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Highlights The Pyramids & Sphinx, antiquities of the Egyptian museum, romantic Philae Temple, Abu Simbel option, traditional felucca sailing, ancient Valley of the Kings
Nubian Adventure small group tour
Nubian Adventure
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Discover the secrets of Egypt with this 9-day tour which takes you all of the way up the Nile into Upper Egypt. You start in Cairo with a visit to the Great Pyramids and the Sphinx before heading to Aswan where we visit the island temple of Philae and Aswan Dam, and you have the option of an incredible trip to the temples of Ramses II at Abu Simbel. You will then start your traditional Nile felucca cruise down the river on your way to Luxor in the Nile Valley, with support en-route from our facilities boat with on board toilet, showers and massage deck. Once in Luxor you will visit some amazing temples and the tombs of the Valley of the Kings before heading back to Cairo. This tour ticks almost all of the major boxes for a holiday to Egypt and is regularly our most popular Egypt tour! If you'd like to add some time by the Red Sea to this trip, then check our our Nubians and Beaches tour.

Private tour option

If our scheduled departure dates don’t work for you, or you would prefer not to travel with a group, then we can also run this tour privately for you. Please contact us for more information and prices.
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Day 1 Arrive into Cairo
Upon arrival our staff will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel close to the Pyramids for the start of your trip. 
OvernightCairo – 4 star hotelExtrasExtra night - pre-tour, Nile Dinner Cruise in Cairo (deluxe), Single Room Supplement - Egypt, Mena House hotel upgrade
Day 2 Cairo. Museum & Pyramids tour
Our tour of Egypt begins with a trip to the Egyptian Museum in central Cairo. Home to the fantastic Tutankhamun exhibit the museum hosts many other ancient Egyptian artefacts. Following on from the museum we then make the short trip to Giza to visit the Sphinx and the great pyramids of Egypt. This evening we transfer to the station for the overnight train to Aswan (1st class, reclining seats; flight upgrades available). 
OvernightOn board trainMealsBreakfastExtrasInternal flights upgrade
Day 3 Arrive in Aswan. Tour of Philae Temple
This morning we arrive in Aswan and transfer to the hotel. We then start our tour of Aswan with a trip to the island temple complex of Philae visiting the impressive Aswan High Dam en-route. The Philae temple remains one of Egypt’s most romantic and picturesque sites having been completely relocated following work on the Dam. The rest of the day is free to explore the colourful souks and markets found in the town or watch the sunset over the river Nile.
OvernightAswan - 4 star hotelExtrasNile Cruise Upgrade
Day 4 Aswan. Abu Simbel option. Start felucca cruise
This morning we have the option of taking an early start for the drive to the UNESCO world heritage site at Abu Simbel. These amazing temples built by Ramses II are one of Egypt's main highlights and attractions. Those not visiting Abu Simbel can explore Aswan's markets this morning, or visit the Nubian Museum which has a fascinating collection covering the development of the Nubian people in the region. In the afternoon we then board a traditional felucca boat and start our leisurely cruise along the Nile towards the temple at Kom Ombo. In the evening our facilities boat will join us with its welcome toilet and showers, and our Nubian crew will prepare a delicious evening meal.
OvernightOn board feluccaMealsBreakfast, Lunch, DinnerExtrasAbu Simbel overland
Day 5 Nile felucca cruise
Wake up today on board your traditional felucca and let yourself unwind as we make our way downriver. Whether you feel the urge to take a swim or just sunbathe on deck there is no better way to experience life on the river Nile.
OvernightOn board feluccaMealsBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 6 Kom Ombo and Edfu Temple tours. Arrive in Luxor
After a leisurely breakfast on-board we bid farewell to our felucca this morning and visit the nearby temples of Kom Ombo and Edfu before continuing on north to Luxor. In the evening we have the chance to enjoy a walking tour of the beautiful Luxor Temple.
OvernightLuxor – 4 star hotelMealsBreakfast
Day 7 Luxor. East and West Bank tours
We cross over the river Nile early this morning to begin our tour of Luxor’s West Bank. Home to the Valley of the Kings, the dusty tombs in this ancient burial site are still revealing their secrets today and so it remains one of the most important archaeological sites in the world. Our tour inclues several of these Pharaonic tombs, as well as the temples of Queen Hatchepsut and Medinat Habu, and the huge Colossi of Memnon. We return to the hotel for some free time before visiting the enormous temple complex at Karnak on the East bank of the Nile later in the afternoon. Finally we head to the train station for the overnight train to Cairo (flight upgrade available).
OvernightOn board train back to CairoMealsBreakfastExtrasHot air balloon in Luxor, Internal flights upgrade
Day 8 Cairo. Free Day
We arrive back into Cairo this morning and transfer to the hotel. The rest of the day is free to explore Cairo as you choose or you may take an optional day trip. These include a city tour in Cairo which visits the Citadel and Mohamed Ali Mosque as well as the bustling market streets of Khan El Khalili bazaar. Other options include a visit to the colonnial city of Alexandria on the Mediterranean, or a trip into the desert outside Cairo to see the World Heritage Site of the Valley of the Whales at Wadi Rayan.
OvernightCairo 4 star hotelExtrasAlexandria day trip, Cairo city tour, Nile Dinner Cruise in Cairo (deluxe), Wadi Rayan day trip (Valley of the Whales), Mena House hotel upgrade
Day 9 Cairo. Departure transfer to the airport
Free day. Transfer to the airport for departure flight.
OvernightN/AMealsBreakfastExtrasExtra night - post-tour
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  • All accommodation as stated in the itinerary in 4 & 5 star hotels
  • All transport and transfers in private AC vehicles
  • Overnight train in 1st class carriage with reclining seats (sleeper upgrade available)
  • 24-hour airport arrival & departure transfer service
  • Sightseeing tours as detailed in the itinerary
  • Services of a local Egyptologist guide for all sightseeing tours 
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • International flights
  • Visa fees
  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees (allow approx. US$95)
  • Tipping kitty (allow US$30)
  • Drinks, snacks, guide tips and other personal expenses (e.g. laundry)
  • Hotel Gala Dinners (see below)
  • Any other items not mentioned above
Hotel Gala Dinners
Many of Egypt's hotels and Nile cruise boats arrange a very special Gala Dinner in the evening on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve. Payment for these is often optional on Christmas Eve (24 Dec) but compulsory on New Year's Eve (31 Dec), whether you attend or not. Prices can range from around US$50 to over US$150 per person. Final decisions on prices and whether dinners are compulsory are made relatively close to the time. Gala Dinner prices are therefore not included in our prices above, and will be added to your booking if required. More information is available on request.

Cairo-Aswan/Luxor Journeys
Sleeper train and flight upgrades are available for the journeys from Cairo to Aswan, and Luxor to Cairo. These upgrades are optional at the time of booking, but will become compulsory and payable at 4-weeks before departure if the local authorites are not allowing tourists to use the 'sitting train' used on the tour, or if official UK Foreign Office travel advice does not permit travel on the route taken by the overnight train through the Nile Valley. More information including how much to budget for these upgrades...