small group excursion to Cairo from Hurghada

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Day trip to Cairo by bus from Hurghada

From $33.08

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up to 24 hours before the experience starts (local time)

  • 19 to 22 hours (approx.)
  • Pickup offered
  • Offered in: English


    What's Included

    • Lunch
    • All transfers with modern and air-conditioned vehicles.
    • Soft drinks or water in the minivan during the tour.
    • All entrance fees to the mentioned attractions. (if option selected)
    • All services not mentioned in the description.
    • Boat tour on the Nile / drinks in the restaurant.
    • Camel riding at the pyramids can also be booked voluntarily with the local Bedouins.
    • Transfer surcharge from El Gouna (5 euros per person from 2 people)(10 euros single person)
    • Transfer surcharge from Sahl Hasheesh/Safaga (from 2 people 5 euros per person) (10 euros single person)
    • Transfer surcharge from Makadi bay/Soma bay (from 2 people 5 euros per person) (10 euros single person)

    Meeting And Pickup

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    Pickup details

    Pickup is available for hotels in Hurghada, Sahl Hasheesh and Makadi. Hotel pickup and drop-off from hotels in Al Ahyaa, El Gouna, Soma Bay and Safaga can be booked at an additional cost. The local provider will inform you about the exact pickup details after you have booked. Please send an email or WhatsApp message to the provider with your room number. The pickup time is approximately 1:30 a.m.

    What To Expect


    8 hours Admission Ticket Free

    Additional Info

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
    Operated by Book Tour Egypt

