Highlights of Egypt

Start: Cairo Finish: Cairo

Visiting: Cairo, Aswan, Aswān, Abu Sinbil, Nile, Kom Umbu, Kom Ombo, Luxor, Hurghada, Alexandria, Tell el-‘Alamein


Duration: 13 Nights

Physical rating: 2 - Light

Special diets catered: Vegetarians, Vegans

Tour Operator: G Adventures

Group size: 12 - 15

Age range: You must be 18 to travel unaccompanied on a G Adventures tour. For minors travelling with a guardian over 21 years old, the minimum age is 12.

Tour operated in: English


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Tour Overview

Dig deep and discover the riches of Egypt's geography, culture, and, of course, archaeology, on this epic adventure. Step into a world filled with giant statues, temples, and legendary pyramids. Take it easy as you float along the Nile on a traditional felucca, explore the white sands of Hurghada on the Red Sea, or enjoy a home-cooked meal with a local family. Our Chief Experience Officers (CEOs) and local experts will share an intriguing combination of the region’s attractions and hidden secrets. Meet the gaze of the Sphinx and get into the spirit of bygone times when travelling to the Valley of the Kings.

Highlights

  • icon Take a tour of the catacombs of Kom El Shoqafa.
  • icon Explore the coral gardens of the Red Sea.
  • icon Gaze at the pyramids and mysterious Sphinx.
  • icon Spend the night on a felucca.
  • icon Explore ancient temples and monuments.
  • icon Connect with history on the streets of Alexandria.

Places You'll See

Countries:
Highlights of Egypt
Cairo
Highlights of Egypt
Cairo
Aswān
Aswān
Tour of Aswan
Luxor
Kom Umbu
Tomb of Tutankhamun Visit
Hurghada
Giftun Island Snorkelling Excursion
Alexandria
Pompey's Pillar Visit
Alexandria

Itinerary

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icon Day 1 : Cairo

Location: Cairo

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Pharaohs Hotel (or similar)

Meals: No Meals

Arrive at any time.

There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting.

Additional Information: If this is your first visit to Cairo, we highly recommend that you book an airport transfer.

ACTIVITY: Your opportunity to meet your CEO and fellow travellers, and learn more about your tour. Opt to join the group for a local meal afterwards. Don't forget to see the notice in the lobby (or ask reception) for the official time and place to meet up with the group.

icon Day 2 : Cairo/Aswān

Location: Cairo, Aswan

Accommodation: Overnight Train (beds)

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Tour the Great Pyramid of Giza and the Sphinx before a guided tour of the Egyptian Museum. Catch an overnight train to Aswan.

Head straight to the pyramids and soak in the history of these majestic structures. Later, visit the Egyptian Museum to see more ancient artifacts. In the evening, board an overnight train to Aswan. The overnight train is a modern air-conditioned sleeper, with twin-berth beds. There is no shower in the cabin, but each cabin does have a sink. The shared toilet is at the end of each carriage. A basic airline-style tray meal for dinner and breakfast is included. Attendants can serve drinks in your compartment at extra cost or there is a bar car for socializing.

ACTIVITY: Enjoy a tour of the magnificent great pyramid of Giza and the Sphinx. No matter how many photos or documentaries you have seen, the first glimpse of these marvels of the ancient world will take your breath away. As a qualified Egyptologist, your CEO has all the facts about these massive structures.

ACTIVITY: With over 10,000 pieces from every period of Egyptian history, including the treasures from the tomb of Tutankhamun, this massive museum is a fantastic place to learn about the country. Your tour leader will direct you to the most important and magnificent items. There is also plenty of free time for you to explore on your own. Please note, there is an additional 50 EGP fee to take photos in the museum.

TRANSPORT: Stretch out and get some well-earned rest en route to the next stop.

icon Day 3 : Aswān

Location: Aswān

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Hapi Hotel Aswan (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Explore Aswan before visiting a Nubian village and enjoy a home-cooked dinner with a local family.

