Pharaonic Encounters tour

Pharaonic Encounters tour

Tour Experience

Cultural adventure tour of Cairo, the pyramids and the temples and tombs of Luxor


All year round


Cairo & Luxor

A fascinating introduction to the culture and ancient history of Egypt, this 6 day tour includes the services of a local Egyptologist guide to enhance your experience. Taking in all of the main historical sites in Cairo, including the world renowned Egyptian Museum, Great Pyramid and the Giza Plateau, you will then travel south to Luxor to experience the incredible temples and world famous tombs of the Valley of the Kings. Finishing back in Cairo, you will be able to further explore this incredible city at your leisure, or take an optional extra guided tour, before we explore the backstreets of the Khan-el-Khalili bazaar and enjoy time at the evening display of Sufi music and dance at Wikalat al Guri.



  • All accommodation as stated in the itinerary
  • All transport and transfers with a local driver
  • 24-hour airport arrival & departure transfer service
  • Services of a local tour guide/leader throughout
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary


  • International Flights and 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 (allow approx. US$65)
  • Tipping kitty (allow US$30
  • Entry to the Mummies room at the Egyptian Museum
  • Drinks, snacks and other personal expenses (e.g. laundry)
  • Tour guide tips
  • Hotel Gala Dinners (if charged by the hotels on 24 Dec and 31 Dec
  • Any other items not mentioned above



DAY 1, Arrive into Cairo

Our staff will meet you upon arrival at the airport and then transfer you to your hotel close to the Pyramids. They are on hand to introduce you to the local area and help you settle in.
Cairo 5 star hotel

DAY 2, Cairo. Museum & Pyramids tour

Today begins in Giza for an unforgettable visit to the site of the Sphinx and the Great Pyramids of Egypt. We’ll then head back into Cairo for a trip to the world famous Egyptian Museum, home to several fascinating artefacts that depict the rich and varied history of Egypt. You will have chance to visit the fantastic Tutankhamun exhibit and enjoy a guided tour. In the evening we depart Cairo on the overnight sleeper train to Luxor.
On board train
Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 3, Arrive in Luxor

Your train arrives into Luxor this morning and the rest of the day is free for you to explore Luxor town. There are several markets to occupy your time (and money!) or you could enjoy a tranquil felucca trip along the Nile. There’s even a Mummification Museum to visit. This evening we enjoy a walking tour of the beautifully preserved Luxor Temple which is stunning when lit up at night.
Luxor – 5 star hotel

DAY 4, Luxor. East and West Bank tours

Following breakfast this morning we cross over the Nile to visit the captivating West Bank of Luxor. We tend to start our tour here early in order to avoid the crowds and heat that can occur later in the day. The Valley of the Kings itself remains one of the most important and influential archaeological sites in the world and the dusty tombs in this ancient burial site are still revealing their profound secrets to this day. This afternoon we travel back to the East Bank of Thebes to visit and explore the gigantic temple complex found at Karnak before heading back to the train station for the overnight train back to Cairo.
On board sleeper train back to Cairo
Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 5, Cairo, Khan-el-Khalili bazaar, Al Guri Sufi show

We arrive back into Cairo this morning and then you have time to explore Cairo as you choose or you may take an optional tour. These include a city tour visiting Coptic Cairo, the Citadel and Mohamed Ali Mosque, or a half day tour to Saqqara, Dashour and Memphis to learn more about the history and evolution of pyramid building. Other full day options further afield include a visit to the colonnial city of Alexandria on the Mediterranean, or a trip into the desert outside Cairo to see the World Heritage Site of the Valley of the Whales at Wadi Rayan.
In the late afternoon we take a guided walk through the back streets and bazaars in central 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 tea and a shisha pipe and perhaps enjoy an early dinner of Egypt’s unofficial national dish, Kushari. Our tour then finishes with an evening highlight, the Al Guri sufi show, very popular with local Egyptians as well as tourists. This takes place at the Wikalat al Ghuri 16th century marketplace which has some beautiful Islamic architecture to form a great setting for the exuberant, colourful and entertaining performance. You’ll see a medley of sufi dervish inspired dancing, eerie chanting and singing and vibrant percussion. Finally we transfer you back to your hotel.
Cairo – 5 star hotel
Cairo city tour, Saqqara, Dashour & Memphis

DAY 6, Cairo. Departure transfer to the airport

Departure day. Today is free until we transfer you to the airport for your flight home.


6 days




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