See the mighty pyramids, witness the spectacular Sun Festival at Abu Simbel, then set sail down the Nile onboard a traditional felucca. Followed by, sightseeing in Luxor and relaxation on the beach in Hurghada. Bliss!
Saturday 19 Oct 2019. Welcome to Egypt! On arrival at the airport you’ll be transferred to our hotel to spend the rest of today at leisure. Those arriving early may wish to join our 10am Backstreets of Cairo tour. Explore Tahrir Square, stroll down El Moez Street and visit the famous cave church of St Simon. We hold our Welcome Meeting tonight at 7pm.
Cairo - Aswan. Today we discover Egypt’s most iconic attraction, the legendary Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx. The largest of these ancient tombs, Cheops, was the tallest man-made structure on Earth for more than 3,800 years. Choose to explore inside one of the pyramids if you’re feeling brave, before we continue to the Saqqara necropolis. The famous Pyramid of Zhoser here is even older than the Giza Pyramids - it dates back to around 2700BC. This evening, we board the night train to Aswan.
Overnight: Sleeper Train | Breakfast
Aswan - Abu Simbel. Today we’ll visit the beautiful Philae Temple in Aswan, dedicated to the goddess Isis. Enjoy a leisurely boat trip on the Nile and sail to Agilkia Island, before we explore the site. The temple was relocated here in the 1960s to protect it from the rising water levels that threatened to destroy it. Upon returning to Aswan we visit a perfume oil emporium. There’s time this afternoon to shop in the colourful local markets before we enjoy a relaxing evening and leave for Abu Simbel by coach in the early hours of the morning.
Overnight: Aswan/Coach journey to Abu Simbel | Breakfast
22 October 2019. Today we enjoy the majestic Abu Simbel Sun Festival, a dazzling event that takes place just twice a year. We arrive at Abu Simbel before sunrise and wait for the sun’s rays to beautifully illuminate the inner sanctum of the temple. King Ramses II had it intricately built so that this incredible spectacle would take place on the date of his ascension to the throne and his birthday. Watch as the sun slowly passes into the central chamber, lighting up the statues of Ramses II, the sun god Ra and the king of the gods, Amun. Fittingly, the fourth statue of the god of darkness, Ptah, remains in the shadows. This event has been occurring for thousands of years and is a truly special experience.
After the Sun Festival we return to Aswan and board our traditional Egyptian felucca for a two day Nile cruise. If sailing by felucca is not your style, consider upgrading to a 5 star luxury Nile Cruise, please see the tab above for prices. For more information about Nile Cruising please click here.
Overnight: Felucca Cruise | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Nile Felucca Sailing - Kom Ombo. Sunbathe on deck, go for a swim and relax as we sail along the mighty Nile. This afternoon we dock at Kom Ombo and explore the symmetrical double temple here, which is dedicated to both the crocodile god Sobek and the falcon god Horus
Overnight: Felucca Cruise | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Kom Ombo - Luxor. We disembark our felucca today and travel to ancient Luxor. After hotel check in you are free to relax at the hotel or opt to explore. This evening there’s an optional excursion to Luxor Temple. After dark the temple is beautifully illuminated by hundreds of lights.
Overnight: Luxor | Breakfast
Today we discover the famous Valley of the Kings, where legendary pharaohs including Ramses II and Tutankhamen were laid to rest. Explore inside some of the tombs before we continue to the Temple of Hatshepsut and the Colossi of Memnon. These two giant statues of King Amenhotep III are all that remains of what was once the biggest temple complex in the world. Later we see the Avenue of Sphinxes at the giant Karnak Temple and marvel at the towering columns of Hypostyle Hall. Karnak took more than 1,500 years to complete and more than 30 different pharaohs contributed to its construction.
Overnight: Luxor | Breakfast
Relax on the beach, swim in the turquoise waters or try out some of the different water sports on offer in Hurghada. On day 10 you may wish to join an optional snorkelling excursion to explore a beautiful coral reef. Swim amongst shoals of colourful fish and if you’re lucky, you may even come face to face with a sea turtle, or a friendly dolphin or two.
Overnight: Hurghada | Breakfast x 3
Hurghada - Cairo. Rise early today as we drive back to Cairo for a guided tour of the Egyptian Museum. The museum is home to many treasures recovered from the tomb of King Tutankhamen, including his famous gold burial mask. You may choose to enter the Royal Mummy Room, for a small fee. Later, there’s an optional trip to the Khan el Khalili bazaar. Browse the stalls, barter for souvenirs and taste delicious street food before we return to the hotel.
Overnight: Cairo | Breakfast
Thursday 31 Oct 2019. Our tour ends today after breakfast with an included transfer to the airport for your onward flight.