Our train is due to arrive in Aswan early in the morning, but, trains can often be delayed. Enjoy some free time in the morning to browse the souk or walk along the Nile. Later, board a boat to reach one of the many Nile islands and visit a Nubian village. Walk around the small community, then enjoy a traditional dinner at a local home.

FREE TIME: MORNING Head out and explore this sleepy town.

ACTIVITY: Board a local boat, to take a trip along the magnificent Nile, with views of the Aga Khan Mausoleum and Kitchener Island. Stop on one of the inhabited Nile islands in this area, to tour a local Nubian village. Walk through the village and fields and learn more about the life of the Nubian people before enjoying a delicious traditional dinner at a local home.

icon Day 4 : Aswān

Location: Aswān, Abu Sinbil, Aswan

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Hapi Hotel Aswan (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

Spend the day exploring Aswan.

One of the most fascinating sights in the area is the Temple of Abu Simbel. Later, opt for a half-day tour of the Unfinished Obelisk, High Dam, and Philae Temple. Visit the modern Nubian Museum to learn more about Aswan's local people.

Additional Information: Opt to pre-book the "Abu Simbel Visit" activity on the checkout page ahead of time to include this optional on your tour.

FREE TIME: FULL DAY Explore Aswan or go further afield.

icon Day 5 : Aswān/Kom Ombo

Location: Aswān, Nile, Kom Umbu

Accommodation: Felucca Overnight Sailing Excursion

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Sail the Nile on a traditional felucca. Sleep onboard under the stars.

Board the felucca and spend the rest of the day out on the river and a night under the stars. Feluccas are a basic, traditional Nile sailboat and make for an extremely relaxing and enjoyable way to travel down the river. You sleep, open-air on the deck of the boat (mattresses and blankets are provided, but if you prefer something between you and the blankets, you will need to bring a sleep sheet/sleeping bag liner of your own). The Felucca itself does not have toilets or showers, however we will have access to a private support boat, travelling in close proximity to our Felucca. This support boat is equipped with toilets and a shower (please bring a towel) and and an area to eat your meals, leaving you stress free to enjoy this tranquil and traditional experience on the Nile.

ACTIVITY: Enjoy a relaxing ride on a felucca (traditional Nile sailboat) and travel down the river, watching the scenery glide by. At night, sleep on the deck under the stars (mattresses and blankets are provided). Enjoy delicious meals on board. The felucca itself does not have toilets or showers, but a private support boat travelling in close proximity has both (please bring a towel).

icon Day 6 : Kom Ombo/Luxor

Location: Kom Ombo, Luxor

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Susanna Hotel (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a guided visit Kom Ombo Temple before driving to Luxor. En route, visit the Temple of Karnak.

ACTIVITY: Enjoy a visit to this temple located in a scenic spot, right on the banks of the Nile. It was dedicated to the crocodile god, and you can still see the remains of an ancient mummified crocodile that was worshipped here thousands of years ago. Please note, there is an additional 50 EGP fee to take photos in the Crocodile museum.

TRANSPORT: Stop en route to visit the Karnak Temple.

ACTIVITY: Enjoy a visit to the Karnak Temple, which was once the centre of all religious life in ancient Egypt. Built and extended by successive generations of rulers, admire the amazing architecture, massive columns, and painted hieroglyphs. Round-trip transfer included. Minimum 2 passengers required.

FREE TIME: AFTERNOON Start exploring Luxor.

icon Day 7 : Luxor

Location: Luxor

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Susanna Hotel (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Visit the Colossi of Memnon, Valley of the Kings, and the Temple of Hatshepsut. Enjoy lunch with a local family on the West Bank of the Nile.

