Egypt: Alexandria to Aswan

Start: Cairo Finish: Luxor

Visiting: Egypt


Duration: 12 Nights

Physical rating: Leisurely

Special diets catered: Please inform Exodus of specific dietary requirements

Tour Operator: Exodus

Group size: 4 - 20

Age range: 16 to 99

Tour operated in: English


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Tour Overview

Few countries can rival Egypt’s wealth of magnificent archaeological sites, with the Pyramids and Great Sphinx of Giza ranking as two of the most recognisable in the world. It is a place like no other and on this two-week itinerary we explore its treasures across the length of the country. In the north there is the Mediterranean port city of Alexandria and El Alamein, the site of the famous Second World War battle. Cairo’s attractions are world famous but on this itinerary we also experience the bazaars and culinary delights on a food tour. Journeying south by sleeper train we reach the Nubian city of Aswan where we board our Nile cruise boat and discover the monuments and temples all the way to Luxor.

Highlights

  • iconVisit tombs in the Valley of the KingsThe Mediterranean port city of AlexandriaSightseeing on a Nile River cruiseGuided food tour in Cairo

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Itinerary

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icon Day 1 : Start Cairo.

The group flight usually arrives in Cairo this evening. The welcome briefing will either take place this evening or tomorrow morning. *Pyramids Park Resort Hotel or similar*

icon Day 2 : Pyramids and Great Sphinx of Giza.

Meals: breakfast

We begin our day with a visit to the Pyramids at Giza. Home to the Great Pyramids of Cheops, Chephren and Mycerinus and the enduring and mysterious Great Sphinx, these great monuments to the afterlife defy the imagination. Only the throng of sightseers, Egyptian and foreign, milling around their huge foundations, keep the viewer in the 21st century. The afternoon is free to relax at our hotel, explore Cairo or join an optional excursion to Saqqara, Memphis, and Dahshur. *Pyramids Park Resort Hotel or similar*

icon Day 3 : Cairo tour.

Meals: breakfast

After breakfast we enjoy a full day tour of Cairo. We begin with a visit to the Egyptian Museum – home to the world’s largest collection of ancient Egyptian artefacts including the incredible golden riches of Tutankhamun’s tomb. Following this piece of history, we experience modern Cairo with a tour of the El Darb El Ahmar School for Arts and a walk along the bustling El Moaz Street. We also explore Al Azhar mosque which dates back to AD970 and is Cairo’s oldest. The mosque is still frequently visited by locals to this day and we will need to cover up (long sleeves and trousers) to enter - as when entering all mosques. Women will also need to cover their hair with a scarf. *Pyramids Park Resort Hotel or similar*

icon Day 4 : Transfer to Alexandria, city tour.

Meals: breakfast

Today we have a journey of 3-4hrs to Alexandria. Founded by Alexander the Great in 331BC, the city was home to the Lighthouse of Alexandria, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, and it’s Great Library was the largest of its time. Unfortunately, these parts of Egypt’s glorious history did not survive up to modern times but there is still much to see in this Mediterranean port city. Our tour begins with a visit of the city’s catacombs followed by the impressive Qaidbay Fortress and the Bibliotheca Alexandrina – Alexandria’s revival of the Great Library. *Metropole Paradise Inn or similar*

icon Day 5 : Visit El Alamein and El Anba Bishoy Monastery; return to Cairo.

Meals: breakfast, lunch

We have an early morning drive to El Alamein, the site of the famed allied victory during World War Two, where we will visit the War Cemetery and Military Museum. More than 80,000 soldiers were killed or wounded in the two battles. It was a decisive win for the Allies with Winston Churchill saying, "Before Alamein we never had a victory. After Alamein we never had a defeat". After lunch we stop by El Anba Bishoy Monastery on our return to Cairo. *Pyramids Park Resort Hotel or similar*

icon Day 6 : Food tour of Cairo; transfer to sleeper train.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Today we embark on a tour of Cairo’s best food spots and discover some of the fantastic local cuisine available across the city – highlights are Mulukhiyah (soup), Ful Medames (beans) and Kushari (rice and macaroni). The tour also includes the bazaars of Khan el-Khalili located in the historic centre of Islamic Cairo. This evening we transfer to the railway station and board our sleeper train to Aswan (which takes approximately 12 hours). *Sleeper train.*

icon Day 7 : Arrive Aswan; Nubian tour and Felucca ride.

