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Explore Egypt

15 Days | Uncover the mysteries and histories of ethereal Egypt

4.9 out of 5 based on 174 reviews submitted.
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Experience the ancient stories and pharaonic cultures that are the quintessential image of Egypt. For 15 days, you'll journey to bustling Cairo, cruise along the Nile in a traditional felucca and explore Luxor, Alexandria and coastal Hurghada. Gaze at the grandeur of the pyramids, step back in time at magnificent tombs and relax on deck while you watch rural Egyptian life pass you by along the Nile. Acclaimed sights, tucked-away treasures, Nubian hospitality and everything in between – let your mind wander as you discover the true face of Egypt.

Trip overview

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Start
Cairo, Egypt
Finish
Cairo, Egypt
Theme
Explorer
Destinations
Egypt
Physical rating
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Style
Basix
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 16
Trip code
XERA
This trip generates 34 kg of CO2-e per person per day.
We offset these emissions on your behalf. But we know that is not enough, so we also have a carbon reduction target.

Why you'll love this trip
  • Cairo is a place like no other – a rambling metropolis of sand-beaten colours and ancient wonders. You'll have plenty of time to explore the acclaimed sites and lose yourself in this fascinating city.
  • Bask in the unique atmosphere of Aswan and experience not only the warmth and charm of Nubian hospitality but also some delicious traditional cuisine at a local homestay.
  • Set sail on one of the world’s most iconic rivers with an included felucca trip down the Nile. Relax and soak up the landscapes as scenes of everyday Egyptian life pass you by.
  • Explore the balmy Red Sea on a snorkelling adventure in Hurghada – sharing a tasty lunch aboard the yacht and looking out for clownfish, turtles and manta rays among the kaleidoscopic coral.
  • Uncover one of the greatest cities in antiquity, Alexandria, reborn as Egypt’s alternative capital, and pay your respects at El Alamein – an important World War II battle site.
  • By travelling on this trip, you’ll directly support our Intrepid Foundation partner, Animal Care in Egypt. Donations help them care for sick or injured working animals, like horses and donkeys, and help empower local communities with the knowledge and training to better care for their animals.

Is this trip right for you?
  • Before booking this trip we recommend that you read the ‘Safety’ section of the Essential Trip Information regarding special safety considerations for Egypt trips.
  • The Nile felucca cruise is an amazing experience, but you'll be sharing a sleeping area with your fellow group members for the night and using a shared bathroom facility on board.
  • The walkways around ruins can be uneven, dusty and rocky, so be sure to bring sturdy, comfortable walking shoes. At major sites such as the pyramids, you can expect to be exposed to the elements at length, so be prepared with a hat, sunscreen and plenty of fluids.
  • The temperatures in Egypt can be extreme, from very hot to very cold (it even snows in some places). Be sure to bring a varied wardrobe so you can layer up.

Itinerary

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Inclusions

Meals

14 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners

Transport

Felucca, Overnight sleeper train, Private mini bus

Accommodation

Felucca (1 night), Homestay (1 night), Hotel (11 nights), Overnight sleeper train (1 night)