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Take a look at our Abu Simbel Sun Festival Oct 2019 tour which takes in the impressive Abu Simbel Sun Festival, the legendary Pyramids of Giza, felucca cruising, Aswan and Luxor - home to the Valley of the Kings and mighty Karnak Temple - all in 10 action packed days!
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
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.
Holiday Inn Cairo Maadi, Cairo
Overlooking the Nile and offering distant views of the Great Pyramids of Giza, this Holiday Inn provides the perfect location for your stay in Cairo. Each guestroom features a balcony and is well-equipped with modern amenities including free WiFi. Evenings can be spent enjoying international or Egyptian cuisine and unwinding with a cocktail at one of the hotel’s bars. Thanks to the friendly hotel staff, you’ll soon feel at home. And with panoramic views of the city from the rooftop lounge and pool, there’s no better place to base yourself for exploring Egypt’s ancient wonders.
Le Meridien Heliopolis, Cairo
Just a short drive from Cairo’s Old Town and international airport, the 5-star Le Meridien Heliopolis combines comfort with convenience. The guest rooms are spacious and equipped with air-conditioning, satellite television and a minibar, plus there’s complimentary WiFi throughout the property. Dining options include a choice of four on-site restaurants, serving Egyptian and international cuisine. Guests can also enjoy live entertainment and cocktails at The 51 Bar. During the warmer months hotel guests can take a dip in the outdoor pool or relax on a sun lounger on the terrace. There’s also a fitness centre and tennis courts for those who like to stay active whilst on holiday.
Mercure Cairo Le Sphinx, Cairo
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, which is perfect for relaxing by. Why not head to the restaurant on the roof for a delicious meal and impressive views of the Pyramids.
Renaissance Cairo Mirage City Hotel, Cairo
This 5-star hotel is situated in New Cairo approx. 50 min from the down town/ Egyptian Museum area but only a 10 minute drive from Cairo International Airport and Heliopolis shopping area. The elegantly decorated air-conditioned rooms each offer views of the Mirage City or on-site swimming pool and are equipped with WiFi, minibar, and all other modern amenities. Work up a sweat in the fitness centre, take a dip in the heated outdoor pool or relax poolside with a cocktail in hand before heading to one of the two on-site restaurants which offer a mix of local and international cuisine. Alternatively, take advantage of the hotel's complimentary shuttle bus to Cairo Festival City Mall, which has an outdoor dining hub with a choice of 50 restaurants.
Tolip Hotel, 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.
Basma Hotel, Aswan
Situated on Aswan’s highest hill, the Basma Hotel offers a commanding view over the river Nile and offers comfortable rooms, a lively Nubian bar and an excellent restaurant.
Felucca Sailboat, Felucca Cruise
Feluccas are simple, traditional Egyptian sailboats that have plied the Nile since ancient times. Feluccas carry between 10 - 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. The support boat is also where your meals are prepared and eaten. 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 the included meals.
Sonesta St. George Hotel, Luxor
An elegant and luxurious classical hotel, the Sonesta's sophistication will ensure 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. All its rooms offer views of the city or the river, complemented by a wide range of restaurants and cafes. Just minutes away you will find the temples at Luxor and Karnak, home to two of ancient Egypt's most famed sanctuaries.
Steigenberger Nile Palace, Luxor
The Steigenburger Nile Palace is a grand hotel and stylishly furnished, with many rooms overlooking the Nile River. The hotel has a health club with massage rooms, sauna, steam room and fitness room, and a tennis court on the roof, not to mention a riverside pool. Its four restaurants offer a choice between Nubian, Lebanese, Italian, and Thai cuisine.
Marriott Beach Resort, Hurghada
The Marriott Beach Resort is a luxurious beachfront hotel, with every room enjoying a view of the Red Sea and Hurghada city centre just a few minutes drive away. There is a choice of 8 restaurants and bars for hungry travellers, and a health club, tennis & squash courts, and fitness centre to stay in shape. During the day, soak in the heated outdoor pool or book a watersport activity. The hotel even has its own private island if you fancy a massage among the palm trees.
Hilton Hurghada Resort, Hurghada
Set in tropical gardens, the Hilton Hurghada Resort is a comfortable, charming hotel with a private beach and water sport centre. The rooms have a balcony or terrace with views of the garden, pools or sea.
Continental Hotel, Hurghada
Tucked into Hurghada Bay, right on its scenic promenade, the Continental is a delightful beachfront resort boasting fantastic terraced rooms (many with seaviews) and excellent facilities. Watersports are in abundance here with swimming pools, scuba diving and snorkelling all readily available. A leisure club offers a sauna and spa treatments to relax after the day's activities. You can also wine and dine at one of the many great restaurants and bars.
Prices & Dates
This tour is available with a 5 star Nile Cruise Upgrade. The departure dates and prices below relate to the Nile Cruise Upgrade tour. For details of the Nile Cruise Upgrade tour please refer to the Trip Notes below the tour dates.Read More
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