Discover Egypt tour

Discover Egypt tour

Tour Experience

Adventure tour of Cairo, Aswan & Luxor with time in Hurghada by the Red Sea

Available

All year round

Location

Cairo, Aswan, Luxor, Hurghada

This 9-day Egypt tour features all the main Pharaonic highlights in Cairo and the Nile Valley as well as including a relaxing overnight felucca sailboat cruise on the River Nile and some time by the Red Sea at Hurghada.
We start in Cairo with tours of the Pyramids and Sphinx at Gisa, and the world famous Egyptian Museum which has a huge collection of ancient artefacts including of course, the King Tutankhamun display.
Next, we take the overnight sleeper train south to Aswan, where the Nile is at its most picturesque. We'll take a boat trip to the beautiful island temple of Philae, and see the huge Aswan Dam. You also have the option to visit the amazing temples to Abu Simbel which were dismantled and rebuilt when Lake Nasser was flooded.

We leave Aswan on a traditional Nile felucca. These sailing boats have plied the waters of the Nile for centuries and make for a really relaxing and enjoyable way to spend time seeing more of the Nile and rural Egyptian life as you sail upriver. We sleep on the deck of the boat, with mattresses and blankets provided, and the Nubian crew will entertain us and prepare a hearty meal in the evening. A support facilities boat will join up with us from time to time during the day and moor with us at night to provide a clean toilet & shower and hygienic kitchen.

We leave the felucca reluctantly and head via the temples at Edfu and Komombo to Luxor, considered by many as the world's finest and largest outdoor museum. There are a huge number of ancient sites to see here, and we'll tour both the east and west banks of the Nile. Sites visited include underground Pharaonic tombs in the Valley of the Kings, Queen Hatchepsut and Medinat Habu temples, and the immense Collosi of Memnon. We also tour the huge temple complex at Karnak and see Luxor temple beautifully lit up at night.

We leave the Nile Valley now and head to the Red Sea coast at Hurghada for some welcome rest and relaxation in a 4-star beach resort. The snorkelling and scuba diving in Hurghada is excellent and there are many other watersports available too, or you can just relax by the beach. If you wish you can extend your time here, or return on the flight back to Cairo with the rest of the group. The tour ends with a free afternoon in Cairo when you can take another optional city tour, explore the markets and bazaars, revisit the pyramids with an evening sound and light show, or enjoy a dinner cruise on the Nile.

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INCLUDED

  • All accommodation as stated in the itinerary in 4 & 5 star hotels
  • All transport and transfers in private AC vehicles
  • Overnight sleeper train from Cairo to Aswan
  • Internal flight from Hurghada to Cairo
  • Overnight felucca cruise with support facilities boat
  • 24-hour airport arrival & departure transfer service
  • Sightseeing tours as detailed in the itinerary
  • Services of a local Egyptologist guide for all the sightseeing tours
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary

EXCLUDED

  • International flights (available on request)
  • Visa fees (USD 25 available on arrival for most nationalities)
  • Travel Insurance (mandatory, available on request)
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees to sites visited (allow approx. US$95)
  • Tipping kitty (allow US$30)
  • Drinks, snacks and other personal expenses (e.g. laundry)
  • Tour guide tips
  • Hotel Gala Dinners (if charged by the hotels on 24 & 31 Dec)
  • Any other items not mentioned above

PACKAGE DETAILS

Itinerary

DAY 1, Arrive into Cairo. Transfer to your hotel

Upon arrival at Cairo airport, we will meet you and assist you with visa formalities and luggage collection, then transfer you to your hotel near the pyramids. Our rep will help you settle in, then the rest of the day is free at your leisure. If your flight lands early, then you could take a first look at the pyramids with an amazing sound and light show, or perhaps head into downtown Cairo for a Nile dinner cruise and show.
OVERNIGHT
Cairo – 4 star hotel
EXTRAS
Extra night – pre-tour, Single Room Supplement

