Egypt Adventure

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Days 8
Departing February 10, 2018
Exclusive perks
  • Over 20% savings
  • Flight instead of second overnight train
  • Luxor by night experience

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Adventure along the Nile through Egypt's fascinating history and culture.

Revel in a taste of Egypt's history, beauty and color on this short but action-packed trip along the longest river in the world. Cruise the Nile on a felucca, discover the largest and most impressive pharaonic temples, chat and dine with interesting locals and live it up in this country of deserts, bazaars, monuments and good old-fashioned adventures.

 

Start Cairo, Egypt Physical rating 2 out of 5
Finish Cairo, Egypt Ages Min 15 years
Destination Egypt Group size 12 people
Departing February 10, 2018 Style Original

 

Why we love this trip

  • Visit some of the world's premier historic sites – the Pyramids, Sphinx and the Valley of the Kings – with expert local guides

  • There are so many chances to interact with the locals and experience their culture. Lose yourself in Cairo's colorful Khan al-Khalili bazaar and dine with village folk of Aswan and Luxor

  • Your felucca sailing trip not only lets you experience some excellent Nubian hospitality, but is perhaps the perfect way to see the Nile and its gorgeous surrounds

Is this trip right for you?

  • Traveling on a felucca is awesome, but it's not for everyone. You will be sharing a sleeping area with your fellow group members for the night and there is a shared bathroom facility. You'll sleep outside under the stars on a simple mattress, if you get cold easily you should consider bringing a sleeping bag.

  • The walkways around the ruins can be uneven, dusty and rocky, so be sure to bring comfortable walking shoes. 

  • Some hotels in Egypt may not have elevators. You may need to climb stairs with your luggage to reach your hotel room for the night.

  • Temperatures in Egypt can be extreme, ranging from very hot to very cold, depending on the season (it can even snow in some places!). Layers will come in handy for sun protection as well as warmth.

  • Accommodation aboard the overnight train is in two-berth cabins that convert to bunk beds. All bedding is provided on board and western-style toilets are located in each carriage. Keep in mind general train cleanliness may not be to the same standards you are accustomed to.

Itinerary

Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 4pm on Day 1. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask the hotel reception where it will take place. If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time, you may wish to arrive a day early so you're able to attend. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you have all these details to provide to your leader. If you arrive early in Cairo, perhaps travel along the river by felucca (a traditional wooden boat with broad canvas sails) or head out to explore the markets. 

Included Activities

  • Cairo - Khan al-Khalili bazaar visit

Accommodation

  • Hotel

This morning a private van will transport you to Giza, the home of some of the world’s most iconic sights. Approach the Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx by camel, with panoramic views across the dunes. Explore these structures that have stood tall for 4,500 years. For an additional charge you may be able to go inside the Great Pyramid of Khufu, (although occasionally it may be closed to visitors). Please note, photos are not permitted inside of the pyramids and you will be fined for taking them. Please also note that you'll be required to walk around the Pyramids complex. It can be very hot in the summer months, so be prepared for little shade and pack appropriate clothing, sun protection, and carry lots of water. Afterwards, make your way to the Egyptian Museum, home to one of the world's great collections of antiquities. Later in the evening, meet your leader and travel to Giza station, where you will board a sleeper train to Aswan (approximately 13 hours). Bedding and air-conditioning are provided.

Notes: Western-style toilets are located in each carriage, but we recommend bringing additional toilet paper. Keep in mind general train cleanliness may not be to the same standards you are accustomed to. In rare circumstances you may be paired in your cabin with a group member of the opposite sex, depending on the group configuration. On other occasions, you might be sharing with another traveler of the same sex who may not be part of our group, again determined by the group configuration.

Included Activities

  • Cairo - Pyramids and Sphinx
  • Cairo - Camel ride at the Pyramids
  • Cairo - The Egyptian Museum
  • Cairo - The Egyptian Museum headset

Accommodation

  • Sleeping train 

The Nile, Elephantine Island and white-sailed feluccas: welcome to Aswan, Egypt's southernmost city. Its easy-going charm is due in no small part to its large Nubian population. Today is a free day so take the opportunity to see the unfinished obelisk or the High Dam. The Nubian Bazaar is a must, while the excellent Nubian Museum is top of many visitors’ lists. Highly recommended is the beautiful Temple of Isis (the Goddess of health, marriage and wisdom) that was rescued from the rising waters of the Nile and relocated on Philae Island. It's a marvel of decorative pylons featuring some of Egypt's finest carvings – definitely one of the real gems of Upper Egypt. The evening sound and light show at Philae Temple is a beautiful experience. The waterfront promenade, or Aswan's 'corniche', runs alongside one of Nile's most appealing stretches and is the perfect place to stop for a mint tea. This evening you’ll experience modern Nubian culture first-hand with a visit to a nearby village. You’ll join a local Nubian family for dinner and get an unforgettable insight into the daily life of the local people. This is a rare and memorable experience, giving you the chance to become fully immersed in the local culture.

Included Activities

  • Aswan - Nubian Village Visit and dinner

Accommodation

  • Hotel

Perhaps head out of Aswan and visit stunning Abu Simbel this morning. With the four gargantuan statues of Ramses guarding the Great Temple, carved directly out of the mountain on the west bank of the Nile, this is one of Egypt's most memorable sights. Please note this optional activity has a very early start (but it’s definitely worth it). You can fly there (40-minutes), or rent a minivan with a group (flights do not operate daily). The journey by land is 3 hours each way, with an early departure from Aswan between 5am and 6am. You could also use the day to take a sailboat ride around the islands in a traditional felucca, stopping off at the botanical gardens on Kitchener's Island. Alternatively, take a camel ride to the Monastery of St Simeon, an abandoned 7th-century fortress monastery located in the desert on the Nile's west bank. Your tour leader will be on hand to help you arrange any excursions. You can also choose to simply relax and take in the beauty of the Nile, or do some shopping in the friendly bazaar.

