FROM: USD $495

Felucca Explorer - 9 days

Take in the highlights of ancient Egypt, from the legendary Pyramids of Giza to the tomb strewn Valley of the Kings, and spend two days felucca sailing on the River Nile on this action packed 9 day Egyptian adventure.

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Itinerary
Prices & Dates
Hotels

Trip Highlights

Cairo - marvel at the legendary Pyramids of Giza, explore the Necropolis of Saqqara and see King Tut's treasures at the Egyptian Museum
Luxor - roam around the colossal Temple of Karnak and take an optional tour of the beautifully illuminated Luxor Temple at night
Nile felucca cruising - sail the River Nile on board a traditional felucca and spend two nights sleeping on deck, under a blanket of stars
Luxor West Bank - discover exquisite tombs in the Valley of the Kings, the towering Colossi of Memnon and the beautiful Temple of Queen Hatshepsut
Aswan - take a boat ride out to the romantic Philae Temple
Kom Ombo - visit the Nile side Temple of Kom Ombo

Included

Breakfast daily, 2 lunches, 2 dinners
2 nights aboard felucca (open deck)
Airport arrival and departure transfer, day 1 and day 9
Escorted by an Egyptian tour guide degree qualified in Egyptology
5 nights 3-4 star hotels
1 overnight train: Luxor - Cairo (Private 2 berth sleeper cabin)
Touring of Cairo, Giza, Saqqara, Luxor, Aswan & Kom Ombo
All relevant transfer and transportation in private modern air-conditioned vehicles

Not Included

International flights and visa
Local payment - GBP 150 (or USD equivalent) paid in cash upon arrival
Tipping Kitty: USD$50-60, paid in local currency
Tip for your tour guide. We recommend you allow USD$5 - 7 per day, per traveller. Tipping your guide is an entirely personal gesture.
Entrance Fees: USD$90-110, paid in local currency

Itinerary

Day 1

Cairo

Saturday. Welcome to Cairo, Egypt's bustling capital. You will be met at Cairo airport and transferred to our start hotel. Spend the rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight: Cairo

Day 2

Pyramids of Giza, Saqqara & Khan el-Khalili Market

After breakfast we travel to the Giza Plateau to visit the legendary Pyramids of Giza, the sole survivors of the ancient Seven Wonders of the World. Known as Cheops, Chephren and Mycerinus the great pyramids were built over 4500 years ago to protect the mummies of the pharaohs and the treasures they took with them to the afterlife. Constructed from over 2.5 million limestone blocks, Cheops is the largest of the great pyramids and it is thought to have taken 100,000 workers more than 20 years to construct. For a real Arabian experience, you can opt to hire a camel for a ride across the sands of Giza.

After exploring the pyramids and the iconic Sphinx we travel on to the necropolis of Saqqara to see Zhoser’s step pyramid - which was constructed by Imhotep, the pharaoh’s chief architect, in 2700 BC and became the template for all future pyramid construction. We complete our day souvenir shopping at the bustling Khan el-Khalili bazaar.
Overnight: Cairo  |  Breakfast

Day 3

Egyptian Museum

Cairo - Luxor. This morning we visit the famous Egyptian Museum, which is home to an incredible array of Egyptian relics and antiquities including the treasures of King Tutankhamun and his famous solid gold funerary mask. This afternoon we board our coach for the long 9 hour journey south to Luxor. Upon arrival this evening we check into our hotel by the River of Nile.
Overnight: Luxor  |  Breakfast

Day 4

Valley of the Kings

Luxor - Aswan. We venture to the incredible tomb strewn Valley of the Kings on Luxor's West Bank this morning. We're greeted by the towering 18m Colossi of Memnon - an iconic pair of statues of Pharaoh Amenhotep III, before exploring the Valleys of the Kings and the beautiful colonnaded Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, which rises out of the desert plain in a series of terraces.

The Valley of the Kings is studded with beautifully decorated tombs, which were carved into the desert rocks to house the regal sarcophagi enclosed mummies of the mighty pharaohs awaiting passage into the after-life, including the famous tomb of King Tutankhamen. Later this afternoon we continue our journey, travelling south to Aswan.
Overnight: Aswan  |  Breakfast

Day 5

Philae Temple, Felucca sailing & Optional Abu Simbel

Aswan - Nile felucca cruise. There is an optional early morning excursion by road to the spectacular rock-cut temple of Abu Simbel today. Then it's a short boat ride to Agilika Island for a guided tour of the beautiful Philae Temple - dedicated to the goddess Isis.

