This is a fantastic Egypt tour that takes you from the Pyramids of Giza to Nubian Aswan. Finish with some time by the Red Sea at Hurghada where you can either get active or unwind on the stunning east coast of Egypt...perfect!
Day 1: Cairo. Welcome to Egypt! Once you have got your visa and met our representative, you will be transferred from the airport to our joining hotel in central Cairo. If you arrive at the right time of day, marvel at the busy, loud day to day life in Cairo – it’s something to behold! If you have arrived early or a day or two previously, today you will be free to explore the bustling heart of this fantastic city. If you’re not sure where to start, ask our representative who will be able to advise you on how to make the most of your time. Overnight Cairo.
Day 2: Cairo. After a good night’s rest we get going with some sightseeing today – we’re off to the Pyramids and the famous Sphinx at Giza! One of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Pyramid of Cheops stood as the tallest, man-made structure for over 3800 years. That’s an impressive feat, especially when you consider that in order to have built it in the twenty years it took, 800 tonnes of stone would have to have been laid every day. Most of it was locally quarried but to add to this jaw dropping achievement, the granite in the Kings Chamber came from Aswan which is more than 5000 miles away! Not bad, considering the construction was complete by 2560 BC. To top it off, enjoy a camel ride across the sands before heading back to enjoy the evening in Cairo. Overnight – Cairo.
Day 3: Cairo. Today we visit the Egyptian Museum where you will find treasures abound in one of the most impressive collections in the world. Highlights of the 120, 000 odd pieces include 9 royal mummies (including that of Queen Hatshepsut) and the Gold Mask of King Tutankhamen that he wore upon his burial and is said to actually represent his true identity. This afternoon we take a tour around the Islamic Citadel of Saladin as well as the city’s famous Khan al-Khalili bazaar, where you will find souvenirs bursting from stalls and shops where sellers are happy to encourage your browsing! Spend some time investigating and find all manner of things from belly-dancing costumes to spices and ornate jewellery. Later, we board the overnight sleeper train to Aswan. At the train station, there’ll be the opportunity to buy water and snacks for the trip ahead. Dinner and overnight - sleeper train.
Day 4: Aswan. Arriving in Aswan, we check into our hotel, relax a while and then freshen up ready for a tour of the Nubian city. Take a guided walk around the souk and local market. Later in the day, take the opportunity to relax and unwind or why not investigate the shopping opportunities of the local souks and markets. Overnight - Aswan.
Day 5: Aswan. This morning there is an optional trip (by air) to Abu Simbel where you will find two unbelievably huge temples carved in to the rock face. Built during the reign of King Ramesses ll, the magnificent monuments were actually relocated in full in 1968 when Lake Nasser was created. Marvel at the sheer scale of the construction as the benign image of King Ramesses ll stares out over you into the desert – to call it impressive would be something of an understatement! If you opted to stop in Aswan, you won’t be at a loss for things to do. Investigate the shoreline, go shopping in the local bazaar or just relax at the hotel and enjoy the sun! Overnight - Aswan.
Day 6: Luxor. This morning we board a felucca, a local sail boat, that will take us on an enjoyable excursion on the river Nile. We are heading for Sahal island where we will visit a local village and school before joining an Egyptian family for lunch in their home of. Feluccas (simple sail boats to you or me) have been used on the Nile since ancient times and our feluccas are crewed and maintained by local sailors.
Sailing on a felucca really is a sublime experience. Close to the water and free of the sound of the engine that you find on the big cruiser boats, this is the way to tour the Nile! After lunch we head back to Aswan for an afternoon train departure to Luxor, where we pull in early this evening. Home of the legendary Valley of the Kings and Temple of Karnak, 4000 year-old Luxor is ancient Egypt at its best. Now it’s time to relax and rest up with this evening free for you to spend time with the family. Overnight Luxor.
Day 7: Luxor. We have the option of taking a stunning Balloon flight over the Valley of the Kings this morning which lasts for about 35-50 minutes. After, we will head for the Valley of the Kings and Karnak, a complex that is considered to be the largest ancient religious site in the world. It consists of temples, chapels and other buildings, erected in worship of the Theban gods and set apart from similar sites particularly by the period over which it developed – approximately between 2050 and 30 BC.
After the Pyramids at Giza, this is the most visited and arguably impressive site Egypt has to offer. As you explore, keep in mind that these amazing structures were built by hand! This evening, we will take a ride in horse-drawn carriages to the Temple of Luxor where we enjoy a tour in the cool evening air. This is a wonderful experience as the Temple is lit up at night time bring an ethereal quality to it that is quite spell binding! Enjoy the rest of the evening at your leisure. Overnight – Luxor.
Day 8: Luxor. Starting early to avoid the midday sun, we visit the Valley of the Kings on the West Bank. Don’t forget to take some water – we will depart after an early breakfast but the West Bank gets hot quickly. As we approach the West Bank you’ll see the huge Colossi of Memnon towering 18 m high. Then it’s on to the World Heritage Site of the Valley of the Kings, home of the tombs of Ramses ll and the famous King Tutankhamen. Set in the barren cliffs of the Valley, the tombs are decorated with religious images and text. Get transported back in time as you witness the cunning architecture of the ancients that allowed royalty to be buried with their treasures without fear of being plundered by thieves.
Explore some of the tombs before heading on to the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut. One of the most successful, long reigning Pharoahs, Hatshepsut (or ‘Foremost of noteable Ladies’) established trade networks, instigated much construction and ordered many expeditions, one of which resulted in the first noted attempts to transplant foreign trees. Her temple is one the most photographed monuments in Egypt. This evening enjoy some free time in Luxor and let the sights of today sink in! Overnight - Luxor.
Day 9: Hurghada. Days 9-11: Hurghada. Today we leave Luxor and travel by road north-west to Hurghada, Egypt’s second largest city on situated on the famous Red Sea coast. This evening, enjoy dinner at your 4* hotel located near the beach. On day 10, pack your bathing suits and head for the beach! You can also take an optional boat excursion on the Red Sea if you like. This is recommended since you will get the opportunity to go snorkelling and see wonderfully colourful shoals of fish – Hurghada is well known for its coral reefs and the aquatic life they support. On day 11, we’re afraid it’s another day of sun, sand and sea – time to relax! If you have itchy feet, why not explore Hurghada town, visit the shops and wander through market? Dinner and overnight (3) – Hurghada.
Day 12: Cairo. Today we bid farewell to Hurghada and the Red Sea to return to Cairo. We travel by road and once back in Cairo, you are free to enjoy this evening at your leisure. Overnight – Cairo.
Day 13: Cairo. Your tour officially finishes after breakfast when you are free to check out of the hotel and take your transfer to the airport. Please note: Entrance fees, tip kitty and optional activities purchased in Egypt are payable in Egyptian Pounds (EGP) only. Please also note that this tour is operated in conjunction with another company.
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