DAY 2, Cairo, Pyramids, Sphinx & Museum tour

Our Discover Egypt tour begins with a drive to Giza on the outskirts of Cairo to visit the Sphinx and the three great pyramids of Egypt. One of our local Egyptologist guides will be accompanying you on this and all of your other sightseeing tours, and you’ll find them a wealth of knowledge and full of enthusiasm about Egyptian history, and their country in general. At 500 feet high and 750 feet wide at its base the Great Pyramid of Khufu (Cheops) is an awesome man-made structure constructed of giant stone blocks with a hard limestone casing. The casing has, over the years, been stripped away to leave exposed the inner block structure. Together with the smaller pyramids of Khafre (Chephern) and Menkaure (Mycerinus), the majestic sight of these enormous structures rising out of the desert is a breathtaking spectacle. You will have the opportunity to climb down right inside the pyramids if you wish, though your guide cannot accompany you (a limited number of tickets are available for the Great Pyramid). Following on from the Pyramids we then head to the Egyptian Museum in central Cairo. Home to the fantastic Tutankhamun exhibit the museum hosts a huge number of other ancient Egyptian artefacts.
This evening we transfer to the station for the overnight sleeper train to Aswan (approx. 12 hours).
OVERNIGHT
Sleeper train
MEALS
Breakfast, Dinner
EXTRAS
Cairo/Aswan flight upgrade

DAY 3, Aswan tours

Upon arrival in Aswan we take a short transfer to our hotel overlooking the Nile. The river here is at its most scenic in Egypt, and is dotted with islands and felucca sailing boats. Aswan itself is an intriguing mixture of African and Middle Eastern cultures, and this can be easily seen by strolling through the bustling markets. We allow plenty of free time for you to explore, walk along the Corniche on the banks of the river, or take a trip to the Nubian Museum, which has a collection of artefacts from the Nubian people. Our organised sightseeing in Aswan start in the afternoon with a tour to the Temple of Philae. This beautiful island temple is dedicated to Isis and was saved from the rising waters of Lake Nasser. It can only be reached by a scenic boat ride. We also drive to the massive Aswan Dam. The rest of the day is free. You can also choose to upgrade your Nile felucca cruise to a 3-night luxury Nile cruise, which would mean you would spend tonight en-board the cruise boat instead of in the hotel. All other touring remains the same.
OVERNIGHT
Aswan – 4/5 star hotel
MEALS
Breakfast
EXTRAS
Nile Cruise Upgrade

DAY 4, Abu Simbel option, Nile felucca cruise

After a free morning, we board a traditional felucca sailboat this afternoon for a great day sailing down the Nile. Drifting down the Nile on a felucca is one of Egypt’s most enjoyable experiences, and you’ll see local rural Egyptian life pass you by. Our Nubian crew will handle the boat and provide entertainment to you on the way, as well as preparing all your meals. Our fully equipped facilities boat will drop by from time to time during the day and moor up with us at night. Our boat has a western toilet and showers on board as well as a modern, hygienic kitchen where the crew will prepare and cook a tasty evening meal. You sleep on the deck of the boat tonight and we provide mattresses, blankets and mosquito nets as required.
For those not averse to a very early morning start, there is a very special option morning visit to the UNESCO world heritage site of Abu Simbel available. This amazing site was completely dismantled and rebuilt when Lake Nasser was built, and is one of Egypt’s biggest highlights.
OVERNIGHT
On board felucca
MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
EXTRAS
Abu Simbel tour, Nile Cruise Upgrade

