White Desert Holidays

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Pyramid at Giza

Day 1: Cairo

Arrive into Cairo and transfer to your hotel. Rest of the day to spend at leisure.

Close up of Sphinx

Day 2: Cairo

Today visit Giza Plateau and explore the pyramids and Sphinx. It is estimated Cheops (the largest of the pyramids) was constructed from no less than 2.5million quarried limestone blocks, weighing around 6 million tonnes. Later we explore Saqqara - an ancient necropolis with many half-buried tombs and the famous Zhoser's step pyramid.

King Tutankhamen's mask

Day 3: Cairo - Bahariyya Oasis

This morning enjoy a guided tour of the Egyptian Museum before driving to Bahariyya, where you can watch a beautiful sunset over the rugged desertscape.

Bahariyya building

Day 4: Bahariyya Oasis - White Desert

Visit the Temple of Alexander the Great, Tombs of the Nobles and the Black Desert en route to the striking White Desert, which is your remote overnight base.

White jebel in the sand

Day 5: White Desert - Dakhla Oasis

This morning travel to Dakhla, stopping en route to visit Farafra - the smallest oasis in the Western Desert, the medieval city of Al Qasr and Deir al-Haggar Roman Temple. You can also opt for a dip in the hot springs. Overnight at the Badawyia Hotel.

Jebels in the desert

Day 6: Dakhla Oasis - Luxor

This morning journey to Kharga Oasis to see the Temple of Hibis and the rambling 4th century mud-brick necropolis of el-Bagawat before travelling to Luxor.

Valley of the Kings

Day 7: Luxor - Nile Cruising

Today take a tour of Luxor 's West Bank visiting the legendary Valley of the Kings and the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut. The Valley of the Kings is studded with often highly decorated tombs, constructed to once house the regal sarcophagi enclosed mummies of the mighty pharaohs, awaiting their passage into the after-life. Return to Luxor and check in onboard a deluxe Nile Cruiser before visiting the beautifully illuminated Luxor Temple at night.

View of the Nile through an arch

Days 8-9: Nile Cruising

Relax onboard as the cruiser sets sail to Aswan, stopping to visit Esna, the Temple of Horus at Edfu - a huge complex that began construction in 237 BC! And the Temple of Kom Ombo, dedicated to the crocodile god - Sobek.

Kom Ombo

Day 10: Nile Cruising

Welcome to Aswan, it's time to explore the mighty Aswan High Dam and travel by boat to the Temple of Philae, dedicated to the goddess Isis. Remainder of day and evening free

View from Nile cruise boat

Day 11: Nile Cruising - Cairo

Enjoy a day at leisure in Aswan or take an optional air excursion to the colossal temple of Abu Simbel. Late afternoon board an overnight sleeper train back to Cairo.

Aerial view of Cairo Nile

Day 12: Cairo

Morning arrival into Cairo and onward transfer to the airport. Tour arrangements end.

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