    Cancellation Policy

    You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

    • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
    • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
    • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
    • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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    100 reviews
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    Attentive, great experience!
    Stacy_M, Feb 2024
    Picked up on time, at 01.10 from Makadi bay (this was by car and we met the big bus in Hurghada), travelled to Cairo by coach, where the small tour started. We had certified Egyptologist, Mario as company for the day. Mario is incredible - very knowledgeable and is well known in the tour circle. The tour driver was very helpful and helped us get some amazing photographs of the memories made. Mario passionately gave us lots of information, and included free time at each of the stops. The pyramids and Sphinx were outstanding, their sheer size is beyond belief. The artifacts in the museum are unreal, the level of detail on King Tuts Gold and Silver is something I will never forget. Whilst I didn’t purchase anything at the papyrus stop, the demonstration and information was good. The perfumery was very large and welcoming, and we did make a purchase to take home. 23 hours and 15 minutes in total, a very long day. My only constructive feedback would be in relation to the outward journey. Around one hour after the last passenger pick up, and immediately after a traffic/police check, we pulled into a service spot. We received no communication, and sat on the bus for 55 minutes….. waiting. I initially thought this was whilst checks were completed by the guards (?) but I’m still none the wiser ! The latter aspect did not detract from the overall experience.
    Pleasant experience, great tour guide
    Kristf_B, Feb 2024
    The trip started with disappointment when the tour organizer asked for a 10$ tranfer fee from Makadi which was not mentioned in the description (they specificall mentioned which areas needed extra transfer fee but Makadi was not there). Given that during the whole trip we spent like 13-14 hours in the car, for a cuple more minutes driving for 10$ felt like rip off. The second disappointing thing is that we specifically selected this trip because this was the only one where the perfume and papyrus making part was not mentioned and we thought maybe this way we will have more time in the museum which is actually interesting. Needless to say these programs were mandatory. And we could only see rougly 10% of the museum running. Barely had enough time to take photos no time to buy anithing in the museum shop where we wanted to buy books. We told this to the tour guide who said we needed to hurry because the car was waiting outside of the museum. The 20 minutes boat trip was boring and without great views. You can see only see a dusty city, rusty ships, the air smells bad and the view distance is short due to the smog. They said we were lucky because we were there during the weekend and the traffic was low. I cannot imagine what a weekday would look like. The lunch was acceptable. Most of the time we spent at the pyramids (25 minutes free time) was literally in the shadow of the pyramids and when we realized that we could have taken better photos from the other side we already had to hurry to the car. (BTW the entry fee to the pyramids were not included in the price.) We got anothet 30 minutes free time to see the area where the sphinx is. Not enough time to see everything but we had to leave to visit the papyrus institute. And now the good things Mokhtar the guide was helpful and really looked after us (which is a big help when we are surrounded by thousands of agressive street vendors) he spoke fluent English and German and shared really interesting things about the sights. He had answers to all of our questions, and he is the reason I can give 4 stars for this review. Also I need to mention that the time we spent at the perfume shop was a surprisingly pleasant experience. Even though we only saw a little part of the museum it was great.
    Amazing tour with a well thought out day
    Alex_R, Feb 2024
    Amazing tour, Mario was the best guide we could have ever asked for, he had an in-depth knowledge of egypt and was constantly asking what we wanted to do, I would strongly recommend this tour to others.
    Long day but worth it
    Robert_D, Feb 2024
    Great tour. Well delivered. Good guide. Comfy coach. Lunch was nice. Shame we had to endure the papyrus and perfume shops.
    Tinashe_N, Jan 2024
    The entire day was packed with activities however the visit to the pyramids was majestic. Our guide was knowledgeable and helpful
    Excursion to Cairo from Hurghada
    Karen_R, Jan 2024
    I booked this excursion for my parents, during their trip in Hurghada. They loved the entire journey, the guide they had was a really nice person and explained everything to them.
    Fantastic experience! Highly recommended!
    Nagaraju_G, Jan 2024
    We are family of 4 (2 adults + 2 child) and started off to Cairo from Hurghada around 2.30am. Reached by 8.30 at museum and met Guide Abdul. He was phenomenal and guided through out! As it is a day trip so don’t expect yourself immersed at any place! You feel a bit rushed from place to place and for a day trip you can’t expect any better. Lunch provided and it was delicious. We thoroughly enjoyed the trip although it was almost 18 hr trip (12 hr on journey back and forth)
    Unforgettable Experience
    Marius_J, Nov 2023
    This excursion to Cairo with the tour guide Mario exceeded all expectations... He was very professional, passionate and friendly. He took our interests into consideration and we spent as much time at the National Cairo Museum and Pyramids of Giza as we wanted, there were no running or rushing to things the whole time. I don't know how it happened but this was a private excursion for 2 people (me and my girlfriend), we had a personal driver which drove us around the city with a very comfortable car. The dinner was nice and you could see the Pyramids of Giza straight from the entrance... Me and my girlfriend didn't want to take a nile boat swim (which cost extra) so we could save some time for pyramids of Giza and historical information from guide Mario. He agreed and we spent more time on locations we wanted to stay which was very very nice to us... His time management skills are impeccable and hugely respectful. I wholeheartedly recommend to try this excursion with guide Mario for making this best experience i've ever had in Cairo. 10/10 Thank you Mario!
    Jan_C, Nov 2023
