An Egyptian adventure! Ancient Western Desert oases, 4x4 drives, camping under the stars in the stunning White Desert, Medieval Al Qasr - the abandoned city, Aswan, Nile felucca cruising, the Valley of the Kings and the Pyramids of Giza.
Day 1: Cairo
Tuesday. Welcome to Egypt and the start of your Egyptian adventure! Arrive Cairo, included airport transfer to hotel and overnight. Overnight - Cairo Overnight - Cairo
Day 2: Pyramids & Saqqara
Today, we visit Giza Plateau, where we explore the pyramids and Sphinx. It is estimated Cheops (the largest of the pyramids) was constructed from no less than 2.5million quarried limestone blocks, weighing around 6 million tonnes. Later we explore Saqqara - an ancient necropolis with many half-buried tombs and the famous Zhoser's step pyramid. Overnight - Cairo (B)
Day 3: Bahariyya Oasis
Cairo Bahariyya Oasis. This morning we drive to Bahariyya. Upon arrival there is time to explore before watching a beautiful sunset over the rugged desertscape. Overnight - Bahariyya Oasis (B, D)
Day 4: White Desert
Bahariyya Oasis - White Desert. We check out Bahariyya - an ancient oasis. Continuing by 4x4, we visit the Temple of Alexander the Great, Tombs of the Nobles and the Black Desert, as we push towards the White Desert. So named, as the sand resembles snow, the striking White Desert is full of unusual wind-eroded limestone formations and our remote overnight base. Overnight - free camping White Desert (B, L, D)
Day 5: Al Qasr, Abandoned City
White Desert - Dakhla Oasis. Driving to Farafra oasis, we visit a local artist and sculptor Mr Badr Aly at the Badr Museum. Much of his work made from natural materials and coloured sands found within the oasis offers an insight into local life, customs and traditions. Before arriving to Dakhla, we explore the fascinating, only recently abandoned medieval city of Al Qasr. Wander the eerie high walled city, mosque, school, olive press and court. Many of the houses here have acacia wood lintels above the doorways whose kufic (Islamic script inscriptions name the builder or occupants of the dwelling. Additionally, the inscriptions trace the family heritage, the oldest dating back to 1518. We continue on to Deir al-Haggar - the Roman Temple dedicated to the Theban Triad and take a dip in the local, mineral rich hot springs. Overnight - Dakhla Oasis (B, L)
Day 6: Kharga Oasis
Dakhla Oasis - Kharga Oasis - Luxor. Journeying onward to Kharga we visit the Temple of Hibis (exterior only) and the rambling 4th century necropolis of al-Bagawat. After lunch we drive east to Luxor. Overnight - Luxor (B, L)
Day 7: Aswan High Dam & Philae Temple
Luxor - Aswan. Today we travel south to Aswan by train or road. After hotel check in, its time to explore the mighty Aswan High Dam and travel by boat to the Temple of Philae, dedicated to the goddess Isis. Remainder of day and evening free. Overnight - Aswan (B)
Days 8 - 9: Felucca Cruise
Aswan Nile felucca cruise. Optional early morning air excursion to the colossal Temple of Abu Simbel. This afternoon, we board our Nile felucca for a 2-night voyage on the River Nile downstream. Overnight onboard the felucca. If sailing by felucca is not for you, consider upgrading to a 5 star luxury Nile Cruise with our Nile Cruise Upgrade. Overnight - Felucca Cruise (B:2, L:2, D:2)
Day 10: Kom Ombo & Edfu Temple
Kom Ombo - Edfu - Luxor. Disembarking, we enjoy a visit to Kom Ombo Temple and the Temple of Horus at Edfu - a huge complex that began construction in 237 BC! We then continue to Luxor. Home of the legendary Valley of the Kings and Temple of Karnak. Enjoy some rest and relaxation. Tonight, an optional visit is available to the Temple of Luxor (book and pay locally), alternatively enjoy your evening at leisure. Overnight - Luxor (B)
Day 11: Valley of the Kings
Luxor - Cairo. An early start allows us to avoid some of the fierce heat as we venture to the striking Valley of the Kings. (Optional hot air ballooning prior to Valley of the Kings tour). Highlights of our visit include the Colossi of Memnon - a massive pair of statues that stand silent against a backdrop of history, the legendary Valley of the Kings and the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut. The Valley of the Kings is studded with often highly decorated tombs, constructed to once house the regal sarcophagi enclosed mummies of the mighty pharaohs, awaiting their passage into the after-life.
This afternoon after lunch and time to relax, we visit the Temple of Karnak, a spectacular temple on a gigantic scale dedicated to the Theban gods. Karnak is ancient Egypt at its very best.Tonight, we return to Cairo by seater train. It is possible to upgrade to the sleeper cabin. Overnight - Train (B)
Day 12: Egyptian Museum
Arrive and hotel check in. Later we enjoy a guided visit to the Egyptian Museum. See the famous Tutankhamen solid gold death mask or opt to see the Royal Mummy Room, if you dare. The remainder of the day is free for you to explore Cairo your way. Overnight - Cairo (B)
Day 13: Cairo
Sunday. Our tour ends after breakfast. Included onward transfer to airport. Happy Travels! (B)
Prices shown are per person travelling. 'Twin/Double' prices per person apply when there are 2 people travelling, sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies for single travellers who require their own room and needs to be added to the 'Twin/Double' price.
If you are happy to be paired up with another single traveller of the same sex on your tour, this can be arranged, (if another solo traveller of the same sex is already booked upon the tour), thus avoiding the single person supplement.
All our scheduled tour departures are guaranteed subject to a minimum of 2 travellers.
Breakfast daily, 5 lunches, 4 dinners
1 night camping - White Desert
Touring of Cairo, Giza/Saqqara, oases, Aswan, Edfu & Luxor
Swimming in natural hot/cold springs and River Nile
Airport arrival and departure transfer day 1 and day 13
All relevant transfer and transportation in private air-conditioned vehicles
6 nights 4 - 5 star hotels, 2 nights Oases hotels, 2 nights aboard felucca (open deck)
1 night train: Luxor - Cairo (seater train)
4x4 desert jeep trekking & camp equipment
Insight into isolated communities and traditional way of life
Egyptian tour leader/guide degree qualified in Egyptology
International flights and visa
Entrance Fees: $120-130 USD
Tip for your tour guide and leaders. We recommend you allow $3 - 5 USD per day, per traveller. Tip for your Felucca Crew/ Nile Cruise staff, we recommend you allow $10 USD. Tipping your guide and crew is an entirely personal gesture
Tipping Kitty: $40-50 USD
General Policies & Disclaimers
Prices are from a starting price, per person sharing, subject to change, airfare increase, currency fluctuation and availability. Advance purchase, peak season surcharges, block out periods and minimum stay conditions may apply. Valid for dates as specified.