Land of the Pharaohs - 10 days
FROM USD $2,239
Dr Sarcophagus â€“ here we come! On a 10-day journey through the mysterious land of the Pharaohs, weâ€™ll discover amazing pyramids and the treasures of the famed Egyptian museum; sail in style down the river Nile; search out ancient tombs in the Valleys of Kings and Queensl; and soak up the atmosphere of buzzing downtown Cairo
But wait â€“ thereâ€™s more. Accompanied by our very own Egyptologist throughout, we also drive to Port Said where Tintin first lands on Egyptian soil, and visit the nearby Suez Canal. Weâ€™ve included camel treks and horse riding by the Pyramids, felucca sailing in Aswan and stops at ancient temples along the banks of the Nile â€“ itâ€™s adventure aplenty â€“ even enough to keep the evil mastermind Rastapopoulos at bay!
Day 1: Cairo
Cairo: If you look very hard through your aeroplane window, you might spot the great pyramids of Giza before landing in Cairo. And if not, you will soon after, at your hotel located right at the edge of the Pyramids. Overnight - Cairo
Day 2: Sphinx and Pyramids:
Sunrise at the Giza Plateau! Saddled on camels and with cameras at the ready, we hunt for the exact spot where Tintin himself discovered the pyramids. If youâ€™re feeling brave, venture down into the burial chamber deep inside one of these giant ancient tombs. After lunch, with horses to suit all abilities, we take a gentle ride to the necropolis of Saqqara and explore the older Zhoser's step pyramid. Overnight - Cairo
Day 3: Egyptian Museum and down town Cairo
On a guided tour of the famous Egyptian Museum, home to the treasures of King Tutankhamen, youâ€™ll come face to face with some of the great rulers of ancient Egypt in the mummy room! Itâ€™s back to present day Egypt and the hustle and bustle of downtown Cairo this afternoon, exploring the famous Khan el Khalili markets, stoppng at historic Fishawi coffee house and the 19th century Citadel of Saladin. Overnight - Cairo
Day 4: Port Said
This morning itâ€™s a dry and dusty drive to Port Said, the city by the sea where Tintin first sets foot in Egypt. We also visit Suez, where enormous ships and tankers queue to enter the canal â€“ this truly is watching the wheels of trade in motion. Back in Cairo, we board our overnight sleeper train headed for the world's greatest open air museum â€“ 4,000 year old Luxor! Overnight - Sleeper Train (B, L, D)
Day 5: Luxor - Valleys of Kings & Queens
Time to go in search of the tomb of King Tutankhamen in the eerie rocky landscape of the Valleys of Kings and Queens â€“ we might even stumble upon HergÃ©â€™s tomb of Pharaoh Kih-Oskh! After a visit to the Temple of Karnak, we board our Nile Cruiser and escape the dizzying afternoon sun. And at dusk, horse-drawn carriages take us to Luxor Temple, when itâ€™s beautifully illuminated at night. Overnight - 5 star Nile Cruiser
(B, L, D)
Day 6: Hot Air Ballooning
An optional hot air balloon ride
to see day break over Luxor before we â€˜up anchorâ€™ and ease into a relaxing day sailing down the Nile. Thereâ€™s fun and games on board tonight as we slip into disguise sporting traditional Egyptian galabeyas. Overnight - Nile Cruising
(B, L, D)
Day 7: Edfu & Kom Ombo
A bit more R&R on board, with leisurely stops at the riverside Temple of Horus at Edfu â€“ the largest and most completely preserved pharaonic temple in Egypt â€“ and the unusual temples of Haroeris and Sobek in Kom Ombo that date back to the Ptolemaic era. Overnight - Nile Cruising
(B, L, D)
Day 8: Aswan
Time warp! Swapping our modern Nile Cruise for a traditional felucca we sail to beautiful Elephantine Island. The mighty High Dam, a modern feat of engineering is our next stop, followed by a boat trip out to 4th century Philae Temple. Overnight - 5 Star Nile Cruiser
(B, L, D)
Day 9: Abu Simbel
If you're up for an early start opt to catch the sunrise flight to the sun temple of King Ramses II at Abu Simbel
, arguably the most impressive of all Egyptâ€™s monuments. We fly back to Cairo for our final dinner in the land of the Pharaohâ€™s, where you can test your wits at decoding those baffling hieroglyphics. Overnight - Cairo
Day 10: Cairo
Cairo: With the secrets of the Pharaohs revealed and the ominous symbol of Kih-Oskh well and truly demystified, itâ€™s a transfer to the airport to catch our respective flights home. (B)
Extend your stay: The Western Oasis - 5 days
For a true desert experience Tintin style, head out west to the Bahayriyya Oasis and the striking White Desert where youâ€™ll bed down under the stars, and visit the medieval covered city of Al Qas in the Dakhla Oasis.
