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. We complete our day souvenir shopping at the bustling Khan el-Khalili bazaar.
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. We then 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. Nothing beats the experience of sleeping under a blanket of stars. 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.
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 - Luxor. This morning we leave our felucca behind to explore the temple dedicated to the crocodile headed god - Sobek.
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
Thursday. Cairo. After breakfast, hotel check-out and onward transfer to the airport.
Prices & Dates
Departure dates noted with a 'G' are guaranteed to operate. All other departure dates are guaranteed with a minimum of 2 persons. Prices shown are per person when there are 2 persons sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies for single travellers who require their own room and needs to be added to the per person price.Read More
Local payment - GBP£150pp (or USD equivalent)
Please note that this is payable locally on day 1 of your trip in the currency specified.
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.
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.
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.
Aracan 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 resort style 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.
Citymax Hotel Aswan, Aswan
Located right on the banks of the river Nile, the Citymax Aswan offers an outdoor pool with fantastic views across the water. Connected to a nearby shopping centre, you're also just a short walk from the beautiful Feryal Gardens. All rooms are spacious with private bathrooms and modern amenities including a television and air conditioning. Free WiFi is available in the public areas and a restaurant serves meals throughout the day.
Felucca Sailing, Felucca Cruise
Feluccas are simple, traditional Egyptian sailboats that have plied the Nile since ancient times. Feluccas come in varying sizes and can sleep 20 persons 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. Our felucca is equipped with a flush toilet and basin for hand washing. You'll need to bring a sleeping bag/sheet (or hire for a nominal cost) and a towel with you. The crew, as well as being experienced sailors, are responsible for the preparation of included meals which are served onboard.
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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