I am planning a trip for my mom, dad, wife, and I to head to Egypt in April. It will be the first trip for all of us and we want to see the highlights, while also getting a good lay of the land.
We only have 8 days to travel due to jobs, but really want to see all that we can.Here is what I had in mind for the itinerary:
Date Destination Transporation Day Trips
13-Apr to Luxor EgyptAir West Bank w/light show
14-Apr Luxor East Bank
15-Apr to Aswan Minibus Edfu / Kon Ombo / Silsila
16-Apr Aswan Felucca Sightseeing day
17-Apr to Abu Sim Egyptair
18-Apr to Cairo EgyptAir Museum / Khan el Khalili
19-Apr Cairo Giza / Pyramids / Sphinx
20-Apr Cairo Memphis / Sakarra / Dashur
21-Apr to JFK EgyptAir
1 - We wouldn't get to Luxor until 1pm so probably won't have checked into our hotel until 2pm. Would we be able to see Karnak & Luxor Temple by the end of the day? Would we be better off trying to hit East & West on the following day?
2 - I am figuring we will have some time on our east bank day. Would this be a good place for a camel ride or hot air balloon ride or would you recommend a better area?
3 - I would be interested in taking a Minibus back and forth to Abu Simbel, but don't want to have to worry about convoys & security. Will this be an issue if we decide to go this route. (it would definitely be cheaper from what I have seen)
4 - I would really like to visit the Valley of the Whales. Is there an opportunity to make up time here that I am missing?
5 - Also, I am not really a tour person, but since I will be with my parents this go around and we will be in Egypt, do you see us needing a guide throughout our trip?
Thanks for any feedback!