Classic: Best of Egypt (DPBE)
Countries Visited: Egypt Great value, reasonable prices, quality experiences Comfortable and varied tourist-class accommodations chosen for location and character Mix of public and private transport for the best overall experience All the top highlights included, plus plenty of time to explore on your own
Trip Style: Classic - Designed for maximum variety, these trips are geared towards travellers searching for a healthy mix of active exploration, uncommon landscapes, amazing wildlife and local cultures.
Service Level: Standard
Physical Demands Rating: 2 - There'll be some light walking and hiking. Suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.
Group Size: Max 15, avg 12
Meals Included: 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners
Accommodations: Simple hotels (5 nts), sleeper train (1 nt), felucca with support boat for toilet/showers (1 nt).
Enjoy dinner with a local family, spend the night on a felucca, explore ancient temples and monuments, hunt for deals in the bazaars, gaze at the pyramids and mysterious Sphinx.
This journey through Egypt packs in the best of culture and adventure in eight energetic days. Explore the ancient sites along the Nile and discover the most famous of them all, the Great Pyramids of Giza. Embrace the culture and meet remarkable people as you sample some traditional fare with a Nubian family in a local village. Feel the buzz of vibrant bazaars in Aswan and Luxor, but still manage to relax and watch life unfold as you sail the Nile in a traditional felucca.
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|Day 1||Cairo||Day 1 Cairo|
There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting. Additional Notes: If this is your first visit to Cairo, we highly recommend that you book an airport transfer. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
|Day 2||Aswan||Day 2 Cairo/Aswan (1B, 1D)|
Head straight to the pyramids and soak in the history of these majestic structures. Later, visit the Egyptian Museum to see more ancient artifacts. In the evening, board an overnight train to Aswan. Included Activities: Great Pyramids of Giza and Sphinx Tour Egyptian Museum Visit Transport: Overnight train (beds) (12.00 hour(s))
|Day 3||Aswan||Day 3 Aswan (1B, 1D)|
Enjoy some free time in the morning to browse the souk or walk along the Nile. Later, board a felucca (local boat) to reach Elephantine Island and visit a Nubian village. Walk around the small community, then enjoy a traditional dinner at a local home. Included Activities: Felucca Sail to Nubian Village with Traditional Meal
|Day 4||Aswan||Day 4 Aswan (1B)|
One of the most fascinating sights in the area is the Temple of Abu Simbel. Later, opt for a half-day tour of the Unfinished Obelisk, High Dam, and Philae Temple. Visit the modern Nubian Museum to learn more about Aswans local people.
|Day 5||Kom Ombo||Day 5 Aswan/Kom Ombo (1B, 1L, 1D)|
Board the felucca and spend the rest of the day out on the river and a night under the stars. Included Activities: Felucca Overnight Sailing Excursion
|Day 6||Luxor||Day 6 Kom Ombo/Luxor (1B)|
Enjoy a guided visit Kom Ombo Temple before driving to Luxor. En route, visit the Temple of Karnak. Included Activities: Kom Ombo Temple Visit Karnak Temple Visit Transport: Stop en route to visit the Karnak Temple. Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s))
|Day 7||Luxor||Day 7 Luxor (1B, 1L)|
Cross to the West Bank and travel by donkey. Visit the massive 18m (59ft)-high Colossi of Memnon, which is all that remains of an ancient temple. Descend down the narrow corridors and check out the tombs of the pharaohs at the Valley of the Kings. The Funerary Temple of Queen Hatshepsut literally seems to rise out of the surrounding limestone outcrops. Enjoy lunch with a local family on the West bank of the Nile and then explore Luxor at your own pace. Additional Notes: If you have pre-booked the Valley of the Kings Hot Air Balloon Ride you will be flying today. Included Activities: Colossi of Memnon Visit Valley of the Kings, Temple of Hatshepsut, and Colossi of Memnon Visit Lunch with a Local Family Transport: Donkey
|Day 8||Cairo||Day 8 Luxor/Cairo (1B)|
We highly recommend booking pre- or post-accommodation to fully explore this vibrant city. Additional Notes: Our tour finishes on arrival in Cairo. Please be aware that flight delays do quite often occur, so please do not book any onward flights before 2pm today. We are able to organize extra post-trip accommodation if you wish to extend your stay for a few more days. Please ask at the time of booking. Transport: Plane (1.00 hour(s))
Local Flights: All local flights are included in the cost of your tour unless otherwise noted. It is important that we have your passport information at the time of booking in order to process these tickets. Internal flight tickets are issued locally and will be given to you prior to the flight departure.
Domestic carriers for internal flights in Egypt will be Egypt Air or Nile Air. Flight information will not be available until a couple of days prior to the tour departure.
The domestic flight maximum weight allowance is 20 kg.
Dossier Disclaimer:The information in this trip details document has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. It may differ slightly to the one in the brochure. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience. Please note that our brochure is usually released in November each year. If you have booked from the previous brochure you may find there have been some changes to the itinerary.
VERY IMPORTANT: Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.
Itinerary Disclaimer: While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The Trip Details document is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Aboard expedition trips visits to research stations depend on final permission.
Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.