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Egyptian Explorer

8 days  |  Cairo to Luxor  |  from USD $1,579  |   Guaranteed Departure 

Egypt at its best! A one week family holiday with camel riding, boating on the Nile, a visit to a village school, pyramids, tombs and Tutankhamen’s treasure. This tour, set at a pace ideal for families, offers valuable insight into the life, culture and the mysteries of ancient Egypt, coupled with plenty of free time for relaxing by the pool or independent exploration.

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Day 1

Saturday. Welcome to the land of the Pharaohs! At Cairo airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is free to relax.
Overnight: Cairo

    Cairo
Day 2

Today, we visit the pyramids and Sphinx at Giza Plateau. Sole survivors from the ancient Greek-listed Seven Wonders of the World. Gaze in awe at the largest of the three great pyramids - Cheops, constructed from over 2.5 million limestone blocks it took more than 20 years to construct. Afterwards we enjoy a camel ride across the desert sands.
Overnight: Cairo  |  Breakfast

Day 3

Cairo - Aswan. Today, we venture in search of the treasures of King Tutankhamen, mummies and more at the Egyptian Museum. Later we tour the Islamic Citadel of Saladin with views looking down over the old city, watching people go about their daily life. We conclude the day with a market walk through the bustling Khan el-Khalili bazaar. Time to freshen up, this evening we take the comfortable overnight sleeper train to Aswan.
Overnight: Sleeper Cabin Train  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4

We arrive into Aswan this morning and explore the Nubian city on a guided walk of the local market and souq. Scenically located on the Nile, a walk along the riverfront corniche to view the many boats is a real treat, as is Aswan bazaar. Free afternoon.
Overnight: Aswan  |  Breakfast

Day 5

Free morning or opt for the morning excursion to Abu Simbel. The remainder of the afternoon at leisure; maybe relax by the pool, take a stroll along the Nile corniche or explore the lively market place.
Overnight: Aswan  |  Breakfast

Day 6

Aswan - Luxor. This morning we board a motor boat and cruise along the River Nile, passing some of the small islands en route to Sahal island, where we disembark and visit a local village and school before enjoying lunch at the home of an Egyptian family. The motor boats of Aswan are proudly owned and crewed by friendly local sailors and they have been adapted from a felucca style of vessel to comfortably carry travellers. Lunch will be served in the home of an Egyptian family. After lunch we cruise back to Aswan for our afternoon/evening train journey to Luxor, one of the world’s greatest open-air museums. The 4000 year old site of ancient Thebes, known today as Luxor, is our base for the next three days.
Overnight: Luxor  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7

At sunrise today we have the option to go hot air ballooning before we visit Karnak Temple. More than a temple, Karnak is a spectacular complex of sanctuaries, pylons, statuettes and obelisks. Built on a grand scale, Karnak is probably Egypt’s finest ancient temple. Free afternoon or wander along Luxor’s historic waterfront. This evening, we travel in horse-drawn carriages to the illuminated Temple of Luxor where we enjoy a tour in the cool evening air. Rest of evening free.
Overnight: Luxor  |  Breakfast

Day 8

Early this morning we head to the West Bank of the Nile for a guided tour of the legendary Valleys of the Kings. Attempting to confound thieves and grave robbers, the New Kingdom pharaohs awaiting their passage into the after-life were secretly entombed with their worldly wealth in the cliffs of the valley. The cliffs, bereft of vegetation are home to a vast necropolis of tombs, some of which you can enter. Some of the tombs are so well preserved that the colours of the incredible pharaonic friezes are still as vibrant as when they were first painted.

After leaving the Valley of the Kings and saying goodbye to our tour guide we return to our hotel, where there will be a little time to freshen up before hotel check out and onward departure transfer to Luxor international Airport. Our tour concludes at this point with fond memories of a magical family holiday to Egypt!

Note: Flights departing Luxor can be reserved anytime after 1.30pm today.
Breakfast

Extend your stay and head to the beach!

Pharaohs & Beaches - 13 days.
Enjoy a fascinating, fun-packed & educational family adventure and top it off with a beach break in Hurghada on the beautiful Red Sea Riviera. See the best of legendary ancient Egypt & experience the local way of life. It's an interactive adventure for all the family - especially visiting the Nubian island & people of Aswan.

The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard when necessary.

Accommodation on Tour

For all our tours and tailor-made holidays we provide you with a clear categorisation of all hotels we use. The REGIONAL CATEGORY indicates the local rating of each hotel in each respective country. We have also rated each hotel using OUR CATEGORY, which will be in line with generally accepted western hotel grading standards.

