Budget Egypt

This compact adventure offers maximum Egypt at minimum cost. Stare in amazement at the pyramids and float down the Nile on a felucca. Embrace the culture and meet remarkable people as you dine on traditional fare with a local family in a Nubian village. You'll enjoy basic accommodation and transport to the best sights. Walk through the Valley of the Kings or explore Karnak it's your call. Don't just dream of Egypt, wake up in the "Land of the Pharaohs" and open your eyes to adventure.

Duration: 8 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Local Culture & Cuisine, History, Beer Tasting Physical rating: Average
Accommodation standard:   Not Rated% Traveller Tour Rating: 100%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 126446
Starts: Cairo, Egypt Finishes: Cairo, Egypt
You will visit
  • Cairo
  • Cairo



Day 1: Cairo

Arrive at any time.

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

We do not visit the Egyptian Museum on this tour, so if you arrive early, you may want to consider checking it out. With over 10,000 pieces from every period of Egyptian history, including the treasures from the tomb of Tutankhamun, it is worth a visit if you're interested in archaeology.

Your tipping kitty will be collected at the welcome meeting (please refer to the "tipping" section of the trip notes for more information).

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting


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

For lunch, why not go local with a couple of falafel sandwiches, or take the chance to find out what kushari tastes like?

Additional Notes:
After breakfast, we will check out of our hotel and store our luggage in our vehicle, ready to head to the station to catch tonight's overnight sleeper train later in the evening.

Included Activities:
Great Pyramids of Giza and Sphinx Tour
Khan el-Khalili Bazaar Orientation Walk

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


Day 3: Aswan (1B, 1D)

Board a felucca and sail down the Nile. Visit a Nubian village and enjoy a home-cooked dinner with locals.

Additional Notes:
Our train is due to arrive in Aswan early in the morning, but, as ever, we should be prepared for "Egypt time"!

Included Activities:
Felucca Sail to Nubian Village


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.

Additional Notes:
If you have purchased the Temple of Abu Simbel Overland Theme Pack, you will visit the temple today. Leaving Aswan at around 4am, you travel deep into the desert to the site of these enormous temples, on the shores of Lake Nasser. You can spend around 2 hours at the temples and then return to Aswan by about 12pm. The round trip drive is around 5-6 hrs.


Day 5: Aswan/Kom Ombo (1B, 1L, 1D)

Sail the Nile on a felucca with a support boat. Sleep on board under the stars.

Included Activities:
Felucca Overnight Sailing Excursion


Day 6: Kom Ombo/Luxor (1B)

Visit Kom Ombo and Edfu on the way to Luxor. Opt to visit Karnak Temple.

Included Activities:
Kom Ombo Temple Visit
Edfu Temple Visit

Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s))


Day 7: Luxor/Cairo (1B, 1D)

Enjoy a free time to explore Luxor before an overnight sleeper train back to Cairo.

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

Overnight train (beds) (9.50 hour(s))


Day 8: Cairo (1B)

Tour ends upon arrival.

Additional Notes:
Our tour finishes on arrival at Cairo train station. Please be aware that delays on overnight trains do quite often occur, so please do not book any onward flights before mid-afternoon today.

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

Included Activities:
Departure Day (Activities)

    • Guided tour of the Pyramids of Giza, the Sphinx, Kom Ombo and Edfu Temples
    • Felucca sailing trip (with support boat)
    • Orientation walk through Cairo's Khan el-Khalili bazaar
    • Dinner in a Nubian home (Aswan)
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    • Simple hotels (4 nts), overnight sleeper train (2 nts), felucca with support boat for toilet/showers (1 nt)
    Meals Included
    • 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners
    • Private air-con van, train, felucca, walking
    Group Leader
    • Certified Egyptologist as Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout
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Tour Highlights:
  • Enjoy a traditional family meal
  • Explore ancient temples and monuments
  • Barter in bazaars
  • Sleep beneath the stars on a felucca
  • Visit a Nubian village
  • Explore the famous Khan el-Khalili souk.

Reviews (1)
Jodi G Posted on: 

It was a great trip I loved pretty much everything about it. Egypt is a beautiful place and the whole trip was overall fantastic and gave me a good overview of all the time periods of Egyptian life including the current day. Had a great mix of history and relaxation on the felucca. Would highly recommend this trip!!!!

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