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Egypt Adventure

Trip type: 
Cultural
Adventure level: 
2. Gentle
Max group size: 
12
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Africa, Egypt, Middle East | 9 days
Trip code: 
XESB
What's included: 

Transport - Minibus, overnight sleeper train, felucca, camel, donkey, on foot. 

Accommodation - Comfortable Hotels (5nts), overnight train (2nts, first class seats), camping on feluccas (1nt).

Meals - 5 breakfasts, 2 lunches & 4 dinners.

Trip Highlights: 
Cairo & the Pyramids
Sail a felcucca
Aswan & Luxor
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Itinerary for Egypt Adventure

(Departures in 2014-15)
  • Day 1-3 - Cairo
  • Day 4-6 - Aswan/Nile Felucca
  • Day 7-8 - Luxor
  • Day 9 - Cairo
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Day
1-3
Cairo

Cairo

Fly to Cairo. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

Salaam Aleikum! Welcome to Egypt.

Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 4pm on Day 2.

We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please ensure you have all these details to provide to your leader.

Wonderfully chaotic and always colourful, Cairo is a fascinating mixture of modern city and ancient wonders.

There are plenty of things to see and do with free time in Cairo. Travel along the river by felucca, head out to explore the markets or If the crowds and the noise of the city are too much, catch the metro into the oldest part of the city, the Coptic Christian sector - with its narrow cobbled streets and ancient churches, it's a haven of peace and quiet.

Head out to Khan al-Khalili to experience the madness and colour of this famous bazaar.

A private van will transport us to Giza, location of the Pyramids and the Sphinx.

Our final approach to the Pyramids will be across the surrounding dunes by camel, allowing stunning panoramic views of this iconic sight.

Explore the Pyramids up close: the Pyramid of Khufu (The Great Pyramid of Cheops), the Pyramid of Khafre (Chephren) and the Pyramid of Menkaure (Mycerinus). From a distance Khafre's pyramid looks larger than Khufu's, but this illusion is due to the structure being built on higher ground. When they were built they were covered in gleaming white limestone - now most of the casing stones have been removed but you can still see some on the apex of Khafre's pyramid.

There is time for an optional entrance inside a Pyramid, please ask your group leader to assist. The inside thoroughfares of the Pyramids are very small and very warm, so for those suffering from claustrophobia it is not recommended.

The statue of the Great Sphinx still retains the mysteries that have puzzled scholars, tourists and scientists for thousands of years. Made from an outcrop of stone left behind from the quarrying for the Great Pyramid, it has been buried by desert sands, excavated and repaired many times. The body of the Sphinx is almost 60 m long and 20 m high. It was known as 'Abu Hol' or Father of Terror to the Arabic people. You don't know who first built the statue - this is one of the mysteries of the colossal monument.

Please note that you'll be required to walk around the Pyramids complex. It can be very hot in the summer months so be prepared for some hot and sweaty walking with little relief. Don't forget to take some water with you.

Transfer back to central Cairo for a visit to the Egyptian Museum.

With thousands of exhibits, it's easy to lose yourself in the Egyptian Museum's many corridors - but don't miss the Tutankhamun rooms, where the famous golden death mask of King Tut and his gilded sarcophagi are displayed.

Your leader will designate a meeting time at our Cairo hotel to travel together to Giza station.

Travel to Aswan aboard a sleeper train with fold-out beds (approx 13 hrs). The two-berth cabins are comfortable and air-conditioned. All bedding is provided onboard by the porter. Western-style toilets are located in each carriage, but as toilet paper isn't always available it's advised to carry some of your own. Keep in mind general train cleanliness may not be to the same standards you are accustomed to. An included dinner and breakfast are served on board. You may want to purchase something extra beforehand to supplement your meal, particularly if you're a vegetarian as only a single type of meal is served for dinner, which always includes meat. In rare circumstances you may be paired in your cabin with a group member of the opposite sex, depending on the group configuration. On other occasions you might have the opportunity to share with another traveller of the same sex who may not be part of our group, again determined by the group configuration.

Included Activities

  • Khan al-Khalili bazaar visit
  • Pyramids and Sphinx
  • Camel ride at the Pyramids
  • Egyptian Museum

Optional Activities

  • The Citadel - EGP60
  • Cairo Tower - EGP70
  • Coptic Museum - EGP50
  • Islamic Art Museum - EGP50
  • Sufi dance performance at Khan al-Khalili - Free
  • The Great Pyramid of Cheops - EGP200
  • The 2nd Pyramid of Khafre - EGP40
  • Pyramid of Saqqara - EGP80
  • Sound & Light Show at the Pyramids - EGP75
  • Mummies Hall at Egyptian Museum - EGP100
  • Solar Boat Museum - EGP50

Accommodation

Hotel (2 nts), Overnight sleeper train (1 nt)


Day
4-6
Aswan/Nile Felucca

Aswan/Nile Felucca

The Nile, Elephantine Island and white-sailed feluccas: welcome to Aswan. This Nubian city is Egypt's southern gateway to Africa and an important market town - take time here to check out one of the country's best bazaars.

Visit a nearby village where you join a local family for dinner and an unforgettable insight into the life and culture of the local people.

There's an option to travel to the magnificent temples of Abu Simbel. Built by Ramses II, it was the gateway to Egypt for Southern Africans and its imposing facade clearly delineated the line between what was the Pharaoh's land and what was not.

There are two ways to make the journey south to see these remarkable temples.