OR TRY THE RED SEA
The perfect end to a cultural whirlwind through ancient Egypt is a few days to relax by the Rea Sea. Dahab, Sharm el Sheikh, Hurghada and Taba all offer an excellent choice of hotels. Please enquire for availability and rates.
Prices & Departure Dates
Prices shown are per person travelling. 'Twin/Double' prices per person apply when there are 2 people travelling, sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies for single travellers who require their own room and needs to be added to the 'Twin/Double' price. If you are happy to be paired up with another single traveller of the same sex on your tour, this can be arranged, thus avoiding the single person supplement.
For family tour dates (as indicated below), a 20% discount applies for children aged 7 to 12 and who share a room with their parents throughout the tour.
Please note that since we have travellers joining our tours from all over the world, international flights are NOT included in the tour prices below.
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Highlights & Inclusions
Below is a list of key highlights and what is included on this tour. Further, where appropriate, we have listed the items that are not included in the tour price.
- Cairo - The Egyptian Museum, Coptic Cairo, Citadel of Saladin and Khan el Khalili Markets
- Port Said and the Suez Canal
- Optional activity - Hot Air Ballooning over Luxor - aerial views of the River Nile and West Bank
- Kom Ombo - Temple of Kom Ombo
- Aswan - felucca sailing to Elephantine Island, the High Dam and Philae Temple
- The Pyramids of Giza and Saqqara
- Luxor 'ancient Thebes' - Valley of the Kings and Valley of the Queens, Colossi of Memnon, Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, Temple of Karnak and Luxor Temple
- River Nile cruising
- Edfu - Temple of Horus
- Optional excursion - Abu Simbel - the rock cut Sun Temple of King Ramses
- Breakfast daily, 6 lunches, 6 dinners (1 aboard sleeper train)
- 4 nights aboard luxury 5 star Nile Cruiser (twin/double cabin with en suite bathroom)
- 1 economy flight: Aswan - Cairo (or from Abu Simbel - Cairo if taking the optional excursion)
- Touring of Cairo, Giza, Saqqara, Port Said, Luxor, Edfu, Kom Ombo and Aswan
- Horse riding in Saqqara
- Felucca sailing to Elephantine Island
- Led by a Tintin expert - on selected departures
- Entrance fees to included sites
- Bespoke Tintin dossier and arrival pack
- Your own exclusive Tintin Syldavia passport
- 4 nights 4-5 star hotels
- 1 overnight train: Cairo to Luxor (1st class sleeper accommodation)
- Airport arrival and departure transfer on day 1 and day 10
- Camel riding by the pyramids
- Horse drawn carriage ride to the Luxor Temple
- Egyptian tour guide, degree qualified in Egyptology
- All relevant transfers and transportation in private, modern A/C vehicles
- Special activities and entertainment on family departures
- Automatic membership of the official Tintin club
- A surprise or two while on holiday!
What's Not Included
- International flights and visa
- Entrance Fees: Included
- Tipping - an entirely personal gesture