Felucca Explorer & Red Sea - 13 days
From the awe-inspiring Pyramids of Giza to King Tut's tomb in the Valley of the Kings, discover the wonders of ancient Egypt, sail the Nile onboard a felucca and enjoy four days of R&R by the Red Sea on this 13 day Egyptian escapade.
Saturday. Welcome to Egypt! You will be met at Cairo airport and transferred to our start hotel. Spend the rest of the day at leisure.
This morning we have a short welcome meeting before making our way to see the sole survivors of the ancient Seven Wonders of the World and the world’s oldest tourist attraction - the legendary Pyramids of Giza. Known as Cheops, Chephren and Mycerinus the great pyramids were built over 4500 years ago and the largest pyramid was built 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 consider hiring a camel to ride across the sands of Giza or take your time to marvel at the pyramids and world-famous Sphinx.
This afternoon we travel onto the Zhoser’s step pyramid located in the necropolis of Saqqara. The pyramid was constructed by Imhotep, the pharaoh’s chief architect, in 2700 BC and became the guide for all future pyramid construction.
Overnight: Cairo | Breakfast
Cairo - Luxor. Our morning begins exploring the incredible Egyptian relics and antiquities including the treasures of King Tutankhamun and his famous solid gold funerary mask in the Egyptian Museum.
No visit to Cairo would be complete without a stroll through the Khan el-Khalili bazaar for some souvenir shopping, get lost down the small alleys and practice your haggling skills before we board our coach this afternoon for the 9 hour journey south to Luxor.
Overnight: Luxor | Breakfast
Luxor - Aswan. We venture to the incredible tomb strewn Valley of the Kings on Luxor's West Bank this morning where we’re greeted by the towering 18m Colossi of Memnon - an iconic pair of statues of Pharaoh Amenhotep III facing the River Nile. We then make our way to explore the beautiful colonnaded Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, which rises out of the desert plain in a series of terraces and the Valley of the Kings which is studded with beautifully decorated tombs that 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.
Our afternoon finds us heading south to Aswan, Egypt’s sunniest southern city where we have an evening to relax and walk along the beautiful river Nile.
Overnight: Aswan | Breakfast
Aswan - Nile felucca cruise. This morning there is an optional excursion to the rock-cut temple of Abu Simbel today. before a short boat ride to Agilika Island for a guided tour of the Philae Temple – a temple dedicated to the goddess Isis and the last classical Egyptian style temple.
Our afternoon finds us boarding our Nile felucca which will be our home for the next two nights as we embark on a voyage down 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
Nile Felucca Sailing - Kom Ombo. We continue to spend the day taking in the scenery as we sail down the Nile until we port in Kom Ombo, a sleepy agricultural town surrounded by sugar cane fields.
Overnight: Felucca Cruise | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Kom Ombo - Edfu - Luxor. This morning we leave our felucca behind to explore the temple dedicated to the crocodile headed god - Sobek before we continue our journey to the monumental Temple of Horus, the ancient god of light.
Upon arriving back to Luxor, the evening offers free time or your can opt to join us for a guided tour of the Luxor temple which is best seen at night when it’s illuminated by hundreds of lights.
Overnight: Luxor | Breakfast
Luxor - Hurghada. This morning we visit the colossal Temple of Karnak which was at the heart of religious life in ancient Egypt. The incredible complex of chapels, halls, sanctuaries all dedicated to the Theban gods truly is a sight to behold. After there is time to relax and enjoy a swim in the pool before driving east later this afternoon to Hurghada part of the beautiful Red Sea Riviera for 4 days on the beach!
Overnight: Hurghada | Breakfast
Our next three days are at leisure to spend however we please. Hurghada’s central location provides a gateway to prime offshore reefs so there’s no shortage of activities available to keep active including boarding, deep-sea fishing, SCUBA diving and snorkelling. For those looking to relax, sit back and soak up the sunshine at the hotel pool or explore one of the many restaurants and lively bars on offer.
Overnight: Hurghada | Breakfast x 3, Lunch x 3, Dinner x 3
Thursday. Cairo. After breakfast, hotel check-out and onward transfer to the airport.
Prices & Dates
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
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
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.
Eatabe Hotel, Luxor
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
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.
Helnan Aswan, Aswan
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
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.
Grand Seas Hostmark , Hurghada
Set on a natural bay between the Egyptian desert and crystal-clear waters of the Red Sea, this resort is the perfect place to relax and unwind. Each guestroom has either a balcony or terrace and, as the hotel is designed in a U-shape, they take in views of the gardens, swimming pool or the Red Sea. In the Marhaba Restaurant, guests can enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets, with nightly themes based on cuisine from around the world. And from the outdoor pool, you need only take a few footsteps before arriving on the bay’s pristine white sandy beach.
Sphinx Aqua Park, Hurghada
Overlooking its own sandy beach, this resort offers elegantly furnished rooms with marble ensuite bathrooms. Each one also includes a balcony with views over the gardens, lagoon pool or Red Sea. In the Sunset Bar guests can sip on their favourite cocktail or, up on the rooftop, unwind at the sea-view spa in the steamy sauna and hot tub. To top it all off, guests have free access to the Aqua Park, where you’ll find heated pools and fun water slides that aren't just for kids.
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