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This journey through Egypt packs in the best of culture and adventure in eight energetic days. Explore the ancient sites along the Nile and discover the most famous of them all, the Great Pyramids of Giza. Embrace the culture and meet remarkable people as you sample some traditional fare with a Nubian family in a local village. Feel the buzz of vibrant bazaars in Aswan and Luxor, but still manage to relax and watch life unfold as you sail the Nile in a traditional felucca.


Duration: 8 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Physical rating: Light
Accommodation standard:   Budget% Traveller Tour Rating: 80.0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 126709
Starts: Cairo, Egypt Finishes: Cairo, Egypt
You will Visit
  • Cairo

Itinerary

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Day 1: Cairo

There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting.

Additional Notes:
If this is your first visit to Cairo, we highly recommend that you book an airport transfer.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

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Day 2: Cairo/Aswan (1B, 1D)

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.

Included Activities:
Great Pyramids of Giza and Sphinx Tour
Egyptian Museum Visit

Transport:
Overnight train (beds) (12.00 hour(s))

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Day 3: Aswan (1B, 1D)

Enjoy some free time in the morning to browse the souk or walk along the Nile.

Later, board a felucca (local boat) to reach Elephantine Island and visit a Nubian village. Walk around the small community, then enjoy a traditional dinner at a local home.

Included Activities:
Felucca Sail to Nubian Village with Traditional Meal

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Day 4: Aswan (1B)

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: Aswan/Kom Ombo (1B, 1L, 1D)

Board the felucca and spend the rest of the day out on the river and a night under the stars.

Included Activities:
Felucca Overnight Sailing Excursion

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Day 6: Kom Ombo/Luxor (1B)

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

Included Activities:
Kom Ombo Temple Visit
Karnak Temple Visit

Transport:
Stop en route to visit the Karnak Temple.
Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s))

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Day 7: Luxor (1B, 1L)

Cross to the West Bank and travel by donkey. 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.


Additional Notes:
If you have pre-booked the Valley of the Kings Hot Air Balloon Ride you will be flying today.

Included Activities:
Colossi of Memnon Visit
Temple of Hatshepsut and Valley of the Kings Visit
Lunch with a Local Family

Transport:
Donkey

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Day 8: Luxor/Cairo (1B)

We highly recommend booking pre- or post-accommodation to fully explore this vibrant city.

Additional Notes:
Our tour finishes on arrival in Cairo. Please be aware that flight delays do quite often occur, so please do not book any onward flights before 2pm today.

We are able to organize extra post-trip accommodation if you wish to extend your stay for a few more days. Please ask at the time of booking.

Transport:
Plane (1.00 hour(s))

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Pyramids of Giza and Sphinx entrance and guided tour
    • Egyptian Museum entrance and guided tour
    • Felucca Sail to Nubian Village with traditional meal
    • Free time in Aswan
    • Felucca Overnight Sailing Excursion with support boat for toilet/showers
    • Kom Ombo Temple visit
    • Karnak Temple visit
    • Free time in Luxor
    • Colossi of Memnon Visit
    • Temple of Hatshepsut and Valley of the Kings visit
    • Traditional Lunch with Local Family in Luxor
    • All entrance fees to included monuments
    • Overnight train to Cairo
    • Internal flight from Luxor to Cairo
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Simple hotels (5 nts), sleeper train (1 nt), felucca with support boat for toilet/showers (1 nt)
    • 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners
    Transport
    • Private air-con van, train, felucca, donkey, plane, walking
    Group Leader
    • Certified Egyptologist as Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout
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Tour Highlights:
  • Enjoy dinner with a local family
  • Spend the night on a felucca
  • Explore ancient temples and monuments
  • Hunt for deals in the bazaars
  • Gaze at the pyramids and mysterious Sphinx.


Reviews (4)
Alfredo Posted on: 

We fully enjoyed our G Adventures experience in Egypt. The tour was very well organized and brilliantly managed locally by the tour leader Maged.

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Jennifer Posted on: 

This trip provided a great overview of Egypt. In a short amount of time, we saw the things you are "supposed to see" in Egypt as well as some more out of the way people and places. I feel as though I came away with a good sense of a country whose culture and history are very different from my own.

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Elizabeth Posted on: 

Great trip of Egypt. Saw most of the highlights.

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Arthur Posted on: 

Extremely well organized - we didn't have to worry about any of the logistics (such as getting from place to place or even the baksheesh!) and so could focus on the sights and the people. Wonderful trip at a very reasonable price.

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