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DURATION 9days
Highlights The Pyramids & Sphinx, antiquities of the Egyptian museum, romantic Philae Temple, Abu Simbel option, traditional felucca sailing, ancient Valley of the Kings
COUNTRIES: Egypt
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. Transfer to hotel
 
Upon arrival our staff will meet you at the airport, assist you with obtaining your visa and luggage, and then transfer you to your hotel close to the Pyramids for the start of your trip. They will help you settle in, introduce you to the local area, and explain tomorrow’s arrangements. The rest of the day is free. If you arrive early you may like to take an evening dinner cruise on the Nile, or enjoy a spectacular sound and light show at the pyramids (both available to book locally on arrival).
OvernightCairo – 4 star hotelExtrasExtra night - pre-tour, Nile Dinner Cruise in Cairo, Single Room Supplement - Egypt
 
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 a huge number of other ancient Egyptian artefacts. One of our local Egyptologist guides will be accompanying you on this and all of your other sightseeing tours, and you'll find them a wealth of knowledge and full of enthusiasm about Egyptian history, and their country in general. Following on from the museum we then head to Giza on the outskirts of Cairo to visit the Sphinx and the three great pyramids of Egypt. At 500 feet high and 750 feet wide at its base the Great Pyramid of Khufu (Cheops) is an awesome man-made structure constructed of giant stone blocks with a hard limestone casing. The casing has, over the years, been stripped away to leave exposed the inner block structure. Together with the smaller pyramids of Khafre (Chephern) and Menkaure (Mycerinus), the majestic sight of these enormous structures rising out of the desert is a breathtaking spectacle. You will have the opportunity to climb down right inside the pyramids if you wish, though your guide cannot accompany you (a limited number of tickets are available for the Great Pyramid).
This evening we transfer to the station for the overnight train to Aswan (approx. 12 hours).
OvernightOn board trainMealsBreakfastExtrasInternal flights upgrade, One way sleeper train upgrade, Two way sleeper train upgrade
 
Day 3 Arrive in Aswan. Tour of Philae Temple
 
This morning we arrive in Aswan and transfer to our hotel overlooking the Nile which is at its most picturesque here, with cascading rapids, lush green islands, and feluccas sailing to and fro. Aswan itself is a melting pot of African and Middle Eastern cultures, most easily experienced by wandering through the busy markets. Our tours in Aswan start this afternoon with a visit the Temple of Philae, a beautiful island complex dedicated to Isis and reclaimed from the rising waters of Lake Nasser, which we reach by a scenic boat ride. We also stop to visit the huge Aswan Dam. The rest of the day is free.
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, walk up and down the Corniche on the banks of the river 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. Our separate facilities boat will join with us from time to time during the day and moor up with us at night. This boat has a welcome toilet and showers on board as well as a hygienic kitchen where the crew will prepare a delicious evening meal. You sleep on the deck of the boat tonight (mattresses, blankets and mosquito nets provided).
OvernightOn board feluccaMealsBreakfast, Lunch, DinnerExtrasNile Cruise Upgrade, Abu Simbel overland
 
Day 5 Nile felucca cruise
 
We continue on the felucca today for a full day sailing down the Nile. Floating down the Nile on a felucca is one of Egypt's most enjoyable activities and you'll be able to watch local rural Egyptian life pass you by on the banks of the river as you drift past. Our Nubian crew will sail the boat and entertain you on the way, as well as preparing meals for you.
OvernightOn board feluccaMealsBreakfast, Lunch, DinnerExtrasNile Cruise Upgrade
 
Day 6 Kom Ombo and Edfu Temple tours. Arrive in Luxor
 
After breakfast on-board we bid farewell to our felucca crew and visit the nearby temples of Kom Ombo and Edfu before continuing on north to Luxor. The town of Luxor is built on and around the ancient site of Thebes, and boasts the largest concentration of ancient ruins in the Nile Valley, if not the world. To the west of the Nile lies the City of the Dead, with its mortuary temples and rock-hewn tombs, whilst to the east lie the Temples of Luxor and Karnak. Later this evening we'll take a walking tour of the smaller Luxor Temple which is right in the middle of town and beautifully lit up at night.
OvernightLuxor – 5 star hotelMealsBreakfastExtrasNile Cruise Upgrade
 
Day 7 Luxor. East and West Bank tours
 
We cross the 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 includes several of these Pharaonic tombs, as well as the temples of Queen Hatchepsut and Medinat Habu, and the huge Colossi of Memnon.
A spectacular hot air balloon flight over the west bank of the Nile is available this morning (expect an early start to catch sunrise as the balloon rises).
After lunch we'll tour the huge temple complex at Karnak , once the religious centre of Thebes and Upper Egypt. It was linked to Luxor by an extensive avenue, lined with sphinxes, and the whole complex was in turn linked to the Nile via a canal through which moved the sacred boats of the god Amun. Entering through a smaller sphinx-lined avenue, built by Ramesses II, you come to the immense pylon entrance. Inside the huge Courtyard are three chapels dedicated to the gods Amun, Khous and Mut. The remarkable Hypostyle Hall has 134 towering columns, each carved with scenes of gods and pharaohs, and hieroglyphic inscriptions adorn the walls.
Later this evening we transfer to the station for the overnight train back to Cairo (approx. 9 hours).
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, Wadi Rayan day trip (Valley of the Whales)
 
Day 9 Cairo. Departure transfer to the airport
 
Your time is free today for some last minute sightseeing or shopping until we transfer you to the airport for your departure flight.
OvernightN/AMealsBreakfastExtrasExtra night - post-tour
 
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Included:
  • 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
Excluded:
  • 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...