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Highlights of Egypt

Dig deep and discover the riches of Egypt's geography, culture, and, of course, archaeology, on this epic adventure. Step into a world filled with giant statues, temples, and legendary pyramids. Take it easy as you float along the Nile on a traditional felucca or enjoy a home-cooked meal with a local family. Our Chief Experience Officers and local experts will share an intriguing combination of the region’s attractions and hidden secrets. Meet the gaze of the Sphinx and get into the spirit of bygone times when travelling by donkey to the Valley of the Kings.

  • Duration: 14 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
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  • Physical rating: Light
  • Accommodation standard:   Budget%
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  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: DPBA/166469
  • Starts: Cairo, Egypt
  • Finishes: Cairo, Egypt
  • Age requirement: 12 +
You will Visit
  • Cairo
  • Aswān
  • Kom Ombo
  • Luxor
  • Alexandria
  • Sīwah

Itinerary

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Day 1: Cairo

Arrive at any time.
There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting.

02

Day 2: Cairo/Aswān

Tour the Great Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx before a guided tour of the Egyptian Museum. Catch an overnight train to Aswan.
Head straight to the pyramids and soak in the history of these majestic structures. Later, visit the Egyptian Museum to see more ancient artifacts.

In the evening, board an overnight train to Aswan. The overnight train is a modern air-conditioned sleeper, with twin-berth beds. There is no shower in the cabin, but each cabin does have a sink. The shared toilet is at the end of each carriage. A basic airline-style tray meal for dinner and breakfast is included. Attendants can serve drinks in your compartment at extra cost or there is a bar car for socializing.

03

Day 3: Aswān

Explore Aswan before visiting a Nubian village and enjoy a home-cooked dinner with a local family.
Our train is due to arrive in Aswan early in the morning, but, trains can often be delayed. Enjoy some free time in the morning to browse the souk or walk along the Nile.

Later, board a felucca (local boat) to reach Elephantine Island and visit a Nubian village. Walk around the small community, then enjoy a traditional dinner at a local home.

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Day 4: Aswān

Spend the day exploring Aswan. Opt to visit the magnificent temples of Abu Simbel.
One of the most fascinating sights in the area is the Temple of Abu Simbel. Later, opt for a half-day tour of the Unfinished Obelisk, High Dam, and Philae Temple. Visit the modern Nubian Museum to learn more about Aswan's local people.

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Day 5: Aswān/Kom Ombo

Sail the Nile on a traditional felucca. Sleep onboard under the stars.
Board the felucca and spend the rest of the day out on the river and a night under the stars.

Feluccas are a basic, traditional Nile sailboat and make for an extremely relaxing and enjoyable way to travel down the river. You sleep, open-air on the deck of the boat (mattresses and blankets are provided, but if you prefer something between you and the blankets, you will need to bring a sleep sheet/sleeping bag liner of your own). The Felucca itself does not have toilets or showers, however we will have access to a private support boat, travelling in close proximity to our Felucca. This support boat is equipped with toilets and a shower (please bring a towel) and and an area to eat your meals, leaving you stress free to enjoy this tranquil and traditional experience on the Nile.

06

Day 6: Kom Ombo/Luxor

Enjoy a guided visit Kom Ombo Temple before driving to Luxor. En route, visit the Temple of Karnak.

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Day 7: Luxor

Visit the Colossi of Memnon, Valley of the Kings, and the Temple of Hatshepsut. Enjoy lunch with a local family on the West Bank of the Nile.
Cross to the West Bank. Visit the massive 18m (59ft)-high Colossi of Memnon, which is all that remains of an ancient temple. Descend down the narrow corridors and check out the tombs of the pharaohs at the Valley of the Kings. The Funerary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut literally seems to rise out of the surrounding limestone outcrops.

Enjoy lunch with a local family on the West bank of the Nile and then explore Luxor at your own pace.

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Day 8: Luxor/Alexandria

Fly to Cairo and transfer to Alexandria. Soak in the European feeling of this Mediterranean city.

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Day 9: Alexandria

Take a guided tour of Catacombs, the National Museum, Pompey's Pillar, and Qaitbay Fort. With free time, opt to explore the city, check out the city's cafés, or dine on fantastic seafood.

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Day 10: Alexandria/Sīwah

Journey to the hidden Oasis of Siwa. Visit El Alamein Cemetery and Memorial en route.

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Day 11: Sīwah

Bike to the Mountain of the Dead and the Temple of the Oracle. Opt to take a dip in Cleopatra's bath or travel by donkey cart for a perfect desert sunset.

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Day 12: Sīwah

Enjoy a 4x4 excursion to the sand dunes, followed by a picnic lunch in the desert.

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Day 13: Sīwah/Cairo

Journey back to Cairo.

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Day 14: Cairo

Depart at any time.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Local Living: Felucca Sail to Nubian Village with Traditional Meal, Aswān Carte Blanche: Aswān Local Living: Lunch with a Local Family, Luxor
    • Pyramids of Giza and Sphinx entrance and guided tour
    • Egyptian Museum entrance and guided tour
    • Felucca overnight sailing excursion with support boat
    • Karnak and Kom Ombo temples entrance and guided tour
    • Temple of Hatshepsut and Valley of the Kings guided visit and donkey ride
    • Colossi of Memnon visit
    • Alexandria guided tour
    • 4x4 excursions with included lunch in Siwa Oasis
    • Internal flights
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Simple hotels (10 nts), sleeper train (1 nt), felucca with support boat for toilet/showers (1 nt)
    • 13 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
    Transport
    • Private air-conditioned van, train, felucca, donkey, plane, 4x4, walking
    Group Leader
    • Certified Egyptologist as Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout
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Tour Highlights:
  • Explore ancient temples and monuments
  • Gaze at the pyramids and mysterious Sphinx
  • Spend the night on a felucca
  • Connect with history on the streets of Alexandria
  • Visit the impressive Qaitbay Fort
  • Take a tour of the Catacombs of Komel-Shokafa