Some travellers prefer to fly from Aswan to Abu Simbel. The flight time is 40 minutes each way. Flights can be booked online through EgyptAir: http://www.egyptair.com/English

Return flights vary throughout the season, depending on the day of the week you fly and how far in advance you book, but expect to pay between US$250-300. Due to the southerly location it's recommended to book the early flight and visit Abu Simbel at sunrise to avoid the heat

A less expensive option is to hire a minivan with other group members who are also interested. Prices can fluctuate depending on the number of pasengers travelling. This can be organised from Aswan. The ride is 3 hours each way with a very early departure from Aswan at approximately 4am.

Please note that Abu Simbel is an optional activity. Your group leader won't be travelling with you on flights. However will accompany the group on the bus option. The entrance fee is paid on arrival at the site, and if you wish a local guide can be hired on arrival.

For those that don't wish to travel to Abu Simbel, a visit to nearby Philae Temple is highly recommended. Dedicated to the goddess Isis, the temple was painstakingly moved and reassembled after the construction of the Aswan High Dam flooded its original island location.

Board feluccas to spend a day out on the river and then a night under the stars. Our Nubian sailing crew provides all the meals, which are hearty and delicious.

A felucca is a traditional wooden boat with broad canvas sails. The boat has a canopy that offers shade and protection from the elements, however there is no cabin or enclosed section. Please note that conditions are basic during our felucca trip but if you are prepared to rough it a bit you are sure to have the adventure of a lifetime.

Sleep outside on the deck of the felucca on mattresses. While blankets are provided, a sleeping sheet is recommended. During the colder months (October to March) it can get very cold at night (as low as 5C) so a sleeping bag is highly recommended for this period. Sleeping bag hire is not available.

There are no toilets on board our Nile felucca, but while sailing you'll stop at your request on the riverbank for toilet stops with nature. At the completion of the day's sailing you'll assemble a western-style toilet and tent close by on the riverbank. Any assistance from the group in building the toilet tent is always much appreciated.

Please note that you may need to make slight alterations to our Nile itinerary throughout the year, depending on winds and currents. As the felucca is a sailing craft without any outboard engine, if there's no wind - you won't travel very far.

Nonetheless, watching the sun setting across the Nile in the evening is a sight you'll remember. This is the absolute highlight of the trip for many of our travellers.

Included Activities

  • Nubian village visit and meal
  • Overnight felucca sailing trip

Optional Activities

  • Philae Temple - EGP50
  • Boat to Philae Temple - EGP10
  • Sound & Light Show at Philae Temple - EGP75
  • Nubian Museum - EGP50
  • Unfinished Obelisk - EGP30
  • Monastery of St. Simeon - EGP25
  • Kalabsha Temple - EGP40
  • Tomb of the Nobles - EGP30
  • Abu Simbel Temple - EGP95
  • Aswan to Abu Simbel: return transport by bus (price from per person - minimum 4 passengers) - EGP480
  • Aswan to Abu Simbel: return flights (book with www.egyptair.com - prices from approx) - USD250

Accommodation

Hotel (2 nts), Felucca (1 nt)

 

Day
7-8
Luxor

Luxor

After farewells to the felucca crew, take a private van to Luxor (approx 3.5 hrs). There's an option to visit either the Temple of Kom Ombo or the Temple of Edfu on the way.

From the spectacular temple complex of Karnak to the Valley of the Kings, Luxor is full of wonderfully preserved reminders of the Pharaohs.

Head out to our Intrepid Foundation Project - Animal Care in Egypt - to check out the great work they're doing here for local animals.

Explore the magnificent Karnak Temple, perhaps the most impressive of all the ancient Pharoahs' monumental works.

Take a private van to the west side of the Nile.

Visit the Colossi of Memnon - two 17 metre-high statues on Luxor's west bank. Carved from granite blocks they represent the Pharaoh Amenhotep III.

Hop on to donkeys (in the winter months of October-May only) for a ride of a different kind through the local villages and fields of sugar cane (approx 30 mins).

Continue on to the spectacular royal burial site of the Valley of the Kings to visit three of the most interesting tombs. Here your group leader will explain the history and legends of these remarkable people.

Please note that a visit to King Tutankhamen's tomb is not included in our visit, but can be arranged as an option with advance notice. Ask your leader for details if you're interested.

Join a local family for lunch to try some tasty traditional home cooking.

The rest of your afternoon is free to explore. Some suggestions for your free time in Luxor include:

Visit the Luxor Museum.

Hire a bicy

bicycle to ride out into the surrounding countryside.

For a more upscale experience, check out the Winter Palace, a lovely five-star historical building with wonderful views over the Nile - a great place for a refreshing cocktail.

Catch an overnight sleeper train from Luxor to Cairo (approx 10 hrs).

Included Activities

  • Karnak Temple
  • Intrepid Foundation Project visit - ACE (Animal Care in Egypt)
  • Colossi of Memnon
  • Valley of the Kings (3 tombs)
  • Donkey ride (seasonal - not in summer)
  • Home-cooked traditional meal with local family

Optional Activities

  • Kom Ombo Temple - EGP30
  • Edfu Temple - EGP60
  • Luxor Temple - EGP60
  • Luxor Museum - EGP90
  • Mummification Museum - EGP50
  • Sound and Light Show at Karnak - EGP100
  • Bicycle Hire - EGP10
  • Tomb of Tutankhamun - EGP100
  • Hatshepsut Temple - EGP52
  • Medinat Habu Temple - - EGP30
  • Ramasseum Temple - EGP30
  • Valley of the Queens - EGP35
  • Tombs of Nobles - EGP30

Accommodation

Hotel (1 nt), Overnight sleeper train (1 nt)

 

Day
9

Cairo

Return to Cairo, where there's time for a farewell breakfast.

For your comfort and convenience day rooms are provided on this day until noon, for luggage storage and an opportunity to have a shower and freshen up. Once settled consider joining the rest of the group for a farewell breakfast. Otherwise there are no activities planned on this day.

You will be transferred to the airport for your flight home to London.