Summary

Destinations: Middle East
  • Trip code: AED
  • Activity: Culture, Cultural Wonders
  • Min age: 16
  • Group size: 4 - 20
Leisurely

Travel the length of Eygpt and explore its history, food and landscapes.

Few countries can rival Egypt’s wealth of magnificent archaeological sites, with the Pyramids and Great Sphinx of Giza ranking as two of the most recognisable in the world. It is a place like no other and on this two-week itinerary we explore its treasures across the length of the country. In the north there is the Mediterranean port city of Alexandria and El Alamein, the site of the famous Second World War battle. Cairo’s attractions are world famous but on this itinerary we also experience the bazaars and culinary delights on a food tour. Journeying south by sleeper train we reach the Nubian city of Aswan where we board our Nile cruise boat and discover the monuments and temples all the way to Luxor.

Key information
  • 8 nights in 4 and 5-star hotels, 3 nights on a cruise boat and 1 night sleeper train
  • Travel by private minibus, cruise boat and sleeper train
  • Abu Simbel Sun Festival departure
Activities
  • 8 nights in 4 and 5-star hotels, 3 nights on a cruise boat and 1 night sleeper train
  • Travel by private minibus, cruise boat and sleeper train
  • Abu Simbel Sun Festival departure

Highlights

Visit tombs in the Valley of the Kings

The Mediterranean port city of Alexandria

Sightseeing on a Nile River cruise

Guided food tour in Cairo

Dates & Pricing

 
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15 Feb 2019
27 Feb 2019
Guaranteed (Fully Booked)
R 23100
 
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08 Mar 2019
20 Mar 2019
Guaranteed (Fully Booked)
R 21300
 
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11 Oct 2019
23 Oct 2019
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R 23300
 
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01 Nov 2019
13 Nov 2019
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R 22400
 
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29 Nov 2019
11 Dec 2019
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R 22400
 
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20 Dec 2019
01 Jan 2020
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R 28900
 
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24 Jan 2020
05 Feb 2020
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R 22600
 
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14 Feb 2020
26 Feb 2020
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R 24400
 
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06 Mar 2020
18 Mar 2020
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R 23000
 
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09 Oct 2020
21 Oct 2020
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R 23000
 
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30 Oct 2020
11 Nov 2020
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R 23000
 
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27 Nov 2020
09 Dec 2020
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R 23000
 
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18 Dec 2020
30 Dec 2020
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R 25700

Full Day by Day Itinerary

Day 1 Land Only

Start Cairo.

The group flight usually arrives in Cairo this evening. The welcome briefing will either take place this evening or tomorrow morning. *Pyramids Park Resort Hotel or similar*

Day 2

Pyramids and Great Sphinx of Giza.

We begin our day with a visit to the Pyramids at Giza. Home to the Great Pyramids of Cheops, Chephren and Mycerinus and the enduring and mysterious Great Sphinx, these great monuments to the afterlife defy the imagination. Only the throng of sightseers, Egyptian and foreign, milling around their huge foundations, keep the viewer in the 21st century. The afternoon is free to relax at our hotel, explore Cairo or join an optional excursion to Saqqara, Memphis, and Dahshur. *Pyramids Park Resort Hotel or similar*

Day 3

Cairo tour.

After breakfast we enjoy a full day tour of Cairo. We begin with a visit to the Egyptian Museum – home to the world’s largest collection of ancient Egyptian artefacts including the incredible golden riches of Tutankhamun’s tomb. Following this piece of history, we experience modern Cairo with a tour of the El Darb El Ahmar School for Arts and a walk along the bustling El Moaz Street. We also explore Al Azhar mosque which dates back to AD970 and is Cairo’s oldest. The mosque is still frequently visited by locals to this day and we will need to cover up (long sleeves and trousers) to enter – as when entering all mosques. Women will also need to cover their hair with a scarf. *Pyramids Park Resort Hotel or similar*

Day 4

Transfer to Alexandria, city tour.

Today we have a journey of 3-4hrs to Alexandria. Founded by Alexander the Great in 331BC, the city was home to the Lighthouse of Alexandria, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and it’s Great Library was the largest of its time. Unfortunately, these parts of Egypt’s glorious history did not survive up to modern times but there is still much to see in this Mediterranean port city. Our tour begins with a visit of the city’s catacombs followed by the impressive Qaidbay Fortress and the Bibliotheca Alexandrina – Alexandria’s revival of the Great Library. *Mediterranean Azur Hotel or similar*

Day 5

Visit El Alamein and El Anba Bishoy Monastery; return to Cairo.

We have an early morning drive to El Alamein, the site of the famed allied victory during World War Two, where we will visit the War Cemetery and Military Museum. More than 80,000 soldiers were killed or wounded in the two battles. It was a decisive win for the Allies with Winston Churchill saying, “Before Alamein we never had a victory. After Alamein we never had a defeat”. After lunch we stop by El Anba Bishoy Monastery on our return to Cairo. *Pyramids Park Resort Hotel or similar*

Day 6

Food tour of Cairo; transfer to sleeper train.

