Nubians & Beaches tour

Nubians & Beaches tour

Tour Experience

Adventure tour of Cairo, Aswan, Luxor & Hurghada

Available

All year round

Location

Cairo, Aswan, Luxor & Hurghada

Over 12 days you will explore the secrets of Egypt on this comprehensive tour. Taking in the key historical sites of Cairo, including the Sphinx and Great Pyramid at Giza, you will then travel to Aswan to explore a local Nubian village and take a boat trip to the beautiful Philae temple. You'll also have some time to also wander around the souks and markets. An optional early morning tour gives you the opportunity to visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Abu Simbel to see the amazing temples built by Ramses II. Your traditional felucca cruise (with accompanying support boat with toilets, showers and massage deck) then takes you down the Nile River, visiting key temples before arriving in Luxor where you will experience the incredible temples and world famous tombs of the Valley of the Kings and the impressive temple complex at Karnak, as well as the less visited Medinat Habu on the West Bank and the Colossi of Memnon. We then set off for some fun and relaxation by the sandy beaches of Hurghada on the Red Sea. Here you can scuba dive or snorkel, quad bike or kiteboard, windsurf or go fishing, and even ride a camel! It is your choice whether to then depart from Hurghada or travel back to Cairo for a final guided walking tour through the back streets of Islamic Cairo and the Khan-el-Khalili bazaar..

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INCLUDED

  • 9 nights accommodation in 5-star hotels
  • 1 night on board felucca sailboat with accompanying support boat (hotel upgrade available)
  • 1 night on board overnight sleeper train in private twin-berth cabins (flight/hotel upgrade available)
  • 24-hour airport arrival & departure transfer service
  • All transport and transfers in private AC vehicles
  • Sightseeing tours as detailed in the itinerary
  • Services of a local Egyptologist guide for all sightseeing tours
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary

EXCLUDED

  • International Flights
  • Visa fees
  • Travel Insurance (compulsory)
  • Single room supplements (chargeable if a same-sex room share is not available)
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees to sites visited (approx. $105)
  • Entry to the Mummies room at the Egyptian Museum
  • Drinks, snacks and other personal expenses (e.g. laundry)
  • Tipping kitty (allow US$55
  • Tour guide tips
  • Hotel gala dinners on 24 and/or 31 Dec (budget up to $180 p/p, see Tour notes)
  • Any other items not mentioned above

PACKAGE DETAILS

Itinerary

DAY 1 - Arrive into Cairo and transfer to hotel

Upon arrival our staff will meet you at the airport, assist you with obtaining your visa and luggage, and then transfer you to your hotel close to the Pyramids for the start of your trip. They will help you settle in, introduce you to the local area, and explain tomorrow’s arrangements. The rest of the day is free. If you arrive early you may like to take an evening dinner cruise on the Nile, or enjoy a spectacular sound and light show at the pyramids (both available to book locally on arrival)
| OVERNIGHT: Cairo 5-star hotel
| MEALS: None
| EXTRAS: Extra day in Cairo (5-star) – pre-tour, Single room supplement (EGSGDE)

DAY 2 - Cairo, Pyramids, Sphinx & Museum tour

Our tour of Egypt 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. 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). You’ll enjoy dinner on board in your private twin-berth compartments before the steward sets your beds up for the night.
| OVERNIGHT: Sleeper train
| MEALS: Breakfast, Dinner
| EXTRAS: Cairo to Aswan flight upgrade

DAY 3 - Aswan, Nubian Village and Philae Temple

This morning we arrive in Aswan and transfer to our hotel overlooking the Nile which is at its most picturesque here, with lush green islands, and feluccas sailing to and fro. Aswan itself is a melting pot of African and Middle Eastern cultures, most easily experienced by wandering through the busy markets. It’s also part of the ancient region of Nubia, which comprised parts of present day southern Egypt and northern Sudan around the Nile rivers. Many descendants of the Nubian people still live here and we’ll visit a local Nubian village to see their colourful houses, simple way of life and to enjoy a traditional lunch.
We continue our tour this afternoon with a visit the Temple of Philae, a beautiful island complex dedicated to Isis and reclaimed from the rising waters of Lake Nasser, which we reach by a scenic boat ride. The evening is then free to look around Aswan’s spice and general markets, and to walk up and down the popular Corniche, on the banks of the Nile. An option is also available to take a camel ride through the sands on the far bank of the Nile to St. Simeon’s monastery. If you’ve chosen the Abu Simbel option then head to bed early this evening to be ready for a very early start tomorrow morning.
| OVERNIGHT: Aswan 5 star hotel
| MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch
| EXTRAS: None

DAY 4 - Abu Simbel option. Nile Felucca Cruise

An option is available this morning to visit the temples built by Ramses II at the amazing UNESCO world heritage site of Abu Simbel. We depart very early with the aim of seeing the rising sun over the temples. Transfers, guiding, and entrance fees are included. If you don’t visit Abu Simbel, then this morning is free.
We board our traditional Nile felucca at lunchtime to enjoy an afternoon sailing down the Nile. Floating down the Nile on a felucca is one of Egypt’s most enjoyable activities and you’ll be able to watch local rural Egyptian life pass you by on the banks of the river as you drift past. Our Nubian crew will sail the boat and entertain you on the way, as well as preparing meals for you. Our separate facilities boat will join with us from time to time during the day and moor up with us at night. This boat has a welcome toilet and showers on board as well as a hygienic kitchen. You sleep on the deck of the boat tonight (mattresses, blankets and mosquito nets provided). This is a fun, but basic experience, and we offer an optional upgrade to spend this night back in the Aswan hotel instead of sleeping on the felucca for those wishing some more comfort. You then rejoin the rest of the group the next morning.
| OVERNIGHT: On board felucca
| MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
| EXTRAS: Abu Simbel overland, Upgrade from felucca to hotel in Aswan