Notes: Flights can be booked online through Egypt Air: http://www.egyptair.com/English. Return flights vary throughout the season, depending on the day of the week and how far in advance you book, but expect to pay between US$250-300. It is recommended to book the early flight and visit Abu Simbel at sunrise to avoid the heat.

Optional Activities

  • Abu Simbel Excursion (by flight or by Coach).
  • Visit Old Cataract  (afternoon tea, dinner at 1902 restaurant, dinner at Kababgy restaurant)

Accommodation

  • Hotel

Board a felucca and spend a day out on the river, watching rural Egyptian daily life play out on the banks, then spend a night under the stars. Your Nubian sailing crew provides all the meals, which are hearty and delicious. Being a traditional wooden boat with broad canvas sails, your felucca offers some shade and protection from the elements, but there is no cabin or enclosed section. Nonetheless, watching the sun setting across the Nile in the evening is a sight you won't forget. This is the absolute highlight of the trip for many.

Notes: Conditions will be basic during your felucca trip. If you are prepared for this, you’re sure to have a memorable adventure. You'll sleep outside on the deck of the felucca on a mattress. While blankets are provided, a sleeping sheet or sleeping bag is recommended. During the colder months (October to March) temperatures can get as low as 5°C at night. Slight alterations may have to be made to the Nile itinerary throughout the year, depending on winds and currents. As the felucca is a sailing craft without any outboard engine, if there's no wind we won't travel very far. Our Felucca does have a shared bathroom facility onboard.

Included Activities

  • Felucca Sailing

Accommodation

  • Nile Felucca

After farewelling your felucca crew, take a private van to the open air museum of Luxor (approximately 3.5 hours). From the spectacular temple complex of Karnak to the Valley of the Kings, Luxor is full of wonderfully preserved reminders of the Pharaohs. On the way, there's the option to visit either the unique mirror-image design of the Temple of Kom Ombo, or the beautifully preserved Temple of Edfu, also dedicated to Horus, the falcon-headed god. Today you’ll explore the magnificent Karnak Temple, which is perhaps the most impressive of all the ancient Pharoahs' monumental works. One of the world's most celebrated temple complexes, Karnak is a house of the gods built over a period of some 200 years. Your guided tour of this vast temple of impressive pylons, obelisks and chapels will reveal its finest sections, such as the Avenue of Sphinxes and the Great Temple of Amun. By the night, walk around the Luxor temple to see Luxor bazaar (open until quite late) or check out the Winter Palace, a lovely five-star historical building with views over the Nile – a great place for a refreshing cocktail. Or you may enjoy dinner at the famous 1886 Restaurant.

Included Activities

  • Luxor - Karnak Temple (entrance only)
  • Luxor by night

Optional Activities

  • Drink at the Old winter palace bar, or dinner at the 1886 Restaurant. 

Accommodation

  • Hotel

Today you’ll hop in a private minivan and discover some the many wonders of ancient Thebes. Your first stop is the Colossi of Memnon, two 17 metre-high statues on Luxor's west bank. Carved from granite blocks, they represent the Pharaoh Amenhotep III and were once part of an impressive colonnade. Hop onto donkeys (in the winter months of October to May only) for a ride of a different kind, through local villages and fields of sugar cane (approximately 30 minutes). Continue on to the spectacular royal burial site of the Valley of the Kings. Buried under the arid hills here are over 60 richly decorated tombs of pharaohs. With your leader, explore this sprawling and spectacular place, where the pharaohs of the New Kingdom (16th to 11th century BC) were secretly interred for all eternity, and where discoveries are still being made. Your group leader will explain the history and legends of these remarkable people, their funerary rites, and the significance of the many paintings and hieroglyphics, before you continue on to the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, set in a spectacular natural amphitheatre.

Join a local family for lunch and sample delicious traditional home cooking. The rest of your afternoon is free to explore. The Luxor Museum is a great place to visit in your free time. Alternatively, hire a bicycle and venture into the countryside. For a more upscale experience, transfer to the airport and fly on to Cairo early.

Included Activities

  • Luxor - Colossi of Memnon
  • Luxor - Valley of the Kings (3 tombs)
  • Hatshepsut  temple

Accommodation

  • Hotel

There are no activities planned for the final day and you are able to depart the accommodation at any time.

Inclusions

Meals

7 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 3 Dinners

Transport

Air conditioned vehicle transfers, Overnight train on day 2, Plane (Luxor/ Cairo)

Accommodation

Hotel (5 nights), Overnight Train (1 night), Felucca (1 night)

Inclusions

  • Nubian Village Visit and Dinner in Aswan
  • Felucca Sailing
  • Camel ride at the Pyramids

Important Notes

This trip starts on Day 1 in Cairo at 4pm.

A single supplement is available on this trip. However there is no single supplement available on Day 5: Nile Felucca.

Following recent safety incidents we recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest information on travelling in Egypt before your departure and ensure that your travel insurance covers you for all areas of your itinerary. We have links to prominent government travel advisories and regular updates on issues affecting this trip on our Travel Alerts page -  www.intrepidtravel.com/travel-alerts

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