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.
Arrive at any time.
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).
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
For lunch, why not go local with a couple of falafel sandwiches, or take the chance to find out what kushari tastes like?
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 train later in the evening. Looking to up the comfort level on your ride? Pre-book a sleeper bed upgrade.
Great Pyramids of Giza and Sphinx Tour
Khan el-Khalili Bazaar Orientation Walk
Overnight train (airplane seats) (12.00 hour(s))
Free morning to explore Aswan. Opt to wander through the souk at your own pace, take a guided tour of the city, or visit the famous Philae Temple, it's your choice.
In the afternoon, board a felucca and sail down the Nile. Visit a Nubian village and enjoy a home-cooked dinner with locals.
Our train is due to arrive in Aswan early in the morning, but, as ever, we should be prepared for "Egypt time"!
Felucca Sail to Nubian Village with Traditional Meal
Spend another day exploring Aswan. Opt to visit one of the most fascinating sights in the area, the Temple of Abu Simbel. Or continue exploring the city, including the modern Nubian Museum to learn more about Aswan's local people.
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.
Sail the Nile on a felucca with a support boat. Sleep on board under the stars.
Felucca Overnight Sailing Excursion
Visit Kom Ombo Temple on the way to Luxor. Opt to visit Karnak Temple or discover Luxor at your own pace. Choose from taking a horse and carriage ride, to checking out the local bazaar, or visiting the Mummification Museum. The choice is yours!
Kom Ombo Temple Visit
Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s))
Enjoy a free time to explore Luxor before an overnight train back to Cairo.
If you have pre-booked the Valley of the Kings Hot Air Balloon Ride you will be flying today. Looking to up the comfort level on your ride? Pre-book a sleeper bed upgrade.
Overnight train (airplane seats) (9.50 hour(s))
Tour ends upon arrival.
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.
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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!!!!Overall Rating
Trip Name: Budget Egypt
Duration: 8 Days
From Price: 679
Trip Code: 126446
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