DAY 5 - Edfu temple, Luxor temple at night

After breakfast on-board we bid farewell to our felucca crew and visit the nearby temple at Edfu before continuing on north to Luxor. The town of Luxor is built on and around the ancient site of Thebes, and boasts the largest concentration of ancient ruins in the Nile Valley, if not the world. To the west of the Nile lies the City of the Dead, with its mortuary temples and rock-hewn tombs, whilst to the east lie the Temples of Luxor and Karnak.
We check into a luxury 5-star hotel on the banks of the Nile and have time to relax and enjoy time by the pool this afternoon.
Later this evening we’ll take a walking tour of the smaller Luxor Temple which is right in the middle of town and beautifully lit up at night
| OVERNIGHT: Luxor 5-star hotel
| MEALS: Breakfast
| EXTRAS: None

DAY 6 - Luxor, West bank tour, Karnak temple

We cross the Nile early this morning to begin our tour of Luxor’s West Bank. Home to the Valley of the Kings, the dusty tombs in this ancient burial site are still revealing their secrets today and so it remains one of the most important archaeological sites in the world. Our tour includes several of these Pharaonic tombs, as well as the temple of Queen Hatchepsut, Deir El-Medina (the Valley of the Artisans), and the huge Colossi of Memnon.
A spectacular hot air balloon flight over the west bank of the Nile is available this morning (expect an early start to catch sunrise as the balloon rises).
After lunch we’ll tour the huge temple complex at Karnak , once the religious centre of Thebes and Upper Egypt. It was linked to Luxor by an extensive avenue, lined with sphinxes, and the whole complex was in turn linked to the Nile via a canal through which moved the sacred boats of the god Amun. Entering through a smaller sphinx-lined avenue, built by Ramesses II, you come to the immense pylon entrance. Inside the huge Courtyard are three chapels dedicated to the gods Amun, Khous and Mut. The remarkable Hypostyle Hall has 134 towering columns, each carved with scenes of gods and pharaohs, and hieroglyphic inscriptions adorn the walls.
| OVERNIGHT: Luxor 5-star hotel
| MEALS: Breakfast, Dinner
| EXTRAS: Hot air balloon in Luxor

DAY 7 - Luxor to the Red Sea at Hurghada

After a lazy morning we leave the Nile Valley and drive to the Red Sea resort of Hurghada where we check into a 5-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: Hurghada – 5-star resort
| MEALS: Breakfast, Dinner
| EXTRAS: None

DAY 8 - Red Sea at Hurghada, free day

Your day is free today to relax and enjoy your time by the Red Sea. Hurghada is world famous for its scuba diving and snorkelling and the rich Red Sea marine life here attracts divers from all over the world. Other adventurous activities available include wind surfing and kite surfing, glass bottomed submarines, quad biking, camel rides and sea fishing trips. Our local rep based in Hurghada will be on hand to help make any arrangements. Hurghada itself has an interesting marina and old town to explore. Alternatively you can spend the next few days here relaxing by the pool or on the beach and enjoying the year-round sunshine.
| OVERNIGHT: Hurghada 5-star resort
| MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
| EXTRAS: None

DAY 9 - Hurghada, free time

Today you have another free day in Hurghada to relax, or to take advantage of some of the adventurous activities on offer. Our local representative will be happy to help assist with any arrangements.
| OVERNIGHT: Hurghada – 5-star resort
| MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
| EXTRAS: None

DAY 10 - Hurghada, free time

This is your last full day in Hurghada to soak up the sun or take some last minute optional activities which our local representative will be happy to help arrange.
| OVERNIGHT: Hurghada – 5-star resort
| MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
| EXTRAS: None

DAY 11 - Drive to Cairo, Old Cairo & Khan-el-Khalili bazzar tour

We drive back to Cairo this morning (approx.. 5hrs) and check into a city centre hotel. An upgrade to an internal flight is also available on request. In the late afternoon we take a guided walk through the back streets and bazaars in Old Cairo. We’ll walk through the huge Bab al-Futuh gateway and explore streets dedicated to metalwork, spices, pottery, fabric, jewelery and anything else you can imagine as we gradually enter the more touristy Khan-el-Khalili bazaar.
We’ll have time for a break to try some mint tea and a shisha pipe and this is a great final opportunity to pick up some souvenirs of your time in Egypt.
| OVERNIGHT: Cairo 5-star hotel
| MEALS: Breakfast
| EXTRAS: Hurghada to Cairo flight upgrade

DAY 12 - Cairo, free time, departure airport transfer

Your time is free today for some last minute sightseeing or shopping until we transfer you to the airport for your departure flight. If you have an afternoon or evening flight departure, then a half-day tour of Coptic Cairo and the Citadel is available today, or you could take another half-day tour to learn more about the evolution of pyramid building at Saqqara, Dashour & Memphis. tours are also available today. Alternatively you can add extra nights to your time in Cairo which would allow you to take a day trip to the colonial city of Alexandria on the Mediterranean coast, or a trip into the desert outside Cairo to see the World Heritage Site of the Valley of the Whales at Wadi Rayan.
| OVERNIGHT: N/A
| MEALS: Breakfast
| EXTRAS: Alexandria day trip, Cairo city tour Saqqara, Dashour & Memphis, Extra day in Cairo (5-star) – post-tour

DURATION

12 days

Price

A$1961

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