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King Ramses Sun Festival Feb 2023 - 14 days map

SUN FESTIVAL TOUR: Head to the spectacular temple of Abu Simbel for the February 2023 Sun Festival and take in the best of Egypt including the legendary Pyramids of Giza, the Valley of the Kings and Karnak Temple. Sail the Nile on board a traditional felucca and spend three days relaxing by the Red Sea. All this and more on an unforgettable 14 day tour of Egypt.

Inclusions
Itinerary
Prices & Dates
Hotels

Trip Highlights

Pyramids of Giza – Marvel at this legendary Ancient Wonder of the World and see the iconic Sphinx
Felucca sailing – Sail the River Nile and relax onboard a traditional Egyptian felucca as we travel to Kom Ombo
Aswan – Visit beautiful Philae Temple which sits on an island in the middle of the Nile
Karnak Temple – Marvel at the towering columns of Hypostyle Hall and see the famous Avenue of Sphinxes
Abu Simbel Sun Festival – Watch in awe as the rising sun illuminates the inner sanctum of this spectacular temple
Cairo – Admire the treasures of Tutankhamun at the vast Grand Egyptian Museum
Hurghada – Swim in the tranquil Red Sea, relax on the beach or explore the shops as we spend three days at this coastal resort
Luxor – Explore the tombs of pharaohs at the Valley of the Kings, see the Temple of Hatshepsut and marvel at the Colossi of Memnon

Included

Breakfast daily, 2 lunches and 2 dinners
1 overnight train from Cairo to Aswan (Private 2 berth sleeper cabin)
Guided visit to Abu Simbel at sunrise for the Sun Festival of King Ramses II including Abu Simbel and Sun Festival entrance fee
Touring - Cairo, Giza, Saqqara, Aswan, Abu Simbel, Kom Ombo, Luxor and Hurghada
Escorted by an Egyptian tour guide degree qualified in Egyptology
10 nights 4-5 star hotels, 2 nights aboard felucca (open deck)
Overnight bus journey (3.5hrs) departing at around midnight to Abu Simbel and use of hotel room prior to the festival
Airport arrival and departure transfer on day 1 and day 13
3 days in Hurghada by the Red Sea - Swim, snorkel and relax
All relevant transfer and transportation in private modern air-conditioned vehicles

Not Included

International flights and visa
Entrance Fees: USD$100-120pp, paid in local currency
Tip for your tour guide. We recommend you allow USD$8 per day, per traveller. Tipping your guide is an entirely personal gesture
Tipping Kitty: USD$70-90pp, paid in local currency

Itinerary

Day 1

Cairo

Friday 17th February 2023. Welcome to Cairo! You will be met upon arrival and transferred to your hotel. Spend the rest of the day at leisure or those arriving early can opt to join our optional Backstreets of Cairo tour which departs the hotel at 10am. Tonight your Welcome Meeting will be held at 7pm.
Overnight: Cairo

Day 2

Pyramids & Saqqara

Our Egyptian adventure begins with a tour of the legendary pyramids and the Sphinx at Giza Plateau. Sole survivors from the ancient Greek-listed Seven Wonders of the World, the pyramids are the planet’s oldest tourist attraction. Gaze in awe at Cheops (Khufu) - the largest of the three great pyramids , constructed from over 2.5 million limestone blocks it is thought to have taken more than 20 years to construct. Travelling on to Saqqara we explore the many tombs and temples at this site and see Zhoser’s step pyramid - constructed by Imhotep, the pharaoh’s chief architect in 2700 BC.
Overnight: Cairo  |  Breakfast

Day 3

Grand Egyptian Museum

Cairo - Aswan. Today we tour the new Grand Egyptian Museum, which houses a giant exhibition containing the treasures of King Tutankhamun. In this incredible 490,000 sq.m complex many of the exhibits are being displayed for the first time and artefacts have been brought together from across Egypt and the world. Then we head over to the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization to visit the fascinating Royal Mummies' Hall, where the mummies of ancient Egyptian kings and queens are on display. This incredible hall contains 20 mummies in total and some are so well preserved that they still have thick locks of hair, visible finger nails and smooth blackened skin.

