Day 1 Cairo There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting.
If this is your first visit to Cairo, we highly recommend that you book an airport transfer.
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Cairo/Aswān (1B, 1D) 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.
Great Pyramids of Giza and Sphinx Tour
Egyptian Museum Visit
Overnight train (beds) (12.00 hour(s))
Day 3 Aswān (1B, 1D) 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.
Boat ride to Nubian Village with Traditional Meal
Day 4 Aswān (1B) 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.
Day 5 Aswān/Kom Ombo (1B, 1L, 1D) 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.
Felucca Overnight Sailing Excursion
Day 6 Kom Ombo/Luxor (1B) Enjoy a guided visit Kom Ombo Temple before driving to Luxor. En route, visit the Temple of Karnak.
Kom Ombo Temple Visit
Karnak Temple Visit
Stop en route to visit the Karnak Temple.
Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s))
Day 7 Luxor (1B, 1L) 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.
Colossi of Memnon Visit
Valley of the Kings, Temple of Hatshepsut, and Colossi of Memnon Visit
Lunch with a Local Family
Day 8 Luxor/Hurghada (1B) 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.
Private Vehicle (4.00-5.00 hours, 320km)
Day 9 Hurghada (1B, 1L) 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.
Giftun Island Snorkelling Excursion
Day 10 Hurghada (1B) With an entire free day, there's a great opportunity to explore the surrounding area by foot or camel. There's numerous desert and city tours available, or another relaxing day on the beach to suit your tastes.
Day 11 Hurghada/Alexandria (1B) 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.
Monasteries of Wadi Natrun Visit
Plane (1.00 hour(s))
Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s))
Day 12 Alexandria (1B) Prepare for a full day of exploring the many historical wonders of Alexandria. Delve into the Catacombs of Kom ash-Shuqqafa, marvel at the resolute Citadel of Qaitbay, and explore the grounds of Pompey's Pillar, one of Egypt's most impressive Roman architectural works.
Pompey's Pillar Visit
Catacomb of Kom ash-Shuqqafa Visit
Fort Qaitbay Visit
National Museum Visit
Day 13 Alexandria/Cairo (1B) 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.
El Alamein Memorial Visit
Private Vehicle (2.00-3.00 hours)
Private Vehicle (4.00-5.00 hours)
Day 14 Cairo (1B) Depart at any time.