Discover Egypt Overview

Travel to Egypt and discover the land of the Pharaohs, from the Pyramids of Giza in Cairo and Luxor's Valley of the Kings, to the tranquil shores of the Red Sea.

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  • 2014-01-01 - 2014-12-31

Travel from Cairo to the Red Sea and discover enchanting Egypt

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,and relax on the sun-swept beaches lining the Red Sea.

This trip will not run in 2015 and will be replaced by the XESH - Highlights of Egypt

  • Marvel at the Temples of Karnak
  • Experience the chaos of Cairo
  • 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

What's included in this trip

  • Start:

    Cairo, Egypt
  • Finish:

    Cairo, Egypt
  • Group size:

    Min 1 , Max 12
  • Ages:

    Min 15
  • Meals:

    8 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Accommodation:

    Felucca (1 nt), Homestay (1 nt), Hotel (8 nts), Overnight sleeper train (2 nts)
  • Transport:

    Camel, Felucca, Overnight sleeper train, Van
  • Included activities:

    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, Pyramids and Sphinx, Valley of the Kings (3 tombs)

  • Carbon emissions offset:

    488kg pp per trip
  • Notes:

    A single supplement is available on this trip, please see trip notes for details.

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Days 1-2 Cairo

Wonderfully chaotic and always colourful, Cairo's dazzling array of museums, mosques and markets are a fascinating mixture of modern city and ancient wonders.

Days 3-4 Aswan/Abu Simbel

Situated on the banks of the Nile, the Nubian city of Aswan has been Egypt's southern gateway to Africa and an important trading centre since ancient times. Painstakingly relocated during the construction of the Aswan High Dam, the magnificent temples of Abu Simbel were originally built by Ramses II to intimidate Egypt's southern neighbours with their imposing facades.

Days 5-6 Nubian Homestay/Nile Felucca

Once the lifeblood of an ancient civilisation, cruise the iconic Nile on a traditional felucca and spend a night sleeping on deck under the stars.

Days 7-9 Luxor

From the spectacular temple complex of Karnak to the extraordinary hieroglyphs of the Valley of the Kings, Luxor is full of wonderfully preserved reminders of the Pharaohs.

Days 10-12 Hurghada

Set on the glittering waters of the Red Sea, Hurghada is vibrant beach resort with superb snorkelling amid the vividly coloured marine life that inhabits its offshore reefs.

Days 13-15 Cairo

Back in Cairo, enjoy a walk through Coptic and Islamic Cairo, and bargain up a storm in the labrinthine Khan al-Khalili market
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