This afternoon, we board our Nile felucca for a 2 night voyage downstream on the River Nile. Feluccas are simple sailboats based on a unique design and have plied the Nile since ancient times. Relax by day and spend two nights sleeping under a blanket of stars on the felucca deck which is fitted with mattresses and a mosquito net. Although there are no facilities on board, there are toilets and a shower on the private support boat which travels alongside our felucca.
Overnight: Felucca Cruise  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6

Felucca Sailing

Nile Felucca Sailing - Kom Ombo. Spend a relaxing day sailing the Nile, taking in the scenery as it glides by, waving to locals along the river banks and perhaps opting for a swim.
Overnight: Felucca Cruise  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7

Kom Ombo Temple

Kom Ombo - Luxor. This morning we disembark at Kom Ombo to visit the riverside temple which is dedicated to Sobek, the crocodile headed god. Then we travel on to Luxor. This evening we enjoy a guided tour of the remarkable Luxor Temple, which is spectacular at night when it's illuminated by hundreds of lights.
Overnight: Luxor  |  Breakfast

Day 8

Karnak Temple & pool time

Luxor - Cairo. This morning we visit the colossal Temple of Karnak which was at the heart of religious life in ancient Egypt. Karnak is an incredible complex of sanctuaries, pylons, chapels, halls and obelisks, all dedicated to the Theban gods and to the greater glory of Egypt’s Middle and New Kingdom rulers. This afternoon is free to relax, enjoy a swim and soak up the sun at the hotel pool. Tonight, we travel on board an overnight sleeper train back to Cairo.
Overnight: Sleeper Train  |  Breakfast

Day 9

Cairo

Sunday. Arrive back into Cairo this morning and transfer to our start hotel, where our Egyptian adventure ends. Today offers free time for you to further explore Cairo before an included departure transfer to the airport. Flights departing Cairo should not be booked before 2pm. Should you wish to stay a few more days, post tour accommodation is available, should you require.
Breakfast

Prices & Dates

Departure dates noted with a 'G' are guaranteed to operate. All other departure dates are guaranteed with a minimum of 2 persons.

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Local payment - GBP£150 (or USD equivalent)

Please note that this is payable locally on day 1 of your trip in the currency specified.

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Post Tour Accommodation - Cairo
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Hotels

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.

Oasis Hotel, Cairo

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Just a stone's throw from the Pyramids, the Oasis Hotel is a classic Egyptian hotel with beautiful expansive gardens. Rooms are very spacious with comfortable beds and fantastic en suite facilities. Wi-Fi is available and the buffet breakfast offers a good spread. In the evening the outdoor pool and fountains are lit up making the restaurant and bar the perfect place to spend an evening sipping on a cold glass of beer. Well located in Giza on the Cairo-Alexandria Road. The pyramids and Sphinx are all close by.

Grand Pyramids Hotel , Cairo

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Not far from the mysterious Sphinx and the Giza Pyramids, you’ll find the Grand Pyramids Hotel. Its guestrooms are spacious and generously sized, offering views of either the pyramids, gardens or swimming pool. Dine on either international cuisine in the buffet-style restaurant or savour some traditional Italian fare in the candlelit Lucciano. With a spa offering a sauna, steam room and revitalising massage treatments, there’s no shortage of opportunities for you to unwind and relax after a day of sightseeing.

Helnan Aswan, Aswan

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Hotel

Set in manicured gardens, the Helnan Aswan is an elegant hotel with impressive views of the Nile. Guest rooms are spacious with modern interiors and located next to the beautiful pool. Wi-fi is available in the lobby and by the pool. There are also two restaurants and bars, a bowling alley, a swimming pool and a cinema. Why not relax by the pool before exploring the rest of Aswan. The hotel has an excellent location on the Corniche in the heart of Aswan, just a few minutes from the Nile.

Felucca Cruise, Felucca Cruise

Our Category: Simple   |   Regional Category: 3 star cruise boat

Feluccas are simple, traditional Egyptian sailboats that have plied the Nile since ancient times. Feluccas carry between 8 - 12 passengers comfortably. The boat’s deck is draped with soft colourful cushions that serve as your lounging area during the day and as your sleeping area at night. A support boat travels alongside your felucca and is on hand if you need to use the toilet or wash. It is also where your meals are prepared and eaten. You'll need to bring a sleeping bag/sheet and a towel with you. The crew, as well as being experienced sailors, are responsible for the preparation of the included meals.

Eatabe Hotel, Luxor

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Offering a prime location in the centre of Luxor, this 4-star hotel is close to top attractions including the Luxor Museum and Luxor Temple. Surrounded by manicured gardens, the contemporary-style guestrooms are well-equipped with air conditioning, a minibar and a balcony overlooking the garden or River Nile. Guests can enjoy a rich breakfast, lunch and dinner in the sun-lit restaurant or outdoors by the pool. There you’ll also find a poolside bar and sun deck, so you can enjoy a cocktail or two as you soak up the rays.

Iberotel Luxor, Luxor

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Centrally located in Luxor, this hotel is set on the banks of the River Nile and the perfect base for exploring this city’s ancient wonders. The spacious guestrooms are air-conditioned and you can enjoy breath-taking views out to the Hills of Thebes from your private balcony. A generous daily breakfast is served featuring cereals, omelettes, fresh pastries and more. But this hotel’s most unique feature is its heated pool, which has been designed to float on top of the River Nile.

In Brief

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Cairo
Ends
Cairo
Departs
Saturdays
Hotel Rating
3 - 4 star
Local Payment
GBP£150 (or USD equivalent)
Tour Guide
Yes, escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 8, Lunch: 2, Dinner: 2
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