Arriving in Aswan during the morning, we spend the rest of the day exploring the Nubian way of life. We begin with a visit to the Nubian Museum, which chronologically charts the history and culture of the people, before enjoying Nubian lunch onboard a felucca while we explore the Nile. In the afternoon we have a tour of the Monastery of St. Simeon by camel and visit the nearby village of Gharb Sohil (please see Responsible Travel section). We finish our day with a barbeque on the shores of an island in the Nile. *Basma Hotel or similar*

icon Day 8 : Optional visit to Abu Simbel; board cruise boat.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

This morning we transfer to our cruise boat and have some time to relax before enjoying lunch on board. For the rest of the day there is the option to explore the Aswan market or attend the Sound and Light Show at Philae Temple. For those who want to do the optional visit to Abu Simbel, the tour starts at approximately 3.30am when we get picked up from the hotel. A breakfast box is provided. Around 8am we will arrive at the destination, where we are given around three hours to visit the temples. Built by Ramses II, the temples of Abu Simbel rank amongst the most impressive in the country and well worth the journey south across the Nubian Desert. We will be back in Aswan around 3pm. For our Sun Festival departures, the visit to Abu Simbel is included. The festival is a bi-annual event that has been taking place for over 3200 years. During the celebrations the sun perfectly aligns with the usually dark interior and lights up the seated statues of Ramses II, the sun god, Ra and the king of the gods, Amun. Only the statue of Ptah, the god of darkness, remains in the shadows. There are traditional Nubian dances being performed, street food everywhere (save stomach space for some fresh koshari) and live music outside the temple. *M/S Esmeralda or similar*

icon Day 9 : Visit Philae Temple and Aswan High Dam; sail to Edfu.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

We begin today with a visit to the Philae Temple and Aswan High Dam. In the 1970s the temple was relocated by UNESCO to Aglika Island after it became evident that the original site of Philae would submerge on completion of the dam. This morning represents a magnificent and enduring testament to both ancient and modern engineering. After lunch we sail to Kom Ombo and visit the temple there before continuing our journey to Edfu which is where we will spend the night. *M/S Esmeralda or similar*

icon Day 10 : Tour Edfu; sail to Luxor.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Waking in Edfu, we start our day exploring the city and its temples before sailing further north along the Nile. After crossing the Esna lock we reach our destination, Luxor, where we will have our final dinner on board and hopefully witness a stunning sunset over the river. *M/S Esmeralda or similar*

icon Day 11 : Disembark in Luxor; explore the Valley of the Kings.

Meals: breakfast

After breakfast on board we disembark in Luxor and explore the Valley of the Kings. For nearly 500 years this was the site of royal burials and it contains the tombs of over 62 pharaohs, including Tutankhamun, Seti I, Ramses III and IV. One ticket allows us to see three tombs. The ticket usually allows entry into what are regarded as the most impressive tombs, but if you have time a visit to the tomb of Ramses VI is also highly recommended. Visits to tombs are now strictly controlled to halt further deterioration of wall paintings - each tomb is periodically closed for a number of weeks. Afterwards we visit the massive stone statues of the Colossi of Memnon before transferring to our hotel.  The rest of the day is free to relax or wander around the streets of Luxor. *Iberotel Luxor or similar*

icon Day 12 : Luxor tour including Karnak and Luxor temples.