Returning to the hotel, there's time to relax by the pool before we board the overnight train to Aswan this evening.
Overnight: Sleeper Train  |  Breakfast

Days 4-5

Aswan & the Philae Temple

Aswan - Abu Simbel. Arriving into Aswan this morning we enjoy a short boat trip to Agilika Island for a guided tour of the beautiful Philae Temple - dedicated to the goddess Isis. After the temple we visit a perfume oil emporium before spending the rest of the day at leisure.

Day 5 is free for you to shop in the colourful souqs, stroll around the town or simply kick back and relax by the hotel pool. At around midnight we depart for our coach journey to the Temples of Abu Simbel.
Overnight: Hotel/Coach Journey to Abu Simbel  |  Breakfast x 2

Day 6

ABU SIMBEL SUN FESTIVAL

22 February. Abu Simbel - Aswan - Nile Felucca Cruise. Arriving at Abu Simbel we await the first rays of sunlight to touch the temple gate signifying the start of the Sun Festival of the mighty King Ramses II. With its gargantuan rock-cut façade, the great Sun Temple of King Ramses II at Abu Simbel is simply spectacular. The temple was built to revere the mighty pharaonic ruler King Ramses II and guarding the entrance to the temple (built between 1290 and 1224 BC) hewn into the side of a mountain are four famous colossal statues of the pharaoh himself.

Ramses II had the entire temple precisely positioned in order for the sun’s rays to align just twice a year, on the date of his ascension to the throne (21 February) and on his birthday (21 October) to illuminate the inner sanctum of the temple. This incredible natural phenomenon provides for a most spectacular sight, which has come to be referred to as the Sun Festival of King Ramses II. The temple was re-located further up from the shoreline of Lake Nasser in 1972 in order to avoid erosion and due to the move the sun now strikes a day later than Ramses had originally planned..

We gather in the temple before sunrise watch the shafts of light slowly creeping through the rock hewn inner Hypostyle Hall (replete with further statues of the King) and through to the Sanctuary. As we are lead through the temple there will be time to pause for a moment to watch the sun illuminating the statues of Amun-Re, Re-Herakhte and Ramses the god, whilst the statute of Ptah - the god of darkness - remains in the shadows. After the event, there will be plenty of time to explore the Sun Temple of King Ramses II, the Temple of Hathor and take plenty of pictures.

Returning to Aswan around noon we board a traditional Nile felucca for our 2 night voyage downstream on the River Nile.
Overnight: Felucca Cruise  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7

Felucca Sailing & Kom Ombo

Nile Felucca Sailing. Relax, go for a swim or just chill out in the sun on deck. Let your troubles melt away, as the felucca plies its route and Egyptian life carries on all around you. In the afternoon, we dock near Kom Ombo and take a motorboat to visit the temple before returning to the felucca for the night.
Overnight: Felucca Cruise  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8

Luxor

We disembark this morning and drive a few hours north too Luxor, home of the legendary Valley of the Kings and Temple of Karnak, 4000 year-old Luxor is ancient Egypt at its best. Enjoy some rest and relaxation. Tonight, an optional visit to the Temple of Luxor beautifully illuminated at night, alternatively enjoy the facilities of our hotel.
Overnight: Luxor  |  Breakfast

Day 9

Valley of the Kings

Luxor - Cairo. This morning we travel over to the West Bank of the Nile to explore the famous Valley of the Kings. Marvel at Colossi of Memnon, the massive stone remains of the Temple of Amenophis III, and explore the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut and surrounding tombs. After lunch, we visit the Temple of Karnak, a spectacular religious complex built on a gigantic scale, where you get lost wandering around the stone papyrus columns.
Overnight: Luxor  |  Breakfast

Days 10-12

Hurghada R&R

Luxor - Hurghada. On the morning of day 10 we drive to the popular coastal city of Hurghada for three days which are free for you to enjoy some rest and relaxation by the Red Sea.