DAY 5, Kom Ombo & Edfu temples, Karnak Temple in Luxor

After breakfast on-board we leave behind our felucca crew and take a tour of nearby temples of Kom Ombo and Edfu before driving north to Luxor. Luxor is built on and around the ancient site of Thebes, and has the greatest concentration of ancient ruins in the Nile Valley, if not the world. To the west, across the Nile, lies the City of the Dead, with its mortuary temples and rock carved tombs, and to the east stand the Temples of Luxor and Karnak. After lunch we’ll visit the massive temple complex of Karnak , once the religious heart of Thebes and Upper Egypt. It was linked to the town of Luxor by a long sphinx lined avenue, and the temple itself was linked to the Nile via a canal along which sailed the sacred boats of the god Amun. The entrance is via a smaller sphinx-lined avenue, built by Ramesses II, after which you enter the temple proper through the enormous pylon entrance. Inside the large Courtyard are three temples dedicated to the gods Amun, Khous and Mut. The much photographed Hypostyle Hall has an impressive 134 towering columns, each is carved with scenes of gods and pharaohs, and hieroglyphic inscriptions cover the walls. In the evening we’ll take a walking tour of the smaller Luxor Temple, which is in the centre of town and is colourfully lit up by night.
OVERNIGHT
Luxor – 5 star hotel
MEALS
Breakfast
EXTRAS
Nile Cruise Upgrade

DAY 6, Luxor West Bank tour. To Hurghada

Today we cross the River Nile for an early morning tour of Luxor’s West Bank. We first visit the Valley of the Kings, whose ancient tombs are still revealing their secrets today and is one of most important archaeological sites in the world. We include a visit to several of these Pharaonic tombs, and then explore the temples of Queen Hatchepsut and Medinat Habu, before stopping at the huge Colossi of Memnon. There is an optional hot air balloon flight over the west bank of the Nile available in the morning (expect an early start to catch sunrise as the balloon rises). In the afternoon we leave the Nile Valley behind and drive to the Red Sea resort town of Hurghada where we check into a 4-star resort. Your stay here is on a ‘soft all inclusive’ basis, with all meals, soft drinks and snacks included but not alcoholic beverages.
OVERNIGHT
N/A
MEALS
Breakfast, Dinner
EXTRAS
Hot air balloon in Luxor

DAY 7, Red Sea at Hurghada. Free day

Today is free to relax and enjoy your time by the Red Sea. Hurghada is an excellent place for scuba diving and snorkelling and the varied Red Sea marine life here attracts divers the world over. Other activities available include quad biking, wind surfing, camel rides, kite surfing, sea fishing trips and glass bottomed submarines. Our local rep in Hurghada is always on hand to help arrange any optional excursions. Hurghada also has an interesting marina and old town just waiting to be explored. We can also book extra nights in the resort in Hurghada if you wish to extend your stay – please contact us for details and prices.
OVERNIGHT
Hurghada – 4 star resort
MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8, Fly to Cairo, optional tours

This morning we fly back to Cairo where you have a choice of either a free day to explore or unwind at your own leisure, or enjoy one of our optional tours. These include a city tour through the narrow winding streets of Coptic Cairo to the impressive Citadel and Mohammed Ali Mosque, as well as the mazy market streets of Khan El Khalili bazaar. There is also an option available to head to the outskirts of Cairo and learn more about the history of pyramid building with a visit to the early pyramids at Saqqara and Dashour, part of the ancient city of Memphis.
OVERNIGHT
Cairo – 4 star hotel
MEALS
Breakfast
EXTRAS
Cairo city tour, Nile Dinner Cruise in Cairo, Saqqara, Dashour & Memphis

DAY 9, Cairo. Free time. Departure transfer to the airport

Today is free for some more sightseeing or a spot of last minute shopping until we take you back to the airport for your departure flight. If you have an evening flight, then the Cairo City Tour and Saqqara, Dashour & Memphis tours can also be done today. Alternatively if you can add extra nights to your time in Cairo you can take a day trip to the colonial city of Alexandria, which lies on the Mediterranean coast, or a explore the desert outside Cairo to see the little known World Heritage Site of the Valley of the Whales at Wadi Rayan.
OVERNIGHT
N/A
MEALS
Breakfast
EXTRAS
Extra night – post-tour, Alexandria day trip, Cairo city tour, Wadi Rayan day trip (Valley of the Whales

DURATION

9 days

Price

A$1480

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