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


All year round


Cairo, Luxor & Hurghada

A 9-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 for a final walking tour through the Khan-el-Khalili bazaar.



  • 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
  • Visa fees
  • Travel insurance (compulsory)
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees (allow approx. US$85)
  • Tipping kitty (allow US$45)
  • Tour guide tips
  • Drinks, snacks, guide tips, and other personal expenses (e.g. laundry)
  • Hotel gala dinners on 24 and/or 31 Dec (budget up to $180 p/p, see Tour notes)
  • Any other items not mentioned above



DAY 1 - Arrive into Cairo, 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: Nile dinner cruise in Cairo, Single room supplement (EGSGSS), Extra day in Cairo (5-star) – pre-tour

DAY 2 - Cairo, Pyramids, Sphinx & Museum tour

Our tour of Egypt begins with a trip to the famous Egyptian Museum with its huge number of ancient Pharaonic exhibits. Home to the fantastic Tutankhamun exhibit the museum hosts a huge number of other ancient Egyptian artefacts. 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. Following on from the museum we then head to Giza on the outskirts of Cairo to visit the Sphinx and the three great pyramids of Egypt. 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).
This evening we transfer to the station for the overnight sleeper train to Luxor (approx. 9 hours). You’ll enjoy dinner on board in your private twin-berth compartments before the steward sets your beds up for the night.
| OVERNIGHT: On board sleeper train
| MEALS: Breakfast, Dinner
| EXTRAS: Cairo to Luxor flight upgrade

DAY 3 - Luxor, West Bank tour, free time

We arrive into Luxor early this morning and cross the Nile 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 Craftsmen), and the huge Colossi of Memnon.
Your afternoon is then free to relax and enjoy the facilities of your 5-star hotel on the banks of the Nile. This evening we visit Luxor temple, which is located right in the middle of town and beautifully lit up at night.
| OVERNIGHT: Luxor 5-star hotel
| MEALS: Breakfast
| EXTRAS: None

DAY 4 - Luxor, Karnak temple

Your morning is free today and you can enjoy a welcome lie in after your early start yesterday. 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.
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).
| OVERNIGHT: Luxor 5-star hotel
| MEALS: Breakfast
| EXTRAS: Hot air balloon in Luxor

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.
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 6 - Red Sea. 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.
| OVERNIGHT: Hurghada – 5 star resort
| MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
| EXTRAS: None

DAY 7 - Red Sea. Free day

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 8 - From Hurghada to Cairo. Old Cairo & Khan-el-Khalili bazzar walk

We leave Hurghada this morning for the transfer back to Cairo by private minibus (approx. 5 hours). Upon arrival we check into our hotel in central Cairo. Then, 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.
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 upgrade this drive to an internal flight if you wish (prices on request) or fly home directly from Hurghada instead of returning to Cairo (discounts available).
| OVERNIGHT: Cairo 5-star hotel
| MEALS: Breakfast
| EXTRAS: Nile dinner cruise in Cairo

DAY 9 - Cairo, departure transfer to the airport

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 the half day Cairo City Tour or 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.
| MEALS: Breakfast
| EXTRAS: Alexandria day trip, Cairo city tour Saqqara, Dashour & Memphis, Extra day in Cairo (5-star) – post-tour


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