Today we embark on a food tour of Cairo’s restaurants and discover some of the fantastic local cuisine available across the city. The tour also includes the bazaars of Khan el-Khalili located in the historic centre of Islamic Cairo. This evening we transfer to the railway station and board our sleeper train to Aswan. *Sleeper train.*

Day 7

Arrive Aswan; Nubian tour and Felucca ride.

Arriving in Aswan during the morning, we spend the rest of the day exploring the Nubian way of life. We begin with a visit to the Nubian Museum, which chronologically charts the history and culture of the people, followed by a tour of the Monastery of St. Simeon by camel. Following this we move on to the nearby Nubian village of Gharb Sohil and enjoy a spot of lunch at a local guesthouse. We finish our day exploring the Nile and the surrounding landscape by Felucca – the traditional sailboats of the Egyptian Nile. Dinner will be on board the Felucca. *Basma Hotel or similar *

Day 8

Optional visit to Abu Simbel; board cruise boat.

This morning we transfer to our cruise boat and have some time to relax before enjoying lunch on board. For the rest of the day there is the option to explore the Aswan market or attend the Sound and Light Show at Philae Temple. For those who want to do the optional visit to Abu Simbel, the tour starts at approximately 3.30am when we get picked up from the hotel. A breakfast box is provided. Around 8am we will arrive at the destination, where we are given around three hours to visit the temples. Built by Ramses II, the temples of Abu Simbel rank amongst the most impressive in the country and well worth the journey south across the Nubian Desert. We will be back in Aswan around 3pm. For our Sun Festival departures, the visit to Abu Simbel is included. The festival is a bi-annual event that has been taking place for over 3200 years. During the celebrations the sun perfectly aligns with the usually dark interior and lights up the seated statues of Ramses II, the sun god, Ra and the king of the gods, Amun. Only the statue of Ptah, the god of darkness, remains in the shadows. There are traditional Nubian dances being performed, street food everywhere (save stomach space for some fresh koshari) and live music outside the temple. *M/S Mirage or similar*

Day 9

Visit Philae Temple and Aswan High Dam; sail to Edfu.

We begin today with a visit to the Philae Temple and Aswan High Dam. In the 1970s the temple was relocated by UNESCO to Aglika Island after it became evident that the original site of Philae would submerge on completion of the dam. This morning represents a magnificent and enduring testament to both ancient and modern engineering. After lunch we sail to Kom Ombo and visit the temple there before continuing our journey to Edfu which is where we will spend the night. *M/S Mirage or similar*

Day 10

Tour Edfu; sail to Luxor.

Waking in Edfu, we start our day exploring the city and its temples before sailing further north along the Nile. After crossing the Esna lock we reach our destination, Luxor where we will have our final dinner on board and hopefully witness a stunning sunset over the river. *M/S Mirage or similar*

Day 11

Disembark in Luxor; explore the Valley of the Kings.

After breakfast on board we disembark in Luxor and explore the Valley of the Kings. For nearly 500 years this was the site of royal burials and it contains the tombs of over 62 Pharaohs, including Tutankhamun, Seti I, Ramses III and IV. One ticket allows us to see three tombs. The ticket usually allows entry into what are regarded as the most impressive tombs, but if you have time a visit to the tomb of Ramses VI is also highly recommended. Visits to tombs are now strictly controlled to halt further deterioration of wall paintings – each tomb is periodically closed for a number of weeks. Afterwards we visit the massive stone statues of the Colossi of Memnon before transferring to hotel.  The rest of the day is free to relax or wander around the streets of Luxor. *Iberotel Luxor or similar*

Day 12

Luxor tour including Karnak and Luxor temples.

For our penultimate day we have a half day tour of Luxor’s east bank. Luxor is commonly called the world’s greatest open-air museum and this morning we visit the extraordinary Karnak and Luxor temples which both stand within the modern city. After a leisurely afternoon we enjoy our final dinner together at one of this historic city’s local restaurants. *Iberotel Luxor or similar*

Day 13

End Luxor.

Our trip ends today. Those on the group flights will be taken to airport for the flight to London.

Included

* All breakfasts, 6 lunches,  5 dinners * All accommodation (see accommodation section) * All transport and listed activities * Flights from London (if booking incl. flights) * Arrival & departure transfers

Food

All breakfasts , 6 lunches and 5 dinners included.

In the itinerary we state which meals are included on which day.  We suggest you allow GBP60-90 (approx. . USD100-140) for meals not included. Food in Egypt involves such things as kebabs, chicken, stews, pitta-bread, felafel, beans, aubergine and other vegetables, pickles, salads. Dishes tend to be simple and wholesome and vegetarians can be catered for if they accept that the options may be somewhat limited.

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