Simple
Basic hotels and simple accommodation is a no frills option with an adventurous authentic feel.

Standard
Standard accommodation equates to a Western 3-star standard, always featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant.

Superior
Superior accommodation equates to a Western 4-star standard, featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant and often a swimming pool and/or a fitness centre.

Deluxe
Deluxe accommodation equates to a Western 5-star standard, usually featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, excellent service and customer care.

Lavish
Lavish accommodation equates to a Western 5-star plus standard - the creme de la creme. Featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, this accommodation is a cut above the rest. Sheer opulence!

Mercure Cairo Le Sphinx, Cairo
Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Hotel

In a great location for the Pyramids, the Mercure Cairo Le Sphinx is a contemporary hotel with excellent amenities. Guest rooms are well furnished with modern interiors and en suite facilities. Wi-fi is available in the lobby and there is a beautiful outdoor pool perfect for relaxing by. Why not head to the restaurant on the roof for a delicious meal and impressive views of the Pyramids. Perfectly located across from the Pyramids and also close to Cairo University and the Hanging Church.

Sleeper Train, Cairo
Our Category:    |   Regional Category:

When taking the train in Egypt, the most comfortable way to go is in a sleeper carriage. Cabins are equipped with 2 beds (one above the other), a sink, electric points and air conditioning. Each carriage has toilets at each end and there is a club car as well. In the early evening an attendant will come round and make up your beds for you. Cabins also come with interconnecting doors so perfect for families and groups of 4.

Isis Island Hotel, Aswan
Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Hotel

Set in the middle of an island, the Pyramissa Isis Island Resort and Spa offers accommodation within beautiful landscaped gardens. Guest rooms are spacious with private balconies and excellent facilities. The beautiful outdoor pools are great for relaxing by or having a splash in. There us also an on site spa, perfect for a bit of pampering. Isis Island Hotel has a waterfront location, in the middle of the Nile on an island near the center of Aswan.

Sonesta St. George Hotel, Luxor
Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Deluxe Hotel

A grand and classical hotel, the Sonesta is luxurious, ensuring you a comfortable stay. The hotel has a sweeping terrace with fantastic views of the Nile, a grand entrance of polished marble and handsomely appointed furnishings with exquisite detail and a beautiful health spa.

Trip Highlights

Cairo - Pyramids & Sphinx at Giza Plateau
Egyptian Museum & King Tut's 9kg solid Golden Mask
Visit to local primary school, village/market walks
Luxor Temple illuminated by night
Islamic Citadel & Khan el-Khalili bazaar
Aswan - boating on the Nile to Sahal island and lunch with village family
Luxor - Temple of Karnak by day
Valley of the Kings

Included

Maximum group size: 25
6 nights 4 - 5 star hotels
Giza - camel ride by the pyramids
Luxor - horse-drawn carriage to Luxor Temple
Touring of Cairo, Giza, Aswan & Luxor
All relevant transfer and transportation in private modern air-conditioned vehicles
Breakfast daily, 1 lunch with village family - Sahal Island, 1 dinner - onboard train
1 overnight train - Cairo to Aswan (2 berth, 1st class sleeper cabin)
Aswan - boating on the Nile and visit to a Nubian island
Airport arrival transfer (from Cairo International Airport) on day 1 and departure transfer (from Luxor International Airport) on day 8
Escorted by an Egyptian tour leader/guide degree qualified in Egyptology

Not Included

Gratuity for your tour guide. We suggest $20-30 USD per adult. Tipping your tour guide is an entirely personal gesture.
Entrance Fees: Adult $80-90 USD / Child $40-50 USD
International flights and visa
Tipping Kitty: Adult $30-40 USD / Child $15-25 USD

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 and needs to be added to the 'Twin/Double' price. On all of our family tours we guarantee that parents and kids rooms will be side by side or directly adjacent.

2015
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USD $1579
USD $499
 
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2016
Price/Person
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USD $1579
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Supplementary Prices

 
Twin/Double
Single Supp.
Pre Tour Accommodation - Cairo
USD $79
USD $20
Child Reduction (under 12 years old)
USD $-330
USD $330

Single travellers will have to book a single room for any pre and/or post tour accommodation that is required.

Child Prices are based on the child being under 12 years of age at the date of arrival into Egypt. The low season child price is listed below, for high child prices please contact us.

Tour Details
Starts
Cairo
Ends
Luxor
Departs
Saturdays
Hotel Rating
4 - 5 star
Local Payment
None
Tour Guide
Yes, escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 7, Lunch: 1, Dinner: 1
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