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Essential Egypt

9 Days | Wander through an ancient Wonder of the World, discover temples and sail the Nile

4.9 out of 5 based on 173 reviews submitted.
18 to 35s
GBP £570
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This trip is for the 18 to 35 year olds

Ancient history, endless golden sands and crowded souqs – Egypt is the ultimate destination for any adventurous traveller. This nine-day trip is the perfect mix of blockbuster wonders and intimate moments, with loads of planned activities and plenty of time to wander at your own pace. Your local leader will take you to bucket list icons like the Pyramids of Giza (one of the Seven Wonders of the World) in Cairo and the Valley of the Kings in Luxor, then guide you off the beaten path to eat koshari in a local downtown joint, or into a bazaar to meet a perfume merchant. Kayak along the Nile, spend a night on a traditional felucca under starry skies and drink your body weight in mint tea. The best part? You’ll do it all with like-minded travellers your own age.

Trip overview

Map of Essential Egypt including Egypt
Cairo, Egypt
Cairo, Egypt
18 to 35s
Physical rating
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Min 18 - Max 35
Group size
Min 1 - Max 16
Trip code
This trip generates 42.98 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.
Bucket list destinations Tick off all the popular spots and enjoy unique local experiences
Great value Affordable trips with the freedom to choose how you spend your time
Responsible travel You book, we donate to help support local communities

Why you'll love this trip
  • Witness some epic sights in Cairo, like the mysterious Sphinx and one of the Seven Wonders of the World – the Great Pyramids of Giza. Maybe even learn how to spell your name in hieroglyphics!
  • Take a memorable kayak along the Nile with a unique active experience, paddling through ancient landscapes.
  • Spend a night cruising the Nile in a traditional felucca boat (a bit like a floating living room) stopping at colourful villages and temples by day and stargazing by night.
  • Discover the Valley of the Kings with a tour through three burial sites of ancient Pharaohs and the option to check out the fascinating lost tomb of Tutankhamun.
  • Squeeze between stalls at an Aswan bazaar and discover the open-air museum of Luxor with loads of free time to see the sights at your own pace and a local leader with all the hot tips.
  • 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, read the ‘Safety’ section under Essential Trip Information for specifics regarding Egypt trips. If you have concerns about women's safety, this blog written by one of our travellers will give you an idea of what to expect:
  • It gets pretty warm in July and August in Egypt. The good news is, its mostly dry heat, so easier to handle than humidity. Egypt nights can be chillier than expected, especially from December to February, so it’s important to pack clothes that can be layered.
  • The terrain at some historic sites can be rocky and steep. Solid walking shoes are essential, plus anything to shade you from those rays – a hat, sunscreen and long sleeves. If you don't feel up to it on a hot day, you can decide to not take part, or wander at your own pace.
  • This trip includes the adventure of overnight train travel, one of the most unique ways to wake up in a new and strange place. You’ll get a small bed and air conditioning in a shared room, but the train might not be as clean as you’re used to.


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8 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 4 dinners


Private vehicle, Felucca, Overnight sleeper train


Hotel (5 nights), Overnight train (2 nights), Felucca (1 night)

