Egyptian Explorer - 8 Days

8 days.

From £725pp

Cairo - Pyramids & Sphinx at Giza Plateau, Islamic Citadel & Khan el-Khalili bazaar, Egyptian Museum & King Tut's 9kg solid Golden Mask, Aswan - boating on the Nile to Sahal island and lunch with village family, Visit to local primary school, village/market walks, Luxor - Temple of Karnak by day, Luxor Temple illuminated by night, Valley of the Kings

Your tour to Egypt includes:

  • Breakfast daily, 1 lunch with village family - Sahal Island, 1 dinner - onboard train
  • 6 nights 4 - 5 star hotels
  • 1 overnight train - Cairo to Aswan (2 berth, 1st class sleeper cabin)
  • Giza - camel ride by the pyramids
  • Aswan - boating on the Nile and visit to a Nubian island
  • Luxor - horse-drawn carriage to Luxor Temple
  • Airport arrival transfer (from Cairo International Airport) on day 1 and departure transfer (from Luxor International Airport) on day 8
  • Touring of Cairo, Giza, Aswan & Luxor
  • Escorted by an Egyptian tour guide degree qualified in Egyptology
  • All relevant transfer and transportation in private modern air-conditioned vehicles

Your Itinerary:

Day 1, Cairo

Saturday. Welcome to the land of the Pharaohs! At Cairo airport you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is free to relax.

No meals included.

Day 2, Pyramids & Camel Riding

Today, we visit the pyramids and Sphinx at Giza Plateau. Sole survivors from the ancient Greek-listed Seven Wonders of the World. Gaze in awe at the largest of the three great pyramids - Cheops, constructed from over 2.5 million limestone blocks it took more than 20 years to construct. Afterwards we enjoy a camel ride across the desert sands.

1 breakfast, no lunch, no dinner included.

Day 3, King Tutankhamen's Treasure

Cairo - Aswan. Today, we venture in search of the treasures of King Tutankhamen, mummies and more at the Egyptian Museum. Later we tour the Islamic Citadel of Saladin with views looking down over the old city, watching people go about their daily life. We conclude the day with a market walk through the bustling Khan el-Khalili bazaar. Time to freshen up, this evening we take the comfortable overnight sleeper train to Aswan.

1 breakfast, no lunch, 1 dinner included.

Day 4, Rural villages & markets

We arrive into Aswan this morning and explore the Nubian city on a guided walk of the local market and souq. Scenically located on the Nile, a walk along the riverfront corniche to view the many boats is a real treat, as is Aswan bazaar. Free afternoon.

1 breakfast, no lunch, no dinner included.

Day 5, Aswan - your way

Free morning or opt for the morning excursion to Abu Simbel. The remainder of the afternoon at leisure; maybe relax by the pool, take a stroll along the Nile corniche or explore the lively market place.

1 breakfast, no lunch, no dinner included.

Day 6, Boating on the Nile

Aswan - Luxor. This morning we board a motor boat and cruise along the River Nile, passing some of the small islands en route to Sahal island, where we disembark and visit a local village and school before enjoying lunch at the home of an Egyptian family. The motor boats of Aswan are proudly owned and crewed by friendly local sailors and they have been adapted from a felucca style of vessel to comfortably carry travellers. Lunch will be served in the home of an Egyptian family. After lunch we cruise back to Aswan for our afternoon/evening train journey to Luxor, one of the world’s greatest open-air museums. The 4000 year old site of ancient Thebes, known today as Luxor, is our base for the next three days.

1 breakfast, 1 lunch, no dinner included.

Day 7, Karnak & Luxor Temple

At sunrise today we have the option to go hot air ballooning before we visit Karnak Temple. More than a temple, Karnak is a spectacular complex of sanctuaries, pylons, statuettes and obelisks. Built on a grand scale, Karnak is probably Egypt’s finest ancient temple. Free afternoon or wander along Luxor’s historic waterfront. This evening, we travel in horse-drawn carriages to the illuminated Temple of Luxor where we enjoy a tour in the cool evening air. Rest of evening free.

1 breakfast, no lunch, no dinner included.

Day 8, Valley of the Kings

Early this morning we head to the West Bank of the Nile for a guided tour of the legendary Valleys of the Kings. Attempting to confound thieves and grave robbers, the New Kingdom pharaohs awaiting their passage into the after-life were secretly entombed with their worldly wealth in the cliffs of the valley. The cliffs, bereft of vegetation are home to a vast necropolis of tombs, some of which you can enter. Some of the tombs are so well preserved that the colours of the incredible pharaonic friezes are still as vibrant as when they were first painted.

After leaving the Valley of the Kings and saying goodbye to our tour guide we return to our hotel, where there will be a little time to freshen up before hotel check out and onward departure transfer to Luxor international Airport. Our tour concludes at this point with fond memories of a magical family holiday to Egypt!

Note: Flights departing Luxor can be reserved anytime after 1.30pm today.

1 breakfast, no lunch, no dinner included.

Other important information

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Not included in the tour

  • Gratuity for your tour guide. We suggest $20-30 USD per adult. Tipping your tour guide is an entirely personal gesture.
  • International flights and visa

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