Meals: breakfast

For our penultimate day we have a half day tour of Luxor’s east bank. Luxor is commonly called the world's greatest open-air museum and this morning we visit the extraordinary Karnak and Luxor temples which both stand within the modern city. There should also be an opportunity to visit the A.C.E animal hospital to learn about the efforts taken to improve animal welfare in Egypt. After a leisurely afternoon we enjoy our final dinner together at one of this historic city’s restaurants. *Iberotel Luxor or similar*

icon Day 13 : End Luxor.

Meals: breakfast

Our trip ends today. Those on the group flights will be taken to airport for the flight to London.

What's Included

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    All breakfasts, 6 lunches,  5 dinners

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    All accommodation (see accommodation section)

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    Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)

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    All transport and listed activities

What's Not Included

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    Visas or vaccinations

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    Single accommodation (available on request)

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    Travel insurance

Food

All breakfasts , 6 lunches and 5 dinners included. In the itinerary we state which meals are included on which day.  We suggest you allow GBP60-90 (approx. USD100-140) for meals not included. Food in Egypt involves such things as kebabs, chicken, stews, pitta-bread, felafel, beans, aubergine and other vegetables, pickles, salads. Dishes tend to be simple and wholesome and vegetarians can be catered for if they accept that the options may be somewhat limited. Meals on the cruise are open buffets that include Western and Egyptian dishes. The Cairo food tour gives us the chance to try a number of Egyptian dishes such Ful Medames (which is a mixture of beans and tehini) and Kushari (a dish made of rice, macaroni and lentils mixed with garlic, tomato, chickpeas and crispy fried onions).

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Reviews

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Fantastic Trip
I was blown away by the history of Egypt and how ancient the civilisation is. This trip gives an excellent overview from the first pyramids to the time of Cleopatra ....more I was blown away by the history of Egypt and how ancient the civilisation is.

This trip gives an excellent overview from the first pyramids to the time of Cleopatra with a bit of 20th century thrown in.

The biggest surprise for me was the Egyptians who I found to be very friendly (but excellent salesmen).

Our guide was superb and I felt very safe throughout the trip.

Choose your time carefully because of the heat but I strongly recommend Egypt.

It is one of the few trips I was not ready to come home from.

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A totally memorable experience
We normally organise our own visits but for a destination such as Egypt we felt it important to put our trust in professionals ... and our faith In Exodus was ....more We normally organise our own visits but for a destination such as Egypt we felt it important to put our trust in professionals .

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and our faith In Exodus was well-rewarded.

The itinerary was full-on but packed with such variety and richness that it left us quite overwhelmed.

By the end we felt we had not only visited a huge number of outstanding sites of world importance but also come to know and understand a country that has played and continues to play a major role within the world.

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Amazing, inspiring trip!
This trip is not for those who are looking for a quiet, relaxing holiday. Lots of early starts made the most of the opportunities we had to get under the ....more This trip is not for those who are looking for a quiet, relaxing holiday.

Lots of early starts made the most of the opportunities we had to get under the skin of this brilliant country.

There is a lot to see and while some of the trips are optional, it's worth trying to add several to your itinery, so budget accordingly!We had a great group of travellers and a brilliant tour guide who was funny, patient (I had lots of questions) and always kind - thank you Ahmed!When you make short stops, particularly early on on the tour, leave everything except your camera (and maybe a small amount of money) in the tour bus - there are often crowds and there are hawkers everywhere - there's always an opportunity to buy souvenirs in Egypt!The vegetarian food is adequate, but not always super interesting - the food tour of Cairo, the Nile boat and the Nubian fellucca ride were hi-lights! Take the tour leader's advice - he was usually right!; ....less
Wonders of Egypt
This trip offered a wide variety of experiences along the length of the River Nile.The trip was very well organised and Andrew our guide was extremely knowledgable and helpful.The trip ....more This trip offered a wide variety of experiences along the length of the River Nile.

The trip was very well organised and Andrew our guide was extremely knowledgable and helpful.