Activities
  • Cairo - Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx
  • Nile - Felucca overnight sailing trip
  • Luxor - Karnak Temple
  • Luxor - Valley of the Kings (entrance to 3 tombs)
  • Luxor - Hatshepsut Temple
  • Hurghada – Red Sea Snorkelling Adventure
  • Cairo - Khan al-Khalili bazaar visit
  • El Alamein - War Museum
  • Alexandria - Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa
  • Alexandria - Bibliotheca Alexandrina
  • Alexandria - Morsi Abu El Abbas Mosque
Add on activities
  • Cairo - The Citadel (entrance fee) - EGP450
  • Cairo - Coptic Museum (entrance fee) - EGP230
  • Cairo - Islamic Art Museum (entrance fee) - EGP270
  • Cairo - The Great Pyramid of Cheops (entrance fee) - EGP900
  • Cairo - The 3rd Pyramid of Menkawre (entrance fee) - EGP220
  • Cairo - The National Museum of Egyptian Civilization & The Royal Mummy Room (entrance fee) - EGP500
  • Cairo - The Egyptian Museum - USD40
  • Cairo - Saqqara and Memphis Afternoon Tour (minimum 2 persons) (entrance, guide & transport) - USD109
  • Aswan - Sound & Light Show at Philae Temple - USD55
  • Aswan - Nubian Museum (entrance fee) - EGP300
  • Aswan - Tomb of the Nobles (entrance fee) - EGP150
  • Aswan - Philae Temple (entrance fee) - EGP450
  • Aswan - Monastery of St. Simeon (entrance fee) - EGP100
  • Aswan - Philae Temple Tour (minimum 2 persons) - USD45
  • Aswan - High Dam and Unfinished Obelisk Tour (minimum 2 persons) (entrance, guide & transport) - USD35
  • Aswan - Philae Temple Sound and Light Show (entrance fee) - USD40
  • Aswan - Philae Temple, High Dam and Unfinished Obelisk Tour - USD65
  • Aswan - Abu Simbel Tour (minimum 4 people) - USD110
  • Aswan - Nubian Village Visit and Dinner - USD20
  • Aswan - Abu Simbel by Air - subject to availability - from - USD450
  • Aswan - Kom Ombo Temple (entrance fee) - EGP360
  • Edfu - Edfu Temple (entrance fee) - EGP450
  • Luxor - Luxor Temple (entrance fee) - EGP400
  • Luxor - Luxor Museum (entrance fee) - EGP300
  • Luxor - Karnak Temple Sound & Light Show Tour - USD45
  • Luxor - Mummification Museum (entrance fee) - EGP200
  • Luxor - Tomb of Tutankhamun (entrance fee) - EGP500
  • Luxor - Dinner with a local family - USD20
  • Luxor - Hot Air Balloon over the Valley of the Kings - USD130
  • Luxor - Medinat Habu Temple (entrance fee) - EGP200
  • Luxor - Tomb of Queen Nefertari in the Valley of the Queens (entrance fee) - EGP2000
  • Luxor - Valley of the Queens (entrance fee) - EGP180
  • Cairo - Sound & Light Show at the Pyramids Tour - USD55
  • Cairo - Sound & Light Show at the Pyramids (entrance fee) - USD20
  • Alexandria - Qaitbay fortress (entrance fee) - EGP150
  • Alamein - Commonwealth Cemetery - Free
  • Alexandria - Alexandria National Museum (entrance fee) - EGP180
  • Alexandria - Roman Amphitheatre (entrance fee) - EGP150

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Important notes

 1. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement excludes Day 5 and Day 6 where you will be in shared accommodation and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.

Essential Trip Information

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Reviews

4.9 out of 5 based on 174 reviews submitted.
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Imogen · Traveled January 2024
What a trip! Covers all the amazing sites of Egypt you would expect and then throws in a few experiences I had not expected. The Nubian homestay, the felucca and snorkelling were the icing on the cake of seeing the pyramids, valley of the kings and Abu Simbel. Ask for Hany as a guide if you can. He was a fabulous guide, nothing was too much trouble and he is so knowledgeable. Thanks Hany!
Review submitted 03 Feb 2024

Becky · Traveled January 2024
Wow, what an amazing experience to see Egypt up close and personal with the best tour guide, the wonderful Hany. It was great to meet, make friends and travel with people from multiple countries. We saw and learnt so much on our trip. Hany made it so easy for us and we felt very safe. On the whole the hotels were fine as you didn’t spend much time in them due to all the activities we were doing. The Pyramids were amazing as you would expect, but I also loved the private boat and snorkelling in Hurghada. The colours and art in the tombs and temples were stunning. Definitely a trip I would recommend to those that want to see the variety Egypt has to offer.
Review submitted 04 Feb 2024

Lindsey · Traveled January 2024
We were extremely lucky to be in a great group of people and an exceptional tour guide Hany. Hany was funny, kind, knowledgeable, receptive to adapting to requests… basically a complete legend! He has set the bar high for future tour guides. The whole tour was well balanced with tours and recharge time. Highlights were the pyramids, felucca and the Nubian homestay. This was the first guided tour myself and my friend had been on, previously having travelled independently. We felt as two women, travelling around Egypt in a group would be safer. At no point did we ever fell unsafe. The accommodation is basic but clean with hot showers. I wouldn’t have swapped better accommodation for another group, the camaraderie within the group was amazing. I would recommend adding a couple of extra nights in Cairo, either before or after the tour, to see more sites around Cairo like the Saqqara Pyramids, the citadel and the grand Egyptian museum.
Review submitted 06 Feb 2024

Gillian · Traveled January 2024
Brilliant trip and our tour guide was amazing
Review submitted 26 Jan 2024

Syd · Traveled January 2024
I had been to Egypt hitching in 1965. This tour taught me so much, from the Egyptian ways, the geography and especially the farming. I enjoyed the healthy diet too.
Review submitted 26 Jan 2024
Explore Egypt
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EUR €1,110