    Fantastic day much better than I expected. Drive there took 8 hours which was a bit much but so pleased we saw the pyramids. Mario our guide was brilliant, as was lunch
    Marina_R, Oct 2023
    generally good, private trip with knowledgeable guide, some misunderstanding on site, however, good impression
    We had an outstanding day
    Samantha_L, Oct 2023
    This was exactly the trip I was looking for. While it was a long (22 hr) day it was so worth it. We were promptly picked up at our hotel at 2am and driven to Cairo. We had 2 stops along the way. Bring $1USD or Euro coins to use the toilets but they are clean and stocked with paper. Somehow we got very lucky in getting Mario as our tour guide. As the only Canadians he was our personal guide on the tour. He was very knowledgeable, and egyptologist and tour guide on the side. He really made this trip for us. We weren't going to ride the camels because we were worried about animal welfare. But Mario took us to a man he trusted and knew treated his camels well. It was an unbelievable experience. Highly recommend this tour if you just want to do a day tour of the pyramids. Thank you Mario for a wonderful, memorable day in Cairo
    Ok trip, not recommend for young children, can feel rushed
    Abdul_S, Sep 2023
    A very very long journey to and from Cairo, recommended this excursion for adults and at a stretch adults with teens. Not those with young children, trust me we made that error. Museum, Pyramids, lunch were all OK but due to the road journey you're hurried along from one to the next. If your budget can stretch it suggest a plane ride to Cairo instead, stay over for a day, take your time with the historical visits - DIY. You'll enjoy it. If not then this is a decent alternative but take note of the above...especially if you suffer from travel sickness if on the road for too long.
    Best Experience Ever!
    Bushra_M, Sep 2023
    Our guide Fahmi was absolutely amazing! He was the best person to have with us. We had so much fun with him and he was very patient as we had a large group and 3 children . He was very knowledgeable and gave us a-lot of great information. He made our Egyptian experience everything we could have hoped for. The museum was really good and also we opted for the boat trip and it was nice. He honestly made us feel like we were part of his family. The journey is not bad we had a good sleep on the drive there, our drivers were very nice accommodated to us very well. An experience you would not want to miss!
    Overall a good experience!
    Marika_P, Aug 2023
    Overall, I would rate the tour experience around 3 to 3.5 stars. While there were positive aspects, such as the guided tour of the Egyptian Museum and the great Pyramids of Giza, I encountered several issues that impacted the enjoyment of the trip. Firstly, the driver’s tardiness caused a 45-minute delay in our schedule, which was quite frustrating. Additionally, the duration of the trip exceeded the initially stated timeframe, as we arrived at The Egyptian Museum around 9:45am, making the journey unexpectedly lengthy. I had hoped to have more time to explore the pyramids, but it seemed that the guide was in a rush, limiting our experience there. Another drawback was the language barrier with the drivers, as they didn’t speak English, making communication challenging. If these areas of concern, such as punctuality, itinerary accuracy, guide pacing, and communication, could be addressed and improved, I believe the tour would easily earn a 5-star rating.
    Great experience
    Melissa_R, Aug 2023
    Really good trip. Our guide who met us in Cario was very knowledgable and made our experience that more special. If you can hack the long journey to Cairo (7 hours there and 7 hours back) then I would strongly recommend, it’s a once in a lifetime thing to do. The van was reasonably comfortable with air conditioning and regular drinks provided… also charging stations if you need to charge your phone which is a plus. The reason it takes so long is due to the security checks at each boarder station which I guess is for safety reasons. My only nag would be that before being taken to the pyramids we were taken to a perfume family shop, which must be a tourist gentleman’s agreement because there were loads of buses rocking up with tourists from all sorts of operators. There’s a little bit of pressure to buy the perfume oils, which we didn’t even know why we were being taken there. But we just said we wasn’t interested and thanked them for showing us the oils and we left. No drama or anything of the sort they were nice about it. It would have been nice to have been told prior to getting taken there but I guess it’s just one of those things. Overall the experience was great and I enjoyed seeing the pyramids, the guide took loads of photos an really made it the best experience for us.
    En rigtigt fed tur
    Gkhan_C, Jun 2023
    hi, it was a really good trip and the driver was very nice and controlled the traffic. guide was really good and managed to make the trip pleasant. but we could spend 2-3 hours on the pyramids. it was the only thing. I could recommend it to others and would like to go again. 10 out of 10
    Decent but needs improvement
    IbrahimSidat, Jun 2023
    Long journey, there should be an option for an evening transport to Cairo, stay over at hotel and then do the excursion in the morning. Pyramids are the highlight and Tutankhamen's treasure at the museum. There should be an option to see Ramses II also more time at the Pyramids with transport especially if you have children. The guide needed to be a bit more patient.
    Day out to Cairo
    Hung_L, Jun 2023
    The experience was very good. The guide was good and transport was good and was a bonus the companions was more than could ask for . All in all good day out.
    Must do
    amalcolm, Nov 2022
    Very very long day , but worth it. Our guide was fantastic , very knowledgable and also made it fun, .
    perri_W, Oct 2022
    Awful trip from start to finish once they find out your English they seem to think your rich and want money from you.we were told the nile cruise was optional when it wasn't you have to do it they then take you to places to basically spend money. If you do book take extra money because you will need it as all toilet breaks you are charged for and they charge alot more for bottle water when they find out your English. Didn't feel safe whilst at the Pyramids the guide sat in the van and said we had an hour to look around we got back into the van after 10 minutes as constant hassle from the locals for money about 7 people in the 10 minutes we were there

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