  • Cairo - Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx
  • Aswan - Kayaking
  • Aswan - Orientation walk & bazaar visit
  • Nile - Felucca overnight sailing trip
  • Nile - Dinner and Music Felucca
  • Luxor - Valley of the Kings (entrance to 3 tombs)
  • Cairo - Khan Al-Khalili Bazaar
Add on activities
  • Cairo - Saqqara and Memphis Afternoon Tour - USD82
  • Cairo - Sufi Dance Khan al-Khalili (entrance fee) - EGP125
  • Cairo - Coptic Museum (entrance fee) - EGP230
  • Cairo - Islamic Art Museum (entrance fee) - EGP270
  • Cairo - The Citadel (entrance fee) - EGP450
  • Cairo - The 3rd Pyramid of Menkawre (entrance fee) - EGP220
  • Cairo - The Great Pyramid of Cheops (entrance fee) - EGP900
  • Cairo - The National Museum of Egyptian Civilization & The Royal Mummy Room (entrance fee) - EGP500
  • Cairo - The Egyptian Museum - USD40
  • Aswan - Philae Temple (entrance fee) - EGP450
  • Aswan - Unfinished Obelisk (entrance fee) - EGP200
  • Aswan - Nubian Village Visit and Dinner - USD20
  • Aswan - Philae Temple Sound & Light Show Tour (minimum 2 persons) (entrance, guide & transport) - USD55
  • Aswan - Philae Temple Tour (minimum 2 persons) - USD45
  • Aswan - Philae Temple, High Dam and Unfinished Obelisk Tour - USD65
  • Aswan - Philae Temple Sound and Light Show (entrance fee) - USD40
  • Aswan - Abu Simbel Tour (minimum 4 people) - USD110
  • Aswan - Nubian Museum (entrance fee) - EGP300
  • Aswan - Abu Simbel by Air - subject to availability - from - USD450
  • Luxor - Karnak Temple (entrance fee) - EGP450
  • Luxor - Karnak Temple Sound and Light Show (minimum 2 persons) (entrance, guide & transport) - USD45
  • Aswan - Kom Ombo Temple (entrance fee) - EGP360
  • Edfu - Edfu Temple (entrance fee) - EGP450
  • Luxor - Karnak Temple Sound & Light Show Tour - USD45
  • Luxor - Hatshepsut Temple - EGP360
  • Luxor - Tomb of Tutankhamun (entrance fee) - EGP500
  • Luxor - Luxor Temple (entrance fee) - EGP400
  • Luxor - Luxor Museum (entrance fee) - EGP300
  • Luxor - Dinner with a local family - USD20
  • Luxor - Hot Air Balloon over the Valley of the Kings - USD130
  • Cairo - Sound & Light Show at the Pyramids Tour - USD55
  • Cairo - Sound & Light Show at the Pyramids (entrance fee) - USD20

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Important notes

1.Some entrance fees are not included. If you wish to take part in these activities, you pay these fees as you go along.
2. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement excludes Day 2,7 (Sleeper Train) and Day 5 (Felucca) where you will be in shared accommodation and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.
3. 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 -

Essential Trip Information

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4.9 out of 5 based on 173 reviews submitted.
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Muhammed · Traveled April 2024
Really worthwhile trip, value for money. Goes through all major cities and biggest tourist attractions with sufficient time to take it all in. Our tour guide Muhammed always went above and beyond to ensure we had a great time. He was particularly helpful with recommendations about add on tours and made extra effort to cultivate a culinary experience during the trip, even as far as taking us to his favorite restaurants within cities.
Review submitted 01 May 2024

Ra’eesa · Traveled April 2024
This tour is perfect for anyone trying to look for the essence of Cairo, Luxor and Aswan as well as ancient Egypt. The tour guide Mohammed is knowledgeable about history, culture and is a big foodie. This made the experience thoroughly enjoyable. The types of transportation such as overnight sleeper and felucca elevates the whole adventure. I would most definitely recommend this trip to anyone looking to know more about Egypt and want it to be an authentic adventure
Review submitted 01 May 2024

Solana · Traveled April 2024
I booked this tour with my friend. We are both well traveled and this was our first time using a tour group. This totally changed our prospective of guided group travel. This tour surpassed all of our expectations. Loved how well planned this was with consistent direction and low stress. We felt extremely safe the entire time. Our tour guide was Wael Ali. Not only was he extremely organized and well educated on Egyptian history, he also provided lots of laughs and good vibes! This was a once in a lifetime experience. Hands down the highlight of the trip is the felucca!
Review submitted 25 Apr 2024

Jason · Traveled April 2024
The tour covers everything you could want to see in Egypt and our tour guide Wael was exceptional. 10/10, would recommend.
Review submitted 25 Apr 2024

Lily · Traveled April 2024
This was a once in a life time trip! I experienced so many highlights - from kayaking in the Nile River to riding in a hot air balloon over the Valley of the Kings! There is so much to do and see on this trip. The history was incredible! I learnt so much and gained so much life experience!
Review submitted 11 Apr 2024
Essential Egypt
GBP £570