Cross to the West Bank. Visit the massive 18m (59ft)-high Colossi of Memnon, which is all that remains of an ancient temple. Descend down the narrow corridors and check out the tombs of the pharaohs at the Valley of the Kings. The Funerary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut literally seems to rise out of the surrounding limestone outcrops. Enjoy lunch with a local family on the West bank of the Nile and then explore Luxor at your own pace.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

ACTIVITY: Enjoy a visit to the two mammoth statues of Amenophis II at the Colossi of Memnon; they used to stand at the front of a temple that no longer exists. Check out ancient graffiti discussing the statues!

ACTIVITY: Enjoy a full day guided excursion to the famous Valley of the Kings. Rise early to catch the sunrise from the motorboat that will take you across the Nile to the West Bank. From here, ride through farmer's fields to reach the Valley of the Kings. Descend the narrow, rock-hewn corridors and take in the magnificent decoration and designs of the tombs of the pharaohs at the Valley of the Kings. While the treasure has now all gone, the tombs contain the most incredible paintings of the life of their incumbent and stories from the Book of the Dead; visit three tombs in total, and opt to visit the famous tomb of King (‘Tut’) Tutankhamun. Then visit to the impressive Funerary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut, which seems to rise out of the surrounding limestone outcrops -- it's a reminder of the power women held in the Ancient Kingdom. Last stop is to the two mammoth statues of Amenophis II at the Colossi of Memnon before returning to your hotel. Minimum 2 passengers required. Please note, there is an additional 300 EGP fee to take photos in the Valley Of Kings.

ACTIVITY: Sit down to a traditional lunch with a local family on the West bank of the Nile.

FREE TIME: AFTERNOON Enjoy time in Luxor exploring ruins or relaxing.

icon Day 8 : Luxor

Location: Luxor

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Susanna Hotel (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

Take a final free day in Luxor to explore any last minute sights in this storied city. Opt to check out the local bazaar to pick up a last minute keepsake.

FREE TIME: Enjoy time in Luxor exploring ruins or relaxing.

icon Day 9 : Luxor/Hurghada

Location: Luxor, Hurghada

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Ali Baba Palace Hurghada (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

Drive from Luxor to Hurghada on the stunning Red Sea. The rest of the day is free at leisure, opt to relax and enjoy the beach.

After arriving in Hurghada, prepare to spend the next few days soaking in the tranquility of it's white sand beaches, and the rich marine environment of the Red Sea.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

icon Day 10 : Hurghada

Location: Hurghada

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Ali Baba Palace Hurghada (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

Enjoy a day on a boat trip to the local islands and snorkel amid the crystal clear waters and stunning coral gardens of the Red Sea.

The Red Sea is a global hotspot for snorkelling, thanks to it's crystal clear waters and incredible aquatic ecosystems. Explore the rich coral reefs and be overwhelmed with the amount of colourful coral and fish you encounter.

ACTIVITY: Travel by boat to one of the Red Sea's best snorkelling destinations, Giftun Island. Dive in and explore these vibrant coral reefs as you lose count of the different species of fish and crustaceans.

icon Day 11 : Hurghada/Alexandria

Location: Hurghada, Alexandria

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Amoun Hotel Alexandria (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

Catch an early flight from Hurghada to Cairo. Continue by private vehicle to Alexandria. Stop en route to visit the monasteries of Wadi Al Natrun

Travel by plane and private car to Alexandria, one of the ancient world's most important trade and cultural hubs. Explore it's many Greek, Roman and Egyptian ruins as you walk in the footsteps of some of histories greatest heroes.

TRANSPORT: Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's... yup, it is a plane, actually.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

ACTIVITY: Take a tour with a local monk at the the monasteries of Wadi Natrun. The history of the Wadi and its importance to Coptic Christians dates back to the 4th century AD and they constitute some of the earliest Christian monasteries in the world.

icon Day 12 : Alexandria

Location: Alexandria

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Amoun Hotel Alexandria (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

Take a guided tour of Catacombs, the National Museum, Pompeys Pillar, and Qaitbay Fort. Later, opt to explore the cities's cafés, or dine on fantastic seafood

Prepare for a full day of exploring the many historical wonders of Alexandria. Delve into the Catacombs of Kom El Shoqafa, marvel at the resolute Citadel of Qaitbay, and explore the grounds of Pompey's Pillar, one of Egypt's most impressive Roman architectural works.

