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Highlights of Egypt
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Until Dec 19

Dig deep and discover the riches of Egypt's geography, culture, and, of course, archaeology, on this epic adventure. Step into a world filled with giant statues, temples, and legendary pyramids. Take it easy as you float along the Nile on a traditional felucca, explore the white sands of Hurghada on the Red Sea, or enjoy a home-cooked meal with a local family. Our Chief Experience Officers (CEOs) and local experts will share an intriguing combination of the region’s attractions and hidden secrets. Meet the gaze of the Sphinx and get into the spirit of bygone times when travelling to the Valley of the Kings.

  • Duration: 14 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • Physical rating: Light
  • Supplier Tour ID: DPBA.A/260369
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Starts: Cairo, Egypt
  • Finishes: Cairo, Egypt
  • Age requirement: 12 +
You will Visit
  • Cairo
  • Aswān
  • Kom Ombo
  • Luxor
  • Hurghada
  • Alexandria

Itinerary

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Day 1: Cairo

Arrive at any time.
There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting.

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Day 2: Cairo/Aswān

Tour the Great Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx before a guided tour of the Egyptian Museum. Catch an overnight train to Aswan.
Head straight to the pyramids and soak in the history of these majestic structures. Later, visit the Egyptian Museum to see more ancient artifacts.

In the evening, board an overnight train to Aswan. The overnight train is a modern air-conditioned sleeper, with twin-berth beds. There is no shower in the cabin, but each cabin does have a sink. The shared toilet is at the end of each carriage. A basic airline-style tray meal for dinner and breakfast is included. Attendants can serve drinks in your compartment at extra cost or there is a bar car for socializing.

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Day 3: Aswān

Explore Aswan before visiting a Nubian village and enjoy a home-cooked dinner with a local family.
Our train is due to arrive in Aswan early in the morning, but, trains can often be delayed. Enjoy some free time in the morning to browse the souk or walk along the Nile.

Later, board a boat to reach one of the many Nile islands and visit a Nubian village. Walk around the small community, then enjoy a traditional dinner at a local home.

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Day 4: Aswān

Spend the day exploring Aswan.
One of the most fascinating sights in the area is the Temple of Abu Simbel. Later, opt for a half-day tour of the Unfinished Obelisk, High Dam, and Philae Temple. Visit the modern Nubian Museum to learn more about Aswan's local people.

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Day 5: Aswān/Kom Ombo

Sail the Nile on a traditional felucca. Sleep onboard under the stars.
Board the felucca and spend the rest of the day out on the river and a night under the stars.

Feluccas are a basic, traditional Nile sailboat and make for an extremely relaxing and enjoyable way to travel down the river. You sleep, open-air on the deck of the boat (mattresses and blankets are provided, but if you prefer something between you and the blankets, you will need to bring a sleep sheet/sleeping bag liner of your own). The Felucca itself does not have toilets or showers, however we will have access to a private support boat, travelling in close proximity to our Felucca. This support boat is equipped with toilets and a shower (please bring a towel) and and an area to eat your meals, leaving you stress free to enjoy this tranquil and traditional experience on the Nile.

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Day 6: Kom Ombo/Luxor

Enjoy a guided visit Kom Ombo Temple before driving to Luxor. En route, visit the Temple of Karnak.

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Day 7: Luxor

Visit the Colossi of Memnon, Valley of the Kings, and the Temple of Hatshepsut. Enjoy lunch with a local family on the West Bank of the Nile.
Cross to the West Bank. Visit the massive 18m (59ft)-high Colossi of Memnon, which is all that remains of an ancient temple. Descend down the narrow corridors and check out the tombs of the pharaohs at the Valley of the Kings. The Funerary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut literally seems to rise out of the surrounding limestone outcrops.

Enjoy lunch with a local family on the West bank of the Nile and then explore Luxor at your own pace.

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Day 8: Luxor/Hurghada

Drive from Luxor to Hurghada on the stunning Red Sea. The rest of the day is free at leisure, opt to relax and enjoy the beach.
After arriving in Hurghada, prepare to spend the next few days soaking in the tranquility of it's white sand beaches, and the rich marine environment of the Red Sea.

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Day 9: Hurghada

Enjoy a day on a boat trip to the local islands and snorkel amid the crystal clear waters and stunning coral gardens of the Red Sea.
The Red Sea is a global hotspot for snorkelling, thanks to it's crystal clear waters and incredible aquatic ecosystems. Explore the rich coral reefs and be overwhelmed with the amount of colourful coral and fish you encounter.

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Day 10: Hurghada

Free day to enjoy the beach.
With an entire free day, there's a great opportunity to explore the surrounding area by foot or camel. There's numerous desert and city tours available, or another relaxing day on the beach to suit your tastes.

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Day 11: Hurghada/Alexandria

Catch an early flight from Hurghada to Cairo. Continue by private vehicle to Alexandria. Stop en route to visit the monasteries of Wadi Al Natrun
Travel by plane and private car to Alexandria, one of the ancient world's most important trade and cultural hubs. Explore it's many Greek, Roman and Egyptian ruins as you walk in the footsteps of some of histories greatest heroes.

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Day 12: Alexandria

Take a guided tour of Catacombs, the National Museum, Pompeys Pillar, and Qaitbay Fort. Later, opt to explore the cities's cafés, or dine on fantastic seafood
Prepare for a full day of exploring the many historical wonders of Alexandria. Delve into the Catacombs of Kom ash-Shuqqafa, marvel at the resolute Citadel of Qaitbay, and explore the grounds of Pompey's Pillar, one of Egypt's most impressive Roman architectural works.

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Day 13: Alexandria/Cairo

Drive to El Alamein to visit the World War cemeteries and memorial. Continue to Cairo for the final evening.
As we travel from Alexandria to Cairo, take a stop at the El Alamein World War memorials, and learn more about the pivotal battles that changed the course of the war in Africa. Afterwards, continue on to the bustling metropolis of Cairo.

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Day 14: Cairo

Depart at any time.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Your Local Living Moment: Boat ride to Nubian Village with Traditional Meal, Aswān Your Discover Moment: Aswān Your Local Living Moment: Lunch with a Local Family, Luxor
    • Pyramids of Giza and Sphinx entrance and guided tour
    • Egyptian Museum entrance and guided tour
    • Felucca overnight sailing excursion with support boat
    • Karnak and Kom Ombo temples entrance and guided tour
    • Temple of Hatshepsut and Valley of the Kings guided visit
    • Colossi of Memnon visit
    • Alexandria guided tour
    • Boat and snorkelling trip in Hurghada
    • Internal flights
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Simple hotels (11 nts), sleeper train (1 nt), felucca with support boat for toilet/showers (1 nt)
    • 13 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
    Transport
    • Private air-conditioned van, train, felucca, plane, 4x4, walking
    Group Leader
    • Certified Egyptologist as Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout
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Tour Highlights:
  • Explore ancient temples and monuments
  • Gaze at the pyramids and mysterious Sphinx
  • Spend the night on a felucca
  • Connect with history on the streets of Alexandria
  • Explore the coral gardens of the Red Sea
  • Take a tour of the Catacombs of Komel-Shokafa