjoy; the Botanic Gardens, Elephantine Island, the mausoleum of the Aga Khan or hunt for bargains in the African atmosphere of the Nubian bazaar. Later, transfer to the airport for your return flight to Cairo. (B) 

Enjoy a guided tour of Giza where you will see the enigmatic Sphinx and the magnificent Pyramids with a highlight visit inside one of these extraordinary creations! Nearby lies Memphis, capital of the Old Kingdom, see the colossal statue of Rameses II and great alabaster sphinx. Continue to Sakkara, view the Step Pyramid of Zoser I; dating from 2686BC, it’s the oldest in the world. (B) 

The tour ends after breakfast with transfers to the airport. (B)




   Cairo: See Tutankhamun’s treasure in the Egyptian Museum. Visit Tahrir Square, the ‘beating heart’ of the 2011 Revolution. Visit Mohammed Ali Mosque and view Cairo from the Citadel. Giza: Enjoy a Sound & Light Show at the Great Pyramids. See the Sphinx and venture inside one of the Pyramids, Memphis: See the statue of Rameses II & Alabaster Sphinx. Sakkara: See the Step Pyramid of Zozer, oldest in the world.Luxor: Visit the awe-inspiring Temples of Luxor and Karnak. See the Colossi of Memnon, visit the Temple of Hatshepsut and some of the Pharaoh’s tombs in the Valley of the Kings. Kom Ombo & Edfu: Visit the riverside temples. Aswan: Enjoy the sunset and high tea in colonial English style at at Agatha Christie’s Old Cataract hotel. Sail on a traditional ‘felucca’ around the Botanical gardens Visit the Aswan High Dam and the unfinished obelisk. Board a motorboat to the Philae Island temple complex.




  • Professional multi-lingual Tour Director/Egyptologistescorts you
  • Headsets for all guided visits and walking tours
  • Sightseeing by air-conditioned coach
  • Deluxe hotel with all service charges, taxes and porterage
  • Cruise boat gratuities included
  • Scheduled flights between Cairo/Luxor and Aswan/Cairo
  • Services of Insight’s Representative in Egypt
  • Insight Traveller Welcome pack
  • Arrival & departure transfers between Cairo airport and your Insight tour hotel







(Budget Tours 4)
13 Days Cairo/Aswan Felucca to Luxor/ Hurghada/Cairo

Day 1 Cairo

Arrive at any time and transfer to your hotel.

Day 2 Cairo, Overnight train (B,D)
Guided tour of the Pyramids of Giza. Overnight sleeper train to Aswan.

Days 3-4 Aswan (2B,D)
Felucca sailing trip and a camel ride to St Simeon's Monastery. Visit to a Nubian village with home-cooked dinner. Option to visit the magnificent temples of Abu Simbel.



Days 5-7 Luxor (3B,L)
Horse-drawn carriage to explore Luxor, visit to the Colossi of Memnon. Donkey ride and guided tour of the Valley of the Kings and Temple of Hatshepsut. Option to visit the temples of Kom Ombo and Edfu.

Days 8-10 Red Sea Coast (3B, 3D)
Head to Hurghada on the Red Sea coast to enjoy some beach and snorkeling time.

Days 11-12 Cairo (2B)
Return flight to Cairo. Guided tour to the Egyptian Museum. Visit to Khan El Khalili bazaar.

Day 13 Cairo (B)
Depart at any time.




  • Excursion to Khan al Khalili bazaar
  • Entrance and guided tour of Pyramids and Sphinx
  • Admission and guided tour of the Egyptian Museum
  • Overnight sleeper train to Aswan
  • Felucca sailing trip
  • Camel ride to St Simeon Monastery
  • Dinner with a local Nubian family
  • Visit to the Colossi of Memnon
  • Donkey ride, entrance fees and guided tour of Valley of the Kings and Hatsheput Temple
  • Dusk tour of Luxor by horse drawn carriage
  • Entrance and guided visit of Mummification Museum







(Budget Tours 5)

8 Days Cairo/Aswan Felucca to Luxor/Cairo

The itinerary


Day 1 Cairo: Arrive at any time.

• Day 2 Cairo (B): Guided tour of the Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx. Guided tour of the Egyptian Museum (entrance fees not included). Overnight train to Aswan.

• Days 3-4 Aswan (1B,1D): Visit a Nubian Village and enjoy a home-cooked dinner with locals. Optional trip to the magnificent temples of Abu Simbel.

• Day 5 Felucca (B,L,D): Felucca sailing with support boat, overnight on board.

• Days 6-7 Luxor (2B): Visit Kom Ombo and Edfu on our way to Luxor. Option to visit Karnak temple and Valley of the Kings (entrance fees not included). Overnight train back to Cairo.

• Day 8 Cairo: Tour ends on arrival.


Enjoying a traditional family meal, exploring ancient temples and monuments, bartering in bazaars, spending the night on a felucca, visit to a Nubian village.


This compact adventure offers maximum Egypt at minimum cost. Stare in amazement at the pyramids and float down the Nile on a felucca. Embrace the culture and meet remarkable people as you dine on traditional fare with a local family in a Nubian village. You'll enjoy basic accommodation and transport to the best sites. Walk through the Valley of Kings or explore Karnak it's your call. Don't just dream of Egypt, wake up in the Land of the Pharaohs and open your eyes to


ex Cairo

What's Included
Transport and tour leader to the following: Pyramids of Giza & the Sphinx, Egyptian Museum, Nubian dinner, Kom Ombo, Edfu Temple, Felucca sailing trip (with support boat). Please note that no entrance fees are included - please see optional activities section of these notes for more information on prices.

Meals Included
5 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners

Private air-con van, overnight train, felucca, walking

Simple hotels (4 nts), overnight train (2 nts, airline-style seats), felucca with support boat for toilet/showers (1 nt)



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