ACTIVITY: The name "Pompey's Pillar" is actually a misnomer, as it has nothing to do with Pompey, having been erected in 293 for Emperor Diocletian, possibly in memory of the rebellion of Domitius Domitianus.

ACTIVITY: Enjoy a visit to Fort Qaitbay, once considered one of the most important defensive strongholds along the Mediterranean Sea coast. It was an important part of the fortification system of Alexandria in the 15th century AD. Located at the entrance of the eastern harbour on the eastern point of Pharos Island, it was erected on the exact site of the famous Lighthouse of Alexandria, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. In the 14th century there was a destructive earthquake and the whole building was completely destroyed; the fortification you see today was built in its place.

ACTIVITY: Visit the National Museum in Alexandria and get lost in thousands of years of Alexandrian history, from past to present. Here, you'll get to see sculptures retrieved by underwater excavations, and pieces from the Graeco-Roman, Pharaonic, and Byzatine periods. Learn why this port city has existed as a centre of cultural significance in Egypt throughout time.

ACTIVITY: These tombs were tunneled into the bedrock in the age of the Antonine Emperors (2nd century AD) for a single wealthy family still practicing the ancient religion of Egypt. They represent the last existing major construction of the old Egyptian religion.

icon Day 13 : Alexandria/Cairo

Location: Alexandria, Tell el-‘Alamein, Cairo

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Pharaohs Hotel (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

Drive to El Alamein to visit the World War cemeteries and memorial. Continue to Cairo for the final evening.

As we travel from Alexandria to Cairo, take a stop at the El Alamein World War memorials, and learn more about the pivotal battles that changed the course of the war in Africa. Afterwards, continue on to the bustling metropolis of Cairo.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

TRANSPORT: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

ACTIVITY: The El Alamein Cemetery and Memorial is the burial place of 7,240 Commonwealth soldiers who died in Egypt and Libya during World War II.

icon Day 14 : Cairo

Location: Cairo

Meals: Breakfast

Depart at any time.

ACTIVITY: Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure.

What's Included

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    Your Discover Moment: Aswan

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    Pyramids of Giza and Sphinx entrance and guided tour

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    Colossi of Memnon visit

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    Egyptian Museum entrance and guided tour

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    Alexandria guided tour

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    Karnak and Kom Ombo temples entrance and guided tour

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    Your Local Living Moment: Lunch with a Local Family, Luxor.

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    Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group

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    Temple of Hatshepsut and Valley of the Kings guided visit

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    Internal flights

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    Fully Guided

    Certified Egyptologist as CEO (Chief Experience Officer) throughout.

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    Accommodation

    Simple hotels (11 nts), sleeper train (1 nt), felucca with support boat for toilet/showers (1 nt).

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    Boat and snorkelling trip in Hurghada

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    Your Local Living Moment: Boat ride to Nubian Village with Traditional Meal, Aswan

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    Felucca overnight sailing excursion with support boat

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    All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

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    Meals

    13 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners Allow USD305-400 for meals not included

What's Not Included

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    Tipping and Gratuities

Transport

Private air-conditioned van, train, felucca, plane, 4x4, walking.

Accommodation

Simple hotels (11 nts), sleeper train (1 nt), felucca with support boat for toilet/showers (1 nt).

Meals Included

13 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners

Your Peace of Mind Options

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    Low Deposit

    G Adventures requires a deposit of 200 GBP to secure a place on this tour, and the final balance is not due till 60 days before departure..

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    Secure payments

    All payments to TourHub are deposited into an externally regulated Trust account.


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