The trip was full on with many early morning starts.

Take extra money for the add on activities as without them the holiday would not have been so exiting.

Be aware of extra charges at some of the sites such as a camera tax.

In my opinion the group size was too large and made it difficult to hear the guide at some sites that were always crowded.

However the chemistry of the group was excellent and I very much enjoyed everyones company.

Accommodation throughout the trip was satisfactory to excellent.

The Nile cruise experience was something I’ll never forget, but the highlights of the trip were the astounding places we visited.

My favourite was the Valley of the Kings that simply ‘blew my mind away’.

I left this holiday with a feel good factor and my only regret is that we didn’t have more free time especially in the Cairo Museum.

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Fabulous sights from the Ancient World and a chance to glimpse modern Egypt
Brilliant glimpses into the ancient world with access to many fantastic sights. As with most Exodus trips it is often full on with some early starts, but these do ....more Brilliant glimpses into the ancient world with access to many fantastic sights.

As with most Exodus trips it is often full on with some early starts, but these do pay dividends.

The tour party, at 20.

was probably too big as you travel as fast as the slowest person on the trip.

Accommodation was mostly good with a couple of more modest places, but locations were always excellent.

I personally could have done without the trip to Alexandria which didn't compare to having had more time in the amazing Cairo museum.

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Monumental Egyptian Odyssey
Another excellent Exodus adventure. I was pleasantly surprised that we were fully occupied every day with tours and activities. Temples, tombs, mosques, monastery, local baths, perfumery, pottery, animal ....more Another excellent Exodus adventure.

I was pleasantly surprised that we were fully occupied every day with tours and activities.

Temples, tombs, mosques, monastery, local baths, perfumery, pottery, animal sanctuary, papyrus institute, museums, war graves and souqs.

We used all forms of transport (luxury coach, horse and carriage, felucca, cruise boat, sleeper train, camel, power boat, plane).

Truly a memorable trip, so much fascinating history, colossal architecture and lovely weather too!; ....less
Successful holiday
Egypt is a fascinating country and we covered so much of it and some 4,000 years of its history most of which was new to me.A land of many contrasts ....more Egypt is a fascinating country and we covered so much of it and some 4,000 years of its history most of which was new to me.

A land of many contrasts from the great cities of Cairo and Alexandria to the great Pyramids to the El Alamein battlefields down to beautiful Aswan the Nubian desert to Abu Simbel and to the treasures of Luxor everything bound together by the Nile river - Egypts lifeblood.

The different modes of transport we used helped to bring out the contrasts.

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Hurry Up and go to Egypt!
This was one of the best trips I have done.The guide Ahmed is fantastic, he knows EVERYTHING about his country He explained everything really well with just enough detail. He ....more This was one of the best trips I have done.

The guide Ahmed is fantastic, he knows EVERYTHING about his country He explained everything really well with just enough detail.

He was also great fun, a really nice man.

The trip is physically easy, however, there are some very early starts but Ahmed organised wake up calls for us.

The monuments will take your breath away, I can’t pic a favourite place.

The hotels are good and the level of service is excellent.

The first and last hotels are really good and the cruise ship was stunning.

I stayed an extra couple of nights and I’m glad I did.

What a fantastic experience!; ....less
Seeing more of Egypt
I had visited Egypt before, but wanted the opportunity to see Alexandria, more of Cairo, and aspects of Aswan which I had missed due to gut problems. Plus Luxor is ....more I had visited Egypt before, but wanted the opportunity to see Alexandria, more of Cairo, and aspects of Aswan which I had missed due to gut problems.

Plus Luxor is always worth seeing.

So the trip worked well for me.

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Sun festival at Abu Simbel
The tour was very well thought out and organised. We had a full programme of seeing temples, tombs and the way Egyptian people lived. There was never a spare moment. The tour was very well thought out and organised.

We had a full programme of seeing temples, tombs and the way Egyptian people lived.

There was never a spare moment.

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