Hurghada is one of the Red Sea's most popular resorts and it is easy to see why. Hotels and expanded infrastructure provide holidaymakers with excellent aquatic facilities for sail boarding, yachting, deep-sea fishing, SCUBA diving and snorkelling. Hurghada’s central location provides a gateway to prime offshore reefs, some of which are of the finest in the world. For retail therapy, the town has lots of shops selling knock-off bags and tees, snorkelling gear and suchlike. Hurghada also offers plenty of good nightlife options to choose from. Just outside Hurghada is an ancient Roman quarry called Mons Porphyritis and Port Safarga – a famously windy place and windsurfer's paradise.
Overnight: Hurghada  |  Breakfast x 3

Day 13

Return to Cairo

This morning we drive back to Cairo, upon arrival we check into our hotel. The reminder of today is at your leisure, or you can opt to join our optional visit to the exotic Khan el Khalili Bazaar. It's a top spot to browse and bargain for Egyptian souvenirs to take home.
Overnight: Cairo  |  Breakfast

Day 14

Cairo

Thursday 2nd March. Our tour of Egypt comes to an end today. Included transfer to the airport for your onward flight.
Breakfast

Prices & Dates

Departure dates marked with a 'G' are operating. All 2023 dates are guaranteed to operate when there are 2 persons booked on the tour. In 2022 a departure is guaranteed with 4 persons. 'Twin Share' prices are per person when there are 2 people sharing a room. 'Single Room' prices are applicable to solo travellers or anyone wanting the privacy of a single room.

Guaranteed Departure
Available
Contact us to book
Not Available
2023
Twin Share
Single Room
AUD $3,295
AUD $4,445

Extra Prices

Twin Share
Single Room
Pre Tour Accommodation - Cairo
AUD $155
AUD $275
Post Tour Accommodation - Cairo
AUD $155
AUD $275
Alexandria Day Trip (Adult)
AUD $195
N/A
Backstreets of Cairo
AUD $185
N/A
Alexandria & El Alamein - 4 days (Adult)
AUD $945
AUD $1,235
Alexandria & El Alamein - 4 days (Child)
AUD $945
AUD $1,235

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.

Holiday Inn Cairo Maadi, Cairo

Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Hotel

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 (not Nile View as standard) 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.

Sleeper Train, Cairo

Our Category: Simple   |   Regional Category: Train

When travelling on an overnight train in Egypt, sleeper carriages offer the highest level of comfort. Cabins are equipped with two beds (one above the other), a basin, electric points and air conditioning. Freshly laundered bedding is provided and in the early evening an attendant will come round and make up your bed for you. The carriages have toilets at each end and there is a club car which serves snacks and beverages. In the morning a very basic breakfast is provided.

Sonesta Hotel Cairo, Cairo

Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Hotel

The Sonesta Hotel & Casino is a sophisticated and luxurious hotel offering spacious, en-suit rooms with opulent furnishings. Enjoy a cocktail at the poolside bar or indulge in a relaxing massage or Turkish steam bath at the full-service spa. With 5 restaurants located within the hotel you'll be spoilt for choice over dining options.

Tolip Hotel, 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.

Felucca Sailboat, Felucca Cruise

Our Category: Simple   |   Regional Category: N/A

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

Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Deluxe Hotel

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.

Marriott Beach Resort, Hurghada

Our Category: Deluxe   |   Regional Category: 5 Star Deluxe Hotel

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.

In Brief

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Cairo
Ends
Cairo
Departs
17 February 2023
Group Size
Min 4 / Max 24
Hotel Rating
4 - 5 star
Tour Guide
Yes, escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 13, Lunch: 2, Dinner: 2
Visiting
Cairo, Aswan, Felucca Cruise, Luxor, Hurghada, Pyramids of Giza, Abu Simbel
Countries
Click to play videoThe city of Cairo at the end of a dusty path in front of the setting sun
Ancient ruins standing majestically against the sky in Aswan
Click to play videoStone carvings in the side of the mountain at Abu Simbel
Click to play videoA felucca sailboat gliding across the water
Click to play videoThe entrance to the ancient city of Luxor
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