Travel to Egypt and discover the stark desert beauty of the country, home for centuries to the monumental legacies left behind by the great pharaohs. Visit Egypt's iconic Pyramids of Giza in Cairo and discover the secrets of Luxor's Valley of the Kings. Discover Egypt's bewitching history and captivating culture as you cruise the Nile, cross the remote contours of the Sinai Desert and relax on the sun-swept beaches lining the Red Sea.

Start
Cairo, Egypt
Finish
Cairo, Egypt
Countries
Egypt
Themes
Explorer
Code
XESI
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 12
Group size
Min 1, Max 12
Carbon offset
488kg pp per trip

Travel from Cairo to the Red Sea and discover enchanting Egypt.


Highlights

  • Climb Mt Sinai
  • Marvel at the Temples of Karnak
  • Experience the chaos of Cairo
  • Stay in beach huts on the Red Sea coast
  • Enjoy a homestay with a Nubian family
  • Wander among the Pyramids of Giza and the Great Sphinx
  • Travel to the Valley of the Kings by donkey
  • Cruise the Nile on a felucca

Itinerary

Start the adventure in Egypt's chaotic capital, Cairo. Ride a camel out to the Great Sphinx and the Pyramids of Giza before perusing artefacts at the Egyptian Museum. With ornate jewellery, a chariot and that famous golden funerary mask, the dazzling treasures of Tutankhamun's tomb are a real highlight.
Hone bargaining skills in one of Egypt's best bazaars at Aswan. Enjoy a boat ride to a nearby beach to climb sand dunes - there are amazing views from the top. A walk around Elephantine Island reveals insight into the culture of the local Nubian people. The following day, journey to Abu Simbel to view colossal stone statues.
Sail to a Nubian village aboard a felucca to experience village culture firsthand at a homestay. Drift along the iconic Nile and take in the sights of rural riverside life. Enjoy meals prepared onboard before falling asleep under a blanket of stars.
Journey by donkey to the ancient hieroglyphics and royal tombs of Luxor's Valley of the Kings. Meet the members of an animal care project who are dedicated to improving the lives of Egypt's working creatures. Be touched by their kind efforts to care for abandoned, injured or overworked animals. Explore the temple complex of Karnak - one of the most impressive of all the ancient pharaohs' monumental works. In the evening, board a sleeper train bound for the bustle of Cairo.
Back in Cairo, enjoy a walk through Coptic and Islamic Cairo and bargain up a storm in the labyrinthine Khan al-Khalili market.
Climb - or perhaps ride a camel - to the top of iconic Mt Sinai for panoramic desert views.
Before heading to the Red Sea, visit the legendary St Katherine's Monastery, an important pilgrimage site thought to be the oldest working Christian monastery in the world. Snorkel among coral reefs, stay in beach huts looking across to Saudi Arabia and experience the hospitality of the Bedouin over an optional fresh seafood meal.
Cross under the Suez Canal on return to Cairo. A farewell dinner offers one last chance to taste local Egyptian favourites, such as falafel, and to relive memories of this Egyptian adventure.
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Inclusions

Meals
8 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners
Transport
Camel, Felucca, Overnight sleeper train, Van
Accommodation
Beach hut (2 nights), Felucca (1 night), Homestay (1 night), Hotel (8 nights), Overnight sleeper train (2 nights)
Included activites
  • Abu Simbel temples
  • Aswan boat tour
  • Camel ride at the Pyramids
  • Colossi of Memnon
  • Coptic Cairo walking tour
  • Donkey ride (seasonal - not in summer)
  • Egyptian Museum
  • Home cooked traditional meal with local family
  • Intrepid Foundation Project visit - ACE (Animal Care in Egypt)
  • Islamic Cairo and Khan al-Khali bazaar visit
  • Karnak Temple
  • Mt Sinai climb with local guide
  • Pyramids and Sphinx
  • St Catherine's Monastery
  • Valley of the Kings (3 tombs)

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Notes

A single supplement is available on this trip. See important notes for single supplement exception nights

**PLEASE NOTE THIS TRIP IS CURRENTLY OPERATING ON AN ALTERNATIVE ITINERARY DUE TO RECENT EVENTS IN SINAI PENINSULA INVOLVING THE KIDNAPPING OF TOURISTS. SEE INTRODUCTION TO TRIP ( TRIP NOTES ) FOR MORE DETAILS**

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Discover Egypt, April 2014

Discover Egypt, April 2014