Egypt has been an inspirational travel destination for many years and its charm continues to this day. It is home to some of the world's most iconic monuments and ancient civilisations which date back millennia.
If an Egypt tour is on your 2020 bucket list then the Discover Egypt tour is perfect for you - from temples and tombs to pyramids, sailing down the Nile and eating mouthwatering traditional Egyptian cuisine, and so much more.
This wide-ranging adventurous Egypt tour covers Cairo and the Nile Valley as well as the Red Sea at the resort town of Hurghada - the perfect spot to sit back and relax.
With the Discover Egypt tour, we'll kick off visiting the iconic Pyramids and Sphinx at Giza. Here our experienced local guides will start giving insights and explanations about ancient Pharaonic history and the evolution of pyramid building.
In Cairo, the largest city in Africa, we'll visit the ever-famous Egyptian Museum - home to a host of ancient artefacts, mummies, and the legendary King Tutankhamun.
After exploring Cairo, we will board an overnight sleeper train and head south into Upper Egypt arriving in Aswan - home to one of the most scenic stretches of the Nile and we'll take a boat trip to the breathtaking island, Philae Temple.
At the island Philae Temple, you will have the option to visit the amazing temples built by Ramses II at Abu Simbel which were completely dismantled and rebuilt when Lake Nasser was flooded.
A relaxing overnight cruise on a traditional felucca sailboat is next on the to-do list - this is a great way to break up your sightseeing with some relaxation time while seeing rural Egyptian from a different point of view.
After the trip on the felucca sailboat, we'll visit Edfu temple en-route to Luxor, which is considered by many as the world's greatest open-air museum - here we'll tour both the east bank of the river to see the huge temple complex at Karnak and Luxor temple and the west bank of the Nile to explore tombs in the Valley of the Kings, see Queen Hatchepsut temple and Deir El-Medina, the valley of the artisans, as well as the Colossi of Memnon.
While at in Luxor it is highly recommended to take hot air balloon ride - it is one of the best ways to view the open-air museum.
Lastly, we head east to a beach town resort in Hurghada for some relaxation time by the Red Sea - snorkelling, scuba diving, and other watersports options are available.
The tour finishes off in Cairo with a walk through the back streets of Old Cairo to do some souvenir shopping at the Khan-el-Khalili bazaar.
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