Sands & Seas tour

Sands & Seas tour

Tour Experience

This tour covers the main Nile Valley sites in Cairo and Luxor combined with the Red Sea at Hurghada

Available

All year round

Location

Cairo, Luxor & Hurghada

A 10-day tour exploring both the historical sites and beautiful beaches of Egypt. Visiting 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 with a free day to explore Luxor Temple and the local markets before we then experience the incredible temples and world famous tombs of the Valley of the Kings and the enormous temple complex at Karnak. We then head to the sandy beaches of Hurghada on the Red Sea for a few days where you can enjoy scuba diving, snorkelling, windsurfing and quad biking, sample the delicious local seafood and take a ride on a camel. It is your choice whether to then depart from Hurghada or travel back to Cairo.

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INCLUDED

  • 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

EXCLUDED

  • International flights
  • Visa fees
  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees (allow approx. US$44)
  • Tipping kitty (allow US$30)
  • Drinks, snacks, guide tips, and other personal expenses (e.g. laundry)
  • Hotel gala dinners (see Tour notes)
  • Any other items not mentioned above

PACKAGE DETAILS

Itinerary

DAY 1, Arrive into Cairo

Upon arrival our staff will meet you at the airport and 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.
| OVERNIGHT:
Cairo – 5 star hotel

DAY 2, Cairo. Museum & Pyramids tour

Our tour of Egypt begins with a trip to the Egyptian Museum in central Cairo. Home to the fantastic Tutankhamun exhibit the museum hosts many other ancient Egyptian artefacts. Following on from the museum we then make the short trip to Giza to visit the Sphinx and the great pyramids of Egypt. This evening we transfer to the station for the | OVERNIGHT: sleeper train to Luxor
| OVERNIGHT:
On board sleeper train
| MEALS:
Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 3, Luxor, West Bank tour, free time

We arrive in Luxor today and cross the Nile for a tour of Luxor’s West Bank. The dusty tombs in the ancient burial site of the Valley of the Kings are still revealing their secrets today and the valley remains one of the world’s most important archaeological sites. We will descend into several of these Pharaonic tombs before also visiting Queen Hatchepsut and Medinat Habu temples, and the huge Colossi of Memnon.
The rest of the day is then free to relax in your 5-star hotel by the Nile, or head out into Luxor to explore independently. You could do some shopping or browsing in the market, take a felucca trip to nearby Banana island or visit the mummification museum. Additional ancient Egyptian sightseeing is also available if you’d like to learn more about Egyptian history. The Workers Village, Valley of the Queens and Rammesseum on the west bank of the Nile are all worth a visit. Your Egyptologist guide will be happy to arrange any extra visits you may like to do (payable locally).
| OVERNIGHT:
Luxor – 5 star hotel
| MEALS:
Breakfast
| EXTRAS:
Hot air balloon in Luxor

DAY 4, Luxor, Karnak temple

You can enjoy a welcome lie in today after several early starts. Our afternoon tour then explores the huge temple complex at Karnak. This was once the religious centre of Thebes and Upper Egypt and was linked to Luxor by a long sphinx-lined avenue. The whole complex was in turn linked by a canal to the Nile which the sacred boats of the god Amun moved through. We enter the temple through a smaller sphinx-lined avenue built by Ramesses II, before entering the immense pylon entrance. The huge Courtyard that follows contains are three chapels dedicated to the gods Amun, Khous and Mut while the remarkable Hypostyle Hall has 134 towering columns, each carved with scenes of gods and pharaohs. Hieroglyphic inscriptions adorn the walls. There is a huge amount to see here and our Egyptologist guide will give a tour of several hours followed by some free time for you to look around further.
| OVERNIGHT:
Luxor – 5-star hotel
| MEALS:
Breakfast

DAY 5, Luxor to the Red Sea at Hurghada

We leave Luxor this morning and drive through the hills and desert to the Red Sea beach resort of Hurghada (approx. 5 hours). 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. Alternatively you can spend the next few days here relaxing on the beach and enjoying the year-round sunshine.
| OVERNIGHT:
Hurghada 5 star beach resort
| MEALS:
Breakfast

DAY 6, Hurghada. Free time

Your time is free for the next 3 days to relax in Hurghada, 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 beach resort
| MEALS:
Breakfast

DAY 7, Hurghada. Free time

Free time in Hurghada.
| OVERNIGHT:
Hurghada 5 star beach resort
| MEALS:
Breakfast

DAY 8, Hurghada. Free time

Free time in Hurghada.
| OVERNIGHT:
Hurghada 5 star beach resort
| MEALS:
Breakfast

DAY 9, Hurghada to Cairo

We leave Hurghada this morning for the transfer back to Cairo by private minibus (approx. 8 hours). Upon arrival the rest of the day is free in Cairo. You could take a final evening dinner cruise on the Nile, or perhaps revisit the pyramids for a spectacular sound and light show. You can also fly home directly from Hurghada today if you wish instead of returning to Cairo (discounts available).
| OVERNIGHT:
Cairo – 5 star hotel
| MEALS:
Breakfast
| EXTRAS:
Hurghada to Cairo flight upgrade

DAY 10, Cairo. Departure airport transfer

Your time is free in Cairo today until we pick you up and transfer you to the airport for your departure flight.
| OVERNIGHT:
N/A
| MEALS:
Breakfast
| EXTRAS:
Extra night – post-tour

DURATION

10 days

Price

A$1115

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